Monday, September 23, 2013

The Leaf Monster And Other Children's Poems

"The Leaf Monster And Other Children's Poems" is a random collection of poems of different lengths and styles, all of which are written with children in mind. Themes include family, animals, and special occasions (among others).

It's also my most recent book, which is officially released today.

The book's ISBN is 9781301265008.

It's now available to buy via Smashwords in all formats they offer, and if it isn't already available from other retailers (such as Apple, Barnes And Noble, Blio, Diesel, Kobo, Sony, and WH Smith) it soon will be!

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Adopted Luna

We adopted a female degu today.

Her name is Luna and she will be 2 on October 1st 2013.

I found out about her through a page I found about degus on Facebook and offered her a home.

At first they declined my offer due to how far she had to travel to get here, but they can't find a better home so Luna made the long journey. She didn't cope too well with it, but she's calming down slowly.

I've now got her previous owners on Facebook so they can keep up with Luna related updates.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Third quarterly reading challenge 2013

The "third quarterly" challenge on on of the groups I'm on over at Goodreads was to read books for the letters of certain words. The challenge was from July 1st 2013 to September 30th 2013, but I've finished already, so here's my list:

Birthday month (completed on September 1st 2013):
N – Nimbus by David James Morton ~ read on September 1st 2013.
O – Outcast Of Redwall (Redwall, #8) by Brian Jacques ~ read on July 28th 2013.
V - Velveteen by Saul Tanpepper ~ read on August 31st 2013.
E - Enter The Wolf (Tales Of The Wolf, #2) by A.E. McCullough ~ read on July 4th 2013.
M – Mossflower (Redwall, #2) by Brian Jacques ~ read on July 17th 2013.
B – The Bellmaker (Redwall, #7) by Brian Jacques ~ read on July 26th 2013.
E – Eulalia! (Redwall, #19) by Brian Jacques ~ read on August 27th 2013.
R – Redwall (Redwall, #1) by Brian Jacques ~ read on July 13th 2013.

Birthstone (completed on September 2nd 2013):
T – Theresa’s Tale: Forbidden Love (Time Tells Tales, #3) by Stephanie Fletcher ~ read on July 8th 2013.
O – Outcast Of Redwall (Redwall, #8) by Brian Jacques ~ read on July 28th 2013.
P – The Pearls Of Lutra (Redwall, #9) by Brian Jacques ~ read on July 29th 2013.
A - The Adventures Of Ulvik The Troll by Bark Mason ~ read on July 5th 2013.
Z - Zachary Zombie And The Wicked Worm by John H. Carroll ~ read on September 2nd 2013.

Sign (completed on September 12th 2013):
S - Salamandastron (Redwall, #5) by Brian Jacques ~ read on July 23rd 2013.
C - Children Of The Apocalypse (Mace Of The Apocalypse, #3) by Daniel J. Williams ~ read on August 30th 2013.
O – Outcast Of Redwall (Redwall, #8) by Brian Jacques ~ read on July 28th 2013.
R – Redwall (Redwall, #1) by Brian Jacques ~ read on July 13th 2013.
P – The Pearls Of Lutra (Redwall, #9) by Brian Jacques ~ read on July 29th 2013.
I - Inside Evil (Inside Evil, #1) by Geoffrey Wakeling ~ read on September 12th 2013.
O - One Night In Nocturnia by Mary E. Lowd ~ read on September 2nd 2013.

Chinese zodiac sign (Completed on July 13th 2013):
R – Redwall (Redwall, #1) by Brian Jacques ~ read on July 13th 2013.
A - The Adventures Of Ulvik The Troll by Bark Mason ~ read on July 5th 2013.
T – Theresa’s Tale: Forbidden Love (Time Tells Tales, #3) by Stephanie Fletcher ~ read on July 8th 2013.

Favourite flower (completed on July 28th 2013):
R – Redwall (Redwall, #1) by Brian Jacques ~ read on July 13th 2013.
O – Outcast Of Redwall (Redwall, #8) by Brian Jacques ~ read on July 28th 2013.
S - Salamandastron (Redwall, #5) by Brian Jacques ~ read on July 23rd 2013.
E - Enter The Wolf (Tales Of The Wolf, #2) by A.E. McCullough ~ read on July 4th 2013.

