Sneaky the Cat Interview Missy the Dog from Buttercream Betrayal by Kim Davis

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

My name is Missy and my author’s name is Kim Davis.

Tail wags to you both, and welcome to my blog.

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

So far, I’ve been featured in Frosted Yuletide Murder and Buttercream Betrayal. They are books four and five in the Cupcake Catering Mystery series, which is a cozy mystery series.

They sound yummy. Condogulations to you!

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

As mentioned above, I’m part of the Cupcake Catering Mystery series. One of my owners who stars in the book, Emory Martinez, caters cupcakes for a living when she’s not trying to solve murder mysteries. My other co-owner, Tillie Skyler, is 12 years old—which I think is about 83 years old in human years. Tillie likes to help solve crimes alongside Emory.

Interesting.

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

I am based on my author’s mini goldendoodle, Missy. When she adopted the real-life Missy, she wrote me into her series, starring alongside her granddaughters’ dog, Piper. In real life, Piper doesn’t like my puppy antics too much—I chew up all her toys and am too rambunctious for her. In the book, my author has decided we’re best buddies although she’s made us just about as mischievous as I am in real life.

Cool!

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

“Piper, Missy, stop! Stay, come, stop, sit!” My voice cracked as I yelled to get my dogs’ attention. My mouth continued to spew every command I’d recently learned, and then some, in the dog training course we’d just finished. I watched with mounting horror as the two dogs careened toward Eloise Parker. Of course, the two dogs didn’t listen to me. They never did unless Eloise’s son, Shawn, who also happened to be the dog trainer, was around.

Piper finally noticed the woman and tried to make a course correction. But with her growing momentum, along with Missy hot on her tail, the two dogs couldn’t help but sideswipe Eloise. The ceramic pie dish, cradled in her hands, crashed to the floor.

She raised a bony, ring-laden hand and pointed at me. “You and your dogs have been nothing but trouble from the very start. Get them out of here.”

I guess I didn’t move fast enough to suit her.

“I didn’t mean tomorrow, Emory. Get those dogs out now!”

I tore my gaze from her glare and watched my two dogs run out the wide-open glass double doors. Several other dogs followed, barking. Torn between collecting the leashes and slinking away from the clubhouse and abandoning their graduation certificate or grabbing paper towels to clean up Eloise’s award-winning apple pie, I stood frozen in place. The need to slink away was strong, but concern over the dogs injuring themselves on the shattered pie plate won out.

Before I could take a step toward the kitchen to find paper towels, a loud whistle pierced the air.

“Sit!” The dog trainer’s voice was loud and commanding. I felt the urge to sit right where I was. The dogs ceased to bark, and from my vantage point, I saw most of them sit, their tongues lolling from the sides of their mouths. Naturally, Missy and Piper were having too much fun to listen, and they both jumped into the community pool. I probably never should have introduced them to swimming with my nieces over the summer.

Pawsome excerpt. Thanks for sharing it.

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

I keep my owners on their toes and make them laugh with my mischievous antics.

I’m sure that’s lots of fun for your human co-stars and readers. Good for you.

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

Alas, I remain silent in the books aside from some barking and whining once in a while. I wish Emory knew what I was trying to say… bacon-bacon-bacon!

MOL (Meow Out Loud). Alicia has trouble understanding me sometimes, but in my latest books, my pet co-stars and readers can “see” my thoughts.

What advice would you give other dog characters?

Make sure your human gives you lots of treats and belly rubs!

Good advice for all pets.

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

Buttercream Betrayal, the fifth book in the Cupcake Catering Mystery series, released on September 13, 2022. It’s available on Amazon in both print and ebook.

What it’s about:

Intent on getting their two mischievous dogs under control, Emory Martinez and her half sister, Vannie, join a group dog training program led by Shawn Parker. With a graduation certificate just within grasp and a party to celebrate their hard-won achievements, what could go wrong? For starters, their two dogs have decided to wreak havoc during the party and tempers flare. It turns out not everyone is pleased with the dog trainer and his mother, the condo association president. Whispers of the mother and son’s misbehavior, or worse, fly amongst the barks, whines, and growls of the canines.

