Hermione’s Kitty Korner Post #9: Happy National Pet Day

Purrs! Hermione here with the next installment of my Kitty Korner Column. Today, I’d like to wish all the pets out there a Happy National Pet Day! I’m very happy to have been adopted from Golden Paws Society into the De Louise household this past October with my brother Harry after Debbie and her daughter spotted us at the Shabby Tabby Cat Cafe and decided to give us a home. That was the luckiest day of our lives.

We are nearly nine months old now and are settled into this wonderful place. I’ve become very comfortable here as you can see from the following photos. Whether on my grandma’s keyboard, the cat tree in her back room where she keeps our litterbox, or the living room couch, I can always find a comfy spot to snooze.

When I first came here, I was not particularly welcomed by Stripey, the De Louise’s 10-year-old cat, but he’s grown accustomed to me and Harry. We still have occasional playfights, but we get along for the most part. We even eat and sleep together now.

There are some great toys here, too. We have a toy box that we can jump inside and pick out our favorite play things, although some of the less safe toys are hidden away from us.

I really like being the granddaughter cat of an author. I especially like helping her write her mysteries by clearing her computer desk. I am a little upset when she shoos me off. I can’t understand why she’d rather look at that boring screen than at my lovely face, but I try not to take it purrsonally.

Speaking of my lovely face, I’m so proud that she posted a photo of me near one of her paintings and said that I was as pretty as a picture. She got some nice comments that people think I’m even prettier. What do you think?

I do require a certain amount of attention, and I miss Debbie when she spends time writing or at book fairs, but I’m proud of her. She’s even been on TV on Linda Maria Frank’s show, The Writer’s Dream and is scheduled for an upcoming appearance on Between the Covers. She has published six books and is releasing a new one in May. She is quite purrlific an author. Check out all her books she displayed at a table at Long Island’s Local Author Fair. You can purrchase them by clicking on the pawprint on this blog or from her Amazon author page.

Debbie made up for the time she spent away from me by using me as a model with her new mystery, Sea Scope.

Here’s a photo of me and Harry with Debbie.

I can’t think of a better way to celebrate National Pet Day than writing about my happy life. I wish the same for all my fellow kitties and other pets out there.

Purrs until next time, Hermione.

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Sneaky Interviews Lola from Murder in Tranquility Park, A Ferrara Family Mystery, by J. D. Griffo

Sneaky here with another pawsome interview of a pet character. Today, it’s my pleasure to chat with a cozy mystery cat whose current book, Murder in Tranquility Park is on tour with Escape with Dollycas Into a Good Book. Hello, there, Kitty. What is your name and your author’s name?

My full name is Gina Lollobrigida Ferrara Scaglione, but everyone calls me Lola for short.  But when I’ve done something I wasn’t supposed to do my pet mom, Alberta, calls me by my full name.  Usually in a really loud voice.

My author’s name is J.D. Griffo.  The J.D. stands for Jean Dolores.

Very mice to meet you, Lola. Do I detect an Italian accent? How interesting. What books have you appeared in?

I have appeared in MURDER ON MEMORY LAKE, MURDER IN TRANQUILITY PARK, and the upcoming MURDER AT ICICLE LODGE.  All these books are cozy mysteries, but not for nothing, with so much murder and mystery in every book I’m not sure why they’re called cozy.

Good point, but usually there’s less violence in a cozy and no sex or bad language. Who needs those, anyway, when they can have cute cats like us in the stories?

Are you in a series?

Yes, the three books above are part of The Ferrara Family Mystery Series and since I’m part of the Ferrara family I’m in all three books.  J.D. knows better than to leave me out of all the fun!

Of claws. Are you based on a real animal such as your author’s?

Listen closely because I’ve got a secret – my author has never had a pet.  Isn’t that shocking?  It’s also fantastico because I can say without a doubt that I am a completely original creation that is the product of my author’s own imagination.

