Review: A Catered Cat Wedding by Isis Crawford

A Catered Cat Wedding

 

 

 

 

Synopsis:

Sisters Bernie and Libby Simmons run a catering business in their upstate New York town, and they’re ready and willing to handle any wedding–even one where the bride and groom have tails . . .

Susie Katz is known as the crazy cat lady of Longely, New York, and goes out of her way to earn the title, right down to her cat T-shirts and porcelain Hello Kitties. She’s a fanatic for anything feline. Humans, not so much.

So when she decides to put up a tent on her property and hold an extravagant wedding ceremony for her two Russian blues, she makes sure to include a few two-legged guests–primarily to raise some hackles. All her favorite enemies will be there: her bird-loving neighbor, a rival cat breeder, a local animal rights activist, and the niece and nephew who stand to inherit her considerable fortune . . . if she doesn’t spend it all on cat tchotchkes first. Susie can’t wait for them all to watch as Boris and Natasha slink up the aisle in their very expensive diamond-studded collars, before everyone starts digging in to the poached salmon and caviar provided for the occasion by Bernie and Libby.

But chaos erupts when a wedding gift is unwrapped and a mischief of mice jump out of the box–followed by the disappearance of all the pampered partygoers. Just a few hours later, Susie is stabbed in the back while searching for her missing kitties near the now-empty tent–and it’s up to the Simmons sisters to sniff out the killer . . .

Includes Original Recipes for You to Try!

Rating: 4-stars

Review:

A Catered Cat Wedding by Isis Crawford is a novel filled with humor, cats, and murder. An older woman is obsessed with her cats. She ends up spending a fortune on a cat wedding for two of her most prized cats. Yet just as the weirdest wedding is about to unfold, everything goes wrong. From there, the two sisters catering the wedding are taking care of a mice problem only to find the cat owner stabbed to death. This novel was full of laughs and utter chaos. I found the cat owner strange and her murder interesting. I loved the niece and nephew of the crazy cat lover. And the two main cats made this story even more fun to follow. I did not like Suzie, the cat owner, at all. Her personality and way with spending made me dislike her. The sisters catering the wedding, Bernie and Libby were kind even to Suzie. The plot was crazy but the murder inside caught my full attention. I enjoyed reading this new mystery.

 

 

 

Review: Bells, Spells, and Murders

Bells, Spells, and Murders (Witch City Mystery #7)

 

 

 

 

Synopsis:

Someone’s spreading deadly holiday cheer through Salem, Mass . . . 

Lee Barrett has landed her dream job at Salem’s WICH-TV. As the new field reporter, she’ll be covering events live as they’re unfolding. Next on her holiday checklist is an interview with the beloved chairman of a popular walking tour through Salem’s historic districts. But it may be his ghost walking this snowy Noel season after Lee finds him murdered in his stately offices, bloody Santa hat askew.

With her police detective boyfriend working the case and a witch’s brew of suspects–including some bell-ringing Santas–Lee chases down leads aided and abetted by her wise cat O’Ryan and some unsettling psychic visions of her own. When a revealing clue leads to another dead body, not even a monster blizzard can stop Lee from inching closer to the truth . . . and a scoop that could spell her own demise this killer Christmas.

Praise for the Witch City Mysteries

“Perfectly relaxing and readable.” —Kirkus Reviews

“This rewarding paranormal cozy series debut will have Victoria Laurie fans lining up to follow.”
Library Journal

“An entertaining story that keeps readers guessing until the very twisted and eerie end.” —RT Book Reviews

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

Bells, Spells, and Murders by Carol J. Perry is another grand adventure full of mayhem. Murder, secrets, and danger lie here. It’s up to Lee Barrett once more to solve another murder investigation. She has a fiery personality that is fun to follow. Her curiosity and determination to solve a case is crazy sometimes dangerous. She is always finding herself in a difficult position. But in the end there is her boyfriend, Detective Pete, there to come to her rescue. It was funny, sweet, and engaging. I could not stop reading this novel. The mystery was good. So many possible suspects that I was guessing the whole way…I liked the red herrings that the main character dropped for readers like me. It was enjoyable. I am hooked.

Bells, Spells, and Murders is highly recommended for all cozy mystery lovers. For fans of  Angie Fox this is a must read. I loved the main character’s visions and the presence of cats running around…plus, there’s a bit of romance inside, too.

Review: Feral Attraction by Eileen Watkins

Synopsis:

Cat groomer Cassie McGlone tails a killer gone wild over feral felines. . .

