Sneaky Interviews Olivia from Oh! Olivia by Patricia Fry

Today, I’m honored to welcome a pretty calico cat to my blog. Hello, Miss Kitty. You’re so sweet sitting there in the interview chair crossing your paws. Please introduce yourself and your author.

I’m Olivia and the author (who is also my mom) is Patricia Fry.

Mice to meet both of you. My author knows Patricia through the Cat Writers’ Association.

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

Mom (Patricia Fry) has been writing the Klepto Cat Mysteries featuring a cat named Rags, for about ten years. The Klepto Cat Mysteries are cozy mysteries with cats. When she started planning Book 51 of the series, she thought it would be fun to introduce me as one of the characters. She even re-furred to me in the title, Calico Calamities. I am a calico, you see. She called this my debut into the world of cozy mysteries.

I’d already become pretty popular on Facebook, and Rags’s fans loved meeting me in Calico Calamities, so Mom got all excited about starting a new series featuring me. Now I’m a star in the new Calico Cat Mysteries.

Book One is called Oh! Olivia. That’s something Mom says a lot around here, (“Oh Olivia, what have you done now?” “Oh Olivia, where are you?” “Oh Olivia, get down from those curtains!”) Yes, that was the purr-fect title for my debut book.

MOL. I’ve seen your photos on Facebook. You’re quite photogenic. My author, Debbie, also has a calico, Hermione, who has the same cute habit of crossing her paws. It must be a calico thing.

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

Yes, both the Klepto Cat Mysteries and the Calico Cat Mysteries are series. The Klepto Cat Mysteries features Rags, a cat that can’t keep his paws off of other people’s things, and the things he takes are often clues in a mystery or a crime. Rags gets into a lot of trouble, but he does some fabulously courageous things, too, like saving people and other animals. He’s much older than I am and has the most amazing instincts. I just turned one year old, but I hope I can someday be as brave as he is and help people like he does.

The Calico Cat Mysteries feature ME, Olivia, and my storybook mom, Parker, an investigative reporter. In these stories, I’m just an ordinary calico cat with an amazingly quirky purr-sonality. I’m silly and refined; naughty and well-mannered, and super intuitive. I’m also adventuresome and a bit of a comedian. Mostly, I like to help. I have the helping gene, which, as you can imagine sometimes gets me into trouble.

Wow, Meow. You and your author sure are busy. I know that Debbie read Oh! Olivia, the first book in your Calico Cat Mysteries and she asked me to post her review along with your blog tour below this interview.

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

Pinch me; I’m real. I lived under a house in a strange city during a pandemic before I was rescued. A kind lady found me a home with Mom and Dad when I was about 10 weeks old. They say that the isolation during 2020 was so much more bearable with me because I made them laugh. Yup, they laughed their way through 2020. And I just enjoyed being loved. Mom has loved a lot of cats, but she says I’m different. I’m so different that Mom could envision me frolicking across the pages of a cozy mystery. And frolic I do—fictitiously, of course.

What a pawsome story. I think you and your author are lucky to have found one another. I was based on Debbie’s Siamese cat, Oliver, who went to Rainbow Bridge three years ago, but I’m still representing him in my Cobble Cove series. Debbie has also featured her real life cats, Stripey, Harry, and Hermione in her other books and stories. It’s great to be an author’s cat, literally.

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

It’s Christmas Eve, and Olivia has been “arrested.” A police officer took her to the station to be picked up later by animal services. The reason—she had found a lost little boy and his weirded out mother wants Olivia in quarantine in case she scratched him or bit him. Olivia’s mom, Parker, an investigative reporter, is frantic. She eventually remembers that she has Olivia’s vaccination record on her phone, along with Olivia’s certification as a therapy cat, so she races down to the police station to rescue her beloved cat. Parker had forgotten to tell the “arresting” officer that Olivia is an escape artist, and when the officer on duty went to retrieve the cat from a small carrier in a back office of the police station, they discover that she’s gone. Officer Inez Franklin asks Parker and her brother, Wade, to wait in the lobby while she looks for Olivia. Here’s where the story takes up:

Within minutes the inside door opened, and Officer Franklin entered the lobby.

“You didn’t find her,” Parker said. “I can tell by your posture.”

“No, but there’s one room I haven’t looked in, yet,” the officer said.

“A bathroom?” Parker asked. “Oh no, not a bathroom. She’ll be playing in the toilet for sure. She likes water. In fact, she likes watching a toilet flush. Sometimes she even manages to flush it herself.” She faced Wade. “I don’t think I told you about our hotel stay in Mexico that time. We got in big trouble for wasting water while we were there. I couldn’t for the life of me figure out why, then I caught Olivia sitting on the toilet seat just flushing and flushing away. She can also sometimes turn on a faucet.”

