Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Read for Animals book #1

Anthology to help animal shelters
The full color interior book is a bit pricey

Our lower price book with B&W interior is published

Some of the stories we put together in this anthology will make you laugh out loud; others will warm your heart and perhaps make you cry. Some stories are true and the fantasy stories will make you think, what if? Each author and poet brings their unique writing style to this anthology for a good cause. Enjoy the book, and thank you for helping our furry, scaly and feathered friends in need by purchasing this book.
Contributors to this book:
Authors, poets, animal lovers: Erika M Szabo, Lorinda J. Taylor, Cindy J. Smith, Jeanne E. Rogers, Zrinka Jelic, Patrick O'Scheen, Kristine Raymond, Shebat Legion, Sandra Novelly, Shannon Sonneveldt, Julie Davis Dundas, Linda Whitehead Humbert, Debbie D. (Doglady) . Artist: Klarissa Kocsis

Available in ebook

Saturday, March 22, 2014

I'm honored to be nominated for the Lighthouse Award

I was honored to receive this award

I’d like to thank author Aya  Walksfar at http://www.ayawalksfar.com/ for nominating me for The Lighthouse Award.
I love what this award stands for: #bloggers who like to help! It always feels so good to be recognized, thank you Aya for nominating me for my efforts to help animals.

Writing is my gift that I use to help promoting my fellow authors and with my “Read for Animals” project, help animals in need and the dedicated work of animal shelters and hospices.

I was thinking about how to help animals in shelters and in animal hospices other than donating money I could afford. What can I do as a writer to help animals in need? I had an idea. I'm a writer; I can write, sell the book and donate the money - after publishing fees - to animal shelters. I started putting together the short stories I have written the past few years and asked my animal lover author, poet and artist friends if they'd like to participate in my “Read for Animals” project. The response was overwhelming, the stories and poems started flooding in and together we made this book possible to help our furry, scaly and feathered friends.
Some of the stories we put together in this anthology will make you laugh out loud; others will warm your heart and perhaps make you cry. Some stories are true and the fantasy stories will make you think, what if? Each author and poet brings their unique writing style to this anthology for a good cause. Enjoy the book, and thank you for helping our furry, scaly and feathered friends in need by purchasing this book.

Contributors to this book:
Authors, poets, animal lovers: Erika M Szabo, Lorinda J. Taylor, Cindy J. Smith, Jeanne E. Rogers, Zrinka Jelic, Patrick O'Scheen, Kristine Raymond, Shebat Legion, Sandra Novelly, Shannon Sonneveldt, Julie Davis Dundas, Linda Whitehead Humbert, Debbie D. (Doglady) . Artist: Klarissa Kocsis



The ebook is available on Amazon:

The full color print:

My name is Erika M Szabo
I’ve been writing Alternative Medicine related books in English and Hungarian. I love healing as passionately as I love to write and read. Growing up with a father who was a closet reader (having a macho image allowed him to read only in secret which he shared with me after I caught him reading my book ‘The lady of the camellias’ and he left a few teardrops on the pages) he introduced me to many great books. I was playing with the idea of writing a fantasy story peppered with historical facts for a while. The history of the Huns always fascinated me - they were my ancestors - although I decided that it was a stupid idea after I started reading about how to write a fiction book - I am not a literary genius, I have no idea how to create a good story line or form characters and make up a plot - I thought, but the idea didn’t leave me alone. I kept adding events and dialogs in my head to Ilona’s story.
Not knowing how to do something properly had never prevented me from a accepting a good challenge before, so I sat down by the computer and began writing. I've never been good at following rules or formulas, therefore I discarded the instructions and I made up my own rules. I began writing Ilona's story as a diary. Just for my own enjoyment, writing down the ideas that are swirling in my head is far better than being haunted by them. I thought. I kept writing for months, and soon I realized that I never had so much fun doing anything in my life before.

