Hermione’s Kitty Korner #24: A New Cozy Mystery with a Calico Cat Star

Sorry to usurp my brother, Harry, who should’ve been posting his column but has been very lazy lately except when he zooms around after me. I’m also bumping the Feature Friday film in order to let you all know about a great new book in Debbie’s cozy mystery series. KittyKai’s Easter Mystery is now available, and the best part is that it stars a calico just like me.

I love the fact that KittyKai is on the cover of this book and plays such an important role in helping Alicia and her mistress, Gilly at the inn, solve the mystery. Sadly, the book is only in eBook form, but it’s free on Kindle Unlimited. It’s a short book that is part of the Cobble Cove short story series that now consists of 4 titles and follows the Cobble Cove mystery series with the same characters but brand new mysteries. Check them out here: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08QNJ4GLQ

Also, don’t miss the blog tour for KittyKai’s Easter Mystery starting on March 22.There will be reviews, interviews, and a great giveaway on Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours.

Besides helping Debbie with KittyKai’s scenes because who better than a fellow calico or should I say, lady calico, to understand another, I’ve been hanging out with Debbie’s teenage daughter since she’s been doing remote schooling this week. One thing I enjoyed was playing with Holly’s crochet yarn, although Debbie keeps taking it away from me.

I have plenty of other toys around the house that I share with my brothers Harry and Stripey. We have a toy box, and we all like to grab things out of it. Here I am with a catnip square.

Even though it’s still cold, we are having some nice, sunny days, and it’s warmer in the enclosed patio room than it is outside. I often sit out there with Holly, Debbie, and my brothers. Holly brought the office chair from her room out there, and now there are paw prints on it. I’m not saying who made them.

One fun thing I did was climb up on a box and look into Holly’s room while she was using her computer. She opened the window, and I jumped inside. I am so clever.

That’s it for my Kitty Korner column. I’ll try to nudge Harry into updating you all on his activities. In the meantime, do check out Debbie’s new book. It’s pawsome because what else can you expect from a calico cat star?

Stripey’s Kitty Korner #1: What am I? Chopped Cat Food?

Hey guys, it’s Stripey. I had a cat chat with Sneaky and asked why I couldn’t get in on the action that those little squirts (big squirts now) have been enjoying for the past two years on this Kitty Korner column. So here I am with my first Stripey column. My apologies that it takes the place of the Feature Friday Film this week, but I’m sure you’ll enjoy it much more.

As you know, I was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism several months back. Debbie has to put this icky cream in my ear twice a day. The only good part to it is that she gives me these special dried chicken cat treats that are so delicious that I cry for them. However, she also gives them to Harry and Hermione. Is that fair? I have to endure that icky cream, and they get the treats just for looking pretty!

I’ve come to terms with those two, but we still have occasional cat spats. Harry is an okay guy. He likes to watch TV with me at night with Debbie and Anthony. Hermione doesn’t hang with us much. She prefers the top of the bedroom closet or the bed.

I’m glad Debbie put some of my photos and a bonus post in her new cat book, Pet Posts: The Cat Chats. I’m including an excerpt from an interview I did with Sneaky when Harry and Hermione first came into my home. It’s my claim to fame and the least she could do since I’ve been her pet for 12 years, and they’ve only been hers for two.

Mice to have you here, Stripey. Did you have a nice holiday?

Hello, Sneaky. My holiday was okay except that those two little furballs who visited my territory in October are still here.

Furballs? Are you referring to Harry and Hermione, the kittens who write the Kitty Korner column on this blog?

You got that right, Sneaks.

May I ask what you have against those two, Stripey?

Isn’t that obvious? They are in my home. I admit that I once shared the place with a cat named Oliver. He was an old guy and really didn’t give me much trouble. When he went away, I had the place to myself. Now I’ve got not one, but two felines to deal with.

I don’t understand. You got along with Oliver. Why can’t you get along with Harry and Hermione?

Well, to be honest, Sneaky, I didn’t get along with Oliver right away. We actually got into a fur fight when he first came into my house, but then I realized he wasn’t going anywhere, and he was a lot older and bigger than I was. These little cats that are in my house now can gang up on me. They’re fast and strong. I’ve seen them zip around like tiny tigers.

Are you saying that you’re afraid of the kittens?

Let’s just say I’m a bit wary of them. That’s why I hiss when I see them and run for cover. Deep down, I admit I’m curious about them. I’ve played footsie with the girl under the door, but I’m not sure I can trust either of them yet.

So, you see, despite our rough start, I’ve managed to make peace with the two furballs, but I still have a beef with them. They get a lot of attention just because they’re young, but I was a kitten once, too, and quite adorable, I must say. What do you think?