When Emory finds the body of Mrs. Parker amidst an explosive situation, it becomes apparent there is more truth to the whispers instead of just gossip. Could one of the canine-loving participants be responsible? Or an outsider who hated her heavy-handed rule over the condo homeowners? Emory, Vannie, and octogenarian Tillie must sift through the clues to find out who has been betrayed and who has decided to take justice into their own hands.

Wow, Meow! Love it.

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

Unfortunately, my author won’t let me have my own social media pages. But sometimes she shares pictures of me!

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Kookiesandbooks

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

I don’t have a social media page either, and I had to insist on this blog. So glad I did. Maybe you should ask for one.

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


Buttercream Betrayal (Cupcake Catering Mystery Series)
by Kim Davis

About Buttercream Betrayal


Buttercream Betrayal (Cupcake Catering Mystery Series)
Cozy Mystery
5th in Series
Setting – California
Cinnamon & Sugar Press (September 13, 2022)
Number of Pages: approx. 300
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B0B8BTDZ1H

Intent on getting their two mischievous dogs under control, Emory Martinez and her half sister, Vannie, join a group dog training program led by Shawn Parker. With a graduation certificate just within grasp and a party to celebrate their hard-won achievements, what could go wrong? For starters, their two dogs have decided to wreak havoc during the party and tempers flare. It turns out not everyone is pleased with the dog trainer and his mother, the condo association president. Whispers of the mother and son’s misbehavior, or worse, fly amongst the barks, whines, and growls of the canines.

About Kim Davis

Kim Davis lives in Southern California with her husband. When she’s not chasing her puppy or spending time with her granddaughters she can be found either writing stories or working on her blog, Cinnamon, Sugar, and a Little Bit of Murder or in the kitchen baking up yummy treats. She has published the suspense novel, A GAME OF DECEIT, the Cupcake Catering Mystery series, and the Aromatherapy Mystery series. She also has had several children’s articles published in Cricket, Nature Friend, Skipping Stones, and the Seed of Truth magazines. Kim Davis is a member of Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime.

Author Links

Website: http://kimdavisauthor.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Kim-Davis-Author-1532277473479031/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Kookiesandbooks
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/dashboard
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/kimdavishb/

Purchase Link: Amazon

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Hermione’s Kitty Korner #27: What’s New With Meow

I’ve been waiting for my brother Harry to post  his updates, but since he’s so lazy, I’ll go ahead an post mine first. The last time I wrote back in May, we had recently lost our friend Stripey. It’s just been me and Harry since then.

Things were going smoothly until my grandma, Debbie, noticed some blood under my tail. This had happened before we lost Stripey, but Debbie was so involved in trying to feed him and make him better that she wasn’t really watching me too closely. The vet had asked her for a urine sample, but she and her family had come down with COVID the day that Stripey went to Rainbow Bridge. It was a Friday the 13th and very bad luck for all of us.

Debbie thought my bleeding issue had resolved itself, but then in July, she saw me after I used the litterbox and noticed the blood was back. She brought me in emergency to see another vet who kept me at the animal hospital and took some tests. It turned out that I was diagnosed with Feline Urologic Syndrome. Debbie’s mother had a male cat with this issue, so she was slightly familiar with it but didn’t realize that female cats got it, too. The vet told her it was less dangerous in a female cat because it didn’t usually cause the blockage that it does in male cats which can be deadly if not caught right away.

To make me better, the vet recommended a special diet of very expensive food, Hill’s C/D Urinary Care canned food. Debbie has it delivered by Chewy. She tried a few samples from the vet first to see if I would eat it and was surprised that I loved it. The problem is that Harry loves it, too. He watches me eat and tries to steal it from me if I don’t finish it right away. I also try to steal his dry food, although I don’t really miss it that much.

