Book Spotlight: Rarity from the Hollow by Robert Eggleton.

05 Sep
Book Spotlight: Rarity from the Hollow by Robert Eggleton.

Today, I’m doing a spotlight on a book which not only sounds great, but the Author is very generously donating his proceeds to a fantastic charity. Please read the book blurb below and if you are interesting in helping out this charity, the links below are where you can find out more and buy the book.



Lacy Dawn is a true daughter of  Appalachia , and then some. She lives in a hollow with her worn-out mom, her Iraq War disabled dad, and her mutt Brownie, a dog who’s very skilled at laying fiber optic cable. Lacy Dawn’s android boyfriend has come to the hollow with a mission. His equipment includes infomercial videos of Earth’s earliest proto-humans from millennia ago. He was sent by the Manager of the Mall on planet Shptiludrp (Shop ’till You Drop): he must recruit Lacy Dawn to save the Universe in exchange for the designation of Earth as a planet which is eligible for continued existence within a universal economic structure that exploits underdeveloped planets for their mineral content. Lacy Dawn’s magic helps her to save the universe, Earth, and, most importantly, her own family. At first, this story seems sooooo serious, until……. Then, through the darkness, or perhaps because of it, laugh-out-loud comedy erupts to move the plot toward an outrageous closing scene.

Saving an entire universe is a big job for anybody. It takes more than just magic. Lacy Dawn needs a team and a very strong sense of humour. First, she motivates the android into helping her fix her family by putting her foot down and flat out telling him that she won’t save the universe unless he helps her first. The android agrees to the terms. After Lacy Dawn’s father is cured of his mental health problems and stops being so mean to Lacy Dawn and her mom, Lacy Dawn next arranges for her to mother get her rotten teeth replaced, pass her GED, and to get a driver’s license. The mother feels so much better about herself that she also joins the team. By this time, the android has fallen so deeply in love with Lacy Dawn that she has him wrapped around her little finger. Add a pot head neighbour who sells marijuana and has a strong sense for business transactions, Brownie, a dog who proves to have tremendous empathy for the most vile occupants of any planet, and Faith, the ghost of Lacy Dawn’s best friend who was murdered by her own father — the team is ready to embark on a very weird off-world adventure. Of course, in preparation, Lacy Dawn has studied for hours to learn about sociology, math, economics, psychology, languages, culture and every other school subject that has a title — her brain gets so filled up with knowledge directly downloaded from a universal database that she increasingly needs the perspectives of others on her team to sort it all out. Working together, the team figures out how a few greedy capitalists had made such a mess of the entire universe and how to prevent its destruction without intentionally killing one single being. 


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Rarity from the Hollow is A Children’s Story. For Adults. The content includes serious social commentary and satire. There are graphic scenes in the first chapters before Lacy Dawn’s family is fixed. “…You will enjoy the ride with Lacy Dawn, her family and friends, but don’t expect the ride to be without a few bumps, and enough food to last you a long time.”

            — Darrell Bain, Award Winning Author


Here are the details of the charity the Author has chosen, the link is included if you want to visit.

Children’s Home Society of West Virginia

Author proceeds from sales of Rarity from the Hollow have been donated to a nonprofit child abuse prevention program operated by Children’s Home Society of West Virginia.  The author worked for this agency in the early ’80s establishing and directing a state-wide network of emergency shelters for children. Established in 1896, today   the agency cares for more than 13,000 children, youth, and families throughout the state of West Virginia each year. The services include:


  • Adoption, including pregnancy counseling and assistance with legal services;  

  • Birth to Three, which assists families care for children who exhibit developmental delays and strengthens the families’ abilities to care for their children at home;

  • Comprehensive Assessment and Planning for children and families involved with child protective services to ensure the appropriateness of services and safety of the children;

  • Child Advocacy Centers within which children suspected of having been maltreated can be interviewed in a supportive environment by all involved parties (police, social workers, medical staff, defense, etc.), including video recordings, so as to prevent the children from further trauma by exposure adversarial courtroom proceedings;

  • Parenting Education for parents involved in divorce proceedings;

  • In-Home Child and Family Services to keep families intact when there is no imminent danger to the child but supportive services, such as case management or transportation is needed;

  • Exceptional Youth Emergency shelters serving youth with disabilities;

  • Foster Care in private family homes that sometimes adopt the children initially placed there if freed for adoption through legal proceedings;

  • One mid-town youth center that focuses on after-school and summer academics, delinquency prevention, and parental development;

  • Right from the Start which targets high risk birth mothers and high risk infants to ensure that proper medical, economic, and social service needs are met;

  • Emergency Shelters (9) for youth in crisis (this was where Robert worked as the Director of Shelter Care – He started 5 of these family-like settings but the network has since expanded);

  • We Can, a program that recruits volunteers to augment services provided by child protective services workers;

  • And, a Youth Services program in an under-served part of WV that turns around mostly younger teens who are heading in the wrong direction.

