April 24, 2017

Broken But Not Dead (Promo) + My Cat Clan / Monthly Mishmash

On April 1st, I added to my tattoo...a ladybug, four-leaf clover, and the dragonfly's wings were colored in. It was an early birthday gift to myself. April 12th was my birthday, and I had a lot of fun with my family. We had a picnic and went fishing. 

Promo for Joylene Nowell Butler! 

Maski: Broken But Not Dead
By Joylene Nowell Butler
Psychological Thriller
$4.99 eBook ISBN 9781939844385

An IPPY Silver Medalist!

To the Breaking Point...

When Brendell Meshango resigns from her university professor position and retreats to her isolated cabin to repair her psyche, she is confronted by a masked intruder. His racial comments lead her to believe she is the solitary victim of a hate crime.

However, is all as it appears? After two bizarre days, the intruder mysteriously disappears but continues to play mind games with her. Taught by her mother to distrust the mainstream-based power structures, and with her stalker possibly linked to a high level of government, Brendell conceals the incident from the police. But will her silence keep her safe?

Then her beloved daughter, Zoë, is threatened and Brendell takes matters into her own hands. To save Zoë, Brendell searches for the stalker and confronts not just a depraved madman but her own fears and prejudices.

Purchase Links:

“Joylene Nowell Butler gets straight to the story, taking you from one happening to the next and keeps you turning the page.” - Martha A. Cheves, author

“A psychological thriller filled with suspense, action and drama...” - John Bell, 93.1  CFIS-FM: Prince George, BC

“Riveting and beautifully written. You won't be able to set it down.” Judith S. Avila, author


Meet My Cat Clan:

This is Otis:

He is a real sweetie. When I first rescued him, he didn't like to get very close. And still he shies away, but he'll sneak onto my bed at night and curl up right next to me, as if I won't notice. He loves to get petted, and he's the only one who likes my nephews. My other cats run and hide. Except for Cole, who stays out in the open and hisses at them.

Otis also goes by these names:
Baldy (He likes to lick himself a lot)
Bald Butt
Big Boy
Handsome Boy
Sweet Boy

This is Clover:

Clover is the smallest of the four, and he has a tiny meow that I like to mimic because it sounds like a long squeak. When he lies down, he first stretches his legs out as far as he can before lowering the rest of his body down. I don't know why. He also likes to touch. He'll put his paw or leg on your leg.

Clover also goes by:
Da Baby
Silly Boy

This is Milo (Otis' Twin):

Milo is the wild one. The rule breaker. He likes to meow obnoxiously in the middle of the night. When I get up to close my door, he shoots out into the living room, because he knows he's been bad. He scratches on the carpet, even when I stand there tapping my foot, scolding. And, yet, he's a sweetie. He likes to take naps with me. All I have to say is, "Milo, wanna take a nap?" and he jumps up to follow me to the room.

Milo also goes by:
D' Milo
Bad Butt
Sleepy Buddy
(He used to be so skinny, but now he's bigger than his twin.)

This is Cole:

Cole is my baby. My big baby. He's fluffy, fuzzy, and fat. When he was a kitten, he liked to hop, so he earned the nickname "my bunny." When I say it with a high-pitched silly voice, he knows I'm calling him. He's a lover, not a fighter. When the other three have...disagreements...he's the only one who avoids it. He's so sweet, and yet he hisses at my nephews. *sigh*

Cole also goes by:
My Bunny
Fuzzy Bunny
Fuzzy Butt

If you can believe it, they are all brothers by birth. They came from the same litter.

Collectively they go by:
My Boys
Piggies (when I feed them)
Stinky Butts (when I change the litter)
Bad Butts (if they are all being naughty)

And the twins also go by:

You can tell them apart because Milo has a lighter face. Otis is darker.

You probably see a trend of the word "butt." It's said out of love.

Am I a crazy cat lady?




  1. Hi Chrys - happy birthday and so glad you had a good time - extra tattoo with the little ladybug ... delightful. I hope Joylene's book does well - the earlier one was a great read.

    Love all the cats (all the cats!) ... cheers Hilary


  2. Nah, I wouldn't say crazy. Loving cat lady definitely. And Happy Belated Birthday! Thought of adding to the rose tattoo on my back with my husband and sons initial (they're all W.W.) but haven't yet. Not sure if I'll ever will.
    Maski seems interesting, will add it to my TBR list.

    1. Loving cat lady. I LOVE it! I am going to go by that from now on. ;)

      Thank you!

  3. Congrats to Joylene! Such a lovely tattoo and gorgeous cats. I call my cat "Stinky Butt" and it's said with love too, no matter how much of a stink he makes! So nice meeting your cat clan. :)

    1. Stinky Butt is probably a nickname of many pets. :P

  4. Happy Belated Birthday! Your tattoo is lovely.

    I think Clover has such a sweet face in that pic.

