New Kitty Couture Mystery and Interview: Cat Got Your Secrets by Julie Chase

Lacy Marie Crocker has settled into a comfortable groove back home in New Orleans, and with Valentine’s Day right around the corner, she’s busier than ever running a thriving pet boutique, helping her mother organize the upcoming National Pet Pageant, and untangling her complicated love life. But when delivering a king-sized order of dreidel-shaped doggy biscuits for a Saint Berdoodle’s bark-mitzvah, Lacy stumbles into yet another murder scene—and the last person to see the victim alive was her own father.

It’s up to Lacy to clear her dad’s name from the suspect list before Detective Jack Oliver has to cage him for good. But just when she starts pawing at the truth, she receives a threatening letter from a mysterious blackmailer bent on silencing her with her own secrets. And Lacy’s not the only one with bones in her closet.


Author Interview with Julie Chase

Julie, welcome to Island Confidential! Can you tell us about your protagonist, Lacy?

Lacy Marie Crocker owns Furry Godmother, a pet boutique on Magazine Street in the famed New Orleans Garden District, where she uses her fashion degree to make custom couture clothing and costumes for pets, as well as fresh baked organic treats for local furbabies. She is smart and kind, loving and curious. Her big heart and keen eye for details often get her into trouble when she really just wants to help.

Are you and Lacy alike? 

Lacy is a lot like me, except rich, confident and brave. LOL! I live vicariously through her adventures. She thinks what I think, then does the things I’d never be able to do from my cowering position behind her. If I met Lacy in real life, we would be great friends. I’d want to know all about her crazy adventures.

Do your characters change and evolve throughout consecutive books in the series?

Absolutely, and not just the hero and heroine. Like flesh and bone people, my characters are each on a journey through their life. They grow and change as a result of the experiences and encounters they have. Often, they change each other.

Have you ever thought of killing someone that you know in real life–on the pages of a murder mystery, I mean? 

No. I’m fortunate, I guess, because there’s no one I’d like to see meet an untimely death.

How realistic is your setting? Do you take liberties, or are you true to life?

Lacy’s world is a mix of real and fantasy. New Orleans is a very special place to me. I visit as often as I can to get the big details right. But, Lacy is fictional. Her family, friends and past are too, so I create and events shops as needed or fabricate street names. It’s something I put a lot of thought into, keeping New Orleans authentic while making Lacy’s adventures unique.

When the movie or TV series is made, who plays the major parts?

Ha! I’d be thrilled just to get the opportunity to write book four in this series! But in the interest of fun, I have written a post on this topic before. You can find it here with photos, but the bottom line is:

Ashley Benson as Lacy Marie Crocker

Ian Somerholder as Detective Jack Oliver

Jensen Asckles as Chase Hawthorne (Lacy’s love interest / friend)

Emma Stone as Scarlet Hawthorne (Lacy’s BFF)

Susana Thompson as Violet Conti-Crocker (Lacy’s mom)

What’s the worst and best advice you’ve heard or received as an author?

The worst advice I’ve ever been given as an author is to only write in one genre. For a long while at the beginning of my quest for publication, it was a popular thing to read on blogs and social media. Folks would say, “Don’t genre jump. It makes you look amateur.” Well, that’s hooey. If you’re a writer, then you should be writing the stories of your heart. All of them, and that doesn’t make you a novice. It makes you real.

The best advice I’ve been given as an author is to keep writing. If your manuscript isn’t selling, then write another and put that first one behind you. You can always come back to it, but obsessing over getting THAT one sold will stagnate you. We have to keep working, learning, improving. You don’t have to delete the work you can’t sell, but don’t get so hung up on selling that one piece that you stop writing. Keep. Writing.

 


About The Author

Julie Chase is a mystery-loving pet enthusiast who hopes to make readers smile. She lives in rural Ohio with her husband and three spunky children. Julie is a member of the International Thriller Writers (ITW) and Sisters in Crime (SinC). She is represented by Jill Marsal of Marsal Lyons Literary Agency.

