Sneaky’s Feature Friday Film: Blessing of the Animals

Debbie asked me to show these videos because she’ll be attending a Blessing of the Animals at her church this Sunday. As part of that service, pets who have left this Earthly plane for Rainbow Bridge or Pet Heaven will also be remembered.

The first video is one of the Fireside Chats that Debbie’s Pastor has been filming on important topics and the church’s view on them. This week’s topic was “Do all dogs (and cats) really go to heaven.” The other videos are of Blessings of the Animals at other churches that traditionally take place in October to honor the feast day of Saint Francis of Assisi, the patron saints of animals.

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Sneaky Interviews Vanilla the Dog from Blind Sight, A Lucille Pfiffer Mystery by Tanya R. Taylor

Sneaky here with one another pet character interview. Today, I’m speaking with a dog whose current book, Blind Sight is on tour with Escape with Dollycas Into a Good Book.

Hello, there, Mr. Dog. What is your name and your author’s name?

My name is Vanilla; they call me “Nilla” for short. My author’s name is Tanya R. Taylor.

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

I appear in the Lucille Pfiffer Mystery Series. The first book is BLIND SIGHT and the second is BLIND ESCAPE. I will also be appearing in other books in this series. It’s a Cozy Mystery series.

Pawsome. I love cozy mysteries. I’m in a series myself, The Cobble Cove mysteries, although purrsonally I think they should be called Sneaky the Library Cat mysteries. Tell us about your series.

My owner, Lucille Pfiffer is blind, and I’m her companion and protector, although she thinks she’s big and bad enough to protect herself. She’s really good at solving mysteries and I think I’m kind of good at it myself. 

I’m good at discovering clues. I think animals and mysteries go together because they have such good sixth senses.

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

Yes, I am. My real name is Vanilla, just like in the books. I am the cute pet of my author’s daughter, Mercedes, and we have a very loving family.

That’s wonderful. My author has three cats, but she lost the Siamese, Oliver, on whom I was based.

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

Sure. Here it is:

Nilla got to explore one of the mazes and Theodore laughed heartily as she seemed to be confused about midway as to which direction to take. He tried to coach her, but I don’t think she trusted Theodore to lead her in the right direction, especially after she knew she was responsible for biting those toes of his countless times. Theodore must’ve thought for a moment before volunteering his help that revenge is sweet!

Bow Wow! That was wonderful. Thank you.

What do you like most about your role in your authors’ books?
My author adds humor to this series and I like that. She also portrays me the way that I am in real life.

That’s nice. My author also tries to add humor to our mysteries. I think people enjoy that.

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

I’m a dog – a Shih Tzu, actually. I talk all the time. They call it “barking’, but I call it “talking”.

I know what you mean. I also like to meow, purr, and do the wide range of cat noises.

What advice would you give other dog characters?

Be yourself and let that shine through in your role. That’s my best advice.

Purrfect.

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

BLIND SIGHT is just Book one in the series, so far. There are many more books to come in this series, so make sure to be on the look-out.

I’ll do that, and I’m sure my readers will, as well.

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

My author is. Here are her links:

Website: tanya-r-taylor.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tanyartaylorbooks/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/tanyartay

My author will look you up. Thanks so much for the interview, and best tail wags on your new release. I’m sharing your blog tour below.

BLIND SIGHT
(Lucille Pfiffer Mystery Series)
by Tanya R. Taylor

About the Book


BLIND SIGHT (Lucille Pfiffer Mystery Series)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Self Published (July 28, 2019)
Number of Pages: 200
Digital ASIN: B07RVF7W99

Lucille Pfiffer sees, but not with her eyes. She lives with her beloved dog Vanilla (“Nilla” for short) in a cozy neighborhood that is quite “active” due to what occurred in the distant past. Though totally blind, she plays an integral role in helping to solve pressing and puzzling mysteries, one right after the other, which, without her, might remain unsolved.

The question is: How can she do any of that with such a handicap?

