Sneaky Interviews Maverick the Dog from A Footstep Echo by J.D. Sanderson

I have a dog guest here today. Hello. What is your name and your author’s name?

My name is Maverick. My author’s name is J.D. Sanderson.

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

Oh, I’ve only been in one book. Sanderson named it A Footstep Echo. It’s a science fiction mystery. He loves all that time travel stuff.

Wow, Meow. I know my author loves time travel stories and has written a few herself.

Is this part of a series that you’ll be featured in?

I will be if he ever gets off his butt and writes another book!

Meow Out Loud. I guess you’ll have to be patient. It takes a long time for authors to write books. I’ve been waiting for the 4th in our series, and it seems like it’s taking forever, but I’ve seen Debbie working on other projects, so I understand.

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

I’m based on the real-life Maverick, who was J.D.’s rescue springer spaniel. I’m told that, like my character in A Footstep Echo, he loved to walk, take naps, and watch TV. When he passed away last summer, J.D. decided to put him in the book.

Aww. That’s sweet. Debbie lost her Siamese, Oliver, who I was loosely based on this past November. It’s nice that authors can memorialize their pets in their books.

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

Sure, I don’ mind. Here’s a section from the second part of the book!

They got up together, walked inside the building, went down the hallway, and entered his apartment. Ruth was sitting on the well-worn couch. She tapped her knee, enticing Maverick to come over to her.

“I assume you gave him a pep talk?” she said in an excited little voice to the dog she had come to adore.

“He did. Always does,” Bernard said. “I don’t suppose you’d like to sit with me for a while and help me, boy?”

Maverick looked up at his master, choosing instead to walk over to his favorite blanket in the corner. He turned a few times and curled up to go to sleep. Bernard nodded, admitting to himself that would probably be his reaction as well.

Tail wags to you. That was excellent.

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

I liked traveling through time. And food. Everyone gives me food. They pet me too.

Food and pets are nice perks for character pets.

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

I don’t talk. I wag whenever people pet me, and I whine a lot when the scary robot girl comes around. She scares me!

Don’t blame you there. My dog co-star, Fido, would react the same. I’m a bit braver but not much.

What advice would you give other dog characters?

Find a master who finds someone who can cook. I am always waiting for Ruth to drop goodies on the ground!

Good advice. Characters who cook are the best. As a library cat, I’m lucky because the staff always leaves goodies for me.

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

I’m just reading Ceasars Way while I wait for my writer to hurry up and draft a sequel!

I guess you need to nudge him.

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

J.D. Sanderson is active on Facebook and Twitter. (He think’s he’s quite clever.) You can find him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ascifiwriter and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/authorjdsanderson

You can also read more about me and the other characters by getting the book at www.amazon.com/author/jdsanderson!

I’m sure my readers will check him out. Thanks so much for the interview, Maverick, and best bones on your book and forthcoming series.

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Sneaky Interviews Blaze, Author Molly Hunt’s Rescue Cat

Wow, Meow! Today, I have the opportunity to interview a real-life cat who was recently rescued and adopted by author Mollie Hunt.

What is your name and your author’s name?

Hi, Sneaky. I’m Blaze. I was recently adopted by my foster-person, Mollie Hunt, who turns out to be the author of the Crazy Cat Lady cozy mystery series. Who knew?

That’s pawsome. I can’t wait to hear your story.

Tell us about yourself and your author, how you met, how long you’ve been together, anything else that would interest our readers?

For ten years I lived with my family, but when I broke my arm, they couldn’t afford to get me fixed up, so they relinquished me to a shelter. The place was scary and loud with d-o-g-s, but the nice doctors set my arm so it didn’t hurt so much anymore. Unfortunately the arm didn’t heal and they had to bring me back and put me to sleep on the silver table again. This time when I woke up, I had heavy silver pins sticking out of my fur. They said that until the pins came out, I’d need kennel rest, which means I couldn’t run, jump, or play. That’s when I met my soon-to-be cohabitor Mollie.

Mollie took me home and put me in her kennel. It was a really nice one, not like the dreary shelter cages. This one had a big bed, lots of food, a convenient commode, and best of all, a big window with bird TV. Since I was tired and my arm still hurt, I didn’t mind so much resting in my personal boudoir. Mollie came and took me out for supervised visits at least twice a day. I got to walk a little but mostly I sat one her lap and purred. In the morning and evening, she had to clean my pins so they didn’t get icky. I didn’t much care for that, but I always got treats afterward.

