As you probably know from all the cat posts on Social media, yesterday was International Cat Day. In honor of that special day that we cats celebrate all year, I’m showing some videos for this Feature Friday column. I hope you and your kitties enjoy them.
Hello, there, Mr. Cat. What is your name and your author’s name?
My name is Ursula. My human’s name is Allie Cobb, so I guess my last name is Cobb. My author’s name is J.C. Kenney. He has a cat named Maria.
Ursula is an interesting name for a cat character. Very mice to meet you.
What book(s) have you appeared in? Please list them and their genre.
I’ve appeared on all of my human’s books. The first book is called A Literal Mess and came out this past January. The second one, A Genuine Fix, just came out. The next one is called A Mysterious Mix Up and comes out next January.
Love those titles. Concats!
Are you in a series? If so, please give information about it.
I am. All three books make up The Allie Cobb Mysteries Series. I think they should be called the Ursula Cobb Mysteries. After all, I’m on the cover, not Allie. Nobody asked me, though. Shame on them.
My mysteries are called after the town. Instead of Sneaky the Library Cat mysteries, they’re called the Cobble Cove mysteries.
Are you based on a real animal such as your author’s? If so, please give further details.
My author says I’m based on Maria, but I’m not sure about that. I mean, Maria’s a one hundred percent indoor cat. I’m an indoor and outdoor kitty. I take my human Allie for walks every day when the weather’s nice. Wearing a harness isn’t the greatest thing in the world, but I can still have fun chasing leaves and bugs. I’ve been told that Maria caught a mouse once. I’m happy for her.
I was based loosely on Debbie’s Siamese who was a lot older than me and made the trip to Rainbow Bridge last year. Sounds like Maria could have her own series.
Can you share an excerpt from one of your books that features you in an important scene? If so, please include it.
Well, I did discover the body of the murder victim in A Genuine Fix. I think that’s pretty important. Here’s the scene my author wrote about it.
I was going through my project documents, trying to figure out where the snafu might have come from, when Ursi hissed and let out a growl that would make a mountain lion proud. By the time I looked up, her back was a feline version of the St. Louis Arch, and her tail was a bushy, black-and-orange feather duster.
“What’s wrong?” I went to her and bent down to figure out what had her freaked out. Seconds later, I sprang back upright as my blood ran cold.
Ursi had uncovered a human finger.
Forcing myself to maintain some semblance of calm, I grabbed a decent-sized piece of mulch and scraped smaller wooden pieces from the finger. It only took a few scrapes to reveal an entire hand.
“Oh, God.” I fell to my hands and knees and vomited. The hand wasn’t fake. Or warm.
Something told me it was attached to an entire body.
Pawsome scene. Thanks for sharing.
What do you like most about your role in your authors’ books?
What I like most, besides the kitty treats Allie gives me, is getting to show readers how much Allie and I care about each other. I know she loves me and wants me to be happy. I try to be there for her whenever she needs it, especially when she’s feeling down. A lot of people think cats don’t care about their humans very much. All I know is that Allie is my number one human and I’d do anything for her. I also like being buddies with Allie’s best human friend, Sloane.
That’s very nice. I’m friends with Alicia, and I get along nicely with the rest of the Cobble Cove library crew.
Are you a talking cat in your books or just a silent one like I am who just meows occasionally?
I’m pretty quiet, with a few well-placed meows when needed. I like to think I’ve trained Allie to know when I have something to say, it’s important. This is one thing where I’m a lot like my author’s cat Maria. She’s pretty quiet, too.
It’s good to know when to meow and when to keep your kitty lips shut.
What advice would you give other cat characters?
We felines are pretty self-assured, so I don’t know that any cat needs my advice. What I will remind my fellow porch panthers is to always be true to yourselves. Our humans love us for who we are. That, and never say no to a kitty treat.
Great advice. Your my type of cat character, Ursula.
Do you have any new books coming out? Please give dates and details.
A Genuine Fix just came out. A Mysterious Mix Up comes out January 8, 2020.
Oh, goodie. I have four books in my series. I’ve got to get Debbie moving on the 5th, but she’s working on other mysteries now.
Are you and/or your author on social media? If so, please list your links.
I’m not, but my author is, which is fine. I’m perfectly content hanging out with Allie, Sloane and their friends in Rushing Creek.
Purrfect. Best whiskers to you and your author on your recent release, upcoming books, and your blog tour that I’m featuring below.
A Genuine Fix
(An Allie Cobb Mystery)
by J.C. Kenney
About the Book
A Genuine Fix (An Allie Cobb Mystery)
2nd in Series
Lyrical Underground (July 16, 2019)
Paperback: 194 pages
Digital ASIN: B07KDWV2RX
Murder takes a page out of a killer’s playbook when literary agent Allie Cobb becomes her Indiana town’s number-one bestselling suspect …
Running the family literary business while preparing for her best friend’s wedding, chairing a park planning committee, and getting her rescue cat to bond with her boyfriend’s golden retriever doesn’t leave Allie Cobb much time for crime-solving. But when the guy who stood her up the night of her high school senior prom is killed and dumped in a pile of mulch, Allie’s suddenly the prime suspect.