“Oh my,” the officer said, walking swiftly toward the door. “Come on, let’s go see.” She said over her shoulder, “I actually looked around in the women’s restroom, but maybe we’d better check the men’s.” She stopped outside the bathroom door and motioned to Wade. “Sir, I’ll let you go in.” She asked Parker, “So Olivia likes water, does she?” She cringed. “You know, I heard some flushing going on in there when I was checking the women’s facility. I figured that if she was in there, whoever was using the facility would see her.”

“Well?” Parker asked eagerly when Wade returned.

“Officer Franklin,” Wade said, “either you work with some squirrely officers, or someone turned loose a pack of monkeys in there.” He shook his head. “It’s a disaster—paper towels and toilet paper all over the place.” He grinned at Parker. “I thought Olivia was more refined than that.”

Parker sighed. “Not when she’s unhappy or feels cornered. She’ll take it out on whatever she can get her paws on.”

When the officer heard a door open at the end of the hallway, she turned and called out, “Camille, can I speak with you for a moment?”

Camille nodded and said quietly as the trio approached, “I was just going to call you when I heard you out here.” She glanced curiously at Parker and Wade.

“We’re looking for a cat,” Inez said. “Can we…”

“By all means,” Camille said, cautiously opening the door for them to enter. She put her finger across her lips in a shushing manner and motioned for Inez to follow her across the room to a small futon covered with a blanket. Camille lifted a corner of the blanket, and Inez gasped. She eagerly motioned for the couple to join her.

Parker was sure her heart missed a beat as she approached the officer. When she got close enough, she could see an infant lying on the futon contentedly sucking her thumb. The baby held the edge of the blanket up against her face and stared out at Parker with wide eyes. The officer lifted another edge of the blanket and revealed a shock of black, orange, and white fur.

“Olivia!” Parker hissed. “Oh my gosh.” She clasped her hands under her chin and smiled down at the baby and the cat.

“Is this your cat?” Camille asked. “What’s she doing here at the station?”

“Long story,” Wade said, running his hand over the sleeping calico.

Olivia raised her head and looked at him briefly through squinty eyes, then lay back down.

Parker cupped one hand over Olivia’s head tenderly. “My sweet girl.” She smiled down at her and at the baby.

“It’s an abuse case,” Camille explained. “We’re waiting for social services. I guess maybe the cat heard the little thing crying in here. When I came in to relieve Wentzel, she must have sneaked in. I was freaked out when she suddenly appeared at my feet…”

      Parker chuckled. “She does that. She seems to materialize out of thin air sometimes.”

         “So she just climbed into bed with the baby?” Inez asked, amused.

Camille nodded. “When I saw how gentle she was with the baby and how relaxed the little one became, well, it was the miracle we needed.” She tilted her head. “Didn’t I hear that a cat found the Anderson boy this afternoon?”

Parker nodded. “Yes, that was Olivia.”

“That poor soul,” Camille said. “He’s another child who needs help.”

Suddenly Olivia raised her head and looked around. She stood up, sniffed the child’s face a couple of times, then stepped slowly onto the floor and stretched—her bushy tail arching across her back.

“Olivia, sweetheart,” Parker cooed, kneeling. “Come here, girl. I missed you so much.”

The pert calico stretched again, then walked up to Parker and put one paw on her leg.

Everyone chuckled when Olivia reached up toward Parker’s face with her other paw, waving it in the air a couple of times.

“What was that?” Wade asked.

Parker grinned and shook her head. “Heck if I know. She always does it. I assume it’s a special greeting—she’s greeting me.” 

“She missed you,” Officer Franklin said, smiling.

“Yeah, we’re rarely apart,” Parker explained, lifting Olivia into her arms.

“They’re joined at the heart,” Wade added, running his hand over Olivia’s fur. “Can we take her home?” he asked.

I’m impressed. What a purrfect excerpt. You are quite the actress, Olivia.

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

My character cat gets to have fun and she does some very important things too—helping things, courageous things. I like making people smile and making them feel better about whatever is going on in their life. If I can bring a little joy to a life, I’m a happy kitty-cat. And if I can have fun while I’m doing it—all the better.

What a great catitude!

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

I only mew, meow, yowl, hiss, and purr, like you do, Sneaky. My mew is squeaky and my purr is deep. That may be weird, but that’s how it is. So no, I don’t have a speaking part unless you consider silent words. I use a lot of body language—especially with my tail. Parker is just about the only one who can read my body language. We have a special way of communicating, but I love to trip her up—you know, show a certain behavior, then do something completely unexpected. The way I look at it, you need to keep your humans guessing.

I totally agree.

What advice would you give other cat characters?

Don’t take yourself too seriously. Seriously, you’re a cat—a fabulous cat, I’m sure, and you get to do a lot of fun stuff and some that’s not so fun. Just try to remember why you’re where you are today—pictured on the cover of a beautiful book and being allowed to do all kinds of naughty things. Enjoy the journey. You are blessed.

