Friday, May 30, 2014

BIG FUNDRAISER FOR BORN FREE'S BIG CAT NAP WEEK 2014 - Help Cecilia Spark Raise Funds!



Cecilia Spark supports animal protection and conservation and is a massive fan of elephants, lions and tigers, to name but a few! She wanted to do something for charity and had a wee chat with Ngaire. Cecilia Spark came up with a fantastalistic idea.

Here is what she suggested:

All profits 
from the sale of my children's books
 bought during the month of 
June 2014
will be 
donated to the 
Born Free Foundation 
in support of their 
2014 BIG CAT NAP Campaign. 


The following books qualify:

The Adventures of Cecilia Spark: Brimstone Forest
The Adventures of Cecilia Spark: the Mystical Mountains of Terra
The Adventures of Cecilia Spark: Dragon's Star
My Nature Friends



All sales count - ebook, audiobook or paperback.
Did you know:

There are probably less than 30,000 lions left in the wild, chiefly threatened by human-lion conflict and ineffective wildlife management. The situation is particularly serious in West and Central Africa, where the unique regional sub-species is vanishing. Dr Hans Bauer, a lion biologist working for WildCRU at the University of Oxford, supported by Born Free, is working with governments in the region to protect these highly endangered lion populations.


Born Free Foundation
How your money could help:
  • £5 could buy a vitamin boost for a rescued lion
  • £7 could fund a tiger protection officer for a day
  • £10 could feed a rescued cheetah cub for two days
  • £25 could buy binoculars to help a warden protect wild tigers
  • £40 could buy a rescued lion’s food for a week

A message from Born Free about the Big Cat Nap:
"The Big Cat Nap is an awareness and fundraising week for our work with big cats, those that are in danger in the wild plus those that need to be rescued and given a lifetime of care."

Why not take a photo of yourself reading one of Cecilia Spark's books and share it with us and your family and friends on FacebookTwitter and Instagram using the #BigCatNap hashtag?  We will select our favourite one to use to promote next year’s Big Cat Nap!
Sign Up @ Born Free


MAKE A DIFFERENCE TODAY,
 BUY A BOOK - THE PROFITS WILL HELP 
 SAVE A LION, CHEETAH OR TIGER!


LINKS FOR PURCHASING Ngaire Elders' children's books:


AMAZON UK LINK
AUDIBLE LINK
AMAZON US LINK
iTUNES LINK

If you want to find out more about Born Free's fantastic conservation work visit their website.
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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Sherrill Willis Wow's Wednesday with Ruby Lake!

Wednesday is a day of Wow so here is Sherrill Willis' Ruby Lake


Sydney Myers has been through several failed relationships in the past year, in addition to several other trauma's, and is now giving up on finding her knight in dented armor. When her boss sends her to Ruby Lake, a small, rural town in northern Wisconsin, the last thing she was looking for was love at first sight, not to mention a place in the world where she finally fits. Add in her city-savvy best friend, a jealous ex-girlfriend, a famous father, and a coffee shop full of off-the wall characters, and it becomes more challenging for Sydney to manage than a spinning plate competition. 

When disaster strikes close to home, Sydney is left with the unbearable choice of her family, or the life she has always dreamed of. Come with Sydney on her journey and laugh, cry and rediscover why some choices are not really choices at all, they are simply fate.

Excerpt 

  “Really? What were you doing about twenty minutes ago? And don’t tell me you were thinking, I know what your ‘thinking’ face is. Besides, we’re leaving Saturday, and we are staying at the hotel until then so it’s not like I am going to get a chance at him anyway. I was just commenting on how cute he is.” Illana folded her arms over her chest and stuck her chin out at Sydney. “At least I’m honest about it, unlike some people.”
  “What do you want me to say?” Sydney threw her arms up in frustration. “Yes, I think Zeke is hot, like burn-me-at-the-stake kind of hot. The man brought me a perfect cup of coffee while I was sleeping. Who does that? I almost spilled my coffee this afternoon when Betty told me he called her to find out how I like my coffee. So, yeah, I want him. How could I not? I mean, the only thing that would make him sexier is a gold-hoop earring! My heart does jumping jacks whenever he walks into the room,” At Illana’s wide-eyed look, Sydney said, “and he’s standing right behind me, isn’t he?”

