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80 page cat art gift book for pet lovers.  For adults; fine for children. Lyrical story of the human/animal bond to warm human hearts.
80 page cat art gift book for pet lovers. For adults; fine for children. Lyrical story of the human/animal bond to warm human hearts.
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TOLD IN VERSE, MY STORY FEATURES THE MAGIC OF THE HUMAN/ANIMAL BOND WHILE AIMING TO WARM THE HEARTS OF CAT LOVERS OR ANY PET LOVER. 

FOR ALL AGES ~ AN 80-PAGE, 8x8 ART GIFT BOOK WITH 7 CHAPTERS.   SPOT-GLOSSED JACKET.   PRINTED ON A THICK PAPER STOCK WITH FULL COLOR ART ON EVERY PAGE.

To message me regarding to whom books are inscribed (or what images you choose for art & gifts) click the FAQ tab at top, then click the black "Ask a Question" button.

FRONT & BACK BOOK FLAPS
FRONT & BACK BOOK FLAPS

Funds will be used for the production of the book as well as other rewards... signed & titled prints, other picture books I've written & illustrated, more gifts & goodies and the shipping needed to bring these items to you.  

PLEDGE REWARDS ARE NUMBERED & PICTURED AT BOTTOM OF THIS PRESENTATION.  

NOTE:  The prints, panels, mini canvases & other gifts will be hand-embellished with touches of 3D acrylic iridescent & sparkle.  If you DO NOT prefer hand-embellishing, please let me know.

"SNOW ANGEL" IN THE PRINT SERIES
"SNOW ANGEL" IN THE PRINT SERIES

Original paintings were done with watercolors, gouache and colored pencil, with tiny touches of computer enhancing magic.

Told in "1st & 2nd person" mode, the story celebrates the love a human has for her pet.  For this book, she is our storyteller. 

As an animal lover, I have now dedicated two of my books to animal rescuers, true heroes, this one being the second.  You guys rock.

THE BOOK'S DEDICATION
THE BOOK'S DEDICATION

The cat in this story has been part of the print series for a while now, with and without the correlating verses.  Now that the story and all the artwork is completed, the book has just gone into production.

I have written and illustrated a good number of published picture books, some award-winners for art and literature.  Rewards to supporters will include some of them.

LINK TO ALL OF MY BOOKS:  http://bestfriendsartgallery.com/product-category/books/

It all comes from my studio and gallery in Dana Point, California. http://bestfriendsartgallery.com/

Telling a story through written words (especially verse) and images is my favorite way to communicate.  It's joyful... and joyful to see others enjoy it, too.

"BEST SEAT IN THE HOUSE" IN THE PRINT SERIES "(LEFT)
"BEST SEAT IN THE HOUSE" IN THE PRINT SERIES "(LEFT)

I now have indoor cats only, but in years past, I experienced the sorrow of a cat disappearing... although thankfully, my cat came back.  After all those days during which I worried and aged at a furious rate, she just showed up one day.  But do you think she told me where she'd been all those long days???  Hence the book's title.

At the end of chapter 4, the story's mood shifts...

When one day the cat goes missing, the saddened storyteller experiences anxiety regarding one possibility and imagines where her cat could be...  

This is just one of the scenes of our storyteller's wonderment... but you saw a lot of them in the video.

"STAR CATCHER" IN THE PRINT SERIES
"STAR CATCHER" IN THE PRINT SERIES

 As chapter 6 steers us back to Earth and reality, our storyteller waits and wonders... 

 and wonders and hopes...

And for what happens next in "A Cat Never Tells", here in KickStarter, there is no spoiler alert because in this case, it's the author that never tells... the ending, that is.  This author only hopes that you will enjoy, and of course, the story that leads up to it.

Thanks so much for stopping by, and and if you've made it this far, I hope you will consider backing this project.  I look forward to getting the gift book "A Cat Never Tells" as well as any requested rewards into your hands.  

All best wishes, purrs & nose kisses!  

