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: 





Author Facebook page:

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.

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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 And you can find us on Facebook, Twitter @Michael2264 and Instagram #j.d.griffo.  Plus, we even have our own website –   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

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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Sneaky Interviews Bear from Death by Association, a DIY Diva Mystery, by Paula Darnell

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, Death by Association, is on tour with Escape with Dollycas Into a Good Book.

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

My name is Bear, and I’m a chocolate Labrador retriever. My author’s name is Paula  Darnell.

It’s doggone good to meet you, Bear. What book(s) have you appeared in? Please list them and their genre.

I’ve appeared in Death by Association, A DIY Diva Mystery. It’s a cozy mystery novel.

My favorite genre. I’m the Cobble Cove Library’s cat in the Cobble Cove cozy mystery series. Are you also in a series? If so, please give information about it.

Yes. I’m going to be serialized! Two more books in the DIY Diva Mystery series are planned for release later this year.


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


I’m based on two real dogs, my author’s dogs: Teddy Bear, a yellow Labrador retriever, and Rocky Boy, a black Labrador/Great Pyrenees mix. My author adopted Teddy Bear from a local animal shelter when he was seven years old. He had been left out in the summer heat (often it’s 110 degrees during summer in Las Vegas) and then abandoned by his former people. He adapted very rapidly to his new home where he could lounge in air-conditioned comfort. Teddy Bear lived to be thirteen, and my author still misses him. She and her husband adopted Rocky Boy from a rescue organization when he was four years old. He’s now ten. He looks like a black Lab, but he acts more like a Great Pyrenees. He’s a good boy and a super watch dog who loves cold weather, early morning walks, his routine and, last, but not least, yummysnacks.

I like a good treat myself. Woof! Woof!

A very nice story. Thanks for sharing. My author adopted kittens a few months ago, and I was adopted by the characters of the Cobble Cove books when I was thrown out of my home as a kitten and made my lucky tracks to the town’s library.

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

Here’s a scary incident that happened one morning when mommy (my mommy in Death by Association is Laurel McMillan) took me for a walk:

I slipped out of bed, and Bear led the way to the bathroom and then the closet beyond, where I quickly dressed in jeans, an aqua blue t-shirt, and sneakers. Grabbing my smartphone and some plastic bags, I dutifully tied one of the bags around Bear’s leash. (HOA Regulation 92a states that “all pet owners will carry in plain sight a bag or other device to pick up after their pets and must do so immediately.”) I quickly snapped the leash onto his collar, and we were off.

The sky showed only the faintest hint of the approaching dawn, so it was still quite dark outside, but the streetlights were on, and it wasn’t too difficult to see. Knowing that Bear would have to forego his customary treat because Bessie wouldn’t be at her post, we turned left at the corner, where we usually would have gone right, to avoid the back gate. After we trotted briskly for a couple of blocks, we slowed to a more sedate pace. We hadn’t seen or heard any signs of activity since we’d left the house—no cars, walkers, or barking dogs.

“Not so early tomorrow, Bear,” I cautioned, resolving to resist the urge to jump up as soon as Bear did.

Suddenly, Bear came to a dead stop and started barking furiously.

“Come on, Bear,” I urged him, afraid that he’d wake the neighbors, but his barking became frenzied, and he refused to budge.

Then I saw a shadow in the bushes ahead. A dark shape with a long tail emerged from the bushes and strolled into the street ahead of us. Startled, I realized that the shape was a mountain lion, and my heart began pounding. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing—a mountain lion in Iowa? The tall corn state was hardly the usual habitat of such large felines.

The big cat turned towards us and snarled, and Bear continued his frantic barking while I started to shake. Should we run? I knew that a mountain lion could run faster than we could. Play dead? Bear hadn’t ever learned that trick. Fight? Bear was a big dog, and I didn’t doubt that he would try to defend me, but I didn’t believe he’d be any match for the cougar.

Although it had probably been only a few seconds since the mountain lion appeared, it seemed as though the terrifying moment had gone on for a very long time. Any second now, the powerful animal could pounce, and I doubted that we’d survive the encounter. Abruptly, the cougar gathered its legs in a crouch to spring. I screamed.

