Sneaky Interviews Frank from Shifting and Shenanigans, the first Magical Book Club Cozy Mystery, by Elizabeth Pantley

Meow there, Kitty. Please introduce yourself and your author.

Hello Sneaky! Thanks for having me today. I’m a chocolate-point Siamese cat, the finest cat breed, I must say. I know you agree with me, Sneaky! How about a fist bump, or should I say paw-bump?

Here you, go. (paw bump). Great to have a fellow Siamese guy on my blog.

The name’s Franklin, like one of our great presidents. My friends call me Frank. Like a delicious meat product, or the concept of honest and sincerity. All of which suit me fine.

My author, Elizabeth Pantley, introduces me to the world in Shifting and Shenanigans. The first book in the Magical Mystery Book Club series. I’m the main character, of course, due to my brilliance, my wit, my beauty, and my overall delightful personality. I can be adorable, too, when I need to be. Meow.

 So mice to have you here, Frank. I’ve had your author’s other cats from another series for interviews and my author has featured many of your author’s blog tours on her blog. She’s also read many of her books. She loves them and asked me to include her review of your book along with your interview. So please tell us about it.

In addition to this book, I’ll be the star of the series, so you’ll have the wonderful opportunity to share many adventures with me. This book, #1, Shifting and Shenanigans has just been released. Book #2, Vampires and Villains comes out in September. You’ll love it – we get to go on a Hawaiian cruise! Book #3, Cowboys and Chaos is set for November. I hope I get to ride a horse in that one!

They all sound pawsome. Concatulations!

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

That Elizabeth Pantley is a bit sentimental. She had a chocolate-point Siamese in her family when she was a girl. She’ll never forget that lovely pet, and so when she was deciding what cat should headline this enchanted book club series she naturally was drawn to the most enchanting breed.

Awww. Debbie had several Siamese as a child. More recently she had Oliver, a senior boy who passed away while she was writing the first book of her new series, The Case of the Cat Crazy Lady. Oliver is a star in that book, but although I don’t share his name, I was also based on him and continue his legacy in Debbie’s Cobble Cove series which also had a new release, Sneaky’s Supernatural Mystery and Other Cobble Cove Stories. 

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

I thought you’d never ask! I’m in about a million great scenes, but he’s one to whet your whistle. It’s when the other main characters, okay fine, the two primary characters, Paige and Glo first arrive at the enchanted library and meet yours truly.

“Why the confusion?” The sleek Siamese jumped back up on the chair and tilted his head at us. “Pffft. It’s like you’ve never heard a talking cat before.”

We continued to stare at him.

“Cat got your tongue?” He guffawed and snorted.

“Are you really a talking cat?” I asked as I walked a circle around the chair inspecting the area.

“Whatcha’ lookin’ for?” the cat said.

“I am looking for a hidden person, or a tape recorder – or something to explain how that voice appears to be coming out of your mouth.”

“Uh, Paige,” said Glo. “I think the voice is coming out of his mouth. I think it’s a talking cat.”

“You think?” gasped the cat. “You THINK! Honey, scoot yourself on over here and pay verrry close attention. Do you understand the words that are coming out of my mouth?” Then he guffawed again at his parody of Chris Tucker’s voice and the famous line from the movie Rush Hour.

“Let’s say you really are talking—”

“Yeah. Let’s say that,” said the cat, flicking a whisker.

“How is it possible?” I asked.

“Uhm. You’re talking. How is that possible?”

I decided to skip to the next question. “Were you GeeGee’s cat?”

“It’s complicated. You could say I come with the library. I suppose that would make me your cat now, in a manner of speaking, or perhaps you’re my people.” He chuckled.

“What’s your name?” asked Glo.

I turned to her. “Are you just skipping over the logical details and jumping right into hey, there talking cat, what’s your name?”

“At least one of you has some manners,” mumbled the cat. “Allow me to introduce myself. The name’s Frank.”

Wow, Meow! What a great actor you are, Frank, and what a great writer your author is.

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

 Are you kidding?! I get to go inside cozy mysteries and solve the murder case. Can you say the most fun ever?

 I love that part, too. Better than catnip.

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

 Puh-leeze! This boy can’t be held down. Talk I must!

I’ve begun to talk, too, in the last full-length Cobble Cove book, No Gravestone Unturned, and in my latest story collection that I mentioned earlier. Although I speak, the human characters don’t know what I’m saying, only the readers and my fellow pet sleuths.

What advice would you give other cat characters?