My books:
Genre: fantasy/suspense/mystery

(Available in one book and separately book 1 Foresight and book 2 Acceptance) Read more on my WEBSITE

Coming of age, a door closed in Ilona’s life and a door opened toward an uncertain future. Ilona is a doctor, born into an ancient tribe which still exists hidden amongst us with its fiercely enforced rules. She doesn’t know much about her heritage besides legends and rituals, but begins to remember the forgotten instructions concealed as rhymes. She has been secretly and hopelessly in love with her best friend, when fate brings Zoltan into her life.  The sudden magnetic feeling frightens her. Will he break her heart, or will he bring true happiness? She discovers growing magical abilities within her in the strange world of the Huns, which are beyond her wildest dreams. She can use her given gifts for absolute good or absolute evil; the choice is up to her. A sinister dark man appears, Ilona connects his presence with the series of mysterious deaths around her. Ilona is determined to control and guide her own life. Resourceful and daring, she crosses the line and breaks the sacred rules. She must face the consequences, which prompts her to start fitting the puzzle pieces together and discovering the ancient tribal secrets that not only can change her future, but the future of her people as well.
You can find me:

The Lighthouse Award requires that a blogger:
• Display the Award Certificate on your blog.
• Write a post and link back to the blogger that nominated you.
• Inform your nominees of their award nominations.
• Share three ways that you like to help others.
• Nominate as many bloggers as you like.

When I think about all the people who #blog and who make helping others a large part of their lives, there are too many to list. But here are some that I nominate for The Lighthouse Award:

Lorinda J. Taylor for volunteering to do the painstaking work of editing the “Read for Animals” project’s book.

Jeanne E. Rogers for educating people about endangered animals

Roy Murry for his tireless effort of promoting fellow authors

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Pets at the Read for Animals event

I invited pets with their animal parents to our book release event

and look how many beautiful cats and dogs showed up!

Five most liked pictures will receive the first book of my Guarded Secrets series

Pamela Scott
"Mischievous Scott she is 13 yrs old in human years and she has been my sunshine ever since. Even with her morning kisses"

Sharon Obelenus Holland
"This is my Chief. Hes a New Years Baby! His momma is pure Husky, and well daddy might be German Shepard or Blue Tick hound. He is funny, when you yell at him he yells back!"

Sharon Obelenus Holland
"And this is my Jasper. He ran away once to our house and liked it so much he kept doing it. Finally we moved into his owners extra trailer and he came to live with us!"

Sarah Delgado Lieurance
"This is Mac. Our happy go lucky Siberian Husky."

Sarah Delgado Lieurance
"Ginger our wonderful little girl who can't seem to ever eat enough."

Deborah Davidson
"This is my Yuba. He makes me laugh every day even on the days where the darkness find me. The days where fighting this cancer is all too much. On those days he will not leave my side."

Monica Mathis Reents
"This is Bentley. He is the kindest, most sensitive dog I have ever known. I was diagnosed with syringomyelia in July 2011...4 surgeries later and no longer able to work, I needed him. We went to the ks humane society and I fell in love with him! He is by my side all day, everyday. He comforts me when the pain is more than I can handle, he knows how to ease the pain with a gentle nudge, snuggling. He smells my eyes several times a day, like a he is checking my emotions...truly, my best friend."

Marsha Thalleen
"This is Punkin. He is 15 and a cat, what's not to love?"

Karey Smith
"This is my baby sassy and she is my rock lol she loves me unconditionally"

Shirley Denton
"Diamond is our puppy name she was a surprise gift for my granddaughter"

Portia Dewey
"Meet Cinca.... we adopted her from the shelter in So Cal when living there.. probably about 7 years ago... she is estimated at 9 years old... Her name was given to her from her previous owner. I do not know what it means... She is a odd duck!.. when ever someone comes over if she likes them she brings them gifts.. they can consist of Towels, shoes, socks and if you leave them on the floor , she will greet your company with a pair of dirty panties... She loves to sing.. if you sing, she sings louder ... chimes right in.. She hates running water, but bring her to the river she will run and run and run through the water... When it snows here, she will leap through the snow, no matter how deep.. 1 inch and she jumps like its up to her waist, pretty funny to watch... She loves loves loves puppies... she just cannot get enough of them...(can anyone take a guess at her breed?.. the shelter said she is 100% Rottweiler, honestly, I do not think she has a drop of Rott in her. Have always been curious of her breed)"

Anna Click
"My Kaydee - Was a free pet on craigslist - can only imagine what would have been her fate if we hadn't gotten her."

