Sneaky Interviews Blaze and Soji from Ghost Cat of Ocean Grove

Meow there. It’s Sneaky. I haven’t had a guest in a while, but today I have two if you count the one that’s a ghost.

Welcome, Kitties. What are your names and your author’s name?

Blaze: I’m Blaze, and my author’s name is Mollie Hunt.

Hey, Blaze, you forgot me!

Blaze: Sorry, Soji. Sneaky, meet Soji. She’s a ghost cat.

Wow, Meow. This is a first for my blog.

What book(s) have you two appeared in? Please list them and their genre. Are you in a series? If so, please give information about it.

Blaze: Soji and I appear in Ghost Cat of Ocean Cove, the first of Mollie’s new Tenth Life Cozy Mystery series.

Soji: Yes, our first appearance, but not our last. Isn’t that right, Blaze?

Blaze: Definitely, Soji. I hear Mollie is hard at work on a the next in the series as we speak.

How exciting. I’m sure my readers will want to meet both of you and check out your series.

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

Blaze: I was a real cat, but now I’m an angel. Mollie adopted me from the Oregon Humane Society after fostering me through a terrible broken leg for several months. She thought I would be with her much longer, but I got sick. Now I live on in her books.

Soji: I am real cat too.

Blaze: No, you’re not. You’re a ghost, and not even based on a real cat.

Soji: Okay, not real, but I like being a ghost.

That’s a sweet story, Blaze. I’m based on Debbie’s Oliver, her Siamese, who is also now on Rainbow Bridge. Soji, I think you make a fine ghost even if you’re not based on anyone real.

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

As Camelia contemplated her new kitchen cabinets, she heard the lightest of plops—someone hopping up onto the table. She looked around, expecting to see Blaze, but to her surprise, the surface was bare.

Humph, she grunted as she placed items on the shelves. Then she heard the sound once more as the culprit jumped down, a distinct plunk, followed by the click of claws as he made his way across the floor.

“Blaze…” she began, turning to the sound. Though the room was awash with shadows, there were none dark enough to conceal her tuxie boy. The floor was empty of cat.

“Blaze? Is that you?” Her voice seemed to echo, and she paused, noting the hint of a waver.

Then a distinctive meo-rauw resounded from the living room, and in pranced the cat in question.

“Oh, there you are,” she said too loudly as she swept him into her arms. “I was starting to think I was going batty.”

Burying her face in his fur, she breathed a sigh of relief. She massaged his backbone and scratched his sideburns, eliciting a rumbling purr that rose to audible proportions in the quiet of the coming night.

Suddenly the purr cut off mid-rumble, and the big cat tensed. Struggling out of Camelia’s grasp, he gained the floor with one long leap. Ears back and mouth open, he circled like a wildcat. After two full rounds, he stopped, facing the murky corner. Next, he did something Camelia had never seen the gentle feline do before—he arched his long back and began to hiss like a Halloween cat.

Camelia stared without comprehension. “What is it, Blaze? What are you looking at?”

Understandably, he didn’t answer, but the hissing ceased as abruptly as it had begun, and now he just eyed the place with deep suspicion.

Camelia followed his gaze, peering into the gloom but not detecting anything aside from the dark.

The very dark.

Darker than it should be…

Suddenly a shape began to coalesce against the blackness. A wave of vertigo hit Camelia full force, and she grabbed the edge of the table to keep herself from falling. “This can’t be!” she whispered into the gloom. It was impossible! There was no way she could be seeing what was right before her eyes!

A cat made of mist, white and vaporous as smoke yet unquestionably present. Camelia could pick out every hair, every whisker. The almond eyes glowed red, and she gasped in terror. Then the whole thing flip-flopped—the white switched to black and the red eyes to emerald green. All ghostly countenance vanished, resolving into a quite normal-looking black cat.

Blaze sunk into a loaf position, his ears perked forward in interest rather that fear. Camelia watched in morbid fascination to see what would happen next.

The black cat observed the pair with an enigmatic stare, then opened her mouth into a grand yawn which climaxed in a soft—and very real—mew. She gave a slow blink, a love blink, and suddenly Camelia’s terror vanished.

“Soji?” she offered, for who else could it be but the ghost cat of Ocean Cove?

