Sneaky’s Breaking News: Read All ABout It

Meow there. I am quite excited to share some pawsome news with you about my series and also a way you can help real life kitties and those kind people who rescue them.

 For those who are keeping up with my posts, you know that I take a catnap on the weekend, so only something very special can purrsuade me to wake up and write a column. Well, this is it. My author, Debbie, is on tour with our Cobble Cove mystery series until May 13. So far, our series has been featured in spotlights on blogs and also reviewed on several. The one I’m most excited about.appeared on Socrates Book Reviews. Hold your tails because our first book received 5 Kitties. You heard right. 5 Kitties. It is the first time we’ve been rated with cats. We also received a very mice review on Lisa K’s Book Reviews blog where there was also a post by Gilly, one of the human characters in our series.

There’s even more good news. Debbie wrote a guest post about missing cats that ties into our third mystery when yours truly disappears from the Cobble Cove Library. This post appeared on Storeybook Reviews.

What enticed me even more to forego my weekend nap is the fact that all those blogs that are hosting our tour are also allowing readers to enter our giveaway of all 3 books in our series and a $10 Amazon gift card. For a list of the rest of the stops, check the tour host’s website Great Escapes Book Tours.

Also, remember that this Tuesday, May 9, is Debbie’s birthday, and she is giving away free eBooks of A Stone’s Throw that day and also on May 10. In addition, her second in the series, Between a Rock and a Hard Place, will be pawed down to 99 cents both days, as well.

Last, but not least, as promised, I had to stay awake to share with you a campaign to help poor street cats. I was one of them before taken in at the Cobble Cove Library and so was Debbie’s cat, Stripey. Although Oliver was never homeless, he would’ve been if Debbie didn’t take him when her mother had to move to a place that didn’t allow cats. As a senior cat, he surely would’ve had a difficult time finding a home. Please consider supporting this Kickstarter campaign. It is truly a lifesaver.

 

 

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.

 

 

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.

 

Mews to Meow About!

2Wow, Mbetween-a-rockhard-place-001eow!  I have very exciting mews to share with you readers. First, my second mystery, Between a Rock and a Hard Place, has come in #2 in the P&E Reader’s poll for best mystery of 2016. I credit my pawsome acting but must also acknowledge Debbie’s talented writing. Thanks to all who voted for our book. You guys are pawsome, too. Debbie’s short story, The Path to Rainbow Bridge, although it didn’t feature yours truly, was full of cats and came in #4 of the best Fantasy of 2016.pathtorainbowbridge2-1

Other great news is Debbie has a novella and short story coming out on Valentine’s Day. Both of them also feature cats. Roxie, is a female Siamese owned by a jewel thief in When Jack Trumps Ace. In Debbie’s historical/paranormal romance, The Seashell and the Stone, there is an orange male cat named Seashell (and I thought Sneaky was a weird name).when-jack-trumps-ace-001-1cupidsarrowanthology

The last piece of mews I have is that Debbie just signed for our third mystery, Written in Stone with our wonderful publisher, Solstice Publishing (who came in #2 of publishers in the P&E poll). She’s working with a great editor, Cynthia Ley, on that book as well as the reprinting of our first mystery, A Stone’s Throw. Both books may be out this spring.

oliverwine oliverwinebottleI am so proud of Debbie and all of you readers supporting us that I’m going to have a catnip party to celebrate. I might even ask Debbie to break out the wine from the Winery at Marjim Manor that has her cat Oliver’s label on it, but I think she’s saving that for a souvenir.

I hope to be back with more cat character interviews soon. Don’t forget to tell your authors that I am seeking more guests. I will even interview dogs and other animal characters. I’m always up for a challenge. To apply as a guest on my blog, just email Debbie at debbiewriter@yahoo.com.

