Category Archives: short stories

10 Of The Best Poems About Fire

The literary website, Interesting Literature, has chosen 10 of the best poems about fire. The poems include William Blake’s wonderful poem “The Tyger”. You can read Interesting Literature’s choices here https://interestingliterature.com/2018/01/17/10-of-the-best-poems-about-fire/.

One of my earliest poems is entitled “Fire and reads thus:

“I have felt the fire’s power;
It kindles brightly and sinks within the hour.
I have watched the embers dying fast;
Looked into the future and gazed into the past.
I have raked the ashes cold, felt the bleakness in my soul”.

(“Fire” can be found in “Dalliance”, which is available in the Amazon Kindle store https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00QQVJC7E).

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Short Story

Most of you will know me as a poet. I have, however also published a number of short stories, one of which, “Run For Your Life” is reproduced below. Please note that “Run For Your Life” contains strong language. If you are offended by such language you may wish to skip the below.

“Run For Your Life” can be found in “Dalliance; A Collection Of Poetry And Prose”, https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00QQVJC7E.

Wanker flirting with that barmaid like that. He says that he was just having a laugh but I’m sick of it. Everytime we go out it’s the same

“Oh its just a laugh Lucy. Just chill out, get a life”.

“I’ll get a life without you” I told him as I threw my vodka and coke in his face. He was furious but give him his due he didn’t retaliate. He’s a womanising arsehole but he has never been violent.

Its dark walking home. Still its only 20 minutes from the pub to my flat. He’d better not think of coming back there, tosser! Shit its raining. I’ll be drenched. I new that I should have called a cab but I was so het up, not thinking straight.

That blokes been following me for the past few minutes. Don’t panic Lucy it’s a coincidence. He just happens to be going in the same direction as you.

I can’t see his face. That hat pulled down almost hiding his eyes, I don’t like it. Christ he’s walking fast, almost running. Keep calm he just wants to get home out of the rain the same as you. But he’s running straight at you. Fuck the alley’s empty just this weirdo and me. Scream, call for help. But he hasn’t done anything, he’s only running. Shout anyway it will scare him away.

“Help, help someone please help”.

There are no houses around here. No one can hear me. I shouldn’t have gone down this short cut, It saves 5 minutes but its taken me away from the main street. Oh Christ why didn’t I call a cab. Please, please god help me. He’s running now. I can here him calling for me to stop. You must be fucking joking mate I’m not stopping for you! I can’t run in these heels. Off they come. I haven’t been to the gym for ages. God I’m so out of condition I’m wheezing like an old man. My chest’s killing me and I’ve a stitch in my right side. Must rest. Can’t rest he’ll catch you. Must stop for a moment. I can’t. Oh fuck he’s still gaining on me I wish I’d kept going to the gym with the girls. Please, please no he’s almost on top of me. Run, Run Lucy, must get away. I can see the street lights up ahead. Just one more spurt and your back in civilisation.

He’s waving. What the hell does he expect me to do, I’m not stopping! Oh Christ he’s caught up with me. He’s got something in his hand and he’s pointing it at me. God is it a gun? Why me?

“You left this on the bar. God lady you where in a hurry. I thought I’d never catch up with you. This is your mobile isn’t it?”

Kero Audio Promo

I’ve owned birds, cats, chinchillas, degus, dogs, fish, gerbils, guinea pigs, hamsters, rabbits, and rats. Each one has a special place in my heart. But – though I never intended to play favourites – one little dog touched my heart in a way none of the others managed to.

His name was Kero, and he was a West Highland White Terrier.

Well, his name was actually Castellan Keroberous, but that’s quite a mouthful, so we usually just called him Kero. Since it was a mouthful even for us, I figured it would be even more of one for a child, so made sure to just use his name as Kero when I wrote the seven book series of children’s books in which Kero is the main character.

My “Kero’s World” books have been in eBook and paperback for a while, and now they’re also available in audio, thanks to the skills of narrator Giles Miller.

I’m very pleased with the job Giles has done in bringing Kero’s stories to life. I hope, if you buy the audiobooks, that you’re as pleased with them as I am, and that you enjoy the listening experience.

