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!
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:
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)
1st in Series
Publisher: Camel Press (October 13, 2020)
Paperback: 190 pages
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
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.
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