Thursday, September 3, 2015

Mudpie Interviews...Hitchcock from Black Cat Crossing by Kay Finch (w/Review & Giveaway)

Meows from Mudpie!

Good news! My training is complete and Angel Truffles says I'm ready to start conducting my own interviews! Earlier this week we debuted my Tortie Shorties graphic, and today is the premiere edition of Mudpie Interviews...

My very first interview is with Hitchcock, the feline star of Kay Finch's brand new Bad Luck Cat mystery series. Mommy and I loved this book SO much and just know it's going to be a huge bestseller.

I hope you enjoy the interview!
Mudpie: Welcome Hitchcock! Thank you so much for taking the time to chat with me today. Could you start by telling us a little about yourself and how you came to live with Sabrina? 

Hitchcock: Well, I was hanging out with the rest of the strays in Lavender, Texas, usually around the back door at McKetta's Barbeque. They throw away some delicious leftovers at that place. I mean, who needs Meow Mix or even Science Diet when you can chow down on honest-to-goodness Texas brisket and smoked chicken? One day, I heard customers talking about this human who moved to Lavender. They said she writes books, and I wondered if she might put me in a book. I mean, I'm a really good character, know what I mean? So I followed her home one day, and it turns out she lives in this really cool cottage - it's called the Monte Carlo cottage - on the banks of the Glidden River. One look at the place, at her, and I knew I was home.

My Mommy loves your name because she is a huge Alfred Hitchcock fan! What was the inspiration for your name?

My favorite human, Sabrina, writes mystery novels. The best books have a lot of suspense, she told me, and for some reason unknown to me she was able to write a lot better on the days when I sat on the window sill and watched her write. She was excited when she said that she was going to call me Hitchcock because I added suspense to her writing. Who am I to argue with that logic?

What is all this silliness about with humans' fear of black cats??? You aren't really a bad luck cat, are you?

For crying out loud, I am not the legendary Bad Luck Cat. Maybe I look like this legendary cat. I guess he existed at some point in time because EVERYONE seems to believe the legend. I'm only five years old, so there's no possible way I could know for sure if this legend they're talking about truly existed back in the day or if he caused his share of bad luck. If he did, then it was just a fluke, because black cats are NOT BAD LUCK. Truly.

Tell us about your first adventure with Sabrina, Black Cat Crossing.

Poor Sabrina, bless her heart. She spends so much time worrying about me and the local yay-hoos who think they need to trap me and take me to another county to keep the town safe, when what she needs to be doing is finding out who really killed Aunt Rowe's nasty cousin Bobby Joe Flowers. God and everybody knows there are plenty of people who wanted to see the guy go away for good. Too bad Aunt Rowe was one of them. Listening to the old gal, I can't say whether she did the deed or not, but Sabrina is bound and determined to get to the bottom of the mystery and I'll help her however I can.

Do you have any special abilities that help Sabrina with her mystery solving?

With all modesty aside, I am smarter than the average cat, but I don't have any special powers. I'm a tricky cat, though, and I'm fast. I can slip in and out of tight spaces in the time it takes you to blink, so it's hard for the average human to know when I'm coming or going.

Anything you can tell us about your upcoming adventures?

Aunt Rowe and her friends are chatting about performing in the local rodeo. They sound serious, but I can't imagine these ladies doing anything more active than making a casserole. I'm not mentioning this to Sabrina...yet. She has enough on her mind - daydreaming about that hunky game warden, Luke Griffin, and steering clear of Deputy Patricia Rosales who has a jealous streak the width of Texas. Watching what happens with these three? That’s what I call suspense. Mrreow.

From the publisher: In the first in this cat-filled cozy series, aspiring mystery author Sabrina Tate is about to discover that when it comes to solving murders, her new feline friend Hitchcock is a master of sleuthing…

Sabrina has never been the superstitious type. Still, when she moves to Lavender, Texas, to write her first novel and help her Aunt Rowe manage her vacation rental business, Sabrina can’t avoid listening to the rumors that a local black cat is a jinx—especially after the stray in question leads her directly to the scene of a murder.

