HIT AND RUN–6 WINNERS for Name That Dog & Name That Cat Contest

Holy WOW, so many votes for the nominations for HIT AND RUN contest winner for dog and cat characters. This has been the most popular one of all. You can see the voting page here.

Those who have followed the September & Shadow pet-centric thriller series know that with each book I’ve held a contest to NAME THAT DOG and NAME THAT CAT character in the stories. In fact, the winning canine or feline not only gets named but often the pet’s foibles are incorporated in the story.

Hit And Run BookHIT AND RUN had 158 cat and 172 dog names nominated!

Here was the prompt–just a bit about the story:

A dog trainer with hidden secrets. A dead body with the keys to the past. Sniffing out the truth could get them all killed.

IA message from the grave propels September on a mission to answer shocking questions about her past. But one by one, her sources die before she can reach them. Now death stalks September to silence her as well. Can Shadow thwart the killer? Will Macy-Cat sniff out the key to unmask a decades-old horror?

For those who have NOT read my thrillers, rest assured that I hate stories where animals are killed for shock value. While my books are suspenseful and thrilling, that is a line I don’t ever cross.

I had planned to feature ONE cat and ONE dog character. But after so many nominations came in, I decided to make that TWO cats and TWO dog characters. However, once all the votes came in, the top three favorites rows heads, paws, and tails above the competition so there will be THREE cat and THREE dog characters in the newest book!

Some of the winning nominees also sent pictures, many provided descriptions, and others offered only the names.

WINNING CAT NAMES: Total Votes: 7,369

Sherlock

SHERLOCK won the contest!

SHERLOCK nominated by Lisa Mahoney won with 44.84%  (3,304 votes).

Sherlock, a rescued feral kitten, proved too savvy for the live trap (hence his name). “He was filthy dirty and quite wild, and wouldn’t let me touch him at first.  But little by little I was able to gain his trust. When I was able to wash him for the first time, I was shocked to discover that this dirty little “grey” kitten was actually pure white. And he had beautiful green eyes.

Over time Sherlock revealed himself to be a wonderfully gentle soul, and was one of the sweetest cats I’ve ever met.  He loved his adoptive mom (me) and liked to hang over my shoulder when I picked him up, and he would always have a paw touching me when I sat on the couch. He also liked to snuggle into my wet hair after I took a shower. He also adored his  wonderful feline big brother Pie, who did a tremendous job helping socialize him.

His “teenage” period was a bit challenging, as he chewed multiple phone cords and shredded my drapes, and was an all-around wild child but I wouldn’t have traded him for anything. Once he outgrew his wild-child stage he became a gentle, loving old soul of a cat whom I’ll never forget and will always be grateful to have had in my life for 15 years.

Sherlock, bonded closely with a young girl “helper” at the Maine Coon cattery, will have an exciting adventure that helps solve the mystery.”

MERIWETHER came in second in the cat voting!

MERIWETHER nominated by Kate Holly-Clark came in second with 28.58%  (2,106 votes).

“Meriwether is a character all right. He’s very Maine-Coon looking (pretty common here in New England) and was a free kitten. He was named after the explorer Meriwether Lewis because he’s INTO EVERYTHING….he’s also a bit of an idiot and a real klutz. He falls backward off couch arms, into boxes, and is constantly trying to climb things and scrabbling hopelessly and sans dignity to make it.  He’s also survived a bacterial infection (twice) that destroyed his red blood cells– once he was down to 10% left– and the outpouring of support we received when he was sick has inspired a pet prayer group for ailing pets called Team Meriwether on Facebook. A cat who is constantly In Trouble would certainly inspire a young girl to heroic attempts to save him.”

Meriwether, a great explorer fellow, protects his breeder from both human and canine threats. He ends up with Theodore “Teddy” Williams (from previous books).

KAHLUA nominated by Darla Taylor came in third with 15.04%  (1,108 votes).

“Kahlua was a cat I adopted after a car accident in 1994 that left me in bad condition. …I adopted Kahlua who was a female black and white Norwegian Forest Cat and she became my unofficial therapy cat. She was three years old when I got her and I lost her when she was thirteen. Kahlua was beautiful and always knew when I was anxious or feeling down. She would climb in my lap and interact with me bringing me out of my mood. Kahlua was definitely my cat and pretty much ignored the rest of the family.”

Kahlua saves a woman from being injured in a fire.