It’s insulting enough that gambler, drunk, and all-around lowlife Georgie Alonso was found on the site of the memorial park honoring Allie’s deceased father. Now she’s fighting to clear her name and hold off a rush to judgment. But politics, decades-old secrets, and a slew of high-profile suspects make dangerous bedfellows as the eve of the park’s grand opening draws nearer. She’ll have to nab a killer soon, before her storybook life gets a bad ending …
About the Author
J.C. Kenney grew up in a household filled with books by legends Agatha Christie and Lilian Jackson Braun, among many others, so it was no surprise when he found himself writing mystery stories. When he’s not writing, you can find him following IndyCar racing or listening to music. He lives in Indianapolis with his wife, two sons, and a cat who is the inspiration for Ursula in the Allie Cobb Mysteries.
Website – https://www.jckenney.com;
Twitter – https://twitter.com/JCKenney1;
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/JCKenney1;
Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/JCKenney;
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/j.c.kenney/
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Hi, there. It’s Harry with my Kitty Korner Column #11. Thank you for reading about my adventures with Debbie and her family. Today is my birthday and my sister’s. It isn’t the actual day, but it’s the day Debbie celebrates meeting us at the Shabby Tabby Cat Cafe last October. We were 3 months old, so now we are a year old and full-grown cats.
To celebrate our special day, Debbie got us some fun gifts. There was an assortment of toys including my favorite catnip sticks and toy mice for Hermione.
We also got a new cat teaser. We still have “Da Bee” which is one of our favorite playthings, but now Debbie got us “Da Fish.” Can’t wait to reel it in.
Another interesting birthday gift for us was the Catit treat toy. Both Hermione and I, and even Stripey, enjoy this gift.
We also got another puzzle toy that doesn’t include treats, but is still fun because little creatures pop up if you pull the levers. I still have to master this.
Then there’s this bug toy that moves by itself. We all really love it, but it gets stuck in some places, so Debbie has to supervise when we play with it.
We also got some combs and brushes to keep me and Stripey looking handsome and Hermione looking beautiful. They feel great, too.
But, of all our new toys, our favorite is the big box they came in.
There were two other gifts that Debbie gave in honor of our first birthdays, but they weren’t for us. The first was for her readers — two free ebooks of her mysteries that are available until Monday, July 22. You can get her Cobble Cove cozy mystery, Love on the Rocks here., and her mystery thriller, Reason to Die, here.
The last but not least gift that Debbie gave in honor of our birthdays is a fundraiser for the Golden Paw Society, the rescue from which we came, so that other kittens and cats like us can find wonderful homes with loving families like we did. To help Debbie give this gift, you can donate any amount until Wednesday, July 24, here.
Thank you for making our birthday purrfect.
Hermione here with some good and some not so good news. For those who have been following me and my brother’s Kitty Korner columns, you’ll know that we’ve been having quite a lot of adventures in Debbie’s house. However, since we will be turning 1 years old in July and thus official cats, we are no longer going to paw our Kitty Korner Columns. However, Debbie will continue to share our stories on Facebook and her own blog/website with lots of photos and updates.
While this is my last column, Harry will be pawing his later in July to fill you all in on our one-year birthday celebration. Now for the good news. Debbie is offering two of her books free in honor of our birthdays from July 19 to July 21. During that time, you can get your free books here: mybook.to/RTD mybook.to/cc4
For those who don’t know our story, Debbie and her daughter first laid eyes on Harry and me at the Shabby Tabby Cat Cafe on October 21, 2018. We were so adorable that they fell immediately in love with us. Since the cat cafe had taken us from the Golden Paw Society shelter to help find homes for us, Debbie adopted us from them on October 24, 2018 which was her daughter’s 14th birthday. We were just 3 months old. Here’s a link to the article about our adoption and a photo of us at Shabby Tabby. Weren’t we so little and cute? https://wp.me/p7XcB0-ug
Here is a more recent photo. See how big we grew.
I hope you enjoy celebrating our birthday week with the two free mysteries, but it would also be great if you could contribute to the Facebook Fundraiser that Debbie created for the Golden Paws Society to help other kittens and cats like us get adopted. Any amount would help.
Sneaky here with a Feature Friday film about a great product for cats. When our nails get too long, we need clippers that give us a safe trim. My author Debbie brought a pair of Zen Clippers home from the Cat Writers’ Association Conference. She had never cut her cats’ nails before because she was afraid of hurting them. She usually had them done at the vets or by a groomer. But she decided to give the Zen Clippers a try and found them easy to use. Harry, Hemione, and Stripey put up a bit of a fuss, as most cats do, but after they realized they weren’t being hurt, they settled down and enjoyed their mani pedis. Check out the video about these pawsome nail clippers.