Friday, 20 March 2015

Rescued - A Book Review and Give-Away .. and "Magic Kevin"!

It's a packed blog post today ........ Read on.....

I was very very fortunate to win a copy of the just published book Rescued: The Stories of 12 Cats, Through Their Eyes from my good pal, Brian from Brian's Home. Thanks mate :)

The Staff and I were very excited indeed - well, to be absolutely honest, it was The Staff who was jumping up and down like a two year old on a pogo stick! I thought it was a bit unseemly!

It is pretty obvious from the title what it is all about:

Twelve cats
Twelve rescues
Twelve stories
Twelve authors
Twelve months = Twelve shelters/rescues that will benefit from the sales. One each month.

The book is beautifully presented and was edited by Janiss Garza who is the human of Summer over at Sparkle Cat and a good blogging friend and the stunning cover was designed by Glogirly who, incidentally, is the creative brain behind our blog design!

At least six of the rescue stories are written by blogging pals! Being a rescue kitty myself, I can truly identify with these narratives. They are heartwarming, sometimes heart wrenching, but always compelling.

My name is Austin and I endorse this book!
The Staff read it straight through in two sittings (she had to take a nap break at one point!) and was enchanted by the stories, each told in a unique voice.

As I mentioned above, from each copy bought, a portion of the sales will go to a shelter or rescue nominated by each author, each month for twelve months. This month the nominated shelter is Great Plains SPCA and you can read about their amazing story here. They were selected by Ryker's human, Lisa Richman, whose blog A Tonk's Tail is one of our absolute faves.

You can buy a copy from Amazon US or Amazon UK and there is a kindle option too.

Now, I have been having a good long chat with The Staff Person and we have decided that we would like to offer one copy of the book in a draw to one person, from anywhere in the world, who leaves a comment here.  Lisa has very kindly agreed to also send a "pawtographed" and signed bookplate to the lucky winner! All commenters will be entered into the draw unless they specifically say otherwise.

Please leave a comment before midday GMT on Monday - don't forget to put email contact details - and we will use to choose the winner. Watch this space!


A bit of a neat segue here. The beautiful cover star of
Rescued is Crepes from Cat in the Fridge blog. Her sweet story is also told in the book and her humans are the brains behind the hilarious Cat CATastrophes videos. They have recently launched a new video to celebrate the "magic of black cats". It stars Hemingway who plays "Magic Kevin" who brings his owners amazing good luck when they adopt him, only for it to all go seriously wrong when they take him to be neutered! Watch it! Have a laugh! Think about adopting a black cat :)



  1. Oh Wow Austin, dat's pawsum. Weez wanna enter to win ifin it's not to late. And me sure hopes to see you at da dance over at Cat Scouts tomowwo. We can hav a little dance. Maybe we kuld all do a line dance or sumfin'. You know it be a barn dance and BBQ so it's gunna be gweat fun. Hav a pawsum weekend.

    Luv ya'

    Dezi and Lexi

    1. Of course you are not too late Dezi and Lexi :) I am hoping I will be able to get to the dance tomorrow. It sounds like fun! I will surely save a dance for you x0x0x

  2. I am so glad you enjoyed the book, it really is a good one. Of course we will pass on the giveaway butmthat sure is amcool thing to do!

  3. haha quite the video indeed. Not sure Pat would ever touch that money though after being in the litter.

  4. How awesome and unexpected to see this giveaway! Thanks so much. You don't have to count me in, of course... in fact, I think there are TWO shipments of copies coming my way, MOL! FYI, it is available on Amazon UK in both print and on Kindle: - for any UK humans who wind up not winning.

  5. Wow! Austin this is incredible! Your Human rocks! If my name gets pulled in your draw, could yous pass it along to a worthy cause over there? Mes would really likes that. Mommy and mes has boughted the Kindle book and wes LOVES it! Summer's Mommy is a incredible editor!

