Hi folks, I’m excited to announce that I’m participating in the Book Owl Word Search (BOWS) and I’m part of the PURPLE team. To find out more about the Word Search and how to play visit https://www.snowywingspublishing.com/book-owl-word-search/bows-how-to-play/. See if you can find my secret word in this post. Hint it’s something I love. Then continue the search to the other authors on my team and find their words as well.
So, for those of you who are visiting you’re probably wondering what P.A.W.S. stands for. Well, P.A.W.S. is the Partnership of Animagi, Werewolves and Shapeshifters. The organization has a network of supernatural academies around the globe were would-be shifters train in their own particular magic.
So would you like to go to P.A.W.S.? The first thing you’d need to do is decide what animal form would fit your personality best. To find out take my handy dandy quiz here and post your answers in the comments on this post. One commenter will pick up a special prize from me, a signed P.A.W.S. bookmark.
I wonder how many CATS there will be?! Because of course CATS is my secret word!
Jump into the P.A.W.S. Saga here for a special introductory price of $4.99 for the first three books in the saga.
Hi folks, in preparation for the release of Manus Wu in June, I’m having a flash P.A.W.S. Sale with ALL of my titles currently deeply discounted for just FIVE days.
A young Jewish girl. A diabolical werewolf out for her blood. Can she survive?
When Miri receives a silver cat charm from her omama, Celia, on the night before Celia dies she has no idea that the charm holds a secret, a powerful magic that saved her omama’s life from Nazis and wolves and is about to make Miri’s life a whole lot more interesting.
Join Miri on a mysterious and supernatural journey with her new friends, members of an underground St. Louis society known as the Partnership for Animagi, Werewolves, and Shapeshifters, better known as P.A.W.S.
I’m currently writing book 8 of the P.A.W.S. Saga, AKASH, which is due to be released at the end of 2021.
Latisha and Sandy are making a special potion in Latisha’s townhouse in New Orleans and as is common with most magical potions there are certain challenges that come up. Here’s a little sample that made me smile.
“So what do we need for the recipe?” asked Sandy.
Latisha perused the list. “I think I’ve got most of this stuff here. Just need to gather some bogweed. You can help me with that if you wish.”
“Okay,” said Sandy.
“They left the house and walked to the edge of a muddy pond about two blocks away. The bogweed was purple with green dots and didn’t want to leave its soggy home. Sandy had to pull hard while Latisha reasoned with the weed until it reluctantly allowed them a few dripping leaves. They carried them back to the townhouse and Latisha set to work making the potion.
Sandy was tasked with watching the bogweed to make sure it didn’t get away. She had laughed when Latisha had first said this but quickly learned that Latisha had not been joking. The bogweed was intent on returning to its mother-bush and would start sneaking towards the door whenever Sandy turned her head. One time when she wasn’t fully paying attention, Whiskey caught the weed in her paws and brought it back to the table.
Sandy would have just held the bogweed, but Latisha said that wasn’t a good idea as bogweed that got too dry could fade away completely and then they’d have to go back and get some more. Sandy shook her head. The magical world was strange. She had a vague memory of a special tumbleweed potion that her mother used to make. And that one too she remembered was rather fickle.
“Not really that much different than regular cooking,” said Latisha appearing to read Sandy’s mind. “It’s all chemistry. Every recipe is an experiment. Same with potions like this.”
So what have you been cooking recently? I made a lovely veggie stir-fry the other night. Oodles of veggies, brown and wild rice, chickpeas, almonds and spices. Do you have a favorite recipe (magical or non-magical)?
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.
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.
In one of my author Facebook groups a friend asked the question today who are your favorite characters you’ve created. It got me thinking. It’s hard to choose favorites, kind of like choosing your favorite child.
All of my fictional children are dear to me, but still after a bit of though I came up with a list of five.