I like the way you think, Olivia.

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

Book 2 of the Calico Cat Mysteries just came out. It’s called, Where’s Olivia? This book takes up where Book 1 left off. We’re on a mission to find the detectives missing daughter—who was first thought to have perished in a mud slide. You aren’t going to believe where this investigation takes us. I can tell you this—it’s brimming with twists and turns, ups and downs, and some pawsitively pawsome surprises.

Gosh! You and Patricia sure are fast. It takes Debbie and me time to write the books in our series, but Debbie publishes a few short stories featuring me and KittyKai, who also happens to be a calico cat, to keep her readers happy. In fact, one of those stories, Sneaky’s Summer Mystery, just won a Certificate of Excellence from the Cat Writers’ Association of which I know you’re also a member and have won awards.

It’s been great having you here, Olivia, and best whiskers to you and Patricia on your new series. As promised, I’m featuring your blog tour below and Debbie’s review of your book.

Oh! Olivia: A Calico Cat Mystery
by Patricia Fry

About Oh! Olivia

Oh! Olivia: A Calico Cat Mystery
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Publisher ‏ : ‎ Matilija Press (May 19, 2021)
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 254 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1736943006
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1736943007
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B095BV39KQ

Olivia proves she’s not just a pretty face.

Parker Campbell, an investigative reporter, and her calico cat, Olivia, have been summoned to help save a long-standing cat colony site from the grips of eager developers. They arrive on scene to discover that the property has become enshrouded in a most unsettling mystery. The feral cats are digging up personal items belonging to missing persons who vanished years earlier. Was this the site of a mass murder, a cult ritual gone wrong, or an unexplained phenomenon? Parker teams up with Detective Judson Caldwell, who has taken a personal leave to secretly investigate the mystery, and soon learns what drives his obsession with this case.

Olivia, the sweet and sassy calico, struts her stuff in this story. She locates a lost toddler and ends up getting herself arrested. She isn’t about to take this insult lying down, however. She escapes from custody and trashes the police station. Olivia alerts Parker to trouble when they visit her aunt’s home and find that the woman has detained a burglar in a most unusual way. Olivia also finds major clues in the convoluted cat colony mystery, one that promises a glimmer of hope for a long-grieving parent.

About Patricia Fry

Patricia has been writing for publication for over 45 years. The first Calico Cat Mystery will be her 94th published book. But she didn’t start out writing fiction. She had a passion for writing nonfiction articles, and she wrote hundreds—maybe thousands—of articles over her career for around 300 different publications including, Woman’s World, Entrepreneur, The Toastmaster, The World and I, Western Horse, Cat Fancy, Cats Magazine, Los Angeles Times Magazine, Your Health, Writer’s Digest, and many, many others.

Throughout the 1990s and early 2000s she wrote columns, articles, and books for authors teaching about the business of writing. She presented workshops for authors and gave presentations in dozens of cities throughout the US.

In 2010, she wrote her first cat book—Catscapades, True Cat Tales. The following year she shifted from writing nonfiction and teaching, counseling, and mentoring other authors and she wrote the first in the award-winning Klepto Cat Mystery series, CATNAPPED. This series is 51-books strong as of April 2021 and counting.

Patricia is past president and director of SPAWN (Small Publishers, Artists, and Writers Network—now WPN, The Writers and Publishers Network). She is a professional member of the Cat Writers Association since 2009, and she has been writing a daily blog—Catscapades since 2009.

Patricia has almost always had a cat at her hearth and in her heart, loving many mixed breed cats as well as a Himalayan, a Persian and a Siamese. She prefers the long-to medium haired cats, but she has also shared her home with short-haired cats over the years. All but two of the cats she’s had over the years were adopted. Several of them were rescues and some of those came from feral beginnings. Every one of her cats had a story and those stories sometimes appear in the mysteries she writes.

Currently, Patricia shares her home with Sophie, a seventeen-year-old classic formerly feral tortie, and Olivia, the gorgeous diva calico featured in the Calico Cat Mystery series.


*****5 STARS

OH, OLIVIA! is an adorable book, the first of a new series by prolific author, Patricia Fry, who writes the Klepto Cat Mysteries. While I hadn’t read any of her previous books, I found it nice that she included some of the characters from her other series featuring Rags, the cat, and hope to read some of these in the future. Olivia was also introduced previously in CALICO CALAMITIES.

In OH, OLIVIA, there is a mystery involving a group of unrelated people who have disappeared as if into thin air. Clues discovered years later help Parker and her calico cat, Olivia, solve the case. It was a real stumper and kept me guessing. The only fault I found with the book is the ending because I’m not fond of cliffhangers. However, the author writes so quickly that the next book in the series, WHERE’S OLIVIA, is already out. If you’re a cozy fan who enjoys reading mysteries with cats in them, you’ll love this book. Highly recommended.

