We Know What Happened To Michael Vick’s Dogs…but What Became of the Infamous Property? Read All About it December 1!

If you haven’t read the most recent Washington Post story on the Vick dogs rescued from his fighting operation in 2007, we urge you to read and share it with all your friends. After all, can there ever be enough happy ending stories from a tragedy such as this?

A Second Chance

Twelve years ago, 47 dogs were rescued from Michael Vick’s dogfighting operation and allowed to live. They’ve enriched the lives of countless humans and altered the course of animal welfare.

Even though most of the dogs have since passed on, many groups and families gave their all to chain-ge the lives of these dogs for the better. They deserve a place in history and our gratitude.  Read the full article and see the heartwarming photos here.

In addition, the article mentions that the nonprofit Dogs Deserve Better bought the property, and turned it from the Bad Newz Kennels to the Good Newz Rehab Center for Chained and Penned Dogs.

Did you ever wonder how that came to be?

On December 1st, from author and founder of Dogs Deserve Better—Tamira Thayne—comes the book many have been waiting for:

It Went to the Dogs: How Vick’s Dogfighting Compound Became a Haven for Rescue Pups

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From the Introduction:

The house sat empty, an eerie white sentinel against the flat winter landscape, now guarding only whispers of the past. A six-foot white metal fence with coded entry gate lined the country road, abandoning its purpose at the property line and allowing passage to all with the temerity and curiosity to walk around.

The bullet hole in the front window went unnoticed.

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I was alone, parked across the street, and early for my appointment with the Hampton Roads, Virginia realtor. Today was the day I’d tour Vick’s former dogfighting compound, something I’d never imagined nor particularly wanted to do.

Seemed pretty creepy to me.

I felt the whispers surround me, reaching out. The rescuer in me wanted to rescue the ghosts, too; embrace the broken dogs who lay undiscovered and probably buried on the property, assure them they weren’t forgotten. I shuddered, pulling myself together…

Stay tuned for more information, coming soon! To browse all of author Tamira Thayne’s current books, visit her author page.

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37 Heart-Warming, Tail-Thumping Stories of Dog Rescue in “Rehoming Love”

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Now Available from Who Chains You Books!

Rehoming Love

Tail Thumping Adventures of Happily Adopted Canines

by Kate J. Kuligowski

Join author Kate J. Kuligowski as she brings us into the world of dog rescue through 37 heart-warming, tail-thumping episodes of the successful rescues and rehomings of an assortment of fantastic but hopeless, deserted dogs of all ages. We’ll travel through history from as far back as 1910 through today, and meet dogs of different breeds and sizes—some with physical impediments, all left in nearly impossible situations.

Rehoming Love provides a peek into a world and rehoming experience that can at times be convoluted, but also incredible and joyous. These are stories for any dog lover who has been enchanted or bewildered by their dog’s forever loyalty, or has experienced the intoxication that follows a successful rescue or rehoming of a pet.

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Paperback ISBN-13: 978-1-946044-58-7

About the Author

kk copyloKate J. Kuligowski is a New Mexico native and graduate of University of New Mexico; she taught secondary education in New Jersey and New Mexico schools. As Education Director for Animal Humane Association New Mexico and Watermelon Mountain Ranch No Kill Shelter, she and her assortment of performing blind and deaf dogs delivered her award-winning K-12 curriculum, You and Your Pet Are Forever to thousands of classrooms, civic and social organizations throughout the state for many years.

Kate’s writings have also appeared in various pet publications, one of which was awarded the prestigious Dog Writers’ Association of America (DWAA) Maxwell Medallion in 2018. One of her three previous books, Our Most Treasured Tails, was also a Maxwell Medallion recipient. Goodbye Bad Guys was a DWAA and Best Books finalist. Let’s Git Outa Here was the first place winner in the 15th annual 2018 Best Book Awards and a DWAA finalist. All three books were given 5 star ratings by Readers’ Favorites.

She and husband Wally have resided in Albuquerque, New Mexico since 1965, enjoying the gifts of love given by their varying number of fantastic “thrown-away” pets.

