Bug Fetish or Phobia? Got a Pest Problem and Don’t Know Where to Turn? Now’s Your Chance to Save $1 on Our Latest Book During our Kindle Pre-Order Phase

bugmancover4loDo bugs make your skin crawl, or do you share Richard “Bugman” Fagerlund’s endless fascination with all things bug? In either case, you’ll want to jump in line to pick up his new book, Richard “Bugman” Fagerlund: My Path to the Bugman, with an Earth-Friendly Guide to Pest Management for Your Home and Garden, coming out February 17th, from Who Chains You Publishing.

Got a pest problem, and don’t know where to turn? Richard’s your man. Your Bugman, that is.

Right now we’re in our pre-order phase, which is available to Kindle Users ONLY. (Don’t worry, the paperback will be available on the 17th). And, to sweeten the deal, we’re taking $1 off during the advance sales period, so it’s available for the next week ONLY for just $3.79 in Kindle!

If you’re a Kindle reader, now’s your chance to save before the book goes live. Just order now, and the book will be delivered to your Kindle or other reading device on February 17th.

Interested? Here’s that pre-sale link for Richard “Bugman” Fagerlund: My Path to the Bugman, With an Earth-Friendly Guide to Pest Management for your Home and Garden again: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01NC30SBZ?ref_=pe_2427780_160035660

IMG_0027.JPGRichard Fagerlund is now widely known and respected as “The Bugman”, but it wasn’t always that way. In his third book, The Bugman takes us on a compelling journey through his early life, his struggles with alcohol and search to make a meaningful contribution to society, and his ultimate self-discovery along the path to becoming a Board Certified Entomologist (insect expert) and Dipterist (specialist in flies).

He then guides us through the best and least-harmful ways to deal with insects, other arthropods, and vertebrates which are commonly considered pests in our homes and gardens, offering detailed descriptions for over 150 species and ecologically-friendly advice on how to dissuade or remove them from your home or environment.

Richard discusses pesticides, multiple chemical sensitivity, how to find the right pest control company when needed, and bee colony collapse. He both educates and entertains with tales of meeting (and sometimes running from) some of the more formidable members of the animal kingdom: a tiger, a python, an alligator, a king cobra, and other poisonous snakes, including rattlesnakes and copperheads.

Richard “Bugman” Fagerlund has previously published two books and three scientific papers on the subject of bugs, and written a nationally-syndicated column about natural pest control.

According to former presidential candidate Gary Johnson, Richard “leads the way to a better, healthier planet, where pollution from pesticides is limited.”

About the Author:

img_1622Richard “Bugman” Fagerlund spent years in the pest management business, and then 11 years working with the University of New Mexico as a pest specialist, an Entomologist (insect expert), and Dipterist (specialist in flies). He is the co-author of “Ask the Bugman” and “The Bugman on Bugs”, as well as the co-author of three scholarly papers during his time with UNM. He wrote weekly natural pest control columns that appeared in many newspapers nationwide, including the San Francisco Chronicle and the Albuquerque Tribune.

When he retired from the University of New Mexico in 2006, Richard went into pest management consulting, and continues to help businesses control pests using least-toxic methods today. He still writes occasional columns for various papers, because he enjoys helping people solve their pest problems without having to use toxic pesticides. He has received hundreds if not thousands of letters from readers around the country.

Interested? $1 off All Kindle Sales for One Week ONLY. Here’s that pre-sale link for Richard “Bugman” Fagerlund: My Path to the Bugman, With an Earth-Friendly Guide to Pest Management for your Home and Garden again: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01NC30SBZ?ref_=pe_2427780_160035660

A Fight for Human Rights IS a Fight for Animal Rights

Tamira Thayne's "Untethered"

cfd5The year was 2000, and I was searching for a mission, a way to make a difference before I left this planet. My love for animals pushed me to fight for chained dogs—the forgotten dogs, the dogs languishing in backyards with no one to speak on their behalf.

