10 – 4 Tuesday

22 Jan

Welcome to 10 – 4 Tuesday!  This is a forum where I’ll feature an author  who will answer 10 questions about their book and a few personal things and then 4 questions for fun 🙂 So let’s get started.

Today I’d like to introduce you to author Zoe Dawson!  She’ll be sharing her 10, followed by her 4 and authorpicthen an excerpt of her book Groomed for Murder. 🙂 And as most of you are aware I’m a complete book cover junkie…and I LOVE Zoe’s book cover.

Okay, enough of my book cover worship. Please help me welcome Zoe!

Hi Zoe, thanks for joining me for 10 – 4  Tuesday…I hope you’re ready for some fun 🙂

Thanks for having me!  I appreciate it!

First the 10:

To start out, tell us a bit about yourself.

I have been writing for 16 years as a traditionally published author under a different pen name.  Recently, I was intrigued by the possibility of self-publishing some titles that haven’t sold to traditional publishers.  My self-published Going to the Dogs series is something that I developed after seeing Sex and the City.  I have already published the first and second books in the series.  The third and fourth books will be out in the summer and fall, respectively.

I got interested in romance when my grandmother gave me The Sheik to read.  She loved reading that book and it was falling apart by the time she lent it to me.  So I was really careful turning those pages.  Once I was bitten with the romance bug, I started to read voraciously.  That soon led me to writing romance.  I’m a divorced mother of two grown children, work a day job and live in Raleigh, North Carolina after moving from Virginia.  Love it here.

What genre (s) do you write?

I write contemporary, mystery, romantic suspense and soon paranormal and urban fantasy.

5.5"X8.5" Post Card TemplateShare your blurb from Groomed for Murder!

Can a dog have a bad hair day?

Brooke Palmer owns Pawlish, an exclusive doggie spa and grooming business in upper Manhattan, but when a client’s champion poodle gets a bad poodle cut and has to undergo therapy to recover, the client sues. The lawyer they send is drop dead gorgeous, but Brooke won’t be wooed by a corporate shark in a sharp suit.

Corporate lawyer Drew Hudson has better things to do then take on this ridiculous lawsuit, but since he works for the client’s husband, he has no choice. After meeting the beautiful, sweet-tempered owner, he can’t keep his mind on the silly case. But when the client turns up dog gone dead, Brooke may be a conflict of interest when she’s charged with the murder. All Drew wants to do is prove that this sexy entrepreneur is not dangerous, except to his heart.

Can she take a chance on him?

Terrific blurb! Tell us the moment when it first sank in that you were an official author!

It was when I held my first book in my hands and saw it on the bookstore shelves.  I was so completely blown away.  That was a day I will always remember.

That would definitely be an amazing moment…CONGRATS 🙂 What time of the day do you feel most motivated to write?

I’ve trained myself to write at anytime of the day to fit it into my busy schedule.  But my preference is morning.

Choose five words that describe your book.

Romance, comedy, mystery, dogs, bulldog

What makes this story stand out from other stories in the same genre?

Romance usually has a hero and a heroine, but I go one step further and have created doggie companions with their own personality.  Little did I know they would steal the show.

What’s that saying I’ve heard regarding movies, never work with children or pets….must be the same saying for books too. lol What’s the best part about the writing process and the worst?

The best part about writing is getting the story that is rattling around in the noggin’ into concrete, readable form.  The worst is finding time to do the marketing.

What are your writing goals for 2013?

I will finish the last two books in this series, Going to the Dogs which will be Hounded and Collared.  Finish the revisions on my first book from Entangled Publishing in a six book police procedural series, and, in the fall, begin the first book in my urban fantasy series The Starbuck Chronicles titled Afterlife.

That’s quite a list, but I have a feeling you’ll be able to do it all. What’s your current WIP?

Tentatively titled In Her Sights and part of The Misfit Squad series for Entangled.  Here’s a bit about the book and in my heroine, Kim’s own words:

Detective Kikumi “Kim” Yoshida – She took a bullet in a convenience store robbery that killed her partner.  Now she’s dealing with a high profile case and a sexy prime suspect who’s driving her crazy.

