Sneaky Interviews Lestrade, author Julia Buckley’s Character Cat

It’s been awhile, but I finally have another author’s character cat here for an interview. What is your name and your author’s name, Sir?

My name is Lestrade. I live in Blue Lake, Indiana, which is a fictional town created by Julia Buckley. My owner is Lena, and she dotes on me, which is only appropriate.

Of claws. It’s people’s jobs to dote on us. Mice to meet you, Lestrade.

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

I appear in A Dark and Stormy Murder, Death in Dark Blue, and A Dark and Twisting Path (coming in August). They are mysteries, of course.

We character cats are very suitable for mysteries. My author read your author’s first book and enjoyed it very much.

For readers who aren’t familiar with the series, please give information about it.

My owner, Lena London, came to Blue Lake for a job, so she brought me with her. I was not happy at first, but then I saw our room: it’s big and bright with lots of sunspots, and has a giant window that looks out on trees full of birds. Although I try to make Lena feel guilty now and then, I actually like my new house.

Lena has been under a lot of stress since we arrived–something about a murder and a missing person and a kidnapped child. I don’t really have much interest in human issues. I made friends with two dogs here named Heathcliff and Rochester, and we mostly spend the day looking for good sun spots and resting our eyes.

There are lots of perks being a pet character.

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

Mr. Mulliner

Supposedly there’s a cat out there named Mr. Mulliner who has some similarities to me. I saw his picture once–I don’t see the resemblance. Julia has a few other cats, too. I’m including their photos if you don’t mind.

All cats are unique, even cat characters, and I don’t mind including your author’s cats. The more cat photos the merrier, IMFO (In my feline opinion).

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Panther

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

This is how A DARK AND STORMY MURDER BEGINS. You’ll notice I’m featured prominently.

I was immersed in The Lost Child, one of my favorite Camilla Graham novels, when an unlikely phone call changed my life.

In my quiet living room, things were placid: I sat on my couch in blue jeans, a sweatshirt and fuzzy socks, cuddling my sleeping cat, Lestrade, whose large body practically warmed my entire right side. In the book, things were tense: it was dusk, and the Eiffel Tower gleamed gold in the background. The young Englishwoman, Phillippa Earl, waited for the Frenchman, Henri, to get any information he might have about her lost charge, Colin, a sensitive nine-year-old who had somehow been taken from underneath Phillippa’s watchful and loving gaze.  She feared for the boy’s life, and the handsome Henri had told her, in a stolen conversation in the street, that he had more information for her. Now she waited beneath the tower in the chill of a Paris spring, hoping against hope that little Colin, whom she loved more than his own parents did, would be returned to her. Lingering beneath her fear was a strange attraction to the mysterious Henri, the man who had murmured in her ear and briefly held her hand, hinting that all would be well . . .

The phone rang, and I jumped.  Lestrade jumped, too, but then settled against my leg, glaring briefly at me before descending back into his luxurious slumber.  His fluffy white belly was too great a temptation, and I ruffled it with my hand while I clicked on my phone. Lestrade opened one eye, not sure whether to purr or swat my hand—both had been responses in the past, depending on his mood.  His face, a pleasing mixture of gray, white and buff, grew curious as I started speaking . . . .

 Pawsome beginning, and you certainly steal the opening, Lestrade.

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

I like the fact that I’m the only cat in Lena’s life. That’s how it should be.

I agree. I’m pretty much the only cat in Alicia’s life, although I’m shared among the library staff and patrons at the Cobble Cove Library.

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

Like any cat, I am dignified and silent, although I do like to chuckle at birds, and occasionally meow at Lena when she is tardy with my feedings. I also meow at her employer, Camilla Graham, who is apparently “famous.” I don’t know exactly what this means.

There are lots of things about human characters that are hard for us cats to understand and vice versa.

 What advice would you give other cat characters?

Cats don’t need advice. We are all confident in ourselves.

So true.

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

Lena’s story can be found at this website: www.juliabuckley.com

 Twitter: @juliabucks

 Facebook: Julia Buckley Mystery Novels

 Instagram: JEllenBuckley

Great! I will certainly have Debbie connect with your author. Thanks so much for cat chatting with me Lestrade, and best whiskers on you and Julia’s upcoming mysteries.

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Sneaky Interviews Sashkatu from Magic Runs Amok by Sharon Pape

Sneaky here with another pawsome interview. Today, I’m cat chatting with a fellow feline character. Hello, Mr. Cat. Can you please introduce yourself and your author?

My name is Sashkatu and the person who thinks she knows me well enough to write about me calls herself Sharon Pape.

I star in her Abracadabra cozy mystery series: Magick & Mayhem, That Olde White Magick, and Magick Run Amok, the latter released May first.

Very mice to meet you, and concats on your new book. Please tell me more about your series.

The Abracadabra Mysteries are about an ancient family of sorcerers who emigrated from England to this land, before it was even a country. Kailyn runs the family magick shop. I of course provide her with support and companionship. She would never be able to carry on without me, although she does have her aunt Tilly as well as a visitor from long ago by the name of Merlin. The other cats in our house act like teeny boppers around a rock idol whenever he’s near. I’m far too important and refined to act that way.

Ever since the first murder in our town’s history, Kailyn has been busy investigating and bringing killers to justice with her boyfriend, TV newsman Travis Anderson. He’s nice enough, but I can’t imagine why she wants him hanging around. I’m the one who’s been instrumental in saving her life on a number of occasions. 

Your books sound pawsome.

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

I’m an original – can’t you tell? I may have certain characteristics that seem similar to the author’s grandcats, but I assure you that they are copies of yours truly.

I’m an original myself. The cat I was loosely based on, my author’s Siamese, went to Rainbow Bridge in November.

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

Here you go, Sneaky. This is from my new release, Magic Runs Amok:

Five cats greeted me at the door. Maybe greeted was too strong a word. They locked eyes with me as if they were trying to send me a message. Although telepathy was not one of my talents, I had a pretty good idea what was on their minds. “I’m not late,” I told them. They were unswayed. It occurred to me that they might be taking orders from Sashkatu who hadn’t yet made an entrance. The wily old boy must have gotten to them, made them his puppets. It wasn’t the first time. He probably convinced them they’d been neglected, forgotten, forsaken.

