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The Short Fiction of William H. Coles 2000-2016 Review from OnlineBookClub.org This particular collection of short stories is deeply stirring in a passive sense. The narrative is in a design where you just can’t take an outsider’s point of view. They demand to be felt, to be empathized with, and to be thought through. Or worse yet, be disturbed. However, they all end […]

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Guardian of Deceit Review from OnlineBookClub.org This book has brought tears to my eyes. The author captured concepts of love, family, and relationships in a very unique fashion. I was able to perfectly relate to the painful situations experienced by Darwin. They sounded very realistic. A family gives one a beautiful sense of belonging. It’s second after God. […]

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4/4

Guardian of Deceit A contemporary fiction story of family life, permeated with “…false values, hubris and lack of care”. The story, though a work of fiction has its setting as Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania USA and Coles perfectly captures the rich cultural heritage of its people and their flair for sporting activities especially football in this novel. The storyline is […]

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McDowell Review from OnlineBookClub.org It is a common practice that the main character of a fictional story should at least try to be likable. However, sometimes you find a protagonist so despicable that you eagerly wait for his suffering without an ounce of mercy. If you are reading a work of an expert writer, you will […]

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Guardian of Deceit This is a truly enjoyable book with a complex story line demonstrating what a family is and what it means to be part of a family, how reality differs from what one expects. This is a coming of age story revealing a smart and strong willed teen becoming a man in a new and unfamiliar […]

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The Surgeon's Wife Review from OnlineBookClub.org I am glad I chose this piece as my first read in the Online Book Club. I really enjoyed the book. It had the mixture of everything I look forward to in a book. There was humor, suspense, excitement, not too intense, romance, the low points and high points. I initially thought […]

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Guardian of Deceit Review from OnlineBookClub.org I give this book a rating of 4 out of 4 stars. What I love about this book is that it never settles on one point. It is forever shifting, the timelines on his life are changing, moving with him as he grows, from a boy to a man. The book also […]

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The Short Fiction of William H. Coles 2000-2016 Review from OnlineBookClub.org These stories are carefully crafted. They’re exceptionally-thought out and presented with exemplary coherence. The characters are very relatable too. William H Coles is definitely gifted with the art of evoking emotion. I didn’t find any errors while reading. This means that it was professionally edited. I therefore award this collection a perfect […]

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McDowell Review from OnlineBookClub.org In addition to an ever-evolving and expanding theme, this book charms the reader with life-lessons about everything from blaming others for our misfortunes to understanding what’s really important in life. I enjoyed the storyline; it’s one of those books where you think you know what’s coming next but you’re not even close. […]

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The Surgeon's Wife Review from OnlineBookClub.org What I most enjoyed about the book was the investigation into the questionable practices that exist within the privatized medical system. Otherson’s professional problems stem from his promotion of a surgery targeted toward the obese that has specific indications for patient candidates and limited positive results. As Otherson begins to ignore the […]

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The Spirit of Want Review from OnlineBookClub.org This tantalizing fictional tale will make you question the basis of values in the Christian faith and whether the preachers genuinely care for their congregation or are only there for the money. It will also have you question the integrity and professionalism of professionals and the impact of some decisions on the […]

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McDowell Review from OnlineBookClub.org The book had a great storyline that covered a variety of controversial issues. I discovered an underlying idea that there are power and purpose in self-discovery and introspection, but I thought there an equally strong message regarding humans as social beings and the importance of social relationships. At one point McDowell believed […]

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McDowell Two days after finishing, I’m still digesting all the themes and stories in this book. There were so many moments that stunned me, either with the elegance of writing, the ebullience of the human spirit, or the eloquence of the scenes and details. But for a while, I wasn’t sure I could say anything that […]

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5/5

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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Guardian of Deceit Review from OnlineBookClub.org Guardian of Deceit is a work of literary fiction written by William H. Coles. Coles has received critical acclaim for his character-based style of writing and mastery of character development in this novel and other writings throughout his literary career. Coles style is based on his belief that what happens in the […]

