3 New Anthology Releases!

Hi everyone, sorry I haven’t been on here much recently. I spent much of October traveling with my daughter to Israel (to see my mother) and London (to hang out with friends). It was fun and exhausting and now I’m back and have some news.

While I was away this happened:

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13 Candles is a collection of 13 never-before-published Halloween-themed short stories by 13 YA authors. My story, The Costume, is loosely set in my P.A.W.S. universe and features Miri’s childhood friend, Jenny. 50% of all proceeds from the sales of this anthology with be donated to Global Giving, an international organization that provides funds directly to local charities in communities that need it most.

Pick up your copy today in paperback or Kindle or read for free on Kindle Unlimited.

But wait there’s more yesterday saw the release of not one, but two more anthologies that include stories by me.

The first is book 3 of the Sins of Time series, that included Sins of the Past and Sins of the Future.  I am both the editor and a contributor to each of these volumes. Our new volume Sins of the Gods features horror stories of mythology. My own tale, Shades of Black, is a cautionary tale about why it’s not a great idea to get on the wrong side of Gaea.

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Pick up a copy today on Amazon or Google Play.

And one more Halloween themed anthology. This one’s free. A collection of drabbles (100 word stories) put together by the folk at Fiction Writer’s Global. Download your copy free and enjoy.

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P.A.W.S. box set – just 4.99 and a whole bunch more!

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Need to catch up on the P.A.W.S. series before book 4, LONDINIUM, comes out in December? Here’s your chance for a limited time the box set of books 1 through 3 are available on Amazon for just 4.99 – or FREE on Kindle Unlimited.

But wait there’s more. I’m teaming up with a bunch of other awesome YA fantasy authors and all of us currently have series box sets on sale for between 2.99 and 4.99. Check this out. You’re sure to find something you’ll adore.

 

YA Summer Scavenger Hunt #9

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Welcome hunters!

Did you have fun, man?

Visiting Katlyn Duncan?

Did you find the hidden word?

It truly wasn’t that absurd.

Want to win that elusive grand prize?

You going to have to look with your EYES!

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But wait there’s more,

Won’t you try my quiz?

Truly give it it a whiz.

Find your P.A.W.S. animal

And once you know

Post it in the comment box below

For a chance to win a bonus prize.

What will it be?

Well that’s a surprise!

When you’re done with all that

Be on your toes

And follow this link to Meredith Rose!

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Arrows & Angels

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Kieran’s job of being a guardian angel is straightforward: observe and learn—and don’t intervene in their lives. But then he watches as his first charge dies at the hands of evil while he does nothing to help.

Overcome with grief and doubt, Kieran flees back to the safety of heaven. With guidance from his mentor, he learns all he can about the Battle of the Fallen and the creation of evil itself. With renewed determination, he vows he will save the Ordinaries in his care.

The rules of being a guardian angel have not changed, but Kieran has. Returning to earth, only Kieran knows how essential it is to find and protect one 17-year-old girl. The girl who can thwart the Devil’s escape from his prison and the start of Armageddon.

Preorder your copy today! Just 99 cents!

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A Happy Holiday Read!

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Happy Chanukah and Merry Christmas everyone. I hope you have a wonderful holiday whatever you celebrate. Here are a few holiday reads to make your day even brighter:

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Elves are dying in the North Pole, and none of their scientists can find a cure. They believe it’s a virus, unleashed by a powerful enemy. All signs point to Jack Frost, who’s been biding his time from afar. Watching. Waiting. Plotting. One brave elf, to save his kind, will venture out to meet evil in the eye. But he uncovers a mystery more dangerous than he could have ever imagined. Now Lucian must join a group of warriors and fight. Fuego; a flame-wielding pyro.Tiktok; a brilliant bomb expert, Yuriko; a deadly ninja assassin. And Bullets; a hot-headed gun aficionado. These unlikely heroes must learn to work together and defeat the rising evil. Or Christmas will soon be lost…forever.

Buy on Amazon.

99 cents for a limited time!

 

Just in time for Christmas a new release from Cleve Sylcox.