The prescription food is so delicious. Debbie gets the small can that is a scrumptious chicken stew with carrots in it. The vet told her to feed me 2 small cans a day. She breaks that up into a few servings by covering the cans and refrigerating them.

So far, so good. No more bloody behind. I’m very playful, especially at night and am enjoying the cooler weather. I also modeled for Debbie’s book, Memories and Meows, that just came out. It features me, Harry, and a few other cats that came before us including Stripey.

The Cat in the Christmas Tree: And Other True Stories of Feline Joy and Merry Mischief. is another book that isn’t out yet but features me and Harry in “First Christmas with Kittens,”  a holiday story about when we were young. It will be published on October 11 and is available now on pre-order on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Cat-Christmas-Tree-Stories-Mischief/dp/0800737938/

That’s it for meow. I hope my writing will spur my brother to take up his paw and share his news which includes becoming an author in a forthcoming anthology. You heard it right. Harry has pawed his own story, but I’ll let him share that information soon.

Sneaky the Cat Interviews Woody the Dog from Photo Finished by Lori Roberts Herbst

I’m excited to welcome a dog that looks a lot like my canine co-star, Fido, in the Cobble Cove series. Hello, Mr. Dog. What is your name and your author’s name?

I am a golden retriever named Woodward “Woody” Cassidy, after journalist Bob Woodward. My adopted brother is a tabby cat named Carl, after another journalist, Carl Bernstein. Along with our human, Callie, we make a great team. Our lucky author is Lori Roberts Herbst.

Pawsome to meet you. Fido is also a golden retriever, and I enjoy working with him. I’m a Siamese and not a tabby, but I would love to speak with Carl some time.

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

I’ve appeared in four cozy mysteries: Suitable for Framing, Double Exposure, Frozen in Motion, and most recently, Photo Finished.

Condogulations! I’m on my sixth book in my series. Tell me more about yours.

Our series is called the Callie Cassidy Mystery series. Not sure why Carl and I don’t get top billing, but that’s the way it goes when you don’t have opposable thumbs. It’s a cozy mystery series set in a small mountainside town called Rock Creek Village, Colorado. I love it there. So much space for a dog to roam. So many humans to love on me. And so many mysteries to solve. It’s the best place on earth.

I beg to differ. Cobble Cove in upstate New York is the best place on earth, especially the library where I live.

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

My author tells me she had the most incredible golden retriever in the world. His name was Rudy. He used to balance stacks of dog treats on his nose, and when she gave the command, he’d toss them into the air and eat them. I hope my human plays that game with me someday.

That sounds like so much fun. I was based on my author’s Siamese, Oliver, who has sadly been on Rainbow Bridge for five years now.

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

From Photo Finished, chapter 7:

As I jogged toward the stable, my camera bounced against my chest, and I reached up to hold it steady. Then, I whisper shouted at Woody and Carl. “Come here, you wretched heathens. You’re going to wake the whole ranch.”

They skidded to a halt at the stable door. Carl paced toward the spot where the door met the jamb, discovered a narrow opening, and squirmed inside. Woody whined and tried to nudge the door wider with his nose, but he couldn’t squeeze his large frame through.

Another neigh rang out, this one sounding urgent. I hoped Carl hadn’t wriggled into a stall and spooked one of the horses.

I shoved the barn door, opening it on its rollers. Woody darted inside ahead of me and took off toward the nearest stall. I stepped in more cautiously. Dim light glowed from overhead fixtures, like a child’s nightlights, giving off a shadowy, mysterious aura. The smell of manure was stronger here, and beneath it was the scent of freshly baled hay. Down the row of stalls, horses peered over their stall gates, curious about what was causing the ruckus.

After a few seconds, my eyes adjusted to the low light, and I spotted my furry creatures just outside the first stall on the left. Carl dashed back to me, twisting around my ankles, as if urging me to hurry.

