Catstruck Interview — Stephanie Barr

Over on my sister blog today we begin a weekly series of author interviews from the charity anthology, Catstruck. Please check it out.


Today on my blog we begin a series of interviews featuring the authors from the charity anthology, Catstruck! The anthology was originally conceived by Stephanie Barr before she handed over the reins to me. Her story, “The Emperor’s Companion” featured in the book is a science fiction tale of Gyn Ryker a seasoned bodyguard sent to protect a very special monarch of the feline persuasion. You can read an excerpt from Stephanie’s tale later in the post, and don’t forget to enter our Catstruck! Rafflecopter which includes to generous donated prizes from Stephanie. But first the interview:

1. Tell us a little bit about yourself, Stephanie

I’m a rocket scientist by day, crazy writer by night, single mother of three (the eldest is grown and independent) all the time, and I have a BUNCH of cats. I love solving problems, snarky humor, cats and dragons, and telling stories.

2. When…

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Catstruck! It’s alive!

Happy National Cat Day! Over on my sister blog I’m celebrating felines with the release of a wonderful collection dedicated to all things cat.
Please pick up a copy. All proceeds go to Tenth Life Cat Rescue.


Beautiful, Cuddly, and Deadly! We all adore cats and this is an anthology dedicated to our favorite felines. All proceeds go to Tenth Life Cat Rescue in St. Louis, a wonderful local charity that dedicates their resources to rescuing street cats.

The anthologies includes stories and poetry from:
Debbie Manber Kupfer
Stephanie Barr
Jen Ponce
Indigo Leigh
Henry Herz
Holly Hook
Marlena Frank
V.M. Sang
Diana Dawn
Mackenzie Flohr
Kressel Housman
Jamie Glaser

And over the coming weeks I will be highlighting each of the authors and stories on this blog. In the meantime be sure to pick up your copy.

Also enter our Rafflecopter for a chance to win a hardback copy of Catstruck! and a host of other goodies.

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Jewish Holiday Activity Book by Jill Morgenstern

Hi folks, the Jewish Holidays of Rosh Hashana, Yom Kippur and Succot are shortly going to be on us and if you have little ones this new activity book from Jill Morgenstern is perfect to keep them entertained.

The book includes fun learning activities for the Jewish Holidays. Includes word searches, coloring pages, mazes, word scrambles, complete the patterns, one of these things is not like the other, and other puzzles and activities.

Divided into sections for the High Holidays, Sukkot, Simchat Torah, Chanukah, Tu B’Shevat, Purim, Pesach, Yom Ha’Atzmaut, Lag Ba’Omer, Shavuot, and Shabbat. Also includes answer keys for the word searches and some of the other puzzles.

Perfect for use at home, or in a religious school or day school classroom to supplement learning about the holidays in a fun way! Great for ages 7-12 or second through sixth grade.

Book includes 150 single sided pages. There are 58 pages of activities and 21 answer pages.

Pick up your copy on Amazon!

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Catch up on the P.A.W.S. Saga – 99 cents sale!

Hey folks, over at my sister site I’m having a sale. Check it out if you like YA fantasy.


ALL NINE books in the P.A.W.S. Saga 99 cents for a limited time!

Psst! It’s time to catch up on the P.A.W.S. Saga. For just a few days all NINE books in my series are currently on sale for just 99 cents/99p a piece on Kindle. And that includes the newest title, Rhyfedd.

So don’t let this kitty get all the good stuff and pick up your copies today!

US – Amazon
UK – Amazon

Plus check out these promos of all things magical!

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Rhyfedd is Here! Happy Book Birthday to Me!

Hi folks, I have a new novel out and this one features a puzzle hunt. Check it out!


Pick up your copy today!

Hi everyone! Today’s the day. RHYFEDD – that’s book NINE of my P.A.W.S. Saga releases today! And we’re going on a magical puzzle hunt, the ancient Rhyfedd!

But once the hunt has started, it is clear that someone is meddling, but who? And what is the connection between the strange puzzles and the charm worn by Doris, the animagus dormouse from New York? And how does the mysterious Cazique fit into this?

