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Re: Religion and Book Reviews
« Reply #25 on: March 04, 2016, 07:32:06 AM »
When you send out book review requests, do you look for expressions of religious beliefs or affiliations on the blogs? Of course, you look for reviewing interests by genre, which can be a matter of trying to fit into one when your book bends genres. Some book bloggers will make statements in their policies about profanity and sex, and those can be helpful unless your work is on a margin -- a little bit but is it too much for the reviewer?

Yes, so I know to avoid them.  I don't bother querying any blogger who has a lot of noticeable religiousness on their blog or in their review policies as I am going to just presume they prefer heavy faith stories and that mine are unlikely to be for them.  I also avoid any bloggers who appear to have issues with LGBT content, or who have policies against books with sex, profanity, underage sex, and so forth.  I'll also usually skip any that say they don't want erotica or erotic content since I take that as another way of saying they don't want books with sex, only fade to black at most.  In the absence of clues in the review policies, I'll usually skim some of their other reviews to see if they tend to have issues with specific kinds of content or, if I decide to submit for a review, I'll make sure to mention in my query that "this novel does contain X" and then leave it to them to decline if it isn't their cup of tea.

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Is the Prevention of Child Abuse Science Fiction?
« Reply #26 on: March 08, 2016, 07:22:17 AM »
Rarity from the Hollow, Adult Literary Science Fiction

Excerpt of Author Interview at https://rainbowofbooks.wordpress.com/2016/03/12/rarity-from-the-hollow-author-spotlight-and-author-interview/
   


".......Can you give us a brief introduction to child abuse?

Child maltreatment is a world-wide phenomenon without clear definition. What one person believes to have been abusive, another may consider as appropriate child discipline, and these views may be influenced by cultures, societal norms, or religions. While prevalence rate is difficult to come up with, approximately one quarter of all adults believe that they were maltreated as children physically, sexually, psychologically.

Many jurisdictions have enacted laws to protect children and sanctions that punish offenders. On an international level, The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) was formed in 1989, and (ironically) the U.S. and Somalia are the only two of the now 194 member countries that have failed to ratify the CRCs treaty regarding childrens human rights internationally. http://www.hg.org/children-rights.html

There are many predisposing factors theorized to contribute to child maltreatment poverty, mental illness or substance abuse by the parent any many similar correlates to societal ills caused by child maltreatment crime, dependency, mental illness.

Let me illustrate the complexity of this huge social problem by talking about my novel. Most readers of Rarity from the Hollow have found that Lacy Dawn, the protagonist, is an abused child. I think so, as well.

Dwayne, Lacys father, is a disabled Veteran suffering from PTSD and who has night terrors and rages during which he switches Lacy and her mother, sometimes leaving scars. Within the story, however, all characters believe that Dwayne is exercising spare the rod and spoil the child type of discipline based on Biblical interpretation, and is well within his role as a good father and husband.

Before I go any farther and give your readers the impression that Rarity from the Hollow is a depressing story, its not. One of several book review found when awarding the novel the first of two Gold Medals:  The author has managed to do what I would have thought impossible; taken serious subjects like poverty, ignorance, abuse, and written about them with tongue-in-cheek humor without trivializing themEggleton sucks you into the Hollow, dunks you in the creek, rolls you in the mud, and splays you in the sun to dry off. Tucked between the folds of humor are some profound observations on human nature and modern society that you have to read to appreciateits a funny book that most sci-fi fans will thoroughly enjoy. http://awesomeindies.net/ai-approved-review-of-rarity-from-the-holly-by-robert-eggleton/........."

Check out the interview for a perspective on how a science fiction novel sensitizes readers to the huge social problem of child maltreatment, including practical recommendations on how you can help prevent child abuse.
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Mr. Prump is NOT Donald Trump, SciFi and Politics, Rarity from the Hollow
« Reply #27 on: April 01, 2016, 10:25:10 AM »
Hi,

Please see the following excerpt and visit the blog if interested in reading the article:

Politics in science fiction has a very long history. Perhaps not the first, published in 1895, The Time Machine by H.G. Wells addressed social class issues, similar to how, especially, the Bernie Sanders campaign has been addressing them in the real-life U.S Presidential Primaries of today. Over the years, many utopian and dystopian societies have been created in speculative fiction literature. Tremendously amplified in this election by technology, utopian and dystopian visions of Americas future are being projected by Democrats and Republicans to market their campaigns.

http://www.thebookcarousel.co.uk/2016/04/guest-post-mr-prump-is-not-donald-trump.html?spref=tw
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Re: Win a Free Copy of Rarity from the Hollow! (scroll to the bottom)
« Reply #28 on: April 10, 2016, 05:09:53 AM »
Thanks again to those who helped finalize a blurb for the 2016 republication of Rarity from the Hollow. Dog Horn Publishing has reported that the line edit for this edition is almost finished.

