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!
Hello there! Tell me a little about yourself (name, age…)

S’pose it can’t hurt. My name is Pierce Landcross, and I’m . . . how should I bloody say it? One who has fallen out of favor with the law. I’ve been told I’m the most wanted thief in England. It seems ’about right, considering I tried stealing from Queen Victoria inside her palace. I’m twenty-seven and have been scraping by my whole life with no real direction on the horizon.

I like it! Describe your appearance in ten words or less.

Ten words, eh? Right. I measure up to around five-eight in height, slender build, with shoulder length hair, green eyes, a nasty scar across my throat and a brand mark of a figure-eight on my chest. Long story.

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

Bloody hell, where do I begin answering this one? Being a thief, a smuggler, and all-around troublemaker, I haven’t left many mates in my wake. One enemy of mine, in particular, is a German named Volker Jäger. He was once a general in Hamburg where I attempted to highway rob a friend of the mayor. Ol’ Volker was assigned to find me, but with some help, I managed to escape. Volker was discharged shortly after and has been hunting for me since to redeem himself.

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

Unfortunately, killing comes with the territory of being a fugitive. *Sighs deeply* I’m not proud of the lives I’ve taken, but nor do I regret it, especially when it comes down to taking out those threatening people I care for. It drives me to act whenever a loved one is in danger, it’s just who I am. I once offered the Queen my life for my folk’s when they were imprisoned at Newgate Prison. Which, I might add, turned out utterly different from what I had expected. I bloody swear these one-eighties that keep happening to me is truly the story of my bleedin’ life.

Where do you live?

My world is one heading steadfast toward the next new cycle of the human existence. Since the dawning of the Industrial Revolution, there has been this strive to invent and bring about new gadgets and machinery by inventors known as Contributors. These sods are working their way up to the peak to this steam-powered age to reach the new era, The Age of the Machine. Whether it’ll actually occur or not is anyone’s guess, but I’ve seen a thing or two to not discredit that such a stage will come. As of where I live, it depends on where I am. Other than being a hunted outlaw, I’m a wanderer by nature. My brother and I grew up with my folks who traveled with Gypsies until Joaquin and me got separated from them in Abney Park in London. Afterward, we roamed about, trying to find them. We never did, and all we achieved was becoming common criminals.

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

Aye. I managed to find someone, and surprisingly enough, she loves me as much as I love her. Her name is Taisia Kuzentsov, a Russian lass who grew up performing in the circus before setting off on her own to explore Europe. Tai is very brave who can hold her own in the face of danger and believe me, we’ve encountered our fair share. She’s also a protector who has no quarrel about putting herself in harm’s way to keep her loved safe. When I look at her, her beauty completely undoes me sometimes.

What is the biggest challenge you face in the story?

Staying alive, mostly. To tell the truth, I suspect I’m cursed. It seems that every time I bloody well peer my head up for a single moment, something happens and I wind up in another life-threatening adventure.

Heh. Authors tend to do that to their characters. Do you have a family? Tell me about them.

Aye. My mum, Nona, dad, Jasper, and my grandmother, Élie Fey. As I mentioned before, my brother and I were raised by Gypsies. Taisia actually came across my folks during her travels and joined up with them on theirs. My family is a pretty unique bunch. Mum is the person in charge of the family. S’pose her assertiveness comes from her father, who’s a forest elf living in the Netherlands. Dad also has his own special bloodlines and Grandmother Fey is an enchantress. My brother, Joaquin, is an outlaw like me, doing what does to keep on living.

Please give me an interesting and unusual fact about yourself.

I talked about the bloodlines in my family. I’ve inherited these, which doesn’t make me into any superhuman, or anything, but it has made me a target for a witch named Freya Bates, who has this grand plan that no one knows about and for some reason or another she needs me dead to achieve it. Like I said, earlier, I’m cursed.

Nah, I’m sure you’ll survive! What 2 or 3 questions do you wish I’d asked and what are your answers to them?

Interesting question. Erm, s’pose if you were to ask me what I’d like to do other than be a thief, I’d say be an English professor. Aye, stop your laughing now, even though I sound like a hick, I’m very well-read. I love books, you see, and teaching literature would give me a chance to explore more deeply into the novels I’ve read while enlightening others.