  5. Happy belated birthday. Butt sure gets thrown around here too, as a pain in the butt the cat can be lol funny how different all can turn out from the same litter. Hopefully the hiss keeps the nephews away haha

    1. The hiss does keep my nephews away. For the most part. lol

  6. Happy Birthday!!!
    I love your cat family! I just have one cat and one dog, but they actually like each other ... as long as our dog remembers that the cat is the boss. She feels she has to remind him now and then by eating his food, taking over his chair (he only gets to sit on one piece of furniture while she gets to sit on all of the furniture), and standing in front of him at the door. Despite her need to be queen, she is a really sweet cat (most of the time).
    Happy cat-life and writing!

    1. That's so funny. Cats do seem to rule over dogs.

  7. Pleased you had a wonderful birthday. I have one in a few weeks time at my age I'm going backwards...lol
    Loved those gorgeous cats and dog photo's having had both a cat and dog I can appreciate how you feel about them.


    1. Thanks, Yvonne! Happy (early) birthday to you!

  8. Glad you had a nice birthday! Your cats are adorable! I have several (way too many...) nicknames for my cat.

    1. It's so easy to create a bunch of nicknames for pet cats.

  9. Uh oh. Are the nephews cat terrors?

    1. No, actually. My cats were strays when they were babies, so they are scaredy cats. That's why they run and hide.

  10. Thanks for featuring Joylene's book.

    Your kitties are so sweet. My in-laws have a pair of gingers. Big Boy was one of Spunky's nicknames. Then one day I said it a little wrong and it came out at Big Buoy. He officially became "The Buoy" after that.

  11. Happy belated birthday and lovely cats--I had one that looked like Clover but it has been 17 years since his death. Right afterwards, we got a dog who is now 17 years old and won't be around for long, I'm afraid.

    1. Aw. I'm sorry. I got these four boys about six months before my girl Rosie passed away. I had her for 18 years. So I was lucky and happy to have them at the time.

  12. Adorable kitties all! And how lucky they are to have found you.
    Joylene's book is getting great press today.

    1. They are my babies. I often wonder where they'd be if I hadn't taken them in.

  13. Happy belated birthday!

    The more cats (or pets in general), the merrier! I once worked with a self-professed crazy cat lady who not only had many indoor cats, but also had a tent with food set up in her backyard for any strays and ferals coming through. It was also to provide shelter in case of rain or snow.

    1. Yes, the more the merrier!

      Oh my gosh. I wish I thought of the tent for strays. I have a weakness for stray cats.

  14. REally love the tattoo. Joylene's book sounds great, I'll check out the amazon link. Such cute kitties!! I'm becoming an old cat lady, ya know :)

    1. Thanks, Dolorah! We can be old cat ladies together. ;)

  15. Happy Birthday! Glad you treated yourself to something you wanted. And such cute cats. So sweet of you to rescue your latest one. Congrats to Jolene on her book!

  16. That book sounds terrifying and that's a compliment :) Congrats, Jolene! Nice tattoo, Chrys. Love the color. Kitties are adorable!

  17. Your post put a smile on my face. Such cute kitties. Happy belated birthday. That's a cute tattoo.
    sherry @ fundinmental

  18. Your tat is great but your cat family is better. Love them all. :-)

    Anna from elements of emaginette

  19. I consider crazy cat lady a badge of honor. I've net met a cat lover I didn't like and look upon cat haters with a skeptic eye. I only have one cat though. I live with a cat tolerating dog lover.

    Happy Birthday Chrys!!!

  20. Happy Birthday!! Love your tattoo!! Wow, love all the cats! Gorgeous! Hugs!

  21. Happy belated birthday! And congrats to Joylene!

  22. I love your kitties! Clover looks a bit like my Nate. And I see nothing wrong with being a crazy cat lady. :D
    Happy Belated Birthday and congrats to Joylene!

  23. Your cat clan is adorable. And I'm also guilty of giving a dozen pet names to my cats. Romero responds to each and every word that starts with "Rom" so you can imagine all the different names I'm giving him (Rom-com, ro(o)mservice, rom-antic etc)

  24. Your kitties sound like a lot of fun and they are adorable. :) My two cats keep me quite entertained. Such personalities!

    Great to see Joylene's book here!

    Glad to hear you had a great birthday.

    1. They are a lot of fun. If I didn't have them, I'd be bored and lonely. lol

  25. Happy belated birthday to you.
    Oh, your tattoo is gorgeous!

    Cats are a mystery to me. They're mystical and fun at the same time.

  26. Very cute tattoo! And glad to hear you had a great birthday.

    I'm a sucker for cats, so those cat pics hit all the right notes. You have very adorable cats. I only have 2, but I would have more if I could. You don't need to be a lady to be a crazy cat lady, you know.

    1. I'm a sucker for cat pic, too. Maybe I should add a cat pic to all of my posts from now on. lol

      Very true about the crazy cat "lady" comment. We're crazy cat people. ;)

  27. No shame in that! I love being a cat lady.

    Your cats are adorable, and I enjoyed all your stories about them. Cole is especially beautiful.

    Happy belated birthday! I hope it was an awesome day.

    1. So do I!

      Thanks. And I will tell Cole you said that. :)