Feature Friday Film: Books and Cats

We all know cats and books go together. Here’s a video to prove the point.

 

 

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Feature Friday Film: Colorful Cats/Sleepy Kitties

Thank Bastet it’s Friday. To end the week, I’ve selected two interesting videos for your viewing enjoyment. The first features cats with unusual fur patterns. These cats are truly unique, but aren’t all felines? The second film shows cats sleeping in unusual positions. However, no position is unusual for a cat.

Have a pawsome weekend, everyone.

Sneaky Interviews King Henry the Cat from the Past Imperfect Mystery Series by Anne Willow

I just discovered I have a royal guest today. What is your name and your author’s name, your highness?

I am his royal majesty, King Henry. I was created by Anne Willow to help solve the mysteries she writes. She would be lost without me.

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

So far, I’ve appeared in Broken Promises (cozy mystery). It’s the first book in Anne’s new series, though she’s currently working on her second book.

Concatulations! Tell us more about this series.

It’s the Past Imperfect Mystery series. Julia is my human. She runs the antique shop in the small artist town of Grand Marais. It’s on the northwestern shore of Lake Superior. It was quiet until she arrived, but I was without a home then too. Julia has a special gift that she’s just learning about. She needs me to help understand it.

Sounds pawsome.

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

Anne knew a cat once, a large, homeless, orange tabby who found her doorstep. He looked like he’d had a rough time, with a damaged ear and a few scars. It was late fall, and the nights can get cold on the North Shore. She invited him in to her home and heart. He was only with her a short time before he crossed the rainbow bridge, but she immortalized him in me. He left big paws to fill, but I won’t let her down.

Awww. I’m sure you’ll do the job. A king cat must have very large paws.

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

Dropping back against the pine memory chest, Julia was at a loss. “Curses? You couldn’t tell me this before you died?” Julia re-read the letter several times letting each word sink in. Hearing a noise, she headed to the deck, the afghan still pulled around her protectively. Julia watched Henry make his way along the lower roof up to her. “Finally get hungry?” She sat on the Adirondack chair. The large orange tabby jumped gracefully onto her lap. Julia cuddled with him, scratching the ear with the missing piece. “So, my little alley warrior, what’s the answer?”

Henry mewed.

Julia kissed him on the head, “Not very helpful. I wish you could talk. Maybe then I’d know what to do about all of this. It’s one thing to have the shop broken into and a murder, but now I’m some ghost whisperer or something?” Standing, Julia carried Henry into the kitchen. She placed his small bowl on the floor and let him eat. “It’s ridiculous. I’m nothing special and Sadie was a bit odd. Maybe she’s wrong or it’s a last bit of a joke.”

Henry looked up from his dinner. He dismissed her last statement with a knowing expression.

“Alright, your Majesty. If you know so much, why don’t’ you explain it to me.” Julia challenged.

Henry meowed again, this time sounding a bit frustrated.

“Forgive me for not understanding cat. Go back to your meal, then.” Julia shook her head before going back out to the deck. Taking her spot again, she grabbed the notebook off the side table. “One problem at a time. I need to figure out who broke into the shop and killed Tom Peterson. Aunt Sadie’s letter will have to wait.” She flipped through the notes she already made and jotted down the questions plaguing her mind. Julia sketched out a flow chart to see who and what connected.  “Nothing was disturbed, other than the lamp. Whoever came in knew what they were looking for, but who knew the letter opener existed and where to find it?” Only two names connected to the letter opener. Julia checked everything again, it all came back to those two names.

Wow, Meow. You’ve tickled my fancy.

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

I like that I’m there for Julia, anytime she needs me. I listen when she puzzles a problem out and help, in my own way. She still has one more gift to learn about and that’s where I’ll really be able to help her.

Purrfect!

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

For now, I just meow, but soon, like Julia, you’ll be able to hear my thoughts. It’ll take her a bit of time to figure it out, but until then, I’ll keeping talking to her in my own way.

Very mice.

What advice would you give other cat characters?

Always be there for your human. They are fragile and don’t always know the best path to take. Remember, they would be lost without us. 😉

I agree completely. Cats are wiser than any human, real or character.

