#Feline Contortionists--#Cats This Week by Karen Rose Smith



Often I watch our cats sleep. I so wish I could fall into a relaxed state as easily as they do. Whether it's a leg across their eyes, a hugging position while they nap together or squeezing into an unlikely space that seems much too small, they give the appearance of an experienced contortionist.  Their unusual positions often give me pause and provide a peaceful interlude in a sometimes otherwise hectic day.

This week I have captured some of their contortions and thought I would share the photos. 

Zoie Joy napping on the bed.




Miss Paddington between 
the rungs of my towel rack.


Paddy snuggling with her mom, 
limbs intertwined. 

 

Halo, a beautiful and 
totally relaxed sleeper.  









********************

Coming November 2017

Caprice De Luca Home Staging Mystery #7


It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, especially now that Caprice De Luca has wrapped up her holiday-themed staging gig at a stunning historic home in downtown Kismet, Pennsylvania. Behind all the red ribbon and glowing string lights, homeowners Chris and Sara Merriweather have it all. But Chris, a Vietnam vet who plays Santa every year at the community park, has been displaying strange behavior after a recent trip to Washington, D.C.

The joy of the season vanishes entirely when Chris is found murdered on Santa Lane, leaving behind his loyal malamute and lots of unfinished business. As Caprice uncovers hidden secrets in Santa's workshop, the pressure is on to catch the candy cane-wielding culprit--before she's next on a killer's deadly wish list . . .

Pre-order SLAY BELLS RING on Amazon

Pre-order SLAY BELLS RING on Barnes and Noble

*****************

Click on the link below to read an additional blog entry by Karen  
every Thursday on the Cozy Chicks blog





****************

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. This award-winning and bestselling author will have her 100th novel released in 2018.  At present she is working on two mystery series for Kensington Books--Caprice De Luca Home Staging cozies and Daisy's Tea Garden mysteries. From time to time, she also writes romance for Harlequin Special Edition.
Karen and Paddy

Readers often ask her about her pastimes. She has herb, flowers and vegetable gardens that help her relax. In the winter, she cooks and does watercolor paintings 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. 




©2017 Karen Rose Smith

Continue >>>

Visiting My Grand #Kitty--#Cats This Week by Karen Rose Smith





My husband and I just returned from a trip half way across the country to visit our son and grandkitty. Willow, his beautiful long-haired calico, is the "model" for Sophia, my sleuth's cat in my Caprice De Luca Home Staging Mystery series. She appears in many of my promotional materials for the series and is featured on the home page banner on my new mystery web site (www.karenrosesmithmysteries.com).



Unfortunately, Willow was rather lonely on this visit because she and my son had recently lost their sixteen-year-old companion cat. Willow definitely appreciated the extra attention that was so easy to extend to a feline with her sweet disposition.  She was my buddy the whole time we were visiting.

The exciting news (for a cat lover) is that we took a side trip to our son's vet's house where she was fostering two litters of six adorable kittens who were rescued from a shelter. It was so much fun watching the antics of the baby felines and helping our son choose two to become, in his words, "Willow's kids". He chose a black tuxedo and a Japanese calico.

I fell in love with a shy little gray tuxedo kitten. My husband informed me after we returned home that he had no doubt that if we had lived in the area, that little fellow would be joining our crew. But unfortunately a half of a country distance prevented the obvious from becoming reality.

So this week, I would like to share some photos that I snapped of Willow during our visit. We hope to make a return visit in November and will share photos of our new grandkitties when we return.


********************

Coming November 2017

Caprice De Luca Home Staging Mystery #7



It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, especially now that Caprice De Luca has wrapped up her holiday-themed staging gig at a stunning historic home in downtown Kismet, Pennsylvania. Behind all the red ribbon and glowing string lights, homeowners Chris and Sara Merriweather have it all. But Chris, a Vietnam vet who plays Santa every year at the community park, has been displaying strange behavior after a recent trip to Washington, D.C.

The joy of the season vanishes entirely when Chris is found murdered on Santa Lane, leaving behind his loyal malamute and lots of unfinished business. As Caprice uncovers hidden secrets in Santa's workshop, the pressure is on to catch the candy cane-wielding culprit--before she's next on a killer's deadly wish list . . .

Pre-order SLAY BELLS RING on Amazon

Pre-order SLAY BELLS RING on Barnes and Noble

*****************

Click on the link below to read an additional blog entry by Karen  
every Thursday on the Cozy Chicks blog






****************

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. This award-winning and bestselling author will have her 100th novel released in 2018.  At present she is working on two mystery series for Kensington Books--Caprice De Luca Home Staging cozies and Daisy's Tea Garden mysteries. From time to time, she also writes romance for Harlequin Special Edition.
Karen and Paddy

Readers often ask her about her pastimes. She has herb, flowers and vegetable gardens that help her relax. In the winter, she cooks and does watercolor paintings 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. 