  “Yeah, but don’t stop now, especially if you’re going to do jumping jacks,” Zeke said, leaning against the door jam and wearing a very satisfied grin."


Bio
 I am the Author of Ruby Lake, A Wedding in Ruby Lake and Stay a While in Ruby Lake. I started reading when I was 3 and my parents encouraged me to start writing soon after. I wrote my first poem at age 5 (about a tree I believe) and this has been my passion for my entire life. Writing is what keeps me sane, and hopefully, connects me to others. I've always felt we are all connected, whether through experiences, blood or community. With my writing, my ultimate hope is to transcend barriers and reach out to those I might otherwise never meet (being able to afford all the cheese I want is on my list of wants as well). 

I'm always writing in my head, and there are days I don't get a word done on the manuscript, and other days it just flows like a winding river, picking up it's own pace as I keep writing. No matter what your passion is - do it. Don't listen to the critics, the naysayers - believe in yourself despite what others say you can't do. Truly, the best revenge isn't just living well, sometimes it's also being able to smile triumphantly at those who tried to hold you back. 

Dream Cast

Sydney Myers (Greyson) – Jennifer Lawrence – she’s adorable, and so is Syd – she would pull off the clutzy but loveable character to a T!


Zeke Greyson – Chris Hemsworth – because I’m a dreamer and want to hear him say “I’m so glad I get to keep her.”
Illana Garet (Greyson) – oh man…Selma Hyek – a younger version with less accent – but would love to hear her say: “I never date men prettier than I am.”




Alex Greyson – Bradley Cooper – but he’d have to dye his hair brown – oh but those eyes are ALL Alex!



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Monday, May 26, 2014

Chocolate and Books Blog Hop Challenge

Gosh, I hate to be left out so when I saw that Mark Barry, (Wiz Green) Terry Tyler, Tara Ford and Ngaire Elder were blogging about two of the most divine subjects, chocolate and books I wanted in. Why wait for an invite? Right.


My chocolate confessional starts when I was a chubby little girl back in the seventies. It was then that my mom introduced me to See’s candy. From then on I was hooked and to this day I don’t know a better chocolate on this planet. Well, let’s just say the place gives me warm fuzzes all over. 

I remember a year on Valentine’s day being in line at See’s (there was always a line, darn it) and who do we bump into? My dad! Better late than never. The line was out the door but we didn’t care. I knew I had a half pounder coming my way.


Being a chubby kid was horrible. I didn't fit in with the perfect girls in my class who looked at me with such pity. These girls were mean and stuck up and the guys were not much better.

It was when I discovered Judy Blume’s books that I felt understood. There was an instant connection when I read her stories of misfits and outsiders. It was through reading her books that I started to feel okay about myself.



Later on my mom sent me to fat camp (actually it was Weight Watchers camp) and that turned me around. I learned how to make good food choices but I could still have chocolate as long as I ate it sparingly. And that is what I did. Knowing how expensive that camp was, I wasn’t about to gain an ounce and I never did. After that my weight problem resolved but the feeling of being an outcast never went away.


I read stories that I could relate to like A tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith (hence the name Brooklyn who is the main character in my series, Brooklyn and Bo Chronicles) Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger and The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath. I loved messed up characters with problems worse than mine. Relatable and I relished in them. To this day, coming-of-age stories always fasinates me. Always wanting to understand what it is that makes growing up so difficult.



Even though I never gained my weight back I have continued to have a chocolate obsession. Nothing has changed.