            “Sashki, come out; come out wherever you are.” When he didn’t make an appearance, I went searching for him. I looked everywhere I could think of, before deciding that he must have found a new place to hide and nurse his snit. The other cats were waiting for me in the kitchen, so I fixed their dinner, even though it was half an hour early. I was hoping the smell of food would draw Sashki out, but he seemed determined to ignore me and his stomach.

            I found him an hour later when I was watering the plants in the living room.  He was sleeping, curled around the trunk of the potted Fichus, his black coat great camouflage on the dark soil. When the first drop of water hit his fur, you’d have thought it was hot oil by his reaction. He jumped up hissing, back arched, ears flat against his head. Admirable reflexes for a cat of his years. I felt bad about his rude awakening, but he had brought it upon himself. When he followed me into the kitchen looking for his dinner, I gave him some leftover salmon with his kibble. He took it as the olive branch I meant it to be and, after licking the dish clean, he climbed up on the couch where I was sitting. In his absence, the other cats had come to snuggle with me. He glared at the tabby in my lap until she left, then he took his rightful place there with a grumble of contentment.

A pawsome excerpt, Sashkatu!

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

I like being respected for my role in Kailyn’s life. I like the fact that she never takes the other felines to the shop with her – just me. I love my tufted window ledge in the sun. I love the custom steps that help me reach the places I have trouble getting to as I grow old. I like eating in private at my own pace, away from the rest of the cats. I love my pillow next to Kailyn’s in bed. The other cats don’t dare go near it or they’d get a good boxing around the ears. And I love being heroic when she’s in trouble.

It’s obvious you are top cat to Kailyn.

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

I talk in my head. Were I to say aloud half the things I’m thinking, a lot of people would consider me rude and intolerant.

MOL – Meow Out Loud. I think most of us character cats and probably real-life cats feel the same.

What advice would you give other cat characters?

I would tell them not to tolerate any nonsense from the author or other animals. I would tell them to demand salmon on a regular basis and a padded window seat in the sun. And most importantly, I would tell them to stay far away from any book in which I am featured.

Don’t worry about me. I’m quite happy in Cobble Cove, and I also have a window in the sun in the Cobble Cove library’s children’s room not to mention my room upstairs which contains my litter box, a cat tree, and toys.

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

As a matter of fact, my newest book, Magick Run Amok, was released on May first. Another mystery in which I strut my stuff, if you know what I mean.

I certainly do. Best whiskers on your new release.

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

Yes, we are on social media, but I generally let my author deal with that type of thing. I have to catch up on my sleep so I can be ready to save Kailyn’s life. A hero’s work is never done. Sharon added her sites below.

Website: https://www.sharonpape.com/

       Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sharon.pape.94

      Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/sharonpape/

Thank you so much, Saskatchu and thank your author, too. It’s been a purrfect pleasure cat chatting with you. Here is a link to your blog tour on Escape with Dollycas into a Good Book: https://www.escapewithdollycas.com/great-escapes-virtual-book-tours/books-currently-on-tour/magick-run-amok-abracadabra-mystery-sharon-pape/

I’m also including a link to your author’s rafflecopter giveaway on your blog tour for those who wish to enter: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/02887792702/?widget_template=56d5f80dbc544fb30fda66f0

Sneaky Interviews Sylvester from The Psycho Cat and The Landlady Mystery Series by Joyce Brown

I have a very interesting guest here today. What is your name and your author’s name, Mr. Cat?

My name is Sylvester, a suitable name for a big cat like me, and my author is Joyce Ann Brown.

(Note from author: Sylvester’s nickname, which he doesn’t seem to want to share, is Psycho Cat. He earned that name with his erratic behavior during kittenhood. That’s Psycho, not psychic, but sometimes he seems to be both when he sniffs out clues and knows good from evil.)

Very mice to meet you, Psycho Cat, I mean Sylvester.

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

 CATastrophic Connections, FURtive Investigation, Nine LiFelines, and Tailed. All cozy mysteries.

  

Concatulations! I’m going to be on my fourth book soon, too. My author just finished writing the first draft of it.

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

I’m proud to have my name on The Psycho Cat and the Landlady Mystery series. The stories are set, in the most part, in Kansas City, Missouri. Beth, the landlady of several duplex and condo rental properties, adopts me at the end of the first book after I’ve helped save my first owner, Beth’s niece, from a maniacal murderer. In the following books, I point out clues with yowls, scratches, purrs, and a bit of berserk behavior. (Not to be boastful, but I act that way on purpose, so the humans will pay attention.) I also get the jump on a couple of would-be kidnappers—protective behavior, NOT psycho. “Sniff.”

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

Ha! I’m based on all cats that act psycho at times. (I’m told that’s most of them, not only my author’s cats, Moose and Chloe.) My author collects anecdotes about cats and lets me live them in her books. If you have any good cat stories, let Joyce Ann Brown know. I’ll get to do something new in our next book.

What a pawsome opportunity. My author Debbie’s cat, Stripey, is definitely a psycho cat at times. I also have my moments especially when Alicia or Laura at the library give me catnip.

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

This is from Tailed when Beth and her husband, Arnie, are on an RV trip with Beth’s sister, Meg, and her husband. Psycho Cat is traveling with Beth and Weeny the dog is with Meg. Suspect forces are at work, but no one in the party is ready to accept what they can’t prove. Beth and Arnie are sitting on the bed in the RV.

Arnie sat on the other side of Psycho Cat and gave him a thorough massage so that the contented cat rolled onto his back to encourage a tummy rub. “There’s nothing missing that I can tell. Nobody broke in. Meg just forgot to lock the door. Don’t give her trouble. It’s understandable she’d forget when she was carrying this big guy outta here.”

“If anyone tried to break-in while Psycho Cat was here, before Meg got him, he would’ve been up to his old tricks and scared the intruder away,” Beth said.

