Meow, there! This is Hermione. I don’t know if you’re aware, but I’m in the running for America’s Favorite Pet. Thanks to Debbie campaigning for me, I’ve already made it to the Top 10 (my current position is 4). But the competition is tough. That’s why I want to explain the reasons I should get more votes and be chosen as America’s Favorite pet.
I’m beautiful. I’m a lovely dilute calico which means my coat is a pretty shade of muted colors. I also have the most gorgeous green eyes.
2. Not only am I beautiful. I’m also very cute and lovable.
3. I’m also smart and inquisitive. I spend a lot of time in Debbie’s room reading her books and observing the world from a basket atop her closet.
4. I am also funny. I can make you roll on the floor laughing.
5. Last but definitely not least, I’m talented. What other cat writes a column on a blog and has an author and librarian as a grandma? (Harry and Stripey don’t count. They’re not running in the contest). I also know how to use the computer keyboard.
I hope I’ve convinced you to vote for me and keep voting (you’re allowed to vote once each day). Votes are free, but if you buy them, you’ll be helping the PAWS Foundation. America’s Favorite Pet Contest has funded the rescue and rehabilitation of over 2,400 cats and dogs to date, and helped PAWS expand their wildlife rehab programs.
The Top 5 kitties will be chosen on March 10, and I want to be one of them. If I win, I’ll be in Catster Magazine, and Debbie will get some cash to pay for me, Harry, and Stripey’s food and upkeep. Make me a star and Debbie a star’s grandma. Vote here: https://americasfavpet.com/2022/hermione-cf74
Meow, there. It’s Sneaky with two videos for you this week. The first is of my author’s cat, Harry, who has been entered in the Walk Like an Egyptian Fun Class of the Cat Fanciers’ Association’s Virtual Cat Competition. Check out his fancy foot moves and vote for him at the bottom of his page if you think he’s a winner. Votes are $1 each with discounts for multiple votes and go toward a fundraiser for cats. Thank you for supporting Harry and helping kitties. Vote for Harry here: https://bit.ly/3nDwyir
Debbie is a professional member of the Cat Writers’ Association. Every year, CWA holds an annual contest and conference. This year, because of the pandemic, the Awards Ceremony of this conference will be virtual. This event consists of the awarding of prizes by sponsors and Muse Medallions, the most prestigious award given by the CWA. To be in the running for this award, you must win at least one Certificate of Excellence in a contest category. This year, Debbie has won 3 certificates in the article, blog, and short story categories. I was thrilled that her blog award was for this blog and my story, Sneaky’s Christmas Mystery. You can find a list of other winners and the award categories at https://bit.ly/CWA2019CertificatesofExcellence.
Here is President, Deb Barnes, opening up the Awards Banquet.
Here is a video of the presentation of the special awards at the banquet.
Here is the presentation of the Muse Medallions.
If you’re a writer, artist, poet, or any creative who features cats in their work, you should consider joining this pawsome group. Maybe you can win a prize and meet some talented and cat-loving people at the annual conference when they meet in person next year. For more information, check out the website: http://catwriters.com/
Meow, Meow. I am very excited to once again interview winery cats. For those of you who missed my first interview with cats from the Winery at Marjim Manor, here is the link: https://wp.me/p7XcB0-9q
Today, I am honored to cat chat with the two new cats who now live at the winery. What are your names and your author’s name?
We are Lewis and Phoebe named after two of the ghosts who live in our house. They are siblings and so are we.
Whoo. Did you say ghosts, as in spooks? I’m a fraidy cat, so let’s not talk about things that go bump in the night right now. What book(s) have you appeared in? Please list them and their genre.
We aren’t in any books yet. Our Mom is writing a book about the history of The Winery at Marjim Manor and promised us we could be in it. We make appearances every day at the winery. Mom keeps a jar of treats near the front door. If we sit and look cute and wave our bushy tails, customers give us some.
Very mice. I love the treats that patrons sneak me at the Cobble Cove library. Of claws, they are fictional treats because I’m a cat character, but I still enjoy getting them.
Are you based on a real cat such as your author’s? If so, please give further details.
We are named for real people. Shubal Merritt built the original house for his wife, Sophia. They had three children, Lewis Phoebe, and Cordelia. They lived in this house in the 1850’s. So, we don’t know if they had any cats as pets.
Something to investigate. I like to solve murders, although my human co-stars take all the credit for that.
What do you like most about your role in your authors’ books?
The role we play around here is to look cute. Right now, mom has 14 Christmas trees up. We like to run and make the tree skirts slide out from under the tree. We also like the shiny ornaments on the bottom. They make lots of noise when they fall. One tree has a lot of birds on it. Mom doesn’t like it when we take them off and play with them.
Fourteen Christmas trees? Oh, my, Bastet. That must be a big place. My author keeps a small tree in the house because her cat, Stripey, loves to knock the miniature toy soldiers off it. She also can’t keep any glass ornaments on it. Imagine what he would do to a large tree.
Are you a talking cat in your books or just a silent one like I am who just meows occasionally?
There are 4 older cats here. We meow at them when we want to play. They usually want to sleep. Slinky, the big gold cat, will let us lick his ears sometimes.
Sounds like fun. In my upcoming mystery, I befriend a kitten who moves into the inn (sorry about the spoiler).
What advice would you give other cat characters?
When you want a treat, sit still, then tilt your head and wave your tail. People say “aww, how cute” and give you a treat.
Do you have any new books coming out? Please give dates and details.
We were just in a murder mystery. Mom does wine and food pairing dinners that have a murder mystery as part of it. This one was all about Superheroes. One superhero was Katerina and she could herd cats. She brought all kinds of fun toys for us: laser pointers, feather wands, fuzzy mice. We had fun playing with her.
I love murder mysteries. My author writes them, and she enjoys attending murder mystery dinners, too. Maybe we should have one at the library. I will run that by her.
Are you and/or your author on social media? If so, please list your links. We are on The Cats of Marjim Manor Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/CatsofMarjimManor/
Cool! It’s been a pleasure cat chatting with you both. Here’s a toast to my friends, Lewis and Phoebe, winery cats. Best whiskers to you and your Mom on your upcoming book.
Meow, it’s Monday. I thought I’d start the week off with a cute cat quiz that my author found on Facebook. Try your paws at it to see how much you know about felines. Debbie had a great score, but she got a few wrong and learned some things.
Also, if you haven’t signed up for Debbie’s newsletter, you’ll miss her March edition that comes out this Wednesday, March 1st, that will feature a contest for two of her eBooks and a gift certificate. Subscribe at https://debbiedelouise.com to be eligible to win. Debbie has a monthly contest and also shares all her book news in her twice-monthly newsletter. Best whiskers on winning.