Saturday, May 18, 2013

Viper Girl #3: Fun Vacation Adventure Story for the Young and Young-at-Heart

As I mentioned last week, I was busy helping my son, Tony Saylor, get his newest kids' book formatted for print and ebook sales.  I'm happy to say that as of yesterday, Viper Girl Kicks Canadian Robottom, is available on and Barnes & Noble!  Here are the links:

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Kindle edition -
Nook edition -

Tony did the illustrations for the first two books himself, but this time, he worked with a wonderful, professional illustrator, Emily Zelasko.  Tony was a bit worried about whether someone else would be able to really capture the way he saw and felt Viper Girl, but he was very happy with Emily's art.  He felt that Emily really understood Viper Girl, and that her art work gave the story exactly the look and feel and he wanted.  Here are a couple of sample illustrations from the book:

I don't want to spoil the story, but I can tell you its very humorous -- in a way that both kids and adults can appreciate.  Here is the "blurb" from the back of the book:
Viper Girl’s been working too hard as a superhero. She's feeling the stress and she needs a vacation. What's the best place on earth for a peaceful, nerve-calming vacation? That’s right: Canada! Of course, this is Viper Girl we’re talking about, so it won’t exactly be a your run-of-the-mill, get-away-from-it-all escape. Even across the border, Viper Girl is going to have to kick evil’s ugly butt!
As someone who spent many Saturday afternoons as a kid watching old Japanese sci-fi, monster movies, the story  reminds me of a light-hearted Godzilla epic ... only its set in Canada, and with mechanical "monsters".  But if you remember those old films, they always seemed to have a great child character involved in the development of the plot to deal with the monster.  In this story, Viper Girl, the little girl superhero, definitely saves the day!

This is the third book in the Viper Girl series, although they don't need to be read in any particular order.

Viper Girl vs. The Poltergeist Pirate Opossum of Plundering Peril
Viper Girl is enjoying an ordinary night playing her favorite video game. When she goes down to the kitchen to get a snack, she is shocked to discover a tall, thin ninja who has come to warn her that a ghostly pirate rodent is on his way to find her ... and its not to wish her well. The ninja comes bearing a gift -- something she'll need to defeat her foe. Then, the pirate shows up and Viper Girl's evening of comic weirdness and awesome adventure really begins!

Viper Girl's Killer Cake and Cookie Catastrophe
Viper Girl and her pet fox, Logan, are preparing to watch their favorite cartoon marathon. Viper Girl knows she's going to need to keep her energy level up to stay focused for all the fun, so she decides to bake a little snack to keep her going. But her attempt to make a sugary treat yields some surprising results, and Viper Girl is once again called upon to save the day!
Emily also has another book out that she has illustrated, Curious Sam.
Sam is a playful cat that makes discoveries about the world around him in a delightfully humorous way. Join Sam as he investigates everything that tickles his sense of fun.
All of the Viper Girl books, plus Tony's longer, middle-grade novel, Cootie the Not-So-Oddly-Named Girl Makes the Ultimate Pizza, will be available June 8, 2013 at the Berkley Art Bash.

Tony will be sharing space there with me that day.  I'll be displaying and selling my jewelry and accessories, and Tony will be signing and selling his books.  That's only three weeks from today! Yikes, I better get busy!

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