Sneaky the Cat Interview Missy the Dog from Buttercream Betrayal by Kim Davis

Hello, Miss Doggy. What is your name and your author’s name?

My name is Missy and my author’s name is Kim Davis.

Tail wags to you both, and welcome to my blog.

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

So far, I’ve been featured in Frosted Yuletide Murder and Buttercream Betrayal. They are books four and five in the Cupcake Catering Mystery series, which is a cozy mystery series.

They sound yummy. Condogulations to you!

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

As mentioned above, I’m part of the Cupcake Catering Mystery series. One of my owners who stars in the book, Emory Martinez, caters cupcakes for a living when she’s not trying to solve murder mysteries. My other co-owner, Tillie Skyler, is 12 years old—which I think is about 83 years old in human years. Tillie likes to help solve crimes alongside Emory.

Interesting.

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

I am based on my author’s mini goldendoodle, Missy. When she adopted the real-life Missy, she wrote me into her series, starring alongside her granddaughters’ dog, Piper. In real life, Piper doesn’t like my puppy antics too much—I chew up all her toys and am too rambunctious for her. In the book, my author has decided we’re best buddies although she’s made us just about as mischievous as I am in real life.

Cool!

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

“Piper, Missy, stop! Stay, come, stop, sit!” My voice cracked as I yelled to get my dogs’ attention. My mouth continued to spew every command I’d recently learned, and then some, in the dog training course we’d just finished. I watched with mounting horror as the two dogs careened toward Eloise Parker. Of course, the two dogs didn’t listen to me. They never did unless Eloise’s son, Shawn, who also happened to be the dog trainer, was around.

Piper finally noticed the woman and tried to make a course correction. But with her growing momentum, along with Missy hot on her tail, the two dogs couldn’t help but sideswipe Eloise. The ceramic pie dish, cradled in her hands, crashed to the floor.

She raised a bony, ring-laden hand and pointed at me. “You and your dogs have been nothing but trouble from the very start. Get them out of here.”

I guess I didn’t move fast enough to suit her.

“I didn’t mean tomorrow, Emory. Get those dogs out now!”

I tore my gaze from her glare and watched my two dogs run out the wide-open glass double doors. Several other dogs followed, barking. Torn between collecting the leashes and slinking away from the clubhouse and abandoning their graduation certificate or grabbing paper towels to clean up Eloise’s award-winning apple pie, I stood frozen in place. The need to slink away was strong, but concern over the dogs injuring themselves on the shattered pie plate won out.

Before I could take a step toward the kitchen to find paper towels, a loud whistle pierced the air.

“Sit!” The dog trainer’s voice was loud and commanding. I felt the urge to sit right where I was. The dogs ceased to bark, and from my vantage point, I saw most of them sit, their tongues lolling from the sides of their mouths. Naturally, Missy and Piper were having too much fun to listen, and they both jumped into the community pool. I probably never should have introduced them to swimming with my nieces over the summer.

Pawsome excerpt. Thanks for sharing it.

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

I keep my owners on their toes and make them laugh with my mischievous antics.

I’m sure that’s lots of fun for your human co-stars and readers. Good for you.

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

Alas, I remain silent in the books aside from some barking and whining once in a while. I wish Emory knew what I was trying to say… bacon-bacon-bacon!

MOL (Meow Out Loud). Alicia has trouble understanding me sometimes, but in my latest books, my pet co-stars and readers can “see” my thoughts.

What advice would you give other dog characters?

Make sure your human gives you lots of treats and belly rubs!

Good advice for all pets.

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

Buttercream Betrayal, the fifth book in the Cupcake Catering Mystery series, released on September 13, 2022. It’s available on Amazon in both print and ebook.

What it’s about:

Intent on getting their two mischievous dogs under control, Emory Martinez and her half sister, Vannie, join a group dog training program led by Shawn Parker. With a graduation certificate just within grasp and a party to celebrate their hard-won achievements, what could go wrong? For starters, their two dogs have decided to wreak havoc during the party and tempers flare. It turns out not everyone is pleased with the dog trainer and his mother, the condo association president. Whispers of the mother and son’s misbehavior, or worse, fly amongst the barks, whines, and growls of the canines.

