CELEBRATE WEDDINGS!!!!

Lee_AWeddingToDieFor_EbookWELCOME TO WEDDINGVILLE

            A hundred years ago, a tiny town on the Puget Sound attracted a passel of bachelors    desperate  to marry. Thanks to the miracle of mail order, they did, and Weddingville was born.    Hollywood  costumer Daryl Anne Blessing knows that story all too well, and she hasn’t missed  it, or much  else about her hometown—except for hunky photographer Seth Quinlan. Now Daryl  Anne  returns to Weddingville only to see her best friend say I do . . . until a whole lot of  something    hits the fan—and it’s not rice.

As the maid of honor, Daryl Anne must keep the bride calm, no matter what. But last time  she checked, “what” didn’t include the bride’s estranged mother turning up, scandalizing the      locals―and getting herself murdered. Nor did it include digging for clues with Seth, while trying  to remember exactly why she left him behind. It’s quite a juggling act, even for a seasoned  multi-tasker like Daryl Anne. She soon attracts lusty glances from Seth—and the attention of a    killer who’s determined to take this town out of business . . .

A WEDDING TO DIE FOR, Book #1 in my brand new WEDDINGVILLE series, is a cozy mystery chock full of romance and humor with a whodunit at its center. While Daryl Anne Blessing is falling for a secret teenage crush, her best friend’s hopes for a happy marriage are falling apart right in front of her eyes. But a killer is only interested in keeping secrets secret.  Even if that means the bride and maid of honor must die.

The awesome news is that the eBook  will be priced at only $1.99 for the whole month of May.  CELEBRATE with me.

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NOVEMBER SPECIAL!!!!

Wow! #99¢ eBook Extravaganza – 20 Bks That Are Less Than A Buck!!!

I’m starting November 2014 with something special. I’m adding 20 fabulous books to my digital library.

JackNewCover7It’s a privilege to join these writers by adding book #1 in my Jack B Smart series.  (Book #2 is coming in 2015)  YOU DON’T KNOW JACK is a funny, sexy whodunit.  Jack B Smart accidentally bumps into the murdered body of her ex-husband and then accidentally gets her BFF arrested for the murder.  She is an aspiring mystery writer, with a couple of sexy brothers vying for her romantic attentions, three gun toting seniors intent on helping her hunt for the real killer, and her deceased ex-husband offering suggestions along the way.  There is lots of action and suspense to keep your guessing.

So, in case you missed it, November 1st would be a good time to pick it up. If you already have it, consider giving it to someone as an affordable but oh-so-thoughtful gift: an early Thanksgiving gift, a birthday gift, a thank you gift or “just thinking of you” gift.

Below are the books I’ll be buying November 1st. This list has books of all sizes including popular genres like romance, mystery, fantasy, suspense, paranormal, and historical. Wow. Not only will I be buying these books for my own reading pleasure, but at this price, I can gift several to my reading friends.

Yes, you got it. This diverse list includes books I know will score me points with friends who have birthdays in November or family members who will love reading the book over the long Thanksgiving weekend, for friends who are traveling in November and need a good book to read on the plane, and friends who will be cheered knowing I was thinking of them.

At 99 cents, each of these books will cost far less than a greeting card and a stamp, will arrive faster, and the joy of reading the book will last far longer.

The Amazon links are included below. Hope this gives you and your loved ones a happy Saturday and a fun start to November. Enjoy!  Each e-book below has been reduced to 99¢. I don’t know how long these prices will last, so grab them while you can.

This is one time I don’t mind being called easy and cheap. *laughing* Now, go! Shop! Let’s celebrate the arrival of November.