   Lacy Dawn's father relives the Gulf War, her mother's teeth are rotting out, and her best friend is murdered by the meanest daddy on Earth. Life in The Hollow isn't great. But Lacy has one advantage -- she's been befriended by a semi-organic, semi-robot who works with her to cure her parents. He wants something in exchange, though. It's up to her to save the Universe.
 
Will Lacy Dawn's predisposition, education, and magic be enough for her to save the Universe, Earth, and, most importantly, protect her own family?
 
Rarity from the Hollow is adult literary science fiction filled with tragedy, comedy and satire. It is a children's story for adults, not for the prudish, faint of heart, or easily offended.


Rarity from the Hollow has now appeared on over ninety blogs or magazines worldwide, in twenty different countries including all over the U.S. and the U.K., Finland, Mexico, Bulgaria, Belgium, South Africa, Croatia, Uruguay, India, Taiwan, Australia, Nigeria, Egypt, Malaysia, Canada, Vietnam, Portugal, The Netherlands, and Sweden. The project has grown into a world-wide movement to sensitize people about child maltreatment through a satiric and comical science fiction adventure.

To win a copy of the original version, visit:  http://reviews.flylef.com/

To read about how and why Rarity from the Hollow helps to prevent child maltreatment, check out: http://booksthething.com/2016/03/25/robert-eggleton-guest-post/

For project updates, visit and like the Lacy Dawn Adventures page on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Lacy-Dawn-Adventures-573354432693864/
 
If you have any questions or want additional info, reply to this post and I will respond asap.

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4-22-16 Article about Rarity from the Hollow, A Satiric Science Fiction Novel

Should you be interested in the current Presidential elections, I highly recommend giving this a read! (It is NOT political propaganda). Paige, an eighteen year old book blogger from the U.K.

Excerpt of the article:

In the story, the central planet of the universe is a giant shopping mall Shptiludrp (Shop Until You Drop). It is where universal governance is located. The surface of the planet is managed by Mr. Prump, an extreme capitalist who oversees consumerism as a means of determining the fate of all other planets in the universe. Planets found ineligible for continued existence face mineral extraction exploitation Shrinkage. No, Mr. Prump does not have orange hair and any similarity between this character and Donald Trump is purely coincidental. Oh, by the way, Mr. Prump is a highly evolved cockroach, an Orwellian take-off similar to Animal Farm, a novel that once was required reading in public schools.

Mr. Prump has a brother, Mr. Rump, who lives in and manages the sewers of Shptiludrp under a socialistic structure. Any similarity between this character and Bernie Sanders is purely coincidental, even though one of the major crops produced by the workers under socialism is the best marijuana buds in the universe. A long-standing family feud between the brothers has prevented them talking to each other for thousands, well, for a very long time.

To read the article in its entirety, visit Paiges fantastic book blog at: http://www.thebookcarousel.co.uk/2016/04/guest-post-mr-prump-is-not-donald-trump.html?spref=tw

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Purchase at: http://www.amazon.com/Rarity-Hollow-Robert-Eggleton-ebook/dp/B017REIA44 or http://www.doghornpublishing.com/wordpress/books/rarity-from-the-hollow
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Re: Book Reviewer from Nigeria Joins the Movement (scroll DOWN)
« Reply #30 on: May 11, 2016, 05:29:54 PM »
5-11-16 New Spotlight on Rarity from the Hollow by a mature teen, one of many kids around the world involved with social issues and who believe that fiction can invigorate progress toward prevention of child maltreatment:

https://1800books.wordpress.com/2016/04/01/spotlight-rarity-from-the-hollow-by-robert-eggleton/

Meet Ibukun, goes by Janey, from Nigeria, and who shares an excerpt of this novel about Appalachia, a metaphor of a world-wide concern:  Designated to be consolidated, the school received little maintenance except to reduce liability.