When Emory finds the body of Mrs. Parker amidst an explosive situation, it becomes apparent there is more truth to the whispers instead of just gossip. Could one of the canine-loving participants be responsible? Or an outsider who hated her heavy-handed rule over the condo homeowners? Emory, Vannie, and octogenarian Tillie must sift through the clues to find out who has been betrayed and who has decided to take justice into their own hands.

Wow, Meow! Love it.

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

Unfortunately, my author won’t let me have my own social media pages. But sometimes she shares pictures of me!

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Kookiesandbooks

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kimdavishb/

I don’t have a social media page either, and I had to insist on this blog. So glad I did. Maybe you should ask for one.

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


Buttercream Betrayal (Cupcake Catering Mystery Series)
by Kim Davis

About Buttercream Betrayal


Buttercream Betrayal (Cupcake Catering Mystery Series)
Cozy Mystery
5th in Series
Setting – California
Cinnamon & Sugar Press (September 13, 2022)
Number of Pages: approx. 300
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B0B8BTDZ1H

Intent on getting their two mischievous dogs under control, Emory Martinez and her half sister, Vannie, join a group dog training program led by Shawn Parker. With a graduation certificate just within grasp and a party to celebrate their hard-won achievements, what could go wrong? For starters, their two dogs have decided to wreak havoc during the party and tempers flare. It turns out not everyone is pleased with the dog trainer and his mother, the condo association president. Whispers of the mother and son’s misbehavior, or worse, fly amongst the barks, whines, and growls of the canines.

About Kim Davis

Kim Davis lives in Southern California with her husband. When she’s not chasing her puppy or spending time with her granddaughters she can be found either writing stories or working on her blog, Cinnamon, Sugar, and a Little Bit of Murder or in the kitchen baking up yummy treats. She has published the suspense novel, A GAME OF DECEIT, the Cupcake Catering Mystery series, and the Aromatherapy Mystery series. She also has had several children’s articles published in Cricket, Nature Friend, Skipping Stones, and the Seed of Truth magazines. Kim Davis is a member of Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime.

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Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Kim-Davis-Author-1532277473479031/
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Sneaky the Cat Interviews Woody the Dog from Photo Finished by Lori Roberts Herbst

I’m excited to welcome a dog that looks a lot like my canine co-star, Fido, in the Cobble Cove series. Hello, Mr. Dog. What is your name and your author’s name?

I am a golden retriever named Woodward “Woody” Cassidy, after journalist Bob Woodward. My adopted brother is a tabby cat named Carl, after another journalist, Carl Bernstein. Along with our human, Callie, we make a great team. Our lucky author is Lori Roberts Herbst.

Pawsome to meet you. Fido is also a golden retriever, and I enjoy working with him. I’m a Siamese and not a tabby, but I would love to speak with Carl some time.

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

I’ve appeared in four cozy mysteries: Suitable for Framing, Double Exposure, Frozen in Motion, and most recently, Photo Finished.

Condogulations! I’m on my sixth book in my series. Tell me more about yours.

Our series is called the Callie Cassidy Mystery series. Not sure why Carl and I don’t get top billing, but that’s the way it goes when you don’t have opposable thumbs. It’s a cozy mystery series set in a small mountainside town called Rock Creek Village, Colorado. I love it there. So much space for a dog to roam. So many humans to love on me. And so many mysteries to solve. It’s the best place on earth.

I beg to differ. Cobble Cove in upstate New York is the best place on earth, especially the library where I live.

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

My author tells me she had the most incredible golden retriever in the world. His name was Rudy. He used to balance stacks of dog treats on his nose, and when she gave the command, he’d toss them into the air and eat them. I hope my human plays that game with me someday.

