Ramora – New Release!

New short story on Amazon :)



From high up on the mountain of Manus Wu, Ramora felt she could reach out and touch the clouds. She sat and waited. The fairy had said she would come. She felt in her pockets for the vial of potion and the silver coin. Freedom – she would buy her freedom from the fairy. It was the only way.

A short story from the world of P.A.W.S.

Pick up your copy today! Just 99 cents!

Cover created by Rachel Bostwick.

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Groundhog Day

What did Phil really see?



Punxsatawney Phil didn’t see his shadow. But he saw someone else’s. What is that, he thought. It was definitely not Groundhog shaped. Maybe he should warn someone, but the humans were cheering now, rejoicing in an early spring. Yes, spring would come early this year, but with it something else, someone else – someone far more sinister than Jack Frost and there was nothing Phil could do about it.

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Picture Puzzle



There are 50 movie titles in this picture – how many can you identify? Send me your list via the Contact Me tab above and the person who correctly guesses the most will win a PDF of Paws 4 Logic.


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Over on my author side of my life I have a new release. A short story about a scary werewolf dude!



Introducing Alistair – a new release on Kindle.

This story first appeared in the anthology, Heroes & Villains, and now is a standalone story, the first of an upcoming series, Tales from P.A.W.S.

This beautiful cover was created by the talented Rachel Bostwick.

“Maybe I am,” said Alistair, “But there are monsters worse than me in this world. You are lucky, Joshua; lucky you have me to protect you. I was not so fortunate.” Alistair took a long breath in and exhaled slowly, “neither was my mother . . .”

A short story from world of P.A.W.S.

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Puzzler’s Wednesday – Sanket Shrivastava (AKA Bombadil)

According to WordPress my interview with Sanket was my most popular post this year – so here it is again for your puzzling pleasure.

Paws 4 Puzzles


  1. Tell us a little bit about yourself?

I like to think I am creative, humorous, passionate, and god-loving. I learn things quickly. I am pluralistic in faith, and the only thing I don’t tolerate is intolerance. I was born under the star sign Aries.

I have quit smoking many times. I don’t drink alcohol; instead, I read poetry and scripture.

I was married briefly once; I am currently single.

  1. When did you start solving and making puzzles?

Sometime in the year 2012 I think. Tony Sebastian (who used to publish under the name Cryptonyte in the national daily “The Hindu”) introduced me to Cryptic Crosswords when I was one year his junior at Indian Institute of Management, Kozhikode. Since then, I haven’t looked back. However, I was into solving other types of puzzles since my early childhood. Some members of my family have a great memory for oral riddles, like…

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Argentum – A Birthday Sale

Happy Birthday to me – if anyone here would like to pick up the second book of my series, Argentum, for just 99 cents/99p – now’s your chance.



Happy Birthday to me! And a Happy New Year to everyone. To celebrate I’m having a sale on the second book in my series Argentum.

Pick it up on Kindle on Amazon for just 99 cents/99p from now to Jan 3.

Also check out my cool book trailer created by Rachel Bostwick.

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Puzzler’s Wednesday – Balaji Agoram (Bruno)



Bruno in Brooklyn

  1. Tell us a little bit about yourself?

I live in the San Francisco area and work for a biotech company in their clinical R&D department.

  1. When did you start solving and making puzzles?

I had tried my hand at solving cryptics back during college day , but completely lost touch with it due to life, career, family etc, until a couple of years back due to Facebook groups such as Cryptic Crossword Society and 1Across. These groups helped me get back to cryptics and also helped hone my setting skills.

  1. Do you just concentrate on cryptics or do you solve/create other kinds of puzzles too?

Just cryptics – difficult enough to find time for them!

  1. A cryptic clue that always stayed with you?

Used to hold her in sleep when upset (10) (UK Telegraph, can’t remember setter)

  1. Favorite constructor?

No particular favourites, but enjoy many of The Hindu Crossword and Telegraph and (occasionally) the Guardian.

  1. What do you like to do when you’re not doing puzzles?

I am pretty outdoorsy, so like running, hiking etc. I also do a fair bit of travelling for work and fun.

  1. If you could have dinner with one famous person who would choose?

Sir Edmund Hillary

  1. If you had a superpower what would it be?

Neutralise everybody else’s superpowers! That way, it’s a level playfield.

  1. What’s your personal motto?

Yet to find one that is applicable at all times for me (and couldn’t find one on the internet clever enough to call my own).

Check out Balaji’s puzzles on the Hindu Crossword Corner Blog.

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