Monday, June 21, 2021

Backyard Big Cats

If you follow me on social media or read my books, you've probably noticed my love for cats. This extends to felines of all shapes and sizes, including (and especially) tigers. My newest book, The Tigran Chronicles, is inherently a look at how humans treat animals and if we would be more respectful if they were part human. 

Right now there is action you can take to protect big cats in the United States from abuse at the hands of greedy humans. The Big Cat Public Safety Act is back in the hands of Congress and needs specific support to make the next steps in legislation. 

The Big Cat Public Safety Act for the 117th US Congress Session (2021-2023) has been reintroduced to the House of Representatives as H.R. 263 and has yet to be reintroduced to the Senate. It has been assigned to the Natural Resource Committee in the House.

This bill will accomplish two things. 

First, it will end private ownership of big cats. It is shocking how easy it is to purchase a tiger or lion or other wild cat and house them in your backyard. It is totally legal in many states. Your neighbor could buy a tiger and set up a cage in their yard. Not scary at all! A recent event in Houston, with a tiger escaping the garage where it was being inhumanely held, put a current spotlight on how this can go wrong. Fortunately, no one (including the tiger) was harmed in that escape. This is not always the end result.

Second, it will end cub petting and other hands-on entertainment that humans profit greatly from but is nothing but misery for the cats involved. In any breeding-for-profit scheme, the cats are always the losers. And once they are too old to handle, the cats are usually disposed of. A peek behind the curtain of that industry is truly horrifying. 

The number of reported tigers living in the U.S.A. (unreported not included)

  • AZA Zoos – 360 tigers
  • Sanctuaries – 500 tigers
  • Road Side Zoos – 2500+ tigers
  • Side Shows – 1000+ tigers
  • Circuses/Safari Parks – 400+ tigers
  • Animal Actors – 300+ tigers
  • Private owners – 2000+ tigers

CALL TO ACTION: Click here for an easy way to be in touch with your senator and ask for their support for this bill. Every bit of legislation that goes before the Senate needs people behind it, and this bill is no different. Let your senator know you are behind this bill and hope they will be as well. 

This is very personal to me. For the last seven years, I have volunteered at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, a sanctuary for tigers, lions, bears, and other animals who have been rescued from neglectful and dangerous situations. I've seen little cubs who cannot stand because they have a bone disease that results from poor nutrition and inbreeding. Every cat comes with a story, and they are usually heartbreaking. Just in the last couple of months, the refuge has been involved in the rehoming of 68 more "Tiger King" cats--13 of them coming directly to Turpentine Creek. Now they will have a safe home for the rest of their lives, but how many animals still languish in small backyard cages?

 


Click here for more information and to stay up to date on how this bill is progressing.

As you plan your summer vacations, make sure you only support genuine refuges and sanctuaries. If they let you touch the cats, you are in the wrong place. Only as we respect these magnificent animals can we insure their safety for the generations to come.

#predatorsnotpets 



 

Saturday, April 17, 2021

Happy 14th Birthday to Kimba and Hiro!!

There will be catnip. And there will be long naps. Maybe a kiss on the head or two. That's about all Kimba and Hiro need to be happy these days. 

Happy 14th Birthday to Kimba and Hiro!!



In celebration, you can enjoy the last few days of the 99 cent ebook sale or the paperback sales at Meg's Square Store. Seriously. The prices will all go back to normal by the end of next week. Grab them while you can!

Sunday the 18th is their birthday, and we know this pretty much to the day because when Scott found them they were newly born, cords still attached, and struggling to stay alive. Two siblings in the box with them were not so lucky. 

For those who have not heard the story, Scott was inspired to take Max for his evening walk earlier than usual. He heard what he thought was a seagull but turned out to be tiny Hiro screaming for her life, quite literally, from a box on the steps of a neighborhood house under construction. Our best guess is that the mama cat gave birth in the house but was then accidentally scared away by workers, who put the kittens in the box, hoping someone would take them. We did. 

While Hiro was screaming, Kimba was barely moving. We quickly got recommendations on how to bottle feed them and gathered supplies from a local pet store. That began several weeks of feeding every few hours around the clock, helping them go to the bathroom with the aid of a wet cotton ball, and finally adding two kittens to our household that already contained Max the dog, our daughters' cats Tabitha and Samantha (aka Slinky and Miss Fatty Cat), and El, our very senior tuxie. Buddy was walkabout at this point but would return in a couple of months. 

