Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Season's Readings! and 'Tis the Season

We are giving away a book a day in December! Perfect for stalking stuffers...Today, I'm giving away a signed Advance Reading Copy (ARC) of Arsenic and Old Books, the sixth book in the "Cat in the Stacks" series. The book will be out in hardcover on January 27, 2015. Remember to leave a comment and include your email. Press "comments" below. 



Diesel the Maine Coon cat from the "Cat in the Stacks" series by Miranda James

There is a big tree in what my human, Charlie, calls the living room. I would love to climb it, but it's covered with all kinds of shiny stuff, like balls hanging off the limbs and lights that twinkle on and off. The first time I saw one of these trees was when I first came to live with Charlie. I managed to climb up in that one before he added all the shiny things. He left the room, and I took one look at the tree and just couldn't resist temptation.

I guess I was too heavy for it, even then, because the tree came crashing down. Didn't hurt me, of course, because I jumped free and landed on my feet. I decided to hide under that sofa thing, though, just in case something else happened.

Charlie came running, and I watched from under the sofa while he picked up the tree. He seemed to think I was under it somewhere, but he should have know better. When he realized I wasn't there, he started looking for me. I stayed under the sofa for a bit before I crawled out.

Then of course I wished I hadn't. Charlie got that look on his face, the one that lets me know he's disappointed in me. Can't stand that look. Charlie is good to me, and I don't like feeling like I've let him down. He sat on the sofa and I crawled up into his lap. He talked for a while, and I tried to look sorry and not too guilty at the same time. He told me I should stay out of the tree, and I warbled to let him know I understood.

I understood even better when I saw all the stuff he put on the tree. I sure didn't want to get tangled up in all that stuff. So ever since then I've been happy to sit on the sofa and stare at the tree. I love the twinkly lights. Plus Charlie gives me treats for being good and not bothering the tree.

I wish the tree stayed there longer so I could get more treats. Oh, well, at least it's there for a while.

112 comments:

  1. What a fun story! Charlie 's furry friend is bound to get into more trouble and I would love to see what happens next!

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  2. This is one of the best series out there. I adore it.

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  3. One of my favorite cozy series. I love Charlie and Diesel. Thanks for the fun. rencw@verizon.net

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  4. A very wise cat! Sounds like an interesting series.

    bevarcher AT me DOT com

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  5. I'm reading a Miranda James book right now—Bless Her Dead Little Heart—and loving it! Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy of Arsenic and Old Books!

    skkorman AT bellsouth DOT net

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  6. Hmmm. Wish our cats would get with the program. We have to put pie pans of water in the tree for one of them to knock over on themselves at least once each year before they remember that climbing the tree is not a good idea. Thanks for the chance to win! stclairck@yahoo.com

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  7. I am so excited, a new Cat in the STacks mystery! I love this series. Our rescue cat, Sammy, has only knocked a few ornaments off our tree and pulled down some garland. This is her 1st Christmas tree, though her 2nd Christmas. I did not put up a tree last year, due to our being out of town during Christmas. dbahn@iw.net

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  8. Diesel, you are such a well-behaved boy! Can't wait to read your next book.

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  9. Diesel, you look so handsome on that pretty book cover!

    ElaineE246(at)msn(dot)com

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  10. A must-have, to add to the rest of the series. This is a BEST, in cozy mystery series! The cover is amazing...and who wouldn't love Diesel?



    patucker54 at aol dot com

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  11. I too love the covers! and it just makes it that much more fun to open it and read the story. Yay! another Charlie and Diesel! thanks! annelovell12@yahoo.com

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  12. Love this cat! lkleback@hotmail.com

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  13. I like mysteries with animals in them.

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  14. This is the first time I visit killercharacters.com. I can't wait to win a book, read it, and share it with teachers and students. christina.knight@zacharyschools.org

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  15. I love the names. So much fun!
    debby236 at gmail dot com

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  16. Love this series! Looking forward to this next installment.

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  17. Wonderful series!!!!
    afarage(at)earthlink.net

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  18. I love Diesel and would also love to be the lucky lady what wins this ARC.. I own FIVE of Miranda's books so far and will collect them for as long as they keep publishing new stories.

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  19. I don't have cats but I really enjoy stories with them in them. At our house, Pep the Pug doesn't try to climb the tree, but he snuggles in just as far under it as he can possible get. Not always good for the gifts under the tree! Thanks for the chance to win.
    sallycootie@gmail.com

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  20. Love Diesel and Charlie. Thanks for a chance to win.
    nlb1050@yahoo.com

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  21. I love this series. Am reading Bless Her Dead Little Heart right now.
    Kim
    kjohnson952@yahoo.com

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  22. Maine Coon cats are marvelous.
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

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  23. Diesel is such a smart cat---my cats still try to climb the tree.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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  24. Charlie and Diesel - be still my heart! <3
    kpbarnett1941[at]aol.com

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  25. Such a fun series--love how a male is the main character for a cozy mystery (anajs95 at gmail dot com)

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  26. Love this series, can't wait for the new book. Colleenmvotour@yahoo.com

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  27. Love Diesel
    kkat.edwards@gmail.com

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  28. Sounds like a fun series.

