Remember Me Thursday & Feature Friday Film

I know it’s Thursday, but today is a special day, so I decided to show my Feature Friday films a day early for Remember Me Thursday. For more information about this special day, view the videos. You should also check out this website for details on how you can participate in helping my real life animal friends and the great folks at the Helen Woodward Animal Center. This day means a lot to me because I was once a stray until I was taken in by the nice people at the Cobble Cove Library. Unfortunately, that isn’t always the case with my real life pet pals, but you can make difference.

 

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Feature Friday Film: Birthday Kitties

Meow, there. It’s Sneaky with some films for your favorite day. Even though it’s not my birthday or the birthday of either of my authors’ cats, I’m sure some of you might enjoy these films and probably already have celebrated your own cat’s birthday or the day you adopted him or her. If so, feel free to comment on what you’ve done.

Before I show the films, I want to also share my recent post on my author’s blog that gives some great news about our books. Check it out: http://wp.me/p6m4z7-1ml

Now for our feature presentations.

 

Sneaky’s Interview with Author Anna Belle Rose’s Alpacas

I thought I’d interviewed the most unusual guests when I chatted with the Topiary Cat, the Winery Cats, and the Alien Cat. But, no. My current guests are indeed my most unusual interview to date. They are not cats. They are Alpacas. You heard right, kitties, Alpaca as in llama. Wow, meow. This should be interesting.

So, Alpacas . . . What are your names and your author’s name?

  

Our names are Marc, Ellsbury and Kahuna. Most of the time Ellsbury goes by Ellsy, and Kuhana goes by Huey. Our author’s name is Anna Belle Rose.

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

We appear in her third book, which currently is titled Keeping Away, but we think she’s going to change the title. We tried to suggest that the novel should be titled Jackson’s New Friends – Marc, Ellsy and Huey, but she didn’t listen to us.

I’ve had that problem with my author, too. Even though I purrsuaded her to put my photo on the cover of our third mystery, she called it Written in Stone instead of Sneaky is Missing. What a bummer.

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

Currently, Anna Belle is in the early writing of book 4, and so far, we are in that book too.

Pawsome. Concatulations, or should I say Con-alpacalations!

What else would you like to say to introduce yourselves to my readers?

We live in our author’s back yard. Marc has lived with her for more than ten years, Ellsy for six, and Huey for about three. We also share our farm with a bunch of chickens and bees, which also appear in books 3 and 4.

How very charming. I wish I lived on a farm, but I live in a small-town library and in my author’s imagination, of claws.

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

We are in lots of scenes in book 3, but usually more in the background. We’re hoping for a larger role in book 4, specifically, we had a memorable escape on New Year’s Eve which involved the entire neighborhood, and we’ve suggested that event be included in book 4.

Very mice.

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

We like that we provide both enjoyment to the characters in the book, and also provide fiber which the main character in book 3, Georgiana, uses to spin to make beautiful weavings and knitted items.  

You guys must make wonderful crafty stuff. Alpacas are known to be very soft. Cat fur can also make nice things.                  

 Do you talk in your books?

We don’t speak in words to our humans in the books, but we hum to communicate. Our hums can be very, very expressive.

I imagine an Alpaca’s hum is somewhat like a cat’s purr.

What advice would you give other animal characters?

Try eating apples, they are really good. Then, if you hum softly at humans, it makes them happy.

Great advice. Purring does the same trick for us cats.

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

Anna Belle has her first novel, That One Small Omission, coming out very soon from Solstice Publishing, the release date will be announced this week (hopefully!).

Her second novel, The Phone Call, is also being published by Solstice, and is in the process of being edited.

Please keep us posted about both of those.. My author writes for Solstice as well, We really like them.

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

Webpage: https://authorkfrancoeur.com/

FB: https://www.facebook.com/authorkfrancoeur/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/KFAnnaBelleRose

Excellent best whiskers (or whatever Alpacas have on the sides of their face) to you and your author, and thanks for being one of my most original guests.

 

Feature Friday Film: Cat Cafes

It’s that time of the week when I show cute cat films. Since Cat Cafes are all the current rage, I decided to feature a few of them for my Feature Friday film section. Take a peek inside these pawsome places and let me know if any are familiar. Have you visited any? What has been your experience?

As an added bonus because I’ve only featured cat cafes in my territory, I’ve included a paw link to the top North American cat cafes. Check them out here

Sneaky Interviews Kim Fleck’s Rescue Cat, Wu Kitty

Hello, there, Kitty. I’m honored to interview another rescue cat. What is your name and your author’s name?

Hey there Sneaky thanks for having me. My name is Wu Kitty and my human/author’s name is Kimberly Fleck aka Brand Fearless.

Mice to meet you both.

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

This is my first book appearance although I plan on having some more in the future. Right now I am a social media star. I am the online mascot for the Wu Healing Center in West Hartford, CT, and Maynard, MA.

Pawsome. I look fur-ward to hearing more about that.

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

No series for me, at least not books. I would say my videos are form of series lol.

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

I am a 100% REAL rescue cat. I just turned 6 on 10/10, female, orange kitty rescued off of Death Row at the Manhattan, NYC, ACC.

