Purrsenting My Author’s New Mystery, Reason to Die

I’m proud to announce the release of my author Debbie De Louise’s new mystery, Reason to Die. While it’s not part of our Cobble Cove mystery series and isn’t a cozy, it does feature a cat named after Debbie’s Oliver who has since gone to Rainbow Bridge and also a bird named Chirpy and a dog called Rufus. Get your paws on a copy soon. 

eBook & Kindle Unlimited: myBook.to/RTD
Paperback: myBook.to/RTDpap

Someone is strangling disabled people in the small town of Baxter, Connecticut. Detective Courtney Lang and her ex-partner and ex-lover, wheelchair-bound Bill Thompson, are paired up again and put in charge of the investigation. During the course of their search, Courtney uncovers information that points toward a connection between the murders and an unsolved series of muggings by a masked man, the same man who shot and disabled Bill a year ago on the night he proposed marriage to her.

Complicating matters for Courtney is her guilt about Thompson’s shooting, her affair with her new partner, Mark Farrell, and her unresolved feelings over the deaths of her mother and sister who perished in a fire while she was away from home.

As the deaths accrue and the “Handicapped Strangler” as the killer is coined by the press continues to rampage the town adding victims of different ages, sex, and disabilities to the murder count, Courtney discovers a clue that could crack open the case but may put her and Bill’s life in jeopardy.

Check out this pawsome excerpt from the book:

As Agnes walked to the bathroom now, she tapped her cane around in habit. She knew the twenty steps down the hall by heart. She had her own built-in GPS. But the cane was a comfort, a guide she hesitated to give up.

When she was through taking care of her needs, she started back to the living room. Chirpy suddenly began squawking. She thought he was resting. Something had stirred him. Then she heard a noise by the front door. Someone was on her step.

“Settle down, Chirpy. Looks like we have a visitor,” she said as she cut across the room to answer the light knock. The bird continued to squawk. She wondered why he was so excited.

“Who is it?” she called when she got to the door.

A male voice replied, “Talking Books delivery for Ms. McCarver.”

How very strange. She’d had a delivery of the audio books last week, and they usually only arrived once a month in a box delivered by the mailman. Maybe there had been a mistake.

“I haven’t ordered any new books,” she said, “and they usually come in the mail.”

“No mistake, Ma’am. Talking books are being hand delivered now. Can you please open the door and take them? I have several more stops to make today.”

Agnes hesitated a moment. Chirpy had finally quieted down. Edna would probably scold her for letting a stranger in the house just because he claimed he had audiobooks for her, but he sounded nice enough. He sounded a lot like the kind librarian from the Helen Keller Library who visited yesterday.

Reaching up, she unlatched the safety lock and then twisted the doorknob. She heard the man step forward. He closed the door behind him and then pushed her to the ground. Her cane flew away. She tried to grab for it, but it was out of reach. It happened so fast, a scream lodged in her throat as he put his gloved hands around it and squeezed. From a hazy distance of fear, she heard Chirpy start squawking again. The pressure on her throat tightened. She couldn’t yell or even talk. Blackness engulfed her as the gray shadows of her limited sight dissolved. All she could hear in those last moments were Chirpy crashing against his bars in a useless attempt to free himself and the bad man’s raspy breathing against her cheek as he squeezed the life out of her.

Author Bio

Debbie De Louise is an award-winning author and a reference librarian at a public library on Long Island. She is a member of International Thriller Writers, Sisters-in-Crime, the Long Island Authors Group, and the Cat Writer’s Association. She has a BA in English and an MLS in Library Science from Long Island University. Her novels include the three books of the Cobble Cove cozy mystery series published by Solstice Publishing: A Stone’s Throw, Between a Rock and a Hard Place, and Written in Stone. Debbie has also published a romantic comedy novella featuring a jewel heist caper, When Jack Trumps Ace, and has written articles and short stories for several anthologies of various genres. She lives on Long Island with her husband Anthony, daughter Holly, and Cat Stripey.

Social Media Links

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Deblibrarian

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

Amazon Author Page: Author.to/DebbieDeLouise

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

Sneaky the Library Cat’s blog: https://sneakylibrarycat.wordpress.com

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

Debbie’s cat, Stripey, has even put his stamp of approval on the book.

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Sneaky’s Interview of Mouse from Pre-Meditated Murder by Tracy Weber

It’s my lucky day.  I have another pet here on blog tour for her new book with Escape with Dollycas Into a Good Book. Hello, there, Kitty. What is your name and your author’s name?

My name is an unpronounceable combination of purrs, head butts, growls, and smells. Humans, however call me Mouse. I’m a calico Hemingway cat. I have seven toes on each of my front paws. The author who writes about me is Tracy Weber.

How very interesting. I’ve heard about the Hemingway cats. I bet it’s nice having an extra toe. What book(s) have you appeared in? Please list them and their genre.

I’m a new arrival to Tracy’s mystery series, and my first appearance is in her newest Downward Dog Mystery, Pre-Meditated Murder. Tracy’s series is a cozy mystery series.

Very mice. My author Debbie writes the cozy series I’m in, the Cobble Cove mystery series. My co-star is a dog also. Fido is a golden retriever, and I’m a Siamese. Can you tell us more information about your series?