The other question would be what’s all is in store for me. A lot, actually! Grandmother Fey used to be a fortuneteller of sorts. She once told me each life has many paths that lead in different directions. No one can truly see into the future because the future is always changing. I dunno my whole story yet, but I can tell you it involves me traveling through the Netherlands and following clues to a family inheritance, dealing with the Hellfire Club in Scotland, sailing to Sonora, Mexico with my mates, the Sea Warriors where I’ll be hunting for fugitives, a jailbreak in New Orleans, and returning to England to face my most feared enemies.

Okay, I guess we’re done with the gentleman… hello there, milady! Tell me a little about yourself.

My name is Clover Alice Norwich, and I’m ten years old. I am the daughter of a terrible man, Lord Tarquin Norwich, and sister to Archie Norwich. I write fantasy stories and hope to become an established author one day.

Oh, cool! Describe your appearance in ten words or less.

I’m tall for my age, with red wine-colored hair, dark brown eyes, with some freckles sprinkled over my face.

What is your role in the story?

Mainly I get the boys out of trouble. Father had ordered Archie and me to travel to France to capture Mr. Pierce and bring him back to Southampton where he could be questioned about the Toymaker, Mr. Indigo Peachtree. That plan fails when Mr. Pierce is saved by the Sea Warriors during our crossing over the Channel. After that, I use my crafty planning to keep us three alive while we try finding Mr. Peachtree.

Way to go, girl! What is your relationship with the protagonist(s)?

Like I said, Archie is my brother. My older brother, who is caught between obeying our ruthless father while trying to find a way for us to escape him. Archie is a good brother. I don’t know what I’d do without him. Mr. Pierce is my friend, which didn’t start off that way, considering we were sent to catch him and bring him to Father.

I wish I had an elder brother too – only a twin sister and more sisters around here, sgrunt. Where do you live ?

I live in Southampton inside a stuffy old mansion. My life as a noble is very dull and unproductive. If it wasn’t for my writing, I’m awfully sure I’d go mad.

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

*Giggles* No. I’m only ten, after all. Although, if I was years older, I’d marry Mr. Pierce. He’s very handsome and kind. He also likes reading which is very appealing to any writer.

Tee-hee! Indeed! He could become your first reader! What is the biggest challenge you face in the story?

I was kidnapped by Mr. Pierce’s older brother, Joaquin, and handed over to some bad people working for my father at his castle on the Isle of Wight. They didn’t know who I was, so they locked me in the dungeon. Never had I experienced such mistreatment nor I have been so frightened. I suppose the biggest challenge I face is acclimating to this exposure of cruelty.

Mean people. They shall be punished! Do you have a moral code?

Sure, I do. I have lots of them, I suppose.

Please give me an interesting and unusual fact about yourself.

I died once. I don’t want to go into details because it was a very dramatic experience for me, especially because of who shot me dead. But I crossed over to the other side and came back!

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

How about what kind of books I write? My answer is fantasy stories where I cast myself as the protagonist and explore other types of worlds. Another question would be what are my plans for the future. I’d like to grow up and live in a quaint little cottage in the countryside and spend my days writing my stories and to travel the world, preferably with the man I love. *Giggle and blushes* Like Mr. Pierce.

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Book(s) in which the character appears and links

Legacy (vol.1) Legacy-The Reunion

Amazon: http://amzn.to/2bNh8WQ

Smashwords: http://bit.ly/2rzbm1v

Goodreads: http://bit.ly/2f1iQq8

Legacy-The Reunion Goodreads: http://bit.ly/2HZOhwD

Full Series Synopsis: http://bit.ly/2vU7jxZ

Author’s Facebook: http://bit.ly/2fWq6BV

Michelle E. Lowe is the author of The Warning, Atlantic Pyramid, Cherished Thief, and Legacy. Children’s books, Poe’s Haunted House Tour, and The Hex Hunt. Her works in progress are the continuations of Legacy. Currently, she lives in Lake Forest, California with husband Ben, and their two daughters.

Website: www.michellelowe.net

Facebook: Facebook.com/michelleloweauthor

Twitter: @MichelleLowe_7

 

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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! Hey there!

I am Morgen, a Faerie Queen and head of Avalon’s ancient Mystery School. My age is of little consequence. If you knew the truth, no doubt you would blush. Faeries age differently than humans. One month in a faerie realm, such as Tir na Nog, can register as a hundred years by mortal reckoning. Avalon is slightly different. Our years coincide more closely with those on earth because we were once of the mortal plane.

