Book Deal for One Hundred Dogs and Counting!
One Hundred Dogs and Counting: One Woman, Ten Thousand Miles, and A Journey into the Heart of Shelters and Rescues will be published in summer of 2020 by Pegasus Books.
This book will not only continue our foster journey begun in Another Good Dog: One Family and Fifty Foster Dogs, but take you deeper into the world of dog rescue to discover where these dogs are coming from and why, but most importantly, it will offer hope and an opportunity for you to help.
I have a brand new blog... Who Will Let the Dogs Out
This started as a mother-son journey into the world of dog rescue many have never seen.
My 17-year-old son, Ian and I traveled to Tennessee to raise awareness of the many municipal pounds still in existence in the tiny rural communities spread throughout the state. While there we discovered the world of shelters started and run by amazing people willing to stand in the gap created by counties that don't fund a legitimate shelter and the increasing number of homeless animals. We also shared the needs of each organization and provided links so that readers who wanted to help, could do so.
Ian took gorgeous photos to document what we saw and I wrote stories of the people and dogs we met. In September, I traveled back to Tennessee and then on to Alabama, with talented photographer, Nancy Slattery. The stories and the people and the dogs inspired us to do more, so we've created a nonprofit, Who Will Let the Dogs Out under the umbrella of Operation Paws for Homes. Our mission is to raise awareness of the situation in the rural southern shelters through writing and photographs with the hope that we will inspire change and gather resources and help for the places and people we visit.
You can find updates on Facebook, Instagram, and the blog (WhoWillLetTheDogsOut.org). I am convinced that this situation doesn't exist because people don't care, it exists because people don't know. I hope you will join us. Together we can let the dogs out.
Here is an article from a local paper in Alabama about one of our shelter visits.
Me? On TV?
Yep, that's me on the set of Home & Family (Hallmark Channel). I had the chance to be their guest and talk not only about my latest book, Another Good Dog, but what it's been like to foster over one hundred dogs. I enjoyed my little brush with Hollywood, but LA traffic just about did me in!
People Magazine chose
Another Good Dog: One Family and Fifty Foster Dogs as a People's Pick!
You can learn all about the book, the dogs, and fostering at www.anothergooddog.org
To learn more about the dogs in the book and how you can help, visit:
Another Good Dog Blog
Love dogs? Then you're my favorite kind of person. I hope you'll check out my blog,
Another Good Dog,
where I write about our family's adventures in dog rescue. We've fostered over 80 dogs now and counting! The blog has over 3600 subscribers now - hope you'll be one, too!
A socially awkward genius child, an adolescent cat burglar, a philandering husband and a doormat wife in desperate need of a backbone, a neighborhood where only the houses are similar.....The Turners are practicing normal and facing down a history that is anything but.
Praise for Practicing Normal:
Does facing the truth beat living a lie? In Practicing Normal, Cara Sue Achterberg has given us a smart story that is both a window and a mirror, about the extraordinary pain - and the occasional gifts - of an ordinary life. - Jacquelyn Mitchard, NYT bestselling author of The Deep End of the Ocean
Practicing Normal takes a deep dive into the dysfunctional dynamics of a 'picture perfect' family. A compelling story about the beautiful humaity in the most ordinary of lives; from first love to a marriage on the downward slide ot an unexpected family tragedy. Achterberg handles each thread with tender care and can't help but root for every member of the Turner family. - Kate Moretti, NYT bestselling author of The Vanishing Year
itunes named Girls' Weekend to their New & Notable List!
Plus, it spent eight days on the topselling ibooks list - not too shabby.
It's still gathering five star reviews on Amazon and goodreads, which makes a girl smile. I'd love to hear what you think and am grateful for every review - no matter how many stars you toss at it!
I'm Not Her
After being chosen as a Daily Find on Barnes & Noble's Nook, I'm Not Her climbed to #2 on the Nook Bestsellers list! Plus, I'm Not Her was named to Kobo's Page Turners list! It was recently featured as a "fresh new read" in their subscriber newsletter! I’m Not Her was also chosen as a best new fiction pick by ibooks and made their top 100 ibooks bestseller list for fiction and literature!
My indie-published book, Live Intentionally challenges readers to live their happiest, healthiest life! Find more information by following this link or buy it now through Amazon!
Nice review from a star blogger for Live Intentionally!
Connect with me just about anywhere:
Who am I, you ask?
I am an irrepressible writer, a tired mom, a lazy gardener, a resentful chauffeur, a loyal friend, a daily dreamer, a terrible dog trainer, and an occasional cowgirl. I'm also a compulsive blogger, an almost famous novelist, and a huge fan of teenagers writing. I will talk your ear off about processed food, growing tomatoes, training horses, Virginia wine, or the dog I'm currently fostering. If you ask about my kids, prepare to be bombarded with how FANTASTIC and AMAZING they are. If you follow me on Facebook or twitter or instagram you'll be treated to near daily doses of my thoughts, adventures, and animal photos. Links to all my social media ramblings are above. I'd be honored if you followed me anywhere....
Here's a recent interview with a top-rate book blogger - she even features some of my foster pups!
I'd Love to Meet You
One of my favorite things to do is visit book clubs. If you're club would like me to stop by in person (or by skype or Facetime), give me a shout and I'd be happy to get it on my calendar!
Friday November 15
Willow Valley Holiday Bazaar,
Willow Valley Community Center
Stop by to see me -- I'll have all my books, plus a running slide show of DOGS!
If you'd like me to stop in to see your book group or set up a signing event (dogs welcome!) at a bookstore, brewery, winery, local animal shelter, or just about anywhere, give me a holler at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Current Foster Dogs:
Meet Miss Fanny Wiggles!
I met Fanny in a dogpound in western Tennessee last June. She was emaciated, living in filthy conditions, and destined to be destroyed a local vet's office. Now she's the sunshine of my life, happily pouncing on soccer balls, tackling all our foster dogs, and making me smile on a daily basis. If you're looking for a best friend, I hope you'll choose to rescue.
My other beautiful pup, Gracie:
Gracie turned ten this year and still has the countenance of a puppy. Gracie loves us the best she knows how-- by protecting us from the Fed Ex guy, the milkman, the horses in their pasture, and every unseen danger that only she sees. She has mellowed as she enters her second decade, though, and is sweeter and friendlier, collasping in a heap at the first touch and offering her belly for endless rubs.
My Life in Paragraphs
You can read weekly excerpts of my writing journey (with occasional writing advice) on my blog, My Life in Paragraphs. Be sure to subscribe by email for the latest posts.
How'd you like to be one of my cronies?
I'm always looking for people who'd like to be on my street team to help me promote my books. You get some great rewards and I promise it'll be fun! If you're interested, shoot me an e-mail at carasueachterberg @ gmail.com!
We foster dogs with Operation Paws for Homes, a non-profit network of foster homes in Maryland, Virginia, and south-central Pennsylvania. They transport dogs from high-kill shelters in the south to foster homes so they can be adopted into families who will care for them. Every new dog we welcome to our home is a new adventure and I blog about all of them. If you'd like to get involved as a foster home, volunteer, or donor, contact OPHRescue.org! My blog, Another Good Dog, shares stories of our family's experiences fostering.
Here's YOUR chance to shop for a cause!
Photographer, Nancy Slattery and I teamed up to create an Etsy shop called, Who Will Let the Dogs Out. We've got t-shirts, stickers, notebooks, mugs, and who knows what else by now. All proceeds go towards raising awareness and providing much needed supplies and food for dogs suffering and dying in our rural south. Click our picture to shop for a cause!