Cat’s Reading Den Holiday Book Buyers Guide. Our Fine Authors and Loads of Holiday Books are on Sale in E-books & Paperbacks. Don’t Wait Until “Black Friday” For These Deals. . .




Hello Avid Readers, Friends, and Visitors,

Cat has the honor of representing many exceptional writers and authors who have decided to give book readers and buys of books a real treat by lowering the pricing on almost all their books for the “Holiday Gift Buying Season.”

Of course, this Cat knows that books make great gifts, especially for the tots and children in your life. Giving children the gift of reading can be “Magical” during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. Everyone loves to have a package under the tree with beautiful reads of all different genres too!

So, this post will be pretty vibrant as Cat will share all our fine authors running sales, but I’ll let the holiday book banners do the “showing off,” knowing books make great gift ideas. Cat even has some paperbacks on sale that are new and newer releases for under $9, and all books are purchasable on Amazon in formats of E-books, Paperbacks, and are within Kindle Unlimited, so you read free!

Most of the Books have garnished 5-Star Editorial Book Reviews awarded by literary book influencers Reader’s Favorite.

So here we go!

CAT 🎄🎁🎍📚📚


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Amazon #1 Best-Selling Author Elizabeth Upton Offering E-books and a Few Paperbacks Now On Sale on Amazon and Within Kindle Unlimited.
https://www.amazon.com/Elizabeth-Upton/e/B001KEA1NG/




No need to wait for “Black Friday” for these thrilling suspense reads by Elizabeth Upton! All her E-books are on sale for $1.99, and a few paperbacks under $9 too!



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One Amazon Reviewer Says About Mysteries by Kim Carter:

“This is one of the best mysteries I have read in a long time. I am a 77-year-old woman and have the entire book in the ‘Clara and Iris Series!’ Kept me in suspense the entire book. I would say that Ms. Carter is up there with Patricia Cornwell as far as keeping you in gripping suspense to the book’s last few pages. I highly recommend all of them to readers!”


All Seven of Kim Carter’s E-books are on sale for only .99 cents for the first time!



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Best-Selling American Author Pavane Ravel & Her Political Fiction Suspense Drama of “The Other Shoes of Lary Martin” Novel Series Book One – ‘Revelation of Lies’$1.99!
https://www.amazon.com/Other-Shoes-Larry-Martin-Revelation-ebook/dp/B09CRPH41P/



Reviewed By Reader’s Favorite:

Larry Martin is not a good person. He is lazy. He treats women badly. He thinks the world owes him everything that he wants but hasn’t earned. Unfortunately, Larry was also raised by an abusive father with right-wing beliefs, which he adopted as his own. What more can one expect from a person raised without love? Then Larry loses his job as a journalist and eventually loses his home as well.
Larry decides to shed his old self and change. He decides to become a better person.
Pavane Ravel has a writing style that is easy to fall into. It is comfortable and has a good flow. There is definitely good character-building.

As this book is based on profound character growth, the author does a remarkable job of slowly easing the reader along on the journey. I found the attention to detail with the construction of the various homesteads quite interesting. The Other Shoes of Larry Martin is ideal for readers who enjoy extraordinary character changes, fighting for survival and climbing to the top to make a change for the better. This book can also be recommended to those readers who want to know themselves on a deeper level. I loved how the story itself became the story of the book.   



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A poignant and gripping memoir on sale by #1 Amazon Best-selling Author Wilsdaryon Prescher
https://www.amazon.com/Wilsdaryon-Prescher/e/B0B2VMN1FX/


One Book Reviewer Says:

5.0 out of 5 stars. He allowed time to give him strength

Reviewed in the United States on November 3, 2022.

“How many roads must a man walk down. . . ” After reading this memoir, one can only believe there are mountains to climb and mountains to conquer, and as young as this author is, and through every trial that was thrown in his path, he found a way through. He conquered! Brave for having the audacity to share his memories with us!” Highly suggest this book!


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Amazon #1 Best-Selling Romance Novelist Richard E. La Motte with Three New Releases and His E-book “The Treasure” on Sale or Read Free With Kindle Unlimited. Makes a Great Gift!

https://www.amazon.com/Treasure-Through-Amazon-Adventure-Headhunters-ebook/dp/B0BCPBZLC4/


One Reader/Reviewer Says:

“Reviewed in the United States on October 12, 2022
Verified Purchase

“If you are a reader who screams at the characters of the book you are deep into, ‘The Treasure’ will be one to give you laryngitis. At every turn of a page, one of the characters in this book is either in jeopardy or creating havoc. Precisely what a fast-paced emotion-driven mystery with an underlying love interest should have. Highly entertaining!



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Best-Selling Novelist and New E-book Release of “Seeing Red” by Claudia Ricci
Now Available on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Seeing-Red-Claudia-Ricci-ebook/.B0BHL1KR77/


One Amazon Reviewer Shares:

“Ronda’s story in Seeing Red made sense to me, and the writing touched me viscerally and emotionally. I could feel her challenges, pain, and desire; life was tearing her apart. I felt drawn in from the very first paragraph.

She goes to Spain to follow her fantasy lover and pursue her love for flamenco; what she finds there through her wild adventures is the most important thing missing – her love for herself.
I recommend this book to all of my friends and new readers!” Literary Fiction (Books) Romance.


MORE BOOKS By Claudia Ricci ~ Her Blog> http://mystorylives.blogspot.com/2022/11/the-noctuary-night-journal.html



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Fictional fun read of tall tales and puppy tails by Author Barbara Dena is on sale now!
https://www.amazon.com/Barbara-Daniels-Dena/e/B09DWB2236/


E-book only .99 Cents, and Paperback under $9!

“Memories and fiction fill this collection with humor, heartwarming compassion, and spine-tingling fright from the author’s own experiences and an imagination she can barely control. Quilts, children, and dogs have always played a large part in the author’s life. Therefore, it is unsurprising to find stories of warm quilts wrapped around her tales or tails.

A trait the reader discovers in Barbara’s writing is that, much like life, nothing within the covers of this book will be what one expects.”


