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Tour of Duty Tour of Duty is a work of fiction in the historical and realistic drama subgenres and it is a standalone work. It is best suited to the general adult reading audience and was penned by William H. Coles. In his new novel, this prolific author brings life in the 1960s to full living color, focusing […]

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McDowell Review from OnlineBookClub.org The story is effectively portrayed; the reader wants to experience what is coming next. There is no lack of plot. The author capitalizes on a terrible life-changing tragedy to transform McDowell’s circumstances utterly. The second part of the story explores how McDowell’s changed circumstances impinge on McDowell, the man; he is angry, […]

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Tour of Duty Review from OnlineBookClub.org The characters were well-developed, for instance, Oliver, who the author described as his physical appearance. The description of his physical appearance created a mental image each time he appeared in the text, making the book enjoyable. The author made some emotional incidents to connect readers to the book; for instance, you could […]

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McDowell McDowell by William H. Coles presents the tragic fall of an arrogant man from grace. Hiram McDowell is a brilliant, admired, and respected surgeon with many flaws — arrogance, narcissism, and boundless pride. He is a selfish man who watches his climbing partner die on Mt. Everest, belittles his wife, ignores his children, and tricks […]

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McDowell Review from OnlineBookClub.org William H. Coles has woven such an intricate tale that would elicit a whole range of emotions from many of its readers. I sometimes get angered by Hiram’s indifference and standoffish behavior towards the people around him, and there are times I would feel joy, pain, and anguish for Ann, Sophie, or […]

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Guardian of Deceit Review from OnlineBookClub.org I enjoyed reading this book because it is engaging and not monotonous. At first, I thought it’s going to be a bore to read, but the way the author had written the story made me cling onto it more. It is not the usual story that you encounter wherein it’s all about […]

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The Surgeon's Wife Review from OnlineBookClub.org The Surgeon’s Wife is one of those gripping tales that are hard to put down. I think many readers will be compelled to read it from the beginning to the end. The story is moving and entertaining. The author explores themes of tragedy, dilemma, broken families, work, social class, gender, suicide, ethical […]

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The Spirit of Want Review from OnlineBookClub.org What I liked about this book was the emotional connection I had towards the characters. You just feel being part of what was going on. The best way of describing how a reader feels connected to characters within this book is, “a reader can’t help it but just finds him/herself being like […]

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McDowell This is one of the few books my husband ever recommended to me, and why I waited so long to read, it I do not know. I will start by saying I listened to the audio, and the narration was wonderful. I think that if reading it, there may have been parts that may have […]

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The Short Fiction of William H. Coles 2000-2016 Review from OnlineBookClub.org The stories are real, the characters could be you or me, the plot is everywhere out there among the rich, the common and even the downtrodden. They are graphic enough for us to visualize the emotions in each of the characters and the scenes of the plots. I rate this book 4 […]

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Tour of Duty Review from OnlineBookClub.org I love Ballard’s stubbornness yet brave actions. Its refreshing to see such a well-written character I rarely see in reality. The book was such an adventure, making it worth reading for. I love the relationship between Ballard and his friends. I will rate this book 5 out of 5 for it is […]

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The Spirit of Want This book is a powerful story that is emotionally charged and intense, a tale with psychological depth and emotional insight. When Lucy MacMeil accepts the sleazy TV evangelist accused of rape as a client, she couldn’t imagine that this case would rock her entire world, including her profession and marriage. While working the case, the […]

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The Surgeon's Wife Review from OnlineBookClub.org Surgeon’s wife is a must read. It has a well-developed plot, although short, each page leaves you wanting more and you can’t wait to turn the next page. I rate the book 4 out of 4 stars. I could not find any error in the book meaning it had a professional edition. […]

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McDowell Review from OnlineBookClub.org There are many positive aspects to this book, but what I loved the most is how the book ended. Hiram realized his mistakes and bad decisions and tried to amend them. The story of Hiram McDowell was really interesting to read. I enjoyed the book as it came with a lot of […]

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The Surgeon's Wife Review from OnlineBookClub.org Reading the blurb and seeing that the book was written by a former doctor made me think the book was mainly about doctoring and made me expect nothing more than descriptions of the occurrences inside the hospital, mainly the theater where the operations were carried out but in the book we were […]

