Sneaky Interviews Socrates, the Dog from Paws and Predicaments by Bethany Blake

Meow there. It’s Sneaky with another character pet interview. Today, I chatted with the dog from Paws and Predicaments by Bethany Blake. This new cozy mystery is on tour with Escape with Dollycas Into a Good Book.

Hello, pup. Please tell me your name and your author’s name.

My name is Socrates, and my author’s name is Bethany Blake.

What book(s) have you appeared in?

I have appeared in Death by Chocolate Lab, Dial Meow for Murder and Pawprints & Predicaments. These are all “cozy mysteries,” although I am not a cuddly, cozy kind of canine.

I see. Tell me about your series.

The series is called the Lucky Paws Petsitting Mysteries. My person, Daphne Templeton, is a pet sitter who solves murders on the side, although I know she sees me rolling my eyes and hears me growling to let her know that I think she should leave the investigating to Detective Jonathan Black. He rolls his eyes and grumbles a lot, too. Which doesn’t hide the fact that he’s very fond of her.

Sounds pawsome.

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

No! I am very stoic and well behaved. My author’s dog likes to jump the fence and crash the neighbors’ barbecues. Not dignified behavior at all!

That’s the advantage of being a character dog and not a real one, although I’m not too impressed with dogs in general. Cats are way superior, both real and character. Just my feline opinion.

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

Actually, I have three pivotal scenes in three different books! I have rescued Daphne on several occasions, once by running from our lovely town of Sylvan Creek halfway to Lake Wallapawakee. And I do not normally run, nor cavort—unless I’m with my best friend, Artie the one-eared Chihuahua. But I’d rather not talk about that.

Okay. We can keep that off the record.

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

I am the steadying force, and the bark of reason. My person, Daphne, is a bit flighty—although she continually matures. However, I think it will always be up to me to keep her safe and remind her that solving murders can be dangerous.

Daphne sounds like Gilly, Alicia’s friend who takes on the role of amateur sleuth as our series progresses. I continue to help direct both of them to clues, of claws.

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

I live with a very vocal feline named Tinkleston, although he doesn’t speak English. Nor do I. I am largely silent. I only woof when necessary.

So you do have a cat in your books. Purrfect.

What advice would you give other dog characters?

1. Don’t drool. 2. Don’t jump up on people. 3. Don’t wear novelty sweaters. 4. Don’t drool.

Glad you repeated “don’t drool.” I can’t stand it when my dog co-star Fido slobbers all over the place.

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

My new book is Pawprints & Predicaments. It comes out February 27th, and it’s all about a murder that takes place at a Polar Bear Plunge. I think the human habit of jumping into half-frozen lakes is ridiculous, so, to be honest, I had my back turned the whole time.

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

My author is very social.

She can be found at:

https://www.facebook.com/bethanyblakewriter

https://twitter.com/bethanyblakeau1

https://www.goodreads.com/bethanyblake

https://instagram.com/bethanyblakemysteries

Very mice. I’m sure my author will follow yours and the readers of this blog, too. Best dog bones on your new release and tail wags to a great blog tour. Here’s the link to your tour’s rafflecopter for those who wish to enter:

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/02887792679/?widget_template=56d5f80dbc544fb30fda66f0

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Sneaky Interviews Sir Figaro Newton from Class Reunions are Murder by Libby Klein

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 currrent book is on tour with Escape with Dollycas Into a Good Book.

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

Hi Sneaky! My name is Sir Figaro Newton, but Poppy calls me Fig. Aunt Ginny calls me Pestilence and I allow it because she has a heavy hand with the treats. Our story is being told by Libby Klein who has been obsessed with fluffy cats since she was a child.

I’m Siamese, so I’m not very fluffy, but I certainly understand the appeal of long-haired furry cats.

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

Only one of my books has been released so far: Class Reunions are Murder. But there are more on the way – because who wouldn’t want more of me?

