G is for Griddlebone

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“Greetings, I am Griddlebone, the first of the Werecats. I was born in Vienna to an ordinary Jewish family and was taken by the Nazis as a teenager. They took me to a laboratory where I met Dr. Weschler.

The scientist merged my essence with that of a street tabby and created more than he bargained for. I rose up that night – I tripled my size, attacked my captors, and escaped into the night.

I took refuge in an empty warehouse on Glocken Street. From this headquarters I conducted raids on the Nazi facilities and rescued other werecats.

You can read my full story in Griddlebone and look out from me in Umbrae.”

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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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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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Friday Freebie – Griddlebone!

The werecat flexed his claws, as he waited in the shadows. Griddlebone wished he could rescue them all, but his orders were clear. He could only take one …

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Hi everybody, I have a treat for you this Friday – a free copy of my werecat story, Griddlebone.

Griddlebone was originally part of the Sins of the Past horror anthology and this wily werecat will also make an appearance in the third volume of the P.A.W.S. saga, Umbrae, that will be out in early 2017.

Pick up your copy today!

Tale from P.A.W.S. – New Release

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Cats and Wolves and Tegs – Oh my!

It’s here the complete collection of Tales from P.A.W.S. in paperback ($6.99) and kindle ($2.99).  Find it on Amazon, or Barnes & Noble, or contact me for a signed copy for just $10 including shipping (US only).

FIVE STARS from Reader’s Favorites!

“Tales from P.A.W.S. deals with the macabre, but also brings a tale of justice, which is clearly best when dished out raw with a side of human blood. I found myself cheering for Alistair, feeling sorrow for Ramora, before praying for a happy ending for Griddlebone and Esther. With such a whirlwind of emotions, I would have to recommend this book for those who enjoy their reading on the gory side, with a touch of supernatural in the mix.”

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Read the complete review here.

The Tales from P.A.W.S. collection includes:

Alistair – the story of the birth of a villain. Also available on Audio, narrated by the awesome Matt Lovell.

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Ramora – the tale of a young girl who learns that you probably shouldn’t trust devious green fairies!

And Griddlebone – a werecat from Vienna who we will be meeting again in Umbrae (P.A.W.S. 3) – set to release in late December 2016.  Listen to me read Griddlebone on Outskirts Science Fiction Theatre podcast.

All three stories are also available individually on Kindle for just 99 cents each.

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Sins of the Past – Griddlebone

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The werecat padded silently across the cobbles of the dark Vienna street. It was deserted now, but Griddlebone knew it would soon be filled with bootsteps and cries, gunshots and blood. They were slated to come at dawn, to cleanse this last Jewish neighborhood of its vermin, so that the proper folk of Vienna could finally live Judenfrei.

Inside the darkened houses, the residents huddled in fear. The news of the transport had only come hours before, and some still couldn’t believe it. They had been fooling themselves for months, believing this one insignificant street could survive in its own little bubble, that somehow God would protect them.

They readied themselves with what few valuables they had left. Maybe they could still bribe the Nazi soldiers. Maybe there was still a way out.

The werecat flexed his claws, as he waited in the shadows. Griddlebone wished he could rescue them all, but his orders were clear. He could only take one. They needed to be the right age too – a teenager would be good, strong enough to fight, strong enough to survive the turning.

As the first rays of light caught the cobblestones, Griddlebone felt the bootsteps echoing down the street. Soon. His tail swished back and forth in anticipation. Within minutes, the first soldier came into view. The werecat was all but invisible to the soldiers, his mottled grey coat blending perfectly with the cold grey street.

At the same time as the first soldiers appeared on foot, a silver-grey truck arrived on the street and parked in front of the buildings, waiting for its human cargo.

As the Gestapo soldiers marched past the werecat’s hiding place, he longed to dig his claws into their ankles, to hear them scream with pain. Not yet, Griddlebone, not yet.

Listen to Debbie reading her story Griddlebone from Sins of the Past on Outskirts Science Fiction Theatre.

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Historical Stories of the Macabre including my tale, “Griddlebone”.

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