Welcome to the Rave Reviews Book Club Springtime Book & Block Party stop on Bizarro Fiction. Location: Aurora, CO.

Here’s what I’m giving away today:

Number of winners for this stop: 3

To be entered into this Giveaway all you have to do is leave a comment.

Dreamwalker: The Second Plain

For me writing tends to have therapeutic qualities that allow me to escape into a world I created. Dreamwalker: The Second Plain was written during the final stages of my father-in-law’s battle with cancer. Writing helped me to channel what I normally would bottle inside.

In the end, it became like a strange superhero comic without the picture cells.

When people who know me read it, they point out the similarities between me and the lead character, Saul Vogel. Yes, some of what happened to me is put into the pages of Dreamwalker: The Second Plain, but it’s not a autobiography, I don’t have the gift he has.

Dreamwalker: The Second Plain on Amazon

Circus Tarot Trilogy

The first installment of the Circus Tarot Trilogy begins with Circus Tarot. I had so much fun writing it, and originally it wasn’t going to be a series, but I couldn’t leave it.

Circus Tarot is like a mixture of the movies Greatest Show on Earth and Stephen King’s IT, then throw in a pinch of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland.

Page of Buckets is the second book, and is just as quirky as Circus Tarot. With World Circus (book 3), I took a more serious note, but didn’t neglect the Clown Fun at all.

Mary and Darrin are modeled after television shows from the 50s and 60s, and Susie is a friend, who doesn’t even know (well maybe she does now) I used her from my memories of her as a kid.

World Circus is a delightful place where all the characters are a card from the Circus Tarot, including World Tent, Star, Tower, Sun and Moon; I used both the Major and Minor Arcana, but focus primarily on the Major throughout the series.

Circus Tarot on Amazon


Page of Buckets on Amazon


World Circus on Amazon


Circus Tarot Trilogy on Amazon


Being undead is probably something that is difficult to cope with in the beginning. Having an insatiable appetite for human flesh when you have morals can cause quite the inner conflict, especially when you add possession to the list of changes happening to Reynard Ashwin.

An interesting truth, I find aspects of horror comical (normally the gore parts). Yes, I like to jump with the monster attacking, but that’s so I can laugh afterward, and that’s what Hunger does for me. I mixed vampires, zombies and cannibals for this one with a layer of historical elements.

Hunger on Amazon.

Hydrangeas on the Lanai

I love Gothic Horror. The book covers I saw in the drugstore as a kid were wonderful; my mom read them, and when she was done I did, too, well some of them, some disappeared from the stack by her chair before I got my hands on them.

Hydrangeas on the Lanai is my version of the genre, but I wanted it to feel more like Murder by Death than Uncle Silas or The Haunting of Hill House, though I kept as close as possible to the format. There are aspects of Hydrangeas on the Lanai that I know are confusing, like the ending, for example, there are also some strange phrases. These are intentional, and depending on my mood, the answer to the ending changes from yes delusional to not at all, but then again, who knows for sure, the house does what it wants.

Hydrangeas on the Lanai on Amazon.

HOME A Novel

Home is a 2016 Horror/Suspense Finalist for Independent Author’s Network Book of the Year Award, and recently it received a Gold Quality Mark from Books Go Social.  Home is my homage to my hometown, Shoshoni, WY, an interesting town with an interesting history, but it has lost the glamour I saw in it as a child.

I remember Shoshoni as an oasis in the middle of the sagebrush covered plains. Now, when I go back and see the poor upkeep, I shake my head. Belphegor feels the same way as the story begins with him looking through a window of the Shanley Hotel on the corner of Main and Second (Second Street is also Highway 26).

After all the research on demons and the hierarchy of Angels, I chose Belphegor to by my antagonist for several reasons; his palindrome, 1000000000000066600000000000001, Belphegor’s Prime (it looks nice on Cody’s arm), the way he seduces, and his ties to Dante’s Divine Comedy as one of the deadly sins, sloth. And how else could a pre-apocalyptic story be fun without him?

