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.

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

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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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:

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?

Sneaky Interviews Rodney, the cat from Bait and Witch, A Witch Way Librarian Mystery by Angela M. Sanders

Hello there, Black Kitty. You remind me of my author’s cat, Harry. What is your name and who is your author?

I’m Rodney, and my author’s name is Angela M. Sanders.

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

I make my debut by leaping across the gabled roof of a Victorian mansion-turned-library in the cozy mystery Bait and Witch, first in a new series.

How cool is that? My author is currently reading your book and enjoying it very much. She’s a librarian, after all, and writes a cozy series featuring the Cobble Cove Library where I’m the library cat.

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

Yes! I’m in the Witch Way librarian mysteries, where I share the limelight with Josie Way, my caretaker. She had no idea how much she needed a cat until I came along.

Alicia was that way, as well. These human characters are hard to convince, but we cat characters and real cats have a knack for doing that.

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

Angela—my author—is a longtime cat mama, and she has a history of personality-loaded cats to draw from, but I was inspired quite a bit from her newest cat, a black girl named Bitsy la Mouche. Like Bitsy, I appeared from nowhere, and I’d clearly spent time on the streets. Also like Bitsy, my fur is as soft as woven spider webs, and I smell like a blend of vanilla, leather, and love. We both love being brushed and can’t resist sitting in boxes. I’m tougher than Bitsy, though, and male, and one of my ears is torn. Also, although Bitsy and I seem to have the power of reading minds, Josie can actually enter mine, which gives her access to tight spots her human body can’t manage.

I was based loosely on my author’s Siamese cat, Oliver, who has since crossed Rainbow Bridge.

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

Naturally, I’m in most of the important scenes! I don’t want give any spoilers, though, so I’ll share a scene when I discovered to my great joy that the library had a knitting club! (Note: the scene is from Josie’s point of view. She and the knitters are discussing an arrest.)

I hadn’t seen Rodney all day, but now here he was, his gaze fixed on a ball of coral yarn in the basket of the knitter near the radiator. Remembering how he took off with Ilona’s purse, I kept an eye on him. “Why would someone set him up?”

“Who knows?” the woman in the maroon sweater said. “He’s gotten himself on the wrong side of lots of folks.”

“You’re saying he ticked off someone enough that they’d go and kill a stranger and pin it on Craig? I don’t think so,” Duke said as he pulled a half-finished tea cozy from his bag.

“If we had jobs here, boys like Craig wouldn’t be getting into trouble,” a tall, thin woman said.

The ball of coral yarn jiggled as its owner pulled a skein from her tote. Rodney’s haunches rocked from side to side. He was preparing for a strike.

Don’t you dare, I warned him silently.

“I’m just saying there are other folks in Wilfred more likely than Craig to off someone.”

I was just about to ask, “Like who?” when Rodney went for the kill. I was a second too late. By the time I reached him, he was belly up in the tote of yarn, with a coral strand in his mouth and his feet kicking variegated green.

“Rodney!” I yelled as the owner of the coral yarn neatly extracted the cat from her bag and handed him to me. “I’m so sorry.”

“Been fostering kittens for years now,” she said. “I should have seen that coming.”

Excellent excerpt, Rod. Thanks for sharing.

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

I am so beloved! I sleep on the bed, roam the town at will, and am spoiled by the library’s patrons. Being with Josie feels like something I was born for.

That’s great. I am also loved at the Cobble Cove library even by Donald who teases me but always sneaks treats to me behind everyone’s back.

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

I don’t talk, although I understand humans perfectly well. I don’t need to talk—if I have something to say, I simply look at Josie, and she understands.

Communicating with your human is so important. I now talk to my pet co-stars, and readers can “see” my thoughts, but I still have to use non-verbal cues to communicate with Alicia and the other human characters.

What advice would you give other cat characters?

Be as naughty as possible! Go ahead and drag an incriminating letter from a villain’s purse, knock a book off a balcony edge, or sneak into a murder scene. Readers love cats, and no matter how naughty you are, they’ll never let the author write you out of the series. Live it up.

Pawsome advice and something all us character cats need to heed.

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

Watch for me in Seven-Year Itch in September 2021 and Witch and Famous in June 2022. As Josie discovers her powers as a witch, she leans on me more and more to help get her out of trouble and pinpoint murderers.

Those upcoming books sound purrfect.

