Sneaky’s Interview with Casanova from The Casanova of HIll Street by E.T. Hansen

Meow, Mr. Cat!. Nice to have you on Sneaky’s blog. What is your name and your author’s name?

They call me Casanova and I’m a good-looking Manx and very successful with the ladies. My author is E.T. Hansen, also known as Grumpy Old Writer, who is neither of those things.

MOL (Meow Out Loud). You certainly are a cute guy minus the tail.
What book(s) have you appeared in? Please list them and their genre.

I’ve only appeared in one book – „The Casanova of Hill Street,“ a short story about love.

Very nice. I’m a mystery cat myself, but I’m sure you do a fine job with romances.

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

“The Casanova of Hill Street“ is one book in a series of 12 cat tales, each with a different cat hero – my book is one of the tales about love, but other books are about loneliness and hope, about friendship, about being outcast and finding a place to belong … there are some religious tales and there is even a horror story in there and a murder mystery, though I have to say, I’m on Team Cat – her owner got what he deserved!

So far, I have published three Cat Tales, 99 cents each:

A Cat’s Christmas Present

The Purring of the Witch

The Casanova of Hill Street

What a bargain, and they all sound like great stories, especially yours.
Are you based on a real cat such as your author’s? If so, please give further details.

My author has had many cats in his life and a lot of the cats in the series are based on real cats, while others, like the religious tales, are taken from legends. I am one of the few who actually existed – I’m the Manx tomcat who seduced his pretty feline Miko and gave her five beautiful kittens. He went out looking for me, but never found me – maybe that’s why his imagination ran wild and he had to invent a story about me.

You devil you! Now I see why you’re called Casanova. Maybe I can get some tips for romancing Miss Kittykai, but neither of us are real. I’m based slightly on my author’s Siamese who has since gone to Rainbow Bridge, and KittyKai was named after a cat who belongs to a reader who won my author’s character naming contest.

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

He was a big old thing, gray and wide-faced and stout and well-fed, and he wore no collar. From the way he crossed the street and jumped onto walls and disappeared into gardens, Brian could tell he thought he owned the neighborhood – and most likely, at least from a cat perspective, he did.

The Manx seemed to have a certain afternoon routine. On most days, Brian could catch sight of him in the park and follow him from a distance, until, at a certain corner on Hill Street, he lost sight of him behind a wall.

He staked out Hill Street.

One day, when the Manx disappeared over the wall and Brian hurried to look over, he saw he wasn’t alone. Just around the corner, a woman was peering over the same garden wall.

She was about his age, dressed in a baggy sweater and running shoes, with thick glasses. Not the fashion type. Come to think of it, she was dressed much like Brian, which is to say, not very well at all. They stared at each other, unsure what to say, and both decided, because that’s the kind of people they both were, not to say anything and just walk away.

They repeated that the next two times they met at that wall, and it was pretty obvious they were both working up the guts to say hello. On the fourth day it burst out of them at the same time:

“That Manx?”

And they laughed.

Very nice excerpt. Thanks for sharing it, Cas.
What do you like most about your role in your authors’ books?

I love that I’m the big cat of the neighborhood, the tomcat all lady cats are crazy about, I’m suave and cool and confident and masculine and most importantly, I know a secret that most humans don’t know – the secret of love.

You certainly play an important role in your story.
Are you a talking cat in your books or just a silent one like I am who just meows occasionally?

Only a few cats in the Cat Tales series are portrayed from the cat’s perspective – in fact, I think only Bastet, the cat goddess, can talk – but it’s the mystery of our thoughts that keep humans wondering about us!

I can relate to that. In my series, the readers can now read my thoughts and the thoughts of the other pet characters, and we all can communicate with one another, but the human characters have no idea what we’re saying or doing. I think that adds some interest to our books.
What advice would you give other cat characters?

Cute! Be cute! Centuries of survival and evolution have taught us cats one lesson and one lesson only: if you want to survive, if you want to thrive, if you want to work your way into the hearts of your humans, be cute!

Ahh. That’s purrfect advice.
Do you have any new books coming out? Please give dates and details.

The next book in the series, „The Ghost of Fluffy McFluffins,“ will come out at the end of the month, for 99 cents. My author may also make an audio book for it and post it on his social media pages. It is about a lonely girl whose only friend, her cat, dies and then … well, you can guess what happens then from the title. But don’t be mistaken – it’s not scary, it’s heart-warming and beautiful.

