Sneaky’s Feature Friday Film: Black Cat Appreciation Day

Meow, there. It’s Sneaky. I’m not a black cat, but I’m showing some videos of my fellow black brothers for my Feature Friday Film column today because tomorrow, August 17, is Black Cat Appreciation Day. My author has a black cat. named Harry. She took some videos of him playing that I’m also sharing. I think cats are beautiful in any color, but I may be prejudiced. Happy Black Cat Appreciation Day!

Here are Harry’s videos. In the first one, he’s playing with his ball tower . . . .the lazy way.

In this one, he’s assisted by his sister, Hermione, who watches from a chair and attempts to join in.

 

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Sneaky Interviews Vanilla the Dog from Blind Sight, A Lucille Pfiffer Mystery by Tanya R. Taylor

Sneaky here with one another pet character interview. Today, I’m speaking with a dog whose current book, Blind Sight is on tour with Escape with Dollycas Into a Good Book.

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

My name is Vanilla; they call me “Nilla” for short. My author’s name is Tanya R. Taylor.

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

I appear in the Lucille Pfiffer Mystery Series. The first book is BLIND SIGHT and the second is BLIND ESCAPE. I will also be appearing in other books in this series. It’s a Cozy Mystery series.

Pawsome. I love cozy mysteries. I’m in a series myself, The Cobble Cove mysteries, although purrsonally I think they should be called Sneaky the Library Cat mysteries. Tell us about your series.

My owner, Lucille Pfiffer is blind, and I’m her companion and protector, although she thinks she’s big and bad enough to protect herself. She’s really good at solving mysteries and I think I’m kind of good at it myself. 

I’m good at discovering clues. I think animals and mysteries go together because they have such good sixth senses.

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

Yes, I am. My real name is Vanilla, just like in the books. I am the cute pet of my author’s daughter, Mercedes, and we have a very loving family.

That’s wonderful. My author has three cats, but she lost the Siamese, Oliver, on whom I was based.

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

Sure. Here it is:

Nilla got to explore one of the mazes and Theodore laughed heartily as she seemed to be confused about midway as to which direction to take. He tried to coach her, but I don’t think she trusted Theodore to lead her in the right direction, especially after she knew she was responsible for biting those toes of his countless times. Theodore must’ve thought for a moment before volunteering his help that revenge is sweet!

Bow Wow! That was wonderful. Thank you.

What do you like most about your role in your authors’ books?
My author adds humor to this series and I like that. She also portrays me the way that I am in real life.

That’s nice. My author also tries to add humor to our mysteries. I think people enjoy that.

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

I’m a dog – a Shih Tzu, actually. I talk all the time. They call it “barking’, but I call it “talking”.

I know what you mean. I also like to meow, purr, and do the wide range of cat noises.

What advice would you give other dog characters?

Be yourself and let that shine through in your role. That’s my best advice.

Purrfect.

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

BLIND SIGHT is just Book one in the series, so far. There are many more books to come in this series, so make sure to be on the look-out.

I’ll do that, and I’m sure my readers will, as well.

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

My author is. Here are her links:

Website: tanya-r-taylor.com

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/tanyartay

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

BLIND SIGHT
(Lucille Pfiffer Mystery Series)
by Tanya R. Taylor

About the Book


BLIND SIGHT (Lucille Pfiffer Mystery Series)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Self Published (July 28, 2019)
Number of Pages: 200
Digital ASIN: B07RVF7W99

Lucille Pfiffer sees, but not with her eyes. She lives with her beloved dog Vanilla (“Nilla” for short) in a cozy neighborhood that is quite “active” due to what occurred in the distant past. Though totally blind, she plays an integral role in helping to solve pressing and puzzling mysteries, one right after the other, which, without her, might remain unsolved.

The question is: How can she do any of that with such a handicap?

About Tanya R. Taylor

Tanya R. Taylor has wowed readers with her riveting plots and compelling themes.

She is the author of several #1 bestsellers on Amazon and published her first book titled: ‘A Killing Rage’ as a young adult.

She has worked in the Financial arena and is also a seasoned ghostwriter. Her book ‘Cornelius’ climbed to #1 in the Teen & Young-adult Multi-generational Family Fiction category. And her supernatural, suspense/thrillers – ‘CARA’ and ‘INFESTATION: A Small Town Nightmare’ are multiple times #1 international bestsellers.

Tanya writes in various genres including Paranormal Romance, Fantasy, Thrillers, Science-fiction, Mystery and Suspense.

She has a passion for the welfare of children and animals. Her hobbies include Reading, writing, and researching.

