BOOKS Offered by Singing Cat and Mule Publishing
1. Historical books that are scholarly, well researched and entertaining. These include “A Quiet Glory” and “Lucy Long, Robert E. Lee's Other Warhorse: The Mare with Mysteries.”
2. Books to delight and relax the young reader, those who are young at heart and those who love animals.
3. Fictional works that have been reviewed as entertaining and enjoyable. These include: “When the Red Jacket Sings” and “Harmonic.”
Several of these are available as E-Books from on line stores such as amazon.com and Barnes and Noble. Reviews of these books can be found at bookbaby.
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Mare with Mysteries "Lucy Long, Robert E. Lee's Other Warhorse:
This is the story of LucyLong, Robert E. Lee's little mare, who served alonside Traveller in the Civl War. Though not as famous as the General 's beloved gray horse, she certianly was deeply loved. Lucy had a wonderful life filled with adventures, with periods of rest at splendid plantations of her era and peaceful days as a beloved family riding horse. For a time after the War she was lost to the Lee family. Their search for her, their eventual reunion and some of the mysteries surrounding her from the fall of Richmond in 1865 to Christmas of 1866 make an interesting read. And above all else, Lucy was a survivor. Though an unlikely warhorse with her quiet, easy disposition and soft way of going, she was one of the longest living horses that actually served and experienced combat condition in that war.
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When the Red Jacket Sings:
Many of the best times of Ramona Zeller's life are associated with a red jacket given to her as an adolescent by a loving mentor. However, the red jacket is front and center in the kidnapping of her husband and in the fear brought to the musicians of a metropolitan area. A series of twist and turns with embezzlements, insurance frauds, more kidnappings, dashed hopes and stolen identities, through which Ramona must endure finally brings closure and the promise of better things to come. Though the police especially a detective who is a good friend of Ramona's BFF is very helpful, it is actually Ramona herself who does the work is attempting to find her husband. Throughout the story the relationship of this world famous musician and her friends is emphasized. It is not only Ramona's loved ones who are the focus of the kidnappings and thefts, members of a symphony orchestra as well as music students throughout the city are also targeted. Even as the criminals are arrested, Ramona and her family are not completely safe. Years later she will have to face the anger from the accused. However, the red jacket will be seen as very lucky to Ramona and her friends, as it seems to always appear or to be found or to be worn at the best times of their lives.
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This is a love story based in the world of classical music and amateur music competition amid politics, rivalries
and jealousies. Though it is fictional, the people and incidents will ring true to anyone familiar with professional and amateur music circles. There is a child involved and a love triangle. Though there is some mystery and intrigue, many of the characters in the story are quite humorous and endearing. The setting includes New York City, Philadelphia, Nashville, sites in Arizona and the Northern Neck area of Virginia. This is a story for the adult reader as it contains some sexual content. Violence is minimal.
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BOOKS TO DELIGHT ANIMAL LOVER OF ALL AGES
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RANGER THE CAT:TALES OF THE YELLOW TAVERN CAT.
This story is set in the historical town of Heathsville, Virginia. It tells the tale of the cat who “owned” the people restoring Rice’s Hotel/ Huglett’s Tavern in the 1990s. Presented in a very upbeat fashion, with wonderful quotes about cats scattered throughout the text. (Suitable for ages 12 through adult).
SNOW PRINCE: THE MAGICAL CHRISTMAS PONY OF HEATHSVILLE, VIRGINIA.
This story related the adventures of Jen and her best friend, LaVarne in finding a magical pony during the Christmas season. Set in the historic town of Heathsville, Virginia, the history of horses, of colonists and of mythical tales of the area are woven into the story.
And The Purple Pig Played Piccolo
This is a whimsical tale of a purple pig and his human family. Adventures befall Henry as he adjusts to his magical powers and his life in a musical household. Wonderful friendships develop among Henry and a young girl, named Harriet, her cat and her Basset hound.
The Adventures of McCue, My Wonder Horse!
This is a series of stories about the author’s life and adventures with a true character of a horse, told with humor. His personality gets them into some strange situations. There were many unexpected thrills and chills loving and sharing life with McCue for 23 years.(Appeals to twelve and older, adolescents and most definitely, adults.)
Fanny-Grace: Herself the Harp.
