O is for Oswald the Ostentatious

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“Greetings Everyone! I am Oswald the Ostentatious and I am the Principal of the P.A.W.S. Institute of New York. I welcome animagi, werewolves, and shapeshifters from around the globe to visit us at our humble institute in Central Park.

Here you can visit Maybeline Ainsworth in the library or even sit in on one of Herbert Ainsworth’s classes. Also if you’re lucky I’ll tell you one of my favorite stories.

And I’ll let you into a little secret. I loooove the color pink. Can’t get enough it – from my boots to my jacket, to the tip of my top hat. I guess that’s why I chose my animagus form? A fetching pink flamingo! Occasionally I even strut out through park in my flamingo form and pose for pictures with the tourists!

Come visit and you might even catch a concert of our resident rock band, “Demonica and the Screaming Foxes. See you!”

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M is for Miri Katz

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“Hello everyone. My name is Miri Katz and I live at the P.A.W.S. Institute of the Midwest. I was born in the Lower East Side of Manhattan where I lived with my omama, Celia, until I was ten years old. My mother Nora left me with my omama when I was a baby and I never knew either of my parents.

That was okay. I loved living with Omama and our cats, Kitty and Susie. Omama came from Vienna and made the best Viennese cakes and pastries and sometimes I would bake with her in my own mini cake pans. I’d invite my friend Jenny up to our apartment to share the cakes after we were done baking.

Jenny and I would often play “fairies” on the steps of our apartment building. Jenny was fascinated with fairies and liked to draw them on her sketch pad. I liked to write and filled notebooks with stories.

The night before my tenth birthday Omama woke me and gave me her silver cat charm. The next day she died and my aunt Cynthia came and took me to St. Louis. I’d never been on a plane before and didn’t like it too much. Cynthia and David didn’t really want me and shipped me off to a fancy boarding school, the Saul Emmanuel Academy. I hated it there and was bullied almost from the day I arrived.

Then one day something amazing happened. Some mean girls chased me into a tree and I found my power. I changed into my black cat form for the first time and was able to give those girls a little payback for all the bullying.

A few months later Josh (a werewolf) rescued me from Saul Emmanuel and took me to P.A.W.S. where I started my new life.

You can read an interview with me here and of course read my story in P.A.W.S.

Be Brave Meine Katzel

 

More P.A.W.S. characters beginning with M:

Mabel – Animagus lizard that runs the laundry room at St. Louis P.A.W.S.

Mackenzie Lindsay –Fiona and Ronnie’s mother originally from Scotland.

Malka Levine – Shoshana’s little sister.

Mandy Wilson – Originally part of the group of mean girls that bullied Miri at the Saul Emmanuel Academy, Mandy later turned up at St. Louis P.A.W.S. after being turned into a werewolf by Alistair. While she didn’t enjoy her new life at the beginning, she now cannot imagine living anywhere else.

Marcia – Hyena in St. Louis Zoo. Currently seeing Ethan.

Max Katz – Miri’s “Opapa” (grandfather). Hid in Celia’s family house as a brown tabby with amber eyes in order to avoid the Nazis. Escaped with Celia to America and later married her.

Maybelline Ainsworth –Librarian in the New York P.A.W.S. Institute. Sister of Cedric Snr., the librarian at St. Louis, P.A.W.S. Maybelline’s animagus form is a tawny owl, and she wishes the students would put the books back where they got them from.

Morgana –Sister of Stella the Teg. Also green!

Mowen and Nem – Elders of Manus Wu.

Argentum – 99 cents/99p sale!

Hey everyone! Thanks so much to all who picked up a copy of P.A.W.S. during my birthday sale last week. I hope you enjoy my story and if you do please consider leaving a review on Amazon or Goodreads.

And now I have a new offer for you. Book 2 of the P.A.W.S. Saga, Argentum is on sale this week for just 99 cents. That way you can read both books before book 3, Umbrae comes out in March.