Rarity from the Hollow has now appeared on over one-hundred and twenty blogs or magazines worldwide, in twenty-two different countries including all over the U.S. and the U.K., Finland, Mexico, Bulgaria, Belgium, South Africa, Croatia, Uruguay, India, Taiwan, Australia, Egypt, Malaysia, Canada, Vietnam, Portugal, The Netherlands, Sweden, Germany, Nigeria, and Israel. The project has grown into a world-wide movement to sensitize people about child maltreatment through a satiric and comical science fiction adventure.

You can buy Rarity from the Hollow a lot of places if you want to help out. Heres the Amazon link, just because its the most popular:

http://www.amazon.com/Rarity-Hollow-Robert-Eggleton-ebook/dp/B017REIA44

If you want to support a traditional small press in this conglomerate marketplace: http://www.doghornpublishing.com/wordpress/books/rarity-from-the-hollow

Please visit and like Lacy Dawn Adventures on Facebook for project updates:

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Stop by and visit to say hello to David Spell of The Scary Review, an amazing book blog.

David posted an absolutely beautiful spotlight on Rarity from the Hollow which includes Editorial Reviews that Adam Lowe of Dog Horn Publishing will have posted on the several online bookstores that have been selling the novel. David is from Michigan and is a highly experienced book reviewer. Rarity from the Hollow has finally gotten to the top of his popular To Be Reviewed list. Please keep your fingers crossed that he likes it.

What could be more horrific than child abuse?

https://thescaryreviews.com/news-guest-posts/guest-post-rarity-from-the-hollow-by-robert-eggleton/

5-21-16, today, the Lacy Dawn Adventures page on Facebook exceeded five hundred likes! Thanks, everybody:  https://www.facebook.com/Lacy-Dawn-Adventures-573354432693864/

The Amazon purchase link is: http://www.amazon.com/Rarity-Hollow-Robert-Eggleton-ebook/dp/B017REIA44 . If you prefer a different store, this novel is available everywhere, including the bookstore in your home community.

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Re: SF Novel found Reminescent of ....'60s and '70s (scroll to bottom)
« Reply #32 on: June 10, 2016, 05:57:38 PM »
6-10-16

Amazon Book Reviewer Found:

"...Reminiscent of the works of Vonnegut as well as the 60s and 70s, there is a satirical tone about this small piece of society including drugs, bootlegging, sexuality, child abuse, post war PTSD, and dysfunctional families. The ending is a bit of a surprise - ironic to say the least. This was a pleasant change from my usual lighter fare reading. Although there is no graphic sexuality, the references to sexual molestation, abuse, and out-of-control erections limit the appropriate audience to adults.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review."

 

http://www.amazon.com/review/RGOPP6JDUUGU8

 
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Re: Inspires a Discouraged Self-Promotor (scroll to bottom)
« Reply #33 on: June 18, 2016, 05:28:46 PM »
Great review to invigorate a discouraged self-promoter (excerpt):

6-18-16   "...The best thing about Rarity is the writing. It feels timeless, classic and mature in a way that would ensure its longevity if more people knew about it. I would even say it could be read in a college setting both for the craft itself and its unique brand of storytelling. The premise was brilliant and brought a distinctive approach to the adult-fairytale/modern-retelling sub-genre..." --  http://tabbyafae.com/rarity-hollow-robert-eggleton/

Lacy Dawn's father relives the Gulf War, her mother's teeth are rotting out, and her best friend is murdered by the meanest daddy on Earth. Life in The Hollow isn't great. But Lacy has one advantage -- she's been befriended by a semi-organic, semi-robot who works with her to cure her parents. He wants something in exchange, though. It's up to her to save the Universe.
 
Will Lacy Dawn's predisposition, education, and magic be enough for her to save the Universe, Earth, and, most importantly, protect her own family?
 
Rarity from the Hollow is adult literary science fiction filled with tragedy, comedy and satire. It is a children's story for adults, not for the prudish, faint of heart, or easily offended.

http://www.amazon.com/Rarity-Hollow-Robert-Eggleton-ebook/dp/B017REIA44
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Re: A Most Perfect Book Spotlight (scroll to bottom)
« Reply #34 on: June 29, 2016, 12:28:11 PM »
Wow! Rarity from the Hollow, a double Gold Medal winning adult literary science fiction novel, was the lead story in an online newspaper today, with a sidebar button for purchase from Amazon.