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Guardian of Deceit Review from OnlineBookClub.org There are most likely many reasons why this book was a finalist in the 2012 William Faulkner-Williams Wisdom Creative Writing Competition, but I detect much of Faulkner’s work to be inspired by setting and the often bumpy plight of the protagonist. There’s less attention to setting in Coles’ novel, but quite a […]

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The Short Fiction of William H. Coles 2000-2016 Illustrated Short Fiction of William H. Coles: 2000-2016 by William H. Coles features 33 short stories that read like delicious desserts. A seventeen-year-old girl gets pregnant, the mother is disappointed and sends her to deliver her baby in a French convent with the hope of giving the baby away for adoption. The crippled child becomes […]

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McDowell An Extraordinary – and Entertaining – Work of Fiction! Coles is the winner of nearly 40 awards for his fiction, and I can see why. After reading McDowell and listening to a few of his short stories on his website, I believe he must be one of the most talented and prolific writers of our […]

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McDowell Review from OnlineBookClub.org I would recommend this story to anyone who enjoys being challenged to consider the consequences of their actions to the world around them. The author doesn’t lay out the answers for the reader. Instead, snippets of facts and decisions made lend the reader to make their own conclusions about right and wrong. […]

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Guardian of Deceit Being aware that you are an orphan who cannot afford to take care of yourself prepares your psychosomatic personality for life’s adversities. However, to be conscious of the fact that your dead parents left you a huge inheritance which is being held in trust for you by one famous footballer, who also is supposed to […]

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McDowell The best book I’ve read this year! So, here are many reasons why I enjoyed this novel. First, I suspected within the first few chapters of reading the novel that the author had grown up in Nepal, which was evident because the imagery, nostalgia, and familiarity evoked, are so vivid and palpable. These qualities in […]

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McDowell This is the story of a man named McDowell, who had everything he ever wanted. Whatever he wanted, he achieved and he was proud of it. Envied by his peers, he was arrogant and selfish, but not with his family. He truly loved them and wanted the best for them, so when his grandson commits […]

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The Art of Creating Story Review from Readers’ Favorite FIVE STARS In The Art of Creating Story by William H. Coles, the author defines the essential components of good fiction and teaches readers how to go about developing these elements. The main points of the book are developed in the first two parts that expose the concept of a story […]

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The Surgeon's Wife Review from OnlineBookClub.org To conclude, let me stress the very title of the book and reformulate the sentence from the beginning: this book is not only about a complicated relationship between two distinguished doctors whose lives are tightly interwoven but also about the dreams, feelings and actions with far-reaching consequences of the surgeon’s wife. I […]

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McDowell McDowell by William H. Coles is a book that follows the story of the eponymous “hero” Hiram McDowell, who is a famous surgeon and a sleaze in every other way. He is stuck in a bad marriage primarily because of his infidelity. He also has children that his role as an absentee parent further colours […]

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McDowell In McDowell, tragedy and consequence lead an arrogant and narcissistic Dr. Hiram McDowell to examine his life and search for life’s meaning beyond winning and possessions. Hiram is first glimpsed leaving his Mt. Everest climbing partner to die. If that’s not enough to establish his unreliability, he goes on to belittle his wife, trick a […]

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McDowell McDowell by William H. Coles is a fictional drama novel. The book was published in 22nd August 2015. The book follows the story of Hiram McDowell, a celebrated surgeon and how his life changed. The author writes the story around Hiram and events that affect his life, directly or indirectly. The author writes the book […]

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Guardian of Deceit Review from OnlineBookClub.org The characters are all well-developed. It was a very thought- provoking novel that captured my attention. The story was written in a simple language that was easy to read and understand. There were lots of twist and turns in the story. The author discusses a lot of social issues, like bad judgment, […]

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McDowell Review from OnlineBookClub.org McDowell is a thought-provoking novel that challenges the reader’s beliefs about right and wrong. The protagonist, a gifted doctor, has a reputation for being ruthless and crossing moral and ethical boundaries to achieve his goals. The author skillfully weaves together an engaging and morally complex story, leaving the reader with plenty to […]

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McDowell Review from OnlineBookClub.org William H. Coles is a master at describing characters. When presenting any character he gives a profile of the character depicting his or her attitude in life and their personality .He goes further to reveal the thoughts of each character. William H. Coles incorporates many characters but that is hardly an issue […]

