Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Texts from Mittens Review & Giveaway

Truffles: Hey Mommy, do we have an unlimited data plan?

Melissa: We do. Why?

Truffles: I wanna learn how to text like Mittens!!!

Sometimes when I'm at work I wish there was a way to communicate with Truffles as she waits for me back home. We could be chatting back and forth if she had the ability to text, which is the premise behind Angie Bailey's brilliant Text from Mittens.

From the publisher: Texts from Mittens is a series of text message conversations between a snappy, self-absorbed housecat named Mittens and his long-suffering human, a single woman who works away from home during the day. Mittens relentlessly hassles his human all day long, while only taking breaks to watch Judge Judy, hang with his best friend Stumpy, complain about the antics of Drunk Patty the neighbor, ask Grandma for money to buy useless items from QVC, and harass the "filthy beast" dog, Phil.

Mittens was "born" on and has now gone on to star in his very first hardcover book. (When you've caught the attention of Harlequin, you are a superstar!) Every page is a screen shot of a text message between Mittens and his Mom, and more than once I laughed out loud with the realization that these are exactly the sorts of things our cats would say to us if they could.

This book is a must have for any cat lover's bookshelf.


About the author: Angie Bailey is an award-winning writer and blogger, humorist, and professional member of the Cat Writers' Association. Her primary blog, Catladyland, has won many awards, and her humor writing is featured nearly daily on, one of the most popular cat sites on the Web. She loves to photograph her cats in silly poses and sleeps with one eye open. And yes, she has three cats.

Texts from Mittens is on bookshelves today and can be purchased from Amazon

Thanks to the nice people at Harlequin I have one hardcover copy to giveaway to a lucky US or Canadian reader.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Book Review & Giveaway: Grimm's Furry Tail by Kathi Daley

In the third book in the series Cait’s friend Cody buys the old newspaper and discovers a previously unpublished edition that details a murder that occurred decades ago. The fact that the story was written but never published peaks the curiosity of the friends, who decide to delve into a cold case that reaches back fifty years. When the truth is discovered they struggle with the ramifications of what they have uncovered. They know that revealing it will rock the small island community to its core.

This third book in the Whales and Tails mystery series is a page-turner from the very first paragraph, when a dripping faucet wakes Cait in the middle of the night to the sound of "Emily". Emily is a kitten, sent by "witches" Tansy and Bella, and history shows that whenever Cait has a mystery to solve, a new feline friend arrives with the clues she needs. And the mystery she finds herself tangled up in this time is a doozy.

Cait's friend Cody has purchased the local newspaper and found an old article about an unreported murder involving a missing heiress that was never published. They decide to investigate why when Cait stumbles upon the murdered body of Orson, the previous owner of the newspaper and writer of the mysterious article. Before uncovering what happened back in 1979 and how that led to Orson's death, Cait ends up discovering shocking information involving people she has known her entire life. In one case the reader is made privy to the revelation, but the character affected is still in the dark! Both the modern-day mystery and the one from long ago are gripping, and I couldn't swipe the pages on my Kindle fast enough.

The first 3 books in this series have been released 3 months in a row, and while they are all fantastic, this one is the best yet. The next book will be a Halloween release but the six month wait is going to be endless!!!

Giveaway: Leave a comment by noon eastern on Friday, April 3rd for your chance to win a copy of Grimm's Furry Tail. US - Choice of Print or Kindle copy; Canada - Kindle copy only. Don't forget to include your email address!!!

Book Spotlight & Giveaway: Garden of Death by Chrystle Fiedler

When a local doctor is found dead in Willow McQuade’s medicinal garden, she must find the killer to clear her boyfriend’s name in this third clever book in the Natural Remedies Mystery series.

Dr. Willow McQuade, owner of Nature’s Way Market & CafĂ©, has put the finishing touches on a new medicinal plant garden for Greenport’s annual Maritime Festival and is ready for the festivities to begin. But it’s not all flowers and sunshine at the grand opening, when Willow discovers the body of another contestant, Dr. Charles White, face down in her garden.

