Robina Williams

Author Page

  Book ordering info
Jerome
Angelos
Gaea

 

I live in the U.K. I've an M.A. in Modern Languages from Oxford University and an M.Phil. in English Literature from Liverpool University. I've been a schoolteacher, college lecturer, secretary and features writer. My first novel, Jerome and the Seraph, was published in paperback by Twilight Times Books in 2004.

The idea for a novel came to me while I was living in a stone cottage on a quiet, peaceful Welsh hillside. Near my cottage was an old monastery, with its picturesque graveyard with its ancient headstones and gnarled yew trees. It was a tranquil and quite historic scene. In the summer I'd be visited by a cat who would sit sunning himself in my garden. The cat obviously wasn't a stray, for he wore a collar and was sleek and well-fed, but I never discovered where his home was. He was friendly enough, though he made it clear he wasn't looking for a new owner.

While researching my M.Phil. thesis, I came across the concept of Schrödinger's Cat. The idea of a cat that was potentially dead and potentially alive interested me. I find the quantum world fascinating. I began to wonder about my mystery feline visitor, and so my quantum cat, Quant (or Leo), was conceived. I'd sometimes see the robed monks out strolling in their grounds on a fine day, and I began to think about writing a novel about the members of a religious community, one of whom had a pet cat that was not what it seemed. Brother Jerome fondly imagines that he's looking after the cat; really, the cat is looking after him. The cat is one of the Lord's seraphs, out on a mission in the world.

I've always had the feeling that the Greek gods -- and the Egyptian gods, for that matter -- are still around. Why should they go away? And so into my story came the old classical gods -- co-existing quite happily with the Lord of Christianity. Such was the genesis of my story.

A few paintings feature in the novel, for I'm very fond of nineteenth-century art, especially that of the Pre-Raphaelites. One particular painting, Spencer Stanhope's "Thoughts of the Past," plays a part in the plot, and causes the Father Guardian to fear that his sins are about to find him out.

I hope you'll find Jerome and the Seraph an exciting read and that you'll also enjoy its sequel, Angelos, which was published in paperback in May 2006 by Twilight Times Books. Gaea, the third book in my Quantum Cat series, was published in 2009. I am currently writing the fourth book in the series.

 

bar

 

Books

Jerome and the Seraph     a literary fantasy. Book I of the Quantum Cat series.

ISBN: 1-931201-54-4. Available now!
Amazon.com;  Amazon.co.uk;  Bamm.com;  Barnes & Noble;  Borders;  your local Bookstores.
List Price: $15.50 USD

More book info

 Read a chapter excerpt

Reviews

Top Rating of 10 from Harriet Klausner
...JEROME AND THE SERAPH is a simple entertaining book that ironically connects complex topics (the afterlife, mythology, and quantum physics) into a wonderful fantasy that hooks readers from the moment Al and Jerry exchange a few words. The tale never lets go until Brother Jerome completes his journeys, though Quant steals the show. Fans who appreciate an amusing with serious undertone adventure tale will appreciate Jerome Through the Looking Glass guided by Quant the Cheshire cat.
Reviewed by Harriet Klausner for Review Centre.
 



"...I recommend this story highly and give it a top rating of 10."
Reviewed by Dallas Franklin for Sell Writing Online.
 



"...Robina Williams has tackled the oldest and most troubling question known to thinking and spiritually concerned humans. JEROME AND THE SERAPH is a charming and deceptively simple story, filled with delightful puns and serenely sly humor. It is a book to cherish."
Reviewed by Pat H. Fredeman, author of Paradise Regained.
 



"...Paintings, classical mythology and architecture all play bit parts, but the cat is the star of the show. Ms. Williams has blended every feature together so effortlessly, you wonder why you never saw the connections between them before."
Reviewed by Annette Gisby, editor of Twisted Tales.
 



"This book was fantastic! ...The characters are superb."
Reviewed by Leslie Mazey for The Eternal Night

 


Ordering info.

Format: PDF, HTML, Palm, trade paperback
    Payment Method
PayPal -or- Credit Card -or- Fictionwise
List Price: $4.95 USD ebook; $15.50 trade paperback

PDF download - pay in United Kingdom Pounds Sterling

 

bar

Angelos     a literary fantasy. Book II of the Quantum Cat series.

