Sneaky’s Interview of Tinkerbelle from the Crazy Cat Lady Mysteries by Mollie Hunt

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Tinkerbelle and Mollie

Be still, my heart. What a wonderful way to start the week. My tail twitches in greeting as a new lovely kitty arrives for an interview on my blog this Monday morning. May I ask your name, and please also tell me about your author?

Hi, Sneaky. My name is Tinkerbelle and my author’s name is Mollie Hunt. Mom’s name is Lynley Cannon and people call her the Crazy Cat Lady, but she’s not quite crazy yet.

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

tinker1My loveliness is featured in 2 of the 3 Crazy Cat Lady cozy mysteries, Copy Cats and Cat’s Paw. I plan to be in many more.

Those book titles are pawsome. Tell me more about your series, Miss Tinkerbelle. I am intrigued and, I must admit, a bit smitten with you. Wow, Meow. That sounded quite poetic.

The Crazy Cat Lady cozy mystery series follows the adventures of cat shelter volunteer Lynley Cannon and her ever-growing clowder of cats. Lynley’s retired from her day job, so you’d think she would stay home with us, but not our Lynley. She finds more trouble than a cat in a catnip patch.

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

I am certainly a real cat and I live with my author, Mollie, who adopted me when I was lost and stray. She and I studied to be Pet Partners, and for 4 years, I was a registered Pet Partners therapy cat. I retired this year at the age of  15 to hang in and write posts on my Facebook page.

You look much younger than years, but I do enjoy the company of older women. In my Cobble Cove series, I am only 3 or 4, but the cat on whom I am based is my author’s 16 year-old Siamese, Oliver. He is quite spry for his age, too, and even interviewed me on this blog once.

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

It’s sort of long, but that’s because I’m such an important kitty. Here I am visiting a hospice patient with Mom in her cozy mystery, Copy Cats:

‘Tinkerbelle was a round, fluffy pixie of a cat. She only weighed eight pounds, but added to the bulk of the carrier, it was a good, shoulder-wrenching load. Thankful she wasn’t Big Red at seventeen pounds, or worse, Violet, at twenty two, I went into the building and down the brightly lit hallway to Lenore’s room. Her door was ajar so after a token knock, I let myself in, closing it softly behind me.

Lenore was sitting up in her hospital bed reading. Per protocol, I gave her a once-over to see how she was doing. With a sigh of relief, I noted she seemed no worse than the last time I was there.

The eighty-seven-year-old was rail-thin with the yellowish complexion that accompanies liver difficulties, but her brown eyes sparkled every time she saw me. She always wore a colorful silk turban—I didn’t know whether she was bald underneath or if it was a fashion statement. She had the largest collection of silk bed jackets and robes of anyone I’d ever known, and since I had run with an antiques crowd in my younger day, that was saying a lot.

Today she sported a voluminous paisley print in rust and mocha that complimented her eyes. She looked a little like a butterfly—tiny body and huge, beautiful, showy wings.

“Good morning, Lenore,” I said, putting Tinkerbelle’s carrier on the floor. I try not to ask the banal, How are you, of hospice patients; as long as they were alive, that was all that mattered.

Lenore marked her place with a satin bookmark and put the book aside. “Hello, Lynley. How’s my kitten?”

“She’s good.” I opened the carrier to let Tinkerbelle out. First a cautious black nose, then a paw appeared. She stood poised for a moment, then deciding she was in friendly climes, strode from the box like the queen of all she surveyed. I clipped the leash onto her harness, scooped her up, and placed her on the bed beside Lenore. She sniffed the old woman’s proffered hand then smoothed her sideburn against it, claiming it for her own.

Tinkerbelle circled and found just the right spot to lie down. I had learned long ago that when it came to pet visits, I was merely the chauffeur, so I sat by the bed and let Tink do her thing.

Usually, for the first few minutes Lenore was so wrapped up in the cat that she basically ignored me, but this time after only a cursory stroke or two, she said in her soft cultured tones, “I have some news, Lynley, that I think you will appreciate.”

“Oh? What’s that?”

“My nephew has bought another cat,” she said with obvious satisfaction.

“Well, congratulations.” I smiled, trying not to let my preference for shelter animals over the purchased kind affect my reaction.

