A Post by Guest Blogger Donna Winters, Plus a Chance to Win a Free Copy of Adventures with Vinnie

Why did you choose to write Adventures with Vinnie?
We adopted a shelter dog named Vinnie in March 2012 who turned out to be a real handful. One vet called him a “loose cannon.” About a month after he came to live with us, I realized I needed to write down the crazy things he did so I could share them in a book.

What did you learn while writing this book?
I learned that I finally had something to say in the nonfiction genre. I’ve been a fiction writer since 1982 and have said several times that I didn’t have a nonfiction book in me. That was true until Vinnie came along.

What was your favorite scene/chapter from the book?
My favorite chapter is Chapter 5. The incident described there still makes me laugh, although at the time, it was more of a nuisance than an occasion for laughter.
When was your first book published?
My first book, a contemporary romance, was published by Thomas Nelson in 1985 on Valentine’s Day. I’ll be forever grateful to the editor who took a chance on me with that first title, For the Love of Roses, a semi-autobiographical romance set in a fictional town that resembles the town where I grew up.

What accomplishment(s) are you most proud of, writing-related or not?
Forty-two happy years of marriage to a wonderful man!

How can readers get in contact with you? (mail, email, website)
Readers can contact me through my website, www.GreatLakesRomances.com. There’s a contact form and email address at the bottom of the home page, as well as social media links for connecting.

Here’s a little about my story, Adventures with Vinnie.

Handsome. Affectionate. In need of a forever home. And we were in need of another rescue dog. Thus began our Adventures with Vinnie.

From his first day to his last, the only predictable thing about Vinnie was his unpredictability. Loving and loyal, an escape artist to rival Houdini, and a genuinely comical fellow, his antics will make you laugh, give you a fright (but only for a moment), and melt your heart.

So join us, won’t you? With Vinnie, there’s never a dull moment!

Available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle formats here: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00HK1ZU5C

Brief Bio
Donna Winters lives with her husband and two rescued canines in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. She has nineteen books in print including fifteen historical romances, one historical novel, one contemporary romance, and two nonfiction titles. Learn more about her and her books at www.GreatLakesRomances.com.

Book Giveaway
I’d like to give away a copy of Adventures with Vinnie, either paperback (limited to those living in the lower 48 states) or Kindle (both U.S. and foreign visitors are eligible), to one reader who comments on this post and tells me in one or two sentences his/her favorite aspect of pet ownership. If you don’t have a pet of your own, describe your favorite aspect of any pet you’ve met. Please add my email address to your contacts list so my winner notification will not land in spam: (bigwaterpub at gmail dot com). Thanks for stopping by!


Thanks for hosting me here! I look forward to reading about your visitors' favorite aspect of pet ownership! Blessings!

My favorite aspect of a pet is their devotion. This is especially true of dogs, but can be true of other pets as well. It's always nice to be welcomed so warmly each time you return home or have a companion whenever you need one. Growing up as an only child, my pets were my best friends.

The aspect of a pet I appreciate most is their devotion. This is especially true of dogs, but other pets can show this, too. Growing up in a rural area as an only child, my pets were my best friends.

The best thing about owning a dog is that you have a companion for life. They have unconditional love for you. I will always have a dog in my life.Cody is a sweet little poodle-mix dog I got thru a rescue group and I adore him. All the people who know him like him a lot.

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