Book Review:Fuzzy Logic by Susan C. Daffron and A Give-Away!

Back in 2013, I had the pleasure of meeting Author Susan C. Daffron at the BlogPaws Conference that May, and was thrilled when she afforded me the opportunity to review her book, Chez Stinky.   In 2014 we met again, at yet another BlogPaws Conference at a session that she and her husband, (James Byrd), helped lead that was called,  How to Get Published , with fellow presenter Penny Sansevieri. 

In late summer Susan emailed me asking if I would be interested in reviewing her latest book, Fuzzy Logic, (the second book in the Alpine Grove Romantic Comedy series), and after having enjoyed Chez Stinky as much as I did, I eagerly accepted!

A little background: In Chez Stinky, readers meet Kat Stevens who inherits her great aunt’s house along with many quirky dogs and cats. Fuzzy Logic continues Kat’s story and introduces Jan Carpenter, a librarian with a Labrador retriever named Rosa.

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About Fuzzy Logic:

Librarian Jan Carpenter likes things just so. Nestled in her tidy little cottage on the outskirts of the small hamlet of Alpine Grove, she enjoys her quiet life with her friendly, rotund black lab, Rosa.

Jan’s orderly life is turned upside down when she attends her mother’s latest wedding in San Diego. (Number six…or maybe seven, but who’s counting?) There, Jan encounters Michael Lawson, the obnoxious neighbor kid from twenty years ago. He’s still irritating, but not as annoying as his dog who has a habit of eating…everything. The last thing Jan wants to do is risk heartache on a vacation fling with a smooth-talking serial dater, even if he is sinfully gorgeous and finds her unusual ability to remember obscure facts fascinating.

Amidst wardrobe destruction, canine digestive indiscretions, and episodes of extreme mortification, Jan’s desire to avoid drama may put the brakes on her fiery attraction to Michael. But maybe being cautious and responsible isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

My Take:

Fuzzy Logic is another winner! What fun it is to curl up with a romantic comedy on a cold winter’s night,  with a cup of coffee, a cat and/or dog by your side, escaping into other people’s worlds.

Author Daffron is particularly skilled in creating  characters who are colorful, oftentimes quirky, and definitely interesting! I love that while reading Susan’s books the characters feel as if they are friends. I care about what they are experiencing, I care about what they think about, I care about  is going to happen to them. With the turning of each page, I am engaged and involved. 

Something I Love!

Being rather word-obsessed, with a penchant for delving into what is inferred rather than blatantly stated, I love that each character in Fuzzy Logic is experiencing and behaving in manners that convey that each is exhibiting their own “Fuzzy Logic!”

  • Jan-should she quiet her head or listen to her heart/passion in reference to Michael?
  • Michael-struggling with whether or not to have a bona-fide relationship or a “friend with benefits”
  • Jan’s Mom-should she divorce Michael’s Dad after just marrying him?
  • Michael’s Dad-what secret is he hiding that is keeping him emotionally distant?

 

Let’s Not Forget The Animals:

The annoyingly adorable Samoyed, “Swoosie”, who is the ultimate “chick magnet” and “if-it-isn’t-tied-down-I-will-eat-it” connoisseur. EVERYONE is dying to pet her because “she is THAT CUTE!” (Author note:Daffron’s own Samoyed, “Fiona”, is the original fuzzy white dog who was the inspiration for Swoosie)

The Rotund and slow-moving Black Lab, Rosa, (a dog after my own heart!), who loves everyone, is somewhat neurotic and is only thinking about her next meal!

It is evident when reading Fuzzy Logic, that Susan Daffron is an animal lover. Her ability to convey clearly what an animal is thinking, feeling and the description of physical movements/expressions,  that accompany these feelings. are characteristics that one who does not love animals, would ever be able to convey convincingly.

You MUST read this book!!

Fuzzy Logic is one of those books that when I reached the final page (there are 288), I was sorry to have it end!

If you love romance, comedy and DOGS, and have a few hours to spare on a nice cozy weekend, pick up a copy of Fuzzy Logic, (and  be sure to read Chez Stinky as well!)

To purchase Chez Stinky

(ISBN:  978-1-61038-019-5)

Available from the publisher, Logical Expressions, Inc. or Amazon.com.

To purchase Fuzzy Logic

(ISBN:  978-1-61038-023-2)

Available from the publisher, Logical Expressions, Inc. or Amazon.com.

Photo Courtesy of Susan's Facebook Page

Photo Courtesy of Susan’s Facebook Page

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Susan Daffron is the author of multiple fiction and nonfiction books, including several about pets and animal rescue. She lives in a small town in northern Idaho and shares her life with her husband, two dogs and a cat–the last three, all “rescues.”

