ProMo: Rarity from the Hollow by Robert Eggleton

Hello lovelies! 

I often receive emails from authors asking me to review their books, and although their book does sound incredibly interesting I’m just too busy to read them at that moment. I always feel horrible when this happens because I love finding new books and authors and sharing my opinions with all of you. Fortunately, ProMo is a place where I get to share with you some of these books which I don’t have time to read but would still like to give a little spotlight on my blog incase you think it sounds good and would like to pick it up.


1 Rarity Front Cover WEB (2)Title: Rarity from the Hollow

Author: Robert Eggleton

Genre: Adult, Sci-Fi

Published: 3rd November 2016

Publisher: Dog Horn

Pages: 284

Find This Book On: Goodreads or Amazon UK or Amazon USA


Synopsis from Goodreads

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?

“The most enjoyable science fiction novel I have read in years.”

– Temple Emmet Williams, Author, former editor for Reader’s Digest

“Quirky, profane, disturbing… In the space between a few lines we go from hardscrabble realism to pure sci-fi/fantasy. It’s quite a trip.”

– Evelyn Somers, The Missouri Review


About The Author (from Goodreads)

roberteggletonRobert Eggleton has served as a children’s advocate in an impoverished state for over forty years. He is best known locally for his nonfiction: investigative reports about children’s programs, most of which were published by the West Virginia Supreme Court where he worked from 1982 through 1997; nationally distributed models of serving disadvantaged and homeless children in the community instead of in large institutions; research into foster care drift involving children bouncing from one home to the next — never finding a permanent loving family; and statistical reports on the occurrence and correlates of child abuse and delinquency in West Virginia. Dozens of his works have been archived by the West Virginia Division of Culture and History. 

Today, he is a recently retired children’s psychotherapist from a mental health center in Charleston, West Virginia, where he specialized in helping victims cope with and overcome physical and sexual abuse, and other mental health concerns. Two of Eggleton’s poems were published in the 1970s and another won first place in 2015 international poetry competition managed by the WSC Science Fiction & Fantasy Club/WillyCon. His debut novel, Rarity from the Hollow, was named one of five best reads in 2015 by a Codices, has been awarded Gold Medals by Awesome Indies and Readers’ Favorite, and has been so well received by prominent book critics and reviewers that it is scheduled for republication by Dog Horn Publishing, a traditional small press, in 2016. Three of Eggleton’s short stories have appeared in magazines: Wingspan Quarterly, Beyond Centauri, and Atomjack Science Fiction. 

Author proceeds from Eggleton’s Lacy Dawn Adventures project have been donated to a child abuse prevention program operated by Children’s Home Society of West Virginia. http://www.childhswv.org/ Robert continues to write adult literary science fiction with new adventures based on a protagonist that is a composite character of children that he met when delivering group therapy services. The overall theme of his stories remains victimization to empowerment.


Author Interview

Hi Shannon. Thanks for inviting me to tell your readers a little about myself and my debut novel, Rarity from the Hollow.

1. Let’s get to know you better, what’s a random fact about yourself?

Beginning in middle school through graduate school, I never got a haircut. Armed with a Master’s degree but broke, I talked my wife into helping me clean up. She got her scissors, put on Déjà vu, an album by Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young, and began to snip. This song played over and over until most of my precious hair was in a trash bag: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Lk2KHajp4Y. The experience was almost ritualistic. She started cutting my hair near my waistline and slowly worked her way up. Since the song was on an LP, to replay it involved manually resetting the turntable’s needle several times, thereby giving me several corresponding opportunities to tell her to stop cutting my hair. We had a child to raise, so by the time the song was over for the last time I could have applied for a job at a bank. The next week I went for a job interview at a shelter for homeless, runaway, throwaway teens that were living on The Street. The Executive Director of the nonprofit agency was a Navy Vet who had grown his hair long in protest of the Vietnam War. Ironically, my new haircut could have cost me a great job because I looked so “straight.” As he and I talked about our families during the job interview, I pulled out some pics from my wallet: me with my wife and son before my haircut. I got the job. I went on to establish American’s first Aftercare Service Model for reuniting runaway youth with their families. This document, © 1977, was distributed by the U.S. Department of Justice to every federally funded youth shelter in the country.     

2. What made you want to become a writer?

I began writing as a child as a recreation and for the entertainment of others. I grew up in an impoverished family that didn’t have a television, telephone, or enough money to purchase toys for children. My first short stories were written on paper groceries bags before plastic became the standard. I would read them to my mother and a sister who was too young to understand them, but loved the attention. One day I got brave, walked across the four-lane, and shared a story with a gas station attendant. The positive reinforcement that I received from this man motivated me to borrow lined paper from peers in grade school and to continue to share my stories with neighbors, store clerks, classmates …anybody who would take the time to read them. In the eighth grade I won the short story writing competition. At this point I was addicted to writing, a likely physical condition for which there may be no cure. If I am not writing something, I experience withdrawal symptom. Thanks for the opportunity to participate in this interview. Writing the answers to your questions is providing some relief. 

