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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Sneaky Interviews Archie, the dog from Radical Regatta! Corsario Cove Cozy Mystery #4 by Anna Celeste Burke

Sneaky here with one another pet character interview. Today, I’m speaking with a dog whose current book, Radical Regatta! Corsario Cover Mystery #4 is in the new anthology, Summer Snoops Unleashed: 14 Furr-ocious Mysteries and Cozy Crimes, that’s on tour with Escape with Dollycas Into a Good Book.

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

Kim and Brien named me Archie after they found me alone in the Pacific Ocean trying to get to shore in Corsario Cove. My owners called me Reggie—short for Reginald Duke of Monte Carlo. The man who owned me thought I brought him luck at the casino in Monaco. I like Archie better. 

My author’s name is Anna Celeste Burke.

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

I’m a new friend for Kim and Brien in Radical Regatta! Corsario Cove Cozy Mystery #4.

Sounds interesting.

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

Yes, I’m so happy to meet Kim Reed and Brien Williams in Corsario Cove. It’s a beautiful place where I can run on the beach. Lots of trees around too—mostly palm trees.

Kim and Brien are young, sweet, and lots of fun although they get into too many dangerous situations. This time, some of it is thanks to me, but mostly because they have noses for trouble and the curiosity of cats, like you! There are now four books in the Corsario Cove Cozy Mystery series—starting with Cowabunga Christmas! Corsario Cove Cozy Mystery #1. I’ve heard them talk about their Christmas honeymoon when a dead Santa fell into the pool at the Sanctuary Resort & Spa, a swanky place here in the cove. That’s where they met this twitchy San Albinus detective who sometimes barks louder than me. I’m pretty sure, like me, he does that when he’s worried Kim and Brien are going to get hurt.  

Right now, the only way to read my story is to buy this wonderful box set: Summer Snoops Unleashed:14 Furr-ocious Mysteries & Cozy Crime. My author and some of her friends are selling this for only 99c trying to raise money for three different shelters that help lost dogs like I was before Brien and Kim found me. I hope they raise a huge amount of money for places that help pets find families for them to love and be loved by them. It’s the best thing that can ever happen to a dog or a cat or even other kinds of pets.

The town in your series sounds like the one in my Cobble Cove mysteries. We have a dog there, too, named Fido, but I think I’m the main pet character, although he usually has a role in all our books. It’s great that you and the other authors in this box set are raising money for shelters. My author currently has a Facebook fundraiser for the shelter where she adopted her two cats from. It’s always great to support shelters.

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

My author’s a fan of Dalmatians and Poodles and fell in love with Portuguese Water Dogs, like me, when one moved into the White House a few years ago.

How sweet.

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

I’m in the very first chapter. So, here’s a little part of my story where Kim is calling Al, the head of resort security and Brien’s boss, for help while Brien tries to reach me.

“Yes. Brien and Bede have gone into the water. Brien’s way, way out at the edge of the cove. He’s trying to rescue a dog that’s swimming for shore from the ocean. Bede’s trying to catch up so he can help.”

“A dog? Are you sure?”

“Yes,” I replied. As I caught sight of the dog that was closer now, I spoke again. “I’m sure. Can you get medical help down here at the beach?”

“For the dog?”

“I hope the dog’s the only one who’s going to need it.” I took another look. My he-man, built like Chris Hemsworth in that Thor movie, was barely recognizable as he sliced through the glittering water. The dog was paddling toward him but moving more slowly now. Who knew how long the poor animal had been in the water since there wasn’t a boat anywhere near him?

“Got it. I’ll call the lifeguards on the boardwalk. Someone should already be there this morning. If not, I’ll go to their office and grab the rescue equipment myself.”

“Thanks,” I said as I hung up and then picked up a backpack that contained our wallets, keys, towels, water, and protein bars. Feeling useless, I pulled a couple of big towels from the bag and placed my phone in its watertight pouch before returning it to the backpack. I walked to the water’s edge and waited. Then my heart skipped a beat. The dog disappeared under the water.

Pawsome. Thanks for sharing that.

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

I have a special animal playmate. We get into trouble, but I’m never lonely with him around. I got left alone a lot of the time before Kim & Brien found me. They like to have fun, too, and take me with them to the beach and to San Albinus. I get to ride in their golf cart

That sounds like such fun. I live in a library,  so I’d love to hitch a ride on one of the book carts.

Are you a talking dog in your books or just silent like me—a cat who meows occasionally?

