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Corgi Capers Contest

To celebrate the launch of Corgi Capers: Deceit on Dorset Drive, the corgis have decided to give away a free copy of their book. To enter, check out the contest at Contest ends February 15th!

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About Corgi Capers: Deceit on Dorset Drive:

Corgi Capers: Deceit on Dorset Drive is now available. You can buy directly from the publisher at, or you can order it at

What happens when Adam Hollinger and his obnoxious older sister, Courtney, convince their absent-minded mother to allow them to adopt a pair of corgis — after their father explicitly said, “No!” ?

Author Val Muller answers this question as the mystery on Dorset Drive unfolds.

There’s a serial thief robbing every house in the neighborhood, including the Hollingers’. As the plot deepens and the suspense builds, Adam and the rambunctious corgi pups are determined to crack the case. Even Courtney can’t resist getting involved.

Corgi Capers: Deceit on Dorset Drive (223 pp., $8.99) is the perfect book for your ‘tween detective. From the brother/sister bickering and teasing, to the elderly couple that raise corgis, to Sparkles and Owl, the parents of four wiggly little corgi pups, to the pups who talk to one another and get adopted by their new people, this book will quickly become a favorite with your children. The story line is intriguing, the pups are adorable, and there’s plenty of humor to keep your children turning the pages until they reach the suspenseful climax.

ISBN 978-0615592237

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Posted by on February 5, 2012 in contest, corgis, writing


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Featured Author: Debbie Roppolo

Welcome to my interview with Debbie Roppolo, author of Amelia Frump and her Peanut Butter Loving, Overactive Imagination The book has recently been released at Dancing With Bear Publishing.

Tell us about yourself: 
Thank you for having me, Valerie. I’ve always enjoyed writing, but when I was a child, I wanted to be a vet instead of a writer. Writing meant sitting still for long periods of time, and that was not something I cared to do at then.

The desire to become a vet was fueled by my love of animals–we had horses, cows, chickens, and at one time, a raccoon. In tenth grade, my career choice changed when we were required to dissect a bird in biology. I discovered, as did my lab partner, I couldn’t stand the sight of blood and guts.

My first story was published in Chicken Soup for the Dog Lover’s Soul in 2005. Since then, my stories have been in magazines, newspapers, and in a few more of the Chicken Soup for the Soul books.

I’m also a field editor for Taste of Home magazine, and an award-winning baker.

Tell us about your book:
Amelia is a nine year old girl, and like most children her age, she has a very active imagination that sometimes gets her into trouble. One night, as the winds howl through the treetops, she sees a spooky, bony finger tapping on the glass outside her bedroom window. She must use her imagination to save herself, and avoid becoming the final ingredient in a “Grubby Sock Casserole.

What is your favorite character or element of Amelia Frump and her Peanut Butter Loving, Overactive Imagination? Why?
I like all the characters in the story, but Amelia is my favorite. Her personality was based on my own, as a child. Like Amelia, I was a sassy, adventurous girl who enjoyed “thinking outside the box”. Instead of playing Barbie, there were tea parties with my ponies or chickens, and Bantam hens wore the latest in doll clothes fashion.

I too, was not a very neat child, and my favorite method of cleaning my room was sweeping everything under my bed. I also had a mischievous streak that would have made June Cleaver reach for a rum bottle, and it seemed (at the time) it was my goal to make my mother gray-headed before she was forty.

What book or author has been most inspirational for you, and why?
There have been so many books I’ve found to be motivational, but some of the Chicken Soup for the Soul books inspire me the most. Each collection has true stories of overcoming obstacles, joy, and dealing with grief, and the reader can gain wisdom from the contributor’s experiences.

If you were to be stranded on a desert island, what non-survival-related item would you bring along that you couldn’t live without?
I would probably go nuts if I couldn’t work on story ideas, so I’d have to bring my laptop and a battery rechargeable with solar power.

Are you working on any other projects at the moment?
I’m working on a children’s book that’s about a boy whose brother has autism.

When a child in a family is diagnosed, the parents are occupied with scheduling therapy sessions (occupational, speech, and others), and dealing with the emotional turmoil following the diagnosis. As a result, siblings may feel forgotten, and try to cope with their emotions by themselves. This book is about a boy, and his own journey through his brother’s autism.

What question do you wish I had asked?
You asked them all. Thank you so much for having me!

Finally, where can we find you?


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Posted by on December 18, 2011 in interview, writing


Corgis Star on Cover!

I’m pleased to unveil the cover of Corgi Capers, set for release in January!

The cover was designed by Justin James

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Posted by on November 16, 2011 in corgis, writing


Robots, Time Travel, and Luv

Following my trend of stretching my writing wings (away from predominantly writing horror), I’ve just received a contract for a novella I wrote. This one is new for me–a time travel romance involving robots! (It’s me we’re talking about here–you wouldn’t expect me to write a “normal” romance, right?)

The novella will be published as an e-book through Rebel Ink Press and will be available for purchase this spring.


Posted by on October 17, 2011 in writing



I’m pleased to announce that my short story “The Girl with Sunrise in her Hair” is scheduled for publication in Timid Pirate’s Finding Home: Community in Apocalyptic Worlds anthology. It’s a story told largely through the journal of one of the youngest survivors of a global apocalypse. Part of a barren and hopeless population, she must choose between life in a dictator’s sanctuary or untamed life in the recovering wilderness.

Timid Pirate’s website,, will start taking orders in early November. The book will be released in mid-December. For now, you can view the table of contents here:


Posted by on October 15, 2011 in writing


Interview on Blog Talk Radio

On September 29, I was interviewed along with some of DWB’s other authors, on Blog Talk Radio. If you missed it, you can listen to the show using the link below. My interview came around 50 minutes in:

It was my first-ever interview, and I was a bit nervous, but after all was said and done, it was actually fun. If you don’t know me very well, I didn’t sound nervous 🙂

I look forward to the release of Corgi Capers and hope that everyone enjoys the novel. It’s great for kids in elementary school, especially kids who love–or have every wanted–a dog of their own.

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Posted by on October 10, 2011 in writing


Corgi Capers to be published!

I am pleased to announce that my middle-grade mystery novel, CORGI CAPERS, has been accepted for publication at Dancing With Bear Publishing.

It is the story of Adam Hollinger, a fifth-grader who dreams of a normal summer: playing All-Star baseball, reading comic books, begging his parents for a dog, and avoiding his mischievous seventh-grade sister. But that dream is turned upside-down when the Hollingers adopt two corgi puppies, the team’s star pitcher breaks an arm, and Adam’s neighborhood is plagued by a serial burglar. When the adults of the town are stumped, it is up to Adam and the puppies to set things straight.

The novel is set for release in January 2012.


Posted by on September 29, 2011 in writing