Sunday, November 19, 2017

#KidLit #Books - The Kero's World Series By @VictoriaZigler Now In #Audio! Plus A #Giveaway!

Thanks to the narration skills of Giles Miller, my “Kero’s World” books are now in audio!

For those who don't know: The "Kero's World" stories are all about the adventures of my West Highland White Terrier, Kero, who made that journey across the rainbow bridge a little over three years ago. So, read his stories, and see the world from the point of view of a little white dog.

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Book 1 - Kero Goes Walkies

If there’s one thing Kero loves more than going for a walk, then it has to be going for a walk that takes him to more than one place. Today his walk will take him both to the park and to the beach. What will he find there? Who will he see? And what will a little dog like him think of it all?

Buy "Kero Goes Walkies" as an audiobook, eBook, or paperback - in some cases two or more of these formats - from iTunes, Audible, Smashwords, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Chapters-Indigo, iBooks, Amazon UK, Amazon US, Amazon Canada, or The Book Depository.

The book also has a page on Goodreads.

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Book 2 - Kero Celebrates His Birthday

It’s Kero’s birthday, and his humans are doing everything they can to make it a special day for him. What will Kero think of all the fuss and attention? And what exactly makes a birthday special for a dog anyway?

Buy "Kero Celebrates His Birthday" as an audiobook, eBook, or paperback - in some cases two or more of these formats - from iTunes, Audible, Smashwords, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Chapters-Indigo, iBooks, Amazon UK, Amazon US, Amazon Canada, or The Book Depository.

The book also has a page on Goodreads.

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Book 3 - Kero Gets Sick

Kero isn’t feeling well at all, and that means only one thing: a trip to his least favourite place in the world... The vet! What will the vet do to make Kero feel better? And will Kero think it was worth the trip to the vet in the end?

Buy "Kero Gets Sick" as an audiobook, eBook, or paperback - in some cases two or more of these formats - from iTunes, Audible, Smashwords, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Chapters-Indigo, iBooks, Amazon UK, Amazon US, Amazon Canada, or The Book Depository.

The book also has a page on Goodreads.

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Book 4 - Kero Celebrates Halloween

Something strange is going on, and Kero doesn’t know if he’s more confused or frightened. All he knows for sure is that the humans are calling it Halloween. Will Kero be able to make sense of this Halloween thing? Or is it just too scary and confusing for a little dog to understand?

Buy "Kero Celebrates Halloween" as an audiobook, eBook, or paperback - in some cases two or more of these formats - from iTunes, Audible, Smashwords, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Chapters-Indigo, iBooks, Amazon UK, Amazon US, Amazon Canada, or The Book Depository.

The book also has a page on Goodreads.

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Book 5 - Kero Goes To Town

Kero’s very excited to find he’s going to town with his humans. He’s sure there must be loads of great things to do there, after all the humans go there all the time. But what kinds of things can a little dog do in town? And will it be as much fun as he thinks it will?

Buy "Kero Goes To Town" as an audiobook, eBook, or paperback - in some cases two or more of these formats - from iTunes, Audible, Smashwords, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Chapters-Indigo, iBooks, Amazon UK, Amazon US, Amazon Canada, or The Book Depository.

The book also has a page on Goodreads.

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Book 6 - Kero Celebrates Christmas

Christmas is here, and with it comes snow and Santa Paws - whoever he is. What will Kero think of the snow? Will he be able to make sense of all the holiday activity? And will he be able to stay up long enough to catch this mysterious Santa Paws?

Buy "Kero Celebrates Christmas" as an audiobook, eBook, or paperback - in some cases two or more of these formats - from iTunes, Audible, Smashwords, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Chapters-Indigo, iBooks, Amazon UK, Amazon US, Amazon Canada, or The Book Depository.

The book also has a page on Goodreads.

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Book 7 - Kero Crosses The Rainbow Bridge

Kero is sicker than he's ever been before, and has been for a while now. It looks like it's time for another trip to the vet. But this time Kero's human won't be bringing him home; it's time for Kero to cross the rainbow bridge! What does this mean? And what will Kero find on the other side of the rainbow bridge?

This is the final book in the "Kero's World" series, and tells the story of the saddest and very last chapter in the life of a beloved dog, as he goes to the place where all of us must go eventually.

Buy "Kero Crosses The Rainbow Bridge" as an audiobook, eBook, or paperback - in some cases two or more of these formats - from iTunes, Audible, Smashwords, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Chapters-Indigo, iBooks, Amazon UK, Amazon US, Amazon Canada, or The Book Depository.

The book also has a page on Goodreads.

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Want to get your hands on a free set of these books in audio? You're in luck, because I have some audible codes to give away for all seven books in the series.

Yes, I did say all seven books: each winner will get a complete set of audible audiobooks.

So, to get your hands on a set of Audible codes for these books, simply be one of the first 12 people to send me an eMail with the subject "Kero's World" to keroberous2004@gmail.com with the answer to the following question in it:

There are three terriers closely related to - and close in appearance to - the West Highland White Terrier. Can you name one of those breeds?

I have codes for both Audible.com and Audible.co.uk - please let me know in your eMail which you would prefer.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Eadweard - A Story Of 1066 Is Now In #Audio! #KidLit #History #BattleOfHastings #1066



It’s October 14th 1066, and King Harold’s Saxon army is about to go in to battle against Duke William’s invading Norman army. Among the ranks of the Saxons are two boys who shouldn’t be there: Eadweard, and his best friend, Cerdic.

Daydreams of becoming great war heroes had the boys convinced to disobey their Fathers and go to war, despite the possibility of punishment if they were caught. Now it’s time for the battle to begin, and Eadweard is starting to wish he’d stayed home after all. But it’s too late to turn back now, and Eadweard finds himself witnessing the events of the battle that would later be called The Battle Of Hastings, and learning how different from his imaginings the reality of war actually is.

