Sneaky Interviews Latifa from Falling Into Magic, A Destiny Falls Magic and Mystery Cozy Mystery by Elizabeth Pantley

Hello, Ms. Cat. Welcome to my blog. Please introduce yourself and your author.

Hello Sneaky! I’m Latifa. Thanks for having me. The lovely woman who writes about me is Elizabeth Pantley. (She gets me, you know?)

I certainly do. Debbie gets me, as well.

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

This is my debut! I felt she should have called the book Latifa’s Story, but I do like the one she chose: Falling into Magic. Makes you think of falling in love doesn’t it?

Yes. By the way, what are you doing after the interview? (just joking). It’s a very nice title. Concatulations on your debut.

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

Goodness, yes, toots! I have a very bright future planned for myself, and luckily my author agrees. The Destiny Falls Magic & Mystery Series is just getting launched with this first book. But Elizabeth is hard at work on book two and tells me she has ideas for many, many more fascinating stories.

Wow, Meow! That sounds pawsome. I recall the feeling when I appeared in my first Cobble Cove book, A Stone’s Throw. I was so happy when Debbie turned it into a series. Five books later, I’m not a big star of it.

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

Would you believe I’m based on my author’s sister’s cat, Chaco! I’m actually a chocolate-point Himalayan, and darling Chaco is a Pixie-bob. We are both incredibly smart, purrrty felines with Rubenesque figures and plenty of sass.

Oh, my goodness. We must get together sometime. I’m a handsome Siamese. We would have lovely kittens together. I’m based on my author’s Siamese, Oliver, who is now on Rainbow Bridge, poor guy, but I live on for him.

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

I’m in so many of the important scenes that my author won’t allow me to share – such big secrets the girl has! But here’s one I particularly like, since it showcases one of my many skills:

The soft glow left over from my lovely day dissipated in a blink when I realized it was time to dress for the family dinner. I’d been in my room catching up on work and emails, and the time flew by, but my respite was over. Time to buck up.

“Latifaaaa?” I sang out, “Where are you kitty?”

“Sorry, Cupcake. Not liking the ‘kitty’ thing.” she answered, “Do like the singing part, though.” She sauntered out of the cat alcove.

“Want to help me choose an outfit for the Big Family Dinner?” I asked.

Her whole demeaner perked up. The two of us went into the closet to choose an outfit.

“Must find something that says, ‘I care, I’m stylish, I’m confident.’ Latifa murmured as she strolled around the closet.

I didn’t know if the dinner would be in the so-called backyard again, or in the dining room, so I sent a quick text off to find out. The verdict: backyard event.

I decided on a handkerchief hem maxi-dress in cream and bright peach. I paired it with a long chain necklace and complimentary dangling earrings. Latifa suggested that I stick with the cork wedges for walking across the lawn. I kept my makeup light and my hair down and wavy.

I agreed to meet everyone in the foyer, and it was time. Cue the funeral march. Not literally, of course. I just mean I was having a major attack of nerves.

What a purrfect excerpt. Thanks for sharing it.

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

What’s not to love? I’m the main character’s best friend and side-kick – kind of like Sherlock’s Watson, but with more flair, style and much better hair.

My author has a human sidekick, this lady named Gilly, but she spends a lot of time with me, too.

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

Here’s the trick, only my owner is privy to my ramblings. You could say she’s the luckiest girl in town.

Interesting. My owner isn’t privy to mine, but in our latest books, all the other pet characters are and the readers who can “see” my thoughts.

What advice would you give other cat characters?

Hmm. I would advise that you jump up on your author’s desk and meow and purr until she gets your parts exactly right. And if a chapter goes by without you in it – that’s time to land in her lap and nuzzle her chin until she remembers you’re there.

MOL (Meow Out Loud). You make a very good point, Latifa, honey.

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

Ooooh! It’s so exciting! Book two has an even bigger mystery, though we have to wait about four months to read all about it. Tell you what? I’ll do my best to get my girl to type a little faster – then we can get on with the story. I’ve been told it’s about a character we already know, and her fascinating story. I can tell it will be good by the title: The Disappearance of Emily. It’s book two in the Destiny Falls Magic & Mystery series.

That sounds so good. I was missing in a book once, Written in Stone, and where I turned up led Alicia into danger but helped her solve the mystery.

