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The Puppy


 

Few things in life can bring us quite the level of joy that comes from a new baby, but also from a new puppy.

Both are soft, gentle, and loving, so warm, and so beautiful. Those early days often bring memories that last us a lifetime and make us feel in a way that nothing else we ever experience can.

But what of those puppies born to those who can’t keep them?

The Puppy is a tale of one such dog, who seems to live each day as if it started fresh, only with a new owner each time.

This particular dog has no name, only an idea of what he should be called. When Sally and Albert must say goodbye, Rebekka comes into his life, but in time she has to let him go. Then Gregg takes him, not only home but to school, with all the fun and frolics that follow.

Pushed from one home to the next, the puppy keeps his head up, loves one day at a time, until he can find that one person to take him forever.

The Puppy is a tale of the uncertainty that every dog faces, whether to be loved or used, hoping they will find that special person to give them a place they can share for the rest of their lives.

From the author of The Dog Under The Bed comes a book about life for the dogs in our lives at the start, and the trials and tribulations of being born into the world.

humor, love, adventure and fun await.

The Puppy. The new novel from DJ Cowdall about everyone’s best friend.

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Blog Post: New Books.

New Book Launch, The Puppy

Finally, I am happy to say my new book has just launched. It is available in paperback and eBook, and can be bought immediately.

The book is titled The Puppy, and is available to buy from here:

It follows the travails of a newborn puppy, and his adventures in the world as he struggles to find someone who will keep him. Like most young dogs, his life is uncertain, but he is resilient and never gives up.

It is a loving tale about a puppy, very much reminiscent of a puppy I once had when much younger. They are so cute and so beautiful, before often growing up into the huge handful they become, and as always, an integral part of our lives.

This novel is a wistful look at the life of one such puppy and the people he meets on his journey and the experiences he has with them. It is lighthearted, fun and down to earth, and filled with my usual love of dogs.

I am pleased to say my next novel will be the third installment of The Dog That Wouldn’t Sit
Once again, it follows the trials and tribulations of Champion and Ethel, two of the most stubborn people and dogs in the world.

The good news is that book 3 in the series will also have a paperback. The first two books are only available in eBook form, but the third in the series will have all three books together for the first time in one bumper book.

Hopefully book three will be out before too long, and for now everyone will enjoy The Puppy.

Hope you are all enjoying the sun.

Take care.

David.


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Happy New Year

Well, here we are with a bright new year. I hope you all had a good Christmas and are looking forward to a fine new year.

Given how things have been over the past couple of years, we can only hope things improve for us all.

I am back at it now, working away to finish my new novel. I hope to have a very productive year ahead and am looking to release several new novels.

Thank you for all your support.

Take care and be well.

David.

I Fell Down A Rabbit Hole

Well, I haven’t posted in a long time, and the simple reason is I fell down a hole, but it wasn’t a rabbit hole. I knew for a long time I needed to take editing and all that comes with it much more seriously, and so these past few months I have been revisiting previously published books and taking a much closer look at them.

This is where the adventure begins.

As I have mentioned in the past, I have used editors to correct and work on any issues in my novels, but these haven’t always been positive. I have frequently paid for so-called professional editing services, only to find out they leave as many issues as they find. Many of them, it is clear, have no qualifications in editing and no experience, and are simply making money fraudulently.

Fingers burned.

I am pleased to say I have come across one or two excellent editors, and I think the best of my books have benefitted from their attention. Sadly, even the best editors miss things.

This is where my latest journey has led me.

I took much greater time to line edit my work, and to use every means possible to ensure not only that I find as many problems as possible, but that I learn a great deal more about writing than I ever did.

This, of course, won’t make me perfect, but then it is a journey. I have learned that it isn’t ninety percent of a good novel being the story and ten percent the quality of the writing. A good book is a polished mix of them both, and that is what I have focused on addressing: rebalancing my attention to grammar, spelling, repetition, and the building blocks of a great book.

I hope this shines through in my works from past and in the future. Time, and reviews, will tell.

I just wanted to add this to show what I have been doing. My latest full length dog adventure is still in the making, and is half complete. Once again, I will get to it, hard at work, pressing out those words and building more fun and meaningful adventures. So, watch this space.

 

David.


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Blog Post: Reviews, Summer and Reading.

Reviews

I just passed a milestone of sorts as an author where one of my books now has over five hundred reviews and ratings on Amazon, and almost as many on Goodreads. The book in question is the first in the trilogy of The Dog Under The Bed Series.

