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Abraham Lincoln and Cats – Presidents & Pets

Public Domain, Link When asked if her husband had any hobbies, Mary Todd Lincoln reportedly said, “cats”. President Lincoln welcomed stray cats to the White House. During the darkest days of the Civil War, the company of his cats helped … Continue reading

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*Expired* Magical Cool Cats Mysteries Boxed Set Volume 1 Free December 31 through January 4

Grab a free download of Magical Cool Cats Mysteries Boxed Set Vol 1 from December 31 through January 4. Here’s the description from Amazon: Without missing a nap, magical cool cat sleuths find clues as intoxicating as catnip and help … Continue reading

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Nine Lives and Google Play and Amazon’s 99 Cent Movies Deal Through January 23, 2017

Nine Lives is a cute movie. Kevin Spacey plays an executive who briefly inhabits the body of a cat. As Mark Twain said, “If you crossed man with a cat, you’d improve man but deteriorate the cat.” And Nine Lives … Continue reading

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*Expired* MEOW or NEVER – Free Dec 11-15

From December 11 through 15, enjoy a free download of Meow or Never. Here’s the description from Amazon: In the 1920s, nothing interesting happens before 2 a.m. When a wealthy stockbroker’s wife disappears, magical cool cat sleuths, Tatania and Zeus, … Continue reading

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Mailbox Monday

I’m thrilled that One Breath: Freediving, Death, and the Quest to Shatter Human Limits by Adam Skolnick, The 12 Dares of Christmas by Leigh W. Stuart, and Girl Online by Zoe Sugg landed in my mailbox. Here are the descriptions … Continue reading

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AudiobookReview: The Many

This is a story about grief and loss. In a once prosperous fishing village, that is processing the grief that comes with contaminated water and the loss of livelihoods, Timothy buys a house that has been uninhabited for ten years. … Continue reading

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Mailbox Monday

Here is the description from Amazon: “Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2016 Timothy Buchannan buys an abandoned house on the edge of an isolated village on the coast, sight unseen. When he sees the state of it he questions … Continue reading

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Review: Tangled Vines by Frances Dinkelspiel

While the original thirteen colonies were fighting for independence from England in 1779, in California, Franciscans were perfecting wine. Tangled Vines depicts the fascinating history of California’s wines. It’s bookended by the story of the worst wine arson ever: In … Continue reading

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Best Of Blog: Hemingway’s Cat is Missing

This post appeared in November 2011. The kitty pictured above wasn’t Hemingway’s cat but she was the inspiration for the Magical Cool Cat Mysteries. The books don’t really do her justice. She died unexpectedly and I’m just grateful now that … Continue reading

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Mailbox Monday

I like California, history, and wine and I’m looking forward to listening to the Audible edition of Tangled Vines: Greed, Murder, Obsession, and an Arsonist in the Vineyards of California by Frances Dinkelspiel. Here is part of the description from … Continue reading

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