Devin is out for the next couple of weeks. In her absence, please enjoy this previously published Devin’s Tails:
Talisman, the pampered Australian Shepherd in my humorous Red Hot novels, is having romantic problems. So, in Red Hot Liberty her people decide to set up a Facebook page for her and post that she is looking for love. (Despite a warning from the novel’s resident conspiracy theorist, Liberty True, that Facebook is run by the CIA and should be avoided at all costs!) Talisman’s people include the novel’s heroine, Molly, her nine-year-old daughter, Angelina, and a sexy Englishman named Robin who is also a psychic. Please enjoy this scene from the book:
After dinner, Molly, Angelina, and Robin retired to the living room to eat chocolate cream pie and check Talisman’s Facebook page. Despite Liberty’s warnings, the family had decided that it was unlikely the Feds would have a reason to spy on Talisman.
Molly set up her laptop on the coffee table. Angelina and Talisman sat on the floor in front of it, while Molly and Robin settled in on the couch behind them. Talisman’s scarf of the day said LOOKING FOR LOVE.
Angelina set her pie down on the table and logged into Facebook.
“Tali is so eager to hear the posts that she’s totally ignoring the pie,” Robin said. “That’s a girl on a mission.”
Angelina nodded. “She’s looking for love.”
That morning, Robin had helped Talisman post a request for romantic personal ads.
“Here’s a very handsome Border Collie named Doc,” Angelina said. “His message says, ‘Seeking pastures, sheep, and love. Send photos of sheep and pastures.’”
“Based on Tali’s recent experience with sheep and pastures, I’d say that wouldn’t be a good match,” Molly said.
“Nope,” Angelina said.
Robin patted her head. “She agrees.”
“Here’s an Australian Shepherd named Bailey. He competes in agility. His post says, ‘Single Blue Male seeking agile partner for bar-hopping fun. I’m athletic and handsome with blue eyes that will put you in a trance. Don’t worry, my bark is worse than my bite.’” Angelina sighed. “He’s a blue merle just like Chance, so we’ll have to reject him too. I’m sorry, Tali.”
Talisman appeared stricken.
“There’s more,” Angelina assured her. “Romeo, a Greyhound, says, ‘I’m a dashing hunk who loves heavy petting. Will share food. My bad boy reputation is unwarranted as I have absolutely no idea how playdog.com or dogsgonewild.com got in the web browser history.’”
Molly burst out laughing. “Oh, dear. Not for our Tali.”
Talisman didn’t say anything, but her expression seemed irritated.
“She’s not so sure about that,” Robin said.
Molly shrugged. “Well, women do tend to go for the bad boys.”
“Really? Do you?” Robin asked.
Molly considered her choices. “I used to. I’m trying to do better now.”
“There’s a Black Russian Terrier named Igor. His post says, ‘SBM seeks affectionate woman to minister to my needs. Seeks casual K9 for long walks and candlelight kibble. I have a live-in girlfriend, but we have an open relationship.’”
Molly choked on her pie. Perhaps she should have vetted these first.
“Another bad boy,” Robin said. “Next?”
“This Red Setter named Fergus wrote, ‘Rugged Irish outdoorsman looking for hunting companion who is athletic and earthy. Wants a no muss/no fuss kind of gal who doesn’t whine.’”
“Most definitely not a match,” Robin said.
“Tali is a very special girl and deserves a special boy,” Angelina said.
“Only the best for our Tali,” Molly agreed.
“A Labradoodle named Bocker says, ‘I have movie star good looks and a compassionate heart. As I live in New York, we would have to have a long-distance relationship, but my person has Skype.’” Angelina tilted the laptop so Talisman could get a good look at the big blond with soulful brown eyes. “What do you think, Tali?”
Talisman sniffed the screen with interest.
“A long-distance romance wouldn’t be a lot of fun,” Molly told her.
Robin leaned forward and took a closer look at Bocker. “Hmmm. My gift tells me that they just might have a chance to meet someday.”
“Can you wait, Tali?” Angelina asked.
Talisman walked away and plopped down by the fireplace to think about it.
Bocker the Labradoodle is based on a real dog who won a raffle I held to benefit Best Friends Animal Society, the nation’s largest sanctuary for homeless, abused, and abandoned animals. The prize I offered was that the winner would be featured in my Red Hot novels as a character. In the forthcoming Red Hot Vampyre, Bocker will appear as himself. The real Bocker is a canine actor and model who was in Steven Spielberg’s movie, War of the Worlds. InRed Hot Vampyre he will appear as himself appearing in a Steven Spielberg movie. I’m hoping he’ll also capture Talisman’s romantic interest because she is threatening to start a “Speed-Dating for Dogs” program and I’m just not sure how to write about that!
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Copyright © 2011 by Devin O’Branagan
Devin O’Branagan is a bestselling author who writes novels about uncommon heroes. Her genres include young adult urban fantasy, paranormal thrillers, comic mysteries, and fiction about dogs and cats. She is a member of the Dog Writers Association of America, the Cat Writers’ Association, and many of her writing projects support animal rescue. Her books have been published by Simon & Schuster’s Pocket Books in English, Heyne Verlag in German, and Dogan Egmont in Turkish. All of her books are available in both print and eBook formats. Visit her website at DevinWrites.com, and check her out on Facebook and Twitter.