Author Pavane Ravel Shares A New Release, Author News, & PR With Cat’s Readers and Friends. Book 2 of ‘The Other Shoes of Larry Martin’ Novel Series On Pre-Order Titled, “On Becoming Laurie Roberts.”




About the Author

Pavane Ravel is an acclaimed influential writer of political literary fiction and is the author of her introductory novel series, “The Other Shoes of Larry Martin” with book one released in Oct. 2021 titled “Revelation of Lies” and book two titled “On becoming Laurie Roberts” in Feb. 2023. Ravel’s books are available for purchase on her official website (pavaneravel.com), Amazon Books, and Amazon Kindle while being featured in many fine online books and reader sites.

Ravel has always wanted to be a full-time writer and finally has reached the point in life where that dream is a reality. She traveled extensively over the years and has seen nearly the entire United States, much of Canada, Europe, and some of South and Central America. Pavane also studied political science and journalism at universities in the United States and Europe.

Pavane is happily married and has raised successful grown children. She enjoys discussing economics after working as a commodities broker. She and her family reside in New York, and she shares her time concentrating on family, close friends, and writing. She also continues to enjoy international traveling.

For Pavane, who is passionate about politics and societal issues, these books and series are an important story to tell. Larry Martin is also a truly complex and fascinating character as a unique progressive hero. Pavane enjoys humor and loves to engage and connect with readers. She welcomes readers’ thoughts and comments through her website.



The E-Book Is Now On Pre-release Sale For Only $1.99 on Amazon Kindle >> https://www.amazon.com/Other-Shoes-Larry-Martin-Becoming-ebook/dp/B0BTWLDFH1/ This title will be auto-delivered to your Kindle on March 4, 2023.





Reader’s Favorite 5-Star Book Review & PR “On Becoming Laurie Roberts” Book 2 of the Larry Martin Series



For immediate release:

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

Readers’ Favorite announces the review of the Fiction – Drama book “The Other Shoes of Larry Martin: Book Two: On Becoming Laurie Roberts” by Pavane Ravel, currently available at http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0BTWLDFH1.



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Multi-Award-Winning Author Kim Carter Has Been Awarded Two Reader’s Favorite 5-Star Editorial Book Reviews For “A Clara & Iris Mystery” Novel Series For Books 1 and 2…




What a fantastic way to start out a New Year with not one, but two new 5-Star Editorial book reviews awarded by literary book influencers Reader’s Favorite, and this is exactly how Kim Carter is celebrating her new 2023!

Her two books, now a mystery series titled “A Clara and Iris Mystery” with Book One titled “Sweet Dreams, Baby Belle” and Book Two titled “Murder Among The Tombstones”… Book Three will be released SOON titled “The Root Of All Evil” of the novel series! Let’s learn more…



For immediate release:

Kim Carter’s books receive a warm literary welcome.

Readers’ Favorite announces the review of the Fiction – Mystery – Historical book “Sweet Dreams, Baby Belle: A Clara and Iris Mystery Series” by Kim Carter, currently available at http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0742KNK86.



Book Review For Sweet Dreams, Baby BelleReviewed by Jennifer Ibiam for Readers’ Favorite – Book One of ‘A Clara and Iris Mystery Series’

“Lizzy was a simple waitress who lived from one paycheck to the next.
Her life changed when the suave cardiac surgeon, Dr. Grant Chatsworth, came into the restaurant as a customer. The two fell in love, got married, and lived the fairytale. Unfortunately, things started going downhill six months after the wedding. Grant’s affection for Lizzie died, physical and emotional abuse stepped in, and she became a prisoner in her own home. The situation worsened when she discovered that the respectable yet arrogant doctor was involved in fraudulent drug research and would go to any lengths to achieve his dream. Grant imprisoned her in his gated estate, and she was in danger with no one to help her escape.

Follow the full story by reading Sweet Dreams, Baby Belle: A Clara and Iris Mystery Series by Kim Carter. Sweet Dreams, Baby Belle is a captivating story cloaked in mystery and intrigue. This is one of the most unpredictable stories I have read. I loved the plot, storyline, and development. The characters were outstanding, and there were lessons to be learned. For one, women should not let anyone strip them of their financial independence, no matter how little they earn. Also, any relationship that intentionally isolates you from your loved ones is an impending red flag. I love to see women step up to protect a sister, as we should. Mariana, Daisy, Clara, and Iris were heroines, and Lizzie was a courageous woman. I cannot get over the twist with Antoine Rayne. The enemy does indeed live within.

Kim Carter is a fantastic storyteller, and this is a great introductory novel.
Thank you for such a gripping but refreshing read.”



