Furbaby Friday with Luanna Stewart!


Welcome fellow Wild Rose Press Author Luanna Stewart, here to share her new historical romance, Love and Redemption, and her feline furbabies.

Luanna: I love black cats and I cannot lie. Mogget is our first ever and she is gorgeous, completely black except for a teeny, tiny patch of white on her belly. Now that she’s getting on in years, she has a few grey hairs on her chin. But, hey, who amongst us doesn’t, right?

My husband, the family photographer, frequently complains about the challenges inherent in photographing an all-black cat in low light. However, since I rarely have that challenge, I love that Mogget can almost disappear until she opens her glorious golden eyes.

She is the matriarch and lets us know when we’ve fallen down on our jobs of taking care of her every need. Her eyes are quite expressive and can nail you to the spot.

When she’s pleased, she’ll talk and talk and talk. When I walk into her room, by which I mean any room she’s in, she says hello, followed by a long sentence, which I frequently translate as, “the level of kibble in my bowl has fallen by a millimetre – take care of it!”

Bruno is our tuxedo cat, much easier to photograph. He’s forever a teenage boy, bashing and banging and roughhousing – and can sleep like the dead. All cats are good sleepers but Bruno sleeeeeps. He enjoys his outdoor time and in the summer presents us with a shrew or a vole with disturbing regularity. No worries, 75% of the time the critter is not deceased and escapes to live a long, fruitful life.

A brief note about their names. We adopted Bruno when we lived in Brunswick and I wanted a name for him that reflected his birthplace. When I was a little girl, I got a kitten from a litter of barn cats in Tiverton and I named her Tivi. So it’s a “thing” with me.

Mogget’s name is taken from a YA fantasy series, The Abhorsen, by Garth Nix that our two boys enjoyed as youngsters. The cat in the story was all white, and I believe a male, and he needed to wear a bell around his neck at all times, otherwise…well, I don’t want to spoil it for anyone. Let’s just say, it’s not pleasant.

How did you arrive at your pet’s names? What is their most dominant personality quirk?

Love and Redemption Blurb:

Mary Taylor abandoned her silk gowns and sparkling jewels when she quit her position as one of London’s highly prized courtesans. She’s determined to earn her living with a paintbrush rather than between the sheets. Starting fresh in a new country, she masquerades as a widow running a tearoom in Halifax while perfecting her art. But when she’s hired to finish the portrait of a handsome judge, she risks everything by surrendering to her lustful craving.

Finton Morash, youngest judge on the Queen’s bench, believes people are either good or bad. The dowdy widow painting his portrait is surely one of the former. After discovering the sensual beauty hiding beneath shapeless gowns, he wonders at her other secrets.

When whispers circulate about Mary’s nefarious past, she must find the courage to face the consequences. And Finton must decide whether love is worth the risk.

Buy links:

Amazon US https://www.amazon.com/Love-Redemption-Luanna-Stewart-ebook/dp/B07NYFQXGN

Amazon CA https://www.amazon.ca/Love-Redemption-Luanna-Stewart-ebook/dp/B07NYFQXGN

Amazon UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/Love-Redemption-Luanna-Stewart-ebook/dp/B07NYFQXGN

Amazon AU https://www.amazon.com.au/Love-Redemption-Luanna-Stewart-ebook/dp/B07NYFQXGN

Nook https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/books/1130823749?ean=2940161420393

Kobo https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/love-and-redemption

Excerpt:
Mary glanced around before leaning closer still. “You are the most exciting thing to happen here in quite some time.”
“Am I indeed? Exciting?”
She silently cursed her fair skin, surely bright pink. One would think that after earning her living by flirting, teasing, and more, she would be comfortable with such talk. This man wasn’t paying for the privilege of her company, though, and there lay the difference. She stared at the painting as if she’d never seen it before. “Back to important matters. Please don’t feel—”
“I want to purchase this painting. It will brighten a corner of my library. Every time I weary of opinions and laws I’ll look at this and imagine myself at ease surrounded by the beauty of nature.” He carefully lifted the small canvas from the wall. “I see you’ve signed it with only your surname. Why is that?”
“I believe it will be easier to make my way in the artistic world if I keep my sex hidden. Women are often judged to be idly pursuing a hobby and are seldom taken seriously.”
“Hm…Would you mind signing your full name on the back? That way my heirs will know they have one of the first by a famous artist.”
She chuckled. “Where is the honesty you hold so dear?”
Though his expression remained unchanged she detected a twinkle in his eye. Unbidden came the wish that she was indeed a respectable widow, able to pursue a friendship with this exciting man without fear of discovery.
Enough. Her “if only’s” would soon fill her largest tea urn. She had much to be grateful for. She’d come to Halifax to start anew. If that meant leaving behind physical desire then so be it. Celibacy was a small price to pay for a life free of shame.

Author Biography:

Luanna Stewart has been creating adventures for her imaginary friends since childhood. As soon as she discovered her grandmother’s stash of romance novels, all plots had to lead to a happily-ever-after.
Luanna writes full time, concentrating on sexy romantic suspense, steamy paranormal romance, and spicy historical romance.
Born and raised in Nova Scotia, Luanna has recently returned to the land of her birth with her dear husband and two spoiled cats. When she’s not torturing her heroes and heroines, she’s in her kitchen baking something delicious.

