Friday Fiction – BOO!

Been a while since I’ve done one of these, so here’s a little bit of flash fiction silliness I wrote this week from a story prompt over at Daily Flash Writing Prompts – an awesome little group on FB where I often get inspirations for my shorts. (Come join us if you will.)

“I don’t believe in ghosts. And seances are a scam.”

“I wouldn’t say that too loudly around here.”

“Why not, it’s true.”

“But they might here you.

“Who might hear, Dame Grisela, you know she’s a fraud.”

“Not her, the others.”

“What the other clients. They deserve to hear. In any case I’m off.”

“I don’t think so.”

“Who the hell are you?”

“You mean who the hell were I. Look more closely.”

“You’re kind of see-thru. Nice effect.”

“It’s not an effect per se. You get used to it in time.”

“What do you mean by that?”

“Look at your hand.”

“It’s um getting fuzzy. I don’t like it. Please make it stop.”

“Sorry, no can do. Welcome to the afterlife. You’ll find séances really relieve the monotony.”

For more flash fiction silliness check out Tea and Dark Chocolate!

Jhara is Here!


It’s here! Wait no longer, the sixth book of the P.A.W.S. Saga, JHARA has arrived and is on sale today in ebook and paperback on Amazon plus it’s free for subscribers of Kindle Unlimited.

Jenny has been painting fairies her whole life, but now a new fairy has emerged, one with wings of pure silver. She wishes she could share this new fairy with Jamie, but Jamie has disappeared and Jenny is worried.
Sandy is also worried. Her weather magic is out of control and she is taunted by a storm that whispers its name to her – Jhara.
Deep inside the bottle, the spirit of Jhara waits. She hates this form and detests her creator who has trapped her in there. It was not fair. You cannot create a storm and then trap it in a teacup. That worked only in idioms. And this was Jhara’s life.
The P.A.W.S. Saga continues with Jhara.

Pick up your copy today!



Cryptic Definitions about Life, the Universe and Everything – Answers and Winners

For those who were following my contest over at Paws 4 Puzzles here are the answers.

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Hi everyone, I hope you had a good week. Here are the answers to the 42 Cryptic Definition clues set last week by Sanket. Please note that by nature cryptic definition clues can sometimes lead to multiple valid solves, so just because you came up with a different answer, it doesn’t necessarily mean that yours were wrong.

For that reason I’ve decided to award prizes to three of the entries I received who each took the time to ponder over the questions and answered most of them correctly.

So a big congratulations to:



and JEFF H

I will be contacting you shortly about your prizes.

In the meantime here are the solutions:

42 Cryptic Definitions about Life, Universe and Everything by Sanket

  1. Gene Hackman? (7,5)
  2. Will Smith? (7)
  3. Bill Gates? (4-6)
  4. Eden Hazard? (9,5)
  5. Christian Bale? (7)
  6. Singer of…

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Cryptic Definitions: The Soul of Cryptic Crosswords by Sanket Shrivastava

Over on my puzzle blog I have a guest post from Sanket and a cryptic clue contest. If you like things puzzly, hop on over.

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Hello everyone, today Paws 4 Puzzles is happy to host Sanket Shrivastava who is going to explain to us a little about Cryptic Definitions in Cryptic Crosswords. You can find out more about Sanket over at his Puzzler’s Wednesday interview.

At the bottom of this post are 42 cryptic definition clues for you to try! And I’ve decided to turn this in a little contest. Solve the clues (or as many of them as you can fathom) and message them to me here. You have a week to work on them. At the end of the week I will choose one winner who will pick up either a PDF of my puzzle book Paws 4 Logic or an audio book or ebook of one of my fiction titles.

So without further ado here’s Sanket:

Cryptic Definitions: The Soul of Cryptic Crosswords

One of the types of clues you…

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Young Dragons

A call for submissions for those who are previously unpublished. Here’s your chance.


Okay, so I have another project in mind.

This one is intended to encourage writers who haven’t made the step to being published.

To that end, I am going to be offering more feedback than the usual call for submissions–not quite a workshopping, but I want to help authors work on their stories and make them the best they can be.

I won’t say “don’t worry about it being good enough”, but I will say, “don’t worry about it being perfect”.

What I am looking for is stories from writers who have not published fiction stories in a book or magazine. Writers who have put stories up on a blog are eligible, as are writers who have put stories up on fanfiction sites or other internet forums.

I want original Fantasy short stories of between 2000 and 7500 words, with 5000 words being ideal. Stories should not be set in…

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Dark Fantasies available for pre-order

Coming soon from Misha Burnett.
Preorder on Amazon —


I love it when a plan comes together!

Yes, I do have a plan, although it may not be evident from my publishing schedule.

Ever since I realized that short fiction is the idea medium for me, I have been working towards building a body of work. As I’ve said several times in this blog, I am now writing stories with an eye not just to first publication, but to inclusion into a series of collections.

My third collection, Dark Fantasies, is now available for pre-order from Baby Katie Media, the publishers of Storyhack magazine.

This collection, as the title implies, is of my Fantasy Short Fiction. It contains stories spanning my entire career, from the very first Eldritch Earth story, “A Hill Of Stars” published in 2016 in the first issue of Cirsova.

It also contains stories that have been published in a variety of small press anthologies…

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Cover Reveal – Jhara!

It’s here and it’s beautiful. My awesome cover designer Rachel Bostwick created a new kickass cover for Jhara (P.A.W.S. 6). The book will release on June 15th, 2020 but I really wanted to share the cover with you guys now. So here it is!


Isn’t it scrumptious? I love it.

So what is Jhara you may ask? Well SHE is a powerful storm and she’s super mad as she’s been trapped in a bottle and hidden away. Now she wants out and woe betide anyone in her way.

Preorder her story today on Amazon.  

OR for a limited time pick up an ARC over at Story Origin.


Now Me! A Cryptic Crossword for Women’s Day

Over on my puzzle blog.

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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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