Hope you’re all having a pawsome New Year. I thought I’d share some videos about cat Mew Year Resolutions with you. Does your cat have any of these or any others you’d like to comment about. I’d love to hear them.
In a few days, it will be Mew Year, so I decided to feature a special guest here who is making his first appearance on my blog. I’m excited to be interviewing none other than Stripey De Louise, my author’s 10-year old cat.
Mice to have you here, Stripey. Did you have a nice holiday?
Hello, Sneaky. My holiday was okay except that those two little furballs who visited my territory in October are still here.
Furballs? Are you referring to Harry and Hermione, the kittens who write the Kitty Korner column on this blog?
You got that right, Sneaks.
May I ask what you have against those two, Stripey?
Isn’t that obvious? They are in my home. I admit that I once shared the place with a cat named Oliver. He was an old guy and really didn’t give me much trouble. When he went away, I had the place to myself. Now I’ve got not one, but two felines to deal with.
I don’t understand. You got along with Oliver. Why can’t you get along with Harry and Hermione?
Well, to be honest, Sneaky, I didn’t get along with Oliver right away. We actually got into a fur fight when he first came into my house, but then I realized he wasn’t going anywhere, and he was a lot older and bigger than I was. These little cats that are in my house now can gang up on me. They’re fast and strong. I’ve seen them zip around like tiny tigers.
Are you saying that you’re afraid of the kittens?
Let’s just say I’m a bit wary of them. That’s why I hiss when I see them and run for cover. Deep down, I admit I’m curious about them. I’ve played footsie with the girl under the door, but I’m not sure I can trust either of them yet.
Sounds like you need some time to adjust to the changes in your household. Harry and Hermione both say that they try to befriend you and even rub noses to greet you when you meet, but you hiss at them and then run away. Is that true?
Yes, but I’m pretty set in my ways and used to being on my own now that Oliver is gone. He wasn’t really my pal. I just allowed him to stay in my home. I was there first. I’m the senior cat in the family and, like I said, I can’t trust the new little devils especially that girl, Hermione, who keeps running under my bed while I’m hiding there. She has some nerve that little fur ball. You’d think she’d fear for her safety. I am a big guy, after all. But, no, she is relentless, even when I draw my paws out at her with my shivs sheathed. I like the boy, Harry, a bit better. He’s quieter and less intrusive of my territory, but he follows his sister around like a puppy.
I sympathize with your predicament. Even though I’m a character cat, I encountered a similar situation in Debbie’s latest Cobble Cove mystery, Love on the Rocks, when a new girl kitten came to town. Our meeting was quite awkward, and I also hissed at her and retreated. However, we ended up working together to solve a crime. I’m confident that the three of you will be friends one day even if you don’t have any mysteries to unravel.
I hope you’re right, Sneaky. I’d love to start 2019 with harmony in my home. Also, those cat toys and that awesome cat tree that the kittens have in their room sure look inviting. I’ve been bored sleeping most of the day, but I still have some life in me and could give those kittens some chasing.
That’s the attitude, Stripey. You all could be great playmates. I know it.
Thanks, Sneaky. I need some time to ponder your advice. I still have to show the interlopers that I’m top cat in Debbie’s house. I want to do it before they get too big. Once I put them in their place, maybe I’ll grace them with my pawsome company.
Fair enough. Well, keep us posted, Stripey, and thanks for the interview.
You’re welcome, Sneaky. Best whiskers on your upcoming books. I wish Debbie would put me in one. I think she’s planning to put Harry and Hermione in your series, so be careful. They’ve already taken over one of your columns. The next thing you know, they’ll have their photos on the book covers and their own blog. You should shudder at the thought.
Thanks for the warning, Stripey. I’ll keep that in mind. Have a Happy Mew year and try to make peace with your fellow felines.
Meow there. It’s Sneaky with an interview of the real-life kitty of a podcaster. She tells me she has her own pet. Welcome, Pollie Blackwell. What is your pet’s name?
You consider your human a pet. Very interesting.
What are your favorite types of Books?
Anything Independent: mysteries, science fiction, paranormal, and Horror.
Currently getting into Cozy Mysteries. Newest Favorite series: Cobble Cove Mysteries by Debbie De Louise
You’re quite well read, and I’m very glad to see that you’re interested in my series.
What do you do in the studio?
I am here for moral support. Sometimes, my pet likes to record podcasts. He talks to people from all around the world. I try not to bother him too much when he’s recording. I find that the best place to listen is under his desk next to his feet. The acoustics are amazing.
That sounds like a great place to be. I enjoy sitting in the children’s room window of the Cobble Cove library because I can see the birds, squirrels, and other wildlife outside.
How long have you had your pet, Emit Blackwell, and where did you meet?