Sneaky’s News Hot Off the Pawprint Presses

bignewspicGood morning, folks. It is so cold out here that my paws are frostbitten which makes it hard to type, but I  have some news to share with you.  I just pawed through the Cobble Cove Courier, the local newspaper in our town, and I found a few tidbits of interest to readers of our mysteries.

ccchateditedlgroupeditedFirst, our Cobble Cove character’s Facebook group is growing nicely. The current host, John McKinney, is offering a contest for a reader who submits a photo that might represent him. I don’t want to give away too many hints, but I know John very well. If you’ve read our books, you would be aware that he has dark fur on his head that might have a touch or two of gray, although he’s quite fit and young looking for a man in his mid-forties. He also has an interesting dimple in his cheek that Alicia is crazy about. We cats don’t have dimples. They would get in the way of our whiskers. To join the group and enter the contest, you should click your mouse here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/748912598599469/

Another great piece of reporting is that Debbie’s first book in our series, A Stone’s Throw, is being reprinted by Solstice Publishing. Debbie is also nearly ready to also submit the third book of our series, Written in Stone. She is also releasing a romantic comedy novella, When Jack Trumps Ace, in February. This book even has a cat in it, but it’s very different from the Cobble Cove Books. Look for her historical romance, The Seashell and the Stone in Cupid’s Arrow, a Solstice anthology also coming out next month. Of course, you can still pick up the second Cobble Cove book, Between a Rock and a Hard Place, that came out in October. This book has been on the Amazon cozy mystery bestseller list and has five pawprint reviews. Keep an eye on this blog and Debbie’s for more information on all her releases. You can also join Debbie’s author newsletter and/or sign up for her blog at https://debbiedelouise.com/. All her books are listed on her Amazon author page at: http://amzn.to/2iVtZu2.

Last, but not least, I have a bit of sad yet hopeful news. Debbie recently learned that a childhood friend passed away in December. She hadn’t been in touch with this man for a long time but, through Facebook, learned of his death. As a tribute to the friendship they shared, because he encouraged her writing even back then, and since one of her characters actually shares his name, she plans to dedicate the new release of A Stone’s Throw to John along with her mother-in-law, Carol, who also is named for one of the book’s characters and whom she had dedicated the original book. Although John never knew Debbie became an author, she can share her work with his family.

That’s all the news for today, Kitties. I’m still seeking interviews of cat characters and, if you are an author of any type of cat book releasing in January,  I would be happy to include it in a new release Cat Book Spotlight. Contact my author and blog assistant Debbie at debbiewriter@yahoo.com for more information.

 

 

 

New Years News to Purr About

votecountsHey, Kitties. I’m taking a bit of a catnap over the holidays, but I wanted to share some pawsome New Years news with you.  I also need to ask a favor. Between a Rock and a Hard Place is currently 5 stars on Amazon and has been on its bestseller list for cozy mysteries. Now it’s in the running for Best Mystery Novel published in 2016 in the P&E Reader’s Poll. Can you please vote for our book? All you need do is fill out a short form, paw-check the box next to the book’s title, and fill in a simple robot check (darn those robot checks. They make me want to cough up a hairball). After you vote, you will also need to confirm your vote by clicking on a link sent to your email. Every vote counts, so please share this info with all your mystery-loving friends. Debbie and I would really love to win and would appreciate your help. Debbie’s story, The Path to Rainbow Bridge, is also running in the Science Fiction and Fantasy Short story category. Also, don’t forget her pawsome publisher, Solstice Publishing. They are running in the Print/Electronic Book Publishers category. You can vote in each category and only need to confirm one vote for each email. Voting ends on January 14. Here is the link to the poll: http://critters.org/predpoll/novelmys.shtml

ccchateditedlgroupeditedWhile you’re in the voting mood, there are two other polls you might want to try. They are opinion polls. The first is in the Cobble Cove Character Chat group and ends on Christmas Eve. All you need to do is choose a character who you think would make a good host for the January chat. I’m listed, of claws, but I don’t want to sway your decision. If you’re not familiar with this Facebook group, it’s a fun place where readers can go to ask questions of the characters in the Cobble Cove mysteries. Although there is a host each month who usually offers a prize or giveaway, any of the characters can be summoned upon request. The group link with the poll post linked to the top is here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/748912598599469/

newsletterlogoLast but not least, there is a survey in Debbie’s author’s newsletter that is going out on New Year’s Day. This poll will help Debbie decide her next writing project for 2017. She is giving away a $5 Amazon gift card to a random person who completes the survey. You need to be a subscriber to participate, and I highly recommend that you subscribe because Debbie offers a monthly contest, book news, excerpts, and other fun features in the newsletter. To subscribe, visit her website and fill out the pop-up newsletter subscriber form. You then just need to confirm the email that is sent to you. If you have any problems subscribing, you can just email Debbie and she can manually subscribe you. The link to the newsletter is https://debbiedelouise.com. Debbie’s email is debbiewriter@yahoo.com.