(Excerpt from Death by Association published by Cozy Cat Press)

You’ll have to read Death by Association to find out what happens next!

I must do that. It sounds like a tail wagging good story.

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

My mommy loves me just like my author loves her dogs. When she takes me for walks  in Hawkeye Haven, exciting things happen. Plus—dog treats!

You can’t beat treats. I also enjoy the exciting adventures, petting, and companionship of the librarians at the Cobble Cove Library especially Alicia and Laura.

Are you a talking dog in your books or a silent one who just barks occasionally?

Even though I don’t talk, I’m really good at communicating. I bark when I want to come in; I dance when I want my dinner; I nuzzle mommy when I want to be petted; I flop     over when I want a belly rub. I have all kinds of other tricks to get attention, and I  always remember to give mommy a guilt trip whenever she leaves me home alone by looking sadly at her with my big brown eyes.

You sound quite adept at body language, as most pets and character pets are.

What advice would you give other dog characters?

Make sure your pet parent checks out the yummy dog treat recipes in the back of Death by Association.

What a great idea.

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

Yes. Two more books this year. Release dates aren’t set yet, but probably one this  summer and another in late fall. Death by Design will be Book 2, and Death by Denial  will be Book 3.

Great titles. Condogalations. Best wishes on those. I’m sharing your author’s blog tour with information further details about her and Death by Association.

Death by Association:
A DIY Diva Mystery
by Paula Darnell

About the Book

Death by Association: A DIY Diva Mystery
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Cozy Cat Press (January 1, 2019)
Paperback: 271 pages
ISBN-10: 1946063681
ISBN-13: 978-1946063687
Digital ASIN: B07MQ73LJQ (215 Pages)

DIY Diva Laurel McMillan learns that the high walls and guarded gates of Hawkeye Haven can’t protect her community. When Laurel takes her pampered, chocolate Labrador retriever, Bear, for an early morning walk, she finds her friend, security guard Bessie, bleeding and unconscious at her guardhouse post. If the attack on Bessie isn’t enough to set the residents’ nerves on edge, the murder of Victor Eberhart, the unpopular president of the powerful homeowners’ association, certainly does the trick. Despite teaching DIY classes and writing project instructions for her latest book, DIY for Dog Lovers, Laurel manages to squeeze in time for some DIY detective work. But as she gets closer to the truth, Victor’s killer would like nothing better than for the DIY Diva to take a dive.

About the Author

An instructor at five colleges over the years, Paula Darnell most often taught the dreaded first-year English composition classes, but she’s also been happy to teach some fun classes, such as fashion design, sewing, and jewelry making. Paula has a Bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Iowa, Iowa City, and a Master’s degree in English from the University of Nevada, Reno.

Like Laurel, the main character in Death by Association, Paula enjoys all kinds of arts and crafts. Some of her memorable projects include making a hat and a cape to wear to Royal Ascot, sewing wedding gowns for both her daughters, exhibiting her textile and mixed-media artwork in juried art shows, and having one of her jewelry projects accepted for inclusion in Leather Jewelry, published by Lark Books. She sells some of her jewelry and hair accessories in her Etsy shop:

Paula’s interest in DIY craft projects and fashion led to her writing hundreds of articles for print and online national publications.

Living in a guard-gated community governed by a homeowners’ association gave Paula the idea for the setting of Death by Association. She finds that residing in an HOA community can be both a blessing and a curse. A Happy-New-Year greeting from her community association called on residents to “start the new year by reviewing your Rules and Regulations booklet,” something unlikely to top anyone’s list of New Year’s resolutions.

Paula lives in Las Vegas, Nevada, with her husband Gary and their 110-pound dog Rocky, whose favorite pastime is lurking in the kitchen, hoping for a handout

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Sneaky Interviews Paco from Beach Blanket Homicide, A Whispering Bay Mystery, by Maria Geraci

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, Beach Blanket Homicide, is on tour with Escape with Dollycas Into a Good Book. Hello, Boy. What is your name and your author’s name?

First, thank you to Sneaky for having me here today. Currently my name is Paco. I used to be called Cornelius (a name I detested, obviously). It was given to me by a former owner who was murdered. My new person, Lucy, didn’t like it either so she calls me Paco and since I’m part Chihuahua, I’m good with it. My author’s name is Maria Geraci.