The Dog Under The Bed by D.J. Cowdall

When I first started writing this book, I was fairly new to writing full-length fiction, and as a fairly new author, I understood the importance of reviews, not just to guide others on whether a book was worth buying but also for me so that I would have an indication whether what I was creating was at the very least a good book.

The more positive reviews and ratings you get on a book the more confidence you gain that not only are you writing well but that readers like your stories, and that you are writing stories and novels that they want to read.

So, I simply want to thank everyone for being so kind as to leave a review or a rating. I do read them, and I am guided by them, so thank you all for that.

Summer Is Here

Well, once again the lovely warm weather is upon us, and that means glorious days sitting outside and holidays to come. Things are far better now than they have been in too long, but of course, I will continue to write all the time and have new books in the pipeline. There’s nothing better than sitting in the sun (Don’t forget the suntan lotion) while reading a good book. I aim to do my part, providing the book!

New Books

Talking of new books, of course, I am in the middle of a new book, as I mentioned previously. It is a full-length novel and another book about one particular dog. It will be the longest novel I have written about dogs and will be a real adventure to follow. I hope to release this by autumn.

Better Days

I know things have been very tough for everyone with how the situation is globally, and for a great many it remains so. As things improve with this and our lives recover, we will all still experience the impact events have had on others with jobs and finances, and the economy. Being Mindful of this, I deliberately released The Dog That Wouldn’t Sit at only 99 pence, 99 cents, and 99 Euros. In my own small way, I wanted to help out with a fun novel at a very low price. As things will remain tough for many of us, I aim to do this on other occasions, and I intend to release a few more novels at this price point. I know it is only a small token of assistance, but I believe every little bit helps.

The Dog That Wouldn't Sit by D.J. Cowdall

I hope you are all well and continue to be so, and thank you for taking the time to read what I write. It really is a passion for me and something I will always engage in, writing novels.

David.

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New Book Coming and About Dogs

New Dog Book

My new book is coming along nicely. It’s always a huge amount of fun and enjoyment writing a new book about dogs, thinking of all the emotion and joy they bring through their antics and how they share our lives.
It will be the longest book about dogs that I have written and is a feature-length story about one very special dog. I hope to have it on sale by the end of Spring and will work hard to make it the standard of story readers have come to expect from me.

Dogs

Speaking of dogs, I am like most people and have a deep love for them. I have had dogs since I was very young and like most people have experienced so much with them, from laughter and joy to times of inevitable sadness. They bring so much to our lives and make us feel so loved, I think it is worth the pain we experience as they get older because they love us so unconditionally and with so much love. Not only that, they can and do teach us a lot about treating others and how we reflect their love.
Much better than cats. Ha!

Beyond

I am looking at the next follow-up to my series titled Missing. I am unsure of what the subtitle will be at this time, but once again it will follow the lives and experiences of the family as they come to terms with loss and the struggles of poverty. I very much enjoyed writing both previous titles and I think Missing 3 will be quite an experience as I expand on the lives of the primary characters.

Summer

Summer brings with it hopefully a lot of change for the better for most of us. Of course, there will be warm weather and perhaps holidays to come, but we can hope to see better times beyond the difficulties we have all shared. So much has changed but I think in a way our shared experiences have guided us to understand each other more as we accept what makes us all the same. I think it is obvious we have all suffered and shared a lot of the same, and every one of us will have been affected. We can get through this, though much will have changed, but, I hope and believe we will learn from it, as much about what matters in our lives as how we can overcome problems in life, together.

Having said that, as a writer summer is both a good thing and a bad thing because while writing is a love and a joy when it is hot outside all we want to do is go out and enjoy it. It’s tough to argue being a writer is somehow arduous, but being indoors when it is so nice outside is certainly not much fun. Yes, I could write outside, but then who doesn’t want to just lay back and relax in the sun as soon as the temptation presents itself? Don’t worry, I’m a trooper, I shall cope!

Thank You

Once again, a huge thank you to all of you that continue to buy my books and enjoy them. What I do would be nothing without you, my dear readers, and every single word I write I do for you. Life is nothing without the people in it and around us and your support and love inspires me.

So again, thank you.

Roll on summer.

David.


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I’m back, but not been away

Well, time does fly. I had no idea it had been so long since I last posted an update, some six months since. In that time, I have been busy writing and doing so much, which I will update here shortly.