Cassie’s good friend Dawn is part of an organization that’s trying to protect a colony of stray cats on the property of a senior condo community in Chadwick, New Jersey. The residents have got their backs up over the cat invasion, and Dawn has come to Cassie’s grooming and boarding shop, Cassie’s Comfy Cats, to ask her help in talking sense to them.

Not everyone’s against the cats. Eccentric Sabrina Ward feeds them and has even created makeshift shelters for them in the nearby woods, infuriating her neighbors. Following a heated community meeting–in which Cassie and her veterinarian boyfriend come up with a proposal–Sabrina’s body is found in the woods. The police are calling her death an accident, but Cassie smells a rat. Narrowing down the list of suspects may be tougher than herding cats, but Cassie is determined to collar the killer before another cat lover has a fatal accident . . .

Praise for The Persian Always Meows Twice

“Fans of felines will appreciate Cassie’s demonstrated attachment to the master species, which Watkins successfully integrates throughout her debut, a deft blend of mystery and cat love.” –Kirkus Reviews

“A promising start to a new cozy series. And the information the author provides about cats is fascinating.” –Suspense Magazine

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

Feral Attraction by Eileen Watkins is an exciting feline mystery. It turns out that a community of feral cats have moved closer to an older retired community housing center. That’s where all the trouble begins…A few residents began feeding the cats thus, an increase in the population of feral cats being seen. Many of the residents do not like the cats and want them gone. Some are willing to go to the extreme to get rid of the cats and those invloved in helping the cats stay alive and free. Murder, mayhem, and a charming cast of characters are found in this book. I love how an expert cat groomer who has an animal behavior degree is called in to settle the dispute. But Cassie soon finds herself in more hot trouble than she can handle…I loved reading this new novel. Overall, I would recommend Feral Attraction to all readers. I can’t wait for the next book!

Review: Goodbye Cruller World by Ginger Bolton

Synopsis:

Named after her beloved tabby, Deputy Donut, Emily Westhill’s donut shop in small-town Fallingbrook, Wisconsin, is doing so well, she’s expanding into catering weddings. But a killer is about to crash the reception . . .

Normally, Emily’s eyes tend to glaze over when prospective brides go on about their wedding plans. But when the owner of the clothing shop, Dressed to Kill, asks Emily to design a donut wall for her reception, she’s immediately sweet on the idea. With the help of her father-in-law and business partner–the former police chief of Fallingbrook–she hangs the treats from dowels on the wall so guests can help themselves.

But that night, when the groom ends up on the floor with signs of poisoning, Emily suspects someone has tampered with her treats. When the groom dies, there’s no way to sugarcoat it: she’s got a murder on her hands. Despite a list of suspects as long as the guest list, Emily vows to find out who created the killer confection to save her shop’s reputation and keep the bride out of handcuffs. She’ll have to move fast . . . before the poisoner takes a powder.

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

Goodbye Cruller World by Ginger Bolton is one of the best cozy murder mysteries I have read lately. The characters are so real. The cast of characters are funny, charming, and deadly if crossed. Themes of family, love, and food can be found inside this book. Ginger Bolton created an a very entertaining piece of fiction.

The main question was how far does our love push us and how far is too, far? An older sister takes raising her younger sister way too seriously…Jenna was right in saying, that her older sister, Suzanne, is smothering her. When one cannot be allowed to marry a man whether he was decent or not, is not up to anyone but the bride. Yet things do not go as planned and get sticky pretty fast.

Emily is the main protagonist. She owns a bakery with her father-in-law. Emily lost her husband and her interest in weddings isn’t high. But then, she was asked to do a baking thing, and Emily is all in…until the groom is found dead eating one of her creations. Who poisoned him and why? Emily will work hard to find who the killer is to save her business and her friend aka the bride.

Another lovable character is Brent. Brent is a police officer who is deeply interested in Emily. Emily likes Brent, too. Plus, her feline cat, Dep, likes him as well. Brent ran miles just to get to a deadly scene where Emily is involved. The man deserved happiness and medals in my book. His personality is fun.

Overall, I would highly recommend Goodbye Cruller World to all readers. I got swept up immediately. The danger made it fast-paced. Ginger Bolton’s writing was engaging to follow. I truly loved her characters and how the scenes played out in the end. It was amazing. Never a boring moment and plenty of action.

Review: Every Dog has His Day

Synopsis:

A stray kitten and a rambunctious poodle bring together a small-town bachelor and a single mother in the latest romance set in Bluff Point, Maine.

Bluff Point brewery owner Zachary Caine wants nothing to do with commitment. His wild bachelor lifestyle suits him perfectly—until a foster kitten named Chaos makes him a reluctant hero. Now he’s BFFs with the kitten’s two little girls and finds himself falling for their gorgeous mother, who couldn’t think less of him.

