Sneaky the Library Cat Interviews Tim the Cat from the Sign of the Calico Quartz by Jan Drexler

Meow there, black Kitty. You look a lot like my author’s cat, Harry. What is your name and your author’s name?

My name is Tim. My author’s name is Jan Drexler.

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

I’m in one book so far: The Sign of the Calico Quartz. Jan says I’m in the next book of the series, too. The Case of the Artist’s Mistake will be out late summer 2022.

Those sound pawsome. Please give information about the series.

The series is called “The Sweetbrier Inn Mysteries.”
Welcome to the Sweetbrier Inn, an upscale Bed and Breakfast located in the Black Hills of South Dakota, where mysteries abound, friendships are strong, and the scenery is breathtaking.
Join our sleuth, Emma Blackwood, as she solves puzzling murders with the help of her friend Becky Graves, handsome Deputy Cal Cooper, Aunt Rose (with an intriguing background of her own,) and her furry companions, Thatcher the corgi and Tim the cat.
They’ll make you feel at home in Paragon, the small town nestled in the midst of the Hills which is populated with its own quirky characters.
Stop by the Inn, help yourself to some tea and Becky’s famous scones, and join in the fun.

I like the sound of that. There’s an inn in Debbie’s Cobble Cove series, although I’m a library cat and live in the library. We have plenty of quirky characters in Cobble Cove, too.

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

I’m based on a cat that Jan once knew back when I lived in a small apartment. But my owners knew I was destined for bigger things, so found me a new home where I’m the only cat. Am I spoiled? Maybe. But I still spend my days investigating all the nooks and crannies of the house when I’m not sleeping on someone’s lap.

Ah, the good life.

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

This is the scene where I launched Emma on her sleuthing career!

A meow sounded from somewhere behind me in the lounge.

“Tim?”

The inky black cat purred and padded toward me across the room, threading his body through table legs on his way. He stretched himself up my leg and I took him into my arms, scratching the one white patch on his furry chest.

“What are you doing out here?”

He butted his head against my chin as I walked toward the door of my suite. I was sure he had been sleeping on the couch when I left just after breakfast this morning. I hadn’t been back to my suite since then.

I unlocked the door and opened it wide enough to tuck Tim inside, but in the dim afternoon shadows I saw something on the floor between the door and the sofa. I switched on the light.

A shoe? I looked closer, putting Tim on the floor as he squirmed in my arms. A man’s shoe.

I closed the door so the cat wouldn’t escape again and stepped farther into the room. Another shoe was next to the sofa, the rounded toe propped against the chaise. Brown leather and well-worn. Dried mud clinging to the edges of the soles. Not tucked neatly under the edge of the couch, like my shoes would have been, but random. Casual. As if someone had sat on the ottoman and kicked them off, toe to heel. First one, then the other. Tim sniffed the nearest shoe with a delicate nose touch. He jumped away in a sideways dance and ran behind the sofa.

What was a pair of men’s shoes doing in my suite?

A tray sat in the center of the ottoman with two wine glasses. An empty bottle lay on its side on the couch.

I shook my head. Another joke of Wil’s. Why couldn’t he stick to old stand-bys like rubber cheese in my sandwich? And really, coming into my private room was going a bit too far.

When I bent down to pick up the shoes, Tim yowled from somewhere near the window.

“What’s wrong now?”

I left the shoes where they were and leaned over the back of the sofa.

A man was sleeping on the floor, on his side, facing the wall. I glanced at his feet. Red socks. No shoes. At least that mystery was solved.

“Hey!”

He didn’t move. Was he passed out? Drunk? And why was he in my room?

I circled the sectional thinking I would shake him awake, but when I touched his shoulder he rolled from his side onto his back, his eyes open and staring at the ceiling. I leaned over him.

“Are you okay?” I touched his shoulder again. “Hey, are you hurt? Sir?”

That’s when it struck me. He wasn’t asleep.

Love that, and I’m sure my readers will, too. Thanks for sharing it.

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

My favorite part of being a part of the story is when I can support Emma. Sometimes she doesn’t know what to do, but a bit of fuzz therapy from me can get her thinking in the right direction.
I also like my sidekick, Thatcher the corgi. He thinks he’s the star of the story, but we all know he’s only the brawn. Only cats can apply our intellectual capabilities to solving the mystery. But he’s good for a game of chase or even a snuggle on the couch.

Supporting our human main characters is an important job. I also sometimes work with Fido, my dog co-star. He’s a golden retriever, but I mostly work with my gal pal, KittyKai, the calico.

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 Emma seems to understand what I’m saying anyway.

I’ve started talking to my readers, although Alicia and the other human characters in our books don’t realize it.

What advice would you give other cat characters?

Always stay in tune with what the people in the story need from you. (People are such needy things, aren’t they?) Make sure you’re on hand for a cuddle on the couch whenever the main character is in the scene.

Great advice.

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

The next book in the series, The Case of the Artist’s Mistake, will be out in the late summer of 2022.