* * *

“Do you think someone got into the RV while Psycho Cat was gone?” Beth asked. “Should I go over and ask Meg if she’s sure she locked the door when she took him to her RV?”

“They probably went straight to bed. Besides, you don’t want to embarrass her. She might have been struggling to carry this big boy and just not gotten it locked. We’ve all had a hard evening, and there’s been no harm done here.”

Arnie stopped petting, and Psycho Cat jumped off the bed, hissed at its wooden base, and prowled the perimeter. He ran to Beth’s feet, pawed her leg, and met her with a deep meow and a paw jab at the bedspread when she leaned over to calm him with a head rub.

She leaned over and lifted the spread. “What’s the matter, are you still complaining that you were kidnapped away from your favorite napping place to spend the evening with Weeny? Everything’s alright now. We’re here. Come up with me.” She lifted the cat back up beside her on the bed and continued stroking his smooth yellow fur.

Wow, Meow. That was a purrfect excerpt.

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

I get to help solve murder mysteries by being myself.

That’s always a good thing.

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

I meow and hiss and yowl and growl deep in my throat, but I don’t speak human.

Who would want to? Those humans never understand each other, anyway – MOL (meow out loud).

What advice would you give other cat characters?

Be your cat self, and you’ll be great. Be patient with those people who talk baby talk to you. As Mark Twain said, ““If man could be crossed with the cat it would improve man, but deteriorate the cat.”

My favorite quote. That Twain guy was pretty wise for a human.

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

The fourth Psycho Cat and the Landlady Mystery was released in February. Tailed is the book from which I took the excerpt above. Gil and Freddy, the two bumbling crooks who follow Beth and me, get their own mindboggling chapters in our latest adventure.

Excellent. Way to go, Sylvester!

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

Our Website is: http://www.joyceannbrown.com

Other links where you can find Joyce Ann Brown (and me) are:

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/joyceannbrownauthor

Twitter: http://twitter.com/joyceannbrown1

Linkedin: http://www.linkedin.com/in/joyce-ann-brown-6bb2947a/   

GoodReads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/9858447.Joyce_Ann_Brown

Google+: http://plus.google.com/100827184669698052959

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/jannbrown4527/

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/author/joyceannbrown

Blogs:  http://retirementchoicescozymystery.wordpress.com and http://hikingkctrails.wordpress.com

Hometown Reads: https://hometownreads.com/books/tailed

You and your author sure are social. I notice you’re on Hometown Reads, too. So are my Cobble Cove books. Your author also has a few blogs. Debbie has her own, and I take care of this one.

Is there anything else you’d like to share with my readers?

Here is a YouTube video where I tell more about how Beth and I solve the mysteries in each of our books: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tK7SKx094nM

Thank you so much. That was a great video. I love videos. I even feature a cat-related film each Friday on this blog.

Best whiskers to you and Joyce Ann Brown on your wonderful series.

Sneaky Interviews Paws the Cat from Witch Way to Mintwood by Addison Creek

Wow, Meow. I have another cozy mystery cat guest who is on blog tour with Escape with Dollycas into a Good Book.  

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

I’m Paws, and my author is Addison Creek.

Mice to meet you.

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

All cozy mysteries.

Witch Way to Mintwood

Witch Some Win Some

Spell by Midnight

A Witch on Mintwood Mountain

Witch Raising Situation

Witch Way Round

Witch Wish Way

White Witch Wonder

Muddled Mintwood Murderer

Oh, Bastet! You and your author are quite prolific. Please give us more information about your series.

The Witch of Mintwood series is set in Mintwood, Maine, a small town of 4,000 people. It follows me, and the Witch of Mintwood, Lemmi. Lemmi’s grandmother was the Witch of Mintwood before her, but she recently passed away.

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

I am totally unique. A basis in any real cat would not do me justice, trust me. If I HAD to choose a cat, though, my author has had several beloved ones. Trouble was a particular joy to her. He was anything but what his name suggests, so that makes one of us. The commonality was that Trouble’s owner both loved and was bemused by him. I’d like to think Lemmi feels the same way about me.

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

From A Witch on Mintwood Mountain Book 4:

“I can’t believe you’re still taking care of the Ivy cats with the Dresden house so close by,” scoffed Paws.

Not long ago, two witches, Betty and Possy, had been staying at the Dresden house, up the road from the Ivy place. They had disappeared after a confrontation we’d had at my farmhouse with a dark witch named Ellie. Greer, Charlie, and I had surmised that Betty and Possy were in cahoots with Ellie to get my grandmother’s real wand, and though they had failed the first time, I felt certain they’d try again.

“They’re gone,” I said. “I don’t see what the danger is. Someone has to take care of the cats.”

“We do deserve the best,” said Paws.

“Are you saying I’m the best pet sitter?” I said.

“I’m sure that’s not what I’m saying,” said Paws.

“It might be what you’re saying,” I said.

“You might have wax in your ears,” he said.

“Don’t worry, I can take a compliment,” I told him.

“Clearly,” he said.

A purrfect excerpt.

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

Let’s be honest, I am utterly essential to the plot, my author’s happiness, and world peace. No crime would be solved without me and very few ghost mice would be caught.

It’s great to be indispensible to your human co-star. I like to think I am to Alicia, but I’m a little more modest than you.

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

I talk, some would say too much. I say exactly the right amount!

There definitely is a thin line between too much verbosity and not enough. We feline cozy sleuths learn that lesson early in our series.

What advice would you give other cat characters?

Be who you are and wear the pearls you were born to.

I’ve never heard that catexpression before, but I’m sure it’s good advice.

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

As a matter of fact I do. Its utterly amazing how many ghosts we run into who were murdered. Mintwood #10 is Wonder Wand Way coming this spring!

How exciting!

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

I’m not on social media. Paws make it difficult to type. Here’s my author’s info though:

https://addisoncreek.wordpress.com

https://www.facebook.com/Addison-Creek-1816129681762877/Witc

Wonderful! Thanks for dropping in here today, but please take Lemmi’s broom with you when you leave. Best whiskers to you and your author on your new release, future books, and your blog tour.

