Feature Friday Film: Cat Fanciers’ Association’s Virtual Cat Competitions and Local Authors Panel

Meow, there. It’s Sneaky with two videos for you this week. The first is of my author’s cat, Harry, who has been entered in the Walk Like an Egyptian Fun Class of the Cat Fanciers’ Association’s Virtual Cat Competition. Check out his fancy foot moves and vote for him at the bottom of his page if you think he’s a winner. Votes are $1 each with discounts for multiple votes and go toward a fundraiser for cats. Thank you for supporting Harry and helping kitties. Vote for Harry here: https://bit.ly/3nDwyir

The second video is of the local author panel Debbie moderated on Thursday, November 12, that featured 7 authors, two of whom (Debbie and Stasie) were members of the Cat Writers’ Association. The panel was hosted by the Hicksville Public Library and included authors Jacqueline Ann DeStefano,  Elaine Donadio, James Cudney IV, Stasie Fishman, Dr. John Krahn, Tracy Auerbach, and Marilyn Levinson. 

 

 

Sneaky Interviews Seaview from Cat Conundrum, A Crazy Cat Lady Cozy Mystery by Mollie Hunt

Hello, Mr. Cat. Welcome to Sneaky’s the Library’s blog. What is your name and your author’s name?

Hello, Sneaky! Why, I’m called Seaview, but that’s a long story. It isn’t my real name, you see. My author’s name is Mollie Hunt. (That is her real name.)

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

Cat Conundrum is the name of the book. It’s Mollie’s  7th cozy mystery. I’m a first-timer, but it may not be my last.

I hope it isn’t. You sound like you would make a great recurring cat character.

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

As I understand it, the Crazy Cat Lady Cozy Mysteries are a series, but you don’t have to read them in order, so you can start with mine. He-he! They feature Lynley Cannon, a sixty-something cat shelter volunteer who finds more trouble than a cat in catnip. She certainly has her hands full with me.

Sounds pawsome.

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

I am a what humans call a Maine Coon cat. I’m big and strong with luxurious long silver furs, and though my author has seen cats like me at cat shows and in pictures, alas she has none of her own.

You must be quite handsome. I’m handsome, too. I’m a Siamese. I was loosely based on Debbie’s cat, Oliver, who has since gone to Rainbow Bridge. I am honored to keep his memory alive in the Cobble Cove mysteries.

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

Here you go! In this scene, Lynley has agreed to foster me as the police search for clues to a locked-room murder!

Cat Conundrum, Chapter 6

The microchip helps pets reunite with their people, sometimes across many miles. If your microchipped cat gets lost, a vet or shelter can easily trace you as long as you keep your information current.

The cat sat, comfortable as could be, on the back of the couch, staring out at the ocean. He was a large boy, extremely large, with the luxurious, long fur and sweet little tufts on his ears indicative of the Maine Coon breed. The color was a silver-gray with hints of cream on his underside. Samples of the blood on his paws had been collected for analysis, and as soon as we’d got back to the guesthouse, I’d washed off the remainder, revealing sparkling white booties. He was gentle and friendly, nothing like the aggressive wildcat the police had first presumed him to be. I’d been calling him Seaview, after the museum where he was found. He wore no tag and I couldn’t feel the distinctive capsule-shaped lump between his shoulders that would signify a microchip, though the shelter would check once their volunteer managed to make it by. Still, the perfect fur, the calm demeanor—he had to be somebody’s cat. I was certain someone would come forward to reclaim him soon.

That didn’t explain how he’d come to be in the study with the dead man. Had the man brought him along with him? Had the cat snuck in somehow? Once the victim had bolted the door, he would have been stuck for the duration.

The severe scratches on the victim’s face had not been done by a cat, even though on first scan, they had fooled Denny Paris, a seasoned animal investigator who had seen his share of maulings. But there was blood on Seaview’s paws—how did it get there if he weren’t the aggressor?