Her reason for writing? “I write to make our caring Americans aware of the plight of the multitude of abandoned, abused and shelter pets. Empowered with knowledge, they can use their talents, resources and votes to improve and protect their precious lives. I write to make a difference.”

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WCY Books is a proud member of the Humane Education Coalition. Our books and our work for the animals through reading was featured on the Humane Education Coalition’s podcast, Connected Roots, this week. Listen now and find out more about our books and our dreams for the future.

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It’s finally here! You can now browse our ENTIRE Catalog in pdf from our site. We also include order forms for special pricing for nonprofits, humane educators, and vet offices. http://whochainsyou.com/WCYCatalog19.pdf

FREE Book, Five Days Only! A Chained Dog Meets an Activist Teen in The Wrath of Dog

We’re Offering a FREE Gift
To All Our Readers For the Next FIVE Days

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In celebration of the release of Book Two in The Chained Gods series from author Tamira Thayne, the first book in the series is FREE in Kindle for the next FIVE DAYS ONLY. Remember, you don’t need to have a kindle to read kindle books: you can also read FREE in the kindle app on your phone or tablet, too.

Download Your Copy Today!
And Get Started on The Chained Gods Series

Not only that, but we’ve also made Tamira’s new release, The Curse of Cur, just $2.99 in Kindle for the next five days!

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Yes, you’ll get BOTH BOOKS FOR JUST $2.99!

An animal activist teenager continues her quest to save two dimensions in this sequel to The Wrath of Dog…

Baylee jumped out of bed, momentarily forgetting about her father slumbering in the chair next to her. Her heart gave a tug at his presence, but this was no time for sentimentality.

She couldn’t afford to be sidetracked from her vision—the vision that told her they needed to get to New York City, and fast.

Because she knew where the Akita they’d seen on screen yesterday, her father’s second in command, was chained…

Get The Second in the Series for just $2.99 in Kindle for the next five days, or buy the paperback for just $12.97.

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The Entire Chained Gods Series (to date, with more to come!) consists of two short stories in addition to the full length novels. The King’s Tether (just $.99 in kindle and $5.97 in paperback) is a prequel story, and can be read either before or after The Wrath of Dog to flesh out the personality of the king. The Knight’s Chain (just $.99 in kindle and $5.97 in paperback) can be read either before or after The Curse of Cur to give further insight into Curjan’s background and personality.

Special thanks to our friends at Big East Akita Rescue for allowing us to use one of their rescue pups, Sprinkles, as our cover model for The Knight’s Chain and The Curse of Cur!

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Speaking of Big East Akita Rescue, the author discovered today that the group has graciously committed to saving a six month old girl if possible, named Kara, who suffered from intussusception, a surgical emergency. Tamira has already given a small donation to help her, but has pledged to give half of any proceeds from sales of The Curse of Cur through this special for the next five days to help pay for Kara’s surgery. If you choose to buy the book, you’ll be helping her too! If you’d like to give directly for Kara’s care, click this link. We hope for only good things for this precious girl from here on out.

How Sprinkles the Rescue Akita Became a Book Cover Model

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Sprinkles the Akita (yes, he’s a male!) is a gorgeous representation of the breed, by any Akita lover’s standards. In fact, the moment author Tamira Thayne saw his picture on Akita rescuer JoAnn Dimon’s facebook page, she knew he’d be the perfect image of the warrior for her book protagonist to fight alongside—and maybe even fall in love with.

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You see, Tamira’s characters in The Chained Gods Series shapeshift into different animals, and the king’s warriors manifest as dogs in their shifted forms: “One by one they proudly stood as canines, quivering in an effort to contain their excitement: two more shepherds, an Akita, three retrievers, and two St. Bernards. They were a majestic group, the elite of the Perrin army.”—from The King’s Tether, a Chained Gods prequel story.

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Rosie Bear and the cat who loved her, Exhia

Akitas have long been the author’s favorite dog breed—since her years of rescuing chained dogs, in fact. Her first interaction with an Akita, a long-haired girl they named Rosie Bear, left her with a permanent affection for the loyal companions.

