Posted in Cats, New Releases

New Release: The Cat in the Christmas Tree and Other True Stories of Feline Joy and Merry Mischief

I’m excited to announce the release of The Cat in the Christmas Tree and Other True Stories of Feline Joy and Merry Mischiefa purr-fect stocking stuffer and holiday read.

My story, “First Christmas with Kittens,” is included in this pawsome collection.

https://bakerbookhouse.com/products/435953

 

Posted in Cats, New Releases, Paranormal, Spotlight

Ghost Cats 2 by Dusty Rainbolt Releases Today

My friend and fellow Cat Writers’ Association member, Dusty Rainbolt, has published Ghost Cats 2, her second book about encounters with feline spirits. Check out these true tales of ghostly visitations that are less scary and more heartwarming.

Blurb and Endorsements:

Cats are notorious for being unable to make up their minds. And the phantom felines in Ghost Cats 2: More Afterlife Encounters with Feline Spirits prove that, whether or not they have a heartbeat, cats are always on the wrong side of the door—even the Pearly Gates. Award-winning journalist Dusty Rainbolt has assembled a collection of eyewitness accounts that provide haunting yet entertaining hints about our pets’ afterlife destiny—as well as our own. Rainbolt’s narratives of things-that-headbump-in-the-night will have you laughing and crying. You’ll feel comfort as well as the occasional chill creep up your spine as you enjoy chapters on:

  • GUARDIAN ANGELS who stand as dedicated protectors of their chosen humans
  • FELINE HARBINGERS warning of impending tragedy
  • Joyful but often brief appearances in FAMILY REUNIONS
  • MANY HAPPY RETURNS that highlights reincarnation homecomings
  • And mystified homeowners scratching their heads because that’s NOT MY GHOST CAT

According to her answering machine Dusty Rainbolt, is an award-winning cat behavior author, veterinary journalist, feline behavior consultant and Fear Free Certified Professional. She has authored thousands of articles and columns, and 14 nonfiction books and novels including the widely acclaimed Kittens for Dummies. She’s a past president of the Cat Writers’ Association, three-time recipient of the Friskies Writer of the Year Award. Her books, columns and articles have been honored with more than 65 writing awards. In 2008 Rainbolt’s first volume about feline phantoms Ghost Cats: Human Encounters with Feline Spirits was awarded the coveted Muse Medallion for Excellence from the Cat Writers’ Association. The Muse is the prestigious organization’s version of the Pulitzer Prize.

Ghost Cats 2 is the perfect read (or gift) for anyone who loves cats or struggles with the death of a pet, and for anyone who wants to curl up with tales of transcendental tabbies. Order copies of this family-friendly book for yourself or loved ones who have had to say goodbye to their furry friend.

CELEBRITY PRAISE FOR GHOST CATS 2: MORE AFTERLIFE ENCOUNTERS WITH FELINE SPIRITS

“Well-written, thoughtful and insightful. This book provides further understanding of our furry feline friends both in the physical and spirit form.” —Fate Magazine

“Sometimes funny, sometimes chilling. Always comforting visitations of our cats from beyond the grave.” —Carole Nelson Douglas, Midnight Louie mystery series

“A fascinating book whether you’re a skeptic or a believer.” —Marty Becker, America’s Veterinarian

“This book has a feline phantom for everyone.” —Catster magazine

“The perfect gift for anyone who has loved and lost a cat.” —Clea Simon, A Cat on the Case

“Funny and terrifying. A completely satisfying insight into the magnitude of the human-feline bond.” —Mollie Hunt, Crazy Cat Lady mystery series.

“A must read!” —Arden Moore, The Cat Behavior Answer Book

“A thoroughly captivating read that leaves one wanting a third book.” —Andrea Dorn, award-winning writer

Ghost Cats 2 is comfort soup for all cat owners who miss a special feline. Insightful and positive, it entertains and assures the reader that one day they will all meet again.” —Heike Hagenguth, Cat Writers’ Association, Cairo, Egypt

“Made a believer out of me.” —Marci Kladnik, past president, Cat Writers’ Association

“Cat lovers will find this a purr-fect read that will give hope that they, too, may one day experience a visit from their own lost pets.” —Debbie De Louise, Cobble Cove cozy mystery series

View the book trailer here: https://youtu.be/nDAY59MTZjs

Pick up your copy of this amazing book on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Ghost-Cats-Afterlife-Encounters-Spirits/dp/1946086088/

Posted in Blog Tour, Cats, New Releases

June Author News: A Triple Treat for Cat Lovers

This June, I have three treats for cat lovers: the first book of a cozy mystery series, a collection of cozy mystery stories, and a non-fiction cat book.

