SPORTSTER

SPORTSTER
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Saturday, June 11, 2016

Making Me Purr with Five Star Amazon Reviews

 
Five Star Amazon Reviews 
You make me purr!
Top Customer Reviews
 
By Bonnie on the Road on May 20, 2016Life is an amazing ride and Sportster is a great guide. He gently shows us that all who wander are not lost but are on a journey of understanding. Loved this easy warm read on a rainy day. Highly recommend this getaway read!
By susan anderson on May 29, 2016My 3rd book of reading from this Author. I had gotten to know Sporster through the other books. To follow him on this journey had me happy, sad, cheering, etc. Again, I had a hard time putting this book down until it was finished.Thank you again Judy for another good book. Give Sporster a hug for me.

By julie's dog house on May 21, 2016
Wow, a story you can't put down! Follow Sportster on an unexpected journey that brings out emotions you never expected. A captivating story that is full of sorrow, fun and laughter plus comfort. It keeps your attention and you can't wait to see what happens next. A recommended read for all! I haven't read a book like this in a very long time.
 

I became more nervous than   a long tailed cat in a roomful of rockers when
Judy hit the “publish” button. I prowled the hall and paced from window to window. I didn’t sleep. I felt like pulling my hair out but I am too pretty to do that. I must keep my distinguished, in control image.



Mom has been busy marketing and getting the word out to everyone about my book,  ACTIVATE LION MODE and her book, MASADA’S MISSION.  So busy   she is left my dish empty at times. Unacceptable. I don’t want to have to call SPCA, so please help her pass the word along about my book.

When I wrote the last chapter, the last paragraph, and the last line I asked Judy “What do I do now? “

 She is the experienced writer. My book is the fifth one she has published. She said, “Get used to the roller coaster ride,”   and she hit “Publish.” Then, she sat back, patted my head and started pounding out the words of her next book. I tried to push her away from the keyboard in order to check my sales ranking, but she wouldn’t budge.

So I am taking Judy’s advice, “Don’t focus on the sales. Poke your little pink nose in the air. Do something in the sand box, cover it and get out. (I’m not sure where I heard that.)Start plotting the storyline of your next book in The Feline Fury Series.”

She began spitting out the pages of her next book, which she’s keeping a secret, so I figured I would start twitching my tail, rubbing my head and sleeping on the ideas for our next adventure in The Feline Fury Series.

In six weeks, we head out on our 2016 Fall Book Tour. I will be meeting up all my human fans as well as my feline and canine peeps as we cruise down Route 66 to 



 
No, this is not Lincoln's Home, this is Judy's home where she grew up. It will be an historic landmark  when our books hit the New York Times Best Seller list!
This is Lincoln's Home
Judy’s hometown of Springfield, Illinois.  The Mother Road and the home of Abraham Lincoln will also be the setting of my next adventure in the Feline Fury Series.  What do you think will happen along this historic route? Who knows? I’m taking all suggestions.

In  anticipation of this trip, every time Judy carries something to the motorhome, I wait at the door hoping that she will take me next  I miss laying   on the motorhome’s dash and watching  the world go by. I want to prowl a campsite and investigate. Find the clues left by past visitors, their historic scents and maybe even a lingering footprint.

 So for now, send me your ideas. What could possibly happen to Judy and me on Route 66 before we reach Springfield, Illinois?

 

 
 

 
 
 

 
 

 




 








 








 
 

Saturday, May 7, 2016

It's Time For All Cool Cats To Scratch The Post!


Okay everyone. This is it. It’s time to scratch the post or hit the fence running.

My very first book in the Feline Fury Series is LIVE on Amazon.
 
 I am purring, chirping, whatever it takes for you to check out ACTIVATE LION MODE. 

To entice you, I am giving you a tidbit, a tiny treat, taken from the book.

The scene below takes place in a shelter where a kindhearted couple wants to adopt me. I had just  defended the honor of a bedraggled cellmate,  Miss Snow White, from a bad cat named Blackie.

 

“The girl turned her attention to me. “Look at this one. He’s beautiful. We could call him Mittens. See his white paws?” She stuck her finger through the chain link and I pushed my head against it, showing my desperation.

Mittens? What kind of name is that for a cat who lives in the wild and who just earned the title, King Of The Cage? Miss Not-So-White left the fence line and climbed into the large bed in the corner. Her kittens crawled around her, nudging and mewing.

