Feature Friday Film: Cats Enjoying the Holidays

Cats are naturally curious, so when you put up the Christmas tree, receive packages, and wrap gifts, they usually want to check things out. Here are some videos of cats getting into the holiday spirit (and everything else). I’ve also included my cats, Harry, Hermione, and Stripey opening their cat advent calendar doors.

Sneaky Interviews the Sugar and Flour Cats from Peppermint Die, An HSP (Highly Sensitive Person) Cozy Mystery by Carol Ayer

Ruff Draft Readers, you are in for a double treat today, as I have two kitties here as guests. What are your names and your author’s name?

Hi! We are Sugar and Flour, and our author’s name is Carol Ayer.

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

Right now, we are only in one book—Peppermint Cream Die. But look for us in Stabbed in the Tart and Sourdough Dead—coming in the next couple of years. The books are cozy mysteries.

My favorite Genre. I’m a cozy mystery cat, too. Your books sound tasty.

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

Yes, we are part of “The HSP Mysteries.” Our owner, Kayla Jeffries, is a highly sensitive person (HSP). Although cats and other animals can also be highly sensitive, we are not!

Sounds interesting.

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

We aren’t technically based on any real cats, but some of our quirks and characteristics are loosely based on cats that our author has owned.

That’s cool. I was based loosely on Debbie’s Siamese, Oliver, who has since departed this mortal plane. I am honored to keep his memory alive in her Cobble Cove mystery series.

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

We are not supposed to go into the kitchen when our owner is baking, but she left the door open after she ran outside to chase a possible suspect. We got into the sugar and flour, and, well, things turned a little problematic. Luckily, everything ended up okay.

 Here’s the scene:

 Flour and Sugar greeted me at the door. My American shorthairs looked particularly…white. They were always white, of course, but they seemed even whiter than usual. On closer inspection, I saw they were covered from head to tail in flour and sugar. My mouth dropped open. I remembered with a kick to the gut that I’d left the door to the kitchen open. I tiptoed to the kitchen, apparently thinking that if I went quietly, everything would be fine. No such luck. The floor was covered in white paw prints. My flour and sugar bins were upended, their contents spread across the counter and onto the floor.

I looked down at the cats, who had followed me. “Okay, guys. This was partly my fault. It’s very fitting the way that you got into the flour and sugar because of your names. But it’s a good thing I don’t have an inspection coming up soon.”

I calculated the work ahead of me. I’d need to order more flour and sugar from my supplier and buy some at the grocery store to get me by until it arrived. Obviously, the kitchen would require a good cleaning. I’d start after I took care of the cats.

Closing the door to the kitchen so the cats couldn’t cause further damage, I went back into the living room, the two trailing after me. I took Sugar into my lap and brushed her. But the flour and sugar were matted in her fur. I tried the same thing with Flour with the same result.

They were rather agitated, and I had to face the facts: these cats needed a bath.

After obtaining some advice from the trusty internet, I proceeded to bathe them separately in the tub. I couldn’t believe it when they ended up in the warm water together, happily dog paddling around the small space. I laughed and praised them.

They at last grew tired of being in the water. I took them out by turn and dried them with a fluffy towel. Once they were back to normal, they ran off and curled up on the bed, exhausted by their grand adventure.

Wow, Meow! Love it. Thanks for sharing that delightful excerpt.

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

We love being in our author’s books! We think we have the perfect names for cats who belong to a baker. What we do best is calm down our owner when she is feeling overstimulated. We feel this is a very important role.

It definitely is. Alicia tends to get stressed, too. John helps a bit, but there’s nothing like the relaxing purr and kneading I can administer.

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

We only meow.

That was what I did until later in the series. Now readers and my fellow pet characters can read my thoughts, but my human co-stars can’t.

What advice would you give other cat characters?

As mentioned above, we think our most important job is to support our owner and keep her calm. We suggest other cats do the same. If you can help solve a mystery, too, we say go for it! (We aren’t especially helpful in this area!)

That’s where you two differ from Sneaky the Library Cat, but although I sometimes solve the crime and often save Alicia, I let her take all the credit.

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

Not for a while! Hopefully, we will have a new one out in October of 2021.

Good luck with that.

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

We are not on social media, but our author is. Here are her links:

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/carol_e_ayer

Thank you so much. It’s been a pleasure having you here, and best whiskers to you both and your author on your book.

 Thank you, Sneaky! We’ve attached a picture of our author and a picture of how she envisions us.

Pawsome! I’m also sharing your blog tour and giveaway with my readers.


Peppermint Cream Die (A HSP (Highly Sensitive Person) Mystery)
by Carol E Ayer

About Peppermint Cream Die


Peppermint Cream Die (A HSP (Highly Sensitive Person) Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Publisher: Camel Press (October 13, 2020)
Paperback: 190 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1603816298
Digital ASIN: B08LK1KLRV

Kayla Jeffries, home bakery owner and HSP (Highly Sensitive Person), has arranged her life just so to avoid stressful overstimulation. The California oceanside community in which she lives proves the perfect venue for the quiet and peaceful existence she desires. She happily spends her time baking, walking along the beach, and spending time with her close friends.

