Rarity from the Hollow by Robert Eggleton

robLacy Dawn’s father relives the Gulf War, her mother’s teeth are rotting out, and her best friend is murdered by the meanest daddy on Earth. Life in the hollow is hard. She has one advantage — an android was inserted into her life and is working with her to cure her parents. But, he wants something in exchange. It’s up to her to save the Universe.


Lacy Dawn doesn’t mind saving the universe, but her family and friends come first.

Rarity from the Hollow is adult literary science fiction filled with tragedy, comedy and satire.

“The most enjoyable science fiction novel I have read in years.”

Temple Emmet Williams, Author, former editor for Reader’s Digest

“Quirky, profane, disturbing… In the space between a few lines we go from hardscrabble realism to pure sci-fi/fantasy. It’s quite a trip.”

—    Evelyn Somers, The Missouri Review

. “…a hillbilly version of Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy…what I would have thought impossible; taken serious subjects like poverty, ignorance, abuse…tongue-in-cheek humor without trivializing them…profound…a funny book that most sci-fi fans will thoroughly enjoy.” — Awesome Indies (Gold Medal)

“…sneaks up you and, before you know it, you are either laughing like crazy or crying in despair, but the one thing you won’t be is unmoved…a brilliant writer.” —Readers’ Favorite (Gold Medal)

“Rarity from the Hollow is an original and interesting story of a backwoods girl who saves the Universe in her fashion. Not for the prudish.” —Piers Anthony, New York Times bestselling author

“…Good satire is hard to find and science fiction satire is even harder to find.” — The Baryon Review

Political Allegory: You may be interested in this press release:  http://www.pr4us.com/pr-2618-trump-presidency-predicted-in.html. The original © was 2006. You would have to read the novel to find out how Lacy Dawn, the protagonist, convinced Mr. Rump (Bernie Sanders) to help talk Mr. Prump (Donald Trump) into saving the universe. The political allegory includes pressing issues that America is fighting about today, including illegal immigration and the refuge crisis, extreme capitalism / consumerism…. Mr. Prump was a projection of Donald Trump based on the TV show, The Apprentice. Part of the negotiations in the story occur in the only high rise on planet Shptiludrp (Shop Until You Drop), a giant shopping mall and the center of economic governance, now more easily identifiable as Trump Tower. There is no political advocacy in the story, other than sensitizing readers to the huge social problem of child maltreatment, but the allegory is much more obvious now that Donald Trump is a household name. A similar press release: http://www.pr.com/press-release/695122.

Reviews of New Edition: Requests for reviews of the new edition of Rarity from the Hollow are now being considered. On 1-6-17, the first was published, five stars. To facilitate your consideration of reviewing this novel, the closing lines were: “…Brilliant satires such as this are genius works of literature in the same class as Orwell’s ‘Animal Farm.’ I can picture American Lit professors sometime in the distant future placing this masterpiece on their reading list.” https://marcha2014.wordpress.com/2017/01/06/5-stars-for-rarity-from-the-hollowby-robert-eggleton/ I would be happy to send you a copy.

Sample Positive Reviews of First Edition: The first edition of this novel had a formatting error that has been corrected. The second reads much smoother. This problem likely affected some reviewers of the first edition. A couple of book bloggers have upgraded their reviews based on a review of the second edition and others may do the same. Despite the formatting problem, the first edition was awarded two Gold Medals by major book review organizations, was named one of the best releases of 2015 by a Bulgaria book critic, and received twenty-six five star reviews and forty-three four star reviews by independent book review bloggers. An unsolicited Top 100 Amazon Reviewer found:

Rarity from the Hollow written by Robert Eggleton, to be fully honest, was much more than expected and a great read – semi-autobiographical literary work full of beautiful and ugly things, adventure, romance, pain and humor….”

