A Dickens of A Cat

A dear cousin just sent me this book — with an awesome cat fashion purse I’ll post about later. And I thought, what more can be said about how awesome cats can be? Are these stories going to blow me away? Answers: A lot. Yes.

My favorite among these touching stories about cats and their humans is the story of a young girl who barely knows her mother when she dies. She keeps her mom’s cat and feels her Mom remains imprinted on the cat they both loved. The cat affirms her memories of her mom. It’s thought provoking. What do our pets tell us about the humans they knew before us? Lets hope they only carry good memories.

If you’d like to read A Dickens of A Cat on your Kindle, click on the image above. And remember, you can always read Kindle books on free Kindle Apps — for your computers, tablets and phones. Click on the link below for free Kindle apps:

FreeKindleReadingApps

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Christmas In July Giveaway Hop Winner

Jayne T is the winner of the Christmas in July Giveaway Hop’s $10.00 Amazon gift card. Thank you all for stopping by and commenting. And thank you to Laurie for another great Giveaway Hop. May you all have everything you’re looking forward to this Christmas. And if you don’t get everything you wish for this Christmas, I hope it’s because you’re having an awesome time on Santa’s Naughty List:)

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , | Comments Off

Christmas in July Giveaway Hop — A Christmas Feral & $10.00 Amazon Gift Card

“Think where man’s glory most begins and ends.  And say my glory was I had such friends.”  William Butler Yeats

Wouldn’t it suck to live without friends who recommend books?  One of my favorite poets, Yeats, was recommended by a friend I met one summer.  It was like Christmas in July.

I keep hearing and reading that it’s Kitten Season.  Shelters are looking for foster and permanent homes for kittens.  If you’ve ever fostered or adopted a kitten, you know that every morning with a kitten feels like Christmas.   And most cats will check out any box like it could contain the most fabulous Christmas present ever.

While kittens and cats are always awesome, the circumstances of each of their lives are not.  I wrote a special Christmas story, A Christmas Feral, a few years ago to raise awareness of feral and stray cats.  The statistics are grim.  It’s estimated that 80% of stray cats are killed in shelters.   Brutal, isn’t it?  Imagine getting to adulthood and having only a 2 in 10 chance at continued life.  Most stray cats are never reunited with their humans.  Keep your cats close.

In A Christmas Feral, Judge Scrooge won’t even heat his home for Christmas. He says that when you pay the bill, you don’t feel the cold. When Judge Scrooge rules incorrectly in a cat dispute,two magical and cool cats, Tatania and Zeus, teach him the meaning of keeping Christmas and cats.
Praise for A Christmas Feral:

“A story that would do Charles Dickens proud.”
“Heart warming and pawsome.”
“If you love cats, you will love this!”

For the Christmas in July Giveaway Hop, A Christmas Feral will be free on Amazon July 23, 24, 25, 26 & 27.  Please click on the image above for a free download on those dates. And, you can enter to win a $10.00 Amazon Gift Card.  Just leave a comment about something you look forward to at Christmas and you’ll be entered to win.

Then hop on over to other blogs listed below for more giveaways.

Thank you to Laurie of “I’m a Reader” , who always inspires readers and writers, for another great Giveaway Hop.

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , | 93 Comments

Love and Other Drugs

This movie energetically explains the emergence of Viagra through the eyes of a pharmaceutical rep played by Jake Gyllennhall and his girlfriend with a cause, played by Anne Hathaway. It’s a lively script and the characters are complex and believable. The movie doesn’t shy from showing the dark days ahead for Anne Hathaway’s character, a twenty-seven year old woman with Parkinson’s disease. Their romance brings an unexpected lightness to the tragedy.

You can see Love and Other Drugs at Amazon by clicking on the image above.

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , | Comments Off

MEWOW

“He has money. I like money. The whole universe came into balance when we met.” a model says about a designer at a 1920s fashion show. When the designer dies several minutes later, the detective team of Grace, Jack, and their cool cats, Tatania and Zeus, are on a case that leads to Hollywood and secrets of the heart.
“We don’t really choose who we love, do we? We think we do. But we don’t.”

Click on the image above or the link below for MEWOW:
MEWOW (Magical Cool Cats Mysteries Book 10)

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , | Comments Off

Winner Midsummer’s Giveaway Hop & Happy 4th of July!

Thank you to everyone who stopped by the Midsummer’s Giveaway Hop. It was great to read the fun things you’re looking forward to — beach, travel, Leakycon (Lucky you!), movies, playing slots in Atlantic City, and of course reading books:) Wish you all the best summer of your lives.

And the winner is Dorothy Teel!

Wishing everyone a Happy 4th of July! While you enjoy your holiday weekend, remember the brave American Revolutionary Patriots!

“Now liberty has a country.” General Lafayette on the founding of America

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , | Comments Off

This Star Won’t Go Out by Esther Earl

If you’ve heard of The Fault in our Stars, (and if you haven’t, drop everything and begin reading it because it’s an AMAZING book), you’ll appreciate the journal of Esther Earl, the girl who inspired The Fault in Our Stars. John Green dedicated it to her.