I wish I could talk and help Kim & Brien out more than I do. I woof and bark when I invite them to play, warn them, or try to protect them.

Same here, but I don’t woof and bark. I meow, purr, and make use lots of feline sign language to communicate with Alicia, Laura, and the other Cobble Cove library staff members.

What advice would you give other dog characters?

Be the best dog you can be and the very best friend to your human companions. People need tons of comfort and love—especially the ones who get chased by bad guys. In cases like that, occasionally, you’ve got to have their backs, too.

Well said. Cat characters should follow the same advice.

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

I’m going to have an important role in Kim and Brien’s next adventure, Bogus Bones! Corsario Cove Cozy Mystery #5. Normally, I’m a big fan of bones, but the ones I find are scary and tell a deadly story. My next adventure will be told late this year or early in 2020.

Condogulations!

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

She sure is—here you go…links to all the places Anna Celeste Burke hangs out!

Website: https://desertcitiesmystery.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/aburke59

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Newsletter: https://desertcitiesmystery.com

My author will follow yours, and I hope our readers will, too. It’s been a doggone pleasure to have you on my blog, Arch. Best tail wags to you and your author and all the contributors to your box set. I’ve included information about the blog tour below.

Summer Snoops Unleashed:
14 Furr-ocious Mysteries and Cozy Crimes
by Judith Lucci Anna Celeste Burke, Colleen Mooney, Fiona Quinn, Maria Grazia Swan, Kelly Hashway, Kim Hunt Harris, Susan Boles, Lisa B. Thomas, Emily Selby, Ava Mallory, Chelsea Thomas, Sam Cheever, and Joanna Campbell Slan

About the Book

Summer Snoops Unleashed: 14 Furr-ocious Mysteries and Cozy Crimes

Cozy Mystery
Independently Published
Release Date – July 23, 2019
ASIN: B07R49T674

Summertime Murders are RUFF

ALL BRAND NEW STORIES!

Looking for cool cozies for hot summer days? Then you’ll love this purr-fectly paw-some cozy mystery boxed set from fourteen USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and Amazon best-selling authors.We’ve pulled out all the stops with Summer Snoops Unleashed! Enjoy hours of fun sniffing out clues on sandy beaches, shimmering waterways, and at small-town celebrations in these brand-new stories full of wily sleuths, cagey plots, and un-fur-gettable tails!Fetch your copy now to get these furr-ocious new cozy mysteries and woof it up with us!

They’re howlingly good reads!

All preorders support best lives for pets!

Here’s a sampling of stories…

WSJ and USA Best Selling Author Judith Lucci – The Most Glittery Crime of the Year: The Jewel Heist – An Artzy Chicks Mystery

WSJ and USA Today Best Selling Author Anna Celeste Burke ¬- Radical Regatta! Corsario Cove Cozy Mystery #4

WSJ & USA Today Best Selling Author Colleen Mooney – Fireworks, Forensics & Felonies

USA Today Best Selling Author Fiona Quinn – YOURS. No Good Deed Goes Unpunished

Amazon Best Selling Author Maria Grazia Swan – Pies, Lies and a Last Goodbye

USA Today Best Selling Author Kelly Hashway – You Can’t Judge a Crime by its Aura

WSJ & USA Today Best Selling Author Kim Hunt Harris – Yankee Doodle Deadly: A Trailer Park Princess Novella

WSJ & USA Today Best Selling Author Susan Boles – Death in Mercy

Best Selling Author Amazon Lisa B. Thomas – Sharpe Pain: A Corpse in the Cabin

Amazon Best Selling Author Emily Selby – Death and Taxes on a Cloud

Amazon Best Selling Author Joanna Campbell Slan – Ruff Justice: Second Chance Adventure #5

WSJ and USA Today Best Selling Author Ava Mallory – High Heel Homicide: A Holly Woods Mystery Novella

Amazon Best Selling Author Chelsea Thomas – A Knead to Kill

WSJ and USA Today Best Selling Author Sam Cheever – Spunky Bumpkin

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About the Authors

Dr. Judith Lucci is a Wall Street Journal and USA Today best-selling author. She is the award-winning author of the Alexandra Destephano Medical Thriller and the Michaela McPherson “Two Sleuth’s and a Dog” Crime series. She also writes psychological fiction. Her cozy series, The Artzy Chicks Mysteries focuses on a group of eccentric, talented but zany artists in their Art Gallery at a Five Star Mountain Resort in the Virginia mountains.

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, and art. 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.