While I was in my early twenties I worked in a Beverly Hills restaurant called RJ’s. Besides the mile high chocolate cake that came with dark cappuccino ice cream and thick hot fudge splattered all over the top, my big compulsion was the chocolate chips that they served with the coffee. During every shift I had to talk myself out of sinking my hands into the chip jar. Most of the time my battle was lost and I would eat the chocolates, one by one throughout the night. Co-workers all knew I had a problem and would often warn me to stay away but I just couldn’t. Once I had that first bite, that first taste of the rich and creamy chocolate in my mouth, I knew I was a goner. No self-control. I would hate myself at the end of the night but the damage had already been done.

These days chocolate gets me through my highs and lows. It is alluring and comforting. There is nothing better than the love of a good man or dog, a good book and a hand full of Reese's  miniatures. Want some?

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Friday, May 23, 2014

Rex's first interview for Ty the Bull with Donna Huber, Girl Who Reads!

A Conversation with Brenda Perlin and Rex Baughman


Two of the authors of Ty the Bull recently chatted about the book and the important message contained within its pages:

Everything seemed to fall apart for Ty when his parents got a divorce. At his wits end after being bullied endlessly, he started to ditch school. It wasn't until he met up with a skater named Peacock that things somehow turned around and he put the pieces of his life back together.

Brenda Perlin, author of the Brooklyn and Bo Chronicles, and Kim Mutch Emerson, publisher at Master Koda Select Publishing, teamed up with 11 year old Rex Baughman to tell an illustrated story based on the real life of an average 10 year old kid. Here is the transcript of a recent conversation Brenda and Rex had about bullying, writing a book and more.

Brenda:   Why do you think kids bully other kids?

Rex:   Because.they are mad at themselves and they are not feeling good and they want everybody else to feel the same way they do?Brenda   That is such a really good answer! I wouldn’t have thought of all that. So you think they have low-self-esteem?

Ty the BullRex:   Yeah

Brenda:   What are some of the things kids have bullied you about?

Rex:   Like your fat and your stupid.

Brenda:   But you are not fat you are not stupid.

Rex:   I know. But I don’t know why.

Brenda:   You have said people even pick on your name.

Rex:   I know. It doesn’t make any sense.

Brenda:   Why do you think a story about bullies is important?

Rex:   To make others feel like that they shouldn’t care about what other people say or think. Just move on and don’t think about it. Just ignore it.

Brenda:   What has helped you the most against bullies? I mean have you even been able to just ignore them?

Rex:  Usually, just say like what’s you're problem and they usually get stuck and move.

Brenda:    That is great.

Rex:   Yes, I just try to ignore them.

Brenda:   That’s even better.

Rex:   Yeah, I think so.

Brenda:   What is helping you the most dealing with your parents divorce?

Rex:   Probably not think about it.

Brenda:   It’s not getting easier for you?

Rex:   Not that easy.

Brenda:   You are not alone . It’s a hard topic.

Rex:   I know.

Brenda:   What makes you feel better about yourself?

Rex:   Ummm… I really don’t know.

Brenda:   Yes, you do! Rex!

Rex:   Oh yeah, when I do good in school or when I do good art work or learn a new trick on the trampoline.

Brenda:   That’s a good feeling.

Rex:   Yeah.

Brenda:   We used your artwork for the book. Do you think your work has recently improved? If so, why and how?


Rex:   Oh yeah, for sure. I have. Probably because I have been putting more time into it and more thought. And putting more details.

Brenda:   You have a natural talent but of course you have to nurture it.

Rex:  Yes, I have to be careful how I put the marks on them. It’s better when I take my time.

Brenda:  Let’s change the subject, what’s your favorite subject in school?

Rex:   History. Actually.

Brenda:   Really, how come?

Rex:   Well, I have three. History, writing and math. History because it is a pretty easy subject for me. I have a good memory so I can remember all the things I have to study for.

Brenda:   That is good. It’s not because it is interesting?

Rex:   I like writing too because you get to make up stories and math because you get to solve equations. History is probably my favorite though.

Brenda:   What do you want to do when you grow up?

Rex:   I would have to say an owner of a company that I made and designed.

