Hermione’s Kitty Korner Post #6: My Pawsome Discovery

Purrs! Hermione here with more adventures to share from my kittyhood. In my last column, I told you how I love high and low places: https://wp.me/p7XcB0-yt. 

Today, I’d like to meow about a pawsome discovery that I made in the Big House.

There’s a room at the end of this long area that the people call a hall. There’s something very strange about this room. It has a little door in it with a flap. The room is sometimes closed when me and my brother are around. The Big Cat named Stripey goes in there when the big door is open, but he never goes through the little door. I figured he couldn’t  fit. One day, I tried it myself.

 

Lo and behold, the flap opened, and I got in. I felt quite proud that I mastered the entrance without the help of my brother. It just goes to show you that female felines are the smarter of the species.

Once in the room, I found some very cool things. There was a cat tree that the Stripey Cat, and purr-haps some cats before him, have used. It has a great view from the window.

There was also a box similar to mine and Harry’s where we do our poops. I think it’s called a litter box. I didn’t let my grandma take any photos of this for privacy issues, but I did use the box. I also found some toys including a round one with balls inside that I could grab with my paws.

This room also has an interesting light. I feel like I’m in a spotlight when I stand next to it. I must say that glow enhances my beauty.

Now that I’ve found this fun room, my grandma keeps it open for me and Harry. He certainly owes me a high paw for that.

Hope you’re enjoying my adventures. Purrs until next time, Hermione.

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Sneaky Interviews Zeke from Death by Committee, an Abby McCree Mystery by Alexis Morgan

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

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

My name is Zeke, and my author’s name is Alexis Morgan.

Tails wags to you, Zeke. What book(s) have you appeared in? Please list them and their genre.

The first book I’m appearing in is a cozy mystery entitled DEATH BY COMMITTEE.  

DEATH BY COMMITTEE is the first book in The Abby McCree mysteries. Abby recently moved to Snowberry Creek, WA, to live in the house she inherited from her Aunt Sybil. She inherited me as well as her aunt’s tenant, who lives in a small house on the back of the property.

Sounds pawsome. I love to interview pet characters with debut series. Are you based on a real dog such as your author’s? If so, please give further details.

My author has two granddogs she adores. One is an English Bulldog and the other is an Olde English Bulldogge, each of which weighs about fifty pounds. As a result, she has a special fondness for dogs with jowls and a tendency to both drool and snore (often at the same time.) She combined the best of both dogs’ characteristics (and their weight) to create me. I’m a mastiff mix who weighs about ninety-five pounds.

Wow, Meow! That’s big. The co-star in my Cobble cove series is a Golden Retriever, but Fido doesn’t weigh quite that much but a lot more than me, of claws. Coincidentally, my author Debbie has two new grandkittens. I’m sure they will show up in one of her books soon. I’m based on her senior Siamese who passed away last year, but I’m not exactly his duplicate.

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

Here’s a scene when I was the one who sounded the alarm when Abby was danger. Although I really wanted to go after the person who threatened her, she insisted I stay with her. I didn’t argue too much, because comforting her was also important.  

          The sharp stab of Zeke’s teeth on her arm was too real to be a dream. It stung a little, but that didn’t mean Abby was ready to wake up. Then he barked right in her face, blasting her with peanut-scented doggy breath. Her eyes popped open, or at least she thought they had. It was hard to tell if the room was dark or if she was still trapped in a dream.

            Zeke’s growl definitely sounded real enough. Something had him upset, and that something that had him in full-on protection mode.

            She rubbed her arm. There was a hint of slime, making her ask, “Why did you nip me, boy?”

            He woofed again and then growled, his attention focused on the front window. “What’s wrong?”

            Like he could actually answer questions. There was only one way to find out. Night had fallen big time, so it was too dark to see much of anything. Before she could stand up to get a better look, the window behind her chair shattered and sent her diving for the floor. Landing hard on shards of glass hurt like crazy, but she needed to get out of the line of fire.