My author wrote a story, “The Path to Rainbow Gardens” that features many of her real-life cats that went to Rainbow Bridge. It’s also heartwarming. I will keep an eye out for your author’s story, too. Love the cat’s name.
Are you and/or your author on social media? If so, please list your links.

I don’t care much about social media personally, because I have a girlfriend around every corner and behind every window in this neighborhood, but my author is all over the place online – sometimes as E.T. Hansen, but also as Grumpy Old Writer:

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCi9UKmK1_8oCL-rX2LKtMsw/videos?view_as=subscriber

Twitter: https://twitter.com/EricTHansen1

And his Newsletter will be available at the end of March – I think he intends to include a free audiobook of my story in it.

It was nice talking to you, but now I have to make my rounds of the neighborhood! Meow to you all!

What a pawsome interview, Casanova. You can share your tips with me privately, but keep your paws off KittyKai. Best whiskers to you and your author on your story and his future cat stories.

Feature Friday Film: Hear and Watch Harry, Hermione, and Stripey Speak

Instead of videos this week, I’m proud to present the Feline Opine’s cat chats by Harry, Hermione, and Stripey. They certainly have some interesting things to say. Check them out here:

Ladies first. Here is Hermione. Click on her chat below her photo to hear what she has to say.

Hermione Chats!

Next is Hermione’s brother, Harry, aka Handsome Harry. Click his chat below his photo to hear him speak.

Harry Chats!

Last but not least, Stripey is the senior cat of the De Louise household. Click his chat below his photo to hear his words of wisdom.

Stripey Chats!

Thanks to Anita Aurit and Feline Opines for giving voice to my cat trio.

Sneaky’s Interview of Slayter, the Cat from the Sci Fi/Fantasy, Cat Winter by Mollie Hunt

Meow, there, Mr. Cat. Please introduce yourself. What is your name and your author’s name?

My full and formal name is Illius DiVone Esslayterran, but you can call me Slayter. My author’s name is Mollie Hunt.

That’s quite a mouthful. I will use Slayter. Mice to meet you. My author is a friend of yours and a fellow member of the Cat Writers’ Association, a great group of authors and others who feature felines in various media.

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

I am the hero of Cat Winter, Book 2 of the Cat Seasons Sci-fantasy Tetralogy. Each book of the tetralogy takes place in the same universe but stands alone as far as its characters. But my story is told well and completely in Cat Winter, and I’m happy to let another feline hero take the spotlight next time.

You sound like quite a modest fellow.

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

My story is one of four in the Cat Seasons tetralogy. Tetralogy means four, though I think it would have been easier if they’d called it a quartet or quadrilogy. Two of the four, Cat Summer (Winner of the CWA Muse Medallion for Scifi-Fantasy, 2019-2020) and Cat Winter are published, with Cat Autumn and Cat Spring to go.

Interesting. I love the season’s theme.

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

The original Slayter, a beautiful and wise black feline, cohabited with my author’s cousin, as did the co-hero of Cat Winter, my fur-sister Emma. Sadly, they are gone now, but book-Emma and I pay lasting tribute to their memories.

That’s wonderful. I also pay tribute to the memory of Debbie’s Siamese, Oliver, in our Cobble Cove cozy mystery series where I star as the library cat.

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

Since I am the hero, all my scenes are important, but this is my introduction:

Chapter 3. Slayter

Slayter gazed out the window at the chill, white landscape. He’d been like that since he and his sister had watched their cohabitor fall asleep. For a time, the lacy snow had whorled across the beam of the streetlamp, hypnotizing him into a stupor, but all that was changed now. The snow had ceased, flakes suspended in midair. The frozen outdoors lay as rigid and unmoving as a Currier & Ives print. Slayter’s soul burned in anticipation.

Soundlessly, he rose from his place by the window, moving like an obsidian shadow through the darkened room and down the stairs. With the stealth bred into his dark ancestors, he prowled the murk as only Felis can, making sure all was in place for what was to come. Once satisfied, he returned to his cohabitor. As light as a phantom, he came to rest on the bed beside her, caressing her slumbering form. She did not move, but he had not expected her to. He knew she would remain in that unconscious state for a very long time.

But things can no longer be measured in time, Slayter reminded himself. Time had become meaningless once the snow froze in place and Winter Verus came upon the land.