Anna Celeste Burke is a USA Today & Wall Street Journal bestselling author who lives in the desert near Palm Springs with her beloved husband and loudmouthed Siamese cat. A retired professor who once worked as a Disney chef, you’ll find her snooping into life’s mysteries with fun, fiction, and food!

Colleen Mooney was born and raised in New Orleans along with everyone else in her family. She is a USA Today and Wall Street Journal Best Selling Author and writes a cozy mystery series set in New Orleans called The New Orleans Go Cup Chronicles. The 7th book in her series is Fireworks, Forensics and Felonies will be in Summer Snoops Unleashed. Her Politicians, Potholes and Praline released in March 2019 and is available on Amazon and KU.

Since January 2017 Colleen organized a Sisters In Crime chapter in New Orleans and is not planning a Mystery Writers Conference in November in New Orleans. She is currently working on her next book in the 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.”

Fiona Quinn is a four-time USA Today bestselling author, a Kindle Scout winner, and has been listed as an Amazon Top 100 author in: Romantic Suspense; Mystery, thriller, and suspense; Mysteries, Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror.

Maria Grazia Swan

Award-winning author Maria Grazia Swan was born in Italy. She’s lived in Belgium, France, Germany, Southern California and Arizona—all juicy places that fuel her stories and characters.

These days, Maria Grazia volunteers at the animal shelter seeking the perfect family for homeless pets. Her deepest passions? Writing and being the matchmaker for people and pets who are waiting to find each other.

Maria loves travel, opera, good books, hiking, and intelligent movies. Her idea of a perfect evening? Stimulating conversation, Northern Italian food, and chilled Prosecco.

She loves to hear from her readers! Feel free to contact her through her website: www.mariagraziaswan.com.

Kelly Hashway fully admits to being one of the most accident-prone people on the planet, but luckily she gets to write about female sleuths who are much more coordinated than she is. Maybe it was growing up watching Murder She Wrote that instilled a love of mystery, but she spends her days writing cozy mysteries. Kelly’s also a sucker for first love, which is why she writes romance under the pen name Ashelyn Drake. When she’s not writing, Kelly works as an editor and also as Mom, which she believes is a job title that deserves to be capitalized.

Kim Hunt Harris is the USA Today and Wall Street Journal best-selling author of the Trailer Park Princess Christian cozy mystery series.

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 such as 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 Lubbock, TX.

Susan Boles is a USA Today and Wall Street Journal Bestselling author who lives in Mississippi with her rescue mini Dachshund and rescue cat of no particular breed. You’ll find her writing mysteries centered around small southern towns with lots of great characters.

Lisa B. Thomas

Born and raised in Texas, I always knew I wanted to be a writer. Finally, after thirty-three years as a high school journalism and English teacher, I released my first novel. Having grown up reading Trixie Belden, Nancy Drew, and Agatha Christie, I was drawn to the mystery genre.

I write clean, classic whodunnits with realistic characters and situations. It’s probably because my first book was based on a true-life murder mystery from my own family. That book, Sharpe Shooter, led to the Maycroft Mysteries. I also write Killer Shots Mysteries and the Beachside Bookshop Magical Cozy Mysteries (co-written with Paula Lester.) I call my books “Mysteries with Heart & Humor,” and that’s just what you’ll get.

When not writing, I enjoy my grown husband and dog, my children, grandchildren, grandpets, photography, traveling, and antiquing (aka. buying and selling used junk).

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Emily Selby is a Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author who lives between France and New Zealand with her husband, daughter and a multilingual rescue cat. She loves writing and reading cozy mysteries with a sprinkle of romance, full of quirky characters and set in charming little towns.

Joanna Campbell Slan

National bestselling and award-winning author Joanna Campbell Slan has written and/or edited 40 books, including both fiction and non-fiction works. In addition to being included in Amazon’s list of Top 100 Mystery Authors, Joanna was one of the early Chicken Soup for the Soul contributors, and her stories appear in five of those New York Times bestselling books. Her first non-fiction book, Using Stories and Humor: Grab Your Audience, was endorsed by Toastmasters International, and lauded by Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speechwriter. She’s the author of three mystery series. Her first novel—Paper, Scissors, Death (Book #1 in the Kiki Lowenstein Mystery Series) –was shortlisted for the Agatha Award. Her first historical mystery—Death of a Schoolgirl: Book #1 in the Jane Eyre Chronicles—won the Daphne du Maurier Award of Excellence. Her contemporary series set in Florida continues this year with Second Chance at Faith (Book #4 in the Cara Mia Delgatto Mystery Series). In addition to writing fiction, she edits the Happy Homicides Anthologies and has begun the Dollhouse Décor & More series of “how to” books for dollhouse miniaturists.

