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Yes, bookstores can order my paperback novels

I’ve added the Thomas-Jacob Publishing logo to my cover photograph because this wonderful traditional publisher has published some of my Kindle books, audiobooks and paperbacks.

What this means is that you can walk into your local bookstore for my books rather than buying on line. If they’re not already on the shelf, the folks there can order my paperbacks from their Ingram catalogue under the same standard bookstore terms and conditions that brought all the other books into their store. Some stores, including one in the town where I live have bookshelves reserved for local authors. We appreciate that.

This includes Sarabande, Conjure Woman’s Cat, and Eulalie and Washerwoman.

Personally, I prefer ordering books from local stores, especially the locally own, independents because that puts money back into the community through salaries, property taxes and business license feels. Beats sending those dollars off to the major online booksellers. And when you buy locally, you don’t have order more books that you really want to get free shipping.




Campbell’s writing stuff – news and reviews

  • Appreciation: Thanks to those of you who picked up a free copy of the new edition of “Carrying Snakes Into Eden” during the recent sale. I hope you enjoy the additional short story added to the book.
  • mountainsongcover4Review: “Eulalie and Washerwoman,” reviewed by Rhett DeVane – “Told through the narrative voice of Lena, Eulalie’s shamanistic cat, the fast-paced story comes alive. The approach is fresh and clever; Malcolm R. Campbell manages Lena’s viewpoint seamlessly, adding interest and a unique perspective.” Tallahassee Writers Association
  • New Title: “Mountain Song” will be released in early March. A companion book to “At Sea,” the novel tells the story of two college students from different parts of the country who meet and fall in love during seasonal employment in Montana’s Glacier National Park.
  • Satire: Florida: It’s Like Living in an Asylum and Loving It – Crazy place to grow up. Perhaps that’s why I keep setting my stories there.
  • Review: “Eulalie and Washerwoman,” reviewed by Julie Summers – “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.” Midwest Book Review
  • es-portugese-cvr-fQuotation: “There is no real ending. It’s just the place where you stop the story.” – Frank Herbert
  • Newsletter: Keep up with upcoming books, sales and new editions in my publisher’s newsletter. The sign-up form is on the left-hand side of the Thomas-Jacob Publishing news page.
  • Just Released: The Portuguese edition, “Histórias da Emily” of my three-story “Emily’s Stories” about a 14-year-old Florida girl who uses logic and intuition to solve problems is now available Kindle and other online booksellers. (She also talks to ghosts.)


BOOKS: New, On Sale, and Free

New from Smoky Zeidel


It’s the early twentieth century, and the tragic deaths of her mother and two younger siblings have left Grace Harmon responsible for raising her sister Miriam and protecting her from their abusive father Luther, a zealot preacher with a penchant for speaking in Biblical verse who is on a downward spiral toward insanity.

In the midst of his delusions, Luther believes God has abandoned him and devises a plan to get back into His good graces—a plan that puts both his daughters’ lives in danger and unleashes a frenzy of events that threaten to destroy the entire family.

Will Luther succeed in carrying out his crazed plot against his daughters, or will an unlikely hero step in to rescue them all?

On Sale for 99 cents January 20th from Thomas-Jacob Publishing





  • History of my Body: Few of the eccentric inhabitants of her father’s Main Line, Philadelphia estate have much time for Fleur Robins, an awkward child with a devotion to her ailing grandfather, a penchant for flapping and whirling, and a preoccupation with God and the void. While her mother spends much of her time with her hand curled around a wine glass and her abusive father congratulates himself for rescuing babies from “the devil abortionists,” Fleur mourns the fallen petals of a rose and savors the patterns of light rippling across the pool. When she fails to save a baby bird abandoned in her garden, a series of events unfold that change everything.
  • Appalachian Justice: Billy May Platte is a half Irish, half Cherokee Appalachian woman who learned the hard way that 1940s West Virginia was no place to be different. As Billy May explains, “We was sheltered in them hills. We didn’t know much of nothin’ about life outside of them mountains. I did not know the word lesbian; to us, gay meant havin’ fun and queer meant somethin’ strange.”
  • Conjure Woman’s CatLena, a shamanistic cat, and her conjure woman Eulalie live in a small town near the Apalachicola River in Florida’s lightly populated Liberty County, where longleaf pines own the world. In Eulalie’s time, women of color look after white children in the homes of white families and are respected, even loved, but distrusted and kept separated as a group. A palpable gloss, sweeter than the state’s prized tupelo honey, holds their worlds firmly apart. When that gloss fails, the Klan restores its own brand of order.