*Note: This is a work of fiction, which is based on actual events. It tells the story of the battle between King Harold’s Saxon army and Duke William’s Norman army, which took place a short distance away from the town of Hastings on October 14th 1066, in a place now known simply as Battle. Though this is a children’s story, the recommended reading age for this book is eight years and over, since it is a story that takes place on a battlefield, and therefore contains scenes of violence that are not suitable for younger, or more sensitive, readers.

Previously published in October 2016 to mark the 950th anniversary of The Battle Of Hastings, my book "Eadweard - A Story Of 1066" is now also available in audio, read for you by Danny Letham.

Regardless of whether you'd prefer the new audio edition, or want to grab a copy as an eBook or paperback, here are the main places you can buy the book:

Audible, Smashwords, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Chapters-Indigo, iBooks, iTunes, Amazon UK, Amazon US, Amazon Canada, or The Book Depository.

You can also find the book listed on Goodreads.

Friday, November 17, 2017

#Furkid Friday: The Mummy Human Went Away! (FD)

Hi everyone. This is Maizie the chinchilla.

Guess what?

She left us!

The Mummy human... She went away and left us!

OK, so she left that Daddy human here to feed us, make sure we had water, and make sure our TV and light were working when they should be, so we were taken care of. But she left us!

It's supposed to be the Mummy human who feeds us - especially at breakfast time - and she wasn't here to do it. We don't know why, but she was gone for three breakfast times, and three dinner times! The Daddy human had to give us our nibbles. He was good about giving special nibbles like Shreddies as well as regular nibbles, but he's not the Mummy human, and we like her feeding us.

She even missed Saturday afternoon TV time, and we're right in the middle of catching up with episodes of NCIS. How can she miss NCIS time?

I suppose the good thing is, the little white Lilie dog was gone too, so those days were peaceful for us. But that's not the point. The point is that the Mummy human wasn't here.

She did come back though... Eventually.

I hope she doesn't plan to make a habit of disappearing like that, because I didn't like her going away like that, and neither did my chinchilla sister, Mollie, and our degu brother, Joshua.

Oh, and she brought the little white Lilie dog back with her as well. We wouldn't have minded too much if she hadn't done that, but I suppose we've got to put up with it if we want the Mummy human to be home with us where she belongs. Sometimes you have to take the good with the bad, I suppose.

Squeak soon,
Maizie

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

#Writing Wednesday - November 15th 2017

In case you missed my posts from Saturday and Sunday:

"Bluebell The Fairy Guide" is now available in audio, narrated by Jenny Bacon, with Beatrice Turner as the voice of Bluebell.

And...

"Ulrike's Christmas" is now available in audio, narrated by Jerry Fischer.

Both books can be purchased in audio via Audible, Amazon, and iTunes. For a list of links - including those for eBook and paperback versions, just in case you'd prefer those formats - click on the posts linked to above.

Audiobook production is coming along quite nicely. There have been a few production delays in some cases, but things are moving along nicely and 20 of my titles are now available in audio (12 of them you'll have already seen the announcement posts for if you're a regular reader of this blog). I'm working with Jerry and Jenny on a few of my other stand alone stories. I'm working with a couple of other narrators - Patricia DeBruhl and J D Kelly - on some of the other stand alone stories I have too. I'm also still working with Natalee Pfifer and Tiffany Marz on my Magical Chapters Trilogy and Zeena Dragon Fae series respectively. Giles Miller has completed work on my Kero's World books, so there will be some posts about those next week (those are seven of the books I have yet to post announcement posts for, despite them being available in audio already). Finally, I worked with a wonderful narrator by the name of Danny Letham to produce an audio version of "Eadweard - A Story Of 1066" over the past month or so, which is the other book I have yet to post an announcement for (I'm waiting for the iTunes link). Like I said, things are moving along quite nicely. 20 books down, 31 to go.

If you have books you want to produce in audio too, take a moment to read this post on working with a narrator.

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Regardless of the kind of thing you write - from blog posts to novels, and everything in between - check out this post on keeping the passion for writing going.

If your problem is that you're feeling uninspired, try these tips for when you're feeling uninspired. Of course, the one about writing down your ideas will only help you if you make a habit of doing it so there's a handy list for when you're struggling to find inspiration, but it's still a good idea. On that note, here are some ideas of how to collect writing ideas while you're procrastinating online. Remember though to beware of Procrastination: A Writer’s Kryptonite.

On the other hand, if it's the demon of self-doubt you're battling with, here's a post on fighting the demon of doubt, and a reminder to stop trying to come up with the most original story idea ever.

Oh, and if you're doing NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) and have fallen behind on your word count, here are some tips for getting word count when you've fallen behind. Most important though is to not panic. Don't let it stop you from continuing with NaNoWriMo and trying to get your 50,000 words written. I mean, it would be amazing if you manage it - I hope you do, in fact. But you deserve a pat on the back for trying in the first place, and any progress you make towards writing your novel is awesome. Just keep writing, be proud of however much you do achieve, and enjoy yourself.

Of course, if you want to do a writing challenge, it doesn't have to be something like NaNoWriMo. In fact, it doesn't even have to be one of the hundreds and hundreds of writing challenges you can find by browsing the internet. You can always invent a writing exercise that challenges you personally. Just a thought.

Anyway...

Many people say you should avoid overused expressions, but that's actually easier said than done. So, here's a short post with some examples of How to freshen up cliched expressions instead.

