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  1. Jessica,

    Hi! You’ve built a very attractive site.

    Please consider publishing a book review of my novel, Rarity from the Hollow. It is available as a paperback, PDF, MOBI, or EPUB. http://www.lacydawnadventures.com If you publish interviews or spotlights, I would also be interested in either one.

    One review of my novel compared the writing style to Kurt Vonnegut! While I’m flattered by this review, please note that my novel was found by another reviewer, the editor of Atomjack Science Fiction Magazine, to be “laugh-out-loud funny” in some scenes. Long-time book critic, Barry Hunter closed his review, “…good satire is hard to find and science fiction satire is even harder to find.”

    My work utilizes SF/F cross-genre as a backdrop. It is not hard science fiction and more fantasy than SF. It includes elements of everyday horror, paranormal, true love type romance, mystery, and adventure. The content addresses social issues: poverty, domestic violence, child maltreatment, local and intergalactic economics, mental health concerns – including PTSD experienced by Veterans and the medicinal use of marijuana for treatment of bipolar disorder, capitalism, and touches on the role of Jesus: “Jesus is everybody’s friend, not just humans.” It is speculative fiction, not YA.

    A review posted by you would likely be very helpful to the expansion of the Lacy Dawn Adventures project. Many readers trust blog reviews more than they do critic reviews. I recently retired after 52 years of contributions into the Social Security fund so that I could write and promote my fiction. I’m a financially broke licensed social worker and former mental health psychotherapist in West Virginia. This novel was originally published in 2012, but after coming home drained from working with child abuse victims, I did not have the energy left to begin self-promotion. It will be reprinted sometime in 2015. Author proceeds from this project have been donated to a child abuse prevention program in my home state.

    Dog Horn Publishing is a traditional small press located in Leeds. Adam Lowe is the owner. He didn’t charge me a cent to edit, create the book cover, or to print my novel. Albeit small, I have been paid royalties. The novel is available from various outlets, not just Amazon. http://www.doghornpublishing.com/wordpress/books/rarity-from-the-hollow I can send you a pdf or mobi file, or ask Adam to send you a different version on your request. Rarity from the Hollow was professionally edited and was not indie or self-published, although I’m supportive of the indie movement.

    Target Audience:

    Piers Anthony found that my novel was “…not for the prudish.” Kevin Patrick Mahoney, editor of the once noteworthy site, Authortrek, found that it was, “…not for the faint hearted or easily offended….” An early voice in the 1st chapter speaks about things that no child should know. It is that of a traumatized child – a voice most of us never listen to, or want to hear, but in real life is screaming. This passage is mild in comparison to some of the stuff that kids have said during actual group therapy sessions that I facilitated over the years. By child developmental stage, it is similar to the infamous early adolescent insult in E.T: “penis breath.” It is tame in comparison to the content of the popular T.V. series, South Park, which was devoured by millions of teens. My story does include marijuana smoking.

    Except for a scene involving domestic violence in the 3rd chapter, there is no violence or horror — no blood or guts or gore. There are no graphic sex scenes in the novel. The renewed romance between the protagonist’s parents does include off-scene sexual reference, but nothing that is beyond prior typical teen exposure. The android coming of age during his pursuit of humanity is reality based that any boy above thirteen would attest. However, Lacy Dawn never lets the android get farther than to kiss her on the cheek. The android expresses no interest in sex – he falls in love, all consuming love by the middle of the story. The “F word” is used once, but there is no other profanity.

    Rarity from the Hollow is “A Children’s Story for Adults.”

    Synopsis:

    Lacy Dawn is a true daughter of Appalachia, and then some. She lives in a hollow with her worn-out mom, her Iraq War disabled dad, and her mutt Brownie, a dog who’s very skilled at laying fiber optic cable. Lacy Dawn’s android boyfriend, DotCom, has come to the hollow with a mission. His equipment includes infomercial videos of Earth’s earliest proto-humans from millennia ago. DotCom has been sent by the Manager of the Mall on planet Shptiludrp: he must recruit Lacy Dawn to save the Universe in exchange for the designation of Earth as a planet which is eligible for continued existence within a universal economic structure that exploits underdeveloped planets for their mineral content. Lacy Dawn’s magic enables her to save the universe, Earth, and, most importantly, her own family.

    Link for excerpt of the 1st Chapter: http://www.wattpad.com/12596126-rarity-from-the-hollow-excerpt

    Thank you and please continue to read the following book reviews and supporting information,

    Robert Eggleton

    A Universe On the Edge
    RARITY FROM THE HOLLOW. Robert Eggleton. Doghorn Publishing. Published 2012.

    Lacy Dawn is a little girl who lives in a magical forest where all the trees love her and she has a space alien friend who adores her and wants to make her queen of the universe. What’s more, all the boys admire her for her beauty and brains. Mommy is very beautiful and Daddy is very smart, and Daddy’s boss loves them all.

    Except.

    Lacy Dawn, the eleven year old protagonist, perches precariously between the psychosis of childhood and the multiple neuroses of adolescence, buffeted by powerful gusts of budding sexuality and infused with a yearning to escape the grim and brutal life of a rural Appalachian existence. In this world, Daddy is a drunk with severe PTSD, and Mommy is an insecure wraith. The boss is a dodgy lecher, not above leering at the flat chest of an eleven-year-old girl.

    Yes, all in one book.

    Rarity From The Hollow is written in a simple declarative style that’s well- suited to the imaginary diary of a desperate but intelligent eleven-year-old – the story bumping joyfully between the extraordinary and the banal.

