Sneaky’s Feature Friday Film: My Author’s Booktrailer for her New Mystery

Meow, there. For my feature Friday film this week, I’m showing Debbie’s book trailer for her new mystery Sea Scope.

It’s not part of our series, but it does have a cat or two. Mostly, it features lots of interesting characters and, because it alternates between past and present, you’ll see some of these people as kids and then as adults. Unlike our cozies, it’s a psychological mystery. That means it has a lot of deep themes, but it’s also a fun read. You’ll learn a lot about lighthouses. There are even photos and illustrations of them. This book is available in paperback, large type, ebook, and will soon be out in audio. It’s also free on Kindle Unlimited. Let me know what you think of the video preview.

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Sneaky’s Feature Friday Film: Meowing About The Cat Writer’s Association Conference

This week, instead of my usual Feature Friday film of cute kitties, I’m showing a video of the Cat Writers’ Association. Have you heard of this group? If you feature cats in your books, articles, poems, blogs, photographs, etc., this is the group for you. CWA will be celebrating its 25th anniversary in St. Louis, Missouri this month.  My author is attending this conference and will be speaking on a panel with other cat authors including Mollie Hunt, Patricia Fry, and Sandra Murphy.

Top (left to right): Mollie Hunt and Patricia Fry. Bottom (left to right): Sandra Murphy and Debbie De Louise Photo courtesy of the Cat Writers’ Association

In addition to being on the panel of “Communicating, Capitalizing, and Connecting in a Fictional World,” Debbie will be selling and autographing some of our books at a book signing at the Drury Plaza Hotel St. Louis at the Arch on Saturday, May 17. This event will also feature a fundraiser by the Humane Society of Missouri and is open to everyone.

Here is a video compilation of past CWA conferences from founding member and past president, Amy Shojai. Isn’t it pawsome? Note that a younger Debbie appears in the 1999 conference slide taken in Kansas City.

Sneaky Interviews George from The Body in the Wetlands, A Jazzi Sanders Mystery, by Judi Lynn

Sneaky here with another pawsome interview of a pet character. Today, it’s my pleasure to chat with a cozy mystery dog whose current book, The Body in the Wetlands is on tour with Escape with Dollycas Into a Good Book. Hello, there, Pug. I mean Pup. What is your name and your author’s name?

I’m Ansel’s pug, George, and my author is Judi Lynn.

It’s a pleasure to meet you. What book(s) have you appeared in? Please list them and their genre.

I’ve been in The Body in the Attic, book one, and now The Body in the Wetlands, cozy mystery number two.  At the end of September, I’ll be in The Body in the Gravel.

Lots of bodies in your titles. That’s cool. Bodies are good in murder mysteries. In my Cobble Cove series, there are lots of rocks and stones (and murders, of claws)– A Stone’s Throw, Between a Rock and a Hard Place, Written in Stone, and Love on the Rocks. I have four books, so I’m a bit ahead of you George. I’m hoping Debbie will start Number 5 soon.

Are you in a series? If so, please give information about it.

I’m in the Jazzi Zanders series.  My human, Ansel, is a contractor who works with Jazzi and her cousin, Jerod, on flipping houses.  I go everywhere with Ansel.  He’s happier when I’m around.  House flipping doesn’t interest me much, though, so I mostly curl in the dog bed he takes places for me and occasionally I open an eye to supervise.  I always wake up for our lunch break, though. 

Don’t blame you on that. I prefer my sunny window in the Cobble Cove library and all the treats the library works and patrons slip me.

Are you based on a real dog such as your author’s? If so, please give further details.

My author’s daughter, who lives in Florida, had a pug like me—Bill.  Bill was a bit spoiled, though.  We have a lot in common.  Neither of us are fond of walks, and we don’t like stairs.  That’s why Ansel always carries me up and down them.  Oh, and we both like beer.

Beer? Hmmm, the only drink besides water that I indulge in is milk, but I do get high on catnip occasionally.