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Multi-Award-Winning Mystery Action and Adventure Series by Diane Olsen Has Been Blowing Avid Readers,’ and Reader’s Favorite Book Reviewers Away With The “Rising Wind Book Series.
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B093PRX88L/ https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B09447YQ7F/





All Four E-books Are On Sale on Amazon and can be read free with Kindle Unlimited. Makes a great Holiday Gift For Readers on Your Gift List!


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YES! Cat Does Have Some Holiday Children’s Books Too!
This One By Awarding-Winning-Author Shawna James now comes in New Languages of English, Spanish, Dutch, and French.




Gift your tots the Gift of Reading This Christmas.>> https://www.amazon.com/Shawna-James/e/B08L1KRVY1/. . .



*** HAPPY THANKSGIVING, MERRY CHRISTMAS, HAPPY READING TIME Throughout This Holiday Season! May God Bless You All With Peace, Love, and Kindness! ***

Readers! Fall Into These Autumn Reads By Our Authors Who Have Garnished 4 & 5-Star Editorial Book Reviews Given By Reader’s Favorite and Are Worth Your Reading Time…


Hello and Welcome, Avid Readers,
Are You Looking for some Fantastic Reads?

You won’t go wrong by purchasing and reading these sweet reading treats written by many of the fine authors we represent at ‘Lyon Literary Services.’ Cat loves sharing books and ‘The Why’ you should read them when they have these exceptional editorial book reviews like the ones below. With the Holiday Season almost here, they would make great gifts too. and all books are available on Amazon, and most are within Kindle Unlimited Membership! …Enjoy!


The Shaman and the Mafia
By Elizabeth Upton

The Shaman and the Mafia is a work of fiction in the mystery subgenre. It is suitable for the general reading audience and was penned by author Elizabeth Upton. 


Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers’ Favorite

The Shaman and the Mafia is a work of fiction in the mystery subgenre. It is suitable for the general reading audience and was penned by author Elizabeth Upton. The book follows former nun Marietta Collins as she is dragged into the aftershock of a tragic murder when her friend Joseph is killed in what looks like a mob hit. As Marietta becomes romantically involved with both Joseph’s brother and the FBI agent investigating the death, the past refuses to stay buried for all involved as the FBI hunts the mafia boss believed to have ordered the hit whilst the police search for the killer directly.

While the mystery of Joseph Gleason’s murder lies at the center of this novel and provides the core narrative around which the characters gather, the significant contribution to the story the death makes is to act as a catalyst for an in-depth and intriguing character study of those involved in Joseph’s life.

Author Elizabeth Upton has created a cast of colorful characters, each of whom has had life breathed into them by her stunning prose, and it’s a treat to turn each page and find the direction in which the narrative events will push them next. I particularly enjoyed the development of Detective Riley as she is forced to confront the harsh reality of corruption in an institution she has served for years. Beautifully blending the trappings of a love story and a thriller, The Shaman and the Mafia uses the best of both genres to tell a story unlike any other, which will stay with readers long after the final page is turned.


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This Is Me Trying: Navigating Through A Lifetime of Trauma
By Wilsdaryon Prescher

This Is Me Trying: Navigating Through A Lifetime of Trauma is a work of non-fiction in the memoir subgenre. It is aimed at mature readers and was penned by author Wilsdaryon Prescher. 

Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers’ Favorite

The book follows the author’s recovery from the abuse he endured in his youth, a journey made possible by the power of music. Throughout the rocky road of escaping the abuse, developing coping mechanisms that hindered more than they helped, and encountering the biases that people hold against abuse survivors, the power of music provides a tool for the author to rediscover their authentic self and move forward into adulthood.

I’m always in awe of any author penning a memoir, especially one willing to show sincere emotional vulnerability to their readers, but sometimes an author leaves nothing off the table when describing the upsetting and painful parts of their lives. Such an author is Wilsdaryon Prescher, whose willingness to frankly portray some of the most challenging situations a young person can live through is matched deftly by his skillful prose in doing justice to the depiction of those moments.

This book is an emotional journey that readers will be moved by as they experience the hardships of the author’s younger years and the rocky road to happiness that came with adulthood. Overall, This Is Me Trying is an honest depiction of the never-ending struggle toward recovery and a book that frankly depicts mental health issues and the journey to better mental and emotional well-being, wherever your starting point in life may be. Highly suggest reading!


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Lovers’ Secrets and Revenge

(Book Three – John Callahan Series) By Elizabeth Upton
Lovers’ Secrets and Revenge is a crime mystery romance novel by Elizabeth Upton.

Reviewed by Pikasho Deka for Readers’ Favorite

Lovers’ Secrets and Revenge is a crime mystery romance novel by Elizabeth Upton. It’s been ten years since John Callahan had last seen his grandmother, Annabella O’Sullivan. Upon a visit to her sprawling estate in Dublin, Ireland, John is delivered a striking blow when his grandmother dies, and he is her sole heir.

His grandmother’s death and the unexpected murder of an employee force him to hire private security guards for himself and Morgan Gallagher, Annabella’s lover. Additionally, his recently inherited estate has a break-in by an armed man. Meanwhile, John starts falling for an Irish woman named Sara O’Boyle. But when one of his own employees becomes his stalker, John must find a way to protect himself and his loved ones. Who is the killer? Is John’s life in danger?

An absorbing murder mystery filled with romance, suspense, and intrigue, Lovers’ Secrets and Revenge is a cozy book to spend your evening with. Author Elizabeth Upton spins an intricate yarn full of dramatic moments that have you eagerly turning the pages in anticipation of what will happen next. The narrative will especially appeal to fans of telenovelas or soap operas, with the constant twists and turns of the plot leaving you asking for more. The characters have defining traits that pop out of the pages. John is one of the more fleshed-out characters, and his romance with Sara is one of my favorite aspects of the book.
If you enjoy romance and crime stories, this is what you’re looking for.


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A Crime Story
A Mother-Daughter Cozy Mystery ~ By Richard E. LaMotte

A Crime Story: A Mother-Daughter Cozy Mystery by Richard E. LaMotte is a light-hearted thriller about a mother and daughter...