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Guardian of Deceit Review from OnlineBookClub.org What I liked most about the book is that it inspires a reader, especially one that has gone through so many trials, to fight, be strong and work his/her way to the top just like Darwin worked so hard for Luther to get his allowances despite his parents leaving him a huge […]

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The Surgeon's Wife Review from OnlineBookClub.org This novel is well-written and thoroughly edited, with smoothly flowing narrative and an engaging theme most likely suited for fiction fans, preferably, those above the age of consent because of the family issues. Further, some knowledge of medical procedures would be a plus factor for added enjoyment. I could honestly say that […]

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Creating Literary Stories Review from OnlineBookClub.org I liked the division of the book into two parts, and both focus on different components. Furthermore, the best thing is that the author has mentioned relevant content under headings and sub-headings. It will help readers to find the content they are looking for. I liked how the author chose a step-by-step […]

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Tour of Duty Review from OnlineBookClub.org William H.Coles approaches his fiction novel Tour of Duty with historical accuracy. The novel is set in France during the cold war, but there are also references to the past: D-Day, the bombing of Nagasaki and the Jewish Holocaust. The story begins in 1960 and ends in 1966 and the tone of […]

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McDowell McDowell by William H. Coles is the story of Dr. Hiram McDowell. A celebrated surgeon, Dr. McDowell is single-minded in getting what he wants. His climb to the top is not without casualties and is not without some questionable practices. Cold and calculating, there is no denying his brilliance but when tragedy strikes, his world […]

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McDowell I have never read anything from William Coles before, but after finishing this one, I think that maybe one day I will find myself reading another one. Not in the nearest future, though. My favorite aspect of this book is the pacing, which may be weird to say, but in my experience, pacing issues can […]

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The Surgeon's Wife Review from OnlineBookClub.org One great aspect of this book is that it manages to keep the reader in suspense, I read on expecting some things to happen but I was shocked when things turned out differently from what I expected. The story has a blend of different and interesting characters, some who are quite relatable. […]

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Tour of Duty Tour of Duty, a gripping novel by William H. Coles, is set in France during the 1960s. It is here that Miles Ballard serves as a doctor in the Air Force. Although he becomes the General’s physician, the hospital commander considers any suggestion insubordination. Our hero’s life interweaves with that of other characters as a […]

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McDowell Review from OnlineBookClub.org McDowell answers the most simple yet hardest questions every human can encounter in their lifetime. This book talks about the different aspects of life like morality, family and sorrows of life, love and sins. Every reader will surely be engrossed in following McDowell’s life as he embarks in a journey anyone would […]

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The Short Fiction of William H. Coles 2000-2016 Review from OnlineBookClub.org If fiction could always feel so real and relatable, I think I would be lost in imaginations. Illustrated Short Fiction of William H. Coles: 2000-2016 by William H. Coles is a compilation of short stories that will blow your mind. You may think my opinion is biased because I love Coles’ work […]

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The Short Fiction of William H. Coles 2000-2016 Review from OnlineBookClub.org Although these stories can be read as stand-alones, they have one thing in common: they’re all human-centred. They are emotional stories that leave you thinking about other people as well as your personal life. Before every story were illustrations that increased my anticipation for what awaited me in them. One memorable illustrated […]

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McDowell Review from OnlineBookClub.org I like the most about this book is how it can bring a catharsis to any reader. Hiram accomplishes a great way to involve the readers from his behavior, actions, and experiences. He can encourage the readers to discourage by making things complicated. The story is professionally edited and well-written. It hits […]

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Guardian of Deceit In Guardian of Deceit by William H. Coles, we see seventeen-year-old Darwin Hastings being sent away to New York from Pittsburgh as his dying aunt is unable to take care of him He is sent to a new guardian, his cousin Luther Pinnelli, who is not only rich, but also a famous football player. He […]

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McDowell Review from OnlineBookClub.org I thoroughly enjoyed the character development of McDowell. William H. Coles very expertly made this character come alive for us. Through powerful dialogues and intriguing plot the reader ends up holding their breath for what will happen next. The catharsis of McDowell redeems his character which makes the reader sympathize with him […]

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Creating Literary Stories Review from OnlineBookClub.org I enjoyed this book so much that I did not observe any negative aspect in it. The writer gave diligence to details while writing this informative and educative piece. Obviously, this is coming from an authority in this noble field. This book covers every aspect of storytelling that will make a writer […]

