I write romantic suspense and warm, family relationship type novels, often with a touch of humor. Many of my books have featured animals as key players--dogs, cats, llamas, cockatiels, horses...even our son's pet albino corn snake, Sssssid, who appeared in my first Superromance back in 1999.

Animals have been a big part of my life since I was a child. How about you? I hope you'll become a "blog follower" here (see the right-hand column for a place to click) and will come back often. So...let's talk about our pets!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Beauty--In the Eye of the Beholder? Chinese Crested dogs

Beauty: In the Eye of the Beholder?

We've all heard the old saying that "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder." So many things in life are subjective. Take for instance my two dogs. The little brown guy is Ponchee (Short for Pong Choolie) and the little black and white gal is Zippy. These two strange little creatures are "hairy hairless" Chinese Cresteds. The Cresteds are an ancient breed of dogs that grow hair only on their head, feet and tail. If only I had a dollar for every time someone thinks they have the mange! To some, my hairless babies are ugly, but to me, they're more precious than gold.

I'm a pet lover from way back and can't write a novel that doesn't include a pet as a minor character in my plot, mostly rescues that wriggle their way into someone's heart. In Queen of Hearts, my April 1 release from Desert Breeze Publishing, my main character, Daphne Dean, who is a newspaper reporter turned spy, finds a stray dog on the street. She rescues the skinny, dingy-haired little guy from a life on the street when he captures her heart.


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 QUEEN OF HEARTS
by K Dawn Byrd
Desert Breeze Publishing
ISBN:  978-1-936000-22-7
Daphne Dean is proud to be serving her country stateside during WWII as a reporter and an Office of Strategic Services operative. When the photograph she takes of the crowd at a murder scene places her on the mob's hit list, she's forced into hiding in a vacant mental asylum in the middle of nowhere with terrifying secrets of its own. 

Daphne believed herself to still be in love with her ex-fiancée, Kenneth, until she spends several days locked away in the asylum with Vito, the mob boss' son. Can she put the terrifying events that occurred there behind her and allow herself to pursue a relationship with Vito? Or, will she return to Kenneth who has turned his back on his country by becoming a draft dodger and a black market racketeer? One thing's for sure, it won't matter if she can't escape the mental institution alive.

Book web address:    www.desertbreezepublishing.com

21 comments:

  1. I have seen hairless Chinese Cresteds before, and found them... beauty challenged. But yours are CUTE!
    Bill

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  2. Hi Bill--great to see you here!!

    And Dawn, thanks so much for visiting!

    Roxanne

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  3. Thanks, Bill! I ran into a lady at the park yesterday who said, "My friend breeds Chinese Cresteds and I think they're the ugliest dogs I've ever seen." I had to politely disagree, but like the post says, "Beauty IS in the eye of the beholder."

    Thanks for having me here, Roxanne. I'll be checking in from time to time to read comments.

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  4. I recently rescued four Chinese Cresteds. One was accidentally bred shortly after arriving here, but we welcomed her beautiful litter of puppies. (One of the other Chinese Cresteds we rescued bred her). We now have two beautiful females, three three week old puppies, and two rambunctious male "teen-agers". These are, without a doubt, the coolest, most awesome dogs we have ever had! They have almost human-like personalities, are very loving, and will do any silly thing to please you! It didn't take more than a few days to see beyond what people usually see with these dogs. Anyone who thinks they are "ugly" has certainly never been around one much! They are such clowns, and so eager to please!Take a closer look and get to know one - you'll truly be amazed!

    Wendy

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  5. I so agree, Wendy! My Chinese Cresteds stole my heart from the first look.

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  6. Those are such sweet dogs! Congratulations on your new book Dawn.
    carlyberd[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  7. I am definitely a dog lover but must say that this is the first time that I have seen Chinese Cresteds. To be hairless like that is strange but actually think it is probably much healthier for people with allergies. We have a border collie who is so furry and although I love him like crazy, he sheds too much for my asthma.

    Blessings,
    Jo
    ladijo40(at)aol(dot)com

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  8. Thanks for sharing the pix of your dogs. I am looking forward to reading your book. Love the cover.
    RedeemedReaders(at)bellsouth(dot)net

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  9. I think that is an adorable picture of the doggies.

    I would love to be entered in the drawing.

    tiffanyniekro at hotmail dot com

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  10. aww how cute. I say to each their own. I mean I know that people don't like Rotties they see them as HUGE and mean, I love them. There are people who will look at cats and see only trouble(which is probably true) but I've been a cat lover all my life. So I always say we love what we love. My dachshund, Jake, is a minature long-haired but his parents were both short-haired so he was the odd one and no one but us wanted him. I couldn't imagine having a short-haired now.

    I can't wait for your new book to come out!!It sounds great.

    Enjoy your babies.

    hugs,
    WendyK
    highlandlovesong at yahoo dot com

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