Tail wags to you.

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

Beach Blanket Homicide  – cozy mystery

Whack The Mole-  cozy mystery

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

Yep! My series’ name is Whispering Bay Mystery. It’s about me, a handsome Chihuahua Terrier mix who can see dead people, which allows my pet (she thinks she’s my owner, but we know better), Lucy, to help solve crime. Besides making the most delicious muffins in the world, Lucy is also a human lie-detector, which comes in kind of handy because boy, can these humans lie or what?

I know what you mean, Paco. Even the honest people of Cobble Cove occasionally tell a mistruth especially when they are killers – MOL (meow out loud). Your series sounds pawsome.

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

My author has 5 pets in the house (4 dogs and one cat). I guess you could say I take my good looks from Darwin (her Chihuahua terrier mix), my name from Paco (a miniature Schnauzer), my stubbornness from Truffles (a dachshund), my braveness from Rex (a Yorkie) and my overall sneakiness from Lizzie (the cat, naturally).

Now Paco, I take a bit of offense at your opinion of cats. I admit it’s true they’re Sneaky, though (that’s how they named me at the Cobble Cove Library when they took me in).

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

I would love to! Here’s an example of why I’m so awesome! This is from BEACH BLANKET HOMICIDE:

 I wheel the empty food cart into the building and make my way to the kitchen. I’m almost finished gathering the supplies we’ll need to replenish the coffee station when I hear a familiar whimpering sound. I turn and see a little tan dog huddled in the corner.

“Paco! What are you doing here?” I scoop him up and clutch him to my chest. He’s trembling. How on earth did Abby’s dog get inside the building? She wasn’t with the other members of the Sunshine Ghost Society who came by the booth, but she must be here at the festivities. Maybe she’s avoiding me after yesterday’s brouhaha over the tuna salad sandwich. Whatever. She’ll just have to get over it.

“Are you okay, little guy?” Paco licks my hand, but he’s still trembling. “Let’s go find your momma.”

I leave the cart inside the kitchen and walk out into the sunshine. There are even more people here now than before. Combing through the crowd, I see lots of familiar faces, but no sign of Abby.

Sarah is probably wondering what’s keeping me. I should probably take Paco back to the food booth. Maybe Sarah can watch him until Abby shows up. My eyes are itching, and my nose is running. There’s absolutely no doubt that I’m allergic to this sweet little dog.

I weave our way through the crowd. I’m almost back to the food pavilion when Paco starts struggling against me. Before I can stop him, he leaps from my arms and runs away.

Blast! What if he takes off for the beach? Or worse, the road? If anything happens to Paco, I’ll never forgive myself, so I run after him. Good thing I’m wearing tennis shoes.

He’s almost back to the building when I trip over a hibiscus bush and land face first in the dirt. Luckily, the bush cushioned my weight so that I’m not hurt, but there’s blood dripping from my elbow. I straighten up and brush the dirt off my face and feel my hair for any damage. Even though I can’t see myself, I’m confident there’s not a hair out of place. Maybe all that hairspray wasn’t such a bad idea after all.

Paco is waiting for me by a side door to the building. He’s panting (yeah, me too, buddy) like he’s out of breath and looking at me with those adorable eyes of his like he’s trying to tell me something.

“You want to go back inside?” A part of me feels foolish talking to him like he can understand me, but he wags his tail and barks as if he’s answering.

“I’ll take that as a yes. But this is the wrong door, sweetie.”

There must be at least eight keys on this ring. I have no idea which one will open this particular door. On a whim, I place my hand over the knob and Paco yelps in excitement, like he’s encouraging me on.

I turn the knob, and the door opens.

Huh. That’s weird. I thought Gus said all the doors were supposed to be locked.

I walk into a small room filled with boxes, which leads me to think this is a storage area. Since I’m here, I might as well head back to the kitchen to collect the coffee cart.

Except Paco takes off running. Again. Which is really annoying. At least this time there are no bushes to trip over.

“Paco!” I yell. “Come back this instant!”

