#FelineFriday--Cats This Week by Karen Rose Smith 7/3






This week was one of upheaval for our felines as my husband and I traveled half way across the country to visit our son, leaving Zoie Joy, London, Miss Paddington, Halo and Sunnybud with my BFF. It is so difficult in our area to find reliable cat sitters and we wanted to enjoy our trip without worrying about our furry housemates. We are so fortunate to have a wonderful friend who is a cat lover.  She agreed to house and pet sit while we were gone. We left her with a counter of food and ten pages of instructions which she could follow to keep the feline routine as normal as possible while we were gone. From the reaction of the cats when we returned, she did a wonderful job!


Zoie and Paddy "help" pack our suitcases for the trip.
Zoie knew what removing the suitcase from the closet meant.
She stayed close to the action as we readied for our trip.

This was Paddy's first experience with us gone overnight.
Her expression says it all--"Am I going along?" 

As usual, Halo slept through the preparations.

London was not happy with our departure, but eventually ventured downstairs to join in some playtime with her sisters.


Suunybud was rather cautious about the "stranger" trying to feed him, but slowly warmed up to the idea that someone else was preparing his morning and evening meals.








Our son has two sweet cats, so we still had our share of furry companionship while we were visiting. His domestic short hair black cat and his long haired calico tolerated having their usual quiet space invaded by guests and even cuddled up for an occasional tummy rub.




Thanks to all the devoted and responsible pet sitters who care for our pets while we are away. They provide pet owners with the chance to travel away from home, knowing that our pets are cared for and loved while we are gone. Your services are truly appreciated.

Happy Fourth of July, whether you are at home or traveling!

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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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Karen's Search For Love Series Website





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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Caprice De Luca Home Staging #Mystery Series by Karen Rose Smith--ON SALE for a limited time




My cozy mysteries--with irrepressible sleuth Caprice De Luca--include a murder to solve. But as Caprice finds the answer to each investigation, she takes in stray animals and finds homes for them, stages houses, spends time with her large Italian family and cooks. She also must solve her own romantic dilemma--choosing Mr. Right. Readers will find recipes along with love and caring in each novel. 

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STAGED TO DEATH, book 1





Caprice De Luca  stages houses for high-end clients. When she discovers a body in the castle-mansion she staged to sell and starts asking questions, she finds herself in danger. On the way to solving the murder, Caprice's large Italian family helps and hinders. She also finds romance with Dr. Seth Randolph. But does her brother's partner, attorney Grant Weatherford, care about her, too? Or is he just worried she'll get herself killed and her family will blame him?

Enjoy solving the mystery with Caprice, cook along with her, see her find homes for the stray animals she protects, be a part of the De Luca family...in STAGED TO DEATH.




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DEADLY DECOR, book 2



Quiet Kismet, Pennsylvania, may look like any other small town, but as a home stager, Caprice De Luca can see behind closed doors--and it seems someone has designs on murder. . .Life is a full house for Caprice these days. She's dating, she's rescuing adorable cocker spaniels, and she's decorating the roomy interiors of Kismet's most well-heeled residents with fun fantasy themes. But she's worried about her pregnant sister. Bella's marriage is coming apart like a bad wallpaper job, and to make matters worse, she's decided to meet up with a former flame Bob Preston, a house painter Caprice frequently employs. When he's found dead in a pool of green paint swirling with blood, it's time for Caprice to stage an investigation. With all eyes trained on Bella's husband, Caprice shifts her attention from finding the perfect curtains to finding the perfect culprit. . .


DEADLY DECOR Barnes & Noble

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GILT BY ASSOCIATION, book 3



Caprice De Luca's latest house staging is all about hearts, flowers, lace and chintz since Valentine's Day is around the corner.  She never expects her client to be murdered in the greenhouse the day of the open house.
 
With her six-month-old pup Lady by her side and her own love life in disarray, Caprice ferrets out clues from the victim's best friend, Caprice's mother, the housekeeper and a special male friend who insists his relationship with the victim was platonic.  However, as Caprice digs deeper, she finds the victim's past is filled with secrets that she kept from her husband for thirty years.
 
The past isn't merely history.  The present isn't always what it seems.  When hearts are involved, passion and even murder aren't far behind.




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Coming July 28--DRAPE EXPECTATIONS, book 4



Caprice De Luca's former client and now friend Ace Richland--an 80's rock star--asks her for a favor.  Can she quickly stage his girlfriend's house to sell?  Widow Alanna Goodwin, a transplanted Southern beauty, will be moving in with him!  Immediately Caprice realizes Alanna's southern charm can be turned on and off at will.  Caprice agrees to stage Alanna's Kismet antebellum-styled mansion for Ace's sake.  But she soon learns Alanna doesn't have a genuine love for her cat Mirabelle and also uncovers a plot her new client is hatching to sabotage Ace's comeback.  However, before she can tell Ace, Alanna is murdered and Ace is the prime suspect.  
 
