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

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

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

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

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

Those sound pawsome. Please give information about the series.

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

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

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

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

Ah, the good life.

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

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

A meow sounded from somewhere behind me in the lounge.

“Tim?”

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

“What are you doing out here?”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“What’s wrong now?”

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

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

“Hey!”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I don’t talk, but Emma seems to understand what I’m saying anyway.

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

What advice would you give other cat characters?

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

Great advice.

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

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

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

That sounds pawsome.

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

https://www.facebook.com/JanDrexlerAuthor

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

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


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

About The Sign of the Calico Quartz


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

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

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

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

About Jan Drexler

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

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TOUR PARTICIPANTS

July 18 – The Avid Reader – REVIEW, EXCERPT

July 18 – Literary Gold – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

July 19 – Mysteries with Character – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

July 19 – Christy’s Cozy Corners – GUEST POST

July 20 – ebookaddicts – SPOTLIGHT WITH EXCERPT

July 20 – Maureen’s Musings – REVIEW

July 21 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT WITH EXCERPT

July 21 – My Journey Back – RECIPE POST

July 21 – My Reading Journeys – SPOTLIGHT WITH EXCERPT

July 22 – Cozy Up With Kathy – REVIEW, AUTHOR INTERVIEW

July 22 – Ascroft, eh? – GUEST POST

July 23 – #BRVL Book Review Virginia Lee Blog – SPOTLIGHT

July 23 – Reading Is My SuperPower – REVIEW

July 24 – Brooke Blogs – GUEST POST

July 24 – FUONLYKNEW – SPOTLIGHT WITH EXCERPT

July 25 – I Read What You Write – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

July 25 – Moonlight Rendezvous – REVIEW WITH EXCERPT

July 26 – Baroness Book Trove – SPOTLIGHT

July 26 – Sapphyria’s Book Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

July 27 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – REVIEW

July 27 – Sneaky the Library Cat’s Blog – CHARACTER INTERVIEW

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Hermione’s Kitty Korner #26: My Tribute to Stripey and Other News

Purrs, it’s Hermione. My brother, Harry, already posted the sad news about our older brother, Stripey, who traveled to the Rainbow Bridge on May 13, but I also wanted to add my respects. I had a love/hate relationship with Stripey. When we first got together, we hissed at one another. But I remember playing footsie with him under the door before we were allowed to be alone together.

I don’t have too many photos of me and Stripey because I always spent more time away from him and my brother. I preferred my own spots to those of “the boys.” Here’s one of us sharing the cat tree in the room where we have our toys and litter boxes.


And here is a photo of the three of us when we first got together. Debbie called us “the three Mouseketeers.”

I know that Harry also shared the good news about Debbie’s new book, The Case of the Cat Crazy Lady, the first Buttercup Bend Cozy Mystery, and her other forthcoming books, Sneaky’s Supernatual Mystery and Other Cobble Cove Stories, releasing June 1st. and Memories and Meows that will also be out soon.

For more information about these books and Debbie’s other news, you should subscribe to her newsletter, Debbie’s Drafts. You could even win a giveaway prize. Just fill out the pop-up form on her website: https://debbiedelouise.com.


Last, but not least, please look for my America’s Favorite Pet feature in the Sept/Oct issue of Catster Magazine that will be out the first week of July. I am very excited about being featured in a national magazine.
Before I end this post, I just want to share with you a beautiful painting that a friend of Debbie’s daughter did of Stripey. I think it’s the best tribute of them all. My humans will be framing and hanging it.

Harry’s Kitty Korner #26: Lotsa Bad News but Some Good

Meow, there. It’s Harry. I hate to write this column after all this time with bad news, but I’m afraid I have no choice. I’m a black cat, after all. However, I was lucky that I was adopted, along with my sister, by Debbie and her family three years ago.

The bad news I have to share involves my older brother, Stripey. While we weren’t from the same litter, like me and Hermione, he was a pretty nice guy. We weren’t exactly friends, but we hung out a lot. Debbie referred to us as “the boys.” Now I’m the only boy cat left because Stripey has taken that trip to Rainbow Bridge. He was 14, so much older than me and my sis, but time goes quick. That’s why I’m trying to enjoy my youth as long as I can.

Here’ are two photos of us hanging out together like cat buds. They were taken some time ago. Stripey started losing weight. They thought it was thyroid, but it turned out to be the Big C. Poor boy. I miss him.


And here is a photo of the three of us when we first got together.

The other bad news is that, right after I noticed Stripey was gone, my humans started sneezing and coughing, and I heard them say they had COVID. I don’t know too much about that disease, but I always saw them wearing masks when they went out, so I don’t know how they caught it. While Debbie was in bed with fevers, me and Hermione did our best to keep her company and make her feel better.

I hate to be the bearer of so much bad news, but I also have some good news. Debbie published her new cozy, The Case of the Cat Crazy Lady, which is the first of the new Buttercup Bend series, and I took a peek at her notes for the next book and see that me, Hermione, and even Stripey will be characters in it.

Here’s the purr-chase link: mybook.to/cclady

Please consider buying a copy. I give it 5 meows.

