Interview of River Holloway Merrick and her pets from Shrimply Dead, A Seafood Caper Mystery by Maggie Toussaint

Hello, there. This is a first. I usually don’t interview human characters, but I have a woman here who wants to speak about her pet co-stars, so I’ll make an exception. Hello, Lady. What is your name and your author’s name?

I’m caterer River Holloway Merrick, and my author is Maggie Toussaint. My newly adopted dog is Artie, and he’s a retired police dog. I have two cats. My black cat Major has been in all my books, and he’s quite the sleuth. My second cat, Ivy, has calico coloring, and she’s very shy.

My author has two real-life cats that are black and calico-colored. In our Cobble Cove series, I also have a calico, KittyKai, who joined us a few books ago. We also have Fido, a golden retriever and Ruby the beagle.

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

This is my (River’s) third Seafood Capers Mysteries, a culinary cozy series. The books in order include Seas the Day, Spawning Suspicion, and Shrimply Dead. Artie the dog only appears in Shrimply Dead. Major is my cat with detective leanings.

Sounds great. My author doesn’t eat much seafood, but I love it. Most cats do.

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

This series features my (River’s) catering business, Holloway Catering, and my hometown, Shell Island, Georgia. I’ve lived here my whole life. I’m married to my high school sweetheart, Pete Merrick, and I have a brother with children and a wife. Everyone raves about my cooking and my yummy desserts but truthfully, I’m just barely getting by on my catering income. To raise my total income, I often help a friend with her housecleaning business. My goal is to increase my net profits so that I spend my time cooking, which I adore.

My German Shepherd Artie was inspired by a needy Labrador Retriever that my author once had. Artie’s tricks of eating off the counter and sleeping with his head on the pillow came from my author’s grand-dogs.

You sound like an interesting character and so does Artie and your other pets.

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

Artie didn’t sleuth in this book, but my kitty Major did.

Even better.

“Stay back.” Pete told me as he hurried to the open doorway. “Anybody here?”

No response. I took the stairs two at a time. “Hello?” I called out from beside him.

His exasperated gaze spoke volumes. “I told you to wait down there.”

I gestured with my hand. “You did, but no one is here, except our cat.”

He stepped in front of me and called out again. “Hello!”

Not a sound came from inside the house, and I was tired of being protected. I ducked under Pete’s arm. “Major…Here kitty, kitty.”

The cat yowled, and my concern mounted. “Something’s wrong. I need to get him.”

A shot rang out. My heart stalled and echoes of that shot reverberated in my ears. Pete hauled me down the steps and wrangled me into the Buick. When I could speak, I asked, “What about the cat? We can’t abandon him.”

“That cat has nine lives. You don’t, and we’re not dying today.” Pete sped away from the Garr property. “Major will hide until help arrives. He’s a clever cat. He’ll be okay. Meanwhile, call the deputy.”

I glanced over my shoulder at the Garr place and swallowed around the lump in my throat. “Thanks for getting us out of there. That gunshot stunned me. I was so sure the house was empty, and Major had found another clue.”

“He did. He let us know somebody was in that house.”

Purrfect excerpt. Thanks for sharing.

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

River will continue to answer… I like showcasing my home town of Shell Island, and I enjoy sharing my love of cooking with others. If you were to ask my pets, Major would say he loves protecting our family and finding things; Ivy would say she’s glad she has a new fur-ever home; and Artie would say I love having a new pack, even if there are cats in it.

Good answers.

Do the pets talk in your books or stay silent and only bark or meow occasionally?

The pets in the Seafood Caper Mysteries are super smart, but they do not talk in human language. They indicate danger, displeasure, and love with different animal sounds and behaviors. Trust me, there is a lot of pet communication.

The pets in the Cobble Cove books have recently started talking with one another but not with the human characters, but they also find ways of communicating with them especially Alicia, the main character, and Gilly, her friend.

What advice would the pets give other pet characters?

Artie insisted on answering this one! Don’t let the cats hog all the detecting glory. Your dog nose is much keener than any cat’s, so you can pick up the scent of anyone who’s intruded in your home. Your hearing is keener too. Regardless of what they tell you, cats do not rule, but it’s best to let them think that’s true.

Don’t give up if something happens to your human. My first person after I stopped being a police K-9, Duvall Shannon, was with me for many, many moons. I could smell his sickness on him when he brought me to the vet clinic for my surgery to remove a fatty tumor on my leg. I never saw Duvall again, and I couldn’t eat. My new person, River, came to the clinic, and I loved her right away. She smells like food, her voice is soft and sweet, and she doesn’t push me away when I need to hear her heart beating.

