Monday, 31 December 2012

Guest post: Why I wrote 'The Boy Next Door'

Welcome to Annabelle Costa who tells us why she decided to write her new romantic comedy, The Boy Next Door.

You’ve seen him before—in just about every hokey romantic comedy or steamy romance novel. He’s sexy, he’s handsome, he’s suave, he’s perfect. What woman wouldn’t want to do dirty, dirty things to a hunk like that?

The boy next door is a little different. He probably doesn’t have buns of steel or abs of steel or nipples of steel. In all likelihood, none of his body is made of steel. He may even have a gut or a double chin or a lisp or be a couple of inches shorter than you. He doesn’t resemble Channing Tatum at all.

But on that day when, hypothetically, your car starts making a clunking noise every time you try to turn left (even though you just got the damn thing inspected), he’s there for you. He’ll meet you at the auto service station, drive you to work, pick you up at work and drive you to the service station, and then do it again the next day because the stupid car still isn’t fixed. Does he do it because he’s a nice guy? My mother always told me: no guy is that nice.

No, he does it because he secretly loves you. He doesn’t just love you—he lurves you. He thinks you’re the bees’ knees and all that. Everyone with half a brain knows it. And if only you’d stop sniffing around Channing over there, you’d know it too.

The Boy Next Door is for all those ladies out there who have connected with their own boys next door. And for those of you who haven’t? Check out the book and see what you might be missing!


Annabelle Costa is a teacher, who writes in her free time. She enjoys the wounded hero genre, involving male love interests with physical disabilities, who don't follow the typical Hollywood perception of sexy.

Buy the book or check out a sample:

Amazon Germany 

Book blurb: 

Through middle school, high school, bad dates, and an ill-advised punk phase, Tasha has always been able to count on Jason. Since the day he moved in next door, he’s gone from the weird kid in a wheelchair to Tasha’s most trusted friend. But lives change and the friends are going in different directions. When Jason and Tasha rekindle their friendship, sparks fly. After years of being a wild soul, now the ex-lead of a band turned music teacher is just looking for a relationship to last.

When none other than Jason introduces her to a man who can give her what she wants, Tasha is on the verge of throwing passion and love away just so she can forget her troubled past and settle down. But Jason isn’t ready to give her up just yet.






Friday, 28 December 2012

Cruisin' with Allison: Day of the Living Pizza

Hi, hope you all had a groovy Christmas!

I wrote a little story for Allison's Cruisin' blog hop over the holidays. The story is a short introduction to my books Day of the Living Pizza and Day of the Pesky Shadow, which are both Smarts & Dewdrop Mysteries. Set in Crazy Name Town, the detective and his sidekick try to solve two silly cases. 

You can also win copies of the books. 

Click here: http://allisonbruning.blogspot.com/2012/12/cwa-crazy-name-town-and-free-books.html#.UNmX0aWqa0s

Thanks :)



Wednesday, 26 December 2012

Ebooks Make Great Gifts Sale!! Dec 25-28




Looking for a book for yourself or as a gift for Christmas? Well, you're luck's in! 
From Dec 25-28, you can get your fluffy mittens on this gathering of great books, all for the special price of 99c/77p. 
Thanks Rudolf! Happy shopping! :)

Featured:
Middle Grade Kids                               Romantic Comedy                                     Poetry


Urban Fantasy

Bruce Blake - On Unfaithful Wings (An Icarus Fell Novel #1) 

Bruce Blake - All Who Wander Are Lost (An Icarus Fell Novel #2) 

Dark Fantasy/Sci-Fi

Steven Montano - Blood Skies (Book 1) 

Epic Fantasy

Autumn M. Birt - Born of Water 

Bruce Blake - Blood of the King (Khirro's Journey Book 1) 

Scott Bury - The Bones of the Earth 

Paranormal Fantasy

Gary Henry - American Goddesses 

Short Stories - Literary Fiction

Beverly Akerman - The Meaning of Children 

Short Stories - Mystery/Adventure/Fantasy

Gary Henry - What Happened to Jory and Other Dark Departures 

Children's

Cinta Garcia de la Rosa - The Funny Adventures of Little Nani 

Middle Grade 

Vickie Johnstone - Kiwi in Cat City and Kiwi's Christmas Tail - magical cat series (6 books) 

