Sunday Surprise


Hi guys,
I’m Samantha and I come from another world – the original, old Silvery Earth, where people are immortal and never grow up. When I’m not switching bodies at will, I travel to other universes, especially books or movies. That’s how I met Rajveer the vampire, for example!
So, I’m taking over the interviews on this blog! And here I am, meeting people from other books/universes/whatever!
Sooo, what do we have here today? Hello, little one! Tell me a little about yourself

My name is Jenks, and I’m a degu.

Cool! *stares at reader* What? I speak degu, so? *turns back to Jenks* Describe your appearance in ten words or less.

A small and furry brown rodent.

What is the biggest challenge you face in the story?

In the first book, understanding and dealing with the thing the human caretakers call “the great degu round-up” and escaping from the sandless sandbath. In the second story, figuring out who this Santa Paws guy is, and staying awake long enough to spot him.

Wow. Small hero with big challenges! Do you have a family? Tell me about them.

I have three brothers. Their names are Jacob, Jasper, and Joshua. Yep, all “J” names here. We live in the same cage, and have human caretakers to take care of things like providing food and water. We fight a little sometimes, but we’re really close; I love my brothers.

Well, me and my twin are Samantha and Sonia, so I know where you come from… Please give me an interesting and unusual fact about yourself.

For those who don’t know: A degu is a type of rodent that looks a little like a rat with a furry tail, but is actually closely related to guinea pigs. We have very specific care needs, among them the need for regular sand baths – like chinchillas – and strict dietary requirements due to being at high risk of things like diabetes.

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The Degu Days Duo is a two book series that tells the stories of two different days in the life of a group of four degus – told from their point of view. The same degus have also inspired two stand alone stories: “How To Trust Your Human” which is the story of one degu’s attempts at learning to trust again after losing his three brothers, and “Degu’s Day Out” which is the misadventure of a degu who finally gains the freedom he’s longed for so sets off to explore the world beyond the cage bars.

You can read all four of them as eBooks or paperbacks, and now – thanks to narrator James Watkins – you can also listen to them in audio.

Regardless of the format you’d prefer, here are the main places where you can buy the books:

Degu Days, Book 1 – The Great Degu Round-Up

Audible: https://www.audible.co.uk/pd/Children/The-Great-Degu-Round-Up-Audiobook/B075WZP3WK/

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/385933

CreateSpace: https://www.createspace.com/5493760

Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-great-degu-round-up-victoria-zigler/1117667258

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/the-great-degu-round-up

Chapters-Indigo: https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/the-great-degu-round-up/9781311126009-item.html

iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-great-degu-round-up/id778182110

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/audiobook/the-great-degu-round-up-degu-days-duo-volume-1-unabridged/id1290400235

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Great-Degu-Round-Up-Days-Duo/dp/1512165131/

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Great-Degu-Round-Up-Days-Duo/dp/1512165131/

Amazon Canada: https://www.amazon.ca/Great-Degu-Round-Up-Days-Duo/dp/1512165131/

Book Depository: https://www.bookdepository.com/Great-Degu-Round-Up-Victoria-Zigler/9781512165135

Degu Days, Book 2 – A Very Degu Christmas

Audible: https://www.audible.co.uk/pd/Children/A-Very-Degu-Christmas-Audiobook/B0767MYSD9/

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/385942

CreateSpace: https://www.createspace.com/5493860

Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-very-degu-christmas-victoria-zigler/1117667259

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/a-very-degu-christmas

Chapters-Indigo: https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/a-very-degu-christmas/9781310351044-item.html

iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/a-very-degu-christmas/id778182118

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/audiobook/a-very-degu-christmas-degu-days-duo-book-2-unabridged/id1294815308

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Very-Degu-Christmas-Days-Duo-x/dp/1512166014/

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Very-Degu-Christmas-Days-Duo-x/dp/1512166014/

Amazon Canada: https://www.amazon.ca/Very-Degu-Christmas-Days-Duo-x/dp/1512166014/

