The Novel Approach is happy to have author Indra Vaughn here with us on her Fragmented blog tour. Rather than talk about the book, though, Indra has brought something personal to share with you today, something that any of us who’ve ever owned a beloved pet will understand.
In light of that, however, Indra is still offering a giveaway for you as well. Just click on the Rafflecopter widget below for the chance to win an e-copy of Fragmented, Book Two in the Shadow Mountain series.
Our best wishes to you, Indra.
I have this dog called Neo (named for his new start in life after being terribly neglected for years, not after the Matrix…) and he’s really special. I know everyone says that, it’s like thinking your kid is the cutest and the smartest. As it should be.
But he really is. He came into my life when I was at my loneliest and now he’s leaving at the end of a—maybe small in the grand scheme of things, but to me, important—era.
He’s sick you see. In fact, at the time you read this, I don’t know if he’ll still be with us. He lost 10% of his body weight over the course of a month, and then he lost 10% more over the last ten days. His vet is fairly sure it’s cancer. We could poke and prod him to find out, but since he’s 13 years old, she doesn’t think it will make any difference in the long run. So instead she has provided me with steroids, and hopefully they will give him some more quality—if not quantity—in life.
I’ve gone out and bought all his favorite foods. He has happily destroyed a new squeaky toy already. Tomorrow I will take him to the forest where we spent hours and hours and hours. Every day for years, we trudged at least six miles a day, snow or shine. We’ve been on so many adventures there together, some hilarious, some a little bit scary. And always he has been my quiet, gentle companion.
I can’t even begin to tell you what it means to lose him at this stage. I have a feeling to most of you I don’t need to explain. Loss is always terrible, but there is something about that silent acceptance in a dog’s gaze that breaks my heart. He knows. He knows and I just can’t…reassure him in any way.
All I can do is love him and be with him and make his final days as special as he made every single one of mine.
So yes, I have a new book out and there’s a giveaway. All you need to do to enter is grab your nearest pet and give them a good long cuddle. Love them for me, since I won’t have mine to love for much longer.
Blurb: The capture of the Tattoo Murderer has demanded a heavy price. Doctor Tobias Darwin is dead, Lieutenant Hart is back in Riverside licking his substantial wounds, and he needs to gather his courage and tell Isaac he made a mistake. Isaac will forgive him—he knows that—but he can’t promise Isaac an easy life. Being a cop comes with its own risks, after all.
When they finally reach the same wavelength, their idyllic reprieve is cut tragically short. Hart doesn’t know yet that Isaac is terminally ill, that he will take off to find the Phoenix to heal him as a last resort. This time, it will be Hart who pays the price.
In the meantime, a new killer roams the streets of Riverside. He kidnaps, tortures, and kills gay men in horrific ways, and he has the newly healed Isaac in his sights. Hart’s time is running out on every level.
She now lives in the suburbs of Detroit with her dog who thinks he’s a toddler. Indra’s profes-sional background is in Nursing and Chinese Medicine, but she prefers to spend time making up stories about mysterious men and their unrequited love.