Writer in Residence- Paul Andruss

I am delighted that author Paul Andruss has generously agreed to join Smorgasbord on a more regular basis going forward.. I hope that you will head over and follow his blog and download his books so that you can read a great deal more of his work.  You can find out more about him here: http://www.paul-andruss.com/paul-andruss-author/

About Paul Andruss.

Paul Andruss is a writer whose primary focus is to take a subject, research every element thoroughly and then bring the pieces back together in a unique and thought provoking way. His desire to understand the origins of man, history, religion, politics and the minds of legends who rocked the world is inspiring. He does not hesitate to question, refute or make you rethink your own belief system and his work is always interesting and entertaining. Whilst is reluctant to talk about his own achievements he offers a warm and generous support and friendship to those he comes into contact with.

Paul Andruss is the author of 2 contrasting fantasy novels

Thomas the Rhymer – a magical fantasy for ages 11 to adult about a boy attempting to save fairy Thomas the Rhymer, while trying to rescue his brother from a selfish fairy queen

When Fairy Queen Sylvie snatches his brother, schoolboy Jack is plunged into a sinister fantasy world of illusion and deception – the realm of telepathic fairies ruled by spoilt, arrogant fairy queens.

Haunted by nightmares about his brother and pursued by a mysterious tramp (only seen by Jack and his friends) Jack fears he too will be stolen away.

The tramp is Thomas the Rhymer, who only speaks in rhyme. Lost and frightened Thomas needs Jack’s help to find his way home.

The race is on for Jack and his friends to save Thomas from the wicked Agnes Day (who wants to treat Thomas like a lab rat). And save Jack’s brother from Sylvie.
To do this they need the help of Bess – the most ancient powerful fairy queen in the land.
But there is a problem…
No one knows where Bess is… or even if she is still lives.
And even if they find her… will she let them go?

Buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Thomas-Rhymer-Jack-Hughes-Trilogy-ebook/dp/B00EPQL7KC

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Thomas-Rhymer-Jack-Hughes-Trilogy-ebook/dp/B00EPQL7KC

Finn Mac CoolFinn Mac Cool – rude, crude and funny, Finn Mac Cool is strictly for adults only.

When the fairy folk deliver a soldier called Finn (the first outsider in plague-stricken Ireland for a decade) Erin believes he is Finn Mac Cool – returned to kill the tyrant King Conor Mac Nessa of Ulster. and free Great Queen Maeve – Ireland’s true ruler & Erin’s dying mother.

The druids kidnap Finn – planning to turn him into the hero Finn Mac Cool – who will save the world by destroying it.

Erin goes in looking for Finn – so he can kill Conor Mac Nessa before her mother’s dream of a free Ireland dies with her.

Erin’s quest draws her ever-deeper into Ireland’s ancient mythological landscape; a place…
… Where dream and reality merge
… Where a man’s fate is written fifteen hundred years before he was born
… Where books are legends & a library a myth
… Where people hate Christians for defying the gods
… Where phony druids use real magic

Find out more and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Finn-Mac-Cool-Paul-Andruss-ebook/dp/B018OJZ9KY

and Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Finn-Mac-Cool-Paul-Andruss-ebook/dp/B018OJZ9KY

Here is my review of Thomas the Rhymer

Challenge your senses with a rival to Harry Potter by Sally Cronin

After 60 odd years of reading it is easy to get into bad habits. By this I mean sticking to the tried and tested with regard to genres and authors. This is not healthy when you are a writer yourself, as I have discovered when reading Thomas the Rhymer by Paul Andruss.

I read Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K Rowling when it was released. Whilst I enjoyed it as a children’s story, I really did not find myself engaged or inspired to read the other seven books or watch the movies. I felt excluded from the millions who did and usually keep my silence in the face of fans.

However, Thomas the Rhymer had me hooked from page one and continued to keep me engaged the entire 319 pages.

This is an ensemble piece with a cast of characters that would be happy in starring roles in Alice in Wonderland or any Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale. Jack Hughes, Ken, Catherine and the delightful Rosie, along with Thomas with his foot in this world and that of the Fairies; draw you into their inner circle and hold you fast.

Each of these wonderfully drawn characters face challenges in their past or present that make them feel isolated until they join forces to protect the most vulnerable amongst them and bring a brother home.

