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Sunday, 27 July 2014

Brenda Perlin chats about anti-bullying novella Ty the Bull...around the Cauldron!

I'd like to welcome back terrific faction author, Brenda Perlin, a massive friend of the Wizard's Cauldron, who is going to talk about her anti-bullying tome "Ty The Bull, written in conjunction with Rex Baughman and Kim Emerson Mutch. 



For those of you joining us for the first time, Brenda is well known for her "fictionalised" retelling of the demise of her marriage and her subsequent rebirth. Well reviewed and written in a hard, arid, almost journalistic style, her work is worth downloading.

Read Brenda Perlin's second time around the Cauldron HERE

Here's what Brenda - who really IS from Orange County! -said to me on the Wizphone as she wandered the orange groves...



So Brenda, what is Ty The Bull about?

Ty the Bull is about bullies and divorce. Kid’s can be so cruel to each other. Bullying has been going on forever but now it is better in some ways because now it is more talked about.


Fight Club. In one interpretation, a commentary
on masculinity, bullying and handling divorce

This ten year old Ty has to deal with kids at school who turn on him as the wind blows. If things are not bad enough his parents have split up and he feels alone. Ty feels lonely. He doesn’t feel understood and doesn’t get the attention he needs. 

What gave you the idea?

It was ten year old Rex that inspired me to write this story. He is my boyfriend’s grandson who has been having a hard time since the divorce and school change.


Rex Baughman - the inspiration for Ty The Bull

Is it a true story? Or have you inculcated Rex into your mysterious world of “faction”?


Kim Mutch Emerson
Haha. Funny you should ask. All the faction, I wrote. Kim Mutch Emerson came in and added her fiction. She prettified the story and gave Ty’s story instant inspiration, something that was surely missing. 






Is Peacock a real character?

Peacock belongs to Kim and I believe he will make an appearance in some of her other projects. He is a great character. We all need a Peacock of our own. Some never meet anyone who is so understanding and supportive. It sure would make a difference.

Book Trailer Ty The Bull

Co-writing is a nightmare, as far as I can see. How did you and Rex work together? 

It was the three of us. I did a lot of “interviews” with Rex. I wanted to use his wordage. After the story was laid out Kim came in and did her magic. It has been a great collaboration because her heart is in it as much as mine.


Top five wrist-slasher and classic case of co-writing egoquake
cooly avoided by Brenda, Rex and Kim. 

Would Rex like to be a scribbler? 

You mean an artist? I had to think about that Mark. Haha. I think he would love to be a paid artist. Comes pretty easy to him. After doing Ty the Bull and selling some of his rubber loom bracelets he likes the idea of starting his own business. He says he wants to be a business owner. He is pretty darn cute. He sees dollar signs.



Were you bullied at school? Is this partly some form of subconscious redemption?

Maybe there is some redemption in this story. All my books have to do with outcasts and people who are misunderstood because I can relate to that feeling. Ever since I was young I never felt like I fit in and even when I was accepted I still couldn’t relate to my peers.

Bullying Story from Ultra Violence - Harrowing Read

What have you been up to since Burnt Promises? A little bird tells me you are writing a work of fiction, rather than faction. Is this true, or have I been cheekily misinformed?

Fiction? Are you serious? Not me. I have so little imagination. Oh gosh NO! I am working on the third book in the Brooklyn and Bo Chronicles called Fractured Vows (upbeat, right?) which is based on my boyfriend's life. 
Call it fiction by changing names, places and dates. It is as close to faction as you can get. I like to tell it as it is and that is what I do.



Is Kindle Unlimited the end for the Indie author on Amazon?

It’s not looking good for us but I think this has been happening before Kindle Unlimited ever came about. 

The Guardian's Take on Kindle Unlimited


The market is flooded and we are okay with giving our work away for free. There is something so wrong about that. Also, there are some pretty bad books out there that are un-edited and rough giving us all a bad name.








Personally, Brenda, I think its all over for us tiny Indies. If readers pay 9.99 each month for a netflix style service supplying ANY book you want, they are going to purchase books from the big names. Brand books. Customer buying decisions will be subject to the misapprehension of brand value. Minnows will all get lost in the stream. And how many books will readers actually complete? I hope I am wrong, Bren. I have often suspected that the democracy and literary freedom represented by Amazon Kindle was always going to prove an illusion. Hey ho! Bit of politics there...so, Brenda, what was the most recent book you consumed?

The Night Porter comes to mind. You wrote a very entertaining book Mark. Such a fun escape.

That's very nice of you Brenda! What about Rex? What has he been watching, reading and listening to? Is everything going better for him at school?



