G is for Griddlebone

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“Greetings, I am Griddlebone, the first of the Werecats. I was born in Vienna to an ordinary Jewish family and was taken by the Nazis as a teenager. They took me to a laboratory where I met Dr. Weschler.

The scientist merged my essence with that of a street tabby and created more than he bargained for. I rose up that night – I tripled my size, attacked my captors, and escaped into the night.

I took refuge in an empty warehouse on Glocken Street. From this headquarters I conducted raids on the Nazi facilities and rescued other werecats.

You can read my full story in Griddlebone and look out from me in Umbrae.”

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Other P.A.W.S. characters beginning with G:

Genevieve – Hearing impaired student and animagus sparrow at London P.A.W.S.

Geoffrey Griffin –Raven animagus at New York P.A.W.S. Partner of Oswald.

Gerald – Aviano’s loud-mouthed parrot.

Gerard Schwartz – Josh’s mentor. A werewolf who passed away after succumbing to lycopanthy.

Gordon Pugh –Exchange student from Canada, whose animagus form is a Canada goose, who often gets into trouble by honking first and thinking later. Assistant to Zigmund.

Gromer the Green –Wild Warlock of Wales. Very fond of pea soup. Uncle of Cleona. Today lives in a cul-de-sac in the In-between with his partner, Caradog.

Grisela – Old witch of Manus Wu, guardian of the cotulae. Animagus form, calico cat.

F is for Finny the Werecat

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“Shalom, I’m Finny the werecat. As far as I know I’m the only werecat left in the above world outside of Umbrae. I was born in Vienna many years ago. I am the granddaughter of the original werecat, Griddlebone.

After the war the werecats of Vienna were hounded by the werewolves of Alistair’s pack. I escaped to Umbrae with my sister, Liza, and we made it all the way to the Holy Land. Sadly Liza didn’t survive for long, but at least she got to see Israel.

Today I live in Safed in the Hakessem compound. The Hakessem family are an old magical family that have an affinity with cats.

I have not changed back into my human form for a long time. I don’t see the point; things are much simply as a cat.

I was recently interviewed by S.A. Gibson – for some reason he found my life interesting. You can read the interview here if you wish.

I have to go now. This has all been very trying and I need a nap.”

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Other P.A.W.S. characters beginning with F:

Fiona Lindsay – Otter animagus. Niece of Clifford.

Professor Forest – Transformation teacher at NY P.A.W.S.

Francis Ryder – Horse shapeshifter from Stables Market in Camden Lock.

Frank –Black cat animagus, assistant to Jeremiah Bumsqueak at NY P.A.W.S.

Frederick –Werewolf progeny of Alistair and Roman’s wife, Ramora.

A Birthday, a Snippet, and a Sale!

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Hey everybody, today is my birthday! Tonight I get to eat a birthday cheesecake with my family and on Saturday I’m going to visit the local cat cafe, Mauhaus. I supported this cafe run by a local shelter in their Kickstarter and am so happy to finally get to go there. And of course I’ll share pictures here of the kitties next week.

In the meantime here’s a sneak peak …

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But wait, there’s more! Yesterday marked a huge accomplishment for me – drum roll please! – I finished the first draft of P.A.W.S. 4 and even gave it a name. So this is a title reveal P.A.W.S. 4 will be called Londinium.

Want to read a snippet? Of course you do!

“The pea soup has spoken,” said Caradog. “You are destined for Londinium.”

“Londinium?” asked Miri.

“It was the ancient city from which London sprang. The P.A.W.S. Institute of Londinium is the oldest in the world. It started before the city of today existed and straddles the old and the new. Unfortunately today it is run by a fool.”

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And one more thing – want to help me celebrate my birthday then pick up a copy of P.A.W.S. – it’s on sale today for just 99 cents or 99p!

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Rescue Me: Purrfect Companions

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It’s Release Day for Rescue Me – Purrfect Companions. A charity anthology in which I’m privileged to have a story.

My story “Cecilia’s Tale” talks about how my kitty found me in Israel. Cecilia then shared the next 16 years of my life with me and eventually came to America. She passed over the Rainbow Bridge a few years ago, but is still very much in my thoughts.

Pick up a copy of Rescue Me: Purrfect Companions today!

On Kindle or Paperback.

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Soft Kitty, Black Kitty, Meow, Meow, Meow!

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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.

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Remembering Cici

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Today is Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day. A day when we remember our beloved pets who have crossed over the Rainbow Bridge.

I met Cici first in the autumn of 1991. I was living in Jerusalem at the time in a tiny one room flat on Geva Street in Nachlaot. I had friends over for the weekend and as there was little room in my flat and we spent much of the night in the courtyard. A small sandy and white cat wanted to be our friend, and was rather persistent about it. I found it a tub of cottage cheese and it hungrily gobbled it up. I’d always loved cats, but at that time did not have one of my own. Still there were plenty of street cats in Jerusalem. Some (like my little visitor) were friendly and begged for scraps.

The next Cici came back. I called her Cici because she responded to the si-si-si sound. But Cici had to stand for something, right. I assumed because of her coloring she was a boy – so Cici became Cecil. Later when I discovered she was a girl, Cecil became Cecilia!

She was the inspiration behind my story, Cecilia’s Tale (published in the anthology, Flash it!), and the character of Cici in Vodka and Watermelons (Fauxpocalypse, Will There Be Watermelons on Mars?) And is now making an appearance in book 3 of P.A.W.S. (Maze of Shadows – coming out sometime in 2016).

When I moved to the States, Cici came with me and lived in North Carolina, New York and finally St. Louis. In her later years she slowed down until finally sixteen years after she first visited my courtyard in Nachlaot, she passed over the Rainbow Bridge.

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