Well, it sure is easier to have a character cat than a real one. No litterbox cleanup and stuff like that, but my author has had cats all her life and swears by them. Each to their own.

Can you share an excerpt from one of your books that features you in an important scene?

I’d like to think that I’m featured in every important scene in every book, but here’s a scene from the upcoming MURDER IN TRANQUILITY PARK that takes place in Alberta’s cottage and thanks to me I help the family find a major clue.

Alberta, Jinx, Helen, and Joyce were sitting around Alberta’s kitchen table along with Bruno, Sloan, and Freddy, sitting on mismatched chairs brought into the kitchen from the rest of the house. There were trays of lasagna, baked ziti, and stuffed peppers; two cold-cut platters with prosciutto, soppresata, and capicola rolled into thin meat cylinders; several small dishes with mozzarella floating in a river of watery milk; platters stacked with sliced cheeses and sprinkled with olives; bowls of peppers in a variety of colors; little dishes filled with artichoke hearts; a bowl of broccoli rabe; in between all the trays and platters were scattered loaves of hard, crusty bread; and in the center of the table there was a huge bowl filled with meatballs, sausage, and bracciole. It was a feast fit for several kings, plus their entourages, but hardly anyone was eating and no one looked festive. Lola, whose shiny black fur with her chic white stripe over her left eye made her appropriately dressed for the occasion, sauntered into the kitchen enticed by the cavalcade of smells, but took one look at the dismal-looking crowd, let out a disdainful purr, and returned to her bed in the living room. At least in there an Eydie Gormé CD was playing from the DVD player so the room might be empty, but the atmosphere, at least, was festive.

After a few moments it sounded as if Eydie got a case of laryngitis and lost her voice. There was an earsplitting screeching sound heard from the living room, immediately followed by the sound of a loud crash, and topped off by a triumphant meow.

“Lola!” Alberta cried. “What have you gotten into now?”

Alberta ran into the living room followed by the rest of the group to find Lola standing on top of Eydie Gormé’s album and spinning around the record player purring contentedly and clearly enjoying herself. A brown wicker cornucopia and wooden pieces of fruit were strewn all over the hardwood floor, obviously the cause of the loud crash. Mesmerized, Jinx bent down and picked up a fallen banana as if she had just found the proverbial needle in a haystack and found out the needle was encrusted with diamonds and precious jewels.

Excellent excerpt. I applaud you with my paws, Lola. My author has a cat who jumps on counters, too. He doesn’t uncover any clues, though.

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

What I love the most is that no matter what scene I’m in I always seem to be the center of attention.  I guess when you look like I do with such luxurious black fur and a chic white stripe over my eye, it’s hard not to go through life without a spotlight on you.  But I really do relish the fact that everybody wants to pick me up and cuddle.  Alberta, Jinx, the whole family, their friends, even cranky Helen, no one can keep their hands off of me.

Lucky you. I have a lot of admirers in Cobble Cove, too. You sound like a handsome guy. I’m Siamese, and I know human characters find me attractive, too, with my blue eyes and beige color points.

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

For now it makes me triste . . . sad to have to admit that I’m a silent cat. However, I do make my presence known in non-verbal ways.  But who knows what future books will bring and maybe some day the world will hear my beautiful voice and everyone will say, “Oh Lola sounds bellissima!

Don’t feel bad. I don’t human talk either, but we character cats are quite adept at body language.

What advice would you give other cat characters?

The best advice I can share is one that my friend Felix gave me when I was just a kitten and breaking into the business.  Felix told me to get an ironclad clause in my contract to make sure I appear on the cover of every book.  He said it would guarantee my popularity even if I never got to speak a word.  Felix was a very wise cat, he was.

I wish I had spoken to someone that smart. I didn’t get on the cover of my author’s books until the third one when I threatened to go on strike if she didn’t listen to me about that.

Do you have any new books coming out?