writteninstoneNow that I’ve got all that campaigning stuff out of the way, I can share my New Year’s news. Debbie has completed the third Cobble Cove mystery that she is calling Written in Stone. I’m happy to report that I have some pawsome scenes in it, but I can’t reveal any of them yet because Debbie still has to edit and submit the manuscript to her publisher. I will keep you posted and hope to feature an excerpt for you soon. The editing process is complicated, and sometimes I want to pull my fur out as I watch Debbie struggle with it. But one thing I’ve learned from being an author’s character is that writers are stubborn and don’t give up easily. Lucky for us. I patiently await the next installment of my adventure and, along with you wonderful readers, give her all the support I can.

Debbie and I thank you for all your votes, reviews, comments, and shares this year. They make us purr and all the fur-strations that go with editing and promoting worthwhile. Have a purrfect New Year!

 

Merry Catmus and Happy Kittendays

bestseller-badge1Meow readers, it’s Sneaky here waiting for Santa Claws. Of course, my feline counterparts, Stripey and Oliver, will get all the real gifts. I know Debbie has bought catnip toys to fill their stockings, but she’s given me an even better gift. She’s written another Cobble Cove mystery. I’ve seen the first draft of it, and I think she’s beefed up my role a bit but there’s always room for improvement. At least she’s on the right track. Now all I have to do is get her and her publisher to put me on one of the covers. That would truly make me purr. I also heard the great news that our second book, Between a Rock and a Hard Place, was recently on the Amazon bestseller list for cozy mysteries.

Another pawsome kibble of news for you all is that I wrote, with Debbie’s help, a blog article in Dru’s Book Musings. “A Day in the Life of Sneaky Cat” further explains my life in Cobble Cove and how I came to meet Alicia. There’s information about our book and even a contest to win a copy of each of our first two mysteries in ebook form. Check out the post here: http://wp.me/p3nHH-8Mi

One thing you should be aware of is that Debbie is planning to reprint our first book, A Stone’s Throw. I’m sure this version with a new cover and some additions Debbie is considering will be even better than the first. However, this may take some time, hopefully not too many of my nine lives. In the meantime, although the book is currently not available for purchase, Debbie will continue to offer it as a giveaway.

Today, December 22, is the last day you can vote for Debbie as Author of the Year. If I could vote, I would definitely paw this page and choose Debbie De Louise: http://solsticepublishing.com/vote-for-author-of-the-year/ You might also win some prizes just for casting your vote.

ccchateditedFor those that aren’t aware, the Cobble Cove Character Chat event is now a group where you can ask me or any of the other characters from our mysteries questions. Alicia is the current character host and has been posting to the group, but someone new will take a turn in January. I hope it’s me. If not, you can still send in your questions, and I will purrsonally answer them at anytime. To join the group, just sign up at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/748912598599469/

Last but not least, I’m hoping to continue more cat character interviews next year. If your author writes cozy cat mysteries or any books featuring a cat character, please have them contact Debbie at debbiewriter@yahoo.com to arrange an interview for you. Debbie will even consider dog characters, and I will generously allow Fido to take over my blog and interview them.

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I will end this post with a special poem I’ve composed. I call it “The Night Before Catmus”

‘Twas the night before Catmus, when all through Cobble Cove,

Not a creature was stirring, not Sneaky or Fido;

The stockings were hung in the library lounge with care,
In hopes that Santa Claws soon would be there;
The patrons were home all snug in their beds,
While visions of catnip danced in my head,
And Alicia with John, and Sheila and Mac,
Had just settled down for a long winter’s nap-
When out on Cove Point there arose so much chatter,
I sprang from my cat bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a bird,
Tore apart the blinds, and ripped off the cord.
When, with my sharp cat eyes I glimpsed
a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny kittens,
With a little old driver, sporting whiskers and paws,
I knew in a moment it must be Santa Claws.
More rapid than mice his baby cats came,
And he meowed and purred, and called them by name:
“Now! Kitty now! Tiger, now! Ginger Cat,

