Homer, the eponymous star of the New York Times bestseller, Homer’s Odyssey, has gone to the Rainbow Bridge. He’d suffered from a liver problem for some months, but was generally active, with a healthy appetite for fresh deli turkey, until He was helped to The Bridge by a gentle house-call vet, and he passed peacefully in Gwen’s arms.
Gwen donates 10% of her royalties from Homer’s Odyssey to rescues and shelters that serve abused, abandoned, and disabled animals. She’s also in the process of creating the Homer’s Heroes Fund, which each year will contribute a portion of the proceeds from all my books to a shelter, sanctuary, or rescue group doing outstanding work on behalf of special-needs animals. Homer was an ambassador for these animals, and it’s a legacy that Gwen is trying to keep alive.
Her new book, Love Saves the Day –a novel about a New York family, narrated by a rescue cat named Prudence–will be released in paperback on October 22nd. For every copy of the Love Saves the Day pre-ordered or sold between now and October 27th, she will donate 100% of her royalties to Blind Cat Rescue and Sanctuary in Homer’s name.
You can read Gwen’s tribute to Homer on her blog.
RIP, Homer. Skeezix will be so happy to finally meet you!