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Sneaky Interviews Beast, the Dog from A Spirit Seeks Asylum, A Bay Island Psychic Mystery by Lena Gregory

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

My name is Beast, and my author is Lena Gregory.

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

I appear in Lena’s Bay Island Psychic Mysteries, Death at First Sight, Occult and Battery, Clairvoyant and Present Danger, Spirited Away, Grave Consequences, and A Spirit Seeks Asylum.

That’s pawsome. You sound quite popular. Please give information about your series.

The Bay Island Psychic Mysteries are about my owner, Cass Donovan, who owns a psychic shop on Bay Island’s boardwalk.

Sounds very interesting. Are you based on a real dog such as your author’s?

I’m a Leonberger, which my author never had but very much wants, but my personality is based on a combination of all of my author’s dogs. And some of my “accidents” are based on real incidents that happened with my author’s dogs.

I’m also based on several of my authors’ cats, although mostly her Siamese Oliver who has been gone 3 years on Rainbow Bridge.

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

This is one of my favorite scenes with my Uncle Bee from Occult and Battery:

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


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.”

“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.”

Great excerpt. Thanks for sharing.

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.

That’s so sweet.

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

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

I’m sure you do.

What advice would you give other pet characters?

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

Pawsome advice.

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

My next book, A Spirit Seeks Asylum just released on July 13th, and my next book, #7 in the Bay Island Psychic series is due to release next summer.

Best tail wags to you and your author. I’m sharing your blog tour and giveaway below. Thanks so much for the interview.

A Spirit Seeks Asylum (A Bay Island Psychic Mystery)
by Lena Gregory

About A Spirit Seeks Asylum

A Spirit Seeks Asylum (A Bay Island Psychic Mystery)
Paranormal Cozy Mystery
6th in Series
Publisher: Beyond the Page (July 13, 2021)
Print length ‏ : ‎ 190 pages
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B097S55JFY

Cass Donovan is confronted by ghoulish crimes both old and new when a defunct asylum is the site of a fresh murder and a long-hidden injustice . . .

The old abandoned buildings of the Twin Forks Lunatic Asylum have always fascinated and frightened clairvoyant Cass Donovan, but she never dreamed her psychic abilities would be put to the test there. Then the new owner of the site tells her he plans to renovate it and turn it into a boarding school, and he’ll pay Cass handsomely to determine whether the place is haunted! Cass accepts his offer, but her search for hints of old ghosts soon has her looking for clues among the living when the man who hired her turns up dead.

Returning to the shuttered asylum looking for evidence of who may have wanted her client out of the way, Cass stumbles upon signs of yet another murder, even as she’s besieged by an onslaught of haunting voices from the past. When it comes to light that rival real estate developers have been hatching plans of their own for the property, Cass sees no shortage of motives for the murders, but she’ll have to find a way to quiet the disturbing voices from long ago and focus on the here and now, because whoever’s behind the killings has targeted Cass as their next victim . . .

About Lena Gregory

Lena Gregory is the author of the Bay Island Psychic Mysteries, which take place on a small island between the north and south forks of Long Island, New York, and the All-Day Breakfast Café Mysteries, which are set on the outskirts of Florida’s Ocala National Forest.

Lena grew up in a small town on the south shore of eastern Long Island. She recently relocated to Clermont, Florida with her husband, three kids, son-in-law, and four dogs. Her hobbies include spending time with family, reading, jigsaw puzzles, and walking. Her love for writing developed when her youngest son was born and didn’t sleep through the night. She works full time as a writer and a freelance editor and is a member of Sisters in Crime.

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Sneaky Interviews Smoky from The Moonshine Shack Murder, the First Southern Homebrew Cozy Mystery by Diane Kelly

Hi, Kitty. Welcome to my blog, and thanks for joining me for an inter”mew.” What is your name and your author’s name?

My name is Smoky. You can probably guess that I’m gray. I’m named after the Smoky Mountains near Chattanooga, Tennessee, where I live. My author’s name is Diane Kelly.

Mice to meet you. I’ve never been to Tennessee. I’m a New York State cat. I live in the fictional, small town of Cobble Cove. We have a mountain that overlooks water, but I spend most of my time in the Cobble Cove Library because I’m a library cat.

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

I’m in The Moonshine Shack Murder. It’s the first in Diane’s Southern Homebrew moonshine series, and it’s a cozy mystery. Next year, I’ll be in book #2, The Proof is in the Poison. There will be a third book the following year. People just can’t seem to get enough of me. But who could blame them? I’m a pretty cool cat.  

I’m sure you are. I’m a cozy mystery cat, too, and there are 5 books in my series so far and also 4 stories.

