#Summer #Feline Siesta--#Cats This Week by Karen Rose Smith







Summer officially arrived this week, but the Smith felines have been in summer siesta mode since early spring.

It's interesting to watch the switch in locations for those summer snoozes...usually depending on the location of the sun and the availability of refreshing shade. 



The outside cats now ignore the sun room in favor of outdoor napping spots.  


This week I captured some interesting siesta shots. Watching Bonnie and Clyde wash themselves under the corkscrew willow reminds me how thankful I am for the warmer weather when I don't have to worry about their warmth and safety on cold wintry nights. There seems to be adequate shelter under shrubs and bushes to protect them from a stray afternoon thunderstorm and Clyde particularly likes the shelter that the plants in the vegetable garden provide.


The inside cats also change their usual napping spots, sometimes to soak in the warm summer sun, other times to seek out a cool spot away from the direct rays of the sun.




This bench holds a feeder with a timer that dispenses food twice a day. Zoie is taking a nap while she waits for it! 






Have a restful and refreshing summer with lots of special "siesta" moments to just enjoy the outdoors, picnic with friends or soak in the sun's rays at your favorite garden spot.




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NOW AVAILABLE!


THE WEDDING PROMISE


Book 8, SEARCH FOR LOVE Series

Sequel to HER SISTER



Beth Crandall has known trauma. Kidnapped from her birth family when she was three, abandoned at a mall by her kidnapper a few months later, traumatic amnesia has prevented memories from plaguing her as she was adopted and ushered into a "normal" life. But a twist of fate reunited her with her birth family recently and now she's attempting to move forward in a way she couldn't before.

As a teenager, Beth's face was scarred in an attack at a group home where her best friend lived. Now Beth is seeing a plastic surgeon, Dr. Sam Benedict, so he can remove the scar. Sam volunteers his time to the foundation Kids Cause which sends doctors all over the world to help children. Sam, who came from an abusive home, feels children need to be listened to and fixed. He and Beth connect on a deep level from the first moment they meet.

Beth has believed a romantic relationship is impossible for her given her background. But during integration into her birth family and throughout a search for her teenage best friend, Sam remains by her side. He helps to heal more than the scar on her face. Neither of them realize that Beth's search for her friend with the help of psychic Gillian Bradley (continuing character from other SEARCH FOR LOVE books) will land them in a fight for their lives.


THE WEDDING PROMISE is now available in print and audiobook formats, too.
  

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Karen and Paddy
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 95th novel will be released in 2016.

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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My #Dad's Service Diaries--A Gift by Karen Rose Smith



My dad was born in 1916 and was never very vocal or emotive. At least not when I knew him. After my mom passed on, I inherited his service diaries. I didn't read them for many years. I took a cursory look at first and did not realize the wealth of information about him that was in them. So much that I never knew.

I have a photograph album too from his years in the service during WWII. But without descriptions, the pictures didn't tell me much though they did have dates. Once I read the diaries, I could put the photos with his words.

My dad wrote in the diaries every day he was in the service. He was never much of a writer though he did write me letters when I was in college. But in his diaries I saw the names and addresses of the men he served with, I felt the adventurous spirit that was once my dad's, the beauty he felt being on a transport ship sailing toward Naples, the joy when he arrived there, the camaraderie he felt with his buddies. His parents were Italian emigrants and being in the country where they were born had to mean so much.


I learned he was at a base in Oregon, stopped in Utah, traveled through Chicago and ended up at camp Patrick Henry in Virginia.  From there he boarded the General Richardson and sailed with almost 5000 soldiers to Naples.  While in Italy he visited Caserta, Bastia, Florence and Rome. His platoon was even received by Pope Pius XII. We were a traditional Catholic family and I never knew that.

Near the time he was due to be sent home, he received news that his youngest brother had been killed in the Philipines. He mentions it in his diary, though not his feelings about it. But I noticed in his entries after that, he wrote letters home more often.

