Thursday, May 30, 2013

As You Wish Tours presents Taeh Goes To the Vet

Before we get started with this interview and presentation, I want to say a few words about Taeh Goes To The Vet!  I was lucky enough to read this delightful story and I think any youngster would be thrilled to get this book.  The storyline is cute and the illustrations are wonderful!  I am thrilled to have Taeh Goes To the Vet presented on Penny's Tales.  Nice job Wendy!   Penny Estelle

Book Title:  Taeh Goes to the Vet
Author:  Wendy Healy-Hindmarch
Release Date:  April 1, 2013
Genre:  Children's Book
Length:  26 Pages
Publisher:  GMTA Publishing LLC
Presented by:  As You Wish Tours



Tell everybody about Wendy? Where you live? Married? Children

I live in Australia, South Australia, Adelaide, I’m married to a wonderful man for 25 years now, we have two grown girls, with 4 dogs and a bird.  I’m currently getting a Bachelor of Arts in History and Politics as well as being a wife, mother

Other than writing, do you work outside the house? If so, what do you do?

I work with my husband making jewelery for his business S and J Jewels and Gifts.

What is your favorite thing to do – for fun?

Read, if I could live in a library I would.

If you could go anywhere for two weeks – free – where would you go?

I would go home to England, to see my family most of whom I haven’t seen since I was a baby.

Since this book is for the kiddos, let’s talk about them. What is you favorite all time KIDS

It would have to be 101 Dalmatians.

Were you a reader as a child?

I was, I would read every chance I got, Famous Five were books that always stayed on my bedside table.

Tell us about your book?

Taeh gets to go for a walk with her humans and while out she sniffs a flower which leads to a seed being stuck up her nose, because of that her humans must take her to the vets.

The last time Taeh was at the vets she had to have injections, because of that Taeh is now scared of going to the vets so through this book we see Taeh facing her fears after several attempts to evade entering the dreaded vets.

Where can we find you and your story?
 You can follow me at 
Facebook and on Twitter

In the first of many humorous books in this series we see through the eyes of Taeh the Dalmatian as she tries to conquer her fear of the vet. Come along on this adventure and see what awaits her. See as she tries to outwit her pets (humans) as they have a battle of wills to see who will triumph. Once read you will be hooked on Taeh's adventures and want to read more in the Taeh the Dalmatian series.


I’m married with 2 children, 4 dogs and a bird, I live in South Australia. I have been writing children’s and young adults books since 2004 and have got a children’s picture book entitled Taeh goes to the Vet printed.



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Taeh Goes to the Vet
By Wendy Healy-Hindmarch

Sat, May 25
Schedule, What Inspired Me to Write My Book & Review
Julia Hendrix
As You Wish Reviews

Sun, May 26
Spotlight & Review
Cassie Chavez

Sassy Cassie's Reviews

Mon, May 27
Author Interview & Review w/Granddaughter
Teracia Loretan
Teracia's book hoarding problem

Tue, May 28
Why Book Covers are So Important
Bawaka's Book Fair
Bawaka's Book Fair

Wed, May 29
Victoria Brinius
Deal Sharing Aunt

Thu, May 30
How to Make Your Characters Believable
Carrie Ardoin
Sweet Southern Home

Fri, May 31
Author Interview
Penny Estelle
Penny's Tales

Sat, Jun 1
Christina Condy
Ohana Day Academy

Sun, Jun 2
Vlog Reading & Review with my kids
Toni Lesatz
My Book Addiction

Mon, Jun 3
Debra Gaudette
3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, & Sissy, Too!

