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Wednesday, November 7, 2012


Jami Davenport has been writing since she was old enough to know the alphabet. An advocate of happy endings, Jami writes sexy romantic comedy, sizzling suspense and equestrian fiction. Jami lives on a small farm near Puget Sound with her husband, a former Green Beret turned plumber. In her spare time, Jami rides and shows her Dressage horse. An avid boater, Jami has spent countless hours in the San Juan Islands, the setting for her first two books. In her opinion, it is the most beautiful place on Earth.

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Animals as Secondary Characters

I'm an animal lover. Our small farm in Western Washington near Puget Sound consists of two pony-sized dogs, a prince disguised as an orange tabby cat and one prima donna horse. You'll rarely read a book of mine which doesn't have an animal as a secondary character. Animals add a bit of humor and fun to any situation.

In previous books I featured an opinionated Hanoverian mare (based on my true-life horse). She's got an attitude and she knows how to use it. In the first book in my Lumberjack (Fourth and Goal) series, I included a kleptomaniac chocolate Lab named Simon.

Horses and dogs were a natural for me to write about. Cats were not, until a few years ago when my cat-hating husband allowed a stray cat into our house. The next thing we knew, we were owned by a cat. I knew this cat (and how quickly he won over my husband) had to be in my next book and he is.

In Forward Passes, the animal star of the show is the orange tabby that lives next door. The cat, a bit of a drama-queen, is quite vocal after having relegated to the role of barn cat by the new owner of the property. The heroine confronts her neighbor, a bad-boy pro football player and insists he take care of his cat. The football player has no intention of letting a fur-spreading, litter-box using, flea-infested cat into his home. The cat's goal is to reinstate his role as house  cat. If you have cats, you know what's coming next. In no time, the tabby has taken over the house. He sleeps on the pillow, uses the arm of the leather couch for a scratching post and spreads cat hair everywhere. The hero is at his mercy. You gotta love a man who loves animals, regardless of his other flaws. It's a hoot writing about how this little tabby cat wraps the hero around his paw and a great way to show this alpha male's soft side.

I'll continue to use animals in my books for as long as I write. Do you enjoy reading a book with animals as secondary characters? Have you read any good books lately with animals as secondary characters? I'd love to hear your comments.

~Jami Davenport

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Forward Passes by Jami Davenport
Publisher: Boroughs Publishing Group (October 4, 2012)
Series: Seattle Lumberjacks, 2
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Quarterback Tyler Harris is about to find the woman who can get past his defensive line and reach his heart.

With two championships in as many years, superstar Tyler Harris is the best quarterback in the league. Gorgeous and rich, he’s at the top of his game. But everyone’s looking to take him down. There’s a building media frenzy around an unfortunate accident, and the only safe place seems a rundown mansion deep in the San Juans and owned by his late great uncle. There, Tyler gets sacked by the sassy redhead next door. It’s more alive than he’s felt in years.

Lavender Mead has a good reason to dislike jocks, namely an absentee father who deserted the family to coach college football. Maybe that explains her penchant for bad boys who play ball for a living and break hearts for a hobby. Her new neighbor seems just the type. Yet, something is different about Tyler, and sometimes love requires a Hail Mary. You draw back your arm, pray…and give it all up to fate. And sometimes you win your ring

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Thanks for stopping by today, Jami! As an animal-lover myself, I love a good story with them in it! :)

Don't forget Jami's question:

Do you enjoyreading a book with animals as secondary characters? Have you read any good books lately with animals as secondary characters? I'd love to hear your comments.


Until Next Time,


*TBQ's Book Palace is a member of both the Amazon and Barnes and Nobles affiliates program. By using the links provided to buy products from either website, I receive a very small percentage of the order. To read my full disclosure on the matter, please see this post!


  1. Thanks for hosting me on your blog. Gotta love those animals. :)

  2. I do enjoy books with animals but about the only one I can think of right now is Larissa Ione's ETERNAL RIDER. But the animals in this book & series are Hell-Hounds ;-)

  3. Nice blurb.Book looks really good.


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