Feature Friday Film: Cat Ladies and Men who Love Cats

There are a lot of cat lovers in the world because who wouldn’t love a cat? But there are a few people who take this fascination with felines to an extreme. Here are some videos dedicated to Cat Ladies. There’s also a film about a man who’s added some awesome additions to his home for rescue cats.

 

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Sneaky’s Interview of Paw from the Dog Detective Cozy Mysteries by Sandra Baublitz

Good day, fellow readers. If you haven’t noticed, my blog is now devoted to all pet litterature not just that of cat writing. It’s my pleasure to again feature a guest of the canine persuasion. What is your name, Mr. Dog, and your author’s name?

My name is Paudius Pernivious, Paw for short. My author’s name is Sandra Baublitz.

Paws up, Paw! What book(s) have you appeared in? Please list them and their genre.

 

 

 

I am in The Dog Detective cozy mysteries: Mastiffs, Mystery, and Murder (Novel 1), and the following short stories – The Mystery of the Blue Dolphins (1), The Mystery of Aunt Carol’s Disappearance (2), The Mystery of the Body in the Shed (3), The Mystery of the Missing Bear (4), and The Mystery of the Missing Actor (5). Mastiffs, Mystery, and Murder is available in audio too.

That’s pawsome. Please give information about your tails. I mean tales.

I sniff out clues to help my amateur sleuth owner in the Dog Detective Series. You see (pauses while he scratches his ear), sorry about that, it’s fleas. The bane of every dog I know. Now, where was I… Oh right. You see I bark and dig and find clues that my owner might miss. Plus, I protect her from criminals and killers. A loyal dog’s job is to guard his owner.

(Sneaky moves to another spot). Sorry, I don’t want to catch your fleas. Now tell me are you based on a real dog such as your author’s? If so, please give further details.

I’m based on a puppy my owner met years ago and wanted to own. The puppy was owned by her co-worker. Plus, I’m based on the Beethoven movies. I think I look a lot like the handsome Saint Bernard who played the lead in Beethoven.

I’m not familiar with that  production because I prefer to see cat movies, but you are quite cute for a dog. Can you share an excerpt from one of your books that features you in an important scene? If so, please include it.

I lost my grip on Paw’s collar, and he jerked from my grasp. I landed on the hall floor with Bruce on top of me.

Oomph! My breath rushed out of me. As I tried to sit up, one of Matt’s Chihuahuas raced past me, chasing after Paw and the mastiff.

I turned in time to see the dogs reach the elevator.

By now, the guard and manager had risen to their feet, and Matt had stumbled out of his room. But Bruce and I were still half-lying in the middle of the hallway.

Shelbee and Jac were trapped in our hotel room by Bruce’s and my legs.

Bruce and I scurried to our feet in time to the ping of the elevator arriving.

The elevator doors opened, and I breathed a sigh of relief that no one was on it.

Who knew what the mastiff would do in his frantic state?

The night manager and guard along with Matt and Bruce started running to the elevators. It looked like they were going to be able to corner the dogs safely. I assumed Paw was going to try to stop the mastiff from getting away.

Imagine my surprise when Paw barked and led the dogs into the elevator.

I stood in shock. I didn’t know what Paw thought he was doing. It looked, though, like the guys were still going to be able to catch them.

Then Paw gave me a pointed look as if to say “follow me” and jumped up, hitting the inside panel of buttons on the elevator.

The doors closed a second before the guys reached them.

The indicator light’s down arrow turned green, and the elevator began its descent.

Had Paw meant to do that?

Not bad. About on the par as Fido, my dog co-star’s acting in our Cobble Cove mystery series. Of Claws, it doesn’t come close to mine, but I’m a cat.

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

I like finding the clues. I love my owner and want her to reach her goals. The more clues I find, the quicker she solves the mystery and that makes her happy.

A typical canine response. I find clues, too, and I hope my humans notice them, although they’re pretty naive. Alicia’s smart for a woman, but she often misinterprets what I try to show her. Then she wants to take all the credit when she figures it out.

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

I woof and bark.

The dogs I’ve encountered don’t have much a repertoire of sounds that we felines do. My meows alone can vary in dozens of pitches and tones from hisses to yowls.

What advice would you give other dog characters?

Protect your sleuth, work hard, and have some fun. A little mischief now and then enlivens your author’s life and her book.