Young Adult Contemporary

Renee Pace - Off Leash 

Mystery

Adam Gaffen - Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Viscount's Butler 

Adam Gaffen - Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Missing Date 

Cozy Mystery

Brad Fleming - Inky Black - The Case of the Missing Moggy 

Brad Fleming - An Inky Black Story - A Hard Day at the Office 

Science Fiction

Adam Gaffen - A Deadly Quest (The Cassidy Chronicles) 

Adam Gaffen - Run Like Hell (The Cassidy Chronicles) 

Adam Gaffen - Refuge 

Adam Gaffen - The Longest Night 

Adam Gaffen - Who Watches the Watchers? 

Romance

Blaithin O'Reilly Murphy - The Meaning of Purple Tulips 

Regency Romance

Kymber Lee - Lord Tristan's True Love 

Romantic Comedy

Vickie Johnstone - 3 Heads & a Tail

Erotic Dark Fantasy

M. Peters - Undisclosed Desire 

Erotic Paranormal

Renee Field - A Siren's Wish 

Thriller

Joe McCoubrey - Death by Licence 

Brad Fleming - Role of Dishonour 

Christian Inspiration

DeEtte Beckstead - The Christmas Visitors 

Allison Bruning - Reflections: Poems and Essays 

Poetry

Vickie Johnstone - Life's Rhythms - 316 Haiku 

Non-Fiction: Adventure Travel

Autumn M. Birt & Adam P. Paul - Danger Peligros 

Non-Fiction: Memoir

Alycia Neighbours - Deciding to Dance 

Alycia Neighbours - Wake Up In the Mourning 

Non-Fiction: Self Help

Jamesina Greene - Help! I Don't Like Myself 


Happy shopping!

Sunday, 23 December 2012

Books cut to 99c for Christmas (& in paperback)

Hi, most of my books have been reduced for Christmas and the New Year, and they are also all available in paperback now.

Available in ebook format for 99c/77p -

Suitable for readers aged 9 up:

Kiwi in Cat City (book 1 in the Kiwi Series)
Kiwi's Christmas Tail (book 6, but can be read as a standalone book)
Day of the Living Pizza (comedy detective mystery 1)
Day of the Pesky Shadow (comedy detective mystery 2)






Poetry and for older readers (16 up):

Life's Rhythms (316 haiku)
Kaleidoscope (119 poems)
3 Heads & a Tail (romantic comedy)

Available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Smashwords - click on the links in the right-hand column under 'Where to buy my books'.

The paperbacks start at £3.85 up to £5.40, depending on pagination.

Thanks and Merry Christmas! 
Vickie :)










Friday, 14 December 2012

Words with... Cas Peace


Welcome to fellow Brit, Cas Peace, author of King’s Envoy and King’s Champion 
(books one and two in the Artesans of Albia fantasy series) and For the Love of Daisy,    which she wrote about her Dalmatian dog. Besides being an author, Cas is a freelance editor, crazy about animals and also a folk singer.


What is your day job or are you lucky enough to write for a living?

I do write for a living, although because I am fairly new to being published, the word ‘living’ doesn’t mean much yet. I’m hoping it will in due course! But I’m also a freelance editor, proofreader and creative writing coach, so I do get an income from that. But it’s small because I don’t have set prices. I like helping writers, so I only ask for what each individual can afford.

 What books have you written so far?

My first published book (2008) was non-fiction. Entitled For the Love of Daisy, it is the life story of a Dalmatian I used to own. She was a beautiful and fabulous dog, but at age 10 she suffered disc disease. The operation she had didn’t do what it should have, and she was left partially paralysed. We took her for lots of therapy to help her and I wanted to write a book about what we did, so other pet owners could help their own pets. In 2011, the first book in my fantasy series Artesans of Albia was published by Rhemalda Publishing. It is called King’s Envoy. Book two, King’s Champion, was published this year. King’s Artesan will be published in July 2013.

