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Feral Paws Jazzy and Rocky: Best Friends Forever

FROM THE December 9 ISSUE

IN THE Feral Paws Rescue SECTION

by Lupe Gore


When a shelter contacts Feral Paws Rescue, it is usually to pull kittens, or a family, or a stray cat (friendly or feral) brought in by Animal Control, or a cat who was surrendered by their owner and hasn’t been adopted within the allotted time designated by the shelter and is scheduled to be euthanized. Jazzy and Rocky were at different shelters, but now have found friendship with each other and a happy life at Feral Paws Rescue.

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Wagging Through the Snow By Laurien Berenson: Review/Giveaway

FROM THE December 9 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Sandra Murphy




Melanie Travis tries to live a calm life, but with five standard Poodles, a terrier, a son from a previous marriage, a supportive second husband and a four-year-old boy, it’s about impossible. Add in her Aunt Peg, former Poodle breeder, current dog show judge, and ever a critic, Melanie’s school work, and an impulsive brother, and she’s got her hands full.

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Valley Animal Center: Voldemort

FROM THE December 9 ISSUE

IN THE Animal Rescue Adventures SECTION

by Joseph Riloquio


Voldemort is a five-month-old black and white male domestic short hair kitten. This adorable guy got his name due to his cleft palate which makes him resemble the popular Harry Potter character of the same name.

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More Christmas Mysteries For Your Holidays

FROM THE December 9 ISSUE

IN THE Cynthia Chow SECTION

by Sandra Murphy,
Cynthia Chow
& Theodore Feit



This week we have 5 more Christmas mysteries for your holiday reading-Hark the Herald Angels Slay: A Year-Round Christmas Mystery by Vicki Delany, Not a Creature was Purring: A Paws & Claws Mystery by Krista Davis, Slay Bells Ring: Caprice De Luca Home Staging Mystery by Karen Rose Smith, Yuletide Homicide>/em>: A Wiccan Wheel Mystery by Jennifer David Hesse, and The Ghost of Christmas Past: A Molly Murphy Mystery by Rhys Bowen.

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Christmas Parades

FROM THE December 9 ISSUE

IN THE Arts & Entertainment SECTION

by Mallory Moad




It’s Christmastime, and all over the Central San Joaquin Valley the season is being celebrated with parades. What could be easier? You just get a bunch of people, a few floats, and a marching band or two, and you’re good to go, right? Wrong! Behind every conglomeration of sights and sounds there are hours, days, weeks, and months of preparation and organization.

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Kay Kringle’s Christmas Trees

FROM THE December 9 ISSUE

IN THE Community SECTION

by Kathy Eide Casas



If you’re looking for the freshest, the greenest, the very best Christmas tree around, look no further than the infamous Kay Kringle’s Christmas Trees. Located in Christmas Tree Country (aka 8805 Highway 41 in Fresno just north of the San Joaquin River), this family owned Christmas Tree Ranch offers a Christmas tree shopping experience like no other.

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Twelve Slays of Christmas A Christmas Tree Farm Mystery By Jacqueline Frost: Review/Giveaway

FROM THE December 9 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Sandra Murphy




A Christmas Eve wedding sounds so romantic, but when the groom backs out less than two weeks before the big day, it’s heart-wrenching. It would be one thing if he just had cold feet. It’s a whole other kind of hurt when he says he met someone more “Zen.”

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Murder on the Toy Town Express By Barbara Early: Review/Giveaway/Guest Post

FROM THE December 9 ISSUE

IN THE Cynthia Chow SECTION

by Cynthia Chow
& Barbara Early


A costumed superhero takes a less-than-majestic flight in the second mystery featuring Liz McCall and the Well Played Vintage Toyshop. November’s East Aurora Train and Toy Show in Western New York is a profitable opportunity for Liz and her father to promote their vintage toys before the holiday season, but Liz never expected that her childhood nemesis would be hosting the comic book booth next to her.

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Idyll Fears By Stephanie Gayle: Review/Giveaway

FROM THE December 9 ISSUE

IN THE Lorie Lewis Ham SECTION

by Lorie Lewis Ham


Idyll Fears by Stephanie Gayle is the second book in her mystery series featuring gay Chief of Police Thomas Lynch. The books are set in the small town of Idyll, Connecticut in the late 1990s.

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NextUp: Making a Difference For Foster Kids at Reedley College

FROM THE December 9 ISSUE

IN THE Education SECTION

by Lorie Lewis Ham


Earlier this year I learned about a program at Reedley College called NextUp-it is a program that helps support foster youth at community colleges. So I took some time to chat with Aaren Cobb, Ed.D, NextUp Counselor/Coordinator at Reedley College, to learn more about what this program does.

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New Syrian Neighbors Greatly Enrich FIRM Community and Beyond

FROM THE December 9 ISSUE

IN THE Helping Hands SECTION

by Zachary D. Darrah


Fresno Interdenominational Refugee Ministries (FIRM) continues serving the community in Fresno for almost its twenty-fourth year. Throughout over two decades, people from all over the world have come through their doors seeking support, love, and hope. As FIRM continues to fulfill its mission of “sharing Christ’s love to build communities of hope with New Americans,” it seems that there continues to be more and more needs.

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It Cannoli Be Murder By Karoline Barrett: Review/Giveaway

FROM THE December 9 ISSUE

IN THE Food Fun SECTION

by Kathleen Costa



Karoline Barrett is the author of a popular three-book cozy mystery series, the Bread and Batter Mystery, introducing Molly Tyler and Olivia Williams, best friends and co-owners of the Bread and Batter Bakery set in Destiny, New York. First published in 2015 with Bun for Your Life, the BFF team find themselves in the middle of an argument over a prime booth location at the Apple Harvest Festival which leads to Molly being labeled the prime suspect in a murder.

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Tales of a Thought Reader By Barry Wiley: Review/Giveaway

FROM THE December 9 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Terrance McArthur



The Chevalier Stuart Cumberland is a real stage magician who entertained in many countries, astonishing audiences and royals with his ability to seemingly read thoughts. Barry H. Wiley has created a fictional biography that combines David Copperfield, The Amazing Kreskin, and James Bond into a rollicking journey through the past, Tales of a Thought Reader.

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Miracle on 34th Street On Stage at The Reedley Opera House

FROM THE December 6 ISSUE

IN THE Terrance V. Mc Arthur SECTION

by Terrance McArthur


Reedley’s River City Theatre Company has the perfect Christmas present for you. You don’t have to wrap it, and you can order it with dinner. Get yourself to Reedley to see a stage version of Miracle on 34th Street, based on the novelization of the 1947 screenplay.

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