I write romantic suspense and warm, family relationship type novels, often with a touch of humor. Many of my books have featured animals as key players--dogs, cats, llamas, cockatiels, horses...even our son's pet albino corn snake, Sssssid, who appeared in my first Superromance back in 1999.

Animals have been a big part of my life since I was a child. How about you? I hope you'll become a "blog follower" here (see the right-hand column for a place to click) and will come back often. So...let's talk about our pets!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009


I love cats. I am not happy if I don't have one in my house.
I love it when one of my cats comes and lies on my lap
when I'm trying to write.

I got my first cat when I was 10. I have only been
without a cat for the years I was in college and as an adult,
for two brief spells before a major move. The cats of my
adult life have been Professor (the smartest cat I've ever
had), Sheba (a sweet little black cat), and Shadow
(the Siamese mix who was the pet of my children's

After Shadow passed away, I waited till we moved
to Wisconsin before looking for another pet. The week
before our first Thanksgiving in our home in the
northwoods, my dh and I visited the local animal shelter
and picked out two strays. I chose a dainty golden tabby and
named her Sadie (my sweet little lady) and my dh chose a
large marmalade cat that he named V-8. Not after the
juice, but for V-8's mighty purr. We also lovingly call
him our Cadillac cat. He's definitely a full-sized
luxury car.

My dh and I were happy with our two adopted
cats and didn't think we'd see any more. However, when
our daughter came to live with us, she brought her
cat, Tricksey. I always make it clear that Tricksey is a
boy and his real name is Trickster. My daughter doesn't agree
but I don't want my little grand-kitty to be confused about what he is.

So we were up to three cats, something I hadn't done since
I babysat a cat for my sister long ago. Then my mil passed
away. We had promised her that we would take her cat if he
needed a home. So in August, Mootzie, a large male
golden tabby, came home with us. Mutza is Slovenian
for cat so all my mil's cats were Mootzie from the time she
was a little girl. (Her parents had immigrated from Slovenia
right before WWI).

Poor Mootzie had a shock coming. I don't think he had seen
another cat since he left his littler 10 years ago. And here were three.

Predictably Sadie was miffed. She is half the size of the
other cats but rules the roost. She hissed and
attacked Mootzie. So he began to hide. I was worried
he might not eat or drink enough, but self-preservation
has won out.

Mootzie is getting braver and braver. But the breakthrough
was a little catnip. I don't think Mootzie had ever "indulged"
before. I chuckled and watched him even try to start a
play-fight with V-8. And yesterday, he even touched noses
over a bowl of food with Tricksey.

So Sadie still isn't happy about our newcomer, but Mootzie
has become a member of the family. And we love to see him
starting to schmooze with the other cats. It really makes me
smile. Cats are such a joy in our everyday life. We're glad
to have our four. Without them, our home would be no fun.

Right now I'm writing the first book in my new Love Inspired
Romance, A Shelter of Hope, and I've written in a pair of
golden retrievers, Roxie and Dottie. Roxie is namesake for
Roxanne Rustand of course, a dear friend. Shelter of Hope
will be out next fall.

My next release is Her Patchwork Family, a Love Inspired
Historical romance in December. The story doesn't boast
any furry friends, but a woman who is setting up a home
for stray children, orphaned by the Civil War. Hope you'll
take a look at it at your local Walmart.

Thanks for having me as a guest, Roxanne!


  1. Hi Lyn, I loved reading about your cats - they sound beautiful. I love all animals but adore cats and feel life is only half lived without one of my own (at least one!)
    Your books sound wonderful, I will watch out for them.

  2. Hi, Lyn! I'm so delighted to have you appear on my blog!

    Lyn is one of my dearest friends. The highlight of my fall is when another friend and I go up to Lyn's home for a long weekend. We both wish she hadn't moved away, but we sure can see why--they live in the most beautiful area you can imagine!

    Their cats are the luckiest felines in the world, for they have a wonderful, loving home and endless birds to watch at the feeders just outside the window.

    If you have a little spot in your heart to share and a little extra room in your house--go to a shelter an adopt an adult cat. The little cuties find homes easier, but the adults will love you forever if given a chance for a forever home!

    And do look for Lyn's books. She is a wonderful story teller, and her current Texas series is excellent!


  3. I enjoyed Lyn's story about her cats and I really like her books and yours also Roxanne


  4. great story .. I love cats too. I grew up with cats especially dogs. It is unconditional love for all those kinds of the animals. Looking forward to read your historical book Lyn.

  5. Great story. I also love cats. I have one a rescue find under my daughter's house, mother died, he was about a week old we feed him a bottle, but he is a mean one, he is not a lap cat, he is black all over looks like a witch's cat. Some call him a devil cat, because he is so mean. You would think since all he has ever known was us he would be sweet, but you can't help but love him. He does think I am his mama.
    I love your books. Blessings

  6. I love cats. Both of mine are rescues.

  7. We have two tuxedo cats. My daughter can not go to bed at night without one of them. Which makes for a frustrating evening if neither wants to come inside to be in her clutches all night.

    Look forward to getting to know you and your work. Will definitely look next time at Walmart. Take care

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