In her own words:

A dead partner is never easy to take.  Especially when the guy uses himself like a human shield.  It brought back all the memories of my brother doing that exact same thing.  That’s why I went into law enforcement, into homicide.  But with my brave partner’s death, the guilt returned.  It churns inside me so that I can’t sleep, can’t eat.  I took a few drinks to drown out the memories, the pain, to sleep.  I survived.  They didn’t.  The brass says I have a drinking problem.  They kicked me out of the precinct and, now, I’m in this new squad of misfits.  I don’t think I belong here.  I don’t have a problem.​

Now the 4:

A magic genie offers you the chance to live the life of any fictional character in any book for one week. Which book and which character would you choose?

I think I would choose The Crystal Singer, by Anne McCaffrey.  I loved the premise of this book where a singer with perfect pitch can get a lucrative job on a planet using her singing talent to cut crystals–crystals that literally run the universe.  The catch is she has to bond with a symbiotic–the natural spore of the planet that genetically mutates the body.  Among the possible mutations are deafness, blindness or other complications, but a small percentage have a perfect transition where others find incompatibility and death.

You’re a famous inventor and can choose anything in the world that has already been invented and claim it as your own. What would you choose to be known for?

World of Warcraft.  I would love to be able to mix my storytelling with the ability to bring it to the masses through interactive gameplay.

You can only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would you choose?

I’d choose Pizza, specifically, Domino’s Philly cheesesteak, but would eat all kinds.  Gives you much more of a variety.  So good!

You wake up and look out the window, realizing the zombie apocalypse has become a reality….what’s the first thing you’ll do?

Probably run to the mirror to make sure I wasn’t one of the zombies!

Thanks for sharing your 10 and your 4.  Please share an excerpt from GROOMED FOR MURDER 🙂

Excerpt from Groomed for Murder

Book #2

Going to the Dogs

By Zoe Dawson

All rights reserved

“You stupid cow!”

Brooke yanked her gaze away from the computer screen, her heart plummeting to her toes like a stone. Kristen Wright-Davis. Not again. With a surge of adrenaline, she raced out of the office toward the grooming room, where her nemesis shrieked in short, staccato blasts, punctuated by the yapping of her hyper toy poodle, Mimi.

“I have asked you repeatedly to sedate Mimi, Mrs. Wright-Davis.” Her groomer’s voice wobbled and Brooke moved faster to stave off disaster.

Pushing the door open, Brooke wasn’t surprised to find that Kristen—a life-sized, hard-gloss, Barbie-zilla—had backed poor, disheveled, worn out Rachel into a corner physically as well as verbally. Her groomer was buckling under the pressure and looked like she was about to burst into tears. Kristen loomed over Rachel, her tanned, pampered skin in stark contrast to the groomer’s pale face.

The hair on the back of Brooke’s neck popped up like porcupine quills. How dare that self-absorbed witch attack poor Rachel!


“Don’t talk back to me, dog groomer girl. You are nothing but a service provider, and you aren’t entitled to an opinion!” Kristen snapped, wagging her head like Mick Jagger on steroids. “Look what you have done to my Mimi!” She pointed a trembling finger at her noisy dog for emphasis. “This is outrageous! She has a show this weekend! You have ruined any chance she had to win. You stupid, stupid cow.”

Brooke stepped forward, summoning her most soothing manner. “Kristen, why don’t you and I discuss how we might solve this problem to your satisfaction?”

The woman’s head snapped around and homed in on the new target, just as Brooke hoped she would. As smooth as silk, Brooke maneuvered herself between Kristen and a cowed Rachel, squeezing her groomer’s shoulder reassuringly as she ushered her out of the room with a quick whisper. “Go hide in my office.”

“Look at what she’s done to my baby. It-it-it’s intolerable,” Kristen screeched, pointing again with a blood red-tipped finger, then settling her fists at the waist of her tight leather pants with a huff. Her collagen-puffed lips evolved from a pout to a nasty snarl.

