Happy Valentine’s Day? Comment & Win!

Joanna Sims Romance- By Joanna Sims

I love Valentine’s Day and I also love a happy ending.  When a story has both?  Heaven!  I’d like to share one such story with you now.  Last week, I came home to find a fluffy-tailed stray feline in my front yard,  My cat Sebastian spazzes-out when he sees another cat, so I tried to shoo this interloper out of the yard.  But, he wouldn’t shoo!  Instead of leaving, he turned toward me.  And, that’s when I realized that he was blind.  My heart sank because I knew that I was about to become involved (again).  He was so handsome, with a face full of curled, white whiskers and giant paws.  He was also dirty, covered in fur-knots and fleas, and had an infection in both eyes.  He was a mess.  But, he was such a loving, trusting soul, that I fell in love with him.  My husband called the vet and we were now officially involved!

Fernando 1

He didn’t have a locator chip, so we ordered a “whisker to tail” health check and boarded him until we got the results.  When the results came back, it was great news!  He was healthy!  Now we could take him home and slowly integrate him into our little pride! Right?  Wrong.  The virus that had caused his blindness could be transmitted to our two cats.  We couldn’t adopt him.  We were both really upset that we couldn’t keep him, but we were also worried.  We didn’t have a Plan B.  He couldn’t stay at the vet indefinitely, our neighbors didn’t recognize him, we weren’t going to dump him back outside and we weren’t going to take him to a shelter where his chances of being adopted were slim to none.  We really didn’t know what we were going to do…

Now, you might be wondering…what’s this got to do with Valentine’s Day and where’s the happy ending?  Here’s the answer to both of those questions. While we were waiting for the test results (which were delayed because of the winter storms up north), a vet tech fell in love with him.  She had already told her fiancé all about the handsome, thirteen pound, visually impaired feline at work and on Valentine’s Day she found out that she could adopt him!  That night, she went home, held up a picture of the cat, and said to her fiancé, “Happy Valentine’s Day?”  Her fiancé stared at the picture before he finally asked, “You got me a blind cat for Valentine’s Day?”

Fernando 2

They named him Fernando.  The fleas are gone, the fur matts are gone, the eye infection is gone.  And, Fernando has a forever family!  See?  A Valentine’s Day story with a happy ending!  What’s really bizarre about finding Fernando is the fact that Ian Sterling, the hero in my February 18, 2014 Special Edition release, is a photographer who is struggling with the fact that he is losing his eyesight!  What are the chances?

The One He's Been Looking For Cover

So…how about you?  Do you have a fun Valentine’s Day story or a fur-friend story you’d like to share?  Leave a comment and I’ll select a winner to receive a copy of THE ONE HE’S BEEN LOOKING FOR. Be sure to check back on Monday (2/24/14) to find out who won!

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24 Responses to Happy Valentine’s Day? Comment & Win!

  1. Anita H. says:

    Aww, what a cute kitty! I’m so glad to see Fernando found a forever home! I unfortunately don’t have any good stories, we couldn’t have fur-friends in my house when I was a kid but I always enjoy reading fur-friends find their HEAs with loving families!

    • Joanna Sims says:

      Hi Anita!

      Thank you for your comment. I’m glad Fernando found a home too. He is such a lovable fellow who deserved to be safe and warm. Luckily, a vet tech fell in love with him because he will need special drops in his eyes for the rest of his life, and she’s willing to take on that responsibility.

      All the best!

      Joanna

  2. Well, you’ve made me cry and I haven’t even finished my cup of morning coffee. Your fiancé’s reaction was priceless. Good man!

    Thank goodness there are people in the world like you, and your new book premise sounds fantastic!

    • Joanna Sims says:

      Hi Lynne!

      Thank you for your comment! I didn’t mean to make you cry before coffee! I’m so happy that Fernando found a home, even though, ultimately, it couldn’t be with us!

      Joanna

  3. Joanna–

    So glad Fernando had his happy ending! And I love the cover for your new book!

    • Joanna Sims says:

      Hi Stacy,

      Thanks for adding to the discussion. I’m so glad Fernando got his happy ending too! He really touched our hearts.

      All the best!

      Joanna

  4. I love this story, Joanna! Hugs and love to Fernando and the lucky fiance who got a blind cat for a valentine. :D XOXO!

    • Joanna Sims says:

      Hi Christine!

      You crack me up! And, I’m so glad you enjoyed the story. I will give Fernando a hug because he is staying at the vet’s office (I have a truly generous husband/wife vet team) until the vet tech & fiancé can buy a home. Next time I’m at the vet, I’ll give Fernando a squeeze from both of us!

      Thank you for your comment!

      Joanna

  5. What a sweet story, Joanna! I got all weepy, too. Love a happy ending! Even if you couldn’t be the forever family, it’s so great that Fernando found his!