What would I have written my first book about if Kimba and Hiro had not joined our lives? Who knows! And I'm glad I never have to find out. 

While they are mostly grumpy old ladies now, they still rule the roost, sleep where they want, and make the most of their pampered, cushy feline lives. 

Happy Birthday, Ladies!


And maybe I'll see you at one of our upcoming events:

April 23, 24 & 25 Dogwood Festival, Siloam Springs, AR

May 8 & 9 Old Timers’ Day Steampunk Festival, Downtown Van Buren, AR


Thursday, March 18, 2021

Alien Rescue Cats Save Earth

 First of all, welcome to all the folks following this blog tour! 


At the end of this post, you can find a list of all the clean fiction indie writers who are participating in this tour. Be sure to check them out!

Now, if you are not familiar with my books but are just following the blog tour, you're probably wondering about the whole "alien rescue cat" thing. My middle grade Cats in the Mirror Series follows my own rescued house cats in their made-up alien lives. 

To start, here's the books in the series:

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This series all started with my rambunctious cat Kimba and her shy sister, Hiro. My husband found them in a box on the steps of a house under construction when they were only a day or two old, and we hand-raised them with bottles and loving care (see kitten images on sidebar of blog). Cats raised without a feline mother are often a bit odd and don't really understand how to cat well. Kimba and Hiro are no exception.

 

After years of their nutty antics, I started to get some ideas and began jotting them down.

One of the mantras for writers is to "write what you know," and I did just that. As Kimba grew up, I started writing short stories about her and how she is really an alien sent to monitor us and ultimately save us from an alien cat invasion. Those stories developed and developed until I realized I had a whole book series in the making. My daughters' rescue cats, Miss Fatty Cat and Slinky (not their real names), were worked into the series, and companion books about our dog Max and my daughter's dog Dottie found their own life as well--though the dogs in the books know nothing about the whole alien cat thing and just have adventures of their own. Each of the dog books is a stand-alone story, though you'll find fun tie-ins if you know the cat books. 

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Being middle grade books and aimed at younger readers (though I have lots of adult readers as well), the whole series is squeaky clean. Or would that be meowy clean? 

If you'd like to check out any of these books, I've had a few deals going on this spring while I participate in conferences, blog tours like this, and prepare for Kimba and Hiro's 14th birthdays. Yes, 14! They've come a long way since those kittens the size of mice we found abandoned.   

All of my ebooks are 99 cents at all the sites that carry them, and if you look outside of Amazon, you can probably find Book 1, Why Kimba Saved The World, for free. Tap here for the link to my Amazon page

Bianca: The Brave Frail and Delicate Princess is another of my middle grade clean reads, but we don't have time to go into her lengthy story (that started when I was in 5th grade) in this post. 


And since I haven't been able to do any in-person events of any size for a year now, I have some paperback sales going on at my Square site. Copies are $7 or $8 each, and there are special package deals. 



I'm always happy to Zoom-meet with homeschooling families or groups, so feel free to be in touch with me. You can also watch me read all of Max's Wild Night at YouTube--my first offering to families sheltering at home during the lockdown. 

Thank you to Story Quest Academy for including me in their blog tour of clean books for young readers. 

Story Quest Academy is a creative writing academy that focuses on
building essential skills through writing short stories and reading
books. Our goal is to help homeschooling tweens and teens to become
better writers. We want kids to LOVE stories, cultivate their creativity,
and boost their imagination.
Check out the other stops on the tour, and be sure to comment and share each post to be entered to win the prize pack filled with ebooks and a scholarship to Story Quest Academy! Tag @StoryQuesters so the host can see each of your entries.

