Upcoming Events

July 2nd: Listen to Celeste Quinn interview Jenny on the WILL Radio Afternoon Magazine   2:45-3:00 pm CST Click here to hear the audio archive. Don’t forget to turn up your sound! July 11th-14th: American Library Association Annual Conference, Chicago, IL 8 State Hurricane Kate will be on display at the Combined Book Exhibit Booth Mid-July: Houston, [...]

Update on Merlin and Nixon–Looking for Homes in Minnesota

I wrote about these two in my previous post. Merlin is a blue Australian Cattle Dog and Nixon is a red Australian Cattle Dog mix (see photos below). They were both running out of time at the Washington Courthouse, Ohio kill pound. I threw a Hail Mary pass and the Minnesota Valley Humane Society offered [...]

Outside of the Box

This week seems to be all about thinking and being outside of the box. First, Cay decided one night that she wanted to sleep spread out on the dog bed, not curled up in the back of her crate. So I left the crate door open and she slept all stretched out on the dog [...]

New Cover Look for 8 State Hurricane Kate

I love the new bling on the cover of 8 State hurricane Kate. This is just a draft, with the release date for the new cover look tbd.   Send article as PDF to

The Kids Are All Right

We had a few perfect days in the past week, about 75 degrees, sunny with a breeze, low humidity, and hardly a cloud in the sky, the kind of perfect day when you want it to always be that way.     Send article as PDF to

Win a Copy of 8 State Hurricane Kate from Sidewalk Dog

The true story of the powerful bond between a cattle dog rescued from a rooftop and the Minnesota author who wouldn’t give up on her. 50% of book profits go to the 8 State Kate Fund, providing financial relief for animals in desperate situations. Win: Simply send an email by June 8th with “Kate” in the subject [...]

Today is Kindness for Kate Day!

In 2007, June 2nd was first declared ”Kindness for Kate Day” in honor of 8 State Hurricane Kate. This year, on Tuesday, June 2nd, in honor of Kate, please do something to make the world a better place. Plant a flower. Say a prayer. Help somebody. Give hope to a homeless animal. Perform an act of kindness. Collect [...]