Kristy Tate Stuck With You http://amzn.com/B00KQ9JT5C
Jacqueline Diamond Calling All Glass Slippers http://amzn.com/B00N97L532
Michelle Knowlden Jack Fell Down http://amzn.com/B00LYNHVTU
Susan R. Hughes Heart’s Desire http://amzn.com/B00KTT0SUO
Louella Nelson Emerald Fortune http://amzn.com/B008S4PH1W
Shauna Roberts Claimed by the Enemy http://amzn.com/B00LNE709G
Kathy Bennett A Deadly Denial http://amzn.com/B00MAGGHKY
Kitty Bucholtz Unexpected Superhero http://amzn.com/B00D4FOLHQ
Michael H. Payne Neighbors http://amzn.com/B00O4CRCOC
Angie Ray Ghost of My Dreams http://amzn.com/B00JJGB8CA
Laura Taylor Love at the Beach (3 books) http://amzn.com/B00OJ47DOY
Debra Salonen Judy Uncensored http://amzn.com/B00NJCK5EC
Linda Carroll-Bradd The Ring That Binds http://amzn.com/B00AM0OQSK
GVR Corcillo She Likes It Tough http://amzn.com/B00NNXWFAE
Chris Marie Green Shadows Till Sunrise http://amzn.com/B00NHYS8WS
Barbara McMahon The Bachelor’s Baby Promise http://amzn.com/B006Q64YYK
Donna Fasano The Single Daddy Club: Derrick http://amzn.com/B00AN7524Y
Adrianne Lee You Don’t Know Jack http://tinyurl.com/l7awb7g
Jan Hudson Big and Bright http://amzn.com/B00AB4FW30
Kathleen Creighton Demon Lover http://tinyurl.com/puk7opn

 

 

 

 

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COVER REVEAL & EXCERPT for HIS ONLY DESIRE

HIS ONLY DESIRE is a romantic suspense and is part of the Charity Bundle HOMETOWN HEROES.  It is a fan favorite and a personal favorite book of mine that I’ve updated and will be releasing singly in January.  But you can buy it now with 15 other books for only $1.99 in the Hotter Ever After HOMETOWN HEROES.  All proceeds for the bundle go to Pets for Vets.  You can read the blurbs for those books in my previous post.

But an excerpt from HIS ONLY DESIRE.

PROLOGUE

He liked small, dark places.  Liked the way the tightness sheathed him–the way he wanted her body to sheath him.  He sank onto his haunches, invincible in this space that smelled of her.  Of his Dare.  Of that mind-teasing scent she was making famous, the one in those pretty bottles on her bathroom counter, the one that lingered on her creamy skin.  On her clothes.  And in his mind.  Forever.

He nuzzled his nose against the hem of her dresses, drawing the fragrance into him as he wanted to draw her into him.

Soon now, he would.

A smile crooked his mouth at both corners and his insides heated with anticipation.  She’d looked perfect this morning in that TV commercial, the one for this very perfume, a haunting fragrance that called to him.  Her cascading blonde hair had waved around her perfect oval face, her wide blue eyes beckoning him.  A siren call of promises.

Dare Hamilton.  His Dare.  Straight off a ranch somewhere in Texas.  As wholesome as an angel.  Innocent and pure.  But quick success was fraught with pitfalls.  Even now, fame threatened her virtue with its evil temptations.  Resolve swept through him.  He would save her.  His love would save her.

Thank God, she was finally willing to accept their destiny.

His smile widened as he recalled her looking directly at him, her lush lips speaking to him alone, delivering her private message through the TV commercial.  “I’m ready for you.  I want you.  Today.  Come to my home.  To my bedroom.  Wait in my closet.”

And so he waited.

*     *     *

Dare Hamilton chewed her bottom lip and glanced out the rear window of the taxi.  The ad campaign and rapidly growing popularity of Dare to Love perfume had made hers a recognizable face.  At first she’d thought it was fun.  But lately, she’d had the feeling she was being followed.  Watched.

Stalked.

Not by that paparazzi-wannabe she’d dubbed Eager Eddie, who had actually aided her career.  But by someone she’d never seen, just sensed—like one senses something foreboding on the horizon.  The sensation had her nerves frayed, and the two huge glasses of wine she’d just downed at lunch hadn’t helped.

