Okay, folks, the time is here. My Auntie Allia's Book, Women Who Still Love Cats Too Much has launched on Amazon. So pad on over and get a copy, while it's four dollars off the original price.

Meantime, me and my pals have put on our party hats and we is cel-e-brating!  And what a bash my aunt put on: There was head of mouse, chicken chips, snake bits, and gopher eyes on the buffet, and the desert tray was filled with all manner of salmon and meat treats, catnip cupcakes, and a fillet of sole mousse cake that had a photo of the book on top.

All I have to say is one word: Meow-za!
Don't forget to check out the book... 


Wow, Mommy's been busy. She hasn't posted here in eons.  Well, that's because she's been writing books. I helped her write this new one. Oh, and before I forget, let me introduce myself: I'm Nolan Nolan, the most recent addition to the Nolan family.  My sister and brother went to the Rainbow Bridge last year, and Mommy was very distressed. God sent me to help her while she grieves. And now, I'm helping her promote her latest book. WOMEN WHO STILL LOVE CATS TOO MUCH.

I'm just a teenager. But I know you can't ever love your cats too much. And that's what this book is about: helping women who may be on the fence about all they do for their puddies and who want to course-correct (fat chance). And helping those who can't break themselves of their cat codependency to realize they are not alone. So here's the cover:

Nicole Hollander, the supah cartoonist who draws the Sylvia strip, did the cartoons, and Health Communictions, Inc. (the ex-Chicken Soup People) will publish the book.  It is available right this very minute on pre-order @ Amazon. And so is Mommy's book, PURR MORE, HISS LESS: HEAVENLY LESSONS I LEARNED FROM MY CAT, because that book's from the same publisher. Oh joy. I just love love love cat books.

Anyway, Mommy told me to tell you she hopes youze guys will pick up a copy of the book for yourselves and/or your cat-loving friends. If you should want her autograph (or mine, mine's even better), comment at the bottom and she'll send you a bookplate.

Okay, so enough with the book; here's more photos of moi:

Cute, huh? Oh, my sister, Sineady Cat, the Fraidy Cat sends her regards as does Mommy.
Oops, here are the links to Mommy's books


I have two words to say to people who fear death so much that they can’t enjoy life: Merry Christmas. These words offer hope to a once hopeless world because through the miracle of Christmas, God has arranged it so that no one has to be afraid to die anymore. The Bible says “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.”

But let's examine how death and Christmas fit into the picture in the first place. "Death came into the world," the Bible says, because of what one man (Adam) did, and it is because of what this other man, (Christ) has done; now there is the resurrection from the dead."

In essence by coming back from the grave, Christ rendered death moot. It was set in motion by sin, and that couldn’t change. But because Christ rose, we now know death is not final. It no longer has a hold on us. It can’t hurt us anymore. It’s lost its “sting.” Our Savior, Jesus, has vanquished death, and the Bible affirms the good news.

Isaiah 25:8 tells us the Lord “will swallow up death forever.” David says “God has delivered my soul from death.” John says, “For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn (it), but that the world through Him might be saved.” Jesus, Himself says, “Don’t be afraid. I am the living one! I was dead, but now I am alive forever and ever. I have authority over death.” And Paul says, “He became flesh and blood to destroy the devil, who has the power over death, and in this way set free those who were (are) slaves all their lives because of their fear of death.”

Because the scary part for most of us isn’t so much the dying—but what comes afterwards: final judgment. Our sins make us fear and tremble at the thought of the Almighty. And that’s the worry that Jesus has done away with. By coming to earth and suffering for us, Jesus has removed the fear because He’s removed the sin. Jesus stood in for us, was judged, paid our debt, and God accepted his offering. In that magnanimous effort, our sin slate was wiped clean, and our ability to say “No” to sin and (spiritual) death were secured.

So if we accept Jesus, following His Word as best we can and begging His forgiveness when we fail, we have no reason to fear God’s wrath—and can stand before Him without quaking. We have Jesus’ promise on that: “I assure you,” He tells us, “those who listen to my message, and believe in God who sent me shall have eternal life. They will never be condemned for their sins, but they have already passed from death into life.”

As if that weren’t good news enough, there’s more. Because our old sinful selves were joined with Jesus and died with him, they will also rise with Him. “For I will live again,” Jesus explained, “and you will, too.”