Well, I haven’t read it, but it sounds interesting and so do you.

Is this a series? If so, tell us about it.

I appear in a cozy mystery series that should have been called Figaro the Wondercat Always Saves the Day. But, due to what I can only assume is a marketing error, we’re known as the Poppy McAllister Mysteries.

MOL (Meow Out Loud). That’s the way these publishers do it, buddy. My series is called the “Cobble Cove Mysteries” which should be “Sneaky, the Library Cat’s Adventures with Alicia.” At least, I have my own blog which is some compensation. Maybe if you meow loud enough, you’ll get yours, too, or maybe a Facebook page.

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

What do you mean based on? I am a real cat. I’m a beautiful black smoke Persian with orange eyes and a fluffy cottony coat to die for. There are pictures around Libby’s office that look just like me. Although I heard that gorgeous fella moved up to the all you can eat tuna buffet in the sky some time ago.

Ah, yes. My author’s Siamese, Oliver, traveled there this past November. I am based on him but younger and will stick around until my series ends which I pray with all my paws it won’t for a long time.

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

Gosh, they’re all so riveting. It’s hard to pinpoint the scene where I shine the most.

           Option 1: from Chapter 1:

Figaro was, in technical terms, “a little loopy-doopy.” It could be disconcerting to have a side-kick who’d go completely limp and flop over like he’d just passed out. Sometimes with a stretch and a roll, sometimes with a thud as he hit the floor. It was his feline idea of performance art. He thinks it sends the message that he’s not a threat and wants to be friends. Mostly it sends the message that he’s crazy and could begin foaming at the mouth any minute. Many a child had run away from his famous death scene screaming, and left him lying there confused.

                        Option 2: From Act 3:

I balled my fists up and had to shove them under my knees. “Why can’t you see that this proves I’m innocent? Why else would someone send me a death threat?”

Amber closed her flip book and bagged the note. “It’s not hard for me to believe someone could hate you enough to want to kill you, if that’s what you’re asking.”

Figaro flicked his tail and knocked a figurine of a girl on a swing off the shelf. It hit Amber on the head and she jerked her neck around to see where it came from.

Aunt Ginny started to laugh but quickly covered it with a cough. Then she chastised Figaro by cuddling him off the mantle and cooing at him. “That was a very bad boy. Let’s get you some tuna.”

I see what you mean. Both are purrfect scenes. Concats to you, Fig!

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

I’m not one to brag, but some would say I steal the show. At first, I thought the books were an invasion of my privacy. You think Libby is making my antics up, but in reality, she is much like Dian Fossey, hovering over me, cataloging my every move. Class Reunions could be my unauthorized biography. Now I’ve come to the place of accepting my superior position as Poppy’s sidekick, and dare I say it, hero.

There’s no shame in admitting your heroic status.

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

I say plenty. How much of it they understand is the real question. Sometimes Poppy and Aunt Ginny meow at me like I’m supposed to be impressed with that. It’s not my fault Google translate doesn’t have a search field for Feline. I’ve often had to resort to some clever manipulation to get my point across. Don’t underestimate how powerful bathing the nether regions in front of company can be to express one’s displeasure over the catch of the day, or disagreement about appropriate grooming times.

Google translate! What a thought. We must contact their support and demand a feline language update.

What advice would you give other cat characters?

This is your show. Everyone else is support staff there to open the cans and scratch you under the chin. You can get away with just about anything if you’re cute enough. I like to curl up on Poppy’s head in the middle of the night while she sleeps and use her like my personal space heater. She wakes up and thinks she’s in menopause having a hot flash. It’s hilarious.

You are such a tease.

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

Midnight Snacks are Murder will be coming out in July of 2018. I don’t want to give too much away, but someone in this house goes on a rampage. Then Restaurant Weeks are Murder will be released sometime around January of 2019. I expect the Friskies people will have contacted me to do a celebrity spotlight by then, so your readers will be able to say they knew me before I hit it big.