Hmm. I would say make certain that your author understands the importance of putting a cat up front and center. We belong on the cover, right Sneaky? And we deserve the spotlight – lots of great scenes!

You are so right, Frank. I had to convince Debbie to ask her publisher to do that on our 3rd book, Written in Stone, and our new release.

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

Other than this series you might want to check out my lovely friend Latifa’s series. She’s another cat with personality galore. She stars in The Destiny Falls Mystery and Magic series. She’s a quality feline and a witty and smart cat. Just like us, right Sneaky?

You bet, Frank. Latifa has been on this blog, too. Debbie loves your author’s Destiny Falls Mystery and Magic series and also love her new one that stars you. Her review for it has five stars, and I give it five pawprints.

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

Thanks for asking! I hope you’ll come hang out with us:

Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/series/345907-magical-mystery-book-club

Newsletter Sign-up: https://www.nocrysolution.com/mailing-list/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DestinyFallsMysteryandMagic
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/destinyfallsmystery/

I certainly will, and Debbie already has. Thanks for the interview, Frank, and best whiskers to you and your author on your new series. I’m sharing her blog tour and the review of your book below.


Shifting and Shenanigans: The Magical Mystery Book Club
by Elizabeth Pantley

About Shifting and Shenanigans

Shifting and Shenanigans: The Magical Mystery Book Club
Paranormal Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Setting – A magical off-shoot of Colorado<
Independently Published (July 15, 2022)
Print length ‏ : ‎ 210 pages
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B0B3WLF7CW

Paige and her adventurous Aunt Glo inherit a country inn from eccentric GeeGee. They pack up and hit the road, arriving at the charming place they both loved since childhood. Finally! They can get into the secret room in the basement that GeeGee kept locked! They discover it’s a wonderful library filled to the brim with mystery books. But more than the room was a secret – it’s a magical place that houses enchanted books. Paige and Glo find themselves smack-dab in the middle of a murder mystery, along with a motley group of book club friends. The club will need to work together to solve the case in order to get out of the book and back to their home.

***** 5-star REVIEW (by Debbie) with 5 pawprints from Sneaky  

Shifting and Shenanigans is the first book of the Magical Mystery Book Club. Having read several of the authors books from her Destiny Falls Mystery and Magic series, I was expecting nothing less than a fantastic read and wasn’t disappointed.

In this first book, Paige inherits the Snapdragon Inn from her great grandmother along with her Aunt Gloria (known as Glo). Gee Gee leaves a letter for them that states they are in charge of the secret library that is located in the house.

After moving in and finding the library, they learn its secrets that include a talking cat named Frank who tells them they must form a book club of eight members. When they agree to do this and six other people join them, they prepare for their first book club read by choosing one of the mystery books in the library. The books themselves hold a greater mystery.

Without sharing any spoilers, I’ll say that book lovers will love reading this book and that the title will make more sense as you get further into the story. Like Pantley’s other series, it’s a loads of fun, with quirky characters, magic, and several twists. I can’t wait to read the next which is previewed at the end.

About Elizabeth Pantley

Elizabeth Pantley says that writing the Destiny Falls Mystery and Magic book series is the most fun she’s ever had at work. Fans of the series say her joy is evident through the stories she tells. Elizabeth is also the internationally bestselling author of The No-Cry Sleep Solution and twelve other books for parents. Her books have been published in over twenty languages. She lives in the Pacific Northwest, the beautiful inspiration for the enchanted Destiny Falls world.

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Website: https://www.nocrysolution.com/books/
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Blog: https://elizabethpantley.com/

Purchase Link – Amazon

TOUR PARTICIPANTS

August 2 – The Mystery Section – SPOTLIGHT

August 2 – Sapphyria’s Book Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

August 3 – The Avid Reader – REVIEW

August 3 – Maureen’s Musings – SPOTLIGHT

August 3 – Christy’s Cozy Corners – REVIEW

August 4 – Mochas, Mysteries and Meows – CHARACTER GUEST POST

August 4 – eBook Addicts – SPOTLIGHT

August 5 – Cozy Up With Kathy – REVIEW, AUTHOR INTERVIEW

August 6 – I Read What You Write – REVIEW, GUEST POST

August 7 – Moonlight Rendezvous – REVIEW, CHARACTER GUEST POST

August 8 – Sneaky the Library Cat’s Blog – REVIEW, CHARACTER INTERVIEW

August 8 – Books a Plenty Book Reviews – REVIEW, CHARACTER GUEST POST

August 9 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

August 9 – Baroness Book Trove – CHARACTER INTERVIEW

August 10 – Hearts & Scribbles – SPOTLIGHT

August 10 – FUONLYKNEW – SPOTLIGHT

August 11 – Ascroft, eh? – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

August 11 – MJB Reviewers – SPOTLIGHT

August 12 – Angel’s Guilty Pleasures – SPOTLIGHT

August 13 – Socrates Book Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

August 13 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – SPOTLIGHT

August 14 – #BRVL Book Review Virginia Lee Blog – SPOTLIGHT

August 15 – StoreyBook Reviews – REVIEW

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Sneaky the Library Cat Interviews Tim the Cat from the Sign of the Calico Quartz by Jan Drexler

Meow there, black Kitty. You look a lot like my author’s cat, Harry. What is your name and your author’s name?