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

My author is a fan of Instagram (@angela.m.sanders) and shows up from time to time on Facebook (@AngelaMSanders). You’ll find me there, too, as well as regular appearances from Angela’s current feline roommates Bitsy la Mouche and Squeaky. Angela’s website is, and be sure to sign up for her monthly newsletter—it’s a good one.

I will share all that with my readers as well as your author’s blog tour. Thanks so much for the great interview, and best whiskers to you and your author on your new series.

Bait and Witch – A Witch Way Librarian Mystery
by Angela M. Sanders

About Bait and Witch

Bait and Witch – A Witch Way Librarian Mystery
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Publisher: Kensington (December 29, 2020)
Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
ISBN-10: 1496728742
ISBN-13: 978-1496728746
Digital ASIN: B086R8VF2T

Librarian Josie Way moved to small-town Oregon to lay low. Instead, thanks to newfound magic abilities—and a killer on the loose—she’s leapt out of the frying pan and into a cauldron of trouble . . .

Josie Way loved working among the Library of Congress’s leather-scented stacks—until she uncovered corruption and made herself a target. As Wilfred, Oregon’s new librarian, Josie can stay undercover until the case goes to court. But life in this little town isn’t as subdued as she expected. The library, housed in a a Victorian mansion, is slated to be bulldozed. Still digesting the news that her safe haven is about to become scrap lumber, Josie discovers a body in the woods . . .

Almost as shocking, Josie learns that she’s descended from a long line of witches—and her powers have suddenly sprung to life. With help from a spoiled alley cat who just may be her familiar, Josie’s thumbing through a catalog of suspects, hoping she can conjure a way to save her library—and her life . . .

About Angela M. Sanders

Angela M. Sanders writes the Amazon bestselling Joanna Hayworth Vintage Clothing Mysteries and The Booster Club Capers. Under the pen name Clover Tate, she’s the author of the Kite Shop Mysteries (Berkley), which Romantic Times praised for their “well written wit and intrigue.” Angela’s articles on food, personalities, and perfume have appeared in a variety of magazines, and her monthly newsletters have nearly 2,000 subscribers. She interacts with readers on Facebook and Instagram and is a prominent blogger for Now Smell This, which garners 1.5 million monthly page views. Angela has two cats—one of whom is black of course—a witch’s freckle in her left eye and learned to read tarot cards from a pagan priestess.

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Sneaky Interviews the Sugar and Flour Cats from Peppermint Die, An HSP (Highly Sensitive Person) Cozy Mystery by Carol Ayer

Ruff Draft Readers, you are in for a double treat today, as I have two kitties here as guests. What are your names and your author’s name?

Hi! We are Sugar and Flour, and our author’s name is Carol Ayer.

Mice to meet you both, and I love your names. What book(s) have you appeared in? Please list them and their genre.

Right now, we are only in one book—Peppermint Cream Die. But look for us in Stabbed in the Tart and Sourdough Dead—coming in the next couple of years. The books are cozy mysteries.

My favorite Genre. I’m a cozy mystery cat, too. Your books sound tasty.

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

Yes, we are part of “The HSP Mysteries.” Our owner, Kayla Jeffries, is a highly sensitive person (HSP). Although cats and other animals can also be highly sensitive, we are not!

Sounds interesting.

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

We aren’t technically based on any real cats, but some of our quirks and characteristics are loosely based on cats that our author has owned.

That’s cool. I was based loosely on Debbie’s Siamese, Oliver, who has since departed this mortal plane. I am honored to keep his memory alive in her Cobble Cove mystery series.

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

We are not supposed to go into the kitchen when our owner is baking, but she left the door open after she ran outside to chase a possible suspect. We got into the sugar and flour, and, well, things turned a little problematic. Luckily, everything ended up okay.

 Here’s the scene:

 Flour and Sugar greeted me at the door. My American shorthairs looked particularly…white. They were always white, of course, but they seemed even whiter than usual. On closer inspection, I saw they were covered from head to tail in flour and sugar. My mouth dropped open. I remembered with a kick to the gut that I’d left the door to the kitchen open. I tiptoed to the kitchen, apparently thinking that if I went quietly, everything would be fine. No such luck. The floor was covered in white paw prints. My flour and sugar bins were upended, their contents spread across the counter and onto the floor.

I looked down at the cats, who had followed me. “Okay, guys. This was partly my fault. It’s very fitting the way that you got into the flour and sugar because of your names. But it’s a good thing I don’t have an inspection coming up soon.”

I calculated the work ahead of me. I’d need to order more flour and sugar from my supplier and buy some at the grocery store to get me by until it arrived. Obviously, the kitchen would require a good cleaning. I’d start after I took care of the cats.