I post this blog on Goodreads and it gets linked as soon as I do on Amazon, but also on my own personal website at www.davidcowdall.com. Feel free to follow me on any of these sites for updates on what I am working on.
I fully intend to get back to updating much more on here now and offering my thoughts on what has been happening and what is to come.

New Books

First and foremost, time to catch up on my new books. In the months since last writing to this blog, I am pleased to say I have written to follow up on my novel Missing.

Missing by D.J. Cowdall

It is a continuation of the story and characters that began in this book and focuses still on their struggles and their lives as they deal with loss and poverty.
Beyond this, I have expanded the story to encompass new characters and events, some of which are new to me as a writer. Many who write tend to focus on a single niche and grow their audience from there, and whilst I do love the areas of fiction I am strong in, such as with novels about dogs as well as about people with Missing, I love writing so much that I can’t help but explore science fiction, horror, teenage novels, and even children’s works.
The expansion of what I have written about with the second in the Missing series is as I say new to me, but one I wish to explore. I have no certainty about whether it works, only my readers can tell me that, but I very much enjoyed it and will build on that.
The Missing series of novels will continue to expand and I have at least six in the series in mind.

The second book is titled: Missing: The Disappearance of Sally-Anne

Missing The Disappearance of Sally-Anne by D.J. Cowdall

and is on sale now on Amazon and free to read in the Kindle Lending Library.

My second novel which has just launched is a follow-up to last year’s The Dog That Wouldn’t Sit. It is simply called Book 2 and follows on with the adventures of the world’s most obstinate woman and her equally awkward dog. The battle of wills is all about fun and growing to know each other. I had a huge amount of fun writing it and when editing it I laughed a lot. I’m not sure if that is a good thing, laughing at my own work, but others who have read it found it enjoyable.

The Dog That Wouldn’t Sit 2 is on sale now on Amazon.

This is intended as a long series of books, and possibly as many as ten full-length installments in the series, so readers will get to know about all their antics and share in all their love and joy for a long time to come.

What’s Next?

I intend to write my longest, most in-depth novel to date about dogs, which I have begun writing and should hopefully be on sale by late Spring. I won’t say much about what it is about, but it will be a full-length novel and one which I have been planning on writing for a long time. I am very excited to see readers’ responses when it launches.

Reviews:

Thank you to all those people who have left me reviews, on Goodreads and Amazon. I very much appreciate it. I must admit to being amazed to see that at the time of writing this over 450 people have left ratings and reviews on The Dog Under The Bed on Amazon, and more than that on Goodreads. A lot of my books have garnered reviews and ratings now and I must say they help me a great deal. I always read comments and do my very best to learn from them. Again, thank you for taking the time to do that.

Thank you to all of you who have continued to buy my books, it really is special of you to do that and pushes me to do better and more.

David.


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The Dog That Wouldn’t Sit

Book 2


From the author of The Dog Under The Bed series comes another fun dog adventure.

“Champion and Ethel both watched on, neither in any mood to do anything, let alone help. Both were united in being awkward. They watched as Amanda tried to smile at them while hopping and tugging, struggling to remove her boots.”

They’re back! And more awkward than ever.

Take one stubborn woman, mix with a pinch of stubborn dog, and create a cake of obstinacy and fun.

Book 2 of The Dog That Wouldn’t Sit series brings the two closer together but enjoying more of a battle than ever.

Ethel finds the missing ingredient in her life, the one thing she needed to be happy, but of course she will never admit it. Champion finds the missing ingredient in his life, missing every single day until he gets it: Food!

As each battles the other to get one over on the other while both shared a home filled with love, Book 2 of The Dog That Wouldn’t Sit Series is a novel full of laughter and love that you’ll never forget.

A novel filled with fun and laughter, Book 2 continues the joy ahead for them both.

The Dog That Wouldn’t Sit: Book 2

 

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Quote From The Book:

“Walking over to her bedside cabinet she pulled open the drawer and slid the frames in. They were dusty but soon she would pick them up again, clean them and have another look. Maybe she would shed a tear, maybe she would show a smile, but she would acknowledge him, and the times they shared. Soon.”

“Now she felt so different, a reminder of days so long ago when she had looked forward to each morning, seeking something new to do with each day, enjoying the liveliness and vibrancy of the fruit that life had to offer.”


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Missing: The Disappearance of Sally-Anne


Have you ever been left behind?

How do you pick up the pieces of your life when you’re left alone? Who do you turn to when others are looking to you for help?

Liz Cornwell has been left, like so many, but with the inner determination and strength, she gained from a loving mother she does what she has to for her children. The toughest lesson she has learned is that she is as good as anyone, and deserves as much respect as anybody.

