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.

FuzzyLogicCover300w

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!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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!

ChezStinkyCover300

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.

sdaffron_fibooks3

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)