“Lots of questions, eh, Seaview?” I asked, giving his sideburn a scritch for which I was rewarded with a low, rolling purr. “I don’t suppose you could tell us the answers. You know it would save us all a lot of time and trouble if you would.”

Seaview’s only reply was a love-blink from his beautiful sea-green eyes.

What a purr-fect excerpt. Thanks for sharing.

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

I get to be both the villain and the hero. But you have to read the book if you want to know the twist.

Wow, Meow! I must do that or at least ask my author to read it to me.

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

Well, well, if you have ever heard one of my breed speak, you would not mistake it for a mere meow. Sometimes I trill, sometimes I scream, most of the time I just purr. But as to human-talk, I do not bother.

I was that way once myself at the beginning of my series, but now readers can “see” my thoughts and so can my fellow pet co-stars in the series. It’s lots of fun, but the human characters in the books can’t understand anything we pet characters say, so we have to use regular feline methods of communication – purrs, meows, yowls, etc.

What advice would you give other cat characters?

My friend and fellow feline, always be yourself. Though your author may think they want you to do this or that, it’s up to you to guide them in the purr-fect direction.

Excellent advice, Seaview.

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

The next in Mollie’s series will be Adventure Cat, coming fall of 2021. The feline star of that story is Spot from Cat’s Cradle, a Crazy Cat Lady short story, who will be making a startling comeback. I, however, may not be around for a while since my home is on the coast. There is a familial tie with Lynley’s friend Special Agent Denny Paris, so you never know. I could show up any time.

Mollie also has a sci-fantasy coming out at the beginning of 2021. Cat Winter is the second book in the Cat Seasons Tetralogy where cats save the world. Those cats do speak, but I don’t know them personally.

Your author sure is busy. You remind me of Salem, the black cat who made a guest appearance in our latest mystery, No Gravestone UnturnedHe also may return at some point but now resides in another state.

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

You can find Mollie Hunt, Cat Writer on her Blogsite: www.lecatts.wordpress.com

Amazon Page: www.amazon.com/author/molliehunt

Facebook Author Page: www.facebook.com/MollieHuntCatWriter/

@MollieHuntCats

Sign up for Mollie’s Extremely Informal Newsletter at: http://eepurl.com/c0fOTn

Pay her a visit. She’s all about cats.

Your author is like mine, and they are both members of the Cat Writers’ Association. We are so lucky.

I’m sharing your blog tour and giveaway below. Best whiskers to you and Mollie.

Cat Conundrum (Crazy Cat Lady Cozy Mysteries)
by Mollie Hunt

About Cat Conundrum

Cat Conundrum (Crazy Cat Lady Cozy Mysteries)
Cozy Mystery
7th in Series
Independently Published (October 29, 2020)
Number of Pages: 292
Digital ASIN: B08KSK1531

A locked room. A dead man. The cat is the only witness, and he isn’t talking.

Locked-room murders are being committed in sleepy little Long Beach, Washington. As to the killer, Sheriff Matt Boulder has no idea who or why.

The sheriff needs help. He calls his friend, animal cop Denny Paris, and gets a surprise bonus: Lynley Cannon, amateur sleuth. This isn’t how the sixty-something cat shelter volunteer envisioned her beach vacation, but when Denny asks her to join him in the search, how can she refuse?

While the officers investigate one line of inquiry, Lynley takes a different approach. Her only clues, a cat found at the murder scene and a rich man’s missing wife, lead her thread by thread to a scheme more insidious than fiction.

But who will she tell when she turns out to be the one in the locked room?

About Mollie Hunt

Native Oregonian Mollie Hunt has always had an affinity for cats, so it was a short step for her to become a cat writer. Mollie is the author of The Crazy Cat Lady Cozy Mystery Series, featuring Lynley Cannon, a sixty-something cat shelter volunteer who finds more trouble than a cat in catnip. The 3rd in the series, CAT’S PAW, was a finalist for the 2016 Mystery & Mayhem Book Award. The 5th, CAT CAFÉ, won the World’s Best Cat Litter-ary Award in 2019. The 6th, COSMIC CAT, is the winner of the Cat Writers Association Muse Medallion Award for Best Cat Mystery 2019.