My name is Tim. My author’s name is Jan Drexler.

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

I’m in one book so far: The Sign of the Calico Quartz. Jan says I’m in the next book of the series, too. The Case of the Artist’s Mistake will be out late summer 2022.

Those sound pawsome. Please give information about the series.

The series is called “The Sweetbrier Inn Mysteries.”
Welcome to the Sweetbrier Inn, an upscale Bed and Breakfast located in the Black Hills of South Dakota, where mysteries abound, friendships are strong, and the scenery is breathtaking.
Join our sleuth, Emma Blackwood, as she solves puzzling murders with the help of her friend Becky Graves, handsome Deputy Cal Cooper, Aunt Rose (with an intriguing background of her own,) and her furry companions, Thatcher the corgi and Tim the cat.
They’ll make you feel at home in Paragon, the small town nestled in the midst of the Hills which is populated with its own quirky characters.
Stop by the Inn, help yourself to some tea and Becky’s famous scones, and join in the fun.

I like the sound of that. There’s an inn in Debbie’s Cobble Cove series, although I’m a library cat and live in the library. We have plenty of quirky characters in Cobble Cove, too.

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

I’m based on a cat that Jan once knew back when I lived in a small apartment. But my owners knew I was destined for bigger things, so found me a new home where I’m the only cat. Am I spoiled? Maybe. But I still spend my days investigating all the nooks and crannies of the house when I’m not sleeping on someone’s lap.

Ah, the good life.

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

This is the scene where I launched Emma on her sleuthing career!

A meow sounded from somewhere behind me in the lounge.

“Tim?”

The inky black cat purred and padded toward me across the room, threading his body through table legs on his way. He stretched himself up my leg and I took him into my arms, scratching the one white patch on his furry chest.

“What are you doing out here?”

He butted his head against my chin as I walked toward the door of my suite. I was sure he had been sleeping on the couch when I left just after breakfast this morning. I hadn’t been back to my suite since then.

I unlocked the door and opened it wide enough to tuck Tim inside, but in the dim afternoon shadows I saw something on the floor between the door and the sofa. I switched on the light.

A shoe? I looked closer, putting Tim on the floor as he squirmed in my arms. A man’s shoe.

I closed the door so the cat wouldn’t escape again and stepped farther into the room. Another shoe was next to the sofa, the rounded toe propped against the chaise. Brown leather and well-worn. Dried mud clinging to the edges of the soles. Not tucked neatly under the edge of the couch, like my shoes would have been, but random. Casual. As if someone had sat on the ottoman and kicked them off, toe to heel. First one, then the other. Tim sniffed the nearest shoe with a delicate nose touch. He jumped away in a sideways dance and ran behind the sofa.

What was a pair of men’s shoes doing in my suite?

A tray sat in the center of the ottoman with two wine glasses. An empty bottle lay on its side on the couch.

I shook my head. Another joke of Wil’s. Why couldn’t he stick to old stand-bys like rubber cheese in my sandwich? And really, coming into my private room was going a bit too far.

When I bent down to pick up the shoes, Tim yowled from somewhere near the window.

“What’s wrong now?”

I left the shoes where they were and leaned over the back of the sofa.

A man was sleeping on the floor, on his side, facing the wall. I glanced at his feet. Red socks. No shoes. At least that mystery was solved.

“Hey!”

He didn’t move. Was he passed out? Drunk? And why was he in my room?

I circled the sectional thinking I would shake him awake, but when I touched his shoulder he rolled from his side onto his back, his eyes open and staring at the ceiling. I leaned over him.

“Are you okay?” I touched his shoulder again. “Hey, are you hurt? Sir?”

That’s when it struck me. He wasn’t asleep.

Love that, and I’m sure my readers will, too. Thanks for sharing it.

