newsletter Thomas Hollyday writer May 2017

THOMAS HOLLYDAY                   author update. May 2017

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From Thomas Hollyday blog

“In his novel Slave Graves Chesapeake author Thomas Hollyday successfully targets the ever popular mystery and romance genres. A unique read awaits you with Thomas Hollyday’s new book Slave Graves.  Enter into the modern world of River Sunday, a Chesapeake harbor town where its characters match its past with its future. In this first book of the series, you’ll follow an archeologist’s transformation as he changes from a stuffy well contented professor into a man searching for his honor. He and his fellow historian, a female former student, fight for the right to uncover and preserve a terrible past discovered under the mud of an old farm. As financial and racial interests terrorize them, they realize once again the age old lesson in life. Truth comes with a very high price in murder. This week free introductory eBook at

2016 Slave Graves score   Kindle  100 review 4.5 stars Goodreads 97 reviews   3.64 stars Kobo 13 reviews   4.5 to 5 stars Google Play   7 reviews   3.9 stars”

Enjoy this February 24 2017 interview of Thomas Hollyday on Delmarva Public Radio by Harold Wilson. In 2010, Wilson was named to the Editorial Board of the Delmarva Review. The Delmarva Review is a literary magazine published by the Eastern Shore Writers’ Association

Destiny Time Travel series

I just loaded up book 24 in my Destiny Time Travel series onto Amazon. This one is set in China during the Three Kingdoms period. I’m closing in on the end of the series! Very bitter-sweet. I enjoyed this time-jumping storyline immensely. I could write about whatever period of history fascinated me. What are you guys working on?

Beauty And The Beast story

I’m doing one final read-through of my Beauty And The Beast story and then it goes live! The original French tale had serious challenges. Never mind Disney. Yes, I loved the library. But I greatly disliked the way the father allowed his young daughter to be wholly given to a stranger’s control – a stranger known for his violent temper. It was the father’s responsibility to keep her safe. I also greatly disliked the message of ‘just be patient with a violent man – he’ll become your prince charming if you stick around long enough.’ It’s taken me quite a lot of research and thought to develop a version which conveys the message I wish. What are you working on today?

Destiny book #22

The Spice Must Flow! Oh, wait, I mean the Time must flow! I now have Destiny book #22 up and live! Hurrah! You guys waited a full year for me to get this series moving again, and now it’s chugging right along! Book 23 goes live tomorrow – read along with me!

Beauty and the Beast

Last night I read ‘Beauty and the Beast’, a collection of historic Animal Bride fairy tales and folklore. It’s a powerful topic full of some fairly disturbing stories. Many of them were meant to indoctrinate young women into the thought that it was their duty to sacrifice themselves in an arranged marriage with a brute of a husband in order to help their family.

This historical perspective is a good topic area to study. That being said, I have serious issues with the publisher marketing this as a “book of the movie” and making it seem as if the book is ABOUT the movie storyline (and suitable for kids to read on their own). Instead, the text is clearly aimed at highly literate adults, and the stories themselves should probably be read by parent-and-child together to discuss the historic context of them and why men are raping women, raping cows, raping … raping … oh, and killing. If, you know, she isn’t quite pretty enough.

book 3 in my Cinderella series

I was just about to publish book 3 in my Cinderella series, called “Beauty”, when I received in the mail a review copy of a book all about the variations around the world of animal brides and grooms. It seemed like fate. I’m going to read this to learn even more about the historical basis of the classic fairy tale and then do one final polishing round on my “Beauty”. My aim is to publish it tomorrow. Have a good night, everyone!

I struggle with Beauty for many reasons, including 1) I don’t like that he has to “turn handsome” in the end for a happy ending, and 2) I don’t like that she often endures abuse by him in the hopes he’ll somehow change (which, given my stance on battered women, upsets me).