So - labelling both posts The Lady and The Tramp - the first one, of course, needs to go to The Lady.
And The Lady is Flora
But she only just managed that ‘three colour’ definition. She is mostly grey and silvery white, smoky and beautiful as a mist. But on her head she has what the Babe Magnet calls a ‘baked bean stain’ as if someone has dropped a tin of orange sauce on her. The breeder warned us that she was ‘a terror’ and she has all of that tortoiseshell attitude - or ‘tortitude’ that goes with her colouring. She is quite frankly a Diva. From the day I bought her home she made sure that I realised she did NOT want to be in the cat basket and she yelled and screeched – complaining about kitten abuse at the top of her voice. And she has a very loud voice! In the end, I had to open the box and she jumped out, sat on my knee and was perfectly content to watch the countryside go by as we travelled home.
much of the time I spend peering round her head so that I can see the words I’m trying to create. At other times she’ll settle down and sleep – but, as I said Coons are big cats - and often I end up to the very edge of the desk while she fills the rest of the space.
She also loves to be out in the garden where she plays around the hedgehogs - and is generous enough to share a bowl of meat with them every now and then. And she loves boxes. Any box. And size, and shape.
Perhaps you're starting to see just whay Maine Coons have a reputation for being character cats. In fact, I did a craft blog over on Revising and Editing earlier this week and one of the commenters said how much she envied me my two Maine Coons - the coolest cats on the planet.
Flora would agree with her. And so would I - in fact we loved our first Maine Coon so much that we just had to get another one.
Which is where Charlie came in - and if Flora is The Lady then he is very definitely The Tramp. (Or - as Michelle calls them - The Princess and the Scamp)
So look out for Part 2 - Charlie - coming soon.
Kate's latest heroine is in a royal romance but she's a Grand Duchess, not a Princess like Florsa (though Flora could well be a Grand Duchess! she has the Diva Personality for it.)Kate’s royal hero is Alexei Sarova, that black sheep prince who has to face up to a new and unexpected destiny with his heroine Honoria Escalona (Ria) as the woman he wants as his queen.
A kingdom's safety...
Betrayed by those she loves, Honoria Escalona must now face the only man capable of bringing stability to the Mediterranean kingdom of Mecjoria. A cold, hard man who once called her his friend... Alexei Sarova-the true King of Mecjoria.
In exchange for her happiness
A Throne For the Taking will be published in the Royal and Ruthless miniseries in both Harlequin Presents and Mills & Boon Modern in June.