#Felines Wrapped in #Holiday Spirit--#Cats This Week by Karen Rose Smith



One of the fun aspects of Christmas Eve and Christmas Day is the opening of presents. And, needless to say, the Smith felines were in the middle of the activity. As the wrapped packages arrived in the living room, Halo and Paddy made prompt appearances to check them out, probably hoping to detect the scent of fresh catnip among the wrappings. Halo gave them a quick smell test and then went on her way, unimpressed with the beautiful wrappings.

Paddy, on the other hand was not so easily convinced there was nothing there to interest her.  She was enamored by the unwrapped gifts and distracted by the mountains of unfamiliar items surrounding her. She was particularly taken by hubby's new garden tool stool. I'm not sure Zoie will be as curious about my new Victrola once music starts streaming from the speakers.


Unlike previous years, the wrapping paper and ribbons didn't seem to grab their attention this year. We were very careful to quickly discard the wired ribbons and foil papers to avoid any unnecessary emergency vet visits. But even the tissue paper didn't hold their attention like the brown packing paper that had been in so many of the mailing boxes with gifts that had been ordered online. They loved jumping into that stiffer brown paper and skidding across the floor onto the paper as they chased the laser light.

Although Paddy remained in the midst of the commotion while the last of the gifts were unwrapped, Halo and Zoie quickly tired of the change in routine and settled down for long winter's naps  Their peace and quiet will be disrupted again by the arrival of friends we will be welcoming on New Year's Eve. 

 I wish you all health, joy and peace in the new year.



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Wendy Newcomb, director of the Kismet women's shelter Sunrise Tomorrow, is thrilled when the shelter receives a legacy.  She hires Caprice to decorate the mansion to serve women who need more than an overnight port in a storm. But in her drive against domestic violence, Wendy has made enemies and is murdered. Caprice finds herself in danger once more as she asks questions and even calls on St. Anthony for inspiration to solve this murder mystery.


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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 97th novel will be released in 2017.
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 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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Make Everyday Caturday--Mysteries With #Cats by Karen Rose Smith



I'm a cat lover.  My husband and I adopted 4 rescued cats who are inside cats.  We also take care of a sibling pair who are stray brother and sister.  My life mostly revolves around this furry crew so it's almost a given that they will appear when I write.  All my Caprice De Luca mysteries spotlight cats as characters. But right now, two of those book are ON SALE!  The books are a series but each book can stand alone.

In DRAPE EXPECTATIONS, this beautiful Persian cat named Mirabelle becomes a regular in the series.  In GILT BY ASSOCIATION (a Valentine's Day mystery) a kitten named Valentine modeled on our on senior cat London is rescued by Caprice.  She finds homes for all the animals she rescues.

Enjoy cat stories any day of the week!




These days, home stager Caprice De Luca's calendar is a full house. Her grandmother's health is failing, her wayward uncle is stirring the pot, and she's torn between two equally eligible suitors. With so much drama in her personal life, Caprice is grateful to have Ace Richland, a former 80s rock star, ask her to stage his girlfriend's house. But Alanna Goodwin is a tough customer who balks at Caprice's ideas and all but commandeers the staging. Caprice almost isn't surprised when the snappish Southern belle is strangled to death with a tieback from her tacky velvet drapes. But just as she draws back the curtains on the truth, Caprice realizes she may be next on a murderer's set list… 




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 cocker spaniel 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.



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 97th novel will be released in 2017.
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 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 #Feline Christmas Wish--#Cats This Week by Karen Rose Smith



As I prepared for the arrival of Christmas this year, I was, of course, "helped" by all my furry babies. In the busyness of all the preparations, it is so easy to become perturbed and irritated by all the "help." But as I stepped back and watched the feline antics, I soon realized that if I, like my pets, live in the moment, I would enjoy the season much more. 

So this year I attempted to enjoy all the little things...the beautiful decorations that brought back memories of Christmases past, the wonderful smells of holiday baking, the joy in the eyes of someone opening a package that I had wrapped...and ignore the list of everything that needed to be done before December 25. I snapped some photos as the cats and I enjoyed preparing for the holiday festivities.     

"I like the new Christmas throw. I hope
you weren't planning to use it!" (Zoie)

"But these bells are going to jingle
every time the door opens. I hope you
 don't plan to interrupt my nap! (Zoie)

"This garland is all tangled up. I'll help
untangle it!"  (Paddy) 

I thought Santa  Claus came down
the chimney, not the stairs!"  (Paddy)

"Did Santa lose his cap going down
the chimney?" (Paddy)

"You know I don't like hats. How long is
this photo session going to last?" (Halo)
 
"How did Santa fit in this bag?" (Paddy)
So Christmas may come and go and everything that I had done in previous years may not be a part of this year's celebration, but, thanks to a lesson from my furry family, I have enjoyed the little things that make the holiday special. My wish for everyone is that you have the opportunity to enjoy the little things in your life, because, in the big picture, they are the things that truly matter. 

"Don't bother waking me if Santa comes.
I'll open my presents when I wake up." (Halo) 
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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 97th novel will be released in 2017.
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 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 Office Helpers--#Cats This Week by Karen Rose Smith



One of the joys of having cats in your home is their unpredictability. They make every day unique because you never know what to expect them to do next. Just when you think you know their special napping spots, they find a new one. When you are in the kitchen and expect a cat to join you on the counter for a morning of cookie making, they go off and settle on a condo and observe from afar. When you plan to settle on your favorite chair for an evening of TV, one of them has chosen the spot before your arrival. But one constant in our household is that if I am in my office working, I always have at least one furry friend next to me on my desk or on an office chair nearby. This week I put captions to some office feline shots I captured of my furry "helpers."  

