Feature Friday Film: Moving Your Cat

Cats like routine. They don’t like change. That’s why moving a cat, whether it’s to a new home or a new room can be a challenge. Here are some videos that can offer some tips if you find yourself in this situation with your feline friend.

 

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Spotlight for Summer Snoops and Cozy Crimes Anthology

Wow, Meow! I never thought I’d feature an anthology about dogs on my blog, but I’m really impressed by this collection of tailes. I mean “tales.” So here goes, my very first animal-related book spotlight. I hope you like it.

Summer Snoops and Cozy Crimes: Cozy Mysteries for the Dog Days of Summer

By Judith Lucci, Cindy Bell, Colleen Mooney, Amy Vansant, Colleen Helme, Kim Hunt Harris, Anna Celeste Burke, Ava Mallory, Sandi Scott, Susan Boles, Sam Cheever & Anne R. Tan

About the Books

Summer Snoops and Cozy Crimes: Cozy Mysteries for the Dog Days of Summer
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Release Date: July 24th, 2018
Publisher: Bluestone Valley Publishing

WSJ Bestselling Author Judith Lucci – Gawd Almighty & the Corn

WSJ Bestselling Author Cindy Bell – Murder at Pawprint Creek

WSJ Bestselling Author Colleen Mooney -Dog Gone and Dead

USA Today and WSJ Bestselling Author Amy Vansant – Summer Teeth

WSJ Bestselling Author Colleen Helme – A Midsummer Night’s Murder

WSJ Bestselling Author Kim Hunt Harris – The Murder of Bandera Bandito

USA Today Bestselling Author Anna Celeste Burke – A Body on Fitzgerald’s Bluff

Ava Mallory – A Dream Stray-Cation

Sandi Scott – Croquembouche Murder

Susan Boles – Death on the Beach

USA Today Bestselling Author Sam Cheever – Toxic Tech

Anne R. Tan – Just Lost and Found

Bonus recipes from the authors are included!

Purchase and GoodReads Links –

Apple: http://smarturl.it/SummerSnoopsApple
Kobo: http://smarturl.it/SummerSnoopsKobo
Nook: http://smarturl.it/SummerSnoopsNook

Website – http://www.summersnoops.com/

Facebook Page – https://www.facebook.com/summersnoopsandcozycrimes/

Purchase Link – Amazon

About the Authors

Judith Lucci

Dr. Judith Lucci is a Wall Street Journal and best-selling Amazon. She is an award-winning author of the Alexandra Destephano Medical Thriller and the Michaela McPherson “Two Sleuth’s and a Dog” Crime fiction series. Her newest series, Artzy Chicks, releases next month and features a group of , eccentric, talented but zany artists in their Art Gallery at a Mountain Resort.

In 2017, ‘Viral Intent’ (Book 3) Alexandra Destephano Series) was awarded a Gold Medal by Readers’ Favorites for ‘Best Political Thriller’. as was her crime thriller ‘The Case of Dr. Dude’ (Michaela McPherson #1) for a Gold Medal for ‘Best Amateur Sleuth for 2017. ‘The Most Wonderful Crime of the Year‘ won an additional gold medal for ‘Best Holiday Read’ of 2017.

Her favorite things are reading, writing art and animals. In her spare time she teaches painting, loves up on animals and raises money for needy causes. Judith lives with her 4 dog family in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. She loves to connect with her readers and is available at judithlucciwrites@gmail.com. Check our her website at judithlucci.com. and sign-up for a free copy of Chaos at Crescent City Medical Center.


Cindy Bell

Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author, Cindy Bell, has always loved reading, but it is only recently that she has discovered her passion for writing romantic cozy mysteries. When she is not reading or writing she loves baking (and eating) sweet treats or walking along the beach with her energetic cocker spaniel, thinking of the next adventure her characters can embark on. Cindy is the author of the Chocolate Centered, Donut Truck, Dune House, Sage Gardens, Nuts about Nuts, Bekki the Beautician, Wendy the Wedding Planner, Heavenly Highland Inn and the Macaron Patisserie Cozy Mystery Series.


Colleen Mooney

Colleen Mooney was born and raised in New Orleans along with everyone else in her family. She is a Wall Street Journal Best Selling Author and writes a cozy mystery series set in New Orleans called The New Orleans Go Cup Chronicles and the fourth book, Death By Rum Balls was released in December 2017.

Since January 2017 Colleen organized a Sisters In Crime chapter in New Orleans, has been elected President and has a planned a Mystery Writers’ Conference for June. She is currently working on her 5th book in the Brandy Alexander series.

