Sunday, July 23, 2017

#SundaySelfie FAIL

Meows from Mudpie!

I was on the verge of taking an EPIC selfie this week when that darn neighbor cat Calvin walked by and completely threw me off my game. 

I hope you'll enjoy it anyways...the picture purrfectly shows off my diamond-shaped necklace and peanut butter foot!


We're joining our friends at The Cat On My Head for the Sunday Selfies blog hop! 


Saturday, July 22, 2017

Lounging in the Lap of Luxury #CaturdayArt

Meows from Mudpie!

Guess who has a second Gotcha Day coming up in a couple weeks?

This tortie!

Mommy has been going through pictures of me from right after I moved in and we can't get over what a scrawny little kid I was!

In honor of today being National Hammock Day I decided to use one of her favorite pictures of me napping in my lounger just days after I came home to create my art project his week.


This is the original. I settled in so easily, so quickly, that there was never any doubt that I was meant to be here.


Visit more artsy kitties at Athena's Caturday Art blog hop!


And now our weekly answers (answered by Mommy) for the Friendly Fill-Ins challenge, hosted by 15andmeowing and McGuffy's Reader!

1. My favorite thing on my daily to-do list is blogging.

2. My least favorite thing on my daily to-do list is preparing meals.

3. I could really do without summer. I live in Vermont for a reason - I don't do heat - and every summer moving to Alaska sounds better and better.

4. I would love to have more cat pins. It's my new cat collection obsession and Etsy is doing a good job fueling my addiction! 

Friday, July 21, 2017

Pampurr Yourself with Honeycat Cosmetics (w/Giveaway & Discount Code!)

This post is sponsored by Honeycat Cosmetics.

Did you know Ancient Egyptians believed that cats could make their female masters irresistible? Honeycat Cosmetics, a line of bath, body and spa products, uses the cat as a symbol of female strength, and everything in their line has a feline spin!

Honeycat products are hip, sexy, funky and fun, made in the USA with natural ingredients and never tested on animals. Here's just a small sampling of what they have to offer...


Vanilla Cream Grooming Bar 

It's a good thing this bar of soap has the Honeycat logo imprinted on it or the yummy scent might make you mistake it for a cupcake with buttercream icing! Shea butter, aloe and sweet almond oil make this soap a feast for your skin.

Warm Milk Martini Milk Bath

Some people swear by warm milk to help them relax and get to sleep, but why not soak in it instead? Chock full of coconut milk powder, honey powder, yogurt milk powder, skin softening milk proteins, vitamin E, and shea butter, this milk bath is sinfully delicious and extra rich.

Cat Tails for Two Apricot/Grand Marnier Shower Gel

Who says you can't take a bath standing up? This shower gel produces loads of bubbles while moisturizing your skin with sweet almond oil, mango butter and shea butter.


Cat on A Hot Tin Candle

This coconut milk/mango pure soy candle will leave you purring with contentment.

Chick Of The Sea Foaming Bath Crystals

Have I mentioned yet how ridiculously adorable the packaging on these products are??? These delicious muscle soothing, chocolate, amaretto and mint bath crystals come in a sardine can!!!


Rub My Tummy Hand & Body Cream

I much prefer applying hand and body cream each day for a light, delicate scent over harsh perfumes. This cream is chock-full-of skin softening ingredients like shea butter, kukui oil, honey, and of course butter milk.

Frisky Kitty Bath Time Fizzy

I think bath bombs are just so darned cute. Frisky Kitty is loaded with ingredients to pamper your skin. These bath bombs are available in four flavors: oatmeal, cocoa butter, lilac & honey, and rose & lemongrass.

Phew! And I haven't even touched on the fun gift sets, scrubs, bubble baths, lip balm, even a darling little wash cloth!


When I opened my box of sample goodies it felt every bit like Christmas in July. The scents coming from the box were simply heavenly, and of course being a cat Mudpie had to jump right in and came out smelling quite delicious herself! (Of course I still prefer the original Mudpie scent!)

