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The Cat House on the Kings: Wedding Bells & Kitten Season

FROM THE May 28 ISSUE

IN THE Animal Rescue Adventures SECTION

by Jackie Dale



The Cat House on the Kings is operating at a frenzied pace because the kitten season is in full swing. The phone rings nonstop, and there is just not enough room for all the kittens we are asked to take. To say we are overrun with kittens is like saying the ocean is a little bit wet. The local stores are having a hard time keeping up with the demand for formula and kitten bottles.

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The Art of Murder By Elaine Viets: Review/Giveaway

FROM THE May 28 ISSUE

IN THE Cynthia Chow SECTION

by Cynthia Chow


Coronado Investigations is having a bit of a slow period, which explains why one-half of the married duo is taking a tour of Fort Lauderdale’s Bonnet House Museum. The converted plantation home is renowned for its artwork and gorgeous garden, and that is where Helen Hawthorne and her landlady Margery first spot the frail, but undeniably talented, artist Annabel Lee Griffin. It’s also the last time, as before she leaves Annabel collapses in the Bonnet House parking lot.

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NAMI – The National Alliance on Mental Health

FROM THE May 28 ISSUE

IN THE Lorie Lewis Ham SECTION

by Lorie Lewis Ham



Since May is Mental Health Month, we have been featuring a mental health related article every week. To end this month, we interviewed Bob Carolla, Senior Writer, Communications & Public Affairs, at NAMI (The National Alliance on Mental Health) about what they are and what they do.

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Great Food Search: Javier’s Mexican Restaurant

FROM THE May 28 ISSUE

IN THE Terrance V. Mc Arthur SECTION

by Terrance Mc Arthur


I’ve been going to Javier’s Mexican Restaurant (5680 E. Kings Canyon) in the Sunnyside area for years, probably decades, in its converted bank building east of Clovis Avenue. Imagine the surprise of parking by the east-side entrance and finding it sealed off! Javier’s is not gone; the front door has moved to the north side. There is now patio seating and an ADA-compliant ramp!

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Irish Stewed By Kylie Logan: Review/Interview/Giveaway

FROM THE May 28 ISSUE

IN THE Cynthia Chow SECTION

by Cynthia Chow


Until it all went south, Laurel Inwood spent six years living it up as the personal chef for Hollywood movie actress Meghan Cohan. Accustomed to exotic locations, luxurious accommodations, and an unlimited budget for gourmet ingredients, Laurel had the best of everything so long as she catered to the whims of the celebrity star. False accusations of leaking information now have Laurel blacklisted and out of a job, which is how she finds herself in Hubbard, Ohio.

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To Catch a Treat By Linda O. Johnston: Review/Guest Post/Giveaway

FROM THE May 28 ISSUE

IN THE Cynthia Chow SECTION

by Cynthia Chow
& Linda O. Johnston


Considering that Carrie Kennersly practically raised and continues to support her little brother, she is understandably still protective of 28 year-old Neal. The prime reason Carrie agrees to accompany Neal on the hiking tour he leads is to meet his new two-day-old love interest, Janelle Blaystone. Any initial reservations Carrie may have had are immediately set aside when she hears of Janelle’s heart-wrenching tale of losing her beloved Labrador, Goliath. Go was dognapped out of their dog park in LA, apparently only one a string of designer dogs and purebreds to have been snatched.

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Coming Attractions: June Is Busting Out All Over Edition

FROM THE May 28 ISSUE

IN THE Coming Attractions! SECTION

by Sunny Frazier


June is often time to get hitched, so let’s start with Wedding Bel Blues, the first in a new series by Maggie McConnon. Belfast McGrath has spent 15 years avoiding her brash Irish family.

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Rock-A-Bye Bones By Carolyn Haines: Review/Giveaway

FROM THE May 28 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Sandra Murphy


Sarah Booth Delaney has been through the wringer. She’s recovering, as are her friends, but it’s taking longer than any of them would like. A nice long rest would help, but it’s not going to happen anytime soon.

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Reedley History: The Rebel and the Queen

FROM THE May 28 ISSUE

IN THE Hometown History SECTION

by Jim Bulls


This saga starts in the old Lincoln School back in 1949. Mr. Hank Rasmussen, the bank manager at Bank of America, had set up a teller’s booth in the hallway of Lincoln and Washington schools, offering savings accounts to the students in order to teach them responsibility and good banking habits. Remember this was an era when credit cards were in their infancy and an ATM was unheard of.

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Midnight Marked By Chloe Neill: Review/Giveaway

FROM THE May 28 ISSUE

IN THE Fantasy & Fangs SECTION

by Terrance Mc Arthur



Midnight Marked is the twelfth Chicagoland Vampires novel by Chloe Neill. Some sources are saying it’s the next to last. In book time, Merit has only been a vampire for a year. A lot has happened in that year. After being attacked, then changed to a high-hemoglobin diet to save her life, she has become the Sentinel of the most powerful house of vampires in Chicago, guarding Ethan, now sharing his bed and life, but he still hasn’t put a ring on it—it can be a wild life.

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Triple J Alpaca Farm

FROM THE May 28 ISSUE

IN THE Mallory Moad SECTION

by Mallory Moad




What’s curious, quiet, and soft as a cuddly plush toy? An alpaca!
I first laid eyes on these charming critters in Reedley’s Fiesta Parade, accompanied by a sign that displayed contact information for free alpaca farm tours. My immediate reaction: Let’s go! I made the call and on April 7 was on my way to the Triple J Alpaca Farm for an up-close-and-personal encounter.

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A Zanzibar Travel Adventure

FROM THE May 28 ISSUE

IN THE Maria Ruiz SECTION

by Maria Ruiz



The train from Zambia back to Dar es Salaam passed through another animal reserve. We watched giraffes race along on one side of the car, and on the other, a herd of antelope. The car we were in was filled with tourists, and all of us were crowded at the windows, trying to film the galloping animals. The work strike between the train and the dining room personnel had not yet been settled, but this time we brought enough food to see us through.

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Hello Dolly! On Stage at Roger Rocka’s

FROM THE May 25 ISSUE

IN THE Terrance V. Mc Arthur SECTION

by Terrance Mc Arthur


Janet Glaudé has been a go-to performer with the Good Company Players for many years, and she finally has a leading role she can claim for hers—Dolly Gallagher Levi in Hello, Dolly! Dolly is a woman who is good at meddling in the lives of others, and Janet will be meddling in the hearts of her audiences at Roger Rocka’s through July 17.

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Fresno Bully Rescue Plans for a New Site

FROM THE May 21 ISSUE

IN THE Animal Rescue Adventures SECTION

by Lorie Lewis Ham


Fresno Bully Rescue is working toward moving to a new location so we took some time to chat with their director Bridgette Boothe about the move.

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