Quotation from “Peter Grimes” by Benjamin Britten Bonus item: Preamble Bonus item: Space Tektonics, Inc – Manfred Hengst’s orbiting space complex. Bonus item: Glossary of alien words and names....

Top Shelf launching Monday, Nov 4th with Chapter 1 of The Atheling. We have created the Top Shelf for the series to separate it from the main podcast library. Since the series contains sensitive material in places, we have placed an age gate on the shelf as an alert. I post this preamble which will always be available in the Top Shelf Bonus folder along with other items as they are added....

(2-tone print on parchment by Roberts not used in the printed book.) Readers ask: Does Bruto get his human form finally? My reply: The clue to that lies in Chapter 7. But does it matter? This marks the end of over three years of regular podcasts. All these books are for anyone, no age range set. Early October, I kick off the SF quartet which is for older readers and access will be duly limited. I thank all who have listened in and hope we meet ag...

Peter pictured Bruto in the big, empty mansion, dining alone in the Great Hall by the light of the golden tree candelabras. No talk, no sharing songs on the spinet. Now if Bruto sang, his voice would echo through the solitary spaces, with no one else to hear. Bonus item: Bella and Bruto talking together in the courtyard...

“Bruto, it is wrong to force your will on people!” Bella cried. “And we’ll never give in!” She turned to Peter. “I’m beat. I’m going to sleep right here.” “Not me.” Peter remembered the first night they’d fled: the roars and the howling. “No way I’m going to close my eyes. No way … no way….” Note: the pig in ‘Tom, Tom the piper’s son&...

They scrambled up and hurried around the corner of the greenhouse. In the full glare of the late morning sun lay a body covered in a heavy cloak and hood. Bela darted forward and crouching drew the hood aside. Bruto....

As he peered down, the massive shape unfolded from its chair to stand beside it. Then, unaware of being watched, it moved out from the shadows towards the spinet and Peter froze. “What, what is it?” Bella called from the stairs. Bonus item 1: Bella at the spinet. Bonus item 2: What Peter saw. Bonus item 3: How Bella likely would have seen it....

Tomorrow night, (Peter) thought drowsily, slipping into sleep at last, what then? They surely wouldn’t even think of going back into that place—would they? He certainly would not. But you never knew with Bella. Bonus item 1: Bella in her finery. Bonus item 2: Shadow behind the chair...

This final Jason chapter replaces the 1st edition version in the printed book and will comprise Sunday in the second edition. This coming Thursday I begin reading Beauty and the Beast, a retelling. The pen & ink illustrations by Claire Roberts (couple by me) will be included as bonus items with each chapter....

Tears came, warm tears, blinding him. He felt the woman’s touch, a soft caress. “Jason? Jason, love, what is it?” “I want my dad,” he sobbed....

Looking Jason’s way, the prince strode over. “Is not Rani the most delicious creature? Her face is as a million summer gardens, her skin is delicate as—” “Can Rani get us some curry, Firouz?”...

Halfway along the horse’s polished neck, Jason found a small red button. He pressed it, and at once the horse began to buck and bounce like a dime store ride gone wild....

“Grippus, Grampus, hippo-campus! Who cares, let the ocean damp us!” Jason sang … and wished the night would last a long, long time…....

“Let me get this: you sit out here for ten whole years. Then you build this thing and quit. Won’t the Trojans be suspicious?” Epeus stopped smiling. “If they are, we’re all dead men.”...

“Ten years we’ve waited on Troy’s front doorstep. The city must be ours today==or never.” Captain Epeus...

Soothsaying? Jason looked around the circle. What was that?… “Ask something,” Aesclepius murmured. “Quick.” “I—” Jason gazed around. Sons of kings and princes, destined to be heroes. He cleared his throat. “Will I be anything?”...

… Achilles stayed fixed on Jason. “How dare you, mongrel, come up here without lineage?…” Mongrel? Jason got slowly to his feet. “I’m good as you any day.” The big boy laughed. “Prove it.”...

Jason was just about to move on when, up on the rack behind the vendor’s head, he spotted a silver stallion rearing up against a deep blue sky....

Abigail paced to the window and back. “I only hope it’s not too late….” Emma sobered up at once, recalling her thought that the spell might not work now....

Maybe after a night’s sleep, Abigail won’t be so mad. Maybe in the morning she’ll remember the good times, and how nice I was, and she’ll change her mind. Maybe . . . Note: Emma’s text on the mirror is shown in the book. Her last appeal is a crude drawing of the heart halves unlinked....

Chapter 11 – Friends in Time
Bookreadings , Friends in Time , News / July 15, 2019

Maybe after a night’s sleep, Abigail won’t be so mad. Maybe in the morning she’ll remember the good times, and how nice I was, and she’ll change her mind. Maybe . . . Note: Emma’s text on the mirror is shown in the book. Her last appeal is a crude drawing of the heart halves unlinked....

Chapter 5 – Friends in Time
Bookreadings , Friends in Time , News / June 24, 2019

… “What’s the story about, Emma?” “Oh … There’s this olden-day kid called Alice who steps through a mirror into…” Emma faltered. “Into a strange world where nothing goes the way … it … should.” “Oh, Emma.” Note: High fantasy is set in a mythical world; low fantasy is set in this one. Some books are a combination of both....

Chapter 3 – Friends in Time
Bookreadings , Friends in Time / June 17, 2019

… “Abigail, what year is this?” “Year?” Abigail frowned. “Eighteen forty-six, everyone knows that.” Emma shook her head. “When the lightning flashed, our times criss-crossed and now you’re here—in nineteen ninety-five!”...

Chapter 2 – Friends in Time
Bookreadings / June 13, 2019

… And the face! Two round hollow eyes, a sharp beak nose, and the mouth? A small round hole rimmed with lips like a tiny tire. The whole looked grotesque, cartoon-like. But Emma didn’t find it comic....

Chapter 1 – Friends in Time
Bookreadings , News / June 10, 2019

“Good grief!” Emma exclaimed, recognizing who she was. The girl leapt back, the object falling from her hands. As it hit the tiles, the fire, the parlor vanished. But the girl remained, staring with horror into Emma’s face....

Friends in Time Pockets Review
book review , Bookreadings / June 6, 2019

Today marks the changeover in titles. While the first chapter of Friends in Time is on Monday next, the Pockets Review is featured here as a regular reading. (Note that it is accessible through the duration of the book via the link to their picture on the side bar.) Thanks, and see you Monday!...

Chapter 25 – Child of the Air
Bookreadings , Child of the Air , News / May 30, 2019

… Mylanfyndra, everything is ready. You shall go to bed early in the guest chambers. We leave before sunup.” “But Brevan,” Mylanfyndra began, then nodded. “He can meet her here,” she said, and knew that it would be well....

Chapter 24 pt.ii – Child of the Air
Bookreadings , Child of the Air , News / May 27, 2019

… “Until we pinpoint your zone within the greater region, it’s useless to discuss whether you may go or no.” …”But when we do, sir—could we—would you let us go then?” Wurthen smiled. “You are most persistent, young lady. Let us say this: find the way to your mesa, and we’ll talk again.”...