Reviewed by Antoinette Wessels for Readers’ Favorite

A Crime Story: A Mother-Daughter Cozy Mystery by Richard E. LaMotte is a light-hearted thriller about a mother and daughter who get stuck in a small town with a murder mystery on their way to Hollywood. Clair and Mindy decide to start investigating the unsolved murder of Samantha and write a crime story to pass the time.

They soon realize that everyone in town has their theory about what happened, but Mindy is set on uncovering the truth in memory of Samantha. It doesn’t take long for their snooping to start annoying the wrong people, and accidents start to happen. Will they be able to answer the unanswered questions, or will Samantha’s murder always stay a small-town mystery?

Richard E. LaMotte wrote A Crime Story in a way that will have anyone, even readers who don’t enjoy thrillers or mysteries, loving this light-hearted mystery immensely. It is not overly elaborate, is easy to read, and even easier to enjoy. The theme which stuck with me as a reader was the relationship between a mother and a daughter who needed to find each other again.

They grew as characters while they were investigating the murder, and through this, they could also reconnect. The pace of the story is gentle. I enjoyed the fact that the book wasn’t more than two hundred pages, but it never felt rushed.

I would recommend this book to any reader who wants a quick, enjoyable fall read with adventure and a little suspense.


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Dark Secrets of the Bayou
By Multi award-winning writer Kim Carter

Dark Secrets of the Bayou is a work of fiction in the murder mystery genre. It is aimed at all ages and was penned by author Kim Carter

Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers’ Favorite

Dark Secrets of the Bayou is a work of fiction in the murder mystery genre. It is aimed at all ages and was penned by author Kim Carter. The novel follows the homecoming of attorney Tink Mabry as she visits Kane, Louisiana, with a co-worker to deal with the dilapidated homestead she’s just inherited from a family she barely knows. No sooner has she arrived than she ends up as the prime suspect in multiple murder investigations. As Tink explores her new surroundings, she realizes that the family secrets that plague her inheritance may hold the key to exonerating her, though some things are best left in the past.

Author Kim Carter has crafted a sinister and spine-tingling work of dark mystery fiction, an ideal read for a cold winter’s night. This story combined many elements and genres that I adore, from the historical references to the 19th century and the creepy, dark expanses of the Louisiana bayous, to chilling, horror, and family drama elements. The complex plot interweaves all of these factors seamlessly, delivering a smoothly-told narrative with sharp, exciting deviations in the mystery plot.

It certainly kept me guessing until the end, and the close narration of Tink and her emotional journey really got me rooting for her (and fearing for her) as the story developed. Overall, I would highly recommend Dark Secrets of the Bayou for those who enjoy a dark mystery with lots of horror elements and a spellbinding atmosphere. This was a worthy introduction to an author worth reading again and again.


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Daily Gratitude Reflections Volume 2

365 Inspirational Guides to Grateful Living
By Deborah L. Perdue

Daily Gratitude Reflections Volume 2: 365 Inspirational Guides to Grateful Living is a work of non-fiction in the new age, spiritual, and self-help subgenres.


Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers’ Favorite

Daily Gratitude Reflections Volume 2: 365 Inspirational Guides to Grateful Living is a work of non-fiction in the new age, spiritual, and self-help subgenres. It is suitable for the general reading audience and was penned by author Deborah L. Perdue. The book lays out a year-long series of prompts to allow readers to reflect on their lives and feel gratitude for their positive things. This shift in focus away from negativity is shown to have a transformative effect on how a person perceives their life and leads to a more positive outlook and acceptance of happiness.

It often feels that cynicism is the dominating force in this world, and it is a negative mindset that seeps its way into every aspect of our lives if we give it the opportunity. Leading the charge against this force are writers like author Deborah L. Perdue who recognize that the daily practice of gratitude can push back against negativity and the adverse effect that it has on our lives. Perdue, in particular, is an outstanding practitioner in this field, demonstrated by this essential book which helps readers to take daily, manageable steps toward a lifelong change for the better.

The daily exercises on reflection and positivity are easy to pick up but provoke deep thought and contemplation about our lives, the perfect exercise for encouraging gratitude in our lives. Overall, Daily Gratitude Reflections Volume 2 follows its predecessor in giving readers an invaluable toolset for pushing their mindset in the right direction and making long-lasting changes for the better in their lives.
I highly recommend it!


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The Song of Ramon and Maria

An Epic Historical Novel of Love and Revenge
By Richard E. LaMotte

The Song of Ramon and Maria by Richard E. LaMotte is an epic romance novel set against the backdrop of the Mexican Revolution at the dawn of the 20th century.

Another New Release and 5-Stars for Richard!

Reviewed by Pikasho Deka for Readers’ Favorite

The Song of Ramon and Maria by Richard E. LaMotte is an epic romance novel set against the backdrop of the Mexican Revolution at the dawn of the 20th century. Despite misgivings from her family, Maria Duranthon marries the love of her life, Ramon, an Indian cowboy, in the small Mexican town of Rosario. But when Ramon is drafted into the Mexican army, and Maria’s father is unexpectedly murdered, the two lovers will diverge toward very different paths in life.

After suffering a harrowing assault by a despicable captain, Maria leaves for Mexico City, realizing, to her horror, that she is pregnant. She is forced to beg on the streets until she finds refuge in the bordello of a European madame. Meanwhile, Ramon joins the revolutionaries while being hunted by the federal forces. Can Ramon and Maria find their way back to each other?

A sprawling tale of love, loss, and betrayal, The Song of Ramon and Maria never lets you take your eyes off the pages. Author Richard E. LaMotte weaves an epic yarn filled with romance, tragedy, and political intrigue that keeps you on your toes with a string of twists and turns you never see coming. This story is full of heartbreak, where our heroes sacrifice themselves for the greater good.

Ramon and Maria are two star-crossed lovers who find themselves separated from each other due to extraordinary circumstances they have no control over. If you love to read epic romance sagas or historical fiction, I can’t recommend The Song of Ramon and Maria enough.


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More Books To Check Out on Amazon!


Sister Mysteries
by Claudia Ricci 


Seeing Red
by Claudia Ricci 













Cat’s Reading Den Welcomes Best-Selling Author Richard E. LaMotte With News, Reviews, & A Brand New Novel Now On Pre-order Sale.



