Sunday, April 15, 2012

Confessions From a Collie Hero

I couldn't be more thrilled to introduce today's guest blogger, my favorite Collie, Dakota. Take it away.

Confessions From a Collie Hero.

Folks, I’ll have to make this fast because Emily, you know her, Special Agent Emily Dahill, is due back soon and she hates it when I use the computer. Heck, she thinks I’m talking with my girlfriends in Scotland. Yeah, well she could be right. Okay, so maybe once or twice, a day. But she’s on it all the time talking to her fiancĂ©e, Jarrod. I ask you, is that fair or what.

Anyway, what I’d love to know is the why? Why is this series named after her. I mean really, Emily Dahill, CID Series. Talk about anemic. It’s got no oomph, no pizazz. The name just sits there like a steaming pile of poop on a cold day.

Look at the stories, who get the best lines. Her. But, who catches the bad guy? Me. And not only do I catch the bad guys or at least point out they had snuck into the area but I get the best and biggest fish. And what are my thanks, a can of dog food and dry kibbles. While she gets? Steak. Oh sure, she might toss me a bone now and then, pun intended, but only when she remembers to get the steak with one.
Let’s look again at the series title. Emily Dahill, CID Series. Well, what about Emily Dahill and Dakota Series. I mean, really, I do at least half the work so shouldn’t I get half credit. Big deal, I’m on the cover of the first book but no one knows that’s me much less that I’m the hero. Heck, I had a few blog friends even ask why I wasn’t on the cover. Once they realized I was the cute one with the fur, long nose and soft brown eyes they understood.

And the stories. Is there just once my name is mentioned in the title? NO. It’s Dog this or Dog that. Come on Emily, let’s give credit where credit is due. Doesn’t she know that there are collies and the rest are just dogs. To my highly advanced collie brain she is trying to disparage my breed, of which I might add there are more books and movies about the collie than any other breed.

And look at the second story. If nothing else she should have called the Christmas story something like A Kebi Christmas or Kebi’s Miracle. To call it A Dog Gone Christmas, yeah it’s a sweet title and there’s a collie puppy on the cover but let’s give credit where credit is due, to Mom, and I might add the bestest mom in the world, next to Alison and even I’ll admit it Emily, at time.
In the latest book, A Body in the Attic, there’s no dog reference in the title which is a relief. Of course I’m on the cover so that’s not too bad. Guess Lindsay got tired of my complaining. In this book I really get to show you the kind of investigator I am. With my help Emily comes close to catching the brown-haired man and I show everyone where the hidden stash of money is hidden, right under their noses. But, you’ll have to read the book to find out what I mean.

Oops, got to go, I just heard Emily come up the drive and I don’t want her catching me writing this. She gets a little testy when I talk about her behind her back.
Emily Dahill, CID Part 1

Final Mission-After being seriously wounded in a copter crash in Iraq Sgt. Emily Dahill meets her new partner as she embarks on her new Army career as a CID agent. Who could this new partner be?
A Body in the Snow- Emily and her partner, Dakota, cross bullets with their most determined foe. Who will survive?
Right Place, Wrong Day-On leave to hang with friends Emily gets the surprise of her life.
Dog on Fishing-When it comes to knowing how to fish, and catch the big ones, never underestimate your partner. He might surprise you.

A Dog Gone Christmas

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.
A Body in the Attic

Special Agent Emily Dahill, Dakota along with her team of technicians are sent to Master Sergeant Annabelle Carlyle’s Victorian style house for what they think is a simple break-in. What they find however, turns out to be even more ominous and far reaching.
A secret passageway leads to a mysterious gunshot. When the prime suspect is cleared they still have no clue who the shooter is, or why. Could the shooter be the same individual who took a shot at Dakota?
Add into the mix the FBI and their unexpected involvement in the case.
Soon they learn the break-in had been a cover-up for a more nefarious crime. One that involves Emily’s nemesis, the brown-haired man, and millions of dollars being sent to terrorists.
Will they solve the case before the money disappears forever and more bodies turn up? Not even the inestimable Dakota is sure.


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  1. Thanks for having me here today Bri.

  2. I really wanna know how he learned to type so well! Thanks for having Dakota on your blog Bri!

  3. This series is definitely on my TBR list! I'd love to hear the story from a collie's point of view! :)

    1. I'm hoping to one day have my own book. Okay maybe a little bit of Emily in it, very little.

  4. Sounds interesting and love the perspective for the commentary. Oorah