Guest Post by Kristi Charish
Author of Owl and the Japanese Circus
Today I’m ecstatic to welcome Kristi Charish to the blog to give us a little insight into her heroine Alix (otherwise known as Owl). She is the author of Owl and the Japanese Circus, which you should add to the 2015 list for when it publishes January 13th! It has an eastern dragon, what else do you need to know??? Also don’t miss out on the giveaway at the bottom :D.
Wanted: One Cat Sitter
(Snagged off Seattle’s Craigslist Wanted Section)
Wanted: One cat sitter for the duration of one week, potentially with the need to stretch the duration to two (it’s been known to happen before). The cat in question is a somewhat overweight Mau (see photo) who is known to raid food cupboards and any bags/backpacks/jackets you bring into his territory that may or may not house food…. He likes to be sure. Below is a list of guidelines any cat sitter responding to this ad will be required to follow. Please read carefully before contacting*.
- Captain (said cat in question, see photo) is to be discouraged from eating extra food. Measuring bowls will be left on counter.
- Note, cat sitter is not held accountable if this is not achievable. I think the cat must be smarter than most people and I don’t put in much faith anymore that he won’t be able to outsmart said cat sitter. He’s been through three of you now and it’s not worth it to get in the way of him and something he really wants, like food.**
- Captain is not to leave the premises. In the event of an emergency and Captain must be taken to the vets, for the love of God keep him in the carrier. *** This goes double if someone knocks on the door…. Captain has been known to attack a small subset of individuals on site… mostly people who hate cats and wear rancid lily of the valley scented perfume.
- … On second thought, if anyone knocks, just don’t open the door… they probably hate cats.
- In some extremely rare circumstances Captain has been known to attack his cat sitter (rare=only happened once but it was memorable). In this event, I suggest you revaluate any new people in your social circles and maybe take a long hard assessment of your life situation. Captain is a very good judge of character, chances are good you’ve added a cat hater to your life recently. ****
* Yes, this is a paid position.
**No, I’m not a crazy cat lady. There are no extra cats hidden in cupboards, closets, floorboards, or where ever else crazy cat people hide them.
*** Whatever you do, do not let Captain convince you he doesn’t need to be in the carrier. It’s a like the Mogwais in Gremlin’s convincing the kid to feed them after midnight…. Ok, maybe not that bad, but you’ve been forewarned.
****Seriously, not a crazy cat person- just trust Captain on this one, he’s got a good nose for people.
PS: Alexander, if you or one of your junkie cronies is reading this don’t even think about applying…. I’m serious this time.
Kristi is the author of a forthcoming urban fantasy series OWL AND THE JAPANESE CIRCUS (Jan 13th, 2015, Simon and Schuster Canada/Pocket Books), about a modern-day “Indiana Jane” who reluctantly navigates the hidden supernatural world. She writes what she loves; adventure heavy stories featuring strong, savvy female protagonists, pop culture, and the occasional RPG fantasy game thrown in the mix. The second installment, OWL AND THE CITY OF ANGELS, is scheduled for release Jan 2016.
Kristi is also a scientist with a BSc and MSc from Simon Fraser University in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry and a PhD in Zoology from the University of British Columbia. Her specialties are genetics, cell biology, and molecular biology, all of which she draws upon in her writing.
Owl and the Japanese Circus Giveaway!
Fans of Kim Harrison, Jim Butcher, and Linda Hamilton will flock to the kick-ass world of Owl, a modern-day “Indiana Jane” who reluctantly navigates the hidden supernatural world.
Ex-archaeology grad student turned international antiquities thief, Alix—better known now as Owl—has one rule. No supernatural jobs. Ever. Until she crosses paths with Mr. Kurosawa, a red dragon who owns and runs the Japanese Circus Casino in Las Vegas. He insists Owl retrieve an artifact stolen three thousand years ago, and makes her an offer she can’t refuse: he’ll get rid of a pack of vampires that want her dead. A dragon is about the only entity on the planet that can deliver on Owl’s vampire problem – and let’s face it, dragons are known to eat the odd thief.
Owl retraces the steps of Mr. Kurosawa’s ancient thief from Japan to Bali with the help of her best friend, Nadya, and an attractive mercenary. As it turns out though, finding the scroll is the least of her worries. When she figures out one of Mr. Kurosawa’s trusted advisors is orchestrating a plan to use a weapon powerful enough to wipe out a city, things go to hell in a hand basket fast…and Owl has to pick sides.
The winner will have the choice of a physical book (if in US/Canada) or an e-copy (international). The winner will have 48 hours to respond to my email as usual, and I will be checking entries so please don’t cheat!
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