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The Spirit of Want The Spirit of Want by William H. Coles is a mix of romance and general thriller with the primary theme of family and betrayal. Lucy MacMeil is hired as the defense lawyer for TV evangelist Reverend Bain, a charismatic man, little knowing that she is headed towards doom. She falls in love with the evangelist […]

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McDowell Review from OnlineBookClub.org Sympathizing with the villain might seem far-fetched for a lot of readers but in the book McDowell, the readers’ beliefs about antagonists might be challenged. McDowell is a book about the main character of the book’s same name, Hiram McDowell, and how his actions affected the lives of those he met along […]

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McDowell Review from OnlineBookClub.org I did find this book fascinating to read. The shocking and unexpected twist in the story was what I enjoyed most about this novel. Nobody could have predicted Hiram’s fate the way it did. I had emotional instability when I was reading this book. I used to detest Hiram so much and […]

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The Short Fiction of William H. Coles 2000-2016 Review from OnlineBookClub.org In this anthology of over 30 short tales, two illustrated novels and a novelette by William H. Coles, readers are not going to find stories with fairy tale endings, over-the-rainbow type folk tales, or narratives that spark laughter impetuously. What readers will find are stories that makes you reflect on various facets […]

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McDowell Review from OnlineBookClub.org When I first started reading this book, I had no idea that it would have a compelling story and provide me with a wealth of knowledge. Because this book is applicable in every way, I was able to learn so many medical industry secrets from it. I was able to learn about […]

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McDowell Review from OnlineBookClub.org McDowell is one of the best books I have read in a long time. It is truly a tragedy, which is not my favorite genre, yet I have to rate it 4 out of 4 stars. I found it fascinating how Coles is able to keep the storyline going at a good […]

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The Surgeon's Wife Review from OnlineBookClub.org I liked the buildup of the storyline, the more I read it the more I was attracted and entertained by the novel, this made it easier to concentrate and enjoy the novel. The characters are well developed all-round, especially the main characters, he (the author) breathed life into the characters making them […]

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The Short Fiction of William H. Coles 2000-2016 Review from OnlineBookClub.org Asides from the art, the stories were highly imaginative and skillfully told. After reading the book, I sort of felt star struck and I’m thinking I ought to re-learn my talents at writing or drawing even. Sincerely speaking, his work did move me so. A few stories like ‘The Stonecutter’, ‘The miracle […]

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Creating Literary Stories Review from OnlineBookClub.org The following is a review of the book entitled Creating Literary Stories: A Fiction Writer’s Guide by by William H. Coles. I read the book in a relatively short amount of time because I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and I highly recommend it. I rate this book a 4 out of 4 […]

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McDowell Review from OnlineBookClub.org Character is the basic thing needed by every successful person to maintain their position or go higher. It is difficult to see a long-lasting success in a person without character. McDowell by William H. Coles is a lesson-filled fictional book with other themes that concern our world today. This book is very […]

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Tour of Duty Review from OnlineBookClub.org The book was like a historical novel about the story of the Nazis and Europe’s state after World War II. It gives information on what happened in that era, such as the incarceration of the Jews, researched by Alyce and Ingrid. It is a perfect romance novel that discusses the romance story […]

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McDowell Review from OnlineBookClub.org Coles crafts a beautiful journey to self discovery through many detailed character perspectives. He writes vividly, taking the reader through the journey of the main character, Hiram McDowell. He gently approaches several controversial issues, giving light to both sides. Coles explores the ordinary things in life, such as marriage strife and parenting, […]

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Guardian of Deceit reviews from Indie Book Reviewers – A beautifully written and richly evocative examination of life, love, loss, and the ravages of humanity, and the different ways people react to unthinkable situations. This powerhouse of a story is equally packed with action and emotion, and is sure to please even the pickiest of literary readers. I […]

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The Surgeon's Wife Review from OnlineBookClub.org Mike Boudreaux is a respected New Orleans surgeon and is also the chief of surgery. Clayton Otherson is his friend and mentor. Clayton Otherson is one of the surgeons who help in the delivery of quality healthcare to his clients. Otherson performs life-threating operations on obese patients. He is the kind of […]