This went on for a long time, and I began to get restless, but finally the doctors decided the pins could come out. I would soon be ready to go to a new forever home!

That was a conundrum though, because I’d been with Mollie, her husband, and her other felines, Tyler and Little, for so long, I thought it was my forever home. I told Mollie, and she agreed I’d become part of the family.

That’s a beautiful, lapwarming story. You’re one very lucky kitty, and Mollie and her family are also lucky to have you.

Have you read any of your author’s books? If so, can you tell us something about them?

I didn’t know much about books and authors before I started living with my cohabitor, but every morning she took me out of my boudoir to sit on her lap while she typed on a keyboard. I began to get interested in what she was writing, and became even more interested when I learned that all her stories had cats in them. Her Crazy Cat Lady series features Lynley Cannon, a sixty-something cat shelter volunteer, sort of like herself but more adventurous and less introverted. Mollie worked on two forthcoming books while I helped: Cosmic Cat, about a cosplayer named Captain Cat who falls to his death at a comic-con, and Cat Noel, a Christmastime story with a catnapping and daring rescue by Lynley. They sound scary but they’re really more exhilarating than fearsome.

Mollie is also proofing her new book, Cat Café. (A body is found on the floor of the cat café and all the black cats are missing.) She is very excited about this one because it will be published shortly for everybody to read.

How mice, Blaze. Your author sounds very talented.

Will you be in any of your author’s forthcoming books?

Of course! Who wouldn’t want to feature a handsome, debonair, tuxedo cat like me? Maybe I’ll get to save the day like… oh, but I don’t want to give away the story.

I’m sure that will be a purrfect “tail.”

What advice would you give to other authors’ cats?

Don’t step on your author’s keyboard when they’re writing- I know you want to, but their mind is elsewhere, and you may find yourself banished from the room. If you are a lapsitter like me, curl up and purr, sending good kitty mojo and feline inspiration.

Very good advice. I’ll share it with Debbie’s cat, Stripey.

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

Though I’m quite famous among my cohabitor’s followers, I’ve declined to have a platform of my own. I’m really a very quiet cat and don’t want to be always in the limelight. Mollie has a bunch of social media sites:

Mollie’s Website: http://www.lecatts.wordpress.com/

Mollie’s Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/MollieHuntCatWriter/

Twitter: @MollieHuntCats

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

You can find her books at:

Mollie’s Amazon Page: http://www.amazon.com/author/molliehunt

Mollie’s Smashwords Page: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/CatWriter

And at independent bookstores in the Portland area.

Thanks for that info and a great inter”mew,” Blaze. Best whiskers to you and your author.

Thanks so much, Sneaky, for letting me tell my story. And to all you cats out there who are waiting for a home, someday it will come just like it did for me.

Love and blinks, Blaze

Mollie’s Bio: Native Oregonian Mollie Hunt has always had an affinity for cats, so it was a short step for her to become a cat writer. Mollie is the author of the Crazy Cat Lady cozy mystery series, featuring Portland native Lynley Cannon, a sixty-something cat shelter volunteer who finds more trouble than a cat in catnip. Mollie is a member of the Oregon Writers’ Colony, Willamette Writers, Sisters in Crime, and the Cat Writers’ Association. She has won four CWA Muse Medallions for her work. Mollie lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband and a varying number of cats. Like Lynley, she is a grateful shelter volunteer.

Sneaky Interviews Matty from The Cozy Cat Caper Mystery Books by Paige Sleuth

Sneaky here with another pawsome interview of a pet character. Today, it’s my pleasure to cat chat with a cozy mystery cat.

What is your name and your author’s name?

Hi, Sneaky, and thank you for having me on your blog today. Meow! My name is Matty, short for Matilda. My author Paige Sleuth likes to take credit for creating me, but as we cats know we’re our own masters and do things our own way. So while Paige might have given me my start, I pretty much do what I want in her books.

I can relate. I do the same in Debbie’s Cobble Cove series.

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

I am in all of the Cozy Cat Caper Mystery books, which make up Paige’s cozy mystery series. There are two dozen books in my series to date. The first one, Murder in Cherry Hills, is where I made my debut. That was a tough one for me. In that book my former human was murdered and I had to move in with her neighbor, Kat Harper. Kat actually solved that case—with my help, of course! Now Kat and I spend a lot of time investigating crime in our small town of Cherry Hills, Washington. I let Kat do most of the work though, since I personally find all that to be really tiresome. Kat hardly ever takes naps, if you can believe that, Sneaky!

