Wilson the Dalmatian: Victorian Carriage Dog Book Review

In today’s publishing world even authors from large publishers have to do self-promotion to sell more books unless you’re an author like  J.K. Rowling or Nicholas Sparks.  It’s even more crucial for new authors from small presses to market themselves.  What better place to start, (other than family and friends who really have no choice) than with local authors who share your passion for writing?


When I started to seriously consider writing as more than a hobby, the first classes I took were in the local Coloma library from local author Ami Hendrickson.  She has a strong passion for writing and great expertise about everything from the writing process to social marketing.  A published author of many non-fiction books about horses, Ami recently published her first children’s chapter book, Wilson the Dalmatian:  Victorian Carriage Dog.  I offer my honest review of the book below.


Wilson the Dalmatian:  Victorian Carriage Dog is a short chapter book that introduces the reader to Wilson, a carriage dog in the 1840s, whose job it is to protect his wealthy owners and family from highway robbers by riding alongside their fancy carriage to warn of and ward off danger.  Wilson forms a strong bond with Robert and Anne, the children in the family.  When they visit town for the day, Wilson experiences the sights and sounds of the hustle and bustle around him and helps to bring his family safely home again at day’s end.


The reader will fall in love with Wilson.  I did.  The author does a wonderful job capturing Wilson’s loyal character.  We learn not only about the job of a carriage dog during Victorian days but also of his ability to do his job well while still enjoying the life of being a dog.  The pace moves quickly, and the reader roots for Wilson and knows he will uphold his duty well.  While I admit I found myself wanting Wilson to be challenged a bit more, I realize that the author was most likely attempting to introduce the audience to a different kind of “working dog” while giving him a personality at the same time.  She did that well,  both educating and entertaining.  I hope she has a series in mind to teach children about the various uses of dogs historically.


I recommend Wilson the Dalmatian:  Victorian Carriage Dog to history and dog enthusiasts alike.  Children and adults will love learning about Wilson, the unique guard dog of his time.


The book is available for Kindle download on Amazon at this link.  http://www.amazon.com/Wilson-The-Dalmatian-Victorian-ebook/dp/B005V0BCII/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1331818090&sr=8-1


The cost is 99 cents.  Please support a local author and enjoy your dollar well spent.

Writing News: Networking with Local Author, Patricia O’Donnell-Gibson, Author of The Red Skirt: Memoirs of an Ex-Nun

After working all day balancing my writing job, my school library job, and my magazine job, and the responsibilities of having a family the only thing I really wanted to do with any enthusiasm last night was put on my fleece pajamas and lay on the couch in front of the television.  It was my mother-in-law who encouraged me to go with her to hear a local author speak about her new book at the Lincoln Township Library.  In my head of lofty dreams  I hope that someday, somewhere my books might inspire others to get off the couch and come hear me talk, too, so I went.  And I am so glad I did!!


Patricia O’Donnell-Gibson, a retired St. Joseph, Michigan teacher, has written a book about her former days as a nun and her exit from the convent.  The book is entitled, The Red Skirt, Memoirs of an Ex Nun.  While I will hold off on a formal review until I have read my signed copy, I can say that based upon her talk she has some very interesting stories to tell.  I greatly enjoyed hearing about her writing process (11 years from start to book) as well as the creation of her own publishing company, Stuart Rose Publishing, LLC with her husband Lou.  Patricia’s book design and quality is top-notch.  From the peek-a-boo legs under the red skirt that catch the reader’s attention to the book’s size, paper quality, and design, it shows that every thought and care was put into the publishing of this book.  I cannot wait to read it.  Also, Barnes and Noble Stores all over the country are carrying The Red Skirt on their shelves which is wonderfully exciting for a new publishing company.


On a personal level, I feel like I have made yet another connection in the writers’ web.  Networking is so important.  Writing is a very solitary business, and though I have many supportive family and friends, only writers truly understand or care about the dailiness and particulars of the craft, from the writing process to the marketing.  It’s like when a new mom has a baby and is excited to share news of her child’s every new milestone or diaper drama and she’s always reading the baby stroller reviews to get her baby something new every time.  Unless you have been there or are there in your life now, you may feign interest.  It’s the same with writers.  I completely understand people not caring about my every writing move.  However, it’s nice to know someone else in the area who has pursued and really cares about the joys of writing.  I feel like a sponge wanting to soak up as much information as I can.


Follow the link at the side, and check out The Red Skirt:  Memoirs of an Ex-Nun.  I hope I am but one of many future bloggers to write about this talented author!