Also, here's an interesting post on How Being a Wallflower Improves Your Writing, or things to take note of during quiet moments when you can observe the people and things around you while out and about.

Here's how to determine if your novel needs a prologue. However, whether it does or not, check out this next post if you need some tips on how to start that first chapter.

Next, here are three keys to writing effective action scenes and eight things writers forget when writing fight scenes, just in case you have trouble with one - or both - of those things. I know I struggle with the latter; I'm personally not that good at writing fight scenes, so I'm glad to have those tips to bear in mind for the future.

Speaking of writing fight scenes, if you want your fantasy battles to be accurate, this post will help you out with what most new fantasy writers get wrong about weapons and armour. Something that's especially important if you're writing in a medieval setting, or other actual historical period.

On the other hand, if you have either science or magic in your story, you might want to take a look at this post on how science and magic are two sides of the same coin, and bear in mind that magic needs some rules - even if they aren't explained in your story - and science doesn't have to be explained in great detail (not that there's anything wrong with explaining your science in your science-fiction, since some people - myself included - do enjoy some evidence of scientific research, you just don't need to explain every single aspect in perfect detail).

Regardless of the elements in your story, these things causing a sagging middle could help you if the middle of your story has fallen a bit flat.

Last, but certainly not least, always remember that all writing counts, and you are a writer - as long as you write.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Of Caravans And Things (FD) (Kinda R/WP)



The only thing I did for Halloween this year was eat pasta with pumpkin sage sauce and cheese, follow it up with some lemon cheesecake, and eat some chocolate. I had planned to do more, but everything else that's been going on, combined with a caravan holiday that was planned for the weekend after, meant I abandoned the other plans. I didn't even bother with pumpkin carving this year (the pumpkin for my pumpkin sage sauce came from a can).

The caravan holiday took place from November 3rd to November 6th. The caravan site had fireworks every night that weekend to celebrate the fact it was Bonfire Night on November 5th. The photo at the top of this post was taken on the first night. We didn't take any other photos of the fireworks, since the only cameras we had with us were the ones on our phones. "We" meant me, my Mam, and Lilie. Lilie wasn't the least bit bothered by the fireworks, by the way, and actually sat and watched them quite happily. Well, until she got bored and fell asleep.

Mam's new puppy, Alexis-Hope, was supposed to be there too, but Mam decided to leave her with a friend due to concerns about how such a young puppy would behave in a caravan (Lexi would have only just turned four months old at the time). We were a bit concerned about seven month old Lilie as it was, but she behaved a lot better than expected.

We had some fun times over that weekend, but we won't be repeating the experience. At least, not at that particular caravan park.

Things were set out in such a confusing manner that every time we left the caravan it took us an hour to find it again (bearing in mind it had taken us about an hour to find it in the first place, even with help from someone who lived on site). So after a couple of times we tried to avoid going out of sight of the caravan, and the one time we had to Lilie and I stayed near the caravan while my Mam went wherever it was - to find food, if you really want to know - so Lilie and I could act as a landmark for Mam to find the caravan again. It helped, but still took ages for her to find her way back.

Finding food in itself was a chore, since the only food options on the site for anyone who didn't want fish or sausages was plain chips or to pick up stuff from their little convenience store (where it cost more for bread and milk than I'd usually spend on enough food to feed me all week). A huge problem for someone like me who happens to be a vegetarian. Apparently they had a vegetarian sausage, but we were suspicious of it so weren't going to risk eating it (Mam couldn't see any difference between it and the regular sausage). We took the option of just chips and the very expensive bread and milk on the first night, since it took us long enough to find those things, but the following day Mam left me and Lilie at the caravan and went to find a grocery store to fetch us things to eat for the rest of the weekend.

There was apparently a nice place to walk that led to the sandy beach near the site. We'd planned to take Lilie to it. The beach near us is the kind with shingles rather than sand, so we thought we'd let her see some actual sand. But we didn't end up going, since we were too scared to leave the caravan and not be able to find it again. Her walks mostly involved her getting exercise on her extending lead while one of us held it outside the caravan. We felt a bit bad about it, but - as I said - were too scared to go away from the caravan, for fear we wouldn't find our way back. It was something that made us glad Lexi didn't come after all, since at least Lilie was a small enough dog that she was happy with us just doing that. Lexi is a larger breed, and I doubt she'd have been so easily satisfied.

Also, it was a cold weekend, and the heating system in the caravan was unreliable. When we got there it was way too hot, afterwards we struggled to keep warm even with the gas fire on.

The morning we left was a very frosty one. The temperature was around freezing, and there was a thick layer of frost on the ground. It was Lilie's first time seeing frost like that. She wasn't all that impressed. She stopped to sniff at it a bit, but mostly she seemed more interested in getting to the car to go home.
I think she'd had enough of the caravan holiday by then too. I know Mam and I were glad to be going home.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Some #MondayMotivation

"Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence."
~Helen Keller

"With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts."
~Eleanor Roosevelt

"Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time."
~Thomas A. Edison

"Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground."
~Theodore Roosevelt

"If you can dream it, you can do it."
~Walt Disney

And remember: every blogger matters!

Sunday, November 12, 2017

#KidLit #Holiday #Book - Ulrike's Christmas Now in #Audio! #Christmas #WinterSolstice #LegendsAndFolklore


Ulrike knows all about the Winter Solstice celebrations of the giants, being one himself. But what he doesn't know is why the humans cut down whole trees, only to take them home to decorate. Other giants tell him to forget about it, but Ulrike is curious; he needs to know why they do it.

Finally, when he's puzzled over it so much his head is sore from all the thinking, he decides that this is the year he'll figure it out, and risks a return trip to the home of the last family he watched to look for clues, despite almost being spotted last time he was there.

