Steve Bartholomew


The author was born a long time ago. He spent three years in the US Army where he learned a lot of vital skills, such as how to use a soldering iron and screwdriver, as well as how to make the bed, mop the floor, and wash dishes. He grew up and spent most of his life in San Francisco. After obtaining a useless liberal arts degree, he became a social worker and did more than 20 years in the mean streets of New York City, San Francisco, and rural California. He is now devoted to writing books, which he should have been doing in the first place. He has written some science fiction and fantasy, but is now mainly interested in tales of the Old West. Some previous publications:
• JOURNEY TO RHYOLITE, © 2009, Norlights Press
• CHAPEL PERILOUS, © 2009, Norlights Press.
• THE IMAGINARY EMPEROR, ® 2011, Untreed Reads

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Gold, a tale of the California Gold Rush
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 65,780. Language: American English. Published: September 21, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier
1850: Dana is hungry and cold in New York City. He needs to leave town, fast, before his past catches up with him. He gets his chance when he lands a berth as stoker in a side wheel steamer bound for the gold fields of California. He doesn’t actually know what a stoker is, but he’s soon to find out. So begins an epic journey that will change his life and sustain him through death and rebirth.
The Woodcutter
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 52,320. Language: English. Published: September 2, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier
In the winter of 1888, Dana Reynolds has no reason to believe in anything, until he runs afoul of Wovoka. Dana doesn't believe in Truth. Telling the truth was what lost him his job back at the Chronicle in San Francisco. In Nevada he's learning that Indian agents can be as crooked as politicians. Now he was supposed to report on that so-called Paiute prophet, Wovoka, the Woodcutter.
Ariella, an heroic tale
Price: $1.98 USD. Words: 23,830. Language: English. Published: November 18, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
Rymer the troubador possesses only one thing of value in all the world: his beloved lute, Ariella. Unfortunately it has been stolen by minions of a terrible ogre. Without fear, Rymer sets off to find Ariella. On the way he learns he must get past the Black Duke in his Castle Starke. Luckily, Rymer has one ally in the person of Swine Girl. If only she didn't smell so bad.

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Smashwords book reviews by Steve Bartholomew

  • The Pict on Jan. 14, 2011

    A really good read. The author's writing style rises at times to the level of elegance. He has obviously put a great deal if preparation into this work; it held my attention at every moment. My only complaint is that it might have been longer. The first half of the story might be greatly expanded into either a separate novel, or a 2 volume yarn. I want to see more from this writer.
  • The Red Gate on June 28, 2012
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    There's not much I can add to the previous reviews. Sutton's writing style reminded me for some reason of Thomas Hardy. Or perhaps it was just the setting, the grim coast of Ireland a hundred years ago. However, Sutton's view is less pessimistic than Hardy's. Fate plays a major part in this tale, but that's not always a bad thing. Along the way the author makes some telling observations of academic tyranny, as well as the mysteries of ancient worlds. An engrossing and entertaining yarn.
  • The Amber Treasure on Sep. 10, 2012

    After a couple of pages I found myself immersed in the deepest part of the Dark Ages, a time we don't really know much about. The author has done admirable research to cast as much light as possible. His writing style is taut and economical, and moves the reader quickly through his narrative. It was a time when the English and Welsh each developed hard feelings toward the other, feelings which to this day persist. One word of caution: descriptions of the battles are violent and unremitting. One reason we call them the Dark Ages. Reviewed by Steve Bartholomew, author of The Woodcutter and other books.
  • Home on Sep. 17, 2012

    "Home" is a thoughtful metaphor about the phenomenon of immigration and the clash of different cultures. The author might have chosen to relate a story of Eastern Europeans immigrating to America during the 19th Century. Instead, his story takes place in the far future, with pilgrims from a depleted Earth traveling to a new planet. They are welcomed and helped by some of the natives, but despised by others. The discovery of a common DNA leads inevitably to inter-species romance with equally inevitable stresses and trials. Somehow people make do and survive. This is not a Star Wars tale, with ray guns and interplanetary blasters. Rather, it is a story of quiet struggles within, to come to grips with our own natures. A unique accomplishment.