Interview of River Holloway Merrick and her pets from Shrimply Dead, A Seafood Caper Mystery by Maggie Toussaint

Hello, there. This is a first. I usually don’t interview human characters, but I have a woman here who wants to speak about her pet co-stars, so I’ll make an exception. Hello, Lady. What is your name and your author’s name?

I’m caterer River Holloway Merrick, and my author is Maggie Toussaint. My newly adopted dog is Artie, and he’s a retired police dog. I have two cats. My black cat Major has been in all my books, and he’s quite the sleuth. My second cat, Ivy, has calico coloring, and she’s very shy.

My author has two real-life cats that are black and calico-colored. In our Cobble Cove series, I also have a calico, KittyKai, who joined us a few books ago. We also have Fido, a golden retriever and Ruby the beagle.

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

This is my (River’s) third Seafood Capers Mysteries, a culinary cozy series. The books in order include Seas the Day, Spawning Suspicion, and Shrimply Dead. Artie the dog only appears in Shrimply Dead. Major is my cat with detective leanings.

Sounds great. My author doesn’t eat much seafood, but I love it. Most cats do.

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

This series features my (River’s) catering business, Holloway Catering, and my hometown, Shell Island, Georgia. I’ve lived here my whole life. I’m married to my high school sweetheart, Pete Merrick, and I have a brother with children and a wife. Everyone raves about my cooking and my yummy desserts but truthfully, I’m just barely getting by on my catering income. To raise my total income, I often help a friend with her housecleaning business. My goal is to increase my net profits so that I spend my time cooking, which I adore.

My German Shepherd Artie was inspired by a needy Labrador Retriever that my author once had. Artie’s tricks of eating off the counter and sleeping with his head on the pillow came from my author’s grand-dogs.

You sound like an interesting character and so does Artie and your other pets.

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

Artie didn’t sleuth in this book, but my kitty Major did.

Even better.

“Stay back.” Pete told me as he hurried to the open doorway. “Anybody here?”

No response. I took the stairs two at a time. “Hello?” I called out from beside him.

His exasperated gaze spoke volumes. “I told you to wait down there.”

I gestured with my hand. “You did, but no one is here, except our cat.”

He stepped in front of me and called out again. “Hello!”

Not a sound came from inside the house, and I was tired of being protected. I ducked under Pete’s arm. “Major…Here kitty, kitty.”

The cat yowled, and my concern mounted. “Something’s wrong. I need to get him.”

A shot rang out. My heart stalled and echoes of that shot reverberated in my ears. Pete hauled me down the steps and wrangled me into the Buick. When I could speak, I asked, “What about the cat? We can’t abandon him.”

“That cat has nine lives. You don’t, and we’re not dying today.” Pete sped away from the Garr property. “Major will hide until help arrives. He’s a clever cat. He’ll be okay. Meanwhile, call the deputy.”

I glanced over my shoulder at the Garr place and swallowed around the lump in my throat. “Thanks for getting us out of there. That gunshot stunned me. I was so sure the house was empty, and Major had found another clue.”

“He did. He let us know somebody was in that house.”

Purrfect excerpt. Thanks for sharing.

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

River will continue to answer… I like showcasing my home town of Shell Island, and I enjoy sharing my love of cooking with others. If you were to ask my pets, Major would say he loves protecting our family and finding things; Ivy would say she’s glad she has a new fur-ever home; and Artie would say I love having a new pack, even if there are cats in it.

Good answers.

Do the pets talk in your books or stay silent and only bark or meow occasionally?

The pets in the Seafood Caper Mysteries are super smart, but they do not talk in human language. They indicate danger, displeasure, and love with different animal sounds and behaviors. Trust me, there is a lot of pet communication.

The pets in the Cobble Cove books have recently started talking with one another but not with the human characters, but they also find ways of communicating with them especially Alicia, the main character, and Gilly, her friend.

What advice would the pets give other pet characters?

Artie insisted on answering this one! Don’t let the cats hog all the detecting glory. Your dog nose is much keener than any cat’s, so you can pick up the scent of anyone who’s intruded in your home. Your hearing is keener too. Regardless of what they tell you, cats do not rule, but it’s best to let them think that’s true.

