Sneaky Interviews Isenbale from Magickal Mystery Lore, An Abracadabra Mystery, by Sharon Pape

Sneaky here with another pawsome interview of a pet character. Today, it’s my pleasure to chat with a cozy mystery cat whose current book, Magickal Mystery Lore is on tour with Escape with Dollycas Into a Good Book. Hello, there, Kitty. What is your name and your author’s name?

My name is Isenbale, a perfect and dignified name for a Maine Coon familiar, thanks to my author, Sharon Pape.

Mice to meet you, Isenbale. That is quite a distinctive name.

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

I have been in each of the Abracadabra books thus far, including the one that debuted on April sixteenth. I’m pleased to say that these are all cozy mysteries: Magick & Mayhem, That Olde White Magick, Magick Run Amok, and Magickal Mystery Lore.

Pawsome. I’m a cozy mystery cat myself.

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

As you have no doubt surmised, these books are part of a series known as The Abracadabra Mysteries. Kailyn Wilde is a sorceress of ancient lineage, whose family emigrated to America in the seventeenth century. Over the years, a quaint, touristy town sprang up around their magick shop in Upstate New York. The shop is known for its health and beauty aids that work like magick. In the past year, Kailyn has discovered she also has a knack for solving murder cases. When she enlists the help of her cat familiar, Sashkatu (who isn’t half the cat I am), her psychic aunt Tilly, boyfriend/ journalist, Travis, and Merlin – yes that Merlin, the bad guys don’t stand a chance. Although I haven’t had a role in Kailyn’s crime fighting, I play an important cameo role in the Wilde family as Tilly’s loyal familiar.

Wow, Meow. That sounds great.

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

I am not based on any other cat. I am unique and born of the stuff of dreams.

I see. What fun.

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

I love being Tilly’s familiar for several reasons. I’m one degree removed from the central action and dangers of Kailyn’s life. My Tilly is a master pastry chef. There are always goodies around and the magnificent smells of more things baking. What’s more, ever since Merlin crash landed in the magick shop, he’s been living here in Tilly’s house with me. Merlin is to cats as Elvis and the Beatles were to teeny boppers. Like all felines, I simply can’t get enough of him, despite the incident when he accidentally turned me into a bird and forgot how to change me back!

Did someone say “bird?” You’re  making me hungry with all that talk of bakery goodies and then you have to mention a bird – MOL (meow out loud).

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

I am like you, Sneaky, I keep my thoughts to myself, except for the occasional and perfectly timed meow.

That’s the best way to be.

What advice would you give other cat characters?

Be observant and always have a hidey hole close by in case danger comes calling, whether it be a cranky child or a killer. If a lap is available, make use of it. If a sunny ledge is also an option, remember that the lap belongs to someone with opposable thumbs who can cook or order takeout. And don’t let anyone turn you into anything else. As a cat, you are already at the top of the animal kingdom!

Purrfect advice.

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

As a matter of fact, I do. Magickal Mystery Lore came out April 16th and we had a wonderful Facebook Release Party on that date with six fabulous cozy authors, including your author, Sneaky! There were giveaways and lots of fun!

I heard about that. I love Facebook parties and have hosted a few myself.

Well, Isenbale, it’s been a pleasure having you here. Best whiskers to you and your author on your new mystery. I’m sharing the blog tour below.

Magickal Mystery Lore
(An Abracadabra Mystery)
by Sharon Pape

About the Book


Magickal Mystery Lore (An Abracadabra Mystery)
Paranormal Cozy Mystery
4th in Series
Lyrical Underground (April 16, 2019)
Pages: 317 (including a sneak peek into book 5)
ASIN: B07FS2GCW3

This spells trouble . . .

The New Camel Day Fair is a fun-filled event for residents of this upstate New York town. Kailyn Wilde, a modern-day witch of ancient lineage, leaves her potion shop, Abracadabra—and her feline familiar, Sashkatu—to attend with her fortune-telling Aunt Tilly. Joining them is legendary wizard Merlin, who’s discovering new pleasures of time-traveling to the modern world, including curly fries and kettle corn—but the appeal of the Tilt-a-Wheel is beyond his mystical imagination.

The real wild ride begins later, when neighboring sweet shop owner Lolly rushes into Abracadabra with news about a dead body. The victim has one of Lolly’s fudge knives stuck in her back, but in spite of the sticky evidence, Lolly is only one of several suspects with ample motive and opportunity. Meanwhile, Merlin’s research into old family scrolls and electromagnetic ley lines is causing some unusual mix-ups. As the two investigations collide, Kailyn will have to do everything in her power to prevent disaster…

About the Author

Sharon Pape describes her writing career as having two stages. Back in the dark ages, before computers were in every household, she had three paranormal books published. The first one was condensed by Redbook Magazine, the first paperback original they had ever condensed. Around the same time, Redbook published her first short story.

