Leigh Michaels, dogs, and The Birthday Scandal!

Guest blogger Leigh Michaels will be giving away a set of three books in  the “Hiring Ms. Right!” trilogy to one of the people who leave a comment here.The set is now out of print and is not available in ebook, so this is your chance!  Winner needs to have a USA address. 

 These days I think of pets the same way I think of babies – they’re cute as heck as long as they belong to someone else. I pet them (though not as often as I used to, after that darling golden retriever puppy gave me a whole lotta lovin’ and a good case of poison ivy) but I’m happy to let some other lucky person do the walking and the feeding and the scooping.

It wasn’t always that way. Charley, my rescue mutt, was a poodle-terrier mix whose great-grandma must have sniffed around a Schnauzer. He was my pal for fourteen years, and right up till the end he thought he was a forty-four pound puppy. In fact, Charley’s vet used to lecture him about playing too hard – usually about the time we had to fix another tendon pulled in a tug-of-war accident.

Charley’s favorite toy was a hard rubber ring which he’d chew on, carry around, and slyly stick into any human hand which he spotted dangling or unoccupied. I can’t count the number of times I’d find myself playing tug-of-war without any idea how the game had started – or when.

So when I was writing my new book, in which there’s an elderly, independent-minded, and irascible duke, I figured he’d be just the sort to have dogs. Lots of dogs. Big dogs. And one of those dogs has my Charley’s habit of teasing anyone who’s handy until they’ll play with him – though Balthazar’s weapon of choice is a soggy braided rope, and his tug-of-war game is actually a hint for the alert reader….

Leigh Michaels is the author of 100 books, including historical romance, contemporary romance, and non-fiction. Her newest release is The Birthday Scandal, October 9, from Montlake Romance.


The wealthy Duke of Weybridge knows that everyone loves a good surprise…and a good scandal. He has bounteous amounts of both for the guests—particularly for his nieces and nephew, Emily, Isabel, and Lucien—at his extravagant seventieth birthday ball. They think his promise to improve their lives means a generous stipend. But he’s got different gifts in mind: finding them the perfect matches. His task won’t be easy, because the Arden siblings have given up on love.

Bachelor Lucien spends more time merrymaking than looking for a proper wife. His sister Emily, broken-hearted when her betrothal ended in disgrace, committed herself to an early spinsterhood. And Isabel’s marriage has been troubled from the moment it began—with a terrible betrayal on her wedding night.  Though witty and strong-willed, the siblings are no match for their uncle’s wily machinations. And as the celebration approaches, his romantic scheming ignites illicit liaisons and irresistible temptations, sparking enough rumors to keep the ton abuzz until his next birthday.


NOW AVAILABLE — Regency-period historical romance
The Wedding Affair,  Just One Season in London & The Mistress’ House

The Birthday Scandal (Regency-period historical romance)
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14 Responses to Leigh Michaels, dogs, and The Birthday Scandal!

  1. Hi, Leigh!

    And thank you Roxanne for hosting such a fabulous author!! Today’s blog reminds me of “Must Love Dogs” — one of my favorite romantic comedy movies. 😀 I am one of those people who likes the “idea” of being a dog owner. Fortunately (or unfortunately) my hubby and my daughter are both allergic. So, we have a menagerie of other pets: an Amazon parrot, an aging bearded dragon, and recently a very independently-minded hedgehog. All three actually belong to everyone else in the family but me. But guess who cleans up the poop! :J

    • Thanks for coming by, Lynda! I have to admit I really miss my dog — and also our Siamese cat (and there’s a tale for another blog someday). Now and then when the local shelter shows off their latest rescues, the urge gets pretty strong.

      Maybe I’ll celebrate finishing my latest project (I’m getting a contemporary romance ready to publish!) by digging out Must Love Dogs — it’s been too long since I watched it.

  2. Pam Kacena says:

    How cute is that! Our dog does that to, she doesn’t care if you are busy, if you are laying down on the couch she will jump on your stomach plop her baby as we call it in your face and stare at you until you play. Sly…yes…silly yes but totally adorable. Yeah for adopting the personalties that come out of these dogs is priceles…!!!


    • Pam, it’s so sweet that your dog has her “baby”!

      Charley also had us all trained to sit off to one side in the big recliner, so there was room for him in the seat. Even after he was gone, I’d find myself sitting down and then shifting over. 44 pounds of poodle-terrier takes up rather a lot of room!

  3. Roxanne says:

    Thanks so much for visiting my blog, Leigh! What a delight to have you here.

    I adored JUST ONE SEASON IN LONDON and look forward to catching up on your other recent novels. And your book on writing is fabulous!

    • Thank you for having me, Roxanne. I have to brag a little, if I may — Roxanne took the very first class I ever taught in romance writing. And just see what a good job I did. 🙂

      Seriously, Roxanne, I am SO proud of what you’ve accomplished!

  4. Kara Grant says:

    What a great post and a CUTE dog!! Thanks Roxanne and Leigh, love books with dogs in them (and kids) *smile* Our pets are definitely our kids and such a blessing with their personalities and quirks 🙂 Thanks for the giveaway and for sharing about Charley! Blessings, Kara

  5. Kate M. says:

    The way we relate to pets says a lot about us. I know people who aren’t fond of cats–or dogs–but will go out of their way to be sure they are well taken care of.

  6. lynn hoffmann says:

    I use to accuse my mother of loving her cats more than her children (which she never really refuted, come to think of it) but as a “dog lover” I can understand the attachment to one’s pets. I would not have lasted these last two months on internship if not for the “support” and “comfort” of my two dogs. As a reader, I really enjoy the inclusion of pets in books…how the various players interact with the animals gives insight into the “character” of the characters in ways which may otherwise be difficult to portray.

    • Hi, Lynn — Congratulations on the internship and hugs to the dogs for helping you through a tough spot! There’s really nothing that can soak up tears faster than a dog’s soft fur (or his tongue — though I really preferred the fur) and that never-failing adoration… what an ego boost after a tough day!

  7. My turn to ask a question. 🙂
    What’s the most unusual (or endearing, or maddening) thing one of your pets did?

  8. Kara Grant says:

    This is to answer your question, Leigh 🙂
    I have caught my cat licking the dog’s bone and my dog eating the cat food right off the kitchen counter; don’t understand either one of them but I love them immensely!
    Great question, blessings *smile*