Please check it out: http://paper.li/ReadingDiva3/1318623808?edition_id=1dbfcca0-3ddb-11e6-bfc9-0cc47a0d1609




Please see and consider liking the Lacy Dawn Adventure Facebook page for project updates: https://www.facebook.com/Lacy-Dawn-Adventures-573354432693864/



Adam Beyonce Lowe has been working hard on release of the second edition. He owns Dog Horn Publishing, a traditional small press in Leeds, and it just released what looks like a powerful book about money, class, and homophobia. Please check it out. Im sure going to! See the Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/DogHornUK/posts/1069671306419258?notif_t=like&notif_id=1467220733657843


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Re: Did you miss the 2016 BEA? Catch up here. (scroll to bottom)
« Reply #35 on: July 12, 2016, 04:53:59 PM »
7-12-16 Coming Soon: 2nd Edition of Rarity from the Hollow, an adult literary science fiction novel.

Theres still time to get a copy of the original, uncut version. Stop by Tifs blog for more info. You will find an article, Fiction that Promotes Social Justice Solutions. She is best known for her hard work on the recurring Books Expo America, and if you didnt keep up with this huge 2016 event, you can also catch up with the most important happenings on her blog here:

http://www.armchairbea.com/2016/05/guest-article-fiction-that-promotes.html

For project updates about Rarity from the Hollow, please visit and consider liking: https://www.facebook.com/Lacy-Dawn-Adventures-573354432693864/

To get a copy of the uncut version, heres one place:

http://www.amazon.com/Rarity-Hollow-Robert-Eggleton-ebook/dp/B017REIA44

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Re: Sexism in SciFi, article, Rarity from the Hollow (scroll to bottom)
« Reply #36 on: July 23, 2016, 04:06:07 PM »
Guest Article: Saving the Universe Excerpt:

Other common techniques that some authors have used to a create powerful female protagonist has been to combine intelligence with irresistible sex appeal or the use of sexuality as a weapon, sometimes represented in film and video games, i.e. the James Bonds. Some supporters of feminist fiction have objected. Mic.com.

Please check out the article in entirely here: http://chapterbreak.net/2016/05/16/guest-post-robert-eggleton-saving-universe/

Rarity from the Hollow, is a Gold Medal adult literary science fiction novel, not for the faint of heart. Get the original, uncut version today: http://www.amazon.com/Rarity-Hollow-Robert-Eggleton-ebook/dp/B017REIA44

The second edition is coming soon. Watch for updates at: https://www.facebook.com/Lacy-Dawn-Adventures-573354432693864/

Thanks for your support: http://www.doghornpublishing.com/wordpress/books/rarity-from-the-hollow
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Re: Spotlight on Rarity from the Hollow, First Edition (scroll to bottom)
« Reply #37 on: August 04, 2016, 02:54:40 AM »
8-3-16. Please check out this beautiful spotlight on Rarity from the Hollow, a double Gold Medal winning adult literary SciFi novel. The spotlight was published by Leah from The Philippines on her book blog, White Sky Project. Leah is an advocate for fantasy and science fiction stories which feature strong female characters. Comments are welcomed on her blog.

Quirky, profane, disturbing In the space between a few lines we go from hardscrabble realism to pure sci-fi/fantasy. Its quite a trip. Evelyn Somers, The Missouri Review

http://www.whiteskyproject.com/2016/05/spotlight-rarity-from-the-hollow-robert-eggleton.html

The second edition of Rarity from the Hollow is scheduled for release on September 30, 2016. Watch for updates at: https://www.facebook.com/Lacy-Dawn-Adventures-573354432693864/ Theres still time to get a copy of the original, uncut first edition of Rarity from the Hollow. If you are not prudish, faint of heart, or easily offended, heres the Amazon link. Its available for order anyplace that books can be bought, including your local bookstore. If you want to support a great small press, please consider buying it directly from the publisher: http://www.doghornpublishing.com/wordpress/books/rarity-from-the-hollow  If you are affiliated with child protective services, half of author proceeds have been donated to a nonprofit agency near my home for that purpose, please ask for a discount. Adam, the editor, is very cool.

Thanks for your support.

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Re: Input Requested on Back Cover Blurbs (scroll to bottom)
« Reply #38 on: August 18, 2016, 07:05:48 PM »
Following are a recommended publishers blurb and book review blurbs for the back cover of the second edition of Rarity from the Hollow (paperback format) due for release on September 30, 2016 by Dog Horn Publishing. Your comments would be appreciated.

