Saturday, November 8, 2014

Truffles Interviews: Jack the Chihuahua from Joanna Campbell Slan's Kicked to the Curb (w/Giveaway)


A note from Truffles: I hope you enjoy my interview with the canine star of Joanna Campbell Slan's Cara Mia Delgatto mystery series. Caturday Art returns next week!

Welcome Jack! Thank you so much for taking the time to answer a few questions today. Can you tell us how you came to live with Cara?

A mean man threw me out of the window of his truck. Cara Mia happened to be walking by when it happened. She took me to the vet and adopted me. At first I was scared of all people, but soon I learned that most people are nice. (By the way, the bad man went to jail. I’m glad!)

What is a typical day like for you?

I wake Cara up around six-thirty, because I like seeing the sunrise over the ocean. A lick on the chin usually does it. We cuddle for fifteen minutes or so, because she’s a slow waker-upper. Then she puts kibble in my dish and makes coffee for her employees. I always come first, and that makes me happy. It’s how I know she loves me!

I have a crate in the back room of her store, The Treasure Chest. That way I’m not underfoot. I love it here because it’s where all the action happens. Honora works on her miniatures in the back, Cara has her office here, and Skye does her crafts. I have so many people who’ll take me for walkies. That’s extra fun. Around five, the store closes. Cara and I take a long walk together. She tells me about her day. It’s my job to keep her happy, so I do my best.

Around ten, we go to bed. I love snuggling with her.

My Mommy and I live in Vermont, but the company she works for is based in Stuart, Florida. Do you enjoy living there?

Oh, yes! Stuart is wonderful! Did you know that Stuart is the sailfish capital of the world? There’s a big fountain with a sailfish statue in the middle of a traffic circle in the center of downtown Stuart. I love drinking water out of that statue. I also like going to concerts down at RiverWalk Park. We sit outside on the stairs and listen to the music. It’s fun because I can watch everyone from Cara’s lap. What company do you work for? I wonder if Cara knows the owners! She’s a very friendly person.

Who is the cute cat on the cover and how do you feel about kitties?

Her name is Luna, and she’s come to live with us. When her mother was murdered, Luna didn’t have anywhere else to go, so Cara took her in. Our friend Skye Blue says that Cara’s store (The Treasure Chest) is one-part retail store and one-part animal rescue shelter. I think that’s funny. The truth is that Cara is all about second chances. Of course she’s willing to give animals a second chance, too.

I like kitties as long as they’re nice to me. Luna kinda ignores me, but sometimes she does like to play. I think she misses her old mama, but she’s coming around.

What kind of trouble to you and Cara get into in Kicked to the Curb?

I screen all the men who are interested in Cara. You see, if a guy won’t take me out to go potty, he’s not good enough for her. So I whine a little until the man notices. If he takes me outside, that’s a sign that he’s cool with animals. If he’s not good with pets, I’ll go and pee on his shoe.

Anything you can tell us about your upcoming adventures?

Cara is planning to move to a house on the beach. I’m excited about that! (I’m a little afraid of crabs, but she promises she won’t let them pinch me.)

We’re also excited because for the first time, we’re offering a special bonus to people who sign up for our newsletter. All they have to do is send an email to KTTCBonus@JoannaSlan.com and they’ll get two recipes, two craft tutorials, and an outtake scene from Kicked to the Curb.


About the book: Cara Mia Delgatto’s cup runneth over with worries. Her ex-husband is refusing to pay their son’s college tuition, her evil sister is pulling mean pranks, and her old boyfriend has broken her heart. And that’s just the personal stuff. She’s also concerned about keeping the cash register ringing at The Treasure Chest, her retail store specializing in upcycled, recycled, and repurposed d├ęcor items with a coastal theme. The media event that Cara plans turns nasty when reporter Kathy Simmons threatens to share unsavory details from the shopkeeper’s past. Things get really dicey when Kathy mysteriously disappears. Cara’s other problems seem trivial in comparison to…a murder investigation!

About the author: National Bestselling and Award-Winning Author Joanna Campbell Slan has penned 26 books, including the popular Kiki Lowenstein Mystery Series (Agatha Award Finalist). Her new series featuring Cara Mia Delgatto is a spin off from those books. Joanna writes about spunky women who get by with a little help from their friends. A crafting junkie, Joanna lives on a nearly deserted island in Florida with her dog, Jax, who is making a career out of stealing women’s lingerie.

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25 comments:

  1. We love how Jack helps screen men for his Mom! MOL!
    Sounds like a cute read.

    Happy Caturday!
    >>Smooches<<

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    1. Jack says, "We can sniff out the bad guys pretty quickly. I try to pee on their shoes. That usually warns them to stay away."

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  2. Gweat posty, so sweet.

    Luv ya'

    Dezi and Lexi

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    1. Jack says, "I'm sweet, and I'm small, but I have a big heart."

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    1. Jack says, "She's obviously had practice at this!"

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  4. Excellent interview and I should know as I did 24 interviews in a year! Way to go

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    1. Jack says, "I think Truffles could host a late night TV show, don't you?"

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  5. Great job Truffles on your interview. It's nice to see a cat and dog get along. I will be adding this book to my wish list since I love cozy mysteries

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    1. Jack says, "If all cats were as cool as Truffles, there'd never be any fighting between cats and dogs!"

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  6. Oh my goodness what a great interview and chiwahwahs we have 2 and have had 2 for 12 years. One now is a puppy 3 mo old and she is so cute they are great dogs, I love books that include cats and dogs and it seems authors have caught onto that as you see more and more!

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    1. Jack says, "When my mama is being silly, she calls me a 'cheee-whooie-whooie.' I don't mind!"

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  7. Very nice interview. My friend wishes her kitty and doggy would get along
    Snorts,
    Lily & Edward

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    1. Jack says, "Oh, so sad. I'll keep my paws crossed for you and your fur-babies."

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  8. Really great interview Truffles, thanks!

    Noodle and crew

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    1. Jack says, "I, too, want to thank Truffles for making me look so good."

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  9. Rafflecopter is so unreasonable for non-tweeter. 10 points vs over 30! Boohoo

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  10. Jack says, "GRRRRRR. Makes me mad, too!"

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  11. Cute interview! I'm looking forward to reading Cara Mia's 2nd book.

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  12. I get woken up by a lick on the chin too from a fur baby.Thank you for the giveaway. It sounds like a great series.

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    1. Fur babies are much sweeter than alarm clocks. Don't you agree?

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  13. Cecilia, thanks so much! I'm busy working on a Cara Mia short story for Thanksgiving, too.

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