Then, just when Camelia thought she had recovered from the shock of seeing a specter in her kitchen, she got a second surprise.

“Yes,” Soji answered in perfectly understandable English. “It is I.”

That was a pawsome excerpt. Thanks for sharing.

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

Blaze: I like that it gives Mollie a chance to be with me again, now that I’ve crossed the Bridge. And as the stalwart companion of the book’s hero, Camelia Collins, I have a great opportunity to be a hero myself. Everyone loves that.

Soji: I am the real hero.

Blaze: No, you’re not. Why, you weren’t even there when Camelia needed you most.

Soji: Shhh! No spoilers. Besides, how would you know what a ghost cat does behind the scenes?

MOL. No fighting on my blog, Kitties. I’m sure you both have great parts.

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

Blaze: No.

Soji: Yes.

Interesting. I now do some talking now but only to the other pet characters in our Cobble cove series.

What advice would you give other cat characters?

Blaze: Never forget what an important role you play in the stories. If your author isn’t giving you enough page time, nip her in the imagination.

Soji: …and if you can, be a ghost. People adore ghost cats.

I’m sure character cats will find value in both those pieces of advice.

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

Blaze: Ghost Cat of Ocean Cove is the first of the new series, and Mollie is already working on the second. It’s called Ghost Cat on the Midway, and involves a tiger at the county fair. Here’s the blurb: “When the keeper of an aging tiger is murdered, ghost cat Soji jumps in to make sure Tigre isn’t next.”

Soji: Yes, me—the hero once again. It says so right there!

Blaze: Whatever, Soji. But Mollie’s also coming out with the 8th Crazy Cat Lady cozy mystery this November. It’s called Adventure Cats.

Your author sure is busy. Concatulations to all of you.

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

Mollie Hunt & Tinkerbelle, Registered Pet Partners

You can find Mollie Hunt, Cat Writer on her blogsite: https://molliehuntcatwriter.com/

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Thanks. I’ll be sure to share with my readers, so they follow your author.

Blaze: Thanks, Sneaky and Debbie, for giving me…

Soji: And me…

…a chance to tell about myself.

Soji: Ourselves…

Blaze: Yes, of course. Please let us know if you need anything else.

Blaze and Soji

It was our pleasure. Best whiskers to both of you and your author on your series and upcoming books.

GHOST CAT OF OCEAN COVE, A Tenth Life Cozy Mystery #1

A ghost cat and a cold case murder turn a septuagenarian’s beach house dream into a nightmare.

Sneaky Interviews the Sugar and Flour Cats from Peppermint Die, An HSP (Highly Sensitive Person) Cozy Mystery by Carol Ayer

Ruff Draft Readers, you are in for a double treat today, as I have two kitties here as guests. What are your names and your author’s name?

Hi! We are Sugar and Flour, and our author’s name is Carol Ayer.

Mice to meet you both, and I love your names. What book(s) have you appeared in? Please list them and their genre.

Right now, we are only in one book—Peppermint Cream Die. But look for us in Stabbed in the Tart and Sourdough Dead—coming in the next couple of years. The books are cozy mysteries.

My favorite Genre. I’m a cozy mystery cat, too. Your books sound tasty.

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

Yes, we are part of “The HSP Mysteries.” Our owner, Kayla Jeffries, is a highly sensitive person (HSP). Although cats and other animals can also be highly sensitive, we are not!

Sounds interesting.

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

We aren’t technically based on any real cats, but some of our quirks and characteristics are loosely based on cats that our author has owned.

That’s cool. I was based loosely on Debbie’s Siamese, Oliver, who has since departed this mortal plane. I am honored to keep his memory alive in her Cobble Cove mystery series.

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

We are not supposed to go into the kitchen when our owner is baking, but she left the door open after she ran outside to chase a possible suspect. We got into the sugar and flour, and, well, things turned a little problematic. Luckily, everything ended up okay.

 Here’s the scene:

 Flour and Sugar greeted me at the door. My American shorthairs looked particularly…white. They were always white, of course, but they seemed even whiter than usual. On closer inspection, I saw they were covered from head to tail in flour and sugar. My mouth dropped open. I remembered with a kick to the gut that I’d left the door to the kitchen open. I tiptoed to the kitchen, apparently thinking that if I went quietly, everything would be fine. No such luck. The floor was covered in white paw prints. My flour and sugar bins were upended, their contents spread across the counter and onto the floor.