But when Kayla discovers her elderly friend Trudy Dillingham has been strangled, she vows to do anything she must to help bring the killer to justice, including overcoming the stress and sensory overload involved in playing amateur detective. Using her HSP talents of attention to detail and ability to read other people’s emotions, Kayla eventually cracks the case, all the while juggling two cats and a dog, non-stop orders for the Christmas holidays, and a budding relationship with handsome restaurateur Jason Banks.

About Carol E. Ayer

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Carol Ayer, a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP), lives halfway between San Francisco and Sacramento with her cat, Rainn. When she’s not writing, she’s reading mysteries and thrillers or watching movies and cooking shows. As a native Californian, she visits the ocean as often as possible.

Author Links

Webpage: https://carolayer.com/

Blog: https://ayerlines.com/

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/carol_e_ayer

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December 4 – I Read What You Write – REVIEW

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December 7 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

December 8 – Nadaness In Motion – REVIEW

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December 9 – Island Confidential – SPOTLIGHT

December 10 – Socrates Book Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

December 11 – Literary Gold – SPOTLIGHT

December 12 – Reading, Writing & Stitch-Metic – SPOTLIGHT

December 12 – Christy’s Cozy Corners – REVIEW

December 13 – Maureen’s Musings – SPOTLIGHT

December 14 – Sneaky the Library Cat’s Blog – CHARACTER INTERVIEW

December 14 – Here’s How It Happened – REVIEW

December 15 – Cozy Up With Kathy – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

December 16 – My Journey Back – RECIPE POST

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Hermione’s Kitty Korner #23: Debbie’s New Cat Book is on Blog Tour

Hello and Meow. Hermione here with exciting news. My grandma’s new cat book, Pet Posts: The Cat Chats, is on blog tour. Beautiful, full-color photos of me and my brothers Harry and Stripey are included with many of the Kitty Korner columns we’ve written. There are three other cats in the book with us whom I’ve never met — Floppy, Holly, and Oliver. These cats were before my and Harry’s time, although Stripey knew Oliver, Debbie’s Siamese, for several years.

What might interest you all, besides the great gift idea for any cat lovers on your holiday list, is the $20 Amazon gift card giveaway you can enter and win if you’re lucky like we were for having been adopted by Debbie and her family. That story is featured in Pet Posts, too.

You can follow the blog tour from the host blog that lists the schedule for the tour. It kicks off today, December 13, at Silver Dagger Book Tours. Don’t miss the excerpt and guest post that introduces all the cats in the book.

Here are Harry and I posing with the book.

 

I hope you will consider picking up a copy for yourself or giving one as a gift to one of your cat loving friends. It makes a purr-fect holiday book.

Sneaky Interviews George, the Cat from Open for Murder, A Happy Camper Mystery by Mary Angela

Hello, Mr. Cat. What is your name and your author’s name?

My name is George. I’m a handsome Maine Coon cat who is very good at getting himself out of tight situations, especially a shelter cage. One look in my amber eyes, and Zo Jones was mine. My author’s name is Mary Angela—but enough about her.

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

I appear in Open for Murder and will appear in Midnight Spells Murder in July 2021. Both are cozy mysteries.

My favorite genre. I’m in the Cobble Cove cozy mystery series. Are you in a series? If so, please give information about it.

Yes, I’m in the Happy Camper cozy mystery series. My owner, Zo Jones, has a gift shop in Spirit Canyon, South Dakota, called Happy Camper. She sells cute, touristy stuff and writes a weekly column called Curious Camper, but her more important work involves feeding me. I prefer whitefish tuna, salmon, and the occasional specialty cheese.

Yummy. You lucky kitty.

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

While my author does have a very handsome domestic shorthair named Bosco, I look nothing like him. He is a black, gray, and white beauty, and I am a striped, orange masterpiece. We do, however, share some of the same personality traits, such as distinctiveness, standoffishness, and the ability to judge someone within ten seconds.

Most cats share those traits.

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

Something furry brushed against the back of her legs as she pulled the door shut. She froze, knowing in an instant it was George. This was as close as he’d come in a long time, except to visit his food dish, which he emptied sometime after she went to bed. Carefully, she turned around. He rolled to his back, scratching on the gravel parking lot.

“Hey, George.”

He meowed a response.

She bent down slowly and rubbed his chin. “I see your ears still look good.”

He answered by rolling to his other side, his white stripes of fur brown from the dirt.

She petted him a long time before making her move. It was now or never. A thunderstorm was predicted for the area, so he couldn’t stay outside tonight. Spring storms could be dangerous.

She stood and slowly reopened the door of Happy Camper. He didn’t bolt. He was watching her. Putting her finger to her lips, she warned Harley not to make a sound. She tiptoed to the cash register, where she had a can of whitefish tuna stashed below the counter. She pulled back the metal tab. The smell of fish filled the small shop, and George stepped one orange paw over the threshold. She placed the container on the counter and stared at the computer screen. If George saw the glint of hope in her eyes, he would be gone.

