Posts Tagged ‘humorous fantasy’

Radio Interviews Scheduled

Sunday, October 17th, 2010

I have two radio interviews scheduled this week to talk about my Tales From Gundarland.

The first is Monday 10/18 with Barbara Hodges on Robin Falls Kids Show-Let’s Talk.  The call-in number is (646) 595-4478TFG award cover

The second is with Rob Batista on The Funky Writer show, Thursday 10/21 at 8:00PM. The call-in number is 347-843-4784

A Freebie!

Saturday, September 18th, 2010

I’ve put together a sampler, Humorous Yarns and Other Stuff.  It contains a number of my stories and parts of novels.  It was put together as a sampler for those not familiar with my writing and my weird sense of humor.  I challenge you to read these stories and selections without laughing.

You can download it in a number of formats from Smashwords without charge.  Use this link:

Please pass it on to others when you’re done with it.

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Wastelander Author Interview

Thursday, August 26th, 2010

Manda Bensen, a British author, talks about her latest book, Wastelander.

How did this story come about?  Did a newspaper or TV story trigger the process?

When I was a kid I was remember watching the binmen through the window. They came every9780956608000 week and emptied all the mess I’d made out of my parents’ dustbin, squished it flat in a machine, and took it away in a process that to me seemed almost magical. The bin lorry (I think it’s called a garbage truck or something else in America) always had ‘Dennis’ written on its front grille. I didn’t understand at the time that Dennis was the name of the company that manufactured them — I thought it was the name the binmen had given their lorry. The place the bin lorry went was the Rubbish Tip, or so my parents told me.

So, as an adult I wondered if writing a story about where our rubbish goes would interest children. I had the idea of a clan of Viking warriors living in the rubbish tip amongst all the mucky things we discarded, and it occurred to me that these people would probably find what we would call worthless and disgusting valuable and delicious.

Who did the drawings?

I did. Those familiar with my other work may see a resemblance between these and my HyperGolf illustrations.

Are there any lessons for children to get from the book?

It’s meant to be just a fun coming-of-age adventure story about a boy who gets lost and has to find his way back to his people through the trials and strangeness of our own world. On its simplest level, I’d just like people to enjoy reading it for its silliness. On the other hand, it would be nice if it could get kids thinking about what happens to our rubbish and to be a bit more careful not to waste stuff. I also hope Lenny’s story of survival and self-reliance encourages children.

Is there a moral to the story?

Lenny succeeds through courage and perseverance plus a little help from friends, but other than that, not really. I think it’s more important to tell a funny story that will entertain children and encourage them to read, rather than bother with stuff like this.

What’s next?

MandaThe next story I’ll be publishing through Tangentrine Ltd is also for children and it’s called ‘The Weatherman’s Niece’. It’s a sort of humorous antifairytale about climate change. It’s not out until the 10th of October but you can preorder it from Amazon UK or read more about it at

Summer Sale!

Thursday, July 15th, 2010
Fool’s Gold and Tunnel Vision are now on sale at the eTreasures website.  The prices are much better than on any other website.  This is a great
Fool's Gold Cover
Fool’s Gold Cover
opportunity to pick up two great books to read this summer.  Hot weather and laughter just seem to go together somehow.  Take advantage of this deal.  You don’t know how long the sale will last.


Tales from Gundarland preview

Saturday, June 12th, 2010

GundarlandEbook3DYou can preview some scenes from the upcoming print version of Tales From Gundarland.  I appreciate it if you would read them and rate them.

Use this link

Tales From Gundarland now available

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

My newest collection of humorous stories is now available in number of ebook formats from Smashwords.  A print version will be available during the summer.

Laughter is like free health insurance: you can’t get too much of it.  This book will give youGundarland3enough laughs to boost your health. It’s filled with delightful entertainment.  Without commercial interruption!

Gundarland is populated by humans, dwarfs, elves and other races; it’s the backdrop for unique adventures, brilliant heroes and cunning villains.

There are six short stories and two novellas in here.  All are new works. You’ll meet some of Shakespeare’s most famous characters, a warrior-cook, vigilantes, along with beautiful, lusty princesses to mention just a few of the memorable characters in the stories.

The Table of Contents follows:

Gundarland: An introduction to the wonderful land of incongruity.

Romeo & Juliet: A poor dwarf miner, Romeo, falls in love with a rich elf maiden, Juliet. Alas, their families have been in a murderous feud for decades.

Chasing Dreams: recounts the rise of larcenous twin brothers from strong-armed thugs to highway robbers to saloon owners to politicians. During their journey they are harassed by vigilantes.

Boggerts Blue: Burga, a warrior-cook, rescues a kidnapped princess who decides he is too low-born. She returns to captivity to await a noble-born rescuer.

The Big Bang: The wizard Brodwin must evade and survive the clever trap set by his hated superior.

The Queen’s Hero: Knuben, a warrior-tinker is ordered to defeat a pirate admiral to save a queen’s throne while distracted by three beautiful and lusty princesses.

Merchant of Venison: Antonio, a butcher, borrows money from a hate-filled money-lender named Shylock and faces a dire penalty when the repayment is late.

Inter-Racial Musical Playoffs: Greedy wizards attempt to fix a musical competition to win a large bet at good odds.

Tactical Surprise: A general uses unusual tactics to defeat a rebel general without losing the rebel’s friendship.

Saving the Shore review

Thursday, July 9th, 2009

The Fix review of Writen Word Online: Saving the Shore.

“Saving the Shore” leads off in a J. R. R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings meets Donald Trump’s The Art of the Deal cover story. Frido, the mayor of The Shore, aims to stop greedy developers ruining the character of the otherwise unnamed seaside town. Hank Quense weaves an amusing tale, including a wizard named Mamzer, Gimlet the dwarf, and Wygga the dragon, who is the only one who knows how to work the magic of the rings. Dementia, an elf maiden who “just graduated from Bard and Beautician Trade School,” tags along on the quest