I looked down at the cats, who had followed me. “Okay, guys. This was partly my fault. It’s very fitting the way that you got into the flour and sugar because of your names. But it’s a good thing I don’t have an inspection coming up soon.”

I calculated the work ahead of me. I’d need to order more flour and sugar from my supplier and buy some at the grocery store to get me by until it arrived. Obviously, the kitchen would require a good cleaning. I’d start after I took care of the cats.

Closing the door to the kitchen so the cats couldn’t cause further damage, I went back into the living room, the two trailing after me. I took Sugar into my lap and brushed her. But the flour and sugar were matted in her fur. I tried the same thing with Flour with the same result.

They were rather agitated, and I had to face the facts: these cats needed a bath.

After obtaining some advice from the trusty internet, I proceeded to bathe them separately in the tub. I couldn’t believe it when they ended up in the warm water together, happily dog paddling around the small space. I laughed and praised them.

They at last grew tired of being in the water. I took them out by turn and dried them with a fluffy towel. Once they were back to normal, they ran off and curled up on the bed, exhausted by their grand adventure.

Wow, Meow! Love it. Thanks for sharing that delightful excerpt.

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

We love being in our author’s books! We think we have the perfect names for cats who belong to a baker. What we do best is calm down our owner when she is feeling overstimulated. We feel this is a very important role.

It definitely is. Alicia tends to get stressed, too. John helps a bit, but there’s nothing like the relaxing purr and kneading I can administer.

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

We only meow.

That was what I did until later in the series. Now readers and my fellow pet characters can read my thoughts, but my human co-stars can’t.

What advice would you give other cat characters?

As mentioned above, we think our most important job is to support our owner and keep her calm. We suggest other cats do the same. If you can help solve a mystery, too, we say go for it! (We aren’t especially helpful in this area!)

That’s where you two differ from Sneaky the Library Cat, but although I sometimes solve the crime and often save Alicia, I let her take all the credit.

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

Not for a while! Hopefully, we will have a new one out in October of 2021.

Good luck with that.

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

We are not on social media, but our author is. Here are her links:

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/carol_e_ayer

Thank you so much. It’s been a pleasure having you here, and best whiskers to you both and your author on your book.

 Thank you, Sneaky! We’ve attached a picture of our author and a picture of how she envisions us.

Pawsome! I’m also sharing your blog tour and giveaway with my readers.


Peppermint Cream Die (A HSP (Highly Sensitive Person) Mystery)
by Carol E Ayer

About Peppermint Cream Die


Peppermint Cream Die (A HSP (Highly Sensitive Person) Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Publisher: Camel Press (October 13, 2020)
Paperback: 190 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1603816298
Digital ASIN: B08LK1KLRV

Kayla Jeffries, home bakery owner and HSP (Highly Sensitive Person), has arranged her life just so to avoid stressful overstimulation. The California oceanside community in which she lives proves the perfect venue for the quiet and peaceful existence she desires. She happily spends her time baking, walking along the beach, and spending time with her close friends.

But when Kayla discovers her elderly friend Trudy Dillingham has been strangled, she vows to do anything she must to help bring the killer to justice, including overcoming the stress and sensory overload involved in playing amateur detective. Using her HSP talents of attention to detail and ability to read other people’s emotions, Kayla eventually cracks the case, all the while juggling two cats and a dog, non-stop orders for the Christmas holidays, and a budding relationship with handsome restaurateur Jason Banks.

About Carol E. Ayer

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Carol Ayer, a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP), lives halfway between San Francisco and Sacramento with her cat, Rainn. When she’s not writing, she’s reading mysteries and thrillers or watching movies and cooking shows. As a native Californian, she visits the ocean as often as possible.

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Sneaky Interviews Marshmallow, the Cat from Mimi Lee Reads Between the Lines, A Sassy Cat Mystery by Jennifer J. Chow

Today, I’m honored to have another cat guest with me, Marshmallow from Mimi Lee Reads Between the Lines, A Sassy Cat Mystery, by Jennifer J. Chow.

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

I’m in Mimi Lee Gets A Clue and Mimi Lee Reads Between the Lines. Both are cozy mysteries.

