Cause and Effect



Have you ever given thought to causal relationships, the trillions of actions and corresponding reactions that continually go on around you?

This seemingly perpetual stream of events is the fabric of fiction. But allow me to illustrate a real-life example. A friend of mine, we’ll call him Mr. C, having decided to walk his Labrador Retriever, stood on the sidewalk outside his house where he saw something rather odd: A deer slowly walking down the middle of the street.

Perceiving that the presence of the wild animal had yet to come to the attention of the dog, Mr. C quickly steered his version of man’s best back toward the house to go inside and wait out the ordeal. However, before Mr. C could accomplish his plan of limiting collateral damage, his pickup driving neighbor returned from a jaunt outside the sub.

The deer bolted away from the oncoming vehicle but slowed her rate of escape when she saw Mr. C and the Lab blocking her path.

The previously nonchalant Lab ripped free of Mr. C’s leash-grip, barked at full capacity, gallantly took up the challenge of protecting his property, and charged the renegade deer.

Most of us have been in situations where it seems there’s no easy way out. We are, in fact, defined by our responses to such dilemmas. At that moment, though, I don’t think the deer was overly concerned about character. She did a 180 and ran from the dog.

Alerting people for miles around, the Lab continued in hot pursuit of the delusional doe, chasing the frightened animal back onto the street.

The driver of the pickup, perhaps caught up in a high-decibel rendition of Stairway to Heaven, was completely oblivious to the goings on. He steered the truck into his driveway and hit the garage door opener.

With highly tuned, wild senses alerting the deer to a possible hidey-hole, the animal executed a move that would draw envy from the likes of Adrian Peterson and followed the pickup into the garage.

At the same time, the oblivious driver hopped out of his ride.

Not having time to put on the brakes, the terrified deer knocked the truck driver to the floor, trampled him with her hooves, and ran into the wall of the house, knocking a sizeable hole in the sheetrock.

But it wasn’t over. The deer scrambled wildly to gain its footing on the slick floor of the garage, keeping its flanks just inches away from the jaws of the barking Lab while Mr. C frantically chased both of the animals around the fallen truck driver.

Now there’s a scene.

I've been asked by several readers as to what happened next, so here's The Rest of the Story:

Mr. C mangaged to corral the Lab, the deer ran out of the garage and disappeared, and the truck-driving neighbor was okay, just shaken up a bit.


Bob's Blog Hop

To start off this blog roll, blog hop, blog whatever-it-is, I want to thank Patricia Browning – I think – for including me in this spirited – I do tend to exaggerate – online adventure. With her debut mystery, Absinthe of Malice, A Penny Mackenzie Mystery, Browning explored quirky relationships and interesting secrets of Pearl, a fictional, small town in California. Be sure to check it out. Here’s the link:

So much for the Hop, now for the Blog:


I’ve never interviewed myself before. So, Bob:

What is the working title of your book?

It has to do with identity, what’s inside as opposed to what we project. However, since Footprints of a Dancer, the third book in the Detective Elliot Series just escaped my fingers in time to have been published October 2012, I haven’t actually begun writing the fourth book, and the title is a bit proprietary.

Where did the idea come from for the WIP?

I hope it is a WIP and not a RIP. The possibilities for and the boundaries of anonymity within our society have always intrigued me. The book will be an exploration of this concept.

What genre does your book come under?

I like to call it Paranormal Mystery. My book, Footprints truly is a mystery with my publisher, who can’t seem to understand that I’ve stretched my wings a bit. The term Hard-boiled no longer fits, not that it ever did really. The first two books, Twisted Perception, and Beneath a Buried House slightly hinted at paranormal themes. However, Footprints of a Dancer dives right into the thick of it.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

I’m not sure. I don’t really watch many movies, and the actors that I could identify – no pun intended -- with the younger people wouldn’t know. Elliot, the protagonist of the series, might be difficult to cast effectively. He’s sort of a mixture of James Dean, Nick Nolte, and Jeff Bridges.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

I haven’t gotten that far. I don’t work like other authors. My work generally starts as an unmanageable amalgamation of plot, character, and setting. I then set out to manage it. I’m not always successful.

Is your book self-published, published by an independent publisher, or represented by an agency?

Actually a WIP probably wouldn’t be any of these things yet. However, my first three books were published by an independent publisher.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of you manuscript?

I don’t know. I haven’t written it yet. And if the first three are of any indication as to that time, I’m a bit frightened even to think about it.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

These questions are getting way too difficult.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

Please see question number two.