Rex is doing better. For some reason he is now interested in pleasing his teachers and is getting good grades. 

It’s hard to get kids to read these days. I think he only reads what he has to. Like many kids, he spends far too much time on the computer playing silly games and watching Youtube videos. It’s hard for parents to pull it in. They see EVERYTHING!



I often wonder whether I would read like I did had I been faced with FIFA 14 or Rage when I was a kid. Finally, what do the legion of Brenda Perlin’s fans have to look forward to in the coming year


Legion? I believe you are kissing up to me? Not that I have a problem with that. ;-)

Ha ha. Would I do something like that, Bren?

I believe you would! So, other than working on Fractured Vows, I am also writing another short story just to make myself happy. I am going with my passion here.

It will be called Alex the Mutt. This is pure faction. Even the names are untouched. I really want to spread the word regarding how wrong it is to go to a breeder or pet store. There are so many dogs in shelters that need homes. 

This story is a love story to my first dog Alex. I always said she was the love of my life and I still feel that to this day. I hope this story will be informative and will make people think twice before ordering a pup



Brenda, once again it's been a pleasure to see you around the Cauldron. I wish you the best of luck with Ty the Bull and - I'm looking forward to this! - Fractured Vows.

Thank you so much for playing with me today. You are such a gracious host. Always fun to hang around the wizard. xx







84 5* reviews. US customers can buy Ty The Bull HERE!

19 5* reviews UK customers can buy Ty The Bull here!

About me: http://about.me/brenda.perlin

Follow Brenda Perlin on Twitter: https://twitter.com/BrooklynandBo










Monday, 21 July 2014

Evolution Trilogy author Vanessa Wester is...around the Cauldron!

Vanessa Wester

Vanessa Wester is the well known creator of many novels, as you can see on her fulsomely populated Amazon Author Page.  

As you will see later, she writes a variety of genres with passion and enthusiasm and loves what she does, which is no bad thing.


A regular on Twitter, she is an interviewer too, which makes her visit around the Cauldron something of a Busman's Holiday. I caught up with her as she enjoyed the sunshine on the Isle of Wight, one of Gt Britain's pleasure paradises tucked away on the south coast.  Here's what she had to say...

Tell us about yourself, Vanessa?

Where do I start? I was going to tell you what I have done, but that is not really who I am it is what keeps me busy! 

As I say in my Twitter description, I am an “author who is either being mum, reading, writing, walking, teaching, or watching TV! Phew!” I am also planning to get back to swimming for fitness very soon!


Overall, I am fascinated by the decisions we each make and the relationships that bind us to one another. I also believe the past is something to be proud of, regardless of what happened.



You have lived all over the world. Which has been your favourite place to live? Where were you happiest?

I would not say all over, I have mainly stayed in Europe. I have to admit that I am happiest where I am – the Isle of Wight. I love the peace and tranquillity of living in a small place, and having been brought up next to the sea am glad to have found a place in England where I can have a similar view.


 You are an author. In what genre do you write?

I enjoy writing romance, paranormal, historical and science fiction…

Tell us about your latest work

I am currently working on the story of my great grandparents. Both born in Liverpool around 1840, they led a varied life before they married in Jamaica and immigrated to Gibraltar. It is historical fiction since I am having to use my artistic licence a lot!



Can you share an extract of your work?

WARNING - This is an EXCLUSIVE!!!!

It has only had one edit and the book is nowhere near completion yet…

Bolton clenched his fist and fought back the urge to thump the boy. It was not his fault he had been named after a place and his dad. He tried to shake it off, but it really bugged him.‘Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me,’ he replied, as he folded his arms across his chest.‘Bolton, Bolton, Bolton,’ the boy chanted, as others started to take it up.Bolton glanced at his brother, Emmott, whose nose was now flared, lips tight. Bolton shook his head from side to side, but it was too late as he saw Emmott lunge at the boy. With his eyes raised to the sky, he groaned knowing there was nothing else for it.A while later, as Bolton limped home and tried to wipe the blood off his cheek from his bloody nose, Emmott chuckled, ‘I may have some cuts and bruises, but he was worse off.’‘Sure he was,’ he sighed, ‘but, I didn’t need you to take up the fight. I knew what I was doing, he wasn’t going to do a thing.’‘And let him think we’re cowards?’ Emmott said, defiant, ‘I’ll never be scared to fight. It makes us men, not boys.’‘Okay, fine… you be the man. You think because you got some hair on your upper lip, you’re all grown up now?’‘I’m not far behind you, Brother. Just you wait. I’ll catch you up and then we’ll see who’s the toughest,’ Emmott said, his feet on tiptoes as he tried to reach Bolton’s height.Bolton laughed, ‘We’ll see about that.’ He grabbed Emmott by the shoulders and put his chin on top of his head. ‘There’s still a fair bit for you to catch up with me. Then there’s your build. A bit scrawny to be a man.’‘You’re not much bigger,’ Emmott huffed, sticking his tongue out.Bolton knew it had not been that long ago that he’d been like Emmott, but it was worth stringing it out a bit. To be honest, he was not sure how he felt about his deeper voice and larger build. It was not that exciting to become a man.



