Wednesday, April 17, 2024

The Book of 5 Mews by M.G. Rorai - Blog Tour & Book Review


A heartwarming story about cats, cheese, Catness, cat-tastrophies, and why cats are basically running your life. Did I mention cats?


Title: The Book of 5 Meows

Author: M.G. Rorai

Publication Date: February 8, 2024

Pages: 134

Genre: Cats/Pets 

Shhhh – don’t tell the humans. This is a cat’s guide to world domination; learn how to win hearts and get cheese with your kitty charm.

Meet Marble, a cat on a mission to rule the world with cuteness and get cheese. Marble is not your ordinary cat. She is a philosopher, a strategist, and a master of Catness. She knows the secrets to manipulate humans and get what she wants. Thus, Catness wisdom and insights are littered throughout this hilarious and insightful book, written mostly from a feline point of view (as the way it should be).

But Marble’s plan is not without challenges. She must win over a dog-loving human and keep up an endless supply of Colby-Jack cheese.

The Book of 5 Mews is a book for cat lovers, dog lovers, and anyone who enjoys a good laugh mixed in with a heartwarming story. It is a book that celebrates the bond between humans and animals, and the power of love and healing. It is a book that will make you rethink your relationship with your cat, and maybe even inspire you to join a quest for world domination. Not that you’d be welcome, unless you’re a feline.

Buy Links:

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Book Excerpt:


I have spent many lives training in the Way of Catness; Humans might liken the Way to strategy. It is a gifted set of guidelines most felines stumble across during at least one of their nine lives—and, subsequently, become obsessed with mastering. Catness is water to the soul, yoga for the mind, and grooming for the world. 

Yet there will always be trials mixed with reward. Peaks and valleys merge to create the landscape—Catness is the pathway for past friends becoming feral; love becoming loss; treat bowls becoming empty. The Way of Catness is like a Cat’s mew: it can be the loveliest sound or the sharpest shriek, when needed.

There are different thoughts on Catness, but I live to no particular paw path; my prints are my own, defined by my experiences. True, I have taken some from other paths, as have most cats, though at the core each cat’s walk, their Catness, is defined by self, circumstances, and survival. But it can be shredded down to Five Mews: Paw, Slink, Roar, Tail, and Clarity. 

I will explain Catness in writing for the first time. 

Harper’s Commentary: Day 0

It’s hard starting over. New job, new town, new perspectives. So hard. Isolating. My plants are only so much company, and at the urging of text messages from family I decided to seek out volunteer work. 

My new career in technology blessed me with all the people drain I needed, so I went with the animal persuasion. I’m a dog person at heart. Grew up with mostly dogs and some cats but had more connection with the canines. Plus, the last feline I had contact with was my cousin’s girlfriend’s cat who pissed in the same corner all the time, despite having three litter boxes. 

So yeah, dogs were better. Cats okay. 

Wispy Paws seemed like a good fit…

If you're looking for some insight into what makes your cat tick, this is the book for you!

Following a personal tragedy, Harper is starting a new life in a new town. With only her plants for company she decides to volunteer at the animal shelter. She considers herself a dog person, but on her very first day she ends up bringing home a foster cat she names Marble. As Marble beings wrapping her new human around her paw, she teaches readers about Catness - the methods cats use in their quest for world domination, or at least domination over their own little world.

Cat slaves are sure to recognize all the tricks Marble has in her arsenal, and have likely even witnessed them firsthand! This book is adorable, funny, and heartwarming. I can't think of a more purrfect Mother's Day gift for the cat mom in your life! 

About the Author

M.G. Rorai enjoys hanging with her cats and annoying her husband.

Author Links  Website | Facebook | Instagram


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Sunday, April 14, 2024

What Season Are We Doing Today? #SundaySelfie

Meows from Mudpie!

Friday I spent the entire day sunbathing in glorious 75 degree weather. Yesterday it was back in the 40s.

I think Mother Nature is having hot flashes.

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

Saturday, April 13, 2024

Caturday Art

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

And now our weekly answers (all answered by Mommy this week) for the Friendly Fill-Ins challenge, hosted by 15andmeowing and Four-Legged Furballs!

