I am so pleased to have Grace Elliot, cat lover, veterinarian and author extraordinaire with me here today on Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf!!!
One Writer's Kit - A Cat!
When I first read Melissa's blog, instantly I recognised I was in the company of a fellow cat lover. So, being a bit nuts about cats myself, I thought it would be fun to post about Widget, my writer's cat!
Widget is key to my word count. Without Widget I get distracted and am more likely to make cups of tea, snack, or spot a shelf that needs dusting…or the hundred and one other things that can seem more appealing than writing when the muse has left you. So how does Widget help me apply myself to writing? Simple! I write on my laptop, whilst sitting on an old sofa and Widget snuggles up against my thigh. From time to time she purrs for no good reason, which is in itself very soothing and conducive to concentration.
There's also the fact that her warm, furry company is enjoyable, and so I'm more likely to sit still so that I don’t disturb her - cats take their naps very seriously you know. I wouldn’t want her to think me so restless that she had to sleep somewhere else.
But the real reason she helps me write productively is that if I get up - she immediately steals the warm patch where I was sitting. Then when I come back, she has a range of expression from surprise to hurt, from disbelief to resignation and quite frankly, makes me feel terribly by moving her just so I can selfishly sit down. Solution! Don’t get up in the first place. The last thing I want is a cat with the RSPCA on speed-dial because of her heartless owner.
Cats are such wonderful creatures. Widget was a stray wormed her way into my life and now I couldn’t bear to be without her. Unusually, for a cat, she's more fond of people than places and so regularly comes on holiday with us. But animals are like that, they have a way of getting what they want and we don’t even realise we've been manipulated. In my latest release, Eulogy's Secret, there is even a feline character - Gilbert, an old ginger tom. In this excerpt, when Gibbe decides to make himself comfortable, he helps the heroine, Eulogy; see a softer side to Jack.
"Eulogy's Secret" -in this excerpt Eulogy takes tea with Jack
Bright, moss-green eyes blinked back at her, as Eulogy realized he [Huntley] was waiting for her permission to stay. Her heart skipped and wondering if she’d misjudged him, cautiously, she nodded.
As the housekeeper fussed with the fire, Eulogy fought the discomfort Huntley stirred in her. His voice resonated deep in her body, and when he smiled she wanted to stare, to drink in that strong face, so masculine with its angles and planes, and yet somehow vulnerable. His presence filled her with unnamable sensations as she fixed her gaze firmly on the teapot.
They made an awkward party with Huntley gruff as a bear and Eulogy skittish as a colt. It didn’t help that she couldn’t make up her mind what to think. One moment he seemed high handed and arrogant, and the next a kind word to Mrs. Featherstone and her heart melted. Then there was the way his large hand folded round the teacup, that something so big could be so gentle did strange things to her insides.
Gilbert jumped onto his lap.
“No, Gibbe, get down this instant.” Eulogy leapt to her feet, trying to shoo the cat from a comfortable perch on Huntley’s long thighs and immaculate buckskin breeches. But Huntley just smiled, ignoring the cat’s sooty feet, and started stroking the stripy ginger coat causing Gilbert to erupt into purrs.
“He really should get down. He’ll ruin your breeches.”
“It’s quite all right. Really.”
As if to emphasize the point, Gilbert bunted against Huntley’s hand as he found the sweet spot below the tom-cat’s ear.
“Oh. He obviously likes you.”
Eulogy sank back, nonplussed by this man who was overbearing, arrogant, domineering and yet strikingly handsome and utterly charming when he wished. That Huntley tolerated the old tom cat was unmistakably attractive and set Eulogy wondering if his bluster was just that…an act. His hooded eyes lifted to meet her gaze, and a moment of understanding passed between them that shook Eulogy to the core.
Eulogy’s Secret - a story of greed prejudice and a stolen identity.
In the four weeks since her guardians’ death, Eulogy Foster has lost everything. Penniless and alone she seeks the help of her estranged brother, Lord Lucien Devlin. But Devlin throws Eulogy onto the streets and the mercy of a passing stranger, Jack Huntley. As Eulogy seeks the truth behind her birth, she is drawn into the world of art and artists, where her morals are challenged and all is deception.
Jack Huntley: bitter, cynical and betrayed in love. He believes women are devious, scheming, untrustworthy creatures - and when he rescues a naïve Miss from being raped, his life is about to change forever. As his attraction to Eulogy grows, caught in a deadlock with both denying their true feelings, events take a sinister turn as someone seeks to silence Eulogy….forever.
Grace Elliot leads a double life as a veterinarian by day and author of historical romance by night. Grace works in a companion animal practice near
and is housekeeping staff to five moggies, two teenage sons and a guinea pig.
She turned to writing as an antidote to the stress of modern life and believes
intelligent people have the greatest need to read romance! London