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! Oh, hello there, little one! Tell me a little about yourself!

My name is Kero, and I’m a West Highland White Terrier.

Describe your appearance in ten words or less.

Small white dog with pointed ears and a black nose.

Would you kill for those you love? And would you die for them?

I love my human very much, and would do anything to keep her safe. I hate being away from her for that reason: What if she needs me to protect her and I’m not there?

Indeed! What is the biggest challenge you face in the story?

I face all kinds of challenges, but they can all be explained in one short sentence: Exploring the world, and trying to make sense of some of the strange things humans do.

Ha! Good luck with making sense of humans! Do you have a family? Tell me about them.

I have a human I absolutely adore. I sometimes have to share her with other humans – sometimes even other animals – but you won’t hear much about that in my books, because the stories focus on the adventures me and my human have together.

Wonderful! Please give me an interesting and unusual fact about yourself.

I’m bigger than a lot of West Highland White Terriers. Most Westies only get to somewhere between eight and ten inches at the shoulder, but I’m a whole foot at the shoulder. I still meet Kennel Club standards for my breed, since they do state that my height is acceptable for the maximum size of a Westie, but most people find it unusual that I’m such a big boy.

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The “Kero’s World” series is a seven book series that follows the adventures of a West Highland White Terrier named Kero – based on the real life experiences of the author’s dog by the same name.

The books have been in eBook and paperback for a while, and now they’re also available in audio, thanks to the skills of narrator Giles Miller.

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

Book 1 – Kero Goes Walkies

Audible: https://www.audible.co.uk/pd/Children/Kero-Goes-Walkies-Audiobook/B075G1P29M/

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/312873

Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/kero-goes-walkies-victoria-zigler/1115292107

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/kero-goes-walkies

Chapters-Indigo: https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/kero-goes-walkies/9781301045556-item.html

iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/kero-goes-walkies/id646101881

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/audiobook/kero-goes-walkies-keros-world-book-1-unabridged/id1281682080

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Kero-Goes-Walkies-Keros-World/dp/1512358002/

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Kero-Goes-Walkies-Keros-World/dp/1512358002/

Amazon Canada: https://www.amazon.ca/Kero-Goes-Walkies-Keros-World/dp/1512358002/

Book Depository: https://www.bookdepository.com/Kero-Goes-Walkies-Victoria-Zigler/9781512358001

Book 2 – Kero Celebrates His Birthday

Audible: https://www.audible.co.uk/pd/Children/Kero-Celebrates-His-Birthday-Audiobook/B076JLCYM8/

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/319037

Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/kero-celebrates-his-birthday-victoria-zigler/1115457791

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/kero-celebrates-his-birthday

Chapters-Indigo: https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/kero-celebrates-his-birthday/9781301569700-item.html

iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/kero-celebrates-his-birthday/id655736313

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/audiobook/kero-celebrates-his-birthday-keros-world-book-2-unabridged/id1299188305

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Kero-Celebrates-His-Birthday-Keros-x/dp/1512358061/

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Kero-Celebrates-His-Birthday-Keros-x/dp/1512358061/

Amazon Canada: https://www.amazon.ca/Kero-Celebrates-His-Birthday-Keros-x/dp/1512358061/

Book Depository: https://www.bookdepository.com/Kero-Celebrates-His-Birthday-Victoria-Zigler/9781512358063

Book 3 – Kero Gets Sick

Audible: https://www.audible.co.uk/pd/Children/Kero-Gets-Sick-Audiobook/B076JHMF35/

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/324875

Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/kero-gets-sick-victoria-zigler/1115766744

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/kero-gets-sick

Chapters-Indigo: https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/kero-gets-sick/9781301564569-item.html

iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/kero-gets-sick/id662445496

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/audiobook/kero-gets-sick-keros-world-book-3-unabridged/id1299180270

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Kero-Gets-Sick-Keros-World/dp/1512358118/

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Kero-Gets-Sick-Keros-World/dp/1512358118/

Amazon Canada: https://www.amazon.ca/Kero-Gets-Sick-Keros-World/dp/1512358118/

Book Depository: https://www.bookdepository.com/Kero-Gets-Sick-Victoria-Zigler/9781512358117

Book 4 – Kero Celebrates Halloween

Audible: https://www.audible.co.uk/pd/Children/Kero-Celebrates-Halloween-Audiobook/B076JLY9N8/

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/342194

Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/kero-celebrates-halloween-victoria-zigler/1116264603

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/kero-celebrates-halloween

Chapters-Indigo: https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/kero-celebrates-halloween/9781301689095-item.html

iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/kero-celebrates-halloween/id681250334

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/audiobook/kero-celebrates-halloween-keros-world-book-4-unabridged/id1299188237

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/d/Books/Kero-Celebrates-Halloween-Keros-World/1512358177/

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/d/Books/Kero-Celebrates-Halloween-Keros-World/1512358177/

Amazon Canada: https://www.amazon.ca/d/Books/Kero-Celebrates-Halloween-Keros-World/1512358177/

