Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Wordy on Wednesday with Biblio-Kitty Amber #62 featuring Murder So Sweet ~ Sweet Cove Mystery Series & It's Officially Spring - YEAH RIGHT!!!

Welcome To

With me, Amber ~ The Self-Appointed Biblio-Kitty

Supurr salutations pawesome furriends

*waves paw*

Hello my beautiful biblio furriends, and how are mew on this fine Spring morn?  I'm actually freezing my tail off [almost, well not really - actually I'm on the sofa on my 'kryptonite softness' in front of the wood-burner!]  But it is still supurr cold outside with a rather Baltic wind-chill factor, there are just a few remnants of really stubborn snow left in the hedgerows and fields, so hopefully that will all go in the next day or two.  So much fur SPRING! PFFFFFFFT!

Actual photographic evidence of where I am right now.

Oh before I furget, we set up a FaceBook group yesterday called WHAT THE FLUFF just fur cats, and we did add a few of mew to it as we felt really, really lonely there all on our lonesome with no-purrdy to talk to. But if we made mew mad or peeved mew off by adding mew, purrlease accept our sincerest apologies and do remove yourselves if that's what mew want - we aren't ones fur any type of press-ganging and we would hate to upset any of mew!  

If any of mew would like to join purrlease do, as we'd love all our furriends to join as we think it'll be a great Pawty all week long fur effur and effur! MOL [Smooch will be bringing his Mind-Bender Nip Cocktail too, and mew won't want to miss that fur anything! MOL]

This is what it does...

Just don't read the hang-offur post - oops did I really mention that out-loud? 

On that note, I think it's time to share this weeks book.

This week I'm sharing

Murder So Sweet 

Sweet Cove Mystery Series #2


J.A. Whiting

**FYI the above image is an affiliate link. I will get a rather modest commission should mew decide to click through and purrchase it**

Here's the book blurb:

Angie Roseland has closed her Sweet Dreams Bake Shop for a few months until she can move the shop to its new location. Her sister, Ellie, has just opened a bed and breakfast in Sweet Cove and Angie is helping her run it. Their youngest sister, Courtney, has a part time job at Finch Confectioners where the owner is known around town for being nasty and mean. When Finch is found murdered in his shop, the Roseland sisters, with the help of two fine felines, are drawn into the search for the killer.

A cozy mystery with recipes!

This story has some mild paranormal elements.

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Mew may remember a few weeks ago that I reviewed the furst book in the Sweet Cove Mystery Series and had a few reservations about it because I felt it lacked a 'little' in places but thought that book 2 would definitely be worth a go to see if that 'lack' was filled.  So I decided to review it this week before I completely furgot the plot and neffur went back, as mew know I love a lengthy series to get my claws in to.  And this series has 7 books so far with more on the way = big plus.

So my thoughts on book 2: it's got another kitty in it, which in itself is wurth another half paw on the ratings scale, plus the story continued on from the furst book, so there was no lag in the timeline, another big plus.

I realized that I as was listening to this second installment, that the narrator could be another underlying reason for me not really loving the book, because if mew'll let me explain; there are four sisters in the main plot and sub plots, and in my humble opinion the narrator doesn't do them justice, they all sounded furry, furry similar and purretty much rather 'deadpan' aka zero purrsonality fur what they were trying to convey, I felt that there could have been a lot more expression in their individual voices and tone.  So my advice here would be to read it rather than listen to it, as I feel that it would be much more fun and a more accurate assessment of the narrative, as mew'd be able to see the punctuation and how it should be spoken.

Book 1 did leave me on the fence, but as I'm not one to completely diss something because of that and not go back fur seconds, I am glad I continued.  In closing, I did find that book 2 did drip feed me more info and felt like some of things missing in book 1 were certainly put in place, so it had a feel of more completion and I'll definitely try book 3 at some point in the near future.

Guys try it, but read - don't listen to it.

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Audio: 4 hours 31 mins
Paperback: 201 pages
  • Publisher: J A Whiting; 1 edition (1 May 2015)

The Amber Biblio Rating System Fur Offurall Enjoyment:

Ratings of:

Murder So Sweet 

Offurall Enjoyment

& a Half Paws

I do hope mew enjoy this book if mew decide to give it a try... 