Brooke looked down at the spoiled furball that still yapped and growled and snapped the air, straining to reach Brooke and sink in her needle teeth. The tension inside the small room scraped against Brooke’s skin. Obviously Mimi was simply reacting to the tension and to her owner’s state of mind.

And then Brooke finally took a close look at the poodle’s cut. What a disaster. Fur was missing in clumps scattered throughout her otherwise precise and professional show cut.

Brooke mentally threw up her hands. Half of this animal’s problem was that she had such an indulgent, spoiled, pretentious woman for an owner. The other half was she had an indulgent, spoiled, pretentious woman for an owner. Maybe Kristen should be the one to take a sedative before coming into Pawlish.

“I’m so sorry this happened just before a show.” Brooke cleared her throat, reaching for a more mollifying tone. “I sympathize with your disappointment. I would be happy to offer you six months of grooming for free, and I’ll refund the full amount of the entrance fee as compensation.”

Kristen’s eyes narrowed and her face darkened. “Six months free? Entrance fee? My baby looks like this, and…and you insult me with six months of grooming free and money? That’s a slap in the face. I will never use your cut-rate joint again.”

She grabbed Mimi and stuffed the yapping, snarling bundle into her Louis Vuitton dog carrier. Mimi shoved her head up over the zipped closure and snapped at Brooke again as Kristen swept past her toward the door.

🙂 So excited you joined me for 10 – 4 Tuesday!  Before we wave good-bye, let us know if there are any links you’d like to share so that we can find you and your book online 🙂

Groomed for Murder buy links:

Groomed for Murder

Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Smashwords | Kobo

Find Zoe Dawson on the web!






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42 responses to “10 – 4 Tuesday

  1. Cait

    January 22, 2013 at 8:25 am

    Lovely inspiring and motivational interview for a debut author to read. Nice one Zoe, Gone to the Dogs sounds great — as do all your books…congratulations!

    • ChristineWarner

      January 22, 2013 at 8:52 am

      And don’t you just love her cover? I’m such a cover junkie 🙂 So glad you came by Cait…thank you!

      • Zoe Dawson

        January 22, 2013 at 9:07 am

        Thanks, Cait. Congratulations to you, too as a debut author!

      • Zoe Dawson

        January 22, 2013 at 9:33 am

        I love all my covers! Can’t wait to reveal the cover for book #3. Those Jack Russell terriers are so cute!

  2. Kristina Knight

    January 22, 2013 at 9:06 am

    Hi, Zoe! What a cute cover and a great excerpt – good luck!

    • Zoe Dawson

      January 22, 2013 at 9:07 am

      Thank you Kristina!

    • ChristineWarner

      January 22, 2013 at 7:01 pm

      In total agreement Kristi…thanks so much for coming by!

  3. margeryscott

    January 22, 2013 at 9:13 am

    Great interview, ladies. LOL on the bulldog. Love him!

    • Zoe Dawson

      January 22, 2013 at 9:33 am

      Thank you Margery for stopping by!

    • ChristineWarner

      January 22, 2013 at 7:01 pm

      Glad you enjoyed the interview and Zoe’s bulldog…lol 🙂

  4. Ally Broadfield

    January 22, 2013 at 9:45 am

    I’m so glad to have discovered another great author on Christine’s blog. I have five dogs myself, and can’t wait to read your books!

    • Zoe Dawson

      January 22, 2013 at 9:49 am

      It’s great to meet you Ally. I hope you enjoy the books!

    • ChristineWarner

      January 22, 2013 at 7:02 pm

      I’m always happy to share another wonderful author with you Ally…thanks for coming by:)

  5. D'Ann Lindun

    January 22, 2013 at 10:49 am

    Sounds like a great book! My books always have dogs with thier own personalities!

    • Zoe Dawson

      January 22, 2013 at 10:55 am

      Very enjoyable to write, D’Ann. I love these books so much, I’ve spun out two more four book series. It’s turned into a monster.

    • ChristineWarner

      January 22, 2013 at 7:02 pm

      So glad you came by D’Ann…thank you!

