Meet RL Andrew, author of A Lunatic’s Guide to Interplanetary Relationships

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Today on Paws 4 Thought I’m excited to welcome RL Andrew who recently published her debut novel the awesomely titled A Lunatic’s Guide to Interplanetary Relationships.

 

  1. Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I’m a former Legal Executive, chronically ill Australian writer, Movie Reviewer, mother of three adult daughters and grandmother (aka Grammy) to two grandchildren. Along with many short stories published in International Anthologies I’m also a regular, long term contributor to the CrypticRock.com Website based in New York.

(RL Andrew has a wonderful story in once of the horror anthologies I edited, Sins of the Future. Be sure to check it out, DMK)

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I live in a regional city in Victoria, Australia, where I’ve been for around thirty years. Early next year my husband and I will be moving back to the place I grew up in where he will work as a full time bee keeper.

  1. Who are your favorite authors?

Edgar Allan Poe

Janet Evanovich

Joss Wheldon

Danielle Trussoni

The Soska Sisters

Nicholas Gyeney

  1. Tell us a bit about your new book, A Lunatic’s Guide To Interplanetary Relationships? (I love the title by the way. Reminds a lot of my favorite author Douglas Adams!)

Thank you so much. I grew tired of reading stories containing main characters with ordinary flaws, none over the age of 35 nor any sick ones. I’ve got a crazy imagination and one day the idea came to me. In many ways Shayne’s the physical embodiment of personality traits that frustrate and irritate me in people I’ve met or come across. She does get her darkness and sarcasm from me and her small stature. That’s about where the similarities end. As for Annu all his good qualities come from my husband and other close men in my life. In regards to the rest of their and other character’s traits are all fiction.

Blurb:

When perpetual screw-up Shayne James is transported from Earth to another planet, she has no idea she’s the key to saving the universe. When Annu discovers this puny human on his planet, little does he know that she’s the key to the two of them defeating the enemy. He finds her irritating, annoying, and somewhat attractive! If they don’t kill each other, or get killed by an unknown force attempting to take over the universe, they might live happily ever after.

(That sounds a lot of fun. I can’t wait to read it, DMK)

  1. If you could travel back in time to any place and period in the past where and when would you go?

Back to the time of creation when everything was apparently perfect.

  1. Do you have any pets? (Pictures please! We love to see furry friends here on Paws 4 Thought!)

We have one pet – a chocolate labrador named Max.

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(Hi Max – he’s a cutie! DMK)

  1. What are you currently reading?

A day with an Extraterrestrial by Lou Baldin

Forbidden Science

The Anunaki of Niribu by Gerald Clark

The Hidden History of the Human Race by Michael A Cremo

  1. So whats next? What are you working now?

The sequel ‘A Demigoddess’s Guide to Menopause and Marriage’ is currently in revision stage and I’m plotting book three – A Demigoddess’s Guide to an Interplanetary Apocalypse.  (Adore those titles, DMK)

  1. What do you like to do to relax?

When I’m able to I go out in my garden and weed or tidy up. I also enjoy baking and watching horror movies, which I review for a New York based website. Purely for the experience and I’ve made some amazing contacts.

  1. Tell us a fun fact about Australia that my readers might not know?

Well for starters we live in towns and cities just like you guys. And while in some more country areas you see Kangaroos and Emus they aren’t wandering our streets. Oh and despite how it looks Vegemite on toast is delicious.

Would you like to read a little of A Lunatic’s Guide to Interplanetary Relationships? Sure you would:

Chapter 1: Crazy Like a Falling Coconut

Ardrossan, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia, Earth

 How did I, Shayne James, a Demi-Goddess and daughter of the Great God Ki, end up in a nut house? It’s God damned ridiculous. Literally. Ive got to get out of here. I cant do another night in this stupid place.

Shayne shook the gate; her fingers ached and rust embedded beneath her nails. “What kind of screwed up torture is this? Haven’t I suffered enough?”