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

Yes, I’m in a series called the Southern Homebrew series. My human, who is named Hattie Hayes, learned to make moonshine from her granddaddy. She’s decided to turn the family moonshine recipe into a commercial enterprise. She makes pure rotgut, but she makes a bunch of fruity flavors, too. She runs a store called The Moonshine Shack in the riverfront district of Chattanooga, Tennessee. She can’t get by without me, so takes me along to work with her. My favorite spot is in the front window, where I can watch the street and take naps.

Very interesting. I like to nap in the library’s bay window.

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

Partly. My author’s male cats have all been docile sweeties, but I’m not. I’m more like her female cats, who are more demanding and moody. She’s had many, many cats and dogs over the years, but currently she has three dogs and two cats, plus two kittens she’s fostering. They’re disgustingly cute. 

Your author sounds like a cat lover, like mine. Debbie has three cats. I was based on her Siamese Oliver who has since gone to Rainbow Bridge. Then she rescued two kittens who are now three years old.

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

I circled around to the alley, parked, and hopped out to unlock the back door that led to the storeroom. My gray cat, Smoky, named for the nearby mountains, lay atop the wooden desk in the corner, watching me with his firefly-green eyes as he lazily licked a paw. The cat weighed upward of sixteen pounds and, unless food was in the offing, rarely moved, more cinder block than companion. I greeted him, as always, with an affectionate scratch under the chin and a “Hey, boy. Did you miss me?” His yawn told me that my absence had not affected him in the least. Hurtful, sure, but I’d long since accepted that ours would be a one-sided relationship.

Even with help from a dolly, moving the cases from the van to the storeroom proved to be backbreaking work. The muscles in my arms strained and shook, unused to being punished so severely. Smoky cast me a look of disdain each time I groaned or grunted. Next batch, I’d box the moonshine in smaller cases of six jars rather than twelve.

As I rolled the dolly outside to round up more moonshine, my ears picked up an unexpected sound. Clop-clop-clop. I turned to discover a mounted police officer riding up the alleyway on a beautiful chestnut mare. The horse’s reddish-brown coat gleamed in the sunshine as she tossed her flaxen mane. The officer wore his uniform with black riding boots, a helmet, and mirrored sunglasses. Despite being built like a sculpted boulder, he rode with a graceful athleticism, at one with his steed.

Clop-clop. When they reached me, the officer pulled back on the reins and spoke to his horse. “Whoa, Charlotte. Let’s find out what this little filly is up to.”

It took me a moment to realize I was the “little filly” he spoke of. Standing a mere five feet, I was undeniably small. But I made up for my stature in tenacity and sass. I looked up at the officer to see a set of broad shoulders, a strong jaw, and myself looking back, reflected in his sunglasses. I angled my head to indicate his horse. “I see you’ve got a thing for leggy blondes.”

He sat silent and unmoving for a few beats before his lips spread in a slow smile. He ducked his chin and reached up to ease his sunglasses down, gazing at me over the rims, his amber eyes lit up like lightning bugs in amusement. His focus shifted to the logo on my van and the cartons of liquor before returning to my face. “A bootlegger, huh? I suspect you’ll cause me no end of trouble.”

“I can’t make any promises, Officer.”

In a swift, smooth move, he slid down from his horse to stand directly in front of me. He towered over me by at least a foot, putting him around six feet, two inches tall and putting me on eye level with his rock-hard pecs and his name badge. M. LANDERS. Why does that name sound vaguely familiar?

Officer Landers removed his glasses and tucked them into the collar of his uniform. “I’ll give you a hand. Charlotte needs a rest, anyway.”

With my back and biceps screaming for mercy, I wasn’t about to turn him down. “Thanks.”

He tied his horse’s reins to a water pipe before reaching up to remove his helmet. When he did, he released a cascade of loose, short curls the color of buckskin. He ran his hand through his hair and it settled into a contemporary pompadour, short on the sides, longer on top. He resembled a rockabilly artist, or a blond version of Elvis from his early years. I felt the heat of a blush warm my cheeks.

He grabbed a case from the back of the van and tucked it under one arm before grabbing another. As he turned to carry them through the back door of my shop, he spotted Smoky standing sentinel in the doorway. “Is your guard cat going to attack?

“Smoky?” I stepped over and scooped my precious pet up in my arms. “He’s harmless.” Smoky stiff-armed me, pushing his paw against my chest, playing hard to get. Three years into our relationship and I was still trying to win the furry guy over. Maybe someday.

The cop eyed my cat and shook his head. “That there is why I prefer horses. They show some affection now and then.”

Pawsome! Thanks for sharing that purrfect excerpt.

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

That I get to be where the action is. It satisfies my cat curiosity. Also, that I get to be loved on by Hattie. (I’d never let her know this, but I kind of love her, too.)

