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!

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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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Sneaky Interviews Chloe, the Dog from the new cozy mystery, Potluck and Poison

Meow, there. Sneaky with an interview of a dog from a new cozy mystery. Bow Wow, Miss Doggy. What is your name and your author’s name?

I’m Chloe, and my author is Bailey Booth.

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

I’m based on my author’s fren’s dog named Fable. Fable is the Dane on the cover of Potluck and Poison.

Can you share an excerpt from Potluck and Poison that features you in an important scene?

Kenzie nodded, but her attention was all on Chloe. “You be a good girl for Addie. Yes, you, Addie, and Persephone are going to hang out.”

Chloe bounced on her front paws in approval but stared at the door sadly when Kenzie closed it behind her. She even dropped her beloved alligator.

“She’ll be back,” I said, but the big dog let out a little whine, telling me what she thought of that.

I picked up the alligator, damp with dog slobber, and waved it in front of her. Her eyes lit up, and she gently took it from me.

Was it bad that I was geeking out that Chloe was in my hotel room? Whether it was bad or not, it was happening.

“Wanna meet Persephone?”

Chloe cocked her head.

“She’s a kitty. Come meet Persephone.” I did an exaggerated dance walk to the middle of the hotel room that any dog owner would be more than familiar with. Chloe accepted my invitation and pranced after me.

Until something stopped her dead in her tracks. She dropped her alligator and backed up, whining with much more conviction this time.

“What’s the matter? Kenzie will be back soon.”

“It’s me,” Persephone said. “She doesn’t like cats.”

Maybe I could catch Kenzie before she left? We’d never exchanged contact information. I’d have to make the best of a bad situation.

“Okay.” I knew better than to try to force the issue, but I’d been banking on this part of the investigation to go smoothly since the rest of it held no promise. “Let’s figure out a way to make her comfortable.”

Persephone had an advantage in this situation—we had a lot of nervous animals come into the shelter, and it was our goal to make them feel at home as quickly as possible. She lay down in my suitcase to let Chloe know she wasn’t trying to challenge her.

But cat language sometimes got tangled when it got translated into dog, so I wasn’t surprised when Chloe growled. I held onto her leash as I rifled through her bag.

Chloe broke her death stare with Persephone once she realized I was about to produce a treat.

“Sit.”

Chloe didn’t comply right away. She sized me up, deciding how formidable an opponent she was up against.

“Sit.” I was a little more forceful with the word this time. My voice was high-pitched, and not all dogs took me seriously as an alpha the first time around.

Now she knew I meant business and lowered her butt to the carpet.

“Good girl. Do you know paw? Paw?” I held out my hand.

She gave me the equivalent of a fist bump, then surprised me by doing a twirl.

“Oh, you know some tricks, huh? Well, I think that deserves a treat.” It got gobbled as soon as I held it out. “And maybe another one.”

Now what? Chloe knew tricks and was terrified of a cat that was one-tenth her size. And we were trapped in a hotel room, surrounded by paparazzi, and without a car—Kenzie hadn’t told me about my rental, which was part of my contract—until further notice.

My go-to move under these circumstances would normally be to binge Parking Lot Potluck. Maybe it wouldn’t be such a bad idea to see how Chloe would react to seeing her people on TV.

The next move would be to video chat with Henry, but it was past ten o’clock in New Hampshire, and he had class early in the morning.

So Parking Lot Potluck it was.

Chloe perked up when it came on the screen, scooting a little closer to the TV.

Woof, she said when Sig began the intro.

“Is that your friend?” I asked and immediately regretted it. Animals mourned their people too.

Chloe watched the screen intently, giving Persephone a chance to get out of the suitcase unnoticed and hop onto the bed. She was right behind the Dane, who was watching TV so intently she didn’t notice the enemy behind her.

Maybe the situation wasn’t as dire as I thought. We proved that they could coexist peacefully in the same room, and I considered that a victory.

I stayed on the floor beside Chloe, but every so often, I’d sneak a glance back at Persephone. She was on point on top of my clothes from the trip that hadn’t made it back into the suitcase, occasionally letting rip with a giant yawn that made her look like a little lion.