Divorced mother Jessie Connelly wants nothing to do with men like Zach. He’s sexy and charismatic and bad news, just like her ex. But her girls adore him, and he’s doing a good job filling in for their deadbeat dad. Then a snowstorm brings out the best in both neighbors, who, it turns out, have more in common than their mutual attraction…

So when Jessie’s past threatens her and her girls, Zach is determined to do whatever it takes to protect them—and live happily ever after with this family he has made his own.

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

Every Dog has His Day by Jenn McKinlay is super sweet, super funny, and super romantic. My heart melted with every page. Jenn McKinlay knew how to make me swoon, aww, and fall in love. Her characters are charming. The protagonists have real life issues that they’re currently facing. One is a single divorced mother of two young girls. The other is a man who never really had a family. Little did they know that fate had plans for them both. Next door neighbors who end up getting to know each other through the fault of two sweet girls and a little kitten. The bachelor has a dog that he’s home sitting and has become attached to…after meeting his next door neighbors and getting to them, Zachary can’t resist their charming nature. Jessie and her girls fall for Zach’s charming self and his good looks. But there’s more to Zachary than Jessie original thought. He’s a man with a good heart and a loving nature. Their chemistry explodes in this book. Humor was throughout the pages. I loved the snowflake making scene…Zach’s snowflake looked like a bird to the little girls but both he and the girls’ mother knew exactly what it was…I cannot mention it. But it’s worth reading to find out! Overall, I highly recommend this contemporary holiday novel to readers worldwide.

Review: Mama Graciela’s Secret

Synopsis:

Local customers (including stray cats!) come from all over the island to enjoy her secret recipe. But when the Inspector discovers that MamA secretly caters to so many cats and he threatens to close her tiny restaurant, MamA must come up with a plan to save it–and all of the animals she loves.

Rating: 5-stars
Review:
Mama Graciela’s Secret by Maya Calvani is a beautiful engaging story. The pages are wonderfully illustrated to match every scene. This is definitely a story for children and adults alike. Animal lovers will love Mama Graciela and her effort to save the cats that come to her restaurant. I found entertaining, sweet, and educational.


Review: Cat Zero

Synopsis:

Artie Marshall is a scientist. She is perpetually underfunded, relegated to a damp basement, and besieged on all sides by sexist colleagues. Added to that she is immersed in a messy divorce. But she’s never been happier: she recently landed her own lab, based in an eclectic think-tank housed in the leafy suburbs of North London.
Artie spends her days studying an obscure cat virus that nobody else in the world seems to have heard of – or cares about. But her arcane little research problem suddenly becomes worryingly relevant as local cats start dropping dead overnight. Matters get worse when people start getting infected too.
Working with her right-hand man Mark, her vet friends and her street-smart technician, Artie races to get to the bottom of the ballooning epidemic. Unexpected assistance arrives in the form of two basement-dwelling mathematicians – a sociopathic recluse and his scary, otherworldly savant mentor. When their mathematical models suggest that the cat plague might actually be more sinister than it first appears, Artie gets drawn into a web of secrets and lies that threatens to blow apart her lab family, undermine her sanity – and endanger her own life. 

Rating: 4-stars

Review

Cat Zero by Jennifer Rohn is an exciting mystery. As an animal lover, the plot was scary. Something like this could happen anytime. I love reading stories that feature a strong female protagonist. Artie is just that. Her world seems to be sinking fast only to leave her in a more dangerous yet complicated situation. A deadly virus is found. Causing not only animals, but humans to die. 

Jennifer Rohn creates suspense with ease. As the characters race to solve the problem at hand, I found myself loving the book more. Death, danger, and intrigue. All wrapped up into a great read. A lot of different elements can be found, here. From science to a bit of romance, there’s a lot happening inside this, tale. However, I still found myself following along. This book, isn’t for everyone…due to the lab stuff. Overall, Cat Zero was good. 

Review: Highland Promise






Synopsis:

Five boys destined to become Highland lairds are fostered together as brothers. Darach, Lachlan, Callum, Gavin and Kerr fight for their clans, for each other, and for their own true loves.

When forced to choose between duty and honor…

Darach MacKenzie vowed never again to let a woman near his heart after his betrothed betrayed him. It sparked an intense feud between his clan and the Frasers. With all-out war on the wind, Darach can’t be distracted—not even by a sweet and charming lass who desperately needs his help.

