Sneaky Interviews Frank from Shifting and Shenanigans, the first Magical Book Club Cozy Mystery, by Elizabeth Pantley

Meow there, Kitty. Please introduce yourself and your author.

Hello Sneaky! Thanks for having me today. I’m a chocolate-point Siamese cat, the finest cat breed, I must say. I know you agree with me, Sneaky! How about a fist bump, or should I say paw-bump?

Here you, go. (paw bump). Great to have a fellow Siamese guy on my blog.

The name’s Franklin, like one of our great presidents. My friends call me Frank. Like a delicious meat product, or the concept of honest and sincerity. All of which suit me fine.

My author, Elizabeth Pantley, introduces me to the world in Shifting and Shenanigans. The first book in the Magical Mystery Book Club series. I’m the main character, of course, due to my brilliance, my wit, my beauty, and my overall delightful personality. I can be adorable, too, when I need to be. Meow.

 So mice to have you here, Frank. I’ve had your author’s other cats from another series for interviews and my author has featured many of your author’s blog tours on her blog. She’s also read many of her books. She loves them and asked me to include her review of your book along with your interview. So please tell us about it.

In addition to this book, I’ll be the star of the series, so you’ll have the wonderful opportunity to share many adventures with me. This book, #1, Shifting and Shenanigans has just been released. Book #2, Vampires and Villains comes out in September. You’ll love it – we get to go on a Hawaiian cruise! Book #3, Cowboys and Chaos is set for November. I hope I get to ride a horse in that one!

They all sound pawsome. Concatulations!

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

That Elizabeth Pantley is a bit sentimental. She had a chocolate-point Siamese in her family when she was a girl. She’ll never forget that lovely pet, and so when she was deciding what cat should headline this enchanted book club series she naturally was drawn to the most enchanting breed.

Awww. Debbie had several Siamese as a child. More recently she had Oliver, a senior boy who passed away while she was writing the first book of her new series, The Case of the Cat Crazy Lady. Oliver is a star in that book, but although I don’t share his name, I was also based on him and continue his legacy in Debbie’s Cobble Cove series which also had a new release, Sneaky’s Supernatural Mystery and Other Cobble Cove Stories. 

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

I thought you’d never ask! I’m in about a million great scenes, but he’s one to whet your whistle. It’s when the other main characters, okay fine, the two primary characters, Paige and Glo first arrive at the enchanted library and meet yours truly.

“Why the confusion?” The sleek Siamese jumped back up on the chair and tilted his head at us. “Pffft. It’s like you’ve never heard a talking cat before.”

We continued to stare at him.

“Cat got your tongue?” He guffawed and snorted.

“Are you really a talking cat?” I asked as I walked a circle around the chair inspecting the area.

“Whatcha’ lookin’ for?” the cat said.

“I am looking for a hidden person, or a tape recorder – or something to explain how that voice appears to be coming out of your mouth.”

“Uh, Paige,” said Glo. “I think the voice is coming out of his mouth. I think it’s a talking cat.”

“You think?” gasped the cat. “You THINK! Honey, scoot yourself on over here and pay verrry close attention. Do you understand the words that are coming out of my mouth?” Then he guffawed again at his parody of Chris Tucker’s voice and the famous line from the movie Rush Hour.

“Let’s say you really are talking—”

“Yeah. Let’s say that,” said the cat, flicking a whisker.

“How is it possible?” I asked.

“Uhm. You’re talking. How is that possible?”

I decided to skip to the next question. “Were you GeeGee’s cat?”

“It’s complicated. You could say I come with the library. I suppose that would make me your cat now, in a manner of speaking, or perhaps you’re my people.” He chuckled.

“What’s your name?” asked Glo.

I turned to her. “Are you just skipping over the logical details and jumping right into hey, there talking cat, what’s your name?”

“At least one of you has some manners,” mumbled the cat. “Allow me to introduce myself. The name’s Frank.”

Wow, Meow! What a great actor you are, Frank, and what a great writer your author is.

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

 Are you kidding?! I get to go inside cozy mysteries and solve the murder case. Can you say the most fun ever?

 I love that part, too. Better than catnip.

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

 Puh-leeze! This boy can’t be held down. Talk I must!

I’ve begun to talk, too, in the last full-length Cobble Cove book, No Gravestone Unturned, and in my latest story collection that I mentioned earlier. Although I speak, the human characters don’t know what I’m saying, only the readers and my fellow pet sleuths.