Book Depository: https://www.bookdepository.com/Kero-Celebrates-Halloween-Victoria-Zigler/9781512358179

Book 5 – Kero Goes To Town

Audible: https://www.audible.co.uk/pd/Children/Kero-Goes-to-Town-Audiobook/B076JKC8WY/

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/344560

Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/kero-goes-to-town-victoria-zigler/1116351967

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/kero-goes-to-town

Chapters-Indigo: https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/kero-goes-to-town/9781301736898-item.html

iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/kero-goes-to-town/id685077071

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/audiobook/kero-goes-to-town-keros-world-book-5-unabridged/id1299180347

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Kero-Goes-Town-Keros-World/dp/1512358258/

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Kero-Goes-Town-Keros-World/dp/1512358258/

Amazon Canada: https://www.amazon.ca/Kero-Goes-Town-Keros-World/dp/1512358258/

Book Depository: https://www.bookdepository.com/Kero-Goes-Town-Victoria-Zigler/9781512358254

Book 6 – Kero Celebrates Christmas

Audible: https://www.audible.co.uk/pd/Children/Kero-Celebrates-Christmas-Audiobook/B076JLCWXJ/

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/344566

Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/kero-celebrates-christmas-victoria-zigler/1116351968

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/kero-celebrates-christmas

Chapters-Indigo: https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/kero-celebrates-christmas/9781301781553-item.html

iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/kero-celebrates-christmas/id685077053

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/audiobook/kero-celebrates-christmas-keros-world-book-6-unabridged/id1299184684

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Kero-Celebrates-Christmas-Keros-World/dp/1512358290/

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Kero-Celebrates-Christmas-Keros-World/dp/1512358290/

Amazon Canada: https://www.amazon.ca/Kero-Celebrates-Christmas-Keros-World/dp/1512358290/

Book Depository: https://www.bookdepository.com/Kero-Celebrates-Christmas-Victoria-Zigler/9781512358292

Book 7 – Kero Crosses The Rainbow Bridge

Audible: https://www.audible.co.uk/pd/Children/Kero-Crosses-the-Rainbow-Bridge-Audiobook/B076JLDP7B/

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/467451

Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/kero-crosses-the-rainbow-bridge-victoria-zigler/1120258086

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/kero-crosses-the-rainbow-bridge

Chapters-Indigo: https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/kero-crosses-the-rainbow-bridge/9781311579089-item.html

iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/kero-crosses-the-rainbow-bridge/id909832745

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/audiobook/kero-crosses-rainbow-bridge-keros-world-volume-7-unabridged/id1299180482

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Kero-Crosses-Rainbow-Bridge-Keros/dp/1512358320/

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Kero-Crosses-Rainbow-Bridge-Keros/dp/1512358320/

Amazon Canada: https://www.amazon.ca/Kero-Crosses-Rainbow-Bridge-Keros/dp/1512358320/

Book Depository: https://www.bookdepository.com/Kero-Crosses-Rainbow-Bridge-Victoria-Zigler/9781512358322

You can also find the books on Goodreads.

Book 1: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17881737-kero-goes-walkies

Book 2: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17974626-kero-celebrates-his-birthday

Book 3: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18052712-kero-gets-sick

Book 4: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18052730-kero-celebrates-halloween

Book 5: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18052750-kero-goes-to-town

Book 6: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18052768-kero-celebrates-christmas

Book 7: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22919083-kero-crosses-the-rainbow-bridge

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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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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

***~~~***

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

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 iswitching 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! And this time we have someone who is NOT from the head of that silly woman who thinks she’s writing ME. Hello, there… Tell me a little about yourself

My name is Toby, and I’m six years old.

Oh, cool, haven’t met many children yet! Describe your appearance in ten words or less.

I’m a little boy with dark hair.

Where do you live?

I live in a house, but I don’t know where it is. We have a big garden, and the house has enough rooms that I don’t have to share my bedroom with my big brother – like some little boys do.

I know what you mean! *roll eyes* I have a twin sister! What is the biggest challenge you face in the story?

All kinds. My eyes don’t work any more, and it’s hard – and sometimes scary – learning how to do things now I can’t see. Sometimes I feel left out too, because it’s hard for me to do some of the things I could do when my eyes still worked. I feel sad sometimes too, because sometimes people laugh at me – or get mad at me – for things that aren’t my fault, and that wouldn’t happen if I wasn’t blind now. I’m learning how to do things with broken eyes, but it’s not easy, and sometimes I wish my eyes still worked.

People are often stupid. Try to ignore them. *grabs his hand and pats it* Do you have a family? Tell me about them.

There’s my Mother and Father. I also have a big brother named Jake, and a little sister named Emma. I used to play with Jake all the time, but I can’t play all the games he does now I can’t see any more. We have a dog named Max too. He’s a Collie, so he’s big and hairy.

Well, you have a nice family! Please give me an interesting and unusual fact about yourself.

