#FelineFriday Feature--Karen Rose Smith's #Cats This Week




Since I take lots of photos of our cats and post them on Facebook, it seemed to be a good idea to post a weekly blog about the cats around our house. I have four inside rescued cats.  London, our gray tabby, is our oldest at fourteen.  We rescued her from a friend's farm litter.

London



 We found Zoie Joy who is three in a bush in our backyard when she was around six weeks old, dehydrated, starved and scared. She's fourteen pounds now and my sweet cuddle buddy.


Zoie Joy



 Last summer, we adopted pregnant Halo who also found a home in our yard.  We kept her and her first born kitten Miss Paddington while finding Paddy's siblings forever, loving homes.

Miss Paddington
Halo




 We also have yard visitors from time to time who stay in the cat shelters.  Two of them are regulars.  We've dubbed the yellow tabby, Sunnybud and the grey and white huge fellow, Arthur. Throughout the winter, Sunny visited us both morning and evening and still usually does. He's afraid and spooked by enclosed spaces (we tried closing our basement door and he freaked). He's a sweetie but scares easily and doesn't stay.
Sunnybud
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Here are some other photos from this week!

Halo and Miss Paddington

Zoie and Paddy are best buddies.  They play together at least twice a day, running, jumping and altogether moving around the rugs! I hope you enjoy this new feature on my blog.






In my Caprice De Luca Home Staging mystery series, my sleuth Caprice takes in stray cats and dogs and finds them forever loving homes!



















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USA TODAY Bestselling Author Karen Rose Smith is an only child who delved into books at an early age. She learned about kindred spirits from Anne of Green Gables, solved mysteries with Nancy Drew and wished she could have been the rider on The Black Stallion. Yet even though she escaped often into story worlds, she had many aunts, uncles and cousins around her on weekends. Her sense of family and relationships began there. Maybe that's why families are a strong theme in her novels, whether mysteries or romances. Her 87th novel will be released in 2015.

Readers often ask her about her pastimes. She has herb, flowers and vegetable gardens that help her relax. In the winter, she cooks rather than gardens. And year round she spends most of her time with her husband, as well as her four rescued cats who are her constant companions. They chase rainbows from sun catchers, reminding her life isn't all about work, awards and bestseller lists. Everyone needs that rainbow to chase.

Karen looks forward to interacting with readers. They can find her at the links below. 


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Karen Rose Smith's Mother's Day Rafflecopter Giveaway





The month of May brings flowers and Mother's Day and brand new beginnings. I wish all the moms a Happy Mother's Day and a year full of appreciation and love.

From May 1 to May 15, 2015 I'm having a Rafflecopter giveaway for my newsletter subscribers. The prize package includes a bracelet, towel, potholder and signed copy of WANTED: A REAL FAMILY. You can subscribe to my newsletter until May 1, 2015 on the home page of my mystery website (Click here to visit Karen's Mystery Website).  My Mother's Day newsletter will be e-mailed to all subscribers on May 1. Directions and a link to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway will be included in that newsletter.

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USA TODAY Bestselling Author Karen Rose Smith is an only child who delved into books at an early age. She learned about kindred spirits from Anne of Green Gables, solved mysteries with Nancy Drew and wished she could have been the rider on The Black Stallion. Yet even though she escaped often into story worlds, she had many aunts, uncles and cousins around her on weekends. Her sense of family and relationships began there. Maybe that's why families are a strong theme in her novels, whether mysteries or romances. Her 87th novel will be released in 2015.

Readers often ask her about her pastimes. She has herb, flowers and vegetable gardens that help her relax. In the winter, she cooks rather than gardens. And year round she spends most of her time with her husband, as well as her four rescued cats who are her constant companions. They chase rainbows from sun catchers, reminding her life isn't all about work, awards and bestseller lists. Everyone needs that rainbow to chase.

Karen looks forward to interacting with readers. They can find her at the links below. 


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Seven Ways to Pretty Up Your Outdoor Space by Karen Rose Smith





This is the time of year I appreciate most when winter fades into a growing season that brings color back to the gardens. Once a home decorator, I enjoy freshening up and decorating outside, too...to pretty up the patio and our outdoor space.  Here's how I go about it.