Still, I took my time moving across the hay-strewn floor, aware of the possibility my foot might squish into a pile of poop. It wasn’t the way I wanted to start my day. Carl meowed impatiently, and Woody pawed at the stall’s wooden gate. Inside, the horse whinnied.

When I was a foot from the stall, Carl hissed and launched himself at Woody, knocking the surprised pup backward.

“Carl, what are you doing?” I yelled.

The cat crept backward, his eyes fixed on the ground. Woody froze, following Carl’s gaze.

Then I caught sight of the object of their attention. From beneath the wooden board at the bottom of the stall, a yellow brown snake slithered across the hay.

Great excerpt. Thanks for sharing it. You and Carl steal the show.

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

I’m a loyal, lovable furball. But because I’m so friendly, people tend to underestimate me. They don’t realize that if someone threatens my Callie, my bite will definitely be worse than my bark.

I’m sure Fido would do the same for Alicia and so would I.

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

I don’t communicate in human talk, but I think you’ll quickly learn to interpret my barks, growls, whines, and wags.

Readers are good at that, although in my latest books I’m allowing them to see my thoughts.

What advice would you give other dog characters?

Above all, be loyal to your family. Love and companionship are the best things you can give the world. But stay alert, too. You never know when you might be called upon to defend your human.

That advice works for cats, too.

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

My newest book just released on Sept. 13, 2022, and there will be more! If you subscribe to my author’s newsletter, you’ll get all the news on upcoming books. (You’ll also get some free prequel short stories featuring my human and her friends, but they are set before my time. I’ve heard they’re pretty fun anyway!)

I hope my readers take advantage of that. It sounds like a great offer.

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

Website: http://www.lorirobertsgherbst.com

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

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

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/21039904.Lori_Roberts_Herbst

BookBub: https://www.bookbub.com/profile/lori-roberts-herbst

Amazon Author: https://www.amazon.com/Lori-Roberts-Herbst/e/B08RBD4QGK

Thank you so much for the interview, Woody, and best tail wags to you and your author on your new release. I’m sharing the blog tour below.


Photo Finished (Callie Cassidy Mysteries)
by Lori Roberts Herbst

About Photo Finished


Photo Finished (Callie Cassidy Mysteries)
Cozy Mystery
4th in Series
Setting – Colorado
Independently Published (September 13, 2022)
Number of Pages: 310
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B0B6DDSK75

When a visit to a Colorado dude ranch turns deadly, it’s up to photographer Callie Cassidy to corral the killer…

As maid of honor (aka grande dame) in her best friend’s upcoming wedding, Callie wants to plan the perfect bridal shower. And what could be better than a girls’ trip with their posse of friends?

The women jump at the idea and suggest a destination—Moonglow Ranch, a serenity retreat-slash-dude ranch owned by one friend’s aunt and uncle.

When they arrive, Callie is less than enthusiastic. Serenity doesn’t come easily to a former investigative photojournalist. Plus, her horse is stubborn as…well, a mule. She’s warned to be on the lookout for snakes. Worst of all—gasp!—Moonglow only serves healthy food. Still, her friends are having a great time, and even Callie’s golden retriever Woody and tabby cat Carl seem right at home on the ranch. For their sake, she tries to tap into her inner Zen.

Then the conniving wife of the town’s most powerful man interrupts the party and threatens the ranch’s proprietors. Callie worries the trip is destined for disaster.

Later, Callie finds the woman’s body in the stable, apparently trampled by a horse. Or did she die from a snakebite? Or—as Callie suspects—could something even more sinister be at work?

Answers are as difficult to find as a needle in the haystack. And when the police chief accuses the ranch owners of murder, Callie realizes she’ll need to lasso the real outlaw—before the wrong people end up in the pokey.

About Lori Roberts Herbst

Lori Roberts Herbst, who writes the Callie Cassidy Mystery series, spent much of her life writing, editing, and psychoanalyzing. Through thirty years of teaching journalism, advising newspaper and yearbook staff, instructing budding photographers, and counseling teenagers, she still managed to hang on to a modicum of sanity. Her books have earned first-place CIBA awards in the Murder and Mayhem division. She currently serves as secretary of the Sisters in Crime North Dallas chapter and is a member of the Sisters in Crime Guppies and the Mystery Writers of America.

