Tuesday, January 21, 2014

I am pleased to host award-winning author, Kelly Preston as she tours her book, Real Dogs Don't Whisper 

First and foremost, Kelly Preston is an animal lover. Raised on a ten-acre property in a small town in Pennsylvania, she grew up with horses, rabbits, and – of course – dogs. When she left home after college, she acquired Gizmo, an irresistible Lhasa Apso that started her on a journey full of joys and sorrows, hopes and tribulations, frustrations, endless lessons in patience, and above all else, love. All of this has come at the hands (more precisely the paws) of Gizmo, Betty Boop, Buffy, Carla Mae, and the inimitable Mr. MaGoo.

Get to know Kelly a bit further through a quick interview...

Q:  How long have you been writing and what do you love about it? 

As a child, I would submit articles to a local newspaper and Highlights for Children; there were a few that actually published and I was over the moon.  As I entered my teen years, I stopped writing, until recently. Fast forward and many years later, appears that I am picking back up where I left off as a child.  Perhaps I am closing the loop in my life

Q: Your book is the winner of a number of awards, Indie Excellence Finalist Book Awards, International Book Awards Finalist, Bronze e-book Award Global e-books and others. What can you tell us about finding and winning awards?

I didn’t even know that awards were out there for books until I saw a post on Facebook.  I did research and was surprised at the number of awards are out there to apply for.  Once I began opening up some of the links, my level of surprise went to another level as the amount of genres that were offered too.  At first I was hesitant; does my book truly qualify for an award?  My recommendation, do not doubt your work.  If you have a limited budget to enter, then select the one or ones that best fit your book.  On the other hand, if you have budget to enter a substantial amount, go for it.  Most award sites, will list at the very least your title and a short description, talk about an awareness builder.  There are award sites that are just not limited to books; they also offer awards for book cover, website, use of promotional material, eBook.  Do your research, examine your budget and at the very least, enter one.  You just may be surprised!

About Real Dogs Don’t Whisper

The award winning book, Real Dogs Don't Whisper (www.realdogsdontwhisper.com), which highlights my life journey caring for four special needs dogs and the life lessons they taught me along the way.  The overall message within Real Dogs Don’t Whisper is about giving those with special needs a second chance.  The book touches on integrity, unconditional love, leadership, trust, stopping abuse and opening your heart to receive and give both unconditional love and friendship.  To lighten the message, I developed a co-author, Mr MaGoo; Mr MaGoo is my Lhasa Apso and he is larger than life.  He adds humor within the book; sharing with the reader how life is so tough for him being the only male in the house and living with a crazy lady, me.

Mr. MaGoo is a nine-year-old Lhasa Apso and the book’s co-creator and co-writer. He is, in his own words, “the alpha and omega of all dogs – in the cutest and sparkiest, most fun-loving package ever.” Ignoring Kelly’s persistent eye-rolling, Mr. MaGoo has forged ahead with this project in an attempt to, as he puts it, “present the facts from a dog’s perspective. In other words, the correct, most accurate, most interesting, only-one-that-matters perspective,” to which he adds, simply, “Woof!”

Visit Kelly Preston and/or purchase her book at: 

Thank you for visiting with Kelly today. 
Congratulations Kelly, I wish you continue success!


Best wishes,
Donna M. McDine
Award-winning Children's Author
Connect with

A Sandy Grave ~ Coming January 2014 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc.

Powder Monkey ~ May 2013 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc.

Hockey Agony ~ January 2013 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc.

The Golden Pathway ~ August 2010 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc.
~ Literary Classics Silver Award and Seal of Approval, Readers Favorite 2012 International Book Awards Honorable Mention and Dan Poynter's Global e-Book Awards Finalist


  1. Mr. Magoo is adorable. He looks like he's saying come on in and see what I have to ay. Congratulations on your book, Kelly, but most of all congratulations on being a friend and caring for these sweet dogs. Best of luck to you and your friends.

    1. Beverly, thanks for stopping by and offering your support to Kelly. We truly appreciate your interest. Hope you are well.


  2. Kelly, it was a pleasure to host you! Hope you are enjoying your tour through cyberspace!

  3. Awesome advice about awards. That's one area I've been wanting to get into, but can't quite get there. One day, eh?


Thank for you taking the time out to visit with me and to learn about my writing career.

Please be sure to leave your blog address so I can reciprocate.

I look forward to visiting you too.