I search the kitchen but he’s not there, so I make my way into the large main room. There’s a table set up with balloons and flyers in anticipation of the tours, but there’s no sign of Paco.

Then I hear the sound of his toe nails clicking against the tile floors. “I hear you!” My voice echoes in the vast empty building.

Paco barks in response like we’re playing a game.

I follow the sound through a hallway and into an empty classroom.

“Ha! I found you!”

Paco sits there patiently like he’s been waiting for me to show up. Then he looks down at something, and it takes me a few seconds to realize what it is.

It’s Abby.

She’s lying perfectly still like she’s asleep, only…there’s a little puddle of blood on the floor next to her head.

Oh my God.

I crouch next to her and shake her arm. “Abby, are you all right?”

Paco looks at me with those big eyes like he’s begging me to help her. It’s been a while since I took a CPR course and I’ve never had to use it, but I don’t think the basics have changed.

I check to make sure Abby is breathing, which, she’s not. Then I check the vein in her neck for a pulse and my own pulse goes wildly out of control.

I push up the sleeve of her sweater and check her wrist to make sure I haven’t made a mistake.

But I haven’t.

It looks as if I don’t have to worry about Abby holding the tuna salad sandwich incident over my head because Abby isn’t asleep.

She’s dead.

Oh, boy, Paco, you this sounds Meowvolous.

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

That all the action starts with me of course. If it wasn’t for me finding the dead bodies, Lucy would be clueless as to what’s really happening around her.

It’s great to be a star, even though the human characters think they are.

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

First off, I would never meow (that’s so undignified). I don’t do “people talk” but I do a lot of non-verbal communication that seems to get the point across.

Sorry about that. I forgot you’re a dog. Non-verbal works for us kitties, too.

What advice would you give other cat characters?

Be yourself! It’s why Lucy fell in love with me.

Great advice and one I always follow.

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

Whack The Mole, Whispering Bay Mystery 2 (came out  Feb 22)

Murder By Muffin, Whispering Bay Mystery 3  (coming this April)

Condogalations! Thanks so much for being my guest today, and best tail wags to you and your author on your series. I’m sharing your blog tour and doggone great giveaway below.

Beach Blanket Homicide
(Whispering Bay Mystery)
by Maria Geraci

About the Book

Beach Blanket Homicide (Whispering Bay Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Independently Published (November 27, 2018)
Paperback: 268 pages
ISBN-10: 1790435722
ISBN-13: 978-1790435722
Digital ASIN: B07K6WXBG8

The first book in a fun, quirky chick-lit mystery series featuring Lucy McGuffin, world’s best muffin maker and amateur sleuth.

Everyone agrees that Lucy McGuffin bakes the best muffins in Whispering Bay, but she’s got another talent, one that she’s tried her whole life to hide. Lucy can always tell when a person is lying or telling the truth. Being a human lie detector isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Especially when you don’t really want the answer to the universal question: Does this dress make my butt look too big?

When Lucy is hired to cater the grand opening celebration of the city’s new community center, she stumbles across the dead body of Abby Delgado, a prominent member of the Sunshine Ghost Society. Lucy’s brother, Father Sebastian, a local priest, is the last person to have seen Abby alive. Convinced he’ll be breaking a confidence, Sebastian refuses to cooperate with the police, forcing Lucy to put her skills to the test to save her brother’s good name.

Enter the town’s new hotshot deputy, Travis Fontaine. Travis doesn’t want an amateur like Lucy snooping around his turf, so he offers her a deal. He’ll stay out of her kitchen if she’ll stay away from his crime scene. But Lucy isn’t about to let her brother’s fate rest in the hands of an arrogant cop. Good thing she has her best friend Will and her new little rescue dog, Paco, to back her up, because its up to Lucy to figure out what everyone in the quaint little beachside town is hiding.

About the Author

Author Maria Geraci. (Photo by Chris Kridler/

Maria Geraci writes quirky, fun, romantic women’s fiction and cozy mysteries. She’s a two time RITA® Finalist, as well as a finalist in the National Readers’ Choice Awards and Romantic Times’ American Title Contest. She lives in central Florida and is always on the lookout for the perfect key lime pie recipe (but not the kind they served on Dexter).

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