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

Who isn’t on social media? I have to rely on her, though, as I’m lacking the opposable thumbs to work the keyboard. She’s been kind enough to allow me to dictate this interview – see darling, I did acknowledge you. (She can be so needy.)

You can follow Elizabeth here:

Website:  https://www.nocrysolution.com/books/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ElizabethPantleyNoCryAuthor
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/elizabethpantley/
Pinterest:  https://www.pinterest.com/nocrysolution/_saved/
Blog:  https://elizabethpantley.com/

I will make sure my author does that, so I can keep in touch with you and your great books. Best whiskers to you and Elizabeth on your series. I’m sharing your blog tour and giveaway below. It’s been a pleasure meeting you, Latifa. We must get together again my place or yours. (wink wink).


Falling into Magic – A Destiny Falls Mystery & Magic Book
by Elizabeth Pantley

About Falling into Magic


Falling into Magic – A Destiny Falls Mystery & Magic Book
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Independently Published (November 15, 2020)
299 Pages
Digital ASIN: B08MCRCW9J

When Hayden was a child, she lost her cat. Adults told her the cat has escaped the house and ran away, but she knew the truth. The mirror had taken her. She knew because the mirror had given her a glimpse of an alternate world and had nearly pulled her in, so she was certain the cat had suffered that fate.

Twenty years later Hayden discovers the true secret of the mirror when she is thrust into it by a mysterious villain. She learns of a world she never knew existed, and a family she never knew she had. But danger brought her here, and it followed her. And now, Hayden is on a mission to see that the threat is removed, so that she can begin her magical, meaningful new life in this enchanted world.

“A magical, delightful tale that held my attention with a quirky cast of characters, engaging dialogue, a pleasantly appealing universe, and an intriguing plotline that I could not put down. I can’t wait to see where we go with Hayden’s next adventure.” — Dru Ann, MWA Raven Award winner

“What a captivating read! . . . I couldn’t put it down. A great story, full of interesting people and places to get to know, with surprises around every corner.” — Linda C. Goodreads reviewer

“The world-building and magic system is fascinating. Destiny Falls is a wondrous place that seems to cater to citizens’ wants and needs. I love that it is almost a character in its own right, and I was intrigued by the constantly changing world. Vivid imagery paints a clear picture of Destiny falls and its inhabitants. Falling into Magic is a dynamic introduction to the Destiny Falls Mystery & Magic series.” — Julie Petitbon

About Elizabeth Pantley

Elizabeth Pantley is the international bestselling author of The No-Cry Sleep Solution and twelve other books for parents. Her books have been published in over twenty languages. She lives near Seattle and is the mother of four and nana to one. This is her first work of fiction.

Author Links
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November 25 – Thoughts in Progress – SPOTLIGHT

November 26 – FUONLYKNEW – SPOTLIGHT

November 27 – Ascroft, eh? – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

November 28 – Sneaky the Library Cat’s Blog – CHARACTER INTERVIEW

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Feature Friday Film: Cat Fanciers’ Association’s Virtual Cat Competitions and Local Authors Panel

Meow, there. It’s Sneaky with two videos for you this week. The first is of my author’s cat, Harry, who has been entered in the Walk Like an Egyptian Fun Class of the Cat Fanciers’ Association’s Virtual Cat Competition. Check out his fancy foot moves and vote for him at the bottom of his page if you think he’s a winner. Votes are $1 each with discounts for multiple votes and go toward a fundraiser for cats. Thank you for supporting Harry and helping kitties. Vote for Harry here: https://bit.ly/3nDwyir

The second video is of the local author panel Debbie moderated on Thursday, November 12, that featured 7 authors, two of whom (Debbie and Stasie) were members of the Cat Writers’ Association. The panel was hosted by the Hicksville Public Library and included authors Jacqueline Ann DeStefano,  Elaine Donadio, James Cudney IV, Stasie Fishman, Dr. John Krahn, Tracy Auerbach, and Marilyn Levinson. 

 

 

Sneaky Interviews Seaview from Cat Conundrum, A Crazy Cat Lady Cozy Mystery by Mollie Hunt

Hello, Mr. Cat. Welcome to Sneaky’s the Library’s blog. What is your name and your author’s name?

Hello, Sneaky! Why, I’m called Seaview, but that’s a long story. It isn’t my real name, you see. My author’s name is Mollie Hunt. (That is her real name.)