About Tanya R. Taylor

Tanya R. Taylor has wowed readers with her riveting plots and compelling themes.

She is the author of several #1 bestsellers on Amazon and published her first book titled: ‘A Killing Rage’ as a young adult.

She has worked in the Financial arena and is also a seasoned ghostwriter. Her book ‘Cornelius’ climbed to #1 in the Teen & Young-adult Multi-generational Family Fiction category. And her supernatural, suspense/thrillers – ‘CARA’ and ‘INFESTATION: A Small Town Nightmare’ are multiple times #1 international bestsellers.

Tanya writes in various genres including Paranormal Romance, Fantasy, Thrillers, Science-fiction, Mystery and Suspense.

She has a passion for the welfare of children and animals. Her hobbies include Reading, writing, and researching.

Author Links

Website: https://tanya-r-taylor.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tanyartaylorbooks/

Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/tanya-r-taylor

Twitter: https://twitter.com/tanyartay

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8634397.Tanya_R_Taylor

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Sneaky Interviews George from The Body in the Wetlands, A Jazzi Sanders Mystery, by Judi Lynn

Sneaky here with another pawsome interview of a pet character. Today, it’s my pleasure to chat with a cozy mystery dog whose current book, The Body in the Wetlands is on tour with Escape with Dollycas Into a Good Book. Hello, there, Pug. I mean Pup. What is your name and your author’s name?

I’m Ansel’s pug, George, and my author is Judi Lynn.

It’s a pleasure to meet you. What book(s) have you appeared in? Please list them and their genre.

I’ve been in The Body in the Attic, book one, and now The Body in the Wetlands, cozy mystery number two.  At the end of September, I’ll be in The Body in the Gravel.

Lots of bodies in your titles. That’s cool. Bodies are good in murder mysteries. In my Cobble Cove series, there are lots of rocks and stones (and murders, of claws)– A Stone’s Throw, Between a Rock and a Hard Place, Written in Stone, and Love on the Rocks. I have four books, so I’m a bit ahead of you George. I’m hoping Debbie will start Number 5 soon.

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

I’m in the Jazzi Zanders series.  My human, Ansel, is a contractor who works with Jazzi and her cousin, Jerod, on flipping houses.  I go everywhere with Ansel.  He’s happier when I’m around.  House flipping doesn’t interest me much, though, so I mostly curl in the dog bed he takes places for me and occasionally I open an eye to supervise.  I always wake up for our lunch break, though. 

Don’t blame you on that. I prefer my sunny window in the Cobble Cove library and all the treats the library works and patrons slip me.

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

My author’s daughter, who lives in Florida, had a pug like me—Bill.  Bill was a bit spoiled, though.  We have a lot in common.  Neither of us are fond of walks, and we don’t like stairs.  That’s why Ansel always carries me up and down them.  Oh, and we both like beer.

Beer? Hmmm, the only drink besides water that I indulge in is milk, but I do get high on catnip occasionally.

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

I was depressed when my author wrote this scene.  Ansel has to go back to his family’s dairy farm to help them fix the house and barn roof.  He takes me with him, but neither of us wants to be there.  I don’t like his dad and oldest brother.  I want to go home, to be with Jazzi and our friends. After working on the farm all day, Ansel calls Jazzi at the end of the night.

I hate this.”  Ansel sounded upset.

            “Just get your family in good shape and come home.”

            “Home.”  His voice lingered on the word.  “George doesn’t like it here either.”

            “Tell your brothers to sneak him treats.”

            “That’s the thing.  They have.  He won’t eat them.”

            She didn’t believe it.  George had never met a food he didn’t like.  “You’ve got to be kidding.  George eats everything.  What are they giving him—broccoli?”

            “We’re in farm country.  Bits of steak.  Chicken.”

            Jazzi was concerned.  “Is George feeling all right?  Is he sick?”

            “He misses you … and home.”

            “Holy crap. I thought George would eat in spite of anything.” 

            Ansel sounded downright gloomy.  “Well, I’d better go upstairs to bed.  They put me in my old room.  No happy memories there.”

