Sneaky the Cat Interviews Baby, the Dog from Two Parts Sugar, One Part Murder, the First Baker Street Mystery by V.M. Burns

Hello, Miss Dog. What is your name and your author’s name?

Champion Crooner ’Ol Blue Eyes, One for My Baby is my registered name. That’s what the American Kennel Club uses. However, my “call name” is Baby. A call name, is basically a nickname. My author’s name is Valerie Burns, although sometimes she uses her initials, V.M. Burns.

Tail wags to you, Baby, and your author, too.

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

Two Parts Sugar, One Part Murder is the first book in the Baker Street Mystery cozy series. This is the first book where I’ve appeared, but it won’t be the last.

I hope not. I have six books so far in my Cobble Cove cozy mystery series, and I hope my author writes another soon although she’s currently tied up with the new Buttercup Bend series.

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

Yes, I am in a series. The Baker Street Mystery is a culinary cozy mystery series. Two Parts Murder, One Part Sugar is the first book in the series. I used to live with a wonderful woman named Octavia Baker. She raised me from a puppy. However, when she died, she left her house, her bakery, and me, to her great-niece, Madison. Maddy doesn’t know the first thing about running a bakery or taking care of a 250lb English Mastiff. So, I have to help her. Octavia was a smart woman. She knew that Maddy might try to sell everything and return to her old life. Octavia stipulated that in order to inherit, Maddy couldn’t sell anything for one year. She had to stay in New Bison, run the bakery, and take care of me (although I’m the one who ends up taking care of her). Not long after Maddy arrives in town, the mayor is murdered in the bakery and Maddy’s fingerprints are all over the murder weapon. With the help of her new friends (and me, of course), she has to figure out whodunit.

That sounds pawsome.

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

My author loves dogs, but she doesn’t have an English Mastiff. She has two toy poodles, Kensington (Kenzie) and Chloe. For two small little fluff balls, they’re pretty cool. I think they both have a crush on me, which makes it hard. I can’t show favoritism. But, we all get along well. My author does a lot of research about dogs that she really wants to own (and there are lots of them). She’s got tons of books on dogs and spends a LOT of time surfing the Internet and something called, Instagram, looking at pictures of English Mastiffs. She also has friends that have mastiffs who feed her information that she uses in her books.

My author is a cat person, but she her parents had poodles and German Shepherds when she lived at home.

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

My first human, Maddy’s Great Aunt Octavia, used to tell me that without me, she would be lost. I believe her. Now, that Octavia’s gone and I have to look out for Maddy, my paws are full. My role in Two Parts Sugar, One Part Murder is vitally important. Trust me, protecting my human is a full-time job. I honestly, don’t know how she survived this long without me.

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

I like the times that I spend with Maddy at night when she talks to me and gets my opinion about the people she’s investigating. I also like hanging out at the bakery. Quite a few thumbprint cookies fall on the floor, which is my domain.

Alicia doesn’t talk to me about the murders she’s investigating, but I am quite observant and am always able to lend a paw.

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

I don’t talk, but my human is able to understand exactly what I mean based on my facial expressions and body language. Sometimes, I have to get a bit more aggressive and bark or show my teeth, but she eventually figures it out. She’s new in New Bison, Michigan, so I’ve had to let her know who the good guys are, and who she should avoid like the plague.

Sounds like you’ve mastered non-verbal communication. So have I, although in my latest stories, I let the readers and my pet co-stars understand my thoughts. I only use non-verbal cues with Alicia and my other human co-stars.

What advice would you give other dog characters?

Remember, it’s up to us to train our humans. My human, Maddy, didn’t know the first thing about taking care of a dog, or cooking, or pretty much anything other than shopping. But, she’s a fast learner. No matter how clueless your human may be, you can’t give up.

Good advice.

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

Two Parts Sugar, One Part Murder was released on August 30, 2022.  My author has another book with her toy poodles, which is part of her Mystery Bookshop Mystery series. The 8th book in that series, Bookclubbed to Death, will release in December 2023.

Nice.

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

Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/v-m-burns

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

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/vmburns

Website:  vmburns.com

Thanks so much for the interview, Baby, and best tail wags to you and your author. I’m sharing the blog tour for your book below.