The deceased turns out to be none other than her Aunt Rowe’s awful cousin Bobby Joe Flowers, a known cheat and womanizer who had no shortage of enemies. The only problem is that Aunt Rowe and Bobby Joe had quarreled just before the cousin turned up dead, leaving Rowe at the top of the long list of suspects. Now it’s up to Sabrina to clear her aunt’s name. Luckily for her, she’s got a new sidekick, Hitchcock the Bad Luck Cat, to help her sniff out clues and stalk a killer before Aunt Rowe winds up the victim of even more misfortune…

The first time I saw the cover of this book, with the little black cat and the cozy thatched cottage, I wished I could find a way to transport myself into the scene. This first book in the Bad Luck Cat mystery series is going on my list of all-time favorite cat cozies, and I can only hope that it's destined to be a long-running series.

Sabrina returns to Lavender, TX, to help her recently injured Aunt Rowe run the vacation cottages that she owns. It's also the purr-fect place to finish writing the mystery novel she's been working on. Word on the street is that a local black cat has been bringing the town bad luck, but Sabrina knows that is pure nonsense. Then late one night the cat leads her to a dead body in the river behind one of the cottages. The victim is Rowe's cousin Bobby Joe Flowers, who she had recently quarreled with. He came to town claiming to have found out he's actually her brother, and therefore part owner of the cottages. This puts Rowe in the position of becoming the main suspect, but Bobby Joe had no shortage of enemies. When Sabrina discovers he died in the exact same location as another unsolved murder many years ago, she has a strong feeling the two crimes are related. She has her hands full trying to clear her name while at the same time on a very tight deadline to finish writing her book...her friend Tyanne has hooked her up with an agent! Luckily, she's not working alone, because her furry muse and new best friend Hitchcock the cat is right beside her every step of the way.

Everything about this book is perfect, from the characters to the setting to the puzzling mystery. Sabrina is a woman after my own heart, an aspiring mystery writer and cat lover who feels a connection with Hitchcock from the moment their paths first cross. Her friend Tyanne owns a bookstore named Knead to Read, inspired by her two cats Zelda and Willis, and another town hotspot is Hot Stuff Coffee Shop. Don't you wish places that like that were in your town?

Bad guys in Lavender had better watch out because Sabrina and Hitchcock are a team to be reckoned with!

Giveaway: Leave a comment by noon eastern on Wednesday, September 9th for your chance to win a copy of Black Cat Crossing. (US entries only, please.)

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

The Job Hunter

Mommy said I was going to have to start earning money to help pay for my treat habit, so I took a look at the job listings.

They put me to sleep.

I don't think she was serious, do you?

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Book Review/Giveaway: Law and Author by Erika Chase

From the publisher: Bob Miller, retired police chief and member of the Ashton Corners Mystery Readers and Cheese Straws Society, is stunned by the arrival of his twenty-one-year-old granddaughter, Darla, whom he has never seen. Bob has been estranged from his own daughter for decades and hopes to make up for his absence in Darla’s life. But some of the ladies of the book club find their Southern hospitality strained as they question the motives behind this sudden reunion.

After a dead man is found in Molly Mathews’s backyard, their concerns grow more serious. Lizzie Turner saw Darla arguing with the stranger the day before, but when the police question her, Darla proves to be an unreliable narrator. It’s up to the book club to uncover the real story . . . before another victim is written into the plot.

Law and Author is the fifth book in Erika Chase's popular Ashton Corners Book Club mystery series. It introduces us to the granddaughter of one of my favorite book club members, Bob. Darla and Bob have never even met because of his estrangement from her mother, so everyone is stunned (and somewhat suspicious) when she shows up completely unexpectedly. Lizzie witnesses an altercation between Darla and a stranger in town, and the next day the same man is found dead in Molly's backyard. Bob and Molly cannot believe that Darla had anything to do with the murder, and enlist the help of the book club to clear her name. Then the arrival of Darla's abusive, druggie boyfriend puts everyone into their most dangerous situation yet.