As cat ladies we (rightfully) provide our feline friends with every creature comfort they could possibly hope for, but shouldn't we be pampurring ourselves just a little bit too? I think if our cats could talk they would encourage us to follow their lead and indulge ourselves on a regular basis. After all, the more rested and relaxed we are, the more prepared we'll be to cater to their every whim! (It's never too early to start thinking about Christmas either! Any cat lady would be delighted to find Honeycat goodies in her stocking!)

Now who's ready to lavish themselves with some Honeycat? Not only do we have a pawsome 30% off discount code (PURR30 at checkout), we also have TWO gift sets to give away to lucky winners in the US! 


The Chick of the Sea gift set contains: Coquito/Coconut Rum bubble bath, Chick of the Sea foaming bath crystals (in the sardine can!) and the Honeycat Signature washcloth.


The Milk Martini gift set contains: Milk Martini Tequila/Lime milk bath, sweet cream/bourbon bath bomb and Rub My Tummy buttermilk & honey body cream.

To enter, simply fill out the Rafflecopter below. Good luck everyone!

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Thankful Thursday: All Stocked Up & Ready To Go


Meows from Mudpie!

I'm not a big treat eater, but I'm sure that doesn't realize surprise you. The one kind of treats I will eat 'til the cows come home is Pro Plan's Protein Crunch in the lamb flavor. YUMMY IN MY TUMMY!!!

The only problem is they are nearly impossible to find, at least in our area, so when Mommy spots them at PetSmart she buys a number of packages. The last couple times she's been shopping though they've been gone, and our Petco doesn't even carry them. Neither does Petsmart.com or Petco.com...

Chewy now has them but we didn't have a large enough order to get free shipping and Mommy is cheap. (Seriouslies Mommy, this is an emergency situation!!!)


Then over the weekend we discovered that Amazon sells them by the case (10 packages) and after dividing up the total cost the price per package is just over $2, whereas in the store they're over $4 a package now!

SCORE!!!

Now not only am I fully stocked up for awhile, we saved nearly half price! Are we pawsome little shoppers or what?

Tell us what you're thankful for this week!

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Cue the Violins



Mommy: Now that all our friends are probably ready to call the ASPCA on me, how about I tell the real story?

Mudpie: If you insist.

Mommy: Mudpie's favorite place on earth is the basement. I don't really mind because as I slowly declutter it I enjoy having her with me, but I've refused to put a cat bed down there knowing she'd never want to come upstairs. Last week she managed to find a nap spot on her own thanks to a pile of paper bags I use to collect the recycling each week. It sure doesn't look comfy to me, but she loves it!

Mudpie: Whose version of events do YOU believe?

* obviously we've been watching too many ALF reruns...

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Mudpie Interviews...Snickers the Calico Cat


Meows from Mudpie!

Today I'm excited to be interviewing one of my Instagram pals, Snickers. (Mudpie and Snickers...hope we don't send you into a sugar shock!)

Snickers is a sweet kitty who's using her Instagram stardom to give back and raise money for the Oklahoma Humane Society through her brand new online shop. We hope you'll check it out!


Welcome Snickers! Thank you so much for taking time to chat with me today. Can you tell us a little about yourself and how you came to live in your forever home?

I'm a 3 year old calico/tabby mix that loves to play with any piece of string I can find. I like to act extra cute when I want treats or food and I like to sleep on my humans clothes! I ended up at an adoption clinic after some nice people patched up and healed my eye! I'm not really a fan of other cats and I'm really defensive of my owners. When they came into the adoption clinic they walked up to my room first and I knew I had to play it cool if I was going to get out of there! So, when they walked in meowed at them and gave them rubs and they let me have some lap time. The next day, they came back and took me home with them! Now, life is everything I could possibly imagine.

What do you remember about losing your eye? Has it slowed you down or impacted your life in any way?

Well, we believe it was due to a level of mistreatment and a possible eye infection. Unfortunately, it got so bad the had to remove it. Luckily my humans are very conscious of it and help me when needed. I can't say it has slowed me down at all. I live each day like I have two eyes, sometimes I forget I only have on eye. Regardless of the situation, no toy will ever be to fast for me!