Even though I loved all animals, and shortly after forming Dogs Deserve Better became vegetarian (and now mostly vegan), I always carried a deep fascination for cows. Those faces! I just wanted to squish them and kiss them all over.

But a part of me always thought, “if I can’t get people to care about the dog suffering on the chain, how can I get them to care about the cows, pigs, or chickens laying on their plates?”

I never envied those who fight on the front lines for farmed animals—the difficulty of their mission made mine look like child’s play. 

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A Vegan’s Impact: The Facts

Good blog with some facts to consider for those weighing a vegan diet!

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As many people wrap up Veganuary and potentially weigh the pros and cons of sticking with it past the 31st, it’s important to fully grasp the impact that one vegan can have on the world.

It’s so easy to feel like just a drop in a huge ocean. Every vegan or temporary vegan must remember that even one person can make a huge difference for the animals and the planet.

Each day, a person who eats a vegan diet saves 1,100 gallons of water, 45 pounds of grain, 30 sq ft of forested land, 20 lbs CO2 equivalent, and one animal’s life.*

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“A Dog’s Purpose” Shines a Spotlight on Chaining, and this Is Enough for Me to Consider it Forgiveness-Worthy

Tamira Thayne's "Untethered"

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If you’re an animal lover or rescuer, I’m sure you’ve heard by now of the uproar over the German Shepherd scene in the new movie “A Dog’s Purpose,” where a trainer is attempting to force the dog into the water when he obviously doesn’t want to go. This is spliced with another scene where the dog is swimming and goes under.

When I saw the footage I was appalled, and angry that a movie that was supposed to show the beauty of our relationship with dogs had, behind the scenes, treated one in so unforgivable a manner.

I joined those who condemned the footage (and by extension the movie), and I still believe rightly so. No dog should be treated as the shepherd was in that footage.

Peta called for a boycott of the movie, which—to be honest—only made we want to NOT BOYCOTT IT, because, well…Peta. In…

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Cold? Think About How Your Pets Feel If You’re Leaving Them Outside.

Don’t leave pets out in this cold! Please. Just don’t. Here are author Tamira Thayne’s latest observations about pets left out in the cold.

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I’ve been working for a delivery company since the end of November, and it affords me—for better or worse—a birds-eye view of the way my community in Virginia treats their companion animals, i.e. dogs and cats.

I’m blessed to have observed that about 95% of the dogs in my area live inside as part of the family, but I’ve been quite surprised by how many cats are left outside to fend for themselves.

I’m a bit appalled. Granted, I assume a percentage of these beautiful kitties are actually feral, and so making them a warm outside home is appropriate—but I’d wager the ones I’ve witnessed today and every day huddled against the front door are anything but feral.

Bring them in! They’re telling you what they want! Their communication couldn’t be any clearer.

I spent today—the coldest to date in winter 2016-17 (12 degrees this a.m., warming up to…

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Holiday Bullying around Food Choices Ends in Depression for Many Vegans and Vegetarians

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Author Tamira Thayne with her cat, Tuna

For many of us who choose not to eat animals, the holidays can turn into a special kind of hades, one beyond the normal ‘time spent with your crazy family’ insanity.

We often feel forced to choose between two less than stellar options: eat with our families, where odds are good we will be made fun of or put down for our beliefs—all while being forced to dine with a dead carcass smack dab in the middle of the table—or go it alone at the ‘happiest time of the year.’

Not great options.

When I first became a vegetarian fourteen years ago, I attended a seminar at one of the animal conferences about this very subject, and I remember clearly the speaker encouraging us not to hold ourselves separate from our families at the holidays. He reasoned that we could be an example for them and educate just by being ourselves, showing them we weren’t ‘crazy animal people’ and hopefully then they too will make more humane choices.

The advice made sense to me, even though it didn’t sound like fun. I really struggled with having to sit at the table with a turkey carcass and pretend like it didn’t affect me.