Okay, but that doesn’t mean the bodies we’re in now won’t go the way of all flesh. On the contrary, we are temporary people. We are destined to expire. The Bible says “Yet, even though Christ lives within you, your body will die because of sin; but your spirit will live, for Christ has pardoned it.” So it’s as though we get rid of our outer casing which was dust in the first place and will decompose back to dust, and free up the other part of us, our spirit, to be joined to the new improved bodies Paul tells us about. Actually, Paul says that getting rid of these earthly bodies is a prerequisite to getting into heaven. He says, “These perishable bodies are not the right kind to live forever.” And if that’s the case, why anguish about letting them go?

Indeed, because of God’s immense love for us, and what happened in that stable long ago, we don’t have to agonize over losing our bodies or our souls. “We will not be ashamed and embarrassed at the Day of Judgment,” the Bible says, “but can face Him with confidence and joy because he loves us…. And His perfect love eliminates all dread of what he might do to us.”

So we can take death—and for that matter, the struggles and pain of life—off our worry list for good. We no longer have to behave like “cowering, fearful slaves,” anxious about living and petrified of dying because Jesus gives us the strength to survive one and has broken the bond of the other. So let’s exchange fear and terror for faith and hope. Let’s rejoice in what Christ’s birth and death accomplished. And let’s never stop thanking God for the gift of Jesus, because as the choirs and carolers remind us each year in their songs of praise: “Man will live forever because of Christmas Day.”

From: (c) Copyright from The Worrywart's Prayer Book
 by Allia Zobel Nolan.


Kitty Literate’s Blog: Preview "BECAUSE OF CHRISTMAS DAY"

Kitty Literate’s Blog 2013-12-02 13:23:00


Want to know what to do when you're feeling as low down as an ant? Or when you're pressured to do something you know is wrong?  Or how to make babysitting a noble job? Want to be a rose in someone's day instead of a thorn; learn how to use a heavenly GPS; and keep calm under pressure?
Then pick up a copy of my latest book,WHATEVER: LIVIN' THE TRUE, NOBLE, TOTALLY EXCELLENT LIFE . It's got awesome advice on these and other issues we all deal with.
Hey, and I'll be signing this book (which is more affordable than a flavored coffee and a doughnut, ($6.99) and less fattening) on the next two Saturdays.....
Signing, Reading ‘n Talking About:

When: October 13, 2012
Time: from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m.
Where:  Fairfield U.  Book Store
1499 Post Road, Fairfield, CT
Phone 203-255-7756  

When: October 20, 2012
Time: from 10:30 to 3:30  (Reading at 11:00)
Where: Morningstar Books,
72 Newtown Road
Danbury, CT 06810 
Phone: (203) 791-1515

Hey, and while you're there, ask for your very own, kewler than kewl, WHATEVER bracelet...... and if you're a chocoholic (and I haven't already eaten all the good pieces), you can stock up on that as well.
Be there or be square.....W  H  A  T  E  V E  R!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


My utmost thanks to Anna Gheen for her wonderful review of my latest book WHATEVER: LIVIN' THE TRUE, NOBLE, TOTALLY EXCELLENT LIFE.


Kitty Literate’s Blog 2012-09-24 17:14:00

Okay, folks, the time has come, the walrus said......IT'S HERE....THE WHOLE BOOK, THAT IS!!!! The cover, the insides, everything.  As of tomorrow, Septemer 25, 2012, WHATEVER: LIVIN' THE TRUE, NOBLE, TOTALLY EXCELLENT LIFE, is now available everywhere: Amazon, regular bookstores (what's left of them), on the Zondervan website; and anywhere and everywhere books are sold.

It took me almost three years from the idea popping into my head until the final pub date (did I tell you it's tomorrow?), and I couldn't be happier the day is finally here.

Anyway, in case I haven't told you a bazillion times, the book is for all ages, though it targets girls from 7-12.  It encourages readers to be mindful of what they put in their heads; that their thoughts are powerful tools which can lead them to God and a peaceful life, or away from God towards a life that is empty and meaningless.

It's the kind of book readers can dip into and out of; a book that can help girls focus on the good "stuff" in life instead of stupid, impure, and inane. It's the kind of book that gets you and keeps you thinking.

So that's the news. I hope to start a separate Whatever blog soon, and will try to keep that blog a bit more current than my kitty literate blog.  Thanks for visiting, and hope you'll pick up the book.

It’s Here…It’s Here….It’s Here….The Cover at Least!!!

