Tuesday, August 27, 2013

You call that a dog? by Fiona Lowe

About a week after I started writing Picture Perfect Wedding, my Wisconsin Dairy book,  we went to visit friends who've have retired to a small property.  I say retired in a very loose sense, because they're working really hard on their land. They're part of the migration of fit retirees who change their city job for a country lifestyle and they took their city dog with them.

Maggie-May is a Maltese Shih-Tzu-cross....a little, white terrier and now she thinks she's a cattle dog! She's also very keen to defend the home garden from snakes and other wildlife that wander through and she has different barks. Here she is, exploring a 200 year old tree that came down in the wind!

Now farm dogs are generally a lot larger than a Maltese Shih-Tzu cross. They're usually Border collies, Kelpies, Blue-Heelers etc,  real working dogs and this got me thinking. What if a city dog ended up on a farm? What would a farmer's reaction be?

And then I had fun! Erin Davis is a photographer from Minneapolis and she has a Maltese Shih Tzu cross terrier and Luke Anderson, dairyman from Whitetail Wisconsin has Mac, a Border collie.
After Erin gets bogged in Luke's pasture and her dog defends her by clamping her small teeth into Luke's shin, things are not going so well.

Picture Perfect Wedding is Book two of my  Wedding Fever trilogy, set in Whitetail, Wisconsin and it follows on from Saved By The Bride. So what's it about?

Erin Davis will do whatever it takes to be the photographer for high-end brides. So what if capturing the moments of people’s lives means she has no time for her own. Nothing will get between her and the security she craves, not even the gorgeous farmer refusing to let her shoot in his sunflowers.
His family has always been tied to the land, but lately Luke Anderson feels more like he’s chained. While he ponders his future, he still has cows to milk and no time to deal with Erin or Bridezillas in his fields. Yet there’s something about the sexy city girl he can’t say no to. So he says yes: just this once.
With the town in need of a photographer, Erin agrees to spend wedding season in Whitetail. The sparks flying between her and Luke quickly ignite, but just as Erin starts to picture her own happy ending, Luke takes a gamble that could risk it all…

Do you know an animal who thinks their  role in life is different from what is expected of them?

I'd love to give away a eBook copy of Picture Perfect Wedding so to be in with a chance, just leave a comment about an animal you may know or have heard of.

You can buy Picture Perfect Wedding  and Saved By The Bride at all ebook retailers and it ranges in price from $1.99 to $3.50.

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Boomerang Bride, my Rita and R*BY winning novel is now an Amazon bestseller after hitting #4 in the store on August 12th. What an exciting day that was!

 Fiona Lowe is a RITA® and R*BY award-winning, multi-published author with Harlequin and Carina Press. Whether her books are set in outback Australia or in the mid-west of the USA, they feature small towns with big hearts, and warm, likeable characters that make you fall in love. When she's not writing stories, she's a weekend wife, mother of two 'ginger' teenage boys, guardian of 80 rose bushes and often found collapsed on the couch with wine. You can find her at her websitefacebookTwitter and Goodreads.


erin said...

Congrats to Fiona on the series!!! I just got Boomerang Bride and I can't wait to get started :) Ummm... my pointer/beagle mix would not do well in the country. He's used to a pampered life style! Or I might be projecting and it's really me :) Thanks for sharing!

Linda Henderson said...

When I was young we had a Saint Bernard and he was huge but he thought he was a lap dog. It could be hysterical at times. We kept him outside but if he got in the house he would go jump in someone's lap. He loved my grandmother and she was the only person he wouldn't jump up on. He would run up to her and stop and just lean against her. She always told us that he smiled at her, and darned if it didn't look like it too.

Barbara E. said...

I like the idea of a city dog in the country, this sounds like a fun series. My sister's Australian shepherd thinks he's a foot warmer - he gets under the desk or next to the couch and lays on your feet. I think it's only because he's too big and has bad hips that he isn't up in your lap. He's definitely a laid back guy, he'd be in trouble in the country being expected to work.

Fiona Lowe said...

LOL, Erin! Maybe you're denying your dog the country life ;-)

Fiona Lowe said...

I can just picture a Saint Bernard trying to be a lap dog! Thanks for sharing.

Fiona Lowe said...

Genes are pretty strong, Barbara, he might just find himself rounding up the cows!

Roz @ My Written Romance said...

We had a lovely old cocker spaniel who wasn't all that sure she was a dog. She was always trying to make friends with our rather unimpressed cat, and was a mad fan of cat food. She was a shocking guard dog too.

Karen H in NC said...

I don't have a dog but if I did, I would choose the little white dog that appears in the Cesar dog food commercials. I think it's a Westie....high maintenance, but cute.

BTW, Fiona....has anyone ever told you that you look like Shirley Jones?

Fiona Lowe said...

LOL, Karen, no but I can see that! Maybe it's the short hair.

Fiona Lowe said...

Ladies, I put your names in a hat and the winner is Erin which is so amazing and spooky because the heroine in Picture Perfect Wedding is named Erin. Cue do-dah do dah do dah music!!
Erin, please email me on fiona at fionalowe dot com