Fanny-Grace is a magical Celtic harp who can talk and sing. The story relates her adventures with her current person, Bridget, from their first performance together to their kidnapping to New York City. The reader is given some historical information about the development of the harp in a very palatable way. Readers also meet such musical characters as Howard the Cello and Bradford the Bassoon. (Appeals to twelve and older, adolescents and most definitely, adults.)
Keeokee, The Beautiful Swimmer.
This is the story of a magical blue crab and his special friend, a young Native American, Young Eagle. It is set during the colonial period of history and explores their many adventures together. Though they come from totally different worlds, they share a deep bond that cannot be broken even by a separation. Their friendship lives forever in the stars. This story also contains many interesting facts about shellfish. (Appeals to the nine and under reader best.)
Merlin: The Magic Marimba.
Merlin is a talking marimba who can also play music by himself or with special people whom he loves. Artie is the hero of the story. Though he is a very little boy, he dreams about playing the marimba and taking music lessons at a Music School. Merlin and Artie have their first adventure together. Their friend, Randolph, the marimba playing rabbit helps with the music and with their bonding. (Appeals to the seven and under reader best.)
Paula: The Perfectly Pleasing Pigeon.
Paula is a trained racing pigeon who becomes very tired during one of her first flights. She stops to rest at a farm. While she is there, she becomes friends with a lonely little girl named, Willow. Though eventually the girl must return Paula to her rightful owner a wonderful friendship develops. Letting someone go doesn’t always mean losing them forever. The story contains many interesting facts about pigeons and the heoric acts they performed during various wars. (Appeals to the ten and under reader best.)
The Wardley Stories: The Life and Times of Foxfyre Jaspers Wardley.
By Victor E. Gramigna. This is the story of a wonderful dog, nameD Wardley and his adventures while growing up in a big city. Wardley has many special friends whom the young reader will meet in this story. All of Wardley’s times are told in his own voice. (Appeals to those who want Grandma or Grandpa to read them a story or to the very young reader.)
The Wardley Stories: Book Two, Tales of Spinnaker and Luck.
By Victor E. Gramigna. These are more of the life stories of the dog, Wardley as he grows from a puppy to a young dog. The reader will meet his best friend, Spinnaker, and enjoy their adventures together. The bond between Wardley and his person are again shown through his own eyes and voice. The young dog learns the secret of luck as well as meeting Lucky the cat. (Appeals to those who want Grandma or Grandpa to read them a story or to the very young reader.)
HISTORICAL BOOKS IN PAPER EDITIONS
“A Quiet Glory, The Life and Times of Dr. James Skelton Gilliam", Civil War Surgeon, Beloved Country Doctor of Northumberland and Lancaster Counties, Virginia” This is the biography of a much loved and respected Civil War surgeon and family physician. Set in the beautiful agricultural and waterside counties of Northumberland and Lancaster, Virginia, it discusses the intellectual and emotional issues of the times in which Dr. James Skelton Gilliam lived and worked. His life and that of his beloved wife, Eliza Hudnall Bates Gilliam, span a most interesting period in American history from the 1830s until just before the close of that century. Though possessed of medical skills and abilities that could have placed him in any company, anywhere, he chose to serve a very quiet glory as a country doctor. And serve he did: very, very well, indeed!”
"Lucy Long, Robert E. Lee's Other Warhorse: The Mare with Mysteries."
This story of Lucy Long, another of Lee’s beloved warhorses, contains many twists and turns. It follows Lee’s loss of the lovely little mare immediately after the Civil War and her discovery in Essex County, Virginia as well as her interesting reunion with the Lee family. The reader will become familiar with the names of important characters that played a prominent role in Lucy's story. These include Captain Hopkins, Major Harmon, Dr. Garnett, Dr. Fauntelroy, Mr. William Campbell, Mr. Peter Derieux, General Rooney Lee, Captain Robert E. Lee, Jr.,, Mr. Riplogle, and Mr. MacKey.In addition, the Lee family and their various animals, all of which were deeply loved, are discussed. This is not a story of the rights and wrongs of the Civil War but simply a true and well documented tale, from many historical sources never before used, of the return of a much beloved mare to her rightful owner. Letters of Robert E. Lee were used with the expressed permission of The Virginia Historical Society given to the author. This account is well footnoted and documented. Though it is enjoyable to the casual reader it is also a valuable source of information to the historian. This book is protected by copyright as of October 1, 2011. No part of the book may be reproduced in any form without the written permission of the author. The story of Lucy Long as written by Susan Anthony-Tolbert has three separate editions: the one sited here, one for young adults and an e-book described earlier.