Another typical canine reply. My advice has always been to aim for the best parts in the mystery and your photo on the cover. I also managed to purrsuade my author to create this pawsome blog for me.

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

I’m in the next Dog Detective novel which is book 2. My author hopes to have it out by March. She hasn’t given it a title yet, but in this one, my owner and her friends are staying at our local Bed and Breakfast. They’re acting in a murder mystery game, but one of the guests dies before the game begins. I put my nose to the ground to track the killer. Wink. Wink. And I’m joined by some new pet characters. A Bassett hound named Henry and two cats, Rascal and Saber. Plus, Samuel and Bitsy from the first book are back.

Ah, so you have cat co-stars. Very mice. I like the idea of a murder mystery mystery.

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

We’re on Facebook, Twitter. We love to visit with our readers.

Great! Best tail wags to you and your author on your series and future writings. I also have an interview scheduled with your author and her cats that I’m looking forward to.

Sneaky’s Interview of Mouse from Pre-Meditated Murder by Tracy Weber

It’s my lucky day.  I have another pet here on blog tour for her new book with Escape with Dollycas Into a Good Book. Hello, there, Kitty. What is your name and your author’s name?

My name is an unpronounceable combination of purrs, head butts, growls, and smells. Humans, however call me Mouse. I’m a calico Hemingway cat. I have seven toes on each of my front paws. The author who writes about me is Tracy Weber.

How very interesting. I’ve heard about the Hemingway cats. I bet it’s nice having an extra toe. What book(s) have you appeared in? Please list them and their genre.

I’m a new arrival to Tracy’s mystery series, and my first appearance is in her newest Downward Dog Mystery, Pre-Meditated Murder. Tracy’s series is a cozy mystery series.

Very mice. My author Debbie writes the cozy series I’m in, the Cobble Cove mystery series. My co-star is a dog also. Fido is a golden retriever, and I’m a Siamese. Can you tell us more information about your series?

The Downward Dog Mysteries feature yoga teacher/sleuth Kate Davidson and her ferocious-looking German shepherd, Bella. I think Bella is a sweetheart, but she doesn’t like other dogs or most bearded men. I’m hoping that she and I will eventually become fast friends.

I”m sure you will. Fido and I get along quite well. It’s the humans you have to watch out for.

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

My author friend Tracy rescued an orange semi-feral kittem named Devil-cat when it was about four months old. Tracy loved Devil-cat, and they lived together in Tracy’s house for sixteen years. Devil-cat on the other hand, didn’t like humans very much, including Tracy and her husband. So Tracy never got to pet her or cuddle with her until the last few months of Devil-cat’s life. The vet thinks Devil-cat probably had a brain tumor near the end, but one of its side effects was that it made her suddenly friendly. So Tracy and Devil-cat got some good bonding in before she passed away a few years ago. Tracy still misses her.

Aw what a touching story. Devil-cat must’ve had a bad experience with humans at a young age. That happens sometimes. I’m so glad your author got to bond with her at the end, and I understand how much she must miss her kitty. My author recently lost her 17-year old cat who was Siamese like me. In fact, my character is based on him. His name was Oliver, and he was the friendliest cat. Everybody loved him especially Debbie, so she misses him a lot, too.

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

In this scene, Kate is getting a haircut from the woman who adopted me.

Crystal grasped a large chunk of my hair and prepared to make a few final cuts.

Everything next seemed to happen at once.

The door behind me opened and Rene’s voice called, “Aren’t you about done in here? We’re bored.”

Bella—who stood on leash next to her—spied Mouse, or more accurately, Mouse spied Bella. The calico kitten arched her back like a Halloween decoration, let out a loud yowl, and dove into the hole behind the shampoo bowl.

“Oh no, a cat!” Rene screamed. She broke into a sneezing fit and dropped Bella’s leash.

Bella froze for a moment, torn. On the left was a delectable calico morsel, hers for the eating. On the right, a complete stranger, who held a sharp cutting instrument close to her human’s throat. For a self-proclaimed German shepherd guard dog, the decision was obvious.

Protect the one who feeds you.

Bella dove for Crystal, growling and snapping her teeth. Crystal screamed. Her hand spasmed. The scissors closed, cutting a three-inch-wide swath from my hair. “Help!” she yelled. “Keep that vicious dog away from me!”

