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....

The Starstone – Chapter 7
Gom Series , The Starstone / April 4, 2016

Keke’s dialogue narrated by Anya Eleni He was just drifting off, when someone poked him in the ribs. “Are you Folgan’s apprentice?” Gom came bolt upright on his cot. “I am.” The servant jerked his thumb. “He’s hollerin for you, and by the looks on his face, I’d say you’d best get goin, quick!”...

The Starstone – Chapter 6
Gom Series , The Starstone / March 31, 2016

Keke’s voice rendered by Anya Eleni Then the warrior stood before him, pale green plume waving in some distant wind. . . . Jastra says you are not ready, but you are. You have to be . . ....

The Starstone – Chapter 5
Gom Series , Starstone , The Starstone / March 28, 2016

Keke’s dialogue read by Anya Eleni “Keke!” … Gom lifted her between his hands. She felt limp and heavy as death. “Keke?” On her right leg something glistened. . . . It was a band, a silver band, and on it was inscribed a human skull....

The Starstone – Chapter 4
Gom Series , Starstone , The Starstone / March 24, 2016

Chapter introduction by Michael Brevalan, a young reader Anya Eleni presents Keke’s voice. “Blah!” Keke retorted. . . . “Take my advice, Gom, and keep your own counsel. Stop making it look so easy, or you’ve an enemy there.”...

The Starstone – Chapter 1
Gom Series , The Starstone / March 14, 2016

Introduction by Anya Eleni – a young reader In his mind’s eye, he saw Ulm, itself a small, bright star in the sky. And he saw himself racing to catch it before it fell into the reach of Katak’s grasp. Chapter Bonus: Folgan’s House Illustration...

The Crystal Stair – Chapter 14
Gom Series , The Crystal Stair / February 18, 2016

“The Fourth Realm boils with hate and blood feud among the ruling houses. If we can’t stop them, then Karlvod will have the gate, and move one closer to Bayon.” “And Ulm.” “Yes.” Chapter Bonus: Gom’s Waly Loon : Audio FIle, Music Sheet 1/2, Music Sheet 2/2...

The Crystal Stair – Chapter 13
Gom Series , The Crystal Stair / February 15, 2016

“I ran the moment I saw them.” (Essie) glanced back through the crowds towards the inn street. “Yul Kinta?” Essie nodded vigorously. “Four, and Leochtor’s soldiers with them. We’ve got to get you away—and quick!”...

The Crystal Stair – Chapter 12
Gom Series , The Crystal Stair / February 11, 2016

But that’s the beauty of the song—nobody exactly knows. Only that Hershel went out into the mist and came back all changed.” Chapter Bonus: Jolly FIsherman: Shanty Music Sheets Part one, Part two and Audio File The Melancholy Ballad of Hershel the Young Fisherman & His Love Poll Music Sheet and Audio File...

The Crystal Stair – Chapter 10
Gom Series , The Crystal Stair / February 4, 2016

They’ve ever been, and remain a fierce folk, quick to take offense . . . What else? Their powers are great . . . they see things the ordinary man cannot, their gift of prophecy is legendary, and beware of one who can look into your heart . ....

The Crystal Stair – Chapter 09
Gom Series , The Crystal Stair / February 3, 2016

“Sorry, Gom Gobblechuck.” Thrulvar was laughing openly. “You’re coming with us.” “Where!” Gom cried, “and why!” As if he hadn’t guessed. Thrulvar gestured to the company, who as one bowed gravely from the waist. “To the camp where our leader sits. You see, we’re Yul Kinta, and our chief is Lord Urolf.”...