Tue, Jun 4
Interview with Taeh
Tina Donnelly
Reading For Fun

Wed, Jun 5
Pet Peeves of the Publishing Industry
Stephen Ormsby
Ideas Captured

Thu, Jun 6
Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers

Fri, Jun 7
How to Avoid the Rejection Blues
Wendy Healy-Hindmarch
Great Minds Think Aloud

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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Carl Brush stops by Penny's Tales

How Your Setting Sets You Up

It’s impossible not to notice a story’s time and place, but it’s easy to ignore how setting determines the tale’s shape, action, and content. Where, for example, would Huck have been without his river? Or Odysseus without all those islands, each with its unique delight or danger? If you start with the right environment you’ve gone a long way toward making your piece work. Choosing the wrong one will hamper your storytelling.
Take Tell Cotten’s Confessions of a Gunfighter. Young Rondo Landon is forced into the arms of a career outlaw after his family’s brutal murder leaves him alone and wandering over hostile plains with predators threatening from every direction. Landon’s bandit rescuer takes him to a secret valley hideout where he becomes the boy’s caretaker and mentor.
There’s nothing new about a western criminal disappearing into a concealed valley. Consider the hole-in-the-wall gang and dozens of other examples. But Cotten had other choices as well. Between jobs, Jesse James hid behind small town respectability. Other outlaws (fictional and real) hid their background and identities by drifting from ranch to ranch or town to town, never lighting anywhere for long. For Confessions, though, the valley was only workable choice. Though Cotten never says so, it’s hard to ignore the valley’s similarity to a womb with its narrow, hidden entrance, and nurturing, Eden-like ambiance. Protected and supported, Rondo learns to shoot and ride, and he develops a code that forbids killing even while relieving the affluent of excess cash. When he finally emerges from the valley for good and decides to rejoin law-abiding society, he carries his new skills and attitudes with him, and he has a code to live by and the skills to protect himself and the innocent from the ravages of unprincipled marauders. Without that fostering valley, the story of Confessions would have been impossible.
My two-volume saga of the Maxwell family’s fight against a brigand intent on slaughtering them all, The Maxwell Vendetta (Just released last week) and its sequel, The Second Vendetta, centers around the Circle M ranch in the Sierra Nevada’s fictional Sawtooth Valley. The ranch sits at the foot of three large peaks (Called Sawtooth, of course) and borders the springs which nourish the fertile valley which is home not only to the ranch, but to small farms and a thriving community.
The Maxwell family patriarch built the ranch from nothing, and it’s the location and symbol of the family’s public prestige and of everything they hold dear. Thus, though it would be relatively simple for the avenger to murder individual family members one-by-one as they travel here and there, true retribution for Michael Yellow Squirrel means destroying not only Maxwell people, but the ranch that means everything Maxwell. Though the novels’ action ranges far and wide, the Circle M is the life-force nexus, for protagonist and antagonist alike. Like Tell Cotten’s valley, the Maxwell saga would be impossible without their Circle M ranch.
Conclusion: Your setting is not just a time and place. If you choose well, it will not only work its magic on your characters and plot, not only structure the action, but will become the heart that pumps lifeblood through the body of your story. 

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

As You Wish Tours presents Kilingiri by Janna Gray

Book Title:  Kilingiri
Author:  Janna Gray
Release Date:  May 21st 2013
Genre:  Romance, Women’s Fiction, Romantic Saga, Saga
Publisher:  GMTA Publishing, LLC
Presented by:  As You Wish Tours

With exotic locations richly painted, Kilingiri, a saga of love and loss with its many painful twists and turns, proceeds like beads threaded on silk until the circle is completed.

1968, Srinagar, Kashmir and Nina is devastated by the death of her new-born baby girl.
Sister Angela and Father Michael at the mission hospital step in to nurse Nina back to health but when the friendship between Nina and Father Michael turns to love, Michael makes a decision which will resonate through the years.

It is 1981 and in Kinsale, Ireland, Nina, devoted to her son Joshua, lives a loveless existence, but a chance encounter changes everything. Michael is back in her life, he leaves the priesthood and happiness is within their grasp.

But when past and present collide, their whole world is turned upside down.  Only by facing the consequences of what has gone before, can Nina and Michael embrace the future.