“Bella, stop,” I yelled in return. “This is our friend!”

Bella skidded to a stop beside me, then took off after the kitten. She sniffed back and forth between the shampoo bowl and the cabinet, whining.

I gasped at my reflection in the mirror. “My hair!”

The left side of my hair floated down past my shoulders. The right ended at the top of my ear.

Crystal pointed at my right ear and proclaimed, “This isn’t my fault. The dog attacked me!”

I bared my teeth at Rene. She replied with a submissive grin. “At least asymmetrical haircuts are in style.”

What a pawsome scene. Thanks for sharing it.

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

I play a very important role in this book, and it’s nice to be taken seriously. When you’re a semi-feral kitten, people just want to catch you and touch you all the time. They don’t necessarily see how intelligent you are or value what you’re trying to tell them, including “Keep your hands to yourself!” In Tracy’s book, I get to be myself, yet still be the center of attention, at least for a few pivotal scenes. I like that.

I imagine that must be enjoyable. Even though I was found at the Cobble Cove library, I was never feral, but my background is a mystery.

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

If you mean do I speak English, of course not. What self-respecting kitty would lower herself to use the language of humans?

Well, there are some character cats who talk, but they are mostly in children’s books and animated films.

What advice would you give other cat characters?

Get a good agent and hold out for tuna. Lots and lots of tuna.

Purrfect advice.

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

My book, Pre-Meditated Murder, releases today, January 8th. I’m not mentioned in this blurb about the book, but believe me, I’m an important part of it.

If Kate Doesn’t Act Fast, the Only “I Do” in Michael’s Future Will Be at His Trial

Yoga instructor Kate Davidson is ready to marry her boyfriend Michael, so she’s disappointed when a special dinner doesn’t end with a proposal. But disappointment turns to dismay and outrage as she learns the real problem: Michael is already married and his estranged wife is blackmailing him.

When his wife’s body is found―by Kate and her dog, no less―Michael is strangely unable to remember where he was the night she died. Since Michael has no alibi, Kate steps up to uncover what happened. What she walks into is a tangled web of deceit, obsession, and immigration fraud . . . with Michael trapped in the middle.

Wow, Meow. That sounds pawsome. I wish you and your author luck with it.

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

I’m not, but my author friend Tracy is. Please friend her at https://www.facebook.com/tracywe.  You can sign up for her author newsletter at http://tracyweberauthor.com/newsletter.html.

I also know you and Tracy are on blog tour for Pre-Meditated Murder. Here is the link to the rafflectopter prize for those who wish to enter: here: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/02887792660/?widget_template=56d5f80dbc544fb30fda66f0

Thanks for the great interview, Mouse (what an interesting name for a cat) and best whiskers to you and your author on your new release.

Sneaky Interviews Elmer, the beagle puppy from Kappy King and the Puppy Kaper by Amy Lillard

Wow, Meow. It’s my honor to interview another pet character today and one who is on a blog tour. Hello, little doggy, can you introduce yourself and your author, please?

My name is Elmer and I’m a beagle puppy. I live with a woman named Kathryn King, but no one calls her that. She was supposed to be called Kathy, but her youngest brother couldn’t say that and she became Kappy. Plus she makes all the payer kapps in our district. My author’s name is Amy Lillard.

It’s doggone good to meet you, Elmer. What book(s) have you appeared in? Please list them and their genre.

Kappy King and the Puppy Kaper is the first book I’ve appeared in of Amy’s but she’s already recorded a second story with me and she’s working on a third.

That’s pawsome. Are you in a series? If so, please give information about it.

I am in a series. We’re calling it An Amish Mystery series, but Amy refers to them as the Kappy books. They are set in Kishacoquillas Valley, Pennsylvania. Also called Big Valley or Kish Valley. It’s very pretty here, and there are lots of Amish folks.

My author loves the Pennsylvania Dutch country. She even featured shoofly pie in one of our mysteries at the Cobble Cove Inn when the innkeeper served it for Thanksgiving.

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

I think so, at least a little bit. Amy used to have a beagle, but he went to doggie heaven last year. He was a good dog, or so she says. She even dedicated the first Kappy book to him. His name was Ammo.Though between you and me, I think she’s more of a cat person. She has three of them living in the house!