Argentum is the threat that binds all magic …
The silver of Miri’s cat charm passed on through the generations.
The silver of Jessamyn’s scepter, the source of her illusions.
The silver of Quentin’s scrying bowl, forged by Merlin.
All intertwine in Argentum.

With Alistair gone a measure of peace returns to P.A.W.S., but Miri is tormented by nightmares. The silver charm that had recently hung around Alistair’s neck is now in Miri’s possession and seems to have taken on a life of its own. And then it mysteriously disappears.
Jessamyn seeks help from Quentin, who claims to have repented his past association with Alistair, but can he be trusted?
And what of Jenna? The young girl rescued from Alistair’s pack house holds a terrible secret. One that could determine the future of P.A.W.S.

The P.A.W.S. saga continues with Argentum!

Pick up your copy today in Kindle, 99 cents or 99p!

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Argentum – Reboot Day!

It’s here! Today’s the day that you can pick up your brand new copy of Argentum (P.A.W.S. 2) on Kindle or paperback.

This new edition also includes a teaser from Umbrae (P.A.W.S. 3) that is coming in March 2017.

Argentum is the threat that binds all magic …
The silver of Miri’s cat charm passed on through the generations.
The silver of Jessamyn’s scepter, the source of her illusions.
The silver of Quentin’s scrying bowl, forged by Merlin.
All intertwine in Argentum.

With Alistair gone a measure of peace returns to P.A.W.S., but Miri is tormented by nightmares. The silver charm that had recently hung around Alistair’s neck is now in Miri’s possession and seems to have taken on a life of its own. And then it mysteriously disappears.
Jessamyn seeks help from Quentin, who claims to have repented his past association with Alistair, but can he be trusted?
And what of Jenna? The young girl rescued from Alistair’s pack house holds a terrible secret. One that could determine the future of P.A.W.S.

The P.A.W.S. saga continues with Argentum!

Pick up your copy today!

But wait, there’s more!

Enter the Goodreads giveaway for a chance to win a paperback copy!

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by Debbie Manber Kupfer

Giveaway ends December 06, 2016.

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The Importance of Proofreading

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As some folks here know I’m in the process of republishing the second book in my series, Argentum. I wrote this book three years ago starting with the first draft during NaNoWriMo of 2013. I polished it and self-edited it, sent it out to beta readers, and edited it again. Then it went to my publisher at the time who edited it and sent it back to me for proofreading. I proofread, found errors that were corrected and it was published.

During the years it was published by the small press several friends found more errors that I made note of and when I got my rights back I fixed. I went over the whole thing again myself and then hired a professional proofreader who still found tons of errors! Fixed them all, read it again and sent off for a paper proof.

This week I’ve been sitting with the paperback copy reading it yet again (I know my story backwards and forwards by now, but amazingly I still like it.) And guess what? I’M STILL FINDING ERRORS!!!!

So folks remember this – it’s a process. Never assume because a professional editor has been through your work that you don’t have to check it. Check it, check it again and keep checking it and eventually you’ll get an (almost) perfect copy!

Also if you’re looking for an editor or proofreader, I do that too. Check out the Editing and Proofreading tab on the top of the page.

And remember to preorder the brand new (hopefully error free) version of Argentum releasing on December 1st.

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Argentum – Cover Reveal!

It’s here – the brand new cover for Argentum!

Created by the always awesome Rachel Bostwick.

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And there’s more – I’ll be rereleasing Argentum on December 1st and you can

preorder today.

Argentum is the threat that binds all magic …
The silver of Miri’s cat charm passed on through the generations.
The silver of Jessamyn’s scepter, the source of her illusions.
The silver of Quentin’s scrying bowl, forged by Merlin.
All intertwine in Argentum.

With Alistair gone a measure of peace returns to P.A.W.S., but Miri is tormented by nightmares. The silver charm that had recently hung around Alistair’s neck is now in Miri’s possession and seems to have taken on a life of its own. And then it mysteriously disappears.
Jessamyn seeks help from Quentin, who claims to have repented his past association with Alistair, but can he be trusted?
And what of Jenna? The young girl rescued from Alistair’s pack house holds a terrible secret. One that could determine the future of P.A.W.S.

