Interview with Matilda, the Dog, from Peachy Scream: A Georgia B&B Cozy Mystery by Anna Gerard

Meow, Mr. Dog. I’m Sneaky. Welcome to my blog. Please introduce yourself and your author.

WOOF! My name is Matilda, aka Mattie the Australian Shepherd. My author is Anna Gerard (who is also Diane A.S. Stuckart and Ali Brandon)

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

I am the star of the Georgia B&B cozy mystery series from Crooked Lane Books. My first book was PEACH CLOBBERED and the new book is PEACHY SCREAM. I am on the cover of both (well, not exactly me…the artist mixed me up with a border collie, as several clever readers have noticed).

At least you get to be on the covers. I’ve only been on one cover of my author’s Cobble Cove cozy mystery series, and it was another Siamese cat who didn’t look as handsome as me in my feline opinion.

Please tell us about your series.

My story human, Nina Fleet, has turned our Queen Anne home in Cymbeline Georgia into something she calls a Bed and Breakfast. All I know is that strange people come to stay with us for a few days. Some of them are very nice, and some are not (the nice ones sneak me bits of their breakfast). But I’m not so sure a B&B is a good idea. Ever since Nina opened the place, people she knows have been murdered! And of course I have to use my superior canine intellect to help her and the sheriff figure out the killer.

Sounds interesting. There’s an inn in my series, too, and the upcoming book will feature it more prominently, but I’m a library cat so most of the series has taken place around the town’s library so far.

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

In name and looks, I am based on my author’s Aussie named Matilda, who she says was one of the smartest dogs she’s ever known. My personality is more like her boy Aussie, Oliver, as he was very friendly. Oh, and he had one blue eye and one brown eye like me. Both of them have already gone to dog heaven, but I am proud to represent them!

Debbie’s Siamese cat, Oliver, who I was loosely based upon is also in cat heaven on Rainbow Bridge for about three years now. I’m honored to still represent him.

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

As we waited for a reply, it occurred to me that I didn’t smell any cigarette smoke wafting from that direction. But before I had time to wonder about that, from beyond the row of dividing hedges, Mattie let out a bloodcurdling howl.

“What the–?” Radney exclaimed, leaping from his seat, while Harry and Marvin rose, too. Even Chris looked momentarily startled behind his oversized glasses.

I had jumped, as well, at the unexpected sound. Mattie never barked or howled just to hear herself make noise. When she did, it meant business. As in, a zombie apocalypse in process, or else a wild rabbit loose in the yard. Though more likely, maybe she’d seen Len in the smoking area and—as Marvin had put it—was encouraging him to get a move on.

“Hang on, everyone,” I said. “I’m going to check on Mattie. If Len is still back there, he probably walked up on her and startled her.”

“More likely the poor dog gotta look at his ugly mug and got scared it was Bigfoot,” Marvin retorted, drawing an amused snort from Radney.

Mattie came bounding through the hedge opening just as I circled the fountain. But when the executive didn’t make an appearance, I frowned.

“Wait at the patio,” I told the Aussie, gesturing her in that direction. “I’m going to get Mr. Marsh.”

But rather than trotting back to the porch like a good girl, she whipped about and flew back through the hedge wall again. I followed after her.

The smoking area was about fifty feet away, and it was obviously empty. Not unless Len had decided to take a full lie-down nap on the bench there. But as I started down the steps and across the yard, I heard a sharp bark from the Aussie behind me.

I swung about…and that’s when I saw a pair of long, khaki-covered legs protruding from the hawthorn hedge.

Pawsome. That’s a great scene.

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

Most of the time I get to lounge around in the shade and keep an eye on humans…particularly the actor named Harry Westcott, who thinks our house is his. He and Nina don’t always get along, but I kind of like him.

That’s nice for a dog’s life. I didn’t do too much in the first couple of Cobble Cove books, but I’ve begun to play a more active role in solving the mysteries and now readers can now even read my thoughts.

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

I speak in Canine only, though I understand Human quite well. Fortunately, Nina is fairly clever, herself, and usually she figures out what I’m telling her.

Alicia also understands some of my feline non-verbal communication.

What advice would you give other dog characters?

Don’t let the human characters hog all the scenes, because they’ll try to do that! And don’t let them forget to walk you and feed you in the story, because readers will notice. But mostly, make sure they put the correct picture of you on the cover, Bark Out Loud!