Is there any special meaning behind your cute name? (The cat that came before me, Truffles, was actually named Snickers at the shelter!)

Haha, before my humans found me my name was wink because of the missing eye. My new owners weren't too fond of that name so they named me Snickers because my coat looks like chocolate and caramel!

Do you have any favorite toys, treats, or napping spots?

Favorite toy, hands down is any type of string/rope. I'm always untying my humans shoes because I can't stop playing with the laces. I'm a big fan of my dental treats, although I don't chew them like I should, they're still sooo tasty! My favorite napping spot is definitely the window in the bedroom because the breeze and all of the smells!


How did you become an Instagram superstar with over 25,000 followers? Do you have any tips on how to follow in your pawprints?

Well my owner started my Instagram solely because he thought I was the cutest thing. As time passed by he noticed I was gaining significant traffic. Then he got a new camera and started taking super awesome pictures of me. A little later on down the road, he and his best friend started a marketing company together and it just took off from there! Now we're continuously growing!

Tell us about your brand new online shop!

Mommy and Daddy started talking about how cute it would be if we put together some digital renditions of my face! They were also looking for a way to give back to the humane society they got me from. So, they started an online shop and are making it better and better every day. We offer things like, metal magnets, throw pillows, phone cases, pet bandanas, coffee mugs, and more!

What's something about you that your Instagram followers don't know and might be surprised to learn?

I think most of them just see me as another "Instagram Cat" but my humans have much bigger plans for my journey. They see me being a "face" for disabled pets everywhere and to show that disabled pets are just as beautiful and loving as the rest. I started out in a dark place all alone. Now I have thousands of adoring fans and life just keeps getting better!

Monday, July 17, 2017

Cozy Cat Caper Mystery Series: "Buy in July" Event Supports Animal Rescue

Animal Rescue Programs
Guest post by mystery author Marla Bradeen (aka Paige Sleuth)

When in search of a new furry family member, most animal lovers think first of adopting from local shelters and rescue organizations. These places are always at capacity, and I sadly doubt I will live to see the day when the cat and dog overpopulation problem ceases to be an issue. Here in Las Vegas alone, there are an estimated 200,000 feral and stray cats. That number is overwhelming to me, and it highlights the importance of spaying and neutering. Luckily, we have an organization here helping with that effort. The Community Cat Coalition of Clark County aims to fix as many local cats as possible using a program known as TNR, or Trap, Neuter, Return. Through TNR, feral cats are temporarily captured, spay/neutered and vaccinated, and then released back into their communities. To help support their mission of humanely reducing the feral cat population, during the month of July I'm donating $1 from every Paige Sleuth book purchase (for books over $0.99) to this wonderful organization. If you haven't heard of Paige Sleuth before, she's my alter ego, and she writes the Cozy Cat Caper Mystery series. More information about her, her July book giveaway, and details for downloading your free copy of Murder in Cherry Hills, Cozy Cat Caper Mystery book 1, are at the end of this post.


TNR is not a new concept for members of the animal rescue community, and even more people are familiar with the importance of spay/neutering pets (thank you, Bob Barker). Animal foster programs are also quite common, and also a great way to help an animal in need if you're not ready to make the long-term commitment of adopting. But there are also many secondary rescue programs out there that aren't as widely known. Some are so creative and heartwarming that I'd like to spotlight a few I've come across.

Pups on Parole. I absolutely love this concept. As part of this program, abused dogs are paired with qualified prison inmates until they're ready to be adopted out. Most of these dogs need a lot of tender loving care to get over some traumatic experiences, and the inmates work with them until they've learned how to trust people again. The dogs are also acclimated to a bathroom schedule and taught some basic essentials for life on the "outside" (such as how to walk on a leash), all with the goal of giving them a second chance at finding a loving home. But the dogs aren't the only ones benefiting from the program. Anyone who has ever had a pet knows how they can give your life purpose and structure, two qualities that can only help those who may have made some bad choices but are attempting to turn their lives around.

