Thursday, September 20, 2018

Life on the Leash by Victoria Schade blog tour sponsored by Simon & Schuster

Welcome to my stop on the Life on The Leash blog tour brought to a blog near you by Simon & Schuster. Be sure to visit all the blogs on the tour some have #giveaways!

By Victoria Schade
On sale September 18, 2018!

Trade Paperback • Price: $16.00 • ISBN: 9781501191671
eBook • Price: $7.99 • ISBN: 9781501191688


Book description

Cora Bellamy is a woman who thrives on organization. She’s successfully run her own dog training business for years, perfectly content with her beloved rescue pitbull as the main man in her life. She’s given everything to her business, and her lack of social life (or slobber-free clothes) has been completely worth it.

But all that changes when she meets Charlie Gill, the hottest client she’s ever had. The only problem? Charlie’s taken. Luckily, Cora has a new friend—the sweet, lovably geeky Eli Crawford. More loyal than a retriever, he’s always there to help Cora with her problems, including her love life. That’s why she’s shocked to realize that even as things start heating up with Charlie, there might just be a more-than-friends spark between her and Eli, too.

As Cora’s life gets more tangled up than a dogwalker’s leashes—and as she prepares to audition for a dog-training TV show that may irrevocably change her entire life—she has to figure things out before it all goes straight to the dogs.

Read an excerpt:

“Charlie’s on the way,” Madison volunteered. “He called and apologized for being late—he really wants to help with Oliver’s training. I mean, he better help. Oliver was his idea. I’ve never even had a dog before . . . Charlie doesn’t know it, but I’m really more of a cat person.”
“Maybe Oliver will help you be both,” Cora replied, starting to understand the scope of what she would be dealing with. She fretted that she’d eventually have to snake charm the woman into liking her in order for them to successfully complete the program. But for now, she focused on the dog, knowing that a puppy could blur the hard edges of even the most disagreeable clients.
So his name is Charlie. Cora checked Madison’s left hand. Bare. Pretending to be a puppy person to lock down old Charlie?
Oliver stopped jumping on Cora long enough to find just the right spot to pee, and Cora chanted “Hurry up, hurry up,” to him. She turned to Madison. “I like ‘hurry up,’ but do you already have a potty phrase?”
“A what?”
Cora started to explain how a simple phrase can become a Pavlovian trigger to get a dog to eliminate but was interrupted by the French doors opening to reveal the most gorgeous man she’d ever seen. Cora suddenly understood why Madison would lie about being a dog person.
He was Cora’s kryptonite: tall, broad shouldered, with short sandy hair that swooped in a way that looked styled but not fussy. He radiated the kind of kick-in-the-gut good looks that made both women and men stare. He wasn’t “pretty” but arresting. Manly, like he’d be at home chopping wood in a flannel shirt, even though he was wearing an expensive-looking suit.
There’s got to be something wrong with him, Cora thought, steeling herself to remain professional. Aside from the fact that he’s dating someone who doesn’t like dogs.
He strode over toward Cora with his hand outstretched. “Hi, you must be Cora. I’m Charlie Gill. Sorry I’m late. Can you believe that I hit traffic at lunchtime?” His ruddy cheeks and quick smile unnerved Cora.
Cora met his grip with a firm handshake and did her best to hide her immediate and unprofessional attraction to her new client.
“Nice to meet you, and I totally understand the traffic. It runs my life—I could tell you stories!” Cora said, smiling her biggest “I’ll blind you with my teeth so you don’t notice that I’m not wearing makeup” smile. She hoped that he hadn’t heard the tremor in her voice or noticed the bright red splotches she could feel blooming on her cheeks.
Oliver rushed over and jumped up on Charlie. “There’s my little guy!” He laughed and leaned over to pet his puppy. Charlie’s voice went up. “Are you the best puppy in the world? Yes you are! Why, yes you are, little Ollie-by-golly!”
“I know this is going to sound totally bitchy, but can we get started?” Madison asked. “I have a one o’clock meeting.”
“Of course! Sorry about that,” Cora replied, embarrassed that she wasn’t more on top of the lesson and avoiding looking directly at Charlie. She usually controlled the progression of the hour with a conductor’s fluidity, but she had a feeling that the Perry-Gill household wasn’t going to be business as usual.