Kat sounds like a “cat.” We always sleep with one eye open.

Please give more information about your series.

I am the star of the Cozy Cat Caper Mystery series, if I do say so myself. I have a brother, Tom, but he’s not nearly as smart or as cute as me. Tom spends a lot of his time trying to get the humans to pet him (he loves belly rubs), which is silly in my opinion, since the humans will seek you out without you having to do anything. I am fond of Tom though, and it’s nice to have a brother of the same species around to commiserate with. In my series, Tom and I both help our human Kat solve crimes where we live in Central Washington State. My books are novella length, they all feature a mystery of some kind (but not always murder), and every book can be read as a stand-alone.

Sounds pawsome.

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

I am loosely based on Paige’s cat Anna Belle. In terms of looks, we’re identical. We’re both adorable, with yellow-and-brown markings, a gray-striped tail, and greenish eyes. And although our personalities are not exactly the same, we do have some things in common. We both walk on leashes, for example. And we’re both very regimented about our meals and enjoy watching birds. I’m actually a bit more aloof than Anna Belle, who Paige says is the friendliest, sweetest cat in real life.

My author used to walk her cat, Floppy, on a leash. That was many years ago, and he’s been on Rainbow Bridge a long time. Her other cats have been indoors only, but they have also enjoyed bird watching. What cat doesn’t?

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

This is from book four, Vanished in Cherry Hills. In this scene Kat is searching for her mother who disappeared a few decades prior (Kat grew up in foster care). Being the helpful kitty I am, I’m trying to point her in the right direction, but she’s just not getting it. I know you understand, Sneaky. Those humans can be awfully dense sometimes, can’t they? I remember this scene well because it was extra frustrating for me!

Matty meowed again before closing her eyes and pressing her head into Kat’s hand.

Kat grinned. “I see some of Tom’s chattiness is rubbing off on you. You usually don’t meow unless you’re hungry.”

Matty meowed again as if to disagree.

Or, Kat thought, an eerie sensation washing over her, was Matty trying to tell her something about her mother?

Kat shook the thought away, feeling ridiculous. Was she getting so desperate for answers that she thought Matty had them?

When Matty meowed this time, she batted her paw at the folder in Kat’s lap.

Kat frowned. “What is it, sweetheart?”

Matty jumped on the coffee table and sat down, her tail swishing.

Kat shivered as Matty’s penetrating green eyes bored into her own. She knew Matty possessed an uncanny awareness of things, almost a sixth sense. Somehow she always knew when Kat needed a little extra love and would come over to give her hand a lick. And she never failed to predict when Kat had something unwelcome in mind, like a claw-trimming session. Kat had yet to figure out how Matty deduced what she was up to before she even took out the clippers.

Kat clutched her head in both hands, wondering if she was going crazy. After all, what could Matty possibly have to tell her about her mother?

And yet, no human had offered any answers so what did she really have to lose?

She refocused on the tortoiseshell. “What are you trying to tell me?”

Matty settled down on the coffee table, tucking her paws under her chest.

Kat glanced at where Matty had chosen to rest, as if the cat were deliberate about her napping spots and not prone to sleeping wherever she happened to be. Right now, Matty was lying on top of the Cherry Hills Veterinary invoice that Imogene had given her earlier.

Feeling a little foolish, Kat leaned forward and studied the invoice. The part that was visible above Matty itemized all the expenses Imogene had accrued during her visit. Peeking through Matty’s fur at the bottom of the page was the total amount owed. Nothing struck Kat as peculiar. Certainly nothing revealed where her mother might be.

Kat flopped back against the couch, mentally chiding herself for actually believing Matty’s actions were cloaked in hidden meaning.

Matty meowed again. When Kat looked up, she swore the feline shook her head in dismay.

“If you’re trying to tell me something, you’re going to have to be more blunt,” Kat told her.

Matty flicked her tail in response. Then she began licking her paw, as though to indicate she’d done all she could.

Mice excerpt, and I agree with you that humans need a paw in the face sometimes to get the picture. They just aren’t as in tune to mysteries as we are.