She surveyed the yard for Geoffrey from Ward 3, her one true fan, believer and stalker. Where he went, hospital staff followed. Yard all clear, Shayne counted on her fingers. “How many weeks have I spent in this shit hole?”

2 or 3? Fuck. I don’t know.

The medication they’d thrust into her made time a slippery worm difficult to grasp. The morning’s pills jiggled next to her phone in Shayne’s pocket. She’d hide them with the others. The few missed days cleared her brain and the memories returned. The instant their effects wore off, Shayne realised the governmental nightmare with its hard beds, terrible food, and bad TV, interfered with her true destiny on another planet.

Shayne kicked the metal lock. Pain shot through her foot. “Shit. Crap.”

She hopped in a circle and cursed dodgy hips connected to short legs. The bastards prevented her climbing up the Wistingera hedge beside the gate without assistance, and she couldn’t find anyone to hold her steady without grabbing her arse.

Cant get out the gate, cant break the fence, cant climb the hedge. I’ve tried all the doors. Which leaves what exactly?

Shayne breathed in crazy free air and ran through other options. “Oh fuck it. I can’t think of any. What to do, what to do?”

Her shoulders drooped; Shayne’s freedom remained as distant as Orion.

Even if I did escape, what then? How do I get home and back to Orion? Why can’t a wormhole just appear right here? Huh?

Frustrated with her lack of control, Shayne grabbed the top fence rail and shook. Each rattle represented wasted minutes spent there and the time taken from her future with Annu. The strive for freedom pulsed through her, it interrupted her thoughts and shoved her out of bed each morning. All to face a day filled with half baked escape concepts and pleas to release her Godly self.

Shayne moved her anger down a rung. “That nobody fucking listens to.”

Her arms ached; she relent her hold on the fence. Shayne shifted from the gate across to the hedge filling the fence and smushed into the middle of it. The faint scent of rosemary comforted her, a fresh wave of memories flooded Shayne’s mind.

Shayne wriggled her middle finger, not a scar or mark indicated its former separation.

I can’t believe I got a finger chopped off and it grew back, let alone all the other stuff.

Before being found on the pantry floor by her son and taken to the hospital, Annu held Shayne in his arms inside a stone room. Both Demi-Gods fresh from ascension, and filled with universal power. All they’d been through to get there seemed like a dream, and she’d fucked it up.

Shayne in the ultimate moment of stupidity mentioned Earth one too many times, and in a flash a wormhole ripped Shayne back to her home planet and away from love.

True fucking love and shit too.

Annu’s shocked expression tormented her. “Damn you medication for making me forget it even for one second.”

A branch stuck into her back, Shayne wriggled further onto the hospital’s back lawn, a large pile of dried bird poop on her right fared better than her. “We did everything right and in return we weren’t given time to soak in our success; the greatest moment of existence. Let alone kiss and enjoy things. No, not me. I got cosmically shafted. As usual.”

Shayne yanked out a wad of grass and tossed it to the side. “I remember when, I remember, I remember when I lost my mind, there’s something pleasant about that place, even your emotions had a gecko, and so much pace. Mmm. Does that make me crazyyyy? Does that make me–oh wait apparently it does.”

Neighbourhood dogs howled, a flock of magpies a few metres ahead shot into the air.

Bastards don’t appreciate a good voice. Oh what does it matter? My new life waits on the other side of the Galaxy, through the stupid wormhole–an hour and a half, several security guards, and several door alarms from here.

Shayne resigned herself to no knight in shining armour arriving to rescue her from the current dilemma.

Rather, a retard in tin foil waited on this one planet, on the hospital lawn, deep in thought and determined. “It’s not the first time I’ve saved myself. It’s probably like the third. Surely I can do it again?”

I miss my chocolate hulk.

Shayne shook her head, Annu lingered in her mind. Her belly gurgled, doubt poked into her thoughts.

Is he still waiting for me? No, he probably gave up, and I cant blame him. He’s probably relishing in glory–alone.

