Get That Blasted Cat Off My Typewriter!

By Sharon Hamilton

Launch of R. J. Hore’s The Toltec Trilogy November 19 2023

The first thing you should know is that Columbus never discovered America. Instead, in the 12th century, the Toltecs discovered Ireland. Keep reading, and you’ll find out in what world that makes sense. 

To say that Ronald Hore is a prolific writer would be accurate but inadequate. Since 2011, Hore has published ten novels with Champaigne Books with three more currently accepted, including a fantasy, a paranormal, and a romance. In addition, Champaigne has published a four-volume set of twelve R.J. Hore detective novellas.

When he’s not writing, Hore’s hobbies include “trying to keep on the good side of [his] wife, keeping track of [his] children and grandchildren, and wrestling the blasted cat away from the keyboard.”

What does all that have to do with Columbus and Ireland? It is the primary premise for The Toltec Trilogy. Even the story behind the publication of the Trilogy, with publisher bankruptcy, reclaiming author’s rights when a company no longer exists, weird compliance requests, and so on. A story within a story within a completely made-up story. Just as complex as the Trilogy itself.

To a standing room only audience, Hore and his current publisher, Den Valdron of Fossil Cove Publications, entertained, informed, and guided us down a path of revelations. One reviewer writes, “Hore refuses to let facts get in the way of a good story….Despite the fact that much of the history and context is purely imaginary, there’s a strong authenticity to the context and feel of this ‘historical’ [trilogy]. It rings true, even though it isn’t. When it comes to alternate histories, that’s a sign of true competence.

The event was capped by an appropriate feast of grapes and cheese and salsa and cookies and chocolate. Yum. An afternoon of indulgence for the mind and for the body.

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