She knew she wanted to feature the breed in her Chained Gods Series.

She immediately wrote JoAnn and asked if she could use Sprinkles image on at least two of her covers (The Knight’s Chain and The Curse of Cur.)

In return, she shares a photo of Sprinkles and a paragraph about Big East Akita Rescue in the book’s interior pages, hoping to garner more support (and donations!) for the group:

“Sprinkles is the inspiration for Curjan’s dog form. Photo courtesy of JoAnn Dimon, Big East Akita Rescue. B.E.A.R. is a 501(c)3 nonprofit, hands-on, Akita rescue group covering the NY, NJ, and PA metropolitan regions and the Northeast. The group rescues unwanted, abused, and neglected Akitas in need. This gorgeous boy was rescued from the Portage Ohio Animal Shelter. Learn more or donate at bigeastakitarescue.org.”

Sprinkles has been adopted by JoAnn, but there are many other beautiful pups at Big East Akita Rescue still waiting for a home of their own! For those interested in making an Akita part of your family, visit their adoption page here: https://bigeastakitarescue.org/available/

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The Curse of Cur:
The Chained Gods Series Book 2

By Tamira Thayne

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The Knight’s Chain:
A Chained Gods Series Story, Vol 1.5

Written by Tamira Thayne

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knightschaincoverlo-dropHere at Who Chains You Books, we hope to do a lot more collaborating with rescue groups for our cover models. We get a beautiful cover image, and a chance to promote the work of some of the finest animal nonprofits in the country. Win/Win!

As for Sprinkles and Big East Akita Rescue? Well, he’ll try not to let the fame go to his head. And the rescue will keep on doing their best to save as many as they can…and they could always use all of our help! We’re pledging to include them in our year-end donations, and Tamira is pledging her Amazon Smile donations to the group for the remainder of 2019, too.

Who Chains You

Did you know we sell wholesale to animal nonprofits? We know what it’s like to run a nonprofit and search for new and creative ways to raise money. Our nonprofit and indie bookstore wholesale program is perfect to help you both fundraise AND educate about animal issues at the same time. You are welcome to sell our paperbacks on your website, social media sites, at booths, as well as at any other fundraising opportunities. Visit our page to learn more, or drop us an email at info@whochainsyou.com with any questions.

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A Chained Akita Shapeshifts in Tamira Thayne’s “The Curse of Cur”

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The Chained Gods Series
Continues with “The Curse of Cur”

by Tamira Thayne

An animal activist teenager continues her quest to save two dimensions in this sequel to The Wrath of Dog

Baylee jumped out of bed, momentarily forgetting about her father slumbering in the chair next to her. Her heart gave a tug at his presence, but this was no time for sentimentality.

She couldn’t afford to be sidetracked from her vision—the vision that told her they needed to get to New York City, and fast.

Because she knew where the Akita they’d seen on screen yesterday, her father’s second in command, was chained…

And her mother was not gonna be happy about it.

Baylee had been instrumental in freeing her father, the king of Perrin, mere days ago from his own 18-year captivity as a chained German shepherd. King Randulf was heartbroken over the conditions his warriors still endured, and knowing they were being tortured and starved was almost more than he could bear.

But it was time for Baylee, her father, and Perrin’s remaining top generals to buck up. It was her mission, their collective mission, to find the chained warriors, unearth the remaining four keys, and rescue both Perrin and Earth from the grip of Phoebus, The Scion, and their legion of minions.

Easy peasy.

Baylee leaned heavily against the bathroom wall, toothbrush hanging from her mouth. Oh, who was she kidding.

The future looked daunting, indeed.

Grab The Curse of Cur and continue your adventure into The Chained Gods Series today!

Available in Paperback, Kindle, and Audio to come soon! Just $12.97 paperback and $3.97 Kindle; plus, it’s available as part of your subscription to  KindleUnlimited, too.

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Want an autographed copy? Order direct from our book page.

