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Meet the Characters

Team VicaThe main characters of the Canine Nosework Mini Mysteries are Mini Poodle Vica and her partner and handler, Cathy L. Kidd.

Vica is a very lively, active and inquisitive dog who is 6 years old. She’s been training Nosework for about 3 years and absolutely loves it. She likes nothing better than getting out with Cathy to new areas with new challenges.

Cathy has been a dog lover for the better part of her life and has found her heart dog and partner in fun in Vica. When she’s not doing Nosework or Obedience with Vica, she makes her living on the computer. She publishes books, especially recipe books, and websites. She enjoys Internet research which definitely comes in handy as you’ll see in the books.

Dog Nose Prints

Kara Nose Print pin

To make your own dog nose print gather the following materials:
Food coloring
Paper towels
Small piece of white paper
Damp washcloth or cloth towel

Saturate a piece of paper towel with the food coloring of your choice.

Gently dry your dog’s nose with another piece of paper towel or the end of a cloth towel and then dab the food coloring carefully on his nose.

Before he can lick his nose, gently press the white paper against his nose to make the print.

Set the print aside and very gently wipe the food coloring off his nose.

Food coloring used for human cooking will not hurt your dog. Just be gentle with him.

Book #2 is Live

It Smells Like Burnt RopeIt Smells Like…Burnt Rope

For Cathy L. Kidd and her canine partner, Vica, it was time to do some Nosework training again! They’d not been able to go out for a few days because of Cathy’s work schedule and they were both anxious to have some training fun. After their last adventure in the park where they found a body of all things, Cathy decided they’d go somewhere safer and chose the parking lot at the local shopping center for vehicle searches. Vehicle searches had always been safe in the past so there was no reason to think otherwise today. But of course, there was a surprise in store for them! What Vica found this time took them on a whole new adventure and a new association with another fascinating dog and handler team.

It Smells Like…Burnt Rope is a novelette length book and the second in the Canine Nosework Mini Mystery series by author C. Liane Luini. It is designed to be a quick and enjoyable read for all ages and is available for Kindle on Amazon. We hope you enjoy it!

Marketing Help for a Newbie Fiction Writer

So I’ve written my first fiction book. How exciting is that, but now what??!?! How do I find people who would want to read it? How do I market it in the most effective way?

blog-hopLuckily for me just as I was trying to answer those questions, along came The Book Marketing Challenge hosted by a true expert, D’vorah Lansky of Build a Business with Your Book.

It was 30 days chock full of marketing tips and strategies and I was thrilled to see that there was a lot of information specifically for fiction writers.

The 30 days are coming to an end and I think the most valuable thing I took from it all was the need to really connect with your readers. I can see how you can do it in the non-fiction world pretty easily, but needed some guidance for my new endeavor. How do you build rapport with your readers? The start of course is a blog where people can come to discuss your book, ask questions and perhaps even give suggestions for future story lines. With the series I’m planning, suggestions would be welcome!

So this blog was born. You can see it’s brand spanking new and I will be adding content over the next few days to round it out. I got lots of ideas of information and even videos I could post so the content will add up quickly.

After that, it’s on to looking at doing a Virtual Book Tour. Included in the Challenge was a lot of guidance on what that is and how it’s done. I’m looking forward to giving it a shot.

All in all, the Challenge was exactly that! A Challenge to expand your knowledge, horizons and get out there and try different things. With help from a lot of new friends.

Welcome to Canine Nosework Mini Mysteries

This is a companion website to my series of Canine Nosework Mysteries entitled
It Smells Like…

Whether you are a dog or general mystery fan or someone who does Nosework with their dog, this site is for you!

The series of books came out of my love for my dog, Kara and the fun we have with Nosework. I’d never written a fiction book before and once I got started I found it just flowed!

It has been such a joy to write the first two books (with two more on the way!) I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I had writing them.

Be sure to come back often as I’ll give you updates on the latest books, a peek behind the cover, and some videos of Kara doing Nosework.

Join the journey with the first book

It Smells Like...Murder: A Canine Nosework Mini Mystery (#1)

It Smells Like…Murder: A Canine Nosework Mini Mystery (#1)

For Cathy L. Kidd and her canine partner, Vica, the beautiful, sunny day started like most others. It was a perfect day for a Nosework training outing and they were looking forward to testing their skills at a local park. They had been training for about three years in this exciting new sport and Vica was getting quite adept at finding the target birch and anise odors that Cathy set out for her.

This day may have started like most, but it sure didn’t end like most. What happened at the end of their training session surprised both of them and led them on an adventure they wouldn’t soon forget!

It Smells Like…Murder is a novelette length book and first in the Canine Nosework Mini Mystery series. It is designed to be a quick and enjoyable read for all ages. We hope you enjoy it!