A Game With One Winner, aka The Book I Dedicated to my Cat

by Lynn Raye Harris, author of (Harlequin Presents, April 2013)

Roman Kazarov wants revenge.  He was in love with Caroline Sullivan five years ago, but she dumped him and he lost everything.  Now, he’s built up a fortune—and he’s coming for her.  Or, more specifically, her company, the chain of luxury department stores that have been in her family for generations.

But of course Roman wants more than just the stores.  And Caroline has a secret she’s desperate to keep—but if she has to spend time with Roman, how will she guard her most precious secret and her heart?

I love a story like this, where two people were in love but circumstances forced them apart.  Now they are back together for a different reason, and determined not to succumb to the emotions they once felt.

Roman wants the stores and he wants to punish Caroline.  Caroline wants to keep her legacy for her child.  And she wants to keep Roman from learning that her deceased husband isn’t actually the father of her son.  You can guess who is the father, right?

This story was so emotional to write—and something happened during the writing that made it even more so for me.  If you follow me on Facebook or Twitter, or read my blog, you might know about my beloved cat, Miss Pitty Pat.  Last summer, she collapsed and we had to race her to the vet.  She had a blood clot, something I’d never heard of in cats (Google saddle thrombus if you want to know more) and it’s generally fatal.

I was in the middle of this book at the time, and I was devastated.  MPP (as we always refer to her in texts and emails) was my little girl, my darling, and she followed me everywhere I went.  When I wrote books, she was always there with me, regardless of whether I was in my office, or on the couch or bed with my laptop.

Amazingly, she survived that episode, though she had to have a leg amputated.  I finished the book (with her beside me as usual) and when my editor asked about the dedication, there was no better human or animal to dedicate it to.  If you have the book, you’ll see it simply says “For MPP.”

I thought about what else to say, but I didn’t want to have a book come out with a long dedication about how she’d battled heart disease and lived through that episode when she could be dead by the time the book came out.

lrh_032020131As it turns out, she did pass just a month ago.  But not before I got my author copies and took a picture of her with the book.  (You will note she does not look appropriately impressed.)

I miss my sweet cat so much, and I’m proud to share this book—her book—with you.  Yes, it’s dedicated to a cat.  Perhaps that’s eccentric or just plain weird, but it makes complete sense to me.

I hope you’ll enjoy the story, and I hope you’ll agree it’s emotional and passionate.  MPP wasn’t impressed, but I can assure you that had nothing to do with the content of the story. 🙂

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  1. Melanie J
    March 20, 2013 at 11:01 am

    I am so sorry about your cat! I had one growing up from when I was a baby to 13 and he was awesome. Like an extended sibling in away.. and now with a dog of my own, she is like my child.

    Your book sounds amazing, can’t wait to get m hands on it:)

  2. Lynn Raye Harris
    March 20, 2013 at 11:31 am

    Thank you, Melanie! I hope you enjoy the book. And yes, our beloved pets are family members, aren’t they? MPP was a child to me and I still mourn her loss. Only time makes it better, but it still hurts.

  3. Rachel Kall
    March 20, 2013 at 11:34 am

    That is so sweet. I know you miss MPP dearly.

  4. Lynn Raye Harris
    March 20, 2013 at 11:38 am

    Thank you, Rachel. I really do. Your messages when she had her leg amputated were so helpful, too. I would take a tripod cat again in a heartbeat! They really can do everything.

  5. tommyfan67
    March 20, 2013 at 11:41 am

    Sorry to hear of your loss of your sweet baby. I know my dachshund is family to me..like a 4 footed kid. I think it was a nice gesture to dedicate the book to your baby. I look forward to reading this book. I love your books.

  6. Ginger Robertson
    March 20, 2013 at 11:42 am

    Hi Lynn,
    I know you miss MPP. But I’m sure you find comfort in knowing that MPP is in no pain. And, I don’t find it weird that you dedicated your book to her. I think that expression on her face conveys “she is ready for lunch”, get with the program….lol.

  7. Diana
    March 20, 2013 at 11:47 am

    Nothing wrong with dedicating the book to MPP. She was a significant part of your life.

  8. Lynn Raye Harris
    March 20, 2013 at 11:56 am

    Thank you, Tommyfan! I’m so glad you enjoy my books, and I wish you many happy years with your sweet fur baby!

    Ginger, you are always so kind. Thank you. You’re probably right about lunch too! LOL!

    Thank you, Diana! She definitely was. She was with me for every book I have written thus far for Harlequin! The short story I just wrote and the book I’m writing now will be the first without her. 🙁

  9. Janette Kenny
    March 20, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    It seems like ages since you told me the inside scoop on Romanov’s & Caroline’s romance. I can’t wait to read it! And I’m still teary over MPP’s passing. She was a perfectly delightful feline lady.

  10. Indigo
    March 20, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    Hi Lynn,

    The book sounds wonderful, can’t wait to read it!
    So sorry about MPP; your blog brought tears to my eyes. I lost my beloved Maltese, named Fauntley last year, and I still miss him everyday. It’s not weird to dedicate your book to someone you love. It’s very sweet.

  11. Sarah Morgan
    March 20, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    That’s a sweet picture Lynn. Hugs on MPP. Can’t wait to read the book.
    love Sarah

  12. Sharon Kendrick
    March 20, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    Ooh, I love hard, sexy Russian men!

    It’s such a sweet photo, Lynn.


