Hectic Holiday

posted in // Violet Greer
author// dawneastman

In which Violet Greer talks to animals.

As I’m sure you are aware, the holidays can be brutal. Everyone running around trying to get ready for their winter holiday of choice. It can be exhausting. My fingers are cramping up from all the knitting I’ve been doing. Then there’s the baking and decorating and wrapping.

I was called to see Tanner this week because he seemed “withdrawn” according to his family.  He lives with two small children which doesn’t always translate to the type of relaxing life he desires. It seems he has taken over the kid chair and won’t give it up. His owner called in a panic because she brought the chair home from the store and was planning to hide it before the kids came home from school. Tanner wouldn’t budge.

“I love this chair! It’s perfect for me,” Tanner said.

“Um, Tanner?” I said.

“I was starting to feel really neglected, but this just proves I am still top dog around here.”


“Before those kids came along I got all the best stuff. But this chair is the best present ever!”

“Don’t you think it’s a little small for you?”

“Small? No.”

“But you can’t stretch out. You have to curl up in a ball.”

“Yeah, that’s the way I like to relax.”

“What about your nice big bed, over there?” I pointed into the other room.

“Yeah, the girls can have that one. This one is right where the action is!”

The owner began casting desperate glances in my direction and tapping her watch.

“The kids will be home soon, Tanner.”

“I know! Wait until they see this!”

I decided to accept defeat. I told the owner to buy  something else for the kids and let Tanner keep the bed.

Thanks to Kris and Tom for the picture ~ de


  • Susan Box April 16, 2014 at 03:11

    Hi, Dawn,
    I just finished reading “Pall in the Family”. All through the last two chapters, I had to keep putting it down; I didn’t want it to end! Your writing is unpretentious, your characters are quirky and memorable, their personalities and situations are fun and believable and the story line flows easily and clearly. (As someone who can’t give directions to go around the corner clearly; I admire your skill!) Also, you balanced the mystery and the romance perfectly.

    Just one little thing…I really need to have your next book as soon as possible!



    1. dawneastman April 16, 2014 at 22:35

      Hi, Susan,
      Thank you for reading! I’m so glad you enjoyed it and appreciate your note. I have a lot of fun writing these quirky characters…

      Next book coming really soon!




  • Olivette Wright October 02, 2014 at 01:41

    Love,. love, LOVE your series!!! When is the 3rd book going to be released??nn1


    1. dawneastman October 02, 2014 at 19:35

      Thank you so much! Look for “A Fright to the Death” on April 7, 2015.


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