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February 2017

February is not a month that has a lot to recommend itself, weather-wise, but it is short, and it does contain Valentine’s Day and a number of family birthdays.

Kitschy Cat Alphabet Book is still available from Etsy and from local shops. Wishing you a wonderful February!                                                Nancy

December 1, 2015

Kitschy Cat has been out and about in the last few weeks. Mostly recently, at the Craftin’ Outlaws Holiday Craft Fair in Columbus, where he garnered lots of pats on his concrete head and sold some books in the process.

My collaborator on the booth was Catherine Murray of photokitchen.net, whose Kickstarter was a month before mine, and launched her tiny cookbook, Bite-Sized.

Catherine and I pose bewitchingly at our shared booth
Catherine and I pose bewitchingly at our shared booth

In September, Catherine and I paid calls on local retailers and had great success in placing both our books in a number of craft, book and toy stores. (Find a list here.)

Two views of Kitschy Cat's new retail display
Two views of Kitschy Cat’s new retail display

And of course Kitschy Cat continues to be available through the KitschyCatCo Etsy shop.

Have a wonderful December, the merriest Christmas, and a very Happy New Year!

August 3, 2015

What’s new: book reviews are reformatted and sorted by genre for your reading pleasure.

Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.
Henry James

Change “summer afternoon” to “summer day” and I am in agreement with Henry – the last week of Ohio summer weather has been pitch perfect. And what better to do on a summer day than read a good book?

After my web site was hijacked recently and repeatedly by a hacker from Bhutan (what was he thinking?), I sought relief from my friendly HelpDesk. My Help Desk is friendlier than most, since I’m married to him, the best possible situation for an author who  never claims to be a techie. (This despite having written a high-tech suspense novel – what can I say, I’m a good researcher, and my help desk did a lot of fact-checking.)

So while he was poking around in my WordPress code, my help desk hubby discovered that my book review page was so slow to load that most readers probably wouldn’t bother. Well, who knew? It looked fine on my machine (due to the page having been already cached, if you care about such things.)

Help Desk to the rescue! He not only reformatted the review page to make it quicker to load, but also sorted the books into genres (British Fiction; Contemporary Fiction; Mystery; Literary Fiction, and so on), something I’ve wanted to do ever since I first put the page up, but didn’t know how. It took a long time! Thank you, sweet Help Desk!

So, gentle reader – there are 83 book reviews for you to peruse and the page is easy to navigate. I had stopped doing reviews when no one appeared to be reading them, but now that the page has been fixed so people can actually load it (silly me),  I’ll be inspired to add some more.

Enjoy the rest of your summer with a good book!

March 3, 2015

KITSCHY CAT news: how one mother uses the rhyming postcard book with her daughter

Dear Readers – Yesterday I heard from mom Jodi Kushins, who purchased KITSCHY CAT ALPHABET BOOK for her own mom to send to her daughter. Jodi wears many hats, including that of urban farmer, and she also blogs about art education.

Jodi thinks that a Kitschy Cat correspondence will help show her young daughter that snail mail can be “magical.” She notes that her mom is using the Kitschy Cat postcards as a springboard when she writes to her granddaughter, “referencing where she lives, asking about where we are, telling stories from the past, and making suggestions for the future.”

Kitschy Cat postcard reverse side Jodi Kushins Cora’s grandma sends her a message on the letter B postcard (B is for bird!)

Read more about how Jodi is using Kitschy Cat (and take a look at her other art education posts) at her blog Insideout Art Ed. And please check out the Kids Love Kitschy Cat photo gallery.

 

January 25, 2015

The Kitschy Cat Alphabet Book Kickstarter achieved its funding goal on November 6! – followed by a month of production, followed by several weeks of mailing out Kitschy Cat books to backers, followed by Christmas, followed by the flu. A few months vanished down the rabbit hole of time!

But the new year has arrived, and the Kitschy Cat Alphabet postcard book and a few other items like Kitschy Cat posters and stickers are now available at my Etsy shop, Kitschy Cat Co. Please stop by and take a look.

October 8, 2014

The Kitschy Cat Alphabet postcard book Kickstarter has officially started! You can check out my last post (below) and blog, and I will be posting additional information on my blog, but here is the all-important Kickstarter link where you can pledge for a Kitschy Cat book: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/959193819/kitschy-cat-alphabet-postcard-book?ref=email

My brilliant future son-in-law did the video; so cute! Please check it out and share it with others!

Thanks, Nancy

Kitschy Cat Alphabet postcard book – Send postcards, make memories! 26 different Kitschy Cat postcards + 1 Kitschy cover = a rhyming alphabet book for a favorite child https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/959193819/kitschy-cat-alphabet-postcard-book?ref=email

September 15, 2014

Some new projects this month! I’m pleased to announce a book unrelated to my other efforts, but one that may interest some of you: Kitschy Cat Alphabet Book. Not the title of a thriller, right? I’m doing a Kickstarter for the book in October (don’t worry, I’ll post a link.)