I wish I had read these when he was still alive.  I have so many questions.  I wish I had read them much sooner.  These diaries are 74 years old and besides my dad's handwriting and thoughts, contain a certificate of proficiency in a course of Armament, a Reservation for Purchase of Defense Savings Bonds, and an enlisted man's pass for Portland and its vicinity. They are a treasure trove of information I never knew about him.


Thank you, Daddy. Because of your diaries I can still feel your presence and remember so much more.


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Karen and Paddy
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 95th novel will be released in 2016.

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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#Feline Zoie Joy's Anniversary--#Cats This Week by Karen Rose Smith





June 19 is my parents' anniversary. Four years ago on their anniversary date, we found Zoie Joy in a dwarf redbud bush in our back yard, dehydrated, hungry, lost and needing a home. She weighed a pound and a half.  That day and since, I felt my parents gave me this wonderful gift.  She's a sweetie and every day tells us in some way that she appreciates being in our home and being loved.


Zoie's integration into our feline family was a gradual one.  At the time we had two twelve year old cats, Ebbie and London. With Zoie's arrival, London changed from a grumpy older cat to a buddy of Zoie's and although London now spends most of her day in an upstairs bedroom, she and Zoie still like playing "catch the laser light" together.  Zoie seems to be the mediator when London shows her disapproval of our other felines. Ebbie, our other twelve-year-old, was struggling with arthritis in her back and was leading a very still and inactive life.  With Zoie's arrival, Ebbie became more alert, more active and seemed much happier, even though her little "sister" pestered her. Now and then she would search for a quiet spot to escape Zoie's kitten antics.  

Two years ago we brought Halo, a pregnant stray, into the house and quarantined her in my office. Zoie lost her sleeping quarters and some of her other favorite daytime spots like the table in front of the office window.  A few months later, we lost Ebbie and once again Zoie's world was rattled.  Ebbie had been my constant companion and together Zoie and I absorbed the shock of losing her. We began to develop a special bond and while no one could replace the bond that Ebbie and I shared, slowly Zoie began to nap in some of Ebbie's spots and now sleeps with me every night and is by my side most of every day. She is gentle, kind and loving. She is a comfort when I'm feeling down and, true to her name, a "joy" to have by my side.

After Ebbie passed and Zoie was in mourning too, it seemed like the right time to integrate Zoie, Halo and Halo's kittens.  We found forever homes for two of the kittens, Mason and Tia.  Zoie immediately accepted Miss Paddington, Halo's first-born kitten, into her world. The two of them often play together, tussle in the sheets when I'm changing the bed and chase each other through the house. For a long while, Halo was wary of Zoie's motives and very protective of her kitten. She would instantly go on alert when Zoie and Paddy were together. Slowly, Halo is becoming more accepting of Zoie and even sleeps in close proximity to her on the bed. They still have an occasional sisterly tiff, but are learning how to share our love and attention.     
 

I named Zoie after a character in one of my books who ran away to find her bliss.  We added "Joy" as a middle name because that's what she's brought us from the first day we found her.  Each day I'm grateful we found this furry little bundle in our back yard.




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NOW AVAILABLE!


THE WEDDING PROMISE

Book 8, SEARCH FOR LOVE Series

Sequel to HER SISTER



Beth Crandall has known trauma. Kidnapped from her birth family when she was three, abandoned at a mall by her kidnapper a few months later, traumatic amnesia has prevented memories from plaguing her as she was adopted and ushered into a "normal" life. But a twist of fate reunited her with her birth family recently and now she's attempting to move forward in a way she couldn't before.

As a teenager, Beth's face was scarred in an attack at a group home where her best friend lived. Now Beth is seeing a plastic surgeon, Dr. Sam Benedict, so he can remove the scar. Sam volunteers his time to the foundation Kids Cause which sends doctors all over the world to help children. Sam, who came from an abusive home, feels children need to be listened to and fixed. He and Beth connect on a deep level from the first moment they meet.