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Nine year old Steve Carlson Franklin spends a snowy night all alone at home eating popcorn, drinking Kool-Aid and reading his favorite Christmas book. It is his first night ever being left on his own and he plans to make the best of it, even if it is for a few short hours. However, the spirits of the house have a few ideas of their own. The evening turns into a hilarious disaster as Steve encounters the ghost of his grandparents and father.

Just 99 cents on Amazon!

And don’t forget to checkout the special Christmas edition of the Cleve and Steve Show!

 

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In the days before Christmas, Percy the cat decides to help the family with their decorations and celebrations. Discover in picture and rhyme what trouble he causes as the festive day draws close.

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Winter. That wonderful time of the year, filled with celebrations, festivities galore, walks through a crisp, frosty wonderland, and nights filled with magical stories told by the fireside. Some dark, some funny, some touching, and all suitable for readers from one to ninety-two.

This collection of seasonal short stories is brought to you by up and coming authors, and all proceeds will be donated to the very special Make A Wish Foundation. Everything you find between these covers–and on them!–has been donated by the authors and editors for this charity.

So laugh, smile, or cry, and enjoy this little book of holiday magic!

This anthology contains my short tale, Esmeralda’s Chanukah.

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A drabble is a short—very short—story. One hundred words are all that a writer can use to move the reader. In what is becoming an annual tradition, we challenged the authors in the Facebook Fiction Writers Group to create drabbles in honor of the December holiday season.
The results are as varied as the ornaments on a Christmas tree, and include drabbles touching on Christmas, Hanukkah, and Yule.

I have drabbles in both of these collections. Click the pics above to check them out. Only 99 cents each on Amazon.

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A simple ride home for Christmas turns into a nightmare when light snow rages into a full-scale blizzard. Katie and Alex find themselves stranded, and a vacant cabin becomes a haven from the storm.
Under different circumstances, time alone with Alex would be the ultimate Christmas gift, but Katie knows Alex is engaged and she must hide her growing attraction.

However, Alex harbors a secret that just might change this holiday from the worst Christmas ever, to the best.

Available in paperback, kindle or audio book.

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Get in the holiday spirit with this Christmas-themed set of short stories from some of your favorite equestrian writers! Some of the top authors in the genre have banded together to share Christmas stories from the heart. Look for best-selling authors Maggie Dana, Mary Pagones, Mara Dabrishus, Brittney Joy, Kim Ablon Whitney, Kate Lattey, and Natalie Keller Reinert — plus an all-new Canterwood Crest holiday short story from Jessica Burkhart! And in the true spirit of the holidays, all proceeds will go to benefit Old Friends, a Thoroughbred retirement home providing life-long homes for former racehorses.

On Kindle

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This one’s FREE and looks a whole lot of fun! A Christmas tale, steampunk style!

 

How about a freebie or two? Fantasy author Mike Wolff has a bunch today and tomorrow. Check it out!

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Meet J.A. Culican – Author of The Keepers of Dragons

Today on Paws 4 Thought we welcome fantasy author J.A. Culican. Jamie recently released her first debut novel, a young adult fantasy The Keepers of Dragons.

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  1. Tell us a little bit about yourself, Jamie.

I’m a teacher by day and a writer by night. I live in New Jersey with my husband of eleven years and my four young children. I spend my evenings at home, with my family, watching Harry Potter and Star Wars. When not at home you can find me rooting for my children on the field hockey or soccer field.

My inspiration to start writing came from my children and their love for all things magical. I invented bedtime stories for them featuring dragons and my oldest daughter begged me to turn them into a series. And from this The Keeper of Dragons was born.

  1. When did you first start writing?

I’ve always enjoyed writing. However, I just started writing with the idea of actually publishing a few years ago.

  1. What attracts you to writing fantasy?

The magic! The chance to create a whole new world and share it with others.

  1. Who are your favorite authors?

J.K. Rowling! In high school I used to stand in line at midnight to get her new releases J

  1. What inspires you to write?

My kids. They love all thing magical and fantastical! I hope to keep that love alive for as long as possible.

Here’s Jamie’s inspirations along with resident canine, Yankee.

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  1. Tell us a little about The Keeper of the Dragons?

