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I always love a good story with a pet in it. Adding a furry (or feathered, or gilled) friend can add charm and whimsy, or comic relief, whether the animal plays a pivotal role or is just there to provide your characters with companionship. From Harry’s owl Hedwig in Harry Potter, Dog from Good Omens, or the much less friendly Church in Stephen King’s Pet Semetary, animals in fiction is a common theme.

In my own work, a very important kitty plays a role in my Siren Song series. Serendipity is the pet cat of a supporting character named Cindy, but she takes a keen liking to my protagonist, June Coffin, and they become steadfast pals, to the point June eventually becomes her owner. ‘Dipity’ for short (June also calls her Dip), she ends up playing a vital role in saving June’s life (and playing tongue-in-cheek homage to an urban legend). Dipity is a tortoiseshell, and I openly admit she’s modeled 100% after my own tortoiseshell kitty. I’m not sure, however, that my own cat could stop being lazy long enough to become a hero…

Save someone? Maybe after my nap.

In the paranormal romance series I’m currently working on, there’s also a Basset hound belonging to the hero, who ends up playing a very important role. I guess I like writing about pets who are more than meets the eye.

Even if your animal companion doesn’t play the part of a hero or end up having secret magical powers, including a pet is a fun touch. A lot of cozy mysteries include, and even revolve around pets, I’ve noticed.

Do you have a favorite book or series that includes an animal companion? Do you include animals in your own writing?


Side Note: Right now I’m giving away a copy of The Burning City at All Things Urban Fantasy! Stop by and find out my top 10 favorite ghost stories and enter to win. Contest closes tomorrow!

Did you know that The Wicked City is on sale right now for 99 cents? Cheap! You can get it at any of these places:

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Today is the day! The Burning City is now available:

The Burning City – Siren Song #3

When the smoke clears, who will be left standing?

Tattoo artist June Coffin has another, more hidden talent: she’s a Siren who can influence people with the sound of her voice. But in the wake of a murder and shake-up at the Institute of Supernatural Research, her own powers are starting to kill her. The only chance she has of saving herself—as well as her kidnapped brother and best friend—is to become a vampire. But joining the ranks of the vengeful vamp, Occam Reed, is the last thing June wants to do.

Occam isn’t the only danger June needs to worry about. Power hungry telepath Robbie Beecher will stop at nothing to gain control over Chicago. He’ll destroy anyone who gets in his way—and June’s lover, Sam, is high on the hit list since his bid for Mayor. With the city and June’s heart being pulled in different directions, it’s only a matter of time before the powder keg explodes…and time isn’t something June has much of left. With a city on fire, can she rise from its ashes?

Read the first chapter | Book #1 – The Wicked City | Book #2 – The Bloody City

Buy it at:

Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Google Play | iTunesKobo | All Romance Ebooks | BAM

 

Want to win some prizes? Check out The Burning City today at:

Check out the promo blast and enter to win a $10 Amazon gift card! The participating blogs are listed here if you want to show them some love!

  • Suzanne Johnson’s blog: enter to win a $10 Amazon gift card!
  • The Burning City is also featured at Cover Reveals right now.
  • Additionally, simply comment on this post and I will pick one lucky winner to receive the entire Siren Song series (3 books) in e-format. Winner will be announced here on Friday!

Just a note that things will be a bit out of whack here on the blog next week, as The Burning City will be released on Tuesday and I’ll be focusing a lot on that.

As an update, unfortunately I’ve decided to cancel the Facebook party for release day due to lack of interest–however, I will be doing a giveaway here on the blog instead and there will be multiple giveaways on other blogs where I’m doing guest spots, as well. I’ll make sure to link to those on Tuesday so you have lots of chances to win!

Hope to see you on Tuesday for release day, and if you live in the U.S., have a great holiday weekend!

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With one week left until The Burning City, the third book in my Siren Song series, is released, I thought I would share a little milestone I recently discovered I’d reached.

I received my royalty report for the first quarter of 2016, and as it turns out, the first book in the Siren Song series, The Wicked City, sold over a thousand copies as of the end of March! It was released in March 2015, so that means it has sold a thousand copies in its first year. Mind you, this report only went to the end of the first quarter, so I don’t know how many I’ve sold since March. In May, The Wicked City was free and ended up in the top five of several bestseller lists on Amazon, so there’s that as well. Of course, I don’t make money on free copies, but they still contribute to the total sold.

I know that a thousand copies is really small beans in the publishing world. A ‘successful’ novel is somewhere in the neighborhood of 5,000 copies sold and bestsellers are in the tens and even hundreds of thousands. I probably wouldn’t impress anyone important with my 1,000 figure (1,059 to be exact) but darn it, I’m impressed and so are my co-workers and friends. I was hoping even 100 people would bother to buy it and I’ve managed ten times that!

So here’s to a thousand copies, and to the third book coming out in a week. I’m happy with my accomplishments!

By the way, I was at Reading Addiction yesterday with a free, exclusive excerpt for The Burning City. Be sure to go check it out!