That's excellent, Vanessa. Your debut novel – which is free – has garnered rave reviews. How does that feel? Was it unexpected? 

I had no idea what to expect. In fact, sometimes I wonder if I really wrote it! It is a mystery to me that I have managed to do what I have, and any sales I get always make me smile. I am an unknown author with no agent, publisher, or representative. Everything I achieve is a miracle.

Download "Hybrid" by Vanessa Wester (41 5* reviews) here FREE!!!


Smashwords http://ow.ly/vW2mf 

TETrilogy 





Do you recommend Permafree marketing? Has it worked for you?

I think it has, but I don’t get as many reviews as others. I have had more sales of the subsequent books since it went permafree, but I think a lot of them have come about due to advertising opportunities. Going “permafree” is a risk – bad reviews also happen from readers who would never have bought my book. However, in my case, what have I got to lose?



You play on Goodreads. Has it improved since Amazon took over or is it still a pit of bullies with egos the size of monsters?

No idea. I post reviews, read the odd threads, and friend people. I don’t like to get into “politics”. Sometimes, the braver option is to step away when things get crazy.

Hyper-evolved Gibraltarian monkeys with near-human intelligence, follow you home and kidnap you. 
It is not clear why and you are bemused. Some imagined slight from the time you lived out there, perhaps. You are thrown in a cave and guarded night and day. Geppo, a friendly Barbary monkey, throws in a sack along with your wooden bowl of grave. In the sack you find two books, two CDs and a DVD. What would you like them to be?

BOOKS: “You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me” by Sarra Manning... 


...AND an Agatha Christie Collection of Mrs Marple books (it is one book!)



CD's Twilight...Mecano (see below)


DVD: BBC - Pride and Prejudice

Invite a writer, an actor and a figure from history to dinner. 

John Grisham

Brad Pitt


and Queen Victoria!


And what culinary delight would you supply?


Starter: Prawns in a garlic & chilli sauce  (Yuk - think I'd arrive late, Vanessa :D - Ed)

Main: Paella


Tea, coffee & mints! HA!

 And finally, what do fans of Vanessa Wester have to look forward to in 2014 (and beyond!)

Hopefully, I will actually finish some of the novels I have started – about 10 now! I am still young and I have years to write and have fun! My love of reading is too big for me to ignore books to write. I now do what makes my family and me happy.

So readers will have to be patient…


In an ideal world, an agent will snap up my historical fiction and the next time you hear from me will be via a massive billboard! What can I say, I am a dreamer…

Vanessa, its been an absolute pleasure to speak to you. Thank you also for hosting all us crazy interviewers on your FB group too...


Thank you, Wiz. I have enjoyed it - and you're welcome!

For further info, links, articles and other hi-jinks, visit Vanessa's Blog


First Date - Romance


                                    Three weeks before he died, Hendrix played the IoW Festival






Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Sandcastles, Sharks, Swords and Sceptres - Devorah Fox is...around the Cauldron!


Devorah Fox, a New York born, now Texas based writer, appeared on the Cauldron last year and the interview was one of the surprise hits of that period - indeed, any period! #
Personable, funny, exceptionally professional, when I found out Devorah was planning to release her latest work "The King's Redress", I wasted no time in picking up the Wizphone to ask her to come back on the show. 

I caught up with her at the beach as she practiced her sand castle sculpting. 

Here's what she had to say...


My sand sculpting instructor (who is also an imaginitive and evocative writer and an actor as well) is a big fan of my writing and through our friendship we pass the creative spark back and forth.

For Devorah's Original Stint around the Cauldron, click HERE


Tell new Wizardwatchers briefly about yourself, Devorah.
I’m a writer. I write all day long, practically every day. If I’m not writing I’m thinking about writing. I wake up with sentences forming 

I write fiction and nonfiction, instructional material and novels, blog posts, magazine articles and a newspaper column but it’s all about telling a story. And there are so many stories to tell.