Author Links

Website: https://tanya-r-taylor.com/

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

Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/tanya-r-taylor

Twitter: https://twitter.com/tanyartay

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8634397.Tanya_R_Taylor

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Sneaky Interviews Octo-Cat from the Pet Whisperer Series by Molly Fitz

Sneaky here with another pet interview. Today, I’m speaking with a cat who has a new release and a 99-cent special.

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

My name is Octavius Maxwell Ricardo Edmund Frederick Fulton Russo, esquire. And my author is Molly Fitz.

Meow, that’s a mouthful. I hope you don’t mind my calling you Octo.

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

All of them are cozy mysteries, because, let’s face it, it makes no sense to do something if you can’t be comfortable doing it. Thus far I have appeared in Kitty Confidential, Terrier Transgressions, Hairless Harassment, Dog-Eared Delinquent, and I believe I’m soon to be out in The Cat Caper.

Very mice. I assume that’s a series. If so, please give information about it.

Yes, all of those are part of the Pet Whisperer PI series. It’s a marvelous set of books that follow me and my human sidekick around as I solve crimes and try to keep my human out of trouble. Humans are so terribly accident prone. Delicate creatures. Phfffft.

Your books sound great. I must tell my author to check them out. She also writes a cozymystery series called the Cobble Cove Mysteries, and I’m her sort’ve sidekick, Sneaky the Library Cat.

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

I am loosely based on my author’s cat, Schrödinger. He’s a nice enough fellow, but he seems to enjoy the company of the house dogs and that’s simply irredeemable.

MOL (Meow Out Loud). I was loosely based on Debbie’s Siamese Oliver who is now on Rainbow Bridge.

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

Sure, this is how I tricked my human into buying me a mansion—bwahahahaha!

A couple hours later, we’d prepared an exhaustive list of questions and prompts, and even role-played how a conversation with Yo-Yo might go. That only left one variable for which we hadn’t properly accounted—Octo-Cat.

His mood changed so regularly, it would take far too long to draw out the various scenarios we might be faced with while trying to secure his compliance. Also, I was too embarrassed to admit to Charles how much I let my cat walk all over me on a daily basis. Instead, we planned to just show up at my house and tell Octo-Cat what we expected of him, plain and simple.

Oh, he’d definitely find a way to punish me for it, but I could handle a little cat puke or a fresh claw wound if it meant saving an innocent man from a life in prison and protecting a sweet terrier’s innocence.

We stopped off at Cliffside Apartments to grab Yo-Yo, then made a quick detour to the pet store where we purchased a leash and harness for Octo-Cat. Unfortunately, the only get-up they had in his size was bright neon green with a series of fluorescent bones patterned along the leash.

This would make it that much harder to convince him to wear it, but we didn’t have time to stop off at multiple stores just to assuage my cat’s vanity.

Sure enough, Octo-Cat baulked when presented with his shiny new walking gear. “So let me get this straight. You not only want me to spend more time talking to Dum-Dum while you make heart eyes at Upchuck, but you also expect me to wear this monstrosity? Ma’am, I am a cat, not some common, mouth-breathing dog.”

I crossed my legs and sat down on the floor in front of him, arranging my face in the best approximation of puppy-dog eyes any human could hope to muster. “Please. It’s just for a little while, and I wouldn’t ask unless it was really important.”

He flicked his tail a few times before responding with, “So you’re asking then? That means I have a choice. I choose no.”

I gave Charles the signal we had discussed, knowing in advance that it would most likely prove necessary. I watched as he slowly slipped his hands into a pair of oven mitts and tiptoed toward Octo-Cat from behind.

“I want you to know…” I told my soon-to-be furious furr-enemy. “I was hoping it wouldn’t come to this.”

Octo-Cat’s eyes widened with the knowledge of my betrayal at the same time I shouted, “Now!”

A furious cry ripped through the house as Charles scooped my cat into his arms, clutching him tightly and very much against his will.

“Unhand me, Upchuck!” he screamed as he swiped his claws in any and every direction. “I will not be disrespected like this!”

“Shh,” I said in a futile attempt to coax him into a belated agreement as I worked his arms through the harness. “You do this for me, help us find who killed Yo-Yo’s owners, and I will owe you a favor. It can be any favor you want. I swear. Please just help us. We need you. And, if you’ll recall, it wasn’t so long ago I risked my life to help you get justice for Ethel.”

At these words, all the fight drained from his furry little body, and Octo-Cat sighed heavily. “Fine,” he growled as I clipped the harness under his belly.

Charles set him back on the ground, and Octo-Cat took a few tipsy steps. His fur stuck out in various directions from the struggle, and he twitched spasmodically while keeping his posture low and defensive.

“You owe me a big favor,” he shouted in my direction. “The biggest favor you’ve ever given anyone in all your nine lives!”

I nodded, eager to put this confrontation to an end. I’d braced myself for a much bigger fight than he’d given me, and things could still go south if I wasn’t careful. “You’ve got it,” I promised. “Anything.”

