Sneaky Interviews Isenbale from Magickal Mystery Lore, An Abracadabra Mystery, by Sharon Pape

Sneaky here with another pawsome interview of a pet character. Today, it’s my pleasure to chat with a cozy mystery cat whose current book, Magickal Mystery Lore is on tour with Escape with Dollycas Into a Good Book. Hello, there, Kitty. What is your name and your author’s name?

My name is Isenbale, a perfect and dignified name for a Maine Coon familiar, thanks to my author, Sharon Pape.

Mice to meet you, Isenbale. That is quite a distinctive name.

What book(s) have you appeared in? Please list them and their genre.

I have been in each of the Abracadabra books thus far, including the one that debuted on April sixteenth. I’m pleased to say that these are all cozy mysteries: Magick & Mayhem, That Olde White Magick, Magick Run Amok, and Magickal Mystery Lore.

Pawsome. I’m a cozy mystery cat myself.

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

As you have no doubt surmised, these books are part of a series known as The Abracadabra Mysteries. Kailyn Wilde is a sorceress of ancient lineage, whose family emigrated to America in the seventeenth century. Over the years, a quaint, touristy town sprang up around their magick shop in Upstate New York. The shop is known for its health and beauty aids that work like magick. In the past year, Kailyn has discovered she also has a knack for solving murder cases. When she enlists the help of her cat familiar, Sashkatu (who isn’t half the cat I am), her psychic aunt Tilly, boyfriend/ journalist, Travis, and Merlin – yes that Merlin, the bad guys don’t stand a chance. Although I haven’t had a role in Kailyn’s crime fighting, I play an important cameo role in the Wilde family as Tilly’s loyal familiar.

Wow, Meow. That sounds great.

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

I am not based on any other cat. I am unique and born of the stuff of dreams.

I see. What fun.

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

I love being Tilly’s familiar for several reasons. I’m one degree removed from the central action and dangers of Kailyn’s life. My Tilly is a master pastry chef. There are always goodies around and the magnificent smells of more things baking. What’s more, ever since Merlin crash landed in the magick shop, he’s been living here in Tilly’s house with me. Merlin is to cats as Elvis and the Beatles were to teeny boppers. Like all felines, I simply can’t get enough of him, despite the incident when he accidentally turned me into a bird and forgot how to change me back!

Did someone say “bird?” You’re  making me hungry with all that talk of bakery goodies and then you have to mention a bird – MOL (meow out loud).

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

I am like you, Sneaky, I keep my thoughts to myself, except for the occasional and perfectly timed meow.

That’s the best way to be.

What advice would you give other cat characters?

Be observant and always have a hidey hole close by in case danger comes calling, whether it be a cranky child or a killer. If a lap is available, make use of it. If a sunny ledge is also an option, remember that the lap belongs to someone with opposable thumbs who can cook or order takeout. And don’t let anyone turn you into anything else. As a cat, you are already at the top of the animal kingdom!

Purrfect advice.

Do you have any new books coming out? Please give dates and details.

As a matter of fact, I do. Magickal Mystery Lore came out April 16th and we had a wonderful Facebook Release Party on that date with six fabulous cozy authors, including your author, Sneaky! There were giveaways and lots of fun!

I heard about that. I love Facebook parties and have hosted a few myself.

Well, Isenbale, it’s been a pleasure having you here. Best whiskers to you and your author on your new mystery. I’m sharing the blog tour below.

Magickal Mystery Lore
(An Abracadabra Mystery)
by Sharon Pape

About the Book

Magickal Mystery Lore (An Abracadabra Mystery)
Paranormal Cozy Mystery
4th in Series
Lyrical Underground (April 16, 2019)
Pages: 317 (including a sneak peek into book 5)

This spells trouble . . .

The New Camel Day Fair is a fun-filled event for residents of this upstate New York town. Kailyn Wilde, a modern-day witch of ancient lineage, leaves her potion shop, Abracadabra—and her feline familiar, Sashkatu—to attend with her fortune-telling Aunt Tilly. Joining them is legendary wizard Merlin, who’s discovering new pleasures of time-traveling to the modern world, including curly fries and kettle corn—but the appeal of the Tilt-a-Wheel is beyond his mystical imagination.

