Leaping Lizards!

Today I'm visiting Mason Canyon at Thoughts in Progress where I'm talking about researching material for novels in general and a couple of things that relate specifically to my own research. I hope you'll drop in and say hi.

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.

Blog: http://bish-randomthoughts.blogspot.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bish.denham
Twitter: @BishDenham


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.

Bish 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!


Already visited Mason and big congratulations to Bish!
L. Diane Wolfe said…
Marvin was another fun character. Bish has found her niche with this genre.
Stephanie Faris said…
Congratulations, Bish. And good luck to you with your book festival this weekend. Sounds like a blast!
I shall visit!! Have a great Monday Carol!!
Congratulations to Bish on the release. What a pretty cover, too!
Bish Denham said…
Thanks for stopping by everyone. Wow, Carol, what a wonderful review! Thanks for giving Marvin space on your blog! I'm sure he'll be happy to snap up a few mosquitoes for you Under the Tiki Hut.
Clarissa Draper said…
SOunds like a fantastic book. Thanks for the review and congrats, Bish!
Congrats on the release, Bish! I do have to say, Marvin P. Tinkleberry is the coolest name I've ever read. I love it.
Carol Kilgore said…
Stephanie - Hope it's loads of fun. Weather is supposed to be perfect!

OE - Wishing you a great Monday, too.

Bish - Marvin is always welcome to visit the Tiki Hut and bring as may guests as he wishes. We have plenty of mosquitos to go around!
congrats, Bish!! (although I hope the precious feral kitty winds up okay--cat lover in the houusee hahaha) And heading over to Mason's now, Carol :)
Mark Noce said…
I'm seeing this book pop up all over online...always a very good sign:)
Janie Junebug said…
Marvin V. Tinkleberry sounds adorable. I'm very familiar with lizards. I grilled burgers yesterday and had to chase one out of the grill before it roasted.

Janie Junebug said…
I'm sorry. I wrote Marvin V. and he's Marvin P. Silly me.

Love again,
What a wonderful idea for a story and congrats to Bish! On my way to Mason.
L.G. Smith said…
What an adorable cover. I have a soft spot for lizards. :)
Carol Kilgore said…
Thanks to all for visiting Mason's.

Janie - Was it the Lizard Bar & Grill :)
Lexa Cain said…
I loved the research article and left a comment. ;)

Bish's book sounds completely adorable! I hope it gets the attention it deserves. I bet kids would love it!
Helena said…
What a great-sounding book! I think I'll get this for a young acquaintance.
dolorah said…
Ah, so cute. I like lizards.
Lynda R Young said…
Congrats to Bish!
And enjoy your book signing!
Julie Flanders said…
This is such a cute cover and I love the name too. Congrats to Bish!

Have fun at the signing, Carol!
Carol Kilgore said…
I just realized I forgot to say how much I love Bish's cover. Besides being so eye-catching, it's perfect for the story.

Julie - I hope to have fun. I'm looking forward to it.
I love the cover too and the story sounds so cute.
Robin said…
The books sounds wonderful. Congrats to Bish!!!
Congrats to Bish! What an adorable cover! Wonderful review Carol! I'll head over to Mason's soon!

we're at Mason's every day!
Melissa said…
Love the lizard book. Looks great, Bish. :)
Carol Kilgore said…
Y'all are awesome ♥

Ack! I just see that I have to prove I'm not a robot on MY OWN BLOG?!

Blogger must be up to some old tricks. Will remedy this ASAP.
cleemckenzie said…
I had some good chuckles reading Bish's book. Glad you enjoyed the tale, too.

Off to see what you're up to a Mason's.
Anonymous said…
CONGRATS to Bish! Great cover. Thanks for sharing your review of A Lizard's Tail.
Anonymous said…
Congrats to both you and Bish. Marvin sounds like quite a character.
Bish's book sounds delightful. Some of my grandkids are kinda smitten with lizards, so I'll have to check it out for them.
Loni Townsend said…
Grats, Bish! Looks like a cute book.
Carol Kilgore said…
I think Bish has a winner!
Christine Rains said…
Yay for Bish! Her stories are always so much fun.
Anonymous said…
I plan on reading Bish's book.

You can post for my next release in January on the date you provided on my blog. :)
Carol Kilgore said…
Medeia - Great! Thanks for letting me know.
I love the premise and MC. I can understand how this one would interest readers of all ages. Best wishes with Tinkleberry, Bish!
Thank you for spotlighting this fun book, Carol.
Carol Kilgore said…
Robyn - My pleasure.
Val Poore said…
Sounds great, and looks even better! I am a sucker for covers like this and they always attract me! On my TBR list :)
DMS said…
So excited for Bish. I love her writing and this sounds like a tail I will really love. :) Thanks for sharing and wishing Bish the best of luck!
Nas said…
Congratulations to Bish. Love the cover.

Heading over to read your post now...
Carol Kilgore said…
Val - Cool. I'll thank you for Bish :)

Milo - Smiling :)

Jess and Nas - I've loved having Marvin here.