I like that reply. It was nice to hear from you, Artie, even though you’re a dog.

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

My author Maggie is writing another paranormal mystery series, so Shell Island and all my friends are currently on hiatus and enjoying the seashore. If you want more books in this series, let the author know. She will have another mystery out in late 2021 or in 2022

I will share that with my readers and also your author’s blog tour and giveaway. Thanks for the interview, River and Artie.


Shrimply Dead (A Seafood Caper Mystery)
by Maggie Toussaint

About Shrimply Dead


Shrimply Dead (A Seafood Caper Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Publisher: Muddle House Publishing (April 12, 2021)
• Number of Pages 237 PAGES
Digital ASIN: B08V52RD4W

When veterinarian and amateur naturalist Jasmine Garr is shot in her yard, residents of Shell Island press caterer River Holloway into investigating the homicide. River dons her amateur sleuth cap and sets out to discover who killed her former catering customer.

Between Jasmine’s estranged cousin, a rival veterinarian, a wild animal trapper, the chicken lady, and a real estate broker, River has plenty of suspects to consider. As she peels back the layers of Jasmine’s life, dangerous secrets come to light.

Jasmine’s orphaned kitty, Iris, along with River’s cat Major, and her husband Pete help River sift through the evidence. At the same time, River recently expanded her catering business. She must service her regular catering clients, plus provide fresh baked goods for Pete’s ice cream shop.

The killer follows River’s every move relishing the thought of another victim. Time is running out. Will River solve the murder before she becomes a cold dish?

About Maggie Toussaint

Southern author Maggie Toussaint writes cozy and paranormal mysteries, romantic suspense, and dystopian fiction, with more than twenty fiction novels published. A multi-year finalist for Georgia Author of the Year, she’s won Silver Falchions, the Readers’ Choice, and the EPIC Awards. She’s past president of Mystery Writers of America-Southeast chapter and an officer of LowCountry Sisters In Crime. She lives in coastal Georgia, where secrets, heritage, and ancient oaks cast long shadows. Visit her at https://maggietoussaint.com/

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Sneaky Interviews Sweet Pea, the Dog from Paws for Alarm, A Canine Confections Mystery by Amy Hueston

Hello, Ms. Doggy. Nice to have you here on my character blog. What is your name and your author’s name?

Sweet Pea. Awthurs name is Amy Hueston.

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

Paws for Concern, Book Won in A Canine Confections mystery.

Paws for Alarm, Book Too in A Canine Confections mysteree.

Will be in the upcoming Paws of Death, Book Three in A Canine Confections mysteree.

Cozy mystery.

Sounds like fun. Are you in a series?

Yes.

Please give information about it.

In Book 1, I meet my mom, Samantha becauze the nice owner lady I knew for one week got killed and her bodee wuz left on the floor of Canine Confections, my mom’s dawg bakery on Worth Avenue in Palm Beach Floriduh.

In Book 2, my mom and I get cumfy in our dog bakeree and get to no the naybors better.

In Book 3, I’m pritty shure the nooow cat we meet will hav a lot of conversashuns with me.

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

Sort uv, yes. She wuz a blak Labruhdoor and coker spaniel mix like me. I heer she wuz sweet too. My mom laffs at my wite paws a lot. I don’t no y.

Awww. I was based on my author’s cat, Oliver, the Siamese, who is now on Rainbow Bridge.

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

Okay. This is part of a seen wen Detectiv Trumble is asking my mom questuns write after the murdur.

I was beginning to get the impression that Trumble wasn’t here to answer my questions. “I wouldn’t be surprised if the residents blame you for this,” he said. “People don’t like dead bodies showing up next to their luxury stores.”

“It’s not like I carried a carcass on my back.”

“There’s already a news story on you.” He picked up a remote on his desk and waved it at the television in the corner where ceiling met wall. A video of me, Sweet Pea, Trumble and the EMTs carrying the gurney with the headline: New Dog Bakery Owner Brings Grief to Palm Beach.

Excellent excerpt. Thanks for sharing.

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

Awl the treets. And meeting uther dawgs. I’m not so shore abowt this cat thow…

I won’t take that as an insult. I like treats, too, but dogs not so much, although my pals Fido and Ruby aren’t too bad.

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

Silent xcept wen I wine.

Cats don’t whine, but they do make plenty of other sounds.

