Excerpt From “A Cat Tale” by John Paulits

Can Hayden and his fellow cats put an end to the mysterious disappearances occurring at TALULA TUPPERMAN’S HOME FOR DISTRESSED FELINES before they fall prey to the same fate?

EXCERPT:

“…Shut up and enjoy the evening. Look,” said Stanley.

“Where?”

“There on the hill. Over there.”

“What hill? This place is nothing but hills.”

“There. There. Those two tiny pairs of lights.”

The light from the full moon lit Tiger’s and Pouncie’s eyes. They watched the shack from the highest pile of debris they could find. They’d followed the two dump-men this far, determined not to lose them. The two men had come to the barn after dark, as Pouncie predicted, and with their expert cat vision, the two cats followed the men along the road and through the dump to the shack. Now, they lay down, their chins on their paws, and watched the men.

“Oh, yeah,” Rodney said, getting to his feet. “I see.”

“Eyes,” Stanley said.

Rodney turned to his friend. “You’s what?” He sat back down and stared at him.

“I’m sorry?”

Rodney looked puzzled. “Why? What did you do?”

“I didn’t do anything? I mean what do you mean?”

“What do you mean what do I mean? What do you mean? You’re not making sense, Stanley.”

“I’m making sense? You’re not hearing sense. When I said I’m sorry, I didn’t mean I’m sorry for anything I did. I mean I don’t know what you mean?”

“You don’t have to yell.” Rodney shook his head. “You’re always yelling.”

“I have good reason to yell when your brain goes bling blang blung.”

“I’m sorry?”

“Don’t apologize, pay attention.”

“I’m not apologizing for anything I did. I mean I don’t know what you mean—bling blang blung?”

“Rodney, Rodney, Rodney. What are you talking about? What were we talking about?”

“You said I’s.”

“Yes, there on the hill, eyes.”

“There on the hill you’s what?”

“What do you mean, there on the hill you’s what?”

“You’re shouting again. You can’t say there on the hill I’s. You gotta say there on the hill I’s something. Like I’s hungry. I’s sleepy.”

“I’s hungry? I’s sleepy? That’s ridiculous and not even good English. And I didn’t say ‘I’s,’” Stanley cried, poking his chest with the fingers of his right hand. “I said ‘eyes,’” making wide eyes at his friend.

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John Paulits has been writing fiction for over thirty years.  His science fiction novel Hobson’s Planet was an Eppie award nominee in 2009.  His children’s novel Philip And The Boy Who Said, “Huh?” won the Mayhaven Publishing Award for Fiction in 2000.  His children’s novel Philip And The Superstition Kid was voted best children’s book of 2010 in a readers poll conducted by Preditors and Editors.  His latest book, The Mystery Of Charles Dickens:  A Tale Of Mesmerism And Murder from MX Publishing in London, will be available on June 6, 2012.  He formerly taught elementary school in New York City and now writes full time. A born and bred Philadelphian, he lives in New York City and Brigantine, New Jersey.

Website: http://www.johnpaulits.com

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Excerpt From “Cody’s Almost Trip to the Zoo,” a children’s book by John Stack

Cody’s class is going on a field trip to the zoo, or so they think. As the bus passes through the middle of Treble City, the school custodian, who is driving the bus, turns down a dark alley. He drives the bus in to a lake and it turns into a pirate ship, of which the custodian is 1st mate and their teacher is the captain. They are on an expedition to find some strange, but wonderful beasts. But, do they ever make it to the zoo?

EXCERPT:

Cody was really confused. He thought they were going to the zoo and some how they were at a lake and Cody didn’t know that Treble City even had a lake.

But, things kept getting stranger and more confusing. All of a sudden some of the kids began to scream and that was when Mr. Fletcher drove the bus straight into the water. Ms. Morgan didn’t seem upset – even though the class was frantic.

All of a sudden Cody was no longer on a bus, but on a ship. Everyone was on the ship. Ms. Morgan was wearing strange clothes and so was Mr. Fletcher, and Mr. Fletcher was wearing a funny hat. As Cody and the others in his class walked around on deck, he could see that this was not just any boat, but a Pirate ship.

Ms Morgan wore clothes like a pirate and carried a long spy glass. “Children,” said Ms. Morgan, “please settle down. We are going on a special trip today.” Mr. Fletcher, who was steering the ship, just looked at us and said, “Arrgh!” Cody tried not to freak out, but this was really weird.