That sounds like so much fun. I was based on my author’s Siamese, Oliver, who has sadly been on Rainbow Bridge for five years now.

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

From Photo Finished, chapter 7:

As I jogged toward the stable, my camera bounced against my chest, and I reached up to hold it steady. Then, I whisper shouted at Woody and Carl. “Come here, you wretched heathens. You’re going to wake the whole ranch.”

They skidded to a halt at the stable door. Carl paced toward the spot where the door met the jamb, discovered a narrow opening, and squirmed inside. Woody whined and tried to nudge the door wider with his nose, but he couldn’t squeeze his large frame through.

Another neigh rang out, this one sounding urgent. I hoped Carl hadn’t wriggled into a stall and spooked one of the horses.

I shoved the barn door, opening it on its rollers. Woody darted inside ahead of me and took off toward the nearest stall. I stepped in more cautiously. Dim light glowed from overhead fixtures, like a child’s nightlights, giving off a shadowy, mysterious aura. The smell of manure was stronger here, and beneath it was the scent of freshly baled hay. Down the row of stalls, horses peered over their stall gates, curious about what was causing the ruckus.

After a few seconds, my eyes adjusted to the low light, and I spotted my furry creatures just outside the first stall on the left. Carl dashed back to me, twisting around my ankles, as if urging me to hurry.

Still, I took my time moving across the hay-strewn floor, aware of the possibility my foot might squish into a pile of poop. It wasn’t the way I wanted to start my day. Carl meowed impatiently, and Woody pawed at the stall’s wooden gate. Inside, the horse whinnied.

When I was a foot from the stall, Carl hissed and launched himself at Woody, knocking the surprised pup backward.

“Carl, what are you doing?” I yelled.

The cat crept backward, his eyes fixed on the ground. Woody froze, following Carl’s gaze.

Then I caught sight of the object of their attention. From beneath the wooden board at the bottom of the stall, a yellow brown snake slithered across the hay.

Great excerpt. Thanks for sharing it. You and Carl steal the show.

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

I’m a loyal, lovable furball. But because I’m so friendly, people tend to underestimate me. They don’t realize that if someone threatens my Callie, my bite will definitely be worse than my bark.

I’m sure Fido would do the same for Alicia and so would I.

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

I don’t communicate in human talk, but I think you’ll quickly learn to interpret my barks, growls, whines, and wags.

Readers are good at that, although in my latest books I’m allowing them to see my thoughts.

What advice would you give other dog characters?

Above all, be loyal to your family. Love and companionship are the best things you can give the world. But stay alert, too. You never know when you might be called upon to defend your human.

That advice works for cats, too.

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

My newest book just released on Sept. 13, 2022, and there will be more! If you subscribe to my author’s newsletter, you’ll get all the news on upcoming books. (You’ll also get some free prequel short stories featuring my human and her friends, but they are set before my time. I’ve heard they’re pretty fun anyway!)

I hope my readers take advantage of that. It sounds like a great offer.

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

Website: http://www.lorirobertsgherbst.com

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

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lorirobertsherbst/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/21039904.Lori_Roberts_Herbst

BookBub: https://www.bookbub.com/profile/lori-roberts-herbst

Amazon Author: https://www.amazon.com/Lori-Roberts-Herbst/e/B08RBD4QGK

Thank you so much for the interview, Woody, and best tail wags to you and your author on your new release. I’m sharing the blog tour below.


Photo Finished (Callie Cassidy Mysteries)
by Lori Roberts Herbst

About Photo Finished


Photo Finished (Callie Cassidy Mysteries)
Cozy Mystery
4th in Series
Setting – Colorado
Independently Published (September 13, 2022)
Number of Pages: 310
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B0B6DDSK75

When a visit to a Colorado dude ranch turns deadly, it’s up to photographer Callie Cassidy to corral the killer…

As maid of honor (aka grande dame) in her best friend’s upcoming wedding, Callie wants to plan the perfect bridal shower. And what could be better than a girls’ trip with their posse of friends?