The first book of my new Buttercup Bend cozy mystery series, The Case of the Cat Crazy Lady, was recently published by Next Chapter. It is on widespread distribution and is available on many book sites, including Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, and others.

Cathy Carter and her brother Douglas own a pet cemetery and animal rescue center in the small, upstate New York town of Buttercup Bend.

After the local “Cat Crazy Lady,” Maggie Broom, is found dead in her home, Cathy is stunned to learn that Rainbow Gardens and Rainbow Rescues is the recipient of most of Maggie’s estate.

Maggie’s estranged brother and sister come to town and are upset with the terms of their sister’s will. Sheriff Leroy Miller is convinced one of them killed Maggie.

When another person turns up dead, Cathy sets out to solve the murders with her reporter friend, Nancy Meyers. But who really wanted to kill the “Cat Crazy Lady,” and why?

Get your copy here: https://books2read.com/u/bOzPdN

For excerpts, guest posts, and a giveaway, follow the blog tour on Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours from June 14 -27: https://bit.ly/3wK0Uaq

Just published by Solstice Publishing, Sneaky’s Supernatural Mystery and Other Cobble Cove Stories. This collection includes four previously published eBooks, including the award-winning, Sneaky’s Christmas Mystery and the new title story. It is available in paperback and eBook and is free on Kindle Unlimited.

This collection of short stories includes four previously published Cobble Cove mysteries that appeared exclusively as ebooks along with a new story. The collection features the award-winning Sneaky’s Christmas Mystery, Sneaky’s Summer Mystery, KittyKai’s Easter Mystery, Barking Up the Wrong Tree, and the new title story, Sneaky’s Supernatural Mystery.

Each of these stories includes a note from the author explaining her inspiration for it and a cover image. If you’re a fan of the series, a cozy mystery lover, and/or a feline fancier, you’ll enjoy these mysteries that feature the pets in starring roles with Alicia, the librarian. 

Get your copy here: mybook.to/CCcollection

Follow the Great Escapes Virtual Book Tour here from July 18-25: https://bit.ly/3LRVVIZ

Also coming soon from Next Chapter Publishing, Memories and Meows.

Ever wonder what cats are thinking? If your cats could write a blog, what would they talk about? In this collection, you’ll meet Debbie De Louise’s current cats and two from the past who share their everyday activities, health concerns, behavior issues, and more.

Floppy relates his hospital experience, gives advice about taking pills, and discusses feline diabetes. His sister, Holly, talks about her weight issues, describes how she made the change from a feral to a house cat, and even writes a fictional story featuring her fur and human family members. Harry talks about the merits and perils of being a black cat, shares his bad habit of wire and shoelace chewing, and even gives tips about how to cope with a crisis. His sister Hermione reveals her fascination with high and low places, discusses how she mastered the cat flap door, and even reviews the Cat Writers’ Association Conference.

If there’s a feline in your home or you enjoy reading about these quirky, beautiful, wise, and inspirational creatures, you’ll find these fur-st person tails from the cats’ point of view a purrfect read.

I’m sure you’ll find my three new releases the cat’s meow.

Posted in Cats, Contest

Hermione Made it to the Quarter Finals!

Thanks so much for those who voted for my cat, Hermione, in America’s Favorite Pet Contest. She’s moved into the quarter finals, so needs your votes even more at this point. You can vote for free once a day and/or pay for PAWS votes that go toward the PAWS Foundation to help animals. Every so often, the PAWS votes double. When this happens, it’s indicated on the voting page: https://americasfavpet.com/2022/hermione-cf74

Hermione is a sweet and beautiful cat who will be four years old this summer. We adopted her and her brother, Harry, when they were three-month-old kittens. It was after our family had suffered a double loss. We’d lost our senior Siamese and my mother. The two kittens have given us so much joy and helped heal our sadness. They joined our older cat, Stripey.

I’m honored that so many people have been voting for Hermione, but the competition is tough. She went neck to neck with another contestant in a previous round.

On my other blog, she posted why she deserves your vote. Check out what she wrote here: https://wp.me/p7XcB0-1aE

Her brother, Harry, also blogged in support of his sister. Here’s his post: https://wp.me/p7XcB0-1bx

The Quarter Finals end on March 24. If Hermione receives enough votes, she’ll move on to the semi-finals. If she makes it to the finals and wins, she’ll appear in Catster Magazine and receive valuable awards.