Then life brought her an unexpected challenge that went by the name of breast cancer. When her treatment was over, she became a volunteer for the American Cancer Society’s Reach to Recovery Program and went on to be the program’s coordinator for Nassau and Suffolk Counties on Long Island. Several years later, with the help of her surgical oncologist and two other survivors, she started her own not-for-profit organization to provide information and peer support to newly diagnosed breast cancer patients.

Once the organization was running smoothly and didn’t require as much of her time, she returned to her first love – writing. During this second stage of her career, she’s been writing cozy mysteries with a paranormal twist and a splash of humor.

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Sneaky Interviews Tigger from Sifting Through the Clues, a Cookbook Nook Mystery, by Daryl Wood Gerber

Sneaky here with another pawsome interview of a pet character. Today, it’s my pleasure to chat with a cozy mystery cat whose current book, Sifting Through the Clues is on tour with Escape with Dollycas Into a Good Book. Hello, there, Kitty. What is your name and your author’s name?

My name is Tigger. I’m a ginger cat. My author’s name is Daryl Wood Gerber.

Hi, Tigger, Mice to meet you.

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

I appear in the Cookbook Nook Mysteries, a cozy mystery set in Crystal Cove, California. That’s on the coast. I love the sound of the ocean. There are 8 books in the series: Final Sentence, Inherit the Word, Stirring the Plot, Fudging the Books, Grilling the Subject, Pressing the Issue, Wreath Between the Lines, and Sifting Through Clues.

Sounds like a nice list. There are only 4 in my Cobble Cove mystery series, but I’m sure Debbie will be starting number 5 soon.

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

My human, Jenna Hart, owns a culinary bookshop called the Cookbook Nook and the Nook Café with her aunt Vera. Jenna used to be an advertising executive in San Francisco, but she came home to help her aunt and to find her smile. She found me. I was a stray. She’s smiling, all right! Me, too.

Pawsome. I was found on the steps of the Cobble Cove Library and taken in by the nice people there. The library’s great, but I imagine it’s wonderful to live in a bookshop that has a cafe.

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

No. My author has a dog named Sparky. He’s a darling golden doodle. She used to have cats as a girl. All black cats, so I’m told. She couldn’t have cats when she married her husband. Allergies. But she still loves them. She was particularly fond of the ginger cat color so she dreamed me up. And she loved the Tigger character in the Pooh stories, hence my name.

I’m glad your author can have cat characters even if she can’t have real life cats. My author has 3. She lost her Siamese Oliver (who I’m based on) last year and now has a black kitten and a calico one. She also has a 10-year-old tabby.

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

If I share a scene, I’ll be giving away a big part of the story, so I can’t, but yes, I am instrumental in Fudging the Books. Well, Hershey and I are. He’s my pal. He wasn’t my pal at the beginning, but he warmed up to me by the end. We save the day. You’ll see.

I guess I’ll have to read to find out. Sounds exciting.

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

I like that Jenna cuddles me a lot and plays with me and takes me to the shop. There’s a cat condo at the shop that her father made and it’s like the best thing in the world. I like playing with the children that come in to do crafts while their parents shop, too. My life is never dull. Unlike some other cats, I’m a people cat.

What a great role. I’m a people’s cat, too.

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

Oh, I don’t talk, but Jenna intuits what I’m saying at all times. She’s cool that way.

Sounds like Alicia and Laura. They both understand me.

What advice would you give other cat characters?

To love their humans and to not be aloof. Humans really like to cuddle. Me, too.

I like that advice. It’s purrfect. Thank  you, Tigger.

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

Sifting through Clues comes out this month. I’m very supportive of Jenna throughout this story. She doesn’t need my help, but she needs me. That’s all that matters.

Of claws it does.

If there’s anything else you’d like readers to know about you, your author, or your new book, please post it below. Thanks again for being my guest, and best whiskers to you and your author on your new release.

Thanks so much, Sneaky.

Here are 3 TEASERS FROM SIFTING THROUGH CLUES:

The construction paper cookbooks that Bailey had fashioned were

a huge hit with children. Tigger, too. He had a blast trolling beneath

the kids’ table for ribbon and other craft scraps.