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

Cat Conundrum is the name of the book. It’s Mollie’s  7th cozy mystery. I’m a first-timer, but it may not be my last.

I hope it isn’t. You sound like you would make a great recurring cat character.

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

As I understand it, the Crazy Cat Lady Cozy Mysteries are a series, but you don’t have to read them in order, so you can start with mine. He-he! They feature Lynley Cannon, a sixty-something cat shelter volunteer who finds more trouble than a cat in catnip. She certainly has her hands full with me.

Sounds pawsome.

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

I am a what humans call a Maine Coon cat. I’m big and strong with luxurious long silver furs, and though my author has seen cats like me at cat shows and in pictures, alas she has none of her own.

You must be quite handsome. I’m handsome, too. I’m a Siamese. I was loosely based on Debbie’s cat, Oliver, who has since gone to Rainbow Bridge. I am honored to keep his memory alive in the Cobble Cove mysteries.

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

Here you go! In this scene, Lynley has agreed to foster me as the police search for clues to a locked-room murder!

Cat Conundrum, Chapter 6

The microchip helps pets reunite with their people, sometimes across many miles. If your microchipped cat gets lost, a vet or shelter can easily trace you as long as you keep your information current.

The cat sat, comfortable as could be, on the back of the couch, staring out at the ocean. He was a large boy, extremely large, with the luxurious, long fur and sweet little tufts on his ears indicative of the Maine Coon breed. The color was a silver-gray with hints of cream on his underside. Samples of the blood on his paws had been collected for analysis, and as soon as we’d got back to the guesthouse, I’d washed off the remainder, revealing sparkling white booties. He was gentle and friendly, nothing like the aggressive wildcat the police had first presumed him to be. I’d been calling him Seaview, after the museum where he was found. He wore no tag and I couldn’t feel the distinctive capsule-shaped lump between his shoulders that would signify a microchip, though the shelter would check once their volunteer managed to make it by. Still, the perfect fur, the calm demeanor—he had to be somebody’s cat. I was certain someone would come forward to reclaim him soon.

That didn’t explain how he’d come to be in the study with the dead man. Had the man brought him along with him? Had the cat snuck in somehow? Once the victim had bolted the door, he would have been stuck for the duration.

The severe scratches on the victim’s face had not been done by a cat, even though on first scan, they had fooled Denny Paris, a seasoned animal investigator who had seen his share of maulings. But there was blood on Seaview’s paws—how did it get there if he weren’t the aggressor?

“Lots of questions, eh, Seaview?” I asked, giving his sideburn a scritch for which I was rewarded with a low, rolling purr. “I don’t suppose you could tell us the answers. You know it would save us all a lot of time and trouble if you would.”

Seaview’s only reply was a love-blink from his beautiful sea-green eyes.

What a purr-fect excerpt. Thanks for sharing.

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

I get to be both the villain and the hero. But you have to read the book if you want to know the twist.

Wow, Meow! I must do that or at least ask my author to read it to me.

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

Well, well, if you have ever heard one of my breed speak, you would not mistake it for a mere meow. Sometimes I trill, sometimes I scream, most of the time I just purr. But as to human-talk, I do not bother.

I was that way once myself at the beginning of my series, but now readers can “see” my thoughts and so can my fellow pet co-stars in the series. It’s lots of fun, but the human characters in the books can’t understand anything we pet characters say, so we have to use regular feline methods of communication – purrs, meows, yowls, etc.

What advice would you give other cat characters?

My friend and fellow feline, always be yourself. Though your author may think they want you to do this or that, it’s up to you to guide them in the purr-fect direction.

Excellent advice, Seaview.

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

The next in Mollie’s series will be Adventure Cat, coming fall of 2021. The feline star of that story is Spot from Cat’s Cradle, a Crazy Cat Lady short story, who will be making a startling comeback. I, however, may not be around for a while since my home is on the coast. There is a familial tie with Lynley’s friend Special Agent Denny Paris, so you never know. I could show up any time.

Mollie also has a sci-fantasy coming out at the beginning of 2021. Cat Winter is the second book in the Cat Seasons Tetralogy where cats save the world. Those cats do speak, but I don’t know them personally.

Your author sure is busy. You remind me of Salem, the black cat who made a guest appearance in our latest mystery, No Gravestone UnturnedHe also may return at some point but now resides in another state.