This Highland Laird will find a way to have both…

When Darach rescued Caitlin MacInnes from the clutches of vile Laird Fraser, she vowed to never let men or misery rule her life again. With Darach and the MacKenzie clan, Caitlin finally feels safe. But when Laird Fraser shows up to claim what’s rightfully his, or go to war, Darach will have to use all his brawn and brains to protect Caitlin—even if it means losing his heart.

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

Highland Promise by Alyson McLayne is a promising read. I can’t remember the last time I laughed so hard. The innocence of the female protagonist is amazing. Like a child but inter form a of a beautiful grown woman. Her remarks and questions kept me glued to the pages. Then, there was the other protagonist…Darach MacKenzie. He’s a sexy Scot with a heart of gold. There’s nothing that I can’t like about him. Determined, brave, smart, and strong. Plus, there’s his clan of brothers, adopted, but still bonded so tightly. Their relationship war ed me heart as well. I couldn’t get enough of these beautiful characters. Their stories had me hooked. Intriguing, heartfelt, and entertaining from beginning to end. 

Highland Promise is just that. One highlander makes a promise to a bonny (pretty) lass (lady). He saved her from her tormentors. Ever since that moment she squirmed her way into his heart, mind, and soul. I laughed at Darach’s slight discomfort from the unknowing lass. She wasn’t aware of what her words nor actions did to her beautiful angel…she even called him so in front of his men. Alyson McLayne worked her magic with this book. I became addicted to the plot, the scenes, and to her characters. The emotions her words brought were good. I can’t believe it was fiction. I’m wanting to travel to Scotland one day now….overall, I highly recommend this historical romance to all.

Review: Sugar Pine Trail 








Synopsis:

An unlikely attraction brings comfort, joy and unforgettable romance this holiday season! 
Librarian Julia Winston is ready to ditch the quiet existence she’s been living. She’s made a list of new things to experience, but falling for Jamie Caine, her sexy military pilot neighbor, isn’t one of them. Julia’s looking to conquer life, not become the heartbreaker’s latest conquest. But when two young brothers wind up in Julia’s care for the holidays, she’ll take any help she can get—even Jamie’s. 

Happy to step in, Jamie reveals a side of himself that’s much harder to resist. Not only is he fantastic with kids, he provides the strength Julia needs to tackle her list. She knows their temporary family can’t last beyond the holidays, but the closer she gets to Jamie, the more she wonders if things could be this merry and bright forever…

Rating: 4-stars

Review:

Sugar Pine Trail by RaeAnne Thayne is another holiday Christmas tale that I loved. Heartfelt, emotional, and sweet. A young woman, finds surprises like two adandoned boys, who lost their dad and maybe even their mom…a hot man renting a room upstairs from her, and other new experiences. I enjoyed reading this book. I cried, laughed, and was able to connect with all the characters. The main protagonist, Julia, was believable. She’s this clever, kind, sweet, yet shy librarian. However, she does have a bit more to her then what most see. Her sexy crush turns out to be more than she originally thought…a flitter who has a heart of gold. Loss, hope, love, and new beginnings are found here. I recommend this book to readers everywhere. 

Review: Cat Got Your Secrets 






Synopsis:

Lacy Marie Crocker has settled into a comfortable groove back home in New Orleans, and with Valentine’s Day right around the corner, she’s busier than ever running a thriving pet boutique, helping her mother organize the upcoming National Pet Pageant, and untangling her complicated love life. But when delivering a king-sized order of dreidel-shaped doggy biscuits for a Saint Berdoodle’s bark-mitzvah, Lacy stumbles into yet another murder scene—and the last person to see the victim alive was her own father.

It’s up to Lacy to clear her dad’s name from the suspect list before Detective Jack Oliver has to cage him for good. But just when she starts pawing at the truth, she receives a threatening letter from a mysterious blackmailer bent on silencing her with her own secrets. And Lacy’s not the only one with bones in her closet.

Time’s running out in this deadly cat-and-mouse game in Cat Got Your Secrets, the delightfully funny third novel in Julie Chase’s Kitty Couture mystery series, perfect for “all those feline fanciers who love to read Rita Mae Brown” (Suspense Magazine).



Rating: 4-stars

Review:

Cat Got Your Secrets by Julie Chase is an exciting new murder mystery. A young woman finds out that her dad is anything but fine. His whole body language says he’s not okay. Just as Lacey goes to a client, she soon finds that he’s dead. And the last person who saw him alive was her dad. From there things become more complicated and messy. A blackmailer insists she stays quiet. But Lacey keeps digging away for the truth. 

