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Vickie Johnstone lives in London, where she works as a freelance sub-editor on business magazines and an editor/proofreader on books. She has a thing about fluffy cats and also loves reading, writing, films, the sea, art, nature, white chocolate and travelling. Vickie has published 14 books.
In 2011, Vickie self-published the following books:
Kaleidoscope (March) – a gathering of 119 poems, divided by chapter themes;
Travelling Light – a small, free book of poetry;
Kiwi in Cat City – the first in a series about a magical cat and her human pals (April);
Kiwi and the Missing Magic (June);
Kiwi and the Living Nightmare (October).
The Kiwi books have illustrations by Nikki McBroom.
Books published in 2012, so far:
Day of the Living Pizza – a comedy horror for ages 10 up; all profits to charity (May);
Life’s Rhythms – a collection of 316 haiku (June);
3 Heads and a Tail – a romantic comedy with walkies, written for NaNoWriMo (June);
Kiwi and the Serpent of the Isle (August);
Day of the Pesky Shadow (October);
Kiwi in the Realm of Ra (November); and
Kiwi's Christmas Tail (December).
Books published in 2013:
The Sea Inside – a fantasy adventure (May); and
I Dream of Zombies – a horror set in London in 2013 (October).
Editing, formatting and cover setting:
Happy reading and writing :)
on April 03, 2014 :
This is the fourth installment in the Kiwi series. For many reasons, I think it is the best one yet. First and foremost, it draws upon all the characters of the previous three books. In this respect it is a real treat for readers, like me, who have read the previous three books. All your favorite characters from the series are in this one. Including the enigmatic Dev, the lovable Inspector Furball, all the catizens from cat city and the fantastic characters from other realms. Rats, hamsters, squirrels oh my! Secondly, we get to travel to yet another magical realm with many memorable characters and perhaps the most formidable and fearsome enemy the catizens have faced thus far in the series. Even though this makes for a epic ensemble of characters, for the readers of the series it is less about a huge cast and more about a rewarding continuation of what is turning into a saga of Kiwi's magical family, friends and enemies. Lots of action, mystery, and magic in this book. As I said before, this book is for the Kiwi fan. Perhaps not the choice for the first time reader of the Kiwi series, but for the long term fan like me it is a read treat and essential read. I sense a shift in the direction of this series. A shift from cute little stand alone books to a fully coherent young adult epic. A saga with coherent underlying themes and meaningful character development complete with deeper back stories for the principal characters. I applaud the new direction. With this book, Kiwi takes a giant pounce forward as a literary treasure.
(reviewed the day of purchase)