Paige Sleuth's rescue cats and cover models enjoying some time outside

Seniors for Seniors. Those actively involved with rescue know how challenging it can be to find homes for older animals. This effort strives to combat that challenge by matching senior animals with human seniors. Several variations of this program exist. Some give out starter kits (such as a litter box and food bowls) with every animal adopted out, and some are more of a long-term foster program, where the organization pays for everything, but the senior opening their home to the animal handles all care required. Either way, I think this is a fantastic approach to placing older animals in loving environments, and also a wonderful opportunity for humans in their golden years.

Reading to Shelter Animals. The idea behind this program is simple: Children read books to shelter animals. The animals benefit from some much-needed human attention, and the children get to practice their reading skills without fear of judgment. As an author, how can I not love it?

Now it's your turn! Tell me, are there any unique programs centered around animal rescue in your area? Are you involved with any, or have you adopted or worked with a critter enrolled in such a program? Let me know in the comments!


Paige Sleuth is a pseudonym for mystery author Marla Bradeen. She plots murder during the day and fights for mattress space with her two rescue cats at night. When not attending to her cats' demands, she writes. She loves to hear from readers, and welcomes emails at paige.sleuth@yahoo.com.

As part of Paige's second annual "Buy in July" event, where $1 from every July book purchase (for books over $0.99) will be donated to animal rescue, she's hosting a book giveaway this month. Enter below for your chance to win one of Paige's books plus a surprise mystery book. And follow the link in the first entry option to claim your FREE copy of Murder in Cherry Hills, the first book in the Cozy Cat Caper Mystery series. Good luck and happy reading!

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Sunday, July 16, 2017

Sunday Selfie

Meows from Mudpie!

Hope you don't mind that I'm snapping my selfie this week half asleep. I got so cozy snuggling up with the stuffies on the bed that nothing could disturb my slumber.

*YAWN* 

Sorry...are you still there?


We're joining our friends at The Cat On My Head for the Sunday Selfies blog hop!


Saturday, July 15, 2017

Caturday Art

Meows from Mudpie!

Today for my Caturday Art I tried using the Creamsicle effect in Dreamscope. Mommy thought it might be better suited to orange kitties but I wanted to give it a try anyways. I'm so glad I didn't listen to her because I think it looks super cool! It kind of has a steampunk look to it...


Visit more artsy kitties at Athena's Caturday Art blog hop!


And now our weekly answers (answered by Mommy) for the Friendly Fill-Ins challenge, hosted by 15andmeowing and McGuffy's Reader!

1. My inner child still loves stuffed animals.

2. My favorite month(s) are September through December. I cheated a little and couldn't pick just one. I live for the months surrounding Halloween and Christmas. The rest of the year I merely exist.



3. My favorite commercial is PetSmart's "The Perfect Toy", because it made me fall hopelessly in love with dachshunds. It came out about 10 years ago and it still makes me cry every time I watch it. Sometimes I feel like my love for animals have turned me into an emotional basket case.

4. Personally, I don’t care for any water-related activities. I've never been to a beach or even gone swimming. Occasionally I take the ferry across Lake Champlain into New York. If it ever goes down I guess I'll just drown!

Friday, July 14, 2017

Fun Feline Finds: Personalized Cat Christmas Ornament

Yesterday we discussed my (and Mudpie's) disdain for the summer season. There is, however, one event I look forward to every July.

Christmas in July!

I'm ecstatic that this weekend alone is the Hallmark Keepsake Ornament premiere, Gold Crown Christmas Week on the Hallmark Channel, and three days of Christmas in July savings on QVC!


Confession time: I already bought my first new Christmas ornament of the year earlier this spring, a personalized tortie ornament from JayneyMac on Etsy (you can also choose a black and white cat, black cat or tabby). When I saw that a tortie was one of the choices I nearly fell off my seat! I'm constantly complaining about the lack of tortie-related finds.

You can also pick from 4 different colors and 2 wood textures, with either a holly or star background.