    Kit3247(at)aol(dot)com

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  29. I love mysteries with cats in them. One of my cats likes to chew on the branches of the fake Christmas tree that's inside my house. She hasn't knocked it over yet.
    Email: norbert8bubba@yahoo.com

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  30. Love Diesel. Looking forward to reading the next installment.
    thanks for the chance to get an early copy.

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  31. Diesel is such a great cat! Thanks for the giveaway opportunity. kuzlin at ahol.com

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  32. What a fun sounding book.

    rjprazak6@gmail.com

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  33. Sounds great!
    Dnrocker@yahoo.com

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  34. Sounds like a fun read! Thanks for the chance! angelhwk68@yahoo.com

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  35. My Calumet loves the tree. She sits under it. Two years ago we had a new kitten-she made sure he didn't bother the tree. We have another kitten this year. Let's hope she guards it again and doesn't let Mariusz climb or otherwise bother it.

    cozyupwithkathy @ gmail dot com

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  36. I adore this series. Can't wait to read new book.
    Vabedel@aol.com

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  37. Oh my - one of my favorite series!! I would love to read this!! jeaniedannheim (at) ymail (dot) com Thank you for the opportunity to win this book!!

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  38. I just saw this one on goodreads last night and marked it for my TBR! Thank you for the contest that you are doing. jillybeans41 at gmail dot come

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  39. Sounds like a fabulous story! Thank you!
    chatcozy1 at gmail dot com

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  40. I don't even put up a tree anymore. I'm sure my five cats would bother it. I broke enough ornaments myself when taking them out of an ornament storage box. I have the first book in the series.
    catbooks72(at)gmail(dot)com

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  41. Just started this series and am thoroughly enjoying it. Love ya, Diesel! Charlie, too. 😻

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  42. This is a delightful series. Best wishes and much happiness. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  43. Oops! Forgot to give y'all my email: omygato@comcast.net

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  44. I have read all the books in this series and would love to win the new one!
    betty_paysour@bellsouth.net

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  45. I like the title--- the whole cover is quite appealing!

    karin56381 (at) gmail.com

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  46. Am not familiar with this book but the title is intriguing.
    Cjreynolds52@comcast.net

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  47. Love this wonderful cozy. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  48. Christmas Trees and Cats are always a fun combination.
    gibsonbk at hiwaay dot net

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  49. My family adopted a stray Maine Coon which we named Pookie. He was the best cat - always into something but so smart, just like Diesel. I love this series and can't wait to read the next adventures of Charlie and his family.

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  50. Our cat likes to stare at the lights when they're turned on.

    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

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  51. Wonderful cover. Can't wait to open it.
    judyddee22002 at yahoo dot com

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  52. This is super cute about the tree. Because Cats do love them.
    Marilyn Watson ewatvess@yahoo.com

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  53. I absolutely love Diesel and this entire series. I'm so looking forward to reading Arsenic and Old Books. When it comes to the tree, Diesel, just about everyone wishes they stayed up longer especially since we get a treat when it's up too. But ours is getting to see it up and lit. Now if my family could just get our cat to stop trying to eat our (fake) tree. If only being disappointed at her doing it worked for us the way it did for Charlie.

    robbfan141729@yahoo.com

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  54. dora5687@yahoo.com
    Would love to read this series!!

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  55. I love Maine coons. We had a tuxedo cat and she would climb the Christmas tree anytime, you weren't looking. This must be a great cozy!

    CarolNWong(at)aol(dot)com

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  56. Have read a couple of the books and am looking for the rest.

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  57. Love Diesel
    Plastic.santa at gmail dot com

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  58. I think my cat, William Shakespeare is taking lessons from Diesel. He knows how to flirt with everyone!

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  59. Looking forward to reading this series. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  60. As the granny to a Maine Coon fur baby, I love following Diesel and his escapades with Charlie. I hope January 15th comes quickly or that I win this ARC of the book. Thanks for the chance.

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  61. I can't wait! Love this series!!!!!
    afarage(at)earthlink.net

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  62. Arsenic and Old Lace is a favorite, so I have to read this book. Diesel is an old favorite, too. Bobbipad at gmail.com

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  63. I love Maine Coon cats. I think they are smart. I know they like to get into things. I'd love to read your book.
    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

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  64. Love this series, looking forward to reading this one.

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  65. Oh would love to win. Cajunnanna452488@aol.com

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  66. Ooh. This looks GOOD. I love these!
    - lavendersbluegreen@yahoo.com

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  67. I love Diesel and this series

    kaye.killgore@comcast.net

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  68. The series is great. Would love to read this one.

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  69. Wish my cats were well behaved!!! LOL... oneponychick66@hotmail.com

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  70. What a wonderful giveaway. Always looking for that next book to read or even give as a gift.......aprcandles@sbcglobal.net

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  71. Love this series. sclickner@juno.com

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  72. Great giveaway!
    littleone AT shaw Dot CA

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  73. this sounds like a really good book. I really like the cover! thanks for the chance to win a new book to read :) darholley1@aol.com

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  74. You can't go wrong with cats in cozies. Looking forward to reading this latest in the Cat in the Stacks series.
    bree62@outlook.com

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  75. Sounds like so much fun!
    Londonandlisa@gmail.com

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  76. One of my very favorite series! I love Charlie and Diesel.

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  77. What a great Christmas giveaway !!! jchizmar01@windstream.net

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