Coming to terms with starting again in life is the toughest road ahead, but one she refuses to give up on. The impossibility of remaining positive and showing belief in the face of loss and poverty, but no matter what she will not give up.

With each day that passes Liz looks out for her children and rebuilds their lives, all the while creating a new home for them. Along the way, she will meet Bill, the council worker with a glint in his eye, and Simon the kindly shopkeeper who reminds her of the best of us.

All the while, coping with life and simply managing to put food on the table, Liz still finds it in her heart to care for others and meets Mavis, the unusual woman who walks alone on the streets of Chester. Through this chance meeting, she will learn of Sally-Anne, a young child missing for so long, and the questions that remain about just what happened to her.

Missing: The Disappearance of Sally-Anne is a powerful story of one woman’s ongoing struggle to live a life with courage and decency while coming to terms with another woman’s loss. She will find out truths that should remain hidden, and through it discover things about herself she never believed possible.

Missing: the Disappearance of Sally-Anne is the follow up to the emotional roller-coaster of Liz Cornwell and her family as they struggle to overcome every obstacle and remain together.


Quotes from the book:

“As melancholy as she felt over such things she could never escape from the belief that she was an individual, someone entitled to her hopes and dreams, and that life would never truly end until it actually did. It was a hope she was born and raised with, but at the moment it felt just slightly hollow, as she closed the door to an empty home and silence which resonated with her thoughts.”

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“As she stepped into the house it felt like stepping into the past, as if the house held all it memories in its walls. The carpets were thick and plush but old, bland colors washed away by time. The hallway was small, square in shape with white walls and a small brown table in one corner that held nothing. The air was a sweet mixture of flowers and mustiness, as if Mavis had tried to hide either its age or the fact that time had stood still inside with a wall of hidden flowers.”

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Writing great novels, or making money?

I know many would say the two go hand in hand, but in real life that isn’t always the case. There are plenty out there who will write quickly, churning out novels at an amazing rate, perhaps a new book every month, and see this as a means to make money and thus a living from their writing. I imagine some are capable of writing something half decent this way, but I cannot help but wonder just how good such novels can be.

Compare something that was written hastily, inside one month, over a hundred thousand words, with an all-time classic, or even a highly regarded bestseller of today. I wonder how good a novel can be that is written in such haste. I accept a good story can be written quickly, but my skepticism comes from the doubts over how well it is written. I firmly believe the heart of a good or even a great book is the story, because no matter how well something is written if the story is rotten then the majority of people will not enjoy it. If so then why not simply read poetry, because with such prose the story is not quite so important, or even necessary. With a full-length novel then the story is at the heart of it because without it a very long reading can become arduous and difficult to maintain attention.

Quality of writing is an issue, but if the story is great most will see past something that is clumsily written and simply take the story for what it is. Not all are like that, but most are. However, having said that, imagine something with a truly wonderful story and it is built upon some truly wonderful prose, the writing imaginative and lively, expressive and passionate, but also without errors or mistakes to jar the reader. That is part of what makes a classic because even a sentence can bring you alive, make you feel something special, connect you with the story, and the way it is being driven. You’re not just being told a story, you’re having it described to you in the deepest possible manner. You feel the words, live the descriptions, and know the characters, you can see them in your mind and be there with them for every important moment. Surely that is the importance of a well written and well-told novel?

That brings me to my point, that great novels and the best books we read don’t come from being hastily written and shoved out, or shoveled out, but what we care about in literature and the books we remember come from those that aren’t just written but are crafted, created in their whole with a passion about every aspect of their making. Those who think and care about every single word and every single sentence to drive their story on, those are the ones who create classics and books that will forever stand the test of time.

I cannot imagine a hastily written book ever attaining such a place, or being revered for what the author has done.

It’s a lesson I pay heed to, trying as best I can to create something worthwhile, to consider all that I write, with every sentence. I am not perfect as a writer, always still learning, but what matters is I care about what I author, and how it affects the reader. For me, I cannot imagine the focus being on simply making money as if I am stacking boxes or writing reports for an employer, for me it has to be the quality of every word and how I move the characters, set the scenes and hopefully craft something worth the readers’ attention.
I still believe that is what sets the vast majority of authors apart, from being simply independents to professional authors through a publisher, how much we care about what we put out, no matter how long it takes to write.

I believe readers feel the same way, and because of you, I will always to try ensure everything I write is crafted, not simply written.

David.


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