That’s the end of my “tail,” but Sneaky has agreed to have me share my words of wisdom as a senior cat on this column. So, there you, youngsters!

Harry’s Kitty Korner #22: October Black Cat Book News

Meow. It’s Handsome Harry with some great news to share for October. Not only is this the month that Hermione and I were adopted by Debbie and her daughter, but it’s the month that Debbie published a new book featuring a black cat. As you know, I’m partial to dark-furred kitties, being one myself. In Debbie’s new book, No Gravestone Unturned, that is the 5th book of her Cobble Cove cozy mystery series, she introduced a guest cat named Salem. While not downplaying Sneaky the Siamese’s role at all because he is the star of the series, Salem has some great scenes in the story. It’s a purr-fect October read because the murder takes place on Halloween.

Don’t miss the blog tour hosted by Great Escapes Virtual Book tours. Here’s the schedule:

TOUR PARTICIPANTS

October 28 – Brooke Blogs – SPOTLIGHT

October 28 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book -AUTHOR INTERVIEW

October 29 – I’m All About Books – SPOTLIGHT

October 30 – Hearts & Scribbles – SPOTLIGHT, EXCERPT

October 31 – Christy’s Cozy Corners– REVIEW, GUEST POST

November 1 – I Read What You Write – GUEST POST

November 2 –  Thoughts in Progress – SPOTLIGHT, EXCERPT

November 3 – Cozy Up With Kathy – GUEST POST

November 3 – Mysteries with Character – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

November 4 – Ascroft, eh? – CHARACTER INTERVIEW

November 5 – This Is My Truth Now – REVIEW

November 6 – Literary Gold – SPOTLIGHT, EXCERPT

November 7 – A Chick Who Reads – REVIEW

November 8 – Books a Plenty Book Reviews– REVIEW

I have more paw-some news for October. Debbie is working on a non-fiction pet book that will include many of my and Hermione’s blog posts from this column as well as articles written by her previous cats, Floppy and Holly, who have since crossed over Rainbow Bridge. Oliver and Stripey aren’t left out either. The book has many cat photos and deals with topics of feline health, behavior, and everyday living.

There will also be a blog tour for this book in November. Sign ups with Silver Dagger Book tours are being booked now if you are interested in participating.

Hermione’s Kitty Korner #22: Kitties and their Peeps, Don’t Miss the Cat Writers’ Association’s Virtual Awards Ceremony

The graphic for the Cat Writers’ Association’s Virtual Awards Ceremony (graphic courtesy of the Cat Writers’ Association)

Purrs. It’s Hermione. I am very excited that, this Saturday, August 8, at 7 pm EST, I’ll be able to view the Cat Writers’ Association’s Awards Ceremony with Debbie and my two brothers. This looks like such a pawsome event, and Debbie who has already won three Certificates of Excellence will learn if she’s also the winner of a lovely Muse Medallion or another great prize for her writing.

The coveted “Muse Medallion,” the highest award of the Cat Writers’ Association (photo courtesy of the Cat Writers’ Association)

In addition to this great event, the Cat Writers will be raising money for a very good cause, the Tabby’s Place Cat Sanctuary. Every donation they receive up through August 17, will earn a chance at some perfect raffle prizes donated by sponsors. Further details about the fundraiser can be found here.

Paws crossed that Debbie wins another award. I’m so “purr”oud of her. All cats and people are invited to watch. You don’t have to be a member of the Cat Writers’ Association to view this special event. The awards ceremony will be streamed live on the CWA Public Facebook page. There’s also a Facebook event page where you can view it. Don’t miss it.

Harry’s Kitty Korner #21: A Star Cat is Born

I’m so thrilled. I’ve made my debut on a Facebook show called “Cat-versations From the Cat Box” on the Crimeless Cat page.

This is how my big break came to be. Debbie was talking to this lady who said she is also a member of the Cat Writers’ Association and Sisters-in-Crime, too. The lady’s name was Robbi Hess, and she runs this “Cat-versations from the Cat Box” show. Little did I know that Debbie wanted at least one of her cats to make a cameo, or in our case, a cateo appearance. Lucky me, I was chosen. I’m thinking the reason Debbie chose me, besides the fact that I was nearby when the show went live, is because I play an important role in the subplot of her new release, Memory Makers. She talks about that on the show but won’t reveal exactly what I do in the book. You’ll have to read it to see.

No matter the reason, I got on the show, I’m proud to say that my claim to fame was short-lived and a little uncomfortable, but worth every second. In fact, I also got to meet a cat named Ickis. Here, for your viewing pleasure, is the July 29th episode of “Cat-versations From the Cat Box.” Don’t miss the opening scene and the handsome black cat on Debbie’s lap.

http://www.facebook.com/watch/live/?v=713628815867985