Laura

NEXT, THE REWARDS!  To message me regarding to whom books are inscribed (or what images you choose for art & gifts) click the FAQ tab at top, then click the black "Ask a Question" button.

Following the reward offers are image choices for prints, panels, cards & gifts.

NEXT!  IMAGE CHOICES FOR REWARDS. Please specify image number & its title as well as for which kind of item.  

(ex... "R7, Clean Cheeks" for 8x10 matted print)

(ex..."S8, Kitty Cafe" for 12x12 wood panel)

(ex..."M10, Peekaboo" for magnet)

FB PAGE:  https://www.facebook.com/lauraseeleystudio

FB PAGE JUST FOR ART/BOOKS:  https://www.facebook.com/BestFriendsArtGallery/ 

Risks and challenges

Work for the book is completed and is now in production. I have much experience with this kind of project, beginning with the picture books I wrote and illustrated with publishers. More recently I published two books myself, designing them both my way, flap to flap, and was very pleased with the result.

As for added reward items, there's been a lot of practice there, too, in constantly making them for my gallery and shows. So unless funds aren't met here in KickStarter, I am confident that the project will be a success and rewards fulfilled to satisfaction.

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    2 5x5 FRAMABLE GLOSSY POSTCARDS

    "CLOUD CATCHERS" & "STAR CATCHER", SCENES FROM THE BOOK "A CAT NEVER TELLS".

    SIGNED BY LAURA ON THE BACKS.

    (SEE "REWARD #1" PHOTO AT END OF 'ABOUT' SECTION)

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    THE KINDLE BOOK

    THE EBOOK VERSION OF "A CAT NEVER TELLS"

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    3 GREETING CARDS

    THREE HAND-MADE GREETING CARDS, EACH A 4x6 PRINT ON A 5x7 CARD WITH ENVELOPE, BLANK INSIDE.

    IMAGE CHOICES OFFERED FROM 36 DESIGNS.

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    THE BOOK "A CAT NEVER TELLS"

    JACKETED HARDCOVER OF THE BOOK, SIGNED & PERSONALIZED BY LAURA, TO YOU OR SOMEONE OF YOUR CHOICE.

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    THE BOOK & MAGIC CATS JIGSAW PUZZLE

    - 1 JACKETED HARDCOVER SIGNED & PERSONALIZED BY LAURA. PLEASE SPECIFY "TO WHOM".

    - 1000 or 500 PIECE RAVENSBURGER JIGSAW PUZZLE CALLED "CAT FAMILY REUNION", LAURA'S DESIGN COMPILATION OF HER MAGIC CATS. PLEASE SPECIFY VIA MESSAGES TO HER WHICH PIECE COUNT YOU CHOOSE.

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    2 BOOKS OF "A CAT NEVER TELLS"

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    PLEASE SPECIFY "TO WHOM" YOU'D LIKE THE BOOKS PERSONALIZED.

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    THE BOOK & A LIGHT, FLEECE BLANKET

    - A JACKETED HARDCOVER OF THE BOOK, SIGNED & PERSONALIZED BY LAURA. PLEASE SPECIFY "TO WHOM".

    - A 30x40 LIGHT, SOFT FLEECE BLANKET WITH THE IMAGE "CLOUD CATCHERS" & THE PHRASE "LIFE IS GOOD"

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    THE BOOK & A HAND-EMBELLISHED PRINT

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    - A HAND-EMBELLISHED PRINT IN AN 8x8 OR 8x10 HAND-EMBELLISHED MAT FOR YOUR FRAME.

    IMAGE CHOICES OFFERED AT THE END OF PRESENTATION.

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    THE BOOK & LARGE HAND-EMBELLISHED PRINT

    - A HAND-EMBELLISHED PRINT IN AN 11x14 OR 12x12 HAND-EMBELLISHED MAT FOR YOUR FRAME.

    IMAGE CHOICES OFFERED AT THE END OF PRESENTATION.

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    A BUNCH OF LAURA'S BOOKS

    JACKETED HARDCOVER OF "A CAT NEVER TELLS" AND 5 OTHER BOOKS LAURA HAS WRITTEN & ILLUSTRATED.