Mollie’s sci-fantasy, CAT SUMMER (Fire Star Press) also won a Muse Medallion, this time for Best Cat Sci-fi Fantasy. CAT SUMMER is the first in her Cat Seasons Tetralogy where cats save the world from an evil older than history—twice! Mollie published a stand-alone mystery, PLACID RIVER RUNS DEEP, which delves into murder, obsession, and the challenge of chronic illness in bucolic southwest Washington. Two of her short cat stories have been published in anthologies. She has a little book of Cat Poems as well.

Mollie is a member of the Oregon Writers’ Colony, Sisters in Crime, Willamette Writers, the Cat Writers’ Association, and the Northwest Independent Writers Association (NIWA). She lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband and a varying number of cats. Like Lynley, she is a grateful shelter volunteer.

Author Links

You can find Mollie Hunt, Cat Writer on her blogsite: www.lecatts.wordpress.com

Amazon Page: www.amazon.com/author/molliehunt

Facebook Author Page: www.facebook.com/MollieHuntCatWriter/

Fire Star Author Page: http://prairierosepublications.com/authors_2/mollie-hunt\

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7768987.Mollie_Hunt

@MollieHuntCats

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Sneaky Interviews Murphy, the Dog, from Dead of Winter, A Cassandra Sato Mystery by Kelly Brakenhoff

Hi, there, Mr. Dog. Welcome to Sneaky the Library Cat’s blog. Please introduce yourself and your author.

Hello, I’m Murphy, a West Highland White Terrier. Only recently, I heard about my author, Kelly Brakenhoff. Before she came along, my owner and I were basking in the glow of early retirement in sunny Arizona. Abruptly, we moved to a teeny town in Nebraska where it is so cold I can barely stand outside long enough to pee before I hurry in and lay near a warm heating vent.

TMI, but it’s doggone good to have you here.

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

I made my literary debut in the second Cassandra Sato mystery, Dead Week, with my first owner, Dr. Deborah Winters. Unfortunately, at the beginning of book three, Dead of Winter Break, I moved in with Cassandra Sato, my new foster mom. To say we’ve gotten off to a rocky start would be an understatement.

Uh, oh. That doesn’t sound good, but I’m sure it’s all straightened out by now.

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

My new owner, Cassandra Sato, works at Morton College as an administrator. She’s never owned a pet before, and I’ve really got my work cut out for me to break her in right. One nice thing is Cassandra brings me to work with her at the college. I like hanging out with the students. They pet and cuddle me and when they aren’t watching, I eat their leftover snacks.

That’s great. I also work with my MC, Alicia. She works at the Cobble Cove Library, and I’m the Library Cat.

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

My author’s sister’s family owns a white West Highland Terrier named Tinkerbell. Tinkerbell is the model in the book’s publicity shots. The author’s father had two dogs named Max and Murphy for many years, so that’s where I got my name.

Interesting. Debbie had a Siamese, Oliver, who is now on Rainbow Bridge, but I am somewhat based on him.

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

In this scene, I woke Cassandra up in the middle of the night to alert her to disaster. Soon after, things went from bad to worse.

Murphy was the one who had convinced her to get out of bed. His intermittent barking finally prompted Cassandra to push the covers off, slide her feet into sheepskin slippers, and grip the baseball bat. Not that she expected a bad guy on the other side of her bedroom door.

“Murphy, I heard it too. I know it was loud, but it’s just the wind.” Standing in the darkened office, she peered through the kennel. Maybe he had messed on his towel again. So far all of his “accidents” had been during the day. She was profoundly grateful that he usually slept through the night uninterrupted.

