Monday, June 9, 2014

BOOK:The Spotted Tail by TT Underfoot

The Spotted Tail is the first book in the The Spotted series. It is a young adult fantasy fiction novel. It is rated E for Everyone.

Action, adventure, flying cubes that take the place of cars, transporting their passengers to shops, restaurants, offices, and their homes, in seconds flat.......this futuristic book will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Oh and cats! Let's not forget the cats! Author TT Underfoot has taken her knowledge of Bengal Cats and  applied it to the cats in The Spotted Tail, making them come to life on the pages!

"Seriously, you do not train Bengals.
  Bengals train you."


FROM SPOTTED TAILS BOOKS:On her twelfth birthday, her grandma gives her an exotic spotted cat named Tache.  As soon as their eyes meet, Paxine finds she can see and hear through Tache’s eyes and ears.  She thinks Tache is special, but her grandma says it’s the other way around.  Paxine is the one who is special.  She can talk to cats and cats can talk to her.  However, Paxine thinks her grandma is a little special, too.  How many grandmas teach you how to read lips in order to eavesdrop?
"Tache"
Photo from http://www.underfootbengals.com/

Her dad thinks Tache is trouble and isn’t happy about a curious cat compromising his security.   But how do you blame a kitten for intruders in the house?  Or Explosives?  And poison?
Paxine is discovering everyone seems to have a secret; secrets that need to stay secret.  There is her great Uncle Garon who is a master gadget maker, who seems to think it’s best to have a weapon that isn’t a weapon.  Her grandma is the director of an organization within which cats are Tail Guards, who protect the special people who can understand them.
  
Paxine finds herself relying more and more on Tache as the security of her parents crumbles around her.  Even her grandma seems to be having security issues.  And why is everyone worried about the approaching Charity Gala Ball?  Aren’t parties supposed to be fun?  What is this Child Protection Act that is upsetting her grandma?  Is it coincidence that Paxine’s dad can’t seem to protect his own daughter?  Or is someone making it appear that way?

Can Tache, her Tail, keep protecting her in the adult world of politics and murder?  He is just a kitten after all.  Isn’t he?

Author TT Underfoot lives in a small town in North Eastern Wisconsin. However, TT has extensive knowledge in the world of computers, has traveled world-wide, and runs a cattery raising Bengals (www.underfootbengals.com). All of the Tails(Bengals) represented in the books, reflect real Bengals and their behaviors. TT often sits with a Bengal in the lap (often Tache, himself), listening to his or her stories (often exaggerated), and writing them down. 

"Tache"
photo from http://www.underfootbengals.com/

THE MEANING OF A "TAIL"
What is a "Tail?" We call our cats, "cats" but in The Spotted Tail, your cat is a "Tail." Your "tail" Garon tells Paxine;  "cats have always been Tails. It's not the Tail that is special, like you think Tache is special. The person they protect is special. It takes a special person to understand a Tail. To everyone who sees him, he's a cat. However, you don't see a cat. You see a friend, a companion. You can talk to him. He talks to you. You understand each other. You are part of each other."

"It's unfortunate that our Tails live such shorter lives than we do."

An action-packed book set in the future that features Bengal Cats as the magical beings that they are, blessed with fictional "super powers" and genetic traits based on fact, it doesn't get much better than The Spotted Tail.  

FROM THE AUTHOR: All cats depicted in this book are real. If you see yourself in this book, then you know me, otherwise I made you up.


ISBN/EAN13:
1456421204 / 9781456421205
Page Count:
270
Related Categories:
Juvenile Fiction / Mysteries & Detective Stories






48 comments:

  1. Sounds like a great book!

    Purrs xx
    Athena and Marie

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  2. Sounds like a good read. Must make some time to sit outside and have a good read. Have a marvellous Monday Caren and Cody.
    Best wishes Molly

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    1. It is! Come on over! I have MORE than enough to share with you! MOL!

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  3. Sounds like a great read! Thanks for sharing! :-) Have a great week! :-D xoxo Roxy & Tigerlino <3

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    1. It most definitely is! You are welcome and thank you! You have a great week too! xoxo

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  4. Sounds like an interesting book! Great review, as always.

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    1. Thanks so much Ingrid it was! Super futuristic.....the "cube" idea just blew me away, loved how people have their "tail" protecting them for the rest of their lives, no different than any of our cats!

