Saturday, June 29, 2013

Meet Laura Morrigan...and her kitty



A big Cozy Chicks' welcome to LAURA MORRIGAN, whose debut mystery, WOOF AT THE DOOR, hits bookstores next week. Laura's writing is quirky and fun--just like she is, as you might be able to tell by her adorable picto-blog:



One lucky commenter will will a copy of WOOF AT THE DOOR, either print or e-book. Winner will be randomly chosen tomorrow morning and posted in the comment section, so be sure to check back.



Animal behaviorist Grace Wilde keeps her ability to psychically communicate with furry and feathered critters under wraps. But when a Doberman turns out to be the only witness to a crime, Grace will have to let the cat out of the bag in order to catch a killer.

Grace Wilde’s job is anything but normal. When she’s not helping out at the zoo by comforting agitated lemurs, she’s listening to the woes of annoyed house pets. Grace’s life gets even more complicated, though, when the cops summon her to a crime scene to help deal with the murder victim’s terrified Doberman.

The pooch turns out to be the only one who saw what happened the night of the shooting—and only Grace can get the information out of him. The problem is, how will Grace tell the distractingly gorgeous Sergeant Kai Duncan that it’s the dog who’s giving her the intel without spilling her big secret or sounding crazy? Left on her own, Grace will have to follow the pup’s lead to track down the killer. But she’ll have to be careful—or curiosity may end up killing the cat whisperer.


And just a reminder that both Lorraine (aka Lorna) and Julie have books out next week as well! 




79 comments:

Jeanne S said...

This sounds like an interesting series. I will definitely check it out.

SueAnn said...

I need a Grace Wide at my home! My 8 mo old puppy beastie keeps trying to tell me something and know I am not getting it!! LOL! A new book to read! whoo-ho!

Elaine said...

Sounds like a great series. Looking forward to reading it.
Take care
Elaine xo

Barb Goffman said...

Congratulations, Laura! Long time coming.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like an interesting book. I will put it on my list to check out. Congrats. Marydee

Aurian said...

Congratulations on your first book release day Laura, it sure sounds like a fun one!

Heather Blake Webber said...

Bit of a technology glitch with the blog this morning, but NOW you can see Laura's adorable picto-blog. (All this before coffee, too. Sheesh!)

Laura Morrigan said...

Thanks, Jeanne, I hope you do!

Laura Morrigan said...

SueAnn, What kind of puppy??
I often wish I could get some help from Grace- as you might have guessed, I don't have a clue what my cat is thinking!

Laura Morrigan said...

Thanks, Elaine! Please let me know what you think of Woof!

Laura Morrigan said...

Ain't that the truth Barb! :-)

Laura Morrigan said...

Thanks, Marydee!

Laura Morrigan said...

Thank you, Aurian (what a pretty name!)
I think it's a fun read.

Laura Morrigan said...

Thanks so much for having me, Heather! I need coffee!!!

Edie Ramer said...

What a fun picto-blog! My cat likes to walk on my shoulders, and though there's not a lot of walking room. But she manages.

I read an excerpt of you book and loved it! I'll be one of the first readers when it's out.

Anonymous said...

Sounds very interesting!

Laura Morrigan said...

Thanks Edie!! Next Tuesday is the big day!
Cat's being cats, they make a way, right? Room or no room. I have scratches on my shoulder from where she "gains her footing".
Ow!

Laura Morrigan said...

Thanks Nancy!

Michelle said...

Congrats on your new book release!! Can't wait to read it, the excerpt was great! My dog "Maddy" who is a Jack Russell, likes to sit on the back of the chair or couch and rest her head on my shoulder while I am grading papers. She is making sure I am doing it right, lol. She even growls when I have to use my red pen a lot, lol. My students love it when I write in the corner of their paper that it is Maddy approved.

Sue said...

I'm looking forward to your new book!! As for weird or odd pets, I had a dog, a little and very long mutt who I taught to chase her tail and to jump up on her hind legs, howl and wave her front paws, all while wearing a Tennessee cheerleaders doggie dress, whenever I would yell "Touchdown, Tennessee". Unfortunately we had to let her cross over to the rainbow bridge last labor day.

Laura Morrigan said...

That is so cute, Michelle!
Have you taken a picture of this to show your kids? (By kids I mean students)
I love Jack Russells- such smart, energetic little buggers!

Laura Morrigan said...

Sue! Please tell me you have a picture of this!! That's so cute!
As for the rainbow bridge, we lost our Ripley almost 4 years ago, and I miss her so much.
You know your girl is up there still dancing and howling every time Tennessee makes it into the end zone...

DCrafter said...

Looks like you just got yourself a new fan. :-)

Deanna Lilly said...