 I turned back to Richard and the woman, now focused on me. “He’s so sweet. What do you think?” The woman looked up at Richard, pleading.

I glanced back at Miss Snow, whose honor I had just defended. Engrossed in mothering, she licked her charges as they fed. I swung my attention back to my potential rescuers, hissed, spat, and slammed my mitten paws against the floor. I hunched my back, shot my tail up straight, and growled. The girl jumped back as Richard said, “Oh my! He’s a wild one. I guess he’s not so sweet.”

Walking away, I lay back down by Miss Snow and her family. Miss Snow needed a home. I sensed Richard and his girl would take on the responsibility. Miss Snow had shown me the ropes and now I knew how to get out of here, but this was Miss Snow’s chance. Blackie sulked in the corner. I couldn’t leave her with him….”

So there you have it folks. Are you enticed? I know you will enjoy my story.  
Authors depend on reviews.so please, when you finish, write a review.  

Sportster the cat had always envied the huge cats who lived the big life in the jungle until opportunity sends the motorhome in which he travels veering into a roadside ditch. When strangers whisk away not only his Winnebago, but also his chauffer, Judy he is alarmed. However, once the dust settles, he purrs a happy tune as he discovers he is free! I He is in the wild! And he is in the Olympic Forest!

ACTIVATE LION MODE is just what Sportster does as he spins this yarn in his own words. Living wild and free brings on encounters he never have imagined. The life he dreamed becomes an adventure full of bears, pit bulls, drugs and more. Sportster weaves this story of his incredible journey as only a coddled cat of leisure can do.

 
 
  
 




 
 


Thursday, April 21, 2016

Birthdays, Mario Andretti, and Feline Fury


Happy birthday, mom. I know you have been busy with your Mario Andretti Racing experience  and  overwhelmed with  all of your birthday wishes.

But just to remind you,  it is also MY birthday today. Right from the scratching post, I want to thank all of you, my adoring fans, who have sent me greetings. I may be just an old Tom, but I   can still cat around if the desire arises. 

I was not going to bring it up but  I  am twitching my tail over the latest development in my life. Lately a particular feline fan has been purring and prowling Judy’s face book page. So much so that  Judy became irritated because I am  always on messenger moaning and growling day and night. She insisted I get my own Facebook page, Sportster The Cat.

I met this gorgeous feline as a kitten prowling the streets, long ago, before I became the famous, Sportster the Cat.  I promised her I would  keep her identity a secret because she does not want to be hounded by  my admirers and news reporters, but I will call her Annabelle, same as the character in my new book, ACTIVATE LION MODE.

She told me that after I disappeared all those years ago,  she searched every tree, every bush looking for me and finally had to give up. She told me  since then, she  has thought of me often. Now we have been reminiscing about what we had and how the years  have gone by. She has made a life for herself and I have too -- lives far apart  that do not include one another.
All I know is she lives somewhere on the famous mother road, Route 66. Can you believe it? I can't believe it is happening to me!  Judy and I are driving Route 66 this year, from our home in Sun City, California all the way to Judy's  home town of  Springfield, Illinois. I am planning the trip now.  I will find Annabelle.

In the meantime, I will be ready for her, when we meet. I will work out and get in shape. I have a lot of time to make up for when I see her again. Nothing's going to get by this old Tom ever again.
 

 
But I am a cat of many moods and one thing I have learned is that life goes on, so “Don’t blink”, as Kenny Chesney sings in his hit country song,  “Life goes faster than you think…” I am fortunate. I have nine lives, I have a lot of time.  But for you humans out there,  grab the catnip mouse while you still can.

 

And don’t forget to watch for my first book in the FELINE FURY SERIES, titled,

  ACTIVATE LION MODE and Judy's latest book, MASADA'S MISSION.
 
 
 
Find all of Judy's books  on Amazon
 at Judy Howard's Author Page
 

 

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Easter Tips and Egg Rolling




Many folks seek out their church of choice to celebrate Easter’s concept of hope and new life where once only darkness existed. At least that is my take on the holiday. Me?  I never attend church.


I energize my spirit by watching the birds splash in a puddle, or by inhaling the fresh sweet breeze rustling in the trees. Did you know my mom was born on Easter? I think maybe she embraces   a deep insight about this holiday even though she jokes that   the Easter Bunny mistook her for an egg.


