BANZAI!

One of my favorite all-time science fiction romance series was the 2176 series by various authors and released from Dorchester about…10 years ago? I’ve lost count. I have not just one but two keeper copies of the whole series. It was fascinating, inventive, exciting, and revelatory as to what you could DO with science fiction romance. Today I’m pleased to share the new covers for Susan Grant’s two entries in the series, as the author has plans to re-release them in edited and updated form. I can’t wait to see the changes! Recommended reads.

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About The Legend of Banzai Maguire:

The year: 2016. While flying a peacekeeping mission over North Korea, Air Force pilot Bree “Banzai” Maguire is shot down. Instead of the North Korean troops she expected, she finds herself captured by a mad scientist and put in bio-stasis. When she wakes, everything has changed. It’s 2176, the world is in crisis, and she is a hotly contested prize. Once, Banzai’s job was to protect democracy; now a mysterious voice claims she must bring it back.

The year: 2176. U.C.E. Commander Ty Armstrong is a decorated SEAL, combat veteran, and part-time treasure hunter. Seeking one elusive prize has become a personal obsession for him: Banzai Maguire, who was never found after her mysterious disappearance 160 years earlier. His quest to find her remains takes him into enemy territory where he discovers that not only is she very much alive, he might have already fallen in love with her. But before he can bring her to safety, they are captured by the charming, yet ruthless, Emperor of Asia. Ty vows to escape with Banzai at his side. But his captor has other plans for him—and for Banzai Maguire.

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About The Scarlet Empress:

Shot down over North Korea, Air Force fighter pilot Cam “Scarlet” Tucker is imprisoned and put in bio-stasis. She is awakened 160 years later to learn that her wingmate and best friend also survived. Now the “legendary” Banzai Maguire, Bree is being held for treason in the country that was once the United States.

Cam has problems of her own—big problems. She’s in the masterful hands of Prince Kyber, the dictator whom her friend thwarted. He won’t get fooled again. With the mysterious Shadow Voice urging revolution, and her friend in chains, Cam wants the sexy emperor on her side—and maybe a whole lot more. But her role in the thrilling mission to save her country has to come first. Banzai wouldn’t surrender, and Cam won’t either. It’s time to give a royal butt kicking, and Cam knows just where to start.

Here is Ms. Grant’s social media information and preorder links!

 

Twitter: @flyerdreamer

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Author.Susan.Grant/

Website: www.susangrant.com

Preorder links:

BANZAI:

Nook:  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-legend-of-banzai-maguire-susan-grant/1006148813?ean=2940156902651

iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-legend-of-banzai-maguire/id1167537788?mt=11

Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/the-legend-of-banzai-maguire

ARE: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-thelegendofbanzaimaguire-2158341-343.html

Amazon: available November 15th

SCARLET:

Nook: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-scarlet-empress-susan-grant/1006169370?ean=2940156989614

iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-scarlet-empress/id1167538659?mt=11

Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/the-scarlet-empress-1

ARE: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-thescarletempress-2158343-343.html

Amazon: available November 15th

 

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Meankitty Wants to Know: Kelly Jensen Kitties

1) Jensen kitties (of author Kelly Jensen fame), tell us about yourselves. That’s the most important thing. And include glamour shots!

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Jack is handsome and charming.

I’m Jack and I’m going to appoint myself spokeskitty for the group. Shadow only knows how to produce a pathetic squeak that is completely unbecoming of her size, and someone dropped Sisi on her head when she was a kitten. She makes no sense. Ever. I, of course, am the perfect cat. If my fur were black, I’d have what you call a tuxedo pattern. I think my grey tabby coat is much more attractive than boring old black, however. I’m handsome and charming and my whites are always extremely white. I groom for hours to achieve this effect. Shadow and Sisi are both all black. Boring black. Well, Shadow has three white hairs on her chest. They’re weird. She should pluck them out.

2) I gather your human writes books. Does this mean she is home all day and easy to access? Elaborate if necessary. How does this benefit you?

