Freebie Friday

Over on my writerly page I have a freebie this weekend, my werewolf story, Alistair.

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Hey folks – it’s Friday and I’m feeling generous – sooooo how about a free copy of my short story Alistair. For those of you who have read P.A.W.S. you’ll know that Alistair is the evil werewolf dude who is the bane of Miri Katz’s existence. Want to know why he’s so evil? Well pick up a copy of Alistair to find out. Free this weekend.

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Want to read more – pick up the rest of the Tales from Paws here.

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Umbrae – Release Blitz

Over on my sister page today – my new book, Umbrae, is alive!

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It’s alive! Today’s the day that book 3 of the P.A.W.S. Saga goes out into the world!

Step into the Shadows of Umbrae …

Miri’s world at P.A.W.S. in St. Louis is falling apart. First, Danny is accused of stealing her opapa’s charm. But before he can defend himself, he mysteriously disappears. Miri seeks Josh for help and advice, but he too has gone missing.

Then Lilith has a vision – Miri dragged away by wolves. Miri needs answers, answers that she feels sure are hidden in the blank pages of the book of Argentum.

With the help of Lilith, she travels to the ancient city of Safed. There, with the aid of a mystical rabbi and an outspoken werecat, her omama’s story is slowly revealed. And Miri uncovers something else, a world hidden deep beneath our own – the labyrinth of shadows also known as Umbrae.

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Precipitous Brew (5)

Sometimes my two worlds collide and puzzly stuff ends up in the P.A.W.S. series. I’m editing Londinium, (P.A.W.S. 4) at the moment and came across this section that I believe some of my puzzle friends may enjoy!

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Danny got up and stirred the pea soup. It was odd, but it really did help him think, like the cauldron of green goo was in fact an immense scrying bowl. He thought about the name the werecat had mentioned, Precipitous Brew. Such a strange name, yet Danny felt he had heard it somewhere before, maybe in a spell book back at P.A.W.S.? No, not a spell book, a puzzle. Precipitous Brew had been a clue in a cryptic crossword.

Last winter, always wanting to try new things Joey, the animagus kangaroo, had discovered puzzles and in particular a devious sort called cryptic crosswords. He had shared his new interest with Danny, and Danny too had become fascinated by them. As a child he had often been left in the care of Beatrice Bumsqueak, who was a big fan of American-style crosswords found in the daily newspapers. Danny, a precocious child, had often helped Beatrice solve her daily puzzle and had become quite adept at them.

Cryptic crosswords were something new to him and he enjoyed the challenge. Each clue was a puzzle in itself to be analyzed. And he was almost certain now that that’s where he had heard the name Precipitous Brew before. Problem was he couldn’t remember the answer. As it was a short clue it sounded like it would be a double definition, and shouldn’t be too difficult, but somehow the answer escaped him. He stirred the pea soup and concentrated. It would help, thought Danny, if I knew the number of letters.

He went over to the kitchen table and sat down. He picked up scrap of paper and a pencil that Gromer had left lying there and wrote the words, Precipitous Brew. It seemed like a double definition, but he supposed it could be an anagram and he set about trying to anagram the word, Precipitous, with no luck.

“Steep,” came a voice behind him, and Danny jumped. He had not noticed Caradog coming in. “That’s the answer. Knew the fellow. He’s an alchemist, works at the P.A.W.S. Institute in London. Probably still there.


Tomorrow is release date for Umbrae (P.A.W.S. 3)

Please join me and a bunch of cool indie authors as we celebrate the release.

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Throwback Thursday Puzzle

Hello everyone – I thought be fun to do an occasional Throwback Thursday on this blog and highlight some of the older puzzles hiding in the puzzles tab.

Here for example is Mini-Crostic 1 – can you solve it to discover a quote from a famous TV personality. The name of the author will spell out from the initial letters in the answers.

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Happy Puzzling

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A Special Deal for National Puzzle Day!

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Hey folks – Happy National Puzzle Day!

Here’s your chance to pick up a signed paperback copy of Paws 4 Logic (signed by both me and Joey) with shipping for just $9.99.

Price is valid in the US. If you’re somewhere else (on planet Earth – unfortunately interstellar mail has not been fully developed yet) shoot me a message and I’ll see what I can do.

Otherwise click this handy dandy Paypal button to order your copy.

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All paperback purchases include a code for a free PDF version of the book.

But what if you only want a PDF copy? I can do that too for just $3.99 (and this offer is available all over the globe!)

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Want to try a sample puzzle?

In this puzzle five students are bringing their pets into the classroom for Show and Tell. Can you work out who brought each pet? Download the puzzle as a PDF.

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Puzzles for Progress

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It’s Inauguration Day and I’m working in McDonald’s test-solving a puzzle. CNN is on and I’m trying not to look at the screen, but in the corner of my eye I see the words “President Trump sworn in.” I shudder. It has started  and I’m scared for what the future will bring for America and the world.

I walk back home and my Facebook newsfeed is filled with reactions and this from Francis Heaney. Puzzles for Progress is a collection of puzzles from some of the best constructors in the business. You can pick up a copy by donating $10 to a number of progressive charities.

Click here to find out how.

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Umbrae – Cover Reveal!

Cover Reveal for Umbrae (P.A.W.S. 3) – now on preorder.

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It’s here and it’s beautiful! The long awaited cover of Umbrae (The P.A.W.S. Saga, Part 3) created by the ever awesome Rachel Bostwick.

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So what’s it about?

Step into the Shadows of Umbrae …

Miri’s world at P.A.W.S. in St. Louis is falling apart. First, Danny is accused of stealing her opapa’s charm. But before he can defend himself, he mysteriously disappears. Miri seeks Josh for help and advice, but he too has gone missing.

Then Lilith has a vision – Miri dragged away by wolves. Miri needs answers, answers that she feels sure are hidden in the blank pages of the book of Argentum.

With the help of Lilith, she travels to the ancient city of Safed. There, with the aid of a mystical rabbi and an outspoken werecat, her omama’s story is slowly revealed. And Miri uncovers something else, a world hidden deep beneath our own –…

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