FLOWER POTS IN VARIOUS SIZES

From plastic pots that looks like ceramic to ceramic to clay, they all pretty up a patio when filled with greenery and flowers. I like colorful plastic that looks like ceramic (WalMart always has a selection) because I can find bright colors. They are also easier to handle because they are lighter. We have a store called "Ollie's" that gets in a truckload of pots every spring.
We have found some beautiful ceramic pots there for $10-15 in sizes from large to small. I prefer ceramic and plastic to clay because the clay pots don't hold water as well, especially as we move deep into summer. Make groupings as you would with wall decorations around your patio furniture.  You can also add hanging pots on ground hooks for a different and lush feel.




SOLAR LIGHTS

Solar lights and decorative items add enjoyment to your patio time. Not only do we enjoy the glow when we're sitting on the patio in the evenings, but even when I'm in the house and look out at the patio in the dark, those soft glowing lights are welcoming. This solar cat is a new addition to our patio this year and glows blue!




HUMMINGBIRD FEEDERS


Each spring I look forward to hanging hummingbird feeders. It might take a little while for them to put you on their trail, but they'll find the feeders. Especially if you plant phlox, zinnias, coneflowers and hummingbird mint in your gardens. It's an amazing sight to be sitting on the patio and having the hummingbirds flit from flowers to feeders. They're beautiful, happy little essences of nature.

FLOWERS


Around the patio I try to plan gardens with blooming times in mind. I like to always have something blooming. In the spring, we go from daffodils and tulips to poppies and roses. Zinnias, marigolds and snapdragons see us through the summer.

FOUNTAINS



Fountains can give a peaceful feel to your patio. Again, I like to invest in the solar variety. We don't have our fountains on the patio itself, but close by in the garden where we can hear them. Fountains attract birds and hummingbirds.






ORNAMENTS

Come spring, I hang an ornament...just for the fun of it... in the garden or from an overhang. It usually involves a lot of sparkle with beads.


PATIO FURNITURE

Patio furniture can add pizzazz to your patio. But it doesn't have to be new or expensive. A can of spray paint can work wonders. Over 40 years ago, my dad gave my mom two patio chairs that are the most comfortable I've ever sat in.  Each year we refresh the color. For the past few years, this bright blue coordinates with the other blues on our patio. That chair gives me a sense of connection to the past.

Each year we refresh our patio with flowers as well as items we've collected over the years. My patio is a space for relaxation and peace and prettying it up is a joyous undertaking each spring. I hope you enjoy your outdoor space as much as we enjoy ours.




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NATHAN'S VOW, Book 1 Search For Love series romance/paranormal  (NATHAN'S VOW on Amazon)

JAKE'S BRIDE, Book 2 Search For Love series romance/marriage of convenience, secret baby  (JAKE'S BRIDE on Amazon)
ALWAYS DEVOTED, Book 3 Search For Love series romance/mystery  (ALWAYS DEVOTED on Amazon)
ALWAYS HER COWBOY, Book 4 Search For Love series contemporary ranch romance (ALWAYS HER COWBOY on Amazon)
HEARTFIRE, Book 5 Search For Love series, contemporary reunion/family romance (HEARTFIRE on Amazon)
CASSIDY'S COWBOY, Book 6 Search For Love series, women's fiction/romance novella (CASSIDY'S COWBOY on Amazon)
HER SISTER, Book 7 Search For Love series, women's fiction with romance and mystery! (HER SISTER on Amazon)




USA TODAY Bestselling Author Karen Rose Smith is an only child who delved into books at an early age. She learned about kindred spirits from Anne of Green Gables, solved mysteries with Nancy Drew and wished she could have been the rider on The Black Stallion. Yet even though she escaped often into story worlds, she had many aunts, uncles and cousins around her on weekends. Her sense of family and relationships began there. Maybe that's why families are a strong theme in her novels, whether mysteries or romances. Her 87th novel will be released in 2015.

Readers often ask her about her pastimes. She has herb, flowers and vegetable gardens that help her relax. In the winter, she cooks rather than gardens. And year round she spends most of her time with her husband, as well as her four rescued cats who are her constant companions. They chase rainbows from sun catchers, reminding her life isn't all about work, awards and bestseller lists. Everyone needs that rainbow to chase.
Karen looks forward to interacting with readers. They can find her at the links below. 