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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 Review from OnlineBookClub.org I was captured by the scope of this book. Hiram and his daughter Sophie are extensive travelers worldwide and their separate searches for meaning in life take place on a grand stage of varied interests and circumstances throughout the book. Characters from all walks of life are presented, from the board room […]

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The Spirit of Want Review from OnlineBookClub.org The story is so well-thought-out that I could not find fault. The editing was professional, the cover is superbly done, and the wording couldn’t be any better. There are concepts about faith that may disturb conservatives. However, the author was careful to construct these concepts in a manner that the reader can […]

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5/5

The Spirit of Want The spirit of want is what drives most of the primary characters in this literary fiction novel by William H. Coles. The beautiful, but deeply conflicted lawyer, Lucy, isn’t sure what she wants. But after she marries Luke, a doctor who wants Lucy from the day he meets her, she knows Luke isn’t what she […]

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McDowell Review from OnlineBookClub.org I liked the fonts, they were easy to read and I didn’t notice any mistakes in grammar or spelling. This book is definitely oriented to a mature audience; the theme of the story and the language that McDowell uses to describe women or people can be disturbing to sensible or younger readers. […]

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Sister Carrie After the death of her parents, Jessie Broward takes her 17-year-old sister Carrie under her care. Despite worrying about financial matters, Jessie, an optometrist assistant, gets Carrie a job at the movie theater and life is good for them. An Arab man named Zamel, however, challenges the sisters’ bond when Carrie falls in love and […]

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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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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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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 Review from OnlineBookClub.org I enjoyed reading this fictional novel. It was captivating and fun. One of the things I love about this book is the moral lesson I got from it. These lessons are practical. I went back to think about my life and critically examine my actions with my friends, colleagues and family members […]

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The Spirit of Want Review from OnlineBookClub.org I totally loved this book! It’s a book that tells a great story and reinforces, without preaching, one of the most basic lessons in life: be careful what you desire as actions and decisions have consequences. The author successfully delves into the worlds of law, medicine and religion and introduces us to […]

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The Surgeon's Wife Review from OnlineBookClub.org I rate this 4 out of 4 stars as it was well-written and professionally edited with a flow that made me want to read non-stop till the end. The smooth flow and narration of the events which can happen in real life was depicted in a manner that even few lessons can […]

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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 The book has a total of thirty four short stories, two graphic novel illustrations and one novella. The themes that arise from the book include: teenage pregnancy, child trafficking, love and romance, betrayal and infidelity, flawed justice systems as well as rogue religious leaders. The beauty of short stories is that they […]

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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 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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Creating Literary Stories Review from OnlineBookClub.org Short-story veteran, William. H. Coles condenses his years of experience into this book which attempts to explain the intricacies involved in creating powerful literary fiction stories. Having read a few of Coles’ books, most of which I thoroughly enjoyed, I was quite pleased and excited to finds this manual listed on the […]

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Creating Literary Stories Review from OnlineBookClub.org Inside the book, there are four things that I like. These are the definitions, examples, summaries, and the whys, like “why literary stories fail.” Every chapter starts with the definitions of literary words. These terms are operationally defined as to what their functions in the story that the writers are creating. As […]

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McDowell It is statistically improbable that I will read a book as good as this one anytime soon. Although I’ll admit it starts slowly, I found that the depths of this novel are revealed as the protagonist’s life unfolds. Other than that, this is another wonderful story. Quirky characters and a fair dose of improbable coincidences, […]

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4/5

The Surgeon's Wife The Surgeon’s Wife by William H. Coles 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 […]

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Tour of Duty Tour of Duty by William H. Coles is a historical novel set in France in the 1960s. Central character Miles Ballard arrives at the US Air Force base and soon gets a taste of the French hostility towards Americans. Nevertheless, his work as a physician is all-consuming as he attends to not only General Thomas […]

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McDowell Review from OnlineBookClub.org McDowell by William H. Coles is an excellent read. I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars for it’s intriguing adventure, the characters, and the editing. This book is excellent and I really didn’t dislike any part outside of what is expected. There are some situations that are uncomfortable to read […]

