Describe A NEW LEASH
ON LOVE in 6 words:
Second chance love and cuddly canines.
Favorite thing to munch on while you write:
Dark chocolate is a favorite pick-me up if words are flowing and Iím late for a
meal. Mostly at my desk, I savor mugs of good tea and a scented candle or my
essential oil diffuser, and save the munchies for my writing breaks.
Something you wonít find out about characters from reading the
Craig had a petless childhood. Early in the story, he isnít sure he wants to or
would be good at connecting with animals. However, when he was nine, he
bottle-fed an orphaned young squirrel. After nursing it back to health and
releasing it into the woods behind his parentsí house, he spent that summer
drawing sketches of the squirrels that visited his motherís birdfeeder.
The first dog Megan ever rescued was long before she worked for the High Grove
Animal Shelter. When she was just seven, she and her mom came across a shy
little beagle that had lost its way. Meganís hand-drawn ďfoundĒ signs helped him
find his way home.
If you had to pick ONE line from A New Leash on Love as your favorite,
what would it be and why?
Thatís a tough one, but I think it would be:
Theyíd gone from a family of five to a family of four to not even a family at all.
This line helped me to really sympathize with how unanchored Craig was feeling
early in the story. He has lost a child and his family is remolding into
something new and undefined. His armor is to appear callous and indifferent, but
inside, he cares immensely.
Tell us about your rescue dogs.
Where to begin? Hazel and Nala are both black and white medium-sized dogs. On
walks with them, Iíve been asked several times if they are siblings. The truth
is not only are they six years apart, they are polar opposites! Hazel is a
border collie mix with an all-business attitude. Without sheep to herd, she
contents herself with herding Nala and our dauntless Maine Coon/tabby cat. Hazel
is definitely the boss of the house though Nala is too busy playing to notice.
Nala LOVES people and is up for a game of catch any time. A DNA test showed
Nalaís a mixture of several dogs, from Bassett hound to Neapolitan Mastiff, and
some odd ones in between!
We rescued them both as puppies and while they had rough starts (Hazelís litter
was dumped in a bag on the side of the road and Nala was surrendered to a
high-kill shelter at just four weeks of age), they were fortunate to be taken in
by caring rescue organizations that work tirelessly to give as many homeless
animals second chances as possible.
Whatís the last book you read?
Iím a bit of an eclectic reader. The last romance I read was THE BOLLYWOOD AFFAIR by
Sonali Dev. I loved the insight into Indian culture and Sonali Dev is a
wonderful writer. Before that, it was THE KITCHEN HOUSE, also a
What are your favorite contemporary romances?
Thatís a tough question. Iím a sucker for good love stories and enjoy them
across several genres. Contemporary love stories that pop into mind as all-time
favorites include ME BEFORE
YOU, THE TIME TRAVELERS
WIFE, THE FAULT IN OUR
STARS, The Hunger
Games trilogy (because it was the love triangle that kept me picking up
the next book, not the evil Capital), and far too many to name by the modern
masters like Nora Roberts and Susan Elizabeth Phillips.
What are you working on next?
Right now, Iím in the editing stage of the second book in the Rescue Me series,
as well as in the drafting stages of book three. Iím a pantster at heart, so I
donít create chapter outlines. Before I sit down to write, though, I always have
a good feel of where the book is (hopefully) going, as well as a strong sense of
characterization for the main characters. Iíve had a few recent ďah haĒ thoughts
regarding book three in terms of plot and character connections that have me
eager to sit down and start writing it. And although those first chapters are
sometimes daunting, my favorite activity is the drafting of a new story. So
perhaps not surprisingly once I start writing, I tend to ignore my life to do
list. To help keep my stress level down while Iím writing that first draft (and
ignoring everything except my kids and pets), my aim is always to start with a
clean, organized, and stocked full of groceries home.
Debbie lives in Saint Louis with her family, two phenomenal rescue dogs, and a
somewhat tetchy Maine Coon cat who everyone loves anyway. Her hobbies include
hiking, gardening, and daydreaming, which of course always leads to new story ideas.
First in a fresh contemporary romance series from award-winning debut
author Debbie Burns.
Every heart has a forever home.
Megan Anderson loves the animals at her no-kill shelter. She'll do anything for
them―even go toe-to-toe with a handsome man who's in way over his head. She'll
help him sort out his troubles, but getting too close to an adorable puppy's
human counterpart? Been there, done that, got burned.
When Craig Williams arrived at the local shelter for help, he didn't expect a
fiery young woman to blaze into his life. But the more time they spend together,
the more he realizes it's not just animals Megan is adept at saving―she
the one to rescue his heart.
Soon, Craig and Megan find that the magic of unconditional love can do
anything...even lead to their forever home.
Contemporary [Sourcebooks Casablanca, On Sale: July 4, 2017, Mass Market
Paperback / e-Book, ISBN: 9781492650836 / eISBN: 9781492650843]
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14 comments posted.
I am a rescuer... my family has adopted a nice variety of pets through the years... dogs, cats, lizards, birds, rodents, etc... I have even saved a few... a dove with a broken wing and an injured baby lizard...
(Colleen Conklin 6:49pm July 12)
My daughter has a rescue dog. Taz fit right into the family. I take care of their dogs when they are gone.
(Leona Olson 2:44pm July 13)
I don't do rescue but I love animals. I currently have 2 dogs. One is a Terrier mix who just had her 19yr birthday. She is currently slowing down with her age. We also had her sister who just recently crossed the Rainbow Bridge. I think "Regella" misses her as much as we do. She is very depressed right now though we try to show her a lot of attention. She just wants to sleep. It's so sad. Our other dog is Tobias (Toby) who is a 8yr. old Chihuahua mix. He developed diabetes 1 1/2 yrs. ago. He is doing well now but has to get Insulin 2x/day. They are both very special to me and definitely are part of our family.
(Phyllis (Ginger) Heruska 6:02pm July 13)
I love books like this, we have a rescure dog he'll be 3 years old next month he's the best
(Pen Wilfort 8:41pm Sunday)
Someone threw an adorable white dog away and she has become our neighborhood pet. At least five of us tend to her. One neighbor took her to the vet and had her spade. Another baths her and another neighbor and I provide food and water. She spends a good portion of the day visiting me. One elderly gentleman walks down the street each day and she follows him. She has been given at least two names and the little dog answers to both. Other than the five of us, this little dog stays away from other people. I think she knows we love her.
(Anna Speed 12:26pm Monday)