The Thirteenth Hour Podcast #24: The Last Unicorn

Episode #24: The Last Unicorn and #NYNB2016 Author Lo-arna Green

After hearing enough people say I should find out more books like The Princess Bride and The Last Unicorn, I finally sat down with my daughter to listen to an audiobook of The Last Unicorn, read by the author, Peter S. Beagle.  Later, I watched the cartoon, which, by the way, has a great voice acting cast.  So in this episode, I talk a little about this fairy tale fantasy classic.  I thought it would be an appropriate follow-up for last week’s discussion on what makes a fairy tale fantasy.


You have all the power you need if you dare to look for it.

Then what is magic for?  What is the use of wizardry if it can’t even save a unicorn? … That’s what heroes are for.

The Last Unicorn


On a different note, as mentioned, over the next few weeks, I’ll be featuring the same New Year New Books 2016 blog tour authors I talked about on this site.  This week, we’ll hear from author Lo-arna Green.  Please see her feature from last week here.

Interestingly, she wrote that her books started as a story she began mainly for a writing contest: “I entered chapter 1 as a short story to a competition with a publisher and couldn’t stop thinking about what I could write next after I sent it off. So I decided to give up my place in the competition (I know, I know) and finish the book so I could get some peace.”  Isn’t it funny how that works?


Don’t forget you can still sign up at the Rafflecopter link below for a chance to win some free stuff supplied by the blog tour authors themselves.


Before I forget, I’ll be appearing on local radio show (1380AM WNRI) this Tuesday, 9AM EST.  In a twist or ironic humor, I’ll be talking about a podcast on a radio show, and it should all be good fun.  You can listen live over the internet as well.

Lastly, for anyone (but especially you aspiring authors out there), from here on out, I’ll occasionally talk about some ways to make a few bucks online.  There are many sites out there that basically pay you to watch videos (in reality, watch ads), and they tend to pay in gift cards.  It can be handy to have some money in your Amazon account to be able to send books to friends, family, reviewers, and giveaway winners and offset the cost of buying the books yourself.  One such site is, which you can use on your computer.  If you’re interested in learning more, check out this channel on youtube for more info.  Good luck!




The Thirteenth Hour Podcast #23: What is Fairytale Fantasy?

Episode #23: What’s Fairytale Fantasy? NYNB2016 Blog Tour Intro

In this episode, I attempt to explain what fairytale fantasy as a genre is.  My take on it, anyway.

At some point, I’ll have to delve more into this, but based on what other people have told me after they read The Thirteenth Hour and its spin-offs is that there are a few titles in the same genre (fairytale fantasy) that I should check out, as they’re similar in style.  All are very established, classic titles, so comparisons to such giants make me uncomfortable, but based on what I know, I think the tone and overall feel is similar (I use the term ‘title’ since in many cases there’s a movie and a book, and it becomes hard to separate the two):

The Neverending Story by Michael Ende (read the book, watched the movie) – I’ve spoken about this one a lot and can say it directly influenced the writing of The Thirteenth Hour – though probably moreso the movie than the book.

The Last Unicorn by Peter Beagle (recently listened to the audiobook read by the author; still need to watch the cartoon)

The Princess Bride by William Goldman (saw the movie in college for the first time; in the process of going through the book, which starts quite differently from the movie and seems a bit more cynical than the movie so far)

The Discworld series by Terry Pratchett (on the list to read)

Stardust by Neil Gaiman (about halfway through the book; never read anything by him before aside from maybe a few Sandman comics as a kid which I don’t remember well and probably didn’t understand)

With the possible exception of the Discworld books, which I haven’t read and can’t really speak to, all fit into the genre of fairy tales aimed primarily at adults.


On an entirely different note, thank you to everyone who helped support The Thirteenth Hour in it’s recent 3rd edition re-launch, and thanks to everyone who helped to support the Thunderclap, which was success – so many thanks for helping me spam the hell out of social media!! 🙂

Don’t forget about the Goodreads Giveaway for the chance to win a copy of The Thirteenth Hour!

Lastly, over the next few weeks, I’ll be discussing three fantasy authors from the New Year, New Books blog tour (see this post for more info).


Don’t forget to sign up at the Rafflecopter link below for a chance to win some free stuff supplied by the blog tour authors themselves.

I have a Thirteenth Hour magnet and a dropcard containing the book in various ebook formats with some bonus media in the raffle.

Stay up-to-date with the latest blog info at the main page here.  Stay tuned!