I'ts here.  Mommy's new book, the one she's been working on forever (or at least two years) is finally coming to fruition (that's a sophisti-cat-ed way of saying "it's almost finished). Well, she's still working on the insides, but the outsides, the front and back covers, are finito.  Yay.  The name of this book is WHATEVER: LIVIN' THE TRUE, NOBLE, TOTALLY EXCELLENT LIFE, and though it doesn't have any cats in it, it is still way kewl.  What's it about? Well, it's a 90-day devotional with Scripture and prayers and anecdotes meant to help tween girls keep their thoughts on things that are "true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, praiseworthy, and excellent," instead of dumb, improper, and sinful. We'll be telling you more about it soon.  And while we really can't take any credit for what's inside, we can say that we gave Mom moral support by sitting on her manuscript and laying all over her keyboard.    


Wow, Mom thought she wrote a lot!  But she admits, her friend, Clea Simon has her beat. "Clea's books are, like real gown-ups' books...no pictures in them like mine," Mom said..... "They're novels...with characters you can really care about, mysteries you can really get caught up in, and animals who're...well, almost human."

Mom's reading GREY MATTERS, a Dulcie Schartz feline mystery, right now, and when she finished, she's gonna go back and read all the rest.

Oh, and like Mom, Clea went over to the "dawg" side and wrote DOGS DON'T LIE, a Pru Marlowe mystery.  Now we cats might sniff at this being that it's about that other animal, but the critics adored it:

 [C]risp writing and polished plot are a pleasure from start to finish. — Robin Agnew on Dogs Don’t Lie.
A tightly plotted and interesting mystery, with a strong underlying flavor of 'Nancy Drew up grown.' — Beth Kanell, Kingdom Books, Waterford, VT.
Simon writes a high-quality cozy mystery, well paced and plotted, with plenty of twists. — Booklist (starred review).....

Fact is, readers loved this canine who-dun-it so much, they clamored for more.... And, fingers flying, mind churning, Clea didn't disappoint. To wit: CATS CAN'T SHOOT, her second in the series which is officially out in two weeks, but on Amazon right now: http://www.amazon.com/Cats-Cant-Shoot-Marlowe-Noir/dp/1590583256

And, to keep Dulcie Schwartz readers happy, she produced number four in the series: GREY EXPECTATIONS:

Now, I don't know how Clea does it: how she writes all these neat books so well and so fast. But, hey, we're thankful she does. 

Anyway, we gotta go take our naps.... So check out and read some of these page-turners; MacDuff, Sinead and Mom highly recommend them; and for more of the same (or to count how many more books Clea has written and what they're all about; go to http://www.amazon.com/Clea-Simon/e/B000APUNRK 



I'll sneak in your house and use your toothbrush to clean my tongue....
Okay, now that I have your attention....I'm here to tell you what this blog is really all about and that's marketing, marketing, marketing. See I'm in this book called DOG CONFESSIONS: SHOCKING TALES STRAIGHT FROM THE DOGHOUSE, a tell-all expose (in which I unleash my guilt) and well, I'm being hounded by the author, Allia, to develop an idea to get the word out. So here's what I dug up: A contest. Pretty unique, huh, huh, huh?  Anyway, take a photo of yourself with your pet dog, fish, hamster, cat (ewww) or whatever, send it to me in the comment section. Then myself and a group of other hang-dogs will do some judging and pick a winner.  Whaddayouget? One hundred smackeroonies ($100 in human money not bisquits.) and publication here, FB, Twitter, and weblinks and all kinds of techie stuff. 

Oh, and the contest starts.......on your mark, get set......now.... and ends April 2, 2012. Oh and if any of my friends see me on this cat blog and wonder what I'm doing here, youze guys, it's business...strictly business, and you does what you have to. See. So kee the comments to yourselves.


Okay, it was silly of me to leave it where she could see it. But it's a big poster and there aren't too many places I could display it.

I tried to explain it was just business--that by writing DOG CONFESSIONS: SHOCKING TALES FROM THE DOGHOUSE, I by no means meant to diss my puddies. But, well, she's given me the cold shoulder for an hour now.

I'll just have to bribe her with prawns and warm milk.