Shayne tried to twirl her jade ring, its absence on her naked finger shot another wave of panic through Shayne. She’d grown accustomed to the odd piece of jewellery despite its catalytic nature.

Where did it go? I must have lost it when I burst through the wall. Its got to be under the pantry shelf.

Shayne massaged a lump in her shoulder and sighed. “Another thing that doesn’t matter because I’m not getting out right now, so fuck it and fuck them.”

She scanned again for any sign of staff; all clear. Eyes squinted; she pulled out a smoke and lit it. Shayne inhaled to her lungs’ capacity, held the breath and fought coughing.

Hold it in, don’t waste it. Any second now it will be worth it. You’ve got to cough to get off don’t you?

The scratch in her lungs eased, a warm rush numbed her senses and removed life’s edges. While it didn’t remove the body pain, it made not caring about it easier.

Want to read more? Pick up a copy of A Lunatic’s Guide to Interplanetary Relationships today.

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Meet Mirren Hogan

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Today on Paws 4 Thought we are privileged to host the Night Witches blog tour. Night Witches is a cool new book from eclectic author Mirren Hogan. I caught up with Mirren to ask a few questions.

  1. Tell us a little bit about yourself, Mirren.

I’m an Australian author with two kids and too many pets. I write fantasy, sci-fi, paranormal, horror, historical fiction… maybe it’d be quicker to say I don’t write romance, ha-ha.

  1. Who are your favorite authors?

Jennifer Fallon, Anne McCaffrey, JK Rowling, Kathy Reichs, and tons more.

  1. Tell us a bit about Night Witches?

The Night Witches is based on a true story about a regiment of Soviet women who flew biplanes on the front line during WW2. It was their job to drop bombs on the Germans to keep them from sleeping. They frequently came under fire and many were shot down and died. There were three regiments with different roles, but the Night Witches were the only ones to consist entirely of women throughout the war.

The book itself centres around Nadia, a young Russian woman who wants to defend her country, and joins the air force. We follow her training and allocation to the regiment as a navigator. Along the way she makes some friends, but loses many others.

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  1. If you could choose a superpower what would it be?

The ability to edit an entire book in an hour. Lol

  1. What do you like to do to relax?

I like to walk my dog in the forest behind my house.

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  1. Who is your favorite character you have written and why?

Flynn from the upcoming Dark Shores trilogy co-authored by Erin Yoshikawa. He’s cute but goofy, and ends up having to be a bit of an action hero.

  1. What are you currently working on?

I’m working my way through a backlog of editing, but when that’s done I have book 3 of a fantasy series to write.

  1. If you could visit any time period when we choose?

Right now. The last year has been a good place for me. I hope it keeps up!

  1. Do you have any pets? 

Lots! A dog, cat, rabbits, parrots and chickens.

  1. Tell us one odd thing about Australia that we wouldn’t know.

Most people I know don’t say ‘g’day’.

  1. How can readers connect with you?

Ouija board. No really @MirrenHogan on Twitter or on Facebook

Pick up a copy of Night Witches today and check out all of Mirren’s awesome writing on Amazon.

Meet P.D. Workman

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Hello everybody today on Paws4Thought I welcome YA author P.D. Workman. P.D. is a prolific writer and her name title, Chloe is releasing this month.

  1. Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I write riveting young adult/suspense fiction about mental illness, addiction, abuse, and other tough subjects. I am a wife, a mother of one, born and raised in Alberta, Canada. I love to read books in all formats and am a technology geek with a love for all kinds of gadgets and tools. For as long as I can remember, the blank page has held an incredible allure, leading me to write my first complete novel at the age of twelve. I kept writing, but did not start publishing until three years ago. With Chloe, I have now published 23 titles.

  1. When did you first start writing?

I have little construction paper books that my mother kept from when I was very young. Even before I could draw or write, I was making scribbles and stapling them together into books. I guess it was inevitable!