I don’t mean to break your catnip bubble, but your chances of that are slim since it hasn’t happened to me.

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

When Libby isn’t divulging sensitive information about my doings, she’s feverishly tapping on the keyboard updating the world with her random thoughts. Here are the accounts I’ve had to block because she keeps sending me memes and cat videos.

Website www.libbykleinbooks.com

twitter @libbykleinbooks

https://www.facebook.com/libbykleinbooks/

https://www.pinterest.com/libbykleinbooks/

https://www.goodreads.com/LibbyKlein

This is a rendering of me – but not me – Libby would have pictures of the original Figaro.

 

 

Thank you for the interview!

My pleasure, Fig. I wish you and Libby best whiskers on your book, series, and blog tour. Below is a link to your tour page and rafflecopter.

https://www.escapewithdollycas.com/great-escapes-virtual-book-tours/books-currently-on-tour/class-reunions-murder-poppy-mcallister-mystery-libby-klein/

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/02887792673/?widget_template=56d5f80dbc544fb30fda66f0

Sneaky’s Interview of Mouse from Pre-Meditated Murder by Tracy Weber

It’s my lucky day.  I have another pet here on blog tour for her new book with Escape with Dollycas Into a Good Book. Hello, there, Kitty. What is your name and your author’s name?

My name is an unpronounceable combination of purrs, head butts, growls, and smells. Humans, however call me Mouse. I’m a calico Hemingway cat. I have seven toes on each of my front paws. The author who writes about me is Tracy Weber.

How very interesting. I’ve heard about the Hemingway cats. I bet it’s nice having an extra toe. What book(s) have you appeared in? Please list them and their genre.

I’m a new arrival to Tracy’s mystery series, and my first appearance is in her newest Downward Dog Mystery, Pre-Meditated Murder. Tracy’s series is a cozy mystery series.

Very mice. My author Debbie writes the cozy series I’m in, the Cobble Cove mystery series. My co-star is a dog also. Fido is a golden retriever, and I’m a Siamese. Can you tell us more information about your series?

The Downward Dog Mysteries feature yoga teacher/sleuth Kate Davidson and her ferocious-looking German shepherd, Bella. I think Bella is a sweetheart, but she doesn’t like other dogs or most bearded men. I’m hoping that she and I will eventually become fast friends.

I”m sure you will. Fido and I get along quite well. It’s the humans you have to watch out for.

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

My author friend Tracy rescued an orange semi-feral kittem named Devil-cat when it was about four months old. Tracy loved Devil-cat, and they lived together in Tracy’s house for sixteen years. Devil-cat on the other hand, didn’t like humans very much, including Tracy and her husband. So Tracy never got to pet her or cuddle with her until the last few months of Devil-cat’s life. The vet thinks Devil-cat probably had a brain tumor near the end, but one of its side effects was that it made her suddenly friendly. So Tracy and Devil-cat got some good bonding in before she passed away a few years ago. Tracy still misses her.

Aw what a touching story. Devil-cat must’ve had a bad experience with humans at a young age. That happens sometimes. I’m so glad your author got to bond with her at the end, and I understand how much she must miss her kitty. My author recently lost her 17-year old cat who was Siamese like me. In fact, my character is based on him. His name was Oliver, and he was the friendliest cat. Everybody loved him especially Debbie, so she misses him a lot, too.

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

In this scene, Kate is getting a haircut from the woman who adopted me.

Crystal grasped a large chunk of my hair and prepared to make a few final cuts.

Everything next seemed to happen at once.

The door behind me opened and Rene’s voice called, “Aren’t you about done in here? We’re bored.”

Bella—who stood on leash next to her—spied Mouse, or more accurately, Mouse spied Bella. The calico kitten arched her back like a Halloween decoration, let out a loud yowl, and dove into the hole behind the shampoo bowl.