Lacy Dawn's father relives the Gulf War, her mother's teeth are rotting out, and her best friend is murdered by the meanest daddy on Earth. Life in the hollow is hard. But she has one advantage -- an android was inserted into her life and is working with her to cure her parents. But, he wants something in exchange. It's up to her to save the Universe. Lacy Dawn doesn't mind saving the universe, but her family and friends come first.

Rarity from the Hollow is adult literary science fiction filled with tragedy, comedy and satire.

The most enjoyable science fiction novel I have read in years.
Temple Emmet Williams, Author, former editor for Readers Digest


Quirky, profane, disturbing In the space between a few lines we go from hardscrabble realism to pure sci-fi/fantasy. Its quite a trip.
   Evelyn Somers, The Missouri Review

. "a hillbilly version of Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxywhat I would have thought impossible; taken serious subjects like poverty, ignorance, abusetongue-in-cheek humor without trivializing themprofounda funny book that most sci-fi fans will thoroughly enjoy." -- Awesome Indies (Gold Medal)

sneaks up you and, before you know it, you are either laughing like crazy or crying in despair, but the one thing you wont be is unmoveda brilliant writer. --Readers Favorite (Gold Medal)

Rarity from the Hollow is an original and interesting, naughty story of a backwoods girl, who saves the Universe, in her fashion. Not for the prudish. Piers Anthony, New York Times bestselling author

Good satire is hard to find and science fiction satire is even harder to find. -- The Baryon Review

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Re: Book Reviewer / Author Asks Questions about SciFi (scroll to bottom)
« Reply #39 on: September 08, 2016, 08:15:43 AM »
Never before posted review of Rarity from the Hollow: It made me ask questions. As much as I didnt like certain elements and others made me uncomfortable, this novel presented me with some interesting questions that Im still pondering. What literary and plot elements work when discussing difficult topics in science-fiction? What elements dont? Why is that? What do we expect from protagonists in bad situations, especially children? Are those expectations fair? Are there limits on who gets redemption arcs? What does that mean for how we view unkind, even abusive, people in real life? What really makes a fairytale adult? Is it merely facing darker, grittier events, or is it the themes behind them? The fact that I was constantly questioning myself as both a consumer and producer of fiction as I read is what really makes me want to suggest this book.  If you like challenging books, questions, and a bit of zaniness, Rarity from the Hollow is definitely worth a read. -- Tay Loroi https://cheapreads.wordpress.com/2016/06/

The second edition of Rarity from the Hollow is scheduled for release on September 30, 2016. Please consider visiting and liking the updates at: https://www.facebook.com/Lacy-Dawn-Adventures-573354432693864/ Theres still time to get a copy of the original, uncut first edition. If you are not prudish, faint of heart, or easily offended, heres the Amazon link. Its available for order anyplace that books can be bought, including your local bookstore. If you want to support a great small press, please consider buying it directly from the publisher: http://www.doghornpublishing.com/wordpress/books/rarity-from-the-hollow  The Amazon link is: http://www.amazon.com/Rarity-Hollow-Robert-Eggleton-ebook/dp/B017REIA44 As the author, I prefer the second edition because it challenges fewer comfort zones and flows much better, but thats a matter of taste in reading.

If you are affiliated with child protective services, author proceeds have been donated to a nonprofit agency in my home for that purpose, please ask for a discount. Child maltreatment is a world-wide social problem of utmost concern. Adam Beyonce Lowe, the editor, is very cool and will work with you on a discounted copy. But dont think that this book is soooooooooooo serious its a funny book that most sci-fi fans will thoroughly enjoy. Gold Medal: http://awesomeindies.net/ai-approved-review-of-rarity-from-the-holly-by-robert-eggleton/ Thanks for your support.

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Re: Never Before Posted Author Interview (scroll to bottom)
« Reply #40 on: September 22, 2016, 02:42:54 AM »
9-21-16 Never before posted author interview about Rarity from the Hollow, an adult literary science fiction novel: http://www.compulsivereader.com/2016/06/14/an-interview-with-robert-eggleton/

Lacy Dawn's father relives the Gulf War, her mother's teeth are rotting out, and her best friend is murdered by the meanest daddy on Earth. Life in the hollow is hard. She has one advantage -- an android was inserted into her life and is working with her to cure her parents. But, he wants something in exchange. It's up to her to save the Universe. Lacy Dawn doesn't mind saving the universe, but her family and friends come first.

