Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Cattitude {guest post and book giveaway}

Cattitude Edie Ramer
Let's welcome Edie Ramer to the blog today. Edie is the award-winning author of Must Worship Cats, Miracle Pie and Mo's Heart, a series of cute books in which cats and other animals play an important part. She'll talk to us about her love of cats and how they inspired her romance novel Cattitude. Edie is also giving away an ebook of Cattitude to one lucky commenter.

Guest post

Vanessa and Avalon, thanks for having me at your wonderful place. I published CATTITUDE in 2010, and it’s still a special book for me. Before we lived with a cat, my husband and I were dog people. At the time, about twelve years ago, our latest rescue dog was used to being with a pack of dogs, and we actually adopted our cat to keep her company while we weren’t home.

That didn’t work out too well. The cat was scared of the curious, active and (to her) giant dog. They tolerate each other now, but as far as the cat is concerned, my office is her go-to place. (She’s curled on the chair beside me as I type.) She claimed me as her special person, and I immediately fell in love with her.

Though she’s small, she has a BIG personality. Like Belle in CATTITUDE, she can be a sweetheart to people she loves. And she has an attitude sometimes, too. But that’s where the resemblance ends. She inspired the book, but once I started writing, the fictional Belle was separate from the real cat.

Since then, cats and kittens have shown up in many of my books, from major roles to walk-ons. They’ve had speaking roles in three books: CATTITUDE, MUST WORSHIP CATS and MIRACLE LANE. In my work-in-progress, four cats have speaking roles. You can tell I’m a fan of cats now (fancatic?). I have dogs in my books, too, but not as many as cats.

Mostly I do this because in my real world, I like having cats and dogs around. Why not in my fictional world?

Now that I've told you about my cat, what would you like to tell me about yours?

About Cattitude

Have you ever wished to wake up one morning and be a cat? I know I have.

This is exactly what happens to the gorgeous heroine of Cattitude. Belle the cat isn't too happy with her new furless looks though and she will do anything she can to get back into her feline body.

It's just that she didn't count on falling in love with her former owner... Or that a CEO and beauty queen want to use up her nine lives...

Now is the chance to prove that anything a human can do, a cat can do better.

Giveaway details

To enter to win an ebook of Cattitude by Edie Ramer, tell us something about your cat in the comment section below (or, in case you don't have a pet, the reason you want to win this book).

You can gain extra entries by sharing this post on Pinterest, StumbleUpon, Tumblr, Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and/or on a forum. Or by following this blog through Pinterest, Bloglovin, Facebook, Twitter and/or Google+.

Giveaway is open worldwide and ends April 30. Good luck!



Unknown said...

Have a terrific Tuesday Avalon.
Best wishes Molly

Katie http://myminipetpig.com/ said...

Sounds great, interesting post! Our cats are very silly. One licks my ear every chance he gets. The other kneads and licks my shirt!

Piggy kisses,
Katie and Coccolino the mini pig

Jami Gold said...

Oh, I am *such* a sucker for stories like this :) ). "Cats"? LOL! I am *so* in. Thanks for letting me know about this story!

Cat and DOG Chat With Caren said...

I would soooooooo love to win this book and if I do, I will blog about it!
My cat, Cody, is a character. He is one of the few cats I know that LOVES to have his belly rubbed, he will come if you snap your fingers and he is a FABULOUS kitty brother to our Shetland Sheepdog!

cgittleman at mi dot rr dot com

Corey said...

I'd give Cattitude to my wife. I think she would like her prize.

Blood Rose Books said...

Well I dont have a cat but I do have a puppy and she is very funny when she discovers now things. Like snow this year, she could not figure it out, but all she knows is that she loves to eat it, to the point where she is jumping up to catch the snowflakes before they hit the ground, lol
Thanks for the giveaway
j-9-book [at] hotmail [dot] com

Ratri Anugrah said...

