It’s alive – Londinium (P.A.W.S. 4) is finally out in the wild!
This is a book of the heart for me. As many of you know I come from London and even though I no longer live there I still adore the city and visit every chance I get. LONDINIUM is peppered with my favorite places, Camden Town, the zoo and London’s beautiful parks. Miri gets to traverse the tube and ride on the buses. I hope you enjoy enjoy my story as much as I enjoyed writing.
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“The pea soup has spoken,” said Caradog. “You are destined for Londinium.”
“Londinium?” asked Miri.
“It was the ancient city from which London sprang. The P.A.W.S. Institute of Londinium is the oldest in the world. It started before the city of today existed and straddles the old and the new. Unfortunately, today it is run by a fool.”
Join Miri as she continues her journey through Umbrae and Londinium with the help of werecats, wild warlocks, an old dog, a duck, and a whole lot of pea soup.
The P.A.W.S. Saga continues with Londinium.
But wait there’s more – do you need to catch up on the rest of the P.A.W.S. Saga? Well I’ve got you covered. For the next week you can pick up the box set of books 1 to 3 for just 4.99 (that’s 50% off the usual price)
Want to party – join the FB celebration LONDINIUM IS HERE going on right now with a host of awesome guests, games and prizes.
It’s London week for me. Tomorrow is the official release day of book 4 of my P.A.W.S. Saga – LONDINIUM, (Join the FB release party tomorrow for oodles of authors, books and prizes)
But today I’m excited to announce another release. I have a story in this charity collection, LONDON CALLING.
Quill & Ink PR’s charity anthology London Calling is LIVE!!!
One click your copy today while it’s 99c before the price is increased to $2.99!
All proceeds go to #LitWorld where your purchase will help strengthen kids and communities through stories!
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Join the release party – I’ll be hanging out there this evening
Join Quill & Ink in a multi-genre exploration of London. Within these pages, we fall in love, go back in time, sit on the edge of our seats with sweaty palms and racing hearts, and even solve some mysteries—all in support of LitWorld, a charity tackling worldwide illiteracy.
Slings & Arrows by Sarah Buhrman
Ring Me by C.L. Cannon
Postcards from London by Rebekah Dodson
Ripping the Sheets by Shakyra Dunn
Mistaken Identity by Stacey Johnston
My Partner, The Brit by Jessika Klide
The Life and Death of George Weeks by Debbie Manber Kupfer
The Cave by Claire Lalique
Destination Wedding by Lily Ryan
Please note that some of these stories contain adult content.
I recently traveled to London with my daughter and one Saturday night we went to a concert at O’Meara, a newish venue in a small street with a church directly opposite. As we stood in line I kept looking up at part of the stone wall surrounding the church and I swore I saw a carved face in it, though my daughter couldn’t see it.
Later in the evening I ducked out of the concert for a breather and sat in the corner of the bar drinking a cider and scribbled this little piece of flash fiction on a napkin.
by Debbie Manber Kupfer
Seamus O’Meara was a gargoyle now, and he hated every minute of it. Not that he had any choice. His dad had been a gargoyle as had his grandfather, great-grandfather and all his ancestors from back in the realms of history where the O’Mearas had begun.
They had started off of course as leprechauns, but had got cocky – and the fairy godfather thought he would take them down a notch, so gargoyles they became. One church after another until finally Seamus had ended up looking down at O’Meara Street.
But O’Meara had changed of late. No longer a quiet alleyway only known to the church goers, but rather a place of worship often desecrated by partygoers that frequented the venue that had sprung up across the street. Seamus had been sat on, spat at, climbed and pissed on – all in the interests of a congenial Saturday night.
He’d had enough. He gazed down at the revelers and plotted his revenge.
© Debbie Manber Kupfer, 2017
“Hello, how are you today? My name’s Xavier and I’m so happy to welcome you to London. There are so many wonderful places to visit, but my favorites are the parks and in particular Regent’s Park (where you can find the P.A.W.S. Institute of Londinium) and Kensington Gardens where I live with my mentor, Precipitous Brew.
I’ve lived with Precipitous ever since I graduated from P.A.W.S., and I lived in P.A.W.S. from when I was five years old. You see something strange happened to me on my fifth birthday. I went to Regent’s Park with my parents and while I was there I turned into a duck and went for a swim on the lake.
I’d never turned into a duck before and discovered I liked it a lot. My parents looked for me of course, but as they were looking for a boy, not a mallard, they didn’t find me and went back home. Precipitous found me the next day and took to P.A.W.S. and so my new life began.”
“Greetings. My name is Ulysses Ryder. I was the patriarch of the Ryder family and I am honored with a horse statue in the Stables Market in Camden Town, London.
I raised my son Francis in Camden Town and taught him the equine way. And when the time came I passed on my silver horseshoe charm to him.
It can sometimes be lonely being an equine shapeshifter, so if you’re ever in London please visit Francis. He runs a little horse related collectibles stand in Stables Market. You should of course take your picture with my statue too, so you can tell people you saw Ulysses Ryder.”
Francis Ryder features in Londinium – look for him in the fall.
“Good day to you. My name is Precipitous Brew and you will find me (if the need arises) at my home just adjacent to Kensington Gardens in London.
I have actually gone by a lot of names over the decades I have been on this planet, but Precipitous Brew amuses me. I saw it first in a crossword puzzle, a clue for the word STEEP. In my work as alchemist I often steep my potions, or else steep my tea, so you see the name fits.
I act as a consultant to the P.A.W.S. Institute of Londinium. Their current Headmaster, Cornelius Sprocket, is a fool and needs to be watched. Of course they have offered me the position multiple times, but I refuse (as is customary) and prefer to keep my distance.
However if you need to speak to me on important magical business you may make an appointment with my assistant, Xavier. You will most likely find him swimming on the Round Pond in his duck form.”
Meet Precipitous Brew, Xavier the duck, and Cornelius Sprocket in Londinium (P.A.W.S. 4).
More P.A.W.S. characters beginning with P:
P.J. – Large russet colored wolf in Salgado’s pack.
Professor Phoenix Newton – Professor at New York, P.A.W.S.
Prendergast Cubbins – Chef at New York P.A.W.S.
Prescott Bones – Andrew’s father. Was in the military and presumed dead at the time Andrew first went missing.
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.
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.
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!
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!