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Everyone has a story and it's always worth listening to.
Interests: good stories, the craft of writing, theology, singing, church softball, Durham Bulls, San Francisco Giants, farmers' markets, Italy, Greece, Cyprus, cooking, breadbaking, eating, wine.
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Breakfast with Pandora Books is thrilled to announce the prospective release of the third book in the Master Mage of Rome series: The Prophecy of Apulu. Following The Mirror and the Mage and The Staff and the Shield, The Prophecy of Apulu will bring to a hair-raising close the adventures... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2017 at Breakfast with Pandora Books
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What do you do if you’re looking down the barrel of a storm of Biblical proportions? Hunker down inside and read a book of Biblical proportions. This weekend I sent out a social media call for a book to help me cope with a deluge to which I am currently... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2017 at Breakfast with Pandora Books
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It is really impossible to say anything about Half Sick of Shadows, Richard Abbott’s newest and most creative book, without giving the whole thing away. So instead of reading this review first, go out and buy the book and read it— I promise, it’s very inexpensive— and then come back... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2017 at Breakfast with Pandora Books
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The Borschland Hockey Chronicles concentrates on one thing: chronicles about ice hockey in Borschland. But there have always been bears as well. Upright Bears, to be exact. In Skater in a Strange Land, the first book of the series, our hero Sherm Reinhardt enters the hidden continent where Borschland is... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2017 at Breakfast with Pandora Books
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How do authors name things? J.R.R. Tolkien created an entire mythos as a companion to his renowned Middle Earth series of novels. The names Legolas, Boromir, and Frodo all had linguistic reasons for being what they were, since Tolkien was himself a professional linguist. Conversely, Christopher Paolini, the bestselling author... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2017 at Breakfast with Pandora Books
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Have you ever heard the term “throughtalking”? I hadn’t, till the other day. In fact, Google doesn’t seem to know the term. But I do: This insight, which I love, is spliced out of a post by a Facebook friend. I tend not to have to deal with this phenomenon... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2016 at Breakfast with Pandora Books
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Sometimes when I am in the valley of the shadow of self-doubt about my writing, I think, "I write ridiculous things in my novels. Who would ever believe them?" One book has talking bears and a parallel universe, another a kind of Pez dispenser that does magic if you know... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2016 at Breakfast with Pandora Books
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Bob Mustin was last seen in near-future Appalachia, musing on an America gone wrong. That was 2015's We Are Strong, But We Are Fragile. Mustin is now ranging over new territory. Collateral Damage and Stories, his just-published fiction collection, showcases the author's considerable talent-- for observation, for a well-turned phrase,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2016 at Breakfast with Pandora Books
Check this out from superstar author H.L. Burke. We are participating! Six YA Fantasy authors. A chance to win SIX awesome YA Ebooks. Kick off your Summer Reading right with these awesome titles. Enter to win on the Rafflecopter below, or click the links to purchase the books on Amazon.com!... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2016 at Breakfast with Pandora Books
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Big news about the Borschland Hockey Chronicles for all fans and future fans of Sherm Reinhardt. For those familiar with Sherm's ice hockey exploits, Breakfast with Pandora Books has just released a new Tales of Borschland anthology, Sherm Reinhardt and the Black Rose, including the first story involving Sherm Reinhardt... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2016 at Breakfast with Pandora Books
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A spotlight for H.L. Burke, who is, for my money, one of the coming author-personalities in indie publishing today. She writes good books, but she's also an engaging person who's fun to follow on social media, especially if you like dragons and cats. Burke's latest is an attractive YA steampunk... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2016 at Breakfast with Pandora Books
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It's winter... it's gray... it's cold... It's time for a Fantasy Winter Escape! What is a Fantasy Winter Escape? A chance to lose yourself--absolutely free-- in 16 vivid fantasy worlds and root for 16 fantasy heroes in 16 stories that excite without the bite of objectionable content. And by the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2016 at Breakfast with Pandora Books
