Yes, Kits, today is that holiday humans celebrate every March 17, so for my feature Friday films, I am showing some St. Patrick’s Day cats. They may not be Irish, but they are cuter than leprechauns.
My author posted a photo of her cat with a heart around his head for Meowlintine’s Day, so I got a little jealous and told her to make one for me. She agreed, of claws, because I am her best character and purrfectly modest, too. Anyway, I would like to do a favor for her, too. Her new book, When Jack Trumps Ace, just came out, and she is running a Head Talker campaign for it, whatever that is. Here’s the link if you could please support it or, even better, buy the book (I have no shame, but I’m a cat so that’s a given).
Here are some kitty teasers for the book:
Purrchase links for When Jack Trumps Ace:
myBook.to/Jackebook (eBook & Free on Kindle Unlimited)
Hi, there. Since Meowlintine’s Day (or Valentine’s Day for you non-cat folks) is next week, I thought I’d show some romantic cat videos for the occasion. I don’t have a cat character girlfriend, although I know Alicia is considering getting a kitten in a future book, and I will put in my vote for a female one.
The first feature Friday film is an episode of Simon’s Cats. Simon is one of my favorite cartoon cat characters. The second one features some cute kitty hugs between real cats. Both of them are pawsome. Enjoy!
I can’t believe that tomorrow is New Year’s Eve and that Sunday is the start of 2017. Time sure flies when you’re having fun. I’ve enjoyed hosting my own blog and helping Debbie write our books. I’ve met many wonderful cat characters and their authors, and my TBP (to-be-pawed) shelf of books is now overflowing.
I am looking forward to more pawsome interviews and guests. If you’d like to participate, Debbie can add you to my calendar. Email her at email@example.com or me at my own pursonal email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Now for our feature film. Happy New Year’s and Purrs!
Hey, Kitties. I’m taking a bit of a catnap over the holidays, but I wanted to share some pawsome New Years news with you. I also need to ask a favor. Between a Rock and a Hard Place is currently 5 stars on Amazon and has been on its bestseller list for cozy mysteries. Now it’s in the running for Best Mystery Novel published in 2016 in the P&E Reader’s Poll. Can you please vote for our book? All you need do is fill out a short form, paw-check the box next to the book’s title, and fill in a simple robot check (darn those robot checks. They make me want to cough up a hairball). After you vote, you will also need to confirm your vote by clicking on a link sent to your email. Every vote counts, so please share this info with all your mystery-loving friends. Debbie and I would really love to win and would appreciate your help. Debbie’s story, The Path to Rainbow Bridge, is also running in the Science Fiction and Fantasy Short story category. Also, don’t forget her pawsome publisher, Solstice Publishing. They are running in the Print/Electronic Book Publishers category. You can vote in each category and only need to confirm one vote for each email. Voting ends on January 14. Here is the link to the poll: http://critters.org/predpoll/novelmys.shtml
While you’re in the voting mood, there are two other polls you might want to try. They are opinion polls. The first is in the Cobble Cove Character Chat group and ends on Christmas Eve. All you need to do is choose a character who you think would make a good host for the January chat. I’m listed, of claws, but I don’t want to sway your decision. If you’re not familiar with this Facebook group, it’s a fun place where readers can go to ask questions of the characters in the Cobble Cove mysteries. Although there is a host each month who usually offers a prize or giveaway, any of the characters can be summoned upon request. The group link with the poll post linked to the top is here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/748912598599469/
Last but not least, there is a survey in Debbie’s author’s newsletter that is going out on New Year’s Day. This poll will help Debbie decide her next writing project for 2017. She is giving away a $5 Amazon gift card to a random person who completes the survey. You need to be a subscriber to participate, and I highly recommend that you subscribe because Debbie offers a monthly contest, book news, excerpts, and other fun features in the newsletter. To subscribe, visit her website and fill out the pop-up newsletter subscriber form. You then just need to confirm the email that is sent to you. If you have any problems subscribing, you can just email Debbie and she can manually subscribe you. The link to the newsletter is https://debbiedelouise.com. Debbie’s email is email@example.com.