The ornament ships from the UK, is just over $10 with shipping, and arrived in less than a week.

Did I put it away to hang on my tree this Christmas? Nope! It's been hanging in my living room since the day it arrived :)

Speaking of Christmas in July, this is how we were able to spend part of our day yesterday...


Thursday, July 13, 2017

Human & Feline Thoughts On The Green Pet Shop's Cool Pet Pad


Mudpie enjoys the summer weather about as much as her Mommy does...in other words, she despises every minute of it. Her two favorite things to do are play with her toys and cuddle in blankies, neither of which can comfortably be done in the yucky heat and humidity, making Miss Mudpie a very unhappy camper. I can't help but laugh at how grumpy it makes her too. Always prone to typical tortie chatter, I imagine her walking around and griping, "Don't touch me!", "Get outta the way!", and "Leave me alone!"

I've always been intrigued by the pet cooling pads that have been on the market for awhile now and wondered if they actually worked and would make a difference, so when The Green Pet Shop offered to send us one of their Cool Pet Pads to review we were very excited.

About The Green Pet Shop's Cool Pet Pad

This pet pad requires no water or electricity. The cooling gel formula is weight or pressure activated. As soon as your pet lies down, the cooling effect starts and lasts for up to four hours. You can supercool your pad by putting it in the refrigerator to make it last even longer!

In addition to it's main purpose of cooling your pet, the pad is also supposed to "aid in the relief of pain, swelling, discomfort and stress, as well as the following conditions: heat stroke, hip dysplasia, cushing’s disease, allergies, post surgery, skin conditions, post chemotherapy."


The pad is non-toxic (of course it's not meant for consumption and an animal should always be checked out by a vet if they ingest any part of the pad), and can easily be cleaned with soap and water using a soft cloth. It's great for travel because it can be folded to a quarter of it's full size and slipped back into the plastic bag it comes in. A machine washable cover is also available to protect the pad from scratches.

My Thoughts

As soon as I applied a little pressure to the pad with my hand I felt the cooling sensation! My first thought was I wish they made these human sized because I'd be tempted to park myself on it 24/7 with minimal clothing! (And lo and behold, a quick check of The Green Pet Shop's website shows that they DO in fact carry human cooling products!!! Somebody hide my credit card...)

My mom was ready to nab it for her aches and paints when she read that it offers relief from "aging bones, creaky joints and achy muscles."


Mudpie's Opinion

This was the tricky part. Mudpie loves laying on glossy sales circulars, wrapping paper, even flattened cardboard boxes, so I thought she'd gravitate right to the pad. When she didn't I started placing it in various spots around the house where she likes to sack out when she's hot but she just walks over it. Finally I resorted to putting it right in front of her food bowls so she had no choice but to sit on it for a few minutes (and hopefully see how good it feels), which she did, but then didn't voluntarily return to it later for nap time. I'm starting to wonder if maybe her fur is so thick that she can't feel the cooling action. My next plan is to try adding it to her cat carrier the next time she has a summer vet appointment.

Personally, I'm a fan, even if Mudpie isn't (yet). I still have hopes that one day she'll discover it on her own and have a "Eureka!" moment, but if she doesn't...I just might confiscate it for my own personal use!

Has your pet ever tried a cooling mat? 

Disclaimer: We received a Cool Pet Pad for free in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are our own and we never recommend a product we don’t fully believe in.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

The Rescued Interviews: Belladonna


Meows from Mudpie!

Back in 2015 Angel Truffles started interviewing the cats featured in Rescued: The Stories of 12 Cats, Through Their Eyes, an anthology of rescue cat stories compiled by Janiss Garza, who writes the Sparkle Cat blog. She was unable to see it to completion but I was more than honored to continue the series once I settled into my forever home and took full reins of our blog. Now Rescued Volume 2 is on store shelves and it's my goal to interview as many of the kitties as possible once again! (If you missed our review, it can be found here.)