As the taxi pulled to her destination, she felt frantic, half-expecting to spot him lurking behind one of the old palms that lined the busy avenue of this once prosperous area in the shadow of the Hollywood Hills.  But she saw nothing to account for the edginess in her belly.  Even her aging Volkswagen sat undisturbed at the curb where she’d left it.

She paid the driver and turned to face The Pacific Palms.  Home sweet home no longer.  She was leaving for Las Vegas.  Getting married today.

Dare hurried to the bungalow apartment she’d called home for the past three years, shoved the key into the lock and was greeted by the usual musty stench of the place, a combination of mildew and dust.  She shut the door and tossed her keys onto the desk.  They landed near a photograph of her and her twin sister, Desire.  She stared at it and scowled.  They’d been estranged for the past five years since Dare’s first marriage.  Dare hadn’t been able to forgive Desire.  Maybe after she returned from her honeymoon, she’d attempt a reconciliation.  She did miss Desire, wanted to share her newfound happiness with her twin, the one person who’d known her best her whole life.

She moved to the small closet in the living room corner, tugged open the cloth that served as a door and extracted her carry-on bag.  She had only a few things to collect.  She wished the unease that kept climbing her throat would go away.  Nothing bad was going to happen.  She was on the verge of real happiness.  Deserved happiness.

Feeling an inexplicable need to hurry, she carted the carry-on into the bathroom, scooped her cosmetics into it, gathered toothbrush and paste, then realized she didn’t have her hair brush.  Where was it?  She scanned the counter.  Hadn’t she left it there earlier today?   She checked the drawer.  Not there either.

Giving up, she went into the bedroom and opened the dresser.  Only one thing she wanted here.  A gentle breeze grazed her face as she gathered up the brand new French bra and panty set she’d purchased for the honeymoon, and nestled them into the carry-on.   She zipped the bag, then debated on whether or not to relent and take her favorite comfortable old jeans.  Why not?  New jeans were nice, but took a while to break in.

She crossed to the closet.

Something crunched beneath her feet, staying her hand halfway to the knob of the louvered door.  She glanced down.  Glass littered the rug.  Fear crashed through her.  Dear God, the breeze she’d felt.  Her gaze flew to the window.  The pane had been shattered.  The frame shoved wide open.  She gasped.  Was someone here?

The closet door started to open.

With a yelp, she snatched the carry-on, tore through the apartment and outside.  She ran to her VW, clambered inside, shaking so hard it took three tries to get the key in the ignition.  She locked the doors, punched her fiancé’s phone number into the cell phone and hit dial.  As he answered, she peeled into traffic, the phone pressed to her ear.

*     *     *

He banged the closet doors open and scrambled up out of the tight space.  Raced after her, into the living room.  The door slammed in his face, bringing him up short.  He stared at it, stunned, shaken.  She’d been about to open the closet and welcome him into her life.  Acknowledge their relationship.  Instead, she’d run away.  His heart shrank at her betrayal.  Fury tighten his grip on the handle of her plastic hair brush.

He pulled back the curtain.  She was in her car, driving away.  Away from him.  Away from them.  Her tiny car was moving too fast, weaving badly, as though she were drunk.  As he watched in horror, it veered into the path of a semi truck.  “No!”

The collision sounded like a bomb going off.  The VW buckled, then burst into flame.

“No!” he screamed, snapping the hair brush in two.  His cries turned to whimpers, then he fell silent.  The quiet resonated through the apartment echoing the loss deep inside his brain.  His knees wobbled.  He grabbed for support, clutching the desk, knocking over a gilt-frame.  He reached to right it and froze.  Two women were caught for posterity with their arms around one another, their smiling faces peered up at him.  They were identical.  Yet, somehow different.

Dare and . . .   He noticed the plaque on the bottom edge.  It read Dare and Desire.

Desire seemed to be smiling at him, offering him comfort and love with that smile.  Understanding.  Empathy.  They had both lost Dare, were both grieving that loss.  They should grieve together.  Hold each other.  Love each other.

As sirens filled the street outside, he broke the glass covering the picture and ran his fingertip down her cheek.

