Interview with Gravel from Periennials by Bryce Gibbons

fidoWow, Meow! I never thought I’d see the day that I’d have a dog interviewed on my blog. However, although I prefer fellow cats, I don’t want to discriminate against other animal characters. To do this interview justice, I decided to invite my co-star Fido to conduct the interview. He only agreed if I could feature his photo. Okay, Fido old Bud, your picture is posted. Take it away.

Woof Woof! Thanks, Sneaky. I am excited about my first interview. I don’t have your experience, but I will do my best.

Bow Wow, there. What is your name and your author’s name?

My name is Gravel and my author’s name is Bryce Gibson

Nice to meet you, Gravel. What book(s) have you appeared in? Please list them and their genre.

book-coverSo far I am only in one book. Perennials is a Young Adult mystery/thriller

Hot Dog! I love mysteries of all kinds. I’m in the Cobble Cove series with Sneaky.

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

Currently it is not a series, and Bryce doesn’t have any plans of turning it into one 😦

But maybe he’ll write a sequel one day soon?

Standalones are okay. My author features cats in all her writing besides her series. There’s a cat in her short story and her novella that came out on February 14. Roxie, a female Siamese owned by a handsome jewel thief is in her novella,  When Jack Trumps Ace, and Seashell is an orange tabby that lives at an inn in Cape May, New Jersey during the 1880’s in Debbie’s historical romance, The Seashell and the Stone, from the Cupid’s Arrow anthology.

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

I am not based on a real dog. I am a hound dog. In real life, Bryce has a Yorkie named Ginger.

Yorkies are cute and I have nothing against hounds.

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

This is the beginning of an important flashback scene:

IT WAS a fittingly gloomy, rainy day in the spring after Tyler’s death when I first heard about Jenny’s past.

I was at Gran’s house. Gran and Catherine were in the kitchen where they were making preserves out of the last of the figs that Catherine had picked from her own backyard tree.

I was in the den, sitting on the floor and watching TV. Gravel was lying next to me. He had his head resting on my bent knee, and in his slumber, the old dog would drool every now and then.

The den opened up into the kitchen, making it easy to see and hear what was going on from one room to the other. There were the sounds of boiling water and the clink of glass jars.

The entire house was filled with the smell of sugar and figs that, every so often, would cause Gravel to lift his head and sniff at the air. The aroma was undeniably what was making him drool in his sleep and led me to wonder what kind of sweet, nectarous dreams the fragrance was evoking.

Excellent. I can just picture that scene.

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

I like that my owner, Dusty Miller, got me when I was just a puppy. The two of us got to grow up together.

Awww. Mac got me as a pup, too, but John wasn’t a child then. When he came back from college to live with his father after his wife died and his mother shortly later, I kind of shared both of them and helped them cope with their losses.

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

I do not talk.

Neither do I, but actions speak louder in my opinion.

What advice would you give other dog characters?

Even if you don’t talk, please bark and do everything you can to alert others to danger.

I’m with you, Gravel even though I wasn’t able to prevent a kidnapping in my second book. It wasn’t my fault the bad guy drugged me.

the-reading-buddy-coverDo you have any new books coming out? Please give dates and details.

Bryce has a new book coming out this year. It is called The Reading Buddy. I’m not in it, but I have a friend that is. Her name is Wolf. She is a beautiful black Labrador.

Bow wow! Maybe Sneaky will let me back to interview her. My tail wags at the thought. The reprint of my first mystery and my third book will be out this spring. Sneaky got his wish to be on the cover of the third mystery, so I hope Debbie will consider putting me on the fourth.

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






Thanks for the interview, Gravel and best dog bones to you and your author on your books.


Feature Friday Films: Why We Love Cats and 6 Signs Your Cat Loves You

Even though the howliday is over, I thought I’d post more love videos in honor of Meowlintine’s Day (known to non-feline readers as Valentine’s Day). One of them shows you how to tell if your cat loves you and the other explains reasons why cats are so lovable (both of them are no brainers in my kitty opinion – Meow out Loud). Hope you enjoy them.