The real wild ride begins later, when neighboring sweet shop owner Lolly rushes into Abracadabra with news about a dead body. The victim has one of Lolly’s fudge knives stuck in her back, but in spite of the sticky evidence, Lolly is only one of several suspects with ample motive and opportunity. Meanwhile, Merlin’s research into old family scrolls and electromagnetic ley lines is causing some unusual mix-ups. As the two investigations collide, Kailyn will have to do everything in her power to prevent disaster…

About the Author

Sharon Pape describes her writing career as having two stages. Back in the dark ages, before computers were in every household, she had three paranormal books published. The first one was condensed by Redbook Magazine, the first paperback original they had ever condensed. Around the same time, Redbook published her first short story.

Then life brought her an unexpected challenge that went by the name of breast cancer. When her treatment was over, she became a volunteer for the American Cancer Society’s Reach to Recovery Program and went on to be the program’s coordinator for Nassau and Suffolk Counties on Long Island. Several years later, with the help of her surgical oncologist and two other survivors, she started her own not-for-profit organization to provide information and peer support to newly diagnosed breast cancer patients.

Once the organization was running smoothly and didn’t require as much of her time, she returned to her first love – writing. During this second stage of her career, she’s been writing cozy mysteries with a paranormal twist and a splash of humor.

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Harry’s Kitty Korner #9: I had an “Egg”cellent First Easter


Hi, there. It’s Harry with my Kitty Korner Column #9. Thank you for reading about my adventures in the De Louise house. I hope you all had a nice Easter. My sister and I had a fun day because Debbie filled some plastic eggs with catnip, and we loved rolling them around. Check out the video of our game.

Here are some pictures of my sis, Hermione, with some of the eggs.

And here’s the old guy, Stripey. He didn’t play much with the eggs but opened them up and ate the catnip.

Until next time. Handsome Harry aka Harold when I’m naughty.

Sneaky Interviews Tigger from Sifting Through the Clues, a Cookbook Nook Mystery, by Daryl Wood Gerber

Sneaky here with another pawsome interview of a pet character. Today, it’s my pleasure to chat with a cozy mystery cat whose current book, Sifting Through the Clues is on tour with Escape with Dollycas Into a Good Book. Hello, there, Kitty. What is your name and your author’s name?

My name is Tigger. I’m a ginger cat. My author’s name is Daryl Wood Gerber.

Hi, Tigger, Mice to meet you.

What book(s) have you appeared in? Please list them and their genre.

I appear in the Cookbook Nook Mysteries, a cozy mystery set in Crystal Cove, California. That’s on the coast. I love the sound of the ocean. There are 8 books in the series: Final Sentence, Inherit the Word, Stirring the Plot, Fudging the Books, Grilling the Subject, Pressing the Issue, Wreath Between the Lines, and Sifting Through Clues.

Sounds like a nice list. There are only 4 in my Cobble Cove mystery series, but I’m sure Debbie will be starting number 5 soon.

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

My human, Jenna Hart, owns a culinary bookshop called the Cookbook Nook and the Nook Café with her aunt Vera. Jenna used to be an advertising executive in San Francisco, but she came home to help her aunt and to find her smile. She found me. I was a stray. She’s smiling, all right! Me, too.

Pawsome. I was found on the steps of the Cobble Cove Library and taken in by the nice people there. The library’s great, but I imagine it’s wonderful to live in a bookshop that has a cafe.

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

No. My author has a dog named Sparky. He’s a darling golden doodle. She used to have cats as a girl. All black cats, so I’m told. She couldn’t have cats when she married her husband. Allergies. But she still loves them. She was particularly fond of the ginger cat color so she dreamed me up. And she loved the Tigger character in the Pooh stories, hence my name.