Cat Got Your Secrets is full of danger, risks, and humor. I was intrigued. Julie Chase created characters that were easy to relate to and like them. Lacey is close to my age and her life felt believable. Her parents were real in their behavior. A pushy but caring mother and a good dad whose hiding secrets….but I also learned that he wasn’t the only one keeping them. Interesting, entertaining, and a feel good read. I enjoyed following this mystery. Overall, I recommend it to readers everywhere. 

Review: Cake Spell Disaster




Synopsis:

Mistmoor Point has a new dirty word… poison! 

Welcome to Mistmoor Point… 

A small town on a small island where magic is standard practice and witches rule. 

Felicity Redfern has a lot of jobs. 

Baker, girlfriend, novice witch… and… worst of all, private investigator. 

When the mayor’s anniversary party goes wrong, disaster happened! 
1. Half the town is sick. 

2. The mayor’s in a coma. 

3. The most disastrous part… One person’s dead. 
And someone will take the blame. 

Felicity’s mother and her supernatural bakery. 

Is this a case of magic accidentally gone wrong, or is something more sinister at bay? 

Felicity’s counting on her boyfriend, master warlock and sheriff of Mistmoor Point, Lincoln Maxwell, to help her solve the crime.

But … Lincoln thinks he already knows who the culprit is—Felicity’s mother! 

With no one on her side, Felicity has no choice but to use her novice witchy powers to investigate on her own. 

But the job proves too big for one witch alone… or one amateur witch to be exact! 

When her own life gets threatened, there’s only one friend Felicity can turn to for help… 

Her mother’s familiar, a fuzzy feline named Sunny. 
But can they fix this mess before someone else gets killed? 

What if Felicity’s mother really is to blame? 

GRAB YOUR COPY NOW … 

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

Cake Spell Disaster by Zoe Arden is phenomenal. Imagine ring the best baker on your side of town and landing a huge bake job, only to fall sick as well as everyone else. One person dies…others severely ill. Felicity doesn’t believe that her mother ‘accidentally’ added the wrong ingredients to her bake goods. Plus, Felicity’s brother is acting strange and a threat is left in the form of a note on her car. The who done it vibeis set perfectly. Two cats are involved. One is a spy for the enemy and the other is a detective for his owners. However, it takes for a deep investigation and for Felicity to get hurt before the final clues are set. From there things get out of hand…literary. I enjoyed reading this paranormal novella. It was sweet, hilarious and dangerous. The mystery of the Cake Spell Disaster kept me intrigued from the beginning to end. I loved the characters. Both the good and bad characters were brilliant. Each added to the story.  Overall, I highly recommend Zoe Arden’s novella, Cake Spell Disaster, to readers everywhere. 

Review: The Cat Factory & Other Stories

 

Synopsis:

From a 100,000-year-war, in space to the everyday horrors of loss and aging, the new collection by Tim Newton Anderson will spark your imagination and touch your heart as his characters meet horror with humanity.
You will meet:
 An artist who crafts miniature solar systems
 Three youngsters in a children’s home who turn their disabilities into advantages
 A group of unlikely friends who encounter angels at their bingo club
 The ugliest cat in the world who faces murder by an industrialist seeking the perfect pet
 An unscrupulous politician who finds an internet tool to control the population
 A ‘Pataphysical scientist who has accidentally split himself in two, in a rivalry to find the secrets of life and the ultimate joke
 A camera that not only photographs ghosts but captures them
 A man facing the demons of his childhood and another who is haunted by his younger self

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

The Cat Factory and Other Stories by Tim Newton Anderson is an interesting collection of tales that will instantly grab readers’attention. Once readers open up the book, they won’t be putting it down until they finished.  Well-written, intriguing, and different. Each story within touches readers’ hearts and minds. Thought provoking. This book, leads me to thinking…what if these things were to happen…what then? Curious plot lines and interesting characters. I found this collection unique and highly entertaining. Overall, I recommend The Cat Factory and Other Stories to readers everywhere.

Review: Kill All Cats

 

Synopsis:

Ron Black is a 35-year-old night security guard living a moribund existence. Past deeds need to stay buried for him to remain a free man. When the elderly cat lady next-door dies along with her thirty-eight cats, Ron feels the investigative heat from Detectives Moore and Porter. His alibi: “I was at work.”

The police disrupt Ron’s life, which he shares with Brisbane, his cockatiel. He squawks surprisingly relevant quotes learned from watching crime show reruns 24/7—some of which don’t help Ron’s situation. Ron picks up clues about what happened next-door from conflicting comments by his odd neighbors: “She was popped.” “Poisoned.” “Chopped up.” The neighbors include Ron’s estranged great-uncle Kirk, a disgruntled scientist, who had worked at the pharmaceutical company where Ron is the night guard.

