The dog is the real star

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When I sat down to write SCENT OF DANGER, I wanted something a little different for the psychic ability. I am a huge Brad Thor fan (he writes heart thrillers), and one of his characters has two Caucasian Ovcharkas. The breed fascinated me, the more I read about them. Originating he the Caucasus Mountains, the breed is known for its uncanny ability to discriminate between a true threat and benign interference. The Caucasian Shepherd Dog is a strong willed, loyal, fearless dog and a formidable guard dog.  They bond with one master. I was so fascinated by the breed that I made a female Ovcharka, Xena, the star of the story.

Rich Latrobe is a former Army Ranger, now one of five partners in The Phoenix Agency. His meeting with Kelly Monroe is accidental but when her dog, Xena, connects with hi at once, a bond is formed between Kelly and Rick. It is Xena who will sense danger. Xena who will save them from death. And Xena who will guard Rick when his life is in danger.

The plot was inspired by news coverage of Blackwater, former private security contractor, and the accusation that they appropriated arms and sold them illegally. “Federal prosecutors are looking into whether private U.S. security contractor Blackwater USA has shipped unlicensed automatic weapons and military goods into Iraq, a newspaper reported on Saturday.” Further research revealed that the crime was actually committed by someone else but it was a hot story for a while and became the basis for SCENT OF DANGER.

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5 comments to “The dog is the real star”

  1. Colleen C.
      · June 14th, 2019 at 8:42 pm · Link

    I love animals in books! :-D

  2. FreyaJo Collins
      · June 14th, 2019 at 9:17 pm · Link

    Desiree always delivers and here is another great example of why readers love her so much. I appreciate your creativity and unique style that keeps me coming back to your books.

  3. Pat Elliott
      · June 14th, 2019 at 9:47 pm · Link

    I agree, Xena is the star in this book, one of the big reasons I live this book so much. I’m a real sucker for a story that features a dog in a major role.

  4. Desiree Holt
      · June 16th, 2019 at 2:07 pm · Link

    Today’s winner is Colleen C. Congrats! Please email me with your choice of title from my backlist.

    • Colleen C.
        · June 17th, 2019 at 1:17 pm · Link

      Thanks Desiree! Message sent! :-D