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Haunted Halloween Holiday

Let’s all welcome Robbie and Michael Cheadle to the blog today. I’ve known Robbie for a while now, but she hasn’t been a guest here for a long time. I hope this stop will help them reach a new audience for their work. You guys know the drill, check out the post, then help them out by commenting and using those sharing buttons.

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Haunted Halloween Holiday

by Robbie and Michael Cheadle.

Robbie and Michael Cheadle are delighted to present their new book for children, Haunted Halloween Holiday. This book, for children aged 5 to 9 years old, is illustrated with Robbie and Michael’s fondant and cake art and introduces new fantasy characters including Count Sugular, Witch Honey, and Baby Howler.

Count Sugular and his family are invited to a Halloween Party at the Haunted House. After a delicious meal, the guest all dance.

Clink on the link to listen to read a short quote from the book and meet the dancing characters:

About Haunted Halloween Holiday

Blurb

Count Sugular is delighted when the Sugarpop Bats invite his family to a Halloween party at the Haunted House. He and his wife, Witch Honey, decide to hire a caravan and enjoy a weekend away with their family.

Includes some fun limericks to introduce the various characters.

You can find the book trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4fr5OxyUfd4

Purchase links

TSL Publications: https://tslbooks.uk/product/haunted-halloween-holiday-robbie-and-michael-cheadle/

Lulu.com: https://www.lulu.com/shop/michael-cheadle-and-robbie-cheadle/haunted-halloween-holiday/ebook/product-vd5778.html?page=1&pageSize=4

About Robbie Cheadle

Robbie Cheadle is a South African children’s author and poet with eleven children’s books and two poetry books.

The eight Sir Chocolate children’s picture books, co-authored by Robbie and Michael Cheadle, are written in sweet, short rhymes which are easy for young children to follow and are illustrated with pictures of delicious cakes and cake decorations. Each book also includes simple recipes or biscuit art directions which children can make under adult supervision.

Robbie and Michael have also written Haunted Halloween Holiday, a delightful fantasy story for children aged 5 to 9. Count Sugular and his family hire a caravan to attend a Halloween party at the Haunted House in Ghost Valley. This story is beautifully illustrated with Robbie’s fondant and cake art creations.

Robbie has published two books for older children which incorporate recipes that are relevant to the storylines.

Robbie has two adult novels in the paranormal historical and supernatural fantasy genres published under the name Roberta Eaton Cheadle. She also has short stories, in the horror and paranormal genre, and poems included in several anthologies.

Robbie Cheadle contributes two monthly posts to https://writingtoberead.com, namely, Growing Bookworms, a series providing advice to caregivers on how to encourage children to read and write, and Treasuring Poetry, a series aimed at introducing poetry lovers to new poets and poetry books.

In addition, Roberta Eaton Cheadle contributes one monthly post to https://writingtoberead.com called Dark Origins: African Myths and Legends which shares information about the cultures, myths and legends of the indigenous people of southern Africa.

Robbie has a blog, https://robbiesinspiration.wordpress.com where she shares book reviews, recipes, author interviews, and poetry.

Find Robbie Cheadle

Robbie Cheadle Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Robbie-Cheadle/e/B01N9J62GQ

Robbie Cheadle Goodreads Author Page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15584446.Robbie_Cheadle

TSL Publications Robbie Cheadle Author Page: https://tslbooks.uk/product-tag/robbie-cheadle/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/bakeandwrite

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SirChocolateBooks

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVyFo_OJLPqFa9ZhHnCfHUA

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Kero’s World – now in audio book

Written by Victoria Zigler – and now with an audio edition read by Giles Miller – 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, CreateSpace, 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, CreateSpace, 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, CreateSpace, 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, CreateSpace, 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, CreateSpace, 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, CreateSpace, 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, CreateSpace, 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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“Kero Gets Sick” book excerpt:
“I feel bad enough without all this,” Kero complained.

But, of course, neither his human nor the vet understood him, and Kero was sure they wouldn’t have listened even if they did.

“I don’t understand how this is supposed to make me feel better,” Kero whimpered, knowing he’d get no answer.

Finally, the vet was finished with his examination.

“I’ll give you some antibiotics for him,” the vet said. “He’ll be fine in a few days.”

“What are antibiotics?” Kero wondered.

