Sunday, December 9, 2012

A Tail of Two Kitties


Bingo the black cat from Denise Swanson’s New York Times bestselling Scumble River mysteries and Banshee the Siamese from the Devereaux’s Dime Store series talk about their life.

Bingo: You would not believe what my human, Skye Denison, has done to me. She stuck a Santa hat on my head and took my picture. The indignity. She says she’s using it for her Christmas card. Why in God’s green earth would you add a stupid costume to perfection?

Banshee: It’s because you spoil her. No way in hell would my human, Birdie Sinclair, or her horrible granddaughter try something like that with me. The minute, Devereaux invaded my castle I laid down the law.

Bingo: What did you do?

Banshee: I ate her pet rodent. A win-win situation. She learned who was boss and I had a tasty snack.

Bingo: But Skye rescued me. I was trapped in a well and—

Banshee: What is she Lassie?

Bingo: Very funny. And she took me in when her horrible uncle was going to have me put to sleep.

Banshee: So? That’s what humans are for. I always say, the good ones can stick around as our pets, but the bad ones need to be in fear of us.

Bingo: How did you know Devereaux was a bad one? I only ask because Skye’s getting married and they’re living here. What if her husband is a bad one?

Banshee: Devereaux was a teenager. They’re all bad because they’re even more self-centered than cats are.

Bingo: But I like Frannie and Justin and they’re teenagers, or at least they were when I first met them.

Banshee: Wow! It sounds like you don’t have any taste at all. What will you do if your human’s new husband has a dog? Have you thought about that?

Bingo: You said the D word!

Banshee: You’ll be saying more than dog if you don’t learn how to discipline your humans pretty soon.
 
Bingo: I guess you better send me that correspondence course after all.

Don't forget the Cozy Christmas giveaway here on Killer Characters! Just comment each day on our posts and your name will be entered. Here's the question of the day:

Does your pet rule the roost?


Come back tomorrow to see if you've won. Even if you don't win, keep in mind that you've got a ton of chances all month. And remember that paperback cozy mysteries are exactly the right size to fit in Christmas stockings.

Bingo suggests Murder of the Cat's Meow and Banshee suggests Little Shop of Homicide.
--New York Times bestselling author Denise Swanson writes the Scumble River and the Devereaux Dime Store mysteries. Murder of the Cat’s Meow is her newest book and is available at:





63 comments:

  1. Most definitely..My chihuahua/schnauzer mixed breed is king of the house and we better not forget it..Still love him though.

    Kimberlee
    http://girllostinabook.blogspot.com
    girllostinabook@hotmail.com

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  2. I have two cats and two dogs---and they definitely rule the roost. They do graciously let me share the house with them if I feed and pet them at their request.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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  3. i only had rescue kitty for a few years but i was not allowed to use the computer without her. she would sit in my lap and make me pet her. i learned how to quickly navigate a keyboard one-handed.

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  4. Lol that was fun. A cat has servants, a dog has a boss, so true. I only have a few tiny birds to take care off, so no problem really. Though I do enjoy cats and dogs in books a lot.

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  5. Of course all my pets have/had ruled the household! They're so very tolerant, loving how could it be otherwise! Merry Christmas!

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  6. Any pet we ever had ruled. Period! :)
    kpbarnett1941[at]aol.com

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  7. That was fun. All pets ruled...it's just our imagination that led us to believe that we have the final word.

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  8. Yes, definitely, our cat rules the house. Who else could howl at 5 am and know some human (me) will get up and feed him? He knows how to get what he wants but we love him just the same!

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  9. I have 3 Japanese Chin dogs (they act more like cats than dogs) and they definitely rule the roost! :) kuzlin(at)aol(dot)com

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  10. My Papillion rules the roost! She knows how to look at you to get what she wants....a different look or sound depending on what she is saying with a tilt of her head.

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  11. Don't have any pets.

    xzjh04(at)gmail(dot)com

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  12. I have four cats and two dogs and they def rule the roost in our house. There is not much chance of a lie in in the morning with the cats wake the dogs then they are barking and the cats get up and tap on the window sill until they get fed. If they get peckish at night time too they come and tap on the window(scaring the life out of me).When I get up in the morning it looks like I have cat window boxes as they each have a window that they sit on.They are all black and white and look like colour cordinated feline window boxes who purr hehehe

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  13. One of our cats has us trained to turn on the fireplace on demand! She sits and stares at it, then turns around and looks at us, then back to the fireplace. Very eloquent! I suspect she only keeps us around because we have thumbs!

