Saturday, August 1, 2015

Ellery Adams Interviews The Feline Cozy Stars of August!


For our feline fans, this is a special guest post featuring Muffet Cat from Murder in the Paperback Parlor by Ellery Adams; Merlot, Syrah, Chablis, and Magpie from The Cat, The Sneak, and The Secret by Leann Sweeney; and Barney and Scout from Mary Kennedy’s Dream A Little Scream.

There’s a chance for you to win one of three fabulous prizes too! (A black scarf, paw print dish towels, and cat/book earrings). All you have to do is comment of ask a kitty a question and you’re entered! We’ll pick three lucky readers August 4th, the day our three books hit the shelves!



1. What is your role in your human household? Are you primarily a lap cat or do you fulfill other roles?

Muffet Cat: I have multiple jobs at Storyton Resort. I am the main rodent eradicator, the official cream tester, and, because of my girth, I am able to warm the largest of laps in my role of human comforter.

Syrah: I am the smartest cat and in charge of making sure that the silly coroner’s investigator doesn’t overstep—although with the shoes she wears, that’s tough.

Barney and Scout: We're primarily lap cats and provide lots of cuddling time with Ali and Taylor. After a hard day at Oldies But Goodies, they're happy to relax with us.



2. Your human is often caught up in dangerous and threatening situations. Have you ever provided assistance during these trying times? 

Muffet Cat: I have a cat’s ability to sense wickedness in humans. A bad person just doesn’t smell right. Plus, there’s a stiffness to them that any feline with half a brain can detect. I let my caretakers know that such a human is in our presence by growling.

Merlot: All three of us —Syrah, Merlot and Chablis- have helped many times. We provide clues, we sniff out strangers and we are always on alert. We can tell the good guys from the bad guys. And we’ve had visitors—like our newest visitor Magpie—who also assist. But I am a Maine coon, the biggest cat, and I am pretty good at protecting Jillian Hart. We all love her after all.

Barney and Scout: During a particularly trying time, we alerted our neighbors, the Harper sisters, that something was amiss at home. Luckily, the Harper sisters spotted us outside and immediately went to check on our owners.

3. When you’ve done something wonderful, which most surely happen quite often, what kind of treat are you given as a reward?

Muffet Cat: Fortunately, I am a coddled and adored pet. I am regularly served cream and treats, as is my due as the only pet in residence, but when I’ve been particularly impressive, I am given tuna on a porcelain dish. I prefer my food on fine china. I have very finicky tastes, despite my background as a humble stray.

Chablis answers: Since I am the treat monster, I have to say, we like just about anything. We can be picky about people food, but cheese? Oh, we love cheese almost as much as those pesky mice in the basement. If I had to pick a favorite, I’d say tuna.

Barney and Scout: We're both very fond of tuna fish and we can always use some new catnip mice. Barney keeps pushing our catnip mice under the refrigerator and they're gone forever!

4. Is there a human you see on a regular basis who you wish would relocate to a distant place? (Antarctica would be nice). Who is that person and why do they get your whiskers in a twist?

Muffet Cat: I am not fond of Mrs. Templeton, Storyon’s head housekeeper. She is constantly running that blasted vacuum cleaner and spraying all sorts of foul-smelling chemicals around the resort. Not only that, but I’ve heard her accuse me of being dirty. Such an insult! I pride myself on my shiny black and white coat. If she wants to see dirt, she should look inside Hem and Fitz’s closet. Those boys know all about dirt!

Syrah answers: As I mentioned before, Lydia Monk could take a long hike off a short pier. She’s out of touch with reality and can be very unpleasant to our mom. Our mom, by the way, is the nicest, kindest, bestest mom on earth. We like Tom, too. We have to. He might be moving in.

Barney and Scout: We're very lucky that we like all of Ali and Taylor's friends. That could change, of course. But for the moment, we are surrounded by cat lovers.


5. Can you give us a tiny hint, a “purrfect” feline preview, of something that will happen in Murder in the Paperback Parlor , The Cat, The Sneak, and The Secret and Dream a Little Scream, and that readers simply won’t want to miss?

Muffet Cat: I thought having a resort filled with fans of romance novels would be lovely. My perception was that these gentle women would ply me with choice tidbits from their table and retire early, leaving me free to roam the halls at my leisure. Well, I couldn’t have been more mistaken! I’ve never witnessed such jealously, passion, and avarice under one roof! It’ll take my months to recover from the violence I witnessed. And people thing I’m cruel for killing mice! Ha! And that Edwin Alcott character. I can usually judge a man with one sniff and I just can’t get a read on him. It troubles me, friends. It troubles me greatly…

Magpie: I can tell you first off, that being fostered by Jillian Hart is awesome. As for hints, well, I come to stay awhile and I cannot help myself. I’m a bit of a klepto and one of the things I “borrow” in the new story turns out to be pretty important and gets a lot of people in trouble. So it all starts when I’m the cat in trouble. I can’t say more!