  6. Calisa Rhose

    January 22, 2013 at 11:05 am

    I call my toy chihuahua Gremlin because she growls and snaps at nothing…while burrowed in blankets. LOL I think she and Mimi would get along! 😆

    Nice to ‘meet’ you, Zoe. Fun interview and your books sound hilarious.

    • ChristineWarner

      January 22, 2013 at 7:03 pm

      Thanks for stopping in Calisa….love your dogs name..cute!

  7. Calisa Rhose

    January 22, 2013 at 11:06 am

    Oh- my dog’s name is actually Li’l Miss Cocoa Rio. 😀

    • Zoe Dawson

      January 22, 2013 at 11:20 am

      Calisa, love the name! One fun aspect of this series is naming the dogs. I do think that Mimi and Gremlin (Li’l Miss Cocoa Rio) would get along quite nicely!

  8. Jennifer Lowery

    January 22, 2013 at 11:12 am

    Great interview, ladies! I love the premise of this series! And the cover is awesome!! Can’t wait to read the book!

    • Zoe Dawson

      January 22, 2013 at 11:21 am

      Thanks Jennifer. I’ve never written comedy before, but I guess it’s always good to challenge yourself. I hope you enjoy the series!

    • ChristineWarner

      January 22, 2013 at 7:03 pm

      So happy you dropped in Jennifer 🙂 I hope you enjoy Zoe’s book….sounds like a winner!

  9. jerridrennen

    January 22, 2013 at 11:19 am

    Wow, that was a great excerpt and interview!

    • Zoe Dawson

      January 22, 2013 at 11:22 am

      Thanks so much for stopping by and welcoming me so warmly.

    • ChristineWarner

      January 22, 2013 at 7:03 pm

      Appreciate you coming by Jerri!

  10. Niecey Roy-RomanceAuthor

    January 22, 2013 at 11:23 am

    I can’t wait to start this series! So excited about it 🙂

    • ChristineWarner

      January 22, 2013 at 7:04 pm

      So happy you came by and found a new author to read!

  11. Zoe Dawson

    January 22, 2013 at 11:28 am

    Niecey, I so hope you enjoy the series.

    • Niecey Roy-RomanceAuthor

      January 22, 2013 at 11:34 am

      I just snagged Leash on Amazon. It’s only 99cents right now, people!!! Can’t wait to read it 🙂

  12. Nikki Lynn Barrett

    January 22, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    I love the sound of Groomed for Murder!

  13. The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap

    January 22, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    Brilliant to incorporate dogs into the story, on the cover,… and being that I’m a dog lunatic, I’m sure that the other 7.3 zillion dog lovers on this planet will be interested in yours. Wishing you tons of success!

    And, a big cyber hug to you Christine. 🙂


    • Zoe Dawson

      January 22, 2013 at 1:11 pm

      Thanks for the well wishes, Paulette. The trick is getting to those 7.3 zillion dog lovers. 🙂

    • ChristineWarner

      January 22, 2013 at 7:04 pm

      Cyber hugs to you as well Paulette! (((hug)))

  14. Zoe Dawson

    January 22, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    Thanks Nikki!

  15. ChristineWarner

    January 22, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    Zoe, thanks so much for visiting with us today on 10 – 4 Tuesday. I hope you’ve had as wonderful a time as we did. HAPPY WRITING!!!

  16. Sara Walter Ellwood

    January 22, 2013 at 10:01 pm

    Loved the excerpt! Great intervew, ladies!

  17. Nancy Jardine

    January 23, 2013 at 7:21 am

    Fantastic answers to great questions! Wonderful blurb and excerpt. Bet wishes to you.

    • Zoe Dawson

      January 23, 2013 at 8:19 am

      Thank you Nancy and Sara. And a big thank you to Christine for hosting me. I had a great time with you all. Happy reading!

    • ChristineWarner

      January 23, 2013 at 10:41 am

      Hi Nancy! Thanks for stopping in. I’m glad you enjoyed it 🙂


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