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From the Author

January 29, 2000
Dear Angie,
Skeeter is not entirely happy about the way we live. For example, he doesn't like my going to work. With more justification, he disapproves of some of my attitudes. Most of my experience with animals is with dogs. In a relationship with a pet, I elect myself pack leader. Cats are not pack animals. Skeeter, a democrat, considers us equals and resents my bumptious ways.
This is particularly true when it comes to food. I buy various kinds of food for Skeeter so he won't become too set on one type or flavor. I had a friend in high school whose cat, Sparkles, would eat nothing but Kitty Queen Tuna. No other brand would do, even people tuna. Kitty Queen Salmon would not do, either. My friend's family had Kitty Queen Tuna crises, when none could be found. "Did you try the all-night drugstore?" "We went there last time, remember? They don't have it." The cat probably would have starved before it ate anything else. 
My friend's mother had a strange relationship with the cat. She believed Sparkles to be the reincarnation of her own mother, long deceased. So the cat ruled the household. I am not going down that road with Skeeter. 
A gauntlet has been thrown, though, regarding turkey. Till last week, he ate it with obvious enjoyment. The two cans I've given him this week have gone untouched. Someone said it might be spoiled, that I should smell it. A longtime vegetarian, I think meat always smells spoiled, but I gave it a whiff. Disgusting, but not rancid. I won't buy it again, though, if he feels that way.
This morning he got beef, which he accepted. In fact, he made a pig of himself. After breakfast he returned to the bedroom, belching alarmingly. 
"Would Monsieur like a potato with the steak next time?" I asked. "Perhaps a small glass of red wine?" Monsieur looked interested. "A salad?" No sale.
I think I'll continue being pack leader. Like all despots, I perpetuate Skeeter's servitude by monopolizing the means to freedom: the checkbook, the car keys, the can opener. 
It's unfair that I should be the leader just because I'm bigger and smarter and have opposable thumbs. But it's going to stay that way as long as I can manage it. If Skeeter is the reincarnation of my mother, she can learn to eat what she's given. 

From the Inside Flap

PACIFIC AVENUE. When young Kathy Woodbridge steps off the bus in San Pedro, California, she is running away from her past in Louisiana -- a past burdened by family tragedy and the imprisonment of the man she has loved. Soon she meets Lacey Greer, who can sense the young woman is deeply troubled. But before Lacey can help, she must uncover just what Kathy is running from.
JOY. In the Oakland, California, of 1989, Mirai San Julian is a young woman with a fascinating life and a rich past. She restores historic carousels -- her dream career -- working from her own studio in a former roller skating rink. But why is everything suddenly falling apart? Mirai knows how to restore a carousel, but can she restore relationships with those she loves? 
CASSIE'S CASTAWAYS (ISLAND WOMEN, BOOK 1). When Amy Bendbowe receives a call for help from her dying mother, Cassie, she rushes from Washington's San Juan Island to Mobile, Alabama, to see her. But Cassie has other ideas. Before letting Amy visit the hospital, she wants her to sell off or give away all the stock from Cassie's secondhand store. Is Cassie trying to keep the distance that has long separated her from her daughter? Or is this her way to help Amy finally understand her?
WILLOW'S CRYSTAL (ISLAND WOMEN, BOOK 2). Rai Ireland has built a respectable life for herself as a novice real-estate lawyer on Washington's San Juan Island. But when her hippie mother, Willow, comes to stay with her, Rai finds herself stretched between the Rachel she calls herself now and the Rainbow her mother thinks her to be. Besides, it hardly seems fair that Willow adjusts so easily to island life, while Rai still navigates the narrow straits of dating on a small island.
BENECIA'S MIRROR (ISLAND WOMEN, BOOK 3). Susan Jarvin could hardly be more surprised when her elegant musician mother, Benecia, accepts her invitation to visit Washington's San Juan Island. But more surprises are in store, as Benecia shows a new, strong interest in Susan's young son, and then starts dating his diving instructor, a man more than a decade her junior. It's all a bit much to cope with, on top of dealing with an ex-husband that Susan never quite stopped loving.
A CHAMBERED NAUTILUS. When Nita inherits her childhood home in New Orleans, she finds the house occupied by ghosts of her past, playing out scenes of the life she fled forty years ago. What are they trying to tell her? Will they ever leave her in peace? And are they really spirits, or only visions, emerging from sealed-off depths of memory as from the shell of a chambered nautilus?
FLIGHT. Linda Farley of San Diego is now living as Lainie Foster with her mother and brother in Olympia, Washington, under rules she's been given for being in the Witness Protection Program. But questions confront her at every turn. How could her loving father get involved in a Mafia money laundering scheme? Why is her mother so familiar with their new city? And who is that dark-haired woman she keeps spotting in front of the house?
SKEETER: A CAT TALE. When a stray kitten romps into Lynne's life, she has no idea what she's getting into. As Lynne describes in letters to her friend Angie, Skeeter is all cat -- high-spirited, contrary, inventive, and so goofy that he reminds Lynne of her own nuttiest escapades. No one who meets Skeeter will ever be quite the same again.