Julie also writes as Julie Anne Lindsey. Learn more about Julie at her website.

 

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New suspense from Crooked Lane: No Turning Back by Tracy Buchanan

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Anna Graves’s whole life has recently been turned upside down. A new mother, she’s just gone back to her job as a radio presenter and is busy navigating a new schedule of late night feeding and early morning wake ups while also dealing with her newly separated husband. Then the worst happens. While Anna is walking on the beach with her daughter, she’s attacked by a crazed teenager. Terrified, Anna reacts instinctively to protect her baby.

But her life falls apart when the schoolboy dies from his injuries. The police believe Anna’s story, until the autopsy results reveal something more sinister. A frenzied media attack sends Anna into a spiral of self-doubt. Her precarious mental state is further threatened when she receives a chilling message from someone claiming to be the “Ophelia Killer,” a serial killer who preyed on the town twenty years ago—and who abruptly stopped when Anna’s father committed suicide.

Is Anna as innocent as she claims? And is murder forgivable, if committed to save your child’s life? Internationally bestselling author Tracy Buchanan takes readers on an emotional roller coaster ride filled with heart-stopping secrets and hairpin turns in No Turning Back, her US debut.


 

About The Author

Julie Chase is a mystery-loving pet enthusiast who hopes to make readers smile. She lives in rural Ohio with her husband and three spunky children. Julie is a member of the International Thriller Writers (ITW) and Sisters in Crime (SinC). She is represented by Jill Marsal of Marsal Lyons Literary Agency.

Julie also writes as Julie Anne Lindsey. Learn more about Julie at http://juliechasebooks.com/

 

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New Kitty Couture Mystery and Character Interview: Cat Got Your Cash by Julie Chase

Lacy Marie Crocker’s whimsical pet couture has gained a following in New Orleans’s cozy Garden District, and word of mouth has traveled all the way to her favorite fashion designer, Annie Lane. Lacy’s thrilled when Annie schedules a private session at her home to discuss a companion line for her evening wear, but when Lacy arrives for the appointment, she enters the kitchen to two mewling Siamese cats–and one very dead Annie.

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Lacy takes the kittens home to care for them until they can be properly claimed by Annie’s family or friends, but after a busy day of work, she returns home to find them missing. And when Lacy learns the cats are set to inherit Annie’s fortune, she begins to wonder if the killer was after the kittens all along. Now Lacy will stop at nothing to save the Siamese and find justice for Annie–if the killer doesn’t sink his claws into her first.

Luckily, Lacy has the help of handsome NOLA PD homicide detective Jack Oliver to help her catch the cat-napper before its too late in Cat Got Your Cash, the endearing second Kitty Couture mystery from Julie Chase.


Lacy, welcome to Island Confidential. Tell us a little bit about yourself–both something we learn from Cat Got Your Cash and something that readers might not guess? 

LMC: Hmm. Well, Louisiana is my home. Specifically, the famed New Orleans Garden District. I left for college about ten years ago, hoping to find myself and break free from my parents’ money. I came bouncing back on my broke behind last summer, after an awful breakup with Pete-the-Cheat. Life, right? I decided to put my Yankee fashion degree to use NOLA style by opening Furry Godmother, a custom costume and clothing boutique for pets. It’s my personal slice of heaven, and I’m not sure why I ever left. I’ll blame naivete and youth. Also, my mother. I guess everyone knows that about me by now. What they might not know is that I’m a hopeless romantic. I put up a good front, but all I really want in life is a marriage like my folks’ and enough sequins and glitter to jazz up the world.

Who’s the character you get along with the best?

LMC: I love my best friend, Scarlet. She’s been my partner in crime since we were in diapers. Unfortunately, she has three little ones in diapers at the moment, so she’s a little busy. I’m on my own for most of my adventures, but when she slips in to join me, the mischief is 100% more fun.

