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New Trixie and Jinx eBook App Now Available
May 22, 2012
New Trixie and Jinx eBook App Now Available

Auryn, Inc., the most award-winning digital publisher of interactive children’s stories for the iPad and other tablet devices, today announces the availability of Trixie and Jinx, the second ebook app by blockbuster author Dean Koontz.

With the release of the award-winning I, Trixie Who Is Dog app late last year, Auryn and Koontz brought the author’s beloved golden retriever Trixie to life on the iPad. Together, they have now released the second Trixie ebook adventure, just in time for children and families to enjoy it on summer vacations. Again, Koontz will be donating his proceeds from the app to Canine Companions, a charity he has long supported that trains service assistance dogs for adults, children and veterans with disabilities.

Giving readers another fun, lighthearted glimpse into the imagination of Trixie with quirky narration and irrepressible spirit, this app will delight readers young and old. It details the story of Trixie who longs for her buddy Jinx the dachshund when he goes on vacation. Lonely Trixie tries to find new friends, but discovers that spiders have no sense of humor and mice just can’t appreciate a good tail-chase; no one can compare to Jinx.

“Auryn’s adaptations of these two books are wonderful. Reading them, playing with them, I am a child again,” says New York Times’ best-selling author Dean Koontz.

Trixie and Jinx is now available on the iTunes app store for $3.99 at http://bit.ly/trjinx

Key features of the storybook app include:

  • Personalization of picture, voice and text:

- Children can double up as illustrators of this book app by coloring Trixie herself, the background layouts, and other elements in every page using bright vibrant colors.

- Children can become their own narrator or listen to their parents narrate the book.

- Interactivity allows kids to personalize the sentence, create new action words and sharpen their vocabulary skills.

  • Image and word association vocabulary builder – when an image is touched the associated word is spoken and the written word displayed.
  • Karaoke effect – when a word is spoken during narration then the word is highlighted.
  • Touch a word to hear it being spoken.

Trixie and Jinx is offered three ways for kids and families to enjoy:

  • “Read to me” – Listen to the narrated story while the text is displayed Karaoke style. After the narration finishes on a page the child can interact with objects until they are ready to move to the next page.
  • “Read myself” – There is no narration but the child can touch a word to hear it being spoken aloud.
  • “Auto Play” – same as “Read to Me” except the page advances automatically once the narration is finished. Useful for those long car rides when you want the child to have a complete book experience.

Click here for more information.

 
Producers collar pic rights to Koontz’s pet; <br />Winter, Botwick to develop as family comedy
July 16, 2010
Producers collar pic rights to Koontz’s pet;
Winter, Botwick to develop as family comedy

Ralph Winter (“X-Men”) and Terry Botwick have fetched feature rights to Dean Koontz’s Trixie property through their 1019 Entertainment banner and are developing the doggie story as a family comedy.

Stephanie Fitch Groff has been tapped to write the screenplay about Trixie — Koontz’s real-life golden retriever, who’s the subject of his memoir A Big Little Life. The canine is also “author” of Bliss to You and the star of a series of children’s picture books written by Koontz and illustrated by Janet Cleland, the first of which is I, Trixie Who Is Dog.

Trixie was also featured last year in a branded summer promotion in the PetSmart chain with 33 different products for dogs. All author proceeds from Trixie’s ventures are donated to Canine Companions for Independence — the organization from which Koontz adopted Trixie.

The “Trixie” feature will be produced by Winter and Botwick along with 1019 exec Whitney Thomas.

“Stephanie Groff and Ralph, Terry and Whitney so understand the Trixie character that I know I have entrusted my beloved pooch’s reputation to people who will do her proud,” Koontz said.

Groff is also developing romantic comedy “Homewrecker” for 1019 Entertainment.

The deal for Trixie comes five months after Winter and Botwick snagged feature rights to Koontz’s Frankenstein, his bestselling tale of a socially prominent and successful businessman and his super-human original creation in modern-day New Orleans (Daily Variety, Feb. 16).

1019 has several projects in development including Paul Verhoeven’s “The Surrogate,” starring Halle Berry, and action thriller “Man and Wife” in conjunction with Peter Chernin and with Akiva Goldsman directing. The company’s completing “Cool It,” a doc inspired by Bjorn Lomborg, Danish author of 2003’s “The Skeptical Environmentalist.”

By DAVE MCNARY, Variety

 
I, TRIXIE WHO IS DOG Is Here
November 1, 2009
I, TRIXIE WHO IS DOG Is Here

Read this delightful picture book from bestselling author Dean Koonz and illustrator Janet Cleland. I, TRIXIE WHO IS DOG reveals the joys of doghood through the eyes of Dean’s beloved golden retriever Trixie. Dean Koontz gives readers a fun, lighthearted glimpse into the imagination of Trixie, whose quirky narration and irrepressible spirit will delight readers young and old. More information.