The story takes place in the small town of Paragon where Emma finds the body of the owner of an art gallery lying on the gallery’s floor. With no apparent cause of death, Deputy Cal is ready to classify it as natural causes, but Emma isn’t convinced. Of course, I’m on hand to help her figure out the clues!

That sounds pawsome.

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

https://www.facebook.com/JanDrexlerAuthor

https://www.instagram.com/author_jan_drexler/

Thanks so much for the purr-fect interview. I’m sharing your authors blog tour and giveaway below. Best whiskers to you both on your new release and series.


The Sign of the Calico Quartz (The Sweetbrier Inn Mysteries)
by Jan Drexler

About The Sign of the Calico Quartz


The Sign of the Calico Quartz (The Sweetbrier Inn Mysteries)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Setting – South Dakota
Swift Wings Press (May 20, 2022)
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 276 pages
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 979-8986137803
Digital Swift Wings Press (May 25, 2022)
Print length ‏ : ‎ 242 pages
ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09ZNDM1VL

Emma Blackwood’s favorite pastime is solving literary murder mysteries…until the body in her living room makes everything a little too real.

When Emma comes to the Black Hills to work at her Aunt Rose’s B&B, the Sweetbrier Inn, she is hoping for a quiet break from the corporate treadmill. But she hadn’t expected murder and intrigue to mar this peaceful setting.

As she wades through too many clues to identify the murderer, she soon finds that the culprit isn’t stopping at only one homicide and may even have placed Emma herself on the list of targets. With the help of her friend Becky, and a deputy sheriff who grudgingly lets them join in on the investigation, Emma tracks down the killer. But will it be in time to save the next victim?

About Jan Drexler

Jan Drexler lives in the Black Hills of South Dakota with her husband, where she enjoys hiking and spending time with her expanding family. She is the author of several historical romance novels, including the award-winning Mattie’s Pledge, and is pleased to be starting a new adventure with a cozy mystery series, The Sweetbrier Inn Mysteries. You can find out more about Jan on her website: www.JanDrexler.com.

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Sneaky Interviews Spades the Cat from Burned: Death Plays with Matches: A Paranormal Penny Mystery by Sarah Hualde

Hello, Kitty. Welcome to my blog. What is your name and your author’s name?

My full name is Ace of Spades- but my human calls me Spades for short.

Sarah Hualde writes about me.

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

I’m featured in the Paranormal Penny Mystery Series.  It’s a cozy mystery series with a semi-paranormal element.  Though I don’t know what’s so cozy about the trouble Penny gets into.

I feel the same way about my Cobble Cove cozy mysteries. Alicia sure gets herself into some non-cozy situations – IMHCO (In my humble cat opinion).

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

In the Paranormal Penny Mystery Series, my human drives us around in her VW Bus. When we settle it’s not long before she sees that cursed bird of hers. Once that happens, she’s running all over the place in a panic. It’s not unusual for me to step in and save the day.

Sounds interesting. My human character is a librarian, and I’m a library cat.

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

I’ve been told I’m based on a neighbor’s cat.  Sarah Hualde is sadly allergic to my specific form of feline amazingness.

However, her kiddos grew to love the black cat of their grandmother’s next-door neighbor. (What’s not to love, right?)  Unfortunately, this cat passed away suddenly.  So their mother created me.  I’ll probably live forever.  But you never can tell when Sarah’s writing.

I was based on my author’s Siamese who is now on Rainbow Bridge. She now has two cats, one of them is black like you. Harry will be featured in Book 2 of her new Buttercup Bend cozy mystery series. There’s a Siamese in the first, but it isn’t me.

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

Every scene I’m in is important.  But I’ll ask Sarah if there’s anything that won’t produce spoilers.

Scene from Tailed: Book 3 of the Paranormal Penny Mystery Series

My mind flipped through all the pivotal scenes from the most well-known Hitchcock films. Nothing was off the table. From showers to national monuments, everything was a potential threat. How was I supposed to thwart Alfred Hitchcock? My heart pounded.

When Spades launched back into the van, I screeched with terror. Spades arched his back in a defensive strike against whatever he thought was threatening me.

“Poor kitty,” I whispered as I outstretched a shaky hand to stroke him. He shot a stink eye back at me. He hated being called kitty. Before you ask, yes, Spades knew the difference. He sulked.

Great scene. Thanks for sharing.

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

I do what I like.  Sarah has me paling around with Penny but I don’t NEED her.  It could be argued that Penny NEEDS me!

You are quite modest, Spades.

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

I choose to keep my thoughts to myself. Although I will hiss when ticked off.

I used to be quiet myself and only made cat sounds, but I found a way around that. In the new release of my series, Sneaky’s Supernatural Mystery and Other Cobble Cove Stories, readers can “see” my thoughts as can the other pets in the stories, while the human characters are oblivious.

What advice would you give other cat characters?

Don’t judge your human too harshly.  They have no idea what they’re doing.

Purr-fect advice, my friend.

