Today is my blog tour stop during the blog tour for One Good Cowboy by Catherine Mann. It was my great pleasure to have the opportunity to ask her some questions about her animal rescue work. This blog tour is organized by Lola's Blog Tours. The blog tour runs the whole month April on weekdays only, you can view the whole tour schedule here.
Interview with Catherine Mann
What inspired you to write One Good Cowboy?
I’ve long wanted to write a cowboy story – watching all those John Wayne movies growing up certainly made an impression! The opportunity and idea for a cowboy trilogy came along and what a treat it is to see the “Diamonds in the Rough” series launch with One Good Cowboy!
I understand you are actively involved in animal rescue...can you tell us about the work you do?
My family and I foster puppies and special needs dogs for our local animal shelter – we stopped counting at 100. It’s incredibly rewarding to help give these homeless animals the safe haven they need until they find their forever home. I also serve on the Board of Directors at the shelter.
I read on your website that you recently completed hands-on training for the Florida State Animal Response Coalition. What did that entail?
I went through an all-day training seminar, followed by an exam and a practice scenario setting up a temporary rescue shelter. There is also an online course included. FLSARC can be called to participate in rescue scenarios in other states as well. Having completed the FLSARC training also enables me to help with my local shelter’s D.A.R.T. (Disaster Animal Response Team). These teams can be called in to assist in anything from post-hurricane rescues to hoarding situations to puppy mill raids.
(This picture was taken the day I completed the hands-on training to be on the Florida Animal Response Coalition. I'm holding my official uniform T-shirt.)
I have four dogs and a cat, all rescues adopted from a shelter – a puggle, a yellow lab, a beagle, an American bulldog/pointer and a yellow tabby. My adult children, my sisters and my parents have all also adopted some of my former fosters! Family reunions are a treat on so many levels!
The title on your website header is "Rescued by Love". How have you been rescued by love?
There’s an awesome poem animal rescuers share called, “I Rescued a Human Today” by Janine Allen. The poem explains it far better than I can. Hope you are as touched by the poem as I have been.
One Good Cowboy (Diamonds in the Rough #1)
by Catherine MannGenre: Contemporary Romance
Age category: Adult
From Ex to Eternity?
To inherit his family's empire, Texas cowboy-turned-CEO Stone McNair must prove he has a heart beneath his ruthlessly suave exterior. His trial? Finding homes for his grandmother's rescue dogs. His judge? Johanna Fletcher, the woman whose heart he broke.
Sure, Johanna can handle a week traveling the country with her ex-fiancé to fulfilll his dying grandmother's request. She and Stone want different things—plain and simple. But there's nothing plain about Stone, or simple about the heat that still flares between them. One week may not be long enough.
You can find One Good Cowboy on Goodreads
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Do you like books with an animal rescue theme? Keep an eye out for Shelter Me by Catherine Mann, it’s being released on August 5, 2014. It’s a heartwarming novel about a returning soldier, the daughter of his fallen commander, and a very special dog with a mission.
Shelter Me (Second Chance Ranch #1)
By Catherine MannGenre: Contemporary Romance
Age Category: Adult
Release Date: August 5, 2014
Staff Sergeant Mike Kowalski wants only one thing after he gets home from Iraq: to sleep in a king-sized bed with clean sheets. But first, he has to hand off his fallen commander’s dog, Trooper, to his family without handing off his heart to Sierra…
Sierra McDaniel needs a break. Her family life is crazy, and when she’s not mucking out kennels, she’s slogging through grad school. Sierra certainly doesn’t want another dog, especially one that reminds her of her father. And she definitely doesn’t want to see Mike with that charming smile of his…
But Trooper has a mission of his own. Before too long Mike is moving to the ranch to lend a hand—and hoping for his own second chance with Sierra.
You can find Shelter Me on Goodreads.
You can view the book trailer for Shelter Me on Youtube.
About the Author:
USA Today bestseller Catherine Mann and RITA Award winner, Catherine writes contemporary romance for Berkley, Harlequin, and Sourcebooks, With over two million books in print in more than twenty countries, she has also celebrated five RITA finals, three Maggie Award of Excellence finals and a Bookseller’s Best win. A former theater school director and university instructor, she holds a Master’s degree in Theater from UNC-Greensboro and a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts: Theater (with minors in both English and Education) from the College of Charleston. Catherine and her flyboy husband live on the Florida coast where they brought up their 4 children – and still have 5 four-legged, furry “children” (aka pets). Catherine is an active volunteer with her local Humane Society, serving on their Board of Directors and fostering puppies and special needs dogs (she stopped counting at a hundred). She recently checked off a major item on her “bucket list” by completing the hands-on training for the Florida State Animal Rescue Coalition. Catherine enjoys hearing from her readers and can be found online daily. To receive an autographed bookmark, send a SASE to: P.O. Box 6065, Navarre, FL 32566
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