BISHOP, a black and white Akita,  came in first place in the NAME THAT DOG contest!

WINNING DOG NAMES: Total Votes: 35,931

BISHOP a black and white Akita nominated by Cyn Clarke won with 54.72%  (19,660 votes).

He’s a very large black and white Akita that I rescued about 8 years ago. He loves children and became attached to my granddaughter within an hour of meeting her. She’s now 13 and whenever she visits, he won’t leave her side; he even wants to sleep in bed with her. He loves cold weather and snow, and is still a very active dog even though he’s now 10.  Akitas, a Japanese national treasure, are known for their loyalty and bravery.  Bred to hunt bear, boar, and elk,  they are fearless and protective especially of those they deem family. With his thick coat, he would have no problem keeping that young girl warm and toasty.”

BISHOP is a mysterious dog that appears out of a snowstorm. Bishop climbs through the broken car window to keep the young girl driver warm, and later, blocks a police car passing on the road to alert to the accident.

KISMET the Great Dane came in second in the dog voting!

KISMET the Great Dane, nominated by Robert Browning, came in second with 31.24%  (11,224 votes).

Kismet is our beautiful girl a Great Dane we rescued and we named her “KISMET” because it was kismet we got her. She is a real cute girl, placid, calm but bright and she loves nothing more than lying up on the sofa with you and just wants to be your best partner. We got her when she was only eighteen months old and is now 8 in June but still has a very young heart! She also loves all people and animals be it cats or rabbits, sheep or cattle, as I said a real softie at heart with a laid back nature and yet intelligent to boot.

Kismet saves Teddy Williams from the killer.

OREO the black and white Border Collie, nominated by Sylvia Finch, came in third with 6.74%  (2,420 votes).  

Our border collie was an extreme people lover. Not being the normal high energy collie, she was calm and wanted to meet every person she met. She even asked in her way to meet new people by looking at me and then looking at them and back at me. Her name was Oreo because she had one black half and one white half of her face and more white than black all over. Our granddaughter (4 years old) was the one to name her.

HIT AND RUN Coming Later This Fall…OCT. 4, 2020

Thank you SO much to all of my newsletter subscribers and Facebook fans. The six “Name That Pet” winners above will each get both an Ebook version and a paw-tographed physical copy of the book when released.

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HIT AND RUN–VOTE NOW for Name That Dog & Name That Cat Contest for New Thriller

NOMINATIONS & VOTING CLOSED: As of April 19, there are 158 cat names and 172 dog names nominated, woot!

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Those who have followed the September & Shadow pet-centric thriller series know that with each book I’ve held a contest to NAME THAT DOG and NAME THAT CAT character in the stories. In fact, the winning canine or feline not only gets named but often the pet’s foibles are incorporated in the story.

HIT AND RUN, Name That Pet!

Now it’s your turn to NAME THAT DOG and NAME THAT CAT!

A dog trainer with hidden secrets. A dead body with the keys to the past. Sniffing out the truth could get them all killed.

I sent out my Pet Peeves newsletter announcing this to my subscribers (they will always get the news first! have YOU subscribed yet?). I’ve already received more than 330 suggestions (some folks submitted many names) but always share on my blog, too.

A message from the grave propels September on a mission to answer shocking questions about her past. But one by one, her sources die before she can reach them. Now death stalks September to silence her as well. Can Shadow thwart the killer? Will Macy-Cat sniff out the key to unmask a decades-old horror?

For those who have NOT read my thrillers, rest assured that I hate stories where animals are killed for shock value. While my books are suspenseful and thrilling, that is a line I don’t ever cross.

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WILL YOUR PET STAR IN “HIT AND RUN?”

There were so many brilliant suggestions and names, MANY with gorgeous photos plus moving “gotcha-day” or other stories, that y’all inspired me to add a couple more pet heroes to the story. I’ll probably be sharing some of those pictures and stories in future newsletters–you won’t want to miss that! So instead of one dog and one cat, there will be TWO of each.

Ready…Set…VOTE!

The winning names not only will be included in the book, but your name and real pet’s description will be added to the “fact or fiction” acknowledgments in the book, and I’ll send you a paw-tographed physical copy of the book as soon as it comes out.

The top two names in each poll will win the contest. You can vote as many times as you wish, and share the poll with your friends.

NAME THAT CAT (TWO NAMES)

Both cats are PROBABLY Maine Coons, as s/he belongs to Macy-Cat’s breeder. However, often professional catteries also have non-pedigreed kitty companions, too, so I’m open.