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Writer: John Stack is a middle school math teacher in Kernersville, NC and this is his 15th year in the teaching profession. He attends a local Christian church. Prior to teaching, he served 20 years in the US Air Force helping design and build support facilities for the fliers. He has been married for 38 years. He and his wife have two natural daughters, ages 36 and 34, an adopted daughter who is three, and 2 grandsons, ages 4 and 2. He has been adopted by a retired racing greyhound named Lola and a Chihuahua named Millie.

Illustrator: Aron Daniels lives in Winston Salem, North Carolina with his wife, Amy, and their two dogs. A graduate of Western Carolina University’s School of the Art and Design, Aron works as a graphic designer and freelance illustrator.

Click here to buy: Cody’s Almost Trip to the Zoo

“Talon, Come Fly With Me” and “Talon, On The Wing” by Gisela (Gigi) Sedlmayer

TALON, COME FLY WITH ME is about the life of nine-year-old girl, Matica. Matica lives in a remote village on a dry plateau in the Andes of Peru. She moved here with her Australian missionary and schoolteacher parents when she was five years old. Ever since Matica could remember, she faced cruel rejection because of a growth handicap that traps her in a body a two-year-old. Because of her appearance, the local Indians wouldn’t accept her into their community or allow her to play with their children.

Under the watchful eyes of her parents, lonely Matica explores the plateau of the Andes. She found a pair of condors soaring near the mountains and with patience and a sense of adventure she befriended them. She named the condors Tamo and Tima and a strong bond and love developed between them.

The adventure of this book begins two years later, as Matica helplessly witnessed poachers stealing the condors’ egg from their nest. After a dramatic fight between Tamo and the poachers, the poachers abandoned the egg leaving it far from its nest. Being unable to bring it back to the nest, Tamo and Tima sent signals to Matica to take care of their egg.

Later on, during Matica’s tenth birthday, the condor egg hatches. The hatchling is called Talon and this story focuses on the self journey of Matica, as she teaches the little hatchling to fly. This experience changes her life completely and enables her to see a positive side to her handicap.

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TALON, ON THE WING is the second book in the Talon series. What Matica has dreamed ever since she first befriended the condors actually happened in the last chapter of the previous book, Talon, Come Fly With Me. And now the adventure continues.

Finally accepting Matica into their community with that incredible event, the Indians of Peru loves seeing her together with Talon and his parents, Tamo and Tima. Now she has to tell all of her adventures with her condors in class.

Only her mother wasn’t very impressed with that event but she finally is turning around as well and loves her seeing them together in that intimate way. Her mother first saw danger in it but after showing her how safe she is with Talon her mother gave her the go ahead.

Matica is now happy that she is small and doesn’t want to have it any other way. She is accepted, she is loved and she can have the incredible adventure with her beloved Talon. What more could she have? All her rejection and hardship is over.

In this book she has scores of incredible adventures and near disasters with Talon. Also, a love between Amos and her develops.

The adventure continues.

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TALON, FLIGHT FOR LIFE, the third book in the series will be published soon.

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Gisela (Gigi) Sedlmayer was born on 19 May 1944 in Potsdam, a suburb of Berlin in Germany.

Her family escaped to the West just before the infamous wall went up. They moved around in Germany until finally settling in Munich where Gigi studied architectural drafting and met Albert in 1965, marrying in December 1967. She worked as a civil draftsperson in various private consultancies in Munich.

Since her uncle was a writer, she tried to write short animal stories herself. Nothing further came of it, but she developed a love for the written word and started to consume books.

In May 1975, Gigi and her husband moved to New Zealand. Because of language challenges, she started a handicraft business. As a specialty, she made colourful parrots of which she sold thousands in a few years.

In 1988, they decided to adopt and became adoptive parents of twin girls the year after. They lived in New Zealand for eighteen years and moved to Australia in September 1992.

Two years later Gigi was diagnosed with cancer. After operations and radiation, she withdrew, thinking that she would probably soon be dead, like her friend who died of cancer, but her two little girls gave her the courage to keep going. After a few years, still among the living, her brain started to work again, so she thought, ‘Get a grip on yourself and do something good with your life’.

She remembered the time she wrote short stories and got inspired again, seeing her husband Albert writing the story of their adoption. Her English became increasingly better so she pressed on to develop her creative writing.

Albert taught her how to use a computer and she wrote many short stories. She entered them in competitions and often got very good reports back, which gave her confidence to go on writing. One day the idea for the TALON series came to her and she spent the next several years bringing the story and the characters to life.

She now loves writing and spends most of her time at the computer, developing new story lines. She also loves travelling, 4×4 touring, swimming, gardening, handcrafting, reading, fossicking and enjoys good adventure DVD’s or going to the movies.

Click here to read an interview with: Gisela (Gigi) Sedlmayer, Author of “Talon, Come Fly With Me”