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message 1: by Victoria (last edited Feb 12, 2014 03:35AM) (new)

Victoria Zigler (toriz) | 1397 comments My name is Victoria, but you can call me Tori.

Having battled with glaucoma since birth, I now find myself completely blind. But I didn't let that stop me from chasing the dream I've had since I was a young child: the dream of being a published author. I've loved to read and write since I learned how, and always wanted to get my work published. Finally, in 2012, I made that dream come true by self-publishing. So now I'm a published author of children's fiction, as well as a couple of poetry collections.

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I've started this thread so as to keep my book news all together. So, I'll get you up to date, then post in this thread whenever new books are released, new interviews happen, etc.

So, let me see...

As of this date (February 12th 2014) I've published 26 books via Smashwords. These books are...

Poetry Collections:
Mr. Pumpkin-Head And Other Poems
My Friends Of Fur And Feather
The Light Of Dawn And Other Poems
Waves Of Broken Dreams And Other Poems
The Leaf Monster And Other Children's Poems

The Magical Chapters Trilogy:
Witchlet
The Pineapple Loving Dragon
A Magical Storm

The Toby's Tales Series:
Toby's New World
Toby's Monsters
Toby's Outing
Toby's Games
Toby's Special School

The Kero's World Series:
Kero Goes Walkies
Kero Celebrates His Birthday
Kero Gets Sick
Kero Celebrates Halloween
Kero Goes To Town
Kero Celebrates Christmas

The Degu Days Duo:
The Great Degu Round-Up
A Very Degu Christmas

Stand-alone stories:
Bluebell The Fairy Guide
Frank The Friendly Ogre
The Great Tadpole Rescue
Asha's Big Adventure
Snowball The Oddball Kobold

And I have two stories pre-released for March and April 2014.

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I participated in an author interview with Dayla F.M. of "Confessions Of A Book Addict" on 2nd November 2012, which you can find at http://bookaddict24-7.tumblr.com/post... if you want to read it.

I participated in an author interview with Stephanie V of "Steph's Book Retreat" on 29th November 2012, which you can read at http://stephsbookretreat.wordpress.co... if you want.

I was interviewed by Emma Jackson, and featured as author of the month, at http://www.esjackson.co.uk during January 2013, which you can check out at http://www.esjackson.co.uk/?page_id=339 if you like.

I was Chris The Story Reading Ape's featured author on 15th April 2013; you can see the post at http://thestoryreadingapeblog.wordpre... if you want.

My book "Witchlet" (the first book in the "Magical Chapters" trilogy) was spotlighted by Ann Marie of "Indie Author Anonymous" on 24th January 2013. You can check it out at http://indieauthoranonymous.com/2013/... if you like.

I was spotlighted by Chris The Story Reading Ape. You can check out the page he made to put me in the spotlight at http://thestoryreadingapeblog.com/spo... if you like.

I participated in an interview with Alexandra Butcher on July 8th 2013 as part of a post on accessability for blind authors and readers. The post is at http://libraryoferana.wordpress.com/2... if you want to read it.

I was interviewed by Steve K. Smy of "Imagineer Books" on July 27th 2013. You can find the interview at http://imagineerebooks.wordpress.com/... if you want to read it.

I also have an interview on Smashwords , which you can view by going to https://www.smashwords.com/interview/... if you want.

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Do you want to find me elsewhere? Or perhaps you want to contact me? If so, you can do so using the following links:

Website: http://www.zigler.co.uk
Smashwords: http://www.smashwords.com/profile/vie...
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/toriz
Blog: http://ziglernews.blogspot.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Victori...
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/victoriazigler
E-mail: keroberous2004@gmail.com

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Victoria Zigler


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Victoria Zigler (toriz) | 1397 comments All this week, as part of Smashwords read an ebook week 2014, my books are on offer; some are even free! Find them via the link about the promotion on the Smashwords homepage, or via my Smashwords author page at http://www.smashwords.com/profile/vie...


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Victoria Zigler (toriz) | 1397 comments I didn't get a chance to post this yesterday, but... Yesterday (March 10th 2014) was the official release date for "Goodies For Grandmother" (my latest book).