·       "My favorite part of this adorably smart story is the wealth of insight we get into the minds and behaviors of our most darling companions—not dudes, but dogs. One of America's foremost pet trainers and a sparkling writer, in Life On the Leash, Victoria Schade proves herself as a bright new voice in fiction."– Kristine Gasbarre, author of How to Love an American Man
·       Life on the Leash is a witty celebration of dogs, romance, and taking chances.  Cora is a heroine to root for even in her most complicated moments, and whether you have a dog, or just appreciate them from afar, this book will make you want to head to the nearest shelter, either to adopt or volunteer.  You’ll want to curl up with your favorite furry bundle and devour the whole thing in one cuddly sitting.”– Stacey Ballis, author of How to Change a Life and Wedding Girl
·       "A bighearted and witty debut from a writer with remarkable insight into the minds of dogs and those who love them. The winsome cast of characters will have you hooked on Life on the Leash from the first page."– Meg Donohue, USA Today Bestselling Author of Dog Crazy
·       "Playful, lovable, and heartwarming, Life on the Leash is the definition of feel-good fiction. Victoria Schade’s irresistible debut will have you cheering for dog trainer Cora, and the cast of charismatic characters, furry and non-furry. Add this to your to-read pile immediately!"– Amy E. Reichert, author of The Coincidence of Coconut Cake and The Optimist's Guide to Letting Go
·       "Even cat lovers will get wrapped up in this delightful story of girl, girl’s best friend, girl’s best girlfriends and a couple of guys. Cora’s canines in training will steal your heart. I couldn’t wait to see what happened next!"– Shelley Noble, New York Times Bestselling author of Lighthouse Beach
·       “Charming and heartfelt, Life on the Leash will delight readers. The perfect book for dog lovers!”– Chanel Cleton, USA Today Bestselling Author of Next Year In Havana
·       "A light, warmhearted romp... with an earnest, infectiously funny tone that dog lovers, especially, will find delightful." Publishers Weekly
·       "Life on the Leash is the novel you've been waiting for all year - a strong, funny, big-hearted heroine to cheer for in life and in love, plenty of "I've-been-there" dating moments, and adorable, endearing, sometimes mischievous dogs to love on every page."– Nicolle Wallace, author of Madam President

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About the author
Victoria Schade is an author, speaker and dog trainer known for her upbeat approach to living and working with dogs. She’s published two books, “Bonding With Your Dog; A Trainer’s Secrets for Building a Better Relationship” and “Secrets of a Dog Trainer: Positive Problem Solving for a Well-Behaved Dog.” LIFE ON THE LEASH is her first novel.

She’s a frequent resource for the media, including the CBS Early ShowThe ViewWEtv, and FOX. Victoria has been featured in The Washington PostMartha Stewart LivingReal Simple MagazineReader’s DigestThe Bark, and many dog-specific publications. She currently serves as a pet expert for petMD and PawCulture, writing training and behavior content and appearing in educational videos.

Visit all the blogs on the tour

Booklovers for Life-
The Bookish Sisters-
Scandicious Book Reviews -
Cheryl’s Book Nook -
The Reading Café-
Read Your Writes Book Reviews -
The Dwarf Did It-
Feeding My Addiction -
Romance Junkies -
Collector of Book Boyfriends -


  1. Ah, I love romances with the adorable fur babies in them. Onto the list it goes.

  2. This one even just by the cover says - fun and witty. Both of which I love and a dog as well, well all very inviting.

  3. What a cute cover and the story sounds like it'll be fun!