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McDowell Review from OnlineBookClub.org This book is great for those who like works of fiction which most likely will have one reading again just to allow the story to sink and for some reflection. I recommend it to them. The nature of the story will leave the reader questioning the morally acceptable choices we ought to […]

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The Spirit of Want There were some really good parts to this story and I thought the characters were generally interesting, though it didn’t feel like the reader got to know them very well, and there seemed to not be a lot actually happening through the plot. The entire party scene where Luke and Lucy first meet, as well […]

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McDowell Review from OnlineBookClub.org What I loved most about the book is Cole’s wrought writing style; very detailed descriptions, of people, events, places and emotions to mention a few . Also, the introduction of each chapter with a title of which character the chapter is about, the italicized writing to explain a character’s thought process, the […]

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Guardian of Deceit Author William H. Coles offers a sweeping family epic that combines a coming-of-age story with soapy stories of love, lust and betrayal. When orphaned teen Darwin Hastings’ caretaker succumbs to health problems, he’s sent from Pittsburgh to the Hamptons to live with his cousin Luther Pinnelli, a famous football star. On the plane, Darwin meets […]

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Guardian of Deceit Review from OnlineBookClub.org This is the first book I have read by this author. He definitely had a way of drawing me in and keeping me interested. I was intrigued as it challenged my emotions and thinking. I am looking forward to reading more novels written by William H. Coles. Personally, I liked the overall […]

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The Short Fiction of William H. Coles 2000-2016 Review from OnlineBookClub.org I give this book a 4 out of 4 stars because of the beauty and flow of its narration. I found no errors or mistakes. The author has a good way with words and he is very creative as well. His characters are enticing and each new story brings out a new […]

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The Spirit of Want Review from OnlineBookClub.org I loved the themes discussed by the author in this novel. In addition to the theme of love, the author discusses themes like family and marriage life, divorce, religion and hypocrisy, effects of drug abuse and rotten justice system. These themes are self-evident in the society today. Avid readers can easily identify […]

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The Spirit of Want Review from OnlineBookClub.org William H. Coles has never disappointed in his work. His ability to create a story full of drama and twists without forgetting the unpredictability of the sequence and characterization. The Spirit of Want is that book that fully captures your attention from the beginning to the end. It fills your mind with […]

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The Spirit of Want Review from OnlineBookClub.org First of all, I admire how Williams H. Coles changes the scenes where the reader gets to know what’s happening in different places at the same time. For example, the reader gets to know what was happening in Georgia when Lucy was in Ghana. I also admire the use of many vocabularies […]

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Guardian of Deceit Review from OnlineBookClub.org The author does a good job creating a multi-layered storyline with a lot of twists and turns which keeps the reader engaged throughout.The book also has a mixture of very interesting characters who are well developed and easy to relate to. My own favourite was, of course, Darwin who is the protagonist […]

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McDowell Review from OnlineBookClub.org The book is inspiring and heartbreaking at the same time. It portrays real life situations that happens in our lives on daily basis. McDowell deals with the realities of devastation that can occur in the lives of the people we love because of our own self-promotion and egocentrism. It also portrays social […]

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McDowell Review from OnlineBookClub.org I loved the book. It was an engrossing read and I could not put it down. I loved the characterization. The quirky people he meets are often funny, always endearing and very real. A beautiful story I would recommend this book to anyone interested in character-driven books. There was nothing not to […]

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McDowell Review from OnlineBookClub.org I was so hooked with the plot it was really a struggle to put down this book once I get started especially when one by one, each well-developed character was introduced in the story and had come to be an important part of a whole. As I read, I was able to […]

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The Spirit of Want Review from OnlineBookClub.org I was fascinated by the author’s unique writing style in which each chapter focuses on a particular character giving a detailed manifestation of events for a particular duration. The story is well balanced and its progression from the onset is quite enthralling and smooth. Even though it is fictional the touching storyline […]

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McDowell Review from OnlineBookClub.org I enjoyed reading this book. It grabbed my attention from the prologue and held it captive the rest of the way through the book. I also believe that there is also a hidden lesson in this book. It personally made me think about all of the things that I not so much […]