Rarity from the Hollow is adult literary science fiction filled with tragedy, comedy and satire. The second edition is scheduled for release on September 30, 2016.

The most enjoyable science fiction novel I have read in years.
Temple Emmet Williams, Author, former editor for Readers Digest


Quirky, profane, disturbing In the space between a few lines we go from hardscrabble realism to pure sci-fi/fantasy. Its quite a trip.
   Evelyn Somers, The Missouri Review

. "a hillbilly version of Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxywhat I would have thought impossible; taken serious subjects like poverty, ignorance, abusetongue-in-cheek humor without trivializing themprofounda funny book that most sci-fi fans will thoroughly enjoy." -- Awesome Indies (Gold Medal)

sneaks up you and, before you know it, you are either laughing like crazy or crying in despair, but the one thing you wont be is unmoveda brilliant writer. --Readers Favorite (Gold Medal)

Rarity from the Hollow is an original and interesting story of a backwoods girl who saves the Universe in her fashion. Not for the prudish. Piers Anthony, New York Times bestselling author

. Good satire is hard to find and science fiction satire is even harder to find. -- The Baryon Review

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Re: Horrifically Comic for Halloween (scroll to bottom)
« Reply #41 on: October 04, 2016, 10:19:08 AM »
Horrifically Comic for Halloween

How Not to Escape from a Mental Institution

Shelly and Faith had become the best of friends. They were inmates of a childrens mental health institution on Earth, the planet with the highest sentient incarceration rate in the universe.

One day, when staff was busy with gossip while smoking cigarettes during an outdoor recreation period, the girls made a run for it escape by going under the chain link fence, a low spot in the ground caused by a neglected drainage line.

They made it to the country club that adjoined the institutions property. While walking past its swimming pool, Shelly suddenly jumped into the deep end. She sank to the bottom of the pool and stayed there.

Faith jumped in to save her. She swam to the bottom and pulled Shelly out. Five minutes later, Security escorted them back to the institution.

The next day, when the Director of Psychiatry became aware of Faiths heroic act, he ordered that she be brought to his office.

Faith, I have good news and bad news, he began after she had been seated. The good news is that you are discharged from this institution. You rationally responded to a crisis by jumping into the pool and saving Shellys life. I have concluded that your act displayed sound mindedness.

Faith smiled her approval.

The bad news, " the doctor continued, "is that Shelly hung herself in the bathroom with her shoestring right after you saved her. Im so sorry, but shes dead.

She didnt commit suicide, Faith said. I put her there to dry. Can I go home today?

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Re: Ebooks are not REAL books and self publishing is vanity (scroll to bottom)
« Reply #42 on: October 13, 2016, 09:35:37 PM »
On October 25, 2016, "I Found God in Cyberspace," a satiric essay written by Lacy Dawn, the protagonist of Rarity from the Hollow, will be published on a great book blog.

This essay addresses an aspiring authors moderate success in our ever-changing world of literature as affected by technology. It covers a period of time when eBooks were not yet accepted as real books and self-publishing was vain. Established forces blocked access to the literary marketplace and helped defend against intrusions, curbing free expression and controlling social interactions. Yes, it was a time before Facebook!

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Re: Rarity from the Hollow, 2nd Ed., Released (scroll to bottom)
« Reply #43 on: October 26, 2016, 11:08:59 AM »
10-26-16 Rarity from the Hollow written by Robert Eggleton, to be fully honest, was much more than expected and a great read semi-autobiographical literary work full of beautiful and ugly things, adventure, romance, pain and humor.

Lacy Dawn, a young girl from West Virginia, is a very intelligent 11 years old girl who is living a nightmare of life. Surrounded with poverty and parents that are abusing and neglecting her, Lacy can be happy that she is still alive. Lacys father, a Gulf War veteran suffering from PTSD, is beating Lacy and her mother, an under-educated woman unable to protect her child.

Lacy Dawn is going to meet an unusual creature an android called DotCom, who will inform her that it is up to Lacy to save the entire universe. Lacy Dawn, together with her friends and family will embark on the journey trying to discover what is endangering the universe and is there a way how to deal with it

The author, in the beginning of his book, introduces reader to the hyper realistic world what comes next is the story combined of several genres motives, with lot of humor, science fiction elements, with few twists and turns making Rarity From the Hollow a very appealing read for various readers.