Two Parts Sugar, One Part Murder (A Baker Street Mystery)
by Valerie Burns

About Two Parts Sugar, One Part Murder

Two Parts Sugar, One Part Murder (A Baker Street Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Setting – Michigan
Kensington Cozies (August 30, 2022)
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 272 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1496738225
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1496738226
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09MZTN6YC

In this delectable new cozy mystery series, social media maven Maddy Montgomery’s perfectly ’grammable life has come undone, and she’s #StartingOver in a tiny town with one giant problem—a killer on the loose . . .

When Maddy Montgomery’s groom is a no-show to their livestream wedding, it’s a disaster that no amount of filtering can fix. But a surprise inheritance offers a chance to regroup and rebrand—as long as Maddy is willing to live in her late, great-aunt Octavia’s house in New Bison, Michigan, for a year, running her bakery and caring for a 250-pound English mastiff named Baby.

Maddy doesn’t bake, and her Louboutins aren’t made for walking giant dogs around Lake Michigan, but the locals are friendly and the scenery is beautiful. With help from her aunt’s loyal friends, aka the Baker Street Irregulars, Maddy feels ready to tackle any challenge, including Octavia’s award-winning cake recipes. That is, until New Bison’s mayor is fatally stabbed, and Maddy’s fingerprints are found on the knife . . .

Something strange is going on in New Bison. It seems Aunt Octavia had her suspicions, too. But Maddy’s going to need a whole lot more than a trending hashtag to save her reputation—and her life.

About Valerie Burns

Valerie (V. M.) Burns is the author of the Mystery Bookshop Mystery series. Her first book, The Plot is Murder, was nominated for an Agatha Award for Best Debut Novel. She is the author of the Dog Club Mystery Series, the RJ Franklin Mysteries, a three-time finalist in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards, and an Edgar Award-nominated short story. Her newest series, Baker Street Mysteries, will release later this year, and her Pet Detective Mystery series will release in 2023. Valerie is on the board of Sisters in Crime and the Southeastern Chapter of Mystery Writers of America. She is also a member of Dog Writers of America, Crime Writers of Color, and International Thriller Writers. She is a manager for a Fortune 100 company and a mentor in the Writing Popular Fiction Program at Seton Hill University in Greensburg, PA. Born and raised in northwestern Indiana, Valerie currently lives in the southeastern United States with her two poodles. Readers can visit her website at vmburns.com.

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

GoodReads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16534140.V_M_Burns

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/vmburns

Website: vmburns.com

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August 22 – Reading Is My SuperPower – REVIEW

August 22 – Elizabeth McKenna – Author – SPOTLIGHT

August 23 – The Mystery Section – GUEST POST

August 23 – Brooke Blogs – SPOTLIGHT

August 24 – Mochas, Mysteries and Meows – CHARACTER INTERVIEW

August 24 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – REVIEW

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August 25 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

August 26 – Literary Gold – SPOTLIGHT

August 26 – I Read What You Write – REVIEW, CHARACTER GUEST POST

August 27 – The Book Diva’s Reads – GUEST POST

August 27 – Maureen’s Musings – SPOTLIGHT

August 27 – FUONLYKNEW – SPOTLIGHT

August 28 – Cozy Up With Kathy – REVIEW, AUTHOR INTERVIEW

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August 29 – Lady Hawkeye – SPOTLIGHT

August 29 – #BRVL Book Review Virginia Lee Blog – SPOTLIGHT

August 30 – Hearts & Scribbles – SPOTLIGHT

August 30 – Ascroft, eh? – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

August 31 – Island Confidential – SPOTLIGHT

August 31 – Sneaky the Library Cat’s Blog – CHARACTER INTERVIEW

September 1 – Mysteries with Character – REVIEW

September 2 – Baroness Book Trove – REVIEW

September 2 – Readeropolis – SPOTLIGHT, RECIPE

September 3 – The Mystery of Writing – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

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September 4 – BookishKelly2020 – SPOTLIGHT

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Sneaky Interviews Whiskers the Cat from Something Fishy This Way Comes by Gabby Allan

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

I’m Whiskers and my writer extraordinaire is Gabby Allan.