1. The last thing I cooked was this soup. I make it every couple weeks and it lasts at least 3 meals. I usually thrown in whatever leftover meat we happen to have, but this week I made it without any meat and it was delish! 

2. When I go out to eat, my usual order is pizza

3. I feel most comfortable when I'm at home.

4. I purchase squeezies on a very regular basis. I usually pick up a couple packages each time I'm at the store, whether we need any or not, because I don't want Mudpie to ever run out. I'm still spooked from supply chain shortages during the pandemic! 

Thursday, April 11, 2024

Book Review ~ Purrseverance: Inspiring Stories of Cat Resilience and Hope by Sierra M. Koester


What do cats do when faced with adversity? They persevere. "Purrseverance" contains 16 accounts of how our feline friends triumphed over life's challenges: from the cat who learned to trust after surviving a hoarding situation, to the cat who conquered a life-threatening illness, to the cats who persisted and eventually found their loving forever homes. Each account is told through the eyes of the cat. These tales show that even seemingly hopeless situations can turn around. These stories will inspire you to keep going and persevere when facing adversities in your own life. "Purrseverance" was compiled by award-winning cat writer and enthusiast, Sierra M. Koester.

I've been looking forward to the release of this book since the call went out for submissions. I actually contemplated submitting a story myself, but thankfully none of the cats in my life faced the challenges the kitties in this anthology have had to deal with.

Many of the cats in Purrseverance I've had the privilege to "know" thanks to their blogs and social media presence - Evan, Carmine, Brian, Sawyer, Ellie Mae, Harvey (just to name a few), and I consider their owners as friends - but the beauty of this book is that each cat has written their own compelling story in their own unique voices. Some stories end happily, others with the inevitable, but each and every one showcases the strength and resilience of the feline spirit and the unbreakable bond they form with the humans in their lives.

There's no way I could pick out a "favorite" story, but one in particular affected me greatly. Whisper was a blind feral cat fostered by a lady dealing with the hospice care and eventual death of her mother. As both of them come to terms with their new normal, they help each other cope and heal. Then they're hit with another blow - Whisper is diagnosed with lymphoma.

This particular passage forced me to put the book down and have a good, therapeutic cry, "I had taught her a lot about getting beyond fear and loss. We had encouraged each other past panic and paralysis. Now I was showing her how to keep living in the small, precious moments we had left together."

We have so much to learn from these precious souls we share our lives with. The "tails" in Purrseverance are a lesson for all of us to live in the moment, to be brave in the face of adversity, and most importantly, to never give up.

Monday, April 8, 2024

Happy Eclipse Day!!!

Meows from Mudpie! 

It's a super exciting day in our neck of the woods because we're in the "path of totality" for the Great American Eclipse! Tens of thousands of eclipse chasers have descended on Vermont for this once in a lifetime event, and shockingly, it's supposed to be a mostly sunny day. Mommy and Grandpa will be watching from our backyard. I'll likely be taking my afternoon nap! MOL

Mommy got these two cat-themed eclipse buttons to commemorate this monumental day...

And how adorable is this t-shirt sold by our state's only cat cafe?

Leave it to Mommy to make eclipse day all about cats! 

I've trained her well...

Sunday, April 7, 2024

You're Silly, Mommy! #SundaySelfie

Meows from Mudpie!

This is the look I gave Mommy after she called me by my silly new nickname...brace yourselves...


 Do I look like a Muddy Poo-Poo to you?!?!?! I'm so embarrassed...

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

Saturday, April 6, 2024

Mudpie in Bloom #CaturdayArt

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

And now our weekly answers (all answered by Mommy this week) for the Friendly Fill-Ins challenge, hosted by 15andmeowing and Four-Legged Furballs!

1. I plan to make some changes to my Xfinity account in April. Send help.

2. My favorite kind of muffin is pistachio.

3. Napping always seems to happen when I have Mudpie on my lap. She's so warm and cozy, I tend to doze off even if I'm not particularly sleepy. I'll never need sleeping pills with her around!

4. My ongoing/neverending decluttering project has been on my to-do list for a long time.