Don’t give up if something happens to your human. My first person after I stopped being a police K-9, Duvall Shannon, was with me for many, many moons. I could smell his sickness on him when he brought me to the vet clinic for my surgery to remove a fatty tumor on my leg. I never saw Duvall again, and I couldn’t eat. My new person, River, came to the clinic, and I loved her right away. She smells like food, her voice is soft and sweet, and she doesn’t push me away when I need to hear her heart beating.

I like that reply. It was nice to hear from you, Artie, even though you’re a dog.

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

My author Maggie is writing another paranormal mystery series, so Shell Island and all my friends are currently on hiatus and enjoying the seashore. If you want more books in this series, let the author know. She will have another mystery out in late 2021 or in 2022

I will share that with my readers and also your author’s blog tour and giveaway. Thanks for the interview, River and Artie.


Shrimply Dead (A Seafood Caper Mystery)
by Maggie Toussaint

About Shrimply Dead


Shrimply Dead (A Seafood Caper Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Publisher: Muddle House Publishing (April 12, 2021)
• Number of Pages 237 PAGES
Digital ASIN: B08V52RD4W

When veterinarian and amateur naturalist Jasmine Garr is shot in her yard, residents of Shell Island press caterer River Holloway into investigating the homicide. River dons her amateur sleuth cap and sets out to discover who killed her former catering customer.

Between Jasmine’s estranged cousin, a rival veterinarian, a wild animal trapper, the chicken lady, and a real estate broker, River has plenty of suspects to consider. As she peels back the layers of Jasmine’s life, dangerous secrets come to light.

Jasmine’s orphaned kitty, Iris, along with River’s cat Major, and her husband Pete help River sift through the evidence. At the same time, River recently expanded her catering business. She must service her regular catering clients, plus provide fresh baked goods for Pete’s ice cream shop.

The killer follows River’s every move relishing the thought of another victim. Time is running out. Will River solve the murder before she becomes a cold dish?

About Maggie Toussaint

Southern author Maggie Toussaint writes cozy and paranormal mysteries, romantic suspense, and dystopian fiction, with more than twenty fiction novels published. A multi-year finalist for Georgia Author of the Year, she’s won Silver Falchions, the Readers’ Choice, and the EPIC Awards. She’s past president of Mystery Writers of America-Southeast chapter and an officer of LowCountry Sisters In Crime. She lives in coastal Georgia, where secrets, heritage, and ancient oaks cast long shadows. Visit her at https://maggietoussaint.com/

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Interview of Ribbons the Cat from Heritage Heist by Dianne Ascroft

Hello, Cat. Welcome to Sneaky the Library Cat’s blog. What is your name and your author’s name?

Hello. I’m Ribbons and my author and servant is Dianne Ascroft.

Mice to meet you, Ribbons.

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

I made my debut in A Timeless Celebration, the first novel in the Century Cottage Cozy Mysteries series. This is the second novel and, of course, my input into this story is important too. Lois, the woman I share my house with, needs me to watch out for her. She doesn’t have my astute judgement.

I like your style, Ribbons, and that you’re a cozy cat like me. Please give information about your series.

It’s the Century Cottage Cozy Mysteries series. The books are set in a small town in Canada and my littermate, Raggs, and I live with widow Lois Stone. We moved from Toronto to Fenwater last summer and we’re quite happy here. As we explore our new life, we frequently encounter new adventures and mysteries to solve. Lois thinks she is doing the investigating but she would miss half the clues without our help – especially mine. Raggs can be so lazy at times. She’d rather have a good nap than get involved in anything challenging.

That sounds great. I live in a small town, too, the fictional Cobble Cove where I’m the town’s library cat, but I stay at my MC character Alicia’s house sometimes, too. There’s an inn cat who I befriended later in the series and who helps me help the human characters in our latest books.

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

Yes, my littermate, Raggs, and I are based on our author’s two tortoiseshell cats, Snooks and Rocky. The ‘real’ cats, if we must use that term, live with our author on her farm and keep a close eye on her, especially at meal times. I’m much younger, more intelligent and more attractive than either of the ‘real’ cats though.

MOL (Meow Out Loud). You are quite modest. I’m the same. I was loosely based on Debbie’s Siamese cat, Oliver, who has since gone to Rainbow Bridge, but I’m also younger and handsomer.