One cat has bonded with a young girl “helper” at the cattery. The girl runs, with the cat, when confronted by the killer. The other cat has bonded with the breeder and protects her from all perceived threats–human or canine.

NAME THAT DOG (Two NAMES)

One dog any age, any breed, any size. This mysterious dog appears out of a snowstorm. The dog probably belongs to a local farmer. The same young girl mentioned above runs from the killer and gets run off the road and trapped in her car. The dog climbs through the broken car window to keep the driver warm, and later, blocks a police car passing on the road to alert to the accident.

The second dog, any age, any breed, any size, ends up with Theodore “Teddy” Williams (from previous books). I’m still not sure his dog fits into the story so the inspiration will come from which dog wins the contest.

 

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2019 New Year Pet Goals

Like last year, I resolved to NOT make New Year resolutions. Rather than an end-accomplishment, I’d rather strive for the destination but try to enjoy the journey along the way. In my experience, some of the side-roads along the journey prove to be as much if not more rewarding than the final accomplishment. How about you?

Oh, there’ll be new thriller book HIT AND RUN in 2019, maybe a new nonfiction title and a few new webinars, and a new musical theatrical production RADIO DAZE in February, and and and . . . but the really important stuff is furry and shares my pillow. Ahem.

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Magic (age 3 months) with 9-year-old Seren. *sniff*

NEW YEAR PET GOALS

It’s become a tradition to take stock of the past year from a pets’-eye-view, and the year to come. Karma became an “only pet” a year ago after we lost both Magical-Dawg and Seren-Kitty late in 2017. He’s a hefty man-kat eager for a game of tag, chase, and treats.

But the last day of April 2018, we brought home our Bravo-Pup. He and Karma bonded almost immediately, and together, they keep us humans laughing. So here are New Year Pet Goals from Karma, Bravo, and a couple from the enduring spirits of Magic and Seren, with commentary by Amy.

Magic Karma

Karma with Magical-Dawg

“Spirited” Pet Goals

Magical-Spirit: “I will remind my humans daily to cherish each joy, and remember me with smiles.”

Amy: He loved fetch clear up to his last day with us, and found joy in every sniff, sound, treat, touch or game. We’re still finding his toys hidden under furniture or in unlikely places. I take it as a message to us to lighten up… So my new year pet goals include being more like Magic and pay attention to everyday miracles of the touch of soft fur, smell of rain in the wind in my face, to find music in every brash or quiet sound, relish each taste whether tears or treats, and open my eyes to every glorious sunrise, storm cloud and rainbow in my life.

Seren-Spirit: “I will remind my humans to ignore pesky aggravations like cat-brothers, stare down intimidating challenges (even if they’re 15 times your size like Magic), and find a sunny place in every situation.”

Amy: She remained in charge, the Queen of the house, to her last breath. A bit of a curmudgeon despite her tiny size, Seren ran our house and hearts with a benevolent paw. She never let arthritis stand in the way of a smidge of chicken, constantly reminded Karma who held the sharpest claws, and taught Magic—and her humans—what aging gracefully means. My new year pet goals include living like Seren, focusing on goals rather than roadblocks, stop complaining about age (not everyone gets the blessing of a long life), and giving myself permission to turn off work and take a sun-puddle nap.

Karma Bravo

Karma immediately adopted Bravo. In this picture, the pup weighs only 50 pounds –he’s doubled his size since then!

More New Year Pet Goals

Bravo: “I will finally catch the RED-DOT-DEMON and make sure Amy releases it from the drawer more often. Oh, and I will play wrestle-the-Karma-Kat and only stop for the TREATS word. Because that’s what I do.”

Amy: Bravo has reached the 100-pound mark, but remains a gentle, goofy adolescent. He’s full of boundless energy, and still doesn’t know his own strength. He keeps Karma’s head soaked with dog-spit from all the mouthing. The big baby needs more structure, so my new year pet goals include more training, more time outside (once the rain stops!), and perhaps even some play dates with dogs his size.

Karma: “I will stalk and tease and pounce on Amy’s feet, play “gravity experiments” on table tops, steal socks and rattle window blinds, paw-dig at the TV screen, and turn my new brother-dawg into my best tag-buddy, what fun!”

