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Cat House on the Kings: Auction Donations; The Good, The Bad & The Ugly; Other News

FROM THE March 25 ISSUE

IN THE Animal Rescue Adventures SECTION

by Jackie Dale



The Open House is fast approaching and will be here before you know it. Please, please, please think of something you could donate to our silent auction. The auction is the big money maker for The Cat House and we really need your donations. With the number of abandoned, rescued, and injured animals coming in, we need your help more than ever. I challenge everyone to find something they can donate to our auction.

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March Food Mysteries From Penguin/Kensington

FROM THE March 25 ISSUE

IN THE Cynthia Chow SECTION

by Sandra Murphy
& Cynthia Chow


This week we have reviews & giveaways of a bunch of fun food mysteries-Cold Pressed Murder: An Olive Grove Mystery by Kelly Lane, Kneaded to Death: A Bread Shop Mystery By Winnie Archer, Roux the Day: A Dinner Club Mystery by Linda Wiken, and When the Grits Hit the Fan: A Country Store Mystery by Maddie Day. Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win a copy of all 4 books, along with links you can use to purchase them.

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EPIc Dog Tales & Purple Day® for Canine Epilepsy

FROM THE March 25 ISSUE

IN THE Books & Tales SECTION

by Dorothy Wills-Raftery


Your dog suddenly goes into a seizure. What do you do? Do you call the vet? Is there something you can do to help? Are the blindness and confusion normal after a seizure? Can dogs with Canine Epilepsy live a normal life? What medications are available? Are there support groups and resources for families with epileptic dogs (Epi-dogs) to turn to? What triggers a seizure?

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Wedding’s To Die For With Maggie McDonnon & Marla Cooper

FROM THE March 25 ISSUE

IN THE Cynthia Chow SECTION

by Cynthia Chow


This week we are part of the Wedding’s To Die For blog tour with Maggie McDonnon & Marla Cooper. We have reviews and giveaways of their latest books-Bel of the Brawl: A Belfast McGrath Mystery and Dying on the Vine: Kelsey McKenna Destination Wedding Mysteries, along with interviews with both of them.

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Summer Reading: Mystery Short Story

FROM THE March 25 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Nina Mansfield


The beach was so crowded it was hard for Alex to find a spot for her thighs. The debate played out in her head—sit closer to the parking lot or closer to the water. Where would the glare from her thighs be less blinding? She planted her beach chair on a patch of sand not far from her car, and regretted it later, when, after just a few minutes in the sun, she had overheated and needed to take a dip. She had to waddle on the rocky sand past the group of men, who she couldn’t quite decide if they were straight or gay.

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Dead Seekers By Barb & J.C. Hendee: Review/Giveaway

FROM THE March 25 ISSUE

IN THE Fantasy & Fangs SECTION

by Terrance McArthur


Mari, of a wandering clan, can turn feline. She wants revenge on the man who unleashed ghosts that killed her family and kinfolk. He is known as the Dead’s Man.
Tris was born dead, but lived. Now, he can battle and banish ghosts. He is known as the Dead’s Man.
Tris and Mari were made for each other.

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Suicide Prevention, The Value of Collaborations, part 1: Who?

FROM THE March 25 ISSUE

IN THE Mental Health SECTION

by Noah Whitaker




Suicide is a complex behavior just as we all are complex individuals. A suicidal person can be a person at any point on our walk through life. There are greater risks and protective factors present, but suicide can occur among all races, ages, religious affiliations or philosophies (or lack thereof), economic statuses, ages, and professions. It is important to remember this complexity when thinking about approaching prevention efforts.

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Coming Attractions: No April Fools Jokes in These Titles!

FROM THE March 25 ISSUE

IN THE Coming Attractions! SECTION

by Sunny Frazier


Kathi Daley has started a new series! Appropriately named First Case, it’s the first case in the Writers Retreat Series. Jillian Hanford’s journalism career is pretty much defunct when she gets a call from a former editor.

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Silence of the Flans By Laura Bradford: Review/Giveaway/Interview

FROM THE March 25 ISSUE

IN THE Cynthia Chow SECTION

by Cynthia Chow


Although a drastic hike in rent forced Winnie Johnson to give up her beloved bakery, an unexpected inheritance allowed her to create the Emergency Dessert Squad, where on-demand customized delicacies are delivered by a vintage ambulance. Less welcome is the gift that came in the form of hissing feline Lovey, who seems to love everyone except Winnie. Otherwise, prospects for the business look to be on an upswing; at least right until the recipient of one of the Emergency Dessert Squad’s latest deliveries is found poisoned to death by pastry.

