FREE Ebook 9 Lives to Live August 1-5


9 Lives to Live can be downloaded for Free to your Kindle from August 1 to 5th. And of course, you can always read Kindle books on your computer, phone and tablet too. 9 Lives to Live is a favorite of Magical Cool Cats Mystery readers. Here is the description from Amazon:

“Only a cat with 9 lives could solve the most daunting mystery of all. Tatania, the brilliant Persian detective, and her tuxedo cat companion, Zeus, are on the case when the beautiful wife of a hotel conventioneer disappears.

Isabella survived a childhood on the streets of New York before being put on an Orphan Train to California. Years later, she’s a wealthy wife who wanders away from a La Jolla excursion. Grace and Jack interview Isabella’s husband while Tatania leaps on clues that become as intoxicating as catnip.”

You can get your free download by clicking on the image above or the link below:

9 Lives to Live (Magical Cool Cats series Book 10)

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Luxury Train Travel 1920s Style

In Grace, Jack, and the magical cool cats’ next adventure, they experience private train travel in luxurious 1920s’ style. They travel from Texas to Coronado by train. At about 1:15 in the video below, you can see a 1928 private train’s opulent interior:

Grace and Jack met on The 20th Century Limited between New York and Chicago in Splendid Summer, the first Magical Cool Cat Mystery. This historic train rolled out a red carpet for its passengers:

If you could take a trip in a luxurious private train, would you go for it?

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Mailbox Monday

I had some diverse non-fiction books land in my mailbox this Monday.

This is the audiobook edition of one of the most unbelievable spy stories of all time. A high ranking CIA official trained his son to spy on the Russians. Here is the description from Amazon:

“Jim Nicholson was one of the CIA’s top veteran case officers. By day he taught spycraft at the CIA’s clandestine training center, The Farm. By night,he was a minivan-driving single father racing home to have dinner with his kids. But Nicholson led a double life. For more than two years, he had met covertly with agents of Russia’s foreign intelligence service and turned over troves of classified documents. In 1997 Nicholson became the highest-ranking CIA officer ever convicted of espionage. But his duplicity didn’t stop there.

While behind the bars of a federal prison, the former mole systematically groomed the one person he trusted most to serve as his stand-in: his youngest son, Nathan. When asked to smuggle messages out of prison to Russian contacts, Nathan saw an opportunity to be heroic and to make his father proud.”

I’m always fascinated by the way life events evoke character. Brave Faces is the true story of a privileged woman who valued World War II service more than debutante balls. Here is the description from Amazon.

“Brave Faces is Mary Arden’s story as she moves from her privileged English upbringing to dealing with the realities of World War II. Mary’s memoir gives an insight into the changes in society that took place with the advent of war. As the Second World War breaks out, Mary’s parents are determined that their daughter’s privileged upbringing should continue, and that life should carry on as much as normal. She is sent to finishing school and becomes a debutante attending ‘coming out’ balls in London, despite the nightly bombing raids. However, Mary is determined to do her bit for the war effort, and volunteers to serve as a Red Cross Nurse, before joining the WRNS. Accepted into the WRNS, not as an officer, but as ‘other rank’, Mary has to learn to live a very different kind of life to the one she was brought up to expect. She is used to being chaperoned, only talking to men she has been ‘introduced’ to, so it’s an almost impossible task for her Senior WREN Officer to find a suitable category for this naive girl. Mary finally becomes part of a new elite category known as Night Vision Testers, training the young pilots to see in the dark so they can land their planes on the deck of their aircraft carrier and not in the sea. As the war progresses, Mary moves from one Naval Air station to another. Her tasks become stranger than fiction and her duties are definitely outside her job description – and most probably outside the rules too. An evocative memoir about one woman’s life from privilege to service, heartbreak to laughter.”

Coco and the Little Black Dress is the story of Chanel’s childhood in an orphanage. Here is the description form Amazon:

“”Hurry up! You may only go to bed when all the sheets are ironed.” Little Coco grew up in the orphanage and had to work hard for a living sewing and embroidering like an angel. Until her eighteenth birthday . . . Coco knew one thing for sure Coco. She would never, never be poor again. A beautifully illustrated picture book biography of Coco Chanel. Coco Chanel (1883-1971) was a famous French fashion designer. Born into a poor family, strictly brought up in the orphanage, influenced by the style of wealthy suitors , she remained faithful throughout her life to the simplicity. A luxurious simplicity , which has produced memorable style icons like the little black dress and perfume Chanel No. 5.”

Disclosure: I received a copy of The Spy’s Son from Audible. I received copies of Brave Faces and Coco and the Little Black Dress from Net Galley. This post contains affiliate links.

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Falling Away (Falling Into You Book 4)

Here is the description from Amazon:

“My name is Benjamin Dorsey. You know my mom and dad’s story. You know Kylie’s parents’ story. You even know Kylie’s story.

You don’t know mine yet.

