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Bijou to the Rescue has arrived!

Muffin Dog Press is happy to announce the release of Bijou to the Rescue. This the second in a series, Allo Bijou!,  of books about a little English dog who moves to France.

Bijou to the Rescue finds Bijou and her new friend Camille at the beach.
The two dogs enjoy the sun and sand while waiting for their friend Maurice and his family to join them. It should be perfect, especially for Bijou who finds the warm beaches of the South of France much to her liking after the colder shores of her native England.

One day, playtime ends when the two friends hear a whimper of distress and decide they must investigate.

See how it ends for Bijou in this new adventure about the little British mixed-breed and her group of international friends.

The book contains around 8 illustrations by the author.


Bijou to the Rescue by Nora Ned McBride


New Release – The Ancient Wisdom of Cats

Muffin Dog Press is happy to announce the new release of The Ancient Wisdom of Cats, words by Laura Harrison McBride and photography by Rachel Burch.

Cats have nine lives. Don’t you think there are a few things you could learn from them? And what if they were magical cats who lived on ancient, druid Dartmoor, deep in the ancient south of England? Here are magical cats of Dartmoor, come to help you affirm everything you’ve always wanted…and charm you as well with their antics all over the sacred spots of romantic, exotic Dartmoor. A perfect gift to yourself and your spirit helpers, or as a gift for a friend who loves cats, magick, or exotic places.

The Ancient Wisdom of Cats by Laura Harrison McBride & Rachel Burch
The Ancient Wisdom of Cats by Laura Harrison McBride & Rachel Burch

Tavistock Christmas Festival Opening Today!

The St. Eustachious Church in Tavistock starts it’s annual Christmas Tree Festival today, 28th November 2014.  Muffin Dog Press has decorated a tree for the event.  The theme is “A Book, a Biscuit and a cup of tea!”

If you are in the Market town of Tavistcock, in the next few weeks, please take a moment to visit the festival and the see the many tress on display.

After that the tree will available to view at Tavistock’s Devon Library, near the Warf on Plymouth Road.



Tavistock Christmas Tree Festival Update

500px-Xmas_tree_animatedNews Flash!

The festive season is approaching, so it’s time for all good Muffin Dogs to fetch their Christmas decor down from storage and see what’s worth putting up.

One thing well worth it will be a first for Muffin Dog Press. We will decorate a tree for the annual Christmas Tree Festival at St. Eustachius Church, Tavistock, Devon, UK.

Each year, as many as 9,000 visitors view the trees. Often, the groups or people who have decorated a tree will give it to a local service organization for part of their festive Christmas treeseason decorations. The Muffin Dog Press tree, to be themed “A book, a biscuit and a cup of tea,” will be displayed after the festival by the Tavistock Public Library.

If you’d like to see the tree, and the approximately 70 others that generally decorate the ancient, historic church during the festival, pop along at 2:30 p.m. on November 28, 2014 for the short opening ceremony, or stop by during the week while the church is open, or view them before or after a service between November 28 and December 7.

The Luminous Shadow of the Muse

The Luminous Shadow of the Muse, by Laura Harrison McBride.
The Luminous Shadow of the Muse, by Laura Harrison McBride.

Poems of Cornwall and the Atlantic Rim.

The Luminous Shadow of the Muse explores what’s left behind when humans confront their lives…the feelings, hungers, pains, and joys, but beneath it all, the changes begun by everything a person does, and the activities altered by everything a human thinks.

This volume is at times gentle, at times cogent and at times just plain unsentimental as it explores the big and small facets of modern life. It moves through space and time, from the 1950s to now, from the gentle breezes of the Cornish coast to the fug of midtown Manhattan. It assesses marriage, families and the single life. Dogs and horses. Food and drink. It will make you laugh, remember your past, and assess the difficult situations of your life. While the poems are based on one woman’s experience on two continents, the emotions are universal. It is a spiritual journey, from birth to the late years of life. It examines, it suggests, it informs, it delights in the way it uses the majestically malleable English language to cast a beam of light on human life in the noughties.

Out now on Kindle and in print

O, Tannenbaum, O Tannenbaum…

We know. It is a bit early for Christmas. We apologize.

However, the reason we are rushing the season is to mention an upcoming event Muffin Dog Press will participate in: The Christmas Tree Festival at St. Eustachius Church, Tavistock, Devon.

Muffin Dog Press Cyber-Guru Simon Tiley grew up in Tavistock, and spent years acting as acolyte, server and crucifer. But no, that won’t have anything to do with the tree.

Our theme is A Book, a Biscuit, and a Cup of Tea. Toddle along to St. Eustachius and see our efforts, and the efforts of a couple dozen others, between 28 November and St. Eustachius, park 7 December.

Here ‘s a photo of the ancient beautiful church,right in the middle of an historic markettown–well worth a look.

The World According to Shelf Barker

An excerpt from Laura Harrison McBride’s mystery novel, Car Full of Death: A quirky British Mystery Romp.

“I have been a driving instructor for almost a decade now, since shortly after
it became dangerous to be alone with those who might possibly be on a
government watch list: Muslims, Mafia operatives, people who had protested
government activities…in short, types one often finds within the crumbling
corridors of ancient university buildings. But that makes it all the more
interesting. The dual controls have come in useful more than once, although
that one Iranian man is suing me for breaking his nose.”

“She did much less well with her month of the Finnish tongue…not that many
people know what pidgin Finnish sounds like. How many Finns are there? Funny
you should ask…so I looked it up. Only a little over five million. It would be
tough to hear Finnish outside Finland. It’s similar to Estonian, though, and
related to Hungarian, which sounds very different. How do I know this? Recall,
I was a professor. I looked it up. You thought professors just KNEW all that
stuff? Hah. Mainly, we are really good at looking stuff up.”

 “By the way, just so you know, my vocabulary has grown considerably since I
met my wife. Anyone who grows up in New York City, the world’s melting pot,
learns not only their own ethnic slang, but the ethnic slang of other cultures
they are rubbing shoulder with 24/7. Tchotchkes is a Yiddish word meaning
small (annoying) useless objects, the sort of thing you find in your old
Gran’s house, since she has doubtless reached the age where moving all that
crap around and dusting it constitutes the sum total of the week’s
excitement….I realize all this sounds horribly bigoted or maybe even ageist,
but it isn’t. It is simple fact. Old folks don’t work, so they dust.”

 “I always thought they didn’t let wildly pregnant women fly because of
possible damage to the baby, or maybe she’d end up spreading her legs in the
aisle if the pressure changes opened the birth canal. That would be so
inconvenient, I always thought, because then they couldn’t get the
pay-per-drink beverage cart down the aisle. I figure his accountants told Sir
Richard not to let preggers broads on because he might go broke without that
extra four pounds fifty per head for firewater that they don’t give you on
planes anymore so you can forget you are squeezed into a germ-laden tube
hurtling through space and doing god-knows-what to your internal organs,
biological clock, and so forth. Make that six pounds fifty; the economy is
tanking, which means you can always get more shekels out of punters for booze.
Helps ease the pain, which is what my second glass of wine was doing, now that
the gulped-down first glass had hit behind my belt buckle.”