 

Mulling over my options, I made my way to the door. I paused

when I spied Tigger attacking a kick-and-scratch toy with zealous

vengeance. Apparently, he was feeling as pent-up as I was.

“Sorry, pal,” I cooed and lifted him for a hug. “It’s my fault you’re

out of sorts.” I set him on his kitty condo and fetched him a calming

chewable. “I’ll do better tomorrow. Promise.”

 

As he pulled in beside my VW, I gasped. My cottage door was

standing wide open.

“Tigger!” I raced out of Rhett’s truck and flew inside. I breathed

easier when I saw my cat at the tippy top of his kitty condo. The way

he was sitting, his head hanging over the edge, reminded me of

Snoopy on his doghouse pretending to be a vulture. I picked him up

and held him close. His heart revved like a motorboat.

I’m also including information on our blog tour:

The Agatha Award–winning author of Wreath Between the Lines returns to the Cookbook Nook, where culinary mysteries are giving everyone food for thought . . .

Book clubs from all over have descended on Crystal Cove to celebrate the library’s Book Club Bonanza week, and Jenna Hart has packed the Cookbook Nook with juicy reads and tasty cookbooks. But she’s most excited about spending an evening with the Mystery Mavens and their moveable feast, when they will go from house to house to share different culinary treats and discuss the whodunit they’re all reading. It’s all good food and fun for the savvy armchair detectives, until one of the members of the group is found murdered at the last stop on the tour.

As if that weren’t enough to spoil her appetite, Jenna discovers that all the evidence points to her friend Pepper as being the guilty party. And with Pepper’s chief-of-police daughter too close to the case to be impartial, Jenna knows she’ll have to step in to help clear her friend’s name before a bitter injustice sends her to jail. Sifting through the clues, Jenna unearths any number of possible culprits, but she’ll have to cook up a new way to catch the killer before Pepper’s goose is cooked.

Includes tasty sweet and savory recipes!

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Agatha Award-winning Daryl Wood Gerber writes the nationally bestselling Cookbook Nook Mysteries as well as the French Bistro Mysteries.  As Avery Aames, she pens the popular Cheese Shop Mysteries. Daryl also writes stand-alone suspense. Fun tidbit: as an actress, Daryl appeared in “Murder, She Wrote.” She loves to cook, and she has a frisky Goldendoodle named Sparky who keeps her in line!

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Sneaky Interviews Lola from Murder in Tranquility Park, A Ferrara Family Mystery, by J. D. Griffo

Sneaky here with another pawsome interview of a pet character. Today, it’s my pleasure to chat with a cozy mystery cat whose current book, Murder in Tranquility Park is on tour with Escape with Dollycas Into a Good Book. Hello, there, Kitty. What is your name and your author’s name?

My full name is Gina Lollobrigida Ferrara Scaglione, but everyone calls me Lola for short.  But when I’ve done something I wasn’t supposed to do my pet mom, Alberta, calls me by my full name.  Usually in a really loud voice.

My author’s name is J.D. Griffo.  The J.D. stands for Jean Dolores.

Very mice to meet you, Lola. Do I detect an Italian accent? How interesting. What books have you appeared in?

I have appeared in MURDER ON MEMORY LAKE, MURDER IN TRANQUILITY PARK, and the upcoming MURDER AT ICICLE LODGE.  All these books are cozy mysteries, but not for nothing, with so much murder and mystery in every book I’m not sure why they’re called cozy.

Good point, but usually there’s less violence in a cozy and no sex or bad language. Who needs those, anyway, when they can have cute cats like us in the stories?

Are you in a series?

Yes, the three books above are part of The Ferrara Family Mystery Series and since I’m part of the Ferrara family I’m in all three books.  J.D. knows better than to leave me out of all the fun!

Of claws. Are you based on a real animal such as your author’s?

Listen closely because I’ve got a secret – my author has never had a pet.  Isn’t that shocking?  It’s also fantastico because I can say without a doubt that I am a completely original creation that is the product of my author’s own imagination.

Well, it sure is easier to have a character cat than a real one. No litterbox cleanup and stuff like that, but my author has had cats all her life and swears by them. Each to their own.

Can you share an excerpt from one of your books that features you in an important scene?

I’d like to think that I’m featured in every important scene in every book, but here’s a scene from the upcoming MURDER IN TRANQUILITY PARK that takes place in Alberta’s cottage and thanks to me I help the family find a major clue.