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

Excerpt from Chapter 14:

“The thought of Bruce brought her back to the present with a start. Lois glanced at her watch. He would be here in a few minutes so she had better finish getting ready. She didn’t have much left to do. She preferred light makeup so a little blush and lipstick would take care of that. She just needed to brush her hair and have a final look at her outfit in the mirror. As she went to the dresser to lift her brush, she glanced at her wedding ring again. Should she take it off? As a widow she had every right to wear it, but if this was a date, what would Bruce think of her wearing it? Was she signalling reluctance to begin a new relationship?

Lois glanced at her two calico cats sprawled on the bed behind her. “What do you think, Ribbons? Should I take my rings off?”

The cat she had spoken to lay stretched out on her side, gazing at her owner. Lois was aware that the animal had been watching her since she started dressing for her evening out. Her other cat, Raggs, curled in a tight ball asleep, was oblivious to Lois’s actions. That was always the way. It was Ribbons who took the most interest in what her owner did.

As Lois looked at the cat, she grasped her engagement ring with her right hand and slowly slid it along her finger. Ribbons raised her head, watching her intently, her eyes narrowed. The ring slipped over the middle joint of her finger and Ribbons made a grumbling noise deep in her throat. The noise increased in volume as Lois slid the ring to the tip of her finger.

Lois looked down at the ring then at the cat. “You don’t like the idea of me taking it off either, eh?”

A feeling of sadness and uncertainty settled over her as she looked at the ring that was poised to leave her finger. She took a deep breath then exhaled, listening to Ribbons’s grumbling.

No, I’m not ready yet, she thought. Bruce will just have to understand.

Her mood immediately lifted as she slid the engagement ring back onto her finger. Ribbons stopped grumbling and closed one eye in what seemed like a wink before she lay her head back on the bed.”

Pawsome excerpt. Thanks for sharing.

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

I’m never one to brag but I do bask in the attention I get. It feels good to have my worth noted. I may have mentioned my littermate, Raggs, is rather lazy and she often sleeps through anything exciting – and misses the snacks available when Lois is chatting with her friend Marge about the latest mystery. But I’m always right there to nudge Lois in the right direction when she needs a bit of help and to share the snacks. It feels good to help her and, like I said, I don’t mind the attention I get when I do something clever either.

I feel the same way, Ribbons.

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

I can be vocal when I need to but it’s a meow. I make my own wants known as well as helping Lois when she misses clues. But I draw the line at talking. If Lois and her friends can’t learn my language, I don’t intend to speak theirs. I don’t know why it’s so difficult for them to understand me sometimes when I have no trouble at all understanding them.

I don’t talk either, not to the humans, but I communicate with the readers through my conversations with the other pets. I wasn’t always like this. In the first 4 books of my series, I was like you. But since my author began writing short eBook stories to supplement our series books which now number 5, I am now communicating this way with my “talk” in italics. I think readers are enjoying it. They like to believe they know more than the human characters, although I’m careful not to reveal too much. It’s great fun. You may want to try it.

What advice would you give other cat characters?

Give your author the odd nudge and remind her you’re there. She needs to be sure to include you as often as possible in every book she writes. You’re much more interesting and photogenic than the humans in any story. Just take a look at me and Raggs on the cover of this book and you’ll see what I mean.

That’s great advice. I agree completely, and I might also add for cat characters to ask for their own blog like I did or at least a Facebook page or Instagram account.

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

This second book in the Century Cottage Cozy Mystery series, The Heritage Heist, was just released in December. I’m already nudging my author to get her slaving away at Book 3 in the series. I’ve got lots of ideas for how to feature me in it.

Keep at her. I have to do that with Debbie because, besides our Cobble Cove books, she writes other mysteries that aren’t all cozy, although most have cozy elements in them. The worst part is that she features other cats in those books and stories.

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

Like I’ve said, I let the humans do the talking. You can find my author on her website: http://www.dianneascroft.com and on social media. On Facebook she’s at http://www.facebook.com/DianneAscroftwriter and on Twitter she’s at @DianneAscroft.

Thanks so much for that purrfect interview, Ribbons, and best whiskers to your and your author on your series. I’m including your blog tour and giveaway below.


