We are thrilled to welcome Jordan S. Brock as she celebrates the release of her new book Change of Address. Go check it out and don’t forget to enter the giveaway!
Service Dog Go-Bag
These days, everyone has a backpack or messenger bag. We carry our essential technology, from Kindles to iPads, as well as wallets, keys, glasses, and other day-to-day stuff. In Change of Address, Michael is no exception. He carries a messenger bag everywhere he goes, but what’s inside his bag may surprise you.
As a service dog handler, Michael carries stuff not only for himself but for his dog, Kaylee. Just like how parents carry bags of stuff for their kids, most service dog handlers carry at least a few essentials. I based Michael’s bag on my own service dog go-bag. Here’s what I carry:
After lots of experimenting, I carry the Convention Survival Bag from Thinkgeek. It has lots of pockets (though you can never enough pockets), easy access to the front compartment if I’m carrying my iPad, and outside pockets for a water bottle or travel mug of life-giving coffee.
Clockwise from the upper right, I have my clean-up supplies, including a pee pad, paper towels, Nature’s Miracle cleaner, and hand sanitizer. For medical and other emergencies, I carry a little roll of duct tape and some first aid kits with bandages and tweezers.
The earbuds—Captain America-themed—are great for discouraging people from bothering me. Then I have my wallet, chewing gum, and Kindle, along with a battery charger/flashlight with USB and lightning cables. The bag I carry even has a hole so I can run cables to the front compartment to charge my phone or iPad.
My kit is rounded out with a pen, stain stick, glasses, sewing kit, reusable shopping bag, eyeglass repair kit, and a collapsible water bowl for Bucky.
And I can’t forget the rainbow paracord bracelet on my bag. If you’ve been to one of the last couple Romantic Times Booklovers Conventions, you may have seen me making or giving out paracord bracelets. They’re incredibly useful, especially for service dog handlers. Link a couple together, and you’ve got an emergency dog collar. Unknot one, and you’ve got a makeshift leash or cord to repair a broken strap.
(Yes, that’s a little Deadpool hanging from the zipper on the bag! I’ve also got Cap’s shield and Drax.)
What do you find essential to carry when you leave the house?
Change of Address
Jordan S. Brock
Publisher ~ Riptide Publishing
Published ~ 24th October 2016
Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance
Air Force sergeant Michael Baldwin wanted nothing more than to escape his family’s political ambitions, but his dream of freedom was shattered by an enemy bullet to the head. Two years later, he and his service dog, Kaylee, resist his father’s demand to join him on the campaign trail—where a photogenic “wounded warrior” is always an asset—and instead return to the family’s summer home on Hartsbridge Island.
There Michael and his beautiful German shepherd capture the attention of Josh Goldberg, co-owner of the local bagel shop. Josh has a knack for business and a killer repertoire of his bubbe’s recipes. But lack of education undermines his confidence, and Josh’s father doesn’t share his ambition for the restaurant’s future.
Chicken soup and bacon might be the way to Michael’s heart, but he and Josh need time to learn about everything that comes after—lessons that Governor Baldwin and his relentless ambition will do anything to thwart. Letting someone in is a tall order for two men who can’t trust themselves, but if they have any hope of a future together, that’s exactly what they’ll need to do.
Meet Jordan S. Brock
Coffee-fueled author Jordan Brock writes engaging contemporary romance with a deliciously pan-romantic sensibility and an emphasis on consent, respect, and, of course, love. Her characters are constantly surprised by the way love’s slow burn sneaks up on them.
Jordan’s children are all four-legged and furry. They love to be oh-so-helpful with her writing. She can usually be found hiding from the sun with her service dog and her puppy-in-training. (She tried the training thing with cats first, since cats are so much smarter, but it was a no-go.)
Before she was published, Jordan worked as a tech writer in the semiconductor industry. She’s also created labs and learning materials for auto, diesel , and motorcycle mechanics. The technology was the easy part; the hard part was trying not to slip in pop-culture snark.
Jordan lives in the desert outside Phoenix, Arizona, despite the fact she turns into gray goo and blue hair dye when exposed to heat. For fun, she hunts scorpions in the backyard, with a blowtorch, and a crowbar. She’s chronically unavailable for at least a month after new game releases from Blizzard. She’s an unapologetic fangirl and has been known to write an occasional fanfic to prove Bucky Barnes is not a villain. Oh, and she crochets the cutest amigurumi ever.
If you’d like to learn more about Jordan, check out her blog and website at jordansbrock.com.
To celebrate the release of Change of Address, one lucky winner will receive a stuffed United States Air Force bear and $15 in Riptide credit!
Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on October 29, 2016. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!