Are you in need of cheering up?  I have the perfect remedy for you. It’s a new eBook out called The Tilquin Street Tails: A doggerel of sorts but certainly not dogmatic. Okay, so I may be slightly biased as the “American cousin” in the book happens to be none other than my beloved Oscar and “mum” is one of my longest standing friends on the planet. I met Mikki Anne while in Australia with Duran Duran in 1983.

Sydney, Australia with Duran Duran in 1983

Sydney, Australia with Duran Duran in 1983

Just a little sideline trivia for you, Mikki Anne is the one who actually named my daughter. The ex and I were arguing over names, so she fibbed to keep the peace between us when she said the Latvian pronunciation of  Tatjana was “Ta-jshana, and we could call her Taj for short”. Tatjana may be the first to pronounce her name that way, since the Latvian pronunciation is still Tatiana, but Nick and I loved it so it stuck.

Guess who named Tatjana?

Guess who named Tatjana?

I still believe you will LOVE this book. While it does feel quite odd to quote oneself,  I did write the forward and I full heartedly meant every word:

Tilquin Street Tails

“Beware! The Tilquin Street Tails have been known to cause chronic deep belly laughs, no matter what your age, or how many times you read it. It’s quite simply writer Uldis Silins at his masterful storytelling best! How do I know? Thanks to befriending his daughter Anne many years ago, these stories helped get me through a long and difficult illness with an uncanny ability to buoy my spirits, forcing me to giggle, while resurrecting hope where I thought there was none.

With Mooksie's Mum in Malibu

With Mooksie’s Mum in Malibu

The Tilquin Street Tails originally came into existence as a means for Uldis to stay in touch with Anne (in a wildly imaginative and affectionate way) when she migrated from Australia to America, leaving her impish dog Mooksie in his care. When she sent him a photo of my dog, Oscar, a sweet natured Bichon Frise pup with a smile on his face and adorable bounce in his step, Uldis was besotted. It was not long before Gertie arrived on Tilquin Street to tattle on Mooksie’s antics while ruling the roost. Gertie also happens to be an amazingly gifted purebred pup who managed to email her “Ant” and her American cousin, Oscar, regularly.

Sweet natured Oscar - always with a smile on his face

The American cousin, Oscar – always with a smile on his face

The world according to Gertie is a majorly inquisitive, adventure filled place to explore with humor and life lessons that will relate to children and adults simultaneously. Viewing the world with a sense of wonder, from a different perspective, can be a magical experience. ” – Julie Anne Rhodes

Mookie and Gertie in real life

Mookie and Gertie in real life

Uldis Silins is a multi award-winning playwright and actor. He has written over forty plays revues, and musicals in addition to his international radio journalism work. Many of his plays are used as teaching aids in Latvian Theater workshops here in the United States today. Son Gint Silins created the fabulous illustrations for the book.

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