Author Links:

Website: https://www.lorirobertsherbst.com

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

GoodReads: https://www.goodreads.com/LoriRobertsHerbst

BookBub: https://www.bookbub.com/profile/lori-roberts-herbst

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Lori-Roberts-Herbst/e/B08RBD4QGK/

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

Purchase Link – Amazon

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Sneaky Interviews Petunia, the goat from The Mystery of the Tea Cup Quilt

Meow there, little goat. What is your name and your author’s name?

My name is Petunia. And the author that stuck me in her book is Jodi Allen Brice.

Welcome both of you to Sneaky the Library Cat’s blog.

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

I have appeared in Promise Kept by Jodi Allen Brice (Small town romance), Promise Made by Jodi Allen Brice ( small town romance).

Nice.

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

I am! I’m in the Harland Creek Mystery Quilters Series. This is a new series where Dove Agnew has come back to the small town of Harland Creek and she’s the one to discover the crime. Well, the quilting ladies of Harland Creek decide to help her solve the mystery, and of course, they can’t do it without my help. I’m pretty smart for a goat.

I bet you are but most likely not as smart as a cat, especially not a Siamese like me.

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

Sadly no. My author has this thing for baby goats. She keeps watching them on facebook videos instead of writing the next dang mystery (The Mystery of the Drunkards Path). Anyhoo, she decided to write me into her stories since the home owner’s association wouldn’t look too kindly on her sticking a goat in her yard. I personally don’t see the big deal. I mean, she’s got two swans on the lake. What’s one more animal?

I think your author has found a good way to satisfy her interest in goats.

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

Sure. Let me set up the scene. So Dove, the main character, finds a body in her mother’s quilt shop. And she faints at the sight of blood. So some of the quilting ladies come to the shop to help clean up the scene. I come along, well, because they tend to take me everywhere.  So Dove has to watch me while the ladies work.

Agnes let out a laugh. “I think that alone should clear you as the murderer. Come on Weenie. Let Dove hold Petunia’s leash and we’ll get the floor cleaned up.”

“Thank you.” I walked out of the room with Petunia, while Agnes and Weenie got busy cleaning up the crime scene.

Petunia spotted a quilt on the wall with appliqued flowers and walked over there.

“It’s not real flowers,” I told her and leaned against the wall. “Thank you guys for doing this. I know it’s a big favor, but I appreciate it,” I called out.

Weenie poked her head out of the room. “Are you kidding? This is more exciting than watching Perry Mason in the evenings.” She grinned and then disappeared back into the room.

“I’ve never seen a real-life crime scene before. Much more blood than I expected.” Agnes called out.

My stomach rolled, as I slid down the wall. I felt a tug on the leash and looked over at Petunia. She was gnawing on the edge of the quilt hanging on the wall. I crawled over and pulled her back.

“Stop that!”

She narrowed her goat eyes at me and let out a bleat.

“Everything okay out there?” Agnes asked.

“Petunia is trying to eat a quilt.”

“She’ll eat anything. Keep a sharp eye on her.” Agnes chuckled.

Petunia reached over and began chewing on my hair.

“Eww. Stop that.” I pulled out of her reach. “Come on. There are some leftover snacks in the back.” I stood and led the goat where we kept the coffee pot. I tied her rope to the handle on a cabinet and opened the plastic container of snacks that Elizabeth had dropped off. When I held out a sweet treat, she gobbled it up.

Since we had to leave the quilt shop so fast after the murder, no one had time to clean the coffeepot. I quickly dumped the old coffee down the sink and cleaned up the pot.

“We’re done.” Weenie appeared in the doorway. “Come have a look.”

I untied Petunia’s rope and followed Weenie back into the room.

I stepped inside and was pleasantly greeted with the scent of lavender.