He found me at a shelter. Emit picked me up and carried me around while he looked at other cats, but I knew I had him in the bag from the moment he saw me. He has been my pet now for 1 year.
Very mice. My author Debbie just adopted two kittens from a shelter, and they are already wrapping her around their paws.
What is your favorite thing about your pet?
He reads stories to me. I like to sit on his lap while he reads some of the newest and established authors. I purr the most when the story gets good.
What do you like most about your role as the studio Cat?
Well, I don’t like to brag, but I pretty much run things around here. The show just couldn’t run without me. I keep Emit in line by making sure he finds the best guests and follows up with the current ones.
Do you like talking cat in your books or just silent ones like me who just meows occasionally?
I like when the animals talk, but non-talking animals are ok too. The message comes across. Although I don’t talk with words, Emit understands me. Sometimes I can simply give him a look and he knows exactly what I need.
You have trained your pet well.
What advice would you give other cats who have podcasters as pets?
Always be supportive of what they do. Most podcasters love talking to people from all around the world. Emit is unique. He helps authors get the recognition they deserve based on the stories they tell.
I’d say that’s purrfect advice, and you should be proud of your pet for helping authors.
Is there anything new happening around the studio?
Emit has been talking a lot about season 3, which starts in January of 2019. He will be including musicians, directors, artists, actors and of course more authors.
Wonderful. I know my author was his last interview of season 2, and she’d love to be back on the show again.
Here’s the link to Debbie’s interview. Your pet did a wonderful job interviewing her.
Are you and/or your author on social media? If so, please list your links.
Facebook at Emitblackwellshow
Excellent. It was great cat chatting with you, Pollie. I picked up some good human-training tips that I will share with my author’s cats Stripey, Harry, and Hermione. Best whiskers to you and Emit on your future podcasts, and please reserve a second spot for Debbie. If you ever interview a cat character, I’d be interested.
Meow, there. Please introduce yourself. What is your name and your author’s name?
My name is RahRah and my author’s name is Debra H. Goldstein.
Mice to meet you. What book(s) have you appeared in? Please list them and their genre.
I’m debuting in One Taste Too Many. I’ve very excited because One Taste Too Many also is the first of Kensington’s new Sarah Blair cozy mystery series, so you’ll have a chance to meet me and my human, Sarah.
That sounds pawsome. I remember when I met Alicia in A Stone’s Throw, the first book of our Cobble Cove mystery series. I was so excited, and I know you must be, too.
Please give information about your series.
I’m in One Taste Too Many, Kensington’s new Sarah Blair cozy mystery series. Personally, I think they should call it the RahRah cozy mystery series because I’m such an important character in every book. I have taste, good-looks, a masterful personality, and love tuna. Sarah is recently divorced, works as a law firm receptionist, is a little unsure of herself, and is the kind of person whose good china is floral paper plates. I call her a cook of convenience because she either brings take-out in or makes recipes from pre-made ingredients. Cat to cat, I’ll let you in on a secret. if you promise not to tell. The next book in the series will be Two Bites Too Many.
MOL- Meow Out Loud. I like your ideas. The Cobble Cove Cozy mysteries should be Sneaky the Library Cat mysteries, but I can’t complain. At least I have this blog. I like your description of you MC (Main Character), too. My Alicia was a widow when our series started and a librarian. She doesn’t cook much, but there’s lots of bakers in Cobble Cove who make delicious goodies.
Are you based on a real animal such as your author’s? If so, please give further details.
My author wanted to make sure she got the details about me right, so she asked her friend, Jean, who had a beautiful Siamese cat, Suri, a million questions about things I might do or need. Jean answered every question my author could think of. She also sent Debra a picture of her cat. Sadly, before One Taste Too Many was finished, Suri passed away. In appreciation to Jean and as a lasting tribute to Suri, Debra gave me all of Suri’s physical attributes, intelligence, and playfulness. Look at the cover of One Taste Too Many, I think the Kensington artist caught my likeness perfectly.
Aww. That’s sad. The cat I was based on, Oliver, my author’s Siamese, who passed away last year.
Can you share an excerpt from one of your books that features you in an important scene? If so, please include it.
“Bill’s dead and, uh, I’m afraid the police think I killed him.”
Sarah Blair stared at the cell phone in her hand. She could not believe the words she had just heard over it. Bill cannot be dead. He was her ex-husband, but like the cat he let her keep after their divorce, she always thought William Taft Blair had nine lives. And what did Emily mean that the police thought she had killed him? No way her twin sister could have done anything like that!
Sure, Emily wielded a cleaver with deft precision in her job as a line cook and she’d threatened Bill a few times over his treatment of Sarah during their marriage and divorce, but Sarah refused to believe Emily could or would murder anyone. …..