Janna Gray guides us masterfully through this poignant story of love, loss, betrayal and


He wiped away the teardrops sliding down her cheeks and caught them on his thumbs. Their gazes held. Then slowly, so slowly, he put his mouth to hers, tasting more tears until her lips parted in a long sigh. The kiss turned hot and hungry, blood pounded in his head as his hands moved down the soft skin of her throat to her breasts. Then she heard him groan. He pulled away from her, rolled on his back and flung his arm across his face.


‘Hey, hey … look at me,’ Nina pleaded, cheeks burning and insides churning with turmoil and sweet longing. She hadn’t wanted him to stop but understood why he had … he was breaking God knew how many Church rules and she was as guilty as he was for encouraging him. ‘Look at me please, Michael, don't block me out. We were consoling each other, that's all.’ She gave him a shy smile. ‘Hey, I can see a cockerel strutting around, ready to launch into his early morning anthem, so we might as well get ourselves sorted out for the long trek back to Srinagar.’

Leaping to his feet, he reached out a hand to pull her to her feet. ‘Why’re you so bloody nice? Would you mind packing my gear, please? I want a word with Ravi about having a vasectomy.’

‘But you can't! What about Humanae Vitae?’

‘Humanae Vitae is the refusal of the Roman Catholic Church to enter the modern world! Ravi and Pushpa are living on the bread-line as it is, and there's no way they can afford to feed any more hungry mouths, let alone clothe them. None of these people can.’ His words dripped bitterness. ‘If Ravi won't agree to the chop, I'll give Pushpa the pill.’

‘That's sacrilege! A priest can't go around handing out contraceptives and bricking men!’

‘Wanna bet? Try me.’

Janna Gray grew up in Ceylon (Sri Lanka) and was educated at boarding schools in Kodaikanal, South India and Derbyshire, England. She trained to be a teacher in London where she met and married her husband Simon. His job took them to Singapore, Hong Kong and Thailand where she raised two sons, worked at British and International schools and wrote articles for newspapers and magazines.

Currently living in the UAE, Janna was the Senior Mistress (a title which caused much merriment among her colleagues!) and Head of Pastoral Care at Repton School before trading her marking pens and report cards for the world of writing novels. She enjoys travelling and sailing and had a love-hate relationship with exercise until she discovered the joy of Zumba where the trainers turn a blind eye to her inability to remember dance sequences. She sings in the shower and with choirs, has an allergy to golf and recently
discovered the allure of oils and acrylics – a delightfully messy way to express her inner artist.

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Monday, May 13, 2013

Kid Lit Giveaway Hop is at Penny's Tales

What a week this is going to be.  We have so many wonderful folks who want to talk about their  books, reviews, and, best of all, the fabulous giveaways that are being offered.

I started writing kids books after working in an elementary school for 100 years and noticed only the little ones got excited about checking out library books.  They would run up to show anybody who would listen about the treasure they found to take home and read with mom and dad.  Kids, fifth grade and up, not so much!

In today’s world, reading is absolutely essential.  I was not a reader as a kid.  I hated reading until I had kids of my own (then I started reading to escape reality)!  I decided I would try and write some stories for the middle grade kiddos.  They have stresses just like we adults do.  I wanted stories that would help them escape for just a little while!

Hike Up Devil’s Mountain - (eBook), printed version, and audio

What do you get when one ten-year old boy breaks into the basement of an old abandoned house, that is to be demolished the next day, and finds a mysterious glowing stick? Now add the school bully and his ten-year old brother who also find their way to that basement.  The bully wants that stick!  A fight ensues and that bully is now a toad. 

What you get is a whirlwind adventure of two boys and a toad that have to hike up Devil’s Mountain to find the only person who can help them.

The dangers they meet along the way will keep you turning those pages to find out what happens next!  There is a surprise ending you just don’t see coming!

Billy Cooper’s Awesome Nightmare – eBook

Billy Cooper’s seventh grade class has been given a last minute, weekend assignment.  An oral book report, due Monday, on some stupid historical figure, he draws from a box.
Who the heck is William Tell?