Regardless of the format you’d prefer, if you’d like to grab copies and share in Kero’s stories, here are the main places where you can buy the books:

   

Book 1 – Kero Goes Walkies
Audible: https://www.audible.co.uk/pd/Children/Kero-Goes-Walkies-Audiobook/B075G1P29M/
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/312873
CreateSpace: https://www.createspace.com/5519864
Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/kero-goes-walkies-victoria-zigler/1115292107
Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/kero-goes-walkies
Chapters-Indigo: https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/kero-goes-walkies/9781301045556-item.html
iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/kero-goes-walkies/id646101881
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/audiobook/kero-goes-walkies-keros-world-book-1-unabridged/id1281682080
Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Kero-Goes-Walkies-Keros-World/dp/1512358002/
Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Kero-Goes-Walkies-Keros-World/dp/1512358002/
Amazon Canada: https://www.amazon.ca/Kero-Goes-Walkies-Keros-World/dp/1512358002/
Book Depository: https://www.bookdepository.com/Kero-Goes-Walkies-Victoria-Zigler/9781512358001

   

Book 2 – Kero Celebrates His Birthday
Audible: https://www.audible.co.uk/pd/Children/Kero-Celebrates-His-Birthday-Audiobook/B076JLCYM8/
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/319037
CreateSpace: https://www.createspace.com/5519876
Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/kero-celebrates-his-birthday-victoria-zigler/1115457791
Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/kero-celebrates-his-birthday
Chapters-Indigo: https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/kero-celebrates-his-birthday/9781301569700-item.html
iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/kero-celebrates-his-birthday/id655736313
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/audiobook/kero-celebrates-his-birthday-keros-world-book-2-unabridged/id1299188305
Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Kero-Celebrates-His-Birthday-Keros-x/dp/1512358061/
Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Kero-Celebrates-His-Birthday-Keros-x/dp/1512358061/
Amazon Canada: https://www.amazon.ca/Kero-Celebrates-His-Birthday-Keros-x/dp/1512358061/
Book Depository: https://www.bookdepository.com/Kero-Celebrates-His-Birthday-Victoria-Zigler/9781512358063

   

Book 3 – Kero Gets Sick
Audible: https://www.audible.co.uk/pd/Children/Kero-Gets-Sick-Audiobook/B076JHMF35/
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/324875
CreateSpace: https://www.createspace.com/5519881
Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/kero-gets-sick-victoria-zigler/1115766744
Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/kero-gets-sick
Chapters-Indigo: https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/kero-gets-sick/9781301564569-item.html
iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/kero-gets-sick/id662445496
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/audiobook/kero-gets-sick-keros-world-book-3-unabridged/id1299180270
Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Kero-Gets-Sick-Keros-World/dp/1512358118/
Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Kero-Gets-Sick-Keros-World/dp/1512358118/
Amazon Canada: https://www.amazon.ca/Kero-Gets-Sick-Keros-World/dp/1512358118/
Book Depository: https://www.bookdepository.com/Kero-Gets-Sick-Victoria-Zigler/9781512358117

   

Book 4 – Kero Celebrates Halloween
Audible: https://www.audible.co.uk/pd/Children/Kero-Celebrates-Halloween-Audiobook/B076JLY9N8/
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/342194
CreateSpace: https://www.createspace.com/5519892
Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/kero-celebrates-halloween-victoria-zigler/1116264603
Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/kero-celebrates-halloween
Chapters-Indigo: https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/kero-celebrates-halloween/9781301689095-item.html
iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/kero-celebrates-halloween/id681250334
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/audiobook/kero-celebrates-halloween-keros-world-book-4-unabridged/id1299188237
Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/d/Books/Kero-Celebrates-Halloween-Keros-World/1512358177/
Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/d/Books/Kero-Celebrates-Halloween-Keros-World/1512358177/
Amazon Canada: https://www.amazon.ca/d/Books/Kero-Celebrates-Halloween-Keros-World/1512358177/
Book Depository: https://www.bookdepository.com/Kero-Celebrates-Halloween-Victoria-Zigler/9781512358179

   