P.S. All our books are readily available on every Amazon site worldwide. Simply search for the title in your Amazon browser or the book’s ISBN of 978-1-946044-54-9

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In Tamira’s First Book in the series, The Wrath of Dog, an animal activist teenager finds out there’s more to the chained dog next door than meets the eye. Start your adventure when you meet Baylee there, and then continue through two short stories, The King’s Tether, and The Knight’s Chain, finishing up (for now) with the second book, The Curse of Cur! And remember, our authors are grateful for your reviews, too, which help them reach a wider audience.

About the Author:

tamijewelonyxloTamira Thayne pioneered the anti-tethering movement in America, forming and leading the nonprofit Dogs Deserve Better for 13 years.

During her time on the front lines of animal activism and rescue she took on plenty of bad guys (often failing miserably); her swan song culminated in the purchase and transformation of Michael Vick’s dogfighting compound to a chained-dog rescue and rehabilitation center. She’s spent 878 hours chained to a doghouse on behalf of the voiceless in front of state capitol buildings nationwide, and worked with her daughter to take on a school system’s cat dissection program, garnering over 100,000 signatures against the practice.

She’s the author of the Chained Gods series, the Animal Protectors Series, Foster Doggie Insanity and Capitol in Chains. She’s the editor of More Rescue Smiles, and the co-editor of Unchain My Heart and Rescue Smiles.

In 2016 she founded Who Chains You, publishing books by and for animal activists and rescuers.

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Want an autographed copy? Order direct from our book page.

Three More Days to Get Your FREE Gift, Book 1 of The Returned Series, from WCY Books

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We’re Offering a FREE Gift
To All Our Readers For the Next THREE Days

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In celebration of the release of Book Two in The Returned series from author Samantha K. Riggi, the first book in the series, The Returned: Chewy’s Story, Book 1 (Winner of a Best Book Award from DWAA) is FREE in Kindle for the next THREE DAYS ONLY.

Remember, you don’t need to have a kindle to read kindle books: you can also read FREE in the kindle app on your phone or tablet, too.

Download Your Copy Today!
And Get Started on The Returned Series

Click here for your FREE gift

Not only that, but we’ve also made Samantha’s new release, The Returned: Rocky’s Story, Book Two, just $2.99 in Kindle for the next five days! (You Save $1.00.)

Yes, you can get BOTH BOOKS FOR JUST $2.99

rockyreturnedcover19lo-dropAbout Rocky’s Story:

Anna and her best friend Molly run a blog and podcast called The Returned, helping returned shelter dogs find new, loving homes and families.

With four successful adoptions through their program, the girls discuss choosing their next dog to feature. Unbeknownst to Anna and Molly, their mission will find them—in the form of a chained dog named Rocky.

Rocky is a pit bull mix who is forgotten in the summer heat in an overgrown backyard next door to the town library. When the girls and their friend Erin stumble across Rocky and his dilemma, they are faced with moral and ethical decisions.

How can they free the dog from a bad situation and get him into a loving home?

In the meantime, they discover a local family has been living homeless, and they too are in need of assistance. Will Anna, Molly, and Erin find a way to work through the challenges to find a happy ending for both Rocky and a family in need? Find out in this second installment of The Returned: Rocky’s Story.

Perfect for ages 10 and up and grades 4-8, the series also makes an excellent humane education tool for nonprofits and humane educators.

Paperback ISBN-13: 978-1-946044-49-5

About the Author

Samantha K. Riggi is an elementary school teacher with a passion for animals, the environment and writing. She lives in the suburbs of Chicago with her husband, children and two old dogs. She’s the author of The Returned: Chewy’s Story, The Returned: Rocky’s Story, The Never Ending Thank You, Bravo’s Freedom, and Wesley Reece: Fourth Grade Hero.

The Award-Winning ‘Returned’ Series Continues with Rocky’s Story

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The Award-Winning ‘Returned’ Series Continues with Rocky’s Story

The Returned: Rocky’s Story, Book Two

Samantha K. Riggi

Anna and her best friend Molly run a blog and podcast called The Returned, helping returned shelter dogs find new, loving homes and families.