Nothing smelled bad. “Shhh.” She placed a finger over her mouth as though he were a toddler. Turning to go back to her room, she shivered in her house’s cool air. She hadn’t realized how cold it was during the night while she was tucked into her warm bed.

Murphy whined. Maybe he needed to pee now that he was awake. Maybe she did too.

Grabbing a fleece blanket from the back of the couch, she wrapped it tightly around her and opened his kennel. Unlocking the front door, she let him out to do his business quickly and return right back inside.

Only Murphy had other plans. After he lifted his leg on the snow pile she’d shoveled that morning, he ran around the side of the house down the driveway toward the back yard.

“Oh dog, you are killin’ me, brah!”

Cassandra chased after him still wearing her sheepskin slippers, the blanket trailing behind like a superhero’s cape. “Mur-phy, come here,” she whispered angrily. She didn’t want to wake the neighbors at 3:00 a.m. Squinting into the unnaturally bright night from the snow’s reflection, she couldn’t see the dog.

Fresh snow came down in sideways gusts and covered the driveway. She did not have the patience for this.

Stomping back into the house, she traded her slippers for the taller suede snow boots sitting on a plastic tray by the back door and threw on her puffy parka. When she yanked open the side door, a hooded guy stood in the driveway looking at her house.

A startled yelp escaped her lips at the same time the figure held out his hands to her calmly. “Cassandra. It’s Sean Gill.”

“What the heck, you scared the crap out of me!”

“Are you okay? Did you hear that noise?” He cautiously stepped closer.

“Wait—you heard it too? I thought maybe I was overreacting to the wind.” Cassandra headed for the corner toward the back yard to find the dog. “I let Murphy out to go to the bathroom, but he ran off. He must be back here somewhere.”

“Gill squatted and in an encouraging voice called, “Murphy! C’mere boy!”

“I tried that, but he’s stubborn.”

First, she heard his collar jangling then saw him trot toward them on the driveway. Only instead of heading for the person who had been feeding him, sheltering him, and changing his wet kennel, he rubbed up against Gill’s shins and barked in satisfaction when he patted Murphy’s white head. Gill reached down and picked up the dog. Again, no barking or fuss.

Cassandra had reached the back door when she heard Gill. “Oh . . . that was the noise. A tree smashed your roof, Cassandra!”

Excerpt From: Kelly Brakenhoff. “Dead of Winter Break: A Cassandra Sato Mystery.”

Pawsome. You are a great actor. Thanks for sharing.

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

Can I tell you a secret? At first I was pretty upset about Cassandra adopting me. I had to abandon my owner in the memory care facility where she moved. I acted up by peeing on Cassandra’s floor and chewing up her stuff. But she’s growing on me. And let’s be honest, she needs me even if she doesn’t realize it yet. She’s a workaholic with a Type A personality who really needs to chill. I think I can add more softness and relaxation to her life. Plus, she has a couple of guys who seem to like her, and I have my opinion about which one has better boyfriend potential.

Good for you. My MC is married, but her first husband was quite secretive and died mysteriously. John is a much better match for her in my humble cat opinion.

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

Mostly I bark to communicate with Cassandra, but she usually has no idea what I’m telling her unless I need to go outside. We’re a work in progress.

Alicia doesn’t really understand me either except for when I lead her to obvious clues. Luckily, my author now allows readers and other pets in the book to read my thoughts and follow the mystery.

What advice would you give other dog characters?

If you want your story on a lot of pages, you should mix it up a bit. If you’re 100% cute and just nap all day, it’s too easy for the other characters to ignore you. If you find a little mischief or interact with the other characters you meet, you’ll become a bigger part of the story. Of course, a well-placed lick on the face is endearing to most readers.

I like that, although with us cats, it’s more of a purr or a rub against the leg.

