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tatianna_coverDo cat books have nine lives? What I know for sure is Tatianna–Tales and Teachings of My Feline Friend published on October 29, 2007 does! Does award-winning cover art showcasing the beautiful watercolor work of Drew Strouble continue to be appreciated? His website featuring Tatianna artwork as well as other incredible feline portraits speaks for itself!

If you are looking for a book for the cat enthusiast on your holiday shopping list, this autographed book is one to consider.  I love to give and receive books for Christmas and always have several titles on my wish list. I will autograph the Tatianna book and provide complimentary gift wrapping and shipping. Both hard and soft cover editions are available. Hardcover books are $23.95 and soft cover books are $13.95. Please email me at with questions or to arrange a purchase.

I want to thank all my readers and followers for their support, recommendations, reviews, and referrals the past nine years. Many specialty shops have kindly carried the book. I appreciate the bloggers and radio personalities who have interviewed me and the libraries who have invited me to speak.

The Tatianna book is the winner of the Merial Human-Animal Bond Award in 2008 plus six other awards. The Merial award is judged on the Cat Writers’ Association entry that best reflects and promotes the strengthening of the human-animal bond, highlighting the bond between a cat and owner, as well as their relationship with their veterinarian as another direct caregiver. Visit Linda Mohr for further information.

Tatianna continues to work her magic as evidenced by your support and generosity. As stated on Tatianna’s jacket cover, “I feel connected to the faithful Tatianna who has never left my side—she is simply in another dimension.”

Thank you.



The125Questions_51G8EV4R3TL__AA160_ Every January I look forward to the Village of North Palm Beach Library Book Sale. This five-day event is awesome, and I visited the sale twice looking for books for inspiration, entertainment, and collections.

The Friends of the Library use the same layout each year, and I have it memorized. The nature books are always my first stop. This year I snagged two cat books including The 125 Most Asked Questions About Cats and Encyclopedia of the Cat. A vintage find was a dog book, Old Yeller published in 1956 with wonderful black and white prints and the presidential dog, Millie’s Book as dictated to Barbara Bush.

My next favorite stop is art, and this year I found a couple of photography books. One is published by Life titled More Reflections on the Meaning of Life. The other is The Circle of Life…Rituals from the Human Family Album. Wonderful coffee table books and ideas for my photography lessons!
I always hope to find more cookbooks to add to my cherished mother’s collection, and this year did not disappoint. Old Fashioned Family Cookbook and Potluck Recipes made their way to my house. The Potluck book is published by Taste of Home and reminded me of a wonderful trip my mother and sister took to Greendale, Wisconsin where Taste of Home is located. The book, The Recipe Club is a tale of food and friendship–looks like a neat novel with recipes!

The inspiration and religious table yielded Tea Time with God filled with beautiful devotions and Anne Morrow Lindbergh’s book, Gift from the Sea. Her book is one of my all time favorites that I already own, so this book which looked brand new will go in my gift stash along with a baseball book for my brother.

I found several poetry books including the Best Loved Poems of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and 101 Famous Poems. I’ve written a couple of poems this past year and hope to find more inspiration. Along with the poetry books, I grabbed several little books–topics like On Friendship, To Be a Friend and The Book of Love. Easy and fun to read when I need a book fix but no time to tackle a novel!

Millie_51TE90GTVVL__AA160_ But speaking of novels, I did find Water for Elephants which I somehow missed reading when it was released. I always enjoy Anita Shreve’s novels and All He Ever Wanted will go in the guest bedroom. The Pianist caught my eye along with Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway.

My outings were lots of fun while supporting the Friends of Library cause. My incredible book treasures represent hours upon hours of reading and enjoyment. So off to my Victorian rocking chair with Lexie Lee in my lap. Time to find the answer to my cat question: Why is a cat’s tongue so rough? I think I have just the book to answer that question!!

Warm Purrs!

Every January I look forward to the Village of North Palm Beach Library Book Sale. The four day event was expanded to five days this year. I visited the sale three times looking for books for inspiration, for entertainment, for references, and for collections.