This story evolved from bedtime stories I told my kids.  It is about a boy, Cole who finds out at 18 that he is a dragon, but not just any dragon. Cole is the Keeper of Dragons and is tasked with keeping all true beings safe.

  1. Who is your favorite literary dragon (outside of your own book)?

Elliott from Pete’s Dragon. He becomes a protector and father/mother figure to young Pete.        

  1. What are you currently reading?

A Bond of Venom and Magic by, Karen Tomlinson

  1. What do you like to do to relax?

Read! Believe it or not it’s hard to find time to actually read!

  1. What super power would you most like to have?

To fly for sure!

  1. What are you currently working on?

I am editing a companion novella and writing Book 2 of The Keeper of Dragon series.

  1. Would you like to share a favorite snippet of your writing?

This is from book 2, completely unedited J

“Jericho in full fledge smoky dragon mode frightened me.”

  1. How can readers connect with you? You can find me just about everywhere!!

Website: www.jaculican.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/jaculican

Twitter: www.twitter.com/jaculican

Instagram: www.instagram.com/jaculican

Pinterest: www.pinterst.com/jaculican

Newsletter: https://app.mailerlite.com/webforms/landing/r0y0u5

 

 Pick up a copy of The Keeper of the Dragons today!

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A mystical calling.
On his 18th birthday, Cole’s learns that he is a dragon fated to save all that was deemed true.
Destiny.
Cole’s life spirals into an uncontrollable battle for life or death. First, he learns that his family isn’t really his own and his birth parents are dragons. With that legacy comes a special calling; devoting an eternity to protecting all true beings from creatures bent on controlling the Earth and bringing an end to dragons.
Danger.
As the newly-minted Prince of Ochana, Cole is also the Keeper of Dragons and his first task is to keep the nefarious farro-fallen fairies-at bay. With no formal training, no control of his mahier-dragon magic, and fear like he’s never experienced before, will Cole be able to reach outside of his human side and embrace his destiny in time to defeat the farros?
Join bestselling author, J.A. Culican on an epic fantasy adventure fans and critics are calling a world of magic, and comparing to Robert Jordan.

Meet G. K. DeRosa

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Today on Paws 4 Thought we welcome YA author, G. K. DeRosa, the author of the supernatural novel, Wilder.

  1. Tell us a little bit about yourself, G.K.

Well for starters my name is Genevieve and my last name is even longer and harder to pronounce which is why I go with GK DeRosa (K is the first letter of my last name and DeRosa is my maiden name). I’m a total teenager at heart, in fact one of my husband’s favorite things to say to me is “Grow up!” At which, I turn to him resolutely and shout “Neverrrr!!” I grew up in beautiful sunny Florida and like Celeste, I went to Catholic school from pre-school through high school. I had some awesome English and Literature teachers in middle school that really instilled in me the love of reading. Though I kind of lost track of it for quite a few years when I went to college at The University of Florida (Go Gators!) and decided to follow the more conventional route and study International Business and get jobs in the corporate world. Travel and food are my other two passions so hence the “international”. I am also obsessed with way too many TV shows to mention and most of them are for teenagers of course. My favorite is The Vampire Diaries (the TV show, I didn’t love the books) and it was the source of my inspiration when writing Wilder. Come on, who wouldn’t swoon for Ian Somerhalder?

  1. When did you start writing?

I actually just started writing in September of 2014. I remember it clearly because it was just a few weeks before my birthday and on a whim, I sat at my laptop and began typing away. I had no outline and no real idea of where I was going with it. I had been reading a ton of books at that time, from Twilight to 50 Shades of Grey to Game of Thrones, if it was popular I read it. But it was the YA fantasy that I loved most. I got sucked into series after series – The Sookie Stackhouse series, The Mortal Instruments, Hunger Games, Divergent, The Vampire Diaries, Vampire Academy, etc. etc. And it was around that time that I decided that instead of spending so much time reading, I should try my hand at writing something myself. I found it to be so much fun that I just couldn’t stop! I had a full time job at the time and would write when I was on my lunch break (or if it got really quiet at work ;)) and on weekends. It took me about 3 months to write the first draft of Wilder but I didn’t publish until almost 6 months after that. It was a totally new and exciting experience and also very overwhelming, especially when going the indie route and trying to do everything on your own. But I couldn’t be happier with my choice.