Here's the synopsis:

"Brownies share the woods with the fairies, but – unlike the fairies – the brownies are very naughty. They love playing tricks, love stealing anything travellers happen to be carrying through the woods, and love getting people lost. So when one of them spots Ella carrying a basket of goodies, he just can’t resist trying to steal them from her. But Ella isn’t going to let him near it. Bob the brownie quickly figures out that he’ll have to come up with a sneakier plan to get his little hands on that basket of goodies.

Based on the well-known story of ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ but with no big bad wolf to eat Grandmother, nor woodcutter to save her, ‘Goodies For Grandmother’ tells the story of a little girl in purple, a sick Grandmother, a naughty little brownie, and a clever little fairy."

It's available via Smashwords and some other ebook retailers already, and will be available via a few others soon.


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Victoria Zigler (toriz) | 1397 comments I'm Rita Lee Chapman's author of the week on http://www.ritaleechapman.com this week. Check out my interview with Rita Lee Chapman at http://ritaleechapman.com/#/guest-aut...


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Victoria Zigler (toriz) | 1397 comments I did a guest post on Indie Writers Review about how I became published and what advice I'd give others. You can check it out at http://indiewritersreview.wordpress.c... if you want to read it.


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Stan Morris (morriss003) Victoria wrote: "I did a guest post on Indie Writers Review about how I became published and what advice I'd give others. You can check it out at http://indiewritersreview.wordpress.c......"

Tweeted and Google Plused


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Victoria Zigler (toriz) | 1397 comments Thanks, Stan! :)


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Stan Morris (morriss003) A blogger is looking for the author of children's books.

https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/...


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Victoria Zigler (toriz) | 1397 comments Thanks for the heads up, Stan; I'll check it out right away.


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Victoria Zigler (toriz) | 1397 comments Daisy The Dragon - the vegetarian dragon from my "Magical Chapters" trilogy - was interviewed by Alexandra Butcher of http://libraryoferana.wordpress.com/ today.

Check out Daisy The Dragon's character interview at http://libraryoferana.wordpress.com/2...


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A.L. Butcher (alb2012) | 998 comments It was fun. You are very welcome.


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Stan Morris (morriss003) Tweeted and Google Plused


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Victoria Zigler (toriz) | 1397 comments Alex: Writing the interview was fun... Thanks for the oppertunity to do it! Also, I'm glad you liked the interview.

Stan: Thanks so much!


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Victoria Zigler (toriz) | 1397 comments "Filicity The Musical Platypus" is officially released today!

You can already buy it from Smashwords in all formats they offer, as well as from a few other ebook retailers, and you should be able to buy it from some other ebook retailers soon.

Here's the synopsis:

"Filicity is a platypus who loves music and has only one question on her mind... Why can’t a platypus be musical?

She’s heard the birds singing, she’s heard the music coming from the wonderful musical box with buttons that the humans call an ipod, and she’s heard the instruments of the travelling musicians on their way to the nearby town. All of them sound beautiful to her, and she longs to make music too!

Determined to find a way to be musical, Filicity sets off on a quest to find a way she can make the music she loves so much. After all, there has to be a way for a platypus to be musical too... Doesn’t there?"

To buy a copy from Smashwords, go to http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/...


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Victoria Zigler (toriz) | 1397 comments I was interviewed on Words On A Limb on April 15th 2014. You can check out the interview by going to http://wordsonalimb.com/2014/04/15/wo... if you want to read it.


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Stan Morris (morriss003) Tweeted


message 17: by Victoria (new)

Victoria Zigler (toriz) | 1397 comments Thanks, Stan!


message 18: by A.L., Stormy Chronicler (new)

A.L. Butcher (alb2012) | 998 comments Me too.


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Victoria Zigler (toriz) | 1397 comments Thanks, Alex!


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Victoria Zigler (toriz) | 1397 comments Doug S of Pegamoose Games asked me 20 questions. You can find out what those questions were, and how I answered them, by going to http://pegamoose-g.livejournal.com/50...


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Victoria Zigler (toriz) | 1397 comments I did a guest post on Words On A Limb. It's all about being a blind author and reader, and you can read it by going to http://wordsonalimb.com/2014/04/23/wr...


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Stan Morris (morriss003) Tweeted. That was a good one.


message 23: by Victoria (new)

Victoria Zigler (toriz) | 1397 comments Thanks, Stan! :)


message 24: by A.L., Stormy Chronicler (new)

A.L. Butcher (alb2012) | 998 comments Great interview. I reblogged, tweeted and commented.


message 25: by Victoria (new)

Victoria Zigler (toriz) | 1397 comments Thanks, Alex!