Beth has believed a romantic relationship is impossible for her given her background. But during integration into her birth family and throughout a search for her teenage best friend, Sam remains by her side. He helps to heal more than the scar on her face. Neither of them realize that Beth's search for her friend with the help of psychic Gillian Bradley (continuing character from other SEARCH FOR LOVE books) will land them in a fight for their lives.


THE WEDDING PROMISE is now available in print and audiobook formats, too.
  

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Karen and Paddy
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 95th novel will be released in 2016.

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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#Condo Living #Feline-Style--#Cats This Week by Karen Rose Smith






Cat condos are one of the best feline supply investments that I've made over all the years that I've adopted cats. (Sturdy stacked boxes acting as condos can provide the same purpose.)  I have them in various shapes and sizes in almost every room of the house. All of our cats use them. Most of the condos are positioned near or in front of a window to provide ample viewing access to different areas of our yard.  

Zoie and London share the living
room condo for an afternoon nap
The popularity of any one condo seems to vary with the seasons and the time of day when the sun most directly shines on them. A condo can sit unoccupied for days or even a season, then suddenly we have a skirmish over who gets the window view next. They are used to sleep on, to watch the neighbors working in their garden, to watch my hubby as he walks the yard, to scratch on or to be a haven of sorts during mad dashes through the house.
  
This week we added a new cat condo to to our collection because a years-old one was tilting precariously whenever any of the felines jumped on it. Paddy laid first claim, but Halo and Zoie Joy were close by assessing the new arrival.

 It spent several days in the middle of the dining room before it could be moved to its window spot in the kitchen because Paddy seemed to be perched on it every time we were ready to reposition it. 
  

Paddy has her favorite condo in my office. Although she has outgrown it, she sleeps in it every night. It's hard to believe three kittens at one time slept in that little circle!

Since bought condos are an investment, when I choose a new one, I carefully surf the Internet until I find exactly what I need. I look for sturdiness as well as a good carpet cover because all of our felines prefer to scratch on that rather than sisal. When we built a new addition to our home a decade ago, I searched for a floor to ceiling model.  Well-built, all the fur babies still use it. When Halo's kittens were born two years ago, I searched for a smaller condo that they could safely climb and play on. 

 I assess the space where the condo will be placed to determine it I want shelves, play areas, or cubbyholes. For example, I wanted the newest condo to provide a shelf for Zoie to use as an intermediate step from the floor to the table. I also play close attention to the dimensions of the shelf size.  Zoie is weighty at 16 pounds and I wanted a shelf she could comfortably jump to and nap on. The new condo with a 17 inch shelf was adequate.
Zoie tries out the new condo.
                    
As you can tell from this weeks photos, our cat condos have given our furry family abundant play and sleeping areas where I can capture a photo or two!
 
Zoie perches on the top
shelf of the floor-to-ceiling condo.
Halo and Paddy rest after
a wild dash up the
floor-to-celing condo.



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NOW AVAILABLE!


THE WEDDING PROMISE

Book 8, SEARCH FOR LOVE Series

Sequel to HER SISTER



Beth Crandall has known trauma. Kidnapped from her birth family when she was three, abandoned at a mall by her kidnapper a few months later, traumatic amnesia has prevented memories from plaguing her as she was adopted and ushered into a "normal" life. But a twist of fate reunited her with her birth family recently and now she's attempting to move forward in a way she couldn't before.

As a teenager, Beth's face was scarred in an attack at a group home where her best friend lived. Now Beth is seeing a plastic surgeon, Dr. Sam Benedict, so he can remove the scar. Sam volunteers his time to the foundation Kids Cause which sends doctors all over the world to help children. Sam, who came from an abusive home, feels children need to be listened to and fixed. He and Beth connect on a deep level from the first moment they meet.

Beth has believed a romantic relationship is impossible for her given her background. But during integration into her birth family and throughout a search for her teenage best friend, Sam remains by her side. He helps to heal more than the scar on her face. Neither of them realize that Beth's search for her friend with the help of psychic Gillian Bradley (continuing character from other SEARCH FOR LOVE books) will land them in a fight for their lives.