But I did it, and I pushed my personal feelings aside year after year. I’m here to report that I have not ‘won over’ a single family member, and remain the sole vegetarian/vegan in my family. (I eat about 85% vegan and 15% vegetarian meals.) I am married to a man who eats meat, and both of my children eat meat. Every member of my extended family on all sides eats meat.

I am truly alone in my choice.

And me putting my pain to the side and eating with them for years has not changed a single mind.

This year was particularly brutal for me, though, and may have forced me to reconsider following this gentleman’s advice, for my own emotional well-being.

If you too had a tough holiday season, I feel for you, and share your suffering.

If I end up unhappy and crying and/or seething with anger at a holiday ‘celebration’, is that really to anyone’s benefit? Is it to your benefit to end up the same way by forcing yourself to interact with people who don’t understand or support you?

I checked in with a few other vegans I know for their thoughts.

tearswerehumancoverloAuthor Heather Leughmyer told me her vegan family unit chose to eat only in the company of other vegans on Thanksgiving, and therefore there was no pain, no turmoil.

One of my Facebook friends drew her own line in the sand the other day with the following one-sentence post: “If you ate ham for Christmas, please unfriend me now.”

Her stand engendered the usual outpouring of “you’ll never win people over with this attitude” kind of responses; and maybe from a logical standpoint I can agree with them.

But our feelings are not always logical.

And maybe there comes a time when you have to take care of YOU, and YOU can no longer stomach the pain of hanging around those who believe animals are here for humans to use and abuse.

Subjecting yourself to bullying at the hands of loved-ones at the holidays—in some perhaps misguided effort to seem ‘normal’—isn’t healthy, and often leads to depression and feelings of isolation.

No one deserves to suffer for the simple act of making a humane choice with their eating habits.

At a time when bullying is at an all-time high in America, family members who tend to be bombastic by nature are feeling more empowered, and are apt to make easy targets of vegetarian and vegan family members.

I experienced this targeting while dining with extended family this year. The two women in the family went out of their way to make me special vegan food, which I didn’t expect but greatly appreciated. I was deeply touched by their kindness.

But the husband, who had coincidentally voted for Trump, went out of his way to put me down. First he told my son a ‘joke’ about vegetarians, supposedly behind my back, but making sure that I heard him. I felt belittled and shamed, and managed not to cry only by pushing my feelings down. And having another drink.

Then he told me if I didn’t want to be the only vegetarian at the table I should start eating meat again.

By this time I’d had enough. We had words, and then the whole family finished their dinners in awkward silence.

I won’t go back.

If forcing yourself to be with family only results in you feeling more pain, I would like to take this opportunity to encourage you to make yourself more important next year. Take Heather’s advice, find a new family of vegans to spend the holidays with, or go it alone.

Sometimes being alone isn’t lonely. It’s peaceful, healing, and calm.

I think that’s what I’ll be doing next year.

—Tamira Ci Thayne

Tamira is the founder of Who Chains You Books, and the author of Foster Doggie Insanity and Capitol in Chains. She is an animal activist and ordained minister, best-known as the pioneer of the anti-tethering movement in America. Tamira founded and ran Dogs Deserve Better, a nonprofit advocating for chained dogs, from 2002-2015.

WCY Author is a Ghost Hunter by Night

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Who Chains You Publishing would like to welcome author Brandy Herr to our publishing family with the release of “Honey’s Second Chance.”

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Honey’s Second Chance

By Brandy Herr

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Author Brandy Herr has a bit of an unusual but fascinating career.

As a writer and a reader, Brandy’s interests tend to lean towards the macabre. She is the co-founder and tour guide of the Granbury Ghosts and Legends Tour, a ghost tour based around the historic downtown square of Granbury, Texas. She is also the co-host of the Granbury Paranormal Expo, an annual event that brings together ghost hunters, psychics, UFO enthusiasts, horror fans, and others who are interested in the unexplained.

