I can’t believe summer is almost over!

Labor Day weekend is traditionally the last hoorah. I hope you’re doing something fun and relaxing. It’s also one of the busiest travel weekends, so be safe if you’re on the road. And if you’re traveling through airports, keep a lookout for TSA K9s. Let me know if you see pointy-eared or floppy-eared detection dogs.

Last year TSA made an official decision to purchase floppy over pointy when adding or replacing retiring scent dogs. Of course, it’ll be only one part of their criteria. There are three things they look for: 1) health 2) ability and willingness to detect odors and 3) disposition to people and social abilities. The floppy-ears are part of the last one. TSA believes passengers accept floppy-eared dogs better, and they say they don’t scare children. 

Years ago I read an article in the Sun Sentinel about beagles being used as scent dogs at the Miami International Airport. It mentioned how the smaller dogs were able to get into places that bigger dogs might not. Also, they didn’t draw as much anxiety from passengers. It was where I got the idea for Grace when I learned that breed is only one factor. It also gave me the idea for Ryder Creed to rescue shelter dogs and train them for scent detection. And I’m thrilled to see more and more organizations now doing the same.

Speaking of Ryder Creed

Thank you for buying, borrowing and reading DESPERATE CREED. You helped launch the book onto the USA Today bestseller list! And I appreciate that you’ve been telling friends and leaving reviews.
The audiobook of DESPERATE CREED will be released in September! Thanks for being patient. If you have trouble finding a print copy, go to my website. It’s available there at a discount and I pay shipping. http://bit.ly/Creed-Special

Need to catch up?

For a limited time, LOST CREED’s ebook has been discounted to $2.99. Grab a copy for yourself and please tell a friend. Get a copy here.

LAST BLAST OF SUMMER READING CONTEST

You or your pet could be a character in the next Creed novel. And there are other cool prizes too!

Step #1: Take a photo of yourself, a friend and/or your pet reading Desperate Creed
(in print, on your tablet, kindle, nook, phone, etc.). Be creative but make sure the cover is showing.

Step #2: Post it on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter using #readingalexkava. (Be sure you use #readingalexkava or we won’t see your post. You can add any other # you would like as well.)

Each time you post a photo it’s an entry for a chance to win one of our prizes. You can post a different photo every day if you like.  (Although you can post multiple times to have multiple chances to win, you can only win one prize.) Winners will be announced Labor Day Weekend.

Check out the prizes and the details HERE!!

Here’s an idea to inspire you!

Last chance for VIR Luncheon tickets!

We’ve had a few cancelations, so if you put off getting your ticket, now is your chance. Join me for lunch. We’ll talk about dogs, Ryder and Maggie, storms, crime scenes and what’s coming in 2020.

$5 of your ticket goes to a wonderful organization that takes in senior dogs. Promises for Paws Senior Sanctuary. Oh, and I have some gifts to send home with all my guests. I just bought one of them this week, and I can’t wait to share it.

Get your tickets HERE

Just a few of last year’s gifts.

Enjoy the long weekend! I’ll be watching Husker volleyball and football, but I’m taking Sunday off to do nothing but read! Whatever you have planned, I hope you get to relax and enjoy this last blast of summer.

Take care and thanks again for reading my books!

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