First Hummer of the season

FirstHummerIt’s that time of year again when my mom and I have a contest to see who gets the first hummer. She won by a few days, but they finally showed up at my place about a week later. I’m making a play for the oriels again, though I know it’s a losing battle. They are around, because I hear them, and occasionally see one or two, but they do prefer a more rural setting. Still, the feeder is out, and I did spot a pair in my yard–once–this spring. That in itself is a battle won.

 

 

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The cat contest is still going on as I write this. Voting for cat number two ends at noon today, EST, [wanna vote?] and I’ll announce who’s going up against last week’s winner, Winston, at FB today, and again here tomorrow. I’m still taking cats for this week’s contest, so go click to go check out the kitties and pick your favorite!

Marquittas Max!!

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Five cats enter, one cat leaves

 

 

Hayley's Winston

Hayley’s Winston

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It’s week number two in the “Find Peri Reed’s cat” contest, and you guys came through with over four hundred cats to find some competition for Hayley’s Winston, who was chosen last week. Below are the five that I thought best exemplified Peri’s confident and resourceful cat. Now it’s up to you to pick your favorite. I’ll have one more contest this week to find a third, and then we have a cat-off to find the cat that will be featured on the phone cling. (This year’s freebie to help promote the new series coming out the first of September. Look, you can see through it. The woman might have glass technology on her phone, but she’s still needs a picture of her cat on it.)
[Amazon blurb] [B&N blurb]

 

To vote, pick out your favorite from below, and then send an email to coldtoastwritingsllc@comcast.net with the name of your pick in the subject line.

1. IF YOU DO NOT HAVE THE NAME OF YOUR PICK IN THE SUBJECT LINE, YOUR VOTE WILL NOT BE COUNTED.

2. IF YOU SEND MORE THAN ONE EMAIL, ONLY THE FIRST WILL BE COUNTED.

3. If you mess up and forget the name of your pick in the subject line and then send a second email, chances are good that Tim will figure it out, so don’t freak out.

4. This is Tim’s address, not mine, and he won’t be reading or opening the votes, just tallying them as they come in, so please don’t include any correspondence.

Guy will be tallying them up from May 11 until noon May 12 (EST). I’ll have this week’s final pick  for you later that afternoon.

In the meantime, I will be accepting and posting on the website cat photos for week three. I already have about fifty, so send them on in! They’ll start going up today.

The five finalists below should have an email in their inbox from me, so if you see your cat below, check your email.

Thank you everyone who entered! And a huge thank you to those of you who send me only one cat photo, waiting until this week to send me another for a second chance.

HOW TO ENTER YOUR CAT IN THIS WEEK’S CONTEST!

P.S. Please read and follow the rules. I had to throw out one of my top pics today because they didn’t put their name and the cat’s name in the subject line and I couldn’t find them. Also. ONLY SEND ONE CAT PHOTO!! PLEASE!

Winners of this week’s cat-off:

 

Sue's Homer

Sue’s Homer

Kelly's Violet

Kelly’s Violet

Leanna's Lynx

Leanna’s Lynx

ElizabethMonty

Elizabeth’s Monty

 

Lisa's Woo

Lisa’s Woo-sevelt

Honorable mentions: Thank you again everyone who entered their cat.

DaphneWafflesPatrick's SkeeterTerra's TomEmily's PennyAlyssaLucyMirandaSerenity

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Splash Zone

I got up fairly early this morning, and again got to play detective upon finding water splashed a good fifteen feet out from my birdbath. Holy Cow, can you imagine the happy bird who made that splash? See the birdbath way down there at the end of the picture? And the water drops way up front at the picture? I’m pretty sure it was a robin as we have one who has claimed my yard and they are the most vigorous splashers, but a blue jay is big enough to put velocity behind those splashes, and I’ve seen them use my bath as well. If you look close, you can see Kim and puppy prints in there too. :-)

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Click to purchase signed copy from Nicolas

The contest to find Peri’s cat (and celebrate the release of the mass market of The Witch With No Name) is still going on, and I’m still accepting photos of YOUR cat until Friday. I’ll pick out the five that are most suitable for the back of Peri’s phone, and you guys can vote Mon-Tues on the one you like best. (I’m not going to make you pick the best out of 400 cats, eh?) That cat will move on to the finals with Winston, last week’s winner. Just click Winston to see this week’s cats up for consideration.

Hayley's Winston

Hayley’s Winston

Again, please send me only one cat? You can send me your other cat next week.

[ How to enter. ]

Ooo! I almost forgot. If you missed it yesterday, the tour cities for Peri Reed are starting to come in. I’ve got Ann Arbor/Detroit, and Cincinnati OH so far. Yay! I’m going to Cincinnati!

 

 

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Tour cities are coming in. (And cats!)