From this came her first full-length book, Haunted Granbury, which describes in more detail the ghost stories from around her hometown as well as her own personal ghost hunting experiences. Her work as an author and a macabre entrepreneur has taken her to several horror and paranormal conventions, where she has been able to meet and network with numerous horror movie and television icons. In 2015, she was invited to speak as a special guest at San Antonio’s MonsterCon.

Wanting to focus more on fiction in order to broaden her audience, Brandy submitted her short story, “The Calico,” for consideration in Nine Deadly Lives: An Anthology of Feline Fiction. The book was released in October 2015, with readers describing her story as “twisted,” “unexpected,” and “dark.”

Her latest piece, Honey’s Second Chance, takes a drastic turn from her previous work. An avid animal welfare advocate, Brandy chose to turn her focus from the fantastic and the unexplained and concentrate instead on the all-too-real horror faced every day by countless animals throughout the country. Taking the form of a children’s book, Honey’s Second Chance tells the story of Honey, an actual dog saved and rehabilitated by Granbury animal rescue Second Chance Farm. Told from Honey’s perspective, readers can learn about the important work done by this incredible rescue organization, and they can understand why dogs should be cared for and treated as a member of the family. Brandy’s prose softens the true nature of the situation to ensure the book is appropriate reading material for all ages. The book, with a couple exceptions, is illustrated using actual photos of Honey and the animals rescued by Second Chance Farm, with artistic twists provided by illustrator Tamira Ci Thayne.

Honey’s Second Chance is available through Who Chains You Publishing. Half of the profits Brandy Herr receives from the book will be donated to Second Chance Farm to help them continue the amazing work that they do.

For more information on Brandy Herr’s work, visit her website at www.AuthorBrandyHerr.com and like her official Facebook page at www.facebook.com/AuthorBrandyHerr.

To buy her newly released children’s book, Honey’s Second Chance, in paperback, Kindle, Kindle Unlimited, or from our Createspace store, visit the below links:

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$.99 Kindle Books Tonight ONLY! from Who Chains You—Books for Animal Lovers

You love animals, we love animals. You and our books must be a match made in heaven! And tonight ONLY get each and every one for just $.99 each. But hurry…just 4 hours left for most titles. View all our books and make your choices (or choose them all!) at http://www.whochainsyou.com/books.html

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All Seven Titles. Just $.99 Each, Kindle. Tonight Only during CyberWeek. Questions?

View all our books and make your choices (or choose them all!) at http://www.whochainsyou.com/books.html

In other news, Just in Time for Christmas, “Honey’s Second Chance” hasn’t even hit Amazon yet, but we have it available in our CreateSpace Publisher’s store!

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Honey, a beautiful golden retriever who deserved the very best life had to offer, had fallen on hard times. She spent all her days and all her nights tied to a tree in the backyard; she was lucky if she received food, water, and a kind word each day. But everything changed the day her guardian discovered her collar had cut into her neck, forcing him to make a decision about how much she actually meant to him. She was dumped at the shelter, where a kind woman took her to Second Chance Farm; there she got the care and tenderness she so greatly deserved. Based on a true story, this tale is sure to touch the hearts of all who read it.

Perfect for kids young and old, Honey’s Second Chance is a wonderful way to educate children at home or in schools that a dog deserves to be a happy and beloved member of the family. Who Chains You Publishing is proud to release children’s books that are fun, educational, and stand tall as a voice for the animals.

Buy it here in Paperback for only $12.97. A portion of the proceeds supports Second Chance Farm, too! Our official announcement to come this week, but you can get it early.  https://www.createspace.com/6761947

If Your Tears Were Human: A Collection of Poetry for Animals in Agriculture

tearswerehumancoverloWho Chains You Books announces our October new release: If Your Tears Were Human—A Collection of Poetry for Animals in Agriculture by Heather Leughmyer.