On the other hand, it should be clearly said, this is not a book that everyone will love, mainly because of its beginning that will be too painful for some to read. My recommendation for parents is not to encourage children reading of this book, because of some disturbing scenes and events that could be difficult to bear even for adult reader.

Eggleton offers very good pace, keeping the reader occupied through whole of its duration succeeding from the start to deliver an exciting story, well-crafted characters put into well-conceived world. Therefore, his book can be recommended to the fans of SF, drama and suspense genre that are searching for something to read from the skillful author, still unknown.

I was given a copy of this book by the author for the purpose of unbiased review, while all the presented information is based." Helpful Advice, Amazon Vine Reviewer

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Re: Another 5 Star Review of Rarity from the Hollow (scroll to bottom)
« Reply #44 on: November 09, 2016, 10:31:53 AM »
11-9-16 Five Star Book Review of Rarity from the Hollow: This is a very unusual book. Its setting is a West Virginia hollow, peopled by weeds and trees, dogs, raccoons, poverty, ignorance, broken families, ghosts... and a young girl, Lacy Dawn, who tries to make life better for everyone, with the help of a strange friend, a traveler through time and space. I found "Rarity from the Hollow" to be difficult, funny, terribly sad, absolutely true, and extremely well told. It should be the winner of literary prizes. Because its reputation isn't backed by big publishers and important reviewers, it will win those prizes only if it's very lucky -- a possibility I can't discount. I congratulate Robert Eggleton on the talent, vision, and fortitude that allowed him to get this story told and published. I won't soon forget Lacy Dawn and her adventures. -- Mary Thornburg, Award Winning Author

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Re: Want to Get High (on a book)? (scroll to bottom)
« Reply #45 on: December 01, 2016, 10:45:24 AM »
12-1-16 Rarity from the Hollow, Publishers Blurb Today:
Mr. Prump is NOT President-Elect Trump

Robert Eggleton has penned a delicious article explaining the political elements of his book and the poetic licence he, as a satirist, has taken in creating his characters (including Mr. Prump and Mr. Rump):

Mr. Prump has a brother, Mr. Rump, who lives in and manages the sewers of Shptiludrp under a socialistic structure. Any similarity between this character and Bernie Sanders is purely coincidental, even though one of the major crops produced by the workers under socialism is the best marijuana buds in the universe. A long-standing family feud between the brothers has prevented them talking to each other for thousands, well, for a very long time.

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Re: Young Women United (scroll to bottom)
« Reply #46 on: December 08, 2016, 07:59:58 PM »
Fictionalized Truths a 12-8-16 guest post about Rarity from the Hollow, a tragic, comedic, and satiric science fiction adventure.

Meet Rita, a U.K. book blogger who strives to give girls a voice, to empower girls by making it clear they have strength, including telling readers about works, for example, that raised awareness of issues surrounding young pregnancies in Guatemala. I am very proud that my article was accepted by a site for girls like me who aspire to make a difference.

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Re: The Meanest Daddy on Earth
« Reply #47 on: December 21, 2016, 03:15:59 PM »
12-21-16 Coming Soon! Later this month, The Meanest Daddy on Earth will be published on a great book blog. This article covers prevalence data on child sexual abuse in America and Faith's resiliency. As some of you know, Faith is Lacy Dawn's best friend in Rarity from the Hollow, a tragic, comedic, and satiric science fiction adventure.

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Rarity from the Hollow:
A Lacy Dawn Adventure
by Robert Eggleton
Review by Adicus Ryan Garton 
      Imagine Wizard of Oz and Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy smashed together and taking place in a hollow in the hills of West Virginia. Now you have an idea of what to expect when you sit down to read Rarity From the Hollow: A Lacy Dawn Adventure by Robert Eggleton.

      This novel is an unabashed, unashamed exploration of the life of young Lacy Dawn, as she learns that she is the savior of the universe. The naked, genderless android, Dot-com, who lives in a ship in a cave, told her so. Add her abusive father, her weak-willed mother, a sexually-abused ghost for a best friend that was murdered by her own father, trees that talk to her, a dog that can communicate telepathically with cockroaches and so much more.

      There is so much to this story, and its writing is so unblinkingly honest; Eggleton spares us nothing in his descriptions of her father beating her and her mother, the emotions that the mother and daughter go through, the dark creeping insanity that eats away at her Iraq-veteran father, and the life in general of people too poor, too uneducated to escape.

