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New On The Shelf At Fiction Books This Week

Picture of an English red post boxMailbox Monday is a gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house during the last week.

Be warned that Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

Mailbox Monday, is currently ‘on tour’ and being hosted by a different blogger each month.

Your host for May 2013 is: Abi over at ‘4 The Love Of Books’

So why not stop by, leave a link to your own Mailbox Monday post, oh! and don’t forget to leave a comment for Abi, after all, we all like to receive them!

This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… you never know where that next “must read” book will come from!

This was another of those surprise emails, direct from the author, which periodically land in my ‘in box’, as a pleasant and unexpected surprise! Fantasy isn’t a genre that I tend to read on a regular basis, however the premise of all the music being stolen from the world, is a particularly intriguing one, especially with the clever name that Earl has chosen for his  main protagonist!


Music is being stolen. From everywhere. Not just the printed pages and the crystals that playback music, but from the very minds of the people. The latest victim of this theft is the City-Along-The-Lake Opera Company. Their latest production is shut down opening night because no one can remember a single note or word of the opera. Allegra takes it worse than others. From her childhood she’s been surrounded by music. Now that her clan from the Great Steppes is dead of a sleeping plague she has only the song memories left to remind her of who she is. But those memories scare her, she’s afraid of the pain they will cause her. She has buried them under hundreds of other songs she’s learned since then. Now that those songs are disappearing, the past is rising in her memories. Allegra tries to hide at home but when the isolation gets to her, she dons the disguise of Allegor, a traveling troubadour. One night, as she plays one of the few local songs she has left in her memory at a local tavern, she feels the music being stolen as she sings. She also sees a strange man in a traveling cloak, carrying what looks to be like a teapot made of crystal. She tries to talk to him but he escapes the tavern. Suspecting that this mysterious man may have something to do with the disappearing music, Allegra sets out in a pursuit that takes her far down the South Road. Using a magic map she tries to catch the music-thief. But she only has until the music-thief reaches Town-Where-South-Road-Forks. After that the magicked map will be useless and the thief will escape with all the music.


Profile picture of author Earl T. RoskeThe first story Earl recalls writing, was in the second or third grade and was about a sad baby whale. He also illustrated and bound it. Alas, being a military brat and having moved many, many times, it and most of his early writing has been lost. Earl does have one story, which he wrote while in his first year of the Marines, however he proclaims it so immature that it will be cremated with his body, so that it can never come to light. 

In 2007, wishing to take a writing class, Earl signed up for playwriting at Foothill College. The intent was that he would take the class to interact with writers and work on his dialogue skills. He had planned on doing this for a year and then moving on, however such was not the case, because after having his first 3-page play cold read in front of the class he was hooked.

As much as he liked writing fiction, there is something to be said for “seeing” your words on a stage. It also didn’t hurt that the first 10-minute play he wrote was chosen to be part of the Santa Cruz Actors’ Theatre’s Eight Tens @ Eight. Looking at his resume for play productions, it’s obvious that he has done fairly well in the 10-minute play arena, although he is still working on a producible full-length play. His short plays have been pretty successful and have been produced in festivals and productions from New York to California,  Singapore to India.

Earl currently has two collections of short stories and a novelette available on Smashwords.

Earl is also a proud and newly minted father. Brienna was born 12 December 2012. This has greatly impacted on his  writing in both positive and negative ways, although he also has the most patient and encouraging wife a person could ever wish for.
When asked just what inspired him to write ‘Tale Of The Music Thief’, this is what Earl had to say …
Music inspired Tale of the Music-Thief. I’d been reflecting about how personal and how universal music was. How it could bring people of different backgrounds together. How it could unite people. Music has so much power in it. And my thoughts moved to how people see music differently. There are those who collect it, those who write and perform it, and people like me who are just happy to have it as part of our life. Then I began to look at the dark side: what if all the music disappeared? The imagination train took on a full head of steam from there.

I can’t wait to discover all your own great new finds this week … so please stop by and share your link

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I can’t remember a time, even as a child, when I haven’t been passionate about books and reading.
I began blogging, when I realised just how many other people out there shared my passion for the written word and I have been continually amazed at the wealth of books that are available and the amount of great new friends I have made, from literally 'The Four Corners Of The World'.

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