Announcing Two New Columns for Pet Readers and Writers

Meow, there. It’s Sneaky with some mews for all my pawsome readers. I am planning to start two new columns on this blog for pet readers and writers. The first will be my “Mew Release Spotlight” where I will feature new pet books. If you are an author who writes any pet-related book either fiction or non-fiction and have an upcoming release, I would like to include your book in this section. All I need is a cover image of the book, some details about it, and a short bio about you, the author.

My other new column will be “Purrfect Picks” where I will accept reviews of new pet titles by authors and/or readers. I just need a brief review along with a paw rating (1 to 5 paws), 5 paws being the highest rating. I will also be contributing to this column, so if you would like your book reviewed, please let me know. I’m a busy kitty, but I will try to fit in what I can. No need to send me review copies (unless they are paperback) because my paws have trouble with e-Readers. Luckily, I live in the library and usually can get my paws on hard copies.

I’m also still interviewing pet characters and sharing Feature Friday Films usually of cats doing cute things. If you have any other suggestions on what you’d like me to add to this blog, please submit a comment or email my author at debbiewriter@yahoo.com.

 

 

Feature Friday Film: Book Trailer for Written in Stone

Wow, Meow!  I have a special video for you today. If you haven’t seen the book trailer for Debbie’s new release, you are in for a treat almost as good as catnip. I am a proud kitty indeed to be featured in it. So grab some popcorn, get your tail comfy on the couch, and enjoy. Remember that if you like what you see, the book is available as an eBook and paperback. Just click the big black “Buy Books” paw to go to Debbie’s Amazon author page where you can order it or any of her others.

My First Adventure is Back in Print

Wow, Meow! I am so excited my tail is swishing. My first Cobble Cove adventure in which I was introduced is back in print. Although my role in that one didn’t change much, there is an additional chapter for John and Alicia (put your paws over your eyes if you don’t want to see the spoiler below).

I guess I could’ve predicted that especially after their cozy picnic. They could’ve brought me. Maybe I would’ve liked a taste of that famous PB&J recipe that John and Mac are so famous for making.

Of claws, there was a nice teaser created featuring me.

Although I’m not in the book trailer:

However, the third book, coming this spring, will feature me on the cover. The second one has Alicia.

 

For those who missed the first book or would like to read the revised and improved edition, here’s the blurb:

Widowed librarian Alicia Fairmont needs answers …

After her husband is killed in a hit and run accident, Alicia travels upstate to his hometown of Cobble Cove, New York, hoping to locate his estranged family and shed light on his mysterious past. Anticipating staying only a weekend, her visit is extended when she accepts a job at the town’s library.

Secrets stretch decades into the past … 

Assisted by handsome newspaper publisher and aspiring novelist, John McKinney, Alicia discovers a connection between her absent in-laws and a secret John’s father has kept for over sixty years. But her investigation is interrupted when she receives word her house has burned and arson is suspected, sending her rushing back to Long Island, accompanied by John.

Back in Cobble Cove, cryptic clues are uncovered … 

When Alicia returns, she finds a strange diary, confiscated letters, and a digital audio device containing a recording made the day her husband was killed. Anonymous notes warn Alicia to leave town, but she can’t turn her back on the mystery—or her attraction to John. As the pieces begin to fall into place, evidence points to John’s involvement in her husband’s accident. The past and present threaten to collide, and Alicia confronts her fears…

Has she fallen in love with her husband’s killer?

You can order it here:

Universal Purchase Link: myBook.to/Stonesthrow2

Amazon Purchase Link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XGNXQCS/

Don’t forget to follow me and Debbie on our social media links:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/debbie.delouise.author/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Deblibrarian

Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+DebbieDeLouise

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/debbiedelouise

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/2750133.Debbie_De_Louise

Debbie’s Website/Blog/Newsletter Sign-Up: https://debbiedelouise.com

Cobble Cove Facebook Chat Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/748912598599469/

My Blog: https://sneakylibrarycat.wordpress.com

Last but not least, check out Debbie’s Blog tour for a chance to win $15. http://silver-dagger-scriptorium.weebly.com/sdsxx-tours/a-stones-throw-book-tour-and-giveaway

Happy Meowlintine’s Day!

my-furry-valentinesneakyMy author posted a photo of her cat with a heart around his head for Meowlintine’s Day, so I got a little jealous and told her to make one for me. She agreed, of claws, because I am her best character and purrfectly modest, too. Anyway, I would like to do a favor for her, too. Her new book, When Jack Trumps Ace, just came out, and she is running a Head Talker campaign for it, whatever that is. Here’s the link if you could please support it or, even better, buy the book (I have no shame, but I’m a cat so that’s a given).

