Monday, February 21, 2011

Highlighting Books And a Favor

First, let me say “Thank You” for the kind and caring comments you left on yesterday’s post. Y’all are the best!

With that caring concern in mind (and to answer some of your queries), I’ll ask my personal favor before telling you about several wonderful books out this month.

Those of you who read my post know this already, but for anyone new reading - I don’t have children so my four-legged, furry friends are my children. Little One, I speak of often and she is my avatar. Gum Drop is my other cat and the more shy of the two.

Gum Drop

Gum Drop is the reason for my asking a favor. At 8 a.m. (EST) today I have to have her at the vet’s office for surgery. She has a
lump (almost the size of two thumbs) on her stomach that has to be removed. In the simplest terms, she has breast cancer. (Now before I go any further, please know I’m not trying to compare Gum Drop’s problem with anyone who has or has had breast cancer. That’s just the way the vet explained it after giving me all the medical terms and 14-inch words to describe what’s wrong with Gum Drop.)

I believe in positive thoughts when healing is involved. So here’s my favor - please send Gum Drop positive thoughts today during her surgery.

The vet feels fairly certain she’ll be able to get everything and hopefully nothing will return. But she really won’t know until she operates. Part of me knows this is a fairly simple procedure today. However, Gum Drop is 13-years-old and I even worry about her having to be put to sleep for the surgery.

She will have to be in a contained area for several days, possible up to a week so as to not open her stitches. After talking with the vet and discussing her post-surgery care, I’ve spent the last several days getting ready to care for her. I’ve been rearranging furniture (I have a small living room) and now have an extra large crate in my living room ready for her return home today around 5 p.m. So today and tomorrow will probably be days that I won’t be online much. Thanks for your understanding.

Now, let me share some information several new cozy mystery releases this month. Hope there’s something here that will peak everyone’s interest.

Plumber apprentice Georgiana Neverall is thinking of buying her mother’s residence and crawls under the house to check the pipes. Instead of rusty pipes, Georgiana finds her mother’s flashy fiancé, Gregory Whitlock, dead.

Her mother is accused of killing the real estate mogul. Georgiana sets out to clear her mother’s name and find the real killer. As she uncovers Whitlock’s secret unethical moneymaking scheme, she puts herself in the sights of the killer all while trying to prepare for the plumber’s exam.

This is the third installment in the Georgiana Neverall Mystery series, but is a stand alone book.

Author Christy Evans’ website is

Drip Dead by Christy Evans, A Georgiana Neverall Mystery, Berkley Prime Crime, @2011, ISBN: 978-0425239896, Paperback, 256 pages

FTC Full Disclosure - This book was sent to me by the publisher in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my thoughts on this book.

Brianna Winston-Beaufort has two jobs - she’s a lawyer for the living and is a celestial advocate making appeals for condemned souls.

Octogenarian actress Justine Coville hires Bree to make some changes to her will. Justine is appearing in a movie playing Consuela Bulloch who may or may not have murdered actress Haydee Quinn in the 1950s. A man was executed for the murder, but doubts still remain.

When Bree takes on Justine’s case, she finds herself practicing in two worlds. She has to help solve the earlier murder while taking one current world problems.

This is the fourth installment in the Beaufort and Company Mystery series, but it is a stand alone read.

Author Mary Stanton’s website is Mary Stanton is the pseudonym for Claudia Bishop.

Angel‘s Verdict by Mary Stanton, A Beaufort and Company Mystery, Berkley Prime Crime, @2011, ISBN: 978-0425239872, Paperback, 304 pages

FTC Full Disclosure - This book was sent to me by the publisher in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my thoughts on this book.

Boston freelance entertainment reporter Tilda Harper writes articles about the current lives of former stars.

Tilda doesn’t usually chase after current stars, but when John Laryea comes to a small Cope Cod town to film the latest comic book action film, she can’t resist. Before becoming an action film star, John Laryea appeared on The Blastoffs, a cheesy Saturday morning kid’s show about a rock band in space. His former co-star, Pete Ellis, now drives a limo for a living.

So when someone tries to run Laryea over, killing his assistant in the process, Ellis becomes the prime suspect. Tilda has her doubts so it’s up to her to clear Ellis and find the real killer.

This is the third installment in the Where Are They Now? Mystery series, but is a stand alone book.

Author Toni L.P. Kelner’s website is

Blast from the Past by Toni L.P. Kelner, A Where Are They Now? Mystery, Berkley Prime Crime, @2011, ISBN: 978-0425239902, Paperback, 304 pages

FTC Full Disclosure - This book was sent to me by the publisher in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my thoughts on this book.