THE WEDDING PROMISE is now available in print and audiobook formats, too.
  

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Karen and Paddy
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 95th novel will be released in 2016.

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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A Page from #Sleuth Caprice De Luca's Journal before Cozy #Mystery STAGED TO DEATH by Karen Rose Smith




My sleuth Caprice De Luca believes in keeping a journal as well as using affirmations to stay positive.  This would be her journal entry for the day before STAGED TO DEATH, Book 1 in my Caprice De Luca Home Staging series, opens.
I went to Secrets Of The Past this morning which is Kismet, Pennsylvania’s vintage dress and accessory shop. Maybe it’s my mom and Nana Celia’s influence, but I love retro fashion and design. My closet is full of 50’s, 60’s and 70’s styles. My younger sister Bella is appalled. But she’s very conservative, particular and usually organized. A stay-at-home mom with two kids, she never takes in stray animals like I do. In fact, she and four footed furry creatures don’t get along too well. On the other hand, my older sister Nikki is more like me. Good thing, too. Single and a caterer, Nikki and I work together on my elaborate open houses that I stage for high-end clients. We have one coming up soon for Roz Winslow, a high school friend. She and her powerful and arrogant husband—I love Roz but bristle at Ted’s know-it-all attitude—built a castle-like dream home. But now they’ve decided to sell it. It is perfect for a Camelot theme.
So this afternoon Nikki and I consulted on the food menu. Servers will be wearing buckskin and I called a musician who plays a lyre. Now if I could just influence Ted to empty his valuable and collectible-filled sword room, I’d be more certain about the security of the Winslows’ open house.
I took Dylan for a few walks today. He’s a stray dog I took in. I haven’t been able to find his owner even though I posted on my website and put flyers at Grocery Fresh. The ads in the Kismet Crier and the community ad paper didn’t produce results either. So my long-haired calico cat Sophia might have a permanent buddy. Sophia started hanging around my 50’s style Cape Cod house soon after I moved in. Her beautiful fur was matted and she was in need of a good home. Sophia and I bonded and I soon moved in a floor-to-ceiling turquoise cat tree which is one of her favorite places to perch. Nana Celia says I came from a large family so that’s why I like furry companions around me in my home as an adult. I accept advice from a Nana Celia more easily than the rest of my family. When we have tea in her little apartment attached to my childhood home, she shares stories from her past that give me direction now.
Beatles music is playing on my iPod while I type this in. I use She Loves You as the ringtone on my phone now. I’m considering which of their songs I want to use next. Although Dylan was named for Bob Dylan, the Beatles music is my favorite. Bella says my straight long hairdo with bangs is straight from that era and I should find a new style. But this is easy and I like it. After all, Bella has always had bouncy black curls that added to her beauty. My retro clothes and sense of style make me unique. I like being unique.
Except… I would like some romance in my life. I’d like to have someone special to take along to our monthly family dinners…to spend free time with. He’d have to be an animal lover, of course. And he’d have to understand that at 32, I’m an independent gal and I don’t take orders well. I want a partner. For some reason as I wrote that I thought of my brother Vince’s law partner, Grant Weatherford. But he’s definitely out of the question.
Sophia is stretched out on my desk. Dylan just woke up and is staring at Sophia like he’d like to have a chase with her. It’s time for a tablespoon of dairy cream for Sophia, treats for Dylan, and a home-made biscotti with chocolate macadamia nut decaf coffee for me.
Tomorrow… My to-do list is long already. Main errand—go to OLDER AND BETTER, Isaac Hobbs’ antique shop with Bella. Maybe we can find a birthday present for Mom while we’re there.

You can read more about Caprice, her family
 and her penchant for solving murders in 
the Caprice De Luca Mystery series.


Staged To Death
Deadly Decor
Gilt By Association
Drape Expectations
Silence of the Lamps
Shades of Wrath--December 2016




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Karen and Paddy
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 95th novel will be released in 2016.

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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