Giveaway Winners for I Has a Hotdog!

Posted in Event, Giveaway at 7:30 pm by Amber

Congratulations to the three winners of the I Has a Hotdog! giveaway!  Gerri, Ron Roseborough and Kathy (aka Bermudaonion) are the winners.  Look for a follow-up email in your mailboxes from this evening.  🙂

Thank you to The Hachette Book Group for providing the books for the giveaway!


Free Comic Book Day is Almost Here

Posted in Event, Uncategorized at 12:09 am by Amber

Free Comic Book Day Banner

A day I look forward to (and nearly always forget until that day) is almost here.  Free Comic Book Day

The last few years I try to get a copy of Owly because it always has Korgi art by Christian Slade.  I like his Corgi style and he’s a fellow owner.



Posted in Writing at 8:04 am by Amber

On the drive back from Washington, D.C. we passed through a little town.  Cumberland, Maryland would be an easy place to pass without ever knowing a thing about it. 

My husband was a little bit hungry and saw a Roy Rogers sign at that exit.  Going down the ramp were some incredible looking buildings and a one way street of houses parallel to us that welcomed us to the East Side.

The buildings to our left were tall wood and brick structures that defied gravity.  They were slightly rundown and reminiscent of something from Babe: Pig In The City and a Tim Burton movie.  A few streets away and we were in another part of town declaring Cumberland the Queen City (which is a nickname for Cincinnati).  The buildings seemed a little newer. 

While my husband was driving I had to look up the city on Yelp! and found the When Pigs Fly barbecue restaurant.  The portions sounded like much more than my husband could eat.  Since we could not find the Roy Rogers we returned to the freeway.  The buildings were taller than any visible fast food sign.  From the freeway I could see a railroad museum and a gorgeous church spire.

Once home I had to find out more about Cumberland.  It still has a running train line to Washington, D.C. and Chicago, Illinois.  William H. Macy went to one of the high schools.  It’s just over 9 square miles and has a population of about 20,000 people. 

Have you ever been somewhere that grabbed at your imagination and would not let go?  We were there ten minutes at the most and now I can’t stop thinking about it.


Mailbox Monday – April 26th

Posted in Event at 12:27 am by Amber

Mailbox Monday

A big thank you to Marcia at The Printed Page for hosting Mailbox Monday.

Katie Up and Down the Hall Book CoverThis week I received an ARC of Katie Up and Down the Hall by Glenn Plaskin.  While I was in Washington, D.C. the Hachette Book Group held a Blog Talk Radio interview with Ben Huh about I Has A Hotdog! and one of my submitted questions was used during the interview.  Katie Up and Down the Hallis about a Cocker Spaniel that brings together apartment neighbors into a family.

What arrived in your mailbox this week?


I Has A Hotdog! What Your Dog is Really Thinking – Professor Happycat

Posted in Review at 6:14 pm by Amber

Title: I Has A Hotdog! What Your Dog is Really Thinking
Author:Professor Happycat
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Source: Anna from Hachette Book Group

I Has A Hotdog Book CoverThis is not one of those books filled with random LOLanimals (pictures of animals with funny and often misspelled captions).  There are several sections with appropriate pictures.  Below are the chapter names, some highlights and the Corgi count.

Chapter One – Cute!
This chapter has some wonderful examples of puppy eyes and canines who are captured in all of their adorableness.

Corgi Count = Possible Cardigan Welsh Corgi –  “I lieks kibbles, and hotdogs, and long walks on the beach…”

Chapter Two – Food
Every dog owner has caught their dog salivating over something forbidden.  These pictures truly capture what the dogs could be thinking.

Corgi Count = Zero.

Chapter Three – Do Not Want
I think every dog owner holds imaginary dialogues with their dog.  This chapter has some cute pictures of dogs in costumes or with a funny expression.

Corgi Count = One Pembroke Welsh Corgi.  One of my all-time favorites, this is a triptych of a Corgi puppy at bathtime.  It starts off as being lots of fun and then as more water gets put on him the fun decreases.  Just what any Corgi I’ve met thinks about baths.

Chapter Four – Kill Cat!
The pictures in this chapter play on the perception of dogs and cats being lifelong enemies. 

Corgi Count = Zero

Chapter Five – Brain!
Right out of the gate is a picture that made me laugh out loud.  And yes, it had a Corgi, but would have been just as funny if it were a Poodle or a Beagle.

Corgi Count = Three Pembroke Welsh Corgis and One Cardigan Welsh Corgi

Chapter Six = Trouble
Most of my funny stories are about the Resident Corgi up to no good.  These pictures are no exceptions.  Some of them actually take credit for their deeds.