Book 5 – Kero Goes To Town
Audible: https://www.audible.co.uk/pd/Children/Kero-Goes-to-Town-Audiobook/B076JKC8WY/
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/344560
CreateSpace: https://www.createspace.com/5519904
Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/kero-goes-to-town-victoria-zigler/1116351967
Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/kero-goes-to-town
Chapters-Indigo: https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/kero-goes-to-town/9781301736898-item.html
iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/kero-goes-to-town/id685077071
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/audiobook/kero-goes-to-town-keros-world-book-5-unabridged/id1299180347
Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Kero-Goes-Town-Keros-World/dp/1512358258/
Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Kero-Goes-Town-Keros-World/dp/1512358258/
Amazon Canada: https://www.amazon.ca/Kero-Goes-Town-Keros-World/dp/1512358258/
Book Depository: https://www.bookdepository.com/Kero-Goes-Town-Victoria-Zigler/9781512358254

   

Book 6 – Kero Celebrates Christmas
Audible: https://www.audible.co.uk/pd/Children/Kero-Celebrates-Christmas-Audiobook/B076JLCWXJ/
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/344566
CreateSpace: https://www.createspace.com/5519911
Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/kero-celebrates-christmas-victoria-zigler/1116351968
Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/kero-celebrates-christmas
Chapters-Indigo: https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/kero-celebrates-christmas/9781301781553-item.html
iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/kero-celebrates-christmas/id685077053
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/audiobook/kero-celebrates-christmas-keros-world-book-6-unabridged/id1299184684
Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Kero-Celebrates-Christmas-Keros-World/dp/1512358290/
Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Kero-Celebrates-Christmas-Keros-World/dp/1512358290/
Amazon Canada: https://www.amazon.ca/Kero-Celebrates-Christmas-Keros-World/dp/1512358290/
Book Depository: https://www.bookdepository.com/Kero-Celebrates-Christmas-Victoria-Zigler/9781512358292

   

Book 7 – Kero Crosses The Rainbow Bridge
Audible: https://www.audible.co.uk/pd/Children/Kero-Crosses-the-Rainbow-Bridge-Audiobook/B076JLDP7B/
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/467451
CreateSpace: https://www.createspace.com/5519915
Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/kero-crosses-the-rainbow-bridge-victoria-zigler/1120258086
Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/kero-crosses-the-rainbow-bridge
Chapters-Indigo: https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/kero-crosses-the-rainbow-bridge/9781311579089-item.html
iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/kero-crosses-the-rainbow-bridge/id909832745
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/audiobook/kero-crosses-rainbow-bridge-keros-world-volume-7-unabridged/id1299180482
Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Kero-Crosses-Rainbow-Bridge-Keros/dp/1512358320/
Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Kero-Crosses-Rainbow-Bridge-Keros/dp/1512358320/
Amazon Canada: https://www.amazon.ca/Kero-Crosses-Rainbow-Bridge-Keros/dp/1512358320/
Book Depository: https://www.bookdepository.com/Kero-Crosses-Rainbow-Bridge-Victoria-Zigler/9781512358322

You can also find the books on Goodreads.

Book 1: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17881737-kero-goes-walkies
Book 2: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17974626-kero-celebrates-his-birthday
Book 3: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18052712-kero-gets-sick
Book 4: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18052730-kero-celebrates-halloween
Book 5: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18052750-kero-goes-to-town
Book 6: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18052768-kero-celebrates-christmas
Book 7: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22919083-kero-crosses-the-rainbow-bridge

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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: 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

The Role Of The Literary Agent

This week “The Bottom Line”, on BBC Radio 4 examines the role of agents (literary and otherwise). The information on the BBC’s website reads as follows:

“This week the programme looks at the business of agents. What exactly do they do and are they adding value to their clients’ careers? Evan Davis discusses their role with three agents from the worlds of showbusiness, football and books. …”.

To listen to the programme please visit, http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09b0wbl.