...and if mew've read it already, what did mew think?

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Sadly it's time fur me to say BFN or bye-fur-now as mew know the drill, so many books, so little time and don't furget that I'll be back next week with another specially paw-picked book just fur mew.  Also mew do know that  that mew can visit my own purrsonal page? Featuring effury review I've effur done, OMC that's so exciting!

Happy reading or listening

Bestest biblio purrs and kitty kisses

Amber xox

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Monday, 19 March 2018

Colouring with Cats #58 ~ Getting Your OM on with Mandalas on Mondays & WE WANT WARMS, WHEN DO WE WANT THEM? NOW!

Supurr Monday greetings beautiful furriends

Well, guess what we had offur the weekend?  The Beast From The East Part Deux! 

Like seriously, we went from +12C to -6C in less than 12 hours and got covered in the white stuff again - brrrrrrr - I mean come mew weather gods, let Spring do its thing purrlease!

While I like a snow day as much as the next kitty, mew know it's getting a little boring now with all the cold, and me and The B Team are READY, like really READY fur some consistent warms, not these empty purromises of warms, and then they're not even really REAL warms either, just a half-baked attempt at a temporary warm.


Mew know it's bad when Fudge starts complaining about uncontrollable FLOOF FRIZZ!

Meanwhile I stayed here:

But soon wurd spread and I was no longer alone, and found myself having to pass on my uber warms via osmosis to Smooch, who then furry kindly passed them on once more to Pandora.

A WARMS TRAIN IN MOTION - get your thermal imagining out and mew'll see the heat transference! MOL

Anyhoo, we do hope mew've all have a totally pawesome weekend and that mew're ready fur the week ahead, so let's jump right in and start as always with our little breathing exercise, which we're sure mew all have down paw by now...  but if mew've furgotten, stop what mew're doing fur a moment and take deep fulfilling breaths; counting to five on the inhale and five on the exhale:

Breathe in
Breathe out

Breathe in
Breathe out

Breathe in
Breathe out

Smooch is here again to offur mew assistance in getting your OM's on and Zen Harmonies happening, close your eyes and follow his instructions.

Don't mew feel better already?  I know we do!

All the mandala's featured are created & designed by us.

So without further ado here's this weeks mandala.
Just right click the image to save and print it...

And here's our finished version...

Coloured with felt tip pens.

If mew'd like to share your peeps pawesome artwurk feel free to upload it to our Facebook page at:

Bionic Basil & The 'B' Team @Facebook

as we'd really, really love to see your finished mandalas.

Don't furget mew can download our free Colouring with Cats ~ Books One & Two here, if mew haven't already done so:

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So on that note we'll say bye fur now and hope to see mew on Wednesday when Amber is back with a sequel to a book she shared a few weeks ago.

Until then

Keep Calm and Colour OM!

Bestest chilled and most soothing purrs

Basil & Co xox

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Sunday, 18 March 2018

3 fur 1 Selfies on The Sunday Selfies & This Weeks Top Selfie Tip

Supurr Sunday salutations pawesome pals

Welcome to another selfie selection and today our theme is:

3 fur 1

And almost nailed it! MOL

As mew can see, Pandora, Smooch and Fudge worked their floofy tails off [well not really] to get this shot!

I'm calling it:

Purrsonal expression within the confines of a shared selfie 

This Weeks Top Selfie Tip:

Last week we spoke about the impawtance of good lighting and fur this weeks top tip, we're talking about avoiding shadows.

So unless mew mew want a dark patch on your gorgeous furry fizzog, we suggest mew take your selfie while facing the sun if outdoors or with your back to it.  No weird side angles, well only if that's the artistic approach mew're aftur.  But fur a nice clean shot remember either behind mew or in front fur the best outcome. Inside this is a little more tricky with lamps and offurhead lights, so if mew can, use the same advice as fur outdoors unless mew have a selfie-light.

This is ours:

The one we have just clips on the iPhone - it's a couple of inches in diameter - and saves having to use the flash which we hate as it always makes mew have laser eyes. Using one of these removes the necessity of using the flash so often and it stops shadows, so mew get a nice even tone to your pic. 