“Oh no, a cat!” Rene screamed. She broke into a sneezing fit and dropped Bella’s leash.

Bella froze for a moment, torn. On the left was a delectable calico morsel, hers for the eating. On the right, a complete stranger, who held a sharp cutting instrument close to her human’s throat. For a self-proclaimed German shepherd guard dog, the decision was obvious.

Protect the one who feeds you.

Bella dove for Crystal, growling and snapping her teeth. Crystal screamed. Her hand spasmed. The scissors closed, cutting a three-inch-wide swath from my hair. “Help!” she yelled. “Keep that vicious dog away from me!”

“Bella, stop,” I yelled in return. “This is our friend!”

Bella skidded to a stop beside me, then took off after the kitten. She sniffed back and forth between the shampoo bowl and the cabinet, whining.

I gasped at my reflection in the mirror. “My hair!”

The left side of my hair floated down past my shoulders. The right ended at the top of my ear.

Crystal pointed at my right ear and proclaimed, “This isn’t my fault. The dog attacked me!”

I bared my teeth at Rene. She replied with a submissive grin. “At least asymmetrical haircuts are in style.”

What a pawsome scene. Thanks for sharing it.

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

I play a very important role in this book, and it’s nice to be taken seriously. When you’re a semi-feral kitten, people just want to catch you and touch you all the time. They don’t necessarily see how intelligent you are or value what you’re trying to tell them, including “Keep your hands to yourself!” In Tracy’s book, I get to be myself, yet still be the center of attention, at least for a few pivotal scenes. I like that.

I imagine that must be enjoyable. Even though I was found at the Cobble Cove library, I was never feral, but my background is a mystery.

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

If you mean do I speak English, of course not. What self-respecting kitty would lower herself to use the language of humans?

Well, there are some character cats who talk, but they are mostly in children’s books and animated films.

What advice would you give other cat characters?

Get a good agent and hold out for tuna. Lots and lots of tuna.

Purrfect advice.

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

My book, Pre-Meditated Murder, releases today, January 8th. I’m not mentioned in this blurb about the book, but believe me, I’m an important part of it.

If Kate Doesn’t Act Fast, the Only “I Do” in Michael’s Future Will Be at His Trial

Yoga instructor Kate Davidson is ready to marry her boyfriend Michael, so she’s disappointed when a special dinner doesn’t end with a proposal. But disappointment turns to dismay and outrage as she learns the real problem: Michael is already married and his estranged wife is blackmailing him.

When his wife’s body is found―by Kate and her dog, no less―Michael is strangely unable to remember where he was the night she died. Since Michael has no alibi, Kate steps up to uncover what happened. What she walks into is a tangled web of deceit, obsession, and immigration fraud . . . with Michael trapped in the middle.

Wow, Meow. That sounds pawsome. I wish you and your author luck with it.

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

I’m not, but my author friend Tracy is. Please friend her at https://www.facebook.com/tracywe.  You can sign up for her author newsletter at http://tracyweberauthor.com/newsletter.html.

I also know you and Tracy are on blog tour for Pre-Meditated Murder. Here is the link to the rafflectopter prize for those who wish to enter: here: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/02887792660/?widget_template=56d5f80dbc544fb30fda66f0

Thanks for the great interview, Mouse (what an interesting name for a cat) and best whiskers to you and your author on your new release.

Sneaky Interviews Elmer, the beagle puppy from Kappy King and the Puppy Kaper by Amy Lillard

Wow, Meow. It’s my honor to interview another pet character today and one who is on a blog tour. Hello, little doggy, can you introduce yourself and your author, please?

My name is Elmer and I’m a beagle puppy. I live with a woman named Kathryn King, but no one calls her that. She was supposed to be called Kathy, but her youngest brother couldn’t say that and she became Kappy. Plus she makes all the payer kapps in our district. My author’s name is Amy Lillard.

It’s doggone good to meet you, Elmer. What book(s) have you appeared in? Please list them and their genre.

