Friday, August 23, 2019

Virtual Book Tour + #Giveaway: Rescued by Miriam Newman @miriamnewman @GoddessFish

by Miriam Newman
GENRE: Non-Fiction


What do you do when you are alone in the world? If you're a nice middle-aged lady with a social conscience, you go to your local shelter and adopt a rescue dog. Of course, sometimes it isn't only the dog who needs to be rescued. That's when life might send you a Dancer-Dog.


“We’re home,” I said in that tone you use when you give a dog the good news, and her soft ears pricked.  She sat up, looking eagerly out the window.  She hadn’t come to any palace, just a hundred-year-old Victorian cottage swamped with evergreens, bamboo and a lot of weeds I never found time to whack.  But it boasted a fascinating yard I had already decided to have fenced in despite the cost.  Sam and I walked the perimeter of the proposed yard so the dog could pee copiously once more, and then my friend had to take her leave of us.  She had been walking Dancer and the dog seemed a trifle confused when I took the leash, as though she had considered Sam her new owner, but when I led her into a warm place that smelled like food, she went right in.
Kitty, accustomed to dogs, actually deigned to thump down from the rocking chair to greet us.  The next thing I knew, I was flattened against the solid oak door as a rampaging whirlwind ripped out of my unprepared grasp.  The cat had MOVED--God save the mark!—and Dancer responded instantly.  Poor Kitty, who hadn’t run that fast since her youth, whipped up the slippery wooden steps.  She was able to make good her getaway because Dancer had never before encountered steps.  The dog thrashed at the bottom, lunging in impotent fury, unable to deduce how to get upstairs.
“No!” I admonished when I could catch my breath.  “Bad dog!  No chase!”
She looked at me as if I was crazy.
“Oh, come on,” I said, relenting.  “Let’s eat.”
“I was just about to,” her expression said.  “Where did that cat go, anyway?”
Kitty had gone to the attic.  She stayed there for a long time and she must have had telepathy with Smudgie, the barn cat, because I didn’t see old Smudge for days.
Her food disappeared and so did she.
There followed a delightful afternoon and evening of snoozing on the couch with the dog tucked in the same position she had assumed with Sam, in this case flat on top of me with her nose between my neck and shoulder.  As long as her eyes were hidden, that tuck seemed to say, she couldn’t spot anyone coming to take her away from heaven.  A wave of protective warmth suffused my heart.  This dog must have been through hell.  Who knew what awful things had happened to her?  Well, her troubles were over.  I would see to that.

Interview with Miriam Newman

Can you tell us a little bit about your next books or what you have planned for the future?
This current book, Rescued, is a non-fiction account of my first adventure in the wonderful world of animal rescue.  Ordinarily, I am your typical romance writer with a penchant for history and fantasy, so that will undoubtedly be where I return.

How long would you say it takes you to write a book? 
It can take as little as six months or kick around for years before it finally “comes out.”  Fortunately, while one is brewing there is usually something else being written.  It’s just that I can feel the other one looming in the back of my brain.

What is your favorite childhood book? 
Oh, “The Once and Future King” by T.H. White introduced me to fantasy with a strong dash of history.  I have been enthralled ever since.

What made you want to become a writer? 
My mother.  Mom didn’t write, but she had a passion and respect for the written word so strong that I sort of absorbed it by osmosis.  She read me reams of poetry and, not surprisingly, that was what I first wrote.  But it was apparent I was going to write a novel.  It was only a matter of time. 

How long have you been writing? 
Since I could print.  Seriously.  I used to write my “novels” on Mom’s shopping lists.  I’m not sure exactly how she knew what to buy, but I don’t think she cared. 

How did you become involved with the subject or theme of your book? 
“Rescued” is the true account of my first rescue dog, Dancer.  I adopted her from a local shelter after my husband died and although she was the most neurotic of creatures that dog was a saving grace.  She was the proverbial rescue dog that rescued her human and I thought her story was worth telling.  All proceeds from the book will go to rescue work.

For those interested in exploring the subject or theme of your book, where should they start? 
If anyone is interested in rescue work, your local animal shelter is a great place to start.  They usually are acquainted with various rescue groups in your area and it is not hard to form a network of some of the greatest people and pets you’ll ever know.

Just for fun

(a Favorite song:  Yellow Brick Road by Elton John

(b Favorite book:  The Once and Future King

(c Favorite movie:  Lord of the Rings

(d Favorite tv show:  Anything on History Channel

(e Favorite Food:  Oh, the choices—but probably cheesecake.

(f Favorite drink:  Coffee.  Any kind, strong, as much as possible.

(g Favorite website:  I can’t even think—there are too many!

Thanks so much for visiting with us today!

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Fantasy poetry driven by myths and legends has been my passion for as long as I can remember. I was published in poetry before catching the romance writing bug. I bring that background to my writing along with a lifelong addiction to horses, an 18 year career in various areas of psychiatric social services and many trips to Ireland, where I nurture my muse. My published works range from contemporary fantasy romance to fantasy historical, futuristic, science fiction and historical romance. Currently I live in rural Pennsylvania with a “motley crew” of rescue animals. You can see my books at

Buy Links:
Amazon: Kindle - Print

All proceeds to be donated to Home Free Animal Rescue, Red Bank, NJ.


$15 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC

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Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thanks for hosting!

Miriam Newman said...

Thank you for hosting this morning!

Victoria Alexander said...

I've enjoyed following the tour for Rescued and I'm looking forward to checking it out - thanks for sharing all of the great posts along the way.

Teenyluvkins said...

Thank you for the interview, I only caught the tour in the last 2 days but I'll be checking every post :)

Miriam Newman said...

Thank you all. It has been fun~