Terri Hubbard Carle
"This is Heidi. She is our baby"

Marsha Thalleen
"And this is Oreo. She looks sweet here, but inside lies a demon.."

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Fun at the book release event

You are missing all the fun at our book release event!
Come over and join us

I posted some CAPTURE THIS photos and I can't stop laughing.
Read the captions and don't be shy to LOL

 Jami Taylor
"Have a bite. No, really.. It's good!! Take a really BIG BITE!"

Marsha Thalleen
"How do you know you don't like it if you've never tried it?"

Becky LaJuett Ledford

Jason Gray
"Garfield dosen't like Nermal to touch his lasagne."

Sharon Obelenus Holland
"People food is MINE.....THIS is yours!!!"

Read for Animals
"Want to steal from my bowl? Here you, go stuff your face!"

Debb Lavoie
"Eat your vegetable!"

Anna Click
"Kitty food obedience training...."

Marsha Thalleen
"I asked you nicely to cut off the crusts..."

Jami Taylor
"This kitty misunderstood the meaning of "inbred".

Sharon Obelenus Holland
"What hole?? Its completely white!!!"

Read for Animals
"I'm a catwich!"

Anna Click
"I am lion hear me roar!! "meeeeeooooow"

Sharon Obelenus Holland
"Come one....SMILE AT ME!"

Ailsa Abraham Author
"What???? You LIKE being wet???"

Debb Lavoie
"You are NOT coming into MY yard!!"

Jami Taylor
"Welcome th the swamp, kitty."
Lorinda J. Taylor
"Oh, no! I've been abducted by aliens while I slept!"

Pamela Scott 
"You are that swamp kitty arn't you? The one who took out my brother!"

Graham Christopher
"Excuse me, sorry to disturb your swim, but is your name Tiddles?"

Shirley Denton
"I don't taste good try something bigger"

Klarissa Kocsis
"Oh no...I think this is the Loch Ness turtle!"

Kevin Raney
"I dare you to take one more step!"

Anna Click 
"rawwwr" come a little closer and I'll scratch that smile of your face."

Marsha Thalleen
"I'm ready. We're off to Walmart!"

Jami Taylor
"I have a big date. I wonder if I should curl my tail too."

Sharon Obelenus Holland
"Im sexy and I know it!!"

Vanessa Jane Chapman
"Let me fix your hair she said, it'll be fun she said."

Anna Click
"My human likes it when I look just like her! I think she over did it...."

Karey Smith 
"wheres my coffee"

Shirley Denton
"gotta love my hair just colored it and curled"

Ailsa Abraham Author
"Oh no - not another bloody dog show!"

Ailsa Abraham Author
"Cheers, mate, I knew I shouldn't have had that last pint."

Jami Taylor Zebra:

Karey Smith
"giddy up"

Shirley Denton
"piggy back is fun"

Klarissa Kocsis
"Thanks, I just found my herd...wonder why they left without me...sigh."

Sharon Obelenus Holland
"I can see for miles and miles!!"

Anna Click
"hold me up higher the mouse is getting closer."

Marsha Thalleen
"Nothing up my sleeve...presto!"

Jami Taylor
"Guy to Dr.: I swear, it just started growing there 2 days ago. And now it MEOWS!!!!"

Sharon Obelenus Holland
"My on-the-go bed!!"

Debb Lavoie
"I love my human" 

Anna Click
"Snug as a bug in a bed. Meow!"