The women jump at the idea and suggest a destination—Moonglow Ranch, a serenity retreat-slash-dude ranch owned by one friend’s aunt and uncle.

When they arrive, Callie is less than enthusiastic. Serenity doesn’t come easily to a former investigative photojournalist. Plus, her horse is stubborn as…well, a mule. She’s warned to be on the lookout for snakes. Worst of all—gasp!—Moonglow only serves healthy food. Still, her friends are having a great time, and even Callie’s golden retriever Woody and tabby cat Carl seem right at home on the ranch. For their sake, she tries to tap into her inner Zen.

Then the conniving wife of the town’s most powerful man interrupts the party and threatens the ranch’s proprietors. Callie worries the trip is destined for disaster.

Later, Callie finds the woman’s body in the stable, apparently trampled by a horse. Or did she die from a snakebite? Or—as Callie suspects—could something even more sinister be at work?

Answers are as difficult to find as a needle in the haystack. And when the police chief accuses the ranch owners of murder, Callie realizes she’ll need to lasso the real outlaw—before the wrong people end up in the pokey.

About Lori Roberts Herbst

Lori Roberts Herbst, who writes the Callie Cassidy Mystery series, spent much of her life writing, editing, and psychoanalyzing. Through thirty years of teaching journalism, advising newspaper and yearbook staff, instructing budding photographers, and counseling teenagers, she still managed to hang on to a modicum of sanity. Her books have earned first-place CIBA awards in the Murder and Mayhem division. She currently serves as secretary of the Sisters in Crime North Dallas chapter and is a member of the Sisters in Crime Guppies and the Mystery Writers of America.

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

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Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lorirobertsherbst/

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Sneaky the Cat Interviews Baby, the Dog from Two Parts Sugar, One Part Murder, the First Baker Street Mystery by V.M. Burns

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

Champion Crooner ’Ol Blue Eyes, One for My Baby is my registered name. That’s what the American Kennel Club uses. However, my “call name” is Baby. A call name, is basically a nickname. My author’s name is Valerie Burns, although sometimes she uses her initials, V.M. Burns.

Tail wags to you, Baby, and your author, too.

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

Two Parts Sugar, One Part Murder is the first book in the Baker Street Mystery cozy series. This is the first book where I’ve appeared, but it won’t be the last.

I hope not. I have six books so far in my Cobble Cove cozy mystery series, and I hope my author writes another soon although she’s currently tied up with the new Buttercup Bend series.

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

Yes, I am in a series. The Baker Street Mystery is a culinary cozy mystery series. Two Parts Murder, One Part Sugar is the first book in the series. I used to live with a wonderful woman named Octavia Baker. She raised me from a puppy. However, when she died, she left her house, her bakery, and me, to her great-niece, Madison. Maddy doesn’t know the first thing about running a bakery or taking care of a 250lb English Mastiff. So, I have to help her. Octavia was a smart woman. She knew that Maddy might try to sell everything and return to her old life. Octavia stipulated that in order to inherit, Maddy couldn’t sell anything for one year. She had to stay in New Bison, run the bakery, and take care of me (although I’m the one who ends up taking care of her). Not long after Maddy arrives in town, the mayor is murdered in the bakery and Maddy’s fingerprints are all over the murder weapon. With the help of her new friends (and me, of course), she has to figure out whodunit.

That sounds pawsome.

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

My author loves dogs, but she doesn’t have an English Mastiff. She has two toy poodles, Kensington (Kenzie) and Chloe. For two small little fluff balls, they’re pretty cool. I think they both have a crush on me, which makes it hard. I can’t show favoritism. But, we all get along well. My author does a lot of research about dogs that she really wants to own (and there are lots of them). She’s got tons of books on dogs and spends a LOT of time surfing the Internet and something called, Instagram, looking at pictures of English Mastiffs. She also has friends that have mastiffs who feed her information that she uses in her books.

My author is a cat person, but she her parents had poodles and German Shepherds when she lived at home.