Kelly is home all day and easy to access. The stalking begins early, usually before the sun has risen, when we hustle her downstairs to the treat container. Treats must be spread in a single arc across the floor so all three of us can get our faces down there at the same time. Kelly is then allowed to amuse herself until the child goes to school, which is when she heads back upstairs to begin what she calls work. I help by sitting on the corner of her desk. Sometimes I put my paw on her keyboard. Or I touch her face. Or I stand in front of the monitor so she can admire the grey stripes along my side. Ideally, Kelly will praise and kiss me while I do this. She doesn’t seem to understand that I do not want to be picked up at this point, however.

Around the time we’re finishing our first nap, Kelly runs up the driveway. I followed her once. She continued running up the street. There was no mouse, no vole, not even a chipmunk. Nothing. She just ran… and came back in an hour. She does this every morning. It’s very confusing.

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Sisi was dropped on her head as a kitten.

Then she goes back to the computer. At lunch time she sits on the couch for half an hour to an hour. I lick her sandwich when she’s not looking, which is often as she watches the TV while eating. Then it’s back to her computer. Shadow’s on shift in the afternoon. She doesn’t get on the desk, though. She’s too lazy, or just plain uncoordinated. Sisi gets the evening shift, which is the easiest, really. That’s when Kelly returns to the couch for extended periods.

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Shadow also likes to sit in planters.

3) What are your techniques for distracting your human during crucial writing moments, just because it’s fun?

Well, there’s the aforementioned screen blocking. I enjoy that very much. Shadow likes to sit in her chair. Kelly will often kneel at the computer rather than disturb her. Sisi is very bad at interference. She never bothers Kelly while she’s working. Our dear departed sister Java was an excellent distraction. She liked to bring small mammals inside and crunch on them right beside Kelly’s desk. I dropped a snake on her foot once. It was very effective. I should try it again.

4) What indignities and neglect have you suffered because of your human’s writing career?

She doesn’t cook very interesting food when she’s writing. It’s sandwiches, sandwiches and more sandwiches. I prefer salmon, tuna—particularly the casserole she makes with corn—lasagna, shrimp and pizza. Kelly makes very good pizza. Good sauce.

5) Tell me about the felines in your human’s fiction. How often do they appear and how big a part do they play? I hear there’s a new book about cat shifters.

Many of her characters keep company with cats. My favourite would be Socks, who traveled with Iain. Don’t ask me about Iain, I don’t care about Iain. Socks, however, was a great cat. He had Iain trained to carry him across his shoulders. He got to go everywhere with Iain. I’d like to go everywhere with Kelly. Except when she runs up the driveway. That just seems rather pointless.

best in showThis new book with the cat that changes into a human is very confusing. Why would a cat willingly change into a human? It makes no sense, particularly when, as I understand it, the cat in this book had the human wrapped around his forepaw. Nova lox for breakfast? Kelly could take a lesson from this.

6) What books in the future will feature cats? Oh, and a new fad soon to hit the shifter world — shifter pigs. Better get in while the getting is good.

She’s planning a sequel to Best in Show (the confusing book with the cat that can change into a human). It will feature an entire family of cats who can do the same thing. I honestly don’t think she understands her audience. Who wants to read about a lot of cats switching between human and cat form? They’re obviously very confused people. Kelly should write about cats that change into nothing.

The book she’s writing right now has four cats in it. I approve. Charlie, her main character, is a very good cat person. Well, except for the fact he also owns a dog. I’m very glad Kelly doesn’t own a dog.

Bacon comes from pigs, doesn’t it? I like bacon.

7) What works of fiction or cinema involving cats does your human enjoy sharing with you?

Kelly watches a lot of anime and cats seem to be, in general, highly regarded in these shows. In particular, I like The Cat Returns. She once read a book called I am a Cat. It wasn’t about a cat.sun-spot

8) If you could make one change to your human, what would it be?

For her to understand that after I have spent half an hour grooming my fur, I do not want to be stroked. Every time she touches my fur, I have to lick it again. It’s very frustrating. The worst part is that I think she does it sometimes to tease me.

