On Sunday 2nd April I’ve been invited ‘into the spotlight’ on the “We Love Memoirs” Facebook page where I will be revealing for THE VERY FIRST TIME the title, cover and publication date for MY NEW BOOK!

If you are a reader and don’t already belong to that page you may like to join it, because whatever your taste you will find something to enjoy. There are hundreds of titles from authors like NYT best-seller Victoria Twead, Joe Cawley, Jacky Donovan, Frank Kusy and Beth Haslem (and me!) and many, many more.

There are memoirs that will lift you up, shake you up, take your breath away, make you laugh and make you cry as authors open the curtains on their lives of adventure, misadventure, survival, laughter and joy, from dog lovers in Dubai to a dominatrix with her own London dungeon.

With almost 4,000 members it is a fun and sometimes rowdy but always super-friendly group, offering frequent giveaways, competitions and opportunities to relate directly with the authors.

I’ll be on-line from 11.00 am local (French) time to chat and answer questions about my books, thermodynamics and the meaning of life.

Click on image to go to the We Love Memoirs Facebook group.



Do not poison your dog

A few days ago author and animal-lover Marshal Zeringue very kindly featured Tally and Dobby on his blog, Coffee with a Canine. It’s a super blog to read about different breeds of dogs from Affenpinschers to Yorkiepoos, and their owners.

Marshal’s other blog, Campaign for the American Reader aims to encourage more readers to read more books. It features an eclectic selection of titles ranging from Nelson Mandela’s autobiography to the top five books on seafood cookery. Among the intriguing entries are: Ten Fantastic Novels with Disappointing Endings,  Five Top Books about the Olympics, and Five Best Novels with Vengeful Women, as well as author interviews and reviews. An excellent resource for any reader looking for inspiration on what to read next. I’m hooked already.

The title of Coffee with a Canine reminded me to repeat a warning I blogged about four years ago – the danger of giving chocolate to dogs. It won’t necessarily kill them – but it could. Really, it’s not a risk worth taking, is it? And it isn’t the only foodstuff that shouldn’t be fed to our canine friends. Amongst other potentially harmful/fatal foods are onions and members of the onion family including garlic; coffee; macadamia nuts; alcohol; yeast dough; the artificial sweetener Xylitol often found in sweets and chewing gum; human foods past their best, which may be rotting and contain botulism and other toxins; and fruit seeds and pits, most particularly grapes, raisins, apples, plums, cherries and peaches.

One of our Hungarian Vizslas loved fruit, and used to forage for apples, grapes, walnuts and plums from our garden. He began having fits that would leave him rigid for about three minutes, after which he would recover. The vet could never find the cause, because I could never get him to the surgery during one of the fits because they were over so quickly. I did not connect them with his scrumping activities.

I used to love watching him hunting on the ground, his tail wagging furiously whenever he found fallen fruit. How I wish I had known then what it was doing to him. He eventually died of cancer of the liver and pancreas which in hindsight I believe was probably caused by his love of fruit and eating the pips, which contain cyanide.

We have another Vizsla now, and food is his passion. All food, any food. It’s hard to resist his soulful expression, his “That’s my favourite food of all time, how can you refuse me?” expression. But resist it we do, now, being older and wiser.

You can read more details on the effect of the “danger foods” above at this site:   Toxic foods for dogs. And here is an alarmingly long list of potential poisons: Dog poisons

And dog lovers, why not visit Coffee with a Canine and see if your favourite breed has been featured?



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