3. For all of us non-writers, where do you find your inspiration from?

I compose compulsively and constantly in my head. Anything, such as a leaf falling from a tree, can be an inspiration for a few lines. Reducing inspiration to writing, however, requires structure and opportunity. With the busyness of life, such as making a living, that’s the hard part – making time and having a means. I still have a few hand-written stories, barely legible today, and a couple of dozen stories that were written on a manual typewriter before electrical ones became available at Goodwill. My dissertation was written on a manual typewriter with a two inch key drop before the letter struck the paper.

Locally, I’m best known for nonfiction in the field of children’s advocacy where I’ve worked for over forty years: dozens of investigative reports about deficient institutions where children were put out of sound and sight, about children being incarcerated in adult jails, systemic deficiencies in child welfare systems, service models for helping kids live in normalized settings in communities, research on foster care, such as children bouncing from one home to the next and never finding parents who love them or permanency, statistical reports on child abuse and delinquency, staff training manuals, draft legislative bills related to children’s rights….  My inspiration for writing these publications was a heartfelt desire to help kids and part of my job description in various positions that I’ve held over the years. One of my publications was accepted into the Resource Library of the Child Welfare Association of America. Many others are now archived by the West Virginia Division of Culture and History and remain available.

In 2002, I accepted a job as a psychotherapist for our local mental health center. It was an intensive day program for kids with serious mental health concerns, many of them traumatized by maltreatment, some sexually. Except for writing therapy notes, this job did not include any other expectation to produce written material. I started to experience withdrawal symptoms that I mentioned before. I began writing fiction again but mostly to alleviate the symptoms rather than to actually create. In 2006, during a group therapy session that I was facilitating, I met a skinny eleven year old girl who was inspiring. Instead of speaking only about the horrors of her maltreatment at the hands of one of the meanest daddies on Earth, she spoke also about her hopes and dreams for the future: finding a loving family to protect her. She became my protagonist: an empowered victim who takes on the evils of the universe. I named her Lacy Dawn and have been working to introduce her to the world.  

4. What’s the thing you most love and hate about writing?

I most love writing stand-alone scenes that work. I hate most when those great scenes do not fit the flow of the story and have to be edited out.

5. Who is your all-time favourite author and why?

I read in most genres, so I have many favorite authors. I credit one author with having a significant influence on my life, so he rises to the top of my all time favorites. I was an angry young man headed in the wrong direction until I met my wife, Rita, in 1970. My writing reflected my mood in my poetry, handouts for civil rights and antiwar protests…. The few short stories that I wrote during this period were cutting and sarcastic. Rita insisted that I revisit Slaughterhouse-Five. I did, followed by reading everything that I could find that had been written by Kurt Vonnegut. His work taught me how to enjoy my youthful anger to the point that I appreciated its parodies and comedies, thereby diminishing the dark pessimism about life that I’d used for motivation. Rarity from the Hollow, my debut novel, has received considerable praise. But, for me, one of the highest compliments that it received as a Advance Review Copy was when a book critic found that my novel was “…one quarter turn beyond Vonnegut.” https://electricrev.net/2014/08/12/a-universe-on-the-edge/

6. How many books, novellas, short stories etc have you written? Tell us a little bit about them and where we can find them.

Rarity from the Hollow is my debut novel. The final edition was released to Amazon on December 5, 2016. It’s available as a paperback or eBook from just about any online bookstore but make sure that you get a version with the cover that matches the one in this post. Otherwise, you might end up with the Advance Review Copy mostly meant for book reviewers. The Look Inside feature on Amazon U.S. is correct for the eBook. If you want to support a traditional small press, I recommend that you purchase a copy directly from the publisher. Here’s a few popular purchase links:

I’ve had three short stores published by magazines but two were print-only and a back order would be difficult: Wingspan Quarterly, Beyond Centauri, and Atomjack Science Fiction. One of my poems won first place in an international competition last year and was free to read online, but I just tried the link and it’s dead. Oh, well. At least I was sent a paper certificate. Such is a down side of the electronic age. Over the last eighteen months since I’ve retired, dozens of articles on various topics that I’ve written have been posted on blogs. One of these days, I hope to update my website, http://www.lacydawnadventures.com, and will include a comprehensive list.  

7. What are you currently working on? What’s it about?

The next Lacy Dawn Adventure is Ivy, an almost forgotten Appalachian town filled with characters who have abandoned real life and who are unwittingly participating in an invasion of Earth by drug addiction.

8. And finally, what is your favourite genre to write about and why?

Since I’ve started writing fiction again, I’ve concentrated on the adult literary science fiction genre and poetry. However, I have stories started in mainstream literary, magical realism, young adult, action adventure, and romance. I don’t feel competent to write hard science fiction without spending way more time on research that could become outdated before any project has been completed. But, any other genre could become my favorite at any given time.

Thanks again for the interview, Shannon. It was fun. If anybody wants to contact me, it may take me a moment to reply, but I always do.


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shannon


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