Hermione’s Kitty Korner #11 (Her Last Column)

Hermione here with some good and some not so good news. For those who have been following me and my brother’s Kitty Korner columns, you’ll know that we’ve been having quite a lot of adventures in Debbie’s house. However, since we will be turning 1 years old in July and thus official cats, we are no longer going to paw our Kitty Korner Columns. However, Debbie will continue to share our stories on Facebook and her own blog/website with lots of photos and updates.

While this is my last column, Harry will be pawing his later in July to fill you all in on our one-year birthday celebration. Now for the good news. Debbie is offering two of her books free in honor of our birthdays from July 19 to July 21. During that time, you can get your free books here: mybook.to/RTD mybook.to/cc4

For those who don’t know our story, Debbie and her daughter first laid eyes on Harry and me at the Shabby Tabby Cat Cafe on October 21, 2018. We were so adorable that they fell immediately in love with us. Since the cat cafe had taken us from the Golden Paw Society shelter to help find homes for us, Debbie adopted us from them on October 24, 2018 which was her daughter’s 14th birthday. We were just 3 months old. Here’s a link to the article about our adoption and a photo of us at Shabby Tabby. Weren’t we so little and cute? https://wp.me/p7XcB0-ug

Here is a more recent photo. See  how big we grew.

I hope you enjoy celebrating our birthday week with the two free mysteries, but it would also be great if you could contribute to the Facebook Fundraiser that Debbie created for the Golden Paws Society to help other kittens and cats like us get adopted. Any amount would help.


Sneaky’s Feature Friday Film: Giving Your Cat A Purrfect Nail Trim with Zen Clippers

Sneaky here with a Feature Friday film about a great product for cats. When our nails get too long, we need clippers that give us a safe trim. My author Debbie brought a pair of Zen Clippers home from the Cat Writers’ Association Conference. She had never cut her cats’ nails before because she was afraid of hurting them. She usually had them done at the vets or by a groomer. But she decided to give the Zen Clippers a try and found them easy to use. Harry, Hemione, and Stripey put up a bit of a fuss, as most cats do, but after they realized they weren’t being hurt, they settled down and enjoyed their mani pedis. Check out the video about these pawsome nail clippers.

Sneaky Interviews Rasputin, the Python from Belinda Blake and the Snake in the Grass, An Exotic Pet Sitter Mystery, by Heather Day Gilbert

Sneaky here with one of my strangest interviews yet. Today, I’m speaking with a snake whose current book, Belinda Blake and the Snake in the Grass, is on tour with Escape with Dollycas Into a Good Book.

Hiss there. I mean hello, there, Mr. Snake. What is your name and your author’s name?

My name is Rasputin and my author’s name is Heather Day Gilbert. I’m a ball python.

Oh, gosh. I like balls with catnip, but I’m a little intimidated by you, Rasputin, although I am curious about your books.

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

I’m featured in the first Exotic Pet-Sitter series mystery, Belinda Blake and the Snake in the Grass. I’ve been told that even people who hate snakes come to like me in that book.

I wonder if that would work with cats. Please tell us about your series.

The Exotic Pet-Sitter series features amateur sleuth Belinda Blake. She lives in the wealthy town of Greenwich, Connecticut, although she frequently makes trips to her parents’ in Upstate New York (I went there with her once!). I hear she’s going to sit some other exotic pets…Book 2 features a wolf preserve, and Book 3 features homing pigeons!

Oh, my gosh. It would be a challenge interviewing those pets, but I’m up to it if they’re interested.

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

My author doesn’t have a ball python. She actually didn’t like snakes at all (can you believe that!?), until she researched this book. After watching some YouTube videos of ball python owners, she feels she would be comfortable touching a ball python now. We are a very mild breed, you know. 😉

Hmmm. Your author must be pretty brave. My author works with a librarian who has a pet snake. Maybe you’re right about them being mild. I guess all pets can’t be as purrfect as cats.

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

Sure, here you go…I was feeling a little rambunctious that day, though...

“The first time I saw Stone Carrington the fifth, I had a snake wrapped

around my neck.

 Now granted, he acted as if it was something he saw every day, a girl

with unwanted snakeskin accents in her curly blonde hair.

 “Pet-sitting,” I explained, trying to extricate myself from the ball python

I had agreed to “walk” for his owner. “They’re supposedly a relatively

mild breed,” I continued.

 “I should hope so.” He dipped his tennis visor in a fake bow. Unfortunately,

he had emerged from the tennis courts at the exact moment the snake had

started climbing me like a tree. “Stone Carrington. And you are?”

 “Belinda Blake.” I felt the need to over-explain, one of my persistent

habits. “I’m your new tenant. In the carriage house. It’s lovely, by the

way.” The snake had stopped wriggling, so I walked a bit faster toward

my small house. Why had I chosen to walk up the main drive for another

gape at the Carringtons’ mansion?

