F is for Finny the Werecat

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“Shalom, I’m Finny the werecat. As far as I know I’m the only werecat left in the above world outside of Umbrae. I was born in Vienna many years ago. I am the granddaughter of the original werecat, Griddlebone.

After the war the werecats of Vienna were hounded by the werewolves of Alistair’s pack. I escaped to Umbrae with my sister, Liza, and we made it all the way to the Holy Land. Sadly Liza didn’t survive for long, but at least she got to see Israel.

Today I live in Safed in the Hakessem compound. The Hakessem family are an old magical family that have an affinity with cats.

I have not changed back into my human form for a long time. I don’t see the point; things are much simply as a cat.

I was recently interviewed by S.A. Gibson – for some reason he found my life interesting. You can read the interview here if you wish.

I have to go now. This has all been very trying and I need a nap.”

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E is for Esmeralda Grunch

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“Hello, my name is Esmeralda Grunch and I live in a beautiful red tulip in the garden of the flower sprites in Umbrae. Truly he is the most fetching of the flowers in the garden and I work to make sure that his petals stay pristine.

If you ever visit Umbrae be sure to stop at our garden and we might even have a latke or two to share. But you’ll have to pay – we don’t want any freeloaders around here.

I hear word of me has spread to the above world and my story can even be found on something called youtube. I suppose you can check it out. I hear the narrator, Matt Lovell does a passable job.

 

 

C is for Celia

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“Hello my name is Celia. I was born in Vienna in a small apartment in a street called Grosse Spielgasse. I lived there with my mother, Miriam, my father, David, my big brother Issel, my baby sister, Sara, and my cat, Max.

On my tenth birthday the Nazis came and took away my family. Just before they came my mother gave me her necklace with the silver cat charm on it. I didn’t know it at the time but the charm contained a special magic that had been passed on through the generations. That day the charm saved my life and it was the first day I took my cat form – a grey cat with green eyes. Aren’t I beautiful?

You can read more of my story in Umbrae.”

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Umbrae – Release Blitz

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It’s alive! Today’s the day that book 3 of the P.A.W.S. Saga goes out into the world!

Step into the Shadows of Umbrae …

Miri’s world at P.A.W.S. in St. Louis is falling apart. First, Danny is accused of stealing her opapa’s charm. But before he can defend himself, he mysteriously disappears. Miri seeks Josh for help and advice, but he too has gone missing.

Then Lilith has a vision – Miri dragged away by wolves. Miri needs answers, answers that she feels sure are hidden in the blank pages of the book of Argentum.

With the help of Lilith, she travels to the ancient city of Safed. There, with the aid of a mystical rabbi and an outspoken werecat, her omama’s story is slowly revealed. And Miri uncovers something else, a world hidden deep beneath our own – the labyrinth of shadows also known as Umbrae.

Available in Kindle or Paperback

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But wait there’s more. Umbrae is going on tour. Click on the banner for the schedule of all the awesome stops along the way. They’ll be interviews, character meet and greets, snippets and more.

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Also the release event on Facebook for games and prizes galore! See you there!

 

Remembering Ottilia

When I first started writing P.A.W.S. I knew I would have to at some point go back and write Celia and Max’s story. The characters are dear to me as they are based off my own omama and opapa, who fled from Nazi-ruled Vienna. Here is a picture of them on their wedding day. It’s the same picture I visualized in P.A.W.S. that Miri carries around with her.

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My omama and opapa, Finny and Max, made a very difficult decision in 1939. They sent their only child, six-year-old Walter, to England on the Kindertransport. This was my father and without the kindness of the British people who took in child refugees like my dad, I would not exist today to tell my story. His parents, my omama and opapa, were luckier than most. They were able to follow their son and the family was reunited.

Not all of the family survived. Recently I went through the documents and photographs that my father had gathered over the years and found notifications of two family members who had died at the hands of the Nazis.

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One of them was named Ottilia and I use her name in Umbrae in her memory. In my story she survives.

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In these difficult times it is important to remember and retell our history. As George Santayana said, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

Calling all Bloggers!

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Hey folks – as some of you may be aware I’m releasing, Umbrae, book 3 of my P.A.W.S. series on March 1st. To celebrate I’m going on tour (well virtual tour) and am looking for bloggers to host my stops along the way.

They’ll be interviews, excerpts, character meet and greets, and reviews. Sign up to be part of my journey into the shadows.

Umbrae – Cover Reveal!

It’s here and it’s beautiful! The long awaited cover of Umbrae (The P.A.W.S. Saga, Part 3) created by the ever awesome Rachel Bostwick.

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So what’s it about?

Step into the Shadows of Umbrae …

Miri’s world at P.A.W.S. in St. Louis is falling apart. First, Danny is accused of stealing her opapa’s charm. But before he can defend himself, he mysteriously disappears. Miri seeks Josh for help and advice, but he too has gone missing.

Then Lilith has a vision – Miri dragged away by wolves. Miri needs answers, answers that she feels sure are hidden in the blank pages of the book of Argentum.

With the help of Lilith, she travels to the ancient city of Safed. There, with the aid of a mystical rabbi and an outspoken werecat, her omama’s story is slowly revealed. And Miri uncovers something else, a world hidden deep beneath our own – the labyrinth of shadows also known as Umbrae.

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Add Umbrae to your Goodreads TBR list!

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And coming soon in paperback!

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