Meow, there. Sneaky here with some Feature Friday Films. I know you all like to see cute kitty videos, but this week I’m showing my author’s booktrailers for our Cobble Cove cozy mystery series and her standalone mystery, Reason to Die. It’s a little out of date because Love on the Rocks is already published and has even been awarded a Certificate of Excellence from the Cat Writer’s Association. Debbie also has another standalone mystery, Sea Scope, that’s on pre-sale and will be out in May. Also, for those who missed her television interview, I’ve included the two-part video of it where she talks about her books, cats, and lots of other pawsome stuff.
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, Chutes and Ladder is on tour with Escape with Dollycas Into a Good Book. Hello, Pup.What is your name and your author’s name?
Hi, Sneaky! I’m Buddy. I like your name. I’m a Labrador. I’m almost 6 months old! Marc Jedel is my author. That’s what they tell me. What’s an author? Do you have any food? Want to play? I like balls.
Hey, Buddy. Great to meet ya. Authors are very cool people. I’m sure Marc is as good a writer as my Debbie. I’m quite proud of her. She gives me the best parts in her books. As for food, I don’t know if you’d like any virtual cat kibble. I like balls, too, but I roll them. I don’t fetch them, although some kitties. do.
What book(s) have you appeared in? Please list them and their genre.
Marty Golden is my buddy and he brought me to my family in UNCLE AND ANTS. I come back in CHUTES AND LADDER. I heard they’re Cozy Mysteries. Is that because I get to be so cozy with my girls, Skye and Megan? Marty doesn’t like to get cozy with me. Because I like to hang around with Marty, I get to be in more books — right after my nap. Want my paw-tograph?
Your books sounds pawsome, Bud. Cozy mysteries are fun. I love being a cozy mystery cat because cats enjoy being cozy, but they’re also full of mystery. Regarding your paw-tograph, I would be honored. I gave a paw-tograph out to Alicia and John’s fans in my third book, Written in Stone.
Are you in a series? If so, please give information about it.
When do we get to play? I know I saw a ball somewhere! I saw your blanket. Can I chew on it? Oh. Your question. Yes! I’m in a series! My books are both part of the Silicon Valley Mystery series. I think the series is about me, but Marty seems to be in every scene. This fashion-backward uncle isn’t exactly hero material. As a reluctant amateur sleuth, he bumbles his way through the investigations, armed with nothing but an eye for detail and powers of self-delusion. Worst of all, Uncle Marty doesn’t seem to like dogs. Well, he’s starting to appreciate me, at least. But he doesn’t play with me either. Only his nieces like to play with me.
I can relate to that, Buddy. My human characters take away my limelight, but I manage to get some good scenes in especially when I help solve murders. I’d love to play with you, but business first. I know your author is on blog tour and would like this interview posted, so let’s finish up and then we can play some games.
Are you based on a real dog such as your author’s? If so, please give further details.
Yeah, my author knows Bailey, but I’m not allowed to meet her. The grownups say she’d give me bad ideas. I think she’d be awesome to play with. I want to learn more of Bailey’s fun tricks for my next book. My author has a small dog who prefers to sleep on the couch and go for walks rather than wreaking havoc on the household. That dog may be cute, but he sounds boring, like an old dog.
Pet characters can learn a lot from their real-life counterparts, although it’s nice to be your own dog if you know what I mean. I’m not exactly like Oliver the Siamese who has now passed to Rainbow Bridge already a year. I have my own traits, and I’m proud of them.
Can you share an excerpt from one of your books that features you in an important scene? If so, please include it.
Here’s part of a scene that I can share without giving away any spoilers. Laney is Marty’s sister and Skye is her daughter and one of my favorite humans.
“Let’s go. Right now,” Laney yelled as she jumped into her car.
We raced back to encounter a fire truck, ambulance, and police car parked outside her house with their lights flashing. Laney’s neighbor hovered on the porch near the front door. Inside, Skye sat on the couch, wrapped in a towel and looking mortified as firefighters tramped through the house checking for any danger.
Despite her foot in the cast, Laney practically flew to Skye’s side and hugged her. Between Skye and the firefighters, the story came out. Skye had put Buddy in his crate before taking an extra-long shower, but she’d only closed the latch, forgetting to use the combination lock. Buddy should have been named Houdini. He’d escaped and somehow turned on the gas stovetop again. The new alarm did its job, calling the fire department. Skye had wrapped a towel around herself and run out of the house. The firefighters must have expected Buddy to cause trouble again and been cruising in the neighborhood because they showed up within a few minutes.
