Thursday, August 17, 2017

Freya and Zander Join Our #Feline Family-#Cats This Week by Karen Rose Smith


Kittens Freya and Zander have joined our furry family! We were not planning on additional furry companions.  But...

As mentioned in last week's blog, a dear friend found six five-week-old kittens under her parents' porch. The mother, a feral neighborhood cat, was trapped and spayed. Although our friend is allergic to cats, she still accepted responsibility to care for and find the kittens forever homes. Her parents took two of the kittens, leaving four. I'm happy to report that Camino and Ash, the two who were featured in my blog last week, have found adoptive parents. And as soon as I laid eyes on the remaining long-haired brother and sister pair, my heart melted and I agreed to welcome them to our furry family. (I'm not sure our existing adult cats--Halo, Paddy, London and Zoie Joy--shared my enthusiasm!)

Already the pair have brought us many laughs as we watch their kitten antics. They have each developed their own unique personalities. We are slowly integrating them with the adult felines. While the adults watch them carefully and sometimes openly express their disapproval, other times they do allow the kittens to nap on the bed with them (as long as they are at a safe distance). I know patience is of utmost importance in this process and that tolerance, if not acceptance, is the most the adult cats can offer as they absorb the fact that these little creatures have broken into their safety zone.

I will share the integration process over the next weeks and months.  But for now, meet ZANDER and FREYA...    


ZANDER
"A different type of guy--one who genuinely cares and is sweet, cute and very attractive and never fails to make a girl smile"
(from the urban dictionary)




FREYA
The Norse goddess of beauty, love and destiny






The kittens had their first shots this week. In this photo, they weren't their usual frisky selves as the effects of the shot slowly wore off.  But soon they returned to "normal" and each day they embark on new adventures as they explore all the nooks and crannies of their new "forever" home.



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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 . . .


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




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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. 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

Thursday, August 10, 2017

#Felines Looking For A Home--#Cats This Week by Karen Rose Smith



Two weeks ago a dear friend called me for advice on how to help a litter of six kittens she had rescued from under her parents' porch. I shared the information we had learned from the pregnant stray we adopted three years ago who gave birth to three beautiful kittens. We still have Halo, the mama cat, and one of her kittens, Miss Paddington. But our situation was quite different, since Halo was a wonderful mother and lovingly nursed and cared for her litter until they were ready to be weaned. 

This newly rescued litter was separated from the mother cat who was trapped and spayed. The kittens, only five weeks old, needed extra attention and care. Despite allergies to cats, my friend took in the kittens to foster them until they could be adopted out to forever homes. That was a monumental commitment and became almost overwhelming at times. So her mother took two of the kittens, but caring for four was still a huge task. So my husband and I agreed to adopt two of the kittens and brought them home this week. You will meet Freya and Zander in next week's blog.

So that leaves two kittens who need a forever home--Camino, a beautiful female gray tabby, and Ash, a cuddly little black male. If you live in the south central Pennsylvania area and would be willing to adopt one or both of these adorable kitties, please e-mail me at karen@karenrosesmith.com.  

Camino

ASH

Camino and Ash
Playing! 
Ash exploring!






















Freya and Zander have already brought joy to our home and provide us with countless laughs with all their kitten antics. They remind me every day that laughter can heal the soul and that having a little ball of fur snuggling under my chin can provide quiet moments just to relax and appreciate life, amid the turmoil of today's world. 


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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


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







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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. 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

Thursday, July 27, 2017

A Happy #Feline Birthday--#Cats This Week by Karen Rose Smith



Happy birthday to Miss Paddington and her siblings, Mason and Tia.  The trio were born three years ago on July 29.  The "babies" and mama are all doing well.

We took in Halo, the mama cat, a month before she gave birth.  In addition to being pregnant, she had some other medical issues which, over the course of the next year, we dealt with.  She has gained weight and is my constant companion, seemingly always grateful for her forever home.

Paddy, Mason and Tia have all grown into beautiful adult cats. Mason and Tia have worked their way into the hearts of their forever owners as has Paddy with us. Although Halo now sometimes resists Paddy's advances for attention, there is still an inseparable bond between the two of them.  Paddy has developed into a beautiful young lady and has a sweet personality, but she often prefers to lie at the foot of the bed, leaving the close cuddling to Halo.

The birthing experience is one that I was so glad to witness. Halo and her kittens have brought many sweet memories to our home.  This week's photos celebrate Halo and her birthday family.


Miss Paddington - Firstborn


Mason - The Middle Child



Tia - The Lastborn


Paddy, Mason and Tia's First Ten Days



Looking back over these photos and cherishing the memories--all the kitten antics and the laughter they provided--made me yearn over the past few weeks for that same vitality and excitement to permeate our home all over again.  Do dreams really come true?  Stay tuned  and watch for a special blog in three weeks!

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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


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





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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. 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

Thursday, July 13, 2017

#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.  









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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

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





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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. 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