Now In Audio – The Degu Books

I’ve posted here on Kevin’s blog in the past about the writing of my Degu Days Duo. But – for the benefit of those who may not have seen that post – I’ll briefly recap by telling you that it’s a duology that is essentially a semi-fictionalized account of two different days in the lives of my own four degu boys: Jacob, Jasper, Jenks, and Joshua. Those two books are told from Jenks’ point of view, and my most recent degu book “How To Trust Your Human” – which is a semi-fictionalized account of my attempts at regaining one of their trusts after we lost the first three – is told from the point of view of my last remaining degu, Joshua, under the nickname of “Buddy” (to separate it from the duology it’s not officially part of).

I call them “semi-fictionalized” accounts, because they’re based on real experiences, but since they’re told from the point of view of one of the degus, it’s difficult for me to be completely accurate about events, and they can’t really be considered non-fiction under those circumstances, can they? So, I list them as fiction, and advertise them as being semi-fictionalized.

There’s a fourth book too. One that is entirely fictional, though it was one of my boys – Jasper this time – who was the inspiration for the story, after an escape attempt on his part when I didn’t double check the cage door, and accidentally left it open. In this book, a degu named Oscar takes advantage of an unlocked cage door to escape his cage and explore the world outside of it without humans to supervise him and tell him where he can and can’t go.

You can read all four of them as eBooks or paperbacks, and now – thanks to narrator James Watkins – you can also listen to them in audio.

Working with James has been fun, and I’m pleased with his reading of all four of my degu books. If you buy the audiobooks, I hope you’re as pleased with them.

Regardless of the format you’d prefer, if you’d like to grab copies and explore the world from the point of view of a small and furry rodent, here are the main places where you can buy the books:

Degu Days, Book 1 – The Great Degu Round-Up
Audible: https://www.audible.co.uk/pd/Children/The-Great-Degu-Round-Up-Audiobook/B075WZP3WK/
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/385933
CreateSpace: https://www.createspace.com/5493760
Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-great-degu-round-up-victoria-zigler/1117667258
Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/the-great-degu-round-up
Chapters-Indigo: https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/the-great-degu-round-up/9781311126009-item.html
iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-great-degu-round-up/id778182110
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/audiobook/the-great-degu-round-up-degu-days-duo-volume-1-unabridged/id1290400235
Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Great-Degu-Round-Up-Days-Duo/dp/1512165131/
Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Great-Degu-Round-Up-Days-Duo/dp/1512165131/
Amazon Canada: https://www.amazon.ca/Great-Degu-Round-Up-Days-Duo/dp/1512165131/
Book Depository: https://www.bookdepository.com/Great-Degu-Round-Up-Victoria-Zigler/9781512165135

Degu Days, Book 2 – A Very Degu Christmas
Audible: https://www.audible.co.uk/pd/Children/A-Very-Degu-Christmas-Audiobook/B0767MYSD9/
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/385942
CreateSpace: https://www.createspace.com/5493860
Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-very-degu-christmas-victoria-zigler/1117667259
Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/a-very-degu-christmas
Chapters-Indigo: https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/a-very-degu-christmas/9781310351044-item.html
iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/a-very-degu-christmas/id778182118
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/audiobook/a-very-degu-christmas-degu-days-duo-book-2-unabridged/id1294815308
Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Very-Degu-Christmas-Days-Duo-x/dp/1512166014/
Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Very-Degu-Christmas-Days-Duo-x/dp/1512166014/
Amazon Canada: https://www.amazon.ca/Very-Degu-Christmas-Days-Duo-x/dp/1512166014/
Book Depository: https://www.bookdepository.com/Very-Degu-Christmas-Victoria-Zigler/9781512166019

Degu’s Day Out
Audible: https://www.audible.co.uk/pd/Children/Degus-Day-Out-Audiobook/B07664D83S/
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/589067
CreateSpace: https://www.createspace.com/5841040
Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/degus-day-out-victoria-zigler/1122874667
Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/degu-s-day-out
Chapters-Indigo: https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/degus-day-out/9781310137778-item.html
iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/degus-day-out/id1054305510
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/audiobook/degus-day-out-unabridged/id1294439347
Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Degus-Day-Out-Victoria-Zigler/dp/1519326319/
Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Degus-Day-Out-Victoria-Zigler/dp/1519326319/
Amazon Canada: https://www.amazon.ca/Degus-Day-Out-Victoria-Zigler/dp/1519326319/
Book Depository: https://www.bookdepository.com/Degus-Day-Out-Victoria-Zigler/9781519326317

How To Trust Your Human
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

You can also find the books listed on Goodreads.

