Tea & Dark Chocolate – Now available everywhere!

Over on Paws 4 Thought today – A little tea & dark chocolate.


Happy Friday! Today we highlight my book of flash fiction, poetry, and general silliness that is now available everywhere and in every format (well not skywriting yet, but almost all formats.)

Check it out and check out my sparkly new page at Pronoun.


“Charming, Quirky and Original”

Meet a cat called Cecilia, a disgruntled android named Doris, and a weasel called Popgoes and discover that with enough Tea and Dark Chocolate you can achieve anything.

A Collection of Flash Fiction and Poetry from the author of P.A.W.S.

Tea & Dark Chocolate is now available everywhere via Pronoun.

Pick up your copy at:

Book also available in paperback and audio.
And remember —

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Coming Soon – the YA Summer Scavenger Hunt

Hey folks – I’m getting together with 139 other people to be part of a YA Summer Scavenger Hunt – check it out!



This June, I’m thrilled to be part of a massive young adult scavenger hunt sponsored by the Alliance of Young Adult Authors . This is a chance to meet some new authors, grab a bunch of free books, and sign up to win a whole bunch of epic prizes!

In addition to the $500 grand prize, each author will be giving away lots of free books and cool stuff. Over on this blog I’ll be giving away a set of audio books of P.A.W.S. (narrated by Priscilla Finch) and the upcoming audio book of Argentum (narrated by the ever awesome George Sirois.)


When the scavenger hunt begins (June 1st) all you have to do is visit each site below in order and write down the special word to reconstruct the story. You can enter any of the giveaways or offers on anybody’s site, or just grab the special word and move on…

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Rerelease – The Big C – a cancer memoir

Over on my author blog today. I’m rereleasing my short cancer memoir. All proceeds to Knitted Knockers.



Hey everyone, as some folks know on here I’m a cancer survivor. I wrote this short memoir to help others who might be going through treatment.

All money raised from the sale of this book goes towards yarn and materials for creating Knitted Knockers, special handmade breast prosthesis for women who have undergone mastectomies or other procedures to the breast.

For more details contact www.knittedknockers.org

I just relaunched The Big C through Pronoun, a new publisher, and it is now available as an ebook in all outlets including Amazon, Itunes, Kobo, Nook, and Google Play.

Find all the links here.

Please consider picking up a copy and sharing this post, thank you.


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Audio Book Giveaway

Audio book giveaway over on my author blog today.



Announcing a Grand Audio Book Giveaway!

Enter the rafflecopter for a chance to win audio books of Tea & Dark Chocolate, Alistair, Will There Be Watermelons on Mars?

Or a grand prize of a combo collection of P.A.W.S. and Argentum. The Argentum audio book is narrated by the awesome George Sirois and will be available very soon for purchase on Audible and itunes.


a Rafflecopter giveaway

For more details on my audio books check out my audio page on this blog.

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Blogging from A to Z – Reflections

For those of you who were following my characters A to Z this April here’s the run down of the whole month.



I hope you enjoyed the A to Z of P.A.W.S. this year. The characters tell me that they had a blast and hope that you enjoyed visiting with them. Feel free to scroll back through the month and visit with any you missed. Or click on the image below.

Who was your favorite? Who would you like to hear more from? Feel free to tell me in the comments and maybe I can get them to come back for a longer interview!


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Free Friday Fiction – Out of Darkness

Over on my writing blog I have a free anthology today. Check it out.



Hi everyone I’m excited to announce that I’m part of a group of awesome local authors who got together to produce this anthology of fantasy and paranormal tales. My story in this collection is my werecat tale, Griddlebone, which ties in with book 3 of the P.A.W.S. Saga, Umbrae.

You can also read cool stories by Brad R. Cook, Jennifer Stolzer, Donald R. Van Stockum Jr., and Ryan Patrick Freeman.

And the best news this anthology is FREE to download. So pick up your PDF copy today and dive into some new worlds. You never know you might just find your next new favorite author.


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Puzzler’s Wednesday – Meet Steve Townsend.

Hey folks, it’s been a while since my last Puzzler’s Wednesday post, but I hope this one makes up for it! Today we welcome British cryptic constructor Steve Townsend, who talks about his love of puzzles, drumming and introduces us to his cats, Geoffrey and Cassie.


  1. Tell us a little bit about yourself, Steve?

I have been around for a long time – I am married with two children and five grandchildren and live in Welwyn Garden City, in Hertfordshire – I am a drummer (been doing that since age 12) playing at the minute for a local band – I no longer need the day job – in fact I am being paid not to go to work indefinitely…..

  1. When did you start solving and making puzzles?

Many, many, many years ago, when I was at work, several of my colleagues would try and do the Daily Telegraph cryptic during their breaks – I joined in and soon found that I could quite easily solve the clues which they were having trouble with – then I thought “I should be able to put one of those together” so I had a go – it worked – and I started producing puzzles and distributing them to colleagues.  Fast-forward a decade or so and we found ourselves living in Cornwall – I approached the editor of the local magazine and asked if they would like a monthly cryptic – and the rest is history – although we no longer live in Cornwall I still send them their monthly puzzle – they, in return, send me a free copy of the magazine.

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

I mainly concentrate on cryptics although, if I see a puzzle that looks interesting I’ll have a bash at it – I like quizzes and used to play a lot of chess but unfortunately that’s too time-consuming now.

  1. A cryptic clue that always stayed with you?

One of mine:  Shaggy dog story about idiot (6)

  1. Favorite constructor?

My regular mental workouts are with the cryptics in The Guardian – they use several compilers, all with their own styles, but I don’t really have a favourite.

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

Apart from music and family, I play a fair amount of squash (with rather more enthusiasm than skill) – I read a lot – I love driving – the thrill that I got many many years ago when I passed my test has never really gone away – I’m just very interested in, and curious about, everything – the three greatest things that have changed my life (apart from wife and family, of course) are drumming (I found something that I enjoy and am good at), driving (opening up the world), and computers and the internet (opening up the universe).


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

Jimi Hendrix.

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

I should say the power to eradicate all hatred and suffering from the world, but, rather selfishly, I would love to be able to fly…..

  1. What’s your personal motto?

Stay Alive….

  1. Would you like to share a puzzle with us here at Paws4Puzzles?

I’ll do better than that. Here’s a link to

Steve’s Cryptic Crosswords

where you can find my latest puzzles.

  1. Do you have anything else you would like to share?

We are cat people – for all our 39 years of marriage we have always had cats – except for one awful period in 2007 – we had two cats die within 6 months of each other and were catless at August Bank Holiday – but by November we decided we couldn’t face Christmas without a cat so we contacted the local branch of Cats Protection and picked up two lovely girls – one of those has since died (we always knew she was a bit vulnerable) but we were adopted by a stray big old tom so we now have the two – Geoffrey and Cassie.


And if you want to get an idea of me as a drummer, just think Animal from the Muppets……


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