Book Depository: https://www.bookdepository.com/Very-Degu-Christmas-Victoria-Zigler/9781512166019

Degu’s Day Out

Audible: https://www.audible.co.uk/pd/Children/Degus-Day-Out-Audiobook/B07664D83S/

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/589067

CreateSpace: https://www.createspace.com/5841040

Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/degus-day-out-victoria-zigler/1122874667

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/degu-s-day-out

Chapters-Indigo: https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/degus-day-out/9781310137778-item.html

iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/degus-day-out/id1054305510

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/audiobook/degus-day-out-unabridged/id1294439347

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Degus-Day-Out-Victoria-Zigler/dp/1519326319/

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Degus-Day-Out-Victoria-Zigler/dp/1519326319/

Amazon Canada: https://www.amazon.ca/Degus-Day-Out-Victoria-Zigler/dp/1519326319/

Book Depository: https://www.bookdepository.com/Degus-Day-Out-Victoria-Zigler/9781519326317

How To Trust Your Human

Audible: https://www.audible.co.uk/pd/Children/How-to-Trust-Your-Human-Audiobook/B0767Q6QPQ/

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/724848

CreateSpace: https://www.createspace.com/7188605

Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/how-to-trust-your-human-victoria-zigler/1126412328

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/how-to-trust-your-human

Chapters-Indigo: https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/how-to-trust-your-human/9781370897407-item.html

iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/how-to-trust-your-human/id1237703591

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/audiobook/how-to-trust-your-human-unabridged/id1294815409

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Trust-Your-Human-Victoria-Zigler/dp/1546844899/

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Trust-Your-Human-Victoria-Zigler/dp/1546844899/

Amazon Canada: https://www.amazon.ca/Trust-Your-Human-Victoria-Zigler/dp/1546844899/

Book Depository: https://www.bookdepository.com/How-Trust-Your-Human-Victori-Zigler/9781546844891

You can also find the books listed on Goodreads.

Degu Days, Book 1: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/19286797-the-great-degu-round-up

Degu Days, Book 2: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/19287273-a-very-degu-christmas

Degu’s Day Out: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27391344-degu-s-day-out

How To Trust Your Human: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35160154-how-to-trust-your-human

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About the author:
Victoria Zigler is a blind poet and children’s author who was born and raised in the Black Mountains of Wales, UK, and is now living on the South-East coast of England, UK. Victoria – or Tori, if you prefer – has been writing since she knew how, has a very vivid imagination, and spends a lot of time in fictional worlds; some created by her, others created by other authors. When she remembers to spend some time in the real world, it’s mostly to spend time with her hubby and pets, though sometimes to indulge in other interests that capture her attention from time to time. To date she has published 8 poetry books and more than 40 children’s books, with more planned for the near future. She’s also contributed a story to the sci-fi and fantasy anthology Wyrd Worlds II.
Author links:
Website: http://www.zigler.co.uk
Blog: http://ziglernews.blogspot.co.uk
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/toriz
Facebook author page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Victoria-Zigler/424999294215717
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/victoriazigler
Google+: https://plus.google.com/106139346484856942827

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About the narrator:
Canadian born James Watkins spent a number of years wandering extensively, studying and working at a variety of exciting things, including surveying in the Yukon, fighting forest fires in the boreal of northern Ontario, sailing on the merchant schooner Avontuur through the Caribean, working as a singing cowboy, and teaching in Central America, to name a few, until finally settling in San Diego, California in 2011.  He loves good music, good stories, good writing, fresh air, animals, and a healthy balance between action and quiet time.

Working from his home studio, James offers a full suite of services – from voice over production and scripting, to sound design with music and effects.

James currently has a podcast in production together with SC Watkins, that will feature original spooky stories, set to launch in late October, 2017. You can check it out at http://thebonefire.com/

If you’d like to contact James, he can be reached at jameswatkinsvo@outlook.com

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  1. Thanks for doing the interview. 🙂

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