A big hello to all my readers, literary friends, and visitors.

I am excited and honored to introduce our newest author to Cat’s family of fine writers and authors. Meet Richard E. LaMotte and his new fictional historical romance cross-genre novel. It is titled “The Song of Ramon and Maria: An Epic Historical Novel of Love and Revenge .”

Richard is a fantastic storyteller and seasoned writer that has now already been awarded a 5-Star Reader’s Favorite book review for his novel. Rich has an interesting backstory about his life, former career, and more. I’ll share more about that as well.

The E-book is currently on pre-order for a special e-book promo deal at only $0.99 in celebration of his paperback also releasing very soon. The e-book will release on September 1st, 2022, so order now before the price goes up. Since garnishing that 5-Stars before release? You know you will enjoy reading this love story between Ramon and Maria. The Press Release and Book Review validate just how good his new novel is, with several more novels to release soon too.


For immediate release:

The author’s new book receives a warm literary welcome.

Readers’ Favorite announces the review of the Romance – Historical book “The Song of Ramon and Maria” by Richard E. LaMotte, currently available at http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0B97NV2R9.

Readers’ Favorite is one of the most important book review and award contest sites on the Internet.
They have earned the respect of renowned publishers like Random House, Simon & Schuster, and Harper Collins. They earned “Best Websites for Authors” and “Honoring Excellence” awards from the Association of Independent Authors. They are also fully accredited by the BBB (A+ rating), a rarity among Book Review and Book Award Contest companies.

“Reviewed By Pikasho Deka for Readers’ Favorite

The Song of Ramon and Maria by Richard E. LaMotte is an epic romance novel set against the backdrop of the Mexican Revolution at the dawn of the 20th century. Despite misgivings from her family, Maria Duranthon marries the love of her life, Ramon, an Indian cowboy, in the small Mexican town of Rosario. But when Ramon is drafted into the Mexican army and Maria’s father is unexpectedly murdered, the two lovers will diverge toward very different paths in life.

After suffering a harrowing assault by a despicable captain, Maria leaves for Mexico City, realizing to her horror that she is pregnant. She is forced to beg on the streets until she finds refuge in the bordello of a European madame. Meanwhile, Ramon joins the revolutionaries while being hunted by the federal forces. Can Ramon and Maria find their way back to each other?

A sprawling tale of love, loss, and betrayal, The Song of Ramon and Maria never lets you take your eyes off the pages. Author Richard E. LaMotte weaves an epic yarn filled with romance, tragedy, and political intrigue that keeps you on your toes with a string of twists and turns you never see coming.

This is a story full of heartbreak where our heroes sacrifice themselves for the greater good. Ramon and Maria are two star-crossed lovers who find themselves separated from each other due to extraordinary circumstances they have no control over. If you love to read epic romance sagas or historical fiction, I can’t recommend The Song of Ramon and Maria enough.”

You can learn more about Richard E. LaMotte and “The Song of Ramon and Maria” at https://readersfavorite.com/book-review/the-song-of-ramon-and-maria, where you can read reviews and the author’s biography, as well as connect with the author directly or through their website and social media pages.
Readers’ Favorite LLC
Media Relations
Louisville, KY 40202



Now, I want to share some parts of an interview and article written about Richard and his unique life a couple of years ago that shares his former career as a costume designer in the film and movie industry for over 45+ years. He served our country as a Veteran of The United States Marines and much more, courtesy of The Santa Clarita Newspaper. The Signal, written by BILL REYNOLDS in 2018.



Richard E. La Motte – U.S. Marine Corps Veteran – Valencia Resident

Richard E. La Motte, USMC Portrait. Courtesy photo



Adopted at Birth

Richard E. La Motte was born July 27, 1943, at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Los Angeles.

Richard’s father perished in WWII, and his mother gave him up for adoption at birth thus, he has very limited information about his birth parents. Canadian Ross La Motte served as a WWI pilot with the Royal Flying Corps, and his wife Lucy, a native-born Mexican, adopted Richard and gave him a wonderful upbringing in West Los Angeles. Richard graduated from University High School in 1961’s Winter Class.

Richard struggled to resolve what he would do next as he realized pursuing a college education was not yet in his wheelhouse. Hence, within months of graduation, Richard, at age 18, enlisted in the United States Marine Corps, entering Boot Camp on August 18, 1961, at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego. Richard’s birth father served in WWI and his Uncles Harry and Dick served respectively in the U.S. Army’s 3rd Infantry Division and USMC as WWI combat infantrymen. Per USMC San Diego Wikipedia, it’s noted that during the Mexican-American War, the Marines made an amphibious landing in 1846 at San Diego, and Marines made a second presence there in 1914. The ground was broken on March 2, 1919, for a permanent base in San Diego.

Giving Back

Richard said, “Enlisting in the military just seemed like that’s what you do to give back to our country that did so much for us. Giving back was the right thing to do”. At the nine-week mark of Boot Camp, Richard was assigned janitorial duties for one week at the Training Aids Library, where draftsmen and artists prepared charts, maps, and illustrations that enhanced combat and intelligence training. While there, Richard told a draftsman that he could do a better job, and so he was challenged to prove it, which he easily did. His work was noticed by Captain Holder, who was in charge, but Richard returned to finish Boot Camp and then four weeks of infantry training at Camp Pendleton.

Training Aids Library

Once infantry training concluded, Richard received orders for Okinawa with the 3rd Marine Division’s artillery battery. Still, that order was quickly superseded, sending him back to San Diego’s Training Aids Library as an illustrator. Little did he know that the one-week janitorial assignment would lead to an amazing and successful lifetime career.

Richard’s high school drafting classes certainly paid off. As Richard put it, “If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans.” During the next two years, Richard continued perfecting his expertise, becoming a valuable asset to his unit, and was thus noticed by General Victor H. Krulak, San Diego’s Base commander.

Per Victor H. Krulak’s Wikipedia, Krulak, nicknamed Brute, was a decorated USMC officer who saw action in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam and was considered a visionary by fellow Marines. He authored “First to Fight, an Inside View of the U.S. Marine Corps.” While in San Diego, the Cuban Missile Crisis had everyone on high alert, temporarily increasing Richard’s workload.

