What’s up with What the Cat Read?

Hey all,

So you’re probably wondering what is up with the blog of late. I know posts have been scarce, since October, and I wouldn’t blame anyone for bailing on following. Truth be told, I was anticipating returning to blogging sooner than this and with a bit more consistency. Sadly though, life just keeps getting in the way of things, and for that I apologize. We all go through moments where things just become too much and we need to step away for a bit. This has been one of those moments for me. I’ve always said that should the time come where I ever feel like this is a job, I’d quit. And while some of the joy have diminished, the flame hasn’t completely gone out.

But I need time. Time to get my bearings straight, time to figure out what I can and cannot do. I’m not going to make any promises, not going to commit to any set schedule, nor engage in a lot of author tours. Mostly because I’d hate to say I’m going to do something and then not have it come to fruition. I also want to avoid burnout, which is something I suspect played a part in my walking away these last few months. I’m not giving up because I’ve put too much work into this site to simply let it all go. So what I am going to do is continue to keep this blog going, whether I post once a week, once a month, or whatever. There will be new content, but it will be sporadic for now. It’s my hope you all understand and don’t judge me too harshly.

Ok, so I lied, I’m going to make one promise, and one promise only. The cats and I will return to reviewing soon. Until then I greatly appreciate all of you who have stuck around.

Purrs and murrs to you all!

Cameron and the Felines  =^.^=

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We’re Making a Date with Harlequin! This Time with a Prince!

Make a Date With Harlequin!

Last year Harlequin sent two Harlequin Heroes, a Cowboy and a Viking, on real-life dates. The unsuspecting public couldn’t get enough… and their hilarious reactions were captured with hidden cameras! Remember this?

Or how about this?

By popular demand, they’ve sent 2 more heroes on dates—a Highlander and a Prince.

An enchanting prince goes on an ordinary date. Find out what happens!

Make a Date with Harlequin – Highlander

Earlier this month Harlequin asked the question “What happens when a tartan-clad Highlander goes on a real-life date?” Find out in their Make a Date with Harlequin – Highlander video which released March 6th!

Escape to your happy place when you

#MakeaDateWithHarlequin!

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Featured Novels

Release Date: March 20, 2018

Series: Vows for Billionaires #2

Publisher: Harlequin Books – Presents

Expecting royal twins can only mean one thing…

She must wear the Castiglione crown!

Royal responsibility has been drummed into Prince Vitale since childhood—but his hunger for Jazmine crushes all sense of restraint. Her unexpected pregnancy revelation leaves Vitale no choice—he knows what he must do. A temporary marriage will legitimize their twins, but when the fire between them fails to burn out, he has to wonder…could Jazz be his permanent princess?

   

Date Released: January 16, 2018

Series: Warriors of the Night #2

Publisher: Harlequin Books

The handsome Highlander who seduced her…

…is the very man she must marry!

In this Warriors of the Night story, Lianna MacKinnon seeks to avoid her betrothal to a Norman lord by giving herself to an intriguing stranger. But afterward, she discovers her sensual lover is none other than Rhys de Laurent—her betrothed—in disguise! They’ve already had their wedding night… Now there’s no escaping their marriage vows!

   

We’re Making a Date with Harlequin!

Make a Date With Harlequin!

Last year Harlequin sent two Harlequin Heroes, a Cowboy and a Viking, on real-life dates. The unsuspecting public couldn’t get enough… and their hilarious reactions were captured with hidden cameras! Remember this?

Or how about this?

By popular demand, they’ve sent 2 more heroes on dates—a Highlander and a Prince.

What happens when a tartan-clad Highlander goes on a real-life date? Check it out now!

Escape to your happy place when you #MakeaDateWithHarlequin!

Whether you need an escape from your hectic day, or have some unexpected time to yourself—you can count on Harlequin Series for great romance reads whenever and wherever you are. From inspirational romance to heart-racing suspense, sweet or steamy sagas, Harlequin has whatever you’re looking for.

Not sure what you’re into? Sample from 16 series for FREE at TryHarlequin.com and find the one—or ones—that are right for you!

Try Harlequin Today!

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Date Released: January 16, 2018

Series: Warriors of the Night #2

Publisher: Harlequin Books

The handsome Highlander who seduced her…

…is the very man she must marry!

