Sneaky Interviews Stella from BonBon with the Wind: A Southern Chocolate Shop Mystery by Dorothy St. James

Hi, there, Miss Doggy. My name is Sneaky, and I’m glad to have you on my blog today. May I ask your name and your authors’?

I’m Stella, a small fluffy papillon dog with giant ears. Dorothy St. James writes about me. Don’t believe everything she says. I’m delightful.

You are quite cute.

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

Asking for Truffle, Cozy Mystery

Playing with Bonbon Fire, Cozy Mystery

In Cold Chocolate, Cozy Mystery

Bonbon with the Wind, Cozy Mystery

I notice a trend with your titles. They all seem to deal with chocolate which is a dessert that my author loves but which is not so good for real cats and dogs.

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

I’m the star of the Southern Chocolate Shop Mystery series. In it, my person Penn, runs a bean-to-bar chocolate shop located in Camellia Beach, South Carolina. She also gets herself into all sorts of trouble because she cannot let a murder go unsolved.

Ah, ha. I was right. You are in a chocolate mystery series. Your main character sounds like a fun sleuth.

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

 

While I am an original, Dorothy loved and was owned by a papillon very much like me. Her name was Iona. Like me, she was delightful. Don’t believe what others ever said about her. She may have nipped a few fingers and barked at everyone, but Dorothy loved her like she’d never loved any other dog. Like me, she was a special pup. I’m honored to be able to represent her memory in these stories.

Awww. I was based loosely on Debbie’s Siamese, Oliver, who has also gone to Rainbow Bridge. It’s great that we can honor these special pets of our authors.

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

We followed Bubba as he led the way back to Main Street and the shops there. Harley wanted to take a look at his office, which was on the second floor above Althea’s crystal shop and Althea wanted to see how her place had fared as well.

We were halfway down Main Street, which was currently being cleared of sand with a large bulldozer, when Stella slipped out of her collar and took off running.

Thankfully, she steered away from the heavy equipment being used on the road. She zigged and zagged while running as quick as a world-class sprinter toward the beachfront.

“Stella! Come back here!” I chased after her, stumbling several times in the rolling sand dunes where there should have been roads. If anything happened to my little dog, I didn’t know what I’d do.

“Go on without me!” I called to my friends and ran even faster after Stella.

The ocean waves were visible as they crashed against the battered shoreline. I half-slid, half-fell down one of the damaged dunes where the storm had sharply eroded the beach just as Stella disappeared over another sand dune far to my right.

“Come back!” I yelled like a crazy person. “Please.”

That’s when I heard it. A yelp and then a whine.

Oh, gracious no. Stella sounded hurt. I crested the dune she’d disappeared over and found my little dog.

She pawed the sand and continued that odd, deep throated whine. I’d never heard her make a sound like that before.

“Stella?” I whispered as I approached her cautiously. Had she cut her foot? Was that why she was pawing the sand?

I stepped even closer.

What I saw stopped me cold.

Her paw scraped at what looked like a white cotton buttoned-up shirt. But the shirt wasn’t wadded into a pile as if it’d been washed out of a house. The material was buried less than an inch under the sand and lying flat and slightly rounded. And the smell…

I scooped Stella up in my arms and hugged her to my chest.

She hadn’t found a crab to chase or a piece of detritus from someone’s life that had been washed away. She’d found someone. Although I wasn’t an expert in these things, I guessed by the horrific odor that the body had to have been there for several days.

Pawsome excerpt. Thanks for sharing it.

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

What do I like best? Well, since I’m the only character featured on the cover of all the books in the series, I know I’m the star. I do like that. Papillons are stars wherever they go. While the reader may not realize it, I play a huge role in helping my Penn solve the mysteries. It’s subtle, but with my barks and nips I guide her toward solving the mystery. And I do love helping her.

My leading Alicia and the other Cobble Cove residents to clues is also subtle. However, my image has only been on one cover so far — the third book of the series, Written in Stone. Debbie has made up for that by giving me this blog.

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

I talk, only the people around me don’t speak dog.

I can relate to that. I also talk but with meows, purrs, hisses, and other cat language.

What advice would you give other dog characters?

Never forget that you are the star of the book. Make sure the others in your story realize that, even if it means being loud and rude. For example, Harley Dalton who pictures himself in love with Penn keeps acting as if he’s a major character in these books. I have to constantly remind him that he’s not more important than me. A nip here and there generally keeps him in his place.

Also, it’s a full-time job keeping my person safe. I have to growl and bark at anyone that tries to get close to Penn. I wouldn’t have to do this if she didn’t keep chasing after murderers. But she can’t seem to help herself, which means I have to stay on top of things all the time.

Good advice.

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

I’m again the star in the latest book in the series, Bonbon with the Wind, which came out in December 2019. It’s available in hardcover, paperback, and Kindle ebook.

There’s a legend in the Sea Islands that before a hurricane hits the Gray Lady can be seen walking down the beach warning of doom. A powerful hurricane is heading their way. Joe Davies, a local treasure hunter with an unquenchable sweet tooth, claims to have seen the Gray Lady walking toward him just that morning and is terrified for his life.

After the storm passes everyone returns to survey the damage. As Penn walks her little dog Stella on the beach, she finds Joe Davies’ body washed up onshore. Did the Gray Lady claim another victim? Many on the island believe that is exactly what happened.

Penn is sure there’s another explanation. She follows the clues and hints of lost gold to discover that the truth behind the treasure hunter’s death is as much of a maze as the boating channels winding their way through the local marshes.

That sounds like a tail-wagging good story.

Thanks so much for chatting with me today, Stella. I’m including your blog tour information and giveaway below. I wish you and your author the best doggone good luck with your new book and series.

Bonbon with the Wind (Southern Chocolate Shop Mystery)
by Dorothy St. James

About Bonbon With the Wind


Bonbon with the Wind (Southern Chocolate Shop Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
4th in Series
Publisher: Barking Dog Press (December 9, 2019)
Print Length: 251 pages
ASIN: B082L528GS

Join Penn and Stella on their latest adventure!

There’s a legend in the Sea Islands that before a hurricane hits the Gray Lady can be seen walking down the beach warning of doom. Penn doesn’t believe in such silly stories, but she does believe weather forecasters. A powerful hurricane is heading their way. Everyone on the island of Camellia Beach is busy boarding up windows and securing valuables to upper levels of buildings. Joe Davies, a local treasure hunter with an unquenchable sweet tooth, claims to have seen the Gray Lady walking toward him just that morning and is terrified for his life.

After the storm passes everyone returns to survey the damage. As Penn walks her little dog Stella on the beach, she finds Joe Davies’ body washed up onshore. Not only that, it looks as if an exploding transformer caused Joe’s seaside shack to burn to the ground. Did the Gray Lady claim another victim? Many on the island believe that is exactly what happened.

Penn is sure there’s another explanation. She follows the clues and hints of lost gold to discover that the truth behind the treasure hunter’s death is as much of a maze as the boating channels winding their way through the local marshes.

About Dorothy St. James

Dorothy St. James is the author of the White House Gardener mysteries. For the past twenty years she made her home on Folly Beach, an artsy island community in South Carolina with her sculptor husband. Dorothy is a member of Mystery Writers of America (MWA), Sisters in Crime (SiNC), and the International Thriller Writers (ITW). This is her fourth Southern Chocolate Shop mystery.

Author Links

Website – http://www.dorothystjames.com

Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/dorothystjames

Twitter – http://www.twitter.com/dorothywrites

BookBub – https://www.bookbub.com/profile/dorothy-st-james

Purchase Link – Amazon

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