LaMotte’s unit. Courtesy photo.





Top Level Briefing Material

In 1963, Richard transferred to the Pacific Fleet Headquarters at Camp Smith in Oahu, Hawaii, where he received a secret clearance and worked in their general offices. Because of Richard’s strong work ethic and pleasant demeanor, he began working within General Krulak’s support cadre. His responsibility was creating illustrations and top-level briefing material for General Krulak’s officer corp.

During his last two years at Camp Smith, things were hectic at times resulting from President John F. Kennedy’s assassination, along with providing training aids and command briefings for G-3 Staff for the Vietnam War, which was expanding.



Honorable Discharge

On July 27, 1965, Corporal Richard E. La Motte was Honorably Discharged, receiving a Good Conduct Medal and a Letter of Commendation from General Victor H. Krulak, which he prizes to this day. In 1966, Richard’s mother, Lucy, a CBS Studio Center employee, conspired with her head tailor Bob Parral and arranged a clandestine lunch so that Richard could meet Bob’s daughter Patricia at Bob’s home.

Richard said, “I had no idea that I was about to meet the prettiest girl I had ever seen. Little did I know that our subsequent marriage was brokered in CBS’s Wardrobe Department”? Following that lunch, Richard and Patricia dated for the next year until the day when Richard called her on the phone and said, “Hey, do you want to get married?” When she replied yes, he said, “Pack your bag, and I’ll pick you up out front in an hour.”

So it was off to Las Vegas, where they were married on October 17, 1966, in a small chapel off the Vegas Strip. They went on to have a son, Jason, a working artist in Claremont, and a daughter Cherie who, at age 25, tragically died in a 1996 accident.

Robert & Patricia. Courtesy photo



50-Year Motion Pictures Career

Richard’s career in Motion Pictures began in 1966 as a costumer, where he worked all across America and in numerous foreign countries such as Canada, Mexico, Israel, Morocco, Yugoslavia, Spain, Thailand, Australia, etc.

His films included ‘Hello Dolly’, ‘Butch Cassidy’, ‘Tora Tora Tora’, ‘Little Big Man,’ ‘Batman’ (T.V.), “Planet of the Apes,‘ Dillinger,’ ‘Hanoi Hilton,’ and many more. On a movie set, Richard was chatting with Director John Milius, which led Richard to scratch a sketch that apparently impressed this prolific Hollywood Director.

Out of the blue, Richard’s status changed to now a costume designer, and he was chosen by John Milius to be ‘Costume Designer’ for ‘The Wind and the Lion.’ Richard was also a Costume Designer for ‘Man called Horse II’, ‘The Island of Doctor Moreau’, ‘Rambo III’, ‘Gods and Generals’ and others. Richard also worked as a technical or costume adviser on: ‘Last of the Mohicans’, ‘Pacific’, ‘Pearl Harbor, and ‘the Mask of Zorro’ and, at times, was an ‘Extra’ on ‘The ten Commandments’ and other movies.


Retirement But Not Really

Richard and Sly Stalone “Rambo lll”


Richard retired from the entertainment industry in 2006, quickly earned his real estate license, and worked with home sellers and banks during the ‘Short-sale’ crisis. Richard authored his first book, ‘Costume Design 101’, which is used as a classroom text and then a second edition. Richard continues to write and paint and take an occasional job call for films such as ‘Marco Polo,’ and ‘12 Strong’ among the most recent.

Richard took interior design classes for two years at College of the Canyons, and Patricia has remained active in Real Estate since 1980. Both remain very active, and they love to travel. Richard, curious about his ethnicity, proudly discovered that he’s 70% Spanish, 10% Irish, and 20% Native American.

Richard is also very proud of his service to the United States Marine Corps., is now a veteran. I thank him for his service to our Country.


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What an amazing life Richard has lived thus far.
This article was a better way to share more about Rich and his wife than an Author Bio, and I have never read one about an author like this.

I do have to add that I have enjoyed working with both Richard and his lovely wife, Patricia, this past month. Getting to know them has been a pleasure. I will do all I can to help Richard’s new novels succeed so avid readers can enjoy them.

I highly recommend you visit his official website here >>> https://richardlamotte.com/ and check out his “filmography” page that highlights the work he has done in films and movies. You can learn about the other novels that Rich will release in the coming months and see some of his beautiful art and awesome sketches.

You can follow or connect with Richard E. LaMotte on social media:  
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Now, go order his new novel before the e-book price goes up after Sept. 1st. release! You will thank this reading CAT when you are done reading it! 😺🐾🐈📕📚📚

Now On Pre-Order E-Book Just .99 Cents!

Cat Welcomes Best-Selling Author Elizabeth Upton To The Reading Den. Liz Has A New Release & Many Books To Her Literary Credit…



Hello Readers, Literary Friends, and New Visitors,

I am delighted to welcome our newest amazing author to ‘Cat’s Reading Den and Lyon Literary Services’ growing family of authors. I am truly excited to share all about Elizabeth, a seasoned and influential writer of fictional, thrilling, suspenseful, and nonfiction spiritual books. Since Cat is allowed to call her Liz, we have been having a hoot working together to share all her books with readers who will enjoy them. I already love her sense of humor; she has such a beautiful, caring soul.

Elizabeth has written and published several fiction novels and nonfiction books on spirituality and inspired many women around the world with “The Silver Woman of Fire: Gather Your Nerve and Live and her breakout memoir “Secrets of a Nun: My Own Story

Let’s learn more about her and what makes this woman such an amazing writer. I look forward to sharing all her books with my readers. You visit Elizabeth’s Official Amazon Author page to see all her published works >> https://www.amazon.com/Elizabeth-Upton/e/B001KEA1NG/. You can view a few of her books’ video trailers when you are there visiting.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Elizabeth Upton is an American Author and an influential writer of fiction and nonfiction spiritual books.

Her best-selling books, “Secrets of a Nun: My Story” and “The Silver Woman of Fire” helped set her firmly on the world’s literary map. With many novels to her credit, she has released a new book in June 2022 titled ‘Lovers’ Secrets and Revenge.’ Elizabeth’s favorite she enjoyed writing is, ‘The Shaman and The Mafia,’ as she shares, “The creation of this story has been an exciting journey. If possible, I would love to meet all of the characters in this book in real life.” Elizabeth’s books and novels are available on Amazon online, Barnes & Noble, and featured on fine literary book sites.