The main thing you need to know about me is that I went blind not too long ago. I have something called Glaucoma, and it made it so my eyes don’t work any more. It’s not fair, because Jake’s eyes still work, and so do all the rest of my family’s eyes. But not mine.

It is indeed unfair… I wish you all the best in your “new” life, I’m sure you can become a superhero in spite of your limitations!

***~~~***

About the books Toby stars in:

The Toby’s Tales series is a five book series that follows a little boy named Toby’s efforts to adjust after sight loss. It was written as a way to show those in similar situations that they aren’t alone in their fears and frustrations, while also being tools to educate sighted people – mainly children, but adults too – about the daily struggles faced by blind people, and how they overcome them.

The books were written by Victoria Zigler following her own sight loss. They’re available in multiple eBook formats, in paperback, and now in audio – read by Joseph A. Batzel.

Regardless of the format you’d prefer, here’s where you can buy the books:

Book 1 – Toby’s New World

Audible

Smashwords

CreateSpace

Barnes & Noble

Kobo

Chapters-Indigo

iBooks

iTunes

Amazon UK

Amazon US

Amazon Canada

Book Depository

Book 2 – Toby’s Monsters

Audible: https://www.audible.co.uk/pd/Children/Tobys-Monsters-Audiobook/B074SZ9BJX/

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/247103

CreateSpace: https://www.createspace.com/5519996

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Book 3 – Toby’s Outing

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Book 4 – Toby’s Games

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Book 5 – Toby’s Special School

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You can also find the books on Goodreads.

Book 1: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15992610-toby-s-new-world

Book 2: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16098832-toby-s-monsters

Book 3: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16127032-toby-s-outing

Book 4: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17209761-toby-s-games

Book 5: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17314257-toby-s-special-school

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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

About the narrator:

Joseph Batzel has a BA and an MA from Brigham Young University in Film and Theater. He is also a professional actor for stage and film for over thirty years. Joseph has over 150 voice- over credits including radio, TV, audiobooks, and animation. He has traveled extensively throughout the US teaching voice over workshops. Joseph is a dialectician and can perform most American regional dialects and most foreign accents.

Mr. Batzel has just joined Deyan audio one of the world’s largest Independent producer of Audiobooks as one of their narrators. He is married to his wife Alice of forty-four years, she is a published playwright and working on her first novel. They have two sons and five grandchildren. He presently lives in Brigham City, Utah where he currently works as an adjunct instructor at Utah State University teaching courses in Creative Arts and Public Speaking.

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!

Soo! Tell me a little about yourself.

My name is Th’alia Erlis, Eltenda of the Elfkind – that’s scholar or Lorekeeper to you, human.
I come from Ilthendra, that’s a town in the Shimmering Forest. My age? I think I am about 25 summers.

My oh my… I’m 22 forever, so not really human, am I? *chuckle* Describe your appearance in ten words or less.

I have honey blonde hair, and elven features.

Do you have an enemy or nemesis? If so, who are they and how did they become an enemy?

Ha! Do I have enemies? I am a forest elf caught up in a game of intrigue in which I must commit terrible things, lie and deceive. It will likely kill me. Humans are my enemy – not every human – I am Elfkind thus I am nothing more than a slave or servant to the humans. I must obey no matter what is asked of me, or risk death. I find myself in an impossible situation – I must lead these people…my friends and… and her to the ambush. Their lives for mine, my sister and my town.

Would you kill for those you love? And would you die for them?

Yes, if I had to.

Where do you live?

You don’t listen, do you? I come from Ilthendra, that is in Erana.

*roll eyes* Uptight much? Next question. Are you involved in a relationship? If so, with who and what is it about them that you find appealing?

*Answers carefully. Not as such. But I am Marden’s elf so he takes his pleasures with me. I used to hate him for it, but now I find it’s not so bad. I take the pleasure for its own sake. We are not an elf and human or captor and captive, we are just a man and woman when we are in bed. He doesn’t beat me or actually force me into that; it’s an ‘arrangement’.
I did have a man in Ilthendra, but he belonged to someone else. I must forget him.

What is the biggest challenge you face in the story?

Staying alive. Finding the lost city.

Do you have a family? Tell me about them.

I have a twin sister, M’alia. She is currently the captive of the Order of Witch-Hunters. They rule the land, hate elves and all magic and their word is law. M’alia is both elven and magical; we fell into their hands when we went to seek the Lady of the Light. She will bring us salvation and freedom. Unfortunately, we were captured on the way. That’s why I am doing this – to protect my sister.

Well, I have a twin sister too, so I know what you mean. Please give me an interesting and unusual fact about yourself.

An unusual fact? I can speak High Elvish – the old noble language. Not many people can – not many elves.

What 2 or 3 questions do you wish I’d asked and what are your answers to them?