Mice to meet you both.

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

I’m a pretty big deal but I’m just getting started so I’m only in Much Ado About Nauticaling and Something Fishy This Way Comes as of right now. More coming though!

Pawsome!

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

Yep! Whit and Whiskers Mysteries. I really feel the two names should be flipped but I wasn’t consulted. My Whitney Dagner is an amateur sleuth now. We used to live in Long Beach in California but she moved us to Catalina Island off the coast and we moved in with Maribel who is very good at belly rubs.

Oooh, I love belly rubs.

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

Yep, long ago, Gabby had a cat named Mistletoe when she was a teenager. I’m based on him but I’m much much better as a female feline with all the charm!

Being male, I don’t agree. However, my cat co-star in the Cobble Cove mysteries, KittyKai, would.

Can you share an excerpt from one of your books that features you in an important scene? If so, please include it. I should be in far more scenes and I’m hoping Gabby does that more going forward. I draw all the readers!

After clicking on Whisker’s leash, I stepped out of the golf cart and let her frolic as we walked through the artificial turf. She rolled, she clawed, she attempted the downward facing dog pose to stretch out her spine, and then she trotted. Sometimes I was convinced she thought she was a dog. She’d never pranced, but she was only a few years old. There was still time for that at some point.

The trek wasn’t far, so I used the time to run through the things I had planned for the rest of the week. Dinner with the grandparents and Felix tonight, inventory over the next few days, and apparently a delivery for Goldy, the grandmother who refused to be called any such thing. When my brother and I were younger, we’d tried a host of different names for our only remaining grandmother, but she would have none of it and constantly corrected us with “Goldy” until it stuck.

And what exactly was I receiving from Goldy, and would I really want to consign it in the shop? Then again how was I going to say no? It would have to wait though. Whiskers and I were at the last bend before the area I was looking for would come into sight, and I wanted to make sure I wasn’t going to get hit by someone’s overzealous or off-target stroke.

Glancing up, I zeroed-in on the area I was aiming for, but instead of just a tree with a small place for a hole in the dirt at the base where I normally buried the box to be found by the customer, I found myself staring at a screaming match between Manny and Aaron, who stood next to Aaron’s golf cart.

I should never have thrown that out into the Universe. She’d probably taken it as a challenge and told the moon to hold her beer.

The closer I got, the more I didn’t think they were fighting, though. Manny appeared to be trying to calm Aaron down as Aaron wrapped the strap of his binoculars around his own neck and pulled until I thought he might pop his own head off. So, Manny wouldn’t have to hang him by his binocular strap since Aaron was apparently trying to do that all by himself.

Dropping the treasure box at my feet, I ran, dragging Whiskers behind me even as she yowled indignantly. Oh my gosh, this was not good. Maybe Aaron was having a raging fit because he’d lost that Ashy thing that he’d promised Manny.

Weirder things had happened, though I was having a hard time pulling anything up at the moment as my breath sawed in and out of my lungs. Running was not one of my strong suits. Beyond that, I also didn’t want to hurt Whiskers in the process, and she darted away from me every time I tried to snatch her up. But I hoofed it as best I could over a small rise and up to the pair standing just outside the tree line.

Purr-fect excerpt. Thanks for sharing.

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

Treats, sleeping, and causing chaos in the house. What more could I ask for?

MOL (meow out loud). I like that, Whiskers.

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

I don’t talk out loud but in my head there are a ton of comments on everything I see and do!

I recently started sharing my thoughts with my readers. It’s lots of fun. Of claws, my human characters are kept unawares.

What advice would you give other cat characters?

Play it for all it’s worth! I love every second of being with my people and infiltrating scenes that Gabby might not have originally wanted me in. It’s the best.

Great advice.

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

Next year book three All That Glitters Isn’t Gold comes out! I will have my time in the sun as Whit is running around trying to figure out another murder. Good luck to her!

Concats!

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

You can find us and all our links at www.gabbyallan.com

Thank you, and best whiskers to you and your author on your new release. I’m sharing the blog tour for Something Fishy This Way Comes below.