  1. Who are your favorite authors?

I have so many of them! S.E. Hinton, J.R.R. Tolkien, L.M. Montgomery, Jay Bennett, Kristen D. Randle…

  1. Tell us a bit about Chloe and the Between the Cracks series.

The Between the Cracks series begins with the award-winning book Ruby, Between the Cracks. Ruby is a tough-as-nails street kid, doing whatever she has to to survive and proud of her independence. She blocked out a lot of her past history rather than dealing with it. Ruby is a hard-hitting, conflict-filled journey of discovery as Ruby is forced to face her past and decide what she really wants out of life.

The other books in the series follow other members of Ruby’s family as each of them strives to overcome their toxic histories in order to survive and move on in their lives.

Chloe is book four of the series, and is my favorite. In books 1-3, the reader has only seen Chloe from the perspectives of her siblings—the polar opposite of Ruby, June and Justin’s bossy big sister, the only one of the children who stayed by their mother’s side through everything. Now it’s time to hear Chloe’s story. Take a deep breath and buckle your seat belts, because it’s going to be a tough ride.

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Pick up your copy of Chloe to meet this handsome fellow!

  1. What attracts you to writing young adult literature?

The genre sort of picked me. Because I started writing so young, the young adult genre was a natural fit for me to begin with. And while I’ve written non-young-adult books as well, I never really grew out of YA and it is still my preferred genre. I still see, as I did when I was a teen, so much unfairness and heartbreak in this age group. I want to reach out to those who are hurting, and this is my way of doing it.

  1. Your books deal with some tough subjects how do you prepare yourself mentally for writing?

It can be hard, especially with a story like Chloe’s. My heart breaks for everything that she is going through, but I have to write my truth. Because it is happening to kids all over the world. It isn’t just something I have made up, but an attempt to capture their stories and the pain and struggle of their lives. I need to take breaks, and I need to make an effort to pull myself out of the story to deal with my own family and life.

  1. Do you have a favorite character you have written?

I love all my kids. J

Chloe is amazing because she is so strong after everything she goes through. She doesn’t see herself that way, but she is something special. She also gains a special friend along the way, one who understands better than anyone else could what she has gone through. But I don’t want to give any spoilers!

  1. What was your favorite book you read this year?

Tough call! I usually prefer fiction, but I think I’m going to have to go with I am Malala, by Malala Yousafzai. There is one strong young lady!

(That one’s on my TBR list too – DMK)

  1. If you could choose a superpower what would you choose?

I think it would have to be super speed. I am always trying to squeeze so much into my day!

  1. So what’s next? What are you currently working on?

I just put out a new series of YA thrillers called  ThMedical Kidnap Files, and I’ve been working on a sequel to Tattooed Teardrops and some private eye stuff. I’m kicking off the New Year writing a cozy mystery series. So, something a little lighter, but you can bet that I will still work my passions into the story!

(I admire how prolific you are J – DMK)

  1. How can readers and parents connect with you?

You can find me at http://pdworkman.com and on most social media platforms as pdworkmanauthor. I love to hear from readers and can also be reached directly at pdworkman.author@gmail.com

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Check out P.D. Workman’s books on Amazon!

Say Hello to Wendy Van Camp

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Today on Paws 4 Thought we welcome writer, blogger, jeweler and poet Wendy Van Camp.

  1. Tell us a little bit about yourself Wendy.

Hello, I am Wendy Van Camp. I write science fiction, fantasy, scifaiku poetry, and dabble in regency romance. My work has appeared in literary and science fiction magazines such as “Shadows Express”, “Quantum Visions”, “Altered Reality Magazine”, “Luna Station Quarterly”, and “Far Horizons”. I have published one novelette and it is available via most online retail outlets such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and iTunes.

I’ve been married to the same guy for over 20 years and have a furbaby that I spoil. I collect fountain pens, inks and notebooks like other women collect shoes. I’ve been an artisan jeweler for the past 20 years and a certified gemologist since 2011. However, I consider myself to be more a writer than a jeweler these days.

