Eric Kent Edstrom and Nym

Eric is another one of the writers who only has dogs right now. Apparently Lucky is a rather active dog and a cat isn’t likely to be happy in the household right now. Before Lucky, there was a cat named Nym. How can you not love that name?

Eric says, “Sweet, patient, friendly, and an excellent mouser. He was small and soft, so we coined a new term in the house: smoft.  A word still in use in our family.”

I like that word, “smoft”. I am smoft! I didn’t know that, but I like it!

As you can see in the second photo, Nym clearly had cat TV too! And he liked it.

Eric’s story in the Fantastic Feline Heroes Bundle is Thief of Sparks.  It’s a real treat to get the novella that starts off the whole series, so if you love it there’s more.

Oh and here’s more Nym too.

Author Eric Kent Edstrom

Mama met Eric at the same workshop she’s met most of these authors but he’s also from around where her family lives so she’s gotten to hang out with him one on one discussing writing and editing and other writerly things. Although he currently has a dog, she was thrilled when he talked about this series featuring a cat and knew that the people who like cat blogs would probably love reading stories with cats.

Thief of Sparks is Eric’s story in the bundle and it’s a novella. It’s also the first in the Starside Saga series, so it might just wet your appetite for more.

She thought she was stealing gold to save her brother … instead she steals a key that will unlock her destiny.

This novella is the first book of Starside Saga, a fantasy series filled with magic, thieves, and dire prophecy.

In the city of Starside, a 16-year-old thief named Kila Sigh awakens to a magic power she does not understand and cannot control. It shows her metals, even when they are hidden from view.

And it helps her steal.

And steal she must…For Kila Sigh is desperate to help her brother survive. But the gods have bigger plans for her. She is the flame in the night, the daughter of ravens, and the bringer of death.

Fans of fantasy will fall in love with this world of thieves, magic, and adventure. This novella is the starting point for the epic Starside Saga.

Eric is a wonderful writer and some of his stories from years ago are stories Mama remembers as favorites.

Eric is the author of the science fiction and fantasy series The Undermountain Saga, The Scion Chronicles, and Starside Saga. He lives in Wisconsin with his family. You can find him at his website.

Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Cheeps, Gavin, and Gally

Gally

Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s cats have been on our website before. She has since lost the cats she spoke about then. Galahad, or Gally, was her muse for 15 years, helping out in her office and we’ve featured him here. She lost him not long after we lost Chey. The Bridge got some stunning cats that summer and there were many tears.

Kris and her husband Dean Wesley Smith have had a lot of cats and if you follow her on Facebook, or follow Dean’s blog, you’ll often hear about them finding a stray and taking it in or adopting another cat from a shelter.

Cheeps and Gavin as a baby

If you’re a cat lover, Kris is definitely someone to follow on Facebook to hear about her feline adventure.

Cheeps came to them and was very shy at first but he’s blossomed into a loving mancat. Gavin is the latest addition to the family and he and Cheeps have a grand time together.

Kris’ story in the Fantastic Feline Heroes Bundle is “Disaster Relief.”

Adult Gavin and Cheeps

Author Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Our long time readers probably remember that Mama got to have a guest post by Kristine Kathryn Rusch on our blog a number of years ago. She was so happy and jumping around about this. Kris has long been one of Mama’s favorite authors.

At any rate, we are thrilled to have “Disaster Relief”, a Winston and Ruby story, in the Fantastic Feline Heroes Bundle.

What’s it about, you ask? Well let me tell you.

Ruby had the idea—help the magic users in New Orleans survive Hurricane Katrina. Pretty charitable for a tiny cat. Winston thought he knew why. The Southeast Asia tsunami scared her, made her realize her home on the Oregon Coast was vulnerable to natural disaster, too.

But when her offer of help turns into a rescue, Ruby watches helplessly as other familiars move into her little house. And Winston expects her to rebel, because she is, after all, a cat…

“Rusch is a great storyteller.”—RT Book Reviews

At any rate, the accolades for Kristine Kathryn Rusch are long. She has some other great cat stories. You’ll find some in Five Feline Fancies. One of her more recent books, under her Kris Nelscott pen name is The Protectors. It’s set in the same era as the Smokey Dalton series (which Mama highly recommends).

New York Times bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch writes in almost every genre. Generally, she uses her real name (Rusch) for most of her writing. Under that name, she publishes bestselling science fiction and fantasy, award-winning mysteries, acclaimed mainstream fiction, controversial nonfiction, and the occasional romance. Her novels have made bestseller lists around the world and her short fiction has appeared in eighteen best of the year collections. She has won more than twenty-five awards for her fiction, including the Hugo, Le Prix Imaginales, the Asimov’sReaders Choice award, and the Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine Readers Choice Award.

