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Happy Star Wars Day!

Today is May Fourth, as in “May the Fourth be with you,” as in, “Happy Star Wars Day!”

May the Fourth be with you!

May the Fourth be with you!

Understandably, Star Wars Day is a special day for Leia and Yoda Corgi. When we first brought the corgis home, we thought about what to name them. As a writer and English teacher, I had already told myself that when I got a dog, I would name him after an author or a famous literary character. Chaucer was at the top of my list.

But when we saw our little corgi pup, his ears were so large (they were already sticking straight up when we got him) that he reminded us of Yoda from Star Wars. The name stuck immediately.

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Yoda on his “gotcha day,” a tiny pup with huge ears.

Since we adopted a sister and brother, we decided we needed a female name for Yoda’s sister. I thought about Princess Leia’s famous hairdo, the one with two braids wrapped at the sides of her head. The puppy had also been acting like a princess from the moment we got her, so Princess Leia sounded perfect (though to prevent her from having a superiority complex, we just call her “Leia” for short).

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Leia dressed up like Yoda for Halloween (Yoda was afraid of the Yoda costume and decided to go as himself!).

When I wrote Corgi Capers, I wanted to name the corgis in a similar fashion, after famous characters that my protagonist, Adam Hollinger, was fond of. Because of both my desire to avoid copyright issues and to “make it my own,” I decided to create a fictional famous outer-space comic book series that Adam could draw from to name his pups.

In Corgi Capers, the pups are named Zeph and Princess Sapphie (but just “Sapphie” for short—Sapphie doesn’t need a superiority complex, either). Zeph is loyal and intelligent just like his namesake. Logan Zephyr is a fearless space commander who leads his crew, the Stellar Squadron, around the universe in search of adventure. Though Zeph the puppy is often fearful, he tries hard to live up to the bravery of his namesake, displaying courage even when he’s trembling inside.

A sketch of Logan Zephyr, one of Adam's favorite comic book characters in Corgi Capers.

A sketch of Logan Zephyr, one of Adam’s favorite comic book characters in Corgi Capers.

During one of his adventures, explorer Logan Zephyr comes upon a strange planet covered in quicksand. Underneath the quicksand is the beautiful Sapphire Kingdom inhabited by a princess named Princess Sapphire. Instead of being forthcoming about the fact that she is lonely and trapped on her isolated planet, she uses deceit and flattery to lure the explorers to her, and she uses treachery to try to trap them. Though she is beautiful and kind, she has a dark side. Adam decided this would be a perfect name for Zeph’s rambunctious sister, who is sweet when she wants to be but likes to dominate any situation and prefers using tricks than brains simply because it’s more fun.

A sketch of Princess Sapphire, the princess Logan encounters during one of his adventures.

A sketch of Princess Sapphire, the princess Logan encounters during one of his adventures.

Each May the Fourth, I’m reminded of the corgis’ “gotcha day” and the fun we had in naming them and introducing them to their new home. Since then, each day has been a new adventure, and I’m glad the corgis are along for the ride.

Tomorrow, we have a special guest post about naming dogs from awesome author C. Hope Clark. Stay tuned!

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The Stars in Verse

It’s the middle of the Corgi-Versary celebration, and what better way than to add some “Verse”? Here are four limericks introducing the four main characters of the series:

ZephThere once was a doggy named Zeph

He was afraid of things right and left.

But he put away fear

And perked up his ear

And discovered the cause of the theft.

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SapphieThere once was a puppy named Sapphie

Whose demeanor left her quite happy.

Her favorite thing was her food,

Her bed, toys, and scarf, too—

Loving everything, she squealed, loud and yappy.

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CourtneyfinalCourtney, the middle school girl

Lived in her secure, text-messaging world.

But a burglar broke in

And stifled her grin,

Leaving her teenage world all awhirl.

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AdamfinalAdam’s the star of the book.

Like a detective, he knows where to look.

He’ll solve any crime

With just enough time

To read to Zeph from his new comic book.

Want to review Corgi Capers?

AdamfinalDo you love to read? Want to write a review of Corgi Capers?

CORGICAPERS1_VMULLER_FINALFrom now until the end of the Corgi-Versary Celebration, I’m offering free electronic copies of Corgi Capers: Deceit on Dorset Drive in exchange for an honest book review (I want the good, the bad, and the ugly!).

 

Please email me to request your copy, and include the name of your blog, Goodreads account, Amazon username, and/or any other location you would post the review.

 

Thanks for your interest, and happy reading!

Name That Cat!