  1. When did you first start writing?

Some of my earliest memories are of being a writer.  I wrote my first novelette when I was 4 or 5 years old, all in child’s handwritten scrawl, and a second one when I was in high school on a broken Selectric typewriter.  I remember having to move the carriage return with my right hand and typing only with my left.  My parents never offered to fix the machine!  To them, writing was not something to be encouraged.  I was the only creative one in the family and they did not quite understand my need to make music, draw, or tell stories.

I always intended to become an author when I “grew up”, but then a little thing called “Star Wars: A New Hope” happened.  I was enamored by the film and its slick new editing style.  I changed from wanting to write, to telling my stories via movies. I wanted to be a film director like George Lucas and ended up going to film school here in California. I spent a good fifteen years afterward producing and directing television projects as a career.  Writing took a backseat.

It was not until I was in my early 40s that I returned to writing novels.  I credit Nanowrimo with inspiring me to become a novelist. While I had been a participant of Nanowrimo for several years, I was suffering from writer’s block and could never put together a fictional story.  Then one day in 2010, a character woke up in me and demanded that I start writing about him.  That year was the first time that I won the 50K word goal at Nanowrimo. I viewed my writing as a hobby at that point, but have come full circle and have returned to the idea of being a professional writer.

  1. Who are your favorite authors?

My favorites include: Jane Austen, Mark Twain, Anne McCaffrey, Andre Norton, Elizabeth Moon, and Robert A. Heinlein.

  1. Tell us a little about The Curate’s Brother.

The Curate’s Brother” is a novelette that could be seen as a prequel to Jane Austen’s famous novel “Persuasion”. It is also the first of a series of four stories that uses Austen’s characters, but departs from her storyline into a new “what if” of my own invention.  The first story revolves around the relationship between the two Wentworth brothers as seen through the eyes of Edward Wentworth and showcases many historical elements of the regency time period.

Edward Wentworth, a young Anglican curate, is surprised by the arrival of his brother. Commander Fredrick Wentworth, the “hero of San Domingo”, is on shore leave from his battles in the Napoleonic war and has come to spend time with the only family he has in England.

All the good Commander wants to do is flirt and dance with the ladies until he is called back to sea, but when his flirting extends to a young outgoing beauty that Edward always disdained as “a child”, the curate becomes aware that his opinion of the girl is sorely outdated.  Meanwhile, Frederick becomes drawn to a shy wallflower, Anne Elliot.  She is the daughter of a baronet and above his station, but Frederick pays no heed to his brother’s warnings that class may prevent their union.

At the end of summer, a letter and package arrive that will change everything for the two brothers. Which way will prevail? The bold actions of the commander or the quiet manners of the curate?

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  1. What is your favorite genre to read/write? What attracts you to it?

I consider myself to be mainly a science fiction author.  Most of my short stories are either science fiction or fantasy, although many of them have not been published as yet.  I have been reading science fiction since my early years and continue to love the genre.  When I think of science fiction, I think of the “golden age” of sci-fi.  These stories looked to the future and showed how humanity might better itself instead of being dystopic in nature.  That is what attracts me, messages of hope for the future.

  1. If you could have dinner with anyone real or fictional who would you choose?

That would be Jane Austen.  I love her writing and her wit.  I fear that I would be the butt of her jokes since I’m a bit square and would not be able to keep up with her verbally!  She is the inventor of the romance genre, but her writing draws deep upon character.  This is what I admire and I’d love a chance to be able to chat with her about writing.  It is too bad that time travel is not possible.

  1. Tell us a little bit about your blog. What would we find there if we visited?

No Wasted Ink features science fiction and fantasy author interviews, book reviews of classic sci-fi and fantasy novels, writer’s links, my articles, and my own illustrated scifaiku poetry.  There are links to my book and short stories.  Many of the short stories and poetry I’ve published in magazines are free to read, just follow the handy links.  The blog is entering its fifth year and still going strong. If you love to read science fiction or fantasy, you will find plenty on No Wasted Ink to interest you.