Country I'd like to visit (completed on September 6th 2013):
F - The Four Wotsits Of The Doodad by Shaun Allan ~ read on September 6th 2013.
R – Redwall (Redwall, #1) by Brian Jacques ~ read on July 13th 2013.
A - The Adventures Of Ulvik The Troll by Bark Mason ~ read on July 5th 2013.
N – Nimbus by David James Morton ~ read on September 1st 2013.
C - Children Of The Apocalypse (Mace Of The Apocalypse, #3) by Daniel J. Williams ~ read on August 30th 2013.
E - Enter The Wolf (Tales Of The Wolf, #2) by A.E. McCullough ~ read on July 4th 2013.

Favourite food (completed on September 5th 2013):
C - Children Of The Apocalypse (Mace Of The Apocalypse, #3) by Daniel J. Williams ~ read on August 30th 2013.
H – High Rhulain (Redwall, #18) by Brian Jacques ~ read on August 23rd 2013.
O – Outcast Of Redwall (Redwall, #8) by Brian Jacques ~ read on July 28th 2013.
C - The Casual Vacancy by J. K. Rowling ~ read on September 5th 2013.
O - One Night In Nocturnia by Mary E. Lowd ~ read on September 2nd 2013.
L – The Long Patrol (Redwall, #10) by Brian Jacques ~ read on July 30th 2013.
A - The Adventures Of Ulvik The Troll by Bark Mason ~ read on July 5th 2013.
T – Theresa’s Tale: Forbidden Love (Time Tells Tales, #3) by Stephanie Fletcher ~ read on July 8th 2013.
E - Enter The Wolf (Tales Of The Wolf, #2) by A.E. McCullough ~ read on July 4th 2013.

Word that describes me (completed on September 12th 2013):
T – Theresa’s Tale: Forbidden Love (Time Tells Tales, #3) by Stephanie Fletcher ~ read on July 8th 2013.
A - The Adventures Of Ulvik The Troll by Bark Mason ~ read on July 5th 2013.
L – The Long Patrol (Redwall, #10) by Brian Jacques ~ read on July 30th 2013.
K – Keldane The Cursed by Jeffrey Hollar ~ read on September 8th 2013.
A – A Girl’s Guide To Demon Hunting by Emily Miles ~ Read on July 7th 2013.
T – Taggerung (Redwall, #14) by Brian Jacques ~ read on August 8th 2013.
I - Inside Evil (Inside Evil, #1) by Geoffrey Wakeling ~ read on September 12th 2013.
V - Velveteen by Saul Tanpepper ~ read on August 31st 2013.
E - Enter The Wolf (Tales Of The Wolf, #2) by A.E. McCullough ~ read on July 4th 2013.

Monday, September 09, 2013

Degu buddies' half birthday

Jacob, Jasper, Jenks and Joshua are six months old today!

Seems like only yesterday we got them, but we've had them about three months already!

How time flies!

Happy half birthday little degu buddies!

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Jayde and Lucy turn eight

Jayde Bramblerose and Lucy Blackthorn are eight years old today!

How did that happen?

Where has the time gone?

Seems like only yesterday they were little puppies... Still hurts that I had to give them up, even though I know my Grandma and Helen and Tom love them dearly and do their very best to look after them in the way they deserve.

Well, anyway, happy birthday Jayde Bramblerose and Lucy Blackthorn!

Monday, September 02, 2013

Snowball The Oddball Kobold

"Snowball is a white kobold; something so rare that the other kobolds in his tribe won’t accept him as a proper kobold. In fact, they delight in making poor Snowball’s life miserable. But Snowball is determined that some day he’ll show them that there’s nothing wrong with being a white kobold.

One day, in Snowball’s tenth Winter, something strange comes to the mountains where Snowball and his tribe live. The kobolds want to know what it is, but with their red-brown colour they’ll be spotted much too easily in the snow. Only Snowball, with his white colouring, has a chance of investigating without being spotted. Could this be Snowball’s chance to prove he’s a useful member of his tribe and finally be accepted as a proper kobold?"

This is my latest book, and today is the official release date for it. The ISBN is 9781301855421.

It's now available to buy via Smashwords in all formats they offer, and if it isn't already available from other retailers (such as Apple, Barnes And Noble, Blio, Diesel, Kobo, Sony, and WH Smith) it soon will be!