You wear many career hats – which is the one which best defines you, and which is the one that takes the most time.
“Writer” is what I am and “publisher” is what I do. Publishing and promoting takes more time than writing. 

My late husband and I started a publishing company in 1988; we were self-publishers before self-publishing was cool. 

Running a publishing company is a full-time job. It’s challenging and rewarding in its own right but it's a lot of work.

How has the world of writing treated you this past year? Has it been productive?
I’ve been busy, that’ s for sure. I launched Book Two in the King Bewilliam series, The King’s Ransom, completed Naked Came the Sharks which officially launched the first weekend of January, 2014, and had several magazine articles syndicated. 

During the November 2013 National Novel Writing Month marathon I started The King’s Redress. 

Tell us about your latest work
 January 2014 saw the launch of Naked Came the Sharks, a contemporary thriller of murder and mayhem in the Texas Coastal Bend. The next time you have a cold, dreary day, dive into Sharks. It’s set during the summer and comes complete with characters sipping margaritas in ninety-degree heat.




The first weekend of July 2014 marked the official launch of The King’s Redress, Book Three of The Bewildering Adventures of King Bewilliam, a literary fantasy series. I’m thrilled to have finished it and seen it released but I already miss spending time with King Bewilliam and his knights, so I may have to write another one.



Can you share an extract with us?
Here’s part of a scene that I really like from the middle of The King’s Redress, with Robin, King Bewilliam, and his youngest knight, Maxwell. 

Meeyoo is Robin’s loyal and heroic cat.
“Your father said you were polishing your tracking skills. May we ask what your quarry is?”Sir Maxwell beamed. “Some time ago I said that there was something that I wanted to show to Your Majesty. If fortune smiles on us, I will be able to show that to you now. I’m trying to spot him. Do you see him, Sire?”“See who?” Robin squinted, trying to bring the details of the glade up ahead into focus. Light filtered down through the lacy canopy of bare trees and shadows dappled the ground below. The shapes of dark and light shifted as the wind moved the tree limbs. “Not ‘who,’ Sire, ‘what’.” Maxwell craned his neck forward and then looked up. “The gryphon. Can you spot him? He can hide, I’ll give him that.”Gryphon? Robin recalled their conversation the night of the vespers tourney when Sir Maxwell had explained the changes he made to his blazon. Apparently Maxwell was not only convinced a gryphon existed, but that one inhabited Bell Castle’s grounds, had mated with Meeyoo, and sired her kitten, Meeyowyow. Surely there would be no mistaking a gryphon if one prowled the woods ahead. Something with the body of a lion? They didn’t have lions in the Chalklands, but Robin had certainly seen enough representations of them to imagine what one should look like. And with the head of an eagle, and wings? They would have to be enormous wings to lift such a big animal.“He should be somewhere around here, Sire,” Maxwell said. “He wouldn’t stray far from this spot where he can keep Bell Castle in sight. It’s because of Meeyoo. Gryphons mate for life you know. He wants to be close to Meeyoo. When she was ill and it looked like she would die, he acted as if he was in mourning. He didn’t hunt, he didn’t eat. He slept a lot and when he was awake, he just lay here, gazing at the castle, sighing.”Maxwell had truly seen the beast and on more than one occasion? Had gotten close enough to a gryphon to hear it sigh? What would the sigh of a gryphon sound like? It would be loud, Robin imagined. Doleful. “When Your Majesty took her to the healer in Dulcimer, it was as if he knew she was no longer at Bell Castle. He left his post here in the glade. I did not see him again until after Your Majesty returned.”Because the gryphon trailed us to Dulcimer and back? There was no question that a large airborne creature kept them ever in sight. Had it been the gryphon? Robin recalled their overnight encampment and the unearthly roar that had not only startled him and his soldiers, but had also scared off a pack of hungry wolves. Had that been the gryphon, protecting Meeyoo?

What's the soundtrack to your work?
I am still pretty much listening to the same Pandora jazz fusion station that you asked about the first time I visited, but I have added a new artist that heads up the list: Billy McLaughlin. If The King's Redress had a soundtrack, it would be his "Candleman."



McLaughlin's personal story is quite moving. He had an acute condition that made it unable for him to play and he had to teach himself to play all over again using his other hand. It makes me wonder what I would do if I lost any of the abilities that make it possible for me to write..


As for Naked Came the Sharks, I was thrilled to have permission to use Kelly Brown's "Song of the Ocean" as a soundtrack for the trailer. 

Book Trailer for NCTS - Click HERE!

