Love dogs?? You will enjoy these novellas then. Lindsay Downs lives in the Northeast region of the U.S. with a rescue dog, Kebi — shown on the right. Here’s a bio from the author:
“It was from my parents that I developed a love for books. My father, a medieval scholar, collected the works of Sir Walter Scott with The Lady of the Lake, then and now my favorite. My mother collect Thomas Hardy. No comment on him. When I was in high school I use to infuriate my English teachers by wanting to write my way, not the way they taught the class. Needless to say, I didn’t quietly rebel and usually won my argument.
Later when I started writing, with a focus toward being published, I remembered what I’d learned in school. All, that is, except for commas which I still can’t figure out. After much trial and a lot of errors I developed my own, I sincerely hope, unique style or voice. Of course, my style now includes writing parts of my books in a POV which threw my editor for a loop until she realized that a collie was the hero of the stories.”
Here are Lindsay’s novellas.
Four stories are in Part One — Final Mission: After being seriously wounded in a copter crash in Iraq Sgt. Emily Dahill meets her new partner as she embarks on her new Army career as a CID agent. Who could this new partner be? … A Body in the Snow: Emily and her partner, Dakota, cross bullets with their most determined foe. Who will survive? … Right Place, Wrong Day: On leave to hang with friends, Emily gets the surprise of her life. … Dog on Fishing: When it comes to knowing how to fish, and catch the big ones, never underestimate your partner. He might surprise you.
Four more stories are in Part Two – Tears: Bullied at school, Mary Todd is just about to give up when Dakota and Emily come to her rescue. … Friends and Family: Dakota helps a she-wolf and her cubs while he continues to cause mischief with hilarious results. … Guardian: Against all odds Dakota works to protect Emily, from her boyfriend and herself. … The Loser: Emily and Dakota step into intrigue when a soldier can’t hit the target with any degree of consistency.
Lindsay continues the partnership of Emily and Dakota in another novella…
A missing soldier. A break-in. A former model, now soldier, tells of an aborted assault. A passageway hiding more than years of dust and cobwebs. Rooms where there are none. The reappearance of the mysterious ‘brown-haired man’. What, if anything, ties these random facts together? With precision and dedication Emily and Dakota start to unravel some of the questions. Only when an FBI agent steps up do the facts start to merge into what appears to be a terrorist conspiracy.
A body found halfway across the country is the final clue in answering all of the question, but one. Will Emily be able to save a life before it’s too late?
When a call for paws goes out, five friends bring their collies without question to a friend’s house. They learn the collies are needed to help seven children with the grief of losing a parent in Iraq or Afghanistan. Now, with seven friends, four collie yearlings and their mother, they set out to help the children. Not far away a mother hopefully leads her seven puppies to safety from a man intent on selling them for illicit purposes.
Will the two mother collies find each other before the puppies are sold? Will Christmas morning be one the children remember all their lives?
And here’s the latest, a new heroine and a new collie to share an adventure!
Former Army Sergeant Sandi Charleston, diagnosed with PTSD and homeless, barely survives day to day. By a miracle of fate she meets Taz, a uniquely special collie, who helps turn her life around. Only through him does she find the courage to go head to head with her worst enemy–a terrorist bent on mass destruction.
Bound by a special love to help and protect each other, side by side these two unlikely partners willingly march forward into battle. In a fight to the death neither is sure can be won, but fighting together as one they can try. Kidnapped and forced to reveal what she knows, Sandi realizes there is only one individual who can save her from certain death. Not the government but her new best buddy — but will Taz arrive in time?
And Lindsay has gracefully shared an excerpt from A Collie Rescue:
Frozen in fear that strangers were actually talking to her, Sandi didn’t know what to do. Her fight or flight instincts kicked in. Fight was out of the question since there were two against her, so flight was the only option, but when she tried to move her feet felt like they were glued to the sidewalk. When the collie glanced up at her with soft, friendly, brown eyes Sandi relaxed slightly.
“Ah, ah. I’m not sure. I’ve already got a collie friend and wouldn’t want to make her jealous. Thanks for the offer anyway.”
Sandi began to turn around when a soft hand stopped her. “Don’t worry, Roxy won’t mind. Trust me. This girl raised her to share.”
“What? That means you know…”
“Yes, we know Jenna,” Richard said. “She’s our friend and she sent us to make sure you were safe.”
“I don’t understand,” Sandi replied.
For some reason, Sandi didn’t fight when Alison took her by the arm and, with the collie in tow, headed in the direction of the wagon where tables and chairs were set out. “Richard, why don’t you get us girls some coffee and water for the mom while we get a seat. You know how I take mine.” A questioning glance to Sandi got her answer. “My guess, black.”
“Oh and make them large, and while you’re at it, see if they have any fresh pastries to go with the coffee.”
As Richard headed for the vendor, he called back over his shoulder, “Honey, call Jenna and Thaddeus. Tell them Zero-hour has been move up to now. Give them our location and tell them we’ll need the ride for three.”
Best wishes for your continued success, Lindsay!