Free on Kindle January 18-20

willingspiritsWhen a high school student named Prudence waits until the last minute to write a book report, she finds help from an unlikely source: the dead author. What could possibly go wrong?

The author in question is the famed Patience Worth, the spirit who wrote books and spoke to St. Louis over a century ago through a  Ouija board via medium Pearl Curran until Curran died in 1937. Patience’s voice and her pen have been silent for a long time, waiting for someone who will listen.




AudiioFile Earphones Award for ‘Conjure Woman’s Cat’

This certificate came in the mail the day before Christmas. What a nice present. Might put this one in a frame. If you click on the graphic, you can see the write-up that went with it.


Thomas-Jacob Publisher, Melinda Clayton, and I were very happy with Wanda J. Dixon’s exciting narration for the Conjure Woman’s Cat audiobook.





You’re invited to subscribe to the Thomas-Jacob Newsletter

Thomas-Jacob Publishing is kicking off a newsletter this year, and for those of us who write for this small Florida publisher, this is an exciting announcement. Writers are often asked, “When is your next book coming out.” Sometimes the answer is, “Last month.” It’s hard to keep up. This newsletter will give those who’ve enjoyed a book by Melinda Clayton, Tracy Franklin, Michael Franklin, Robert Hays, Smoky Zeidel, and myself a way to stay updated.

Click on the graphic to subscribe:




New ‘Tate’s Hell Series’ short story to be released Friday, February 5th

My new short story “Visiting Aunt Ruby” will be released February 5th on Kindle by Thomas-Jacob Publishing. This is the fifth story published in the Stories from Tate’s Hell series. The story will be available for 99¢ and free to Kindle Unlimited subscribers.

From the Publisher

VisitingAuntRubyCoverWhen David travels to north Florida to see his girlfriend, Anne, he also meets her Aunt Ruby and learns that a secret lurks behind her Scotch whisky and her stories. The secret is Anne’s secret, too.

An old guidebook on the coffee table in the salmon-colored doublewide claims he’s entered “Florida, land of flowers, of radiance, of joyous days and dream-touched nights.” Time will tell. They eat meatloaf and key lime pie as a storm rolls in off the gulf coast and scatters the light in the aging trailer park.

Everyone needs an Aunt Ruby, a somewhat bawdy but loving relative who counteracts the sanitized version of life we get from our parents, teachers, and each other.

About Tate’s Hell

Tate’s Hell is a Florida state forest located in the panhandle counties of Franklin and Liberty. With diverse habitats, including a notorious swamp, it’s named after the legendary Cebe Tate who was killed by a rattlesnake while hunting a panther there in 1875. The swamp was badly damaged by logging interests up through the 1960s but is now being restored. It was a favorite place of mine. Ruby lives in the fishing village of Carrabelle on the edge on the swamp.

Other News

Our narrators are making great progress with the audio book editions of Conjure Woman’s Cat and Sarabande. Click on the titles to see book trailers that will tempt you to grab up copies of the audio books as soon as they’re available. Focusing in on the background of the Conjure Woman’s Cat trailer is a zen experience.

When I wrote The Sun Singer and Sarabande, both of which are set in the Montana mountains, I never figured I would write anything set in the Florida Panhandle where I grew up. But then, for no reason I can fathom, I started thinking of coastal and piney woods stories. It’s been fun telling stories about another place I know well.


emilycoverIn addition to Conjure Woman’s Cat and the Stories from Tate’s Hell series, Malcolm R. Campbell is also the author of Emily’s Stories available in paperback, e-book and audio book.

Emily’s Stories is “safe” for families an teens.

‘Sarabande’ returns to print November 1

Thomas-Jacobs Publishing’s new second edition of Sarabande brings my contemporary fantasy back into print after a two-year absence.

SarabandeCover2015Available in trade paperback and e-book, the story focuses on Sarabande’s journey to confront a ghost who’s been making her life hell for three years.

This is a heroine’s journey novel about the perils of a young woman traveling alone with a magical horse that cannot directly intervene; he can only carry her to her appointment with the scheming witch in the underworld.

You may also like: November 1 is an auspicious release date for ‘Sarabande’

I hope you enjoy the book. It will be available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords and other online booksellers.



