Book Feature: Rarity from the Hollow by Robert Eggleton

About the book:

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

Will Lacy Dawn’s predisposition, education, and magic
be enough for her to save the Universe, Earth, and, most importantly,
protect her own family?

Rarity from the Hollow is adult literary
science fiction filled with tragedy, comedy and satire. It is a
children’s story for adults, not for the prudish, faint of heart, or
easily offended.
Robert 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 Dozens of his works have been archived by the West Virginia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.
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.


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