Sunday, November 29, 2009

Blog Tour - Buckley's Story by Ingrid King (& a Giveaway!)

Readers, please join me welcoming Ingrid King, author of Buckley's Story who's guest blogging here today, as part of her virtual tour from Pump Up your Book Promotion!

Buckley’s Story is the story of how one small cat changed the author’s life in ways she never could have imagined. In this warm-hearted memoir, Ingrid King shares the story of Buckley, a joyful, enthusiastic and affectionate tortoiseshell cat she meets while managing a veterinary hospital.

Writing about Cats – Amber’s Story

One of the questions most frequently asked of me since the release of Buckley’s Story – Lessons from a Feline Master Teacher has been why Buckley? What was so special about this particular cat, rather than any of the other cats who have been part of my life, that inspired me to write a book about her? You’ll have to read the book to find out how she changed my life in ways I never could have imagined by teaching me universal lessons about opening my heart and living a joyful life. As the old saying goes, when the student is ready, the teacher appears. In my case, the teacher came in a seven pound feline. Inevitably, the second most frequently asked question I get is will you write a book about Amber? Amber is the cat I currently share my life with. Who knows, some day, she may get her own book. As it is, she is the inspiration behind my blog, The Conscious Cat. This is her story.

Amber and her five kittens were brought to the Middleburg Animal Hospital in the spring of 2000 by a client who had found the little family in her barn. Despite being emaciated and scrawny-looking, Amber’s eventual beauty was evident even then. She is a dark Tortoiseshell color, with an amber-colored heart-shaped spot on top of her head, which became the reason for her name. Her kittens found new homes in fairly rapid succession.

However, nobody was interested in the beautiful mommy cat. She spent her days in the big adoption cage in the hospital’s waiting area, but with the constant inflow of homeless kittens that is typical for spring and summer, nobody wanted to adopt an adult cat. I had recently lost my almost sixteen-year-old soul mate cat Feebee, and the grief over his loss was still very fresh. I did not think I was ready for another cat, but coming home to an empty house was becoming increasingly difficult.

One weekend in July, I decided to take Amber home, “just for the weekend”. I wanted to give her a break from the abandoned feral kitten we had placed with her after her own kittens had all found homes. The kitten was a rambunctious six-week old grey tabby, and Amber was becoming increasingly exasperated with his constant need for attention. As far as she was concerned, she had done her mommy duty with her own kittens.

After living in a cage for all these months, Amber was initially a little overwhelmed by having access to an entire house, and she spent most of that first weekend near or under my bed. By Sunday evening, she had relaxed a little and started exploring her new environment. I liked having her gentle and peaceful energy around the house, and I decided that she could stay a little longer. Not quite ready to acknowledge that she was home with me to stay, I told everyone that I was “just fostering her”.

Somehow, the flyers advertising that she was available for adoption never got distributed, and she only returned to the animal hospital for regular check ups.

Amber is a gentle, loving cat with a wise old soul. For the past nine years, her peaceful and solid presence, not to mention her almost constant purr, have been bringing love and affection into my life every day. She enjoys sleeping in our sunny living room, curling up with me when I sit down to read or to watch television, and watching the birds at the feeder on our deck.

She is a teacher to the core of her being, and she is my writing muse. There are days when I sit down in front of the computer and stare at the blank screen with no idea of what I’m going to be writing about, but as soon as she comes into the room and curls up on the window perch next to my desk for a long nap, I feel inspired, and the words start flowing.

Animals come into our lives for many reasons. Some very special animals touch our souls and change us forever. Amber is one of these special animals.

I love being a cat writer. I’ve been fascinated by these mysterious and wonderful creatures all my life, and now that I’ve started to write about them, I don’t think I’ll ever stop.
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GIVEAWAY

The Prize

An autographed copy of this book will go to one lucky reader.

To Enter
  • Recommend any other book with a plucky animal (four legged, winged, whichever) in it.
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Deadline   Midnight CST of January 9, 2010.

Eligibility  US only.

Please read the Disclaimer. Good luck!
Note - This book was received for review/feature consideration.
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  63. The Blessing of the Animals: True Stories of Ginny, the Dog Who Rescues Cats by Philip Gonzalez, I have 3 cats so this story was meaningful for me. 2 of my cats were adopted, 1 was rescued from a dogs mouth..

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    Of course Lassie is always a favorite. We had a collie named Lassie and people were always asking if we wanted to sell her. No way, we really loved her but then she disappeared so guess someone decided if we would not sell, they would steal her. She was so sweet and smart.


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  67. Charlotte's Web always wins where animals are involved. :)

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