Sneaky Interviews Beast from Lena Gregory’s Bay Island Psychic Mysteries

I’m excited to have a new guest here today, even though he’s a dog. What is your name and your author’s name, canine sir?

I’m Beast, and my author is Lena Gregory.

Ah, yes, my author interviewed your author on her other blog.

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

I appear regularly in Lena’s cozy mysteries, Death at First Sight, Occult and Battery, and Clairvoyant and Present Danger. All of the books are from the Bay Island Psychic Mysteries series.

How doggone nice. I have two dog  co-stars in my Cobble Cove mysteries – Fido is a regular character, and Ruby is has some cameo scenes. Of claus, I am the cat star.

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

I’m a Leonberger, so part of my personality is based on my breed, and part is based on a combination of the dogs my author has had over the years. Some of my mishaps actually happened, especially some of the things I get into.

Dogs aren’t quite as good at cats at mishaps, but I’m sure you’ve had your share.

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

This is a scene from Occult and Battery, when Cass’s friend Bee decides to take me for a walk. Of course, this was before I started my training classes. Right before. So you’ll have to forgive my manners. Though I have to admit, I still laugh every time I think about it.

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

“Sit.”

Beast ignored Cass’s command/request/whatever.

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

She rolled her eyes and turned to open the door.

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

Ugh . . .

Stephanie burst out laughing.

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

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

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

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

“Are you all right?” Cass yelled down.

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

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

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

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

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

“I don’t think so.”

Stephanie handed Bee one of his shoes.

He took it and bent to put it back on.

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

Cass bit the inside of her cheek.

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

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

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

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

Stephanie hiccupped as she tried to contain her own outburst.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wow! You deserve a juicy bone for that.

Thank you, Sneaky.

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

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

You’re a lucky pup. Alicia’s had cats before, but none at this point in her life. Even though I live in the library, I get to go home with her once in a while. When I went missing in her last book, she searched high and low for me, so I know she cares a lot for me.

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

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

A good bark will do that, although cats have many more sound options that dogs. We can purr, hiss, meow, screech, etc.

What advice would you give other pet characters?

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

I like that. High Paws to you, Beast.

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

Clairvoyant and Present Danger, the third book in the Bay Island Psychic Mysteries series was just released.

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

My author and I love hanging out on social media. You can find us at:

Website:  http://www.lenagregory.com/

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/lena.gregory.986

Facebook Page:  https://www.facebook.com/Lena.Gregory.Author/?fref=ts

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/LenaGregory03

Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14956514.Lena_Gregory?from_search=true

Pinterest:  https://www.pinterest.com/lenagregoryauth/

Sneaky Interviews King Henry the Cat from the Past Imperfect Mystery Series by Anne Willow

I just discovered I have a royal guest today. What is your name and your author’s name, your highness?

I am his royal majesty, King Henry. I was created by Anne Willow to help solve the mysteries she writes. She would be lost without me.

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

So far, I’ve appeared in Broken Promises (cozy mystery). It’s the first book in Anne’s new series, though she’s currently working on her second book.

Concatulations! Tell us more about this series.

It’s the Past Imperfect Mystery series. Julia is my human. She runs the antique shop in the small artist town of Grand Marais. It’s on the northwestern shore of Lake Superior. It was quiet until she arrived, but I was without a home then too. Julia has a special gift that she’s just learning about. She needs me to help understand it.

Sounds pawsome.

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

Anne knew a cat once, a large, homeless, orange tabby who found her doorstep. He looked like he’d had a rough time, with a damaged ear and a few scars. It was late fall, and the nights can get cold on the North Shore. She invited him in to her home and heart. He was only with her a short time before he crossed the rainbow bridge, but she immortalized him in me. He left big paws to fill, but I won’t let her down.

Awww. I’m sure you’ll do the job. A king cat must have very large paws.

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

Dropping back against the pine memory chest, Julia was at a loss. “Curses? You couldn’t tell me this before you died?” Julia re-read the letter several times letting each word sink in. Hearing a noise, she headed to the deck, the afghan still pulled around her protectively. Julia watched Henry make his way along the lower roof up to her. “Finally get hungry?” She sat on the Adirondack chair. The large orange tabby jumped gracefully onto her lap. Julia cuddled with him, scratching the ear with the missing piece. “So, my little alley warrior, what’s the answer?”

Henry mewed.

Julia kissed him on the head, “Not very helpful. I wish you could talk. Maybe then I’d know what to do about all of this. It’s one thing to have the shop broken into and a murder, but now I’m some ghost whisperer or something?” Standing, Julia carried Henry into the kitchen. She placed his small bowl on the floor and let him eat. “It’s ridiculous. I’m nothing special and Sadie was a bit odd. Maybe she’s wrong or it’s a last bit of a joke.”

Henry looked up from his dinner. He dismissed her last statement with a knowing expression.

“Alright, your Majesty. If you know so much, why don’t’ you explain it to me.” Julia challenged.

Henry meowed again, this time sounding a bit frustrated.

“Forgive me for not understanding cat. Go back to your meal, then.” Julia shook her head before going back out to the deck. Taking her spot again, she grabbed the notebook off the side table. “One problem at a time. I need to figure out who broke into the shop and killed Tom Peterson. Aunt Sadie’s letter will have to wait.” She flipped through the notes she already made and jotted down the questions plaguing her mind. Julia sketched out a flow chart to see who and what connected.  “Nothing was disturbed, other than the lamp. Whoever came in knew what they were looking for, but who knew the letter opener existed and where to find it?” Only two names connected to the letter opener. Julia checked everything again, it all came back to those two names.

Wow, Meow. You’ve tickled my fancy.

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

I like that I’m there for Julia, anytime she needs me. I listen when she puzzles a problem out and help, in my own way. She still has one more gift to learn about and that’s where I’ll really be able to help her.

Purrfect!

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

For now, I just meow, but soon, like Julia, you’ll be able to hear my thoughts. It’ll take her a bit of time to figure it out, but until then, I’ll keeping talking to her in my own way.

Very mice.

What advice would you give other cat characters?

