Books

Review: Bunnies and Kitties: A Cuddly Collection of Fur and Friendship

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Just in time for Easter comes a guilt and calorie-free treat: Bunnies and Kitties: A Cuddly Collection of Fur and Friendship presents more than one hundred adorable photos of cats, kittens and bunnies. All of the photos are paired with sometimes sweet, sometimes silly captions, and you can’t help but smile at some of the unlikely friendships portrayed in this little book. A few of the photos are almost ridiculously cute.Continue Reading

Giveaway: Audiobook Cat Mysteries by Clea Simon

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If you love feline mysteries and you haven’t read any of Clea Simon’s cat-centric book, you don’t know what you’re missing out on. Clea is one of the most prolific cat book writers I know. She is the author of the Dulcie Schwartz, Pru Marlowe and Theda Krakow mysteries and the nonfiction The Feline Mystique – On the Mysterious Connection Between Cats and Their Women, as well as several other nonfiction books.

Clea generously offered the audio versions of two of the Dulcie Schwartz books, Grey Zone and Grey Dawn, to two lucky readers (one audiobook per winner).Continue Reading

No Respect: A Kitten Complains

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Guest post by Clea Simon

I am not a kitten! I am a fully grown cat. For seven books now, seven entire outings by my primary person Dulcie Schwartz, I have been proving my value as a functional feline, and yet I still do not receive the respect I deserve.

Excuse me for starting off this way, but some things just make my fur stand on end. One of them, as you may have gathered, is when people – my people – do not take me seriously as an adult feline. Not to mention royal.

For those of you who don’t know me, I am both. To you, I may appear a rather, shall we say, roly-poly black and white tuxedo catContinue Reading

Review: Hide and Seek by Amy Shojai

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From the time I read the last paragraph in Amy Shojai’s debut thriller, Lost and Found, I could not wait for a sequel. I was thrilled (pun intended) when Amy sent me a review copy of Hide and Seek, and I could not wait to get started – but I also knew from reading the first book that I better set aside a good chunk of uninterrupted time first, because I couldn’t put the first one down once I started.

In this second book, animal behaviorist September Day, her dog Shadow and cat Macy are trying to unravel a mystery involving a mysterious contagious illness that affects both pets and humans, a reality TV show about wild pigs, and September’s dark past.Continue Reading

Review: The Cat in the Window And Other Stories of the Cats We Love

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If you enjoy cat stories, this book is for you. The Cat in the Window, edited by Callie Smith Grant, features an uplifting collection of stories about cats in all their multifaceted glory.

From the cat who lives in a fourth-grade classroom and becomes a teacher himself to the cat who offered comfort in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the stories in this book will warm your heart. There are cats who mend hearts, and cats who save lives. Some of the cats in the book are pampered indoor cats, others are strays who brave blizzards to find a home. All of them will touch you in some way.Continue Reading

Review and Giveaway: Paw Prints at Owl Cottage by Denis O’Connor

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Paw Prints at Owl Cottage brings the reader back to the beautiful setting of a remote country cottage in Northumberland in England, home to the author, his wife, and their cats. This sequel to Paw Prints in the Moonlight is a heartwarming story about the power of cats, and the way they change lives.

From the publisher:

When Denis and his wife Catherine return to Owl Cottage, their former home, only to find it in a dilapidated state, they decide to restore this charming house. But the memory of Denis’s beloved cat, Toby Jug, still lingers on. Continue Reading

The Hemingway Cats and a Key West Mystery

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One cat just leads to another. – Ernest Hemingway

Guest Post by Lucy Burdette

Key West (both my home town and the setting for my mystery series) can be a magical island. But with 3 million visitors a year, many coming for the giant street parties during big events like New Year’s Eve, St. Patrick’s day, spring break, and Fantasyfest, it also can be crowded, noisy, and dirty.

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And yet, a few places provide peaceful getaways, even in the busiest conditions. My favorite is the Hemingway House on Whitehead Street.Continue Reading

Review: Murder with Ganache by Lucy Burdette

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Cats, Key West and mouth-watering food: I can’t think of a better way to escape the winter doldrums. Murder with Ganache, the fourth in Lucy Burdette’s Key West Food Critic mystery series, is not technically a cat mystery, but there are enough cats in the book to keep cat lovers happy.

From the publisher:

Hayley Snow, the food critic for Key Zest magazine, has her plate heaped high with restaurant reviews, doughnut and sticky bun tastings, and an article on the Hemingway cats. But this week she’s also in charge of her best friend’s wedding. And then someone adds a side of murder…Continue Reading

Review: Cat Sense: How the New Feline Science Can Make You a Better Friend to Your Pet by John Bradshaw

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Cats are the most popular pet in the world, and yet, so much about cats is still unknown. Even those of us who spend a large part of our lives learning about and trying to understand cats still feel like we have a lot to learn when it comes to these beloved, yet often enigmatic creatures.

In Cat Sense: How the New Feline Science Can Make You a Better Friend to Your Pet, renowned cat expert and anthrozoologist John Bradshaw, who has studied cat behavior, and cats’ relationship with people, for more than 30 years, offers an in depth look at the latest research into how cats think, how they interpret the world around them, and what we know about cat personality. Bradshaw covers topics such asContinue Reading

Review: The Lap-Reluctant Cat by Stephanie Bouchard

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Most of us have had one or more of these cats: they are happy, sweet, maybe even affectionate on their own terms, but they simply refuse to sit in our laps. Allegra is one of them. It took months after I first adopted her at seven months of age before she would even come near my lap. She liked being in the same room with me, even sit right next to me, but my lap? That was off limits territory as far as she was concerned. After almost four years with me, she has just recently started to come around and is starting to ask for some lap time.

Stephanie Bouchard can relate – to the point that she published a charming little book about the topic. Continue Reading

Review: My Best Little Buddy by Tom Templeman

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When we lose a special cat, it’s the stories of that cat’s life that sustain us as we navigate through the devastating grief that comes with losing a best friend. For some, sharing those stories with a wider audience becomes an integral part of the healing process. This was the case for Tom Templeman, a Nashville based songwriter/artist.

Templeman was no stranger to loss. At age 4, he watched his 7-year-old brother being killed by a car. As an adult, he grieved the sudden, early death of his mother, and buried three of his closest friends. And yet, he was not prepared for the profound heartbreak of losing his 17-year-old grey tabby Tiger to heart disease.

In My Best Little Buddy: 17 Years of Love and Frienship with Tiger, Templeman shares his relationship with his special friend. Continue Reading