Readers’ Favorite announces the review of the Fiction – Mystery – Murder book “Murder Among The Tombstones (Book 2)” by Kim Carter, currently available at http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1947140035.


Second Book Review of ‘Murder Among The Tombstones’ – Reviewed by Viga Boland for Readers’ Favorite – Book Two of ‘A Clara and Iris Mystery Series’

“After I finished reading Murder Among the Tombstones, the second of the Clara and Iris Mystery Series, I found myself briefly thinking more about the incredible skill of the author, Kim Carter, than the story itself. How cleverly she hooked me in that exciting opening chapter about a young woman running from a predator in a dense forest! Then, she further reeled me in as police puzzled over why the corpse of a beautiful young woman was found gently wrapped in a pink blanket in a cemetery. All ready for what I anticipated would be a thrilling mystery murder, suddenly everything changed! A pair of delightful old biddies, Clara and Iris, whisked me into their newly acquired Private Eye office and had me in stitches with their humorous banter.

Well, what just happened was a novel approach to murder mystery writing by easing mounting tension with comic relief, not unlike what Shakespeare did in some of his tragedies. Initially, I wasn’t sure I liked this break in the plot, but these two lively seniors, with their chalk-and-cheese personalities, grew on me so much that I looked forward to their intrusions. The reserved, refined Clara was forever embarrassed by that outspoken, colorful flirt, Iris, who delighted in proving she was far from over the hill.

While Clara and Iris are trying to figure out how to run their agency and use their new iPhones, how does Carter manage to bring these two senior sleuths bang smack into the middle of the primary plot, where cops are being shot by drug-addicted felons and yet another young woman is running for her life from a serial killer? That, dear readers, is due to the remarkable writing skills of Kim Carter. It’s delightful to experience Carter bringing together such diverse characters for a unique spin on a murder mystery. Murder Among the Tombstones is an easy read, with the plot and sub-plots moving quickly thanks to the constant use of clever dialogue.

There’s an abundance of colorful characters, dramatic settings, a delightful amount of humor, and enough unexpected twists to keep the most ardent mystery fans guessing. But it’s the personalities of Clara and Iris that will have readers looking forward to the next book in this series.
Enjoy!”

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Now For a Special Sneak Peek of the Book Cover of Book Three “A Clara and Iris Mystery Series,” which is on this new book banner made and courtesy of Keith Marion Photography.

Kim’s new book will release in late Feb 2023 and is titled “The Root Of All Evil: Book 3 “A Clara and Iris Mystery!” Look at the very bottom right and you’ll see the COVER!


This Cat can hardly contain my literary excitement!!







New Cover Reveal, News, & Reviews. I Welcome Novelist Claudia Ricci To Cat’s Reading Den. Claudia is Our Newest Author To Lyon Literary Services Fine Family of Writers.


Hello and Welcome, Readers, Friends, and New Visitors,

I am delighted and honored to introduce our newest author to our literary family of fantastic authors, Ms. Claudia Ricci.

Claudia and I have been friends and have been connected for a long time through mutual friends and social media. She currently has three published novels and a brand-new release coming in a few weeks titled “Pearly Everlasting.”

So, as a special treat for all of the readers and friends who visit, I talked her into letting me share her cover for the new book! I have to admit, this woman has been on fire since we began working together. I’ll be sharing all her literary news with you as well. Let me start by sharing who this fabulous woman is as an artist and writer and share some of her current books with you too. But first?


The Book Cover Reveal For Author Claudia Ricci’s “Pearly Everlasting.”



“ABOUT THE NEW NOVEL UPCOMING RELEASE of PEARLY”

Telling stories that heal has come to be very important to me. Pearly Everlasting,” a novel I started writing many years ago, tells the story of Salvia Fischetti, a painter tortured by guilt over her daughter’s death. Morgan Pochyrus is a biker poet consumed by guilt over secrets in his past. The pair’s unlikely meeting—and valiant attempts to save an infant facing a life-threatening illness —lead both characters toward healing in an unexpected way.



About The Author Claudia Ricci

Claudia Ricci, Ph.D., is an American Author, an influential and seasoned writer of literary fiction, and an accomplished painter.

Claudia is a former writer for The Wall Street Journal and a prize-winning reporter for the Chicago Sun-Times. She published her first novel, Dreaming Maples, in 2002 after being nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Seeing Red, her second novel, was released in January 2011, and Sister Mysteries came out in 2018. Her new book will be released in the Fall of 2022 titled ‘Pearly Everlasting.’ All of her novels are available on Amazon and featured as her subsequent titles on fine literary sites.

