Hello, Kitty. What is your name and your author’s name?
My name is RahRah and my author’s name is Debra H. Goldstein.
Mice to meet you.
What book(s) have you appeared in? Please list them and their genre.
Three Treats Too Many is the third book I’ve starred in (don’t tell Sarah Blair, she thinks she’s the protagonist and that it is her cozy series, but I’m why people come to read the books. I guess she hasn’t figured out yet that I’m on the cover of all three books and she isn’t. The other two books are Two Bites Too Many, which was just named as a 2020 Silver Falchion finalist, and One Taste Too Many, which was a Woman’s World Book of the Week in January 2019, when it was published.
Please tell us about your series.
The series is referred to as the Sarah Blair series, but I’m the one on all the covers. Sarah, who I dearly love, is a woman who finds being in the kitchen more frightening than murder. She specializes in take-out bags of food that her twin sister, a chef, makes for her, preparing dishes using pre-made ingredients, and solving murders.
So far, there are three books in the series: One Taste Too Many, Two Bites Too Many, and Three Treats Too Many, but my author’s contract has been extended by Kensington for at least two more books. Four Cuts Too Many is scheduled to debut in June 2021.
Sounds purr-fect. Debbie is working on the 5th book of our Cobble Cove cozy series.
Are you based on a real cat such as your author’s? If so, please give further details.
My author didn’t know much about cats, so Debra interviewed a friend who had the most beautiful Siamese cat. The cat’s name, Suri, is mentioned in homage in One Taste Too Many, and the likeness on the cover is almost identical to Suri. Sadly, just before One Taste Too Many was published, the real Suri crossed over the rainbow bridge, but when her owner received a copy of the book, she felt like her cat had been immortalized. Her friend’s happiness made my author happy and pretty much has guaranteed me a prominent spot on every cover in the Sarah Blair series.
Such a heartwarming story. I love the fact that we are both Siamese, the best breed in my humble cat opinion. I was based on my author’s cat, Oliver, who is now on Rainbow Bridge, too.
Can you share an excerpt from one of your books that features you in an important scene? If so, please include it.
Back at the carriage house, even though Glenn had assured her RahRah should be okay, she needed to see for herself. In the kitchen, her cookbooks were untouched on the table and RahRah’s food bowl was empty, but RahRah wasn’t in his usual place stretched out on the linoleum. True, the sun wasn’t shining on RahRah’s claimed spot, but still, he rarely lay anywhere else. “RahRah!”
A soft meow from under the kitchen table caught Sarah’s ear. Relieved, Sarah braced herself with one hand on the edge of the table and bent to RahRah’s level. She reached out to stroke the stretching cat. He didn’t pull away. Instead, he shook his body and inched closer to her. When Sarah let herself drop completely to the floor, he leapt into her lap.
Using her as his new floor, RahRah proceeded to reach back and clean himself. Sarah didn’t care. She was only glad to see her precious cat in one piece. “I missed you. I’m sorry I left so suddenly, but Fluffy wasn’t feeling well.”
When RahRah stopped cleaning himself and raised his head as if peering around the room for Fluffy, Sarah couldn’t help wondering how much he really understood. She knew cats and dogs weren’t supposed to have the same intellect as humans, but there were times she really felt that assumption was flawed. This moment was just such an instance. Anyone, including Glenn Amos, would be hard pressed to sway Sarah’s belief that RahRah didn’t sense something was wrong with his beloved Fluffy.
Gingerly, Sarah put RahRah back on the floor. “I hate to leave you again, but I have to run to the store to get a few things–Okay, everything–to make tomorrow’s lunch.”
RahRah stared at her for a few seconds before he resumed cleaning himself.
With her knees creaking more than they did even a year earlier, Sarah stood by the side of the table. She sorted through the recipes she planned to serve tomorrow. On a pad, she wrote the ingredients she needed for each. If the recipe had a picture she couldn’t carry to the store with her, she took a photo of it with her phone. This way, she knew she’d buy the right squash or whatever the recipe called for. Not being a cook, the variety of items, like the different types of squash, overwhelmed her when she went shopping. Over time, she’d found that for the few times she cooked, the picture method kept her from having to make multiple trips to the store to correct her mistakes.
Astounded at how anyone could get so confused in a neighborhood supermarket, Emily thought Sarah’s system was a hoot. For Emily, recognition and understanding of food, even the most exotic, came naturally. Not for Sarah.
She glanced over to where RahRah lay on the floor. “Don’t look at me like that. Either come help me find pictures to take to the grocery store or keep cleaning yourself, but don’t you dare laugh. I’m doing the best I can.”
That excerpt is as great as catnip. Thanks for sharing it, RahRah.
What do you like most about your role in your authors’ books?
I like that I’m treated as a real cat. My attitudes, behaviors, likes, and dislikes are all made apparent, but they are done in the context of reality. Plus, I’m treated with respect. Too often in cozy novels, the cat is a throwaway, but I’m a real character.
I feel the same way. That’s why I purr-suaded Debbie to start showing my thoughts and feelings to readers.
Are you a talking cat in your books or just a silent one like I am who just meows occasionally?
I am a silent cat, but I make my feelings known by the way I carry myself, rub against or ignore people, and my general demeanor. As for my voice, I purr and meow as I would in real life (but then again, who is to say that my life isn’t real?).
Very good point. I ask myself that all the time.
What advice would you give other cat characters?
Hope that your authors let you be yourself. You don’t want to be a cartoon.
You put your paw right on it.
Do you have any new books coming out? Please give dates and details.
My newest book, which you have a picture of here, is Three Treats Too Many. It debuts in print, e-book, and audio on August 25, 2020.
That’s today. Meow!
Anything else you want our readers to know, Rah Rah?
You can get to know me better by getting a copy of Three Treats to Many at your local indie bookstore or shopping online at sites including:
Nice cat chatting with you RahRah. I’m sharing your blog tour and giveaway below. Best whiskers to you and your author on your new release.
Three Treats Too Many (A Sarah Blair Mystery)
by Debra H. Goldstein
About Three Treats Too Many
Three Treats Too Many (A Sarah Blair Mystery)
3rd in Series
Publisher: Kensington (August 25, 2020)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
Digital ASIN: B082WRV78G
When a romantic rival opens a competing restaurant in small-town Wheaton, Alabama, Sarah Blair discovers murder is the specialty of the house . . .
For someone whose greatest culinary skill is ordering takeout, Sarah never expected to be co-owner of a restaurant. Even her Siamese cat, RahRah, seems to be looking at her differently. But while Sarah and her twin sister, Chef Emily, are tangled up in red tape waiting for the building inspector to get around to them, an attention-stealing new establishment—run by none other than Sarah’s late ex-husband’s mistress, Jane—is having its grand opening across the street.
Jane’s new sous chef, Riley Miller, is the talk of Wheaton with her delicious vegan specialties. When Riley is found dead outside the restaurant with Sarah’s friend, Jacob, kneeling over her, the former line cook—whose infatuation with Riley was no secret—becomes the prime suspect. Now Sarah must turn up the heat on the real culprit, who has no reservations about committing cold-blooded murder . . .
Includes quick and easy recipes!
About Debra H. Goldstein
Judge Debra H. Goldstein writes Kensington’s Sarah Blair mystery series (One Taste Too Many, Two Bites Too Many, Three Treats Too Many). She also wrote Should Have Played Poker and IPPY winning Maze in Blue. Her short stories, including Anthony and Agatha nominated The Night They Burned Ms. Dixie’s Place and Derringer Finalist Pig Lickin’ Good, have appeared in numerous publications. Debra serves on the national boards of SinC and MWA and is president of SEMWA.
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