Slowly he sauntered inside, stopping once to lick a spot on his leg. Zo’s heartbeat picked up as she noticed him turn and look back at the door. But then he surprised her by leaping to the counter with a meow. When he was fully engaged with the tuna fish, Harley nodded, and Zo stepped toward the door, first slowly, then quickly before he could change his mind. As she scooted out the door for a second time, she congratulated herself on successfully capturing a domestic animal—and also keeping his litter box.

Purr-fect excerpt, George. Thanks for sharing.

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

Mostly, I like keeping Zo on her toes. I’m an outdoor cat, and while I’m starting to cozy up to her, I refuse to be domesticated. Unless it involves tuna fish. Then I can be persuaded.

Most cats can be purr-suaded by tuna.

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

I just meow, but my meow is very distinctive.

I can tell. I’m not silent anymore, at least not to Debbie’s readers. They can “see” my thoughts, but Alicia, my co-star, is still in the dark.

What advice would you give other cat characters?

As if cats need advice. Please.

MOL (Meow Out Loud).

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

Midnight Spells Murder. It releases July 21, 2021, and I play a very prominent role. It’s Halloween in Spirit Canyon, which is a good time for cats. I may not be black, but I can still cause trouble if I cross your path.

My Halloween mystery, No Gravestone Unturned, came out in October, and there was a black cat, Salem, who was a guest in it, but I played the main role, of claws.

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

Website: www.maryangelabooks.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/maryangelabooks

Twitter: @maryangelabooks

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15342425.Mary_Angela

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/maryangelabooks/

Thank you, and thanks for the pawsome interview, George. I’m sharing your author’s blog tour and giveaway below. Best whiskers to you and her on your new release and upcoming book of your series.

Open for Murder (A Happy Camper Mystery)
by Mary Angela

About Open For Murder


Open for Murder (A Happy Camper Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Publisher: Lyrical Press (November 24, 2020)
Paperback: 207 pages
ISBN-10: 1516110722
ISBN-13: 978-1516110728
Digital ASIN: B085LTP1XH

Deep in the heart of touristy small-town Spirit Canyon, South Dakota, former journalist Zo Jones runs the Happy Camper gift shop, where she sells everything from locally made souvenirs to memorabilia. She even rents out mountain bikes, and dabbles in the adventure industry—and sleuthing . . .

It’s Memorial Day weekend in Spirit Canyon, and for Zo that means the return of summer shoppers. It also means the return of her good friend Beth, who’s moved back to the area to reopen her family’s premier hotel, Spirit Canyon Lodge. Beth and Zo spent many childhood summers there and Zo can’t wait to reconnect and celebrate the Grand Opening. But the festivities go from bad to worse when a power outage knocks out the lights—and morning reveals a competitor’s dead body found on the premises . . .

Soon enough, Beth is the prime suspect in the suspicious death. Fortunately, Zo isn’t afraid to put her investigative skills to work and prove her friend’s innocence. To start digging for information, she appeals to Max Harrington, a local Forest Ranger and unlikely ally. Though they’ve argued about Happy Camper’s tours, in this case they agree on one thing: Beth isn’t a murderer. Stranger things have happened than their collaboration. After all, this is Spirit Canyon. But as the list of suspects grows, Zo will have to keep her guard up if she doesn’t want to be the next lodge guest to check out . . .

About Mary Angela

Mary Angela is the author of the Professor Prather and Happy Camper cozy mystery series. When Mary isn’t penning heartwarming whodunits, she’s teaching, reading, traveling, or spending time with her family. She lives in South Dakota with her husband, daughters, and spoiled pets. You can find out more about her loves, including her writing, at MaryAngelaBooks.com.

Author Links

Website: www.maryangelabooks.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/maryangelabooks

Twitter: @maryangelabooks

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15342425.Mary_Angela

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/maryangelabooks/

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November 24 – I’m All About Books – SPOTLIGHT

November 24 – I Read What You Write – GUEST POST

November 25 – My Reading Journeys – REVIEW

November 25 – Socrates Book Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

November 26 – U.S. Thanksgiving

November 27 – Cozy Up With Kathy – REVIEW

November 27 – Literary Gold – SPOTLIGHT

November 28 – Elizabeth McKenna – Author Blog – SPOTLIGHT

November 28 – Author Elena Taylor’s Blog – SPOTLIGHT

November 29 – Maureen’s Musings – SPOTLIGHT

November 29 – FUONLYKNEW – SPOTLIGHT

November 30 – Diane Reviews Books – REVIEW

November 30 – Moonlight Rendezvous – REVIEW

December 1 – The Pulp and Mystery Shelf – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

December 1 – Reading, Writing & Stitch-Metic – SPOTLIGHT

December 2 – Cassidy’s Bookshelves – SPOTLIGHT

December 2 – Sapphyria’s Book Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

December 3 – Reading Is My SuperPower – REVIEW

December 3 – Sneaky the Library Cat’s Blog – CHARACTER INTERVIEW

December 4 – The Editing Pen – REVIEW

December 4 – Hearts & Scribbles – SPOTLIGHT

December 5 – Brooke Blogs – REVIEW

December 5 – Books a Plenty Book Reviews – REVIEW

December 6 – Rosepoint Publishing – REVIEW

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