  6. We love Alana and Crepes' new video with Magic Kevin/Hemingway. In fact, we think it is our favorite of them all. We are so jealous that you have your copy of "Rescued." Mom is supposed to be getting one 'cause she contributed to the publishing costs, bur we haven't gotten it yet. She is so excited to read it to us. Mau is wondering if you will be at the Sadie Hawkins Dance tomorrow? Don't forget to enter our Sunday Selfies Blog Hop. XOCK Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

  7. Whoa! How generous. TW hasn’t even started to read me my copy cos she spends all her time doing crossword puzzles. I’d like to win a copy for my Aunt Pauline. Thanks.

  8. How nice of you to have this great giveaway. I love the Magic Kevin video and all their videos.

  9. We can't wait to read this book. Maybe we'll be lucky enough to win it!

  10. We are rescue kitties too and we hope we will be lucky and get a copy of your book Austin.
    Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

  11. That is great and good luck to all. Have a super Saturday.
    Best wishes Molly.

  12. From Connie Marie

    I'm unable to leave a comment on your wonderful win and very generous giveaway. This book is beautiful and sounds like a wonderful labor of love that will keep on giving. I also adore black cats. We had 2, sadly Yoda, our 2year old took sick and was gone in less than a week, vet said there wasn't anything he could do. I've changed vets. My son and I and all the cats mourned him for a month or more, always will miss him. We now have 7rescues, all very spoiled!!!

    1. Hi Connie Marie, I have moved your comment here. Yes, I think whoever wins will really enjoy the book :)

  13. We've heard so much about this book......AND have seen that fabulous video here and there as well. How generous you are to sponsor a giveaway too! Rescue stories always touch our hearts deeply - so we'd be "up" to win for know our email address but, just in case, it's junekimmATaolDOTcom.

    Big Hugs, Sammy and Mom Pam

  14. Hi Austin! Please would you enter my human into the draw for the book? Her old Mum is getting very old and mostly in bed these days and the book would be something nice for her to look at .... especially as I'm spending most of my days outdoors now as it's still warm weather here, down under! From marmalade rescue cat Boo in Melbourne :-) xxxx

  15. Seriously ???? Anywhere in da world ????
    Me enter for my mom !!!
    Do you know me was rescued from my ex pawrents too. From da street...pretty taugh !
    I hope I win
    Purr & Paw crossed for myself

    PS : Mr. Poo !!!! Me your friend !!!... PICK ME !

  16. It is very generous of your Staff Person to put the book up for a giveaway. It does sound like a very good and interesting read, and for very good causes. Please can you include me.
    I love the Magic Kevin video.

  17. Austin, now I want to read this book more than ever. I cannot wait! It is so nice that your mum is doing this giveaway.

    We saw that Magic Kevin movie on Summer's blog and loved it!

    Austin, you're such cutie curled up in your bed. You look quite cozy.

  18. Austin, that's a pawsome and generous giveaway ! We would love to read this book ! Purrs

  19. Mee-you Unccle Austin wee wood luv to win thiss book!! So pleeze enter mee name inn thee draw pleese an fank you!
    You has our email addy mee finkss...
    Mee iss not quite a rescue butt mee doess have a past ;)
    **paw patss** an Luv Siddhartha Henry =^,.^=

  20. Great giveaway! We won't be entering because Mum has already bought the kindle version and I can't wait until she reads it to me :)

    Purrs xx
    Athena and Marie

  21. We love everything about this book - from the heartwarming stories to the funding for shelters. We already have the book, so you do not need to enter us int he giveaway. Purrs from Deb and the Zee and Zoey kitties!

  22. This is pawtastic! Count us in. (We're still going to buy one so Mommy can give it to a friend as a gift.)

  23. Austin I would love to have a chance at winning this book... very nice of Staff to give us all an opportunity to own and read it! Please throw my name in the hat... thank mew!

  24. Wow, that is awesome of you to do a giveaway for this terrific book and cause!

  25. My mom-person hasn’t even started to read me my copy cos she spends all her time working *sigh*

    It´s really pawsome of you to do a giveaway !



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