Cats This Week 7/17--#Feline Friday by Karen Rose Smith




It almost seems that the title of this weekly blog should be "What did Miss Paddington get into this week?" Approaching her one-year birthday, Paddy is full of energy and curiosity. Anything new or different immediately commands her attention, regardless of which of her furry housemates she irritates in the process. When the new scratching house arrived, everyone was interested in taking her turn at sitting inside, but when it wasn't her turn, Paddy was sitting on the roof or reaching her paw through the window. Needless to say, we had to order a second house to keep everyone happy!



Looking totally innocent, Paddy sits
in her circle condo pondering
what to get into next.

Paddy discovered the box of
blueberries on the kitchen counter.
Guess what we were cleaning off
of the kitchen floor shortly after!
Paddy took a moment to stop and
smell the rose I brought in from the garden...and
then promptly tried to bat the
dew drops off of it!



Paddy rests on top of the gas stove.
We always turn off the pilot light for the
summer months, so she was safe sitting there.
Luckily, the lamp survived
Paddy's curiosity!


Zoie Joy and Halo are slowly developing
a relationship, even occasionally sharing the bed
with each other.
Arthur snoozes on the upper deck,
waiting for his evening meal.
Sunnybud snoozes in the yard.

And, of course, Halo slept through it all!

Paddy "helped" me unpack advance copies
of DRAPE EXPECTATIONS which
will be released on July 28!

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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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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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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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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







3 comments:

Patricia T on July 17, 2015 at 8:14 AM said...

Thank you, Karen. You always brighten my day!

Mama Cat on July 17, 2015 at 4:07 PM said...

So precious, Karen, you take such delightful photos! Little Bit is probably close to Paddy in age, maybe a tad older. Today he discovered shoelaces (my foot was propped on tye edge of sofa, otherwise he wouldn't notice it). One of his kitten things was thinking that banana peels (still attached of course). It had been 7 1/2 years since we had kittens in the house, so we had a bit of relearning to do! It is a joy to see Paddy, Sunnybud, and the crew! Jeanie Dannheim

Deborah Blake on July 17, 2015 at 7:33 PM said...

Paddy and Luna are definitely twins. Luna is still getting into EVERYTHING, and throwing most of it onto the floor (keys, tape, important notes, zinc lozenges, you name it). My house is going to end up much neater and better organized because of her...