Friendly Fill-Ins Week 63

Hi everyone! Time for Friendly Fill-Ins. Please add your link at McGuffy’s Reader. You can also answer in the comment section. Thanks to all who participate

1. My favorite thing on my daily to-do list is ________________________.

2. My least favorite thing on my daily to-do list is ________________________
3. I could really do without                           .

4. I would love to have more                                    .

My answers:

1. My favorite thing on my daily to-do list is Blogging.

2, My least favorite thing on my daily to-do list is medicating cats. I feel bad making Millie swallow his thyroid pills and Phoebe squints when I put the thyroid meds on her ear. Polar Bear is the only easy one. I put his thyroid pill in cheese and he eats it right up.

3. I could really do without this humidity we have been having this summer.

4. I would love to have more willpower, I have none especially when it comes to junk food.

Before I go, I want to tell you about two things.

P.S. Annie is having a giveaway for Hartz Delectable Squeezable cats treats and cat toys , you just need to leave a comment on the post. Click here and scroll to the bottom of the post for details.

I also want to let you know that you can get a free Kindle version of Hilary Grossman’s book, Plan Cee. Hurry, this offer is only good until Sunday. Click here.

I reviewed Plan Cee in March, to read my review click here.

And be sure to comment on Wednesday’s post for your chance to win this kitty kick stick.

 

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Time for Plan Cee

Hi everyone! Today, I want to tell you about a great novel that is being released today.

*Disclaimer -I received a digital copy of Plan Cee in exchange for a fair review. All opinions are my own.

I am a fan of author Hilary Grossman’s blog and all 3 of her books. Plan Cee is the second in a series picking up right where Plan Bea leaves off. In Plan Bea, a woman and her mother heal their relationship. In Plan Cee, that woman’s friend is the main character. Cecilia seems to have a perfect life with a great job, loving husband and adorable twin boys.

At a wedding, she runs into her old flame that broke her heart. I am not going to give away any details about what she does. I will say that for most of the story, I hated Cecilia, but by the end I liked her. I know I can be too judgemental of people’s choices when I should only worry about my choices. This book made me realize that there are always reasons for choices we make and some have not been blessed to have had positive experiences as children and they carry that into adulthood.

A good book makes you feel strong emotions as well as making you think. I highly recommend Plan Cee as well as Plan Bea and Dangled Carat. Once again, Hilary Grossman doesn’t disappoint. Until March 11th, you can get a free digital copy of Plan Bea.

Click here for Plan Bea

Click here for Plan Cee

 

By day, Hilary Grossman works in the booze biz. By night she hangs out with her “characters.” She has an unhealthy addiction to denim and high heel shoes. She’s been known to walk into walls and fall up stairs. She only eats spicy foods and is obsessed with her cat, Lucy. She loves to find humor in everyday life. She likens life to a game of dodge ball – she tries to keep many balls in the air before they smack her in the face. She lives on Long Island. 

 

Hilary is also having a giveaway for a $25 Starbucks gift card. Be sure to enter, if you don’t like coffee, they have lots of pastries and if you don’t live near one, you can order online.

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Plan Cee

Would you abandon your present for a second chance at your past?

Cecelia Reynolds has spent most of her life trying to forget the commitment-phobic man who broke her heart. It wasn’t easy, but eventually she did it, or so she thought…

As Cecelia and her husband gather for a friend’s wedding, her perfect world is thrown into complete turmoil. Even though it’s been twenty years since she last laid eyes on Keith Emerson, all it takes is one glance for her to feel emotions she thought were long gone. When Keith ends up officiating the ceremony, she quickly realizes his message of love is directed at her, not the happy couple. But can she believe him?

We live our entire lives thinking we know ourselves. But do we ever really?

As secrets and lies cause Cecelia’s world to spin completely out of control, she is forced to seek advice from the most unlikely ally. In the process, she must confront the demons of her past and the events that shaped her into the woman she is now. Will she finally learn the real meaning of love, friendship, and family?