I have to incredible cats. The male named Pug (>2years old) He is so lovely and has a good heart. He loves to sit out door and enjoy the fresh air. He has a little voice and it's cute! He is also smart. He won't follow me to the gate when I say I wanna go to campus.

The other cat is female named Chipi. She's still (>1 years old). She likes to play a lot! Now she's learning how to jump from the stairs to the table. She looks so tiny even she's also fat. I think her head is as small as when she was 4 months old. Chipi has a big voice and yeah she wakes us up every 5 am so we need no alarm.

My parents and I are really love animal, especially cat. My dad used to like bird, but he changed his mind. I think this book would be our favorite one.

I have followed your blog with GFC and bloglovin'. I also have tweeted. Wish me luck!

Little Miss Titch said...

looks a fun book

Yvette said...

I love books about cats and I'd love to read Cattitude by Edie Ramer.

Yvette said...

I shared Cattitude by Edie Ramer on Google+

Edie Ramer said...

Avalon, thanks again for inviting me! Molly, thank yo for commenting.

Edie Ramer said...

Katie, that's too funny about your cats. I'm taking notes and expect to have an ear-licking cat in a future book.

Jami, meet another sucker for cat books. Even before I was a cat mommy, I read all the Cat Who series by Lillian Jackson Braun and the Mrs. Murphy books by Rita Mae Brown.

Caren, wow! It sounds like you won the cat lottery with Cody. My dog isn't anywhere near as good as Cody.

Corey, that's very sweet of you!

J-9, my dog loves to eat snow! And isn't it fun to throw snowballs at them?

Speedy and Yvette, thanks for commenting!

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Unknown said...

I have a little white fluffball named Scooter that races up to me for snuggles whenever I come home (even if I've only been gone for a few minutes!)

Penumbra said...

We don't have any cats because of allergies. But I'd love to read this book first because the title caught my attention and the premise of a human and animal switching bodies is intriguing :)


Ratri Anugrah said...

hey, i posted something about my cats in here this morning. but where is it now? there was still 6-7comments.

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wjchick said...

my cat tries to read over my sholder it's really cute

Meghan said...

Well, I don't have a cat, but I DO have a dog. His name is Gershwin and he turns 15 in two weeks. He's so adorable.
Thanks for the giveaway!
Oh, and I follow via GFC: Meghan Stith

mestith at gmail dot com

Edie Ramer said...

Bridget, in current book, I have a little white fluffball. She befriends a small girl. I'll add snuggles into their story.

Penumbbra, sorry about the allergies! And good luck!

Hi, Ratri. I'm glad your comment is up now.

WJ, that is funny. My cat just pushes the book out of her way so I can pet her.

Megham, LOVE the name Gershwin for a dog or a cat! I might use it sometime.:)

walkabout said...

I would love this book,It reminds me of my favourite Disney Movie,"The 3 Lives of Thomasina"

Wayne Leroy said...

Please Enter Me In Your Book Giveaway. It Would Be Great To Win A Copy Of Cattitude.

Thank You For Having This Book Giveaway!!!!!!!

Edie Ramer said...

Walkabout, I never saw that! I'll have to see if I can rent it. BTW, your name would be a good cat name. :)

Edie Ramer said...

Wayne, good luck on the giveaway!

Unknown said...

Hello! I had seven cats when I was still in the Philippines. All of them looked the same but I could easily identify which is which because I have a "key" where I drew each cat and where their black spots are. Sadly, five of my kittens died because of the bad weather. I (always) feed and protect them from the cold but I was in school when it happened. Poor little kittens :< Then after a few months, Kiki (the kitten that survived), bit me but in a very playful way. It didn't hurt and I didn't get an infection so it was okay. I love cats! Sadly, I don't have any pets right now. Parents' rules. :[ My cats were very adorable and when they purr, my day is complete. Thank you for this giveaway!

Edie Ramer said...

Alenette, that's very sad about your kittens. Yes, cats do bite. I have to be very careful petting my cat's belly.

Kitties Blue said...

