GUEST BLOG: A World of Words by Dane McCaslin Plus Giveaway!

I’ve always had an interest in how language works. When I was old enough to discover that languages were derivatives of a root language, I was hooked.

Latin was amazing. And I found out that if I learned the etymology—the origin—of a word, I could decipher similar words. I felt like an explorer at the ripe old age of twelve.

Of course, I didn’t really understand what I was doing at the time. I was just being curious. Solving a puzzle. Breaking a code.

I felt like Nancy Drew and Trixie Belden all wrapped up in one. And it was no surprise to anyone when my favorite books were mysteries. Solving a crime alongside the genteel Miss Marple or the egotistical Hercule Poirot was fun.

I liked the classics as well: Little Women. The Wizard of Oz—the entire series, not just the first book. A Little Princess. And Caddie Woodlawn. I still have my first copy of Huckleberry Finn, but I have to be very careful with it since the spine is fragile and is losing its grip on the pages. And I have the copy of Charlotte’s Web that I ordered after my third grade teacher, Mrs. Marcantonio, read it to us every day after lunch, one chapter at a time.

My love of language and reading are part of the same family. I couldn’t have one without the other, in my opinion. Looking up the meaning of a word and its origins increased my vocabulary like no formal class could have done.

And it’s a habit worth cultivating early in a child as well. Give them the gift of discovering not only the meaning of words, but the story behind them.

About The Book

The 2 Sisters Pet Valet Mysteries: Book 3
Publication Date: October 5, 2021

The 2 Sisters Pet Valet Service is purring along, thanks to the entrepreneurial talents of retired schoolteacher Gwen Franklin and her bestie and business partner, Nora Goldstein. But when the fur starts to fly, they become partners in crime detecting as well . . .

At Nora’s request, Gwen is happy to accompany her to a meeting with ex-hubby #3’s lawyer. Much to Nora’s surprise—and dismay—she’s been named executor of said ex’s will. The fact that the man has been missing for years and was just declared legally dead only makes an already complicated process more so. And besides, is he really dead? What’s not a surprise is that Nora’s twin ex-stepchildren are pressing for access to their father’s dry cleaning fortune . . .

With Gwen’s assist, it’s time for Nora to do a little digging. It turns out that the twins’ catering business is failing—and that their dad’s business was laundering more than clothing. Soon, Gwen and Nora are infiltrating a long list of dirty deeds, including fraud and illegal gains. And the perpetrators are all too close to home. The police may want Gwen and Nora to stick to their own line of work, but the pair are determined to make sure the truth comes out in the wash—before someone ends up in the discard bin . . .

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About The AuthorDane McCaslin began a life-long love of mysteries at a very young age. She bypassed Nancy Drew and Trixie Belden and went straight for Agatha Christie, thanks to her mother’s library books. Dane is retired from a twenty-plus-year career in teaching high school and college English, and she uses her newfound freedom to read for pleasure, write mysteries, and smell the roses.


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Dayna is the owner of not only Novels Alive but of Day Agency, a full-service self-publishing agency for independent authors. She has been assisting independent authors to achieve their dreams of becoming published authors for over 15 years. From New York Times and USA Today Bestselling authors to the first-time author to every author in between. Dayna is a self-professed bibliophile. While dancing has always been her first love, reading came as a very, very close second, with gardening coming in as a close third. Dayna is also the divorced mom of four adult children and a very proud grandma. She is also a web designer, social media specialist, book blogger, and reviewer. She's a long-time Disney lover and a Utah Jazz, Utah Utes, and Dallas Cowboys fan. See Dayna's reviews here: Dayna's Reviews


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