Sincerely,

Meankitty

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Meankitty “Bad Libs” Review: Unthinkable

UnthinkableLast month when my human shared a release day with author Nina Croft, I had the tingling experience of reading her book Unthinkable. And by “reading” I mean I sat on the book and absorbed the story through my posterior area. I read a lot of creative literature by sitting on it, so this contemporary romance with a hint of sci-fi was a gorgeous change of pace. Quite comfortable and glossy with the added attraction that my human was trying to read it, and my sitting on it was very inconvenient for her. In some ways the book reminded me of The Magician’s Nephew except with adult characters faced with boldly stupid situations. Oh, and no talking horses. Or Narnia. Or magicians. Sci-fi, remember?

The book starts off with protagonists Jake and Christa faced with a sparkling challenge. Kind of like when the sun hits an eastern facing window at my house, the one with the prisms in it, and there are suddenly rainbows and dancing lights all over the floor and walls that MUST DIE. Both characters behave unexpectedly about this. Humans, am I right? They’re so boring. Nobody does any parkour off the walls in order to kill a red dot, and there are no hairballs that get hacked up in revenge.

mkmodelnileSoon thereafter, when the character Sadie is introduced, in a scene involving shooting, the plot really starts to get clumsy. The last thing you need in a contemporary romance with a hint of sci-fi is a clumsy shooter, even if the object being shot is metaphorical. I myself am very good at shooting—shooting evil glances, shooting across the floor in pursuit of an enemy, shooting up the stairs when a human is trying to navigate them while carrying a heavy load. Madly enough, Jamie is no Aiden Quinn.

And don’t even get me started about the colonel. The colonel. What can I say about the colonel that I learned through my posterior? The involvement of the colonel in the narrative will leave readers exhausted. It’s a HUGE effort to read through your posterior when there are red dots to chase and the humans keep trying to take the book out from under you. Over and over and over. It’s enough to make a cat hiss, I tell you. The story blindly continues after the exhausting part with the colonel until it seems all cells are lost, and the ending will escape you. It escaped me because the humans hid the dang thing. I think they put it on the top shelf of a bookcase, the one with the glass figurines on it, the one I have yet to scale. But never give up, never surrender! It’s on my things-to-do list. Climb shelf, break glass, finish Unthinkable. The pace of the book was like riding on a motorcycle with a driver who is fearless on a road that winds through a mountain. This is a thing, mind you, that I have never done, as I detest vehicles of all sorts, but it sounded good.

If you are looking for a way to spend a day, this book is definitely an option. The characters and plot are so immense compared to other books on the market today. It’s probably almost as thick as one of those Harry Potter books, you know? At least from a cat’s perspective. Granted, the feline content in the book was only two kilos, not nearly enough. This could have been better, but no author is completely brilliant…not even one with dogs, cats, and a three-legged pig. So I hear. All in all, Unthinkable is a blonde tale about joy, chasing things, and being terrified. You will not be disgusted if you pick this one up!

1263833Rating: 42 squeaking mice and a brave doughnut

Sincerely,

Meankitty

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Zombie…or Cat?

dial v for vampireMeankitty Interviews Zombie, the main character in Dial V for Vampire

Recently a Meankitty human friend, Isabella Norse, released the first in a new paranormal romantic comedy series, Dial V for Vampire. The series feels like a cozy mixed with a sweet romance — fade to black or no sex scenes, good natured characters, light drama. After this post, if you have any other suggestions in this vein (LOL) of romance, please let us know!

But for now, the premise of this book is that our heroine, Maggie, has a snarky blog about living with a zombie, but when she comes up with the idea for the blog, she has no idea that supernatural creatures actually exist…

1) So, Zombie, how did you select the heroine of the book to be your new human?

When you find yourself living on the streets, you learn to read people quickly or you don’t survive. Maggie had a good heart – she was always stopping to check on me and to bring me food. Sometimes, she even brought me treats from the diner. Life in a sewer drain was hard on these old bones. Once I earned Maggie’s trust, I gave her the opportunity to take me home with her. How could she resist?