Fiona Mcvie
"Snug as a bug in a rug"

Fiona Mcvie
"Snug as a bug in a rug"

Karey Smith
"peek a boo"

Ailsa Abraham Author
"He cuffed me, gov"

Shirley Denton
"snuggle fluff"

Shirley Denton
"purr I'm getting sleepy meow"

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

All about animals #1

I found this very interesting site about a Hungarian breed dog, the Agar. My neighbor had one just like this majestic animal.

This site describes this breed, and I quote:
"The Magyar Agár is a Hungarian sight hound of elegant yet rugged structure. While they bear some resemblance to their cousin the English Greyhound, there are a number of significant differences in conformation between the two breeds. Magyar Agárs are longer in body than they are tall, and have a heavier bone structure than Greyhounds. Their heads are more wedge-shaped, with substantial jaw muscles and shorter snouts, giving them a less refined appearance. They also have much thicker skin with a short, dense and smooth coat that is slightly longer during winter months. As such, they are very hardy dogs and can tolerate lower temperatures better than some of the other short-coated sight hounds. They have rose-shaped ears that are raised about half way and oval-shaped eyes with a bright and gentle looking expression. They weigh between 49 pounds (22 kg) and 68 pounds (31 kg) with a height between 25 inches (64 cm) and 27 inches (69 cm) at the withers. They come in a variety of colors."

Visit the site on the link above to find out more 

Monday, March 10, 2014

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Saturday, March 8, 2014


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Brave Protector

 Brave Protector

Our cat Spotty stayed indoors most of the time. She felt safe in the backyard only when we were outside with her. My hubby and I were relaxing, enjoying our afternoon coffee on the patio one day and watching the hummingbirds drinking nectar from the flowers on the windowsill. Spotty took a catnap beside my feet. Our shepherd Lucky was snapping at the pesky flies in the shade.
Our peaceful time was interrupted when my hubby’s friend pulled into the backyard. He got out of the car, quickly opened the backdoor and let out his Rottweiler, who ran over to the azalea bushes.
“I’ll put the leash on him in a minute. He just had to go bad - it was a long ride,” he said. With leash in hand, he started walking after his dog.
Worried, I stood up, but my hubby was already standing by our dog ready to protect her. Past experiences taught us to be cautious when Crow was around. He had attacked our dog before when he wasn’t securely tied up on the leash.
I was watching hubby’s friend approaching his dog, but before he could get close, the dog bolted and ran toward us. My hubby yelled as his friend tried to catch Crow. I watched in horror, but I was afraid to move. Our dog cowered behind my hubby.
Suddenly I heard a loud cry. I saw Spotty darting, charging like a bullet toward the approaching Rottweiler. She pounced, let out a furious growl and sank her needle sharp claws in the dog’s face. Crow yelped as he tried to shake the cat off his face. Spotty wouldn’t let go and kept growling.
Hubby’s friend finally caught up with the Rottweiler and clipped the leash on the dog’s collar. My hubby tried to peel Spotty off the Rottweiler’s face.
After a brief struggle, she let go. Hubby put her down. The cat puffed her hair, indignantly hissed a few times, and then walked to our shaking dog. She licked Lucky’s face as if she was saying, “Don’t worry, buddy, I will always protect you.”