Desire.

Yes.  His Desire.

Buy:

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TA DA!!!!!!

COVER REVEAL

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RELEASE DAY IS HERE!!!!

RELEASE DAY is finally here!!!!  Yahoo!!!!   HOMETOWN HEROES, Hotter Ever After

16 Full-Length Novels for only $1.99.  You read that right.  It’s one terrific price for one terrific bundle of 16 books written by 17 terrific authors.   And the most terrific thing of all is that proceeds go to http://www.pets-for-vets.   Oh, and this bundle is available for a limted time.  So, please, don’t miss out on a chance to do something awesome for those who give up so much to keep this country free.   Buy links are listed below.

To whet your appetites for these tantalizing stories, I’ve listed the blurbs to all 16 books.

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Hometown Heroes—Hotter Ever After

 

Release Date: September 30, 2014

Preorder Links:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00N06ORVE

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/471495

iBooks:  https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/hometown-heroes-hotter-ever/id915540490?mt=11

Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/hometown-heroes-hotter-ever-after-jami-davenport/1120315444?ean=2940046141290

Available for a limited time at a discount of $1.99. All proceeds from this bundle benefit the Pets for Vets charity. The Pets for Vets program is dedicated to providing a second chance for shelter pets by rescuing, training and pairing them with America’s veterans who can benefit from a companion animal.

They’re all hometown heroes, guys from small towns who’ve made a name for themselves, big or small, who’ve withstood the odds and risen to the challenge, who are heroes in their own right.

Presenting a contemporary romance bundle of 16 novels with happily ever after endings, including previously published readers’ favorites and brand-new material by USA Today Bestselling Authors: Melissa Schroeder, Lucy Monroe, and Nancy Warren, NY Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Sabrina York. Along with bestselling and award-winning authors Allie K. Adams, Destiny Blaine, Cathryn Cade, Jami Davenport, Kate Davies, Taryn Elliott &Cari Quinn, Rachel Grant, Sandy James, Adrianne Lee, Hildie McQueen, Katy Regnery, Sandy Sullivan.

 

A LITTLE HARMLESS SEX (Harmless, Book 1) by USA Today bestselling author Melissa Schroeder–When Anna falls for her best friend Max, it might be true love, or the biggest mistake of her life.

 

CHANGE THE GAME by USA Today bestselling author Lucy Monroe–Alex is looking for revenge.  Isabel is looking for a relationship without those pesky things called emotions.  Neither will get what they’re looking for, but a whole lot more!

 

WILD RIDE (Changing Gears, Book 1) by USA Today bestselling author Nancy Warren–Trouble is piling up in the small town of Swiftcurrent, Oregon with hints of a treasure missing since WWII, a motorcycle riding bad boy history prof, a sexy librarian and a murder. It all adds up to a very Wild Ride.

 

HEARTBREAK ON A STICK by USA Today and New York Times bestselling author Sabrina York–When the man who broke her heart ten years ago suddenly returns to town—a hot shot movie star—Gina Fox is determined to avoid him. But for some reason, Jason Sherwood is pursuing her again. It is all she can do to resist his seductive wiles. But she must. Sexy Jason always has been heartbreak on a stick.

 

MADRONA SUNSET (Madrona Island) by bestselling author Jami Davenport–Meet a wounded warrior suffering from paralyzing guilt and woman pining for her dead husband–both damaged souls craving comfort for a moment or a lifetime.

 

BRACE FOR IMPACT by bestselling author Allie K. Adams–Bush pilot Reid Cavanaugh’s life is turned upside down when he takes a fare that ends up driving his plane into the ground and him into the danger surrounding her. When he discovers that she’s a doctor—the only profession he hates more than lawyers—he knows better than to trust anything that falls from her sexy lips.

 

HONORABLE SACRIFICE by bestselling author Destiny Blaine–Hired to protect an affluent family with embarrassing secrets, Audra McAllister doesn’t believe in love until she reconnects with a small-town hero willing to risk everything to win Audra’s heart.