With four successful adoptions through their program, the girls discuss choosing their next dog to feature. Unbeknownst to Anna and Molly, their mission will find them—in the form of a chained dog named Rocky.

Rocky is a pit bull mix who is forgotten in the summer heat in an overgrown backyard next door to the town library. When the girls and their friend Erin stumble across Rocky and his dilemma, they are faced with moral and ethical decisions.

How can they free the dog from a bad situation and get him into a loving home?

In the meantime, they discover a local family has been living homeless, and they too are in need of assistance. Will Anna, Molly, and Erin find a way to work through the challenges to find a happy ending for both Rocky and a family in need? Find out in this second installment of The Returned: Rocky’s Story.

Perfect for ages 10 and up and grades 4-8, the series also makes an excellent humane education tool for nonprofits and humane educators.

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Samantha’s first book in the series, The Returned: Chewy’s Story, won a Best Book Award for 2018 in the Dog Writers Association of America Writing Competition. These books are wonderful for tweens on up, so grab your copy and get caught up on this series today! https://www.amazon.com/Returned-Chewys-Story-Book-One/dp/1946044296/

About the Author

samanthariggiauthorphotoSamantha K. Riggi is an elementary school teacher with a passion for animals, the environment and writing. She lives in the suburbs of Chicago with her husband, children and two old dogs. She’s the author of The Returned: Chewy’s Story, The Never Ending Thank You, Bravo’s Freedom, and Wesley Reece: Fourth Grade Hero.

You can reach her through her site at https://www.samanthakriggi.com/.

The Trial of the Outlaw Collie Sam • A Unique Look at the Plight of Man’s Best Friend

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Now Available, from Who Chains You Books:

The Trial of the Outlaw Collie Sam

by Dale Seddon

“I was born,” he began, “by a dumpster at noon,
In a broken down doghouse with only one room,
With only one window we used as a door,
With rats in the rafters and mud on the floor.”

Raised by a single parent, the outlaw collie Sam and his seven siblings run wild and free, feasting on castaway food in garbage cans and chasing after humans to scare them, all for the fun of it. Then one day disaster strikes. Sam and his brothers and sisters mistakenly frighten the wrong human. The Catchers arrive at the dilapidated doghouse in the middle of the night, guns in hand. Sam is wounded. But he manages to escape.

The next day, Sam is found by a Keeper, a kind human who takes the dog home and sets about training him.

“He healed my wound and he purchased a tag.
I trained to the collar and re-learned to wag.
It wasn’t all easy. Oh no, to be sure.
I yearned for the smell of the pack and the poor.
I longed for my snout in the wind and the fun,
For the thrill of the free in the rush of the run.
But slowly I learned that I had to obey.
The Keeper was mine if I wanted to stay.”

The Trial of the Outlaw Collie Sam is so far outside the box that it’s difficult to label as anything but absolutely unique. Part poem, part fantasy, part courtroom drama, and part—a very large part—the true story of the real outlaw collie Sam, a Heinz-57 variety mongrel dog whose life and adventures were the inspiration for the story.

The Trial of the Outlaw Collie Sam and its companion story about the real Sam are both captivating tales. The story of the trial itself is beautifully told. It bounces along in an almost musical fashion—especially when the narrative poem describing it is read aloud. It provides an intimate glimpse into how “guilt” or “innocence” is established for our animal friends.

And the story about the real outlaw collie Sam? Well, that is worth reading too, if for no other reason than to avoid making the same mistakes that the author did when Sam chose him to be his Keeper.

This title is perfect for middle school through adult, and can be used as a humane education tool for classroom use for the discussion of social issues as well.

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Cover illustration by Abbie Withers, who is available for commissioned work. Visit her Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/abbiesdrawingandpainting/

About the Author

Dale Seddon is a freelance writer and professional consultant. Many of his freelance pieces have appeared in daily and weekly newspapers, community newsletters and literary arts magazines. These include several award winning essays, short stories, poems and collages.