“Yes, it is very good. The boy is nearly sixty and had never had a cat until this year. Now he has two. Can you believe it?”

“That’s amazing. Was he a dog person?”

“Not really. He traveled a lot. He was an airline pilot, you see. He figured he didn’t have time for a pet. But when he retired, I made it my business to convince him to consider a cat.” She beamed conspiratorially. “And being a smart boy who listens to his wise old auntie, he did just that.”

“Good for you.”

“Well, you know I adopted all my cats from sanctuaries—either that or they adopted me.” She snickered as the visions of cats-gone-by danced in her rheumy eyes. “But Bill had his heart set on a certain breed. I told him to wait until one showed up at your Friends for Felines—they always do eventually.”

“People don’t realize how many purebred cats end up in shelters,” I agreed.

“And there are breed rescue groups too. But once Bill decided he wanted a cat, he had to have it right now. No patience, that boy. Still, I can empathize with his enthusiasm. Why wait when you never know what tomorrow may bring? And once he had the one, he concluded he needed another as a companion. He still spends a lot of time away from home and was concerned that Bonnie might get lonely.”

“So he got a second kitty?”

“Yes, a male. He picked him up last week. Very expensive, I take it. Even more expensive than the first which he bought at a cat show.” She harrumphed. “But he has all his papers and apparently comes from a long, important line.”

“Have you met him yet?”

“Not yet. Bill is still acclimatizing him to his new home. He doesn’t want to do anything out of the ordinary at this time. And though I can tell you I am a little disappointed, I do agree with him.”

“It’s a good idea to let them settle. A week isn’t very long for a new cat to get used to such a big change. I’m sure he’ll bring him soon.”

“I’m sure he will.” She stroked Tinkerbelle’s silken fur and gazed out the window. I knew she was wondering if she would still be around by then.

“What did he get?”

Lenore turned wide eyes to me. “Pardon?”

“You said he was a breed cat. What breed?”

“Oh yes.” She waved a bantam hand. “There are photographs. Look on top the chest of drawers.”

I rose and crossed to the antique waterfall dresser, keeping hold of Tinkerbelle’s leash per Pet Partners protocol, though by the looks of her, all curled up in the crook of Lenore’s arm, she wasn’t going anywhere. Spread out on a Battenburg lace runner was a handful of color glossies. Smiling, I gazed at professional quality pictures.

My smile faded. With a prickle of alarm, I stared at them dumbly.

“Pick them up, dear, and bring them over.”

Robotically I did as I was told. My hand trembled as I handed them to Lenore.

“Siamese!” she exclaimed. “I don’t know why perfectly common words escape me sometimes. Siamese, obviously, silly me. He has a long, fancy show cat name, but Bill calls him something for short—oh, I should remember this. Yes, I know, it’s…”

“Meow?” I finished for her.

Her keen eyes flicked from the photos to me. “Meow? No, that’s not it at all. Let me think. Ah, yes! Bill calls him Zoom. You know, the cat in the sweet children’s series.”

I took back one of the pictures and held it up close. I studied every satin hair, every sable whisker, the familiar blue-on-blue eyes gazing at me through the celluloid. I paid special attention to what I could see of his ears and tail; they were fully furred and perfectly tinted as a seal point Siamese should be. The last time I’d seen Meow, those parts had been shaved, the noxious colorant removed and cleansed by the FOF doctors, but that was two months previous and the fur would have grown back by now. The crooks could easily have re-applied the dye.

I looked again. Yes, if the smiling Siamese wasn’t Meow, it could have been his twin brother.

“Where did your nephew get this cat?” I asked a little too abruptly.

Lenore stared at me quizzically. Not much gets by her. “Why, Lynley, is something wrong?”

I pushed myself to relax and glanced once more at the image. Was I so absolutely sure this was my Meow? “No, it’s nothing.” I forced a smile. “He looks like a perfectly wonderful cat. Maybe I can meet him sometime when he visits.”

“Do you think Tinkerbelle would appreciate that? Does she like other kitties?” Lenore petted the wide black back, and Tink purred in ecstasy.

I had to laugh. “It depends on her mood. She’ll either play prima donna or give him a bath.”

“Well, we will see.” She handed me the pictures. “Please put them back on the dresser for me, dear.”