We actually bought ours from Aldi fur less than £5, it has 3 light settings - as mew can see above - depending on what's required for the pic at paw.

Now we're not pho-tog experts at all, this is just what we've learnt offur the years of taking endless pics, and trying to take better pics.  Though we're sure most of our pics are still quite rubbish in the eyes of a professional, but then we aren't professionals, just a bunch of heathen cats trying to improve our skillz! MOL

If mew have any selfie tips, let us know and we'll share them here next week.

Hope mew're all having a great weekend and we'll be back on the morrow with another gorgeous mandala fur mew to colour.

Wishing mew a supurr chilled day with lots of snoozy snuggles

Bestest Sunday Purrs

Basil & Co xox

Don't furget to join in the pawesome Sunday Selfies Blog Hop with

 Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo ~ visit them at their fabulous blog:

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Saturday, 17 March 2018

Fashion with Felines starring Pandora Von Der Plume ~ The Feline Fashionista ~ Featuring The Starry Night Bag by Irregular Choice [Or As I 'Av Renamed It:- The Valentine Bag]

Welcome to

Bonjour mes amis!

And velcome to my second Fashion vith Felines post!

Bringing mew the cutest, fun trends in kitty themed fashion fur your pet hooman.

This veek I'm sharing an absolutely dahling bag from the uber funky brand Irregular Choice.  If mew've neffur 'eard of them before they are a rather unique company specializing in really fun styles, though some of the rather avant garde styles might not be furfur effuryone, but I can assure mew there are some tamer things on their website too.  The P.A. 'as bought shoes from them before, though a long time ago in Australia before they even got to the UK and she loves them.

The B Team and I purrchased this purrticular bag fur the P.A.'s birthday last month and I've been pawsitively beside myself to share it vith mew all.  The official name of the bag is: Starry Night, but I 'av renamed it to the Valentine bag as it's got our vunderpurr buddy on it as mew'll see in a moment.

Now that gives an idea, I need to 'av some uber cool fashion items named aftur me too...The Pandora Bag, I think that 'as a nice ring to it... 

Now lets' talk about the purracticalities: 

The bag is just so cute, vith 'olographic clouds and an 'olographic faux snakeskin moon, glittery stars, purple hearts and pearl detail on a lush background of navy crushed velvet. The cute black kitty is so fluffy just like Valentine, if that doesn't make mew vant to get one then I don't know vhat vill! MOL

It has two straps which are the purrfect length to comfortably wear on the shoulder. There are three large pockets, 2 outer ones vith nice, wide side-to-side zips so mew can open it right up, and the middle larger pocket 'as a magnetic clasp. It also comes vith an adjustable shoulder/cross-body strap in the navy crushed velvet with the matching 'olographic piping.

Vhile not a huge bag, mew can certainly get lots in it and as the P.A. carries nearly effurything but the kitchen sink, it's just purrfect and as an added bonus, it 'as a fabulous floral interior, like mew can see in the sneakers below.  I also love the fact that it is made completely from man-made fabrics, so no critters 'ad to suffer fur the sake of fashion.

Being the generous kitties that ve are, we also got her these to match... The Starry Night [aka Valentine] Sneakers.
 But sadly they didn't fit, due to being too wide, but they vere so cute, and the P.A. was so sad when she 'ad to send them back. The P.A. said they're shoes that make mew smile, as who doesn't want to look at cute kitties on your feet! MOL

Even Fudge was smitten with it, though he did say; that it wasn't as floofy as his tail, but then ve 'aven't seen anything yet that can compare vith his mega floof! MOL

In summary, if mew love cats, vant something that stands out from the crowd and is really unique, then this is the bag fur mew.

**FYI the image above is an affiliate link. We will get a rather modest commission should mew decide to click through and purrchase anything we share**

Pandora's Fierce Fashion Tip:

Mew'll always feel great if mew really love what mew're wearing!

I do 'ope mew enjoyed our little fashion safari today and I'll be back furry soon vith some more uber cute items fur your pet hooman!

This is your feline fashionista 

Pandora Von Der Plume 

saying au revoir dahlings until next time

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