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McDowell Review from OnlineBookClub.org The writer also succeeded in providing readers with a break by utilizing other characters to share Hiram’s story. This allowed us to witness his intense love for his children, which was fascinating. It served as a reminder that people are not simply good or bad but rather exist in shades of gray. […]

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The Spirit of Want Review from OnlineBookClub.org Although not my normal cup of tea,”The Spirit of Want”by William H. Coles is one of the great read which taught me of the real life situations,I would even in the future read this a million times,I highly recommend it to fans of literary drama and romance fiction.Its easy writing style of […]

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The Spirit of Want Review from OnlineBookClub.org The book is a literary drama and romance novel and I feel Mr.Coles did a great job. I feel like I am in a character’s heart and I felt original while reading this. The whole story goes in very suspense and flows that inspired me to read it more and more day […]

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The Short Fiction of William H. Coles 2000-2016 Review from OnlineBookClub.org What I really enjoyed about this collection is how real and diverse all of the characters and situations are. My favorite stories in this collection include The Necklace and The Amish Girl. Many of these stories do not have happy endings, which makes the situations more realistic and permanent, but that doesn’t […]

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McDowell Review from OnlineBookClub.org Readers I may not want to be quick in judging this book because the author may have portrayed Dr. Hiram as a very ill-behaved man, but as the book went on, we saw what Dr. Hiram’s true character was and how he adapted to a life that he never planned for. Another […]

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Creating Literary Stories What is literary fiction? And what makes it different from memoirs or genre fiction? Literary fiction is something that will stand the course of time; it will make a bold statement and allow the individual reader to grow in his or her experience merely by reading the story. Basically, literary fiction is a complex work […]

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Guardian of Deceit Guardian of Deceit by William H Coles is another interesting novel from this author. Darwin Hastings flies from Pittsburgh to New York. After the death of his parents years ago, he had been living with an aunt who can’t support him anymore. Now he plans to live with his football-star cousin Luther Pinnelli, dreaming of […]

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Audiobook Review from Readers’ Favorite FIVE STARS The Spirit of Want by William H. Coles is an audiobook that tells the story of a successful female lawyer who falls in love with a TV-evangelist she is representing on a case of child sexual abuse. The evangelist skips the country and Lucy leaves everything — her career, […]

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The Short Fiction of William H. Coles 2000-2016 Review from OnlineBookClub.org If the reader is looking for happily ever after, you won’t find it here. But if you want a ride through the dark side, you’ll enjoy this collection. The thing I liked most about this book was the variety and uniqueness of each story. The writing was that good. I have to […]

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The Surgeon's Wife The book follows Clayton Otherson, a senior surgeon, as he makes life-threatening mistakes during Bariatric surgery in a New Orleans’ hospital. Mike Boudreaux, the chief of surgery, must discipline Otherson, his partner, colleague, mentor and friend. Even though Mike knows he must take action, he feels conflicted because he owes his education and his career […]

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McDowell Review from OnlineBookClub.org William H. Coles’ novel, McDowell, is a character-based fiction about one man’s journey of self-discovery. Coles offers up a stirring novel about human nature and morality. This was an unforgettable novel and one that makes the reader think long after the last page has been read. I rate this novel 4 out […]

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Creating Literary Stories Review from OnlineBookClub.org I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars since it is well-written and has no errors or mistakes and I personally enjoyed it very much and recommend it to any fiction writer out there who wants to strengthen his literary knowledge and ability to write fiction books. You don’t need any […]

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McDowell Review from OnlineBookClub.org W. H. Coles establishes unforgettable levels of barbaric ambition for the central character, Hiram McDowell, in his newest novel titled McDowell. Born into wealth and nourished by an innate thirst for power, Hiram McDowell achieves accolades for superior skills as a top surgeon. His physical achievements in mountain climbing are likewise impressive. […]

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Guardian of Deceit A coming-of-age story reveals a smart and strong-willed teen becoming a man in a new and unfamiliar environment. At the beginning of this novel, Darwin Hastings is on a flight to New York from Pittsburgh to live with his football star cousin Luther Pinnelli. Darwin’s parents died years before, and his aunt can no longer […]

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Guardian of Deceit Review from OnlineBookClub.org This novel is a chronicle of failures. It highlights the emotional damages that a person can inflict on himself and his loved ones as a result of his failure to do what is right. It’s central message is about individual moral deficiencies and the damages that follow. These aberrations can be especially […]