If Easter is a special day, I imagine it is because the holiday is a   celebration of what spring represents.  The season is nature’s reward for those, who held on to their faith throughout the dark winter, that all would be provided.



The afterlife is of no concern to me, since I have nine lives to live. In addition, I live in the present, a concept in which others struggle. My philosophy allows me to be free and enjoy my life.  In order to help you celebrated I would like to pass on  an Easter decorating tip and  a game the entire family can play.

 
 


Aren’t these peeps the cutest?   All you have to do is rinse out and  save those eggs shells  from breakfast and then grab a cotton ball  and glue it to the inside of the shell. Next make the cut out for the eyes and nose, color it, and glue it on the cotton ball.
This morning I discovered several of these peeps   in my Easter Basket. I can’t wait to bat them around, hide them and watch Judy look for them.
 

I am excited to introduce to everyone a new Easter tradition, Easter Egg Rolling. Judy explained that   every Easter her family gathered in the typically, large kitchen of her grandmother’s house. Everyone, -adults and children, family and friends - brought their personalized eggs, which they had painstakingly decorated. They often brought extras because the competition could become fierce. I suggest you do the same.
 
Rolling Easter eggs requires decorated, hard-boiled eggs. This year, as the quality control expert, I assisted Judy in the process of boiling and dying the eggs.
1.      Place the Easter Egg Ramp on a smooth surfaced floor. Judy’s grandmother’s kitchen floors was linoleum.  A concrete patio is perfect. 
2.      Place your beautiful, prize winning decorated egg at the top of the ramp and let go.
3.      Watch the egg wobble down the ramp, veer off, either to the left or the right, and come to a stop. Exciting so far right? 
When I watch this game, I can hardly contain myself from jumping up and batting the egg.  If you are the first inline to roll your egg, you have nothing to worry about.
4.      Here’s where it gets more exiting. The next person to roll his or her egg will be aiming for your egg.
5.      If any of the players’ eggs hits your egg, you have to pay him the required fee. The fee in grandmother’s kitchen was a penny. I think the fee should be raised to twenty-five cents.
What happens when your egg is hits  another? If hit hard enough, it will develop a dent, thus impairing it rolling speed and distance.  As the game progresses, the dented eggs stops closer to the ramp, increasing the odds of being hit. Sometimes there are so many dents, it stops at the end of the ramp. Time for that spare egg you brought.
That’s the new, inexpensive family tradition I want to see go viral. I can visualize this game being called Christmas Egg Rolling and Halloween Egg Rolling.  For those of you who are against exposing your children to violence, let’s replace that PiƱata. When playing Birthday Egg Rolling, the fees could be treats instead of money.




There you go ,my peeps.  Stay tuned for video from the 2016 Easter Egg Rolling completion. I will be hanging  around with my friends who will be competing against me.  I’m studying their moves and psyching them out . If anyone wants to order a ramp or get the specs to  make their own, contact me.
Contact  me.  




 

Have a Happy Easter! Happy Spring!, Happy Life!!
Stay tuned for egg rolling videos.




COMING SOON!
 

BOOK ONE
 OF THE
FELINE FURY SERIES

 ACTIVATE LION MODE

BY JUDY HOWARD

GHOST WRITTEN BY SPORTSTER THE CAT

 

Sportster the cat had always envied the huge cats who lived the big life in the jungle until opportunity sends the motorhome in which he travels veering into a roadside ditch. When strangers whisk away not only his Winnebago, but also his chauffer, Judy, he is alarmed. However, once the dust settles, he purrs a happy tune as he discovers he is free! I He is in the wild! And he is in the Olympic Forest!

ACTIVATE LION MODE is just what Sportster does as he spins this yarn in his own words. Living wild and free brings on encounters he never have imagined. The life he dreamed becomes an adventure full of bears, pit bulls, drugs and more. Sportster weaves this story of his incredible journey as only a coddled cat of leisure can do.


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Friday, February 26, 2016

Literary Oasis -From Ajo, Az.to Hemet Ca. - An Artist Retreat, and A treat for Artists


January and February swept me up fluffing my fur and twitching my tail with exciting adventures . I spent every spare minute prowling the Arizona countryside, enjoying the desert solitude.

