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Malcolm R. Campbell's World

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Eulalie and Washerwoman

  • “Told through the narrative voice of Lena, Eulalie’s shamanistic cat, the fast-paced story comes alive. The appewcoverroach is fresh and clever; Malcolm R. Campbell manages Lena’s viewpoint seamlessly, adding interest and a unique perspective. Beyond the obvious abilities of this author to weave an enjoyable and engaging tale, I found the book rich with descriptive elements. So many passages caused me to pause and savor. ‘The air…heavy with wood smoke, turpentine, and melancholy.’ ‘ …the Apalachicola National Forest, world of wiregrass and pine, wildflower prairies, and savannahs of grass and small ponds… a maze of unpaved roads, flowing water drawing thirsty men…’ ‘…of the prayers of silk grass and blazing star and butterfly pea, of a brightly colored bottle tree trapping spirits searching for Washerwoman…of the holy woman who opened up the books of Moses and brought down pillars of fire and cloud so that those who were lost could find their way.'” – Rhett DeVane, Tallahassee Democrat
  • [Audiobook] Narrator Tracie Christian’s spirited style is ideal to portray the fantasy world of conjure woman Eulalie Jenkins and her shamanistic cat, Lena, who live in Florida in the 1950s. Christian captures Eulalie’s shock when she learns that Jewish merchant Lane Walker, who’s always traded fairly with the local African-Americans, is being forced to give up his store to the Liberty Improvement Club, which forbids serving blacks. Lively descriptions of Eulalie reading possum bones and casting spells; tender scenes with her old beau, Willie Tate; and feline Lena’s communication with Eulalie via secret thought speech add to the local atmosphere. – S.G.B. © AudioFile Magazine 2017
  • Eulalie and Washerwoman is the sequel to Conjure Woman’s Cat and part of author Malcolm R. Campbell’s ‘Florida Folk Magic’ series. A simply riveting read from beginning to end, Eulalie and Washerwoman is very highly recommended for both personal reading lists and community library General Fiction collections.” – Julie Summers, Midwest Book Review
  • “Washerwoman knows how to cover his tracks with the magic he learned from Florida’s most famous root doctor, Uncle Monday, so he is more elusive than hen’s teeth, more dangerous that the Klan, and threatens to brutally remove any obstacle in the way of his profits. In this follow up to Conjure Woman’s Cat, Eulalie and Lena face their greatest challenge with scarce support from townspeople who are scared of their own shadows. Even though Eulalie is older than dirt, her faith in the good Lord and her endless supply of spells guarantee she will give Washerwoman a run for his ill-gotten money in this swamps and piney woods story.” – Big Al’s Books and Pals

Sarabande

  • SarabandeCover2015“Sarabande is an amazingly well told tale of redemption that starts off with Sarabande seeking Robert Adams help to settle Dryad’s haunting torment. Her quest starts off well through the dimensional divide and Mr. Campbell’s poetic prose is spellbinding as he paints a picture of Sarabande riding Sikimi through the night sky. Things then go terribly awry in a horrific set of events. Sarabande must draw on all of her inner strength to survive.”Big Al’s Books and Pals

Conjure Woman’s Cat

  • KIndle cover 200x300“I dearly loved Eulalie and Willie, I could easily have been friends with them both. The more I read the name Eulalie the more I adored it. It has a beautiful rhythm and made me smile every time I read it. Eulalie was a wise woman and deserved the respect she was given. Kudos to Malcolm R. Campbell for a story well told.”BigAl’s Books & Pals

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  • [Audiobook narrator] Wanda J. Dixon’s warmth and gorgeous singing voice are superb in this story about Conjure Woman Eulalie, which is told through the voice of her cat and spirit companion, Lena. Dixon zestfully portrays Eulalie, who is “older than dirt” and is kept busy casting spells, mixing potions, and advising people–that is, when the “sleeping” sign is removed from her door. Most distinctive is Eulalie’s recurring sigh, which conveys her frustration with Florida in the 1950s, when Jim Crow laws and “Colored Only” signs were routine. Dixon’s Lena is fully believable when she spies around town and reports to Eulalie that rednecks have raped and murdered a young women. They almost escape until Eulalie persuades a witness to come forward. Listeners will marvel at the magical realism in this story and benefit from the helpful glossary of the charming local dialect. S.G.B. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile Magazine
  • “The book is narrated by Lena, cat and spirit companion to Eulalie, Conjure Woman and human being extraordinaire. Eulalie (don’t you just love that name?) has an innate goodness that can’t be denied, but she’s no saint. She’s devout and dedicated to doing God’s work, and has a willingness to confront what others refuse to acknowledge. Her determination to set straight the injustices in her world, combined with her resilience and wisdom, made this reader fall in love with her.”Word Nerd Amazon Reader Review

