Kitty Quiz and Contest Announcement

catcontestMeow, it’s Monday. I thought I’d start the week off with a cute cat quiz that my author found on Facebook. Try your paws at it to see how much you know about felines. Debbie had a great score, but she got a few wrong and learned some things.

http://pawsome.topix.com/quiz/17826

logodebbieAlso, if you haven’t signed up for Debbie’s newsletter, you’ll miss her March edition that comes out this Wednesday, March 1st,  that will feature a contest for two of her eBooks and a gift certificate. Subscribe at https://debbiedelouise.com to be eligible to win. Debbie has a monthly contest and also shares all her book news in her twice-monthly newsletter. Best whiskers on winning.

 

 

Feature Friday Films, The Cobble Cove Book Trailers

Hey Kitties, I have a special treat for you today. It’s almost as good as catnip. I’m posting the trailers to the first two Cobble Cove mysteries by my author. Although I’m not featured in either of them, I am included in the books. The trailer to our first mystery, A Stone’s Throw, was created by Debbie’s very talented fellow author friend, Taylor Henderson. The new edition of the book should be out some time in March.

Our second mystery, Between a Rock and a Hard Place, was released in October. Here is the trailer created by Taylor Henderson and Sara Schoen of Stolen Glances Promotion.

Sneaky Interviews Diesel from the Cat in the Stacks Mysteries by Miranda James

Meow, there. I have an interview with another pawsome guest, Diesel Harris from Miranda James’ Cat in the Stacks mysteries. It’s great to have you here Diesel. Can you please tell us about your series?

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Yes, I am in the series known as “The Cat in the Stacks” but I also make an appearance in the “Southern Ladies” mysteries (that’s in Bless Her Dead Little Heart).

Very mice. I think my author, who is a librarian and cat lover, would enjoy your series. I am a library cat myself, so I am quite familiar with stacks and mysteries, of claws.

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

The inspiration for my character was a cat who belonged to the late Barbara Mertz (better known to readers as Elizabeth Peters and Barbara Michaels). Her Maine Coon, whom Miranda met once, was named “The Diesel” after a Washington Redskins running back. The Diesel weighed 40 pounds and was a really big kitty!

Maine Coons can be large. I’m a Siamese based on my author’s cat, Oliver. He’s a pretty big guy but not that big.

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

I like helping my human, Charlie Harris, when he gets involved in a murder. And I like it that he takes me everywhere with him (except to church and the grocery store, whatever they are). I get to meet lots of humans who give me attention – but there are some who I can tell aren’t nice humans.

Sounds like you have some prime time in those books. I am trying to get more action parts with my co-stars Alicia and John. I also have a dog co-star, Fido, but I don’t mind. He doesn’t have his own blog – 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 do talk a lot, but it’s all in warbles, chirps, trills, and meows. I don’t speak human.

I’m the silent type myself, but Siamese can be vocal when they want to be. You should hear Oliver first thing in the morning.

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

twelveangrylibrarians_finalThe next book, Twelve Angry Librarians, will be out today, February 21st, 2017.

Wow, Meow! Concats. That’s the book Debbie has on reserve at the library. I hope she reads it to me.

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

I have my own page on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/DieselHarrisCat

djbestheadshotThe Miranda person (also known as Dean James) is also on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/MirandaJamesAuthor

Purrfect. Thanks so much for the interview, Diesel, and best whiskers to you and your author on your new release and upcoming books.

Interview with Gravel from Periennials by Bryce Gibbons

fidoWow, Meow! I never thought I’d see the day that I’d have a dog interviewed on my blog. However, although I prefer fellow cats, I don’t want to discriminate against other animal characters. To do this interview justice, I decided to invite my co-star Fido to conduct the interview. He only agreed if I could feature his photo. Okay, Fido old Bud, your picture is posted. Take it away.

Woof Woof! Thanks, Sneaky. I am excited about my first interview. I don’t have your experience, but I will do my best.

Bow Wow, there. What is your name and your author’s name?

My name is Gravel and my author’s name is Bryce Gibson

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

book-coverSo far I am only in one book. Perennials is a Young Adult mystery/thriller

Hot Dog! I love mysteries of all kinds. I’m in the Cobble Cove series with Sneaky.