Degu Days, Book 1: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/19286797-the-great-degu-round-up
Degu Days, Book 2: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/19287273-a-very-degu-christmas
Degu’s Day Out: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27391344-degu-s-day-out
How To Trust Your Human: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35160154-how-to-trust-your-human

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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: 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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About the narrator:
Canadian born James Watkins spent a number of years wandering extensively, studying and working at a variety of exciting things, including surveying in the Yukon, fighting forest fires in the boreal of northern Ontario, sailing on the merchant schooner Avontuur through the Caribean, working as a singing cowboy, and teaching in Central America, to name a few, until finally settling in San Diego, California in 2011. He loves good music, good stories, good writing, fresh air, animals, and a healthy balance between action and quiet time.

Working from his home studio, James offers a full suite of services – from voice over production and scripting, to sound design with music and effects.

James currently has a podcast in production together with SC Watkins, that will feature original spooky stories, set to launch in late October, 2017. You can check it out at http://thebonefire.com/

If you’d like to contact James, he can be reached at jameswatkinsvo@outlook.com

Launch of audio versions of “Toby’s Tales” by Victoria (Tori) Zigler

I’ve had poor eyesight all my life, and eventually – in my early 20s – lost the last of my sight to the Glaucoma I was born with. So I’m no stranger to those times when people without vision problems were doing things I couldn’t be a part of. Not to mention, those times when tasks people with sight take for granted were difficult – or even impossible – for me to do with my poor, and later lack of, sight.

Sometimes there really is no way for a blind person to do something a sighted person can do easily. But often there is. All it takes is a bit of creative thinking, a willingness to adapt the method used to do it, and maybe some special equipment or tools to make it possible.

Take the screen reader Kevin and I use for our computers, for example. Without JAWS (Job Access With Speech) I couldn’t have written this post, and sent it to Kevin, and he couldn’t have put it on his blog for you to read. In fact, without JAWS – and the fact it makes it possible for us to use our computers in the way we do – there wouldn’t even be a blog for you to read, let alone a post from me to go up on it. Sure, there are still things we need help from a sighted friend or family member to do. But it opens up a world of possibilities for us that would never otherwise have existed. Without JAWS, the day I lost my sight would have been the day I lost my ability to access the internet.

There are similar situations in other aspects of the life of a blind person. From simple things like pairing socks, to more complicated things like the above example using JAWS. It’s something that’s just a fact; it’s just the way things are.

But there are – as I mentioned – often ways to make it possible for a blind person to do things for themselves, or to be included when they otherwise might not be able to be. I explore some of these situations, as well as some possible solutions for them, in my “Toby’s Tales” series.

The Toby’s Tales series is a five book series that follows a little boy named Toby’s efforts to adjust after sight loss. I published the first book as an eBook in 2012, with the other four following quickly on its heals, and later made a paperback version of each book available. Now – with the help of the talented Joseph A. Batzel – I’ve also made them available as audiobooks.

Joseph has done an excellent job of bringing Toby’s stories to life. At least, I think so. If you buy the audiobooks, I hope you’ll agree.

Regardless of the format you’d prefer, if you’d like to grab copies so you can learn about the fears and frustrations Toby struggles with, here are the main places where you can buy the books:

Book 1 – Toby’s New World
Audible: http://www.audible.co.uk/pd/Children/Tobys-New-World-Audiobook/B074P7FV1M/
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/229561
CreateSpace: https://www.createspace.com/5519989
Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/tobys-new-world-victoria-zigler/1113041202
Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/toby-s-new-world
Chapters-Indigo: https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/tobys-new-world/9781476234342-item.html
iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/tobys-new-world/id562790799
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/audiobook/tobys-new-world-tobys-tales-volume-1-unabridged/id1270858515
Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Tobys-New-World-Tales/dp/1512358908/
Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Tobys-New-World-Tales/dp/1512358908/
Amazon Canada: https://www.amazon.ca/Tobys-New-World-Tales/dp/1512358908/
Book Depository: https://www.bookdepository.com/Tobys-New-World-Victoria-Zigler/9781512358902