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

My first human, Maddy’s Great Aunt Octavia, used to tell me that without me, she would be lost. I believe her. Now, that Octavia’s gone and I have to look out for Maddy, my paws are full. My role in Two Parts Sugar, One Part Murder is vitally important. Trust me, protecting my human is a full-time job. I honestly, don’t know how she survived this long without me.

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

I like the times that I spend with Maddy at night when she talks to me and gets my opinion about the people she’s investigating. I also like hanging out at the bakery. Quite a few thumbprint cookies fall on the floor, which is my domain.

Alicia doesn’t talk to me about the murders she’s investigating, but I am quite observant and am always able to lend a paw.

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

I don’t talk, but my human is able to understand exactly what I mean based on my facial expressions and body language. Sometimes, I have to get a bit more aggressive and bark or show my teeth, but she eventually figures it out. She’s new in New Bison, Michigan, so I’ve had to let her know who the good guys are, and who she should avoid like the plague.

Sounds like you’ve mastered non-verbal communication. So have I, although in my latest stories, I let the readers and my pet co-stars understand my thoughts. I only use non-verbal cues with Alicia and my other human co-stars.

What advice would you give other dog characters?

Remember, it’s up to us to train our humans. My human, Maddy, didn’t know the first thing about taking care of a dog, or cooking, or pretty much anything other than shopping. But, she’s a fast learner. No matter how clueless your human may be, you can’t give up.

Good advice.

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

Two Parts Sugar, One Part Murder was released on August 30, 2022.  My author has another book with her toy poodles, which is part of her Mystery Bookshop Mystery series. The 8th book in that series, Bookclubbed to Death, will release in December 2023.

Nice.

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

Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/v-m-burns

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

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/vmburnsbooks/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/vmburns

Website:  vmburns.com

Thanks so much for the interview, Baby, and best tail wags to you and your author. I’m sharing the blog tour for your book below.


Two Parts Sugar, One Part Murder (A Baker Street Mystery)
by Valerie Burns

About Two Parts Sugar, One Part Murder

Two Parts Sugar, One Part Murder (A Baker Street Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Setting – Michigan
Kensington Cozies (August 30, 2022)
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 272 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1496738225
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1496738226
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09MZTN6YC

In this delectable new cozy mystery series, social media maven Maddy Montgomery’s perfectly ’grammable life has come undone, and she’s #StartingOver in a tiny town with one giant problem—a killer on the loose . . .

When Maddy Montgomery’s groom is a no-show to their livestream wedding, it’s a disaster that no amount of filtering can fix. But a surprise inheritance offers a chance to regroup and rebrand—as long as Maddy is willing to live in her late, great-aunt Octavia’s house in New Bison, Michigan, for a year, running her bakery and caring for a 250-pound English mastiff named Baby.

Maddy doesn’t bake, and her Louboutins aren’t made for walking giant dogs around Lake Michigan, but the locals are friendly and the scenery is beautiful. With help from her aunt’s loyal friends, aka the Baker Street Irregulars, Maddy feels ready to tackle any challenge, including Octavia’s award-winning cake recipes. That is, until New Bison’s mayor is fatally stabbed, and Maddy’s fingerprints are found on the knife . . .

Something strange is going on in New Bison. It seems Aunt Octavia had her suspicions, too. But Maddy’s going to need a whole lot more than a trending hashtag to save her reputation—and her life.

About Valerie Burns

Valerie (V. M.) Burns is the author of the Mystery Bookshop Mystery series. Her first book, The Plot is Murder, was nominated for an Agatha Award for Best Debut Novel. She is the author of the Dog Club Mystery Series, the RJ Franklin Mysteries, a three-time finalist in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards, and an Edgar Award-nominated short story. Her newest series, Baker Street Mysteries, will release later this year, and her Pet Detective Mystery series will release in 2023. Valerie is on the board of Sisters in Crime and the Southeastern Chapter of Mystery Writers of America. She is also a member of Dog Writers of America, Crime Writers of Color, and International Thriller Writers. She is a manager for a Fortune 100 company and a mentor in the Writing Popular Fiction Program at Seton Hill University in Greensburg, PA. Born and raised in northwestern Indiana, Valerie currently lives in the southeastern United States with her two poodles. Readers can visit her website at vmburns.com.