Amy: Karma adores teasing Bravo into chasing him. He mourned Magic and slept with his collar for two weeks after his passing, and became Seren’s care-taker by grooming his tiny cat-friend when she wasn’t able. Having a rowdy dog and curious cat zooming around the furniture offers treat entertainment for them – and they sleep together each evening. But Karma needs more one-on-one games, too, where he doesn’t need to compete with the Bravo-Pup. More new year pet goals are to play interactive chase games with Karma each day to give him the exercise, attention and fun he craves and deserves.

Magic-Spirit and Seren-Spirit: “We will train Amy there’s more to nine lives than paw-tapping and staring at a boxy computer-thing. Like catnip. And whisker-kisses. And we will train Amy that playing with pets is more fun than anything else. AND we will train Amy that there’s no such thing as too many treats. But time together is even better.”

Amy: My ultimate New Year pet goals are to listen to my furry muses. What about you?

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Thanksgiving Blessings, the Pet Writer Way

It’s two days before Thanksgiving 2018 and time again to count my furry blessings. This year I’m thankful to be home with my family—furry and human—rather than on the bumpy road and bumpier plane. I’m thankful my human family, though miles away, remain close-knit and loving. And I’m thankful all remain (relatively) healthy.

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Counting Thanksgiving Blessings

I’m thankful for veterinarians who make life better for the pets we adore. I’m thankful for researchers who work to find diagnoses, treatments, and cures for our ailments, both for pets and for people. I’m thankful for the animal welfare volunteers who do the work of the angels when others somehow let pets down.

I’m thankful that I have the best job in the world, sharing information about the cats and dogs that have become so important to our emotional and physical health. I’m thankful for publishers, editors, magazines, newspapers, TV and radio shows, websites, community theaters, bloggers and email lists that share these important resources to benefit cats and dogs and the people who love them. And I’m thankful to writing organizations, teachers, agents and all those who promote the craft of good communication and help others pursue this rewarding craft.

Karma a week after he arrived, at about 8 months of age.

Counting Pet Blessings

I’m thankful that we found a dumped kitten several Februaries ago and brought him into our home. I’m thankful that Karma-Kat dodged coyotes, cars, and who-knows-what to find our patio. I’m thankful that Magical-Dawg heard his meow-SOS, and that the little, dumped kitten trusted me enough to come when I meowed back.

I’m thankful that nobody claimed Karma—although shame on whoever dumped him!—and that he and Magic became best buddies. I’m thankful that Karma turned back the age-clock for both Magic and Seren-kitty in their last few years with us.

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Magic at about 16 weeks with Seren (age 11) learning to accept each other. Awww….the memories!

I’m thankful that we found Bravo-Dawg the Bullmastiff at just the right time. He helped Karma-Kat (and us) emerge from deep mourning after we lost Magic last September and Seren a year ago in December. I’m thankful Karma and Bravo have become inseparable friends—even though their antics threaten the safety of our fine breakables.

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Bravo at about 12 weeks of age, his first days with us.

I’m thankful for responsible breeders who ensure purebred dogs and pedigreed cats have a healthy paw-start in life. I’m thankful that we had Magical-dawg for eleven years, and Seren-Kitty for more than 22 years.

I’m still missing them, and always will. But now can smile about the water-hose-tag, Bear-toys, Frisbee-tag, Seren pester-sessions and a Karma-Kat buddy that made their last years bliss.

Magic at 8 weeks old, first days at home with us. Yes, my husband was smitten (and still is!).

Counting Chosen Family Blessings

I’m thankful that although he never grew up with pets, my husband loves Bravo and Karma, and mourns our past pets, and was instrumental in finding Bravo. I’m even more thankful they adore him back (that could get awkward!).

I’m thankful for my church family—pet lovers or not—who also support my furry notions. I’m thankful for the gift of music and theatre I get to share with colleagues who have become wonderful friends. I’m thankful for Texas Thespian Festival and the gift of teaching talented young actors. And I’m especially thankful for my partner-in-play-writing-crime who helped make our theatrical dreams come true.

Thankful for YOU!

Finally, I’m thankful to you—yes, those who read this column, the cat book lovers, and the dog book lovers, and folks who have “adopted” my thriller series. And those who offered awesome applause and support any of the other venues mentioned. There are so many to mention, but SHOUT OUT to AdoptAShelter.com that donates to shelters every time you shop one of their 100+ online stores.

Without you, I would not have a career, and my life’s passion would remain unfulfilled. Without you, your pets wouldn’t have the wonderful love and care you provide. Without you, there wouldn’t be any reason for this heartfelt—THANK YOU.