2) Are you really as friendly as you seem in the book or are you biding your time?

I’m a pretty chill guy, but I don’t have the patience for drama. I’m not above raising a paw to a youngster in need of a bit of an attitude adjustment. *cough* Van Helsing *cough*

zombiecat23) Do you have plans for the author/heroine to write future books about your adventures? You can include your methods of brain control or inspiring the non-fictional cats in the author’s life if needed.

I’ll make appearances in future novels but I’m enjoying being out of the lime light. My biggest decisions now are deciding between napping on the window seat (great view) or on Maggie’s laptop (it’s warm and guarantees that I get attention). When I feel the need to intervene, my preferred method of mind control is to sleep on Maggie’s head. She thinks the purrs are relaxing – little does she know that the vibration allows me to transfer my thoughts directly into her mind. I just try to act surprised when she acts on the ideas I implanted.

4) I notice the “heat” level of this paranormal romance book was on the sweet side of things. How do you plan to interrupt any hanky panky the hero and heroine try to get up to in order to keep the books PG rated?

That’s almost too easy! There is always the pile of strategically-placed barf (I can barf at will) or a well-timed swipe at Noah’s dangly bits. However, my favorite is the simple sit-and-stare. It weirds the humans out every time!

5) How did you inspire the heroine to be so smart that she was able to help the hero figure out there was a plot against him?

As much as it pains me to admit, I can’t take credit for that one. Maggie is a sharp girl and she had the advantage of looking at Noah’s situation with fresh eyes. However, I will take full credit for bringing them together. *wraps fluffy tail around paws smugly*

6) Can you share a sample blog entry the heroine wrote about you, Zombie, before she found out the truth about zombies?

Gladly. Just don’t let Maggie know that I can use her laptop – she still thinks she is coming up with all of these ideas on her own!

The care and feeding of zombies:

Well y’all, nursing a zombie back to health is easier said than done. I mean, just how healthy is a zombie anyway? Let’s face it, even on their best days, most zombies could use a facial if not a full-body seaweed wrap.

It has taken some experimentation but, in the event that you also find yourself caring for a zombie and don’t have any fresh brains on hand, (in this economy, who does?) canned tuna will work in a pinch.

Next post: Zombie Hygiene

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Thanks for having me, Meankitty!

Zombie and Isabella (Izzy) Norse

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Pets in Spaaaaaaaaaaaace!

PETS_In_Space_cover_artHey, guys! You know how much I love cats, right? And how much I love being the pet of 6 cats? Well, I got invited to tell everyone about this upcoming anthology, Pets in Space, now that the group putting it together has a cover and a release date.

The cover features an attractive male human who I guess is the pet of various animals that appear in the stories in this book. Maybe not this particular human, but someone like him, who can open cans and scritch itchy spots and clean up barf and things that people are good for. And look at that author lineup!

Release Date: October 11 2016

ISBN: 978-1-942583-40-0

Even an alien needs a pet…

Join the adventure as nine pet loving sci-fi romance authors take you out of this world and pull you into their action-packed stories filled with suspense, laughter, and romance. The alien pets have an agenda that will capture the hearts of those they touch. Follow along as they work side by side to help stop a genetically-engineered creature from destroying the Earth to finding a lost dragon; life is never the same after their pets decide to get involved. Can the animals win the day or will the stars shine just a little less brightly?

New York Times, USA TODAY, Award Winning, and Best selling authors have nine original, never-released stories that will capture your imagination and help a worthy charity. Come join us as we take you on nine amazing adventures that will change the way you look at your pet!

10% of the first month’s profits go to Hero-Dogs.org. Hero Dogs raises and trains service dogs and places them free of charge with US Veterans to improve quality of life and restore independence.

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One story in this anthology really stuck out to me… Two guesses as to why 🙂

STAR CRUISE: STOWAWAY

By Veronica Scott

A ship’s cat and her alien sidekick lead a Cargo Master to a stowaway.

