Proper lady by day.
Evil fighting vigilante by night.
Yara Ortuso always knew she’d follow in her father’s footsteps as a Spell Slinger–until her mother sold her off as a concubine to a lord, after a forbidden romance.
Yara would have served her time as a wife to keep her family safe, but when King Loric sets a decree to abolish magic, she has no choice but to make plans for her escape.
Her best friend–a crow shifter named Hero is just what she needs. Yara vows to end the reign of murder and tyranny. But when the skeleton key transports Yara to a distant future, she must adapt to this new world.
The future is an alluring and mysterious place, where the effects of a world without magic is apparent by the rise in supernatural activity–and King Loric still lives.
New York Times & USA Today bestselling author, K.N. Lee presents Spell Slinger, a sci-fi fantasy romance fans are comparing to anime meets epic-fantasy. Follow Yara’s epic journey in this futuristic fast-paced steampunk adventure perfect for fans of Gail Carriger and Branden Sanderson!
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Occasionally when I’m out I have a random idea for a scene far ahead in the P.A.W.S. saga. All kinds of things inspire such scenes and in this case it was a cryptic crossword clue I created – “Precipitous Brew” – the clue is a double definition. Both parts of it lead to the same answer. I’ll leave the answer off the post in case you’d like to guess it.
Anyhow I gazed at that clue and thought what a wonderful character name it would make, and then started thinking who Mr. Brew would be. I decided that Precipitous is Hugo Hogswarth’s counterpart in the London P.A.W.S. Institute that is hidden deep within Hampstead Heath. Now in a future P.A.W.S. episode Miri will visit London P.A.W.S. and encounter Precipitous Brew.
Here’s a little snippet of their first meeting:
(In the kitchen at the P.A.W.S. Institute of London in Hampstead Heath.)
Precipitous Brew stirred the soup. The cauldron bubbled ominously. “Needs more mustard,” he muttered.
“Oh Hello, what can I do for you?”
“I was looking for the mugwort,” said Miri, “Professor Holdum sent me.”
“Mugwort … mugwort. Can you hold this please?” He beckoned Mir forward and with some trepidation she grabbed for the large wooden spoon that rocked back and forth in its lumpy green ocean.
“Is that pea soup?” asked Miri, peering into the cauldron.
“Ah yes, its traditional, you know … NO! NO! Widdershins. You must stir it widdershins. Oh for a wizzlewoop.” Precipitous Brew stepped back from his cauldron, closed his eyes and sighed.
It’s Black Cat Appreciation Day and I’ve always really appreciated black kitties. Growing up in London my mum always said black cats were lucky especially if they crossed your path, so when a pretty black kitty, all black with one white whisker, came to live with us, I guessed we were now the luckiest folk on the street.
We called her Snowy for that one white whisker and she was truly the sweetest cat. I spend many hours with her curled up on my lap not wanting to move as I didn’t want to disturb my purring furball.
When I created Miri’s cat form in P.A.W.S. I used Snowy as my model. So Miri when she’s feline is all black with one white whisker.
Give black cats a little love today (and everyday!) and if you share your life with a black kitty I’d love to see a picture in the comments.
Oh and Miri’s story, P.A.W.S. is on sale this week for just 99 cents/99p on Kindle.
“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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