Each author featured in the book has nominated a cat rescue and was assigned a month to promote the book, with a third of the profits from that month going to their rescue. July's spotlight is Belladonna, one third of the feline team behind the popular Paws and Effect cat blog. Sweet Bella was just a baby when she was diagnosed with feline diabetes and found herself in the unenviable position of being a special needs cat looking for her forever home. She scored a wonderful one with a cat blogger eager to use her platform to spread the word about living with a sugar kitty!


Welcome Belladonna! Thank you so much for taking time to chat with me today. Could you start by introducing yourself to us and telling us what made your story such a good fit for the Rescued anthology?

Thank you! It's a pleasure to be here. Hmm, well, I am a very special kitty (and humble, too), so I think that's part of what made my story such a good fit. But mostly I think it was because ultimately my story was one of healing for me, and for Mama and my kitty siblings, too. You see, before she met me, Mama had lost two cats within six months--one to cancer, and one due to one of those one-in-a-million surgical complications--and she was very depressed and broken-hearted when I met her. But thanks to me, she was able to come out of her despair and find the courage to make a cross-country move!

As the title of your story says, you're a "sweet sugar kitty", diagnosed with feline diabetes at a very young age and subsequently relinquished by your first family. That must have been such a frightening time for you. What do you remember about it?

It was scary, just because I wasn't sure what was going to happen. And I felt bad for First Mama (as I call her) because I know she loved me but she just wasn't able to take care of a cat with diabetes. I don't have any hard feelings toward her. She was very good to me, and she did a lot more than most people would have. Mostly what I remember is being in a cage in a room full of barking dogs, and that wasn't much fun. But the vet was good to me, too--she even said she loved me and gave me little petties between seeing patients!

My Mommy took care of a sugar kitty herself for a few years, and she says that looking after a special needs cat created a bond like she had never experienced before. Is that how it is for you and your Mama too? 


I'm not the first special-needs cat Mama's ever lived with, nor will I be the last. And I think you're right--it does create an amazing bond between person and kitty when there are challenges you have to meet together. I don't know if you know about my kitty sister, Tara. She was so scared when she came into our family that she hid under the couch for six whole months! But thanks to Mama's patience (and of course, thanks to my repeated offers to be her friend), Tara has been enjoying life with the rest of us for a while now! It sure is fun. I like to chase her, and now she chases me back, too, so that's super-fun! Um, what was I saying? Oh yeah, the bond between special-needs cats and people. I definitely feel super-close to Mama, not just because she adopted me but because of the work we do together to keep me healthy.


You've inspired your Mama (an amazing cat blogger, we might add!) to use her platform to educate people about living with feline diabetes. How is your partnership helping other cats in need?

Mama says "thanks for the compliment!" She and I have really enjoyed helping other caretakers of diabetic cats to understand the disease, and helping other diabetic kitties find homes, too. For a while, we were running a feature called Sugar Kitty Wednesday, where we shared stories about my fellow diabetic kitties at HART of Maine (that's the place where Mama adopted me from, by the way). A lot of them found their forever homes, and I like to think that it was due at least in part to the fact that we shared their stories! Mama also served on the board of directors of Diabetic Cats In Need, the organization that helped save my life and get Mama started with the supplies she needed to test my blood glucose and keep me healthy, for a couple of years. We've been sharing the word about DCIN and hopefully helping them raise some funds to help other sugar kitties.

What's life like for you today?


Oh my Bast, I don't think I could ask for a better life! I've got an awesome snuggle buddy--my cat friend Thomas--and a kitty sister, Tara, who likes to play tag with me...what do you mean, you don't like playing tag with me, Tara? Anyway! Not only that, but I get to help Thomas and Tara write our blog, Paws and Effect, and I get lots of petties every day. Oh, and I almost forgot to mention, I've been in remission from diabetes for four years now! That means I don't have to get any insulin shots! Mama and I are both really happy about that.


What shelter have you chosen to receive your proceeds from the book this month and why?

