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Friday, March 15, 2013


Are you ready for Aloha! Mark Koopman's GOT GREEN? BLOG O'HOP?
Hibbs, the cub with no clue is!
In a realm as distant as your crushed dreams and as close as your deepest fears,
there are wonders and horrors so breath-taking they cannot be put into something as clumsy as mere words.
There you will also find the mystic Bear with Two Shadows, the champion of children who have none to face the darkness with them. 
But long ago, he was simply Hibbs, the cub with no clue ...
 Hibbs walked through the green tangle of trees and brush in search of something to fill his constantly hungry stomach. The cub was sad.

Spring was here. Winter was gone. So, too, was the Turquoise Woman -- off on one of her mysterious trips.

"Faith!" chirped a voice above him.
Hibbs looked up through the velvet cover of the leaves. He went stiff. A little man, dressed in the oddest green clothes Hibbs had ever seen was right above him.

"It's me gold yer after, isn't it?"

"I can’t eat gold. But have you seen any blueberries?"

The small man looked shocked, then outraged. "You don't mean to be saying you have no yearning for my gold?"

Hibbs had quite enough of this strange two-legged. "I am yearning to be alone."

Hibbs ambled off in search of berries and solitude. 

The leprechaun leapt from tree to tree harassing the poor cub with a constant shrill barrage of insults for his lack of discernment.

The cub walked like this for some minutes when suddenly a swirl of snowflakes danced all around him, finally becoming the tall, regal Turquoise Woman.

Lightning hair tumbled along both sides of a face both terrible and beautiful beyond any singing of it as she tweaked his wrinkling nose softly.

"Did you not see the leprechaun fall out of that tree twelve paces back?"

Hibbs' face brightened. "Oh, that's wonderful!"

The Turquoise Woman frowned, "Wonderful?"

"Yes. I thought I had gone deaf!"

VICTOR STANDISH MUST DIE! now at #65 in free Paranormal Fantasy


  1. Hibbs was smart to prefer food to gold :)

    Hmm, does Victor really really die in this book?


  2. Donna:
    Hibbs, though a cub with no clue, is still wise enough to know you can't eat gold!

    VICTOR STANDISH MUST DIE! is a primer of sorts to fill in my friends who don't know who exactly Victor is. You see the very first time his mother abandons him and you get to see her in action.

    Victor dies at the end of THE RIVAL. END OF DAYS details the fallout of his death, though his soul echo appears off and on throughout the book. Victor returns in the flesh in THREE SPIRIT KNIGHT though it takes a bit of doing from Alice and Victor's mother to pull it off.

    VICTOR STANDISH MUST DIE! is just my gift to my friends to fill them in on Victor's legend a bit so they can enjoy any of his books no matter which one they choose.

    Thanks for visiting and the great question.

  3. Never trust a leprechaun unless you have something he wants. I'm still reading the story of Hibbs, but haven't had much reading time lately.

    Brother-in-Law was born on St. Paddie's Day, and has 'Patrick' as one of his names. We also had Hogans (Irish descent) on hubs' father's side of the family.

  4. D.G.:
    Hibbs is pleased that you are reading his story at all. He was beginning to feel forgotten. A depressed Grizzly Bear is no fun!

    I am part Irish and part Lakota -- a strange mix, but I like it. :-)

  5. Wow, and there I was thinking Irish and Dutch (me) was a bit rare!!

    Nice (funny) twist at the end and Hibbs seems like a bear I should read about :)

    He's not named after the Scottish soccer team, I hope :)

    Happy St. Paddy's Day, O'Roland :)

  6. Happy St. Paddy's Day to you, too, Mark!

    Irish and Lakota is a bit rare I think!

    Hibbs would like you to read about him. Hibbs was the creation of my mother as she told me tales mixed with bits of Lakota and Irish myth. So Hibbs existed before the Scottish soccer team! :-)

  7. Ha! What a great ending to the story! This was really good.
    Thanks for sharing with us.

  8. Hi Roland .. thanks for that rationale re Victor - that will help. Mind you getting my Kindle set up would be better too!

    St Patrick's Day - I love this post about Hibbs .. "I thought I'd gone deaf" .. he was a bear in search of blueberries ...

    Your background is certainly fascinating as too is your back story ...

    Cheers Hilary

  9. Heather:
    To Hibbs, the cub with no clue, it is all about laughter ... and berries! Glad you enjoyed this little snippet of his pre-hero days!

    If Amazon accepts CARNIVAL OF THE DAMNED, you will get to see Victor's last adventure before he boards that fateful bus to New Orleans -- and get to learn the name given him by the High Queen of the Sidhe -- one made famous by Shakespeare (Time in Faerie is different than here in the Realm Temporary.)

    Hibbs, the cub with no clue, appears off and on all through THE BEAR WITH TWO SHADOWS in memories of the grown Grizzly. Many of them are tales told me as I lay ill in that Detroit basement apartment, shivering with the chills from pneumonia.

    Happy St. Patrick's Day, Hilary!

  10. That leprechaun sounds like a pest! Hibbs just wants some yummy blueberries.

    Very cute post. Happy St. Paddy's day, Roland.

  11. Dear Roland,

    Thank you *so* much. With three cubs of my own, I look forward to read Hibbs' story for a few hibernation seasons :)

  12. Jennifer:
    Like so many, that Leprechaun couldn't believe anyone could not want what obsessed him so! :-)

    Hibbs wishes you a great St. Patrick's Day!

    Hibbs sometimes has his moments!

    Hibbs was happy to journey over the seas to Hawaii. (He may be the Islands first talking Grizzly, right?) May his epic adventures please your own cubs! And you, too, of course.