The Chicks are happy to welcome the Cat and Dog Mystery Tour today, featuring some of your favorite cozy authors – AND a giveaway! Read on to learn more about the authors, their pets, and the prize…
Hello from the cat and dog cozy mystery series authors! We’re so thankful to the wonderful Chicks for hosting us this Friday, and for all of you readers who are following along on our tour. You heard about our real-life animals yesterday (if you missed yesterday’s post, the tour schedule is posted farther down), so today we’re asking our human characters “How did you meet the animal(s) in your life?”
Brandy Alexander, human heroine in Colleen Mooney’s New Orleans Go Cup Chronicles: My first dog was a small, Schnauzer mix that my dad brought home, and she made me hers. She ignored everyone else in the household. When I lost Cricket Ann I decided I wanted a dog most like her so I found a rescue group who just did Schnauzers. I decided to volunteer for them and when I went to my 5th rescue call, there was my Meaux. It was love at first lick. He was so scared I didn’t want to put him down so I held him in my lap while I drove all the way home. He was mine before I put it in PARK. I’ve rescued other pets I’ve seen on highways or living under abandoned cars in bad neighborhoods. I’ve never met a dog that didn’t like me.
Cooper Harrington, human hero in Tammy L. Grace’s Cooper Harrington Detective novels: My late uncle suggested I get a dog for companionship. He missed his dog who had passed away and had been a fixture in his office for years. I think he wanted a dog, but not the full responsibility. I found Gus through a client who was a breeder. He was actually payment for services rendered. The best trade I ever made! Gus is my best friend. Sometimes I forget he’s a dog.
Ashley Adams, human heroine in Sandi Scott’s Seagrass Sweets Cozy Mysteries: I was heartbroken and lonely when Dizzy came into my life—a rescue that ended up rescuing me. Her antics kept me amused and her curiosity kept helping me solve all these murders.
Alison Golden, author of the Reverend Annabelle Dixon Cozy Mystery series: My son who was ten at the time, really wanted a ginger tabby. I think he was inspired by the book A Street Cat Named Bob. I searched and searched the various local cat rescues but there were no ginger tabbies. Finally, I was needing something to keep my twins occupied on New Year’s Eve afternoon and as I searched Craigslist, there was a picture of a ginger tabby who needed adopting. The adoption fair was that afternoon about 20 miles away. We went down there and met her, and of course, came home with her because who can resist a ginger tabby kitten. We were told by her foster mother that she was mad. We didn’t care. She is quite the maddest, noisiest cat who thinks she’s a dog I’ve ever had. And I’ve had a fair number of cats in my time.
Kat Harper, human heroine in Paige Sleuth’s Cozy Cat Caper Mystery series: Matty used to be my neighbor’s cat—until my poor neighbor ended up being murdered. I didn’t intend to keep her at first, but how could I resist those striking green eyes? Tom came a couple weeks later. He had been with a foster family that could no longer keep him, and I agreed to take him in—temporarily. But somehow he snuck into my heart and stayed there. I have always loved animals but never had one of my own until Matty and Tom. Now, I’m not quite sure how I lived without them for so long.
Sabrina Daley, human heroine in Meredith Potts’s Daley Buzz series: My corgi, Snickerdoodle, was a rescue. And although I got him from the shelter, I feel like he rescued me. It was love at first sight. I am truly blessed to have him in my life.
Tess Thomas, human heroine in Kathi Daley’s Tess and Tilly Cozy Mystery series: I found Tilly shivering in my wood pile when she was just a puppy. I brought her in, gave her a home, and we have been best friends and partners ever since. I found my orange stripe kitten Tang at the home of the first murder victim I stumbled across, and I adopted my black long hair kitten Tinder from the local shelter.
Beatrice Young, human heroine in Alannah Rogers’s Beatrice Young Cozy Cat Mysteries: My Maine Coon Hamish and little black guy Lucky are rescues. I literally rescued my Himalayan Petunia from a suspect when I was investigating yet another case; the same thing happened with Simon—he was just a little tiny ginger kitten too, but he took to his new home and his new furry brothers and sisters like a charm. I really hope I don’t have to investigate any more suspects with cats as my fiancee Matthew would probably kill me if I got another one. My other 4 cats probably wouldn’t like it either—they can get pretty competitive for my attention!
Harlow Reese, human heroine in Claire Kane’s Siamese Sleuth Mystery series: I found Charli as a kitten at the Humane Society. She was adorable and had jewel-blue eyes. We’ve been best friends ever since.
Clarissa Hayes, human heroine in Sandra Baublitz’s Dog Detective series: I met my Saint Bernard, Paw, when he was a puppy. My uncle Harry, police chief of our local town, discovered Paw at a puppy mill that he shut down. Fortunately, Paw was unharmed, and my uncle asked me to foster him as the local shelters were filled with the other dogs from the mill. I fell in love the instant I met Paw and gladly adopted him. The other dogs at the mill were all able to heal and find loving homes.
Readers, now it’s your turn to tell us how you met your animals! If you don’t have a pet, you can comment about a former pet or a pet in your extended family.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.