Saturday, March 2, 2013

More Paws for a Cause!

Hi Again!  It's Bucky here!  I know it is Saturday and it's time to play, but I have dropped what I'm doing to tell you that we still need your help, even on a weekend!

Please follow this Link to donate and remember that for every dollar you give, you will receive an entry into the grand prize giveaway with 4 great prizes up for grabs!  Just follow the instructions on yesterday's post to enter!

Also remember that Share My Destiny will donate one dollar for every copy of Cherishing Destiny sold between March 1 - 8 and if you purchase a copy and donate at least $15 to Paws with a Cause, you can request a FREE Pre-order certificate for Following Destiny, A Dangerous Destiny book 2, by emailing NoelleBlakely(at)Gmail(dot)com.  

Yesterday you met Honza Bear.  So, while you're relaxing and playing this weekend, remember Honza who's probably out there working.

Oops, maybe he gets a little time off too...

But, don't forget all the other working dogs out there and visit Col. Hanrahan's blog for other great stories, like Noah and Chuck!

Have a fantastic Weekend!   Bucky

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Bloggers Help Paws with a Cause Charity Hop

My name is Buckbeak, but you may call me Bucky.

Later this week, I will tell you my story, but today I am here to kick off the start of the Bloggers help Paws with a Cause Charity Hop! 

Please, read the message below from our Blog Hop organizer to find out about Paws with a Cause and how you can help them out and enter to win great prizes at the same time.

Hello Everyone! We have a total of 59 blogs that have come together to help raise money for a great cause. There are going to be some awesome prizes up for grabs for people that donate money to the cause. Here is a little about the organization that we are raising the money for:


 Paws With A Cause® enhances the independence and quality of life for people with disabilities nationally through custom-trained Assistance Dogs. 
PAWS® increases awareness of the rights and roles of Assistance Dog teams through education and advocacy.  Founded in 1979, Paws With A Cause is dedicated to helping its clients who are challenged by many disabilities, such as Cerebral Palsy, Muscular Dystrophy, Seizure Disorders, and Hearing Disorders to name just some.  Each of our dogs are trained to meet the specific needs of our clients. Tasks may include opening and closing doors, picking up objects, pulling a wheelchair, turning lights on and off, and alerting a person to particular sounds like a telephone, doorbell, smoke detector and many others. Our dogs change lives by enhancing the independence of our clients. By just opening a door, a dog opens up the world for a person with a disability and your donations will go to making that happen.  PAWS thanks you so much for your donation and allowing us to open more doors.

Paws With A Cause
4646 South Division
Wayland, MI 49348

 How to donate:
2. Click on "Make a Donation"
3. Enter a amount you wish to donate. Everibbon will add a small fee to your donation for processing. My fee for donating $5.00 was .49 cents. So keep this in mind when deciding your donation amount. You will receive 1 entry into the giveaway for every $1 you donate. 
4. In the box that says "on the behalf of" please put your name. This is the name that will be listed on the everibbon website so put a name you do not mind being visible to everyone. Do not check the box to make a anonymous donation because I will not be able to track your donation to enter you into the giveaways.
5. Next it will ask you for your credit or debit card information.
6. Then it will ask for your email address to send you a receipt. This is so that you can submit it for tax purposes.
7. Ta Da! Your all done making your donation. Now you need to contact Danielle to enter the giveaway.
8. Please email Danielle at with the name you used to donate your money. For example the name I used to donate on behalf of was Romance Book Junkies. Do not send me your name off your credit or debit card because I will not be able to see this. Along with the name you used please tell me how much you donated and if you live in the US or are International.
9. Your all done. Thank you for donating!

We will have 4 winners for the main giveaway.
We have 2 $65 gift certificates to any online book store.
Also we have 2 huge boxes of books and swag from Romance Book Junkies and Bitten by Paranormal Romance for US residents only.

Follow the links at the bottom of today's guest post for other great blogs, stories and giveaways!

Real Life Hunky Hero Kevin Hanrahan supports Paws with a Cause!

Join me and other Bloggers all week long in supporting a fantastic cause!

My first guest blogger this week, is a new friend and fellow dog lover.  He is a decorated war veteran and I want to take this opportunity to thank him for his dedicated service to our great country.  