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Victoria Zigler (toriz) | 1397 comments My latest book "Thistle The Fairy Trickster" is officially released today.

You can already buy it via Smashwords and a couple of other ebook retailers, and will be able to buy it from others that carry my books soon.

Here's the synopsis:

"All fairies love playing games and tricks, and Thistle is no different. So when she gets bored one day while watching to make sure no children are in trouble near the stream, she decides it’s time for a bit of fun. But the other fairies quickly get fed up of her tricks, and when a small boy really does need help they don’t believe her.

Loosely based on the well-known story of ‘The Boy Who Cried wolf’ but with not a sheep or wolf in sight, ‘Thistle The Fairy Trickster’ tells the story of a bored little fairy who plays one trick too many."


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Barbara Tarn (barbaragtarn) | 1185 comments Victoria wrote: "My latest book "Thistle The Fairy Trickster" is officially released today."

You know, when I opened the PC this morning and went on Smashwords to check something, there it was, the latest published title! I thought "cool, Tori has another book out!"
Well done!


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Victoria Zigler (toriz) | 1397 comments Thanks, Barb, and... WOW! That's really cool that it was right there as the latest published title for everyone to see!


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Victoria Zigler (toriz) | 1397 comments Hey, guess what? It's another new interview!

My interview is with our very own Barb of http://creativebarbwire.wordpress.com today.

Go to http://creativebarbwire.wordpress.com... if you want to read the interview.


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Stan Morris (morriss003) Tweeted


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Victoria Zigler (toriz) | 1397 comments Stan wrote: "Tweeted"

Thank you! :)


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Victoria Zigler (toriz) | 1397 comments Since he has his own series of books, my Westie, Kero, had the oppertunity to be interviewed. Check out the interview at http://libraryoferana.wordpress.com/2...


message 33: by A.L., Stormy Chronicler (new)

A.L. Butcher (alb2012) | 998 comments Tweeted Barb's one. Check out the Kero one, that is much fun.


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Victoria Zigler (toriz) | 1397 comments Thanks, Alex!


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Victoria Zigler (toriz) | 1397 comments Tune in to my live interview on http://www.blogtalkradio.com/indierev... this coming Saturday (June 7th 2014) from 5:00pm GMT (12:00pm EST) until 5:30pm GMT (12:30pm EST).

You can tune in from anywhere in the world.


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Victoria Zigler (toriz) | 1397 comments Miss my interview? Want another chance to hear it? Go to http://www.blogtalkradio.com/indierev...


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Victoria Zigler (toriz) | 1397 comments Meet Jinx the pixie from my soon to be released book 'Jinx And The Faerie Dragons' by going to http://ziglernews.blogspot.co.uk/2014...


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Stan Morris (morriss003) Tweeted.


message 39: by Victoria (new)

Victoria Zigler (toriz) | 1397 comments Thanks, Stan! :)


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Victoria Zigler (toriz) | 1397 comments 'Jinx And The Faerie Dragons' is the name of my latest book, which is officially released today! It's already available via Smashwords in all formats they offer, as well as from a couple of other retailers, and will be available from a few other ebook retailers soon.

Here's the synopsis:

"Jinx’s little sister, Ayla, has warned him time and time again that one day his mischief making will get him in to serious trouble. But Jinx isn’t interested in his sister’s warnings; not even when the trouble she warns him about is a cave full of goblins.

Like most pixies, Jinx loves to play tricks and explore. But, unlike most pixies, Jinx takes his tricks too far on a regular basis, causing chaos and taking risks that no other pixie would even consider, much to the amusement of his faerie dragon friends, Caia and Draco, and the annoyance of just about everyone else; especially Ayla. Now Jinx and his faerie dragon friends are off on a treasure hunt, and not even the threat of being captured and eaten by goblins is enough to stop them answering the call of adventure."


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Victoria Zigler (toriz) | 1397 comments It's time for the Smashwords Summer/Winter sale!

All my books are enrolled at 50% off, which makes a couple of them free, a large number of them just 99cents, and all the rest of them $2.50 or less! For those in the UK, that means that all my ebooks are about £1.50 or less!

But the offer only lasts until the end of the month, so grab your bargain while you can by going to http://www.smashwords.com/profile/vie...


