Thursday, December 15, 2016

Book Club Thursday:Dog Tags For Christmas

Hi Readers! Boy. isn't time flying by? In three weeks it will be a new year. Thank you for stopping by this week here at Book Club Thursday. This week, my friends and I are reviewing a sweet holiday story-DOG TAGS FOR CHRISTMAS, an anthology by a longtime favorite author Lindsay McKenna and two "new-to-me" authors J M Madden and KaLyn Cooper. Each story features recovering servicemen and special canine service dogs. 

Lindsay McKenna
J. M. Madden
KaLyn Cooper
Available now by Blue Turtle Publishing

SEAL's Christmas Dream by J.M. Madden 
When Veterinarian Willow James' office is broken into, it's natural that she turn to her soul mate, former Navy SEAL K9 handler Joe Flynn, to track down the culprits. The trail leads to a notorious Pit-Bull fighting ring. It may take a Christmas miracle and a helpful nudge from an old partner to get everyone home safely. 

Noel's Puppy Power by KaLyn Cooper 
Tanner Hill is better at communicating with animals than women. That might be why he hasn’t had a second date in over two years. He’s also been extremely busy with his kennel that has become the premier training facility, specializing in supplying dogs to veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Then again, there is this psychologist he can’t get out of his head, or his heart. 

Dr. Bailey Conrad would never allow the loss of half her right leg to an IED in Iraq to stop her. Every day at the VA hospital, she sees patients who have lost so much more to the war effort. It’s her goal in life to help as many vets as possible to find a 'new normal', because she knows firsthand, it’s the internal scars that can be the most difficult to heal. 

Snowflake’s Gift by Lindsay McKenna 
Two veterans—one human,one canine—have returned to Montana to recover from the traumas of war. Former Army Ranger Nick Conway depended on his WMD dog Snowflake to help him navigate IEDs on the battlefield. Now he needs his best friend to help him cope with his PTSD and acclimate to civilian life. When he meets Holly McGuire and agrees to help her deliver meals to the elderly, her inner light calls to him, but his demons hold him back from giving in to his attraction. But Snowflake takes an immediate shine to the kindhearted Holly—and he has never led Nick down the wrong path.  

It's Christmas. It's a hectic time of year, but you still need your reading fix. What could be better than reading some heart-warming holiday anthologies with shorter stories, especially when they are filled with dogs and puppies and of course, a hunky hero or three? Each story is a sweet romance, but also shows us how much our veterans give us with their service. Many suffer with PTSD when they return home and their canine companions give them a special way of dealing with life stateside. 

Snowflake's Gift by Lindsay McKenna

Holly is a sweet heroine with a heart of gold. She meets Nick, an ex army ranger and his WMD dog Snowflake. She offers him a place to stay if he helps her deliver meals to the elderly. It is a touching story. As they continue to get to know each other, they find a neglected dog, abandoned or abused and starving in an alley nearby. She no longer trusts the world, but Nick and Holly help her by patiently feeding her and offering her hope. Snowflake is the special glue that brings them together with his positive and generous heart.

Noel's Puppy Power by KaLyn Cooper

Bailey is a veteran and a psychologist who works with Tanner, a veteran who raises service dogs who after training, help veteran's to have of the back of their human partners who suffer from PTSD. Together, they find the right WMD dogs to pair with the men and women who need comfort when they return home. Bailey is a strong woman who lost her leg to an IED in Iraq, but still gives so much to help other veterans as well as trains for paralympic events. She and Tanner are attracted to each other, but he feels like he hasn't anything to offer. That changes one night when one night when Bailey comes by and helps him when one of his dogs delivers her litter of puppies.  Her enthusiasm for life has Tanner rethinking his life and seeking to reach for more, including Bailey.

SEAL's Christmas Dream by J M Madden

This story is part of Ms Madden's Black Swan series. Willow is a veterinarian with a kind heart and she and her love Joe offer help to a young teen-aged boy caught up in a dog-fighting ring business while he tries to hide and protect his dog. 

I enjoyed each story in this heart-warming anthology. I have been a fan of Ms McKenna's for years and now I have two "new-to-me" authors to enjoy reading. Each author has experience with the military and it show with their caring voices as they not only give us romance, but a thoughtful insight to brave men and women who give all in their military service. Many need help when they return home and canine companions bring a helpline to them. When I purchased this story, some of the proceeds went to an organization that makes service dogs matched with a veteran possible. What a wonderful program and what a wonderful collection of stories!


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I'm so happy that you stopped by to join us this week. Next week, December 22nd, we at BCT will be having our final Reading Challenge for 2016. I hope you are  getting your Holiday preparations in order. Don't forget some "me" time by setting aside some time to read a Christmas story or two. Until next week, Happy Reading!


  1. Karen, on behalf of MJ Madden and KaLyn Cooper, thank you so MUCH for taking the time to not only review Dog Tags for Christmas, but for giving it a bark (voice) ;-) Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays to you and your terrific book club!
    Warmly, Lindsay McKenna

    1. It was my pleasure, Lindsay. My friends and I love stories with animals and this was perfect for our holiday read! Happy Holidays to you, MJ, and Kalyn! Thanks for visiting!

  2. I agree. It's a great cause and I am glad we picked this book to read.

    1. I enjoyed each story and fell in love with the dogs.

  3. I really enjoyed this. Nice review!

    1. Thanks! I really enjoyed reading all the stories.