“We cleaned everything with Clorox and then sprayed the air freshener. Have a look and make sure we got everything before we leave.” Weenie cocked her head.

I knelt and glanced at the steel rack which held the client’s quilts. I looked at each quilt on the bottom, ensuring there had been no blood stains. “I don’t see anything.” I cringed as I reached my hand underneath the rack where I couldn’t see. My hand brushed against something. I pulled back my hand and noticed a white powder on my fingertip.

“Look, I found something.” I held up my hand. “Looks like medicine.”

“Could be cocaine.” Agnes offered.

“In Harland Creek?” I frowned.

“You never know. I’ll get a zip-lock bag out of the back and we’ll scoop it up.”

“But shouldn’t I call Dean and let him know?”

“If he was any kind of police chief, he would have found it himself.” Agnes scowled.

I looked at Weenie. She nodded her head in agreement with Agnes.

“Fine. Get the Zip-lock.”

Agnes returned with a quart-size bag.

I reached my hand back under and  my finger came across something hard this time. I pulled it back. It was part of a white pill.

“Look. I bet this pill is part of that powder.” I put the pill in the bag.

“I bet that belongs to the killer.” Weenie offered. “I bet it’s some kind of narcotic, and Gertrude was selling them. It could have been a drug deal gone wrong.”

I frowned. “You see that on Perry Mason?”

“No. Matlock.” Her eyes sparkled.

“You know she owned that RV campsite on the edge of town. I heard she was letting a lot of suspicious characters rent from her.” Agnes cocked her head.

“This might sound mean and unchristian, but I’m glad she’s gone.” Weenie admitted.

Agnes and I looked at Weenie.

She wrung her hands together. “It’s just that she did a lot of bad things to people. She always bailed her druggie nephew out of trouble. She cheated people and was a thief, and even ran a dogfighting ring before the police caught wind and she had the animals put down. If there was any way she could make a buck, Gertrude would do it. And the way she talked to poor Mildred…” Weenie shook her head. “I have to admit something. I kept praying for God to take her away. ” She gave us a strained look. “You don’t think this is my fault, do you? You don’t think God took her because I prayed for it?”

I stood and placed my hands on her shoulders. “Weenie, I don’t think God works that way.”

She gave me a grateful smile.

I frowned when I heard footsteps. I looked over at Agnes. “Are you expecting anyone?”

She shook her head.

I stuck my Zip-lock bag in my pocket, grabbed Petunia’s leash, and walked toward the front of the store.

A man in his late twenties was standing over the cash register. Despite the heat, he was wearing a black hoodie and baggy jeans.

“We’re not open.” I stated. Agnes appeared at my elbow and I was grateful for the support.

He glared at me. His face was skeletal and his eyes, dark and sunken into pale skin. He shoved his hoodie back and snarled, his discolored teeth looking more like an animal than human.

“You. You’re Dove.” He raised a bony hand and pointed in my direction. “You murdered my Aunt Gertrude.”

His words had knocked the wind out of me, and it took a few seconds for me to respond to his ludicrous accusation.

“I did not.”

He shook his head. “That’s not what the cops said. They found her here, and you were the last to see her alive.”

“Well, the cops are wrong.” I stated. Petunia let out a bleat in support of my innocence.

He looked down and frowned when he spotted Petunia. “That’s a goat.”

Agnes shoved past me. “Yes, and she’s an attack goat. She’s trained to attack. You better get out of here before you make her mad.”

His eyes widened at her words, and he took a step back. Petunia bleated again, straining against her leash.

He shook his head but never took his eyes off the goat. “I heard you two arguing the night she died. You won’t get away with this. You’ll pay for what you did to Aunt Gertrude.” He turned and sprinted out the door.

Great excerpt. Thanks for sharing.

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

I like the fact that goats are finally getting the recognition they deserve. We are loyal, smart, not picky eaters (some times we get carried away), and like to help clean (mainly by eating everything in sight).