Wow, Meow. I’m in a cozy mystery series, too, the Cobble Cove mysteries. Tell me about yours.

I’m in the Sassy Cat Mystery Series, where I solve cases, along with my human sidekick, Mimi.

Pawsome! My human sidekick is Alicia, the director of the Cobble Cove Library. I help her solve mysteries and murders, but she doesn’t realize I’m doing it.

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

No, I’m much more inspired by Garfield, but my immense fluff came by my author’s real-life kitty observations.

I see. Well, I’m Siamese and loosely based on Oliver, my author Debbie’s kitty who went to Rainbow Bridge a few years ago.

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 Chapter 10 of Mimi Lee Reads Between the Lines:\

Chapter 10

Marshmallow and the poodle exchanged a few words—well, barks or whatever. Nimbus crept over to the poodle, but the docile dog didn’t seem to mind her intense scrutiny.

Then Nimbus came over to me and did figure-eight turns around my legs.

“I’ll take that as a compliment,” I said to her.

The owner returned, but he’d thrown on a trench coat over his clothes and carried an umbrella. I noticed Nimbus dash and hide under the front desk. I wrinkled my nose at the sight.

Still, I focused on the customer and asked, “Is it raining?”

“Drizzling, and I don’t want my baby to get wet.” He took off his coat. “In fact, I might wrap him in this.”

Nimbus crept back out from under the desk and studied the pet owner as he paid for the grooming. The man left me a generous tip.

After the owner left, I turned to Marshmallow. “Nimbus acted oddly. What was with the hiding?”

Marshmallow turned to the kitten and questioned her using some staccato meows.

As the conversation continued, Nimbus seemed to shrink into herself and grow smaller.

Finally, Marshmallow translated for me. “She’s got a bad association with large coats.”

“How so?” I asked.

“Seems like she saw a dark figure draped in a huge coat very recently.”

“When and where was this?”

“Outside Roosevelt Elementary.” Marshmallow’s blue eyes looked deep into mine. “And get this. Nimbus saw this eerie man the day Helen Reed died.”

What a purr-fect excerpt. Thanks for sharing it.

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

Showing how savvy cats are at sleuthing—we’re the purr-fect detectives.

You got that right, Marsh.

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

Oh, I talk all right . . . and read. Too bad I can only speak directly into my human’s mind.

I only speak to my pet character co-stars and Debbie’s readers who can read my thoughts, but that only happened after our 4th book. Before that, I communicated with everyone using body language, which I still do with the human characters, and most of them are not too adept at reading that form of communication.

What advice would you give other cat characters?

Let your owners know who’s really boss in the book.

We felines know that cats are bosses inside and outside of books.

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

My next one is out on November 10th: Mimi Lee Reads Between the Lines. The one after that, Mimi Lee Cracks the Code, comes out in 2021.

Concatulations! The 5th book of our series, No Gravestone Unturned, came out in October and just finished a blog tour with the same nice lady, Lori, who is running yours.

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

My author is on social media. (I’d much rather use that time to take a nap.) You can find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram:

https://www.facebook.com/JenJChow

https://twitter.com/JenJChow

https://www.instagram.com/jenjchow/

I’m not on social media either, but I have my own blog as you can see. I’m sharing your blog tour and giveaway below. Best whiskers to you and your author on your new release.Mimi Lee Reads Between the Lines (A Sassy Cat Mystery)

About Mimi Lee Reads Between the Lines

Mimi Lee Reads Between the Lines (A Sassy Cat Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Publisher: Berkley (November 10, 2020)
Paperback: 320 pages
ISBN-10: 1984805010
ISBN-13: 978-1984805010
Digital ASIN: B084V8MB5M

When a local teacher is found dead, LA’s newest pet groomer Mimi Lee finds herself in a pawful predicament—with her younger sister’s livelihood on the line.

Mimi Lee is on top of the world. She has a thriving pet grooming business, the sweetest boyfriend, and a talking cat to boot. When she arrives at the elementary school where her sister Alice works, she’s expecting a fun girls’ night out—but instead finds a teacher slumped over in her car, dead.