ISBN: 1-933353-60-0. Available now!
Amazon;  Amazon.co.uk;  Bamm.com;  Barnes & Noble;  Borders;  Indy Bookstores.

More book info

 Read a chapter excerpt

Twilight Times Books.

"...In this sequel to Jerome and the Seraph, Williams tells a twofold tale of one priest stranded in the ancient labyrinth of Knossos and another struggling with his own search for holiness-with only a small but very unusual cat to guide them both. With its graceful hominess, quiet humor, and abiding faith, Angelos belongs in most fantasy, Christian fantasy, or New Age collections."

Library Journal

Brief synopsis
Angelos, the second book in the series about the quantum cat.

The cat is back! And once again he's keeping a protective eye on his old friend, Brother Jerome -- the late Brother Jerome, that is. When Leo, his pet cat, showed up in the afterworld, Jerome assumed he was there because he'd died. But Leo's real name is Quantum, and quantum cats don't die…

A rockfall in the Minotaur's labyrinth sets off a quantum leap. The Minotaur finds himself in a garden shed in the twenty-first century, and Jerome finds himself in a maze of corridors in the "old" world, although, with "the time thing", it isn't the old world any more.

Meantime, in the friary, the Guardian, Father Aidan, is having a crisis of faith, and his friars are suffering. Until one day he sees the divine light shining for him once more, and we see the cat in his true form -- a seraph, the angelos of the title.

As with Jerome and the Seraph, paintings feature in the plot of Angelos. Aidan, lost in a spiritual desert, finds that a goat and an ibex and a ray of sunlight in a Pre-Raphaelite painting guide him back to the path he'd lost sight of and despaired of ever seeing again. And that path leads to one of the twentieth century's most striking images -- Dali's Christ of St John of the Cross.

 

Reviews

Death has done nothing to stop Brother Jerome's busy life. Now, rather than remain in his friary in prayer and contemplation, he tours the afterlife, usually in the presence of his feline companion, Leo, a.k.a. Quant, the cat with the ability to travel in time and space through quantum leaps. In this sequel to Jerome and the Seraph, Williams tells a twofold tale of one priest stranded in the ancient labyrinth of Knossos and another struggling with his own search for holiness-with only a small but very unusual cat to guide them both. With its graceful hominess, quiet humor, and abiding faith, Angelos belongs in most fantasy, Christian fantasy, or New Age collections.

Library Journal
 



"Angelos, the sequel to the fabulous Jerome and the Seraph, is a delightful fantasy that uses humor to tell a deep philosophical tale. Robina Williams provides a terrific tale that the audience will cherish." ~ Harriet Klausner, Amazon.com's No. 1 reviewer.
 



"Quant, the magical cat that leaps through various worlds and dimensions is back again and in action. In Angelos, the sequel to Jerome and the Seraph, Robina Williams weaves her own storytelling magic and Quant rises to the occasion. This is a fantasy ebook and written so superbly that you become totally engrossed in the tale and forget it's fantasy.

"...I loved Angelos as much as Jerome and the Seraph and if you like reading fantasy I'm sure you'll love it too. I highly recommend this ebook and give it a top rating of 10!"

Reviewed by Dallas Hodder Franklin for Sell Writing Online.
Read the complete Review
 



"In Angelos, the sequel to Jerome and the Seraph, we meet the quantum cat again. When this cat is around, nothing is quite what it seems. Leo, the friary cat who can dance through dimensions is still keeping a protective eye on his friend, Brother Jerome. Jerome is still finding the novelty of the afterlife intriguing. Until a rock fall in the Minotaur's labyrinth sets off a quantum leap.

...If you enjoyed Robina Williams's first book you will enjoy this sequel so much more-as I did. Angelos is filled with humor and wisdom."

Reviewed by award winning author Tricia McGill
Read the complete Review
 



Blending elements of mysticism, mythology, quantum theory and art history, it is a tale like no other. The star of the show is of course, Quant, but the Minotaur comes a close second. For this Minotaur is no monster, out to eat everyone in sight, but normally a vegetarian who enjoys reading books and drinking wine, rather than having to eat the Athenian youths sent to him as tribute (they tend to get stuck in the teeth.)