It is all rather puzzling!

The P.A.W.S. Saga continues with Rhyfedd.Pick up your copy today!

Oh, and if you already preordered your copy, you can even preorder book 10, Madarak, if you wish that will be flying in next spring on the 10th anniversary of the release of the first edition of P.A.W.S.

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241 Real World Brain Teasers

PIck up your copy today!

This last week I’ve been delving into this new book of brain teasers that was recently released on Amazon in ebook, paperback and audio book.

I found it fascinating. The book is actually a selection of odd trivia but presented in such a way that allows the reader to ponder the whys before receiving the full nugget of information.

It is divided up into three sections Easy, Intermediate and Extra Challenging.

For example here is the first Easy teaser:

So what did Harry Stevens invent? I’m sure the learned puzzlers on this page can easily work it out, but the brainteasers become more challenging as the book progresses and each teaser is then followed by a hint to steer you in the right direction.

The book thus can be a flashpoint to conversation, a starter for a quiz night or as each section is divided into a multitude of subjects may be used in a variety of classrooms.

Pick up a Kindle copy today for just 99 cents on Amazon or read for free on Kindle Unlimited.

Oh and here’s the answer to the brainteaser above!

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Quay Stone

Hello everyone. First let me apologize as it’s been a while since I’ve published a puzzle on this page. I’m sorry. My New Year’s resolution for 2022 is to not ignore this space and publish more puzzles. I’ve got some help with this. Book 9 of my P.A.W.S. Saga called Rhyfedd is going to include a puzzle hunt and you can’t have a hunt without puzzles, so look forward to smattering of new ones in 2022.

In the meantime, this last week I published book 8 of my P.A.W.S. Saga and a crossword puzzle is featured in the book in one of the chapters. The puzzle is called QUAY STONE and the actual puzzle would be far too complex to replicate. Instead I present my own Quay Stone Crossword which once solved includes a couple of the characters from Akash.

I hope you enjoy it. You can either solve it online HERE.

Or download a PDF here.

Curious about the book that inspired this puzzle:

Pick up a copy today on Amazon in print or ebook or FREE on Kindle Unlimited.

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Akash is Here!

Today is release day for P.A.W.S. 8 – read a sample here and pick up your copy!


Pick up your copy today!

It’s finally here! AKASH – P.A.W.S. book 8 – is live today!

Read a sample here:

Deep in the battlefield Akash lay. He’d been lying in the same spot for twenty years, waiting. Today was the day, he could feel it. The war raged around him. He loved the glorious smell of death and flames. He longed to be part of it all.

But to emerge he needed a host or else he’d be nothing but a single spark. True, if the spark hit just so, the fire could be glorious. But once it was out he’d be gone. Spent.

No, in order to thrive, to travel, to fill the world with his glorious fiery children he’d need someone to carry him.

He understood that this first carrier would only be temporary. That the real host that would bring him his glory was far…

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Esmeralda’s Chanukah is Here!

Over on my sister page, I have a new release today for those who have little ones. Book includes a recipe for latkes.


It’s the first night of Chanukah and Esmeralda and her friends have a very important task to complete before sundown.

They need to make enough yummy latkes for all the flower fairies in the garden. There’s no time to waste.

Can they succeed before it’s time to light the menorah?

My new book arrived yesterday and it’s beautiful thanks to the wonderful watercolor art of Sri Lankan artist, Tina Wijesiri. I also listened to the audio book this morning that is currently being produced by British voice actress, Fiona Thraille. It’s going to be marvelous too. So I have an offer for everyone reading this page. Order a signed copy of Esmeralda’s Chanukah directly from me and get the audio book free.

Order your signed copy here for $15 including shipping plus there are bundle deals if you’d like to add my other picture books.

Or pick up your copy…

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Puzzles & Prompts

As many of you know, I am both a writer and a puzzler, thus when I came across this book series I adored the idea. The author Adeena Mignogna (AKA Crazy Robot) publishes word seek books that also act as writing prompts with extra space on the page to jot down inspiration. Each book contains 100 puzzles and there are currently NINE books in the series.

Check them out here!

Happy Writing and Solving!

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