Bumbledore: the Heartbreakingly Beautiful Story of a Rescue Cat

Today marks one year since we brought Bumble home. In that time, he has completely transformed. He still has a long road of mental recovery ahead of him, but even if he weren’t to improve any further, I’m convinced he’d live a happy, fulfilled life. 

Before I jump into Bumble’s story, I want to say that King Street Cats (KSC) is fabulous. They are an extremely successful and well-regarded shelter specializing in “difficult to adopt” cats — like those that are shy, older, or have mobility issues, among other things. Anyone looking for a cat in the Washington, DC area should look into KSC. They rely on volunteers and donations, and you can easily help support them by setting KSC as your charity on AmazonSmile online and by setting up your Amazon app to shop using AmazonSmile. I’m not affiliated with KSC in any way, I just believe that strongly in their mission.

Back to Bumble, he was a rather damaged cat when we adopted him. He’d been through some horrible things in his life, and that’s just what we have proof of. It’s amazing how far he’s come in just one year. I’ve never known a sweeter cat, nor one more desirous of affection (though scared to ask for it). I hope he’ll continue to improve and flourish. My goal is to turn him into a lap cat — we’ll see if that happens. Regardless of what the future brings, I want to share his story with us so far.

I’ve included lots of photos and videos to break up this super-long post. Make sure to turn up your audio so you can hear what’s going on in the videos.

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Sandy’s 10th Anniversary

Grab a drink and a snack for this one, it’s long. But my boy has been a part of my life for 10 years now, and he deserves a proper story. What follows is a recounting of some of the major events of my life as a cat mom, including some of the unique things my little boy has done.

Fair warning, I’ve included a few sad bits, so you may want a tissue or two. I tried to title everything in such a way that you can tell if the section will be fun or sad.

The Meeting

Ten years and two days ago, I went to the Animal Welfare League of Arlington to look at cats. The plan was to window shop, see what kinds of cats and what ages were available. I’d never had a cat before, but I’d always wanted a marmalade — orange and white — tabby.

Once at the shelter, right near the front of the cat room, I found a beautiful marmalade tabby, seemingly pulled right out of my dreams. I eagerly asked to take it to the meeting room but the shelter worker warned me that several people had played with the cat already that day. It had only arrived at the shelter a couple of days before and hadn’t settled in yet. The poor thing cowered in its cage and hissed at the shelter worker when she tried to coax it out. She didn’t push it, instead advising me to try again early the next day before the cat had been in and out of its cage several times.

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Where I’ve Been

I’ve come to accept that I tend to get really into a hobby, then get bored with it and move on to something else. For those hobbies that I really enjoy, I’ll eventually come back to it. Writing is one of those highly enjoyable hobbies.

I’ve written plenty over the years, and taken many breaks from writing. Some of those breaks are from boredom, some are a result of other things going on in my life, like this one.

In March, I started a side job that requires a significant amount of copy writing. And, while the job is fun, it’s left me feeling a bit burnt out. I haven’t had a visit from the writing muse in a while. Even writing blog posts seems to take much more effort than it used to.

This situation has influenced both my blog and my stories. I have three half-finished blog posts in my notebook right now. I’ve also got two half-written novels, and the notes for a third.

I do miss writing for pleasure, but, after writing for work, I don’t have any desire to write anything else. I’ve decided, though, that my side job has a finite time frame, and I’m hoping to get back to writing once it’s done, even if that is quite some time away.

So, until I have finished that job, my blog, and my books, will likely be neglected. That’s not to say I won’t write or post anything, but the posts will likely be few and far between.

If you’re willing to stick with me during that time, I really appreciate it. If not, I understand. Maybe subscribe to my blog so you know when I post something.

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Out with the Old, In with the New

*Fanfare* Hear ye, hear ye! It’s taken me WAY too long, but I’ve finally finished my new website design.

For those who are new, let me give you a comparison of the old and new. I did my best to make the site feel more modern.

The old site design (left) and the new site design.
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Massive Milestone Extravaganza

Wow! Last week was eventful! Work was absolutely crazy, which is why this giveaway is a bit delayed. But beyond that, I hit the following milestones:

  • 700 Instagram followers
  • 600 Facebook page likes
  • 100 Facebook group members
  • 100 Newsletter subscribers
  • 5,000 Blog views

To thank you all for helping me reach all these milestones, I’m having a massive giveaway extravaganza.

I’m giving my followers/subscribers some of my favorite things! One lucky winner will receive:

  1. A signed copy of The Most Special Chosen
  2. Kindle copies of Elysabeth & Shawn, the Prequel Shorts; The Most Special Chosen; and the Summer Heat anthology containing Fate’s Kiss
  3. Some special, unreleased Exalted Bloodlines swag
  4. $10 Amazon gift card
  5. A Jinhao x126 fountain pen, converter, and ink cartridges
  6. Harry Potter 01 Funko Pop
  7. Super Heroes 121 Harley Quinn Hot Topic Exclusive Funko Pop

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only through September 7. But I’ve got a second giveaway open internationally (Kindle books and an Amazon gift card) here. I’m sorry to separate them, but international shipping is expensive.

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Thanks again for helping me reach all of these milestones. Here’s to many more.

