Yes, that's NYC, my hometown, in the cover background, and in the foreground... DOGS!! What could be better? And here are some other reasons why you should get out there and pre-order:
Fifth Avenue Fidos
A New Adult Rom-Com with "Bite"
When a mutt from Queens meets a purebred New Yorker, it takes man’s—and woman’s—best friend to convince them what they feel is more than puppy love.
Mable Barker, a hilarious, good-natured sweetheart who is always the pal but never the girlfriend, endures nine horrendous months of bouncing between lackluster New York City jobs (and suffering unrequited love) in her unsuccessful attempt to find her one true talent. So when she meets Innis, the ill-tempered Upper East Side Pekingese, she assumes her dog-walking days are numbered, too; soon, she’ll be heading back to Queens brokenhearted, tail tucked between her legs. But Innis belongs to the adorable yet painfully shy young veterinarian, Jason Mead, a man whose awkward ways around women have him dreaming not of finding love for himself but of playing canine matchmaker—breeding Westminster champions.
When Mable and Jason meet, romance is officially unleashed: they find an instant connection and shared goal, as it appears that Mable could very well have what it takes to be a professional handler, soon to be seen holding Innis under a banner labeled, "Best in Show." As Jason and Mable get closer to putting a new twist on the term "dog lovers," outside forces—Mable’s overprotective brothers, a successful wedding planner with her eye on Jason, even the theft of purebred pups from Jason’s Fifth Avenue apartment building—all threaten to come between them. Will Mable and Jason simply let their burgeoning love roll over and play dead? Or will they rally to make sure Innis emerges as the leader of the pack?
Brimming with humor and endearing characters, Holly Schindler’s Fifth Avenue Fidos offers a sweet romance and modern-day fairy tale in which dogs, not dragons, rule the land…a story about the loves that help us realize our dreams.
The book will also be available through B&N and iBooks. Links to purchase will be found here: http://hollyschindler.blogspot.com/2015/03/fifth-avenue-fidos-celebration.html
Holly Schindler is the author of four traditionally published books; her work has received starred reviews in Booklist and Publishers Weekly, has won silver and gold medals in ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year and the IPPY Awards, respectively, has been featured on Booklist’s Best First Novels for Youth and School Library Journal’s What’s Hot in YA, and has been a PW Pick of the Week. Fifth Avenue Fidos is her first independently published book. She is owned by a Pekingese named Jake and can be found working on her next book in her hometown of Springfield, Missouri. She can also be found at hollyschindler.com.
p.s. So, as I was saying: I would stop blogging about Holly if she would only stop being so awesome. But not only does she refuse to do that; she insists on continually MULTIPLYING her awesomeness. So, as I learned this morning, she's about to independently release not only one NA novel, but two, apparently at roughly the same time: http://hollyschindler.blogspot.com/2015/03/playing-hurt-sequel.html. PLAYING HURT was a hot YA romance, and since she's labeling the sequel NA instead of YA, I suspect it will be even hotter!
And don't worry... I'll keep you posted when she announces she's formed her own rock band.