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Guest Blog: Mollie Hunt & Crazy Cat Lady Cozy Mysteries

I’m pleased today to host my friend and colleague Mollie Hunt, author of the popular Crazy Cat Lady cozy mystery series. If you love cats, adore mysteries, and enjoy reading a fun series, you’re in for a treat!

Who Is Mollie Hunt?

Native Oregonian Mollie Hunt has always had an affinity for cats, so it was a short step for her to become a cat writer. Mollie is the author of the Crazy Cat Lady cozy mystery series, including CATS’ EYES, COPY CATS, CAT’S PAW, CAT CALL, and now, CAT CAFÉ. The series features Portland native Lynley Cannon, a sixty-something cat shelter volunteer who finds more trouble than a cat in catnip. Mollie also published a non-cat mystery, PLACID RIVER RUNS DEEP, which delves into murder, obsession, and the challenge of chronic illness in bucolic southwest Washington. Two of her short cat stories have been published in anthologies, one of which, THE DREAM SPINNER, won the prestigious CWA Muse Medallion this year.

Mollie is a member of the Oregon Writers’ Colony, Sisters in Crime, Willamette Writers, the Cat Writers’ Association, and the Northwest Independent Writers Association. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband and a varying number of cats. Like Lynley, she is a grateful shelter volunteer.

Find out more about Mollie Hunt, Cat Writer on her website here.

Q & A With Mollie Hunt, Cozy Mystery Author

Hi, Amy! Thanks so much for having me over to your blog site to celebrate the launch of the 5th Crazy Cat Lady cozy mystery, CAT CAFE. I see you have some questions for me. I love questions, and I’m happy to answer them.

Why fiction? and why a cozy cat mystery series?

Mollie: The short answer is that I write what I read. My favorite genre is the cozy cat mystery. I find cozy mysteries especially comforting in these times of trouble, and though I don’t ignore what is going on in the world, I also don’t need to stress myself further by reading disturbing material in my downtime.

Fiction is where my heart is. As a fiction writer, I can change the world, right wrongs, make peace, have happy endings. I can also dish out justice as I see fit and even kill off my enemies. (Tee hee!) But it’s not all about entertainment. My Crazy Cat Lady cozy mystery series features cat shelter volunteer Lynley Cannon, and through her, I’m able to sneak in a bit of cat information as well.

Tell us more about Lynley.

Lynley finds herself in many cat-related circumstances. In Copy Cats, she intercepts a cat counterfeiting scam and a cat breeder gone bad. In Cat’s Paw, she attends an art retreat at an animal sanctuary on its own secluded island. She takes over as a cat handler for a television pilot in Cat Call. In Cat Café, aside from discovering a series of bizarre murders, Lynley goes on a TNR outing for the first time, so I get to tell the reader about the Trap-Neuter-Return program for feral cats. She also adopts a cat with feline cerebellar hypoplasia*, a neurological birth defect that results in walking and balance problems, so we discuss these special cats as well.

As to why mysteries? It’s all about the puzzle. Who done it? The clues are there but hopefully laid out in such a way the reader doesn’t guess the outcome until the end. By the way, often I, myself, don’t know who the murderer is until they reveal themselves as I write.

*Feline cerebellar hypoplasia is a non-progressive, non-contagious condition, caused by the cerebellum, the part of the brain that controls fine motor skills and coordination, is underdeveloped at birth. “CH” cats are often called “wobbly cats.”

Who is your favorite character?

My favorite character from my own series or from someone else’s?

In my Crazy Cat Lady series, it would be hard to say. Of course, I love my hero Lynley, but there are so many others. Her fearless eighty-two-year-old mother Carol, her lovely teenage granddaughter Seleia, her shelter buddy Frannie, her MacKay clan mate, lesbian lawyer Halle, and her friend and often-savior, the hunky animal cop, Special Agent Denny Paris. But the human element aside, my fave would have to be Tinkerbelle, the floofy black matron kitty who, in spite of being tiny, is absolutely fearless. Tink is a senior cat who, among other things, has been trained as a therapy cat, and accompanies Lynley to assisted living facilities and memory care units, as well as visiting hospice patients. Tinkerbelle is modeled from my real-life kitty of the same name. I enjoy putting my own cats in the story, though since Lynley has eight and I only have three, some are entirely fictional.

