Blogging from A to Z – Theme Reveal

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For the last three years I’ve participated in the A to Z challenge over on my sister page – Paws 4 Puzzles. This year for a change I’ve decided to participate on this blog (but will occasionally add some puzzles over on the other site.)

Those of you who have picked up Umbrae (P.A.W.S. 3) may have noticed a character list at the back of the book. Three books into the P.A.W.S. Saga and I have a lot of characters. So I thought why not make this this year’s theme for the Blogging from A to Z.

So join me on April 1st for the ABC of the characters from P.A.W.S.

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Umbrae – Cover Reveal!

It’s here and it’s beautiful! The long awaited cover of Umbrae (The P.A.W.S. Saga, Part 3) created by the ever awesome Rachel Bostwick.

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So what’s it about?

Step into the Shadows of Umbrae …

Miri’s world at P.A.W.S. in St. Louis is falling apart. First, Danny is accused of stealing her opapa’s charm. But before he can defend himself, he mysteriously disappears. Miri seeks Josh for help and advice, but he too has gone missing.

Then Lilith has a vision – Miri dragged away by wolves. Miri needs answers, answers that she feels sure are hidden in the blank pages of the book of Argentum.

With the help of Lilith, she travels to the ancient city of Safed. There, with the aid of a mystical rabbi and an outspoken werecat, her omama’s story is slowly revealed. And Miri uncovers something else, a world hidden deep beneath our own – the labyrinth of shadows also known as Umbrae.

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And coming soon in paperback!

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Happy Birthday Mum & Meet Shirley the Camel!

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Today is my mum, Shirley Manber’s birthday. She’s 80 years young! This is the first selfie that she ever took two years ago when I visiting her in her old folks’ home in Nahariya, Israel.

During that summer I took her out a lot in her wheelchair. My mum loves restaurants and her favorite in Nahariya was also my dad’s favorite – The Penguin.

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The summer, as all summers in Israel are, was very hot. I frequently needed to stop and drink water. My mum, not so much. The heat doesn’t seem to bother her and I have to encourage her to drink. So we came up with a theory. We decided that my mum was actually a camel! And so Shirley the Camel was born.

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My mother has read each of the P.A.W.S. books, but so far she hasn’t been a character in P.A.W.S. This will change in P.A.W.S. 4, Londinium, that all being well will be out on October 20th, 2017.

Shirley the Camel lives in London Zoo in the city where my mum grew up. She often seen wearing and apron and a white hat with yellow flowers around the brim. And is fond of a nice cup of tea and a biscuit.

Get ready to meet her in the autumn, but in the meantime

Happy Birthday Mum!

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Finally in honor of my mum. Tea and Dark Chocolate is on sale this week for just 99 cents on Kindle. I wrote this little collection of silliness for my mum and dedicated to her as she normally is not so fond of the dark stuff I regularly write. She loved it!

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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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P.A.W.S. Reboot! Release Day!

Be Brave Meine Katzel

Excerpt of P.A.W.S. by Debbie Manber Kupfer

Vienna, October 2, 1941.

Today was Celia’s tenth birthday. This was not how she imagined celebrating it. She was with her family – her mama, Miriam; her papa, David; her elder brother, Issel; and her baby sister, Sara. They were huddled together in the back room of their tiny two-room apartment in Grosse Spielgasse, in the dark, barely breathing.

Outside the building, the boot steps got nearer and nearer. Celia heard shouting, screaming, gunshots. She crouched down even closer to the ground, wishing that somehow they could all melt away into the shadows. Celia clutched her cat, Max, tightly in her arms, feeling his warmth, his soft tabby fur close to her skin, willing him to stay quiet.

Her mama cradled little Sara at her breast, nursing her so she would not cry out. Outside, the pounding footsteps were getting closer, closer: “Juden, Juden, Heraus, Heraus, Schnell, Schnell!” Now they were at the door of the neighbors – the Wassersteins. She heard crying and a single gunshot.

Miriam beckoned to her. “Celia, mein Katzerl, come here,” she whispered. “I have something for you, for your birthday.”

Celia approached Miriam cautiously, still clutching Max to her. “What is it, Mama?” she asked, gazing into Miriam’s blue, blue eyes. She studied her prematurely wrinkled face, memorizing every crease. Mama, my mama, she thought.

Still holding baby Sara with her left hand, Miriam reached around the back of her neck with her right and unclasped the chain that she always wore beneath her clothes, close to her heart. It was a silver chain with a cat charm on it. “Take this, Celia, mein Katzerl. Wear it always, and remember I love you. Ich liebe dich.”

“I love you, Mama,” Celia whispered as she fastened the chain around her neck just as the doors burst open. Six Gestapo soldiers rushed into their home – “Juden, Heraus, Heraus, Schnell, Schnell…” Celia watched as her family was herded out of the door.

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