Don’t worry, you’re talking to another immortal here. Describe your appearance in ten words or less.

I am a red – haired, ethereal beauty with green eyes.

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

Yes, the earliest and perhaps most important enemy you should know about is my half-sister, Morgause, who happens to be a witch. Married to a loveless petty king, Morgause was always jealous of my relationships with Merlin and then Arthur, the High King. This was never more apparent then when she seduced Arthur, utilizing my form and conceived a child by him. Morgause is very adept at shapeshifting. She also cursed Merlin. Can you tell that she covets the throne? Through the years she has worked very hard to destroy Arthur, but I have never let her get that far.

I have heard many versions of these tales… Would you kill for those you love? And would you die for them?

Yes, on both counts. As an emissary of Avalon, I espouse peace. Indeed, Peace now and forever is my goal. Unfortunately, two individuals forced my hand. Rather than reveal their names, I suggest that you read the series.
Faeries are immortal, but when a fae takes human form, such as I have done, then death is inevitable. In the final book, “Epiphany” I make such a decision.

Where do you live?

Avalon, which has both an earthly realm and a faerie realm. I also live from time to time at Camelot as Arthur’s paramour.

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

Merlin, the arch mage, was my first love. The fact that he also taught me such magical arts as shapeshifting made our relationship memorable, indeed. Ah, I will never forget our outrageous game of fox hunts hare. Naturally, I spent that summer locked in Merlin’s arms. Tall, dark and magical, Merlin fairly oozes magic. He is Irresistible in every sense of the word. Need I say more?
The arch mage seasoned me for Arthur, High King of Britannia, my Otherself. What can I say of Arthur? All the women desire him. He is charismatic, genuine and kind, not to mention gorgeous. Our relationship spans countless lifetimes. Each of us sought mortal form so that we could create a lasting peace throughout war torn Britannia. How did we achieve such a lofty goal? I wielded the faerie magic of Avalon, while Arthur utilized the power of the sword, a powerful combination of Divine Feminine and Divine Masculine that brought the proud Saxons to their knees. How could I not love such a man? Arthur is the kindest, wisest ruler Britannia has ever known. If Merlin personifies magic, Arthur is power incarnate.

A certain writer had an obsession for Arthur of the Britons (1972 British TV series)… but I digress! What is the biggest challenge you face in the story?

In book one the challenge that usurps all others is the attainment of peace and the unification of Britannia under Arthur’s rule as High King.

Do you have a family? Tell me about them.

Yes, I was secretly raised as a foundling (faerie child) by Queen Igrainne. King Uther always sensed I was not of his seed. Indeed, I was too witchy for his taste, so he placed me in a nunnery.
In Avalon, I am one of one of nine Faerie sisters who run the Mystery School.

Please give me an interesting fact about yourself.

I am a faerie in human form. Sh…don’t tell anyone! Many people have a fear of the fae.

Not me, I’m often called a witch by mortals! What 2 or 3 questions do you wish I asked.

–What is it like to be a faerie in human form?
It is exasperating to know that you once possessed powers that you cannot hope to access as a person!

–Do faeries make love like humans?
Hmmm…. Faeries make love, but as they are more energy than physical form, it is a very different experience. Faeries blend energies in an act that is quite sensuous. Yes, once I reclaimed my faerie essence, I blended with Arthur. It was sheer magic!

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BOOKS IN WHICH MORGEN APPEARS:

Dreamspell

Epiphany

 

Random Friday


And it’s Star Minds Friday! Here’s the series trailer for those of you who don’t know them yet:

You can meet the characters of the Trilogy and the Snippets here:

Star Minds Sundays on the author’s blog: Kol-ian, Daniele&Chantal, Gaurishankar and Maela, Ker-ris and Shan-leo, Mya, C’ell’andy and Tyro.

AAAAND on Lisa Burton Radio (Daniele)!

The next generation is here:

Interview with Shan-leo and Dadina

Interview with Izzy-lee

Interview with Kay-low

Interview with Zaphadin

And even though her story came out a few months ago, now you get to know better the third generation in the person of Iso-bel Aya Shermac! (To the one and only buyer of Star Minds Third Generation Snippets – that includes the ebook above – I uploaded a correction about a secondary character’s age – get your copy from Smashwords or just know that Arica of Sylvania is 60 at the time of Sire Minds, not “in her forties” as previously stated!)

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!

