Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Guest Post w/ Scarlett Cole-- Kokanee, the friend maker!

Hey guys! Today we've got Scarlett Cole joining us for a fun post about her herd babe. Yall check it out then hit those comments and leave her some love! ~anna

Oh and a heads up! Book 1-- The Strongest Steel--is on sale today for 1.99!
There might be a giveaway down below too :D

Hey, Everybody. Thanks so much for allowing me to stop by Herding Cats & Burning Soup today. I’m Scarlett Cole and I write sexy romance stories with a side of suspense, and my latest release, THE PUREST HOOK came out on May 3rd.

In 2001, we adopted a cat and called her Kokanee. She’s named after a beer from British Columbia (please don’t judge!). We’d recently moved into our first home in Toronto’s Bloor West Village, and we had rules when we went looking. Not too old, but not a kitten, and definitely not sick. But as soon as my husband picked Kokanee up and she sneezed on his face, we knew she was ours. She’d been abandoned in a house after a family were evicted, and was found by the landlord (along with several other animals) a few weeks later. We nursed her back to health, and over time, had to accept the fact that her ordeal of being trapped indoors meant she wanted to spend time outside.

One day, an elderly neighbor I hadn’t met stopped me and introduced herself. I didn’t know a soul in the neighborhood, so it was nice to finally meet someone.

“Is the long-haired cat yours?” she asked.

I confirmed it was.

“Well, she comes by every day at two o’clock when I am doing a bit of gardening, and just sits with me. She’s such a lovely cat.”

We chatted some more before I had to go run an errand, and I felt happy that I’d finally met someone who lived on my street.

About three days later, another neighbor, this one with two children stopped me.

“Is the dark-haired cat yours?”

I smiled and confirmed it was.

“Every day at about quarter to three, she comes to the back of the house and waits for the children to come home. And when they let her in, she curls up in the sun room and watches them play, but always leaves at four.”

I was sensing a trend, but hey, I’d met another neighbor, and I scored an invite to a neighborhood book club from her too.

It was perhaps a week after that when a third neighbor stopped me. Same thing. Was the fluffy-blackish-brown cat mine? I confirmed it was.

“Every day, shortly after four, your cat lets herself into our house through the cat-flap, trots upstairs, and sits on my daughters bed while she does her homework, but she always leaves by five.”

When we’d finally met all of our neighbors and connected the pieces, we found out that Kokanee walked the entire street on a tight regimen, visiting with whoever was able, but always arriving and leaving at the same time every day. And through her, I got to know all of my neighbors. She, however, gained too much weight as people started to stock treats for her, so we had to put a little note out asking them not to feed her for her own sake!

Today, she’s an old lady, and doesn’t really have the energy to walk the neighborhood anymore. But ever my time keeper, she comes to my writing desk at quarter to three, reminding me to go and collect the children from school, and she sits proudly at the bottom of the drive, waiting for their return, while letting everyone who walks by visit with her instead.

~Scarlett Cole             
Rugged, hot, and rock hard, Dred Zander is exactly the type of man that normally sends Pixie running. Not dreaming about running her hands down his washboard abs...and lower. The lead singer and guitarist for the band Preload embodies trouble behind his quick smile and guarded eyes, and Pixie left trouble behind her years ago along with the name Sarah Jane Travers and the pathetic trailer her mom called home. With her abusive past in her past, she has a new life, a new family at Second Circle, and a dream of opening her own business. She needs capital and time. What she doesn't need is a tempting long-haired rocker or the paparazzi that follow him around.

But Dred has other ideas. Pixie's sweet hazel eyes, purple hair and kaleidoscopic tattoo of exotic flowers that swirl up her arm haunt his dreams, and he knows she wants him too. He just has to convince her. But as a juicy exposé threatens to expose their pasts, and a blackmailer terrorizes their present, Pixie and Dred have to decide what really matters and fight like hell to keep it.


*covers link to Amazon

The tattoo across my right hip says it all really. A Life Less Ordinary. Inked by the amazingly talented Luke Wessman at the Wooster Street Social Club (a.k.a. New York Ink). Why is it important? Well, it sums up my view on life. That we should all aspire to live a life that is less boring, less predictable. Be bold, and do something amazing. I’ve made some crazy choices. I’ve been a car maker, a consultant, and even a senior executive at a large retailer running strategy. Born in England, spent time in the U.S. and Japan, before ending up in Canada were I met my own, personal hero – all six and a half feet of him. Both of us are scorpios! Yeah, I know! Should have checked the astrological signs earlier, but somehow it works for us. We have two amazing kids, who I either could never part with or could easily be convinced to sell on e-bay.

I’ve wanted to be a writer for a really long time. Check through my office cupboards or my computer and you’ll find half written stories and character descriptions everywhere. Now I'm getting the chance to follow that dream.

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Scarlett's got one set of ebooks to giveaway!
Hit those comments to enter :)
Ends 5/31

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