      In part, it is a grueling exposition of what children endure when being physically and emotionally abused. Eggleton almost seems to suggest that the only way for a child to escape is to learn that she is the savior of the universe. Lacy Dawn is strong, tough, smartall those attributes that any child should haveand she reminds us that children are survivors, adaptive and optimistic. Instead of giving us a story of escapism, Eggleton shows us a girl whose life follows her through the story.

      But don't think you're going to be reading something harsh and brutal and tragic. This book is laugh-out-loud funny at times, satiric of almost everything it touches upon (some common themes are shopping, masturbation, welfare, growing and selling drugs, and the lives of cockroaches). The characters from the hollow and from the planet Shptiludrp (the Mall of the Universe) are funny almost to the point of tears.

      I hate happy endings to stories that deal with any kind of oppression or abuse because they tend to suggest, In this case, it worked out okay, and the reader walks away with the impression that the world is a better place (think of all those inner-city sports movies about black kids who win the big championship despite being addicted to crack). I thought for a long time that this book was an escapist fantasy, and when the fantasy broke, it was going to be tragic. No one wants to see a little girl go through heaven only to learn that hell awaits her at the end. And then when I realized that Eggleton was not writing an escapist fantasy, I worried that this happy ending effect was going to take place, making me not like the book, despite all its positive attributes. But when I realized that Lacy Dawn had to fix her life first before the story could progress, and that this was IMPOSSIBLE except by extraterrestrial means, and that Lacy Dawn carried her past with her as part of her instead of in spite of, it made the prospect of a happy ending much better.

     It's absolutely fantastic, and the proceeds go to the Lacy Dawn Adventures project. It's like buying ice cream for charityeverybody wins.The second edition was released on November 3, 2016: http://www.lulu.com/shop/robert-eggleton/rarity-from-the-hollow/paperback/product-22910478.html. The eBook version was released on December 5, 2016: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B017REIA44/ref=tsm_1_fb_lk
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Re: A Masterpiece?
« Reply #48 on: December 27, 2016, 04:43:27 PM »
It is a Masterpiece. Book Review of Rarity from the Hollow by Roshini Shetty.

The following review was of the first edition:

Pros: Rarity from the Hollow by Robert Eggleton is a masterpiece! The author has to be given credit for his admirable imaginative skills. This unusual science fiction novel doesnt conveniently fit into a suitable sub-genre, with elements of fantasy, adventure, unique love story and social issues.
The characterization of DotCom is superb and the growing special bond between Lacy Dawn (Protagonist) and DotCom is something which surely takes the story to a different level. The initial story of Faith till her death is very sad but as the story proceeds Faith and Brownie keeps us entertained with their humour quotient till the very end. The exciting experiences of the characters in Shptiludrp is something to look out for. Optimism of Lacy Dawn is truly appreciated.

Cons: The social issues of child abuse, domestic violence and poverty have been ended absurdly with concentration on adventure in the latter part of the story.

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Roshini is an Amazon book reviewer who lives in India. Her day job is as an MDS in Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Certified Forensic Odontologist, Certified Laser Dentist, and Researcher with patented innovations. In her evenings, she writes novels and flash fiction.  http://roshinicshetty.wixsite.com/innovation-zone/about

A special thanks to Adam Beyonce Lowe of Dog Horn Publishing for making this project possible. He is working hard to ensure that author proceeds go to the prevention of child maltreatment in West Virginia, an impoverished state in the U.S. and a long way from Adams home in the U.K. Child maltreatment is a huge social problem that affects all humans in every way measurable. 

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Re: The Best Book Spotlight Ever! (scroll to bottom)
« Reply #49 on: January 06, 2017, 06:59:18 AM »
Thursday, January 5, 2017 Spotlight: Rarity from the Hollow
Note: I read this book in December of 2015. You can see my review here. When I originally wrote my review, I said the book was bizarre and really strange. It was certainly unique, but I'm afraid that bizarre might have been a strong word that could have possible scared some readers off. In fact, I meant it as a compliment. Rarity from the Hollow was a very good read and it stuck with me long after I read it. Kayla http://www.kdhreviews.com/2017/01/spotlight-rarity-from-hollow.html

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Author proceeds are managed by Adam Beyonce Lowe of Dog Horn Publishing to support child abuse prevention efforts by: http //www.childhswv.org/. A listing of specific services can be found here: http://mountainrhinestones.blogspot.com/2015/06/review-giveaway-rarity-from-hollow-by.html.

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