Monday, August 8, 2016

Meet Some Adorable Authors' Pets

Pets play a major role in many of our lives, and authors are no exception. For those who spend many hours at the solitary job of composing stories at their computers, having a companion (or two) can help make that time a little less lonely and isolated. Animals become our silent partners and muses, a special brand of chicken soup for the writer's soul.

Most readers on this blog have already been introduced to my writing buddy, Katrina (here's a previous blog), and writing-buddy-in-training, Luna, and my mischievous feline anti-muses, Serenity and Sugar, but I thought it might be fun to introduce a few other authors and their pets.

And they've got some real beauties!
Cara Bristol's Hannah
I was asked to write about my real life pet muse. That would be my cat Hannah, who supervises my writing from her perch (scratch post) next to my desk. I often do character sketches for my characters, so I thought it would be fun to do one for my cat.

Name: Hannah.

Nicknames: Hannah Banana. Girlie Cat.

Age: 13 in human years.

Citizenship: Feline American.

Physical description: Long-haired striped tabby. Green eyes.

Personality: Affectionate on her terms. Can be demanding. She doesn’t bite or scratch, but is quite vocal in expressing displeasure.

Vocabulary: Speaks fluent feline and has a working knowledge of English. Understands “treat,” “food,” “cuddle time,” “outside,” and “bedtime.” Also understands “no” although she pretends not to.

Likes: Hiding in bags, evening “cuddle time,” late afternoon treats, lying in the sun. Her favorite food is anything fishy smelling.

Dislikes: Being brushed, being petted when she isn’t in the mood, riding in the car, and flea medicine.

Author bio
USA Today bestselling author Cara Bristol has written more than twenty-five books, which include two science fiction romance series: the Cy-Ops Sci-fi Romance cyborg series and Breeder.

Author's Website:
Author Newsletter:

Stranded with the Cyborg (Cy-Ops Sci-Fi Romance 1)
Mated with the Cyborg (Cy-Ops Sci-Fi Romance 2)
Captured by the Cyborg (Cy-Ops Sci-Fi Romance 3)
Trapped with the Cyborg (Cy-Ops Sci-Fi Romance 4)
Destiny's Chance (fantasy/paranormal)
Goddess's Curse (fantasy/sci-fi romance)
Naughty Words for Nice Writers (sex scene thesaurus)


Midnight - Writing Buddy
Carol Post's Morgan and Midnight

I have two writing buddies: Morgan, my long-haired dachshund, and Midnight, my big black cat. Both were rescues.

Morgan spent seven years in a very abusive home before coming to us, and we saved Midnight from the pound a few hours before he was going to be gassed. Rescued pets seem to sense what we've saved them from and repay us with unconditional love.

Morgan in backyard
Morgan lies quietly at my feet as I write.

Midnight likes to hang with me as I write, too, but his favorite spot is in my lap, with his paws on the keyboard. I sometimes end up with some really strange things inserted into my stories!

Author Bio
Carol J. Post lives in sunshiny Central Florida and writes fun and fast-paced inspirational romance and romantic suspense. Her books have been nominated for a RITA award and an RT Reviewers’ Choice Best Book Award. She enjoys sailing, hiking, camping—almost anything outdoors. Her two grown daughters and grandkids live too far away for her liking, so she now pours all that nurturing into taking care of a fat and sassy black cat and a highly spoiled dachshund. You can find her at

Cedar Key Series - Deadly Getaway (prequel), Shattered Haven, Hidden Identity, Mistletoe Justice - Love Inspired Suspense
Harmony Grove Series - Midnight Shadows, Motive for Murder, Out for Justice - Love Inspired Suspense
Trust My Heart - Coming October 25, 2016 (Murphy, book 1)
Buried Memories - Coming January 1, 2017 (Cedar Key, book 4)


Lea Kirk's Indy

Indy playing with Myrtle, one of Lea's many foster puppies
Indy was my dog from the moment we brought her home as a rescue dog. Don’t get me wrong, she loved my husband and kids as well, but she and I just got each other. She was a six-year-old Lab-Rhodesian Ridgeback mix.
A month after she came to live with us, we humans went on vacation for a week. Indy and our other dog, Shasta, boarded with our vet. When we go home my hubby picked up the dogs. I was excited to see my girl again, but when I opened the back door Indy took one look at me, turned her back and sat down with her nose in the air.
Seriously! I’d never had a dog cop an attitude with me before. And it went on for two days!
Clearly, it was the Ridgeback in her because labs are always happy to see you no matter what. (Case and point, Shasta was a lab and she was just fine.)
Anyway, Indy eventually forgave me and we became besties. We even had “date nights” twice a year. January 1st and July 4th. We’d go into the office and I would write while she hid under my legs from the fireworks. One of the best dogs who ever owned me.