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

Anne is working on her next book, but health problems have slowed things down. This book will bring in more about her life before Grand Marais, while solving a murder involving stolen antiquities. It takes place right after the end of Broken Promises. It should be out by the end of February.

The third book in the series will take us far away, but that’s a secret. You’ll discover more about Aunt Sadie and solve a mystery started 70 years earlier.  That is expected to come out in late spring.

Sorry to hear your author’s been ill, but please keep us posted about the new books.

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

Anne has an author page on Facebook – www.facebook.com/annewillowauthor and on Twitter – www.twitter.com/cozymysteryanne She also has a blog, but it’s still young. Last year, we had a health scare with Anne, so it’s still getting posts added. It’s https://annewillowauthor.wordpress.com (you can sign up for her newsletter – though I think I’m going to have to take it over very soon.)

I highly recommend you giving your author a paw with promotion. Best whiskers to both of you on your upcoming books. It was an honor cat chatting with you, Your Majesty.

Sneaky Interviews Author Sandra Baublitz’ Cats Socky and Miss Kitty

As promised after my interview with Paw, the dog from Sandra Baublitz’ Dog Detective mysteries, I had the pleasure to interview two of the author’s real life cats.
Meow there, kitties. What are your names.

Hi, I’m Socky, Sandra’s black and white tuxedo male cat.

And I’m Miss Kitty her all black female cat.

We’re author Sandra Baublitz’s pets. She writes the Dog Detective Series cozy mysteries.

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

Miss Kitty: We don’t appear in any of her books as ourselves.

Socky: Yet. (Grumbles)

Miss Kitty: Socky’s grumpy because a black cat will be in our owner’s next book.

Socky: Not fair.

Don’t worry, Socky. I’m sure your author will base one of her characters on you, too, one day.

Do either of you influence your author’s writing?

Miss Kitty: Yes. We are very supportive of our owner.

Socky: I sit in her lap as she types and purr to her.

Miss Kitty: I sneak peeks of her work at night and we both whisper advice in her ear as she sleeps.

Socky: So that’s how you got in the book.

Miss Kitty: Hush. (Nudges Socky) You were an influence on Kathleen the cat’s character in the Missing Actor.

Socky: Let’s just say that some of the mischief the cats in the books cause are from actual events.

I think that’s pawsome. Although my author created me in the image of her Siamese Oliver who passed away two months ago, I have my own purrsonality.

How do you feel about your author choosing a dog as her main character in her dog mysteries?

Miss Kitty: Hiss.

Socky: We hate dogs.

Miss Kitty: To be fair, our author didn’t own cats when she started. She owned a dog.

Socky: If she wants a dog in our life, I have to say Paw is the best option.

That’s how I feel about Fido, my dog co-star. Debbie never had a golden retriever, but she did have poodles and a German shepherd when she was younger.

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

We’re not allowed to reveal book 2 but here’s an excerpt from The Missing Actor:

I kept a tight grasp on Paw’s leash. Several birds flew up out of the field, but my real concern was more rabbits. Paw loved to chase them. We were getting close to the older homes when we heard a rustling in a nearby bush. Paw instantly went alert. We watched as a furry head poked out. It looked at us and then stepped out toward us.

Shelbee cried, “Kathleen!”

The cat was a mix of gray and black with long hair and tufts on her ears. Bits of grass stuck to her fur. Her tail was erect indicating she was happy to see us. She meowed plaintively to us.

I was so startled when Paw lunged at her I lost my grip on his leash. He immediately ran at Kathleen. She turned and ran back to the houses with Paw in hot pursuit.

I ran after Paw with Shelbee close behind me. We were both yelling for Paw to stop. Shelbee soon passed me since she had much longer legs. I was huffing and puffing as I exited the field and came out behind the older homes. I was just in time to see Kathleen slip through a cat door in one of the older homes. Paw ran full out into the door. He bounced off and shook himself. Shelbee was soon there on her hands and knees talking to Kathleen through the door. She had to keep pushing Paw out of the way.

