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Author Pet Of The Month
Ber Carroll

Author+Pet for May, is the versatile and talented Ber Carroll and her writing muse PJ. Ber is an Irish-Australian author whose new release is her eleventh published book!! As well as moving country and adopting a second national identity, Ber has moved to a newish genre and added a second author identity to her bow. The Other Side of Her is Ber’s latest release and her fourth writing as B.M. Carroll. It positively thrums with tension and foreboding, dark secrets swirling and colliding against the backdrop of ordinary suburban Aussie life. My advice – if you value your sleep, don’t start reading this as a bed time story. It will keep you turning the pages and ignoring the approach of the midnight hour. Here is the lowdown on her new release.
The Other Side Of Her - B.M.Carroll

A missing backpacker

A million dollar reward
Ordinary people cracking under pressure
Busy parents Mia and Ryan were devastated when their former nanny, Irish backpacker Tara, tragically disappeared. But that was two years ago. Now they want to move on and focus on their son … so why are the police questioning them again?
When single mum Beth wakes up to a house burglary, she immediately suspects her abusive ex-husband. But when bad things continue to happen to Beth, her fear is overtaken by desperation and anger. A dark secret binds these families together. How far will they go to protect their own?

And here is the lowdown on this dynamic duo…Ber and PJ.

Q1. Serial pet monogamist? Or ménage a pet? Pet monogamist. Until 7 years ago, I would not have
regarded myself as ‘a dog person’. Now I am besotted. Having a dog as part of the family has been
one of the unexpected joys in my life.

Q2. Set the scene. – where do you hang out with your pet/s? PJ hangs out with me every morning,
when we go for a walk (he sniffs everything while I mull over what I’m writing). He also hangs out
with me in the kitchen, hoping to get lucky. At night, while I read a book on the couch, he stretches
out at my feet, catching up on some extra sleep (because eighteen hours is a minimum).

Q. 3 Pet character profile: Handsome, curious, playful, food-motivated, cuddly, sooky, loves to lick.

Q 4. Muse, distraction, or disruptor? All three. (I even named a dog character after PJ in my novel
Who We Were.)

Q 5 Best pet in a book? That would have to be Six-Thirty in Lessons in Chemistry (by Bonnie Garmus)

Part 2. Now we’re talking, or panting, or purring…
Where pets and authors dish the dirt on each other.

1. Favourite treat.

Ber: Potato chips.

PJ: Dried beef liver (I respond very well to bribery. Just say the word ‘treat’ and I’m yours).

2. Worst habit.
Ber: Staying up too late reading and waking the next morning with a book hangover.
PJ: Barking at the TV when there is soccer on. Only soccer, no other sports. I get particularly
anxious during penalty shoot-outs.

3. Best quality:
Ber: I like to think of myself as a hard worker.
PJ: I like to think of myself as a ‘play hard’ type of guy.

4. Bedroom truths. Eg. On the bed, under the bed, next to the bed, closed bedroom door. 3
in the bed. ????
Ber: PJ is not allowed in the bedroom unless there is thunder, when the rules are bent. I love
him, but he smells and snores.
PJ: I am working my way into her bedroom. It’s a long-term project that I’m very committed

I don’t think I’d be willing to place a bet on who will give up first, PJ on his mission to infiltrate the bedroom, or Ber, in her determination to keep the bedroom a canine snoring/snorting/snuggling free zone. A big thankyou to Ber and PJ for dropping by at the start of a whirlwind book tour.

And a big thankyou to her publisher Affirm for a copy to give away.

Just so you know, I do not get paid to endorse any books. I just love telling people about great books, lovely authors and adorable pets. (It’s a labour of love, like most writing!)

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