The Perils of Potion Making

I’m currently writing book 8 of the P.A.W.S. Saga, AKASH, which is due to be released at the end of 2021.

Latisha and Sandy are making a special potion in Latisha’s townhouse in New Orleans and as is common with most magical potions there are certain challenges that come up. Here’s a little sample that made me smile.


“So what do we need for the recipe?” asked Sandy.

Latisha perused the list. “I think I’ve got most of this stuff here. Just need to gather some bogweed. You can help me with that if you wish.”

“Okay,” said Sandy.

“They left the house and walked to the edge of a muddy pond about two blocks away. The bogweed was purple with green dots and didn’t want to leave its soggy home. Sandy had to pull hard while Latisha reasoned with the weed until it reluctantly allowed them a few dripping leaves. They carried them back to the townhouse and Latisha set to work making the potion.

Sandy was tasked with watching the bogweed to make sure it didn’t get away. She had laughed when Latisha had first said this but quickly learned that Latisha had not been joking. The bogweed was intent on returning to its mother-bush and would start sneaking towards the door whenever Sandy turned her head. One time when she wasn’t fully paying attention, Whiskey caught the weed in her paws and brought it back to the table.

Sandy would have just held the bogweed, but Latisha said that wasn’t a good idea as bogweed that got too dry could fade away completely and then they’d have to go back and get some more. Sandy shook her head. The magical world was strange. She had a vague memory of a special tumbleweed potion that her mother used to make. And that one too she remembered was rather fickle.

“Not really that much different than regular cooking,” said Latisha appearing to read Sandy’s mind. “It’s all chemistry. Every recipe is an experiment. Same with potions like this.”


So what have you been cooking recently? I made a lovely veggie stir-fry the other night. Oodles of veggies, brown and wild rice, chickpeas, almonds and spices. Do you have a favorite recipe (magical or non-magical)?

Remember You can preorder P.A.W.S. 7 – Manus Wu – (out June 2021) today for $2.99

Friday Fiction

Hi everyone, Happy April! I hope you’re enjoying your spring.

I’ve got a bunch of cool books to talk about today from some awesome indie authors. Be sure to check them out.

First up two freebies from Story Origin. Pick up these two titles in exchange for signing up for the authors’ newsletters.

When Vivian, the Lady of the Lake, is asked by Merlin to help him obtain a powerful sword for the soon-to-be King Arthur, she leaves Avalon to find the Forger of Light. But he has a reputation and she fears the cost for such a sword will be high.

This is a short story prequel to the series Rise of the King (previously called Tom’s Arthurian Legacy), a series about Tom’s adventures with King Arthur in the Other. If you love myth and magic, you’ll love this retelling of the Arthurian legend.

All stories have a beginning. Pick up this one here!

Now something for your little ones:

When Alexander starts school in the fall his teacher notices that he can’t stop growing. Before long, he’s too big for the classroom and has to move away to a farm. Alexander is heartbroken and so is his class. When the teacher tells Alexander how wonderful she thinks he is, Alexander believes it’s just because he’s unusually tall. However, when the teacher moves the entire classroom to Alexander’s farm they are finally able show him just how special he really is.

Download your FREE copy from Story Origin

And now back to something for the rest of us and to a subject near and dear to my heart. The world of shifters! But these are not your regular weres – these are aliens – check it out!

This alien warrior has finally met his match. But she’s not who he thinks she is…

Nora Marlin

Fired from my job. Kicked out of my apartment. And dumped at the altar. All in the same week. So of course, that’s when an alien swoops down in his spaceship and steals me away.

FML.

Worse, he’s an overbearing, possessive giant of an alien, complete with rippling muscles and a sexy smile that could melt even the most hardened heart.

Okay. Maybe being abducted by an alien isn’t so bad, after all.

But I still need to get home and straighten out my mess of a life. Right?

Commander Lutro Dax

I was supposed to go to Earth to pick up my matched mate. When I got to the rendezvous point, Nora was waiting—so of course I brought her aboard.

There’s only one problem.

Nora’s not the human woman I was supposed to meet. She’s not my mate at all. So why is it all I can do to keep from claiming her as my own?

If I were smart, I’d turn around and take her back to her home planet immediately.

But I won’t…

Star Mate Matched is the first standalone book in Interstellar Shifters, a steamy new sci-fi romance series featuring alien beast warriors, kick-ass human heroines, and a happily ever after in every book!

Pick up your copy today on Amazon! FREE on Kindle Unlimited

Last but not least let’s return to Earth for some dangerous lupines!

The Complete Wolf Wars trilogy in one set!

