The Kirkwood Scott Chronicles: Skelly’s Square

War! Adventure! Boring desk jobs! Drinking! Compulsions! Evil paranormal enemies?

A week ago Monday, I got a very long-anticipated book in the mail.

I met Stephen Black way back when he followed my blog as part of growing his. He’s moved on to securing 11,000+ followers, finishing his manuscript, and finally (FINALLY!) publishing.

Even though I’m deathly envious of his success, I’m also freakin’ proud. Great job, Stephen!

But what about the book??

Skelly’s Square is only my second or third experience with reading a newbie author’s work. Plus, I’ve known Stephen through his blog’s awkward teenage years. Plus, I’m a …bit of a spelling and grammar fiend.

-Which didn’t matter in the slightest. To me, an excellent book is one I get lost in. Somewhere along the way I’m part of the characters and story; we’re seamless and it’s beautiful. Skelly’s Square became just such an experience for me.

Colonel Augustus Skelly is the name of a man the main character, Kirkwood Scott, sees in very realistic visions. Skelly is a demon of sorts. He preys on Scott’s Obsessive Compulsive Disorder by making him follow a series of routines determined by dice rolls. These routines are called The 49. Scott knows storms, tempests, abductions, and death around the world will happen should he refuse The 49.

In the midst of a life ruled by this and periods of blackout drinking to avoid it, Scott stumbles across a homeless young woman, Meredith Starc. Starc also practices alcoholic numbing because of a depressive event in her past.

The two, and cosmic forces interested in keeping them down, cross paths. Why? What is their importance? How can they possibly mean anything toward …the fate of the world?

Stephen Black’s delivered a doozy of a first novel. Skelly’s Square is a creation to be proud of. Plus, it’s an engaging fantasy adventure to boot!

Go, visit Amazon and pick up your own.

Do it!!

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©2019 Chelsea Owens

20 thoughts on “The Kirkwood Scott Chronicles: Skelly’s Square

  1. petespringerauthor August 29, 2019 / 9:06 pm

    What a cool feeling to see one of your fellow bloggers go on to such success! For me, it’s a similar feeling when one of former students goes on to be successful in his/her career, family, or community.

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  2. Violet Lentz August 30, 2019 / 7:54 am

    Oooo it sounds delish. I’ll have to see if it is available on kindle as I am off bound book at at the moment due to carrying restrictions…. I’ve rented a place in Fairbanks for the winter, so I should have a more settled lifestyle, which for me includes more time to read… xxoo

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    • Chelsea Owens August 30, 2019 / 8:10 am

      I know there’s an e-book version. 🙂 I’m happy to hear you’re doing well!

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  3. Heather Dawn August 30, 2019 / 11:45 am

    Yes I’ve also really enjoyed the book and LOVED the fact that he educates his readers about OCD in such a natural way. It’s so good to see fellow bloggers succeed! His blog and accomplishments have gone a long way in giving me hope that I can someday be a published author as well!

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    • Chelsea Owens August 30, 2019 / 8:17 pm

      🙂 I’m glad you’ve loved his book and his success story.
      I felt he touched a lot of bases, from OCD to wheelchair-bound to homeless issues.

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  4. D. Wallace Peach August 30, 2019 / 4:02 pm

    A wonderful shout out to Stephen and his first book. It sounds like a fascinating read. Thanks for the introduction, review, and recommendation. 🙂

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