Sneaky Interviews Cupcake the Bassett Hound from Six Dogs ‘Til Sunday by Lia Farrell

I’ve been interviewing quite a few dogs lately. Today I have the pleasure to chat with the Bassett Hound from Six Dogs ‘Til Sunday that is on a blog tour with Escape with Dollycas into a Good Book.

Hi, Pup. Welcome to my library cat blog. What is your name and your author’s name?

My author’s name is Lia Farrell and my name is Cupcake. I’m a young Bassett hound and I’m still growing into my extra-long ears and tail.

I can see that. Mice to meet you.

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

I’ve appeared in “Four Dog’s Sake” and in “Six Dogs ‘Til Sunday.” Both books are cozy mysteries.

My favorite books.

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

Yes, I’m in a series of cozies called the Mae December mysteries. They feature Mae December, an extra-sweet dog lover, who runs a boarding kennel in Rosedale, Tennessee. We have six dogs in our family, although some of them are babies and will soon go to their new homes. I belong to Matt. I was his 5th birthday present. Mae and Ben and Matt are keeping me forever!

Sounds purrfect.

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

My author’s best friend in high school had a pregnant basset hound. Lia got to see the babies being born. She wanted to take one home, but her father said “no.” I’m lucky that Matt’s father, Sheriff Ben Bradley, said “yes.”

Great story. I think real life pets have a way of infiltrating themselves into their author’s books whether or not they have lived with them.

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

This scene is important because the house Mae and her friend are viewing is the venue for a movie called “Murder in Music City.” It’s a story about a missing girl who is presumed dead and the bad guy who kidnapped her is caught in the house.

“Mae clipped a leash on Cupcake the basset hound (that’s me!). Cupcake was still young enough to be excited about going anywhere (true). Looking at her, Mae smiled. She was small for a basset but well-endowed in the ears department. “I’m glad we don’t have to tie those ears up anymore, Cupcake.” (me, too) At the sound of her name, the dog looked up and wagged her tail so hard it thumped her ribs on either side. “Still have to grow into that tail a bit I see.” Mae reached the bottom of her long driveway and turned left, heading down toward the river. She paused to let Cupcake relieve herself on a long clump of grass. When Cupcake was ready, they followed the narrow drive up to the wraparound porch on the old ramshackle place. ‘Hi Mae, this place is a pit,’ Mae’s friend Connie said in a cheerful voice. ‘But if you think those movie people will like it, I can write up their lease today.’ She crouched down next to Cupcake, seemingly unconcerned about the dirty floor or getting dog hair on her black wool coat. ‘Hello, Precious,’ she said. Cupcake licked her cheek and Connie laughed. (I’m loving the attention) ‘I’m just getting back on track after the holidays. Did you have a good Christmas?’ Mae asked her friend. ‘We did, but I was more than ready for my kids to go back to school yesterday. All three of them were disappointed that Rob and I didn’t get them a puppy for Christmas and they weren’t shy about letting us know.’ (More parents who say “no” to acquiring puppies. Silly people. Puppies are great)

Pawsome excerpt!

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

My favorite scene in the series was when I got to be in Mae and Ben’s wedding! Here’s my grand entrance. “All the guests were standing there was a collective aww as Matthew and Cupcake the basset hound (that’s me!) made their entrance. Matthew looked so handsome in his tuxedo. Showing no trace of nerves, he led his little dog straight to the assembled wedding party. “Good job, Buddy,” Ben whispered to his little boy when the pair reached him. Matt smiled and Cupcake wagged her tail. “You too, Cupcake.” (I beamed)

That’s a pawsome scene, too.

Are you a talking dog in your books or just a silent petlike I am?

I’m silent, but pretty darn good at expressing my emotions and getting what I want in terms of food and cuddling.

Good for you. I’m the same.

What advice would you give other dog characters?

Have fun being famous! Everyone pets you and you get extra treats when they find out you are in a book!

What pet character can resist treats?

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

“Six Dogs ‘Til Sunday” by Lia Farrell was just released.

Condogalations!

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

https://www.liafarrell.net/

https://www.facebook.com/liafarrellauthor/?ref=bookmarks

Thank you so much for chatting with me, Cupcake, and best tail wags to you and your author on your new release and blog tour. I’m including the rafflecopter link for people who want enter your giveaway. http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/02887792680/?widget_template=56d5f80dbc544fb30fda66f0

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Sneaky Interviews Socrates, the Dog from Paws and Predicaments by Bethany Blake

Meow there. It’s Sneaky with another character pet interview. Today, I chatted with the dog from Paws and Predicaments by Bethany Blake. This new cozy mystery is on tour with Escape with Dollycas Into a Good Book.

Hello, pup. Please tell me your name and your author’s name.

My name is Socrates, and my author’s name is Bethany Blake.