Always be there for your human. They are fragile and don’t always know the best path to take. Remember, they would be lost without us. 😉

I agree completely. Cats are wiser than any human, real or character.

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

Anne is working on her next book, but health problems have slowed things down. This book will bring in more about her life before Grand Marais, while solving a murder involving stolen antiquities. It takes place right after the end of Broken Promises. It should be out by the end of February.

The third book in the series will take us far away, but that’s a secret. You’ll discover more about Aunt Sadie and solve a mystery started 70 years earlier.  That is expected to come out in late spring.

Sorry to hear your author’s been ill, but please keep us posted about the new books.

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

Anne has an author page on Facebook – www.facebook.com/annewillowauthor and on Twitter – www.twitter.com/cozymysteryanne She also has a blog, but it’s still young. Last year, we had a health scare with Anne, so it’s still getting posts added. It’s https://annewillowauthor.wordpress.com (you can sign up for her newsletter – though I think I’m going to have to take it over very soon.)

I highly recommend you giving your author a paw with promotion. Best whiskers to both of you on your upcoming books. It was an honor cat chatting with you, Your Majesty.

Sneaky Interviews Author Sandra Baublitz’ Cats Socky and Miss Kitty

As promised after my interview with Paw, the dog from Sandra Baublitz’ Dog Detective mysteries, I had the pleasure to interview two of the author’s real life cats.
Meow there, kitties. What are your names.

Hi, I’m Socky, Sandra’s black and white tuxedo male cat.

And I’m Miss Kitty her all black female cat.

We’re author Sandra Baublitz’s pets. She writes the Dog Detective Series cozy mysteries.

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

Miss Kitty: We don’t appear in any of her books as ourselves.

Socky: Yet. (Grumbles)

Miss Kitty: Socky’s grumpy because a black cat will be in our owner’s next book.

Socky: Not fair.

Don’t worry, Socky. I’m sure your author will base one of her characters on you, too, one day.

Do either of you influence your author’s writing?

Miss Kitty: Yes. We are very supportive of our owner.

Socky: I sit in her lap as she types and purr to her.

Miss Kitty: I sneak peeks of her work at night and we both whisper advice in her ear as she sleeps.

Socky: So that’s how you got in the book.

Miss Kitty: Hush. (Nudges Socky) You were an influence on Kathleen the cat’s character in the Missing Actor.

Socky: Let’s just say that some of the mischief the cats in the books cause are from actual events.

I think that’s pawsome. Although my author created me in the image of her Siamese Oliver who passed away two months ago, I have my own purrsonality.

How do you feel about your author choosing a dog as her main character in her dog mysteries?

Miss Kitty: Hiss.

Socky: We hate dogs.

Miss Kitty: To be fair, our author didn’t own cats when she started. She owned a dog.

Socky: If she wants a dog in our life, I have to say Paw is the best option.

That’s how I feel about Fido, my dog co-star. Debbie never had a golden retriever, but she did have poodles and a German shepherd when she was younger.

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

We’re not allowed to reveal book 2 but here’s an excerpt from The Missing Actor:

I kept a tight grasp on Paw’s leash. Several birds flew up out of the field, but my real concern was more rabbits. Paw loved to chase them. We were getting close to the older homes when we heard a rustling in a nearby bush. Paw instantly went alert. We watched as a furry head poked out. It looked at us and then stepped out toward us.

Shelbee cried, “Kathleen!”

The cat was a mix of gray and black with long hair and tufts on her ears. Bits of grass stuck to her fur. Her tail was erect indicating she was happy to see us. She meowed plaintively to us.

I was so startled when Paw lunged at her I lost my grip on his leash. He immediately ran at Kathleen. She turned and ran back to the houses with Paw in hot pursuit.

I ran after Paw with Shelbee close behind me. We were both yelling for Paw to stop. Shelbee soon passed me since she had much longer legs. I was huffing and puffing as I exited the field and came out behind the older homes. I was just in time to see Kathleen slip through a cat door in one of the older homes. Paw ran full out into the door. He bounced off and shook himself. Shelbee was soon there on her hands and knees talking to Kathleen through the door. She had to keep pushing Paw out of the way.

I approached more slowly to catch my breath. As I did, I noticed the house appeared to be unoccupied. There were no curtains at the windows or lights on in the house. No outdoor furniture and the grass looked like it needed to be mowed. The cat door was set in what appeared to be a small door to the garage.

“She isn’t coming out,” Shelbee said to me as I got to the door. We could hear her meowing plaintively. It sounded as if she was scolding us. Paw kept jumping up at the door to look in, but someone had covered the window in the door with black plastic.

I grabbed Paw’s collar and hauled him back from the door. I said to Shelbee, “Try shaking the can. Maybe with Paw back, she will come out.”

Shelbee tried this and Kathleen stepped cautiously out. Paw was surprisingly quiet. But when Shelbee reached to pick her up, Kathleen slipped back inside. Paw started barking as well.

“I get the feeling they want us to go inside,” Shelbee said, looking up at me. I nodded in agreement.

Very mice.

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

We’re proud to have convinced her to add cats to her books. Neither of us are fans of dogs. And everyone knows that cats are more intelligent.

Of claws.

Do the cats in your author’s books talk or are they silent like I am and just meow occasionally?

The cats we inspired meow. They don’t talk. It might scare the humans.

Good point. Humans can be scaredy cats especially when they are featured in mysteries.

What advice would you give cat characters?

Cause as much mischief as you can and scratch the killer. Better yet, jump on the villain’s head and back.

MOL (Meow Out Loud). I like how you think.

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

Book 2 in the Dog Detective Series is planned for March. We’ll do our best to help our author finish it. It’s set at a Bed and Breakfast. A murder mystery game is planned, but one of the guests dies before the game begins. Two cats join Paw, our author’s Saint Bernard character.

Miss Kitty: I’m the inspiration for Saber. (She preens).

Socky: Hiss.

Miss Kitty: Just ignore him.

Paw filled me in on that book. It sounds pawsome.

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

Our author is on Facebook and Twitter.

Socky: I’m on her personal Facebook page profile photo.

