Monday, July 23, 2018

Cat and Dog Cozy Mystery Tour (+ Giveaway)


GIVEAWAY details are farther down.

Hello once again from the cat and dog cozy mystery series authors, and thank you, Mason, for hosting us today! Today we're answering the question "Who is your favorite fictional feline or canine character (not of your own making)?"

Meredith Potts, author of the Daley Buzz series: I love Charley from the Long Paw of the Law series by Laurie Anne Marie. He's smart, loving, and rambunctious, which is a wonderful combination to read about.

Sandi Scott, author of the Seagrass Sweets Cozy Mysteries: A coyote, actually. In Barbara Kingsolver's book, Prodigal Summer, she captures the voice of a coyote so well that I was amazed. Reading that was the first time I realized that an animal can be written in as a character and point of view and have a real impact on the reader.

Paige Sleuth, author of the Cozy Cat Caper Mystery series: Honestly, I've never met a cat, fictional or otherwise, that I didn't like. I grew up with the Garfield cartoons, so he's probably the cat who stands out the most for me. He's lazy, sarcastic, doesn't get excited about much, and is the perfect balance for Jon and Odie. I could start naming cats from books I've loved too, but there are so many I know I'd forget some.

Colleen Mooney, author of the New Orleans Go Cup Chronicles: This one is a tough one. Real dogs keep coming to mind. I don't have one dog in particular but any dog modeled after heroics, like Rin Tin Tin (real dog) or Bullet (real dog). Rin Tin Tin was actually a war hero in WW1 and his films were so popular they pulled Warner Brothers out of bankruptcy! I guess the character dog they had him play would be fictionalized so he's my fav!

Claire Kane, author of A Siamese Sleuth Mystery series: I enjoyed Salem from Sabrina the Teenage Witch. He had a funny, dry sense of humor.

Kathi Daley, author of the Tess and Tilly Cozy Mystery series: Oh wow, I am going to have to say Lassie, who is the first canine character I can really remember having a total fascination with. I'm pretty sure Lassie's relationship with Timmy was the reason I badgered my parents into getting me my first canine best friend when I was a kid.

Sandra Baublitz, author of A Dog Detective series: Beethoven is my favorite fictional dog. Large, lovable, and full of mischief with big, brown eyes. I fell in love the minute I saw his movie. A Saint Bernard with perfect comedic timing. He's hilarious and huggable, even with all the drool.

Tammy L. Grace, author of the Cooper Harrington Detective novels: Reggie, the golden retriever in the Jesse Stone series, is my favorite fictional dog. He was played by Joe the Dog and passed away in 2013. Reggie was very expressive and could admonish Jesse with one look. Tom Selleck commented in an interview that Joe the Dog was a thinker. He wasn’t just cute but was a true partner for the main character. He certainly seemed to think and analyze and was a terrific actor.

Alison Golden, author of the Reverend Annabelle Dixon Cozy Mystery series: I am just reading A Street Cat Named Bob by James Bowen. Bob isn't a fictional cat, he is for real. James, a recovering addict, adopted Bob when he turned up at his flat and wouldn't leave. James credits Bob for getting him off drugs and the streets. They now have several books and even a film!

Alannah Rogers, author of the Beatrice Young Cozy Cat Mysteries: I definitely love Sneaky Pie from the Mrs. Murphy mysteries by Rite Mae Brown as well as the cats from The Cat Who series, as I read these two series when I was a kid and totally obsessed with cats.

Readers, now it's your turn to tell us about your favorite fictional animal! GIVEAWAY: Each author is giving away one eBook during the blog tour, and every blog you comment on earns you another chance to win (only one comment per person per blog will be counted for giveaway purposes). Ten eBooks = ten different winners! Please include your email address with your comment so we can reach you if you win.

Learn more about us, our books, and our characters by visiting all of our blog tour stops. And remember, each tour post you comment on by July 27, 2018 earns you another chance to win one of our eBooks.

July 5, 2018: Bibliophile Reviews
July 6, 2018: Chicks on the Case
July 9, 2018: Melissa's Mochas, Mysteries, and Meows
July 12, 2018: Dru's Book Musings
July 14, 2018: Lisa Ks Book Reviews
July 16, 2018: Brooke Blogs
July 18, 2018: A Cup of Tea and a Cozy Mystery
July 20, 2018: MJB Reviewers
July 23, 2018: Thoughts in Progress
July 25, 2018: Escape With Dollycas

About the Authors

Meredith Potts writes the Daley Buzz Cozy Mystery series. She loves corgis, cozies, and cupcakes. Sign up for her mailing list and be the first to know about her new books.

