17 December 2012

Purrrfectly Giftastic Christmas Blog Hop

 Christmas Blog Hop

FROM DECEMBER 14th - 17th
Winner announced on the 15th
Now isn't tha pic just the cutest? A little furry kitten looking for affection.
Here iin the UK lot's of families/parents look to buy their child a pet for Christmas.
Isn't that lovely?

Well, sorry no it's not.

For every pet bought as a Christmas present, here in the UK, a huge percentage of older (no longer wanted pets) are left at animal shelters. Afraid, bewildered and firghtened.  Why am I talking about such a morbid topic at a time of merriment and cheer?

Because, it doesn't hurt to think of those less blessed than ourselves at this time. To take a moment out of time to remember how fortunate we are, regardless of our setbacks and stresses.

In my latest story, Vidal's Honor, my heroine, Honor, Lady Beaumont faces treachery, betrayal, the murder of her husband, the prospect of being accused of treason and yet she keeps moving forwards, keeps hoping in the future, in the goodness of truth.

Tagline:Which will Honor lose first? Her head or her heart?

When plunged into a world of spies, agents and espionage during the Peninsula wars, Honor, Lady Beaumont, flees for her life when the French capture her husband at Salamanca, and relies on his batman to arrange her safe passage back to England.

Viscount Charles Vidal is ordered by Robert Dumas, the First Lord of the Admiralty, to travel to Spain and escort the only woman he’s ever loved, Lord Devlin Beaumont’s widow back home before the French discover her whereabouts.

Their journey is fraught by danger, least of all knowing whether they are surrounded by friends or foe. Will they survive long enough to explore the possibility of a future together or will whispers of treason be enough to see Honor dispatched to Tyburn first?

While Vidal joked with his cousin, the viscount scanned the room. The smell of fine wine, whiskey and cigar smoke blended into a rich aroma that was as much a part of Whites as the card games, the background chatter, and outbreaks of lewd laughter from the younger members of the club.
One member in particular interested Vidal tonight, and he watched Robert Dundas, second Viscount Melville, and First Lord of the Admiralty, take leave of his friends and head in his direction.

He wondered why the man spent the best part of the night watching his every move, and paused in the act of fobbing his snuff box while he waited for the viscount to join him.

“Take a walk with me?” Although couched as a question, Vidal noted the quiet steel of command in the other man’s voice. Dundas laid a hand on his arm; a companionable gesture for anyone interested enough to observe the two men leaving the club together. “I believe I live not far beyond your own house. I’d appreciate your company, and this is not the place for such a discussion. ”

With an indolent twist of the wrist Vidal returned the modish lacquered box, unopened, to his pocket and nodded agreement. A man’s club was no setting for private conversation, and it was plain the man wanted to talk about something away from flapping ears.

Together they strolled across the room stopping to take leave of several mutual friends.
What are people saying about Vidal's Honor?
"This is a full-length novel, not a traditional Regency but a surprisingly intricate cloak-and-dagger, spy-and-adventure story with a generous splash of romance. The amount of plotting, organization, and research that went into this book's preparation leave me astonished. The clever, well-sorted resolution, and the sweet romance, are more than satisfying."
You can buy Vidal's Honor from:
 Amazon.co.uk  http://tinyurl.com/cgonnnk
I am giving away two pdf copies of Vidal's Honor
All you have to do for a chance to win is leave a comment and include your email contact.
To visit other participants in the hop please return to http://thebloghopspot.com/event-page/



laurie said...

thank you for the awesome blog hop and wonderful giveaway


Karen said...

Just stopping by to say hello. Nice post.

katsrus said...

Very sad when people give their pets away. Hoping a lot of furry friends find homes. Thanks for the giveaway. Happy Holiday.
Sue B

SherryGLoag said...

Thanks for leaving a lovely comment Laurie.
I hope you have a wonderful holiday too.

SherryGLoag said...

:-) Thanks Karen.

SherryGLoag said...

Thanks katsrus, it's such a shame and makes me angry that some folk treat pets as 'disposible'.
Thanks for coming by.

crystaley73 said...

Thanks for the Great giveaway I agree all of our animals 3 dogs and 1 cat are rescued animals.
crystaley73 at yahoo dot com

Cathy G. said...

As an animal lover and someone who adopted my Lab Retriever from the puppy mill, I agree about not buying pets as holiday presents. It's too chaotic for the pets, and they can get neglected. Also, shelter pets are great. Anyway, I enjoyed your post. Your book sounds intriguing. Thanks! Happy Holidays.

Carolyn Gibbs said...

I'm also an animal lover, and agree that giving pets as presents is not a good thing. Great post, Sherry. Happy Holidays!

SherryGLoag said...

crystaley73 Thanks for coming by and sharing your story about your pets :-)

SherryGLoag said...

Thanks for coming by, Cathy G. I'm so pleased you have such a lovely retriever.

SherryGLoag said...

:-) Carolyn, Thanks for coming by and sharing your thoughts.

kimberly holgate said...

all our cats were strays and i onc got baby chickens for a easter gift we didnt keep them and i dont know what happined to them
kaholgate at ymail dot com

Brenda A. said...

Sounds like a good book. It's a shame people do not think before they get a pet. Ours are family.
xstitchdiva at att dot net

K. April Holgate said...

Happy Happy Holidays! Thanks for the great giveaway!Now I have to go snuggle my pets cause the beginning of your post made me sad!


Ashley Applebee said...

I think it is very sad when someone gives away an older pet because a "New, younger, more fun" pet comes along. I would never do that. Pets are not toys, they have feelings, hearts and souls too!
I'm going to love up my 8 year old cat a little bit more tonight and on Christmas too!
Thank you for joining the hop!
Ashley A

SherryGLoag said...

Oh dear :-) Kimberly, are you implying the kitties got your chickens!? Thanks for coming by.

SherryGLoag said...

:-) Brenda A, thanks for your comment, I agree pets are family :-)

SherryGLoag said...

:-) K. April Holgate, I'll bet they enjoyed the cuddle. Thanks for leaving a comment.

SherryGLoag said...

Ashley, a cuddle is always a good idea :-) Thanks for coming by and sharing your comment

cheralyn said...

Vidal's Honor sounds great! Thanks for the chance to win it! Happy Holidays! cheryllynne(at)rocketmail(dot)com

Gale Nelson said...

Thanks for the giveaway! Merry Christmas! Gale

BLHmistress said...

I can't imagine having to give my cats away, they are such a big part of my life.


SherryGLoag said...

cheralyn thanks of ryour kind words and suppport. I hope you have a wonderful holiday.

SherryGLoag said...

Thanks for coming by, Gale, I appreciate your support.

SherryGLoag said...

BLHmistress I agree, cats, when they pass, leave a big hole behind. Glad you still have yours around to cuddle.

Shadow said...

What an awesome hop!! And a fantastic giveaway! Thank you!! We love animals! I have 5 dogs and 2 cats. We just got the kittens a few months ago. Neighbor kids found them and brought them to us. They were abused and so sickly. Poor babies. Now there triple there size and then some, so dang playful and after the life they had, they hate being outside. And one of our dog is a rescue. Some people were selling her as a fighting dog. Jackasses. Shes now two years old, extremely spoiled and so loveable! If we could have more animals, id so be snatching them up! Happy holidays to you all! Best wishes and many blessings!

SherryGLoag said...

Thanks for coming by Shadow, and for shariing your story about your pets. :-)