McKenna Dean, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! We support all furbabies, real life or fictional. We want to know all about your Fiction Furbaby, but first, please tell us about your book.
Bishop Takes Knight by McKenna Dean
Genre Paranormal Romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings) PG 13
New York, 1955. Former socialite Henrietta (“Rhett”) Bishop, destitute after her father gambles away the family fortune, takes a job at Redclaw Security. But Redclaw is no ordinary operation. Part detective firm and part enforcement agency, Redclaw regulates matters involving the growing population of shifters who have emerged since the onset of the nuclear age.
Peter Knight is a nuclear scientist shattered by the death of his wife. Blacklisted by the government and scientific organizations, he drowns his sorrows while searching for the people behind his wife’s murder.
When Rhett is assigned to recruit Knight, their meeting is more than either bargained for–a rival organization will do anything to secure Knight for themselves. Following a lead to locate a missing cache of alien technology stolen from Redclaw, Rhett is thrown back into her previous glittering life with Knight as her pretend boyfriend. But when someone from the past turns up to start a bidding war on the artifacts, Bishop and Knight wind up in a fight for their very lives.
Meet Captain from Bishop Takes Knight
Full name Captain
Nickname The Little Dog
Gender male (neutered)
Physical description black and white Jack Russell Terrier
Relationship to main character She cautiously adopted him, is keeping his secret
Relationship to the villain/antagonist What a cute little—EEEEE!!!
Where this furbaby came from No one knows!
What inspired you to create this character?
I inherited this little dog from my mom when she went into assisted living. Jack Russell terriers have a reputation for being fierce, but Captain meshed into my household seamlessly, getting along great with my big dog, the cats, and various livestock.
I thought perhaps he wasn’t really a JRT until the first time he encountered a skunk. It was like a switch flipped and he went into killer mode! The dichotomy between cute, fuzzy terrier and vicious killer amused me, and I thought it would be fun to introduce him into my paranormal series, Redclaw Origins.
What does the main character think about this furbaby?
Rhett encounters Captain in Bishop Takes Knight when her life is in danger. She acts out of kindness to release Captain from his cage so he has a chance at surviving, but that act in turn saves her life when Captain comes to her defense. Instead of reporting the unusual nature of the dog to her boss, which would result in his being caged again, she decides to take him home with her.
What does the villain/antagonist think about this furbaby?
He’s just a little mutt. What harm can he do?
How do other characters react to or interact with this furbaby?
What does this furbaby eat?
ANYTHING HE WANTS.
Please share an interesting fact or tidbit about this furbaby.
Captain is a rescue dog. He lived with my mother until she could no longer take care of him, and then came to live with me. According to his records, he should be at least 13 years old, but we can’t believe that. He leaps on the bed, runs like a racehorse, and puts the 90 pound German shepherd in his place.
Describe a humorous incident involving the animal character.
Only Rhett Bishop and Peter Knight know Captain’s secret–but a spoken word–much like Shazam!–triggers the secret power. So there is a lot of effort that goes into keeping Captain’s abilities under wraps and preventing someone from inadvertently releasing them.
I have LOTS of pets. Two dogs, five cats, horses, goats…
Which, if any of the pets in your writing are modeled after your own pets? In what way?
I write about shifters, so observing animals helps add realism to my writing. I also love giving my animals cameo appearances in my stories, such as the shy, stray dog Ghost, in Ghost of a Chance.
Captain is definitely modeled after my own little guy, down to the way he dances on his hind legs in excitement, yodels instead of barks, and insists on sleeping by my head on my pillows instead of on the expensive dog bed I bought for him.
What do your pets do when you are writing?
Captain is usually curled by my side. The young, big dog is either asleep at my feet or harassing the cats.
What’s the most unusual pet you ever had?
I used to keep a wide assortment of rodents–many from other countries, such as chinchillas and degus. I’ve also had an iguana, and I used to raise rabbits.
Where did you find your pet?
Captain came from the shelter, where he’d been for almost a year. I couldn’t believe no one wanted him! He’s a wonderful little dog.
What do you feed your pet?
Royal Canin makes breed specific foods, so I feed the Jack Russell diet. I want Captain to stay as healthy as possible for as long as possible, so that means not giving in to his demands for table food, making sure he’s at a good weight, and keeping his teeth clean.
Describe a toy or favorite item your pet loves.
Captain goes bonkers for sticks. I have several videos of him yodeling until I give him his stick, whereupon he runs off with it. Forget about cleaning up the yard when he’s with you! He’ll bring back every stick you throw away.
Where to buy Bishop Takes Knight
Publisher Redclaw Publishing
Barnes and Noble https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/bishop-takes-knight-mckenna-dean/
McKenna Dean Social Media
McKenna Dean has been an actress, a vet tech, a singer, a teacher, a biologist, and a dog trainer. She’s worked in a genetics lab, at the stockyard, behind the scenes as a props manager, and at a pizza parlor slinging dough. Finally she realized all these jobs were just a preparation for what she really wanted to be a writer.
She lives on a small farm in North Carolina with her family, as well as the assorted dogs, cats, and various livestock.
She likes putting her characters in hot water to see how strong they are. Like tea bags, only sexier.
Amazon Author Page https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B075CRHQ7B/
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Shout out to Rob’s Rescues – founded by a 9-year-old animal activist
Rob’s Rescues is a non-profit organization in Georgia helping people in need care for and feed their pets. It was founded in 2014 by a then nine-year-old boy. Rob’s Rescues is dedicated to collecting pet food for people in need to reduce shelter surrenders, and to advocating for the adoption of shelter pets. Rob writes monthly articles advocating for shelter animals in the Around About Local Media magazine publications. His column was first published in 2014. He also has pet food collection sites for people in need in the community and interviews amazing people. His interviews appear online once they are published in his column.
Rob volunteers for Pet Buddies Food Pantry, the Cherokee County Animal Shelter and Cobb County Animal Control and collects pet food for these organizations and the communities they serve. He also wants to bring attention to smaller, rural shelters. Mostly he wants to get kids to be Rob’s Rangers to teach kids that they can help shelter animals. Rob has also talked to kids in a classroom setting.
Rob’s Rescues is a Non-Profit Corporation and all donations are tax deductible.