Archon Puzzlers and Enraged Plutonians!

Joey and I just got back from Archon, St. Louis, an awesome annual sci-fi convention. During the weekend we played games, sold books and participated in panels — all oodles of fun BUT the best of all was at 4:00 pm on Saturday afternoon when Joey and I ran our first ever Archon puzzle hunt. The theme of the hunt was based around a delegation of enraged Plutonians who were angry that they small planet had been demoted by some humans.

What better way to convince the Earthlings that they were wrong about Pluto but by making them solve a bunch of puzzles to learn all about their small proud planet.

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Sixty intrepid puzzlers took the challenge and came to solve the Plutonian hunt and kept solving until they’d worked their way through all five puzzles. Here they are hard at work solving.

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The highlight was one puzzle that required the team as a whole to sing the newly deciphered Plutonian National Anthem in order to progress. The teams did so with such gusto and good spirit.

Want to solve the puzzles too? Stay tuned to this page. I’ve decided to publish a variation of this hunt for my annual Chanukah Hunt this year. In the meantime here’s a final pic of one the delegation returning to her abode.

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Archon and a 99 cents sale

If anyone is coming to Archon in Collinsville this weekend, Joey and I will be running a puzzle hunt at 4:00 pm on Saturday. It features some enraged Plutonians. Please come by!

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Hi folks, I’m off to ARCHON this weekend with my son and co-puzzler, Joey and my friend and author and youtuber, Steven Thomas.

We’ll have a table in Author Alley plus you can find us at a number of cool panels throughout the weekend.

On Friday evening at 8pm learn to Publish Your Book (Without Spending a Fortune) in Marquette B (Gateway Center) with Steven Thomas. Steve has run this seminar in many locations around St. Louis and St. Charles and is now taking it to Archon. You can also pick up some of Steve’s awesome action adventure novels from our table in Author Alley.

On Saturday morning (10:00 am – Doubletree Madison C&D) Steve will also be joining me, Jennifer Lynn, and TW Fendley in a panel about Audio Book Creation.

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Who likes puzzles? A few years ago at Archon, Joey and I ran a successful panel about…

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Picture Book News

For those of you with little ones I have a new picture book coming.

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I’m proud to announce that Cecilia of CECILIA’S TALE has won runner up in the Stephen Memorial award for Distinctive Cats 2019.

Cecilia was chosen for “Learning to survive and thrive in this world.”

If you haven’t already read her story you can pick it up on Amazon or purchase a signed copy from me on this site.

Or if you happen to be at ARCHON this weekend come see me in Author Alley or in my storytime with Jessica Adams on Sunday morning in Children’s Programming.

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Next up, meet little witch, Wanda and her cat Whiskey.  Wanda’s story will be released on Guy Fawkes Day, November 5th but is now up for presale.

Preorder the Kindle version on Amazon 

OR preorder a signed paperback from me here. I also have an awesome bundle available of ALL my picture books.

I will be reading WANDA’S WAND and CECILIA’S TALE…

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Cryptic Crossroads – Volume 2

What use is a book of crosswords that you can’t carry with you to solve when you are waiting in lines at the Doctor’s office, travelling by tube or metro or on a flight?

What if you can not only solve, but peek at the answers you don’t know and the explanations you don’t get without having to hunt all over the book?

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Sowmya Ramkumar and the members of the Facebook group 1Across proudly present Cryptic Crossroads – Volume 2.

This compilation of 22 cryptic crosswords features setters from India, the US, and the UK.

This is a cool collection not only can you buy it in paperback if you like to solve in pencil (or for the brave — pen!) But the Kindle version includes interactive puzzles that you can solve on your device.

The book is available all around the globe through Amazon or free on Kindle Unlimited.

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Want more cryptics? Be sure also to pick up Cryptic Crossroads – Volume 1 which includes a puzzle by yours truly 🙂

“A collectors’ treasure of excellently compiled cryptic puzzles. A gem to possess. Not a single dull moment in each of these puzzles, some of them even being cranium crackers. Value for money. You will not find such a treasure trove in one condensed book form . Go ahead and acquire it.” Raju Umamaheswar

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Friday Fiction – Choose Your Own Hunters of Reloria Adventure

Hi Puzzlers, if you’re like me you spent a lot of your younger years getting lost in Choose Your Own adventure books. My friend Kasper has written her own Choose Your Own Adventure set in her fantasy world of Reloria. Why not give it a whirl?

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Hi folks, I have something fun for you today. Fantasy author Kasper Beaumont has just released a special Choose-Your-Own-Adventure book in world of Reloria.

Kasper wrote this book because Choose Your Path-type books were one of her favorite genres as a teenager. She wants to share the fun and magic with her readers. It is set in the world of her Hunters of Reloria series and contains some of the novels’ most popular characters. Kasper welcomes readers of all ages to have some fun with this adventure book. It contains artwork sent in by artists of all ages. Like this awesome dragon!

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Let’s look at a sample page. What would you run towards?

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Want a copy? Pick up one on Kindle today and let the adventure begin.

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Cotula is here!

Over on my sister page I have a new release in my P.A.W.S. Saga.

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It’s alive! It took awhile (almost two years) but COTULA – part five of the P.A.W.S. Saga is now live on Amazon in paperback, Kindle and FREE on Kindle Unlimited.

What’s it about? Well …

Follow the Cotula. The stone will show you the way.

Rifka is lost, far away from home. Kidnapped by an insidious werewolf.
Far off in Manus Wu, a plan is set in place. An Old One sends colutae out into the world. These stones when brought together have the power to release Rifka. Yet does she truly want to go home?

Meet an empathic goat, a family of otters, a girl who loves to draw fairies, and a dragon in this new installment of the P.A.W.S. Saga.

Pick up a copy on Amazon! 

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Cover Reveal – COTULA – plus a freebie and a sale!

Over on my sister site, Paws 4 Thought, a cover reveal for my upcoming new book, Cotula, plus a sale and a freebie.

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Attention everyone. I know I haven’t been here much recently. That’s because I’ve been working really hard getting ready to release book 5 of the P.A.W.S. Saga later this summer. I apologize that it has taken so long. It’s been almost two years since I released Londinium and I never meant to have a gap of more than a year, but …. This new book is a monster. Finishing at over 130K words, it’s the longest thing I’ve ever written. And finally it’s done and already on preorder on Amazon.

So do you want to see the new shiny cover created by Rachel Bostwick? Of course you do!

Here it is.

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You can preorder it today for just 2.99 – that’s a full $2 less than it’s release price.

PLUS for the first time ever I have the first book FREE for just 3 days to celebrate the upcoming release…

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