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Dallas-based independent book publisher of quality non-fiction since 2001.
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A real-life tale of feline love at first sight . . .
It’s rare for two cats to even tolerate each other the first time they meet. But when Bruiser the backyard feral and Fanny the housecat lock eyes, they’re instantly smitten. Seeking out glimpses of each other through the windowed door that separates them, they exchange “gifts” (toy mice from Fanny, real mice from Bruiser), try to touch paws through the glass, and hope to someday meet in purr-son. But it’s more than glass that keeps them apart—can true love ever tame the wild-at-heart outdoor cat?
The seventh entry in the continuing Curl Up with a Cat Tale series—true-life cat stories by Gwen Cooper, New York Times bestselling author of the smash hit Homer’s Odyssey: A Fearless Feline Tale—“Spray Anything” is a love story for the ages that you won’t want to miss!
Spray Anything, Gwen Cooper
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Homer, the world-renowned Blind Wonder Cat, returns this holiday season with an ins-purr-ational tale filled with holiday cheer!
Fifteen years earlier, doctors had warned that Homer—a tiny, sightless kitten—was unlikely to survive and probably wouldn’t have much of a life even if he did. Miraculously and against all the odds, however, Homer grew into a feline dynamo who scaled seven-foot bookcases with ease, saved his human mom’s life when he chased a late-night burglar from their apartment, and rose to global fame—paving the way for other special-needs animals once considered “unadoptable.”
Now, only two weeks before Christmas, with doctors once again decreeing that Homer didn’t have much time—that he wouldn’t even make it to Christmas Eve—Homer showed everyone that he still had one more miracle left in him. The heroic blind cat proved again, once and for all, that hope and love aren’t things you see with your eyes. You see them with your heart.
Humorous and heartwarming, Homer and the Holiday Miracle will leave you filled with the true spirit of the season. It’s the ideal stocking-stuffer for the cat lover on your list—and the perfect holiday treat for yourself. Read and rejoice!
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Even the sweetest cat can turn salty when it comes to food . . .
Fanny the cat is the classic “good daughter”—a petite and pretty rescue with a shy, affectionate disposition who’s thoroughly doted on by her besotted humans. But the day she discovers dry food (otherwise known as “kitty crack”) for the first time, Fanny goes from angelic to devilish literally overnight. As her hapless human mom tries to cope with the new regime of pre-dawn wake-up calls (feed me NOW!) and all-day caterwauling, the question remains: Can a skinny cat’s newfound food addiction ever be tamed?
The sixth installment in the monthly Curl Up with a Cat Tale series by Gwen Cooper—author of the smash-hit Homer’s Odyssey: A Fearless Feline Tale—“Fanny Trouble” is a hilarious and ultimately touching tribute to the things we do to make our cats happy. If you’re the human slave to your own fussy feline, you won’t want to miss it!
Fanny Trouble, Gwen Cooper
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THEM, Gwen Cooper
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There are a million cat stories in the naked city. This is one of them . . .
There are days when everything seems to go wrong—days that can crack even the hardiest New Yorker: your cab breaks down, an address that Google Maps assures you exists is nowhere to be found, nobody you ask for directions has any idea what you’re talking about, you lose your cell phone, it starts to rain and you can’t find your umbrella … Throw in trying to get three fussy felines to their first appointment with a new vet on time, and that’s the day Gwen Cooper is having. As she treks the streets of Manhattan with her three cranky (and surprisingly heavy!) cats in tow, the real question isn’t if she’ll make it to the vet’s office on schedule—it’s whether her sanity will still be intact by the time she gets there.
A hilarious account of one long day’s wacky adventures and misadventures, “Cat Carrier Tango” is the fourth installment in the Curl Up with a Cat Tale monthly story series from Gwen Cooper, author of the smash hit Homer’s Odyssey: A Fearless Feline Tale. Meant to be read in a warm bubble bath, or with a glass of wine in hand, it’s sure to keep you laughing from start to finish!