What else about the book might pique the reader’s interest?

I put my heart into my books while writing them, living with my characters as I take them through the emotions of getting from here to there. I’ve been told they are worth reading.

Listed below are the authors who will post their answers to the questions posed above.  

Jim Laughter




Book Review -- Subterranea

Subterranea: Nine Tales of Dread and Wonder. Mike Duran. Blue Crescent Press, 2012. 186 pp.

I’ve been reading Author, Mike Duran’s blog for several months. When I saw one of his books offered as a free Kindle download, I have to admit to jumping on the freebie bandwagon to get a copy.

Subterranea is a collection of short stories that I found somewhat reminiscent of the old Twilight Zone episodes. I found the stories to be well written and entertaining. What more could you ask?

– Bob Avey, author of Footprints of a Dancer


Book Review -- Walking with Bilbo

Walking with Bilbo: A devotional adventure through The Hobbit. Sarah Arthur. Wheaton, Illinois: Tyndale House, 2005. 194pp.

All fiction parallels life. That’s why we read it. However, certain books and stories resonate with us on a deeper level. Sarah Arthur’s, Walking with Bilbo, revolves around J.R.R. Tolkien’s book The Hobbit, and the book’s ability to grab the reader on a spiritual level due to the story’s fundamental themes being primarily Christian. Tolkien, though he was quick to point out that he had not set out to write an allegory, affirmed his awareness of these thematic issues.

Throughout, Walking with Bilbo, Sarah Arthur takes scenes from The Hobbit and compares the hardships the character Bilbo faces and the choices he must make with those of Christians as they embark on an adventure of faith. At the end of each chapter, Arthur poses questions to the reader concerning these comparisons and suggests the reading of certain Bible passages that illustrate the Christian themes.

I enjoyed reading Walking with Bilbo. I found the straight-forward prose refreshing and many of the comparisons enlightening. I have my doubts that non-Christian Tolkien aficionados would enjoy the book. However, I would recommend it to Christians who harbor a sometimes secret love of fantasy.

For purposes of this review, I was supplied by the publisher, Tyndale House, with a copy of Walking with Bilbo.

                                                                       – Bob Avey, author of Footprints of a Dancer


Christmas Special -- Footprints for Free

Christmas Special

Thanks everyone.

During the promotion, Footprints of a Dancer busted into the top 10 best sellers list on Amazon, reaching spot number 6. It's back to 2.99 now, but that's still a bargain.  

Not to be outdone by the big box stores, Bob Avey has put together an amazing Christmas deal.

For two days, Footprints of a Dancer, the latest book in the Detective Elliot series will be Free for a Kindle download. If you do not have a Kindle, you can download a Free Kindle app from Amazon for your pc, smart phone, tablet, or ipad.  

What are the days?

Sunday, December 23, and Monday, December 24.

Here's what people are saying about Footprints of a Dancer:

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

4.0 out of 5 stars Liked it very much!! November 13, 2012

By shopper2010

Format:Kindle Edition|Amazon Verified Purchase

I have read all the Detective Elliot mysteries because I really like the characters.

NOTE: If you love intense murder mysteries that are fast paced this series might not be for you. There is also a lot of relationship stuff going on as well. This particular book in the series had a little bit more of a paranormal aspect to it but at the same time some Christian stuff as well. It was not overboard but it was there.

Kenny Elliot is an "odd" character but very likeable. The author shows glimpses of why Kenny is like he is. The books are a little slow overall but are interesting and keep your attention. I would probably not read them if I was on a serious intense murder mystery kick though. There are times though when I like this style but they have to have interesting characters & an interesting mystery as well. Good thing this series has both those elements.

I look forward to reading more in the series.


5.0 out of 5 stars Another good one November 27, 2012

By Claudette

Format:Kindle Edition|Amazon Verified Purchase

Det Elliot definetly grows on you. Quite a guy and one heck of a Det. He seems to see things other don't.

This one almost gets him killed yet he manages to solve the darned thing.

His past always seems to find him. Heck even the good parts of his past are always there.

Loads of dead bodies and some really unbalanced folks in this one. Of course Kenny figures it out and manages to beat the odds one more time.

Good read and I highly recommend this one to anyone who likes the offbeat and creepy. Loads of same in this book. Good well written and solid. Another good one by Avery.

5.0 out of 5 stars Great addition to the series November 1, 2012


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