A Word From Lauren Vancouver by Linda O. Johnston

Oodles of PoodlesHi, I’m Lauren Vancouver. For those of you who don’t know me, I’m the chief administrator at HotRescues, a wonderful no-kill animal shelter in L.A.’s San Fernando Valley.

Although I spend most of my time at my shelter saving pets, I’m always glad to reach out when necessary to help save animals otherwise, too. That’s partly how I got involved in the movie Saving Sheba, which is described in the latest book about my experiences, OODLES OF POODLES. In that story within a story, some rescued poodles star in a film about–what else?–rescued poodles! The HotRescues benefactor Dante DeFrancisco is one of the film’s co-producers, so I help to supervise the filming on his behalf. A Certified Animal Safety Representative™ of the American Humane Association also supervises, since they’re the only group that can provide the trademarked certification that “No Animals Were Harmed.”™

I don’t know what it is about my presence, though, but I wind up having to get involved with solving another murder. Hans Marford, the director of Saving Sheba, is run over and killed near the set, and my dearest friend, veterinarian Dr. Carlie Stellan, becomes the primary suspect in his murder. Of course I have to help clear her.

The guy I’m seeing, Captain Matt Kingston of Los Angeles Animal Services, isn’t very keen on my attempting to solve yet another murder. He worries about me, which is sweet. But I can take care of myself.

It turns out that there are a lot of other people who might have wanted to kill Hans Marford. Carlie’s argument with him over animal safety isn’t the only fight he had.

Even so, it’s a challenge to find who the real culprit was and prove it.

Meantime, even though I spent a lot of time on this latest amateur but worthy investigation, I don’t neglect HotRescues and its many wonderful inhabitants. They all deserve new, wonderful homes, and that’s my passion in life: saving them and placing them in the right new environment.

Are you an animal lover? I certainly am! And so’s the woman who writes about my adventures, Linda O. Johnston. I let her do that because it can only help get the word out there about HotRescues and all we accomplish.

I hope you enjoy the Pet Rescue Mysteries. I do!


Thanks to the publisher, I have one (1) copy of OODLES OF POODLES to give away. Contest open to US residents only and ends February 13. Leave a comment to be included in the giveaway. The book will be shipped directly from the publisher.


Meet the author
Linda O. Johnston writes the Pet Rescue Mysteries, a spinoff series from the Kendra Ballantyne, Pet-Sitter Mystery series, for Berkley Prime Crime. She also writes the Alpha Force miniseries for Harlequin Nocturne, about a covert military unit of shapeshifters, as well as novels for Harlequin Romantic Suspense. Visit her at www.LindaOJohnston.com

Books are available at retail and online booksellers.

32 responses to “A Word From Lauren Vancouver by Linda O. Johnston

  1. another nice giveaway!! thank you!!!
    would love to win this one!!

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  2. Thank you for the chance to win. Another great series.
    griperang at embarqmail dot com

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  3. Count me in. Any book about animals is a book worth reading. Dee

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  4. Poodles aren’t my favorites dogs but the cover sure is cute. It may make a convert out of me!

    kpbarnett1941[at]aol.com

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  5. would love to win!!

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  6. thanks for the chance to read this delightful story 🙂

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  7. Thanks for having this contest – love this series.

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  8. I love the Pet Rescue mysteries! Thanks.

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  9. Nancy Hill Bradford

    What a fun sounding book. Would be great to win.

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  10. I love the cover and the title!

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  11. Dru, I love reading this series… and as you know I already own a few of these books. I’d love to be able to add this one to my library.

    NoraAdrienne(at)gmail(dot)com

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  12. I love this series, and would love to win this book!

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  13. Rescue dogs make the most grateful pets.

    Thanks for writing about saving animals.

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  14. Right now I have a house very full of rescue dogs – we take care of senior dogs and medically challenged dogs that are very hard to adopt out. We have 3 black poodles right now – one deaf and blind – one missing a hind leg suffers from separation anxiety – and one very old little one. I would love to win your book!

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  15. Hi, everyone. Lauren asked me to tell all of you that she’s delighted to see so many comments and wishes each of you luck in winning the copy of her latest adventure! She also wanted me to thank Dru for inviting her here. Linda

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  16. I love reading this series with my rescued animals by my side!

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  17. Nancy Roessner

    I haven’t started this series yet, but I want to!

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  18. Oodles of Poodles to add to my oodles of books! That would be lovely

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  19. I’ve read mamy a mystery with a cat featured and a couple novels more recently with a dog in a lead part. I have a friend in Ireland who sends me cat pictures all the time and another here in California who’s into pet rescues, either of whom would probably inherit this book from me should I win (or even if I don’t). Love the cover. judydee22002@yahoo dot com

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  20. Love Lauren’s voice, it’s intimate and benevolent, and yet a little cunning. Great mix. I’m a vegan for the love and respect of all animals. Appreciate Lauren’s passion for our homeless canines.

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  21. Jennifer warden

    I love the. Pet rescue mysteries and I can’t wait to read the next one! My family has had the privilege to rescue and be rescued by lots of furry, feathered, and other friends over the years. God bless the No kill shelters!

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  22. This sounds like a good book, my mom had a poodle so I love the title

    wfnren(at)aol(dot)com

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  23. Michelle Fidler

    I have some of her pet sitter mysteries. I love animals in books, especially cozy mysteries. I own cats.

    catbooks(at)rocketmail(dot)com

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  24. I would love to win Oodles Of Poodles. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  25. I am a animal lover and have recently become acquainted with some ladies that do rescue work—it opened my eyes to a whole new world. I’d really like to read your book since I’m also an avid cozy reader.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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  26. I never met a dog (or cat) I didn’t like. Can’t wait to read about the Poodles!

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  27. I love the Pet Sitter series as well as the Pet Rescue series! Keep them coming!!!! 🙂

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  28. Cute title. Thanks for the give away

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  29. Thanks Linda and Lauren for visiting my blog.

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  30. You had me at Poodles….awwwwwww

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  31. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  32. contest is closed.

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