Blitz + Giveaway: The Supernatural Pet

The Supernatural Pet Sitter
Diane Moat
(The Magic Thief, #1)
Publication date: March 5th 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Middle-Grade

Every animal can talk to you. You just have to know how to listen.

Pepper Neely is better at this than most, especially because she is in charge of pet sitting all the familiars in her neighborhood. A familiar is a pet magically linked to a witch or warlock. As a gnome, Pepper is no stranger to spells and sorcery. She also knows that, despite their special name, familiars aren’t all that different from regular animals. They get anxious when separated from their people, so Pepper uses her special gnome powers to calm them down. She watches Cranky the high-strung ferret, Frank the laid-back parrot, King Arthur the elderly tortoise, and many others.

Then, something terrible begins happening to the familiars. Someone is stealing their magic! It not only prevents Pepper from communicating with them but breaks their magical connection with their people. When King Arthur’s magic is stolen, his owner’s powers stop working too. Pepper can sense that the tortoise is very scared.

In order to protect the animal’s magic, Pepper decides to track down the culprit. With the help of her best friend, Luna, and her brother, Jax, Pepper fights to protect all of the special pets.

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Familiars don’t do well when they are separated from their witches. That was how Pepper got into the business of pet sitting. Gnomes have a low-level connection with all supernatural animals. Gnomes are kind of like the Dog Whisperer, except that they communicate well with Familiars, basilisks (a magical lizard), unicorns and so on, rather than the more usual “pets”.

Pepper’s business of helping witches by taking care of their Familiars had boomed over the past year. Thank goodness she wasn’t sitting for the McCrorys last month when “it” happened.

Mr. McCrory was an accountant and Mrs. McCrory worked part-time at the downtown Dewitt Mall. Their two kids lived away at college. Mrs. M’s Familiar was a huge, bright-green-and-blue parrot named Frank. Pepper had only checked on the parrot once when the McCrorys drove their kids to their out-of-state campus several months earlier. Frank didn’t cause any trouble, so the job was easy money.

Supposedly, Mrs. M was at work one day last month when she had a “bad feeling” that prompted her to go home to check on Frank. The house seemed undisturbed, and everything looked fine at first. But when Mrs. M went to Frank’s cage, she found him looking away from her. He wouldn’t even turn around when she called his name. When she walked around the cage to greet Frank face-to-face, he had only ducked and bobbed his head the way a normal parrot would. But Frank wasn’t normal.

Next, Mrs. M had reached out to the Familiar with her magic, but got no response from him. Not only that, but she said she had trouble focusing, and even her own magic had felt weak. With hands trembling, she had picked up Frank to try again. Nothing. Since that day, Frank’s magic was gone, and Mrs. M’s magic was broken.



Diane is a Tennessee transplant, animal rescuer, and nurse. Dog Gone is her debut novel, born from years of hearing animal rescuers say about animal abusers, “If only I could get my hands on that person…” Diane is assisted by her many rescue dogs.

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Sunday Post ~ How Time Flies

0abf9b9e-b7ac-4d59-b451-7eb7c64ea1b9_zps47hi5hueThe Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news, a post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things received, and share news about what is coming up on the blog for the week ahead. To get in on the Sunday funday, see the rules here: Suday Post Meme.


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School was out all week for spring break! Honestly, I regret everything. I squandered all of my time! I worked furiously last Saturday to finish and submit the yearbook. It came back with only two errors in the portraits (names missing) that I was able to fix right away and return to the plant. It’s done!

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While I had the entire week off work to do with as I pleased, The Man had to work every single night. Even on his nights off, he was mandated to work SXSW (South by Southwest) overnight.

I have discovered that given the choice, I am a brunch and semi-night owl kind of person. I stayed up way too late every night – or should I say the wee hours of the morning? I finished The Fosters on Netflix and was glued to the TV rewatching Revenge. It was like I couldn’t look away! Honestly!