So hello, girl! Tell me a little about yourself (name, age…)

Iso-bel Aya Shermac, daughter of Shan-leo Shermac-Vaurabi and Mayumi Ikagoru. I’m twenty and currently training at the Sylvanian Academy, even though I’m actually from Marc’harid, the Sire planet.

I’ve heard those names before… Describe your appearance in ten words or less.

A blue-eyed brunette, petite and willowy. Father’s colors, mother’s height.

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

Not really, except maybe myself. I’m my worst enemy.

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

Yes, that’s why I joined the Sylvanian Academy and yes, if only I could.

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

My first and current boyfriend is Jes-syd Russom. We got together when we were fifteen. We might get married when we finish our studies. He is a wonderful person and handsome too. He cares for me and makes me feel protected.

What is the biggest challenge you face in the story?

Surviving the destruction of my home-planet, a cosmic accident that wipes out many lives.

Do you have a family? Tell me about them.

My parents and my younger brother Dan-ylo, who is seventeen. My father was an only child, but he surrounded himself with an extended family, my mother ran away from Xi-kong so I don’t know much about that side of the family except that I have a cousin, Kaori Ikagoru, who is in the Galaxy Police.

Please give me an interesting and unusual fact about yourself.

After secondary school was over, I dyed my hair of rainbow colors for a summer.

Star Minds the series (ebooks and paperbacks)

 

Random Friday


To celebrate the release of Nightly Bites Volume 2, I present you 5 characters interviews!

Character Name: I am the Aswang, and nobody ever gave me a proper name. Heck, even the dog has a name! But not me.

Which book/world/story do you live in?
The short story “The Aswang Who Ate Stardust” is about me. Well, kind of. It’s also about the people I’m not allowed to eat anymore.

Tell us about yourself:
I was born long before the white men came to the Philippines, and I used to eat little humans still in their mother’s womb. That’s what all Aswang do – but we are solitary creatures, and we can shift our shape. Which is why nobody ever gave me a proper name, I think. Anyway, I had made a human friend long ago. He was the only one who could see me for who I was, and we talked and talked and talked, and then he taught me how to meditate. And then he taught me how to eat energy from elsewhere, not just people and animals. Then he died, because that’s what humans do. I was good though, I didn’t harvest his energy, not even a tiny bit. He was a friend, the only friend I ever had. Which is why I still glean stardust – I mean life force – from other things. Sometimes it’s hard, but I’m sticking with the program. If I start eating people again, I’ll never make a friend again and that’s a sad fact of my life.

What are your greatest strengths and weaknesses?
Well – I can shape-change, which is pretty useful, and I can suck stardust out of just about anything, so I’ll never really starve. My weaknesses? Computers. Man, those things are hard to figure out.

Name three important people/creatures/institutions in your world (such as lovers, pets, government institutions, leaders, gods etc).
The dog of my human almost-friends, Jeek. He can see me, just like the monk used to see me. This, however, doesn’t make him a friend. He keeps barking at me no matter what I turn into. I like the man who smells like home, Raf. He’s cute, and his energy would taste super-succulent. So far I’ve feasted only on the stardust of his culinary creations, though. And his friend, Adam. He’s scary, but I like him because I know he’d protect Jeek and Raf from me. His stardust is strong and abrasive, like a desert storm. I hope the will see me one day, and talk to me. I hope he gives me a name. He gave a name to a dog – and am I less important than a dog?

Are you involved in a romance? If so with who and what is it about them that you find appealing?
Romance is for humans. I love them, though. I love their warmth and the stardust they give off when they create beautiful things.

What is the one thing you want the most in the whole world?
I want to be their friend so bad it hurts – and I really want them to give me a name. A real name.

Give us your favorite piece of advice:

Never shape-shift into a coffee mug, because coffee’s hot.

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Character Name: Jesslynn Cotterill

Which book/world/story do you live in?
You can find me in my own story in this anthology, as well as in the novel Shades of Gray.

Tell us about yourself: 
I have no idea what you want to know. I’m married to Oren, and am the mother of two children, Alexander and Tristan. My story takes place before the War Between the States in Virginia.

What are your greatest strengths and weaknesses? 
I may not be beautiful, but I’m clever. I believe that brains will triumph over beauty always.

