Prickly Puzzle by Yuri Shamne

Hey everyone, it’s been awhile since I’ve posted one of these, sorry about that. Anyhoo here is a delightful prickly labyrinth created by the awesomely talented Yuri Shamne. Can you help the Prickly family get through the maze?

Cheerful prickly tangle

Check out more from Yuri Shamne on his puzzle page.


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Are cryptic crosswords really ‘better than sex’?

Awesome article.


Kathryn Friedlander explores the ‘kick’ we get from cracking a really good cryptic crossword clue.

A number of stories in the press earlier this year reported work carried out in Vienna and London on solving puzzles in a brain scanner. The study suggested that solving a clue to a puzzle can trigger a highly rewarding ‘Aha!’ (or ‘Eureka!’) insight moment, which releases dopamine into the brain. This is the reward chemical associated with daily activities such as eating, winning money … and having sex. This led to headlines promising that cryptic crosswords were ‘better than sex’… but what’s the reality behind the hype?

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Halloween Hop!

Happy Halloween – the page hop has begun!


halloween promo

Happy Halloween everyone! In honor of the holiday I’m participating in a special Trick or Treat Hop over in my Facebook group, P.A.W.S. People.

Hop over to my group to join in. There you’ll find a contest from me for a chance to win and P.A.W.S. audio or ebook bundle and a link to the next group in the hop. Visit every group and leave a comment for a chance to win a $130 Amazon gift card.

So what are you waiting for, go hop!


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Meet Whiskey!

We have a new kitty!



Hi everyone! We have a new family member. Meet Whiskey! She and Miri are slowly getting used to each other. I even caught them sniffing noses yesterday (though sadly I wasn’t quick enough to get a picture.)

Anyhoo, in honor of our new kitty I’m running a little contest over on my P.A.W.S. page on Facebook. Hop on over and leave a pic of your furry friend for a chance to win an audio book of my kitty story, Cecilia’s Tale, narrated by the ever-awesome, Fiona Thraille.


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YA Scavenger Hunt


Welcome to YA Scavenger Hunt! This bi-annual event was first organized by author Colleen Houck as a way to give readers a chance to gain access to exclusive bonus material from their favorite authors…and a chance to win some awesome prizes! At this hunt, you not only get access to exclusive content from each author, you also get a clue for the hunt. Add up the clues, and you can enter for our prize–one lucky winner will receive one book from each author on the hunt in my team! But play fast: this contest (and all the exclusive bonus material) will only be online for 72 hours!

Team Purple

Go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt. There are SEVEN contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I am a part of the PURPLE TEAM–but there is also a…

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Announcing YASH fall 2018


I’m excited to announce that once more I’ll be participating in the awesome Young Adult Scavenger Hunt along with a whole slew of amazing YA authors and hey I’m on purple team … and purple’s my favorite color.



The YA Scavenger Hunt begins October 2nd and ends on the 7th. Never joined the hunt before? It’s easy. You can start on my website or on the YA Scavenger Hunt website the day of the hunt and then you hop from blog to blog completing one team at a time adding up secret numbers as you go. When you’ve finished one entire team, you enter the total of all the numbers you found for that team on the rafflecopter on the YASH website…

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Hot cross puns

Sometimes for my puzzles I collect punny jokes. These are particularly groan worthy!

bluebird of bitterness

A Viking returned home after a long voyage and discovered that his name was missing from the town register. His wife brought this to the attention of a local civic official, who apologized, saying, “I must have taken Leif off my census.”

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Three young Indian braves got married, and each built a teepee for his squaw. The first made a teepee from antelope hide, the second made a teepee from buffalo hide, and the third made a teepee from hippopotamus hide. Nine months later, the squaw in the first teepee had a baby boy, the squaw in the second teepee had a baby girl, and the squaw in the third teepee had twins…which just goes to show that the squaw of the hippopotamus is equal to the sum of the squaws of the other two hides.

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Larry was spending the summer working on a…

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