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.

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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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Sneaky interviews Coal, the Dog, from Fair Trade, A Barks and Beans Cozy Mystery by Heather Day Gilbert

Hello, there, Mr. Dog. Welcome to my blog. May I ask your name and your author’s name?

My name is Coal and I’m a Great Dane. My author is Heather Day Gilbert.

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

I’m in the Barks & Beans Cafe mystery series—Book 1 is No Filter, Book 2 is Iced Over, Book 3 is Fair Trade, and Book 4 (up for preorder) is Spilled Milk.

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

Yes, the Barks & Beans Cafe cozy mystery series is unique in that it features a cafe where customers can enjoy coffee and relax while petting shelter dogs. My owner, Macy, and her brother Bo run the place…and they’ve made a lot of good human/dog matches over the past year they’ve been open. I’m actually a rescued dog myself. 😉

Very nice.

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

I’m loosely based on one of my owner’s favorite dogs, her (sadly deceased) Shiloh shepherd, Liesel. Shilohs are a large breed, though not quite as big as Great Danes.

Aww. I’m loosely based on Debbie’s Siamese cat Oliver, who passed away three years ago this month.

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

Here’s a scene from me at Thanksgiving dinner in Iced Over. I hope it’s evident that, despite my size, I’m quite a well-mannered canine.

“My black Great Dane, Coal, shot me a polite and somewhat apologetic look from his pillow in the living room. The moment I’d started bustling around the table, he’d sat back on his haunches and made a rather Herculean effort to ignore me. His casual act didn’t fool me. We both knew that if I took the time to set the table, food would show up soon—most likely arriving with Bo, who was the cook in the family.

I’d surprised myself, though, by giving into a wild urge to replicate Auntie A’s mashed potatoes for the Thanksgiving meal. After several failed attempts, I’d finally gotten my potatoes mashed to perfection, blended with just enough milk, salt and pepper, and butter. I had a bowl of potatoes sitting in the microwave, waiting for the guests to arrive, at which point I’d heat them and drown them in even more butter.

To expand upon my mashed potato offering this Thanksgiving, I’d made yeast rolls and warmed a couple of cans of Auntie A’s canned applesauce. The rolls were turning a lovely golden brown, and the house smelled of apples, cinnamon, and bread—a heady combination that seemed just right.

Thankfully, Bo was handling the turkey, as well as the stuffing and gravy. Our pet shelter owner friend, Summer Adkins, was bringing a tossed salad and a couple of pies for dessert. Bo and I had agreed that we needed to invite a third party, simply because we’d celebrated the holiday for so many years with the two of us and Auntie A. We were used to cooking for three.

Something thudded against my back door.

“Let me in!” Bo’s hands were likely too full to ring the doorbell, which was just as well since it tended to send Coal into a frenzy.

“Coming!” I shot a look at Coal, who continued to feign indifference by focusing on a ladybug crawling on the wall. I couldn’t help but chuckle. “Stay,” I commanded, although he was well-trained enough that he didn’t even need me to say it. He already knew it was Bo, and that no matter how big and intimidating my brother looked, he was not to bark at him.

Coal instinctively got a fact some people failed to pick up on—you cross my brother, you cross me. And my loyal dog would rather roll over and die than to cross me. “

-copyright Heather Day Gilbert 2020

Pawsome excerpt. There are Thanksgiving scenes in my author’s first book, A Stone’s Throw and our latest mystery, No Gravestone Unturned. I’m in both books, but I don’t play a role in those scenes.

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

I’m a support to my owner, Macy. She was divorced last year and she lost her great aunt who had raised her, as well. So she really needed me around.

It’s always good to support your main character. I support Alicia when she comes into danger by investigating murders in Cobble Cove.

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

I’m a silent dog (except when I yowl to ‘talk’)—this series contains no magical elements.

I used to be silent except for emitting normal cat sounds and still am to my characters co-stars, but readers can now read my thoughts since the 4th book of the series. I think it adds to the fun.

What advice would you give other dog characters?

Just be yourself! Also, protect your human.

Great advice.

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

The fourth book in the Barks & Beans Cafe series, Spilled Milk, is already up for preorder on Amazon here: https://www.amazon.com/Spilled-Milk-Barks-Beans-Mystery-ebook/dp/B08JS228FZ. Everyone says I look adorable on this cover, so check it out!