Cat Carrier Tango, Gwen Cooper
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Vampire stories from New York Times–bestselling and award-winning authors!In Immortal: Love Stories with Bite, edited by New York Times–bestselling author of the House of Night series P. C. Cast, an all-star lineup of today’s most popular authors offer new short stories that prove when you’re immortal, true love really is forever.Rachel Caine revisits the setting of her popular Morganville Vampires series, where the vampires are in charge and love is a risky endeavor, even when it comes to your own family.Cynthia Leitich Smith, author of Tantalize, gives us a love triangle between a vampire, a ghost and a human girl, in which none are who, or what, they seem.Claudia Gray takes us into the world of her Evernight series, in which a pre–Civil War courtesan-to-be is courted by a pale, fair-haired man whose attentions are too dangerous to spurn, in more ways than one.Richelle Mead, author of the Vampire Academy series, brings us the tale of a young vampire on the run from the rest of her kind, and the human boy who provides the getaway car—as well as a reason to keep running.Nancy Holder, known for the Wicked series and her Buffy the Vampire Slayer novels, immerses us in a post-apocalyptic New York where two best friends are forced to make a choice that may kill them both.Kristin Cast, coauthor of the House of Night series, introduces us to a new kind of vampire: one with roots in Greek mythology, and the power to alter space and time to save the girl he’s meant to love.Rachel Vincent explores a new corner of her Soul Screamers series with the story of a leannán sídhe capable of inspiring the musician she loves to new creative heights, or draining him, and his talent, dry.And Tanith Lee, author of Black Unicorn, shows us what happens when a bright young woman with some supernatural savvy encounters a misguided (but gorgeous) young vampire . . .
Immortal, Rachel Vincent
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Some cats have “accidents” on rugs or furniture. This wily cat raises outside-the-litter-box thinking to an art form!
Vashti was a drop-dead gorgeous, snow-white rescue cat whose sweet temper and gentle nature made her irresistible to all. But behind this femme fatale’s angelic façade lurked a crafty feline mind and a steely determination to retain sole possession of the person she loved most—by any means necessary. Vashti’s challenging, creative spirit would leave its mark on her human’s heart as the years went by—and also on the furniture, clothing, and cherished belongings of the friends and boyfriends she viewed as competition for her “mom’s” affections. Along the way, Vashti would teach her human mom what true love looks like: rare, beautiful, and more than a little messy.
A riotously funny and ultimately tender exploration of the ineffable bonds between human and feline, “The Picasso of Pee” is the latest entry from the Curl Up with a Cat Tale series—true-life short stories from Gwen Cooper, bestselling author of the smash hit Homer’s Odyssey: A Fearless Feline Tale. It’s the purr-fect read for anyone who knows what it means to love a cat unconditionally, and to be loved wholeheartedly in return.
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Before there was Homer the Blind Wonder Cat, there was Scarlett—the adorable, maddeningly aloof, gray rescue tabby . . .  Every cat lover remembers the very first feline they fell in love with. For celebrated cat writer Gwen Cooper, that first love is Scarlett—a pint-sized rescue kitten with a king-sized personality. A natural-born troublemaker and wary at first after life on the streets, Scarlett is quick to win hearts with her kittenish mischief, but slow to open her own heart to the woman who saved her. Yet as the months go by, and bonds of trust are painstakingly forged link by link, Gwen begins to realize that the love you have to earn just may be the love that means the most. Poignant, tender, and laugh-out-loud funny, “I Choo-Choo-Choose You!” is the first in the Curl Up with a Cat Tale series of true short stories from Gwen Cooper—bestselling author of the smash hit Homer’s Odyssey: A Fearless Feline Tale—and sure to warm the heart of any cat enthusiast. Read and fall in love for the first time all over again!
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Charles thought the Moon would be a new beginning. Now, he knows he’ll be lucky just to stay alive.
Having escaped both an Earth on the verge of global collapse and their squabbling parents in a “divorce” at Geosynchronous Station, a newly independent Charles “Chigger” Dingillian and his two brothers find themselves alone on the Moon with very few prospects.
Worse, they are being hunted by ruthless interplanetary corporations who would stop at nothing to come in possession of a memory bar the boys smuggled on board.