There are eight of us and our mommy writes about us and our nine predecessors on her blog because her short attention span kept getting her stalled out on writing a book. Each of us and the angels are and were special. According to Mom, Madison was "The Best Cat Ever." He was featured in today's WW post. Would love to win the book. Purrs and hugs from the kitties at The Cat On My Head, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Josette

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Em said...

I think this story sounds refreshingly new, will add to my TBR

Anonymous said...

Visit and follow from Blog Hop.
would be nice if you can link up at my blog.
Have a nice day.

Edie Ramer said...

Kitties Blue, I'll have to check out your blog. Love the cat names!

Edie Ramer said...

Em, it's a fun book. I hope you enjoy it!

Edie Ramer said...

Nantawan, you have a nice day, too.

Unknown said...

I don't have a cat but I have a cute dog named Charlie :) I am following via GFC and Twitter.



Anonymous said...

We have two cats, and I think that my daughter would love this book.


Lisa Hollinger said...

my cats eat raw potatoes

Danielle Murgia said...

My cat always steals a piece of the dog's food before I put it down for the dog in the morning.


Sarah Leonard said...

Congrats on your cat being famous in film and in print! Also - awesome giveaway. I love the idea of cattitude - my two kitties certainly have plenty of that. Maybe they could teach me a thing or two!

Thanks for linking up!

Sarah @ A Cat-Like Curiosity

Cindy said...

I have one cat, Jellybean, who loves to play with a Cat Dancer (long wire with rolled up strips of paper at the end). If we don’t play with him, he’ll pick up one end in his mouth, causing the other end to move, at which point he’ll start chasing it in a circle. It’s hilarious!

I have another cat, Lacey, who loves to go outside. We have a cat flap leading into our backyard which is surrounded by a cat fence. When it’s time for the cats to come in, I lock the flap so they can only come in but not go out. If Lacey is in and wants to go out when the flap is locked, she bumps her head against the door, bumps again, again, again… you get the picture!

Our cat Buster is a big ham. If he’s up on top of the cat tree and we say “Show me how cute you are,” he will pose in many different ways: curling up, covering his face with his paws, and really just being so cute and adorable! We try not to laugh!

Melanie said...

My lovely snow-shoe siamese, Misty, likes to watch TV with me. She will settle down on my left side, curled up in the crook of my arm. Then, the acrobatics begin. She sits up right, slouches down, turns sideways a little bit, puts both back legs over her head, reaches one front leg through the back legs, and holds her tail with both front paws. This, according to Misty, is how you watch TV.

Melanie said...

I liked the Facebook page for another entry. For those of you who would like to see how Misty sits, here are a couple of photos:



Tami Valentine said...

I have 4 cats, all girls. 2 are Calico and 2 are Torties. Fearless, Chloe, Zooy, and Charlie.
They are jealous of my love for Avalon!


Tami Valentine said...

I pinned giveaway on Pinterest.


Tami Valentine said...

I stumbled Avalon!



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I shared on FB.

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I follow Avalon on Pinterest.
I pinned Avalon to one of my boards.


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I follow Avalon on Bloglovin.


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Tami Valentine said...

I'm Avalon's #1 fan on FB.

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Tami Valentine said...

I'm "stalking" Avalon on Twitter. ha!


Tami Valentine said...

I'm following Avalon's mommy on g+

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Tami Valentine said...

I communicate with Avalon via e-mail.


Tami Valentine said...

I'm watching Avalon via GFC.

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Unknown said...

I want to win this as a gift for a friend! Thanks for the chance!

supercoupongirl AT gmail.com

♡♥♬ Carolsue ♡♥♬ said...

I love cat stories! I have a Maine Coon Cat that was a rescue cat. We've had him 2 years now! He's the biggest chicken you ever saw -- change anything in the house and he freaks out! So funny.
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I like you on Facebook as Carolsue Anderson
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I follow you on Pinterest as cezovski9
And I pinned this giveaway
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Julia Neville said...