We appreciate all your support. daily votes, and PAWS vote donations. Vote here to help Hermione become America’s Favorite Pet: https://americasfavpet.com/2022/hermione-cf74

Posted in Cats

Hermione’s Kitty Korner #25: Five Reasons Why I Should be America’s Favorite Pet — Sneaky The Library Cat’s Blog

Meow, there! This is Hermione. I don’t know if you’re aware, but I’m in the running for America’s Favorite Pet. Thanks to Debbie campaigning for me, I’ve already made it to the Top 10 (my current position is 4). But the competition is tough. That’s why I want to explain the reasons I should get […]

Hermione’s Kitty Korner #25: Five Reasons Why I Should be America’s Favorite Pet — Sneaky The Library Cat’s Blog
Posted in Cats, Kittens

Remembering Harry and Hermione’s Adoption on their 3rd Gotcha Day

Since today, October 21, is Harry and Hermione’s Gotcha Days, I thought I’d share the story of my three-year-old cats, who we adopted in 2018 when they were three-month-old kittens. My 14-year-old daughter (who is turning 17 this Sunday) had never had a kitten. We had an older cat who passed away when she was four. Then we adopted our present cat, Stripey. He was almost a year old and full-grown. He didn’t hit it off well with Holly because she was a typical noisy toddler. When Oliver came along, the senior cat I took in after my mother could no longer care for him, Holly began to bond with him, but he attached himself to me. My husband promised Holly that she could have her own cat when Oliver passed away. Five years later, that happened. It was a heartbreak for all of us. We didn’t rush to get another cat, and Stripey seemed content to be an only cat again.

As the one-year mark approached that Oliver took his trip to Rainbow Bridge, a cat cafe opened up on Long Island called The Shabby Tabby Cat Cafe. I thought it would be fun to visit and see the cats. We took a trip there, and Holly fell in love with a kitten named Ringo. Unfortunately, someone else had already laid claim to him. Holly was upset, but her dad assured her that we would get a cat for her eventually, and I explained that Ringo was just not the one meant for her.

We took another trip to the cat cafe on October 21, three days before my daughter’s 14th birthday. There was a fall fair going on in town that day, and I thought we’d just drop into Shabby Tabby and see if they had any new cats. It turned out that they had several new kittens. My daughter spotted a black one right away and began playing with him. Although Ringo had been white and orange, she’d always said she wanted a black cat, but the main thing was one that connected with her.

All the cats at the cafe are named. I found out they come from the Golden Paws Society rescue in Huntington. After playing with Harry for a while, Holly told me she was in love with him. I could see why. He was a playful fellow who seemed affectionate and bright. When I asked if he was available, I was told he was but that he couldn’t be separated from his sister, Hermione, a calico kitten. I knew my husband wouldn’t like the idea of our taking two kittens when we already had another cat, but when I laid eye on Hermione, I was sold. It was like fate because I’d always wanted a calico cat after having so many other types of cats all my life. I also thought it would be great for the two kittens to be together as playmates. Eventually, I could introduce our older cat to them.

I completed the adoption forms that had to be approved by Golden Paws and set a pickup date for that Wednesday night, October 24, which was the best day for us because I had the next two days off to watch the kittens while Holly was in school. It also happened to be her birthday. My husband wasn’t thrilled when we broke the news, but he finally agreed. To prepare for the new arrivals, I picked up some supplies including a similar pet playpen in which the kittens could stay when we weren’t around. We set it up in my daughter’s room because we wanted her to learn the responsibility of caring for her cats. She was able to fit a food and water bowl inside, a few safe toys, and a litter box. She also cleaned her room and made it cat friendly.

On October 24, we picked the kittens up from Golden Paws. When we got them home, they seemed to do fine in Holly’s room. They were accustomed to the playpen from the cat cafe, although my daughter kept them out after school while she was doing her homework. At night, Harry curled up and slept on her chest. We learned Hermione, despite being tinier and lighter than Harry, was a big jumper, so we had to be careful to keep the room closed when we entered and left. Stripey peeked in the “nursery,” and eyed the kittens. When they were old enough to be introduced to him, there was some hissing all around, but eventually they became accustomed to one another.

Harry and Hermione have grown into beautiful and loving cats. I’m convinced that they were meant for us, and we were meant for them.My fur babies have also inspired me to write several books including my latest Meows and Purrs, A Collection of Cat Poems that include “Cat Cafe,” “I know a Calico,” and “Mini Panther” that are based on them as well as other poems about all the cats I’ve known and loved.