We had made plans to go see Beauty & the Beast at 11:30 on Saturday morning so I could get off to my brother’s birthday dinner on time, but I turned off the alarm so we could just sleep. I had also planned to get my inspection done for my vehicle registration and also get my oil changed during the week, and I realized on Saturday while gassing up that I hadn’t done either of them! I truly did squander all of my time!

Today I will be working with my plants. I bought some new bulbs to plant, as well as a few new plants. I also want to go back and buy bluebonnet seeds. They’re already in season and die out by the time summer hits, but in college I was able to grow some from seed during summer. I’ll be doing some minor chores about the house because The Man’s parents (dad and stepmom) are coming in tomorrow! I won’t see them until Friday, and they leave on Saturday, but that’s timing for ya.

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I’ve decided I want to make a goal of increasing my Instagram following and improving my content. Right now it is a mix of teacher, dog, and bullet journal. I will admit I’m probably not ever going to grow based on bookstagram, at least not right now, so I’ve recently started using Crowdfire to help me regulate and improve my sharing and engagement. I did hit 200 followers last week, so I was excited about that.

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I didn’t do a whole lot around the blog this week. Mini Blog Ahead finished on Wednesday. For the most part, all of my weekly content is up to date until June. This week I had wanted to craft some new Famous Last Words posts, but I couldn’t get up the motivation. I did craft two or three (or four?) new posts about my bullet journal. These posts will start in April and so far I have them scheduled for every two weeks.

I think I might as well just surrender for TBR challenge this month. I had the whole week and I still didn’t finish a single book. 😦

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  • Monday
    • Cover Characteristics ~ Santa
    • Blitz + Giveaway ~ The Supernatural Pet
  • Tuesday
    • Top Ten Tuesday ~ Read in One Sitting
    • Teaser Tuesday & Intro ~ TBD
    • Blitz + Giveaway ~ A Star to Steer Her By
  • Wednesday
    • WWW Wednesday
    • My Book Haul
  • Thursday
    • Famous Last Words #23
  •  Friday
    • Feature Follow Friday ~ Books/Series in the Closet
    • Book Blogger Hop #13

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I started reading To Move the World last weekend. The beginning was slow and painful to the point I wanted to just chuck it aside. But like I always do, I stayed the course and found around the 18% mark things started picking up and I became very interested in where things were going…but with my other tasks (one which I can’t talk about yet!) and actively watching TV, I didn’t finish it as I expected. Look for a post this week with my book haul since Christmas!

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Book Blogger Hop #12

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The Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer. Each week poses a book-related question. The hop starts on Friday and ends on Thursday. The purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers.


Do you read a lot of diverse or own voices books? Why or why not? (submitted by Kitty @ Vicarious Bookworm)

I don’t read a lot of diverse books, and I know this. I won’t apologize for it like it is a bad thing and I am a bad reader. I have read some interesting things over the years that were diverse. I enjoyed some and I did not enjoy others. I read what I like and if that makes me narrow-minded, I don’t care.

Feature Follow Friday ~ March 17, 2017

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Feature & Follow is a blog hop hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read. The goal of Feature & Follow is to meet new bloggers, make friends, and gain readers.

Graphic Novels & Web Comics

Do you read graphic novels or web comics? What are your recommendations?

 

I do read graphic novels! I used to read a web comic in college, and they were too slow at producing the comic and the story line was just stagnant so I didn’t keep up with it very well…and then not at all, and now I can’t even remember what it was. I stumbled upon Allie Brosh’s amazingness at Hyperbole and a Half, but I am sad to say it is defunct now.

I highly recommend these three graphic novels:

 

Do you read a web comic or have favorite graphic novels? 

Famous Last Words #22

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Famous Last Words is a new monthly feature here in Land of 1000 Wonders. I wanted to find a new way to share some fabulous quotations from reads old and new. The inspiration for this feature came from the character Pudge in John Green’s Looking for Alaska.


