Love in Action AND Contest News!
Hello, Buttercup! Is it just me, or was this week longer than usual? When I sat down to put together today’s Observations from the Tub I needed a pick-me-up, and I found it in a series of photos taken by Maddie Peschong (Mad Photo & Design) in the performance of her duties as wedding photographer for Valerie Parrott in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. I came across the story—which I’ll share with you—and immediately contacted Maddie who graciously granted permission for me to share these photos.
This first photo is of Valerie and her mother. Beautiful, yes? What you don’t see in the photo is Valerie’s service dog, Bella. Bella is trained to be in tune with Valerie, who suffers panic attacks. When Bella senses the anxiety of her mistress, she comes to the rescue by licking Valerie’s hands or nudging her, a clear message to Valerie that she needs to take five from whatever she’s doing. For obvious reasons, Bella was especially sensitive to Valerie’s needs on her wedding day, and when Valerie’s anxiety began inching up, Bella came to the rescue. Maddie snapped the photos below showing Bella at work.
The rest of these great photos speak for themselves. Enjoy!
I have another reason for loving this true story. First, the photographer’s name, Maddie, is the same as my heroine in Love Built to Last. And second, Bella’s name is close to Belle, the name of a rescued pooch in Love to Believe. Serendipity! For a more detailed telling of the story, please visit this report at CBSnews.com. And thanks again to to photographer Maddie Peschong (Mad Photo & Design) for sharing these photos.
The countdown has begun for the release of my second novel, Love to Believe, and I’m excited to tell you about the giveaways I’m doing to promote the book. First is your chance to win one of FIVE signed copies of the book. For every comment you leave on my blog between now and January 29th—that’s one week, Buttercup, Friday to Friday—your name will be entered to win! Easy peasy! All winners will be chosen using Random.org.
Have a great weekend! Don’t forget to leave a comment! Winners will be announced here on Saturday, January 30th—release day!
UPDATE: The eBook version of Love to Believe is available to pre-order now at Amazon!
Romance is good for your heart! To purchase your copy of Love Built to Last in eBook or Print, go to Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Black Opal Books, Kobo, or AllRomance. Book #2, Love to Believe, will be available for purchase January 30, 2016!
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