 

SHE’S WORTH IT ALL (Club 3, Book 4) by bestselling author Cathryn Cade–Mase Barnett is a hometown hero with a secret. Natalie Cusco has a broken heart only a strong man can heal. Will this wounded hero risk everything to show her she’s worth it all?

 

DECEIVING DANTE by award-winning author Kate Davies–A stolen car on her front lawn. A sexy cop – looking to arrest her favorite student. A principal ready to fire her. Could Ellie’s Monday get any worse?

 

ROCK, RATTLE AND ROLL (Lost in Oblivion, Book 1.5) by USA Today bestselling author Cari Quinn and bestselling author Taryn Elliott–A beachfront cottage, hours of alone time, and plenty of skin-on-skin action is just what the rock star and his new wife ordered. Until the future comes much quicker than they expected, threatening to crumble not only their perfect honeymoon but also their brand new marriage.

 

GRAVE DANGER by Golden Heart finalist Rachel Grant–An archaeologist digs up a murder victim in a Northwest archaeological site and must help the hunky local police chief solve the crime before she becomes the next victim.

 

TURNING THIRTY-TWELVE by award-winning author Sandy James–Jackie Delgado

didn’t want a new man in her life until a dreaded blind date with police detective Mark Brennan turns out to be more exciting than she’d ever imagined.

 

HIS ONLY DESIRE by Adrianne Lee– Nick Rossetti married the wrong twin sister. Will the right one ever forgive him?  Not if her stalker has his way.

 

EVEN HEROES CRY by Hildie McQueen–War widow Tesha Washington slowly draws Adam Ford out of the shell that used to be a man, and learns there really is such a thing as starting over.

 

THE VIXEN & THE VET by bestselling author Katy Regnery–In a Beauty & the Beast reboot, an ambitious reporter tracks down a wounded war vet for a scoop and ends up falling in love with him instead.

 

TROUBLE WITH A COWBOY by Sandy Sullivan–Can some slashed tires and an ornery bull bring two hard-headed people together for some fun in the sun…and a little more?

 

Hometown Heroes Charity Bundle Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hometownheroescharitybundle

Pets for Vets Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PetsforVetsInc

Pets for Vets Website:  http://pets-for-vets.com/

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FROM PIES TO PETS

17 Authors, 16 Books all in one fantabulous bundle.   Pre-Order now!!JamiDavenport_HoetownHeroes_Bundle1400

HOMETOWN HEROES, hotter ever after, is a collection of 16 Romance books with happily ever after endings, including previously published readers’ favorites and brand-new material.  The stories range from hot to sizzling hot and suspenseful and hot.  Did I mention hot?  They are all hometown heroes, guys from small towns who have made a name for themselves, big or small, who have withstood the odds and risen to the challenge, who are heroes in their own right.

While all of the heroes are not Veterans, ALL of the proceeds from the sale of this buPetsforVetsLogondle are going to PETS FOR VETS!  This is such an incredible cause.   The Pets for Vets program is dedicated to providing a second chance for shelter pets by rescuing, training and pairing them with America’s veterans who can benefit from a companion animal.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHORS and THE BOOKS:

USA Today Bestselling Authors: Melissa Schroeder, Lucy Monroe, and Nancy Warren,  NY Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Sabrina York.  Along with bestselling and award-winning authors Allie K. Adams, Destiny Blaine, Cathryn Cade, Jami Davenport, Kate Davies, Taryn Elliott & Cari Quinn, Rachel Grant, Sandy James, Adrianne Lee, Hildie McQueen, Katy Regnery, Sandy Sullivan.

 

TEASERS:

A LITTLE HARMLESS SEX (Harmless, Book 1) by USA Today bestselling author Melissa Schroeder–When Anna falls for her best friend Max, it might be true love, or the biggest mistake of her life.

CHANGE THE GAME by USA Today bestselling author Lucy Monroe–Alex is looking for revenge.  Isabel is looking for a relationship without those pesky things called emotions.  Neither will get what they’re looking for, but a whole lot more!