Brenda:   That was fast! You are such an individual! I love that. I think you’re big on being your own person Rex!

Brenda:   How does it feel to have your name on the cover of a published book?

Rex:   I feel FAMOUS! I feel serious in the business word.

Brenda:   That is wonderful. You are making something of yourself.

Rex:   Yeah!


Thank you Donna for the beautiful page!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Star: The Story of One Duck's Rise to Fame by Sue Hayman is now on Amazon.com!


I have a feel good story to share with you today, Star The Story of One Duck's Rise to Fame. I was fortunate enough to get an advanced copy and this book really touched me. This is a heart warming true-life story which highlights Star, a special duck,her dad Barrie and his wife Sue. 
Star and Barrie areSoul mates in their own right. 


I love how Barrie and Sue share the giving spirit by their ongoing charitable acts. There should be more people in the world like these two special people.


Description
This true story follows the life of an Indian Runner duck called Star, who decided from the beginning that he preferred humans to ducks. 
Although happily married to someone half his age, Barrie was struggling to enjoy life. He was now officially retired and was sinking into a depression, missing his adventures as an actor and scuba instructor, along with suffering from poor health. An immediate and unusual bond of kindred spirits developed when Star came into his life. Recognising Star was different, the two of them embarked on an incredible journey. They became inseparable and went everywhere together, becoming celebrities with an international following. Wanting to make the best use of the celebrity status, Barrie and Star dedicated themselves to the Children's Hospice South West. Not only did they go and visit the poorly children, they also went out busking on the street, raising thousands of pounds for the charity. We see how they honed their double act, entertaining and warming the hearts of all those who met them. 

Told by Star's mum, this is a funny and heart-warming tale of one man and his duck, but with the darker side of every day life threatening to stop them both in their tracks. 



My Review
"Star: The Story of One Ducks Rise to Fame" by Sue Hayman is an adorable story about a special "Indian Runner" duck named Star whose personality matches its name.

I loved learning about Star and all the other precious animals and how much love went into raising them. What a sweet story. I fell in love with the Hayman family. No matter how quirky they could appear they evoked everything good.

Who would think a duck would catch so much attention but this was not just any duck. This was Star Hayman, or more accurately a "Hollywood duck" and what a duck he is. It must have been so uplifting for people to get to see something positive in the news for a change. This upbeat story is one with heart and compassion. 

Reading about all the exciting things that took place was so amusing and entertaining. Will have to go on Facebook and YouTube (starduckonline) and have a look for myself. Of course, if not for Barrie and the affection that Star had for him none of this would be possible. Barrie being a natural comedian had all audiences in stitches. Even his wife Sue found him surprisingly funny, though at times she feared what would come out of his mouth next.

This story is about people and humanity. There is more to this duck than meets the eye and I feel fortunate to have had the pleasure of being introduced to this beautiful animal and these extremely giving people. More than anything, this real-life tale has heart and soul. This story also brings to light the importance of Children's Hospice and charitable acts in general.

In many ways this is a story of survival. Beautifully told and filled with grace.

Do you believe in destiny? I believe I do.

Quote:

"After a very long wait, the first one finally hatched. The little duckling appeared, and to our surprise looked like a miniature dinosaur: something straight out of Jurassic Park, and very gangly. How had it once fit into the egg now that it had unravelled itself? At first it just lay there, probably completely exhausted from the exertion of getting out of the egg, but then it popped its head up, gingerly stood, and moved away from its egg. When to intervene? Could we go in and get it yet or should we wait? We had no idea what to do." 



Bio
Born and raised in Chatham, Kent, Sue then went to university in London where she completed a degree in Leisure Management, including a gap year spent working in the Canadian Rockies. After working in London for a few years, she went backpacking in New Zealand and Australia. It was during her time working in Melbourne she met her husband Barrie and they returned to the UK together. After a few years living in Kent, they eventually moved and settled in Devon where they have lived for over10 years. Sue and Barrie don't have children together, choosing animals instead. They currently have 2 dogs, Drake and Meggie, and their famous duck, Star. 

