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College student pens first novel

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By The Staff

C.T. Douglas from Dunnellon participates in his first book signing at an event earlier this month at the Williston Friends of the Library book fair. Douglas’ fantasy, Lore: A Pirate’s Charm, is the first novel of a trilogy, a rip-roaring adventure enhanced by werewolves, vampires and magic rings. Douglas was born in Wilkesboro, N.C., in 1989. He is a full-time undergraduate Liberal Arts and Sciences major attending the University of Florida in Gainesville.

 

A Pirate's Charm

REVIEW BY TERRY GRAYSON

Several weeks ago my good friend Drollene Brown asked me if I would be interested in proofreading a novel she was editing. I consented even though my plate was pretty full at the time, aside from the fact that I am the world's slowest reader and a procrastinator. In fact the last four books I attempted to read still lay unfinished in my cluttered computer room.

I soon was in possession of a hastily copied manuscript of Lore: A Pirate's Charm, written by C.T. Douglas. Chad Douglas is a 20-year-old University of Florida student, and this is his first novel. Lore is also the first book of a trilogy. I spoke with Chad the other day at a book-signing event held at the Williston Community Center sponsored by the Friends of the Williston Public Library. Chad told me the second and third installments of Lore are already written. I consider this to be wonderful news, because after reading A Pirate's Charm I am chomping at the bit to read more of this masterfully told tale.

Lore: A Pirate's Charm is of the fantasy genre—a genre that Chad Douglas is threatening to bring, single-handedly, to mainstream respectability. His intricately drawn characters became flesh (as well as fur) in my mind's eye. The plot, involving werewolves, vampires, magical arts and pirates, propelled me through adventure after dizzying adventure as we sailed from Barbados to London to Barcelona and back again. The story (set in the 1780s) revolves around the lives of Molly Bishop and Captain Thomas Crowe, who are not-so-serendipitously thrown together and tossed about the high seas as they attempt to solve mysteries of unfathomable depth. The thrilling climax and deliciously satisfying conclusion of Lore: A Pirate's Charm left this reader wanting...more pages!

Chad Douglas hopes to have part two of his tales of Lore ready to go to print by the fall of 2010. I pray the fates align and I am once again fortuitously appointed to the position of proofreader for Chad's editorial team. Mr. Douglas is already a wordsmith to be reckoned with and (in my opinion) a future writing hall of famer. Do yourself a rewarding favor and pick up a copy of Lore: A Pirate's Charm, by C.T. Douglas.