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Veterinarian Rory Gallagher chose a different path from his brothers, both of whom became first responders in the lovely little town of Darling, Vermont. Rory s always had an affinity for animals and the ladies. Known for his impressive track record in breaking hearts, Rory never meant to hurt anyone; he s just never been in a hurry to settle down. It s not as if he needs to pay a visit to the town s famed Kissing Bridge to magically find love. He ll know The One when he sees her. . .right?

Oaklee Ferguson is the kid sister of Rory s best friend and, even now that she s all grown up, remains immune to the pet-doctor s charms. When she shows up at Rory s clinic late one night devastated after hitting a stray dog with her car Rory s so-called bedroom eyes are the last thing on her mind. Still, his care and kindness toward the dog, and his concern for her feelings, catches Oaklee by surprise. . .and soon the two (and rescued dog makes three!) begin to share a deep connection that neither could have ever imagined. Could it be that love has been waiting for them by the bridge all along in Somebody’s Baby?

 

WWW Wednesdays (March 15th)

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This is a weekly meme hosted hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World of Words. To join in answer the following three questions and hop over to Sam’s and leave your link.


What are you currently reading? 

This is the last book I have in the Power of the Matchmaker series. I’m a little sad to see the end of this series! There are two books in the series I never received, but I really want to take care of reading what I have this year.

To Move the World

Eve Brannon never had to bother planning out her future. In the Yorkshire dales where life is harder, it is also simpler. Next in line to inherit her family’s farm, she will raise another generation of children and sheep high in the uplands of England. Waiting until next year when she is 19 to marry her father’s handsome hired hand, Alan, is the detail she added herself.

But in 1939 even the most stalwart corners of the world are vibrating with the tremors of change. Eve’s long-anticipated proposal comes on the wings of losing Alan to the Royal Army and at the brink of the farm’s profitable war years the sheep herd is decimated by a mysterious illness. With her steady future suddenly in the clutches of a capricious fate, Eve is introduced to Jonathon Doran, a land manager anxious to prove himself in a crisis, and she discovers that the solid earth beneath her feet is moving after all.


 What did you just finish reading?

31752357King of the Friend Zone was so enjoyable. It also speaks to a common phenomenon we fall under when we embark on a new relationship. I thought Hunter stood his ground very well in distancing himself and not crumbling and giving in. I only had about 20% left of the book after last weekend, and I wanted to finish it by Monday night so I could start a new book this week. I finally finished late Wednesday night after I kept dozing off and either smacking myself in the face with my Kindle or it falling out of my hand.


What do you think you’ll read next?

I have two Power of the Matchmaker books left and then I am going to squeeze in Audrey Greathouse’s second book in The Neverland Wars series before moving back to clearing up my NetGalley debts.


 How about you? What are you reading this week?

Leave a comment with your answers! Share the link to your WWW Wednesday post OR leave your answers in the comments if you don’t have a blog. Happy Reading! 🙂

Mini Blog Ahead – Week 3

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Week 1 started off great with a total of 62 posts written, and 36 of those counted for this challenge! Week 2 nothing happened at all. I was a little disappointed with that, but life got the better of me. Here are my results for week 3.

 

March Start: 11 posts 

Day 11 

  • Sunday Post –> scheduled for 3/12
  • Mini Blog Ahead – Week 3 –> scheduled for 3/16
  • WWW Wednesday –> drafted

Day 11 – Posts Written:  3 //  Running Total: 65

Day 11 – Challenge Posts: 0  //  Running Total: 36

*** hiatus ***

Day 14

  • Top Ten Tuesday: Spring TBR –> scheduled for 3/14
  • Top Ten Tuesday: Read In One Sitting Theme –> scheduled for 3/21
  • Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Authors I’m Dying To Meet –> scheduled for 3/28
  • Top Ten Tuesday: Fandom Freebie –> 4/4 
  • Review: King of the Friend Zone –> scheduled for 4/17

Day 14 – Posts Written:  5  //  Running Total: 70

Day 14 – Challenge Posts: 2  //  Running Total: 38