WILD RIDE (Changing Gears, Book 1) by USA Today bestselling author Nancy Warren–Trouble is piling up in the small town of Swiftcurrent, Oregon with hints of a treasure missing since WWII, a motorcycle riding bad boy history prof, a sexy librarian and a murder. It all adds up to a very Wild Ride.

HEARTBREAK ON A STICK by USA Today and New York Times bestselling author Sabrina York–When the man who broke her heart ten years ago suddenly returns to town—a hot shot movie star—Gina Fox is determined to avoid him. But for some reason, Jason Sherwood is pursuing her again. It is all she can do to resist his seductive wiles. But she must. Sexy Jason always has been heartbreak on a stick.

MADRONA SUNSET (Madrona Island) by bestselling author Jami Davenport–Meet a wounded warrior suffering from paralyzing guilt and woman pining for her dead husband–both damaged souls craving comfort for a moment or a lifetime.

BRACE FOR IMPACT by bestselling author Allie K. Adams–Bush pilot Reid Cavanaugh’s life is turned upside down when he takes a fare that ends up driving his plane into the ground and him into the danger surrounding her. When he discovers that she’s a doctor—the only profession he hates more than lawyers—he knows better than to trust anything that falls from her sexy lips.

HONORABLE SACRIFICE by bestselling author Destiny Blaine–Hired to protect an affluent family with embarrassing secrets, Audra McAllister doesn’t believe in love until she reconnects with a small-town hero willing to risk everything to win Audra’s heart.

SHE’S WORTH IT ALL (Club 3, Book 4) by bestselling author Cathryn Cade–Mase Barnett is a hometown hero with a secret. Natalie Cusco has a broken heart only a strong man can heal. Will this wounded hero risk everything to show her she’s worth it all?

DECEIVING DANTE by award-winning author Kate Davies–A stolen car on her front lawn. A sexy cop – looking to arrest her favorite student. A principal ready to fire her. Could Ellie’s Monday get any worse?

ROCK, RATTLE AND ROLL (Lost in Oblivion, Book 1.5) by USA Today bestselling author Cari Quinn and bestselling author Taryn Elliott–A beachfront cottage, hours of alone time, and plenty of skin-on-skin action is just what the rock star and his new wife ordered. Until the future comes much quicker than they expected, threatening to crumble not only their perfect honeymoon but also their brand new marriage.

GRAVE DANGER by Golden Heart finalist Rachel Grant–An archaeologist digs up a murder victim in a Northwest archaeological site and must help the hunky local police chief solve the crime before she becomes the next victim.

TURNING THIRTY-TWELVE by award-winning author Sandy James–Jackie Delgado didn’t want a new man in her life until a dreaded blind date with police detective Mark Brennan turns out to be more exciting than she’d ever imagined.

HIS ONLY DESIRE by Adrianne Lee– Nick Rossetti married the wrong twin sister. Will the right one ever forgive him?  Not if her stalker has his way.

EVEN HEROES CRY by Hildie McQueen–War widow Tesha Washington slowly draws Adam Ford out of the shell that used to be a man, and learns there really is such a thing as starting over.

THE VIXEN & THE VET by bestselling author Katy Regnery–In a Beauty & the Beast reboot, an ambitious reporter tracks down a wounded war vet for a scoop and ends up falling in love with him instead.

TROUBLE WITH A COWBOY by Sandy Sullivan–Can some slashed tires and an ornery bull bring two hard-headed people together for some fun in the sun…and a little more?