Oh yes!  MURDER IN TRANQUILITY PARK, which is book two in The Ferrara Family Mystery Series, comes out this month.  It’s very good. Lots of murder, suspense, and I didn’t figure out whodunit until the last chapter!  Then after that, MURDER AT ICICLE LODGE comes out at the end of the year.  And I’m very excited for that one because we all get to go on a road trip.  So never fear, there’s a lot more of me and, well, the rest of the Ferrara’s to come.

Oooh, road trip. I should ask Debbie to consider having Alicia or one of the other librarians at the Cobble Cove library where I live take me on one.

Are you and/or your author on social media?

Claro! We are social media royalty! We have our very own author page at Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Michael-Griffo/e/B004MRYH6K And you can find us on Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/michael.griffo.33, Twitter @Michael2264 and Instagram #j.d.griffo.  Plus, we even have our own website – www.michaelgriffo.com   Come visit us and say ciao!

Will do, Lola. Grazie for the interview, and best whiskers to you and your author on your new release and blog tour that I’m sharing below.

Murder in Tranquility Park
(A Ferrara Family Mystery)
by J.D. Griffo

About the Book


Murder in Tranquility Park (A Ferrara Family Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Kensington (March 26, 2019)
Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
ISBN-10: 1496713966
ISBN-13: 978-1496713964
Digital ASIN: B07F5XG3CQ

Alberta Scaglione and her twentysomething granddaughter, Jinx, love to spend time—and solve crime—together . . .

Ever since Alberta Scaglione inherited her spinster aunt’s Cape Cod cottage, she’s been enjoying the good life in Tranquility, New Jersey, with her black cat, Lola. But since things are mostly quiet in this town, she finds other things to do—like joining Jinx for morning jogs in Tranquility Park. She has to do something to stay healthy, as long as it doesn’t involve Jinx’s healthful tofu sausages and gluten-free pasta. But when they stumble across a treehouse hidden in the trees, and a dead body underneath it, they take a detour into solving a murder. Now the Ferrara ladies will have to exercise extreme caution to avoid a permanent decline in their health . . .

Includes Italian recipes from Alberta’s kitchen!

About the Author

Italian by birth, Jersey by upbringing, J. D. Griffo is an award-winning playwright and author who has written ten novels, over twenty plays, and a handful of screenplays that have yet to see the light of day.

Griffo studied Journalism and Marketing at New York University, graduating magna cum laude many, many years ago, as well as Creative Writing at the New School and Gotham Writer’s Workshop.

And the J. D. stands for the author’s mother – Jean Dolores – who absolutely loved to read and tell stories.

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Sneaky’s Feature Friday Film: My Author’s Booktrailers and TV Interview

Meow, there. Sneaky here with some Feature Friday Films. I know you all like to see cute kitty videos, but this week I’m showing my author’s booktrailers for our Cobble Cove cozy mystery series and her standalone mystery, Reason to Die. It’s a little out of date because Love on the Rocks is already published and has even been awarded a Certificate of Excellence from the Cat Writer’s Association. Debbie also has another standalone mystery, Sea Scope, that’s on pre-sale and will be out in May. Also, for those who missed her television interview, I’ve included the two-part video of it where she talks about her books, cats, and lots of other pawsome stuff.

Sneaky Interviews Buddy from Chutes and Ladder, a Silicone Valley Mystery by Marc Jedel

Sneaky here with another pawsome interview of a pet character. Today, it’s my pleasure to chat with a cozy mystery dog whose current book, Chutes and Ladder is on tour with Escape with Dollycas Into a Good Book. Hello, Pup.What is your name and your author’s name?

Hi, Sneaky! I’m Buddy. I like your name. I’m a Labrador. I’m almost 6 months old! Marc Jedel is my author. That’s what they tell me. What’s an author? Do you have any food? Want to play? I like balls.

Hey, Buddy. Great to meet ya. Authors are very cool people. I’m sure Marc is as good a writer as my Debbie. I’m quite proud of her. She gives me the best parts in her books. As for food, I don’t know if you’d like any virtual cat kibble. I like balls, too, but I roll them. I don’t fetch them, although some kitties. do.