Something Fishy This Way Comes (A Whit and Whiskers Mystery)
by Gabby Allan

About Something Fishy This Way Comes

Something Fishy This Way Comes (A Whit and Whiskers Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Setting – Santa Catalina Island
Kensington (July 26, 2022)
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 240 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1496731077
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1496731074
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09KP3169L

Take in the wild beauty of Santa Catalina Island with tour guide and eclectic gift shop owner Whitney Dagner. On the itinerary: dramatic Pacific coastlines, diverse marine life, and murder!

Since returning home from mainland California and finding her groove with the family tourism business, Whitney Dagner’s daily routine has become a wonderfully chaotic adventure. She and her nimble kitty, Whiskers, often find themselves at the center of the action on Catalina, from staged treasure hunts to gossipy birdwatchers. But before Whit can get too comfortable in the place where she grew up, a gift shop order leads to a stunning discovery—someone’s dead body . . .

One of Whit’s best boat tour client’s, Leo Franklin was young and newly engaged when he unceremoniously took his own life. Only it doesn’t seem like that’s what really happened—not after the suspicious activity displayed by his family’s old rivals at the scene of his death. As a bitter, generations-long feud between Leo’s kin and the local Ahern clan comes to a head, Whit and her police diver not-so-ex-boyfriend must lead a dangerous investigation into years of scandal and bad blood to figure out who’s innocent . . . and who’s covering a killer’s tracks.

About Gabby Allan

After writing plays for her friends to act out as a kid, bad poetry in high school, and her high school Alma Mater song, GABBY ALLAN finally found her true passion—cozy mysteries. Being able to share her world with readers, one laugh at a time, and touch people’s hearts with her down-to-earth characters makes for the best job ever. This California girl now lives with her husband, daughter, and two insane dogs in Central Pennsylvania where she is hard at work on her next novel.

Author Links

Website – http://www.gabbyallan.com

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/GabbyAllanAuthor

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August 18 – Lady Hawkeye – GUEST POST

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August 20 – eBook Addicts – SPOTLIGHT

August 21 – I’m All About Books – SPOTLIGHT

August 22 – Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers – CHARACTER GUEST POST

August 23 – FUONLYKNEW – SPOTLIGHT

August 23 – Christy’s Cozy Corners – REVIEW

August 24 – Maureen’s Musings – SPOTLIGHT

August 25 – Socrates Book Reviews – REVIEW

August 25 – Baroness Book Trove – SPOTLIGHT

August 26 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

August 26 – MJB Reviewers – SPOTLIGHT

August 27 – #BRVL Book Review Virginia Lee Blog – SPOTLIGHT

August 27 – Reading Is My SuperPower – REVIEW

August 28 – The Mystery Section – GUEST POST

August 29 – Sneaky the Library Cat’s blog -CHARACTER INTERVIEW

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Sneaky Interviews Duke, the Labrador Retriever from Charleston Conundrum by Stacy Wilder

Meow, there, Mr. Dog.  What is your name and your author’s name?

My name is Duke. I’m a six-year-old Labrador retriever. My author is writing under the pen name Stacy Wilder.

Pawsome to meet you both.

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

So far, I’ve appeared in one book, a cozy mystery, Charleston Conundrum, set in Charleston, South Carolina. The book is about a Private Investigator, Liz Adams, whose best friend, Peg, is murdered. Liz winds up being one of the prime suspects. I help her solve the case.

Sounds like a great story.

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

I am in a series. In the next book, Carmel Conundrum, Liz and I travel to Carmel, California. After Carmel, the author has rough outlines for two more books in the series. No telling where we our next adventure will be after that.

How exciting.

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

My author and her husband have always owned black Labrador retrievers. Their current Lab, Eve, is the most communicative. She howls the words, “I love you,” for her breakfast in the mornings. My communication super power was modeled after Eve. My author says it’s a good thing Eve can’t detect when people are lying like I can.

You lucky dog, you.

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

Two cops stood on my front doorstep. I recognized the female, Megan, from a previous case that I’d worked on. I pegged the young male standing behind her as a rookie. His badge was shiny, and he was grinning from ear to ear.

