Off the Chain Blog Tour with Celebrate Lit (Interview with Janice Thompson)

About the Book

Book: Off the Chain

Author: Janice Thompson

Genre: Christian Fiction / Mystery

Release date: July 1, 2022

The Town of Brenham, Texas, Has Gone to the Dogs!

Curl up with your pup and sink into a delightful small-town mystery as riddles and rescues stack up in book one of a new cozy mystery series.

Marigold Evans’ first attempt at rescuing an abandoned pooch lands her in a drainage pipe in Brenham Texas. . .and almost in jail, until Parker Jenson comes to her rescue. Then a bad day only gets worse as the Lone Star Vet Clinic, where they both work, is vandalized and the list of suspects starts to climb. With the help of her fellow employees, Marigold sets out to simultaneously solve the crime, rehab the rescued dog, and help more dogs in crisis. But why would anyone continue to work against all their good efforts?

Click here to get your copy!

About the Author

Janice Thompson, who lives in the Houston area, writes romantic comedies, cozy mysteries, nonfiction devotionals, and musical comedies for the stage. She is the mother of four daughters and nine feisty grandchildren. When she’s not writing books or taking care of foster dogs you’ll find her in the kitchen, baking up specialty cakes and cookies.

More from Janice

Dogs, dogs, and more dogs! My world is full of dogs. If you follow me on social media you’re probably overwhelmed with dog photos, but I simply can’t help myself. I’m in love with pooches of all shapes and sizes.

My fascination with dogs began when I was six years old and I got my first pup, Spunky. He was a mixed breed terrier. From that day until now I’ve had the pleasure of owning many, many pups—some purebreds, some street dogs that needed a safe place to stay, some elderly with chronic or acute health issues. I can’t get enough. They offer unconditional love, after all!

A few years back I was asked to foster for a local rescue, My Chi and Me. The rest, as they say, is history. For a quick glimpse at some photos, follow this link. You’ll see that I’m mostly enamored with small dogs. (Hey, I live in a tiny townhome and have limited space!) That said, I’m always willing to take on one more.

My most recent rescue ventures landed me squarely in the middle of a book idea: Why not use a dog story as the basis for a cozy mystery? My editor at Barbour Publishing wanted something dog-themed and I was happy to oblige. That’s where the idea for Off the Chain (and the whole Gone with the Dogs series) came from—a simple idea involving dogs and crime.

I took the opportunity to focus solely on rescue dogs as the idea developed. These days (especially post-Covid) the need for homes for these pups is great. I linked arms with my BFF, Kathleen Y’Barbo, and together we set our series in Brenham Texas, not far from our stomping ground in the Woodlands. I felt strongly that we should merge two separate dog worlds: rescue and veterinary. (Hey, Brenham is close to A&M and they know a thing or two about veterinary training!)

Thus, the Gone with the Dogs series was born. And writing the first book, (Off the Chain), was a blast! I hyper-focused on one primary point of view character, a vet tech. (As the owner of three dogs I feel like I’m always in the vet’s office!) My stories, which is written in first person, took me back to my writing roots. I love, love, love writing in first person because I “become” the character. Fun, right?

My editors loved the book and it got some fun endorsements, so I’m excited to see what my readers think. I can’t wait to get their feedback. I hope it’s not too “Ruff!”

But, seriously. . .I’m hyped! And I’m feeling so blessed to merge my worlds—dogs and writing!

Interview with Janice

Share something your readers wouldn’t know about you.

I have two daughters named Courtney. (It’s true!) My biological Courtney had to make room in her life for a sister with the same name when our adopted daughter arrived on the scene a dozen or so years later. When referring to the two girls we always throw in the middle name so there’s no confusion over which one we’re talking to—or about. This did cause a few problems when the girls were in their teens. I would say, “Courtney, go do the dishes” and no one would do the dishes. They always had the same excuse: “Oh, I thought you were talking to her.”

If you had to describe yourself in three words, what would they be?

Driven. Passionate. Tired.

Can you share with us something about the book that isn’t in the blurb?

This book is based on my own journey as a dog rescuer/foster. I foster for a small dog rescue here in the Houston area called My Chi and Me (a 501c3). I’ve had over 40 dogs come through my world over the past 3-4 years. I get w-a-y too attached to many of them, (and I’ve been tempted to adopt several) but my own three dogs won’t allow our little pack to grow. They’re content just to “visit” with the incoming/outgoing pups on a short-term basis.

Any current or upcoming projects you’d like to tell us about?

I’m currently writing book three in this series. It’s titled Barking up the Wrong Tree and has many of the same characters. Like book one, it is a cozy mystery set in Brenham Texas at the Lone Star Veterinary clinic. I’m having a blast with this one, which focuses on a dog-napping!

What were the highlight or key challenges you faced when writing this book?

Over the past several months I’ve had a host of foster dogs come through, which has provided both entertainment and extreme distraction. (Picture me on deadline with four or five dogs hovering around me or trying to climb on top of my laptop!) As you might imagine, having my (very tiny) house filled with new canine friends has been hard on my own three dogs at times. My big dog (Benny) isn’t always the most welcoming, but he’s coming around. My little rat terrier (Gabriel) seems to have some hidden fears that he’s going to be sent away, like so many others. I recently took him to the vet and he shivered and shook all the way, (really, from the moment I put him in the car). I honestly think he wondered, “Am I going to leave forever, too?” It broke my heart to think he might actually be worried about that, but I suppose he truly is. He’s seen dozens of dogs come and go in that car, after all! My chi-schnauzer mix (Annie) has made great progress as she’s watched this stream of dogs come through. She used to be very anxious about them but these days she’s the most welcoming of the bunch. Still, there are obstacles with each new foster and I always seem to get a new one when I’m on a serious book deadline! Such was the case with this book. . .of course!

Blog Stops

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, July 26

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, July 26

Texas Book-aholic, July 27

The Book Club Network, July 27

An Author’s Take, July 28

Remembrancy, July 28

deb’s Book Review, July 29

Pause for Tales, July 29

The Avid Reader, July 30

For Him and My Family, July 30

Christina’s Corner, July 31

Locks, Hooks and Books, July 31

Inklings and notions, August 1

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, August 2

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, August 2

Babbling Becky L’s Book Impressions, August 3

She Lives To Read, August 3

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, August 4

Blogging With Carol, August 4

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, August 5

Tell Tale Book Reviews, August 6

Gina Holder, Author and Blogger, August 7 (Author Interview)

Mary Hake, August 7

Labor Not in Vain, August 8

Books I’ve Read, August 8


To celebrate her tour, Janice is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Amazon e-gift card and a paper copy of the book!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

9 thoughts on “Off the Chain Blog Tour with Celebrate Lit (Interview with Janice Thompson)

  1. Kay Garrett says:

    Thank you for being part of the celebrate Lit blog tour for “Off the Chain” by Janice Thompson.

    Love reading the post and interview learning more about both book and author. Can’t wait for the opportunity to read this book on my TBR list.
    2clowns at arkansas dot net


  2. Eva Millien says:

    Congratulations on your release of Off the Chain, Janice, I enjoyed the interview and I enjoyed following the tour and learning about your book, which sounds like a delightful mystery that I will enjoy and I like the cover! Good luck with your book and I hope the tour was a success!

    Thanks for sharing it with me and have a marvelous week!


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