I’m so excited to share my review of this fabulous non-fiction book by debut author, Michael J. Dibden, especially after my involvement as a beta-reader during its pre-publication stage. Below is what I had to say on Amazon and on Goodreads, where I awarded it five stars.
Taz – Tales of a Rascal Pooch is a humorous biography, told from the alternating viewpoints of the rascal pooch and his owners who he refers to individually as “The Suit” and “Ms Noodle”, or both together as “the hoomans”.
The story has its sad moments where I fought back a tear or two (no spoilers here), but mostly it had me laughing out loud. Taz does his utmost to play his new hoomans, who, although experienced dog owners in the past, have never had to handle an uncouth Staffordshire Bull Terrier who makes it his mission to train them, rather than the other way around. As an ex-stud dog, he has sex on his mind and a habit of humping the air at the most inopportune moments. The same goes for his dispensing of foul odours. He swears a lot, too, so please don’t buy this book and then complain afterwards, when you’ve been warned. If Taz could talk, this is how he’d sound – in other words, it’s authentic characterisation.
It is a well-written book, which, although memoir, has the pacing, spot-on characterisation, sense of setting, and realistic dialogue to be found in some of the best humorous novels. I think the story would appeal best to dog-owners, although it is also possibly a story for those who enjoy true stories that demonstrate canine loyalty towards their owners — a dog’s ability to know when its owners need it to temper its excesses and transform itself into a caring and tender creature of vast understanding.
A highly recommended read.
Taz — Tales of a Rascal Pooch is available both in paperback and kindle versions at Amazon (UK) & Amazon (US), and other Amazon sites worldwide.
Several weeks ahead of schedule, I’m happy to announce that the audiobook version of my middle-grade children’s novel Noah Padgett and the Dog-People is now available to buy, or listen to for free with an Audible trial.
I admit to not having tested this out myself yet, but apparently you can download the audiobook via Amazon or direct from Audible onto your smartphone, tablet, or mp3 player. If you are interested to learn more, all the relevant links are at the end of this post.
You can listen to an audio clip from the book on Amazon (an excerpt from Chapter 4: Mad Psychiatrists and an Obsession with White). You will just love the actress narrator, Mil Nicholson, and her interpretation of my book, complete with the characters’ voices. Indeed, there’s a big treat in store, as shortly I will be posting an interview of Mil here, on my blog.
Other things to look forward to in the next few weeks, are fun interviews of my literary characters, which may include audio clips from my book, if I can get my head around the technicalities of this.
Thirty days after the release of Noah Padgett and theDog-People, it is Kindle Countdown Deal time. This means that those daunted by my book’s normal price of £1.99 on Amazon (UK) or $2.99 Amazon (US), can now download my 56,000-word children’s crossover novel for £0.99/$0.99 from today until midnight on 14th October. Where else could you pay so little for about six hours of fun entertainment?
The story in brief…
It’s adventure time for twelve-year-old Noah Padgett and his chocolate Labrador puppy, Bluebell. With one click of a link they landed themselves in the Zyx-dimension, where the predominate species is Canis sapiens.These intelligent dog-people view Noah and his puppy as mutants and alien collectibles, forcibly separating them and putting both their lives in peril.
Will they survive, or won’t they?
Without a magic wand at his disposal, Noah must rely on his wits alone.