What advice would you give other dog characters?

Opin your eyez reel big wen yoo wont a treet.

I’m sure that will be helpful to dog characters, but cat characters don’t beg. They have too much pride.

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

Paws for Alarm came out March 22, 2021

Paws of Death June 2021.

Condogulations to you!

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

I’m not but my author iz. Ex Sept shee duz hav dawg pikturs on her soshial media an awful lot.

https://linktr.ee/Huestonmusic

I know what that’s like. My author puts lots of cat photos on her social media.

Well, thanks for the interview, Sweet Pea, and best tail wags to you and your author on your new release and upcoming books in your series. I’m sharing your blog tour and giveaway below.


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

About Paws for Alarm


Paws for Alarm (A Canine Confections Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Publisher: Donelson Press (March 22, 2021)
Digital – Number of Pages – 196
ASIN: B08XN4ZRMC

When Samantha relaxes into her new role as a dog mom, finds a circle of friends in her new hometown, and sees her new dog bakery Canine Confections barking up business, she’s thrilled that things are going so well … until she hears a bloodcurdling scream from the pastry shop two doors down and runs over to find a dead body on the floor.

Suddenly Samantha finds herself in a race against time to find not only the thief who is stealing from the upscale shops, but a murderer, too. Samantha’s Lab-Mix Sweet Pea wags her tail through all of the clues, suspects and shenanigans. Both Samantha and Sweet Pea are aided in their amateur investigation by the other shopkeepers on the elegant Worth Avenue, and Samantha finds the suspect list growing at every turn.

To make matters worse, Samantha’s old boyfriend arrives in town, and mysterious people start showing up at the Sophisticated Pet and New Age stores nearby. Samantha soon finds that things are not what they seem, and she must figure out what’s going on—or become the next dead body on a bakery floor.

Includes an original recipe from the world-famous Three Dog Bakery!

About Amy Hueston

Amy Hueston writes mini-mysteries for Woman’s World magazine when she isn’t writing mystery and suspense novels. The first 3 books in her Canine Confections mystery series have an abundance of dogs and pastries, two of her favorite things, and will be available in 2021. Amy is also a professional singer who has performed nationally and internationally. A sought-after singer in South Florida, Amy draws on these experiences when writing.

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Sneaky Interviews Chanel from The Disappearance of Emily by Elizabeth Pantley

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Sneaky here with another pawsome pet character interview. Today, I’m speaking with a pretty Persian cat from a new release. Hello, Ms. Kitty. Please introduce yourself and your author.

Hello, so nice to meet you. I’m Chanel and my author is Elizabeth Pantley.

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

I’m featured in all the Destiny Falls Mystery and Magic books. You can first meet me in book 1, Falling into Magic. You’ll learn more about me in book 2, The Disappearance of Emily. Apparently, I also have a big role in the upcoming book 3, as well. It’s called The Ghost Camper’s Tall Tales.

You sound like you’re a regular character in this series. Tell me more about it.

Yes, the Destiny Falls Mystery and Magic books are a series. I understand my author has enough material in her head for at least a dozen books.

Your author is like my Debbie who is brimming with ideas, but they don’t always include our series. I don’t mind. I need a break from Cobble Cove once in a while.

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

My author loves cats, but she’s never owned a white Persian like me. I think she would love that, though.

Debbie has never owned a Persian pussycat either, but she had a Siamese. I was based on Oliver who has since gone to Rainbow Bridge.

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

I’d be delighted, thank you for asking.

My heart felt even fuller, and my yoga seemed like a message of gratefulness out to the universe. I took a deep breath in and out, then heard another deep breath behind me. I turned around and saw Latifa and Chanel stretched out into somewhat yoga-ish poses.

“Good morning, Chanel,” I said.

“She says, good day to you, Miss Hayden,” Latifa translated the meow.

The cats and I finished up our yoga session. (I was thankful no one was videotaping.) And oh joy! I had two fashion critics helping me select a meeting-with-the-grandmother outfit. At least Chanel’s comments were on point and helpful. Latifa was still on her Project Runway kick, which basically meant mixing odd colors and fabrics and trying to overload me with accessories, none of which I would wear this morning.

Pawsome excerpt. Thank you for sharing it, Chanel.

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

I appreciate that my author captures my true personality and does an admirable job of describing my best features. She also respects the importance of my place in the household, as the cat of the grand dame of the family.

You’re lucky. I also like the way Debbie portrays me and also my cat co-star, KittyKai, who joined our series a few books back and recently starred in our Easter mystery that is on blog tour starting March 22.