In New Orleans, she’s been a member and active in many Mardi Gras Krewes, Super Krewes, and organizations. Colleen says she has never met a parade she didn’t like.

She’s an ardent animal lover and the Director for a breed rescue, Schnauzer Rescue of Louisiana for the last fifteen years. She has rescued and placed over 350 abandoned or surrendered Schnauzers. She loves to write and writes about what she loves. Colleen says, “New Orleans is where it all happens for me.”


Amy Vansant

Amy Vansant

Amy Vansant is a Wall Street Journal and USA Today best-selling author specializing in fun, comedic reads about accident prone, easily distracted women with questionable taste in men.
So, autobiographies, mostly.
Ha!
But seriously: She writes happy romantic comedies, mysteries, and urban fantasies. Amy is the former East Coast Editor of SURFER Magazine but the urge to drive up and down the coast interviewing surfers has long since left her. She’s a dog-lover who works at home with her goofy husband and loves interacting with fans, so stop by her blog or Twitter and say hi!

http://www.amyvansant.com/


Colleen Helme

Colleen Helme is the author of the bestselling Shelby Nichols Adventure Series, a wildly entertaining and highly humorous series about Shelby Nichols, a woman with the ability to read minds. When asked if reading minds is something Colleen wishes she could do she says, “No way! It gets Shelby into so much trouble that I would never want that ability.” Known for her laugh since she was a kid, Colleen has always tried to find the humor in every situation and continues to enjoy writing about Shelby’s adventures. Besides writing, she loves reading, biking, hiking, and playing board and card games with family and friends. She loves to connect with readers and admits that fans of the series keep her writing.


Kim Hunt Harris

Kim knew she wanted to be a writer before she even knew how to write. When her parents read bedtime stories to her, she knew she wanted to be a part of the story world. She started out writing children’s stories, and her stories grew as she did. She discovered a gift for humor and a love for making people laugh with her tales, and the Trailer Park Princess series was born.

Kim loves to not only make her readers laugh and entertain them with a good mystery, but also to examine the issues the everyday people face…well, every day. Issues like faith and forgiveness, perseverance and tolerance. Set in Lubbock, Texas, the fun books feature a cast of quirky characters, outrageous situations, a drama queen of a dog, and from time to time, a tear or two.

Kim lives with her husband of more than thirty years and two teenage kids in Texas.


Anna Celeste Burke

Anna Celeste Burke is an award-winning, USA Today Bestselling Author!

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Life is an extravaganza! figuring out how to hang tough and make the most of the wild ride is the challenge.

On my way to Oahu to join the rock musician and high school drop-out I had met in San Diego and married in Tijuana, I was nabbed by the police as a runaway. When the police let me go and the rock band broke up, my husband and I had to find another way to survive. Our next stop: Disney World where we trained to be chefs, courtesy of the Walt Disney World University. A GED for my husband and many more years of education landed us in academia at The Ohio State University. Retired now from my role as a professor of social work and behavioral science, I have picked up a long-time interest in writing fiction. I’m still married to the same sweet guy and live with him in the Palm Springs area. In addition to reading and writing fiction, I enjoy painting, hiking, hanging out with my handsome husband and tending to my Siamese kitties.

An award-winning and bestselling author I enjoy snooping into life’s mysteries with fun, fiction, & food—California style! My books include the Jessica Huntington Desert Cities Mystery series set in the Coachella Valley near Palm Springs, the Corsario Cove Cozy Mystery series set on California’s Central Coast, and The Georgie Shaw Cozy Mystery series set in Orange County, California–the OC. Coming soon: The Misadventures of Betsy Stark also set here in the Coachella Valley. Find out more at http://www.desertcitiesmystery.com.


AVA MALLORY

AVA MALLORY has been a grade school teacher, a psychiatric technician, a dementia unit nurse manager, and a Hospice nurse. She has embarrassed herself in front of handsome celebrities, won vocal contests much to the chagrin of her children, survived a major earthquake, and nearly drowned when she mistakenly thought a YMCA lifeguard asked her to dive into the deep end on her first day of swim lessons. She and her eternally annoyed children share their home with a massive collection of books and a never-ending supply of new book ideas.


Sandi Scott

Sandi Scott is a cozy mystery reader who finally found the courage to write the stories in her head and share them with others. She fell in love with mystery books when she first started reading Agatha Christie eons ago, although her favorite female sleuth will always be Harriet the Spy. She loves dogs, her family, her readers, and sweet treats — not necessarily in that order.