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  14. I don't think my two boys (both dogs) rule, I think I'm still the boss. Maybe that's wishful thinking, though. lol

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  15. I just love your series would love to read this one. And I have one special spoiled dog over here also.

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  16. If you ask our pets they will say they rule. We just added a new member to the family, Sapper, a 9 week old lab who is training to be my husband's service dog. Our oldest Schnauzer, Pepper is not happy with the addition. After all someone else now has dad's attention. The younger Schnauzer, Hannity, likes having a new playmate, but keeps hiding in the closet because Sapper is a bit rough with her. The two hedgehogs, Olivia and Hedgie just think the larger four legged children are just nuts. The dogs have us trained about meal times. I swear they can read the clock and know just when it's dinner time.

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  17. My dog grabs things so I give him treats to get them back. He sure has me trained.

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  18. When we had pets, yes they ruled the roost. No pets now though.

    nlb1050(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  19. My five cats totally rule the house. I simply pay the mortgage and buy necessities and toys. I was so touched yesterday when Morgan came to stand in my lap, even when I realized he was only doing so because I was in "his" spot on the couch. I guess if he couldn't sit there, he'd stand on top of whomever was. After some medical "issues" of his earlier this year, he now has me trained to come to clap and cheer for whatever he has done in the litterbox. Such is my life...and I love it! :)

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  20. Rags, my rescue Ragdoll, totally rules the roost at home. At The Cheese Shop, he has to stay in the office. I give him treats whenever I visit him in there. And we take walks. He's a love and I wouldn't trade him for the world.

    Best,

    Charlotte Bessette (for author Avery Aames)

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  21. I don't have any pets but when I had a dog it was his house.

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  22. Nope, our cat is more of the skittish, scaredy-cat variety. The toddler (thinks she is) the ruler of the roost around here!

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  23. Oh, yeah. Just bought a new car and had to make sure our old greyhound can fit comfortably in the back. Even though she is near the end and only goes in the car these days for a trip to the vet. But still.... And the couch is hers. We squeeze at the end after she's up there. Gotta love a pet lover!

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  24. My daughter has a rescue dog that rules two houses. He was dropped off at my house on a cold rainy night and was loved right away. He spends evenings and weekends with my daughter and he comes to my house during the week while she works. I have to admit that I was not really a dog person but this little guy has stolen my heart. He goes everywhere I go if at all possible and his wardrobe is bigger than mine. My daughter and her boyfriend take him everywhere and he has even stolen the heart of my husband and dad who thought I was crazy to treat him like a child. Mr. Saline-my nine year old nephew named him-even loves cats. I really believe he may have been raised with cats.

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  25. I love this title, thank you for hosting these giveaways!

    wfnren(at)aol(dot)com

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  26. Yes of course our pets rule the roost. We have one dog and five cats. Two of the cats are now outside cats but we still have three inside. Our cat named Blue things everything in the house is her play toy. Our cat named Reese thinks we are here to do as she says. Tiny Cat - he is the most laid back and doesn't require much from anyone. Thank you for the chance to win.

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  27. I currently have 1 dog (OMG, I used the D word, lol), 5 rats (Banshee, you'd better leave them alone!) 1 horse (he has his own place-I board him), and 4 cats. The cats definitely rule the roost!

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  28. Our dogs are the stars in our house!
    Patti Smith

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  29. My father is allergic to cats, so I have to enjoy cat adventures through reading!!!

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  30. My three cats get treated like they are my best precious friends and they treat me that way, too. they couldn't be sweeter. The horses, too. Went to the track this morning, as soon as my Statesy heard my name, his head popped up, he ran to the door for kisses and hugs and ear scratches. We even have a beautiful woman jockey for him. Life is good for our furry friends. LOVE your books!

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  31. Ah, now I know what my friends are saying. Book cover is delightful & photos make my day.

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  32. I dont have any pets at this time..I used to have a dog, and I loved him very much.
    He did seem "to rule the roost" sometimes! =)

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  33. I have two cats and they very definitely rule the roost!

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  34. Forgot to answer your question: Of course they rule. Had a St. Bernard who opened door by breaking down to sleep on bed; result = left door open to avoid further repairs.

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  35. My cats say "NOW!" instead of "Meow."

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  36. Oh yes they do, I have 3 cats and they are very demanding :) they love their attention especially at 3 am in the morning.