Alberta, Jinx, Helen, and Joyce were sitting around Alberta’s kitchen table along with Bruno, Sloan, and Freddy, sitting on mismatched chairs brought into the kitchen from the rest of the house. There were trays of lasagna, baked ziti, and stuffed peppers; two cold-cut platters with prosciutto, soppresata, and capicola rolled into thin meat cylinders; several small dishes with mozzarella floating in a river of watery milk; platters stacked with sliced cheeses and sprinkled with olives; bowls of peppers in a variety of colors; little dishes filled with artichoke hearts; a bowl of broccoli rabe; in between all the trays and platters were scattered loaves of hard, crusty bread; and in the center of the table there was a huge bowl filled with meatballs, sausage, and bracciole. It was a feast fit for several kings, plus their entourages, but hardly anyone was eating and no one looked festive. Lola, whose shiny black fur with her chic white stripe over her left eye made her appropriately dressed for the occasion, sauntered into the kitchen enticed by the cavalcade of smells, but took one look at the dismal-looking crowd, let out a disdainful purr, and returned to her bed in the living room. At least in there an Eydie Gormé CD was playing from the DVD player so the room might be empty, but the atmosphere, at least, was festive.

After a few moments it sounded as if Eydie got a case of laryngitis and lost her voice. There was an earsplitting screeching sound heard from the living room, immediately followed by the sound of a loud crash, and topped off by a triumphant meow.

“Lola!” Alberta cried. “What have you gotten into now?”

Alberta ran into the living room followed by the rest of the group to find Lola standing on top of Eydie Gormé’s album and spinning around the record player purring contentedly and clearly enjoying herself. A brown wicker cornucopia and wooden pieces of fruit were strewn all over the hardwood floor, obviously the cause of the loud crash. Mesmerized, Jinx bent down and picked up a fallen banana as if she had just found the proverbial needle in a haystack and found out the needle was encrusted with diamonds and precious jewels.

Excellent excerpt. I applaud you with my paws, Lola. My author has a cat who jumps on counters, too. He doesn’t uncover any clues, though.

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

What I love the most is that no matter what scene I’m in I always seem to be the center of attention.  I guess when you look like I do with such luxurious black fur and a chic white stripe over my eye, it’s hard not to go through life without a spotlight on you.  But I really do relish the fact that everybody wants to pick me up and cuddle.  Alberta, Jinx, the whole family, their friends, even cranky Helen, no one can keep their hands off of me.

Lucky you. I have a lot of admirers in Cobble Cove, too. You sound like a handsome guy. I’m Siamese, and I know human characters find me attractive, too, with my blue eyes and beige color points.

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

For now it makes me triste . . . sad to have to admit that I’m a silent cat. However, I do make my presence known in non-verbal ways.  But who knows what future books will bring and maybe some day the world will hear my beautiful voice and everyone will say, “Oh Lola sounds bellissima!

Don’t feel bad. I don’t human talk either, but we character cats are quite adept at body language.

What advice would you give other cat characters?

The best advice I can share is one that my friend Felix gave me when I was just a kitten and breaking into the business.  Felix told me to get an ironclad clause in my contract to make sure I appear on the cover of every book.  He said it would guarantee my popularity even if I never got to speak a word.  Felix was a very wise cat, he was.

I wish I had spoken to someone that smart. I didn’t get on the cover of my author’s books until the third one when I threatened to go on strike if she didn’t listen to me about that.

Do you have any new books coming out?

Oh yes!  MURDER IN TRANQUILITY PARK, which is book two in The Ferrara Family Mystery Series, comes out this month.  It’s very good. Lots of murder, suspense, and I didn’t figure out whodunit until the last chapter!  Then after that, MURDER AT ICICLE LODGE comes out at the end of the year.  And I’m very excited for that one because we all get to go on a road trip.  So never fear, there’s a lot more of me and, well, the rest of the Ferrara’s to come.

Oooh, road trip. I should ask Debbie to consider having Alicia or one of the other librarians at the Cobble Cove library where I live take me on one.

Are you and/or your author on social media?

Claro! We are social media royalty! We have our very own author page at Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Michael-Griffo/e/B004MRYH6K And you can find us on Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/michael.griffo.33, Twitter @Michael2264 and Instagram #j.d.griffo.  Plus, we even have our own website – www.michaelgriffo.com   Come visit us and say ciao!

Will do, Lola. Grazie for the interview, and best whiskers to you and your author on your new release and blog tour that I’m sharing below.

