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A Christmas Tail

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Fired from her job as a paralegal, Samantha Novak is in trouble. When Telltale, a Hollywood tabloid, asks her to write an expose on the reality television dating show, The Love Dog, Samantha is thrilled. She’s always dreamed of being a writer, and the fat paycheck won’t hurt. After being recently left at the altar, she’s not too keen on love either.  

Hired as the canine star’s handler, Samantha finds that digging up dirt on set is harder then she thought. Apollo, the show’s star, is a sweet golden retriever who takes his job as the “love dog” very seriously. He only wants to help couples fall in love and make everyone on set happy. Mason Hall, the show’s producer and leading man, is down to earth, charming, and... very attractive.

If Samantha doesn’t reveal to the world that the reality show isn’t exactly “real,” her new career will be over before it starts. But when she falls in love with Apollo and Mason, will she still have the heart to expose The Love Dog’s dirty secrets?

"Watson (whose Dog Days made PW’s 2012 Best Books list) goes back to the dogs with this sweet-spirited charmer. This captivating tale, told from the alternating perspectives of Samantha and Apollo, will have readers sitting up and begging for more." - Publishers Weekly

"Don’t miss this delightful romance, told from the point of view of heroine Samantha and Apollo, the Love Dog, who has the power to help people find love. A quirky and entertaining story, and readers will root for the Love Dog to help the heroine in her very relatable struggle to believe in love again." - Romantic Times Book Reviews

A CHRISTMAS TAIL, an e-novella.

Three months after the conclusion of DOG DAYS, Jessica Sheldon and her white German shepherd Zoe have moved in with Hot Max...and his cat, Groucho.  When Groucho destroys the Christmas ham and frames Zoe for it, she knows it means war.  As the dog and cat do battle, Jessica struggles to fit in with Hot Max's family during a week filled with holiday gatherings.  All she has for family is a mother she's just met.  Will it take more than that to make Max's parents like her?

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Named one of Publisher's Weekly's five best romance novels of 2012!

Café owner Jessica Sheldon’s fear of canines hardly makes her a dog person.  After the incident in her café the year before in which a dog almost destroyed her café, she’s been labeled the “dog hater” of Madrona, a town that’s famous for its annual dog festival, Woofinstock.  Her life takes a turn at the start of Woofinstock when she rescues Zoë, a white German shepherd who can’t find her way home.  When both Jessica and Zoë are struck by lightning in the town square, the unbelievable happens—the two switch bodies.

Publishers Weekly starred review"In this fast-paced, imaginative romp, Watson (Maid Marian) introduces Jessica Sheldon, a cafe owner with a deep fear of dogs. Unfortunately for her, Madrona, Wash., is packed with dog lovers and home to the annual Woofinstock. Jessica’s cafe is struggling in part because of an unfortunate antidog blowup on Jessica’s part during the previous year’s festival. While trying to make amends, Jessica rescues Zoe, a stray German shepherd—and a bolt of lightning causes the two to exchange bodies. Jessica has a crush on the town vet, Dr. Max Nakamura, and he reveals in front of “Zoe” that it’s reciprocated. But is Jessica destined to stay a dog forever, or will she eventually make her way back to her own body? For anyone who has ever wondered what their beloved pets would say if they could talk, this adorable PG-rated love story provides a sweetly imagined answer, with smart poetic justice in the end."
- Publishers Weekly

"This is a delightful story that readers should relax with and just enjoy. Anyone who loves animals, and has ever imagined what they might be thinking, will find this to be a wholly amusing tale. Those who haven't may see the world from a different point of view."
- Romantic Times Book Reviews Magazine (four stars)

"I was lucky enough to be an early reader of this book. It's exactly the kind of novel I can't wait to share with fellow readers - I wanted to wave it in everyone's face, saying, 'You must read this!' Dog Days is everything I love in a book – funny, tender, beautifully crafted and cleverly plotted, with a perfect twist of an ending I didn't see coming."
- Susan Wiggs, #1 New York Times bestselling author

"Drop everything and read this book!  Watson's rendering of the inner life of a dog is pitch perfect.  We all wonder what our dogs would do if they had thumbs...now we know. Zoe (dog to human) and Jessica (human to dog) are an unforgettable and unique take on the buddies by accident story.  Brava!"
- Susan Wilson, author of One Good Dog

the puppy trap

THE PUPPY TRAP, an e-novella coming January 2013.

Josie and Sasha, her yellow lab puppy, live a quiet, disciplined life, trying not to think about the life they used to have before Aidan moved out, along with Zipper, Sasha’s lookalike puppy brother.  But when the two puppies discover each other at the beach, Sasha and Zipper jump at the chance to switch places.  Now Sasha is with Aidan, and she’s determined to scare off his new girlfriend.  With Zipper bringing up old memories and Sasha staking out her family’s turf, these golden puppies are determined to bring their people back together again.

PENUMBRA: Speculative Fiction from the Pacific Northwest offers an eclectic mix of urban fantasy, social science fiction, “close encounters,” gothic supernatural tales, post-apocalypse stories and other speculative works which defy easy categorization. Guest Editor Cat Rambo writes: "PENUMBRA couldn’t have come from anywhere but the Pacific Northwest, not just because of the subject matter, but because of the mindset: a willingness to entertain the wacky or strange, to accept that one’s taxidermist has been abducted by aliens, that military troops are occupying Bainbridge Island, or that an elevator can carry one sideways to find true love."

PENUMBRA includes Elsa's ghost story Morestone House.
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The orphaned heiress to a large country estate, Marian Fitzwater is wed at the age of five to an equally young nobleman, a union that joins her inheritance to his and vastly enriches his family. But her husband dies under mysterious circumstances, and at age 17 Marian is made a ward of King Richard, who has the power to choose her next husband. With Richard away at the Crusades, however, Marian's fate lies in the hands of his formidable mother, Queen Eleanor of Aquitane. Unwilling to be a pawn in Eleanor's ambitious and notoriously devious schemes, Marian seeks out the outlaw Robin Hood to help her thward the queen and reclaim her inheritance.
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"An intriguing new twist on an old legend, narrated by a refreshingly bold and independent Maid Marian . . . a romantic new chapter in the Robin Hood mythology."
– Booklist

"Charming, with a brave and fiesty heroine. This damsel in distress won't sit around and wait to be rescued."
– Seattle Times

"Tight plotting, intrigue and battles with the devious royals give page-turning momentum to the story's conclusion."
– Publisher's Weekly

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