That’s doggone good advice, even for cat characters, Meow Out Loud!

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

My new book, PEACHY SCREAM, was released on August 11. This time, what they call a Shakespeare Troupe is staying at the B&B because the town is having a big Shakespeare festival. Oh, and Harry is their director, which makes Nina mad because she thinks he pulled what she says is a fast one. I’m the one who finds the dead actor in our hedge, and I help protect someone else that the killer is after.

My readers should definitely be interested in your new release.

Are you and/or your author on social media? If so, please list your links.

We are at www.georgiabbmysteries.com and also www.facebook.com/blackcatmysteries

Thanks for the great interview and best tail wags to you and your author on your new book. I’m sharing your blog tour and giveaway below.

Peachy Scream: A Georgia B&B Mystery
by Anna Gerard

About Peachy Scream


Peachy Scream: A Georgia B&B Mystery
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books (July 7, 2020)
Hardcover: 320 Pages
ISBN-10: 1643853066
ISBN-13: 978-1643853062
Digital ASIN: B07XXBK3CX

To die, or not to die? Georgia B&B proprietor Nina Fleet turns amateur thespian to bring the curtain down on a Shakespearean actor’s killer.

It’s nothing short of inevitable that Cymbeline, GA, hosts an annual Shakespeare festival. But stage-struck Nina Fleet is about to learn that putting on an amateur theatrical production can be murder. Nina’s anticipating showbiz glamour and glitz when a community Shakespearean troupe arrives for a two-week stay at her B&B. But the lights dim when she learns the company’s director is her nemesis, struggling actor Harry Westcott–who still claims to be the rightful heir to Nina’s elegant Queen Anne home.

Meanwhile, the troupe members are not content to leave the drama upon the stage. Accusations of infidelity and financial malfeasance make a shambles of rehearsals. And then, two days into the troupe’s stay, the lead actor is found dead in Nina’s formal Shakespeare garden. Natural causes…or murder most foul?

Nina uncovers evidence that something is indeed rotten in the town of Cymbeline. Too bad Harry is the only one who believes that she’s not going completely off script. And exposing the truth isn’t easy when the remaining troupe members say the show must go on…particularly when all of them seemingly had a motive for wanting their fellow actor to permanently exit stage right. Determined to keep the killer from making a curtain call, Nina and her trusty Australian Shepherd, Matilda, join forces with Harry to sleuth out the murder plot. Will they succeed before someone else shuffles off this mortal coil? Find out in Anna Gerard’s delightful second Georgia B&B mystery.

About Anna Gerard

DIANE A.S. STUCKART is the New York Times bestselling author of the Black Cat Bookshop Mystery series (writing as Ali Brandon). She’s also the author of the award-winning Leonardo da Vinci historical mysteries, as well as several historical romances and numerous mystery, fantasy, and romance short stories. The first book in her Tarot Cats Mystery series is FOOL’S MOON, available in trade, large print, and Kindle versions. Her Georgia B&B Mystery series from Crooked Lane Books launched July 2019 with PEACH CLOBBERED, written as Anna Gerard and available in hardcover, e-book, or audio CD. Book 2, PEACHY SCREAM will be on the shelves July 2020.

Diane is a member of Mystery Writers of America and served as the 2018 and 2019 Chapter President of the MWA Florida chapter, receiving the “Flamingo” Chapter Service award in 2019. She’s also a member of Sister in Crime. In addition to her mystery writing affiliations, she’s a member of the Cat Writers’ Association and belongs to the Palm Beach County Beekeepers Association. Diane is a native Texan with a degree in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma, but has been living in the West Palm Beach FL area since 2006. She shares her “almost in the Everglades” home with her husband, dogs, cats, and a few beehives. Learn more about her books at www.dianestuckart.com

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Interview with Mr. Tig from Death at High Tide, the First Island Sisters Cozy Mystery

Sneaky here with a new pet guest to interview about him and his author’s new release. Hello, Mr. Cat. Can you please introduce yourself and your author?

My name is Mister Tig. The author is Hannah Dennison. Just a quick comment here about my name. When Hannah rescued me I was called Flipper. Seriously. What kind of name is that for a cat? So she renamed me Tiggy … which a little too frou-frou for my liking. Luckily, she engaged a pet psychic who made it clear that my name should be Mister Tig.