Ricci’s short fiction has been published in numerous literary magazines nationwide, including Alaska Quarterly Review, North Dakota Quarterly, Bayou, Yemassee, Barkeater, The Adirondack Review, The MacGuffin, and Another Chicago Magazine. Her non-fiction writing has appeared in The New York Times, Business Week, Parents magazine, the Huffington Post, and The Washington Post.

Claudia earned her Ph.D. in English (Teaching, Writing, and Criticism) from the University of Albany, SUNY, in 1996. She taught English, journalism, and creative writing at the University for 14 years and did a year-long teaching sabbatical at Georgetown University in 2009. Claudia is not writing she enjoys reading good books, traveling, canoeing, and painting. She and her husband reside in North Egremont, Massachusetts. (Her paintings can be viewed at https://www.claudiariccipaintings.com.)


Literary News & 5-Star Editorial Book Review & Press Release Awarded By Reader’s Favorite For Claudia’s New E-Book Release of “Seeing Red”…




For immediate release:

The authors’ new book receives a warm literary welcome.

Readers’ Favorite announces the review of the Fiction – Literary book “Seeing Red” by Claudia Ricci, currently available at http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0BHL1KR77.

Readers’ Favorite is one of the most significant 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 Asher Syed for Readers’ Favorite

Seeing Red by Claudia Ricci is a work of literary fiction that revolves around the life of a woman named Ronda. Ronda’s youth and her evolution as a promising dancer start Ricci’s novel off. Ronda’s story begins to really take flight following a date she had as a college teenager with her professor, which started with some cinnamon and ended sometime later with Ronda having a baby. Fast forward, and Ronda is an adult with an incredible son and a husband lugging his suitcase out the door because Ronda is pregnant again. Also, it’s not his, and she’s having an affair, but that’s actually the best part. Ronda is in the midst of her own personal Renaissance and has her own suitcases to lug. Things come full circle when the “How long?” her husband shouts is the exact same phrase she shouts herself, and that’s when we really see Ronda live for what she loves. To dance.

Claudia Ricci is an exceptionally talented author who has the ability to elicit a long groan and a surprised laugh from a reader in the same breath. Ronda is fully fleshed and authentic; she is a likable character; through this, we see the pure gold of Ricci’s prose in Seeing Red. It’s probably the most amusing dialogue; the acerbic voice of the narrative that can turn painful moments into cleverly worded quips is a bonus. I’m confident there was a ‘Meet Virginia’ pun, but I was devouring the story so fast I may have just hoped for it. As for ancillary characters, nobody is given mercy in Ricci’s witty portrayal, but it’s interesting that we don’t begrudge the character for their failings. Ronda is perfectly imperfect. Ronda’s way of dealing with problems is to run, often into the arms of the unworthy, but don’t mistake this for a romance novel.

Seeing Red is a coming of age for those of us who are coming of age in a different way, and it’s beautiful to witness the drive of a person who persists even when she’s told, “Lo Siento Pero no es possible.” Very highly recommended.”

You can learn more about Claudia Ricci and “Seeing Red” at https://readersfavorite.com/book-review/seeing-red/4 where you can read reviews and the author’s biography or with the author directly or through their website and social media pages.

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Cat sure hopes you have enjoyed learning all about my dear friend and fellow author, Claudia Ricci.

You can connect with Claudia through her social media, or I highly suggest you visit her website and her fantastic blog! I know you will thank this CAT later after you do!


And all her novels make a great Holiday Gift idea too!

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Author Interview With Award-Winning Writer of Health, Wellness, and Fitness Books. Meet Author Doug Setter. He’ll Get You Healthy For Summer!


Health, Fitness, and Wellness Books



Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.

I was born and grew up in Surrey, B.C. Canada served in the military as a Morse code operator, paratrooper, and UN peacekeeper (former Yugoslavia 1993). I hold a Bachelor of Human Ecology (Nutrition) and competed in kickboxing in Canada and Hong Kong, and at the age of 40, I won a welterweight championship.

I have worked as a crime reporter and have written over 100 articles and six books, including Reduce Your Alcohol Craving, One Less Victim: a crime prevention manual, Train Her Confident: Women’s Kickboxing, Stomach Flattening, and Selo (award winning fiction novel).


What is the name of your best book, and what inspired it?

Simple Secrets to Handle Your Alcohol Better: Student’s Edition. I was inspired to publish my research about drinking in college so that people can enjoy their alcohol without addiction or the side effects. During the writing of my next book, “Reduce Your Alcohol Craving,” my own sister died of alcohol poisoning. At this point, I pushed my doubt as a writer aside and just kept writing.


Do you have any unusual writing habits?