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  5. Cute! Interesting idea for a story too!

    Hugs, Sammy

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  6. Nice review and story line. Thanks for sharing this with us! ;-)

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  7. Sounds like an intriguing book. Love the photos Wishing much success to the author.

    Thoughts in Progress

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  8. Sounds like a great read!
    So glad you share your book reviews with us! Love them!
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

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    1. It is Jenna! Thank you so much and thank you for reading! xoxo

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  9. Sounds like an interesting book. Caren, we didn't know for sure either what a Meezer is but I believe it is a Siamese cat. So there ya go, something to write about. Have a great day.

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    1. Thank you Marg! Right after I left that comment I read Layla's blog and yep, she mentioned they are Siamese cats! Thank you! You have a great day too!

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  10. WOW!nnThat sounds like a very good tale about tails!

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  11. Bengals are such beauties. But I bet they are a handful alright.

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  12. This book sounds very interesting! I like the fantasy of hearing through the cat!

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  13. That sounds like a very interesting book! Mommy had a Bengal come for boarding and they are such magnificent kitties!

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    1. that is so cool!!! My Mom has always been fascinated with Bengals!

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  14. Sounds like a great series!
    Thanks so much for telling us about it.
    : )

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  15. I'll have to add that one the the list,xx Rachel

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  16. This sounds like a great book. Dad likes Sci-Fi, we like cats, he just finished reading us Mort of disc-world so we will grab a copy right Meow!

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    1. Oh Timmy I think your Dad is gonna LOVE this one!!!! Let us know!

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  17. It sounds like a neat book.

    When I was young, I read every horse story I could get my hands on, would borrow the same ones from the library over and over. (Limited selection in an isolated community in Quebec 40 years ago!) I also had many of my own, though little by little they've gone, been donated. I have only one series of horse stories left, read them in my early teens and can't yet give them up.

    So perhaps some young person will feel the same about some of the books you feature here!

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    1. Awww love that sentiment! Have to tell you, I think this book is great for adults too. Some of it I felt was waaay above me, (I have a harder time concentrating on sci-fi, futuristic books, so I had to really focus to keep up with all of the details!) But, that could just be my frazzled mine. It was an excellent book though, I think teens and older would love it!

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  18. Sounds like a sci-fi futuristic book with a nice cat twist ! Thanks for the great review :) Our Mama's friend has a bengal kitty. He is very beautiful !

    the critters in the cottage xo

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    1. Yep it is! I bet your friend would LOVE this book! (hint, hint! lol)

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  19. Sure do wish our cats lived longer lives! Interesting twist about "tails"....sounds like great reading!

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  20. It sounds like an interesting book...'specially because there's cats in it. :)

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  21. Great review on a very different kind of cat book genre. I'm sharing this with Deb Barnes.

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    1. thanks much my furiend! I thought of her right away. She usually just visits us on Saturdays so I wasn't sure if she would be interested.

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  22. Sounds like a fun and interesting read! Until I got into the pet blogging community, I had no idea how many cat-related fiction books are out there. Very cool!

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    1. It is! Nor did I, too many of them have arrived and are sitting patiently in my office waiting to be read lol

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  23. Well, this does sound like a good one--I will have to purrsuade the Human to find it and read it to me ;-) *I* do HAVE a nice Tail too, in addition to being one ;-)

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  24. Great review, I'm definately getting it to read!!

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    1. thanks Connie! I think you will love it!

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  25. Any books with cats in are our favourites.
    Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

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  26. Most of the time I read fantasy books. Even books for teenagers ...
    I think that I will buy it !
    Douce soirée
    Nat à Chat

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  27. Well, well, well... if there was ever a book tailor made for me!! I will definitely have to check this out - thank you for the great review and for introducing me to this author! Purrs from Deb and the Zee and Zoey Gang! And thank you Layla for pointing this out to me! It is so hard for me to visit blogs on a regular basis, so I appreciate you showing me this on facebook!

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  28. This sound like a fun book. I am so far behind on my TBR stack but I'm putting this one on my want to read list anyway.

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  29. Wow, sounds like a very cool book, love that the author raises bengals too! Really interesting review, Caren.

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  30. The second book, The Spotted Shoulder will be out this fall.

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