What works in progress do you have?

My Artesans series contains nine books in all; it’s a triple trilogy. All the books are written already, but not all are completely edited. Also, because Rhemalda are a US publishing house and I’m British, I have to convert my book to suit an American readership. So that is ongoing at present. I also have an idea for a prequel to the series and I have half a dozen chapters written so far.

How long did it take you to write your book/s?

I began my fantasy series in 2001, and basically just kept writing. I completed what I thought was the first book in a year, but it was so long that it ended up being 3 books – the first trilogy in fact. Then I wrote three more books (all as one) the next year, making 6 books in two years. I had a brief break to write Daisy, which took me about 6 months, and then I wrote the final part of the Artesans trilogy, also in a year.

Do you write linear, or jump back and forth? Do you plan or write by the seat of your pants?

With my fantasy books, I wrote linear. When I went back over them to do edits, I sometimes added in an extra scene or two at different places. All these books were completely unplanned. I definitely wrote by the seat of my pants and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. I actually found it hard to stop writing – for things like dinner, for example – because the ideas just kept coming. Weekends were painful because I couldn’t write at all, but I had to keep a notebook handy, so I could jot down all the ideas and plot twists in case I forgot them!

My non-fiction book was planned, because it had to reflect a true story, so that was written calmly and in chronological order. I didn’t get the same adrenaline rush from writing it, but because of the nature of the story, it was a cathartic experience.

Why do you write?

Initially I wrote because I couldn’t stop. I never intended to be a writer, although I’d always enjoyed writing as a kid, and used to scribble little stories and poems. But writing a whole fantasy series and becoming a published author came as a complete surprise to me. The first book started out as this tiny little scene I’d had in my head since watching a kid’s TV programme in the ‘70s, and one day I wrote it out because I was bored. That act seemed to open floodgates I never knew were there, and the ideas just kept coming. Now, after having written 10 books, I just love the craft. And that’s why I became an editor and writing coach, so I could help others do the same.

Where and when do you write? Do you have set times?

When I’m actively writing (as opposed to editing) I write full time. I’m lucky in that I can work from home, so I can write for as long as I like. I rely on my two dogs to tell me when to take a break; otherwise I can remain wrapped up in my work so much that I forget to eat. In my old house, which is where I began my fantasy series, I had a conservatory where I could write. This was only okay in good weather, as there was no winter heating. In a hot summer, though, it often got too hot and bright in there. In my new house I have a study – luxury! – for the cold or overly bright days, and a (heated!) conservatory for the rest of the time. I’m extremely lucky.

Which character from your books do you like most / are most like?

I’m not actually like any of my characters, although there are aspects of me in most of them. My main male character, Taran, lacks self-confidence. This is his downfall and it leads to the main part of the plot. My main female lead, Sullyan, is the complete opposite. She is very comfortable with who she is, and although she wields vast powers, she is never overbearing or proud. She understands Taran’s frustrations and undertakes to teach him; something he never imagined would happen. If I’m honest, Taran is closer to who I really am, while Sullyan is who I would really like to be!

What do you think is the ideal recipe for a good novel or story?

A good novel has to have compelling action; credible characters with a wide range of characteristics, both good and bad; an interesting setting, and a plot your readers can care about. It should also have a clear writing style, free of clich├ęs and over-flowery description.

If you had to pick some actors/actresses to play the characters in your book, who would you hire?

There is a character in my fantasy series that is based on a real person and some of the characters he has portrayed. UK actor Sean Bean, who played Boromir in the Lord of the Rings and Lord Eddard Stark in Game of Thrones, was the model for the Albian High King, Elias Rovannon. Elias was actually based on Richard Sharpe, the character that Sean Bean played in the TV film series of Bernard Cornwell’s military novels. I’d love to see Sean play Elias in a film version of my books, but time is slipping by. Elias is 33, and Sean is now over 50, so it might never happen!