So sorry about Ammo, but Amy sounds like my author who is a cat person but also likes dogs. Her cat Oliver whom I am based on went to kitty heaven this past November, but she still has his younger brother, Stripey. By the way, there are also two dogs in our mysteries. My co-star Fido is a golden retriever, but there is also a beagle, Ruby, who belongs to our main character’s best friend, Gilly.

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

I would call all the scenes with me in them important, but Kappy and Amy might disagree.

Right now, I’m still a puppy, but I was the means for Kappy and her friend Edie to go see the vet and question him. They think he might have murdered Ruth. She was the breeder where I used to live. It’s across from Kappy, so we’re all neighbors.

Here’s a little scene from the book with me in it.

“Wait,” Edie said. “There’s a young Dr. Brewer?”

The receptionist smiled. Kappy noted that the name on her badge said Bonnie. “That’s right.”

“And he’s a veterinarian as well?” Edie pressed.

“Oh, yes. He took over the practice several years ago. The elder Dr. Brewer only comes in on Mondays and Friday afternoons.”

“And the young Dr. Brewer?” Edie asked.

“He works the rest of the time.” She smiled and pushed their statement across the counter toward the two of them.

Kappy could only give it a cursory glance. She was too busy assessing the information she had just received. Ruth was killed on a Tuesday, and if she had an appointment with a Dr. Brewer, chances are it was the young Dr. Brewer and not the fragile man they had just met.

“Does the doctor make house calls?” Edie asked.

Kappy juggled Elmer in her arms as Edie took the necessary bills out of her wallet. She pushed the money across the counter toward the receptionist.

“Just the young doctor.” She smiled at them. “Let me get you a receipt.”

Kappy nodded, then caught Edie’s stare.

Now what do we do? Edie mouthed.

“Is by chance the young doctor here today?” Kappy asked.

Bonnie counted out her change and shook her head. “Not today. But he does live around back if you ever need him for anything else.”

Kappy wasn’t sure if anything else also included a murder investigation, but she really wanted to talk to the young Dr. Carlton Brewer.

“Thank you.” Edie flashed her a quick smile, and together she and Kappy walked Elmer out to the car.

“Are you thinking what I’m thinking?” Edie asked.

“I am if you’re thinking we should go around the back and see if we can find the young Dr. Brewer.” With any luck he would be outside mowing his grass or even watering his garden or something where they could get a good look at him. Maybe even talk to him for just a moment.

Edie thoughtfully tapped her chin. “We have to have a reason . . . ” she said. “So we take Elmer back there to show him how big he’s gotten and just bring up Ruth from there.”

Kappy frowned. She wasn’t sure that would actually work, but she couldn’t come up with anything better. “Let’s go.”

Once again Kappy wished she had brought a collar and leash for the little pup. He didn’t weigh hardly anything, but he wanted down so bad to sniff the ground and see what was new around him that her arms began to ache as she held him in place.

She would definitely have to invest in a leash when she took him home—She reined her thoughts to a quick stop. She wasn’t taking Elmer home. She might like him and she might have even been contemplating getting a dog the night before, but the reality was . . .

Well, the reality was she lived alone, she had no friends except for Edie, who would be leaving soon, and she lived alone. Wait. She’d already said that. It wasn’t like Elmer would fill in the spots when she came home alone. But she knew he would fill other voids.

“There he is.” Edie cocked her head in the direction of the large Victorian-style house. It was painted pale yellow and looked similar to Amish houses other than the color and the ornate trim that seemed to drip from every flat surface. A man sat on the front porch in the rocking chair, a glass of tea on the table at his side and a cell phone pressed to his ear.

“Should we go talk to him?” Kappy asked.

“We’ve come this far,” Edie replied.

The man caught sight of them and seemed to understand their intentions. He held up one finger as if to say he would be off the call shortly and didn’t protest as they climbed the porch steps.

“I’ll call you back,” he said into the receiver. “Yes, that’s right. Okay then. Bye.”

He tapped the phone off, then turned to Edie and Kappy with a smile. “Is that one of Ruth’s puppies?”

“Yes.” Edie spoke as Kappy took one giant step forward and pressed Elmer toward the young Dr. Brewer.

He accepted the dog without complaint, scratching him behind the ears.

A barking good scene. Thank you.

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

I just bark when strange people come to the house, but I’m hoping to have a bigger role as the series grows. After all, who doesn’t love a beagle?

You must let your author know. I purrsuaded Debbie not only to put my picture on our latest book but also to let me have my own blog.