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

Dead of Winter Break came out tomorrow, November 17th and it’s where I really steal the spotlight. The college is mostly closed down for the holiday break between semesters, but things don’t slow at all for Cassandra Sato or me. Her boss turns up dead, and the police aren’t following the right leads until we get involved. The author gave me some pivotal scenes in this one. It’s a fast-paced, holiday themed whodunit, and I think readers are going to love seeing our relationship grow.

Purrfect timing for a holiday mystery, you lucky dog you,

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

I don’t have my own social media accounts yet, but I should, don’t you think? I bet if readers ask for photos of me, Kelly will share more.

My author is on all the usual places like Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

Website: http://kellybrakenhoff.com/

Amazon series page: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B087JNPV9H

Amazon author page: amazon.com/author/kellybrakenhoff

Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/kelly-brakenhoff

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kellybrakenhoffauthor

Twitter: @inBrakenville

Instagram: @kellybrak

Pinterest: @kellybrak

Yes, I definitely think you should have some social media visibility. I have this blog, and I sometimes host Debbie’s Facebook Character chat.

Thank you for having me on your blog. It was great chatting with you. Woof!

Paws up, Murphy. I enjoyed our chat, too. I will share your author’s blog tour and giveaway. Best tail wags to you and your author on your new release.

Dead of Winter Break (A Cassandra Sato Mystery)
by Kelly Brakenhoff

About Dead of Winter Break

Dead of Winter Break (A Cassandra Sato Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Publisher: Emerald Prairie Press (November 17, 2020)
~340 Pages
Digital ASIN: B08KRG2T9D

It’s beginning to look a lot like murder . . .
And Cassandra is knee deep in . . .

Suspects.
Her boss is dead, and the police are calling it burglary gone wrong. But when the killer comes after her, it’s going to take more than a pair of furry boots to keep the smart, witty Morton College administrator, Cassandra Sato, out of the deep. . .

Snow.
Her first Christmas in Nebraska could be her last unless her friends help unravel the mystery and housebreak her dog.

Buy now for a fast-paced, holiday themed whodunit.

Dead of Winter Break is the third book in Kelly Brakenhoff’s popular Cassandra Sato Mystery Series. Death by Dissertation was a 2020 RONE Award Finalist. Publishers Weekly called Dead Week, “a diverting whodunit.”

About Kelly Brakenhoff

KELLY BRAKENHOFF writes the Cassandra Sato Mystery series including DEATH BY DISSERTATION, a 2020 RONE Award Mystery Finalist, DEAD WEEK, “a diverting whodunit,” (Publishers Weekly), and DEAD OF WINTER BREAK available in November 2020.

Kelly is an American Sign Language Interpreter whose motivation for learning ASL began in high school when she wanted to converse with her deaf friends. NEVER MIND and FARTS MAKE NOISE, her children’s picture books featuring Duke the Deaf Dog and illustrated by her sister, Theresa Murray, have quickly become popular with children, parents, and educators for promoting inclusive conversations about children with differences.

The mother of four young adults and a German Wirehair Pointer, Kelly and her husband call Nebraska home.

Author Links:

https://kellybrakenhoff.com/

https://twitter.com/inBrakenVille

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/18964313.Kelly_Brakenhoff

https://www.facebook.com/kellybrakenhoffauthor/

https://www.bookbub.com/authors/kelly-brakenhoff

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Sneaky Interviews Marshmallow, the Cat from Mimi Lee Reads Between the Lines, A Sassy Cat Mystery by Jennifer J. Chow

Today, I’m honored to have another cat guest with me, Marshmallow from Mimi Lee Reads Between the Lines, A Sassy Cat Mystery, by Jennifer J. Chow.

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

I’m in Mimi Lee Gets A Clue and Mimi Lee Reads Between the Lines. Both are cozy mysteries.

Wow, Meow. I’m in a cozy mystery series, too, the Cobble Cove mysteries. Tell me about yours.

I’m in the Sassy Cat Mystery Series, where I solve cases, along with my human sidekick, Mimi.