What advice would you give other cat characters?

Hmm. I would say make certain that your author understands the importance of putting a cat up front and center. We belong on the cover, right Sneaky? And we deserve the spotlight – lots of great scenes!

You are so right, Frank. I had to convince Debbie to ask her publisher to do that on our 3rd book, Written in Stone, and our new release.

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

Other than this series you might want to check out my lovely friend Latifa’s series. She’s another cat with personality galore. She stars in The Destiny Falls Mystery and Magic series. She’s a quality feline and a witty and smart cat. Just like us, right Sneaky?

You bet, Frank. Latifa has been on this blog, too. Debbie loves your author’s Destiny Falls Mystery and Magic series and also love her new one that stars you. Her review for it has five stars, and I give it five pawprints.

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

Thanks for asking! I hope you’ll come hang out with us:

Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/series/345907-magical-mystery-book-club

Newsletter Sign-up: https://www.nocrysolution.com/mailing-list/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DestinyFallsMysteryandMagic
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/destinyfallsmystery/

I certainly will, and Debbie already has. Thanks for the interview, Frank, and best whiskers to you and your author on your new series. I’m sharing her blog tour and the review of your book below.


Shifting and Shenanigans: The Magical Mystery Book Club
by Elizabeth Pantley

About Shifting and Shenanigans

Shifting and Shenanigans: The Magical Mystery Book Club
Paranormal Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Setting – A magical off-shoot of Colorado<
Independently Published (July 15, 2022)
Print length ‏ : ‎ 210 pages
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B0B3WLF7CW

Paige and her adventurous Aunt Glo inherit a country inn from eccentric GeeGee. They pack up and hit the road, arriving at the charming place they both loved since childhood. Finally! They can get into the secret room in the basement that GeeGee kept locked! They discover it’s a wonderful library filled to the brim with mystery books. But more than the room was a secret – it’s a magical place that houses enchanted books. Paige and Glo find themselves smack-dab in the middle of a murder mystery, along with a motley group of book club friends. The club will need to work together to solve the case in order to get out of the book and back to their home.

***** 5-star REVIEW (by Debbie) with 5 pawprints from Sneaky  

Shifting and Shenanigans is the first book of the Magical Mystery Book Club. Having read several of the authors books from her Destiny Falls Mystery and Magic series, I was expecting nothing less than a fantastic read and wasn’t disappointed.

In this first book, Paige inherits the Snapdragon Inn from her great grandmother along with her Aunt Gloria (known as Glo). Gee Gee leaves a letter for them that states they are in charge of the secret library that is located in the house.

After moving in and finding the library, they learn its secrets that include a talking cat named Frank who tells them they must form a book club of eight members. When they agree to do this and six other people join them, they prepare for their first book club read by choosing one of the mystery books in the library. The books themselves hold a greater mystery.

Without sharing any spoilers, I’ll say that book lovers will love reading this book and that the title will make more sense as you get further into the story. Like Pantley’s other series, it’s a loads of fun, with quirky characters, magic, and several twists. I can’t wait to read the next which is previewed at the end.

About Elizabeth Pantley

Elizabeth Pantley says that writing the Destiny Falls Mystery and Magic book series is the most fun she’s ever had at work. Fans of the series say her joy is evident through the stories she tells. Elizabeth is also the internationally bestselling author of The No-Cry Sleep Solution and twelve other books for parents. Her books have been published in over twenty languages. She lives in the Pacific Northwest, the beautiful inspiration for the enchanted Destiny Falls world.

Author Links

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Website: https://www.nocrysolution.com/books/
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Blog: https://elizabethpantley.com/

Purchase Link – Amazon

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Sneaky Interviews Olivia from Oh! Olivia by Patricia Fry

Today, I’m honored to welcome a pretty calico cat to my blog. Hello, Miss Kitty. You’re so sweet sitting there in the interview chair crossing your paws. Please introduce yourself and your author.

I’m Olivia and the author (who is also my mom) is Patricia Fry.

Mice to meet both of you. My author knows Patricia through the Cat Writers’ Association.

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

Mom (Patricia Fry) has been writing the Klepto Cat Mysteries featuring a cat named Rags, for about ten years. The Klepto Cat Mysteries are cozy mysteries with cats. When she started planning Book 51 of the series, she thought it would be fun to introduce me as one of the characters. She even re-furred to me in the title, Calico Calamities. I am a calico, you see. She called this my debut into the world of cozy mysteries.