I set up a schedule to write at least a page at a time and then pay myself a dollar an hour or a dollar a page. On the weekends, I spend the money on something fun, like a movie, a trip up Grouse Mountain, or an exotic meal. I guess that may be unusual to other writers. Lol.


What authors or books have influenced you?

Authors who have influenced me have been Andrew H. Vachss, Louis L’Amour, David Liss, and Stephen King. The most influential books: are Strega by Andrew Vachss, Breaking Writer’s Block Now! by Jerry Mundis, On Writing by Stephen King, and Will by G. Gordon Liddy.


What are you working on now?

Fitness/Body Shaping book for women based on the 1920s to 1970s actresses and models. It seems to be the return of the hourglass shape/figures which were so popular in the Miss America and Playboy models in the early 20th century. Many body shapes, sizes, and types have become more accepted in our society for women, which is a good thing. A person’s weight or pounds shouldn’t matter if men and women look and feel good and are in good health.

Health & Wellness Books ~ Doug Setter


What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?

Public speaking and word of mouth have been successful methods. Otherwise, articles linking to my website are also effective, and I have the current help of a great marketing woman, Catherine Lyon of ‘Lyon Literary Services’ who has been a success with increasing sales, reviews, and book exposure.

Do you have any advice for new authors?
1. Write what people are interested in and do your research.
2. Write like you are working, exercising, or studying. Put aside the time, but do not overdo it.


What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Keep training and working towards something. You are going to get old anyway. LOL!


What are you reading now?
No Angel: My Harrowing Undercover Journey to the Inner Circle of the Hell’s Angels by Jay Dobyns

What’s next for you as a writer?
How-to videos I’m now looking into making for the fitness/wellness side and working on that new book I mentioned above.

If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?
The Lives of Great Men by Plutarch
The Bible
The Koran



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The ‘Rising Wind’ Book Series Is A Must Read For Fans of Cross-Genre Action-Adventure Mystery With Interest in Willy Beasts, Archaeology, World Religion & Paleontology. Article Excerpts, & Reviews. Series by Diane Olsen.


Written By Award-Winning Author Diane Olsen



Multi-Award-Winning Author Diane Olsen and Novel Series ~ Rising Wind ~ Books one through four are now available on Amazon in paperback, e-book, and within Kindle Unlimited.

Here are just some of what readers and book reviewers are raving about after reading this action and suspense-filled novel series. Several of the books in this series are now award-winning books. Here is what Reader’s Favorite shared about books one thru three. Placed on book three but shares the flair for the first three books of this series.





Reviewed by Scott Cahan for Readers’ Favorite

The Weeping God and the Book of Hope is part three in the Rising Wind series by Diane Olsen. This book is actually a prequel to the first two books, so it’s not necessary to have read those first. The two lead characters, Sage Dalton and L.W. are the parents of the main character in the other Rising Wind books. Although the characters are different and it is set in an earlier time period, the tone of the book is very similar.

This time they discover an ancient text in a Mexican desert tomb that leads Sage, L.W., and a group of fellow explorers to Tibet where they find themselves in the middle of a war. Even with danger at every turn, they still manage to discover secret caves that lead them toward an elusive yet powerful Book of Hope. The Weeping God and the Book of Hope, just like the other books in Diane Olsen’s series, combine three strong story elements to make for a fun, exciting, and educational read.

First, and foremost, her books have a superb cast of characters that readers can easily relate to. They care about each other, work together to achieve a common goal, laugh together, and cry together. Second, her stories revolve around rare ancient discoveries found all around the world. Much like the great Indiana Jones films, each new discovery comes with an element of danger. Sometimes the danger comes from a person or an organization that wants to keep the discovery for themselves, or the danger comes from the object itself, or sometimes it’s a little of both. The third common theme is an embracing of all world religions.

Religion is somehow intertwined with each rare find that the characters make. I appreciate the way Ms. Olsen always characterizes the religious elements in her stories in a positive light, as the hope of mankind rather than the way most works of fiction portray religion in a negative sense as mankind’s biggest problem. This book is a fun read filled with colorful characters and lots of action. I recommend it for fans of character-driven adventure who like to learn about science, ancient civilizations, and world religions along the way. I highly, highly recommend reading this series!


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Book Four Has Now Been Released in the Rising Wind Series
Titled: Like Feathers Of A Wing, Deep, Informative, & Pertinent has also garnished a new 5-Star Book Review by Reader’s Favorite!



Speaking about those “Wild Willy Beasts” in this review above, Diane was invited to write an article about the many supposed extinct willy creatures the cast of characters Secora and Gideon come upon or rub shoulders with like the Bear Dog. So, here is how Diane described this beast within her article through some excerpts from it. Just as you’ll read in book one “The Thunder Beings” to book four? I have no clue how much Diane had to research all of these beasts living or NOT within this series, but they do come alive within them!