Why are the elves so oppressed? War, death, tainted magic. There was a plague which almost destroyed the elves and men and the elves were blamed. All elves are a little magical and this plague fed on magic and spread across the lands. The humans say the Order took over to impose martial law, the elves say they did it to end the dominion of the Elfkind, but the plague and the wars had already done that.
How do I feel? I am ashamed, frightened and alone.
Will I live to see the end of this adventure? I doubt it.

Well, I wish you good luck. I’m sure you’ll make it alive. Let me ask my nosy questions to someone else now – hoping he’s not that uptight… Tell me a little about yourself, mister.

I am Captain Marden Harlsen – I’m about thirty – but who is counting?

I most certainly don’t! Describe your appearance in ten words or less.

Sandy hair, well built human male.

What is your role in the story?

It’s complicated. I’m a Witch-Hunter under cover in a group of elves and mages. My role is to ensure Th’alia does what is required. Or at the least deal with this Archmage. For appearance’s sake (and my own safety) I am her escort through the human lands.

What is your relationship with the protagonist?

It’s complicated…Th’alia is an elf. She can not be more than a bit of amusement. I cannot allow myself to become attached to her, but I do find myself enjoying her company, now and then…

Where do you live?

I live at Greytower fort. I don’t really have another home. I don’t often see my family.

Are you involved in a relationship? If so, with who and what is it about them that you find appealing?

There are women now and then, or elves if I am bored but no one special. It’s difficult to maintain a relationship in my profession. It’s not actually forbidden but it causes conflicts of interest.

What is the biggest challenge you face in the story?

Not being found out. I suspect in a group of elves, half elves and mages I’m not going to be popular. To be honest I’m not sure I thought it through when I agreed. I am one man… let’s home Th’alia does what she needs to and my back up arrive.

Do you have a moral code?

I’m a Witch-Hunter. My word is law. In theory, of course there are plenty of people who think otherwise. Moral code? I don’t kill unless it’s necessary and I try and give those I do kill a quick death.

Please give me an interesting and unusual fact about yourself.

I’m not keen on snakes.

LOL! Who is? What 2 or 3 questions do you wish I’d asked and what are your answers to them?

Do I feel guilty about who and what I am?

No, not often. Well not very often. The Witch-Hunters uphold the law and protect the populous against magic.

Do I think I will live through this? I hope so… although as time goes by I feel less and less certain.

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Book(s) in which the character appears and links

The Shining Citadel – The Light Beyond the Storm Chronicles – Book II

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Author bio

British-born Alexandra Butcher (a/k/a A. L. Butcher) is an avid reader and creator of worlds, a poet, and a dreamer, a lover of science, natural history, history, and monkeys. Her prose has been described as ‘dark and gritty’ and her poetry as evocative.  She writes with a sure and sometimes erotic sensibility of things that might have been, never were, but could be.

Alex is the author of the Light Beyond the Storm Chronicles and the Tales of Erana lyrical fantasy series. She also has several short stories in the fantasy, fantasy romance genres with occasional forays into gothic style horror. With a background in politics, classical studies, ancient history and myth, her affinities bring an eclectic and unique flavour in her work, mixing reality and dream in alchemical proportions that bring her characters and worlds to life.

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Random Friday


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!

We have a couple today, so let’s start with the man! Tell me a little about yourself

I was born as Ajay, but at twenty-two I earned my assassin’s name, Talwar. The Assassins’ Guild of Agharek has become a closed, secret sect, hence I’m not supposed to utter that name outside of it.

Art by Rossana Beretta

Don’t worry, we already heard that name… in Saif and Kilig! Describe your appearance in ten words or less.

Tall, dark hair and eyes, tawny skin.

Do you have an enemy or nemesis? If so, who are they and how did they become an enemy?

My cousin Rajiv a.k.a. Khopesh who is too full of himself. He’s a bully and he’ll never forgive me for the fact that I marked him with the seal of Zindagi.

Readers can see that years-long grudge also in Fighting Monks School, a novella included at the end of Kilig the Sword… Would you kill for those you love? And would you die for them?

Yes to both! I’m an assassin, but I worship Zindagi, Goddess of Life, thus I will never kill unless it’s absolutely necessary – and protecting loved ones falls in that category. My life is meaningless without them, so of course I’m ready to die.

Where do you live?

I was born in Agharek, but after my fight with Khopesh, I crossed what is left of the southern kingdoms and found refuge in Godwalkar.

Which is where Kilig was born and lived… Are you involved in a relationship? If so, with who and what is it about them that you find appealing?

My childhood friend Ashrita a.k.a. Khanda has become a beautiful, lethal woman – and she wants me. Who on earth could resist her? She’s the reason for my fight with my cousin and well worth dying for.

What is the biggest challenge you face in the story?

Take ourselves safely away from our powerful family influence to live as we please, not having to kill, following someone else’s orders.

Thank you, Talwar! Let’s hear your beautiful companion, then. Tell me a little about yourself (name, age…)

I was born Ashrita, but I earned my assassin’s name, Khanda, one year in advance. I was so eager to see Ajay again that I was the best of my course! So, even though I’m one year younger, we became assassins at the same time.