The idea sprang from my desire to find a way to communicate with our four grandchildren who live in two different cities a day’s drive away from us. (Disclaimer: My oldest daughter and her family moved to Columbus this summer, so I now have two grandchildren in town. But when I created the Kitschy Cat book, all the kids were far away.)

Although brilliant children for their age (no bias here), they are not yet literate, and letters are not that interesting to a non-reader, even spiced up with stickers. Greeting cards are okay, but expensive, and not what I had in mind exactly. Finally, I thought of a postcard, which could contain a small message and an interesting photo. Then I thought of a postcard book. And then a postcard alphabet book.

Each postcard has a photo and rhyme about the letter it illustrates. The sender sends the child the postcards at whatever rate she chooses. At the end, the child has an entire alphabet book with cover and many happy minutes anticipating the mailman and the next exciting postcard from the grandparents (or other interested friend or relative.)

Waiting for the postman
Waiting for the postman

KC Delia mail 7 KC Delia mail 5

I decided to use Kitschy Cat, my name for a concrete cat statue purchased at an antique store, because I thought it would appeal to my cat-loving granddaughter. I remembered a pink pig lawn ornament on a corner in our subdivision, so my husband and I set out with a camera and this 20 pound cat in a bag (which led to the inevitable jokes about letting the cat out of the bag) and trekked to the site to take a shot of Kitschy and the pig. On the way we saw a number of other lawn ornaments that we couldn’t pass up, and so my theme was born.

We were amazed by the objects that people put in their yards: see my blog post for a few of the photos that didn’t go into the book. So many lawn ornaments, so few letters of the alphabet!

My middle daughter’s talented fiancé, Karl Fekete, designed the layout of the whole book, and created the brilliant cover with its Kitschy Cat portrait. I also have a number of new reviews up at my review page and a new blog post, mentioned earlier.

Enjoy the first days of fall!

Best, Nancy

May 13, 2014

Although I haven’t updated my home page in a while (sorry!), there are some new blog posts, several about a trip to Estonia that my husband and I made in October, where we visited friends and colleagues that we haven’t seen since the country was a Soviet satellite (we were there thirty years ago.)

Most people are not too familiar with Estonia, but it’s a gorgeous country with a fascinating history. I’ve also added a number of book reviews, so if you’re looking for something to read, check it out!

I know I sort of promised that I would have finished book three of the Millennium Trilogy by now. Well, I got distracted by another project, which I hope to do as a Kickstarter in the near future. Don’t worry, I’ll be sure to let you know when we start. In the meantime, enjoy the end of winter!

Nancy

June 27, 2013

Did you know that June 27th is Worldwide Update Your Web Site Day? Or so I have just declared it. Pass the word! In order to mark the day, I am updating you, my faithful visitors, on what’s new here.

First, I am trying Amazon’s KDP Select program with The Chaos Protocol and Blood on Ice, which means that for the next 90 days or so, they will be available as ebooks only through Amazon Kindle. I apologize to those of you who may have a different ereader, but I am trying to maximize the number of people to whom my book is available, and Kindle has the lion’s share of the market. And KDP Select offers some promotion that is not otherwise available.

On the up side, being with KDP select means that I can offer my ebooks as free downloads for five days out of the 90. So, to celebrate the 4th of July, I’ll be offering The Chaos Protocol as a free download from July 2nd to 6th. So mark your calendar, and when the time comes, just click on the book cover to the right.

I am one of the featured contributors on the Edible Columbus blog this week with an interview and photo (well done, Catherine Murray of photokitchen! and thanks to Leah Wolf for the intro.) Find a different interview at the ebook web site Awesome Gang. And if you’re looking for some fine summer reads, I’ve added another round of book reviews, which you can read on this web site and also at Goodreads.

Happy reading, happy summer!

Nancy

December 3, 2012

Blood on Ice and The Chaos Protocol are now available as ebooks for Nook (Barnes & Noble)and other formats as well as for Kindle. And please take a look at my Book Reviews page. I’m posting the reviews on Goodreads and also here. If you’re a Goodreads member, or would like to be one, please check out my Goodreads author’s page. Goodreads is a great place to find book recommendations (and the reviews of Fifty Shades and its ilk are so funny that I’m tempted to read it just so I can write my own review.)

Also, I do have a blog page within the web site that you can access from the menu bar above. Enjoy the merriment that is December!


October 10, 2012

I’m pleased to announce the debut of Blood on Ice, now available on Kindle, and soon to come in other ebook formats. Click on the Blood on Ice book cover to read more and to link to download from amazon.com. Thanks for reading!

Nancy McKibben

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