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Rating System

It occurs to me that I’ve never mentioned my rating system. So, here’s a rough idea of how I rate books. If I expand to review other things with any frequency, I’ll explain those rating systems later.


☆☆☆☆☆ (0 Stars)

The only way I will assign a 0-star rating is if I couldn’t bring myself to finish the book. This means that either the book is unintelligible or is a complete rip-off of another book.

★☆☆☆☆ (1 Star)

This is for books I finished, but hated. There is little, if anything, good about it, and I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone.

★★☆☆☆ (2 Stars)

This is for books I didn’t like, either because it had too many errors, or the story arc was terrible.

★★★☆☆ (3 Stars)

This is for books that I liked, but had problems, generally typos, grammatical errors etc., major continuity errors, or pacing issues. This is also the rating I’m likely to assign to books that others are likely to enjoy, but I didn’t care for because of subject matter or writing style.

★★★★☆ (4 Stars)

These are books I really enjoyed, but not so much that I couldn’t put them down. I probably also found several errors as I read.

★★★★★ (5 Stars)

I loved the book and had trouble putting it down. The pacing was great, there were few, if any errors, and the story is engaging.

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Exalted Bloodlines news 3-26-18

Ok, it’s been far too long since I updated you all on what I’m doing.

The Most Special Chosen is out and available through Amazon and Barnes and Noble. I’ve gotten some good feedback so far, which makes me very happy.

If you’re interested in some exclusive Exalted Bloodlines content, join my Facebook group. I’ll be doing a giveaway when I hit 50 members, and you won’t want to miss it.

I’m also closing in on 400 followers on Instagram, and I’m considering doing a giveaway when I hit that, too.

Book 2 of the Exalted Bloodlines series is on hold while I work on a story for the Summer Heat anthology. My story in the anthology will feature Shawn and Selene. Think of it as Exalted Bloodlines 1.5. I haven’t quite decided on a title, but I’ll let you know as soon as I have. Summer Heat is due out on July 6.

I’ve been crazy busy lately, but I’m hoping things will slow down soon so I can actually write some. As life slows down, I expect to make some Exalted Bloodlines swag available. If you have anything, in particular, you’d like to see, leave a comment, or join my group and vote in the poll.

I think that’s everything for now. I’ll catch up with you all later!

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Lola’s Blog Tours

January 24th was my cover reveal. Congratulations to the winners of the accompanying giveaway!

I did some research while preparing it, and decided to go with Lola’s Blog Tours for the simple fact that, at the time, her cover reveals were free. I figured it was a good way to evaluate her services, and if it was a flop, I hadn’t really lost anything. Thankfully, it was a decent success.

Of course, the question is, how do you measure success? I’m not naive, I didn’t expect my book cover to be plastered across the internet on every single page, especially not as part of a free service, but I’m pretty happy with the 16 people who signed up.

Between the participating bloggers, the social media reach was pretty impressive (to me). It’s impossible, of course, for me to calculate the total reach. But based off of a simple follower count of accounts that posted, tweeted, retweeted, etc., the social media reach of my cover reveal was approximately:

  • 8,000 accounts on Facebook
  • 36,700 accounts on Twitter
  • 428 accounts on Instagram.

This does not account for overlapping followers, nor does it consider blog subscribers, so the reach could be considerably higher.

I also ended up with 29 giveaway entries, which isn’t bad considering the prize was one ebook.

I felt the results were good enough to book additional services with Lola’s Blog Tours. I’ve scheduled a blog tour for March 5-18. If you’re interested in participating, check out the sign up post. I’ve also scheduled a review opportunity that will start around the same time as the blog tour. Subscribe to my blog to get notified when it starts.

I’ve really enjoyed working with Lola. She’s professional and efficient, qualities I greatly appreciate. If you’re in the market for any of her services, I heartily recommend Lola’s Blog Tours.

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Back on Schedule

I’ve been falling behind on my blog posting recently. I’ll just blame it on my vacation.

But now that I’m back, I’m going to try to get back to my 2-3 times a week posting schedule.

Sneak peek at the cover reveal.The new news at the moment is that I’ve received the cover for The Most Special Chosen. Loraine did an amazing job with it. I can only give you a sneak peek here, because Lola’s Blog Tours is setting up a cover reveal for January 24.

Make sure to follow me, her, or both of us, on Twitter, because I’m giving away 5 ebook copies of Elysabeth and Shawn, the Prequel Series as part of the event. Elysabeth and Shawn introduces you to the special friendship Lys and Shawn share, and is exclusively available through giveaways.

If you want to know more about Lys and Shawn, be sure to check out Shawn’s interview and sign up for my newsletter to be informed when I post Lys’ interview.

The Most Special Chosen‘s release date is less than 2 months away, so make sure to check back often, or subscribe to my blog, for updates.

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Cover Reveal

I’m really excited to announce that I’ve scheduled a cover reveal for The Most Special Chosen for January 24th.

I’ve scheduled it though Lola’s Blog Tours. If you’re an author, or know one, I suggest checking out Lola’s services.

So far, the planning has gone smoothly and Lola has been incredibly knowledgeable and professional. I’ll keep you all posted on the progression of the “event” planning.

If you’d like to be a part of the reveal, check out the event page for more information.

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