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

Currently it is not a series, and Bryce doesn’t have any plans of turning it into one 😦

But maybe he’ll write a sequel one day soon?

Standalones are okay. My author features cats in all her writing besides her series. There’s a cat in her short story and her novella that came out on February 14. Roxie, a female Siamese owned by a handsome jewel thief is in her novella,  When Jack Trumps Ace, and Seashell is an orange tabby that lives at an inn in Cape May, New Jersey during the 1880’s in Debbie’s historical romance, The Seashell and the Stone, from the Cupid’s Arrow anthology.

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

I am not based on a real dog. I am a hound dog. In real life, Bryce has a Yorkie named Ginger.

Yorkies are cute and I have nothing against hounds.

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

This is the beginning of an important flashback scene:

IT WAS a fittingly gloomy, rainy day in the spring after Tyler’s death when I first heard about Jenny’s past.

I was at Gran’s house. Gran and Catherine were in the kitchen where they were making preserves out of the last of the figs that Catherine had picked from her own backyard tree.

I was in the den, sitting on the floor and watching TV. Gravel was lying next to me. He had his head resting on my bent knee, and in his slumber, the old dog would drool every now and then.

The den opened up into the kitchen, making it easy to see and hear what was going on from one room to the other. There were the sounds of boiling water and the clink of glass jars.

The entire house was filled with the smell of sugar and figs that, every so often, would cause Gravel to lift his head and sniff at the air. The aroma was undeniably what was making him drool in his sleep and led me to wonder what kind of sweet, nectarous dreams the fragrance was evoking.

Excellent. I can just picture that scene.

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

I like that my owner, Dusty Miller, got me when I was just a puppy. The two of us got to grow up together.

Awww. Mac got me as a pup, too, but John wasn’t a child then. When he came back from college to live with his father after his wife died and his mother shortly later, I kind of shared both of them and helped them cope with their losses.

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

I do not talk.

Neither do I, but actions speak louder in my opinion.

What advice would you give other dog characters?

Even if you don’t talk, please bark and do everything you can to alert others to danger.

I’m with you, Gravel even though I wasn’t able to prevent a kidnapping in my second book. It wasn’t my fault the bad guy drugged me.

the-reading-buddy-coverDo you have any new books coming out? Please give dates and details.

Bryce has a new book coming out this year. It is called The Reading Buddy. I’m not in it, but I have a friend that is. Her name is Wolf. She is a beautiful black Labrador.

Bow wow! Maybe Sneaky will let me back to interview her. My tail wags at the thought. The reprint of my first mystery and my third book will be out this spring. Sneaky got his wish to be on the cover of the third mystery, so I hope Debbie will consider putting me on the fourth.

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

author-photoWebsite: https://www.BryceGibsonWriter.com

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/BGibsonWriter

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bgibsonwriter

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/bgibsonwriter

Thanks for the interview, Gravel and best dog bones to you and your author on your books.

 

Feature Friday Films: Why We Love Cats and 6 Signs Your Cat Loves You

Even though the howliday is over, I thought I’d post more love videos in honor of Meowlintine’s Day (known to non-feline readers as Valentine’s Day). One of them shows you how to tell if your cat loves you and the other explains reasons why cats are so lovable (both of them are no brainers in my kitty opinion – Meow out Loud). Hope you enjoy them.

 

Happy Meowlintine’s Day!

my-furry-valentinesneakyMy author posted a photo of her cat with a heart around his head for Meowlintine’s Day, so I got a little jealous and told her to make one for me. She agreed, of claws, because I am her best character and purrfectly modest, too. Anyway, I would like to do a favor for her, too. Her new book, When Jack Trumps Ace, just came out, and she is running a Head Talker campaign for it, whatever that is. Here’s the link if you could please support it or, even better, buy the book (I have no shame, but I’m a cat so that’s a given).

https://headtalker.com/campaigns/novella-release/

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Here are some kitty teasers for the book:

whenjackshortteaserfinal whenjacktrumpcatteaserfinalPurrchase links for When Jack Trumps Ace:

myBook.to/Jackebook (eBook & Free on Kindle Unlimited)

myBook.to/Jackpaper (paperback)

 

Paws to Buy My Books – Lots of New Releases

pawprintbuybooksMeow, my pawsome readers. Just a tails-up that I’ve now added a pawprint link to this blog’s sidebar that takes you directly to my author’s Amazon page no matter where you live (it is a universal link). From there, you can buy my Cobble Cove mysteries or any of Debbie’s other books. Debbie also has added a similar “buy botton” to her website/blog, but it’s not as mice as mine. Check it out here: https://debbiedelouise.com.

when-jack-trumps-ace-001Keep your eyes out for Debbie’s new release this week, When Jack trumps Ace. It’s a romantic comedy novella, and although I am not featured in it, there’s a cute cat named Roxie. She’s also Siamese and has the luck of belonging to a jewel thief who gave her a very expensive collar.

