Tillie’s Tale by Mindy Mymudes

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Tillie’s Tale – Magical Drool Mysteries
by Mindy Mymudes

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Who is the mysterious ghosty haunting puppygirl Tillie? And why? George, the magical basset hound familiar is on the trail.

It’s not often a basset hound puppy is haunted by an unhappy ghost, but George’s packmate, Tillie, manages to attract one. George and Tillie need to find out how to help the ghost before she turns into a poultry-ghost.

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Excerpt :

“Wrrrtttle.”

I turn to Tillie. That’s a sound I haven’t heard before. She makes it again.

“Wrrrrttttle.”

Tillie’s tail is spinning in circles. She’s staring at a filmy thing sitting on the steps of an old, rough-brick building. I know it’s…

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Who is George?

Most of the members who read this blog have no idea why they are here, or what George is. George is an egotistical basset hound familiar. In real life, George is a collection of scenes recalled from my rescue dog, Quark. Quark was a rather unique springer spaniel. From stealing a ball from Joe Montana in River Falls (and getting me in a ton of trouble), to breaking out of my house to come to the Greenhouse I managed on the Campus of UW-RF to snore and steal my students lunches, Quark was a handful. His decision to bring home a friend, a boy, because every dog needs his boy, led us to fostering an 8 year old Joey. Quark found human bones, and his accomplice in crime, Charm, climbed trees. It was an interesting time.

True Facts in the George Knows Chronicles.

George Knows by Mindy Mymudes

People get it!

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Product DetailsForget what you may have read before about witches and their “familiars” – animals who work with and communicate with them. Usually, it’s a cat – a black one – that’s involved. But in George Knows. the title character is a lovable basset hound who is the familiar for a young witch-in-training – 12-year-old Karly. “Witchiness” runs in the family. Karly’s Aunt Heather is an herbalist and healer who, with George, is teaching the young girl to develop her inheritance of the family’s gifts, including mental telepathy.

When human bones are found by George and Karly as they’re out walking in the park, all their supernatural wiles will come in handy to solve this mystery. There’s also a side story about saving the park from developers, and even a budding romance thrown in.

This is a cute book with a fun story. If you normally shy away from…

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This is a ‘My Writing Process Blog Thingy’

I am doing this under duress. Lynda Cox’s Dog suggested I do this; lyndajcox.blogspot.com

You’d think it’s easy to write. You need a pen, a pencil, and paper. Or maybe one of those computer thingies. Except, I’m a dog. I don’t have fingers and thumb to hold things or use a keyboard. I also can’t talk. So the first thing I had to do was find a Peep that was receptive to my creativity. The Lady With The Fingers wasn’t my first choice. In fact, I think she was about 732 or so down the list.

See, she raises English Springers, a breed that are dumb as rocks. I mean, they’ll do anything for food. Seriously, right? What sort of creature will do something foolish like carry a dumbbell for no reason. But, there you go, I made due.

I was asked a few foolish questions for this blog, but if it helps Peeps to find my book, I’ll do it.

1. What am I working on: Currently, Tillie’s Tale. The silly pup didn’t follow her instincts and ended up haunted by a poultry ghost. Not good.

2) How does my work differ from others of its genre: Get real. How many basset hounds, particularly brilliant familiars, do you know that write middle grade urban fantasy. Actually, how many dogs write anything for that matter. I’m unique.

3) Why do I write what I do: It’s said to write what you know. I know about me. My adventures are interesting. How many dogs find human bones that lead to discovering a dragon, save a park, and his BoyPup?

4) How does my writing process work: That’s the hard part. The Lady With The Fingers is pretty good at reading dog language. I think, she picks it up through our link, and watches the story. Sometimes she’s wrong, then I pee on her leg.

Is that enough?

I’m passing this foolishness on to http://www.writerjimlandwehr.com

Jim Landwehr lives and works in Waukesha, WI. He enjoys writing creative non-fiction, poetry and fiction. His book, Dirty Shirt: A Boundary Waters Memoir, will Jimbe released on June 17th, 2014. The book is a humorous account of his travels to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area in northern Minnesota with friends, brothers and his children over the last 25 years.

This is another silly Peep http://laughingotterslair.blogspot.com/2014/03/nowhere-fast.html

Bryan Fields

By day, I’m a mild-mannered IT tech; by night, a writer who spends too much time in online games. I grew up reading classical authors such as Verne, Burroughs, Wells, Haggard, and Lovecraft, often in conjunction with large doses of Monty Python, Wild Wild West, andHee-Haw.  My current influences include 946211_10201362574055472_1796615661_sDr. WhoGirl Genius, andAn Idiot Abroad.

I live in Denver with my wife Noelle and daughter Alissa. The three of us can often be found prowling around Istaria, Wizard City, and the wilds of Azeroth.  I also makes occasional side jaunts to scavenge bits of ancient technology in the radioactive ruins of the Grand Canyon Province.