In this Warriors of the Night story, Lianna MacKinnon seeks to avoid her betrothal to a Norman lord by giving herself to an intriguing stranger. But afterward, she discovers her sensual lover is none other than Rhys de Laurent—her betrothed—in disguise! They’ve already had their wedding night… Now there’s no escaping their marriage vows!

   

 

Web of Frost by Lindsay Smith – Excerpt & Promotional Post

A too-young queen must learn to control her powers in order to save her empire, but can she trust the man who’s taught her to use her gift?

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Release Date: February 13, 2018

Publisher: Eventide Press

Series: The Saints of Russalka

The saints of Russalka work their blessings in mysterious ways, allowing the royal family to perform miracles for their people. But the young princess Katza fears her powers. She’s seen grave visions of her bloodied hands destroying her family’s empire. When her older brother succumbs to illness, leaving her next in line for the throne, Katza turns to a young rebellious prophet named Ravin who promises to teach her how to control her gift. As unrest grows in Russalka and a foreign monarchy threatens, Ravin understands Katza’s fears and helps her find confidence in her gift, and her own heart. Under Ravin’s unorthodox training, Katza learns to hear the saints once more—until revolutionaries claim her father’s life.

Reeling and desperate, Katza draws upon darker and darker powers to stop the revolutionaries, the foreign invaders, and the members of her own court who would see her fail. But the more Ravin whispers in her ear, the more Katza questions whether he—and the saints—have her best interests at heart. She must choose between her love of Ravin and her love of Russalka itself—and decide whether her empire might not be better off without her.

   

Excerpt:

Ravin stood silent in the doorway, his clasped hands a speck of pale flesh against the black velvet of his coat and trousers. Her thoughts soared at the sight of him. She needed his counsel to make sense of her latest vision. She needed his guidance. She needed—him.

She tangled her fingers in the bedsheets and twisted them, uncomfortable with the sudden yearning that pricked at her skin.

“Prophet.” Katza’s voice cracked. She turned toward the physicker. “Please, allow us to speak privately.”

The physicker exchanged looks with Nadika, who hovered in the corner of the bedchamber. Nadika nodded, and the physicker gathered his bag and left.

Ravin moved inside, quiet as snow, and closed the door. Nadika posted herself in the doorway as he sat in the physicker’s chair at Katza’s side. Dark crescents lurked under his eyes, and his skin looked more pallid than usual. Katza felt a sudden urge to brush those crescents with her thumbs, as if they were smudges she could wipe away.

“Are you all right?” Ravin asked softly. “I’ve been worried for you. I prayed for you all evening.”

Embers flared on Katza’s cheeks as she imagined him kneeling in the chapel . . . imagined her name on his lips. “I—I’m fine now. But I had a vision.” She pitched her voice low. “A new one. There was gunfire, or cannons perhaps, in the distance. And I was bleeding.” She gripped her stomach instinctively. “I think in the vision I’d been shot.”

Ravin pressed his palms together and tapped the tips of his fingers to his mouth. “It was similar to other visions of yours, was it not?”

Katza’s jaw clenched. For a moment, she was afraid to speak, so she nodded instead. She still wasn’t prepared to tell him about her recurring vision—the one she’d first feared this might be, too. He’d hinted before that he knew of it already, but how was that possible? Had the saints warned him as well? Better to keep it to herself until she could be sure.

“Yes. I sense this is a common theme for you.” He glanced down. “I believe that Boj is warning you—warning that great strife is coming to Russalka. That if you are not prepared to confront it, you will not survive.”

A horrifying possibility, to be sure. Yet it was better than the vision she’d been plagued with before. If she couldn’t find a way to stop the strife, though, would Russalka still perish? Whether it was at her hands or not, it had to be stopped.

“And if I am prepared?” Katza asked.

“Then it can be avoided.” The angles of his face softened by a fraction. Katza’s gaze traced the delicate swoop from his cheek toward his mouth and lips, the hollows beneath his cheekbones. “You have been chosen by Boj to do great things. Greater even than most Silovs are capable of.” He looked right at her, something gleaming in his eyes. Something like awe. “But your training has been stunted.”

Katza squeezed her eyes shut to guard against a rush of despair. “It’s my fault. My visions—I thought they were warning me not to step above my place.”

“You thought they warned you not to act?” he asked. “And yet they continued? Tsarechka . . . I think perhaps they were warning you of the cost of inaction.”