Barney and Scout: Sometimes a "secret" ingredient in a recipe can be deadly. (Barney and Scout exchange little smiles). As the reader will discover in the opening chapters...

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mary kennedy said...

We never tire of praise. Don't worry about being over the top! In Egypt, we were advisors to kings. Heap on the kind words!! Barney and Scout from the Dream Club Mysteries

mary kennedy said...

We've learned a few things from other species. For example, from ants, we've learned patience. . (have you ever watched them build an ant hill?? It takes forever and they never give up.) From dogs, the power of persistence. (Have you ever listened to a dog whining for a treat?) Naturally, we would never lower ourselves to "whining" but it does show that the squeaky well gets the liver treat. (or in our case, the tuna treat). And from chipmunks, we've learned to "always have a getaway plan." They move fast and dart in and out of the shrubbery in the patio area behind the shop. Not that we would ever harm them. We are safely tucked upstairs, watching the world from our sunny windowsill. Barney and Scout from the Dream Club.

Cat B. said...

These kitties have sass and insight, they definitely rule their kingdom🐈🐈

Robyn K said...

I love the interviews and thank you for your generosity! I love all cats!

Cynthia said...

Please tell Mommy to give me a pair of earrings... or even sell me some. Then she can buy you more trears!!! <3

Cynthia said...

Muffet, you can vacation at my home by the sea!!! Bring thise pretty earrings with you!!!! <3. :)

Jane Thompson said...

Love those kitty earrings. Cats and Books. Is this all I have to do to enter the contest to win them?

Antonette Nyman said...

I know you all help and protect your humans, but I thought cats only thought of themselves. How do I get my cat to protect me? He only wants to cuddle and eat treats. By the way, love your stories.

Joanne Magill said...

I live in Australia, and my cats certainly rule my home. I know my place, and that is keep them warm in winter, cool in summer, and the food bowl dishes full, ALL the time.

mary kennedy said...

You can visit us any day!! Barney and Scout.

mary kennedy said...

Joanne, your cats have trained you well!! We do the same with Taylor and Ali, our guardians in the Dream Club. Sometimes they slip up but not too often! Thanks for stopping by. Barney and Scout

mary kennedy said...


Hi Antonette, I think your cat probably thinks he *is* protecting and defending you by staying glued to your side. In one of the Dream Club Mysteries, we dart outside (which we never do!) to alert a neighbor that something is amiss. Ali and Taylor don't want us to give away too much of the plot, but they did say that they thought we were really clever to think of that! The Harper sisters (dear friends and neighbors) saw us outside and knew something was wrong. Thanks for stopping by, Barney and Scout from the Dream Club

Billie said...

There are so many great questions and answers here already so I'm just going to say Hi from me and from Mr. Bo Jingles (he was a recuse at Christmas) my sweet cat. Jings says his favorite pastime is to eat his fresh catnip and wonders if all the cats love it too? He loves to roll in the large plants and then take a nap.

CentralEast2 said...

It is to Abbie and Maggie too. :)

CentralEast2 said...

It is to Abbie and Maggie too. :)

Leann Sweeney said...

Syrah says: Tired of normal existence? Of course not!

Leann Sweeney said...

Merlot says: Well, Finn's dog Yoshi helps sometimes. He's kind of loud, though. If you're going to help, you need to be stealthy. Quiet. Attack fast without regret. That's the key in tough situations.

Leann Sweeney said...

Syrah says you got that right! (nose bumps!)

Leann Sweeney said...

Chablis says that in last year's book, The Cat, The Vagabond and The Victim, our friend orange tabby Clyde traveled more than 200 miles to get back to his person. He knew he was needed. My mom says there are therapy cats who help people who are dying and that a purring cat can lower a human's blood pressure. That's some good help!

Leann Sweeney said...

Syrah says hi to you Jings and to your human! Fresh catnip? I could use some of that. My sister Chablis could care less but me and Merlot love the stuff!

Allison said...

Hi, kitties! I've really enjoyed your interviews. My older cat, Rory, doesn't like my younger cat, Tobey - and it's been 7 years!! Rory completely ignored me for three years after I brought Tobey home. Here's my question - do you IGNORE your human when she's done something wrong? Does she get that she's being IGNORED?