Art by Rossana Beretta

Describe your appearance in ten words or less.

Long black hair, ice-blue eyes, voluptuous body (in everybody else’s words).

What is your relationship with the protagonist?

We grew up together, but then his father sent him to study at the monastery of Zindagi. I missed him very much and thank the gods he hasn’t changed too much in seven years…

Are you involved in a relationship? If so, with who and what is it about them that you find appealing?

He’s still my proud and shy friend, and I’m glad we eloped and got married to start a life away from our families.

Please give me an interesting and unusual fact about yourself.

I can talk to birds. A fortune teller once told me I have Sila blood, whatever that means…

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Check out the story of Talwar and Khanda – Assassins in Love.

After his initiation ceremony that has taken him away from the monastery of the fighting monks of Zindagi, Talwar becomes an assassin – and hates every moment of it. His childhood friend has also become a female assassin with the secret name of Khanda and she has always had a crush on him.

Can the two rebellious assassins get away from their families and the Guild’s traditions to leave in peace following their own heart? A journey through the former southern kingdoms of Silvery Earth.

E-book available on Amazon, Apple, Barnes&Noble, DriveThruFiction, Kobo and Smashwords.

Writer Wednesday


pathairdtf

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!

We’re still on the new Silvery Earth! Still exploring those Quests books! They don’t have that much to do, do they? Why are they always looking for something anyway? Let’s ask them!

Hello, young lady. Tell me a little about yourself.

I’m Sayla, I’m nineteen, my mother Talulla is a maimed Sila. I have inherited the keen Sila eyesight and I’m the best archer in town.

I think we met your mother in the first book, but you were but a wee little girl back then… I don’t suppose you remember three people passing by? A gorgeous warrior with turquoise eyes, a brooding beau of a magic user and a blonde healer? No? Thought not… It was fifteen years ago for you, after all! Describe your appearance in ten words or less.

Petite, light brown hair, blue eyes.

Do you have an enemy or nemesis? If so, who are they and how they become an enemy?

No, well, let’s say I ran away from Inex when I discovered that my mother cut my wings at birth. I mean, my MOTHER maimed me, can you believe it?

Not very motherly, but then, she’s not Human, is she? Although being maimed herself… why would she do the same to you? Anyway, would you kill for those you love? And would you die for them?

I hated everyone after discovering my mother’s betrayal. Well, except Keenan. He’s the only friend I have.

Mmm… do I smell a relationship here? If so, what it is about him that you find appealing?

Not really, not yet, but I know Keenan adores me and when I’m ready, he’ll be there.

Sweet! Lucky gal! Where do you live?

I was born in Inex, a city-state on the northern coast of Varia, an lived there until I ran away to go looking for the Sila nests after my mother told me of the maiming.

What is the biggest challenge you face in the story?

Finding the Sila nests and reaching them without wings. I’ll need help from eagles and dwarves to succeed.

Do you have a family? Tell me about them. Besides your Sila mother, I mean.

She married my father Myckim who comes from the south. I have an elder brother, Sanylo, but he’s an asshole.

And you just left them all behind… so let’s hear the young man now. Tell me a little about yourself!

I’m Keenan, the tanner’s son, and I’m twenty. I grew yp with Sayla and I’ve been silently in love with her for years.

Describe your appearance in ten words or less.

Blond and blue-eyed, like most northerners…

What is your role in the story?

I follow her when she runs away, then help her in her quest. One day I hope to give her wings.

What is your relationship with her, then?

We’re childhood friends, she’s my Wonder Girl.

Well, I wish you both to find what you’re looking for and live happily ever after! If you, the reader, what to know more about these two, go and get The Path of Air (Quests Book 3)! Now available also in Quests Volume 1 with The Path of Water.

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Sunday Surprise


PathFireDTF

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!

After talking to Hinrik and Bellinda, I’m here with two guys who also appear in the Quests books… Soo, let’s start with the non-Human looking of the two! Tell me a little about yourself.

RAYKIM I’m half-Sila and half-Fajrulo. My bronze skin comes from my Sila mother, my yellow eyes, blue hair and blue bat-like wings from my Fajrulo father. I’m very young and very lonely… until I meet my cousin, here, and his friends.

SAMANTHA Okay, joint interview, then. Tell me a little about yourself, mister.

KENEITH I’m half-blood and inherited some magic from my Fajrulo mother, as well as quite a long life. If I were completely Human, I’d look like an old man by now.

RAYKIM While he looks in his prime! Isn’t my cousin handsome?

SAMANTHA Indeed. And he can do real magic. Although some say playing with fire is dangerous.

KENEITH Not for Fire’s half-bloods. I’ll have to teach something to my little cousin at some point.

SAMANTHA Do you have an enemy or nemesis?

BOTH No.

RAYKIM I’ve been isolated for so long… I don’t know anyone!