“Do you have more information about Peg? Please, come in. Duke’s friendly.”

Megan declined for both of them. “It’s too early to release any additional information, but we’re definitely ruling it a homicide. We’re here to remind you that this is our investigation. And to notify you that Sam said you shouldn’t leave the state. Understood?”

What? Were they listening in on my phone conversation with Liam? “OK … am I a suspect?” I asked puzzled.

“No comment. Just keep out of it and let us do our job.”

No way. “Of course,” I replied. Better for me if Sam thought I was cooperating. Duke yipped in the background.

Someone once told me that all dogs have super powers. Duke’s was communication. He whined when something was up. He yipped when someone wasn’t telling the truth. He even howled the words “I love you.” His superpowers often came in handy. Of course, it wasn’t too handy when you were the one doing the lying.

What a tail-wagging good excerpt. Thanks for sharing it, Duke.

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

I love it when Liz cooks, and she shares with me. Oh, and I like treats, lots of treats. Her love interest, Brad, brings me a couple of rawhides. Hanging out with the pug next door is fun, too.

Like I said, you’re a lucky dog.

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

I talk dog talk. Liz knows exactly what I mean.

It’s great your human character understands me. The same with Alicia, although readers and the other pet characters can now understand me, too.

What advice would you give other dog characters?

You can’t just sit around and look pretty, or in my case, handsome. If you’re going to be in a book, you have to earn your keep.

So true.

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

Carmel Conundrum is set to release early 2023.

That has a nice ring to it.

Here’s a sneak peek at Carmel…

Join Private Investigator, Liz Adams, and her truth-sniffing Labrador, Duke, in the scenic town of Carmel-by-the-Sea, as they scramble to discover who is stealing identities from Multipoint Protection Services.

Tensions mount as a kidnapping, an escape, and an attempted murder up the stakes. Will Liz and Duke solve the case before the damage is irreparable?

Travel with Liz from Charleston, SC to Carmel, CA, and back to find out.

Another great tail-wagging excerpt.

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

Website www.storystacy.com

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

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

You Tube Trailer https://youtu.be/j63f0qJdJYE

Amazon Author Page https://www.amazon.com/author/stacy.wilder

Thanks. I will share all those with my readers as well as your author’s blog tour. Best tail wags to both of you and thanks for the pawsome interview, Duke.


Charleston Conundrum: A Liz Adams Mystery
by Stacy Wilder

About Charleston Conundrum


Charleston Conundrum: A Liz Adams Mystery
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Setting – South Carolina
Wild Hawk Press (January 15, 2022)
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 235 pages
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 979-8985426618
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09QK1CWJY

A Cozy Mystery With a Twist…

Liz Adams never imagined when she moved to Charleston with her truth sniffing Labrador retriever, Duke, that she would use her skills as a private investigator to avoid winding up on Death Row.

Liz’s life is upended when her best friend, Peg, is murdered and she becomes a suspect.Liz’s gun was the murder weapon. Tensions flare between Liz and the cops as she rises to the top of their suspect list.

At the request of Peg’s father, Liz agrees to take on the investigation. Riding a roller coaster of emotions, Liz uncovers many secrets Peg kept from her despite their being best friends. The suspects include a cast of characters: the ex-husband, the boyfriend, a coworker, several neighbors, and family members.

Charleston Conundrum takes the reader from Charleston, South Carolina, to Paris and back in the emotional unraveling of Peg’s life and death to a killer ending.

About Stacy Wilder

Stacy writes mysteries, children’s stories, short stories, and poetry. Her debut novel, Charleston Conundrum, is the first in the Conundrum mystery series.

Stacy’s mission is to deliver a delightful story to readers of all ages while benefiting a larger community. She donates a portion of the proceeds from the sales of her books to causes that support wildlife conservation, and the homeless, both people and pets. A portion of the proceeds from Charleston Conundrum are donated to National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).

As well as writing, Stacy is passionate about her faith, family, Labradors, the causes that she supports, the beach, art, and reading books.