Awww. How sweet. I love Alicia, too, and I like most of the other Cobble Cove library staff members.

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

I’m silent, but I find other ways to communicate my thoughts. Clawing, spitting, and hissing are quite effective. So is a purr, though I use my purr sparingly. Wouldn’t want Hattie to think she’s got me wrapped around her finger. The position of my ears and tail are more subtle communicators that I use.

(MOL) Meow Out Loud. Good point. I use similar non-verbal clues with Alicia, but in the later books and stories of the series, readers can now see my thoughts, as can the other pets.

What advice would you give other cat characters?

Don’t bite the hand that feeds you, but don’t lick it, either. No one likes a mooch or a suck-up. Always sleep in the sunny spot. Bugs aren’t as delicious as they might look, and it’s hard to swallow when they’re wiggling in your mouth. Stick to what’s put in your bowl.

Great advice for all us cat characters.

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

Yes, my very first book came out July 6th. It’s called The Moonshine Shack Murder. It’s a great tail – I mean, tale – if I do say so myself.

Concatulations to you and your author. I’m sharing your blog tour below. Best whiskers to you and your author on this fun series.

The Moonshine Shack Murder (A Southern Homebrew Mystery)
by Diane Kelly

About The Moonshine Shack Murder

The Moonshine Shack Murder (A Southern Homebrew Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Publisher: Berkley (July 6, 2021)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-10: 0593333225
ISBN-13: 978-0593333228
Digital ASIN : B08KPKD22T

In this intoxicating new cozy mystery series, the future for modern-day moonshiner Hattie Hayes looks bright–until death darkens the doorstep of her Moonshine Shack.

The Hayes family has made moonshine in Chattanooga since the days of Prohibition, and Hattie is happy to continue the tradition, serving up fun, fruity flavors in mason jars for locals and tourists alike. All signs indicate her new ‘shine shop will be a smashing success. What’s more, mounted police officer Marlon Landers has taken a shine to Hattie. For the first time ever, the stars seemed to have aligned in both her work and romantic life. But when a body ends up on her store’s doorstep alongside a broken jar of her Firefly Moonshine, it just might be lights out for her fledgling business.

The homicide detective can’t seem to identify the person who killed the owner of a nearby bar. The only witness is Hattie’s longhaired gray cat, and Smoky isn’t talking. When the detective learns that the victim and Hattie had a heated exchange shortly before his murder, she becomes her prime suspect.

Lest Hattie end up behind bars like her bootlegging great-grandfather a century before, she must distill the evidence herself and serve the killer a swift shot of justice.

About Diane Kelly

Diane Kelly writes stories that feature feisty female lead characters and their furry, four-footed friends. Diane is the author of over 30 novels and novellas, including the Death & Taxes, Paw Enforcement, and House Flipper mystery series. In 2021, she’ll launch two new series, the Southern Homebrew moonshine series and the Mountain Lodge Mysteries. Find Diane online at, on Twitter and Instagram @DianeKellyBooks, and on Facebook at her Author Diane Kelly page.

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Sneaky the Library Cat Interviews Macavity the Cat from Who, Me? Frog Bows, Fraud and Aphrodite : A Macavity & Me Mystery

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

I’m Macavity. My friend and caretaker, Bryn, says I was named for a poem by T.S. Eliot, but I’m not familiar with it.

Mice to meet you. I’m familiar with that poem. My author and also the main human character in my books is a librarian, so I’ve picked up a lot of knowledge from them and am great at Googling information, too.

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

So far I’m in two humorous mysteries with long titles:

Why Me? Chimeras, Conundrums and Dead Goldfish (A Macavity & Me Mystery)

Who Me? Fog Bows, Fraud and Aphrodite (A Macavity & Me Mystery)

I didn’t get my name or my face on the first book cover, but I insisted they put them on the second one. And they did.

Don’t feel bad. My face is only on one of the books in my series, and my name isn’t on any of the covers except two of my eBook stories because my series is called the Cobble Cove mysteries, not Sneaky and Alicia’s mysteries.

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

Yes, it’s a series that is just getting under way. The main human is Bryn Baczek. She adopted me because we both have different colored eyes. We live on a sailboat in a small marina. I’m the only cat in the marina, but other boat owners often bring their dogs with them. Fortunately, I’m tough and can hold my own.

I understand from Bryn that the mysteries she gets mixed up with involve serious issues. Like illegal human organ trafficking and non-profit fraud. Sometimes I have to help her out. Once I even saved her life. In return, she buys me my favorite foods—when she remembers to shop. I sometimes pick up snacks at the boat where two of her friends live. One friend pretends not to like me, but he feeds me smoked salmon when no one is around.