“This time wasn’t as bad as the last one. Still could have had an explosion,” said the same fire crew chief as last time. He must have kept close tabs on their frequent customers.
The shrill voice of Laney’s neighbor came from the doorway. “Would the explosion destroy neighboring houses too?”
As everyone turned to stare at her, she fluttered her hands. “Should I call the police?”
Then, she noticed the cop standing next to her and began making little strangling noises.
Laney’s eyes narrowed as she watched Buddy. To no one in particular, Laney muttered, “I’m going to make some calls.”
I hugged the girls and got out of there before Laney started blaming me for Buddy again. There was always tomorrow for that.
Bow Wow! That’s a great scene. Thanks for sharing it.
What do you like most about your role in your authors’ books?
I don’t have to anything special. I’m only a puppy remember? And in these books, I can be a puppy — no pressure, no chores. I get to play, eat, play, sleep, play, and mess up the house (also called play) and Marty’s nieces still love me. Sometimes I’m pretty awesome too, but you’ll need to read the book to learn more. I’d tell you what happens because I don’t really have much self-control, but the author just bribed me with a treat to keep quiet.
We cats are much more discreet. I never share any spoilers for the Cobble Cove mysteries, but I would like some treats for staying quiet.
Do you talk in your books or just a silent one like I am who just meows occasionally?
I bark and I knock things over in the house. Talking is for the humans.
I agree. Pets are superior when it comes to body language.
What advice would you give other dog characters?
Be a puppy, we’re cute. If you’re already super old, like one, then just be yourself — be a dog. My first owner told me about an old saying “it’s a dog’s life” that means a miserable unhappy existence. That’s crazy! I’ll bet whoever said that hated dogs because it’s so wrong, it’s laughable. Other dog characters should relax, enjoy themselves, and let the author worry about all that story stuff. Eat, play, sleep, repeat! Sometimes, you’ll be a hero, sometimes, you just settle for being cute.
Excellent advice. I must add that there’s a character dog in our book. His name is Fido, and he is getting on in years. He’s an old golden retriever. He helps me solve crimes sometimes. He was especially helpful in our first book, A Stone’s Throw.
Please give some details about your new book.
CHUTES AND LADDER just released on March 12. It’s the 2nd book in the Silicon Valley Mystery series. You can read it standalone or start with UNCLE AND ANTS, which is $0.99 in the Kindle store. Both books are free for Kindle Unlimited Readers. Book 3, SERF AND TURF, is underway and I’ll be in that book too! I’ve already been practicing some new tricks for that one.
High Paws to you on those wonderful books. Thanks so much for dropping by, Buddy, and I’m ready to play with you now. But first I want to share your author’s blog tour and wish you both the best on your new release and upcoming title in your series.
Chutes and Ladder:
A Silicon Valley Mystery
by Marc Jedel
About the Book
Chutes and Ladder: A Silicon Valley Mystery
2nd in Series
BGM Press (March 12, 2019)
Print Length: 195 pages
Dead friend. Free fall. Girl Scouts. Can Uncle Marty untangle the mystery before things really get out of control?
Juggling a budding relationship, demanding job, and mischievous nieces, Marty Golden struggled to keep his head above water — even before his friend’s death. Trying his best to be a good boyfriend and fun uncle, Marty had his own ideas for the weekend until his cunning sister tricked him again.
Convinced his friend’s death was no accident, Marty tries to summon superhero powers but merely manages to bumble along as an amateur sleuth. When Marty’s cousin shows up, she wreaks havoc with his plans and pulls him into yet another mystery.
As threats blossom, Marty doubles down now that his family’s involved. Besides, it’s poor manners to let your friend’s death go unsolved.
Can Marty figure out what happened before a killer, or his imagination, gets to him?
Chutes and Ladder is the second novel in a refreshingly modern mystery series set in Silicon Valley. If you like clever humor and wacky side characters, you’ll love this twisty mystery.
About the Author
For most of my life, I’ve been inventing stories. Some, especially when I was young, involved my sister as the villain. As my sister’s brother for her entire life, I’m highly qualified to tell the tale of this evolving, quirky sibling relationship.
My writing skills were honed in years of marketing leadership positions in Silicon Valley. While my high tech marketing roles involved crafting plenty of fiction, we called these marketing collateral, emails and ads.
The publication of my first novel, Uncle and Ants, gave me permission to claim “author” as my job. This leads to way more interesting discussions than answering “marketing.”
