Monday, March 4, 2013

Bloggers helps Paws with A Cause with guest author/giveaway Sapphire Phelan and her cat Bast

Life is always interesting when you’re living in the “Bast” lane.  “Living in the Bast Lane” is actually words on a button a friend bought and gave to me at a science fiction convention a year ago. And my black tabby cat is definitely a delight to have in our home—since September 2009.

Now I have been asked if my male black werepanther, Montsho, in Dark Leopard Magic , my sequel to Beast Magic, is based off Bast. He’s not, and it’s not because she’s female either. No, that might be more the black shorthair, Samhain; I had once, until he died at age 13. Though Montsho, is a composite of many things in my imagination. And no, she wasn’t the inspiration of the black cat form my demon Familiar hero, Charun took, when he came to Tina Epson, for the first time in my new print release, The Witch And The Familiar.

We saw her for the first time in a box with her four sisters. My husband and I had just walked out of Petsmart, having looked at stuff for dogs. Our Siberian husky, Indy, had died at age 16 ½ the past April and we still couldn’t help looking at dog toys a few months later.

Actually at that time, all we had left was our blue-gray female cat, Ripley, more Bill’s than mine. A woman standing by the box told us she was trying to find homes for the kittens. Her friend had found them on the streets and gotten them their first shots and a vet checkup. I peered in and saw four black kitties—well, they were all black like Samhain had been, but each one also had spots of white. The fifth was a gray tabby. Bast was the blackest, with one white spot right on her belly. She was also a tabby herself, having stripes darker black than the black fur they lay over.

Bill told me to take one and I picked her. All the way home, she remained quiet and still, a sweet girly baby girl. That became her nickname; Baby Girl.  Once home, she stayed quiet. After a life with a hyper Siberia husky, I felt this kitten would be more like Ripley in temperament. Though she did play a bit that first day, something Ripley never did as Ripley was more a prissy princess type.

Boy was I wrong! The next day, Bast showed her true colors, and that’s not black.  Hyper as Indy had been . . . no, the little cat proved to be a smidgen more hyper. Three years and five months later, she’s still hyper, tearing around in the mornings. Other times though, she is more sedate and queenly, fitting her Egyptian goddess name well. Her favorite thing to lie on is paper. Leave a newspaper or printed up pages of your manuscript, and the next minute you may find her asleep on top of them. Her favorite items to play with are balls (she even found a couple of big balls that had been Indy’s) and a stick with a fuzzy item attached. She doesn’t eat anything else, but dry cat food. Not even meat. I can leave my dinner on a plate by her and she won’t touch it, unlike Ripley, whom would try and take a potato chip out of your hand.
I’m glad that Bast came into our lives. After all, there’s nothing like living in the Bast lane.

Blurb for Beast Magic:
They come from two different worlds. Ramses is a werelion. Shana Tory a human. The Dreaming foretells them as soul mates, so Ramses tracks her down in America. But others from his pride, led by one evil lioness, do not want them together. Besides their lives, will their love survive the coming war?

Blurb for new print release, The Witch And The Familiar:
 Mortal woman Tina discovers she is part of a prophesy that says she and Charun, her demon Familiar, must make love so she can become the witch she is fated to be. If she doesn't do it and stop the demon army bringing Armageddon to the Mortal Realm on Halloween, she won't stand a chance in Hell.
A year later, just when Tina and Charun thought it was all over and that their life would be normal—another prophesy pops up. If Lucifer snatches Tina and mates with her before the last chime before midnight of the new year and gets her pregnant with his son, that the real Armageddon would begin, spelling the end of life as they knew it. This time they get help from an archangel, Jacokb, but with demons, Lucifer, and a cute demon bunny with fangs out of a Monty Python nightmare, out to stop them and Heaven not lending a hand, will Tina this time lose the battle and become the mother of the Antichrist and the start of a new Hell on Earth?
Buy it at Phaze Books , and at Amazon    For those in Uk, can find it at AmazonUK

About Sapphire:
Sapphire Phelan has published erotic and sweet paranormal/fantasy/science fiction romance along with a couple of erotic horror stories. Her erotic urban fantasy, Being Familiar With a Witch is a Prism 2010 Awards winner and a Epic Awards 2010 finalist. The sequel to it is A Familiar Tangle With Hell, released June 2011 from Phaze Books, Both eBooks were combined into one print book, The Witch and the Familiar, and released April 24, 2012.
She admits she can always be found at her desk and on her computer, writing. And yes, the house, husband, and even the cats sometimes suffer for it!
Find out more about Sapphire Phelan at

Leave a comment about what kind of pet you have and what makes them an individual, to be entered to win a download of my first shapeshifter e-novella from Phaze Books, Beast Magic, which the hero is a cat, a werelion!

