Welcome to Cindy's Book Reviews. I
am pleased to meet you and read one of your books. Adventures
with Vinnie. This book is about a rescued dog, as I read, I
kept thinking that you and your husband are very patient people.
Can you explain to my readers, just a bit
about the book, and about why you wrote this book?
Adventures with Vinnie
is a story I started writing soon after we adopted Vinnie, a black
lab mix. He was such a rascal, throwing us curve balls all the time
with his freaky behavior. I thought the incidents would make an
At the end of the book, in the section
that tells about you, it mentions that your first shelter adoption
was in 1973. And that you have since then adopted 8 dogs from
shelters. Why shelter dogs? Why not go to a pet store and
buy a dog?
My husband grew up with a dog adopted from a
shelter, and from the beginning of our marriage in 1971, Fred spoke
lovingly of his old pal, Tippy. That experience gave Fred a soft
heart for homeless shelter animals, so when we were ready to add a
dog to our home in 1973, he insisted on adopting from either the
Humane Society or the county dog pound.
He visited both facilities and decided a
puppy at the Humane Society would be our best choice. Then he took me
there to meet the dog he had picked out. We had actually looked
through the window at a couple of puppies at the pet store in a mall,
but they were priced far beyond our reach. Good thing, too.
Over the years we learned that pet store
puppies come from puppy mills where they do not receive a good start
in life. They could be harboring worms or be afflicted with other
serious health issues that would require a big investment at the
In addition, purebred dogs, even when raised
by a loving and professional breeder, often suffer breed-specific
maladies that cost alot to treat. Over the decades, we’ve learned
that our mixed breed dogs are extremely healthy compared with
purebreds. We have two examples in our own experience to compare. Two
of our rescued dogs were former racing greyhounds. Each of them cost
us far more at the vet’s than any of our mixed breeds did.
You mention your motorhome, a couple of
times, and I was wondering, do you travel extensively in it?
Our motor home trips are anywhere from a
weekend long to a month long. Our month-long trips have taken us from
the Upper Peninsula of Michigan to my hometown of Brockport on the
Erie Canal in western New York State. We travel over 900 miles to
get there. We usually go there in April or May, do short trips to
weekend activities during the summer months, and take a two-week trip
in the fall across the Upper Peninsula.
This was your 19th book, and it was a
different kind of book than your normal genre, what genre do you
usually write in, and share some of your titles with my readers
I usually write historical romances set in
Michigan. Some of those titles are Mackinac,
The Captain and the Widow,
Sweethearts of Sleeping Bear Bay, Jenny of L’Anse Bay, and
Elizabeth of Saginaw Bay.
Several more are listed at my website (link shown below).
One last question and then we will do
some advertising for you. You tell about how Vinnie died, were
you worried or have you experienced any backlash from opening up
I haven’t experienced any backlash, but
the book is new and not too many people have read and reacted to it
at this point. The reason I made the statement I did about his
euthanasia is because I have read reviews about dog books where the
reviewer takes the writer to task for some aspect of their dog
ownership, rather than sticking to whether or not the book was
well-written or an entertaining story. I wanted to disarm reviewers
like that, but of course, what I say in the epilogue will be
disregarded by any reviewer who has his/her own agenda. Nevertheless,
I thought it appropriate to explain that I respect those who refuse
euthanasia in favor of extreme caregiving and a natural end-of-life
process. I hope they can grant me the same respect.
Thanks for visiting my blog, I loved the
book, super sweet story. I cried with you in frustration and
was heartbroken when Vinnie passed. Tell my readers where they
can buy your book. Also feel free to share your website or your
order site for any other books you have written.
You can find Adventures with
Vinnie, on Amazon here: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00HK1ZU5C
Currently, the Kindle version is available
for 99 cents and the paperback costs $9.
You can find more about me and all of my books, including
descriptions, excerpts, Amazon “buy” links, and a downloadable
snail-mail order form, at www.GreatLakesRomances.com.
At my website you can also connect with me at social media sites
like Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, and Twitter. Scroll to the bottom
of the home page to find those links.
For this post, I am giving away one copy of Adventures
with Vinnie. Paperback only available to those living in the
contiguous 48 states; however, anyone can choose a Kindle copy.
Please leave a comment with your email address and complete this
sentence: My ideal pet…
Donna Winters lives in the north woods of the Upper Peninsula with
her husband of forty-two years and their elderly shelter dogs, Babe
(age 10) and Buster (age 14). Weather permitting, the four of them
walk twice daily on the woodland paths or in the nearby state park,
enjoying the splendor and beauty of their remote Great Lakes