Which other character do you have a conflict with?

LMC: I have an ongoing conflict with New Orleans homicide detective, Jack Oliver. He’s a pill, but he’s really easy on the eyes and he means well, so we work out the differences. For example: He wants me to stay out of his investigations, but I want to solve the crimes. He threatens obstruction, so I promise to behave. And the dance continues.

Just between you and me: What do you really think of Julie Chase? 

LMC: She’s a worrier. I’m fine. This is my town. I tell her to relax and enjoy the story, but every time I check in on her, she’s got her shoulders pressed to her ears, and she’s puffing into a paper bag. Just breathe, Julie. I’ve got this. Laissez les bons temps rouler!

What’s next for you? 

LMC: In September you can read about the trouble I got into after my dad was accused of murder in Cat Got Your Secrets. That experience was a doozie, but I got to kiss a devastatingly handsome man, so the whole near death experience trauma kind of evened out.

 


About The Author

Julie Chase is a mystery-loving pet enthusiast who hopes to make readers smile. She lives in rural Ohio with her husband and three spunky children. Julie is a member of the International Thriller Writers (ITW) and Sisters in Crime (SinC). She is represented by Jill Marsal of Marsal Lyons Literary Agency.

Julie also writes as Julie Anne Lindsey. Learn more about Julie at http://juliechasebooks.com/

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Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JulieChaseAuthor/

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/JulieALindsey

 

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New Painting Cozy and Interview: A Palette for Murder


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A killer heat wave settles over Seagull Lane…Summer’s sizzling in Vista Beach, the home of computer programmer and tole-painting enthusiast Aurora (Rory) Anderson. The abnormally high temperatures are hard on everyone in the quiet Los Angeles county beach community, especially the city’s homeless population. Residents are doing everything they can to stay cool, including leaving windows open to catch the faintest breeze. Not the best idea when a string of burglaries is plaguing nearby towns.
<Still, Rory doesn’t expect to find her neighbor’s body just a few doors down. When suspicion falls on a friend and fellow painter, Rory must discover the truth before the police paint the wrong picture and send her friend away permanently.


Q: Sybil, thanks for stopping by Island Confidential! Can you tell us a little bit about your protagonist? 

SJ:   Aurora (Rory) Anderson is in her late twenties, a freelance computer programmer and tole/decorative painting enthusiast. She was adopted at age 2 when her birth parents (a couple of serial arsonists) died in a fire of their own making. She didn’t learn this until right before the first book in the series, FATAL BRUSHSTROKE, so that’s something she’s dealing with. And she now lives in the town where her birth parents went on their arson spree.

Q: How much of you is in Rory?

SJ:  I think all of my characters have a bit of me in them, some more than others. Rory and I have quite a bit in common. I was in software development for 20 years; she’s a freelance programmer. We both share a love of tole/decorative painting and we’re both a bit klutzy. I would really like her. She’s caring and compassionate and will stick up for her friends and family. That doesn’t mean she doesn’t have faults, but she’s overall a likeable person to me.

Q: This is the third Aurora Anderson mystery. Do your characters change and evolve throughout consecutive books in the series?

SJ:  Rory, in particular, is slowly changing as she deals with what her birth parents did when she was little. Her adoptive parents, Arika and Swan Anderson, took her away from Vista Beach when she was small so she wouldn’t have to grow up with the stigma of what her birth parents had done. But they moved back a couple years ago and there’s still some antagonism around town, though it is cooling off as people get to know her. The town’s chief of police, Redmond Marshall, is also changing. His wife and young daughter were killed in one of the arson fires years ago. It’s hard for him to trust Rory, especially since she’s the spitting image of her birth mother, but he’s learning.

Q: Have you ever thought of killing someone that you know in real life–on the pages of a murder mystery, I mean? 

