Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Pussy Research -- er, I mean Cat Facts #2

I did a blog a few weeks ago about cats, and had several emails asking where I'd found the details I'd shared. After much urging (and okay okay, arm twisting, sheesh) I've decided to share the site.

I'm also sharing a few pics I've gleaned from morguefile.com a cool spot on the web for public domain pictures. It's where I find many photos for the trailers I make for my books, and for an upcoming online journal for two of my characters.
http://maxellah.tripod.com/catfacts.htm  

Cat Facts
• A cat's tongue consists of small "hooks" or barbs which come in handy when tearing up food.


• Americans spend more annually on cat food than on baby food.

• In 1987 cats overtook dogs as the number one pet in America.

• A group of kittens is called a kindle; adult cats form a clowder. (archaic terms now)

• The catgut formerly used as strings in tennis rackets and musical instruments did not come from cats. Catgut actually comes from sheep, hogs, and horses.

• Black cat superstitions are as American as apple pie. In Asia and England, black cats are considered lucky.
• Cats have five toes on each front paw, but only four toes on each back paw.

• Cats have true fur, in that they have both an undercoat and an outer coat.

• When a domestic cat goes after mice, about one pounce in three results in a catch.

• The cheetah is the only cat in the world that can't retract its claws.

• In cats, the calico and tortiseshell coats are sex-linked traits. All cats displaying these coats are female... or occasionally sterile males.

• Neutering a cat extends its life span by two or three years.

• Cats must have fat in their diet because they can't produce it on their own.

Imagine having to have fat in your diet. *sigh* No more lowfat everything... would that be great or what? It's no wonder cats spend so much of their time sleeping. They're stuffed! =^_^=
 
 
EXCERPT
 
Here's a tiny peek at a scene from Surrender Love, which features a feline-humanoid hero, Izzorah "Rah" Ceeow, and his human-looking immortal lover, Luc Saint-Cyr. (FYI - kosset is a love term in Luc's native language and means "ultimate treasure."
 
The scene begins the morning after Luc and Rah's first night together. Rah is a submissive yet assertive younger lover for whom Luc is falling head over heels.
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Luc dipped a razor under the faucet and grinned at his reflection. You’ve still got it, old man. He’d made love to Izzorah all night, taking his own pleasure only twice. Seeing his kosset writhe and moan had been worth the wait. Tonight is another story. Tonight I take him beyond oral sex and hand play. He whistled while he finished his morning shave, and then bent to splash his face with water. He grabbed a towel to dry himself.


Izzorah appeared behind him in the reflection, knuckling his eyes.

“Good morning, love.” Luc turned. “Did I wake you?”

He shook his head, yawning, and stretched, arms over his head. “Ow.” He winced and rubbed his left arm.

“Let me see.” Luc took his arm in both hands. The evidence of his injury was now no more than a pink line. He released him. “You’re almost healed.”

“See?” Izzorah flexed his arm. “I’m a little tender. I won’t need two months off. I’m almost good as new.”

“You think so now, but wait till you start drumming again. The nanobots your doctor gave you do a good job healing muscle, but your body has to put all the nerve endings back and reteach itself how to work. It takes longer than you think. The fine movements and motor skills take time to relearn.”

“Oh.” Izzorah stared at his arm for a moment, shrugged, and gave Luc a smile bright as the morning sunshine coming through the windows. “If you say so.”

He slid a finger down Izzorah’s nose. “Trust me.”

The Kin wrapped his arms around Luc’s waist, head back to look up at him. “I do.”

“Good.” He kissed his lover and stroked the fingers of both hands down Izzorah’s face. “I have plans for you tonight.”

A dark blush stole across his cheeks, cat's ears forward. “You do?”

“Oh, yes.” Luc curled a knuckle beneath Izzorah’s chin, smiling. “You’re such a pleasure to teach. I can’t wait to get you alone. After dinner, the two of us are going to spend time exploring one another’s fantasies.”

“Uh --” His cheeks turned a deeper peach. “You mean…talking about sex? Like you made me do last night?”

He broke into a chuckle. “Was it that painful?”

“Uh…” He wrinkled his nose. “I spent my whole life hiding. It’s hard to start talking now. Sex was a forbidden subject.”

He raised one brow. “Correct me if I’m wrong, Izzorah, but isn’t one of the ‘traditional’ greetings between Kin, ‘How’s sex been lately?’”

He covered his fangs as he laughed. “Yes. But that’s male-female sex. Not the kind I wanted to talk about.”

“Ah!” Luc kissed him on the forehead. “Don’t worry, you’ll get used to it.” He slid both hands into Izzorah’s hair, holding him while they kissed. As it ended, Luc set a soft kiss on each eyelid and cheek.

“I love kissing with you.” Izzorah rubbed his face against Luc’s hand. “You do it so perfect.”

“Thank you.” He kissed him on the nose. “We’ll practice more tonight.”

Izzorah leaned his cheek against Luc’s hand like a cat begging to be petted. “Good.”

He tugged on the Kin’s right ear. “Rule number one. Never rush through a kiss to get to the ‘good part.’ It’s all good. Two, use your passion for enjoyment and not to dominate your lover. Well” -- he shrugged -- “unless both agree. Being dominated can be good.”

Izzorah shivered.

“Are you cold?” Luc wrapped his arms around Izzorah and cuddled him against his chest.

“I love your voice. It reaches right down inside me. When you talk, it makes me all shivery.”

Luc frowned, mouth set against the top of Izzorah’s head. “Really?”

He nodded, tilted back his head, and looked up. “I think I’d like being dominated by you.”

A dark smile swept over him. “Mmm, kosset. I can work with that.”

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Izzorah -- A little feral, a little innocent, all male. Fleeing a world that denies him basic rights, forced into a society blind to his needs, his music keeps him alive. When a freak accident throws him into the care of the most powerful man in the empire, the attention he receives is beyond anything he'd ever dreamed. But is the attraction he feels toward his rescuer gratitude, lust, or a deeper, abiding call to yield all that he is?


Luc -- the prestige of his power, wealth, and influence directs an empire scattered across the stars. His word shapes the foundations of business and his financial prowess is of mythic proportions. Yet beneath the myths beats the heart of a man who craves what he has never given and is certain he will always be denied -- steadfast, faithful love.

Surrender Love

Not rebound, payback, loneliness, or the great sex, and far beyond love. This is surrender.

2010 EPIC Award Winner - Erotic SciFi Romance

Buy link: http://www.loose-id.com/prod-Surrender__Love-887.aspx

Genre: Erotic M/M Science Fiction Romance, GLBT, Multicultural, Interspecies, Action Adventure

ISBN: 978-1-59632-874-7

Heat Level: R=graphic sex, plus extreme cuddling, tenderness, and the seduction of a virgin who knows exactly what he wants.
Warnings: male/male sex, explicit content, anal sex, violence (referenced, not portrayed)
Format: eBook in multiple formats, including Kindle
Surrender Love © copyright 2010 Kayelle Allen
Pick up this book at Loose Id and prepare to surrender your heart.
Sequels Surrender Trust and Surrender Will in progress

3 comments:

Mary Quast said...

"Not rebound, payback, loneliness, or the great sex, and far beyond love. This is surrender." Beautiful! I'm hooked.

Savanna Kougar said...

Kayelle, gorgeously powerful excerpt.

Luv all the cat facts. Cats also require more protein in their diets than dogs.

Kayelle Allen said...

Mary, thank you! I love that tag. It sums up their entire relationship. :)

Savanna, your words mean a lot. :) I didn't know that about cats. Making a note... I'm enjoying the research!