I’m glad your author can have cat characters even if she can’t have real life cats. My author has 3. She lost her Siamese Oliver (who I’m based on) last year and now has a black kitten and a calico one. She also has a 10-year-old tabby.

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

If I share a scene, I’ll be giving away a big part of the story, so I can’t, but yes, I am instrumental in Fudging the Books. Well, Hershey and I are. He’s my pal. He wasn’t my pal at the beginning, but he warmed up to me by the end. We save the day. You’ll see.

I guess I’ll have to read to find out. Sounds exciting.

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

I like that Jenna cuddles me a lot and plays with me and takes me to the shop. There’s a cat condo at the shop that her father made and it’s like the best thing in the world. I like playing with the children that come in to do crafts while their parents shop, too. My life is never dull. Unlike some other cats, I’m a people cat.

What a great role. I’m a people’s cat, too.

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

Oh, I don’t talk, but Jenna intuits what I’m saying at all times. She’s cool that way.

Sounds like Alicia and Laura. They both understand me.

What advice would you give other cat characters?

To love their humans and to not be aloof. Humans really like to cuddle. Me, too.

I like that advice. It’s purrfect. Thank  you, Tigger.

Do you have any new books coming out? Please give dates and details.

Sifting through Clues comes out this month. I’m very supportive of Jenna throughout this story. She doesn’t need my help, but she needs me. That’s all that matters.

Of claws it does.

If there’s anything else you’d like readers to know about you, your author, or your new book, please post it below. Thanks again for being my guest, and best whiskers to you and your author on your new release.

Thanks so much, Sneaky.


The construction paper cookbooks that Bailey had fashioned were

a huge hit with children. Tigger, too. He had a blast trolling beneath

the kids’ table for ribbon and other craft scraps.


Mulling over my options, I made my way to the door. I paused

when I spied Tigger attacking a kick-and-scratch toy with zealous

vengeance. Apparently, he was feeling as pent-up as I was.

“Sorry, pal,” I cooed and lifted him for a hug. “It’s my fault you’re

out of sorts.” I set him on his kitty condo and fetched him a calming

chewable. “I’ll do better tomorrow. Promise.”


As he pulled in beside my VW, I gasped. My cottage door was

standing wide open.

“Tigger!” I raced out of Rhett’s truck and flew inside. I breathed

easier when I saw my cat at the tippy top of his kitty condo. The way

he was sitting, his head hanging over the edge, reminded me of

Snoopy on his doghouse pretending to be a vulture. I picked him up

and held him close. His heart revved like a motorboat.

I’m also including information on our blog tour:

The Agatha Award–winning author of Wreath Between the Lines returns to the Cookbook Nook, where culinary mysteries are giving everyone food for thought . . .

Book clubs from all over have descended on Crystal Cove to celebrate the library’s Book Club Bonanza week, and Jenna Hart has packed the Cookbook Nook with juicy reads and tasty cookbooks. But she’s most excited about spending an evening with the Mystery Mavens and their moveable feast, when they will go from house to house to share different culinary treats and discuss the whodunit they’re all reading. It’s all good food and fun for the savvy armchair detectives, until one of the members of the group is found murdered at the last stop on the tour.

As if that weren’t enough to spoil her appetite, Jenna discovers that all the evidence points to her friend Pepper as being the guilty party. And with Pepper’s chief-of-police daughter too close to the case to be impartial, Jenna knows she’ll have to step in to help clear her friend’s name before a bitter injustice sends her to jail. Sifting through the clues, Jenna unearths any number of possible culprits, but she’ll have to cook up a new way to catch the killer before Pepper’s goose is cooked.

Includes tasty sweet and savory recipes!


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Agatha Award-winning Daryl Wood Gerber writes the nationally bestselling Cookbook Nook Mysteries as well as the French Bistro Mysteries.  As Avery Aames, she pens the popular Cheese Shop Mysteries. Daryl also writes stand-alone suspense. Fun tidbit: as an actress, Daryl appeared in “Murder, She Wrote.” She loves to cook, and she has a frisky Goldendoodle named Sparky who keeps her in line!


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