Quartzite will always be my favorite place, but Judy added a little town close to Organ Pipe National Monument called Ajo to her favs list.

The Curly School in Ajo, Az. has become an artist's retreat. Ajo is a great town to host a retreat.



In Ajo, Judy met up with an author friend,  Deb Sanders. The two of them  visited an open pit copper mine and attended a fiddler’s jam session in the plaza  as they talked about writing, publishing and marketing while I scratched out the last chapters of my book, ACTIVATE LION MODE. I ignored Judy's  jokes about “the cat and the fiddle” and “Hey diddle diddle” when she returned from touring the quaint little town.


When we moved on to Tucson I said goodbye to Jake, Deb’s kindly golden retriever and Deb’s muse, Johnny Cat.


 On the way to Tucson, Az. we stopped in  Gila Bend and met these creatures. Wow! I stayed safe in the motorhome.






But in Tucson, I encountered another golden retriever, Bella, a service dog, whom Judy met several years ago in St Augustine, Florida. Bella is a graduate  service dog from  the actual  K9s For Warriors training facility  in Ponte Vedra, Florida which inspired the fictional  K9s For Warriors which is   mentioned in  Judy’s book, MASADA’S MARINE and also in her upcoming book, MASADA’S MISSION.







Bella is kindhearted, too, but, but just like Jake she rushed up to meet me. That is totally improper in my cat book. Bella’s dad Kevin and Jake’s dad Terry explained that their dogs lived with cats of their own.  I can’t imagine  any cat putting up with such unsophisticated behavior, but then dog's are so unsophisticated.

Judy and I were sitting outside the other day enjoying the sunshine when she looked at me and asked, “Your toes tap a rhythm when you sleep.  Are you dreaming of another story?”

Really? She should know that my days have been  full as I wrap up the last chapters of my very first book, ACTIVATE LION MODE, the first book in my first series, FELINE FURY.  For days on end, I have pounded my paws against the keyboard. From the time Judy walks away from the computer  in the evening  and goes to bed  until the wee morning hours, I hunch over the keys, study  the words on the screen.

 In the morning, she fixes my breakfast, and takes me for a walk. She’s been catering to me lately, putting extra cream in my coffee and scratching my back a lot more. She’s excited about ACTIVATE LION MODE and can hardly wait to publish it.

So to answer her question, I am feeling the   callings and hearing voices from past lives.  I can't deny it. New story ideas are flashing into my mind even while I’m scratching out the last paragraphs of ACTIVATE LION MODE. I’m possessed. I’m either writing, or thinking about writing.  So is this what an author’s life is like?

I tweeted Johnny Cat, who assists Deb Sanders, who just published her ninth  book titled, . DEAD MEN DON'T TALK. He explained that even though he only assists Deb Sanders, he is exhausted.

I expect  I will find out what  living the life of a published writer is all about. Judy will be attending the second meeting of The Diamond Valley Writers Guild, in Hemet, Ca.  My own, Judy Howard, along with authors,  Lynne Spreen and  CJ Hernley will be moderators for the roundtable discussion about "Getting Started."
Click  on the link below  for all the details.

This Saturday! 9am to 11am  At the Hemet Library. Come join us and pitch in with your questions and suggestions for this roundtable discussion.
 
Thank you all for stopping by and scratching the blog post.
Don't forget to visit Judy Howard's Amazon Author Page

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Activate Lion Mode

 


COMING SOON!

 

BOOK ONE
 OF THE
FELINE FURY SERIES

 ACTIVATE LION MODE

BY JUDY HOWARD

GHOST WRTTIEN BY SPORTSTER THE CAT

 

Sportster the cat had always envied the huge cats who lived the big life in the jungle until opportunity sends the motorhome in which he travels veering into a roadside ditch. When strangers whisk away not only his Winnebago, but also his chauffer, Judy, he is alarmed. However, once the dust settles, he purrs a happy tune as he discovers he is free! I He is in the wild! And he is in the Olympic Forest!

ACTIVATE LION MODE is just what Sportster does as he spins this yarn in his own words. Living wild and free brings on encounters he never have imagined. The life he dreamed becomes an adventure full of bears, pit bulls, drugs and more. Sportster weaves this story of his incredible journey as only a coddled cat of leisure can do.