Hometown Heroes Charity Bundle Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/hometownheroescharitybundle

Pets for Vets Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PetsforVetsInc

Pets for Vets Website:  http://pets-for-vets.com/

Release Date: September 30, 2014

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EXCITING NEWS ~ BIG SKY PIE SERIES

As many of  you have probably heard, Amazon and Hatchette, my publisher, are at odds over some business issues.  As a result, Amazon has decided to not treat those of us published with Hatchette the same as they treat most other authors. THE GOOD NEWS is: Walmart is taking advantage of this lapse to jump in and help out a lot of the authors suffering sales losses in this dispute.  I am hoping it is resolved very soon, but meanwhile, I am thrilled to announce that I am one of the lucky ones Walmart is selling online. Delectable cover_lo resWalmart is offering these books at a 40% discount.  DELECTABLE, Big Sky Pie #1, mass market version can be purchased at this link for only $3.60.  (It’s over $5.00 elsewhere) http://www.walmart.com/ip/29269279

Feel free to pass this news along to everyone you know.

Oh, and don’t forget, DECADENT, Big Sky Pie #4 releases for all e-books June 3rd.

lee.decadent Take some pie along on that summer picnic.

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ADOPTED CATS . . . UPDATE

Well, it’s been a few weeks since the crossed-eyed kitty came to live with us.  So far, we’ve only been able to keep him in the storeroom for fear that the shock of suddenly bringing another cat into our house will be too much for Spooky.  She is a very needy cat and easily spooked, which is how she got her name.  We’ve been slowly introducing the cats to each other.   But Ms Spooky is not interested.  She just hisses and runs away.

We finally named the little guy Fuzzy Wuzzy.  His fur is thick, dense, and causes my nose to twitch almost immediately after I’m around him.  I’m thinking I’m way more allergic to his fur or dander than I am to Spooky’s. But given he’s been living outside for a long time, it might be that a good bath with some good brushing could clear up my problem.  Don’t worry. I’ll let my groomer handle that.  I’m not trained to bath cats and am lousy at deep brushing them.

Tonight, we introduced them into the same room, our living room. Fuzzy was timid, but willing to play.  Or at least to meet Ms. Spooky.  He is such a lonely little dude.  He used to have two other cats with him constantly, but Big Guy could only capture Fuzzy.  The littlest one was taken away by the new owners of the property he was remodeling and likely given over to animal rescue.  The biggest of the three eluded capture.  Obviously that cat has been on his/her own a long time and is wily and wise to the ways of humans.

But Fuzzy loves getting petted and even wants to sit on Big Guy’s lap for a few minutes at a time.  He’s a little hyper.  Spooky will sleep there for hours, if he’d let her.  We are gradually getting him used to us and he’s adapting.  At first he’d run from us, now he runs to us.

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This is Fuzzy curled between Big Guy’s feet. His eyes are glowing from the camera flash. Hopefully you can see how close his eyes are together, which gives him the cross-eyed look.

 

We really hoped he and Spooky could find some mutual ground.  But Ms. Spooky is Queen of this Castle, and she is not suffering interlopers.  She stood her ground, hissing and growling under her breath at Fuzzy, intimidating him.  But he’s young and curious and he kept hiding, then popping out to see if she’d changed her mind.  She hadn’t.

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You can’t tell from this, but Ms. Spooky is a lot bigger than Fuzzy, yet she’s not big either. Her fur looks weird in this photo because she has a lion’s cut that is growing out, in an ugly way. LOL   She’s a sweet cat.  Usually. 

We will keep trying and maybe, eventually, Spooky will find a way to accept Fuzzy and realize he isn’t taking any love or attention away from her.  But at the moment, she’s pretty spoiled and getting older and she likes change about as much as I do, which is not much.  I didn’t intend to be a pet parent.  But here I am with not one, but two needy cats who’ve won my heart.  How did that happen?

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CATS ~ NOT THE MUSICAL

What happens when you bring a new cat into the family?  Not sure how Ms. Spooky is going to take this when she finds out.  Even if she was also an adopt-a-cat.   See how spoiled she is now.   BTW, Spooky is a Chantilly.

Spooky nestled in the pillow shams.

Spooky nestled in the pillow shams.

We found some cats that might be her younger cousins.  Three cats were on the job site my husband is currently working.  He and his foreman have grown attached to these homeless, perhaps feral, CHANTILLY cats.  Same breed as Spooky.  The men started out bringing some cat food to work.  The littlest cat was the friendliest.  Always begging for attention and petty.  But before they could secrete that one away, the owners of the property captured it and took it to a local humane society where it is sure to be put down.