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Creating Literary Stories Review from OnlineBookClub.org Creating Literary Stories: A Fiction Writer’s Guide by William H. Coles is a classic handbook to help writers design and develop literary stories. The book intended to give the “know-how” about the fiction writing to novice writers, and for experienced writers a “standard” to review their fiction writing. I wish to recommend […]

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McDowell Review from OnlineBookClub.org enjoyed the variety of characters and locales throughout the book. Hiram interacts with many work colleagues, family, and then strangers who become friends in the second half of the book. There is something for just about everyone included in McDowell. I would recommend this book to all readers. There was nothing I […]

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McDowell Review from OnlineBookClub.org The author, William H. Coles, is a literary genius who created a dramatic story about a surgeon’s adventures through a tumultuous life. The book was very believable, especially considering the author’s background of ophthalmic surgery. He allowed the reader to experience the main character, Hiram McDowell’s, vulnerable life ridden with constant decision-making […]

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The Spirit of Want Review from OnlineBookClub.org I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. I especially love it because it has genuine and complicated characters. Its plot was original and intelligent; and its numerous twists were unpredictable. The book would appeal to people who are impulsive, the easily forgiving, those with the school of thought that everything […]

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McDowell Review from OnlineBookClub.org Ultimately, we can only know another human being by what he says and does. That is exactly what author William H Coles gives us in McDowell; an objective examination of a man as seen from different angles – wife, children, co-workers, colleagues, friends, media and the ever-judging public with its own agenda. […]

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McDowell Review from OnlineBookClub.org I really enjoyed this book such that I took several mugs of coffee to keep reading non-stop. The author gives us insightful events that open our minds to deep understanding. The crumbling of Hiram’s career led him to seek understanding of the human nature. He started to learn about meaning and happiness […]

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Guardian of Deceit Review from OnlineBookClub.org If you like reading stories about the real world with some moral implications blended into it, then the Guardian of Deceit is a great book for you. This fast-paced novel is about seventeen years old orphan Darwin Hastings who is sent to New York from Pittsburgh after his dying aunt can no […]

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The Surgeon's Wife Review from OnlineBookClub.org The Surgeon’s Wife by William H. Coles is a dramatic tale of two surgeons caught up in a maelstrom of friendship, deceit and grave mistakes. I picked up this book because I love medical mysteries and thrillers. For a while, I even had flashbacks of reading one of Robin Cook’s older books […]

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McDowell I think I can now classify my reading life as “before I read McDowell” and “after I read McDowell.” The good news is that this book is phenomenal. The bad news is that it has become a cornerstone to which every book I read will be compared–and probably fall short. William Coles characters are so […]

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Guardian of Deceit Review from OnlineBookClub.org I gave this book 4 out of 4 stars. This is largely because the human condition was portrayed so flawlessly. The editing was spot on as well. The “human condition” is a concept that encompasses everything dealing with being human and the ups and downs of our existence. As the complex beings […]

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The Surgeon's Wife Review from OnlineBookClub.org I would give this novel a 4 out of 4 stars. I thought it was a great length; the story was thoroughly presented without too much verbiage. My favorite aspect of the novel was the relatable moral and ethical healthcare dilemmas that Dr. Boudreaux found himself facing. As a nurse, I have […]

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The Short Fiction of William H. Coles 2000-2016 “Everybody has a story” is a well-worn phrase. But how many of us, as we go about our busy lives, ever stop to think about the home life of that disabled boy carrying out groceries or rounding up the emptied shopping carts around the parking lot? Or what would we find if we could read […]

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Tour of Duty Review from OnlineBookClub.org There was absolutely nothing I disliked about this book. It ticked all the boxes of a great story. The plot is progressive and solid. The characters are well developed and intriguing. The story does not reveal too much immediately but comes together beautifully as you read on. It was easy to digest […]

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McDowell Review from OnlineBookClub.org I enjoyed getting to know all of the characters and found myself rooting for some over others as the story progressed. Hearing from reporters, co-workers, and relatives of Hiram, gives an interesting perspective as you see that different people have different views on the same thing. One person may have a great […]

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McDowell Review from OnlineBookClub.org The most intriguing thing about this book is the “antihero” element in it. McDowell might be the protagonist of the novel, but in no way is he the “hero”. The protagonist is by no means a loveable character. He has his own set of flaws and there is nothing idealistic about him. […]

