Review of The Chronicles of Zee & Zoey by Carol Upton of Dreams Aloud Promotions

Carol and her rescue dog, Lucy

As with many people in my life as of late, I met Carol Upton of Dreams Aloud Promotions through social networking. She has a particular affinity for horses, but clearly has a love for all animals, which is why I was so drawn to her. Throughout the course of writing and publishing The Chronicles of Zee & Zoey, she has helped me in one way or another and was kind enough to provide an endorsement for the back cover of my book. I had asked Carol to do a review for me, but because she does not have a blog, I requested her permission to share her interpretation of the story with you here. It is with great pride that I share her thoughts on The Chronicles of Zee & Zoey – A Journey of the Extraordinarily Ordinary:

 If you treat yourself to one special book this year, make it The Chronicles of Zee and Zoey, a remarkable first work by Deborah Barnes. In it, Barnes describes the essence of her cats in fascinating detail and shares her own personal journey alongside them to the “unlimited possibility of the extraordinary.”

Zee and Zoey are the charismatic stars of The Chronicles, but Barnes also introduces readers to the evolving cast of characters of an entire feline community. Her writing inspires a profound and dynamic connection with each and every one of them.

Playful, quirky, loving, yet cunning, determined and pushy, cats are treasured family members who share emotions just as their human counterparts. I was quickly immersed in the richness of their lively stories, and the laughter and tears that are part of sharing our lives with these sensitive creatures. Barnes exquisitely captures how they give us so much in exchange for so little.

The stories are graced by stunning photographs and custom artwork, and are backlit by the life lessons that cats share by just being cats. We are gently encouraged to wake up and enjoy each day, not as we might wish it to be, but as it is – full of mystery, beauty, and the opportunity to welcome whatever we have before us.

Each page will gift the reader with something to remember. This book may be the most inspired and rewarding read of the year for anyone who has ever known or loved an animal.

Carol M. Upton offers personlized publicity services for animal-related authors and healing artists through Dreams Aloud Promotions. Please visit Carol at:

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  1. SUPERB! One of the best I have read!

  2. Wow, that is one great review!! Is it on Amazon? I have a couple hundred dollars in credit there. =^..^=

    oh and p.s., I gave your book a shout out in my post today about Crazy Cat Ladies.

    • Deb says:

      Thank you so much Julia! Yes, the book is on Amazon but they are terrible about keeping it in stock – if it is unavailable, just put yourself on the wait list and it should ship shortly. Thank you for the shout out!!!