Now that I’ve got all that campaigning stuff out of the way, I can share my New Year’s news. Debbie has completed the third Cobble Cove mystery that she is calling Written in Stone. I’m happy to report that I have some pawsome scenes in it, but I can’t reveal any of them yet because Debbie still has to edit and submit the manuscript to her publisher. I will keep you posted and hope to feature an excerpt for you soon. The editing process is complicated, and sometimes I want to pull my fur out as I watch Debbie struggle with it. But one thing I’ve learned from being an author’s character is that writers are stubborn and don’t give up easily. Lucky for us. I patiently await the next installment of my adventure and, along with you wonderful readers, give her all the support I can.
Debbie and I thank you for all your votes, reviews, comments, and shares this year. They make us purr and all the fur-strations that go with editing and promoting worthwhile. Have a purrfect New Year!
Hi, folks. It’s Sneaky cat with your Feature Friday films. Today, I am happy to present two for you. The Yule Log wants me to take a long winter’s nap, but the Christmas Cats compilation is making me POL – Purr Out Loud. I hope you enjoy them. Merry Catmus and Happy Kittendays to you.
Meow readers, it’s Sneaky here waiting for Santa Claws. Of course, my feline counterparts, Stripey and Oliver, will get all the real gifts. I know Debbie has bought catnip toys to fill their stockings, but she’s given me an even better gift. She’s written another Cobble Cove mystery. I’ve seen the first draft of it, and I think she’s beefed up my role a bit but there’s always room for improvement. At least she’s on the right track. Now all I have to do is get her and her publisher to put me on one of the covers. That would truly make me purr. I also heard the great news that our second book, Between a Rock and a Hard Place, was recently on the Amazon bestseller list for cozy mysteries.
Another pawsome kibble of news for you all is that I wrote, with Debbie’s help, a blog article in Dru’s Book Musings. “A Day in the Life of Sneaky Cat” further explains my life in Cobble Cove and how I came to meet Alicia. There’s information about our book and even a contest to win a copy of each of our first two mysteries in ebook form. Check out the post here: http://wp.me/p3nHH-8Mi
One thing you should be aware of is that Debbie is planning to reprint our first book, A Stone’s Throw. I’m sure this version with a new cover and some additions Debbie is considering will be even better than the first. However, this may take some time, hopefully not too many of my nine lives. In the meantime, although the book is currently not available for purchase, Debbie will continue to offer it as a giveaway.
Today, December 22, is the last day you can vote for Debbie as Author of the Year. If I could vote, I would definitely paw this page and choose Debbie De Louise: http://solsticepublishing.com/vote-for-author-of-the-year/ You might also win some prizes just for casting your vote.
For those that aren’t aware, the Cobble Cove Character Chat event is now a group where you can ask me or any of the other characters from our mysteries questions. Alicia is the current character host and has been posting to the group, but someone new will take a turn in January. I hope it’s me. If not, you can still send in your questions, and I will purrsonally answer them at anytime. To join the group, just sign up at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/748912598599469/
Last but not least, I’m hoping to continue more cat character interviews next year. If your author writes cozy cat mysteries or any books featuring a cat character, please have them contact Debbie at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange an interview for you. Debbie will even consider dog characters, and I will generously allow Fido to take over my blog and interview them.
I will end this post with a special poem I’ve composed. I call it “The Night Before Catmus”
‘Twas the night before Catmus, when all through Cobble Cove,
Not a creature was stirring, not Sneaky or Fido;
The stockings were hung in the library lounge with care,
In hopes that Santa Claws soon would be there;
The patrons were home all snug in their beds,
While visions of catnip danced in my head,
And Alicia with John, and Sheila and Mac,
Had just settled down for a long winter’s nap-
When out on Cove Point there arose so much chatter,
I sprang from my cat bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a bird,
Tore apart the blinds, and ripped off the cord.
When, with my sharp cat eyes I glimpsed
a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny kittens,
With a little old driver, sporting whiskers and paws,
I knew in a moment it must be Santa Claws.
More rapid than mice his baby cats came,
And he meowed and purred, and called them by name:
“Now! Kitty now! Tiger, now! Ginger Cat,
“On! Max, on! Missy, on! Smokey and Misty;
Up to the library roof-he flew,
With the sleigh full of cat Toys – and some dog gifts, too:
As I drew in my paws, and was turning to prowl,
Down the library chimney Santa Claws came with a howl:
I meowed when I saw him not meaning to lurk,
He hissed at first, then went straight to his work,
And filled all the stockings; then turned with a purr,
And licking his whiskers and then all his fur,
He sprung to his sleigh, to his Kits gave a yowl,
And away they all flew, like they’d been swatted with a towel
But I heard him meow, as he continued his trip
Happy Catmus to all, and to all good catnip.