Formerly feral Tillytoo was found at the shelter.The sincere intent was to tame and foster her and let her go. In less than a month, she had flirted and danced her way into my heart and I flunked the fostering thing and promised to keep her forever. Her favorite pastime is flipping fake mice. I’ve been noticing the mouse toys moving. From a dark corner in the back bedroom, through the livingtoom to the hallway. Closer and closer to where the family hangs out. Last I looked there were five mice behind the la-z-boy chair. All in a neat little row.

Lanaya | Raising Reagan said...

Vanessa ... your cat has quite the life!! I hope Avalon is doing well on this Sunday!

Thank you for linking to Raising Imperfection.
Please come back Friday to see if you were featured. :)

(¸¤ Lanaya | xoxo

Leslie @ Violet Imperfection said...

What a neat idea for a book!

Thank you for linking up to Raising Imperfection!
Make sure to check back on Friday to see if you were featured.

Michelle S. said...

I have several cats, Eb and Daisy are brother and sister I got as kittens in 1997. In her younger days Daisy went outside and looked for some other animal to terrorize, she chased anything that came in HER yard which included the neighbors bulls and the other neighbors dog. If she got bored she would go to the neighbors house and chase his sheep. She is now retired from her career as the neighborhood terror and sleeps in her recliner most days.

Michelle S. said...

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Unknown said...

My cat Bernie feels as if she needs to walk me to the bathroom, she will also "talk" to me and swat my feet if I do not reach down to pet her.

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Bellen said...

My cat Tungsten comes to bed with me every night, and most of the time, she will wait until I’m comfortable, then come up to my face and lick it. This is hardly unusual but she knows I am ready for it and try to ward her wet tongue off. She’ll lick me in a different place each night, wherever I’m not expecting it. Then, while I’m wiping her saliva off me, she purrs and purrs, and settles down for the night. I think it’s her game, and she likes trying to out-manoeuvre me – which she does every time.

Bellen said...

I’ve already left a comment, but here’s another. Tucker, my newest cat, will flick a kernel of hard-food from the bowl onto the floor, then knock it around the linoleum, chasing it. Tucker likes doing it because it’s fun and he gets to eat his ‘toy’ at the end of the game – if he doesn’t just forget it and leave it to be inadvertently crushed by me later in the day. Some days there will be four or five kernels waiting on the floor like little booby-traps. This may be the last word in ‘playing with your food’.

Unknown said...

I love Cat books, I have two cats, Yeller is the awnry one, runs, jumps, uses me as a climbing post and is very playful chases and brings me pompom balls so I will throw them again. Tory is the quiet loveable one, likes to site and be petted, lets you love on her when she wants to . I would not trade my cats for anything they make my day and give me alot of amusement.

Mindy said...

Socks and Luna really don’t do anything too humorous.

Jack on the other hand has a fetish for my father’s dirty laundry. He loves the manly smells and likes to roll around on my dad’s dirty clothes that he leaves on his bed.


Much Love,

Edie Ramer said...

Thanks to everyone for all the comments! I'm definitely going to use some of this cat info in future books. Very funny about the dirty clothes fetish.

TheVegan said...

My cat is a total spoiled brat! He gets canned salmon and tuna for treats, and I even cook him a piece of fresh salmon when we happen to be eating it! If we don't give it to him quickly enough he'll run over to our plates and steal it! lol

Debbie Lewis said...

I love my cat but sometimes I think he is pure evil. Likes to scare people and attack

Emi said...

We have 2 cats, Tom and Becky. My sister in law agreed to take care of them while wer were on vacation but did not want to drive over to our house so she took them over to hers. Then she left the window open at her house in an area that they were unfamiliar with that had coyotes. One month later we found Becky. Two months later we found Tom. We scattered the area with old clothes, left food out for them daily, brought their cat tree over, brought their toys over. Posted the area with signs - it was a ton of work but leaving our scent around was what worked.

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