Paws With A Cause® enhances the independence and quality of life for people with disabilities nationally through custom-trained Assistance Dogs.

PAWS® increases awareness of the rights and roles of Assistance Dog teams through education and advocacy.  Founded in 1979, Paws With A Cause is dedicated to helping its clients who are challenged by many disabilities, such as Cerebral Palsy, Muscular Dystrophy, Seizure Disorders, and Hearing Disorders to name just some.  Each of our dogs are trained to meet the specific needs of our clients. Tasks may include opening and closing doors, picking up objects, pulling a wheelchair, turning lights on and off, and alerting a person to particular sounds like a telephone, doorbell, smoke detector and many others. Our dogs change lives by enhancing the independence of our clients. By just opening a door, a dog opens up the world for a person with a disability and your donations will go to making that happen.  PAWS thanks you so much for your donation and allowing us to open more doors.

Paws With A Cause
4646 South Division
Wayland, MI 49348

How to donate:
2. Click on "Make a Donation"
3. Enter a amount you wish to donate. Everibbon will add a small fee to your donation for processing. My fee for donating $5.00 was .49 cents. So keep this in mind when deciding your donation amount. You will receive 1 entry into the giveaway for every $1 you donate. 
4. In the box that says "on the behalf of" please put your name. This is the name that will be listed on the everibbon website so put a name you do not mind being visible to everyone. Do not check the box to make a anonymous donation because I will not be able to track your donation to enter you into the giveaways.
5. Next it will ask you for your credit or debit card information.
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Warning: Do not try to email Danielle the name and donation amount of another person that is not yourself. If Danielle recieves more than one email with the same persons name and donation amount she will have to ask for your copy of the receipt from everibbon to verify that you are the correct winner. Thank you.

We will have 4 winners for the main giveaway.
We have 2 $65 gift certificates to any online book store.
Also we have two huge boxes of books and swag from Romance Book Junkies and Bitten by Paranormal Romance for US residents only.

Good luck to all and thank you for helping make this fundraiser a success. 


  1. Sapphire, I loved reading about your cat Bast. I have a pure black cat named Killer. She's fat, although she says she's merely large-boned. She has a shortened tail. My son bought Killer for my husband and me after our 16 year old tabby died. Son named her Killer because she's so sweet and afraid of everything. Like your Bast, Killer for awhile only ate dry food, and recently she's begun eating some gourmet cat food. We can also leave a dish of our food in front of her and she won't touch it. Unlike our tabby, Happy, from whom we had to guard our food. Killer is an indoor cat. She likes to walk around our property with us following her. She's never let outside alone. She also walks on a leash. If we're walking around the house with her and she takes off after a squirrel, we just yell for her to come back, and like a dog, she stops and trots back to us.

  2. Cute story. I have a great dane, Anna, and three cats, Raphaella, Max and Sebastian.

  3. Love the name, Killer, for your cat, Cara. Bast never goes outside, except when we take her to the vet. She did go with me as a kitten to Petsmart dressed as a demon for a pet Halloween costume contest. Was the only feline among so many dogs! People said she was one brave kitten that day.

  4. Thanks you, ellaquinnauthor. We have another cat, a much older blue/gray female named Ripley. She thinks the husband is hers and suffers me as the other woman. LOL

  5. I have two cats (Pumpkin and Gracie) They are litter mates and quite different. Gracie is the smaller of the two and the Queen bee of the house. She even keeps my one year old 70 lb lab in line by chasing Sadie around the house until the dog either hides or rolls over on her back. Gracie is there with me no matter where I am in the house. She is my shadow. My constant companion. My other kitty, Pumpkin, is a lover of everyone and will seek out attention from my children and husband, but Gracie is all mine. She was my inspiration for my feline familiar in my ebook, "The Guardian of Bastet." I am her humble servant.