The Heritage Heist (Century Cottage Cozy Mysteries)
by Dianne Ascroft

About The Heritage Heist


The Heritage Heist (Century Cottage Cozy Mysteries)
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Publisher: Independently Published (December 15, 2020)
Paperback: 278 pages
ISBN-13: 979-8581502389
Digital ASIN: B08QMHW6DD

A fall fair, a cornered craftsman, an heirloom heist. When an antique quilt that is a cherished part of Fenwater’s past disappears from the market before her town’s fall fair, it’s up to Lois to resolve the quilt quandary.

Middle-aged widow Lois is enjoying her second season in her new town and her century house, away from the dangers of big city life in Toronto. She can’t wait to experience her first old-fashioned fall fair, complete with hot apple cider. But when the local market is burgled, her enthusiasm for the upcoming festival plummets. During the break-in one of the security guards is badly injured and an antique quilt, on loan from the museum, vanishes. Her friend, Bruce, designed and built the display case and has one of only two keys to secure it. That makes him a prime suspect in the theft. Lois won’t let Bruce’s reputation, nor the trust his customers have in the bespoke furniture maker, be damaged by the allegation. She’s determined to piece the clues together to find the quilt, clear Bruce’s name and save a piece of Fenwater’s history.

And so begins a week of deepening friendships, hot apple cider, calico cats, backseat shenanigans, hazy housemates, and few puzzle pieces to work with, set against the backdrop of a rustic market building amidst stately stone architecture, the crackle of flames in the hearth, a blaze of colour on leafy residential streets and the scintillating scent of cinnamon.

The Century Cottage Cozy Mystery series is set in rural Ontario, Canada during the early 1980s.

A tale for fans of Cindy Bell, Leighann Dobbs, Dianne Harman and Kathi Daley.

About Dianne Ascroft

Dianne Ascroft writes the Century Cottage Cozy Mysteries, set in rural Canada, and The Yankee Years historical sagas, set in WWII Northern Ireland. She has a passion for Ireland and Canada, past and present. An ex-pat Canadian, Dianne lives on a small farm with her husband and an assortment of strong-willed animals.

Her previous fiction works include An Unbidden Visitor (a tale inspired by Fermanagh’s famous Coonian ghost); Dancing Shadows, Tramping Hooves: A Collection of Short Stories (contemporary tales), and an historical novel, Hitler and Mars Bars, which explores Operation Shamrock, a little known Irish Red Cross humanitarian endeavour.

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Sneaky Interviews Rodney, the cat from Bait and Witch, A Witch Way Librarian Mystery by Angela M. Sanders

Hello there, Black Kitty. You remind me of my author’s cat, Harry. What is your name and who is your author?

I’m Rodney, and my author’s name is Angela M. Sanders.

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

I make my debut by leaping across the gabled roof of a Victorian mansion-turned-library in the cozy mystery Bait and Witch, first in a new series.

How cool is that? My author is currently reading your book and enjoying it very much. She’s a librarian, after all, and writes a cozy series featuring the Cobble Cove Library where I’m the library cat.

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

Yes! I’m in the Witch Way librarian mysteries, where I share the limelight with Josie Way, my caretaker. She had no idea how much she needed a cat until I came along.

Alicia was that way, as well. These human characters are hard to convince, but we cat characters and real cats have a knack for doing that.

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

Angela—my author—is a longtime cat mama, and she has a history of personality-loaded cats to draw from, but I was inspired quite a bit from her newest cat, a black girl named Bitsy la Mouche. Like Bitsy, I appeared from nowhere, and I’d clearly spent time on the streets. Also like Bitsy, my fur is as soft as woven spider webs, and I smell like a blend of vanilla, leather, and love. We both love being brushed and can’t resist sitting in boxes. I’m tougher than Bitsy, though, and male, and one of my ears is torn. Also, although Bitsy and I seem to have the power of reading minds, Josie can actually enter mine, which gives her access to tight spots her human body can’t manage.

I was based loosely on my author’s Siamese cat, Oliver, who has since crossed Rainbow Bridge.

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

Naturally, I’m in most of the important scenes! I don’t want give any spoilers, though, so I’ll share a scene when I discovered to my great joy that the library had a knitting club! (Note: the scene is from Josie’s point of view. She and the knitters are discussing an arrest.)

