Posts Tagged ‘Tender Is the Bite’

What’s In A Name (Part 2)


September 22nd, 2021 Posted 8:36 am

Mrs. Publicist: Okay, Pete, yesterday we introduced Shaky Insterwald, somewhat seedy proprietor of a rundown driving range in the Valley (see post below) in Tender Is The Bite. I know character names are important to you, so tell us about this one.

Pete: Well, discerning readers may have spotted the fact that not all the humor in the Chet and Bernie series is subtle. Sometimes it gets pretty broad – broad humor going way back in English literature, all the way to Chaucer. So, for a golfer, what could be worse that Shaky? And of course the shakes are the bane of golfers, from the worst hacker on up to the PGA tour. But later, when Shaky gives Charlie, Bernie’s kid, a lesson, he turns out to be very good at it. Which sort of leads us to the surname. Back in the 1950’s there was an excellent touring pro named Dow Finsterwald (won the PGA Championship in 1958 and is still alive, by the way). Love that surname – sort of a tiny sound poem, so I stole part of it for my character.

Mrs. P: Thanks, Pete. See you next month for another edition of What’s In A Name.


What’s In A Name?


September 21st, 2021 Posted 9:40 am

Mrs. Publicist: We haven’t done What’s In A Name in way too long, when Pete (aka Spence) discusses a name from the Chet and Bernie series. What’ll it be?

Pete: How about Shaky Insterwald from Tender Is The Bite?

Mrs. P: Great. Why don’t we introduce him, as he first appears at the beginning of Chapter 28, and then we’ll discuss him tomorrow?

Pete: You’re the boss. Here’s the beginning of Chapter 28:

When it comes to golf, Shaky Insterwald is our go-to guy. He’d also been the go-to-guy for lots of folks interested in buying beachfront property in Mexico. Some of those folks ended up hiring me and Bernie when it turned out that those beachfront properties didn’t exist, and neither did the beaches, meaning we’d lugged the surfboard down there for nothing. But all that was in the past and Shaky’s days of breaking rocks in the hot sun were behind him. Now he ran Buckets and Buckets O’Balls, Cheapest Driving Range West of the Mississippi, Come Knock Yourself Out, which I believe was the full name of the place, written on the monster sign out front.


A Recent Amazon Reviewer …


September 4th, 2021 Posted 8:57 am

… on Tender Is The Bite, the most recent Chet and Bernie novel:

“Another GREAT Chet & Bernie tale. I am a big fan of Chet the Dog and the Chet & Bernie series. The writing just gets better and better with every book. I feel like I know Chet and love reading his classic responses and his praises of Bernie. I laughed out loud many times as the humor in the writing is fantastic. Great story line and keeps you on edge until the end. LOVE THIS BOOK!! and LOVE CHET!!”



Friend of the Month Reminder


August 31st, 2021 Posted 8:37 am

Last day of the month! Meaning last day of eligibility for anyone who wants to be Chet’s September Friend of the Month. Winner is the profile pic on the FB page for the month, and the winner’s human companion gets a signed copy of the latest Chet and Bernie novel, the brand new Tender Is The Bite. Just post a pic to the page. The random number generator (below) does the rest!


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