Maria Grazia Swan – A Cat to Die For

This week, I’m hosting author, Maria Grazia Swan.

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Best selling author Maria Grazia Swan was born in Italy, but this rolling stone has definitely gathered no moss. She lived in Belgium, France, Germany, in beautiful Orange County, California where she raised her family, and is currently at home in Phoenix, Arizona–but stay tuned for weekly updates of Where in the World is Maria Grazia Swan?

As a young girl, her vivid imagination predestined her to be a writer. She won her first literary award at the age of fourteen while living in Belgium. As a young woman Maria returned to Italy to design for–ooh-la-la–haute couture. Once in the U.S. and after years of concentrating on family, she tackled real estate. These days her time is devoted to her deepest passions: writing and helping people and pets find the perfect home.

Maria loves travel, opera, good books, hiking, and intelligent movies (if she can find one, that is). When asked about her idea of a perfect evening, she favors stimulating conversation, Northern Italian food and perfectly chilled Prosecco–but then, who doesn’t?

A Cat To Die For 

Mina Calvi’s new Furry Friends Foundation is a dream come true. Her no-kill shelter rescues and places dogs and cats into new forever homes, and it gives Mina a purpose in life.

But changes are looming on a perfect Sunday afternoon at the Dana Point Marina where she is minding the adoption booth.

A Greek heiress, young, petite and beautiful, shows up on the arm of the love of Mina’s life, Diego Moran. And worse, she wants to adopt Mina’s calico cat, Houdini. Why is the spoiled woman so insistent on getting Houdini when she already owns a look-alike cat?

When Houdini is cat-napped, the cat-sitter murdered, and the ransom demand sent to the heiress, Mina has to keep her wits about her to get her beloved cat home safely, and to keep her heart from getting broken again by Diego, who inexplicably pops up at every turn of the unfolding drama.

Here is an excerpt:

“No.” It escaped her lips like a cry for mercy. “No.”

“You actually hid poor Zeus under your bed?” Diego lifted the silky bed skirt and sort of poked his head under the bed.

She waited, wishing to die.

Slowly and silently, he began to pull out things, white things, long, rectangular things. Boxes. Four of them. The cut-flower boxes he’d sent her two years earlier, when she still meant something to him. He lined them up next to each other like four little coffins filled with dead dreams and un-kept promises. Without moving, he looked up at her.

Mina trembled in all her loneliness and humiliation. She hid her head between her knees. “Go. Please go.”

She wasn’t going to let him see her cry. She could hear him moving. He walked by, out the door, started down the stairs, then stopped. And suddenly he was next to her, kneeling on the floor, his arms around her, his lips in her hair.

“I—I will get you Houdini back. I promise.”

She didn’t move, didn’t talk. Everything had been said a long time ago.

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About Evelyn Cullet

I write mystery romance and romantic suspense novels. I'm an avid organic gardener, and I play the piano. I have a spoiled Black Lab mix., Bailey, whom I adore. Visit my blog every Monday to discover new authors and their novels at:
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5 Responses to Maria Grazia Swan – A Cat to Die For

  1. Maria:

    Like you, I’m involved in animal rescue work as VP of Friends of Beverly Animals (FOBA) in Mass. I’ve noticed that a lot of “cozy” mystery writers are also animal lovers. In any case, I’m always drawn to a mystery that features animals, and yours look very intriguing.

    Sharon C.

  2. Ritter Ames says:

    Oooh, good excerpt. 🙂

  3. Marja McGraw says:

    This sounds like a most enjoyable story and it sounds like something I’d enjoy. Thank you for sharing your interesting life and the excerpt from the book.

  4. It’s a pleasure to have you here, Maria. Your novel looks like a delightful read, and it’s definitely going on my TBR list.

  5. Hi Evelyn, thank you so much for hosting us, Mina, Diego and Houdini all send hugs…

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