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My 6 Books

February 27, 2018

These 6 books of mine are all on all the streaming sites, Amazon, I- books, Barnes and Nobel, etc.
Lots of variety! Try one and see.

MY SIX BOOKS have been published on all the streaming sites. Here are some review blurbs. (Read excerpts on the Amazon, Tom Hendricks, author page.)

1. LIBRARY PLANET. Tom Hendricks’ Library Planet is an explosion of imagination and wonderful cultures from all the diverse planets… This is a story for those who want to get lost in a planet sized library without spending too much time away from real life. – Maria Stoica

2. CENDRILLON, the True Story of Cinderella. Tom Hendricks uses a unique historical perspective to bring new life to the tale of Cinderella…. Hidden within the story are lessons about love, loss and acceptable behavior, not to mention the definition of true beauty … Cendrillon: The True Story of Cinderella is a delightful version of a favorite fairy tale. – Melinda Hills

3. PORTRAITS, a novel of Art, Artists, and the Art Revolution. Tom Hendricks’ contemporary fiction novel, Portraits: A Novel about Art, Artists, and the Art Revolution, is an art lover’s delight. The author’s story captures the essence of the lifestyle and struggles of artists, especially those who’ve not been discovered or found by the gatekeepers of the art world. – Jack Magnus

4. TEN SHORT AND SHORT-SHORT PLAYS. Hendricks obviously is a good writer and also knows the theater well, since his plays can easily be produced by small theater companies without the aid of elaborate scenery, large casts, etc. He also knows how to make things concise and easily understood. – Raanan Geberer. Playwright Tom Hendricks must have an incessantly creative mind, and this comes through in each of his unique and playful works. Each of these plays would be fun to act out for novice actors or for ones much more skilled. I recommend Ten Short and Short-Short Plays to readers who enjoy short works of fiction, those interested in fun short plays, or actors looking for new work. Tom Hendricks’ work is definitely worth watching out for. – Chris Fischer.

5. DOWNTOWN WITH THE BOOK OF RENOWN. (Also titled “?”) The synopsis for Downtown with the Book of Renown by Tom Hendricks goes like this: “Two boys have one big adventure, when Bradley finds a treasure map and two keys in a memo book from the hand of a dead gangster. He names it the ‘Book of Renown.’ The map in the Book of
Renown leads him and his friend Tom downtown to the Clarks Hotel. But how will they get inside, and what treasure will they find if they do?” Though I thought this blurb intriguing, I also felt it a little meager. As it turned out, it was perfect and the answer to the question was not close to anything I imagined. – Lex Allen.

6. WRITINGS IN SCIENCE. Writings in Science, a history of the future in stories, essays, poems and plays.
Writings in Science: A History of the Future by Tom Hendricks is a dazzling portrait of the world millions of years from now, as seen through the eyes of the character called “I.” It is the kind of sci-fi that can be characterized as visionary. – Divien Zape.
A History of the Future by Tom Hendricks is a beautiful collection of stories, dialogues, essays, and many things in between, depicting the world millions of years in the future.
Readers will enjoy the drama that features in the stories, the tight prose in the essays, and the compelling, somewhat symbolic characters. Tom Hendricks exhibits a very rich imagination in this entertaining work.
The author covers a variety of themes in a variety of styles, including ethical issues, scientific inventions, culture and politics.
The Setting is captivating. I was drawn in by the images the author conjured through the beautiful writing. It’s a work that will be adored by fans of sci-fi, short stories, futuristic essays and fantasy. – Arya Fomonyuy.
Writings in Science: A History of the Future by Tom Hendricks is a collection of poems, essays and stories all compiled into a novel, written in two parts. The reader is taken to a world where the earth is no longer viable and is, in fact, dying because of the sun. People are leaving the blue planet in droves and one man with the name of “I” works to gather his favorite science writings to preserve them as a legacy for the future. Follow the history in this book and all of the changes that have happened to the planet before it began its death throes. – Kathryn Bennett.


Faraway the Broom

January 12, 2018


Each of the children
was asked to gather
for a broom
a strand of straw.

Then the broom maker
clumped them together,
and tied them to a handle.
Voila a broom.

Pedlers with wagons
of clanging wares
bought the broom
to sell in town.

There a stepmother,
after tough bargaining,
got her a broom
that she carried home,

and forced into the hands
of a cinder girl,
a servant child
who cleaned out the ashes.