Can you share an excerpt from one of your books that features you in an important scene? If so, please include it.

I was depressed when my author wrote this scene.  Ansel has to go back to his family’s dairy farm to help them fix the house and barn roof.  He takes me with him, but neither of us wants to be there.  I don’t like his dad and oldest brother.  I want to go home, to be with Jazzi and our friends. After working on the farm all day, Ansel calls Jazzi at the end of the night.

I hate this.”  Ansel sounded upset.

            “Just get your family in good shape and come home.”

            “Home.”  His voice lingered on the word.  “George doesn’t like it here either.”

            “Tell your brothers to sneak him treats.”

            “That’s the thing.  They have.  He won’t eat them.”

            She didn’t believe it.  George had never met a food he didn’t like.  “You’ve got to be kidding.  George eats everything.  What are they giving him—broccoli?”

            “We’re in farm country.  Bits of steak.  Chicken.”

            Jazzi was concerned.  “Is George feeling all right?  Is he sick?”

            “He misses you … and home.”

            “Holy crap. I thought George would eat in spite of anything.” 

            Ansel sounded downright gloomy.  “Well, I’d better go upstairs to bed.  They put me in my old room.  No happy memories there.”

That’s a good scene. When you’re a pet character, you have to be able to act happy as well as sad.

What do you like most about your role in your authors’ books?

They show how much Ansel and Jazzi love me. And I love them back.

That’s important, too. I know Alicia, Laura, and most of the library people adore me. Donald acts like he doesn’t, but I know he has a soft spot for me.

Are you a talking pet in your books or just a silent one like I am who just meows occasionally?

I’m silent, even though I live with two cats, who cause a lot more trouble than I do, especially Inky. 

Is Inky black? My author’s kitten, Harry, is black. Maybe I can chat with Inky one day.

What advice would you give other dog characters?

Just be there for your human. I’ve helped Ansel through some tough times.  He needs me.

Purrfect advice.

Are you and/or your author on social media? If so, please list your links.

My author stays active on a lot of things: 

BookBub:  https://www.bookbub.com/authors/judi-lynn

Webpage:  https://www.judithpostswritingmusings.com/

Blog:  https://writingmusings.com/

Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6308736.Judi_Lynn

Author Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/JudiLynnwrites/?eid=ARBwkRIH9ZQ-90PqWPSs65rA9UzCimxcrgJ9gYIbf9DuBLNmGN1fTOWrl8JRF4hbF1mR-Cj-ioYvcpTN

Twitter:  @judypost

Anything else you’d like your readers to know?

I’m on the cover of The Body in the Attic.

Pawsome. It was great speaking with you George, and I’ll share;your author’s blog tour below. Best tail wags to you and Judi on your new release.

The Body in the Wetlands
(A Jazzi Zanders Mystery)
by Judi Lynn

About the Book


The Body in the Wetlands (A Jazzi Zanders Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Lyrical Underground (April 23, 2019)
Paperback: 208 pages
ISBN-10: 151610840X
ISBN-13: 978-1516108404
Digital ASIN: B07FZN7CVT

High summer in River Bluffs, Indiana, is always sweltering and sweet. But the heat is really on when a decidedly dead body turns up in the neighborhood.

When established house flippers Jazzi Zanders and her cousin Jerod donate a week’s worth of remodeling work to Jazzi’s sister Olivia, they’re expecting nothing more than back-breaking roofing work and cold beers at the end of each long, hot day. With Jazzi’s live-in boyfriend and partner Ansel on the team, it promises to be a quick break before starting their next big project—until Leo, an elderly neighbor of Olivia’s, unexpectedly goes missing . . .

When the friendly senior’s dog tugs Jazzi and the guys toward the wetlands beyond Olivia’s neighborhood, they stumble across a decomposing corpse—and a lot of questions. With Jazzi’s pal Detective Gaff along to investigate, Jazzi finds her hands full of a whole new mystery instead of the usual hammer and nails. And this time it will take some sophisticated sleuthing to track down the culprit of the deadly crime—before the killer turns on her next . . .