What advice would you give other dog characters?

Just keep on being the best dog you can be.

That’s definitely something to chew on.

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

Kappy King and the Pickle Kaper comes out June 26, 2018. And if you look, you can see me on the cover next to Kappy. Sally June Esh was delivering the white church pickles known here in Big Valley when she was run off the road and killed. Now Kappy and Edie are trying to figure out if there’s a sinister pickle conspiracy at hand or if young Sally June’s death was an unfortunate accident.

Paws up!

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

Amy is on social media. I made her paste the links here. I would have, but…well, I don’t have thumbs.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AmyLillard918/

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/AmyLillard918

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/AmyLillard918/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/amylillardauthor/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5809947.Amy_Lillard

She also has two really fun websites. One for all her books and another for those interested in Amish life and Amy’s travels to Amish communities across the country.

www.amywritesromance.com

www.amysamishadventures.com

You can also follow her on amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/Amy-Lillard/e/B0088FX7FY/

And Bookbub:

https://www.bookbub.com/authors/amy-lillard

Thank you for the interview, Elmer, and best tail wags to you and your author on your series and your blog tour with Escape with Dollycas into a Good Book.

Sneaky’s Interview with Lewis and Phoebe Winery Cats

Meow, Meow. I am very excited to once again interview winery cats. For those of you who missed my first interview with cats from the Winery at Marjim Manor, here is the link: https://wp.me/p7XcB0-9q

Today, I am honored to cat chat with the two new cats who now live at the winery. What are your names and your author’s name?

Phoebe
Lewis

We are Lewis and Phoebe named after two of the ghosts who live in our house.  They are siblings and so are we.

Whoo. Did you say ghosts, as in spooks? I’m a fraidy cat, so let’s not talk about things that go bump in the night right now. What book(s) have you appeared in? Please list them and their genre.

We aren’t in any books yet.  Our Mom is writing a book about the history of The Winery at Marjim Manor and promised us we could be in it. We make appearances every day at the winery.  Mom keeps a jar of treats near the front door. If we sit and look cute and wave our bushy tails, customers give us some.

Very mice. I love the treats that patrons sneak me at the Cobble Cove library. Of claws, they are fictional treats because I’m a cat character, but I still enjoy getting them.

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

We are named for real people.  Shubal Merritt built the original house for his wife, Sophia. They had three children, Lewis Phoebe, and Cordelia. They lived in this house in the 1850’s. So, we don’t know if they had any cats as pets. 

Something to investigate. I like to solve murders, although my human co-stars take all the credit for that.

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

Lewis on top of a tree skirt

The role we play around here is to look  cute.  Right now, mom has 14 Christmas trees up.  We like to run and make the tree skirts slide out from under the tree.  We also like the shiny ornaments on the bottom. They make lots of noise when they fall. One tree has a lot of birds on it. Mom doesn’t like it when we take them off and play with them. 

Fourteen Christmas trees? Oh, my, Bastet. That must be a big place. My author keeps a small tree in the house because her cat, Stripey, loves to knock the miniature toy soldiers off it. She also can’t keep any glass ornaments on it. Imagine what he would do to a large tree.

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

There are 4 older cats here. We meow at them when we want to play. They usually want to sleep.  Slinky, the big gold cat, will let us lick his ears sometimes.

Sounds like fun. In my upcoming mystery, I befriend a kitten who moves into the inn (sorry about the spoiler).

What advice would you give other cat characters?

When you want a treat, sit still, then tilt your head and wave your tail.  People say “aww, how cute” and give you a treat.

Purrfect advice.

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

We were just in a murder mystery.  Mom does wine and food pairing dinners that have a murder mystery as part of it. This one was all about Superheroes. One superhero was Katerina and she could herd cats. She brought all kinds of fun toys for us: laser pointers, feather wands, fuzzy mice.  We had fun playing with her. 

I love murder mysteries. My author writes them, and she enjoys attending murder mystery dinners, too. Maybe we should have one at the library. I will run that by her.

Are you and/or your author on social media? If so, please list your links. We are on The Cats of Marjim Manor Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/CatsofMarjimManor/

Cool! It’s been a pleasure cat chatting with you both. Here’s a toast to my friends, Lewis and Phoebe, winery cats. Best whiskers to you and your Mom on your upcoming book.