Introducing: Dogs and Goddesses!

I found this book at a dollar store; Kae says they used to sell it when he worked at Target, as well. I bought it because I have found a number of enjoyably bad books at dollar stores, and this looked to be one of them. After reading a couple chapters, I decided I’d do it for a deconstruction 😀


The cover I have

This book appears to be in the romance genre, a light-hearted chick-lit like Easily Amused. It was written by a group of three writers, each apparently writing for one of the Mary Sues main characters, then editing it to make it sound more cohesive.

Back cover description:

Abby has just arrived in Summerville, Ohio, with her placid Newfoundland, Bowser. She’s reluctantly inherited her grandmother’s coffee shop, but it’s not long before she’s brewing up trouble in the form of magical baked goods and steaming up her life with an exasperating college professor.

And then there’s Daisy, a web code writer, and her hyperactive Jack Russell, Bailey. Her tightly-wound world spins out of control when she discovers the chaos within and meets a mysterious dog trainer whose teaching style is definitely hands-on.

Finally there’s Shar, professor of ancient history at Summerville College, who wakes up one morning to find her neurotic dachshund, Wolfie, snarling at an implacable god sitting at her kitchen table, the first thing in her life she hasn’t been able to footnote.

What on earth is going on in this unearthly little town? It’s up to Abby, Daisy, and Shar to find out before an ancient goddess takes over Southern Ohio, and they all end up in the apocalyptic doghouse…

It had me at “web code writer”. That smells of “I barely know how to use a computer, let me write about a programmer” — always amusingly terrible for me. Deconstructions will start next week (which is also when TPD is coming back; I’m determined to push through the last hundred pages or so to the end).

Anyone read this, or anything by any of the three authors?

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2 Responses to Introducing: Dogs and Goddesses!

  1. Firedrake says:

    I haven’t read any of their books, but Jennifer Crusie (aka Jennifer Smith) is a reasonably well-known and successful romance author – something like 17 solo books, though more recently she’s been doing collaborations. Anne Stuart has written over 100 romance novels. Lani Diane Rich has eight solo romance novels and one collaboration, according to her web site. So all of them ought to be at least competent at this game.

    Crusie and Stuart are both in their early sixties; I’m guessing Rich is a bit younger.

    If there are wild variations in style, then it may well be that each author wrote her own heroine’s plot and they edited them together later…

    I look forward to technical snark (and will do my best to contribute some).

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