You will find Spotty's true story in the upcoming book to help animals

Friday, March 7, 2014

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

My appreciation for animals

Sandra Novelly author
I learned appreciation for animals as a child.  Both sets of grandparents were farmers, so I remember baby calves, ducklings, chickens, a plow horse named Star (because of the marking on her forehead), holding baby field mice in my hand and marveling at their teeny, tiny bodies, hogs, and kittens galore.
At home I remember a parakeet named Boo who loved to sit on my head.  And there were also dogs; one a huge boxer with the tongue-in-cheek name of Tiny who would jump his doghouse when I stood on the other side of it and called his name (he liked to eat watermelon and drink beer!), and after him came a black cocker spaniel with lolling tongue and curly coat.
When I had my own home, there were cats.  One was adopted when its owner grew allergic.  Abby, so shy when she first came to us that she hid under the bed for days, aided my recovery from ACL surgery.  She never left my side except to eat and use her box.  When she passed, a friend sealed her in a PVC pipe and buried her high on a hill in a beautiful park even though it was against the law.  I like to think she enjoys the view.  A black kitten so tiny and dark I was afraid to use the bathroom at night for fear of squashing him, Licorice was fearless as he grew and loved to jump on unsuspecting visitors to our home.  WC (for white cat, so named by my husband) was my lap cat.  He loved to lie on my lap and revel in the strokes I gave him, no matter if we were at home in my chair or traveling down the road in our motor home.  A beautifully-colored calico, Noel, seemed to love to be punted for she ran underfoot on purpose.  These are just a few of the many who graced us with their presence.
We also had dogs.  A German shepherd named Sultan grew from a cuddly white puppy to an 85-pound dog who still loved to sit on my lap.  Baron von Moore of Milford, a wiggly eight-month-old Schnauzer pup when he arrived, was my staunch protector and pal.
I cannot imagine a home without animals although when my two current friends pass I may try that scenario (I don’t know how long I’ll make it).  Each little pal has taken a piece of my heart with him or her when crossing the Rainbow Bridge and their deaths break it in two.  It is harder and harder to mend each time, although I will never regret sharing my life with these amazing, funny, endearing animals.

Google public domain image from a children's bible

Help animals

I never expected that my idea of helping animals in shelters would grow so big and so fast.

I was browsing animal shelter sites and some of the conditions the dedicated workers have to deal with and able to provide only the bare minimum for the animals, greatly saddened me.

Animals that are lucky enough to have good homes are showered with love and pampered. Unfortunately others are not so lucky. They end up with humans who abuse, neglect or starve them. But luckily, people report animal abusers and the neglected or abused pets go to animal shelters.

Shelters can't replace a loving home, but they provide the basic necessities for the animals thanks to donations and the dedicated workers.

Animal hospices that care for old and sick animals also depend on donations to provide medical care, food, comfortable environment and a safe place to live.

I kept thinking what I can do to help, but I knew that the little money I could donate will not be too much help. Then I thought, I'm a writer, I can write to help struggling shelters by writing a book and donate the money from the sales.

I asked a few author friends if they would be interested in participating and I got a lot of positive responses. It started out as a small project, but now we have amazing stories to publish.

The anthology is nearly complete and next week I will get it ready for publishing, ( if I could just concentrate on putting the book together and format it into a book. I keep getting stuck reading the stories and poems, laughing, crying and saying a lot of awwws in the process.)

I've been getting messages from authors and animal lovers that they'd like to participate in this project, therefore I decided to start accepting short stories and poems - shortly after the first book is published, hopefully within two weeks - about animals for the next book.

The stories and poems in the book are amazing! Some of them are humorous, others are tear-jerkers or heartwarming, true stories and fantasy stories.

Coming soon in ebook and print

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Shannon's babies

This is Conner and Zoe, they joined our family as puppies in November 2012. We lost our Sadie (black lab) the previous summer and their was an emptiness in the family. My boys saw these babies and fell in love. Once my son got used to what 'puppy' means - small, not house trained, etc. He grew to love them dearly. They provide hours of entertainment with their antics and have grown to be big lap dogs. They are brother and sister and never far from each other, always protecting each other. They think they are brave guard dogs when there is a window or fence separating them from the world - but truly our scared babies once anything new enters their space (they get scared when we wear new shoes - truly). They have added great joy and love to our family and we are very thankful they are now part of our lives and truly our babies!
Thank you for the adorable picture and their story!

Sunday, March 2, 2014


This handsome little guy is Muffin,
you can read the funny story in the upcoming anthology how Muffin got his ear drops.
It will make you laugh, promise

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Foster mom, Akasha

Elisha sent this picture of her non-human family:
"Akasha became the foster mom and helped Bella, (our Sheppard mix, the birth mother of Brutus) in raising her pups. Bella was quite tolerant of the fostering. While Akasha helped care for all the pups, Brutus remained and still remains her boy.The devotion of foster mom Akasha continues despite the growth in size of Brutus who soon became quite a bit larger than his adopted mom."