But, after what seemed like hours to Kero, he was allowed down from the table and out of the room, so he stopped wondering about antibiotics and started trying to get to the door so he could go home.

“Let’s get out of here!” Kero said, pulling towards the door.

His human didn’t understand what he was saying, but his attempts at pulling her out of the vet made it perfectly clear what he wanted.

“We have to pay the bill and get your pills first,” his human told him.

Kero had no idea who Bill was, but hoped his human could pay him quickly so they could leave before the vet tried to stop them from leaving. And what was this about pills? The vet had said antibiotics… Were antibiotics and pills the same things? Kero was confused.

At last they were leaving the vet and heading home.

“What was the point of that?” Kero thought. “If anything I feel worse!”

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About the author:
Victoria Zigler is a blind poet and children’s author who was born and raised in the Black Mountains of Wales, UK, and is now living on the South-East coast of England, UK. Victoria – or Tori, if you prefer – has been writing since she knew how, has a very vivid imagination, and spends a lot of time in fictional worlds; some created by her, others created by other authors. When she remembers to spend some time in the real world, it’s mostly to spend time with her hubby and pets, though sometimes to indulge in other interests that capture her attention from time to time. To date she has published 8 poetry books and more than 40 children’s books, with more planned for the near future. She’s also contributed a story to the sci-fi and fantasy anthology Wyrd Worlds II.
Author links:
website, blog, Goodreads, Facebook Author Page, Twitter, Google+.

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How to Trust Your Human, on #LisaBurtonRadio

Lisa BurtonWelcome animal lovers and the creatures they care for. You’ve found Lisa Burton Radio, the only show on the air that brings you the stars from the books you love. I’m your host, Lisa the robot girl, and my special guest today is Buddy, a South American Degu. “Welcome to the show, Buddy.”

“Hi Lisa. Do you have any nibbles? I like nibbles… Especially cereal. No sugary kinds though, because I’m not allowed sugary foods. My favourite is Shreddies – do you have any Shreddies?”

“Maybe we should start off with exactly what a degu is. My research shows you are in the same family of animals that chinchillas come from. Care to expand on that for us?”

“A degu is a kind of rodent most closely related to guinea pigs. We look a bit like rats with furry tails, but our care needs are more like the care needs of chinchillas, which means we need things like regular sand baths, which most rodents don’t need. But we don’t tolerate cold nearly as well as chinchillas do, and our dietary requirements are stricter.”

“I have a little bio here, and it says your real name is Joshua. Not many animals go by a nickname. I’m sure our listeners would like to learn about that.”

“Yes. My real name is Joshua. I had three brothers: Jacob, Jasper, and Jenks. We looked almost exactly the same as each other, except for small white markings on our noses – or, in Jasper’s case, a lack of one. I love my brothers very much, and had some wonderful times with them. You can read about some of those times in my brother Jenks’ Degu Days Duo books.

“But then my brothers went away. I don’t know why, and I don’t know where. The human caretakers keep saying something about rainbow bridges, but it doesn’t’t’t’t’t’t make any sense to me. All I know is they went away one by one, and they didn’t come back for me.

“When I decided to share about what happened, I decided to use ‘Buddy’ so people would know mine isn’t another of my brothers’ stories of days when we were all together and happy.”

“Oh, buddy, I’m so sorry. I have a pet rabbit named Bunny and I don’t know what I’d do if anything ever happened to him.”

“I hope Bunny stays safe.

“I wish I knew what happened to my brothers. Like I said, the human caretakers keep saying something about rainbow bridges, but it doesn’t make any sense to me. I mean, my brothers and I were close – we were together every single day from when we were pups – so if there was somewhere nice to go I’d have thought they’d come back for me, and a place with rainbow bridges does sound like a nice place to go, don’t you think?

“I do know one thing though: I last saw each of my brothers in the hands of the human caretakers. Rainbow bridges or not, I know they know where my brothers went. They must have done something to make them disappear. I can’t figure out what, but it makes me worry they’ll make me disappear too.”

“Oh, Buddy, I’m sure the humans love you very much. There were probably as devastated as you were.”

“I don’t know about that. But I know they did something. They know where my brothers went, and why they didn’t come back for me. I know they do. Maybe it’s their fault? Maybe they did something?