            Zeke went crazy, barking and scrambling to reach the window. She ignored the pain in her hands and knees as she made a grab for his collar. If he tried to jump through the broken window, he could get badly hurt. Even if he succeeded without mishap, he’d be in danger from whoever had just lobbed something through her front window. 

            “Come on, boy, we need to get to the kitchen.”

            It was hard to crawl while dragging an angry dog in her wake, but she managed to reach the relative shelter of the hallway. Once there, she risked standing up and then bolted the rest of the way to where she’d left her cell phone on the counter. Who should she call first? The police or Tripp?

            The decision was made for her when the man in question suddenly appeared on the back porch as if she conjured him out of thin air. How had he gotten there so fast? Had the sound of the glass breaking carried all the way to his house?

            “Come on, Abby, let me in!”

            Either she trusted him or she didn’t. Her hands were shaking badly enough that she had trouble turning the lock, but finally she managed it. As soon as the door swung open, he charged inside.
“What happened? I was taking out the trash when I heard glass shatter and then a minute later a car tore off down the street.”

            She held up her bleeding palms. “I was napping in the chair by the bay window when Zeke started pitching a fit. Before I could figure out what was going on, the glass broke right behind me. I dove for the floor and then grabbed Zeke to keep him from diving through the broken window to go after whoever was out there.”

            All of that poured out in one breath, leaving her gasping for air. Tripp set something down on the counter and then pulled out a chair at the table and gently shoved her toward it.    “Have you called the police yet?”

            Abby shook her head. “I was debating whether to call you or them first when you got here.”

You are quite the actor, Zeke. Thanks for that doggone great tidbit.

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

I’ve never shared the details of my early life with Abby, but she knows it wasn’t pretty. I love being part of a good pack now, even if the other members are both humans. Abby and Tripp, the man who rents the small house in the backyard, take good care of me. They’re both soft touches when it comes to giving me treats. In return, I keep them company, make sure they get plenty of exercise, and do my best to keep them safe.

Protecting your protagonists is the main duty of all pet characters. I also make sure Alicia and her friends and family are safe in Cobble Cove.

Do you talk in your books or remain silent like I do who just meows occasionally?

I mostly communicate by barking and slobbery licks. When Abby seems to need comfort, I let her know I’m there for her by either laying my head in her lap or curling up next to her on the bed.

I also use body language, cat sounds, and clues to get attention in my series.

What advice would you give other dog characters?

Keep a close eye on your humans at all times. It’s amazing how much trouble they can get themselves into. Who knows how bad it would get if we weren’t there to save them!  

Purrfect advice, and I think it applies to all pets characters especially those in cozy mysteries.

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

DEATH BY COMMITTEE came out on January 29th. The second book in the series, DEATH BY JACK-O’-LANTERN will be out in the fall of 2019. The third book will be released in the summer of 2020.

Condogalations on your new release and upcoming books!

It’s been great having you here, Zeke. I’m sharing you and your author’s blog tour information below. Best tail wags to you both.

Death by Committee (An Abby McCree Mystery)
by Alexis Morgan

About the Book


Death by Committee (An Abby McCree Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Kensington (January 29, 2019)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-10: 1496719530
ISBN-13: 978-1496719539
Digital ASIN: B07CWF6QBL

When Abby McCree suddenly inherits her favorite relative’s property in small town Snowberry Creek, Washington, she soon realizes that the ramshackle home comes with strings attached—one of which is tied to a dead body!

After a rough divorce, Abby McCree only wants to stitch up her life and move on. But other loose ends appear after her elderly Aunt Sybil passes away, leaving Abby to tend to a rundown estate, complete with a slobbery Mastiff of questionable pedigree and a sexy tenant who growls more than the dog. As Abby gets drawn into a tight-knit quilting guild, she makes a twisted discovery—Aunt Sybil’s only known rival is buried in her backyard!