The writing of “Star: The Story of One Duck's Rise to Fame” was a real surprise to Sue, who up until that point, had never thought of becoming an author. However, the incredible events taking place with Barrie and Star gave plenty of content where a story was just asking to be told.




Friday, May 16, 2014

Jeremy Breitenbach, author of the upcoming release "The Gateway"

I have the pleasure of having  advocate, now author, Jeremy Breitenbach on my blog today. 
He has overcome several struggles including a premature birth from which he was not expected to survive, to being legally blind and living with Cerebral Palsy.

I have so much respect for Jeremy's perseverance and strength of spirit. He should be celebrated for his contributions. 

His first book, "The Gateway" introduces readers to Chicago, IL in 2059, and Dr. Richard Caulman, a physicist who aims to revolutionize transportation. Instead his creation leads to an alien invasion which puts the entire world in danger. See how the story unfolds as Author Jeremy Breitenbach gives you, "The Gateway”.


How about a few questions? I can't resist a little Q & A!


What kinds of books do you like to read?

I like the horror genre; Stephen King is my favorite author and inspiration. Started writing at age 15 for fun initially but loved it and kept doing it, and over the years I've grown considerably as an author.


What are you working on now Jeremy?

My work in progress is Lost in Wisconsin (my fourth children's book; I plan on getting this and all 4 other books I've written published - not including The Gateway as 1 of the 4 since that's being published).

I am so impressed! Can't wait to dive into your books. Where were you born?

I was born in Cincinnati, OH where I still live.

What are your favorite books?

My favorite books are IT, Cell, 11/22/63, Cujo, and Carrie by Stephen King because they were very immersive and entertaining.

Who is your favorite celebrity?

My favorite celebrity is country music artist Collin Raye.



Thank you for visiting today. Wishing you the very best with your publishing ventures. It has been such a pleasure to meet you.

Links


Jeremy’s listing on Broken Bars Publishing's website

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Wowing this Wednesday with Author Vickie Johnstone!


It is my pleasure to have Vickie Johnstone on my blog today. I call her my "It Girl" because she has it going on! She has self-published 14 books, ranging from kids’ stories about cats and pizza zombies to adult horror (zombies again), YA fantasy and a comedy starring a swearing dog. But it all began with a little cat called Kiwi who inspired a whole furry series. Vickie’s first book, Kiwi in Cat City, was written in 2002, but no one read it until she discovered self-publishing in 2011. Since then she has written 12 books and published a collection of very old poetry. She is currently finishing book 2 in her adult zombie series, I Dream of Zombies.

GIVEAWAY - If you would like to receive a free ebook of Kiwi in Cat City, just tell me in the comments why you’d like to read it. Everyone will receive a copy and the best comment will get an additional surprise from Vickie.

About the Kiwi Series (6 books)

The adventures of a magical cat and her friends (for readers aged 9-14 and adults too). Have you ever wished your cat could talk or wondered where he/she goes when you are not around? Kiwi in Cat City is the first book in the Kiwi Series, of which there are six fun adventures so far. Kiwi seems like a typical moggie, content to nap in the sun, but she has a secret – she is a magical cat from a place called Cat City. With her two humans, James and Amy, Kiwi finds mysteries and adventures, dealing with catnappings, jewel thieves, giant mice, time travel, haunted houses, Father Christmas, pyramids and more. The fun stories contain positive messages about loyalty, friendship, honesty, bullying and the power of standing together. The books contain illustrations by the super talented Nikki McBroom.