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

Finally … after having written a dozen books, Hannah has deigned to put me into her new series. Death at High Tide is the first in the Island Sisters Mysteries and also my debut. Hannah has just written the second in the Island Sisters Mysteries – Danger at the Cove – that will be published next August 2021. I am a recurring character because I am the resident hotel cat.

Concatulations! In my series, there’s an inn cat, Kittykai. She joined the series in our fourth book and has starred with me, the Cobble Cove library cat, in two additional stories based on the series. She’ll also be in our upcoming fifth book.

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

Of course I’m a real cat. I was born in Los Angeles California and was abandoned. Hannah already had a cat called Calico (a very unoriginal name if you ask me) but Hannah just happened to be walking by a parking lot on Ventura Boulevard where I was the main attraction at the pet adoption event and the rest, as they say, is history.

I love stories with happy endings.

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

Excerpt from Chapter 26

Note from Mister Tig: Just so you know, this is the police investigation part of the story. Patty the policewoman is grilling the humans in the Residents’ Lounge. The narrator is Evie Mead, one of the sisters who have inherited the hotel (or she thinks she has).

I’d completely forgotten all about the vicar, who had been quietly sitting in the wingback chair, stroking Mister Tig. Vicar Bill gently removed the cat from his lap and settled him back down before joining Patty in front of the fireplace.

“Perhaps you would like to enlighten our merry party,” said Patty.

“Oh please,” Tegan groaned. “Not Doctor Dolittle.”

Vicar Bill cleared his throat. “As you all know—apart from our visitors—I am able to communicate with animals.”

Margot let out a snort. “Sorry . . .” She snuffled into her hand. “It’s just . . . wow. So L.A.”

Vicar Bill seemed unperturbed. “Mister Tig says that the woman who let him back into Lily’s room—and by the way, he doesn’t like being picked up, he’s perfectly capable of walking—this woman was wearing pajamas. She walked to the powder room and started going through the cupboard above the washbasin.”

“That’s true!” I was amazed. “I was looking for Imodium—”

“Then the woman went through Millicent’s scrapbook.”

“Wait a minute,” I said. “With all due respect to . . . Mister Tig, is he talking about the same woman as the woman in pajamas, because I saw Vanessa tearing pages out of Lily’s scrapbook. She put them in her pocket.”

Vicar Bill continued to keep his eyes closed. “I stand corrected. A girl with a tattoo went through Millicent’s scrapbook.”

“Wow,” Margot whispered again. “That cat doesn’t miss a thing.”

What a Pawsome excerpt. Thanks for sharing.

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

I’ve been living at the Tregarrick Rock hotel for years and, trust me, I know everything that goes on there and I keep score. I would prefer not to reveal my age but let’s just say I’m the wrong side of twelve. What I like most is that I get respect.  

Respect is the most important thing for cats and cat characters.

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

I channel my thoughts to those who are intuitive enough to listen.

Kittykai and I use non-verbal cat language to communicate with our human co-stars, but we also sometimes channel our thoughts to one another when we need to keep our meows quiet.

What advice would you give other cat characters?

Humans can be really careless. Just be patient and observe. Sooner or later they trip themselves up.

Excellent advice.

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

Minotaur will publish Death at High Tide, the first in the Island Sisters Mysteries, on 18th August 2020 and I’m very excited!

I don’t blame you. I always get excited when Debbie publishes another Cobble Cove book.

Are you and/or your author on social media? If so, please list your links.

Mister Tig: https://www.instagram.com/mistertig_hotelcat/

Hannah Books: https://www.instagram.com/hannahdennisonbooks/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HannahDennisonBooks/  

Twitter: https://twitter.com/HannahLDennison   

Thanks so much. It’s been a pleasure cat chatting with you, Mr. Tigs. I wish you and your author best whiskers with your new release and upcoming books in the Island Sisters mysteries. I’m sharing your blog tour and giveaway below.

Death at High Tide: An Island Sisters Mystery
by Hannah Dennison

About Death at High Tide


Death at High Tide: An Island Sisters Mystery
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Publisher: Minotaur Books (August 18, 2020)
Hardcover: 304 pages
ISBN-10: 1250194482
ISBN-13: 978-1250194480
Digital ASIN: B0818PVX81

Death at High Tide is the delightful first installment in the Island Sisters series by Hannah Dennison, featuring two sisters who inherit an old hotel in the remote Isles of Scilly off the coast of Cornwall and find it full of intrigue, danger, and romance.