“Actually, I’m sure they did. I bet they’re planning to do something to me too. It will be me who they make disappear next, you wait and see! One day they’ll snatch me up and take me away, just like they did with my brothers. One day I’ll be in my cage, playing on my wheel, gnawing on some of my wooden toys, or whatever, and then… POOF! My cage will be empty and I’ll be gone too.

“I used to trust them. I used to be sure they’d keep me and my brothers safe. But whatever they did to make my brothers disappear broke that bond we had. After that just the thought of them getting their hands on me made me squeal in terror. I only let them near my cage because they had to do things like fill my food bowl, give me my sand bath, and that kind of thing.”

“Do you think you will ever give the caretakers another chance?”

“Maybe. I didn’t think so at first, but the female human caretaker is making me start to think I should. She’s being really kind and gentle. She hasn’t tried to force me to accept her attention, and is letting me come to her in my own time. She even brings Shreddies sometimes – Shreddies are my favourite!”

“That sounds pretty nice to me. I really hope you can repair your friendship with the humans. Any closing comments for our listeners today?”

“Thanks for letting me be on your show. It was nice to have some company for a while.

“I hope nobody else out there is missing someone as much as I am right now. If you are, I hope you have someone to do nice things for you to make you feel better, like bring you Shreddies – or whatever your favourite nibble is.

“Oh, and – if you see my brothers – tell them I miss them. It’s lonely in the cage without them.”

“If you want to know more about Buddy’s relationship with his caretakers, pick up the book How To Trust Your Human, by Victoria Zigler. I’ll include all the links on the website.

“You can help support all the amazing characters that appear on the show, and the authors who love them, by using those sharing buttons today. I’m sure Victoria and Buddy would do it for you, when your character appears on the next Lisa Burton Radio.”

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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.

Audible: https://www.audible.co.uk/pd/Children/How-to-Trust-Your-Human-Audiobook/B0767Q6QPQ/
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/724848

CreateSpace: https://www.createspace.com/7188605

Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/how-to-trust-your-human-victoria-zigler/1126412328

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/how-to-trust-your-human

Chapters-Indigo: https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/how-to-trust-your-human/9781370897407-item.html

iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/how-to-trust-your-human/id1237703591

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/audiobook/how-to-trust-your-human-unabridged/id1294815409

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Trust-Your-Human-Victoria-Zigler/dp/1546844899

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Trust-Your-Human-Victoria-Zigler/dp/1546844899/

Amazon Canada: https://www.amazon.ca/Trust-Your-Human-Victoria-Zigler/dp/1546844899/

Book Depository: https://www.bookdepository.com/How-Trust-Your-Human-Victori-Zigler/9781546844891

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35160154-how-to-trust-your-human

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Victoria Zigler is a blind poet and children’s author who was born and raised in the Black Mountains of Wales, UK, and is now living on the South-East coast of England, UK. Victoria – or Tori, if you prefer – has been writing since she knew how, has a very vivid imagination, and spends a lot of time in fictional worlds; some created by her, others created by other authors. When she remembers to spend some time in the real world, it’s mostly to spend time with her hubby and pets, though sometimes to indulge in other interests that capture her attention from time to time. To date she has published 8 poetry books and more than 40 children’s books, with more planned for the near future. She’s also contributed a story to the sci-fi and fantasy anthology Wyrd Worlds II.

Author links:

Website: http://www.zigler.co.uk/

Blog: http://ziglernews.blogspot.co.uk/

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/toriz

Facebook author page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Victoria-Zigler/424999294215717

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/victoriazigler

Google+: https://plus.google.com/106139346484856942827

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Toby’s Tales

Written by Victoria Zigler – and now with an audio version read by Joseph A. Batzel – the “Toby’s Tales” series is a five book series designed to show children – and adults too – the struggles and challenges faced by people who are blind, or who are adjusting to sight loss, while also being useful tools to show anyone who finds themselves in Toby’s situation that they aren’t alone in facing those struggles and challenges.

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Book 1 – Toby’s New World

Toby has just learned he’ll never see again. Now he’s learning just how frustrating it can be doing even simple things when you’re blind. And it doesn’t help when his big brother Jake, and little sister Emma laugh at him when things don’t go right. But there’s always a way to make things easier… Isn’t there?

Buy “Toby’s New World” 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 – Toby’s Monsters

Toby’s world is scary and full of monsters his mind has created. If he wasn’t blind he could see what the monsters really are, but he is, so he can’t. Can he find a way to battle his monsters? Or will he spend the rest of his life afraid of every unexplained noise?