Cairo Cats Need Our Help Too

I'm pretty fortunate. Okay, I'm pretty spoiled. My Mom gives me everything I want.  But did you know there are a lot of puddies who don't have Mommies like mine? Who have to eat their food in Walmart dishes? (I eat at the table...Mommy puts the food on the floor so Daddy thinks we eat there.) Well, Mommy's friend, Lorraine Chittock is trying to change all that in a place really far away, where in olden times there used to be a zillion cats who were pampered and treated as good or even better than Mommy treats us.  But, I'm getting ahead of myself.....Here is a post from Lorraine, who'll explain it all:

I became a urban wildlife tracker for my book Cairo Cats. Walking through a historic neighbourhood in Cairo, Egypt, a city of twenty million where I lived for seven years, a kitten is curled up on a piece of scrap cardboard. The noise from typical Cairean traffic and horns is deafening. As pedestrians scurry to and fro, the bottoms of gallabeyas and women's skirts brush the feline's fur. Everyone shifts to avoid stepping on the vulnerable creature. My destination is the Mosque of Sultan al-Mu-ayyad, a sanctuary offering tranquility in-between the forays I take into the nooks and crannies the feline denizens inhabit. Men pray on the carpets, cats lounge. A man who has finished praying, is feeding a group of cats. Whenever I return, this man is repeating his beneficent gesture, and obeying the teachings of Mohammad the Prophet, who is attributed to saying, “Love of cats is part of the faith.”

Thousands of years before in Ancient Egypt, people worshipped not only the lion-headed goddess Sekhmet, but also the gentler cat-headed Bastet. It was at Bastet's temple in Bubastis in the delta of the River Nile, that special priests devoted themselves to the cat’s services. Great cat funerals took place in Bubastis — solemn ceremonies in which all those whose cats had died participated. To show their grief, people were even known to shave off their eyebrows. The owner, if his wealth allowed, would embalm the animal and wrap it in fine linen perfumed with cedar oil and buried just like a human being, often putting some objects into the grave so his pet could play with them in the Otherworld. Even little bowls for milk have been found in the cats’ cemetery. It was not unknown for someone who killed a cat to be executed or, if he happened to be caught in the act, lynched by the masses.

These attitudes have not always carried over to the Egypt of the present day. Authorities have sometimes dealt with cat overpopulation as they have in many urban centres — by mass culling. There are no longer gardens in the Mosque of Mu-ayyad for cats to escape busy streets, nor are their special cat gardens overseen by the qadi or judge. But scores of people make it their responsibility to feed the cats of Cairo and loyally protect all animals.

While living in Cairo, I joined a small group of expatriates and Egyptians who formed the Egyptian Society of Animal Friends. ESAF has grown into a influential humane organisation, working with zoo and pet shop workers, and even horse owners who cater to tourists wanting a special view of the Giza Pyramids. One of the founding members of ESAF is a lawyer, and has worked with Islamic scholars to bring increased public awareness of the teaching of animal rights in the Qur'an. They've even hosting the first Middle East animal conference. Four legged critters need our help more than ever. Until the end of March, a generous portion of the proceeds of my book Cairo Cats — Egypt's Enduring Legacy purchased from my site, will be donated
to the Egyptian Society of Animal Friends. Help me, in helping them, help the cats of Cairo. http://www.cairocats.com/, and The Egyptian Society of Animal Friends @ http://www.esaf.info/.


"Oh, Hai. I'm Sineady-Cat-the-Fraidy-Cat. I'm the cat you never see....unless I have some really important news to tell you. And I do. My friend, Cody, has reviewed Mom's book, I'd Rather Be a Cat: The Official Better Than Dogs Cat Book, and in her eyes, well, it's a winner. Why, she even refused the warm cream and caviar I offered her (to quell any doubts about the awesomeness of Mom's  book.) She said, twan't necessary. She loved the book without the bribe. Great news.... Thanks Cody, and thank to your Mom, Caren for letting you use the computer.


My thanks to Dakota's Mom, Caren Osrin Gittleman, for asking her pooch to take time from chasing his tail to write a review for Dog Confessions: Shocking Tales from the Doghouse. We are humbled (and that doesn't happen too often).


Thanks, Caren and Dakota. Just to clear the air.....Mom mentions she's a card-carrying member of he Cat Writers' Association in the book, and wrote it after some soul-searching. 

In any event, for a dog, Dakota's not that bad. And (and for Mom's sake), we thank him.

Okay, now, Dakota, you can go back to rolling in the mud.


Okay, folks, here it is: Mom's new cat book.  It officially pubs February 1st. But it's available now from Amazon; B&N.com, and a zillion other on-line stores.

Okay, so after eight cat books, you'd think Mom would run out of ideas. But, then again, with MacDuff, Sinead, and myself around to inspire her, she'll has enough fodder to last a lifetime. So anyway, I may be prejudiced, but this book is hiss-terical.  All my friends say it's the best Mom's ever written. Why?  Well because for once and for all, it ends the controversy over which animal is the best....not that WE ever had any doubts.  But, you know there were some folks out there who just didn't get it.

