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

Posted in author news, Cats, New Releases

October Author News: New Cozy Mystery, Cat Book, Sale, Blog Tours, and More

October is one of my favorite months. It also seems to be the busiest. My daughter’s birthday is this month, and I also adopted my two cats in October. This year, I have two new books releasing in October, two short stories in an anthology, and a sale on my psychological mystery.

As September closes, the 99-cent sale starts for Sea Scope, my mystery about a lighthouse and family secrets. It runs from September 30 to October 4. If you haven’t read this book yet, grab it at this great price.

Sarah Collins needs an escape. Mourning her brother’s death and the impending breakup of her marriage, she returns to her childhood home in South Carolina, where her family operated an inn.

Sarah hasn’t been back to Sea Scope for twenty years; not since she and her brother Glen discovered a body by the nearby lighthouse. She never understood why her parents left Sea Scope so suddenly, or the reasons behind her father’s suicide.

After Sarah returns to the inn, she faces long-buried memories, text messages and strange clues. Something is not right in Sea Scope. Reunited with people from her past, she tries to figure out what’s going on in her childhood home.

When past and present collide, Sarah must face truths about her family, and what happened that summer day by the lighthouse. But will she survive to tell the tale?

Also, on September 30, the Red Penguin Collection Science Fiction anthology, What Lies Beyond, will be released featuring two of my stories, “The Felindae Mission” and “Mirror Image.”

The 5th book of my Cobble Cove cozy mystery series, No Gravestone Unturned, will be published by Solstice Publishing just in time for Halloween. The blog tour and giveaway for this book will run from October 28 to November 8 on Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours.

It’s October in Cobble Cove, and Alicia is busy preparing for the library’s Halloween party when she learns that John’s aunt from Florida has died and that John’s cousins and their spouses are coming to town to bury their mother. The day after the funeral, the caretaker’s son is found dead by John’s grandfather’s gravestone, from a blow on the head. The only witness seems to be Sneaky the library cat, who, having left the library, turned up at Alicia’s door with blood and dirt on him.

As Alicia, Gilly, and Sheriff Ramsay investigate, a generation of family secrets is uncovered. Are one of the guests staying at the inn a killer? Will the humans solve the crime, and can Sneaky, Kittykai, and Salem, the inn’s guest cat, team up to help?

Last but not least, I’m publishing a non-fiction cat book, Pet Posts: The Cat Chats. There will also be a blog tour for this book in early November.

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 younger 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’ points of view a purrfect read.

Keep your eyes on this blog and on my social media sites for more information about my upcoming new releases and the blog tours.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/debbie.delouise.author/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Deblibrarian

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/2750133.Debbie_De_Louise

Amazon Author Page: http://amzn.to/2bIHdaQ

All Author: https://allauthor.com/author/debbiedelouise/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/debbie_writer/

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/debbiedelouise/

Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/profile/debbie-de-louise

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/debbiedelouise

Debbie’s Character’s Chat Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/748912598599469/

Website/Blog/Newsletter Sign-Up: https://debbiedelouise.com

Sneaky the Library Cat’s blog: https://Sneakylibrarycat.wordpress.com

Posted in Cats

Review of Sammie’s Tail: My Story of Rescue by Stasie Fishman

*****5 stars

As a cat lover and author who features cats in my book, I also enjoy reading about them. Sammie’s Tail: My Story of Rescue, is a children’s book told from the point of view of a rescued cat with special needs. It’s heartwarming and beautifully illustrated. While aimed at children up to fourth grade, adults will also appreciate this story that teaches about pet rescue.

Sammie is a Bombay cat who has trouble seeing out of her left eye. She started hanging around the author’s house. After being fed outside and gradually getting to know Stasie, she eventually summoned up the courage to go inside. Despite trying to escape through a screen, she adjusted and made the place her home.

I love how Ms. Fishman used the word “Tail” in the title as an acronym for Tolerance for Animals Inspires Love. A forthcoming rescue story of her cat Bettinna is previewed at the back of the book along with photos of her fur family and information on reader extras found on the website SammiesTail.com.

Posted in article, Cats

Cat Article: “Giving Love a Second Chance” (Cat Fancy, December 1998)

When I was cleaning my house during the time I was home, I found a bunch of cat articles I wrote for various pet magazines many years ago. I’ve started scanning them because, in most cases, those magazines no longer exist. Here is one from Cat Fancy, December 1998, that was one of my first pieces and I believe the one that helped me attain professional membership in the Cat Writers’ Association