That's how he meets Billy, a friendly little boy who loves stories, and is happy to tell Ulrike all about tree decorating, and Santa Claus, along with a couple of stories he knows about them. Stories which Ulrike loves, and which inspire him to add some of what Billy says are Christmas celebrations to his own this Winter, in the hopes that Santa Claus will visit him too.

Published almost a year ago as an eBook, and later also made available in paperback, My book, "Ulrike's Christmas" is now available in audio too, read for you by Jerry Fischer.

If you'd like to grab a copy of the book so you can add it to your holiday reading list this year, or maybe grab a copy as a gift for someone, here are the main places where you can buy the book, regardless of the format you'd prefer:

Audible, Smashwords, CreateSpace, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Chapters-Indigo, iBooks, iTunes, Amazon UK, Amazon US, Amazon Canada, or The Book Depository.

You can also find the book listed on Goodreads.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

#KidLit #FairyTale #Book - Bluebell The Fairy Guide Now In #Audio! #Fairies #Blindness


Every time a child gets lost in the woods, the fairies help them find the right path home; being careful not to let any grown ups see them, of course. But when Bluebell the fairy comes across a blind girl lost in the woods, she has a new challenge on her hands. Just pointing the way isn’t going to be enough this time. Can Bluebell find a way to show the little girl which path to take to get home? Or is this one child the fairies can’t help?

Previously only available as an eBook or paperback, "Bluebell The Fairy Guide" is now also available as an audiobook, read for you by Jenny Bacon, with Beatrice Turner as the voice of Bluebell.

Here are the main places where you can buy the book, regardless of the format you'd prefer:

Audible, Smashwords, CreateSpace, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Chapters-Indigo, iBooks, iTunes, Amazon UK, Amazon US, Amazon Canada, or The Book Depository.

You can also find the book listed on Goodreads.

Friday, November 10, 2017

#Furkid Friday: When The #Chinchilla Taught The #Puppy A Lesson - Sort Of

Hi everyone. This is Mollie the chinchilla.

My chinchilla sister, Maizie, gave the little white Lilie dog a smack.

I thought she'd get in trouble for it. But she didn't.

The human caretakers were busy, so they didn't know right away that the little white Lilie dog was trying to bug us. She doesn't bug us all the time now, and she'd been playing with a toy of hers not far from our cage, you see, so the human caretakers thought at first that was still what she was doing. So Maizie decided she'd help the human caretakers out, and when the little white Lilie dog jumped up at our cage, Maizie gave her nose a smack through the bars of the cage.

Like I said, I thought she'd get in trouble. I think Maizie herself thought she might, actually. I mean, she gets in trouble if she smacks me, and when we had more than just the one degu brother they got in trouble if they smacked each other.

But instead of telling Maizie she was bad for giving the little white Lilie dog a smack, the human caretakers told the Lilie dog it was her own fault for bothering us.

Seems these humans do have some sense, after all. There's hope for them yet!

Squeak soon,
Mollie

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

#Writing Wednesday - The Degu Book Post Round-Up - #KidLit #Pets #Degus

Not only were there some posts over the past two weeks on my own blog about my degu books, but several wonderful bloggers - many of them authors themselves - have taken the time to post stuff for me on their own blogs. When I sent the posts to each person, I tried to make them different enough that you can take a little something new away from each post. So, if you missed any of them, you might want to check them out. With that in mind, here's a round-up of the posts:

Posts from my blog:
#KidLit #Books - The Degu Days Duo By @VictoriaZigler Now In #Audio! Plus A #Giveaway!
#KidLit #Book - Degu's Day Out By @VictoriaZigler NowIn #Audio!
#Writing Wednesday - A Degu Days Duo Teaser - #KidLit #Pets
#KidLit #Pets - The #Degu "J" Gang
#KidLit #Book - How To Trust Your Human By @VictoriaZigler Now In #Audio!
Meet The #Narrator: James Watkins
#Writing Wednesday - A How To Trust Your Human Teaser - #KidLit #Pets
#Furkid Friday: Joshua's Thoughts On The #Degu #Books Now Being In #Audio

Posts from around the web:
Now In Audio – The Degu Books
Sunday Surprise: Jenks The Degu's Interview
Narrator Interview – James Watkins
Introducing Author Victoria Zigler’s New Books!
New Release – ‘Degu’s Day Out’ by, Victoria Zigler
Degu Days by Victoria Zigler- Now in Audio Book
Guest author: Victoria Zigler – The Degu Books
Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Author Update – Victoria Zigler, Angid Dokos and Rebekkah Ford
How to Trust Your Human, on #LisaBurtonRadio

Thank you to those wonderful bloggers who gave me a spot on their blogs, as well as to those people who took the time to share any of the posts that appeared on either my own blog or someone else's blog.

Tuesday, November 07, 2017

#Hastings #Bonfire Celebrations 2017 - Part 2

If you missed it, you can find part 1 here.



Here are the rest of the videos Kelly did for me of this year's Hastings Bonfire celebrations. Enjoy!











































There were more fireworks than you hear in the videos. Some of them were even close enough to where we live that Lilie and I could hear them from home. Kelly never got photos or videos of those though, which is a shame, because they were AWESOME! Still, I hope you enjoyed what he did get. I know I did!

Monday, November 06, 2017

#Hastings #Bonfire Celebrations 2017 - Part 1

On October 14th 2017, Kelly attended the Hastings Bonfire celebrations, which were held not too far from us. There are similar events every year, either to acknowledge the anniversary of the Battle of Hastings in 1066, to remember the Gunpowder Plot of 1605, or both. This year it seemed to be both at once.