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

My favorite part of being a part of the story is when I can support Emma. Sometimes she doesn’t know what to do, but a bit of fuzz therapy from me can get her thinking in the right direction.
I also like my sidekick, Thatcher the corgi. He thinks he’s the star of the story, but we all know he’s only the brawn. Only cats can apply our intellectual capabilities to solving the mystery. But he’s good for a game of chase or even a snuggle on the couch.

Supporting our human main characters is an important job. I also sometimes work with Fido, my dog co-star. He’s a golden retriever, but I mostly work with my gal pal, KittyKai, the calico.

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

I don’t talk, but Emma seems to understand what I’m saying anyway.

I’ve started talking to my readers, although Alicia and the other human characters in our books don’t realize it.

What advice would you give other cat characters?

Always stay in tune with what the people in the story need from you. (People are such needy things, aren’t they?) Make sure you’re on hand for a cuddle on the couch whenever the main character is in the scene.

Great advice.

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

The next book in the series, The Case of the Artist’s Mistake, will be out in the late summer of 2022.

The story takes place in the small town of Paragon where Emma finds the body of the owner of an art gallery lying on the gallery’s floor. With no apparent cause of death, Deputy Cal is ready to classify it as natural causes, but Emma isn’t convinced. Of course, I’m on hand to help her figure out the clues!

That sounds pawsome.

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

https://www.facebook.com/JanDrexlerAuthor

https://www.instagram.com/author_jan_drexler/

Thanks so much for the purr-fect interview. I’m sharing your authors blog tour and giveaway below. Best whiskers to you both on your new release and series.


The Sign of the Calico Quartz (The Sweetbrier Inn Mysteries)
by Jan Drexler

About The Sign of the Calico Quartz


The Sign of the Calico Quartz (The Sweetbrier Inn Mysteries)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Setting – South Dakota
Swift Wings Press (May 20, 2022)
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 276 pages
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 979-8986137803
Digital Swift Wings Press (May 25, 2022)
Print length ‏ : ‎ 242 pages
ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09ZNDM1VL

Emma Blackwood’s favorite pastime is solving literary murder mysteries…until the body in her living room makes everything a little too real.

When Emma comes to the Black Hills to work at her Aunt Rose’s B&B, the Sweetbrier Inn, she is hoping for a quiet break from the corporate treadmill. But she hadn’t expected murder and intrigue to mar this peaceful setting.

As she wades through too many clues to identify the murderer, she soon finds that the culprit isn’t stopping at only one homicide and may even have placed Emma herself on the list of targets. With the help of her friend Becky, and a deputy sheriff who grudgingly lets them join in on the investigation, Emma tracks down the killer. But will it be in time to save the next victim?

About Jan Drexler

Jan Drexler lives in the Black Hills of South Dakota with her husband, where she enjoys hiking and spending time with her expanding family. She is the author of several historical romance novels, including the award-winning Mattie’s Pledge, and is pleased to be starting a new adventure with a cozy mystery series, The Sweetbrier Inn Mysteries. You can find out more about Jan on her website: www.JanDrexler.com.

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July 18 – The Avid Reader – REVIEW, EXCERPT

July 18 – Literary Gold – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

July 19 – Mysteries with Character – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

July 19 – Christy’s Cozy Corners – GUEST POST

July 20 – ebookaddicts – SPOTLIGHT WITH EXCERPT

July 20 – Maureen’s Musings – REVIEW

July 21 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT WITH EXCERPT

July 21 – My Journey Back – RECIPE POST

July 21 – My Reading Journeys – SPOTLIGHT WITH EXCERPT

July 22 – Cozy Up With Kathy – REVIEW, AUTHOR INTERVIEW

July 22 – Ascroft, eh? – GUEST POST

July 23 – #BRVL Book Review Virginia Lee Blog – SPOTLIGHT

July 23 – Reading Is My SuperPower – REVIEW

July 24 – Brooke Blogs – GUEST POST

July 24 – FUONLYKNEW – SPOTLIGHT WITH EXCERPT

July 25 – I Read What You Write – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

July 25 – Moonlight Rendezvous – REVIEW WITH EXCERPT

July 26 – Baroness Book Trove – SPOTLIGHT

July 26 – Sapphyria’s Book Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

July 27 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – REVIEW

July 27 – Sneaky the Library Cat’s Blog – CHARACTER INTERVIEW

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Sneaky Interviews Spades the Cat from Burned: Death Plays with Matches: A Paranormal Penny Mystery by Sarah Hualde

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

My full name is Ace of Spades- but my human calls me Spades for short.

Sarah Hualde writes about me.

