*Ed. by SE (very early Tues. morning, June 5th) to let you know that I will now announce the drawing winner tomorrow, Wed., June 6th.
Kathy’s moon post is scheduled to go live today, Tues., June 5th, and I do not want to take air-time from her piece by posting the winner announcement on the same day.
Her moon post is lovely and I’m sure you won’t mind waiting an extra day to hear who won.
The wait will be worth it…
As always when I do giveaways, it’s so hard for me to choose only one of you. And so…
I’ve drawn five winners!
I’ll share the names tomorrow, for sure. I promise. Till then, enjoy Kathy’s post!
*Ed. by SE (on Mon., June 4th) to let everyone know that anyone commenting today is still in the drawing. Tonight is full moon and Kathy might post her monthly moon piece, knocking this post down the screen. Either way, I’ll keep the drawing open until late tonight.
Winner will be announced tomorrow. (Tues., June 5th)
Now on with the original post…
Romance writers and readers love heroes.
Usually when we speak of them, we mean romance novel heroes.
As this is Tartan Ink, heroes mentioned in the tea room are usually hot Scots, braw and kilted.
There are real heroes among us. It’s always a joy to hear about them. This weekend, I learned of a really heroic construction crew. And I just have to share their story with you.
It’s a heartwarming, feel-good tale.
And it has a happy ending. So much so, that my eyes misted upon hearing what they did.
I’m betting your heart will swell, too.
These guys dug up a just-laid (and set) concrete garage floor to rescue a cat and her kittens who were trapped beneath.
This is one of the rescued kittens, promptly named Crete..
To my mind, their choice, and the ensuing rescue, makes them not just heroes, but HEROES.
Read the full story and see a video of the amazing rescue by clicking here.
I love hearing about such noble deeds. If animals are involved, all the better. Which brings me to something else..
Did you know that June is Adopt-A-Cat Month?
Well, it is.
And there’s a good reason that is so.
Spring brings more than rain and blooms into the world. Kittens arrive as well. And when they do, they join the already teeming population of stray and feral cats.
In an ideal world, these darlings (and their parents) would be well-loved house pets. Someone would lavish care and devotion on them. Feeding them daily, giving them clean, fresh water, and taking time to play with them. Letting them know they are loved and appreciated. Never needing to worry about cold rain or blazing sun. No need to fear snakes, birds of prey, or predatory animals and cruel two-leggers.
They’d be spayed and neutered, receiving the meds they need. Monthly preventatives to keep them free of fleas and other parasites.
They’d have cushioned beds and toys aplenty.
They’d sate themselves on loving words and adoration. There’d be no fear of cars and traffic. They’d have no worries at all, because they’d be among the lucky ones.
Able to sleep each night knowing they’re wanted.
Sadly, such a fine fate befalls only a portion of the cat population.
I’d love to make a difference for all of them.
Years ago, when I lived overseas, I worked actively in dog rescue. Back then, I did lots to help homeless dogs.
This is a younger me with a stray dog I rescued..
But I love cats, too.
And I think stray and feral cats have a pretty lousy lot in life. So I’m using today’s post to let you know that this is their month.
Your local shelter is brimming with needy cats and kittens just waiting for a good and loving forever home. If you give one a chance, you’ll be rewarded every day for many, many years.
Pets love unconditionally, with the whole of their hearts.
If you’re unable to adopt a cat or kitten, there’s still much you can do to help them. The Conscious Cat has a great piece on ways we can help stray and feral felines.
Click here to read their tips.
Even if you can’t implement them, you can pass on the link via your social media connections. That, too, will help.
I’d love to hear of pets you’ve rescued. Cats, dogs, whatever. I love all animals and love seeing them receive the help (and love) they deserve.
And to celebrate the construction crew heroes mentioned in this post, I’m giving away a signed copy of Tails of Love.
Tails of Love is a benefit anthology of stories with animals playing key roles in the romance. All author and agent profits go to a no-kill animal shelter.
If the winner already owns Tails of Love, she can have her choice of my available backlist titles.
Drawing is open to everyone. International readers are welcome.
I’ll announce a winner tomorrow or Tuesday.
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*Edited by SE to share INTERESTING NEWS (if you didn’t know already)..
There’s a partial eclipse of the moon tonight (in the Western Hemisphere, before sunrise on June 4th; in the Eastern Hemisphere it’s after sunset on June 4th) Example, in my time zone (US EDT), the partial eclipse begins at 0600 with the greatest eclipse at 0703, then ending at 0806.
Click here for details (incl. world maps showing viewing areas and exact times worldwide).