You look terrific. I’ve only been on one cover in my series, Written in Stone, but there have been other cats on Love on the Rocks (Kittykai who joined the series in that book) and No Gravestone Unturned (Salem the black cat who was a guest in our latest mystery).

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

You can find Heather on Pinterest (heatherdgilbert), Instagram (@heatherdaygilbert), Twitter (@heatherdgilbert), and Facebook (heatherdaygilbert). You can find all her books at heatherdaygilbert.com.

I’m sure our readers will check those out. Thanks for the doggone good interview, Coal, and best tail wags to you and your author on your new release and upcoming books in the series. I’m sharing your blog tour and giveaway below.


Fair Trade (Barks & Beans Cafe Cozy Mystery)
by Heather Day Gilbert

About Fair Trade


Fair Trade (Barks & Beans Cafe Cozy Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Publisher: WoodHaven Press (October 27, 2020)
Number of Pages: ~215
ASIN: B08C69SN7L

Welcome to the Barks & Beans Cafe, a quaint place where folks pet shelter dogs while enjoying a cup of java…and where murder sometimes pays a visit.

With the one-year anniversary of the now-successful Barks & Beans Cafe approaching, siblings Macy and Bo Hatfield set up an iced coffee booth at the state fair. Taking a break from brewing, Macy bumps into Carolina, a long-lost childhood friend who’s now sitting pretty as a country superstar. Macy tries not to fangirl too hard when her old friend extends an invitation to meet the rest of the Carolina Crush band before their opening show.

But when Carolina falls victim to not one, but two near-death experiences, Macy takes it upon herself to find out who has it in for her old friend. Fortified with plenty of roasted corn, cinnamon rolls, and her brother’s signature iced maple latte, Macy takes to the Ferris wheel to get the lay of the land from the air. She discovers too late that this year’s fair isn’t all fun and games…but she’s already locked in for the ride.

Join siblings Macy and Bo Hatfield as they sniff out crimes in their hometown…with plenty of dogs along for the ride! The Barks & Beans Cafe cozy mystery series features a small town, an amateur sleuth, and no swearing or graphic scenes.

The Barks & Beans Cafe cozy mystery series in order:
Book 1: No Filter
Book 2: Iced Over
Book 3: Fair Trade

About Heather Day Gilbert

HEATHER DAY GILBERT, an ECPA Christy award finalist and Grace award winner, enjoys writing contemporary mysteries set in her home state of West Virginia. Her novels feature small towns, family relationships, and women who aren’t afraid to protect what they love.

You can find all her books at heatherdaygilbert.com.

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Sneaky Interviews Streetman, the Dog from Broadcast 4 Murder, A Sophie Kimball Cozy Mystery by J.C. Eaton

Hello, Mr. Dog. Welcome to my blog. What is your name and your author’s name?

I’m Streetman, a Chiweenie dog belonging to Harriet Plunkett, the mother of bookkeeper/accountant Phee Kimball, a reluctant amateur sleuth. Our author is J.C. Eaton, the pen name for Ann I. Goldfarb and James E. Clapp.

Tail wags to all of you. What book(s) have you appeared in? Please list them and their genre.

I’m in all the cozy Sophie Kimball Mysteries: Booked 4 Murder, Ditched 4 Murder, Staged 4 Murder Botched 4 Murder, Molded 4 Murder, Dressed Up 4 Murder, and now Broadcast 4 Murder.. This is a cozy mystery series with over-the-top characters like me. The quirkier the better. It begins when Harriet Plunkett, my owner, calls her daughter in Minnesota to investigate a book curse that’s killing off her friends in the Booked 4 Murder book club in Sun City West, Arizona. Phee flies out here and discovers two things – she’s really good at sleuthing and she never wants to live in a senior retirement community.

The series sounds very interesting, and Phee Kimball sounds like a great character, although I’m sure you are, too.

Are you based on a real dog such as your author’s?

Yes, I am based on Streetboy, the real life Chiweenie that belongs to the authors. When they decided to put a dog in the series, they took my cute little habits and made me a neurotic little ball of fur. I can’t help it if I hate water, refuse to be bathed, and will only eat from plates, not bowls. Everyone has idiosyncrasies, don’t they? Oh, and by the way, I help solve a few murders myself!

