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Reviewers love Purrs of Wisdom

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I’m so thrilled with some of the early reviews that are coming in for Purrs of Wisdom, I just have to share some of my favorite excerpts with you!

From Anna David, author of Animal Attraction:

“A perfect (restrained myself from writing purrfect) little gem of a book that explains life lessons the author learned through her cats, Purrs of Wisdom offers a slew of tips from a clear cat (and life) lover. Recommend it for cat people and non cat people alike!”

From Caren Gittleman at Cat Chat:

“Purrs of Wisdom will make you think, it will warm your soul,  it will wrap itself around your mind and your heart  like a soft-as-down kitty snuggling at your side.”

From Liz Eastwood at Natural Cat Care Blog:

Purrs of Wisdom makes a sweet gift for cat lovers who are setting the intention of a less cluttered and more wholesome life in the New Year. Consider wrapping it up with some herbal tea or catnip and giving someone (such as yourself) the gift of daily contemplations on intentional living, feline style.”

From Decca Price at Decca’s Cats:

“The golden thread running throughout the book is essential catness:Continue Reading

Review and giveaway: True Grey by Clea Simon

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I’m a huge fan of Clea Simon, and was eagerly awaiting this fifth book in the Dulcie Schwartz mystery series, featuring the Harvard graduate student, along with her kitten Esme and the spirit of her departed cat, Mr. Grey. I knew enough from reading the previous four books to set some nice chunks of reading time aside when I received my review copy of True Grey, because once you pick up one of Simon’s mysteries, you’re not going to want to put it down.

In this book, we find Dulcie finally making some real progress on her thesis about an incomplete gothic novel written by an unknown author in the 18th century. But just when things are going so well, Melanie Sloan Harquist, a visiting scholar, shows up and claims that not only has she found the incomplete novel, she is preparing to publish a biography of Dulcie’s author! Dulcie is devastated, because this would mean that years of research were wasted. Dulcie makes several thwarted attempts to contact Harquist. When she finally plans to pay a friendly visit, it’s too late: she finds the woman murdered, and ends up – literally – with blood on her hands. To make matters worse, Dulcie had threatened to kill Harquist just days before the murder when she was venting her frustration about the situation to friends.

Dulcie looks like the prime murder suspect,Continue Reading

Purrs of Wisdom now available for online ordering

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I’m super excited to announce that Purrs of Wisdom: Conscious Living, Feline Style is now available for online ordering! You can order the book from Amazon or Barnes and Noble.

Purrs of Wisdom makes a great holiday gift – some of you have already told me that you have a list of people you’d like to get the book for. If you would like personalized and autographed copies, send me an e-mail. The cost for a personalized and autographed copies is $16.90 for a single copy, which includes shipping and handling. If you order multiple copies, the shipping cost will be slightly higher And if you’d like the book gift-wrapped, I’ll throw in the gift wrap at no additional charge.

Washington, DC and New York City area friends: join me for two big events to celebrate the launch of Purrs of Wisdom!Continue Reading

Review: Kitty Cornered by Bob Tarte

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If you love cats, you’re going to not only love this book, you’ll probably recognize yourself in at least parts of it. Kitty Cornered: How Frannie and Five Other Incorrigible Cats Seized Control of Our House and Made It Their Home is Bob Tarte’s account of the challenges of a household run by cats. The book chronicles Tarte’s journey from being a one-cat household to ending up with six cats, one of them a hard to manage stray named Frannie.

Tarte writes with an often self-deprecating humor that will make you smile, although it sometimes made me wince a little, too. He portrays himself as a somewhat troubled soul who finds day to day living quite demanding. Despite this, or maybe because of it, I enjoyed the book. This is the story of someone who does not give up on a cat because she presents some challenges. Whether it’s rearranging the house to accommodate feline feuds, sitting up at night worrying about a sick cat, or trying to win over a recalcitrant stray – you can’t help but love Bob Tarte.

For me, the best part of the book was the story of Frannie, Continue Reading

Review: The Dalai Lama’s Cat by David Michie

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If I had to summarize The Dalai Lama’s Cat in just a few words, they would be “Buddhism 101, brought to you by an adorable cat.” But these few words wouldn’t do this charming book justice. While this warm-hearted story of a small kitten rescued from the slums of New Delhi through fortuitous circumstances may be a little contrived, it’s also utterly delightful.

When the Dalai Lama, who is on his way home in a limo, having just returned from a trip to America, sees a kitten being thrown into the gutter, he dispatches a staff member to rescue the kitten. If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like living with the Dalai Lama, now you’ll be able to find out. Through the cat’s eyes, and narrated in her voice, the reader gets a close up view of the Dalai Lama’s inner sanctum and household. Much loved and spoiled by the Dalai Lama and his entire staff, Mousie-Tung, also known as HHC (His Holiness’ Cat), and dubbed “Little Snow Lion” by the Dalai Lama himself, encounters Hollywood stars, Buddhist masters, famous self-help authors and many others who come to visit His Holiness. The little cat soaks up the Dalai Lama’s teachings simply by being in close proximity to his light.Continue Reading

Gina Gershon talks about losing, and finding her cat

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Most people know Gina Gershon as a prolific movie and television actress with such movies as Bound, Face Off, and Showgirls to her credit. But since the publication of her book, In Search of Cleo, Gina has also become known as a cat person.