Pawsome! My human sidekick is Alicia, the director of the Cobble Cove Library. I help her solve mysteries and murders, but she doesn’t realize I’m doing it.

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

No, I’m much more inspired by Garfield, but my immense fluff came by my author’s real-life kitty observations.

I see. Well, I’m Siamese and loosely based on Oliver, my author Debbie’s kitty who went to Rainbow Bridge a few years ago.

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

This is from Chapter 10 of Mimi Lee Reads Between the Lines:\

Chapter 10

Marshmallow and the poodle exchanged a few words—well, barks or whatever. Nimbus crept over to the poodle, but the docile dog didn’t seem to mind her intense scrutiny.

Then Nimbus came over to me and did figure-eight turns around my legs.

“I’ll take that as a compliment,” I said to her.

The owner returned, but he’d thrown on a trench coat over his clothes and carried an umbrella. I noticed Nimbus dash and hide under the front desk. I wrinkled my nose at the sight.

Still, I focused on the customer and asked, “Is it raining?”

“Drizzling, and I don’t want my baby to get wet.” He took off his coat. “In fact, I might wrap him in this.”

Nimbus crept back out from under the desk and studied the pet owner as he paid for the grooming. The man left me a generous tip.

After the owner left, I turned to Marshmallow. “Nimbus acted oddly. What was with the hiding?”

Marshmallow turned to the kitten and questioned her using some staccato meows.

As the conversation continued, Nimbus seemed to shrink into herself and grow smaller.

Finally, Marshmallow translated for me. “She’s got a bad association with large coats.”

“How so?” I asked.

“Seems like she saw a dark figure draped in a huge coat very recently.”

“When and where was this?”

“Outside Roosevelt Elementary.” Marshmallow’s blue eyes looked deep into mine. “And get this. Nimbus saw this eerie man the day Helen Reed died.”

What a purr-fect excerpt. Thanks for sharing it.

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

Showing how savvy cats are at sleuthing—we’re the purr-fect detectives.

You got that right, Marsh.

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

Oh, I talk all right . . . and read. Too bad I can only speak directly into my human’s mind.

I only speak to my pet character co-stars and Debbie’s readers who can read my thoughts, but that only happened after our 4th book. Before that, I communicated with everyone using body language, which I still do with the human characters, and most of them are not too adept at reading that form of communication.

What advice would you give other cat characters?

Let your owners know who’s really boss in the book.

We felines know that cats are bosses inside and outside of books.

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

My next one is out on November 10th: Mimi Lee Reads Between the Lines. The one after that, Mimi Lee Cracks the Code, comes out in 2021.

Concatulations! The 5th book of our series, No Gravestone Unturned, came out in October and just finished a blog tour with the same nice lady, Lori, who is running yours.

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

My author is on social media. (I’d much rather use that time to take a nap.) You can find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram:

https://www.facebook.com/JenJChow

https://twitter.com/JenJChow

https://www.instagram.com/jenjchow/

I’m not on social media either, but I have my own blog as you can see. I’m sharing your blog tour and giveaway below. Best whiskers to you and your author on your new release.Mimi Lee Reads Between the Lines (A Sassy Cat Mystery)

About Mimi Lee Reads Between the Lines

Mimi Lee Reads Between the Lines (A Sassy Cat Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Publisher: Berkley (November 10, 2020)
Paperback: 320 pages
ISBN-10: 1984805010
ISBN-13: 978-1984805010
Digital ASIN: B084V8MB5M

When a local teacher is found dead, LA’s newest pet groomer Mimi Lee finds herself in a pawful predicament—with her younger sister’s livelihood on the line.

Mimi Lee is on top of the world. She has a thriving pet grooming business, the sweetest boyfriend, and a talking cat to boot. When she arrives at the elementary school where her sister Alice works, she’s expecting a fun girls’ night out—but instead finds a teacher slumped over in her car, dead.

