Bonnie Elizabeth, Gemini, Ichiro, and Ham

Yep, this is us. All of us. Because that’s out Mama who wrote Poison Paw and a few other stories, but none in the Bundle.

She says we are mostly good cats, although I do not believe it of Ham. While she was gone at Superstars, he attacked me and when my dad came home he found fur and a few poops all over the bathroom. Of course, Mama says I start it because if Ham gets close to me I bop him hard on the nose. I do not know why he gets mad.

But you know all of us here anyway because we’ve been here. So just keep following us and we will let you know when Mama has another story or book out.

Oh wait–she does have a new book out but it has no cats at all! It’s a Gothic ghost story set in modern times called Ghosts from the Past. So if you’ve read and liked “Poison Paw,” in the Fantastic Feline Heroes Bundle, you might like the ghost story too. Or not.


Author Bonnie Elizabeth

Well this is Mama. She writes under this name and she has several books that have cats.

But the story in this bundle is Poison Paw, about Chickadee, a feline assassin. Mama says I was kind of an inspiration for this because of how I always ran in front of her feet on the stairs!

Sometimes work slips in through the window even after you’re retired.

Chickadee, a specially trained silver shaded Persian feline assassin wakes to a soft noise. The scent of a female Siamese reaches her nose.

Chickadee’s human, Yvonne slumbers in the bedroom unaware of the danger that has entered her home. Will Chickadee’s reflexes remain fast enough to save Yvonne before the Siamese assassin strikes?

Poison Paw is a short urban fantasy about a pair of unlikely assassins. Fans of Bonnie Elizabeth will no doubt delight in this tale told by a former feline assassin.

Mama also has other books with cats. She has Familiar Trouble written from a cat’s point of view and she also has the Whisper series which features Zari A, a cat who is not a cat.

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


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 and sign up for her newsletter. To track her many pen names and series, see their individual websites (,,, She lives and occasionally sleeps in Oregon.

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

Jamie Ferguson and Spiff

We promised cats, so we want to introduce you to Spiff, who belonged to author Jamie Ferguson. Right now, Jamie only has dogs but even looking at pictures of Spiff, she misses having a cat.

Mama said how could she not? Look at that handsome orangeness!

Jamie has a number of other stories, some of which include cats. You can find her work at her website.

Jamie’s story in Fantastic Feline Heroes is called “Gilroy and the Kitten”. Don’t miss it!



Author Jamie Ferguson

Mama knows Jamie because she met her at a writing conference. Now Jamie is the one who does most of the bundles and she helped us a lot in getting the bundle going. She’s great. She also writes great stories.

The story she has for this heroic feline bundle is “Gilroy and the Kitten.”

This is what it’s about:

Gilroy is looking forward to spending a day alone. He’s planned it out – he’ll lie in the sun and warm his furry belly, he’ll watch birds, and maybe even scratch his claws on the carpet since Breda, his person – who also happens to be a witch – won’t be around to see.

And then Breda’s 8-year-old grandniece Delaney shows up.

Delaney, who is already Gilroy’s least favorite human, not only doesn’t go away, she also manages to trigger a spell that adds an even greater complication to Gilroy’s day.

It’s not the only cat related story Jamie has either! She has a story called Clyde and the Ghost Hunting Cat in the anthology Ghost Hunting Critters. So she definitely writes about cats.

If you ask Jamie about herself as a writer, this is what she says, “I’ve wanted to be a writer for as long as I can remember. We moved around a lot when I was little, so I can easily pin down my age based on where we lived, which means I was maybe six when I first made this proclamation. My writing has changed quite a bit over the years, although I am still proud of the short story I wrote in 8th grade about an orangutan named Inconspicuous (I was quite taken with that word). My writing focuses on characters. I’ve created stories about ghosts, clones, monsters, escape artists, mermaids, circus performers…I’m all over the map. But in every single story I do my utmost to get into the minds and hearts of my characters. I love to put them in awful situations to see how they feel, and how they think. I want them to agonize over their choices, and I want what they choose – or don’t choose – to matter. I want the reader to feel joy when a character succeeds, and to cry when they don’t – just like I do when I’m writing the story. Writing is far more fun and rewarding than any other job I’ve ever had, and I’ve been fortunate to have some good day jobs. None of them have ever had the appeal for me that writing does. My ‘free’ time is spent in a futile quest to wear out my two herding dogs since I haven’t given in and gotten them their own herd of sheep.”

You can find Jamie at her websiteher facebook page, or twitter.

Jamie had a wonderful cat named Spiff, who is no longer with her but you will see more photos of Spiff on another day.

Dayle Dermatis and Goose, Clara, and Max

Dayle Dermatis is one of those authors with multiple cats. We’ve heard a lot about her cat stories following her on Facebook. Mama says this is a benefit of knowing authors. You get to hear about their cats too.

The clowder at Dayle’s house is currently made up of Goose (top), Clara (left), and Max (right), who you can see here. While not captioned, we think that is the author’s foot. That isn’t something you see every day.

Dayle’s story in the Fantastic Feline Heroes Bundle is “Cecil Stalks his Prey”. We are sure you’ll enjoy it.

Dayle’s also the writer who suggested that Milo’s Sanctuary should be one of the charities we used for this bundle and we thought it was a spectacular idea!

Author Dayle Dermatis

Mama says Dayle is a whole lot of fun. When she’s around there’s always a lot of laughter. And Mama really enjoys all her stories.

Dayle’s story in The Fantastic Feline Heroes Bundle is “Cecil Stalks His Prey”.  Cecil isn’t an ordinary cat.

Enhanced feline Cecil keeps his mistress’s house free of vermin and keeps his mistress’s nerves calm as she prepares to display her inventions at The Great Exhibition of London.

But when Her Majesty Victoria asks for their assistance, of course they agree.

And Cecil must put his skills to work in a unique and unexpected way.

Come and experience steampunk London through the ears and nose (and eyes) of a very special cat….

Called “one of the best writers working today” by bestselling author Dean Wesley Smith, Dayle A. Dermatis is the author or coauthor of many novels and more than a hundred short stories in multiple genres, including urban fantasy novel Ghosted.

She is a founding member of the Uncollected Anthology project, and her short fiction has been lauded in year’s best anthologies in erotica, mystery, and horror.

She lives in a book- and cat-filled historic English-style cottage in the wild greenscapes of the Pacific Northwest. In her spare time she follows Styx around the country and travels the world, which inspires her writing.

To find out where she’s wandered off to (and to get free fiction!), check out

Dayle has another cat related tale, Feline Design, that cat lovers will want to check out as well!

Dayle lives with Goose, Clara, and Max. And you’ll want to stick around to see more of them.

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