Cargo Master Owen Embersson is shocked when the Nebula Zephyr’s ship’s cat and her alien sidekick, Midorri, alert him to the presence of a stowaway. He has no idea of the dangerous complications to come – nor does he anticipate falling hard for the woman whose life he now holds in his hands. Life aboard the Nebula Zephyr has just become more interesting – and deadly.

 

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I think when it comes out we’ll do a review, shall we? They created a vid for it, too —

Book Trailer on YouTube:  https://youtu.be/-ztcHpq9rk0

Anyway, hope you all look forward to it as much and Meankitty and I do!

Jody W.

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Independence Day and Kids Making Fun of My Favorite Shit

13465959_10154229825783774_4994453613476773794_nOn one of the group blogs where they let me hang around despite being such a scatterbrained poster, we’re doing a Summer of Magic Blog Hop where you can read fun things and win stuff if you visit the participating authors’ blogs. There is also a grand prize at the Here Be Magic blog. The posts are all be about summery goodness, and I’ve decided to talk about Independence Day.

Not the US Celebration–the movie! Specifically how my kids are finally old enough to see some of my favorite flicks without having nightmares, and we keep showing them our cinematic treasures and they mock them ferociously.

Why are kids such a-holes, man?

Don’t they know that having comic book and sf/f characters on the big screen in the 70s and 80s, despite the now-cheesy elements, was a huge deal for us nerds who’d never thought to see such stories appeal to a mass audience? Star Wars, Star Trek, and other SF movies had aired before, it’s true, but there was definitely an uptick after Star Wars: A New Hope revolutionized special effects–a phenomenon my 14 year old researched and presented for National History Day, no less. So both of my kids KNEW that movie effects haven’t always been the eye- and mind-boggling extravaganza they are now (and I’m sure 30 years from now today’s Force Awakens will get eye rolls from the Youths. I hope my kids enjoy that.) Special effects had to start somewhere.

large_nkj3HRG3g2zjlKRWmjJHvElhX4yOf course, the original Independence Day aired in 1996, years after special effects had become arguably more realistic (Roger Ebert’s Review). But I do have a point! This was one of the movies the hubs and I shared with the kids. Despite how kick-ass that movie is, they still found countless reasons to make fun of it because they’re little jerks. Not the obvious reasons like how Earthlings took down a whole advanced society with a simple computer virus, either. No, they made fun of the dramaz, the over the top, big-budget acting, and their disappointment that the movie didn’t have more women who got to beat up aliens. It was almost all about dudes. (What do you know? I can’t blame them for the last one.)

Nevertheless, they would still like us to spend $15 a ticket and take them to see the new Independence Day in theaters, so they can talk about how much better it is than the first one. (I hear it’s not, but maybe we’ll go see it on budget night, like all new release movies the Wallaces partake of.)

Have you seen the new one? Should we go full-price, bargain-night, or rental? And have YOUR kids or other youths with whom you’ve shared your treasures ever treated you so cruelly?

Angeli by Jody WallaceI have a series about invasive aliens, incidentally. It’s call the Maelstrom Series. I’ll give away an electronic copy of either the first or second volume in the series (the third one isn’t out yet) to the lucky commenter who most impresses my gremlinesque offspring with their comment! Even if it doesn’t have anything to do with the question.

Basically my kids are picking out the winner, so you should try to impress them. GOOD LUCK WITH THAT.

Also, DON’T FORGET TO CHECK OUT THE OTHER BLOG HOP POSTS!  The list is at the main page.

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Jody Wallace
Smart. Snarky. Seductive. And that’s just the books.
http://www.jodywallace.com * http://www.meankitty.com

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Blurb/Counterblurb: Frustration

After a long, sad hiatus, welcome to today’s edition of Blurb/Counterblurb featuring Kimberly Nash and a delicious Harlequin Presents!

frustrationMaria’s frustrated…

Everyone else has a guardian angel on their shoulder – I get a cheap-ass Dutch souvenir doll. Why a Dutch doll? I’m Italian, dammit!!