Alice was the last one to see Helen Reed, which instantly marks her as the prime suspect. Unable to sit quietly and let the authorities walk all over her sister, Mimi starts snooping and talks to Helen’s closest contacts, including one jumpy principal, a two-faced fiancé, and three sketchy teachers. With the help of her sassy but savvy cat, Marshmallow, and a cute kitten named Nimbus, the clock’s ticking for Mimi to get to the bottom of yet another case before her sister gets schooled.

About Jennifer J. Chow

Jennifer J. Chow is the author of the hiss-terical Sassy Cat Mysteries, the Winston Wong cozies, Dragonfly Dreams, and The 228 Legacy. She lives in Los Angeles, where she hunts for all things matcha. Connect with her online and sign up for her newsletter at www.jenniferjchow.com. You can also find her on social media under @jenjchow.

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Sneaky Interviews Sweet Pea from Paws for Concern, A Canine Confections Mystery, by Amy Hueston

Sneaky here with another pet interview. Hello, Ms. Dog. What is your name and your author’s name?

My name is Sweet Pea and the author’s name is Amy Hueston

Tail wags to you, Sweet Pea. What book(s) have you appeared in? Please list them and their genre.

I’ve only been in Paws for Concern so far, as it’s the first in the Canine Confections Mystery series. I’m having so much fun it! And everybody is so nice to me. The genre is a cozy mystery which I like, because I know I’m always going to remain safe and happy.

Cozies are great. I’m in the Cobble Cove mysteries. Although you’re right about everyone being safe and happy, I come real close to facing serious danger in my latest book, No Gravestone Unturned.

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

Yup. A Canine Confections Mystery series. It’s a DOG bakery in Palm Beach. Yum.

That sounds yummy, you lucky dog, you.

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

Yes, I am. Her name was Ebony. Like Ebony, I’m a black Labrador Mix and I came from a local shelter. Also, I’m a very sweet girl, or so they tell me.

Awww. I’m based on Oliver, Debbie’s Siamese who is now on Rainbow Bridge.

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

Sure! This was when my owner before Samantha became my owner was found dead. (If I sound not that shook up about it, it’s because I only knew my first owner for a few days before she got killed.)

From Paws for Concern:

Quietly, I said, “Hold on a sec,” held the knife up in the air and listened at the doors to the walk-in refrigerator and supply closet. I couldn’t hear anything over the refrigerator hum and my ragged breath. Sweet Pea’s mouth was closed shut as she observed my every move. My eyes fell on the door that led to my patio and back alley. The lock was broken and lying askew. It answered my question of how Whitney, Sweet Pea and the killer gained access to my dog bakery, but the question was why?

Hmmm. Pawsome excerpt. Thanks for sharing.

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

I like that Samantha may not be perfect, but she sure tries to understand me and make me happy. Plus, the fact she owns a dog bakery and brings me to work with her every day so I get to interact with people and dogs (and goodies) all day is a big check in the plus column.

That sounds great. I’m in the Cobble Cove Library most of the time and also spend some days at Alicia and John’s house. In my new release, I witness a murder in a cemetery when I leave the library on Halloween.

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

I hardly ever meow and I don’t bark a whole lot either. I do whine when Samantha is making something involving peanut butter. I don’t talk in human language but my body language and whimpers usually get my point across.

I use body language, too, to alert Alicia to clues and danger, but in my latest books, I also allow readers to “see” my thoughts and the thoughts of my other pet co-stars.

What advice would you give other dog characters?

Open your eyes real wide and look up at your Human like you haven’t eaten in a week. You stand a better chance of getting a piece of cheese that way.

MOL (meow out loud). I gotta try that for some chicken or fish.

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

I do, I do! Paws for Alarm is the 2nd in the Canine Confections series and it’s due to release 10/2020. It was a lot of fun except for a part where a cat showed up on the property of my mansion’s estate. All I did was try to give her a little lick hello and she swiped at my face. It sort of hurt my feelings. But I’ll have to get over it because it looks like Samantha’s aunt is going to adopt her and give her a fancy new home to live.

That sounds like my first encounter with Kittykai, the Calico who moved to Cobble Cove in my 4th book. We are now best buds, and I’m sure you and the new cat will get along, too.

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

Thanks for asking and yes, we are. We love meeting people on social media and sharing happy news or corny jokes or goofy pictures. And just so you know, my author is a singer too, so some of the links might contain the link to her CD.