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Edit: Please note, this contest has now ended. You can view the results here. Congratulations to the winners, and look for Corgi Capers 3 soon!

Happy Corgi-Versary! As part of the celebration, I’m offering the chance for two readers to name a character in the next book in the series. To enter, take the quiz below, which is based on events in the Corgi Capers series. The two readers earning the highest score will win! In the case of a tie, I will conduct a random drawing of those with the highest score.

Corgi Capers Book 2: The Sorceress of Stoney Brook

Halloween-themed Corgi Capers Book 2: The Sorceress of Stoney Brook

Winners will get to name and describe a character from the upcoming Corgi Capers 3. Each winner will also receive an autographed copy of the book when it is released.

The first character is a feline. Many of the ideas from my book come from real-life events I experience with my corgis. But I decided even before I finished Book 2 that Book 3 would feature a cat even though my corgis had never really encountered a cat before. As if fate could read my mind, a cat has recently entered their lives. It began with a blue collar found stuck in the fence of our backyard. Then a cat started showing up in the drainage area behind our house. Now, taking the corgis for a walk means Cat Control. The corgis’ new purpose in life seems to be patrolling the area for signs of two cats—a grey and a calico. The winner of this contest gets to describe and name the feline character in Corgi Capers 3. While we’re talking cats, check out this free short story about the corgis and their discovery of a neighborhood kitty!

The second character is Adam’s friend at the firehouse, where he volunteers. This can be a male or a female but should be close to Adam’s age (anywhere from 8 – 14 years old would be appropriate).

Two winners will get to choose the name and description of a feline or human character that will be featured in the upcoming Corgi Capers 3. Winners will receive an acknowledgement in the book as well as an autographed copy (for US addresses only; International winners will receive an electronic copy). The book is meant for children ages 7 – 12, so final approval of names and descriptions will rest with the author and publisher. Names or descriptions that are incendiary, suggestive, or allude to people or characters of ill repute, or under copyright or other restrictions, or that are likely to create other problems, will be rejected, and winner may choose an alternate name and/or description. Contest is open to entrants 18 years of age and older. Children under 18 wanting to enter the contest must have a parent/guardian enter for them.

Use the link below to answer the 9-question quiz. If you’re stuck, you can find the answers in Corgi Capers (or likely by poking around http://www.CorgiCapers.com!)

Ready to Name the Characters? Take the quiz here, and be sure to enter your email and character names in the last question! Good luck!

Edit: Please note, this contest has now ended. You can view the results here. Congratulations to the winners, and look for Corgi Capers 3 soon!

Corgi-Versary Giveaway!

 

ZephWant to win a copy of Corgi Capers 1 or 2? How about a t-shirt? Enter using the Rafflecopter form below for your chance to win. Drawing will be held on February 26th. Good luck!

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Corgi Capers: The First Chapters

To kick off the Corgi-Versary Celebration, I’m offering the first chapters of the novel for free–right here on my blog. I hope you enjoy! If you’d like to read more, check out the links at the end of this post.

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PROLOGUE

A Princess’ Premonition

 

In the little Pennsylvania town of Stoney Brook, at the end of a rocky road, was a place where the crickets chirped just a little louder. A place where the summer grass smelled just a little sweeter. A place called Pickwick Farm. Pickwick Farm was home to two people, twelve chickens, two goats, three sheep, a horse, and six dogs.

Six corgis, to be exact.

On this cool August morning, one of the dogs, Owl, was already awake. He patrolled the farm faithfully by the side of his favorite Person, Farmer Pickwick.

“We’ve got to make sure the farm is in order,” Farmer Pickwick told Owl. “We’ll have some special visitors today.”

Owl barked twice and twirled around in the dewy grass.

Inside the small farmhouse, four sleeping puppies and their mother heard Owl’s excited barks. They yelped and jumped up all at once. Their warm comforter became a tangle of paws and ears.

Sparkles, their mother, stretched and turned over. “Go back to sleep, puppies,” she yawned.

The largest puppy plopped down next to her, cuddling on the comforter. “Good boy, One,” Sparkles said. One, the first to be born, was the largest and most obedient puppy.

Two, the second to be born, stretched out next to his brother. Sparkles nuzzled them while she kept an eye on CORGICAPERS1_VMULLER_FINALthe other puppies scuffling near the kitchen sink.

“Three and Four,” Sparkles called. “Back to sleep!”

Four, the smallest of the puppies and the only female, was tugging on one of Three’s tall ears. She wagged her tail and bit down hard. Three yelped and skittered back to the comforter to cuddle next to his brothers. Four’s ears darted back, and she ran in frustrated circles near the stove.

