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My name is Victoria, but most of my friends and family call me Tori. Feel free to do the same.
Born in the shadow of the black mountains in Wales, I now live by the sea in the south-east of England with my husband, Kelly, a degu named Joshua, a pair of chinchillas named Mollie and Maizie, and a West Highland White Terrier named Lilie.
Having battled with glaucoma since birth, I now find myself completely blind. But I didn't let that stop me from chasing the dream I've had since I was a young child: the dream of being a published author. I've loved to read and write since I learned how, and always wanted to get my work published. Finally, in 2012, I made that dream come true by self-publishing eBooks via Smashwords. Three years later, I began using CreateSpace to make my books available in print. So now I'm a published author of children's fiction, as well as a couple of poetry collections; all of which are available in multiple eBook formats, and as paperback books.
Reading and writing remain my favourite things to do, apart from spending time with my husband, and our rodent gang, of course. I also enjoy doing crafts (such as card making and knitting). Plus, I dabble in things like roleplaying games (such as Dungeons And Dragons) and figure games (such as BattleTech and Monsterpocalypse) from time to time, and enjoy watching movies and TV shows as well as listening to music. On top of that, I have an interest in history, especially stone age and Egyptian history, and in space exploration. I also love almost anything to do with animals and nature. I have to say "almost" because I'm not too keen on spiders and creepy crawly things, though can pretend they don't exist if they don't come too close to me. My favourite animals are cats, dogs, rodents and horses, though I generally get all soppy over just about any four-legged animal; especially young ones. That love of animals was a huge factor in my choice to become a vegetarian, as it's hard to enjoy a meal when you feel sorry for it.
Personality wise I’d describe myself as a combination of Hermione and Luna from the Harry Potter books; Hermione’s thirst for knowledge and love of books, combined with Luna’s wandering mind and alternative way of looking at the world. A couple of people have agreed with that description of me, so I feel I'm justified in using it.
on Aug. 23, 2014 :
old or young, if you believe in faeries, check this out. Faeries are cute, but faery dragons are even cuter! And the story was the right length for my tastes (I don't like short short stories).
Here's to more on faeries and faery dragons!
(reviewed 11 days after purchase)
on July 13, 2014 :
Starting with the book cover, it is eye catching and totally apt. The story is quite interesting. Pixies and goblins usually make for interesting characters and here we also have faerie dragons. The pixies, Jinx and Ayla, are siblings; Jinx is mischievous, Ayla is responsible and though often at the receiving end of her brother’s pranks, tries to keep him from getting into trouble. Draco and Caia, faerie dragons, beautifully described by Ms Zigler, who share Jinx’ love of mischief , befriend him, and all of them recklessly plunge into a dangerous adventure. Things turn very bad for them with nasty goblins and the author keeps up the suspense until Jinx and his friends are safe…..until the next adventure.
I liked the story and the very vivid descriptions. I will not be surprised to learn that Ms Zigler has tea with pixies and other such creatures on a regular basis because she seems to know them very well. Recommended.
I received a free copy of this book for review.
(reviewed 13 days after purchase)
Chris The Story Reading Ape
on July 02, 2014 :
Jinx is a fairy trickster whose sister Ayla tries to keep out of trouble. They meet and befriend two faerie dragons, Caia and Draco. Jinx and the dragons decide to explore some forbidden caves, armed with a treasure map, but unknown to them, danger awaits.
I love the quality and colour of the cover which actually does reflect the quality and colour of the characters and the story.
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)
on July 01, 2014 :
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Can I just say that I want my very own faerie dragon as a friend. I would carry him around in my purse and share all my cake and pastries with him! ;)
This story was magical, enchanting and very colorful! It's a tale of sibling pixies; mischievious Jinx and his sister Ayla who tries to keep Jinx out of trouble. The pixies meet and befriend two faerie dragons, Caia and Draco. Jinx decides to go on an adventure with the dragons even though Ayla tries to talk them all out of going. The adventure is filled with danger and it turns out that Ayla was right in being concerned!
I especially enjoyed all the colors the author wove into this story, from the bright colors of the dragons to the emerald and sapphire colors of the pixie's eyes. And the cover! I love how bright and cheery it is! You can't help but smile whenever you see it.
I recommend this wonderful chapter book to all children and wish I had one young enough that I could read this to. I would love to do all the voices for a little one. As it is, I plan on reading this with my 11 year old granddaughter this weekend for her birthday when she stays the night.
Nicely done, Ms. Victoria!
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on July 01, 2014 :
Oh my goodness what a wonderful lovely story , well done to you once again , and i loved the cover as well, xx
(reviewed the day of purchase)