Blaine Coleman


A lifelong resident of Virginia, I grew up in the rural southeastern part of the state with a large extended family. I majored in Religious Studies and minored in Creative Writing-fiction at Virginia Commonwealth University. I now live in a rural area near Richmond where five year old beagle, Leah, and her new companion beagle, Sage, have room to run. I spend my free time with my favorite activity, gardening, participate in Midlothian Wordsmith's Workshop, and read and write as often as possible. At university, I was fortunate to have many incredible writing teachers, the most recent being authors Clint McGown, and Sheri Reynolds, bestselling author of “Rapture of Canaan”, among others. I learned from Clint McGown that prose can be as beautiful as poetry and I gained a love of southern fiction from Sheri Reynolds.
In 2012 I began writing stories about a boy growing up in the south in the 1960’s. Those stories became the collection "The Adventures of Roland McCray". All three volumes are also in print and audiobook. Some of my books are available in or can be requested at many Public libraries and paperback versions can be ordered from several major offline book retailers.
I also have a new book that is a radical change from the "Roland McCray" series- "Falling Water: Stories & Poetry" a well-received collection of unusual short stories & poetry that is also available in print and audiobook (narrated by Charles Kahlenberg). Among other projects, I'm currently working on a science fiction novel that I hope to complete in 2015.

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Butterflies- The Adventures of Roland Mccray
Price: Free! Words: 7,680. Language: English. Published: June 30, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Anthology
These two stories offer a free introduction to “The Adventures of Roland McCray”, a collection of stories that see every moment as its own adventure, rather than adventure stories in the action-packed thriller sense. In "Butterflies", Roland discovers that not everything as it seems, and in "Poke it with a Stick", Roland learns to cherish what he has even when it isn’t what he wanted
Falling Water: Stories & Poetry
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 39,600. Language: English. Published: March 12, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author, Fiction » Literature » Visionary & metaphysical
These stories and poems may give you a new perspective on life! This is a book to be savored, a unique gathering of stories and poetry that offers an insightful look at life in all of its highs and its lows, its joys and grief. The poems were compiled especially for this book from handwritten journals I’ve kept over the years. They balance the stories and help explore the realities of life
Tunnels in the Briar Patch (The Adventures of Roland McCray)
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 53,130. Language: English. Published: July 13, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Family sagas, Fiction » Inspirational
Set in the 1960’s, Roland McCray’s adventures recall a simpler time when kids played for hours outdoors, instead of hours on video games. His mother took him to a Baptist church every Sunday, but it was his grandfather who taught him that real faith is not just for show; it is a quiet and unwavering belief that all things work for the good of those who seek good.
Finding Roland McCray (The Adventures of Roland McCray)
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 87,630. Language: English. Published: June 30, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Anthology, Fiction » Inspirational
The “Roland McCray” stories are reminiscent of Salinger’s “Catcher in the Rye”, Bradbury’s “Dandelion Wine” and Faulkner’s short stories! The way they are woven you feel what Roland feels; not all lightness and brightness, but like real life in all of its shaded details. A theme of remembrance and a bit of melancholy runs throughout the book, only serving to make it seem more real.
Finding Luck with Roland McCray (The Adventures of Roland McCray)
Series: Tales of Roland McCray, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 39,400. Language: English. Published: March 7, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Spiritual & metaphysical, Fiction » Inspirational
These stories follow Roland McCray into those angst-ridden teen years. Roland, no longer a child but not yet an adult, learns the pain of loss and the indescribable joy of first love. He begins to understand the need of forgiveness and acceptance in an often confusing world. Enticed by more temptations than ever, Roland seeks the quiet, unwavering faith his grandfather lives.

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  • Zombies vs. Robots 2 on Sep. 29, 2013

    This book changed my mind about just how engaging a Zombie story can be! I’ve been an avid reader since I was twelve and science fiction and horror stories were and still are my favorite genres. I still read as much as possible and prefer science fiction, cyberpunk and the occasional horror story, but I never really had interest in zombie stories; the few I read were just formulaic, too “old school” for my tastes, but the title of this book intrigued me and I’m glad I bought it. The fast paced, action-filled, suspenseful story is a mesh of somewhat traditional zombies, genetic engineering, the unchecked power of multi-national corporations that want to subjugate humanity and a fringe religious group with apocalyptic aspirations, both with their own private army fighting to take over the world isn’t just plausible in the future but true today. And frankly, unbridled corporate and religious power is even more frightening than are the zombies! This story has believable characters and a strong focus on family, loyalty, love, and importance of cooperation against seemingly impossible odds in the face of horrific personal suffering and loss. The father-daughter author writing team, Joseph and Marisha Cautilli, have added science, tech and an element of cyberpunk to the traditional “zombie” tale, a twist that definitely makes this book stand out from the slew of “Zombie” books being turned out every day. This is not your typical zombie tale and once I started reading it I didn’t want to put it down, and the cliff-hanger ending left me wanting the series to continue. I highly recommend this series to any fan of science fiction, fantasy or horror- I know I’ll be waiting for the next volume to be released!