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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A Pi Day Puzzle Hunt!

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.

About this year’s hunt: I…

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A Cryptic Crossword for International Women’s Day

Hi folks! I’m excited to announce I’m part of a wonderful Cryptic Crossword puzzle hosted over at 1Across today.

The puzzle was put together by Sowmya Ramkumar in honor of International Women’s Day and features clues from eighteen awesome women constructors.

Check it out here!

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Happy National Puzzle Day!

Hi everyone, Happy National Puzzle Day! To celebrate I have a treat for everyone, a cryptic crossword I originally created for Conline 3, now available for your puzzling pleasure.

Download the PDF to print here!

And in case you get stuck, here’s the solution:

Want to solve this puzzle online? Hop over to Ben Robinson’s puzzle site and solve this and some other awesome cryptics.

Happy Puzzling!

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Happy Birthday To Me (and a Sale for You!)

Happy Birthday to me! I’m having a book sale to celebrate!


All books – 99 cents on Amazon for a limited time!

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!

Step into the World of P.A.W.S. right here!

Also I’ve got together with a bunch of other awesome indie authors to showcase our books. Click on any of the banners below for reads from FREE to 4.99. You’re sure to find something you love.

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