I would have gone with him, but since it was a bit far for me to walk, and they were closing some of the roads for the evening, I was reluctant. Then there was Lilie to consider. She doesn't seem to mind crowds and noise - to her it's just extra people to make friends with - and fireworks don't seem to bother her. But there is something that does: Drums. Lilie totally freaks when she hears drums, especially if she's close to them, and a lot of the parades seem to involve drums. When it's parades passing past our place, so we can watch from the windows or I can stand back with her, she's not too bad, but we weren't sure of the layout of the area enough to know where I could have a seat and still be in a good place for Lilie, and the closed roads would cause a problem if it got too much for her and we had to leave. So Lilie and I stayed home, and Kelly videoed most of the main event for me. Considering I had to use headphones while watching the videos or Lilie freaked out, I'm glad we did decide to do things the way we did.

Anyhow, since Kelly took the time to do the videos, I thought I'd share them with you.

First though, here are a couple of photos. The first shows the bonfire before it was lit, and the second shows the band you'll hear a lot of during the videos (AKA the reason we ended up glad we didn't take Lilie to the event).



Now on to the videos!

He did them as several short videos, rather than one long one, so there are several of them. Enjoy!











































I don't want to make this post too long, so I've split it in to two. Come back tomorrow for the other half of the videos.

Sunday, November 05, 2017

Tori's October 2017 #Book #Reviews (LBE)

It's time to take a look at what I read in October.

In honour of Halloween arriving at the end of the month, I tried to make sure all the books I read during October had a paranormal or horror connection. Just because I could, and because I don't do much to celebrate Halloween these days, so thought it would be fun to have a reading theme for a month long celebration.

Anyway...

As with the previous posts like this one, if you want to know more about the book, or the author, click on whichever it is you want to learn more about, and it will take you to the appropriate page on Goodreads. Clicking on my rating should take you to my actual Goodreads review for the book in question.

Don't forget: the format I've reviewed may not be the format I read. Also, please remember that I read across multiple genres and age ranges, so you should always check if a book is suitable for the intended reader, especially when children are involved. Sometimes reading the book's description on its Goodreads page will be enough for this, but other times you may need to check elsewhere to figure out the genre and/or recommended reading level.

OK... On to the reviews!

I Zombie I (I Zombie, #1)I Zombie I by Jack Wallen
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
On the one hand, this is a good read, with an interesting plot concept, and nice pacing. On the other hand, the characters' actions or conversations often seemed ridiculous, how slow the main character was to grasp what was happening had me wanting to slap some sense in to him, and the child among the main characters wasn't believable since she seemed much younger half the time and much older the other half. I'll continue with the series though. This is partially out of curiosity based on the concept, but also because I like to finish a series if I start it.

My Zombie My (I Zombie, #2)My Zombie My by Jack Wallen
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
The concept continues to be interesting, but the constant use of curse words is becoming beyond irritating, and the characters are frustrating idiots. Also, the format makes it difficult to tell what's published on the blog of the main character and what isn't, and, quite frankly, if she's publishing everything on her blog, she's a bigger idiot than I already consider her to be, and lucky things didn't go even worse than they actually did; at least the journal of the main character in the previous book was kept private until after the events, where as the blog is supposed to be being published and made available in realtime, so to speak, which makes writing a lot of what she appears to be writing on it stupidly dangerous given the circumstances she and the others are in.

Die Zombie Die (I Zombie, #3)Die Zombie Die by Jack Wallen
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
This book had the potential to actually be a really great read. Unfortunately, what might have been a great book was spoiled by mistakes in the dates used as chapter headings to indicate the point we were at in the timeline, the author's continued over-use of curse words, and the fact every character seemed to be an idiot who was also a wannabe commedian (it might have been funny if one character tried turning everything in to a joke to lighten the mood, but with everyone seeming to do it it came off as ridiculous and annoying).

Lie Zombie Lie (I Zombie, #4)Lie Zombie Lie by Jack Wallen
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
So, we're a year in to the apocolypse and people are still stumbling around making rooky mistakes. Seriously! How are these people even still alive at this point?

Cry Zombie CryCry Zombie Cry by Jack Wallen
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
This is one of the better books in the series, but that's not saying much, since this is far from being my favourite series of zombie books from those I've read so far. I'm becoming rather irritated by the attempts at constant jokes from all the characters all the time, and don't even get me started on how much it's bugging me that curse words are being used like they're going out of style. Also, the characters are still behaving like the whole survival thing is new to them, despite it being more than a year since day zero. All logic dictates that Bethany should be dead by now with how stupid she acts, and I can only imagine that it's the author throwing other characters in front of the zombies in her place intentionally that's keeping her alive. Not that the other characters seem to be acting much more sensibly.

Fry Zombie Fry (I Zombie Book 6)Fry Zombie Fry by Jack Wallen
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
This book had some good points. However, it also could do with some serious work. Even if you don't take in to consideration my continued irritation at the overuse of cursewords, characters who all seem to consider themselves comedians, and the fact the continual rooky mistakes mean these people should have died a long time ago, there's the fact this book needs some time with someone who will notice mistakes in the plot - such as a beta reader or proof reader - so as to catch mistakes like how a certain vehicle couldn't be brought inside the wall due to there being no way to do so, yet they're driving around inside the wall in the vehicle in question a few chapters later. Also, does this author have kids, or any experience with them? If not, someone might want to have him doing some babysitting or something, because he needs to learn that - despite popular opinion - babies really don't only eat, sleep, and poop, especially not ones who are six months old or older, yet that is quite literally all baby Jacob ever does (he rarely ever even seems to cry, let alone be awake and trying to get in to things, like a baby of the age he should be by now would normally be doing).