This series is one of the coziest of the cozy, with a southern-fried atmosphere and a cast of characters that have come to feel like friends. The relationships between the "book club cohorts" drive the series, and the mystery kept me guessing until the end. I hope Darla continues to be a part of future books, and I look forward to many more adventures with the book club crew.

Giveaway: Leave a comment by noon eastern on Friday, September 4th for your chance to win a copy of Law and Author. US entries only, please.

Monday, August 31, 2015

July 2015 CatLadyBox Review

I got an email late last week that my August CatLadyBox is on it's way...and I haven't had a chance to review my July box yet!!!

The featured cat lady artist this month is PrintsofHeart. The back of the card contains detailed info on the box's contents, but the "Cat lady for life" artwork on the front will definitely be framed and hung on my bedroom wall! Cute extras include a CatLadyBox pen and tattoos.

The MEOW CatLadyBox shirt has got to be the softest t-shirt I have ever worn. The winning design for this shirt was selected over more than 50 entries from designers all over the world. It's stylish, fun, and fits like a glove.

I am completely in love with the adorable handmade ceramic cat pendant necklace by Southern Gracie. It's so delicate and classy looking, and I'm crazy about the pretty lime green color.

And how fun is the Wild Rose catnip lip balm? Can you think of a better way to get loads of kitty kisses? I was tempted to put it on the day I adopted Mudpie, but I was afraid I might end up freaking people out if I suddenly had cats crawling all over me LOL.

Subscriptions cost $34.99 a month, but you can get an even better deal if you prepay for 3 or 6 months. Also available is the Crazy CatLadyBox, which includes a couple surprises for your kitty!

My current subscription has one more month on it, but when the time comes to renew I will definitely be upping my subscription to the Crazy CatLadyBox. Truffles never cared much for "stuff", but Mudpie is definitely a "material girl"!

Now if you'll excuse me, I need to hit "refresh" on the FedEx tracking website to see where my August box currently is!

Disclosure: I'm not being compensated in any way for this review. I am a proud CatLadyBox subscriber!

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Sleepy #SundaySelfie

Meows from Mudpie!

This week's theme for The Lazy Pit Bull's 52 Snapshots of Life photo challenge is Sleepy, so I decided to merge my blog hops and do a Sleepy Sunday Selfie!

We also wanted to congratulate a couple winners...Sheila K. won our Black Magic Tickle Pickle giveaway, and Daniel S. won the Tote Tails tote bag. We hope you enjoy your goodies!

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Caturday Pop Art

Meows from Mudpie!

Today for my Caturday Art project we used Photofunia's Pop Art template. I think it came out really cool. 

(Marilyn Monroe, eat your heart out MOL!!!)

Check out more artsy kitties at Athena's Caturday Art blog hop!

Friday, August 28, 2015

Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day ~ In the Blink of an Eye

You were gone in the blink of an eye
And all I could ask God is "WHY?"

An angel on earth who deserved so much more
Our time was too short - your loss cut to the core

I have to believe we'll be together again
Even though I don't know the where or the when

Until then my heart aches for you night and day
My love still lives on - it will never go away.


This special day was created by Deborah Barnes – author, award winning blogger, and cat advocate in tribute to her cat, Mr. Jazz, who she had to say goodbye to on August 28, 2013. She shared the journey of letting him go in her most recent book, “Purr Prints of the Heart: A Cat’s Tale of Life, Death, and Beyond,” a warm and heartfelt book that is written in the wise and comforting voice of Mr. Jazz himself as he shares his life and death journey to offer guidance and understanding through a cat’s perspective as to why sometimes letting a pet go can be the greatest gift you give them.

A special event page for Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day has been created on Facebook so that people can share blog post links, pictures, poems, favorite memories, etc. Please click here for the link.