***** FREE ON KINDLE UNLIMITED *****

Includes:

Turning Wolf
When the hunter becomes the hunted, and his only ally is a newly turned wolf shifter, who will live, and who will die?
Allyson is happy, with a new love, and a good job – until a random mugging leaves her feeling odd, strangely ill and hypersensitive, and unsure of everything. But she’ll get better – right?
When a werewolf killed his wife, grief drove Garrett to join those who hunt all werewolves. But who is really the enemy? Faced with an order to kill an innocent woman, a woman he is rapidly coming to love, he discovers that his allegiance has changed. But that’s not a decision the hunters will easily accept.
Can he save himself, and Allyson? Or will they both be hunted down, before their love has a chance?

Captive Wolf
When hunters become torturers, any wolf shifter will do for their twisted experiments. Can a captive, once taken, have any hope of escape, and survival?
Allyson, still adapting to life since she was turned, finds herself trapped by a madman – whose only interest is in discovering just how much damage it takes to kill a werewolf.
When Allyson is taken, Garrett knows that he has to find her, fast – but how? With other newly turned wolves to help, and the suspicions of a nearby pack falling on him, will he manage to convince them to help, before it’s too late? Can Allyson, and the other captives, survive long enough to find a way out, or to be rescued?

Plague Wolf
When one man’s desire for revenge threatens to turn an entire city, can he be stopped? Or will thousands of newly turned wolves tear everything apart?
A series of deaths leave Allyson and Garrett suspicious of the motives, and the mystery deepens when they discover that wolf shifters are definitely the victims.
Then the nerdy guy that Allyson went to school with shows up – oddly changed, and with a new purpose in his life. A purpose that could begin the downfall of civilization for an entire region, if not the whole country.
Will the madmen achieve their aim, and infect everyone? Can Allyson and Garrett stop them, or will they be killed trying?

If you love fast paced urban fantasy and wolf shifters, you’ll love this set!

Pick up your copy today! ONLY 99 cents for the whole set on Amazon for a limited time!

And that’s a wrap. Also remember to check out the group promos at the top and bottom of this post for truly something for everyone.

Puzzly Roundup

Over on my puzzle blog today, a puzzly story for little ones and a coloring book.

Paws 4 Puzzles

Hi folks, how is your Spring going? It’s getting really nice around here, my favorite time, not too hot, not too cold.

I’ve got a couple of books for little ones to share with you this month. Both of these titles are FREE from Story Origin in exchange for signing up for the author’s newsletters.

First off Solve the mystery with child sleuth, Maggie Mae in this fun, free mystery book for kids.

Maggie Mae, detective extraordinaire, is on the case of who stole her grandma’s super-duper snickerdoodles. With her detective’s badge and notebook, she finds clues, interviews suspects, and sets a trap.

Who did it–Grandpa, her brother Ben, or Toby the dog?

Get the story here to find out!

Next up a purrrrfect coloring book!

These 40 different kawaii kittens come from a land full of flowers, where every day is spring. The flowers will challenge you creativity. Their…

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The Monster Peeping Through the Window

Hey folks! It’s Friday and I have a cool freebie for your little one to share from children’s author Emma Harper.

Lucas was a 7-year-old boy. It was a cold winter night and a monster appeared on Lucas’s window. To overcome his fear not only made him stronger, but also helped him in facing his other fears in the future. Read out the story to find out!

Subscribe to Emma’s newsletter and pick up your free copy over at Story Origin.

Scroll down for some more awesome Friday deals and steals.

A Cryptic Crossword for International Women’s Day

Over on my puzzle blog today – a cryptic crossword in honor of International Women’s Day.

Paws 4 Puzzles

Hi folks! I’m excited to announce I’m part of a wonderful Cryptic Crossword puzzle hosted over at 1Across today.

The puzzle was put together by Sowmya Ramkumar in honor of International Women’s Day and features clues from eighteen awesome women constructors.

Check it out here!

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Friday Fantasy and more!

Hey folks, happy Friday! Today I’m going to share with you a couple of books from some awesome indie authors.

First up check out Aegyir Rises by Amanda Fleet.

People are dying all around Reagan Bennett. They’re dead because someone—something—has ripped all of their energy out.

Meanwhile, Reagan is being plagued by dreams of a different world. Ones where she’s a warrior called Aeron. Ones where a woman keeps urging her to come home because it’s the demon Aegyir who is killing everyone.

Aegyir is no dream. He is very real. And he believes Reagan is his old enemy Aeron. The woman he’d sworn to destroy.

Reagan needs to figure out who Aegyir is, before he slaughters everyone she loves. And to do that, she needs to figure out who she really is.

Pick it up on Amazon for just 2.99 or FREE on Kindle Unlimited!

Next up a freebie for the middle graders in your household.