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  37. Love the post by the two cats! Would love to read the new books.

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  38. Oops! Forgot to answer the question! Yes, Dusti definitely rules the roost. She waits by the bathroom sink for me to turn it on for her and then she walks over to the other one for it to be turned on also. THEN, she decides which one to use! And of course, I turn them both on until she decides.

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  39. We have three cats, but only one of them truly rules the roost. All of them love attention and their people time, but one of them is extremely jealous of the others. She doesn't like it if my hubby gives me some affection and ignores her.

    Debbie
    kagashi(at)fmtc(dot)net

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  40. Love the post. Love the cover. Don't have any pets right now, but grew up with both cats and (the d word) dogs. That was on a farm, so both dogs and cats had work to do, of prime importance, and they certainly let us know that.

    Would love to win the book!

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  41. I live with rescued Boxers. They would love to have a cat for their very own, but the cat would have to go into therapy because of dealing with them and right now I simply cannot afford that.

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  42. my family is petless for the firsttime . But we are waiting for the right use dog. A little feral manx lives in my grandsons fort. Trapped her,sprayed and gave her shots and return to where we found her.
    she taming and she is a beauty. Ruth Nixon

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  43. We have a cat so of course he rules the roost. He's a rescue kitty and gives us lots of love in return for his full food bowl, a warm house and a big window where he can sit and watch the world go by while remaining safe.

    Would love to win the book.

    Tina B

    tbranco24 AT gmail DOT com

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  44. I have 1 mainecoon and he rules the roost. Also have 2 kittens and the follow him around like he is the king.It cute when the mimic him. And of course they all rule me too.

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  45. I have a cat named Norton and he never lets dinner arrive late. He is the perfect alarm clock. Meow

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  46. Our kitty slaps me in the face if I don't get up early enought to give her breakfast. If that doesn't work, she goes to the dresser and uses her paw to knock things off one at a time. She is a tough task master.

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  47. We have 3 cats and one dog. They definitely rule our house. I have read and enjoyed several of Denise Swanson's books.
    Sandy 2012

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  48. I've been well trained by my brood and they definitely rule the roost around here. I feed a total of 10 cats, not all of them mine, and I have one of those "D" things, too. She's also pretty spoiled.

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  49. The bakery on the corner sells fresh homemade dog biscuits. All the dogs in the neighborhood walk their people there every morning.

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  50. My dog thinks he rules the roost. I let him think that but I really do.

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

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  51. This was a lot of fun to read thank you.

    I am without a pet at present.

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  52. we have two kitties, and while they don't rule the roost, they are pretty important to our family!
    would love to read this book!

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  53. I let our 3 cats think they rule but sometimes, we have to do what is best for them. They are all rescued kitties so theirs a bond there too.I would love to read this.

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  54. i have a 16 year old feral cat who is the boss in out house.

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  55. The eldest cat definitely rules---even rules the dogs.
    farrell@crosslake.net

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  56. No. Fun post.

    bn100candg(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  57. No pets here! Probably a good thing. Inwouldne let them rule the roost lol. :)caradube@bellsouth.net

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  58. My Beagle, Stella, just lets me think this place is mine. House rule - anytime bacon is on the menu, the dog gets her own piece. She gets dried blueberries after making her last outside visit of the night for "going pee-peelike a good girl." I am also trained to get up with her and open the doggie door when she needs to use the facilities (skunk problem here and don't want them in the house). She head-butts me to let her under the covers. And she really likes to have the Restwarmer on the bed turned up to high before she settles in for the night. I'm whipped. dz87507 at gmail dot com.

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  59. ALL our pets rule the roost! I have a rescue cat that is the "Queen Bee" of the house however she cohorts with a bull mastiff-huskey mix pup (1 year old) that I bottle raised as well as a chihuahua mix (18 months old) that I also bottle raised (and who are both big babies) and another chihuahua dog. That isn't even counting the outside animals that rule the roost!

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  60. ALL our pets rule the roost! I have a rescue cat that is the "Queen Bee" of the house however she cohorts with a bull mastiff-huskey mix pup (1 year old) that I bottle raised as well as a chihuahua mix (18 months old) that I also bottle raised (and who are both big babies) and another chihuahua dog. That isn't even counting the outside animals that rule the roost!

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  61. of course! She has us all trained :)

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  62. Are dog does not think she is a dog.

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  63. Our dogs are the stars in our house!
    Patti Smith

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