Publications from The Chicago Tribune to Booklist have included her Kris Nelscott mystery novels in their top-ten-best mystery novels of the year. The Nelscott books have received nominations for almost every award in the mystery field, including the best novel Edgar Award, and the Shamus Award.

She also writes goofy romance novels as award-winner Kristine Grayson.

She also edits. Beginning with work at the innovative publishing company, Pulphouse, followed by her award-winning tenure at The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, she took fifteen years off before returning to editing with the original anthology series Fiction River, published by WMG Publishing. She acts as series editor with her husband, writer Dean Wesley Smith, and edits some of the volumes, as well.

To keep up with everything she does, go to kriswrites.com and sign up for her newsletter. To track her many pen names and series, see their individual websites (krisnelscott.com, kristinegrayson.com, retrievalartist.com, divingintothewreck.com). She lives and occasionally sleeps in Oregon.

And she and her husband have cats. You’ll meet them soon!

Author Deb Logan

Mama was thrilled to meet Deb Logan at her first in person workshop in Oregon. It turns out the Ballacai knew her too, if you remember Brainball and Marilyn Monreow from the early blogging days. Anyway, the two have hung out when they both go to workshops and become friends.

The story in that Deb offered for the Fantastic Feline Heroes Bundle is one Mama loves. She’s a big fan of Anthea Sharp’s Feyland, which is the world this story is set in and “On Guard” is a lot of fun, because, well, cats!

Wallace, a fierce Norwegian Forest cat, has guarded the boy since he was an infant. Despite advancing age, Wallace isn’t about to shirk his duty now that the boy is old enough to play a dangerous game. Wallace doesn’t understand his boy’s fascination with Feyland, but he knows a threat when he sees one.

Deb writes mostly young adult stories.

A prolific copywriter by day, Deb Logan has been published in WMG Publishing’s Fiction River anthologies, Dreaming Robot Press’s Young Explorer’s Adventure Guide anthologies, Windrift Books’ Chronicle Worlds anthologies, and other markets. She has also released several short stories, short story collections, and novels for young readers, including the popular Dani Erickson series. Visit her website to learn more. Join her newsletter list and receive an exclusive FREE story!

Deb currently has dogs, but she has had cats, one special one named Edie, and she loves her grand-cat, Wallace, who inspired the tale. You’ll be able to read more about them soon!

Mollie Hunt and Tinkerbelle

Mollie Hunt is a Cat Writer’s Association member, among other author memberships, so you know she has to have at least one cat. This is Tinkerbelle.

Tinkerbelle isn’t just any cat, she’s a registered Pet Partner Therapy Cat, although she is now retired.  That means Tinkerbelle is really a hero because she spent time, visiting hospice patients and assisted living facilities.

I am not sure I could do that. In fact, Mama knows I couldn’t. I would be ever so scared, so Tinkerbelle is a very impressive feline!

I have to wonder how much like Morningstar Tinkerbelle is… hmm…

Mollie’s story in the Fantastic Feline Heroes bundle is “Dream Spinner.” You can find more about Mollie at her website.

Author Mollie Hunt

Mollie Hunt is the only author Mama hasn’t met. However, Mollie is a member of the Cat Writer’s Association, so we knew she could write a good cat story. And we really liked this one. Mama was even kind of hoping for a novel with Morningstar in it!

Mollie’s story for the Fantastic Feline Heroes Bundle is “Dream Spinner.”

Morningstar is a cat with a special gift. He is a Dream Spinner, one who can weave the fabric of people’s dreams as they sleep. Morningstar’s talent is welcomed by the elderly residents of St. Joseph’s Care Facility until he is inadvertently swept into the nightmare world of a troubled woman. The distraught mind is a treacherous place; can Morningstar’s feline wit get him out alive?

Mollie lives in Oregon, so she fits right in with the other PNW writer’s Mama knows. She’s sorry she hasn’t run into her in other situations.

Native Oregonian Mollie Hunt has always had an affinity for cats, so it was a short step for her to become a cat writer. Mollie is the author of the Crazy Cat Lady cozy mystery series, including Cats’ Eyes, Copy Cats, Cat’s Paw, and Cat Call. The series features Lynley Cannon, a sixty-something cat shelter volunteer who finds more trouble than a cat in catnip.