Author Bio
Lea Kirk loves to transport her readers to other worlds with her science fiction romances. Her first book, Prophecy, placed second in the 2014 Molly Award Contest. It’s the first book in her sci-fi romance series of the same name.

Her fascination with science fiction began at six years old when her dad introduced her to the original Star Trek TV series. She fell in love with the show, and was even known to run through her parents’ house wearing the tunic top of her red knit pantsuit and her white go-go boots pretending to be Lieutenant Uhura. By nine years old she knew she wanted to be a writer, and in her teens she read her first romance and was hooked.

She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her wonderful hubby of twenty-six years and their five kids (aka, the nerd herd).

You can find Lea online here: Lea Kirk
Prophecy - Science Fiction Romance
All of Me - Science Fiction Romance
Salvation - Science Fiction Romance, Coming Fall 2016
Barbara Elsborg's Winnie
Sad to say, I don't currently have any pets at my feet while I'm writing. My son took his little miniature long haired dachshund Winnie from the UK to Texas when he moved over there. Winnie recognised the noise of my computer shutting down and used to leap up and scratch my legs because he knew I had time to play.
His favorite game involved - and still does - a tiny teddy bear that I pretend to drop and he runs away with and I chase him. Sometimes he lets it go to let me pretend again to drop it for him to race away with. All the time, I'm calling - come back with Little Ted! Anyone watching would think I was mad but I love doing it and the moment we're back in Texas visiting our son, Winnie sniffs in the suitcase for the toy.
Winnie and Charlotte: Guess who's the boss?

Winnie is ecstatic to see both me and husband when we arrive at the airport. We're licked to death much to the amusement of those around us. When it's time to leave, Winnie gets into our case and on one occasion ran out of the house and jumped into the hire car. Ahh - my poor heart! I miss him. I feel pretty sure he thinks he's my dog. He won't leave my side when we visit. In the morning he jumps into bed and licks us awake. (I could do without that!) He now has a 'sister' a golden retriever called Charlotte - who is definitely the submissive dog. See who's sleeping on her bed?

Author Bio
Barbara Elsborg is moving tomorrow from the north to the south of the UK! She always wanted to be a spy, but having confessed to everyone without them even resorting to torture, she decided it was not for her. Vulcanology scorched her feet. A morbid fear of sharks put paid to marine biology. So instead, she spent several years successfully selling cyanide.

After dragging up two rotten, ungrateful children and frustrating her sexy, devoted, wonderful husband (who can now stop twisting her arm) she finally has time to conduct an affair with an electrifying plugged-in male, her laptop.

Her books feature quirky heroines and bad boys, and she hopes they are as much fun to read as they were to write.  
You can find her website here:
I write in a range of genres but my favorite sci fi romances are:

Lucy in the Sky - SFR erotica romance
Taking Stock - SFR erotica romance
Other books:
Crossing the Line - Dark Suspense Romance
Strangers - Contemporary Erotica Romance
Dirty Angel - Fantasy Erotica Romance (m/m)
Lightning in a Bottle - Paranormal Romance
Plus almost 40 additional books you can find here:
A very big thank you to all my guest bloggers who took time from their very busy schedules to share photos and stories about their wonderful pets. Animals do so much to enrich our lives, they deserve a little recognition of their own now and then, don't you think?
Have a great week everyone (and your pet/s)! 



  1. I love seeing everyone's pets! Thank you for featuring Hannah--although I hope the fame doesn't go to her head.

    1. LOL Cara. Yeah, we have to keep our pet divas grounded. :D Thanks for introducing us to lovely Hannah.

  2. What a delightful post. Even though we've been petless for nearly 7 years, I miss the 3 dogs who shared our home. I'm sure they're having a wonderful time in the Great Beyond.

    1. I'm sure they are, Diane! We were petless for a number of years (the indoor variety, at least) but I finally had to cave when David returned from deployment with two cats. It just sort of snowballed from there. Now we have a full house. Thanks for stopping by!

  3. This was such a fun post, Laurie! Thanks to all the authors and their pets for joining us! Cuteness factor off the scale!

    1. Thanks, Donna. Who doesn't love an adorable pet, right?

  4. Laurie, thank you for doing this post and inviting me to participate. Heart warming to read about other authors and their pets.

    1. Thanks so much for being our guests, Lea and Indy! So fun!

  5. Oh that was lovely! Thanks, Laurie!! Great to see everyone's pets.

    1. Thanks for joining us with Winnie (and Charlotte, too), Barbara. Very fun post! :D

  6. This was adorable! My cat can totally relate to Carol Bristol's cat, Hannah, disliking brushes, car-rides, and flea medicine. LOL. So glad so many pets have such wonderful homes.

    1. Thanks for stopping by to comment, Marlene. We really loved hosting all these wonderful authors and their pets.


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