Name three important people/creatures/institutions in your world (such as lovers, pets, government institutions, leaders, gods etc).
My husband Oren is important, of course. I mentioned my children. Though I have birthed many, only Alexander has grown out of babyhood, and now Tristan, not even a year old, is showing signs of the same malady that took the others. It is because of this that I should mention our neighbor, Jorick. An odd man, he is rarely home, and when he is he never walks in sunlight, only under dark skies. Neither does he seem to age or sicken. It is a secret I desperately need to discover if I want to save my sick child.

Are you involved in a romance? If so with who and what is it about them that you find appealing?
I love my husband, of course, but I would not go so far as to call marriage a romance. An important institution, yes. As for why he is appealing, he is a good provider, he is honest, forthright, and is able to take guidance from a firm handed woman. So many men have a problem with this, leaving many a wife in unhappy circumstances.

What is the one thing you want the most in the whole world?
To save my children. I cannot bear to lose another.

Give us your favorite piece of advice:
Beauty fades, leaving only your wit and resourcefulness. Cultivate those over the appearance of the flesh.

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Character Name: Dennis

Which book/world/story do you live in?
Present day, Toronto.

Tell us about yourself:
I’m a brand new vampire, only been one for about 6 months. I don’t look like a typical vampire. I’ve got red hair and I was fair skinned before I became a vampire so no change there.

What are your greatest strengths and weaknesses?<
Greatest strength: I’m good with numbers and I like to help people, which led me into the field of accounting before I became a vampire. Greatest weakness: my fear of blood.

Name three important people/creatures/institutions in your world (such as lovers, pets, government institutions, leaders, gods etc).
Giselle, my sire. Dr. Wilson, my therapist.

Are you involved in a romance? If so with who and what is it about them that you find appealing?
I’m with Giselle but since we’re vampires I don’t know how long that will last. She’s exotic and super strong for her size. I found her eyes captivating.

What is the one thing you want the most in the whole world?
To be a real, full-fledged vampire, so my sire Giselle doesn’t have to take care of me anymore. And to make her proud.

Give us your favorite piece of advice:
Be willing to confront your fears. Even if it ruins your favourite jacket.

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Character Name: Wolfgang Feuerlieiben

Which book/world/story do you live in?
So Many Nights, So Many Sins

Tell us about yourself:
I am old. Truth be told I stopped counting long ago but the world into which I was born was very different from yours. I have seen empires rise and fall. I have seen wars fought – mostly for the same reasons – over and over. I have seen humanity at its best, but mostly its worse. I have killed more times than I can remember – guilty, innocent – they are all relative. I hunt other vampires – usually because they are careless, wanton or stupid. And because it gives me something to do. Mortals are not a challenge – well unless there are lots – but vampires tend to be a little harder to despatch. Ennui – that’s the problem. Immortality is boring, and one must find something to fill the void. Humans live – they are born, they raise a family, or get employment, they have more descendants and they die. A few leave a mark on the world, most do not. But they much achieve whatever it is they are destined to achieve in a short time – and they make the most of it. Vampires don’t have that luxury. We are the lords of procrastination.

What are your greatest strengths and weaknesses?<
Strengths – Arrogance, stubbornness, experience. Weaknesses – Arrogance, stubbornness, experience.

Name three important people/creatures/institutions in your world (such as lovers, pets, government institutions, leaders, gods etc).
I can’t – they change so often.

Are you involved in a romance? If so with who and what is it about them that you find appealing? What is the one thing you want the most in the whole world?
I meet someone in the course of the story. Other lovers – the priest who gave me the curse – who disappeared and I’m seeking. There have been others – but they are either long dead or long gone.

What is the one thing you want the most in the whole world?
To die well.

Give us your favourite piece of advice:
He who fights with monsters should be careful, lest he thereby become a monster. And if thou gazes long into an abyss, the abyss will also gaze into thee.

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Character Name: Alain

Which book/world/story do you live in?
The Raven.

Tell us about yourself:
My father was British, my mother is French. We moved to London when he passed away. We live with my aunt, uncle and cousins, but luckily I have my own room in the attic. I’m twenty-two and will be such forever. I was turned in 1997.

What are your greatest strengths and weaknesses?>
I’m a hacker. Wikipedia says: “In computing, a hacker is any skilled computer expert that uses their technical knowledge to overcome a problem. While “hacker” can refer to any skilled computer programmer, the term has become associated in popular culture with a “security hacker”, someone who, with their technical knowledge, uses bugs or exploits to break into computer systems.” Well, I’m of the first kind. As for weaknesses… they say I have Asperger Syndrome. I don’t care.

