When Vickie Johnstone (Kiwi in Cat City and 3 Heads & a Tail) asked me to host a leg of the Raining Cats and Dogs Blog Tour for her and fellow author David M. Brown (Man vs Cat), I immediately accepted. We are big Vickie fans in my household, ever since I reviewed Kiwi in Cat City for Storytime Thursday, specially Emily who even vlogged about the series.
What I didn’t know, and was utterly floored and honored when I found out, was that Vickie and David would write a brand new story just for my blog… complete with a beautiful illustration made just for the occasion by the talented Nikki McBroom. Triple-score!!!
It’s my immense pleasure to introduce you to Vickie I-can-write-cat-stories-in-my-sleep Johnstone and her equally talented friend, David Brown. Thank you both for this fabulous guest post and good luck on your tour!
The short story, written exclusively for Megan Blogs
Pet Date By David M Brown and Vickie Johnstone
Starring our host Silly Quack, Kiwi (from Kiwi in Cat City), Charlie (from Man vs Cat) and Glen (from 3 Heads & a Tail).
Prior to producing Blind Date, LWT (London Weekend Television) produced a pilot for an alternative format entitled Pet Date. The show didn’t quite go as planned, and was considered a little profane and ludicrous, but here are some snippets from that one and only episode. [Click here to read the short story]
The books in the Raining Cats and Dogs book tour
Man vs Cat
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 in Cat City
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.
For children aged 9+, teens and adults. This book is the first in the Kiwi Series. So far, there are six books.
3 Heads & a Tail – a comedy romance with walkies
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 win the girl/dog and live happily ever after.
About the authors
David Brown could be considered a fantasy fanatic, especially since he has spent the last 10 years developing a 47,000-year history for his fictional world of Elenchera. When converting his obsession into literary form, David commits himself to a rigorous writing and editing process before his work can meet his approval.
Combined with the critical eye of his wife and a BA Hons in History and English, David’s dedication leads him to his goal of inspiring readers through heartfelt stories and characters.
Vickie Johnstone lives in London, where she works as a freelance sub-editor on magazines and an editor on indie books. She has a thing about fluffy cats and also loves reading, writing, films, the sea, rock music, art, nature, Milky Bar, Baileys and travelling.
Vickie’s books: Kaleidoscope (poetry); Travelling Light (poetry); Life’s Rhythms (haiku); 3 Heads and a Tail (comedy romance); Kiwi in Cat City (series for middle grade readers); Kiwi and the Missing Magic; Kiwi and the Living Nightmare; Kiwi and the Serpent of the Isle; Kiwi in the Realm of Ra; Kiwi’s Christmas Tail; Day of the Living Pizza (comedy detective series for middle grade readers), and Day of the Pesky Shadow. The Kiwi Series has illustrations by Nikki McBroom.
Raining Cats and Dogs, the giveaway
There’s a $50 Amazon giftcard up for grabs for spreading the word about this book tour. Enter the random drawing by supporting these books/authors with your tweets and your pins.
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