Love this group - they have added many great stories to my reading addiction. Looking forward to reading your book. And, it comes out just in time for my trip.

cmgren said...

Loved the book. waiting on the second in the series. :)

Book Dragon said...

I love paranormal cozies! I'm adding this one to my tbr list!

love your cat :-)

Jeannie D. said...

Cute cat! I have a little girl Maine Coon cat, Clawdene Girlie Girl. She is girlie too. She has to sniff all my makeup when I am putting it on. She follows me everywhere and talks. Sometimes it actually sounds like a word. It is so funny. I have a big Persian male also. The book sounds very interesting. Thanks for the chance to win!

Dee said...

Looking forward to your new series

Dru said...

Looking forward to reading this book. Congratulations Laura!

Tara Stewart-Stratford said...

Laura I love this pics of you cat. Cats can be very curious. I can not wait to read your book. I was ready to read it when I found out about it. I have a little Yorkie/Brussels griffon that is 4 pounds and loves to sit on my shoulder like a parrot. Her brother is crazy. But then that's what you get when you have 4 dogs and a cat. Never a dull moment in my house. So excited for you Laura!!!!

ladyvyvian said...

I once had a cat that slept on my head at night as well as liking to groom my hair. One cat we had would sleep with her head in my shoes. I have a Lhaso Apso right now and he sleeps on my feet while I am working on my crafts. I am looking forward to reading this book. I often wonder what my animals are thinking and what they would say if they could talk.

holdenj said...

Congrats to Laura! The book looks great. And I love all the pics of her own quirky cat. We always say our dog is part cat, she likes to perch the back of the couch in the sun! Thanks!

ceblain said...

Hi Laura: For all of us animal lovers, this book is great. As far as I know, there hasn't been another book with your concept and that is so refreshing and intriguing. I grew up with cats in my life, many of them, and some of them certainly have big personalities and are so humanlike. We have been married for almost 50 years (as of this coming November) and we have had cats and dogs for all but the last year. It is amazing how quiet the house is without one or more kitties running around and getting into mischief from time to time. And now when I hear a noise, there is no cat to have made the sound, so now you end up really wondering what the noise was. :) Cannot wait to read your book; would love to win it, but if not, will order it soon as I cannot miss out on anything that sounds this great. Thank you for the chance to win your book!!!

Sue Farrell said...

Cats and cozies are a perfect combo in my opinion. And adding more animals is just a plus since I love all animals except bugs.
Thanks for the contest.
suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

Laura Morrigan said...

Great! I hope so!

Laura Morrigan said...

I hope you enjoy it, Deanna! And I hope you're going somewhere relaxing and fun!

Laura Morrigan said...

Thanks so much! Book 2 A Tiger's Tale is with my editor at Barkley. I have no idea what the release date is, though... :-/

Laura Morrigan said...

Thanks, Book Dragon! (cool name btw)
My cat is perched on my shoulder as I type...

Laura Morrigan said...

Ooh... I love maine coons! there's a sliver one in this book (briefly) I have a friend with one and he "trills" at her- so cute!

Laura Morrigan said...

Thanks, Dee!

Laura Morrigan said...

Looking forward to hearing what you think, Dru!

Laura Morrigan said...

What?! how have I not seen a photo of this on fb, Tara?

Libby Dodd said...

My Abyssinian loves to ride around the house on my son's shoulder--standing up, mind you, not lying down.

Mary Louise said...

Congrats, Laura. Love the premise. Honestly, I believe dogs, cats, etc. can communicate, if not talk. Woof at the Door sounds like a fun read, I can't wait.

Laura Morrigan said...

ha! Nothing like having that sand-paper tongue helping with the hairdo!
So funny.

Laura Morrigan said...

Thanks so much! My cat is part ninja (a story for another blog) so why not a dog who is part cat?

Anonymous said...

Being an owner of 4 dogs and a cat this is a book I will definitely be adding to my collection.

Laura Morrigan said...

My pleasure, Ceblain! My kitty only weighs 6 lbs but when she wants to, she sounds like a herd of heifers tromping down the stairs- our house would be quiet, indeed, without her. Except for the ghost. (a story for another blog) :-)

Laura Morrigan said...

Well, I'm with you, Sue! I love animals- and they add some fun and something different to my stories!

Laura Morrigan said...

Libby, Abyssinians are such royal cats, I can see one standing up on its human "chariot"
:-D

Laura Morrigan said...

Thanks, Mary Louise! I know our furry friends talk to us- we just aren't smart enough to know what they're saying!

Laura Morrigan said...

Thanks so much! I hope you enjoy it!

Sandy Cate said...

I love books like this. So much fun reading them and with 4 dogs, 2 cats and 1 cockatiel I really would like to know what they are thinking.

Kristin said...

