Friday, October 5, 2012

"The Dachshund Escapades" Book 1 and 2 by Mavis Duke Hinton

Happy Fall From Mavis Duke Hinton and the Doxies! Remember their mantra:


The Books:

The Dachshund Escapades: Book 1:  I Am Sarge

Available on Amazon where you can take a sneak peek! Photo from author's Amazon page.

     Sometimes a dachshund's "lowdown from the ground" perspective is just what human beings need. I was only eight weeks old when I was adopted into my new human family who knew immediately I was a super dog. They proudly gave me the name Sarge-after my Papa Duke, who was a sergeant in the Army. Quite a fitting name for a good-looking dachshund too, I might add. I just know someday I'll do great and mighty things, befitting a super dog. But in the meanwhile, I'll just steal your heart and make you laugh out loud with the antics of this "chow hound." And maybe, if you come over, Papa and I-two food lovers-might just share a snack or two with you, too.
     Fall in love with Sarge, the quintessential dachshund, and laugh along with his foibles and humorous escapades. Book 1 of The Dachshund Escapades series. Don't miss Book 2, I Am Dachshund.
     For all ages who love a fun adventure story and who love dogs, particularly dachshunds.

Book 2: I Am Dachshund

Buy the book on Amazon. Take a peek inside when you link to Amazon.

The series continues! The third, Dachshunds Forever, is awaiting publication. Mavis Duke Hinton is currently working on the fourth book in this series, A Dachshund's Tribute. Keep up with the latest on the author's Amazon page. Note that on Amazon there are an earlier version of these two books. The links here take you to the latest copies. Visit the author's web page and blog. Like Mavis Duke Hinton's Facebook Page and read more about the dogs.

About the author: Heartfelt Christian Fiction: Dachshund Books For Dog Lovers!
Mavis with granddog Shadow on left upon whom the Sarge book was based and her own dog Duke on the right.

Why do you write from the Dachshund's point of view? 
Oh, I've been asked that question countless times . . . and I always give the same answer, basically something like this: 
"It is a running joke in our family that we just know what a dachshund is thinking by its facial expression and body language.  My late father used to tell us what our dachshunds were thinking, and I believe I have inherited that 'gene' for doing so.  All of this is tongue in cheek, of course—and it makes for many a laugh around our house."
For example, I watch my dachshund Duke closely if I think he’s up to something.  If he’s looking at one of us imploringly, it can mean:  (1) he wants to go out; (2) he’s hungry; (3) he wants us to play with him.  So I interpret his wishes for my husband:  “Daddy, I wish you’d put down that newspaper and throw my ball for me.  Mama has been at the computer all day, ignoring me.  I need to have some fun around here, you know!”  Voila—Duke’s thoughts.  It’s not necessarily a talent (maybe even a bit silly to those who are not dog lovers), but we all get a good chuckle out of my interpretations.

A particularly endearing trait of dogs is their concern for someone who is sick or upset. If one of the grandchildren is crying, both Duke and Shadow want to comfort by giving doggie kisses and lying next to the child. I have incorporated that caring attitude into my books.

My other reasons (besides the 'gene' thing) for writing from the dog's viewpoint are:

1. I enjoy imagining how day-to-day happenings must appear to the family dog.
2. I can shift reality to share with readers what dogs think about life situations.
3. I have a zany sense of humor (my family can attest to that) and can use such humor when incorporating it into a dog's viewpoint.
4. I love and appreciate dogs as man's best friend. They show us unconditional love, like God has for us.

Tips For Writers:

Just get the words down and edit later. That was good advice I found on a well-known author's website. I had a tendency (I am an English teacher, after all) to just keep editing that particular paragraph until I thought it was perfect before moving on, and it takes too much time. It's better to just write, then edit at the end of the manuscript.
Waiting is a big part of publishing—waiting to hear back from a publisher, waiting for “your turn” in the queue of the publication process (I waited three years, from contract to release, for my second book).

Write what you know. Your life experiences can color and enrich your writing, so examine your experiences and incorporate anything you can, even a small incident that can be added to your story.


In her 22-year career as an English teacher, Mavis Duke Hinton now teaches English online to students across the USA and several foreign countries. She grew up in a military family and lived abroad in Europe during her childhood. She has also been an editor for Christian and secular organizations, including Liberty University, publications editor for the North Carolina State Budget, as well as a police officer. She has taught Bible studies to all ages, from preschool children to adult women, and has spoken in educational conferences as well as women’s groups from time to time.

Married for forty-one years with two married daughters and three grandchildren, she has written two Christian fiction novels in The Dachshund Escapades series.

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