Diana came onto the screen, and Chloe growled.

I put my hand on her back. “What’s the matter?”

“She says that lady was mean to her person,” Persephone said.

“She said that to you?”

Turning around to acknowledge my cat reminded Chloe that she existed.

“I’m your friend,” she reminded the Dane. “No. She didn’t say it to me. She just said, ‘You’re mean.’”

“Okay. Good to know. No one here is gonna be mean to you. Or your person.” I wasn’t sure if Chloe was protecting George or Kenzie.

And those peaceful, easy feelings were a thing of the past now that she’d seen Diana and had an unintended conversation with Persephone. Chloe was taller than me when she sat up straight. She was all tense muscle with the need to protect.

“Why do you think she’s mean?” Persephone deserved all the treats for pushing the boundaries and asking again. I might have considered it a win that they could coexist peacefully in the same room, but Persephone was determined to get answers.

Which reminded me. I still hadn’t ordered room service. The situation was still touch and go, and I wasn’t sure what introducing food into the mix would do.

Chloe growled.

“She says she doesn’t like her guy. Or her girl,” Persephone translated. That didn’t exactly narrow anything down. But it was a start. If Diana didn’t like George or Kenzie, chances were the feeling was mutual.

But how deep did those feelings go?

That was great. Thank you.

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

I get extra treats and attention.

That’s always a nice perk.

Are you a talking dog in your books or just a silent pet like I am in my Cobble Cove mysteries?

Only Persephone can understand what I say. But I don’t like talking to cats.

Well, I don’t especially like talking to dogs, but Fido and Ruby are okay. They are my co-stars, although me and KittyKai are the main stars.

What advice would you give other dog characters?

Sometimes doing a protecc turns out to be different that you expect. But the people who love you are worth the protecc.

That makes sense. I enjoy protecting Alicia and Gilly who take on too much that they can chew when it comes to investigating crimes in Cobble Cove.

Well, thanks for the interview, Chloe. I’m sharing your blog tour, giveaway, and information about your author below.

Potluck and Poison (Spy Kitty in the City)
by Bailey Booth

About Potluck and Poison

Potluck and Poison (Spy Kitty in the City)
Cozy Mystery
5th in Series
Setting – Seattle
Independently Published (March 17, 2022)
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09G1QN9B9

I always dreamed of being a part of my favorite show, Parking Lot Potluck, but I never expected them to ask me to help solve a murder.

Someone poisoned a dish on the popular cooking competition. The host is dead and my favorite judge is in critical condition. The only one who witnessed the crime was Great Dane, Chloe.

Persephone and I are off to Seattle to solve the crime, but things are much different behind the scenes. Have the cast and crew been working on a recipe for deception, or was it a contestant with a case of sour grapes who’s brought production to a halt?

Whatever I do, I have to keep my inner fangirl in check, or my favorite show could get eliminated for good.

About Bailey Booth

 

Bailey Booth is an animal lover, travel enthusiast, and avid reader. She drinks way too many soy lattes and will probably laugh at your jokes.

She also likes long walks on the beach and candlelit dinners…oh wait.

Wrong profile.

Bailey’s been writing and amateur sleuthing since she was a kid. Fun fact: Spy Kitty in the City came to her in a dream. Follow your dreams!

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Sneaky Interviews Beast, the Dog from A Spirit Seeks Asylum, A Bay Island Psychic Mystery by Lena Gregory

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

My name is Beast, and my author is Lena Gregory.

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

I appear in Lena’s Bay Island Psychic Mysteries, Death at First Sight, Occult and Battery, Clairvoyant and Present Danger, Spirited Away, Grave Consequences, and A Spirit Seeks Asylum.

That’s pawsome. You sound quite popular. Please give information about your series.

The Bay Island Psychic Mysteries are about my owner, Cass Donovan, who owns a psychic shop on Bay Island’s boardwalk.

Sounds very interesting. Are you based on a real dog such as your author’s?

I’m a Leonberger, which my author never had but very much wants, but my personality is based on a combination of all of my author’s dogs. And some of my “accidents” are based on real incidents that happened with my author’s dogs.