  1. Who are your favorite authors?

I love Richelle Mead and Cassandra Clare. I love the fantasy worlds they create and the fun characters. Hunger Games is probably my favorite series of all time, so by extension I like Suzanne Collins too.

  1. What are you reading right now?

That’s a tough question because I am reading so much right now. My to-be-read list in Goodreads is ginormous. Lately I’ve been reading mostly indie stuff – you gotta support! I just finished Badly in Blood by J.N. Colon, an awesome indie author I met through a Goodreads group and I absolutely love her urban fantasy series. I just started Shearwater by D.S. Murphy who is another new and very up and coming indie author. It’s a paranormal mermaid adventure romance, which is something new for me. Outside of the indie world, I’ve been dying to start The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey. I want to go see the movie too, but I have to read the book first!

  1. Tell us about Wilder?

Why I’d love to! Celeste Wilder is the heroine of the story, a normal teenage girl trying to finish out her senior year of high school and figure out her place in the world when the handsome and intriguing Constantin brothers fall into her life. She’s immediately drawn to them and senses they are keeping secrets from her and needs to find out why. As she grows closer to them she finds out about not only their supernatural past but her own family secret kept tucked away from her for her whole life. It’s a fun coming of age story with romance, adventure and edge of your seat excitement. And the best part is that Celeste’s only just learning about her new life and there is much more to come in the rest of the series.

  1. What attracts you to writing YA?

Like I said before, I’m a teenager at heart and just love that time of life. There are so many possibilities and you have your whole future ahead of you. It’s an extremely exciting time. And I absolutely love young love, I’m a total sucker for romance and all good YA must have some in my opinion!

  1. If you could have any superpower what would it be and why?

As far as superpowers go, I’d like to be a witch. They get to practice magic and do all kinds of amazing things, but they’re still human so they don’t have to worry about drinking blood to survive or turning into a wolf on the full moon. As a matter of fact, I think my next series will be about a young witch. I’d really like to explore more about that!

  1. What do you like to do to relax?

Growing up in Florida, I absolutely love the ocean. There’s nothing more relaxing to me than grabbing a good book, slathering on some sun tan lotion and lying out on a lounge chair at the beach. I could stay there for hours and be completely happy.

  1. So what’s next? What are you currently working on?

I’m currently working on the fourth and final book of The Guardian Series. Wilder Destiny and Wilder Revelation are both out now and I plan on finishing up the series this summer. It’s very bitter sweet for me as this was my first venture into writing, and it has turned into the most amazing thing. Celeste, Roman, Nico and the rest of the crew have become like family to me and putting an end to their story is extremely difficult. But as I mentioned before, I do have another idea for a new urban fantasy series in mind so I’ll probably start working on that in the fall. I’m also working on a YA urban fantasy/paranormal romance bundle that I’m putting together with a few super talented indie writers. It’ll be a fun compilation of some of the best stuff that’s out there right now. Keep a look out for that in early May.

  1. How can readers connect with you?

In oh so many ways!

Website: www.wilderbook.com

Email: gkderosa@wilderbook.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/wilderbookseries

Twitter: www.twitter.com/vampgirl923

Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/author/show/14097535.G_K_DeRosa

Instagram: www.instagram.com/gkderosa

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Wilder by G.K. DeRosa
(The Guardian Series #1)
Publication date: June 12th 2015
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
Synopsis:

All that Celeste Wilder ever wanted was to find someone who would sweep her off her feet like she had seen in countless romantic movies. When she meets the gorgeous and mysterious Constantin brothers her senior year of high school, she gets much more than what she had bargained for. As they introduce her to an exciting supernatural world that she never imagined existed, she makes a startling discovery about her own family legacy and is forced to make a decision that will change her life forever.

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The Passage, a Dance & a Little White Dress

The Passage, a Dance,

& a Little White Dress

Release Date: April 13, 2016

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Synopsis:

It’s been a week since 17-year old Zoe Jabril found out her best friend is a Guardian Angel, her boyfriend is a Nephilim, and a fellow classmate is a Fairy. What makes Zoe so special? She’s destined to unify Enlightens to battle evil—that is, if Demons don’t kill her first.