"Hey, Mom. These documents look pretty
important.  I'll guard them for you. But I
hope you don't need them until my
nap has ended." (London)
"Your iPad keeps making funny noises.
I'll check them out for you." (Paddy)
"I love when a carton of new books
arrives. That always makes mom smile! (Zoie)
"This new manuscript has a lot of pages.
Are you still going to have time to
pet me tonight?"  (Zoie)
"Is this the book that me and my kittens are in?
I want to read about Dulcina and Uncle Dom
to make sure they provide good fictional homes
for me and my babies!"  (Halo)
"Is this pile of packages gonna topple over on me?
Someone needs to go to the post office so I can
have my space back." (Zoie)
 

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Wendy Newcomb, director of the Kismet women's shelter Sunrise Tomorrow, is thrilled when the shelter receives a legacy.  She hires Caprice to decorate the mansion to serve women who need more than an overnight port in a storm. But in her drive against domestic violence, Wendy has made enemies and is murdered. Caprice finds herself in danger once more as she asks questions and even calls on St. Anthony for inspiration to solve this murder mystery.


SHADES OF WRATH on Barnes and Noble


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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 97th novel will be released in 2017.
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 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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Christmas Legend--Why Tabby #Cats Have An "M" On Their Forehead by Karen Rose Smith






The holiday season is filled with myths and legends explaining many of the symbols and customs that surround us at this time of the year. Since I am a feline lover, one of my favorite myths is how tabby cats got the "M" that is often so prominent on their foreheads above the eyes. It has been circulating on social media, so I thought I would share it with you, along with pictures of some very special furry babies who would do exactly what the cat in the story did to earn him his unique "M" mark. 

How Did Tabby Cats Receive Their "M"?

All tabbies have an "M" marking on their forehead, and on some this mark is very distinct. The "M" is often referred to as the mark of the true tabby.

There are several legends about how tabby cats got their 'M' marking.
Clyde's M
The most popular of these legends tells us that when the baby Jesus was lying in the manger he started to shiver with the cold. Mary covered the baby with blankets but still he kept shivering. Mary then ask all the animals to move closer to the manger so that their body heat would warm Jesus. The animals stood as close to the manger as they could but the baby Jesus remained cold and shivering. After a time a small cat with tabby markings jumped into the manger and snuggled next to Jesus. Before long the baby had stopped shivering and was sound asleep, contented and warm.

In her gratitude to the tabby, Mary made the mark of her own initial
upon the cat's forehead so that tabby cats will forever remind the world of how they saved Jesus from the cold.

Halo loves the warmth of the bed and would have been the
first to jump in the crib to snuggle with the baby. Her gentle
spirit and wonderful maternal skills would have earned her
Mary's special mark.

London's "M" was very prominent when she
was a kitten and, even though many of her
other markings have faded, her 'M' is still
prominent today.




Mason, Halo's second-born kitten also sports
the "M" amid his beautiful facial markings. 
My wish for you this holiday season is that you will be touched by the warmth and kindness of those closest to you and that their love will leave an indelible mark on your heart that will last a lifetime.



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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 97th novel will be released in 2017.
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 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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Through the #Feline Looking Glass--#Cats This Week by Karen Rose Smith




As the colder winter weather sets in, the daily dynamics of the outside furry visitors are shifting from lazy summertime snoozes in the cool shade of the silver maple to searching out warm spots where they can still enjoy the outdoors during the day or seek shelter at night. 

This week on a sunny afternoon, I was in my office working on my latest novel when I noticed Miss Paddington and Zoie Joy mesmerized by activity on the deck outside. I didn't think twice about it because a simple leaf blowing across the deck holds Paddy's attention for a long while. But on closer inspection, I saw more activity on the deck than a runaway leaf. Bonnie and Clyde, our outside sibling visitors, had apparently arrived on the deck to enjoy the warm sunshine only to find more than warm deck planks. 

Watching the goings-on through the window, I studied communication between our inside fur babies and our outside visitors. There was no growling or hissing on either side of the glass and they all seemed content to just be together and share a special closeness through the glass barrier. Eventually Bonnie and Clyde settled down close to the door and napped in the warmth of the afternoon sun. Zoie went on her way to the warmth of the bedroom and Paddington settled on the cat steps by the door and quietly watched over her new friends.





I wonder if the glass barrier had not been an obstacle to a physical meeting of the two worlds if the reactions would have been as calm. Separately, all of these felines are sweet and friendly, but we never know how territorial they are until their space is invaded by another cat. But, for now, their two worlds are separate. Bonnie and Clyde eat inside the basement and sometimes nap there. Paddy, Halo and Zoie are content and happy inside while Bonnie and Clyde have not yet made the decision that they would like to forgo their freedom and join our inside feline family. While we provide food and warmth (if they choose to take advantage of it), their acceptance of our provisions is still on their terms. There are encouraging signs as Clyde is now allowing me to pet him and Bonnie will settle on her favorite pile of boxes in the basement while we are still cleaning the feeding station. But patience (not one of my stronger qualities) is still required when dealing with them each day. So for now, I will have to settle for watching them through the looking glass and providing for their safety on their terms. Perhaps some day the two worlds on either side of the looking glass will become a one-sided reality.      



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Wendy Newcomb, director of the Kismet women's shelter Sunrise Tomorrow, is thrilled when the shelter receives a legacy.  She hires Caprice to decorate the mansion to serve women who need more than an overnight port in a storm. But in her drive against domestic violence, Wendy has made enemies and is murdered. Caprice finds herself in danger once more as she asks questions and even calls on St. Anthony for inspiration to solve this murder mystery.


SHADES OF WRATH on Barnes and Noble


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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 97th novel will be released in 2017.
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 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. 




©2016 Karen Rose Smith

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