Book One The Thunder Beings of Rising Wind Series


WHAT ABOUT THE BEAR DOG?

“When I first heard of American hyenas or hyena-like creatures, weird wolves, or strange dog-like animals in America I thought hmmm, let’s take a look. Was there a basis in the fossil record for the accounts of hyena-like creatures in North America? I wasn’t readily familiar with the bone-crushing carnivores of the last few million years so I wanted to do some digging to see the options.”

Before I continue, I’d like to share that most of my online sources were from Wikipedia or Wiki-Fandom and also Lon Strickler – a well-known Fortean researcher, a prolific author and media personality, and publisher of Phantoms and Monsters blog which he started in 2005. I also found fossil articles and newspaper references along with random bits from here and there, most of which I reference in the text.

If you look at the phylogeny the mammalian Order of Carnivora is composed of two branches – Caniformia, and Feliformia which is the archetypal suborder that encompasses all of the so-called “cat-like” predators including cats, viverrids – a group comprised of civets, fossae, meerkats – and surprisingly, hyenas. Some witnesses referred to seeing hyena hybrids. It is easy to eliminate actual wolf-hyena crosses because crossing a wolf with a hyena would be like breeding a lion with a hyena – zero chance of success – more likely to be a deadly encounter.

Later I moved into the canine suborder to look at bears, wolverines, and wolves. I chose to eliminate accounts of actual wolves and the rest of the canids with their long ears, tails, and snouts. Wolf-hybrids, coyotes, jackals, foxes, and dogs were genetically different animals from the family of Hyaenidae, and most of them weren’t as big as the animals in the descriptions – or they were the wrong shapes.

There were a couple of fierce predatory red herrings that didn’t fall into the cat or dog categories. For example, mammals like carnivorous pigs and the Hyenadonts. The pigs pretty much spoke for themselves – as pigs do. The latter were creodonts, named for their unusual teeth. They had been ferocious wolf-sized predators unrelated to hyenas, which vanished at the same time as the ancestors of present-day carnivores, leaving no living descendants as far as we can tell.

The prehistoric prototypes for all mammalian carnivores had once lived in forests and originally had retractable claws. When most of the early predators descended from trees in order to chase or bushwhack their prey, the cat-like creatures split into several distinct lineages in order to hunt and scavenge the rivers and grasslands along with other successful land predators like the Phorusrhacids, commonly known as terror birds. Many retained their retractable or semi-retractable claws, but the trait disappeared early on for the canines while overtime for others like the bears.

It’s easy to lose track of time while gazing at bizarre images and artists’ reconstructions of some of the oddest members of the Viverridae, a family which is currently composed of nearly thirty of the most interesting housecat-sized creatures on this planet. Check out the linsang, a furry critter that sometimes walks as slowly and deliberately as a chameleon. Civets and genets still spend much or all of their time in trees. Interestingly, a number of African civets have crests or manes running down their necks and backs which rise up when they are agitated, like hyenas, and they display an extensive range of coat colors. Except for their slender faces, some even look like ancestral forms of hyenas, but I have a feeling they are way too tiny for most of the accounts I found.

Moving on to the four recognized living hyenas; none is native to the Americas. As cute as the Aardwolf is, it’s way too small – built more like a tiny kit fox. Unlike its savanna ravaging cousins, it doesn’t kill wildlife or livestock just insects. It sleeps under the cover of bushes, trees, or rocks to avoid being overheated during the day. Only a few remain in the southern part of the Kalahari Desert, and the coastal areas of southwest Africa. The range for beautiful brown hyenas is also declining. In the south, it is rare or possibly even extinct. Brown hyenas are used in traditional rituals, and for medicine. They are also poisoned and trapped – mostly because people think they kill livestock. Some argue they don’t, but they do kill wild animals.



Another Excerpt of The Bear Dog Research

Wikipedia article noted that in 1909 an enormous black “freak wolf” was shot in Idaho’s Boise National Forest. Apart from its great size, its back and other parts of its body were “covered with a heavy growth of black hair, resembling somewhat the coat of a Newfoundland dog except that it was heavier and coarser, and it was bob-tailed.”

Local hunters, trappers, and Indians were all unfamiliar with it, and biologists who examined the skin and skull in Washington, D.C. stated that the animal was not a hybrid, and that “the only specimen that resembles it at all closely” was another specimen from Idaho’s Priest River Forest.

Since 1991 ‘hyenas’ have been reported in killing wildlife and livestock in Alberta, Idaho, and Montana, in 1995 and again in 2005.

