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Cats and Dragons

It's been a tough couple of weeks, between my horror at so much of the recent political news (in both the US and the UK) and my personal grief over losing our sweet old dog, Maya. We will never, ever forget her.

But there are some really wonderful things happening this week for our family...and one of the most important ones happened this weekend. Meet Pebbles!

Pebbles is about two years old, and we found her through Usk New Start Cat Rescue. She has an amazing purr, she loooooves being petted - and our whole family feels very lucky to have found her.

She was nervous at first but has gotten more and more relaxed and comfortable every day. Unfortunately, tonight will be her first trip with us to the vets, for a vaccination and also treatment for a minor eye infection - I hope it won't be too much of a shock/betrayal for her! Please cross your fingers for us - and if any of you are cat-owners, I'd love to hear about your favorite cat toys (or see pictures of your pets)! While we were waiting to collect her, I asked friends on Facebook (in a public post, visible to everybody) to share cat pictures and cat stories, and it turned into a really lovely thread - definitely worth checking out if you could do with some adorable cat pictures right now!</a>

Meanwhile, my wonderful local Waterstones is gearing up for my upcoming launch party in the most amazing ways!

Abergavenny Kids just posted an interview with me about both the book and the launch party - which is only five days away now! I hope to see some of you guys there.

The official UK publication date is February 9th (this Thursday!), but it's already in stock at lots of Waterstones and Foyles branches and online bookstores - and I would love to know whether it's in stock yet at independent bookstores too! If anyone glimpses it on a shelf in any shop or library, please let me know - or better yet, take a photo and send it to me! I would LOVE to see those pictures.

I'm sorry that North American and Australian readers have longer to wait! It's coming out in Australia on March 1st and in North America on May 30th. But no matter where you live, you can read Chapter One online now!

I finished the first draft of my first adult romantic fantasy novella (Snowspelled) last Friday, so now I'm working on my new short-short story about Kat's mother (on commission for the winner of my last charity auction item!), and then I'll leap back into my next MG novel, which is all about grumpy princesses, goblin girls, and really annoying older sisters who think they rule the world (because they do).

...or at least, I will if I can convince Pebbles that she should let me use my hands for writing instead of typing. (You wouldn't believe how long it's taken me just to type this blog entry! Silly kitty...but very, very soft kitties with loud purrs can be very persuasive about things like this, as I've discovered in the last few days.)

Happy Monday!


( 6 comments — Leave a comment )
Feb. 6th, 2017 01:07 pm (UTC)
Mr Oswald sends his greetings to that very handsome tabby lady!
Feb. 6th, 2017 01:10 pm (UTC)
She is purring in return!
Feb. 6th, 2017 04:27 pm (UTC)
Aww, she looks super happy to have found you!

I have two kitties - brother and sister, both half-Maine Coon, so huge and floofy - the little girl (grey tabby) likes to snuggle right up against my face, just like Pebbles; the boy (pale ginger tabby) likes to wake me up in the middle of the night to lick my face and tell me how much he missed me while I was asleep! ;-)

Good luck with the book launch and scritches of welcome to Pebbles! <3
Feb. 6th, 2017 04:36 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

And awww! :)
Feb. 8th, 2017 05:29 pm (UTC)
She is soooo adorable!
Feb. 9th, 2017 01:22 am (UTC)
Kitties believe that the best place to sit is on a keyboard that someone is using. Because OF COURSE.

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