HOME A Novel on Amazon.

Thanks for stopping by today for the Rave Reviews Book Club Book & Block Party! Don’t forget to leave a comment to be entered into the giveaway!

Good luck! See you at the next stop! Find all the stops for the Block Party here.

75 responses to “#RRBC Springtime Book & Block Party Blog Tour”

  1. Wow, Charles, what a lot of books! And I love all the covers. It’s great to learn more about you and your writing. Best of luck with everything 🙂

    • Harmony, thanks for stopping by! I have another one in the works, but that’s at least six months away.

  2. What a lovely blog and wonderful book covers! It is nice to get to know you just a bit today. Have a wonderful day today.

  3. Nice to get to know you and your books a bit better, Charles – it’s quite an array of books with wonderfully descriptive book covers! I hope you have a successful tour!

    • Good to meet you too. I’m heading over to your blog now to learn more about you.

  4. Wow, what an imagination you have, Charles. I loved Circus Tarot.Will have to tackle the others. (and some of the other books, as well) Nice blog and nice blurbs. Good job. Hope you’re having a great time on the blog tour.

    Patricia Guthrie

    • Sometimes it feels like my imagination rules my life, but that’s really not a bad thing. Thanks for stopping by.

  5. Great post and your books sound amazing – gorgeous artwork too 🙂

    • Thank you. I hope you have a great weekend, and enjoy the rest of the Springtime party.

    • Awesome, I hope you enjoy them. Thanks for checking out my blog today.

  6. Charles, I took a tour of your books, trying to decide which one to put on my Kindle first, and I decided on your very first book: Dreamwalker: The Second Plain. I will put this on my Kindle waiting its turn. Too many books to read! But I will get there. 😀 Have a great party!

    • I’m loving the Springtime Tour, and reading about everyone and their works.

  7. I just love your site and a look into your creative mind. You and the folks on these tours are amazing to me. Thank you for sharing your works. I will be back to pay you a visit.

    • I’m glad you’re enjoying the tour, I am, too. Thanks for stopping by.

  8. Hi Charles, you did great with your covers. I didn’t realize you had written so many books. I’m loving all the bits and pieces of info I’ve been gathering on my @RRBC peers. I’m already looking forward to next years Party. This is a great forum for learning. Thank you for sharing your books and story. Party on!

    • Thanks, Larry! I’m enjoying learning about all the authors in RRBC too, and the different ways people write, etc.

  9. Charles, I do the same as you. My best writing comes from my own personal traumas. And oddly enough many of my held in emotions come out in horror and paranormal short stories–although I don’t eat people in them. 🙂 Not allowed re meat lol.
    Your blog is nicely done and your books look wild and wacky–just what I like. Enjoy the rest of your tour today!!

    • We’ll leave eating people to Reynard and Clowns. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by.

  10. Hi Charles!
    Great post and timely for me. I am reading your book, “Circus Tarot” right now. Not very far into it, but, now I am looking at my deck of tarot cards a bit suspiciously…lol I am a big Stephen King fan, so this genre is something I enjoy. You have quite a variety of books! Have a great party day!

    • Thanks for checking out my post. I hope you enjoy Circus Tarot.

  11. As a Web Designer, I love you your page (look and feel) and how it’s structured (operates with the header staying at the top). As a book cover designer (mostly just do my own), love your covers too. I admit I don’t read a lot of horror though I do love the occasional movie if not too gory (this comes with age I guess, because I used to love the gore). I was only able to get through one of Stephen King’s novels and that was “Misery” and I loved it. I saw and loved in film, The Stand, Salem’s Lot, Carrie, It, Pet Sematary, etc., and I do admire his ability and imagination. Your books sound like you could give him a bit of competition. Have fun.

