Saturday, March 28, 2015

Showcase with review: The Adventures of Daring Dog by Charlotte Jerace

Brimming with comedy, inspiration, and valuable lessons of love.

Filled with delightful oddball characters and heroic escapades, The Adventures of Daring Dog is a magical and inspiring tale for children of all ages.
Ten-year-old Sam Harris experiences life from a wheelchair, which wouldn’t be so bad if it weren’t for the Crabs gang always bullying him. After all, his dad is a brilliant inventor. Plus, his family has Archie, a life-size robot “housekeeper.” How many kids can say that?
But the best thing that ever happened to Sam started out with a very sad discovery: upon exiting the hospital, Sam and his dad find Daring, a bloodhound, lying lifeless in the parking lot. They rush the dog to eccentric vet Hannah Sunshine Trout and hope for a miracle.
Someone with a bit of fairy dust seems to be paying attention, because when Daring wakes up from surgery, she’s not only alive—she can fly!
But the crazy adventure has only just begun for Sam and his dog friend. They have lessons to learn, secrets to uncover, and people to save.
The Adventures of Daring Dog will keep readers laughing, while also reminding of love’s power to heal.
Adventure of Daring Dog

Author Bio:

Charlotte Jerace was born on the rockbound coast of Maine, where she fell in love with the ocean’s shifting beauty. Early in her professional career, she worked as a partner in a global benefits consulting firm, through which she received national recognition for her creativity and her writing. Her significant honors include a New York Film Festival award, the International Association of Business Communicators Gold Quill, and several Telly awards.
Before she began writing for children, Jerace published a short story, “Cannibals,” in Provincetown Arts Magazine, as well as an adult novel, Kentucky Rain. Now she shares her love of animals with young readers in her new book, The Adventures of Daring Dog.
Jerace divides her time between Cape Cod and South Florida, where she enjoys daily beach walks with her faithful dog, Stella, and is always on the lookout for whales.
Author Website: Charlotte Jerace

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!!!!  There is magic in the pages of this book.  The story is so moving and touching...a boy in a wheelchair and his flying bloodhound dog!  The supporting cast of characters in this book bring the story to a whole new level!!!  It is a remarkable story about the power of overcoming obstacles and facing challenges. You instantly get swept into the magic and imagination of the story.  It is really something and I think kids of all ages (and their parents) would love this story.  There needs to be more of this series and I cannot wait to read it!!  4.5 stars

Q.  What inspires your writing?

A.  I'm inspired by the fantastic and the mundane.  If I hear an amazing story, I'm inspired to write my own.  If I am just sitting in a park watching someone reading a book, I'm inspired to write one that person might like to read.  Life in general, nature specifically, family, friends and pets all inspire me.

Q.  What is your favorite thing about being an writer?

A. I love a blank canvas.  I love being able to use my imagination to say "what if?"

Q.  What is the toughest part of being an writer?

A.  It is tough letting go when a project is finished.

Q.  If you could not be writer, what would you do/be?

A.  Several answers come to mind.  A lawyer, an actress, a tireless charity worker.

Q.  What would the story of your life be entitled?

A.  She lived,  she loved, she laughed, she cried and cherished every moment

Q.  What is your favorite book of all time?

A.  Anna Karenina

Q.  Which character from ANY book are you most like?

A.  Skeeter in "The Help"

Q.  What character from all of your book are you most like?

A.   Mrs. Cohen in "The Adventures of Daring Dog"

Q.  Which book would you love to take a weekend vacation inside of?

A. "Dr Zhivago"

Q.  What do you want to be remembered for 100 years from now?

A.  She was kind and fair and filled with love for all.

Q.  What is your favorite season?

A.  Summer

Q.  What inspired your book cover(s)?  Or what is your favorite book cover and why?

A.  My book cover is an exact interpretation of my story.  It took eleven rounds.

Q.  Tell me something funny that happened while on a book tour or while promoting your book.

A.  At a private reading in the home of a nutritionist who only eats raw, vegan, healthy, healthy, her 7-year old stuffed four frosted cupcakes in his mouth.

Q.  Are you working on something new?

A. Absolutely. I'm working on Daring Dog's next adventure.

Q.  Anything you want to say to followers of this blog or those that are just stopping by?

A. Yes.  Read to your children.  Snuggle up and take those precious moments together and read, read, read.  You will cherish the memories years from now.  And ... thanks for considering "The Adventures of Daring Dog".

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