Tuesday, May 16, 2017

NBTM + #Giveaway: Seven Days to Goodbye by Sheri S Levy @SheriSLevy @GoddessFish






Seven Days to Goodbye
by Sheri S Levy
GENRE:   Young Adult- coming of age


BLURB:


Thirteen year old, Trina has chosen to raise service dogs and have puppy after puppy. But during her seven day beach vacation, Trina struggles with having to return Sydney at the end of the week and worrying about her best friend changing into a stranger. To complicate the week, Sydney, meets a young boy with autism and the girls meet his two older brothers. Tension is raised over the guys, and Trina fears she’ll lose more than her service dog. Will Trina's lose her best friend, also?


Excerpt:

Uh, oh. The wind lifted the Frisbee into the air. It looked as if the disc had sprouted wings, and disappeared up and over the jetty. Sydney halted, staring at me. He was used to chasing his toy. His eyes asked for permission as his body quivered pent-up energy. Letting him struggle for a minute, I giggled and said, “Okay, Syd. Find Frisbee.”

I did a slow jog towards the rocks and seconds later, Sarah called, “Wait for me.” I did a slow jog towards the rocks and seconds later, Sarah called, “Wait for me.”

I turned around and stopped. “Wow, you're joining me! Come on. I’ve got to
find Syd’s Frisbee. It’s on the other side.”

We climbed over the jetty. The dogs used their four-legged drive and moved much faster than Sarah or me. When we reached the top of the mound, Sydney stood a distance away with his Frisbee at his feet, leaning close to a small boy. The boy continued to pat the sand in his bucket and turn it upside down, making a row of mounds.

My heart did a triple beat in quarter time. I started running. Sydney’s stub wiggled and jiggled as soon as the boy’s sandy hands rubbed his back.

“I’m sorry,” I said running ahead. I bent, face to face with the boy. “I hope he didn’t scare you.”

The boy never looked at me, only at Sydney and back to the sand. He said in a monotone voice, “Doggy, doggy.”

Sarah meandered up to us. I panted in fast spurts. Worried about the boy and Sydney, I never noticed the rest of the group. A little ways from the small boy, two guys around our age worked on a fort or it could have been a sand castle. The one who seemed to be the oldest, stood. He had long legs and was much taller than I expected. Using his hand, he shoved his longish brown bangs out of his eyes.

Oh, Sarah had definitely noticed. She smiled, pushed loose hair back into her braid and pulled her bathing suit in place.

I rolled my eyes. Okay. Here she goes.




Interview with Sheri S Levy

1.   What inspired you to write Seven Days to Goodbye?

With years of reading aloud to my students about dogs and the beach, I thought it would be fun to create stories. I had always written, but after I retired I discovered I needed to learn how to write novels. I jumped into this craft with both feet and continued to tread water.

 I had decided to use my memories and experiences to write Seven Days to Goodbye. My husband and I spent many long weekends with our best friends on Edisto Beach, SC. I used our wonderful times, but turned the characters into teenagers and used my students’ issues.

2.   Can you tell us about the next books in Trina Ryan’s Dogs in Training Series?

     The sequel is called Starting Over. It has the same characters, plus a new conflict and horseback riding. It is due July 18th,2017. I am busy at work on the third story, For Keeps. I can’t add any more information without spoiling Seven Days to Goodbye.

3.   Can you tell us a bit about the characters in Seven Days to Goodbye?

     The main characters are taken from real life people, mainly to keep my memories alive. My first Australian shepherd, Sydney, became the service dog. The main characters Trina and Sarah are teens, growing up at different speeds, and struggle to maintain their long-term friendship. Trina is a puppy raiser for service dogs and Sarah’s interest is on guys. Sydney makes a magical connection with Logan, a young boy with autism, and to Sarah’s delight, Logan has older brothers.

     The story has humor, teen issues, and plenty-of puppy love in both varieties.

4.   You know we all have a favorite author. Who is your favorite author and why?

I absolutely love to read. But I can’t say I have one favorite author. My favorite reads are dramas, middle grade to adult. If there are animals, humor, and emotional pulls, I’m hooked.


5.   If you could time-travel would you travel to the future or the past?  Where would you go and why would you like to visit this particular time period?