I’d already become pretty popular on Facebook, and Rags’s fans loved meeting me in Calico Calamities, so Mom got all excited about starting a new series featuring me. Now I’m a star in the new Calico Cat Mysteries.

Book One is called Oh! Olivia. That’s something Mom says a lot around here, (“Oh Olivia, what have you done now?” “Oh Olivia, where are you?” “Oh Olivia, get down from those curtains!”) Yes, that was the purr-fect title for my debut book.

MOL. I’ve seen your photos on Facebook. You’re quite photogenic. My author, Debbie, also has a calico, Hermione, who has the same cute habit of crossing her paws. It must be a calico thing.

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

Yes, both the Klepto Cat Mysteries and the Calico Cat Mysteries are series. The Klepto Cat Mysteries features Rags, a cat that can’t keep his paws off of other people’s things, and the things he takes are often clues in a mystery or a crime. Rags gets into a lot of trouble, but he does some fabulously courageous things, too, like saving people and other animals. He’s much older than I am and has the most amazing instincts. I just turned one year old, but I hope I can someday be as brave as he is and help people like he does.

The Calico Cat Mysteries feature ME, Olivia, and my storybook mom, Parker, an investigative reporter. In these stories, I’m just an ordinary calico cat with an amazingly quirky purr-sonality. I’m silly and refined; naughty and well-mannered, and super intuitive. I’m also adventuresome and a bit of a comedian. Mostly, I like to help. I have the helping gene, which, as you can imagine sometimes gets me into trouble.

Wow, Meow. You and your author sure are busy. I know that Debbie read Oh! Olivia, the first book in your Calico Cat Mysteries and she asked me to post her review along with your blog tour below this interview.

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

Pinch me; I’m real. I lived under a house in a strange city during a pandemic before I was rescued. A kind lady found me a home with Mom and Dad when I was about 10 weeks old. They say that the isolation during 2020 was so much more bearable with me because I made them laugh. Yup, they laughed their way through 2020. And I just enjoyed being loved. Mom has loved a lot of cats, but she says I’m different. I’m so different that Mom could envision me frolicking across the pages of a cozy mystery. And frolic I do—fictitiously, of course.

What a pawsome story. I think you and your author are lucky to have found one another. I was based on Debbie’s Siamese cat, Oliver, who went to Rainbow Bridge three years ago, but I’m still representing him in my Cobble Cove series. Debbie has also featured her real life cats, Stripey, Harry, and Hermione in her other books and stories. It’s great to be an author’s cat, literally.

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

It’s Christmas Eve, and Olivia has been “arrested.” A police officer took her to the station to be picked up later by animal services. The reason—she had found a lost little boy and his weirded out mother wants Olivia in quarantine in case she scratched him or bit him. Olivia’s mom, Parker, an investigative reporter, is frantic. She eventually remembers that she has Olivia’s vaccination record on her phone, along with Olivia’s certification as a therapy cat, so she races down to the police station to rescue her beloved cat. Parker had forgotten to tell the “arresting” officer that Olivia is an escape artist, and when the officer on duty went to retrieve the cat from a small carrier in a back office of the police station, they discover that she’s gone. Officer Inez Franklin asks Parker and her brother, Wade, to wait in the lobby while she looks for Olivia. Here’s where the story takes up:

Within minutes the inside door opened, and Officer Franklin entered the lobby.

“You didn’t find her,” Parker said. “I can tell by your posture.”

“No, but there’s one room I haven’t looked in, yet,” the officer said.

“A bathroom?” Parker asked. “Oh no, not a bathroom. She’ll be playing in the toilet for sure. She likes water. In fact, she likes watching a toilet flush. Sometimes she even manages to flush it herself.” She faced Wade. “I don’t think I told you about our hotel stay in Mexico that time. We got in big trouble for wasting water while we were there. I couldn’t for the life of me figure out why, then I caught Olivia sitting on the toilet seat just flushing and flushing away. She can also sometimes turn on a faucet.”

“Oh my,” the officer said, walking swiftly toward the door. “Come on, let’s go see.” She said over her shoulder, “I actually looked around in the women’s restroom, but maybe we’d better check the men’s.” She stopped outside the bathroom door and motioned to Wade. “Sir, I’ll let you go in.” She asked Parker, “So Olivia likes water, does she?” She cringed. “You know, I heard some flushing going on in there when I was checking the women’s facility. I figured that if she was in there, whoever was using the facility would see her.”