Buy Zombie Buy (I Zombie Book 7)Buy Zombie Buy by Jack Wallen
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I'm confused. I thought from the book blurb this was the final book in the series, yet the way it ends - especially with the epilogue - it doesn't appear to be. So, is this the last book, or what? If it's the end, it would have been a better ending without that epilogue (though still not an amazing one). If it's not, the blurb is misleading. Either way, I'm glad to see the characters are actually starting to think before they act sometimes. They're still making mistakes they should have stopped making a long time ago, but at least they seem to have grasped the concept of thinking in terms of long-term survival - finally!

Runaway Vampire (Argeneau, #23)Runaway Vampire by Lynsay Sands
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This book is a great addition to the series, and an excellent read... At least, it was until it ended without all the loose ends being tied up, which I hate.

Immortal Nights (Argeneau, #24)Immortal Nights by Lynsay Sands
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
An excellent - and often entertaining- addition to the series.

Immortal Unchained (Argeneau #25)Immortal Unchained by Lynsay Sands
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This was a great addition to the series, with fantastic characters, as well as an interesting and exciting plot.

Immortally Yours (Argeneau #26)Immortally Yours by Lynsay Sands
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
It took me a bit longer to get in to this one than it usually does with these books, and I really wanted to slap some sense in to Scotty so often I lost track of how many times I felt that way. I mostly enjoyed the book though, and consider it to be a good addition to the series.

A Shocker on Shock Street (Goosebumps, #35)A Shocker on Shock Street by R.L. Stine
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
The ending was a little bit disappointing, but for the most part I thought this was a great read that's sure to give you goosebumps.

The Abominable Snowman of Pasadena  (Goosebumps, #38)The Abominable Snowman of Pasadena by R.L. Stine
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This is another one I was absolutely loving... Until the disappointing ending.

Death Masks (The Dresden Files, #5)Death Masks by Jim Butcher
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This was an excellent read, with a great cast of characters, and an action-packed - and often entertaining - plot.

Blood Rites (The Dresden Files, #6)Blood Rites by Jim Butcher
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This was another excellent addition to the series, with a plot that will keep you on your toes, and a main character that will keep you entertained.

Witch of the DefiledWitch of the Defiled by Walter Lazo
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
A good but strange story, with an unusual cast of characters, and very detailed - sometimes a little too detailed - descriptions.

Friday, November 03, 2017

#Furkid Friday: Joshua's Thoughts On The #Degu #Books Now Being In #Audio

Hi everyone. This is Joshua the degu.

The two books I was in by my brother, Jenks, my own book I wrote under the name Buddy, and the book the Mummy human wrote after one of my brothers - probably Jasper, though she calls the character Oscar - made an escape attempt when she left the cage door open, are all now available in audio. Someone called James Watkins reads them. I'm not too sure who this James guy is. He does a good job though, I think.

Isn't it funny that he has a "J" name like me and my brothers? The Mummy human says it wasn't intentional, she just heard him do something called an audition for some of her other books and thought he'd do a great job with mine and my brothers' books.

I listened to him reading my own book - the one I write under the name of "Buddy" - and thought he did a great job, so I'm pleased with the human caretaker's choice. Someone give the lady a nibble! Oh, and give that James guy one too, since he deserves one for all his hard work.

Speaking of nibbles: I mention them during an interview I did with a robot girl named Lisa. You can read the interview here, if you haven't already done so.

Anyway, whether you want to buy audio versions so you can hear that James guy read them, want to buy paper books, or want the kind the human caretakers call eBooks, here are all the places you can buy them, as well as where you can find them on that Goodreads place the Mummy human keeps talking about:

Degu Days Book 1 - The Great Degu Round-Up
Audible, Smashwords, CreateSpace, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Chapters-Indigo, iBooks, iTunes, Amazon UK, Amazon US, Amazon Canada, The Book Depository, and Goodreads.

Degu Days Book 2 - A Very Degu Christmas
Audible, Smashwords, CreateSpace, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Chapters-Indigo, iBooks, iTunes, Amazon UK, Amazon US, Amazon Canada, The Book Depository, and Goodreads.

Degu's Day Out
Audible, Smashwords, CreateSpace, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Chapters-Indigo, iBooks, iTunes, Amazon UK, Amazon US, Amazon Canada, The Book Depository, and Goodreads.

How To Trust Your Human
Audible, Smashwords, CreateSpace, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Chapters-Indigo, iBooks, Amazon UK, iTunes, Amazon US, Amazon Canada, The Book Depository, and Goodreads.

If you buy a copy of one - or, better yet, all - of the books, I hope you enjoy them.

Squeak soon,
Joshua

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

#Writing Wednesday - A How To Trust Your Human Teaser - #KidLit #Pets

Losing a sibling is hard. Losing three of them is even harder. Repairing a broken bond of trust is harder still.

Believe me: I know!

Not only is losing someone you care about a very painful experience, but it makes you think all kinds of horrible things, especially when you lose three someones at once. You wonder exactly what happened to them, and start to worry whether you’ll be next. It makes you nervous, and it makes you suspect everyone, including the human caretakers who have shown you nothing but kindness since you came to live with them when you were just a very small pup. In fact, especially them!

I found myself in such a situation recently, and wanted to share my story with you.

But, before I continue with my story, perhaps I should introduce myself.

My name is Buddy, and I’m a brown degu.

Just in case you don’t know – and don’t feel bad if you don’t, because a lot of people don’t seem to - a degu is a type of rodent. We look a bit like rats with kind of furry tails, but are actually more closely related to guinea pigs. Degus originally come from a place called chilli, which is a country in South America, if you don’t know. Our dietary requirements are similar to those of our guinea pig relatives, though many of our general care needs are more like those of chinchillas. Although, we can handle warmer temperatures than chinchillas can.