Sandi Scott spent a lifetime reading cozy mysteries before finding the courage to write them. She writes about the women she wants to be and the pets she wants to meet! To get the first book in both of her series free, join the readers' group Sandi's Sleuths.

Paige Sleuth writes the Cozy Cat Caper Mystery series. She plots murder during the day and fights for mattress space with her two rescue cats at night. When not attending to her cats' demands, she writes.

Colleen Mooney writes the New Orleans Go Cup Chronicles humorous mysteries and loves to travel. An avid animal lover, she also directs and manages a New Orleans Schnauzer rescue.

Claire Kane is a connoisseur of classic fashion statements, craves a good rootbeer float, and always chews with her mouth closed. Of course, she also has a weak spot for murder mysteries.

Kathi Daley is the USA Today bestselling author of eight mystery series, including the Tj Jensen Paradise Lake Mystery series and the Tess and Tilly Cozy Mystery series. She writes cozy mysteries that warm your heart and feed your soul.

Sandra Baublitz loves writing mysteries with furry detective crime-solvers. Her first Dog Detective short story, The Mystery of the Blue Dolphins, featuring Paw and Clarissa, is always free to download.

Tammy L. Grace is the award-winning author of the Cooper Harrington Detective Novels and the Hometown Harbor Series. Join Tammy's exclusive reader group, and she'll send you a fun interview with the dogs from her books as a FREE thank-you gift.

Alison Golden is a writer, blogger and mother of two. To get a free copy of Death at the Café, the prequel to the Reverend Annabelle Dixon cozy mystery series featuring Biscuit, the church cat, plus two more books, updates about new releases, exclusive promotions, and other insider information, please sign up for the Cozy Mysteries Insider mailing list.

Alannah Rogers writes the Beatrice Young Cozy Cat Mysteries. The heroine of her stories is Beatrice Young, a 64-year-old amateur sleuth and Cozy Cat Cafe owner who lives in the small town of Ashbrook, New Hampshire with her 4 cats: Hamish, Lucky, Petunia, and Simon. The first book in her series is only 99 cents, and fans can stay connected through her Readers Group.

Thanks everyone for stopping by today and thanks to Marla for including Thoughts in Progress in this fun tour. Isn't this a great group of authors and books? Sorry I've been MIA lately. Life is okay just extremely hectic right now. I will be back before long, honest. Take care and be sure to check out these awesome books.

43 comments:

  1. It is lovely to see another post from you, and thank you for the reassurance. Sometimes life gets in the way.
    The cat character who speaks loudest to me is the Cat Who Walked by Himself by Rudyard Kipling. Not a mystery but an excellent capture of the essence of cat.
    And I also love the coyote in Prodigal Summer (and the entire book). Sneaky Pie is another favourite. I enjoy The Cat Who series back in the day too.

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    1. I'm going to have to check out Prodigal Summer and The Cat Who Walked by Himself. Sorry to say I haven't read either one. Thank you so much for stopping by and commenting! --Marla (aka Paige Sleuth)

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    2. I loved The Cat Who series. I haven't read the others but will look them up. Thanks!

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  2. Thank you so much for featuring us today, Mason! I think we can all relate to life getting hectic at times. I hope things slow down for you in the near future. --Marla (aka Paige Sleuth)

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    1. Marla, delighted to be a part of the tour. Hi everyone, thanks again for stopping by.

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  3. I love some of the answers. Like Kathi, Lassie would have to be the first dog. First cat - does a lion count? Then it would be Aslan in the Narnia series.

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    1. Yep, lions count. Good choice in Aslan. Thanks for joining us.

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    2. Lions definitely count! Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting. --Marla (aka Paige Sleuth)

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  4. Gareth from _Time Cat_ by Lloyd Alexander.

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    1. I've read Lloyd Alexander's Taran series but I haven't read Time Cat. I'll check it out.

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    2. That's a new one for me, Mario. I'll have to look it up! --Marla (aka Paige Sleuth)

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  5. Thank you for hosting us today, Mason! I hope life settles down for you soon.