“Well?” Parker asked eagerly when Wade returned.

“Officer Franklin,” Wade said, “either you work with some squirrely officers, or someone turned loose a pack of monkeys in there.” He shook his head. “It’s a disaster—paper towels and toilet paper all over the place.” He grinned at Parker. “I thought Olivia was more refined than that.”

Parker sighed. “Not when she’s unhappy or feels cornered. She’ll take it out on whatever she can get her paws on.”

When the officer heard a door open at the end of the hallway, she turned and called out, “Camille, can I speak with you for a moment?”

Camille nodded and said quietly as the trio approached, “I was just going to call you when I heard you out here.” She glanced curiously at Parker and Wade.

“We’re looking for a cat,” Inez said. “Can we…”

“By all means,” Camille said, cautiously opening the door for them to enter. She put her finger across her lips in a shushing manner and motioned for Inez to follow her across the room to a small futon covered with a blanket. Camille lifted a corner of the blanket, and Inez gasped. She eagerly motioned for the couple to join her.

Parker was sure her heart missed a beat as she approached the officer. When she got close enough, she could see an infant lying on the futon contentedly sucking her thumb. The baby held the edge of the blanket up against her face and stared out at Parker with wide eyes. The officer lifted another edge of the blanket and revealed a shock of black, orange, and white fur.

“Olivia!” Parker hissed. “Oh my gosh.” She clasped her hands under her chin and smiled down at the baby and the cat.

“Is this your cat?” Camille asked. “What’s she doing here at the station?”

“Long story,” Wade said, running his hand over the sleeping calico.

Olivia raised her head and looked at him briefly through squinty eyes, then lay back down.

Parker cupped one hand over Olivia’s head tenderly. “My sweet girl.” She smiled down at her and at the baby.

“It’s an abuse case,” Camille explained. “We’re waiting for social services. I guess maybe the cat heard the little thing crying in here. When I came in to relieve Wentzel, she must have sneaked in. I was freaked out when she suddenly appeared at my feet…”

      Parker chuckled. “She does that. She seems to materialize out of thin air sometimes.”

         “So she just climbed into bed with the baby?” Inez asked, amused.

Camille nodded. “When I saw how gentle she was with the baby and how relaxed the little one became, well, it was the miracle we needed.” She tilted her head. “Didn’t I hear that a cat found the Anderson boy this afternoon?”

Parker nodded. “Yes, that was Olivia.”

“That poor soul,” Camille said. “He’s another child who needs help.”

Suddenly Olivia raised her head and looked around. She stood up, sniffed the child’s face a couple of times, then stepped slowly onto the floor and stretched—her bushy tail arching across her back.

“Olivia, sweetheart,” Parker cooed, kneeling. “Come here, girl. I missed you so much.”

The pert calico stretched again, then walked up to Parker and put one paw on her leg.

Everyone chuckled when Olivia reached up toward Parker’s face with her other paw, waving it in the air a couple of times.

“What was that?” Wade asked.

Parker grinned and shook her head. “Heck if I know. She always does it. I assume it’s a special greeting—she’s greeting me.” 

“She missed you,” Officer Franklin said, smiling.

“Yeah, we’re rarely apart,” Parker explained, lifting Olivia into her arms.

“They’re joined at the heart,” Wade added, running his hand over Olivia’s fur. “Can we take her home?” he asked.

I’m impressed. What a purrfect excerpt. You are quite the actress, Olivia.

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

My character cat gets to have fun and she does some very important things too—helping things, courageous things. I like making people smile and making them feel better about whatever is going on in their life. If I can bring a little joy to a life, I’m a happy kitty-cat. And if I can have fun while I’m doing it—all the better.

What a great catitude!

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

I only mew, meow, yowl, hiss, and purr, like you do, Sneaky. My mew is squeaky and my purr is deep. That may be weird, but that’s how it is. So no, I don’t have a speaking part unless you consider silent words. I use a lot of body language—especially with my tail. Parker is just about the only one who can read my body language. We have a special way of communicating, but I love to trip her up—you know, show a certain behavior, then do something completely unexpected. The way I look at it, you need to keep your humans guessing.

I totally agree.

What advice would you give other cat characters?

Don’t take yourself too seriously. Seriously, you’re a cat—a fabulous cat, I’m sure, and you get to do a lot of fun stuff and some that’s not so fun. Just try to remember why you’re where you are today—pictured on the cover of a beautiful book and being allowed to do all kinds of naughty things. Enjoy the journey. You are blessed.