Elizabeth was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA., until the age of sixteen, when she entered a New York State Convent and became a nun for twenty years, but she yearned for a more authentic spiritual life. Elizabeth left the convent and chose to attend and receive her B.A. from Syracuse University.

Moving back to her native state of California, she attended and received her M.A. from Chapman University in psychology. The Author began working for over thirty years in family counseling as a social worker and probation officer working with troubled teens and abused children. She is a speaker, spiritual mentor, and advisor.

Elizabeth is happily married and enjoys writing books for her reader fans around the world. When the Author is not writing, she works out with a personal trainer to stay fit and healthy; she loves spending time on long walks on the beach with her husband and dog. Her favorite colors are blue, green, and gold. She enjoys reading good books by some of her favorite authors like Geraldine Brooks, Hanh, Jerry Archer, Joseph Murphy, and Michael Connelly. Elizabeth, her husband, and doggie reside outside Santa Barbara, California.


Her Two Newest Releases
Lovers’ Secrets and Revenge was Released on July 19, 2022, and The Shaman and the Mafia in August 2021.



About Her New Release Lovers’ Secrets and Revenge
(E-book on sale for $2.99 thru August 2022
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How much does family matter? And what if there are unknown details about them?

John Callahan visits his beloved grandmother, Annabelle, at her 500-acre estate in Ireland. The peaceful countryside is beautiful, with lush hills that overlook the coastline, so different from Callahan’s home in New York City. After Annabelle dies, Callahan discovers that she’s left everything to him. However, there are some challenges with the staff, where secrets abound, including murder and heightened security on the estate that can’t seem to control the bad things that are happening.

Callahan is perplexed, wanting to solve the murder, understand the workings of the estate, and also longing for a relationship that would create a happy home. He meets Sara, the woman in charge of the horses at the estate, and longs to be with her. Throughout the busy days of work, travel, and wondering if he’s in love, John remembers Annabelle’s word. “Whenever you need my help, rub this precious jewel for consolation, wisdom, and protection. Call me when needed, dearest Johnnie, and I shall come to you.”

Learn how Callahan meets the challenges of revenge, murder, and love to discover the true meaning of friends and family.


About The Shaman and the Mafia
(E-book on sale for $2.99 thru August 2022)

Marietta Collins, a former nun, becomes enmeshed in the tragedy of a brutal murder.

Marietta, now the head of a youth drug rehab center, is dedicated to ridding the community of the growing criminal element.

The victim of the suspected mafia hit was her friend Joseph Gleason W, a drug informant. During the course of the investigation, she meets the victim’s brother, FBI assistant director Raymond Gleason. There’s an instant attraction between the two. He becomes her first lover, and their romance blossoms into a deep love for each other.

Raymond gives FBI agent Jerry Young, who is also his best friend, the responsibility of investigating the murder and hunting down the mafia’s kingpin. Marietta and Jerry have a brief of a clandestine affair that they are both later sorry for. Jerry, haunted by guilt for his violent past, turns to his childhood mentor, a mysterious Cherokee shaman, to save him from the burning fires of lust and his desire for vengeance. Also involved in the search for the murderer is Detective Riley, a tough, trash-talking female cop formerly with the NYPD, who discovers her new boss, Sgt. Sorrento is on the take from the mob.

While other minor characters help tell this gripping story, this is an action-packed mystery and love story that also examines the conflicted emotions of the characters as they try to make sense of their lives through the web of crime, darkness, and light.


Also, By Author Elizabeth Upton ~ Secrets of a Nun: My Own Story


About The Memoir, Story, Within Elizabeth’s Voice

Secrets of a Nun is an uncompromisingly honest and deeply moving look into one woman’s soul.

At the age of sixteen, Elizabeth, a talented athlete, gives up her dreams of competing in the Olympics to become a nun. Separating from her mother and twin sister, she leaves her friends and familiar world behind to pursue a saintly life. But she finds herself unprepared for what lies ahead. While her cloistered life commences as a profound spiritual and emotional journey, personal disenchantment takes root and slowly grows over the next twenty years.

Elizabeth recoils against the restrictive atmosphere of convent life. She struggles with conflicting emotions until a forbidden love affair forces her to come to grips with her needs as a woman. Over the course of striving to find her real authentic self, she ultimately feels compelled to leave the Order.

This fascinating account of courage and passion is inspired by a true story. It will at once shock you and bring a smile to your face as you follow the course of a young woman’s obsession to become a spiritual seeker—an obsession that, over time, transforms into a deeply felt desire for personal liberation.

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Cat sure hopes you have enjoyed meeting Elizabeth Upton, a best-selling author, and learning more about her and her newest fiction novels.

Elizabeth is always open to author interviews & literary podcasts by book bloggers, book reviewers, and literary magazines by email invite to: elizabethuptonauthor61@aol.com. Readers can connect with her through social media: FacebookTwitterAmazonLinkedin

I encourage readers to visit her official author and book Website.

Silver-Woman

The Silver Woman of Fire: Gather Your Nerve

In this book, Elizabeth Upton has written a collection of simple and profound insights. They lead the reader to stop and ponder, sit and reflect. “Being Real,” “Life Needs Fixing,” and “Bored to Death,” among other chapters, tell us, “It is always time to Gather Your Nerve and Live.”

She tells us: “Listen and pause to the life of your mind. Listen and pause to your heart beating in your body with your every step; that offers you a deeper understanding of who you are.”

Among Upton’s defining life experiences, she was a nun in a convent for twenty years and also conquered a mysterious disease twice. Deep, abiding compassion allows the author to walk with the reader during our most challenging experiences.

Available in Paperback and on Kindle ~

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Cat Sharing Author Wilsdaryon Prescher News, Updates, and Reviews. His Ebook Hits #1 on Amazon Kindle & 5-Stars From Reader’s Favorite!

