THE STORY OF ELAINE OF CORBENIC

April 24, 2015
Corbenic's valley lay hidden, in a corner of Lystenoys close by the sea, and it was not wholly by chance that any man found his way there, including Launcelot.

It was spring when he came; the hills of the valley were verdant, the gorse yellow all about, and the evening mists fragrant.  She was not looking for love that day…

She was Elaine, daughter of the fisher king and of the lineage of the grail keepers, and the mystery of the grail, the sacred cup that lay within Corbenic's walls, was in her very blood. Nothing else could find space in her heart. Until Launcelot came.



So begins the story of Elaine of Corbenic, the daughter of the Fisher King who bears Launcelot’s son, Galahad. The novel begins with Elaine as young grail bearer, deeply drawn by the grail's mystery—and utterly impervious to the young knights of her father's court.

Encountering a kind stranger by the forest stream one day, however, strange new feelings stir within Elaine.  Soon afterwards Launcelot comes to her father's hall. Elaine recognizes him as the one she’d met by the stream and falls deeply in love with him. Launcelot's devotion is to the Queen Guinevere but he is not untouched by the simple beauty of the princess. Sent to rendezvous with the queen through a deception arranged by the king, Launcelot instead finds Elaine.

Based on Malory's account in La Morte d’Arthur of the three brief encounters of Launcelot and Elaine, ELAINE OF CORBENIC is the chronicle of their poignant romance—and of Elaine’s journey through abandonment and darkness to the finding of inner strength and deepening wisdom. Offering the poetry of medieval legend, the story speaks to contemporary themes of love, betrayal, abandonment, and the quest for meaning.

ELAINE OF CORBENIC is an approach to the grail legend that reflects an evolving relationship to the mystery of the grail embodied in life itself.  In the heart of the heroic Arthurian legend, it offers a deeply feminine spirituality, threading through the pain and joys of a young girl’s heart, a single mother’s hopes and broken dreams, and a fierce determination to find the grail's meaning.

Tima Z. Newman
Author of ELAINE OF CORBENIC
 

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’...
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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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