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

Marty Golden is my buddy and he brought me to my family in UNCLE AND ANTS. I come back in CHUTES AND LADDER. I heard they’re Cozy Mysteries. Is that because I get to be so cozy with my girls, Skye and Megan? Marty doesn’t like to get cozy with me. Because I like to hang around with Marty, I get to be in more books — right after my nap. Want my paw-tograph?

Your books sounds pawsome, Bud. Cozy mysteries are fun. I love being a cozy mystery cat because cats enjoy being cozy, but they’re also full of mystery. Regarding your paw-tograph, I would be honored. I gave a  paw-tograph out to Alicia and John’s fans in my third book, Written in Stone.

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

When do we get to play? I know I saw a ball somewhere! I saw your blanket. Can I chew on it? Oh. Your question. Yes! I’m in a series! My books are both part of the Silicon Valley Mystery series. I think the series is about me, but Marty seems to be in every scene. This fashion-backward uncle isn’t exactly hero material. As a reluctant amateur sleuth, he bumbles his way through the investigations, armed with nothing but an eye for detail and powers of self-delusion. Worst of all, Uncle Marty doesn’t seem to like dogs. Well, he’s starting to appreciate me, at least. But he doesn’t play with me either. Only his nieces like to play with me.

I can relate to that, Buddy. My human characters take away my limelight, but I manage to get some good scenes in especially when I help solve murders. I’d love to play with you, but business first. I know your author is on blog tour and would like this interview posted, so let’s finish up and then we can play some games.

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

Yeah, my author knows Bailey, but I’m not allowed to meet her. The grownups say she’d give me bad ideas. I think she’d be awesome to play with. I want to learn more of Bailey’s fun tricks for my next book. My author has a small dog who prefers to sleep on the couch and go for walks rather than wreaking havoc on the household. That dog may be cute, but he sounds boring, like an old dog.

Pet characters can learn a lot from their real-life counterparts, although it’s nice to be your own dog if you know what I mean. I’m not exactly like Oliver the Siamese who has now passed to Rainbow Bridge already a year. I have my own traits, and I’m proud of them.

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

Here’s part of a scene that I can share without giving away any spoilers. Laney is Marty’s sister and Skye is her daughter and one of my favorite humans.

“Let’s go. Right now,” Laney yelled as she jumped into her car.

We raced back to encounter a fire truck, ambulance, and police car parked outside her house with their lights flashing. Laney’s neighbor hovered on the porch near the front door. Inside, Skye sat on the couch, wrapped in a towel and looking mortified as firefighters tramped through the house checking for any danger.

Despite her foot in the cast, Laney practically flew to Skye’s side and hugged her. Between Skye and the firefighters, the story came out. Skye had put Buddy in his crate before taking an extra-long shower, but she’d only closed the latch, forgetting to use the combination lock. Buddy should have been named Houdini. He’d escaped and somehow turned on the gas stovetop again. The new alarm did its job, calling the fire department. Skye had wrapped a towel around herself and run out of the house. The firefighters must have expected Buddy to cause trouble again and been cruising in the neighborhood because they showed up within a few minutes.

“This time wasn’t as bad as the last one. Still could have had an explosion,” said the same fire crew chief as last time. He must have kept close tabs on their frequent customers.

The shrill voice of Laney’s neighbor came from the doorway. “Would the explosion destroy neighboring houses too?”

As everyone turned to stare at her, she fluttered her hands. “Should I call the police?”

Then, she noticed the cop standing next to her and began making little strangling noises.

Laney’s eyes narrowed as she watched Buddy. To no one in particular, Laney muttered, “I’m going to make some calls.”

I hugged the girls and got out of there before Laney started blaming me for Buddy again. There was always tomorrow for that.

Bow Wow! That’s a great scene. Thanks for sharing it.