The Downward Dog Mysteries feature yoga teacher/sleuth Kate Davidson and her ferocious-looking German shepherd, Bella. I think Bella is a sweetheart, but she doesn’t like other dogs or most bearded men. I’m hoping that she and I will eventually become fast friends.

I”m sure you will. Fido and I get along quite well. It’s the humans you have to watch out for.

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

My author friend Tracy rescued an orange semi-feral kittem named Devil-cat when it was about four months old. Tracy loved Devil-cat, and they lived together in Tracy’s house for sixteen years. Devil-cat on the other hand, didn’t like humans very much, including Tracy and her husband. So Tracy never got to pet her or cuddle with her until the last few months of Devil-cat’s life. The vet thinks Devil-cat probably had a brain tumor near the end, but one of its side effects was that it made her suddenly friendly. So Tracy and Devil-cat got some good bonding in before she passed away a few years ago. Tracy still misses her.

Aw what a touching story. Devil-cat must’ve had a bad experience with humans at a young age. That happens sometimes. I’m so glad your author got to bond with her at the end, and I understand how much she must miss her kitty. My author recently lost her 17-year old cat who was Siamese like me. In fact, my character is based on him. His name was Oliver, and he was the friendliest cat. Everybody loved him especially Debbie, so she misses him a lot, too.

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

In this scene, Kate is getting a haircut from the woman who adopted me.

Crystal grasped a large chunk of my hair and prepared to make a few final cuts.

Everything next seemed to happen at once.

The door behind me opened and Rene’s voice called, “Aren’t you about done in here? We’re bored.”

Bella—who stood on leash next to her—spied Mouse, or more accurately, Mouse spied Bella. The calico kitten arched her back like a Halloween decoration, let out a loud yowl, and dove into the hole behind the shampoo bowl.

“Oh no, a cat!” Rene screamed. She broke into a sneezing fit and dropped Bella’s leash.

Bella froze for a moment, torn. On the left was a delectable calico morsel, hers for the eating. On the right, a complete stranger, who held a sharp cutting instrument close to her human’s throat. For a self-proclaimed German shepherd guard dog, the decision was obvious.

Protect the one who feeds you.

Bella dove for Crystal, growling and snapping her teeth. Crystal screamed. Her hand spasmed. The scissors closed, cutting a three-inch-wide swath from my hair. “Help!” she yelled. “Keep that vicious dog away from me!”

“Bella, stop,” I yelled in return. “This is our friend!”

Bella skidded to a stop beside me, then took off after the kitten. She sniffed back and forth between the shampoo bowl and the cabinet, whining.

I gasped at my reflection in the mirror. “My hair!”

The left side of my hair floated down past my shoulders. The right ended at the top of my ear.

Crystal pointed at my right ear and proclaimed, “This isn’t my fault. The dog attacked me!”

I bared my teeth at Rene. She replied with a submissive grin. “At least asymmetrical haircuts are in style.”

What a pawsome scene. Thanks for sharing it.

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

I play a very important role in this book, and it’s nice to be taken seriously. When you’re a semi-feral kitten, people just want to catch you and touch you all the time. They don’t necessarily see how intelligent you are or value what you’re trying to tell them, including “Keep your hands to yourself!” In Tracy’s book, I get to be myself, yet still be the center of attention, at least for a few pivotal scenes. I like that.

I imagine that must be enjoyable. Even though I was found at the Cobble Cove library, I was never feral, but my background is a mystery.

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

If you mean do I speak English, of course not. What self-respecting kitty would lower herself to use the language of humans?

Well, there are some character cats who talk, but they are mostly in children’s books and animated films.

What advice would you give other cat characters?

Get a good agent and hold out for tuna. Lots and lots of tuna.

Purrfect advice.

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

My book, Pre-Meditated Murder, releases today, January 8th. I’m not mentioned in this blurb about the book, but believe me, I’m an important part of it.

If Kate Doesn’t Act Fast, the Only “I Do” in Michael’s Future Will Be at His Trial

Yoga instructor Kate Davidson is ready to marry her boyfriend Michael, so she’s disappointed when a special dinner doesn’t end with a proposal. But disappointment turns to dismay and outrage as she learns the real problem: Michael is already married and his estranged wife is blackmailing him.

When his wife’s body is found―by Kate and her dog, no less―Michael is strangely unable to remember where he was the night she died. Since Michael has no alibi, Kate steps up to uncover what happened. What she walks into is a tangled web of deceit, obsession, and immigration fraud . . . with Michael trapped in the middle.

Wow, Meow. That sounds pawsome. I wish you and your author luck with it.

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

I’m not, but my author friend Tracy is. Please friend her at https://www.facebook.com/tracywe.  You can sign up for her author newsletter at http://tracyweberauthor.com/newsletter.html.

I also know you and Tracy are on blog tour for Pre-Meditated Murder. Here is the link to the rafflectopter prize for those who wish to enter: here: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/02887792660/?widget_template=56d5f80dbc544fb30fda66f0

Thanks for the great interview, Mouse (what an interesting name for a cat) and best whiskers to you and your author on your new release.

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.

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/

jacktrumpsvalentine

 

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.