     If I could sit in a time machine, I’d travel into space. My dad worked with NASA at the time of the first space shuttle, Columbia. I would have given anything to be an astronaut and see the universe.  I even filled out the paper work to be the teacher chosen to go into space. But I had asthma and never sent it.

6.   Do you have any fuzzy friends? Like a dog or cat? Or any pets?

     I grew up with a brown, miniature Dachshund and an orange tabby cat. After I married, we adopted a five-year-old German shepherd. And she jump started our life with dogs. We continued to have puppies, and strays and are now on our sixth and seventh dog. We’ve had two Shepherds, one black Lab, and four Australian shepherds.

Thanks for taking the time out of your busy schedule to visit with us today. 
    

   

AUTHOR BIO:

Sheri, originally from California, moved to South Carolina with her husband, two children and a Siamese cat. Soon they adopted their first rescue dog who influenced their need to continue living with dogs. Sheri taught a multi-handicapped Special Ed class, and then a GED-parenting class, which included home visits. Because of her love of reading, Sheri found unusual ways to encourage children to read. After her rescue of a difficult dog, Sheri enrolled in dog classes to change his behavior. Her dream of writing, Seven Days to Goodbye, came from the culmination of her beach experiences, her understanding of behaviors, and from research with PAALS, a service dog organization.

Author Links:
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Giveaway:

$20 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC




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35 comments:

Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thanks for hosting!

sheri levy said...

Thank you, Nancy, for having me on your blog. I have toured your site and learned a bit more about you. It is wonderful you enjoy reeading. Stories take us to a different place each day! Makes life interesting.

Kim Pickett said...

Thank you for the chance to win. Great post!

Victoria Alexander said...

Great excerpt, I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the book :)

Bernie Wallace said...

What books are you looking forward to reading in 2017? Thanks for the giveaway. I hope that I win. Bernie W BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com

Mary Preston said...

A great interview.

Unknown said...

Congrats on the tour and thanks for the chance to win :)

sheri levy said...
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sheri levy said...

Thank you, Lisa, Mary, Kim, and Joseph for leaving a comment. And Victoria, Thanks for reading Seven Days to Goodbye. Starting Over is coming soon-

Rita Wray said...

I liked the interview.

sheri levy said...

Thank you,Rita, for reading and commenting.

Nikolina said...

I really enjoyed reading the entire post, thank you!

sheri levy said...

Hello, Nikolina. You have followed me from post to post. Thank you- Have you read Seven Days to Goodbye?

James Robert said...

Thanks for the interview, excerpt and giveaway.

Nikolina said...

Hi, Sheri, not yet, but it's on my must-read list!

James Robert said...

Hope your Saturday is loaded with fun and many memories. Thanks for all you do and for this giveaway.

James Robert said...

Happy Sunday! Hope it's going great for you. Thanks for the chance at winning!

James Robert said...

Back again to say thanks again for the chance at winning. I appreciate it!

James Robert said...

Have a great day and thank you for giving all of us the opportunity to win.

Ally Swanson said...

Congrats on the new book and good luck on the book tour!

Bea LaRocca said...

Congrats on the new book! This sounds like the perfect story to share with my 13 year old granddaughter!

Ally Swanson said...

Just stopping by to say hi! Hope you have a fantastic weekend!

James Robert said...

I appreciate the opportunity to win, thank you. Been so busy I have missed some days but still working on entering when I can.

James Robert said...

Hope your day is going great. Thanks once again for the chance at winning.

James Robert said...

Have a great day and thank you for the opportunity to win.

Jodi Hunter said...

Thanks for the giveaway.

James Robert said...

I sure appreciate the chance at winning. Thanks and hope you're not sick of hearing from me.

Bea LaRocca said...

I love that you featured service dogs in this story. I had more than one friend who depended on these amazing animals.

Bea LaRocca said...

Thanks so much for sharing an excerpt and offering a Giveaway. Have a great weekend!

Jodi Hunter said...

Looks Amazing!

Bea LaRocca said...

Happy Tuesday. I hope that your week has gotten off to a great start.

Bea LaRocca said...

Just stopping in to say Happy Independence Day.

Ally Swanson said...

Hope you had a fabulous holiday weekend! Looking forward to checking out this book!

James Robert said...

Hope your day is as terrific as you are. Thanks so much for the opportunity to win

James Robert said...

Have a fun Thursday and thanks so much for the chance to win.

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