Chez Stinky (An Alpine Grove Romantic Comedy, #1)

Chez Stinky (An Alpine Grove Romantic Comedy, #1)

by Susan C. Daffron

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Kat Stevens is a slightly insecure, mostly bored technical writer who likes her cat a lot more than her boss. She hasn't laid eyes on her great aunt Abigail since she was eight, so she’s stumped when she inherits Abigail's house in the small hamlet of Alpine Grove.Kat's uncomplicated life gets decidedly less so when she discovers the inheritance comes with some hairy conditions: four dogs and five cats that her aunt wanted her to love as her own. Of course, the house smells like a barn--with a touch of antique skunk--and, naturally, has serious roof issues. And that's before the three-legged cat gets stuck in the wall and the shower goes kablooey.When Kat meets Joel, an unemployed techie type with no love lost for his sister, Kat looks past his obvious flaws, given his timely and desirable skill set: a talent for fixing things (and his own tools).Despite out-of-control dogs, cat fights, dust dinosaurs, massive spiders and an old grizzled hippie passed out in the yard, Kat discovers the tranquility of the forests of Alpine Grove starting to seep into her soul.And why she can't she stop thinking about Joel?

Product Details

BN ID: 2940151670715
Publisher: Magic Fur Press
Publication date: 07/23/2013
Series: An Alpine Grove Romantic Comedy , #1
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 13,457
File size: 268 KB

About the Author

Susan Daffron is the president of Logical Expressions, Inc., a book and software publishing company in Sandpoint, Idaho.

She has authored 12 books and has a unique perspective on the ever-changing print-on-demand and book publishing industries, with a background in writing, editing, graphic design, and Web site development. She has been in publishing since 1988.

A recognized editorial and self-publishing expert, Susan is the award-winning author of:

* Funds to the Rescue: 101 Fundraising Ideas for Humane and Animal Rescue Groups
* Publishize: How to Quickly and Affordably Self-Publish a Book That Promotes Your Expertise
* Web Business Success: The Entrepreneur's Guide to Web Sites that Work - coauthor with James H. Byrd
* VeganSuccess: Scrumptious, Healthy Vegan Recipes for Busy People - coauthor with James H. Byrd
* Happy Hound: Develop a Great Relationship with Your Adopted Dog or Puppy
* Happy Tabby: Develop a Great Relationship with Your Adopted Cat or Kitten
* Logical Tips for Mastering Your Computer: Quick Shortcuts, Tips, Tricks, and Techniques to Help You Use Your Computer More Effectively
* Logical Tips for Mastering Microsoft Office: Quick Shortcuts, Tips, Tricks, and Techniques to Help You Use Microsoft Office More Effectively
* Logical Tips for Mastering Microsoft Windows: Quick Shortcuts, Tips, Tricks, and Techniques to Help You Use Microsoft Windows More Effectively
* How to Use PowerPoint 2000
* Microsoft Office Expert Solutions - contributing author - wrote the chapters on Microsoft Word

In addition to her books, Susan has written more than 70 national magazine articles, 200 newspaper articles, about 1,200 online articles, and an online software training course.

She is the president of the Small Publishers Artists and Writers Network ( which is a nonprofit association that offers resources and information for people working in publishing.

Susan has more than 15 years of experience as a writer, editor, and designer of magazines, newsletters, books and other book-length documents such as users guides and manuals. She was awarded the Most Valuable Professional designation from Microsoft in 1996 for her expertise in working with long documents in Microsoft Word.

