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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Giveaway: Meet Dakota and Kebi from A Dog Gone Christmas, by Lindsay Downs

Please help me welcome Dakota and Kebi to Labelle Books today as Dakota leads in this very interesting character interview below.


Dakota: Hi Mom. I’m glad you found the blog. I thought you might have gotten lost.

Kebi: *gives Dakota a glare* Me get lost. Never. I’m not like you boys, I’ll ask for directions but it turned out I didn’t need to. I met Jennifer Labelle on my way over and she pointed me in the right direction. So why did you ask me over here anyway. You said something about an interview.

Dakota: Yes Mom, this is what’s called a character interview.

Kebi: *Rolls eyes* Son the only character I see here is you.

Dakota: Mom, you know I’m not that bad. *Ducks head to hide mischievous grin* Anyway, how did you hook up with Richard and Alison?

Kebi: I met Richard quite a few years ago. He found me by accident. I was walking by the Army base Fort Jackson in South Carolina when I fell into a ditch and couldn’t get out. He came along and helped me out then seeing I had no tags took me in and we’ve been together ever since. Alison, we met a few years later but that’s a whole other story.

Dakota: Even as a puppy I noticed how when Richard would want you to do something you’d think about it then maybe do, but not with Alison. Could you sort of explain why to our readers?

Kebi: Don’t get me wrong, Richard’s a nice enough guy. Soft friendly voice and gentle with the grooming brush. Boy, does he know how to buy steaks. It’s just that he never really motivated me beyond what I wanted to do. That and he didn’t need that special collie protection we are famous for. Don’t forget he’s a sniper with the Army, and a darn fine shot. Now Alison, she’s kind of like the mother I use to have. Fun to be with and fun to work with. Heck, there was this one time when Richard didn’t believe I’d listen to what she was asking of me so she had him stand by the side of the pool. Alison gave me a whispered command and before he knew what hit him, my front paws, he was floundering in the water.

Dakota: So I guess you could say that Alison is the one who really wears the pants in the family?

Kebi: Um, yeah I guess you could say so. Though there are times when he does get to be the boss. Usually, after getting her permission first.

Dakota: Now on to a slightly more serious subject?

Kebi: We’re not going to talk about Nibs and his attitude are we?

Dakota: Ah, no Mom. Actually, I wanted to ask you about the new Christmas book we’re all in, including a very surprise guest that must have made you happy to see.

Kebi: Son, I was wondering when you were going to get around to that. I think the easiest and best way to tell everyone about the book is to let them read the back cover blurb. It tells the story really well without giving anything away.
When a call for paws goes out, five friends bring their collies without question to a friend’s house. They learn the collies are needed to help seven children with the grief of losing a parent in Iraq or Afghanistan. Now, with seven friends, four collie yearlings and their mother, they set out to help the children
Not far away a mother hopefully leads her seven puppies to safety from a man intent on selling them for illicit purposes.
By a miracle of fate the two mother collies find each other right before the man sells the puppies.
That Christmas morning will be one the children will remember all their lives and they are united with the puppies.

Kebi: I’ll tell you son, that had to be one of the happiest Christmas I’ve ever had.

Dakota: I agree with that sentiment Mom. Seeing those puppies and children *Kebi slaps her paw over his mouth*

Kebi: No spoilers brat. *Kebi looks out into the internet audience* Folks another important point, the author will be donating a portion of the royalties to the Collie Rescue League of New England, from where the original me was obtained.

Dakota: One lucky person who leaves a comment will win a PDF copy of the book. I think we’ll let Jennifer do the honors of picking that individual. All you have to do is leave a comment with your email address.
And here is where all you good people can get the book:

Links for A Dog Gone Christmas
To request an autograph on your kindle (my author page)
Buy links for A Dog Gone Christmas
Astraea Press
Barnes & Noble
All Romance

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There you have it folks. Not only will you get a great holiday read, the funds go to a good cause so get your copy today.

Best wishes,

~Author Jennifer Labelle~


  1. Jennifer,
    Kebi here, I hope Dakota didn't make to much of a mess here, you know how youngsters can be. It was great visiting and I will have to plan on stopping by sometime in the future.

  2. Fun and clever interview idea - i enjoyed it :)

  3. Sounds like a plan, Kebi. You, Dakota and Lindsay are welcome back anytime.

  4. Thanks for stopping by today, Mimi :)

  5. Oh what a fun interview. I just love my dogs, espceially Collies. There loyal, loving, and protective.
    Kebi & Dakota thank you for sharing time with us and letting us get to know you better and telling us about your new story.

    Jennifer thank you for having them.

    Teresa K.

  6. Teresa,
    I bet none of your collies are as bratty as my son Dakota. I think from the first litter he's the worse, with Nibs a close second.

  7. What a fun interview. I love the cover that dog is so cute :D

    This is one book I wouldn't mind spending my funds on(non existent at the moment unfortunately) because of the cause the money is going to.

  8. Don't worry Ilona, the book for $1.99 will be around

  9. I have three rescue dogs (not collies though). You can't ask for better friends. Book sounds interesting.

  10. Rescues do make for great pets. They're so thankful someone cares and loves them.

  11. I'd like to thank everyone for stopping by today. CONGRATULATIONS Teresa K. you're our WINNER!


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