Off Leash: Bonus Content (Nitty Gritty Series Book 1)

I wrote this book to highlight real teen issues, poverty and death. I created Jay and because he was so angry with his life I knew I needed to add a positive element so that's why Fay came to be his little sister. When I started writing this book I had no idea it would become my therapy. Growing up in a small fishing community my good friend, my only friend at the time, died of cancer when she was eleven and I guess I never got over that. This book was hard to write but I love the relationship that developed between all the characters. I hope you all enjoy it.


When life knocks you flat on your back, and you know you've had enough, try telling that to a dog demanding his walk.

Jay Walker is a fake. He acts full when starved and happy when sad. How else is a guy who has a deadbeat for a mother and a sister battling cancer supposed to feel?

And isn’t walking a pet just a chore? Too bad the dog doesn’t know that.

The dog lives in the now, embraces life to the fullest and gives his whole heart when offering love.

Off Leash is unique because it showcases issues of poverty that transcend countries, age and color.

Alternatively told between the POV of both Jay and the dog, Ollie, it shows the reader how a boy who wants a job to make some quick cash so he can buy food for his cancer-stricken sister struggles with trying to do the right thing in a world that has treated him wrong since birth.

Off Leash has alternative endings.


Off Leash grabbed me from the first page and didn't let go. I felt such empathy for the dog, the boy and his sick sister and was on edge throughout, waiting for disaster to fall. I wanted to shake the horrible mother. The dog is wonderful and I had a big lump in my throat several times--I kept thinking about it after I'd finished. An excellent YA that will appeal to adults as well. You don't have to be a dog lover to enjoy this one. - Kindle Reviewer