 

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Becoming a published author is a lifetime dream come true. As a child, I subjected friends and family to my “KellyMark” greeting cards (“When you care enough to make the very best.”), poetry, homemade magazines, and short stories. In high school, my short story, “If Only to Escape” was published in the local paper, and I won a writing contest for my children’s story, “Televisella.” In college, my creative writing tapered off, but I still managed to write the occasional review for The Marquette UniversityTribune. Once I graduated, I mixed creative writing with business writing, and I’ve held positions in Advertising, Marketing, and Instructional Design/eLearning Development.

Today, I am busy writing the next book in Meara’s story. When I’m not writing, I’m reading, hanging out with my husband and two kids, or playing with our Whoodle puppy.

Drop me a line. I’d love to hear from you!

 

The Peeps will be doing their thing March 13

Where Do I write?

 

 That’s sort of an odd question. I would think most writers write in their heads, or on the computer. Maybe even on paper.
Untitled1I guess I do all of the above. As to location, mine changes with the season. In the summer, I like to write in my garden. My education and vocation was in horticulture, so mine is pretty big. We have a two-acre lot in the city. That doesn’t always work very well. I start getting into the plot, and a dog runs through. Or I spot a weed. Or maybe something needs to be moved. Or. I admit it—I have ADD.

Plus, Wisconsin isn’t always the best when it comes to weather. So that means going inside.

That doesn’t always work so well, either. It seems my desk collects a lot junk that wasn’t there when I started.

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If I could find the keyboard, I’d certainly be able to spend some time writing. But I can’t. So, I end up at a coffee shop, with a spiral-bound notebook (like the one on the top, that’s a picture of a puppy I bred), and write with a cup of chai in my hand.

Eventually, though, I have to transcribe what my character has told me onto the computer. George is funny that way. My husband gave up with my dancing around the house, filling desktops, (I actually have three computers, if I could find them), so he got me a MacBook Air. I can go anywhere.

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Why does the Lady With the Hands always butt into my interviews?

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Wednesday, 29 January 2014

George Knows by Mindy Mymudes – Book Tour with GIVEAWAY

 Author Interview:

Hi Mindy, thank you for taking the time to speak to me about your book.

Sorry George, of course, thank you for coming along as well!

So, when did you really know you wanted to be an author?

Mindy: I didn’t. I prefer to read. Some of my favorite people are authors, but I had no aspirations to be one myself. I do write, but at the time, technical articles, laboratory manuals, and dog stuff. All non-fiction.
George: I always knew that I had a story to tell. I just needed a Peep to listen to me. Instead, I got the lady With The Hands, but she’s trainable.
What motivates you to write?
Mindy: Having my leg bitten by an egotistical basset hound muse.
George: It’s winter, there isn’t much to do. The plants I’m supposed to teach my Girlpup, witch-in-training, Karly, are under at least three of me tall snow.
What inspired you to write ‘George Knows’?
Mindy: About 20 years ago, I had an odd field-bred springer spaniel that I rescued. He had some very strange adventures, including finding human bones, sneaking a peek under a nun’s habit, and climbing a ladder to steal the roofers lunch. He adopted a 7-year-old boy, Joey, because all dogs need a boy. Never name a dog Strange Quark. He was.
George: Don’t be ridiculous. I hired you.
Which character did you love developing the most?
Mindy: I think Karly is really interesting. She’s run over by her familiar, but she’s growing up and I don’t think George fully understands what that means. Yet.
George: The book is about ME. ‘Nuff said.
Can you describe your book in three words?
Mindy: It’s Nancy Drewl.
George: Don’t be ridiculous.
What is your preferred genre?
Mindy: I love urban fantasy/science fiction. As a kid, my favorite authors were Robert Heinlein, Asimov, Bradbury, Anne McCaffrey. I actually met Robert Heinlein when I was 4 or 5. He taught me to play chess. Sort of.
George: Is that something to eat? I like tuna fudge.

What is you favourite book, and who is your favourite author, and why?

Mindy: Way too many to pick, and far too many friends that are authors. I love Faith Hunter’s Jane Yellowrock series (she’s also my mentor). Darynda Jones Charley Davidson series, and RK Rowlings Harry Potter.
George: The ones with dogs and treats for me.
Do you have a particular writing process or routine?
Mindy: I have a MacBook Air armed with Self-Control to keep me off the Internet. I like to go to the library where my own dogs don’t bother me.
George: My job is to make sure she writes my story, so I try to nudge her to write in the morning before she takes a nap.
What are the easiest and most difficult aspects of writing for you?
Mindy: Motivation. I have no trouble to come up with ideas, but I have ADD. So, there’s always something…look! Shiny! Oh, that needs water! Freaky Beak, you need a haircut.
George: She has no trouble with ideas since I feed them to her.
Any handy writing tips or essential writing tools you would recommend?
Mindy: A dictionary. A window with a great view. And following Magical Words (http://www.magicalwords.net). I’ve learned a lot from the different authors that make blog appearances.
George: Lots of cold water from the big bowl that flushes, and a box of good biscuits. Writing is hard work.
Are you working on anything else at the moment?
Mindy and George: Tillie’s Tale. It’s a ghosty story. George has to prevent a poultry-ghost.

Thank you so much Mindy and George for taking the time to chat to me. I wish you both the best of luck with your future ventures!