I’m also based on several of my authors’ cats, although mostly her Siamese Oliver who has been gone 3 years on Rainbow Bridge.

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

This is one of my favorite scenes with my Uncle Bee from Occult and Battery:

Beast danced around in circles while Bee tried to clip the leash onto his collar. “Will you stay still already?”

“Sit.”

Beast ignored Cass’s command/request/whatever.

Bee paused for a minute to stare at her, brow lifted in a you’ve-got-to-be-kidding-me look.

She rolled her eyes and turned to open the door.

Beast shot through the gap before she had it fully open, dragging Bee behind him. Even with his two-handed grip on the leash, Bee couldn’t slow the fleeing animal.

Ugh . . .

Stephanie burst out laughing.

“Not funny,” Bee called over his shoulder as he tried to stop Beast before they reached the back stairway. They rounded the corner at the end of the hall, and Beast launched himself down the stairs.

Bee’s shoulder hit the wall, and he ricocheted off. A tremendous racket—filled with bangs and curses—followed.

Ah jeez. Resisting the urge to go back to bed and pull the covers over her head, Cass ran down the remainder of the hallway. She skidded to a stop, with Stephanie breathing down her neck, when she reached the top of the stairs.

Bee lay in a heap at the bottom, leash tangled around him, Beast licking his face.

“Are you all right?” Cass yelled down.

“That is a rhetorical question, right?” Bee pushed up to sit, lifted one foot, and started untangling the leash.

Cass and Stephanie pounded down the stairs. When they reached him, they each grabbed one arm and helped haul him to his feet.

Once he was standing, Bee smoothed his jacket, adjusted his scarf, and tousled his hair.

“Are you hurt?” Grabbing the leash, Cass helped him disentangle himself.

Beast dropped his tongue out of the side of his mouth, panting frantically.

“I don’t think so.”

Stephanie handed Bee one of his shoes.

He took it and bent to put it back on.

With a quick look over Bee’s back at Cass, Stephanie caught her lip between her teeth to keep from laughing. She couldn’t stop the laughter from reaching her eyes, though.

Cass bit the inside of her cheek.

“Don’t think I don’t know what the two of you are doing,” Bee said. If looks could kill . . .

Laughter blurted out, and Cass slapped a hand over her mouth. “I’m . . .” She sucked in a breath and tried to control herself. “Sorry.”

“No you’re not.” He pointed at her. “You. Better. Get. This. Dog. Trained!”

She nodded, her head bobbing like a bobblehead, tears streaming down her cheeks.

Stephanie hiccupped as she tried to contain her own outburst.

A smile tugged at the corners of Bee’s mouth. “I think it was the shoe bouncing down that made all that noise.”

“Really?” Laughter erupted. This time Cass made no attempt to restrain it. “Was it the shoe cursing up a storm too?”

“Ha ha.” Finally Bee joined their laughter. “Just schedule some kind of obedience classes for this animal. Before he hurts somebody.”

Beast tipped his head innocently to the side, his eyes wide.

“Yeah, right.” Taking the leash from her once more, Bee eyed the dog warily. “That innocent routine doesn’t work with me, buddy.”

“Are you sure you still want to walk him? I can do it.” Cass said.

He waved her off and headed for the back of the house. “Even a tumble down the stairs is better than a conversation with the police.”

“Ha ha.” Finally Bee joined their laughter. “Just schedule some kind of obedience classes for this animal. Before he hurts somebody.”

Beast tipped his head innocently to the side, his eyes wide.

“Yeah, right.” Taking the leash from her once more, Bee eyed the dog warily. “That innocent routine doesn’t work with me, buddy.”

“Are you sure you still want to walk him? I can do it.” Cass said.

He waved her off and headed for the back of the house. “Even a tumble down the stairs is better than a conversation with the police.”

Great excerpt. Thanks for sharing.

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

I always have fun, and I’m always loved. No matter that Cass has never had a pet before, and just between us has no clue what she’s doing, she loves me with all of her heart.

That’s so sweet.

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

Well, I’m pretty much a silent dog, but I do get my point across when needed.

I’m sure you do.

What advice would you give other pet characters?