It seems author Wilsdaryon Prescher is everywhere these days. Fresh off his guest spot on KDD Media’s Knockin’ Doorz Down podcast this month, he and his new book titled “This Is Me Trying: Navigating Through A Lifetime of Trauma, where Wil shares all about his life story with the host, Jason LaChance.

You can watch/listen to Wil’s show here on Youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NlAIKOsGsAc and learn all about what he is doing to “give back” to high-risk teens who may feel like they have no hope. Soon after he taped his podcast show, his e-book version of his new book went live on Amazon Kindle, and it HIT #1 in the category of self-help abuse/trauma. Priceless!


Author and Writer Wilsdaryon Prescher on KDD


Just as this was going on with his podcast spotlight, Wil learned his book/memoir was awarded a 5-STAR book review given by Reader’s Favorite. This seems to be on a Literary Roll! (Lol). So I’m sharing the fantastic Press Release and Announcement he received from Reader’s Favorite and the glowing review he was given for his new book.



For Immediate Media Release:

The author’s new book receives a warm literary welcome.

Readers’ Favorite announces the review of the Non-Fiction – Memoir book “This Is Me Trying: Navigating Through A Lifetime of Trauma” by Wilsdaryon Prescher, currently available at http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0B2HK72ML.

Readers’ Favorite is one of the largest book review and award contest sites on the Internet. They have earned the respect of renowned publishers like Random House, Simon & Schuster, and Harper Collins. RF has received the “Best Websites for Authors” and “Honoring Excellence” awards from the Association of Independent Authors. They are also fully accredited by the BBB (A+ rating), which is a rarity among Book Review and Book Award Contest companies.

“Reviewed By K.C. Finn for Readers’ Favorite

This Is Me Trying: Navigating Through A Lifetime of Trauma is a work of non-fiction in the memoir subgenre. It is aimed at mature readers and was penned by author Wilsdaryon Prescher. The book follows the author’s recovery from the abuse he endured in his youth, a journey made possible by the power of music. Throughout the rocky road of escaping the abuse, developing coping mechanisms that hindered more than they helped, and encountering the biases that people hold against abuse survivors, the power of music provides a tool for the author to rediscover their authentic self and move forward into adulthood.

I’m always in awe of any author penning a memoir, especially one willing to show sincere emotional vulnerability to their readers. Still, sometimes an author leaves nothing off the table when describing the upsetting and painful parts of their lives. Such an author is Wilsdaryon Prescher, whose willingness to frankly portray some of the most challenging situations a young person can live through is matched deftly by his skillful prose in doing justice to the depiction of those moments.

This book is an emotional journey that readers will be moved by as they experience the hardships of the author’s younger years and the rocky road to happiness that came with adulthood.

Overall, This Is Me Trying is an honest depiction of the never-ending struggle toward recovery and a book that frankly depicts mental health issues and the journey to better mental and emotional wellbeing, wherever your starting point in life may be.”

You can learn more about Wilsdaryon Prescher and “This Is Me Trying: Navigating Through A Lifetime of Trauma” at https://readersfavorite.com/book-review/this-is-me-trying, where you can read reviews and the author’s biography, as well as connect with the author directly or through their website and social media pages.

Readers’ Favorite LLC
Media Relations
Louisville, KY 40202

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I have just finished reading Wil’s book myself, and I can assure you that it is worth the read! I have added my book reviews for him and his memoir on Amazon, Goodreads, and Reedsy. Here is my book review from Goodreads… ✨✨✨✨✨

This Is Me Trying: Navigating Through A Lifetime of Trauma
by Wilsdaryon Prescher (Goodreads Author)

Catherine Townsend-Lyon‘s review

An exceptionally well-written Memoir.

“This Is Me Trying” is not only a well-written book but a poignant read as well. Deep insights into what can happen when a little boy is born into chaos, poverty, trauma, and tragic abuse of several kinds. The author’s subtitle doesn’t even share the tip of the iceberg of what you will read about his early life.

However, I can guarantee by the last page; that you will cheer this young man for overcoming the many obstacles he has had to process and the life he has built for himself while still healing. But, heartbreaking at times, this book is unique, and the courage and bravery it took to share all that he has been through is commendable. Not surprising he has no ties with his biological parents or siblings.

As you read, that would only bring him more chaos with more discrimination. So does that come from possible envy or jealousy from his biological family, and due to the fact the author has been so successful in reshaping a more healthy, emotional, and stable life today? One part I thought was humorous was when he shared about his teens and throwing a desk or chair out a classroom window became his “signature move.”

Sadly, he did because of not learning yet to process the emotions and trauma of now being bounced around in the foster care system after being taken from his biological family’s home, finally. The last 40% of the book shares how and continues his healing process even today. All in all, this is a vital memoir everyone should read.

Does Wilsdaryon get the happy ending he longs for? Does he find a family he has always wanted?
I highly suggest your his book to find out. ~Cat of Lyon Literary Services & Book Media

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The best part of this new Author Update is that Wil’s new e-book format release is on Hot E-Deal for only 0.99 CENTS, a download for a few more days!

Don’t miss this amazing new read; grab a copy now in the Kindle store! While you are there, you can learn more about the author when you visit his Amazon Author page here>>> https://www.amazon.com/Wilsdaryon-Prescher/e/B0B2VMN1FX/ and make sure you leave a rating and review on Amazon when you are done reading! *CAT* 📚🐾🐈





Cat Welcomes New Author Patricia Mortlock. She Is An Animal Empath Who Offers Pet Readings & Shares Her Work Communicating With Animals In Her New Book, “Animals Speak”. . .



Cat is excited and happy to introduce and share to all my friends of the reading den a new emerging author Ms. Patricia Mortlock and her new book release that has just been awarded a 5-Star Editorial Book Review given by book influencers, Reader’s Favorite. Pat is an exceptional woman with all that she does with animals, pets, and their owners around the country.

Patricia has learned, studied, and honed her skills in animal communication. She offers pet readings for owners of many types of pets and animals. Much of her life’s work as a Reikie Master and animal communication is now shared within her new book release titled, Animals Speak: Communication with Animals – Both Living and in Spirit . . . So, let’s learn more about Pat and more about her new book!


