Run and Read This Book by Kathleen Kaska! #animalrights #dogs

I’m really excited to have Kathleen Kaska guest-posting today, because her latest book is about dogs! Yes, I’m mostly about cats, but I loves me some doggies, too. And this new series of Kathleen’s highlights animal rights, which I’m ALL about.

Kathleen Kaska is the author two awarding-winning mystery series: the Sydney Lockhart Mystery Series set in the 1950s and the Classic Triviography Mystery Series, which includes The Sherlock Holmes Triviography and Quiz Book. Her first two Lockhart mysteries, Murder at the Arlington and Murder at the Luther, were selected as bonus-books for the Pulpwood Queen Book Group, the largest book group in the country. Her latest Sydney Lockhart mystery, set in Austin, Texas, is Murder at the Driskill. When she is not writing, she spends much of her time with her husband traveling the back roads and byways around the country, looking for new venues for her mysteries and bird watching along the Texas coast and beyond. It was her passion for birds that led to the publication The Man Who Saved the Whooping Crane: The Robert Porter Allen Story (University Press of Florida).

Run Dog Run is Kathleen’s first mystery in the new Kate Caraway animal rights series.

Let’s hear more about this book.


Run Dog Run takes places in the world of greyhound racing. This was my very first attempt at writing fiction. I wanted to write a story that was not only engaging, but made people think about animal rights issues, a cause I am passionate about. I researched greyhound racing and was appalled at what goes on behind the scenes. I wanted people to be aware of the issues involved and to consider adopting one of these beautiful dogs.

My protagonist, Kate Caraway, is an advocate for animal rights. The story begins with a major disruption in her life. She was forced to leave her elephant project in Africa and return to the US. She returns to Texas to recover and becomes involved with a prominent, but shady character who raises and trains greyhounds.

After five years in Africa, researching the decline of elephant populations, animal rights activist Kate Caraway’s project comes to a screeching halt when she shoots a poacher and is forced to leave the country. Kate travels to a friend’s ranch in Texas for a much-needed rest. But before she has a chance to unpack, her friend’s daughter pleads for Kate’s assistance. The young woman has become entangled in the ugly world of greyhound abuse and believes Kate is the only one with the experience and tenacity to expose the crime and find out who is responsible. On the case for only a few hours, Kate discovers a body, complicating the investigation by adding murder to the puzzle. Now, she’s in a race against time to find the killer before she becomes the next victim.


WOW! How about an excerpt?


She’d been foolish and gone off alone, now she might have to pay the ultimate price…

The rocks along the bottom of the creek bed seemed to disappear. Kate felt the ropy, gnarl of tree roots instead.

The cedar break. She was approaching the road and soon the water would pass through the culvert. She knew that she would not make it through the narrow tunnel alive. Her lungs screamed for air. With one final attempt, she grabbed hold of a long cedar root growing along the side of the creek bank and hung on. Miraculously, it held. She wedged her foot under the tangled growth and anchored herself against the current. Inching her way upward, she thrust her head above water and gulped for air. But debris in the current slapped her in the face, and leaves and twigs filled her mouth, choking her. Dizziness overcame her ability to think—exhaustion prevented her from pulling herself higher.

She must not give in. Fighting unconsciousness, Kate inched her way up a little farther, and at last was able to take a clear breath. Her right arm hung loosely by her side, the back of the shaft had broken off in the tumble through the current, but the arrow was lodged in her arm. Numb from cold water and exhaustion, she lay on the bank as the water swept over her, and then, as quickly as it had arrived, the flow subsided and the current slowed. If she could hang on a few moments longer, survival looked promising. As thoughts of hope entered her mind, Kate feared that her pursuer might not have given up the chase. Perfect, Kate Caraway, just perfect. You screwed up again, she chided herself as the lights went out.


Run Dog Run and Kathleen’s other books are available through Black Opal Books, Kathleen’s website, and Amazon.

A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: Write about a rescue and a dog.




I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “Run and Read This Book by Kathleen Kaska! #animalrights #dogs

  1. Kathleen Kaska

    March 20, 2017 at 9:38am

    Thanks for having me as a guest today, Marian. My first rescue dog came from the pound in Waco, Texas. I paid $5 for him and it was the best investment I’ve ever made. His name was Lito and he taught me about unconditional love. I’d love to hear your reader’s dog rescue stories.

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      Marian Allen

      March 20, 2017 at 12:28pm

      The only dogs we ever had were rescue dogs. They either wandered up or were given to us because it was us or the shelter. I’m looking forward to hearing some rescue stories, too!

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  2. Karen

    March 20, 2017 at 1:05pm

    Can’t wait to read this new series, Kathleen. I’ve loved all your books.
    My rescue was a dog named Applejack. We connected the moment I saw him. He changed my life. He has crossed over the rainbow bridge now. There is not a single day that I don’t think about him and miss him dearly.

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  3. Kathleen Kaska

    March 20, 2017 at 9:44pm


    Thanks for your comment. I truly believe all dogs goes go to heaven and are they happily waiting for us.

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  4. Richard

    March 20, 2017 at 10:25pm

    Thanks Maria for sharing this book “Run Dog Run”. Kathleen I stored it in my wishlist. Will read this book soon.

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  5. Daniyal

    March 24, 2017 at 8:37am

    HY author,

    Thanks for sharing this awesome Book by Kathleen Kaska. I Can’t wait to read this new series, Kathleen.

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  6. Kathleen Kaska

    March 24, 2017 at 10:08am

    This message from Carol Davis came to me via e-mail so I wanted to share it. Carol is the owner of Blisswood B & B in Texas, a sprawling ranch were her menagerie of rescued animals roam. The place for me is heaven!
    “I rescued one of the Sochi Dogs that would have been “exterminated” for the Olympics. See FaceBook “Stetson From Russia with love.”—Carol Davis.

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  7. Elena erwin

    April 3, 2017 at 11:49am

    Looks like a lovely new series. I will be reading this with my dogs 🙂

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  8. William Frazier

    May 4, 2017 at 7:05am

    There’s an older couple in my neighborhood who have two Italian greyhounds (I think I have the breed correct). They’re smaller than the typical ones you see, and are absolutely beautiful, graceful animals. It is, indeed, sad to discover that some people are willing to abuse animals in order to gain money… :U[ Thanks for your advocacy, Marian. @Austin @BrykerWoods

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      Marian Allen

      May 4, 2017 at 8:00am

      The greyhounds sound lovely. Sometimes, I understand vegans. It’s puzzling, how most of us can’t imagine caging or killing and eating horses or dogs, but think nothing of abusing/using “food” animals. I eat meat, but, more and more, I feel bad about it, and I’ve cut down on it pretty drastically.

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  9. Frank Maddish

    June 13, 2017 at 10:22am

    I’m more of a cat fan myself, but it was an interesting article all the same. I too have just published my first novel,and working on my second. It’ll probably take forever for people to warm to my particularly unique outlook on life, but I’ll still keep slugging away. Ah well, c’est la vie, wishing you all the best with your future endeavours.

    Frank Maddish

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      Marian Allen

      June 13, 2017 at 3:51pm

      I’m more of a cat fan, myself, Frank. Congratulations on your novel! That’s so exciting! Everybody, go to Frank’s page and sample his book.

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