October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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It’s that time of year again. So ladies go get your boobs checked. It’s important, really important. I should know. Six years ago I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I’m one of the lucky ones. I went through treatment – chemo, surgery and radiation – and today I’m cancer free.

It was that bout with cancer that got me writing. I’d always wanted to write a book, but felt I had all the time in the world. Cancer made me realize that our time on this earth is limited and that if you really want to do something you shouldn’t delay.

You can pick up my short memoir, The Big C, about my struggle with cancer from all outlets for just 1.99. All the money raised from this title go to Knitted Knockers, a wonderful organization that provides soft breast forms for women who have had mastectomies.

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Cryptic Crossroads – A Clue!

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Can you solve the clue? It’s from my puzzle, Shady, in Cryptic Crossroads.

And don’t forget to pick up your copy of Cryptic Crossroads – now on Amazon. All proceeds to cancer charities — a cause very close to my heart as I’m a survivor.

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Cryptic Crossroads

Hey folks I have an announcement. I have a puzzle in this new book of Cryptic Crosswords now available on Amazon. The book contains puzzles from setters from around the globe and all proceeds are going to charity.

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A little background from Sowmya Ramkumar who runs the awesome group on Facebook, 1Across:

“What brings together, two septuagenarians who have been setting cryptic puzzles for decades, a former Chief secretary of an Indian state, the man behind the popular Amul hoardings, two international scrabble champions, a Hula dancer from Hawaii who deftly handles the hardest clues, a banker from the Middle East who also holds a Guinness award.., this list can go on but let’s cut to the chase! The answer is easy and begins with a C, or two depending on how you see it. In July 2014, a small group of cruciverbalists came together at a Facebook group called 1ACross to post and solve cryptic clues for each other. Soon, we realized how much fun can be had from social interaction in a ‘solitary’ pastime, what with hashtagged themed games that changed and challenged on a daily basis. Since July 2015, we began producing annual souvenirs, using original puzzles contributed by our members and sharing these within the group. As these compilations have been very well received, we wanted to introduce these to a wider audience. We are happy to bring to you our third anniversary collection of puzzles. We plan to donate all proceeds from the sales of this book to Cancer research and Cure. While you will no doubt enjoy solving these puzzles, you also get the satisfaction, that your money is also going towards putting an end to the that ugly C word, which has ravaged the lives of many of our friends and family.”

Pick up your copy of Cryptic Crossroads today.

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Cover Reveal – LONDINIUM

Attention folks – over at the author side of me I have big news today. I’m revealing the cover for Book 4 of the P.A.W.S. Saga that is now available on presale. Check it out!

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I’m really excited today because I get to reveal the brand new awesome cover for the next book in my P.A.W.S. Saga, LONDINIUM.  The cover was created by the hugely talented Rachel Bostwick who also made the cover for my new box set of books 1 to 3 that are now available on Amazon.

So here goes – drum roll please – LONDINIUM (The P.A.W.S. Saga 4), on presale now.

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“The pea soup has spoken,” said Caradog. “You are destined for Londinium.”
“Londinium?” asked Miri.
“It was the ancient city from which London sprang. The P.A.W.S. Institute of Londinium is the oldest in the world. It started before the city of today existed and straddles the old and the new. Unfortunately, today it is run by a fool.”

Join Miri as she continues her journey through Umbrae and Londinium with the help of werecats, wild warlocks, an old dog…

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An Interview with an Artist – Meet Tina Wijesiri

Today on my writing blog – an interview with my illustrator Tina Wijesiri.

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Today on Paws 4 Thought I’m happy to welcome illustrator Tina Wijesiri. Tina created the awesome pictures for my new picture book, Esmeralda Grunch and the Red Tulip.

  1. Tell us a little about yourself.

I’m Tina Wijesiri. Living in Sri Lanka. 27 years old. I love drawing

  1. When did you start drawing?

I’ve liked to draw since I was a kid

  1. What is your favorite thing to draw?

I like to draw every kind of things and improve my skills

  1. Do you prefer working on the computer or by hand?

I love both. But hand is easy. (The pictures that Tina created for Esmeralda Grunch were hand drawn with watercolors. DMK)

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  1. What’s your favorite food?

Rice and curries, pizza, burgers.

  1. Tell us a little bit about Sri Lanka?

Sri Lanka is in Indian Ocean. It’s an island. It is a tropical country. We speaks Sinhala, Tamil, English languages…

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Esmeralda Grunch and the Red Tulip

Anyone here have little ones? I have a my first picture book out, Esmeralda Grunch and the Red Tulip. Take a look.

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Meet Esmeralda – a very fetching flower fairy – and her best friend Tulip in a new picture book created by me along with an awesome talented artist from Sri Lanka, Tina Wijesiri.

On sale now in paperback and kindle.

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An Interview with a Puzzle Constructor

Hey folks I was interviewed at the World’s Coolest Job website. Check it out!

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