In 2004 a large, hyena-like animal was reported as prowling around killing dogs in rural Maine. The beast was sighted by dozens of witnesses including policemen, all of whom said it looked just like a hyena.

Observers listed on Lon Strickler’s site saw an animal on two different occasions in the Adirondacks, which were suggestive of hyenas, but different. The witnesses wondered what else it could be. ‘Well, I thought I’d seen it all … I have no idea what this was, other than to say it was a hyena… It was very large; 150-175 pounds, had a long bushy tail, a brindle, wiry, spotted brown black and gray coat, with a powerful predatory build.

It had a thick lower jaw, rounded ears located high on the diamond-shaped head, and what appeared to be a mane running down the neck and back. Its hind legs were noticeably shorter, much thicker, and more powerfully muscled than the front so that the animal sloped down to the powerful rear.’ Needless to say, the long tail isn’t a modern hyena trait – and the mention of a black-brown and gray coat was interesting and unexpected.

He found a reference to the ‘American Hyena’ that turned out to be a conglomeration of the original Shunka Warak’in stories, Ringdocus, etc. The witness said the latter “was too small, pig-like, and the legs were far too scrawny and less canine than what we saw, it also possessed a longer straight coat and thinner snout.”

This would make a good comparison of a running hyena and a Borophagine. Some articles make what I feel is a mistake by lumping all the strange hyena or canid sightings into a single category for convenience – despite the obvious differences in morphology.

A number of late 2016 hyena sightings in Pennsylvania were reported to Lon Strickler and Stan Gordon. In one sighting, a correspondent and their mother were driving through Pike County and encountered a hyena-like animal by the side of a road which the eyewitness initially took for a hyena. It was described as weighing about 200 to 300 pounds, had a sloping back, and had rather long brown/black fur, especially around its shoulders that stood up a couple of inches from the body.

It’s a toss-up whether the following two sightings should also be considered as bone-crushing dogs or an Amphicyon bear dogs – because of their supersize.

A large creature was reported by a police officer in the Hockomock Swamp in Massachusetts, in 2016. Officer, Hadley, described the animal as a hyena-like dog and very large, perhaps 7′ tall if it had stood upright. Similar animals had previously been reported from the region.

In another Lon Strickler report from 2016, a man saw some sort of canid standing along a side road close to a bamboo thicket when he drove to a nearby creek to fish late one afternoon between Madera and Chowchilla in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. “It stood there almost as if it was not threatened by my presence… and seemed to take note of me but not flee.

It was hunched forward in stature almost like a hyena but not quite. It had wiry dark grey hair and walked in kind of a slinking motion, with its back (estimating) about 5 to 5 1/2 feet off the ground. It surveyed the area for a couple more seconds and slowly disappeared into the bamboo. I was perplexed as hell because the only canids in the area were foxes and Coyotes.”

Five to five and a half feet tall is significantly taller than a hyena or the small wolf-sized Ringdocus at twenty-eight inches tall and with the slender snout of a running hyena, or any regular wolf. In fact, the last two of these animals were so large they could have been placed in the bear dog category.

Legends surround a creature that has been reported from Alaska to northern Michigan. This enigmatic beast hails from the remote, cold regions of the north, where Native tribes in the Nahanni Valley of the Canadian Northwest Territories have long spoken of an enormous wolf-like beast that stalks the frozen wastelands called the Waheela. It’s usually said to look very similar to a wolf, but much larger, more muscular, and heavily built, and with shorter stockier legs that are longer in the front than in the back. The Waheela’s body is said to be almost bear-like in its shape and massive in quality.

The animal is often described as having disproportionately large feet that are almost like snowshoes, with widely spaced toes, and a broader, more formidable head and smaller ears, than a normal wolf. Some reports mention a dark-colored beast though there is at least one report of one having long white fur – perhaps seasonal like the arctic fox. At least one eyewitness sighting has described the beast as being like “a wolf on steroids,” standing around 3 and a half feet at the shoulder, which is far larger than a typical wolf.

It is a solitary hunter rather than a pack animal like wolves and most other canids and is said to have various supernatural powers. Interestingly, the Waheela’s main territory of the Nahanni Valley is also known for its disappearances and deaths, with human corpses found minus their heads leading to the rather ominous nickname “The Headless Valley.” Some blame these mysterious deaths on the presence of the Waheela, and indeed the valley is wreathed in dark legends of the numerous evil spirits said to inhabit it.

Ontario, Canada has its own version of the Waheela called the ‘Ontario White Wolf.’