Fave things: animal? food? drink? film? colour? band? song? place? item of clothing?

I am an animal person, mainly dogs and horses. I qualified as a horse riding instructor when I left school and worked at a high class stables for three years. I then got my own horse. When I was growing up, I dearly wanted a dog, but we couldn’t have one, so I made friends with all the neighbourhood dogs. As soon as I got my own place to live, I got dogs and I’ve had them ever since. Mainly they are rescues, because there are so many wonderful abandoned dogs. I’d give each one a home if I could! But I also love singing, mainly folk songs. I write and perform folk songs, and there are songs associated with my fantasy books. The details are mentioned in another answer below.

When you were a kid, what did you want to do/who did you want to be when you grew up?

When I was a kid my dearest wish was to own a horse and be a showjumper. It was all I ever thought about. My parents could never afford a pony, but I did get to take some riding lessons. I wasn’t very good at riding because I have lousy balance, but I did get better when I was an adult. I eventually realised my dream of owning a horse, but I don’t have one now.

Would you say that your dreams have come true or are you still working on them?

The dream of owning a horse certainly came true, and that’s the only ‘dream’ I really had. But I’m thinking of new ones every day and the one I have now is to have my books enjoyed by a wide range of readers. I’m not so bothered about making heaps of money – that’s not what writing was all about for me – but to know that others have enjoyed my work and got emotionally connected to it as I did, now that is a dream I’d love to see come true!

Are you published or self-published? What is your experience?

I am fortunate enough to be ‘traditionally’ published, and even more fortunate that my publisher is anything but traditional. After nine years of submitting to agents and publishing houses (UK ones at first, but then international too), I was about to give up and self-publish my fantasy series. It was terribly frustrating because I had received so many favourable comments in my rejections; they all encouraged me to continue the journey and said I would find a home for my work eventually.

After exhausting every possibility, I was faced with either starting with the same ones all over again (hoping their editors had changed) or going the self-publishing route. Then I saw a post on Facebook mentioning Rhemalda Publishing, which I had never heard of. I did some research and despite them being a new company, I liked what I saw. I submitted and they asked for the full MS. Waiting for their final decision was agonising, and when they came back with a very enthusiastic acceptance, I couldn’t believe it! That was 2010, and I could not be happier with them. They fulfil every mission statement on their website and are a joy to work with.

How do you find the marketing experience?

Marketing is, of course, a totally different experience to being published. It did come as something of a shock, the amount of marketing I had to take on. At first I floundered, not really knowing what to do or how to do it, and it wasn’t something I thought I’d ever enjoy. But I have a USP (unique selling point) and that is the folk songs associated with my books.  I have a background as a folk singer and my books incorporate songs that I have recorded, so I find that radio stations are particularly interested in my work.

I have done quite a few interviews for various radio stations – digital as well as internet based – and some have added the song from my first book, King’s Envoy, to their playlists. This song, The Wheel Will Turn, is available as a free download, both from the Rhemalda website and my own, and it has proved hugely popular. The next song, The Ballad of Tallimore, which should be released soon, will also be offered free.

There will eventually be a song for each of the nine books, plus an overall instrumental theme. I don’t know any other fantasy author who has recorded songs contained in their books, and that makes mine unique.  I think that’s the key to marketing – find your USP and it will make your task much easier.

What advice would you give other writers just starting out?

The advice I would give is:
1) Do your research. Don’t waste time submitting to the wrong people and make sure you follow the guidelines of the right people.
2) Be professional and polite at all times, even (especially) on sites like Facebook. Agents and publishers will research prospective authors too – make sure you are the kind of person they would want to work with. Remember, publishing is a partnership, and you both have to respect each other and get along.
3) Be prepared to take advice, even the hard advice. If an agent or publisher takes the time to make a personal response, take good note of what they say. If they advise getting an editor to look over your work, get one! If they tell you your style needs work, work on it! Professional feedback – even if it’s not what you want to hear – is incredibly valuable. Don’t squander or ignore it.
4) Be persistent! If you get even the smallest hint of encouragement, DON’T GIVE UP.