Ava Mallory is a multi-genre USA Today & Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author of what she affectionately calls Mysteries with Heart. When not dreaming up stories full of twists and turns, she’s spinning heartwarming tales of love, laughter, and a healthy dose of mystery.

Chelsea Thomas is technically two people… Married writing team Chelsea and Matthew Thomas. Chelsea and Matt have spent the last 9 years living in Los Angeles, where they have worked as screenwriters. There, they have worked with such companies as CBS, SONY, and Nickelodeon. Now, with the completion of their first cozy mystery novel, Apple Die, they are proud to say that they are novelists, too.

Sam Cheever is a USA Today and Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author who 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 80+ books.

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Sneaky Interviews Bun the Rabbit from Left Fur Dead, A Jules & Bun Mystery, by J. M. Griffin

Sneaky here with another pet interview. Today, I’m speaking with a bunny whose current book, Left Fur Dead, is on tour with Escape with Dollycas Into a Good Book.

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

Bun the Rabbit, my author’s name is J.M. Griffin

Dig that cottontail, Bun. It’s mice to meet you.

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

Left Fur Dead, June 2019 release; Who’s Dead, Doc? TBR in February 2020

Pawsome.

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

Yes, I am a rescued telepathic rabbit who lives on a rabbit farm in southern New Hampshire. Jules Bridge, the farm owner, and my best friend, is my housemate and partner in solving mysteries. The sheriff doesn’t like it when we get involved in his investigations, but we are usually way ahead of him and pay him no mind. The crimes we solve are important to us since they generally concern us and the farm.

A telepathic rabbit? What a great character. Most cats have intuition, so you might consider us a bit telepathic, too. Your series sounds very interesting.

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

No, JM got the idea for me when she was watching the wild white-tailed rabbits that eat in her back yard.

There are a lot of rabbits in my author’s neighborhood, too. Her cats love watching them.

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

It tickles me that she injects humor and wit-filled dialogue for me.

That’s sounds like fun.

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

I can speak through telepathy, though it’s rare for people to realize I’m communicating with them. I thought Jules might never figure it out, but when she did, our lives changed for the better.

I’m a cat character who uses means other than telepathy to communicate with Alicia and the other Cobble Cove folks. I’ve never “spoken,” but my body language and cat sounds usually lead to the clues.

What advice would you give other pet characters?

I think it adds to stories when animals are given the option of communicating on a somewhat human level.

I think all animals communicate on a close-to human level, so it makes sense that animal characters do so. Is that deep, or what?

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

The second in the Bun and Jules series, Who’s Dead, Doc? will be released in February25, 2020, and can be preordered now.

Excellent. It’s been fun chatting with you, Bun, even with that carrot in your mouth. Now I have to hop to it and share you and your author’s blog tour. Thanks for coming by, and best whiskers to both of you on your new release.

Left Fur Dead
(A Jules & Bun Mystery)
by J.M. Griffin

About the Book


Left Fur Dead (A Jules & Bun Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Kensington (June 25, 2019)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-10: 1496720571
ISBN-13: 978-1496720573
Digital ASIN: B07HVS38YB

On Fur Bridge Farm, Jules cares for rescued rabbits. But when a killer strikes, she’ll need a rabbit to rescue her . . .

Juliette “Jules” Bridge prides herself on the tender rehabilitation she provides for injured or abused rabbits on her New Hampshire rescue farm, but she has a very special relationship with one bunny in particular. Bun is a black-and-white rabbit who happens to have the ability to communicate through mental telepathy. Once she got over the shock, Jules found her furry friend had a lot to say.

One frigid March morning on their walk together, Bun spots a body. The police identify the frozen stiff as Arthur Freeman, aka Arty the Mime. Jules and Arty knew each other on the children’s party circuit, where he’d perform magic tricks and she had an educational rabbit petting pen. With Bun egging her on, Jules decides it’s time they hop to it and put their heads together to discover who silenced the mime. But their investigation leads them down a rabbit hole of more suspects and lies, while a killer sets a trap for them . . .

About the Author

J. M. Griffin is the bestselling cozy mystery author of sixteen novels, including the Vinnie Esposito series. She lives in rural Rhode Island with her husband and two very mysterious cats. Visit her at jm-griffin.com.

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