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

I’m featured in the Paranormal Penny Mystery Series.  It’s a cozy mystery series with a semi-paranormal element.  Though I don’t know what’s so cozy about the trouble Penny gets into.

I feel the same way about my Cobble Cove cozy mysteries. Alicia sure gets herself into some non-cozy situations – IMHCO (In my humble cat opinion).

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

In the Paranormal Penny Mystery Series, my human drives us around in her VW Bus. When we settle it’s not long before she sees that cursed bird of hers. Once that happens, she’s running all over the place in a panic. It’s not unusual for me to step in and save the day.

Sounds interesting. My human character is a librarian, and I’m a library cat.

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

I’ve been told I’m based on a neighbor’s cat.  Sarah Hualde is sadly allergic to my specific form of feline amazingness.

However, her kiddos grew to love the black cat of their grandmother’s next-door neighbor. (What’s not to love, right?)  Unfortunately, this cat passed away suddenly.  So their mother created me.  I’ll probably live forever.  But you never can tell when Sarah’s writing.

I was based on my author’s Siamese who is now on Rainbow Bridge. She now has two cats, one of them is black like you. Harry will be featured in Book 2 of her new Buttercup Bend cozy mystery series. There’s a Siamese in the first, but it isn’t me.

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

Every scene I’m in is important.  But I’ll ask Sarah if there’s anything that won’t produce spoilers.

Scene from Tailed: Book 3 of the Paranormal Penny Mystery Series

My mind flipped through all the pivotal scenes from the most well-known Hitchcock films. Nothing was off the table. From showers to national monuments, everything was a potential threat. How was I supposed to thwart Alfred Hitchcock? My heart pounded.

When Spades launched back into the van, I screeched with terror. Spades arched his back in a defensive strike against whatever he thought was threatening me.

“Poor kitty,” I whispered as I outstretched a shaky hand to stroke him. He shot a stink eye back at me. He hated being called kitty. Before you ask, yes, Spades knew the difference. He sulked.

Great scene. Thanks for sharing.

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

I do what I like.  Sarah has me paling around with Penny but I don’t NEED her.  It could be argued that Penny NEEDS me!

You are quite modest, Spades.

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

I choose to keep my thoughts to myself. Although I will hiss when ticked off.

I used to be quiet myself and only made cat sounds, but I found a way around that. In the new release of my series, Sneaky’s Supernatural Mystery and Other Cobble Cove Stories, readers can “see” my thoughts as can the other pets in the stories, while the human characters are oblivious.

What advice would you give other cat characters?

Don’t judge your human too harshly.  They have no idea what they’re doing.

Purr-fect advice, my friend.

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

My newest adventure just came out. It’s called Burned. Penny’s friends are good to me but you’ll have to read it to see how they treat her.

That’s quite a teaser. I will put it on my TBP (to be pawed) list. I don’t read too well, but I have picked up some words from living in the Cobble Cove Library.

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

Social?  Haha!  I’m a drifter.  But here are some places to find Sarah Hualde:

https://twitter.com/Sthecoffeejedi

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCK9ywmqk_2k-mEssZMkEvBQ

https://sarahhualde.com/

https://www.facebook.com/sarahhualdewritermom

I will share this information and our interview, as well as your author’s blog. Best whiskers to you and Sarah on your new release.

Burned: Death Plays with Matches (Paranormal Penny Mysteries)
by Sarah Hualde

About Burned: Death Plays With Matches


Burned: Death Plays with Matches (Paranormal Penny Mysteries)
Paranormal Cozy Mystery
6th in Series
Indie Christian Writers (June 14, 2022)
Digital: Number of Pages 185
ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09ZNWW5TK

Stalking an old nemesis…

…she discovers a hidden plot.

As a deceptive advisor is snuffed out.

Penny Nicols brings her “gift” to Billington. Searching for her sister, she’s determined to stand her ground. One woman holds the keys to Penny’s link between her past and the present.
When is history better left buried?

When the Raven is the one telling the story.

Dinah, Penny’s old advocate, is struck down before her eyes.

Penny’s long-distance friend T.C. continues to help her trail the whereabouts of her long-lost sibling and solve the mystery. Musical clues and manic relationships crowd the distracted Penny as T.C. supports her from afar.

Spades, the cat, charms the suspects as Penny untangles her omens.

Dinah may be victim number one, but Penny fears the Raven is just warming up.

You’ll love the sixth book in this binge-worthy paranormal mystery series because Penny and her sleuthing sidekicks dig deep to uncover the Raven’s evil plans.

