Sunday, December 2, 2018

The Gift of Nine Lives




This week I’m announcing the publication of a new gift book for cat lovers—The Gift of Nine Lives.

As you probably know, I’ve done two earlier gift books: A Cat’s Life: Dulcy’s Story (which, for its 25th anniversary edition has an Introduction about the wondrous way the book came to be) and A Cat’s Legacy: Dulcy’s Companion Book.
The Gift of Nine Lives, which I so enjoyed writing this past year, is the cat bible of purrs, yowls, and miaows that a clowder of feline scribes originally pawed more than two millennia ago. We can be thankful that they took time from their napping to give us this treasure trove of stories that illustrate their delightful sense of superiority and their mystifying tribulations.
Within the pages of The Gift of Nine Lives, cat lovers will discover the time-honored story of Bastet-Net—the Great God of Cats—and her most perfect creation: felines.

According to this ancient tale, Bastet-Net gave her premier creation dominion over all other animals. For eons of time, the descendants of Mosi—first cat—ruled all creatures great and small. Then, forgetting the commands of Bastet-Net, cats became paunchy and indolent: slumbering often; hunting never.

Outraged by feline self-satisfaction, Runihura, an alpha canine, led his blood-thirsty followers in rebellion. Totally bemused by such surprising insubordination, cats beseeched Bastet-Net for relief.

Hearing their mews, the Great God of Cats inspired fearless felines to prophesy a liberator who would change life for cats and canines alike. So it was that Tabia, a feline born in lower Egypt, brought to the valley of the Nile a gift from Bastet-Net that just might change the way readers feel about the cats who trained them in the past, demand their devotion in the present, and will co-opt their lives in the future.

This feline bible, scratched on tightly woven tapestries by and for cats, lay hidden in the sands of Egypt for nearly two thousand years. It came to light only recently when several intrepid cat archaeologists happily unearthed their ancestors’ primeval myths.
A renowned feline scholar—Eliza Calico, head of the feline history department at Mau University in Minneapolis, Minnesota—has translated this edition of The Gift of Nine Lives.
It’s clear, I’m sure, that this gift book delights me. I giggled often while writing it. It is the result of living with cats for forty-five years. We yowl the same language!
As you know, I’m self-publishing, so I would appreciate any help you might be able to give me in bringing this gift book to the attention of others. It would make a lovely Christmas or birthday gift for any cat lover you know.
If you have some interest in The Gift of Nine Lives and/or the two other gift books, please click on the appropriate icon at the top right of this blog page. That will take you to Amazon and to the paperback and e-book formats.
Thank you in advance for your support as I pursue my heartwish to write and publish. Writing is my passion; I feel so blessed to have one. As my body ages, this passion keeps me young at heart.

Peace.

27 comments:

  1. I'm not a cat person but I'm so happy that you've been able to bring this book out in time for Christmas. Enjoying the process is half the joy of writing, the other half is sharing the results. Best of luck with the sales.

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    1. Dear Jean, thank you for the well wishing. I wonder if you are a dog person because canines play a significant role in this book!!! Peace.

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  2. -)Lovely! I will definitely order the book so I'll have it along with your others. Congratulations on getting it out before Christmas! :

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    1. Dear DJan, thanks so much, I do hope that you will enjoy it. Peace.

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  3. Oh, this looks so good. I love cats. Will definitely be looking for this book. Congrats to you.

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    1. Like you, I love cats and live with three of them right now. If you decide to get the book, it's available through Amazon. Peace.

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  4. Huge congratulations.
    How lovely to see your passion (for writing and for the magic of felines) come to life again.

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    1. Dear Sue, I"ve been healthier this year than in any since 2006 when Meniere's entered my life It feels so good to have the energy to write! Peace.

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  5. Your story and process sound quite playful; no wonder writing is keeping you young! Congratulations! I will look it up on Amazon very soon.

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    1. Dear Deanna, thanks so much and yes, it was playful. Peace.

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  6. Heading over to Amazon today to get the book and add it to my collection of all your books. What perfect timing.

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    1. Dear Patti, thanks so much for ordering the book. I think it's sort of a hoot! and I'm so hoping others will enjoy it and tell their friends about it! We have a dusting of snow here today and freezing temperatures, so I'm hunkering down and just being grateful that I can afford to heat my home and feed myself and the cats. Peace.

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    1. Dear Fishducky, thank you. I so hope you will enjoy it. I think you will really like the art. Judy King, who did "A Cat's Life," did an outstanding job with this whimsical book! Peace.

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  8. This is massive, many congratulations on your fourth book. I can just imagine you chuckling away to yourself whilst writing it, as a dog lover I'm please the canines play a significant role!
    Wren x

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    1. Dear Wren, yes, I did chuckle--and giggle--and sort of smirk at times at the antics of both cats and canines! Peace.

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  9. Congratulations on this book. You were meant to write about cats and I'm looking forward to reading it. But I have read about Bastet-Net before - was she mentioned in another book? Great that it is out just in time for Christmas.

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    1. Dear Inger, in "A CAt's Life: Dulcy's Story" there is a scene where Dulcy and I meet the Great God of Cats in a wooded area close to the farm where we lived in New Hampshire.

      Also, I've mentioned Bastet-Net in several postings! Peace.

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  10. You got it out just in time! You amaze me -- two books published in just months. I'm still trudging along on the ebook part of mine. All the photos had to be altered from the hard copy for an ebook and I didn't want to pay so I'm doing it myself.
    I hope lots of cat lovers find your book in their stocking in a couple weeks!
    xo

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  11. Oops, I also wanted to say how much I like the title!

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    1. Dear Cynthia, I so admire you for all the work you are doing for your book--for learning new things! That's where I'm failing; I'm a slow learner! But you are just moving along like the little engine that could!!!! Go for it! Peace.

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  12. Dear Dee my heartfelt congratulations for the wonderful book!

    I so enjoyed reading this interesting story about nine lives of cats!

    I am sure that there are so many cat lovers who will find your book best gift of the Christmas:)

    We all come with different gifts and your is writing!

    You meant to be an amazing writer my friend and I know how important is for you too reinvent yourself through your inspiring and beautiful words!

    Wishing you best of luck for everything ahead!
    Hugs!

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    1. Dear Baili, I so enjoyed writing this book. If you get a chance to read it, I'd love to hear what you think about it! Peace.

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