https://headtalker.com/campaigns/novella-release/

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Here are some kitty teasers for the book:

whenjackshortteaserfinal whenjacktrumpcatteaserfinalPurrchase links for When Jack Trumps Ace:

myBook.to/Jackebook (eBook & Free on Kindle Unlimited)

myBook.to/Jackpaper (paperback)

 

Paws to Buy My Books – Lots of New Releases

pawprintbuybooksMeow, my pawsome readers. Just a tails-up that I’ve now added a pawprint link to this blog’s sidebar that takes you directly to my author’s Amazon page no matter where you live (it is a universal link). From there, you can buy my Cobble Cove mysteries or any of Debbie’s other books. Debbie also has added a similar “buy botton” to her website/blog, but it’s not as mice as mine. Check it out here: https://debbiedelouise.com.

when-jack-trumps-ace-001Keep your eyes out for Debbie’s new release this week, When Jack trumps Ace. It’s a romantic comedy novella, and although I am not featured in it, there’s a cute cat named Roxie. She’s also Siamese and has the luck of belonging to a jewel thief who gave her a very expensive collar.

Also, the long-awaited reprint of my first mystery, A Stone’s Throw, is in the works and should be out shortly. Old editions are selling for $500, but please ignore that outrageous price. We don’t get any part of it. The reprint by Solstice Publishing will include a new cover, a new chapter, and some excellent editing.

cupid-arrow-vol-1-001-1Later this spring, my third adventure, Written in Stone, will be released with my lookalike on the cover, and there will be three wonderful stories in my series. I can’t wait! Just remember, all these books will be available in eBooks and paperbacks. Debbie’s short stories are published as eBooks and included in several anthologies in both eBook and paperback. Cupid’s Arrow, the Valentine anthology coming out the same day as her novella, will feature her historical romance, The Seashell and the Stone.

So keep your eye out for my and Debbie’s updates and remember our buy links. Great reading is now just a pawprint click away.

 

November Mew Book Spotlight: Makin Biscuits by Deborah Barnes

I am proud to announce the first book in my Mew Book Spotlight. If you are a cat author or write about cats and have a new book coming out, send me the info, blurb, release date, and cover photo before the 1st of the month in which it is publishing at sneakylibrarycat@gmail.com. I will select one book a month to be in the Mew Book Spotlight.

makinbiscuits-webres-for-reviewReleasing November 15:

Makin’ Biscuits – Weird Cat Habits and the Even Weirder Habits of the Humans Who Love Them by Deb Barnes

 $16.95 · 280 pages · paperback · 6” x 9” · black and white with photos

Description:  Makin’ Biscuits is a compilation of candid, personal anecdotes from cat lovers across the globe that delves in the feline psyche to unlock some of the greatest cat behavior mysteries of all time, such as why do cats zoom from one room to another for no apparent reason? With story submissions from well-known celebrities, musicians, cat behaviorists, authors, everyday people and more, some stories will have you laughing out loud, some will tug at your heart, and some will leave you scratching your head in puzzlement.

Along with the entertaining peek into the feline mind, Makin’ Biscuits is also a serious book with an important message on proper pet responsibility and is filled with well-researched advice, tips, and solutions to help guardians ensure their cat lives an optimally happy and healthy life befitting his feline nature.  With a special Foreword from bestselling author, Gwen Cooper of Homer’s Odyssey, the ultimate goal of Makin’ Biscuits is to help make the world a better place for cats by busting outdated misconceptions, such as that they’re too aloof to make good pets, and to enlighten the reader with easy to understand information to help enhance the feline-human relationship and correct certain common behavioral problems that often land a cat into a shelter—such as litter box issues or scratching furniture.

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Deborah Barnes

Author and Blogger

Makin’ Biscuits – Weird Cat Habits and the Even Weirder Habits of the Humans Who Love Them

Purr Prints of the Heart – A Cat’s Tale of Life, Death, and Beyond

The Chronicles of Zee & Zoey – A Journey of the Extraordinarily Ordinary

Vice-President of the Cat Writers’ Association

2013 “Friskies Cat Writer of the Year”

Secretary – Pawsitively Humane, Inc.

dbarnes@zeezoey.com

http://www.zeezoey.com (Website)

http://zeezoey.com/blog/ (Blog)

http://amzn.to/1naY6eC (The Chronicles on Amazon)

http://amzn.to/1HUwEe1 (Purr Prints on Amazon)

http://www.zazzle.com/zeezoeyboutique (Zazzle)

http://www.facebook.com/zeezoey

http://www.facebook.com/purrprintsoftheheart

Oliver’s Interview of Sneaky

olivernewbook3Okay, Fur Friends and Humble Humans. You are in for a rare treat better than caviar or catnip. Today, my author Debbie’s cat, Oliver, is going to interview yours truly about our new book.