That’s a good scene. When you’re a pet character, you have to be able to act happy as well as sad.

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

They show how much Ansel and Jazzi love me. And I love them back.

That’s important, too. I know Alicia, Laura, and most of the library people adore me. Donald acts like he doesn’t, but I know he has a soft spot for me.

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

I’m silent, even though I live with two cats, who cause a lot more trouble than I do, especially Inky. 

Is Inky black? My author’s kitten, Harry, is black. Maybe I can chat with Inky one day.

What advice would you give other dog characters?

Just be there for your human. I’ve helped Ansel through some tough times.  He needs me.

Purrfect advice.

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

My author stays active on a lot of things: 

BookBub:  https://www.bookbub.com/authors/judi-lynn

Webpage:  https://www.judithpostswritingmusings.com/

Blog:  https://writingmusings.com/

Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6308736.Judi_Lynn

Author Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/JudiLynnwrites/?eid=ARBwkRIH9ZQ-90PqWPSs65rA9UzCimxcrgJ9gYIbf9DuBLNmGN1fTOWrl8JRF4hbF1mR-Cj-ioYvcpTN

Twitter:  @judypost

Anything else you’d like your readers to know?

I’m on the cover of The Body in the Attic.

Pawsome. It was great speaking with you George, and I’ll share;your author’s blog tour below. Best tail wags to you and Judi on your new release.

The Body in the Wetlands
(A Jazzi Zanders Mystery)
by Judi Lynn

About the Book


The Body in the Wetlands (A Jazzi Zanders Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Lyrical Underground (April 23, 2019)
Paperback: 208 pages
ISBN-10: 151610840X
ISBN-13: 978-1516108404
Digital ASIN: B07FZN7CVT

High summer in River Bluffs, Indiana, is always sweltering and sweet. But the heat is really on when a decidedly dead body turns up in the neighborhood.

When established house flippers Jazzi Zanders and her cousin Jerod donate a week’s worth of remodeling work to Jazzi’s sister Olivia, they’re expecting nothing more than back-breaking roofing work and cold beers at the end of each long, hot day. With Jazzi’s live-in boyfriend and partner Ansel on the team, it promises to be a quick break before starting their next big project—until Leo, an elderly neighbor of Olivia’s, unexpectedly goes missing . . .

When the friendly senior’s dog tugs Jazzi and the guys toward the wetlands beyond Olivia’s neighborhood, they stumble across a decomposing corpse—and a lot of questions. With Jazzi’s pal Detective Gaff along to investigate, Jazzi finds her hands full of a whole new mystery instead of the usual hammer and nails. And this time it will take some sophisticated sleuthing to track down the culprit of the deadly crime—before the killer turns on her next . . .

About the Author

Judi Lynn received a Master’s Degree from Indiana University as an elementary school teacher after attending the IPFW campus. She taught 1st, 2nd, and 4th grades for six years before having her two daughters. She loves gardening, cooking and trying new recipes.

Readers can visit her website at www.judithpostswritingmusings.com and her blog writingmusings.com.

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Sneaky Interviews Lola from Murder in Tranquility Park, A Ferrara Family Mystery, by J. D. Griffo

Sneaky here with another pawsome interview of a pet character. Today, it’s my pleasure to chat with a cozy mystery cat whose current book, Murder in Tranquility Park is on tour with Escape with Dollycas Into a Good Book. Hello, there, Kitty. What is your name and your author’s name?

My full name is Gina Lollobrigida Ferrara Scaglione, but everyone calls me Lola for short.  But when I’ve done something I wasn’t supposed to do my pet mom, Alberta, calls me by my full name.  Usually in a really loud voice.

My author’s name is J.D. Griffo.  The J.D. stands for Jean Dolores.

Very mice to meet you, Lola. Do I detect an Italian accent? How interesting. What books have you appeared in?

I have appeared in MURDER ON MEMORY LAKE, MURDER IN TRANQUILITY PARK, and the upcoming MURDER AT ICICLE LODGE.  All these books are cozy mysteries, but not for nothing, with so much murder and mystery in every book I’m not sure why they’re called cozy.