I approached more slowly to catch my breath. As I did, I noticed the house appeared to be unoccupied. There were no curtains at the windows or lights on in the house. No outdoor furniture and the grass looked like it needed to be mowed. The cat door was set in what appeared to be a small door to the garage.

“She isn’t coming out,” Shelbee said to me as I got to the door. We could hear her meowing plaintively. It sounded as if she was scolding us. Paw kept jumping up at the door to look in, but someone had covered the window in the door with black plastic.

I grabbed Paw’s collar and hauled him back from the door. I said to Shelbee, “Try shaking the can. Maybe with Paw back, she will come out.”

Shelbee tried this and Kathleen stepped cautiously out. Paw was surprisingly quiet. But when Shelbee reached to pick her up, Kathleen slipped back inside. Paw started barking as well.

“I get the feeling they want us to go inside,” Shelbee said, looking up at me. I nodded in agreement.

Very mice.

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

We’re proud to have convinced her to add cats to her books. Neither of us are fans of dogs. And everyone knows that cats are more intelligent.

Of claws.

Do the cats in your author’s books talk or are they silent like I am and just meow occasionally?

The cats we inspired meow. They don’t talk. It might scare the humans.

Good point. Humans can be scaredy cats especially when they are featured in mysteries.

What advice would you give cat characters?

Cause as much mischief as you can and scratch the killer. Better yet, jump on the villain’s head and back.

MOL (Meow Out Loud). I like how you think.

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

Book 2 in the Dog Detective Series is planned for March. We’ll do our best to help our author finish it. It’s set at a Bed and Breakfast. A murder mystery game is planned, but one of the guests dies before the game begins. Two cats join Paw, our author’s Saint Bernard character.

Miss Kitty: I’m the inspiration for Saber. (She preens).

Socky: Hiss.

Miss Kitty: Just ignore him.

Paw filled me in on that book. It sounds pawsome.

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

Our author is on Facebook and Twitter.

Socky: I’m on her personal Facebook page profile photo.

Miss Kitty (under her breath) Ham.

And we both show up on her social media now and then.

You should purrsuade Sandra to give you a blog, too. Just a thought. In the meantime, best whiskers to you and your author and thanks for cat chatting with me today.

Sneaky’s Interview of Mouse from Pre-Meditated Murder by Tracy Weber

It’s my lucky day.  I have another pet here on blog tour for her new book with Escape with Dollycas Into a Good Book. Hello, there, Kitty. What is your name and your author’s name?

My name is an unpronounceable combination of purrs, head butts, growls, and smells. Humans, however call me Mouse. I’m a calico Hemingway cat. I have seven toes on each of my front paws. The author who writes about me is Tracy Weber.

How very interesting. I’ve heard about the Hemingway cats. I bet it’s nice having an extra toe. What book(s) have you appeared in? Please list them and their genre.

I’m a new arrival to Tracy’s mystery series, and my first appearance is in her newest Downward Dog Mystery, Pre-Meditated Murder. Tracy’s series is a cozy mystery series.

Very mice. My author Debbie writes the cozy series I’m in, the Cobble Cove mystery series. My co-star is a dog also. Fido is a golden retriever, and I’m a Siamese. Can you tell us more information about your series?

The Downward Dog Mysteries feature yoga teacher/sleuth Kate Davidson and her ferocious-looking German shepherd, Bella. I think Bella is a sweetheart, but she doesn’t like other dogs or most bearded men. I’m hoping that she and I will eventually become fast friends.

I”m sure you will. Fido and I get along quite well. It’s the humans you have to watch out for.

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

My author friend Tracy rescued an orange semi-feral kittem named Devil-cat when it was about four months old. Tracy loved Devil-cat, and they lived together in Tracy’s house for sixteen years. Devil-cat on the other hand, didn’t like humans very much, including Tracy and her husband. So Tracy never got to pet her or cuddle with her until the last few months of Devil-cat’s life. The vet thinks Devil-cat probably had a brain tumor near the end, but one of its side effects was that it made her suddenly friendly. So Tracy and Devil-cat got some good bonding in before she passed away a few years ago. Tracy still misses her.