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

My newest adventure just came out. It’s called Burned. Penny’s friends are good to me but you’ll have to read it to see how they treat her.

That’s quite a teaser. I will put it on my TBP (to be pawed) list. I don’t read too well, but I have picked up some words from living in the Cobble Cove Library.

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

Social?  Haha!  I’m a drifter.  But here are some places to find Sarah Hualde:

https://twitter.com/Sthecoffeejedi

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCK9ywmqk_2k-mEssZMkEvBQ

https://sarahhualde.com/

https://www.facebook.com/sarahhualdewritermom

I will share this information and our interview, as well as your author’s blog. Best whiskers to you and Sarah on your new release.

Burned: Death Plays with Matches (Paranormal Penny Mysteries)
by Sarah Hualde

About Burned: Death Plays With Matches


Burned: Death Plays with Matches (Paranormal Penny Mysteries)
Paranormal Cozy Mystery
6th in Series
Indie Christian Writers (June 14, 2022)
Digital: Number of Pages 185
ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09ZNWW5TK

Stalking an old nemesis…

…she discovers a hidden plot.

As a deceptive advisor is snuffed out.

Penny Nicols brings her “gift” to Billington. Searching for her sister, she’s determined to stand her ground. One woman holds the keys to Penny’s link between her past and the present.
When is history better left buried?

When the Raven is the one telling the story.

Dinah, Penny’s old advocate, is struck down before her eyes.

Penny’s long-distance friend T.C. continues to help her trail the whereabouts of her long-lost sibling and solve the mystery. Musical clues and manic relationships crowd the distracted Penny as T.C. supports her from afar.

Spades, the cat, charms the suspects as Penny untangles her omens.

Dinah may be victim number one, but Penny fears the Raven is just warming up.

You’ll love the sixth book in this binge-worthy paranormal mystery series because Penny and her sleuthing sidekicks dig deep to uncover the Raven’s evil plans.

About Sarah Hualde

Sarah lives in California, in a home that brings her happiness and hay fever. She loves God, loves her family, and loves freshly brewed coffee. She has a husband who cooks, a son who stop animates, a daughter who loves animals, a dog that follows her everywhere, and a turtle who scowls at her condescendingly.

Her mother raised her on Mary Higgins Clark, Diane Mott Davidson, and Remington Steele. Her grandmother shared True Crime stories with her as they plotted how to get away with the perfect murder. It’s no surprise that Sarah became an award-winning spinner of suspenseful tales brimming with quirky characters. Mysteries are in her blood. Not that she could survive one of her own stories. She confesses, “I’d be snuffed out by chapter two.”

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Sneaky Interviews Honey Belle, the parrot, from Killers of a Feather: An Urban Tails Pet Shop Mystery by T.C. LoTempio


Killers of a Feather (Urban Tails Pet Shop Mysteries)
by T. C. LoTempio

About Killers of a Feather

Killers of a Feather (Urban Tails Pet Shop Mysteries)
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Setting – Connecticut
Beyond the Page (June 21, 2022)
Print length ‏ : ‎ 299 pages
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09ZLV8ZS2

Shell McMillan and her feline friends must unravel a mystery where everyone’s a suspect and no one’s to blame . . .

With the grand re-opening of her Urban Tails Pet Shop just days away, Shell McMillan has her hands full planning entertainment for the festive event, including a fortune-telling parrot. But her jubilant mood is soon threatened by ominous rumors of the return of Johnny Draco, a former investment guru who swindled money from most of the residents of Fox Hollow and then vanished without a trace. And when the parrot predicts a dire future for Draco and his dead body is found just hours later, no one can say they’re surprised—but no one will say who did it.

With virtually everyone in town a suspect, the police turn their focus on a good friend of Shell’s who was seen arguing with the victim shortly before his death. Determined to clear her friend’s name, Shell begins investigating Draco’s past, his former employer, and everyone who lost money to him. And when the trail of clues suggests there may have been a completely different motive for the murder, Shell suddenly realizes she’s uncovered a secret someone would kill to keep hidden—and that if she’s not careful, the parrot may be predicting she has no future at all . . .

INTERVIEW WITH HONEY BELLE

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

Honey Belle, and my author’s name is T. C. Lotempio

It’s a pleasure to meet you, but don’t get too close. You’re a bird and I’m a cat.

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

Ah, only this one, Killers of a Feather, a cozy mystery.

Concats on your new release.

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

This is a series, entitled the Urban Tails Pet Shop Mysteries. It chronicles the adventures of Shell McMillan, a former Hollywood actress who gives up LA for Fox Hollow, Connecticut, to run her late aunt’s pet shop.I am featured in book two in the series, Killers of a Feather, as a fortune-telling parrot that Shell has hired for the grand reopening of the pet shop. When I predict a dire end for one of the residents and his body is found a few hours later, well . . . you can take it from there!