Do you have a blog? What do you blog about?

I do have a blog, and I use it whenever I feel I have something worthwhile to say. This June, I flew to the States to attend Rhemalda’s first ever reading and writing conference. It was held in Salt Lake City, Utah, and it was a fantastic opportunity for me to meet Rhett and Emmaline Hoffmeister, president and vice-president of Rhemalda, face to face.  I gave a talk on ‘Fantasy World Building’, and also met my fellow authors. It was one of the best experiences of my life. After that, I spent 10 days in Yellowstone National Park, and the two experiences were so fabulous that I had to write a series of blog posts. Apart from that, I’ve written about the fantastic metal sculpture that a local artist was inspired to create from the cover of King’s Envoy, and also my two dogs, Milly and Milo.

What other hobbies do you have?

I’ve already mentioned the folk singing, which I really enjoy. I am a member of my local church choir, and also our village’s Drama Society. The music group I belong to often performs at various village functions. Animal charities are big concerns of mine, and I adore dogs and horses. I am a qualified horse riding instructor and used to own my own horse. I love carriage driving too, and used to compete in carriage dressage and cross-country. I have grown cacti for many years and some of my plants have won prizes.

What would you like to achieve in the next five years?

In five years’ time most of my fantasy novels should be published. I have a prequel that I’m working on, so maybe there will also be other books in the pipeline. But my dearest wish is that people will be reading and enjoying my work. If I can be known as a good writer of fantasy novels, and also a singer that people enjoy listening to, then I will be very happy. I would also love it if I have helped other writers achieve publication – that is something I feel quite passionate about. There are plenty of wonderful writers out there, and some of them just need a little help with either their grammar or their style, or some other aspect of their work. I want to make that help affordable for them, so they can go ahead and realise their dreams of publication.

I’d like to say a big Thank You to Vickie for having me on her blog today – Vickie, I really appreciate it!  I hope everyone enjoys my answers to her questions. If any of you would like to contact me regarding my writers’ services, please visit my website where you can read testimonials or email me at cas(at)caspeace(dot)com. I look forward to hearing from you.

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Thursday, 13 December 2012

My interview on Kindle Nation Daily


I've done an interview on Kids Corner at Kindle Nation Daily about my books for young 'uns. It's about my books and writing, the authors I like and my tips for anyone who loves writing - never give up! :)

If you'd like to read it, follow this link -

http://kids.kindlenationdaily.com/2012/12/kids-corner-interview-author-of-5-star-ya-mystery-vickie-johnstone-talks-about-her-kids-books-book-of-the-week-her-love-for-ronald-dahl-never-giving-up-her-dream-of-writing/

Thank you!
Vickie





Tuesday, 11 December 2012

New book release: Kiwi's Christmas Tail

Do you believe in magic?



For kids aged 9 up, teens and adults. Book six in the Kiwi Series.

Fur, magic, thrills and comedy moments fill this fantasy adventure set over Christmas, involving a star, a fairy, a witch, a toad, some catizens and Santa himself. 

Amy, James and their magical cat, Kiwi, find a star. But this is not an ordinary star. He's living and breathing, and his name is Sharissimo. A year earlier, the star and a fairy called Lilabel were captured by an evil witch with a big wart on her nose. While Sharissimo managed to escape, Lilabel couldn't. Can Amy, James and Kiwi find the fairy before Christmas Eve and rescue her from the clutches of the witch? The witch herself is in for a shock when she finds herself in the furry land of Cat City.

Set in the human world, Cat City and Santa's Grotto.

This book can be read without having read the previous ones, because there are no series plot strands.


Out now! Only 99c or 77p. Coming soon in paperback.

Available in all the usual places - Smashwords and Amazon.

Amazon US
Amazon UK 
Smashwords 

Friday, 7 December 2012

All Pets Want For Christmas Blog Hop - 8 Dec

 Welcome to the All Pets Want For Christmas Hop!