She loved her broom
and named it Faraway
because it came
from somewhere better.

One night she swept
the ashes they left
as they traipsed
to the castle ball.

The dust swirled
and turned to magic
that settled to the ground
with someone behind it!

A kind woman who
greeted the girl,
heard her story
and got an idea.

She dressed her up
and set her off
to the castle
in a coach and four.

Yes you know
that this dear girl
who lost that shoe,
married that Prince!

She took from her home
the one thing she loved,
her broom she clutched
in her now clean hands.

She swept out her room,
then the castle clean,
then the kingdom of
most wrong-doers.

And then spic and span,
as most things were,
she gathered to court
the broom maker who

brought all the children
that gathered the straw
for the celebrated broom
known as Faraway!

Picture of Cendrillon from contemporary prints.

Book Baby

April 27, 2017

Book Baby Storefront is another online store for all my books. Each of my book titles is listed separately.

Here are four covers.

Free Online Books for a Review

December 3, 2015

Dear Musea Readers,

There is a monthly giveaway on the Reader’s Favorites website that gives a free copy of my book, to anyone who will write a review. But there are also a lot of other books, in all genres, free to anyone. Book lovers, check the list, and download some free books.


The Website says:
Welcome to the Readers’ Favorite Monthly Book Giveaway! This is a completely free giveaway available to readers, authors, and anyone who loves to read! Each month our authors can provide a Kindle copy of their book to be given away. The books are listed on this page with new ones added every day. You can select as many as you are interested in, giving you the chance to win dozens or even hundreds of Kindle books each month!

My books include

Cendrillon, The True Story of Cinderella
Portraits, A Novel about Art, Artists, and The Art Revolution Library Planet, Sci-Fi Story about a Planet full of Books
Ten Short and Short-Short Plays, Book of My Plays.

and soon to follow, a young readers mystery novel called
Downtown with the Book of Renown


Tom Hendricks
(editor of the 23 year old zine Musea)

ZINE, Named one of the best ZINES by UTNE magazine. Featured on ROCKETBOOM)
MUSIC, 9 full CD’s of free Postism Music)
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BLOG for Musea, Art Contests, Weekly E-mail Messages)
BOOK PAGE (all 4 of my books + author info. )

Cendrillon (Children’s Novel) Review by Melinda Hills

June 25, 2015

Here’s a 2nd 5 out of 5 Star review for my kid’s book, CENDRILLON. This one by Melinda Hills

My children’s novel CENDRILLON, the True Story of Cinderella, has gotten some favorite reviews – 2 with 5 of 5 stars. This is the 2nd one. Cendrillon is available on all main streamingbook sites for $1.99streamingbook sites for $1.99.


The True Story of Cinderella engages the reader with just enough differences to the traditional version to make it quite enjoyable.

Reviewed by Melinda Hills for Readers’ Favorite
Beginning with the discovery of old letters in a secret compartment in an  ornate chest, Cendrillon: The True Story of Cinderella by Tom Hendricks  relates a new version of the beloved fairy tale. Written by Queen  Cendrillon to her son, Prince William, the letters describe the life  Cendrillon knew as the daughter of a hard working woodcutter who  remarried after the death of his wife. The stepmother, Rachel, and her  two spoiled daughters, Phillis and Marsha, resented Cendrillon and reduced her to the position of servant after the death of her father.  Unable to attend the ball because of the demands of the others,  Cendrillon wished she could have gone and up popped a fairy godmother!  Of course, the Prince was not at all interested in any of the young ladies  until Cendrillon arrived and, as they say, the rest was history. A lost  slipper, a country-wide search, and a happy ending lead to the arrival of a  new, young Prince.

Tom Hendricks uses a unique historical perspective to bring new life to the  tale of Cinderella. Cendrillon: The True Story of Cinderella engages the  reader with just enough differences to the traditional version to make it  quite enjoyable. Alternative explanations for events add to the interest,  and taking the story past the wedding contributes even more to the  historical flavor. Hidden within the story are lessons about love, loss and  acceptable behavior, not to mention the definition of true beauty.  Intended for children but refreshing for older readers as well, Cendrillon:

The True Story of Cinderella is a delightful version of a favorite fairy tale.

Title: Cendrillon
Subtitle: The True Story of Cinderella
Author: Tom Hendricks
Children – General
Appearance – 5:
Plot – 5
Development- 5
Formatting – 5:
Marketability – 4:
Overall – 5

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