In Search of Cleo: How I Found My Pussy and Lost My Mind is the story of Gina’s two-month search for her beloved cat Cleo, after her assistant lost the cat while taking her to a groomer in Los Angeles.

I had a chance to speak with Gina via telephone last week while she was on tour to promote her book in Miami.

My first question was, of course, about that two-month period in her life when Cleo was missing.Continue Reading

Review: Witness to a Rescue by Bernadette Kazmarski

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This illustrated story about a tabby and white cat who is rescued by a neighbor of the author showcases Bernadette Kazmarski’s multiple talents perfectly. Bernadette is a multi-faceted creative spirit:  artist, writer, graphic designer, painter, animal advocate, environmentalist. You may know her from her blog, The Creative Cat, or you may have been lucky enough to have been the recipient of one of her custom cat portraits.

Bernadette doesn’t just paint with colors, she also paints with words. Witness to a Rescue is a lovely example of this particular combination of her gifts. This charming story, remembered by the author for more than 20 years, will warm your heart as you follow an insistent little stray who has decided that she’s going to be an indoor cat. Even though the story is short, it packs a deceptively powerful punch, and will resonate deeply with anyone who has ever opened their heart to the love of a cat.

Witness to a Rescue is available for Kindle Continue Reading

Review: Taming Me: Memoir of a Clever Island Cat by Cathy Unruh

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Taming Me: Memoir of a Clever Island Cat by Cathy Unruh is the story of Lucy Miracle, a formerly feral kitten who learns to appreciate the joys of becoming a housecat. Narrated by Lucy herself, we first meet the hungry little kitten while she is foraging for food on a private island in the Bahamas, appropriately named Cat Cay.

Based on a true story, the reader gets to follow Lucy from her wild beginnings to the life of a spoiled and much loved housecat. Blending fact with fiction, the author shares Lucy’s journey in the kitten’s own words. But if you expect just a cute talking cat, you’re going to be disappointed. Unruh presents Lucy’s point of view in a sensitive, caring, and imaginative way. The author clearly knows and loves cats.

Through Lucy’s eyes, we learn what goes on in the mind of a feral cat when she is trapped.Continue Reading

Review: In Search of Cleo by Gina Gershon

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Movie and television actress Gina Gershon (Showgirls, Curb Your Enthusiasm) considers herself a cat lady. In her new book, In Search of Cleo: How I Found My Pussy and Lost My Mind, Gershon recounts the story of the two-month search for her beloved cat Cleo, after her assistant lost the cat while taking her to a groomer in Los Angeles.

Cleo, a beautiful black panther, came into Gerhson’s life while she was living in New York City. One snowy night, she heard the tiny black kitten howling in her building’s courtyard. She opened her window, and quietly gave directions to the scared kitten on how to come inside through her bedroom window: “Go to the left, onto the table, jump to the slight ledge that leads to my window, and come inside!” Before she knew it, the kitten leaped inside, right into Gina’s arms. It was love at first sight. Gershon’s boyfriend was not a cat person, but the kitten won him over in no time, and Gershon decided to name the little master seductress Cleopatra. A subsequent visit to the vet revealed that Cleo was a he, but Gershon had gotten so used to calling “her” Cleo that she didn’t want to change the  name.

Gina lived every cat parent’s nightmare when she came back from the Cannes film festival and was told that Cleo had gone missing.Continue Reading

A visit from Midnight Louie and Carole Nelson Douglas

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Guest post by Carole Nelson Douglas

Midnight Louie is delighted that I was invited to write about him for the Conscious Cat and pleased to see photos of attractive torties on the site. (Frankly, like any hard-boiled PI, he can’t resist a female of any species.) And that may be mutual, much as I hate to encourage him. He looks gorgeously dapper on the cover of his latest release, Cat in a White Tie and Tails.

We have a tortie at home, rescued off the neighbor’s roof at 6 a.m. She’s called Amberleigh because she has green eyes and (some) red hair, like the Irish heroine of my first book of that name.

Midnight Louie was a rescue cat before he became a literary lion. Actually, he would deny he had needed “rescuing.” He was a motel cat. Continue Reading

Purrs of Wisdom now availabe for Kindle, print edition coming soon

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Purrs of Wisdom: Conscious Living, Feline Style is now available for Kindle!

This collection of essays features lessons in conscious living, inspired by the cats who have shared my life. From help with every day challenges to inspiration on living a joyful life, this compilation provides guidance, inspiration and enlightenment, feline style.

The stories may remind you of lessons your own cats have taught you, provide “aha” moments, or simply make you smile, and are best enjoyed with a cat curled up on your lap.

PRAISE FOR Purrs of Wisdom

Purrs of Wisdom, by Ingrid King, is a treat for anyone who is enchanted by all things feline!Continue Reading