I flipped through the images once more and pulled out a full body shot with a good close-up of the face and head. “Do you think I could get a copy of this one, Lenore?”

She hesitated, then gave a little wave. “Take it. Bill will bring me more. Lots more!”

I stuffed the photo in my bag, took a deep breath, and turned back to Lenore.

“And what’s been happening since I saw you last?”’

I’m clapping my paws. Very well written and acted, I must say. I especially liked that it included a Siamese. What do you like most about your role in your authors’ books?

I like that I’m never required to work too hard. Most of the time I spend napping, then at the purrfect moment, I jump in to save the day.

Same with me. I am usually in the cat room off the staff lounge upstairs in the library where the kind staff has made me my own “digs” excuse the pun, in our second book.

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

Well,  Sneaky, as with all cats, I can communicate telepathically with humans if I want to. It’s how we manipulate – uh, guide – them, right? But, no, I don’t speak words out loud or anything like that.

Me, too. What advice would you give other cat characters?

Make sure to get into as many scenes as possible. Keep reminding your author that, in a cat mystery, it’s all about you.

Unfortunately, although I’ve played some interesting roles that have led some of my human co-characters to discover some things such as a clue in our first mystery, I have not felt that I have been the center of attraction in either of my two books having had to share the limelight with a dog co-star. However, I’ve asked Debbie to spice up my scenes in the third book she is writing.

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

We just came out with a brand new book titled Cat’s Paw. Here’s the blurb: “When cat volunteer Lynley Cannon attends an elite creative retreat at the Cloverleaf Animal Sanctuary, she gets more than a lesson in art. Accused of a shocking double homicide, she runs home to Portland, but murder follows in her wake. It all comes down to cats in this 3rd Crazy Cat Lady mystery.”

Mollie is working hard on books 4 (Cat Call) and 5 (Cat Café) now – I’m helping.

Rats! You two seem so busy, I’m sure you wouldn’t have any time to spend with me-ow truly, but I would love to stay in touch with you. Are you and/or your author on social media? If so, please list your links.

I have my own Facebook page: Tinkerbelle, registered Pet Partner therapy cat, Retired at https://www.facebook.com/TinkerbelleTheTherapyCat/

My author’s Facebook page is Mollie Hunt, Writer at https://www.facebook.com/MollieHuntCatWriter/

We would love it if you came over to check out all the fun things going on.

Wild dogs couldn’t keep me away, Tink.

Mollie also has a blog called Mollie Hunt: Crazy Cat Lady Mysteries and more, (https://lecatts.wordpress.com) and was recently named a Top 50 Cat Blogger by Thoroughly Reviewed. (https://thoroughlyreviewed.com/special-interests/top-50-cat-bloggers/)

Thanks again, Sneaky, for the interview. Here’s a photo of the 4 of us: (From left to right) Me, Dirty Harry, Little, and Big Red, all featured in Mollie’s books. Oh, yeah, she’s the big one at the back.tinker3

My pleasure, Miss Tinkerbell. My best whiskers to you and Mollie on your upcoming books. And, don’t forget, if you ever have any spare time, I’d love a moonlit stroll with you. Maybe we could hang out at a bookstore or I could show you around the Cobble Cove library.

That sounds, Pawsome, Sneaky. I will keep that in mind.

Sneaky’s Interview with Belladonna from the Blackmoore Sisters Cozy Mysteries by Leighann Dobbs

kitty2 Oh, my Whiskers!  I am pawstruck. A lovely lady is here today for an interview. May I ask your name and who has created such a beautiful creature?

authorpic2016My name is Belladonna and my author is Leighann Dobbs.

A pleasure to meet you, my dear. Would you mind if I call you Bella?

Of claws not, Sneaky.

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

cover-small I slink and sleuth my way through the following Cozy Mysteries: Dead Wrong, Dead & Buried, Dead Tide, Buried Secrets, Deadly Intentions, A Grave Mistake and Spell Found.

How pawsome. I have only appeared in two books so far, but my author has already started on a third in which I will play a larger role, or so she promises.

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

I appear in the Blackmoore Sisters Cozy Mystery series.  Even though the sisters think they are the main characters, I must say that I do believe most readers like me the best.  Especially since my superior feline skills are often necessary to help solve the case.