My family would tell you that Marty’s character isn’t much of a stretch of the imagination for me, but I proudly resemble that remark.
Like Marty, I live in Silicon Valley and can’t believe that otherwise normal people would willingly jump out of an airplane and call it fun. Unlike Marty, I have a wonderful wife and a neurotic but sweet, small dog, who is often the first to weigh in on the humor in my writing.
- Email: email@example.com
- Website: www.marcjedel.com
- FaceBook: www.facebook.com/MarcJedel.Author
- LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/mjedel/
- GoodReads: www.goodreads.com/author/show/18403497.Marc_Jedel
- BookBub: www.bookbub.com/profile/marc-jedel
Purchase Link: Amazon
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Hi, there. It’s Harry with my Kitty Korner Column #8. Thank you for reading about my adventures in the De Louise house. Unfortunately, I have not been a good boy lately. It’s not my fault, but I like to jump and climb, and I’ve recently discovered the kitchen sink and stove top. Grandma was upset and posted a question on Facebook asking how to keep cats off counters. The response was overwhelming with 97+ comments that just go to show that I”m not the only kitty who likes to do this.
Some of the suggestions included spraying me with water; covering the counter with aluminum foil to make it less appealing to my delicate paws; using sticky tape on the surfaces for the same purpose; trading me for a dog (not funny); putting up another cat tree for me (I like that one); paying more attention to me (I love that one); and spanking me and telling me, “no,” which grandma is currently doing. I know she feels terrible about it because when I look at her with my sad eyes, her heart breaks, but she keeps saying it’s for my own safety. I don’t think she cares if I make things fall, dirty things, or break things, she just worries that I’ll hurt myself. While I can’t turn on her stove, I have peeked inside the pantry where she stores her pills and vitamins.
I’ve also checked out the refrigerator.
and hung out on top of the kitchen garbage.
In my defense, I’m not the only one who jumps on top of things or goes in places I shouldn’t. My sis, Hermione, often joins me on the kitchen table. See her hiding behind me in this picture.
Also, the older cat, Stripey, who should be a role model for us kittens, also goes on the table. Look at him trying to be cute while he curls up near grandma’s bag.
I’m going to aim to be less naughty. I realize two (or three) wrongs don’t make a right. However, I’m still a kitten, so Grandma must understand that I need to explore and love to reach new heights.
Until next time. Handsome Harry aka Harold when I’m naughty.
Kneading is a very relaxing activity for cats and is often accompanied by purring. Here’s a video of cats kneading and one that explains why they do . Does your cat knead?
Purrs! Hermione here with the next installment of my Kitty Korner Column. I’m so excited to share my grandma’s good news. As you know, Debbie is an author who features cats in her books. She just received a Certificate of Excellence for her latest Cobble Cove mystery from the Cat Writer’s Association. I am so proud of her!
Debbie will also be attending the Cat Writer’s Association Conference in St. Louis in May where she will be up for a special Muse Medallion Award that features a lovely cat almost as beautiful as me. Also, Debbie will be autographing books at the Drury Plaza Hotel at the Arch on Saturday, May 17, during a special Fundraising and book signing. Admission is free, and the best part is that there’ll even be cats there but, unfortunately, not me. I will miss her, but I know she’ll make up for it by bringing home something special for me and my brothers.
Much closer to our home, Debbie will be at Long Island’s Local Author Fair on Saturday, April 6, at the Tilles Center on the C.W. Post Campus. She’ll be with over 50 authors from different writing groups.
I wonder what a group of authors is called? A group of cats is called a Clowder which I don’t purr-ticularly like. I saw Debbie Googling this question to help me write this column, but it seems that there is no word to describe a group of authors. Here were some suggestions that were found online. Purr-sonally, I think Debbie would like #3, “a library of authors,” because she’s a librarian, too.
- A PEN of authors
- A CHAPTER of authors
- A LIBRARY of authors
- A QUILL of authors
- A STORY of authors
- A BOOK-LOAD of authors
- A REAM of authors
- A BLOG of authors
- A DRAFT of authors
- A SCRIBBLE of authors
Last, but not least, Debbie has a new mystery coming out that’s on pre-sale now. I was honored to help her promote it And, of claws, it features a cat (or two) in the story.
I hope you will consider attending one or both of the pawsome events that my grandma will be at and also, purr-haps, purr-chase a copy of Debbie’s Sea Scope
Purrs until next time, Hermione.