Name three important people/creatures/institutions in your world (such as lovers, pets, government institutions, leaders, gods etc).
Besides my mother, I can’t think of anyone. My cousins are nice, but I’m not that attached to them. That’s probably why when a raven enters my life and reveals itself to be a vampire, I’m ready to follow him and become immortal.

Are you involved in a romance? If so with who and what is it about them that you find appealing?
I’m a socially awkward. I don’t care. Bran says it’s a good quality to be immortal – not being attached to anyone.

What is the one thing you want the most in the whole world?
I want to interact with computers, not people.

Give us your favorite piece of advice:
It takes stamina to watch the centuries go by.

Nightly Bites Volume 2 available as ebook and paperback

Grab it today!

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

***~~~***

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

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.

***~~~***

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

***~~~***

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

Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/tobys-monsters-victoria-zigler/1113744687

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/toby-s-monsters

Chapters-Indigo: https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/tobys-monsters/9781301157921-item.html

iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/tobys-monsters/id574780594

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/audiobook/tobys-monsters-tobys-tales-volume-2-unabridged/id1272267691

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/d/cka/Tobys-Monsters-2-Tales-Victoria-Zigler/1512358975

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/d/cka/Tobys-Monsters-2-Tales-Victoria-Zigler/1512358975

Amazon Canada: https://www.amazon.ca/d/cka/Tobys-Monsters-2-Tales-Victoria-Zigler/1512358975

Book Depository: https://www.bookdepository.com/Tobys-Monsters-Victoria-Zigler/9781512358971

Book 3 – Toby’s Outing

Audible: https://www.audible.co.uk/pd/Children/Tobys-Outing-Audiobook/B074W95DRX/

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/251587

CreateSpace: https://www.createspace.com/5520007

Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/tobys-outing-victoria-zigler/1113846045

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/toby-s-outing

Chapters-Indigo: https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/tobys-outing/9781301643264-item.html

iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/tobys-outing/id577001695

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/audiobook/tobys-outing-tobys-tales-volume-3-unabridged/id1273856055

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Tobys-Outing-3-Tales/dp/1512359041/

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Tobys-Outing-3-Tales/dp/1512359041/

Amazon Canada: https://www.amazon.ca/Tobys-Outing-3-Tales/dp/1512359041/

Book Depository: https://www.bookdepository.com/Tobys-Outing-Victoria-Zigler/9781512359046

Book 4 – Toby’s Games

Audible: https://www.audible.co.uk/pd/Children/Tobys-Games-Audiobook/B074WCT1W4/

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/271594

CreateSpace: https://www.createspace.com/5520032

Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/tobys-games-victoria-zigler/1114302957

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/toby-s-games

Chapters-Indigo: https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/tobys-games/9781301441082-item.html

iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/tobys-games/id595641562

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/audiobook/tobys-games-tobys-tales-volume-4-unabridged/id1274236264

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/d/Books/Tobys-Games-4-Tales-Victoria-Zigler/1512359262/

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/d/Books/Tobys-Games-4-Tales-Victoria-Zigler/1512359262/

Amazon Canada: https://www.amazon.ca/d/Books/Tobys-Games-4-Tales-Victoria-Zigler/1512359262/

Book Depository: https://www.bookdepository.com/Tobys-Games-Victoria-Zigler/9781512359268

Book 5 – Toby’s Special School

Audible: https://www.audible.co.uk/pd/Children/Tobys-Special-School-Tobys-Tales-Volume-5-Audiobook/B0756Q5KB1/

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/281507

CreateSpace: https://www.createspace.com/5520068

Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/tobys-special-school-victoria-zigler/1114473423

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/toby-s-special-school

Chapters-Indigo: https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/tobys-special-school/9781301489220-item.html

iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/tobys-special-school/id600171798

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/audiobook/tobys-special-school-tobys-tales-volume-5-unabridged/id1277169221

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/d/Books/Tobys-Special-School-5-Tales-Victoria-Zigler/1512359335/

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/d/Books/Tobys-Special-School-5-Tales-Victoria-Zigler/1512359335/

Amazon Canada: https://www.amazon.ca/d/Books/Tobys-Special-School-5-Tales-Victoria-Zigler/1512359335/

Book Depository: https://www.bookdepository.com/Tobys-Special-School-Victoria-Zigler/9781512359336

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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