I am sure they are. I have not done much sleuthing so far in the Cobble Cove mysteries. However, I did lead Alicia to one of the clues in the first book. I’m going to purrfect my detecting skills in number 3, at least I hope so, but I know what you mean about the human characters trying to steal the spotlight. I also have to compete with a dog co-star. It can be quite fur-strating at times.

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

I’m based on my author’s current cat whose real-life name is Kitty. Yes, I’m embarrassed to admit that my author didn’t have much imagination in the naming department with her.  Though there is a slight variation in our color (I’m pure white and Kitty has mocha-gray markings on white) we do share the same striking ice-blue eyes which is also a trait the Blackmoore sisters (my humans in the book series) also possess.

Yes, I noticed them as soon as you glanced my way, Bella. They are quite attractive, as are you. As a siamese based on my author’s cat, Oliver, I also have blue eyes. We would make a handsome pair if you are free after this interview. 

Please, Sneaky, you are making me blush.

Sorry. Let’s get back to the interview. Can you share an excerpt from one of your books that features you in an important scene? If so, please include it.

Certainly!  This one is from Dead Tide:

Belladonna flicked her tail against the coffee table trying to draw attention to the two maps that lay spread on the surface but the sisters paid no attention to her, preferring to oooh and aaah at the sappy love poems in the old poetry book.

She sighed in exasperation, flopped down on her belly and licked the inside of her paw. Sometimes it was so hard to get through to the humans. She wondered why she even bothered. She’d spent most of the day trying to point out the very page in the journal they should look at. But they’d paid no attention, even going so far as to shoo her away!

She felt the hairs on her back prickle and sat upright, becoming alert to the energy in the house. Something was happening below … something that needed her attention.

She slipped out of the living room and into the kitchen, pausing at the rope covered scratching post her humans had conveniently installed in the pantry, and took a few seconds to hone her claws to needle like points. She would need them to be as sharp and deadly as possible.

Wow, Meow! That is some fur-raising scene. 

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

Though often I am relegated to the background, my assistance is always necessary for the Blackmoore Sisters to succeed.

They are very lucky to have you.

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

Aside from one chapter in the book Dead Tide (the excerpt above is from that chapter), readers don’t get to know what I am thinking.  I do meow a lot though.

I’m a great meower myself, although right now I am purring in your presence.

 What advice would you give other cat characters?

Be patient with the humans, they don’t have our superior intelligence. It’s best to push them toward the clues but make them think they found them on their own. If all else fails, a strategically placed hairball or mouse head will always get their attention.

MOL (Meow Our Loud). You are funny as well as pretty. I love a gal with a sense of humor.

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

A new book in my series will be out in March.  It is called “Fatal Fortune” and in the book we visit an island that is the fictional version of Oak Island in Nova Scotia to retrieve an old relic that was buried there by pirates.  The idea for the island came from one of our readers, so it was really fun for Leighann to research and write about this interesting place.

Readers can make great suggestions. A few of Debbie’s readers have sent in purrfect ideas for names in her character contest. 

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

Connect with Leighann on Facebook and don’t forget to tell her I sent you!

I won’t, Bella. I hope you don’t think I’ve been too frisky during our interview. 

No, Sneaky. You’ve been a purr-fect, gentlemen, and I had a great time chattering with you.

Likewise. I really enjoyed our talk. Best whiskers to you and  your author on your upcoming release and future books.

 

Sneaky’s Interview with Alex the Cat

alex-the-cat-cover-finalMeow, there, my dear readers. It’s my pleasure to present Alex the Cat who will talk about his books and his author, Dina Porell.

Hey, Alex. What book(s) have you appeared in?

Alex the Cat for young adults

Mice. My author’s daughter is 12 and might enjoy your books.

Are you based on a real cat such as your author’s?

Yes, I was based on a real life stray cat in South Korean streets and my author rescued me.

Wow! That must’ve been very exciting. I have never been to South Korea. My books take place mostly in New York State.

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

“Missing my mom and a desire to find her led me to a familiar place, the green box. Spider webs covered the place and the spiders claimed it as their home. I jumped into my bed and hoped mom would be there but she wasn’t. I knew that dad was a dead cat, but mom – was she dead or did she survive? I will always wonder about her. I put my head on the black plastic pillow. The sweet scent came to my nose. I could smell her white fur but I couldn’t see her. I was in my bed, but I wasn’t happy, I wasn’t safe. At that moment I realized that home is just a place, your beloved ones are the real home, they were who I belonged to.”