I hadn’t seen Rodney all day, but now here he was, his gaze fixed on a ball of coral yarn in the basket of the knitter near the radiator. Remembering how he took off with Ilona’s purse, I kept an eye on him. “Why would someone set him up?”

“Who knows?” the woman in the maroon sweater said. “He’s gotten himself on the wrong side of lots of folks.”

“You’re saying he ticked off someone enough that they’d go and kill a stranger and pin it on Craig? I don’t think so,” Duke said as he pulled a half-finished tea cozy from his bag.

“If we had jobs here, boys like Craig wouldn’t be getting into trouble,” a tall, thin woman said.

The ball of coral yarn jiggled as its owner pulled a skein from her tote. Rodney’s haunches rocked from side to side. He was preparing for a strike.

Don’t you dare, I warned him silently.

“I’m just saying there are other folks in Wilfred more likely than Craig to off someone.”

I was just about to ask, “Like who?” when Rodney went for the kill. I was a second too late. By the time I reached him, he was belly up in the tote of yarn, with a coral strand in his mouth and his feet kicking variegated green.

“Rodney!” I yelled as the owner of the coral yarn neatly extracted the cat from her bag and handed him to me. “I’m so sorry.”

“Been fostering kittens for years now,” she said. “I should have seen that coming.”

Excellent excerpt, Rod. Thanks for sharing.

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

I am so beloved! I sleep on the bed, roam the town at will, and am spoiled by the library’s patrons. Being with Josie feels like something I was born for.

That’s great. I am also loved at the Cobble Cove library even by Donald who teases me but always sneaks treats to me behind everyone’s back.

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

I don’t talk, although I understand humans perfectly well. I don’t need to talk—if I have something to say, I simply look at Josie, and she understands.

Communicating with your human is so important. I now talk to my pet co-stars, and readers can “see” my thoughts, but I still have to use non-verbal cues to communicate with Alicia and the other human characters.

What advice would you give other cat characters?

Be as naughty as possible! Go ahead and drag an incriminating letter from a villain’s purse, knock a book off a balcony edge, or sneak into a murder scene. Readers love cats, and no matter how naughty you are, they’ll never let the author write you out of the series. Live it up.

Pawsome advice and something all us character cats need to heed.

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

Watch for me in Seven-Year Itch in September 2021 and Witch and Famous in June 2022. As Josie discovers her powers as a witch, she leans on me more and more to help get her out of trouble and pinpoint murderers.

Those upcoming books sound purrfect.

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

My author is a fan of Instagram (@angela.m.sanders) and shows up from time to time on Facebook (@AngelaMSanders). You’ll find me there, too, as well as regular appearances from Angela’s current feline roommates Bitsy la Mouche and Squeaky. Angela’s website is www.angelamsanders.com, and be sure to sign up for her monthly newsletter—it’s a good one.

I will share all that with my readers as well as your author’s blog tour. Thanks so much for the great interview, and best whiskers to you and your author on your new series.


Bait and Witch – A Witch Way Librarian Mystery
by Angela M. Sanders

About Bait and Witch

Bait and Witch – A Witch Way Librarian Mystery
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Publisher: Kensington (December 29, 2020)
Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
ISBN-10: 1496728742
ISBN-13: 978-1496728746
Digital ASIN: B086R8VF2T

Librarian Josie Way moved to small-town Oregon to lay low. Instead, thanks to newfound magic abilities—and a killer on the loose—she’s leapt out of the frying pan and into a cauldron of trouble . . .

Josie Way loved working among the Library of Congress’s leather-scented stacks—until she uncovered corruption and made herself a target. As Wilfred, Oregon’s new librarian, Josie can stay undercover until the case goes to court. But life in this little town isn’t as subdued as she expected. The library, housed in a a Victorian mansion, is slated to be bulldozed. Still digesting the news that her safe haven is about to become scrap lumber, Josie discovers a body in the woods . . .

Almost as shocking, Josie learns that she’s descended from a long line of witches—and her powers have suddenly sprung to life. With help from a spoiled alley cat who just may be her familiar, Josie’s thumbing through a catalog of suspects, hoping she can conjure a way to save her library—and her life . . .

