Sneaky Interviews Smoky Joe from Death Overdue by Allison Brook

Meow, there. I am very honored to have another cat character as a guest today. What’s even better is that cat is a library cat just like me. Can you please tell us your name, sir, and your author’s name?

My name is Smoky Joe—I suppose because I’m gray all over like smoke. My author’s name is Allison Brook.

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

I appear in DEATH OVERDUE, which is a cozy mystery that was released on October 10.

Did you say cozy? I’m a cozy cat, too. Are you in a series, as well?

Yes, I am in the Haunted Library mystery series, which takes place in a picturesque town called Clover Ridge, Connecticut. I am the Library Cat!

My mistress Carrie, who is the Clover Ridge Library’s Head of Programs and Events, brings me to the library every day, I like being the Library Cat and greeting all the patrons. I especially like visiting the children’s room and wandering through the main reading room where lots of retired people sit around reading magazines and newspapers. Carrie’s put up posters telling people NOT to feed me, but sometimes they do. Lucky me! There’s a ghost named Evelyn that haunts the library. Carrie can see her but I can’t. I just feel her icy presence and it makes me verrrrry uncomfortable.

Wow, Meow! We definitely do have a lot in common. I live in the Cobble Cove Library which doesn’t have a ghost, although maybe the person who was murdered in our last book might begin to haunt it. I hope not because she wasn’t a very nice person, anyway.

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

My author says I’m not based on Sammy, her real red cat, because Sammy isn’t as sociable as me. And sometimes Sammy BITES, which I never do. But my author loves both of us.

I’m somewhat based on Debbie’s Siamese, Oliver, but I’m younger and much better looking in my humble cat opinion.

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

I like spending time in the library. I enjoy the patrons’ attention and hope that I brighten their visits. I like coming home at night with Carrie. In this book I’ve gotten to know all of her friends and the people she works with. In the next book, I play an important role in solving a mystery.

I love my library, too, especially when I participate in children’s storytimes. I’m also great at helping my human co-stars find clues, but I let them solve the mysteries themselves. Actually, that’s Debbie’s idea, but at least I convinced her to give me my own blog and feature me on the cover of our latest book.

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

I don’t speak, but I meow when I want something. Carrie’s smart. She always knows exactly what I need.

That’s great. Alicia is good at reading me, too, but sometimes I have to be more obvious about what I am trying to tell her.

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

Oh, yes!! READ AND DONE is the second book in the Haunted Library mystery series. I have a very important role in this book, which is scheduled to come out in September, 2018.

Pawsome.

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

I’m not but Allison is. I’ll share a secret with you: Allison’s real name is Marilyn Levinson. Here are her social links:

website: http://www.marilynlevinson.com

Amazon pages: http://amzn.to/K6Md1O

http://tinyurl.com/ksydz3s

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/marilyn.levinson.10?ref=ts&fref=ts

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/161602.Marilyn_Levinson

Twitter: https://twitter.com/MarilynLevinson

https://twitter.com/allisonbrookML

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/marilev/

Purrfect. It’s been a real pleasure interviewing a fellow cozy library cat character, Smoky. Best whiskers to you and Allison/Marilyn on your wonderful haunted library series.

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Mew Release Spotlight: A Hiss Before Dying by Rita Mae Brown

Sneaky here with the first book in my Mew Release Spotlight. Today’s feature is Rita Mae Brown’s new mystery, A Hiss Before Dying. If you readers recall, I had a great interview with Sneaky Pie Brown, the cat co-author, who also filled me in on Mrs. Murphy’s role in that wonderful series. If you missed it, here is the interview:

Now for the de-tales about Rita and Sneaky Pie’s new book:

This May, Rita Mae Brown and her feline co-author Sneaky Pie Brown return in their twenty-sixth mystery adventure featuring Mary Minor “Harry” Haristeen, her crime-solving cat Mrs. Murphy, and their animal friends. The gang once again takes on a series of whodunits rooted in the small town of Crozet, Virginia in A HISS BEFORE DYING (Bantam Hardcover; On Sale May 30, 2017). This contemporary mystery explores the issue of wild animal poaching through the lens of a historical narrative—America’s post-revolutionary past.

There’s nothing like a well-told tale, and no one does it better than world-renowned Rubyfruit Jungle author Rita Mae Brown. With more than 7.5 million copies of her books in print, New York Times bestselling author Brown has established herself as a household name. It’s her charm, humor, and knack for crafting a killer thriller that keeps her fans engaged and entertained time after time.

RITA MAE BROWN and SNEAKY PIE BROWN, a tiger cat rescued from the local SPCA, have collaborated on twenty-sixth Mrs. Murphy mysteries, and they are involved in many local events to raise money for animal shelters. Rita Mae also writes the “Sister” Jane Arnold Outfoxed series and the Mags Rogers series and has authored the memoir, Animal Magnetism. She and Sneaky Pie live with many other rescued animals. Rita Mae is now writing, CRAZY LIKE A FOX (On Sale 10/17/17).

What are you waiting for? Go get this pawsome book today, and contact my author Debbie at debbiewriter@yahoo.com (or comment on this blog)  if you would like us to feature your Mew Release or a guest post.

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..