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Cat House on the Kings: UnWanted Black Cats, Pokemon Fever, Kitten Therapy, Rescues, & TNR

FROM THE July 23 ISSUE

IN THE Animal Rescue Adventures SECTION

by Jackie Dale



It has been a grueling month of heat and kittens. Endless, endless kittens. However the 2-week “Every Kitten Counts~Every Dollar Counts” fundraiser was a tremendous success!! The goal of $25,000 was reached, and there are just not sufficient words to convey our gratitude to you, our loyal fans and supporters. With the number of cats and kittens that come through the doors during the summer months, the additional funds mean that we can say, “Yes” more than we have to say, “No.” Unfortunately The Cat House can’t take in every single kitten. Particularly if they are black. Black cats and kittens are the most underadopted group of cats.

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Murder Has Nine Lives By Laura Levine: Review/Giveaway

FROM THE July 23 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Sandra Murphy


Jaine Austen and her cat, Prozac, are back. Prozac has been discovered and is determined to be the next cat rock star in the advertising world. After all, the main talent needed is to eat like there’s no tomorrow and then take a nap. If anyone is qualified to do that, it’s Prozac.

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The Wakehouse Woodfire Grill and Barrel in Reedley

FROM THE July 23 ISSUE

IN THE Food Fun SECTION

by Lorie Lewis Ham


Kelly’s Beach was a part of Reedley for many years, but last year it was sold and has been turned into the Wakehouse Woodfire Grill and Barrel. We took a moment to chat with manager and talent buyer Justin Simmons about Wakehouse. Justin just joined the team at the beginning of June and is excited to be a part of what looks to be the most happening place in Reedley.

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A Bunch of July Mysteries From Penguin & Kensington

FROM THE July 23 ISSUE

IN THE Cynthia Chow SECTION

by Cynthia Chow
& Sandra Murphy


We have a bunch of mysteries from Penguin & Kensington authors this week for your July reading fun, with crafts, food, animals & more-Gone with the Wool: Yarn Retreat Mystery by Betty Hechtman, Dressed to Kilt: Scottish Highlands series by Hannah Reed, Final Fondue: A Five-Ingredient Mystery by Maya Corrigan, Take the Monkey and Run: A Call of the Wilde Mystery by Laura Morrigan, and Toasting Up Trouble: A Dinner Club Mystery by Linda Wiken. Details at the end of this post on how to win a copies of all 5 books, and a link to purchase them.

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Death at the Day Lily Café By Wendy Sand Eckel: Review/Giveaway/Guest Post

FROM THE July 23 ISSUE

IN THE Food Fun SECTION

by Sandra Murphy
& Wendy Sand Eckel


Rosalie Hart was happily married when her husband announced he was not, and he wanted a divorce. She’s been able to move on and that included finally opening the café of her dreams. She inherited a farm from her aunt and with the help of Tyler, her next door neighbor, now has chickens for free range eggs, organically grown veggies, and plans to go much bigger. The café opens to a great success. So far, they’re open three days a week, soon expanding to four. As they get their balance, it will be a seven day place to eat and will include dinner and drinks.

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A Grave Prediction By Victoria Laurie: Review/Giveaway

FROM THE July 23 ISSUE

IN THE Cynthia Chow SECTION

by Cynthia Chow


Professional psychic Abby Cooper has come a long way in proving her value to local enforcement. In fact, she is now an official consultant to the Austin’s Cold Case Division within the FBI, working alongside her husband and her best friend’s husband. Unfortunately, this has also led to Abby becoming a political pawn within the bureau, with her boss’s, her husband’s, and the Cold Case agents’ jobs all on the line.

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Q & A With Clovis Author Kasie West

FROM THE July 23 ISSUE

IN THE Every Other Book SECTION

by Lorie Lewis Ham


This week we are interviewing Clovis, California YA author Kasie West about her writing and her new book P.S. I Like You which comes out this month. She lives in Clovis with her husband and four children. Kasie will be having her book launch on July 28 at Clovis Book Barn-details at the end of this post. There are also details on how to win a copy of the book, and a link to purchase it.

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The British Are Coming! The British Are Coming! Part 2: Inspector Lewis & Endeavour

FROM THE July 23 ISSUE

IN THE Kathleen Costa SECTION

by Kathleen Costa


Inspector Morse concluded its run in 2000, but not its popularity. “What will the next invasion bring?” Two spin-off dramas crossed to our shores providing a positive nod to the original, yet unique enough to become favorites among the “Morse” fans.

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Alice Mongoose and Alistair Rat in Hawaii By Mary Pfaff

FROM THE July 23 ISSUE

IN THE Diana Hockley SECTION

by Diana Hockley


Alice Mongoose lives with her parents in a big house in India, where they happily eat eggs for breakfast, lunch and dinner! Alice goes to the market one day and sees an advertisement encouraging mongooses to go to Hawaii. Flushed with excitement, Alice and her parents pack her suitcases and steam-trunk (they didn’t have back-packs in those days!) and she sets sail for her new job.

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Handbaskets, Drawers, and A Killer Cold: Mystery Short Story

FROM THE July 23 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Kaye George


“If your brother screws up once more…” Cal Arnold’s tirade skittered to a stop at the expression on his wife’s face.
“Yeah? What you gonna do about it?” Marcy’s sneer, as usual, lately, went to Cal’s heart.
The kitchen radio, tuned to Chicago’s super station, WGN, ground out a continuing gloomy winter forecast: flurries, cold, windy.

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Beauty and the Beast Presented by CenterStage Clovis Community Theatre

FROM THE July 20 ISSUE

IN THE Lorie Lewis Ham SECTION

by Lorie Lewis Ham


Beauty and the Beast is one of my favorite fairytales–it teaches the moral that real beauty is on the inside. I have seen it performed on stage many times, most recently this past weekend presented by CenterStage Clovis Community Theatre. And who hasn’t seen the Disney movie.

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The Pursuit By Janet Evanovich & Lee Goldberg: Review/Giveaway

FROM THE July 16 ISSUE

IN THE Cynthia Chow SECTION

by Cynthia Chow


Only Nicholas Fox could be attacked, kidnapped out of his vacation rental in Hawaii, and wake up in a coffin…feeling rather calm. There is only one Nick Fox of course, the internationally famous jewel thief who for the past few years has been working discreetly with the FBI to capture criminals through less-than-legal methods. Kate O’Hare, the FBI agent initially dedicated to seeing him behind bars, will now do anything to find Nick and ensure the safety of the man who now gives her the feelings of warm fuzzies.

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A Toxic Trousseau By Juliet Blackwell: Review/Giveaway

FROM THE July 16 ISSUE

IN THE Cynthia Chow SECTION

by Cynthia Chow


Considering that her familiar is a goblin-gargoyle who transforms into a food-motivated pot-bellied pig, Lily Ivory shouldn’t have been too surprised that his antics would land them in trouble. She never expected that it would arrive in the form of a lawsuit though, one accusing Oscar of head-butting a customer, causing head and neck injuries, and reducing the quality of life.

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Fresno Bully Rescue: Blue

FROM THE July 16 ISSUE

IN THE Animal Rescue Adventures SECTION

by Charlie Jones


I never realistically considered fostering a dog, much less a Pit Bull, a breed about which I had heard so many horror stories. One night, though, while catching up on Facebook, I came across a post which had been forwarded by a good friend who had recently adopted a Staffordshire Bull Terrier puppy from Fresno Bully Rescue. The post said that a female SBT and her three pups would be taken to a kill shelter the next day if no one was able to foster her immediately, because her owner was no longer able or willing to care for them.

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