About Sarah Hualde

Sarah lives in California, in a home that brings her happiness and hay fever. She loves God, loves her family, and loves freshly brewed coffee. She has a husband who cooks, a son who stop animates, a daughter who loves animals, a dog that follows her everywhere, and a turtle who scowls at her condescendingly.

Her mother raised her on Mary Higgins Clark, Diane Mott Davidson, and Remington Steele. Her grandmother shared True Crime stories with her as they plotted how to get away with the perfect murder. It’s no surprise that Sarah became an award-winning spinner of suspenseful tales brimming with quirky characters. Mysteries are in her blood. Not that she could survive one of her own stories. She confesses, “I’d be snuffed out by chapter two.”

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TOUR PARTICIPANTS

July 11 – #BRVL Book Review Virginia Lee Blog – SPOTLIGHT

July 11 – Baroness Book Trove – SPOTLIGHT

July 12 – Mysteries with Character – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

July 12 – Sapphyria’s Book Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

July 13 – Sneaky the Library Cat’s Blog – CHARACTER INTERVIEW

July 13 – Read Your Writes Book Reviews – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

July 14 – Hearts & Scribbles – SPOTLIGHT

July 14 – Novels Alive – SPOTLIGHT

July 15 – Angel’s Guilty Pleasures – CHARACTER INTERVIEW

July 15 – Eskimo Princess Book Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

July 16 – FUONLYKNEW – SPOTLIGHT

July 16 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – SPOTLIGHT

July 17 – Books a Plenty Book Reviews – REVIEW, CHARACTER INTERVIEW

July 18 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

July 18 – I Read What You Write – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

July 19 – The Mystery Section – SPOTLIGHT

July 20 – fundinmental – SPOTLIGHT

July 21 – Literary Gold – SPOTLIGHT

July 22 – MJB Reviewers – SPOTLIGHT

July 23 – Maureen’s Musings – SPOTLIGHT

July 24 – BookishKelly2020 – SPOTLIGHT

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Sneaky Interviews Honey Belle, the parrot, from Killers of a Feather: An Urban Tails Pet Shop Mystery by T.C. LoTempio


Killers of a Feather (Urban Tails Pet Shop Mysteries)
by T. C. LoTempio

About Killers of a Feather

Killers of a Feather (Urban Tails Pet Shop Mysteries)
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Setting – Connecticut
Beyond the Page (June 21, 2022)
Print length ‏ : ‎ 299 pages
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09ZLV8ZS2

Shell McMillan and her feline friends must unravel a mystery where everyone’s a suspect and no one’s to blame . . .

With the grand re-opening of her Urban Tails Pet Shop just days away, Shell McMillan has her hands full planning entertainment for the festive event, including a fortune-telling parrot. But her jubilant mood is soon threatened by ominous rumors of the return of Johnny Draco, a former investment guru who swindled money from most of the residents of Fox Hollow and then vanished without a trace. And when the parrot predicts a dire future for Draco and his dead body is found just hours later, no one can say they’re surprised—but no one will say who did it.

With virtually everyone in town a suspect, the police turn their focus on a good friend of Shell’s who was seen arguing with the victim shortly before his death. Determined to clear her friend’s name, Shell begins investigating Draco’s past, his former employer, and everyone who lost money to him. And when the trail of clues suggests there may have been a completely different motive for the murder, Shell suddenly realizes she’s uncovered a secret someone would kill to keep hidden—and that if she’s not careful, the parrot may be predicting she has no future at all . . .

INTERVIEW WITH HONEY BELLE

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

Honey Belle, and my author’s name is T. C. Lotempio

It’s a pleasure to meet you, but don’t get too close. You’re a bird and I’m a cat.

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

Ah, only this one, Killers of a Feather, a cozy mystery.

Concats on your new release.

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

This is a series, entitled the Urban Tails Pet Shop Mysteries. It chronicles the adventures of Shell McMillan, a former Hollywood actress who gives up LA for Fox Hollow, Connecticut, to run her late aunt’s pet shop.I am featured in book two in the series, Killers of a Feather, as a fortune-telling parrot that Shell has hired for the grand reopening of the pet shop. When I predict a dire end for one of the residents and his body is found a few hours later, well . . . you can take it from there!

That sounds pawsome. My author has a new cozy series, too, The Buttercup Bend Mysteries. There’s a Siamese in it also but not me.  There’s also other pets because the main lady owns a pet rescue. In my series, The second book my author is working on will feature a bunch of parrots but none tell the future.

In my Cobble Cove Mysteries, my latest book, Sneaky’s Supernatural Mystery, and Other Cobble Cove Stories, features a psychic who comes to the library in the title story.