Another reviewer of the first edition found that the writing style was one-quarter turn beyond that of the famous author, Kurt Vonnegut. http://electricrev.net/2014/08/12/a-universe-on-the-edge/ While I’m flattered by this comparison, please note that the novel was found by 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.”   http://thebaryonreview.blogspot.com/search?updated-min=2012-01-01T00:00:00-05:00&updated-max=2013-01-01T00:00:00-05:00&max-results=50 Vonnegut, Douglas Adams (i.e., Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy), or Tom Robbins (i.e., Another Roadside Attraction) are also close examples by subgenre. A former Editor of Reader’s Digest found that, “Rarity from the Hollow is the most enjoyable science fiction that I’ve read in several years….”  http://warriorpatient.com/blog/?p=58Recently, the novel was referred to as a Hillbilly version of Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy  and awarded a gold medal by Awesome Indies:  “…Tucked between the folds of humor are some profound observations on human nature and modern society that you have to read to appreciate….”  http://awesomeindies.net/ai-approved-review-of-rarity-from-the-holly-by-robert-eggleton/  More recently, with respect to the story’s treatment of tough social issues, this reviewer said: “…I was hesitant to accept. I usually do not read or review books that discuss child abuse or domestic violence; however, I was intrigued by the excerpt and decided to give it a shot. I am glad that I took a risk; otherwise, I would have missed out on a fantastic story with a bright, resourceful, and strong protagonist that grabbed my heart and did not let go….”  http://www.onmykindle.net/2015/11/rarity-from-hollow.html A book reviewer from Bulgaria named Rarity from the Hollow as one of the best five books that he had read in 2015. http://codices.info/2015/12/top-5-for-2015-ventsi/ On January 20, 2016, Rarity from the Hollow was awarded a second Gold Medal by a popular book review site: https://readersfavorite.com/book-review/rarity-from-the-hollow. Additional praise of the first edition has been posted by book bloggers on Amazon.

About the Author: I recently retired after 52 years of contributions into the U.S. Social Security fund so that I could write and promote my fiction. I’m a former mental health psychotherapist in West Virginia. But, after coming home drained from working with child abuse victims, I didn’t have the energy left to begin its self-promotion. Author proceeds have been donated to a child abuse prevention program in my home state. http://www.childhswv.org/ A listing of services that are supported can be found here: http://mountainrhinestones.blogspot.com/2015/06/review-giveaway-rarity-from-hollow-by.html.

The Press: Dog Horn Publishing is a traditional small press located in Leeds. Adam Lowe is the owner. http://www.doghornpublishing.com/wordpress/books/rarity-from-the-hollow  The press also showcases other semi avant garde titles and publishes a popular magazine for the GLBTQ community (Vada).

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Title: Sexual Confessional: Confidential Admissions From Social Media by Nicole Delacroix

Front Cover ArtDiscovering eek under the covers, be a fly on the bedroom wall, or read someone’s diary. The juicier the secret, the more people want to know it, and sex is the most taboo of all subjects.

It’s human nature to be curious about what everyone else is doing. What do people like about sex? What are their fantasies? How far are they willing to go to please the one they love? These questions and more are explored, where everyday people offer up their most intimate secrets about sex.

One part social experiment – one part personal journey mixed with a little shock value, a whole lot of confession, laugh-out-loud comedy, deceptively thought-provoking questions and answers, all in the name of self-awareness. A foray into the inappropriate Sexual Confessional is a brash, unfiltered look at sex in the new millennium as seen by social media. A cautionary tale that warns “be careful what you ask the internet for, you may just get it…”

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“What an amazing book. I wasn’t sure what to expect, just that it was humorous and featured sex. But I was blown away by the topics this book talked about, from what fairy tale character you’d want to have sex with, to how often people masturbate. The topics are really interesting, especially when you start comparing it to yourself. I actually laughed out loud a few times too. And for a 300+ page read, I finished this in record time.”

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Author PortraitNicole Delacroix was raised with a deep love for words and literature. This appetite for reading was the foundation fueling her creative passion for writing. With a strong will and precocious nature, she is the atypical Texan Southern belle, preferring the fantastical, science and reason. Growing up in the buckle of the Bible Belt, writing was her saving grace.

A fan of all genres, she will most often be found buried in fantasy, science fiction or nonfiction, favoring George RR Martin, Douglas Adams and Michio Kaku, while Joan Rivers, Mae West, Madonna and Audrey Hepburn are personal role-models, each possessing a strength she admires. Diversity extends to her writing as well, as she writes about anything that strikes her interest, with a keen eye for character and the absurd.

A blogger, author, and IT professional for a major ISP, she is consistently sought out to provide guest blogs and the oft-maligned tech manual, and receives many requests to review new works from fellow authors. She believes life is about possibilities, which challenges her to write outside her comfort zone, trying new projects and meeting new people.

Fiercely loyal to friends, family and pets, she is a proud member of the Atlanta Writer’s Club, avid Tweeter, and closet Anglophile with addictions to British Tea, Doctor Who and Soccer. Above all, she maintains sarcasm is a legitimate art form and strives to challenge conventional thinking.

The Adventures of George by Blair Gowrie

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It’s not often that you’ll find a narrative poem these days, and not often that you’ll find a narrative poem as amusing and as entertaining as this.  Yes, The Adventures of George, all 38,606 words of it, is a story told completely in rhyming verse. But it’s not written in the turgid style of past years but is funny and entirely original.

