1. The inspiration for the cat café series came when I noticed lots of sweet, small-town romance series involving dogs, but few with cats. I think it's because dogs clearly bring people together – think dog parks, walking your dog, obedience training – while cats don't. Until you consider cat cafés.
2. Cat cafés are real, with over 200 of them around the world. People pay a fee or buy food and drink in exchange for the chance to hang out with cats. Most cat cafés partner with a rescue organization, so the cats are adoptable. This gives visitors a chance to spend more quality time with the cats before they choose one. People who can't keep a cat in the home for whatever reason can at least visit some.
3. The tropes are second chance romance with a holiday setting. A reader said, “I found Christmas Cookies to be an engaging, feel-good read which came at the perfect time right before the holidays.”
4. The characters in this book are 53, making this a “mature romance” or one with “seasoned characters.” One reader said, “I especially appreciated Bock’s insights into a ‘second chance romance’ as it reflects on the hopes and fears in a later-life relationship I’m experiencing in my own life.”
5. This is book 5 in a series of 6. Each book stands alone, but characters from other books may appear. Book one in the series, Coffee and Crushes at the Cat Café, is free at all retailers! Find it at Kobo, B&N/Nook, or Apple/iTunes, or at the Amazon pages below. You can also check out the Furrever Friends Cat Café with a free sweet romance novella complete at 35 pages. Get Lions and Love at the Cat Café free when you sign up for the Kris Bock email newsletter here.
Christmas Cookies at the Cat Café:a Furrever Friends Sweet Romance
Christmas isn’t the same since Diane’s kids grew up and her husband died – so when her high school sweetheart comes back to town, maybe it’s time for some cozy new holiday traditions.
Diane had a great marriage and a wonderful life. Now she’s a widow at 53, and her grown children are encouraging her to slow down and do less – but she wants more. She starts planning for a new career by arranging a photo shoot at the cat café her daughters run. Unfortunately, the cats won’t cooperate.
Rick loved Diane in high school, but he chose to travel the world while she settled down with another man. Now he’s back for a visit, but he’s not planning to stay – even if Diane still tugs at him. He’ll help her get what she wants from life, and then he’ll say goodbye.
Rick temps Diane to quit her job, sell her house, and travel. But she can’t leave the people she loves so dearly, the family that might still need her just a little bit. Diane tempts Rick to end his wandering ways, but he can’t simply step into the hole left by her husband’s death. As the weeks pass from Thanksgiving to Christmas, the holiday season brings out complicated emotions.
Can Diane and Rick find a way to make a new life together while holding onto the best parts of the past? They'll need more than attraction and affection. They might even need a Christmas miracle.
The Furrever Friends Sweet Romance series features the workers and customers at a small-town cat café, and the adorable cats and kittens looking for their forever homes. Each book is a complete story with a happy ending for one couple (and maybe more than one rescued cat). These sweet romances will leave you with the warm feeling of cuddling a purring cat.
About Kris Bock
Kris writes romance, mystery, and suspense, and she’s writing a series with her brother, scriptwriter Douglas J Eboch, who wrote the original screenplay for the movie Sweet Home Alabama (yes, the movie starring Reese Witherspoon). This young adult comedy series features “Felony Melanie,” Jake, and their friends a decade before the events of the movie. Readers called the first two books “Laugh out loud funny.”