Thursday, June 13, 2019

What We Do for Love Book Review and Giveaway

What We Do for Love book cover.
I have a wonderful book to tell you about today. Though it doesn't have any cats in it, it does have a few dogs!

About the Book: Thirty-eight-year-old Nicole Adams has given up on her love life. Instead, she decides to focus on the things that matter to her the most - her 16-year-old son, Justin, her art, and her family and friends. She thinks her life might have finally turned a corner when she gets an opportunity to do a large installation for a Los Angeles museum. Then, Justin brings home a girl, Daniela, to live with them. Her angry parents have thrown her out of the house because she's pregnant with Justin's baby.

Nicole takes the girl in, but in doing so, she makes herself part of Daniela's family inner circle, a world of deceit and violence. Nicole struggle to keep life as normal as possible while dealing with people she doesn't particularly like. She begins to wonder if she can do what she always tells Justin to do - to have faith in yourself and do the right thing.

My Thoughts: This story is a sweet one. However, I did find it rather unrealistic. Most parents wouldn't react so calmly to their son telling them he got a girl pregnant, let alone invite the girl to live with them because her own parents disowned her.

Nicole is always polite and kind on the outside. Even though she has serious doubts about her son's future and her grandchild's, she never expresses them. She's practically a saint with everything she takes on in this book. Her character is very likable, showing tremendous determination and strength in an extremely challenging situation.

The book was an enjoyable read. I always had a hard time putting it down before I went to sleep. There's a happy ending. I'd highly recommend this book. You can enter to win a copy in the giveaway below!

You can buy the book on Amazon.

Photo of Anne Pfeffer, author of What We Do for Love.
About the Author: Award-winning novelist Anne Pfeffer grew up in Phoenix, Arizona reading prodigiously and riding horses. After working in Chicago and New York, she escaped back to the land of sunshine in Los Angeles.

​She has worked in banking and as a pro bono attorney, representing abandoned children in adoption and guardianship proceedings. Anne has a daughter living in New York and is the author of four books in the YA/New Adult genres.

Connect with Anne Pfeffer on her website and Twitter

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FTC Disclosure: I received a copy of, "What We Do for Love," by Anne Pfeffer for a fair and honest review. Receiving the book did not influence my opinions in any way. All opinions expressed on FurEverywhere are my own. 

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Thankful Thursday: Happy Gotcha Day, Carmine!

Carmine's Gotcha Day

Hi everyone!

Do you know what today is? It's a very special day.

It's Carmine's 14th Gotcha Day!!

So our thankful for today is Carmine!

Carmine is a very special mancat. You can read his adoption story here, if you don't know it. 

Little did I know just how much that little ball of orange fluff would change me and my life. 

Carmine is an incredible emotional support cat and nurse cat to those he loves. He provided both Jewel and Lita with comfort when they were ill. Once, when I was sick and stuck in bed for a week, Carmine only left my side to eat and use his litter. 

Even though he is a senior now, Carmine still has bursts of kitten energy. It's so entertaining to watch him fly around the apartment, to the top of the kitchen cabinets, meowing all the way! 

Carmine is sweet, compassionate, intuitive, wise, loving, and loyal. We are incredibly blessed to have him as part of our family! 

Carmine's Gotcha Day card.

Our friends Pipo, Dalton, Benji, and their pecretary made Carmine this lovely card for his Gotcha Day! Thank you, dear friends! You are so sweet to think of Carmine on his special day! 

Happy 14th Gotcha Day, Carmine - and many more!

We love you!
Tylan, Angel Lita, Angel Jewel, and the Mom

Monday, June 3, 2019

Mancat Monday

Hi everyone, it's me, Tylan!

It has been more than three weeks since my tummy surgery and first stem cell therapy treatment. 

I have not been acting at all like my usual self. The Mom lady is quite worried about me. I am hardly eating any noms. In fact, I usually try to bury the noms and/or walk away when she puts me by them. Sometimes I will eat a few bites if she puts a little kibble on it. 