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Sneaky Interviews Duke, the Labrador Retriever from Charleston Conundrum by Stacy Wilder

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

My name is Duke. I’m a six-year-old Labrador retriever. My author is writing under the pen name Stacy Wilder.

Pawsome to meet you both.

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

So far, I’ve appeared in one book, a cozy mystery, Charleston Conundrum, set in Charleston, South Carolina. The book is about a Private Investigator, Liz Adams, whose best friend, Peg, is murdered. Liz winds up being one of the prime suspects. I help her solve the case.

Sounds like a great story.

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

I am in a series. In the next book, Carmel Conundrum, Liz and I travel to Carmel, California. After Carmel, the author has rough outlines for two more books in the series. No telling where we our next adventure will be after that.

How exciting.

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

My author and her husband have always owned black Labrador retrievers. Their current Lab, Eve, is the most communicative. She howls the words, “I love you,” for her breakfast in the mornings. My communication super power was modeled after Eve. My author says it’s a good thing Eve can’t detect when people are lying like I can.

You lucky dog, you.

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

Two cops stood on my front doorstep. I recognized the female, Megan, from a previous case that I’d worked on. I pegged the young male standing behind her as a rookie. His badge was shiny, and he was grinning from ear to ear.

“Do you have more information about Peg? Please, come in. Duke’s friendly.”

Megan declined for both of them. “It’s too early to release any additional information, but we’re definitely ruling it a homicide. We’re here to remind you that this is our investigation. And to notify you that Sam said you shouldn’t leave the state. Understood?”

What? Were they listening in on my phone conversation with Liam? “OK … am I a suspect?” I asked puzzled.

“No comment. Just keep out of it and let us do our job.”

No way. “Of course,” I replied. Better for me if Sam thought I was cooperating. Duke yipped in the background.

Someone once told me that all dogs have super powers. Duke’s was communication. He whined when something was up. He yipped when someone wasn’t telling the truth. He even howled the words “I love you.” His superpowers often came in handy. Of course, it wasn’t too handy when you were the one doing the lying.

What a tail-wagging good excerpt. Thanks for sharing it, Duke.

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

I love it when Liz cooks, and she shares with me. Oh, and I like treats, lots of treats. Her love interest, Brad, brings me a couple of rawhides. Hanging out with the pug next door is fun, too.

Like I said, you’re a lucky dog.

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

I talk dog talk. Liz knows exactly what I mean.

It’s great your human character understands me. The same with Alicia, although readers and the other pet characters can now understand me, too.

What advice would you give other dog characters?

You can’t just sit around and look pretty, or in my case, handsome. If you’re going to be in a book, you have to earn your keep.

So true.

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

Carmel Conundrum is set to release early 2023.

That has a nice ring to it.

Here’s a sneak peek at Carmel…

Join Private Investigator, Liz Adams, and her truth-sniffing Labrador, Duke, in the scenic town of Carmel-by-the-Sea, as they scramble to discover who is stealing identities from Multipoint Protection Services.

Tensions mount as a kidnapping, an escape, and an attempted murder up the stakes. Will Liz and Duke solve the case before the damage is irreparable?

Travel with Liz from Charleston, SC to Carmel, CA, and back to find out.

Another great tail-wagging excerpt.

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

Website www.storystacy.com

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

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/authorstacywilder

You Tube Trailer https://youtu.be/j63f0qJdJYE

Amazon Author Page https://www.amazon.com/author/stacy.wilder

Thanks. I will share all those with my readers as well as your author’s blog tour. Best tail wags to both of you and thanks for the pawsome interview, Duke.