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Audiobook Review from OnlineBookClub.org I would recommend this book to a wide variety of people. I think high school teachers would be able to dramatically improve their student’s grades if the syllabus included this manual for creative writing. College students studying creative writing would benefit greatly from following this manual as well. New authors could really […]

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Creating Literary Stories Review from OnlineBookClub.org What I liked about the book was how simply the information was presented. That is always a winner for me. It is easy to understand what the author meant and put it to good use. I enjoyed the book because I love writing. I also like to know how other writers approach […]

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McDowell Review from OnlineBookClub.org It was a delight to read this inspirational book. The plot of this book is exciting and creative, and it was well-written by the author. The book’s suspense kept the readers engaged while reading the book. Because of this, I was engrossed from the beginning to the end of this book. This […]

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The Short Fiction of William H. Coles 2000-2016 Review from OnlineBookClub.org In this superb collection comprised of 33 short stories, 2 graphic novel adaptations and final novella, Coles explores the human condition. Circumstances together with personal experiences in time and place, have formed his cast of players and their relationships, as they find themselves in an an array of confronting or challenging situations. […]

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Creating Literary Stories Review from OnlineBookClub.org This book is very useful for people who are just starting to make fiction stories, because of the basic and principal things in this book. There are no negative aspects to this informative book. Everything is professionally edited. I didn’t find any typos or grammar errors in this book. This book deserves […]

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McDowell Review from OnlineBookClub.org One of the reasons why I have come to enjoy this book was Hiram’s character development. From a man who thought he had no fault and believed fate was cruel to him; he transcended into someone who realized his faults and was willing to improve his ways. He showed kindness to the […]

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Creating Literary Stories Review from Readers’ Favorite FIVE STARS Creating Literary Stories: A Fiction Writer’s Guide by William H. Coles is a handy tool for all those writers who want to embark on fiction writing because of the detailed information it gives when it comes to writing fiction. Writers must always have a clear idea of what words […]

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The Surgeon's Wife Review from OnlineBookClub.org I really enjoyed reading The Surgeon’s Wife. I believe William H. Coles did an amazing job at creating realistic characters, and that he constructed a very interesting plotline, that kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time. The way the protagonists evolved with the traumatic events they face left […]

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4/4

The Spirit of Want Review from OnlineBookClub.org The Spirit of Want by Williams H. Coles is the story of a woman who never knew how to love because she never allowed herself to feel loved by her foster family. This was the foundation of a series of unfortunate events for her aided by the decisions she made. Fortunately, Luke […]

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McDowell Review from OnlineBookClub.org A 5 out of 5 is appropriate for this book. From one viewpoint to the next, Mr. Coles writes with ease. Even though the point of view shifts often (about every couple of chapters), the reader is still able to appreciate the novel despite this. In actuality, the many viewpoints emphasize various […]

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4/4

Guardian of Deceit Review from OnlineBookClub.org I loved that Darwin had to experience good and bad throughout this story and he knows that money isn’t everything. Darwin experienced the loss of his parents, as well as being treated cruelly by Luther at the beginning and still managed to find the people he needed to help him get ahead. […]

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The Fiction Well

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Art Gallery

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Kenyon Lectures

Presented by William H. Coles at Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio.

Narration in Literary Fiction: Making the Right Choices

June 22, 2010

How Humor Works in Fiction

June 25, 2009

Kenyon Lectures


Great stories / Books on writing

Books on Writing

The art of writing stories in literary fiction is a vast topic not easily captured in a single book. And there are numerous books on the craft of writing that, while important, miss the concepts of most value to the literary fiction author.
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Stories for Study

Stories that give delight through imaginative development and continue to do so for generations have not only a universality to them, but are also valuable examples for writers. When a story becomes part of our literary heritage, story elements such as characters, events, and phrasing, often become a usable part of our language and actually enhance communication and understanding among us all.   Recommended reading …

Recommended Reading


SILF Audio: mp3 short stories

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mp3 Short Stories


Books about Writing

Creating Literary Stories: A Fiction Writer’s Guide

Creating Literary Stories: A Fiction Writer’s Guide by William H. Coles. An essential guide for every writer of fiction. Learn: Character, Narration, Structure, Dialogue, Point of View, Writing in Scene, Drama (Conflict-Action-Resolution), Humor, Revision. …more…

