Wednesday, December 14, 2016

THE HOLIDAY FUN BEGINS


By Aunt Rowe of the Bad Luck Cat Mysteries by Kay Finch


I’ve lived in the Texas Hill Country all my life, and I love nothing more than decorating for the holidays at my Around-The-World Cottages. I like variety, so I hang wreaths in the windows of the Paris cottage, use icicle lights on the Venice cottage, multi-color strands around the Barcelona cottage, candles on the Athens cottage windowsills, you get the picture.  Glenda and Thomas, who have worked for me for years, plus my niece Sabrina Tate, are all a big help. This year, though, we have an extra hand – or should I say paw – in the mix. I’m not sure Hitchcock the cat helps more than he undoes what we’re trying to accomplish.
He’s not a destructive cat, though, and who can blame a cat for being curious about all the shiny and shimmery decorations coming out of those intriguing cardboard storage boxes?  Luckily, the cottage guests are cat-friendly for the most part. I make sure they are told from the get-go that Hitchcock is not bad luck, no matter what kind of rumors they might hear about him around town.

Hitchcock and Sabrina are practically attached at the hip.  She’s one of the most important people in my life, and she’s welcome to stay at the cottages for as long as she wants. That means Hitchcock stays, too, and he’s a welcome adornment under my tree.


After the decorating, we gravitate toward the kitchen where the holiday baking of cookies galore begins. Hitchcock isn't too interested in the baked goods, though we throw him a kitty treat now and again. My special treat was listening to Sabrina recite a poem she wrote herself - "Hitchcock's  Night Before Cat-mas." Her words sent him straight into a deep sleep while we finished our chores.

Do you know a cat who loves to help with holiday decorations?


Today's contest! Leave a comment by midnight on Thursday, December 15th, with your email address, for a chance to win your choice of either of the Bad Luck Cat Mysteries: Black Cat Crossing or The Black Cat Knocks on Wood. Good luck!


Kay Finch is the National Best-Selling author of the Bad Luck Cat Mysteries by Berkley Prime Crime. Though her character, Sabrina Tate, has left the paralegal profession behind to move to the Texas Hill Country and write mysteries, Kay still works as a paralegal at a Houston, Texas law firm. She resides in a Houston suburb with her husband and pets.

54 comments:

  1. Would love to read this book. Zeta(at)iwon(dot)com

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  2. I love reading books where a cat is involved. Fortunately, our cats do not bother the Christmas tree, though occasionally, I find one or two ornaments which they've managed to knock off the tree. dbahn(at)iw(dot)net

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  3. One year we had to tie our tree up. The cat kept climbing it and it would topple.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

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    1. I've been lucky with my cats. No tree climbing, they just always loved to sit under the tree.

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  4. This sounds delightful and special. Thanks for this great feature and giveaway. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  5. I've got a black cat. Would love to read about another one. Katie katieh(at)mvdsl(dot)com

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  6. I have three cats and gave up on decorations years ago. (No kids)

    I've already read and enjoyed both books.

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    1. No decorations means more time for reading.

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  7. Haven't read any of this series.
    Would like to give it a try.
    Black cats don't scare me.
    thanks
    Mary Lou at txmlhl(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  8. I love black cats.
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

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  9. Another cat mystery series that I'll have to look for in the bookstore! Thanks for the contest.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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  10. Love cat mysteries! I have 2 cat rescues that are into everything. And I mean everything.
    cjreynolds52(at)comcast(dot)net

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    1. I know how that can be - cute, but not always funny.

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  11. My cat likes to help me wrap presents. And by help I mean run off with the ribbon. Thanks for the chance.
    turtle6422(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. My cat used to chew up the ribbons, so I had to wait until the last minute to put any on the packages.

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  12. My cats always feel they must help decorate and redecorate the tree. Love these books, thank-you for the chance :) kittygirl15401(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  13. Thanks for the chance to win iamabho (at) gmail.com

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  14. I enjoy reading cat cozy mysteries. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of one of the Bad Luck Cat books! I love cats and I don't think that black cats bring bad luck. I'm a superstitious person but this is a superstition I don't believe in. My lifestyle and living arrangements don't permit me to keep a pet but if I could have one it would be a cat for sure. andra(at)yahoo(dot)co(dot)uk

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    1. Thanks, Andra. Maybe you'll win a "fictional cat."

