I’ve Been Nominated!

I just found out that my book, Dogs of Dreamtime, has been nominated for the DWAA (Dog Writers Association of America) 2006 awards, in the category for best general interest dog book. I learned of this through a friend who’s on a dog list, who read a posting from another friend, who’d received an email newsletter from DogWise. Wonder when DWAA was planning on letting me know…?

Anyway, here’s what DogWise (the Amazon of dog books) has to say about it:

  • “Dogs of Dreamtime by Karen Shanley. A story about second chances and the power of love between a woman and her dogs. We are all betting that this book is likely to be one of the most honored at the awards banquet.”

Pretty cool, huh?!

Okay, enough about me. While I have your ear, just a quick reminder that the ARPH 2007 Aussie Rescue Calendar is now available from the ARPH eBay store. It makes a great gift for the holiday season. The 11 x 17 calendar (when opened) is full of beautiful, rescued Aussies who all got to have happy endings. And the money goes to a very worthy cause. If you’re stuck and in need of that perfect gift for that hard-to-buy-for dog person, just think how happy your friend would be to receive such a beautiful calendar, while knowing that you contributed to a worthy cause at the same time.

6 thoughts on “I’ve Been Nominated!”

  1. Thanks Ranjit. But it’s decided by a panel of judges, not by popular vote. And I have no idea who those judges are. I really appreciate your support.

    The only reason I wrote DOD was because I made a promise to Magic that I would find a way to make his life count. I kept that promise. As you can imagine, DOD wasn’t always an easy story to tell–I really left myself open for public filleting–and I didn’t expect it to find much of an audience. Much to my surprise, I didn’t get filleted, and it did find a very wonderful audience.

    I’m grateful that the book has given me a chance to talk to so many people about the dangers of Lyme Disease. I’ve kept all the letters from readers who’ve told me they credit my book with helping to save their dog’s lives.

    The fact that it has done well enough to be coming out in paperback this April, and that it’s up for an award is really wonderful. But nothing could be as gratifying as those letters, you see, because even though I couldn’t save Magic, Magic and I, together, have helped save a lot of other people’s dogs.

  2. Congratulations! I enjoyed reading about your love for your dogs, that’s what really shines through every page. Any way that we can influence their decision?

  3. Karen,

    Congratulations on the nomination!!! Of course, I think your book should take as many honors as they have to give… powerful, educational, hauntingly beautiful, and a story that sticks to your heart. I will be rooting for you!

    Mary Pieper

  4. Thank you, Jen! I really appreciate your kind words.

    I always feel that should warn people that the middle of the book is a bit of a roller coaster ride and has a sad event, but it has a happy, and pretty amazing ending–if I do say so myself. :)

    Love your blog–you’re a woman after my own heart.

  5. Karen,

    Congratulations! I just read about your nomination yesterday!

    Ironically, I’m about 1/2 through the book & I just love it. It’s very well written & I’ve found myself getting choked up 1/2 dozen times so far. I can’t wait to finish it this weekend!

    Well Done

    Jen Hurley
    Pittsburgh, PA

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