Thursday, January 12, 2012


...and a very HAPPY NEW YEAR to all my readers!
MAXMOM here...
Hi there everyone.
2012 is upon us and the cogs of business are starting to turn again. By the time the public schools begin their academic year, next week, the city will be back to a buzz.

In our household, most things have also regained a semblance of normality. I need to start writing again, but I must admit that I've had a dip in motivation in recent weeks. The writing ‘itch’ isn’t quite upon me yet, but I can feel its 'call' slowly emerging. This year, when things with MAXDOG settle down, I will be revisiting my old project  – writing up my collection of childhood farm stories.

There are also a few other projects which I have in mind, but for the moment, I am just going along with the flow.

My publicist – Helen Holyoake of HELCO PROMOTIONS – has being doing some sterling work for MAXDOG during my absence.  She has managed to secure me a number of book reviews which will be featured in various publications over the next few months. On Tuesday, next week, I  have a radio interview scheduled to be broadcast live on SAFM.  Please tune in at 9.30pm : I'll be chatting to Karen Key about MAXDOG,as part of their 'Mental Health' programme. And tomorrow, I will be meeting with a journalist from our local community newspaper - the RANDBURG SUN.  They are planning an article about MAXDOG too.

At the moment, MAXDOG is on many of the shelves of the larger bookstores in South Africa.

 Sales are slow, but certainly not stagnant. Perhaps when the reviews start hitting the public eye, we’ll see an increase in sales. Then again, who knows? All-in-all, there are about 350 copies of MAXDOG ‘out there’ at the moment, so I am happy with the progress in this journey.
Copies of MAXDOG have been sent (amongst others) to :USA, Canada, Australia, France, Ireland, Scotland, Yorkshire, Germany and even Kathleen Coy (the artist of the MAXTERPIECE) received her copy:

Have you got your copy of MAXDOG yet?
If not, please contact me at: “carylmoll AT yahoo DOT com”.
You can also read more about MAXDOG and the various outlets HERE.

Our three dogs are all very well. Aunt Tam is getting old now, but still up for a jaunt at our local dog park. (She is the lightest coloured golden in the picture above) It’s the highlight of our canine companions' day. Even King Toffee comes off his throne to take part in this daily excursion. One would never say that he is 14 years old - turning 15 in June.  A grand old age!!!
(Miss "R" and the pack)

The doggie park is increasing in popularity each week.  Every day we see new dogs and their owners arriving. It is simply wonderful to watch the pooches playing and enjoying time together off lead. It's equally pleasant meeting new faces and enjoying the comeradie.

Toby is a ball of unabated energy. (I am sure that he's the biggest hooligan in the park). 

 At home, he has developed a habit of collecting blankets when visitors arrive and rushing to wrap them up, snorting throughout the whole process.

It's quite endearing, but can also be disconcerting.  He's a big, strong dog now, but an absolute goofball.  He remains...
We’ll see how the journalist reacts tomorrow to Toby's welcome, lol! Sometimes it’s best just to leave him outside on these occasions…but not for long though…remember...
Golden Retrievers HAVE to meet ALL visitors!!!
(It’s just a Golden thing.)

Well, that is all for the moment. 
Wishing all my friends the very best for 2012. 
 I hope this year will see us all reaching for our dreams.
Sending lotsaluv



Frankie Furter and Ernie said...

I know that the Reviews will really boost your sales...

Life on the Farm sounds wonderful. Can't wait to see and hear about it.

Kathleen Coy said...

Love all the photos, and the caption series with Toby and the Boss are great.

It's wonderful to know that copies of Maxdog are all over the world. I know I cherish mine. :-)

Kathleen xx

Anonymous said...

With pawsome reviews like that MaxDog will be on the Best Seller list in no time!

woos, Tessa

NanaNor's said...

Hi there sweet friend, Loved seeing this; it is hard to get back into writing after a break and yours was so well deserved. I can't believe King Toffee is almost 15-wow! He sure looks like he is in good shape.
Sending lots of love your way today!
Hugs, Noreen & Reggie

How Sam Sees It said...

I'm sure the reviews will increase sales!


Mrs. JP said...

Oh, I need to send you my picture with your Maxterpiece! I loved it. You are getting great PR.
Toby is such a love. I like the "thought bubbles."

Brandon - The dog with a blog said...

We just know the wonderful reviews will increase sales!!

STELLA and RORY from Down Under said...

Howdy Everybuddy, wonderful to hear that your book is doing so well. Toby certainly looks like a big boy now. We loved your video of the dog park. It looks like so much fun. Good luck with the interview tomorrow. Happy New Year to you all. No worries, and love, Stella and Rory

Two French Bulldogs said...

Bet the reviews are going to get the ball rolling or a book signing
Benny & Lily

sprinkles said...

I bet you'll have some excellent reviews and I hope that they'll bring the sales in. I keep meaning to email you on how to get a copy and I just seem to ever get around to it.

Wow, I didn't realize that King Toffee is almost 15! I have a soft spot in my heart for him.

I would call my dad's beagle a sweet hooligan too.

KB said...

Aw, what a sweet hooligan! Our R fits in that wonderful category too.

Tweedles -- that's me said...

How exciting to hear about all these reviews.
This whole process has been so exciting to watch, and we are so happy for you

My Dog Sam - Ruptured Disk said...

Hi Maxmom, we're very happy to learn that the promotion of Max Dog is still moving along and that more people are learning about the book.

The Life of Riley said...

Hi Caryl,

Happy New Year.

I'll be listening to your interview on Tuedsay night (Wednesday morning in New Zealand) as I've just discovered that I can hear your SAFM radio station live!

Hopefully some of Max's many fans around the world will also be able to hear you talk about your book through this weblink.

Riley's mum

Becky Andrews said...

Super great word is spreading on such a beautiful story!

Cocorue said...

dear dear Caryl,

i'm so happy for you and i love the interview and it's so nice to hear you speak and to see you on TV.
TQ soooo much for the card and my apologies for this late excuses, the card arrived in Jan.

much love and will keep in touch
lilian and the little divas CoCo n Tiffy