Author Liz Pierce

Mama met Liz at another writing conference and has heard a lot about her writing process. We thrilled to have her short story “Of Cats and Lost Socks” in the Fantastic Feline Heroes Bundle.

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

A witch. A cat. A curse.

When Emmaline McMurtree falls victim to a rival witch’s curse, it’s up to her familiar, Marley, to save the day.

a Suburbia short story

Whether it’s the exploits of the teenage offspring of the Gods walking the halls of Olympus High, or Faerie Folk moving to the Real World and trying to cope with jobs, neighbors, and everyday life, Liz Pierce writes “suburban fantasy” – stories that blur the boundaries between the real world and the fantastical, but are lighter and less edgy than their urban cousins. And, hopefully, a little more fun.

You can find more of her work at lizpiercebooks.com, Liz primarily writes lighthearted fantasy, often YA, not specifically cat-focused.

You will definitely want to see Liz’s cats Allie and Jack in a few days!

Deb Logan, Edie, and Wallace

Edie

Author Deb Logan has had cats and dogs. Edie was the cat that she has lost most recently. Isn’t she a beauty?

Wallace relaxing (he looks very good at it)

At any rate, Deb’s daughter has a cat named Wallace, a Norwegian Forest Cat. He is apparently the scourge of wild bunnies when he gets outside. He and Deb’s grandson were the inspiration for her story “On Guard”, which is in the Fantastic Feline Heroes Bundle. I mean, what grandmother isn’t inspired by their grandchildren?

At any rate, we have to say, anyone who has kids who has kids who have cats, well, they’re all right in our book. And doesn’t Wallace look like he could be the hero of that story?

Wallace in his sweater

 

 

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).”

Author ML Buchman

ML Buchman is another one of the authors in the group that Mama knows. She knows that Allie, Maxwell, and Faraday’s mom is a big fan of his fiction! Matt writes wonderful romance fiction so we thought when we heard of this story that he would be a perfect fit for the bundle, because who doesn’t want to read about more love?

ML Buchman’s story in the Fantastic Feline Heroes Bundle is “Androcles the Christmas Lion: Betsy.”

-an Androcles Christmas story-

Betsy searches for her true Christmas wish on the ferry ride with Mama to see Santa. There isn’t much time left.

Androcles, her stuffed pet lion, wears his favorite Christmas bathrobe against the harsh Seattle winter.  He works on an idea of how he can fulfill Betsy’s wish and heal her broken family.

 Sometimes you just need to discover the right wish and  ask for help from Androcles the Christmas Lion.

Matt is one of the rare breed of men who write romance novels and his fans love him. He’s incredibly prolific and we’re impressed by his methods. But Mama said I should just post Matt’s “official” bio here.

M.L. Buchman started the first of over 50 novels and as many short stories while flying from South Korea to ride across the Australian Outback. All part of a solo around-the-world bicycle trip (a mid-life crisis on wheels) that ultimately launched his writing career. Booklist has selected his military and firefighter series(es) as 3-time “Top 10 Romance of the Year.” NPR and Barnes & Noble have named other titles “Top 5 Romance of the Year.” In 2016 he was a finalist for RWA’s RITA award. He has flown and jumped out of airplanes, can single-hand a fifty-foot sailboat, and has designed and built two houses. In between writing, he also quilts. M.L. is constantly amazed at what can be done with a degree in geophysics. He also writes: contemporary romance, thrillers, and SF. More info at: www.mlbuchman.com.

Matt says, “While I have few cat stories, so far. I do have a knitter’s circle that runs all through my small-town Oregon romance series Eagle Cove. The Henderson’s Ranch is a land of horses and military war dogs in training.” I think you should check them all out.

The New Bundle is here!

Our Mama, who writes as Bonnie Elizabeth has just launched her first bundle at Bundle Rabbit and it’s called Fantastic Feline Heroes. It’s all about heroic cats.

What’s a bundle, you ask? We asked. We were worried she was bringing home a bundle of cats. But no, it’s a bundle of 11 short stories by different authors, sort of like an anthology but all the stories have their own covers and the authors do their own front and back matter. You download it from Bundle Rabbit or you can get it from your favorite ebook retailer.

One thing about getting it at Bundle Rabbit is that you can pick a charity to donate too, either the Blind Cat Rescue or Milo’s Sanctuary. Both are great charities filled with heroic cats. We’ll be talking more about the authors and stories in our updates over the next few days.