When she’s not writing novels, Susan works as the president of Logical Expressions, Inc., a book and software publishing based company in Sandpoint, Idaho.

In addition to her books, Susan has written more than 70 national magazine articles, 200 newspaper articles, about 1,200 online articles, and an online software training course.

Susan is the president of the Small Publishers Artists and Writers Networkand was also the President and Founder of the National Association of Pet Rescue Professionals (NAPRP).

Learn more about Susan’s work:

 

 

ENTER TO WIN!!! Susan is offering two of my readers who reside in the U.S. the chance to win a copy of Fuzzy Logic!  (A $12.99 Value). Entering is easy! Just enter on the Rafflecopter below! Good Luck!

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BlogPaws 2014:Speakers Galore! Meet the Rescues and more!

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Hi All! Do you believe that it is just a matter of WEEKS until the BlogPaws Conference? I can’t believe it either! The time is flying by!

 

For the past few years, I have had the pleasure of being the main moderator of the BlogPaws Conference Newbies Group (your go-to source for answers to your pressing Conference questions!)

Click HERE to join the group!

 

 

There are a number of active discussions taking place now, and I would like to share those links with you:

 

ANNUAL “NEWBIES” BREAKFAST AT CONFERENCE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hope this helps!! When you visit the Newbies Group, take a look at the discussions, don’t see the discussion you are looking for? Click on “View All” on the bottom right corner!

 

Hopefully this will clear up some confusion and feel free to ask questions in the group or email me your questions at cgittleman at mi dot rr dot com

 

You can also send me a message on Facebook!

 

HAVE YOU REGISTERED???

You can get a 10% DISCOUNT by mentioning the code

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Barking about BlogPaws! “What Do You Do at a BlogPaws Conference?”

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Did you happen to catch the terrific interview with Carol Bryant, (PR and Marketing Manager for BlogPaws) that was conducted by Kimberley of the great blog Confessions of a Rescue Mom?  It is chock full of information about:

  • Exactly WHAT BlogPaws is (including their Mission and Vision)
  • Conference Info
  • and MORE!

If you missed it, click HERE to check it out, it is a MUST READ

If you have been sitting on the fence, wondering if you should attend the conference, ACT FAST….last year was a sell-out and this year is sure to follow suit!!

 

 

 

You can get a 10% DISCOUNT by mentioning the code

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Remember….


“What happens at BlogPaws in Vegas,

STAYS at BlogPaws in Vegas!!


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BLOGPAWS 2014!

 

 

 

Book Review: Chez Stinky by Susan C. Daffron

One of the MANY wonderful parts about being a member of the BlogPaws Community is the interesting people from all walks of life that you meet there! BlogPaws isn’t just for bloggers, noooo…it’s for authors such as Susan C. Daffron who wrote what I like to call it “a chick book” that is a FUN often FUNNY and romantic read.  If it hadn’t been for BlogPaws, I might have never met Susan, or been afforded the opportunity of reviewing Chez Stinky.

If you live in a climate that is preparing for winter as I am, it is perfect for curling up with a warm, snuggly blanket, a dog and/or kitty (or both!) by your side, and your beverage of choice! If you don’t live in a cooler climate, no worries! Grab your chaise, sunglasses and this book which is perfect for poolside!

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I have to admit when I read the title, that is what intrigued me. I just LOVE the title Chez Stinky and when you read this  delightful book you will find out why it is aptly named.

About the book from the publisher

Kat Stevens is a slightly insecure, mostly bored technical writer who likes her cat a lot more than her boss. She hasn’t laid eyes on her great-aunt Abigail since she was eight, so she’s stumped when she inherits Abigail’s house in the small hamlet of Alpine Grove.

Kat’s uncomplicated life gets decidedly less so when she discovers the inheritance comes with some hairy conditions: four dogs and five cats that her aunt wanted her to love as her own. Of course, the house smells like a barn — with a touch of antique skunk — and, naturally, has serious roof issues. And that’s before the three-legged cat gets stuck in the wall and the shower goes kablooey.

When Kat meets Joel, an unemployed techie type with no love lost for his sister, Kat looks past his obvious flaws, given his timely and desirable skill set: a talent for fixing things (and his own tools).

Despite out-of-control dogs, cat fights, dust dinosaurs, massive spiders and an old grizzled hippie passed out in the yard, Kat discovers the tranquility of the forests of Alpine Grove starting to seep into her soul.

And why she can’t she stop thinking about Joel?

 

MY THOUGHTS: Chez Stinky is the perfect example  of how your life can change with just a phone call. “Life is what happens to us while we are busy making other plans.”