Happy Meowlintine’s Day!

my-furry-valentinesneakyMy author posted a photo of her cat with a heart around his head for Meowlintine’s Day, so I got a little jealous and told her to make one for me. She agreed, of claws, because I am her best character and purrfectly modest, too. Anyway, I would like to do a favor for her, too. Her new book, When Jack Trumps Ace, just came out, and she is running a Head Talker campaign for it, whatever that is. Here’s the link if you could please support it or, even better, buy the book (I have no shame, but I’m a cat so that’s a given).



Here are some kitty teasers for the book:

whenjackshortteaserfinal whenjacktrumpcatteaserfinalPurrchase links for When Jack Trumps Ace: (eBook & Free on Kindle Unlimited) (paperback)


Paws to Buy My Books – Lots of New Releases

pawprintbuybooksMeow, my pawsome readers. Just a tails-up that I’ve now added a pawprint link to this blog’s sidebar that takes you directly to my author’s Amazon page no matter where you live (it is a universal link). From there, you can buy my Cobble Cove mysteries or any of Debbie’s other books. Debbie also has added a similar “buy botton” to her website/blog, but it’s not as mice as mine. Check it out here:

when-jack-trumps-ace-001Keep your eyes out for Debbie’s new release this week, When Jack trumps Ace. It’s a romantic comedy novella, and although I am not featured in it, there’s a cute cat named Roxie. She’s also Siamese and has the luck of belonging to a jewel thief who gave her a very expensive collar.

Also, the long-awaited reprint of my first mystery, A Stone’s Throw, is in the works and should be out shortly. Old editions are selling for $500, but please ignore that outrageous price. We don’t get any part of it. The reprint by Solstice Publishing will include a new cover, a new chapter, and some excellent editing.

cupid-arrow-vol-1-001-1Later this spring, my third adventure, Written in Stone, will be released with my lookalike on the cover, and there will be three wonderful stories in my series. I can’t wait! Just remember, all these books will be available in eBooks and paperbacks. Debbie’s short stories are published as eBooks and included in several anthologies in both eBook and paperback. Cupid’s Arrow, the Valentine anthology coming out the same day as her novella, will feature her historical romance, The Seashell and the Stone.

So keep your eye out for my and Debbie’s updates and remember our buy links. Great reading is now just a pawprint click away.


Feature Friday Films for Meowlintine’s Day

Hi, there. Since Meowlintine’s Day (or Valentine’s Day for you non-cat folks) is next week, I thought I’d show some romantic cat videos for the occasion. I don’t have a cat character girlfriend, although I know Alicia is considering getting a kitten in a future book, and I will put in my vote for a female one.

The first feature Friday film is an episode of Simon’s Cats. Simon is one of my favorite cartoon cat characters. The second one features some cute kitty hugs between real cats. Both of them are pawsome. Enjoy!


What is a Cat Lady Box?

Hi, folks. I have to admit I was hesitant to write this blog, but I know a lot of cat ladies read it including my author, Debbie. She recently subscribed to something called a “Cat Lady Box.” When it arrived, I was very jealous because it contained two catnip toys for Debbie’s cats and nothing for me, her favorite cat character.

catlady1I did a little research into these Cat Lady Boxes and this is what I found. There’s a company that sends out monthly boxes of surprise items such as jewelry, clothing, household items, etc. all with a cat theme. A subscriber can choose either a box with only items for people or one that includes gifts for one’s cats, as well. Of claws, Debbie chose the latter. What a surprise! Before she even opened the package, her cat Oliver was sniffing it.

catlady10 catlady11Sure enough, when Debbie opened her box, she found a chocolate dipped strawberry cat toy and a furry dice with play and cuddle options on each side. Both toys contained catnip. Needless to say, Oliver and Stripey enjoyed them both. I watched on in silent envy.catlady8catlady5







When it was Debbie’s turn to check out what she received, I saw her delight at the beautiful kitty necklace, cat-shaped backp charging device, and cute bear rug that can also be used as catlady3a sleeping mat for her cats. There was also a pretty card explaining what the box contained and some information on a featured Cat Lady artist, Allison Edge. The box’s theme, of course, was Valentine’s Day or Meowlentine’s Day, as we cats call it.

Although I regret that the Cat Lady box did not include anything for me-ow, I’m happy Debbie enjoyed it because a happy writer can only write better scenes that include her cat character.