Totally unsure of who they can trust—if anyone—the three boys must find a way to make it on their own in unfamiliar territory. Only one thing is certain: The Moon is not a safe place to be.
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No longer able to return to his home on Earth, Charles Dingillian and his two brothers must choose a new planet to call home. But which one?
Charles has come into possession of a prototype HARLIE unit so revolutionary and state-of-the-art that corporations will stop at nothing—including murder—to control it. Earth is in a state of social and economic meltdown. The battle for domination between rival corporations has gone interplanetary.
Charles has been at war before: only, that was a personal civil war waged between him and his parents. In an effort to end the strife once and for all, thirteen-year-old Charles took the drastic step of “divorcing” his parents. He and his brothers are now free to do what they choose.
Freedom for Charles and his brothers means passage on a starship to a colony Outbeyond. There, they will use HARLIE to help build a better world. But freedom also means exile. From his home. From his friends. From everything he has ever known. And even his chance for a new life on a remote planet is put in jeopardy when a critical malfunction with the HARLIE unit seemingly threatens the integrity of the voyage. However, a faction of passengers on board the Brightliner Cascade may pose an even greater risk.
A risk not even an intelligence as powerful as a HARLIE unit can avert.
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A trip to the Moon? Sounds like the perfect family vacation. Only, for 13-year-old Charles “Chigger” Dingillian, life is anything but perfect.
His parents fight so much, they put the “dis” into dysfunctional. His brothers, Stinky and Weird, are impossible to get along with. And his neighborhood is a down-trodden tunnel community on Earth.
It’s supposed to be a short vacation—a trip up the Line, Earth’s space elevator, and then home again. Halfway there, Chigger hits on a plan: if his parents can't find a way to work things out, why not just divorce them? The idea sounds crazy . . . until it works.
But Chigger soon realizes he has much bigger problems: The people they meet on the Moon seem overly friendly and way too interested in his family. Suddenly, the quick pleasure trip takes a detour into danger as Chigger suspects they are targets of an interstellar manhunt. Their only hope may be to jump off the planet.
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Before there was Homer the Blind Wonder Cat, there was Scarlett—the adorable, maddeningly aloof, gray rescue tabby . . .
Every cat lover remembers the very first feline they fell in love with. For celebrated cat writer Gwen Cooper, that first love is Scarlett—a pint-sized rescue kitten with a king-sized personality. A natural-born troublemaker and wary at first after life on the streets, Scarlett is quick to win hearts with her kittenish mischief, but slow to open her own heart to the woman who saved her. Yet as the months go by, and bonds of trust are painstakingly forged link by link, Gwen begins to realize that the love you have to earn just may be the love that means the most.
Poignant, tender, and laugh-out-loud funny, “I Choo-Choo-Choose You!” is the first in the Curl Up with a Cat Tale series of true short stories from Gwen Cooper—bestselling author of the smash hit Homer’s Odyssey: A Fearless Feline Tale—and sure to warm the heart of any cat enthusiast. Read and fall in love for the first time all over again!
I Choo-Choo-Choose You, Gwen
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Life is beautiful, ruthless, and very, very strange.In the evolutionary arms race that has raged on since life began, organisms have developed an endless variety of survival strategies. From sharp claws to brute strength, camouflage to venom—all these tools and abilities share one purpose: to keep their bearer alive long enough to reproduce, helping the species avoid extinction. Every living thing on this planet has developed a time-tested arsenal of weapons and defenses. Some of these weapons and defenses, however, are decidedly more unusual than others.In Strange Survivors, biologist Oné R. Pagán takes us on a tour of the improbable, the ingenious, and the just plain bizarre ways that creatures fight for life.Inside this funny, fascinating field guide to nature’s most colorful characters, you’ll meet killer snails, social bacteria, and an animal with toxic elbows. But Strange Survivors is more than a collection of curiosities—it is a love letter to science and an argument for the continuing relevance of this evolutionary battle as we face the threat of resistant bacteria and the need for novel medical therapies. Whether discussing blood-thinning bats and electric fish or pondering the power of cooperation, Pagán reveals the surprising lessons found in some of life’s natural oddities and how the tactics they employ to live might aid our own survival.
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