  13. Lynn Raye Harris
    March 20, 2013 at 3:17 pm

    Thank you, Jan! Yes, it was a while ago when we discussed this story! I was working on it when you came for the readers’ luncheon.

    Hi, Indigo! Thank you so much for your kind comments, and many hugs on the loss of your Fauntley. It’s awful to lose them. 🙁

    Hi, Sarah! Thank you so much! I love that pic of her. 🙂

    Sharon, me too on those Russians! And thank you. 🙂

  14. Lori
    March 20, 2013 at 4:49 pm

    I am so sorry to hear about your cat. And I don’t think it weird or eccentric to dedicate it to her. In fact when I publish my book I plan to dedicate it to my best friend, my dog. She is 13 and has been a diabetic for over four years. She is doing well with it for the most part. I know my time with her is limited now.

  15. Lynn Raye Harris
    March 20, 2013 at 6:18 pm

    Thank you, Lori! I hope you have a long time left with your dog, but I understand how it feels to know your time is limited. May she continue to thrive with your loving care! Hugs to you. 🙂

  16. bn100
    March 20, 2013 at 9:01 pm

    Nice premise for the book

  17. Tassie Jan
    March 20, 2013 at 9:44 pm

    I love the fact you dedicated this book to MPP and will think of her when reading this book. Hugs 🙂

  18. lidia
    March 21, 2013 at 12:35 am

    Very sorry to hear about MPP. Our pets do become a part of our family. Loved the picture of her with the book — as others have already said, nothing wrong with your dedicating the book to MPP.

  19. Maria
    March 21, 2013 at 3:52 am

    I know how emotional one can feel about a pet and how it makes complete sense to you if not to other people.

    So sorry for your loss, but in time, I know you’ll be able to enjoy your memories of your lovely pet again. Besides, she may be right beside you now…

    Looking forward to reading your book.

  20. Linda Henderson
    March 21, 2013 at 9:35 am

    Our pets have always been a member of our family. Some years ago we moved into a house and a couple of days later our elderly male neighbor passed away, he had a black cat with a little white patch under her chin. When his daughter came to the house she just left the cat, it was an outside cat. We lived on a fairly busy street but that cat would look both ways before crossing the street. We tried to get her to come in the house but she wouldn’t so we started feeding and taking care of her outside. We had her a couple of years and one day I came home for lunch and saw her a few houses up the street run over by a car. I stood in the street and cried. Then I got really mad, she was practically on the curb so it was obvious that someone had deliberately run over her. My daughters and I were devastated. She was the best cat. We didn’t know what her name was when we inherited her so we called her black kitty. It’s been quite a few years but I still miss that cat.

  21. Lynn Raye Harris
    March 21, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    Thank you, bn100!

    Thanks for the hugs, Jan. It pleases me to know you will think about my baby while you read the book. 🙂

    Thank you, Lidia! I’m glad you like the picture.

    Maria, that’s so nice. Thank you.

    Oh Linda, that’s awful! People who are cruel to animals are not worthy of the air they breathe, IMO. Animals are innocent. I’m sorry you lost her that way. 🙁

  22. Melanie Milburne
    March 21, 2013 at 5:10 pm

    Hi Lynn,
    I always cry when I hear about someone losing a pet. What a beautiful picture of MPP. When I lost my cocker spaniel a few years ago I wondered if I’d still be able to write without her under the desk. Now I have two mad cap poodles who keep me company.
    Looking forward to this story. xx

  23. Lynn Raye Harris
    March 22, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    Aw, Melanie, I’m so sorry you lost your cocker spaniel! It’s hard to get back into the routine when they’re supposed to be there with you, right? 🙁 Thank you so much for your kind comments — and I hope you like the story!

  24. Kate Walker
    March 23, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    Lynn, hugs again for the loss of your sweet Pitty Pat. I know only too well how you’re feeling, having been through that with my own dear Sid and Dylan. These beautiful creatures wind their way round our hearts and it’s so hard to lose them – even when you know,as you did with MPP – that it is the kindest and most loving thing to do. A book dedication makes sense to me too – after all she stayed with you and helped you write it!

    ‘Emotional and passionate’ – that really makes me want to pick up your book and add it to my towering TBR pile, even if I didn;t want to read it already.

    One day a cat who needs you will come along and help fill the space where MPP was and you’ll be able to love again – just as I have done with Flora and Charlie.

  25. Michela
    March 23, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    I love the plot and can’t wait to read this book.
    Maybe I won’t wait for Italian release… 😉

    Roman Kazarov…perfect name.
    I love revengeful men and troubled loves.

    MPP was amazing and adorable… and thanks to your constant mentions she’s still with us. x

  26. Rachael Thomas
    March 23, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    Such a lovely photo and wonderfully touching to think the book is dedicated to such a loyal companion. Can’t wait to read MPP’s book.

  27. Betty Vaughan
    March 24, 2013 at 10:32 am

    SO sorry to hear of your loss, I have a cat just like MPP, her name is Tootie, named becasue my granddaughter couldn’t say cookie when she was little. She is very loving but also fisty. I read your book and loved it. Thanks for being one of my favorite writers.

  28. Lynn Raye Harris
    March 24, 2013 at 11:32 pm

    Thank you so much, Kate! I know you understand exactly what I’ve been through, and I thank you so much for your kind messages. They are our precious sweethearts, and it’s terrible to lose them. 🙁

    Thanks, Michela! I hope you enjoy!! And I’m so glad you appreciate what my sweet MPP meant to me. 🙂

    Thank you, Rachael! I hope you enjoy MPP’s book. 🙂