#Fairies, #Myths, & #Magic October Spooktacular Author Spotlight Guest Post – “When the Tide Turns,” By Hugh W. Roberts



Today, I have a special treat for you! My friend and author, Hugh W. Roberts, has agreed to share with us a sneak peek into a creepy story that will appear in his second novel of short stories when it’s published.

Author, Hugh W. Roberts

If you don’t know Hugh, from his blog Hugh’s Views & News, you are missing one of the most beautiful people on the planet. Always gracious and a great blogger and friend, he always makes you feel good with his kind and humorous comments.

Since I’ve known Hugh, we’ve discussed quite a few pumpkin recipes. Pumpkins are native to North American, but not in the U.K. This year, Hugh surprised me. Yes, he took the plunge. He grew pumpkins!


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Just so you know, Hugh is also a master in writing flash fiction with endings you never expected. Take it away, Hugh!

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“When the Tide Turns”

By Hugh W. Roberts

It was the stupidest warning any of the young men had heard. ‘Don’t go on the beach. If the tide doesn’t get you, then the Sandman will.’

Coming to the end of their final year at college, the old guy in the beaten-up Ford in the car park at the beach was not going to put them off. Anyway, right there in front of them, paradise awaited.

“I thought you said high tide was 15:06,” said Alan.

“It is. I checked the website, and it said 15:06,” replied Carl.

“The tide times are different on this beach. That’s another reason why there’s nobody on it. Unpredictable the tide is,” warned the old man sat in the car.

“It doesn’t matter guys. Just look at that golden sand and sparkling sea,” shouted Ben. “Ignore the old guy, he’s probably on something. YOU ARE, AREN’T YOU, WEIRDO!”

Turning around to face the old man, Ben saw the deadliest of stares.

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“I’m warning you boys, go down on that beach, and none of you will come off it alive.”

“Yeah, OK weirdo, you just want this place to yourself,” called out Ben. “Besides, we’re kind of a bit old to believe in the Sandman. Come on guys, last one in the sea gets to raid their old man’s fridge for the beers.”

With that, Ben ran towards the sea. It wasn’t long before Alan and Carl followed him, while the old man shook his head.


Twenty-five minutes later, Ben was the last one to start making his way out of the sea.

“Why has nobody ever told us about this place?” asked Carl.

“Would you want to tell anyone?” asked Alan, as he dried himself. “It’s beautiful. Best swim I’ve ever had. Anyway, I think the tide is turning, so we’d better get back to our clothes. Let’s hope that weirdo in the car park has gone when we get back.”

Standing up, Carl wrapped a towel around the top half of his body to take away a slight chill. He turned around to face the beach and suddenly dropped the towel to the sand.

“Did you see that?”

“See what?” asked Alan, looking over his shoulder.

“Something over there; moving in the sand.”

“Get out of here, dude, you’re just trying to scare us,” laughed Alan, as Ben joined them.

“Seriously, something is moving in the sand,” said Carl, pointing to the area just in front of where they had undressed and left their clothes.

Looking back over his shoulder, Alan couldn’t see anything. “You’re playing games, dude.”

“No, seriously, take a look,” said Carl, as Ben flicked water droplets at him.

“Look at what?” asked Ben.

“Over there. Something is moving in the sand,” replied Carl, as he pointed towards the piles of clothes.

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“I don’t see anything, apart from sand and three piles of clothes,” laughed Ben. “Stop messing with us, dude. I didn’t see anything as I came out of the sea. Why’re you letting that weirdo of an old man get to you? Come on, I’ll race you both. Last one back to the clothes has to date and bed the Swanson twins.”

Before they knew it, Alan and Carl watched as Ben started to run towards the three piles of clothes, which were halfway up the beach.

“NO! COME BACK, THERE’S SOMETHING IN THE SAND,” screamed out Carl. However, Ben continued to run towards the piles of clothes, laughing, while calling the other two boys names.

A sudden scream from Ben filled the air when he finally reached the piles of clothes. His screams got louder as Alan and Carl watched in horror as Ben seemed to be pulled into the sand.

“HELP ME GUYS, SOMETHING’S GOT MY LEGS!” screamed Ben, before quickly disappearing.

For a few moments, Carl and Alan stood in amazement, not able to move. It was only the touch of cold water washing over his feet that made Alan speak.

“How the hell, did he do that? “You two had better not be pissing me about. BEN! YOU CAN COME OUT NOW. I’M COUNTING TO FIVE, AND IF YOU DON’T SHOW YOURSELF I’M GONNA KNOCK YOU SENSELESS, MATE!”

