Thursday – A Little Personal – Stella Tells it Like it Is


“Hey, John. What are you doing?”

“I’m proofing my latest book.”

“Let me see.”

Consequences of Childhood.

“Here it is.”

“Circumstances of Childhood?”

“Yup that’s the name.”


“Let me be honest. Doesn’t sound like something I want to read.”

“I never would have thought differently, Stella. I wrote it for humans.”

“Probably low brow then. Show it to the Canines and get their opinion.”

“Very well. I’ll humor you but I think I know the answer.”

“Bailey take a look at this book.”

“Yes Pops. What should I be seeing.”

“Does the title make you want to read it?”

“You are kidding right, Pops?”

“Well, Stella wondered what you and Lucy thought.”

“I for one don’t read. See what Lucy says. By the way, I think Stella was putting you on.”

Lucy and Bailey

“Lucy. Get up?”

“Huh. What?”

“I want to get your opinion on the book”

“Aw Boss. I was just about to take a big ole steak from that pipsqueak wiener dog across the street.”

“I know I disturbed your nap. What do you think?”

“Makes a good sleeping aid. Night, Boss.”


“Well, what did they say?”
“Not their kind of book either.”

“You know I was just putting you on.”

“I know but it was fun and at least I got to show them my book.”

“Authors. Don’t you guys ever give up?”

“No audience too small, Stella. No audience too small.”




  1. Reblogged this on Words To Captivate ~ by John Fioravanti and commented:
    John W. Howell’s furry kids critique his latest book – don’t miss this one! Please, read on…

    1. Thank you , John. So nice.

  2. Enjoyable and inventive method of getting your book ‘out there’. Well played!

    1. Thank you. Always wonder about using family members to promote. Ah well they get scale so I’m sure they don’t mind.

  3. Gwen Plano · ·

    Congratulations, John! Through thick and thin, hurricanes and no internet, you’ve published your 4th masterpiece. What an accomplishment! BTW, I love Bailey’s expression. She wants to be polite but her eyes betray her. LOL. And, Stella is quite the intellectual one. Your fur baby blogs are the best! 😀

    1. Thanks Gwen. I knew Bailey would give me that look. She does not suffer fools lightly. Thanks you for the super compliment. *Blush.

  4. Ahhhhh, a book to fall asleep with. Now that’s good promo, John. Congratulations on getting this done, especially under recent circumstances.

    1. Ha ha ha. Thanks, Dan

  5. Nicely done with the book showing. Bravo. 🙂

    1. Thanks. Kindle up and running on a pre-order. It was the only way I could get an Amazon link to put in the material. Paper final proof still not here.

      1. Awesome. Let me know if you want me to post about it.

      2. I will send the HTML stuff this weekend. The launch is still October 1

      3. Got it. Hope it starts off with a bang.

      4. Me too (obviously)

  6. That second photo of Bailey is a show (or book) stealer.
    Loved this as always, John!

  7. Brilliant! (And I love the cover!)

    1. Thank you, Kevin. That means a lot to me.

  8. What a wonderful way to use the unique personalities of your fur babies, John. Best of luck with the launch of this book!!

  9. D.L Finn, Author · ·

    I’ve never been able to capture my cats or dogs attention with my work… Although books do make good sleeping companions for the furry babies:)

    1. ha haha. My books draw sleepy eyes overtime. Thanks, DL

  10. Tough crowd you have there, John. Congratulations! The book looks fantastic!

    1. Thanks, Jill. Yes they are tough

  11. Another great post. I can’t get my wife or kids to read my books, let alone the dogs.

    1. Ha ha ha. I have the same problem.

      1. Why authors commiserate; and drink.

      2. and drink some more.

  12. Looking fantastic, John!

    1. Thank you, Phillip.

  13. Very cute book plug!

  14. Ah well, you can’t please everyone 🙂 Congrats, John, looks great to me!

    1. Thank you, Jacquie.

  15. Clever Stella and a clever way to showcase your book. We humans will want to read it. Congratulations on not letting a hurricane stop a writer!

    1. Thank you, Jo. Still working it.

  16. LOL… John, I think Stella thinks about like Crystal. 🐱
    I love her in these photos. Look at how her whiskers are spread out and pointing forward — that means a happy cat indeed! (But of course you already knew she was happy.)
    It’s so exciting to get that proof copy in our hands! Congrats again. I know you’re having a thriving Thursday. Hugs.

    1. Thanks, Teagan. Stella is happy.

  17. HaHa, good one, John! Nothing like writing something to put the readers to sleep. Gee, such harsh critics!!

    1. They are aren’t they?

  18. “Probably low brow then.” Exactly what a cat would say. Just love Stella’s sweet face.

  19. I think the title is smart and I look forward to reading your latest, John

    1. Thank you, Audrey.

  20. Perfect, John. Love the humor with my favorite animals, and loved the bottom line. No audience to small. You betcha!

  21. Loved this entertaining book plug John! I hope it sells well! Congratulations on it!

      1. You’re welcome, John!

  22. Laugh out loud funny! “No audience too small …” I’ll be giggling over this one for a long time to come 😉

    1. Thanks Marie. 🙂

  23. Priceless, John! Congratulations! 🙂

    1. Thank you, Natalie.

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