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

I don’t talk, but my very dear partner, Latifa can communicate with our main character. Therefore, my thoughts are appropriately translated when necessary.

KittyKai and I don’t communicate with Alicia, but we talk among ourselves, and the reader is privy to our conversations, which makes things interesting.

What advice would you give other cat characters?

Take advantage of feline stealth. Keep your eye on the villains and find a way to let your main character know what you’ve observed. That’s how you’ll become important to the book series and keep your place of prominence.

I agree completely.

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

Our current book, The Disappearance of Emily has just been released, and ohhh my, the mysteries it uncovers! It’s quite an exhilarating read with twists and turns you’ll never expect and an ending that you’ll not soon forget.

I saw my author has it on her Kindle and is hoping to read it soon. Debbie said she loved the first one and wrote a review about it.

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

My author is quite busy in that area! Here are all her locations:

Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/24811.Elizabeth_Pantley
Website:  https://www.nocrysolution.com/books/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ElizabethPantleyNoCryAuthor
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/elizabethpantley/
Pinterest:  https://www.pinterest.com/nocrysolution/_saved/
Blog:  https://elizabethpantley.com/
email:  elizabeth@pantley.com

Thank you, Chanel for such a purrfect interview. Best whiskers to you and your author on your new release and the rest of your series. Here is a link to the interview my author had with yours for her blog tour: https://wordpress.com/post/debbiedelouise.com/12082

Sneaky’s Interview with Casanova from The Casanova of HIll Street by E.T. Hansen

Meow, Mr. Cat!. Nice to have you on Sneaky’s blog. What is your name and your author’s name?

They call me Casanova and I’m a good-looking Manx and very successful with the ladies. My author is E.T. Hansen, also known as Grumpy Old Writer, who is neither of those things.

MOL (Meow Out Loud). You certainly are a cute guy minus the tail.
What book(s) have you appeared in? Please list them and their genre.

I’ve only appeared in one book – „The Casanova of Hill Street,“ a short story about love.

Very nice. I’m a mystery cat myself, but I’m sure you do a fine job with romances.

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

“The Casanova of Hill Street“ is one book in a series of 12 cat tales, each with a different cat hero – my book is one of the tales about love, but other books are about loneliness and hope, about friendship, about being outcast and finding a place to belong … there are some religious tales and there is even a horror story in there and a murder mystery, though I have to say, I’m on Team Cat – her owner got what he deserved!

So far, I have published three Cat Tales, 99 cents each:

A Cat’s Christmas Present

The Purring of the Witch

The Casanova of Hill Street

What a bargain, and they all sound like great stories, especially yours.
Are you based on a real cat such as your author’s? If so, please give further details.

My author has had many cats in his life and a lot of the cats in the series are based on real cats, while others, like the religious tales, are taken from legends. I am one of the few who actually existed – I’m the Manx tomcat who seduced his pretty feline Miko and gave her five beautiful kittens. He went out looking for me, but never found me – maybe that’s why his imagination ran wild and he had to invent a story about me.

You devil you! Now I see why you’re called Casanova. Maybe I can get some tips for romancing Miss Kittykai, but neither of us are real. I’m based slightly on my author’s Siamese who has since gone to Rainbow Bridge, and KittyKai was named after a cat who belongs to a reader who won my author’s character naming contest.

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

He was a big old thing, gray and wide-faced and stout and well-fed, and he wore no collar. From the way he crossed the street and jumped onto walls and disappeared into gardens, Brian could tell he thought he owned the neighborhood – and most likely, at least from a cat perspective, he did.

The Manx seemed to have a certain afternoon routine. On most days, Brian could catch sight of him in the park and follow him from a distance, until, at a certain corner on Hill Street, he lost sight of him behind a wall.

He staked out Hill Street.

One day, when the Manx disappeared over the wall and Brian hurried to look over, he saw he wasn’t alone. Just around the corner, a woman was peering over the same garden wall.

She was about his age, dressed in a baggy sweater and running shoes, with thick glasses. Not the fashion type. Come to think of it, she was dressed much like Brian, which is to say, not very well at all. They stared at each other, unsure what to say, and both decided, because that’s the kind of people they both were, not to say anything and just walk away.

They repeated that the next two times they met at that wall, and it was pretty obvious they were both working up the guts to say hello. On the fourth day it burst out of them at the same time:

“That Manx?”

And they laughed.

