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My Medieval Mystery Tag – The First Verduan and Patreo Mystery is Available for Pre-Order until 15 July for 99&cent Kindle, $12.99 Print;

Eric and Julia seek tree grafts on the outskirts of their medieval eastern European village as a summer storm gathers.  Sullya, a witch hiding among the trees, grabs Julia. Eric swings his axe and severs Sullya’s hand from her arm. The witch seeks refuge in the deep bole of an old oak. Her hand falls onto the same oak and crawls up the trunk to join her.

Eric wants to flee but Julia, believing they’re safe thanks to the now heavy rain, torments the witch. Sullya curses them, their families, their crops, their livestock, and their village. 

Soon crops wilt, livestock die, and much of village falls ill. The village priest, Father Baillot, seems ignorant of church ways and proves ineffective against the curse. 

The village elders seek help elsewhere, specifically from a distant priest, Father Patreo, who knows the Old Ways as well as the New. Patreo is out of favor with the Church because he makes no effort to hide his belief that progress comes from exploring all paths, not just those the Church decrees acceptable.

He and Verduan, one of the village elders, investigate and encounter witchcraft, devil worship, murder, a coup d’etat, and the clashing of three great cultures. What they discover changes the face of Eastern Europe forever.

Reader Comments:
Carrabis writes another Hero’s Journey, this time with a faithful dog, a blind bear, and a deformed, mute child.

Riveting and captivating!

Carrabis’ sense of humor shines throughout. You can almost see him dropping breadcrumbs for the reader to follow. He’s playing a game of tag with the reader and is a master of the game.

Carrabis weaves another multi-character tapestry with interesting plot lines and dialogue you can hear.

Carrabis brings the Middle Ages to life.

Imagine your favorite professor telling you insider stories from Medieval Europe. That’s Carrabis’ Tag.

I want to ask Carrabis if he time-travels. Tag reads like an episode of “You Are There.” It’s more like something you’re living through than reading in a book.

I saw everything, I tasted the bread, I drank the ale, I worked the fields, I heard the bells, I tasted the mustard. Incredible!

Tag‘s Verduan and Patreo are the Middle Ages’ Holmes and Watson. Cadfael watch out!

A Tale of Six Publishers – Part 4

Don’t sign if the numbers don’t add up.
Definitely don’t sign if you can’t validate their claims!

Part 1 of this series shared three critical issues to ask any publisher before signing with them:

  1. Marketing – how would the publisher get word of my book out to potential readers?
  2. Distribution – how would the publisher get my book into potential readers’ hands?
  3. Career Development – what would the publisher do to help me become a better author?

This post deals with publisher #4 how they failed on all three. Now out of business (at least no web presence), this post is about how splash can’t make up for facts.

During my headaches with publishers 1, 2, and 3, I sent out Empty Sky. Lots of interest, no contracts, until a British publisher offered to take a look.

Hoorah!, right?

Well, yeah, of course.

They asked for the full manuscript, which I emailed. Two weeks later, they wanted to Zoom meet. One person would be in their LA office, the other in their London, UK, office, so the challenge was timing.

Hey, you tell me when you want to talk, I’ll be there!

The call went well, very flattering of my work, an explanation of their plans for the book (they talked video games, movie, radio play, books, serialization,… they really had all media channels covered) plus an advanced marketing campaign which involved me flying to London to appear on a few morning talk shows, and both NYC and LA for the same.

Too good to be true, right?

Definitely!
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July 2024 Newsletter

It is maddeningly hot here in central New England. We’re going on three straight weeks of official heat wave temps (90+°F). Aside from melting, I’m working on The Book of the Wounded Healers: A Study in Perception, a novel about communication and originally written in 1992 and reworked every few years since. My last posts on it are dated in late Spring-early Summer 2022. Each rewrite made it incrementally better and not enough. Thanks to some gifted reader-friends’ suggestions, I’m reworking with publication scheduled for late September-early October 2024. Leave a comment if you’d like to be a First Reader.