Kappy King and the Puppy Kaper is the first book I’ve appeared in of Amy’s but she’s already recorded a second story with me and she’s working on a third.

That’s pawsome. Are you in a series? If so, please give information about it.

I am in a series. We’re calling it An Amish Mystery series, but Amy refers to them as the Kappy books. They are set in Kishacoquillas Valley, Pennsylvania. Also called Big Valley or Kish Valley. It’s very pretty here, and there are lots of Amish folks.

My author loves the Pennsylvania Dutch country. She even featured shoofly pie in one of our mysteries at the Cobble Cove Inn when the innkeeper served it for Thanksgiving.

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

I think so, at least a little bit. Amy used to have a beagle, but he went to doggie heaven last year. He was a good dog, or so she says. She even dedicated the first Kappy book to him. His name was Ammo.Though between you and me, I think she’s more of a cat person. She has three of them living in the house!

So sorry about Ammo, but Amy sounds like my author who is a cat person but also likes dogs. Her cat Oliver whom I am based on went to kitty heaven this past November, but she still has his younger brother, Stripey. By the way, there are also two dogs in our mysteries. My co-star Fido is a golden retriever, but there is also a beagle, Ruby, who belongs to our main character’s best friend, Gilly.

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

I would call all the scenes with me in them important, but Kappy and Amy might disagree.

Right now, I’m still a puppy, but I was the means for Kappy and her friend Edie to go see the vet and question him. They think he might have murdered Ruth. She was the breeder where I used to live. It’s across from Kappy, so we’re all neighbors.

Here’s a little scene from the book with me in it.

“Wait,” Edie said. “There’s a young Dr. Brewer?”

The receptionist smiled. Kappy noted that the name on her badge said Bonnie. “That’s right.”

“And he’s a veterinarian as well?” Edie pressed.

“Oh, yes. He took over the practice several years ago. The elder Dr. Brewer only comes in on Mondays and Friday afternoons.”

“And the young Dr. Brewer?” Edie asked.

“He works the rest of the time.” She smiled and pushed their statement across the counter toward the two of them.

Kappy could only give it a cursory glance. She was too busy assessing the information she had just received. Ruth was killed on a Tuesday, and if she had an appointment with a Dr. Brewer, chances are it was the young Dr. Brewer and not the fragile man they had just met.

“Does the doctor make house calls?” Edie asked.

Kappy juggled Elmer in her arms as Edie took the necessary bills out of her wallet. She pushed the money across the counter toward the receptionist.

“Just the young doctor.” She smiled at them. “Let me get you a receipt.”

Kappy nodded, then caught Edie’s stare.

Now what do we do? Edie mouthed.

“Is by chance the young doctor here today?” Kappy asked.

Bonnie counted out her change and shook her head. “Not today. But he does live around back if you ever need him for anything else.”

Kappy wasn’t sure if anything else also included a murder investigation, but she really wanted to talk to the young Dr. Carlton Brewer.

“Thank you.” Edie flashed her a quick smile, and together she and Kappy walked Elmer out to the car.

“Are you thinking what I’m thinking?” Edie asked.

“I am if you’re thinking we should go around the back and see if we can find the young Dr. Brewer.” With any luck he would be outside mowing his grass or even watering his garden or something where they could get a good look at him. Maybe even talk to him for just a moment.

Edie thoughtfully tapped her chin. “We have to have a reason . . . ” she said. “So we take Elmer back there to show him how big he’s gotten and just bring up Ruth from there.”

Kappy frowned. She wasn’t sure that would actually work, but she couldn’t come up with anything better. “Let’s go.”

Once again Kappy wished she had brought a collar and leash for the little pup. He didn’t weigh hardly anything, but he wanted down so bad to sniff the ground and see what was new around him that her arms began to ache as she held him in place.