Quirky and fun is right up my ally! Sounds like a really great series. Thanks for the chance to win!

Linda said...

Woof at the Door sounds like a book I can't miss! We have a weird pet now in the form of a Lab mix black dog named Mabel. She "talks" to me only I'm the only one who knows this except for my husband! She "says" Mawmaw--no, really! Mabel was slow to develop. She didn't wag her tail until she was 3 years old but she's been lifting her paw to get a treat since she was a puppy & we didn't teach her to do that--it just came naturally to her. We've had her since she was 6 months old. She's 7 now. We love her.

Anonymous said...

Cute cat. Your book sounds interesting. Can't wait to read it.

Sharon Braswell said...

Congrats on the book Laura! I love animals and can't wait to read your book!It's now at the top of my list! I love the whole concept of the story! I've had SO many animals! I've worked with Paws to foster abandoned puppies and cats and I also have rehabilitated orphaned baby possums! Possums are totally misunderstood until you rescue a baby one and raise it yourself! They are SO loving and smart! The last dog we lost, I rescued at the local Vet's. He was a beautiful Golden Labrador Puppy and I had to save him! He was always full of the joy of life!! He taught me to appreciate that gift more every day, especially when he bounced and pounced through the high grass on our family farm lands! He was amazing!! He looked and acted like a canine version of Tigger from Winnie the Pooh!! *LOL* We were SO blessed to have had him!!! His name was Ozzie and I'm sure he's bouncing around in Dog Heaven right now. He was a gift!!! :) My cat( a stray my daughter heard calling in distress one night) looks just like yours! her name is Bella!! We live in her house!!! *LOL* I love Toothless and I think your cat does looks like him in the photo! That writer must have put some cat in that sweet dragon too! :)

Jane Costigan said...

Can't wait to read it

Sherry in Carrollton, TX. said...

My cat, Dusti, also likes to drink from the sink, with the water running. I thought she was the only one! Sounds like a good series.

Shirley said...

Love the title and looking forward to reading the book!

Tara Stewart-Stratford said...

I will have to take one with her doing it and post it on fb. It's too cute. She is the diva of the house. She runs down the hall baking to let everyone know she is coming in the room.

Rachelle21 said...

Another good book to add to the last.

SueAnn said...

She is a Lab / Collie...but I secretly think she has Terrier in her!!! Cute as a button..stubborn as heck..smart..learns fast..but STUBBORN....trying to be subtle...!! LOL!! VERY active.......and loving...but ACTIVE!!!

Anonymous said...

This sounds like a fantastic book and just weird enough for it go straight to the top of my "must read" list. :)

Laura Morrigan said...

Wow! I full house, Sandy! Never a dull moment, I'm guessing...

Laura Morrigan said...

Thanks, Kristen, and good luck!

Laura Morrigan said...

Aw! Sweet, Mabel! If you can catch the "mawmaw" on video you'd be a you tube sensation!!

Laura Morrigan said...

She certainly thinks so, JPW. And thank you!

Laura Morrigan said...

Sharon, you sound just like Grace! (my main character) Though I'm the same. What can you do? And Ozzie dog sounds awesome- would that they could live longer, our animal friends...

Laura Morrigan said...

Thanks, Jane!

Laura Morrigan said...

Cats are weird. They like that fresh running water- I guess that's not as weird as drinking out of the toilet! (though, my cat does that, too!)
ps- there's a cat named Dusty in the book.. :-)

Laura Morrigan said...

Thanks, Shirley!

Brooke said...

This sounds like such a wonderful book! I love your weird kitty. I have a weird kitty, too...my kitty doesn't meow. Ever. LOL. He's a silent kitty. :)

Brooke Bumgardner
brookeb811@gmail.com

Heather Blake Webber said...

CONGRATULATIONS, Sharon Braswell!!! You won the copy of WOOF AT THE DOOR. Please contact me at booksbyheather@gmail.com with either your email and e-reader preference (for an ebook copy) or your snail mail address for a print copy.

Laura Morrigan said...

Congrats, Sharon!
And thank you, Heather, for having me!!

Sharon Braswell said...

Thank you SO much Laura and Heather!!! I am SO thrilled to be the winner and can't wait to read "Woof at the Door"!
Thanks for all that you do and go through to get the print on the paper for lucky readers like us! It is much appreciated!!!
Take care,
Sharon :)

Me said...

What a great premise for a series! I'd love to win an eBook copy!

Kathy LaRosa said...

Sounds like a good book. Can't wait to get it. As a dog trainer and veterinary technician I lovebooks with animals, especially when it's a mystery!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

I read "Woof at the Door" & loved it. A co worker was off on medical and need something to read... I loaned it to her and both of us can not wait for the next in the series! Good job!