So, anyway, as I said, my name is Buddy, and I’m a brown degu. I also happen to live all alone in a big cage, which isn’t how it usually is for degus. We’re social creatures, and prefer to have at least one companion. In fact, we can often suffer with depression if we live all alone. I always had company before. In fact, there were four of us in this cage... Until recently.
~Above taken from "How To Trust Your Human" by Victoria Zigler.

Enjoy what you just read? Want to read the rest of Buddy's story? Then grab your own copy of the book. It's available in multiple eBook formats, paperback, and now also in audio - read by James Watkins.

The following links will take you to where you can buy the book in one - or sometimes more - of the above mentioned formats:

Audible, Smashwords, CreateSpace, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Chapters-Indigo, iBooks, iTunes, Amazon UK, Amazon US, Amazon Canada, or The Book Depository.

The book also has a page on Goodreads.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

This Is #Halloween







Happy Halloween!

Are you doing anything fun to celebrate Halloween this year? If not, is there a reason why not? If yes, what are you doing? I'd love to hear what - if anything - you're doing to celebrate. Either way, let me know in the comments section of this post.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Meet The #Narrator: James Watkins

As I've mentioned a few times lately, James Watkins is the narrator for my Degu Days Duo. He's also done the narration for my stand alone degu books, "Degu's Day Out" and "How To Trust Your Human" - all four of which are now available to buy in audio, as you probably know from my recent posts. Anyway, I thought you'd like to get to know him a little, so here's a little bit about James, in his own words:

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/.

James really enjoyed reading the Degu Days series, and couldn't be more proud to work with Victoria Zigler, who knows how to tell a great children's story.

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

You can get to know James a little more by checking out his recent interview on Library Of Erana.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

#KidLit #Book - How To Trust Your Human By @VictoriaZigler Now In #Audio!

Losing a sibling is hard. Losing three of them is even harder. Repairing a broken bond of trust is harder still.

After his three brothers disappeared, one after another, gone to a mysterious place known only as The Rainbow Bridge, Buddy the degu is all alone in his cage. Confused and frightened, he knows only one thing for certain: he last saw his brothers in the hands of the human caretaker. That knowledge breaks the bond of trust forged between Buddy and his human in the years since he was a pup, and leaves him convinced that letting her get her hands on him will mean he disappears too. Somehow, she has to convince him he’s wrong, and earn back his trust.

Based on actual events that took place in the life of one of the author’s own degus, and told from the point of view of a degu, this is the story of how patience and love taught a confused and terrified rodent how to trust again.

I originally released this book as an eBook on July 3rd 2017, later making it available in paperback too. Now it's also in audio, read for you by James Watkins.

Buy "How To Trust Your Human" as an audiobook, eBook, or paperback - in some cases two or more of these formats - from Audible, Smashwords, CreateSpace, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Chapters-Indigo, iBooks, iTunes, Amazon UK, Amazon US, Amazon Canada, or The Book Depository.

The book also has a page on Goodreads.

Friday, October 27, 2017

#KidLit #Pets - The #Degu "J" Gang

Jenks - the degu from whose point of view we learn the events in my Degu Days Duo - was one of my degus. Regular readers of this blog will most likely be familiar with him from the times he took his turn doing the "Furkid Friday" posts, along with his three brothers. So, this post is more for those who aren't familiar with my degu boys.

My boys were Jacob, Jasper, Jenks, and Joshua. Last year we lost Jasper, Jenks, and Jacob - they've made that journey across the rainbow bridge. Joshua is still with us at the time of this post going live though, and still takes his turn at the "Furkid Friday" posts.

Giving them all "J" names wasn't intentional. At least, not at first.

When we decided to get degus, we were going to get a pair. The plan was that Kelly would name one of them, I would name the other, though we wanted the names to work well together. I had several names I was considering, but when he decided on Jacob - after the werewolf from Twilight - I decided to go with Jasper. I liked the name anyway, and it worked with Jacob, since one of the main vampires in Twilight is called Jasper. Why Twilight? I have no idea. It was big at the time because of the movies, and I suppose it was just on our minds. Anyway, we liked the names regardless of where they were from, and Jacob and Jasper sounded good together.

But then we ended up bringing home a group of four. Well, it seemed a shame to seporate them, when it was clear from watching them that they were closely bonded,so... *Shrugs*

Anyway, that meant we needed two more names, and we decided again to each pick one. I picked Jenks - after the pixie from Kim Harrison's books - and it was at that point we thought about them all having "J" names. I mean, with three of them having "J" names, the fourth had to have one too, right? So Kelly picked Joshua. Not from any book or movie, but because it was the first "J" name he thought of that we liked.

So, what's a degu?

It's a small and furry rodent that looks a little like a furry tailed rat, but is more closely related to guinea pigs.

Curious to see the world from the point of view of a degu? Want to read more about my "J" gang? Then grab your own copies of the books in the Degu Days Duo. They're available in multiple eBook formats, paperback, and now also in audio - read by James Watkins.

The following links will take you to where you can buy the books in one - or sometimes more - of the above mentioned formats:

Book 1 - The Great Degu Round-Up
Audible, Smashwords, CreateSpace, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, iBooks, iTunes, Amazon UK, Amazon US, Amazon Canada, or The Book Depository.

The book also has a page on Goodreads.


Book 2 - A Very Degu Christmas
Audible, Smashwords, CreateSpace, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, iBooks, iTunes, Amazon UK, Amazon US, Amazon Canada, or The Book Depository.

The book also has a page on Goodreads.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

#Writing Wednesday - A Degu Days Duo Teaser - #KidLit #Pets

But then there are the degu round-up days.