When Ron’s only friend, Jean, disappears, the police double-down on him as a suspect for this crime, too. The next day, the police infer his arrest in twenty-four hours for the crime at his neighbor’s house. Despite the pressure to save himself, he is compelled to find his friend.

Sprinkle a bit of an Agatha Christie closed-room mystery with the situational humor of Evanovich for a high-level concept as Ron tries to “…control what he can control.” And just when you think it’s all over, another layer of horror reveals itself, and Ron didn’t even see it coming.

Rating: 4.5 stars

Review:

Kill All Cats by Rick Bylina is an intriguing novel. This crazy tale about an elderly lady owning thirty-eight cats has been found dead. But that’s not all. So were her cats. All were found dead. Who did it and how are left unknown, until the ending where all it all became known. I found the beginning dragging behind a bit until more suspicious events occur like his friend gone missing. The writer has brilliantly incorporated humor into his writing. The bird inside this story will keep you turning the pages….but so does Ron’s troubles. Ron seems like the average guy. A guy who happens to pull himself deeper into hot water with the police than pulling himself out of it. Every page kept me wondering if and when they police would arrest Ron or if something horrendous would happen to Ron. Kill All Cats is similar to a cozy mystery that keeps readers held in suspense as the plot unfolds. Steady paced, and packed with crime and mystery, and a peculiar set of characters. I enjoyed reading this novel. Overall, I recommend Kill All Cats by Rick Bylina to readers everywhere.

Bulgaria’s Birthday

Bulgaria’s Birthday

By

Danielle Urban

 

 

 

 

Bulgaria was excited. Today, was his birthday. Who wouldn’t be happy on their birthday? So, many good things happened. Bulgaria got up slowly stretching his front paws then his middle and finally his hind legs. Following the amazing fresh scent of coffee being made, Bulgaria heads into the kitchen for his morning breakfast. Except when he got there, there wasn’t a single thing in his bowl.

“Meow?”

Running to find his owner, Bulgaria heads into the owner’s bedroom. But no sign of the owner there. Feeling frantic Bulgaria heads to the laundry room. Still no sign of his owner. Bulgaria then decides to head into the bathroom.

Owner has to be in there!

Stomach growling and fear rushing in, Bulgaria heads outside. And there, outside grilling food was his owner.

“Happy Birthday, Bulgaria!” His owner said as he placed a plate full of hot dogs.

Now, this is a birthday breakfast.

After Bulgaria ate his food, he knew what was next! Birthday cake for him.

Climbing his way up to the table. Bulgaria looks down at the amazing birthday cake. The top was a picture of him. His owner came around to take a picture of Bulgaria and his cake when Midnight the lab come running through chasing Fat Eddy. Oh, no!

Hurrying as fast as he could, Bulgaria tried to get down off the table in time. But, not fast enough. Whoosh! The table crashed and the birthday cake came tumbling down right onto Bulgaria himself. His owner snatched a picture. Fat Eddy and Midnight stopped to watch as Bulgaria licked his way out of cake.

“Happy Birthday, Bulgaria,” they shouted before taking off once more.

Bulgaria’s Birthday

Bulgaria’s Birthday

By

Danielle Urban

 

 

 

 

Bulgaria was excited. Today, was his birthday. Who wouldn’t be happy on their birthday? So, many good things happened. Bulgaria got up slowly stretching his front paws then his middle and finally his hind legs. Following the amazing fresh scent of coffee being made, Bulgaria heads into the kitchen for his morning breakfast. Except when he got there, there wasn’t a single thing in his bowl.

“Meow?”

Running to find his owner, Bulgaria heads into the owner’s bedroom. But no sign of the owner there. Feeling frantic Bulgaria heads to the laundry room. Still no sign of his owner. Bulgaria then decides to head into the bathroom. Owner has to be in there!

Stomach growling and fear rushing in, Bulgaria heads outside. And there, outside grilling food was his owner.

“Happy Birthday, Bulgaria!” His owner said as he placed a plate full of hot dogs.

Now, this is a birthday breakfast.

After Bulgaria ate his food, he knew what was next! Birthday cake for him. Climbing his way up to the table. Bulgaria looks down at the amazing birthday cake. The top was a picture of him. His owner came around to take a picture of Bulgaria and his cake when Midnight the lab come running through chasing Fat Eddy. Oh, no!