High Paws, Sneaky! It’s great to finally meet you in the virtual fur.

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

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I was introduced in Debbie’s first Cobble Cove Mystery, A Stone’s Throw, that is a cozy mystery. I am also featured in the second book that was just released, Between a Rock and a Hard Place.

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

I am the library cat in the Cobble Cove mystery series as I  already meowed. No offense, Ollie, but I think you need some practice with your interview techniques. 

Sorry, Sneaky. This is my first interview.

What do you like most about your human’s books?

I enjoy all the characters, both humans and animals. Fido, the golden retriever dog, is my pet co-star. For a dog, he is pretty pawsome. I also like the mysteries, although I find it very fur-strating when the humans can be so stupid that they don’t cat-ch all the clues.

What advice would you give other cat characters?

Watch your human as he or she writes and make sure they are giving you purr-fect lines and scenes. If not, you can improvise and make some changes to your script. For instance, Debbie had no idea that I would teach that old man, Mac, a lesson in A Stone’s Throw when she allowed Sheila, the Cobble Cove library director, to accept his excuse for not cleaning my litter box. Now all our readers will remember his smelly jacket.

stripeyatcomputerThat’s a bit drastic, Sneaky. I leave that sort’ve revenge to my step-brother cat, Stripey. He did a dirty deed to Debbie’s husband’s computer bag once when he wasn’t giving him attention.

Does your human have any new books coming out? Please give dates and details.

Between a Rock and a Hard Place (Cobble Cove Mystery #2) just came out on October 12. Even though the book can be read without reading the other, I highly recommend you start with the first mystery, A Stone’s Throw,  not only because my early scenes are paw-some but because you will want to get to know the main characters who continue in the following book along with new ones who are introduced. But, mostly, you should buy the first one (as well as the new one) so that Debbie can afford cat food and litter for her real life cats, Oliver and Stripey.

Awww, Sneaks. Thanks for the plug. I could just head bump you.

That’s not necessary, Oliver, but I appreciate the thought. 

Of claus. Can you share an excerpt from your latest book, Sneaky?

I thought you’d never ask. Actually, this is one that Debbie just read at her author talk at the North Bellmore Library about my storytime scene:

Laura opened the staff lounge, and Alicia followed her in flicking up the light switch next to the door. The room into which they walked was cozy with a few tables covered by red and green holiday tablecloths that Vera had recently purchased in town, and chairs similar to the one in Sheila’s office that she’d promised to replace soon with padded ones. There was a small refrigerator and a counter with coffee maker, mugs, and sweeteners.

Laura continued through the room to the back door framed by a cat flap. She put her finger to her lips.

“Shhh. He might be sleeping. That would be great. We can catch him unaware.”

She opened the door slowly and tiptoed through. Alicia followed on her toes, as well, the squeals from downstairs reaching a crescendo as the two women entered the storage/cat room. 

Sneaky was indeed sleeping, nestled into the cat bed they’d moved from under the local history collection downstairs; but, like most felines, he was alert to the slightest noise. As Laura and Alicia entered the room, one brown ear flap lifted and Sneaky’s left eye opened a slit.

“Uh, oh,” he’s heard us. Laura bent down and unlocked the cat carrier. Sneaky, hearing the familiar sound, jumped up from his bed.

“Oh, no, you don’t, Mr. Sneak,” Laura said. She signaled to Alicia to block the exit as she ran across the room and scooped up the cat in one fell swoop. Then, rushing back to the carrier, she pushed him in and secured all four hinges that closed the door.

“Amazing,” Alicia said. “You’re such an expert at catching cats. I had one before I married my first husband, and my mom and I always had such a difficult time getting him to the vet. We had to close all the rooms in our house, and he would still run under the couch.”

Laura laughed. “I’ve had lots of practice. I grew up in a house full of kitties, and I’ve also done animal rescue. Mr. Sneaks is no match for me.”

She picked up the case as Sneaky began to meow, his bellows mixing with the children’s wails from below. “Let’s get down there before some of these kids start throwing up from excitement.”

I loved the part where you lifted your ear flap and opened your eye slit. I’m sure it took a lot of self-control to pretend to let Laura cat-ch you.

