Monday, October 6, 2014

Monday Night Romance - Animal Welfare Week

Monday Night Romance continues on USA Today's Happily Ever After (HEA) Blog at this link - we are celebrating football mascots in honor of Animal Welfare Week. 

While living in Hawaii, we attended the Pro Bowl twice at Aloha Stadium - the mascots proved to be more entertaining than the game itself.   Arg, I can't find my pictures of the mascots in Aloha shirts!

We love the mascots because we love animals!   I enjoy animals in romances .... 

I'm proud of my fellow military spouse, Catherine Mann, for her work with rescue animals (link), 

Catherine and her flyboy husband live on the Florida coast where they brought up their 4 children – and still have 5 four-legged, furry “children” (aka pets). Catherine is an active volunteer with her local Humane Society, serving on their Board of Directors and fostering puppies and special needs dogs (she stopped counting at a hundred). She recently checked off a major item on her “bucket list” by completing the hands-on training for the Florida State Animal Rescue Coalition


I became a recent fan of Diane Kelly.  From her bio (link),

A former tax advisor, Diane Kelly inadvertently worked with white-collar criminals. Lest she end up in an orange jumpsuit, Diane decided self-employment would be a good idea. Her fingers hit the keyboard and thus began her “Death and Taxes” romantic mystery series. A graduate of her hometown’s Citizen Police Academy, Diane Kelly also writes the hilarious K-9 cop “Paw Enforcement” series.

Check out my review of PAWS ENFORCEMENT at this link.


Ronie Kendig draws upon military life to write the Breeds Apart series featuring military dogs (link):

An Army brat, Ronie Kendig grew up in the classic military family, with her father often TDY and her mother holding down the proverbial fort. Their family moved often, which left Ronie attending six schools by the time she’d entered fourth grade. Her only respite and “friends” during this time were the characters she created.

It was no surprise when she married a military veteran—her real-life hero—in June 1990. Married more than twenty years, Ronie and her husband, Brian, homeschool their children, the first of whom graduated in 2011. Despite the craziness of life, Ronie finds balance and peace with her faith, family and their Maltese Menace in Northern Virginia.


Mahalo, Catherine, Diane, and Ronie, for your human hearts! Can you recommend any romance books with animals?  One randomly selected commenter wins a book choice from my convention stash.  Comments are open through Saturday, October 11, 10 pm in Baltimore.  I'll post the winner on Sunday, October 12.


Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City

We rescued Zsa Zsa in Hawaii ...
or did she rescue us?


  1. Hope Flames by Jaci Burton and Jill Shalvis' Animal Magnetism series :)

  2. Most of Janet evanovich's books have animals. They are pretty cute and fun stories.

  3. Jennifer Crusie!!! Some of her earlier works all feature hysterical dog secondary characters :) Thanks for sharing!

  4. I too was going to mention Jill Shalvis. Also Grace Burrowes usually has animals in her stories.

  5. Definitely recommend Ronie Kendig's books! Those are fantastic animal ones. I do love when a pet shows up in a book. :)

  6. I like Heather Blake's Wishcraft series. They are cozy mysteries, but do have some romance in them, and lots of fun animals!

  7. Elaine Fox has written a few I've enjoyed like "Guys and Dogs" and "Beware of Doug."

  8. All of Kristan Higgins's books prominently (and positively) feature pets--mostly dogs.

    Re your USA Today column, my favorite college team mascot is (of course) LSU's Mike the Tiger. That's Mike VI, pictured alongside my LSUReader nickname.

  9. Maybe historicals with horses?

  10. Jill shalvis rescue books

  11. I LOVED Marie Force's I want to hold your hand. What a wonderful book.

  12. Jane Graves has a series with the Rainbow Bridge theme. Titles escape me now.
    Karen T.

  13. The Guardian come to mind by N. Sparks. I have read the Graves and Force books mentioned and they are great.

  14. I have read some good ones - will go with Jill Shalvis Animal Magnetism - that comes to mind.
    Patty B43