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Wendy said...

Very cute interview. Muffet cat sounds a little like my Rocky!

Lynda Turpin said...

This is such an entertaining blog. It's so fun to hear from the REAL heroes/heroines of these books. I learned a long time ago that cats rule. My cats, Socrates and Princess Isabella (Socks and Bella) make that clear to me every day. Even the stray and feral cats outside (and all the fosters) make sure that I know I am their servant. Thanks to all you fabulous felines for making these books so interesting. Oh, and Socks wanted me to tell Chablis that, if she wants to come over for a visit, he will make sure that I serve tuna (dolphin safe, of course). Hugs and purrs to you all....

Mary said...

Love that the kitties don't like Lydia monk! Can't wait for the latest book. Preordered it on amazon.

Mary said...

Love that the kitties don't like Lydia monk! Can't wait for the latest book. Preordered it on amazon.

Lin Casteel-Butler said...

What cool prizes but even cooler are the books coming out......yippeee!

Lin Casteel-Butler said...

What cool prizes but even cooler are the books coming out......yippeee!

Anonymous said...

When my Marmalade was alive, she would rest in the rocking chair on the porch and if someone entered without saying Hello to her, she would follow them and yell her cat "Hey there, Hello!" until they stopped, looked at her, and said the word, "Hello." My question was to see what other cat homeowners did. Yes, it was her apartment and she allowed me to live here too.
Zena

Rachelle21 said...

I find that the cats who own this house seem to have their own favorite places to sleep. The oldest likes to be on a robe on the bed, the youngest on or under the bed and the only male can be found on his human's clothes usually in a hamper. (rblerner@ptd.net)

Kelly said...

I absolutely loved this interview! It was purrfect and I just love all of your books. I hope you all have many more in store for us. Congratulations on your releases!!

mary kennedy said...

Lynda, kitties everywhere admire you and the wonderful work you do for cats! Barney and Scout.

Beth Perry said...

This is for all of the felines;Do you have some type of radar that tells you which human is allergic to cats or simply (though not intellegently) NOT a "cat person?"
By the way dear cats, this is a fabulous idea, having the cats have their say so!

Ellery Adams said...

I, Muffet Cat, never tire of adoration. The Ancient Egyptians once worshipped cats. Why should anything change?

Ellery Adams said...

Muffet Cat will tell you that all cats know who is allergic and who is not. We will immediately rub or jump up on the person who is allergic. It's a cat thing. However, it's they're not a cat person, we can smell it, and we'll stay away.

Ellery Adams said...

I, Muffet Cat, absolutely ignore whichever humans have displeased me. Ellery Adams has often been ignored for feeding her cats the wrong food, adopting another rescue into the family, or bringing out the dreaded vacuum once again.

Ellery Adams said...

You entered just by commenting! Easy, right?

Ellery Adams said...

I, Muffet Cat, am given food, praise, and affection. Truly, what more could any creature ask for? Give Rosie a nuzzle "hello" for me. She sounds like my kind of lady!

ceblain said...

I hope laughing out loud will not label me but I just cracked up with Magpie's interview and the klepto tendencies. Our daughter has two cats, sisters in fact, that end up each morning with a pile of about 30 or more items that they FOUND around the house, or in the closets or in the basement or in the second basement that they can only get to behind a small opening behind a shower stall. They present their "presents" to our daughter each day and if you are missing a sock, or a mitten or a bra off the drying rack, you know that it can always be found in Roxie and Rosie's beds. They are in serious need of counseling. :) Thanks for the adorable interview today and for the contest.
Cynthia Blain

Caroline Craig said...

My two kids, Honey (dilute calico) and Onyx (black, of course) ask your cats - "What can we do to make Mom understand? We talk to her all the time but only sometimes does she figure out what we mean. The only good part is, when she can't figure out what we mean, she sometimes gives us treats. Hahaha."

Hillary Dana-Rumi said...

I feel that cats are such mysterious and mystical creatures. They truly lend themselves to cozy mystery icons or mascots!

Ellery Adams said...

Tonya, you are the winner of the earrings! If you're on Facebook, can you message me so we can make arrangements for shipping? Congratulations!

Ria said...

My kitties have a crinkle tunnel too. Speedy loves to play with the ties and make all kinds of noise. We also put some toys inside so she can go hunting. She is the best toy hunter ever! The noise scares Spitter a little, but I think he is getting use to it. I'm glad you do tricks for your humans, I'm sure they love it. :)

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