She would definitely have to invest in a leash when she took him home—She reined her thoughts to a quick stop. She wasn’t taking Elmer home. She might like him and she might have even been contemplating getting a dog the night before, but the reality was . . .

Well, the reality was she lived alone, she had no friends except for Edie, who would be leaving soon, and she lived alone. Wait. She’d already said that. It wasn’t like Elmer would fill in the spots when she came home alone. But she knew he would fill other voids.

“There he is.” Edie cocked her head in the direction of the large Victorian-style house. It was painted pale yellow and looked similar to Amish houses other than the color and the ornate trim that seemed to drip from every flat surface. A man sat on the front porch in the rocking chair, a glass of tea on the table at his side and a cell phone pressed to his ear.

“Should we go talk to him?” Kappy asked.

“We’ve come this far,” Edie replied.

The man caught sight of them and seemed to understand their intentions. He held up one finger as if to say he would be off the call shortly and didn’t protest as they climbed the porch steps.

“I’ll call you back,” he said into the receiver. “Yes, that’s right. Okay then. Bye.”

He tapped the phone off, then turned to Edie and Kappy with a smile. “Is that one of Ruth’s puppies?”

“Yes.” Edie spoke as Kappy took one giant step forward and pressed Elmer toward the young Dr. Brewer.

He accepted the dog without complaint, scratching him behind the ears.

A barking good scene. Thank you.

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

I just bark when strange people come to the house, but I’m hoping to have a bigger role as the series grows. After all, who doesn’t love a beagle?

You must let your author know. I purrsuaded Debbie not only to put my picture on our latest book but also to let me have my own blog.

What advice would you give other dog characters?

Just keep on being the best dog you can be.

That’s definitely something to chew on.

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

Kappy King and the Pickle Kaper comes out June 26, 2018. And if you look, you can see me on the cover next to Kappy. Sally June Esh was delivering the white church pickles known here in Big Valley when she was run off the road and killed. Now Kappy and Edie are trying to figure out if there’s a sinister pickle conspiracy at hand or if young Sally June’s death was an unfortunate accident.

Paws up!

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

Amy is on social media. I made her paste the links here. I would have, but…well, I don’t have thumbs.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AmyLillard918/

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/AmyLillard918

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/AmyLillard918/

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

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5809947.Amy_Lillard

She also has two really fun websites. One for all her books and another for those interested in Amish life and Amy’s travels to Amish communities across the country.

www.amywritesromance.com

www.amysamishadventures.com

You can also follow her on amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/Amy-Lillard/e/B0088FX7FY/

And Bookbub:

https://www.bookbub.com/authors/amy-lillard

Thank you for the interview, Elmer, and best tail wags to you and your author on your series and your blog tour with Escape with Dollycas into a Good Book.

Debbie’s Blog Tour Wrap Up

correctedbloggraphicHey, kitties. Did you get a chance to follow Debbie’s blog tour with Escape with Dollycas into a Good Book for our second mystery, Between a Rock and a Hard Place? If not, you can check out all the stops below. Remember to enter the contest for that beautiful silver locket that Debbie is giving away to one lucky winner. locket

Also, I was honored to be the character interviewee on the final stop. Read all about me-ow here: http://www.escapewithdollycas.com/2016/12/11/character-interview-sneaky-library-cat-rock-hard-place-debbie-de-louise-great-escapes-book-tour/

Here are the other stops:

December 5 – Books, Dreams, Life – SPOTLIGHT, EXCERPT

December 6 – Christa Reads and Writes – REVIEW

December 7 – The Pulp and Mystery Shelf – INTERVIEW

December 8 – Omnimystery News – INTERVIEW

December 9 – 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, & Sissy, Too! – SPOTLIGHT

December 10 – StoreyBook Reviews – GUEST POST

I hope you all enjoy the tour, and best whiskers on winning the prize. Thanks so much to all the blogs that participated and especially Lori Caswell with Escape with Dollycas into a Good Book.