Hurrying as fast as he could, Bulgaria tried to get down off the table in time. But, not fast enough. Whoosh! The table crashed and the birthday cake came tumbling down right onto Bulgaria himself. His owner snatched a picture. Fat Eddy and Midnight stopped to watch as Bulgaria licked his way out of cake. “Happy Birthday, Bulgaria,” they shouted before taking off once more.

The End

Bulgaria’s New Year

Bulgaria’s New Year’s Eve

By
Danielle Urban

Bulgaria the black cat was excited. Today was New’s Year Eve. Bulgaria lived in Seattle, Washington. A very big state indeed. There in Seattle, they held huge celebrations of kinds.
Seattle was after all, a big city. Bulgaria knew that his owner and his family were planning something big. But how big? He wondered. Will it be as exciting as the city’s celebrations? Bulgaria went to curl up in his box and pondered about what was to happen tonight.

His owner and family left. They headed into town to buy some things. But what things? Bulgaria felt even more confused than before. And so he stayed and stayed curled up tight as a ball in his favorite box. It was soon, that Bulgaria feel fast into a deep sleep.

Ring. Ring. Ring. Ring. Ring. Ring.

Bulgaria jumped up instantly. What’s going on? He looked around and still saw nothing. He looked and looked and still saw nothing.

Ring. Ring. Ring. Ring. Ring. Ring.

Bulgaria followed the sound and was soon lead into the kitchen. Climbing up onto the counter, he heard the ringing still. A lot louder. He thought. He walked up to the phone and using his paw, he knocked it down. It stopped ringing! Bulgaria went closer and closer until his ear touched the phone.

“Meow.”

“Hey, just calling to say I will be over or the party at 5:00 pm.”

“Meow?”

“Okay I guess, I will see you later than. Bye.”

“Meow.”

Bulgaria then heard a click and then a dial tone.

Huh? Bulgaria

Thought. He kept hearing the dial tone. Okay, so how does this go off? Taking his paw, Bulgaria hits the phone. Accidently he hits the keys, dialing numbers. With each hit, a new beep went off. Bulgaria was feeling frustrated. He finally decided to run off. But as Bulgaria ran off, he forgot he was on top off the counter top.

Oh no! Bulgaria thought.

Slipping and sliding, trying to use his paws to stop, Bulgaria flew over the counter top and into an open bowl of flour.

Poof!

Bulgaria was covered head to toe in flour. Looking like a white kitty. Bulgaria didn’t feel too happy. The white flour covered him all over. Using his tongue he licked the flour off his face.

Ah-ah- ah-achoo!

Bulgaria sneezed. But poor Bulgaria he ended up causing more flour to fly over his face.

Ah-ah-ah- ah- achoo!

Bulgaria sneezed again. Oh no! What have I gotten myself into? Thought Bulgaria. Stepping out of the flour bowl and sneezing like crazy, Bulgaria falls backward into the sink!

Now Bulgaria is wet. Soaked wet. Bulgaria hates water. He hates how the water makes him look like a wet rat. Bulgaria tried and tried to get out. But his little wet paws couldn’t get out. Oh no, now I’m stuck!

Bulgaria sat in the cold water. Pondering what to do. Just then, a tap, tap, tap came from the window.

Bulgaria looked up. There was his best friend, Cougar. Cougar lived nearby and often visited Bulgaria when the owners weren’t around. Cougar was a long thin but powerful cat. Seeing Bulgaria in the water, he knew his friend needed his help right away.

“Bulgaria what are you doing taking bath?”

“I’m not taking a bath you idiot. Get me out, before I die!”

Bulgaria was soaked with the cold water. If he stayed any longer he would get sick.

“Ok, chill dude.”

Looking about the sink, Cougar analyses the situation. After a few seconds, but what seemed like forever to Bulgaria, Cougar gently but firmly bit Bulgaria behind the head. Slowly, he lifted the soaking black cat out of the water. Shaking, Bulgaria got Cougar wet in the process.

“Watch it! You’re getting me wet.”

Oops. Bulgaria thought.

“Sorry. And thanks for rescuing me.”

“No, problem. I thought we can go to the party.”

“What party?” Bulgaria asked.

“The party just for us loyal cats. Sylvester and the ladies are hosting a Meow Be Wow Party.”

“But, I am all wet.” Bulgaria said.

“No, problem. Follow me, I’ll get you dry in no time.”

Bulgaria followed Cougar over to his owner’s bathroom, there behold in the cabinet was a hair dryer. Carefully plugging it in, Cougar turned it on. Not aware that it was on full blast.

Swoosh! Swoosh! Swoosh!

Poof!

Bulgaria’s handsome black fur was no longer dripping wet like a little black rat. Instead it was puffed up like a hair ball.