Corgi Count = Zero

Chapter Seven – Play!
Playtime is fun time for all dogs.  Not all dogs need toys to amuse themselves.  A water sprinkler can provide some hilarious results.

Corgi Count = Zero

Chapter Eight – Sleep
Back to a place of cuteness.  This chapter contains pictures of sleeping dogs or dogs on their way to dreamland.  These innocent looking fellows remind us that even when doing nothing… dogs can still amuse us.

Corgi Count = Two Pembroke Welsh Corgis

You can win your own copy here.


Win Your Own Copy of I Has A Hotdog!

Posted in Giveaway at 3:16 pm by Amber

I Has A Hotdog! is popping up all over since it was released this week. Hachette Book Group has been kind enough to allow three of my readers the opportunity to win their own copy.

Here are the rules:

  1. This is open to US and Canadian addresses (no P.O. Boxes) only.
  2. Random.org will choose a winner Friday, April 30th, 6pm Eastern from the entries.
  3. Leave a comment naming your favorite fictional or real dog. (The canine can be from a book, movie or painting.)

While you think about #3, here is a link to Anna Balasi’s Blog Talk Radio interview with Professor Happycat (aka Ben Huh).  You may recognize some of the names of people with questions.

Forget Lassie and Benji.  One of my all-time favorite dogs is Skippy.  You know him best as Asta from The Thin Man movies and he was also in Bringing Up Baby.  I’ll take an intelligent dog that can make me laugh any day of the week.

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Mailbox Monday – April 19

Posted in Event at 1:29 am by Amber

Mailbox Monday

A big thank you to Marcia at The Printed Page for hosting Mailbox Monday.

Blessedly, nothing new came into the house this week.  And I finished reading a book and a short story.  Now just to write the reviews…  🙂

What arrived in your mailbox this week?


The Possible Decrease in US Postal Service Delivery

Posted in Uncategorized at 12:23 am by Amber

Each week I participate in the Mailbox Monday meme where people share what books came into their house that week.  Sometimes the books really do arrive in the mailbox.

Last year I recall the US Postal Service talked about eliminating home delivery on Tuesday as it was the least busy day for them.  Now there is talk of eliminating Saturday delivery while the offices would remain open.  An independent advisor suggested they cut home deliveries to Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.  This would decrease their overhead costs and increase their revenue due to the increase in people renting post office boxes.  I imagine business deliveries would remain the same but I don’t remember reading anything about it.

Books arrive at my house from various services.  If they cut Saturday deliveries I am not sure how if it will have much impact to me personally.  I imagine I would start to get Saturdays and Sundays mixed up but that is about it.  If the residential deliveries were cut down to three days a week I imagine it would require a little more work involved in getting my outgoing mail to a post office for delivery.  A lot of the writing markets I submit to prefer electronic deliveries.

Right now I send nearly all of my packages through the post office.  I would have to be a bit more organized to make sure my deliveries made it in time for birthdays or other special occasions.  As it is, I have a hard time remembering it takes 10 days for a letter or post card to get to Alberta, Canada from Ohio.  On the plus side, some days I get so little mail I wonder if the mail carrier came by and this might make every day a good mail day!

How do you imagine a cut back in US mail delivery would impact you?


Mailbox Monday – April 12

Posted in Event at 1:03 am by Amber

Mailbox Monday

A big thank you to Marcia at The Printed Page for hosting Mailbox Monday.  Mailbox Monday is a weekly meme in which we share the books that arrived in our mailboxes during the week.

I’m almost caught up with my LibraryThing Early Reviewer reviews so of course that meant it was time for me to win two books from the March batch of books.  Try Me by Parker Blue arrived via email.  It’s the second in a series featuring Val, a part-demon teen vampire hunter with a terrier hellhound.

I Has A Hotdog Book Cover

I received a review copy of I Has A Hotdog: What Your Dog is Really Thinking by Professor Happycat while I was out of town.  Can you tell I am a sucker for dog books?

What arrived in your mailbox this week?


Mailbox Monday – April 5th

Posted in Event at 1:29 am by Amber

Mailbox Monday

A big thank you to Marcia at The Printed Page for hosting Mailbox Monday.  What exactly is Mailbox Monday?  It’s a meme in which we’re encouraged to share what books arrived in our mailboxes during the week.  Library books don’t count.

Nothing arrived in my mailbox this week.  I finished my taxes, have Mt. Washmore under control, and hosted a lunch for my parents and in-laws.  Now and then I’ve snuck away to do some reading.

What arrived in your mailbox this week?

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