Book: Fur Ball Fever by Maureen Fishercategories: Book, Romance, Humor, Dogs, Romantic Comedy, Romantic Suspense, Jersey Shore, Sensual Romance, Contemporary Romance, Romantic Crime Mystery
Maureen Fisherabout this book: I'm not like most authors who tend to ooze plot ideas at the drop of a hat. Not me. Oh no! Sadly, I tend to go blank between books. My husband learned long ago to cringe at my recurring whine, "What am I gonna write about next?"
When he birthed the idea for Fur Ball Fever, I figure it was done in self-defense. Here's how it went down (an almost true story):
One fateful morning, my husband sees an article in the local newspaper about the annual Fur Ball, a charity event to raise money for animals. After reading it out loud to soften me up, he gives me a commanding look, and says, "That's what your next book will be about."
I raise one eyebrow to let him know I don't think much of his idea and continue slurping down coffee.
Ever persistent, he says, "Fur Ball Fever is a fantastic title for a book."
When he's right, he's right.
I mull over his suggestion while he holds his breath. Finally, I turn to him and say, "How about an impulsive pet spa owner who loses her client's prize pooch just in time for the annual Fur Ball extravaganza? And the only man qualified to help is her former flame, the hunkiest bodyguard north of the Mason-Dixon Line."
And the rest is history. Ideas for characters and plot twists fly fast and furious. There would be an aging hippie aunt who says and does all those things we all wish we had the nerve to say and do. There would be a homicidal granddaddy bent on whacking a con-artist who scammed local seniors and murdered witness. There would be steamy romance and hot sex. There would be a fetish club with all sorts of eccentric patrons doing mysterious things (this required extensive research, but, hey nothing is too onerous for the dedicated author).
For dog-lovers there would be dogs, most notably a renegade schnauzer called Murphy, a missing poodle with the handle of Miss Coco Chanel, a bull-mastif known as Crusher. To keep cat-lovers happy, there would even be a cat named Baby-Cakes, a vicious feline if ever there was one.
Someone (I forget who, but it really doesn't matter) once said, "Include animals in a book, and readers will come."
Please let it be so.
• 5 Stars: "One for the Money meets Best in Show."
• 5 Stars: "Fun romance with laugh out loud humor!"
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