Thursday, August 13, 2015

Which Cat Is The Most Photogenic?--Cats This Week 8/14 by Karen Rose Smith

It seems that the Smith felines were all posing for a Miss/Mr. Photogenic contest this week.  So...I decided why not put it to a vote!  Feel free to comment below to place your vote.  And, no, you can't vote for all of them!


Halo's trip to the cardiologist was stressful for her (and me!), but she was brave and cooperative while he did the echocardiogram.  Her heart is normal, so she is now cleared for spaying at the end of September.  Zoie Joy was particularly cuddly this week and enjoyed every opportunity for a massage. Paddy was her usual curious self.  We never know where she is going to pop up--she settles anywhere from the top of the refrigerator to under the dresser.  Sunnybud seems to be spending more time in the patio sunroom...hopefully a good sign that he is scoping out his wintertime shelter.  And London seems to be gaining weight on her low protein kidney diet.

Zoie positions and begs for a massage.
Zoie's wishes are granted!

Zoie seems to have won the battle of
"Who gets the new rug."
London in one of
her favorite spots--
on hubby's computer.
Paddy pops out from under the
sofa when London walks by

Sunnybud examines the new igloo
 with a heat pad in the sunroom.
A mother/daughter bond that will
never be broken.


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


Elizabeth Jeannie Downing said...

I think I will choose Sunnybud as the most Photogenic especially that last picture where he appears to be smiling but it is a hard choice from all the kitties in your family

Doward Wilson said...

They are all adorable but Sunnybud is my favorite.

gpangel said...

Zoie. I love Paddy too, but I love that picture of Zoie. They are all beautiful though.

StephanieHobrock said...

Well,the are all amazing kitties, but Paddy and Sunny have stolen my heart!

StephanieHobrock said...

They are all beautiful, but Sunnybud and Paddy have captured my heart!

Anonymous said...

It's too hard for me to choose! I love all those fur-faces!

Unknown said...

For the most photogenic I pick London with Halo as the runner-up. Have you seen Tonya Kappes's Kitty Kappes? London and Kitty Kappes would give each other lots of competition but all your cats look wonderful!

Anonymous said...

I's say Zoie Joy is most photogenic, Love your books & especially all the cat tales, keep them coming. Linda May

Unknown said...

I am loving Zoie Joy:)

Barbara Hawk said...

I love the pics of Sunnybud, but all your cats are beautiful!

Unknown said...

I can not come up with a number one . Zoie,,London Halo. Sunnybud are perfect. Paddy never failes to bring a smile to my face.
They all are # ones

Nedlnut said...

I would have to say Paddy but my heart really says Sunnybud. I love how he's coming around.

Jeannie D. said...

I love them all, but if I had to pick it would be Paddy.

Unknown said...

All of them are equally photogenic. This is from a photographer.

Mama Cat said...

I can't decide...they are all gorgeous in their own right! I would almost say Paddy because of her beautiful coloring, then I see Sunnybud, Halo, Zoie ... if I had to say just one, it would be Miss Paddington. (Jeanie D)

Unknown said...

Have to go with Paddy. Love her peaking out from under things. All are adorable of course!

Unknown said...

Love them all and know each of them are camera worthy! But since we can only choose one, I vote for Halo. She always looks so sweetly serene and gentle. ♡

Pamela Woodfield said...

Fur-faces! I shall have to remember that one! ツ

Pamela Woodfield said...

I would just like to go on record as voting for all of them. ツ
Okay, since you said we can't do that, then I will say London. Runners up are Paddy & Halo.

Unknown said...

They are all beautiful. My vote is for Halo