That sounds pawsome. My author has a new cozy series, too, The Buttercup Bend Mysteries. There’s a Siamese in it also but not me.  There’s also other pets because the main lady owns a pet rescue. In my series, The second book my author is working on will feature a bunch of parrots but none tell the future.

In my Cobble Cove Mysteries, my latest book, Sneaky’s Supernatural Mystery, and Other Cobble Cove Stories, features a psychic who comes to the library in the title story.

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

My character is actually based on two birds. One was my author’s first pet, a parakeet named Happy. Happy was not just an ordinary parakeet, he had special talents—he could dance to music! My author used to put on Beatles records and Happy would happily dance along in his cage. The second bird was a real live parrot who was in a street fair in New York. The parrot’s owner had a  box of fortunes, and the parrot would pluck one of the fortunes from the box, thus telling the recipient’s fortune! My author was so impressed with that that she imbued this talent into me in this book!

Wow Meow. Debbie should talk to you about parrots for research on her next book. She never owned one, but she’s had plenty of cats.

Can you share an excerpt from your book featuring you in an important scene?

Gary and I made our way out of the bungalow and over to the shed. As we approached the worn-looking structure, I paused.

“Did you hear that?” I asked Gary.

Gary shook his head. “I didn’t hear anything.”

“It’s coming from the shed,” I said. I quickened my pace, and when I got to the door I paused and pressed my ear to the wood. “There it is again,” I cried.

Gary had come up behind me, and now he also pressed his ear to the door. “You’re right,” he said after a minute. “What is that sound?”

My face had morphed into a grim expression. “I hope it isn’t what I think it is.” I pulled on the door. “It’s stuck,” I said.

Gary and I both put our shoulders against the aging wood and pushed. Finally the door groaned inward, and the two of us nearly toppled inside. The sound we’d heard was louder now, accompanied by another sound . . . the flapping of wings.

“That’s definitely a bird,” Gary said. “Maybe one of the parrots got out?”

I didn’t answer, just moved slowly forward. That particular sound, I knew, didn’t belong to just any parrot. It was the honking sound native to eclectus parrots—the same type of breed as Honey Belle.

“Didn’t you say Honey Belle was missing when you were here Saturday?” I called over my shoulder.

“Yep. The other cages were full, but hers and Captain Snaggle’s were empty.”

“Well, it sounds to me like Honey Belle might have come back.”

I’d turned the corner and now could see the rows of bird cages lining one wall. As I drew closer, I felt my heart skip a beat. All the cages were empty. “Gary,” I called. “The birds are gone.”

“They are?” He was next to me in an instant. He peered at the empty cages, scratching at his head. “They were all here Saturday, I swear.”

“Maybe one is still here,” I murmured. “Hear that?”

The sound of flapping wings was a bit louder now. “It sounds like it’s coming from over there.” Gary pointed to the far end of the shed.

Slowly I moved forward, Gary right behind me. When I got to the end of the aisle I peered cautiously around the corner. I sharp gasp escaped my lips as I caught sight of Honey Belle. The bird was sitting on a large stand positioned off to the left of an oak door. Her head was cocked, and she was flapping her wings back and forth.

I moved toward the bird slowly, so as not to frighten her. “Honey Belle,” I whispered. “Girl, what’s wrong?”

The bird let out another mournful honk. “Trouble,” she croaked. “You’re in big trouble, kiddo.” Her head bobbed toward the door, and I noticed it was slightly ajar.

Behind me I heard Gary mutter, “I don’t have a good feeling about this,” and I agreed, but we’d come this far. I, at least, had to see it through. I walked slowly over to the door and gave it a shove. Instead of swinging open, the door creaked open a couple inches and then stopped, as if something were blocking it. Through the small opening I could make out a workbench and some tools, so this was obviously a workroom of some sort. I leaned forward and poked my nose in, trying to peer around the edge of the door. I looked down, then gasped and put my hand to my mouth.

Adrian Arnold was sprawled awkwardly across the floor. His hair was matted with blood, and his hands were covered with what appeared to be bloody defensive wounds. There could be no doubt he was dead.

Great excerpt. Thanks for sharing.

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

Well, I am only in this book but it is a memorable appearance. I possess an important clue to the identity of the killer, since I was on the scene when the murder occurred!

That sounds like a pawsome role.

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

I talk in this book—spoiler alert—and my talent for repeating catchphrases helps catch a killer!

I’m sure you do a great job. I talk in some of my stories, but the humans can’t hear me.

What advice would you give other parrot characters?

Always listen to what your author tells you! And avoid giving him/her lethal fortunes!

MOL (mew out loud). I’m sure that’s good advice. Us cats have our own intuition to guide us.

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

You can find TC here:

www.tclotempio.net

https://www.facebook.com/toni.lotempio.5

And on Rocco’s blog:

www.catsbooksmorecats.blogspot.com

Thanks so much for the interview, Honey Belle. I’m sharing your author’s blog tour below.