Miss Kitty (under her breath) Ham.

And we both show up on her social media now and then.

You should purrsuade Sandra to give you a blog, too. Just a thought. In the meantime, best whiskers to you and your author and thanks for cat chatting with me today.

Sneaky’s Interview of Paw from the Dog Detective Cozy Mysteries by Sandra Baublitz

Good day, fellow readers. If you haven’t noticed, my blog is now devoted to all pet litterature not just that of cat writing. It’s my pleasure to again feature a guest of the canine persuasion. What is your name, Mr. Dog, and your author’s name?

My name is Paudius Pernivious, Paw for short. My author’s name is Sandra Baublitz.

Paws up, Paw! What book(s) have you appeared in? Please list them and their genre.

 

 

 

I am in The Dog Detective cozy mysteries: Mastiffs, Mystery, and Murder (Novel 1), and the following short stories – The Mystery of the Blue Dolphins (1), The Mystery of Aunt Carol’s Disappearance (2), The Mystery of the Body in the Shed (3), The Mystery of the Missing Bear (4), and The Mystery of the Missing Actor (5). Mastiffs, Mystery, and Murder is available in audio too.

That’s pawsome. Please give information about your tails. I mean tales.

I sniff out clues to help my amateur sleuth owner in the Dog Detective Series. You see (pauses while he scratches his ear), sorry about that, it’s fleas. The bane of every dog I know. Now, where was I… Oh right. You see I bark and dig and find clues that my owner might miss. Plus, I protect her from criminals and killers. A loyal dog’s job is to guard his owner.

(Sneaky moves to another spot). Sorry, I don’t want to catch your fleas. Now tell me are you based on a real dog such as your author’s? If so, please give further details.

I’m based on a puppy my owner met years ago and wanted to own. The puppy was owned by her co-worker. Plus, I’m based on the Beethoven movies. I think I look a lot like the handsome Saint Bernard who played the lead in Beethoven.

I’m not familiar with that  production because I prefer to see cat movies, but you are quite cute for a dog. Can you share an excerpt from one of your books that features you in an important scene? If so, please include it.

I lost my grip on Paw’s collar, and he jerked from my grasp. I landed on the hall floor with Bruce on top of me.

Oomph! My breath rushed out of me. As I tried to sit up, one of Matt’s Chihuahuas raced past me, chasing after Paw and the mastiff.

I turned in time to see the dogs reach the elevator.

By now, the guard and manager had risen to their feet, and Matt had stumbled out of his room. But Bruce and I were still half-lying in the middle of the hallway.

Shelbee and Jac were trapped in our hotel room by Bruce’s and my legs.

Bruce and I scurried to our feet in time to the ping of the elevator arriving.

The elevator doors opened, and I breathed a sigh of relief that no one was on it.

Who knew what the mastiff would do in his frantic state?

The night manager and guard along with Matt and Bruce started running to the elevators. It looked like they were going to be able to corner the dogs safely. I assumed Paw was going to try to stop the mastiff from getting away.

Imagine my surprise when Paw barked and led the dogs into the elevator.

I stood in shock. I didn’t know what Paw thought he was doing. It looked, though, like the guys were still going to be able to catch them.

Then Paw gave me a pointed look as if to say “follow me” and jumped up, hitting the inside panel of buttons on the elevator.

The doors closed a second before the guys reached them.

The indicator light’s down arrow turned green, and the elevator began its descent.

Had Paw meant to do that?

Not bad. About on the par as Fido, my dog co-star’s acting in our Cobble Cove mystery series. Of Claws, it doesn’t come close to mine, but I’m a cat.

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

I like finding the clues. I love my owner and want her to reach her goals. The more clues I find, the quicker she solves the mystery and that makes her happy.

A typical canine response. I find clues, too, and I hope my humans notice them, although they’re pretty naive. Alicia’s smart for a woman, but she often misinterprets what I try to show her. Then she wants to take all the credit when she figures it out.

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

I woof and bark.

The dogs I’ve encountered don’t have much a repertoire of sounds that we felines do. My meows alone can vary in dozens of pitches and tones from hisses to yowls.

What advice would you give other dog characters?

Protect your sleuth, work hard, and have some fun. A little mischief now and then enlivens your author’s life and her book.

Another typical canine reply. My advice has always been to aim for the best parts in the mystery and your photo on the cover. I also managed to purrsuade my author to create this pawsome blog for me.

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

I’m in the next Dog Detective novel which is book 2. My author hopes to have it out by March. She hasn’t given it a title yet, but in this one, my owner and her friends are staying at our local Bed and Breakfast. They’re acting in a murder mystery game, but one of the guests dies before the game begins. I put my nose to the ground to track the killer. Wink. Wink. And I’m joined by some new pet characters. A Bassett hound named Henry and two cats, Rascal and Saber. Plus, Samuel and Bitsy from the first book are back.

Ah, so you have cat co-stars. Very mice. I like the idea of a murder mystery mystery.

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

We’re on Facebook, Twitter. We love to visit with our readers.

Great! Best tail wags to you and your author on your series and future writings. I also have an interview scheduled with your author and her cats that I’m looking forward to.

Sneaky’s Interview of Mouse from Pre-Meditated Murder by Tracy Weber

It’s my lucky day.  I have another pet here on blog tour for her new book with Escape with Dollycas Into a Good Book. Hello, there, Kitty. What is your name and your author’s name?

My name is an unpronounceable combination of purrs, head butts, growls, and smells. Humans, however call me Mouse. I’m a calico Hemingway cat. I have seven toes on each of my front paws. The author who writes about me is Tracy Weber.

How very interesting. I’ve heard about the Hemingway cats. I bet it’s nice having an extra toe. What book(s) have you appeared in? Please list them and their genre.

I’m a new arrival to Tracy’s mystery series, and my first appearance is in her newest Downward Dog Mystery, Pre-Meditated Murder. Tracy’s series is a cozy mystery series.

Very mice. My author Debbie writes the cozy series I’m in, the Cobble Cove mystery series. My co-star is a dog also. Fido is a golden retriever, and I’m a Siamese. Can you tell us more information about your series?