SJ:  All the time! I suppose I shouldn’t admit that. I’d never intentionally hurt anyone in real life, of course, but killing someone on the page… If someone annoys you, it’s rather cathartic. But, I would never use that person’s real name. Who I’m killing off in a story is between me and the book.

Q: How realistic is your setting? Do you take liberties, or are you true to life?

SJ:  My books take place in Vista Beach, a fictional Los Angeles county beach town that I’ve modeled after the beach cities in the area in which I live. I try to take elements that are peculiar to cities on the coast. e.g. in A PALETTE FOR MURDER there’s a chalk art festival which is loosely based on the chalk art festival that is held every year in Redondo Beach.

Q: When the movie or TV series is made, who plays the major parts?

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SJ:  This is a really tough question. Some authors have particular actors in mind when they write their characters, but that’s not me. I do have a vision of what each one would look like, though.

Rory (main character) – Whoever plays Rory needs to be tall since Rory is 6 feet. I think I’ll go with Mandy Moore who is in “This is Us”. She exudes a girl next door vibe, which is how I see Rory.

Liz (Rory’s BFF/sidekick) – Kimiko Glenn best known for “Orange is the New Black”. She shares a common heritage with Liz. I saw an interview with her about “Waitress,” the musical she’s in. I think she’d make a good Liz.

Detective Green – Daniel Gillies who plays Elijah on “The Originals”.

Q: What’s the worst and best advice you’ve heard or received as an author?

SJ:  The best: Just write! Forget about those doubts and fears swirling around in your head. Forget about what everyone else is doing. Tame those inner demons and write, write, write!  The worst: Anything that is an absolute, that says that every writer must do this or that. Every writer is different. We’re all on our own journeys. What’s good advice for one person may not be good advice for another.

 


About The Author –

Sybil Johnson’s love affair with reading began in kindergarten with “The Three Little Pigs.” Visits to the library introduced her to Encyclopedia Brown, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle and a host of other characters. Fast forward to college where she continued reading while studying Computer Science. After a rewarding career in the computer industry, Sybil decided to try her hand at writing mysteries. Her short fiction has appeared in Mysterical-E and Spinetingler Magazine, among others. Originally from the Pacific Northwest, she now lives in Southern California where she enjoys tole painting, studying ancient languages and spending time with friends and family.

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New Cozy and #Giveaway: Cat Got Your Diamonds


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Grandeur and opulence are everything in the famed New Orleans Garden District where pets are family and no bling is too big. Opening Furry Godmother, pet boutique and organic treat bakery, is Lacy Marie Crocker’s dream come true–until the glitter gun used to make her Shih Tzu tutus becomes a murder weapon. And Lacy becomes public enemy #1.
Now Detective Jack Oliver is hounding Lacy, and her Furry Godmother investor wants out before his name is tarnished by association. To make matters worse, a string of jewel heists with suspicious ties to the murder case has New Orleans residents on edge. To save her dream, Lacy must take a stand, put her keen eyes to work, and unravel what really happened at her shop that night. But can Lacy sniff out the killer cat burglar in time to get her tail-raising designs on the catwalk?Early Praise:

“In all that New Orleans heat and glitter, there’s a wolf in sheep’s clothing. A fun read.”

Rita Mae Brown, New York Times bestselling author of the Sneaky Pie mystery series

“Everyone needs a Furry Godmother! A delightful new series steeped in the flavor of New Orleans and its old families. Julie Chase’s clever characters are guaranteed to make you smile.”

Krista Davis, New York Times bestselling author of the Paws & Claws mysteries

“A stunning debut… Julie Chase’s new series is a cross between Laura Childs’ Scrapbooking series and Ali Brandon’s Black Cat Bookshop. A fantastic start to what looks like a promising cozy series. Even if you are not a cat/dog lover, you will love this one!”

T. C. LoTempio, author of the national bestselling Nick and Nora mystery series.


Q: Julie, thanks for stopping by Island Confidential. Can you tell us something about your protagonist, Lacy?

