Hi friends! I can believe it less than you, possibly, A LITTLE BIT TART, A LITTLE BIT SWEET HAS TURNED 10! I put out a few calls on social media asking for people to help celebrate, and the wonderful Jody Wallace was all over it, so a big thank you to Jody! <3 She’s also got some pretty amazing prizes up for grabs, so read till the end. Yes, every guest post in January will have a giveaway! (And some of the other ones too …) We’re starting out 2021 right here at ALBTALBS! So without further ado … Jody!
Cats Are As Perfect As Books
Limecello told me I could write about whatever I wanted, so let’s talk about cats. Specifically, our new cat, Pip. She’s five pounds of sass and attitude, and we have not yet fully integrated her into our household of four people, one bearded dragon, and two dopey dude cats and two old lady cats. First we maintained a general ‘getting a shelter cat healthy’ quarantine and now we’re having to maintain a ‘turns out the sad little shelter cat has a ton of attitude once she feels better’ quarantine.
This gal is only five pounds. Five. Pounds. She is the dinkiest, silliest little cat I’ve ever laid hands on, and she wants to climb every piece of furniture in the house, every curtain, every shelf, every hoard. Right now as I type, I hear snuffling and sneezing. I glance up my nearly ceiling-high bookcases, atop which are stacked the perhaps dusty cases of my father’s antique violins and mandolins, atop which is Pip. Pippi Shortstockings, because her legs are so dinky at first we thought she might be a Munchkin. She is not. She is just miniature, like the pony of horse cats. A pocket kitty. Toy feline. Massive jackhole.
(Also I think she’s allergic to something. Maybe cats? THAT would be some irony.)
If she were a book, she would be an entire novel compacted into the most perfect short story. Limecello and the other reviewers at ALBTALBS would give her an A+, of course, and praise the clarity of language and surprising depth and humor in such a short space. I cannot wait for my short story of a cat to accept the novellas and novels we have lounging around elsewhere in the house, because I want a photo of her tiny grey self next to our 18 pound chonky epic fantasy ginger tabby. Both satisfying, both lovely to pet, both very, very different.
I feel the same way about books, of course. Yes, yes, I was getting around to actually talking about books. It’s a book blog! I would not be so rude as to not stretch my metaphor to include books on a book blog. Sometimes the short story is the most precise and wonderful expression of a narrative, and sometimes it takes five hundred pages to tell the tail. Tale. All variations of cat, and story, are crucial and brilliant, as are all the various genres and subgenres and yes, lit fic. All are equally hard to write and equal in value, if not equally appreciated by, I dunno, some dog people out there.
Granted, as an author and reader, I still have preferences, but that doesn’t mean the types of book that aren’t my preference have anything wrong with them. Sometimes I’m in the mood for a chonky ginger epic fantasy. Sometimes I try to write a tightly plotted Siamese novella and instead it’s a solid black mid-length SF Romance. And whenever I write a short story, it always becomes a novella, at the very least!
Until now. I’ve written many lengths of stories, and short stories for me are by far the most challenging.
As I suspect Pip will be.
But I have managed one very, very good one, and I would love to share it with everyone today. It is about cats, and romance, and it has a lot of cussing. You can find it free at: https://books2read.com/catvscocker (It was originally part of an anthology created in protest of a certain author attempting to copyright the word “Cocky” if you remember THAT nonsense.)
Limecello, for the blog’s anniversary, is also doing giveaways! I have two things that the winner selects for my post can choose from: You can have a white Ruth Bader Ginsburg style crocheted collar OR a cat butt. Yep, I said cat butt. The collar already exists, but if you pick the cat butt, I’ll create it in the color desired. You can use it as an ornament or keychain or just keep it under your pillow as you dream of the world’s most perfect cats and books.
Yours In Hair and Words,
Jody Wallace’s 30+ titles in sf/f and contemporary romance feature diverse protagonists, action, adventure, and plenty of cats. Visit her at http://www.jodywallace.com and the cats at http://www.meankitty.com
Want to see what you can you win? Perhaps this beautiful RBG inspired collar, or crocheted earrings/a keychain. (Remember Romancing the Runoff? Well Jody offered these collars as an auction item, but now you have the chance to win one just for answering a question! … Or of course you can choose one of the other crocheted items! Toilet Paper! Cat butt! Octopuses!
HERE’S HOW YOU ENTER THE GIVEAWAY. Jody has a question for you!
Q: If you could edit a fave (or not fave) romance novel to add the magnificence of a cat, what would you have the cat do and where in the book?
So answer the question in the comments, and a winner will be picked at the end of January/thereabouts.
P.S. A bonus “gift” for everyone … at the time of this posting A Wintertide Spell is a kindle freebie. Look at that cover! 😻
If the King is fated to love thirteen women before he turns fifty, is he still husband material? One cold, snowy Wintertide Eve, Queen Geneva of Foresta tracks her straying spouse in an attempt to discover where exactly he goes at night. Has he met his next great love already? Will he put her and their three children aside?