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  6. Great picks here! I like Garfield, too. :)

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    1. How can anyone not like Garfield, right? Thank you so much for visiting with us today! --Marla (aka Paige Sleuth)

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  7. As many authors have said, this is a tough question. Since I do have a cat named WILBUR, which could come either from Mr. Ed's owner or the pig in Charlotte's Web, I would say animals in story have influenced my life. I had a soft spot for HOOCH.
    Also, with my Wisconsin roots, Almondine from David Wroblewski's Sstory of Edgar Sawtweele comes to mind.
    I think my alltime favorite must be a chimp named Zippy.

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    1. Lots of good choices here! I love Charlotte's Web, and Wilbur would be a great cat name. --Marla (aka Paige Sleuth)

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    2. I love Charlotte's Web, too, and the name Wilbur. And Hooch too.

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  8. Marmaduke ckmbeg (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. I love Marmaduke! Good choice. --Marla (aka Paige Sleuth)

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  9. My current favorite fictional animal is Tricks from Linda Howard's book Troublemaker. It has been a long time since I have come across a fictional dog that seemed so real to me.

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    1. I haven't read Troublemaker. I'll have to check it out. Thanks for stopping by and sharing.

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    2. That's a new one for me. Thank you for the recommendation! --Marla (aka Paige Sleuth)

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  10. Lovely to see all the pets here in one place from all the different books! My favorite would actually be two cats, Koko and Yum Yum from the Cat Who series. mjhopper101(at)gmail(dot)com.

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    1. The Cat Who is a great series! Thank you for following the tour. --Marla (aka Paige Sleuth)

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    2. I love that series. One of my favorite quotes from Jim Qwilleran was that he was "a handservant to his cats."

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  11. My favorites have been Koko and Yum Yum from The Cat Who series. Koko has 60 whiskers and that makes him a super sleuth! catwoman-1@comcast.net

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    1. A popular series, indeed. My cat says she would make a good sleuth no matter how many whiskers she has! --Marla (aka Paige Sleuth)

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    2. Koko sure was smart! What would Qwill have done without him?

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  12. Dragons are my favorite mythical creature, but I also love stories with other animals in them!

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    1. I know a fantasy author who is crazy about dragons. Can't say I blame her! Thank you so much for stopping by and commenting. --Marla (aka Paige Sleuth)

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    2. Dragons can be cool! Thanks for visiting with us!

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  13. I just love Owen & Hercules from Sofie Kelly's Magical Cats series. They have such great personalities.
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    1. I have heard of that series but haven't read any of the books yet. I need to correct that! Thank you for following along on the tour. --Marla (aka Paige Sleuth)

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    2. I love Owen & Hercules, too, Jana! Sofie Kelly is one of my favorite cozy authors. Nice to meet a fellow fan!

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  14. Cooper, the dog lovingly called Coop at times, the beautiful and loving male Lab dog in Lost & Found (Rocky Pelligrino #1) by Jacqueline Sheehan. He crosses the heroine Rocky's path with an arrow sticking out of his shoulder, but don't worry he lives and they save each other! They are both grieving the loss of a significant other. I can never forget this special fictional dog!! Thank you!! oh_bother88@hotmail.com

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    1. Oh, Cooper sounds like a great dog! Cooper is actually the name of the human hero in my fellow touring author Tammy Grace's series as well. --Marla (aka Paige Sleuth)

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  15. My favorite fictional animal is Mrs. Murphy and all her talking animal friends in the Sneaky Pie Brown mysteries by Rita Mae Brown. It's fun to hear their thoughts and how they help solve the murder.
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    1. I love that series! It's very fun to see things from the animals' perspectives. --Marla (aka Paige Sleuth)

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  16. The ten ebook winners are Michelle F, Cathi, Sharon G, Dianne C, Christy M, Jen B, Sharon B, Patricia T, Jana Leah B, and email starscroll***gmail.com. Congratulations, all! I've sent each of you an email, so please check your inbox (or spam folder). Thank you so much to everyone who took the time to read and comment on our posts and to Mason for hosting us. I loved chatting with you all and hope you enjoyed learning more about us and our books, and possibly discovered some exciting new reads. --Marla (aka Paige Sleuth)

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  17. You can't beat a good cozy mystery for making the world go away. This is a great giveaway to wrap up summer.

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    1. I completely agree. Cozy mysteries are great escapes. Thank you for stopping by! --Marla (aka Paige Sleuth)

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