Feature Friday Film: Cats and Computers

My author Debbie’s cat, Stripey, seems to enjoy using and being near computers. Check out this shot of him on a laptop and then watch videos about other cats and computers. Also, feel free to share photos of your own cats at the keyboard.

 

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Sneaky Interviews Sylvester from The Psycho Cat and The Landlady Mystery Series by Joyce Brown

I have a very interesting guest here today. What is your name and your author’s name, Mr. Cat?

My name is Sylvester, a suitable name for a big cat like me, and my author is Joyce Ann Brown.

(Note from author: Sylvester’s nickname, which he doesn’t seem to want to share, is Psycho Cat. He earned that name with his erratic behavior during kittenhood. That’s Psycho, not psychic, but sometimes he seems to be both when he sniffs out clues and knows good from evil.)

Very mice to meet you, Psycho Cat, I mean Sylvester.

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

 CATastrophic Connections, FURtive Investigation, Nine LiFelines, and Tailed. All cozy mysteries.

  

Concatulations! I’m going to be on my fourth book soon, too. My author just finished writing the first draft of it.

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

I’m proud to have my name on The Psycho Cat and the Landlady Mystery series. The stories are set, in the most part, in Kansas City, Missouri. Beth, the landlady of several duplex and condo rental properties, adopts me at the end of the first book after I’ve helped save my first owner, Beth’s niece, from a maniacal murderer. In the following books, I point out clues with yowls, scratches, purrs, and a bit of berserk behavior. (Not to be boastful, but I act that way on purpose, so the humans will pay attention.) I also get the jump on a couple of would-be kidnappers—protective behavior, NOT psycho. “Sniff.”

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

Ha! I’m based on all cats that act psycho at times. (I’m told that’s most of them, not only my author’s cats, Moose and Chloe.) My author collects anecdotes about cats and lets me live them in her books. If you have any good cat stories, let Joyce Ann Brown know. I’ll get to do something new in our next book.

What a pawsome opportunity. My author Debbie’s cat, Stripey, is definitely a psycho cat at times. I also have my moments especially when Alicia or Laura at the library give me catnip.

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 Tailed when Beth and her husband, Arnie, are on an RV trip with Beth’s sister, Meg, and her husband. Psycho Cat is traveling with Beth and Weeny the dog is with Meg. Suspect forces are at work, but no one in the party is ready to accept what they can’t prove. Beth and Arnie are sitting on the bed in the RV.

Arnie sat on the other side of Psycho Cat and gave him a thorough massage so that the contented cat rolled onto his back to encourage a tummy rub. “There’s nothing missing that I can tell. Nobody broke in. Meg just forgot to lock the door. Don’t give her trouble. It’s understandable she’d forget when she was carrying this big guy outta here.”

“If anyone tried to break-in while Psycho Cat was here, before Meg got him, he would’ve been up to his old tricks and scared the intruder away,” Beth said.

* * *

“Do you think someone got into the RV while Psycho Cat was gone?” Beth asked. “Should I go over and ask Meg if she’s sure she locked the door when she took him to her RV?”

“They probably went straight to bed. Besides, you don’t want to embarrass her. She might have been struggling to carry this big boy and just not gotten it locked. We’ve all had a hard evening, and there’s been no harm done here.”

Arnie stopped petting, and Psycho Cat jumped off the bed, hissed at its wooden base, and prowled the perimeter. He ran to Beth’s feet, pawed her leg, and met her with a deep meow and a paw jab at the bedspread when she leaned over to calm him with a head rub.

She leaned over and lifted the spread. “What’s the matter, are you still complaining that you were kidnapped away from your favorite napping place to spend the evening with Weeny? Everything’s alright now. We’re here. Come up with me.” She lifted the cat back up beside her on the bed and continued stroking his smooth yellow fur.

Wow, Meow. That was a purrfect excerpt.

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

I get to help solve murder mysteries by being myself.

That’s always a good thing.

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

I meow and hiss and yowl and growl deep in my throat, but I don’t speak human.

Who would want to? Those humans never understand each other, anyway – MOL (meow out loud).

What advice would you give other cat characters?

Be your cat self, and you’ll be great. Be patient with those people who talk baby talk to you. As Mark Twain said, ““If man could be crossed with the cat it would improve man, but deteriorate the cat.”

My favorite quote. That Twain guy was pretty wise for a human.

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

The fourth Psycho Cat and the Landlady Mystery was released in February. Tailed is the book from which I took the excerpt above. Gil and Freddy, the two bumbling crooks who follow Beth and me, get their own mindboggling chapters in our latest adventure.

Excellent. Way to go, Sylvester!

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

Our Website is: http://www.joyceannbrown.com

Other links where you can find Joyce Ann Brown (and me) are:

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/joyceannbrownauthor

Twitter: http://twitter.com/joyceannbrown1

Linkedin: http://www.linkedin.com/in/joyce-ann-brown-6bb2947a/   

GoodReads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/9858447.Joyce_Ann_Brown

Google+: http://plus.google.com/100827184669698052959

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/jannbrown4527/

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/author/joyceannbrown

Blogs:  http://retirementchoicescozymystery.wordpress.com and http://hikingkctrails.wordpress.com

Hometown Reads: https://hometownreads.com/books/tailed

You and your author sure are social. I notice you’re on Hometown Reads, too. So are my Cobble Cove books. Your author also has a few blogs. Debbie has her own, and I take care of this one.

