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Half Moon and other poems in Verse Virtual!

Moon silver!

Half Moon and two other of my poems were published in Verse Virtual today. I’m most honored to have them included alongside those of some amazing poets! Please take a peek at mine and all the poems in this month’s issue. Here’s the link:

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Chaos Gate Unit on TPT

This guy belongs on your Kindle!

This guy belongs on your Kindle!

My Chaos Gate sprang from my admiration of both C.S. Lewis’s Narnia stories and J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit. It was published in 2011 by Yorkshire Press and I’d like to reimind everybody that it is still available on Amazon.  To that end, I’ve offered its first chapter as a self-contained short story in hopes that students might like it and wish to get the book. This chapter may be used either as a unit for the whole class or as a sponge activity. The materials include comprehension questions, writing prompts and the entire text of the first chapter. Do check it out!

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Chaos Gate is a steal!

This guy belongs on your Kindle!

This guy belongs on your Kindle!

The Kindle price of Chaos Gate is now $2.99.  That’s a great deal!  In my own humble opinion, that is.

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Chaos Gate is still good!



Friend Martin Doolan got a chance to read Chaos Gate for the first time recently.  He had this to say:

“It took me a little while to get into it at the start, when I couldn’t see why the events were happening and why I should get involved, but the short, speedy sentences and original turns of phrase and vivid mini-descriptions kept me going.

Then I realized that I just had to hang in and follow the tale, an adventure game where the characters discover a maze and hidden doors and perhaps something beyond the doors. And suddenly the chase was on, first by guards and then by Sweetums, a terrifying character with its purposeful, powerful, dogged, unstoppable drive to kill our heroes.

Then the tale speeds up further, with imaginative and surprising twists and turns coming at increasing speed. As reader, I was now on a roller-coaster. And the ending (before the epilogue to quieten the spirits) is no let-down but an exciting just-in-time culmination.

I thoroughly enjoyed Chaos Gate. I know the genre, but this was a gripping version with, of course, your skill with short, precise ‘action’ sentences (no fat on them to slow them down) and succinct ‘descriptive’ sentences to help us visualize the scene.

I guess it was as much fun for you writing it as it was for me reading it. Some of the adrenalin you must have experienced when coming up with your creative imaginings cross the page to enter the reader’s world and provide an engrossing, entertaining read.”

All of you who don’t know my book, please take note!  It’s still available on Amazon!

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John Miller’s class at Chalone Peaks Middle School

“Chaos Gate” readers at Chalone Peaks Middle School!

John’s sixth grade class read “Chaos Gate” as their ending work of literature.  They invited me to come and read a few chapters aloud on May 31st and June 1st.  I did so and had a great time, even though it was a little scary.  Nothing can make you nervous like reading your own words to smart sixth graders.  It turns out I didn’t do such a bad job of writing, after all.  They liked it!

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Chaos Gate is now an ebook!

Chaos Gate is now available for downloading in Kindle, nook and several other popular formats.  The price is $4.99.  The lead venue is, though Barnes & Noble, among others, will also make  Chaos Gate easily available.  Please let me know how you like the electronic version of my book!

Available from these fine sellers . . .

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Chaos Gate in the News

Chaos Gate continues to garner good reviews as more people read and appreciate the story. Robert Walch of the Salinas Californian encourages young readers to take up the book. He also offers a succinct summary of its plot. Check out what he has to say in his 4/22/11 review.

Chaos Gate,” by Robert Walton (Yorkshire Publishing; $10.99).

Local connection: Robert Walton, a community columnist for The Salinas Californian’s opinion page, is a longtime King City resident. His previous stories for children include “Joel in Tananar,” “The Dragon and the Lemon Tree” and “Flower Tumbles.”

An avid rock-climber and mountaineer, Walton has been published in the Sierra Club’s “Ascent” and in “Loose Scree,” a British publication. A dramatization of his prize-winning story “Three’s a Crowd” was broadcast on National Public Radio in 2006.

Content: This fantasy novel is set in the 17th century as the Thirty Years War disrupts a young girl’s family. Claire’s brother is killed and her parents are captured by raiders who attack the family on their way to Strasbourg. Although she is wounded, the girl escapes, but the shock of what has happened has left her mute.

Claire is discovered and comforted by an old woman and together the two begin a dangerous quest. Mere Rowan is not an ordinary woman; she is a magician who controls the portals to a number of “worlds.” Mere’s task is to defend the peaceful worlds from dark powers and evil creatures.

The kindly woman believes that what happened to Claire is the harbinger of an invasion from the chaos worlds. Along with some critters and a young Jewish boy, Mere and Claire begin an adventure fraught with danger that will determine what happens to Earth.

As the struggle intensifies, a nasty, shape-shifting lizard holds the key to whether the campaign will be victorious. If they succeed, Claire may be reunited with her parents, but if they fail, the denizens of the Chaos Portal will engulf them.

Author quote: “I’ve been privileged to teach in King City for 40 years now. The intelligence and resilience of my students inspires me. Writing for them improves both my teaching and my writing. Also, I try to create stories which will be of use to my many fine colleagues.”

Audience: This novel is intended for young readers age 10 and older. Although the novel’s eye-catching cover will capture one’s attention, it is the action-packed plot and delightful characters that will keep youngsters (and adults) glued to the page.

The novel is available at

Robert Walch of Monterey writes about Central Coast Authors for the Arts & Books page Saturday in The Salinas Californian. Contact him in care of Central Coast Authors, The Salinas Californian, 123 W. Alisal St., Salinas 93901; fax to 754-4293

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