You don’t know what a broken heart is until you’ve loved someone your whole life only to have her slip through your fingers because you waited too long. That’s heartbreak. That’s regret. And how do you live with that? How do you go through the motions when she’s there as a reminder of what you lost, of what you could have had but were too damn chicken to go after? I couldn’t. So I left.

That’s right, I ran away. I found myself across the continent, playing minor league football. I mean, at least I still had football, right?

Nope. That got taken away from me too. A career-ending injury left me down and out, scraping the bottom of the barrel, hating myself, and hating life. And then I met Cheyenne Leveaux, my physical therapist, who became my one and only friend, the one bright light in the darkness of my messed up life.

But of course nothing is ever simple or easy.

Tragedy struck, and the rug was swept out from under me yet again. This time the guilt, the doubt, the secrets, and the old heartbreak may threaten my one chance at true happiness, my one shot at my own happily ever after.

Listening order: Falling into You, Falling into Us, Falling Under, Falling Away”

“I’ve got demons to chase,” Echo, the heroine of Falling Away explains. She also has grief over her mother, who died right after they had a fight, a band, a substance abuse problem, and a new boyfriend, Ben, who is linked forever to her mom’s death.

Ben, recovering from a career ending football injury, and cumulative catastrophic losses, meets Echo when his own life is in the shadows. Echo and Ben are real and flawed. This isn’t a Cinderella story. They have been to hell and back and through major injury when they meet. It’s their stumble through the darkness, forever hopeful that they’ll see light again, that makes these characters resonate strongly.

Piper Goodeve and Gabriel Vaughan provide a good narration for another powerful Jasinda Wilder story.

Disclosure: I received a copy of the audiobook edition of Falling Away from Audible in exchange for an honest review. This post contains affiliate links.

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FREE Fancy Feast

Have you ever watched Fancy Feast’s Engagement Video? Warning: your heart may explode.

And Fancy Feast will spoil your cat with a free sample of its delectable Purely Fancy Feast. Just click on “TRY IT NOW” on Fancy Feast’s website. The link below will take you there.

https://www.fancyfeast.com/purelythoughtful/

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The Cat Who Puts The Wit in Twitter: @CatFoodBreath

Neighbours Siamese

Definition of Renaissance man: “A person with many talents or areas of knowledge.”  Definition of Renaissance cat:  ”A cat with many talents and areas of knowledge., i.e., @CatFoodBreath.”

With nearly 50,000 followers, @CatFoodBreath, a self-proclaimed “17 pound Siamese cat with a sushi habit”, is a Twitter star.  Or, it has been said, “The brightest star in the Twitter firmament.”

When CatFoodBreath isn’t busy trying to sell the dog on Ebay, or accidentally knocking over coffee cups, or making plans to appear in a James Bond film and say “Name is Breath.  Cat Food Breath”,this awesome cat shares the feline perspective on current events of international importance, shrinking windowsills, the joys of finding humans at animal shelters, holidays, and snacks — with a wit to rival Oscar Wilde’s.

Here are a few awesome tweets from @CatFoodBreath:

“Power nap:when you sleep on someone who is less important than you.”

“Life without cats is like an unsharpened pencil….there’s no point.”

“I’m not fat.  I’m easy to see.”

“Are you lethargic?  Have a finicky appetite?  Sleep a lot?  Not very motivated? You’re not depressed; you’re a cat.”

“By tomorrow: I need a plan to get up on the table, grab a 24 pound turkey, and make a get-away with it without getting caught.”

“Don’t like my attitude? Call 1-800-GET-ADOG”

“That’s not snoring you hear.  It’s aerobic purring.  I’m exercising, even though it looks like I’m sleeping.”

If you’re not reading @CatFoodBreath’s tweets on Twitter, and reading CatFoodBreath’s blog,  www.catfoodbreath.com , you are missing out!

Image: Originally posted to Flickr as Neighbor’s Siamese by Cynthia McCravey. From Wikimedia Commons

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All Dogs Go To Kevin

Here is the description from Amazon:
“You can’t always count on people, but you can always count on your dog. No one knows that better than veterinarian Jessica Vogelsang.
With the help of three dogs, Jessica is buoyed through adolescence, veterinary school, and the early years of motherhood. Taffy, the fearsome Lhasa; Emmett, the devil-may-care Golden; and Kekoa, the neurotic senior Labrador, are always by her side, educating her in
empathy and understanding for all the oddballs and misfits who come through the vet clinic doors. Also beside her is Kevin, a human friend who lives with the joie de vivre most people only dream of having.
From the clueless canine who inadvertently reveals a boyfriend’s wandering ways to the companion who sees through a new mother’s smiling facade, Jessica’s stories from the clinic and life show how her love for canines lifts her up and grounds her, too.
Above all, this book reminds us, with gentle humor and honesty, why we put up with the pee on the carpet, the chewed-up shoes, and the late-night trips to the vet: because the animals we love so much can, in fact, change our lives.”

 

What do you call a vet who treats only one species?  A physician.  HA.  That joke never gets old.