Billy’s weekend is way too full to worry about some legend – that is, until he meets his subject face to face!

A Float Down the Canal – eBook

Twelve-year old Pam Simpson gets dumped on when her mother is called into work. She must cancel her plans for the mall to babysit her younger brother and his friend and take them to the public pool.  To make matters worse her cousin, Candy, is also coming over for the day.  She doesn’t even like Candy!

Much to Candy’s dismay, transportation to the pool is on inner tubes, floating down the canal.  One thing leads to another and it is Pam who, once again, must save the day.

When things couldn’t seem worse, the day takes a drastic turn for the better and it is Candy, and the float down the canal, that makes this the best day of Pam’s life!

Please leave a comment because I would like one lucky person to win all 3 stories.  They will be in eBook format!

Thanks so much for stopping by and PLEASE check out all the rest of the wonderful people involved in this wonderful blog hop!   

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Thursday, May 9, 2013

Kate Marie Collins stops by Penny's Tales

I am very excited to have Kate Marie Collins on Penny’s Tales today.  She is the author of the fabulous book Daughter of the Hauk and has a brand new book ready to be released very soon, Mark of the Successor.  First let’s find out a few things about this wonderful gal!

  1. Tell us all about Kate and what makes her tick and what do you like doing when you aren’t writing!

I’m a pretty simple person, really. As long as you’re honest with me, we’ll get along fine. I don’t deal well with people who won’t tell me what they really feel.

In my questionable spare time, I love to read. I make candles, participate in the Society for Creative Anachronism (medieval re-creation group), listen to music, play Dungeons & Dragons, read comic books. I’m a geek and love it.

2.  Tell us about your family – married?   Kids?   Where you live?

My  husband and I have been married for 17 years as of last November. We have two daughters, 14 and 11. Three cats (Athena, Witchy Kitty, and Caspar), and an odd assortment of dust bunnies that go along with having felines adopt you. Best way to describe where I live is Seattle Suburbia. Though, when the weather’s nice, Paradise would work as well. On a clear day, you have a hard time not seeing Mt. Rainier!

  1. If you could travel anywhere in or out of this world, where would it be?

I really want to go to Scotland or Ireland. I’ve felt a draw to those countries for as long as I can remember! Ideally, I’d rent a car and have no other concrete plans except for when my plane left to go home. I just want to drive around the country and discover whatever I can.

  1. What is your favorite all time movie?

“Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” hands down. After that, I love “The 13th Warrior” the most recent Star Trek movies (the reboots), and the comic book movies (Iron Man, Avengers, X-Men).

  1. What about weekly TV show?  Why?

Oh, I have dibs for our big t.v. on Tuesday nights for NCIS! The writing is excellent, the acting top notch, and it’s not always about killing the bad guy. Solving the case and arresting the culprit is just as important. And the characters are very real…they understand love, hate, and the need for revenge.

  1. What is the most scared you have ever been?

The first time I clicked on the ‘send’ button to submit my first story to a publisher. I was absolutely petrified – my hand was shaking! I expected a rejection, knew that was part of the learning curve, but I really was more terrified they’d say yes.

  1. If you could have any fantasy, what would it be?

Enough money to know our daughters could go to college without coming out in debt, our house was paid off, and we had a really well padded retirement fund. The more I think on it, my life’s pretty great. Are there things from my past I wish I could erase? Certainly. But those experiences made me the person I am today, the author I’ve become. My life now is a fantasy in several ways and I wouldn’t trade it.

  1. Now, Tell us about your book?

“Mark of the Successor” is a fantasy novel, suitable for all ages. My youngest is chomping at the bit to be able to read it! It centers on Lily, a young woman whose life has been pretty rough. Her mother wouldn’t have even sent her to school if she could’ve found a way out of it. A few months before her 18th birthday, Lily wakes up to find her Mama acting odd, and a strange man standing in their living room. When he disappears into thin air after telling her mother to have Lily ready to travel in the morning, Lily starts making plans to run away. Only to have more strangers, and another portal, appear in her bedroom. The story is really about Lily finding herself and being able to cut herself free of years of abuse, finally coming into who she really is as a person instead of trying to make others happy.