What book(s) have you appeared in?

I have appeared in Death by Chocolate Lab, Dial Meow for Murder and Pawprints & Predicaments. These are all “cozy mysteries,” although I am not a cuddly, cozy kind of canine.

I see. Tell me about your series.

The series is called the Lucky Paws Petsitting Mysteries. My person, Daphne Templeton, is a pet sitter who solves murders on the side, although I know she sees me rolling my eyes and hears me growling to let her know that I think she should leave the investigating to Detective Jonathan Black. He rolls his eyes and grumbles a lot, too. Which doesn’t hide the fact that he’s very fond of her.

Sounds pawsome.

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

No! I am very stoic and well behaved. My author’s dog likes to jump the fence and crash the neighbors’ barbecues. Not dignified behavior at all!

That’s the advantage of being a character dog and not a real one, although I’m not too impressed with dogs in general. Cats are way superior, both real and character. Just my feline opinion.

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

Actually, I have three pivotal scenes in three different books! I have rescued Daphne on several occasions, once by running from our lovely town of Sylvan Creek halfway to Lake Wallapawakee. And I do not normally run, nor cavort—unless I’m with my best friend, Artie the one-eared Chihuahua. But I’d rather not talk about that.

Okay. We can keep that off the record.

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

I am the steadying force, and the bark of reason. My person, Daphne, is a bit flighty—although she continually matures. However, I think it will always be up to me to keep her safe and remind her that solving murders can be dangerous.

Daphne sounds like Gilly, Alicia’s friend who takes on the role of amateur sleuth as our series progresses. I continue to help direct both of them to clues, of claws.

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

I live with a very vocal feline named Tinkleston, although he doesn’t speak English. Nor do I. I am largely silent. I only woof when necessary.

So you do have a cat in your books. Purrfect.

What advice would you give other dog characters?

1. Don’t drool. 2. Don’t jump up on people. 3. Don’t wear novelty sweaters. 4. Don’t drool.

Glad you repeated “don’t drool.” I can’t stand it when my dog co-star Fido slobbers all over the place.

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

My new book is Pawprints & Predicaments. It comes out February 27th, and it’s all about a murder that takes place at a Polar Bear Plunge. I think the human habit of jumping into half-frozen lakes is ridiculous, so, to be honest, I had my back turned the whole time.

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

My author is very social.

She can be found at:

https://www.facebook.com/bethanyblakewriter

https://twitter.com/bethanyblakeau1

https://www.goodreads.com/bethanyblake

https://instagram.com/bethanyblakemysteries

Very mice. I’m sure my author will follow yours and the readers of this blog, too. Best dog bones on your new release and tail wags to a great blog tour. Here’s the link to your tour’s rafflecopter for those who wish to enter:

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/02887792679/?widget_template=56d5f80dbc544fb30fda66f0

Sneaky Interviews Beast from Lena Gregory’s Bay Island Psychic Mysteries

I’m excited to have a new guest here today, even though he’s a dog. What is your name and your author’s name, canine sir?

I’m Beast, and my author is Lena Gregory.

Ah, yes, my author interviewed your author on her other blog.

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

I appear regularly in Lena’s cozy mysteries, Death at First Sight, Occult and Battery, and Clairvoyant and Present Danger. All of the books are from the Bay Island Psychic Mysteries series.

How doggone nice. I have two dog  co-stars in my Cobble Cove mysteries – Fido is a regular character, and Ruby is has some cameo scenes. Of claus, I am the cat star.

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

I’m a Leonberger, so part of my personality is based on my breed, and part is based on a combination of the dogs my author has had over the years. Some of my mishaps actually happened, especially some of the things I get into.

Dogs aren’t quite as good at cats at mishaps, but I’m sure you’ve had your share.

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

This is a scene from Occult and Battery, when Cass’s friend Bee decides to take me for a walk. Of course, this was before I started my training classes. Right before. So you’ll have to forgive my manners. Though I have to admit, I still laugh every time I think about it.

Beast danced around in circles while Bee tried to clip the leash onto his collar. “Will you stay still already?”

“Sit.”

Beast ignored Cass’s command/request/whatever.

Bee paused for a minute to stare at her, brow lifted in a you’ve-got-to-be-kidding-me look.

She rolled her eyes and turned to open the door.

Beast shot through the gap before she had it fully open, dragging Bee behind him. Even with his two-handed grip on the leash, Bee couldn’t slow the fleeing animal.

Ugh . . .

Stephanie burst out laughing.

“Not funny,” Bee called over his shoulder as he tried to stop Beast before they reached the back stairway. They rounded the corner at the end of the hall, and Beast launched himself down the stairs.

Bee’s shoulder hit the wall, and he ricocheted off. A tremendous racket—filled with bangs and curses—followed.