March 1st Story Quest Academy

March 2nd Ellie Naomi

March 3rd Julie Gilbert

March 4th Jasmine Natasha

March 5th Liz Delton

March 6th Mark Hansen

March 7th Ian Vroon

March 8th Story Quest Academy

March 9th Nicholas Kotar

March 10th J.M. Hackman

March 11th Mark Hansen

March 12th Courtenay Kasper

March 13th Debbie Schreffler

March 14th Story Quest Academy

March 15th Steven Guglich

March 16th Laurie Lucking

March 17th Julie Gilbert

March 19th Nicholas Kotar

March 20th Courtenay Kasper

March 21st Story Quest Academy

March 22nd Molly Casperson

March 23rd D.J. Edwardson

March 24th Marty C Lee

March 25th Molly Casperson

March 26th Mark Hansen

March 27th Allison Tebo

March 28th Story Quest Academy

March 29th Debbie Schreffler

March 30th Nicholas Kotar

March 31st Molly Casperson






Tuesday, March 2, 2021

FREE Book: At the Corner of Magnetic and Main

In support of the Women in Publishing Summit this week, my paranormal women's fiction novel At the Corner of Magnetic and Main is FREE on Kindle from March 2-6th only. Grab a copy while you can!! 





Saturday, February 6, 2021

Women in Publishing Summit and Ebook Deals

I'm gearing up for the Women in Publishing Summit the first week in March, and I'd love to have you join us! The summit is set up by the Write.Publish.Sell group, who offer training seminars year-round. I'll be speaking about Writing for Children, but the whole conference covers not just writing. There are webinars on marketing, self-publishing, editing, and so much more. Tap here to check it out for yourself! With in-person events still limited, this online conference will give you your writing fix and boost that inspiration to get moving with your 2021 goals. 

As a speaker at the conference, I'm offering up some deals to attendees, but even if you don't join the conference, you can still get in on my ebook sales. Every ebook from Serenity Mountain Publishing is on sale for 99 cents each. Even bigger news, At the Corner of Magnetic and Main will be FREE during the conference (March 2-6). Don't worry, I'll remind you closer to the date. 

Your easiest link to finding my ebooks on sale is my Amazon page. Some titles are available at other sites, but some are not. It's a technical thing. I'm working on it. 

Another fun piece of news: the audio book for The Tigran Chronicles is working its way through approval at all the best sites, and it is already available at Google Play. Grab yourself a copy! It will be available through Amazon at some point, but their process is glacial right now. Patience is a virtue, so I hear.


I'm holding out hope that it will be safe to attend some spring events, like SpringFest and the Block Street Block Party, especially the outdoor ones. Until then, happy reading, and grab yourself some 99 cent ebooks. Or an audio book. Or both! 


PS: In case you missed it, I still have the paperback book sale in swing on my personal inventory. Click on the images below to head to my Square store and check it out. 






Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Merry Christmas 2020

It has been one of the weirdest years ever for most of us, but the calendar will change to 2021 in a few days and there is definitely a light at the end of the tunnel. If you're looking for some new books to keep you company during the winter ahead, here's my reading accomplishments for 2020. 

https://www.goodreads.com/user/year_in_books/2020/13067378

There are two more books I'll finish before the end of the calendar year (Beloved by Toni Morrison and Breakfast at the Honey Creek CafĂ© by Jodi Thomas), and I'd love to hear your recommendations for books old and new. Drop a note in the comments section! 

I hope you all enjoy this holiday season, however you celebrate, and I look forward to seeing you in person again soon. 



Merry Christmas from Kimba and all of us here at Serenity Mountain Publishing. 


Monday, November 30, 2020

Holiday Paperback Sales

It's that time of year again for discounts on my back stock of paperbacks. This year is a bit different, however. I got all loaded up for spring events and, well, none of them happened. Or the summer ones. Or the fall ones. I only did a couple of very small events during the whole year put together. SO! That means I have a back stock on most of my titles and have put them on deep discount. Hopefully, there will be safe spring events in the future, but for today, everything must go. 

Here's the biggest deals:



Tap on the image or go to my website to take advantage of these discounts. Individual paperbacks are also on sale ranging from $7 to $9 for my children's books. At the Corner of Magnetic and Main is only $11 as well. I'm still more than happy to autograph and personalize them for anyone you wish. 

The Tigran Chronicles is not discounted because I only have four copies left in stock. I'll have more in the future, but not in time for the holidays, so grab 'em while you can. 

These prices are only on my personal inventory, not at any other website. At this point, I do not anticipate any discounts on ebooks.  

I hope you are all staying safe and continuing to be careful. There's a promise of a return to normal on the horizon. Until then, snuggle down with a good book, or two.