Very nice excerpt. Thanks for sharing it, Cas.
What do you like most about your role in your authors’ books?

I love that I’m the big cat of the neighborhood, the tomcat all lady cats are crazy about, I’m suave and cool and confident and masculine and most importantly, I know a secret that most humans don’t know – the secret of love.

You certainly play an important role in your story.
Are you a talking cat in your books or just a silent one like I am who just meows occasionally?

Only a few cats in the Cat Tales series are portrayed from the cat’s perspective – in fact, I think only Bastet, the cat goddess, can talk – but it’s the mystery of our thoughts that keep humans wondering about us!

I can relate to that. In my series, the readers can now read my thoughts and the thoughts of the other pet characters, and we all can communicate with one another, but the human characters have no idea what we’re saying or doing. I think that adds some interest to our books.
What advice would you give other cat characters?

Cute! Be cute! Centuries of survival and evolution have taught us cats one lesson and one lesson only: if you want to survive, if you want to thrive, if you want to work your way into the hearts of your humans, be cute!

Ahh. That’s purrfect advice.
Do you have any new books coming out? Please give dates and details.

The next book in the series, „The Ghost of Fluffy McFluffins,“ will come out at the end of the month, for 99 cents. My author may also make an audio book for it and post it on his social media pages. It is about a lonely girl whose only friend, her cat, dies and then … well, you can guess what happens then from the title. But don’t be mistaken – it’s not scary, it’s heart-warming and beautiful.

My author wrote a story, “The Path to Rainbow Gardens” that features many of her real-life cats that went to Rainbow Bridge. It’s also heartwarming. I will keep an eye out for your author’s story, too. Love the cat’s name.
Are you and/or your author on social media? If so, please list your links.

I don’t care much about social media personally, because I have a girlfriend around every corner and behind every window in this neighborhood, but my author is all over the place online – sometimes as E.T. Hansen, but also as Grumpy Old Writer:

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCi9UKmK1_8oCL-rX2LKtMsw/videos?view_as=subscriber

Twitter: https://twitter.com/EricTHansen1

And his Newsletter will be available at the end of March – I think he intends to include a free audiobook of my story in it.

It was nice talking to you, but now I have to make my rounds of the neighborhood! Meow to you all!

What a pawsome interview, Casanova. You can share your tips with me privately, but keep your paws off KittyKai. Best whiskers to you and your author on your story and his future cat stories.

Sneaky’s Interview of Slayter, the Cat from the Sci Fi/Fantasy, Cat Winter by Mollie Hunt

Meow, there, Mr. Cat. Please introduce yourself. What is your name and your author’s name?

My full and formal name is Illius DiVone Esslayterran, but you can call me Slayter. My author’s name is Mollie Hunt.

That’s quite a mouthful. I will use Slayter. Mice to meet you. My author is a friend of yours and a fellow member of the Cat Writers’ Association, a great group of authors and others who feature felines in various media.

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

I am the hero of Cat Winter, Book 2 of the Cat Seasons Sci-fantasy Tetralogy. Each book of the tetralogy takes place in the same universe but stands alone as far as its characters. But my story is told well and completely in Cat Winter, and I’m happy to let another feline hero take the spotlight next time.

You sound like quite a modest fellow.

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

My story is one of four in the Cat Seasons tetralogy. Tetralogy means four, though I think it would have been easier if they’d called it a quartet or quadrilogy. Two of the four, Cat Summer (Winner of the CWA Muse Medallion for Scifi-Fantasy, 2019-2020) and Cat Winter are published, with Cat Autumn and Cat Spring to go.

Interesting. I love the season’s theme.

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

The original Slayter, a beautiful and wise black feline, cohabited with my author’s cousin, as did the co-hero of Cat Winter, my fur-sister Emma. Sadly, they are gone now, but book-Emma and I pay lasting tribute to their memories.

That’s wonderful. I also pay tribute to the memory of Debbie’s Siamese, Oliver, in our Cobble Cove cozy mystery series where I star as the library cat.

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

Since I am the hero, all my scenes are important, but this is my introduction:

Chapter 3. Slayter

Slayter gazed out the window at the chill, white landscape. He’d been like that since he and his sister had watched their cohabitor fall asleep. For a time, the lacy snow had whorled across the beam of the streetlamp, hypnotizing him into a stupor, but all that was changed now. The snow had ceased, flakes suspended in midair. The frozen outdoors lay as rigid and unmoving as a Currier & Ives print. Slayter’s soul burned in anticipation.