Good point, but usually there’s less violence in a cozy and no sex or bad language. Who needs those, anyway, when they can have cute cats like us in the stories?

Are you in a series?

Yes, the three books above are part of The Ferrara Family Mystery Series and since I’m part of the Ferrara family I’m in all three books.  J.D. knows better than to leave me out of all the fun!

Of claws. Are you based on a real animal such as your author’s?

Listen closely because I’ve got a secret – my author has never had a pet.  Isn’t that shocking?  It’s also fantastico because I can say without a doubt that I am a completely original creation that is the product of my author’s own imagination.

Well, it sure is easier to have a character cat than a real one. No litterbox cleanup and stuff like that, but my author has had cats all her life and swears by them. Each to their own.

Can you share an excerpt from one of your books that features you in an important scene?

I’d like to think that I’m featured in every important scene in every book, but here’s a scene from the upcoming MURDER IN TRANQUILITY PARK that takes place in Alberta’s cottage and thanks to me I help the family find a major clue.

Alberta, Jinx, Helen, and Joyce were sitting around Alberta’s kitchen table along with Bruno, Sloan, and Freddy, sitting on mismatched chairs brought into the kitchen from the rest of the house. There were trays of lasagna, baked ziti, and stuffed peppers; two cold-cut platters with prosciutto, soppresata, and capicola rolled into thin meat cylinders; several small dishes with mozzarella floating in a river of watery milk; platters stacked with sliced cheeses and sprinkled with olives; bowls of peppers in a variety of colors; little dishes filled with artichoke hearts; a bowl of broccoli rabe; in between all the trays and platters were scattered loaves of hard, crusty bread; and in the center of the table there was a huge bowl filled with meatballs, sausage, and bracciole. It was a feast fit for several kings, plus their entourages, but hardly anyone was eating and no one looked festive. Lola, whose shiny black fur with her chic white stripe over her left eye made her appropriately dressed for the occasion, sauntered into the kitchen enticed by the cavalcade of smells, but took one look at the dismal-looking crowd, let out a disdainful purr, and returned to her bed in the living room. At least in there an Eydie Gormé CD was playing from the DVD player so the room might be empty, but the atmosphere, at least, was festive.

After a few moments it sounded as if Eydie got a case of laryngitis and lost her voice. There was an earsplitting screeching sound heard from the living room, immediately followed by the sound of a loud crash, and topped off by a triumphant meow.

“Lola!” Alberta cried. “What have you gotten into now?”

Alberta ran into the living room followed by the rest of the group to find Lola standing on top of Eydie Gormé’s album and spinning around the record player purring contentedly and clearly enjoying herself. A brown wicker cornucopia and wooden pieces of fruit were strewn all over the hardwood floor, obviously the cause of the loud crash. Mesmerized, Jinx bent down and picked up a fallen banana as if she had just found the proverbial needle in a haystack and found out the needle was encrusted with diamonds and precious jewels.

Excellent excerpt. I applaud you with my paws, Lola. My author has a cat who jumps on counters, too. He doesn’t uncover any clues, though.

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

What I love the most is that no matter what scene I’m in I always seem to be the center of attention.  I guess when you look like I do with such luxurious black fur and a chic white stripe over my eye, it’s hard not to go through life without a spotlight on you.  But I really do relish the fact that everybody wants to pick me up and cuddle.  Alberta, Jinx, the whole family, their friends, even cranky Helen, no one can keep their hands off of me.

Lucky you. I have a lot of admirers in Cobble Cove, too. You sound like a handsome guy. I’m Siamese, and I know human characters find me attractive, too, with my blue eyes and beige color points.

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

For now it makes me triste . . . sad to have to admit that I’m a silent cat. However, I do make my presence known in non-verbal ways.  But who knows what future books will bring and maybe some day the world will hear my beautiful voice and everyone will say, “Oh Lola sounds bellissima!

