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:

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 All her books are listed on her Amazon author page at:

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 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:

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:

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 Debbie’s email is

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:

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: 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:

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 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.


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.


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 Debbie will send you my questions.