The Bellman Chronicles Goes “Live” – At Last!

OCTOBER 22, 2010:

After much consideration and with tremendous trepidation, The Hook launches his first blog and joins the ranks of the WordPress community. A second blog, The Book of Terrible, soon follows.

My life would never be the same. Seriously.

JUNE 28, 2012:

After even more work – and more than a few hiccups along the way – The Hook decides to expand his horizons and publish his first book, The Bellman Chronicles. With the help of his friends, family, and the geniuses at CreateSpace – not to mention a little luck – that book has finally been completed.

A dream has become reality.

Here’s a quick description of my literary “masterpiece”:

I know what you’re thinking, “What is this? Does it have any hunky, brooding vampires?”

Let’s be clear, this book does NOT contain…

  • Beautiful members of the Undead searching for a nice light snack/true love.
  • Teenage wizards battling adversaries so fearsome they must not be named.
  • Children battling to the death in a televised spectacle.
  • Virginal college students with soap opera names who shed their purity after meeting emotionally crippled, perverted businessmen – who happen to have billions.

The Bellman Chronicles is a collection of tales featuring…


Douchebags who think Grandma’s wheelchair is a suitable substitute for a luggage cart.
Crazy cougars who think the term “full-service hotel” means the security officer will sleep with you – while your husband watches.
Guests who bring animals with them: a deer strapped to their RV – which they park next to the kitchen entrance of the hotel’s restaurant.


Getting caught daydreaming while your spouse “shares her feelings.”
Spilling your morning coffee.
Hairless cats.

So if you think your life sucks, take some of that money you were going to spend on Red Bull and smokes and read about someone who is REALLY suffering, namely yours truly.

You can call me The Hook.

Now, at last, you can visit my CreateSpaceย  e-store and order The Bellman Chronicles. If you are so inclined, the version, Kindle edition and other channels will be open within 5 to 7 days.

Again, thank you to everyone who helped make this dream a reality. Now the real battle begins, convincing millions of readers to put down their copies of Twilight, The Hunger Games and Fifty Shades of Grey and give my “work” a chance!

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About The Hook

Husband. Father. Bellman. Author of The Bellman Chronicles. Reader of comic books and observer and chronicler of the human condition. And to my wife's eternal dismay, a mere mortal and non-vampire. I'm often told I look like your uncle, cousin, etc. If I wore a hat, I'd hang it on a hat rack in my home in Niagara Falls, Canada. You can call me The Hook, everyone else does.
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115 Responses to The Bellman Chronicles Goes “Live” – At Last!

  1. Nicolle says:


  2. Jo Bryant says:

    Congrats Hook !!!!!
    So are you getting people to review it and put their reviews up on places such as their blogs…Goodreads/Smashwords ? Have you joined Goodreads/Smashwords yet as an author ? There is a great little site called The Indie Review where bloggers are listed who will review books for independent publishers for free.
    Go list yourself there as an author and get some reviews.

  3. That is awesome! I hope you are super proud of yourself, you deserve to be! Congrats.

  4. Woman says:

    Hey!!! I’ve read this post on my other favroutie blog site!!! Did you copy it from there??? Or is this another one of those echo thingies????

    Congrats Mister The Hook!!!! Feel free to burst at the seams with happiness you deserve it!!!

  5. muddledmom says:

    Awesome! Congrats to you. Your stories are hilarious (and scary) and I hope you get some well-deserved success.

  6. Ink Pastries says:

    Congrats. I am going to purchase it on Amazon so I can leave you a stunning review!

  7. zannyro says:

    Woo-Hoo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Congrats!! Major, major kudos!!

  8. Deborah the Closet Monster says:

    I’ve just ordered my copy! Congrats, Hook!

  9. susielindau says:

    Congratulations Hook! I knew you could do it!

  10. Hook congrats oh you are a Rock star..
    tell me if you are ok with me doing a post on your book…just want to spread the word..will wait for your reply

    • The Hook says:

      That would be out of sight, as the kids used to say! I still have a week before the book will be available on Amazon, but go for it! I could use all the help I can get!

      • Thank you so much ..I am waiting for the book to be available on amazon ,..and would like to include what you have written here about the book its just too funny, along with a crazy poem …hope you like .Please let me know when our book is avalable on amazon.

  11. Bryan says:

    Good job and good luck Hook! I look forward to purchasing a copy soon.

  12. Kanerva says:

    Hooray! Congratulations and much success to you.