Alice was the last one to see Helen Reed, which instantly marks her as the prime suspect. Unable to sit quietly and let the authorities walk all over her sister, Mimi starts snooping and talks to Helen’s closest contacts, including one jumpy principal, a two-faced fiancé, and three sketchy teachers. With the help of her sassy but savvy cat, Marshmallow, and a cute kitten named Nimbus, the clock’s ticking for Mimi to get to the bottom of yet another case before her sister gets schooled.

About Jennifer J. Chow

Jennifer J. Chow is the author of the hiss-terical Sassy Cat Mysteries, the Winston Wong cozies, Dragonfly Dreams, and The 228 Legacy. She lives in Los Angeles, where she hunts for all things matcha. Connect with her online and sign up for her newsletter at www.jenniferjchow.com. You can also find her on social media under @jenjchow.

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Sneaky interviews Coal, the Dog, from Fair Trade, A Barks and Beans Cozy Mystery by Heather Day Gilbert

Hello, there, Mr. Dog. Welcome to my blog. May I ask your name and your author’s name?

My name is Coal and I’m a Great Dane. My author is Heather Day Gilbert.

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

I’m in the Barks & Beans Cafe mystery series—Book 1 is No Filter, Book 2 is Iced Over, Book 3 is Fair Trade, and Book 4 (up for preorder) is Spilled Milk.

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

Yes, the Barks & Beans Cafe cozy mystery series is unique in that it features a cafe where customers can enjoy coffee and relax while petting shelter dogs. My owner, Macy, and her brother Bo run the place…and they’ve made a lot of good human/dog matches over the past year they’ve been open. I’m actually a rescued dog myself. 😉

Very nice.

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

I’m loosely based on one of my owner’s favorite dogs, her (sadly deceased) Shiloh shepherd, Liesel. Shilohs are a large breed, though not quite as big as Great Danes.

Aww. I’m loosely based on Debbie’s Siamese cat Oliver, who passed away three years ago this month.

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

Here’s a scene from me at Thanksgiving dinner in Iced Over. I hope it’s evident that, despite my size, I’m quite a well-mannered canine.

“My black Great Dane, Coal, shot me a polite and somewhat apologetic look from his pillow in the living room. The moment I’d started bustling around the table, he’d sat back on his haunches and made a rather Herculean effort to ignore me. His casual act didn’t fool me. We both knew that if I took the time to set the table, food would show up soon—most likely arriving with Bo, who was the cook in the family.

I’d surprised myself, though, by giving into a wild urge to replicate Auntie A’s mashed potatoes for the Thanksgiving meal. After several failed attempts, I’d finally gotten my potatoes mashed to perfection, blended with just enough milk, salt and pepper, and butter. I had a bowl of potatoes sitting in the microwave, waiting for the guests to arrive, at which point I’d heat them and drown them in even more butter.

To expand upon my mashed potato offering this Thanksgiving, I’d made yeast rolls and warmed a couple of cans of Auntie A’s canned applesauce. The rolls were turning a lovely golden brown, and the house smelled of apples, cinnamon, and bread—a heady combination that seemed just right.

Thankfully, Bo was handling the turkey, as well as the stuffing and gravy. Our pet shelter owner friend, Summer Adkins, was bringing a tossed salad and a couple of pies for dessert. Bo and I had agreed that we needed to invite a third party, simply because we’d celebrated the holiday for so many years with the two of us and Auntie A. We were used to cooking for three.

Something thudded against my back door.

“Let me in!” Bo’s hands were likely too full to ring the doorbell, which was just as well since it tended to send Coal into a frenzy.

“Coming!” I shot a look at Coal, who continued to feign indifference by focusing on a ladybug crawling on the wall. I couldn’t help but chuckle. “Stay,” I commanded, although he was well-trained enough that he didn’t even need me to say it. He already knew it was Bo, and that no matter how big and intimidating my brother looked, he was not to bark at him.

