meet Deanna Klingel

Deanna K. Klingel lives with her husband (48 years but who's counting) and two golden retrievers, Lily and Jessie, in the beautiful western North Carolina mountains, which is often referred to as God's country. Deanna and Dave have 7 grown children and 10 grands.

She is a member of North Carolina Writer’s Network, Society of Childrens’ Book Writers and Illustrators, American Christian Fiction Writers, and Royal Scribblers of Cashiers.

You can find Deanna online at her website and at

Just for the Moment: The Remarkable Gift of the Therapy Dog by Deanna Klingel is a poignant, yet sweetly humorous spiritual journey into the therapy dog ministry of Lily and Jessie, two Golden Retrievers who visit health care facilities.

Steven Manchester says, "In many years of editing, dozens and dozens of manuscripts, this one is among the top three."

Here's an excerpt of Just For the Moment:

Calla's Valentine Lily of the Valley

I located a breeder on the AKC website that had puppies on the ground. I e-mailed her and we made arrangements to visit. Lily was one of ten beautiful puppies, six weeks old. But, in my Lyme Fog, typical of the disease, I hadn’t really grasped “puppy.” I was saying “puppy,” but when I was greeted at the door by a beautiful, smiling 67 pound golden, it was love at first sight. This was the puppy I wanted; she was the dog I’d been dreaming about. The breeder thought I was kidding, of course.

“Well, if you like this dog, I’ll show you which puppy is for you. I have a little female that is exactly like her mother at this age in looks, behavior, and temperament.”

I was blown away. Puppy? Oh–a puppy! The lovely dog at the door was the puppy’s mother, not for sale. A puppy… that’s right, puddles on the floor, shoes chewed, painful nips on the ankles. Oh, my gosh, what have I done? Puppies are little! I wanted a dog like Candy that I could lean into and hug. I really hadn’t gotten my Lyme-fogged brain around “puppy” until now. But it didn’t take long for the fear to subside and for love to take over. We went back to Virginia to get her when she was ten weeks old and brought her home to the mountains forever. She was born on Valentine’s Day and became ours on Easter weekend. We call her Lily.

Lily did piddle on the floor a couple of times. She did chew up Dave’s brand new shoe. And she did make me cry out in pain with her puppy teeth. But she learned very quickly. I look back at those puppy days now and realize that she has been a therapy dog all her life. She began as a puppy to know not to trip or nip. She never pushed through a door, raced on the stairs, dragged, or jumped on me, and never got on the bed. She was always beside me where I could reach her. She watched me and she figured out a lot of things that I didn’t know she’d need to know later on. She made my convalescing days a sweet time of bonding and learning.

As I got stronger and more determined to have fun with my dog, we took obedience classes, agility training, (where I fell down a few times), and canine freestyle (dancing) classes. With nice manners she easily passed her Canine Good Citizen test. I think it had more to do with her mother dog’s example and early training than her training with me.

I didn’t really know yet what therapy dog was all about, but it crept into our lives, and she passed the Therapy Dog International certification test with flying colors. Knowing how much she had done for my own recovery, I wanted to share her with others who might benefit from her gentle presence at their bedside. And so began her ministry as a therapy dog.

You can purchase Just For the Moment from Deanna's website

Deanna Klingel is giving away a copy of Just For the Moment. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment by Monday, October 25th and check back on Tuesday, October 26th to see if you've won. You can enter twice--once on this post and once on tomorrow's interview with Deanna. If you want to guarantee that you're notified if you win, then leave your email address in the comment, otherwise, you can just check back and email me through the button in my sidebar.
**Annoying little disclaimer: This giveaway is open only to U.S. addresses. By clicking on the Amazon link above or in the sidebar, and purchasing, I will receive a very small percentage of the sale.


  1. Anonymous7:47 AM

    This sounds like a great read!

  2. Anonymous10:20 AM

    Good morning, Sunny. My readers are really enjoying it, and tell me they are giving it as gifts. Deanna K. Klingel

  3. Sounds like a book I would enjoy reading! I love getting a great book and then passing it along to my girlies! :)

    Have a blessed day,


  4. Anonymous8:17 PM

    I am really interested in this book.


  5. This sounds like a great book! I would love to win it. Thanks for the chance.

    nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

  6. Deanna and her writings are unfamiliar to me, and I want to rectify that situation right away. Her story sounds so sweet as do her two dogs in her home. There is something about having a dog around that makes a home feel more like a home. I'm sure you've all heard that dog spelled backward is God. Can't get any better than that! Thanks for this giveaway and the chance to win it. I hope I do!

    Barb Shelton
    barbjan10 at tx dot rr dot com

  7. would love to read this story...thanks for the chance :)

    kmkuka at yahoo dot com


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