The Friends of the Library use the same layout each year, and I have it memorized. The nature books are always my first stop. This year I was thrilled to find eight animal books. Some of the titles include How to be Your Cat’s Best Friend, Pet Speak, Cats in their Gardens, and Best Friends. The Well-Read Cat is a beautiful book filled with 100 cat photographs. A dog book, Cold Noses and Warm Hearts, was published in 1951 and has interesting artwork. I found more cat books in the children’s section including Cat’s Letter to Santa, Socks, and The Cat Who Wished to be a Man.

My second stop is the art section. I found an eight volume set of books by Kodak—couldn’t believe they were still there! These are great references to add to my books from the course I am taking from the New York Institute of Photography.

The religion and inspiration section yielded Angels Among Us and God’s Inspirational Promise book. I found the 2008 and 2011 editions of Guideposts. I am only missing two years and the decade of the 2000s will be complete!

I found four books in the history area relating to my interest in Daughters of the American Revolution. One book was about Revolutionary battles and another was Great Women of the American Revolution. Two books were on the War of 1812. My ancestors served in both wars.

The cookbook section is always one of my favorites. This year I found Muffins and Quick Breads, Miracle Muffins, and Simply Delicious. Being a dessert lover, Sweet Talk went home with me without hesitation! These books will be added to my collection of cookbooks inherited from my mother.

I found an extensive section of Barbara Taylor Bradford novels. My sister will enjoy these when she comes to visit. Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s Sonnets from the Portuguese was added to my book bag. This book is already in my collection, but I can’t resist old books. This 1933 edition is a keeper! I also found lots of little books that can be read in an hour or less—on everything from Friendship to Being at Peace. A few of the finds will be tucked away for next year’s Christmas gifts!

What a way to spend a weekend and what a worthy cause for the Friends of the Library! Sunday was lots of fun as books were reduced from $1.00 to 10 cents! You can imagine the activity—wall to wall people and nowhere to park! Can’t wait until next year!

Happy Purrs!

One of my cat writer colleagues has an astounding collection of over 1000 cat books! Now I have lots of books between teaching, writing and collecting, but I am always on the lookout to add more. I buy books to be inspired, to be entertained, to add to special collections and to use as references.

The North Palm Beach Library has a four-day book sale every January. I have attended enough years that I have the layout of books memorized. The Friends of the Library do a great job organizing the categories of books including authors in some instances. I attended the sale on opening day, then on Saturday and back on Sunday afternoon.

First I went to the nature section and grabbed four cat books. The Quotable Cat—A Collection of Quotes, Facts and Lore for Feline Fanciers and The Bond—People and Their Animals were purr-fect finds. The art stop resulted in a beautifully illustrated and hand colored Currier & Ives book published in 1942 along with The Art of Rodin published in 1918. I found The Word Finder in the reference section.

Next table stop was religion and Collected Works of Billy Graham, A Glimpse of Forever, Breakfast for the Soul, and Angels Everywhere caught my eye. I collect Richard Paul Evans books and was thrilled to see The Christmas List. Other Christmas books included The Christmas Shoes and Mary Higgins Clark’s Santa Cruise. Gulliver’s Travels published in 1945 with colored illustrations was a nice surprise.

The cookbook section is always one of my favorites. Prize Winning Desserts and A Passion for Chocolate went into the book bag without a thought. Working Woman’s Cookbook—now there’s one that has my name on it! These three books will be added to my extensive collection of cookbooks inherited from my mother.

Jan Karon is one of my favorite contemporary authors, and I was lucky to find Home to Holly Springs to add to my hardback collection of her books. I picked up several Chicken Soup books and A Cup of Comfort for Mothers and Daughters in the self-help section. I like to read these inspiring books right before going to sleep. A few treasures were found for my sister, brothers and dear friend. As I finished shopping the last afternoon, I thought how much my mother would have loved this event. So in her honor, I purchased a Danielle Steel book, The Gift. I suspect my mother read it, because she always had her name on this author’s waitlist.

What a way to spend a weekend and what a worthy cause for the Friends of the Library. It was truly chicken soup for me! Can’t wait until next year!!

Warm Purrs!

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