I like the way you think, Olivia.

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

Book 2 of the Calico Cat Mysteries just came out. It’s called, Where’s Olivia? This book takes up where Book 1 left off. We’re on a mission to find the detectives missing daughter—who was first thought to have perished in a mud slide. You aren’t going to believe where this investigation takes us. I can tell you this—it’s brimming with twists and turns, ups and downs, and some pawsitively pawsome surprises.

Gosh! You and Patricia sure are fast. It takes Debbie and me time to write the books in our series, but Debbie publishes a few short stories featuring me and KittyKai, who also happens to be a calico cat, to keep her readers happy. In fact, one of those stories, Sneaky’s Summer Mystery, just won a Certificate of Excellence from the Cat Writers’ Association of which I know you’re also a member and have won awards.

It’s been great having you here, Olivia, and best whiskers to you and Patricia on your new series. As promised, I’m featuring your blog tour below and Debbie’s review of your book.


Oh! Olivia: A Calico Cat Mystery
by Patricia Fry

About Oh! Olivia


Oh! Olivia: A Calico Cat Mystery
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Publisher ‏ : ‎ Matilija Press (May 19, 2021)
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 254 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1736943006
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1736943007
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B095BV39KQ

Olivia proves she’s not just a pretty face.

Parker Campbell, an investigative reporter, and her calico cat, Olivia, have been summoned to help save a long-standing cat colony site from the grips of eager developers. They arrive on scene to discover that the property has become enshrouded in a most unsettling mystery. The feral cats are digging up personal items belonging to missing persons who vanished years earlier. Was this the site of a mass murder, a cult ritual gone wrong, or an unexplained phenomenon? Parker teams up with Detective Judson Caldwell, who has taken a personal leave to secretly investigate the mystery, and soon learns what drives his obsession with this case.

Olivia, the sweet and sassy calico, struts her stuff in this story. She locates a lost toddler and ends up getting herself arrested. She isn’t about to take this insult lying down, however. She escapes from custody and trashes the police station. Olivia alerts Parker to trouble when they visit her aunt’s home and find that the woman has detained a burglar in a most unusual way. Olivia also finds major clues in the convoluted cat colony mystery, one that promises a glimmer of hope for a long-grieving parent.

About Patricia Fry

Patricia has been writing for publication for over 45 years. The first Calico Cat Mystery will be her 94th published book. But she didn’t start out writing fiction. She had a passion for writing nonfiction articles, and she wrote hundreds—maybe thousands—of articles over her career for around 300 different publications including, Woman’s World, Entrepreneur, The Toastmaster, The World and I, Western Horse, Cat Fancy, Cats Magazine, Los Angeles Times Magazine, Your Health, Writer’s Digest, and many, many others.

Throughout the 1990s and early 2000s she wrote columns, articles, and books for authors teaching about the business of writing. She presented workshops for authors and gave presentations in dozens of cities throughout the US.

In 2010, she wrote her first cat book—Catscapades, True Cat Tales. The following year she shifted from writing nonfiction and teaching, counseling, and mentoring other authors and she wrote the first in the award-winning Klepto Cat Mystery series, CATNAPPED. This series is 51-books strong as of April 2021 and counting.

Patricia is past president and director of SPAWN (Small Publishers, Artists, and Writers Network—now WPN, The Writers and Publishers Network). She is a professional member of the Cat Writers Association since 2009, and she has been writing a daily blog—Catscapades since 2009.

Patricia has almost always had a cat at her hearth and in her heart, loving many mixed breed cats as well as a Himalayan, a Persian and a Siamese. She prefers the long-to medium haired cats, but she has also shared her home with short-haired cats over the years. All but two of the cats she’s had over the years were adopted. Several of them were rescues and some of those came from feral beginnings. Every one of her cats had a story and those stories sometimes appear in the mysteries she writes.

Currently, Patricia shares her home with Sophie, a seventeen-year-old classic formerly feral tortie, and Olivia, the gorgeous diva calico featured in the Calico Cat Mystery series.

REVIEW

*****5 STARS

OH, OLIVIA! is an adorable book, the first of a new series by prolific author, Patricia Fry, who writes the Klepto Cat Mysteries. While I hadn’t read any of her previous books, I found it nice that she included some of the characters from her other series featuring Rags, the cat, and hope to read some of these in the future. Olivia was also introduced previously in CALICO CALAMITIES.

