Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Guest Post with Linda Benson and Giveaway of Walking the Dog

 Today we have Linda Benson is on the blog with a Guest Post as well as a giveaway!

Can animals help kids get through difficult situations with their undivided love? I believe many of us can attest to this. Do animals in stories make hard topics easier for young people to read about and sort through?
My newest novel, Walking the Dog, at first glance appears to be about the soulful looking dog on the cover. Make no mistake, there are plenty of dogs in this story: therapy dogs, animal shelter dogs, rambunctious teenage dogs, and even one independent orange cat. But the main storyline is about two kids, Sophie and Jared, and their attempts to deal with some very adult problems. Told in Jared’s voice (a typical kid who struggles with math and has a pesky kid brother) - here is the first paragraph:

Rumors float around about Sophie from the day she arrives. We hear things whispered in the hallway and on the playground. Most kids don’t change schools this late in the year, when we can almost taste summer and freedom. Sophie got transferred here to get out of a difficult situation. Something bad happened to her.

Want more? A short synopsis:

Jared is smitten when his teacher seats the new girl, Sophie, right next to him. Even with the scar running up the side of her face, Jared thinks she’s the most beautiful girl in the entire fifth grade. But why did she transfer here so late in the year? Rumors say something bad happened to her.

Jared and Sophie become friends while walking the guidance counselor’s new puppy, but when his parents object to this arrangement, Jared fabricates a series of elaborate lies to meet Sophie on the sly. But little brothers can be pests. First Petey lets the orange cat loose at the animal shelter where Jared and Sophie have been secretly walking the dogs. Then Petey turns up missing.

And Sophie's past finally catches up with her.

Walking the Dog is a hopeful, coming-of-age, animal-filled friendship story that also deals with bullying and the aftermath of child abuse. It’s a short novel that packs a punch, and I hope you’ll give it a try today. Available as an ebook almost everywhere – only $2.99.




Musa Publishing:

Linda Benson is the author of several middle grade and young adult books, including Walking the Dog, Six Degrees of Lost, The Girl Who Remembered Horses, Finding Chance, and The Horse Jar.

Her passion for nature and animals often finds its way into her writing. She has been a veterinary assistant, zoo keeper, race track groom, realtor, children’s librarian, and owned both a native plant nursery and a saddle shop.

Ms. Benson lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and a variety of animals, all of them adopted. When she's not petting a dog, cat, horse, or donkey, traipsing through the woods, or enjoying a good glass of wine, she's most likely working on her next book.
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Linda is giving away one ebook copy of Walking the Dog to one lucky winner.
Open internationally.
Must be 13 or older to enter.
Ends 11/25/12
Just leave a comment to enter.

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