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Karen Rose Smith Hosts #Paranormal Author D.R. Grady--Dragons and Elves



A carefree elf and a surly bear non-shifter have to unite to save the world. 
Too bad no one believes in dragons, until she turns into one under dire circumstances.




For Readers...from D.R. Grady

Like many people, I had an image in my mind of what I wanted my life to be. Things were going pretty well, and then I got a rash. Soon the rash spread. It spread so much that I ended up visiting nine different doctors. One of them, a dermatologist who I still see, mentioned the dreaded word, "lupus."

I don't have lupus. But I do have an autoimmune illness, and the ninth doctor on the list gave me a specific diagnosis. I have dermatomyositis. It's a skin and muscle inflammation illness, and is under control right now. Fortunately.

There I had life all planned out and then BAM! Life was utterly derailed. It took one little rash to alter the course of my life and that's when THE DRAGON CHRONICLES series came about. In the first book, LEARNING, Lindy, a carefree elf, makes the terrible discovery she's a dragon. And Alex, the man she's having difficulties with, is her dragon controller.

Sometimes when life derails us, you find something within you never knew was lurking there...

D.R. Grady



LEARNING by D.R. Grady

Peace has reigned for so long, most beings believe dragons are mere myths, including elf professor Dr. Lindy Veles. After meeting attractive Dr. Alex von Schreider—a surly professor from a bear shifter family who possesses plenty of paranormal power, yet can't shift—things start to spiral downward. Especially when he catches Lindy's strong shifter scent. Elves don’t normally shift. Alex finds the compelling elf’s denials suspicious. Lindy thinks he’s crazy to believe she’s a shifter.

As they delve into the ancient Dragon Chronicles, tomes about dragons, it quickly becomes clear their efforts are no mere academic exercise. Dragons are suddenly becoming all too real. When Lindy shifts into one, Alex discovers he’s meant to control her dragon—the most powerful creature on earth. The pair is caught in the middle of two raging battles . . . their own personal emotional war and the war to save their world.

With the clock ticking, Lindy and Alex must surrender their misconceptions about themselves and dragons, and unite to begin the fight for their very existence.



Excerpt from LEARNING by D.R. Grady:

Lindy’s heart beat harder now than the first time she walked into the dragon classroom. As she headed for the front, the students turned almost as one. Each of them hissed and spat, hurtful words echoing through the room.

"You lied to us—"

"You’re a dragon. Liar—you said you didn't know anything about them—"

"Why didn't you tell us what you are—"

"We won’t believe anything else you say, ever—"

Audrina shot out of her seat, pointing with an accusing finger. "You said you were an elf. But you’re a dragon."

"You don’t belong here!" Kaera, timid little Kaera, actually shouted.

"Leave us, dragon." Kevin’s bright red hair stood out against the sea of angry faces as Lindy turned to bolt from the room.

Where Alex was, she didn't know as she ripped the door open and sprinted down the hall. As she passed, fellow teachers flung open their doors to hurtle more accusations and disgust at her—


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Sobbing, Lindy sat straight up in bed. Tears streaked down her face; her heart beat too fast. Her nightgown clung to her back. Shaking, she managed to slide out of the bed without disturbing Ewain, sleeping on the trundle.

Careful not to step on him, she padded on silent feet to the bathroom where she splashed water on her face. The nightgown stuck damply, so she stripped out of it and washed the sweat away before donning another. Still, she shook and trembled from the nightmare.

My very fears right there, in color.


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D.R. Grady lives with her husband near Hershey, PA. She adores chocolate, laughing, collecting bags, books, and shoes, and adores writing stories that resonate with others.

