Guest Post by Dolcey from Who’s That in the Cat Pajamas? by Sojourner McConnell

Good morning, Sneaky! I appreciate you allowing me to visit with you today. I am Dolcey and Sojourner asked me to come introduce myself to you. As you might have noticed, today I am in my cat pajamas. You might say I am cloaked in a bit of a mystery.

You see, I have a job to do in this life, and it is to help children. I am not always a cat. I have many sets of pajamas that I use in my adventures. I have another life away from the children’s houses you will read about in my latest book.

Sojourner McConnell is bringing you the story of how my career began. It is a lovely story featuring Emily. We call it Who’s That in the Cat Pajamas?

You will meet Emily, and she has the most beautiful green eyes. They shine like emeralds. Anyway, Emily has a problem. I am not going to tell you about it now. Sojourner is the story teller. I will leave that up to her.

In Who’s That in the Cat Pajamas? you will find out exactly who I am and what I do when not dressed for work. You will also find out about my special job and why I do, what I do.

I know there are so many secrets, but you will find out a lot of them in the first book. I hope you will join me for the release which happens very soon. It is already on Amazon as a Preorder.

In fact, I hope you will follow along with the Dolcey Series. Book 1 comes to Amazon and books stores on June 2, 2017. I hope you will pick up a copy and share it with the children in your life.

Then stay tuned because in about four months, I will be traveling to another land and helping another special child that you will not want to miss meeting.

Miss Ellie Barrett is already working on the illustrations for that special story with Sojourner now. It is going to be a blast.  You can find her on Instagram.

Thanks so much for the guest post, Dolcey, and best whiskers on your new book.

Feature Friday Film: Debbie’s Cats Having Fun with Conference Swag

Sneaky here with another Feature Friday Film. Today, I’m purred to present a video that Debbie took of her cats, Oliver and Stripey after she returned from the BlogPaws and Cat Writer’s Conference in Myrtle Beach. As you can see they are enjoying all the samples and swag that she brought home. It looks like it made up for her leaving them while she attended the conference. What do you think?

 

Feature Friday Film: Meows for Mother’s Day

If you’ve read my recent character interview by Mudpie on Mochas, Mysteries, and Meows, you’ll know that I am an orphan. I had a mother, of claws, but she is long gone. I know some of you are motherless, too, and the upcoming holiday may be sad for you, so I hope the film I’m showing today brightens it up a bit. For those mom’s out there,  feline and human, I give a paws-up. Without you, there would be no babies or kittens.

Have a pawsome Mother’s Day!

 

 

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.

 

 

Feature Friday Film: Happy Birthday Cats

In honor of my author Debbie’s upcoming birthday this coming Tuesday, May 9, I thought I’d show some videos of birthday cats. Also, don’t forget that Debbie has some special offers for her readers from today, Friday, May 5 through Wednesday, May 13. You can read about them on her blog: https://debbiedelouise.com/2017/05/04/my-birthday-is-coming-and-my-readers-get-the-gifts/ and also on the Escape with Dollycas Into a Good Book blog that features a review of our first book and a giveaway.

Now for our feature presentations:

 

 

Sneaky’s Interview with Sneaky Pie Brown from the Mrs. Murphy Series by Rita Mae Brown

I am very honored today to be speaking with the co-author of the Mrs. Murphy series who also shares my name. It’s my pleasure to introduce Sneaky Pie Brown.

Hello there, Sneaky (I think I hear an echo – MOL – Meow Out Loud). Can you please tell me your relationship to Mrs. Murphy, the main character in the series you write with Rita Mae Brown?
Mrs. Murphy is based on me, Sneaky Pie. I have made her just a bit younger than myself.
 
What do you (or Mrs. Murphy) like most about your role in the books?
I like figuring things out using my superior senses.
That must be most rewarding. We cats, character and real, are blessed with wonderful senses.
Are you a talking pet in your books or just a silent one who just meows or occasionally?
I talk. The other animals understand. The humans, not so much.
There are a lot of things humans don’t understand IMHCO (In my humble cat opinion).
What advice would you give other pet characters or pet authors?
Just let it rip.
Very inspiring. Thanks so much.
 
Can you share an excerpt from one of your books that features you in an important scene? If so, please include it.
I am in so many scenes I can’t pick one. For those who are ecclesiastically included, I attend St. Luke’s Lutheran Church. I like my church sermon and my being at the scene of the crime. 
That’s pawsome. We have a church in Cobble Cove, but most of our mysteries take place in the library.
 
Do you have any new books coming out? Please give dates and details.
I have a new book coming out May 30, 2017, The Hiss of Death. It ties together a story from 1786 and today.
Wow, Meow! I love historical mysteries. I can’t wait to get my paws on it. In fact, I’d love to feature it in my new review section on this blog. I’m planning to have it up some time in May.
Are you and/or your author on social media? If so, please list your links.
I personally have no presence. I am too busy keeping rodents from the trash supply in the barn. I am a working farm cat. Random House maintains my website here: http://www.ritamaebrownbooks.com/
I also have a Face and birdy pages here: https://www.facebook.com/SneakyPieBrown/
I’m sure your work on the farm keeps you too occupied for social media, but I I’m glad you included your links, so my readers can keep in touch with you and your author. Thanks again for the purrfect interview, and best whiskers on your new book.
 

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: Movie Trailer for Dewey the Library Cat

Hey, Kits. Did you know last week was National Library Week? It may be a little late, but I thought I’d show this movie trailer about Dewey the Library Cat in honor of National Library Week. They should make a movie about me, Sneaky the Cobble Cove Library cat. Oh, well, for now, my fame is restricted to books, but you never know. Enjoy the film.

