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The “Real” Murph

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A walk on the roof with Dragonflyers

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Murphy Hargreaves tends to show up at the turning of the tide.

and Author Scott Tarbet

Rather than “walk,” perhaps it is more appropriate to call this a “dragonflight.” Author Scott E. Tarbet told the story, “The Year of No Foals,” in the fantasy anthology, The Toll of Another Bell. This was where he introduced me to his character, Murphy Hargreaves. I begged Scott to help me get this interview. Murph captured me as soon as he was introduced. He is a “Horse Man” and a horseman. He is the kind of trainer who sleeps in the stables, personally overseeing the care of his horses. He has done that job for as long as he can remember, and he was still doing that job in Dubai, when we met on top of a high rise building. That was his work and his home, right there on the roof. Continue reading

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Jump inside the book

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I Love BackstoryAnnouncing: Character Walks

What if you could jump into a book, and talk with someone who is there? That’s what I’m doing in my new series, Character Walks. You’ve read the story once, from one perspective. I want to go into the books, and talk to the people in them. These authors are bravely passing the pen to their creations, letting them walk with me for awhile as I interview them. Join me for some amazing journeys to far-off lands, and some surprising talks with new characters.

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Meet Dr. Jessica

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Dr. Jessica: An exclusive, newly declassified interview

Dr. Jessica: An exclusive, newly declassified interview

A secret walk through the Nest

with Thaxson Patterson II

Thanks to the generosity of my fellow author, Thaxson Patterson II – and thanks, in no small part, to my security clearance – I was recently able to talk with a scientist at a top-secret research facility.

Mr. Patterson tells the story, “Life Under Research Conditions,” in the fantasy anthology, The Toll of Another Bell. In this story a created bioweapon known as Squid Panther discovers that he may not be a monster, after all. His creator is a bright, demure woman that Squid Panther calls “Dr. Jessica.” Or rather, this is one of the names that he calls her. His other name for her is “Mother.” Continue reading

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Jilted River: Just a fairy tale?

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Thanks to hqwallbase.com for the excellent image!The woods are lovely, dark, and deep.

They ring with warbling birdsong. They swim with hazy gossamer wisps, floating under the sun dappled canopy. A waterfall beckons from the north, and it drops down, down, down to the river in the hollow bowl. See the rock face to the west? That is the other half of what used to be one big mountain. They call it the Warbler’s Rock, now. Cerulean Warblers are thick in the trees, and that rock bounces their little voices around just like a concert hall. It’s the best amphitheater in the Appalachians. And they call it the Hollows because . . . ?

Because the Jilted River gutted the earth, and left it standing empty. Continue reading

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Book Review: The Toll of Another Bell

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The Toll of Another BellI am pleased to write to you today about an excellent book of short stories. Pleased because this book has just entertained me so well, and because my own story, Jilted River appears under this same cover. Xchyler Publishing’s new Anthology, The Toll of Another Bell, kept me turning pages all the way to the end, and wishing for more.

I could go through the tales one-by-one, in a linear fashion, shooting verbiage at you like a shotgun, but you can do that just as easily by buzzing the Goodreads or Amazon pages. What I have to tell you is my impression of the stories now, fresh on my mind, as a recent reader.  Continue reading

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Jilted River, in the Toll of Another Bell

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      A Fantasy Anthology

What have I been doing lately? What has kept me so quiet? Only one thing has the power to silence me, and I promise, it’s important. Today, I am happy to make a birth announcement. My newest creation, Jilted River is available for sale right now. It appears alongside nine other short stories in Xchyler Publishing’s 2015 fantasy anthology, The Toll of Another Bell.

Watch this blog for more about Jilted River, including an interview of me by author J. Aurel Guay, this month. But in the meantime, Want to know more about this amazing book?

Check out the official trailer, on YouTube:

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Book Review: Love, Imperfectly Known

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Love, Imperfectly Known: Beyond Spontaneous Representations of God

Love, Imperfectly Known
by Brother Emmanuel of Taizé

As book reviews go, I think this one is likely to be a little unfair.

Concerning Love, Imperfectly Known by the Christian monk and mystic, Brother Emmanuel of Taizé: it’s hard for me to be objective about a book that I have grown to adore so personally. This disturbs me a little bit. I would like to lay this out to you in its component parts. I should offer you pros and cons, and cross-comparisons. I should not be so dramatically affected by a book, that I cannot help you to make your own, informed decisions.

So, I am apologizing to you in advance, for my bias. If clinical impartiality is what you need in a book review, then you should stop reading now. But, for those who wish to know why this book has so completely captured my heart, then please, read on. Continue reading

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Shades and Shadows is selling!

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Shades and Shadows, A Paranormal Anthology

Shades and Shadows, A Paranormal Anthology

It’s here!  Shades and Shadows, a Paranormal Anthology, is selling on Amazon.com.“China Doll,” my first short story, is now in print.  It’s been a long journey for just a few thousand words of prose; but fourteen years after I began it, I have finally brought it home.My sincere thanks to Xchyler Publishing for their interest in my work.  The editors have burned many hours Continue reading

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China Doll, Reviewed by Scott Taylor

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China Doll, Reviewed by Scott Taylor

The first review is in.  Scott Taylor, writer and filmmaker, posted his independent review of China Doll on September 13, 2013.  The launch of the book that features us, along with eleven other authors, is planned for October 31, 2013.

Scott Taylor is one of my sibling authors, appearing with me in  Shades and Shadows, a Paranormal Anthology.   His story, Split Ends rides along with my first published short story, China Doll. Continue reading

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