    4 HARDCOVERS, 2 SOFTCOVERS, ALL SIGNED & PERSONALIZED TO FOLKS OF YOUR CHOICE.

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    THE GOODIE GIFT PACKAGE

    - A JACKETED HARDCOVER BOOK SIGNED & PERSONALIZED BY LAURA. PLEASE SPECIFY TO WHOM YOU'D LIKE IT SIGNED.

    - A LEAD-FREE NICKEL-FREE HAND-EMBELLISHED PICTURE PENDANT NECKLACE WITH 24" CHAIN. YOU CHOOSE IMAGE.

    - A 2x2 HAND-EMBELLISHED CANVAS MAGNET. YOU CHOOSE IMAGE.

    - A 2.5x3.5 OR 3x3 HAND-EMBELLISHED MINI CANVAS ON EASEL. YOU CHOOSE IMAGE.

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    THE BOOK & THE WHOLE NOTECARD SERIES

    - ALL 36 DESIGNS. ONLY 2.77/CARD! (Retail 4.50/card)

    - EACH IS A 4x6 PRINT ON A 5x7 CARD. BLANK INSIDE. WITH ENVELOPE.

    - A JACKETED HARDCOVER BOOK SIGNED & PERSONALIZED BY LAURA. PLEASE SPECIFY TO WHOM YOU'D LIKE IT SIGNED.

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    2 BOOKS & 3 EMBELLISHED MATTED PRINTS

    - 2 JACKETED HARDCOVER BOOKS, SIGNED & PERSONALIZED BY LAURA. PLEASE SPECIFY "TO WHOM".

    - 3 HAND-EMBELLISHED (WITH IRIDESCENT & SPARKLE) 8x8 OR 8x10 MATTED PRINTS, TITLED & SIGNED. ($33.3O ea. HERE, $40 RETAIL ONLINE)

    IMAGE CHOICES OFFERED FROM BOTH SQUARE & RECTANGULAR DESIGNS.

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    THE BOOK & 2 EMBELLISHED WOOD PANELS

    - A JACKETED HARDCOVER BOOK SIGNED & PERSONALIZED BY LAURA. PLEASE SPECIFY "TO WHOM".

    - AN 8x8 & A 12x12 READY-TO-HANG, HAND-EMBELLISHED & GLAZED CRADLED BIRCHWOOD PANEL.

    IMAGE CHOICES OFFERED FROM SQUARE DESIGNS ONLY.

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    3 BOOKS & 5 8x10 or 8x8 MATTED PRINTS

    - 3 JACKETED HARDCOVERS SIGNED & PERSONALIZED BY LAURA. PLEASE SPECIFY "TO WHOM".

    - 5 HAND-EMBELLISHED PRINTS IN 8x10 or 8x8 MATS FOR YOUR FRAMES.

    EACH PRINT & MAT IS HAND-EMBELLISHED, SIGNED & TITLED.

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    3 BOOKS & 5 11x14 MATTED PRINTS

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    - 5 HAND-EMBELLISHED PRINTS IN 11x14 MATS FOR YOUR FRAMES.

    EACH PRINT & MAT IS HAND-EMBELLISHED, SIGNED & TITLED.

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    2 BOOKS & 2 EMBELLISHED 16x20 CANVASES

    - 2 JACKETED HARDCOVERS SIGNED & PERSONALIZED BY LAURA. PLEASE SPECIFY "TO WHOM".

    - 2 16x20 HEAVILY HAND-EMBELLISHED CANVASES (WITH IRIDESCENT & SPARKLE), THEN GLAZED.

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    THE BOOK & 2 16x20 CANVASES IN FRAMES

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    - 2 16x20 HEAVILY HAND-EMBELLISHED CANVASES (WITH IRIDESCENT & SPARKLE), THEN GLAZED & FLOATED IN FRAME.

    FRAME IS CRADLED BIRCHWOOD, STAINED & ALSO HAND-EMBELLISHED.

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