While I'm at Mason's, I seem to have done the cloning thing again--because here at the Tiki hut, I'm sharing Bish Denham's A LIZARD'S TAIL.
From the moment he hatches, Marvin P. Tinkleberry knows he is destined for greatness. For one, he has a marvelous, well-groomed tail. For another he can puff out his throat pouch in the most spectacular way. Maybe the other lizards in his colony don't take him seriously, but he knows the truth. It lives in the marrow of his bones; he's going to be a hero.
When a feral cat threatens the lives of all who live at Stone Wall in the Garden by the Sea, Marvin knows it's HIS destiny to get rid of the fearsome beast. Travelling Over the Hill to find help should be as easy as snapping up a sleeping moth. But it doesn't take long for Marvin to see that the world beyond Stone Wall is not the same as his pampered life back at the garden. From the deadly Sucker Cactus Forest to deadly mongooses, danger lurks around every corner and Marvin will have to decide if he's willing to be the hero he's long bragged about being.
Bish Denham was raised in the U. S. Virgin Islands. Her mother's side of the family has lived in the Caribbean for over one hundred years and she still has plenty of family there whom she visits regularly.
She says, "Growing up in the islands was like living inside a history book. Columbus named the islands, Sir Francis Drake sailed through the area, and Alexander Hamilton was raised on St. Croix. Then there were the pirates who plied the waters. Life for me was magical, and through my writing I hope to pass on some of that magic."
Bish has known many lizards in her life. Marvin and Leeza are based on two that lived in her bedroom.
She is the author of Anansi and Company: Retold Jamaican Folk Tales which you can find on Amazon.com.
Marvin P. Tinkleberry is such a fun character! I smiled every time I read his name. He has a positive attitude and sets off on his quest to save the lizards at Stone Wall filled with confidence.
Along the way, Marvin meets many characters, including El Grecko, the She-Beast, the Great Iguana, and more, including the lovely Leeza. He also encounters many challenges along the way, beginning with his trek across the Sucker Cactus Forest.
Although Marvin is a male lizard, A LIZARD’S TAIL is a great book for all young readers, both boys and girls, as well as for readers of any age who have remained young at heart.
THE FEDERALLY MANDATED FINE PRINTBish provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The free read was awesome, but it didn't change my opinion of the story or the rating I gave the book on Amazon and Goodreads, which would be the same even if I'd forked over my hard-earned dollars to purchase a print book. The book's solid. Check it out.
I will also be at the Texas Book Festival in Austin this Sunday, October 26, from 1-3 pm signing books at the Mystery Writers of America Southwest Chapter booth - Exhibitor Tent 3, Booth 320. If you're going to be in Austin, drop by and say hi. I'd love to meet you in real life!