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Saturday, September 6, 2014

Tour! Dog Days of Summer by PJ Fiala

He had love and passion to give, but she was afraid to take it.

Dog Days of Summer (Rolling Thunder #1) by P.J. Fiala 
Genre: Adult (Inspirational/Contemporary Romance)
Date Published: August 1, 2014
Publisher: Rolling Thunder Romance

Joci was a mother first, a biker second and was running her marketing and design business, third. She believed in a good cause while enjoying the open road with friends and family.

Dog owns a successful business building some of the greatest motorcycles around. Men and women alike respected and envied him. Being a veteran, he believed in helping other veterans in the only way he knew how, by riding motorcycles.

They meet, try to ignore the attraction and ultimately fall in love only to have their love tested by a jealous employee who wants Dog for herself. Can they survive?

Gunnar said, “Conference room is this way mom.”

Joci nodded once and followed behind Gunnar as they made their way through the store and up the stairs. Joci noted the store was neat and tidy.  There were racks of clothing on one side of the store and parts, accessories, and motorcycles on the other. The store was well-lit and colorful. The logo painted on the wall, though, was boring. Rolling Thunder Motorcycles, Inc.  was painted in silver lettering on a white wall with nothing else. No real logo other than the name.

Entering a room off to the right at the top of the stairs, Joci stopped in her tracks as she crossed the threshold. Dog was sitting at the conference table, which was a large, well-worn oak table littered with beer cans, papers and miscellaneous food wrappers. About eight other people were either sitting at the table or standing around talking.

As she stood in the doorway he looked up from his reading and stared at her.

“Dog, this is my mom, Joci. Mom, this is Jeremiah Sheppard, but everyone calls him Dog.”

Joci watched as Dog stood to his full height, and rounded the table toward her. Well-built, broad shoulders supported the most beautiful head and face Joci had ever seen on a man. Long blonde hair and bright green eyes held her attention as he came to a stop in her space. He reached his hand out to shake hers, but Joci stood transfixed as she looked into his eyes.

“Nice to meet you Joci.  Gunnar has told me a lot about you. I appreciate your time in helping us plan next year’s event.”

Casting for Dog Days of Summer

 Jeremiah (Dog) Sheppard – Charlie Hunam (yum!) I also thought Chris Hemsworth would be a good fit, when he did Thor. And of course Brad Pitt.

Jocelyn (Joci) James – Meg Ryan or Linzie Janis

 Jeremiah Thomas (JT) Sheppard (Jeremiah’s son, he and Ryder are twins) -  Clay Matthews

Ryder Sheppard (Jeremiah’s son) – Chord Overstreet

 Not sure who this man is, but he looks like Ryder to me.

Gunnar Simpson (Joci’s son) – Jason Mamoa (except Gunnar has very blue eyes) but I love the ruggedness of Jason or Marlon Texeira. HOT!!!!

LuAnn Mason – Scarlet Johansson

I was born in a suburb of St. Louis, Missouri named Bridgeton. During my time in Missouri, I explored the Ozarks, swam in the Mississippi River, played kickball and endless games of hide and seek with the neighborhood kids. Spending summers in Kentucky with my Grandmother, Ruth, are the fondest childhood memories for me.

 At the age of thirteen, my family moved to Wisconsin to learn to farm. Yes, learn to farm! That was interesting. Taking city kids and throwing them on a farm with twenty-eight cows purchased from the Humane Society because they had been abused, was interesting. I learned to milk cows, the ins and outs of a breeding schedule, feeding schedule and the never ending haying in the summer and trying to stay warm in the winter. Our first winter in Wisconsin, we had thirty-six inches of snow in one storm and were snowed in our house for three days! Needless to say, I wasn’t loving Wisconsin.

 I am now married with four children and three grandchildren. I have learned to love Wisconsin, though I still hate snow. Wisconsin and the United States are beautiful and my husband and I travel around by motorcycle seeing new sites and meeting new people. It never ceases to amaze me how many people are interested in where we are going and what we have seen along the way. At every gas station, restaurant and hotel, we have people come up to us and ask us about what we are doing and offering advice on which roads in the area are better than others and great rides others have been on if we are interested.

 I come from a family of veterans. My grandfather, father, brother and two of my sons and one daughter-in-law are all veterans. Needless to say, I am proud. Proud to be an American and proud of the service my amazing family has given.

To learn more about PJ Fiala and her books, visit her website.You can also find her on Goodreads, Facebook, and Twitter.

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