Feature Friday Film: Cats in Halloween Costumes

I don’t recommend dressing up pets for Halloween, although some people have luck with it. Most pets, especially cats, don’t like costumes. However, here are some cute videos of cats in Halloween outfits and even one on how to make them yourself. The only costumes Debbie is dressing Harry, Hermione, and Stripey in for Halloween are virtual ones.

Remember to keep your cats inside (indoor cats are healthier and safer all year round) and especially make sure your black cats are safe.

Sneaky Interviews Streetman, the Dog from Broadcast 4 Murder, A Sophie Kimball Cozy Mystery by J.C. Eaton

Hello, Mr. Dog. Welcome to my blog. What is your name and your author’s name?

I’m Streetman, a Chiweenie dog belonging to Harriet Plunkett, the mother of bookkeeper/accountant Phee Kimball, a reluctant amateur sleuth. Our author is J.C. Eaton, the pen name for Ann I. Goldfarb and James E. Clapp.

Tail wags to all of you. What book(s) have you appeared in? Please list them and their genre.

I’m in all the cozy Sophie Kimball Mysteries: Booked 4 Murder, Ditched 4 Murder, Staged 4 Murder Botched 4 Murder, Molded 4 Murder, Dressed Up 4 Murder, and now Broadcast 4 Murder.. This is a cozy mystery series with over-the-top characters like me. The quirkier the better. It begins when Harriet Plunkett, my owner, calls her daughter in Minnesota to investigate a book curse that’s killing off her friends in the Booked 4 Murder book club in Sun City West, Arizona. Phee flies out here and discovers two things – she’s really good at sleuthing and she never wants to live in a senior retirement community.

The series sounds very interesting, and Phee Kimball sounds like a great character, although I’m sure you are, too.

Are you based on a real dog such as your author’s?

Yes, I am based on Streetboy, the real life Chiweenie that belongs to the authors. When they decided to put a dog in the series, they took my cute little habits and made me a neurotic little ball of fur. I can’t help it if I hate water, refuse to be bathed, and will only eat from plates, not bowls. Everyone has idiosyncrasies, don’t they? Oh, and by the way, I help solve a few murders myself!

It’s great to be based on a real-life pet, warts and all, MOL (Meow Out Loud). I was loosely based on Debbie’s Siamese cat, Oliver, who is now on Rainbow Bridge. I’m proud to keep him alive in our series.

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

Excerpt from Staged 4 Murder

Shirley had arranged everyone’s costume neatly on two long racks that spanned the length of the room. Off to the back was some closet space that my mom told me was stuffed full of boxes and loose clothing. “It’s a catch-all. Shirley says once the play is over she plans to organize it.”

The dog continued to growl.

“Well, he’s sensing something,” my mother said. “I’ve never seen him so agitated.”

“Maybe it’s an odor on one of the costumes. Dogs have an amazing sense of smell.”

“It’s not an odor. If it were an odor he’d be growling at everyone,” my mother said.

The low growls grew in intensity as the dog inched toward the closet space. Then, out of nowhere, snarls and snapping.

“My God! She’s in here!” my mother shouted. “Miranda’s horrible spirit is in this room.”

By now Streetman was standing in front of the closet barking like crazy. I grabbed the doorknob and opened the closet half expecting something to jump out at us. Instead, I found myself staring at old cardboard cartons and wadded up clothing that was stuffed into every cranny. In some instances the cardboard looked so old I thought it was going to disintegrate.

Streetman bared his teeth and continued to growl.

“This is really weird,” I said, “even for him.”

I looked at the dog again. The hairs on his back were all but standing up and he was actually shaking. Shaking and growling. I reached over to pet him and he snapped. “Yikes. Maybe something he smells reminds him of a bad experience he had.”

“Or maybe it’s Miranda’s spirit.”

Just then one of the cleaning ladies knocked on the doorframe to the costume room. She took one look at Streetman and made a “tsk-tsk” sign with her fingers. I knew what she meant.

“Mom, see if you can put him back in the canvas tote. We should get out of here.”

My mother took a few steps toward the dog but he wasn’t having any part of it. He raced over to the closet and began to paw at the nearest box.

“Can you get him away? “ I asked. “He’s going nuts.”

“He senses something.”

