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Monday, March 27, 2017

Tail & Trouble

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.

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  1. Sounds like a cute story! Glad it rekindled your interest in reading. I have done a lot of reading over the past few months. Good escapism from the problems of life.


  2. Thanks so much! Those cookies look amazing!

  3. That sounds like a good win! I sometimes blog about wins because they are so good! I like your cookies.

  4. Where have you been???! I have been worried about you, dear friend!

  5. Sounds like a good read! I've recently got a kindle for my birthday and I'm hoping to get back into reading more! #KCACOLS

  6. This book looks very appealing, the dog character especially. The cookies are perfect. Very well done post. Thanks for the book referral.

  7. that is wonderful. and those cookies look amazing!

  8. Hey lady. I've missed you. I love to read, but finding the time has slipped away over the years. I love the cookies,great job. Thanks for linking up on Sunday's Best.

  9. Sounds great. I read far less now than I used to as well and it's amazing when a book comes along that rekindles that love of reading. Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next Sunday

  10. This sounds like my kind fo book. I go through phases where I read a lot of not at all and I'm making myself read short stories to get back into the habit if reading regularly #kcacols

  11. Those cookies look great, and that book sounds interesting. Wish I had more time to read.

  12. Happy Easter ,darling! Your creations are always perfect ane the story is sooo beautiful ! I felt like coming home !!!! Hugs !

  13. It sounds like a great story! :)

    I'm finding I spend more time on the computer than reading too, I really need to try get back into it!

    The cookies you made look incredible too, you're very talented.

    Hope you are having a wonderful weekend :) Thanks for all your sweet comments on my blog too!

    Away From The Blue Blog

  14. Love your snapshot of the book and definitely love the cookie! You are very talented!

  15. Wow! That book sounds very interesting. I had a couple years where I was going through the same thing you were with regards to reading. For the past two years though I've really tried to make an effort to read more. I got a library card from my local library and signed up for a reading challenge on the website Goodreads which worked to get me reading regularly again. Another thing that helped was audiobooks. If you have any type of commute or when doing things around the house you can listen to a book.

  16. looks like a great book indeed. And he lives in NYC...maybe I got a chance to meet him somehow..

  17. that is a wonderful post

  18. I still stuck my nose on those pages, Veronica. The joy of reading books, real books, not electronic or whatever digital version we have now, is irreplaceable! Glad you find your way back to it and looks like a great one you have here! And those cookies...they are uber cute!