With ‘Project: Enlightens Unite’ underway, Zoe learns the history of the area wolf pack and realizes she’s in a race against time to get her newly discovered talents under control. Despite struggling to fight a mysterious attraction to her new neighbor, rescue her boyfriend from Demons, and travel into Fairyland to convince the Summer King to join the fight, Zoe must still attend high school classes so her nosy parents don’t suspect anything is out of the ordinary before Demons can mount another attack.

Zoe will need all the help she can get, from the most unlikely of sources, if she’s to save her boyfriend’s life and prevent the Devil from escaping Hell on her eighteenth birthday.

 

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Chapter 1 Excerpt:
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Last night, a friend of mine rose from the dead—and I was the one who brought her back. So I guess . . . I’m an angel. Or, at least most of my friends think I am.
Even wrapped tightly in the arms of my favorite oversized PINK hoodie, I shivered. It was chilly for mid-April while sitting on my front porch with the sun just coming over the horizon, but that wasn’t where the tremor had come from.
I glanced up, startled by the high-pitched squealing of truck brakes that rang above the music playing from my iPod. The truck turned into the cul-de-sac and careened straight into the next door neighbors’ driveway. What made it really strange was the house had been empty since last October. I could still see the top of the “For Sale” sign on the manicured front lawn. I pulled out my cell phone to text my boyfriend, Shay.

Me: Good morning!

As I waited for a response, a gray uniformed driver open his door and climbed down. He walked to the back of the truck; then multiple doors slammed.
“This furniture goes into the living room on the main level,” a man said.
I didn’t particularly want to be a nosy neighbor, but I couldn’t help myself. I eased higher on the top step, hoping to get a look at the man who seemed to be in charge. His back was to me, so all I could tell was he had short blond hair. He glanced down at something then looked back up, turned, and pointed toward a number of other, smaller trucks in the cul-de-sac parking. More uniformed men jumped out of the smaller trucks and gathered around their boss, waiting for instructions. I had no interest in watching a bunch of people move boxes, so I just stayed on the step and waited for my best friend, Kieran, and Shay.

 

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Author Bio:

Kristin D. Van Risseghem grew up in a small town along the Mississippi River with her parents and older sister. And after receiving a double Bachelor of Science degree from Winona State University in Paralegal and Corrections, she worked as a Paralegal for various law firms around the Twin Cities for 14 years. Then she left the legal field and is now a Senior Buyer for a technology company.

Currently, Kristin lives in Minnesota with her husband and two Calico cats. She also loves attending book clubs, going shopping, and hanging out with friends. She has come to realize that she absolutely has an addiction to purses and shoes. They are her weakness and probably has way too many of both.

In the summer months, Kristin can usually be found lounging on her boat, drinking an ice cold something. Being an avid reader of YA and Women’s Literature stories, she still finds time to read a ton of books in-between writing. And in the winter months, her main goal is to stay warm from the Minnesota cold!

Kristin’s books are published by Kasian Publishing.

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Fall of the Dreamer – L.J. Higgins

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Fall of the Dreamer
(Dreamer Trilogy, Book Two)
BY : L.J. HIGGINS
RELEASE DATE: JANUARY
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Enjoying her new life in Sandhaven after the events of the
year before, Amelia feels like she has it all great friends, a home by the
beach, a job that she loves, and a handsome boyfriend. But a new threat is
brewing in the city; the Cambiar Virus is spreading fast and people are dying.
Amelia does not want to give up her peaceful life, but someone must fight for
those who are unaware of the danger they’re in. With Cameron acting strange,
her friendship with Sarah strained, and her relationship with Jonah growing
more complicated, the last thing Amelia wants is to put her personal life aside
and get involved in another life threatening situation. But she doesn’t have a
choice.

 

 

Every time I awoke, I remembered nothing. No dream, just darkness. A new fear came over me. Had they worked out how to erase my Dreamer abilities? Had they destroyed my dreams?

 

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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.

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