About the Author

Judi Lynn received a Master’s Degree from Indiana University as an elementary school teacher after attending the IPFW campus. She taught 1st, 2nd, and 4th grades for six years before having her two daughters. She loves gardening, cooking and trying new recipes.

Readers can visit her website at www.judithpostswritingmusings.com and her blog writingmusings.com.

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Hermione’s Kitty Korner Post #10: My Grandma Has a New Book Out

Purrs! Hermione here with the next installment of my Kitty Korner Column. Today, I’m proud to announce that my grandma Debbie has published a new mystery called Sea Scope. I am so proud of her, and even though she used my brother Harry for a model with the cover of the large print edition of this book, I understand because there is a black cat in Sea Scope.

I had my time in the limelight when a calico was in the book and on the cover of her 4th Cobble Cove mystery, Love on the Rocks, but that was before I even met her.

In any case, I managed to squeeze into a photo of Debbie’s new book with my brother.

Even though I can’t read, I heard Debbie editing this story, and I think it’s going to be a best seller. I’m very excited about it because I love being the pet of an author. It makes me so happy that I can roll on my back in joy.

Here’s a pawsome excerpt from Sea Scope that features Al, the cat, who could be Harry’s twin.

Alabaster came meowing into the kitchen looking for his breakfast. Alabaster, or Al, for short, was a black cat she’d adopted to keep her company five years ago. She’d named him for the white, stone-like material as a joke and thought it funny that he often hung out by the inn’s statues that were composed of the same substance.

“Hi, Al. I was just going to check the mailbox before feeding you.”

The cat followed, tail held high as Julie walked out to the porch. The postal box stood to the side beyond the rockers and patio swing. It was a long white box that needed a touch up. She made a note to repaint it when she had time.

As Al circled her legs emitting short cries that signaled his hunger, Julie checked for mail. There was one letter inside the box. It wasn’t in an envelope and bore no stamp. Someone had dropped it off. She figured it was an advertisement, but when she unfolded the paper, she saw that it was a note written in childish handwriting. Each letter had been marked with a different crayon. As one sensitive to color, she realized that the hues composed a rainbow missive.

She took the paper and sat in one of the high back rockers she had covered with padding with her mother years ago and had replaced one lonely spring when she was between boyfriends.

Al continued to beg for his breakfast.

“One minute, boy. Let me read this.”

Julie had forgotten her reading glasses inside. She didn’t like wearing them because they aged her face. She squinted at the words, the light crayoned letters making them difficult to read.

“Do you really think you should reopen the inn? How many more deaths do you want on your head?”

Your nephew, Glen

She gasped. Al sensed her dismay and stopped crying, his body alert to danger; the fur on his back starting to rise.

She was tempted to tear up the paper but reconsidered. Should she go to the police? They were never helpful in the past, and this was obviously a prank. Glen was dead, buried in the family cemetery nearly two years ago.

That excerpt had me wide-eyed but not bushy-tailed. I’m not a bunny.

If you like how grandma’s book sounds, here are the places you can buy it:

(paperback): mybook.to/SSpaper

(Large Type): mybook.to/SSLT

(eBook): mybook.to/SeaScope

You can also buy Debbie’s books on Amazon.com from her author page or from clicking the big  pawprint on the top right side of this blog that says “buy books.” Remember, part of all her royalties go toward the care and feeding of me, Harry, and Stripey.

Purrs until next time, Hermione.

Sneaky’s Feature Friday Film: My Author’s TV Appearance

Instead of my usual Feature Friday film of cute kitties, this week I’m featuring my author’s TV appearance on Between the Covers. Don’t worry, she talks about cats including me and her own kitties, Harry and Hermione, who, if you follow this blog, know that they have their own Kitty Corner columns. Of claws, she also talks about our Cobble Cove cozy mystery series and her upcoming new psychological mystery, Sea Scope.

Check out the blog post Debbie wrote about her experience on the show and then watch and listen to the video.