As many of you know, I wrote The Red Claw in loving memory of Rom (aka Rahm or Rahmakazi), who my family had the privilege of being owned by for 16.5 years. He was somewhat unusual in that he did not have a crick in his tail or crossed eyes. I think this later fact is obvious on the photos we chose to use for the cover.

One thing that most people don’t know is that Rom was a year older than our oldest daughter and when she came home from the hospital, it was love a first sight. Kj&RomThey would play on their floor blanket for hours and by the time our daughter was four months old, Rom had taught her to crawl. By seven months old, she had learned to stand up, put her arm over Rom’s shoulders and the two of them would walk everywhere.

This sort of interaction with human babies did not make it into The Red Claw, but I think that Xander, who portrays a fictionalized Rom does show how he cares for other species.

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The Cat’s Claw Plant

Medicine to improve symptoms of both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. is made from the GB0613_4 2.tifroot and bark of the cat’s claw plant.

Nimri could also use cat’s claw to treat her tribe’s digestive system disorders, which involve swelling and pain (inflammation) to include: diverticulitis, colitis, gastritis, stomach ulcers, hemorrhoids, and leaky bowel syndrome.

Some people also use cat’s claw for viral infections including shingles, cold sores , and AIDS.

Cat’s claw is also used for chronic fatigue syndrome, wounds, parasites, asthma, hay fever, and cancer (especially urinary tract cancer). Cat’s claw contains cats_clawchemicals that seem to stimulate the immune system, kill cancer cells, and fight viruses, so this isn’t just a plant with a cool name.

Purrsideon’s Projects

Ms. Purrsideon is trying to learn to read and type email, as well as play the guitar, so she keeps very busy.

Most kittens play for purr:guitaran hour than take a nice nap. Ms. Purrsideon doesn’t seem to take naps and can play hard for three to four hours in a row. She is definitely giving Mischief something to live up to and that means poor Xander has his paws full.

Her new love is the Instant Messenger Icon, which blinks when tapped … if anyone gets some strange emails, they might be from her, since she is much better at sending than typing.

One thing guaranteed to get her to nap is reading lessons — she can fall asleep in a book in a jiffy!P1010042

Nispero / Loquat

The loquat is a large evergreen shrub, which I am confident Nimri has in her herbal garden images-2because, as well as treating her tribes’ ailments, she also realizes that beauty is food for the soul and nispero, or loquat trees are lovely.

In many countries loquats are considered to be a type of plum. One thing that sets them apart from most fruit trees is that the flowers appear in the autumn or early winter, and their sweet scent can be smelled from a long distance.

The 1 to 2 inch fruits are ripe in late winter or early spring. The tangy flesh is low in saturated fat and sodium, and is high in vitamin A, dietary fiber, potassium, and manganese. Some believe that eating them protects from prostate cancer.

Note: the seeds and young leaves of the plant contain small amounts of cyanide,images so it is not a good idea to nibble on them. That said, in Japan, loquat leaves are made into a beverage known as biwa cha, which is believed to beautify skin and heal inflammatory skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema. Biwa cha is also believed to heal chronic respiratory conditions such as bronchitis, which is another reason I believe Nimri has some of these lovely little trees in her herb garden.

Two Weeks Until the Drawing

Reminder: the Sea Purrtector is looking for readers who and are willing to review a feline, young adult suspense novel, which does not have inappropriate language, excessive violence or sex. redclawflyer(Yes, a book can be good without those.)

Anyone who would like to review this book will be sent a Smashwords’ code to get an ebook in their preferred format, I only ask that in exchange for the free download, you post honest reviews on Smashwords and Amazon. If you don’t use both of those two sites, you can post on a blog, Goodreads, Kobo, Barnes & Noble, etc. Just let me know where you posted the reviews so I can verify your eligibility to be included in the drawing.

Post two reviews for the book by November 15, 2014, to be entered in the drawing on the 16th to win a $25 Amazon Gift Card.

If you discover The Red Claw is not the book for you, simply let me know. You are under no obligation to review it. A 4 or 5 Star review is NOT required. Simply post an honest review.

Questions? Contact me at or Kaj at for details, answers and the free download code.purrtectorfiles

Pomegranates for Good Health

Today is herb day for Nimri, but as I type this blog, I am brewing a pot of pomegranate tea, so my mind is on the health 318629-blackangelbenefits of this exceptional fruit. Even though it was not mentioned in Star Bridge, I am confident that Nimri grows several pomegranate bushes in her herb garden, because they would be excellent for the health of her tribe.

Did you know that many view pomegranates as the most powerful anti-oxidant of all fruits because of the way they support the immune and cardio-vascular systems while fighting cancer cells?

Pomegranates are also great for the heart because they inhibit the ability of platelets to accumulate, which can cause heart attacks and strokes, plus they lower cholesterol and blood pressure. I have also heard some say that pomegranates relieve or protect against depression and osteoporosis, but I have not seen an actual study on this.

Many clinical findings, including a three-year one done by Aviram M, Rosenblat M, Gaitini D, et al. show a correlation between pomegranate compounds and their positive effect on the cardiovascular system (Clin Nutr 2004;23(3):423-33). In this study, heart patients, with severe carotid artery blockages, were given an ounce of pomegranate juice each day for a year. The participants’ blood pressure lowered by over 12 percent, imagesand there was a 30 percent reduction in atherosclerotic plaque!BTW, the atherosclerotic plaque of the participants who did not take the pomegranate juice rose by 9 percent…

This is one fruit that you can’t afford to exclude from your diet!

The Magical Day of Cats & Halloween

When someone says the word “Halloween”, I think of witches in pointy hats zooming through the night sky on a broomstick, as they chauffeur a black cat on his/her nocturnal rounds. Kiara says she thinks of pumpkins… she loves designing stencils and carving them.

What do you think of?caldronkit

Here are some examples where others have put their thoughts into photos:

Apparently, Ms. Purrsideon was inspired by the jpg at the right and realized that she didn’t need to find a suitable box to sit in … she fell asleep in the bowl, below and a certain stealthy individual, who had “zoombeefied” their doll, thought it would be cute to set up a scene for a picture…. Ms Purrsideon usually likes having her photo taken, but I have it on good authority that the camera click woke her up and she was not happy to discover that doll…


Lastly, when I found the photo of the black cat, below, on Pinterest, I had just begun writing the rough draft for Xander’s second Sea Purrtector story and I knew that I had found the evil villain he would have to deal with… I also realized that story would be about witchcraft. Needless to say, Xander is having a rough time in Haiti.witchdoctorcat

BTW, there are still a couple weeks before the drawing to see which Red Claw reviewer has won the $25. Amazon Gift Certificate.  So, get your 2 reviews posted and contact either me at or Kaj at to let us know where the reviews are, if they are not at Amazon & Smashwords …. and of course, contact either of us for the free download code, if you haven’t gotten it, already.purrtectorfiles