The men became so distraught that the other two cats would meet this fate, they borrowed, without asking me or telling me, Ms. Spooky’s cat carrier.  Today, they showed up with one of the other cats.  They had caught both of them, but the oldest is very good at outwitting humans.  His self-preservation instinct if finely honed.  He somehow managed to lift the heater vent cover, leap into the duct, and get outside.  LOL.  Pretty darned clever, if you ask me.  Okay, no one asked.

So, we put the captured one, who is about half the size of Ms. Spooky, into our storage room with some food and water and a litter box.  Later, when I went out to check on the poor, terrified kitty, she/he seemed to have disappeared.  When my guy got home, he was sure it had somehow slipped past me and escaped.  No matter how many times I tried to explain to him that that couldn’t have happened, he just didn’t quite believe me.

Until he found her or him (we don’t know which) hiding in a box that had another box angled across the top.   The cat let us pet it and even, finally, mewed a bit at us.  It had been eating food, but not using the litter box yet. I’m praying it knows how and will use it.  Also that it doesn’t have fleas or some other awful problem that Spooky might inherit.

It’s going to be an interesting next few days at our house.  For sure. Ms. Spooky is totally spoiled and kind of anti-social around other cats.  Hmm.  At least, now I’m glad I got Ms. Spooky her shots, even if she didn’t have the best reaction to them.   I’ll keep you updated as this unfolds.

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NEW COVER ALERT!!!

I’m thrilled to share the cover for DELICIOUS  ~ Big Sky Pie #2.  The e-book releases Dec 3, 2013.  The featured pie in this book is blueberry.  Ohh, the goings on in the pie shop since last you visited.

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Workaholic Nick Taziano is the proud owner of a successful marketing company in Montana. But his career takes a backseat when he learns his dad plans to remarry his ex. Nick fears she’ll break his heart . . . again. And he doesn’t like being reunited with her obnoxious daughter-until the all-grown-up beauty kisses him at the engagement party. The kiss might be a mistake, but once he tastes Jane’s lips, nothing-not even her famous blueberry pie-compares.

A promising chef at Big Sky Pie, Jane Wilson never, ever wanted to see Nick Taziano again, but he’s just been hired to do the pie shop’s marketing. How’s a girl supposed to bake the best pastries in town when he’s a constant reminder of their steamy chemistry? His chocolate eyes and sexy dimples heat up the kitchen-and every part of her body. Jane has no room for a man in her life, yet sometimes the most delicious dishes don’t follow the recipe . . .

I’m really excited that my publisher has chosen to give the covers similiar, yet different look that says this is another Big Sky Pie book.  Hope you’re enjoying the series and the recipes.

This book is available for pre-order:

  Amazon 

iBooks

Nook

Happy Reading

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THREE FAVORITE OLD TV SHOWS

I recently had the opportunity to tell the world what my three favorite old TV shows were and why on USA Today Hea blog.    Since I love so many old TV shows that are no longer with us, narrowing it down to just three was not easy.  What do you think of my choices?

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I also considered using BOSTON LEGAL as the bromance between James Spader’s character Alan Shore and William Shatner’s Denny Crane was so much fun to watch week after week.  They both could be such incredible jerks (and I’m being polite using that word), but something about them was so redeemable.  And their affection and respect for one another jumped off the small screen and into my heart.

I also loved and miss CROSSING JORDAN.  I love wounded heroes and heroines.  Always have. But in this show, the whole cast was watchable and I couldn’t help but root for a HEA for all of them.

And more recently, SMASH, because who doesn’t love a good soap opera full of infidelity, betrayal, heartwarming successes, love everywhere, and great music?   Bring  it back, I say.  I doubt the networks will listen, though.  Ah, well, maybe I’ll find a new favorite the networks can cancel on me in the upcoming TV season.

So, tell me, what are your Three Favorite Old TV Shows?  Come on, now, share. . .

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