    • Stephen King is awesome, I think I’ve read most everything he’s written, but not seen all the movies; I tend to be disappointed with the adaptations. Thanks for stopping by, enjoy your day.

  12. Hi Charles. I enjoyed stopping by your blog today. Hunger seems like a book that’s right up my alley. I’m going to add it to my TBR list. I hope you’re having a fantastic tour day.

    • This tour has been amazing. Thanks for stopping by, and enjoy Hunger.

  13. I am camping in the boon docks, but I wanted to support today’s authors, including you. Unfortunately, my phone is not letting me see your whole site. Words are cut off. So I’m posted by to enter the contest, but I’ll come back tomorrow to read your blog. ?

    • Thanks for your great support. I’ll check why mobile isn’t working correctly.

      • I see it fine now on my computer. I’m sure it is just my phone. It’s old. lol! I just finished reading another story that had Belphegor in it. I’m gonna have to look him up now. 😉 I’m all about vampires, but cannibals…not so much. lol! You have me intrigued, though. I’m going to have to look into Hunger. 🙂

    • Hi Fran. It’s really sad because they are tearing down the buildings where Home is set.

  14. Hi Charles! I’m looking forward to reading your books though I am the ultimate horror “chicken”. Hydrangeas on the Lanai looks like a good one to start with. LOL! It was great learning about your many books and your site is crisp and clean. I love it. Hope you have a great party!

    • Thanks for stopping by. Hydrangeas on the Lanai is tame compared to the others, I hope you enjoy it.

  15. Hi, Charles! It was great to finally take a look at these glimpses of your work. All of your books appeal to my love of dark things and darker humor. But I think ‘Home’ is calling my name! I’m off to add it to my heavily overweight TBR, and look forward to reading it.
    Great stop!

  16. Wow, what an amazing website! Your books are showcased beautifully, and the covers really are stand-outs. Congratulations on the various recognitions. I look forward to getting to know you through your books very soon!

  17. Congratulations on your awards. It great that your writing has helped you through some difficult times. Wishing you success in all that you do.

  18. I want to read Hydrangeas on the Lanai. I think that it will be a most interesting book to read, especially for springtime.

    • You never know what might appear in your email inbox. Have a great week!

  19. <3ing your blog Charles – are you by any chance a Capricorn? 😀 Sorry I'm a bit late – busy weekend with visitors but I'm having fun looking at you quirky book blurbs! 🙂

  20. Hi Charles. Congratulations on all of your novels. They do sound intriguing. Writing is so cathartic. It truly does help with getting through difficult times. I did a lot of writing after my dad passed away, which was rather sudden. I found that it made a huge difference in how I was able to cope. Thank you for sharing your journey and your writing.

    • Sorry to hear about your dad. I know how that goes with having a coping mechanism with writing. Thanks for visiting.

  21. Charles, I just love your website! Sorry I’m a little late to the party, I’m trying to catch up today. So glad I didn’t miss your stop, as it’s so nice to learn more about you and your work. Thanks so much for sharing this with us, and thanks for the tremendous support you show fellow authors and RRBC members! It never goes unnoticed. Cheers! 🙂

  22. Just testing to see how I got on your site. Some members were having trouble.

    • Apparently my web host has been experiencing intermittent service issues, causing a ‘500’ error. Of course, I get notification about it from them after the fact. Sorry to anyone who had problems.

  23. I also love gothic horror. It’s hard to find them these days. I’m going to try one of your books. I just have to decide which one to choose first.

    • Gothic horror is hard to find. I like going back to the classics when I’m in the need.

  24. Congratulations to the winners! And thank you everyone for coming by.
    1) e-book copy of “HOME: A NOVEL” and a $5 Amazon gift card (GRACIE BRADFORD ),
    (1) Signed copy of “DREAMWALKER” (MARLENA SMITH)  
    (1) e-book copy of “CIRCUS TAROT TRILOGY” (JAN HAWKE); 

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