Christmas Day in Upton Snodsbury certainly doesn’t go to plan for the Pinkertons. Twelve year-old Timothy opens his Professor Nervetski Super Deluxe Chemistry Set and creates a load of trouble – and something else that he never expected…

Pick up a FREE review copy over at Story Origin

Friday Kid’s Book Round-up!

Hi folks, Happy Friday! I hope you’re all keeping warm during this nasty cold snap we’ve been having. I know I’m ready for spring. So what better way to keep your little ones engaged through the winter than with a book or two.

First up my own kitty story, Cecilia’s Tale is on sale this month for just 99 cents for the ebook. This is the story of a street cat in Jerusalem who went out one day to find and tame her own human. It’s roughly based on how my cat Cecilia originally found me and includes wonderful water color illustrations by a local St. Louis illustrator, Victoria Szulc.

Pick up your copy on Amazon today!

Or if you’d like a signed copy for your little ones I can do that. Here’s the link to my current order form. I’m going to be making a post office run next Monday.

And now I’m pleased to highlight some other charming and funny titles from indie picture book authors:

Lucy and her favorite stuffed animal, Lou, do everything together. While on a family cruise, the wind sweeps her stuffed animal off into the ocean where is lost forever.Join Lucy in a story about grief and loss, as she navigates moving forward while honoring her beloved stuffed animal.

This book is a great tool for parents to jumpstart the conversation about life and death. Helping our young readers to begin exploring the understanding of grief, Lost takes loss and puts the experience into a palatable story for young readers.

Available on Amazon in Kindle and paperback.

The next three titles are available FREE via Story Origin in exchange for signing up for the authors’ newsletters.

Why have one Superhero when you can have two? Introduce the kids to The Super Twins with a fun and action filled Activity pack. It includes word searches, a maze, colouring sheets, make your own Superhero mask and more! Loads of entertainment to keep your little ones occupied.

Pick up your copy today!

Wouldn’t you like to take a family vacation to a place you’ve never been, right now?

You and your entire family are invited to come and experience, learn, feel, and imagine what life in other countries all over the world is like from other kids! In this book, Joaquin and Yocsary take us on an exciting and unforgettable adventure around the unique Central American country of Costa Rica.

Are you ready to take a majestic walk in the cloud forests and visit tropical blond and black sand beaches all in the same country? Feel free to jump in the ocean and go surfing. Visit hot spring sites and learn more about the wonderful biodiversity in the Costa Rican jungle. Joaquin and Yocsary are so excited to give you a taste of the food they eat, the languages they speak and the clothes they wear as they dance in the street! Don’t forget your sun hat and comfortable shoes and get ready for the adventure of a lifetime in Costa Rica.

There’s a bonus quiz at the end of every book. Sensei Publishing provides kids with a series of books for generations of people encouraging exciting curiosity and interactive discovery. Please join us on this unique journey around the world where kids teach other kids about the wonders and treasures of their home countries – are you ready? Get your family’s copy of Kids on Earth: ‘Costa Rica’ today!

Welcome to the island of Isotopia! Meet Poppy the monkey and travel to a jungle and a palace in this free sample of Emma Harper’s Bedtime Stories for Kids.

Signed Books by Me!

Hi folks, I’m off to the post office in about a week to mail books to readers who purchased during my recent Fall in Love with an Author FB event. I currently have ALL my books on hand except for Jhara. If you want this one I can special order for you.

So, if you’ve always wanted a signed book by me here’s your chance. All books are priced lower here than you’ll find on Amazon and I’ll throw in a couple of signed bookmarks too! Plus all purchasers receive a free bonus gift of an ebook or audio book.

Please note that while I will ship everywhere, shipping costs outside of the US are high and you should take this into consideration.

Friday Fiction – Seven Crowns

Today on Paws 4 Thought I’m hosting SEVEN CROWNS by E.V. Everest. Isn’t that a beautiful cover? So of course it has a beautiful story to go with it!

A crown is dangerous. A crown split seven ways is deadly.

One year after the death of her mom, sixteen-year-old Anabella Halt is living on her own and breaking all the rules. Life is tough but ordinary.

Until Ana learns her mom’s dangerous secret—she was the heir to a fallen dynasty on a world ruled by seven families. Her family was murdered one by one. Now, assassins are closing in, and Ana could be next.

With the help of a handsome hobo, Ana escapes to the place where it all began—a starflung world where magic and technology coexist. A place where Ana must navigate a tangled web of friends and foes to unmask her would-be assassin before it’s too late.

Travel to a glittering, dangerous world with political alliances and ballgowns, perfect for fans of Cinder and The Selection.

Pick up your copy today!