First of all, I’d like to thank the Indie Exchange, Donna Brown and Coral Russell for making this fun event happen. David M Brown and me are sponsoring the event. We've both written books about our furry friends. Mine are the Kiwi Series and 3 Heads & a Tail. David has just published a funny book called Man vs Cat - look out for it! 

Don’t forget to check out the other participants and enter the prize draw to win a $50 Amazon gift card. Yep, you can buy a lot of cat food with that! You'll find both things at the bottom of my post.



My pet is a cute thirteen-year-old, black and white cat called Moggie. I’ve had her since she was small enough to fit in my hand. I got Moggie and her brother, Kurt, who is no longer with us (sigh), in a charity pet shop. I had recently lost my kitty, called Kiwi, and was looking to take in an adult cat. The woman in the shop showed me a brown, two-year-old boy. I’d never had a tomcat (apart from when I was growing up in my parent’s house, which we will just called The Johnstone Zoo, as it was overrun by fur, fins and feathers!), so I was umm-ing and ahh-ing when I heard a really loud meow.

Turning, I spotted a cage which the lady of the shop hadn’t shown me. Expecting to see something big to match the big voice, I came face to furry face (that one’s not mine) with the tiniest kitten. She was so wee - all ears and meow. Her brother was sitting down quietly, but this little kitty, well, she really wasn't going to let me go without her. That was it. Love at first sight with the both of them. Home they came. I remember letting them out of the carry box, and while Kurt was a bit slow and wary, Moggie charged out like a bullet from a gun. She then did loads of laps of the room, purring her head off. It sounded like a choo-choo train. Now, thirteen years later, when she wants something, that big meow brings back memories.

So what would Moggie like for Christmas? With a meow that big,
it wasn’t going to be one item. She made a list!

Dear Santa Kitty...

1. Please make my owner’s laptop self-destruct. Vickie spends far too much time with it on her lap. I can’t see the fascination. It’s ugly, made of metal and cold, whereas I am fluffy and lovely. Her lap is my seat – I am the cat of the house. Therefore the laptop must die.

2. I want all spiders in the house to be directed towards me. I like swatting and eating them. They are a fine source of protein and Vickie is scared of them anyway, so she won’t mind. She told me off as a kitten for bringing a mouse home, so they are safe, but spiddies are mine.

3. Please can you put more shoes in the hallway. I love sleeping on these and leaving my fur behind so that my owners will think of me every time they slip their feet inside. Three more extra pairs would be good. Please make them soft and bendable, but not so they lose shape. My owner pulls a face when that happens.

4. Please can you build a little bird village in the back garden so that I can watch more of my feathered friends. I don’t want to hunt them, you see, I just want to watch. I like them. I know that’s weird, but I guess I’m different. Just call me Moggie Bird Watcher.

5. Please sort it so that my owners can only watch David Attenborough documentaries on TV, starring lots and lots of animals. More birds please and fish. But no dogs. Ever. I don't know why, but Vickie wrote a book starring a talking dog. It's called 3 Heads & a Tail. Please ban it. No one wants to get inside the mind of a dog. Shiver!

6. Please can you arrange it so that the Whiskas advert they made for cats comes back on TV. I’ve never been so excited in my life – all those jiggly toys, purrs and stuff. Ahhh.

7. I would like my own bed. I’m not talking about a little cat bed with furry pink bits. No, I mean a big, king-size double bed with a fluffy duvet and big, squishy pillows. Water bed? No, that’s plain silly. And can I have a hot blanket too.

8. I would like everyone in the world to read Kiwi in Cat City and the other books in the series. Kiwi is the cat that Vickie used to have before me, and she loved her very, very much, so she wrote a book about her. Also, I’m in the second book in the series. Vickie made me Kiwi’s mum in the books. My nickname in the series is ‘Moody Moggie’, but I’m not. Not at all, honest. And the book is set in a world of cats. Please Kitty Santa, let me visit there! Please!

9. I would like a very big turkey for Christmas. No, I don’t mean some idiot guy who can’t tell jokes, but a really large, cooked, mouth-watering turkey. Not too well done. And rice pudding please.

