Cats get a bad rap. Whereas dogs are portrayed as the loyal companion and as a rescuer or lifesaver, cats are often cast as having evil intent. From bringing bad luck to feasting on your body after you die, cats are oft maligned when it comes to myth and legend.

So, is it any wonder that cats can be so standoffish?

Yet, we are fascinated by them nonetheless. Perhaps because of their aloof natures. And we explore this theme in the latest volume of The Year of the Cat: A Cat of Disdainful Looks.

Here’s the synopsis:

Cats possess the ability to snub you faster than anything alive. They turn on the charm when it suits them, but then freeze your soul into an apologetic lump of ice with a single look.

The cats in these stories go to sea, work in the mines, foil burglars, engage in political infighting, solve crimes, and engage in dirty tricks to make their owners comply with their wishes. Not much escapes the scope of their powers.

With classic tales from Rudyard Kipling and Mark Twain, as well as new stories from some of today’s most original storytellers, this collection simply dares you to pick it up.

“The Cat Who Walked by Himself” by Rudyard Kipling
“Midshipman, the Cat” by John Coleman Adams
“Dick Baker’s Cat” by Mark Twain
“Cat Burglary” by Jodi Lyn Nye
“An Incursion of Mice” by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
“Cat in the Air” by Dean Wesley Smith
“The Language of Cats” by Stefon Mears
“Erwin or Ralph” by Ray Vukcevich

You can buy the book here starting tomorrow.

And speaking of myths (and magic, and monsters…), there’s only a couple of days left to take advantage of the deals in our latest StoryBundle: The Magic, Monsters and Myth Bundle, curated by Kristine Kathryn Rusch.

Here’s what Kris has to say about the bundle:

I don’t know how you’re feeling about 2020, but I’m ready to peek to the end of this chapter, and see how it all resolves. If I think about the year too much, I get uneasy. I need more escapes than usual, at a time when the world has decided to shut down 90% of all our relaxation fun.

We still have books, though. And books are a marvelous, marvelous escape.

I like reading about the world with a bit of sparkle in the down times. And this bundle is all about the sparkle. Sometimes the sparkle is magic. Sometimes it’s a made-up world. Sometimes it’s love.

We have a little bit of everything here.

That little bit of everything features 11 books, including The Cop Car: A Ghost of a Chance Novella by Dean Wesley Smith, Hidden Charm: A Fates Universe Novel by Kristine Grayson, and Fiction River: Tavern Tales.

As always with StoryBundle, you name your own price, so it’s a great deal

To learn more about this bundle, click here.

So many tantalizing tales to choose from.

Allyson Longueira is publisher of WMG Publishing. She is an award-winning writer, editor and designer, working mother, and brain tumor survivor.

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