About Angela M. Sanders

Angela M. Sanders writes the Amazon bestselling Joanna Hayworth Vintage Clothing Mysteries and The Booster Club Capers. Under the pen name Clover Tate, she’s the author of the Kite Shop Mysteries (Berkley), which Romantic Times praised for their “well written wit and intrigue.” Angela’s articles on food, personalities, and perfume have appeared in a variety of magazines, and her monthly newsletters have nearly 2,000 subscribers. She interacts with readers on Facebook and Instagram and is a prominent blogger for Now Smell This, which garners 1.5 million monthly page views. Angela has two cats—one of whom is black of course—a witch’s freckle in her left eye and learned to read tarot cards from a pagan priestess.

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January 15 – MJB Reviewers – SPOTLIGHT

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January 15 – Moonlight Rendezvous – REVIEW

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January 18 – Eskimo Princess Book Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

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Sneaky Interviews Mona Lisa the cat from Artistic License to Kill: A Fine Art Mystery by Paula Darnell

Meow, Ms. Cat. What is your name and your author’s name?

My name is Mona Lisa because I have a mysterious smile, just like the famous painting by Leonardo da Vinci, and my author’s name is Paula Darnell.

Interesting. Mice to meet you.

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

I’m making my debut in Artistic License to Kill, which is a cozy mystery, and you’ll meet me again later in 2021, when I appear in two more books.

Concatulations on your debut. Are you in a series? If so, please give information about it.

Yes, I am in a series. The name of the series is A Fine Art Mystery because my mommy is an artist; she has her own studio attached to our house, and she’s also a member of the Roadrunner, a cooperative art gallery in Lonesome Valley, Arizona.

Cool! I don’t have a mommy in the Cobble Cove books, but Alicia is the next best thing. She’s a librarian.

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

I’m based on a real kitty. She was a calico cat who liked to surprise the author’s daughter by jumping out at her from behind a wall. She liked to snuggle, too.

My author has a calico cat, but I’m based on her Siamese Oliver who’s since gone to Rainbow Bridge.

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

Here’s what happens when Mommy gets a surprise: a very large check from her ex-husband, who’d told her they were broke when he divorced her:

No matter how it had happened, I certainly planned to put my unexpected windfall to good use.

            “What are you going to do with the money, Amanda?”

            I didn’t have to think twice.

            “I’m going to buy this house.”

            I’d been lucky to find a house to lease when I’d moved to Lonesome Valley, but renting had always seemed less of a commitment to my new life and my new business than buying a house.

            Belle beamed, and Laddie jumped up and down in excitement while Mona Lisa crept up and pounced on my feet with an approving meow. I smiled as I reached down to pet my furry companions. “Looks like they agree; there’s no place like home.”

You see: Mommy needed my approval, and I gave it to her. Yeah, the canine in the house might have had something to say about it, too, but it had to be unanimous.

Pawsome excerpt. Thanks for sharing.

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

Mommy likes me best, but don’t tell the dog in the house. He’s a golden retriever, and he might get jealous (he’s sure he’s her favorite).

There’s a golden retriever in my books, too. His name is Fido, but he hasn’t played much of a role since our first book. Cats are so much more interesting.

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

I don’t talk, but I’m great at making my wishes known. Sometimes all it takes is a loud MEOW.

Very true. I don’t talk to humans, but I communicate with the other pets in my series and also with the readers. It’s fun keeping my co-star characters in the dark.

What advice would you give other cat characters?

Watch out for the canines in your life. You never know what they might be plotting.

I leave the plotting up to my author.

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

I do! Vanished into Plein Air, the second book in A Fine Art Mystery, is coming out March 5 (you can pre-order it now!), and Hemlock for the Holidays, the third book in the series, will be out sometime in the summer of 2021.

They sound like purrfect reads.

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

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

Twitter – https://twitter.com/paulajdarnell

Thanks so much for the great interview, Mona. I’m sharing your author’s blog tour and giveaway below. Best whiskers to both of you on your new series.

Artistic License to Kill (A Fine Art Mystery)
by Paula Darnell

About Artistic License to Kill


Artistic License to Kill (A Fine Art Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Publisher: Campbell and Rogers Press (January 15, 2021)
Hardcover: 384 pages
ISBN-10: 1887402136
ISBN-13: 978-1887402132
Paperback: 258 pages
ISBN-10: 1887402128
ISBN-13: 978-1887402125
Publisher: Campbell and Rogers Press (January 5, 2021)
Digital Print length: 211 pages
ASIN: B08MWVYDLD

Artist Amanda Trent, accompanied by her beloved golden retriever Laddie and her persnickety calico cat Mona Lisa, is determined to start a new life after her husband divorces her to marry a younger woman, but it isn’t easy.

