Now Me! A Cryptic Crossword for Women’s Day

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Hey Everyone, sorry I haven’t posted for a while.

Today is International Women’s Day and to celebrate a group of wonderful women setters headed up by Sowmya Ramkumar have put together a community cryptic crossword.

For more about the puzzle visit the 1Across website.

Solve the puzzle online or download the PDF here.

Answers can be submitted by anyone who wishes to do so on or before EOD 18th March 2020.  Annotations for the puzzle will be discussed at 1ACross on Thursday, March 19, 2020.

Happy Puzzling and Happy International Women’s Day!

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A Little Tea & Dark Chocolate for Valentine’s Day

A little Tea & Dark Chocolate 99 cents for Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine’s Day!

What better way of spending it than sharing a giggle with those you love. So to celebrate I have my little book of silliness, Tea and Dark Chocolate on sale in all outlets for just 99 cents from now until the end of the weekend.

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Happy Reading!

 

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Meet Joseph Madden

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Today on Paws 4 Thought we welcome science fiction writer, Joseph Madden. Tell us a little bit about yourself, Joseph.

I was born and raised in Queens, New York, but now I live in East Central Wisconsin with my wife, daughter and a plethora of fur-covered critters. When I was seven years old, my parents took me to see the original Star Wars for the first time. It changed my life. I became obsessed (in a good way) with it. I devoured anything science fiction that I could read or watch, and it remains a passion to this day.

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When did you first start writing?

I actually wrote my first story when I was about six years old. It was about the old Hanna-Barbera cartoon character, Muttley. Six or seven pages written AND illustrated. It has yet to see publication.

When I was twelve, I had a teacher who put a bunch of words up on the board (dragon, castle, wizard, etc.) and told us we had to use them in a story. Rather than it being a boring assignment, I took it as a challenge and turned in four hand-written, front and back pages. I had so much fun with it that I started writing stories just for fun. Been doing it ever since.

Who are your favorite authors?

I grew up loving Mark Twain. Arthur C Clark, Timothy Zahn, and Dean Koontz are all favorites and strong influences on me. Probably the earliest things I remember reading were Charles Schulz’s Peanuts comics. I think I was reading him even in kindergarten.

What are you reading now?

I am reading The Pioneers by David McCullough. I have a deep-seated love of American history and McCullough is, in my eyes, the undisputed master of historical non-fiction.

What inspires you to write?

So many things inspire me. Movies, books, historic events. Music is a huge fount of inspiration for me. I love film scores. John Williams, Jerry Goldsmith and others write such epic pieces and I will draw from those sources and sometimes I find myself writing scenes to match what I listen to. In addition, a good trip to Disney World is always a good way to get my creative juices flowing.

Tell us a little bit about your most recent release.

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The Starhawk Chronicles: Rest and Wreck-reation is the sequel to my first novel (Also titled The Starhawk Chronicles). It was originally inspired by, of all things, a trip I took to Las Vegas back in the mid-nineties. I had put my characters through so much in the first book that I decided to give them a break in the second book and send them on vacation. Of course, chaos ensues as the become wrapped up in a planetary revolution while just trying to take some time off. It was the most fun I’ve had to date writing.

What was your favorite subject at school?

I always liked to read, even from a very early age, so English was probably my favorite (except for book reports). As I got into high school, I really developed my love of history, especially for the Revolutionary War and World War II. And, of course, I excelled at lunch.

Who is your favorite character you’ve written?

Kayla Karson, one of the characters in the first Starhawk Chronicles. She’s a maverick. A loose cannon, and you never know what she might say or do next. That includes myself, there are literally times when I go to write her doing one thing, and she just disobeys and runs off to do her own thing. She is also a perfect foil for my main character. She drives him absolutely crazy, and that interplay makes things really fun to write. Currently, I am in the middle of writing her own spin-off novel.

What attracts you to fantasy?

In Middle School, we had to read The Hobbit. I thought it was going to be the most horrible read. The first chapter moved so slow and I thought I would never be able to finish it. Once I got into the meat of the story, I flew through it and was the first in class to finish reading it. After that, I started reading TSR’s Dragonlance Chronicles by Margaret Weiss and Tracy Hickman. I was hooked on fantasy after that.

What are you currently working on?

In addition to the Kayla Karson novel I mentioned, I am working on the third book in The Starhawk Chronicles, another series about a band of fighter pilots engaged in a galactic war that predates The Starhawk Chronicles without being a direct prequel to it, a story about Earth’s first, successful off-world colony, AND an epic fantasy duology. Think Lord of the Rings but with much, much more humor.

Any big news you’d like to share with us?

Things are pretty quiet for now, until the release of my next novel, whichever that may be. I’ll have to let you know.

How can readers connect with you?