  13. Val says:

    Nice one, Hook! Iโ€™m saving up to buy the Kindle version. The cover is excellent!

  14. Fiona says:

    Congratulations! I cannot wait to read it, love the cover, and love what it sounds like ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. iamnotshe says:

    I look forward to reading about the trenches! Congrats! mel

  16. Wanderlust23 says:

    That is an amazing accomplishment. I wish you luck with it!

  17. Oh my God, I’m so excited for you! Congratulations!! I can’t wait to read it!

  18. sexuallifeofawife says:

    That is brilliant Hook! Well done! Look forward to reading it soon!


  20. raisingdaisy says:

    CONGRATULATIONS HOOK!!! I’m absolutely ready for a good summer read like yours! ๐Ÿ˜€

  21. Lily says:

    the book sounds awesome! Congrats Hook!

  22. valleygirl96 says:

    Congratulations! I love reading your blogs, so it will be awesome to read a whole bunch of your stuff all in one sitting! And summer…perfect timing!

  23. It’s on its way my dear Hook…. Congratulations for all your hard work…. I’m looking forward to getting my little ‘hot’ package….. Say hi to those who love you (Sarah & VampireLover)… They too have worked hard…. Lots ‘o Love….. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  24. Congratulations, Mr. Hook. Go for it ! I’m proud o’ya !!!

  25. Jeannie says:

    Congratulations Hook! I’ve ordered my copy! So happy and proud for you!! xoxo

  26. J Roycroft says:

    Congrats Hook! I’ll be putting a link to your book on my blog soon. I am trying to finish up on my own book, but as you probably know, things always seem to get in the way. Look forward to reading yours.

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  28. Congratulations and good luck!

  29. Anna says:

    As soon as I get any disposable income, this is the first thing on my list to purchase!
    This might take years, but you know, it’s something to look forward to in the otherwise grand swirling misery of life. Squueee!

  30. vedekdrew says:

    Reblogged this on lo specchio dell'universo and commented:

  31. vedekdrew says:


  32. The Guat says:

    Congrats! Congrats! Congrats! I’m sure once they get a peek at your stories they will put down all that other stuff and get ready for great read ๐Ÿ™‚

    Wanted to let you know that because of all your awesomeness and laughter I’ve nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. Come on by to check out your award, the guidelines, and other nominees ๐Ÿ™‚

  33. zannyro says:

    I have just ordered my copy! Can’t wait!!!

  34. Nice job. I will take a look and see if it is in my price range. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  35. You are an inspiration – best of luck….& by that I mean “Cool, maybe youll get to be on Letterman or Jimmy Falon!!!”

  36. mizqui says:

    A very impressive list of writes over a fairly short amount of time. You’ve got the 1-2 HOOK we blog readers crave. THANKS for dropping in on me (in the spare time that YOU DON’T HAVE) and leaving seeds of encouragement. Your blog visiting has formed a beautiful community of people who enjoy reading you and interacting with others. I’m thankful for you and all of the associate bloggers/readers that I have met via this website.
    NETWORKING RULES and it all started with a run-in with the HOOK.

    Don’t touch my nose! I like the HOOK! Literally. (-:

    Always coming back for more,
    Qui )))HUGS(((

  37. J.D. Gallagher says:

    Just bought a copy. Will read and review. Best of luck.

  38. Well, I hope your book “takes off”.
    Since it’s too hot to spend much time outside on the 4th of July, I was surfing the webs thing and came across an article which made me think of your blog; wondered if you had seen it:

  39. jumpingpolarbear says:

    The Hook shows us that there are still “From Rags to Riches” stories in the modern world :).

  40. lexy3587 says:

    Congrats! Very cool, you completed your book ๐Ÿ™‚

  41. Congrats and don’t forget to announce the kindle edition, which is the one I’m going to buy. Yay! Hurrah!

  42. munchow says:

    A belated congratulations with the published book. I do look forward to reading it.

  43. Congrats Hook!!! I remember my first debut and I self published. Good luck and let me know how I can help spread the word!

    • The Hook says:

      If you could mention the book on your blog – I’ll do an interview if you like – and if you like you could post the link to my e-sore, that would be great!

  44. newsy1 says:

    If it’s on Amazon, I will buy and review. My first just went live a few months ago as well on Amazon, it is called “Widows Like Me.” I was sent here by Susie. Great blog.

  45. This is friggin AWESOME!!!!! Heading over the amazon now… I’m so proud to have known you before you became super famous ;p

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  47. Storm Rider says:

    Real awesome!! Congrats! : )

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