Happy Thanksgiving, Kitties. Instead of a Feature Friday Film, I thought you might enjoy viewing this holiday video while you chow down on your turkey.
I am twitching my tail in excitement to share a special book with you, my very fur-st review and one that you will find purr-fect for the holidays.
This charming tale, told by a cat to a kitten about his life and how he came to be “The Cat Who Saved Christmas,” is purrfect for all ages.
When Oliver, the local pub cat, loses his home in a fire, he is befriended by two couples who take him in and share his care until his owner returns from London where he is temporarily staying with his sister who has cat allergies. To repay the people who shelter him and because he becomes aware of how profoundly the pub’s loss affected the entire village, Oliver sets out to make things right.
Although he has many setbacks including being chased off the large property of the rich man in town whose young, ill daughter looks forward to his secret visits, Oliver manages to bring the joy of the holidays to all.
I found this to be a sweet and heartwarming story that was so comforting it made me knead my blankets.
I highly recommend it and give it 5 purrs.
Oh, my whiskers! I just heard that National Cat Day is being celebrated this Saturday, October 29. Even though I’m a fictional cat in a mystery series, I’m aware that this is a special day for real felines.
Did you know that National Cat Day was founded to help humans become aware of all the poor kitties without homes and adopt some if they can. It also gives cat lovers a reason to celebrate their own cats. Many organizations such as Petco and The Blue Buffalo Company support this day that is sponsored by the Animal Miracle Foundation. It was created by Colleen Paige, a Pet Lifestyle Expert and Animal Welfare Advocate. She sounds like one paw-some lady. Ask your human to check out the info and contests at the National Cat Day website: http://www.nationalcatday.com/.
The website also includes 20 ways to celebrate this purr-fect day. I’m including 5 of them that I like the most and adding 5 of my own for real as well as fictional felines.
1. Bake some cat-shaped cookies for your kids and some tuna cookies for your cat.
This sounds like so much fun. In my new book, Between a Rock and a Hard Place, my human co-star, Alicia, picks up a few cat-shaped cookies at a bakery near a New York City cat café. My author, a cat mom of two, has cat molds in her kitchen. Her daughter also likes to bake, and both their cats love tuna especially Stripey who will eat it out of the can if it’s left open on the table. Even I like tuna. I must remind Debbie to write a scene with me eating some.
2. Buy your cat a fun new toy….condo, bed or treats!
What kitty in their right mind wouldn’t like this? I know my author’s Siamese, Oliver, is wild about his cat bed. Variety is the spice of life, and cats love surprise gifts, not only for their birthdays and the catnip mice Santa Claws leaves in their stocking.
3. Brush your cat to eliminate excess fur and hairballs.
Debbie brushes Oliver daily. She even wrote an award-winning article about grooming in the Cat Writer’s Association contest. Read it here: http://www.catster.com/lifestyle/brush-your-cat-for-bonding-beauty-and-better-health
4. Paint your face, wear kitty ears or dress in cat related fashion.
My author’s daughter has this one nailed. She loves to dress as a Kitty all the time, not only on Halloween. In fact, she wears a cat hoodie to Middle School every day.
.5. Have a National Cat Day party and invite all your friends and their cats!
Debbie once had a cat birthday party for Oliver. She should have one for me in her next book, even though I was a lost cat who was taken in to be the Cobble Cove Library Cat. Maybe my fellow characters can celebrate the day I was found like Debbie celebrated the day she took Oliver from her mother when the lady had to move to a place she couldn’t have a cat.
And here are my 5 additional ways to celebrate National Cat Day:
- Write a story about your cat. It can be real or fictional, a poem or the beginning of a novel. Cats make the best characters.
- Draw your cat for a possible cartoon, book cover, or portrait to hang on your walls.
- Read your cat a story featuring a cat, but don’t take it personally if he falls asleep.
- After you brush your cat and collect some of his fur, crochet or knit something with it. There are how-to-books on this subject. No kitting.
- Last but not least, show your cat how special he is, not only on National Cat Day, but every day he honors you with his presence because wise humans know that all cats are truly characters.
For the benefit of my co-star, Fido, and other of the barking persuasion, do not fear, National Dog Day is only ten months away on August 26.