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Susan Boles

Susan Boles is the award-winning author of the Lily Gayle Lambert Mystery Series and also writes romantic suspense in the Brotherhood Protectors series.

A lifelong long love of all things mysterious led Susan to write cozy mysteries. Nancy Drew and Trixie Belden were the first to show her that girls can be crime solvers. Agatha Christie showed her that even small towns have big secrets. And Phryne Fisher showed her lady detectives can be outrageously individual. She lives in Mississippi with her rescue mini dachshund, Lucy, and her rescue cat of no particular breed, Zimba.

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Sam Cheever

USA Today Bestselling Author Sam Cheever writes mystery and suspense, creating stories that draw you in and keep you eagerly turning pages. Known for writing great characters, snappy dialogue, and unique and exhilarating stories, Sam is the award-winning author of 50+ books.


 

Anne R. Tan

Anne R. Tan fell in love with storytelling in elementary school, but decided to study engineering so she could get a “real job.” Her day job is her vacation from home and she moonlights as a writer to keep the voices inside her head under control. She is a toddler wrangler and a part-time short-order cook for her family. She is married to her version of Bob Vila who believes everything needs to be fixed, even if it’s already working. The koi fish in her pond are the only sane members of her household.

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Feature Friday Film: Cats Love Summer

Since yesterday was the first day of summer or “Summer Solstice” as it was termed, I thought I’d show some cats enjoying the warm weather for my Feature Friday Film today. Although I’ve never been to the beach nor has any of Debbie’s cats, there are a few felines who enjoy being on sand and even in water. Most cats, however, prefer sunny spots by a window, on a patio, in a garden, or even under a lamp. Check out this videos of cats enjoying the summer.

Sneaky Interviews Charles from The Spook in the Stacks by Eva Gates

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 current book is on tour with Escape with Dollycas Into a Good Book.

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

I’m Charles, named after Mr. Charles Dickens, a great man of letters because I am a great cat of letters, and I live at the Bodie Island Lighthouse Library. My author is Eva Gates.

Wow, Meow. So mice to meet you. I love libraries. I live in one, too. I’m the library cat in the Cobble Cove Library in upstate New York. Also, my author is a real-life librarian.

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

I made my literary debut in By Book or By Crook. Followed by Booked for Trouble, Reading UP A Storm, and now The Spook in the Stacks.

Concatulations! I have three books, but a fourth is in the works.

Please give more details about your books and if they are part of a series.

I star in the Lighthouse Library series. My picture appears prominently on every cover.

You lucky dog. I mean cat. I only had my picture on our latest book, Written in Stone. By the way, it looks like you’re a Siamese, like me. Are you based on a real animal such as your author’s? If so, please give further details.

My author is (horrors) more of a dog person. But she gets on okay with her daughters’ cats.

Dog people are okay. I’m glad your author’s daughter likes cats, though.

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

Charles leapt onto the desk. He gave a soft meow and stretched out a paw toward Julia. She wiped her eyes and scooped him up. She held him close, and he comforted her.

I felt myself smiling. If Charles believed in Julia, then I would too. “Your parents were both musicians. Do you play?”

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

I find that people can be so dumb sometimes. It’s up to me to point out to Lucy who can be trusted and who can not. Unfortunately, she can’t understand anything I say, as she doesn’t speak feline, so she often goes ahead and makes mistakes. I try to correct those mistakes, if I can.

I couldn’t agree more. I do the same with Alicia. Sometimes my dog co-star Fido lends a paw, too.

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

I don’t talk, but I try to express myself through actions and plaintive meows.

Love those plaintive meows. It gets them every time.

What advice would you give other cat characters?

Don’t be too hard on your humans. They do their best.

So true.

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

The Spook in the Stacks was released on June 12 from Crooked Lane books.  The Lighthouse Library series has moved there from Penguin and we’re very excited about that. The book is set over Halloween, and Lucy (who calls herself the Halloween version of the Grinch)  begins to suspect some strange things are happening out in the marsh. She might be influenced by the classic novel reading club’s current choice, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.

Oooh, I love that book. My author told me all about it, and she even visited that place not too long ago with her family.

