Rob Summers

Biography

The author of the Wizards’ Inn, Hila Grant, and City Allegories series is an administrative assistant at a university. He lives with his wife on six wooded acres in rural Indiana. After discovering, while in his thirties, that writing novels is even more fulfilling than reading them, he began to create worlds and people on paper. His Mage powers include finding morel mushrooms and making up limericks in his head. Feel free to email him at robsummers76@gmail.com

Smashwords Interview

Why are you writing the Wizards' Inn series?
I wanted to explore a magic world, to present stories in which any sort of wizard or creature might happen along at any time, so I started writing about an Indiana inn specializing in such guests. The innkeepers are two adventure-loving young people named Bob and Julie, who can't wait for the next Mirror Mage or shape changer to show up and ask for bed and breakfast. In the sequels, young wizards travel to other locales, including Merlin's Tower, a moon temple of the goblins, and the palace of the Faerie Queen.
What's the story behind your fantasy adventure 'The Door in Crow Wood'?
I have a backlog of books written before e-publishing became a viable alternative to traditional publishing, and 'The Door in Crow Wood' is one of them.. I was creating the geography, culture,and history of the Fold fantasy world for years before I started writing the novel. In fact the background could itself be a small book. For a plot, I wanted some way to not only introduce a couple of modern American teens, a brother and sister, into the Fold but to make them instantly important there. So I made them, unknown to themselves, the descendants of the highest Fold royalty. I deliberately made Simone, the sister, very much the opposite of me; she is loud, confronting, short tempered--everything that makes for fun scenes when she encounters a talking wolf-creature or dragon.
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Books

Merlin's Crooked Cane
Series: Wizards' Inn. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 124,190. Language: English. Published: September 5, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
Why doesn’t the world give a washed up sorceress a break? It isn’t bad enough that Deirdre the Damned blinded Lile, but now the wicked fairy Blackroot is planning to murder her. She needs a Mage to heal her eyes, but perhaps even more, needs to rely on a twisted cane that once belonged to Merlin. Then she may become the pivotal person in an Eonic battle that is rocking 1860 Philadelphia.
Merlin's Best Dungeon
Series: Wizards' Inn, Book 4. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 93,820. Language: English. Published: January 3, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
If young church deacon Stan Morrison is to save his friends Bob and Julie from a dangerous fantasy of being innkeepers for wizards, he must first find out what is really happening at Wizards’ Inn. He must also overcome his infatuation with Deirdre the Damned, and above all, not fall through a magic portal into a far off time and place and have wild adventures with goblins, fairies, and a chimera.
A Narrower Mind
Series: Hila Grant, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 92,470. Language: English. Published: November 23, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Christian » General
‘Safe’ in a wanna-be Mega Church, Hila has to choose sides in a dispute about the authority of the Bible. Meanwhile, a lot of people would much rather she didn’t date Jeff Fontaine, including his parents—and hers.
A Religious Spirit
Series: Hila Grant, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 75,380. Language: English. Published: November 23, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Christian » General
Hila Grant attends a charismatic house church that is being taken over by a highly questionable teacher. Because she tends to overdo it when challenging false teachers, she does not want to oppose Mrs. Vortgern. How can she take a stand for her faith without becoming self-righteous and vindictive?
The Godsend of River Grove
Series: Hila Grant, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 76,860. Language: English. Published: November 23, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Christian » General
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River Grove Community Church voted out elder Ollie Fulborne, who was under suspicion of heresy and of sexually harassing a young teenage girl. But Ollie had been the driving force behind the church. Two years later, with numbers dwindling and church debt piling up, the people are considering allowing him to return to his former authority. Church member Hila Grant is dead set against his return.
Goner House: The Return of Patience
Series: The City Allegories, Book 4. Price: Free! Words: 87,950. Language: English. Published: November 23, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Classical & allegory, Fiction » Christian » Contemporary
Dignity and Reason have suffered much stress and misery because of their cousin Guiles, his daughter Prevarica, and the rest of the Leasing family. Now Guiles leaves Dignity the responsibility for bankrupt and neglected Founders Grove park, and it will take miracles—and a really good lawyer—to get him out of this.
Sandhill Street: The Loss of Gentleness
Series: The City Allegories, Book 3. Price: Free! Words: 68,830. Language: English. Published: November 23, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Classical & allegory, Fiction » Christian » Contemporary
When a house collapses in his Sandhill Street neighborhood, Dignity has to decide whether to offend his parents, Neglect and Folly, by telling them what really happens to the homeless of the City. But in dealing with Neglect, Folly, and some other disagreeable relatives, Dignity and Reason don’t seem to comprehend how much they need the help of their young friend Gentleness.
Grace House: The Trial of Obscurity
Series: The City Allegories, Book 2. Price: Free! Words: 54,120. Language: English. Published: November 23, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Classical & allegory, Fiction » Christian » Contemporary
If Dignity (formerly Pride) and Reason could only publish their book 'The Pride Story,' God would be glorified and, incidentally, they would make buckets of money. So why is security expert Miss Obscurity sabotaging their efforts? And does Reason’s old friend Bits Bitterly really just want to help her find a path to publication, or does he have hidden motives for spending so much time with her?
Pride House: The Quest for Vainglory
Series: The City Allegories, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 57,270. Language: English. Published: November 23, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Classical & allegory, Fiction » Christian » Contemporary
Young Mr. Pride marries Miss Doubt, grieving his cousin Miss Reason, and soon Doubt persuades Pride to welcome into his house her friends Worry, Tedium, and Confusion. Then, to make matters worse, Pride becomes infatuated with Miss Vainglory and will do anything to win her love. Though Reason could get help from Faith Orchard and her Heavenite family, it might cost the cousins their reputations.
The Door in Crow Wood
Price: Free! Words: 163,020. Language: English. Published: August 31, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » General
So distant ancestors of Simone and Clay Gareth were royal? And the family reigned in a hidden continent not found on any map? Heirs to an empire, this teenage brother and sister are about to leave Indiana and enter the lost realm called the Fold, a land inhabited partly by humans and partly by intelligent but non-human species; a land of mysteries, dangers, and wars.
The Magic Coffins
Series: Wizards' Inn, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 106,270. Language: English. Published: April 20, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
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For five hundred years Queen Tanaquill has ruled Faerie splendidly by herself. She does not need any help from young Magi, whether to meet threats from Queen Morgan Le Fay, from a so-called King of Terrors, or from her own bad temper. But Tanaquill owes a humbling debt to Deirdre the Damned and may yet be indebted to another of her guests whom the Faerie Court calls the Queen of Death.
Deirdre the Damned
Series: Wizards' Inn, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 101,090. Language: English. Published: April 20, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
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Innkeeper Bob Himmel’s rotten teenage cousin Deirdre appears destined to become a hardened criminal—or just possibly a Mage. She thinks either will do as long as she can get out of dead-end Rayburn County, Indiana. But if a Mage, will she accept electrifying Mrs. Rollins as a mentor? Or a Curse Mage as a best friend? Or leave all that behind and enroll in Morgan Le Fay’s School of Evil?
Merlin Slept Here
Series: Wizards' Inn, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 87,120. Language: English. Published: April 20, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
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Store clerks by day, innkeepers for the Magi by night! Twenty-year-olds Bob Himmel and Julie Beckerhof aren’t getting paid anything, but the thrills are there. If the inn isn’t sold out from under them, and if they can keep their guests alive—number seven on the list of innkeepers’ rules—they just might get married and settle into this.

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