Winter Verus, the true winter, when time itself would cease to exist. Only then could the nine feline emissaries slip between the seconds to execute the Rectification of the Variants and put right humanity’s wrongs. As much good as the humans do, Slayter thought to himself, they manage to make a mess on a regular basis. Without the aid of the Nine and their yearly rectification, things would quickly go to hell in a handbasket.

Slayter fidgeted. The Rectification was one of Felis’s deepest mysteries, and only the chosen Nine knew how it was done. Slayter had always wondered, but now his black velvet breast swelled with pride. This year, he would be among them.

As quickly as his elation had risen, it floundered with questions:

What if the council had been wrong about him? What if he weren’t up to the task?

How could he make a difference in the great ways of humanity? How could any of them?

Could nine cats really expunge the torment the star-children had heaped upon themselves? It seemed an impossible mission.

He kicked himself for having doubts. The Rectification would be done as it had been each winter since humankind attained the power to destroy. The how of it would be revealed—‌he had only to keep his curiosity at bay for a little while longer.

Slayter stared down at his beloved Claire, still as death underneath the quilts in the old wooden bed. She was as pale as the snow on the window ledge, but he wasn’t afraid. He knew she was in no danger. If all went as planned, his absence would be as the blink of an eye, and she would wake to a better world upon his return.

The obsidian feline felt a prick of disquiet. Time-stall was risky, and sometimes things didn’t go as planned. There were even tales of a brutal and unexplained fatality. He would need to be vigilant. He’d never forgive himself if anything happened to Claire.

Slayter gave the sleeping female one last check. He sniffed her breath, her scent, tuned his scrutinizing gaze for the slightest movement, but there was none. Jumping to the floor, he was down the stairs and through the house like a satin streak. Out the cat flap he bolted, into another world, a world beyond time, frozen in the crystalline formation of forever.”

What a Pawsome excerpt. Thank you.

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

Though Cat Winter is definitely entertaining, it also tells an important story, and I am proud to be a vessel for that tale. As a feline yourself, Sneaky, you know there is much more to our world than the human species can see. This makes for all sorts of chaos, most of which they inflict on themselves. A shame they are so limited in their senses, but thankfully they have us to help them out.

High-Five paws to that, Slayter.

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

Of course I can talk—we all can, should we wish to do so. But it’s not really talking as much as a focused thought projection. Then, when our cohabitor Claire became a cat herself… well, no spoilers.

Hmmm. Sounds like a spoiler to me but that’s okay. I don’t think Alicia will ever become a cat, but she has come to understand them more since I’ve been helping her solve mysteries. I also enjoy sharing my thoughts with readers and my fellow pet characters. I started doing that in the later part of my series. I tipped Debbie off about making that change, and I’m glad she did.

What advice would you give other cat characters?

Us cats have much to teach our humans. Don’t be afraid to use whatever means necessary to convey your story.

Well said, Slayter.

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

My author is now working on Cat Autumn, the third book in the tetralogy, but these tales of feline heroism and daring-do take time so no publish date yet. Mollie is better known for her Crazy Cat Lady cozy mystery series and recently published #7, Cat Conundrum. She’s working on #8, Adventure Cat, and has just started #9, Cat’s Play. She will also be putting out the first of a new cozy series, The Ghost Cat of Ocean Cove, sometime this year.

Pawsome! Your author is as busy as mine who is coming out with an Easter story starring my co-star cat, although I’m in it, too, of claws. She’s also publishing a time-travel tale with cats but not me. I’m only featured in her cozies, but I don’t mind. They are lots of fun.

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

You can find Mollie Hunt, Cat Writer on her blogsite: www.lecatts.wordpress.com

Amazon Page: http://www.amazon.com/author/molliehunt

Facebook Author Page: http://www.facebook.com/MollieHuntCatWriter/

@MollieHuntCats

Sign up for Mollie’s Extremely Informal Newsletter at: http://eepurl.com/c0fOTn

Thanks so much, Slayter. I’ve enjoyed cat chatting with you and wish you and your author best whiskers on Cat Winter and the books that follow.

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.

Author Links

Website: http://www.dianneascroft.com

Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/DianneAscroftwriter

Twitter: @DianneAscroft

Newsletter: https://landing.mailerlite.com/webforms/landing/y1k5c3

Purchase Links:

US: Amazon

For other countries: https://books2read.com/u/4XLYBN

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