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

Thank you for asking. You can contact my author at vicki@vickidelany.com, through www.vickidelany.com or www.lighthouselibrarymysteries.com. On Facebook at www.facebook.com/evagatesauthor. On Twitter @vicki.delany or @evagatesauthor and on Instragram at vicki.delany

Pawsome. I will make sure my author connects with yours and will share this with our readers who love cozy mysteries involving libraries and cats (who doesn’t?). Thanks so much for the intermew, Charles, and best whiskers to you and your author on your upcoming books. It’s been such fun chatting with a fellow library cat character. Here’s a link to the rafflecopter that’s part of your blog tour: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/02887792727/?widget_template=56d5f80dbc544fb30fda66f0

Feature Friday Film: Stripey’s YouTube Debut

Hey, Kits. It’s Sneaky here with something different for your Feature Friday Film. Today, I’m featuring my author’s cat, Stripey, playing with a cat teaser. For a middle-aged cat, he sure has zip. Check out these 2 videos, but please excuse the messy backgrounds. Debbie is moving some things around in her house because her daughter is changing her room this summer. Hope you enjoy the films. The second one is rather short, but Stripey has a “speaking” part in it.

 

Sneaky Interviews Biscuit from Pick and Chews (Barkery and Biscuits Mystery Series) by Linda O. Johnston

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

Hey there, Pup, what is your name and your author’s name?

My name is Biscuit.  I’m a dog, what my human mom Carrie Kennersly calls a golden toy poodle-terrier mix.  Our author’s name is Linda O. Johnston.

Very interesting. My author grew up with poodles, but now she only has a cat.

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

I have appeared in four books so far, all part of the Barkery & Biscuits Mystery Series.  They are Bite the Biscuit, To Catch a Treat, Bad to the Bone, and the new one, Pick and Chews.

That’s something to bark about. I’m in four books, too, although the fourth hasn’t been published yet.

Please give more information about your books.

        Like I said, I’m in the Barkery & Biscuits Mystery series.  It’s really about my human mom, Carrie.  She’s what they call a veterinary technician, which means she helps sick animals get well.  She says she created some healthy dog treats during that work—and I can vouch for them tasting great!  They’re the reason she bought a friend’s human bakery, Icing on the Cake, and turned half of it into Barkery and Biscuits, a shop where those wonderful dog treats are sold.  I get to hang out at the Barkery while Carrie’s at the shops.

            The thing about why there are books is that humans keep getting killed in the town of Knobcone Heights, the location of the shops and Carrie’s vet clinic.  People thought Carrie killed the person in the first book so she had to figure out who really did it–and since then she’s gotten involved in finding out who killed other people because sometimes her friends are accused like she was.

            I like that Carrie makes biscuits and that she’s so smart, but I just hope she doesn’t get hurt.

Boy, your series sounds doggone good. My books take place in a small town, too, Cobble Cove. There are mysteries to be solved, and we have a small shopping area, but the library where I reside as library cat is the main focus of our stories.

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

No, our author Linda is a real dog lover but she didn’t use a real dog she knows to base me on.

I’m not really based on a real cat either except I look a great deal like Debbie’s Siamese, Oliver, who sadly went to Rainbow Bridge this past November.

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

I get to spend lots of time in the Barkery!  Yes, I get sample treats there, though never as much as I’d like.  And Carrie also takes me to her vet clinic when she’s doing her part-time work as a vet tech where I get to play with other dogs.  I love how much time I get to spend a lot of time around my wonderful human mom.

It’s always important to stick by your main character’s side. Since Alicia works at the library, I see her almost every day. I also get some treats because the staff members sneak goodies to me especially Laura, the children’s librarian and Donald who will never admit he likes me.

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

Linda has told us there will be at least one more book in our series, likely to come out in May 2019.

Sounds good.

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

Linda is.  Here’s the info she gave me:

Website: www.LindaOJohnston.com

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

She’s on a bunch of blogs, too, like Killer Hobbies every Wednesday, and on Killer Characters on the 18th of every month.

I haven’t heard of those blogs, although my author has our Cobble Cove Character Facebook chat group and will now be blogging for Pens, Paws & Claws. Best tail wags to you and your author on your new book. I’m adding your Rafflecopter link that I’m told is part of your blog tour that includes a nice prize: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/02887792723/?widget_template=56d5f80dbc544fb30fda66f0

 

Feature Friday Film: The Scoop on Cat Litter

Beware that this is a messy topic, but cat litter is a concern for most cat caretakers. Here are some videos about the different types of litter and how to prevent litter dust from invading your home and making you and your cat cough. There’s even one about making your cat its own litter box and one about a dust-free litter made, believe it or not, with coconuts.. Check them out, but remember that Sneaky doesn’t endorse any of these suggestions. He just shares them for you to review.