About T.C. LoTempio

T. C. LoTempio is the award-winning, nationally bestselling author of the Nick and Nora Mysteries, the Urban Tails Pet Shop Mysteries, and the Cat Rescue Mysteries. For more information, check out her and her cat Rocco’s blog at www.catsbooksmorecats.blogspot.com and visit her website at www.tclotempio.net.

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July 10 – Cozy Up With Kathy – REVIEW, AUTHOR INTERVIEW

July 11 – Lady Hawkeye – SPOTLIGHT

July 11 – Eskimo Princess Book Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

July 12 – Literary Gold – SPOTLIGHT

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July 13 – I Read What You Write – CHARACTER GUEST POST

July 13 – Maureen’s Musings – SPOTLIGHT

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

July 14 – Hearts & Scribbles – SPOTLIGHT

July 15 – Mochas, Mysteries and Meows – CHARACTER GUEST POST

July 16 – Sapphyria’s Book Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

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Character Guest Post and Blog Tour for Five Belles Too Many, A Sarah Blair Mystery by Debra H. Goldstein


Five Belles Too Many (A Sarah Blair Mystery)
by Debra H. Goldstein

About Five Belles Too Many

Five Belles Too Many (A Sarah Blair Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
5th in the Series
Setting – Alabama
Kensington Cozies (June 28, 2022)
Mass Market Paperback ‏ : ‎ 336 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1496732235
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1496732231
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09HRCV4TN

When Sarah Blair’s mother participates in a reality show competition for brides in Wheaton, Alabama, things get a little too real as a murderer crashes the wedding party . . .

Sometimes Sarah’s mother, Maybelle, can be higher maintenance than her Siamese cat RahRah. Maybelle and her friend, Mr. George Rogers, have been chosen to be one of five couples competing for a small-town “perfect” wedding and dream honeymoon on a Southern Belles reality show—and guess who has to be chaperone. Even more vexing, the producers have decided to put up the crew and participants at the restaurant/bed and breakfast owned by Sarah’s nemesis Jane Clark.

But when someone turns up dead with Jane kneeling by the body with blood on her hands, she goes from being Sarah’s chief rival to the police’s chief suspect. Neither Sarah nor her twin, Chef Emily Johnson, can stand Jane—still, they don’t think she’s a murderer. The producers vow the show must go on, but to protect their mother and the other contestants, Sarah vows to find the true killer before someone else gets eliminated . . .

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RahRah Visits Sneaky

I’m so excited to be visiting Sneaky today! We cats have to stick together. In my world, there is a dog and a lot of humans, but no other cats. My name is RahRah and even though Kensington refers to the cozy mysteries that I’m in as the Sarah Blair mysteries, they’re really about me.

Like Sneaky, I can’t complain. I’m well love and cared for living with Sarah. You might say

I’m living the proverbially “life of Reilly.” Sarah doesn’t seem to know it, but I rule the house. I’ve got my favorite spots to stretch out and catch sun rays, I know exactly how to rub her leg and purr for extra treats, and if I do something that is a definite no-no, like walking across the bar using my tail to make the hanging glasses tinkle, I’m so cute that Sarah usually picks me up and hugs me.

Besides running Sarah’s life, I also rule her rescue dog, Fluffy. When Fluffy moved in, I made it clear from day one that I am this house’s alpha animal. When Sarah needs to use me as a sounding board, I make sure to be still and listen until she finishes pouring her heart out or working out a problem. Otherwise, I play with Fluffy and Sarah or let her snuggle me, but if I decide I’ve had enough, that’s it. I can assure you no one in my world challenges me about anything.

They can’t. I’m rich. I don’t mean only in the love I get from Sarah and the adoration in Fluffy’s eyes when she follows me around, but at the bank. You see, my original owner, who was Sarah’s ex-mother-in-law, willed me the carriage house that Sarah and I live in plus a trust fund. Consequently, even the people at the bank think I walk on water. I don’t plan to disabuse them of this notion.

As you can see, I’m usually the center of everyone’s universe. This week, though, Sarah is busy chaperoning her mother while her mother competes to win the perfect Southern wedding. A TV show from New York is filming the competition here in Wheaton, Alabama and is requiring the five finalists to be chaperoned. Sarah isn’t thrilled – after all, her mother isn’t a twenty-something-year old. Mother Maybelle is over sixty – but good daughter that she is, Sarah is doing it. That means she is running from her day job to take care of Fluffy and me and then she is having her twin, Chef Emily, spend the night once Emily closes her restaurant. I’m working hard to make Sarah feel guilty for neglecting me.

Tell me, Sneaky, what do you do when you want your owner to feel guilty? Readers, anything your cats do to let you know you need to pay them more attention (or things they do that makes you melt)?

Thank you for that pawsome guest post, RahRah. In answer to your question, when I want Alicia to feel guilty, I give her a certain look. You character cats and real cats out there know what I mean. Our stares are stronger than words. Best whiskers to you and your author on your new release and blog tour.