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Story in Literary Fiction

Story in Literary Fiction: A Manual for Writers, by William H. Coles, is a succinct and clearly written reference for fiction writers. Principles and guidelines for writing present the essence of creating a memorable story. …more…

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Literary Story as an Art Form: A Text for Writers

This textbook helps writers become the best storytellers possible. Part I provides clear, useful ways of structuring and writing a great literary story. Part II takes a sample of an original short story created for the text and details options and choices in writing the story from beginning idea to the last revision. …more…

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Book Candy TV

Watch recordings of live Book Candy TV conversations with William H. Coles and:

Writer/artist team Josh Neufeld and Sari Wilson.
Julia Glass about her recent novel “The Widower’s Tale.”


Workshop Advice

Workshops – I. Choosing a workshop

Ideas to help chose a workshop that will be most useful to your writing career. …read…

Workshops – II. Making the Experience Valuable

Can you assure your experience at a workshop will provide maximum improvement in your writing, and not just comments on a manuscript or writing exercises? Ideas for helping you extract the most from the workshop experience. …read…

Workshops – III. How to Critique a Manuscript

Suggestions for organizing the critique of a manuscript. …read…

Workshops – IV. Workshops and Literary Agents

Advice on what to expect from agents and editors who attend writing conferences as faculty or publication resources. …read…

Workshops – V. Top-Ten Rules for Fiction Workshops

Although creative-writing fiction-workshops vary greatly, the general format is a student manuscript critiqued by fellow students under the direction of a leader …read…

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  • Aimee Ann

    Hi there,

    I am emailing you today because I am interested in reviewing your work on my blog – RedheadedBooklover. My blog has amassed a large amount of followers and a loyal readership in a short amount of time and I would love so much to feature your work there. I am always on the lookout for great books I can feature for my readers; that is why I was so thrilled when I just now came across your work because your work looks wonderful; you come across to me as a passionate, creative writer and those are two very important attributes I look for when wanting to review a book from a great author.
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    Please feel free to email me at: redheadedbookloverblog@gmail.com whenever you can; I would be happy to discuss my reviewing process in more detail and discuss more about the book I would love to review! I can also send you my WordPress statistics as well as my Amazon selling statistics which prove that my reviews generate sales for the authors I have worked with; I think you will be pleased with them! Sorry for the short and quick email, I just did not want to bombard you straight away so I look forward to your reply so we can discuss me writing a review for you! Thank you so much for reading, I look forward to hearing back from you.

    All best,
    Aimee Ann

    • admin Post author

      Hi Aimee Ann,
      Thanks for getting in touch. I checked and love and admire what you do. So I’ve emailed a PDF of McDowell, my most recent book. If you wanted another, let me know and I’ll be glad to provide them (Guardian of Deceit, The Spirit of Want, The Surgeon’s Wife, The Illustrated Short Fiction of William H. Coles 2000-2016, Sister Carrie) (If you prefer en eub, let me know.)
      All the best,
      Bill Coles

    • admin Post author

      Hello. Thanks for getting in touch. All the art work on site is created by artists I’ve met, discussed my goals for illustration of my fiction, and then commissioned them for a specific project. Only one work of art was painted before the process of collaborative work to develop illustration. I am eager to discover new artists to contribute to the project, and I have worked in the arts for decades and am proud that I can promote artists through the internet and print publication, can allow an artist’s work to be seen by more than a quarter of a million viewers. So, if you’re interested, tell me how I can view your portfolio. If I have a project that I think will work with your style and talents, we can develop a project. If you don’t have a portfolio/examples of your work, you are welcome to read stories online (they’re free) and illustrate one to submit as an example. In illustrating a literary story, I’m looking for an artistic work in scene that expresses or stimulates thought and feeling about what the literary story is about. In essence, it’s more than just copying an imagined scene, it’s attempting to get an image that captures why the story was written. For examples, study “Speaking of the Dead,” the drawing by Betty Harper, and “The Thirteen Nudes of Ernest Goings,” two paintings by David Riley. I pay for all accepted illustrations; the compensation varies. I buy only unlimited use of image; the artist maintains copyright and the ownership of the original work to sell and use as they desire. All the best, WHC