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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An Ex in the Puzzle by Louise Foster

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

Also you can pick up a free short story from Louise by joining her newsletter here.

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Manus Wu is Here!

Over on my sister blog, the new book in my P.A.W.S. Saga releases today.


“Manus Wu? Where’s that?”

“It’s not anywhere as far as I can tell—a legend, a fairy tale, a place stuck outside of time. It is everywhere and nowhere. The beginning and the end and all the places in between.”

“So … how do we get there?”

Travel to the lost village of Manus Wu and encounter an old witch, an avian magician and a distraught silver fairy. All must play their part in the seventh installment of the P.A.W.S. Saga.


Need to catch up!

Pick up the box sets of the P.A.W.S. Saga books 1-6 in two 3 volume sets just 4.99 a piece.

4.99 each for a limited time!

Want to make sure that you’re the first to read P.A.W.S. 8?

Preorder book 8, Akash, today! And hop over to the Amazon page to read a sample from the beginning of the book!

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Step On Board the Puzzle Train

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.

Six puzzles, ninety minutes. Have you got what it takes to beat the Puzzle Train?

Puzzle Train is recommended for young puzzlers age 9-12 and is the first in a three book series by Richard James Edwards.

Available in paperback or ebook on Amazon, Kobo, or Apple.

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.

Download. Print. Play!

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Welcome to BOWS – The Book Owl Word Search

Come join the BOWS author hop for awesome prizes and games.


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
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

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Puzzly Roundup

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?

Get the story here to find out!

Next up a purrrrfect coloring book!

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.

Perfect for all the family. Pick up your free PDF to print here.

Happy Puzzling and Happy Spring!

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