Murder in Tranquility Park
(A Ferrara Family Mystery)
by J.D. Griffo

About the Book


Murder in Tranquility Park (A Ferrara Family Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Kensington (March 26, 2019)
Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
ISBN-10: 1496713966
ISBN-13: 978-1496713964
Digital ASIN: B07F5XG3CQ

Alberta Scaglione and her twentysomething granddaughter, Jinx, love to spend time—and solve crime—together . . .

Ever since Alberta Scaglione inherited her spinster aunt’s Cape Cod cottage, she’s been enjoying the good life in Tranquility, New Jersey, with her black cat, Lola. But since things are mostly quiet in this town, she finds other things to do—like joining Jinx for morning jogs in Tranquility Park. She has to do something to stay healthy, as long as it doesn’t involve Jinx’s healthful tofu sausages and gluten-free pasta. But when they stumble across a treehouse hidden in the trees, and a dead body underneath it, they take a detour into solving a murder. Now the Ferrara ladies will have to exercise extreme caution to avoid a permanent decline in their health . . .

Includes Italian recipes from Alberta’s kitchen!

About the Author

Italian by birth, Jersey by upbringing, J. D. Griffo is an award-winning playwright and author who has written ten novels, over twenty plays, and a handful of screenplays that have yet to see the light of day.

Griffo studied Journalism and Marketing at New York University, graduating magna cum laude many, many years ago, as well as Creative Writing at the New School and Gotham Writer’s Workshop.

And the J. D. stands for the author’s mother – Jean Dolores – who absolutely loved to read and tell stories.

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Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/j.d.griffo/

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Sneaky Interviews Buddy from Chutes and Ladder, a Silicone Valley Mystery by Marc Jedel

Sneaky here with another pawsome interview of a pet character. Today, it’s my pleasure to chat with a cozy mystery dog whose current book, Chutes and Ladder is on tour with Escape with Dollycas Into a Good Book. Hello, Pup.What is your name and your author’s name?

Hi, Sneaky! I’m Buddy. I like your name. I’m a Labrador. I’m almost 6 months old! Marc Jedel is my author. That’s what they tell me. What’s an author? Do you have any food? Want to play? I like balls.

Hey, Buddy. Great to meet ya. Authors are very cool people. I’m sure Marc is as good a writer as my Debbie. I’m quite proud of her. She gives me the best parts in her books. As for food, I don’t know if you’d like any virtual cat kibble. I like balls, too, but I roll them. I don’t fetch them, although some kitties. do.

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

Marty Golden is my buddy and he brought me to my family in UNCLE AND ANTS. I come back in CHUTES AND LADDER. I heard they’re Cozy Mysteries. Is that because I get to be so cozy with my girls, Skye and Megan? Marty doesn’t like to get cozy with me. Because I like to hang around with Marty, I get to be in more books — right after my nap. Want my paw-tograph?

Your books sounds pawsome, Bud. Cozy mysteries are fun. I love being a cozy mystery cat because cats enjoy being cozy, but they’re also full of mystery. Regarding your paw-tograph, I would be honored. I gave a  paw-tograph out to Alicia and John’s fans in my third book, Written in Stone.

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

When do we get to play? I know I saw a ball somewhere! I saw your blanket. Can I chew on it? Oh. Your question. Yes! I’m in a series! My books are both part of the Silicon Valley Mystery series. I think the series is about me, but Marty seems to be in every scene. This fashion-backward uncle isn’t exactly hero material. As a reluctant amateur sleuth, he bumbles his way through the investigations, armed with nothing but an eye for detail and powers of self-delusion. Worst of all, Uncle Marty doesn’t seem to like dogs. Well, he’s starting to appreciate me, at least. But he doesn’t play with me either. Only his nieces like to play with me.

I can relate to that, Buddy. My human characters take away my limelight, but I manage to get some good scenes in especially when I help solve murders. I’d love to play with you, but business first. I know your author is on blog tour and would like this interview posted, so let’s finish up and then we can play some games.

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

Yeah, my author knows Bailey, but I’m not allowed to meet her. The grownups say she’d give me bad ideas. I think she’d be awesome to play with. I want to learn more of Bailey’s fun tricks for my next book. My author has a small dog who prefers to sleep on the couch and go for walks rather than wreaking havoc on the household. That dog may be cute, but he sounds boring, like an old dog.

Pet characters can learn a lot from their real-life counterparts, although it’s nice to be your own dog if you know what I mean. I’m not exactly like Oliver the Siamese who has now passed to Rainbow Bridge already a year. I have my own traits, and I’m proud of them.

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

Here’s part of a scene that I can share without giving away any spoilers. Laney is Marty’s sister and Skye is her daughter and one of my favorite humans.