I would probably tell other pet characters to make sure their voices are heard. Heroes and heroines are quite chatty, so make sure your author hears from you too.

Pawsome advice.

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

My next book, A Spirit Seeks Asylum just released on July 13th, and my next book, #7 in the Bay Island Psychic series is due to release next summer.

Best tail wags to you and your author. I’m sharing your blog tour and giveaway below. Thanks so much for the interview.


A Spirit Seeks Asylum (A Bay Island Psychic Mystery)
by Lena Gregory

About A Spirit Seeks Asylum


A Spirit Seeks Asylum (A Bay Island Psychic Mystery)
Paranormal Cozy Mystery
6th in Series
Publisher: Beyond the Page (July 13, 2021)
Print length ‏ : ‎ 190 pages
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B097S55JFY

Cass Donovan is confronted by ghoulish crimes both old and new when a defunct asylum is the site of a fresh murder and a long-hidden injustice . . .

The old abandoned buildings of the Twin Forks Lunatic Asylum have always fascinated and frightened clairvoyant Cass Donovan, but she never dreamed her psychic abilities would be put to the test there. Then the new owner of the site tells her he plans to renovate it and turn it into a boarding school, and he’ll pay Cass handsomely to determine whether the place is haunted! Cass accepts his offer, but her search for hints of old ghosts soon has her looking for clues among the living when the man who hired her turns up dead.

Returning to the shuttered asylum looking for evidence of who may have wanted her client out of the way, Cass stumbles upon signs of yet another murder, even as she’s besieged by an onslaught of haunting voices from the past. When it comes to light that rival real estate developers have been hatching plans of their own for the property, Cass sees no shortage of motives for the murders, but she’ll have to find a way to quiet the disturbing voices from long ago and focus on the here and now, because whoever’s behind the killings has targeted Cass as their next victim . . .

About Lena Gregory

Lena Gregory is the author of the Bay Island Psychic Mysteries, which take place on a small island between the north and south forks of Long Island, New York, and the All-Day Breakfast Café Mysteries, which are set on the outskirts of Florida’s Ocala National Forest.

Lena grew up in a small town on the south shore of eastern Long Island. She recently relocated to Clermont, Florida with her husband, three kids, son-in-law, and four dogs. Her hobbies include spending time with family, reading, jigsaw puzzles, and walking. Her love for writing developed when her youngest son was born and didn’t sleep through the night. She works full time as a writer and a freelance editor and is a member of Sisters in Crime.

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Sneaky Interviews Sweet Pea, the Dog from Paws for Alarm, A Canine Confections Mystery by Amy Hueston

Hello, Ms. Doggy. Nice to have you here on my character blog. What is your name and your author’s name?

Sweet Pea. Awthurs name is Amy Hueston.

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

Paws for Concern, Book Won in A Canine Confections mystery.

Paws for Alarm, Book Too in A Canine Confections mysteree.

Will be in the upcoming Paws of Death, Book Three in A Canine Confections mysteree.

Cozy mystery.

Sounds like fun. Are you in a series?

Yes.

Please give information about it.

In Book 1, I meet my mom, Samantha becauze the nice owner lady I knew for one week got killed and her bodee wuz left on the floor of Canine Confections, my mom’s dawg bakery on Worth Avenue in Palm Beach Floriduh.

In Book 2, my mom and I get cumfy in our dog bakeree and get to no the naybors better.

In Book 3, I’m pritty shure the nooow cat we meet will hav a lot of conversashuns with me.

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

Sort uv, yes. She wuz a blak Labruhdoor and coker spaniel mix like me. I heer she wuz sweet too. My mom laffs at my wite paws a lot. I don’t no y.

Awww. I was based on my author’s cat, Oliver, the Siamese, who is now on Rainbow Bridge.

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

Okay. This is part of a seen wen Detectiv Trumble is asking my mom questuns write after the murdur.

I was beginning to get the impression that Trumble wasn’t here to answer my questions. “I wouldn’t be surprised if the residents blame you for this,” he said. “People don’t like dead bodies showing up next to their luxury stores.”

“It’s not like I carried a carcass on my back.”