Social Media Links:

Website: http://www.luannastewart.com/
BookBub: https://www.bookbub.com/profile/luanna-stewart
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Luanna_Stewart
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LuannaStewartAuthor/
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/luannastewart/
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14104212.Luanna_Stewart
Amazon Author Page: www.amazon.com/author/luanna_stewart

Thanks for stopping by. Please leave Luanna a comment.

20 responses to “Furbaby Friday with Luanna Stewart!

  1. Omg everything you said about Mogget applies 100% to our cat Leona Mae. Or Queen Leona Mae, as a friend of mine calls her after meeting her 2 years ago. We just finishing repainting my office and the hubster decided she had to have a perch, with steps built if course, so she could get up to the window all year round, not just during ” open window” season. So, there it sits and she had yet to try it on her own. One must let the Queen decide apparently. Our youngest son chose her name when we adopted her from the animal shelter. For some reason she was not on the shelters website and we went in to see another. That other cat was sick, so we walked around and my son (17) spotted her, and called us over. We realized when he called her, out of the blue, Leona Mae, we knew she just looked like one so there it stuck…lol Little did we know we had a very unique and special new family member. She is a Korat. If you care to look them up.

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    • Luanna Stewart

      Hi Leeann, I love Leona Mae’s name and i can just picture her ruling the roost, as most kitties do. In our former house we installed “cat shelves” because the windowsills were too narrow for the kitties’ comfort. Luckily our new house has wider windowsills, perfect for lounging on a sunny day.

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  2. Laura Strickland

    Love and Redemption sounds like a great read. And yes, I have to confess to a few gray hairs on my chin! Congratulations on both the book and the lovely cats!

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    • Luanna Stewart

      Thank you, Laura! I once heard a British comedienne talk about travel necessities for women of a certain age and as soon as she mentioned tweezers, the female audience cheered, hehe.

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  3. Luanna Stewart

    Hi Beth! Thanks for allowing me to visit with your readers today – I love talking about our kitties, and hearing about other people’s pets.

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  4. I love the stories about your beautiful cats. And I can’t wait to read Love and Redemption. Pre-ordered it!

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    • Luanna Stewart

      Thank you so much, Susan!! I know you met Mogget, but I suspect shy Bruno made himself scarce every time you were over for our fabulous critique sessions.

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  5. Love hearing about your cats… they are beautiful and you or your husband did well photographing them despite the difficulty of their blackness. Your book sounds good too.

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    • Luanna Stewart

      Thank you, Christine. Mogget definitely requires full light otherwise she’s a black blob with two yellow dots, hehe.

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  6. barbarabettis1

    Adorable Mogget and Bruno. I love cats, but for some reason, I’ve developed an allergy that makes my time with my family’s pets quite limited if I want to breathe. (My sister has indoor cats and outdoor cats and indoor/outdoor cats.) Your story of Matriarch Mogget’s regal behavior reminds me of the saying: Dogs have owners; cats have staff. 🙂 Enjoyed your excerpt, as well. Your book is on my TBR list. Best of luck.

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    • Luanna Stewart

      Thank you, Barbara. We are definitely the staff serving our feline overlords, hehe. Interestingly, our Son2 also developed a cat allergy and becomes quite stuffy when he comes home.

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  7. I don’t have cats. Several people in the family are allergic, (one so severely he has to be hospitalized). When I got my dog, Archie, we all threw out names until he reacted to one.
    Good luck with your lovely book.

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    • Luanna Stewart

      Thank you, Sandra. My husband developed an allergy to rodents (he did research with them for years) which causes severe reactions requiring heavy-duty meds. He knows immediately if there are mice in the house. I love how you named your dog – or rather, he chose his own name.

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  8. Oh, I love black cats too. We had a solid black cat named Panther. He was a fantastic cat and lived to be 21 years old. As far as he was concerned he ran the world and let you know when you got in his way or didn’t do something right. He had to be part Siamese because he had the Siamese YOWL. You could hear him all over the house. His purr was just a loud. There’ll never be another Panther. We still miss him. Enjoyed reading about your cats. Best of luck with Love and Redemption!

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    • Luanna Stewart

      Thank you, Tena. Sorry, didn’t see your comment yesterday. I sincerely hope Mogget lives as long as Panther – she’s 14 now and is doing well. She doesn’t yowl but she does talk. And when she “catches” one of her toys, she announces the fact in a different voice, and usually brings the “mouse” to us, even if we’re sleeping, hehe.

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  9. Your book sounds like a book I’ve been waiting for, Luanna. Much success for you and those sweetie cats.

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  10. Enjoying reading “Love and Redemption” at this very moment…an added bonus is that it’s set in the historic landscape and seascape of Halifax, Canada, an old garrison town….one of my favourite places! Like being able to follow your heroine’s footsteps through the formal Public Gardens and Citadel, as she and the Judge stroll and lustily torment each other!!! Now I’m trying to pinpoint the pub!! Excellent read!

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  11. Mary Gillgannon

    Lovely “talls” about your lovely cats. My adult daughter, who is currently living with us, has an all-black cat. Velvet is the most elegant creature but also the sweetest, most affectionate cat I’ve ever known. We also have a tuxedo cat, Benjamin, who is my boy and loves me more than anyone. His prey specialty is baby bunnies, and alas, they usually do not survive. I would feel bad except we have a serious rabbit overpopulation in our area and cats like him are a needed “top predator”: Your book sounds very intriguing. Best wishes on sales.

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