Sunday, February 26, 2017

AUTHOR INTERVIEW with Lauren Baratz-Logsted for "The Adventures of Sherlock Bones"


Title: THE ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK BONES (#1): DOGGONE
Author: Lauren Baratz-Logsted
Pub. Date: February 21, 2017
Publisher: Month9Books
Format: Hardcover, eBook
Pages: 150

The Adventures of Sherlock Bones turns snooping on its floppy ear when one day, Dr. Jane Catson, a surgeon injured in the Cat Wars has an afternoon nap interrupted by a most unusual occurrence.

On the front lawn of her home, rather loud footsteps disturb her peace as Sherlock Bones, a Great Dane in a deerstalker claiming to be the greatest detective in the world arrives.

After a quick critical examination of the intrusive dog whose enormous body blocks the entire sun from view, Catson has her doubts. But that’s not all. The monstrously-sized creature makes an even more astonishing claim. He has come to live with her!

Before Catson can collect her thoughts into an intelligent rebuttal, Sherlock Bones has made himself quite at home, inventing things like a jetpack for her Castilian housekeeper-cook, a turtle named Mr. Javier and placing his gigantic food and water dishes next to hers.

But there’s no time for protest. The great detective and Dr. Catson have caught themselves their first case: A suspiciously dead human in a nearby abandoned building. Can Sherlock Bones and Dr. Catson crack the case before the killer strikes again? Or will their differences get in the way of solving Case File No. 1? One thing’s for sure, that would be a doggone shame.


Title: THE ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK BONES (#2): DOG NOT GONE
Author: Lauren Baratz-Logsted
Pub. Date: February 21, 2017
Publisher: Month9Books
Format: Hardcover, eBook
Pages: 150

After being introduced to Sherlock Bones, the Greatest Detective in the World, in Case File #1: Dogged to Death, Dr. Jane Catson - surgeon and veteran of the Cat Wars - is back to share an all-new mystery adventure with readers. Despite all of Jane's resistance, Bones is now living with her and her housekeeper/chef, the turtle with a jetpack, Mr. Javier. This time out, the mismatched duo's investigations lead them to a case involving murder, of course, and - wait for it! - Utah. If there's one thing readers can be certain of it's that in this world, the animals are always smarter than the humans. Also, did we mention...Utah?



~AUTHOR INTERVIEW with Lauren Baratz-Logsted~

1)      What gave you the inspiration for the storyline? 

I love the Sherlock Holmes stories as much as the next person, which is practically everybody, in all their various permutations. But one day it occurred to me that one readership was being underserved: young readers. It was only natural, then, for me to want to create my own versions for a young audience and further natural for me to do it using a cat who’s also a surgeon, a turtle with a jet pack, and a Great Dane as the Great Detective himself, Sherlock Bones.

2)      Are there any hidden themes in the book that you hope readers will discover?

That we all have prejudices and it’s good to recognize that in ourselves and learn to work together with those who are different from us.

3)      Are any of the characters based on real people you know?

No.

4)      Who has influenced you most as a writer?

Thirty-plus books into my career, it’d probably be easier to come up with a list of people who haven’t influenced me! But if I can only pick one, it’s my daughter, Jackie.

5)      If you could have any three literary characters over to your place for game night, who would you invite, what would you play, what would you serve, and why?

I think that, with the three that spring first to mind, I’d have to have them on separate nights. First I’d have Jay Gatsby, but I don’t think we should play any water sports – I’d give him lots of really good champagne while warning him that Daisy just isn’t worth it. Next I’d have Jane Eyre; I think we’d have to play some game from the 1900s like Rigmarole and I suppose I’d serve her tea. I’d pick those two characters because their the stars of the books I come back to most frequently in life. Finally, for my third, I’d pick Winnie the Pooh. I’d serve honey, of course, but there’d be no game playing – I’d just want Pooh to give me a really big hug. I’ll bet Pooh gives the best hugs. 


About Lauren: 

Lauren Baratz-Logsted is the author of over 25 books for adults, teens and kids, including The Sisters 8 series for young readers which she created with her husband and daughter. She lives in Danbury, CT, with that husband and daughter, as well as their marvelous cat, Yoyo.


Giveaway Details:

(1) winner will receive a pair of Great Dane Socks (pictured below) and a Bag of Wellness Brand Dor or Cat treats, US Only.


Tour Schedule:
Week 1:
2/20/2017- Susan Heim on ParentingGuest Post
2/21/2017- Boom Review BeccaReview
2/22/2017- Page Turners BlogExcerpt
2/23/2017- Month9BooksInterview
2/24/2017- Lisa's Loves (Books of Course)- Guest Post

Week 2:
2/27/2017- So Few BooksInterview
2/28/2017- Don't Judge, ReadInterview
3/1/2017- S.E. MuirExcerpt
3/2/2017-Mundie Kids- Excerpt
3/3/2017- I am not a bookworm!Review

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