All-time favorite – Gromer the Green – my wild Welsh warlock that I created originally for Argentum (P.A.W.S. 2) and keeps coming back because I love him so much. His love story with Caradog is probably also my favorite relationship I’ve ever created. The love between the two is so genuine and perfect it almost makes me cry.
Doris – my psychotic vacuu-droid that I created for my story in Sins of the Future. Probably the most fun character to write ever. I read the story allowed for an event about a year ago and reading that kind of crazy was awesome. You can read a little of Doris’s story on this site.
Griddlebone – This genetically modified werecat was also originally created for an anthology (Sins of the Past) but his story linked with the Holocaust was only partly told in that tale and Griddlebone became the glue that bound book 3 of my series (Umbrae) together. Even though I write YA I have a tendency to place a lot of emphasis on my older characters with more experience in this world and Griddlebone is definitely one ot the best I’ve created. Sign up for my newsletter to read Griddlebone’s story for free.
The Tegs – Stella and Morgana. My evil green fairies are probably the funnest of all my characters to write.
Shirley the Camel – this one I created for my mum who passed away a year ago. It came about because my mum even in the hot Israeli heat never needed more than a sip or two of water at a time. So I joked that she was a camel and then I created her character and put her in the zoo in London where she could watch her soap operas and make her scones.
I really have to stop at 5 – well so be it, but there are so many more — Joey the animagus kangaroo, Xavier the wereduck, Ian the chimp and of course my villain, Alistair.
I’d love to hear from you. If you’ve read any of my books and stories who is your favorite character?
She had power at her fingertips, but the world had other ideas.
Magic was the last thing on Tabia’s mind — until she discovered she could use it. When her father hands her over to the princess of a neighbouring country to pay his debts, she may have the chance to learn how to control her new abilities.
But her new mistress’ enemies have plans of their own. Caught up in a web of divided loyalties, coercion and betrayal, Tabia can trust no one.
Can she find a way to regain her freedom and return home — or will the struggle cost her the ultimate price?
Plus I’ve got together with a bunch of other cool fantasy authors over at Story Origin to bring you oodles of box sets to download and read for the holidays — all titles are 4.99 or less. Click on the banner for details.
Hi folks, I’m off to ARCHON this weekend with my son and co-puzzler, Joey and my friend and author and youtuber, Steven Thomas.
We’ll have a table in Author Alley plus you can find us at a number of cool panels throughout the weekend.
On Friday evening at 8pm learn to Publish Your Book (Without Spending a Fortune) in Marquette B (Gateway Center) with Steven Thomas. Steve has run this seminar in many locations around St. Louis and St. Charles and is now taking it to Archon. You can also pick up some of Steve’s awesome action adventure novels from our table in Author Alley.
On Saturday morning (10:00 am – Doubletree Madison C&D) Steve will also be joining me, Jennifer Lynn, and TW Fendley in a panel about Audio Book Creation.
Who likes puzzles? A few years ago at Archon, Joey and I ran a successful panel about puzzle construction. This year we’re back, but instead of learning about puzzles we’re running an interactive puzzle event, ESCAPE FROM ARCHON. It seems the Plutonians have got news that the people of Earth do not take the planet as seriously as they should, so they’re journeying to Archon to help educate the Earthlings.
Come join is in Madison C/D at the Doubletree at 4:00 pm to help save planet Earth.
Back over to the Gateway Center (Marquette A 6:00pm) and I will be joining Jennifer Lynn, Jessica Matthews and TW Fendley for a panel about Speculative Fiction for Children and Teens.
Finally on Sunday morning I’ll be reading stories with Jessica Matthews in Children’s Programming at 11:00 am. Come listen to my brand new tale, WANDA’S WAND and take home your own wand and coloring sheet. Unfortunately I won’t have copies available for sale yet, but I will be taking preorders.
Not able to make it for ARCHON?
Well just for this weekend I have all my P.A.W.S. Saga books on sale for just 99 cents each on Kindle.