Book 2 – Toby’s Monsters
Audible: https://www.audible.co.uk/pd/Children/Tobys-Monsters-Audiobook/B074SZ9BJX/
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/247103
CreateSpace: https://www.createspace.com/5519996
Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/tobys-monsters-victoria-zigler/1113744687
Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/toby-s-monsters
Chapters-Indigo: https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/tobys-monsters/9781301157921-item.html
iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/tobys-monsters/id574780594
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/audiobook/tobys-monsters-tobys-tales-volume-2-unabridged/id1272267691
Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/d/cka/Tobys-Monsters-2-Tales-Victoria-Zigler/1512358975
Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/d/cka/Tobys-Monsters-2-Tales-Victoria-Zigler/1512358975
Amazon Canada: https://www.amazon.ca/d/cka/Tobys-Monsters-2-Tales-Victoria-Zigler/1512358975
Book Depository: https://www.bookdepository.com/Tobys-Monsters-Victoria-Zigler/9781512358971

Book 3 – Toby’s Outing
Audible: https://www.audible.co.uk/pd/Children/Tobys-Outing-Audiobook/B074W95DRX/
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/251587
CreateSpace: https://www.createspace.com/5520007
Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/tobys-outing-victoria-zigler/1113846045
Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/toby-s-outing
Chapters-Indigo: https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/tobys-outing/9781301643264-item.html
iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/tobys-outing/id577001695
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/audiobook/tobys-outing-tobys-tales-volume-3-unabridged/id1273856055
Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Tobys-Outing-3-Tales/dp/1512359041/
Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Tobys-Outing-3-Tales/dp/1512359041/
Amazon Canada: https://www.amazon.ca/Tobys-Outing-3-Tales/dp/1512359041/
Book Depository: https://www.bookdepository.com/Tobys-Outing-Victoria-Zigler/9781512359046

Book 4 – Toby’s Games
Audible: https://www.audible.co.uk/pd/Children/Tobys-Games-Audiobook/B074WCT1W4/
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/271594
CreateSpace: https://www.createspace.com/5520032
Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/tobys-games-victoria-zigler/1114302957
Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/toby-s-games
Chapters-Indigo: https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/tobys-games/9781301441082-item.html
iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/tobys-games/id595641562
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/audiobook/tobys-games-tobys-tales-volume-4-unabridged/id1274236264
Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/d/Books/Tobys-Games-4-Tales-Victoria-Zigler/1512359262/
Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/d/Books/Tobys-Games-4-Tales-Victoria-Zigler/1512359262/
Amazon Canada: https://www.amazon.ca/d/Books/Tobys-Games-4-Tales-Victoria-Zigler/1512359262/
Book Depository: https://www.bookdepository.com/Tobys-Games-Victoria-Zigler/9781512359268

Book 5 – Toby’s Special School
Audible: https://www.audible.co.uk/pd/Children/Tobys-Special-School-Tobys-Tales-Volume-5-Audiobook/B0756Q5KB1/
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/281507
CreateSpace: https://www.createspace.com/5520068
Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/tobys-special-school-victoria-zigler/1114473423
Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/toby-s-special-school
Chapters-Indigo: https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/tobys-special-school/9781301489220-item.html
iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/tobys-special-school/id600171798
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/audiobook/tobys-special-school-tobys-tales-volume-5-unabridged/id1277169221
Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/d/Books/Tobys-Special-School-5-Tales-Victoria-Zigler/1512359335/
Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/d/Books/Tobys-Special-School-5-Tales-Victoria-Zigler/1512359335/
Amazon Canada: https://www.amazon.ca/d/Books/Tobys-Special-School-5-Tales-Victoria-Zigler/1512359335/
Book Depository: https://www.bookdepository.com/Tobys-Special-School-Victoria-Zigler/9781512359336

You can also find the books on Goodreads.

Book 1: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15992610-toby-s-new-world
Book 2: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16098832-toby-s-monsters
Book 3: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16127032-toby-s-outing
Book 4: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17209761-toby-s-games
Book 5: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17314257-toby-s-special-school

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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: 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

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.