Buy “Toby’s Monsters” 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 3 – Toby’s Outing

Everyone is excited about the trip to the aquarium. But not Toby. Toby’s sure he won’t have fun, after all, aquariums can’t be fun for blind people… Can they?

Buy “Toby’s Outing” 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 4 – Toby’s Games

Now that he can’t see, Toby can’t play with his big brother Jake like he used to, and every time he tries to he just gets frustrated, upset or hurt. He’s starting to feel like he can’t do anything fun any more. Is he right? Or can he find a way to still do the things he enjoys?

Buy “Toby’s Games” 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 5 – Toby’s Special School

Toby’s starting to feel like he’s the only blind boy in the world, so when his first day at his new special school comes around, he’s sure the other children will tease him because he can’t see. But when he gets there he soon learns just why they call it a “special” school, and even manages to make a new friend.

Buy “Toby’s Special School” 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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“Toby’s Monsters” book excerpt:
It was a beautiful Autumn day, so Toby and his family went for a walk. Jake held Max’s lead, Toby held their Father’s hand, and their little sister Emma held their Mother’s hand.

Toby also held his white cane, which is a special stick that helps blind people to check for anything in front of them that could trip them up. He wasn’t very good with it yet, since he was only just learning how to use it, which is why he also held his Dad’s hand. Besides, he felt safer knowing his Dad was right there with him.

After they had been walking for a while, the wind snatched Emma’s hat from her head and blew it away.

Their Mother ran after it, leaving Emma with the others.

But then Max pulled his lead free from Jake’s hand. Jake ran after Max, but their Father needed to help.

“Hold Emma’s hand tightly Toby,” his Father said. “And stay there both of you.”

Toby and Emma promised they would stay there.

Then their Father ran after Max too.

Toby stood with Emma on the path, holding his cane, and waiting for their parents to come back.

Suddenly, Toby heard a noise. It sounded like something was slithering across the ground towards him and his little sister.

He wished he wasn’t blind so he could see what it was. Maybe it was a monster?

*Slither, slither, slither* went the thing.

“Help!” shouted Toby.

Hearing the fear in Toby’s voice, Emma began to cry.

“What’s wrong Toby?” asked their Mother, running back to them, Emma’s rescued hat in one hand.

“There’s a monster sneaking up on us,” said Toby.

His Mother looked around in confusion.

“There’s no monster,” she said.

*Slither, slither, slither* went the thing again.

“There,” said Toby. “Don’t you hear it slithering.”

“That’s just the leaves that have fallen from the trees. The wind is blowing them along the path,” said his Mother.

“Well, it might have been a monster,” said Toby.

His Mother took him by the hand and picked up Emma, who was still crying.

“The world sure seems scary when you can’t see,” Toby told his Mother, as they began to walk again.

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About the author:
Victoria Zigler is a blind poet and children’s author who was born and raised in the Black Mountains of Wales, UK, and is now living on the South-East coast of England, UK. Victoria – or Tori, if you prefer – has been writing since she knew how, has a very vivid imagination, and spends a lot of time in fictional worlds; some created by her, others created by other authors. When she remembers to spend some time in the real world, it’s mostly to spend time with her hubby and pets, though sometimes to indulge in other interests that capture her attention from time to time. To date she has published 8 poetry books and more than 40 children’s books, with more planned for the near future. She’s also contributed a story to the sci-fi and fantasy anthology Wyrd Worlds II.
Author links:
website, blog, Goodreads, Facebook Author Page, Twitter, Google+.

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About the narrator:
Joseph Batzel has a BA and an MA from Brigham Young University in Film and Theater. He is also a professional actor for stage and film for over thirty years. Joseph has over 150 voice- over credits including radio, TV, audiobooks, and animation. He has traveled extensively throughout the US teaching voice over workshops. Joseph is a dialectician and can perform most American regional dialects and most foreign accents.

Mr. Batzel has just joined Deyan audio one of the world’s largest Independent producer of Audiobooks as one of their narrators. He is married to his wife Alice of forty-four years, she is a published playwright and working on her first novel. They have two sons and five grandchildren. He presently lives in Brigham City, Utah where he currently works as an adjunct instructor at Utah State University teaching courses in Creative Arts and Public Speaking.

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