But several stories suggest animals that were even larger. In fact, one man saw a beast from the seat of his truck at a distance of thirty feet. This 2020 sighting of a cow-sized American hyena in Pennsylvania was reported to Lon Strickler. The man said he was seized with genuine life-threatening fear.

The sighting occurred around 3:00 AM on 14 July 2020, near Shippensburg. The eyewitness noticed what he had first assumed was a cow lying in an open field. When he illuminated the area with his torch the animal rose up from the ground in a slow lumbering and purposeful action. “As it came up on all 4’s the creature stood about five to six feet tall at its shoulder blades. In my truck I’m elevated and I sit about that high from the ground.


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The creature was about 30 feet from me and I know if I stood toe to toe with it the head would be taller than I, and I’m 6 feet… the back of this creature was facing me. It then turned its head into my light and the lens flare off its eyes was a yellow-green color… the eyes were facing FORWARD. This was a predatory creature. Not a damn cow! Heat and cold washed over my body, and I felt genuine life-threatening fear take over.” He couldn’t move and sat in the middle of the road knowing he was low on the food chain at that moment.

“It continued to measure me for what felt forever and it suddenly turned its head, and tore off faster than I could know. My pathetic guess is about 30 to 40 mph as it darted away. And after all this, the only thing I could think was that it was some form of giant hyena. The most terrifying real-life creature I’ve ever witnessed and it was gone so fast.” Other sightings involved attacks on vehicles by giant wolf-dogs or ferocious hyena-like creatures as in two accounts collected by Josh Turner and Tony Luong of Paranormal Round Table.

One night in the early 1990s near Odessa Texas, Oil workers left work at 9 pm in a couple of pickups. An animal ran out of the forest and bit a truck tire causing one vehicle to swerve and brush a passing car. Apparently, the animal was run over by a second vehicle but it still fled back into the woods – at high speed. Witnesses described a very large hyena-like beast the size of a big hog, weighing between four and five hundred pounds with its tail tucked between its legs. Witnesses supposed it would measure between five to six feet tall at the shoulders.

On a second late-night in Texas in 2013, at around 11 pm, a couple saw ‘an enormous prehistoric-looking, almost horse-sized hyena, as tall as the car and about half as long, with a ridged or humped back. It had rings around its body which culminated at the top of its head.

At first, they mistook it for a tumbleweed as it ran alongside their car, hunched forward in stature almost like a hyena but not quite. It banged into the car, denting it, but was still able to run off into the woods.

Were there misidentifications, maybe? Were people describing something like a bear or a buffalo? Not likely in the accounts I chose, but possible. Might they be flesh and blood remnants of supposedly extinct or nearly extinct predatory species?  In the end stories of hyena-type beasts far outweighed the staunch denials of their existence based on spotty fossil records. Rather than weigh in on the validity of the accounts, I decided to see where the evidence given in the descriptions would lead – and I was amazed.

Can’t wait for more DNA testing and dashcam footage. That’s it, and thank you for taking the time to read about the bear dog!

~Diane Olsen, Author

BIOGRAPHY

Award-Winning Author Diane Olsen, a seasoned writer, began with a non-fiction book titled; “Ancient Ways: The Roots of Religion,” which won a bronze medallion from the Christian Illuminations Book Awards in 2017. Diane’s “Rising Wind” book series has also won several awards. “The Thunder Beings” was released in 2018. “Ice and Bone” and “The Weeping God and The Book of Hope” were released in mid-2021. “Weeping God” garnished her a second bronze medal win in 2021. Book four has now been released in March 2022 titled “Like Feathers of a Wing: Deep, Informative and Pertinent.” Visit the author:  WebsiteFacebookTwitterGoodreadsAmazon,







We Welcome Award-Winning Graphic Designer and Author Deborah L. Perdue to Cat’s Reading Den. Sharing Deb’s New Book, an Interview, and Book News. . .


Author Deborah L. Perdue



Welcome Readers, Friends, and Visitors.

Cat is happy you are here and came by to meet our newest author and writer to “The Reading Den!”
Meet Author Deborah L. Perdue.


All About The Author Who Shares Inspiration & Gratitude With Readers:

Deborah Perdue is the author of five books on her favorite topic and passion, gratitude. She also teaches workshops, and classes and facilitates women’s retreats on the topic of gratitude, abundance, and how to live a life of peace and joy. It has been her passion to help others transform their lives and her own life through her spiritual path and the power of being grateful! She has been a Center for Spiritual Living licensed practitioner for over 14 years.

She writes spiritual articles and blog posts on gratitude. They have been published online and in local publications. Deborah writes ‘Daily Gratitude Reflections’ to her subscriber email list for over seven years! She was first introduced to the practice of gratitude on a daily basis at the Center for Spiritual Living in the Rogue Valley.