“On! Max, on! Missy, on! Smokey and Misty;
Up to the library roof-he flew,
With the sleigh full of cat Toys – and some dog gifts, too:
As I drew in my paws, and was turning to prowl,
Down the library chimney Santa Claws came with a howl:
I meowed when I saw him not meaning to lurk,
He hissed at first, then went straight to his work,
And filled all the stockings; then turned with a purr,
And licking his whiskers and then all his fur,

He sprung to his sleigh, to his Kits gave a yowl,
And away they all flew, like they’d been swatted with a towel
But I heard him meow, as he continued his trip
Happy Catmus to all, and to all good catnip.

Late Feature Friday Film, an Oldie but Goodie for the Holidays

It’s been a pawsitively hectic week for me and Debbie, so I apologize for the late weekly film. I pawed this one out of the archives. It stars one of my favorite Internet cat, Grumpy, and is purrfect for holiday viewing.

Before I share this pawsome movie with you, I’d also like to announce that the Cobble Cove Chat that began this month has been turned into a Facebook group. That means, that although a new character will host each month, readers can now post a question to any of the Cobble Cove characters. So if you have any questions for me, just join the group and ask away.

ccchateditedhttps://www.facebook.com/groups/748912598599469/

And, here, is our feature film:

Exciting Mews! Debbie’s a Winner and She’s Going on Tour

nanowrimopicI am quite proud of my author, Debbie De Louise, who has won this NanoWrimo thing by writing 50,000 words in our new mystery during the month of November. I can’t wait for her to finish this third book of our series because I think she has beefed up my role. As soon as she gives me the word, I will share an excerpt of Written in Stone which is what she is calling our new story.

blogtourI’m also purring with excitement about our upcoming blog tour with Lori Caswell of Escape with Dollycas into a Good Book. The tour will run from December 4 to December 11. Below is the schedule, links, and what each blog will feature. There will also be a special rafflecopter giveaway to one lucky winner of a silver locket that is featured in our recent release, Between a Rock and a Hard Placelocket

December 4 – Dalene’s Book Reviews – REVIEW, EXCERPT

December 5 – Books, Dreams, Life – SPOTLIGHT, EXCERPT

December 6 – Christa Reads and Writes – REVIEW

December 7 – The Pulp and Mystery Shelf – INTERVIEW

December 8 – Omnimystery News – INTERVIEW

December 9 – 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, & Sissy, Too! – SPOTLIGHT

December 10 – StoreyBook Reviews – GUEST POST

December 11 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – CHARACTER INTERVIEW

Last but not least,  I’m still seeking cat characters to interview on my blog. If you’re an author whose cat character would like to participate, just email me at sneakylibrarycat@gmail.com. Debbie will send you my questions.

 

Announcing Cobble Cove Character Chat and Feature Friday Film

newgraphicMeow, there. It’s Sneaky. I am so excited to share a great video with you today and some pawsome information about a new, monthly event for my author’s readers.

First, I want to thank all those great authors who helped me, Debbie, Alicia, John, and Fido host our Cobble Cove mysteries birthday party on Facebook this week. I can’t help purring when I recall all those cats who attended as well as the human reader guests, of claws. It was one fun paw-ty.

ccchateditedNow for the great news. Debbie’s brilliant 7th-grade daughter came up with a purr-fect idea. All the characters from the Cobble Cove mysteries including me-ow’s truly, will host a monthly event called Cobble Cove Character Chat on the first Wednesday of each month. There will be a different character each month. That character will “chat” with anyone who visits the page that day. The character will post some information about themselves, maybe share an excerpt from a book in which they appear, and also offer a contest, freebie, or something else of interest to readers. Those who visit the CCCC event page may ask any question(s) they want of the character of that month. Doesn’t that sound as cool as catnip? Why not drop by and check out the first chat on Wednesday, December 7?

And, now, our feature film. Created by Taylor Henderson and Sara Schoen of Stolen Glances Promotions. It is a trailer for Between a Rock and a Hard Place, the second Cobble Cove mystery that was just released. If you look really close at the opening clips, you will spot Debbie’s cat, Oliver, who looks a lot like me.