©2017 Karen Rose Smith

Continue >>>

Karen Rose Smith Hosts Sweet #Southern Hearts by Susan Schild





My friend, author Susan Schild, asks this good question: Why should the twenty and thirty-year-old heroines get to have all the romance and adventures in novels?

In her latest heartwarming novel, Sweet Southern Hearts, you’ll meet forty-year-old new bride Linny as she adjusts to married life with her hunky veterinarian husband, her standoffish stepchild, and their seven dogs. When Linny reluctantly agrees to join her mother and two sassy senior girlfriends on a free-wheeling RV adventure to Dollywood and Graceland, you’ll not believe how much trouble  - and fun - women “of a certain age” can find.

Join Linny and the “girls” for a heartwarming story about love, adventures and happily ever afters at any age. 

Share your thoughts.  What age heroines do you like to read about?  






****************

Coming in January 2018
(Now available for pre-order)

Daisy's Tea Garden Mysteries
A new series from Karen Rose Smith


Murder With Lemon Tea Cakes

In an old Victorian in the heart of Pennsylvania’s Amish country, Daisy Swanson and her aunt Iris serve soups, scones, and soothing teas to tourists and locals—but a murder in their garden has them in hot water . . .
 
Daisy, a widowed mom of two teenagers, is used to feeling protective—so when Iris started dating the wealthy and not-quite-divorced Harvey Fitz, she worried . . . especially after his bitter ex stormed in and caused a scene at the party Daisy’s Tea Garden was catering. Then there was the gossip she overheard about Harvey’s grown children being cut out of his will. Daisy didn’t want her aunt to wind up with a broken heart—but she never expected Iris to wind up a suspect in Harvey’s murder.
 
Now the apple bread and orange pekoe is on the back burner while the cops treat the shop like a crime scene—and Daisy hopes that Jonas Groft, a former detective from Philadelphia, can help her clear her aunt’s name and bag the real killer before things boil over . . .
 
Includes delicious recipes for Iris’s Lemon Tea Cakes and more!




********************

Click on the link below to read an additional blog entry by Karen  
every Thursday on the Cozy Chicks blog





****************

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. This award-winning and bestselling author will have her 100th novel released in 2018.  At present she is working on two mystery series for Kensington Books--Caprice De Luca Home Staging cozies and Daisy's Tea Garden mysteries. From time to time, she also writes romance for Harlequin Special Edition.
Karen and Paddy

Readers often ask her about her pastimes. She has herb, flowers and vegetable gardens that help her relax. In the winter, she cooks and does watercolor paintings 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. 




©2017 Karen Rose Smith


Continue >>>

#Feline Daddy Watching--#Cats This Week by Karen Rose Smith



I've always had pets, both in my childhood home and on the farm that my parents owned with my uncle. My husband, on the other hand, did not grow up with furry pets in his childhood home...only a parakeet. So when we married, he was open to the idea of having a cat. He even added a second cat to the mix shortly after when a fellow teacher brought some long-haired strays to school. Those two furry friends were with us well into their late teens. But, since hubby was gone most of the day at work, the cats were mostly my companions.

We had other felines after that but it wasn't until we had moved to a more rural area that my husband's attitude toward our furry family began to change. We had adopted two cats (half-sisters) from a friend's farm. Since I was at home all day (writing), I particularly bonded with one of the adoptees. The other seemed to sense our bond and sought my husband's attention to compensate. However, he was still working and had limited time to spend with the cats.

As he neared retirement, we found Zoie Joy in an outdoor shrub and there was no doubt she would be added to our furry family. There was something about rescuing a 1 1/2 pound kitten and nursing it to health and then adopting it that seemed to touch hubby's heart. Zoie Joy would often jump on his lap at night when he was working at the computer and they developed a special bond.

But after hubby retired and we rescued a pregnant stray who conveniently appeared in our backyard, witnessing the birth of her kittens touched us both in a special way. He now had more time to devote to raising the furry family and now they, along with two sibling strays that are daily visitors, occupy much of our time and attention. We still have the farm rescue who had "adopted" him and they take a daily nap together. Often when he leaves to run errands or is just working in the yard, the cats are at loose ends and watch carefully until he returns.  And in the case of Bonnie and Clyde, they often wait outside the door until they hear him in the basement and they jump through the cat door to greet him. This week's photos capture some of those special moments.




So, although our son is half of a country away, there are plenty of furry felines who are ready to wish their human daddy Happy Father's Day.  

       
********************

Coming in January 2018
(Now available for pre-order)

Daisy's Tea Garden Mysteries
A new series from Karen Rose Smith


Murder With Lemon Tea Cakes

In an old Victorian in the heart of Pennsylvania’s Amish country, Daisy Swanson and her aunt Iris serve soups, scones, and soothing teas to tourists and locals—but a murder in their garden has them in hot water . . .
 