Ah jeez. Resisting the urge to go back to bed and pull the covers over her head, Cass ran down the remainder of the hallway. She skidded to a stop, with Stephanie breathing down her neck, when she reached the top of the stairs.

Bee lay in a heap at the bottom, leash tangled around him, Beast licking his face.

“Are you all right?” Cass yelled down.

“That is a rhetorical question, right?” Bee pushed up to sit, lifted one foot, and started untangling the leash.

Cass and Stephanie pounded down the stairs. When they reached him, they each grabbed one arm and helped haul him to his feet.

Once he was standing, Bee smoothed his jacket, adjusted his scarf, and tousled his hair.

“Are you hurt?” Grabbing the leash, Cass helped him disentangle himself.

Beast dropped his tongue out of the side of his mouth, panting frantically.

“I don’t think so.”

Stephanie handed Bee one of his shoes.

He took it and bent to put it back on.

With a quick look over Bee’s back at Cass, Stephanie caught her lip between her teeth to keep from laughing. She couldn’t stop the laughter from reaching her eyes, though.

Cass bit the inside of her cheek.

“Don’t think I don’t know what the two of you are doing,” Bee said. If looks could kill . . .

Laughter blurted out, and Cass slapped a hand over her mouth. “I’m . . .” She sucked in a breath and tried to control herself. “Sorry.”

“No you’re not.” He pointed at her. “You. Better. Get. This. Dog. Trained!”

She nodded, her head bobbing like a bobblehead, tears streaming down her cheeks.

Stephanie hiccupped as she tried to contain her own outburst.

A smile tugged at the corners of Bee’s mouth. “I think it was the shoe bouncing down that made all that noise.”

“Really?” Laughter erupted. This time Cass made no attempt to restrain it. “Was it the shoe cursing up a storm too?”

“Ha ha.” Finally Bee joined their laughter. “Just schedule some kind of obedience classes for this animal. Before he hurts somebody.”

Beast tipped his head innocently to the side, his eyes wide.

“Yeah, right.” Taking the leash from her once more, Bee eyed the dog warily. “That innocent routine doesn’t work with me, buddy.”

“Are you sure you still want to walk him? I can do it.” Cass said.

He waved her off and headed for the back of the house. “Even a tumble down the stairs is better than a conversation with the police.”

Wow! You deserve a juicy bone for that.

Thank you, Sneaky.

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

I always have fun, and I’m always loved. No matter that Cass has never had a pet before, and just between us has no clue what she’s doing, she loves me with all of her heart.

You’re a lucky pup. Alicia’s had cats before, but none at this point in her life. Even though I live in the library, I get to go home with her once in a while. When I went missing in her last book, she searched high and low for me, so I know she cares a lot for me.

Are you a talking dog in your books or just a silent one?

Well, I’m pretty much a silent dog, but I do get my point across when needed

A good bark will do that, although cats have many more sound options that dogs. We can purr, hiss, meow, screech, etc.

What advice would you give other pet characters?

I would probably tell other pet characters to make sure their voices are heard. Heros and heroines are quite chatty, so make sure your author hears from you too.

I like that. High Paws to you, Beast.

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

Clairvoyant and Present Danger, the third book in the Bay Island Psychic Mysteries series was just released.

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

My author and I love hanging out on social media. You can find us at:

Website:  http://www.lenagregory.com/

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/lena.gregory.986

Facebook Page:  https://www.facebook.com/Lena.Gregory.Author/?fref=ts

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/LenaGregory03

Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14956514.Lena_Gregory?from_search=true

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

Sneaky Interviews Sir Figaro Newton from Class Reunions are Murder by Libby Klein

Sneaky here with another pawsome interview of a pet character. Today, it’s my pleasure to be cat chatting with a cozy mystery cat whose currrent book is on tour with Escape with Dollycas Into a Good Book.

Meow there. What is your name and your author’s name?

Hi Sneaky! My name is Sir Figaro Newton, but Poppy calls me Fig. Aunt Ginny calls me Pestilence and I allow it because she has a heavy hand with the treats. Our story is being told by Libby Klein who has been obsessed with fluffy cats since she was a child.

I’m Siamese, so I’m not very fluffy, but I certainly understand the appeal of long-haired furry cats.

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

Only one of my books has been released so far: Class Reunions are Murder. But there are more on the way – because who wouldn’t want more of me?

Well, I haven’t read it, but it sounds interesting and so do you.

Is this a series? If so, tell us about it.

I appear in a cozy mystery series that should have been called Figaro the Wondercat Always Saves the Day. But, due to what I can only assume is a marketing error, we’re known as the Poppy McAllister Mysteries.

MOL (Meow Out Loud). That’s the way these publishers do it, buddy. My series is called the “Cobble Cove Mysteries” which should be “Sneaky, the Library Cat’s Adventures with Alicia.” At least, I have my own blog which is some compensation. Maybe if you meow loud enough, you’ll get yours, too, or maybe a Facebook page.