Charleston Conundrum: A Liz Adams Mystery
by Stacy Wilder

About Charleston Conundrum


Charleston Conundrum: A Liz Adams Mystery
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Setting – South Carolina
Wild Hawk Press (January 15, 2022)
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 235 pages
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 979-8985426618
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09QK1CWJY

A Cozy Mystery With a Twist…

Liz Adams never imagined when she moved to Charleston with her truth sniffing Labrador retriever, Duke, that she would use her skills as a private investigator to avoid winding up on Death Row.

Liz’s life is upended when her best friend, Peg, is murdered and she becomes a suspect.Liz’s gun was the murder weapon. Tensions flare between Liz and the cops as she rises to the top of their suspect list.

At the request of Peg’s father, Liz agrees to take on the investigation. Riding a roller coaster of emotions, Liz uncovers many secrets Peg kept from her despite their being best friends. The suspects include a cast of characters: the ex-husband, the boyfriend, a coworker, several neighbors, and family members.

Charleston Conundrum takes the reader from Charleston, South Carolina, to Paris and back in the emotional unraveling of Peg’s life and death to a killer ending.

About Stacy Wilder

Stacy writes mysteries, children’s stories, short stories, and poetry. Her debut novel, Charleston Conundrum, is the first in the Conundrum mystery series.

Stacy’s mission is to deliver a delightful story to readers of all ages while benefiting a larger community. She donates a portion of the proceeds from the sales of her books to causes that support wildlife conservation, and the homeless, both people and pets. A portion of the proceeds from Charleston Conundrum are donated to National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).

As well as writing, Stacy is passionate about her faith, family, Labradors, the causes that she supports, the beach, art, and reading books.

She and her husband live in Houston, Texas with a totally spoiled Labrador retriever, Eve.

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Sneaky Interviews Sweet Pea from Paws of Death, A Canine Confections Mystery

Hi, there, Ms. Dog. You look familiar. I believe you’ve been on this blog before, but please introduce yourself and your author.

I’m Sweet Pea and my author is Amy Hueston.

Mice to have you here again, Sweet Pea.

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

Paws for Concern, Book 1. Paws for Alarm, Book 2. Paws of Death, Book 3. All in the Canine Confections series. And I’ve also appeared in the new Canine Confections Puzzle Book.

Yes, that’s where I know you from. I interviewed you for your first book Paws for Alarm.

Please give information about your series.

The Canine Confections series is located in Palm Beach, Florida. My mom Samantha owns a dog bakery. We live in mom’s aunt’s cottage on her Aunt Mary’s estate. Aunt Mary lives in the mansion but I’m okay with that because we go there all the time. Plus, there’s a cat in the mansion now and she’s a little snooty to me. I’m a little afraid of her paws and claws.

Mol (meow out loud). Nice to know you have a cat in your series, but you should be wary of her claws if you upset her.

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

Yes. Her name was Ebony. I am a black 35 pound Labrador Mix. Mixed with what I’m not sure. Maybe a little German Shepherd. I have a long, straight tail and white paws. My ears flap. I’m very cute, or so everyone tells me.

I’m based on my author’s Siamese cat, Oliver, who has since gone to Rainbow Bridge.

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

The scream had come from the direction of the library where Donna and Dick had been heading before the party. A few small dogs who hadn’t yet made their way out to the patio yipped. A couple of mid-size and larger dogs flattened their ears and huddled against their owners’ thighs. Sweet Pea leaned against my calf. I bent down and petted her behind the ears, then whispered into her ear. “It’s okay, little girl.”

Pawsome scene. I love libraries because I’m a library cat in my series. There was a murder in the Cobble Cove library once. It happened in the 3rd book of our series, Written in Stone, and there was also a scream.

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

I get lots of attention, pets, and treats. I also get the king-size bed.

I love sitting in the Bay window of the children’s room and participating in story times. I also like snoozing on the cat tree in Alicia’s office.