“Let’s go. Right now,” Laney yelled as she jumped into her car.

We raced back to encounter a fire truck, ambulance, and police car parked outside her house with their lights flashing. Laney’s neighbor hovered on the porch near the front door. Inside, Skye sat on the couch, wrapped in a towel and looking mortified as firefighters tramped through the house checking for any danger.

Despite her foot in the cast, Laney practically flew to Skye’s side and hugged her. Between Skye and the firefighters, the story came out. Skye had put Buddy in his crate before taking an extra-long shower, but she’d only closed the latch, forgetting to use the combination lock. Buddy should have been named Houdini. He’d escaped and somehow turned on the gas stovetop again. The new alarm did its job, calling the fire department. Skye had wrapped a towel around herself and run out of the house. The firefighters must have expected Buddy to cause trouble again and been cruising in the neighborhood because they showed up within a few minutes.

“This time wasn’t as bad as the last one. Still could have had an explosion,” said the same fire crew chief as last time. He must have kept close tabs on their frequent customers.

The shrill voice of Laney’s neighbor came from the doorway. “Would the explosion destroy neighboring houses too?”

As everyone turned to stare at her, she fluttered her hands. “Should I call the police?”

Then, she noticed the cop standing next to her and began making little strangling noises.

Laney’s eyes narrowed as she watched Buddy. To no one in particular, Laney muttered, “I’m going to make some calls.”

I hugged the girls and got out of there before Laney started blaming me for Buddy again. There was always tomorrow for that.

Bow Wow! That’s a great scene. Thanks for sharing it.

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

I don’t have to anything special. I’m only a puppy remember? And in these books, I can be a puppy — no pressure, no chores. I get to play, eat, play, sleep, play, and mess up the house (also called play) and Marty’s nieces still love me. Sometimes I’m pretty awesome too, but you’ll need to read the book to learn more. I’d tell you what happens because I don’t really have much self-control, but the author just bribed me with a treat to keep quiet.

We cats are much more discreet. I never share any spoilers for the Cobble Cove mysteries, but I would like some treats for staying quiet.

Do you talk in your books or just a silent one like I am who just meows occasionally?

I bark and I knock things over in the house. Talking is for the humans.

I agree. Pets are superior when it comes to body language.

What advice would you give other dog characters?

Be a puppy, we’re cute. If you’re already super old, like one, then just be yourself — be a dog. My first owner told me about an old saying “it’s a dog’s life” that means a miserable unhappy existence. That’s crazy! I’ll bet whoever said that hated dogs because it’s so wrong, it’s laughable. Other dog characters should relax, enjoy themselves, and let the author worry about all that story stuff. Eat, play, sleep, repeat! Sometimes, you’ll be a hero, sometimes, you just settle for being cute.

Excellent advice. I must add that there’s a character dog in our book. His name is Fido, and he is getting on in years. He’s an old golden retriever. He helps me solve crimes sometimes. He was especially helpful in our first book, A Stone’s Throw.

Please give some details about your new book.

CHUTES AND LADDER just released on March 12. It’s the 2nd book in the Silicon Valley Mystery series. You can read it standalone or start with UNCLE AND ANTS, which is $0.99 in the Kindle store. Both books are free for Kindle Unlimited Readers. Book 3, SERF AND TURF, is underway and I’ll be in that book too! I’ve already been practicing some new tricks for that one.

High Paws to you on those wonderful books. Thanks so much for dropping by, Buddy, and I’m ready to play with you now. But first I want to share your author’s blog tour and wish you both the best on your new release and upcoming title in your series.

Chutes and Ladder:
A Silicon Valley Mystery
by Marc Jedel

About the Book


Chutes and Ladder: A Silicon Valley Mystery
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
BGM Press (March 12, 2019)
Print Length: 195 pages
ASIN: B07NFDYZX8

Dead friend. Free fall. Girl Scouts. Can Uncle Marty untangle the mystery before things really get out of control?

Juggling a budding relationship, demanding job, and mischievous nieces, Marty Golden struggled to keep his head above water — even before his friend’s death. Trying his best to be a good boyfriend and fun uncle, Marty had his own ideas for the weekend until his cunning sister tricked him again.

Convinced his friend’s death was no accident, Marty tries to summon superhero powers but merely manages to bumble along as an amateur sleuth. When Marty’s cousin shows up, she wreaks havoc with his plans and pulls him into yet another mystery.

As threats blossom, Marty doubles down now that his family’s involved. Besides, it’s poor manners to let your friend’s death go unsolved.