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

What do you mean based on? I am a real cat. I’m a beautiful black smoke Persian with orange eyes and a fluffy cottony coat to die for. There are pictures around Libby’s office that look just like me. Although I heard that gorgeous fella moved up to the all you can eat tuna buffet in the sky some time ago.

Ah, yes. My author’s Siamese, Oliver, traveled there this past November. I am based on him but younger and will stick around until my series ends which I pray with all my paws it won’t for a long time.

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

Gosh, they’re all so riveting. It’s hard to pinpoint the scene where I shine the most.

           Option 1: from Chapter 1:

Figaro was, in technical terms, “a little loopy-doopy.” It could be disconcerting to have a side-kick who’d go completely limp and flop over like he’d just passed out. Sometimes with a stretch and a roll, sometimes with a thud as he hit the floor. It was his feline idea of performance art. He thinks it sends the message that he’s not a threat and wants to be friends. Mostly it sends the message that he’s crazy and could begin foaming at the mouth any minute. Many a child had run away from his famous death scene screaming, and left him lying there confused.

                        Option 2: From Act 3:

I balled my fists up and had to shove them under my knees. “Why can’t you see that this proves I’m innocent? Why else would someone send me a death threat?”

Amber closed her flip book and bagged the note. “It’s not hard for me to believe someone could hate you enough to want to kill you, if that’s what you’re asking.”

Figaro flicked his tail and knocked a figurine of a girl on a swing off the shelf. It hit Amber on the head and she jerked her neck around to see where it came from.

Aunt Ginny started to laugh but quickly covered it with a cough. Then she chastised Figaro by cuddling him off the mantle and cooing at him. “That was a very bad boy. Let’s get you some tuna.”

I see what you mean. Both are purrfect scenes. Concats to you, Fig!

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

I’m not one to brag, but some would say I steal the show. At first, I thought the books were an invasion of my privacy. You think Libby is making my antics up, but in reality, she is much like Dian Fossey, hovering over me, cataloging my every move. Class Reunions could be my unauthorized biography. Now I’ve come to the place of accepting my superior position as Poppy’s sidekick, and dare I say it, hero.

There’s no shame in admitting your heroic status.

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

I say plenty. How much of it they understand is the real question. Sometimes Poppy and Aunt Ginny meow at me like I’m supposed to be impressed with that. It’s not my fault Google translate doesn’t have a search field for Feline. I’ve often had to resort to some clever manipulation to get my point across. Don’t underestimate how powerful bathing the nether regions in front of company can be to express one’s displeasure over the catch of the day, or disagreement about appropriate grooming times.

Google translate! What a thought. We must contact their support and demand a feline language update.

What advice would you give other cat characters?

This is your show. Everyone else is support staff there to open the cans and scratch you under the chin. You can get away with just about anything if you’re cute enough. I like to curl up on Poppy’s head in the middle of the night while she sleeps and use her like my personal space heater. She wakes up and thinks she’s in menopause having a hot flash. It’s hilarious.

You are such a tease.

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

Midnight Snacks are Murder will be coming out in July of 2018. I don’t want to give too much away, but someone in this house goes on a rampage. Then Restaurant Weeks are Murder will be released sometime around January of 2019. I expect the Friskies people will have contacted me to do a celebrity spotlight by then, so your readers will be able to say they knew me before I hit it big.

I don’t mean to break your catnip bubble, but your chances of that are slim since it hasn’t happened to me.

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

When Libby isn’t divulging sensitive information about my doings, she’s feverishly tapping on the keyboard updating the world with her random thoughts. Here are the accounts I’ve had to block because she keeps sending me memes and cat videos.

Website www.libbykleinbooks.com

twitter @libbykleinbooks

https://www.facebook.com/libbykleinbooks/

https://www.pinterest.com/libbykleinbooks/

https://www.goodreads.com/LibbyKlein

This is a rendering of me – but not me – Libby would have pictures of the original Figaro.

 

 

Thank you for the interview!

My pleasure, Fig. I wish you and Libby best whiskers on your book, series, and blog tour. Below is a link to your tour page and rafflecopter.

https://www.escapewithdollycas.com/great-escapes-virtual-book-tours/books-currently-on-tour/class-reunions-murder-poppy-mcallister-mystery-libby-klein/

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/02887792673/?widget_template=56d5f80dbc544fb30fda66f0

Feature Friday Film: Purrfect Kitty Hugs

Who says cats are solitary creatures? Even I, a cat character, know better than that. Felines love to be loved like anyone else. Take for example these videos that I’ve chosen since it’s February, the month of Valentine’s Day and mushy sweetness. The first is of kitties cuddling with each other and the second is of kitties reunited with their humans after a long separation.