I know some cats that eat everything in sight, too. My author says her cat, Harry, is one of these. Luckily, as a cat character, I don’t need to eat but that doesn’t stop me from looking for all the goodies the library characters in Cobble cove leave out for me.

Are you a talking goat in your books or just a silent one like I am who just makes noise occasionally?

I’m a silent goat. I bleat. But I can type up a storm. Just look at me go!

You’ve done a great job. I still need my author to transcribe my cat scratches.

What advice would you give other goat characters?

Stay true to yourself, enjoy life, stay humble.

I’ll pass those words of wisdom on.

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

The Mystery of the Tea Cup Quilt released on September 5. The next book, The Mystery of the Drunkards Path will release in January.

Congoatulations!

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

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100063984794986

Website http://jodiallenbrice.com

Thank you. It was nice having you on my blog, Petunia. I’m sharing your author’s blog tour below.


Mystery of the Tea Cup Quilt – A Cozy Mystery:
Harland Creek Mystery Quilters
by Jodi Allen Brice

About Mystery of the Tea Cup Quilt


Mystery of the Tea Cup Quilt A Cozy Mystery: Harland Creek Mystery Quilters
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Setting – Mississippi
Guardian Ink LLC (September 5, 2022)
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 214 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1953854966
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1953854964\
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B0B83Y31YN
GoodReads Link – Coming Soon

Hi! I’m Dove Agnew, former successful dress designer who was living the high life in New York, until my sleazy business partner used my business to move his drugs, leaving me to pack my ruined reputation and move back home to the tiny town of Harland Creek.

Despite the setback, all was going relatively well until I found Gertrude Brown’s body on the floor of my mom’s quilt shop. Now, rumors are flying and all eyes are on me. I’m a murder suspect! Even my ex-boyfriend, the current chief of police, is suspicious of me.

Now, it’s up to me to clear my name and find out who the real killer is before someone else gets hurt. But I’m going to need help, and the Harland Creek Quilters, and a goat named Petunia, are just the group to get things done.

Welcome to the new series set in the beloved town of Harland Creek.
With the quilting club ladies and a sidekick, which happens to be a goat, this book will keep you guessing and laughing out loud!

About Jodi Allen Brice

Jodi Allen Brice has written numerous books under different pen names. Under Jodi Allen Brice she writes women’s fiction, small town clean sweet romance, and cozy mysteries.

She transitioned away from paranormal romance in the year 2020 when the virus hit. She still writes about lovable characters who overcome the impossible to get what they want. You’ll find yourself laughing and crying when you are reading her books. She is also an avid quilter and camping. Sometimes she does both at the same time!

Author Links – WebsiteFacebook

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TOUR PARTICIPANTS

September 6 – Mysteries with Character – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

September 6 – Maureen’s Musings – SPOTLIGHT

September 7 – Lady Hawkeye – GUEST POST

September 8 – I’m All About Books – SPOTLIGHT

September 9 – The Avid Reader – REVIEW

September 9 – Ascroft, eh? – CHARACTER GUEST POST

September 10 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

September 10 – Elizabeth McKenna – Author – SPOTLIGHT

September 11 – Cozy Up With Kathy – REVIEW, AUTHOR INTERVIEW

September 12 – Sneaky the Library Cat’s blog – CHARACTER INTERVIEW

September 12 – Cassidy’s Bookshelves – GUEST POST

September 13 – Reading Is My SuperPower – REVIEW

September 13 – Socrates Book Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

September 14 – Hearts & Scribbles – SPOTLIGHT

September 14 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – REVIEW

September 15 – Literary Gold – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

September 15 – Christy’s Cozy Corners – REVIEW, CHARACTER GUEST POST

September 15 – Novels Alive – REVIEW – SPOTLIGHT

September 16 – Brooke Blogs – GUEST POST

September 17 – #BRVL Book Review Virginia Lee Blog – SPOTLIGHT

September 18 – Sapphyria’s Book Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

September 19 – BookishKelly2020 – SPOTLIGHT

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