Feeling sick to her stomach, she sat down hard on her bed, disturbing her cat’s carefully constructed burrow in the quilt. RahRah stretched one tan paw into the air. Sarah put her hand on his back, but he squirmed away and jumped off the bed. She was tempted to follow him for a quick comforting hug. Instead, she pulled a purple sweater from the remaining pile of clothing on the floor and yanked it over her head.
“RahRah, what could possibly possess Emily to be at the police station without a lawyer? Didn’t she learn anything all those years I made her watch Perry Mason?”
RahRah blinked but didn’t purr.
“So, you agree with me. If Em isn’t a suspect, they would have taken her statement during normal business hours.”
Sarah stuffed her other foot into its shoe and made up her mind. Whether Emily wanted it or not, she wasn’t going to let her sit in jail without representation. She dug her phone from beneath the covers, glanced at the time on its face, and scrolled to her boss’s number.
Hopefully, Harlan was home, alone, and willing to help his receptionist’s sister.
Purrfect scene, and I see what you mean that you’re the main cat character. Great job, RahRah!
What do you like most about your role in your authors’ books?
I like that I dominate Sarah Blair’s world. In so many books, animals are stuck into the story or shunted aside, but my author gives me the respect and dignity of being a real character.
That’s wonderful. I’m sure you’ve earned it.
Are you a talking cat in your books or just a silent one like I am who just meows occasionally?
I’m a real cat who meows, purrs, and makes other cat noises. Even though I don’t talk, Sarah knows exactly what I’m thinking and feeling from the sounds I make and the way I strut, shiver, take control of the situation, or cling to her.
I can relate to that. It’s the same with me.
What advice would you give other cat characters? –
Four things: 1) Always be true to yourself; 2) Be loyal to your person; 3) Let your person think he/she is making the decisions even though in reality you are; and, 4) Don’t accept less than the good food.
Do you have any new books coming out? Please give dates and details.
One Taste Too Many debuts in print and e-book form on December 18, 2018. It can be pre-ordered now. A large print version is expected in February 2019. The second book in the series, Two Bites Too Many, is scheduled for release in October 2019.
Are you and/or your author on social media? If so, please list your links.
My author is on social media, but we both would love to hear from you in any of the following ways:
Write us – DHG@DebraHGoldstein.com
Pinterest (pin me pictures of your cat): https://www.pinterest.com/dhg2646/
Thanks so much, RahRah. I’ve enjoyed cat chatting with you. Best whiskers on your new release and the future books of your series. Now please tell us more about your blog tour.
Sure, Sneaky, and thanks for having me here today.
One Taste Too Many (A Sarah Blair Mystery)
by Debra H. Goldstein
About the Book
One Taste Too Many (A Sarah Blair Mystery)
1st in Series
Kensington (December 18, 2018)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
Digital ASIN: B07CDCZXLP
For culinary challenged Sarah Blair, there’s only one thing scarier than cooking from scratch—murder!
Married at eighteen, divorced at twenty‑eight, Sarah Blair reluctantly swaps her luxury lifestyle for a cramped studio apartment and a law firm receptionist job in the tired hometown she never left. With nothing much to show for the last decade but her feisty Siamese cat, RahRah, and some clumsy domestic skills, she’s the polar opposite of her bubbly twin, Emily—an ambitious chef determined to take her culinary ambitions to the top at a local gourmet restaurant . . .
Sarah knew starting over would be messy. But things fall apart completely when her ex drops dead, seemingly poisoned by Emily’s award-winning rhubarb crisp. Now, with RahRah wanted by the woman who broke up her marriage and Emily wanted by the police for murder, Sarah needs to figure out the right recipe to crack the case before time runs out. Unfortunately, for a gal whose idea of good china is floral paper plates, catching the real killer and living to tell about it could mean facing a fate worse than death—being in the kitchen!
Includes quick and easy recipes!
About the Author
Judge Debra H. Goldstein’s new Sarah Blair cozy mystery series debuts from Kensington Press debuts with One Taste Too Many. She also is the author of Should Have Played Poker: a Carrie Martin and the Mah Jongg Players Mystery and the 2012 IPPY Award-winning Maze in Blue. Besides novels, Debra writes short stories. Her short story, The Night They Burned Ms. Dixie’s Place, Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine (May/June 2017) is an Agatha Award Short Story Nominee. In addition to being the Sisters in Crime Guppy President, Debra serves on the national Sisters in Crime board and is Vice-President of the Southeast Region of Mystery Writers of America.