The only thing that upsets me about Bryn is that she occasionally ties our boat up in different locations or takes it out for a sail. And it’s not always for pleasure. One time we had to hide out at another marina for days because some bad people were looking for her. I’m a homebody and prefer that our home stays tied to the dock at “our” spot.

Very interesting. I imagine living at a marina is different than living in a library like I do.

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

My author claims she is allergic to cats and that I’m more than enough pet for her to handle. I know she has a soft spot in her heart for me; otherwise my name wouldn’t be on her book covers.

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

Sunday, I slept in. Macavity crawled up on my bunk and stretched before settling in, legs tucked under this body, his breathing slowly transformed into purring, a gentle comforting sound. He likes it best when things are calm. And consistent. If he’d had a chance to choose his owner instead of the other way around, he probably wouldn’t have chosen me. But in spite of my flaws, he hangs around. Perhaps for moments like these.

Macavity’s purring was mesmerizing. Trance-like. Although I was awake, I felt completely relaxed. My mind at ease. Suspended in time. It was a moment of mental flossing, the plaque of random thoughts slowly dissolving until I was cleansed of all the clutter and useless information that usually chases itself around in my head. Now, thanks to Macavity, there was space to form new thoughts and allow fresh perspectives to creep in.  ***  Macavity apparently decided our idyllic moment was over. He leapt off the bunk and went in search of more interesting activities. I appreciated how he’d help me focus my thinking about Sabrina’s death, but it would have been even more helpful if he’d been able to contribute a few ideas of his own. He was, after all, a pretty good judge of people.

Pawsome excerpt. Thank you for sharing it.

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

I like the fact that she realizes I’m the alpha in our relationship and therefore caters to most of my needs. And I did appreciate her taking me along the last time she house sat. Her friend’s dog, Cora, was nice enough. But I’d prefer she stayed home, with the Aspara at dock, all the time.

Dogs can be okay. There are two dogs in my series, but I have the bigger roles, although Fido was pretty important in our first book. He takes a back seat to me now which is just the way I like it.

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

I don’t “meow,” I offer opinions, ask for things, and make complaints. Bryn knows what I’m trying to say even though we don’t speak the same language.

That’s cool. Alicia and the other residents of Cobble Cove understand my non-verbal language, too.

What advice would you give other cat characters?

Make your owner and writer take you seriously. Cats are better than people in so many ways and deserve to be treated with respect.

You speak words of wisdom, Macavity.

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

Who Me? Fog Bows, Fraud and Aphrodite just came out on June 28th. A lot happens to me in the story. And although I don’t solve the mystery, I help Bryn figure it out.

That’s all us cat characters can do.

Thanks so much for the pawsome interview, Macavity. I’m sharing your blog tour below. Best whiskers to you and your author on your new release and series.

Who, Me? Fog Bows, Fraud and Aphrodite
by Charlotte Stuart

About Who, Me?
Fog Bows, Fraud and Aphrodite

Who, Me? Fog Bows, Fraud and Aphrodite
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Taylor & Seale Publishing
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 236 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1950613704
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1950613700
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B097D67XKS

A heated argument on a nearby boat followed by a loud splash . . .

Who, Me? Fog Bows, Fraud and Aphrodite is a mystery set in an urban boating community in Seattle. Bryn Baczek lives on a sailboat in a small marina with her cat, Macavity, and a series of short-lived goldfish. When a neighbor she doesn’t like becomes the prime suspect in a murder investigation, she reluctantly seeks evidence to prove him innocent. She ends up being threatened by the victim’s abusive boyfriend, betrayed by a close friend, and can’t resist using subterfuge to enter a secured building to search the victim’s office. Although she shares what she learns with a charming detective, she is one step ahead of the police in identifying the murderer . . . a step that puts her in a dangerous face-to-face confrontation.

About Charlotte Stuart

In a world filled with uncertainty and too little chocolate, Charlotte Stuart, PhD, has taught college courses in speech communication, was a management consultant and a VP of HR, and has enjoyed time spent sailing and commercial salmon fishing in Alaska. Her current passion is for writing mysteries with a dollop of adventure and a smattering of humor. When she isn’t writing, she enjoys watching herons, eagles, seals and other sea life from her Vashon Island home office.

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Sneaky Interviews Dep from Beyond a Reasonable Donut, A Deputy Donut Mystery by Ginger Bolton

Meow there, Kitty. Please introduce yourself to our readers.

My full name is Deputy Donut, but my person, Emily, usually calls me Dep. My author is Ginger Bolton.

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






They’re all cozy mysteries.

Pawsome! I love cozy mysteries and am the main cat in the Cobble Cove cozy mystery series.

