Dear Boss Person,

Hi. It's me, Bruno. I don't have a lot of time to write this since mama always hogs the computer but she went to retrieve the mail. Good girl! Usually it's a quick trip to get the mail, look at it, and throw out those annoying advertisements, but these days when she gets back to the apartment she spends a lot of time in the kitchen throwing out envelopes and washing her hands a gazillion times. People sure waste a lot of water washing hands. We have a much better system to stay clean.

My brother, Dante, and I know our mama thinks her job is purrfect. We used to feel the same way but now that this evil virus has us trapped between its clenched jaws and she is working at home, we have a favor to ask: can you please order mama back to her real office?

You might know our story. Our big brother Frisco (may he rest in peace) found us in a sewer. It took our mama seven hours to get us out. She never had any cat babies and was looking to find new homes for us but Dante and I made a plan. We acted as cute as we could--which wasn't hard--and were on our best behaviors--which was hard--and before we knew it, she and Frisco made us permanent members of their home. We've been part of the fam for eight years now and our lives have been one long belly scratch. But, with mama now home all the time, well, let's say it's been pretty ruff. 

It was fun at first. Whenever we sat by the cabinet where she hides those really good salmon treats, we got a few. And, we invented the best game ever. We scratch on the sliding glass door to go out on the terrace. After mama lets us out, we wait until she gets comfortable at her work table and then we scratch to be let in again. I think the record of ins and outs was like five times in twenty minutes. Catnip! 

Now it's been over a month since mama has been working at home and she's gone all feral on us. Whenever we lay on her files or jump into one of her work boxes, she makes us get out. She's concentrating so hard on her work she doesn't hear us scratching to go in or out. Sitting near the treat cabinet and looking cute no longer gets us fish snacks. It can't be because we both threw up from too many treats after the first couple of days of mama working from home. Oh, and Boss Person, like the rest of the world, mama is into jigsaw puzzles. She's doing a really cool one of a bunch of cats. After she's done working on it she covers it with cardboard and puts heavy books on top. How are we supposed to bat the pieces all over the floor? How come she gets to play with it but we don't? And what's up with the keyboard to her laptop? We've been laying on it for years and now she acts like she owns it. Trust me, cats loving computer keyboards is no urban myth. When Dante and I Zoom with our friends, they have the same complaints.

We used to sleep all day and when we knew it was almost time for mama to get home from work we'd sit by the door and wait for her. It was the favorite part of our day. We'd hear the elevator doors open and her footsteps coming down the hall. Our heart beats quickened when the lock jingled and then we'd feel like kittens again when she pushed the door open. We'd stare at her with our big green eyes, acting all coy, of course. She'd give us belly rubs and try to kiss us. We'd meow objections as skilled as any courtroom lawyer but we never meant it. Then we'd follow her toward the cabinet and, yes, you guessed it, Boss Person, salmon snacks filled our bellies. We miss those days.

So, Boss Person, please order mama back to her real office. If you do, we'll tell you where the salmon treats are hidden.


Bruno aka Stripey

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When Joanne Lewis is not practicing law, she is writing. She pens murder mysteries, historical fiction and historical fantasy books and is the author of several award-winning novels. As an author, she hopes to entertain, to educate, and perhaps to enlighten. As an attorney, she is most proud of her work as an assistant state attorney and as a guardian ad litem representing the best interests of children.

Her books are available on Kindle, as paperbacks, and as audio books.

Her latest release is Bee King, a historical novel that is about the first person in the United States diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease, and takes place from the start of the Civil War until 1910. Just like the people who inhabited Five Points in lower Manhattan during the 1800s and the turn of the century, Bee King traverses the pentagonal streets where abolitionists battled copperheads, immigrants clashed among social, religious and political strife, and doctors and psychologists strained to help patients. Told in Five Points (sections), Bee King is dramatized through conventional literary devices as well as through newspaper articles, a manifesto, and other non-traditional tools.

The Forbidden trilogy consists of the novels: Forbidden Room, Forbidden Night, and Forbidden Horses. Forbidden Room is her best-selling novel.

In Forbidden Room, the first book in the Forbidden trilogy, new attorney Michael Tucker has few clients, yearns to be like his famous grandmother and cannot afford to move out of his parents' home. Sara Goldstein is an heiress accused of killing her uncle. When Sara hires Michael, he gets the chance to defend an innocent person, a beautiful lover and notoriety like his grandmother. But is it more than he asked for? Is Sara innocent or is she a murderer?

Forbidden Night, the second book in the Forbidden trilogy, delves further into Michael and Sara’s complicated relationship, as well as into Soldier Boy’s psyche, into their family histories, and into the creation of the carousel horses. The question posed in Forbidden Room, the first book of the Forbidden trilogy—Is Sara innocent or is she a murderer—is answered.

Forbidden Horses, the final book in the Forbidden trilogy, travels to the eighteenth century and takes place in Austria to reveal the troubled history of the creation of the carousel horses.

Michelangelo & Me is a series of five novellas in the genre of historical fantasy.

In the first book of the series, Michelangelo & the Morgue, seventeen-year-old Michelangelo defies religious and political powers in order to capture a serial killer who is murdering the artists of Florence. In Sleeping Cupid, the second book, Michelangelo’s believed-to-be lost statue narrates his journey from fifteenth century Florence, Italy until the present day where he lives in an attic in a sleepy Florida town. Future books in the anthology include Space Between, School of the World and Michelangelo & Me.

The Lantern is a historical novel about a modern-day woman's search to find a girl from 15th century Florence, Italy who dared to enter the competition to build the lantern on top of Brunelleschi's dome. Across time and space, three lives collide as they battle abuse, disease, fear and prejudice in pursuit of their dreams. Along the way, they intersect with some of the most famous figures of the Renaissance including members of the Medici, Filippo Brunelleschi, Donatello and a young Michelangelo.

Wicked Good, a different kind of love story, begins in Bangor, Maine. Fifteen-year-old Rory is not defined by his diagnoses of Asperger's syndrome and Bipolar Disorder and lives life to the fullest. Archer, his adoptive mother, is Rory's biggest fan. Rory searches for his birth parents to find out why he is the way he is. He discovers his roots in Salem, Massachusetts where the Salem Witch Trials had occurred, and in Gloucester, Massachusetts where fishermen went down with the Andrea Gail during the Perfect Storm. He also learns his true roots are closest to his home in Bangor. As Rory discovers truths about himself, Archer learns about herself too.

Make Your Own Luck is the unforgettable and moving novel of Remy Summer Woods, a young attorney who refuses to believe thirteen-year-old Bonita Pickney killed her father, Patrick Pickney. Remy risks her relationship with her own father as well as her life to prove Bonita's innocence. Along with learning what happened the night Patrick was murdered, Remy discovers hard truths about her family and herself.

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