Thursday, August 15, 2013

Julius the Cat

by Julius the cat from Yarn to Go, the first in the Yarn Retreat Mystery Series by Betty Hechtman
My name is Julius and I’m an extremely handsome  black cat with long beautiful fur and yellow eyes that I like to think have x ray vision. I think it's general knowledge that we cats think we’re hot stuff.  But then, it’s true. I would never throw myself all over a human the way dogs do.You might wonder how I ended up on the cover of a book called Yarn to Go.
I really don’t like to talk about the past, let just say that my former family moved on without me.  But I’m a tough cookie of a cat and managed pretty well hanging out on the grounds of Vista Del Mar.  Some genius got the idea of letting the land stay au naturel  so it’s heaven for a cat.  It’s all wild and there is plenty for me to chase.  I hate to admit this, but I’m not very good at catching anything.
It turned not to matter because everyone on the kitchen staff of the hotel and conference center thought nobody was feeding me - if you get my drift.  It worked out quite well for me.  Someone was always saying “you poor starving kitty,” as they set out a dish of something tasty.
It would have been perfect except for the man in the dark suit.   Kevin St. John likes to think he runs Vista Del Mar.  And that he could run me off the grounds.  Ha!  Me, run, no way.  Every time he tried to shoo me away, I just sat down and gave him one of my most arresting stares with my incredibly powerful yellow eyes.
But that was all before I met Casey. She lives across the street and uses Vista Del Mar to host some kind of events with yarn.  All those balls of yarn are like a cat playground.  As soon as I saw her, I knew she was my human.  It was no problem getting her to see it either.  It turns out she never had a pet, but always wanted one, so all I had to do was show up and look a little hungry.
Casey doesn’t realize it, but I’m training her to be my caretaker.  So far I have her giving me free access to come and go at her place.  She is getting used to me sleeping draped over her.  The best part is that I don’t seem to have to train her to love me. 
Yarn to Go is the first in the Yarn Retreat series by Betty Hechtman.  She also writes the national best selling crochet mystery series.  The eighth crochet mystery, For Better or Worsted, comes out in November.  Find out more about her books at   Join her on Facebook.


  1. Aren't we clever, Julius? My person, Opal, owns Threadville's yarn store, Tell a Yarn. If she makes me enough catnip mice, I don't play with the yarn. Well, not much.

  2. Hi Julius. I can't wait to read more about you.

  3. Lucy, nice to meet you. Personally, I'm not much for catnip mice. I'm going to bring a real one home to my human. A little thank you gift for giving me a home.

    Your Friend in Catness,

  4. Katreader,

    I love your name! There's lots about me in Silence of the Lamb's Wool. I like to think that Casey and I are kind of like partners.

    Your Friend in Catness;


  5. Hi Julius, I am glad you found a new home and a human to take care of you. I am looking forward to reading more about you.