“I want to play, play, play!” she yelped.

But Sparkles and the other puppies ignored Four. Before long she sulked back to the comforter to talk to her favorite brother.

“Three, Three, Three!” she cried.

“Go back to sleep,” Three said.

“I can’t.”

Three fought drooping eyelids. “Why?”

“I have a feeling about today.”

“What kind of feeling?”

“Like something special’s going to happen. And I dreamed a strange word.”

Three’s eyes popped open. “What word?” he asked, his tail wagging.

Princess,” Four said. “What does it mean?”

Three wanted very much to discuss Four’s new word, but he had to be quiet: footsteps echoed on the stairs.

“Shhhh,” Sparkles whispered. “Here come our People.”

“I said the word was princess,” Four pouted. “What does it mean? Tell me, tell me, tell me!”

But before Three could answer, Grandma Pickwick appeared at the kitchen door. The puppies ran over to greet her, their tails wagging and their ears pressed happily back against their heads. And in the excitement, even Four forgot all about her strange new word.

~ ONE ~

A Lucky Break

 

Adam Hollinger was the last boy left at practice. Again. Patrick, Coach Harris’ son, sat next to him in the shade under the bleachers. The two were covered in dust from the field. A clay-red skid mark stained Patrick’s pants from his slide into third. The boys’ Lancaster Reds baseball hats were lined with sweat from the morning’s practice. While Coach Harris spoke on his cell phone, the boys read the newest edition of The Adventures of Logan Zephyr and the Stellar Squadron. This volume was titled Logan and the Sapphire Kingdom.

dwbchildrens“This is the coolest part,” Patrick said, turning the page. He had already read the comic five times. He practically knew it by heart.

“Why?” Adam asked.

“It’s where Logan Zephyr finds a space dog.”

“A space dog? Cool!” Adam smiled, looking at the green puppy with three tails and two antennas.

“Wouldn’t it be cool to have a space dog as a pet?” Patrick asked.

“It’d be cool to have any dog,” Adam sighed. “My parents have been promising me a dog for over a year now.”

“Why don’t you get one, then?”

“Dad doesn’t really want one. He’s always busy with his architecture business. Mom says it’s hard for him to be working for himself. He’s always either in his office or meeting with clients. Every time I mention a dog, Dad changes the subject. Besides, my parents don’t think Courtney’s responsible enough.”

Patrick laughed. “I don’t think your sister’s responsible enough, either!”

Patrick had known Adam long enough to see Courtney’s bad attitude worsen since she started middle school.

“I think my mom would like a dog, though,” Adam said. “She had one when she was a kid. If we could only convince Dad…”

“Speaking of your mom,” Patrick said. “Where do you think she is?”

Adam shrugged. “I don’t think she’s ever been on time.”

A tall shadow blocked the sunlight, and the boys looked up to see Coach Harris standing over them. He had finished his phone conversation.

“Well, boys.” He sounded disappointed. “That was Bryce’s mother. I found out why Bryce wasn’t at practice today.”

“What happened, Dad?” Patrick asked.

“Last night Bryce was skateboarding. He fell and broke his wrist. His doctor told him he won’t be able to pitch for the rest of the season.”

“He’s going to miss Autumn League?” Adam asked.

Autumn League was the post-season travel league made up of the best players in each region. The biggest honor for players Adam’s age was to be selected for the all-star team.

Coach Harris sighed.

“He was our secret weapon,” Patrick sighed. “He could strike out anyone!”

“Our games start in just a week,” Adam added. “What’ll we do?”

“The only thing we can do. We’ll find someone else on the team who can pitch.” Coach got a little sparkle in his eye. “While we’re here waiting, let’s give your arm a try, Adam.”

Adam’s ears turned bright red, something they did when he was embarrassed or nervous. “Me? Pitch?” He was an outfielder. He’d always been an outfielder.

“Sure, why not?” Coach insisted. He was halfway to the field, catcher’s mitt already on his hand.

Adam shuffled out from under the bleachers. He pulled on his red cap and gave Patrick his comic book. “I guess I’ll have to finish reading this later.”

“You can borrow it,” said Patrick. “I’d give just about anything — even my limited edition Logan Zephyr comic — to see you try to pitch!”

Want to read more?

I hope you enjoyed this sneak peek at Corgi Capers.  If you’d like to read more, you can purchase the book at the following locations:

Direct from the publisherAmazon (it’s also available for Kindle)
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