I hate to beg for my food and, as you know, we Siamese cats can be quite vocal especially at five in the morning. Thank goodness Debbie is an early bird and writes at the crackle of dawn.

debbiephotoAre you and/or your human on social media? If so, please list your links. Although I’m privy to Debbie’s computer, I’ll let you post the info since this is your blog.

Of, Claus, Oliver.

I just started my own purr-sonal blog  that you are reading at https://sneakylibrarycat.wordpress.com

Debbie has her own blog on her website: https://debbiedelouise.com

She also has a FB author page: https://www.facebook.com/debbie.delouise.author

Her twitter account where she tweets like a birdy is https://twitter.com/Deblibrarian

Her Amazon page where you can purchase all her books is Author.to/DebbieDeLouise

What a paw-some interview, Sneaky. Do you think if I’m really nice, I’ll get a blog of my own one day?

I wouldn’t hold my purrs, Ollie. 

I won’t, but I will offer you and Debbie my best whiskers on your new book.

Thank you. I have already shared some plans with Debbie for a third Cobble Cove mystery that will take full advantage of my acting tail-ants. 

olivercatbedI can’t wait, Sneaky. Now, however, my comfy cat bed calls where I will curl up and take a nap while you and Debbie work hard on your upcoming books and you continue this paw-some blog featuring many more cool cat characters and their authors..

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mew Release: Between a Rock and a Hard Place, Cobble Cove Mystery #2

between-a-rockhard-place-001Hey, pussycats (humans and other animals), I have some paw-some news to share. My author has just released her second Cobble Cove Mystery, Between a Rock and a Hard Place. I  am celebrating with some catnip and reading a few of my scenes from the book.

cobble-cove-mysteriesbydebbie-de-louiseIf you haven’t read my author’s first mystery, A Stone’s Throw, do not fear. You can still purr-chase a copy in eBook or paperback at myBook.to/StonesThrow.

If you’ve read the first book or don’t mind starting with the second, you can get your paws on this mew release for free on Kindle Unlimited or only $4.99 as an Amazon ebook by mouse clicking myBook.to/CobbleCove2 or, for the paperback, myBook.to/CC2paper. It will also be available as a paperback that will be listed on Amazon soon.  I promise you it is more enticing than catnip.

Here are two excerpts starring your favorite library cat from Between a Rock and a Hard Place:

pawprint The first one is from my story time scene. I may have put up a bit of a fuss, but I let Laura, the new Children’s Librarian, believe she actually had me under control. I could win an A-cat-amy award if this were a movie.

Laura opened the staff lounge, and Alicia followed her in flicking up the light switch next to the door. The room into which they walked was cozy with a few tables covered by red and green holiday tablecloths that Vera had recently purchased in town and chairs similar to the one in Sheila’s office that she’d promised to replace with padded ones soon. There was a small refrigerator and a counter with coffee maker, mugs, and sweeteners.

Laura continued through the room to the back door framed by a cat flap. She put her finger to her lips.

“Shhh. He might be sleeping. That would be great. We can catch him unaware.”

She opened the door slowly and tiptoed through. Alicia followed on her toes, as well, the squeals from downstairs reaching a crescendo as the two women entered the storage/cat room.

Sneaky was indeed sleeping, nestled into the cat bed they’d moved from under the local history collection downstairs, but, like most felines, he was alert to the slightest noise. As Laura and Alicia entered the room, one brown ear flap lifted and Sneaky’s left eye opened a slit.

“Uh, oh. He’s heard us.” Laura bent down and unlocked the top and bottom hinges of the cat carrier by the door. Sneaky, hearing the familiar sound, jumped up from his bed.

“Oh, no you don’t, Mr. Sneak,” Laura said. She signaled to Alicia to block the exit as she ran across the room and scooped Sneaky up in her arms in one fell swoop. Then, rushing back to the carrier, she pushed him in and secured all four hinges that closed the door.

“Amazing,” Alicia said.” You’re such an expert at catching cats. I had one when before I married my first husband, and my mom and I always had such a difficult time getting him to the vet. We had to close all the rooms in our house, and he would still run under the couch.”

Laura laughed.” I’ve had lots of practice. I grew up with a house full of kitties, and I’ve also done animal rescue. Mr. Sneak is no match for me.”

She picked up the case as Sneaky began to meow, his bellows mixing with the children’s wails from below.” Let’s get going before some of those kids start throwing up from excitement.”

Alicia, abandoning her guard post by the door, followed Laura and the caged cat down to the Children’s Room. Parents, mostly mothers and a few fathers, were lined up around the room as their children, ranging in age from two to five, sat in a circle Indian-leg style around a chair. Jean was handling crowd control and had selected and arranged some picture books on a cart to the side of the seat where Laura would sit to read to the kids.