“Um, more than likely he smells something.”

Streetman continued to paw at the box, pausing only to bark and growl. At one point he lunged at it and bit the edge. The cardboard collapsed inside the box.

“I’m telling you, Mom, there’s something in that box that’s got his attention, that’s all.”

My mother tried calling the dog but he ignored her. Selective hearing must apparently run in our family.

“That does it!” I said. “It’s late and I’ve got things to do.”  With that, I walked over to the closet, pulled out the box and gave it a kick. “Hey, for all we know, there may be mice or worse in this box.”

“Streetman’s scared of mice,” my mother said. “He wouldn’t be acting that way. You know, Shirley said that sometimes spirits can inhabit the —”

“Oh for God’s sake, no one’s inhabiting anything.”

I reached over to open the box but the dog beat me to it. He tore into the cardboard and in what could best be described as sheer madness, he ripped the thing apart flinging the contents all over the room. All I could see were beady eyes, round black noses and, in some cases, teeth. Streetman grabbed the nearest one and shook it like a play toy. Then he growled and shook it again. My mother was horrified.

I tried not to laugh but I couldn’t help it. “Yep, there’s Miranda’s spirit for you. Or should I say ‘spirits?’ Seems we’ve got mink, muskrat and ermine. Oh, and if I’m not mistaken, isn’t that some sort of beaver pelt?”

Streetman wasted no time attacking the pelts. No sooner did he grab one and shake it ferociously when he moved on to the next one. Snarling. Growling. Biting. Small clumps of fur became airborne.

“I hope the Footlighters aren’t planning to do a twentieth century period play anytime soon,” I said. “Your dog seems to have an issue with the wardrobe.”

The fracas continued as my mother took a step closer to the dog. “Stop that Streetman! Stop that this instant!”

I rolled my eyes. “He doesn’t seem to follow commands well.”

“That’s because he thinks he’s protecting us. He doesn’t know the pelts are harmless.”

“Mom, we’ve got to pick up those things and get them back in the box before they’re no longer usable.”

“I know. I know.”

She bent down and grabbed what I presumed to be a dyed muskrat tail from his mouth. “Give that to Mommy. Give that to Mommy, now!”

For the next five minutes my mother played tug of war with Streetman. The dog was in his glory and I was ready to explode. Finally, I had an idea. I found an old smelly rag in the costume room and somehow was able to substitute it for one of the costume stoles. As my mother and the dog wrestled with the thing, I gathered up the remaining wraps, some of them covered in dog saliva, and shoved them back in the torn box before stashing the box back in the closet. Streetman stopped growling and whined.

“We’ll bring over a new box and replace that one,” my mother said as the dog sniffed around the room. “And not a word about this to anyone. As far as Shirley and Lucinda are concerned, Streetman’s venture was inconclusive. Understand?”

“Oh believe me, I’m not admitting to anything. Although we probably should get those things dry-cleaned. It must have been the musty odor that attracted him in the first place because those stoles are processed.”

The poor dog was exhausted by the time he was plunked back into the canvas tote.

Excellent exerpt, Streetman.

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

I drive the protagonist, Phee, crazy. Especially when she has to take me to the dog park.

You are very funny, but the dog park sounds like fun. A cat park would be even better

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

Silent, but I have my ways…

So do I.

What advice would you give other dog characters?

Be yourself and make sure your author includes you and your antics.

Great advice.

Do you have any new books coming out?

Broadcast 4 Murder releases on October 27, 2020. It’s available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and your favorite bookseller. It is available in paperback, ebook and audio.

That’s today! Congratulations on your new release!

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

www.jceatonmysteries.com

https://www.facebook.com/JCEatonauthor/

https://www.bookbub.com/authors/j-c-eaton

https://www.twitter.com/JCEatonauthor

https://www.instagram.com/j.c.eaton/

Nice. Thanks for the interview, and I will share your author’s blog tour and giveaway below.


Broadcast 4 Murder (Sophie Kimball Mystery)
by J.C. Eaton

About Broadcast 4 Murder

Broadcast 4 Murder (Sophie Kimball Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
7th in Series
Publisher: Kensington (October 27, 2020)
Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
ISBN-10: 1496724569
ISBN-13: 978-1496724564
Digital ASIN: B085LTC8Y2

All of Arizona’s Sun City West heard Sophie “Phee” Kimball’s mom scream bloody murder, but it’s up to the reluctant sleuth to find the killer . . .