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McDowell Review from OnlineBookClub.org Ambition, greed, legacy, morality, and redemption are only a few of the many themes in William H. Coles’ epic adventure, McDowell. We first meet Dr. Hiram McDowell, celebrated surgeon and titular protagonist, as he attempts to navigate the Himalayas during a violent snowstorm. His actions and decisions in this opening scene foreshadow […]

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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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The Short Fiction of William H. Coles 2000-2016 Review from OnlineBookClub.org I appreciate the dark-adapted characters I have met in these stories. Characters that may easily be perceived as pure evil and malevolent until you get to know them more and realize how capable of goodness even these people can be. One example I can think of is Harry. The nature of his […]

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Guardian of Deceit Review from OnlineBookClub.org The author manages to create emotions of intense sympathy and interest for many of the characters in the reader. His writing is crisp and very effective. Written from the third person narrative, a compelling plot is created that generates excitement and an atmosphere of mounting social tension. An feeling of life in […]

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The Short Fiction of William H. Coles 2000-2016 Review from OnlineBookClub.org Coles succeeded in diverse and character studies within a range of factors like felons, clergy, or physicians. He usually covers an understanding of loss whether by death, abandonment by family, or spouses. I could just feel every emotion as if I was in that position instead of the individuals. At each of […]

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The Short Fiction of William H. Coles 2000-2016 Review from OnlineBookClub.org William H. Coles’ collection can be thought of as a modern day Grimms’ Fairy Tales. While every story has a life lesson, they are definitely not meant for children. Each story tackles a mature issue from relationships and identity to human trafficking and suicide. Coles has an amazing way with words that […]

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The Short Fiction of William H. Coles 2000-2016 Review from OnlineBookClub.org Most of the stories revolve around the themes of loss and love and sometimes of unrequited love. The author’s compelling narration made this book stand out, even with short stories. These stories mirror reality, and I could relate to many stories. The author uses both first and third-person narration that gave intensity […]

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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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McDowell Review from OnlineBookClub.org The author did an absolutely exceptional job creating and developing these characters. Their quirks, unique physical features, and personalities made them personable on a whole other level. In the beginning, I didn’t think it was possible for me to hate a character like McDowell as much as I did. As the main […]

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The Short Fiction of William H. Coles 2000-2016 Review from OnlineBookClub.org Each of the story in the book is realistic in nature so thumbs up to the author for the disclaimer. Being realistic some of the stories reveal the dark side of human nature and its dark indulgences which in my opinion, gives the book dept. I like that the different short stories […]

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The Short Fiction of William H. Coles 2000-2016 Review from OnlineBookClub.org Most of the stories in this book are exceptionally beautiful, unique, and come from different topics. Reading this book was a very interesting and exciting experience. Each ending is satisfying, even though most of them are sad and mysterious. At the end of my reading, I wondered which chapter was my favorite, […]

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McDowell Review from OnlineBookClub.org This novel is delightful, fun, and interesting fictional tale which can keep you glued to your seat turning the pages due to the curiosity of how his struggle will pan out. The novel has a very well mapped plot with much better pacing. The author did a splendid job in introducing characters […]

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The Short Fiction of William H. Coles 2000-2016 Review from OnlineBookClub.org Coles’ reputable writing style is generally evident in every story. He uses irony and sarcasm to contradict human behaviour. This helped me to reflect on why some characters behaved the way they did. I was then able to identify with them and even ‘forgive’ their impulsive actions. My favourite story was Suchin’s […]

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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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Creating Literary Stories Review from OnlineBookClub.org CREATING LITERARY STORIES: A Fiction Writer’s Guide by William H. Coles explains everything needed to write a literary fiction story, starting off with the basics (definitions and introductions) all the way to the more complicated items. The content is delivered in a fun non-academic way. It’s not easy to achieve this kind […]

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McDowell Review from OnlineBookClub.org This novel is very impressive with its premise, writing, and characters. The plot is utterly gripping, and the writing style is just as captivating in its simplicity. The latter, I found, was very important given how complicated the narrative gets at times, and adds a good balance to the novel in its […]