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

I like how important I am to the stories. Not only do I provide some entertainment and comic relief, but I’m often involved with solving the cases themselves. Once or twice I might have even been the reason Kat became involved in a case in the first place. That’s not my fault, mind you, it just seemed to happen. I mean, how was I to know a dead body was outside our apartment building that one time I snuck out there despite my human’s orders to stay inside?

I wish I had a larger role in my author’s books, but I think I’ve led Alicia to many clues even if she thinks she was the one who found them.

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

I am mostly a silent cat. I meow if I want something or have something important to say (usually as it pertains to food), but I generally prefer to communicate in other ways. I have many looks I give my human (not all of them nice!), and at times I can lead her in the right direction (or try to, anyway) with my behavior.

Same here. It’s a challenge I think most character cats and human cats, too, face.

What advice would you give other cat characters?

My main advice would be to sleep as much as possible. You’re going to need that energy when your human gets caught up in whatever adventures they have planned next. And those humans sure do know how to find trouble! Also, never let your human forget what their main role is. Their number one priority is to feed you on time. Murder investigations should never take precedence over that. So, no matter what else is going on in your human’s life, be sure to wake them up for breakfast every morning and show them where the kitchen is every once in a while. You don’t want them to forget the important stuff.

I agree. Food first, murder solving second.

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

I don’t have any set dates for future books. Paige releases a new book whenever she finishes up one of my stories, but she doesn’t have a publishing schedule. She’s like me and prefers to take things one day at a time! My most recent release came out earlier this month. It’s titled Independence Day in Cherry Hills. I must say, I didn’t appreciate the fireworks in that one. Nor did I much appreciate the gunshot that masqueraded as a firework or the dead guy who ruined my human’s holiday. I don’t want to give any spoilers by telling you whether I still got fed on time, but I will say it was a struggle. You’ll have to read the book to find out more about that!

I haven’t experienced any fireworks in Debbie’s books. They’ve only taken place in the fall and winter, but I hope if she writes a summer one, she leaves out those noisy fireworks.

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

I can’t be bothered with social media, but Paige is on there. Here’s how you can connect with her:

Website: http://www.marlabradeen.com/ps

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/marlabradeen

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14207326.Paige_Sleuth

I don’t have any social media accounts either, but I do enjoy my blog because I meet such interesting pet characters and real-life ones, too.

Paige would also like for me to tell you she’s running a “Buy in July” promotion where $1 from every book of hers purchased in July (excluding books priced under $2) will be donated to the Community Cat Coalition of Clark County (C5). C5 works to spay/neuter feral cats in the Las Vegas area, which helps to reduce the number of local cats euthanized every year. I can vouch for them as a very worthy cause.

Wow, Meow. That is so generous of your author to contribute to such a worthy cause.

Thank you so much for interviewing me, Sneaky! Have a meowy day!

You, too. It’s been great cat chatting with you, Matty. Best whiskers to you and Paige on your upcoming mysteries.

Feature Friday Film: Vacationing without your Cat

Although some people take their cats on vacation with them, many prefer to leave them at home with a cat sitter,, friend, family member, or neighbor checking in and feeding, changing the litter box, and playing with kitty. Since cats like routine and prefer to stay in their own environment, this is usually a good idea. Here are some tips on what to do before you go away.

 

 

Spotlight for Summer Snoops and Cozy Crimes Anthology

Wow, Meow! I never thought I’d feature an anthology about dogs on my blog, but I’m really impressed by this collection of tailes. I mean “tales.” So here goes, my very first animal-related book spotlight. I hope you like it.

Summer Snoops and Cozy Crimes: Cozy Mysteries for the Dog Days of Summer

By Judith Lucci, Cindy Bell, Colleen Mooney, Amy Vansant, Colleen Helme, Kim Hunt Harris, Anna Celeste Burke, Ava Mallory, Sandi Scott, Susan Boles, Sam Cheever & Anne R. Tan

About the Books

Summer Snoops and Cozy Crimes: Cozy Mysteries for the Dog Days of Summer
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Release Date: July 24th, 2018
Publisher: Bluestone Valley Publishing

WSJ Bestselling Author Judith Lucci – Gawd Almighty & the Corn

WSJ Bestselling Author Cindy Bell – Murder at Pawprint Creek

WSJ Bestselling Author Colleen Mooney -Dog Gone and Dead

USA Today and WSJ Bestselling Author Amy Vansant – Summer Teeth

WSJ Bestselling Author Colleen Helme – A Midsummer Night’s Murder

WSJ Bestselling Author Kim Hunt Harris – The Murder of Bandera Bandito

USA Today Bestselling Author Anna Celeste Burke – A Body on Fitzgerald’s Bluff

Ava Mallory – A Dream Stray-Cation

Sandi Scott – Croquembouche Murder

Susan Boles – Death on the Beach

USA Today Bestselling Author Sam Cheever – Toxic Tech

Anne R. Tan – Just Lost and Found

Bonus recipes from the authors are included!