Despite what local detectives say, Abby refuses to accept that her beloved aunt had anything to do with the murder. While navigating a busy social calendar and rediscovering the art of quilting, she launches an investigation of her own to clear Aunt Sybil’s name and catch the true culprit. The incriminating clues roll in, yet Abby can’t help but wonder—can she survive her new responsibilities in Snowberry Creek and still manage to patch together a killer’s deadly pattern without becoming the next victim?

About the Author

USA Today Best-selling author Alexis Morgan has always loved reading and now spends her days imagining worlds filled with strong alpha heroes and gutsy heroines. She is the author of over forty-five novels, novellas, and short stories that span a variety of genres: American West historicals (as Pat Pritchard); paranormal and fantasy romances; and contemporary romances. She is excited to say that next year will also see the release of her first cozy mystery series. Alexis has been nominated for several industry awards, including the RITA, the top award in the romance genre.

Author Links –

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

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/AMorganAuthor

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Blog – http://www.alexismorgan.com/snowberry/index.html

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Sneaky Interviews Nutty the Maine Coon Cat from Murder She Meowed by Liz Mugavero

Sneaky here with another pawsome interview of a cat character. Today, it’s my pleasure to cat chat with a cozy mystery cat whose current book, Murder She Meowed, 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 moniker is Nutty the Maine coon cat, and my author is Ms. Liz Mugavero.

Mice to meet you, Nutty.

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

The entire Pawsitively Organic Mystery series (cozies):

Kneading to Die

A Biscuit, A Casket

The Icing on the Corpse

Murder Most Finicky

Custom Baked Murder

Purring Around the Christmas Tree

Murder She Meowed

Wow, Meow! Why haven’t I and my author whose a librarian heard of these pawsome books? I will have to notify her asap.

Please tell me more about your series.

The Pawsitively Organic Mysteries features Stan Connor, a former corporate public relations exec who was forced out and found a new life as a gourmet pet food chef in a small, picture-perfect Connecticut town. Well, except for the murders…

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

 

Yes – I’m based on Tuffy, who was an author in his own right. His story appeared in the book Rescued: The Stories of 12 Cats, Through Their Eyes. Sadly Tuffy unexpectedly left us in November, but he lives on in the books.

Aww. So sorry. The cat I was based on, Debbie’s Siamese, went to Rainbow Bridge last year. I’m not exactly his double, but I try to keep his memory alive, too.

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

Stan’s gaze traveled to the closet floor, to the sea of white. There wasn’t supposed to be a rug here. She gasped when she realized the white was the fancy wedding dress her mother had bought her. Crumpled in a heap on the floor. And right in the middle of the heap was a pile of cat vomit.

And not just regular vomit. This was true, hardcore vomit. The hardest of hairballs. In the disgusting green-black color suggesting that the culprit had been saving this up for a long time.

“Oh. My. God.” She stared at the scene, which could have come out of a horror movie. Stan realized she was being watched. A pair of brilliant green eyes peered at her from behind the white mess. Nutty. Still defiant, but maybe a little anxious about the situation.

Stan sat back on her heels and regarded him. He blinked slowly.

“Did you do this?” she asked.

Nutty continued to stare. He stood, flicking his tail, and sauntered over to her, rubbing against her leg.

“Did you do it because you knew I didn’t like it?”

He purred.

She and Nutty had always been on the same wavelength. Was it really any surprise that he’d pulled this dress off its hanger, made a bed out of it, then threw up on it?

—Murder She Meowed

Love it! Almost as good as catnip.

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

I have a really distinct personality, and even though I don’t speak, I communicate all the time and have a big part in the whole atmosphere of the books.

Me, too. I’m an important part of the Cobble Cove cozy mystery series, even though other pets are featured.

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

Silent, but I communicate very well through my personality – and my tail.

Tails are very handy communication tools for us cats, both characters and real felines.

What advice would you give other cat characters?

Use your page space wisely. You don’t have to be the loudest character, but you should let your personality shine through.