KENEITH I move around a lot to hide my slow aging and I don’t have relationships.

SAMANTHA Uhm… I think Bellinda mentioned a history between the two of you…

KENEITH History, correct. We’re just friends now. And she has a crush on Hinrik.

SAMANTHA *chuckle* Well, I can’t blame her! Anyway, seems you’ve found someone as long-lived as you are!

KENEITH And I’m trying to get rid of him, but Bellinda and Hinrik don’t want me to.

RAYKIM *pouts* Hinrik is much nicer than you!

KENEITH *rolls eyes* Then stick to him and leave me alone.

SAMANTHA I believe Hinrik might soon get busy breeding, which is something Raykim isn’t considering yet! Would you kill for those you love? And would you die for them?

KENEITH I don’t love anyone. And I have killed, if only to stay alive myself.

RAYKIM Uhm… I’ve never killed. I’m not sure I could. And I don’t know about dying. I’m sure Hinrik could protect me anyway.

KENEITH *scoffs* Yeah, the half-Waiora can fight, and probably die for you, but you should remember you are more powerful and should do the fighting.

RAYKIM *anguished* But I don’t know how!

KENEITH If you stop whining, I’ll teach you.

SAMANTHA Neither of you is involved in a relationship, I take?

KENEITH Raykim is too young, as for me… I don’t fall in love. It’s a Fajrulo trait, I’m told.

SAMANTHA So I’ve heard. I guess you don’t care about your birth family either. So what is the biggest challenge you face in the story?

RAYKIM *shivers* Meeting my father…

KENEITH Saving his ass from his father.

*Raykim glares at him*

RAYKIM With Hinrik and Bellinda’s help!

KENEITH *snorts* Whatever!

SAMANTHA Well, thank you, guys. I shall leave you to your adventures. The Path of Fire (Quests Book 2) covers quite a lot of time, considering how long-lived these two are…

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!

And we’re finally off that darn new Silvery Earth! It’s a brand new world! No, universe! No, wait… let’s hear it from these people here.

Hello, there! Tell me a little about yourself!

NAMTAR: I am Corporal Namtar, serving under Maharani Uma and Commander Kartikeya in their fight to secure freedom for the people of Yuanshi. The events chronicled in City Of Deceit took us somewhat out of our comfort zone, into a world where politics is played out by double agents and interstellar battleships. Naturally, I relied on my wits, charm and intelligence to survive. Unlike the man next to me.

INARI: I’m Private Inari and I work with him. I ain’t one for using wits but I am good at shooting things. I was a corporal once, for almost five whole minutes.

Wow, what a pair! Let’s play a game! Describe each other’s appearance in ten words or less!

NAMTAR: My colleague is a fat Greek slob from the gutter.

INARI: Namtar is a stuck-up lanky Russian who talks rubbish.

Tee-hee! You guys are weird! Anyhow, what is your role in the story?

NAMTAR: As you may know, author Ms Bennion is steadily chronicling the heady events of the last decades of the twenty-third century, where humanity has learned to cross the cosmos and reach the nearby stars.

I’m glad it’s someone else from that crazy Silvery Earth author and I hope she treats her characters well – unlike another author of a vampire series who likes to maim and kill off her characters! Tell me more about her books!

NAMTAR: In her latest book, City Of Deceit, followers of the late Maharaja are fighting for independence on the terraformed moon of Yuanshi in the Epsilon Eridani system: a battle against the security forces of the Que Qiao Corporation, which cares only for profits as it harvests Yuanshi’s wealth on behalf of governments on Earth. The story sees us accompanying the widowed Maharani Uma to Earth to take Yuanshi’s plea for independence to the United Nations. Nothing goes as planned, all the players are double-crossing everyone else and we end up fighting for our lives aboard one of the first ever space battleships. As you might expect, my role involves a lot of clever subterfuge and quick thinking to save the day.

INARI: I did stuff too. I liked the lightning-ball cannon. Being space pirates was cool.

Battleships and space pirates! Wow! So what is your relationship with the protagonist?

NAMTAR: The main protagonist of City Of Deceit is Raja Surya, Maharani Uma’s son and the young heir to the throne of Yuanshi. The story follows the trials and tribulations faced by the Maharani in London, as seen through the eyes of Surya and his friend Zotz Wak from the hollow moon. The young Raja is quite headstrong and more than capable of getting himself and others into trouble. The author’s first book, Hollow Moon, chronicled how we kidnapped Surya so he could stand with Commander Kartikeya at a peace conference, though I assure you our intentions were honourable. The safety of the Raja is paramount. We do what we can to serve.

INARI: The Raja wanted to go to Earth so I smuggled us both aboard the shuttle. The Maharani called me an idiot. Ravana’s friend Zotz came with us to the floating village in London.

I love those Indian-sounding names! Did you know I met an Indian vampire? I wanted to keep him, but he preferred to go back to Earth. *sigh* But I digress!! Where do you live, what is your world called, etc.?