I also wrote a book, Pet Posts: The Cat Chats, featuring Harry, Hermione, and three of my other cats who talk about their lives from their points-of-view. This book also gives information about feline diseases and behavior.

I also shared Harry and Hermione’s story in the anthology, Second-Chance Cats: True Stories of the Cats We Rescue and the Cats Who Rescue Us

Posted in Cats, Cover Reveal

Cover Reveal: Meows and Purrs: A Collection of Cat Poems (includes a Sample Poem)

I’m proud to announce the cover for my new poetry book of cat poems.

Here is a sample poem from the collection:

TWO CATS ARE BETTER THAN ONE

Double the trouble,

double the fun.

Two cats are better than one.

When you look to adopt a kitten,

ask for a sibling or two.

It’s the best thing you can do.

You’ll never regret taking another.

They’ll grow up as friends and play together.

Don’t worry about the litter pans.

They’ll share one box of sand.

No cat food will go to waste.

Just pick up a case.

Make room on your bed and under the covers.

You’ll never be lonely with one or the other.

Double the charm,

double the love.

Two cats are better than one.

If you open your heart to two fur babies,

You’ll know it’s the best things you’ve done

because two cats are better than one.

Purchase Link: http://mybook.to/mapddl

Posted in Cats, Contest

TNR Cat Photo Fundraising Contest

Two of my cats, Harry and Hermione, have been entered in the CFA’s TNR Cat Photo Fundraising Contest. “From Feral to Fancy.” Voting ends on February 27 and costs $1 per vote. All funds raised by votes go toward TrapKing’s nonprofit, TrapKing Humane Cat Solutions, which will use the money to educate and teach cat rescuers the basics of TNR (Trap, Neuter, Release). If Harry and/or Hermione are chosen as one of the 11 grand prize winners, they will appear in Time’s Square for a photo appearance with TrapKing (Sterling Davis),

Here are the voting pages for Harry and Hermione. Thanks so much for your support and helping cats.

VOTE HERE FOR HARRY: https://vcc.cfa.org/trapking2021/entry/6992

VOTE HERE FOR HERMIONE: https://vcc.cfa.org/trapking2021/entry/6991

Posted in Blog Tour, Cats, New Releases

Win An Amazon Gift Card and Learn More About My New Book, Pet Posts: The Cat Chats

My new release, Pet Posts: The Cat Chats, is on blog tour through December 23rd. You can win an Amazon gift card by following the tour and entering the giveaway. You’ll also read some excerpts, guest posts, and reviews about the book which will make a purr-fect gift for cat lovers . . . . or for yourself.

Pet Posts: The Cat Chats Schedule

Dec 13

Kickoff at Silver Dagger Book Tours

Nicole’s Book Musings

Drako’s Den

Books a Plenty Book Reviews

Dec 14

Mochas, Mysteries and Meows  – GUEST POST

Binding Addiction

Literary Gold

Scrupulous Dreams

Dec 15

@theenchantedshelf

A Pinch of Bookdust

Craving Lovely Books

The Bookshelf Fairy

Dec 16

Our Town Book Reviews  – REVIEW

Character Madness and Musings

Girl with Pen

Twisted Book Ramblings

Dec 17

Inside the Insanity – GUEST POST

Bedazzled By Books

Insane Books

Dec 18

My Plans Are Booked

Stormy Nights Reviewing & Bloggin’

Midnight Book Reader

Dec 19

The Sexy Nerd ‘Revue’

Books all things paranormal and romance

Musings From An Addicted Reader

Dec 20

IndiePowerd by No Sweat Graphics

Books, Authors, Blogs

T’s Stuff

Dec 21

4covert2overt ☼ A Place In The Spotlight ☼ – GUEST POST

Momma Says: To Read or Not to Read

Sylv.net

Dec 22

All the Ups and Downs   – GUEST POST

❧Defining Ways❧

Indie Author Book Reviews

The Faerie Review

Dec 23

Valerie Ullmer | Romance Author

ⒾⓃⓉⓇⓄⓈⓅⒺⒸⓉⒾⓋⒺ ⓅⓇⒺⓈⓈ

Teatime and Books

The Book Dragon

Also, don’t forget that 4 of my ebooks are on sale for 99 cents the entire month of December.

Celebrating Christmas with My Characters

Between a Rock and a Hard Place

Sneaky’s Christmas Mystery

The Missing Mistletoe