Octo-Cat let out a maniacal chuckle that made the small hairs on the back of my neck stand on end, too.

“What?” I asked, my voice suddenly shaky and unsure.

“Oh, you’ll see. You’ll all see!” He swept a paw toward Charles, which only increased my worry—but my crazy cat’s demands could be dealt with later. Thinking of which, I should also probably put parent controls on the TV later to discourage this kind of crazed villainous behavior. Right now, though, we had to move on to the next phase of our plan, just in case he suddenly changed his mind and retracted his offer to help.

“Let’s get out of here while we still can,” I told Charles while bending down to clip the leash to Octo-Cat’s new harness.

“Fully unnecessary,” the tabby grumbled. “What makes you assume I’d run away? Remember, I chose you despite your many, many shortcomings.”

“It’s more for your safety than your compliance,” I explained.

Even if Octo-Cat fully intended to stick with us on this trip, he had a tendency to become a different cat from the moment he stepped paw outside. Inside the house, he was a cool intellectual who freely offered an unsolicited running commentary on my life. Once he got out into the wide open, though, he became flighty, unpredictable, and highly excitable. For all I knew, he could spot a butterfly and run three miles straight before realizing we weren’t right there chasing it with him.

Yes, as annoying as he could sometimes be, I loved my cat and wanted to keep him with me for many years to come.

Unfortunately for him, that meant he needed to wear the harness.

I only hoped the favor he requested of me would be something I could legally and physically obtain for him. You just never knew with this guy. That’s part of what made living with him so exciting most days.

Then there were days like today…

Pawsome. You are a fine actor.

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

It’s refreshing to see a cat in a leading role and I suppose it’s nice that she makes sure to include plenty of my favorite Evian water in each of the books. I also like that I got to keep my previous owner’s house. Really, if you aren’t in a manor, are you even a cat anymore?

Well, I live in a library, but I love sitting in the children’s room window, not to mention everything I learn from pawing through all the books.

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

I’m afraid I don’t quite understand. I think the better question is if my human is one of the special ones that can understand cat, which, yes, she can. For the record, she’s done quite well as my assistant. Although with humans and their overinflated sense of self-worth, she probably thinks she solves all the cases.

Alicia and Laura both understand cat and also most of the Cobble Cove library employees. I’d like to get more credit for finding clues that lead to solving cases in my books, too, and I really love to go after red herrings. I’m sure you do, too. Get it? A herring is a fish. We’re cats.. Okay, back to the interview. Sorry I got sidetracked.

What advice would you give other cat characters?

Advice? Oh, of course. Never trust a dog, always buy Apple, and if your water’s not Evian, you may as well be drinking from the toilet like a common, mouth-breathing dog.

I’ve never tried Evian. Now you’ve got me curious, but I know curiosity kills the cat. I agree with you about dogs, although I have a decent relationship with Fido, my co-star.

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

Several actually. As I mentioned earlier, there’s The Cat Caper, I think in early August, but there are a few others that have been announced. Like Chihuahua Conspiracy and Raccoon Racketeer. My author is basically obsessed with me, so I’m sure many more will be forthcoming.

There are four books in my series, and I hope my author writes more. I know she has ideas for a 5th, but I have to purrsuade her to start it.

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

My author is on social media I suppose, but I tend to steer clear of it. What’s with all the tweeting if you can’t eat the bird after, right?

I don’t have any social media either except this blog if you count it.

Thanks for the fun interview, Octo, and best whiskers to you and your author on your books..

Sneaky Interviews Ursula, the Cat from A Genuine Fix, An Allie Cobb Mystery, by J. C. Kenney

Sneaky here with one another pet character interview. Today, I’m speaking with a cat whose current book, A Genuine Fix is on tour with Escape with Dollycas Into a Good Book.

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

My name is Ursula. My human’s name is Allie Cobb, so I guess my last name is Cobb. My author’s name is J.C. Kenney. He has a cat named Maria.

Ursula is an interesting name for a cat character. Very mice to meet you.

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

I’ve appeared on all of my human’s books. The first book is called A Literal Mess and came out this past January. The second one, A Genuine Fix, just came out. The next one is called A Mysterious Mix Up and comes out next January.

Love those titles. Concats!

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

I am. All three books make up The Allie Cobb Mysteries Series. I think they should be called the Ursula Cobb Mysteries. After all, I’m on the cover, not Allie. Nobody asked me, though. Shame on them.

My mysteries are called after the town. Instead of Sneaky the Library Cat mysteries, they’re called the Cobble Cove mysteries.