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

My character is actually based on two birds. One was my author’s first pet, a parakeet named Happy. Happy was not just an ordinary parakeet, he had special talents—he could dance to music! My author used to put on Beatles records and Happy would happily dance along in his cage. The second bird was a real live parrot who was in a street fair in New York. The parrot’s owner had a  box of fortunes, and the parrot would pluck one of the fortunes from the box, thus telling the recipient’s fortune! My author was so impressed with that that she imbued this talent into me in this book!

Wow Meow. Debbie should talk to you about parrots for research on her next book. She never owned one, but she’s had plenty of cats.

Can you share an excerpt from your book featuring you in an important scene?

Gary and I made our way out of the bungalow and over to the shed. As we approached the worn-looking structure, I paused.

“Did you hear that?” I asked Gary.

Gary shook his head. “I didn’t hear anything.”

“It’s coming from the shed,” I said. I quickened my pace, and when I got to the door I paused and pressed my ear to the wood. “There it is again,” I cried.

Gary had come up behind me, and now he also pressed his ear to the door. “You’re right,” he said after a minute. “What is that sound?”

My face had morphed into a grim expression. “I hope it isn’t what I think it is.” I pulled on the door. “It’s stuck,” I said.

Gary and I both put our shoulders against the aging wood and pushed. Finally the door groaned inward, and the two of us nearly toppled inside. The sound we’d heard was louder now, accompanied by another sound . . . the flapping of wings.

“That’s definitely a bird,” Gary said. “Maybe one of the parrots got out?”

I didn’t answer, just moved slowly forward. That particular sound, I knew, didn’t belong to just any parrot. It was the honking sound native to eclectus parrots—the same type of breed as Honey Belle.

“Didn’t you say Honey Belle was missing when you were here Saturday?” I called over my shoulder.

“Yep. The other cages were full, but hers and Captain Snaggle’s were empty.”

“Well, it sounds to me like Honey Belle might have come back.”

I’d turned the corner and now could see the rows of bird cages lining one wall. As I drew closer, I felt my heart skip a beat. All the cages were empty. “Gary,” I called. “The birds are gone.”

“They are?” He was next to me in an instant. He peered at the empty cages, scratching at his head. “They were all here Saturday, I swear.”

“Maybe one is still here,” I murmured. “Hear that?”

The sound of flapping wings was a bit louder now. “It sounds like it’s coming from over there.” Gary pointed to the far end of the shed.

Slowly I moved forward, Gary right behind me. When I got to the end of the aisle I peered cautiously around the corner. I sharp gasp escaped my lips as I caught sight of Honey Belle. The bird was sitting on a large stand positioned off to the left of an oak door. Her head was cocked, and she was flapping her wings back and forth.

I moved toward the bird slowly, so as not to frighten her. “Honey Belle,” I whispered. “Girl, what’s wrong?”

The bird let out another mournful honk. “Trouble,” she croaked. “You’re in big trouble, kiddo.” Her head bobbed toward the door, and I noticed it was slightly ajar.

Behind me I heard Gary mutter, “I don’t have a good feeling about this,” and I agreed, but we’d come this far. I, at least, had to see it through. I walked slowly over to the door and gave it a shove. Instead of swinging open, the door creaked open a couple inches and then stopped, as if something were blocking it. Through the small opening I could make out a workbench and some tools, so this was obviously a workroom of some sort. I leaned forward and poked my nose in, trying to peer around the edge of the door. I looked down, then gasped and put my hand to my mouth.

Adrian Arnold was sprawled awkwardly across the floor. His hair was matted with blood, and his hands were covered with what appeared to be bloody defensive wounds. There could be no doubt he was dead.

Great excerpt. Thanks for sharing.

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

Well, I am only in this book but it is a memorable appearance. I possess an important clue to the identity of the killer, since I was on the scene when the murder occurred!

That sounds like a pawsome role.

Are you a talking parrot in your books, or just a silent animal like I am, who just meows occasionally?

I talk in this book—spoiler alert—and my talent for repeating catchphrases helps catch a killer!

I’m sure you do a great job. I talk in some of my stories, but the humans can’t hear me.

What advice would you give other parrot characters?

Always listen to what your author tells you! And avoid giving him/her lethal fortunes!

MOL (mew out loud). I’m sure that’s good advice. Us cats have our own intuition to guide us.

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

You can find TC here:

www.tclotempio.net

https://www.facebook.com/toni.lotempio.5

And on Rocco’s blog:

www.catsbooksmorecats.blogspot.com

Thanks so much for the interview, Honey Belle. I’m sharing your author’s blog tour below.