Meet Author, Blogger and Dog Advocate, Lieutenant Colonel Kevin Hanrahan, U.S. Army

“For perhaps, if the truth were known, we're all a little blind, a little deaf, a little handicapped, a little lonely, a little less than perfect. And if we can learn to appreciate and utilize the dog's full potentials, we will, together, make it in this life on earth.”
- Charlotte Schwartz

Thanks so much for having me on your fabulous site Noelle! I love the design of your site… its ascetics are so elegant and sleek! 

Full disclosure- I have never read a romance novel in my life.

OK, I feel much better getting that out in the open!

So how did Noelle and I connect?  

A time and tested way, through men’s (and women’s) best friend……our love of dogs.
I own two Vizslas….well maybe they own me…..

Sammy and Stella are my best pals and Sammy was my rock when my life fell apart after I returned from Iraq in 2005. 

I’m a Lieutenant Colonel in the active duty U.S. Army.

I’ve been dog focused since I was a little boy especially after reading books like Where the Red Fern Grows, Call of the Wild, and even Clifford the Red Dog as a wee little fella!

I simply can’t resist any opportunity to promote the use of dogs to help people. 

My forte is Military Working dogs. In 2010 to 2011, I was serving as the Deputy Provost Marshal for United States Forces- Afghanistan in Kabul and part of my duty was to oversee the Working Dog Program. 

I first recognized the value of dogs on the battlefield when I received an urgent message from the Brigade Operations Officer of the 2d Brigade, 101st Airborne Division.

The Brigade Operations officer told me that he was losing soldiers every day to Improvised Explosive Devices (IED). The brigade was only able to employ 10% of their combat power into their assigned sector because every time they tried their troops were being killed and maimed. 

The Taliban were winning.

He told me the only thing that was effective combating these IED was our explosive detector dogs. At the time he only had a handful of dog teams assigned to his unit. He begged me to get him more dog teams. 

Months later as the dog teams flooded into Afghanistan we had a really bad week where we lost multiple handlers and dogs. One dog was even missing after an intense battle down in Helmand Province.

I was in my office, teary eyes reading the reports of the latest handler killed and I just knew the American public had no idea what these young men and women were doing with their dog in Afghanistan.

I swore to myself I would tell their story and I would bring it to the American people. So within two days I started writing my first novel, Paws on the Ground, which is currently with my literary agent being prepared for submission to publishers.

Paws on the Ground is the story of American soldiers and the dogs that protect them in the alien and treacherous terrain of Afghanistan.

It is a novel about the true and ancient bonds of friendship, love, and loyalty as they are tested in the world of modern warfare.

While I wait for it to be published I’ve been collecting and writing true stories of our dog handlers in Afghanistan on my website

Noelle has included a link to the first chapter in one of my most popular dog team storyline, John and Specialized Search Dog Honza Bear:

Labeled lazy and unintelligent, Specialized Search Dog Honza is a reject no one wants… except for one soldier.

What groans like a bear, is cuddly like a teddy, marches to his own beat and possess a laser-sharp sense for sniffing out explosives? A 100-pound yellow Labrador named HONZA BEAR!

But can Army Specialist John Nolan convince Honza Bear to follow his lead? Will they even get to deploy or will Honza Bear’s antics sabotage their certification?

Can John turn this cuddly bear into a lethal lifesaving weapon so that, if they are able to join their Special Forces unit in the heart of enemy held territory in Afghanistan, they won’t get blown up?

Start here to begin reading their exciting story!


John and the Lumbering “Honza Bear”

John and the Lumbering “Honza Bear”

Posted on 9th April, by Kevin Hanrahan in Dog Advocate, John and Honza Bear. 25 Comments