Don’t feel bad. I don’t human talk either, but we character cats are quite adept at body language.

What advice would you give other cat characters?

The best advice I can share is one that my friend Felix gave me when I was just a kitten and breaking into the business.  Felix told me to get an ironclad clause in my contract to make sure I appear on the cover of every book.  He said it would guarantee my popularity even if I never got to speak a word.  Felix was a very wise cat, he was.

I wish I had spoken to someone that smart. I didn’t get on the cover of my author’s books until the third one when I threatened to go on strike if she didn’t listen to me about that.

Do you have any new books coming out?

Oh yes!  MURDER IN TRANQUILITY PARK, which is book two in The Ferrara Family Mystery Series, comes out this month.  It’s very good. Lots of murder, suspense, and I didn’t figure out whodunit until the last chapter!  Then after that, MURDER AT ICICLE LODGE comes out at the end of the year.  And I’m very excited for that one because we all get to go on a road trip.  So never fear, there’s a lot more of me and, well, the rest of the Ferrara’s to come.

Oooh, road trip. I should ask Debbie to consider having Alicia or one of the other librarians at the Cobble Cove library where I live take me on one.

Are you and/or your author on social media?

Claro! We are social media royalty! We have our very own author page at Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Michael-Griffo/e/B004MRYH6K And you can find us on Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/michael.griffo.33, Twitter @Michael2264 and Instagram #j.d.griffo.  Plus, we even have our own website – www.michaelgriffo.com   Come visit us and say ciao!

Will do, Lola. Grazie for the interview, and best whiskers to you and your author on your new release and blog tour that I’m sharing below.

Murder in Tranquility Park
(A Ferrara Family Mystery)
by J.D. Griffo

About the Book


Murder in Tranquility Park (A Ferrara Family Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Kensington (March 26, 2019)
Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
ISBN-10: 1496713966
ISBN-13: 978-1496713964
Digital ASIN: B07F5XG3CQ

Alberta Scaglione and her twentysomething granddaughter, Jinx, love to spend time—and solve crime—together . . .

Ever since Alberta Scaglione inherited her spinster aunt’s Cape Cod cottage, she’s been enjoying the good life in Tranquility, New Jersey, with her black cat, Lola. But since things are mostly quiet in this town, she finds other things to do—like joining Jinx for morning jogs in Tranquility Park. She has to do something to stay healthy, as long as it doesn’t involve Jinx’s healthful tofu sausages and gluten-free pasta. But when they stumble across a treehouse hidden in the trees, and a dead body underneath it, they take a detour into solving a murder. Now the Ferrara ladies will have to exercise extreme caution to avoid a permanent decline in their health . . .

Includes Italian recipes from Alberta’s kitchen!

About the Author

Italian by birth, Jersey by upbringing, J. D. Griffo is an award-winning playwright and author who has written ten novels, over twenty plays, and a handful of screenplays that have yet to see the light of day.

Griffo studied Journalism and Marketing at New York University, graduating magna cum laude many, many years ago, as well as Creative Writing at the New School and Gotham Writer’s Workshop.

And the J. D. stands for the author’s mother – Jean Dolores – who absolutely loved to read and tell stories.

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Sneaky Interviews Buddy from Chutes and Ladder, a Silicone Valley Mystery by Marc Jedel

Sneaky here with another pawsome interview of a pet character. Today, it’s my pleasure to chat with a cozy mystery dog whose current book, Chutes and Ladder is on tour with Escape with Dollycas Into a Good Book. Hello, Pup.What is your name and your author’s name?

Hi, Sneaky! I’m Buddy. I like your name. I’m a Labrador. I’m almost 6 months old! Marc Jedel is my author. That’s what they tell me. What’s an author? Do you have any food? Want to play? I like balls.

Hey, Buddy. Great to meet ya. Authors are very cool people. I’m sure Marc is as good a writer as my Debbie. I’m quite proud of her. She gives me the best parts in her books. As for food, I don’t know if you’d like any virtual cat kibble. I like balls, too, but I roll them. I don’t fetch them, although some kitties. do.