July-August 2024 Announcements

  • SideHustles and Sidegigs – What do you do to support your art when your art isn’t supporting you? That’s the core of our discussion at our next RoundTable 360° meetup. Come & join us on Thursday, July 25th, 10:30amPT, 1:30pmET, 6:30pmLondonTime, 19h30 CEST.
    Reserve your space here.
  • I’m hosting a writer’s month long workshop discussing many if not all phases of craft and storytelling. The next class runs Wednesdays, 7-28 August 2024. Sign up here.
  • My Medieval mystery, Tag, is available at 99¢ Kindle, $12.99 Print now until 30 July 2024:

    Eric and Julia seek tree grafts on the outskirts of their medieval eastern European village as a summer storm gathers. Sullya, a witch hiding among the trees, grabs Julia. Eric swings his axe and severs Sullya’s hand from her arm. The witch seeks refuge in the deep bole of an old oak. Her hand falls onto the same oak and crawls up the trunk to join her.
    Eric wants to flee but Julia, believing they’re safe, torments the witch. Sullya curses them, their families, their crops, their livestock, and their village.
    Soon crops wilt, livestock die, and much of village falls ill. The village priest, Father Baillot, seems ignorant of church ways and proves ineffective against the curse.
    The village elders seek help elsewhere, specifically from a distant priest, Father Patreo, who knows the Old Ways as well as the New. Patreo is out of favor with the Church because he makes no effort to hide his belief that progress comes from exploring all paths, not just those the Church decrees acceptable.
    He and Verduan, one of the village elders, investigate and encounter witchcraft, devil worship, murder, a coup d’etat, and the clashing of three great cultures. What they discover changes the face of Eastern Europe forever.

  • Last item – Have an announcement you’d like to include in my monthly newsletter? Leave a comment with details and we’ll see about getting it in the next one.

That’s it for July.

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Enjoy!

Ophelia Loves NPR’s “Morning Edition”

We start out a little out of focus, then resolve to clarity.

Crystal clarity, according to the original Outer Limits‘ Control Voice.

I truly miss that show. Yes, it’s dated, and yes, the special effects are laughable by today’s standards.

And if you think that’s what the show was about, …then I don’t know. I definitely don’t know you.

Nor do I want to.

Once in focus (and no doubt with a few coffees under our belt), we see Ophelia, an Opossum having breakfast with NPR’s Morning Edition playing in the background.

Wise, Opossums are.

Truly wise.

 

RoundTable 360° June 2024 – Creating Characters

From idea to paper (or word) to performance, how do we bring characters to life?

That’s the question RoundTable 360°’s panel tackled in our June 2024 session.

This RoundTable explored the intricacies of character development across different creative mediums and uncovered effective strategies for creating characters that resonate deeply with audiences.

In storytelling and performing arts, characters serve as the heart and soul of narratives. Whether on the pages of a novel or portrayed on stage or screen, well-developed characters have the power to captivate and evoke profound emotional responses from audiences.

RoundTable 60°’s June 2024 session delved into how writers and performers breathe life into their characters, making them compelling, multidimensional, memorable, and inspiring.

This discussion was led by noted EU actress, model, and voice talent Sabine Rossbach.

Want to take part in future RoundTable 360°s? Reserve your space on Eventbrite.
Want to be on our panel and/or lead a discussion? Let me know here.

 

A Tale of Six Publishers – Part 3 finale

Don’t go with a publisher who keeps you in the dark, feeds you bullshit, and outright lies to you (and lies and lies and lies)! (finale)

Part 1 of this series shared three critical issues to ask any publisher before signing with them:

  1. Marketing – how would the publisher get word of my book out to potential readers?
  2. Distribution – how would the publisher get my book into potential readers’ hands?
  3. Career Development – what would the publisher do to help me become a better author?

This post deals with publisher #3 (whom you met in

Here’s the finale of publisher #3’s bad practices.
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