This adorable kitty snuggling into my arm is NOT Abbie! His name is Morrie and he belongs to my friend Debbie. Deb and I have been saying for years that Abbie and Morrie are siblings since they look so much alike and both were strays adopted at around the same time. On Friday, I got to spend some quality time with Abbie's "brother" and I took a million pictures of him (and also chased him around the house.) Crazy Cat Lady, indeed!


 
 

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Summer is officially here, and Marching Ink wants to celebrate with you! For a limited time, get the following titles for just 99 cents: Zoey & The Moment of Zen, Hard Hats and Doormats, and A Questionable Friendship, and don’t forget to enter the #SunNFun giveaway!  


We have a beach bag filled with summer items for you to win: sunglasses, a beach towel, and a picnic set including a tablecloth, carafe, napkins and cups. Also included is a $20 Amazon gift card that will be sent digitally. Please note this is open to US/Canada residents only. 

Follow the instructions below to enter, and a winner will be chosen Saturday, July 12. Good luck! :)
Happy Summer from Marching Ink!


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For this week's WDOAC, we're heading over to Barbara Barth's fabulous blog, WRITERS WITH DOGS where I talk about adopting Abbie and share pictures of her "helping" me write! Click on the picture to check it out! :)

 
 
This is one of Abbie's favorite spots--the table underneath my bedroom window. From there, she can watch the birds and (I'm sure) dream of catching one and... playing nicely with it? Yeah, I'm sure that's what she'd do if she caught one. Hope you're enjoying the view wherever you are. 
Have a great week! :)  

 
 
Today is a good day. My new blog is hosting its first-ever guest and that guest happens to be a fellow Canadian author! Bonus points: we are practically neighbours! I am so excited to have Heather Grace Stewart here today with the main character of her newly-released novel, STRANGELY, INCREDIBLY GOOD. Cat Glamour (love the name!) was nice enough to drop by and answer a few fun and silly questions. Be sure to check out the other stops on Heather's tour and, of course, get your copy of STRANGELY, INCREDIBLY GOOD! Take it away, Cat!

You can join the cast of any reality show--which show do you choose and why?

Oh, that's easy. The only reality show I would ever want to be on is my Gram's reality show, Badass Grandma. Can I give it a plug? It's on MTV weeknights at 9 EST. She is the funniest Grandma I know. She's brutally honest, and I find that refreshing. You can also follow her on Twitter @badassgrandma.

Your local diner is naming a dish after you. What is it?

Oh, Herb's is naming a dish after me? That's hilarious. They'd have to name a meal of French onion soup, garlic bread and lemon meringue pie after me, since once, on a very bad dinner date with a man who doesn't believe in using soap, I ordered two bowls of that soup and an entire pie from the dessert window. They should call that meal Guts & Glam - since I needed guts to stick it out during that horrendous date, and my last name is Glamour.

If you could go live in another novel for a few hours, which book would you visit?

I could really use a nice, quiet vacation. I've been through a lot lately, including a rotten divorce, then meeting a Genie, getting trapped inside a castle in France, and going back in time. For once, I would love to just chill on a beach! Maybe I could go live in the novel Beaches. I could play with Cee Cee and Bertie when they meet on the beach, go shopping with them, have some laughs with them. I love adventures and laughs - just maybe for a while, no adventure for me that's bigger than a beach walk?

Your house is on fire. All the humans and pets are already outside and you can save three things before leaving. What do you grab?

I'd have to grab my 91-year-old Gram's disco ball and a couple Bee Gees CD's for her - she lives for those. Then I'd grab my Wii, because that's how I met Gene. I'm sentimental like that.

You win an all-expenses paid trip to anywhere in the world. Where are you flying to?

This is so easy. It's France. I have the best memories from a short trip I took there recently, and I'm hoping I can get back there soon. I may even take my Gram and sister. Want to join us?

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Cat Glamour is lost in a world of pain and self-imposed guilt. She hides behind her weight, her children, and a past she can’t forget. While her 91-year-old, decidedly different, grandmother provides emotional support, Cat needs to take control of her life which has been shattered by her abusive ex-husband and tragic events of the past. 

On the day Cat decides to start an exercise routine, the last thing she expects is a modern-day genie to pop out of her Wii machine. Unfortunately for Cat, her genie is somewhat unreliable in his wish-granting capabilities. In a series of hilarious misadventures, he sends Cat to a castle in France and back in time 20 years in an attempt to solve both Cat’s weight issues and emotional stresses. 

Cat’s journey is one filled with quirky adventures, realistic love, and above all, self-discovery. 

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Heather Grace Stewart is a Canadian magazine writer, author and poet. Her first poem was published in her school newsletter when she was five, and she's been hooked on writing ever since.

Heather's debut novel, Strangely, Incredibly Good, will be released by Morning Rain Publishing on June 5, 2014.

Praised by Hollywood actors & producers as 'funny' 'clever' and 'innovative', Heather's screenplay THE FRIENDS I'VE NEVER MET is her best-selling Kindle book to date, reaching #28> Action & Adventure in Women's Bestselling Fiction in November 2013.

Reviewers call her work 'modern' and 'unconventional;' the writing 'tender' 'heartfelt' and 'vulnerable.' (Three Spaces, 2013) Her third poetry collection, Carry On Dancing (Winter Goose Publishing, March 2012) was reviewed as 'brave, personal and eloquent poems.' These collections charted on print and Kindle bestsellers lists in 'Poetry' and 'Canadian Poetry' in Canada, the US and the UK.

Heather is also the author of the Amazon Kindle best-selling poetry collections 'Leap' and 'Where the Butterflies Go,' two non-fiction books for youth, and a book of children's poetry, The Groovy Granny.

Born in Ottawa, she lives with her husband and daughter near Montreal.
In her free time, she loves to take photos, scrapbook, cartoon, inline skate, dance like nobody's watching, and eat Swedish Berries -- usually not at the same time.

Visit her blog at http://heathergracestewart.com and her official website, http://heathergracestewart.me


 
 
Reason #45645 why I'm always covered in cat hair...
Abbie loves to jump inside the dryer when the clothes are warm and dry! 
 
 
I have been waiting a long while to officially announce this little piece of news, but the day is finally here! I am so excited to announce that BREAKING THE RULES and ZOEY & THE MOMENT OF ZEN will be published in Hungary by the Erawan publishing house founded by author Eva Fejos! I know. Crazy, right? I still have a hard time believing this is really happening. And in a few months I will be holding a copy of my debut novel... and I won't be able to read a single word except my name. (Perhaps I need to invest in the Hungarian Rosetta Stone?) I cannot wait to share the new covers with you. And if you have any Hungarian friends who enjoy chick lit, please send them my way! ;) As always, huge thanks to Samantha March of Marching Ink for her support with this new project. 

Köszönöm! (That means thank you as per Google Translate.)
 
 
On my old blog (the now-defunct Catenabi Chronicles) I used to have a feature called WEEKLY DOSE OF ABBIE CUTENESS. And now I'm bringing it back... whether Abbie likes it or not! 

Abbie is one friendly feline, but she does NOT enjoy the company of other cats--and she barely tolerates stuffed ones who invade her space. But she decided to play nice today. Have a great week, everyone!  
 
 
Hello! Welcome to my newly-designed website! Have a look around and make yourselves at home! :) I'll be back soon with some writing updates and, of course, new pictures of Abbie the Cat. Cheers! 
 

    Who is Cat Lavoie?

    Author. Sporadic blogger. London-loving Anglophile. Crazy cat lady. TV Addict. Shenanigan enthusiast. Hello, how are you? :)

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