Posts Tagged ‘black cats’

Back from the Frankfurt Book Fair.  I promise to post pics and a short wrap-up as soon as I get all caught up on everything that came in while I was away and all the new requests received at the fair.  In the meantime, a wonderful Halloween-themed interview with PJ Schnyder.  Comment below for a chance to win a copy of her new book, Hunting Kat!

With Halloween right around the corner I find myself fascinated by Black Cat superstitions.

There’s black cats and good fortune:

In Scotland, there’s a belief that a black kitten on the porch meant future happiness and riches. And while having a black cat cross one’s path is considered bad luck in America, in some European countries it could be good OR bad. If the black cat crosses from left to right, it portends good luck, while crossing in the other direction brings the opposite.

Then there’s black cats and health:

A black cat lying on a sick bed will bring death. Stroking a black cat ensures health and wealth. Cats suck the breath from babies. (I remember a creepy movie where the cat was actually protecting a boy from a troll stealing the child’s breath.)

PJ Schnyder: Author of sci-fi and paranormal romance, steampunk and urban fantasy

And what about black cats aboard ship?

In certain fishing communities, fishermen’s wives keep cats indoors to protect their men from peril while they’re away at sea. Also, there’s a sailor superstition that throwing a cat overboard would cause the ship to go down in a storm.

And here’s a personal favorite:

If a cat leaps over a corpse, the dead body will reanimate as a vampire.

So with all these superstitions, will a black cat lying in my lap as I write bring good word count? (Maybe…) Will a black cat lying on my keyboard mean I won’t get any words? (Seems likely unless I move the cat.)

I can say, though, that including a black cat in my sci-fi romance turned out pretty awesome and I don’t regret it. 😉

In Hunting Kat, Kaitlyn Darah shape shifts into a black panther. And  those superstitions about black cats might pop up to haunt her someday.

As a mercenary, Kat Darah doesn’t have to pass for a normal human. On the edge of the solar system, she’s just another biped. Most of the time.

Nearing the end of his military tour, Lt. Christopher Rygard debates the idea of hanging up his uniform for good. Looking for answers at the bottom of a glass of scotch, he meets Kat.

One shared night of mutual desire seems harmless. But when their tryst is interrupted by attackers hunting Rygard, Kat must reveal her other form, the predator beneath the human façade. Together they embark on a dangerous mission—a race against time to meet the enemy’s demands, while trying to deny the passion between them.

Rygard is faced with a terrible choice in the face of duty: Report the existence of a human turned shape-shifter. Or forget he ever met her.

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