And now she’s getting in between me and my new amore, Stefano. He’s hot, he’s got a full head of hair, and has a kick-ass Swiss watch… and she still doesn’t approve? She has no taste in fashion OR men, and she thinks she can guide me?

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Anna’s frustrated…

Other angels get easy gigs guarding kids, wearing gorgeous filmy robes… I get the Jersey Shore mafia princess and a Dutch bonnet. I should complain to the angel PTBs.

Honestly, she’s a jerk magnet, and she can’t see past the surface of this guy. He’s trouble. Real trouble. I mean, the man has a watch that could tase an elephant at 50 paces – why is it so close to her ear? And why is he macking on her in a blood-coloured room? I think I should be worried…

And Stefano is frustrated…and kind of freaked out!

Why am I seeing this creepy maledetta doll everywhere? And I think my watch is broken… cazzo!

Can this trio work out their frustration so everyone’s happy?

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But seriously. Here’s the back cover:

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Meankitty Wants to Know: Author Pippa Jay

wallace_j_meankittycomputerOur interview series has sadly become sporadic as my human has slowly harassed and conned nearly every reader and author she knows into participating. Today we happily have fresh meat in the form of author Pippa Jay, who writes sciencey romancey lovey stuff, among other things.

1) Why did you decide to be a writer instead of a cat sanctuary owner? (You do, after all, seem to have many animals that cats would really enjoy eating, I mean, meeting.)

Well, first off writing is generally a lot less smelly. I actually worked at a local cat rescue centre for a year, so I know from experience (unless one of my little monsters is home, in which case it can be as smelly, noisy, and destructive as running a cat sanctuary. Maybe more so.). It’s also cheaper (in relative terms. I occasionally sell a book but I think I’m meant to *give away* the cats to new homes). Writing also doesn’t demand I pet it, doesn’t vomit on my carpets or trash my furniture. On the other hand, my writing doesn’t purr for me either.

2) Why DO you have chickens, a gecko and fish instead of a cat, anyway?

We had two cats before we had our kids. The cats didn’t enjoy the arrival of the kids, and we had a few clashes. When the the second cat passed away (at the grand age of 17 in his favourite sunbathing spot), I couldn’t actually face getting another one to replace him. I refused to have a dog – hubs refused to have cats, hamsters or rabbits, so those were out. We chose chickens because they come with benefits (eggs), the gecko is unusual (and I have a fondness for reptiles), and fish are easy and don’t leave hair on the furniture. My youngest was diagnosed with asthma last year, so we also felt any pet hair might be a health risk for him and aggravate his condition. I would still like to have a cat one day but hubs would then insist on having a dog (and I am NOT having a dog).

3) Why do you think cats are better than dogs? (Since you call yourself a writer, I trust your answer will be eloquent.)

Cats are bad-ass, self-sufficient, confident, fluffy – I’d love to be at least three out of those four myself, so I admire cats a lot. Cats don’t need to be taken for walks, and you aren’t legally required to pick up their poop (not on a regular basis anyway. We do, unfortunately, find ourselves occasionally having to deal with poop from the neighbours’ cats when they use our veggie patch as a toilet). I’m also a Leo, so I identify with cats a lot more than dogs.

4) Tell me about the felines in your fiction. How often do they appear and how big a part do they play in your narratives? (On the off-chance you have yet to incorporate cats into your fiction, when or how do you plan to rectify this egregious error and demonstration of poor writing skills?)

Tethered_3Oh, I have cats in my books! I have a war-like, felinoid species called the Tier-vane in my SciFi rom Tethered. They’re the villains of the piece – ferocious and powerful – and play a big role in that book. As yet, that’s the only story they’ve appeared in. I also have a species similar to griffins (part cat, part bird) that’ll appear in book four of my current time-travel series – I’ve only published up to book two so far, with number three due for release 2017, so I haven’t quite reached them, but they are awesome! Smart, but not monsters. I even have a superhero short with a cat-based heroine, though I’ve yet to finish it. So I’ve no doubt other cat-related creatures and races will turn up in future books.

5) Do you have chickens, fish or geckos in your books?