Can Marty figure out what happened before a killer, or his imagination, gets to him?

Chutes and Ladder is the second novel in a refreshingly modern mystery series set in Silicon Valley. If you like clever humor and wacky side characters, you’ll love this twisty mystery.

About the Author

For most of my life, I’ve been inventing stories. Some, especially when I was young, involved my sister as the villain. As my sister’s brother for her entire life, I’m highly qualified to tell the tale of this evolving, quirky sibling relationship.

My writing skills were honed in years of marketing leadership positions in Silicon Valley. While my high tech marketing roles involved crafting plenty of fiction, we called these marketing collateral, emails and ads.

The publication of my first novel, Uncle and Ants, gave me permission to claim “author” as my job. This leads to way more interesting discussions than answering “marketing.”

My family would tell you that Marty’s character isn’t much of a stretch of the imagination for me, but I proudly resemble that remark.

Like Marty, I live in Silicon Valley and can’t believe that otherwise normal people would willingly jump out of an airplane and call it fun. Unlike Marty, I have a wonderful wife and a neurotic but sweet, small dog, who is often the first to weigh in on the humor in my writing.

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Sneaky Interviews Bear from Death by Association, a DIY Diva Mystery, by Paula Darnell

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

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

My name is Bear, and I’m a chocolate Labrador retriever. My author’s name is Paula  Darnell.

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

I’ve appeared in Death by Association, A DIY Diva Mystery. It’s a cozy mystery novel.

My favorite genre. I’m the Cobble Cove Library’s cat in the Cobble Cove cozy mystery series. Are you also in a series? If so, please give information about it.

Yes. I’m going to be serialized! Two more books in the DIY Diva Mystery series are planned for release later this year.

Pawsome!

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

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I’m based on two real dogs, my author’s dogs: Teddy Bear, a yellow Labrador retriever, and Rocky Boy, a black Labrador/Great Pyrenees mix. My author adopted Teddy Bear from a local animal shelter when he was seven years old. He had been left out in the summer heat (often it’s 110 degrees during summer in Las Vegas) and then abandoned by his former people. He adapted very rapidly to his new home where he could lounge in air-conditioned comfort. Teddy Bear lived to be thirteen, and my author still misses him. She and her husband adopted Rocky Boy from a rescue organization when he was four years old. He’s now ten. He looks like a black Lab, but he acts more like a Great Pyrenees. He’s a good boy and a super watch dog who loves cold weather, early morning walks, his routine and, last, but not least, yummysnacks.

I like a good treat myself. Woof! Woof!

A very nice story. Thanks for sharing. My author adopted kittens a few months ago, and I was adopted by the characters of the Cobble Cove books when I was thrown out of my home as a kitten and made my lucky tracks to the town’s library.

Can you share an excerpt from one of your books that features you in an important scene?

Here’s a scary incident that happened one morning when mommy (my mommy in Death by Association is Laurel McMillan) took me for a walk:

I slipped out of bed, and Bear led the way to the bathroom and then the closet beyond, where I quickly dressed in jeans, an aqua blue t-shirt, and sneakers. Grabbing my smartphone and some plastic bags, I dutifully tied one of the bags around Bear’s leash. (HOA Regulation 92a states that “all pet owners will carry in plain sight a bag or other device to pick up after their pets and must do so immediately.”) I quickly snapped the leash onto his collar, and we were off.

The sky showed only the faintest hint of the approaching dawn, so it was still quite dark outside, but the streetlights were on, and it wasn’t too difficult to see. Knowing that Bear would have to forego his customary treat because Bessie wouldn’t be at her post, we turned left at the corner, where we usually would have gone right, to avoid the back gate. After we trotted briskly for a couple of blocks, we slowed to a more sedate pace. We hadn’t seen or heard any signs of activity since we’d left the house—no cars, walkers, or barking dogs.

“Not so early tomorrow, Bear,” I cautioned, resolving to resist the urge to jump up as soon as Bear did.

Suddenly, Bear came to a dead stop and started barking furiously.

“Come on, Bear,” I urged him, afraid that he’d wake the neighbors, but his barking became frenzied, and he refused to budge.

Then I saw a shadow in the bushes ahead. A dark shape with a long tail emerged from the bushes and strolled into the street ahead of us. Startled, I realized that the shape was a mountain lion, and my heart began pounding. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing—a mountain lion in Iowa? The tall corn state was hardly the usual habitat of such large felines.

