The Chronicles of Zee & Zoey: And the Winner is….

November 24, 2011 |

The chronicles of zee and zoey by deborah barnes

THE WINNER OF THE GIVEAWAY is Debbie Cooper, a reader from the UK. Concats, Debbie!

Bummed that you didn’t win? Buy The Chronicles of Zee & Zoey – A Journey of the Extraordinarily Ordinary here.

deborah barnes and karen nicholsWith Deborah Barnes (photo with Karen Nichols, left), it was love at first sight. I met her face-2-face at BlogPaws after a year or so of online interaction and it she was everything I’d hoped she would be: a loon-crazy cat lady who was a vision in leopard print. We shared an affinity for novelty cat glasses and hit it off immediately. We each had an identical pair of cat shades, in fact — hers were black, mine pink.

I’d been waiting months to finally get my hands on her book, The Chronicles of Zee & Zoey – A Journey of the Extraordinarily Ordinary.

Zee and Zoey’s story is certainly a cat tale, but it’s also the enchanting, engaging story of a cat woman whose life (and the lives of those she loves) is transformed through her relationship with her cats. No biggie there; we’ve all been through it. But Debra’s cats, Zee and Zoey share a mystical bond that suggests they’d been together in previous lives. Zee, the king of the house, is a stately, mellow Maine Coon cat. Zoey is a playful, smart, active Bengal cat who turns Zee’s life upside down. And yes, there are kittens involved.

It’s an elegant dream of a book, impeccably designed with gorgeous photography and lush illustrations. It’s a feast for the eyes. And the soul.

The chronicles of zee and zoey by deborah barnes

There’s not a cat lady (or cat guy) alive who won’t identify with the story, replete with job loss and love and yes, lots of cats. I went back and forth as I read it trying to identify its niche: was it a cat story, or a cat lady’s memoir? It doesn’t matter. You won’t be able to put it down.

Don’t Miss Deb Barnes’ Virtual Book Tour!

the chronicles of zee and zoey book tour

Deborah Barnes will be appearing at a computer near you during the Zee and Zoey virtual book tour, now through December 16th.

Win a Copy of The Chronicles of Zee and Zoey by Deborah Barnes

And we’re giving away a copy of The Chronicles of Zee & Zoey – A Journey of the Extraordinarily Ordinary! Leave a comment with a description of the best cat you’ve ever had. Mousebreath will choose an entry at random using and announce a winner Thanksgiving Day!

Comment deadline: 11:59 pm 11/23.

Visit Zee and Zoey’s website

Follow Zee and Zoey and watch a video trailer for the book at Zee and Zoey’s website.

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About the Author ()

Karen Nichols is a Pet Industry Influencer, Publisher and Multimedia Designer in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has over 15 years of experience in the Internet Industry as a User Experience Analyst and Interaction Design Consultant. She's blogged professionally for nine years, and is a respected expert in social media, web analytics, online branding and Wordpress design and development. She's a popular speaker at pet industry conferences. In 2013, she won the BlogPaws social media awards for Best Cat Blog and Best video. In 2012, Karen won the Best Blog Design award for She was one of seven finalists in the national Purina Cat Chow Correspondent search in 2010. She has been a spokesperson for Friskies and judge of the 2012 "The Friskies" video contest, and a juror for the Internet Cat Video Festival. Karen is a member of the Cat Writer's Association, Women in the Pet Industry, the IAABC, The Interactive Design Association and the North Bay Multimedia Association.

Comments (21)

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  1. Barbara Fruin says:

    My favorite kitty of all time was my soul-kitty, Kika. She died in a fire 7 years ago.

  2. Linda Lm says:

    My best soulmate cat was Dazey Duke. She lived to be 23 years old. It’s been 8 years and I still miss her every single day.

  3. Farrah says:

    I had a Maine Coon, too. His name was Furizon. Maine Coons are the greatest cats, very wise and mellow.

  4. Farrah says:

    I would love to have a Bengal cuz they love water. My favorite cat I ever had was Sherbet. He was an orange tabby, very loyal cat who acted a lot like a dog.

  5. Laura says:

    Mia stole my heart.

  6. Mr. Emerson says:

    I rhink that I am mommie’s favorite cat ever, but she is still partial to Precious, her first cat of her very own –a Maine Coon who lived to be 19. Other loves include Jake and Bathsheba, Gus, Tony, and Kareem.

  7. Simba says:

    I loved an old very cranky black cat from my childhood. He was always there for me with a purr and some strategically placed kneading. You never forget your first one.

  8. Mary Hall says:

    Little Big Man…lost him to cancer at the young age of 10. He was born in my house and he was my buddy and best friend. I miss him so much.

  9. dawn says:

    My best cat ever, hmmmm. Well there was Tessa, my first kitty, then Corey followed by Tres. After Tres came Taye who moved to WA with me. In WA, Maurice, Frosty, Tyke and Rowdy joined the family. We moved back to PA and eventually Omar, Pyro, Bitsa, Charm and Woody moved in. Then just this year sugar kitties Minuit and Pough came into my life. I say they’re all the best!

  10. Shadow Dance Ranch Kittehs says:

    Our momma loves us all equally, but if we had to pick one of us, we vote for Ghostdancer :) He is the big ginger kitteh mancat with a heart of gold.

  11. Don’t tell the other cats, but mom says I am her favorite – from sick tiny foster kitten to handsome house panther mancat!! -Mozart

  12. Karen – who would have thought being called a crazy loon cat lady would be a compliment, but coming from you, I take it with the highest regard, as the title is one we mutally share! I equally enjoyed meeting you in person and am THRILLED you enjoyed the book. Thank you so much for this wonderful review and I am glad to see you enjoyed the book on so many different levels.


  13. Cooty Girl says:

    Please select me as a winner! My favorite cat was Henry, also a Maine Coon. He sounds a lot like Zee.

  14. Brent Spiner says:

    My longtime cat, Spot, an orange tabby, was my only and favorite cat.

  15. pook555 says:

    All of my kitties are my favorites, but I have a special place in my heart for my first cat, Tiger, who I adopted while in college.

  16. Hi Karen! Fellow cat blogger here. Love your blog! I also did a review of Zee & Zoey and I’m still picking up the book and rereading chapters that are uplifting after a difficult day. NO need to enter me into the contest but wanted to introduce myself and I hope to meet you in Salt Lake City at next Blog Paws conference! Cheers, Christine

  17. Zander says:

    Pick us pleeze!!!!!

  18. tinker bell says:

    My mum says her cat Midnight was her best cat. She had Midnight win she gotted married and she says Midnight was her good luck charm.

  19. Debbie says:

    My cat Moomin died of a stroke in April this year, he was 17 years old, black and white with the greenest eyes you’ve ever seen. When I got him he hissed and spat and he had been beaten, burnt and badly abused, it took years for him to feel safe around people… but that made it all the more special when he decided to like you. A character that was always surprising, scared of his own shadow, but a beautiful loving boy…

  20. Cheysuli says:

    Hey! Where is my comment. What do you mean the Woman didn’t comment. Thank Me for the fact that you reposted this so I can comment and maybe win a book. That will make her sit in a chair and read.

    The Woman says the best cat she ever had was her Iggy Cat. (EXCUSE ME?!) He was not the best in terms of being the easiest cat but they were bonded in a way she hasn’t bonded with other cats. He was with her through many difficult times. He was a large orange tabby with a bulls eye on his side and weighed in at 17 pounds, but the vet said he was tall so didn’t need to loose much weight!


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