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Victoria Zigler (toriz) | 1397 comments Don't forget that all my books are half price until the end of July 2014 as part of Smashwords' Summer/Winter sale.

This includes both children's books and poetry books.

To take advantage of the offer, simply go to http://www.smashwords.com/profile/vie...

These are all the books you can get on sale this month:

The magical Chapters Trilogy:
Witchlet (The Magical Chapters Trilogy, #1) by Victoria Zigler The Pineapple Loving Dragon (The Magical Chapters Trilogy, #2) by Victoria Zigler A Magical Storm (The Magical Chapters Trilogy, #3) by Victoria Zigler

The Toby's Tales Series:
Toby's New World (Toby's Tales, #1) by Victoria Zigler Toby's Monsters (Toby's Tales, #2) by Victoria Zigler Toby's Outing (Toby's Tales, #3) by Victoria Zigler Toby's Games (Toby's Tales, #4) by Victoria Zigler Toby's Special School (Toby's Tales, #5) by Victoria Zigler

The Kero's World Series:
Kero Goes Walkies (Kero's World, #1) by Victoria Zigler Kero Celebrates His Birthday (Kero's World, #2) by Victoria Zigler Kero Gets Sick (Kero's World, #3) by Victoria Zigler Kero Celebrates Halloween (Kero's World, #4) by Victoria Zigler Kero Goes To Town (Kero's World, #5) by Victoria Zigler Kero Celebrates Christmas (Kero's world, #6) by Victoria Zigler

The Degu Days Duo:
The Great Degu Round-Up (The Degu Days Duo, #1) by Victoria Zigler A Very Degu Christmas (The Degu Days Duo, #2) by Victoria Zigler

Stand-alone stories:
Bluebell The Fairy Guide by Victoria Zigler Frank The Friendly Ogre by Victoria Zigler The Great Tadpole Rescue by Victoria Zigler Asha's Big Adventure by Victoria Zigler Snowball The Oddball Kobold by Victoria Zigler Goodies For Grandmother by Victoria Zigler Filicity The Musical Platypus by Victoria Zigler Thistle The Fairy Trickster by Victoria Zigler Jinx And The Faerie Dragons by Victoria Zigler

Poetry books:
Mr. Pumpkin-Head And Other Poems by Victoria Zigler My Friends Of Fur And Feather by Victoria Zigler The Light Of Dawn And Other Poems by Victoria Zigler Waves Of Broken Dreams And Other Poems by Victoria Zigler The Leaf Monster And Other Children's Poems by Victoria Zigler

Remember... The sale ends July 31st 2014, so grab your bargain while you can!


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Victoria Zigler (toriz) | 1397 comments "The Leaf Monster And Other Children's Poems" is completely free with coupon code SW100 until the end of July!

Also, my other books are still half price as part of Smashwords Summer/Winter sale. This applies to all formats Smashwords offers. But the offer is only available for one more week, so head on over to my Smashwords author page, pick your books, and enter coupon code SSW50 at checkout. Hurry; while you still can!

Don't know my author page link? No problem! I've put it in this thread before, but I'll give it to you again. So... just go here: http://www.smashwords.com/profile/vie...

Plus, as always, "Frank The Friendly Ogre" is completely free! So feel free to grab a copy of that one while you're at it!


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Victoria Zigler (toriz) | 1397 comments My latest book "Cubby And The Beanstalk" is officially released today!

Cubby And The Beanstalk by Victoria Zigler

You can already buy it from Smashwords in all formats they offer, as well as from a few other ebook retailers (such as Barnes & Noble) and will be able to buy it from a few other ebook retailers soon!

Here's the synopsis:

"When Cubby’s Mother tells him to take their old goat to market and sell her so they can buy food, Cubby ends up trading the goat for a bag of magic wishing beans. His Mother is furious, and in her rage throws the beans outside and sends Cubby to bed. You may think that was the end, but you’d be wrong! In fact, it’s just the beginning!

Loosely based on the stories of ‘Jack And The Beanstalk’ and ‘The Magic Cooking Pot’, this is the story of a hungry little polar bear and his journey up the beanstalk to the home of the magical giant skybears."


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Victoria Zigler (toriz) | 1397 comments Cubby the polar bear from my latest book "Cubby And The Beanstalk" was interviewed today.