One last thing I’d like to mention for those who might be interested in a Cat Lady Box subscription, you are not obligated to purchase a box a month and can skip months without canceling. You can also gift boxes to a cat lady friend.

To sign up, just visit their pawsome website at

Kitten Bowl Recap: Video and More

1486394381I woke from my weekend catnap and realized I missed the Kitten Bowl. I’m not much of a sports enthusiast, although I become a bit acrobatic when given catnip. However, I do enjoy watching kittens with all their energy. Even though it’s Monday and not my Feature Friday day, I’m posting some of my favorite clips. You can watch more on the Hallmark website for the event:

You can even create your cat’s football card (see mine above) at

Sneaky Interviews The Topiary Cat

tollyttcWow, Meow! Do I have an interesting guest on my blog today. He is not a cat character in a book but a cat character indeed. I will let The Topiary Cat introduce himself, explain what he is, and the history and art behind his creation.

Good day, Topiary Cat. Please tell us your story. How old are you? How did you come about? Where are you from?  Excuse all the questions. I know I am very curious, but I don’t believe curiosity kills the cat (character or real feline) or anyone else for that matter. If it did, Debbie (my author and a librarian) and I would be out of work. 

Hi, Sneaky! First of all, thank you for addressing me as ‘The Topiary Cat’ or in this case ‘Topiary Cat.’  I don’t have a ‘Christian’ name, for religion is a mystery to me. I am immortal and have been around as long as recorded time. However, The Master, who created me, has weaved a fantasy around me that many people believe.

origins-1Some say I was first created around seven years ago. The Master, or ‘Richard’ as mortals call him, visited a stately home in Buckinghamshire, England not far from his home in Hertfordshire. He’s a keen photographer and took a photo of a huge ‘cloud’ topiary in the grounds. When he got it home it appeared to him to resemble a giant topiary animal sleeping by the lake. For fun he decided to photograph Tolly, his beloved Russian Blue cat, in the same position and marry the two images seamlessly together.

Then some of the images of me were put on social media and went viral, unfortunately with Richard’s name removed. The BBC picked up on my fame and the story went around the world. Richard reposted the pictures on my Facebook page and had over three million hits. I was famous – ‘The Topiary Cat’ had arrived!

Oh, my Bastet! That is a pawsome story. Maybe I should have my author Debbie take some unusual photos of me. I’d love to go viral or whatever that means. I think it’s a good thing and would get a lot of exposure for our mystery series (MOL)- Meow Out Loud.

 Which of your poses and locations do you like the best and why?

ttcdrinking  ttcmeetingThat first image of me is still a favourite of mine for obvious reasons, and I love the photo of me drinking from the lake at Painshill Park, Surrey. I’m also very fond of the one of me meeting another topiary cat over Hertford Castle wall.

While I am just a cat in a book series, I think I have an eye for art. Debbie showed me your photos that she is posting on this page, and I think they are all purrfect especially the water licking one. It makes me thirsty.

 Tell me a little about Richard’s cat Tolly who I understand you are based on. 

Beloved Tolly. Poor Richard still tears up at the mention of him. A pure bred Russian Blue with the pedigree name of Whaylee Zanechka, he sadly passed away in February 2016 at only 12 years old. He was intelligent, loyal, loving, a remarkable hunter and guarded his territory fearlessly.

Awww. I know Debbie was very broken up when she lost her cat Floppy. He wasn’t a purebred Russian Blue, but he was a beautiful shade of gray with white boots and chest (not as handsome as my sable and cream Siamese colors). Floppy suffered from a condition known as diabetes for many years, and Debbie had to give him insulin shots twice a day. He passed away at 15, a few years later than Richard’s Tolly, but she loved him so much that she wrote her first book, Cloudy Rainbow, to memorialize him, much as Richard created you in Tolly’s memory. Now Debbie has Oliver, a 16-year-old Siamese whom I am based on as a younger version.

Tell me also about your guardian and master, Richard Saunders. How long has he been an artist? What else does he do besides your cat topiary photos?

richardworksRichard can’t really remember a time when he didn’t create art. Most of his family did and it seemed a normal thing to do. He discovered surrealism as a teenager and failed to grow up. I, The Topiary Cat, am much more sensible and logical than he will ever be. He retired from his job as a Creative Director in advertising to concentrate on art … and me, of course.