Willow’s hunky boyfriend, Jackson Spade, immediately becomes a suspect due to a recent fight with Dr. White. Willow knows she has to remedy the situation, but it won’t be easy with the other applicants’ vendettas and vandals wrecking her garden at every turn. And when she finds buried treasure in her garden that just might belong to the legendary Captain Kidd, the stakes become even higher. Was Dr. White searching for that treasure? Did someone kill him to get to it first? With the help of Jackson and her eccentric ex-boyfriend, Willow follows the clues to uncover the truth that someone wants buried…

But can she dig up enough evidence before she becomes the killer’s next victim?

About the Author: I love natural remedies and I’ve been using them for as long as I can remember. When I was growing up, my mother practiced natural cures such as tea bag baths for sunburn, homeopathic remedies for colds and allergies, arnica oil for sprains and bruises and, of course, chicken soup with garlic was always a staple.

My interest in natural remedies continued after I graduated from Boston University with a degree in communications and subsequently dabbled in various vocations including advertising and television production in Hollywood. In 1998 I moved back to my hometown, Greenport, NY and set up my own writing business. I’d always wanted to be my own boss and write full-time.

My focus was, and is, health, and in particular alternative medicine which includes natural remedies. As a freelance journalist, I’ve written about natural cures for Natural Health, Mother Earth Living, Spirituality & Health, and Vegetarian Times, as for over five years I was the Good Nature columnist for Remedy magazine.

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Giveaway: Leave a comment by noon eastern on Friday, April 3rd for your chance to win a paperback copy of Garden of Death. (US entries only, please.) Don't forget to include your email address!!!

Sunday, March 29, 2015

#SundaySelfies Newsy Edition

Hey everybody, it's Truffles! I have a few news items to share with you this week, but I'll start with my Sunday Selfie, because I know that's why you're all really here :)

We would like to congratulate our friends over at Sometimes Cats Herd You, the winners of our Bergies cat socks giveaway. If you don't already follow Newton, Pierre, and Ashton's adventures, make your way over to their blog STAT! Their current series about Ashton's Chicken Emporium is beyond brilliant, and we can't wait for each week's new installment! 

This was our most successful giveaway *ever* and we are super excited about another one that we have in the works, hopefully on Friday.

We would also like to congratulate Cathy F. and Lisa R., the two winners of the Clear Your Shelf giveaway hop. We have another big book giveaway this week too!

On Tuesday Mommy got to spend some time chatting on the phone with the lovely Miss Layla of Cat Wisdom 101. She's the editor of the Cat Writers' Association blog, and she invited Mommy to be a guest book reviewer for them! The CWA blog is available to be read by everyone, you don't need to be a CWA member, so we urge you to check it out. I'll let you know when Mommy's first review is posted next month!

Last, but certainly not least, of course I have to take a moment to talk NASCAR. Our guy Harvick got his 8th consecutive top 2 finish last weekend. Can he make it 9? Stay tuned...

Saturday, March 28, 2015

{52 Snapshots} & Caturday Art: Spring

Hey everybody, Truffles at the keyboard! We're at week 13 of the #PBSG #52Snapshots of Life photo challenge (hosted by The Lazy Pit Bull) and the theme is spring. While many of my fellow bloggers are posting beautiful pictures of flowers blooming, blue skies, and green grass, you won't be finding that here. People don't joke about "mud season" in Vermont for nothing...everything here is brown, squishy, and downright gross. Our local news even asks people to send in mud season pictures and calls them "muddies"!!!

Last weekend the temps approached 50 degrees so Mommy finally gave in and put my screen window in. This is my's not for the faint of heart.

For Athena's Caturday Art blog hop, we prettied things up a adding me to the picture!!! I'm dreaming of the days ahead when I can lounge in a sunny window, watch the birds and butterflies fly by, and see nothing but blue skies and green grass!