10. I would like my own personal stroker, who will caress and cuddle me whenever my owners are not around, including when they leave me for a few minutes to go to the toilet. It’s too long!

11. I would like my own personal cat dietician. Iams is getting boring. I understand that it improved my teeth and stopped me dribbling like a loony, settled my stomach so I didn’t do eggy farts, and made my fur shine, but still...

12. Please ban fleas. I don’t care where they are banned to. Just get rid of them. Now! Sorry, I hope that didn’t make me sound moody. I just don’t want any more Frontline. It turns me into Cat Zombie!

13. Please make worming tablets taste nice. I could win cat gurning competitions whenever I eat one. Imagine. I don’t look pleasant.

14. Please can you ban thermometers at the vets? Really, do I need to explain why? Do you know where they stick those ice-cold things?

15. I want more attention. Full stop.

Kitty thanks,
Your favourite cat, Moggie.
Yes, I’m crossing my paws behind my back. The saucers of Iams and water are gifts for you. You can even have a go on my scratching post or sleep on the shoes.


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Saturday, 1 December 2012

Page Turner Book Tours presents...


  
The Tide Breaker by Sonya Watson

Once upon a time, there was a sixteen year-old girl that lost both her parents under unusual circumstances. Abrianna was lonely and found some comfort in the arms of her boyfriend, Michael. Life turned grim when she realizes that a man, who was once the enforcer of fate, wanted her to die. The disgraced enforcer had taken great steps to ensure Abrianna’s death and planned to do this by enlisting the help of humans and creatures without their knowledge. Evil had washed over the land the humans named Dainesville. Abrianna had the power to heal the land and when she did she would return prosperity to the lives of the townspeople. When the time came for Abrianna to stand alongside her half-brother, Stephen, to fight the coming evil she did so without hesitation. Life ended. Darkness fell. Love faded. The End?







Author Bio: 
Sonya was born in Mandeville, Manchester, Jamaica but moved to Canada eleven years ago. She discovered writing when she was eleven. However, was unable to pursue it since she lived in a country where writing was impractical. She rediscovered the art during third year at York University. Kinesiology, the program she was enrolled in, was no longer simulating and found herself questioning her purpose in life. This led her to poetry and poetry led her to writing novels.













Review for Kiwi in Cat City - win a copy!





A big thank you to Patricia 'Mamaw' for this review of Kiwi in Cat City.
She is running the review on her blog today and you can win a paperback copy - just click here:
http://itsabouttimemamaw.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/kiwi-in-cat-city-by-vickie-johnstone.html


5.0 out of 5 stars Kiwi in Cat City ~ A great adventure in reading!!December 1, 2012
Late one night Amy woke up and saw her cat Kiwi sneak out of the house through her window. She decided she was going to follow Kiwi just to find out what the cat was up to while the family was sleeping. Amy's little brother James awoke and wanted to know what was going on. When she told him he jumped out of bed ready to spy on Kiwi. It was a little, maybe a lot scary wondering around in the dark outside. As they ran through a field Kiwi turned around and asked them if they were following her. After they got over their shock Kiwi asked if they wanted to come along with her. Both of the children decided they wouldn't miss this for anything. Then she told them to repeat some magic words and motions to make and shazam! Amy and James turned into kittens. Yep, with tails, fur and walking on four legs. Kiwi told the kids/kittens they were going to Cat City and not to let the catizens know they were humans.

What in the cat world was going on? What was Cat City and catizens?
Well they are soon to find out. They are about begin the greatest adventure of their lives.

This author has quite a vivid imagination. Turning children into kittens not to mention that their pet cat can speak several human languages. Vickie's talent for writing is impressive in that it kept this sixty-two year grandma entertained through the entire book. You will find adventure, intrigue, mystery, kidnapping and cat police to the rescue.

The illustrations in the book depict the story which appears to be watercolors in soft colors. The images make you want to pickup the children and the cat up and give them a big hug. They are just too cute!

The author has several other books in this series and more to come.

I highly recommend this book.