Tuesday Morning Round-Up! (Yippee Ki Yay!)

Man, titles are tough…

At any rate, I thought I’d share some of the latest developments in my writing career with you, my loyal readers and friends. Promoting Into The Dark on my own is as much fun as scaling a mountain made of salt with no equipment while completely naked and covered in a thousand open cuts.

(Yes, I paint with words, thank you for noticing.)

“This is the book that could save America!” – Unidentified Republican, who was dragged away after making this statement…

But reviews are starting to come in and they’ve been surprisingly generous. Michelle Gillies has been a fan/friend/inspiration for years now and to my great delight, she’s become a fan of my new direction as well:

Don’t expect to come up for air once you start this one. Robert Hookey lives up to his reputation as “The Hook” in this action packed fantasy thriller. Hookey makes you feel like you are sitting at his knee listening to a true account of this tale, much like the story teller in “The Princess Bride”. There is at least one super hero for everyone to root for. He definitely has you “hooked” from the first page. It’s fun, wild and more than a little whack-a-doodle.

Michelle herself.

She really gets me. I’ve always written in a conversational tone and it was my greatest hope that my style would translate well to the printed/digital page. And “more than a little whack-a-doodle” is just what I was going for. My not-so-inner-nerd really ran wild all over this book and I hope I can keep the momentum up in the next two installments. How about another?

This story is filled with unforgettable characters, pop culture references, and more wit than you can shake a stick at. That is, of course, if shaking a stick at wit is something you’re into. Even if it’s not, you should really do yourself a favor and give this a try.

Revis Edgewater

I really do have the best blogging buddies, don’t I? Revis is super clever and honest and I’m glad the gods of nerdy fate brought us together.

In his first book of fiction Robert “ The Hook” Hookey has concocted a cunning collective of costumed crusaders certain to charm and captivate cultivated comic collectors from all continents. The zodiac, secret sects and meta powers all combine to create a page-turning masterpiece.

Thank goodness that there are more books to come because arriving at the last chapter of “Into The Dark” will leave you echoing the sentiment of Dickens’ Oliver Twist and asking of the Hook, “Please, sir, I want some more.”

Frank Thomas Croisdale, author of Niagara Falls Into Darkness.

Having the support and approval of fellow writers is a great validation. One left to go. (Fifty is a magic number on Amazon, as that number of reviews, good or bad, elevates a product to the elusive, much sought-after “Customers Also Bought” status.)

After doomscrolling for more than a year I honestly haven’t been able to focus on a book but (disclosure) because I know the author I picked up this one. The storytelling is simply great. The settings, sinister and fun at once, are places you want to be. Like a whirlwind trip to Vegas (spoiler alert: one of the settings) I enjoyed every second.

Kindle Customer with great taste.

Moving from my work to other exceptional pieces of fiction, the Canadian sitcom Kim’s Convenience came to an abrupt and unjust end recently and I was honored to share my feelings on this development and the show in general on a blog run by Kimbits (Kim’s fans, obviously) for their fellow Kimbits.

You can find my farewell to an exceptionally-well-written and groundbreaking show here.

My longtime friend and brother-in-nerdy-arms, Ryan Fleming, welcomed me to his Ratg TV (Ryan’s All Things Geek TV) show this past Sunday and I had a blast in my televised debut. You’ll have to forgive my hesitation _-and face for radio – but I’m still getting comfortable with this new platform. Check it out here.

That’s all I have for you today, my friends, but I’m going to be sharing more reviews as they come in. (It’s been a frustratingly slow process, but everyone reads at a different speed and people have their own lives to live.) And I’ll be sharing some excerpts from Into The Dark and some character breakdowns soon.

Until then, see you in the lobby and the virtual bookstores, friends…

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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28 Responses to Tuesday Morning Round-Up! (Yippee Ki Yay!)

  1. davidprosser says:

    Best of luck Robert.

  2. Oh, don’t I know about self promoting! Perfectly described!
    Wonderful and very well deserved reviews, Robert! Here’s to lots more with many many sales!!!

  3. Thanks for the update. (Marina is right about self promotion)
    Great reviews (Their reviews have all the right words to hook potential readers into actual action)
    Remember a lot of things start slowly then snowball. Write on! (People are/will be waiting!)

  4. You forgot the swarms of fire ants that reside on the mountain, calmly waiting for the next victim. I have not had a chance to read your book yet as I doing the final edit for my second to come out. I will read and review as soon as I can. xx

  5. Great news on the book, Hook. What’s happening with the rest of you?

    • The Hook says:

      Well, this is another book plug, but I’ll be on TV for the first time talking about the book on our local cable access channel tonight.

      Other than that, I’m nine days away from my first vaccine shot, we’re on our third lockdown and I still don’t know if I’ll ever be a bellman again.

      Other than that, I’m great!

  6. Great stuff Robert!!! So pleased for you

  7. Congrats on the reviews and I’m off to watch you on Ryan’s show!

  8. Woohoo! I made the news!

  9. Jennie says:

    Yahoo!! You are the master storyteller, Hook, like your description of climbing up that salt hill. Oh, the cuts! Congratulations on a terrific review.

  10. curvyroads says:

    I have the book, just need time to read and then review it! Great reviews so far! Xoxo

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