Debbie is also publishing two other books soon. One is a collection of Cobble Cove stories called Sneaky’s Supernatural Mystery and Other Cobble Cove Stories.. She’s also reprinting PET POSTS: The Cat Chats with a new cover and new edits. This book will be called Memories and Meows. It also features me, Hermione, and Stripey as well as our predecessors Floppy, Holly, and Oliver..
That’s it for meow, but I’m sure my sister will post a tribute to our friend, Stripey, soon.

 

Sneaky Interviews Lord Peter Wimsey, the Cat from the the P.I.P, Inc. Cozy Mysteries by Nancy Lynn Jarvis

Oh, boy. I’ve suddenly become quite popular with guests. Today, I’m honored to have another cat to interview. What is your name and your author’s name?

I am Lord Peter Wimsey, aptly named after Dorothy Sayers aristocratic detective, but my friends call me Wimsey. My author is Nancy Lynn Jarvis.

Mice to meet you. Such a cool name. It makes you sound like a regal fellow which I’m sure you are.

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

I’ve been in three books so far, The Glass House, The Funeral Murder, and now in The Corpse’s Secret Life. My favorite book is The Funeral Murder because I was a hero in it, although my author tells me in the next book in her PIP Inc. Mysteries series, I am going to help her solve the murder. I’m excited about that. Her mysteries are cozies, and while I don’t talk in the series, being a crime solver will suit me, I think.

The main character…that is if you go by word count rather than the percentage of body covered by gorgeous orange fur…is Pat Pirard. She was downsized from her job of Santa Cruz County Law Librarian on her thirty-fifth birthday right after she spent all her savings to buy a sunshine yellow Mercedes convertible. I was terrified that I’d have to resort to hunting birds to survive and that my best friend, a dog named Dot, might have to catch gophers, but thankfully Pat is smart. She printed business cards telling everyone she was now Private Investigator Pat and has managed to keep us all fed and housed.

My only complaint is that she seems overly fond of a Sheriff Sargent with big feet who once stepped on me. Dot says it was an accident, but she’s gaga over him because he scratches her ears. He has apologized, and I am warming to him, but I’m not completely won over. 

MOL (Meow Out Loud). My author has stepped on her real cats’ tails, and they certainly let her know they don’t like it. Watch those big feet.

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

I am. My author had a cat with my name. She says writing about me and Dot, based on her Dalmatian Freckles, keeps us alive for her even though our namesakes have crossed the rainbow bridge.

The same with me. Oliver isn’t my namesake, but he was Debbie’s beloved senior cat who passed away four years ago.

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

Wimsey, her normally laid-back cat appeared suddenly, hissing and snarling as he bounded into Pat’s bedroom. He used his accumulated velocity to launch himself and leaped on Anne’s back, landing just above her waist and to the right of her spine. From there, he used the claws on all four of his feet to dig into her and climb her like a tree. When he reached her shoulder, he bit her before continuing his climb to her head. Anne screamed and twisted, startled by the attack and smarting from Wimsey’s sharp claws and teeth.

Pawsome excerpt. Thanks for sharing it. Great action scene.

What advice would you give other cat characters?

If you aren’t being given enough space in the books, roll over, paw the air while looking especially cute, and let your author know you need more to do.

I should try that some time. Debbie gets sidetracked by her other books.

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

The Corpse’s Secret Life is a new release. I’d tell you to pick up a copy, but you really should read the series in order because of the big-footed Sheriff Sargent and because books end with Pat getting her next assignment, so I’d recommend you start with The Glass House. You can get any of my adventures on Amazon.

I’ll keep a cat’s eye out for them.

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

I’m a very private cat, so I’m not, but you can find my author on Facebook and Goodreads under Nancy Lynn Jarvis.

Purrfect!

Thanks for the interview, Pete. I’m sharing some information about your author. Best whiskers to you and Nancy on your books.

Bio as of 2021

Nancy Lynn Jarvis left the real estate profession after she started having so much fun writing the Regan McHenry Real Estate Mysteries series that she let her license lapse. But after seven books, she was ready for a new adventure and is currently working on the fourth book in her PIP Inc. series which features not-quite-licensed private investigator, downsized law librarian Pat Pirard. She has also edited crowd pleasers Cozy Food: 128 Cozy Mystery Writers Share Their Favorite Recipes and Santa Cruz Weird.

The last year-and-half have been difficult, not only because of Covid 19, but because Nancy spent eight-and-a-half months out of her damaged home following the CZU Fire. She’s happy to be home again, writing, redecorating, and enjoying being a member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and Santa Cruz Women of Mystery.

Harry’s Kitty Korner #25: Please Vote for my Sister

Meow, there. It’s Harry aka Harold. For those who aren’t aware, despite my lady’s constant posting and messaging, my sister, Hermione, is running for America’s Favorite Pet. Now I don’t hold a grudge about why she was chosen to enter and not me. In fact, I support her all the way and encourage you to vote for her daily with a free vote and also buy PAWS votes that raise funds for animals. The PAWS votes count double today (Tuesday, March 15).  They make your money go further to help Hermione and other pets.

I honestly think my Sis deserves to win. Take a look at these photos of her. Isn’t she adorable? Not as adorable as me, but quite cute. It runs in the family.

  

So please don’t delay. Hermione needs your vote to remain in the race. The next cut will be March 17 when only one cat will be chosen to continue the contest. You can also help by sharing the voting link with your cat-loving friends. https://americasfavpet.com/2022/hermione-cf74

Meow for now, Harry.