While this book is a sequel to Plan Bea, it also reads as a standalone.
 About Hilary:
 
By day, Hilary Grossman works in the booze biz. By night she hangs out with her “characters.” She has an unhealthy addiction to denim and high heel shoes. She’s been known to walk into walls and fall up stairs. She only eats spicy foods and is obsessed with her cat, Lucy. She loves to find humor in everyday life. She likens life to a game of dodge ball – she tries to keep many balls in the air before they smack her in the face. She lives on Long Island. 
For my review on Plan Bea Click here
For my review on Dangled Carat Click here
To follow Hilary on Twitter Click here
To follow Hilary on Facebook Click here
 To celebrate the cover reveal, Hilary is having a giveaway for a $10 Dunkin Donuts gift card

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It’s Monday! What Are YOU Reading?

Hi everyone! We are joining The Book Date’s  It’s Monday! What Are YOU Reading?  and Comedy Plus’ Awww….Mondays blog hops.

I am pleased to report that I have had more time to read this week. First off, I have the honor of reading a preview version of Hilary Grossman’s newest book entitled Plan Cee. I am loving it so far. If you are not familiar with her work, I highly recommend you read her other 2 books. They are only $2.99 on Amazon and free with Kindle Unlimited. Click here.

I am also reading Kit Kat and Lucy: The Country Cats Who Changed a City Girl’s World by Lonnie Hull Dupont. I am not even half way done with it yet, but I think it is safe to recommend. It is a true story of how two cats that just showed up at a couple’s home become part of their family. The first cat, Kit Kat is given away to a friend because the husband had allergies, but she walks for several miles to return to them. Cats are amazing.

Sammy is practicing his elevator butt so he can get his badge for it at Cat Scouts.

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M is for Miaow! Cats really are nicer than people!

Hi everyone! Today is M day for the A-Z Blogging Challenge.DSCF1080

Joanie and I are recommending Miaow! Cats really are nicer than people ! by Sir Patrick Moore. I am lucky my hubby is a Science nerd and reads Astronomy magazine or I would not have known about this book.

Sir Patrick Moore was the author of more than 70 books on Astronomy and also hosted the BBC’s TV show, The Sky at Night. In addition to that, he was a cat lover. This book was published in April of 2012, nine months before his passing. It is filled with beautiful photos of his cats and stories about them. “They never fail me” was one line in his book that really stood out. My cats never fail me either.

And don’t forget to get your free download of Hilary Grossman’s Plan Bea on Amazon. Free - how well

Thank you all for the purrs and prayers for Spooky as well as the suggestions. He did eat more Thursday than he did the 2 days before combined. He is still not eating enough, but I am hoping he eats a little more each day.

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Thank you Ann of Zoolatry and Sabina of DoggieCaperz for these beautiful badges. Feel free to take them.

Don’t forget to enter Phoebe’s Passover Giveaway by commenting. DSCF1065

L is for Lola

Hi everyone! I have a lot to tell you about today. The first thing is the letter L for the A-Z Blogging Challenge. We already recommended Lola’s book back in January. We love Lola’s blog too! DSCF1073 Lola :The Diary of A Rescued Cat by Lola and Dawn White is exactly what the title says, it is Lola’s diary from being abandoned in a dumpster to being loved in a forever home. The end of the book is filled with more rescue stories too.

And speaking of books, our friend Hilary from Feeling Beachie is offering her book, Plan Bea for free as a download from today until the 18th so hurry over to Amazon for your free copy. Mom loved this book,click here to read her review.

My sleepover with Grammie was nice. I love her so very, very much. I hope she stays over again sometime soon.

I am trying to stay positive, but Spooky is not doing well. He hasn’t been eating much and we were hoping his new medicine will kick in soon and bring back his appetite.He also had an appetite stimulant and that hasn’t helped much. All purrs and prayers are appreciated.

I am starting my Passover giveaway today and I can only open it to U.S. residents because it was just brought to our attention ( thanks CK ) that there are special rules for all countries and we don’t know them so we are playing it safe. I am very sorry about that.

DSCF1065The winner will receive a catnip mat, kippa, and 3 crocheted toys: a fish, a matzah ball and an orange.

To enter, leave a comment today through Saturday. I will announce the winner Sunday and have Mom mail it out to you Monday so you will have it in time for Passover ( begins the 22nd).

One more thing- Mom is going to post that mackerel smackerel recipe soon. I hope she tests it out on us.

 

 

Plan Bea

Happy Wednesday everyone! Today is ROAR day, but instead of a shelter I want to ROAR for a new book that comes out today. Many of you are familiar with the Blog Feeling Beachie . I was thrilled when Hilary offered to let me review her second book, Plan Bea.