The group I chose is Diabetic Cats In Need. They don't operate a shelter, but they help people all over the United States and Canada to be able to keep their sugar kitties and pay for medical expenses (diabetic crises are really expensive). DCIIN also helps to arrange transport for diabetic kitties who find themselves without homes, and educates people on how to care for their diabetic cats. I chose DCIN because, like I said earlier, they helped to save my life by making it possible for HART of Maine to care for sugar kitties, and I think all diabetic cats deserve to have a happy forever home like I do!

What do you hope people learn from your story and what would you like your lasting legacy to be?

I want people to know that diabetes isn't a death sentence. A diabetic cat can live a happy and healthy life with the right care--and, in fact, could even go into remission. If I've helped even one person to feel less overwhelmed by finding out their cat has diabetes, I'll feel like I've done my job.

In the bigger picture, though, I just hope people will think about adopting special-needs cats, knowing through my story that even a cat with a serious disease like diabetes can provide many years of love and purrs.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Tortie Shorties on Mystery Monday


Welcome to this week's edition of Tortie Shorties on Mystery Monday!

We hope you enjoy our choices.


Familiar Trouble (Familiar Legacy Book 1) by Carolyn Haines

From the publisher: BLOOD IS THICKER... Sometimes a unique talent is inherited—and such is the case for Trouble, son of Familiar the black cat detective. Trouble’s rather indolent life in the sleepy town of Wetumpka, Alabama is upended when a serial killer arrives on the scene. Trouble begins to apply the skills he learned from his dad and his hero, Sherlock Holmes. 

When local bookseller Tammy Lynn is attacked at the site of an impact crater, Trouble realizes he must protect his human and solve the mystery of the Silk Stocking Killer.

Aiden Waters, a local deputy, has tracked the SSK to Wetumpka. Since his wife’s murder, Aiden won’t risk romance, but when Tammy is endangered, everything changes. Especially their hearts.

Tortie Shorties Review: I've been collecting cat mysteries for about 15 years now, and when I started one of the very first series I was introduced to was the Familiar, Black Cat Detective series of romantic mysteries written by Carolyn Haines. Seventeen books were released by Harlequin Intrigue starting in 1990, and I have every one in it's original paperback format. I was so excited to learn that 6 of the original titles are being re-released in ebook (the first, Fear Familiar, is available on Kindle for only 99 cents!), and now we're seeing the debut of a brand new line of romantic mysteries starring Familiar's son Trouble, who is following in his dad's paw prints as a black cat detective!

In this first book in the Familiar Legacy series we're introduced to Tammy, a bookseller in Wetumpka, Alabama. It's a rural little town in big trouble when it appears that a serial killer has made it his new hunting ground. It's personal for local deputy Aiden Waters when bodies start piling up because his own wife was murdered by the Silk Stocking Killer, and when he starts having feelings for Tammy he's forced to put them on the back-burner while making sure she stays safe. Thankfully her newly adopted cat Trouble, who learned some crime-solving techniques from his famous father Familiar and Benedict Cumberbatch’s Sherlock, is also on the case! The sections narrated by Trouble break the tension a bit with his completely feline way of viewing the action around him. This book is cozy but it's also purrfect for fans of romantic suspense. Four paws up!



From the publisher: Molly Appleby has promised her new husband that their honeymoon will be trouble-free—specifically, no sleuthing. Unfortunately, trouble seems to follow Molly wherever she goes, even to England.

After a glorious week in London, the newlyweds have escaped the city to visit Molly’s great-aunt in the quaint English village of Marlow Crossing. The setting is idyllic, as beautiful and serene as Molly could hope for, but as the talented reporter and senior staff writer for Collector’s Weekly knows, appearances can be deceiving. And when a local woman turns up poisoned to death, Molly’s convinced there’s more to the story than meets the eye.

Putting her honeymoon on hold, Molly agrees to help local inspector Devon Boyle with the case, especially since the sleepy village presents such a small number of suspects. But when two of them go missing and the tragic death of another woman comes to light, Molly realizes she’s up against a much more sinister criminal than she thought. Untangling a web of lies and deceit as she searches for a motive and a murderer won’t be easy, but Molly’s determined to put all of her detective skills to use to catch a killer before her trip, and her life, are brought to a sudden end.

