Thursday, May 5, 2011

Hound of the Book Reviews #4- Angelo's Journey


Here we are with another Hound of the Book Reviews, and this time it's an e-book. And, read on to see how you can win a free copy of this e-book too!

Whenever I read a news report about the happy reuniting of a previously missing dog with its family, I always wonder about what had happened to the dog while it was away. Leland Dirks was thinking the same thing when he wrote his novel, Angelo's Journey.

Although this is a novel, there are a few true parts: Leland's beautiful border collie Angelo disappeared one day. And, after 40 days Angelo returned. What happened in the middle, and the contents of this book, are left to Leland's imagination. Each chapter is a different story, written in the first person by each person Angelo encounters along his journey. The second chapter, about the man who kidnapped Angelo, is brutal and made me sad. But the rest of the chapters are stories of all the people Angelo touched on his journey-- the truck driver, the cowboy, the waitress, and more. Interspersed are accounts of how Angelo's companion searched for him, missed him, and prayed for him. I truly enjoyed this book and agree that dogs can be angels in people's lives.

About the Author:
Leland lives in the middle of a beautiful nowhere that is Colorado's San Luis Valley. Angelo, the world famous Border Collie, and Maggie, his black Lab philosopher mix, allow him to share their off-grid home. All three tolerate The Cat who does a merely adequate job of rodent control.
Check out Leland Dirk's website.
Angelo's Journey is available on Kindle (can also be read on smartphones, PCs, Macs and ipads.)

* Enter to win a free e-copy of Angelo's Journey. If you don't have an e-reader, never fear! I read my copy of the book with a free downloadable app to my computer, and it worked just fine. Just leave a comment to be entered. For additional entries, follow this blog and leave another comment saying that you are a new follower. And/or post about this contest on twitter and leave a separate comment telling me you posted. Contest ends at midnight 5/5 and winners will be announced on Friday.

16 comments:

  1. Just look at that sweetie, Angelo looks like an angel to me! Sounds quite good!

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  2. Sounds like a good book> Oh, Kelly is so precious!!

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  3. You sure are getting me hooked on some new books Peggy! I have that app on my laptop too. Hope to get an e-reader this summer!

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  4. I love to read happy ending books and this one sure sounds good!

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  5. Sounds like a good book. I love books with animals in!

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  6. This looks good. I think there should be a warning label on books with sad endings. So many dog books have sad endings.

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  7. Sounds great! My library can always use a new book!

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  8. Another great book!! That one looks very exciting! Lots of love, Holly and mom

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  9. I love border collies, so beautiful and smart. Would love to read this. Crazy over dog books, I have to enter this giveaway.


    CarolNWong(at)aol(dot)com

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  10. I'm too late for the contest, but I just have to comment. I love these animal reunion stories, so I'm definitely going to read this one. Thanks again for another great book suggestion.

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  11. Thank you all for entering for the book giveaway for Angelo's Journey! It does my heart good to know that my beloved Border Collie's story is of interest to you! For those who didn't win, please consider at least downloading the free sample at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004RYW53U

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  12. Carol Wong: Congratulations on winning the book! I've sent the email gift certificate just now. It will show in your inbox as being from Amazon.com. I hope you enjoy the book!

    Leland Dirks and Angelo

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  13. Thank you Leland for joining us, and for providing us with a copy of your book. Hugs to Angelo!

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  14. It was our pleasure! You run a great website, and a fun contest... we really appreciate your taking time to read and review the book! Angelo sends a big tail wag and a gentle woof your way!

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  15. Just stopping back in to let everyone know that Angelo's Journey is now also available in paperback form! You can find it here: http://www.amazon.com/Angelos-Journey-Border-Collies-Quest/dp/1461169305/

    Or you can ask your local bookseller to order it... chances are it won't be in their book databases for a week or so, but the ISBN number is 1461169305

    Thanks so much to everyone for your support!

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  16. One more follow-up! Angelo's Journey in paperback version is now available through the larger independent booksellers... you can buy it online and STILL support your local bookstore... check out http://www.indiebound.org/book/9781461169307 . Indibound is a group of independent booksellers and booklovers, and their site will direct you to your nearest independent bookseller. Thanks again, Peggy, for helping support this book... we've been delighted at the feedback we've gotten!

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Kelly and Ike say thank you for your comments!

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