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

You can find Mollie Hunt, Cat Writer on her Blogsite: www.lecatts.wordpress.com

Amazon Page: www.amazon.com/author/molliehunt

Facebook Author Page: www.facebook.com/MollieHuntCatWriter/

@MollieHuntCats

Sign up for Mollie’s Extremely Informal Newsletter at: http://eepurl.com/c0fOTn

Pay her a visit. She’s all about cats.

Your author is like mine, and they are both members of the Cat Writers’ Association. We are so lucky.

I’m sharing your blog tour and giveaway below. Best whiskers to you and Mollie.

Cat Conundrum (Crazy Cat Lady Cozy Mysteries)
by Mollie Hunt

About Cat Conundrum

Cat Conundrum (Crazy Cat Lady Cozy Mysteries)
Cozy Mystery
7th in Series
Independently Published (October 29, 2020)
Number of Pages: 292
Digital ASIN: B08KSK1531

A locked room. A dead man. The cat is the only witness, and he isn’t talking.

Locked-room murders are being committed in sleepy little Long Beach, Washington. As to the killer, Sheriff Matt Boulder has no idea who or why.

The sheriff needs help. He calls his friend, animal cop Denny Paris, and gets a surprise bonus: Lynley Cannon, amateur sleuth. This isn’t how the sixty-something cat shelter volunteer envisioned her beach vacation, but when Denny asks her to join him in the search, how can she refuse?

While the officers investigate one line of inquiry, Lynley takes a different approach. Her only clues, a cat found at the murder scene and a rich man’s missing wife, lead her thread by thread to a scheme more insidious than fiction.

But who will she tell when she turns out to be the one in the locked room?

About Mollie Hunt

Native Oregonian Mollie Hunt has always had an affinity for cats, so it was a short step for her to become a cat writer. Mollie is the author of The Crazy Cat Lady Cozy Mystery Series, featuring Lynley Cannon, a sixty-something cat shelter volunteer who finds more trouble than a cat in catnip. The 3rd in the series, CAT’S PAW, was a finalist for the 2016 Mystery & Mayhem Book Award. The 5th, CAT CAFÉ, won the World’s Best Cat Litter-ary Award in 2019. The 6th, COSMIC CAT, is the winner of the Cat Writers Association Muse Medallion Award for Best Cat Mystery 2019.

Mollie’s sci-fantasy, CAT SUMMER (Fire Star Press) also won a Muse Medallion, this time for Best Cat Sci-fi Fantasy. CAT SUMMER is the first in her Cat Seasons Tetralogy where cats save the world from an evil older than history—twice! Mollie published a stand-alone mystery, PLACID RIVER RUNS DEEP, which delves into murder, obsession, and the challenge of chronic illness in bucolic southwest Washington. Two of her short cat stories have been published in anthologies. She has a little book of Cat Poems as well.

Mollie is a member of the Oregon Writers’ Colony, Sisters in Crime, Willamette Writers, the Cat Writers’ Association, and the Northwest Independent Writers Association (NIWA). She lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband and a varying number of cats. Like Lynley, she is a grateful shelter volunteer.

Author Links

You can find Mollie Hunt, Cat Writer on her blogsite: www.lecatts.wordpress.com

Amazon Page: www.amazon.com/author/molliehunt

Facebook Author Page: www.facebook.com/MollieHuntCatWriter/

Fire Star Author Page: http://prairierosepublications.com/authors_2/mollie-hunt\

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7768987.Mollie_Hunt

@MollieHuntCats

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November 20 – Mochas, Mysteries and Meows – CHARACTER GUEST POST

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Sneaky Interviews Murphy, the Dog, from Dead of Winter, A Cassandra Sato Mystery by Kelly Brakenhoff

Hi, there, Mr. Dog. Welcome to Sneaky the Library Cat’s blog. Please introduce yourself and your author.

Hello, I’m Murphy, a West Highland White Terrier. Only recently, I heard about my author, Kelly Brakenhoff. Before she came along, my owner and I were basking in the glow of early retirement in sunny Arizona. Abruptly, we moved to a teeny town in Nebraska where it is so cold I can barely stand outside long enough to pee before I hurry in and lay near a warm heating vent.

TMI, but it’s doggone good to have you here.