Katza choked back a sour laugh. When she opened her eyes again, Ravin was watching her, his face warm despite that leeching cold in his eyes. She wanted to believe him. Desperately. She couldn’t put into words, though, the vision’s warning—the certainty she’d felt of its message. That she was doomed to be Russalka’s death.

But maybe she was wrong. She yearned to be wrong. Maybe, with Ravin’s aid, she could avoid its grim outcome.

“You are unprepared now, but you will learn. With the right training, you can save Russalka.”

Her gaze drifted down his face and along the long, stern line of his arms. His hands, so like a sculptor’s, dexterous and slim. This close to him, she smelled incense on his clothes, spiced like cinnamon and cloves. She wanted to wrap herself in that scent. Throat tight, she reached out for his hand. At first he tensed, but then his shoulders softened, and a smile teased his mouth. Their fingers knitted together, and she let the weight of her hand sink into his.

Web of Frost Excerpt
Copyright © 2018 Lindsay Smith

About the Author:

Lindsay is the author of the young adult novels SekretDreamstrider, and A Darkly Beating Heart, and is the showrunner and lead writer for Serial Box’s The Witch Who Came In From the Cold. Her work has appeared on Tor.com and in the anthologies A Tyranny of Petticoats, Strange Romance Vol. 3, and Toil & Trouble, and she has written for Green Ronin Publishing’s RPG properties. She lives in Washington, DC with her husband and dog.

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Return of the Lycan King: Book 1: Nicholas and Kristen by Candace Blackburn – Excerpt & Promotional Post

One life, one mate. That is the rule for Lycans, and after waiting for over a thousand years, Nicholas Konstantine has finally found his. But Kristen O’Connor doesn’t know she is a Lycan. He wants to claim her, but she’s scared. Will they face everything together, or will her fears be stronger than their love?

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Release Date: January 16, 2018

Publisher: Candace Blackburn

Series: Return of the Lycan King

One life, one mate. Nicholas Konstantine has been waiting over a thousand years for his mate. But when he finds her, she’s completely unaware of her Lycan biology, and she’s battling her own personal demons.

Kristen O’Connor is a recovering addict, with some major trust issues. By not letting anyone get close, she won’t get hurt. Yet after one meetiing with Nicholas, her walls are crumbling, and she wants more with this man.

But Nicholas reveals his Lycan side, and hers as well. In addition, ghosts from both of their pasts come back to haunt them. Will they face everything together, or will Kristen’s fears be stronger than her love?

  

Excerpt:

“No.” Repeating the word over and over, as if that would negate the reality, Kristen walked to the bathroom and turned on the lights. The fluorescent bulbs weren’t needed to highlight what was there. Her pupils were, indeed, a deep yellow. The color was framed by her thickened eyebrows. She swung her hair around and…dear God. Her hair was at least a foot longer than it had been that very morning. Her fingers shook as she held a thick section of red hair.
All she saw were the claws.
The scream was primal and Kristen sobbed as she sank to the floor. Nicholas was there instantly, wrapping his arms around her.
“What is happening to me?”
He rocked her back and forth, rubbing her back in circular motions. “Your body is going through a change.”
“No shit, Nicholas. But why me? God almighty, I’m waving the freak flag high enough as it is. Now I’m part animal?” She held her arms in front of her face. “I’ve got fucking claws!”
“I know, beautiful. I’ve seen them.”
“Don’t!”
“Don’t what?”
“Call me beautiful. I’m anything but.”
“You’re incredibly beautiful. Even now, with all the things that are disturbing you so badly.”
“They aren’t disturbing to you? You spent the night fucking a Lycan, werewolf, whatever and you’re perfectly calm.” The sobs slowed as she turned to look at him. “Why is that, Nicholas?”
“Because,” he said as he held out his hand. Kristen gasped as claws extended from his finger tips. “I’m a Lycan too.”

Copyright © 2018 Return of the Lycan King: Book 1 Nicholas and Kristen by Candace Blackburn

About the Author:

Candace makes her home in North Carolina with her high school sweetheart husband and their two sons.  She’s an indie author who has published two previous romances (with a bit of fantasy in each), Tristan’s Redemption and Nate’s Forgiveness.  Her current works are all paranormal romance (her favorite genre to read!) and are set in her home state.  She loves coffee, cold weather, the Boston Red Sox, the Carolina Panthers, and hearing from fans.

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