After a disastrous interview at the prestigious Roadrunner Gallery in Lonesome Valley, Arizona, far away from her previous home in Kansas City, Amanda’s afraid that she’ll fail at her new career. But her prospects begin to improve when she’s accepted as the newest member of the cooperative gallery.

Then, on her very first day, she discovers Janice, the stern director, has been murdered right in the art gallery, and the Roadrunner’s members, including Amanda herself, become suspects. Which gallery member murdered the unpopular director? Or was the killer an outsider with an ax to grind?

About Paula Darnell

Award-winning author Paula Darnell is a former college instructor who has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Iowa in English and a Master of Arts degree from the University of Nevada, Reno in English with a Writing Emphasis. Artistic License to Kill is the first book in her Fine Art Mystery series. She’s also the author of the DIY Diva Mystery series and The Six-Week Solution, a historical mystery set in Nevada. She resides in Las Vegas with her husband Gary and their Pyrador Rocky.

Author Links

Author Websitehttps://www.pauladarnellauthor.com/

Twitter – https://twitter.com/PaulaJDarnell

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

Bookbub – https://www.bookbub.com/authors/paula-darnell

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January 11 – I’m All About Books – SPOTLIGHT

January 11 – The Avid Reader – REVIEW

January 11 – FUONLYKNEW – SPOTLIGHT

January 11 – I Read What You Write – SPOTLIGHT

January 12 – Sneaky the Library Cat’s Blog – CHARACTER INTERVIEW

January 12 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

January 12 – Mystery Thrillers and Romantic Suspense Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

January 12 – Laura’ Interests – REVIEW

January 13 – Socrates Book Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

January 13 – Ascroft, eh? – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

January 13 – Maureen’s Musings – SPOTLIGHT

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January 14 – Mysteries with Character – REVIEW

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January 14 – A Blue Million Books – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

January 15 – View from the Birdhouse – SPOTLIGHT

January 15 – Mochas, Mysteries and Meows – CHARACTER INTERVIEW

January 16 – Here’s How It Happened – SPOTLIGHT

January 16 – Reading, Writing & Stitch-Metic – SPOTLIGHT

January 16 – Cassidy’s Bookshelves – GUEST POST

January 17 – Thoughts in Progress – SPOTLIGHT

January 17 – Lisa Ks Book Reviews – GUEST POST

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Sneaky Interviews the Sugar and Flour Cats from Peppermint Die, An HSP (Highly Sensitive Person) Cozy Mystery by Carol Ayer

Ruff Draft Readers, you are in for a double treat today, as I have two kitties here as guests. What are your names and your author’s name?

Hi! We are Sugar and Flour, and our author’s name is Carol Ayer.

Mice to meet you both, and I love your names. What book(s) have you appeared in? Please list them and their genre.

Right now, we are only in one book—Peppermint Cream Die. But look for us in Stabbed in the Tart and Sourdough Dead—coming in the next couple of years. The books are cozy mysteries.

My favorite Genre. I’m a cozy mystery cat, too. Your books sound tasty.

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

Yes, we are part of “The HSP Mysteries.” Our owner, Kayla Jeffries, is a highly sensitive person (HSP). Although cats and other animals can also be highly sensitive, we are not!

Sounds interesting.

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

We aren’t technically based on any real cats, but some of our quirks and characteristics are loosely based on cats that our author has owned.

That’s cool. I was based loosely on Debbie’s Siamese, Oliver, who has since departed this mortal plane. I am honored to keep his memory alive in her Cobble Cove mystery series.

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

We are not supposed to go into the kitchen when our owner is baking, but she left the door open after she ran outside to chase a possible suspect. We got into the sugar and flour, and, well, things turned a little problematic. Luckily, everything ended up okay.