The big cat turned towards us and snarled, and Bear continued his frantic barking while I started to shake. Should we run? I knew that a mountain lion could run faster than we could. Play dead? Bear hadn’t ever learned that trick. Fight? Bear was a big dog, and I didn’t doubt that he would try to defend me, but I didn’t believe he’d be any match for the cougar.

Although it had probably been only a few seconds since the mountain lion appeared, it seemed as though the terrifying moment had gone on for a very long time. Any second now, the powerful animal could pounce, and I doubted that we’d survive the encounter. Abruptly, the cougar gathered its legs in a crouch to spring. I screamed.

(Excerpt from Death by Association published by Cozy Cat Press)

You’ll have to read Death by Association to find out what happens next!

I must do that. It sounds like a tail wagging good story.

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

My mommy loves me just like my author loves her dogs. When she takes me for walks  in Hawkeye Haven, exciting things happen. Plus—dog treats!

You can’t beat treats. I also enjoy the exciting adventures, petting, and companionship of the librarians at the Cobble Cove Library especially Alicia and Laura.

Are you a talking dog in your books or a silent one who just barks occasionally?

Even though I don’t talk, I’m really good at communicating. I bark when I want to come in; I dance when I want my dinner; I nuzzle mommy when I want to be petted; I flop     over when I want a belly rub. I have all kinds of other tricks to get attention, and I  always remember to give mommy a guilt trip whenever she leaves me home alone by looking sadly at her with my big brown eyes.

You sound quite adept at body language, as most pets and character pets are.

What advice would you give other dog characters?

Make sure your pet parent checks out the yummy dog treat recipes in the back of Death by Association.

What a great idea.

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

Yes. Two more books this year. Release dates aren’t set yet, but probably one this  summer and another in late fall. Death by Design will be Book 2, and Death by Denial  will be Book 3.

Great titles. Condogalations. Best wishes on those. I’m sharing your author’s blog tour with information further details about her and Death by Association.

Death by Association:
A DIY Diva Mystery
by Paula Darnell

About the Book

Death by Association: A DIY Diva Mystery
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Cozy Cat Press (January 1, 2019)
Paperback: 271 pages
ISBN-10: 1946063681
ISBN-13: 978-1946063687
Digital ASIN: B07MQ73LJQ (215 Pages)

DIY Diva Laurel McMillan learns that the high walls and guarded gates of Hawkeye Haven can’t protect her community. When Laurel takes her pampered, chocolate Labrador retriever, Bear, for an early morning walk, she finds her friend, security guard Bessie, bleeding and unconscious at her guardhouse post. If the attack on Bessie isn’t enough to set the residents’ nerves on edge, the murder of Victor Eberhart, the unpopular president of the powerful homeowners’ association, certainly does the trick. Despite teaching DIY classes and writing project instructions for her latest book, DIY for Dog Lovers, Laurel manages to squeeze in time for some DIY detective work. But as she gets closer to the truth, Victor’s killer would like nothing better than for the DIY Diva to take a dive.

About the Author

An instructor at five colleges over the years, Paula Darnell most often taught the dreaded first-year English composition classes, but she’s also been happy to teach some fun classes, such as fashion design, sewing, and jewelry making. Paula has a Bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Iowa, Iowa City, and a Master’s degree in English from the University of Nevada, Reno.

Like Laurel, the main character in Death by Association, Paula enjoys all kinds of arts and crafts. Some of her memorable projects include making a hat and a cape to wear to Royal Ascot, sewing wedding gowns for both her daughters, exhibiting her textile and mixed-media artwork in juried art shows, and having one of her jewelry projects accepted for inclusion in Leather Jewelry, published by Lark Books. She sells some of her jewelry and hair accessories in her Etsy shop: www.etsy.com/shop/PaulaDJewelry.

Paula’s interest in DIY craft projects and fashion led to her writing hundreds of articles for print and online national publications.

Living in a guard-gated community governed by a homeowners’ association gave Paula the idea for the setting of Death by Association. She finds that residing in an HOA community can be both a blessing and a curse. A Happy-New-Year greeting from her community association called on residents to “start the new year by reviewing your Rules and Regulations booklet,” something unlikely to top anyone’s list of New Year’s resolutions.

Paula lives in Las Vegas, Nevada, with her husband Gary and their 110-pound dog Rocky, whose favorite pastime is lurking in the kitchen, hoping for a handout

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Author’s websitehttps://www.pauladarnellauthor.com/

Twitter – https://twitter.com/PaulaJDarnell

Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/18782445.Paula_Darnell

Pinterest – https://www.pinterest.com/paulad0057/

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