Purrfect advice.

Thanks, Nutty, for your pawsome replies and cat chatting with me. Best whiskers on your new release and blog tour that I’m sharing below.

Murder, She Meowed
(A Pawsitively Organic Mystery)
by Liz Mugavero

About the Book


Murder, She Meowed (A Pawsitively Organic Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
7th in Series
Kensington (January 29, 2019)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-10: 1496717589
ISBN-13: 978-1496717580
Digital ASIN: B07CWDC8G9

Kristan “Stan” Connor loves concocting tasty organic treats for dogs and cats—and she also loves her fiancé, pub owner Jake McGee. But she’s not so enthusiastic about finding a dead body at her own bachelorette party . . .

Stan and Jake’s wedding will soon take place on the town green in Frog Ledge, Connecticut, followed by a reception at their beloved Irish pub filled with friends, family, and their four favorite canine companions. Stan just has to endure the traditional girls’ night out first. Male strippers jumping out of gigantic cakes aren’t her preferred entertainment. But the hired hottie never gets around to taking it all off . . . because someone takes him out first with one of Stan’s kitchen knives. A heartbroken Stan recognizes the victim as one of the delivery men from the local farm—who must have been moonlighting for some extra cash. Now the guest list has turned into a suspect list—and Stan’s making a vow to find the killer . . .

Includes Gourmet Pet Food Recipes!

About the Author

Liz Mugavero has been writing stories since she could hold a pen. Before that, she would tell them to anyone who would listen (not many at the time). After deciding early on she would write books for a living, she practiced by writing bad, angst-filled poems, short stories and even a storyline for a soap opera–all by age 15. She never wavered from her goals despite all the usual questions including, “So are you going to be an English teacher with that degree in English?” or, “That writing thing sounds nice, but how are you REALLY going to make a living?”

She went on to get a master’s in writing and publishing and spent time in journalism, PR, and presently, corporate communications. And she’s confident this writing thing IS the way to make a living.

Aside from writing, she loves animals (has a houseful), the beach, reading other writers’ masterpieces and Starbucks coffee.

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Twitter – https://twitter.com/lizmugavero

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Harry’s Kitty Korner #5: Hanging with My Sister and The Big Cat in the House

Hi, there. It’s Harry with another column about my life with the De Louise’s. I will say that my sister and I are getting quite used to this place. We’re spending more time in the Big Rooms playing with cat toys and mingling with the head honcho here, Mr. Stripey.

Stripey isn’t the friendliest of cats. Hermione enjoys teasing him. I have to give her credit. She uses all the moves on him that she’s learned from wrestling with me. I prefer to stay out of it and leave the big guy alone until he comes around to accepting our being in his place.

I have other ways to keep myself occupied. I enjoy playing with coil toys, but I have a habit of getting them stuck under the cold box they call a refrigerator. Debbie says I remind her of one of her cats who used to get lollipops under there. She even tries to block it with a long cat-decorated pillow thing she says is used for drafts, but that ruins all the fun. I’d rather knock them under there, so I can dig them out with my paws.

Like Hermione, I’m also very curious. There are still a few rooms Debbie doesn’t let us enter. She keeps saying she’s still making them safe for us. One of them has a little door cut into it. I have no idea how to use it, and I haven’t seen Stripey use it either. I prefer to pounce on the doorknob and try to turn it. I wish I had thumbs that worked like humans.

Here’s a shot of me and Hermione with our favorite toys. The plastic coily thing with ribbons is mine and the fluffy mitten is hers. We love to run and catch them. When we do, we just flop and rest with our “prizes.”

Did I tell you that I love something that my grandma Debbie calls Amazon? Whatever it is, there are always fun boxes that come to our house from them and which I enjoy playing in.

I always enjoy finding new places to explore and objects to investigate. Holly left a pair of boots on a mat, and, even though I have my own built-in black boots, I had fun checking them out.

Until next time. Handsome Harry aka Harold when I’m naughty.