 
Remembering Trixie: A Big Little Life
October 9, 2009
Remembering Trixie: A Big Little Life

A BIG LITTLE LIFE: A MEMOIR OF A JOYFUL DOG, on sale August 25th, tells tells the story of unexpectedly falling in love with a dog named Trixie. She weighed only sixty-something pounds, Dean occasionally called her Short-stuff, and she lived less than twelve years. In this big world, she was a little thing, but in all the ways that mattered, including the effect she had on those who loved her, she lived a big life.

“Trixie was joyful, affectionate, comical, intelligent, remarkably well behaved. She was also more self-possessed and dignified than I had ever realized a dog could be” says Dean. “Already and unexpectedly, she has changed me as a person and as a writer. I am only beginning to understand the nature of those changes and where they will lead me.”

A service dog with Canine Companions for Independence, Trixie retired at three to become an assistance dog of another kind. She taught Dean to trust his instincts, persuaded him to cut down to a fifty-hour work week, and, perhaps most importantly, renewed in him a sense of wonder that will remain with him for the rest of his life.

Dogs live most life in Quiet Heart. Humans live mostly next door in Desperate Heart. Now and then will do you good to live in our zip code.

Trixie Koontz, BLISS TO YOU.

See Dean’s video memoir of Trixie.

 
Looking for Bliss, Dog Wisdom & Fun?
October 1, 2009
Looking for Bliss, Dog Wisdom & Fun?

On the heels of her bestselling book, BLISS TO YOU, Trixie (spirit dog) has launched her very own website. It’s full of Trixie’s news, reviews and her own opinions on important issues like sausages, joy (sometimes on the joy of sausages), friends, why dogs should drive, and the meaning of life. Trixie reports to us from the Other Side, and what she has learned there brings meaning and humor to all. Don’t miss Dean’s video memoir about Trixie and his latest book – A BIG LITTLE LIFE: A Memoir of a Joyful Dog — and Trixie’s opinion of it, on the Home Page.

She also has produced her own video about her new site. There’s plenty of good stuff to see – the family scrapbook, Trixie style and fashions, her profile and more! Plus, all of her insightful (and funny) books — including Dean’s storybook series which debuts next month with I, TRIXIE WHO IS DOG. We hope you enjoy Trixie’s new site. Please visit often for updates from our favorite “golden” girl.

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A BIG LITTLE LIFE: Coming in August
August 1, 2009
A BIG LITTLE LIFE: Coming in August

You won’t want to miss the heartwarming memoir of a very special dog coming this summer from the bestselling author Dean Koontz.

Trixie weighed only sixty-something pounds, Dean occasionally called her Short-stuff, and she lived less than twelve years. In this big world, she was a little thing, but in all the ways that mattered, including the effect she had on those who loved her, she lived a big life. More information.

 
Trixie’s World is Growing Again!
July 1, 2009
Trixie’s World is Growing Again!

Visit your local PetSmart during July and August and look for the display of exclusive Good Dog Trixie Koontz™ products. The 31 unique items for pets and their parents were inspired by Trixie’s Bliss to You book. The Dog Bliss You Collection ranges from squeaky toys and apparel to practical food bowls and storage canisters. Pet parents will appreciate photo frames, albums, and journal. Don’t forget that Trixie donates all royalties to Canine Companions for Independence (CCI).

 
“Dean Unleashed” Podcast on Pet Life Radio
November 1, 2008
“Dean Unleashed” Podcast on Pet Life Radio

Oh Behave! Podcasts are all about achieving harmony in the household for everyone: people and their four-legged friends. Host, Arden Moore interviews Dean about his special relationship with Trixie, how dogs have impacted his writing, and his new dog Anna. Click here to listen.

 
Trixie’s Got Style AND a New Book
September 1, 2008
Trixie’s Got Style AND a New Book

Trixie is spreading blissings to her human and furry friends with her new book, BLISS TO YOU: TRIXIE’S GUIDE TO A HAPPY LIFE, and she’s making a fashion statement with her heavenly new Blissings line of products. Trixie’s first foray into the world of style is her fashion forward dog leash and collar. They are the perfect accessories for almost every occasion – probably not the best thing to wear while bathing. The stunningly colorful ensemble will make your favorite furry friend the envy of all – especially cats! More information.

 
Trixie Super Dog Contest — Winners Announced October 1
Trixie Super Dog Contest — Winners Announced October 1

Thanks to the many fans who entered the contest which ended September 15. Check out all the winners of Trixie’s Super Dog Contest by clicking here.

 

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