Wow, Meow! Debbie doesn’t sing, but she does feature a poet and songwriter in our new book. He is one of the characters, and his wife sings a song in the book.

Thanks for joining me sweet, Sweet Pea. I’m sharing your author’s links, blog tour, and giveaway below. Best tail wags to you and Amy on your new release.

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Paws for Concern (A Canine Confections Mystery)
by Amy Hueston

About Paws for Concern


Paws for Concern (A Canine Confections Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Publisher: Donelson Press (August 22, 2020)
Paperback: 264 pages
ISBN-10: 1944066373
ISBN-13: 978-1944066376
Digital ASIN: B08GJBM98M

Life is good for Samantha Armstrong. She left her cheating boyfriend, settled into her cozy cottage on her Aunt Mary’s Palm Beach estate and is finally opening Canine Confections, her dream dog bakery on the ritzy Worth Avenue.

But Samantha’s happy new life goes doggone crazy when Palm Beach resident and pastry shop owner Whitney Goodwin is found dead on Canine Confections’ floor, whisking Samantha into the middle of a murder investigation. The only bright spot is that she finds herself adopting Whitney’s loveable dog Sweet Pea.

As the killer strikes again, it’s obvious that the shopkeepers on Worth Avenue are the target. Samantha’s impatience won’t let sleeping dogs lie. She takes it upon herself to move things along by padding around town with Sweet Pea and sniffing out clues to clear her name and Canine Confections’ reputation—before it is too late …

Includes a recipe from Chef Sarah Deters at the test kitchen of Three Dog Bakery, the original bakery for dogs!

About Amy Hueston

Author Amy Hueston writes mini-mysteries for Woman’s World when she isn’t writing mysteries and suspense books. Paws for Concern is the first book in A Canine Confections Mystery series.

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Interview of Napoleon, the Basset Hound from The Watchman of Rothenburg Dies, a Homeswapper Mystery by Adriana Licio

Hello, Mr. Dog. Welcome to Sneaky the Library Cat’s Blog. May I ask your name and your author’s name,  please?

I’m Napoleon, or simply Leon, a Basset Hound with an attitude. My author slave is Adriana Licio.

It’s pawsome to meet you, Leon .

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

I am the star of The Homeswappers Mysteries, a cosy mystery series set across various small towns in Europe as my two bipeds visit the countries one corpse… I beg your pardon, one home swap at a time. Mind you, I don’t feature in the prequel, as that is set in Castelmezzano, a small village in Southern Italy where my bipeds live, when their life was still empty and lonely. At the time, the poor things hadn’t met me. Then they organised their first ever homeswap to Rothenburg ob der Tauber in Germany, our paths crossed and it was love at first sight. Well at least, it was for one of them. The other? Let’s just say the other is more of a troublemaker.

Sounds very interesting.

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

Adriana is owned by Frodo, a Golden Retriever, but he’s sweet and nice to the point of boredom (don’t tell Adriana as she can get quite touchy about her dog). For a starring role in a book, you need a dog with a strong magnetic personality…

As a cat I wouldn’t know about that, but Fido, my dog co-star in the Cobble Cove cozy mystery series, might not agree. Debbie doesn’t have dogs, so Fido isn’t based on any of her pets.

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

This excerpt is where I meet my human Dora for the first time (and Etta too!):

More convulsions came from beneath the cloak, then finally a nose emerged. Then a whole head with long ears, and finally, inch by inch, the body of a dog made its way through.

“A Basset Hound!” cried one of the tourists.

“Napoleon, what are you doing here?” the Night Watchman exclaimed. Then he turned to the tourists. “This naughty beastie never does as he is told.”

Napoleon barked in protest at being called a naughty beastie.

“We’d run too late if I were to take him back home. Anybody wish to take care of him as we go exploring?”

Dora immediately raised her hand, as did a man in the crowd.

“You make your choice, Leon,” the Night Watchman said.

The Basset Hound without hesitation moved towards Dora.

“Sorry, my man, but he prefers women.” The Night Watchman grinned and made a slight bow at Dora. “And you can take him home with you, too. I have had enough of him stealing my sausages and chewing my socks.”

“This cute doggy? I’d never believe that,” Dora said as Napoleon sat in front of her, his head tilted and the most endearingly frantic expression in his round brown eyes.