  1. Where did you come up with the idea for your story?

I used to participate in an online writing group, and we’d hold weekly challenges. Someone would toss out a topic and you’d write whatever you were inspired to on the subject. One week, the prompt was ‘A Known Unknown’, so I had the idea of a small girl heading off to school the first time and seeing the bus lumbering down the road. The scene is still in the book, as the prologue! After I wrote it, though, Lily would not be quiet until I’d written an entire novel.

  1. What is your favorite thing about writing?

Being in the zone. When you’re in the zone, the words are flowing, your fingers are flying across the keyboard, and nothing else is around you except the words. It’ll get to where my fingers will feel different, like they’re itching to be on the keys. I love that feeling.

  1. What is your biggest pet peeve about writing?

Writers who don’t give me credit for my intelligence! I absolutely hate reading a novel where the author feels like they have to tell me six times in two pages that a character is a cop/used car salesman/six feet tall. Give me credit for being able to remember that!

  1. Do you have a favorite author?

Several, but I have a special place in my heart for the recently departed Nick Pollotta. First off, he was the only author who would make me laugh aloud to the point of tears with some of his novels. Seriously, you do NOT want a drink in your hand if you’re reading anything under his name. He friended me on FaceBook and took me under his wing, patiently putting up with me asking all sorts of questions on the ethics of writing, etc. “Mark of the Successor” is dedicated to him. He recently passed away and won’t see it, but his wife told me he’d be very touched. Who knows…maybe she’ll buy a copy and he’ll read it over her shoulder someday.

  1. Where can people find you? (give all your links)

For Twitter, you can find me as @DaughterHauk

  1. Most important – where can we buy your story?

Once it releases on May 16th, you’ll find it at the Solstice bookstore (, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, and Kobo!

Kate Marie Collins
Dominated and controlled by an abusive mother, Lily does what she can to enjoy fleeting moments of normality. When a break from school only provides the opportunity for more abuse at home, the sudden appearance of a stranger turns her world even bleaker.  Disappearing without a trace, he has left a lingering fear in Lily. His parting words to her mother, “Have her ready to travel tomorrow,” is something her mind refuses to accept.
Running away is the only answer. But before Lily can execute her plan, a shimmering portal appears in her room. Along with two strangers who promise to help keep her safe. With time running out, she accepts their offer for escape and accompanies them into a brand new world. A world in which she is  
the kidnapped daughter of a Queen, and the heir to the throne of Tiadar.

Can she find her own strength to overcome both an abusive past and avoid those who would use her as a means to power?

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

As You Wish Tours presents Doug Dillon and his story Sliding Beneath The Surface - Yours FREE on May 3 - 5!

Book Title: Sliding Beneath the Surface (Book 1)
The St. Augustine Trilogy
Author: Doug Dillon
Release Date: August 24, 2011
Print Length: 166 Pages
Genre: YA Paranormal
Presented by: As You Wish Tours

Hello St. Augustine Fans! Let’s not forget the YA Paranormal Fans!

For three days, the Kindle version for Sliding Beneath the Surface will be available FOR FREE
on—a special promotion. Those days will be May 3rd, 4th and 5th. Spread the
word and tell everyone you know about this wonderful opportunity. This is also a final chance
for anyone who has not yet entered the Puzzle Ball Contest to do so. “Buying” one of these free
books on Amazon will count for one half of the contest requirements. All you would then have
to do for the other half of the contest requirements is to write a quick review on
before the contest ends on May 10. You’ll find the rules to the contest and more here: About the
Contest / What’s going on here?