When I picked up This Star Won’t Go Out, a journal kept by Esther Earl, with remembrances by her parents, and an introduction by John Green, I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect. I found that she was an immensely talented girl with a voice all her own. And then, I found a page (page 72 to be exact) where she lists things she’s thankful for. First on the list, “my cats!”, Second on the list, “my family!”, Third on the list, “oxygen machines”. She listed her cats, Blueberry and Pancake, before the machines that helped her breathe.

I love all animals but I believe if you’ve never had a cat, you’ve missed an irreplaceable life experience. When Esther Earl was in the hospital, a nurse helped her sister sneak one of her cats in the hospital to visit her. And the cat helped.

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , | 3 Comments

Midsummer’s Eve Giveaway Hop

“I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.” The Great Gatsby

I know spring is the proverbial season of renewal but I love this quote from The Great Gatsby because the summer always seems rich with new possibilities to me. And with summer, comes unforgettable road trips. I think the classic movie, Vacation, nails it:

For your summer road trips, or for any time you want to listen to audio books, I’m giving away audio copies of Grace, Jack & Magical Cool Cats Mysteries Boxed Set Volume 1 and Franklin Loves Lucy with a $10.00 Amazon Gift Card.

The first, second, and third Magical Cool Cat Mysteries are available exclusively in this boxed set with a bonust story. Grace and Jack romp through the 1920s with magical cool cats, Tatania and Zeus, who solve mysteries without missing a nap.

In Splendid Summer, when Grace Wentworth loses her guardian and all her money, hot flyboy and Pinkerton detective, Jack Brewster, gets the case. They meet on a romantic train journey from New York to California.
A white cat sat against his pillows, grooming a paw.
“Do you sleep with her?”
“No, we’re just good friends,” he replied.

In Emeralds, Diamonds and Amethysts, Grace, Jack,and magical cool cats Tatania and Zeus, race bootleggers to find an extraordinary jewel collection. Emeralds, Diamonds, and Ametheysts is about a code known only to women who fight for the rights of all women.
Grace looked at a ticket. It read: Good for one in a Pierce Arrow for the Suffragette March.
“I thought it was a march.”
‘Bless your heart, Grace. When one can ride in a nice Pierce Arrow, why walk? One can show one’s support from a luxury car just as well. Those with a chauffeur also serve.”

In A Christmas Feral, Judge Scrooge won’t even heat his home for Christmas. Judge Scrooge says that when you pay the bill, you don’t feel the cold. When Judge Scrooge rules incorrectly in a cat dispute, magical cool cats,Tatania and Zeus, teach him the meaning of keeping Christmas and cats.

In Cher Ami, two people drop dead within minutes of each other. They appear unrelated. Grace, Jack, Tatania, and Zeus find the story of Cher Ami, a WWI carrier pigeon with the heart of a lion.
It’s not easy to get seven years of sleep in each year. Cats do their best. Since cats live seven years for each human one, naps are mandatory. Tatania, a fluffy white deaf Persian, and Zeus, a black and white with a little pink nose, were napping when the commotion began in Coronado Tent City. They sprawled across the bed’s middle.
Grace slipped on a sleeveless dress with a scalloped hemline.
“Feels a little chilly,” she said, rubbing her shoulders, “should I put on a sweater?”
“With the heat I generate, you won’t need one. Just stick close to me,” Jack said.

Franklin finds me standing at my desk. Standing behind me, he whispers, “Lovely Lucy,” and his hands meet around my waist.
“You’re a thin girl.”
“Some would say I’m in reduced circumstances. I like to think of it as reducing circumstances.”

Lucy Mercer fell on hard times when her family lost their money. She took a job as Eleanor Roosevelt’s social secretary. Told from Lucy’s perspective, Franklin Loves Lucy is the story of a relationship that began when Franklin Roosevelt was Assistant Secretary of the Navy and ended when he was President and took his last breath with Lucy by his side.

“Never, ever did I feel more desired than I did during the hot summer days and nights with him. Our glorious existential world. Everyone deserves one great affair in their lives. Franklin was mine.”

To enter to win, just leave a comment about something you’re looking forward to doing this summer. Then hop on over to the other blogs listed below for more giveaways. Thank you to Laurie for hosting this blog hop. Another great idea from Laurie!

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 65 Comments

Garfield — Recipes with Cattitude — Bargain $0.99


Enjoy Garfield — Recipes with Cattitude at the Bargain Price of $0.99 by clicking on the image above or the link below:
Garfield…Recipes with Cattitude! Cookbook (Everyday Cookbook Collection)

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | Comments Off

9 Lives to Live


Something sinister invades a shoe dealers’ convention where Grace hopes to pick up free samples. As quickly as her pumps can carry her, Grace is off with Jack, and their magical cool cats, Tatania and Zeus, investigating a conventioneer’s wife’s disappearance. Welcome back to the 1920s.

9 Lives to Live(Magical Cool Cats Mysteries #9)

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , | Comments Off