Monday, March 27, 2017
Way back in another life before the internet existed, I used to be a voracious reader. I could happily devour a book in a day. But digital distractions had messed up my brain and for the past decade, I read a grand total of 2 books! I couldn't stay focused on anything longer than 140 characters!
It's not that I didn't want to, but my mind would wander off after reading just a single sentence. I had to read and re-read a page several times before actually grasping it. I have a stack of books lying around somewhere that I had won in giveaways but I never got past the first page whenever I attempted to read......... until Tail & Trouble. I couldn't put the book down and finished reading it while I was on a 6 hour road trip to Singapore. The author had me from page one!
I won Tail & Trouble in the For The Love of Books Valentine's Day giveaway and the author Victor Catano had kindly mailed a signed copy of his book to me all the way from the US. Thanks, Victor, for taking the trouble and for rekindling my passion for reading.
Note: This is NOT a review but a shoutout for the author for being awesome and for his book I had a TON of fun reading!
"When Gabriel’s witch girlfriend doesn’t return from her latest trip, he gets on the road and heads out to find her. Sheila’s coven is secretive and distrustful of Gabriel, so the only help he has is Sheila’s familiar, a bulldog named Orson, who is psychically linked to both of them.
In Florida, they walk right into an elaborate plan to steal Orson. A mysterious wizard named Yareth is behind the plot, and he may also know where Sheila is.
Gabriel and Orson will have to fight for their lives as they navigate around all the magical roadblocks to force Yareth’s hand. They won’t give up until Sheila is safe."
Tail & Trouble is a melange of magic, paranormal, fun, humour, mystery, fantasy and adventure with a super adorable psychic "talking" bulldog to boot! OK, Orson doesn't really talk but Gabriel and a couple of others can hear his thoughts! The banter between Gabriel and Orson gives you lots of LOL moments.
Catano's style of writing is fresh and funny:
Orson drooled happily. You'd never give me away, would you?
She hugged him close. “Never! Even when you left a dead rat in my slipper.”
You didn't like my present? He whined and gave her sad eyes.
“I'm more of a Tiffany's girl.”
The book is perfect for those days when you're in a mood for a light, easy read even if you are not a dog lover.
Cookifying Orson, the gaseous taquito-loving bulldog.
Once again, Thank You, Victor, for reaffirming my belief that magic exists between the pages of a book.
Victor Catano lives in New York City with his wonderful wife, Kim. When not writing, he works in live theater as a stage manager, light designer, and technical director, working mainly with dance companies.
His hobbies include coffee, Broadway musicals, and complaining about the NY Mets and Philadelphia Eagles.