While I enjoyed reading about Kat and Joel, my favorite character, Maria,  isn’t mentioned above.  It was care-free, personable, adorable, vibrant, bubbly Maria who is Kat’s best friend from the office, who I most related to.  Maria completely enjoys being single and wants to savor her time “sowing her wild oats”, as she says, whatever THAT means! Kat and Joel I had more trouble relating to because of their “techie” personas and quiet personalities, but Maria’s personality bounced off of the pages of Chez Stinky and I greatly enjoyed whenever she made an appearance.

Author Susan C. Daffron is obviously an animal lover. Her often hilarious descriptions of some of the dogs and her knowledge of the silent “language” of cats, is  evident.

If you are an animal lover, a romantic, a techie, a “tree hugger”, or someone who just enjoys a book that helps you to escape the daily grind, then pick up a copy of Chez Stinky, you won’t be disappointed.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

  • One novel and 12 nonfiction books (with more in development). See the complete list on her Amazon page.
  • Contributor to 4 other books
  • More than 70 national magazine articles (and counting)
  • More than 200 print newspaper columns
  • Around 1,500 online articles
  • Several online training courses

Susan is the president of the non-profit Small Publishers Artists and Writers Network and was one of the organizers of the Self-Publishers Online Conference, the first online conference specifically for “indie” publishers.

Susan founded the National Association of Pet Rescue Professionals (NAPRP) an association that offers tools and information to help people working in humane organizations save more lives.

A frequent speaker at events and teleconferences related to both pets and publishing, Susan has been quoted as an expert source on publishing and humane issues in a wide range of media outlets ranging from Reuters toRedbook magazine.

  • Chez Stinky
    ISBN:
    978-1-61038-019-5 (Paperback)
    978-1-61038-020-1 (EPUB)

 

 

Back by Popular Demand! The #BLOGPAWS Conference Newbies Group! (The 2014 Edition!!)

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This year I am delighted and honored to have rock star,

 Carol Bryant Writer/Blogger at Pet360Marketing & PR Manager at BlogPaws and CEO & Founder at Fidose of Reality , assisting me with this group, which will enable us to provide the information that you need even faster than before!  If I don’t have an answer to your question, rest assured that Carol and I will sniff out the answer for you faster than you can down a bowl of kibble!

:eft to right: Caren Gittleman and Carol Bryant at the BlogPaws 2013 Conference were we I FINALLY met in person!! Just think of ALL of the people, pets and brands,  that you will FINALLY MEET IN PERSON!

(Left to right: Caren Gittleman and Carol Bryant at the BlogPaws 2013 Conference) Where we FINALLY met in person!! Just think of ALL of the people, pets and brands, that you will FINALLY MEET IN PERSON!

WHEN IS BLOGPAWS 2014?

Thursday, May 8, 2014

through

Saturday, May 10, 2014

 

Where? 

Henderson, Nevada, On beautiful Lake Las Vegas (30 minutes from the Strip)

Hotel?  Westin Las Vegas Resort & Spa

Register today: BlogPaws 2014

What can you find out in this Newbies Group?

  • Nervous about attending?
  • Want to know what to bring?
  • What to expect?
  • What to wear?
  • Wondering what you will do for breakfast the first day? Wonder no more!
  • Worried you will have no one to talk to? Get outta here!!

 Don’t be shy, ask away!

We were all Newbies at one time,(I often STILL feel like a Newbie!) and there is nothing more comforting, or to make you feel more prepared, than to have your questions answered BEFORE the Conference begins!

You won’t be deserted AT the Conference either! You can count on that!

Anything to make all of you more comfortable and EXCITED ABOUT BLOGPAWS 2014!

Now, sit back and enjoy some of the conference highlights from 2013!!

VISIT

http://www.blogpaws.com

TO JOIN!!

ATTENTION BlogPaws Veterans!!! You are welcome to join this group as well to share your experiences with our conference Newbies!

 

Tuesday Tails:Add a pup to your roster!

October is a fall-fledged sports season!

 It’s also Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog-Month. 

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So consider adding a pup to your family roster!  Visit the shelter

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view “potential players” on our site, or swing by one of our many off-site events

(like our October 19 & 20 Pet Supplies Plus 2-day adoption event).

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Heart stealer Willie

Willie is a spirited young Jack Russell Terrier who is a new draft pick.  With his swift running style, consider him our Austin Jackson.  Austin steals bases; Willie will steal your heart!

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Cato is a Prince

The World Series isn’t the only fall classic.  Meet Cato.  He’s a seasoned veteran at the shelter, but still just a pup who loves being the center of attention.  This burly boy is a “Prince” of a guy and will “Field” all the love you can give him.

These adorable dogs AND MANY OTHERS! can all be viewed on www.petfinder.com by clicking on their names! Please be sure to share them!

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This post is a part of the Tuesday’s Tails Blog Hop,
kindly hosted by the friendly dogs and folks at Dogs N Pawz.