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Hunting Rae

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Picture this tiny mite grown up and thinking she’s a lynx.

She’s grown up, all right, but a lynx she aint.

This is Rae, a rescue I found on the frontage road of a major highway in San Antonio. Yeah, someone dumped this three-week old kitten more than two years ago and I stopped traffic to grab her. Yeah, don’t get me started. San Antonio’s bloody attitude about unwanted pets. Grrr! Anyway, Rae (named for Rae Dawn Chong, Tommy Chong’s gorgeous daughter), likes to leave my house in the morning and venture into the wilds of the pasture. Its filled with all kinds of interesting things: rabbits, lizards, birds, mice, and of course, snakes. She brought me a rat last week and was astounded when I wouldn’t let her in the house with it. All my cats that go outdoors come to me when I call, especially at dinner time. Which, ahem, I time to bring cats in. Cats are slaves to their stomachs for that delicious Friskie pate! Yummy!

Oh, Rae will come when I call…only when I venture out with a flashlight and walk around the mesquite, grass, cow pats, trees and the landlord’s manure spreader dump. I’m thinking she does that so I’ll prove my love for her. Just as Frankie climbs on the roof just so I’ll prove my love for her by getting out the ladder to bring her down. But that’s another blog.

I have my protector with me, as I shouldn’t go venturing out alone after dark. Z is my protector, bodyguard and shield against the night’s racoon terrors. He’s another rescue; caught about a month before I found Rae, my second successful trapee. But I digress. Z, a rather large grey and white cat, trots along with me, talking all the while. I listen politely, in between calling “kitty, kitty, kitty”. He’s probably telling me all about his day, or the interesting scent he just discovered, or how he really doesn’t like going this far from home. He’s a talkative cuss. He also reminds me of Tom Selleck: has a voice that just doesn’t quite suit his size.

I hear you ask: “Why don’t you leave her to come in on her own? Cats will.”

I ask myself the same question. Sometimes she comes home on her own, and sometimes she doesn’t. She might think she’s a lynx, but if she weighs five pounds, she ate the rat. She’s not very big, and I worry about her. She’s so damn little, even for an adult. She does stay out overnight and I always pray to God to watch over her. If Z stays out all night, I don’t worry. He’s big enough to frighten the lynx. Besides, Z stays close to the house. Rae prowls the dark where the owls, the foxes and the coyotes hunt.

I have my flashlight, peering into the dark for glowing eyes. Glowing eyes in the dark gave me the shivers when I was a kid. Now green eyes in the dark mean I finally got that rascal’s attention. I listen to birds I disturb, watch rabbits hop away from me, not much afraid of either Z or me, but I spy no green eyes or a calico cat with the neon colors.

Of course, when she finally deigns to come to me, or to Z, I’m never sure which, she’s so proud of herself, her tail sticks up like a bloody stick. After pouncing on Z, she runs for home, happy that her mommy loves her enough to venture into the dangerous wild to find and bring her home. She beats me to the house, runs inside and eats her dinner among everyone else.

Then starts the next day all over again.

Damn cat.

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My Bragging Rights

Hi, Lady Katie!

 
First of all, although I haven’t had a chance to get reading on Catch a Wolf, I’m going to accept it anyway. The first one has been so well-received, and you’ve definitely proven that you’re willing to go out and market and do whatever it takes to be successful. I’d enjoy the opportunity to work on another book with you. So…it’s a YES! Which means, I think, that you can tell Claire you’ll renew the contract on the first one! 🙂 🙂


Thus begins the e-mail I received the other night from my editor at Untreed Reads Publishing, Jay Hartman. He’s responding my my note asking if he’d read the second novel of my “Saga of the Black Wolf” series. He hadn’t, but he’s accepting anyway! As I wrote on my FaceBook page that same night, “HOW COOL IS THAT?”
My first novel, “In a Wolf’s Eyes” received yet another five-star rating from a reviewer. Check that post out – great review, I must say. Though not many sales thus far, those who have read it liked it enormously.  So go buy it and read it for yourself! The second of the series will be out sooner than you think. 🙂
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OMG!

OMG!!! My editor, Jay Hartman, at Untreed Reads is accepting my second book, “Catch a Wolf”, WITHOUT READING it! He’s accepting it based on the reviews of “In a Wolf’s Eyes” and the fact that I’m busy marketing it and my name as an author! HOW COOL IS THAT! I know I’m yelling, but – come on! Book two on few sales and several five star reviews for the first book! Give me some likes here! He’s accepting it not based on sales but on how well the first of the series has been received thus far. I’m psyched, so please be psyched for me.

I’ll copy and paste the pertinent parts of his e-mail here:

First of all, although I haven’t had a chance to get reading on Catch a Wolf, I’m going to accept it anyway. The first one has been so well-received, and you’ve definitely proven that you’re willing to go out and market and do whatever it takes to be successful. I’d enjoy the opportunity to work on another book with you. So…it’s a YES! Which means, I think, that you can tell Claire you’ll renew the contract on the first one! 🙂 🙂
 
Please be happy for me! I’d already inquired as to the first book’s contract, and of course will renew it. UntreedReads is the best of the best!
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Another Great Review!

Hi!

I’m a bit excited here, I just got a great review of my book, “In a Wolf’s Eyes”, and will post the link below. Please check it out!

http://imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2013/02/in-wolfs-eyes.html#

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