My Facebook page is probably my biggest go-to. (www.facebook.com/authorjjmadden) I try to respond within a few hours of any messages. I am also prevalent on Twitter and Instagram (both use authorjjmadden as my handles) and I have a blog, Getting My Geek On, (jjmadden.blogspot.com) where I rant about anything from writing, to science fiction, to writing science fiction, and whatever else blows across my mind at the time.

A big thank you to Joseph for joining us today. Check out his newest book on Amazon.

 

 

Cecilia and Bobbert – 99 cents!

Hi everyone, thank you so much to everyone who picked up Wanda’s Wand! I hope you enjoy my story and if you do please leave a review. It really helps get more eyes on my work.

Also if you want more I have two more of my picture books on sale for the next week for just 99 cents a piece.

First off – CECILIA’S TALE – This one was inspired by my own kitty, Cici, who found me while I was living in Jerusalem. She sadly passed over the rainbow bridge a few years ago. But her memory lives on in this picture book.

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Next up is little tale of silliness from the world of P.A.W.S. Resident clown, The Great Bobbert has lost his weasel again. Where can Popgoes be?

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Prefer to listen to your stories? Or would like an audio book to go along with the text. I can do that. Click the banner below and apply for a free copy of either of these titles or a bunch of other kids’ books on Audible.

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Captive of The Darkness by Kasper Beaumont

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Can an angel be hiding here on Earth?

A veil of secrecy is lifted on Riley’s 18th birthday. She thought she knew the world, but now discovers she is a demon hunter. It doesn’t seem real, but then she meets Him, a charismatic young dancer with special powers.
He is a prisoner of a powerful demon.

What secrets does this stranger hide? Will Riley risk her own family to save Him?

Snag your copy!

About Kasper:

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Kasper J. Beaumont was born and raised in Australia and lives a quiet life with the family in a seaside town. Combining a love of fantasy and a penchant for travel in the Hunters of Reloria trilogy, she started to write on the urging of friends and family and enjoys watching readers become immersed in the magical world of Reloria. Kasper is a pen name for a rather shy author who is happy to remain unnamed.

The Hidden Angel series is a urban paranormal fantasy involving Angels and Demons in the seemingly ordinary city of Brisbane. Riley discovers she’s a demon hunter on her 18th birthday and enters a dangerous new world.
Book 1: Captive of the Captive, published 2019.

The Hunters of Reloria trilogy is about the magical world of Reloria where halflings and fairies share a lifelong bond. Dwarves, elves, knights and dragons inhabit this country, but their world is about to be invaded by scaly lizardmen and giant Cyclops.

Prequel: Fandri’s Adventures, published 2016.
Book 1: Elven Jewel, published 2012.
Book 2: Hunters’ Quest, published 2013
Book 3: Dragon’s Revenge, published 2014.

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FREE EBOOKS again! Small Business Saturday!

Need some cool reads for Small Business Saturday – check these out!

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Hello Lovelies,

“A Dream of Emerald Skies” is FREE again this weekend November 27-December 2! I would appreciate your support. “A Dream of Emerald Skies” is in two literary contests. Available on Amazon/kindle. I also did the styling and photography on Lauren from Thousand Faces Cosplay that’s on the cover.

Please feel free to download, read, critique, and share. I would really appreciate your support! #adreamofemeraldskies A Dream of Emerald Skies: The Young Society Series, v.1 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07X39577B/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_fZ22Db2MS0XNQ

Watch about how I was inspired by the Wizard of Oz and the musical Wicked here: https://youtu.be/h3oLJ1vpLAw

Also TODAY is Small Biz Saturday and I’ll be at the Heavy Anchor for a pop up shop from 5-10p. Please stop by and support local businesses, art, and craft persons. More details here: https://facebook.com/events/2722523747760077/?ti=icl

Some of my books are also at Dunaway Books on S. Grand. I really appreciate your support!

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Sins, New and Old

Today is release day for Sins of the Fae – the fourth in our horror anthology collection, Sins of Time. Here Misha Burnett talks about all four of his stories in this and the previous collections. Enjoy.

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The fourth volume of Chastity Nicole and Debbie Manber Kupfer’sSins Of Time series of themed Horror/Dark Fantasy anthologies is out now. I’ve kept my streak going, I have a story in all four volumes.

It’s a series that has a special place in my heart. I was originally invited to contribute by Debbie, who is one of the few of my writing contacts I’ve actually met in person. The first one was Sins Of The Past, and at that time we weren’t thinking in terms of a series, Chastity just had the idea for an anthology that mixed Horror with Historical fiction.

I wasn’t sure I wanted to contribute at first, because I couldn’t think of anything to write. I’m not much of historian. Then I was watching one of my collection of B-Movies and I got to thinking about the persistent urban legend about a movie so…

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