I am partial to non-fiction, but I love Hilary’s blog and her book, Dangled Carat so I was eager to read Plan Bea. I was pleasantly surprised that the main character, Annabel, has a pet cat (always a plus) as far as I am concerned. Annabel seems to have it all, a great job, a loving husband, two beautiful children and a cat. Unfortunately, she has a strained relationship with her mother.

Annabel’s Mom, Beatrice is a selfish woman who only cares about herself. She has no interest in Annabel’s children, especially not her son. So it is quite shocking when her mother calls to say she is getting remarried and wants Anna to help with all the planning. As the story unfolds, we learn a lot about Anna and her Mom. We learn sometimes people act a certain way for a reason. I don’t want to give anything away, but I highly recommend Plan Bea. Just as some people are not what you think they are, neither is this story which will keep you interested all the way to the last sentence.

There is currently a giveaway for  the book on Goodreads

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you can purchase it at these places:

Amazon US

Amazon UK

Barnes and Noble

You can visit Hilary on Twitter ( please go there to enter her special giveaway a $25 Gift card to Bath and Body Works).New-Release-giveaway-sale-1024x512

Facebook

Instagram

 

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Purrs and Prayers for LucyThank you for the outpouring of support for Lucy. She has been eating again, not as much as I had hoped, but I am not giving up on her yet. I am probably driving her crazy by never leaving her side. I will thank you all individually as soon as I can.

I promised to post something special today for our friend Hilary at Feeling Beachie. She also has a kitty named Lucy. I hope my reading partner, Lucy is still with me when this book comes out:

Plan Bea

Book Information
Title: Plan Bea
Author: Hilary Grossman
Series: (book 1)
Release Date: October 2015
Genres: Women’s Fiction
Publisher: Booktrope

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Blurb
How well do you really know the people in your life?

Annabel O’Conner has the perfect husband, two adorable children, an amazing job, and the mother from hell! Annabel doesn’t like it but has come to terms with the fact that her relationship with her mother, Bea, deteriorated to the point of forced and strained communications. However, an unscheduled call from Bea turns her world around and makes Annabel question everything she believed about her life.

Despite the fact secrets, lies, and misplaced blame have destroyed the women’s relationship; Annabel reluctantly agrees to help Bea plan her wedding. Little does Annabel know the impact of her decision.

In this Women’s Contemporary Fiction novel, Hilary Grossman explores the complex relationship that exists between mothers and daughters in a light-hearted and relatable manner.

Goodreads Link
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26230669-plan-bea
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Author Biography
Hilary Grossman loves to find humor in everyday life. She has an unhealthy addition to denim and high heel shoes. She likens life to a game of dodge ball – she tries to keep as many balls in the air before they smack her in the face. When she isn’t writing, blogging, or shoe shopping she is the CFO of a beverage alcohol importer. She lives on the beach in Long Island.
Social Networking Links
Blog: http://www.feelingbeachie.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HilaryGrossmanAuthor
Twitter: https://twitter.com/feelingbeachie
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Dangled Carat

Happy Friday everyone! Today is book day and Lucy and I are both recommending Dangled Carat by Hilary Grossman.Many of you know Hilary from her blog Feeling Beachie (   http://www.feelingbeachie.com/  ) . I enjoy her Friday Fun fill-ins and stories of her cat, Lucy. One week, she was offering her book Dangled Carat on the Kindle for 99cents so I decided to give it a try. I am kicking myself for not ordering it sooner because it was such an excellent story.

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I love memoirs and books with cats so this was the perfect blend for me. In the book, Hilary meets a wonderful, kind and handsome man that wantd to date her. Everything starts out well until she realizes he has some commitment issues. He wasn’t a cheater or anything like that, but he wasn’t getting down on one knee in a normal timespan. If I had read this when I was younger, I would have been thinking she should jusy dump him if he didn’t want to be married. Now that I am older, I can understand why she stayed with him for so long – I am not going to tell you much more because I don’t want to ruin the ending for you. I will say that her boyfriend did have a pet cat named Alex and anyone that takes good care of their cat has to be good. Here is the Amazon link:

http://www.amazon.com/Dangled-Carat-Hilary-Grossman/dp/1620154641/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1425497428&sr=1-1&keywords=dangled+carat .

PS: For anyone that doesn’t already know, Hilary has a cat named Lucy now. That makes her wonderful as far as my Lucy is concerned.

See you tomorrow for all our hops.