It’s great to be based on a real-life pet, warts and all, MOL (Meow Out Loud). I was loosely based on Debbie’s Siamese cat, Oliver, who is now on Rainbow Bridge. I’m proud to keep him alive in our series.

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

Excerpt from Staged 4 Murder

Shirley had arranged everyone’s costume neatly on two long racks that spanned the length of the room. Off to the back was some closet space that my mom told me was stuffed full of boxes and loose clothing. “It’s a catch-all. Shirley says once the play is over she plans to organize it.”

The dog continued to growl.

“Well, he’s sensing something,” my mother said. “I’ve never seen him so agitated.”

“Maybe it’s an odor on one of the costumes. Dogs have an amazing sense of smell.”

“It’s not an odor. If it were an odor he’d be growling at everyone,” my mother said.

The low growls grew in intensity as the dog inched toward the closet space. Then, out of nowhere, snarls and snapping.

“My God! She’s in here!” my mother shouted. “Miranda’s horrible spirit is in this room.”

By now Streetman was standing in front of the closet barking like crazy. I grabbed the doorknob and opened the closet half expecting something to jump out at us. Instead, I found myself staring at old cardboard cartons and wadded up clothing that was stuffed into every cranny. In some instances the cardboard looked so old I thought it was going to disintegrate.

Streetman bared his teeth and continued to growl.

“This is really weird,” I said, “even for him.”

I looked at the dog again. The hairs on his back were all but standing up and he was actually shaking. Shaking and growling. I reached over to pet him and he snapped. “Yikes. Maybe something he smells reminds him of a bad experience he had.”

“Or maybe it’s Miranda’s spirit.”

Just then one of the cleaning ladies knocked on the doorframe to the costume room. She took one look at Streetman and made a “tsk-tsk” sign with her fingers. I knew what she meant.

“Mom, see if you can put him back in the canvas tote. We should get out of here.”

My mother took a few steps toward the dog but he wasn’t having any part of it. He raced over to the closet and began to paw at the nearest box.

“Can you get him away? “ I asked. “He’s going nuts.”

“He senses something.”

“Um, more than likely he smells something.”

Streetman continued to paw at the box, pausing only to bark and growl. At one point he lunged at it and bit the edge. The cardboard collapsed inside the box.

“I’m telling you, Mom, there’s something in that box that’s got his attention, that’s all.”

My mother tried calling the dog but he ignored her. Selective hearing must apparently run in our family.

“That does it!” I said. “It’s late and I’ve got things to do.”  With that, I walked over to the closet, pulled out the box and gave it a kick. “Hey, for all we know, there may be mice or worse in this box.”

“Streetman’s scared of mice,” my mother said. “He wouldn’t be acting that way. You know, Shirley said that sometimes spirits can inhabit the —”

“Oh for God’s sake, no one’s inhabiting anything.”

I reached over to open the box but the dog beat me to it. He tore into the cardboard and in what could best be described as sheer madness, he ripped the thing apart flinging the contents all over the room. All I could see were beady eyes, round black noses and, in some cases, teeth. Streetman grabbed the nearest one and shook it like a play toy. Then he growled and shook it again. My mother was horrified.

I tried not to laugh but I couldn’t help it. “Yep, there’s Miranda’s spirit for you. Or should I say ‘spirits?’ Seems we’ve got mink, muskrat and ermine. Oh, and if I’m not mistaken, isn’t that some sort of beaver pelt?”

Streetman wasted no time attacking the pelts. No sooner did he grab one and shake it ferociously when he moved on to the next one. Snarling. Growling. Biting. Small clumps of fur became airborne.

“I hope the Footlighters aren’t planning to do a twentieth century period play anytime soon,” I said. “Your dog seems to have an issue with the wardrobe.”

The fracas continued as my mother took a step closer to the dog. “Stop that Streetman! Stop that this instant!”

I rolled my eyes. “He doesn’t seem to follow commands well.”

“That’s because he thinks he’s protecting us. He doesn’t know the pelts are harmless.”

“Mom, we’ve got to pick up those things and get them back in the box before they’re no longer usable.”

“I know. I know.”

She bent down and grabbed what I presumed to be a dyed muskrat tail from his mouth. “Give that to Mommy. Give that to Mommy, now!”

