Hermione’s Kitty Korner #18: Spring is Here and So are the Bugs

Purrs, it’s Hermione. I hope you are all staying safe from that bad bug out there. I know it’s one that my brother, Stripey, and I can’t catch or at least I hope not. We’d much rather catch bugs of the insect and not the virus variety. In fact, we recently caught a fly in our house. Here are some photos of our hunt that ends with a video of us after we’ve got it.

I was the one who started the hunt. I saw something flying outside the window.

I pawed my way slowly across the windowsill to check it out.

Then I hid myself behind the curtain.

Unfortunately, I discovered the bug was outside the window, so I gave up the hunt. However, my brother Harry, because he’s a copy cat, climbed up on the window after I left and also hid behind the curtain.

Then an odd thing happened. There actually was a bug in the house. It was on our other window. We both saw it at the same time and raced there. To give Harry credit, I will say that we both caught the fly, but everyone knows female cats are the better hunters.

After I helped him catch the fly, Harry had the nerve to play with it like it was all his. I was so mad that I punched him with my paw and was finally able to get a taste of my prey.

That’s my story, and I’m sticking to it. Do your kitties catch bugs in your house? It’s great exercise and hones our hunting skills. Spring is the purrfect time for bug catching.

Until next time, it’s Hermione signing off. Be safe, and watch out for those bugs.

Feature Friday Film: Cats Catching Bugs

You know it’s spring when a young cat’s fancy turns to the great outdoors. For those cats who are indoor-only felines like Debbie’s Harry, Hermione, and Stripey, the instinct to chase and catch bugs is still strong, and many will hang out near open windows waiting for ones that might enter the house through any small holes in the screens. Cats also roam the floors hoping to find crawling bugs. Here are some videos of cats on the hunt for insects. The last one is live footage of Harry and Hermione after they, working together, have captured a fly.

Interview of Duffy, the Cat from Miranda and the D-Day Caper by Shelly Frome

Good day, Mr. Cat. What is your name and your author’s name?

My name is Duffy. I am a stray orange tabby. My author’s name is Shelly.

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

This is the first time I’ve ever appeared in a book.

Really? How exciting. I remember my first book, A Stone’s Throw. I can’t believe that was 5 years and 4 books ago. Debbie has written other standalone books with cats in them, but I’m the star of her series.

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

My hunch is this is the first and last time.  I know I’m supposed to have nine lives, but I have no intention of going through another wild escapade again. Just hanging around the alleyways and such in Hoboken, New Jersey was harrowing enough, thank you very much

I guess you should trust your feline sixth sense.

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

Another hunch, but I think the notion came from a movie about a stray cat who took off and the guy who adopted it was crestfallen until he searched high and low on the big city streets till the cat and he were reconciled. So in the same way, this guy Skip adopted me and hunted high and low against much much greater odds.

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

He reached into the wall cabinet, got out the carton of milk from the squat little fridge, and poured some in a bowl. He went outside, cut through the weeds, unlatched the shed door, hunkered down and placed the bowl on the dusty floor. But the orangey cat cowered in the corner behind the rusty gas can, arched its back, hissed and swiped its paw, it’s green eyes fixed on him all the while.

“Now don’t you go giving me that. Ain’t my fault they dropped you off here.  I am bringing you some milk only so’s you don’t up and die. Which is no skin off my nose anyways.”

The hissing eased just a tad, but its back was still arched, paw extended, green eyes still piercing.

“Hey now, I’ve got a good mind to set you loose on the highway and time it till you get flattened. I give the odds at best as one in three.”

He shoved the bowl of milk further in, stepped out and secured the latch. For no reason, he eyed the scudding clouds for any sign of stars. Not that he was superstitious, but he eyed the sky anyway in case this recent tom-foolery in any way set things off course.

Coming up empty, he went back to his old truck, cranked open the squeaky passenger door, grabbed the rest of the kitty litter Zeb foisted on him, ripped open the bag, spilled some of it as he traipsed back, scattered some inside the shed and dumped the rest into the bin. As he lowered the lid, he reached once more for the pint of Jack Daniels in his back pocket.