George, the hero of this story, works as a chef in an exclusive New York club, and, under him, has five cooks. From the descriptions given, the alert reader will notice that all these characters resemble real-life people from both the present and the past.
There’s never a dull moment as George and his crew experience adventure after adventure involving characters such as Mustafa bin Maden, Didi Damin, Borrock Sobama, Stavros Onassos and many more, with the story taking a humorous and satirical look at well-known figures and national and international events of the recent past. To give you an idea how the story goes, here are a few lines –

He glanced around – “That man over there,
That his intellect is powerful is very clear,
And in his features are wit and sagacity.”
Said George, “that’s the author Sir Solomon Pushdee.”



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Genre: a dog tale/ humour

Release Date: 14th Jan 2016

Publisher:  Crooked Cat Publishing

Has he chosen well and landed on his paws? Dougal the Labradoodle puppy, a complete hypochondriac and Boris Johnson’s No1 fan, arrives in Greenwich with great expectations.

He longs to travel the world on Virgin Atlantic, dine at royal banquets and become; either a superstar and party the night away or work as a doorman at the Savoy.

Behaviour classes were never on his wish list, neither were cliff-hanging experiences on the Thames, booze cruises to Calais or obsessions for eating socks.

Can he survive life with a chaotic owner and her eccentric friends? Can he deal with his jealousy when a foster puppy comes to stay? And as for his dreams, will they ever come true?




Sarah_photo1Sarah, who grew up in Bristol, now lives in South East London with two dogs, the occasional grandchild and a lot of mess. She’s had a chequered career as ballet dancer, cook, cleaning lady, salesgirl of outsize underwear in Littlewoods and actor. As an actor she worked mostly in the theatre: plays ranging from Shakespeare to improvised, both comedy and tragedy.

Cooking combines two of her passions; travel and people. She’s catered on barges in Burgundy, private houses in America, many stately homes in England, run a delicatessen, a stall in a farmer’s market and been a judge on the Great Taste Food Awards. Good opportunities for hearing about the lives of others.

Her need to write began with letters; sending home news of her adventures. At seventeen: travelling alone on the Trans-Siberian Railway and across the Sea of Japan. In Greece as a drama student, when the van blew up at the Springs of Daphne and they explored the mainland, riding on bread vans and tractors before selling their blood for a fiver and hitch-hiking home on a lorry. Or in Morocco on a solo trip, in pre-mobile phone days, when she was chucked off a bus in the desert and found herself surrounded by hundreds of camels and similar numbers of men, all in local dress.

Since then Sarah hasn’t stopped scribbling and joining the Write Place, a writing class in Dartford, encouraged her to put the contents of numerous exercise books into something more concrete.

These days Sarah chooses less adventurous holidays but might well send one of her characters off on a trek she doesn’t feel brave enough to make.

Dougal’s Diary is Sarah’s first book.

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Holidaze by Dave Dellecese

HOLIDAZE VOL 1 COVER RevisedAt the end of the work day, we all want a place to relax, unwind and commiserate. For folks like Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy, Cupid and their friends, after long days of performing their duties as mythical icons, that place is Holidaze – the bar where they can leave the candy-coated masks of their professional lives behind and just be themselves.

Of course, to “be themselves” means being a clueless old man with a streak for giving things away, a flirty fairy whose only vice isn’t collecting teeth, a master of love who hires out his work to cherubs, a barely-functioning alcoholic bunny and a tiny little Irishman whose pot of gold does nothing but bring him a life of bad luck. So pour yourself a pint or a nice glass of pinot noir, make your way to the bar and kick back with a few laughs with familiar faces from your youth that may turn out to be not quite so familiar after all, once you get to know them.


“5 Stars! I really enjoyed this.” – Larry Trivieri Jr, author of The Monster and Freddie Fype.

“What a lot of fun! Great book! Great stories! Great artwork!” – Todd Dezago, noted comic book writer of The Sensational Spider-Man, Impulse. Co-Creator of The Perhapanauts, Tellos, and Young Justice.

“…a hilarious and clever series.” – Shawn Perry, Bleeding Cool

“…a combination of Cheers and Animal House!” – Alex Thomas, Pipedream Comics

“…laugh out loud…funny. And I mean really funny.” – Frank Mula, Comic Crusaders

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A Clear Solution by Eric McFarlane

A Clear Solution – a comic crime novel
Published by Accent Press

All that lab technician Daniel Dreghorn wants is a better job, more money, a new flat – oh, and perhaps to meet a few more girls. It’s not much to ask of life, is it? All his dreams are answered with one visit to a faulty cash machine, but is it too good to be true? Yes, Daniel, it is…
Daniel’s life goes from bad to mad as a series of deaths are attributed to him and some very shady characters start to believe he is more than he seems. As Daniel’s colleagues at the university become suspicious of his actions, madcap Professor Farquharson sees him as a way of achieving a long-held desire… Can Daniel avoid being drawn into his boss’s crazy schemes? Can he avoid the attentions of a bent copper? Are Dr Bernini’s doughnuts all they seem to be?
A Clear Solution is a hilarious look at what happens when you’re in the wrong place at the wrong time – complete with homicidal bank managers.