  1. Here on Paws 4 Thought we love to meet author’s furry companions. Do you have a pet you’d like to share with us?

This touches close to my heart.  My Aussie shepherd is my constant companion.  She has a special cushion in front of my office where she can rest her arthritic bones as she “guards” my door.  My baby girl is turning into an old lady, but I love her all the same.  We still enjoy walks and I give her treats every day.

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  1. So what’s next? What are you currently working on?

The sequel to “The Curate’s Brother” is “Christmas in Kellynch”. It is in final editing and will be released sometime in 2017. I am also in the revision stage of a science fiction/steampunk novel trilogy and a poetry chapbook of science fiction haiku on the theme of Mars.  There are many science fiction and fantasy short stories in the pipeline.  One by one, they will find homes in magazines.  I will announce on the blog when they publish.

  1. How can readers connect with you?

Blog

Twitter

Goodreads

Facebook

Pinterest

Amazon Author Page

 

Magic of Solstice – Allison D. Reid

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Today on the Magic of Solstice blog tour we welcome Allison D. Reid.

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Allison answered a few questions about herself and her writing.

Tell me a little about your books:

Journey to Aviad is the first book in a Christian fantasy series that was originally inspired by the characters I brought to life for an online multi-player roleplaying game.  Since those days they have become so much more, and their story has grown to take on new life and meaning.

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When young Elowyn finds a mysterious looking coin in her favorite woodland stream, the simple life she knows is forever changed.  The discovery sets a series of events in motion that take Elowyn and her older sister, Morganne, on a remarkable physical and spiritual journey.  Dark clouds and unnatural storms begin to threaten their home city of Tyroc with growing frequency and ferocity.  Creatures that were once believed to be nothing more than historic legend suddenly emerge from the depths of the wilderness.  Even the once trusted leadership of Tyroc seems to have been swayed by the encroaching forces of darkness.  As Elowyn and Morganne struggle to make their way through a world thrown into turmoil, their untested faith is suddenly challenged.  They begin to realize that it is not always easy to discern between truth and falsehood, nor is the path laid out for them by Aviad, the Creator, free from perils.  Despite their fears, they choose to follow Aviad, who takes them not only on a journey away from Tyroc, but away from their old selves, as they grow in strength and maturity of faith.

Morganne and Elowyn’s journey continues in the second book of the series, which will be published later this year.

What attracts you to fantasy?

Fantasy is the one genre that makes me feel like a little kid again…it leaves me spellbound with its magic, mystery, and the thrill of adventure.  In real life, those who are fighting for good don’t always win, but in fantasy they can.  For me it is a genre of hope, that celebrates courage and integrity in the face of overwhelming adversity.  In fantasy, we can imagine our best selves into existence, and through those experiences, better learn how to be our best selves in the real world.

If you had a superpower what would it be?

I would want the power to go back and observe different places and times in history.  It would be amazing to follow in Jesus’ footsteps for a while, walk through a real medieval village, or visit some of the ruined castles I saw when I was living in Europe…back when they were whole and full of life.

What are you reading right now?

I am reading Bell Mountain, which is the first book in a Christian Fantasy series by Lee Duigon.  I’ve been eyeing this series for a while and am very excited to finally get started on it.  I am also going through Your 100 Day Prayer by John I. Snyder.

If you could travel to any place, real or imaginary where would you go?

Narnia, please! Though I suspect once I was there, I would never want to come back.

Tell me one odd thing about you.

I am terrified of storms—tornadoes in particular.  Honestly, my anxious little Morkie handles bad weather better than I do!  When I’m really stressed out or nervous about something, I dream about tornadoes all night long.  So when I was writing Journey to Aviad, it only seemed natural to give my villain the ability to conjure storms and use them as a weapon against humanity.

Allison shared some pictures of her fur family Roary (the cat), and Pattertwig (the dog).

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She told us a little about them:

“Pattertwig is a sweet little Morkie (Maltese-Yorkie mix) who loves his family and follows me wherever I go.  I refer to him as my little white shadow.”

