Romance Novel Releases on National Save a Pet Day, All First-Month Proceeds to Benefit Lange Animal Rescue Foundation

NEW YORK, NY, January 24, 2024 /24-7PressRelease/ — Celebrated screenwriter John McCarney, under the pen name J.F. McCarney, is set to enchant readers with his debut novel, “Laika… A Love Story,” releasing on the 24th of January 2024, coinciding with National Save a Pet Day. McCarney, known for his success in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science Nicholl Fellowship and the Austin Film Festival Screenwriting contest, ventures into the world of steamy romance with a historical fiction twist.

About the Author:
John McCarney, adopting the pen name J.F. McCarney for this literary endeavor, boasts an illustrious career as an award-winning screenwriter. Four of his screenplays have secured placements in the Academy Nicholl Fellowship, with two achieving Semifinalist status over the past five years. With numerous accolades in the Austin Film Festival and other prestigious contests, McCarney is recognized for his storytelling prowess.

Born American and culturally embraced by a Cuban family during his teen years, McCarney proudly states, “Soy Americano de nacimiento, pero Cubano de cultura.” Fluent in both English and Spanish, he dedicates his time as a volunteer ESL teacher, aiding new immigrants in their journey to learn English.

In a remarkable collaboration, J.F. McCarney has partnered with the Lange Animal Rescue Foundation, pledging to donate all proceeds from the first month of book sales to support the shelter.

About the Book:
“Laika… A Love Story” unfolds against the backdrop of one of history’s pivotal events—the Soviet Union’s race into space in 1957. Ayana Kenes, a peasant girl from Kazakhstan, unexpectedly finds herself at the forefront of the Soviet Space program. Tasked with the mission to expedite Laika, the first dog to orbit the Earth, Ayana’s focus wavers when she encounters Nikolai Yinski, a quirky and artistic lab technician with a deep affection for Laika and the program’s other dogs.

As the Space Race intensifies, Ayana and Nikolai’s passionate and suspense-filled romance takes center stage. Ayana, the scientific prodigy, is drawn to Nikolai’s Bohemian charm, creating a tumultuous dynamic against the backdrop of historical significance.

“Laika… A Love Story” promises readers a captivating narrative blending true love, magic, and the tension of a bygone era. McCarney’s debut novel is poised to make a significant mark in the world of literature.

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The reader’s community of Franklin Publishers has held this book in high regard and has added it to their 2024 must-read list. Check it out

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