Etta sent Dora a dirty look. She didn’t like pets at all, not even outside. Cuddly toys were fine, but not real animals, the smelly, dirty things, raising their legs and peeing everywhere, shedding hair as if there were no tomorrow. That was something she would never put up with.

Great excerpt. Here’s a dog bone for your, Leon. Thank you for sharing it.

Thanks so much for the bone, Sneaky.

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

We’re lucky that Adriana thought to include me, as the two women, Etta and Dora, have a dangerous habit of ending up in trouble quite often, so they need someone strong and brave to look after them. And as they also have a tendency to stumble upon corpses wherever they go, they need a partner-in-sleuthing with a good hunch and a rational mind.

That makes good sense.

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

I’m not a talking dog – in the human sense, at least. But I can assure you that I make myself understood!\

I don’t doubt that.

What advice would you give other dog characters?

Be patient with your humans. Although they might drive you mad sometimes, don’t yell at them; use positive reinforcement techniques. I’ve tried clicker training with my humans, but then they tend to line up like little soldiers. Just let them know you’re happy with what they’ve done, cuddle them, smile at them. It takes a bit longer, but you will get better educated humans.

Interesting advice. We cats just ignore them. They get the picture.

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

Oh yes, we’re just launching this new series The Homeswappers Mysteries. The prequel, Castelmezzano: The Witch is Dead, is out at a special price of $0.99. The first book in series, The Watchman of Rothenburg Dies (when I initially meet my two human slaves), launched on 1 September.

On 15 October, we leave quaint Rothenburg to go to Bad Doberan in the region of 1,000 lakes in Germany for A Wedding and a Funeral in Mecklenburg. Our latest homeswap partners have a family wedding coming up (their son) and Etta and Dora are raving about it. I’m more interested in meeting Milla, a pretty German Wirehaired Pointer…

But there’s more! Those who are well informed might tell you that on 1 December, we land on a small Danish island complete with a delicious Christmas market, baked delicacies and mulled wine in An Aero Island Christmas Mystery. I can smell something tricky happening along the way… but hopefully I’m wrong!

Wow Meow or should I say, Bow Wow? That’s quite a schedule.

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

Free eBook: https://adrianalicio.com/murderclub

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How generous of you, Leon. Thank you for the interview and best tail wags to you and your author on your new release. I’m sharing it below.

The Watchman of Rothenburg Dies: A German Cozy Mystery
(The Homeswappers) by Adriana Licio

About The Watchman of Rothenburg Dies


The Watchman of Rothenburg Dies: A German Cozy Mystery (The Homeswappers)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Publisher: The Hometravellers Press (September 1, 2020)
~180 pAGES
Digital ASIN: B08DD8C46D

A holiday is a time to relax, unwind and see the sights. But for two adventurous sexagenarians, the sights have a tendency to include dead bodies.

Etta and Dora, both newly retired teachers, travel from their home in Southern Italy to a fairy-tale German town for their first home swap holiday, delighted by their neighbours’ warm welcome. But the welcome turns sour when the Night Watchman of Rothenburg is brutally murdered while his tour group takes photographs nearby, a halberd buried in his chest and a peculiar iron mask by his side.

When the murderer claims a second victim and the son of their hospitable neighbours becomes the number-one suspect, Etta’s analytical mind goes to work. Why was a shame mask left at the scene of each murder? Is there a clandestine trade going on behind the scenes of apparently upstanding local businesses? And why does every lead take her back to the sinister Devil’s Ale pub and the terrifying gang who lurk within?

Meanwhile, Dora has a puzzle of her own – how can she persuade Etta that a loveably disobedient Basset Hound called Napoleon is now a permanent part of their lives?

◆◆◆ Pack your bags, jump into the backseat of Etta and Dora’s old Fiat 500, and join them on their travels around Europe. There’ll be mystery, murder and mayhem aplenty wherever they go. ◆◆◆

About Adriana Licio

She loves loads of things: traveling, reading, walking, good food, small villages, and home swapping. She runs her family perfumery, and between a dark patchouli and a musky rose, she reads and writes cozy mysteries.

She resisted writing as long as she could. But one day she found an alluring blank page and the words flowed in that weird English she’d learned in Glasgow…

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