The Downward Dog Mysteries feature yoga teacher/sleuth Kate Davidson and her ferocious-looking German shepherd, Bella. I think Bella is a sweetheart, but she doesn’t like other dogs or most bearded men. I’m hoping that she and I will eventually become fast friends.

I”m sure you will. Fido and I get along quite well. It’s the humans you have to watch out for.

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

My author friend Tracy rescued an orange semi-feral kittem named Devil-cat when it was about four months old. Tracy loved Devil-cat, and they lived together in Tracy’s house for sixteen years. Devil-cat on the other hand, didn’t like humans very much, including Tracy and her husband. So Tracy never got to pet her or cuddle with her until the last few months of Devil-cat’s life. The vet thinks Devil-cat probably had a brain tumor near the end, but one of its side effects was that it made her suddenly friendly. So Tracy and Devil-cat got some good bonding in before she passed away a few years ago. Tracy still misses her.

Aw what a touching story. Devil-cat must’ve had a bad experience with humans at a young age. That happens sometimes. I’m so glad your author got to bond with her at the end, and I understand how much she must miss her kitty. My author recently lost her 17-year old cat who was Siamese like me. In fact, my character is based on him. His name was Oliver, and he was the friendliest cat. Everybody loved him especially Debbie, so she misses him a lot, too.

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, Kate is getting a haircut from the woman who adopted me.

Crystal grasped a large chunk of my hair and prepared to make a few final cuts.

Everything next seemed to happen at once.

The door behind me opened and Rene’s voice called, “Aren’t you about done in here? We’re bored.”

Bella—who stood on leash next to her—spied Mouse, or more accurately, Mouse spied Bella. The calico kitten arched her back like a Halloween decoration, let out a loud yowl, and dove into the hole behind the shampoo bowl.

“Oh no, a cat!” Rene screamed. She broke into a sneezing fit and dropped Bella’s leash.

Bella froze for a moment, torn. On the left was a delectable calico morsel, hers for the eating. On the right, a complete stranger, who held a sharp cutting instrument close to her human’s throat. For a self-proclaimed German shepherd guard dog, the decision was obvious.

Protect the one who feeds you.

Bella dove for Crystal, growling and snapping her teeth. Crystal screamed. Her hand spasmed. The scissors closed, cutting a three-inch-wide swath from my hair. “Help!” she yelled. “Keep that vicious dog away from me!”

“Bella, stop,” I yelled in return. “This is our friend!”

Bella skidded to a stop beside me, then took off after the kitten. She sniffed back and forth between the shampoo bowl and the cabinet, whining.

I gasped at my reflection in the mirror. “My hair!”

The left side of my hair floated down past my shoulders. The right ended at the top of my ear.

Crystal pointed at my right ear and proclaimed, “This isn’t my fault. The dog attacked me!”

I bared my teeth at Rene. She replied with a submissive grin. “At least asymmetrical haircuts are in style.”

What a pawsome scene. Thanks for sharing it.

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

I play a very important role in this book, and it’s nice to be taken seriously. When you’re a semi-feral kitten, people just want to catch you and touch you all the time. They don’t necessarily see how intelligent you are or value what you’re trying to tell them, including “Keep your hands to yourself!” In Tracy’s book, I get to be myself, yet still be the center of attention, at least for a few pivotal scenes. I like that.

I imagine that must be enjoyable. Even though I was found at the Cobble Cove library, I was never feral, but my background is a mystery.

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

If you mean do I speak English, of course not. What self-respecting kitty would lower herself to use the language of humans?

Well, there are some character cats who talk, but they are mostly in children’s books and animated films.

What advice would you give other cat characters?

Get a good agent and hold out for tuna. Lots and lots of tuna.

Purrfect advice.

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

My book, Pre-Meditated Murder, releases today, January 8th. I’m not mentioned in this blurb about the book, but believe me, I’m an important part of it.

If Kate Doesn’t Act Fast, the Only “I Do” in Michael’s Future Will Be at His Trial

Yoga instructor Kate Davidson is ready to marry her boyfriend Michael, so she’s disappointed when a special dinner doesn’t end with a proposal. But disappointment turns to dismay and outrage as she learns the real problem: Michael is already married and his estranged wife is blackmailing him.

When his wife’s body is found―by Kate and her dog, no less―Michael is strangely unable to remember where he was the night she died. Since Michael has no alibi, Kate steps up to uncover what happened. What she walks into is a tangled web of deceit, obsession, and immigration fraud . . . with Michael trapped in the middle.

Wow, Meow. That sounds pawsome. I wish you and your author luck with it.

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

I’m not, but my author friend Tracy is. Please friend her at https://www.facebook.com/tracywe.  You can sign up for her author newsletter at http://tracyweberauthor.com/newsletter.html.

I also know you and Tracy are on blog tour for Pre-Meditated Murder. Here is the link to the rafflectopter prize for those who wish to enter: here: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/02887792660/?widget_template=56d5f80dbc544fb30fda66f0

Thanks for the great interview, Mouse (what an interesting name for a cat) and best whiskers to you and your author on your new release.

Sneaky Interviews Elmer, the beagle puppy from Kappy King and the Puppy Kaper by Amy Lillard

Wow, Meow. It’s my honor to interview another pet character today and one who is on a blog tour. Hello, little doggy, can you introduce yourself and your author, please?

My name is Elmer and I’m a beagle puppy. I live with a woman named Kathryn King, but no one calls her that. She was supposed to be called Kathy, but her youngest brother couldn’t say that and she became Kappy. Plus she makes all the payer kapps in our district. My author’s name is Amy Lillard.

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

Kappy King and the Puppy Kaper is the first book I’ve appeared in of Amy’s but she’s already recorded a second story with me and she’s working on a third.

That’s pawsome. Are you in a series? If so, please give information about it.

I am in a series. We’re calling it An Amish Mystery series, but Amy refers to them as the Kappy books. They are set in Kishacoquillas Valley, Pennsylvania. Also called Big Valley or Kish Valley. It’s very pretty here, and there are lots of Amish folks.