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

Marty Golden is my buddy and he brought me to my family in UNCLE AND ANTS. I come back in CHUTES AND LADDER. I heard they’re Cozy Mysteries. Is that because I get to be so cozy with my girls, Skye and Megan? Marty doesn’t like to get cozy with me. Because I like to hang around with Marty, I get to be in more books — right after my nap. Want my paw-tograph?

Your books sounds pawsome, Bud. Cozy mysteries are fun. I love being a cozy mystery cat because cats enjoy being cozy, but they’re also full of mystery. Regarding your paw-tograph, I would be honored. I gave a  paw-tograph out to Alicia and John’s fans in my third book, Written in Stone.

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

When do we get to play? I know I saw a ball somewhere! I saw your blanket. Can I chew on it? Oh. Your question. Yes! I’m in a series! My books are both part of the Silicon Valley Mystery series. I think the series is about me, but Marty seems to be in every scene. This fashion-backward uncle isn’t exactly hero material. As a reluctant amateur sleuth, he bumbles his way through the investigations, armed with nothing but an eye for detail and powers of self-delusion. Worst of all, Uncle Marty doesn’t seem to like dogs. Well, he’s starting to appreciate me, at least. But he doesn’t play with me either. Only his nieces like to play with me.

I can relate to that, Buddy. My human characters take away my limelight, but I manage to get some good scenes in especially when I help solve murders. I’d love to play with you, but business first. I know your author is on blog tour and would like this interview posted, so let’s finish up and then we can play some games.

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

Yeah, my author knows Bailey, but I’m not allowed to meet her. The grownups say she’d give me bad ideas. I think she’d be awesome to play with. I want to learn more of Bailey’s fun tricks for my next book. My author has a small dog who prefers to sleep on the couch and go for walks rather than wreaking havoc on the household. That dog may be cute, but he sounds boring, like an old dog.

Pet characters can learn a lot from their real-life counterparts, although it’s nice to be your own dog if you know what I mean. I’m not exactly like Oliver the Siamese who has now passed to Rainbow Bridge already a year. I have my own traits, and I’m proud of them.

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

Here’s part of a scene that I can share without giving away any spoilers. Laney is Marty’s sister and Skye is her daughter and one of my favorite humans.

“Let’s go. Right now,” Laney yelled as she jumped into her car.

We raced back to encounter a fire truck, ambulance, and police car parked outside her house with their lights flashing. Laney’s neighbor hovered on the porch near the front door. Inside, Skye sat on the couch, wrapped in a towel and looking mortified as firefighters tramped through the house checking for any danger.

Despite her foot in the cast, Laney practically flew to Skye’s side and hugged her. Between Skye and the firefighters, the story came out. Skye had put Buddy in his crate before taking an extra-long shower, but she’d only closed the latch, forgetting to use the combination lock. Buddy should have been named Houdini. He’d escaped and somehow turned on the gas stovetop again. The new alarm did its job, calling the fire department. Skye had wrapped a towel around herself and run out of the house. The firefighters must have expected Buddy to cause trouble again and been cruising in the neighborhood because they showed up within a few minutes.

“This time wasn’t as bad as the last one. Still could have had an explosion,” said the same fire crew chief as last time. He must have kept close tabs on their frequent customers.

The shrill voice of Laney’s neighbor came from the doorway. “Would the explosion destroy neighboring houses too?”

As everyone turned to stare at her, she fluttered her hands. “Should I call the police?”

Then, she noticed the cop standing next to her and began making little strangling noises.

Laney’s eyes narrowed as she watched Buddy. To no one in particular, Laney muttered, “I’m going to make some calls.”

I hugged the girls and got out of there before Laney started blaming me for Buddy again. There was always tomorrow for that.

Bow Wow! That’s a great scene. Thanks for sharing it.