“There’s already a news story on you.” He picked up a remote on his desk and waved it at the television in the corner where ceiling met wall. A video of me, Sweet Pea, Trumble and the EMTs carrying the gurney with the headline: New Dog Bakery Owner Brings Grief to Palm Beach.

Excellent excerpt. Thanks for sharing.

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

Awl the treets. And meeting uther dawgs. I’m not so shore abowt this cat thow…

I won’t take that as an insult. I like treats, too, but dogs not so much, although my pals Fido and Ruby aren’t too bad.

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

Silent xcept wen I wine.

Cats don’t whine, but they do make plenty of other sounds.

What advice would you give other dog characters?

Opin your eyez reel big wen yoo wont a treet.

I’m sure that will be helpful to dog characters, but cat characters don’t beg. They have too much pride.

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

Paws for Alarm came out March 22, 2021

Paws of Death June 2021.

Condogulations to you!

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

I’m not but my author iz. Ex Sept shee duz hav dawg pikturs on her soshial media an awful lot.

https://linktr.ee/Huestonmusic

I know what that’s like. My author puts lots of cat photos on her social media.

Well, thanks for the interview, Sweet Pea, and best tail wags to you and your author on your new release and upcoming books in your series. I’m sharing your blog tour and giveaway below.


Paws for Alarm (A Canine Confections Mystery)
by Amy Hueston

About Paws for Alarm


Paws for Alarm (A Canine Confections Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Publisher: Donelson Press (March 22, 2021)
Digital – Number of Pages – 196
ASIN: B08XN4ZRMC

When Samantha relaxes into her new role as a dog mom, finds a circle of friends in her new hometown, and sees her new dog bakery Canine Confections barking up business, she’s thrilled that things are going so well … until she hears a bloodcurdling scream from the pastry shop two doors down and runs over to find a dead body on the floor.

Suddenly Samantha finds herself in a race against time to find not only the thief who is stealing from the upscale shops, but a murderer, too. Samantha’s Lab-Mix Sweet Pea wags her tail through all of the clues, suspects and shenanigans. Both Samantha and Sweet Pea are aided in their amateur investigation by the other shopkeepers on the elegant Worth Avenue, and Samantha finds the suspect list growing at every turn.

To make matters worse, Samantha’s old boyfriend arrives in town, and mysterious people start showing up at the Sophisticated Pet and New Age stores nearby. Samantha soon finds that things are not what they seem, and she must figure out what’s going on—or become the next dead body on a bakery floor.

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

About Amy Hueston

Amy Hueston writes mini-mysteries for Woman’s World magazine when she isn’t writing mystery and suspense novels. The first 3 books in her Canine Confections mystery series have an abundance of dogs and pastries, two of her favorite things, and will be available in 2021. Amy is also a professional singer who has performed nationally and internationally. A sought-after singer in South Florida, Amy draws on these experiences when writing.

Author Links
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Website: https://amyhueston.com
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Sneaky Interviews Murphy, the Dog, from Dead of Winter, A Cassandra Sato Mystery by Kelly Brakenhoff

Hi, there, Mr. Dog. Welcome to Sneaky the Library Cat’s blog. Please introduce yourself and your author.

Hello, I’m Murphy, a West Highland White Terrier. Only recently, I heard about my author, Kelly Brakenhoff. Before she came along, my owner and I were basking in the glow of early retirement in sunny Arizona. Abruptly, we moved to a teeny town in Nebraska where it is so cold I can barely stand outside long enough to pee before I hurry in and lay near a warm heating vent.

TMI, but it’s doggone good to have you here.

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

I made my literary debut in the second Cassandra Sato mystery, Dead Week, with my first owner, Dr. Deborah Winters. Unfortunately, at the beginning of book three, Dead of Winter Break, I moved in with Cassandra Sato, my new foster mom. To say we’ve gotten off to a rocky start would be an understatement.

Uh, oh. That doesn’t sound good, but I’m sure it’s all straightened out by now.

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

My new owner, Cassandra Sato, works at Morton College as an administrator. She’s never owned a pet before, and I’ve really got my work cut out for me to break her in right. One nice thing is Cassandra brings me to work with her at the college. I like hanging out with the students. They pet and cuddle me and when they aren’t watching, I eat their leftover snacks.

