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It’s National Pet Day! Since we’re at work and can’t snuggle our beloved pets, we thought we’d offer the next best thing: a sweepstakes full of puppies! Here’s a chance to win a stack of heartwarming dog-centric reads by W. Bruce Cameron, including A Dog’s Purpose and A Dog’s Way Home. Take a look at the prize:

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New Releases: 7/3/17

New Releases: 7/3/17

Happy New Release Day! Here’s what went on sale today.

The Damned of Petersburg by Ralph Peters

Image Place holder  of - 17 Glory turned grim, and warfare changed forever. From the butchery of The Crater, where stunning success collapsed into a massacre, through near-constant battles fought by heat-stricken soldiers, to the crucial election of 1864, The Damned of Petersburg resurrects the American Civil War’s hard reality, as plumes and sabers gave way to miles of trenches.

The Empty Ones by Robert Brockway

Poster Placeholder of - 73 The Empty Ones follows Carey and Randall to London where they go to rescue Gus and fight more of these mysterious angel-like creatures, and stumble on a powerful and unexpected ally. Meanwhile, Kaitlyn, who was very nearly beat when last we saw her, continues her fight into the desert of Mexico and the Southwest US, seeking the mysterious gear cult. Once there, she discovers what the gear cult is really up to: trying to ‘pin’ the angels to Earth, focus their attention here, and get as much of humanity as possible “solved”–which, in their minds, is akin to being saved–and in the process discovers something incredible about herself.

Molly’s Story by W. Bruce Cameron

Image Placeholder of - 69 Molly knows that her purpose is to take care of her girl, C.J., but it won’t be easy. Neglected by her mother, Gloria, who won’t allow her to have a dog, C.J. is going through some tough times. Molly’s job is to stay hidden in C.J.’s room, cuddle up to her at night, and protect her from bad people. And no matter what Gloria does to separate them, nothing will keep Molly away from the girl that she loves.

Time Siege by Wesley Chu

Place holder  of - 24 Having been haunted by the past and enslaved by the present, James Griffin-Mars is taking control of the future. Earth is a toxic, sparsely inhabited wasteland–the perfect hiding place for a fugitive ex-chronman to hide from the authorities.

James has allies, scientists he rescued from previous centuries: Elise Kim, who believes she can renew Earth, given time; Grace Priestly, the venerated inventor of time travel herself; Levin, James’s mentor and former pursuer, now disgraced; and the Elfreth, a population of downtrodden humans who want desperately to believe that James and his friends will heal their ailing home world.


The Ancient Magus’ Bride Vol.7 Story and art by Kore Yamazaki

Magical Girl Apocalypse Vol. 12 Story and art by Kentaro Sato

Nurse Hitomi’s Monster Infirmary Vol.6 Story and Art by Shake-O

Occultic;Nine Vol. 2 Story by Chiyomaru Shikura; Art by pako

Plum Crazy! Tales of a Tiger-Striped Cat Vol. 1 Story and art by Hoshino Natsumi

Wadanohara and the Great Blue Sea Vols. 1-2 Story and art by Mogeko

Wolf’s Empire: Gladiator by Claudia Christian and Morgan Grant Buchanan


Sneak Peek: Molly’s Story by W. Bruce Cameron

Sneak Peek: Molly’s Story by W. Bruce Cameron

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Placeholder of  -80Meet Molly—a very special dog with a very important purpose. An irresistible book for young middle grade readers adapted from A Dog’s Journey, the sequel to the bestselling A Dog’s Purpose—now a major motion picture!

Molly knows that her purpose is to take care of her girl, C.J., but it won’t be easy. Neglected by her mother, Gloria, who won’t allow her to have a dog, C.J. is going through some tough times. Molly’s job is to stay hidden in C.J.’s room, cuddle up to her at night, and protect her from bad people. And no matter what Gloria does to separate them, nothing will keep Molly away from the girl that she loves.

Adorable black-and-white illustrations by Richard Cowdrey bring Molly and her world to life. Also includes a discussion and activity guide that will help promote family and classroom discussions about Molly’s Story and the insights it provides about humankind’s best friends.

