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Humans have killed for land since the dawn of civilization, and in 2418, the fight has moved to Mars. Colonies formed by the two greatest governments of Earth compete for space on the red planet, where borders shift with every drop of blood. Amid this war rises the Pueri Verum Martis; a secretive resistance movement that rejects both governments and seeks to define Mars as a sovereign world.
Risa Black is a true daughter of Mars―a cybernetically augmented spy, assassin, and patriot wanted as well as feared by both sides. Many soldiers facing insurmountable odds ask help from higher powers.
To celebrate the release of An Introduction to Paranormal Diplomacy, the ninth book in my Vampire Innocent series, the first seven e-books are all available for .99 on Kindle, starting at 8 AM Pacific time on 1/17/2020 – for about 5 days!
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What do I mean by that? Well… lately, I’ve been sharing a
lot of posts and such on FB criticizing the anti-vax (or if anti-vax offends
you, I’ll use the term child killer instead). [Note: legitimate medical reasons
for avoiding vaccines are not included in the above contempt.]
Anyway, so the whole Karen thing is based on the belief that 15-30 minutes of Google searching is somehow as good or better than tens of thousands of hours of study and work put into a particular field by trained, degreed professionals. But my own near-Karen moment has nothing to do with vaccines.
I have two cats. Loki and Dorian.
For the 3-ish years I’ve had these two, I’d been feeding
them Hill’s Ideal Balance wet cat food at night, and the dry version in the
morning (at least until my vet put Loki on weight control Science Diet).
Recently, Hill’s decided to discontinue the Ideal Balance brand.
And so, the hunt for a new wet food began.
My cats are fickle. Yes, I realize cats in general are
fickle, but my two are the sort of cats that other cats say “damn, boy… you’re
a picky eater” to.
Back up a few years. Prior to Loki and Dorian, I had three
other cats: Patch, Tweak, and Angry. All three of those cats died a little
young (~14 or so for Tweak/Patch, 6 for Angry). Patch and Angry had cancer,
Tweak, I think, suffered a massive stroke.) At least in the case of the cancer,
I kinda blamed my use of Friskies cat food for it, so when I got Loki and
Dorian, I decided to make sure they ate healthy.
The Ideal Balance seemed like a great product. And the cats
But, Hill’s decided to stop making it.
So… I went to the internet. Searching cat blogs. Everyone’s
harping about grain free food, human-grade meat, and so on. And the one theme
that consistently emerged: Purina is the devil. And not just the little ‘step
on a Lego at 3 in the morning’ devil. The ‘wants to throw your cats into the
And, to a point, that clicked with my fear of giving my cats
bad food and losing yet another two cats too early to a theoretically
preventable cancer. Consequently, I started looking for some grain free ‘healthy’
food. I tried 4Health, Instinct, Weruva, and Tiki Cat.
Did I mention my cats were picky eaters? They nibbled on the
4Health, absolutely refused to touch the instinct at all. Weruva got the same ‘what
is this crap?’ reaction from my cats. (not a slam on Weruva, I’m just
describing how my guys reacted to it.) To be fair, Tiki Cat had a similar shredded
chicken flavor that the cats also totally ignored. The Tiki Cat sardine flavor,
they kind of ate.
So here I am, frustrated and worried that my cats are going
on a hunger strike.
Just so happened I had an appointment come up to bring
Dorian to the vet for his rabies booster. While there, I asked my vet about her
recommendations for food. Know what she said? High end Purina, like Pro Plan.
Yes, that Purina
that the internet calls the High Devil of feline Acheron.
She also said the ‘grain free’ thing is a fad, and that
boutique cat food brands can also be dangerous or lack vital nutrients because
there is far less oversight on them.
Honestly, that should have been the moment I thought, hmm,
maybe I’ll listen to this woman with a doctorate degree.
But it wasn’t. Because I Karen-ed. The whole internet of
cat-lovers can’t be wrong, can they? What does a veterinarian know that a bunch
of people who keep cats wouldn’t? Hmm. So, a little shocked to hear my vet
advocate for the giant evil mega cat-killing corporation (so sayeth the Ancient
Scrolls of the Internet), I FB chatted with another vet who I know via the
Guess what she said?
Yep. Purina is fine. And she also said the grain free thing
was a fad.
So, either there’s a secret conspiracy between veterinarians
across the country to help evil corporations… or maybe they know something that
people without doctorate degrees don’t. Yeah, having a second vet in a
completely different state say the same exact thing to me was like getting hit
upside the head with a piece of raw salmon.
I’d Karen-ed pretty hard.
So, after all my railing online about people who trust Google
more than their doctors, I decided to follow my own admonishment and listen to
these two professionals. Ordered a case of Purina Pro Plan.
Guess what… my cats devoured
it. Like practically ate the bowl.
So, it seems I’ve found the food to replace the Ideal
Two women with degrees actually knew something better than the internet.
Who’d have thought. (meant with full sarcasm / self-deprecation)
Edit/update: I shared the link to this post with one of the vets, and she sent back some links. (The links are dog-focused, but she says the same condition happens to cats as well.)
I’m thrilled to announce the release of the second novel in the Ubergirl series – Aliens Ate my Homework! Available now on Kindle. (Paperback should be live in a day or so).
Kelly Donovan wants to save the Earth from aliens, but her plan has a serious snag—she needs to do it before bedtime.
It’s been a few weeks since the Nolmek scattered giant crystals around the world that unintentionally gave some people super powers. They also nearly eliminated war and shared technology to solve famine, drought, and pollution, so pretty much everyone loves them. Alas, the aliens didn’t visit Earth purely out of kindness.
They needed a primitive species to enslave.
Kelly discovers they’re speeding up their plans, already abducting people from the super-prison right out from under the cops’ noses, the same prison her mad-scientist father is stuck in. She’s desperate to protect him, but unfortunately, no one is willing to believe the Nolmek could be bad guys. Worse, they know she’s on to them.
If she can’t find proof of the aliens’ plan, stop the invasion, and be in bed before nine, she faces worse than the enslavement of humanity—she’ll be grounded.