A few more swigs and he began to see that nominating Duke and even enlisting  Zeb for that matter had it drawbacks. Be that as it may, if he could get ahold of himself, he was still in the catbird seat. Unlike the heel-dragging politicos, unlike everyone in play that he could see, he was the footloose shadow man, the one no one ever saw coming. If he could just damn well cool it down.

Thanks for sharing that pawsome scene.

What do you like most about your role in this book?

What I like is the fact that Skip cares enough to scour all over the Blue Ridge trying to rescue me. Like I really mattered. So in a way I held out, hissed at this dude who dumped me in this shed and I never gave up hope until sooner or later, he and his cousin Miranda might track me down and get me clear away from there.

It’s always a good thing when your character co-stars show their devotion. When I disappeared in Written in Stone, I was glad that Alicia was so worried about me that she searched all over Cobble Cove for me, too.

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

I don’t talk and I sure as heck ain’t silent. I am a full-dimensional alley cat with a lot of mileage on me, if you get my drift.

I certainly do.What advice would you give other cat characters?

Make sure you’re not taken as something cutesy and are given a life of your own instead of something endearing or cartoony or words like that.

Good advice, Duff.

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

Like I said, and like this guy Shelly said, this caper is what is called a standalone.

Aww, too bad. Maybe your author will change his mind if your mystery becomes a bestseller. Paws crossed. But even if it doesn’t, maybe you’ll make an appearance in another standalone or a short story like I did in “Sneaky’s Christmas Mystery” a few months ago.

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

He’s on social media, Facebook to be exact on his author’s page Shelly Frome featuring his golden doodle Baxter a lot. A real dog. Not that I’m jealous. It’s enough that I went through what I did.  To tell you the truth, it was all so real, it’s like I actually existed and will continue to exist in readers’ minds.

That’s what it’s all about, Duff. Thanks for the great interview. I’m sharing your book’s blog tour and giveaway below. Best whiskers to you and your author on your great standalone mystery.

Miranda and the D-Day Caper
by Shelly Frome

About Miranda and the D-Day Caper

Miranda and the D-Day Caper
Cozy Mystery
Publisher: Boutique of Quality Books (March 1, 2020)
Paperback: 338 pages
ISBN-10: 1945448571
ISBN-13: 978-1945448577
Digital ASIN: B07WPG7R3K

A modern day mystery with WWII tactics, old-time heroes and values, and the efforts of two amateur cousin sleuths from the Heartland.

On a sparkling spring morning in the Blue Ridge, small-town realtor Miranda Davis approached the tailgate market, intent on dealing with her whimsical cousin Skip’s unexpected arrival from New York. It turns out that Skip was on the run and, in his panic, grabbed his beloved tabby Duffy, recalling that Miranda had a recent part in solving a case down in Carolina. His predicament stemmed from intercepting code messages like “Countdown to D-Day,” playfully broadcasting the messages on his radio show over the nation-wide network, and subsequently forced to flee.

At first, Miranda tried to limit her old childhood companion’s conundrum to the sudden abduction of Duffy the cat. But the forces that be were hell-bent on keeping Skip under wraps by any means after he now stumbled close to the site of their master plan. Miranda’s subsequent efforts to decipher the conspiracy and somehow intervene placed both herself and her old playmate on a collision course with a white-nationalist perpetrator and the continuing machinations of the right-wing enterprise, with the lives of all those gathered for a diversity celebration in nearby Asheville and a crucial senatorial vote on homeland security hanging in the balance.

About Shelly Frome

Shelly Frome is a member of Mystery Writers of America, a professor of dramatic arts emeritus at the University of Connecticut, a former professional actor, a writer of crime novels and books on theater and film. He is also a features writer for Gannett Media’s Black Mountain News. His fiction includes Sun Dance for Andy Horn, Lilac Moon, Twilight of the Drifter, Tinseltown Riff, Murder Run, Moon Games and The Secluded Village Murders. Among his works of non-fiction are The Actors Studio and texts on the art and craft of screenwriting and writing for the stage. Miranda and the D-Day Caper is his latest foray into the world of crime and the amateur sleuth. He lives in Black Mountain, North Carolina.

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Sneaky Interviews Hex from Mysterious Merchandise, A Witch’s Thrift Shop Mystery by Astoria Wright

Meow, there. It’s Sneaky with an interview with a fellow cat character from a cozy mystery series.