In a manner of speaking, yes. I have both avian and reptilian races in several of my books (I try to give all species a fair representation!). I also have a cephalopod species, but in general fish have mostly just appeared as a food item.

6) What are your favorite works of fiction or cinema involving cats or favorite fictional cats?

One of my favourite SciFi stories ever is a Star Trek extended universe book called Uhura’s Song by Janet Kagan. It features two divided felinoid cultures, and I loved it. My first email address was even based on one of the characters – Toolongtail. I also have a soft spot for the Cheetah People in Survival (Doctor Who, 7th), and the feline Sisters of Plenitude (New Earth and Gridlock, Doctor Who, 10th). And of course there’s Cat from Red Dwarf, played by Danny John-Jules, who evolved over six million years from Dave Lister’s pet cat Frankenstein.

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Do I see CHOOKS??? Let the games begin!

7carpetchook) Tell us the funniest story you remember about your current menagerie or past pets, unless, of course, it’s a story that reflects poorly on cats. (Stories of dogs being dumb are received particularly well by our audience.)

indoorchooks indoorchookEr, how about some cute photos of my Pekins trying to become house chickens instead? (I only have embarrassing stories about my cats and I don’t want to upset Meankitty).

8) If your space travelers were to encounter a world run by cats, what do you think that world would be like?

It would depend if you’re talking about our modern domesticated cat being on a world specially adapted for them, or an evolved feline species capable of shaping their own. With the former, I imagine it would be pretty much like Earth except humans would be the stay-home pets serving their feline overlords, no dogs obviously, and a plentiful supply of cat treats, gourmet cat food, litter trays, and cosy warm places to sleep. If they’re evolved – well, they’ll have high-tech versions, including robotic petters. Human beings would definitely be redundant, and dogs totally extinct. 😛

9) Zombie cats superheroes. How would that work?

DON’T GIVE ME MORE PLOT BUNNIES!!

10) What’s for dinner?

Bacon, eggs, sausages, baked beans, and chips (fries). Not really suitable kitty snacks.

Meankitty’s note: BRING ON THE BACON AND EGGS! I will sniff and lick them and then bat them all over the rug!

Some cool stuff about Pippa’s newest book:

Quickshot_finalBlurb:

Sal, a legal carrier (just about) of whatever comes her way, puts her trust in just two things: her guns.

Keeping out from under Imperium eyes—especially those belonging to a certain Ehi Wahu—while making a living, and trying to keep a lover who can tolerate her twitchy trigger fingers, are the extent of her ambitions.

Then a kiss from a passing stranger, and a promise of the biggest score in a long time, tempt her. Devin fulfils more than one need, but he comes with more trouble than one woman can handle. And this time it’ll take more than her guns to save her. She’ll have to trust a man again.

Releasing 31st March. Pre-order at Amazon for $0.99 or read for free via Kindle Unlimited http://mybook.to/Quickshot

Sincerely

Meankitty & Jody W.

www.meankitty.com * www.jodywallace.com

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The Cat POV: Samhain on Raven’s Heart

Today we have a special guest on the blog — SAMHAIN KITTY from author Shawna Reppert, who writes the fantasy Raven series, among others. We interviewed Shawna back in 2013, or, rather, Meankitty did. We also cattified Ravensblood, which is not to be missed!

But now, on to the interview, which is where Samhain kitty is going to tell us about the cat in Raven’s Heart.

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cute SamhainSamhain-kitty here. Not only am I expected to fill in on my e writer-person’s regular blog, now I’m asked to do one of her guest blogs! When I raised my grievances, she muttered something about earning my keep. Clearly, she doesn’t appreciate that it’s a privilege to have a cat grace her home!

At least she’s finally taken my advice and put a cat in the Ravensblood series. Even if she does allow her protagonist to name it Nuisance.

Nuisance shows up as a scrawny stray kitten in the very first chapter of Raven’s Heart, where she finds herself locked in a battle of wills with the protagonist, a powerful former dark mage. As you might expect, the kitten wins.