That’s very touching.

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

Raising awareness of stray cats and the problems they face in everyday. My author dreams of a day where all of the kittens have a warm home!

That would be wonderful indeed. Even though I’m not a real cat and only live in the pages of a book, I sympathize with poor, homeless kitties. In fact, my character, Sneaky, was a stray cat who was luckily taken in by the kind people at the Cobble Cove Library.

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

I talk to other cats and meow to humans.

What advice would you give other cat characters?

Be your charming meowing self! And stay out of trouble.

All cats are charming, but the ones who act in cat cozy mysteries can’t help but get themselves and often their human co-stars into trouble – MOL (meow out loud)

Do you have any new books coming out?

No, but my author just finished a short story about cat twin. Maya and The Mystery of The Cat Burglars made the long-list of The Golden Baobab prize for the early chapter book category.

http://goldenbaobab.org/about-us/our-news

Concats to your author.

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

My author’s on twitter at @DinaPorell.

Thanks so much for dropping by, Alex, and best whiskers to you and your author on her books.

Announcing Cobble Cove Character Chat and Feature Friday Film

newgraphicMeow, there. It’s Sneaky. I am so excited to share a great video with you today and some pawsome information about a new, monthly event for my author’s readers.

First, I want to thank all those great authors who helped me, Debbie, Alicia, John, and Fido host our Cobble Cove mysteries birthday party on Facebook this week. I can’t help purring when I recall all those cats who attended as well as the human reader guests, of claws. It was one fun paw-ty.

ccchateditedNow for the great news. Debbie’s brilliant 7th-grade daughter came up with a purr-fect idea. All the characters from the Cobble Cove mysteries including me-ow’s truly, will host a monthly event called Cobble Cove Character Chat on the first Wednesday of each month. There will be a different character each month. That character will “chat” with anyone who visits the page that day. The character will post some information about themselves, maybe share an excerpt from a book in which they appear, and also offer a contest, freebie, or something else of interest to readers. Those who visit the CCCC event page may ask any question(s) they want of the character of that month. Doesn’t that sound as cool as catnip? Why not drop by and check out the first chat on Wednesday, December 7?

And, now, our feature film. Created by Taylor Henderson and Sara Schoen of Stolen Glances Promotions. It is a trailer for Between a Rock and a Hard Place, the second Cobble Cove mystery that was just released. If you look really close at the opening clips, you will spot Debbie’s cat, Oliver, who looks a lot like me.

 

Sneaky’s Review of Oliver: The Cat Who Saved Christmas by

oliverbookcat I am twitching my tail in excitement to share a special book with you, my very fur-st review and one that you will find purr-fect for the holidays.

This charming tale, told by a cat to a kitten about his life and how he came to be “The Cat Who Saved Christmas,” is purrfect for all ages.

When Oliver, the local pub cat, loses his home in a fire, he is befriended by two couples who take him in and share his care until his owner returns from London where he is temporarily staying with his sister who has cat allergies. To repay the people who shelter him and because he becomes aware of how profoundly the pub’s loss affected the entire village, Oliver sets out to make things right.

Although he has many setbacks including being chased off the large property of the rich man in town whose young, ill daughter looks forward to his secret visits, Oliver manages to bring the joy of the holidays to all.

I found this to be a sweet and heartwarming story that was so comforting it made me knead my blankets.

I highly recommend it and give it 5 purrs. pawprint pawprint pawprint pawprint pawprint

 

 

Don’t Miss the Cobble Cove Books FB Birthday Paw-ty!

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All you pawsome readers out there, have I got a treat for you. My author, Debbie De Louise, is hosting a Cobble Cove Mysteries Birthday party on Facebook Tuesday night, November 15 through Wednesday afternoon, November 16. Join her and 8 other authors in celebrating the one-year and one-month birthdays of the first two books in our series, A Stone’s Throw  and Between a Rock and a Hard Place.

surprisegiftThe party will feature giveaways, free books, contests, and fun. Some of the hosts may also bring virtual birthday presents, decorations, food, and drinks. I hope a few will bring catnip and kibble. Alicia and I are making special appearances and will also bring some surprises for our guests.