Coming soon – a brand new paperback. Stay tuned for details.

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Shifted – Blog Tour

~10 of Today’s Hottest Authors Tell You 10 Shifted Stories~
J.L. McCoy – Brandy L. Rivers – Morgan Jane Mitchell – Emily Walker – Katie Salidas – 
V. Cantrell – Alexia Purdy – Magen McMinimy – J. Rose Alexander – Dicey Grenor
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This amazing anthology includes:
Blood Moon (SMVS, #5.5) by J.L. McCoy


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Pretty Little Werewolf by Katie Salidas
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Wolf’s Fire by Dicey Grenor
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Primal Hunger by Magen McMinimy
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Moonlight Calling by J. Rose Alexander 
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In Too Deep by Brandy L Rivers 
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The Shift by Emily Walker
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More Than Survival by V. Cantrell 
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Ardent (The ArcKnight Chronicles) by Alexia Purdy 
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Twice Bitten by Morgan Jane Mitchell 

P.A.W.S. Reboot! Release Day!

Be Brave Meine Katzel

Excerpt of P.A.W.S. by Debbie Manber Kupfer

Vienna, October 2, 1941.

Today was Celia’s tenth birthday. This was not how she imagined celebrating it. She was with her family – her mama, Miriam; her papa, David; her elder brother, Issel; and her baby sister, Sara. They were huddled together in the back room of their tiny two-room apartment in Grosse Spielgasse, in the dark, barely breathing.

Outside the building, the boot steps got nearer and nearer. Celia heard shouting, screaming, gunshots. She crouched down even closer to the ground, wishing that somehow they could all melt away into the shadows. Celia clutched her cat, Max, tightly in her arms, feeling his warmth, his soft tabby fur close to her skin, willing him to stay quiet.

Her mama cradled little Sara at her breast, nursing her so she would not cry out. Outside, the pounding footsteps were getting closer, closer: “Juden, Juden, Heraus, Heraus, Schnell, Schnell!” Now they were at the door of the neighbors – the Wassersteins. She heard crying and a single gunshot.

Miriam beckoned to her. “Celia, mein Katzerl, come here,” she whispered. “I have something for you, for your birthday.”

Celia approached Miriam cautiously, still clutching Max to her. “What is it, Mama?” she asked, gazing into Miriam’s blue, blue eyes. She studied her prematurely wrinkled face, memorizing every crease. Mama, my mama, she thought.

Still holding baby Sara with her left hand, Miriam reached around the back of her neck with her right and unclasped the chain that she always wore beneath her clothes, close to her heart. It was a silver chain with a cat charm on it. “Take this, Celia, mein Katzerl. Wear it always, and remember I love you. Ich liebe dich.”

“I love you, Mama,” Celia whispered as she fastened the chain around her neck just as the doors burst open. Six Gestapo soldiers rushed into their home – “Juden, Heraus, Heraus, Schnell, Schnell…” Celia watched as her family was herded out of the door.

Pick up your copy of P.A.W.S. today

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Goodreads Book Giveaway

P.A.W.S. by Debbie Manber Kupfer

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by Debbie Manber Kupfer

Giveaway ends September 12, 2015.

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P.A.W.S. (2nd Edition) – Cover Reveal!

Despite all the stories I shared with you,

there is so much I never told you, Miri,

so much you’ll have to

discover for yourself.

Be brave, mein Katzerl.

And now what you’ve all been waiting for. The brand new cover of P.A.W.S. designed by the multi-talented Rachel Bostwick.

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When Miri receives a silver cat charm from her omama, Celia, on the night before she dies, she has no idea that the charm holds a family secret, a magic that saved Celia’s life and is about to make Miri’s a whole lot more interesting.

Book on sale on Amazon, September 1 ….

Experience the Magic of P.A.W.S.

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