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Repeat Post: By Order Of Mrs. Publicist

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June 25th, 2022 Posted 8:02 am

Publishing schedule:

June 28 – Short Tails, the new Chet and Bernie short story collection (digital).

July 5: Tender Is The Bite (paperback edition)

August 9: Bark To The Future, the brand new Chet and Bernie novel.

All are now available for preorder. That way you won’t have to worry! Your worries will be free to roam elsewhere!

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Publishing Schedule

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June 21st, 2022 Posted 6:53 am

For those interested in Chet and Bernie:

June 28 – Short Tails, the new Chet and Bernie short story collection (digital).

July 5: Tender Is The Bite (paperback edition)

August 9: Bark To The Future, the brand new Chet and Bernie novel.

All are now available for preorder. That way you won’t have to worry! Isn’t there enough worry in the world already?

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Beginnings

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June 19th, 2022 Posted 8:27 am

On Sundays, we do beginnings, taking a look at the start of a Peter Abrahams novel, including those written under the Spencer Quinn moniker™. Since Short Tails, the new Chet and Bernie short story collection, will be published soon (preorderable now), how about the start of one of the stories in it, The Numbers After Two?

I smelled bubble gum. You’re probably familiar with the smell, an unusual combination of rubber, plastic, and sugar, with a smidge of something oily in the mix. Some humans like to chew bubble gum. They must have their reasons. And some of those chewers like to blow bubbles with it. That part looks like fun. What isn’t fun is getting gum stuck on your paws. That leads to a whole big production with scissors and olive oil, or mayonnaise if there’s no olive oil around. Mayonnaise tastes much better than olive oil, if you want my opinion, but we’ve gone way off course already so forget all this. The point is I wasn’t smelling bubble gum in the Valley, the huge city we live in, me and Bernie, where bubble gum smell is always in the air, together with all usual Valley smells, an amazing sort of invisible stew of which I’ll just mention two of the strongest ingredients – two being the number I have trouble getting past although I have done it, the next number not quite coming to me now. The two ingredients are grease and human pee.

But back to the point. We were deep in the desert, far from the Valley, where the smells were very different and never included bubble gum.

“Chet?” Bernie said. “Something up?”

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Short Tails

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June 18th, 2022 Posted 8:26 am

“Point one,” Bernie said, bright and early next morning, the two of us chowing down on our patio.

We were doing the points thing already? I knew today was going to be good.

“What harm can it do them? Point two, is the science settled? Why shouldn’t we be able to get in touch with our immune systems? There are more things than are dreamed of in your philosophy, Horatio.”

Horatio? Uh-oh. And we’d been off to such a good start. But the only Horatio we knew was a hamster of that name who’d ended up with a stolen wedding ring under all the shavings in the cage, although I don’t think he was the actual perp. Were his dreams now important all of a sudden? What would a hamster dream about? And then it hit me: running around on that wheel. How horrible!

(from The Iggy Papers in Short Tails, coming 6/28 but you can preorder right this second!)

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