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  • File Size: 974 KB
  • Print Length: 105 pages
  • Publisher: Shepard & Piper (May 11, 2014)
  • Publication Date: May 11, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004I1KRUU
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Anne L. Watson is the author of a variety of works, including literary novels, soapmaking and lotionmaking manuals, and a cookie cookbook. She is also retired from a long and honored career as a historic preservation architecture consultant. Anne, her husband and fellow author, Aaron Shepard, and their cat, Skeeter, live in Friday Harbor, Washington.

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I am not a cat person unless you count Garfield. He may just be a cartoon figure but to me "Garfield" is the coolest cat ever. Or so I thought until I read a little book called "Skeeter A Cat Tale". Skeeter has an attitude with a capital A. The poor misguided owner Lynne thinks she has the upper hand but when you read this book you will discover Skeeter is the one running the show.

I loved it when the Lynne tries to put a harness and leash on Skeeter. Since Lynne only had knowledge about dogs, I can understand why she might think what works for one, works for the other.

The book is mostly about Skeeter, but also includes some of the adventures of Lynne. One day Lynne is walking the shores of San Pedro, Calif when she found an elongated flexible cone or seedpod. Since her sister was taking a basketry course Lynne decided her sister might like to use some of the seapods. So Lynne looking up, saw that more of these littered the slope dropping from a tree at the edge of a cliff. Now climbing the cliff was easy, even gathering cones as she went. But when Lynne reached the top and turned around, she realized something. She was trapped. There was a chain link fence running along the top as far as she could see. So she abandoned her pride and skated down on her rear, blistering it in the fast descent and rubbing a noticeably-positioned hole in her clothing. It was one of those moments that ever one has encountered in their lives. It was a "Dear God, it's Lynne here and please don't let anyone see me making a fool of myslef". Thank goodness no one saw her as she stalked away with what little dignity she had left and the shreds of her jeans.

This is a fast read and reached me on a day when I really needed a good laugh. If you have had a bad day you need to buy this book and keep it on hand. Beleive me laughter is the best medicine.
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After reading the 5 star reviews, I thought this was going to be a charming book about a very mischievous cat, but found myself quite disappointed not even halfway through it. I didn't mind the "letter" format, but the author seemed to use Skeeter as a front for writing about herself and her adventures, past and present. And, I found them to be rather mundane. I was hoping to smile and laugh a lot, being a cat lover, but was not entertained as I thought I was going to be. This is one book I will not recommend to friends, which disappoints me, because I thought it was going to be that kind of book. Cats, by their very independent nature, can offer a lot of fodder for a good writer. This little book is by no means poorly written, just boring and dull.
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Skeeter is a stray kitten with questionable lineage and irreverent independence. His story is told in a series of letters from Lynne, Skeeter's equally independent "person" to friends back in Chicago after Lynne moves to California and brings Skeeter into her life.

For anyone who loves cats, as I do, Skeeter is a fun romp through the world of cat lovers and the cats who own them.
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By Mary A. on September 19, 2009
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This is an amusing, entertaining, quick read. A quite nice little story to relax with. The author captures the unique personality of Skeeter's
endaring and mischievous antics. Recommend this book for anyone.regardless of whether or not you are a "cat person".
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This small and easy to read book is written in a "You've Got Mail" style. The letters are all from Lynne describing her move from Chicago to San Pedro, California and her adoption of a kitten (Skeeter). The letters are to her friend in Chicago (Angie) and later in the book, to her sister (Melissa). If you ever owned a cat, you'd appreciate the antics of Skeeter. Warning: May cause reader to go out and adopt a cat.
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By A. Cole on February 20, 2012
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This wasn't so much a book, as it was a collection of letters written by the author to her friend after moving back to California. I expected the book to be about the cat since it's called "Skeeter: A Cat's Tale". Skeeter was more of a supporting cast member instead of the lead actor. It was a cute book nonetheless and it was nice to hear about his antics as told by his human.

I'm giving it 3 stars because of that. I didn't hate it, but I will probably forget this book before summer arrives. I'd recommend this book to anyone who wants a quick read - perfect for waiting rooms, and light reading for the poolside or beach.
The premise of the book sounds cute, but keep it away from the kids - this is a book for adults.
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By mountaineer on September 27, 2009
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I've always been a dog person but I was adopted by a stray cat 3 years ago. Since then I have had great joy watching his antics and can totally relate to Skeeter's person and stories. I am still literally laughing out loud at her description of what she did to her Christmas tree for her cat! This was a very fun book to read and I recommend it to anyone who wants to learn more about cats who never had one before.
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Plot/Storyline/Character Development: 5 Stars

This was a delightful story of a woman, Lynne, who gets a cat and names him Skeeter. Now, this cat wasn't some circus act; he was just a regular cat, a "mutt", really. That's where the story got its charm. Any cat owner can see aspects of Skeeter in their own cat. Animal lovers of any type can enjoy the cat's antics knowing that their pet has similar quirks.

The story was told in letters to a friend, giving it a "homey" feel, as though the author was talking directly to the reader. This also gave the author a unique opportunity to develop Lynne's character to the fullest by telling of other aspects of her life that didn't necessarily include Skeeter.

Editing/Formatting: 5 Stars

Both were of professional quality.

Rating: PG - Could be okay for very young children, but I doubt they would enjoy the pace and stories involving Lynne that don't include Skeeter.
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