“Why me,” thought Specialist John Nolan as he looked around at the other 11 students in his specialized search dog (SSD) class at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. The other guys were looking at one another, smiling, laughing and joking. But John stared at the ground. He wished he could share their enthusiasm.
Everyone else was receiving two dogs and would get to choose their K9 partner but not him. He was getting the mine detector dog washout. He bit his bottom lip and shook his head.
“We’ve tried him before with four other SSD students and he never works out,” his instructors informed him.
This is not what the three-year-and-one-combat-deployment Army veteran had expected when he volunteered for K9 School. He felt like the instructors were setting him up for failure. He looked from side to side at the other dogs as he raked his finger over the cages while he walked through the kennels. They were all barking excitingly and twirling around in their kennels like tops. Why couldn’t he have one of the other guys “good” dogs to go with his washout, wondered John as he shuffled his feet down the kennel walkway.
“That’s him right there, Nolan. The big goofy labrador is yours.”Honza head on and close up 300x216 John and the Lumbering “Honza Bear”
John sighed heavily and turned to face his new partner, the partner that he would be relying on to find improvised explosives before they found him.
He turned, with his hands on his hips and stared at the unimpressive yellow dog who barely acknowledged his presence. John looked up at his name plate above his kennel. It read “Honza, 4YO, male.” He looked down at Honza who was sprawled out on the ground at the rear of his kennel.
Honza let out a yawn, looked up at him and seemed to be saying, “I’ve been through this before with other handlers. I sabotaged them and I’ll do the same to you. Let’s get this over with so I can lounge around.”
John’s shoulders tensed as he reached for the kennel door and opened it. Honza got to his feet. John took a step forward into the cage, closing the gate behind him, and was quickly pushed backwards landing on his rear end with Honza on top off him. Honza’a massive front paws were on his chest and his wet slimy pink tongue was lathering John’s face with saliva. The 80-pound dog pushed him into the metal chain link fence and John struggled to regain his composure as bellowed deep belly laughs.
His family dogs—Ralph, a beagle, and Rosie, his Jack Russell terrier—never had the bulk to take him down like this when he was growing up. He’d been caught off guard by the lab.
Honzas Big head 193x300 John and the Lumbering “Honza Bear”John wrapped his arms around the dog, squeezing him and pulling him against his body tightly. He could feel the dog’s heart pounding and Honza groaned with delight as he tried to lick John’s face some more. It came back to John that he hadn’t had a dog since he joined the Army. He desperately missed the companionship and comfort his family dogs always provided.
“Don’t worry, this dog is only temporary, Nolan. We’ll get you a good dog,” a passing instructor said.
John looked up at the instructor and wondered what was wrong with Honza? He seemed like a good dog. He pushed his head against the short yellow fur on the dog’s head and peered into his brown eyes with a hint of a rust color to them. Honza’s tail hadn’t stopped wagging since John had entered the cage and it was now whacking the man’s leg and felt like he was being hit lightly by a leather belt.
“What is your problem, pal?”
Two days later he found out exactly what was wrong when they ran their first search drill. Honza took three times the amount of time to complete the exercise as the other dogs had. He was slow, lethargic, appearing to be out for a Sunday stroll rather than finding explosives. Honza had no sense of urgency.
John Directing Honza John and the Lumbering “Honza Bear”
John watched him curiously and thought that he looked like an unwieldy bear, poking around for snacks at a campsite. Paw this and paw that. He would sniff here and there, stroll to the left or right and sniff again, look at a passing butterfly and then take a few more steps with his nose down. His long yellow tail was wagging from side to side as if it were a windshield wiper on a rainy day. He was Honza the Bear!
“Don’t worry, Nolan. He’ll be your backup dog. We are giving you another dog tomorrow,” his instructor informed him.
John looked up at the staff sergeant instructor and wanted to ask, “What if I don’t want another dog?  What if I want Honza Bear to be my dog?” But he kept his mouth shut.
John had made a cardinal mistake at dog school. He had fallen in love instantly with the big goofy knucklehead lab. He couldn’t help it. Honza reminded him of his beagle Ralph, just larger.
Honza licking his lips John and the Lumbering “Honza Bear”

Will John get to keep Honza as his dog?
What happens when John is given additional dogs to work with?
Can Honza finally be turned into an effective working dog?
Click here for the next exciting chapter in this story!    
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Channie has been kidnapped by her momma and Josh's memory was wiped clean. In this final book of the series, their journey doesn’t get any easier. They must rely on all they’ve learned and all they’ve overcome just to survive. But as the mage war escalates, the choices become harder. It’s not just their lives and love on the line. The power hungry leader of the Veyjivik clan will do anything, including murder, to accomplish her goal of world domination. Josh must leave behind the boy he was and embrace his heritage to become the man he was meant to be, or all will be lost. 

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Charlotte Abel was born and raised in Oklahoma where she met her soulmate, Pete. She chased him to Boulder, Colorado and finally convinced him they were meant to be together forever. They've raised three kids, two ferrets, three dogs and countless hamsters -- and are still happily married.

She's in love with "real" life and paranormal romance. When she's not reading or writing, Charlotte enjoys hiking, bicycling and primitive archery (although she's never shot at anything other than a target!)

The final book of The Channie Series, "Finding Valor," will be available in Spring of 2013.

Look for "River's Remorse," the second book of "The Sanctuary Series" in late 2013.