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Happy Birthday, Charles Dickens! (Little Dorrit “Challenge”)

Charles Dickens at his Desk in 1858 – This was from Wikimedia and I make no claim to ownership

Today, February 7, is Charles Dickens’ birthday. This an author who needs little or no introduction, being perhaps the most famous 19th century English language author.  Even if they haven’t read a word, everyone knows A Christmas Carol, can quote the opening lines of A Tale of Two Cities and most likely can summarize Oliver Twist.  There are other big name books, like David Copperfield, Bleak House, Great Expectations, etc. 

Dickens is known for some of the most colorful characters created in the English language.  He also pushed for social reform and helped improve the lot of the average British citizen.  He is often thought of as the greatest, most influential British author since William Shakespeare. 

Anyway, the man is well known and well respected.

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Release Party Continues Despite the Sun’s Disappearance

Eclipse shadows

Hey, how’re you doing?  Come on in.  The party has been going strong all day!


We took the enormous ancient cauldron, heated it up and people who dare can do an old fashioned hot tub!  We are also playing pin the tail on the zombie using those who dared the plunge into the hot tub as the targets.  It’s harder than you’d think since they are quite nimble and carry swords…  You know how the fireborn are… Continue reading

Release Party! The Fireborn

Fireborn Cover

In the shadowy area where myth and history collide

Hello!  Welcome, welcome!  Come on in.  I have some fine wine open and other beverages available.  There are several types of gourmet cheeses and crackers.  I have fresh veggies and a variety of dips, if needed.  Some fruit.  Hmm, am I missing anything?

2000 Pavillon Rouge Chateau du Margaux

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Introducing Elliot – The Fireborn


In the shadowy area where myth and history collide

The late, great archeologist, Dr. Everett-Jones would be proud that his son has kept the distinguish family name at the forefront of the field.  The younger Dr. Everett-Jones’ renowned name is recognized around the world, even by those not in the field.  Some claim he is archeology’s greatest mind since his father passed away.  Others believe he has even surpassed his father, bringing the Everett-Jones legacy to a new height.

Dr. Elliot Everett-Jones is not that son.  Actually, that would be his brother, William.

Although Elliot’s name is known in the circles of his chosen profession, history, his name is not spoken in hushed tones.  There are some who think of his name more in giggles, though others are devoted fans of his whacked-out theories.  To some he is better known for his works of fiction.  Too many in his field think that even his “serious history” is pure fiction. Continue reading

Book Review – Silk for the Feed Dogs


Silk for the Feed Dogs”, a novel by Jackie Mallon, follows Irish farmer’s daughter Kat Connelly as she works her way through the fashion world from the “fashion” house of a bottom feeder in London to the top of high fashion in Milan, all the while showing glimpses of this world from an insider’s point of view.

I’m sure a lot of people are currently asking why I read a book about the fashion world. A sense of style that I like drew me into this book that had at least a bit to do with the main character’s sense of style. In my case, I fell in love with Ms. Mallon’s illustrations for the book. Continue reading

Another Shot at the Blurb


It was almost a year ago that I asked for comments on a  blurb for my book, “The Fireborn”.  At the time I was planning on sending query letters to agents.  Well, a year later and I haven’t sent out a single query.  I performed another rewrite back in November thinking it would inspire me to start the process, but even that didn’t work.  Knowing agents aren’t going to come knocking at my door knowing I’m sitting on a book I guess I really need to start sending letters out.  With that in mind, I’d like to know what people think about the following blurb. Continue reading

What Do You Think of This Blurb?


Although I haven’t kept secret the fact that I wrote a book last year, I rarely bring it up. I did have one post dedicated to the book a month or two ago (or three) but it wasn’t my most well received post. In fact, no matter how you count it, from views to likes to comments, this was possibly my least popular post to date. So, needless to say, I haven’t said much about the book since.

That’s about to change.

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