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  15. Sorry for the double post. I didn't write my email address properly. Here is the right one: andra_racoti(at)yahoo(dot)co(dot)uk

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  16. I had a cat that tipped our tree over, it was my first cat and I didn't realize you should secure the tree. All of my cats have been intrigued by the tree.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Yes, cats love Christmas trees. Good luck, Dianne.

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  17. My older cat could care less about the tree but the younger cat tried but unfortunately destroyed the tree in the process. Merry Christmas!
    lady.janel@hotmail.com

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  18. A new series for me and has a kitty! mommatoodle at msn dot com

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  19. Our cat knocked down the tree! Donamaekutska7@gmail.com

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  20. These are new-to-me stories with a kitty just like my own Ebony. Sharon, catwoman-1(at)comcast(dot)net

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  21. Beautiful cat and beautiful decorations! Thanks for a chance to win!!
    Connie
    cps1950(at)gmail(dot)com

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  22. I loved the first book & can't wait to read the second one. Thanks for the giveaway! doward1952(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  23. Angie , one of my cats, helped me with the tree one year. The second I put it up she jumped into it and sat on a branch. Part of the metal that attached the branch to the center pole snapped. So now I have a droopy bottom branch! This series looks great, and I love the covers! Thanks so much for the chance to win!
    magicgirl2357@yahoo.com

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  24. Cat and culinary cozy mysteries are my favorites!!! Love your kitties!! I foster cats and kittens and they are such characters

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  25. Cats can be very helpful with the RE-decorating.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  26. I have never read any of these - I am new to cozy mysteries - thanks for the chance
    connie.tillman82 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  27. We have a lovely, laid back, black cat who loves helping with the decorations. Especially if they are strung popcorn or cranberries. All you have to do is follow the trail of either one, (especially the cranberries) and you will find her feasting. Have not had the pleasure of reading one of this series though they are on my TBR. Do so hope this will be an early start. Thanks for the chance to do so. Della at deepotter (at) peoplepc ((dot) com

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  28. Love the Texas Hill Country. I enjoy it each time we pass through it on our way t Cypress, TX. It always looks nice. I'm sure the Christmas decorations this year are no exception.

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  29. while I do not have a cat inside to help me decorate, I have 4 small canines who are joined at the hip with me. They insist upon inspecting anything I do....lol

    johnnabooks(AT)hotmail(DOT)com

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  30. How I LOVE cozy mysteries that involve cats or dogs! These books have been on my must read list. Thank you for a chance to win one of them! Merry
    Northstarvance(at)Gmail(dot)com

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  31. Great entry and Hitchcock sounds and looks delightful. Sad Christmas for us, we have had 2 cats (one 10 years and the other 18 years) cross the Rainbow Bridge within the last 2 months. We were blessed to be "staff" for these wonderful fur kids. Would love to read the first book in the series. Thank you for the giveaway! kim7corn(at)gmail(dot)com.

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  32. I love reading about cats. I also have a black cat named Blacky.

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  33. I have two black cats and their sister is a Tuxedo cat. Haven't tried this series but I've seen it at the library.
    catbooks72(at)gmail(dot)com

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  34. Thanks for the opportunity! Tootsie, our black cat, wants in too. cheers@MarjimManor.com

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  35. My cats enjoy the Christmas tree. Most love sitting under it. This year, two kittens have joined the family. The youngest (he's 4 months old) is a climber! Although after 2 days I haven't caught him in it. Nor ornaments this year, just in case, only lights, but it's still beautiful!

    cozyupwithkathy @ gmail dot com

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  36. I received a Shaded Silver kitten as a Christmas present when I was a Child. She was named Silver Belle after the Holiday song. My brother found a tiny black kitten when he worked at a lumber yard, brought her home in his pocket. He said the rats were bigger, named her Poopski. I would be happy to win either book. Debbie Wroblewski & email is NastyWisc788@outlook@com

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