 Stone gave me a once-over as the snake moved again. I was sure my

ripped jeans, worn Crocs, and gamer T-shirt didn’t impress, but I was

yanked from my self-conscious musings as the python slithered over my

shoulder and disappeared down my shirt. I launched into the dance of

death, jerking about like Elaine from Seinfeld.

“Here, let me help,” Stone said, making an arguably decent attempt to

extricate the wriggling creature from my shirt by wrapping both hands

around its tail.

The snake gave a low hiss and slid down further.”

~ copyright 2019, Belinda Blake and the Snake in the Grass by Heather Day Gilbert

Thanks for sharing that excerpt. It certainly wraps itself around you.

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

I like that Belinda came to like me, and now she visits me in Manhattan just to bring me treats. I love my owner, Reginald, but Belinda is now a close second. She takes time to get to know how exotic pets tick.

Quite a gal, I’d say. I don’t think Alicia would be that daring, but she has solved a few murders, so maybe she might be. I’m not sharing the limelight with any snakes, though. Cats and dogs are one thing, but a snake is a horse of a different color.

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

Well, I’m not a cat so I don’t meow, and if you opened my cage right now, you might not like me so much… And yes, I do stay silent in my book.

MOL (Meow Out Loud). Stay in your cage, please, Rasputin. I’m sorry, but I’m not big on snakes. I hope you understand.

I’m not too keen on cats either, since they’re warm-blooded. Although I’m guessing you would enjoy my heat mat, so we have that in common. Oh yes, and we both know how to savor a good mouse snack.

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

Belinda Blake and the Snake in the Grass just released this month, then the second-in-series book, Belinda Blake and the Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing, releases in October 2019. The final book, Belinda Blake and the Birds of a Feather, will release in February 2020. All are from Kensington Books (Lyrical Press).

Pawsome! Thanks for the interview. I’ve gotten to learn some interesting things about snakes and am sharing your author’s blog tour. Best of luck with your book.

Belinda Blake and the Snake in the Grass
(An Exotic Pet-Sitter Mystery)
by Heather Day Gilbert

About the Book

Belinda Blake and the Snake in the Grass (An Exotic Pet-Sitter Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Lyrical Underground (June 25, 2019)
Paperback: 192 pages
ISBN-10: 1516108841
ISBN-13: 978-1516108848
Digital ASIN: B07HVYQ9XZ

When exotic pet-sitter Belinda Blake moves into a carriage house in tony Greenwich, Connecticut, she’s hoping to find some new clients. Instead she discovers a corpse in the garden—and a knack for solving murders . . .

Pet-sitter Belinda Blake doesn’t rattle easily, but move-in day has been eventful, to say the least. The python in her care tried to slither to freedom—just as she met Stone Carrington V, her landlords’ disarmingly handsome son. With the constrictor back in its cage, she heads out to the garden, only to discover a designer shoe poking out of the boxwood hedge—attached to a woman’s dead body.

The victim, Margo Fenton, was a Carrington family friend, and no one in their circle seems above suspicion. Between client trips to Manhattan and visits to her family in upstate New York, Belinda begins to put the pieces together. But though she’s falling for Stone’s numerous charms, Belinda wonders if she’s cozying up to a killer. And soon, daily contact with a deadly reptile might be the least dangerous part of her life . . .

About the Author

Heather Day Gilbert, an ECPA Christy award finalist and Grace award winner, writes contemporary mysteries and Viking historicals. Her novels feature small towns, family relationships, and women who aren’t afraid to protect those they love. Like Belinda Blake, Heather plays video games, although so far she hasn’t done any exotic pet-sitting or hunted any murderers. Find out more on HeatherDayGilbert.com.

Author Links

Website: http://heatherdaygilbert.com

Newsletter: http://eepurl.com/Q6w6X

Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/heatherdaygilbert

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/heatherdaygilbert/

Twitter: @heatherdgilbert

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

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7232683.Heather_Day_Gilbert

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Sneaky’s Feature Friday Film: June is Cat Adoption Month

Hi, peoples. Did you know that June is Adopt-A-Shelter cat month? To help celebrate this honorable cause, I’m sharing some videos about cat adoption and also one of the Shabby Tabby Cat Cafe where Debbie adopted her two adorable kittens, Harry and Hermione, that were from the Golden Paw Society shelter.

Shabby Tabby also has a kickstarter fundraiser for a second location that they plan to open soon. https://bit.ly/2XrIMBp

Another Long Island cat cafe that will be opening this month with cats up for adoption is the Kitten Kadoodle Coffee Cafe. Please check it out  at https://www.akittenkadoodlecoffeecafe.com/