Dark and magical story ‘Snakebit’ released by Thomas-Jacob Publishing

Thomas-Jacob Publishing released my new Kindle short story “Snakebit” today, adding to my series of stories about Florida’s Tate’s Hell Swamp.

SnakebitCOVERThis dark, magical story focuses on two students in the 1960s who return to their respective colleges after a summer romance. Assaulted on a dark street at Thanksgiving, Anne resolves to find and rebuild herself anew with calling on David for help or even allowing a visit.

Finally, when he visits her in Florida in June, the finds her much changed. She is newly confidant and wishes to define her place in the world. David’s not so sure there’s room in her life for him unless he gives up everything else that he cares about. He considers leaving her until the swamp’s dark magic intervenes.

You may also like the Tate’s Hell stories “Carrying Snakes Into Eden” and the three-folktale collection The Land Between the Rivers.”



Thomas-Jacob releases ‘The Land Between the Rivers: Tate’s Hell Stories’

2015 Edition

2015 Edition

My set of three short stories set in Florida’s Tate’s Hell Swamp at the dawn of time, Land Between the Rivers, was released today on Kindle by Thomas-Jacob Publishing.

Publisher’s Description

Short Story Collection: The Land Between the Rivers features three tales set before the dawn of recorded time in the Florida Panhandle world bordered by the Apalachicola River, Ochlockonee River and the Gulf of Mexico. This diverse environment of coastline, baygalls, swamps and forests includes the beautiful and notorious Tate’s Hell State Forest. In “How the Panther Lost Her Roar,” you’ll meet the rare and endangered Florida Panther that could be found in Tate’s Hell as late as the 1960s. In “How the Snake Bird Learned to Dry His Feathers,” you’ll meet a Florida bird—also called the Anhinga—that learns to swim before he learns to fly. And, in “How the Bear Found Her Favorite Food,” you’ll learn what the Florida black bear eats when she has her choice.

These stories begin where the Seminole Creation Myth ends as seen through the eyes of Eulalie, the root doctor in my novella Conjure Woman’s Cat, available in both electronic and print formats.

From the Introduction

Florida's Gulf coast southwest of Tallahassee.

Florida’s Gulf coast southwest of Tallahassee.

“Who was Tate, you wonder? In Sumatra they still tell his story: how he left the frontier village at dusk a century ago with his two hunting dogs and his puppy Spark, to kill a panther that had been raiding Sumatra livestock. He carried a Long Tom shotgun and a Barlow knife, and he thought he knew where the darkening waters ran.” – Gloria Jahoda, The Other Florida (1967)

The Land Between the Rivers features three tales set before the dawn of recorded time in the Florida Panhandle world bordered by the Apalachicola River, Ochlockonee River and the Gulf of Mexico. This diverse environment of coastline, baygalls, swamps, and forests includes the beautiful and notorious Tate’s Hell State Forest.

According to local legend, Tate got lost and snake bit in 1875 while hunting a panther. When the searchers found him near Carrabelle, the last words he mumbled before he died were, “My name is Cebe Tate, and I just came from Hell!” Ever after, the forbidden swamp bore his name.

From the Prologue

One day when I was just a piddling kitten no bigger than a crow, I fell into Coowahchobee Creek while helping my conjure woman look for crawfish. The cold water spun me around like pinecone. I sulled up into a snarling fit three times my normal size and swatted the rocks and roots along the bank with my claws.

Hush, little one, Coowahchobee whispered. Lena, look directly into Eulalie’s haint blue eyes and your thoughts will tell her you are ready to hear our stories.

My conjure woman’s rough hands lifted me away from the fierce voice. She bundled her apron around me.

“Mercy, Lena, you gave me a fright. If I’d been three steps farther away, Coowahchobee would have carried you down into Tate’s Hell where the world began,” she said. “No place for a kitten.”

I was dripping water like a wrung out dishrag. But that didn’t matter. She held me close to make sure I was all in one piece. That’s when my eyes found my conjure woman’s eyes, and they were larger than the sky on a warm summer day.

Coowahchobee says I’m ready to hear our stories.

Her eyes watered up.

“Sweet kitty, you didn’t fall into the creek,” she said. “Coowahchobee conjured you into her arms with a ‘Come to Me’ spell to give you the gift of thought speech. Bless your heart, I was about to scold you for being careless and scaring the everlasting blazes out of this old lady.”

Next time Coowahchobee has a gift for me, perhaps she can bestow it through my tongue when I’m drinking out of my water bowl.

I hope you enjoy the stories!


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