Not too long ago, I received a most interesting email from someone at a major publishing house:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (does anyone remember when it used to be Houghton Mifflin and Harcourt Brace Jovanovich?). In short, she had read my review of Animals Make Us Human by Temple Grandin here, on my blog. She must have thought something of it, because she offered me an advance copy of a book HMH was releasing, to read and review. I was tickled "pink"! At very least, someone else "out there" had read something I had written...and she apparently thought enough of it to ask me to write about her latest project: Scent of the Missing by Susannah Charleson.
Of course I accepted, and she sent me off a copy directly. I was delighted by the novelty of reading a book that was not yet released to the public! Even more delightful was the book--I really enjoyed it!
Scent of the Missing is about the author's work as a search and rescue volunteer as she raises and trains her new puppy as a search and rescue dog. I hope to post a complete review in the near future, but for the moment, suffice it to say that I thought the book was very good!
(I've been a huge fan of Amazon.com for years...have never once had a problem with them and have been ordering since 1998).