“A brilliant blend of comedy and crime”
“Dead bodies, simmering sexuality, chaotic misunderstandings”

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Eric McFarlane spent his formative years in Glasgow before de-camping to the wilds of West Lothian via a short spell in Edinburgh. He trained in alchemy and spent most of his working life casting spells in pharmaceutical companies. But writing fiction was his first love and he has done so since facebook was what happened when the latest Stephen King appeared. He has written innumerable short stories, completed four novels (humour, thriller, SF), started, abandoned and re-started several others and even attempted some bad poetry.

How Not To Murder Your Grumpy by Carol E Wyer

How Not to Murder Your Grumpy cover frontIs your Grumpy Old Man getting under your feet? Is he wrestling with retirement? Are you wondering if you should bundle him up and entrust him to basket-weaving classes? Then this book could be the answer to your prayers. This light hearted guide is packed full of lively ideas, anecdotes and quips. Not only does it set out to provide laughs, but offers over 700 ideas and ways to keep a Grumpy Old Man occupied. From collecting airline sick bags to zorbing, you will be sure to find an absorbing pastime for your beloved curmudgeon. There are examples of those who have faced extraordinary challenges in older age, fascinating facts to interest a reluctant partner and innovative ideas drizzled, of course, with a large dollop of humor. Written tongue-in-cheek, this book succeeds in proving that getting older doesn’t mean the end of life or having fun. It provides amusing answers to the question, “How on Earth will my husband fill in his time in his retirement?” It offers suggestions on what might, or most certainly might not, amuse him. Ideal for trivia buffs, those approaching retirement, (or just at a loose end) and frustrated women who have an irritable male on their hands, this book will lighten any mood and may even prevent the odd murder.

5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic “How -To” Guide for dealing with your Grumpy 26 April 2013
By Lady Wings
Carol Wyer has a wonderful sense of humor, as anyone who has read her other books is well aware of. In “How Not to Murder Your Grumpy”, she entertains the readers with an A to Z list of activities guaranteed to keep your grumpy out of your hair. Some of the suggestions are very unusual but most are quite doable.

You can tell the author did a lot of research to come up with all this material and with Wyer’s light-hearted style of writing (including some terrible jokes and puns), the reader never gets bored.

This is a fun book to read and I recommend it to everyone, even to those who do not have grumpies to deal with. You will enjoy!

5.0 out of 5 stars Move Over, Erma Bombeck!, 27 April 2013
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This review is from: How Not to Murder Your Grumpy (Paperback)
The title alone was enough to get me to read this hilarious how-to. Ms. Wyer lists, from A to Z, hundreds of suggestions to get your own GOM (grumpy old man) off the couch and living life (and out of your hair). I’m sure many of us can sympathize with the “man-at-home-driving-me-nuts” syndrome for which this book was written.

Not yet at that special time of life when you too will be able to spend quality time 24/7 with your significant other? Read this book to get a step-up on what to do to send him on his way, happy and engaged, leaving you to get on with your own interests. Written in Carol Wyer’s inimitable and witty style, HNTMYG is chock-full of great ideas (and some definitely tongue-in-cheek) for anyone at any age to live life to its fullest. My main take-away? You’re never too old to try new things–be it hub-cap collecting or Morris dancing. And now, I’m off to sign up for mud larking…

5.0 out of 5 stars There’s Hope Yet for Mr Grumpy, 29 April 2013
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This review is from: How Not to Murder Your Grumpy (Paperback)
If only I had come across this fun book sooner, because I have my own Mr Grumpy, and trying to find ways to keep him occupied has been a nightmare, but here Carol E Wyer has come up with such fantastic ideas for hobbies and pastimes, many of which I would never have thought of. I’m gifting my Mr Grumpy this brilliant book for his birthday. Even if he doesn’t find something he might like to try from the suggestions detailed, he will indeed be kept amused and out of my hair as he laughs along with Carol’s vibrant, humorous style of prose, and learns from the many well-researched interesting facts and fascinating figures presented, all in the light-hearted manner we have come to expect from this author. This is a great book for Mrs Grumpy too, as most, if not all, of the suggestions can be enjoyed by either sex. Who says retirement can be boring? Never – not with so much to explore and do. Another success for Carol Wyer, I am sure.

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