All Dogs Go To Kevin, a charming memoir by Dr. Jessica Vogelsang aka Dr. V., tells the story of her journey from an internship in L.A. counseling men in their seventies about viagra, to veterinary school at UC Davis, to private practice. One of the awesome things she does as a student at UC Davis is volunteer at The Mercer Clinic, a veterinary clinic run wholly by donations that treats the pets of the homeless population in Sacramento.

The three most important dogs of Dr. V’s life, Taffy, Emmett, and Kekoa, are the heart of her memoir.  Through her own dogs, she discovers a deeper empathy for the humans who accompany the dogs brought to her office.   Dr. V writes about the challenges of veterinary practice and the love for animals that make it worthwhile.  She peppers her memoir with anecdotes about the dogs she treats and their sometimes difficult humans.

The title is of course a play on “All Dogs Go To Heaven” but also an homage to a human friend of hers named Kevin who had canine energy.  I enjoyed reading All Dogs Go To Kevin even though she only mentions her pet cat for about three sentences.  The dogs are great characters and Dr. V. writes in an engaging style with humor.  I  highly recommend All Dogs Go To Kevin.

And if you visit Dr. V’s website,  www.pawcurious.com you’ll find she’s offering treats for pre-orders of All Dogs Go To Kevin.

You can see All Dogs Go To Kevin at Amazon  by clicking on the image above.

Disclosure:  I received a copy of All Dogs Go To Kevin from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  This post contains affiliate links.

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*Expired*FREE Magical Cool Cat Mysteries Boxed Set Vol 2


The cats are in charge and you can enjoy a free download of Magical Cool Cat Mysteries Boxed Set Vol 2 on July 4,5,6,7 & 8. It’s regularly priced at $2.99

It’s the Cat’s Meow when astute Persian Tatania and her tomcat companion, Zeus, pounce on clues for their humans, romantic 1920s detectives, Grace & Jack, in this boxed set of mysteries!

This boxed set includes Cupcake Kitty, Meow Baby, Meow or Never, and Catty Corner.

Click on the image above or the link below for your free download.
Magical Cool Cats Mysteries Boxed Set Vol 2(Books 4,5,6 & 7)

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Mailbox Monday

For anyone who has ever stopped by this blog, it’s not breaking news that I love animals. I was happy to receive a copy of The Historical Animal by Susan Nance from NetGalley. Here is the description of the Historical Animal from Amazon:

“The conventional history of animals could be more accurately described as the history of human ideas about animals. Only in the last few decades have scholars from a wide variety of disciplines attempted to document the lives of historical animals in ways that recognize their agency as sentient beings with complex intelligence. This collection advances the field further, inviting us to examine our recorded history through an animal-centric lens to discover how animals have altered the course of our collective past. The seventeen scholars gathered here present case studies from the Pacific Ocean, Africa, Europe, and the Americas, involving species ranging from gorillas and horses to salamanders and orcas. Together they seek out new methodologies, questions, and stories that challenge accepted historical assumptions and structures. Drawing upon environmental, social, and political history, the contributors employ research from such wide-ranging fields as philosophy and veterinary medicine, embracing a radical interdisciplinarity that is crucial to understanding our nonhuman past. Grounded in the knowledge that there has never been a purely human time in world history, this collection asks and answers an incredibly urgent question for historians and others interested in the nonhuman past: in an age of mass extinctions, mass animal captivity, and climate change, when we know much of what animals have done in the past, which of our activities will we want to change in the future?”

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Mailbox Monday


I’m thrilled that the audiobook edition of Jasinda Wilder’s Falling Away, Falling into You, Book 4, landed in my mailbox this Monday. Here is the description from Amazon:

“My name is Benjamin Dorsey. You know my mom and dad’s story. You know Kylie’s parents’ story. You even know Kylie’s story.

You don’t know mine yet.

You don’t know what a broken heart is until you’ve loved someone your whole life only to have her slip through your fingers because you waited too long. That’s heartbreak. That’s regret. And how do you live with that? How do you go through the motions when she’s there as a reminder of what you lost, of what you could have had but were too damn chicken to go after? I couldn’t. So I left.

That’s right, I ran away. I found myself across the continent, playing minor league football. I mean, at least I still had football, right?

Nope. That got taken away from me too. A career-ending injury left me down and out, scraping the bottom of the barrel, hating myself, and hating life. And then I met Cheyenne Leveaux, my physical therapist, who became my one and only friend, the one bright light in the darkness of my messed up life.

But of course nothing is ever simple or easy.

Tragedy struck, and the rug was swept out from under me yet again. This time the guilt, the doubt, the secrets, and the old heartbreak may threaten my one chance at true happiness, my one shot at my own happily ever after.”

Jasinda Wilder is an awesome husband and wife writing team with their own heroic story. Here’s an interview where they talk about becoming romance writers:

Disclosure: I received a copy of Falling Away from Audible in exchange for an honest review. This post contains affiliate links.

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