When a spotted genet eats your bird…
What’s inside: 8-for-1 book bonus & launch info; A cute, fuzzy carnivore
One evening, I received a phone call from my husband. This isn’t unusual. The strange thing was that he was downstairs when he phoned me.
After urgently whispering to me that I had to come downstairs, he hung up. Wondering what I would find, I hurried down and saw him peering out a window at our balcony.
And that’s when I saw the Small Spotted Genet.
At the time, we had no clue what it was. It looked like a super cute cross between a ferret and a house cat, with leopard spots on its body and racoon rings on its bushy tail. It was incredibly agile, leaping back and forth between furniture and the balcony rail.
Oh, and did I mention this adorable creature was trying to eat “our” bird?
Numerous birds have created nests in the Bougainvillea that is wrapped around sections of the balcony. One of these birds was flying about frantically, trying to discourage the genet from eating it. After a while, the nocturnal carnivore appeared to abandon the hunt and clambered down the side of the house.
The next morning, we found several feathers on one of the chairs, so I can only suppose that the genet was finally victorious.
I’m sure there are a few lessons to be learned from this story. My take-away: hunters come in all shapes and sizes, and even the cute little ones have teeth.
Speaking of dangerous carnivores, we left our heroine Miss Knight in the company of the she-demon, Koki. As you remember, Koki has a nasty habit of turning into a giant Praying Mantis and decapitating her enemies.
On 29 January, you can find out what happens next in Case 7: Stones of Nairobi. And for those who purchase and download the book in the first two days, you’ll have access to seven free books as a bonus. Seven authors kindly agreed to give away their books to my readers in celebration of this event. I know – awesome, right?!
There’s only one catch: you’ll have only 48 hours to download Case 7, and then click on the Bonus section and download the seven free books. Given the diversity of the books being given away, I know that at least a few of them will catch your fancy. So watch out for my email in a few days with the links.