Soundlessly, he rose from his place by the window, moving like an obsidian shadow through the darkened room and down the stairs. With the stealth bred into his dark ancestors, he prowled the murk as only Felis can, making sure all was in place for what was to come. Once satisfied, he returned to his cohabitor. As light as a phantom, he came to rest on the bed beside her, caressing her slumbering form. She did not move, but he had not expected her to. He knew she would remain in that unconscious state for a very long time.

But things can no longer be measured in time, Slayter reminded himself. Time had become meaningless once the snow froze in place and Winter Verus came upon the land.

Winter Verus, the true winter, when time itself would cease to exist. Only then could the nine feline emissaries slip between the seconds to execute the Rectification of the Variants and put right humanity’s wrongs. As much good as the humans do, Slayter thought to himself, they manage to make a mess on a regular basis. Without the aid of the Nine and their yearly rectification, things would quickly go to hell in a handbasket.

Slayter fidgeted. The Rectification was one of Felis’s deepest mysteries, and only the chosen Nine knew how it was done. Slayter had always wondered, but now his black velvet breast swelled with pride. This year, he would be among them.

As quickly as his elation had risen, it floundered with questions:

What if the council had been wrong about him? What if he weren’t up to the task?

How could he make a difference in the great ways of humanity? How could any of them?

Could nine cats really expunge the torment the star-children had heaped upon themselves? It seemed an impossible mission.

He kicked himself for having doubts. The Rectification would be done as it had been each winter since humankind attained the power to destroy. The how of it would be revealed—‌he had only to keep his curiosity at bay for a little while longer.

Slayter stared down at his beloved Claire, still as death underneath the quilts in the old wooden bed. She was as pale as the snow on the window ledge, but he wasn’t afraid. He knew she was in no danger. If all went as planned, his absence would be as the blink of an eye, and she would wake to a better world upon his return.

The obsidian feline felt a prick of disquiet. Time-stall was risky, and sometimes things didn’t go as planned. There were even tales of a brutal and unexplained fatality. He would need to be vigilant. He’d never forgive himself if anything happened to Claire.

Slayter gave the sleeping female one last check. He sniffed her breath, her scent, tuned his scrutinizing gaze for the slightest movement, but there was none. Jumping to the floor, he was down the stairs and through the house like a satin streak. Out the cat flap he bolted, into another world, a world beyond time, frozen in the crystalline formation of forever.”

What a Pawsome excerpt. Thank you.

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

Though Cat Winter is definitely entertaining, it also tells an important story, and I am proud to be a vessel for that tale. As a feline yourself, Sneaky, you know there is much more to our world than the human species can see. This makes for all sorts of chaos, most of which they inflict on themselves. A shame they are so limited in their senses, but thankfully they have us to help them out.

High-Five paws to that, Slayter.

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

Of course I can talk—we all can, should we wish to do so. But it’s not really talking as much as a focused thought projection. Then, when our cohabitor Claire became a cat herself… well, no spoilers.

Hmmm. Sounds like a spoiler to me but that’s okay. I don’t think Alicia will ever become a cat, but she has come to understand them more since I’ve been helping her solve mysteries. I also enjoy sharing my thoughts with readers and my fellow pet characters. I started doing that in the later part of my series. I tipped Debbie off about making that change, and I’m glad she did.

What advice would you give other cat characters?

Us cats have much to teach our humans. Don’t be afraid to use whatever means necessary to convey your story.

Well said, Slayter.

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

My author is now working on Cat Autumn, the third book in the tetralogy, but these tales of feline heroism and daring-do take time so no publish date yet. Mollie is better known for her Crazy Cat Lady cozy mystery series and recently published #7, Cat Conundrum. She’s working on #8, Adventure Cat, and has just started #9, Cat’s Play. She will also be putting out the first of a new cozy series, The Ghost Cat of Ocean Cove, sometime this year.

Pawsome! Your author is as busy as mine who is coming out with an Easter story starring my co-star cat, although I’m in it, too, of claws. She’s also publishing a time-travel tale with cats but not me. I’m only featured in her cozies, but I don’t mind. They are lots of fun.

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

You can find Mollie Hunt, Cat Writer on her blogsite: www.lecatts.wordpress.com

Amazon Page: http://www.amazon.com/author/molliehunt

Facebook Author Page: http://www.facebook.com/MollieHuntCatWriter/

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Thanks so much, Slayter. I’ve enjoyed cat chatting with you and wish you and your author best whiskers on Cat Winter and the books that follow.