My favorite character from another series is Joe Grey, from the Joe Grey mysteries by Shirley Rousseau Murphy. He is a talking cat, descended from mysterious Celtic ancestors. He is also very good at sleuthing out the bad guys.

What is your writing process–from spark of an idea to published?

I’m not sure how the Crazy Cat Lady series originally came into my mind. I just started writing Cats’ Eyes one day when I was on vacation in Mazatlán, and it snowballed from there. I have so many ideas for stories that I’m currently in various phases of four more after Cat Café!

Once an idea comes to me, I give it a title and a tag-line. Cat Café’s tagline is “A body is discovered on the floor of the cat café, and all the black cats are missing!” These may change and evolve as the story unfolds, but it gives me a place to start.

My first draft is all about the story. For me, writing is like reading, only slower. Often I don’t know what’s going to happen, so this is an exciting phase for me. I skip over subjects that will require research and don’t worry much about getting the words right. If anyone read the first draft, they would never read my work again!

In the second draft, I plug in the research and polish the wording. I look for plot holes and inconsistencies. Then I print it out.

I read the print version and make edits. By the end, the pages are covered with red! Sometimes I read it aloud, which shows me how the words flow.

Once I make these changes, I give it to my beta reader with a set of questions for her to answer when she is finished, the first of which is “When did you guess the murderer?”

From there it goes to my editor, and once she gets through with it, I order a proof copy. Holding a physical book in my hand is incredibly revealing, and I make many changes at this point. For Cat Café, I did two entire proofs, and after all that, I suddenly saw that I needed to change the ending!

Why a series?

When I enjoy a story, I don’t want it to end, and I know many people feel the same way. A series allows for the characters to develop, learn, and change. I have written stand-alone books as well, and they have a quite different feel, more encapsulated and complete within one volume.

My Crazy Cat Lady cozy mystery series begins with Cats’ Eyes, where a fifty-eight-year-old Lynley is bemoaning her advancing age. When Lynley’s elderly kitty discovers a stolen uncut diamond, Lynley finds herself accused of murdering the thieves, and age becomes least of her concerns.

In book 2, Copy Cats, Lynley exposes a breed cat counterfeiting ring and becomes the target of a serial killer who murders with a grisly cat-like claw. The crimes are connected, taking crazy to a whole new level.

Cat’s Paw, book 3, finds Lynley attending an elite creative retreat at the world-famous Cloverleaf Animal Sanctuary in the San Juan Islands. Two suspicious deaths send Lynley running back to Portland, but murder follows in her wake.

By book 4, Cat Call, Lynley has passed the big six-oh and is no longer concerned about her age, so when a friend suffers a bizarre accident on the set of a television pilot, she takes over as cat handler without a second thought. Then she finds out the show is “hexed” and murder is waiting in the wings.

What’s the newest book in your series?

That brings us to Cat Café, the 5th installment in the series. Someone is targeting very senior citizens, and when the elderly owner of the Blue Cat café turns up murdered, Lynley’s mom could be next. A black cat rescue, an antique photograph, an elaborate payback. Is this killer seeking justice or vengeance? With death as the objective, the results are the same.

How are your stories different?

I have so many things for Lynley to do, and since she is a retiree, she has the time to do them all! In the book after this one, Cosmic Cat (releasing in 2019), she takes part in a Comic-con, and in Cat Conundrum (2020), a locked-room mystery, she travels to Long Beach, Washington for a Cat Summit. I try to keep her moving around. Though we love her familiar neighborhood with a reoccurring family of characters, doing new things keep the stories fresh.

Why do readers love your books?

It’s all about cats! I recently received a lovely review that said,

“…I knew this novel was about cats but its theme is cats! Cats are as much the main characters as the main character is!…”

Many supposedly cat-themed stories have only a passing cat or two; some, only a cat on the cover! My books run the opposite direction. For cat people, my books are satisfying as well as informative, since each chapter is prefaced with a cat fact, tip, or trick to tickle your feline friend’s fancy.

Thanks for stopping by! Where can readers find you?

Thanks again for your cat-like curiosity, and for participating in my Cat Café Book Launch Blog Hop. Tomorrow November 2, 2018 is the final stop on the hop:

Kathleen S. Mueller of Traveling Dog Lady Blog, reviews Cat Café, and we chat about 1950’s trivia

Your readers can keep up with me at the following sites:

Mollie’s Blog site

Mollie’s Amazon Page

Mollie’s Facebook Author Page

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