Coal instinctively got a fact some people failed to pick up on—you cross my brother, you cross me. And my loyal dog would rather roll over and die than to cross me. “

-copyright Heather Day Gilbert 2020

Pawsome excerpt. There are Thanksgiving scenes in my author’s first book, A Stone’s Throw and our latest mystery, No Gravestone Unturned. I’m in both books, but I don’t play a role in those scenes.

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

I’m a support to my owner, Macy. She was divorced last year and she lost her great aunt who had raised her, as well. So she really needed me around.

It’s always good to support your main character. I support Alicia when she comes into danger by investigating murders in Cobble Cove.

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

I’m a silent dog (except when I yowl to ‘talk’)—this series contains no magical elements.

I used to be silent except for emitting normal cat sounds and still am to my characters co-stars, but readers can now read my thoughts since the 4th book of the series. I think it adds to the fun.

What advice would you give other dog characters?

Just be yourself! Also, protect your human.

Great advice.

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

The fourth book in the Barks & Beans Cafe series, Spilled Milk, is already up for preorder on Amazon here: https://www.amazon.com/Spilled-Milk-Barks-Beans-Mystery-ebook/dp/B08JS228FZ. Everyone says I look adorable on this cover, so check it out!

You look terrific. I’ve only been on one cover in my series, Written in Stone, but there have been other cats on Love on the Rocks (Kittykai who joined the series in that book) and No Gravestone Unturned (Salem the black cat who was a guest in our latest mystery).

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

You can find Heather on Pinterest (heatherdgilbert), Instagram (@heatherdaygilbert), Twitter (@heatherdgilbert), and Facebook (heatherdaygilbert). You can find all her books at heatherdaygilbert.com.

I’m sure our readers will check those out. Thanks for the doggone good interview, Coal, and best tail wags to you and your author on your new release and upcoming books in the series. I’m sharing your blog tour and giveaway below.


Fair Trade (Barks & Beans Cafe Cozy Mystery)
by Heather Day Gilbert

About Fair Trade


Fair Trade (Barks & Beans Cafe Cozy Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Publisher: WoodHaven Press (October 27, 2020)
Number of Pages: ~215
ASIN: B08C69SN7L

Welcome to the Barks & Beans Cafe, a quaint place where folks pet shelter dogs while enjoying a cup of java…and where murder sometimes pays a visit.

With the one-year anniversary of the now-successful Barks & Beans Cafe approaching, siblings Macy and Bo Hatfield set up an iced coffee booth at the state fair. Taking a break from brewing, Macy bumps into Carolina, a long-lost childhood friend who’s now sitting pretty as a country superstar. Macy tries not to fangirl too hard when her old friend extends an invitation to meet the rest of the Carolina Crush band before their opening show.

But when Carolina falls victim to not one, but two near-death experiences, Macy takes it upon herself to find out who has it in for her old friend. Fortified with plenty of roasted corn, cinnamon rolls, and her brother’s signature iced maple latte, Macy takes to the Ferris wheel to get the lay of the land from the air. She discovers too late that this year’s fair isn’t all fun and games…but she’s already locked in for the ride.

Join siblings Macy and Bo Hatfield as they sniff out crimes in their hometown…with plenty of dogs along for the ride! The Barks & Beans Cafe cozy mystery series features a small town, an amateur sleuth, and no swearing or graphic scenes.

The Barks & Beans Cafe cozy mystery series in order:
Book 1: No Filter
Book 2: Iced Over
Book 3: Fair Trade

About Heather Day Gilbert

HEATHER DAY GILBERT, an ECPA Christy award finalist and Grace award winner, enjoys writing contemporary mysteries set in her home state of West Virginia. Her novels feature small towns, family relationships, and women who aren’t afraid to protect what they love.

You can find all her books at heatherdaygilbert.com.

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Purchase Link – Amazon

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