Sunday, October 25, 2015


These Shallow Graves, released in October, a reader would think this is a scary Halloween story—but no—it’s much better.

A historical crime novel set in 1890 America, showing both sides of the societal coin, Donnelly takes you from the ballrooms of the idle (and corrupt) rich to the brothels and rat-infested rooms of the homeless and hard-working poor. Though seventeen year old Jo Montfort, a daughter of the rich and powerful, is the main character, I found myself more intrigued by the streetwise teen Fairy Fay, who did more for Jo to help her develop into the woman her heart wanted her to be and was satisfied that her story ended happy. As for Jo, her journey into the dark part of life with its daily violence, secrets, and revenge was riveting. Though one might think they have figured out the plot it always twists, unexpectedly. Despite Jo losing her fortune and status, I believe the story left the reader with hope for the love and the life she desperately wished for. It’s darkness is tempered with the light of hope and it’s characters haunt you long after you’re finished reading. 

The best book I’ve read this year.

Friday, October 16, 2015


I'd like to welcome two very special guests to The Storyteller's Scroll, today--  

I'm interviewing Little Delia Witch and her creator, Rebecca Colby.

Hi! My name is Rebecca Colby and this is Delia.”

Delia nods. “Hi. It’s nice to be here and you were lucky to catch me as October is a very busy month for me. It’s when the annual Witch Parade takes place and I fly in it every year.”

“So, Delia, I’m sure the readers would like to know more about you and ITS RAINING BATS AND FROGS. Could you tell us something about yourself?”

Delia: I’m the youngest witch I know and I don’t like rain. Or at least I didn’t until recently. So I changed the rain. You see, I have a magic wand which I use to change the weather.  

“So the weather wouldn’t cooperate for your Witch Parade. And the witches kept finding things wrong with the weather. Could you comment on that for us?”

Delia shakes her head and sighs. I’ve never heard so much complaining. The rain made the other witches wet and miserable so I changed the rain to cats and dogs. Everyone was thrilled, at first. But it didn’t last long. So I changed the rain again--this time to hats and clogs. But they didn’t like that any better. They just kept fighting over the hats and shoes.

Several witches defend themselves about fighting over shoes and hats.
Witch 1: That’s because it was MY hat!
Witch 2: No, it was MY hat!
Witch 1: Well, they were MY shoes!
Witch 2: I saw them first!

Delia answers. See what I mean? So I kept changing the rain to something new but none of these things made the other witches happy. In the end, I realized there was only one thing I could do to save the day. But you’ll have to read the book to find out more.

So, Delia how do you come up with the different creatures for the weather?
Delia grins and answers. Sometimes it pours so hard that people say it’s raining cats and dogs, and I thought it would be fun it if really did rain cats and dogs. After all, who doesn’t like animals? But as a witch, I quickly realized bats and frogs would be far more appropriate—not to mention tastier!

“Rebecca, what do you have to say? You’re seated next to Delia. Did she make those changes on purpose or did the idea to change the weather just come to you on a whim?”

Ha! Delia certainly didn’t like getting wet in the rain, but I love it. In fact, I was out walking in the rain with my waterproof notebook when I came up with the idea for this story. So I did give Delia a bit of help with the idea, but being a witch, she brought her own magic touch to the book! 

“Delia, can you tell The Storyteller’s Scroll readers where they can find ITRAINING BATS ANFROGS to read for themselves?”

If you have a magic wand like me, wave it and say:

It’s raining, it’s pouring,
hear me imploring:
Quickly, magic up with speed
a copy of this book to read!  

If not, simply say “ABRACADABRA!” and click on one of these links: 


 And now for the winner of the Annual Storyteller's Scroll Halloween Poetry Contest. We had wonderful WITCHY entries… mischievous witches, chef witches, scary witches, powerful witches and one who's curses were reverses.

Delia congratulates every author, but has a fondness for Spookadilly Stew. Angie Calabrese could your please contact me at with you address, so Rebecca may send you a personally signed copy of ITRAINING BATS ANFROGS.  Congratulations!

Wednesday, October 7, 2015


The Witches are calling, “Yoo-hoo! Yoo-hoo!”

Actually, it's Delia Witch and she's calling to remind you about the “WITCHY” Poetry contest starting tomorrow on The Storyteller’s Scroll.

So, try your wand (oops, I mean your hand) at a silly poem. . . Or make it scary!

The winner will receive a signed copy of Delia Witch’s new picture book,
 It’s Raining Bats and Frogs, all the way from Great Britain.

Contest runs from October 8th to October 15th and then Delia and her author, Rebecca Colby, will be interviewed on the Storyteller’s Scroll. Come see how Delia’s story got started.

Here is my poem.

Do You See a Witch?
By Gayle C. Krause

Be she a witch of beauty?
…or does she wear the face of hags?

Does she dress in sparkly gowns?
…or black and tattered rags?

Does she hold her magic
in a fancy-feathered frond?

…or does she use a gnarled stick
for her magic wand?

Is she the wicked type?
…or does she hail from good?

Keep your eyes open, child!
She's in your neighborhood!

@Gayle C. Krause 2015

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