For the next five minutes my mother played tug of war with Streetman. The dog was in his glory and I was ready to explode. Finally, I had an idea. I found an old smelly rag in the costume room and somehow was able to substitute it for one of the costume stoles. As my mother and the dog wrestled with the thing, I gathered up the remaining wraps, some of them covered in dog saliva, and shoved them back in the torn box before stashing the box back in the closet. Streetman stopped growling and whined.

“We’ll bring over a new box and replace that one,” my mother said as the dog sniffed around the room. “And not a word about this to anyone. As far as Shirley and Lucinda are concerned, Streetman’s venture was inconclusive. Understand?”

“Oh believe me, I’m not admitting to anything. Although we probably should get those things dry-cleaned. It must have been the musty odor that attracted him in the first place because those stoles are processed.”

The poor dog was exhausted by the time he was plunked back into the canvas tote.

Excellent exerpt, Streetman.

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

I drive the protagonist, Phee, crazy. Especially when she has to take me to the dog park.

You are very funny, but the dog park sounds like fun. A cat park would be even better

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

Silent, but I have my ways…

So do I.

What advice would you give other dog characters?

Be yourself and make sure your author includes you and your antics.

Great advice.

Do you have any new books coming out?

Broadcast 4 Murder releases on October 27, 2020. It’s available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and your favorite bookseller. It is available in paperback, ebook and audio.

That’s today! Congratulations on your new release!

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

www.jceatonmysteries.com

https://www.facebook.com/JCEatonauthor/

https://www.bookbub.com/authors/j-c-eaton

https://www.twitter.com/JCEatonauthor

https://www.instagram.com/j.c.eaton/

Nice. Thanks for the interview, and I will share your author’s blog tour and giveaway below.


Broadcast 4 Murder (Sophie Kimball Mystery)
by J.C. Eaton

About Broadcast 4 Murder

Broadcast 4 Murder (Sophie Kimball Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
7th in Series
Publisher: Kensington (October 27, 2020)
Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
ISBN-10: 1496724569
ISBN-13: 978-1496724564
Digital ASIN: B085LTC8Y2

All of Arizona’s Sun City West heard Sophie “Phee” Kimball’s mom scream bloody murder, but it’s up to the reluctant sleuth to find the killer . . .

Phee’s mother Harriet is going to be a star! At least, that’s how the Sun City West retiree describes her chance to host a live radio program of her book club’s Booked 4 Murder Mystery Hour on Arizona’s KSCW. But instead of chatting about charming cozies, Harriet ends up screaming bloody murder over the airwaves after discovering the body of Howard Buell, the station’s programming director, in a closet—with a pair of sewing shears shoved into his chest.

The number one suspect is Howard’s ex-girlfriend Sylvia Strattlemeyer who believed she was going to host a sewing talk show before Harriet was offered the spot. But not only do the fingerprints found on the scissors not match Sylvia’s, they belong to a woman who passed away twenty years ago at the age of ninety-seven. Now, with the whole town on pins and needles, it’s up to Phee to stitch together enough clues from the past to uncover the identity of a killer in the present . . .

About J.C. Eaton

J.C. Eaton is the wife and husband team of Ann I. Goldfarb and James E. Clapp, authors of the Sophie Kimball Mystery Series and the Wine Trail Mysteries. A New York native and former middle school principal, Ann has published eight award-winning and highly acclaimed YA time travel mysteries. James is a U.S. Navy veteran and retired tasting room manager for a large upscale New York winery. Visit their Website at JCEatonMysteries.com. –This text refers to the mass_market edition.

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Sneaky Interviews Sweet Pea from Paws for Concern, A Canine Confections Mystery, by Amy Hueston

Sneaky here with another pet interview. Hello, Ms. Dog. What is your name and your author’s name?

My name is Sweet Pea and the author’s name is Amy Hueston

Tail wags to you, Sweet Pea. What book(s) have you appeared in? Please list them and their genre.

I’ve only been in Paws for Concern so far, as it’s the first in the Canine Confections Mystery series. I’m having so much fun it! And everybody is so nice to me. The genre is a cozy mystery which I like, because I know I’m always going to remain safe and happy.

Cozies are great. I’m in the Cobble Cove mysteries. Although you’re right about everyone being safe and happy, I come real close to facing serious danger in my latest book, No Gravestone Unturned.

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

Yup. A Canine Confections Mystery series. It’s a DOG bakery in Palm Beach. Yum.

That sounds yummy, you lucky dog, you.