Customer Reviews

Chez Stinky 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 53 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Story was cute. I liked the characters, especially the animals. But the story was weak. A lot of information dumping. Too much detail and the writing needs work. Cute story but I found myself skipping pages. Took too long to get to the point too many times.
desertsyl More than 1 year ago
I rarely find a gem that permits my imagination to go in different directions at once. I loved the romance thread and the comedy is "laugh out loud". Looking forward to Book #2.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cute, light read. However, if your a stickler for details this story is not for you. The ending was abrupt.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put this book down. The characters are so real.
bucmjt More than 1 year ago
Chez Stinky by Susan C. Daffron is a hilarious love story.  I really enjoyed the sense of humor, the tiniest bit of angst, and the twist of the ending.  The title is super fitting.  The characters are adorable and it was very easy to get attached.  I loved how they all related differently to each other, depending upon the relationship.  Just really well done!
Sandra Thomas 4 months ago
This should not be listed as a romantic comedy in my opinion. Very little romance and very little comedy. Most of the story was about the heroine and her job , and dogs and cats.
P DuBois 5 months ago
Funny, unique and well written. No cliffhanger!
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Tangen More than 1 year ago
pets, inheritance, insecurity, small-town, friendship, family-dynamics ***** What fun! Along the lines of If Anything Can Go Wrong It Will, but in a hilarious way. The idiot boss, the peculiar inheritance, the flamboyant friend, the perils of small town gossip, and all the eccentric dogs! Great antidote to reality!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Long winded. A few very funny lines, but overall not that funny. I had hoped for more heart and humour. I just couldn't waste time to finish. Loved the dogs and the cats.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book. Great characters and a good upbeat story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was such an amazing book! It made me laugh and it was so romantic! I love animals so, I really loved this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was an *extremely* enjoyable read: well written, nice plot, loveable (including canine!) characters, well paced, and lots of humor. Laughing out loud is not something I normally do while reading, but it happened several times with this book. A nice clean story, as well. HIGHLY recommend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Will read this again
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story was cute. More attention was spent on the relationships with the animals than the couple, though. I doubt I'll read the remaining books in the series.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Struggling to get thru it. A bit of a yawn!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An enjoyable read with plenty to make you smile. And the dialog between the two main characters totally reminded me of how my honey and I talk.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cute story but long winded to get to the plot if any. I would have liked more answers on her family history which seemed glossed over at the end. Enjoyable read though.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked it . Made me laugh
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This might be one of the best books that i have on my nook love it .
caroldh4 More than 1 year ago
Chez Stinky is book one in the series, An Alpine Grove Romantic Comedy by Susan C. Daffron. This is my first book by this author and I chose it from the adorable cover alone. Katherine “Kat” Stevens is living a pretty boring, hum-drum life. She lives in her little apartment with her cat and works as a technical writer/editor. She always wanted to be a writer but never thought she’d end up writing technical books. But she had to pay the rent somehow. Her boss has always been somewhat weird but lately his weird level seems to be getting weirder. And then, she got the phone call that changed everything. Her Great Aunt Abigail died. An Aunt she hadn’t seen since she was a little girl. It seems her Aunt left her house and a crazy assortment of dogs and cats to Kat. But the stipulations of the will were that Kat had to move back to Alpine Grove to live in the house full time and care for the pets. Her care of the animals also had to be approved of by her Aunt’s friend, Louise. “Her quiet and slightly boring life was about to get a lot more complicated.” “Within the last three days, Kat had gone from a quiet and more-or-less worry-free, flexible existence to being essentially homeless with a bunch of tough grown-up decisions to make.” Kat is faced with a house that is badly in need of repairs, has a mysterious and very unpleasant odor, dogs (and cats) that each have their own challenges to overcome, and a very handsome neighbor who also has some skills as a handyman. Kat, though, considers herself a city girl. Can she really be happy in the tiny town of Alpine Grove? And what is up with Louise? It seems like she hates her and is just trying to find a reason not to approve the inheritance. Whenever Joel, the very easy to look at neighbor, is around, Kat’s heart does that little fluttery thing. It might be worth hanging around for awhile just to get to know him better. Kat’s life continues to get more complicated. Things at work go from bad to worse. The more time she spends in Alpine Grove, the more she falls in love with the dogs. She actually takes the time to get books on canine problem behavior and comes up with some pretty innovative ideas on how to help them. The attraction between she and Joel get stronger as well. But Louise isn’t the only road block Kat will have in trying to follow her Aunt’s wishes. This is a cute story with lots of tail wagging and awesome general cuteness where the dogs are concerned. And poor Kat. Her life just gets more and more crazy and complicated. This is a complete story. Book two, Fuzzy Logic, centers on the town librarian.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really quick easy read. Maria was a hoot and I really liked Kat's character. Good story