The Mom lady just had a talk with another animal-loving friend, and they think maybe my mouth is still hurting me. So the Mom lady gave me a dose of pain medication to see if that helps me. She says I am acting like I used to when my mouth hurt - not eating much at all, not playing, and not being very social. 

Thursday, May 23, 2019

A Pale-Faced Lie: Book Review and Giveaway

A Pale-Faced Lie book cover
I'll tell you upfront - this book has absolutely nothing to do with cats. It just sounded interesting, so I took the opportunity to review it. I hope you all won't mind my little diversion today. I have news to share on both Carmine and Tylan next week. Stay tuned!

About the Book: Growing up on the Navajo Indian Reservation, David Crow and his three siblings idolized their dad. Tall, strong, smart, and brave, the self-taught Cherokee regaled his family with stories of his World War II feats. But as time passed, David discovered the other side of Thurston Crow, the ex-con with his own code of ethics that justified cruelty, violence, lies—even murder.

A shrewd con artist with a genius IQ, Thurston intimidated David with beatings to coerce him into doing his criminal bidding. David’s mom, too mentally ill to care for her children, couldn’t protect him. One day, Thurston packed up the house and took the kids, leaving her with nothing. Soon he remarried, and David learned that his stepmother was just as vicious and abusive as his father.

Through sheer determination, and with the help of a few angels along the way, David managed to get into college and achieve professional success. When he finally found the courage to stop helping his father with his criminal activities, he unwittingly triggered a plot of revenge that would force him into a showdown with Thurston Crow. With lives at stake, including his own, David would have only twenty-four hours to outsmart his father—the brilliant, psychotic man who bragged that the three years he spent in the notorious San Quentin State Prison had been the easiest time of his life.

Monday, May 13, 2019

Mancat Monday with Tylan

Tylan with a bowl of food the day after his fat collection surgery.Hi everyone, it's me, Tylan.

The last several days have been rather tiring for me and the Mom lady. 

She took me to the vet place on Wednesday. I complained the whole way that I was hungry! She claims she could not feed me that morning because I had to have a nap at the vet (surgery). I think she was just being mean! 

They made me take a nap. When I woke up, my tummy hurt! I noticed it also felt funny. It has all these things called stitches in it. The vet people offered me some noms, but I did not want them. 

The Mom lady came and picked me up and took me home. I spent the rest of the day hiding and sleeping. Every time the Mom lady offered me food, I said NO! 

The next day was more of the same. Me hiding and sleeping and staring into space when I was awake. Every time the Mom lady offered food, I said NO! 

The Mom lady was getting a bit worried. She said she'd never had another cat who was out of it so long after anesthesia. 

Finally at 2am on Friday, I decided to eat a bit. Then the Mom lady said, "Oh no! You're not supposed to be eating now. You have to take another nap at the vet today!" But she told the vet I had a bit of noms, and she said it would be okay. 

The Mom lady picked me up to put me in the carrier, and I looked up at her with my sad blue eyes and made her feel very guilty for taking me back. 

When my special cells came by FedEx, they had me take another nap. I woke up feeling a lot better than on Wednesday!! I gobbled up some noms at the vet while I waited for the Mom lady to come get me. 

Then when we got home, I headed for Carmine's leftovers right away and gobbled those up. Then I headed for the kibble and gobbled that! I even jumped up on the Mom lady's bed on Friday night for a bit.

I still don't feel quite myself. I don't want many tummy rubs, but when I ask for them, the Mom lady won't give them to me because she doesn't want to hurt my tummy. I am not playing yet, and I don't feel much like annoying, I mean trying to play with, Carmine yet. But I am back to eating regularly, and I am talking to the Mom lady a bit more again. 

The Mom lady doesn't know when Dr. S would like to see me again since Dr. L was there on Friday, so she will talk to him on Wednesday when he is back in the office to see when they want me to come get more tummy rubs. 

I am going to put a photo of my surgery incision under the "Read more" cut. Me and the Mom lady don't want to gross anyone out. This is a photo of it on Wednesday. It is no longer pink and looks a ton better! I finished my pain medication on Saturday morning and the Mom lady says I seem more comfortable now. 

Thank you all for following my journey and caring about me! I am one blessed little Siamese!