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

I don’t in human English. I whine a little if mom is being stingy with the treats just because she doesn’t want me getting too fat and unhealthy.

I only communicate with the other pets in the series. It didn’t start out that way, but now that there is another cat and two dogs, it’s helpful especially when trying to help Alicia and Gilly solve crimes. We all use non-verbal with the human characters.

What advice would you give other dog characters?

Stare up balefully like you haven’t eaten in weeks next time someone has a cookie in their hand.

Good advice. You sound almost as sneaky as a cat.

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

Whew! These 2, Paws of Death and Canine Confections Puzzle Book 1 coming out at the same time, kept us so busy, I think I need a second before I can answer that.

The puzzle book sounds interesting. You are a busy guy and your author, of course.

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

Oh yes! We love talking to new (and old) friends!

My books on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1944066373?pf_rd_r=EAZJV46A15EB5VXN8GMJ&pf_rd_p=edaba0ee-c2fe-4124-9f5d-b31d6b1bfbee

My books at Barnes and Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/paws-for-concern-amy-hueston/1137530919?ean=9781944066376

My CD Download on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Lets-Talk-Love-Amy-Hueston/dp/B08C252M8D

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Website: https://amyhueston.com

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/20626879.Amy_Hueston

Thanks so much for the interview. I wish you and your author the best of luck with the new release of your series. I’m also sharing the blog tour and giveaway for your book.


Paws of Death (A Canine Confections Mystery)
by Amy Hueston

About Paws of Death


Paws of Death (A Canine Confections Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Setting – Palm Beach, Florida
Happy Press (January 20, 2022)
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 264 pages
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 979-8985603002
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09QW32232

Two murders on the same strip of Worth Avenue in Palm Beach means dog bakery owner Samantha Armstrong and her fellow shopkeepers have reached their quota of bad stuff. Right?

They should be so lucky…

Samantha is thrilled that life in her new hometown has finally settled into a fun, peaceful rhythm. Canine Confections’ business is on the upswing, and her days are filled with jogs on the beach with her pooch Sweet Pea, cozy time with Aunt Mary on her aunt’s estate, and yummy treats at her upscale dog bakery. But things are not peaceful for long when Donna from the local gossip magazine, Pulse on Palm Beach, winds up dead at Samantha’s first foray into catering a millionaire dog’s birthday party.

Once again, Samantha finds herself smack dab in the middle of the investigation. But this time, it’s another reporter from Pulse that’s making her center-stage. With the aid of her precious Sweet Pea, Samantha pads around the splashy Worth Avenue sniffing out clues. Unfortunately, the more she searches, the more suspects she finds. And it doesn’t help that Angelina from Mystic Dreams has hired a psychic who warns that trouble in Palm Beach isn’t about to end anytime soon.

Includes an original recipe from the world-famous Three Dog Bakery!

Excerpt

Like a bad penny that never fails to show no matter how much you wish for a silver dollar, Dick appeared across the street

Two occasions of dipping my toes back into the dating pool after my old boyfriend broke my heart back in Sun Haven, and I was already wanting to go full-on up to my ankles with this guy.

“Snowball, you’re going to have to play nice if you want to live here,” I said, hearing the empty threat in my words and knowing there was zero chance we would ever give the cat away just because we had a learning curve on how to make this work.

Now that I didn’t have to worry as much about my income stream, I could think about other things…sweeter things…like Peanut Butter Clusters and PupCakes

The furry girl and I were whizzing along Ocean Avenue for another day of work in paradise.

“It’s not my fault you’re a magnet for murder.”

Aunt Mary in spandex was one thing. Trumble in spandex was a good reason to wash my eyes out with battery acid.

A few months ago, when I lived in Sun Haven, I didn’t run into a murderer once, far as I know. This town was rife with them

About Amy Hueston

Amy Hueston’s Canine Confections mystery series has an abundance of dogs and pastries, two of her favorite things. When she isn’t writing her latest mystery or suspense, she can often be found either singing professionally or petting the nearest dog.

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