NAMTAR: Our service to Maharani Uma and Commander Kartikeya demands that we operate from the rebel city of Lanka on Yuanshi. Before the war, the Maharani resided in the capital Ayodhya, which was much more to my tastes. Kubera Palace in Lanka has seen better days. Civil war does put a dampener on the finer things in life.

INARI: We get about a bit. I hate sleeping on spaceships.

What’s wrong with spaceships cabins and bunk beds? *mutters to herself* Will have to interview more spacefaring people! *grins at guests* Are you involved in a relationship? If so, with who and what is it about them that you find appealing?

INARI: I had a girlfriend once. Hujing, back at the mining village where I grew up on Taotie. Then Namtar arrived and spoiled everything. I ended up in jail.

Men! They only bring trouble, don’t they? *snorts*

NAMTAR: My fat friend here had just stolen a military Local Ambient Megastructure Projector, an interrogation device that projected hypnotic illusions. She would have not have fallen for a lazy lump of lard like him otherwise.

Mmm… yeah, whatever… What is the biggest challenge you face in the story?

NAMTAR: There were some hairy moments aboard the dreadnaught as I recall. Events were somewhat complicated by crazy cyberclones and giant alien spiders. Walking in Earth’s gravity was quite a challenge in itself after a lifetime on low-gravity worlds. Especially seeing as I had been wounded by an imbecile with a harpoon.

INARI: That was an accident, honest.

You guys are the best frenemies I ever met! *grin* Do you have a moral code?

NAMTAR: As a devotee to the Dhusarian Church of Yuanshi, I believe that true wisdom will be delivered by the galactic travellers known as the greys. All we can do is prepare the way so that humankind is ready to receive this gift.

INARI: Moral code? Big guns are good.

*burst out laughing* Careful with those guns! You might shoot yourself in the foot! Please give me an interesting and unusual fact about yourself.

NAMTAR: I played a role in a fairy tale somewhat reminiscent of Cinderella. Hanuman and Ganesa, the crew of the rebel freighter Sun Wukong, first met at the annual American Christmas Ball in Lanka. It was I who procured their invitations.

INARI: He ain’t been no fairy godfather to me.

Would you really want him to be your fairy godfather, though? Time’s almost up! What 2 or 3 questions do you wish I’d asked and what are your answers to them?

NAMTAR: Maybe a question on whether we will appear in future tales by the author? Our involvement in this saga of interstellar chicanery certainly does not end with the events chronicled in City Of Deceit. Of course, Ms Bennion may decide that publishing further exploits of Inari’s contagious stupidity is too much for discerning readers. While you’re at it, could you ask Inari to stop picking his nose?

INARI: I was going to ask about lunch. Do we get one with these interviews?

Mmm, lunch? Why not? I have this prolific hand that can produce anything… *waves her left hand* Do you need a menu to choose or do you already know what you want?

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ebook_cod(vh)_reducedCity Of Deceit (Hollow Moon #3) by Steph Bennion

Raja Surya, young heir to the throne of the moon of Yuanshi, cannot stay out of trouble for long. Zotz Wak, intrepid boy inventor otherwise known as The Flying Fox, decides Earth is the place to become a man. Together they must battle the dystopian darkness of 23rd-century London: a city of deceit, under the thumb of corporations, its people barricaded behind flood walls, bewitched by the hypnotic holoverse and worse.

The United Nations is deciding the fate of Surya’s world. The Que Qiao Corporation is using the threat of alien monsters to call for war. Ravana O’Brien, the heroine of their previous adventures, is stricken with a mystery illness and her hollow moon home has problems of its own.

Surya never thought he would be in the captain’s chair aboard the first ever interstellar battleship. Zotz never expected to find himself accused of being a spy and terrorist at the centre of political skulduggery in London. The far-flung worlds of the five systems would never be the same again. Taranis, the dark priest of destiny, has returned.

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AUTHOR BIO

Steph Bennion was born and bred in the Black Country, spent too many years in the big bad city that is London and now lives in Hastings, a very nice town by the seaside. Her books are written as a reaction to the dearth of alternative heroes amidst young adult bookshelves swamped by tales of the supernatural. For every aspiring vampire or wizard, she believes that the world needs an astrophysicist, an engineer, or at the very least someone who will one day work out how to make trains run on time.

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Sunday Surprise


PathWaterEbookHi 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!

We’re still on the new Silvery Earth! That’s a batch of old and new characters in this novel…

Hello, handsome! Tell me a little about yourself.

I’m Hinrik, I’m twenty-five and I’m enrolled in the Salamar army. We marched off to protect Moriana from the Varian attack, but we failed.

Bummer. You do look like a defeated soldier… Describe your appearance in ten words or less.

Well-built warrior with chestnut brown hair and turquoise eyes.

Would you kill for those you love? And would you die for them?

I don’t know. My mother is dead and I don’t have anyone left. I fight out of duty and respect for my captain.

Mmm… you forgot to mention the melancholy of your eyes! Where do you live?