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Well, Black Tie Optional, but we here at BWP Books are pleased to announce author D.W. Frauenfelder will be reading from the newest in the Master Mage of Rome Series, The Staff and the Shield, on January 30, 7 PM at Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh, NC. Quail Ridge Books... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2015 at Breakfast with Pandora Books
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Professionals in the traditional publishing business advise that authors should stick with the same literary genre in order to maximize their name recognition. If your debut novel is science fiction, then your tenth novel (and all the ones in between) should be as well. I've never liked this stipulation. I've... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2015 at Breakfast with Pandora Books
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Book II of the Master Mage of Rome series, The Staff and the Shield, has released at Quail Ridge Books & Music in Raleigh, NC. Quail Ridge is also carrying The Mirror and the Mage, the first book of the series. Quail Ridge Books is one of the leading independent... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2015 at Breakfast with Pandora Books
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We are proud to announce the upcoming release of the second book in the Master Mage of Rome series, The Staff and the Shield. The short tease: In 500 BC, the dream of Rome is small enough to fit in the heart one youth: Lucius Junius Brutus, Master Mage of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2015 at Breakfast with Pandora Books
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The Flame Before Us is Richard Abbott's third and most ambitious historical novel concerning the Bronze Age Near East. Previously he treated Canaan (In a Milk and Honeyed Land), then Egypt (Scenes from a Life), to which culture he has a particular sensitivity. The Flame Before Us concerns a wider... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2015 at Breakfast with Pandora Books
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I was pleased to spend a Saturday with the North Carolina Junior Classical League, giving a workshop on Archaic Latin and introducing Breakfast with Pandora Books' newest release, The Mirror and the Mage. The Mirror and the Mage follows 14-year old Lucius Junius Brutus, who will one day becoming the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2014 at Breakfast with Pandora Books
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Borschland is participating in the XXIV NationStates.net World Cup of Hockey... Special to the Borscher Sportteelegraaf by Kadmus Greningen The good news is that Borschland tallied four goals in its inaugural World Cup of Hockey game, a respectable number. The bad? Our opponents scored six, the last being an empty-netter.... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2014 at Breakfast with Pandora Books
The Borschland Hockey League is participating in the first Alternate Universe World Cup of Hockey. Here is Sherm Reinhardt's take on the team's historic first trip off-Continent for a truly global ice hockey competition. So it wasn't a normal road trip. I mean, I'm not even used to plane rides,... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2014 at Breakfast with Pandora Books
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Do you like fantasy? Do you like Rome? Do you like the Latin language? If you answered yes to any of these, sign up for the Roman Magic e-newsletter and play the Roman Magic game. I have never published a novel for a young readership, but I have for a... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2014 at Breakfast with Pandora Books
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This one is from Mark Lee of the book review site The Masquerade Crew; he gives it the equivalent of 3 stars out of 5, and I appreciate his honesty. (Image: Screenshot of TMC website. You like book reviews? Visit the site; lots there) I love that Mark thinks Skater... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2014 at Breakfast with Pandora Books
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World-building is a huge amount of fun for a fantasy author, and even more fun when others join in. My son started a Borschland fan-nation on the delightfully loopy site NationStates.net, and you need a flag as part of the profile, so I designed one for him. Here it is:... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2014 at Breakfast with Pandora Books
Those who read the Borschland Hockey Chronicles sometimes ask me how I got the idea to combine a steampunk setting with ice hockey. You don't have to go farther than Olympic hockey. Borschland was born when I was a teen in the seventies and played street hockey and table-top hockey... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2014 at Breakfast with Pandora Books
I respect Richard Abbott's fair-minded, insightful reviews. He has recently published a string of posts on steampunk books, and he's lucidly imparted his thoughts on each one. The Skater and the Saint is (sort of) the next in line, and he gave it 5 stars. As they say in Borschland,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2014 at Breakfast with Pandora Books