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

I made my literary debut in the second Cassandra Sato mystery, Dead Week, with my first owner, Dr. Deborah Winters. Unfortunately, at the beginning of book three, Dead of Winter Break, I moved in with Cassandra Sato, my new foster mom. To say we’ve gotten off to a rocky start would be an understatement.

Uh, oh. That doesn’t sound good, but I’m sure it’s all straightened out by now.

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

My new owner, Cassandra Sato, works at Morton College as an administrator. She’s never owned a pet before, and I’ve really got my work cut out for me to break her in right. One nice thing is Cassandra brings me to work with her at the college. I like hanging out with the students. They pet and cuddle me and when they aren’t watching, I eat their leftover snacks.

That’s great. I also work with my MC, Alicia. She works at the Cobble Cove Library, and I’m the Library Cat.

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

My author’s sister’s family owns a white West Highland Terrier named Tinkerbell. Tinkerbell is the model in the book’s publicity shots. The author’s father had two dogs named Max and Murphy for many years, so that’s where I got my name.

Interesting. Debbie had a Siamese, Oliver, who is now on Rainbow Bridge, but I am somewhat based on him.

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

In this scene, I woke Cassandra up in the middle of the night to alert her to disaster. Soon after, things went from bad to worse.

Murphy was the one who had convinced her to get out of bed. His intermittent barking finally prompted Cassandra to push the covers off, slide her feet into sheepskin slippers, and grip the baseball bat. Not that she expected a bad guy on the other side of her bedroom door.

“Murphy, I heard it too. I know it was loud, but it’s just the wind.” Standing in the darkened office, she peered through the kennel. Maybe he had messed on his towel again. So far all of his “accidents” had been during the day. She was profoundly grateful that he usually slept through the night uninterrupted.

Nothing smelled bad. “Shhh.” She placed a finger over her mouth as though he were a toddler. Turning to go back to her room, she shivered in her house’s cool air. She hadn’t realized how cold it was during the night while she was tucked into her warm bed.

Murphy whined. Maybe he needed to pee now that he was awake. Maybe she did too.

Grabbing a fleece blanket from the back of the couch, she wrapped it tightly around her and opened his kennel. Unlocking the front door, she let him out to do his business quickly and return right back inside.

Only Murphy had other plans. After he lifted his leg on the snow pile she’d shoveled that morning, he ran around the side of the house down the driveway toward the back yard.

“Oh dog, you are killin’ me, brah!”

Cassandra chased after him still wearing her sheepskin slippers, the blanket trailing behind like a superhero’s cape. “Mur-phy, come here,” she whispered angrily. She didn’t want to wake the neighbors at 3:00 a.m. Squinting into the unnaturally bright night from the snow’s reflection, she couldn’t see the dog.

Fresh snow came down in sideways gusts and covered the driveway. She did not have the patience for this.

Stomping back into the house, she traded her slippers for the taller suede snow boots sitting on a plastic tray by the back door and threw on her puffy parka. When she yanked open the side door, a hooded guy stood in the driveway looking at her house.

A startled yelp escaped her lips at the same time the figure held out his hands to her calmly. “Cassandra. It’s Sean Gill.”

“What the heck, you scared the crap out of me!”

“Are you okay? Did you hear that noise?” He cautiously stepped closer.

“Wait—you heard it too? I thought maybe I was overreacting to the wind.” Cassandra headed for the corner toward the back yard to find the dog. “I let Murphy out to go to the bathroom, but he ran off. He must be back here somewhere.”

“Gill squatted and in an encouraging voice called, “Murphy! C’mere boy!”

“I tried that, but he’s stubborn.”

First, she heard his collar jangling then saw him trot toward them on the driveway. Only instead of heading for the person who had been feeding him, sheltering him, and changing his wet kennel, he rubbed up against Gill’s shins and barked in satisfaction when he patted Murphy’s white head. Gill reached down and picked up the dog. Again, no barking or fuss.

Cassandra had reached the back door when she heard Gill. “Oh . . . that was the noise. A tree smashed your roof, Cassandra!”

Excerpt From: Kelly Brakenhoff. “Dead of Winter Break: A Cassandra Sato Mystery.”

Pawsome. You are a great actor. Thanks for sharing.

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

Can I tell you a secret? At first I was pretty upset about Cassandra adopting me. I had to abandon my owner in the memory care facility where she moved. I acted up by peeing on Cassandra’s floor and chewing up her stuff. But she’s growing on me. And let’s be honest, she needs me even if she doesn’t realize it yet. She’s a workaholic with a Type A personality who really needs to chill. I think I can add more softness and relaxation to her life. Plus, she has a couple of guys who seem to like her, and I have my opinion about which one has better boyfriend potential.