Aw what a touching story. Devil-cat must’ve had a bad experience with humans at a young age. That happens sometimes. I’m so glad your author got to bond with her at the end, and I understand how much she must miss her kitty. My author recently lost her 17-year old cat who was Siamese like me. In fact, my character is based on him. His name was Oliver, and he was the friendliest cat. Everybody loved him especially Debbie, so she misses him a lot, too.

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

In this scene, Kate is getting a haircut from the woman who adopted me.

Crystal grasped a large chunk of my hair and prepared to make a few final cuts.

Everything next seemed to happen at once.

The door behind me opened and Rene’s voice called, “Aren’t you about done in here? We’re bored.”

Bella—who stood on leash next to her—spied Mouse, or more accurately, Mouse spied Bella. The calico kitten arched her back like a Halloween decoration, let out a loud yowl, and dove into the hole behind the shampoo bowl.

“Oh no, a cat!” Rene screamed. She broke into a sneezing fit and dropped Bella’s leash.

Bella froze for a moment, torn. On the left was a delectable calico morsel, hers for the eating. On the right, a complete stranger, who held a sharp cutting instrument close to her human’s throat. For a self-proclaimed German shepherd guard dog, the decision was obvious.

Protect the one who feeds you.

Bella dove for Crystal, growling and snapping her teeth. Crystal screamed. Her hand spasmed. The scissors closed, cutting a three-inch-wide swath from my hair. “Help!” she yelled. “Keep that vicious dog away from me!”

“Bella, stop,” I yelled in return. “This is our friend!”

Bella skidded to a stop beside me, then took off after the kitten. She sniffed back and forth between the shampoo bowl and the cabinet, whining.

I gasped at my reflection in the mirror. “My hair!”

The left side of my hair floated down past my shoulders. The right ended at the top of my ear.

Crystal pointed at my right ear and proclaimed, “This isn’t my fault. The dog attacked me!”

I bared my teeth at Rene. She replied with a submissive grin. “At least asymmetrical haircuts are in style.”

What a pawsome scene. Thanks for sharing it.

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

I play a very important role in this book, and it’s nice to be taken seriously. When you’re a semi-feral kitten, people just want to catch you and touch you all the time. They don’t necessarily see how intelligent you are or value what you’re trying to tell them, including “Keep your hands to yourself!” In Tracy’s book, I get to be myself, yet still be the center of attention, at least for a few pivotal scenes. I like that.

I imagine that must be enjoyable. Even though I was found at the Cobble Cove library, I was never feral, but my background is a mystery.

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

If you mean do I speak English, of course not. What self-respecting kitty would lower herself to use the language of humans?

Well, there are some character cats who talk, but they are mostly in children’s books and animated films.

What advice would you give other cat characters?

Get a good agent and hold out for tuna. Lots and lots of tuna.

Purrfect advice.

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

My book, Pre-Meditated Murder, releases today, January 8th. I’m not mentioned in this blurb about the book, but believe me, I’m an important part of it.

If Kate Doesn’t Act Fast, the Only “I Do” in Michael’s Future Will Be at His Trial

Yoga instructor Kate Davidson is ready to marry her boyfriend Michael, so she’s disappointed when a special dinner doesn’t end with a proposal. But disappointment turns to dismay and outrage as she learns the real problem: Michael is already married and his estranged wife is blackmailing him.

When his wife’s body is found―by Kate and her dog, no less―Michael is strangely unable to remember where he was the night she died. Since Michael has no alibi, Kate steps up to uncover what happened. What she walks into is a tangled web of deceit, obsession, and immigration fraud . . . with Michael trapped in the middle.

Wow, Meow. That sounds pawsome. I wish you and your author luck with it.

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

I’m not, but my author friend Tracy is. Please friend her at https://www.facebook.com/tracywe.  You can sign up for her author newsletter at http://tracyweberauthor.com/newsletter.html.

I also know you and Tracy are on blog tour for Pre-Meditated Murder. Here is the link to the rafflectopter prize for those who wish to enter: here: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/02887792660/?widget_template=56d5f80dbc544fb30fda66f0

Thanks for the great interview, Mouse (what an interesting name for a cat) and best whiskers to you and your author on your new release.