If there’s anything that can make a Monday better, it’s a Male on Monday blog post! Gives me something better to think about than the errands I have to run today and the laundry in the next room ;-)
I got to write about three fantastic males for my summer trilogy featuring the McKenna brothers, three billionaires from Boston. The first, Finn, is the hero in ONE DAY TO FIND A HUSBAND. He’s an uptight CEO—the eldest McKenna—who is taken by surprise by a marriage of convenience to the outspoken, fun Ellie Winston. He’s as far from being in his comfort zone as possible, but he finds that by letting Ellie into his heart, he becomes a whole new man.
He has a soft spot for dogs, though, and I think that’s what endeared him to me. I think you can tell a lot about a man by the way he treats a dog. My own husband is a dog lover, and spoils our dogs mercilessly. He’s also been known to spoil the cats, so he’s an equal opportunity animal spoiler.
But my best dog story about my husband is when we bought Sophie. After I wrote a book featuring a small dog that could do tricks (THE OTHER WIFE), I decided I wanted one, too. I searched and searched and found a place that had a couple of dogs I was interested. I talked my husband into going with me but he was DEAD SET against getting a third dog (at the time we had a Golden and a hyper mutt). I said I just wanted to hold the puppy, a little Havanese (they’re like Bichons), and he said fine, but NO WAY, NO HOW, were we getting a dog.
I took the dog and sat in the little play area with her, and my husband looked over at me, and he said softly, “I haven’t seen you look that happy since your mother died.” (It had been a difficult year or so since I lost my mom). Then he turned to the guy who had brought us the dog, and said, “wrap her up. We’ll take the dog and anything it needs.”
And that is how Sophie came into our lives :-) She’s sleeping on his lap as I write this, all curled up and spoiled. So when people ask me where I get the inspiration for my heroes, I always have the same answer—
I live with that inspiration.
Tell me, do you know a person with a soft spot for dogs or cats? Have a favorite pet story to share? If so, share it below. I’ll choose one commenter to receive a five-pack of Shirley Jump romances!
You can read more about Shirely, her animals and books at her website www.shirleyjump.com