If Your Tears Were Human: A Collection of Poetry for Animals in Agriculture is an intensely moving and powerful collection of 25 verses written by Heather Leughmyer and paired with striking photographic images from Vanessa Sarges.

Each year, billions of land animals are raised and killed for their meat, eggs, and milk. To the agricultural industry, they are commodities, dollar signs. But to a growing number of people from all walks of life, these precious souls have purpose beyond our palates. They are unique individuals who experience pleasure and pain. They are companions, they are teachers, and they bring beauty and diversity to the planet we all share.

The poems included in this book were inspired by animals, people and events the author encountered in her activism for animals. Although she has been deeply disturbed by the magnitude of human cruelty toward these innocent beings, she has been just as deeply touched by the people who have bravely protested these injustices and who work relentlessly to make this world a kinder place. These are her heroes; the rebels, the bunny-huggers, those with the largest hearts and the softest souls. These poems honor them and the animals they serve.

The book is available from Amazon and 3rd party booksellers, on Kindle and Kindle Unlimited for those members, and from our CreateSpace site at the below links.

Buy on Amazon | Buy on Kindle | Buy from Createspace and $1 Will be Donated to Unchained Melodies Dog Rescue

About the Author:

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Heather Leughmyer graduated from Indiana-Purdue University with a B.A. in English Writing and Linguistics. She is a dedicated vegan, animal rights activist and animal rescuer. Writing has been a passion of hers for as long as she has advocated for animals. By telling their stories and illustrating their pain she hopes to touch a few hearts and change a few minds with her words. She lives in Columbia City, Indiana, with her husband, daughter and several animal companions.

About the Photographer:

img_2741-2Vanessa Sarges wanted to make more of a contribution to Animal Rights, and felt that there was no better way to do so than to document their lives through her photography.

She began bearing witness with Toronto Pig Save and capturing the souls who were being transported to slaughter and the brave activists bearing witness with her. Although taking those photos is both sad and infuriating, many people have contacted Vanessa to say that her photos were the turning point of their lives and that they were transitioning to a vegan lifestyle as a result.

Vanessa and Heather have been friends for many years and Vanessa has taken great inspiration from their friendship and from Heather’s profound poetry. Vanessa was honoured to be asked to contribute to If Your Tears were Human.

The book is available from Amazon and 3rd party booksellers, on Kindle and Kindle Unlimited for those members, and from our CreateSpace site at the below links.

Buy on Amazon | Buy on Kindle | Buy from Createspace and $1 Will be Donated to Unchained Melodies Dog Rescue

Join Who Chains You Books as we Participate in November’s “National Novel Writing Month”

dogthief-chosen-loEver wanted to write a novel around your love of animals, but find it all too easy to procrastinate the evenings and weekends away?

Have great ideas for a series or book, but haven’t been successful in forcing yourself to sit in the chair long enough to flesh them out?

We hear you. We do it too.

That’s why founder Tamira Thayne, and—hopefully—some of our other already-published authors, are committing to participating in National Novel Writing month this November.

Join us! It’s FREE to participate, and we can have our own little Who Chains You Books group to encourage each other to write each and every day. Then, at the end of the month we can proudly show off our accomplishments toward our very own ‘Great American Animal Novel.’

Here’s a link to read the ‘rules’, although rebels are always encouraged: http://nanowrimo.org/how-it-works

Simply, you sign up to write a novel of 50,000 words in length or longer during the month of November. First drafts only, and there is no judging or public showing of your work. Everyone who succeeds in writing that much is termed a winner, and what do you win? Well, you’ve written a novel!

That’s pretty cool.

So, are you in? If so, sign up here, and drop us a line at info@whochainsyou.com to let us know you signed up so we can support each other via e-mail and/or facebook.

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Happy Writing!

P.S. Explore our published books for animal lovers, rescuers, and activists on our page at http://www.whochainsyou.com/books.html.