About Debra H. Goldstein

Many, Four Cuts Too Many, Three Treats Too Many, Two Bites Too Many, and One Taste Too Many). Her novels and short stories received an IPPY award and have been named Agatha, Anthony, Derringer, and Silver Falchion finalists. Debra served on the national boards of Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America and was president of the Guppy and SEMWA chapters. Find out more about Debra at https://www.DebraHGoldstein.com .

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June 17 – Baroness Book Trove – REVIEW

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Sneaky Interviews Olivia from Oh! Olivia by Patricia Fry

Today, I’m honored to welcome a pretty calico cat to my blog. Hello, Miss Kitty. You’re so sweet sitting there in the interview chair crossing your paws. Please introduce yourself and your author.

I’m Olivia and the author (who is also my mom) is Patricia Fry.

Mice to meet both of you. My author knows Patricia through the Cat Writers’ Association.

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

Mom (Patricia Fry) has been writing the Klepto Cat Mysteries featuring a cat named Rags, for about ten years. The Klepto Cat Mysteries are cozy mysteries with cats. When she started planning Book 51 of the series, she thought it would be fun to introduce me as one of the characters. She even re-furred to me in the title, Calico Calamities. I am a calico, you see. She called this my debut into the world of cozy mysteries.

I’d already become pretty popular on Facebook, and Rags’s fans loved meeting me in Calico Calamities, so Mom got all excited about starting a new series featuring me. Now I’m a star in the new Calico Cat Mysteries.

Book One is called Oh! Olivia. That’s something Mom says a lot around here, (“Oh Olivia, what have you done now?” “Oh Olivia, where are you?” “Oh Olivia, get down from those curtains!”) Yes, that was the purr-fect title for my debut book.

MOL. I’ve seen your photos on Facebook. You’re quite photogenic. My author, Debbie, also has a calico, Hermione, who has the same cute habit of crossing her paws. It must be a calico thing.

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

Yes, both the Klepto Cat Mysteries and the Calico Cat Mysteries are series. The Klepto Cat Mysteries features Rags, a cat that can’t keep his paws off of other people’s things, and the things he takes are often clues in a mystery or a crime. Rags gets into a lot of trouble, but he does some fabulously courageous things, too, like saving people and other animals. He’s much older than I am and has the most amazing instincts. I just turned one year old, but I hope I can someday be as brave as he is and help people like he does.

The Calico Cat Mysteries feature ME, Olivia, and my storybook mom, Parker, an investigative reporter. In these stories, I’m just an ordinary calico cat with an amazingly quirky purr-sonality. I’m silly and refined; naughty and well-mannered, and super intuitive. I’m also adventuresome and a bit of a comedian. Mostly, I like to help. I have the helping gene, which, as you can imagine sometimes gets me into trouble.

Wow, Meow. You and your author sure are busy. I know that Debbie read Oh! Olivia, the first book in your Calico Cat Mysteries and she asked me to post her review along with your blog tour below this interview.

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

Pinch me; I’m real. I lived under a house in a strange city during a pandemic before I was rescued. A kind lady found me a home with Mom and Dad when I was about 10 weeks old. They say that the isolation during 2020 was so much more bearable with me because I made them laugh. Yup, they laughed their way through 2020. And I just enjoyed being loved. Mom has loved a lot of cats, but she says I’m different. I’m so different that Mom could envision me frolicking across the pages of a cozy mystery. And frolic I do—fictitiously, of course.

What a pawsome story. I think you and your author are lucky to have found one another. I was based on Debbie’s Siamese cat, Oliver, who went to Rainbow Bridge three years ago, but I’m still representing him in my Cobble Cove series. Debbie has also featured her real life cats, Stripey, Harry, and Hermione in her other books and stories. It’s great to be an author’s cat, literally.

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

It’s Christmas Eve, and Olivia has been “arrested.” A police officer took her to the station to be picked up later by animal services. The reason—she had found a lost little boy and his weirded out mother wants Olivia in quarantine in case she scratched him or bit him. Olivia’s mom, Parker, an investigative reporter, is frantic. She eventually remembers that she has Olivia’s vaccination record on her phone, along with Olivia’s certification as a therapy cat, so she races down to the police station to rescue her beloved cat. Parker had forgotten to tell the “arresting” officer that Olivia is an escape artist, and when the officer on duty went to retrieve the cat from a small carrier in a back office of the police station, they discover that she’s gone. Officer Inez Franklin asks Parker and her brother, Wade, to wait in the lobby while she looks for Olivia. Here’s where the story takes up:

Within minutes the inside door opened, and Officer Franklin entered the lobby.

“You didn’t find her,” Parker said. “I can tell by your posture.”

“No, but there’s one room I haven’t looked in, yet,” the officer said.

“A bathroom?” Parker asked. “Oh no, not a bathroom. She’ll be playing in the toilet for sure. She likes water. In fact, she likes watching a toilet flush. Sometimes she even manages to flush it herself.” She faced Wade. “I don’t think I told you about our hotel stay in Mexico that time. We got in big trouble for wasting water while we were there. I couldn’t for the life of me figure out why, then I caught Olivia sitting on the toilet seat just flushing and flushing away. She can also sometimes turn on a faucet.”