 Here’s the scene:

 Flour and Sugar greeted me at the door. My American shorthairs looked particularly…white. They were always white, of course, but they seemed even whiter than usual. On closer inspection, I saw they were covered from head to tail in flour and sugar. My mouth dropped open. I remembered with a kick to the gut that I’d left the door to the kitchen open. I tiptoed to the kitchen, apparently thinking that if I went quietly, everything would be fine. No such luck. The floor was covered in white paw prints. My flour and sugar bins were upended, their contents spread across the counter and onto the floor.

I looked down at the cats, who had followed me. “Okay, guys. This was partly my fault. It’s very fitting the way that you got into the flour and sugar because of your names. But it’s a good thing I don’t have an inspection coming up soon.”

I calculated the work ahead of me. I’d need to order more flour and sugar from my supplier and buy some at the grocery store to get me by until it arrived. Obviously, the kitchen would require a good cleaning. I’d start after I took care of the cats.

Closing the door to the kitchen so the cats couldn’t cause further damage, I went back into the living room, the two trailing after me. I took Sugar into my lap and brushed her. But the flour and sugar were matted in her fur. I tried the same thing with Flour with the same result.

They were rather agitated, and I had to face the facts: these cats needed a bath.

After obtaining some advice from the trusty internet, I proceeded to bathe them separately in the tub. I couldn’t believe it when they ended up in the warm water together, happily dog paddling around the small space. I laughed and praised them.

They at last grew tired of being in the water. I took them out by turn and dried them with a fluffy towel. Once they were back to normal, they ran off and curled up on the bed, exhausted by their grand adventure.

Wow, Meow! Love it. Thanks for sharing that delightful excerpt.

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

We love being in our author’s books! We think we have the perfect names for cats who belong to a baker. What we do best is calm down our owner when she is feeling overstimulated. We feel this is a very important role.

It definitely is. Alicia tends to get stressed, too. John helps a bit, but there’s nothing like the relaxing purr and kneading I can administer.

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

We only meow.

That was what I did until later in the series. Now readers and my fellow pet characters can read my thoughts, but my human co-stars can’t.

What advice would you give other cat characters?

As mentioned above, we think our most important job is to support our owner and keep her calm. We suggest other cats do the same. If you can help solve a mystery, too, we say go for it! (We aren’t especially helpful in this area!)

That’s where you two differ from Sneaky the Library Cat, but although I sometimes solve the crime and often save Alicia, I let her take all the credit.

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

Not for a while! Hopefully, we will have a new one out in October of 2021.

Good luck with that.

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

We are not on social media, but our author is. Here are her links:

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/carol_e_ayer

Thank you so much. It’s been a pleasure having you here, and best whiskers to you both and your author on your book.

 Thank you, Sneaky! We’ve attached a picture of our author and a picture of how she envisions us.

Pawsome! I’m also sharing your blog tour and giveaway with my readers.


Peppermint Cream Die (A HSP (Highly Sensitive Person) Mystery)
by Carol E Ayer

About Peppermint Cream Die


Peppermint Cream Die (A HSP (Highly Sensitive Person) Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Publisher: Camel Press (October 13, 2020)
Paperback: 190 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1603816298
Digital ASIN: B08LK1KLRV

Kayla Jeffries, home bakery owner and HSP (Highly Sensitive Person), has arranged her life just so to avoid stressful overstimulation. The California oceanside community in which she lives proves the perfect venue for the quiet and peaceful existence she desires. She happily spends her time baking, walking along the beach, and spending time with her close friends.

But when Kayla discovers her elderly friend Trudy Dillingham has been strangled, she vows to do anything she must to help bring the killer to justice, including overcoming the stress and sensory overload involved in playing amateur detective. Using her HSP talents of attention to detail and ability to read other people’s emotions, Kayla eventually cracks the case, all the while juggling two cats and a dog, non-stop orders for the Christmas holidays, and a budding relationship with handsome restaurateur Jason Banks.

About Carol E. Ayer

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Carol Ayer, a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP), lives halfway between San Francisco and Sacramento with her cat, Rainn. When she’s not writing, she’s reading mysteries and thrillers or watching movies and cooking shows. As a native Californian, she visits the ocean as often as possible.

Author Links

Webpage: https://carolayer.com/

Blog: https://ayerlines.com/

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/carol_e_ayer

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December 12 – Christy’s Cozy Corners – REVIEW

December 13 – Maureen’s Musings – SPOTLIGHT

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December 14 – Here’s How It Happened – REVIEW

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