It is important for humans to follow their passion. Debbie has also been writing since a very young age but has only recently begun to publish her work. It takes time, and I am glad that I and her other characters are there to help her as you help Richard.

What is surrealism?

No idea! Richard tells me it’s painting whatever comes into his head with very little editing, tapping into his subconscious. I know nothing of such things. He takes a lot of photos, he’s a classic car enthusiast with a 1949 Triumph drop-top with dickey, or ‘rumble’, seats in the boot. He loves his garden and going for long walks. He also loves Cornwall and has created many images of me when I go there on holiday with him, because it is such a magical place and I feel at home there.

Debbie lives in the United States, and our books take place in a small, fictional upstate New York town called Cobble Cove which may resemble some of your English villages. Debbie has visited England many years ago and was impressed with their gardens and parks.

 Are there any “real” cat topiaries that you know of?

I have yet to see a single cat topiary that looks like a real cat. The only ones I have seen look like cartoons. I think a cat is too subtle a shape to be replicated in topiary.

I had a feeling it would be difficult to grow a cat topiary. By the way, Debbie has an unfinished manuscript that she hopes to get back to that features topiaries. Maybe she can slip something in about you. She once read a gothic mystery, whatever that is, in her childhood by Phyllis Whitney called Hunter’s Green that featured topiaries in the form of chess pieces.

 Can people purchase prints of your topiaries?

Of course, there are cards, posters, and calendars produced. A book is planned but that will take a long time to be realized. Richard is not the most organized person in the world, he’s a dreamer and not very worldly in such matters.

I see. Please keep me posted about the book. I am a library cat and Debbie is a librarian as well as an author. We would both love to know when it’s released.

Is there anything else we should know about you, Tolly, or Richard or anything you would like to add to the interview for our readers?

I would just like to say thank you for interviewing me, Sneaky. It’s been delightful. And to your readers, if you see me posted without The Master’s name or ‘The Topiary Cat’ logo on social media, please let them know who I really am: the immortal spirit of beloved Tolly.

I certainly will, Topiary Cat. It’s been a unique pleasure having you here. Can you please list your website and any social media links and also those of Richard’s. I am sure my readers would like to connect with both of you.

A Cat Calendar to Meow About and a Great Cause to Support

calendar3caledar4Hey, Kitties. I know you and your humans probably got a ton of calendars for the holidays and January is almost over, but my author won a special limited edition one recently in a birthday contest for 17-year old Clyde that I think you should really check out before the last copies are gone. Not only does it feature cute cats, but it includes cat-related holidays, moon phases, and international holidays. Even better, the calendar is connected to a new cat book coming out featuring debonair black felines. The calendar and book both support a pawsome project that I want to share with you.

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The entire black cat initiative to raise awareness and shelter adoption rates began as a Kickstarter campaign last summer. It’s a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit for the book, calendar and all merchandise. I’ve included a video testimonial by Chris Poole from Cole and Marmalade, two of my favorite video cat actors, that explains this purrfectly wonderful project.

clyde2The Black Cat Tells All book is due to be released in early Spring, 2017 with pre-orders available in February. Clyde and the editor and author of the one of the stories who is also the founder of the Black Cat Initiative, Layla Morgan Wilde, are very busy now preparing for the book release, but I would very much like to interview Clyde one day soon.

laylamorganMs. Wilde considers the Black Cat Initiative her “passion project.” As editor of Black Cats Tell All, curated story and poem submissions for the book and devised a feline purrsonality profile questionnaire. She also curated thousands of images for the anthology and worked closely with a copy editor and book designer to create a unique visual narrative for it. She said that she found the job which included curating large numbers of images from over 60 professional and amateur photographers to over 300 photographs  for acceptable quality for printed and e-versions of the book “more daunting than expected” but one which she hopes will “stem the tide of black cat prejudice in the U.S. and beyond.” and, considers the Black Cat Initiative her “passion project” and hopes it will “stem the tide of black cat prejudice in the U.S. and beyond.”

Below are links for more information about the Black Cats Tell All book, the initiative, and Layla Morgan Wilde.

BCTA (Black Cats Tell All) community Facebook group:

Instagram @blackcatsofIG

Twitter: @catwisdom101

Nonprofit shop

Layla Morgan Wilde’s Website/Blog: