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Please Welcome Author Vickie Johnstone!

Big thanks for hosting me…


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Vickie Johnstone with the real inspiration behind her Kiwi books!

Hi everyone!

Today we are honored to have with us Vickie Johnstone!  She is one talented author.  She writes in several different genres, for kids and adults alike.  Below you will find out a bit about her and her wonderful books.  Oh, and she is giving away a free ebook!!  It’s easy for you to receive one – GIVEAWAY – If you would like to receive a free ebook of Kiwi in Cat City, just tell me in the comments why you’d like to read it. Everyone will receive a copy and the best comment will get an additional surprise from Vickie.

What’s up with Vickie: 

Vickie Johnstone has self-published 14 books, ranging from kids’ stories about cats and pizza zombies to adult horror (zombies again), YA fantasy and a comedy starring a swearing dog. But it all began…

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Survivor for Teens: Camp Digitus

Survivor for Teens: Camp Digitus.


Kiwi and the Serpent of the Isle was a finalist!

Kiwi and the Serpent of the Isle was a finalist!

I’m thrilled to announced that book 4 in the Kiwi Series, which is my favourite, was a finalist in the children’s fiction category of the Indie Excellence Book Awards 2013. Thank you!!! So happy!🙂 It’s the first thing I’ve ever won for my writing.

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Book trailer for the Kiwi Series

Hi, yesterday I couldn’t go out because I’ve got a horrid cold, so I made a book trailer. I’ve been meaning to make one since publishing my first book in 2011! So it’s only taken me 2 years! haha!

I used iMovie and it was okay to use. Not to hard and the guide is easy, although there’s a lot that I didn’t look at using, so it could probably be better!🙂

The awesome music is by Ed Drury – it is also his music that normally plays on my blog.

This tune for the trailer is called Streetlight Desire. The illustrations are by Nikki McBroom.

Kiwi in Cat City is still on sale at 99c / 75p (ebook) everywhere…


Cheers!! And please feel free to share the video! Have a cool day!


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Raining Cats & Dogs Blog Tour! #petsontour


14 January – 14 February 


Join me and fellow writer David M Brown on the Raining Cats & Dogs Blog Tour, where cats and dogs run wild on blogs! Be furry entertained… hopefully :) A special thanks for Donna Brown (Mrs B) of The Indie Exchange (our co-sponsor) for organising the event! 

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David M. Brown and I are taking our cats and dogs on tour around a variety of blogs. We will be talking about the books we have written starring our furry heroes and heroines; answering interview questions; making up character posts (mine will be Kiwi and Glen, and others), and writing about other book-related subjects. Over the next four weeks one of us will be on someone’s blog, so pop along and join in the fun. 

Every blogger – or pet! – taking part will be entered into a draw to win a $50 Amazon gift card. And there’s another $50 up for grabs for spreading the word. Go to the Rafflecopter at http://tweedling.com/raining-cats-and-dogs-blog-tour-14-january-to-14-february/

Our books & the characters we’ll be talking about

ImageGlen the dog
When nature lover Josie moves into a house share with two pals, dreamer Ben and model man David, she sees it as a short stop and doesn’t bank on an attraction developing with one of them. Meanwhile, Ben’s dog, Glen, has the hots for Miss Posh, the beautiful golden Lab in the park. When dog meets dog it’s puppy love, but a complication leads to Glen taking matters into his own paws. In this comedy of errors, romance and walkies, it’s anyone’s guess who is going to get the girl/dog and live happily ever after.


A quirky bunch of cats

History has known many famous cats – Garfield, Mr Bigglesworth, Simon’s Cat, the Aristocats, the Cheshire cat and the Keyboard Cat on YouTube. In recent years these feline things have replaced man’s best friend as the most popular pet in the U.S. while the Ancient Egyptians once worshipped them as gods. This was a mistake and I’m here to tell you why. Man vs Cat is the story of one man, one woman and the six cats that changed their lives forever. To the woman they brought love and affection, to the man they brought sleepless nights, fear, paranoia and even ruined his jigsaw. Need I say more?


Kiwi the cat and her animal friends

One dark night, Amy cannot sleep and she looks out of the window into the garden to see her cat, Kiwi, transfixed by the moon, which is glowing brightly like a cat’s claw. Waking her brother, James, Amy suggests they follow Kiwi to see where she goes… whether it involves a hunt for mice or something else. Little do they know that, with a flick of her tail, Kiwi is going to magically change them into kittens and lead them on the adventure of their lives to a land they never knew existed in their wildest dreams. In the blue-lit world of Cat City, the budding detectives help Inspector Furrball to solve the mystery of the missing catizens and find out what happened to Madame Purrfect. 


The schedule 

– links will be posted as they go live

VJ – me   DMB – David M Brown

Week 1

14 Jan – Bunny’s Review (Reviews and character guest post – VJ)


14 Jan – Indie Exchange (Character guest post – VJ) 


14 Jan – Dag-Lit Central (Author guest post – DMB)


15 Jan – Bunny’s Review (DMB)


15 Jan – Dag-Lit Central (Author guest post – VJ) 


16 Jan – Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dave (Review – VJ)


16 Jan – Alchemy of Scrawl (Review – DMB)

17 Jan – Library Girl Reads and Reviews (Character guest post – DMB)


17 Jan – Karen Pokras Toz (Author guest post and review – VJ)


17 Jan – Cabin Goddess (Review and character guest post – DMB)

Week 2

21 Jan – Alison DeLuca (Review – DMB)


21 Jan – Library Girl Reads and Reviews (Author interview – VJ)


22 Jan – My Devotional Thoughts (Review and author guest post – DMB)


22 Jan – Izz Bookish Place (Excerpt and author guest post – VJ)


23 Jan – My Devotional Thoughts (Reviews and guest post – VJ)



Week 3

28 Jan – Andi’s Chapter Books (Author guest post and excerpt – VJ)


30 Jan – Andi’s Kids Books (Review – VJ)

1 Feb – Karen Pokras Toz (Review – DMB)

2 Feb – Alison DeLuca (Excerpt – DMB)

2 Feb – Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dave (Review – VJ)

3 Feb – Mr Kain’s Diary (Character interview – VJ) 

3 Feb – Sand in my Shoes Reviews (Review – VJ) 

Week 4 

4 Feb – Sand in my Shoes Reviews (Review – DMB) 

4 Feb – Andi’s Chapter Books (Author guest post and excerpt – DMB)

5 Feb – It’s Time To Read Mamaw (Interview – VJ)

5 Feb – GMTA Paranormal/Young Adult/New Adult (Excerpt – DMB)

6 Feb – Andi’s Chapter Books (Review – DMB)

6 Feb – GMTA Paranormal/Young Adult/New Adult (Excerpt – VJ)

7 Feb – The Mess That is Me (Excerpt/Author Guest Post – VJ)

7 Feb – Blessed Domestic Diva (Review/Character Guest Post – DMB) 

8 Feb – The Mess That is Me (Excerpt/Author Guest Post – DMB)

8 Feb – Blessed Domestic Diva (Review/Guest Post – VJ)

9 Feb – It’s Time To Read Mamaw (Interview – DMB)

9 Feb – Page Turner Book Tours (Spotlight – VJ) – done 

10 Feb – Confessions of the Hockmangirl (Character Guest Post – DMB)

10 Feb – Page Turner Book Tours (Spotlight – DMB)

 Week 5

11 Feb – Gathering Leaves Reviews (Review & Interview – VJ)

11 Feb – GMTA UK (Excerpt – DMB)

11 Feb – Megan Blogs (Guest Post – VJ & DMB)

12 Feb – Gathering Leaves Reviews (Review & Interview – DMB)

12 Feb – GMTA UK (Excerpt – VJ) 

13 Feb – Read 2 Review (Interview – VJ) 

14 Feb – Read 2 Review (Interview – DMB) 

Voofs and purrs!




Out now: 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 


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Purr like an Egyptian

ImageToday I’m pleased to announce that my new book, Kiwi in the Realm of Ra, is available on Smashwords. It is cranking through on Amazon at the moment. 

The opening price is just 99c/75p until Nikki McBroom works her magic with the illustrations inside.

Book 5 in the Kiwi Series takes magical cat Kiwi and her human and animal friends back in time to Ancient Egypt to find the dastardly Dev, who swiped Whisker’s Time-Squeaking Mouse and changed the course of history. 

Here’s the link for Smash: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/255622

Thanks. I love writing these books with their furry characters, and hope to bring you another one in time for Christmas. Cheers!




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