In old St. Augustine, Florida, fifteen-year-old Jeff Golden’s recurring dream of being
stabbed in the chest and bleeding all over his bed is driving him crazy. It’s causing him to lose
sleep and giving him severe headaches. When his psychically gifted friend Carla and an ornery
Native American shaman named Lobo try to help, Jeff is inundated with terrifying paranormal

Reaching out of Florida’s distant past, something increasingly entangles Jeff in tentacles
of danger that threaten his sanity and eventually his life. But the harder he tries to understand,
the deeper he gets. When comprehension finally dawns though, time has almost run out. Lobo
does his best to prepare Jeff for what he must face in order to survive but it may be too little and
too late.

It’s at this point that both Jeff and Carla find themselves swept headlong into an
alternative reality from which they may never return. If they don’t quickly and fully adapt to this
situation, all hope is lost. From Lobo they know how it might be possible to change what is
happening but the question is, can they? Repeatedly, Lobo has told both teens, “You create your
own reality whether in this world or in another.” If acted upon properly, that advice just might
save their lives and end suffering on an even wider scale.


A new resident of America's oldest and most haunted city, St. Augustine, Florida,
fifteen-year-old Jeff Golden suddenly finds himself up to his eyeballs in frightening paranormal
experiences. At the end of his rope in trying to figure out what is happening to him, Jeff decides
to rely on his friend Carla Rodriguez, and Lobo, an old Native American shaman, for help.

Despite this guidance, things get even worse. Jeff's spine tingling encounters increase
in number and intensity at an alarming rate, scaring him even more. Eventually, he makes
the startling discovery that unresolved circumstances involving a bloody event directly out of
Florida's distant past threatens his sanity and possibly his life.

Finally, overwhelmed by forces he cannot understand or control, Jeff's world shifts from
frightening to downright terrifying. In desperation, and on Lobo's advice, he leaps headlong into
the unknown in order to save himself. What Jeff discovers though is that he has entered a level of
reality he is completely unprepared to handle while unwittingly dragging Carla with him.

Like all the books in THE ST. AUGUSTINE TRILOGY, the premise for Sliding Beneath
the Surface is simply this: You create your own reality.

”Lobo,” Carla said before the man could turn around, ”this is my friend Jeff Golden and he—”
”You know better than that!” The man scolded. What a voice. A deep one, like a big old Harley
cranking up. While using the rag to wipe sawdust off his hands and arms, he turned around and
faced us. “Nobody comes here unless they‘re invited by me personally, especially this boy who
has problems buzzing around him like angry yellow jackets.”

Angry yellow jackets? The guy‘s attitude reminded me of a crappy teacher I had last year. Hated
the man. Not a good beginning.

Lobo didn‘t have a big belly like a lot of older guys. A broad chest matched his big shoulders,
but the man‘s face is what really made me stare. It looked like the front of a ship, as if it could
cut through water. A large thin nose stuck out above a small mouth with full lips that puckered
just a little. From those lips on each side, a permanent frown sliced down to a sharp chin. Other
deep lines across the rest of his face and neck showed the man did have some age on him, like
Carla said.

His eyes though, are what really caught my attention. Deep set under thick, bushy brows the
color of his hair, the pupils looked completely black. Even so, they glittered as if a tiny powerful
light inside each one kept trying to get out. I swear, when he looked at me, I thought for a second
I was seeing twin lasers rapidly firing in my direction. Talk about weird.

Carla walked over to him, placed her hands on her hips and slowly raised her head so that
Mr. Lobo couldn‘t help but look at her. I tell you what, all five foot four inches of Miss Carla
Rodriguez was poised like a little snake ready to strike. I wanted to smile, knowing Lobo was in
for it, but I didn‘t. The guy deserved it.

A former award winning educator, Doug writes about things paranormal and historical. His
interest in the paranormal comes from personal experiences as detailed in the nonfiction adult
book he and wife wrote titled, An Explosion of Being: An American Family's Journey into the
Psychic. Out of those events and extensive historical research, he then created Sliding Beneath
the Surface for young adults, Book I of the St. Augustine Trilogy. Doug set his trilogy in the
oldest and most haunted city in the United States, St. Augustine, Florida. Books II and III of the
trilogy are on the way.

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