I have a new friend. My friend, Steven Rowley, has given me a gift: permission to laugh and cry and talk about the death of a loved one. Lily and the Octopus (Simon & Shuster, June 2016) is a love story by Steven. A love story you might ask…about an Octopus? Well no, it’s a love story about a man and his dog who is succumbing to a cancerous tumor he has named The Octopus. Is it sad? Yes. But it is so much more! Steven makes it fun (at times laugh-out-loud funny) and a true celebration of life and the lengths we go to for our beloved dogs.