    • Joanna Sims says:

      Hi Michelle!

      I knew after your One True Puppy Love story that you would appreciate Fernando’s journey. And, you’re right…even though it broke my heart that he wasn’t meant for our little pride (it still kind of hurts), the most important thing is that he’s safe and loved.

      Thank you for the post!

      Joanna

  6. Felicia Ciaudelli says:

    Thank you SO much for sharing this amazing experience with us!! Well, the closest I can come is – and I remember this especially because today is my mom’s birthday – LOL – and since it’s only a week after Valentine’s Day, when I was much younger (a long, LONG time ago!) I remember my brothers getting mom a HUGE heart-shaped box of candy for her birthday – and another year, one of my brothers, Marty, took me along to pick out a birthday gift for her and I selected this somewhat gaudy “emerald” earrings – I don’t think I ever remember seeing her wear them, though .

    • Joanna Sims says:

      Hi Felicia!

      I confess…I truly enjoy a huge box of heart-shaped candy. Total sugar junky that I am! I’m glad that you enjoyed Fernando’s story and I appreciate your post. Please email me at jsimsromance@live.com because you were the winner of my Best Vacation Ever! blog and I want to send your $10 via email!

      Joanna

  7. Dyan says:

    Oh my goodness, I love that story!!! Just like SE books, it has a happy ending!!!

    • Joanna Sims says:

      Hi Dyan!

      I knew that SE readers would get this story because all of us Harlequin fans love a happy ending! I’m glad that you enjoyed Fernando’s story- he’s a special fellow. Thank you for your comment!

      Joanna

  8. Marcy Shuler says:

    Aww…what a sweet story. I’m glad Fernando found a home.

    We lost our 17 y.o. kittyboy, Curry, over a year ago. We got him from the shelter and he was so little and so scared. We just felt he needed us the most. He was the original scaredy cat and was more afraid of a mouse than they ever were of him.

    What I loved was watching him pounce on his own tail. He’d slowly look over his shoulder at his tail and when it moved you could see him tense up. When he felt the time was right he’d pounce on it and then start the whole cycle over again. LOL He’d do this for 5-10 minutes at times. It always made me smile.

    • Joanna Sims says:

      Hi Marcy!

      Thank you for sharing your memories of Curry. And, I love your description of Curry getting ready to pounce on the “bug” that was always following him! I’m always bummed when my kittens outgrow that whole tail-chasing stage! The world needs people like you who are willing to give a shelter animal a loving home!

      Joanna

  9. Jane Squires says:

    I have two cats inside who’s lives I changed. But now I am worried I could lose them. One is having seizures if you touch her in wrong place. And other one is hiding and refusing to come out.
    Today is a down day for me.

    • Joanna Sims says:

      Hi Jane,

      I am sorry that you are having a down day today. And, I’m sorry to hear that your kitties are not well. My mom was a bit of cat whisperer, and taught me a lot about these complicated creatures. But, they can still be tough to understand. Play therapy usually works when one of my cats is hiding. I use a kitty fishing pole (pole, string and feather from the store) and it usually works to build up my scared kitty’s confidence and get them out from under the bed. Feel better!

      Joanna

  10. Ada says:

    Oh, that’s such a beautiful story! So glad it got a happy ending! I’m allergic to pets so I never had any chance but I love how much pets can mean to families. So glad for Fernando and his new family!!

    • Joanna Sims says:

      Hi Ada!

      Thank you for your comment! It’s got to be really hard to have allergies to pets. I’m glad that enjoyed Fernando’s story. Even though he wasn’t meant for our family, I will always have a special place in my heart for him.

      All the best!

      Joanna

  11. Laura says:

    I love animal stories that have a happy ending! So glad he found a home!
    One of our childhood dogs was a stray we got from the SPCA who spooked easily and we had to keep on a lead in the backyard or she’d run away. Well, one day that happened, and we were devastated after we couldn’t find her for a few days – until we saw her laying on the front lawn of a house whose picture was in the real estate section of the paper. So, we went over there, and sure enough, she was hanging out nearby! We couldn’t believe it because it wasn’t close to our house, but we were so happy to have found her!

    • Joanna Sims says:

      Hi Laura!

      Wow! That’s an awesome pet story with a happy ending! I love it. She was just meant to be yours. Thank you for sharing your story!

      Joanna

  12. Debbie Haupt says:

    Joanna, what a great story and a happy ending that you know all about because The One He’s Been Looking For is definitely a winner!! It made me laugh and cry.
    deb

    • Joanna Sims says:

      Hi Deb!

      Thank you so much for taking the time to let me know that you enjoyed Ian and Jordan’s story. Positive feedback like yours means a lot to me and gives me fuel for the next book!

      All the best!

      Joanna

      P.S. I just finished Dylan Axel’s story and I’m working on Josephine’s story now…so more Brand books to come!