You can read the interview by going to http://creativebarbwire.wordpress.com...


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Gita Reddy | 6 comments I want to know what Cubby the Polar Bear has to say. What are his views about global warming, for instance.


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Victoria Zigler (toriz) | 1397 comments Gita wrote: "I want to know what Cubby the Polar Bear has to say. What are his views about global warming, for instance."

Here's Cubby's opinion on global warming:

"I think global warming is very upsetting. Mother and I don't live on the ice, because food is even more difficult to find up there, and we find it difficult enough to find food here in the mountains. But most polar bears do live on the ice, and it makes me very sad to think that the polar ice caps are melting; literally taking homes out from under the paws of my fellow polar bears."


message 48: by Victoria (last edited Sep 01, 2014 03:21AM) (new)

Victoria Zigler (toriz) | 1397 comments You can follow my author of the month discussion at https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/... if you're interested.

Also, since being author of the month has made me feel generous - and since the 7th book in the series comes out this month - I've made the first 6 books of the "Kero's World" series free on Smashwords throughout September!

To get your free copy of "Kero Goes Walkies" go to http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/..., add it to your cart, and enter coupon code PQ38G at checkout.

To get your free copy of "Kero Celebrates His Birthday" go to http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/..., add it to your cart, and enter coupon code ZS89S at checkout.

To get your free copy of "Kero Gets Sick" go to http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/..., add it to your cart, and enter coupon code WP58U at checkout.

To get your free copy of "Kero Celebrates Halloween" go to http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/..., add it to your cart, and enter coupon code DY54E at checkout.

To get your free copy of "Kero Goes To Town" go to http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/..., add it to your cart, and enter coupon code BD89P at checkout.

To get your free copy of "Kero Celebrates Christmas" go to http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/..., add it to your cart, and enter coupon code UK65U at checkout.

Don't forget to look out for "Kero Crosses The Rainbow Bridge" - coming September 11th 2014!

If that's not enough, I also have two half-price books for you!

Get "Jinx And The Faerrie Dragons" half price by going to https://www.smashwords.com/books/view..., adding it to your cart, and entering coupon code KY48Z at checkout.

Get "Cubby And The Beanstalk" half price by going to http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/..., adding it to your cart, and entering coupon code JE87N at checkout.

Please feel free to share the above links and coupon codes with your family, friends, book-loving pets, neighbours, strangers you meet on the street, or anyone else you think might be interested in grabbing copies of the books.


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Victoria Zigler (toriz) | 1397 comments My author interview with Alex is up! To read it, go to http://libraryoferana.wordpress.com/2...


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Victoria Zigler (toriz) | 1397 comments My latest book "Kero Crosses The Rainbow Bridge" (Kero's World, #7) is officially released today

Kero Crosses The Rainbow Bridge (Kero's World, #7) by Victoria Zigler

Synopsis: "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."

I never actually planned to do a 7th book for the "Kero's World" series. But when it came time to let Kero go, I needed to do something special for him. So, I decided to write a 7th book for his series. I figured then it would be something special for him, give a finality to the series, and give me the oppertunity to use the tool I always use when I need to vent my feelings; writing!

This was the most difficult book I've ever written, and yet the one I managed to complete quickest because - despite how difficult it was to write - I knew exactly what I wanted to say.

Today is one month from the day I lost my beloved dog; the best friend anyone could ever ask for, and the sweetest and most loyal dog I could have asked for too! Today is also the official release date for this book; my final goodbye to my beloved West Highland White Terrier, which I hope will help others dealing with the loss of a beloved pet one day too.

Kero loved when he was the center of attention, so I know he'd be pleased I wrote this book. He also loved when he made people feel good, so I know he'd also be pleased if his story helps others deal with the loss of a pet in the future.

Anyway, you can already buy it from Smashwords and some other ebook retailers, and will be able to buy it from others soon.

Don't forget that the first six books in the "Kero's World" series are free until the end of September, and a couple of my other books are half price. See my post on this thread from the start of this month for details and coupon codes.

Here's a full list of the books in the series:
1. Kero Goes Walkies
2. Kero Celebrates His Birthday
3. Kero Gets Sick
4. Kero Celebrates Halloween
5. Kero Goes To Town
6. Kero Celebrates Christmas
7. Kero Crosses The Rainbow Bridge


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