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

            Yes. The series is named after me—the Deputy Donut Mysteries. Emily co-owns a coffee and donut shop with Tom, the kind man who is the father of My-Favorite-Man-Who-Went-Away. And—get this—Emily and Tom named the little restaurant after me! Yep, it’s called Deputy Donut. They designed it with a special home for me, with windows to allow diners to admire me without touching me and maybe getting cat hair in their donuts and coffee. (People are wimpy like that, Sneaky. They should be brave like us. I mean, if you get a hairball, you can simply cough it up, right?)

            Emily was a 911 operator, My Favorite-Man-Who-Went-Away was a detective, and Tom has retired as the police chief of our town, Fallingbrook, Wisconsin. Emily and Tom have many first responder friends, including Brent, who can come live with Emily and me any time. I’m afraid that My-Favorite-Man-Who-Went-Away is never coming back, and Brent is My-Favorite-Man-Who-Visits-Often. I try to show Emily that she should encourage Brent to move in with us so he can cuddle and pet me more, but she pretends to ignore me.

            Lots of first responders spend time in Deputy Donut. They seem to know a lot about crimes, but bad guys sometimes come into our shop, too, and Emily can learn important things from all of them. If I don’t trust someone in the shop, I glare at them through my window and puff up to alert Emily. By paying attention to me and to everyone else in the shop and also by going out snooping with or without me, Emily solves crimes!

Wow, Meow! Your series sounds great.

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

Ginger Bolton’s Grandcat, Wendy

           My personality is based on my author’s cat, Lucy, from a long time ago. Reportedly, Lucy was the world’s most cuddly and talkative cat. She was a tabby, but I am a torbie, a combination tabby and tortoiseshell. One of author Krista Davis’s cats, a gorgeous and distinguished kitty, has modeled for my splendid appearance on book covers. Sometimes my author’s grandcat, Wendy, appears in photos, as in the one I’m sending you, Sneaky.

Interesting. I’ve never heard of a torbie. My author’s cat, Hermione, is a calico tabby. I wonder if there’s name for that. I’m Siamese and was based on Debbie’s cat, Oliver, who went to Rainbow Bridge 3 years ago. I’m glad that, as a character cat, I can live furever in Cobble Cove. Thanks for sending the photo. I’ll make sure to add it to this post.

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

            Here’s a scene from BEYOND A REASONABLE DONUT. I save Emily and her two best friends from a huge furry monster. And by the way, that monster was not adorable or cute or funny. Emily only thought that because he hadn’t attacked her. Which, may I say again, was thanks to me.

Dripping, Misty and I made our way back to the sun-warmed sand, walked across it, wrapped our towels around ourselves, and settled into our chairs. Dep clambered into my lap, closed her eyes, and purred loudly.

            The other three of us sat quietly enjoying one another’s company. I almost dozed.

            Something to my left jingled. With a joyful bark, a half-grown but very large puppy bounded toward us, his tongue lolling out the side of his mouth, which was stretched in a happy smile. He was mostly white with large black splotches. A lopsided white streak snaked up from his nose to the top of his fluffy, black head. His ears flopped and his paws were about the size of teacups. Despite his speed, he wore an adorably bewildered expression.

            Dep leaped up and dug her claws into the towel—and into my legs. Arching her back, she made herself about twice her usual size. In case that wasn’t enough, she twitched her tail, flattened her ears, and hissed.

            Spraying sand, the puppy put on the brakes exactly like a dog in a cartoon. A whistle sounded in the distance. The puppy turned around and scooted back toward the lodge. At first, his giant white plume of a tail was down near his back legs, but by the time I lost sight of him, his tail was high again and waving proudly.

            We three humans laughed. The puppy had been very cute. “I guess you showed him, Dep,” I said. Still puffed up, she stared toward where he’d disappeared among trees. I had a feeling that, unlike us, Dep hadn’t found him either funny or cute.

Love it! Great job, Dep.

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

            I like my partnership with Emily. We depend on each other for comfort, cuddles, and security. Plus, she feeds me.

I feel the same about Alicia, but I also like all the other staff members at the Cobble Cove Library. I’m proud to be a library cat and a mystery sleuth.

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

            I don’t speak like humans do, but I communicate with meows, yowls, chirps, purrs, and an assortment of unique sounds. Plus, there’s the puffing up to make myself look big and threatening.

I do the same with the human characters, but I reveal my thoughts to the other pet characters in our books and the readers, too. I started doing this in our first Cobble Cove story, Sneaky’s Christmas Mystery and have continued it through our latest book, No Gravestone Unturned.

What advice would you give other cat characters?

            Pay attention and stay alert, even when you appear to be catnapping. Protect your person in creative ways if you need to. You don’t want to have to open cans by yourself.

MOL (meow out loud). Very good advice.

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

DECK THE DONUTS, Deputy Donut #6, October 26, 2021

Concats! I will be sure to have my author check that one out. Love the title.

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Thanks so much for cat chatting with me today, Dep, and best whiskers to you and Ginger on your new release and upcoming books in your series.

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