The schedule of authors and the link to the event page are listed below. We look forward to seeing you at the party.

Tuesday, Nov 15:

6:30 – 7:00 pm – Alicia (from the Cobble Cove Mysteries)

7:00 – 7:30 pm – Alisha Vincent

7:30 – 8 pm – Natalie Silk

8:00 – 8:30 pm -Ali.Brandon

8:30-9:00 pm – Natalina Bell

9:00 – 9:30 pm – Sneaky Cat (from the Cobble Cove Mysteries)

Wednesday, Nov. 16

10:00 – 10:30 am – Debbie De Louise Author

10:30 – 11 am – Steve Lindahl

11 – 11:30 am – Ramona Marek

11:30 – 12 noon – Author Charmain Zimmerman Brackett

12 noon – 12:30 – Sneaky Cat (from the Cobble Cove Mysteries)

12:30 – 1 pm – Sophia Valentine

https://www.facebook.com/events/686222481543213/

Feature Friday Film, Story Of Cats, Part 2

catvideographicHey, Kitties. It’s me, Sneaky the Library Cat, with this week’s Feature Friday Film. Last week, I posted the first part of this pawsome video by PBS. The link to the second part is listed below. Just pat your paws on it to view the movie. If you’d like to see the first part, as well, you can check out last week’s post: http://wp.me/p7XcB0-6j

Also, I’m happy to report that Debbie is participating in something called NanoWrimo and has already written almost 20,000 words in our next mystery. She’s keeping it all top secret, but I think she’s finally planning some pawsome parts for me, so stay tuned to this blog or join Debbie’s author newsletter that you can sign up for on her website at https://debbiedelouise.com. She also has some great contests going on for subscribers, and I’m helping her at a Facebook party this week on Tuesday and Wednesday, November 15 and 16  that is open to all. I hope a lot of you readers will join me there where I might be giving away a few goodies: https://www.facebook.com/events/686222481543213/

Now for your feature film:

http://player.pbs.org/viralplayer/2365870084/

Holiday Contest and Facebook Paw-ty

Hey Kitties,

To start your week off  a little micer, I have some pawsome news to share. My author is sponsoring a holiday contest with a purrfect prize for her newsletter subscribers and is also hosting a Facebook paw-ty next week with other authors and some characters from her Cobble Cove mysteries including yours truly who will be making a special guest appearance. Paw down this page for fur-ther details about both these upcoming events.41gkohndn5l-_ss100_In Debbie’s next author newsletter around November 15, she is going to announce a holiday contest with a special prize connected with our second Cobble Cove mystery, Between a Rock and a Hard Place. The contest will run from mid-November to Mid-December. At the end of that time, she will randomly choose a winner from all her newsletter subscribers. The winner will receive the silver serenity photo locket pictured or, based on availability, a similar item. It will make a great holiday gift for yourself, a friend, or a relative (you can even add your cat’s photo inside).

If you aren’t already a subscriber to my author’s newsletter, Debbie’s Drafts, you can sign up through the pop-up form at https://debbiedelouise.com or send a request to join with your email address to her at debbiewriter@yahoo.com.

newgraphicBesides this great contest, Debbie will be hosting a Facebook party with several other authors to celebrate the publishing “birthdays” of our books. The event will feature prizes, giveaways, and fun on Tuesday, November 15 and Wednesday, November 16. If you can’t join in at the times indicated on the page, you can visit afterwards to participate in anything you missed as long as the contest or giveaways are still running. For further details, visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/686222481543213/

I hope you have a pawsome week, and please scratch the dates of both these events on to your calendars.

 

Sneaky Interviews Kimba, Star of the “Cats in the Mirror” Children’s SF Books by Meg Welch Dendler

kimba-cover-kdp-version-3Okay, Kitties and Kiddies, today I have a children’s book cat character, Kimba, here to talk about her Cats in the Mirror Sci Fi/Fantasy books for young humans.Welcome Kimba, please introduce yourself and your author to my blog readers.

resized-headshot-2014My name is Kimba, and my author’s name is Meg Welch Dendler. She’s also called “Mama” in the books.

What book(s) have you appeared in?