Molly’s Story, a heartwarming tale of a dog and her girl, will become available July 3rd. Please enjoy this excerpt.


At first, everything was dark.

I felt warmth all around me, and I could smell other puppies cuddled up close. I could smell my mother, too. Her scent was safety, and comfort, and milk.

When I was hungry, I would squirm toward that smell, and find milk to drink. When I was cold, I would press close to her fur, or burrow under a brother or a sister. And then I’d sleep until I was hungry again.

When I opened my eyes after a few days, things began to get more interesting.

I could see now that my mother’s fur was short and curly and dark. Most of my brothers and sisters looked like that, too. Only one had fur like mine, as dark as my mother’s, but straight and soft, with no curl to it at all.

One day, after my stomach was full, I didn’t fall asleep right away. Instead, I stood up and braced myself on wobbly legs. I took a few steps, and my nose bumped into something smooth, with a funny, dry smell. I licked it. It tasted dry, too, and not nearly as interesting as licking my mother or the other puppies nearby.

I was pretty worn out by all this excitement, so I pushed my way underneath the sleeping body of a sister and took a nap. Later on, I ventured a little farther. On every side was more of that cardboard. It was under my feet, too. We were in a box.

Sometimes a woman came to lean over the box and talk to us. I’d blink up at her sleepily. Her voice was kind, and her hands, when they came down to pet us, were gentle. My mother would thump her tail, letting me know that this woman was a friend.

One day she slid her hands right under my belly and hoisted me up into the air.

“You need a name,” she told me, holding me close to her nose. I tasted it with my tongue, and she giggled. “You’re sweet, that’s for sure. How about Molly? You look like a Molly to me. Want to explore? Those legs are getting strong.” She plopped me down on a new surface, wrinkly and soft. I put my nose down to it eagerly. I could smell soap, and soft cotton fuzz, and other dogs. I nibbled it. The woman laughed.

“It’s not to eat, silly girl. Here, maybe you need some company. I think I’ll call this one Rocky.” Another puppy, one of my brothers, landed on the blanket next to me. He was the only one who looked like me, with short hair. He tilted his head to one side, studied me, sneezed, and chewed on my ear.

I shook him off and headed off to find out more about this new space.

It was shockingly huge. I could take many, many steps at a time. I was astounded at how much room there was in the world! By the time my nose bumped into new pair of shoes, I was worn out. I barely had energy to get my teeth around a shoelace and tug.

The owner of the shoes bent down to pull the shoelace out of my mouth. I growled, to show her it was mine.

“So adorable!” the person with the shoelace said. “Is she a poodle, Jennifer?”

“Half,” said the woman who’d taken me out of the box. Jennifer, I guessed, must be her name. “Mom’s a standard poodle, definitely. But the dad—who knows? Spaniel, maybe? Terrier?”

“How many did she have?”

“Seven,” said Jennifer. “She was pregnant when I found her. After the pups are weaned, I’ll see about taking her in to get her spayed. Then I’ll find her a home.”

“And homes for all of these puppies, too?” asked the owner of the shoelace. “We’ll take two, but we can’t have more than that.” She scooped me up in soft hands and returned me to the box, where I nestled close to my mother and had a little snack.

“Of course. I understand,” Jennifer said. “Not to worry. I’ve been fostering dogs a long time. The right home usually comes along at the right time.”

She stroked my head as I curled up for a nap, right next to my mother where I belonged.

After that, Jennifer came to take us out of the box more and more often. I got a chance to explore the living room, pounce on a couch cushion to teach it who was boss, and even peek out into a hallway where the floor was so slippery and slick that my feet went out from under me. A sister tried to climb on me when I was down, but she couldn’t get any traction with her back feet on the slick floor, so that didn’t work. All I had to do was roll over and shake her off.

That’s when I caught the scent of another dog on the air.

My head went up. My ears went up, too. I got to my feet, staring and sniffing hard. At the far end of the hallway, a big dog was standing, watching me.

“Barney? Be nice to the new pups,” Jennifer said.

Barney was very tall, much taller than my mother, and I could smell that he was male. He had astonishingly long ears that hung down beside his face and swung back and forth when he put his head down closer to the ground.