Excerpt from Kiwi in Cat City (copyright Vickie Johnstone)

“What’s the plan?” asked Amy.
“I think we’ll start by going over the same ground as last night and see where that takes us,” said Kiwi.
“Back to the alleyway,” gulped James. “Isn’t that dangerous?”
“We haven’t got that bungling idiot Paws with us,” said Kiwi, “so that should help us a lot. If we run into any trouble, I can give the inspector a buzz on my catpad.”
The kittens looked at each other and shrugged.
Amy decided to pretend she was a heroine like Catwoman, and James imagined he was James Bond. Yeah, now what would he do? He’d never be scared.
An hour later, the three cats were back at the scene of the last night’s shenanigans.
“Yesterday Amy suggested that there might be another way out,” said Kiwi. “That got me thinking that there could be something in that. Let’s check the place where we came out.”
“But how will we find it in the dark?” asked James.
“We can use another sense that is stronger in cats – smell!” said Kiwi, wiggling her nose. “As cats, you might have noticed that your sense of smell has improved quite a bit.”
This was true. Amy had noticed that her brother was much smellier than normal, and not because he had forgotten to change his socks for a couple of days. Cats don’t wear socks anyway. He had to take them off, even when he got cold, because he just looked too weird. Have you ever seen a cat wearing socks? Nope, neither have I. 
The kittens followed as Kiwi pursued an invisible trail of scent from the alleyway, round the side of the building, behind some trees and up to a small cat-flap at the base of a high, stone wall.
“Here we are,” grinned Kiwi. “This appears to be the exit from our speedy little ride last night. What do you two budding detectives think we should do next?”
“Have a look inside,” they said shyly.
“Ok,” said Kiwi, pushing at the flap with her nose. It wouldn’t push inwards, so she hooked a claw underneath the bottom of the metal flap and pulled it outwards, wriggling her head underneath and into the gap beyond. A rush of cold air blew back her whiskers. The two kittens crawled under her belly. Inside, a long, smooth chute wound its way upwards as far as they could see, higher and higher. The gap between the two edges of the chute was about the same size as a cat’s body.
The two kittens looked at Kiwi.
On her face was a big smile. They knew what she was thinking. Oh no!
“Okay guys, we’re going up!”
“What?” they cried. “How?” They stared up the slippery chute, which wound its way up into darkness. Gulp.
“Where’s your sense of adventure?” asked Kiwi. “You just need to hold on to my tail.”
“You’re crazy,” said Amy. 
“Yes, well, it has been mentioned…”
“What if we accidentally let go?” cried James.
“You’ll get a nice, long slide all the way down.”
Kiwi prepared herself for the climb by doing a few cat stretches; pointing her bum in the air, stretching her paws, craning her neck. Yes, fully prepared for action. She lay across the width of the chute and hooked her paws on either side, her claws gripping into the sides, with her belly suspended in the middle. A rush of cold air whizzed down, making her fur stand up on end. “Now, you two hold on to my tail and, whatever you do, don’t let go and don’t look down.”
The long climb began slowly, but Kiwi soon gathered momentum and the strange journey sped up. In the dark, they could feel a draught of cold air coming down from the top of the chute, passing under their bellies and making their fur stand on end. Nearer and nearer they moved to the top, higher and higher, Kiwi squinting in the dark. They were climbing the inside of a narrow, stone shaft, and the chute travelled straight down the middle of it like a curly straw.
Clinging to the walls were cobwebs, upon which tiny black spiders busily spun their little homes, and scurried back and forth. Higher and higher they went. Amy and James clung on tightly and were careful not to look down. Higher and higher. Then Kiwi stopped. To the right was a ledge that appeared to lead off to a doorway in the wall. 
“Take a look at that,” said Kiwi, breathing hard.
“Eh,” muttered Amy and James, who simultaneously looked down and then seriously regretted it. Ahhhhhh.
Suspended in the air by a furry tail.
Ahhhhhh.
“No, not there,” said Kiwi. “Look there! A door!” She gripped on tightly, as the kittens wiggled on her tail. She clenched her teeth.
Slowly, the kittens opened their eyes and peeked at the ledge. Great – solid ground! But there was a gap and a long, long way down! They gritted their teeth: “We’re not… are we?”
“Where’s your sense of adventure?” asked Kiwi.
Amy looked at James, who looked at Amy, who looked at James. They both sighed. When you’re suspended halfway up a stone shaft across a slippery chute, hanging on to someone else’s tail for your life, you’re not in a good position to argue.
“Let’s find out where that meow came from last night,” said Kiwi. “All you have to do is concentrate and remember that you are not human in this world. You’re cats, and cats are the best jumpers. Well, except for kangaroos. I think they’re the best. I met one once… well, I’m wandering off the point… to cut a long story short, I’m going to shimmy up this shaft until I’m level with this ledge, and then we are going to jump on it…”
“Bu-bu-but…” stammered the kittens.
“BOOOOO!”
“Ahhhhh!” they both jumped out of their skins… and, whoooosh, they flew through the air, glided and made a smooth landing on the ledge. “Wow, we did it,” they cheered, and did a little cat dance. Purr purr.