She and her husband live in Houston, Texas with a totally spoiled Labrador retriever, Eve.

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August 15 – Maureen’s Musings – SPOTLIGHT

August 15 – Christa Reads and Writes – REVIEW

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August 22 – Books Blog – SPOTLIGHT

August 22 – Brooke Blogs – SPOTLIGHT

August 22 – My Reading Journeys – REVIEW

August 23 – Mysteries with Character – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

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Sneaky Interviews Frank from Shifting and Shenanigans, the first Magical Book Club Cozy Mystery, by Elizabeth Pantley

Meow there, Kitty. Please introduce yourself and your author.

Hello Sneaky! Thanks for having me today. I’m a chocolate-point Siamese cat, the finest cat breed, I must say. I know you agree with me, Sneaky! How about a fist bump, or should I say paw-bump?

Here you, go. (paw bump). Great to have a fellow Siamese guy on my blog.

The name’s Franklin, like one of our great presidents. My friends call me Frank. Like a delicious meat product, or the concept of honest and sincerity. All of which suit me fine.

My author, Elizabeth Pantley, introduces me to the world in Shifting and Shenanigans. The first book in the Magical Mystery Book Club series. I’m the main character, of course, due to my brilliance, my wit, my beauty, and my overall delightful personality. I can be adorable, too, when I need to be. Meow.

 So mice to have you here, Frank. I’ve had your author’s other cats from another series for interviews and my author has featured many of your author’s blog tours on her blog. She’s also read many of her books. She loves them and asked me to include her review of your book along with your interview. So please tell us about it.

In addition to this book, I’ll be the star of the series, so you’ll have the wonderful opportunity to share many adventures with me. This book, #1, Shifting and Shenanigans has just been released. Book #2, Vampires and Villains comes out in September. You’ll love it – we get to go on a Hawaiian cruise! Book #3, Cowboys and Chaos is set for November. I hope I get to ride a horse in that one!

They all sound pawsome. Concatulations!

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

That Elizabeth Pantley is a bit sentimental. She had a chocolate-point Siamese in her family when she was a girl. She’ll never forget that lovely pet, and so when she was deciding what cat should headline this enchanted book club series she naturally was drawn to the most enchanting breed.

Awww. Debbie had several Siamese as a child. More recently she had Oliver, a senior boy who passed away while she was writing the first book of her new series, The Case of the Cat Crazy Lady. Oliver is a star in that book, but although I don’t share his name, I was also based on him and continue his legacy in Debbie’s Cobble Cove series which also had a new release, Sneaky’s Supernatural Mystery and Other Cobble Cove Stories. 

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

I thought you’d never ask! I’m in about a million great scenes, but he’s one to whet your whistle. It’s when the other main characters, okay fine, the two primary characters, Paige and Glo first arrive at the enchanted library and meet yours truly.

“Why the confusion?” The sleek Siamese jumped back up on the chair and tilted his head at us. “Pffft. It’s like you’ve never heard a talking cat before.”

We continued to stare at him.

“Cat got your tongue?” He guffawed and snorted.

“Are you really a talking cat?” I asked as I walked a circle around the chair inspecting the area.

“Whatcha’ lookin’ for?” the cat said.

“I am looking for a hidden person, or a tape recorder – or something to explain how that voice appears to be coming out of your mouth.”

“Uh, Paige,” said Glo. “I think the voice is coming out of his mouth. I think it’s a talking cat.”

“You think?” gasped the cat. “You THINK! Honey, scoot yourself on over here and pay verrry close attention. Do you understand the words that are coming out of my mouth?” Then he guffawed again at his parody of Chris Tucker’s voice and the famous line from the movie Rush Hour.

“Let’s say you really are talking—”

“Yeah. Let’s say that,” said the cat, flicking a whisker.

“How is it possible?” I asked.

“Uhm. You’re talking. How is that possible?”

I decided to skip to the next question. “Were you GeeGee’s cat?”

“It’s complicated. You could say I come with the library. I suppose that would make me your cat now, in a manner of speaking, or perhaps you’re my people.” He chuckled.

“What’s your name?” asked Glo.