You had an innovative way of marketing your book, Devorah. Can you share that with us? 
Oh, you must mean the ArtAbout

Every fall, the Port Aransas Art Center organizes an art walk. Art lovers go on a self-guided tour of galleries and studios, each one offering special exhibits and refreshments for the event. 

Devorah signing her books at Art About
My books are all available at the Art Center and I wanted to participate in some way. Instead of hoping that the tour would lead people to my books, I decided to take my books to the people. Some faithful (and possibly half-crazy) fans and I got dressed in medieval costumes and took the tour. 


Devorah Fox fans

The itinerary is a bit spread out and we needed a conveyance. So there we were riding around in golf carts, knights in chain mail and helmets and ladies in gowns and tiaras when shorts and Hawaiian shirts are the more typical attire. 


The sand sculpture of Bell Castle was the creation of Chip Cooper, the gentleman receiving the accolade and standing at far left in the group photo. (the other knights are Ian Ridout and Alan White).

We were a sight. We finished at a local café where we posed for photos beside a sand sculpture of one of the castles in the book, and we had an accolade for one of the knights.



Did you enjoy it? Would you do it again for the next book? 
We had a blast but I’m not sure I want to make it an annual event. I am considering participating in the Ingleside Renaissance Festival. 



I know, that’s a somewhat later period but what’s a few hundred years between friends? 

You're not kidding! It's about 350 years out, Devorah, and takes place in  another country completely ha ha ha

Ha ha. As I say, what's a few hundred years! And for some time I’ve been dreaming of hosting a madrigal dinner, perhaps in cooperation with the local community theater.


Princess Devorah knights one of her trusted fans
Have you always been interested in medieval matters? Have you travelled to the UK or France? If not, do you plan to?
Honestly, I’ve never been much of history buff and history was far from my best subject in school. However, “once upon a time” was how the King Bewilliam series wanted to be told so now I find myself doing extensive research into the Middle Ages. 


"I was fortunate to be able to visit the UK two years ago. I loved my tour of Windsor Castle, St. Albans and Verulamium". 

I was so grateful to get to see Stonehenge, even though it was cold and rainy that day, and I had a beer in what was touted as the oldest pub in continuous operation.



Them there Southerners are always trying to skank our heritage, Devorah. Here's the oldest pub in England...Nottingham's Trip To Jerusalem (1189)


One of the Wizard's old locals in pre-writing days, just below the south side of Nottingham Castle.
I'll take your word for it, Wiz!

hahahahahah. There are at least fifteen pubs dotted about the place all making the same claim! So, what was the last a) book you read  b) CD you listened to and C) film you watched
I recently finished Along the Watchtower by David Litwack. 




I really enjoyed it and not just because it had princes and castles and touched on themes similar to those in my King Bewilliam series. 

As for films, I’m not much of a movie-goer. Every now and then I’ll catch one on TV. Lately I have been riveted to the small screen by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation TV series Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries and now I plan to watch all over again the ITV series Foyle’s War


Both are period dramas so maybe I’m becoming a history buff after all. I've also been listening, as I said, Pandora jazz!



And what does 2015 have in store for fans of Devorah Fox?
I plan to launch the book I’m working on now, Deadline, in January. That’s a contemporary thriller that revolves around a specific 1993 event so it’s something of a period piece. 

That’s only twenty-one years ago but it’s still requiring quite a bit of research. Plus, it has a subplot that harkens back to the 1930s and 1940s, even further in the past. 



Then l plan to start a new novel during National Novel Writing Month this November for release in the summer of 2015.

Devorah, it's been an absolute pleasure to see you again, and - forsooth! - I wish you all the best with your present books and the books to come!
Thank you so much, Wiz. I really appreciate it and the best of luck to you too...

Contact Devorah

King's Redress


and of course, also on 


YouTube trailer:
http://youtu.be/H5IW8oVJCnQ

Espresso Book Machine:  http://net.ondemandbooks.com/odb/selfespress/9780977824557
Barnes&Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/the-king-s-redress?store=book&keyword=the+king%27s+redress

Naked Came The Sharks





Connect with Devorah:

email: devorahfox@aol.com

Twitter: @devorah_fox

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DevorahFoxAuthor

Google+: https://plus.google.com/+DevorahFox

amazon.com  author page: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B006L9BJAO

smashwords.com profile page: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/mbapub

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/devorahfox





It all begins to go wrong in Medievalworld : Classic "Black Knight" scene from
"Westworld" (1973)

Scarcely credible sandcastle sculpture

Another "alleged" oldest pub in England from somewhere not in
Nottingham where the original oldest pub in England comes from, like.