Shaking with laughter, Cougar couldn’t look at Bulgaria with a straight face. Bulgaria stiffly walking up to the bathroom mirror saw his reflection.
What the hell? Bulgaria knew he couldn’t go to the party looking like this. Cougar finally stopped laughing but  he wouldn’t look at his friend. Bulgaria went over by his cat brush and rubbed his fur constantly against the brush. But each time he did, the brush would move further up. And Bulgaria moved up with it. Soon he was almost done. One more brush! Bulgaria thought. But as went brushed up against the brush, his tiny head hit the dresser wall. Oh.

Laughing once again, Cougar said, “Come on Bulgaria, you look much better now.”
Bulgaria was still feeling a little shaken up, so he shook and shook his head.
Following Cougar they leave the house a door and head into the alley way. Sound meows and purring could be heard. Bulgaria knew they reached the right place. Cats were playing string boxes playing a beat that the other cats enjoyed. Then then there was cat food piled up in two bowls.

“Take all you want boys, you deserve it.” Sassy told them.

Bulgaria thanked Sassy before joining his friend in eating his share of the cat food.
After a while Bulgaria was stuffed. Cougar though went over by the female cats. He wanted to flirt. But Bulgaria just watched from his spot. Laying down and purring, another black came up. Except this wasn’t a male cat. It was a female cat. She was in heat. Bulgaria could smell her a mile away. Every other male cat looked at her. But she only had eyes for Bulgaria.

“Hi, can I join you?” She asked.

Bulgaria just nodded his approval. And before he knew it, she was laying down beside him resting her head above him purring sweetly. All the other male cats were jealous. And they weren’t going to let Bulgaria keep the female to himself. Bulgaria sensing they were going to go after the female, got up.

“You should go home, I‘ll handle the others.”

The female just looked at Bulgaria in surprise then walked over to him, licking his face and brushing against him twice purring affectionately, before leaving for home.
The male cats were going to chase the female but Bulgaria antagonized them away from the female.

“Come get me you fat, ugly fools!”

Bulgaria then took off running, hoping they were chasing him instead. Briefly, turning his head he saw all six males chasing him.

Awesome! Thought Bulgaria. Time to make this interesting. Bulgaria knew Seattle better than any other cat in the neighborhood. He knew the places to avoid, and the bad spots. Running, Bulgaria leaped as high as his lean cat like body would carry him. Soon he was on top waiting for the others. The first male cat ran straight into the mood sliding all the way into the fence. The second did the same, and the third, fourth and fifth cat. But the sixth male saw what happened. He jumped high, but not high enough and landed on top of the other muddy cats. Bulgaria laughed and then headed home.

By the time Bulgaria headed home it was late at night. Seattle was full of people and bright lights. Bulgaria rushed faster and faster. He didn’t want his owner to worry about him.Soon, the house came into view and Bulgaria scratched and scratched at the door. Then to his surprise his owner came to the door.

“There you! Bulgaria, I have been looking for you all over little guy.”

“Meow.”

Picking up Bulgaria the owner kissed Bulgaria on his tiny head and whispered, “I love you, Bulgaria.”

Bulgaria just purred and purred in his owner’s arms. Once in the house, his owner let Bulgaria down and said let’s the party begin. But Bulgaria was nowhere to be seen. His owner looked all over until he found Bulgaria quietly snoring all curled up in his favorite box.

“Happy New Year, Bulgaria.”

The End

The Cat Who Played Post Office by Jilian Jackson Braun

Lilian Jackson Braun, has spun an incredible novel once again! The Cat Who Played Post Office, is about a reporter and his two cats. Mysteries are not always soloved by two legged creatures. In this exciting story, Lilian has her main character and two cats inherit an unexpected mansion. It’s a huge adjustment for them all. Koko, one of the two Siamese cats  has a way of finding all the clues. Qwilleran, has a way of talking to his cat, that leads him into solving the mystery. A staff memeber goes missing and soon a murder is to follow. Will Qwilleran and his two cats, Koko and Yum Yum, solve the mystery before it’s too late?

It is no surprise as to how Lilian Jackson Braun, is a best selling author! In her novel, The Cat Who Played Post Office, the plot is well written. Absolutley thrilling, and highly suspenseful this was a novel, I couldn’t put down. Murder mystery with two feline cats help is a funny read. A very intriguing book that will hook readers into this stunning tale. I was left with wondering who did this crime. As I followed all of her characters, I found myself deep within her story! I recommend this brilliant mystery and see if the murderer is caught or not. For those who enjoy reading Nora Robert’s series of fabulous reads, then this will not disappoint you!

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