That’s great. I also work with my MC, Alicia. She works at the Cobble Cove Library, and I’m the Library Cat.

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

My author’s sister’s family owns a white West Highland Terrier named Tinkerbell. Tinkerbell is the model in the book’s publicity shots. The author’s father had two dogs named Max and Murphy for many years, so that’s where I got my name.

Interesting. Debbie had a Siamese, Oliver, who is now on Rainbow Bridge, but I am somewhat based on him.

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, I woke Cassandra up in the middle of the night to alert her to disaster. Soon after, things went from bad to worse.

Murphy was the one who had convinced her to get out of bed. His intermittent barking finally prompted Cassandra to push the covers off, slide her feet into sheepskin slippers, and grip the baseball bat. Not that she expected a bad guy on the other side of her bedroom door.

“Murphy, I heard it too. I know it was loud, but it’s just the wind.” Standing in the darkened office, she peered through the kennel. Maybe he had messed on his towel again. So far all of his “accidents” had been during the day. She was profoundly grateful that he usually slept through the night uninterrupted.

Nothing smelled bad. “Shhh.” She placed a finger over her mouth as though he were a toddler. Turning to go back to her room, she shivered in her house’s cool air. She hadn’t realized how cold it was during the night while she was tucked into her warm bed.

Murphy whined. Maybe he needed to pee now that he was awake. Maybe she did too.

Grabbing a fleece blanket from the back of the couch, she wrapped it tightly around her and opened his kennel. Unlocking the front door, she let him out to do his business quickly and return right back inside.

Only Murphy had other plans. After he lifted his leg on the snow pile she’d shoveled that morning, he ran around the side of the house down the driveway toward the back yard.

“Oh dog, you are killin’ me, brah!”

Cassandra chased after him still wearing her sheepskin slippers, the blanket trailing behind like a superhero’s cape. “Mur-phy, come here,” she whispered angrily. She didn’t want to wake the neighbors at 3:00 a.m. Squinting into the unnaturally bright night from the snow’s reflection, she couldn’t see the dog.

Fresh snow came down in sideways gusts and covered the driveway. She did not have the patience for this.

Stomping back into the house, she traded her slippers for the taller suede snow boots sitting on a plastic tray by the back door and threw on her puffy parka. When she yanked open the side door, a hooded guy stood in the driveway looking at her house.

A startled yelp escaped her lips at the same time the figure held out his hands to her calmly. “Cassandra. It’s Sean Gill.”

“What the heck, you scared the crap out of me!”

“Are you okay? Did you hear that noise?” He cautiously stepped closer.

“Wait—you heard it too? I thought maybe I was overreacting to the wind.” Cassandra headed for the corner toward the back yard to find the dog. “I let Murphy out to go to the bathroom, but he ran off. He must be back here somewhere.”

“Gill squatted and in an encouraging voice called, “Murphy! C’mere boy!”

“I tried that, but he’s stubborn.”

First, she heard his collar jangling then saw him trot toward them on the driveway. Only instead of heading for the person who had been feeding him, sheltering him, and changing his wet kennel, he rubbed up against Gill’s shins and barked in satisfaction when he patted Murphy’s white head. Gill reached down and picked up the dog. Again, no barking or fuss.

Cassandra had reached the back door when she heard Gill. “Oh . . . that was the noise. A tree smashed your roof, Cassandra!”

Excerpt From: Kelly Brakenhoff. “Dead of Winter Break: A Cassandra Sato Mystery.”

Pawsome. You are a great actor. Thanks for sharing.

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

Can I tell you a secret? At first I was pretty upset about Cassandra adopting me. I had to abandon my owner in the memory care facility where she moved. I acted up by peeing on Cassandra’s floor and chewing up her stuff. But she’s growing on me. And let’s be honest, she needs me even if she doesn’t realize it yet. She’s a workaholic with a Type A personality who really needs to chill. I think I can add more softness and relaxation to her life. Plus, she has a couple of guys who seem to like her, and I have my opinion about which one has better boyfriend potential.

