Monday, April 21, 2014

Murder in the Dog Park/Dog Spelled Backwards by Jill Yesko Guest Post and Giveaway

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Murder in the Dog Park/Dog Spelled Backwards
by Jill Yesko

Ms. Yesko is skilled as a writer…
~rantin’ ravin and reading
Great series, well-written and very entertaining. Four Stars!
This is a more gritty detective story. Unique characters, with lots of flaws.
Jill Yesko has created a wonderful protagonist…
~Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book

Dog Park coverMurder in the Dog Park
Paperback: 128 pages
Publisher: Baxter World Publishing (May 28, 2012)
ISBN-13: 978-0985485207
File Size: 242 KB
Print Length: 128 pages

Discovering a brutally murdered boy in a rainy dog park sends misanthropic private detective Jane Ronson on a journey through Baltimore’s gritty underbelly. Aided by a sexy cop, a bad-ass bull terrier, and an only-in-Baltimore cast of characters, Jane must use her computer-hacking and street-fighting skills to save her only family member from being framed as the killer.

Dog Spelled Backwards: An Unholy Mystery
Paperback: 210 pages
Publisher: Baxter World Publishing (August 17, 2013)
ISBN-13: 978-0985485214
File Size: 1355 KB
Print Length: 118 pages

Private investigator Jane Ronson suffers from oppositional defiant disorder, the uncontrollable urge to punch first then ask questions later. When a rabbi with a shady past offers her a bag of cash to spy on a rival rabbi, Jane jumps at the chance to make what think will be easy money. To get her cash, Jane impersonates an Orthodox Jewish woman and infiltrates a black market kidney ring in Baltimore’s Orthodox community. Between Russian gangsters and double crosses, Jane is number one on everyone’s hit list. To save her life, she forms an alliance with a religious woman and confronts a family.
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About This Author
Jill Yesko’s 20+ year writing career has included stints as a sport writer, NPR commentator and investigative reporter. She’s written about everything from body piercing to human pyramids in Spain. After a solo trek around the world, Jill was profiled as an “adventurous traveler” in O, the Oprah magazine. Before becoming a writer, Jill was a national-class cyclist and graduate and cartographer. A New Jersey native, Jill now patrols Baltimore’s dog parks with her basset hound.

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Guest Post:
Bully for Me!

I’m the proud human companion of a red and white basset hound named Jasper. When I got him as a puppy he was so full of life that I immediately nicknamed him Jazzy.

Jazzy is a fantastic dog. He loves to hike, snuggle, sniff, and even swim. Yes, swim!  I call him the Michael Phelps of basset hounds.

But when it came time to write my crime fiction mysteries, I knew I had to choose another breed. If I wrote books with a female private eye who travels around Baltimore solving crimes with the aid of her trusty basset hound, I worried people would forever identify me with my main character.

For that reason—and others I’ll get to in a minute—I chose a bull terrier (think Spuds MacKenzie) as my doggie protagonist. Having a basset in hound in my books was too close to home. And I didn’t want people to think I was so vain as to write myself and my pet into my mysteries.

Still, neighbors, friends, and even complete strangers stop me on the street and ask: “why didn’t you use a basset hound?”

There’s just no getting away from it!

The main reason I chose a bull terrier is because my mysteries feature a tough chick heroine named Jane Ronson. Jane’s the girl you don’t want to sit next to on the bus. She has amazing dark skills—she can hack computers, run a mile in under six minutes, drink boyfriends under the table, and, wait for unlimited amounts of greasy food, chocolate cake, and cheeseburgers without gaining an ounce!

Tough girls need tough dogs. And much as I love my basset hound, he just doesn’t fit the bill.

So I gave Jane a bull terrier. Bullies, as they are called, are lovable goofballs with egg-shaped heads, well-muscled bodies, and can-do attitudes.

Archie, as my doggie protagonist is called, is Jane incarnated in doggie form. Archie is ever bit as fearless as Jane. I’m not sure a basset hound could live up to it. Cute is one thing, but when you write crime fiction novels you sometimes need a dog that isn’t afraid to bite first and ask questions later.

Readers have responded positively to Archie. So much so that I gave Archie a bull terrier “girlfriend” in my second novel. I called her Eve (like Adam and Eve).

I’ve been so inspired by bull terriers that I donate a portion of my books sales to Blue Ridge Bull Terrier Rescue (

For me basset hounds will always be my companion dog or choice. But bull terriers will continue to rule my crime fiction novels.

Tour Participants
April 14 – rantin’ ravin’ and reading – Review
April 15 – Mommasez… – Review, Guest Post
April 16 – readalot blog – Review
April 17 – Kelly P’s Blog – Interview
April 18 – Mochas, Mysteries and Meows - Guest Post
April 19 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – Review
April 21- deal sharing aunt – Guest Post
April 22 – StoreyBook Reviews – Review
April 22 – fuonlyknew ~ Laura’s Ramblins and Reviews – Review
April 23 – Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers  – Review
April 24 – fundinmental – Guest Post
April 25 – Thoughts in Progress – Review, Interview
April 26 – Chloe Gets a Clue  – Interview
April 27 – Melina Book Blog – Guest Post
April 28 – Teena in Toronto – Review
April 29 – Read Your Writes Book Reviews – Review
April 30 – Brooke Blogs – Review, Guest Post

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