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The Short Fiction of William H. Coles 2000-2016 Review from OnlineBookClub.org None of the characters and the storyline is alike in the entire book. The heterogeneity of the characters, plots, sets, and the scenes in this book make the reading enjoyable. I planned to read two tales a day, but ended up reading 3-4 at a stretch. These stories are not interconnected; hence […]

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Guardian of Deceit Review from OnlineBookClub.org I enjoy reading this book a lot. It has a lot of events that made me ponder at times. The characters are interesting. They are famous and high profiled people who strived to retain social reputation and integrity. The author was able to properly deliver a series of event by which you […]

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McDowell Review from OnlineBookClub.org This book is character driven. There is a plot, but the most interesting part is McDowell’s transformation. After reading the first few chapters, I hated his character. He treated everyone around him like inferior beings. He treated the women especially badly, and I don’t think he viewed them as human. As the […]

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McDowell Review from OnlineBookClub.org I enjoyed reading this book. I was challenged by a question that seemed to provoke the genuine intention behind philanthropic efforts. The question was, ‘How many times a day do we do things for others that are really for our own pleasure and advancement?’This is what I believe can be applied before […]

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5/5

McDowell McDowell is another high quality work of literary fiction penned by author William H Coles, this time focusing on themes of privilege and the fall from grace. Our central character is the titular Hiram McDowell, an acerbic and selfish man who cares only for his immediate group of close family. A renowned surgeon, McDowell’s downfall […]

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The Short Fiction of William H. Coles 2000-2016 Review from OnlineBookClub.org I love how William H. Coles brought the characters to life in all the stories. Readers can feel the presence of the characters in the book and the different roles they played in each piece. There is nothing that I disliked about the book. The stories I found to be wholesome, and […]

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4/4

Guardian of Deceit Review from OnlineBookClub.org The author openly portrays the positive and negative traits prevailing in society. The selfishness of society is evident in the story. Each character is in struggle to achieve his or her goal by hook or by crook. When we see the positive side of the story, the case of dismissal of Betsy […]

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The Surgeon's Wife Review from Readers’ Favorite William H. Coles’ The Surgeon’s Wife is a story set in New Orleans about Dr. Mike Boudreaux and his mentor, Dr. Clayton Otherson. The story opens with Mike in surgery and called to assist Otherson because his surgery is going awry. The patient is saved, but Otherson’s mishap opens the door […]

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Audiobook McDowell by William H. Coles is an engrossing audiobook that follows a surgeon who loses everything because of his character. McDowell is an exceptional surgeon and as he grows in fame within his ranks, his callous behavior and pride make him unpopular among his colleagues. Even if he has connections with the White House, things […]

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McDowell Review from OnlineBookClub.org The author skillfully incorporates these fresh characters into the main plot, allowing their presence to impact the storyline. Through their interactions, the narrative progresses, revealing McDowell’s transformation from a self-centered individual to someone willing to assist others. Along his journey, Hiram’s encounters with new female characters lead to improvements in his relationships […]

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The Spirit of Want Review from OnlineBookClub.org William H. Coles is a born storyteller, in all the three parts his large cast doesn’t feel faceless. This is because, he carefully brings out each character’s traits. There’s a well crafted relationship between characters and there’s a seeding out of important issues affecting society such as, fake religion, law and religion- […]

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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 Surgeon's Wife A refreshing read, The Surgeon’s Wife takes readers on a fictional journey that will keep them intrigued from the beginning. William H. Coles’ dramatic tale is based around the lives of two prominent surgeons and one woman. The issues that arise in The Surgeon’s Wife start off with one of the main characters, Clayton Otherson, […]

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Guardian of Deceit Review from OnlineBookClub.org What I loved best about Guardian of Deceit was the character development. William H. Coles really did a great job of developing almost all the characters that appeared in the book. He made the likes, dislikes, history, attitudes, weekeness etc. of characters such as Sweeney, Mrs Thompson, Helen, Lazlo, known intimately to […]