Wow, the word must be out, because yesterday I got a bunch of pictures of cat who want to be Peri Reed’s kitty.

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Click to see the cats!

As we did last week, I’m going to cut submissions off on Friday, but if any come in, I’ll bump them into the last week’s submissions, so no worries. I think I have over three hundred so far for this week. . . .

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But the news that has me brimming on this cold, damp spring morning is the first of the tour cities have just been solidified. Stop one on the Kim Bus Tour is Nicolas at Ann Arbor/Detroit. I’ll be there 9/1, at 7:00 PM, and from there, I move south. I’ll have more cities for you tomorrow.

 

 

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Voting ends noon EST

Voting ends noon, EST, but cats for next week’s vote are already coming in, and they are beautiful! [enter your cat] I’ll post on FB today as soon as I know who the ultimate cat of last week is. It’s very close between Ophelia and Winston right now, but there are a few more hours to go. [To see the five cats and vote]

We’ve had a couple of nice days in a row, and my garden is looking good. Here’s a picture of something I swore I’d never do, and it just kills me how much I like it. Damn it all to hell and back. I swore when I first saw these stupid fairy gardens that I wasn’t going to get caught up in them, but . . . yeah. They’re too much like the ancient art of bonsai, and I after four years of fudding around with trees and lights, and miniature landscaping, I finally bought a house. Doesn’t it look sweet under that twisted tree with the bleeding hearts behind it and that wee little bench out front to look at the pond at?

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I am so disappointed in myself.

 

I think I need to add a little stone path next.

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Five kitties for you to vote on

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It was a very tough choice, but I’ve narrowed almost six hundred cat photos down to five for you to vote on to become Peri Reed’s cat and be featured on the phone cling. (This year’s freebie to help promote the new series coming out the first of September.
[Amazon blurb] [B&N blurb]
I have a lot of honorable mentions. You guys have some seriously fun and beautiful cats.

Below are the winners. To vote, pick out your favorite, and then send an email to coldtoastwritingsllc@comcast.net with the name of your pick in the subject line.

1. IF YOU DO NOT HAVE THE NAME OF YOUR PICK IN THE SUBJECT LINE, YOUR VOTE WILL NOT BE COUNTED.

2. IF YOU SEND MORE THAN ONE EMAIL, ONLY THE FIRST WILL BE COUNTED.

3. If you mess up and forget the name of your pick in the subject line and then send a second email, chances are good that Tim will figure it out, so don’t freak out.

4. This is Tim’s address, not mine, and he won’t be reading or opening the votes, just tallying them as they come in, so please don’t include any correspondence in them.

Guy will be tallying them up from May 4 until noon May 5 (EST). I’ll have this week’s final pick  for you on Wednesday, May 5th.

In the meantime, I will be accepting and posting on the website cat photos for week two. I already have about fifty, so send them on in! They’ll start going up today.

The five finalists below should have an email in their inbox from me, so if you see your cat below, check your email!.

Thank you everyone who entered! And a huge thank you to those of you who send me only one cat photo, waiting until this week to send me another for a second chance.

HOW TO ENTER YOUR CAT IN THIS WEEK’S CONTEST!

Winners:

Rhonda's Ophelia

Rhonda’s Ophelia

Cherrie's Chewbacca

Cherrie’s Chewbacca

Christa's Grizzie

Christa’s Grizzie

Hayley's Winston

Hayley’s Winston

Jeannie's Rory

Jeannie’s Rory

 

Honorable mentions:

MichelleMouseCarolynNairaKristenSpookyKittyMichelleSashaTerra's NalaChristinaZoeChristitianDinahCaitlinNikoRachelEffieNickieBebop

 

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Amid the cats and new mass market, there is spring

DianePeachesI just about went out of my mind Tuesday with cats, beautiful cats for Peri. If she were a real person, she’d probably just shake her head and wish she could have them all. You’ve sent me just about five hundred so far, and I expect a few more before I close this week’s submissions down late Friday and prep for your guys’ vote on Monday. (Don’t worry if you miss the deadline. I’ll just put your late arrival into next week’s contest. It’s all good.) So send me your cats. Just one cat picture a week, please. [cats-cats-cats]

WWNNmmCoverAlso, I have word from my local store that the mass markets of THE WITCH WITH NO NAME have come in, so if you want one of these signed bad boys, you can order one now. They will even ship overseas. [how to order a signed copy] Pretty much everything on that page comes to you signed, and they are taking early orders for personalized note copies of THE DRAFTER as well. (Pssst! It’s my quiet campaign.)

We’ve had a slow, cold spring so far, and I’m not complaining, being of the peaceful mind to enjoy it this year since I didn’t go out in Feb/March. Just look at those blooms on my bleeding hearts. I’ve never seen it flowering so soon.
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