We never know they’re coming until it’s too late.

The days start out like any other day, then we suddenly find it happening.

You’d think we’d be used to it by now, but we aren’t. It was scary the first time, and it’s been scary every time since then.

Here’s how it usually happens…

We’ll be playing, nibbling from our food bowls, or maybe even napping, then all of a sudden our cage starts to move, rolling on its wheels out of the spot it usually stands in, pushed by one of our human caretakers. When it finally comes to a stop the human caretaker starts grabbing us one by one and handing us to our other human caretaker.

One by one we’re snatched from the cage and put in a giant version of our sand bath, only this sand bath is strange because it has no sand in it at all. What’s the point of a bath with no sand in it? Sounds stupid to me! But, anyway, we’re abandoned there by the human caretakers. We try to climb the sides to get out, but they’re just too slippery and high.

There’s no escape, and we can’t even see out properly!

Then one of the human caretakers is there again, talking to us and trying to tell us everything’s alright. But we don’t believe her; can’t accept it. We’re so frightened and try desperately to escape so we can find our way back to our cage; back to safety!
~Above taken from "The Great Degu Round-Up" by Victoria Zigler.

Enjoy what you just read? Want to read more about Jenks and his brothers? Then grab your own copies of the books. They're available in multiple eBook formats, paperback, and now also in audio - read by James Watkins.

The following links will take you to where you can buy the books in one - or sometimes more - of the above mentioned formats:

Book 1 - The Great Degu Round-Up
Audible, Smashwords, CreateSpace, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Chapters-Indigo, iBooks, iTunes, Amazon UK, Amazon US, Amazon Canada, or The Book Depository.

The book also has a page on Goodreads.

Book 2 - A Very Degu Christmas
Audible, Smashwords, CreateSpace, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Chapters-Indigo, iBooks, iTunes, Amazon UK, Amazon US, Amazon Canada, or The Book Depository.

The book also has a page on Goodreads.

Monday, October 23, 2017

#KidLit #Book - Degu's Day Out By @VictoriaZigler NowIn #Audio!

Oscar has everything a degu could need, or want, in the cage he shares with his brother, Romeo, but it’s not enough; Oscar longs for freedom.

Convinced he’s missing out on an amazing adventure, Oscar dreams of the day when he’ll be able to investigate the world beyond his cage bars without the human caretakers telling him where and when he can explore.

Now, at long last, his chance has arrived. But will it be the exciting adventure he’s always dreamed it would be?

I first published this book as an eBook on November 14th 2015, and later made it available in paperback. Now it's also available in audio, read for you by James Watkins.

Buy "Degu's Day Out" as an audiobook, eBook, or paperback - in some cases two or more of these formats - from Audible, Smashwords, CreateSpace, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Chapters-Indigo, iBooks, iTunes, Amazon UK, Amazon US, Amazon Canada, or The Book Depository.

The book also has a page on Goodreads.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

#KidLit #Books - The Degu Days Duo By @VictoriaZigler Now In #Audio! Plus A #Giveaway!

Thanks for the narration skills of James Watkins, my Degu Days Duo is now in audio!

For those who don't know: “The Degu Days Duo” is a short series of just two books telling the story of two different days in the lives of Jacob, Jasper, Jenks and Joshua – four Degu brothers who live in a cage together. The stories are about my own degus, and told from the point of view of one of them, so read on and see the world from the point of view of a small and furry rodent!

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Book 1 - The Great Degu Round-Up
Jenks the Degu lives in a cage with his three brothers: Jacob, Jasper and Joshua. It might seem like a strange place to live, but they call it home and feel safe there. So you can imagine how scary it is for them when they are forced to leave their cage.

Sure, they regularly leave it briefly for a bit of attention from their human caretakers, which they don’t mind, but the thing the human caretakers are calling “The Great Degu Round-Up” is different, and they find themselves in a giant sand less sand bath with no way to even look out at the world. They’re confused and frightened and wondering if they’ll ever see their cage again.

Will they find a way to escape the giant sand less sand bath? Will they get back to the cage they call home? Will they figure out why the round-up even happened?

Buy "The Great Degu Round-Up" as an audiobook, eBook, or paperback - in some cases two or more of these formats - from Audible, Smashwords, CreateSpace, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Chapters-Indigo, iBooks, iTunes, Amazon UK, Amazon US, Amazon Canada, or The Book Depository.

The book also has a page on Goodreads.

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Book 2 - A Very Degu Christmas
It’s Christmas, and the human caretakers have told the Degus that Santa Paws is coming to visit. They have no idea who he is, but since the human caretakers say he’s bringing nibbles for them, and Degus love nibbles, they’re excited about it; though the news that he plans to come when they’re sleeping seems strange to them.

Will Santa Paws really be coming? If so, what sorts of nibbles will he bring? More to the point, can the Degus stay awake long enough to make sure they don’t miss his visit? And, if not, will they still get nibbles?

Buy "A Very Degu Christmas" as an audiobook, eBook, or paperback - in some cases two or more of these formats - from Audible, Smashwords, CreateSpace, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Chapters-Indigo, iBooks, iTunes, Amazon UK, Amazon US, Amazon Canada, or The Book Depository.

The book also has a page on Goodreads.

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Want to get your hands on free copies of the audiobooks?

You're in luck! I have some copies to give away, and this is your chance to claim them!

Simply answer the following question:

What is a degu?

Be one of the first ten people to send your answer in an eMail with the subject line "Degu Days" to keroberous2004@gmail.com and I'll send you codes to claim your free audiobooks.

The codes are one use only codes for Audible. Please let me know in your eMail if you would prefer codes for Audible.com or Audible.co.uk, so I can send you the right ones.