Is there anything else you’d like to share with my readers?

Here is a YouTube video where I tell more about how Beth and I solve the mysteries in each of our books: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tK7SKx094nM

Thank you so much. That was a great video. I love videos. I even feature a cat-related film each Friday on this blog.

Best whiskers to you and Joyce Ann Brown on your wonderful series.

Sneaky Interviews Harrison from The Marmalade Murders by Elizabeth J. Duncan

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, The Marmalade Murders, is on tour with Escape with Dollycas Into a Good Book.

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

Hello! My name is Harrison and my author is Elizabeth J. Duncan.

Mice to meet you both.

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

I am the protagonist’s beautiful grey cat and I feature in the Penny Brannigan mystery series, set in North Wales.

I made my first appearance in A Small Hill to Die On (St. Martin’s Press, 2012) when my mother and I were rescued after a fire. I have appeared in every book since:

Never Laugh as a Hearse Goes By (St. Martin’s Press, 2013)

Slated for Death (St. Martin’s Press, 2015)

Murder on the Hour (St. Martin’s Press, 2016)

Murder is for Keeps (St. Martin’s Press, 2017)

The Marmalade Murders (St. Martin’s Press, 2018)

But, and this is a big BUT, I did not make a cover appearance until Slated for Death!

You are quite a star to be in so many books. I, myself, did not appear on a Cobble Cove mystery cover until the third book of the series and then it was only a likeness of my Siamese self.

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

I am sorry to tell you that my author is a dog person, and doesn’t have a cat. She doesn’t have a dog either, for that matter, at this time because she spends almost half her time out of the country.  However, I am based on the cover artist’s cat.

I see. 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 day my lucky author met me.

In the kitchen, cuddled together in a towel-lined box in front of the Aga were a black-and-white cat and her kitten. The mother’s paws were wrapped in bright pink bandaging and the fur on her ears was gone, revealing raw, blistered skin. “I have to put cream on them twice a day,” Emyr said, bending over and scooping up her kitten.

He placed the kitten in Penny’s arms. The kitten’s milky blue eyes tried to focus on her face and he meowed softly. Penny rubbed his round, downy head with her chin. His fur was a soft dove grey and his tiny paws were white, as was a small, roughly heart-shaped patch on his chest.

“Oh, I don’t want to put him down,” Penny exclaimed, as the kitten nuzzled into her neck, his tiny, sharp claws catching on her jacket.

“Well, maybe you don’t have to. I was wondering if you’d like to have him. I can’t think of anyone who could give him a better home.”

What a great introduction. Thank you for sharing it.

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

I like when the author uses me to end a chapter. It’s an important job.

So true. My author likes to end each chapter with a mini cliffhanger so readers want to read more.

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

I am a silent character who lets my character know when it is time for my dinner.

I do much the same. Eating is a very important role for us character cats to play as real-life cats do much of it as well as sleep.

What advice would you give other cat characters?

Make sure they feature you on the cover.

Excellent advice. I pushed my author into featuring me on Written in Stone, our third mystery, and also had her create this blog for me.

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

The Marmalade Murders comes out April 24, but if you can believe it, it’s not me on the cover! It’s a little ginger cat.

As well as you’re in it, that’s what counts. All cats make good cover models.

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

My author is @ElizabethDuncan on Twitter and you can like her author page on http://facebook.com/elizabethjduncan

I don’t “like” any pages, but I’m sure my author will follow her. She enjoys meeting other authors especially cozy mystery ones like her.

Thanks for chatting with me, Harrison, and best whiskers to you and your author on your new release and blog tour.

Good News to Meow About

Hi, it’s Sneaky with some pawsome news to share with you readers. My author has received a purr-stigious Certificate of Excellence from the Cat Writer’s Association for her short story, The Path to Rainbow Bridge.

Concats to Debbie for this wonderful story about where kitties go when they leave this world.

myBook.to/RainbowBridge

A familiar poem for many pet lovers describes a place called Rainbow Bridge where pets go when they pass on and where their beloved human eventually joins them. If you have ever lost a special animal companion and wondered if Rainbow Bridge actually exists and what it’s like, the answer is imagined in The Path to Rainbow Bridge.

This story, told from the cats’ point of view, takes place during preparations for an incoming resident—a woman named Kate’s elderly Siamese. The cats Kate has bonded with throughout her life also reside on Rainbow Bridge and are happy to welcome the new member of their fur family. However, a big surprise awaits one of them after the new cat arrives.

If you haven’t read this wonderful story, it’s available as an eBook for only 99 cents and also in print from Amazon.com within the Realms of Fantastic Stories anthology from Solstice Publishing. myBook.to/realms

Feature Friday Film: Friday the 13th and Black Cats

Today is Friday the 13th which is supposed to be an unlucky day according to superstition. Connected with this belief is the idea that black cats are evil and one crossing your path is a bad omen. Today’s Feature Friday Films debunk that myth by showing how lucky and fun it is to have a black cat. Enjoy and good luck to you today!