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Gift Guide for the Dog Lover

I'm so excited to bring you guys today's holiday gift guide. This one is for all of the #dogmoms out there (and #dogdads). My husband and I have a German Shepherd named Emma (who is currently in a time out for pooping inside...again), but just like our other kids, we still love her. We'd also really love it if she'd quit going potty inside, but that is beside the point. The point is there is no shame in spoiling your sweet fur baby, especially during the holidays!! And while some of these gifts are items for your dog, some are great gift ideas for the dog lover in your life too.

The Dogist 2018 Wall Calendar by Elias Weiss Friedman author of The Dogist, for example, is the perfect Christmas gift for someone who loves dogs.

These super cute Christmas Plaid Dog Collars by Mr. Bow Tie Boutique would be the perfect holiday gift for doggies and dog owners alike! Whether you have family holiday photos coming up, or you simply want your furry friend to look festive for those…

Interview with Doreen McGettigan, Author of Bristol boyz Stomp

Doreen McGettigan is a returning sponsor (so I must be doing something right!) She published her book Bristol boyz Stomp last year and has been on an exciting book-signing tour this year. In her interview, she shares her experiences and tips to fellow writers.

Q: How long have you been writing and/or blogging?
A: I have been writing since I was 10 years old. I used to re-write the endings to the Bobbsey Twins and Nancy Drew books. I started writing professionally for a small town newspaper in 1985. I started my blog 3 years ago and combined it with my website 15 months ago.

Q: Do you have any future projects in the works?

A: I am currently finishing my second non-fiction book. It is called I felt God's Pain. It is the true story of my 17- year-old stepson’s suicide and my husband’s journey to heal not only himself but also his other son. This book is a lot about life and redemption. It will also be a great resource for warning signs and help. I am also finishing up with a children’s picture book titled The Adventures of Lance and Louie. [My terriers.] I am working on two other exciting projects as well. Check my website for updates. Some day I will write fiction.

Q: What was it like going on a book tour?

A: It is SO exciting. I still cannot believe I have been in so many Barnes & Nobles, coffee shops and book- stores to promote MY book. I am so blessed that either my husband or my parents have been able to be with me. It is amazing to meet blog and facebook friends in ‘REAL life.’ Of course there is also the “I lived in a cave to write the book and now I have to come out, the light hurts my eyes, I have to be so creative with my wardrobe and please let somebody please come to the event.” I try not to let those get to me. I am living a dream. I am looking forward to trips to North and South Carolina, DC, South Florida, Texas and New York.

Q: What is your book about?

A: BRISTOL bOYZ STOMP is the story of my brother, David’s random, road rage murder and my reaction to the people and events that followed.

Q: What tips would you give other authors about to go on their first book tours?

A: Plan to arrive at each location at least an hour ahead of time. The stress of traffic and being late is awful. Call the venue the day before, to touch base. Double check with your publicist to make sure each event has been advertised, press releases and invitations have been sent and you have plenty of promotional items. Breathe and enjoy each and every moment along the way.

Q: Why did you go the self-publishing route and would you publish that way again or try traditional publishing?

A: I went with Tate Publishing. They are a rather large independent publisher. I am thrilled with Tate and will be staying with them for at least my next 3 projects. I would love to try self-publishing at some point, once I learn more and lose my fear of the changing industry. My short visit with traditional publishing did not go well. I did not feel it was a good environment for a new author, at least not this new author.

Bristol boys Stomp is available online now. Click here to read customer reviews and to get your own copy. Doreen's tour is still in full swing, and she has some more great books to come. To keep up with her tour dates and projects, you can follow her website and blog You can also follow Doreen on Twitter @doreenb8 and the Bristol boyz Stomp Facebook fanpage.


  1. Doreen, that's the first time I've seen the book trailer. It's amazing! Thanks so much for doing the interview.

  2. wonderful interview. Congrats to Doreen for all these achievements with her book.

  3. Thank you Christina for everything!! And thank you Donna:)

  4. I can't imagine how difficult these must have been to write, given the subject matter, Doreen.

    Excellent interview!

  5. I'm not hosting it anymore, Sandra. Sorry.

  6. Thank you William. It was difficult but also very rewarding. I look forward to writing fiction one day:)


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