I'm delighted to share the updated cover and jacket copy for FIFTH AVENUE FIDOS, my latest release. Really. I am. No foolin'. (Sorry. Couldn't help myself.)

While Mable, the main character, is nineteen when the book begins, the book is listed as an adult read.

What are your favorite adult reads featuring younger characters?

Fifth Avenue Fidos
A Modern-Day Fairy Tale with “Bite”

Once upon a time, in a magical metropolitan kingdom…OR: When a mutt from Queens meets a purebred Upper East Side New Yorker, it takes man’s—and woman’s—best friend to convince them what they feel is more than puppy love.

Mable Barker, a hilarious, good-natured sweetheart who is always the pal but never the girlfriend, endures nine horrendous months of bouncing between lackluster jobs in Manhattan (and suffering unrequited love) in her unsuccessful attempt to find her one true talent. So when she meets Innis, the ill-tempered Fifth Avenue Pekingese, she assumes her dog-walking days are numbered, too; soon, she’ll be heading back to Queens brokenhearted, tail tucked between her legs. But Innis belongs to the adorable yet painfully shy young veterinarian, Jason Mead, a man whose awkward ways around women have him dreaming not of finding love for himself but of playing canine matchmaker—breeding Westminster champions.

When Mable and Jason meet, romance is officially unleashed: they find an instant connection and shared goal, as it appears that Mable could very well have what it takes to be a professional handler, soon to be seen holding Innis under a banner labeled, “Best in Show.” As Jason and Mable get closer to putting a new twist on the term “dog lovers,” outside forces—Mable’s overprotective brothers, a successful wedding planner with her eye on Jason, even the theft of purebred pups from Jason’s Fifth Avenue apartment building—all threaten to come between them. Will Mable and Jason simply let their burgeoning love roll over and play dead? Or will they rally to make sure Innis emerges as the leader of the pack?

Brimming with humor and endearing characters, FIFTH AVENUE FIDOS offers more than a simple, sweet romance. Conventions of love stories and fairy tales merge to illustrate that each modern-day princess has her own happily ever after—with a prince, another princess, a four-legged furball, or a brachycephalic dragon…Schindler weaves a heartwarming story about the loves that help us realize our dreams, and, vice versa, about the dreams that bring us to our lives’ most powerful loves.

FIFTH AVENUE FIDOS is available through Amazon. The book can be read for free through Kindle Unlimited. 


  1. My favorite adult reads with younger characters would definitely include THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME and THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES. I'm sure there are others. Congratulations on your new book! The cover looks great!

    1. Oooh. THE CURIOUS INCIDENT. Yes. And, of course, TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD.


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