Interview with Alien “Cat” Zari

There’s always a first for everything. I’ve already featured winery cats, a topiary cat, and even a dog on this blog, but today I am interviewing an alien cat.You heard right,a space kitty.

What is your name and your author’s name?

My name is Zari A. My author’s name is Bonnie Elizabeth.

Mice to meet you both.

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

I’ve appeared in many books. Whisper Bound, Taken by the Sound, An Air of Suspicion, Little Dog Lost (oddly I have a most starring role in that one), Death Interrupted, Down in Whisper, A Haunting Whisper, A Haunting Attraction, and Secrets Not Whispers.

Wow, Meow. You must surely be a superstar. I only have 3 books to my credit so far.

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

The series is the Whisper series. It’s contemporary fantasy. My author and I like to think of it as the corner where paranormal romance meets urban fantasy meets cozy mystery. There are two main characters, Meg Barringer who is a PI and kind of a stick in the mud and my human, Rain McFarland who used to be a social worker but now runs the security side of the PI firm Meg started.

Whisper isn’t an ordinary place. There’s an earth spirit there who’s awake, most are sleeping now, too many people and too much busy-ness, so odd things happen there. The people on Whisper who spend the most time with Peter all have talents.

And then there’s me. I’m really an alien from another world. My people study other worlds by going to them as the species we believe are the apex species. I thought that species on Earth would be the cat. I am not certain I was wrong. But at any rate, there I am.

Pawsome! I am honored to interview an alien in cat form. This truly was on my blog’s bucket list.

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

I’m not based on any of the author’s cats, although Chey, her Siamese has a mention in one of the books and we have named other animals in our stories after cats and a dog we knew.

That’s great. My author has a Siamese, too, and I am based on him, although he’s Oliver and I’m Sneaky. She wrote her first book using my predecessor Floppy’s real name.

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

This is from Little Dog Lost, towards the end. It is a book that features me in most scenes. This one is important because I have gotten my friends into a place where they can take on the bad guys. (You can tell they are bad because one does not like cats).

“Down,” I heard Zari say in my mind. I was lucky that I was used to obeying the cat. I dropped immediately to the ground just as someone started shooting. Someone else returned fire from the doorway. I put my hands over my head and curled into as tight of a ball as I could, hiding near the wall. More shots echoed around the room, enough that the echoes filled my ears with ringing. At first I thought the shooting had stopped so I started to uncurl. Then I noticed the heavy black boots of two men standing just outside the door. I raised my eyes enough to see dark green pants above the boots. Both wearers were men holding very large guns. Their belts held even more firepower. They moved slightly as if they were still shooting, but no sound came from the guns.

I saw someone walking towards them, wearing the same combat boots and fatigues. I couldn’t see a face at first, but the cut of the hair looked familiar. I craned my neck, rising just above the table. I hoped I wouldn’t be noticed. I saw Peter’s familiar face. He was dressed much like the guards, in combat fatigues and Kevlar. Even the gun he held looked like one of theirs. I wondered if he’d created it or picked up one of their own. Hard to say. I ducked back down. No shots came in my direction. Apparently no one had noticed me.

“Where are you?” I mentally asked Zari.

“In the room where the guards were playing cards earlier. I licked the nose of one of the ones Peter has sunk into the ground.”

“Be careful,” I said. “One wanted to bite you.”

“I went behind his head and used his hair to sharpen my claws earlier,” Zari said. “I don’t like him.”

“And you dislike him in particular because?”

“When he saw me, his first thought was how much he hated cats.”

“So you aren’t exactly changing his mind, you know.”

“Are you breaking tiles?” she asked.

Quite exciting. I am impressed. You are an excellent alien actor.

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

I like that I am smart and sophisticated and that I can do what I want. I am not at the mercy of meow and many times I can order Rain, my person, around. Frequently I am the one who solves the mystery because I am smarter than the average person.

I help find clues and solve mysteries in my author’s Cobble Cove mystery series, but I’m sure I’d do a better job if I had extraterrestrial powers.

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

I am telepathic and I can talk to most people via telepathy, always assuming they listen. It is easier with some people than others. Meg can’t talk to me at all and I’m not certain why, although I can get messages to her via Peter. He’s easy for me to talk to.

That telepathy gig certainly sounds cool.

What advice would you give other cat characters?

Be yourself and don’t be afraid to steal the story!

Paws up to that.

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

Bonnie Elizabeth is taking a break from the Whisper series. She’s starting up a series of books on a teenaged girl who becomes a fairy godmother. She will have a short novel and a regular novel coming out about her this year. I have hopes that at the end of the year she’ll get an inspiration for another Whisper novel or two.

I hope so, but maybe it will give me and other non-Whisper readers a chance to catch up with the earlier ones. Just because I’m a character cat, doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy reading books by other cat characters. I use them for ins-purr-ation.

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

Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorBonnieElizabeth/

Author Website: http://www.bonnieelizabeth.com/

Publisher page: https://www.facebook.com/MyBigFatOrangeCat/

Publisher Website: http://mybigfatorangecat.com/

Chey is on Facebook too: https://www.facebook.com/TheCatPostIntelligencer/ (but she usually doesn’t talk about me).

She also has her own website: http://www.mysiamese.com

Thank you so much for the great interview, and best whiskers on you and your author’s upcoming books. Now can I have a ride in your spaceship before you leave, please?