A delightful adventure set in the African bushveld of Zimbabwe.
The tale revolves around a gang of clever animals and two very brave young boys who make a daring rescue. The reader journeys through a series of exciting exploits before the experience ends with a twist in the tail.
The story is told by Digby, a standard French Poodle, using his very own style of writing.
Genre: Action & Adventure
Cold Coffee Review: If your furry friend could journal, what adventure would be told?
In this charming story, a standard French Poodle named Digby begins his narrative by describing his homeland in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, southern Africa. He reminisces in a nostalgic way about his birth and early life with his mom and being part of a litter of five.
With both human and animal characters in this adventure the reader needs to be aware of doggy language usually kept private between furry friends. It is fun to mentally log the use of the dog’s conversation about human hands (paws) human man (two paws) and boys (young pups), etc. For an example I quote Digby. “Later that day I was sitting down at the bottom of the garden in front of the gate wishing it to open; I knew the young pups would not be back to clean the fish’s home for quite some time.”
A story for all ages as curiosity leads Digby beyond the gate. This adventure lends to new friends, danger, survival and heroism as these canines must work together with two young boys (pups) to rescue a kidnapped girl.
Author E. D. Bird uses the knowledge and love of furry friends to write this fast paced, hard to put down adventure that will warm the hearts of all animal lovers with an ending that will surprise you in keeping with the nature of Digby. I look forward to reading more adventures from Digby’s Diary in the future.
I, Theodocia McLean, endorse Digby’s Diary by E. D. Bird as an animal tale that gives a dog’s perspective of the world on the other side of the gate. This book was given to me. This review was completed on December 18, 2015.
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Following the untimely death of his wife, Hilton Shire, a newly appointed private investigator, embarks on a quest for revenge.
He enlists the help of his brothers-in-law, Jordan and Kyle to prove that Sabrina was murdered. Hilton and his comrades believe that Sabrina was killed because of her investigation into the demise of Julie Curl’s husband years before. They also believe that Sabrina was drawing close – too close – to the truth hence she met with unmitigated violence.
The case unfurls to something more sinister and complex as the investigators find themselves taken as far away as Barbados and into dangerous situations they never thought possible.
Will Hilton get to the bottom of the mystery and avenge his wife before more killings take place?
In this brilliantly orchestrated novel, E.D. Bird takes readers on a relentless cat and mouse chase across the unforgettable southern African nations and Barbados.
The unfolding adventure is menacing, perilous, intriguing and, in the end, it could possibly be Bitter Sweet…
Genre: Action & Adventure
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Cold Coffee Press Author Spotlight Interview With Author E. D. Bird
Quote: “I was born in Scotland during 1955 and married in 1975. My parents immigrated to Zimbabwe (Southern Rhodesia as it was then) in 1957 and I have lived here ever since. I have two adult sons, the eldest of whom lives in New Zealand while the youngest, who has provided me with two grandsons, resides in England. I was divorced during 1987, but remarried the same person on the 20th anniversary of our original wedding date and we remain together living happily in Bulawayo with our two rescue dogs.
I am an animal lover and have over the years had a variety of pets including horses, dogs and cats, but I have to admit that dogs are definitely my favourites and at one stage had eight different breeds in my household.
I worked for a firm of attorneys for thirteen years and during the final three of those I studied law by correspondence, but was forced to give up my lessons after my divorce when I returned to my parents and joined the family business, a gold mining enterprise. Having been brought up in a rural mining environment and having been primarily involved in mining almost my entire adult life I have a sound base for the fictional events I have created in my books.
My favourite pastime is writing, but I am also an avid reader.”
What makes you proud to be a writer from Bulawayo, Zimbabwe? I am proud to be a writer from Bulawayo because the city does not have a large occupancy and I am therefore a member of only a few writers.
What or who inspired you to become a writer? My inspiration originated from my standard French poodle, Digby, who was such a character.
Did your environment or upbringing play a major role in your writing and did you use it to your advantage? No, not really, I’d say a minor role.
When did you begin writing with the intention of becoming published? It was many years ago and I really cannot pin-point the time.
What has been your most rewarding experience with your writing process? I find that writing transports me into a different world, one where I can become anyone I choose to be.
What has been your most rewarding experience in your publishing journey? Receiving encouragement and compliments from various people, especially those I have never met.
How many published books do you have? Two
Please list your book titles: Bitter Sweet and Digby’s Diary
Do you come up with your title(s) before or after you write the manuscript? Before
Please introduce your genre and why you prefer to write in that genre? Digby’s Diary was my first novel and its genre is family adventure but my subsequent books have been crime thrillers which is my preference simply because that is my liking for reading.
What was your inspiration, spark or light bulb moment that inspired you to write the book (one book) that you are seeking promotion for? Digby, as I’ve said, was my French poodle and he really was an entertainer. It was his antics that decided me to write a book about him.
What one positive piece of advice would you give to other authors? Never give up, just keep going.
Who is your favorite author and why? Definitely Dean Koontz because he writes amazingly interesting and varied books where neither children nor animals are hurt in any way. He is clearly an animal lover like me.
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