In OH, OLIVIA, there is a mystery involving a group of unrelated people who have disappeared as if into thin air. Clues discovered years later help Parker and her calico cat, Olivia, solve the case. It was a real stumper and kept me guessing. The only fault I found with the book is the ending because I’m not fond of cliffhangers. However, the author writes so quickly that the next book in the series, WHERE’S OLIVIA, is already out. If you’re a cozy fan who enjoys reading mysteries with cats in them, you’ll love this book. Highly recommended.

Author Links

Website https://CalicoCatMysteries.com

Purchase Link – Amazon

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Harry’s Kitty Korner #23 Review of The Black Cat Who Only Wanted to Be Loved by Rosa Silva

Meow there. Long time, no paw this column. Miss Hermione is actually one blog post ahead of me, and even Stripey wrote a column recently. My sister’s been trying to purrsuade me to write, but I’m a lazy boy, handsome but lazy. What brought me out of my young retirement? A very special book about a black cat, and Debbie’s offer for me to review it. I’m honored. How many cats do you know who write book reviews?

Below is my review. I loved it, and I’m sure you, your kids, and your kitties will, too.

5-paws @@@@@

The Black Cat Who Only Wanted to Be Loved by Rosa Silva

I must say this author is almost as talented as my hooman, Debbie. That makes sense because they’re both members of the Cat Writers’ Association, after all. But I’m not biased. Debbie Shared this marvelous book with me, and it was obvious it was well written. While it’s geared toward kids from ages 8-12, I know Debbie enjoyed it very much, and I think even cats, especially those handsome, dark-haired ones like me, would like it, too.

Let me tell you a bit of the story. The main character is Pepper. You can see him on the book cover. He lives with the Humphreys. The lady is sweet, but her husband is a creep. If he was a bug, I’d catch him and eat him. He thinks poor Pepper is causing him bad luck. When his kind wife is out, he takes Pepper away and pretends he got out. I was so upset hearing Debbie read that. However, things get better for Pepper because he finds a nice street called Flower Street and befriends two kitties. I won’t tell you much more because you really should read this paw-some book yourself.

When you’re done reading this story, you’ll learn some important lessons and the reason black cats are the best.

Here’s the link. It comes in paperback, eBook, and is free on Kindle Unlimited. You, your kids, and kitties will love it.

Guest Review of Who Wants Broccoli? by Sebastian the Rescue Dog

Clearly I’m not a cat, but I appreciate Sneaky inviting me to guest post. I’m Sebastian, a rescue dog who’s part Chihuahua and all spunk, as Mom says. My humans and I currently live in Austin, Texas, but I’ve also lived in Las Vegas (where my previous owner left me to fend for myself) and Victoria, British Columbia (where my humans adopted me). I should have frequent flyer status by now!

Anyway, Mom’s a writer and she decided to write a picture book imagining my life with the other rescue dogs. Before submitting her story to agents, she read me a bunch of other picture books about dogs (especially rescues like me) and we discovered “Who Wants Broccoli?” which is written and illustrated by Val Jones (HarperCollins, 2015).

The book features Broccoli, a large but lovable rescue dog living in Beezley’s Animal Shelter while he waits for a family to take him home. Mrs. Beezley likes to say “there’s a lid for every pot and a pot for every lid,” but Broccoli’s loud, messy ways get him into trouble. Anyone who’s ever been told they try too hard will relate to his plight.

A little boy and his mom move into the neighborhood and come to adopt a dog, but they almost miss Broccoli because Mr. Beezley has moved his cage into the storeroom. That part was so sad, I let out a little Chihuahua whimper (or maybe I was hungry, as I often am). But eventually Broccoli finds his lid and a new family that loves him, messes and all.

I think kids and pets will enjoy Jones’ simple, heartwarming story and playful illustrations that show a range of different pets. I only wish every rescue animal could find a good home like Broccoli and I did.

For more #doglit reviews and photos of my adventures, follow me on Twitter at @LittleRedRescue. My mom tweets about #kidlit and shares her own writing at @UrbanMuseWriter.

What animal picture books should we read next? Leave a comment and let us know!

Sneaky’s note: Thank you Sebastian for a doggone good post. Not bad for a dog. If any other pet has an animal book they would like to review, please have your person send it to my author at debbiewriter@yahoo.com.

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.