FLIGHT OF DESTINY

April 8, 2015
FLIGHT OF DESTINY commences with a problem that everyone faces at one time or another:  The task of placing a name, can be niggling, but what if this task becomes an obsession and the person behind the name a dark specter? In the second story, two parents’ worst nightmare emerges when their cherished infant goes missing. In this case it’s the fault of the father, and while neither can forgive him, does all the blame really lie with him? The third story, “Opium” explores Oscar Wilde’s statement: “The only way to get rid of temptation is to yield to it... I can resist everything but temptation.” In this story, a righteous man is driven down a bumpy road of temptation, the result of which will hopefully be a surprise to both characters and reader. The next story, “Bugeyes,” explores the world of body image stereotypes being constantly perpetuated by the media. Those unfortunate beings, born with abnormalities, often face a lifetime of cruelties, and in this case rejection.  Other stories deal with insanity,  sibling jealousy,  and how money corrupts the soul. The last story, the final one in this FLIGHT OF DESTINY called  “Cast from Hell,” revolves around a rejected male from Hell who is returned to the world in the form of a beautiful young woman intent on wreaking havoc.



One of the several common denominators in these stories is that, in the end, the oppressed rise up and by a quixotic combination will, quirk or circumstance, succeed in the end, often accompanied by some kind of poignant revenge. The stories include some of the most loathsome characters I could imagine, like, for example, Maggot, the despicable circus owner, who sells both his daughters to an equally despicable tyrant. Then there is Little Mite, a young girl whose evil act brings ruin to her family, and The Duke, who faces a death sentence with nonchalance and executes a  truly heinous act to save his skin.

A book that I read while at school that still sticks in my mind to this day is “Kiss Kiss” by Roald Dahl. I would like my stories to have a Dahl-like quality, with sudden twists at the end, but with a more modern edge. I don’t want these short stories to be dubbed “horror stories.” They are more than that. Look closely and you will find humor, moral statements and social criticism also. FLIGHT OF DESTINY is a book of fairy stories for adults.  It explores in depth the dark side of the human psyche while providing a few laughs along the way.

 

WRITTEN IN THE STARS

March 18, 2015
Many people go through life thinking that they are stuck—it might be a lower socioeconomic status, it might be a grueling job, it might be an unhealthy relationship—but even when all hope seems lost, some people can find the spark of hope. It is the singular star in a night sky that can guide the way. Despite the feeling that some things are set in stone, Written in the Stars is an anthology that says no, that's wrong. Nothing is set in stone, and everything can get better. It may take ti...
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THE DR. IS IN...OR IS HE OUT?

September 5, 2014
My newest release, THE HANGING OF DR. HANSON (Savant 2014), already began receiving wide spread interest and acclaim even before it was released. It's the tale of Dr. Hanson Bumgardner, better known as "Dr. Hanson." The story is set in the tumultuous mid-1800's when historic forces were driving the United States of America towards what seemed to be certain self-destruction.



Hanson Bumgardner is an historical figure. Researching his life, especially on the Western plains and during the Civil W...
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IN THE EYES OF THE SON

July 28, 2014
IN THE EYES OF THE SON (Savant 2014) is a fictional novel about a man's struggle to create a place for himself. Like Peter, the protagonist, I spent years building a life that was sound and stable, while trying to achieve success in a field of uncertainties. What I went through since my youth in Holland became the inspiration for Peter's story.



Peter dreamt of life with a camera. His left-wing father, Eduard – a journalist and former WWII photographer – at first supports his son’s ambit...
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"LITERARY MASTERPIECES" AND AUTHOR/BOOK PARTIES

July 19, 2014
Richard Rose recently hosted a combined author/book release party with great success, his newly released THE LAZARUS CONSPIRACIES receiving accolades as a "masterpiece."



Way to go Richard!  Check out this books great review in the Huffington Post at

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/sugar-rautbord/post_7722_b_5398607.html

and this other great review in Chicago's "I On The Scene" at

http://ionthescene.com/2014/07/11/the-chicago-premier-of-the-lazarus-conspiracies-richard-roses-new-murder-mystery-mast...
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VOLUTIONS

June 22, 2014
If you read The Paris Review; if you listen to NPR; if Tom Robbins makes your head spin while your heart sinks because, face it, you'll never make woo-woo magic with words the way he does; if Keats, Yeats, Joyce, or maybe T.S Eliot is a favorite, you'll particularly love this year's Savant Poetry Anthology, VOLUTIONS.



Another way of saying this, is if you have ever loved anyone, anything or any place so rightly or so wrongly that it hurt, hated (yes, hated) injustice, or thought poetry ought...
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Living in IMMINENT DANGER with LAWYERS

March 11, 2014
When A. G. Hayes' new action-adventure spy book, the third in the Koski and Falk series, IMMINENT DANGER (Savant 2014) was released, I for one, didn't expect it to mirror the mood of today's times and conditions quite so vividly. In the book, a rock-star/religious extremist attempts a 9/11 "comeback" by orchestrating the mass assassination of the world's religious leaders, including the Pope, at an Easter sunrise service at the Hollywood Bowl. Only Koski and Falk, two of Cerebrus' most experi...
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Author Richard Rose talks about the evolution of THE LAZARUS CONSPIRACIES

September 16, 2013

When I first conceived the idea for The Lazarus Conspiracies, I wrote it as a film script under the title “The Lazarus Project.” The script tells the story of a maverick Chicago cop who is so obsessed with seeing justice done that he repeatedly breaks the rules of police conduct in order to catch the bad guys. The script was a top ten finalist in the Illinois/Chicago Screenwriting 2000 Competition.

A few years later I decided to expand the script into a novel. In the process, the character...
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CAN TURTLES DANCE?

August 12, 2013
Hello Children's Book Lovers! 

It is my pleasure to announce the release of the third in the Savant "Color-Me-Please" series, THE TURTLE DANCES. This delightful 80-page children's story with 28 black and white, pen-and-ink illustrations by celebrated artist and illustrator Ruth R. Janik of A WHALE'S TALE fame recounts the adventures of Isla, a Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle, resting on the beach at Waikiki, who notices a dance couple practicing a partner routine for a dance competition. Intrigued,...
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TWO WORLDS TURNED UPSIDE DOWN

July 22, 2013
An exciting new mystery novel by author George Hudson!



In the midst of a secret love affair, passions flare and a murder is committed. The crime, however, is unsolved. Carefully constructed lies and public ignorance hide the truth, and the victim disappears into history. The lives of those behind are drastically changed, but they eventually move on, believing the truth is safely buried forever.

Thirty years later, an old skull is recovered on a dark night by several fishermen from the middle o...
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