Genre: Animal Care & Pets

Animals Speak: Communication with Animals – Both Living and in Spirit

by Patricia Mortlock Author (Author)


We only underestimate animals because of the language barrier.

Intuition is a gift. We all have it. Patricia Mortlock’s has been refined to such an extent that communicating and understanding messages from animals is a trait that comes naturally to her. I was amazed at her ability as I read the many stories in which she helped both grieving pet owners and the pets as well in passing important messages to one another. If a reader is a skeptic of the intuitive world, this book might help educate that person.

— Zoe J, Reader/Reviewer




Book Description:

What if I told you, “I just heard of a book that talks about animals that are able to communicate.

In fact, believe it or not, one offers marriage advice hoping to save a marriage in trouble. Another pet dies of a sudden heart attack, and takes his owner’s heart problems with him.” You might say “I love reading fiction; it’s so entertaining.” I would have to tell you, “It’s not fiction!” I have met with these pets and others with equally compelling stories.

We only underestimate animals because of the language barrier. When that is gone, the gap closes between us, and we realize they are capable of intelligent thinking and a very deep emotional range.

Come along and be amazed as you read about so-called ordinary pets who break all the rules and break out of the boxes we have put them in! NOW Available on Amazon


ABOUT THE AUTHOR ~ Patricia Mortlock


Patricia Mortlock is the author of her new book titled Animals Speak: Communication with Animals – Both Living and in Spirit, a beautifully written book of her shared life experiences and work as an animal communicator. Her book is available in paperback and e-book versions and is now available on Amazon online, Kindle Unlimited, and many fine book sites.

Patricia has been speaking and communicating with animals since she was a child. Born and raised in Southern California, Patricia attended college and majored in business then began working in the field of interior design. She was intuitively sent to San Diego, where she met and married her soul mate of 25-years and counting. Settling in Ventura county, Patricia is naturally gifted in the area of intuition. Her earliest recollection of her intuition was at the age of five as she communicated with her pet Ginger who was transitioning into spirit.

Patricia is a Reiki Master and uses her skills with animals and people to help heal physical and mental pain. She has studied with Carolyn Myss and many others in the field of intuitive development. She enjoys teaching classes on Animal Communication and the principles involved in being an empath, teaching meditation techniques, and helping students identify how they uniquely receive intuitive information.

The author enjoys being involved in women’s groups that believe in a strong-ethical bond to the planet, its animals, and all people. Patricia wants readers to know the importance and the depth of what the animals have to say. Whether they are living or within the spirit, they will often give us insight into why they have come into our lives. The information is often a source of “heart-opening” between the pet and its family while supplying insight into their owners’ lives.

When she is not working or teaching, Patricia loves tending to her little Bonsai garden and spending time at the ocean, and time with family, friends, her husband Jeff, along with their fur baby Billy the CAT.
They continue to reside in Southern California in Ventura County.

Patricia’s New E-book is Available for Kindle Unlimited Members Too!



Patricia has just been awarded a 5-Star Editorial Book Review given by literary book influencers, Reader’s Favorite! The CAT can not be more proud and happy for Patricia! We are having a blast working together. Here is the beautiful Book Review and Press Release provided by Reader’s Favorite for “Animals Speak.”



For immediate release:

The author’s new book receives a warm literary welcome.

Readers’ Favorite announces the review of the Non-Fiction – Animals book “Animals Speak” by Patricia Mortlock, currently available at http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B09WW6T538.

Readers’ Favorite is one of the most extensive book review and award contest sites on the Internet. They have earned the respect of renowned publishers like Random House, Simon & Schuster, and Harper Collins, and have received the “Best Websites for Authors” and “Honoring Excellence” awards from the Association of Independent Authors. They are also fully accredited by the BBB (A+ rating), which is a rarity among Book Review and Book Award Contest companies.

“Reviewed By Lois J Wickstrom for Readers’ Favorite

Patricia Mortlock loves animals. She tells about their lives in much the same way as the Chicken Soup animal-lover stories. Animals Speak: Communication with Animals – Both Living and in Spirit is different from Chicken Soup in one important aspect: Mortlock is an ‘intuitive.’ You don’t have to believe that she is an ‘intuitive’ to enjoy and have a good cry over these tales. But you do have to understand that she believes it.

This collection of tales about elephants, cats, dogs, horses, and even a lizard features communication not only in words but also in pictures and emotions. Her stories are about animals who have come into our lives not only to love us, but to teach us and care for us, and in several instances heal their humans or save their marriages. Some of these animals speak to Mortlock when she focuses on their pictures. Some are alive and some are “in spirit.”

People sometimes think they don’t understand their pets. They don’t know why their animals do certain things. Sometimes they just want to know what their animals are thinking. Patricia Mortlock has developed her intuition in such a way that she can help people get to know their animals better. Animals Speak: Communication with Animals – Both Living and in Spirit answers some of those questions, and offers guidance for readers who want to develop their own intuition. Mortlock’s stories inspire the reader to deepen his or her relationship with the animals in their lives.

I was particularly impressed with her story about hearing a horse explain what he needed to recover from a disease. If you love animals, this book will increase your appreciation for their presence in our lives and the friendships that they offer. This is the story of a heartfelt connection between a human and the animals she meets.”

You can learn more about Patricia Mortlock and “Animals Speak” at https://readersfavorite.com/book-review/animals-speak where you can read reviews and the author’s biography, as well as connect with the author directly or through their website and social media pages.

Readers’ Favorite LLC
Media Relations
Louisville, KY 40202
800-RF-REVIEW

https://readersfavorite.com

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I truly hope you have enjoyed learning about our newest author to our reading den family of authors that CAT is honored to work with. Patricia has such a beautiful soul and a big heart when it comes to pets and animal care. The stories she has chosen to share with readers will not only inspire you, or even tug at your heart, but you will actually FEEL the positive energy and kindness she puts out in the world through this amazing new book of hers! Grab your copy today on Amazon.

Visit author: WebsiteFacebookTwitterGoodreadsAmazon,

You may connect with Patricia on her Social Media and I highly suggest giving her website a visit too! Pat does offer pet and animal readings. You may email her for a reading of your fur babies!
EMAIL: pat.mortlock@yahoo.com