Phee’s mother Harriet is going to be a star! At least, that’s how the Sun City West retiree describes her chance to host a live radio program of her book club’s Booked 4 Murder Mystery Hour on Arizona’s KSCW. But instead of chatting about charming cozies, Harriet ends up screaming bloody murder over the airwaves after discovering the body of Howard Buell, the station’s programming director, in a closet—with a pair of sewing shears shoved into his chest.

The number one suspect is Howard’s ex-girlfriend Sylvia Strattlemeyer who believed she was going to host a sewing talk show before Harriet was offered the spot. But not only do the fingerprints found on the scissors not match Sylvia’s, they belong to a woman who passed away twenty years ago at the age of ninety-seven. Now, with the whole town on pins and needles, it’s up to Phee to stitch together enough clues from the past to uncover the identity of a killer in the present . . .

About J.C. Eaton

J.C. Eaton is the wife and husband team of Ann I. Goldfarb and James E. Clapp, authors of the Sophie Kimball Mystery Series and the Wine Trail Mysteries. A New York native and former middle school principal, Ann has published eight award-winning and highly acclaimed YA time travel mysteries. James is a U.S. Navy veteran and retired tasting room manager for a large upscale New York winery. Visit their Website at JCEatonMysteries.com. –This text refers to the mass_market edition.

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Sneaky Interviews Sweet Pea from Paws for Concern, A Canine Confections Mystery, by Amy Hueston

Sneaky here with another pet interview. Hello, Ms. Dog. What is your name and your author’s name?

My name is Sweet Pea and the author’s name is Amy Hueston

Tail wags to you, Sweet Pea. What book(s) have you appeared in? Please list them and their genre.

I’ve only been in Paws for Concern so far, as it’s the first in the Canine Confections Mystery series. I’m having so much fun it! And everybody is so nice to me. The genre is a cozy mystery which I like, because I know I’m always going to remain safe and happy.

Cozies are great. I’m in the Cobble Cove mysteries. Although you’re right about everyone being safe and happy, I come real close to facing serious danger in my latest book, No Gravestone Unturned.

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

Yup. A Canine Confections Mystery series. It’s a DOG bakery in Palm Beach. Yum.

That sounds yummy, you lucky dog, you.

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

Yes, I am. Her name was Ebony. Like Ebony, I’m a black Labrador Mix and I came from a local shelter. Also, I’m a very sweet girl, or so they tell me.

Awww. I’m based on Oliver, Debbie’s Siamese who is now on Rainbow Bridge.

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

Sure! This was when my owner before Samantha became my owner was found dead. (If I sound not that shook up about it, it’s because I only knew my first owner for a few days before she got killed.)

From Paws for Concern:

Quietly, I said, “Hold on a sec,” held the knife up in the air and listened at the doors to the walk-in refrigerator and supply closet. I couldn’t hear anything over the refrigerator hum and my ragged breath. Sweet Pea’s mouth was closed shut as she observed my every move. My eyes fell on the door that led to my patio and back alley. The lock was broken and lying askew. It answered my question of how Whitney, Sweet Pea and the killer gained access to my dog bakery, but the question was why?

Hmmm. Pawsome excerpt. Thanks for sharing.

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

I like that Samantha may not be perfect, but she sure tries to understand me and make me happy. Plus, the fact she owns a dog bakery and brings me to work with her every day so I get to interact with people and dogs (and goodies) all day is a big check in the plus column.

That sounds great. I’m in the Cobble Cove Library most of the time and also spend some days at Alicia and John’s house. In my new release, I witness a murder in a cemetery when I leave the library on Halloween.

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

I hardly ever meow and I don’t bark a whole lot either. I do whine when Samantha is making something involving peanut butter. I don’t talk in human language but my body language and whimpers usually get my point across.

I use body language, too, to alert Alicia to clues and danger, but in my latest books, I also allow readers to “see” my thoughts and the thoughts of my other pet co-stars.

What advice would you give other dog characters?

Open your eyes real wide and look up at your Human like you haven’t eaten in a week. You stand a better chance of getting a piece of cheese that way.