I was fascinated. I didn’t have ears like that, and my mother didn’t, either. Neither did my brothers and sisters. I set off to investigate. My sister stayed behind me and whimpered a little for our mother to come and save her. But I was ready to find out more.

With each step, my feet tried to skid away from me. My claws were no help at all; they couldn’t get any kind of grip on the polished wood. But I pressed on, and soon I was right up close to the new dog.

Barney put his giant muzzle down to the ground. It was as big as my whole body! He sniffed at my face. Then he sniffed along my whole body, nudging me so hard with his nose that I lost my balance and sat down. But I held still. He was bigger and older, and I knew that it was my job to stay quiet and let him do what he liked.

“Good dog, Barney,” Jennifer said.

His nose came back to my head. He let out a snuffly sigh and turned to walk away.

His long, droopy, silky ears swung back and forth, back and forth. And I just couldn’t resist.

I jumped forward and snatched at one of those ears with my teeth.

Barney snorted and pulled his head away. I held on. It was tug-of-war! I couldn’t bite very hard yet, with my weak jaws, but already I loved playing this game. I’d do it with my brothers and sisters in the box whenever we found anything we could chew. I’d never played it with anything as wonderful as a long, soft, dangling ear.

“Molly, no!” called Jennifer, trying to sound stern. But she was laughing. Barney backed away, looking confused. He towed me with him, my teeth still in his ear. Then he shook his big head, and I tumbled over in a somersault, ending up flat on the floor with all four of my legs splayed out in different directions.

Barney snorted again and began to walk away. I charged up, ready to chase him and get that ear again. But Jennifer scooped me up before I could manage it and settled me back in the box with my littermates.

It wasn’t fair because I knew that if I set my feet I could really give that ear a good tug, but a big meal and some sleep took my mind off the injustice.

As my siblings and I grew bigger, our box seemed to become smaller and smaller, and our mother wanted more time away from us. Jennifer started taking us outside more and more often to play.

I loved outside. It was wonderful.

There was grass to chew, with a fascinating juicy taste that was not like anything inside the house. There were sticks that tasted even better. Birds flitted overhead. Once I scratched in the dirt and found a worm twisting and coiling between my claws. I nosed it with delight until a brother knocked me away and the worm squirmed back into the earth again while I dealt with my littermate.

Barney did not come outside much. He liked to spend most of his days asleep on a soft bed in a corner of one of the inside rooms. But there was another dog, named Che, who barely came inside at all, except to eat. Che was big and gray, and he loved to run. And it was even better if he were being chased.

The very first time I went outside, he dashed over to where I was sitting next to Rocky. Che bowed down low on his front paws, his back legs high in the air, his tail beating back and forth. Then he jumped up again and ran away, looking at us to see if we’d figured it out.

Rocky and I sat staring at him. What did he want?

Che seemed to decide that we didn’t understand. He came back and bowed again. Then he dashed off once more.

Rocky seemed fascinated by Che’s plumy tail. He set off after it, and I set off after Rocky. It would not be right if he had fun without me.

Che raced in a big circle around the yard so fast he came up behind us. I jumped around to stare at him. Rocky yipped.

Che bowed again and tore off. We followed, running as fast as we could on our short, clumsy legs. It seemed the right thing to do. Every time we came outside after that, Che was there, begging us to chase him. We always obliged.

But Che did not stay long at Jennifer’s. One day a woman came to visit, and she took Che home with her. “It’s wonderful, what you do,” she said to Jennifer as she stood by the gate to the yard, with Che on a leash beside her. “I think if I tried to foster dogs I’d wind up keeping all of them.”

Jennifer laughed. “That’s called ‘foster failure.’ It’s how I ended up with Barney. He was my first foster. I realized, though, that if I didn’t get control of myself I’d adopt a few dogs and then that’d be it, and I wouldn’t be able to help any others.”

“Come, Che!” the new woman said, and she tugged at the leash. Tail wagging, Che bounded after her. They went through the gate, and it shut behind them.

Che was gone.

Copyright © 2017 by W. Bruce Cameron

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