Purchase and GoodReads Links –

Apple: http://smarturl.it/SummerSnoopsApple
Kobo: http://smarturl.it/SummerSnoopsKobo
Nook: http://smarturl.it/SummerSnoopsNook

Website – http://www.summersnoops.com/

Facebook Page – https://www.facebook.com/summersnoopsandcozycrimes/

Purchase Link – Amazon

About the Authors

Judith Lucci

Dr. Judith Lucci is a Wall Street Journal and best-selling Amazon. She is an award-winning author of the Alexandra Destephano Medical Thriller and the Michaela McPherson “Two Sleuth’s and a Dog” Crime fiction series. Her newest series, Artzy Chicks, releases next month and features a group of , eccentric, talented but zany artists in their Art Gallery at a Mountain Resort.

In 2017, ‘Viral Intent’ (Book 3) Alexandra Destephano Series) was awarded a Gold Medal by Readers’ Favorites for ‘Best Political Thriller’. as was her crime thriller ‘The Case of Dr. Dude’ (Michaela McPherson #1) for a Gold Medal for ‘Best Amateur Sleuth for 2017. ‘The Most Wonderful Crime of the Year‘ won an additional gold medal for ‘Best Holiday Read’ of 2017.

Her favorite things are reading, writing art and animals. In her spare time she teaches painting, loves up on animals and raises money for needy causes. Judith lives with her 4 dog family in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. She loves to connect with her readers and is available at judithlucciwrites@gmail.com. Check our her website at judithlucci.com. and sign-up for a free copy of Chaos at Crescent City Medical Center.


Cindy Bell

Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author, Cindy Bell, has always loved reading, but it is only recently that she has discovered her passion for writing romantic cozy mysteries. When she is not reading or writing she loves baking (and eating) sweet treats or walking along the beach with her energetic cocker spaniel, thinking of the next adventure her characters can embark on. Cindy is the author of the Chocolate Centered, Donut Truck, Dune House, Sage Gardens, Nuts about Nuts, Bekki the Beautician, Wendy the Wedding Planner, Heavenly Highland Inn and the Macaron Patisserie Cozy Mystery Series.


Colleen Mooney

Colleen Mooney was born and raised in New Orleans along with everyone else in her family. She is a Wall Street Journal Best Selling Author and writes a cozy mystery series set in New Orleans called The New Orleans Go Cup Chronicles and the fourth book, Death By Rum Balls was released in December 2017.

Since January 2017 Colleen organized a Sisters In Crime chapter in New Orleans, has been elected President and has a planned a Mystery Writers’ Conference for June. She is currently working on her 5th book in the Brandy Alexander series.

In New Orleans, she’s been a member and active in many Mardi Gras Krewes, Super Krewes, and organizations. Colleen says she has never met a parade she didn’t like.

She’s an ardent animal lover and the Director for a breed rescue, Schnauzer Rescue of Louisiana for the last fifteen years. She has rescued and placed over 350 abandoned or surrendered Schnauzers. She loves to write and writes about what she loves. Colleen says, “New Orleans is where it all happens for me.”


Amy Vansant

Amy Vansant

Amy Vansant is a Wall Street Journal and USA Today best-selling author specializing in fun, comedic reads about accident prone, easily distracted women with questionable taste in men.
So, autobiographies, mostly.
Ha!
But seriously: She writes happy romantic comedies, mysteries, and urban fantasies. Amy is the former East Coast Editor of SURFER Magazine but the urge to drive up and down the coast interviewing surfers has long since left her. She’s a dog-lover who works at home with her goofy husband and loves interacting with fans, so stop by her blog or Twitter and say hi!

http://www.amyvansant.com/


Colleen Helme

Colleen Helme is the author of the bestselling Shelby Nichols Adventure Series, a wildly entertaining and highly humorous series about Shelby Nichols, a woman with the ability to read minds. When asked if reading minds is something Colleen wishes she could do she says, “No way! It gets Shelby into so much trouble that I would never want that ability.” Known for her laugh since she was a kid, Colleen has always tried to find the humor in every situation and continues to enjoy writing about Shelby’s adventures. Besides writing, she loves reading, biking, hiking, and playing board and card games with family and friends. She loves to connect with readers and admits that fans of the series keep her writing.


