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.
Hey folks, one of the most fun recent projects I worked on was with mystery writer, Louise Foster. I met Louise originally at Archon, a local science fiction convention which I attend every year as a writer, puzzler and fan. At the time I was running a workshop on writing puzzles. In following years I’ve also with my son, Joey run puzzle hunts at Archon and storytimes in children’s programming.
Louise contacted me because she was working on a mystery series featuring crossword puzzles and wanted to include puzzles both in the books and on her website. Well, COVID happened and the project took a little longer to complete but today the first of Louise’s books and puzzles are out. So over to Tracey Belden – PI and puzzle enthusiast.
I’m Tracy Belden. Creating crossword puzzles is my passion. But it doesn’t pay the rent. Being a part-time PI does. My current case is about a missing woman, my ex-husband’s second wife. There’s no proof she’s dead. Or that my ex-husband killed her. I have to admit, I’m not particularly interested in clearing his name. What’s important is… solving the puzzle. Grab your copy now of Book One in the Crossword Puzzle Mysteries. Just 99 cents on Kindle for a limited time.
One of my puzzles is inside the book, plus pick up a bonus puzzle over at Louise’s website
The most popular TV game show ever, Puzzle Train, has Tom hooked. Obsessed. Every week, he watches as the adults fail to complete the unseen Conductor’s puzzles. Every week at school he debates the Conductor’s identity with best friend, Isabelle. And every week, his stepfather tells him to get out of the living room and play sports.
An opportunity presents itself as a children’s special is announced. Tom is desperate to get on-line and attempt the qualification puzzles, his stepfather is equally desperate to stop him. The mystery to Tom is why does his stepfather hate the Puzzle Train so much?
Tom knows he can defeat the Conductor’s puzzles – if he can overcome his initial shyness – he has studied every episode and he has his grans words of wisdom in his head.
He has to win. Not just for the fame of becoming the first person in 500 episodes to defeat the Conductor – he doesn’t like attention.
Not just for the massive cash prize – although his mom really needs a new car.
But for the questions he has buzzing in his head and the desire he has to finally find out who the Conductor really is.
Got some younger kiddos you’d like to keep occupied over the summer months? Check out the Bad Caterpillar activity pages free from Story Origin in exchange for signing up for author Suvi Chisholm’s newsletter.
Fun activity pages designed to keep kids engaged and learning. Activity pages are based on the children’s book: Bad Caterpillar by Suvi Chisholm.
Hi folks, I’m excited to announce that I’m participating in the Book Owl Word Search (BOWS) and I’m part of the PURPLE team. To find out more about the Word Search and how to play visit https://www.snowywingspublishing.com/book-owl-word-search/bows-how-to-play/. See if you can find my secret word in this post. Hint it’s something I love. Then continue the search to the other authors on my team and find their words as well.
So, for those of you who are visiting you’re probably wondering what P.A.W.S. stands for. Well, P.A.W.S. is the Partnership of Animagi, Werewolves and Shapeshifters. The organization has a network of supernatural academies around the globe were would-be shifters train in their own particular magic.
So would you like to go to P.A.W.S.? The first thing you’d need to do is decide what animal form would fit your personality best. To find out take my handy dandy quiz here
Hi folks, how is your Spring going? It’s getting really nice around here, my favorite time, not too hot, not too cold.
I’ve got a couple of books for little ones to share with you this month. Both of these titles are FREE from Story Origin in exchange for signing up for the author’s newsletters.
First off Solve the mystery with child sleuth, Maggie Mae in this fun, free mystery book for kids.
Maggie Mae, detective extraordinaire, is on the case of who stole her grandma’s super-duper snickerdoodles. With her detective’s badge and notebook, she finds clues, interviews suspects, and sets a trap.
Who did it–Grandpa, her brother Ben, or Toby the dog?
These 40 different kawaii kittens come from a land full of flowers, where every day is spring. The flowers will challenge you creativity. Their shape will give uncountable ways of color them. You’ll never want to stop coloring these cute kittens.
We’ve gone about another 2 pi radians around the sun again, which means it must be time for P.I.HUNT again! This year is the 22nd year of the century, and the 7th P.I.HUNT, which means that my average time for hunt production this century will be 22/7 by the end of this year, the common approximation for pi! 🙂 This is definitely a natural statistic to look at and not contrived at all to make this year’s Pi Day seem special like I do every year. If that’s not special enough, there’s something else interesting that happened this year (in some time zones, at least.) There were two notable occurrences today, as close as is possible for them to occur without overlapping. Namely, Pi Minute (which has the first 6 digits of pi), is 3/14, 1:59 AM, and Daylight Savings Time begins 3/14, 2:00 AM.
Hey Everyone – it’s my birthday! So to celebrate I’ve put ALL 6 of my P.A.W.S. Saga on sale for just 99 cents/99p. It’s been a long and crazy year and hopefully 2021 will be a whole lot better. So snuggle up and read and in the meantime I’m scribbling away in the next couple of books in the series!