Closing the door to the kitchen so the cats couldn’t cause further damage, I went back into the living room, the two trailing after me. I took Sugar into my lap and brushed her. But the flour and sugar were matted in her fur. I tried the same thing with Flour with the same result.

They were rather agitated, and I had to face the facts: these cats needed a bath.

After obtaining some advice from the trusty internet, I proceeded to bathe them separately in the tub. I couldn’t believe it when they ended up in the warm water together, happily dog paddling around the small space. I laughed and praised them.

They at last grew tired of being in the water. I took them out by turn and dried them with a fluffy towel. Once they were back to normal, they ran off and curled up on the bed, exhausted by their grand adventure.

Wow, Meow! Love it. Thanks for sharing that delightful excerpt.

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

We love being in our author’s books! We think we have the perfect names for cats who belong to a baker. What we do best is calm down our owner when she is feeling overstimulated. We feel this is a very important role.

It definitely is. Alicia tends to get stressed, too. John helps a bit, but there’s nothing like the relaxing purr and kneading I can administer.

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

We only meow.

That was what I did until later in the series. Now readers and my fellow pet characters can read my thoughts, but my human co-stars can’t.

What advice would you give other cat characters?

As mentioned above, we think our most important job is to support our owner and keep her calm. We suggest other cats do the same. If you can help solve a mystery, too, we say go for it! (We aren’t especially helpful in this area!)

That’s where you two differ from Sneaky the Library Cat, but although I sometimes solve the crime and often save Alicia, I let her take all the credit.

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

Not for a while! Hopefully, we will have a new one out in October of 2021.

Good luck with that.

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

We are not on social media, but our author is. Here are her links:



Thank you so much. It’s been a pleasure having you here, and best whiskers to you both and your author on your book.

 Thank you, Sneaky! We’ve attached a picture of our author and a picture of how she envisions us.

Pawsome! I’m also sharing your blog tour and giveaway with my readers.

Peppermint Cream Die (A HSP (Highly Sensitive Person) Mystery)
by Carol E Ayer

About Peppermint Cream Die

Peppermint Cream Die (A HSP (Highly Sensitive Person) Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Publisher: Camel Press (October 13, 2020)
Paperback: 190 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1603816298
Digital ASIN: B08LK1KLRV

Kayla Jeffries, home bakery owner and HSP (Highly Sensitive Person), has arranged her life just so to avoid stressful overstimulation. The California oceanside community in which she lives proves the perfect venue for the quiet and peaceful existence she desires. She happily spends her time baking, walking along the beach, and spending time with her close friends.

But when Kayla discovers her elderly friend Trudy Dillingham has been strangled, she vows to do anything she must to help bring the killer to justice, including overcoming the stress and sensory overload involved in playing amateur detective. Using her HSP talents of attention to detail and ability to read other people’s emotions, Kayla eventually cracks the case, all the while juggling two cats and a dog, non-stop orders for the Christmas holidays, and a budding relationship with handsome restaurateur Jason Banks.

About Carol E. Ayer


Carol Ayer, a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP), lives halfway between San Francisco and Sacramento with her cat, Rainn. When she’s not writing, she’s reading mysteries and thrillers or watching movies and cooking shows. As a native Californian, she visits the ocean as often as possible.

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Hermione’s Kitty Korner #23: Debbie’s New Cat Book is on Blog Tour

Hello and Meow. Hermione here with exciting news. My grandma’s new cat book, Pet Posts: The Cat Chats, is on blog tour. Beautiful, full-color photos of me and my brothers Harry and Stripey are included with many of the Kitty Korner columns we’ve written. There are three other cats in the book with us whom I’ve never met — Floppy, Holly, and Oliver. These cats were before my and Harry’s time, although Stripey knew Oliver, Debbie’s Siamese, for several years.

What might interest you all, besides the great gift idea for any cat lovers on your holiday list, is the $20 Amazon gift card giveaway you can enter and win if you’re lucky like we were for having been adopted by Debbie and her family. That story is featured in Pet Posts, too.

You can follow the blog tour from the host blog that lists the schedule for the tour. It kicks off today, December 13, at Silver Dagger Book Tours. Don’t miss the excerpt and guest post that introduces all the cats in the book.

Here are Harry and I posing with the book.


I hope you will consider picking up a copy for yourself or giving one as a gift to one of your cat loving friends. It makes a purr-fect holiday book.