Kim Hunt Harris

Kim knew she wanted to be a writer before she even knew how to write. When her parents read bedtime stories to her, she knew she wanted to be a part of the story world. She started out writing children’s stories, and her stories grew as she did. She discovered a gift for humor and a love for making people laugh with her tales, and the Trailer Park Princess series was born.

Kim loves to not only make her readers laugh and entertain them with a good mystery, but also to examine the issues the everyday people face…well, every day. Issues like faith and forgiveness, perseverance and tolerance. Set in Lubbock, Texas, the fun books feature a cast of quirky characters, outrageous situations, a drama queen of a dog, and from time to time, a tear or two.

Kim lives with her husband of more than thirty years and two teenage kids in Texas.


Anna Celeste Burke

Anna Celeste Burke is an award-winning, USA Today Bestselling Author!

Welcome! Join me to get a free eBook–just copy & paste the link: http://www.desertcitiesmystery.com

Life is an extravaganza! figuring out how to hang tough and make the most of the wild ride is the challenge.

On my way to Oahu to join the rock musician and high school drop-out I had met in San Diego and married in Tijuana, I was nabbed by the police as a runaway. When the police let me go and the rock band broke up, my husband and I had to find another way to survive. Our next stop: Disney World where we trained to be chefs, courtesy of the Walt Disney World University. A GED for my husband and many more years of education landed us in academia at The Ohio State University. Retired now from my role as a professor of social work and behavioral science, I have picked up a long-time interest in writing fiction. I’m still married to the same sweet guy and live with him in the Palm Springs area. In addition to reading and writing fiction, I enjoy painting, hiking, hanging out with my handsome husband and tending to my Siamese kitties.

An award-winning and bestselling author I enjoy snooping into life’s mysteries with fun, fiction, & food—California style! My books include the Jessica Huntington Desert Cities Mystery series set in the Coachella Valley near Palm Springs, the Corsario Cove Cozy Mystery series set on California’s Central Coast, and The Georgie Shaw Cozy Mystery series set in Orange County, California–the OC. Coming soon: The Misadventures of Betsy Stark also set here in the Coachella Valley. Find out more at http://www.desertcitiesmystery.com.


AVA MALLORY

AVA MALLORY has been a grade school teacher, a psychiatric technician, a dementia unit nurse manager, and a Hospice nurse. She has embarrassed herself in front of handsome celebrities, won vocal contests much to the chagrin of her children, survived a major earthquake, and nearly drowned when she mistakenly thought a YMCA lifeguard asked her to dive into the deep end on her first day of swim lessons. She and her eternally annoyed children share their home with a massive collection of books and a never-ending supply of new book ideas.


Sandi Scott

Sandi Scott is a cozy mystery reader who finally found the courage to write the stories in her head and share them with others. She fell in love with mystery books when she first started reading Agatha Christie eons ago, although her favorite female sleuth will always be Harriet the Spy. She loves dogs, her family, her readers, and sweet treats — not necessarily in that order.

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Susan Boles

Susan Boles is the award-winning author of the Lily Gayle Lambert Mystery Series and also writes romantic suspense in the Brotherhood Protectors series.

A lifelong long love of all things mysterious led Susan to write cozy mysteries. Nancy Drew and Trixie Belden were the first to show her that girls can be crime solvers. Agatha Christie showed her that even small towns have big secrets. And Phryne Fisher showed her lady detectives can be outrageously individual. She lives in Mississippi with her rescue mini dachshund, Lucy, and her rescue cat of no particular breed, Zimba.

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Sam Cheever

USA Today Bestselling Author Sam Cheever writes mystery and suspense, creating stories that draw you in and keep you eagerly turning pages. Known for writing great characters, snappy dialogue, and unique and exhilarating stories, Sam is the award-winning author of 50+ books.


 

Anne R. Tan

Anne R. Tan fell in love with storytelling in elementary school, but decided to study engineering so she could get a “real job.” Her day job is her vacation from home and she moonlights as a writer to keep the voices inside her head under control. She is a toddler wrangler and a part-time short-order cook for her family. She is married to her version of Bob Vila who believes everything needs to be fixed, even if it’s already working. The koi fish in her pond are the only sane members of her household.