I turned to her. “Are you just skipping over the logical details and jumping right into hey, there talking cat, what’s your name?”

“At least one of you has some manners,” mumbled the cat. “Allow me to introduce myself. The name’s Frank.”

Wow, Meow! What a great actor you are, Frank, and what a great writer your author is.

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

 Are you kidding?! I get to go inside cozy mysteries and solve the murder case. Can you say the most fun ever?

 I love that part, too. Better than catnip.

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

 Puh-leeze! This boy can’t be held down. Talk I must!

I’ve begun to talk, too, in the last full-length Cobble Cove book, No Gravestone Unturned, and in my latest story collection that I mentioned earlier. Although I speak, the human characters don’t know what I’m saying, only the readers and my fellow pet sleuths.

What advice would you give other cat characters?

Hmm. I would say make certain that your author understands the importance of putting a cat up front and center. We belong on the cover, right Sneaky? And we deserve the spotlight – lots of great scenes!

You are so right, Frank. I had to convince Debbie to ask her publisher to do that on our 3rd book, Written in Stone, and our new release.

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

Other than this series you might want to check out my lovely friend Latifa’s series. She’s another cat with personality galore. She stars in The Destiny Falls Mystery and Magic series. She’s a quality feline and a witty and smart cat. Just like us, right Sneaky?

You bet, Frank. Latifa has been on this blog, too. Debbie loves your author’s Destiny Falls Mystery and Magic series and also love her new one that stars you. Her review for it has five stars, and I give it five pawprints.

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

Thanks for asking! I hope you’ll come hang out with us:

Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/series/345907-magical-mystery-book-club

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I certainly will, and Debbie already has. Thanks for the interview, Frank, and best whiskers to you and your author on your new series. I’m sharing her blog tour and the review of your book below.


Shifting and Shenanigans: The Magical Mystery Book Club
by Elizabeth Pantley

About Shifting and Shenanigans

Shifting and Shenanigans: The Magical Mystery Book Club
Paranormal Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Setting – A magical off-shoot of Colorado<
Independently Published (July 15, 2022)
Print length ‏ : ‎ 210 pages
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B0B3WLF7CW

Paige and her adventurous Aunt Glo inherit a country inn from eccentric GeeGee. They pack up and hit the road, arriving at the charming place they both loved since childhood. Finally! They can get into the secret room in the basement that GeeGee kept locked! They discover it’s a wonderful library filled to the brim with mystery books. But more than the room was a secret – it’s a magical place that houses enchanted books. Paige and Glo find themselves smack-dab in the middle of a murder mystery, along with a motley group of book club friends. The club will need to work together to solve the case in order to get out of the book and back to their home.

***** 5-star REVIEW (by Debbie) with 5 pawprints from Sneaky  

Shifting and Shenanigans is the first book of the Magical Mystery Book Club. Having read several of the authors books from her Destiny Falls Mystery and Magic series, I was expecting nothing less than a fantastic read and wasn’t disappointed.

In this first book, Paige inherits the Snapdragon Inn from her great grandmother along with her Aunt Gloria (known as Glo). Gee Gee leaves a letter for them that states they are in charge of the secret library that is located in the house.

After moving in and finding the library, they learn its secrets that include a talking cat named Frank who tells them they must form a book club of eight members. When they agree to do this and six other people join them, they prepare for their first book club read by choosing one of the mystery books in the library. The books themselves hold a greater mystery.

Without sharing any spoilers, I’ll say that book lovers will love reading this book and that the title will make more sense as you get further into the story. Like Pantley’s other series, it’s a loads of fun, with quirky characters, magic, and several twists. I can’t wait to read the next which is previewed at the end.

About Elizabeth Pantley

Elizabeth Pantley says that writing the Destiny Falls Mystery and Magic book series is the most fun she’s ever had at work. Fans of the series say her joy is evident through the stories she tells. Elizabeth is also the internationally 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 in the Pacific Northwest, the beautiful inspiration for the enchanted Destiny Falls world.

Author Links

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/24811.Elizabeth_Pantley
Website: https://www.nocrysolution.com/books/
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Blog: https://elizabethpantley.com/

Purchase Link – Amazon

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