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

I don’t have to anything special. I’m only a puppy remember? And in these books, I can be a puppy — no pressure, no chores. I get to play, eat, play, sleep, play, and mess up the house (also called play) and Marty’s nieces still love me. Sometimes I’m pretty awesome too, but you’ll need to read the book to learn more. I’d tell you what happens because I don’t really have much self-control, but the author just bribed me with a treat to keep quiet.

We cats are much more discreet. I never share any spoilers for the Cobble Cove mysteries, but I would like some treats for staying quiet.

Do you talk in your books or just a silent one like I am who just meows occasionally?

I bark and I knock things over in the house. Talking is for the humans.

I agree. Pets are superior when it comes to body language.

What advice would you give other dog characters?

Be a puppy, we’re cute. If you’re already super old, like one, then just be yourself — be a dog. My first owner told me about an old saying “it’s a dog’s life” that means a miserable unhappy existence. That’s crazy! I’ll bet whoever said that hated dogs because it’s so wrong, it’s laughable. Other dog characters should relax, enjoy themselves, and let the author worry about all that story stuff. Eat, play, sleep, repeat! Sometimes, you’ll be a hero, sometimes, you just settle for being cute.

Excellent advice. I must add that there’s a character dog in our book. His name is Fido, and he is getting on in years. He’s an old golden retriever. He helps me solve crimes sometimes. He was especially helpful in our first book, A Stone’s Throw.

Please give some details about your new book.

CHUTES AND LADDER just released on March 12. It’s the 2nd book in the Silicon Valley Mystery series. You can read it standalone or start with UNCLE AND ANTS, which is $0.99 in the Kindle store. Both books are free for Kindle Unlimited Readers. Book 3, SERF AND TURF, is underway and I’ll be in that book too! I’ve already been practicing some new tricks for that one.

High Paws to you on those wonderful books. Thanks so much for dropping by, Buddy, and I’m ready to play with you now. But first I want to share your author’s blog tour and wish you both the best on your new release and upcoming title in your series.

Chutes and Ladder:
A Silicon Valley Mystery
by Marc Jedel

About the Book


Chutes and Ladder: A Silicon Valley Mystery
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
BGM Press (March 12, 2019)
Print Length: 195 pages
ASIN: B07NFDYZX8

Dead friend. Free fall. Girl Scouts. Can Uncle Marty untangle the mystery before things really get out of control?

Juggling a budding relationship, demanding job, and mischievous nieces, Marty Golden struggled to keep his head above water — even before his friend’s death. Trying his best to be a good boyfriend and fun uncle, Marty had his own ideas for the weekend until his cunning sister tricked him again.

Convinced his friend’s death was no accident, Marty tries to summon superhero powers but merely manages to bumble along as an amateur sleuth. When Marty’s cousin shows up, she wreaks havoc with his plans and pulls him into yet another mystery.

As threats blossom, Marty doubles down now that his family’s involved. Besides, it’s poor manners to let your friend’s death go unsolved.

Can Marty figure out what happened before a killer, or his imagination, gets to him?

Chutes and Ladder is the second novel in a refreshingly modern mystery series set in Silicon Valley. If you like clever humor and wacky side characters, you’ll love this twisty mystery.

About the Author

For most of my life, I’ve been inventing stories. Some, especially when I was young, involved my sister as the villain. As my sister’s brother for her entire life, I’m highly qualified to tell the tale of this evolving, quirky sibling relationship.

My writing skills were honed in years of marketing leadership positions in Silicon Valley. While my high tech marketing roles involved crafting plenty of fiction, we called these marketing collateral, emails and ads.

The publication of my first novel, Uncle and Ants, gave me permission to claim “author” as my job. This leads to way more interesting discussions than answering “marketing.”

My family would tell you that Marty’s character isn’t much of a stretch of the imagination for me, but I proudly resemble that remark.

Like Marty, I live in Silicon Valley and can’t believe that otherwise normal people would willingly jump out of an airplane and call it fun. Unlike Marty, I have a wonderful wife and a neurotic but sweet, small dog, who is often the first to weigh in on the humor in my writing.

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