Friday, June 20, 2014

Chez Stinky by Susan C Daffron: Guest Author & Giveaway

An Alpine Grove Romantic Comedy Volume: 1

The Cats of Chez Stinky
by Susan Daffron

Okay, I confess that I spent way too much time looking at kitty photos here at Melissa's blog. But now, I can get back to the task at hand: talking about the fun and fabulous felines in my novel Chez Stinky.

Cats play pivotal roles in Chez Stinky, which is a romantic comedy about a woman who inherits a house that comes with a number of furry occupants: four dogs and five cats.

First off, the main character is named Kat, which is short for Katherine and not related to the fact she owns a cat. Even before she inherits the house, she shares her life with Murphee, a cat she adopted when Murphee was just a tiny kitten.

Many authors create personality profiles for their characters. Since animals play significant roles in my books, I also create profile for the pets in the story. Here's the one I have for Murphee in my notes:

Physical Description: Black and white "tuxedo" cat. Originally thought to be male, but there was a big discovery during her neuter surgery. Oops. Kat changed the spelling of her name from Murphy to Murphee to make it more feminine.

Personality: Likes to talk things over. Loud and in charge.

Background: Stray kitten that Kat found behind a dumpster behind her condo complex.

Internal Conflicts: When is it time to be fed?

External Conflicts: Thinks Kat works too much.

Some of the other cats I can only mention in passing here because I don't want to reveal any spoilers. But a three-legged gray and white tabby named Tripod is instrumental in causing my two main characters to meet one another.

Dolly Mae is a long-haired brown tabby cat, who probably has some Maine coon in her. She ends up causing a bit of mayhem during a few scenes because she has an unfortunate habit of being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Several other cats make appearances, but you'll just have to read the book to find out more. And if you're more of an equal opportunity pet person, you'll enjoy meeting some pretty cool dogs too!


Blurb: Kat Stevens is a slightly insecure, mostly bored technical writer who likes her cat a lot more than her boss. She hasn’t laid eyes on her great aunt Abigail since she was eight, so she’s stumped when she inherits Abigail’s house in the small hamlet of Alpine Grove.

Kat’s uncomplicated life gets decidedly less so when she discovers the inheritance comes with some hairy conditions: four dogs and five cats that her aunt wanted her to love as her own. Of course, the house smells like a barn–with a touch of antique skunk–and, naturally, has serious roof issues. And that’s before the three-legged cat gets stuck in the wall and the shower goes kablooey.

When Kat meets Joel, an unemployed techie type with no love lost for his sister, Kat looks past his obvious flaws, given his timely and desirable skill set: a talent for fixing things (and his own tools).

Despite out-of-control dogs, cat fights, dust dinosaurs, massive spiders and an old grizzled hippie passed out in the yard, Kat discovers the tranquility of the forests of Alpine Grove starting to seep into her soul.

And why she can’t she stop thinking about Joel?

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About the Author: Susan Daffron is the author of one novel and 14 nonfiction books, including several about pet care and animal rescue. She lives in a small town in northern Idaho and shares her life with her husband, two dogs and a cat--the last three, all "rescues." Her latest book, Chez Stinky ( is the first of a series of romantic comedy novels that will feature the small town of Alpine Grove.

When she's not writing novels, Susan works as the president of Logical Expressions, Inc., a book and software publishing based company in Sandpoint, Idaho. You can read more about her at her website

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Cat and DOG Chat With Caren said...

I absolutely ADORED Chez Stinky and reviewed it. I also had the pleasure of meeting Susan at BlogPaws this past May....sat in on one of her sessions with her husband, just fabulous!!!

Unknown said...

thanks for sharing!

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Karen B said...

Inherited homes - especially when unexpected - have so many interesting story possibilites!

Rita Wray said...

Sounds like a fun read.


Anonymous said...

I have the greatest respect for those who rescue any kind of animal. Our best buddy "Trouble" is a rescue. This sounds like a good read. Is it a stand alone or will it become a series? Thank you Melissa for the review & thank you Susan for the chance of winning a very nice prize!

Unknown said...

I just finished reading Chez Stinky and it was awesome! I recommend it to everyone with a great sense of humor!

Unknown said...

Thank you for participating in my book tour! I was offline all weekend and it's great to see some readers here. @Caren it was great to meet you at BlogPaws and I'll be sending you the new book soon ;-)

Unknown said...

Our kitty Troi is a rescue too. She is currently napping in the sun. (Somebody's gotta do it!) And yes, Chez Stinky is the first of the Alpine Grove Romantic Comedies. I just released the second one, Fuzzy Logic, which is available on in paperback and Kindle -

Unknown said...

Thanks Melinda! I'm so glad you liked it :)