Daisy, a widowed mom of two teenagers, is used to feeling protective—so when Iris started dating the wealthy and not-quite-divorced Harvey Fitz, she worried . . . especially after his bitter ex stormed in and caused a scene at the party Daisy’s Tea Garden was catering. Then there was the gossip she overheard about Harvey’s grown children being cut out of his will. Daisy didn’t want her aunt to wind up with a broken heart—but she never expected Iris to wind up a suspect in Harvey’s murder.
 
Now the apple bread and orange pekoe is on the back burner while the cops treat the shop like a crime scene—and Daisy hopes that Jonas Groft, a former detective from Philadelphia, can help her clear her aunt’s name and bag the real killer before things boil over . . .
 
Includes delicious recipes for Iris’s Lemon Tea Cakes and more!




********************

Click on the link below to read an additional blog entry by Karen  
every Thursday on the Cozy Chicks blog






****************


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. This award-winning and bestselling author will have her 100th novel released in 2018.  At present she is working on two mystery series for Kensington Books--Caprice De Luca Home Staging cozies and Daisy's Tea Garden mysteries. From time to time, she also writes romance for Harlequin Special Edition.
Karen and Paddy

Readers often ask her about her pastimes. She has herb, flowers and vegetable gardens that help her relax. In the winter, she cooks and does watercolor paintings 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. 




©2017 Karen Rose Smith


Continue >>>

#Felines Rule!--#Cats This Week by Karen Rose Smith



Recently we bought a new sofa for my office. The old one was over twenty years old and had seen its share of cats scratching at the corners until the fabric was hanging in shreds. Needless to say, I was very protective of the new sofa, doing everything I could to protect it from cat claws and cat fur. I added a throw over the seat and propped the cushions I had kept from the old sofa in front of the new one to detract feline claws.


The cats are doing pretty well, using their familiar scratching pole that I positioned next to the new sofa rather than scratching on the new fabric. The throw somewhat served its purpose until one afternoon my husband was going to sack out on the recliner portion of the sofa, only to find Halo and Paddy conveniently positioned right where he planned to sit. The cats and I have him trained well because he decided, rather than disturb the peace, he would settle on the chair next to the sofa to watch TV.

Hubby has learned that no seat in the house is "his" seat. Although we have provided condos and sleeping mats for the furry members of our family, they often seem to prefer the comfort of people furniture. And if a feline is sleeping in my husband's favorite chair, the look they offer in appeasement almost always decides who will keep their resting spot. Hubby has even been known to kneel in front of the computer because Paddy has settled on his desk chair. She does often reach out her paw as he types to touch him and offer her thanks.


This week's photos all capture felines in people furniture. It made me chuckle to imagine the photos that a cat would post of their masters sleeping on their feline furniture! 


Hubby's intention was to change the kitchen
light bulb!

Hubby was about to prop up his feet on the ottoman!

Paddy got to try out the new patio rocker first.

Even Bonnie and Clyde occasionally choose our
patio furniture over the cool grass.
 

********************

Coming in January 2018
(Now available for pre-order)

Daisy's Tea Garden Mysteries
A new series from Karen Rose Smith


Murder With Lemon Tea Cakes

In an old Victorian in the heart of Pennsylvania’s Amish country, Daisy Swanson and her aunt Iris serve soups, scones, and soothing teas to tourists and locals—but a murder in their garden has them in hot water . . .
 
Daisy, a widowed mom of two teenagers, is used to feeling protective—so when Iris started dating the wealthy and not-quite-divorced Harvey Fitz, she worried . . . especially after his bitter ex stormed in and caused a scene at the party Daisy’s Tea Garden was catering. Then there was the gossip she overheard about Harvey’s grown children being cut out of his will. Daisy didn’t want her aunt to wind up with a broken heart—but she never expected Iris to wind up a suspect in Harvey’s murder.
 
Now the apple bread and orange pekoe is on the back burner while the cops treat the shop like a crime scene—and Daisy hopes that Jonas Groft, a former detective from Philadelphia, can help her clear her aunt’s name and bag the real killer before things boil over . . .
 
Includes delicious recipes for Iris’s Lemon Tea Cakes and more!




********************

Click on the link below to read an additional blog entry by Karen  
every Thursday on the Cozy Chicks blog



Cozy Chicks Blog



****************



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. This award-winning and bestselling author will have her 100th novel released in 2018.  At present she is working on two mystery series for Kensington Books--Caprice De Luca Home Staging cozies and Daisy's Tea Garden mysteries. From time to time, she also writes romance for Harlequin Special Edition.
Karen and Paddy

Readers often ask her about her pastimes. She has herb, flowers and vegetable gardens that help her relax. In the winter, she cooks and does watercolor paintings 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. 




©2017 Karen Rose Smith



Continue >>>