Emily’s Stories

  • ESaudio2014“I cannot say enough good things about this story. Malcolm R. Campbell is a soulful, uniquely gifted writer who incorporates the magical side of life and of Nature in to stories that are not to be found elsewhere. ‘Emily’ is a strong, caring, vigilant and loyal young girl who seeks to help her family and the World. She opens herself to Nature and the voices and songs of birds and the secrets and guidance that is available there. She listens for the loving advice of her ancestors and the stories they share of her own family’s history. What results is a stunning trio of stories that enchant young adult and mature adult alike. If you are looking for an audiobook to listen to with your kid – this is the one. It’s a special, special, story.”Narrator Kelley Hazen on GoodReads

 

  • “In ‘Emily’s Stories,’ author Malcolm R. Campbell captures the sweet, quirky essence of his young main character. Three stories offer snippets of Emily Walter’s world and the love of nature she shares with her father. She’s only fourteen, yet she understands much more of life than most teens her age. Her dreams hint of the future, and even her waking hours fill with spirits and birds that speak a special truth. ‘Emily’s Stories’ is a sound, fun read. I hope to see more of Emily and her unusual take on the world.” – Rhett DeVane (“Elsbeth and Sim” and “Suicide Supper Club”)

Jock Stewart and the Missing Sea of Fire

  • New Jock front CVR full size“The pleasure in reading this book is in the humor – rather in the vein of Joan Hess’s Maggody series. Junction City is full of quirky, laughable characters whose daily activities are more interesting than the central mystery, and Jock Stewart’s wise-cracking persona provides, even in third person, an enjoyable narration full of puns and word play. Whether it’s Officer House, who, after accidentally shooting off his left nut (to be clarified as his sole remaining nut), no longer ‘has what it takes’ to be a patrolman – or local author Cane Molasses who was roughed up by an unidentified woman for making the naughty slut in his novel ‘just like me’ (to be clarified as the unidentified woman and not me) – Jock Stewart and the Missing Sea of Fire is full of fun, chuckles, and belly laughs.”Diane K. Salerni (“The Inquistor’s Mark,” “The Caged Graves.”)

 

  • “The story is as interesting as its title suggests. How does a Sea of Fire go missing? Easily enough if it’s the name of a race horse. Jock Stewart is an old school journalism kind of reporter, cut from the same cloth as Sam Spade and other film noir types. He’s got sarcasm oozing from every pore, and as often as not, it gets him into lots of trouble with just about everyone, which makes for lots of plot twists and turns. Plenty of memorable characters reside in Jock’s home town, like a perpetually doughnut-eating cop by the name of Kruller. Those kind of little word plays and the intentional use of old clichés will make you laugh out loud. Jock projects himself as a hard core kind of guy, but deep down he’s a softie. If you’re looking for something different to entertain you, check out Jock Stewart and the Missing Sea of Fire.”Elise Skidmore (“Poems from the Edge of Spring,” “When Leaves Fall”)

 

  • audiofileAudio Edition. Narrator R. Scott Adams’s rapid-fire delivery mirrors the speech of fast-talking old-style newshound Jock Stewart. Listeners need all their skills of concentration, or they’ll miss the story’s wit and even the occasional clue. Sea of Fire is a missing racehorse, but the mystery of his whereabouts sometimes seems merely incidental. The story is high on humor but light on plot–a vehicle for sex, cigarettes, steak, and zinfandel. Stewart, a print journalist, is a likable dinosaur in a changing world. Adams’s timing is perfect, but a second listen is recommended to catch what is missed first time around. C.A.T. © AudioFile 2015, Portland, Maine [Published: APRIL 2015]

 

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