As soon as Laura entered the room carrying Sneaky, the group went wild. Jean, assisted by some of the parents, had to restrain the children from opening the cat carrier. Sneaky had quieted down but had scuttled to the back of the carrier. Alicia knew it would be difficult to extract him until the noise level dissipated.

Laura excused herself as she carried Sneaky to her reading chair and placed the carrier beside it. She put a finger to her lips in the stereotypical librarian “shushing” gesture.

“Quiet down, children. Sneaky will be too frightened to come out if you are too loud.”

Alicia noticed Walter on the other side of the room. He was ready to clean up any mess the cat or the kids might make. Donald and Vera were also looking on from the sidelines but ready to return to their posts at Reference or Circulation if any patron needed them. Alicia was surprised Sheila wasn’t there too, as she usually attended all library programs. She wondered what she was working on that might be so important.

Laura sat in the center chair.

“Okay, kids. If this is your first time at Sneaky Storytime, let me go over the rules. I have a few books to share with you this morning. After I read them, I will allow you to come up, one at a time, to pet Sneaky who I will hold on my lap. You will have to be very quiet, or he will run away.” She looked toward Walter who took his cue and drew the room dividing panels closed. Since the panels were opaque, Donald and Vera could still keep watch on the front desk.

“One other announcement before we begin,” Laura continued.” Sneaky is also having a special guest today. He will be joining us in just a few minutes.”

This was a surprise to Alicia. Who could be the cat’s special guest? Laura’s words were met with claps and yaaays from the kids.

Can you guess who my special guest was? You will just have to read the book to see.

pawprints2Here is a scene that was a bit painful for me. If they ever turn the Cobble Cove books into movies, I would ask a cat double to play this scene. It’s where Alicia and Laura take me to the new town vet:

Laura jostled the carrier toward the exit oblivious to Sneaky’s cries of confinement. Alicia walked in front with her keys ready to open the car.

“See you guys later,” Laura called over her shoulder.” Wish us luck with our impatient patient.”

“Just watch your fingers when you open that cage,” Donald warned.

Jean chuckled.” Don’t worry. Laura’s got that tiger under control.”

Dr. Clark’s office was in her house on Marble Lane in the new development west of the shops. The house itself was of moderate size but large enough for the practice and Donna and her pets. She had three rescues – a greyhound and two cats.

Alicia tapped on the office door using the cat-shaped bronze knocker. Donna Clark, her cinnamon-colored hair in a bun atop her head, answered immediately.

“Come on in, Ladies. My receptionist just went to lunch, but I’m all set to see you. Bring Sneaky back to the exam room.”

They followed her through the carpeted front office where a few plastic chairs sat empty. The vet’s waiting room was hardly ever vacant, but it was lunch hour, so they had come at a good time.

The exam room featured framed prints and photos of cats and dogs on pale blue walls. Laura hefted the cat carrier on to the metal table. It was typical of cats to prefer to remain caged once they got used to their captivity and made fusses to be removed. Sneaky was no exception, but the vet deftly pulled him out while closing the case in one fell swoop.

Laura smiled.” Good job, Dr. Clark. He’s a quick one.”

Donna squinted her gray blue eyes as she used some instruments she carried in her white smock to examine the cat’s eyes and ears. Then she squeezed his mouth open to look inside.

“He looks quite healthy but is due for his rabies shot. I’ll also need a weight on him.” She picked Sneaky up and laid him down on a scale that Alicia thought she could’ve used for her babies when they were smaller. The dial registered fifteen pounds.

“Oh, my. He can afford to lose a little. Does he eat scraps?”

“His room is right outside the staff lounge,” Laura replied.” I think some of the staff smuggles food to him. Even though Donald makes all those cat jokes, I think he’s the biggest offender.”

“That’s not good,” Donna said.” Today’s cat food is specially formulated for feline needs. I would restrict him to that and cut back a bit on his dry food.” She was petting Sneaky who was beginning to purr, finally adjusting to his new surroundings.” I’ll go get the shot. Just watch that he doesn’t make a run for it.”

As Bugs used to say in my favorite cartoon, “That’s all Folks.” Now go click your mouse to Amazon and order the book myBook.to/CobbleCove2. You can also follow my author (and me, of course) on her social media links:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/debbie.delouise.author/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Deblibrarian

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/debbiedelouise

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/2750133.Debbie_De_Louise

Amazon Author Page: Author.to/DebbieDeLouise

Website/Blog/Newsletter Sign-Up: https://debbiedelouise.com