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Jessica’s March Video Game News

FROM THE March 25 ISSUE

IN THE Arts & Entertainment SECTION

by Jessica Ham



March has been full of exciting video game announcements that have people buzzing. March is usually a slow time for games as people are just waiting for the big summer releases but this March has been an exception.

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New Shoes

FROM THE March 25 ISSUE

IN THE Maria Ruiz SECTION

by Maria Ruiz




Ted was never one to spend a lot of money on his clothes. He had a pair of sandals that he had purchased from a bin at Safeway before we left on our worldwide trip. The soles had once had ridges which had worn off years before. They now were flat and slick.

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Cosmo, The Talkative Grey Parrot

FROM THE March 25 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Betty Jean Craige


When I started writing my Witherston Murder Mystery series—Downstream, Fairfield’s Auction, and Dam Witherston—I could use two hands to type. Now I am proceeding more slowly, at least during daylight hours, because Cosmo, my very talkative African Grey Parrot, wants to cuddle on my lap. If I don’t keep caressing her with my left hand she reminds me: “Cosmo wanna cuddle.” So I have learned to type with my right hand.

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HMS Pinafore: On Stage at 2nd Space

FROM THE March 20 ISSUE

IN THE Terrance V. Mc Arthur SECTION

by Terrance McArthur



Political crony rewards and class division: the stuff of which today’s headlines are made. Who would expect to find these themes in an operetta that’s almost 150 years old?
Gilbert & Sullivan’s H.M.S. Pinafore—or—The Lass That Loved a Sailor has sailed into port at the Good Company Players’ 2nd Space Theatre, 928 E. Olive Avenue, docking there through April 23. Director J. Daniel Herring has recruited a crew of powerful leads to set forth on the familiar waters.

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Elementary, She Read By Vicki Delany: Review/Giveaway/Guest Post

FROM THE March 18 ISSUE

IN THE Cynthia Chow SECTION

by Cynthia Chow
& VIcki Delany


Five years ago, Gemma Doyle moved to New England from actual England to take over half of her Uncle Arthur’s Sherlock Holmes Bookshop. Her uncle claimed to have a genealogical tie to the famous author, leading to a fanaticism that led to the purchase of a store on 222 Baker Street, West London, Massachusetts, for a bookstore devoted to all things Sherlockian.

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Fresno Bully Rescue: Mama Mia

FROM THE March 18 ISSUE

IN THE Animal Rescue Adventures SECTION

by Pam Burgraff-Woody


We had planned on taking a break from fostering while we moved so that we could get things set up at our new house. One text message changed those plans—and changed them fast!
There is always a wide range of emotions I go through when I hear the backgrounds of each foster we have helped, but some hit my heart more than the others. Momma Mia was one of them.

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Lying Blind By Dianne Emley: Review/Giveaway

FROM THE March 18 ISSUE

IN THE Cynthia Chow SECTION

by Cynthia Chow


When Pasadena Homicide/Assault Police Detective Nan Vining is called to the scene of a drowning at the Casa de las Ventanas estate, she immediately knows something is hinky. Not only is the blind owner of the home, Teddy Sexton, making inappropriate jokes and not taking the crime seriously, he is acting flirtatious and a little too touchy with Nan. Teddy’s assistant/brother-in-law as well has Nan are on full alert, as the ex-con Floyd Johansing is so twitchy and ready to flee that he practically oozes guilt.

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A Story of Love By Tirath Hamilton: Review/Giveaway

FROM THE March 18 ISSUE

IN THE Books & Tales SECTION

by Tom Sims



Tara Hamilton has written another volume from her heart. The first was Cook, Grow, Love where she unfolded a legacy of sharing love through food that ultimately led her to become a chef and a farmer as well as a “farmacist,” and local food advocate in the Fresno area.

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A Slight Change in Plans: A Mystery Short Story

FROM THE March 18 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Guy Belleranti


The writer’s dinner was in full swing when I leaned close to Chelsea Yates and told her I felt ill and had to leave.
“Oh, Amanda, must you?” Chelsea’s hazel eyes fastened on me, disappointment clouding her face.
Afraid so, Ms. Perfect Mystery Writer, I wanted to say, but didn’t. I had something better planned for her, something that would put a little crimp in her pocketbook, and a bulge in mine.

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