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Who better to train Alex Halstad about unconditional love than her dog?

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A USA TODAY bestseller,
BookBub's Best Women's Fiction &
A Readers' Favorite 2014 Gold Medalist!

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Petside.com: "Best Dogs Books of 2012" & Awesome Indies Approved!
HOUSE TRAINED
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Or email me re: signed copies.

Can perfectionist Alex learn from her dog how to welcome the unexpected into her life?

Alex Halstad, a childless-by-choice interior designer and dog mom, is a true perfectionist. But her orderly life turns chaotic when the teenage daughter her husband, Barry, never knew he had shows up on their doorstep...with a baby girl of her own in tow. While Alex’s dog enthusiastically welcomes the new arrivals, Alex struggles with the loss of her steady routine. She desperately needs peace and quiet to get her business back on track before Barry finds out she’s spent most of their savings. Meanwhile, the arrival of the girls stirs up old insecurities, and Alex can’t help but worry that Barry’s ex will make an entrance too. With her tidy life a distant memory, will Alex be able to learn from her dog the true meaning of love and acceptance?

HOUSE TRAINED is a humorous and heartwarming look at how life creates opportunities to love in surprising ways.

"Jackie Bouchard gives us Fido-friendly fiction at its best. We fell in love with Alex and her rescue dog, Marie. As dog lovers, we related to Alex's struggle to stretch her heart to include her four legged and two legged loved ones! Witty and winning, House Trained will tug on your heart strings in all the best ways."

- Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke, co-authors of The Status of All Things

For a short excerpt visit my blog here.


RESCUE ME, MAYBE
  

Available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble, or contact me to purchase a signed copy.

If you lost both your spouse and your dog to cancer within weeks of each other, but you were sadder about the dog, would you tell anyone? Maybe your closest friends. Unfortunately, Jane Bailey’s closest friends are on the other side of the country. That’s where Jane plans to go now that she’s free to leave Philadelphia, the too cold, beachless, street taco-deficient city her husband dragged her to six years ago. But with no job prospects in her hometown of San Diego, Jane is roped into helping out temporarily at her uncle’s southwestern small-town B&B. En route to her new role as innkeeper and breakfast chef, she finds a stray at a rest stop. With her heart in pieces from the loss of her dog, she’s determined not to let this mutt worm its way into her affections. She’s also determined to have next-to-no interaction with the B&B’s irritating guests, and the even more annoying handyman who lives next door. Can Jane keep her sanity—and her secret that she’s not really a grieving widow—while trying to achieve her dream of getting back to the place she thinks is home?


"A story of loss, love and self-discovery, Rescue Me, Maybe is brilliant in its subtle humor, intelligent prose and seamless writing. Jackie Bouchard is an excellent storyteller who captures her characters' innermost thoughts and feelings and draws her readers in from the first line."
   - Samantha Stroh Bailey, author of Finding Lucas

For a short excerpt visit my blog here.



WHAT THE DOG ATE

Available as an ebook or paperback from Amazon, or contact me to purchase a signed copy.

The story takes part mainly in my home town of San Diego. No, it's not a true story or even based on one - unlike Maggie, I'm a happily married gal. The basic idea for the novel came from an episode of Emergency Vet on Animal Planet that my sister told me about, where a dog had eaten a remarkable number of stuffed toys. I started thinking, "Gosh, what if they pulled something out of a dog that ended up being some sort of evidence?" And the rest of the story went on from there!

The book opens with Maggie Baxter, a practical, rule-following accountant getting a rather bad shock when her vet surgically extracts panties that aren't hers out of her chocolate Lab, Kona. That's how she finds out her husband of seventeen years is cheating on her, and it turns her world upside down. Maggie thought she had the rest of her life meticulously planned out, but now she needs to figure out Plan B. With her dog, Kona, as her guide, Maggie embarks on a funny, heartwarming quest to find tail-wagging joy.  

"Anyone who has suffered through the end of a long-term relationship, faced job and career changes or experienced a cross-country move will find familiar footing in this book. Bouchard's keen eye and sharp wit make it an enjoyable read you won't want to put down
." - examiner.com

For a Readers' Discussion Guide and a short excerpt visit my blog here.
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