Hello, black kitty. You look a lot like my author’s cat, Harry, who has a column on this blog. May I ask your name and your author’s name?

Hi, Sneaky. I’m Hex and my reluctant friend is named Naveed. We are allowing our story to be told by the cozy fantasy author Astoria Wright.

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

Mysterious Merchandise, a paranormal cozy mystery, will be our first book, but be on the lookout for other books to follow. 

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

 Yes, our series is called A Witch’s Thrift Shop. I, Hex, lead Alice Adelcraft into Magic Row, a street full of shops owned by witches and wizards. The first shop she comes across is A Witch’s Thrift shop, where magical items are to be found. Why do I lead her there? I have my reasons.

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

Naveed and I are black cats only when we choose to be, which is most of the time. We’re what you would call genies, or jinn. We take this form to make humans more comfortable, and because if any warlock discovered we were really jinn…let’s just say that would be bad for everyone. We’re not based on anything our author owns…it’s not like she has a magic lamp or anything. Or does she?

I guess readers need to read the books to figure that out.

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

*chuckle* Naveed says every scene with him is important. I’ll let him have this one:

“Wha- What’s wrong with Hex?” The boy asked.

“That’s not Hex. Down, kitty,” Alice said.

Naveed took ‘down’ to mean he should squat on the boy’s chest. His black eyes challenged her. He knew that wasn’t what she meant. Not unlike a real cat, he just wanted to be difficult about it.

Alice might not have much experience with cats, but she was getting the hang of handling a jinn. She narrowed her eyes right back, adding in her mind, “Off. Now. Naveed.” He gave a throaty growl, but hopped off Puck’s chest as she wished.

Scrambling to his feet, Puck looked between Naveed and the road behind him, as if debating whether or not to run.

“He’ll only chase you down again. And he might be angrier about it next time,” Alice said.

Tell Naveed that was a purrfect scene. Thanks for sharing it.

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

I love my role as Watcher of Magic Row. I set the whole plot in motion by leading Alice to Naveed’s lamp, where he should have stayed trapped, if you ask me.

Naveed says he doesn’t like anything, but I think he actually likes Magic Row and Alice might even be growing on him.

You sound like a very important character indeed.

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

I stay silent because I know better than to give away jinn secrets. Naveed can’t help himself. He hasn’t talked in his cat form – yet. But you never know with him.

I’ll take your word for it.

What advice would you give other cat characters?

You mean cat-jinns? I haven’t met any yet, other than Naveed. I suppose if I see another cat-jinn I’d tell them to keep their identities secret, revealing themselves only to people they trust 100%. For other magical cats, I guess my advice would be to stay close to their humans. Humans have a way of getting into all kinds of trouble when they’re not watched carefully.

Aint that the truth?

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

Mysterious Merchandise came out March 15th. Be on the lookout for Bewitching Bargains, the 2nd book in this series, which should be out soon, too.

Concatulations! I am sharing your blog tour and giveaway below. Best whiskers to you and your author on your new release.

Mysterious Merchandise (A Witch’s Thrift Shop Mystery)
by Astoria Wright

About Mysterious Merchandise

Mysterious Merchandise (A Witch’s Thrift Shop Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Novelwright Press, LLC (March 21, 2020)
Paperback: 142 pages
ISBN-10: 1949453243
ISBN-13: 978-1949453249
Digital ASIN: B084T5NVW2

When a black cat crosses Alice Adelcraft’s path, her luck changes, as does her worldview, especially when she stumbles into A Witch’s Thrift Shop. The merchandise is mysterious, the customers are curious, and the sign on the door reads: Shoplifters will be hexed. It might all be a joke, but the body of a witch outside proves someone was dead serious. Can Alice discover who killed the witch before the magical community discovers she isn’t one of them?

About Astoria Wright

Astoria Wright is a cozy fantasy author and a poet who is inspired by rainy days, good books, and positive people. She is often found sitting by a window or in her backyard sipping tea or coffee and writing or reading cozy mysteries, fantasy novels, or poetry. Join her mailing list at www.astoriawright.com to see stories, poems, and thoughts that she only shares there.

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