“Oh my,” the officer said, walking swiftly toward the door. “Come on, let’s go see.” She said over her shoulder, “I actually looked around in the women’s restroom, but maybe we’d better check the men’s.” She stopped outside the bathroom door and motioned to Wade. “Sir, I’ll let you go in.” She asked Parker, “So Olivia likes water, does she?” She cringed. “You know, I heard some flushing going on in there when I was checking the women’s facility. I figured that if she was in there, whoever was using the facility would see her.”

“Well?” Parker asked eagerly when Wade returned.

“Officer Franklin,” Wade said, “either you work with some squirrely officers, or someone turned loose a pack of monkeys in there.” He shook his head. “It’s a disaster—paper towels and toilet paper all over the place.” He grinned at Parker. “I thought Olivia was more refined than that.”

Parker sighed. “Not when she’s unhappy or feels cornered. She’ll take it out on whatever she can get her paws on.”

When the officer heard a door open at the end of the hallway, she turned and called out, “Camille, can I speak with you for a moment?”

Camille nodded and said quietly as the trio approached, “I was just going to call you when I heard you out here.” She glanced curiously at Parker and Wade.

“We’re looking for a cat,” Inez said. “Can we…”

“By all means,” Camille said, cautiously opening the door for them to enter. She put her finger across her lips in a shushing manner and motioned for Inez to follow her across the room to a small futon covered with a blanket. Camille lifted a corner of the blanket, and Inez gasped. She eagerly motioned for the couple to join her.

Parker was sure her heart missed a beat as she approached the officer. When she got close enough, she could see an infant lying on the futon contentedly sucking her thumb. The baby held the edge of the blanket up against her face and stared out at Parker with wide eyes. The officer lifted another edge of the blanket and revealed a shock of black, orange, and white fur.

“Olivia!” Parker hissed. “Oh my gosh.” She clasped her hands under her chin and smiled down at the baby and the cat.

“Is this your cat?” Camille asked. “What’s she doing here at the station?”

“Long story,” Wade said, running his hand over the sleeping calico.

Olivia raised her head and looked at him briefly through squinty eyes, then lay back down.

Parker cupped one hand over Olivia’s head tenderly. “My sweet girl.” She smiled down at her and at the baby.

“It’s an abuse case,” Camille explained. “We’re waiting for social services. I guess maybe the cat heard the little thing crying in here. When I came in to relieve Wentzel, she must have sneaked in. I was freaked out when she suddenly appeared at my feet…”

      Parker chuckled. “She does that. She seems to materialize out of thin air sometimes.”

         “So she just climbed into bed with the baby?” Inez asked, amused.

Camille nodded. “When I saw how gentle she was with the baby and how relaxed the little one became, well, it was the miracle we needed.” She tilted her head. “Didn’t I hear that a cat found the Anderson boy this afternoon?”

Parker nodded. “Yes, that was Olivia.”

“That poor soul,” Camille said. “He’s another child who needs help.”

Suddenly Olivia raised her head and looked around. She stood up, sniffed the child’s face a couple of times, then stepped slowly onto the floor and stretched—her bushy tail arching across her back.

“Olivia, sweetheart,” Parker cooed, kneeling. “Come here, girl. I missed you so much.”

The pert calico stretched again, then walked up to Parker and put one paw on her leg.

Everyone chuckled when Olivia reached up toward Parker’s face with her other paw, waving it in the air a couple of times.

“What was that?” Wade asked.

Parker grinned and shook her head. “Heck if I know. She always does it. I assume it’s a special greeting—she’s greeting me.” 

“She missed you,” Officer Franklin said, smiling.

“Yeah, we’re rarely apart,” Parker explained, lifting Olivia into her arms.

“They’re joined at the heart,” Wade added, running his hand over Olivia’s fur. “Can we take her home?” he asked.

I’m impressed. What a purrfect excerpt. You are quite the actress, Olivia.

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

My character cat gets to have fun and she does some very important things too—helping things, courageous things. I like making people smile and making them feel better about whatever is going on in their life. If I can bring a little joy to a life, I’m a happy kitty-cat. And if I can have fun while I’m doing it—all the better.

What a great catitude!

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

I only mew, meow, yowl, hiss, and purr, like you do, Sneaky. My mew is squeaky and my purr is deep. That may be weird, but that’s how it is. So no, I don’t have a speaking part unless you consider silent words. I use a lot of body language—especially with my tail. Parker is just about the only one who can read my body language. We have a special way of communicating, but I love to trip her up—you know, show a certain behavior, then do something completely unexpected. The way I look at it, you need to keep your humans guessing.

I totally agree.

What advice would you give other cat characters?

Don’t take yourself too seriously. Seriously, you’re a cat—a fabulous cat, I’m sure, and you get to do a lot of fun stuff and some that’s not so fun. Just try to remember why you’re where you are today—pictured on the cover of a beautiful book and being allowed to do all kinds of naughty things. Enjoy the journey. You are blessed.