Dale is also the sole or primary author of over four-hundred private and public sector funding proposals, concept papers, annual reports, operational plans, feasibility studies, training manuals and strategic plans.

In 1982 and 1983 the Manitoba Arts Council sponsored Dale as an Artist in the Schools. He visited schools across Manitoba to read his unpublished children’s stories to the younger students and his essays, poems and short stories to students enrolled in Intermediate and High School.

Dale spent most of his working career in health care. He was a volunteer for the Company of Young Canadians (CYC), a Probation Officer for the British Columbia Corrections Service, an Addictions Counselor for the Addictions Foundation of Manitoba (AFM) and a generic Social Worker in Leaf Rapids.

Dale is semi-retired now and lives with his wife Joan in Leaf Rapids, Manitoba Canada.

Now Available: The Eclipse Dancer, Plus Holiday Gifts for Animal Lovers Galore!

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Now Available, in time for the Holidays!

The Eclipse Dancer

By Laura Koerber

Andy thought of flying. She imagined the air under her arms, her hair lifting and floating. She felt her heartbeat separate from the faraway beat and form its own rhythm: light, quick, a dancing thrum. When she opened her eyes, her yard was dusky and her mood had lightened.

She let her gaze drift across the darkening landscape. Andy’s heart filled with exultation. She raised her arms, fanned out her fingers, and arched her feet until she was on her toes.

She was assaulted by memories. Her mother was dying, and Danny had been dead for years. Her daughter was in Minneapolis, and Alana was up in the North Woods someplace. All of her childhood friends—the fairies, Hairy, Mr. Tolliver, and Kenshi—were gone.

Is it true that childhood is never overcome? “I have changed,” she whispered.

The light exploded into a ring of fire in a black sky: total eclipse.

She gently rose up into the warm, dark air and began to dance.

Paper ISBN-13: 978-1-946044-40-2

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About the Author

Laura Koerber is an artist and writer who lives on an island with her husband and two dogs. Laura divides her retirement time between dog rescue, care for disabled people, political activism, and yes, she tells herself stories while driving.

Her first book, The Dog Thief and Other Stories (written as Jill Kearney), was listed by Kirkus Review as one of the Hundred Best Books of 2015. She’s also the author of The Listener’s Tale, I Once Was Lost, But Now I’m Found: Daisy and the Olympic Animal Sanctuary Rescue, Limbo, The Shapeshifter’s Tale, and The Eclipse Dancer.

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There’s Still Time to Get a Great Deal on a WCY GiftPak!

Who Chains You Publishing is Offering Special Holiday GiftPaks—You Save $7-$25 on Gifts for Animal Lovers!

We’ve created 12 GiftPaks that pass
along Holiday Savings to You while bringing
Joy to Your Little Corner of the World

Unless you’ve met one of our authors at a booth or event near you, odds are you know Who Chains You Books only from our online presence. As a small publisher, we don’t yet have the funding for major distribution to the few remaining brick and mortar book stores.

We offer excellent discounts to small, independent bookstores to carry our books in offerings, but most of our sales still take place in the virtual marketplace. 

Because of this, every day through Christmas will be like Cyber Monday for us, and as such we’re giving you our best deals of the year!

We’re offering a limited number of Holiday Gifts Packs direct from the publisher to those who love animals or want that special gift for a loved one. Free Shipping to the U.S! Additional shipping required for international orders.

Gift Paks range from $19.97-$49.97, and you’ll save anywhere from $7.00-$25.00 per pack.

Browse all our gift selections here:
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Save $7-$25 on Gifts for Animal Lovers this Holiday Season!

Save $7-$25 on Gifts for Animal Lovers this Holiday Season!

We’ve created 12 GiftPaks that pass along Holiday Savings to You while bringing Joy to Your Little Corner of the World

We’re offering a limited number of Holiday Gifts Packs direct from the publisher to those who love animals or want that special gift for a loved one. Free Shipping to the U.S! Additional shipping required for international orders.

Gift Paks range from $19.97-$49.97, and you save anywhere from $7.00-$25.00 per pack.

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