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Saturday, October 24, 2015

Adopt a Shelter Animal & Adopt a Life Long Friend by Author S.J. Francis

S. J. Francis is a freelance writer with over three hundred publication credits, a University Lecturer with doctorates in English, Mass Communications and Law, and most recently, a novelist. A frequent traveler, Francis has resided in thirteen states and three countries. Francis currently lives in Mississippi, where a major part of Shattered Lies takes place—but grew up in New York City, where the latter portion occurs—and has a great respect and fondness for both places, and considers the world a notebook full of endless ideas. Francis’ first novel, Shattered Lies is a women’s fiction/mainstream/family saga novel.

Welcome S.J.!

First off, I want to thank fellow author Jackie Vick for hosting me on her blog here today. Thanks, so much, Jackie. Jackie asked that I write something about animals. Animals, really? I can do that. I love animals, animals of all sizes and breeds, domestic and wild. In fact, I pen a blog just for animals, but that is for another day. I love talking about animals and speaking up for them any chance I get.

Animals are my best friends. They’re loyal, loving, and funny. When you’re down in the dumps, an animal will always be there for you. Whether it be a dog, or cat, expect your animal to want to cuddle up with you every chance he/she gets.

Over the years, I've had the privilege of adopting fourteen (14) rescue dogs and cats from kill and no-kill shelters, including a few strays that wandered into my life. I've loved them all and have no regrets in any of the adoptions. Most of them are dead now from old age, cancer and kidney disease. My current pet children are two dogs, one cat, and two kittens are all rescues. 

My dogs came from no-kill shelters. My cat came from a kill shelter where she was one of fourteen cats available to adopt. The two kittens were abandoned at a garbage dumpster at just 3 weeks of age. All are thriving and keep me in check. I couldn’t imagine my life without them.

I’m a huge proponent for adopting animals. When you’re in the market for a new pet, whether it be a dog, cat, rabbit, etc. make adoption your first option. Don’t shop. Adopt. Many dogs, cats, of every breed and sex are available and all you have to do is make a nominal adoption fee. Fill out an application and provide references. You’ll feel good for doing so and you’ll gain a loyal and loving companion for life. 

My heroine Kate Thayer in my debut novel, Shattered Lies, is a big animal lover, so much so that she became a veterinarian, a profession I once considered. She’s adopted many stray animals that wandered onto the family farm, as well as caring for the horses and cows she owns. But when secrets and lies are revealed, her nearly perfect world is turned upside down, and she is compelled to dig deeper. Unfortunately, the deeper she digs the more she finds out until nothing she once knew is ever the same again. As Kate quickly learns, some secrets are better left alone. Too bad she didn’t heed those words. At least has real friends and family in the animals she cares for.

Why adopt a shelter animal? Because it will change your entire life for the good. It will do them a great deal of good, too. Every animals deserves love and safety. Though, animals don’t want anything from you, they will thrive through kindness, patience, adequate food and water. If you don’t have a pet, consider adopting one. Can’t adopt. Consider fostering one. The animal will have the taste of home and the shelter will cover the expenses. Can’t foster? Make a donation or volunteer at your local shelter. Whatever you do, however you do it, please be a voice for the animals, large and small. All it takes is one to make a difference, good or bad. I’m one for the animals. Are you?

Find out more about the author at her Black Opal Books Author Page. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and on her blog.

A NOTE FROM AUTHOR SJ FRANCIS:

     In honor of the launch of Shattered Lies, I’m offering a giveaway for someone to win a printed copy. To all those who leave a comment here today, or those that contact me at my website, you will automatically be entered into a drawing to win a personally autographed copy of my debut novel, Shattered Lies. Two copies are available giving two of you a chance to win.
     Just leave a comment here or go to my website and drop me a line with “Giveaway” in subject line at:
     Good luck and thanks so much for stopping by. It was my pleasure to spend time with you. Thank you so much, Jackie for hosting me. It's always my pleasure to connect with other authors and readers.

     FYI: The drawing will take place at the end of my blog tour on Saturday, December 12, 2015. I will contact the winner at that time to request your mailing address to send you the printed copy of Shattered Lies.

15 comments:

  1. Another great interview! And not only have I found one new author, but two. Pet psyhic? cool! I'm buying a copy of both books.
    Dennis Jonestown.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Dennis. I hope you like the Pet Psychic mysteries. The series came about after I took my own dog to a pet psychic when I did an article for Fido Friendly Magazine. Real life really is just as strange as fiction.

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    2. Thanks, Dennis for stopping by and for the kind words. Consider yourself entered in the book giveaway.
      Cheers!
      S, J. Francis

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  2. We have adopted many furry children, too, from shelters, the pound, and street urchins. Even a bird that was feeding in the backyard. It's funny, we think we are doing them a favor when they are actually giving us a greater gift. Good luck with your series.

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    1. You are so right about how they do us a favor, although I think the scales might be balanced in Buster's case. :)

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    2. Hello there! Aren't animals the best? Smarter and nicer than most humans, too. thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.
      Consider yourself entered into my giveaway to win a copy of Shattered Lies.
      Cheers!
      S.J. Francis

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  3. Buster is a shelter rescue. He had been returned twice, and I think he would have had it if we hadn't found him. He came with baggage, but he's soooooo worth it!

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  4. S.J., you are on two blogs today. I can understand with this being your big book release day. I enjoyed the post. Both of our dogs are shelter dogs. I'm still trying to get to reading Jacqueline Vick's book. Yours is on my list too. So many books and so little time. Congratulations on your novel release today.

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    1. Hello again, Linda! Actually, due to circumstances, I'm on four blogs today. see my schedule to keep up with me at http://www.sjfranciswriter.com

      Cheers! S.J. Francis

      Good to see you again.

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  5. S.J., what a kindred spirit! So nice to "meet" you. Yes, love them all, the hard part is when you have to say goodbye. Shattered Lies is now on my TBR list--secrets revealed is a theme I like, and have embraced often in my own writing--and is in line with the author's I adore, such as P.D. James. Much success, S.J.!

    (PS I don't get to rescue, they find us! Live out in the desert, and strays are always finding us. Only four now...

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    1. Hello M.M! Always great to meet a kindred spirit, too. There's no other soul like that of an animal. Thanks for the kind words. I hope you enjoy Shattered Lies. I enjoyed writing it. Give your pets a pat on the head from me. Keep writing!
      Thanks again. Consider yourself entered into my book giveaway.
      Cheers! S.J. Francis

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  6. Looks like I found you again, Dr. Francis. Love this blog. My wife and I have six dogs and six cats. All were strays or from shelters. We also adopt orphaned wildlife. My wife is a certified wildlife rehabilitator. So nice to see others care about animals, too while others only want to hurt them. Will definitely be reading your book. Dane

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    1. Hello again and welcome fellow animal lover! We kindred spirits must stick together for the animals. Thanks for the words about Shattered Lies. I hope you and your wife enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it!
      Cheers! S.J. Francis

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  7. Wow! SJ francis is around everywhere! Will I ever catch up! Nice to meet another animal lover and advocate, too. Love this post. I just found another author here with Jacqueline vick and her books, too. Looking forward to read both of your books.

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    1. Hello again, Annyce. Thank you for following my tour and leaving a comment. Jacqueline and I greatly appreciate it! We both hope you enjoy our books as much as we enjoyed writing them.
      Cheers! S.J. Francis

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