I like the way you think, Olivia.

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

Book 2 of the Calico Cat Mysteries just came out. It’s called, Where’s Olivia? This book takes up where Book 1 left off. We’re on a mission to find the detectives missing daughter—who was first thought to have perished in a mud slide. You aren’t going to believe where this investigation takes us. I can tell you this—it’s brimming with twists and turns, ups and downs, and some pawsitively pawsome surprises.

Gosh! You and Patricia sure are fast. It takes Debbie and me time to write the books in our series, but Debbie publishes a few short stories featuring me and KittyKai, who also happens to be a calico cat, to keep her readers happy. In fact, one of those stories, Sneaky’s Summer Mystery, just won a Certificate of Excellence from the Cat Writers’ Association of which I know you’re also a member and have won awards.

It’s been great having you here, Olivia, and best whiskers to you and Patricia on your new series. As promised, I’m featuring your blog tour below and Debbie’s review of your book.


Oh! Olivia: A Calico Cat Mystery
by Patricia Fry

About Oh! Olivia


Oh! Olivia: A Calico Cat Mystery
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Publisher ‏ : ‎ Matilija Press (May 19, 2021)
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 254 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1736943006
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1736943007
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B095BV39KQ

Olivia proves she’s not just a pretty face.

Parker Campbell, an investigative reporter, and her calico cat, Olivia, have been summoned to help save a long-standing cat colony site from the grips of eager developers. They arrive on scene to discover that the property has become enshrouded in a most unsettling mystery. The feral cats are digging up personal items belonging to missing persons who vanished years earlier. Was this the site of a mass murder, a cult ritual gone wrong, or an unexplained phenomenon? Parker teams up with Detective Judson Caldwell, who has taken a personal leave to secretly investigate the mystery, and soon learns what drives his obsession with this case.

Olivia, the sweet and sassy calico, struts her stuff in this story. She locates a lost toddler and ends up getting herself arrested. She isn’t about to take this insult lying down, however. She escapes from custody and trashes the police station. Olivia alerts Parker to trouble when they visit her aunt’s home and find that the woman has detained a burglar in a most unusual way. Olivia also finds major clues in the convoluted cat colony mystery, one that promises a glimmer of hope for a long-grieving parent.

About Patricia Fry

Patricia has been writing for publication for over 45 years. The first Calico Cat Mystery will be her 94th published book. But she didn’t start out writing fiction. She had a passion for writing nonfiction articles, and she wrote hundreds—maybe thousands—of articles over her career for around 300 different publications including, Woman’s World, Entrepreneur, The Toastmaster, The World and I, Western Horse, Cat Fancy, Cats Magazine, Los Angeles Times Magazine, Your Health, Writer’s Digest, and many, many others.

Throughout the 1990s and early 2000s she wrote columns, articles, and books for authors teaching about the business of writing. She presented workshops for authors and gave presentations in dozens of cities throughout the US.

In 2010, she wrote her first cat book—Catscapades, True Cat Tales. The following year she shifted from writing nonfiction and teaching, counseling, and mentoring other authors and she wrote the first in the award-winning Klepto Cat Mystery series, CATNAPPED. This series is 51-books strong as of April 2021 and counting.

Patricia is past president and director of SPAWN (Small Publishers, Artists, and Writers Network—now WPN, The Writers and Publishers Network). She is a professional member of the Cat Writers Association since 2009, and she has been writing a daily blog—Catscapades since 2009.

Patricia has almost always had a cat at her hearth and in her heart, loving many mixed breed cats as well as a Himalayan, a Persian and a Siamese. She prefers the long-to medium haired cats, but she has also shared her home with short-haired cats over the years. All but two of the cats she’s had over the years were adopted. Several of them were rescues and some of those came from feral beginnings. Every one of her cats had a story and those stories sometimes appear in the mysteries she writes.

Currently, Patricia shares her home with Sophie, a seventeen-year-old classic formerly feral tortie, and Olivia, the gorgeous diva calico featured in the Calico Cat Mystery series.

REVIEW

*****5 STARS

OH, OLIVIA! is an adorable book, the first of a new series by prolific author, Patricia Fry, who writes the Klepto Cat Mysteries. While I hadn’t read any of her previous books, I found it nice that she included some of the characters from her other series featuring Rags, the cat, and hope to read some of these in the future. Olivia was also introduced previously in CALICO CALAMITIES.

In OH, OLIVIA, there is a mystery involving a group of unrelated people who have disappeared as if into thin air. Clues discovered years later help Parker and her calico cat, Olivia, solve the case. It was a real stumper and kept me guessing. The only fault I found with the book is the ending because I’m not fond of cliffhangers. However, the author writes so quickly that the next book in the series, WHERE’S OLIVIA, is already out. If you’re a cozy fan who enjoys reading mysteries with cats in them, you’ll love this book. Highly recommended.

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