What an amazing cause, I really commend this Author for generously donating to The Children’s Home Society. If you would like to help out, see the links below.

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 Thank you for reading, let me know if you buy this book and what your thoughts are.

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14 responses to “Book Spotlight: Rarity from the Hollow by Robert Eggleton.

  1. ajbookreviewclub

    September 5, 2015 at 1:23 pm

    Sounds good

  2. tanazmasaba

    September 24, 2015 at 11:02 am

    This is so interesting! And the author is working for such a great cause! Will definitely check this out. 😄

    • chocolatepages

      September 24, 2015 at 5:40 pm

      Thank you, it was the amazing goodwill and cause of the Author that prompted me to write the post. I hope you enjoy it.

  3. roberteggleton

    November 8, 2015 at 11:17 pm

    Hi. Last Friday, Rarity from the Hollow received a Gold Star review from Awesome Indies:

    Thanks for the post.

  4. roberteggleton

    March 6, 2016 at 1:58 pm

    Thanks again for the beautiful spotlight on Rarity from the Hollow. I’m writing to update you about a few highlights. Since the Gold Medal for this novel was awarded, the one that I mentioned the last time that I commented on this thread, with respect to the story’s treatment of tough social issues, this reviewer said: “…I was hesitant to accept. I usually do not read or review books that discuss child abuse or domestic violence; however, I was intrigued by the excerpt and decided to give it a shot. I am glad that I took a risk; otherwise, I would have missed out on a fantastic story with a bright, resourceful, and strong protagonist that grabbed my heart and did not let go….” A book reviewer from Bulgaria named Rarity from the Hollow as one of the best five books that he had read in 2015. On January 20, 2016, Rarity from the Hollow was awarded a second Gold Medal by a popular book review site:

    Rarity from the Hollow is in the process of being republished. The 2016 Amazon link is:

    Thanks again for the amazing spotlight.

    • chocolatepages

      March 6, 2016 at 3:45 pm

      Wow, congratulations on the books success. I wish you continued success and good wishes.

  5. roberteggleton

    December 28, 2016 at 10:09 pm

    The second edition of Rarity from the Hollow was released on November 3, 2016: The eBook version was released on December 5, 2016:

  6. roberteggleton

    May 28, 2017 at 3:09 pm

    For a limited time, the eBook version of Rarity from the Hollow, © October 2016, is on sale for $2.99 at Amazon: A sale on the paperback version began yesterday:

    Author proceeds contribute to the prevention of child maltreatment: A listing of services that are supported can be found here:

    Project Updates: and

  7. roberteggleton

    December 13, 2017 at 1:23 am

    Happy Holidays. After Christmas, the publisher is going to make the next deposit of author proceeds from the Rarity from the Hollow project into the nonprofit agency’s account for the prevention of child maltreatment. Millions of American children will spend this holiday in temporary shelters. A lot more world-wide are likely to spend their respective “holidays” in worse conditions. Having once been the director of emergency children’s shelters in West Virginia, it is still heartbreaking to think about children not having a “real” family during Christmas. I remember the faces, the smiles and thank yous for the presents from staff, but….

    I also wanted you to know that the novel received a very cool review by Amazing Stories Magazine. This is my tweet: “Amusing at times, shocking at others, a touching and somehow wonderful SFF read.” Full review by Amazing Stories Magazine: On Sale for Christmas: Proceeds help maltreated children:

    Thanks again for the beautiful spotlight. I just shared the link to it again on social media.

  8. roberteggleton

    July 24, 2018 at 4:14 pm

    The 2018 Edition of Rarity from the Hollow Paperback is now on Amazon: It is also available for Any eReader: Proceeds help abused children.

  9. roberteggleton

    February 24, 2020 at 10:37 pm

    Rarity from the Hollow has a new website:


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