ABOUT BOOK: A blind man and his guide dog show the power of trust and courage in the midst of devastating terror.

It was 12:30 a.m. on 9/11 and Roselle whimpered at Michael's bedside. A thunderstorm was headed east, and she could sense the distant rumbles while her owners slept. As a trained guide dog, when she was "on the clock" nothing could faze her. But that morning, without her harness, she was free to be scared, and she nudged Michael's hand with her wet nose as it draped over the bedside toward the floor. She needed him to wake up.


With a busy day of meetings and an important presentation ahead, Michael slumped out of bed, headed to his home office, and started chipping away at his daunting workload. Roselle, shivering, took her normal spot at his feet and rode out the storm while he typed. By all indications it was going to be a normal day. A busy day, but normal nonetheless. Until they went into the office.


In Thunder Dog, follow Michael and his guide dog, Roselle, as their lives are changed forever by two explosions and 1,463 stairs. When the first plane struck Tower One, an enormous boom, frightening sounds, and muffled voices swept through Michael's office while shards of glass and burning scraps of paper fell outside the windows.

But in this harrowing story of trust and courage, discover how blindness and a bond between dog and man saved lives and brought hope during one of America's darkest 

Susy Flory Will be giving awya 4 signed hard back copies of her new book THUNDER DOG



Susy Flory is a New York Times best selling author who grew up on the back of a quarter horse in Northern California. She took degrees from UCLA in English and psychology, and has a background in journalism, education, and communications.


She first started writing at the Newhall signal with the legendary Scotty Newhall, an ex-editor of the San Francisco Chronicle and a one-legged cigar-smoking curmudgeon who ruled the newsroom from behind a dented metal desk where he pounded out stories on a Underwood Typewriter. She taught high school English and journalism, then quit in 2004 to write full time for publications such as Focus on the Family, guideposts books, In touch, Praise & Coffee, today’s Christian, and today’s Christian Woman.


Susy is the author or co-author of four books, including so Long status Quo: what I learned from the Women who changed the World, as well as the much-anticipated 2011 memoir she co-wrote with blind 9/11 survivor Michael Hingson, called Thunder Dog: the True Story of a blind Man, His Guide Dog, and the Triumph of Trust at Ground Zero.


Susy is a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA), and a CLASS certified speaker.  She lives in San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and two children.









Pam Hillman will be giving away (2) STEALING JAKE books in EBOOK Format only.


Pam Hillman Bio: 

Award-winning author Pam Hillman writes inspirational fiction set in the turbulent times of the American West and the Gilded Age. Her debut book, Stealing Jake, won the American Christian Fiction Writer’s Genesis contest and was a finalist in Romance Writers of America’s prestigious Golden Heart contest. She lives in Mississippi with her husband and family. www.pamhillman.com


ABOUT BOOK:When Livy O'Brien spies a young boy jostling a man walking along the boardwalk, she recognizes the act for what it is. After all, she used to be known as Light-fingered Livy. But that was before she put her past behind her and moved to the growing town of Chestnut, Illinois, where she's helping to run an orphanage. Now she'll do almost anything to protect the street kids like herself.


Sheriff's deputy Jake Russell had no idea what he was in for when he ran into Livy--literally--while chasing down a pickpocket. With a rash of robberies and a growing number of street kids in town--as well as a loan on the family farm that needs to be paid off--Jake doesn't have time to pursue a girl. Still, he can't seem to get Livy out of his mind. He wants to get to know her better . . . but Livy isn't willing to trust any man, especially not a lawman.



Yesterday we talked about children's stories, Now that you are grown-up do you have any Favorite Christmas Novels you've read? If so what is it?

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A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens!

So many people have mentioned this book It's on my list. It will be interesting to see what the movies I've watched have done to this book!

There are 2 free versions of A Christmas Carol for Kindle on Amazon, and one illustrated version for $0.99. I just downloaded one of the free versions.

Wow, THANKS for letting us know about this Pam. I'm heading there right now!

Thank you glad to add that to my Kindle. Happy Advent

I FORGOT to mention a Fun Christmas book that runs along the lines of The Christmas Carol. It's called THE MARRIAGE CAROL by Chris Fabry and Gary Chapman. It's a novella sized book that is so much fun to read and had the same kind of awakening for the characters as the original Christmas Carol does. I highly recommend it! 

I like A Christmas Carol and also The Christmas List by Richard Paul Evans

My favorite Christmas novel now is Sarah's Song- I love the way the 2 women share Christmas' meaning with each other.

Sounds good I'll have to check this out Rebecca!

Is this the one by Karen Kingsbury? Anything by Kingsbury is wonderful! PS. Did you guys know that Stealing Jake is a Christmas story? Yep. Even though it released in July, it starts a few weeks before Christmas and ends on Christmas Eve. So, you can get your Christmas fix if you win it! lol

Very cool to know Pam! THANKS!! That's on my list now too! Grin!

My favorite Christmas novel is A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.


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