Book Title: Tammy The Little Cat With a Big Attitude by Liane Carter
Category: ** Adult Non-fiction, 140 pages
Genre: **Pets / Memoir (told from cat's perspective)
Publisher: Independently published |Release date: September 28, 2018
Format available for review: print and ebook (mobi)
Tour dates: Nov 26 to Dec 21, 2018
Content Rating: PG (mild language - hell used three times like 'What the hell'. 'Bloody' used 6 times)
I was snatched from my mum when I was only two weeks old, and what happened next was bigger than any kitten could imagine.
"A gently witty and charming story which draws the reader in from the word 'go' to a truly entrancing feline perspective on human well-intentioned but frequently misguided behaviour when taking on a new pet."
- Mary Ashton, retired veterinary surgeon
"A heart-warming story that really has unique perspective on the ever-important animal-human bond (and how our pets really feel about us)."
- Sommer Pari, licensed veterinary technician
MY REVIEW: (LAWonder10)
Although this is listed as Adult non-fiction, I have chosen to include it in Middle Grade and YA.
This tale begins with a sixteen year old girl who has finally persuaded her mother to allow her to have a kitten for he Birthday present. What appears to be hopeless is obtained with slim hope the kitten will survive.
This is a very entertaining true to life experience of the relationship between a girl and a cantankerous cat, over the space of many years.
It will be difficult for any reader, whether a cat lover or not, to resist this love story!
**The story is presented from the girl's dramatic portrayal of this actual event, and from what she perceived the kitten would say if she could verbalize it... After all, actions speaks louder than words, especially in this case!
There was a continual, steady "flow' to the story and it was easy to follow.
The only negative I found was toward the end it got slightly "wordy" and the ending could have had more strength to it.
**This is highly recommended for all readers twelve-years-of-age and older.
I offer a Four and a Half Stars rating
*This book was gifted me with no pressure for a positive review. This is my honest review.
About the Author:
Devoted to giving her readers smiles, tears and tension in both her poignant non-fiction and fast-paced fantasy adventures, Liane Carter bares her soul. Author of The Chronicles of Joya, The Dream Devils, Darcy: The Dog Who Talked and Tammy: The Little Cat With A Big Attitude, she has written features and a weekly column for Costa Blanca News, articles for Writing Magazine, and has taught over 150 writing workshops. She pours her innate joy into her books and also expresses it in nature, playing instruments, creating art and dancing.
Connect with Liane: Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook ~ Pinterest
GUEST POST: Limitless Reading and Writing
It’s been a journey. I was blessed to be raised in a house where my parents were avid readers and so was my eldest sister. It felt the most glorious treat, like living in ‘grown-up land’, to read all of their books as well as my own. My sister loved Jane Austen, Charles Dickens and Shakespeare. My mother loved historical fiction, romance and biographies. And my father loved westerns, war books, thrillers and Wilbur Smith. We were also blessed with a library at the end of our road and, at least once a week, I would walk with four books in my arms and the memories and feelings they’d given me floating around in my heart, along with the anticipation and excitement in my stomach about the next four books waiting for me.
I dreamed of writing children’s fiction, to create worlds I could wander in, yet had a belief that ‘other people’ did that. So instead I wrote reams of poetry. As an adult, when I finally heard my soul’s howls that she longed to write books, I started writing children’s fiction. Two of my best friends urged me to write books for adults yet writing for adults seemed too scary. I didn’t believe in myself enough, and my friends seemed to believe in me way too much. So the first book I published was a fantasy adventure for a middle grade audience. The second book, more suitable for aged 12 upwards, was leading me to an adult audience. I was surprised by how much the teachers loved reading the book for themselves when I visited a school to do some writing workshops and book signing. I had started working on the sequel to this second book, when our dog, Darcy, died. My husband asked me to write a book about her to remember her, and a close friend asked me to, as well. Grief from her passing grabbed me and kept hurling me into voids, floods of tears and physical pain. I couldn’t focus on the sequel. So …. I wrote about Darcy. I wanted it to honor her and be as honest as possible. I set it out in alternate scenes writing in my voice and allowing Darcy’s personality and perspective to shine through in the scenes written by her. I laughed, smiled and sobbed as I wrote.
Halfway through the four year journey from start to publication of Darcy: The Dog Who Talked, I told a friend I was thinking of writing a book about our cat, Tammy. I told her a couple of things about her and my friend laughed out loud and said, ‘You have to. I want to read it.’ And so I did. Once again, I wrote it in both my voice and Tammy’s, and this time there was more laughter and less tears. And without realizing, I find myself having published my first two books for adults.
Here is the tour schedule.
1st prize: An 11 x 14 inch print of Tammy: The Little Cat With A Big Attitude book cover signed by the author and the illustrator, an 11 x 14 inch print of Darcy: The Dog Who Talked book cover signed by the author and the illustrator, a signed paperback of Tammy: The Little Cat With A Big Attitude, a signed paperback of Darcy: The Dog Who Talked, and a $10 Amazon GC
2nd prize: A signed paperback of Tammy: The Little Cat With A Big Attitude, a signed paperback of Darcy: The Dog Who Talked, and a $10 Amazon GC
3rd prize: Paperbacks of Tammy: The Little Cat With A Big Attitude and Darcy: The Dog Who Talked
(Giveaway ends Dec 29, 2018)