About T.C. LoTempio

T. C. LoTempio is the award-winning, nationally bestselling author of the Nick and Nora Mysteries, the Urban Tails Pet Shop Mysteries, and the Cat Rescue Mysteries. For more information, check out her and her cat Rocco’s blog at www.catsbooksmorecats.blogspot.com and visit her website at www.tclotempio.net.

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Sneaky Interviews Lord Peter Wimsey, the Cat from the the P.I.P, Inc. Cozy Mysteries by Nancy Lynn Jarvis

Oh, boy. I’ve suddenly become quite popular with guests. Today, I’m honored to have another cat to interview. What is your name and your author’s name?

I am Lord Peter Wimsey, aptly named after Dorothy Sayers aristocratic detective, but my friends call me Wimsey. My author is Nancy Lynn Jarvis.

Mice to meet you. Such a cool name. It makes you sound like a regal fellow which I’m sure you are.

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

I’ve been in three books so far, The Glass House, The Funeral Murder, and now in The Corpse’s Secret Life. My favorite book is The Funeral Murder because I was a hero in it, although my author tells me in the next book in her PIP Inc. Mysteries series, I am going to help her solve the murder. I’m excited about that. Her mysteries are cozies, and while I don’t talk in the series, being a crime solver will suit me, I think.

The main character…that is if you go by word count rather than the percentage of body covered by gorgeous orange fur…is Pat Pirard. She was downsized from her job of Santa Cruz County Law Librarian on her thirty-fifth birthday right after she spent all her savings to buy a sunshine yellow Mercedes convertible. I was terrified that I’d have to resort to hunting birds to survive and that my best friend, a dog named Dot, might have to catch gophers, but thankfully Pat is smart. She printed business cards telling everyone she was now Private Investigator Pat and has managed to keep us all fed and housed.

My only complaint is that she seems overly fond of a Sheriff Sargent with big feet who once stepped on me. Dot says it was an accident, but she’s gaga over him because he scratches her ears. He has apologized, and I am warming to him, but I’m not completely won over. 

MOL (Meow Out Loud). My author has stepped on her real cats’ tails, and they certainly let her know they don’t like it. Watch those big feet.

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

I am. My author had a cat with my name. She says writing about me and Dot, based on her Dalmatian Freckles, keeps us alive for her even though our namesakes have crossed the rainbow bridge.

The same with me. Oliver isn’t my namesake, but he was Debbie’s beloved senior cat who passed away four years ago.

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

Wimsey, her normally laid-back cat appeared suddenly, hissing and snarling as he bounded into Pat’s bedroom. He used his accumulated velocity to launch himself and leaped on Anne’s back, landing just above her waist and to the right of her spine. From there, he used the claws on all four of his feet to dig into her and climb her like a tree. When he reached her shoulder, he bit her before continuing his climb to her head. Anne screamed and twisted, startled by the attack and smarting from Wimsey’s sharp claws and teeth.

Pawsome excerpt. Thanks for sharing it. Great action scene.

What advice would you give other cat characters?

If you aren’t being given enough space in the books, roll over, paw the air while looking especially cute, and let your author know you need more to do.

I should try that some time. Debbie gets sidetracked by her other books.

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

The Corpse’s Secret Life is a new release. I’d tell you to pick up a copy, but you really should read the series in order because of the big-footed Sheriff Sargent and because books end with Pat getting her next assignment, so I’d recommend you start with The Glass House. You can get any of my adventures on Amazon.

I’ll keep a cat’s eye out for them.

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

I’m a very private cat, so I’m not, but you can find my author on Facebook and Goodreads under Nancy Lynn Jarvis.

Purrfect!

Thanks for the interview, Pete. I’m sharing some information about your author. Best whiskers to you and Nancy on your books.

Bio as of 2021

Nancy Lynn Jarvis left the real estate profession after she started having so much fun writing the Regan McHenry Real Estate Mysteries series that she let her license lapse. But after seven books, she was ready for a new adventure and is currently working on the fourth book in her PIP Inc. series which features not-quite-licensed private investigator, downsized law librarian Pat Pirard. She has also edited crowd pleasers Cozy Food: 128 Cozy Mystery Writers Share Their Favorite Recipes and Santa Cruz Weird.

The last year-and-half have been difficult, not only because of Covid 19, but because Nancy spent eight-and-a-half months out of her damaged home following the CZU Fire. She’s happy to be home again, writing, redecorating, and enjoying being a member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and Santa Cruz Women of Mystery.