As Caprice investigates, she learns Alanna had more secrets than pie safes.  With her Cocker Spaniel Lady by her side, she tracks down clues and adopts Alanna's cat.  In the midst of some of her own family upheaval--her uncle has moved in with her parents--she finds herself with a dilemma.  Grant Weatherford, her brother's law partner, advises Ace and reveals more of his past to her.  Seth Randolph, the doctor she dates, wants her to meet his family.  She must choose between them.
 
Danger stalks Caprice.  Will her refresher self-defense course save her life?  Only if she keeps her wits about her and Lady by her side.





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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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©2015 Karen Rose Smith






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#FelineFriday--Cats This Week by Karen Rose Smith 6/26



This week our cats did a combination of exploring the world and helping me! Zoie and Paddy especially like to "help" in my office. And Paddy has decided the kitchen counters are her space too and she likes to "help" there...even when she's not hungry. But I love having them around wherever they choose to be. Here's a glimpse of our week.

 A big box arrived this week and London 
and Paddy had to explore.  
London won 
the box first and then Paddy took claim too.


















Paddy helped me "organize" my file cabinet! 

 At eleven months, Paddy still has her
 kitty curiosity and playfulness.








  Through it all, Halo sleeps, 
even when we run the sweeper!  

Even with storms, Sunnybud had a fairly calm week. Several mornings we found him snoozing in the sun room attached to our basement. We keep it open. I found a shelter we can put in there for winter. Soon it will be time to introduce it to let Sunny get used to it.

                                       


Until next week...

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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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Karen's Search For Love Series Website





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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©2015 Karen Rose Smith



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Mason, Halo's #Kitten, Eleven Months Later by Karen Rose Smith





The only thing as good as keeping a newborn kitten is finding a loving adoptive home where it will be nurtured and cherished. We were so fortunate to find exactly that kind of home for Mason, Halo's second-born kitten. As hard as it was to let Mason go, we knew he was going to a home with three other cats. Mason's adoptive parents were looking for a buddy for their lone male cat. Mason made the transition beautifully and is now best buddies with his new "brother" George. He has provided endless hours of enjoyment for his adoptive parents and over the weekend they shared photos of Mason as he nears his first birthday.

Mason snoozes with George, his new brother.
And what is not "happy"
about this pose?
Mason waits for his "forever" mom to come
home from her walk.
Mason spent his first three months with us before leaving for his "forever" home.
In the lower right corner, he sits with Miss Paddington.

We wish Mason and his forever family many more years of hugs, laughter and purring.
Happy First Birthday, Mason!

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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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©2015 Karen Rose Smith



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Are You A Tea Drinker? by Karen Rose Smith





Are you a tea drinker?

What kind of tea do you like to drink?

Hot tea
Iced tea

Do you use...?

Tea bags
Loose tea

Do you prefer...?

Herbal
Decaffeinated
Green
Black
White
Rooibus
Tisane or infused 


When I decided to write my Daisy Swanson Tea Garden mystery series (due for release in Spring 2017), I began exploring teas. In the past I'd mostly used Celestial Seasonings teabags in their many flavors or Luzianne, especially for making iced tea. However, exploring the loose teas opens up another whole world of tea drinking.

I found my tea kettle to heat the filtered water, bought a tea ball (for brewing a cup), a pot filter (for steeping up to 6 cups) and pulled my mother's china teapots from my hutch. From my research, the first nuance about tea that I learned was that a tea drinker should heat the water and then pour it over the loose tea into the china tea pot. How long I steep the tea depends on the type I'm using. Tea cozies come in handy to insure the tea in your teapot stays hot.

I explored Silver Needle White Tea first because I like mild tea. Next I explored Green Tea and then Black. But I realized early on that I enjoyed fruit flavored teas the most and, for health reasons, decaffeinated served me best...though I do indulge in caffeinated now and then. I found Teavana teas and they are by far my favorite--from Wild Orange Blossom to Raspberry Pineapple to Limeade Twist. I also discovered a local herb farm where I found Cinnamon Rooibus, Lemon Souffle and Green Honeybush Nut Crunch.


For me tea is no longer about dipping a teabag into water heated in a microwave. It's a calming process that involves aroma as well as taste, sharing and experimentation with mixing and combining to develop my own favorite taste sets.

So come join me in a cup of tea on this Midsummer Night's Eve, breathe in an aroma and enjoy flavors you like the best!




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FOR FATHER'S DAY




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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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©2015 Karen Rose Smith


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