Mollie also published a non-cat mystery, Placid River Runs Deep, which delves into murder, obsession, and the challenge of chronic illness in bucolic southwest Washington, as well as a short cat-fantasy story, The Dream Spinner.

Mollie is a member of the Oregon Writers’ Colony, Sisters in Crime, and the Cat Writers’ Association. She won a CWA Muse Medallion for her blogpost series, “Life Stages”. Mollie lives in Portland’s eclectic Hawthorne district with her husband and a varying number of cats. Like Lynley, she is a grateful shelter volunteer.

You can find her at her website, her Amazon page, and her Facebook page.

Mollie lives with Tinkerbelle, and you’ll hear more about her later on. You won’t want to miss it!

Brigid Collins and Brooke

Brooke

Brooke is clearly a very loved cat as author Brigid Collins told us that she had a very hard time picking just one photo of her baby. I think all of us can relate! And a few people sent more than one photo because apparently they couldn’t get just one!

Brigid says, “Brooke is the sweetest cat I’ve ever had, though she doesn’t seem to realize just how spoiled she is. She’s inspired a number of feline heroes and heroines in the six years we’ve been family.”

It sounds like Brooke is doing her job well! And it sounds like Brigid is an author for cat lovers to know!

Brigid’s story in Fantastic Feline Heroes is “Claws at Hand”.  And remember, there’s the sequel in “Thorn and Thimble“, which is newly available, at a great price!

Author Brigid Collins

Mama says she is always jealous that Brigid comes from a family of writers. Her mom is an editor and her dad is science fiction author, Ron Collins. Brigid’s family also has cats and often her dad’s feed has his cat. And Brigid’s feed frequently has her cat, Brooke.

Brigid’s story for Fantastic Feline Heroes is “Claws at Hand”.

After the fairy king grants him the feline body he’s always longed for, Tobi works to uphold his end of the bargain by serving as messenger between the fairy court and the powerful wizard Baba Yaga. The only thing that could break the fairy’s spell is if Tobi somehow manages to win the hand of a prince. Given Baba Yaga’s home is located in a monster-infested thicket, that seems unlikely.

But then a young woman named Robin Weatherwax comes to Russia to study magic under Baba Yaga. Before she’s even started her first lesson she’s gone and rescued a prince: a prince who loves cats, as it turns out. No matter what, Tobi can’t risk accepting the prince’s friendship. He’ll slash those spell-breaking prince hands to ribbons if he has to. If he doesn’t, he could very well lose his hard-earned cathood.

Brigid writes wonderful fantasy stories.

Brigid Collins writes fantasy and science fiction in both short and long form. Her short stories have appeared in Fiction RiverChronicle Worlds: Feyland, and Uncollected Anthology Volume 13: Mystical Melodies. Books 1 through 3 of her fantasy series, Songbird River Chronicles, are available wherever electronic books are sold. Follow her work by signing up for her newsletter at tinyletter.com/HarmonicStories, or check out her website at www.backwrites.wordpress.com.

“Claws at Hand” is the sequel to the novella “Thorn and Thimble” that just came out. So if you liked this tale, you’ll want to check it out.

 

ML Buchman and Zammie

Like many of our authors, ML Buchman has a cat. Her name was Zammie.

Of this photo, Matt says, ” Zammie helping me quilt and my wife knit. She was always happiest when she had whatever we were working on well secured. Sitting on manuscripts in the midst of editing was one of her favorites.”

She is a gorgeous girl. The past tense makes us sad but Mama didn’t ask more about if Zammie is gone. Her fur is just stunning.

Matt’s story in the Fantastic Feline Heroes Bundle is Androcles the Christmas Lion: Betsy.  And even if it’s a little bit past Christmas, you’ll still want to read this.

Oh look! We have another photo of Zammie!

Matt came by and commented and we thought you’d all want to see what he said, so we’re quoting him here, “Zammie and her sister Cami were rescue cats. We got them at 1-1/2 and they made it to 15 and 14 years respectively. Cami was a blind calico (and something of a Queen Bee). Once she was gone, Zammie really blossomed until old age caught up with her. No replacements yet as we have some traveling in our future, but we will certainly be cat people again someday.

Androcles the Christmas Lion (in the above noted Feline Heroes bundle) however, is based on my muse. Androcles is a Build-a-Bear stuffed lion given to me by my family on a milestone birthday. He hangs out by my writing desk in a terry cloth bathrobe (a form of attire we often share when I’m writing).”