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

I don’t have to anything special. I’m only a puppy remember? And in these books, I can be a puppy — no pressure, no chores. I get to play, eat, play, sleep, play, and mess up the house (also called play) and Marty’s nieces still love me. Sometimes I’m pretty awesome too, but you’ll need to read the book to learn more. I’d tell you what happens because I don’t really have much self-control, but the author just bribed me with a treat to keep quiet.

We cats are much more discreet. I never share any spoilers for the Cobble Cove mysteries, but I would like some treats for staying quiet.

Do you talk in your books or just a silent one like I am who just meows occasionally?

I bark and I knock things over in the house. Talking is for the humans.

I agree. Pets are superior when it comes to body language.

What advice would you give other dog characters?

Be a puppy, we’re cute. If you’re already super old, like one, then just be yourself — be a dog. My first owner told me about an old saying “it’s a dog’s life” that means a miserable unhappy existence. That’s crazy! I’ll bet whoever said that hated dogs because it’s so wrong, it’s laughable. Other dog characters should relax, enjoy themselves, and let the author worry about all that story stuff. Eat, play, sleep, repeat! Sometimes, you’ll be a hero, sometimes, you just settle for being cute.

Excellent advice. I must add that there’s a character dog in our book. His name is Fido, and he is getting on in years. He’s an old golden retriever. He helps me solve crimes sometimes. He was especially helpful in our first book, A Stone’s Throw.

Please give some details about your new book.

CHUTES AND LADDER just released on March 12. It’s the 2nd book in the Silicon Valley Mystery series. You can read it standalone or start with UNCLE AND ANTS, which is $0.99 in the Kindle store. Both books are free for Kindle Unlimited Readers. Book 3, SERF AND TURF, is underway and I’ll be in that book too! I’ve already been practicing some new tricks for that one.

High Paws to you on those wonderful books. Thanks so much for dropping by, Buddy, and I’m ready to play with you now. But first I want to share your author’s blog tour and wish you both the best on your new release and upcoming title in your series.

Chutes and Ladder:
A Silicon Valley Mystery
by Marc Jedel

About the Book


Chutes and Ladder: A Silicon Valley Mystery
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
BGM Press (March 12, 2019)
Print Length: 195 pages
ASIN: B07NFDYZX8

Dead friend. Free fall. Girl Scouts. Can Uncle Marty untangle the mystery before things really get out of control?

Juggling a budding relationship, demanding job, and mischievous nieces, Marty Golden struggled to keep his head above water — even before his friend’s death. Trying his best to be a good boyfriend and fun uncle, Marty had his own ideas for the weekend until his cunning sister tricked him again.

Convinced his friend’s death was no accident, Marty tries to summon superhero powers but merely manages to bumble along as an amateur sleuth. When Marty’s cousin shows up, she wreaks havoc with his plans and pulls him into yet another mystery.

As threats blossom, Marty doubles down now that his family’s involved. Besides, it’s poor manners to let your friend’s death go unsolved.

Can Marty figure out what happened before a killer, or his imagination, gets to him?

Chutes and Ladder is the second novel in a refreshingly modern mystery series set in Silicon Valley. If you like clever humor and wacky side characters, you’ll love this twisty mystery.

About the Author

For most of my life, I’ve been inventing stories. Some, especially when I was young, involved my sister as the villain. As my sister’s brother for her entire life, I’m highly qualified to tell the tale of this evolving, quirky sibling relationship.

My writing skills were honed in years of marketing leadership positions in Silicon Valley. While my high tech marketing roles involved crafting plenty of fiction, we called these marketing collateral, emails and ads.

The publication of my first novel, Uncle and Ants, gave me permission to claim “author” as my job. This leads to way more interesting discussions than answering “marketing.”

My family would tell you that Marty’s character isn’t much of a stretch of the imagination for me, but I proudly resemble that remark.

Like Marty, I live in Silicon Valley and can’t believe that otherwise normal people would willingly jump out of an airplane and call it fun. Unlike Marty, I have a wonderful wife and a neurotic but sweet, small dog, who is often the first to weigh in on the humor in my writing.

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