Friday, July 31, 2015

Cats This Week 7/31 by Karen Rose Smith

What a busy week at the Smith household! My newest mystery DRAPE EXPECTATIONS was released on Tuesday and I hosted a Facebook launch party that evening.  (Paddy spent some of the evening on my desk while I chatted.  Hubby was my virtual assistant this time around and he did a fabulous job.) Then... Miss Paddington turned one year old on Wednesday.  Click HERE to read Paddy's special birthday blog about Halo and her kittens. Needless to say, our furry family was in the midst of the goings-ons all week!

Paddy "helps" package prizes from the
Facebook launch party for
Zoie Joy helps unpack
copies of

Paddy's curiosity gets the best of her
and she "escapes" with the bubble wrap!
Paddy and Halo were exhausted
 at the end of the launch party!
London watched "carefully"
from an empty box

I occasionally need to step back from the stress of my daily routine and relax. Going down to the patio to feed and pet Sunnybud gives me time away from social media and writing...time to just breathe and regroup. Recently I picked up my watercolor brushes again. What better subject to paint than Sunny snoozing in our yard!

Arthur leaves after a morning visit. He
usually just eats and massages
for him!

And, of course, Halo sleeps through it all!
Halo had a medical event on Thursday and spent the night in the emergency hospital.  She is now at home and resting comfortably.


In my Caprice De Luca Home Staging mystery series, my sleuth Caprice takes in stray cats and dogs and finds them forever loving homes!



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.



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 STAGED TO DEATH.



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. . .

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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.


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. 


©2015 Karen Rose Smith


Deborah Blake said...

I can't believe you are a painter too! Is there no end to your talents?

Happy birthday to Paddy and I hope Halo is completely recovered and NEVER DOES THAT AGAIN.

Carole said...

Just learned we have even more in common, Karen. I'm also an only child who discovered a love for reading at an early age. Started with the Bobbsey Twins, then Nancy Drew, but my favorite mystery series was Judy Bolton, who married her FBI agent, Peter, about halfway through the series. My mom would "surprise" me with a book twice a month on her paydays - hardback copies for around $1.

Enjoying your cat pictures is a part of my daily routine, so thanks for sharing. I pray that Halo continues to do well. Oh . . . I started reading Drape Expectations last night and am really enjoying it. 40% read so far.