I Dream of Zombies
Quick excerpt...

A sickening sense of dread ravages him as fear drifts over the surface of his skin like fingers, icy cold and unrelenting. He turns again and sprints towards the exit, his pace becoming increasingly slower as if something is pushing him back. Yet still he finds himself in the exact same position, his feet rooted to the spot, his arms sweeping, useless. His hair blows in the breath that the creature now turns on him, sickening in its putrid scent of death and putrefaction. There is not a word he can think of to describe this thing in front of him. Fear creeps, regardless. Twisting, crawling, the maggots swarm across its bloodied face as it opens its mouth wider. Something rips. The yawn seems to swallow him whole into this darkness of despair as a jagged, ripping pain overwhelms him; the sharp teeth chafing, gnawing at his neck, seeking to pierce the jugular vein within. From far off in the distance comes the ripple of laughter.

3 Heads & a Tail
 Excerpt

There she goes... my doggy baby. She’s so fine, I wanna make her mine! That golden coat just gives me shivers. Oops, best not pull the lead. Ouch! Ben, you didn’t have to pull me back, you know. I’m not going anywhere. Yet! Just going to give you an evil stare now. Yeah, big evil stare. “Grrrr.” 

Oh, he didn’t get it. He’s patting my head. Jeez. “Voof, voof, voof!” Miss Golden Coat, please turn around, just once, please. Come on Miss Poochy, do an old dog a favour and turn your lovely golden head just a little, mmm. 

Oooh, Frisbee! Ben’s getting out the Frisbee! Great! Maybe I can do some really cool running and jumping, and show her how athletic and doggy manly I am. 

Click goes the lead. I’m free! Detached! Come on, Ben, hurry up, throw the damn Frisbee. Yikes! There it goes. I wasn’t quite prepared for that...  hmph... run ... come on legs... hffff hffff hfff... here goes – I’m jumping! Eeek! It’s quite high... higher than I thought! Is she looking? Looking? Ah, no... nooo! Where’s she going? Ack! Tree! Humpf!




Vickie lives in London, UK, and works as a layout sub editor on business magazines. Her first book, Kiwi in Cat City, was written in 2002 and self-published in 2011, and she has scribbled stories and poetry all her life. Vickie’s loves include cats, reading, films, travelling, rock music, Castle, The Walking Dead, tea, the sea, dancing like an eejit, sleeping and Milky Bar. 

Vickie has self-published the following 14 books: Kaleidoscope (poetry); Travelling Light (poetry); Life’s Rhythms (haiku); 3 Heads and a Tail (comedy romance with a dog, age 16 up); Kiwi in Cat City (magical cat series for middle grade readers); Kiwi and the Missing Magic; Kiwi and the Living Nightmare; Kiwi and the Serpent of the Isle; Kiwi in the Realm of Ra; Kiwi’s Christmas Tail; Day of the Living Pizza (comedy detective series for young teens), Day of the Pesky Shadow, The Sea Inside (teen/YA fantasy) and I Dream of Zombies (horror). The second book in the zombie series, Haven, is currently being edited and will be out soon. The Kiwi Series contains illustrations by the amazing Nikki McBroom.

Links

Twitter: @vickiejohnstone