My author loves the Pennsylvania Dutch country. She even featured shoofly pie in one of our mysteries at the Cobble Cove Inn when the innkeeper served it for Thanksgiving.

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

I think so, at least a little bit. Amy used to have a beagle, but he went to doggie heaven last year. He was a good dog, or so she says. She even dedicated the first Kappy book to him. His name was Ammo.Though between you and me, I think she’s more of a cat person. She has three of them living in the house!

So sorry about Ammo, but Amy sounds like my author who is a cat person but also likes dogs. Her cat Oliver whom I am based on went to kitty heaven this past November, but she still has his younger brother, Stripey. By the way, there are also two dogs in our mysteries. My co-star Fido is a golden retriever, but there is also a beagle, Ruby, who belongs to our main character’s best friend, Gilly.

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

I would call all the scenes with me in them important, but Kappy and Amy might disagree.

Right now, I’m still a puppy, but I was the means for Kappy and her friend Edie to go see the vet and question him. They think he might have murdered Ruth. She was the breeder where I used to live. It’s across from Kappy, so we’re all neighbors.

Here’s a little scene from the book with me in it.

“Wait,” Edie said. “There’s a young Dr. Brewer?”

The receptionist smiled. Kappy noted that the name on her badge said Bonnie. “That’s right.”

“And he’s a veterinarian as well?” Edie pressed.

“Oh, yes. He took over the practice several years ago. The elder Dr. Brewer only comes in on Mondays and Friday afternoons.”

“And the young Dr. Brewer?” Edie asked.

“He works the rest of the time.” She smiled and pushed their statement across the counter toward the two of them.

Kappy could only give it a cursory glance. She was too busy assessing the information she had just received. Ruth was killed on a Tuesday, and if she had an appointment with a Dr. Brewer, chances are it was the young Dr. Brewer and not the fragile man they had just met.

“Does the doctor make house calls?” Edie asked.

Kappy juggled Elmer in her arms as Edie took the necessary bills out of her wallet. She pushed the money across the counter toward the receptionist.

“Just the young doctor.” She smiled at them. “Let me get you a receipt.”

Kappy nodded, then caught Edie’s stare.

Now what do we do? Edie mouthed.

“Is by chance the young doctor here today?” Kappy asked.

Bonnie counted out her change and shook her head. “Not today. But he does live around back if you ever need him for anything else.”

Kappy wasn’t sure if anything else also included a murder investigation, but she really wanted to talk to the young Dr. Carlton Brewer.

“Thank you.” Edie flashed her a quick smile, and together she and Kappy walked Elmer out to the car.

“Are you thinking what I’m thinking?” Edie asked.

“I am if you’re thinking we should go around the back and see if we can find the young Dr. Brewer.” With any luck he would be outside mowing his grass or even watering his garden or something where they could get a good look at him. Maybe even talk to him for just a moment.

Edie thoughtfully tapped her chin. “We have to have a reason . . . ” she said. “So we take Elmer back there to show him how big he’s gotten and just bring up Ruth from there.”

Kappy frowned. She wasn’t sure that would actually work, but she couldn’t come up with anything better. “Let’s go.”

Once again Kappy wished she had brought a collar and leash for the little pup. He didn’t weigh hardly anything, but he wanted down so bad to sniff the ground and see what was new around him that her arms began to ache as she held him in place.

She would definitely have to invest in a leash when she took him home—She reined her thoughts to a quick stop. She wasn’t taking Elmer home. She might like him and she might have even been contemplating getting a dog the night before, but the reality was . . .

Well, the reality was she lived alone, she had no friends except for Edie, who would be leaving soon, and she lived alone. Wait. She’d already said that. It wasn’t like Elmer would fill in the spots when she came home alone. But she knew he would fill other voids.

“There he is.” Edie cocked her head in the direction of the large Victorian-style house. It was painted pale yellow and looked similar to Amish houses other than the color and the ornate trim that seemed to drip from every flat surface. A man sat on the front porch in the rocking chair, a glass of tea on the table at his side and a cell phone pressed to his ear.

“Should we go talk to him?” Kappy asked.

“We’ve come this far,” Edie replied.

The man caught sight of them and seemed to understand their intentions. He held up one finger as if to say he would be off the call shortly and didn’t protest as they climbed the porch steps.

“I’ll call you back,” he said into the receiver. “Yes, that’s right. Okay then. Bye.”

He tapped the phone off, then turned to Edie and Kappy with a smile. “Is that one of Ruth’s puppies?”

“Yes.” Edie spoke as Kappy took one giant step forward and pressed Elmer toward the young Dr. Brewer.

He accepted the dog without complaint, scratching him behind the ears.

A barking good scene. Thank you.

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

I just bark when strange people come to the house, but I’m hoping to have a bigger role as the series grows. After all, who doesn’t love a beagle?

You must let your author know. I purrsuaded Debbie not only to put my picture on our latest book but also to let me have my own blog.

What advice would you give other dog characters?

Just keep on being the best dog you can be.

That’s definitely something to chew on.

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

Kappy King and the Pickle Kaper comes out June 26, 2018. And if you look, you can see me on the cover next to Kappy. Sally June Esh was delivering the white church pickles known here in Big Valley when she was run off the road and killed. Now Kappy and Edie are trying to figure out if there’s a sinister pickle conspiracy at hand or if young Sally June’s death was an unfortunate accident.

Paws up!

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

Amy is on social media. I made her paste the links here. I would have, but…well, I don’t have thumbs.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AmyLillard918/

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/AmyLillard918

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/AmyLillard918/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/amylillardauthor/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5809947.Amy_Lillard

She also has two really fun websites. One for all her books and another for those interested in Amish life and Amy’s travels to Amish communities across the country.

www.amywritesromance.com

www.amysamishadventures.com

You can also follow her on amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/Amy-Lillard/e/B0088FX7FY/

And Bookbub:

https://www.bookbub.com/authors/amy-lillard

Thank you for the interview, Elmer, and best tail wags to you and your author on your series and your blog tour with Escape with Dollycas into a Good Book.