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Monday, April 8, 2019

Little Book of Cat Magic Review and Giveaway



As most of you know, THE LITTLE BOOK OF CAT MAGIC came out from Llewellyn (and me!) last October. Because there were some issues with the way the cover came back from the printer, there were problems with people getting the copies they'd preordered or getting the book when it first came out, and because of that, the book--which has a special place in my heart for obvious reasons (it was the last book that featured Magic the Cat)--hasn't gotten either the sales or the reviews or the recognition we would normally have expected.

This makes me kinda sad.

On the other hand, my Llewellyn publicist just forwarded me this fabulous review, by Anna Jedrziewski, which is going to be in the May/June issue of Retailing Insights.

The Little Book of Cat Magic: Spells, Charms & Tales
Deborah Blake
$15.99  P, 978-0-7387-5323-2
Llewellyn Publications, llewellyn.com
Many people interested in the occult sciences have cats. (Blake points out that no one ever really owns a cat.) Those who prefer dogs might not get this book. Those who already have an established admiration for felines should be bowled over by Blake’s humor and knowledge of cat history and trivia. (Evidence of cats living among people dates back 100,000 years. Egypt is where cats “first rose to power in their attempt to take over the world”. The prophet Muhammed loved cats. In early Japan, only the nobility could afford cats. The first association between cats and witches comes from Greek mythology. In the 1200’s, the Catholic Church officially declared cats evil and in league with the devil, resulting in a global massacre. It was Queen Victoria who rose in their defense, restoring them to their former glory.) Moving on to more serious considerations, this book records cat myths, folklore and tales, and cat deities. It includes volumes of serious information about connecting with and caring for felines. Of course, Blake delivers on the magic component with an indepth chapter on cats as familiars and another chapter on cat divination. There are even cat crafts and recipes. The book contains lots of quotes about cats. I’ll leave you with this one:
Thousands of years ago, cats were worshipped as gods.
Cats have never forgotten this. —Terry Pratchett

Isn't that great?! Of course, a professional review is a wonderful thing, but folks who go to places like Amazon and Goodreads like to read reviews by fellow readers like you. So I'd really love it if you read the book (and liked it), if you could take a minute to leave a review saying so. You have no idea  how much this helps. And there are only 13 reviews on Amazon. Sniffle.
You can leave a review using these links for Amazon or Goodreads or B & N (It doesn't have to be long or complicated.)

Of course, if you haven't read the book yet, you can't write a review. So you could go out and buy a copy (you know I'd love that) or you could, I don't know, enter this contest to win a signed copy, along with a cute stuffed black cat and a black cat bookmark.


Either way, I appreciate you giving this book some love. I'm sure that wherever she is, Magic the Cat does too.

All you have to do is fill out the Rafflecopter form below. Yes, you can take credit for things you've already done, like following me on Twitter or signing up for my newsletter. No, there is no purchase necessary, and you don't have to review the book to enter.

a Rafflecopter giveaway


34 comments:

  1. I haven't read it yet but hope to read it very soon.

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  2. I am owned by a long-haired black cat named Pixel. And his sister, a tortie named Icicle. I need to read this book, so if I don't win, I will buy a copy.

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  3. I had actually already retweeted your post from your Twitter when I read I was suppose to do it through here. D'oh!

    Kit

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  4. Also, read the book and loved the whole thing so I don't have a favorite part lol.

    Kit

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  5. I haven't had the pleasure to purchase this book yet, I really hope to be able to soon!

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  6. Thank you for the giveaway. I hope to read this book soon as I'm a witch and cat lover. I'm also a writer and my latest contracted book is about cats! (Just had to share.)

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    1. That's great! You'll have to let me know when it comes out.

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    2. Thank you so much, Deborah. I will.

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  7. I bought my copy of Cat Magic last fall, and thoroughly enjoyed it. I've read it through at least three times, and pick it up fairly often to smile over a quote or two (or three...). I subscribe to Patreon, and am signing up to the mail list, just to make sure I don't miss anything!

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  8. This sounds like an awesome book! My cat shows greta interest in my magic and I would love to learn more about hwo to share it with him. Entering the giveaway now!

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    1. It's cool that your cat is showing interest in your magic. Maybe you have a familiar!

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  9. This book is on my wish list! I'm a huge fan of your products. I have your Everyday Witch Tarot, which I LOVE.

    I visited the Patreon page. It's really interesting. Thank you :)

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  10. not yet
    visited the Patreon page

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  11. Always love reading what's up in your world!

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  12. My family got adopted by 3 very special and magical cats: Thorin, Spice and Pandora. They are asking me to say 'hi' 😁

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  13. I haven't read this one yet, but I hope to pick it up soon! 😻🤞

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  14. Haven't had the chance to read this one yet.

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  15. I met you standing in line to speak with Starhawk at one of her Pantheacon workshops - you're so darn nice! Thank you for sharing your work with the world!

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    1. *blushes* Thank you so much! Was that this year?

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  16. I haven't read it yet. I bought it for my daughter, but will eventual;y get a copy for myself.

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  17. I have not read the book, sounds great

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  18. Visited Patton. Haven't read the book yet. It's on my list, though. Suffering through pneumonia so the stack of books on my bedside is getting smaller and smaller.

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  19. Yikes. I hope you feel better soon!

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