Also, the long-awaited reprint of my first mystery, A Stone’s Throw, is in the works and should be out shortly. Old editions are selling for $500, but please ignore that outrageous price. We don’t get any part of it. The reprint by Solstice Publishing will include a new cover, a new chapter, and some excellent editing.

cupid-arrow-vol-1-001-1Later this spring, my third adventure, Written in Stone, will be released with my lookalike on the cover, and there will be three wonderful stories in my series. I can’t wait! Just remember, all these books will be available in eBooks and paperbacks. Debbie’s short stories are published as eBooks and included in several anthologies in both eBook and paperback. Cupid’s Arrow, the Valentine anthology coming out the same day as her novella, will feature her historical romance, The Seashell and the Stone.

So keep your eye out for my and Debbie’s updates and remember our buy links. Great reading is now just a pawprint click away.

 

Feature Friday Films for Meowlintine’s Day

Hi, there. Since Meowlintine’s Day (or Valentine’s Day for you non-cat folks) is next week, I thought I’d show some romantic cat videos for the occasion. I don’t have a cat character girlfriend, although I know Alicia is considering getting a kitten in a future book, and I will put in my vote for a female one.

The first feature Friday film is an episode of Simon’s Cats. Simon is one of my favorite cartoon cat characters. The second one features some cute kitty hugs between real cats. Both of them are pawsome. Enjoy!

 

What is a Cat Lady Box?

Hi, folks. I have to admit I was hesitant to write this blog, but I know a lot of cat ladies read it including my author, Debbie. She recently subscribed to something called a “Cat Lady Box.” When it arrived, I was very jealous because it contained two catnip toys for Debbie’s cats and nothing for me, her favorite cat character.

catlady1I did a little research into these Cat Lady Boxes and this is what I found. There’s a company that sends out monthly boxes of surprise items such as jewelry, clothing, household items, etc. all with a cat theme. A subscriber can choose either a box with only items for people or one that includes gifts for one’s cats, as well. Of claws, Debbie chose the latter. What a surprise! Before she even opened the package, her cat Oliver was sniffing it.

catlady10 catlady11Sure enough, when Debbie opened her box, she found a chocolate dipped strawberry cat toy and a furry dice with play and cuddle options on each side. Both toys contained catnip. Needless to say, Oliver and Stripey enjoyed them both. I watched on in silent envy.catlady8catlady5

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When it was Debbie’s turn to check out what she received, I saw her delight at the beautiful kitty necklace, cat-shaped backp charging device, and cute bear rug that can also be used as catlady3a sleeping mat for her cats. There was also a pretty card explaining what the box contained and some information on a featured Cat Lady artist, Allison Edge. The box’s theme, of course, was Valentine’s Day or Meowlentine’s Day, as we cats call it.

Although I regret that the Cat Lady box did not include anything for me-ow, I’m happy Debbie enjoyed it because a happy writer can only write better scenes that include her cat character.

One last thing I’d like to mention for those who might be interested in a Cat Lady Box subscription, you are not obligated to purchase a box a month and can skip months without canceling. You can also gift boxes to a cat lady friend.

To sign up, just visit their pawsome website at https://catladybox.com/

Kitten Bowl Recap: Video and More

1486394381I woke from my weekend catnap and realized I missed the Kitten Bowl. I’m not much of a sports enthusiast, although I become a bit acrobatic when given catnip. However, I do enjoy watching kittens with all their energy. Even though it’s Monday and not my Feature Friday day, I’m posting some of my favorite clips. You can watch more on the Hallmark website for the event: http://www.hallmarkchannel.com/kitten-bowl

You can even create your cat’s football card (see mine above) at http://www.hallmarkchannel.com/kitten-bowl/cat-lete-card-creator