Salamar, capital of the Salamar Kingdom, on the shores of the great river Ondan.

Are you involved in a relationship? If so, with who and what it is about them that you find appealing?

It’s unrequited love and I don’t want to talk about it.

Man, I must say you’re handsome even when you brood! So what is the biggest challenge you face in the story?

Survive rape and finding self-respect. And my true calling.

Do you have a family? Tell me about them.

My mother was a washerwoman. I was her only child. She never married after breeding with a “demon” and was cast out by everyone. She said my father was a “magical being” who lived in the river, but I never believed her.

Please give me an interesting and unusual fact about yourself.

I have these turquoise eyes and water seems to have a healing power on me.

You’re forgetting to mention you’re very shy… Let’s see if the lady here is more talkative!

Hello there, tell me a little about yourself.

Bellinda, daughter of Joyrise, also known as Joris, and a Human. I’m half-blood and for some thirty-five years tried to fit in either with the Genn or the Human communities, sort of succeeding. As you can see, I have the body shape of a female Genn with small tits, but the round ears of Humans, and my hair is dark blond.

Where do you live?

I was born in Havenstock, capital of the Varian Kingdom, and spent a lot of time in the Genn villages of the forest of Appleyard. Our warmongering king made me want to leave, though, so now I’m exploring the northern kingdoms, starting with Salamar.

A-ha! So that’s how you bump into Hinrik? What’s your role in the story?

I’m a healer, and when Belfi brought bruised Hinrik to the camp, I had to do something! I mean, he wasn’t visibly wounded or dying, but he was upset and filled with pain…

Are you involved in a relationship? If so, with who and what is it about them that you find appealing?

I was. With Keneith. Because he’s tall and handsome and a powerful half-blood. I loved his black eyes and his smile. Then we moved together to Havenstock and things started falling apart. He’s still my best friend and traveling companion. We watch each other’s back.

Well, thank you, Hinrik and Bellinda, and good luck with your quest! May you find what you’re looking for, whatever it is…

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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!

And we have a couple here! Who wants to go first? The tall barbarian or the blond elf?

Joris: I’m a Genn, not an elf.

Whatever… so you go first! Tell me a little about yourself!

K&J4DA_resizeJoris: My name is Joyrise, but this ugly, hairy barbarian calls me Joris.

Kolia *glares* You don’t have to tell everything like that!

Joris: So what’s the point? Try to think of her as our next employer.

Kolia: Really? You’d say that to our prospective employer? And then what, that we’re lovers?

Guys, we’re getting there! Can you please stop bickering? *sighs* Since you don’t seem to want to take turns, let’s make it a joint interview. Describe your appearance in ten words or less.

Kolia: I’m tall, a warrior with blue eyes.

Joris: Long blond hair, pointed ears, nothing any other Genn wouldn’t have.

And then you wonder why I call you elf. Maybe you were an elf in a previous incarnation! Do you have an enemy or nemesis? If so, who are they and how did they become an enemy?

Kolia: The Clan Cadwaller. They destroyed my family and threw me out of Caer Nittak.

Joris: No, they threw you in a dungeon, where I rescued you.

Kolia: Whatever, now I’m in exile. But one day… one day…

Joris: Yeah yeah… *rolls eyes*

Would you kill for those you love? And would you die for them?

Kolia: Definitely! Unfortunately when I tried to fight for my town and my people, I was defeated…

Joris: Don’t look at me! I’m Genn. The Magical Races are non-violent by their very nature!

Where do you live?

Kolia: Currently in Salamar, capital of the namesake kingdom. We’re mercenaries.

You are involved in a relationship – what is it about him that you find appealing?

Kolia: He’s a wizard! And has the longest hair I ever saw! And he saved me! And…

Joris: And he kept saying “I love you” to anything I told him, how could I resist?

*chuckles* What is the biggest challenge you face in the story?

Kolia: Ryan Cadwaller.

Joris: You’re obsessed with him!

Kolia: No, I’m not. He is obsessed with me.

Joris: Denial, Kolia… our biggest challenge it to take this ugly hairy barbarian back to Caer Nittak.

Please give me an interesting and unusual fact about yourselves.

Kolia: I’m your average warrior of the northern tribes…

Joris: I actually have a small portion of dark blood. I descend from Belfi, the Immortal Half-blood. And please, don’t ask Kolia about his family. Nine surviving children, can you believe it? These Humans do nothing but breed!

Kolia: Because we’re short-lived, unlike you! Besides, nine survived into adulthood but I don’t know how many survived the Cadwaller take-over, so… I might be the only one left now!

Mm, okay, thank you guys… *shoos them off* I know them… yes, from the late 1990s… Yes! “Kolia and Joris”, the 15-issues comic book fanzine by the crazy author of this blog! Took some adjustments, then… the couple of lucky readers of that comic may recognize the story, though. Hasn’t changed much… *mutters to herself* I really hope this is the last recycled story we see from this darn author!

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