  6. It's good you have Gracie for inspiration and comfort.

  7. Sapphire, I love the story of Bast dressed as a demon at PetSmart. Every time I go into our local PetSmart, I have to look at the cats. I love the picture of your kitty in the sink. I forgot to mention that we got Killer from the Humane Society. She'd been in the shelter for the first year of her life. She was 14 months old when we adopted her. Black cats are the last to be adopted.At the shelter they told us that Killer had been turned in by a man who said she'd been dumped off in his yard.There's a whole colony of feral cats with shortened tales like Killer's, in the area where Killer was dumped. Her shelter name was Ebony, but my son thought that was too "common." Everyone is surprised that Killer is a she, and a sweet one at that.For the drawing, my email is I love your books.

  8. I am owned by a sixteen and a half year old beagle, named Skye. I've owned her since she was three months old and when I had to leave my marriage in a hurry I took her. She's been my companion for many years. When I developed diverticulitis three years ago as I laid on the bathroom floor screaming and puking until the ambulance arrived, she was by my side. When I returned from the hospital after surgery she laid beside the bed. The nurses had to work over her, she wouldn't budge. She didn't bite them she did the Gandhi no budge and if they did move her, as soon as they moved, she returned to her spot. She has bladder cancer and wears diapers 24/7 for a time I thought we were going to lose her, but I changed her diet and she seems better. Spoiled she is a part of my family.

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  10. Cara, I agree with your son, about common names for pets. I try to never give my pets common names if possible. Though Ripley was naed by our son--he was into the Aliens films.
    And yes, black cats are hardest to get homes. Sad as they are just as sweet as others.

    Good luck on the contest.

  11. Yasmine, Skye sounds like a darling. Pets always know when we don't feel good. They give us unconditional love and support.

  12. I have a cat that is more like a dog. He is fat and sassy. Even declawed he can kill snakes!

    Thanks for sharing!


  13. Melissa, I haven't declawed my cats for along while, but one I had declawed in the early 80s, Ra, got outdoors at one point and I chased him, worried. A cat attacked him, but he fought her, using his back claws like a cougar does! So they can take care of themselves.

  14. We've had two black on black tabbies; Moonshadoe and Ninja. We enjoyed having both cats in our lives and miss them both.

    I love it that you feature cats in your books.


  15. I'm getting ready to publish a nonfiction book about a sheltie's struggle to live after being hit by a car. Luke is a courageous dog, and never gave up. Although disabled, he's as lively as he can be, and loves other dogs and people. He's my "nephew dog"!

  16. Thank you, Janice. I love felines of all kinds, so not hard to put them in books of mine if can.

  17. Marianne, that's sounds like that will be a great book to read. :-)

  18. Nice story


  19. Thanks, bn100.

  20. I have 2 cats and a My first cat has a half tale that is a curly cue, so I named him Twister. Well he is definitely grown into his name because he barrels through the house like a Twister destroying anything in his but I love him and wouldn't give him up. My second cat is Hally because we found her or rather she found us on Halloween. She should have been named the Queen of Sheba because she thinks she is above everyone. They have been together since they were kittens.

    Thank you for the giveaway opportunity :)
    closkot at

  21. You're welcome, Cassandra. :-) Love the name Twister.

  22. I am a cat lover from way back with a big soft spot for black kitties. I'm also bordering on "crazy cat lady" status - all of the strays in our neighborhood know where to come for a home or a hand out. One of the coolest cats that I have ever met was only in my life for 4 months. My son rescued a long-haired white cat from where he was living in a drainage ditch a few blocks from our house. His fur was so matted that we had to shave him - accidentally nicking his skin in a couple of places. The hair cut revealed a couple of cysts on his back - he also had a crumpled ear, was missing most of his teeth and was deaf. We named him, appropriately enough, "Zombie". The vet estimated that he was at least 10 years old; I think he was closer to 15. He was in the early stages of kidney failure. He had the entire family wrapped around his paw within a matter of days. In 4 months his condition deteriorated to the point where we had to have him put to sleep. I still miss him greatly, but he lives on in my writing - he was the inspiration for one of my works in progress.

  23. I have a kitten that my niece gave to me. She's cream and marked similar to a Siamese but not solid. Her nose has calico markings with the brownish black and gold. Her ears are mixed and her tail dark like a Siamese. Her name is Precious because at 8 weeks she was precious. She loves to cuddle and to be held like a baby.

  24. Linda, so sorry for you loss of Zombie. Glad he inspiring for one of your wips.

  25. Precious souns like a love bug, CK.

  26. Drum roll. .....winner of my giveaway is Casie! Congratulations, Casie. I'll be contacting you about your prize.


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