A:  Lacy Marie Crocker is from one of New Orleans’ wealthiest families, but she’s never quite fit in. She chased her dreams of making a life for herself, outside the family fortune, all the way to Virginia, but when a broken heart causes an unexpected change in plans, Lacy heads home to the city she loves. She quickly puts her fashion degree and love of animals to use making custom clothing and costumes for pets by opening Furry Godmother, a pet boutique and organic treat bakery. Lacy is curious, smart and determined, all the things I love in a woman. Better still? She’s kind, loyal and compassionate, all the things I love in a human.

Q: How much do you have in common with Lacy?  

A:  There’s a lot of me in all my characters, I think. They’re made of my thoughts, opinions and experiences. Good and bad. Kind and evil. They’re all inspired by something I’ve seen, heard or lived. I make strong, smart and determined heroines because those are qualities I admire and aspire to have. If I could sit down and talk to Lacy in person, I’d be there all night. I think she’s fabulous.

Q: Do your characters change and evolve throughout consecutive books in the series?

A:  Definitely. In Cat Got Your Diamonds, Lacy comes home to lick her wounds and make a place for herself in a society where she never really fit in. I’ve just finished writing book three, and in less than a year’s time, she’s made a place for herself, while being herself, in that world. She even develops a friendship with her mother, the woman who has driven her bananas for thirty years. Also, the love triangle that emerges in book one takes a distinct turn in book three as the dynamics between Lacy and Jack, and Lacy and Chase evolve. Steadily, her shop, Furry Godmother, makes a name for itself and so does she. Lacy is continuously unraveling who she is, where she belongs in this life and what exactly that means.

Q: Have you ever thought of killing someone that you know in real life–on the pages of a murder mystery, I mean?

A:  Ha! That’s a great question! No… I don’t have it in me. I’m a professional conflict avoider. I’m the woman who never thinks of what she should say in the face of a meanie until hours later, long after the creep is gone. Then, I act out the one-sided argument in my shower until I feel vindicated.

Q: How realistic is your setting? Do you take liberties, or are you true to life?

A:  My Kitty Couture series takes place in the Garden District of New Orleans, which is, of course, a real place, but the story happens in a very fictionalized version of this neighborhood. For example, Furry Godmother isn’t an actual store on Magazine Street, but Magazine Street is an actual street in the Garden District. For me, finding the right mix of fact vs fiction was a tough one, but I hope the result is a delicious escape.

Q: When the movie or TV series is made, who plays the major parts?

A: Oh, fun! I’d love to cast this show LOL! I’m a very visual person, so I actually kept a pin board of characters up as I wrote, and I used pictures of Ian Somerholder as Detective Jack Oliver’s character, Stephen Amell for Chase Hawthorne, and Jennifer Lawrence is Lacy Marie Crocker.

Q: What’s the worst and best advice you’ve heard or received as an author?

A:  The worst advice I’ve seen about writing is that aspiring authors should stick to one genre. I’ve seen tweets and blog posts dedicated to admonishing newbie writers who “genre jump,” calling the behavior amateurish. It’s total nonsense. If you have a story to tell, then tell it. If it’s a horror story today and a romance tomorrow, so what? Writers are creative people by definition. Of course we’re going to have a multitude of ideas. That’s completely understandable. What’s crazy is telling us to get inside one box. I say, fly free young writers! FLY!

Best advice: Don’t give up. No matter how bad today looks, tomorrow will be better. You have no idea how close you are already. You can’t give up now. And that advice covers more than just writing.


Julie Chase is a mystery-loving pet enthusiast who hopes to make readers smile. She lives in rural Ohio with her husband and three small children. Julie is a member of the International Thriller Writers (ITW) and Sisters in Crime (SinC). She is represented by Jill Marsal of Marsal Lyons Literary Agency. Julie also writes as Julie Anne Lindsey.

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