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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!

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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Fenwick Dines

I mentioned in Smart Critters, Each and Every One both male and female Raccoons are glorifying us with their presence.

To prove my point, behold Fenwick, a might male raccoon.

A rather direct and focused eater, Fenwick doesn’t entertain small talk. He prefers Two-Legs get to the point ASAP.

Said point being, “Here’s your peanuts, Fenwick.”

I like that about The Wild.

Not a lot of putzin’ around. Let’s do it, get things done, there’ll be time for chatting later.

Yeah, right, most of them take off after they’ve filled their bellies.

How male, huh?

 

RoundTable 360° May 2024 – Creative Blocks

Creative blocks.

Every creative’s been there…

…that dreaded feeling of hitting a wall, not knowing what to create next or even how to do it, wracking your brain for some kind of answer, direction, or inspiration.

You have to go after inspiration with a club. – Jack London

 
Creative blocks can be frustrating, but they are universal, and creatives have found various ways of dealing with them. In this RoundTable 360&deg: session, a panel of writers, artists, actors, and other creatives discussed the different ways creative blocks present themselves, strategies for working through them, and tips and tricks to keep your creativity flowing.

This episode was moderated by award-winning poet, publisher, and editor Clarabelle Miray Fields of Carmina Magazine.

Want to take part in future RoundTable 360°? Reserve your space at Eventbrite

 

Limiting Beliefs now on SubStack

What, you didn’t know I had a Substack?

Well neener neener on you, I do.

Phhtt!

Been doing it for a while, been keeping it quiet because I substack rarely.

Only when I have a thought I doubt fits in here.

Give it a look, let me know what you think.

And thanks.