I am the heroine of the whole book series, which started with “Why Kimba Saved The World.” There are four main cats in the stories, and each gets her own book, but I’m the star (as it should be). Book 2 is “Vacation Hiro,” Book 3 is “Miss Fatty Cat’s Revenge,” and Book 4 is “Slinky Steps Out.”

The series is for middle-grade readers in the science fiction/fantasy genre, and it is called the “Cats in the Mirror” series. In the stories you will discover that all cats are aliens and communicate with ships in space through the mirrors in your houses. I am super-proud that the first two books won a Silver Mom’s Choice Award as a juvenile series. My book also won a Bronze Moonbeam Children’s Book Award.

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

img_2491I am absolutely a real cat, as are many of the cats in the series. Some of the characters are based on other people’s cats, and some have just come from Mama’s imagination. But I’m the main character because Mama says that I’m so nutty I must be an alien.

You are quite pretty, Kimba. If you lived nearby and liked older guys, my author’s 16-year old Siamese Oliver might be interested in getting to know you. He’s a bit nutty himself.

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

I can share a section from Book 1 that I really like. It’s when I find out about being an alien and my whole life changes.

FIRST CONTACT

It was the day that everything would change.

Mama had caught Kimba when she wasn’t paying attention, and she was carrying her through the bathroom, cooing and fussing at her as usual. But as they passed the enormous mirror over the sink, Kimba saw something funny. Instead of a reflection of Mama and herself, Kimba saw three strange cats staring back at her from the mirror. Mama had turned away too fast, and when Kimba looked again, the strange cats were gone.

She scrambled to get free and up on to the counter so she could look in the mirror again, but now she saw nothing but her own image. Kimba stood up tall on her back legs, putting her front paws on the frame of the mirror. She looked and looked, but she could not see those other cats.

“Helloooo!” Kimba called out. “Are you theeeeere?”

“Silly baby,” Mama said, scooping her up gently. “That’s just you in the mirror. Let it go, and come have some dinner.”

Reluctantly, Kimba allowed herself to be  carried to the kitchen. But she knew she’d seen something in that mirror, and there was no way she could forget about it. An overly curious kitten like Kimba cannot possibly forget about the chance to learn and explore something new.

Later that night, while the family was watching TV in the living room, Kimba slipped under the big bed where Hiro was snoozing.

“Hey,” she said, curling up in front of her.

Hiro opened one eye and then closed it again.

“Hey,” Kimba said again, this time giving Hiro a gentle bunt with her head.

Hiro yawned and stretched out her front legs and lazily rolled onto her side.

“Sshhh…” she whispered.

“No, Hiro, it’s IMPORTANT!” Kimba whispered.

“I saw something today.”

“A bug?” asked Hiro dreamily. “A crawly one, or could it fly?”

“No,” Kimba said, “something important. Something really weird.”

“How weird?” Hiro asked, opening her eyes a slit to give her sister a bit of attention, without seeming too impressed.

“In the mirror…” Kimba started. “Above the sink…”

“What about the mirror?” Hiro said.

“Well, when I looked in the mirror, I thought I saw three strange cats looking at me from out of the mirror. And then they were gone.”

“That is weird,” Hiro sighed. “You must have just imagined it.”

Hiro curled her body back up into a ball and tucked her head into her arm.

“No, no, no!” Kimba insisted. “It was real.”

Hiro didn’t budge.

After a moment, Kimba got to the point she had really been trying to make.

“Come look with me again.”

Hiro peeked one eye out from behind her leg.

“Look where?” she asked.

“Look in the big bathroom mirror,” Kimba whispered.

“You’re crazy,” Hiro muttered. “There’s nothing there.”

“Okay,” Kimba said calmly. “If there is nothing there, then I’ll forget about it. But it was creepy, so I want you to come look with me.”

Hiro didn’t move.

“Pleaseeee,” Kimba purred.

Hiro wiggled a bit, but did not get up. As a last resort, Kimba stretched out a paw and gently bopped her sister on the head.

“Hey!” Hiro said, gently smacking her sister back.

They locked eyes for a moment and then gave each other that look that only sisters can. Hiro sighed.

“Okay, fine, I’ll go with you. But will you forget about it once we see there’s nothing to worry about?”

“Yes,” Kimba said excitedly, “I promise.”