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

Yes, I am. Her name was Ebony. Like Ebony, I’m a black Labrador Mix and I came from a local shelter. Also, I’m a very sweet girl, or so they tell me.

Awww. I’m based on Oliver, Debbie’s 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.

Sure! This was when my owner before Samantha became my owner was found dead. (If I sound not that shook up about it, it’s because I only knew my first owner for a few days before she got killed.)

From Paws for Concern:

Quietly, I said, “Hold on a sec,” held the knife up in the air and listened at the doors to the walk-in refrigerator and supply closet. I couldn’t hear anything over the refrigerator hum and my ragged breath. Sweet Pea’s mouth was closed shut as she observed my every move. My eyes fell on the door that led to my patio and back alley. The lock was broken and lying askew. It answered my question of how Whitney, Sweet Pea and the killer gained access to my dog bakery, but the question was why?

Hmmm. Pawsome excerpt. Thanks for sharing.

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

I like that Samantha may not be perfect, but she sure tries to understand me and make me happy. Plus, the fact she owns a dog bakery and brings me to work with her every day so I get to interact with people and dogs (and goodies) all day is a big check in the plus column.

That sounds great. I’m in the Cobble Cove Library most of the time and also spend some days at Alicia and John’s house. In my new release, I witness a murder in a cemetery when I leave the library on Halloween.

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

I hardly ever meow and I don’t bark a whole lot either. I do whine when Samantha is making something involving peanut butter. I don’t talk in human language but my body language and whimpers usually get my point across.

I use body language, too, to alert Alicia to clues and danger, but in my latest books, I also allow readers to “see” my thoughts and the thoughts of my other pet co-stars.

What advice would you give other dog characters?

Open your eyes real wide and look up at your Human like you haven’t eaten in a week. You stand a better chance of getting a piece of cheese that way.

MOL (meow out loud). I gotta try that for some chicken or fish.

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

I do, I do! Paws for Alarm is the 2nd in the Canine Confections series and it’s due to release 10/2020. It was a lot of fun except for a part where a cat showed up on the property of my mansion’s estate. All I did was try to give her a little lick hello and she swiped at my face. It sort of hurt my feelings. But I’ll have to get over it because it looks like Samantha’s aunt is going to adopt her and give her a fancy new home to live.

That sounds like my first encounter with Kittykai, the Calico who moved to Cobble Cove in my 4th book. We are now best buds, and I’m sure you and the new cat will get along, too.

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

Thanks for asking and yes, we are. We love meeting people on social media and sharing happy news or corny jokes or goofy pictures. And just so you know, my author is a singer too, so some of the links might contain the link to her CD.

Wow, Meow! Debbie doesn’t sing, but she does feature a poet and songwriter in our new book. He is one of the characters, and his wife sings a song in the book.

Thanks for joining me sweet, Sweet Pea. I’m sharing your author’s links, blog tour, and giveaway below. Best tail wags to you and Amy on your new release.

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

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

About Paws for Concern


Paws for Concern (A Canine Confections Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Publisher: Donelson Press (August 22, 2020)
Paperback: 264 pages
ISBN-10: 1944066373
ISBN-13: 978-1944066376
Digital ASIN: B08GJBM98M

Life is good for Samantha Armstrong. She left her cheating boyfriend, settled into her cozy cottage on her Aunt Mary’s Palm Beach estate and is finally opening Canine Confections, her dream dog bakery on the ritzy Worth Avenue.

But Samantha’s happy new life goes doggone crazy when Palm Beach resident and pastry shop owner Whitney Goodwin is found dead on Canine Confections’ floor, whisking Samantha into the middle of a murder investigation. The only bright spot is that she finds herself adopting Whitney’s loveable dog Sweet Pea.

As the killer strikes again, it’s obvious that the shopkeepers on Worth Avenue are the target. Samantha’s impatience won’t let sleeping dogs lie. She takes it upon herself to move things along by padding around town with Sweet Pea and sniffing out clues to clear her name and Canine Confections’ reputation—before it is too late …

Includes a recipe from Chef Sarah Deters at the test kitchen of Three Dog Bakery, the original bakery for dogs!

About Amy Hueston

Author Amy Hueston writes mini-mysteries for Woman’s World when she isn’t writing mysteries and suspense books. Paws for Concern is the first book in A Canine Confections Mystery series.

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