The presence of a feline-American in the novel allows writer-person to mention some important social issues, like the fate of shelter animals that aren’t, as I was, cute enough to entice some human to take them home and feed them. (I came from a litter of barn cats, not a shelter, but the principle is the same. I was clearly not destined to skulk about in the hay and the dirt hiding from coyotes.)

Nuisance serves well in the role of all cat-kind, providing the humans with distractions from their larger troubles. (Honestly, humans are so protective of their furniture! Really, folks, lighten up and learn to be less attached to material goods!) She offers comfort to the humans when the situation truly demands it. And, at a crucial moment she. . .oh, wait, writer-person said she’d strangle me if I let that particular cat out of the bag, so to speak. (A horrible expression, by the way. There are very few reasons I can imagine why one would put a cat in the bag, and none of them good.)

Raven's Heart cover - front - 200 x 300Oh, yeah, and writer-person said I had to talk about the rest of the book, too, so here’s the blurb:

The reformed dark mage Corwyn Ravenscroft, Raven, has finally found his place in the world. He has a fiancé, friends, and meaningful work. Yet a shadow hangs over everything. His former master, the darkest and most powerful mage of their time, the man he betrayed, the man he thought he had killed, still lives. William is determined to destroy everyone and everything Raven ever loved.

Will Raven find a way to defeat him, once and for all? Or will he see the life he has built crumble around him as William rises once again to threaten the Three Communities, perhaps even the world?

If you want to hear more from me, I am frequently over on writer-person’s blog: www.Shawna-Reppert.com. And if you want to read a great book, and help ensure writer-person continues to have money to buy kitty-crunchies, Raven’s Heart and writer-person’s other works are available on Amazon.

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Monica McCabe Hates Sneaky

In my “What Scares You?” interview series, I dragged author Monica McCabe into the mix even though she says she doesn’t love horror movies. They give poor Monica nightmares! It’s a good thing Dreamwalkers are completely fictional because I think Monica’s brain would create a lot of frightening wraiths for the Somnium to deal with!

diamonleg1) What are the scariest movies, TV and books you can think of?

A: I tend to avoid truly scary stuff because I like to sleep at night. That said, I did see a couple movies when I was younger that scared me so bad I’m still not over it.

  • 1) A movie called ‘Don’t Be Afraid Of The Dark’. It was about a couple who bought an old Victorian mansion and remodeled. But creepy creatures lived in the walls and they got out when they pried open a sealed coal chute. Spoiler: They GOT HER in the end. **shivers** To this day, I refuse to leave closet doors open and hate that dark void under the bed.
  • 2) An uber scary episode of the Twilight Zone. A woman bought a tribal doll on a trip to Africa. It had spiked teeth, an evil sneer, and a razor sharp spear. Also had a note that said not to ever let the necklace fall off. Of course it did, the little horror came to life, and despite every attempt to kill it (lock it in a suitcase, fry it in the oven), the thing GOT HER in the end.

2) What monsters do you think your brain would create or has created in your books?

A: Probably creepy little Gollum creatures that live in the basement or attic. They have sharp teeth and a thirst for blood. Oh no…is it getting dark outside?

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3) What kind of dreamwalker hero or heroine do you think would be required to dispatch your nightmares? (Romance optional!)

A: One with serious Ninja skills. Or maybe the ability to generate high-intensity flame, be it X-Men style or with a handy fire blasting rocket launcher. Fry the horrors into crispy critters!

4) Bonus question: What pop culture monsters do you think the dreamwalkers have the most trouble killing?

A: Anything sneaky. I hate sneaky. Or the kind of monster that can regenerate. You think they are dead, but in reality they are coming back. Stronger, eviler, and pissed off. But especially…the kind that GET YOU in the end.

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Aren’t you glad we GOT MONICA to answer the interview questions?? For more dream-created monsters, check out TANGIBLE & DISCIPLE, now on super sale.

Jody Wallace

Smart. Snarky. Seductive. And that’s just the books.

http://www.jodywallace.com * http://www.meankitty.com

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