When Evie Mead’s husband, Robert, suddenly drops dead of a heart attack, a mysterious note is found among his possessions. It indicates that Evie may own the rights to an old hotel on Tregarrick Rock, one of the Isles of Scilly.

Still grieving, Evie is inclined to leave the matter to the accountant to sort out. Her sister Margot, however, flown in from her glamorous career in LA, has other plans. Envisioning a luxurious weekend getaway, she goes right ahead and buys two tickets—one way—to Tregarrick.

Once at the hotel—used in its heyday to house detective novelists, and more fixer-upper than spa resort, after all—Evie and Margot attempt to get to the bottom of things. But the foul-tempered hotel owner claims he’s never met the late Robert, even after Evie finds framed photos of them—alongside Robert’s first wife—in his office. The rest of the island inhabitants, ranging from an ex-con receptionist to a vicar who communicates with cats, aren’t any easier to read.

But when a murder occurs at the hotel, and then another soon follows, frustration turns to desperation. There’s no getting off the island at high tide. And Evie and Margot, the only current visitors to Tregarrick, are suspects one and two. It falls to them to unravel secrets spanning generations—and several of their own—if they want to make it back alive.

About Hannah Dennison

Hannah Dennison was born and raised in Hampshire but spent more than two decades living in California. She has been an obituary reporter, antique dealer, private jet flight attendant and Hollywood story analyst. For many years Hannah taught mystery writing workshops at the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program in Los Angeles, California.

Hannah writes the Honeychurch Hall Mysteries and the Vicky Hill Mysteries both set in the wilds of the Devonshire countryside where she now lives with her two high-spirited Hungarian Vizslas.

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Feature Friday Film: An Awards Ceremony, A Fundraiser, and an Interview (all with and about Cats)

Sneaky here with August 14th’s Feature Friday Films. A lot happened last week that you may have missed. My author won a special award from the Cat Writers’ Association. She learned of her win while viewing their virtual awards ceremony. If you’d like to view it to, I’m sharing it below.

I’m also showing a video about Tabby’s Place, a Cat Sanctuary that CWA is hosting a fundraiser for. You can still donate to this pawsome cause until the raffles are drawn on Sunday, August 16. Watch the video to find out more.

Lastly, I’m showing Debbie’s interview on the Between the Covers TV Show with Stephanie Sands Larkin. She was one of three authors on this show and will also be speaking to Stephanie in a solo interview this morning. Her topic will be writing about pets, a subject she is very experienced with. I hope you enjoy all 3 films.

Feature Friday Film: Tabby’s Place: A Cat Sanctuary

Meow there, it’s Sneaky with some videos of a very special place, Tabby’s Place, a cat sanctuary in New Jersey. I’m featuring Tabby’s Place for my Feature Friday film today because the Cat Writers’ Association is hosting a fundraiser for this organization. You can read more about that and the Cat Writers’ Association’s virtual awards ceremony taking place tomorrow, Saturday, August 8 at 7 pm EST in Hermione’s Kitty Korner column: https://wp.me/p7XcB0-XS

I hope you will contribute to the fundraiser to support this pawsome place. You may even win a prize.

 

 

Hermione’s Kitty Korner #22: Kitties and their Peeps, Don’t Miss the Cat Writers’ Association’s Virtual Awards Ceremony

The graphic for the Cat Writers’ Association’s Virtual Awards Ceremony (graphic courtesy of the Cat Writers’ Association)

Purrs. It’s Hermione. I am very excited that, this Saturday, August 8, at 7 pm EST, I’ll be able to view the Cat Writers’ Association’s Awards Ceremony with Debbie and my two brothers. This looks like such a pawsome event, and Debbie who has already won three Certificates of Excellence will learn if she’s also the winner of a lovely Muse Medallion or another great prize for her writing.

The coveted “Muse Medallion,” the highest award of the Cat Writers’ Association (photo courtesy of the Cat Writers’ Association)

In addition to this great event, the Cat Writers will be raising money for a very good cause, the Tabby’s Place Cat Sanctuary. Every donation they receive up through August 17, will earn a chance at some perfect raffle prizes donated by sponsors. Further details about the fundraiser can be found here.

Paws crossed that Debbie wins another award. I’m so “purr”oud of her. All cats and people are invited to watch. You don’t have to be a member of the Cat Writers’ Association to view this special event. The awards ceremony will be streamed live on the CWA Public Facebook page. There’s also a Facebook event page where you can view it. Don’t miss it.