Friday, March 6, 2015

The Bella Chronicles - The Adventure Begins Book Tour

Hello Everyone! Today I am glad to be hosting the virtual book tour for The Bella Chronicles - The Adventure Begins... by Erica Leigh Austin. Check below for my review of the book as well as information about the author!

The Bella Chronicles - The Adventure Begins...
By Erica Leigh Austin
Genre: Fiction/Children/YA
Published November 2014 by Chadwick Publishing

4.5 stars - Such a fun read!

Bella the Shih Tzu is in the throes of her great escape, searching for the loving home she’s always wanted.  She hears someone cry out that there’s a dog in the street!  Bella immediately puts her escape on hold and springs into action as she frantically tries to save the dog…but she can’t find him. What will Bella do???
The Bella Chronicles: The Adventure Begins brings to life the journey of an extraordinarily smart, wonderful, and special dog named Bella as she wills her way to find a home full of love and warmth – and food! Told from Bella’s perspective, The Bella Chronicles is a warm and loving piece of literature that pet lovers’ and children alike have been awaiting…
 The Bella Chronicles: The Adventure Begins is the first in a heartwarming, humorous, insightful and action-packed chapter book series for young readers who have always wondered just what it is that their little pets are thinking.



I have only read one other book that shares the thoughts that run through a dog's mind. The Bella such a great read! I really enjoyed reading Bella's thoughts and finding out what happens when we humans aren't looking. :) I have two dogs of my own so many of the things that Bella did made me think about the things my dogs have done. This is a book for all ages that will keep you intrigued and have you laughing quite a few times. 

Bella is such a cute and brave dog! She really sounds like what one would think a Shih Tzu would sound like. I loved reading the conversations that she had with other dogs, cats, and even a squirrel. Each character had their own personality and the thoughts of the dogs were similar to the thoughts that we have every day. 

This book has humorous, suspenseful, and cute moments throughout. The ending will have you holding your breath for Bella and her friends. A quick and enjoyable read for sure! If you love animals (especially dogs), then this is the book for you. 


Author Bio:

Erica Leigh Austin was born in Los Angeles and grew up in the Pacific Palisades.  Both of her parents – all three of them, actually – were teachers and Erica was blessed to have grown up in an artistic, intellectual home.  Her summers were filled with club volleyball and serving as big sister and role model for her younger sister, Jenny.  Erica attended the University of Michigan, where she studied English and starred on the Wolverines’ Women’s Volleyball team.  After college, she returned home to obtain her MBA from Loyola Marymount University.  While studying at Loyola, Erica worked at the iconic Gladstone’s Seafood Restaurant “where Sunset meets the PCH.”  Erica’s studies then took her abroad to France.  There she immersed herself in the art and culture of one of the world’s most cosmopolitan locales.

Currently a highly accomplished professional in healthcare IT, Erica lives happily in the Venice Beach area.  She enjoys yoga, spending time with family and friends, and pushing Bella the Shih Tzu around in her stroller (Bella is too lazy to walk more than 20 feet).
She is pleased to introduce you to her dog, Bella the Shih Tzu, in this first installment of The Bella Chronicles.  Learn more about Erica at

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