Friday, June 24, 2016

Dear Abby - Meet Cadbury and Woodbury (A Rescued Pet Spotlight)

Dear friends,

I hope you are having a good week and staying cool.  It is very hot in the deep south right now!   I am enjoying indoor time with air conditioning and fans.

I have a guest post from two special friends today.  Cadbury and Woodbury are two beautiful bunny rabbits, and they wrote this interview a couple of months ago.  You met their kitty sister, Scotty, here before.   I have had this interview scheduled.  I was so sad to hear that Cadbury passed away in late May.  With permission of Cadbury and Woodbury's mother, Beth, I am running this interview in special memory of Cadbury.  

Abby:  What is your background and how did you end up in rescue?

Cadbury: Hello, Abby! I'm a girl rabbit, and I don't know how old I am. I don't remember much about before, and I know I lived with humans a long time ago, but about five or six years ago, I was suddenly outside all by myself. At first it was fun to run around all over the grass, but then it got scary and lonely and hard to find good food.

Then a young girl and her brother found me where they waited for their school bus. Their parents put up flyers to see if someone would claim me, but no one did. They couldn't keep me permanently because they were moving, but they spread the word that I needed a home. Then one day, my new humans came to pick me up! Mother named me Cadbury because I looked like a chocolate bunny! She thinks I might be something called a Holland Lop.   (Photo of Cadbury below)


Woodbury: I'm a boy bunny, and unsure of my age, too. All I know is that a few years ago, I was let out into a neighborhood, and it was awful. I was scared of all the noise and big things whizzing by me. It was dark and rainy, and I was all covered in mud, when a tall boy came by on his run and spotted me. He brought me home to his mom (also human), and they cleaned me up and gave me carrots! Like Cad's rescuers, they were moving and couldn't keep me - but the mom, Diane, knew a friend who really likes bunnies. (Photo of Woodbury below)


Cadbury: I heard Mother say, "What's one more bunny in the house?"

Abby:  How were your first days at your new home?

Cadbury:  It wasn't too bad when I got to the new people's house. They put my little hutch on a big wooden table right where everyone would walk by and talk to me. One thing made me nervous - these strange creatures (I learned they're cats) would sit on the table and just stare at me. I didn't care for it. However, I tried stamping my back feet, and it was great! When I did that, they all jumped about a foot in the air and ran away. Ha ha! Now, sometimes I'll sneak out of my cage at night to explore the house (Mother frowns on this). The cats watch me from a distance. They're afraid of my feet!

Woodbury: Everything was pretty nice when I got here. Especially because Mom and Dad knew to give me lots of carrots and parsley! Mom says I'm "mellow" which I'm pretty sure means "handsome."

Cadbury: At first, Mother would take me to church for Easter, and to the church booth at a local Scottish festival, too. I got tired of the limelight, though, and started to get nervous around lots of kids and big people. Luckily, Woodbury came along at the right time to do public appearances. He doesn't seem to mind.

Abby:  What are a few of your favorite things?

Woodbury: Carrots!

Cadbury: I like when Dad holds me on his lap. I like secretly exploring, and I love little soft toys to play with and sleep on. My favorite thing to eat is this cranberry cookie treat that our human friend Tom brings us.

Woodbury: Would it surprise you, Abby, to learn that I love carrots? I also enjoy a big wooden toy that's fun to chew - and it is great to throw against my dish to alert Mom that I feel hungry!

Abby:  Do you have any tips for people who want to adopt a rescue pet?

Cadbury and Woodbury: Our advice is - don't put bunnies in Easter baskets! All bunnies need lots of love and care, because we don't get along so great on our own. We may not look like it in our photos, but we're both pretty small, so we need some protection and help. All rabbits, no matter what size, should be chosen to be a part of the family for always - not just a holiday!

Special thanks to Beth for helping with this interview.  I am so sorry about Cadbury's passing.  She had a wonderful home with your family.   Please give Woodbury a gentle pet for me!  (Please tell him that I am very gentle with bunnies, although I am a dog.)

Dear friends, if you would like to leave a comment, I would love to hear from you!   Thank you for visiting today.

Love,

Abby xoxoxo
 

Book Review and Giveaway - Sleepless in Manhattan by Sarah Morgan

Book Synopsis
USA TODAY bestselling author Sarah Morgan introduces a sizzling new trilogy about three best friends embracing life—and love—in Manhattan.

Cool, calm and competent, events planner Paige Walker loves a challenge. After a childhood spent in and out of hospitals, she’s now determined to prove herself—and where better to take the world by storm than in the exhilarating bustle of Manhattan? But when Paige is let go from the job she loves, she must face her biggest challenge of all—going it alone.

Except launching her own events company is nothing compared to hiding her outrageous crush on Jake Romano—her brother’s best friend, New York’s most in-demand date, and the only man to break her heart. When Jake offers Paige’s fledgling company a big chance, their still-sizzling chemistry starts giving her sleepless nights. But can she convince the man who trusts no one to take a chance on forever?
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My Review 
Sleepless in Manhattan focuses on friends Paige, Frankie, and Eva, who unexpectedly lose their event planning jobs in New York.  Paige decides to start her own company, with the help of her longtime friend (and crush!) Jake.   

I really enjoyed the upbeat, feel good nature of this book.  I especially liked the way the author balances the love story between Paige and Jake and the story of the three friends.  The New York setting was a nice bonus!

Paige is a likable protagonist who has overcome much with her serious health problems from childhood.  Jake is brooding and intriguing.  Their interaction was fun to read, especially as sparks flew.

The characters are varied and well written, and the dialogue is fast paced and fun to read.   This is my first read by Sarah Morgan;  she tells a really good story!

This would be a great weekend read or a fun beach read.  I enjoyed Sleepless in Manhattan, and think that other fans of chick lit or contemporary romance will as well.   


Author Bio
USA Today bestselling author Sarah Morgan writes lively, sexy contemporary stories for Harlequin.

Romantic Times has described her as ‘a magician with words’ and nominated her books for their Reviewer’s Choice Awards and their ‘Top Pick’ slot. In 2012 Sarah received the prestigious RITA® Award from the Romance Writers of America. She lives near London with her family. 

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Giveaway

One lucky winner will receive a copy of Sleepless in Manhattan.  Giveaway ends 6/30 and is open to U.S. and Canada.  The winner will receive an email, and needs to respond within 48 hours.  The book will be mailed to winner by the author or her publicist.
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I received a copy of this book from TLC Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.