Twitter @DebraHGoldstein Linked In https://www.linkedin.com/in/debra-h-goldstein-72473a11/
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December 3 – Babs Book Bistro – SPOTLIGHT
December 4 – Mallory Heart’s Cozies – REVIEW, GUEST POST
December 5 – The Pulp and Mystery Shelf – CHARACTER GUEST POST
December 6 – Sneaky the Library Cat’s Blog – CHARACTER INTERVIEW
December 6 – My Reading Journeys – REVIEW
December 7 – Christa Reads and Writes – REVIEW
December 7 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT
December 8 – A Blue Million Books – AUTHOR INTERVIEW
December 8 – Here’s How It Happened – SPOTLIGHT
December 9 – Cozy Up With Kathy – REVIEW, AUTHOR INTERVIEW
December 9 – Mystery Thrillers and Romantic Suspense Reviews – SPOTLIGHT
December 10 – StoreyBook Reviews – REVIEW
December 10 – Readeropolis – SPOTLIGHT
December 11 – Brooke Blogs – SPOTLIGHT
December 11 –A Wytch’s Book Review Blog – CHARACTER GUEST POST
December 12 – Moonlight Rendezvous – REVIEW, GUEST POST
December 12 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – REVIEW, GUEST POST
December 13 – MJB Reviewers – REVIEW, AUTHOR INTERVIEW
December 13 – A Holland Reads – SPOTLIGHT
December 14 – The Avid Reader – REVIEW
December 14 – Cinnamon, Sugar and a Little Bit of Murder – REVIEW, RECIPE
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Have you signed up to be a Tour Host?
I have two interesting guests to chat with today — Harry and Hermione, the new kittens of my author Debbie De Louise.
Meow there, Harry and Hermione. You may take turns answering my questions. Ladies first, Hermione, please tell us how you came to live with Debbie and her family.
Hi, Sneaky. It all started when my brother Harry and I were rescued by a shelter in Huntington called the Golden Paws Society. We stayed there a while and then a cat cafe opened, and we were brought there. Debbie and her daughter Holly visited and adopted us.
That’s a nice story. Do you have anything to add to it, Harry?
I do, Sneaky. When Debbie and Holly came to the Shabby Tabby Cat Cafe on October 21st, Holly started playing with me. She always wanted a black kitten, and she fell in love with me. I was the reason my sister and I were adopted.
Is that true, Hermione?
Not exactly, Sneaky. Even though Holly liked Harry, Debbie had just written a book featuring a calico kitten. Although she’s had lots of cats all her life, she’d never had a calico and fell in love with me. Because we couldn’t be separated, Debbie and Holly took both of us.
That’s pawsome., and I know which book you mean. It’s the fourth and latest Cobble Cove mystery, Love on the Rocks. I was a little jealous that another cat came to town, but Kittykai was a great help protecting my Alicia from a killer. I’m sure you would do the same for Debbie and Holly if they were in danger.
Both kittens nod.
So tell me, what do you like most about living with Debbie and Holly, Hermione?
Well, Debbie got me these really fun curly toys, and I can’t help but bat them around and pick them up in my mouth like a mouse.
What about you, Harry?
I love playing with the cat teaser that Holly got me, and I love hiding in the cat tunnel and popping out to catch it. Hermione and I also love our cat tree.
That’s great. Now isn’t it true that Debbie has another cat? Have you become acquainted with Stripey, her 10-year old yet, Harry?
I sure have, but he’s a little wary of us. Holly tried to introduce me to him, but he started growling. We’re taking it slow. Hermione and I are used to being around other cats, and Stripey once lived with Oliver, Debbie’s senior cat who she adopted and who passed on to Pet Heaven last year, but he isn’t used to kittens.
I’m sure the three of you will be best of pals soon. Thank you for the cat chat today, and I have some exciting news for you two. Debbie has agreed to allow you to write a kitten column on this blog. Now you’ll be sharing it with me, but I’m a character cat who specializes in interviewing pet characters. You and Hermione can write about your experiences as real-life pets of an author. Do you think Harry and you are up to that, Hermione?
You bet your whiskers we are, Sneaky. When do we start?
You just did, but I’ll try to fit you in on a regular basis.
One last question, and this is for Harry. I notice in one of the photos in this post you’re wearing a shirt. What is that all about? No one has yet to try to dress me up, although I’m sure it might happen in a future book.
Well, Sneaky, Holly wanted to dress us all up, but Hermione is not as calm-tempered and patient as I am.
Do you have anything to say about that, Hermione?
I’ll just say I’m beautiful the way I am. Also, Sneaky, there’s a rumor that Harry and I or some kitten characters based on us may be in one of Debbie’s upcoming books.
I had a feeling that might happen. Cobble Cove is going to be overrun with cats soon, but I will always be the top cat.
Nice cat chatting with you both and looking forward to your Kitten Columns.