    The central planet of the universe is a vast shopping mall, and Lacy Dawn must save her world from a menace that arrives in the form of a cockroach infestation. Look again and the space alien has made Daddy smart and happy – or at least an eleven year old girl’s notion of what a smart and happy man should be. He has also made Mommy beautiful, giving her false teeth and getting the food stamp lady off her back.

    About the only thing in the book that is believable is the nature of the narrative voice, and it is utterly compelling. You find yourself convinced that “Hollow” was written as a diary-based autobiography by a young girl and the banal stems from the limits of her environment, the extraordinary from her megalomania. And that’s what gives Rarity From The Hollow a chilling, engaging verisimilitude that deftly feeds on both the utter absurdity of the characters’ motivations and on the progression of the plot.

    Indeed, there are moments of utter darkness: In one sequence, Lacy Dawn remarks matter-of-factly that a classmate was whipped to death, and notes that the assailant, the girl’s father, had to change his underpants afterward because they were soiled with semen. Odd, and often chilling notes, abound.

    As I was reading it, I remembered when I first read Vonnegut’s “Cat’s Cradle” at the age of 14. A veteran of Swift, Heller, and Frederick Brown, I understood absurdist humour in satire, but Vonnegut took that understanding and turned it on its ear.

    In the spirit of Vonnegut, Eggleton (a psychotherapist focused on the adolescent patient) takes the genre and gives it another quarter turn. A lot of people hated Vonnegut, saying he didn’t know the rules of good writing. But that wasn’t true. Vonnegut knew the rules quite well, he just chose to ignore them, and that is what is happening in Eggleton’s novel, as well.

    Not everyone will like Rarity From The Hollow. Nonetheless, it should not be ignored.

    by Bryan Zepp Jamieson
    http://electricrev.net/2014/08/12/a-universe-on-the-edge/
    8-12-14
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    The most enjoyable science fiction novel I have read in several years

    Rarity from the Hollow by Robert Eggleton is the most enjoyable science fiction novel I have read in several years. Who could think of an intergalactic handbook for entrepreneurs? Who could turn a tree-hugger into a paranormal event of death-defying significance? Who could create characters so believable, so funny, so astonishingly human (and not)?

    Robert Eggleton, that’s who.

    I put this book on my IPhone, and it followed me everywhere for several days. Strangers smiled politely at my unexpected laughter in the men’s room toilet stall. They looked away as I emerged, waving the IPhone at them as if it might explain something significant.

    Oddly, the novel explains a great deal that has become significant in our society. Rarity from the Hollow is satire at its best and highest level. It is a psychological thriller, true to traits of mankind (and other species). It is an animal rights dissertation (you will laugh when you understand why I write that). It celebrates the vilest insect on earth (make that Universe).

    The characters created by Robert Eggleton will bug your brain long after you smoke, uh, read the final page. Thanks for the laughs, the serious thoughts, the absolute wonder of your mind, Mr. Eggleton. A truly magnificent job.

    by Temple Emmet Williams Author, former Reader’s Digest Editor

    http://warriorpatient.com/blog/2015/05/18/58/

    5-18-15

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    Purchase links:

    http://www.amazon.com/Rarity-Hollow-Robert-Eggleton-ebook/dp/B007JDI508

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Rarity-Hollow-Robert-Eggleton-ebook/dp/B007JDI508

    http://www.doghornpublishing.com/wordpress/books/rarity-from-the-hollow

    http://inpressbooks.co.uk/products/rarity-from-the-hollow

    http://www.lulu.com/us/en/shop/robert-eggleton/rarity-from-the-hollow/paperback/product-20203207.html

    http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/rarity-from-the-hollow-robert-eggleton/1118420669?ean=9781907133060

    http://www.mediander.com/books/9781907133060/rarity-from-the-hollow/?source=googleps#

    About Robert:

    Robert Eggleton has served as a children’s advocate for over forty years. He is best known for his investigative reports about children’s programs, most of which were published by the West Virginia Supreme Court. Today, he is a recently retired psychotherapist from the mental health center in Charleston, West Virginia. Rarity from the Hollow is his debut novel and followed publication of three short Lacy Dawn adventures. Author proceeds have been donated to a child abuse prevention program operated by Children’s Home Society of West Virginia.

    https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13603677-rarity-from-the-hollow

    https://www.facebook.com/robert.eggleton2

    https://twitter.com/roberteggleton2

  2. Hello Jessica, I am hoping you will consider reviewing my YA Urban Fantasy book Phoenix Child: Children of Fire Book One.

    Thank you for your time

    Alica McKenna Johnson

    Phoenix Child
    Book One in the Children of Fire Series

    Sara is just another group home kid. She’s given up on being part of a family and has planned out her life as a child of the system.

    Then she wakes on her fifteenth birthday, with ruby red streaks through her now midnight black hair and strange powers she did not know she possessed.

    Enrolling in classes at the San Francisco Center for the Circus Arts, she meets strangers with frightening powers who say they are family, with a four thousand year old god as a common ancestor.

    As Sara struggles with powers that overwhelm her, she must decide whether to turn her back on this new life or embrace her identity as Sapphire the Phoenix Child. The lives of hundreds of magical creatures rest on her decision.

    Sometimes great things are thrust upon a girl. Sara wishes hers didn’t include a new name, unicorns, and fire.

  3. Hi Jessica,

    I’m hoping you will consider reading and reviewing my cozy mystery, A Season for Killing Blondes. It was released by The Wild Rose Press on Friday, June 12, 2015. I can provide a Kindle ebook or secure PDF.

    Logline: A brunette lottery winner never has an alibi when dead blondes turn up in dumpsters near her favorite haunts.

    You can obtain an overview from the book trailer –
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QURgFbybQVw

    Thanks for your time.
    Joanne 🙂
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