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GroundDOG Day Celebration!

OS FInal2 1600We’re particularly fond of Groundhog Day here at LFP because we have offices on Groundhog Mountain Road. And what better way to celebrate than with the paperback publication of Out-Sniffed, the further adventures of Molly and Doodle?

In addition, we’re offering 50% off of the ebook version of Bed-Bugged,  the first book in the Doodlebugged series. Go to Smashwords and use the coupon XQ87Y to get the book on Kindle, Nook, or in a wide variety of formats.Bed-Bugged

So, Groundhog Day goes to the dogs, or at least to Doodle, our favorite labradoodle.  Which sort of makes it GroundDOG day, doesn’t it?

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Bed-Bugged Goes to Paper!

Here at LFP, although we specialize in ebooks, we love books in every shape and format. That’s why we’re pleased to announce the trade paperback version of Bed-Bugged, the first of the “Doodlebugged” mysteries. For those of you who don’t know what “trade paperback” means (in other words, everyone except librarians and book publishers),  a trade paperback has the size and quality of a hardback, but with a soft cover.

You can order your copy of Bed-Bugged from Amazon.
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Bed-BuggedAsk Doodle why he flunked out of service-dog school and he’ll tell you: smart and obedient don’t always go hand in hand. Now he has a new job finding bed bugs for Josh Hunter Bed Bug Detection. But when Molly, the boss’s ten-year old daughter, enlists Doodle to help find her mother, Doodle’s nose and Molly’s camera lead them straight to danger.

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Molly and Doodle Return!

LFP proudly announces the ebook publication of Out-Sniffed, the sequel to Bed-Bugged, featuring the further adventures of Molly and Doodle.Bed-Bugged

A Nose for Trouble

A Nose for Trouble

In his second outing, Doodle, that incorrigible but good-hearted labradoodle, still works as a bed bug dog for the boss, Josh Hunter of Hunter Bed Bug Detection.

Doodle likes to keep his relations with humans on a business basis. Do the job, get paid—in his case, with treats. So far so good, except when it comes to Molly, the boss’s ten year-old daughter. Somehow, Doodle wants to please her even when she doesn’t have treats. He can’t explain it, but that’s how it is.

His nose gets put to the test when Molly starts training him to find something very different from bed bugs in order to clear her best friend’s brother from drug charges. But then, during a practice for an important certification trial—one which will get the boss more “big time” jobs—Doodle fails to find two vials containing bed bugs. The boss worries that Molly’s training has ruined Doodle’s ability to do his job. Or that maybe he’s losing his sense of smell.

 It takes all of Molly’s ingenuity and Doodle’s keen intelligence to sniff out the real villains and set things right again.

Available on Kindle and coming soon on Nook and Smashwords.

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Bed-Bugged Now Available!

Laurel Fork Press is proud to announce that Bed-Bugged, by Susan J. Kroupa, is now available in a wide variety of ebook formats.

Bed bugs, burglars, and a missing mother: for a bed-bug detecting dog, it’s just part of a day’s work. 

Ask Doodle why he flunked out of service-dog school and he’ll tell you: smart and obedient don’t always go hand in hand. Now he has a new job sniffing out bed bugs for his new boss, Josh Hunter. But when the boss’s ten-year old daughter, Molly, needs Doodle to help solve a mystery, Doodle’s nose and Molly’s camera lead them straight to danger.

A middle-grade mystery that will appeal to dog lovers of all ages.

Available in Kindle, Smashwords, and Nook.

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The Reviews Are In!

Somehow she knows the secret of fabricating tears from mere words”– Gerald Weinberg
 
The reviews of the three Christmas stories offered by Susan J. Kroupa have been overwhelmingly positive. Here are a few samples:

 

Walter’s Christmas-Night Musik

was chosen by Kristine Kathryn Rusch for her December 2010 Recommended Reading List, calling it “A wonderful story about Christmas Night Visitors. Unlike the previous Christmas night visitor stories you’ve read, these visitors are a surprise.  I’d like to be visited by these folks. I found myself thinking about this story long after I finished reading it.”

Another reader wrote, “This story is full of Christmas wonder and leaves you with a warm holiday feeling.”

 Gabriel & Mr. Death

has struck a chord with dog lovers. One reviewer wrote “Ever wonder what your dog is thinking? In “Gabriel & Mr. Death,” author Susan Kroupa tells a sweet story from the point of view of Gabriel, a black-and-tan hound dog. Gabriel’s voice is clear, his understanding (and lack thereof) of his human family’s situation charming. And when Gabriel finds himself trying to protect his owner from a threat she doesn’t see — Mr. Death — you’d better have the tissues handy, or you won’t be able to read through your tears to find out what happens!
A wonderful story for any season. “

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And about this story of whimsy and romance on Christmas Eve, one reviewer said,  “It was the perfect story for me, and would have been even in mid-summer. Ms. Kroupa is just the kind of magical storyteller who can thaw the coldest hearts without a heater or fan.”

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Stories for the Season

Laurel Fork Press launches its new line with three Christmas stories by award-winning author Susan J. Kroupa.

A hound with an unusual gift, an over-burdened widower with a passion for classical music, and a lonely telemarketer each find a bit of magic on Christmas Eve. 

Don’t have an ebook reader?  No problem! You can read all of these books online at Smashwords (choose the HTML view), download the free Kindle for PC, or the free Nook for PC.

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Gabriel & Mr. Death

She saved Gabriel’s life. Now he must take on Mr. Death to save hers.

Gabriel is a coon hound with an unusual gift: he can see Mr. Death. He doesn’t think too hard on it until one Christmas Eve when Mr. Death comes for the person Gabriel loves most. He can’t let that happen. No sir. No way. No matter what a poor hound has to do.

A touching story about a dog’s love and loyalty and the healing power of family.

 Available on Kindle, Nook, and in a wide variety of formats on Smashwords. 

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Walter’s Christmas-Night Musik

A little magic, a little Mozart, a big miracle on Christmas Eve. . .

 Nothing has gone right for Walter Gunther since his wife died. He had to sell his music store to pay her medical bills and take a job at Disks Galore, a big box music store. His manager bullies him and knows nothing about classical music, Walter’s lifelong passion. But when Walter is forced to work late on Christmas Eve, he receives a musical gift beyond his wildest imaginings. 

Originally published in the December 1997 issue of Realms of Fantasy, “Walter’s Christmas-Night Musik” was hailed for its “affectionate music expertise and good-natured charm” by Locus reviewer Mark Kelly, who also called it the best story of that issue.

Available on Kindle, Nook, and in a wide variety of formats on Smashwords.

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Courtesy Call

 A once in a lifetime offer. . .

Peter doesn’t mind his job as a telemarketer for LockTite Security Systems. Not since Ann left, anyway. At least it fills his days. And he’s good at it. Find the need and fill it–that’s his secret to success. He works hard to keep his world and his heart as safe as a LockTite system. But when he starts getting sales calls from a mysterious woman offering him a “one-time gift of the Christmas spirit,” nothing is safe anymore, especially his heart.

Available on KindleNook, and in a wide variety of formats on Smashwords.

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