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Announcing a Grand Audio Book Giveaway!

Enter the rafflecopter for a chance to win audio books of Tea & Dark Chocolate, Alistair, Will There Be Watermelons on Mars?

Or a grand prize of a combo collection of P.A.W.S. and Argentum. The Argentum audio book is narrated by the awesome George Sirois and will be available very soon for purchase on Audible and itunes.

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For more details on my audio books check out my audio page on this blog.

Blogging from A to Z – Reflections

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I hope you enjoyed the A to Z of P.A.W.S. this year. The characters tell me that they had a blast and hope that you enjoyed visiting with them. Feel free to scroll back through the month and visit with any you missed. Or click on the image below.

Who was your favorite? Who would you like to hear more from? Feel free to tell me in the comments and maybe I can get them to come back for a longer interview!

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Why I Write Young Adult by L.J. Launer

 

Today on Paws 4 Thought I present a guest post by a local St. Louis author L.J. Launer. He talks about his love for young adult literature and why he writes it.

 

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People often ask me why I write young adult fiction. I read many books in a variety of genres. Some of my favorite reads have included Jonathan Franzen’s The Twenty-Seventh City (which is set in my hometown of St. Louis), mysteries by Dee Henderson, Sara Paretsky’s V.I. Warshawski series, and many Gregory MacDonald’s Fletch mysteries. But always I return to young adult literature…YA has something intriguing that draws me to the genre.

I think part of it is that the characters are just taking their first steps into the adult world. They are discovering its challenges. Do they join the rat race? Or do they try to make the world a better place to live in?

But why high school, you ask? I answer, why not high school? Most young adults who are in high school today are both interesting and intelligent. They even fool many adults. But don’t make all YA characters totally anti-establishment. Because that isn’t real. It isn’t that way even if you are writing YA science fiction, fantasy, post-apocalyptic, or the “superhero” literature that has started to take hold in recent years.

My first inspiration with young adult came when I was in the middle of plotting my first novel, but not my first published novel. It was 1986 and I was creating a chapter outline for a novel that is still a work-in-progress. In March of that year, I went to the movies with a friend of mine. We saw a movie called LUCAS, which was set mainly in a high school and the characters were primarily high school students with a few adults along the way. It was essentially a young adult movie. It inspired me to refocus the novel I was working on into a young adult novel.

It took me 29 years to publish my first novel, Rurals and Townies. Many of my writer friends over the years told me I was beating a dead horse. But I stuck to it and today, that one novel has become my Blanchette High School series.

In order to do any writing and be good at it, you have read. Read everything from the classics, like Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn or the works of F. Scott Fitzgerald. Read contemporaries such as John Green, who is the current superstar of YA. Also check out another great YA writer, Tom Tharp, who wrote The Spectacular Now.

Several of my friends have published YA. And what amazes me is how many adults read popular YA series like The Hunger Games and Divergent.

Young adult is alive and well. I appreciate the genre and I continue to enjoy writing it.

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Check out L.J. Launer’s novels on Amazon.

 

Free Friday Fiction – Out of Darkness

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Hi everyone I’m excited to announce that I’m part of a group of awesome local authors who got together to produce this anthology of fantasy and paranormal tales. My story in this collection is my werecat tale, Griddlebone, which ties in with book 3 of the P.A.W.S. Saga, Umbrae.

You can also read cool stories by Brad R. Cook, Jennifer Stolzer, Donald R. Van Stockum Jr., and Ryan Patrick Freeman.

And the best news this anthology is FREE to download. So pick up your PDF copy today and dive into some new worlds. You never know you might just find your next new favorite author.

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Puzzler’s Wednesday – Meet Steve Townsend.

Over on my puzzle blog it’s Puzzler’s Wednesday!

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Hey folks, it’s been a while since my last Puzzler’s Wednesday post, but I hope this one makes up for it! Today we welcome British cryptic constructor Steve Townsend, who talks about his love of puzzles, drumming and introduces us to his cats, Geoffrey and Cassie.

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  1. Tell us a little bit about yourself, Steve?

I have been around for a long time – I am married with two children and five grandchildren and live in Welwyn Garden City, in Hertfordshire – I am a drummer (been doing that since age 12) playing at the minute for a local band – I no longer need the day job – in fact I am being paid not to go to work indefinitely…..

  1. When did you start solving and making puzzles?

Many, many, many years ago, when I was at work, several of my colleagues would try and do the Daily Telegraph cryptic…

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Z is for Zamir

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“Salaam, my name is Zamir and I come from Aswan in southern Egypt. I’m an exchange student at St. Louis P.A.W.S. and am training with Mrs. Bumsqueak to be a healer.

My shapeshifter form is a snake and snake shifters are often healers. We learn how to use our own venom as part of the healing process.

When I’m not working with Mrs. Bumsqueak I spend time with my girlfriend, Lilith. She still has to attend morning classes with Professor Ainsworth and sometimes I assist her with her homework.

At other times I like to sit in the Jewel Box in my snake form. It is soothing to be one with nature.”

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This conclude Blogging from A to Z, 2017 – I hope you’ve enjoyed visiting with the characters of P.A.W.S. You can read about all of them in The P.A.W.S. Saga.

Y is for Yael

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“Shalom, my name is Yael and I’m a friend of Finny the werecat. You’ll meet me briefly in Londinium, but I hope to one day have my own adventure.

To be honest my life today is kind of boring. I live in Petah Tikva in the center of Israel with my mom and dad. I go to school, hang out with my friends, play on my computer – all the normal stuff. Except once in a while Finny visits.

Mom says I’m not allowed to have a cat. Dad’s allergic. So Finny’s only allowed in the house when dad’s away.

But what mum doesn’t realize is that Finny’s not a normal cat. She talks to me and even uses the computer sometimes. She’s gone back to Safed now, but says she’ll come back again soon. I hope she does. I miss her.”

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