The story will challenge your beliefs in spectacular fashion. Is there another world or worlds running parallel with ours, are fairies sweet and delicate creatures or demons; is that tramp outside the Post Office real or an illusion? As you travel with Jack, Ken and Catherine on their quest, hurtling along ley lines and battling fantastic monsters and evil temptresses, you will find your heart beating a little bit faster. And probably checking under your bed at night!

The scenes set in London that criss cross centuries are filled with historical facts distorted with fairy dust. Next time you are in the city and walking the streets you will be looking into dark doorways and wondering if behind that old oak door with chipped paint lies a nest of elfin waiting to rob you of your senses.

The writing is superb with wit, humour and an edge that turns this from a children’s fairy story into a multi-generational adventurous fantasy that I believe knocks Harry Potter into a cocked hat!

I recommend reading Thomas the Rhymer and at £1.22 it is a steal worthy of the elfin themselves with a value of very much more in my opinion. There are more books to come in the Jack Hughes series and I would love to see the movies.

Challenge you senses and pick up a copy today.

Currently for a limited period Thomas the Rhymer is FREE to download via Paul’s website. It would be a great service if you could download the book and review and put it on Amazon and Goodreads.

Links to download and buy Paul’s books can be found here :http://www.jackhughesbooks.com/

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Here are the new and exclusive posts so far.

A Christmas Tale of Woe


Stevie Smith – Still Waving (After all these years).




The Birch Maiden


Or a Horse Might Talk


The Proto Indo-Europeans.


Bolan’s Millions


William Blake


Lord Byron.


The Gospel Truth


What’s Opera Doc?


The Dream Team – Doyle and Houdini


End of Summer Party – Hysterical dancing and party poopers!



The Tor At Glastonbury – the ancient rituals and legends.


The Legend of King Arthur


Karl Marx is known for his writing but now meet his beautiful daughter who made her own way in the world.


Paul’s birthday and a story of someone who looked a gift horse in the mouth on principal.


The Myths surrounding the legendary Glastonbury Zodiac


A detailed research into the true background of Constantine the Great.



A Two part Story for Christmas – The Three Sisters.



Five Part Story – The House by the Sea






According to the Muse (A dialogue in 2 halves) Part 1: What is Poetry?


According to the Muse Part Two: Born to Die.


Coffee – A Noxious Concoction.


Barbara Villiers – Part One – The Return of the King.


Barbara Villiers – Part Two –


Persuasion – Jane Austen and Book Covers.


Three Minutes Forty Nine – the value of writing to the writer and the reader.


Cabaret – The Evolution of a Musical


Fifty Ways to Leave Your Mother


Thomas the Rhymer Paul Andruss

Writer in Residence Extra. (Posts from Paul’s archives)

The conquerors who have shaped history across the centuries by forcing their will on our cultures.


A French ship is wrecked and men are faced with making inhuman efforts to stay alive.


A blast from the past..Lou Reed’s Walk on the Wild Side and  the legendary Andy Warhol and those that were drawn to his unique style and view on life.


The British royal family has a complex past that makes for fascinating reading. Tsars and Princesses, denial and mystery.


The Cottingley Fairies captured the attention of the British Public in 1917 and still devides those who believe or do not believe in the existence of these magical little creatures. Which side are you on?


Houdini was desperate to reach to the other side to speak to his mother but was appalled at the fraudulent practices of mediums and spiritualists.. He attempted to set up a method of communicating with his wife in the event of his death.. read on to find out how!.


In 1855 footprints in the snow in Devon were regarded as ominous by the local villagers. Cloven hooves.. but only two and in single file…. a similar event was recorded in 2009. So who could have made those prints across 154 years?


The cost in terms of animal welfare of drinking Civet Coffee


Paul takes us back through the ages with an exploration of the religious penalties for disobedience!


Paul  explores the origins of Marmalade and also the myths surrounding that apple that was so tempting!


Paul takes us back to the origins of sadism and masochism and dark history behind the ‘trendy’ modern portrayals.


Paul looks at the origins of man and how various human species have become extinct and perhaps we should not get too comfortable! 


The origins of music.. and we need to look to the chimps.


Meet the In-Laws – our Neanderthal relatives


The origins behind the legend of Frankenstein.


The origins of music go back to before the Beatles to Chimpanzees…



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