Peeking out from under the bed to be sure that the family was still occupied in the other room, the sisters slunk quietly into the bathroom. The lights were out, so it was dark, but their sensitive eyes adjusted quickly.

With agile springs, Hiro and Kimba landed on the counter in front of the big mirror. It was hard to see anything at first. But before they saw anything, they heard the voice.

“Greetings, Kimba and Hiro,” a deep, calm voice echoed in the dark room.

Hiro and Kimba sat frozen in their tracks. Suddenly, the face of a cat appeared in the mirror. It was a huge, dark-gray cat with beautiful, long hair and even longer whiskers. His eyes shone bright green in the dark room.

“Since the humans are at home, we will need to make this brief,” he continued. “I am Regalus. I will be your contact during this mission. Since this is your first contact, I will explain some of the rules.”

Kimba looked at Hiro and nodded, as if to say I told you so, but Hiro just sat frozen, her eyes locked with the gray cat’s.

“It is vital that the humans know nothing about our communications. At all times, you must pretend that you cannot see anything in these reflecting devices. Ignore them. Don’t make contact or even look in them. Do you understand?”

Regalus paused, clearly waiting for some kind of response. The sisters just stared.

“I realize that this all may be a bit surprising at the moment, but we will be in touch frequently. I have been watching you since you arrived in this house. I can see you at all times, but I can control when you can see me. I will never appear when a human is in the room.”

“But, this afternoon,” Kimba sputtered, “Mama was here when I saw you and two other cats.”

“Yes,” Regalus said, “that was a regrettable mistake. My assistant leaned against a button she should not have. She has been dealt with.”

Hiro made a little squeaky, sneezing noise. Regalus stared at her for a moment, and then he continued.

“The next time the humans leave the house for the day, come into the bathroom and sit here on the counter. Then we can continue our communications.”

Suddenly, the kittens heard a stirring in the other room. They had been talking too loudly.

“Kiiiiimmy Baby???” Mama called from the  living room. “What’s wrong?”

With that, the image of Regalus faded, and Kimba and Hiro found themselves staring at their own reflections in the mirror.

The next moment, the bathroom light flicked on, and Mama stood in the doorway. She paused at the sight of the two kittens sitting on the bathroom counter. Quick as a flash, Hiro made a chirping noise, jumped down, and dashed back under the bed. Kimba just stared at Mama, blinking in the bright light.

“What are you silly girls up to?” she laughed. “Checking your makeup?”

You’d never believe it if I told you, she thought.

With a simple mew, Kimba jumped down and joined her sister under the bed.

“Crazy babies,” Mama said with a chuckle.

As Mama and Daddy fussed around getting ready for bed, the sisters wondered if Regalus was still watching. It was weird to think that they had been observed for months and months without knowing about it. What did these cats want, who were they, and why had they been watching? The sisters agreed to find out as soon as they could.

How exciting. My whiskers are tingling. That would surely cat-ch attention of kiddie readers.

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

I like that I’m the star. There are also very special details about my role in the universe of cats that are revealed through the series, but I’m not supposed to talk about it. Spoilers.

Meow’s the word. I hate spoilers especially when it’s canned food left out too long.

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

In the series cats talk to each other but they do not talk to humans. It is all from the cats’ point of view with the humans as background characters. We can understand them, but they can’t understand us.

That’s probably for the best. In my books, I don’t even talk to cats, but I have a way of communicating with humans who are receptive to my cat language.

What advice would you give other cat characters?

Make sure that you do something amazing in every book. Readers like that. You are often going to be put in uncomfortable or dangerous situations, but the author will get you out of it in the end. Be brave.

Purrfect advice. I don’t believe my parts have been especially challenging, so I’m petitioning to change that in future books.

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

banner-for-twitter-2016-springMama had lots of people wanting dog books, so she wrote one about The Big Black Beast called “Max’s Wild Night.” It’s a companion book to our series because he’s in my books but only as a minor character. In his own book, he gets to be the star (but I’m in there a little bit too). The next book coming out is a second dog book. Mama is getting a bit off track, I know. This one is about another dog in the family, “Dottie’s Daring Day.” It will be out on Feb. 1, 2017. After that will be a totally different book called “The Brave, Frail, and Delicate Princess,” but she managed to work me in there as well in a very magical, special role. That book should be out in late 2017 or early 2018.

Very mice.

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