Good for you. My MC is married, but her first husband was quite secretive and died mysteriously. John is a much better match for her in my humble cat opinion.

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

Mostly I bark to communicate with Cassandra, but she usually has no idea what I’m telling her unless I need to go outside. We’re a work in progress.

Alicia doesn’t really understand me either except for when I lead her to obvious clues. Luckily, my author now allows readers and other pets in the book to read my thoughts and follow the mystery.

What advice would you give other dog characters?

If you want your story on a lot of pages, you should mix it up a bit. If you’re 100% cute and just nap all day, it’s too easy for the other characters to ignore you. If you find a little mischief or interact with the other characters you meet, you’ll become a bigger part of the story. Of course, a well-placed lick on the face is endearing to most readers.

I like that, although with us cats, it’s more of a purr or a rub against the leg.

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

Dead of Winter Break came out tomorrow, November 17th and it’s where I really steal the spotlight. The college is mostly closed down for the holiday break between semesters, but things don’t slow at all for Cassandra Sato or me. Her boss turns up dead, and the police aren’t following the right leads until we get involved. The author gave me some pivotal scenes in this one. It’s a fast-paced, holiday themed whodunit, and I think readers are going to love seeing our relationship grow.

Purrfect timing for a holiday mystery, you lucky dog you,

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

I don’t have my own social media accounts yet, but I should, don’t you think? I bet if readers ask for photos of me, Kelly will share more.

My author is on all the usual places like Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

Website: http://kellybrakenhoff.com/

Amazon series page: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B087JNPV9H

Amazon author page: amazon.com/author/kellybrakenhoff

Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/kelly-brakenhoff

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

Twitter: @inBrakenville

Instagram: @kellybrak

Pinterest: @kellybrak

Yes, I definitely think you should have some social media visibility. I have this blog, and I sometimes host Debbie’s Facebook Character chat.

Thank you for having me on your blog. It was great chatting with you. Woof!

Paws up, Murphy. I enjoyed our chat, too. I will share your author’s blog tour and giveaway. Best tail wags to you and your author on your new release.

Dead of Winter Break (A Cassandra Sato Mystery)
by Kelly Brakenhoff

About Dead of Winter Break

Dead of Winter Break (A Cassandra Sato Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Publisher: Emerald Prairie Press (November 17, 2020)
~340 Pages
Digital ASIN: B08KRG2T9D

It’s beginning to look a lot like murder . . .
And Cassandra is knee deep in . . .

Suspects.
Her boss is dead, and the police are calling it burglary gone wrong. But when the killer comes after her, it’s going to take more than a pair of furry boots to keep the smart, witty Morton College administrator, Cassandra Sato, out of the deep. . .

Snow.
Her first Christmas in Nebraska could be her last unless her friends help unravel the mystery and housebreak her dog.

Buy now for a fast-paced, holiday themed whodunit.

Dead of Winter Break is the third book in Kelly Brakenhoff’s popular Cassandra Sato Mystery Series. Death by Dissertation was a 2020 RONE Award Finalist. Publishers Weekly called Dead Week, “a diverting whodunit.”

About Kelly Brakenhoff

KELLY BRAKENHOFF writes the Cassandra Sato Mystery series including DEATH BY DISSERTATION, a 2020 RONE Award Mystery Finalist, DEAD WEEK, “a diverting whodunit,” (Publishers Weekly), and DEAD OF WINTER BREAK available in November 2020.

Kelly is an American Sign Language Interpreter whose motivation for learning ASL began in high school when she wanted to converse with her deaf friends. NEVER MIND and FARTS MAKE NOISE, her children’s picture books featuring Duke the Deaf Dog and illustrated by her sister, Theresa Murray, have quickly become popular with children, parents, and educators for promoting inclusive conversations about children with differences.

The mother of four young adults and a German Wirehair Pointer, Kelly and her husband call Nebraska home.

Author Links:

https://kellybrakenhoff.com/

https://twitter.com/inBrakenVille

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/18964313.Kelly_Brakenhoff

https://www.facebook.com/kellybrakenhoffauthor/

https://www.bookbub.com/authors/kelly-brakenhoff

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