Pattertwig  Roary

“Roary is a 1 year old tabby that we adopted when he was just a kitten.  We took Pattertwig with us to pick him up from the shelter and they have been buddies ever since.  They play together, and sometimes even cuddle up with each other, much to the dismay of my two older cats (Cera and Lirit) who would never lower themselves to fraternize with the dog.  We also have a Bearded Dragon, and a 60 gallon fish tank.  Yes, we like animals!

Connect with Allison:

Website: www.weavingword.com

Blog:  https://weavingword.wordpress.com/

Amazon  Author Page: amazon.com/author/windrider

Pick up a copy of Journey to Aviad today!

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Amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/Journey-Aviad-Allison-D-Reid/dp/1456329650/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1430609919&sr=8-1&keywords=Journey+to+Aviad

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And stop by Jan Marie’s blog  http://authorandangels.blogspot.com to hear what I have to say today!

Magic of Solstice – KJ Hawkins

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Welcome to another magical day on our blog tour. Today I am visiting Melissa Barker-Simpson on her blog. Do go and check it out!

In the meantime I’d like to welcome KJ Hawkins to Paws 4 Thought.

KJ  is a young fantasy author making her way into print. She has had a strong love for fantasy since she was nine years old.

As an adult the magic stayed with her inspiring her to write stories of adventure and magic.  Hawkins, at her best, brings personality to every word she writes, exciting her readers with every page.

KJ shared this fun fact with us:

KJ Hawkins is actually a pen name taken from the initials of her real first and last name. Hawkins came from her favorite childhood film, Treasure Planet, the lead character is James Hawkins!

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KJ has a story, Half-Blood Academy: Trisha’s Escape, in this anthology – The Magical Muse.

In it Trisha finds herself in the clutches of a monster like no other. She has to fight her way to freedom only to find herself looking at deaths door. Will she survive the fight or will a secret hidden from her be her saving grace?

The Magical Muse contains stories of fantasy ranging from dark, to light and inspiring, bring life to this anthology.  The creatures featured throughout, both good and evil, display the devastating or wonderful personalities they were given by the authors who created them for your enjoyment.

KJ came by to discuss the balance of power in her household and her stories and shared some pics of the fur persons in her life:

The Balance of Power

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In my house there is a tipping balance. Things are tricky with having four pets that have vast differences in personality. First comes Trixie, the oldest, she is laid back and scary at times. She is the defender in the group. Then there is Muffin, Trixie’s daughter. Muffin is more like an alarm system that never shuts up. The fact that she is a mix of three yapping breeds, Chihuahua, Pomeranian, and Terrier, is probably the main reason. No wonder she drives me nuts.

They are the dog crew that helped me create the Kyres, who are featured in the world of Tarzinëa.  I just recently wrote a short story, featuring DarkDeath, I hope to publish in the next couple of months (the date isn’t finalized yet). The tale is about the bond between a father and son. DarkDeath goes to Digger’s rescue when he gets in over his head after crossing the border into the Twin-Tailed Foxes’ territory. The emotion that pulls him to act on his pup’s behalf was influenced by Trixie’s behavior. I have seen her take down dogs twice her size all because Muffin was scared.

Zoe  Joey

Then there are my two cats, Zoë and Joey. I wish I could have foxes, however it’s kind of hard to have exotic pets in my city. Ironically Zoë is the youngest, but she has been part of the family longer. She is skittish and extremely territorial. In other words, Joey gets his butt kicked a lot by her. Her behavior actually helped me write the Twin-Tailed Foxes part for the short story. SilverHide is cunning and deadly just like Zoë, and they share the same sleek body. Joey isn’t represented in this particular story, but I plan to later incorporate him somehow into the creatures in my worlds. For now he will just have to laze around and just be my fat boy.

The working title for this story is A Father’s Protection. There will be an epic battle scene between DarkDeath and SilverHide inspired by a battle for territory and placement in the pecking order in my own home. And like always Fat Boy (Joey) and I will sit back and enjoy the show.

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