So Mom canvassed myself and a bunch of my friends to get the skinny on why we feel cats are better. We got so many answers, it was hard for Mom to pare them all down to fit this book.

Anyway, here' one of my favorites:

And there are a lot more where this came from. I just don't want to spoil it by giving stuff away.  So. okay, and so here's the link: http://www.amazon.com/Id-Rather-Be-Cat-Official/dp/0736939342.  I also have to say that song, you know the one with the lyrics, "I'd rather be a hammer than a nail," got it all wrong. Why, because there are zillions of us felines, who'd rather be neither.  We just rather be a cat. 

If you're an ailurophile, I just know you're going love, love, love this book. And if you like dogs, well, sorry 'bout that.

It’s Red, Small, and It’s About Cats…..CAT CONFESSIONS…The Ultimate Stocking Stuffer

Okay, folks, it's Cyber Monday, and that means you can stock up on Mom's books and probably get a discount.  I am NOT going to be so gouche as to say they are the "purr-fect" books (I just hate when people use that adjective....it's like so yesterday.) But I must say, if you like (love) cats, like to laugh, and don't want to spend a fortune, Mom's got some great titles to chose from.

CAT CONFESSIONS: A Kitty Come Clean Tell-All Book makes a great gift,
@ http://www.amazon.com/Cat-Confessions-Kitty-Clean-Tell-All/dp/0736927115/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1322503584&sr=1-1
whether to slip in your favorite cat lovers' stocking .... or as a hostess gift when you go visiting. Then there is PURR MORE, HISS LESS: HEAVENLY LESSONS I LEARNED FROM MY CAT, @ http://www.amazon.com/Purr-More-Hiss-Less-Heavenly/dp/0757306381/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1322502771&sr=1-1 which has can't-stop-looking-at-them watercolors by artist Erika Oller, and of course, you can always pre-order Mom's newest book, which comes out in January...I'D RATHER BE A CAT: THE OFFICIAL BETTER THAN DOGS CAT BOOK @ http://www.amazon.com/Id-Rather-Be-Cat-Official/dp/0736939342/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1322502708&sr=1-1

Mom's got a bunch of other books at her website, @ http://www.alliawrites.com/ ....books for kids, and worriers, too.

Anyway, time for my nom-noms and a nap.Happy shopping....


That's Mommy and Peter Conway of Tattered Pages Book Shop. And look over Mom's shoulders....there are all her books about us...okay, based on us...okay, okay, they're about cats...all kinds of cats, but fun anyway.

Mom had a ball signing her new book, THANK YOU GOD FROM KIDS AROUND THE WORLD, plus a bunch of her cat books, and a few of her worrywart books. The first thing she said when she came home was, "Thank God for people who still love real books."  Hey, we agree.  If it weren't for book lovers, we'd never have treats or catnip toys, or real tuna.

Anyway, a good time was had by all. But Mommy looks green and has been hitting the tummy medicine: too much nibbling chocolate from the candy dish.

Keep the Kids Occupied at Thanksgiving With Mommy’s New Book; Come Meet Her on November 19th

Okay everyone.....I don't have much time... that is before I, like, totally fall asleep.  Okay, okay, so here's the scoop: Mommy is going to be signing her brand new book (really relevant for the season, too) THANK YOU, GOD, FROM KIDS AROUND THE WORLD, from Zonderkidz at a really, really kewl place called The Tattered Pages Book Shop in Monroe, Connecticut at 150 Main Street...THIS SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 19th from 11:30 until the chocolate runs out. Mom will also have a bunch of cat books and other various and sundry...(hey, you like that expression?  I picked it up from Mommy..."various and sundry"....kewl...anyway, Mom will have other various and sundry books for readers to check out.  And of course, you'll want to check out Mommy as well. Careful, though, cause she'll talk your ears off if you let her.  But anyway.....sorry, but I'm really nodding off here.......do come and see her and get a signed book to give to kids for Thanksgiving.  It will keep them quiet, who knows?, for maybe an hour or more.  This book also makes a great stocking stuffer for Christmas, too.  Here's the trailer that the publishers did for the book: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dwM2Wq3XdZI. Hey, you can find out all about other neat books you might want to give at Mom's website. So anyway....go, have fun, and ah, night now.