‘The rehomer led in a stocky, predominantly white male. On his ears and flank he had large brown patches. “The brindle one has kennel cough so unless you really wanted to wait for her, I thought I’d bring the next one.”
Landen looked back at Mervin. “It’s the one I said I liked.”
He stuck out a bottom lip. “Maybe that’s an omen?”’
It’s been a while since I mentioned my latest (as in upcoming) book. For those long suffering souls who have followed this blog since 2015, they may recall my novel in weekly instalments that I posted during 2015. I didn’t ever finish it, partly because I always intended to publish it but we reached week 48 together.
I had hoped to use 2016 to edit, refine, rewrite, repeat and publish but for all sorts of reasons it didn’t quite happen.
‘I don’t want you, I don’t fancy you but you do that and I can’t imagine anything else. ‘You’re not my type,’ she said out loud, as she’d done before. Did saying it out loud make it true or was she just self-deluding?’
Today, though, after some fairly major reworking following my beta readers suggestions (improved drains, an extra living room, the removal of a floor and a new roof) it has gone back to my editor for his final check, critique and commentary. He’s a busy bunny and I delivered late so that does mean it is unlikely to be back with me until February. Then, dear readers, I should be able to announce a publication date.
Admittedly I still need a cover, a blurb and all the good stuff that goes with the draft, but it remains one of life’s complete and utter releases to finish a manuscript and think, yes, that’s a decent book.
‘It was as he said these last words that she noticed his right hand was holding something small and metallic, something that looked very much like a gun.’
Here’s a draft blurb; see what you think.
Buster & Moo – Blurb
It is a cliché that the dog owns the human but what if the dog in question has two owners who meet and whose lives intertwine?
Sheri and Dave Howard have no choice but to rehome Buster. Landen Powell and Mervin Stiles want a dog and take him on, renaming him Mottram, or Moo as Mervin prefers.
When Mervin and Sheri meet and agree on some lessons for the now disobedient dog, it seems innocent enough. Even when Dave, out of prison on licence finds out and jealously throws away her dog training kit, it appears to be a minor hiccup. But then Landen loses her job following the discovery of her affair with a work colleague and becomes involved in a police inquiry. She is desperate to hide what has happened from Mervin.
Sheri finds out her employer for whom she cleans is apparently a drug dealer and is threatened with exposure if she tells anyone. She is frantic to keep it from Dave.
As the four lives overlap and criss-cross, through the medium of their shared love of the dog, the problems mount. Sheri and Mervin grow close, as they battle to help each other but it is the unlikely alliance between Sheri and Landen that leads to the dramatic climax. There is only room for one hero, however. Who will it be?