Wow Meow! My author once had a female ginger (they are not so common). She was a feral cat so was, in a way, a rescue, as well. We also live in the NY area. Happy belated birthday.

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

Wu Kitty: Rescued From The Row T

They say orange is the new black, right? Well, given the death rate for black dogs and cats in the animal shelter system, this wasn’t a good thing for an orange cat like me. When I got dumped at New York City’s Animal Care and Control I knew things had gone from bad to worse. On the streets of Manhattan I was “Tigress”…until someone grabbed me and brought me in as a stray and now I was a number. That’s what I get for looking for food in all the wrong places. That person probably meant well, but they had no way of knowing what goes on behind these doors. I heard the ACC workers saying things like “mean,” “nasty,” and “feral” when they poked at me. They red tagged me, meaning I was aggressive and very sick and put me on the list that said regular people couldn’t adopt me—a death sentence in this place. I was not exactly the type of cat people would be looking at for their next “Fluffy.”

I had come to terms with the fact that these would be my last days. But I wasn’t going down without a fight. I’m a Tigress! That would make it harder to get out of here, but I didn’t care. I was who I was and wouldn’t change for anyone. I looked around at all the poor animal souls. They were defeated. Old, young, just born, injured, sick—it didn’t matter, we were all on our way out and it didn’t look like the way out would be in a van to a new home; more like into the room of no return. Some of my fellow inmates paced in their cages, anxiously awaiting their fate, almost as if it would be a blessing compared to their current circumstances. Others just cried. Luckily I had learned a thing or two during my year on the streets. An older tomcat named She-Fe had taken me under his wing. He’d discovered me hanging out in an alley, chasing my tail nonstop. He asked, “What are you doing, young one?” I explained how I’d read that happiness was located in my tail, so I was trying to catch it so I could be happy forever. She-Fe told me he’d read that same tale written by a wise philosopher, but that I must’ve missed the end of the story.

My dirty ears perked up and I paused to listen. “Happiness is, in fact, found in your tail,” he said. “But you do not need to chase after it, little one. The story explains that chasing after your tail will only wear you out and get you nowhere. But if you go about your daily feline life, happiness will just follow you wherever you go.” Rescued Volume 2 60 “Wow!” I said. “So happiness is with me always. Amazing!”

From that day forward I knew that She-Fe could teach me many lessons. And I had many to learn. We became the perfect student-teacher duo. He tried to instill in me the importance of balance, of staying grounded and in the moment, especially during challenging times. He taught me a mantra that helped when I found myself agitated or fearful. He’d tell me to close my eyes, go to a feeling place and repeat to myself: I am air, I am light, I am water flow. This worked well after hours spent dodging in and out of NYC traffic or running away from the mean neighborhood bullies. I closed my eyes and pictured She-Fe’s kind smile, his wise mournful eyes, his long whiskers, and his left ear with the tip. I knew I needed to try implementing She-Fe’s teachings now more than ever before. That I needed to remain calm, grounded, and detached from any outcome. But I had this storm raging inside me and I was so angry with these people for imprisoning me and placing labels on me. I knew who I was! I was the Tigress. I was resilient, stealthy, tough and carefree. I struggled between mindfulness and madness as the days wore on. I felt worse physically and spiritually like I was suffocating under the thick feeling of despair hanging in the air. I needed to focus, to remember who I was and believe I had a larger mission to fulfill. I went to the back of my cell, made myself small, and tried to concentrate on feeling rooted even though I could Wu Kitty: Rescued From The Row 61 feel no ground beneath my paws—only the cold metal floor reeking with the smell of death. Sleep came, but no peace.

Purrfect excerpt. Thank you.

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

I love being able to spread “wisdom in the meow”, and to bring hope, healing, and compassion to both animal companions and humans. I am also honored to be able to represent community and street cats everywhere by being chosen to tell my story in this anthology; especially amongst so many talented feline and human authors.   

That is indeed an honor, Wu Kitty.

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

No silence here, except for when I am meditating or practicing qigong. I tell the story from my perspective and share my healing journey. I often chat on my social media platforms as well.

You are Tigress, hear you roar!

What advice would you give other cat characters?

Be yourself, stay balanced and remember your “why”, your purpose; we are all here for a reason and we need to share that light to all around us.

Advice to live by.

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

Not right now but when I do, you my feline friend will be one of the first to know.

Yes, please keep me posted.

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

Oh yes! I work as the online mascot for the Wu Healing Center and I am featured on all their platforms at different times. Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wuhealing/

I also have my own Facebook and Instagram page.

https://www.facebook.com/WuRescueKitty/

https://www.instagram.com/wukitty11/

My human is a social media strategist and works at Brand Fearless and has MANY social platforms which you can find all of them listed on her website at:

https://www.brandfearless.com/ including her Amazon author page and Goodreads page.  My human is also a Professional member of the Cat Writers’ Association,
**This is the link to her YouTube trailer for the book.🐱😊  https://youtu.be/1xccOLyZSak

Wonderful links. My author is also a member of the great Cat Writer’s Association. Thank you so much for the interview, Wu Kitty, and best whiskers on you and your human’s future stories.