Good for you. My MC is married, but her first husband was quite secretive and died mysteriously. John is a much better match for her in my humble cat opinion.

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

Mostly I bark to communicate with Cassandra, but she usually has no idea what I’m telling her unless I need to go outside. We’re a work in progress.

Alicia doesn’t really understand me either except for when I lead her to obvious clues. Luckily, my author now allows readers and other pets in the book to read my thoughts and follow the mystery.

What advice would you give other dog characters?

If you want your story on a lot of pages, you should mix it up a bit. If you’re 100% cute and just nap all day, it’s too easy for the other characters to ignore you. If you find a little mischief or interact with the other characters you meet, you’ll become a bigger part of the story. Of course, a well-placed lick on the face is endearing to most readers.

I like that, although with us cats, it’s more of a purr or a rub against the leg.

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

Dead of Winter Break came out tomorrow, November 17th and it’s where I really steal the spotlight. The college is mostly closed down for the holiday break between semesters, but things don’t slow at all for Cassandra Sato or me. Her boss turns up dead, and the police aren’t following the right leads until we get involved. The author gave me some pivotal scenes in this one. It’s a fast-paced, holiday themed whodunit, and I think readers are going to love seeing our relationship grow.

Purrfect timing for a holiday mystery, you lucky dog you,

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

I don’t have my own social media accounts yet, but I should, don’t you think? I bet if readers ask for photos of me, Kelly will share more.

My author is on all the usual places like Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

Website: http://kellybrakenhoff.com/

Amazon series page: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B087JNPV9H

Amazon author page: amazon.com/author/kellybrakenhoff

Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/kelly-brakenhoff

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

Twitter: @inBrakenville

Instagram: @kellybrak

Pinterest: @kellybrak

Yes, I definitely think you should have some social media visibility. I have this blog, and I sometimes host Debbie’s Facebook Character chat.

Thank you for having me on your blog. It was great chatting with you. Woof!

Paws up, Murphy. I enjoyed our chat, too. I will share your author’s blog tour and giveaway. Best tail wags to you and your author on your new release.

Dead of Winter Break (A Cassandra Sato Mystery)
by Kelly Brakenhoff

About Dead of Winter Break

Dead of Winter Break (A Cassandra Sato Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Publisher: Emerald Prairie Press (November 17, 2020)
~340 Pages
Digital ASIN: B08KRG2T9D

It’s beginning to look a lot like murder . . .
And Cassandra is knee deep in . . .

Suspects.
Her boss is dead, and the police are calling it burglary gone wrong. But when the killer comes after her, it’s going to take more than a pair of furry boots to keep the smart, witty Morton College administrator, Cassandra Sato, out of the deep. . .

Snow.
Her first Christmas in Nebraska could be her last unless her friends help unravel the mystery and housebreak her dog.

Buy now for a fast-paced, holiday themed whodunit.

Dead of Winter Break is the third book in Kelly Brakenhoff’s popular Cassandra Sato Mystery Series. Death by Dissertation was a 2020 RONE Award Finalist. Publishers Weekly called Dead Week, “a diverting whodunit.”

About Kelly Brakenhoff

KELLY BRAKENHOFF writes the Cassandra Sato Mystery series including DEATH BY DISSERTATION, a 2020 RONE Award Mystery Finalist, DEAD WEEK, “a diverting whodunit,” (Publishers Weekly), and DEAD OF WINTER BREAK available in November 2020.

Kelly is an American Sign Language Interpreter whose motivation for learning ASL began in high school when she wanted to converse with her deaf friends. NEVER MIND and FARTS MAKE NOISE, her children’s picture books featuring Duke the Deaf Dog and illustrated by her sister, Theresa Murray, have quickly become popular with children, parents, and educators for promoting inclusive conversations about children with differences.

The mother of four young adults and a German Wirehair Pointer, Kelly and her husband call Nebraska home.

Author Links:

https://kellybrakenhoff.com/

https://twitter.com/inBrakenVille

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/18964313.Kelly_Brakenhoff

https://www.facebook.com/kellybrakenhoffauthor/

https://www.bookbub.com/authors/kelly-brakenhoff

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