Tortie Shorties Review: In the first chapter of A Devious Lot we meet Gingersnap, a sweet kitty who belongs to Molly's Aunt Tessa's neighbor Tiffany and visits everyday. Poor Molly just can't escape murder and mayhem, even on her honeymoon in a quaint English village, because it's Gingersnap who leads her to his owner's dead body early one morning. The local inspector knows of Molly's crime-solving success back home and asks for her help chatting up suspects. A key piece of evidence is a piece of "lover's eye" jewelry whose history we learn through the story of Lillian Gilbert back in the 1850's who falls in love with a wonderful man while intended to marry a repulsive, secretive old widower. The book weaves back and forth between modern-day and the past, adding an extra layer of intrigue. 

This is a series I've enjoyed from the very beginning and I love that they're continuing into Molly's married life. I'm a collector at heart so it's always interesting to learn more about the various pieces Molly encounters and how they fit into the puzzle she's trying to solve.



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Sunday, July 9, 2017

Concerned #SundaySelfie

Meows from Mudpie!

Mommy is saying all the time that she could eat me up.

I know mud pie desserts are yummy...but she does realize that Mudpie kitties aren't meant to be eaten, doesn't she?

Do you think I'm in danger?


We're joining our friends at The Cat On My Head for the Sunday Selfies blog hop!

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Caturday Art

Meows from Mudpie!

I don't think I could recreate my Caturday Art project this week if I tried! I started with an effect in Photo Lab, then went to PicMonkey where I played with the colors and cloned out some unwanted "background noise" and added the old-fashioned photo corners border. I really love how it turned out!


Visit more artsy kitties at Athena's Caturday Art blog hop!


And now our weekly answers (answered by Mommy) for the Friendly Fill-Ins challenge, hosted by 15andmeowing and McGuffy's Reader!

1. My favorite line from a film is "Life is made up of meetings and partings; that is the way of it. I am sure we shall never forget Tiny Tim, or this first parting that there was among us." from The Muppet Christmas Carol. That line never fails to make me tear up.

2. Other than blogs, a website I visit often is Amazon. I buy everything I can there, from vitamins to DVDs to Christmas gifts. Why chase around from store to store when stuff can be delivered to your door?

3. When I feel down, I cuddle Mudpie. She can fix just about anything.

4. If I could find a loving home for every abused, abandoned and neglected animal, I would devote my every waking hour to make it happen.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Remembering A Pair Of Angels


Today is the second anniversary of the day my baby girl Truffles flew off to the bridge, and the fourth anniversary of the day her big sister Tara paved the way before her. It goes without saying this is the hardest day of the year for me. I thought this year might be easier but if anything it's been harder. I've been dreading this day for weeks. 

In honor of my precious girls, please give your own fur babies a little something special today. Maybe an extra hug or kiss, a few more minutes of play or cuddle time, extra treats wouldn't hurt either.

Our time together is so fleeting; their fragile lives all too short. Never miss an opportunity to show them how much they're loved.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Why Forever Young Is Truffles' Song #TBT


This is a story I wrote about once before in a sponsored blog post, but since those don't always get as much traffic we think it's a "tail" worth telling again, especially this week.

Around the middle of June back in 2015 I was lying in bed working on a blog post about the dog movie "Max" that was about to premiere. I started to watch the music video by Blake Shelton for the movie's theme song, "Forever Young". I don't know if it was the images from the movie or the song itself or the two combined, but I started crying. Not just a few tears either but outright sobbing.



Truffles ran into the bedroom, hopped on the bed, got into my lap and started rubbing against me and purring. She knew that I was terribly upset and her first instinct was to comfort me the only way she could...with her love. Little did I know a few short weeks later she would be gone. Sometimes I wonder if either she or I had a premonition of what was to come.

That moment is the reason why I titled the blog post announcing her passing "Forever Young, Precious Truffles". She was only four years old and it's the way I will always remember her...forever young.