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Guardian of Deceit Guardian of Deceit by William H Coles is literary fiction narrated in a fun, humorous, and engaging voice – the story of Darwin Hastings who flies to New York from Pittsburgh to live with his cousin, Luther Pinnelli, the football star. He has dreams of studying medicine after his graduation from a private school. He […]

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The Short Fiction of William H. Coles 2000-2016 Review from OnlineBookClub.org I did enjoy reading this book. As an avid reader and huge fan of short stories, this has to be among the best pieces I have read so far. The plots are written in beautiful and artistic ways that help readers form imagery as they read. All the themes discussed are very […]

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Creating Literary Stories Review from OnlineBookClub.org What I liked the most about this book is how the author explained the concept of in-scene narration. Not only that, but he included examples to show how it is done. It honestly captured my whole being as an aspiring author. I also liked the whole of chapter 5 in Book Two. […]

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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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Tour of Duty Reviewed by Maria Victoria Beltran for Readers’ Favorite Tour of Duty by William H Coles is set in France, in the tumultuous 1960s at the onset of the Cuban Missile Crisis, and conflict in Vietnam at the height of the Cold War. The story unravels as physician Miles Ballard, inducted to serve in the US […]

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The Short Fiction of William H. Coles 2000-2016 Review from OnlineBookClub.org What I appreciate about William H. Coles writing is that he gave the stories realistic endings. I can’t deny that there were times where I felt frustrated by how the stories ended because I thought it was unfair. However, life isn’t fair. Things do not always end up the way we imagine. […]

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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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The Short Fiction of William H. Coles 2000-2016 Review from OnlineBookClub.org The book was a pleasant surprise. It contains thirty-three short stories, two graphic novels depicting two of the short stories, and one novella. While these stories are considered fiction, many of the stories portray themes and ideas that could happen or could have happened in real life. It should be noted that […]

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The Short Fiction of William H. Coles 2000-2016 Review from OnlineBookClub.org A treasury of thirty-three award-winning short stories, two graphic novels, and a novella. Each story has come alive with beautiful narration in different styles. It presents the stories of all genres in such a way that readers would get inspiration to read stories with anticipation. I would recommend this book to people […]

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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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The Short Fiction of William H. Coles 2000-2016 Review from OnlineBookClub.org It’s a good, fast-paced read and the book offers poignant storytelling and meaningful takeaways by the author, William Coles. I like that his stories have no open endings. The stories are complete, leaving you completely drenched with emotions feeling like a complete human. Common themes are complicated relationships, humanity, love, and injustice […]

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The Short Fiction of William H. Coles 2000-2016 Review from OnlineBookClub.org The author’s clever use of prognostics made me anxious about getting to that pivotal moment when a character’s decision affected the outcome of the story massively. Ultimately, there were lots of unexpected twists in the way the author narrated the stories, and despite long read, it was entertaining and thought-provoking. My verdict […]

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Guardian of Deceit Review from OnlineBookClub.org The story highlights aspects like deceit, drama, career, athletics, family, education, abduction, relationships and legal development. The relationships featured in the story are quite interesting. They are dramatic and keeps fluctuating. Furthermore, the effects that divided families have on the members and the flaws present in the education system are vividly explained. […]

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McDowell Review from OnlineBookClub.org Coles is an extraordinary author and his style made the book a pleasure to read. He used many imagery techniques to help develop his settings and characters, but allowed our imaginations to take control. In only the first few chapters, I could see that this was going to be an enjoyable read, […]

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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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The Short Fiction of William H. Coles 2000-2016 I’m not a big reader of short stories. I prefer novels most of the time, but some short stories have impressed me over the years, and I have a sneaking suspicion that I should read more short stories in order to improve my own writing. I reviewed a book by William H. Coles recently called […]

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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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McDowell Review from OnlineBookClub.org McDowell by William H. Coles is one of the few good reads I have come across lately. It solely reflects on the importance of humanity through the many changes in life the intricate character called McDowell goes through. The beginning of the novel is very intriguing as Hiram McDowell, despite being a […]

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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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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