It is her intention that her gratitude journals and books will be a blessing to others who wish to uplift their consciousness by practicing gratitude. The spiritual classes she facilitates encourage others in their transformation to awakening.

In 1994, Deborah received two Bachelor’s Degrees (Cum Laude) from Sonoma State University, in English (emphasis: creative writing) and Studio Art (with emphasis: photography). Her graphic design business, Illumination Graphics, is a rewarding and prospering business that she loves. Deb is an accomplished book designer with over 20 years of experience, and she chooses to specialize in the design of spiritual book covers.

Living in the country in Oregon, her home office overlooks beautiful forested land and is near the famous Rogue River where she, her husband, and two dogs visit and swim, almost every day in the summer. She hails from the Bay Area, CA. where she spent 45 years until moving to Southern Oregon.


About The New Book Release TitledDaily Gratitude Reflections: 365 Inspirational Daily Guides to Grateful Living.”


Would you like to be a happier, more peaceful, and positive person?

Practicing gratitude each day is well worth the effort. It is the power to transform negative thinking, limited perceptions, low vibration emotions (such as anger, depression, anxiety ), and how you experience life in general. Peace, joy, and a brighter outlook are natural consequences of flowing gratitude.

Uncovering things to be grateful for, even in challenging moments, is a skill most of us need to be taught, and then we need to practice it. Most of us would benefit greatly from having a good example, a wise teacher, and a simple way to practice gratitude each day.

This book is such a guide.

Gratitude mastered, becomes a Super Power of sorts that can transform our perspective and worldview, resulting in more peace and joy and reducing stress.

Deborah Perdue has written five books on Gratitude. She offers online classes and annual retreats to teach others how to live Gratitude in the same manner she used to transform her own life.

Daily Gratitude Reflections is a gratitude devotional loaded with daily inspiration. It is a beautiful, easy read, filled with pearls of wisdom, powerful quotes, the author’s personal reflections, and beautiful, inspiring full-color photos on each page. This gratitude devotional is a lovely guide to becoming happier, more positive, and peaceful, harnessing the power of living with a heart full of gratitude.

“I ‘had never realized how much there really is to be grateful for every day. Deborah’s Daily Gratitudes helped to transform my thinking and fill me with a new sense of wonder.”- Kimberly Bowmen


If you would like to receive inspirational insights from the author to your inbox, Monday-Friday, to guide you on your daily “Spiritual Scavenger Hunt,” you may email Deborah at: info@GraceofGratitude.com

A Special Treat For Cat’s Readers! For a limited time, you can read Deborah’s new E-book Release from Book Funnel while they last! Just visit the link and download your copy NOW!
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Author INTERVIEW With Deborah Perdue 🤗
(Courtesy of Awesome Gang Book Site)


What inspires you to write?
Writing about spirituality inspires me greatly. In particular, writing about gratitude, and inspiring others to be more grateful in their lives is very fulfilling to me. Becoming a gratitude aficionado in my own life in 2012 informs me of how very powerful a daily gratitude practice is, and I like to share this knowledge.


Tell us about your writing process?
I tend to write short pieces. When I write, I like best to use pen and paper, and then type on my computer where I also edit. I write daily because I send out Daily Gratitude Reflections and this keeps me always writing which I love to do.


Who are YOUR favorite authors?
Spiritually, I enjoy Mark Nepo, Michael A. Singer, Brene Brown, Caroline Myss, Deepak Chopra, and Wayne Dyer, to name just a few. Fiction-wise, I enjoy modern psychological drama and mysteries. A few authors to name are Kristen Hannah, Judi Picoult, and Susan Clayton-Goldner. I also love Toni Morrison, Anne Lamott, and Maya Angelou. Loved Michelle Obama’s book “Becoming.”


What genre do you enjoy reading for pleasure?

Modern psychological fiction and also modern mysteries.


What advice would you give other writers?

If you love what you are writing about, keep going! Never give up. Writing is a wonderful form of creativity.


How did you decide how to publish your books?

I self-publish through my own publishing company Applegate Valley Publishing. I wanted to publish my first Grace of Gratitude Journal and did, and then others followed. Inspiration gratitude books and one more beautiful journal.


What do you think about the future of book publishing?

Books will always be loved by many. A lot of people like me prefer touching the pages of a physical book. Print books will have their place and ebooks are now popular too.

Lastly, what is one quirky thing readers don’t know about you?

Sometimes my husband has to remind me to be grateful if I’m in a bad mood. LOL!

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I highly suggest you give Deborah a visit to her fabulous website to see all five books she has published and readers can connect with her on social media too by clicking these links:

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