MOL (meow out loud). I gotta try that for some chicken or fish.

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

I do, I do! Paws for Alarm is the 2nd in the Canine Confections series and it’s due to release 10/2020. It was a lot of fun except for a part where a cat showed up on the property of my mansion’s estate. All I did was try to give her a little lick hello and she swiped at my face. It sort of hurt my feelings. But I’ll have to get over it because it looks like Samantha’s aunt is going to adopt her and give her a fancy new home to live.

That sounds like my first encounter with Kittykai, the Calico who moved to Cobble Cove in my 4th book. We are now best buds, and I’m sure you and the new cat will get along, too.

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

Thanks for asking and yes, we are. We love meeting people on social media and sharing happy news or corny jokes or goofy pictures. And just so you know, my author is a singer too, so some of the links might contain the link to her CD.

Wow, Meow! Debbie doesn’t sing, but she does feature a poet and songwriter in our new book. He is one of the characters, and his wife sings a song in the book.

Thanks for joining me sweet, Sweet Pea. I’m sharing your author’s links, blog tour, and giveaway below. Best tail wags to you and Amy on your new release.

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1944066373?pf_rd_r=EAZJV46A15EB5VXN8GMJ&pf_rd_p=edaba0ee-c2fe-4124-9f5d-b31d6b1bfbee

My books at Barnes and Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/paws-for-concern-amy-hueston/1137530919?ean=9781944066376

My CD Download on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Lets-Talk-Love-Amy-Hueston/dp/B08C252M8D

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/amy.hueston.73

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/HuestonAmy

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Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/20626879.Amy_Hueston


Paws for Concern (A Canine Confections Mystery)
by Amy Hueston

About Paws for Concern


Paws for Concern (A Canine Confections Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Publisher: Donelson Press (August 22, 2020)
Paperback: 264 pages
ISBN-10: 1944066373
ISBN-13: 978-1944066376
Digital ASIN: B08GJBM98M

Life is good for Samantha Armstrong. She left her cheating boyfriend, settled into her cozy cottage on her Aunt Mary’s Palm Beach estate and is finally opening Canine Confections, her dream dog bakery on the ritzy Worth Avenue.

But Samantha’s happy new life goes doggone crazy when Palm Beach resident and pastry shop owner Whitney Goodwin is found dead on Canine Confections’ floor, whisking Samantha into the middle of a murder investigation. The only bright spot is that she finds herself adopting Whitney’s loveable dog Sweet Pea.

As the killer strikes again, it’s obvious that the shopkeepers on Worth Avenue are the target. Samantha’s impatience won’t let sleeping dogs lie. She takes it upon herself to move things along by padding around town with Sweet Pea and sniffing out clues to clear her name and Canine Confections’ reputation—before it is too late …

Includes a recipe from Chef Sarah Deters at the test kitchen of Three Dog Bakery, the original bakery for dogs!

About Amy Hueston

Author Amy Hueston writes mini-mysteries for Woman’s World when she isn’t writing mysteries and suspense books. Paws for Concern is the first book in A Canine Confections Mystery series.

Author Links
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/amy.hueston.73
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/amyhueston/?hl=en
Twitter: https://twitter.com/HuestonAmy
Website: https://amyhueston.com
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Feature Friday Film: Cats Playing With Toys

Kittens love to play, but even though cats slow down as they age, they still enjoy playtime. But, just like kids, they can tire of the same old toys. Here are some videos of cats playing with their toys including the new toy Debbie got Harry and Hermione for their 2nd gotcha day on October 21st. There’s also a video of toys you can make yourself and, of course, cats still enjoy playing with “free” toys like boxes, aluminum foil balls, and other items. Just remember to supervise your cat when they play with anything they can swallow or hurt themselves with.

 

Feature Friday Film: Taking Your Cat to the Vet

Meow, there. It’s Sneaky with some videos about taking cats to the vet. Debbie is taking Harry and Hermione for their checkups today, and Stripey will go next week. The young cats don’t put up a fuss about going in their carriers, but Stripey objects a bit. Here are some videos that show how other cats react to taking this unpleasant journey to the pet doctor and some tips that may help make the experience less stressful including how to get them into the carrier.