Hope there's something here that peak's your interest. Please join me tomorrow when author Kristina McMorris stops by.



  1. My own cat is my third child and I worry about him as much as I worry about my grown boys! I too believe in the power of healing thoughts and will be thinking of Gum Drop and sending positive vibes your way! Animals give us something very special and in the case of cats I think they choose YOU, your cats chose you for the compassion and caring in your heart. I think that is wonderful.

    So fingers crossed, I'll send up a prayer and positive vibes from Gloucestershire in the UK. Hope to hear good news from you soon.

    Linn x

  2. We have two very spoiled cats and know that it is tough to have one who is sick so my thoughts will be with you and Gum Drop today.

  3. {{{Mason and Gum Drop}}} I'll be thinking of you as I send positive vibes your way and hope for a speedy recovery.

  4. I hope all goes well for Gum Drop. Take care and I'm thinking of you.

  5. Our pets are just as much a part of us as any person. Gum Drop will be in my prayers as you will be too, my friend.

    Take care,

  6. I am sending healing purrs and prayers to dear Gum Drop (that name is adorable)

    I totally understand about your cats being your "kids" I have no children of my own either (just two grown step kids) so my pets have always been my "children"

    Please if there is anything I can do, please let me know. Where are you located again? You can contact me at cgittleman at mi dot rr

  7. Mason - All sorts of positive thinking, good wishes and hope for quick healing are heading your way!
    {{{Mason}}}}{{{{Gum Drop}}}}

    ...and thanks for the "heads-up" on those new releases.

  8. Positive healing thoughts going your way for you and Gum Drop. I know what you're feeling.

  9. I will be thinking positive thoughts for your cat during her proceedure and recovery. She's a part of your family and I completely understand the concern and love that you share with her.

  10. Good thoughts coming Gumdrops way right now! I know how pets are family members. We've spent thousands on ours so I understand.

  11. Pets are important members of the family. You and Gum Drop are in my thoughts and prayers today.

  12. My most positive thoughts are coming your way.

  13. Sending loads and loads of positive thoughts across the ocean to you and Gum Drop, Mason!

  14. Mason, I hope everything went well with Gum Drop's surgery. You are both in my thoughts and prayers.

  15. Got here too late to send positve feline vibes during the surgery but I'm sending them for a speedy recovery. Hope everything went well this morning.

  16. Hope all goes well with Gum Drop today, sending lots of positive thoughts!

  17. I will be praying for your little Gum Drop!

  18. I hope the surgery goes well today.


  19. Y'all are the most wonderful group of friends. Thanks for all the positive thoughts, hugs and love. I just got off the phone with the vet's office (third time today, couldn't help myself). Gum Drop came through surgery just fine and she was waking up. Didn't get a chance to speak with the vet herself (still doing surgeries) but was told I could aim for picking Gum Drop up around 5 p.m. this afternoon. Thanks again for all your thoughts and prayers. Y'all are just the BEST!!
    Hopefully by tomorrow I can get back on a routine and visit all of you, my wonderful friends.

    BTW, Caren I'm in Georgia.

  20. Mason, our animals are also an integral part of our family. Just because they have 4 legs instead of two doesn't diminish out love for them or our worry when they're ill.

    It's also amazing to me how much our pets are aware of our love and give it back unstintingly. It's that security of our love that pulls many an animal through some horrendous illnesses. When she's home she soak up everything she needs from you and be her normal feisty self in no time at all!

    You know I'm not a big cozy mystery reader but I like the sound of Drip Dead. I'll have to check it out.

    Meanwhile, be sure to let us know how Gum Drop is doing. I'll be checking back to see her progress. Hang tough mama.

  21. I am thinking positive thoughts for Gum Drop and asking St. Francis to take care of her. Like you, my cats (3) are my children and a source of worry if they are ill. Veterinary medicine has come a long way and today treatments are equivalent to that available for humans. I am sure that your vet will do everything possible to ensure a positive outcome.

  22. Dear Mason .. the love of animals = so important and I do understand. My thoughts are with you and Gum Drop, Little one too .. who will be worried.

    I sincerely hope all goes well and all will be well .. will be here for you all .. Hilary

  23. I don't have any creatures in my house except the two two-legged ones, but I know how painful it could be to have a sick kid (human or feline). And I definitely believe in the power of positive thoughts, so sending all my positive thoughts your way.


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