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

My author says I’m based on Maria, but I’m not sure about that. I mean, Maria’s a one hundred percent indoor cat. I’m an indoor and outdoor kitty. I take my human Allie for walks every day when the weather’s nice. Wearing a harness isn’t the greatest thing in the world, but I can still have fun chasing leaves and bugs. I’ve been told that Maria caught a mouse once. I’m happy for her.

I was based loosely on Debbie’s Siamese who was a lot older than me and made the trip to Rainbow Bridge last year. Sounds like Maria could have her own series.

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

Well, I did discover the body of the murder victim in A Genuine Fix. I think that’s pretty important. Here’s the scene my author wrote about it.

I was going through my project documents, trying to figure out where the snafu might have come from, when Ursi hissed and let out a growl that would make a mountain lion proud. By the time I looked up, her back was a feline version of the St. Louis Arch, and her tail was a bushy, black-and-orange feather duster.

“What’s wrong?” I went to her and bent down to figure out what had her freaked out. Seconds later, I sprang back upright as my blood ran cold.

Ursi had uncovered a human finger.

Forcing myself to maintain some semblance of calm, I grabbed a decent-sized piece of mulch and scraped smaller wooden pieces from the finger. It only took a few scrapes to reveal an entire hand.

“Oh, God.” I fell to my hands and knees and vomited. The hand wasn’t fake. Or warm.

Something told me it was attached to an entire body.

Pawsome scene. Thanks for sharing.

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

What I like most, besides the kitty treats Allie gives me, is getting to show readers how much Allie and I care about each other. I know she loves me and wants me to be happy. I try to be there for her whenever she needs it, especially when she’s feeling down. A lot of people think cats don’t care about their humans very much. All I know is that Allie is my number one human and I’d do anything for her. I also like being buddies with Allie’s best human friend, Sloane.

That’s very nice. I’m friends with Alicia, and I get along nicely with the rest of the Cobble Cove library crew.

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

I’m pretty quiet, with a few well-placed meows when needed. I like to think I’ve trained Allie to know when I have something to say, it’s important. This is one thing where I’m a lot like my author’s cat Maria. She’s pretty quiet, too.

It’s good to know when to meow and when to keep your kitty lips shut.

What advice would you give other cat characters?

We felines are pretty self-assured, so I don’t know that any cat needs my advice. What I will remind my fellow porch panthers is to always be true to yourselves. Our humans love us for who we are. That, and never say no to a kitty treat.

Great advice. Your my type of cat character, Ursula.

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

A Genuine Fix just came out. A Mysterious Mix Up comes out January 8, 2020.

Oh, goodie. I have four books in my series. I’ve got to get Debbie moving on the 5th, but she’s working on other mysteries now.

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

I’m not, but my author is, which is fine. I’m perfectly content hanging out with Allie, Sloane and their friends in Rushing Creek.

You can find my author at www.jckenney.com, on Twitter at https://twitter.com/JCKenney1, Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/JCKenney1/, and on BookBub at https://www.bookbub.com/authors/j-c-kenney.

Purrfect. Best whiskers to you and your author on your recent release, upcoming books, and your blog tour that I’m featuring below.

A Genuine Fix
(An Allie Cobb Mystery)
by J.C. Kenney

About the Book


A Genuine Fix (An Allie Cobb Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Lyrical Underground (July 16, 2019)
Paperback: 194 pages
ISBN-10: 1516108604
ISBN-13: 978-1516108602
Digital ASIN: B07KDWV2RX

Murder takes a page out of a killer’s playbook when literary agent Allie Cobb becomes her Indiana town’s number-one bestselling suspect …

Running the family literary business while preparing for her best friend’s wedding, chairing a park planning committee, and getting her rescue cat to bond with her boyfriend’s golden retriever doesn’t leave Allie Cobb much time for crime-solving. But when the guy who stood her up the night of her high school senior prom is killed and dumped in a pile of mulch, Allie’s suddenly the prime suspect.

It’s insulting enough that gambler, drunk, and all-around lowlife Georgie Alonso was found on the site of the memorial park honoring Allie’s deceased father. Now she’s fighting to clear her name and hold off a rush to judgment. But politics, decades-old secrets, and a slew of high-profile suspects make dangerous bedfellows as the eve of the park’s grand opening draws nearer. She’ll have to nab a killer soon, before her storybook life gets a bad ending …

About the Author

J.C. Kenney grew up in a household filled with books by legends Agatha Christie and Lilian Jackson Braun, among many others, so it was no surprise when he found himself writing mystery stories. When he’s not writing, you can find him following IndyCar racing or listening to music. He lives in Indianapolis with his wife, two sons, and a cat who is the inspiration for Ursula in the Allie Cobb Mysteries.

Author Links

Website – https://www.jckenney.com;

Twitter – https://twitter.com/JCKenney1;

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/JCKenney1;

Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/JCKenney;

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/j.c.kenney/

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