By the Numbers: Firemen, Puppies, and Why We Love Them

January 16, 2017


Firemen, Puppies, and Why We Love Them with Chris Owen and Tory Temple


Good morning, readers! We’re Chris Owen and Tory Temple and we are so happy to announce the re-release of our cowritten novel, By the Numbers! This book was first published in 2011, but it’s back with a beautiful new cover and a clean edit. We are really grateful to Dreamspinner Press for all the hard work they’ve done to get this novel out there again!

Tory says: Chris and I have worked on a few other books together, but this is definitely one of our favorites. Both of us have multi-dog households, so drawing on experience was easy. I will admit to never having lived with a multitude of puppies. Deuce is a brave man.

As this book developed, Chris and I realized that it was more of a happy, feel-good story, rather than one that had pages and pages of conflict and heavy emotional situations. For a while we pondered how to get more “oomph” in there in terms of angst. When Trey and Deuce refused to cooperate with us, however, we decided to just let it flow. Both men are calm and easygoing, so why not just create a story that was natural to both of their personalities? I would definitely characterize this book as light and fluffy and fun. (Not to say that they don’t argue, because they do. Sparingly.) It really left me with the warm fuzzies after we finished it. Here’s hoping you feel the same!Tory’s right — this is nice, cozy read, just the thing to enjoy on a cold winter evening, or while on vacation somewhere warm. Once in a while I really enjoy sinking my writing fingers into something that’s a happy love story. This didn’t start as one of those times, however; we did actually try for conflict in several ways. The gentlemen were having nothing to do with any kind of drama, though, so sweet story it is. Writers really can’t argue with the way the story wants to be. For a pair of nice guys they sure were demanding.

Trey is a hero, in many ways. He’s a firefighter, a single dad, and he’s brave enough to take on a puppy. Deuce might be almost as brave, as Tory said. He chooses to deal with puppies and Trey’s seven year old at the same time, after all. It takes all kinds of people to be heroes — we all need different things in life. Trey and Deuce need each other, it turns out, and they work through any struggles in order to be together, to be each other’s hero. Clearly, heroes can come in many forms. Have you ever seen an unlikely hero? Someone doing an unexpected thing that made them a hero in your eyes? Let us know, and you could win a copy of the ebook.


I hope you read the story and Trey and Deuce as the heroes they are. I hope you find your hero.


Check out By the Numbers today!


By the Numbers by Chris Owen & Tory Temple


When Nathaniel, aka Deuce, arrives home to an apartment building on fire, he can only think of one thing: his pregnant dog. Luckily firefighter Trey Donovan rescues her, and Nathaniel is exceedingly grateful. In fact, he tracks down Trey’s station so he can show his gratitude properly—and explore the connection he senses between them. Trey’s interested, but a less-than-friendly ex-wife and the seven-year-old daughter he’s raising make things… complicated. Between everything on Trey’s plate and the newborn puppies Deuce must care for—while homeless—finding common ground won’t be easy. But the spark of attraction between them is too enticing to be allowed to fizzle.

First Edition published by Torquere Press, 2011.


About the Authors:

Chris Owen lives and writes in eastern Canada. She went to a bunch of schools, learned a lot of things, and now makes stuff up because not to do so is unthinkable. She’s fond of fountain pens, notebooks and day planners, and Steampunk fashions. Lately she’s been watching a lot of documentaries. Chris has a fondness for wool and for summer ales. The two work well together.
Chris is inspired by the day to day minutia of life and finds beauty in the way words go together. She likes texture and richness of experience. She is not shy. Her favorite vegetable is cauliflower. You can reach her at and on Twitter at @chris_owen

Tory Temple lives and works in southern California where she happens to spend a lot of time around firefighters. It makes for excellent storytelling, so Tory definitely uses that to her advantage! She is guardian to three pit bulls who only attack with kisses, two snobby cats, as well as other assorted friends from the animal kingdom. (Husband included.) Her fondest wish is to be a stay-at-home dog mom. You can tempt her with promises of cheese and/or Mexican food. On Saturday nights, she is usually watching Netflix and thinking about how to get the newest firemen in her head to hook up. Tory loves reader e-mails and looks forward to hearing from anyone who wants to drop her a line.

Twitter: @ToryTemple

2 Responses to “By the Numbers: Firemen, Puppies, and Why We Love Them”

  1. Leni says:

    I have seen quite a few people go above and beyond in their acts of kindness and they are examples of people that I admire. When I saw my sister take the time to help someone go through the employment process it was my reminder of how kindness is something that should always be practiced.

  2. Tory says:

    Leni, you’re so right. My mom always used to say to me that I could be anything I wanted, but most of all I had to be kind.

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