Ms. Williams is an excellent story teller, for although short, this is a very imaginative tale, filled with memorable characters that stand out in your mind. If you are looking for something a bit different, then give Angelos a try.

A book to make you think."

Reviewed by Annette Gisby, author of Drowning Rapunzel and Shadows of the Rose for Twisted Tales.
Read the complete Review

 


Ordering info.

Format: PDF, HTML, Palm
    Payment Method
PayPal -or- Credit Card -or- money order
List Price: $4.95 USD ebook; $16.95 trade paperback

PDF download - pay in United Kingdom Pounds Sterling

 

bar

Gaea     a literary fantasy. Book III of the Quantum Cat series.

ISBN: 1-60619-183-7. Available now!
Amazon.com;  Amazon.co.uk;  Bamm.com;  Barnes & Noble;  Borders;  your local Bookstores.
List Price: $18.95 USD

Read an article about Gaea, the third book in the Quantum Cat series.

 Read a chapter excerpt

Reviews

PDF arc available now.

 

Reviews

"Filled with fascinating mythological creatures and lovable characters—and written with a touch of humor—Gaea is a must-read for anyone who loves mythology. Ms. Williams mixes in a moral storyline that’ll make you stop and wonder what you can do to make the world a better place. I simply can’t wait for the next book in this series."
Margaret Marr for Nights and Weekends



"Third in a series, this fantasy novel is about Quant, a house cat who can cross between physical dimensions (and do a lot more than that). ...[Gaea] is a really well-done novel with a strong, but not overdone, environmental message. The next time you litter or waste resources, just think, Gaea is watching."
Paul Lappen for Objectively Reviewed



Five stars
"...This is the 3rd book in Ms. Williams' Quantam Cat series. I'm looking forward to reading the others: Jerome and the Seraph and Angelos (Quantum Cat) as soon as I can. I'm happy to have discovered this wonderful author. I HIGHLY recommend this book to all. I do believe there is a message for everyone residing in its pages."
Julie Dees for Review the Book



 


Author News

Jerome and the Seraph, Angelos and Gaea are currently available from Amazon.com;  Amazon.ca;  Bamm.com;  Barnes & Noble; and your local bookstores.

I hope you'll visit the rest of the pages on my web site, where you'll find details about the books and articles about them. Paintings feature in the plots of both Jerome and the Seraph and Angelos. In Jerome and the Seraph, a sighting of Spencer Stanhope's "Thoughts of the Past" causes the Father Guardian to fear that his sins are about to find him out. In Angelos, Father Aidan, lost in a spiritual desert, finds that a scapegoat and an ibex and a ray of sunlight in a Pre-Raphaelite painting guide him back to the path he'd lost sight of and despaired of ever seeing again. And that path leads to one of the twentieth century's most striking images -- Dali's "Christ of St John of the Cross."

In Gaea, we meet the earth goddess. Gaea, fed up with the damage Man is doing, decides to teach him a lesson. She ropes in her relatives to help her… and three-headed Cerberus, the hell hound, tags along too. Quant, golden-eyed seraph and quantum cat, is there to keep an eye on them all.

I hope you enjoy the books.

~ Robina ~

Read my article on "Paintings as Inspiration" and view "The Art Gallery in Angelos" and see just why Gaea is so angry with mankind in "Gaea Hits Back."

 

Links

  

button  Christian E-Authors - Official web site for Christian e-authors and their books.

button  Christian Paradise - Christian Entertainment Directory

button  Published.com - Free directory of independent writers and artists

button  The Eternal Night - Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Fiction Web Site.

button  Visit Twilight Times Books and check out the freebies page.

button  Twilight Times - a digital journal of speculative fiction, poetry, artwork and articles

button  Twisted Tales webzine.

button  Writer's Manual

 

Next   Email

 


 

Author Showcase at
Authors Den

Military Download Library

Authors Site of Excellence Award

Jerome and the Seraph

 

Web site design Copyright © 2002 - 2012 Lida E. Quillen. All rights reserved.

This site created and maintained by Lida E. Quillen.

This page last updated 08-31-12.

 

border by
Silverhair