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Spaying #Kitten Paddington by Karen Rose Smith




When we took in a pregnant stray last summer, we had no idea what experiences we'd have. Halo delivered three beautiful kittens. We found forever homes for two of them--Mason and Tia-- and kept her first-born tortie, Paddington. Paddy is full of sweetness and curiosity. At seven months she went into heat. I called the vet who said to make an appointment for a month later since she could be in heat that long. However, Paddy was in heat and calling for three days from the end of February until the week before her spaying appointment the second week in April. Our vet told us to go ahead with the appointment since that could keep happening.
Paddy waiting for a feline visitor

Paddy had to fast from 10 p.m. until my husband took her to the vet at 8:30 the following morning. I tried to keep busy and became more anxious as we waited for the vet to call. They called about 2:30 and said she was waking up and we could come to get her. When we arrived, she was definitely awake. They had used "glue" for the skin over her incision and stitches. The stitches would disintegrate on their own. We had instructions to give her a pill (Onsior--a new kind of NSAID for feline pain relief) for three nights to help relieve any discomfort. We were also to apply a warm compress twice a day for five days.

Paddy resting following surgery
 Paddy had received an inhalant for her anesthesia. She was not afraid of our touch and seemed to have no ill effects from being handled before, during and after surgery which is a testament to our veterinarian and her staff at PAWS in Hanover. She was still our sweet, curious Paddy when she came home.

Paddy receiving comfort from Halo
We have three other inside cats, one who is Paddy's mom, Halo. The vet tech advised us to keep Paddy separated from Halo that night. We didn't want her mom washing her incision.  My hubby slept in my office with Paddy to make sure she was okay while I took care of the rest of the furry crew. We were supposed to keep Paddy separated from the others and curb her activity for seven to ten days. We let Halo come into the office the day after surgery and that worked out well. She comforted Paddy and stayed close. The third day, we brought our three-year-old Zoie in to visit. Zoie and Paddy are buddies. That also went well. After a few hours we let Zoie out of the office.








 By the fourth day, Paddy was bored and getting into trouble, so we knew it was time to let her into the rest of the house with the others. Other than getting into a few tiffs with our fourteen-year-old, London, Paddy is doing wonderfully.





USA TODAY Bestselling Author Karen Rose Smith is an only child who delved into books at an early age. She learned about kindred spirits from Anne of Green Gables, solved mysteries with Nancy Drew and wished she could have been the rider on The Black Stallion. Yet even though she escaped often into story worlds, she had many aunts, uncles and cousins around her on weekends. Her sense of family and relationships began there. Maybe that's why families are a strong theme in her novels, whether mysteries or romances. Her 87th novel will be released in 2015.

Readers often ask her about her pastimes. She has herb, flowers and vegetable gardens that help her relax. In the winter, she cooks rather than gardens. And year round she spends most of her time with her husband, as well as her four rescued cats who are her constant companions. They chase rainbows from sun catchers, reminding her life isn't all about work, awards and bestseller lists. Everyone needs that rainbow to chase.

Karen looks forward to interacting with readers. They can find her at the links below. 


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Sneak Peek of DEADLY DECOR by Karen Rose Smith





My sneak peek this week is from DEADLY DECOR, the second book in my Caprice De Luca mystery series.  My sleuth Caprice has a sister who she is worried about.  There are troubles in Bella's marriage.  She is pregnant with her third child and her husband Joe is being secretive.  An old flame who paints houses for Caprice when she stages them asked Bella to meet him for coffee. She did...once.  Tonight, they were supposed to meet again.  Instead Bella found Bob's body!

EXCERPT from DEADLY DECOR:

When Detective Jones escorted Vince and Bella into the reception area, they all looked as if Armageddon was only minutes away. Bella was wearing a Tyvek jumpsuit and some kind of paper booties. They'd obviously confiscated her clothes as evidence. No one spoke. Jones gave Caprice a penetrating look, then turned on his heel and went back through the doorway that opened onto a hall, bordered by offices that led...to the jail.

Although the station wasn't cold, Bella wrapped her arms around herself. "Can we go home?"

Caprice went to Bella and gave her a huge hug. "We'll talk about this when we get back to your place. Did you call Joe?"

Bella shook her head and tears welled up in her eyes. "They took my phone."

"You consented to give it to them before I arrived," Vince reminded her.

Bella lowered her voice to almost a whisper. "There were two calls from Bob when we set up times to meet. I forgot about those when I gave them the phone. But it doesn't matter because I told Detective Jones I was there to see Bob about developing an online business."



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