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Feature Friday Film: Cats Love Summer

Since yesterday was the first day of summer or “Summer Solstice” as it was termed, I thought I’d show some cats enjoying the warm weather for my Feature Friday Film today. Although I’ve never been to the beach nor has any of Debbie’s cats, there are a few felines who enjoy being on sand and even in water. Most cats, however, prefer sunny spots by a window, on a patio, in a garden, or even under a lamp. Check out this videos of cats enjoying the summer.

Sneaky Interviews Charles from The Spook in the Stacks by Eva Gates

Sneaky here with another pawsome interview of a pet character. Today, it’s my pleasure to be cat chatting with a cozy mystery cat whose current book is on tour with Escape with Dollycas Into a Good Book.

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

I’m Charles, named after Mr. Charles Dickens, a great man of letters because I am a great cat of letters, and I live at the Bodie Island Lighthouse Library. My author is Eva Gates.

Wow, Meow. So mice to meet you. I love libraries. I live in one, too. I’m the library cat in the Cobble Cove Library in upstate New York. Also, my author is a real-life librarian.

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

I made my literary debut in By Book or By Crook. Followed by Booked for Trouble, Reading UP A Storm, and now The Spook in the Stacks.

Concatulations! I have three books, but a fourth is in the works.

Please give more details about your books and if they are part of a series.

I star in the Lighthouse Library series. My picture appears prominently on every cover.

You lucky dog. I mean cat. I only had my picture on our latest book, Written in Stone. By the way, it looks like you’re a Siamese, like me. Are you based on a real animal such as your author’s? If so, please give further details.

My author is (horrors) more of a dog person. But she gets on okay with her daughters’ cats.

Dog people are okay. I’m glad your author’s daughter likes cats, though.

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

Charles leapt onto the desk. He gave a soft meow and stretched out a paw toward Julia. She wiped her eyes and scooped him up. She held him close, and he comforted her.

I felt myself smiling. If Charles believed in Julia, then I would too. “Your parents were both musicians. Do you play?”

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

I find that people can be so dumb sometimes. It’s up to me to point out to Lucy who can be trusted and who can not. Unfortunately, she can’t understand anything I say, as she doesn’t speak feline, so she often goes ahead and makes mistakes. I try to correct those mistakes, if I can.

I couldn’t agree more. I do the same with Alicia. Sometimes my dog co-star Fido lends a paw, too.

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

I don’t talk, but I try to express myself through actions and plaintive meows.

Love those plaintive meows. It gets them every time.

What advice would you give other cat characters?

Don’t be too hard on your humans. They do their best.

So true.

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

The Spook in the Stacks was released on June 12 from Crooked Lane books.  The Lighthouse Library series has moved there from Penguin and we’re very excited about that. The book is set over Halloween, and Lucy (who calls herself the Halloween version of the Grinch)  begins to suspect some strange things are happening out in the marsh. She might be influenced by the classic novel reading club’s current choice, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.

Oooh, I love that book. My author told me all about it, and she even visited that place not too long ago with her family.

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

Thank you for asking. You can contact my author at vicki@vickidelany.com, through www.vickidelany.com or www.lighthouselibrarymysteries.com. On Facebook at www.facebook.com/evagatesauthor. On Twitter @vicki.delany or @evagatesauthor and on Instragram at vicki.delany

Pawsome. I will make sure my author connects with yours and will share this with our readers who love cozy mysteries involving libraries and cats (who doesn’t?). Thanks so much for the intermew, Charles, and best whiskers to you and your author on your upcoming books. It’s been such fun chatting with a fellow library cat character. Here’s a link to the rafflecopter that’s part of your blog tour: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/02887792727/?widget_template=56d5f80dbc544fb30fda66f0

Feature Friday Film: Stripey’s YouTube Debut

Hey, Kits. It’s Sneaky here with something different for your Feature Friday Film. Today, I’m featuring my author’s cat, Stripey, playing with a cat teaser. For a middle-aged cat, he sure has zip. Check out these 2 videos, but please excuse the messy backgrounds. Debbie is moving some things around in her house because her daughter is changing her room this summer. Hope you enjoy the films. The second one is rather short, but Stripey has a “speaking” part in it.