Happy Birthday Mum

Today would have been my mum’s 82nd birthday. As I mentioned in my previous post my mum loved birthdays and two years ago for her 80th she was thrilled when folks around the globe send her oodles of cards and well wishes.

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She was also thrilled when in the summer of 2016 I brought her a copy of a little book of silliness, TEA AND DARK CHOCOLATE which I created just for her. You see my mum although she read my P.A.W.S. books was never so fond of the darker themes in the books. But this collection of short stories and poems thrilled her and she read them over and over.

So in honor of my mum I’ve put my little collection on sale this month for just 99 cents for the ebook everywhere!

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Shifted – New Release

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Rule #1: Never go out after dark.
Rule #2: Never go into large bodies of water.
Rule #3: Stay off of social media.

Myreen didn’t think breaking one rule, just once, would lead to the death of her mother. And she never expected to learn she was a mermaid shifter, or that her mother was killed by vampires.

Whisked away in the middle of the night for her own safety, Myreen finds herself in a secret school for shifters. With rumors swirling, mean girls circling, and two incredibly attractive guys tugging her in separate directions, Myreen will need to untangle the web of secrets surrounding her if she ever wants to find out why her mother was murdered.

But as she dives deeper into the mystery, she discovers a truth about herself that no one saw coming—a truth that will change the fate of the shifter world forever.

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Chanukah Puzzle Hunt – Winner and Solutions!

For those who solved my Chanukah Puzzle Hunt here are the complete puzzles, answers, and the winner.

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Hi Everyone, sorry this has taken awhile, but I’m happy to announce that the solutions of the Musical Chanukah Puzzle Hunt are now available here:

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This is also where you can pick up all the puzzles to try in case you didn’t get a chance over the holidays.

Also announcing the grand prize winner who was the first (other than Joey) to solve the hunt – JUSTIN KALEF – Mazel Tov to Justin and I hope you enjoy your signed copy of PAWS 4 LOGIC.

Happy Puzzling Everyone!

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A Lifelong Love of Crosswords

Another blog post about my mum, this time over on my puzzle blog.

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“She would always do her Sudoku in the paper.” So said the social worker when I was picking up the meager possessions of my recently departed mother.

I tried not to roll my eyes. My mother would never have solved a Sudoku, ever. But she did like to solve the crossword every day in the Jerusalem Post. She would doggedly scratch in the answers and shake her head at her scribbles. Not the neat tidy handwriting she’d had throughout most of her life, but barely legible letters.

You see back in 2010 my mum had had a stroke and could barely use her right hand. The stroke had killed her ability to play the piano and had threatened to take away her love for crosswords. But my mother was determined not to let that happen.

Every day she would open the paper, pick up the pen with her left hand…

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Bitter Sweet Times

It’s my birthday (or rather it was when I wrote this). I’m in London in Camden Town, my favorite place in the world. I’m sitting in the café in Morrisons (a big supermarket that didn’t exist when I lived in this city with my parents a gazillion years ago. My fuzzy math brain can’t work out the exact number.)

I’m waiting for a vegetarian breakfast – a treat for myself for my birthday lunch. Tonight I’m going with a good friend to a vegetarian Thai buffet. (Dou Dou Restaurant opposite Camden Town station, highly recommended if you’re ever visiting.)

But for lunch I’m having breakfast. I love breakfast in all countries. In fact I’ve written about it in this blog before. But this breakfast today is extra special. With this one as I eat the eggs and beans and toast I think about my mum and how she would have loved coming to a place like this and celebrating with me.

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My mum, Shirley Manber, the inspiration behind my Shirley the Camel character in Londinium, passed away two weeks ago at her old folk’s home in Nahariya. For the last two weeks I was in Israel for the funeral and the various arrangements. Now I’m in London for the weekend and missing her terribly today.

My mum loved birthdays – her own, her family’s and even the random folks in her nursing home. It feels strange to me that I won’t be hearing her voice on the phone today wishing me happy birthday and I never will again.

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So I raise this cup to tea to you, Mum, though I know you would have preferred a milky coffee.

May you rest in peace.

My 2018 Year of Books

Hi everyone, it’s that time again, when I give a shout out to some of the awesome books I read in the last year. This year was a nice mix of trad authors and indies. So here in no particular order are my favorite books of 2019 along with links to my reviews of each of them on Goodreads.

I started my year whizzing through an awesome face-paced urban fantasy series by Rose Montague. These three books, Jade, Jane and Jill feature three kick-ass women.

Pick up the whole series on Amazon.

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Next up are three fantasies from three of my favorite indie authors, Fiona Skye, Jen Ponce, and E.A. Copen

The Magpie’s Daughter is a YA fantasy set in the same world as Skye’s Revelations series It’s awesome to revisit her world. And of course it has yummy recipes at the back.

World Weaver by Jen Ponce is the final installment of the Devany Miller series. It made me a little sad as I loved following Devany and as a mother strongly identified with her.

And then there’s Chasing Ghosts by E.A. Copen which according to Goodreads is the longest book I read this year — but didn’t feel like as I loved being immersed in Copen’s world. More Judah please!

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Do you like dragons? I love dragons and adore C.J. McKee’s series which I had the privilege of editing book 3, The Goblin Queen, this year. Highly recommend the whole series. Blood and Bane, Outcast, The Goblin Queen.

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Next up one of my favorite books (and movies) of the year, READY, PLAYER ONE. I read this book with my son, Joey and we were both obsessed for different reasons. Joey because he plays computer games and me because so much of the pop culture in this book are strong memories for me. The nostalgia is big with this one!

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And the other book I read an loved with Joey was The Demon’s Apprentice by Ben Reeder. I’ve wanted to read this book for awhile ever since I met Ben at Archon a few years ago and I tell you it didn’t disappoint. We’re slowly working through the books (currently on book 3).

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At the same time as I was visiting the world of The Demon’s Apprentice with Joey I was whizzing through Charlie Holmberg’s Magician books. I read the first book in this delightful and unusual steampunk series last year and fell in love with Holmberg’s world. And while I adore the original series I think my absolute of them us is the bonus, Plastic Magician that is set in the same world. Really really hope Holmberg writes some more of these.

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Next up I dived into another series from my loooong TBR list that I’d been meaning to read for awhile.

D.R. Perry’s Providence Paranormal College is oodles of fun to visit filled with humor and characters you’d really love to hang out with. I plan to continue reading the rest of the long series but here are the first two that I consumed this year.

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And finally my last read of the year is the highly anticipated sequel of George Sirois super hero adventure, Excelsior.

Ever Upward is well worth the wait. Hurry up George we want book 3.

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So that’s about it … except it’s not. 2018 for me was an absolutely awesome year of reading and I’m not sure they was even one book I didn’t love.

Check out My Year in Books on Goodreads for ALL the books I read this year along with my reviews.

Plus if you need something else to read for the new year today is the last day of my super birthday sale — 99 cents each on all four of my P.A.W.S. books.

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