“Don’t walk on the sand.” begged Carl, “it’s not safe. The old man was right. There’s something in the sand.”

“We got to go, Carl. The tide’s coming in so unless you want to drown, you need to start walking now.”

With that, Alan started to walk away, while Carl tried pulling him back.

“Get off me! I swear I’ll knock you out. You two aren’t going to scare me.”

Pulling himself away from Carl, Alan started to walk towards the area where Ben had disappeared. Feeling a little scared, when he finally reached the piles of clothes, he turned around to face Carl.

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“COME ON, IT’S SAFE. THERE’S NOTHING HERE,” Alan called over to Carl.

Carl remained where he was, the water now above his ankles.

‘You’re going to drown, dude,” said Alan to himself, as he jumped up and down on the sand.

Carl remained fixed to the spot.

“Where are You B—”

It was the feel of two hands around his ankles that made Alan stop talking. However, the touch was sharp, as if somebody was rubbing sandpaper hard into his ankles.

“Argggggh,’ he screamed while looking down at his feet, which had disappeared into the sand. The last thing Alan saw before being dragged under the sand, was Carl running along the shoreline.


Screaming for help, Carl ran down the shoreline, not wanting to touch any part of the sand that was not under water. To his relief, he saw a large wooden walkway coming down to the shoreline and ran towards it.

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Stopping beside it, he hesitated at first, but the tide was now coming in fast, and this was his only escape. Although exhausted, he found the energy to run up the wooden walkway, making sure that his feet went nowhere near the edges. When he got to the top of the walkway, he was relieved to see two cars in the distance. One was Alan’s car, the other belonged to the old man.

Although small stones embedded themselves into his bare feet, Carl made his way quickly to the car park and only realised he was still naked when he reached the old man’s car. Winding down the driver’s window, the old man spoke.

“I told you not to go on the beach. Why didn’t you listen to me?”

“You need to get help, please,” begged Carl, “phone the police.”

“Oh, it’s too late for them,” said the old man, as he opened his car door.

In horror, Carl watched as layers and layers of sand began to fall out of the old man’s car and crawl towards him.

Nobody heard his scream.

©2017 Hugh Roberts

Meet Hugh Roberts

Hugh W. Roberts published his book of short stories, Glimpses, in December 2016.  He lives in Swansea, South Wales, in the United Kingdom.


Hugh gets his inspiration for writing from various avenues including writing prompts, photos, eavesdropping and while out walking his dogs, Toby and Austin. Although he was born in Wales, he has lived in various parts of the United Kingdom including London where he lived for 27 years.


Hugh suffers from a mild form of dyslexia but, after discovering blogging, decided not to allow the condition to stop his passion for writing. Since creating his blog ‘Hugh’s Views & News’ in February 2014, he has built up a strong following and now writes every day. Always keen to promote other bloggers, authors, and writers, Hugh enjoys the interaction blogging brings and has built up a group of on-line friends he considers as an everyday essential.


His short stories have become well known for the unexpected twists they contain in taking the reader up a completely different path to one they think they are on when reading one of his stories. One of the best compliments a reader can give Hugh is “I never saw that ending coming.”


Having now published his first volume of short stories, Hugh and is working on the next volume. A keen photographer, he also enjoys cycling, walking, reading, watching television, and enjoys relaxing most evenings with a glass of red wine.


Hugh shares his life with John, his civil-partner, and Toby and Austin, their Cardigan Welsh Corgis.


Blog:  https://hughsviewsandnews.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/HughRoberts05

Flipboard: https://flipboard.com/@HughWRoberts

Stumble Upon: https://www.stumbleupon.com/stumbler/hughroberts05

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hugh.roberts05/?hl=en

Google+: https://plus.google.com/108647661887874692677

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Hugh-W.-Roberts/e/B01N40ZABP/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16123684.Hugh_W_Roberts

Happy Halloween

As part of my continuing efforts to support independent authors if you are interested in participating in my Author Spotlight – Guest Posts, I am looking for themed posts about fairies, myths, and magic. If you are an enthusiastic author and would like to be featured on my blog, please click HERE to find out more. ~Colleen~

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Colleen’s #Book #Reviews – “Glimpses,” by Author, @HughRoberts05

*I was given a gift copy of this book by the author*


After publishing some of his short stories on his blog, Hugh W. Roberts, who suffers from dyslexia, received numerous requests to publish his short stories in a book.

Here, at last, are 28 short stories that will take your mind on a rollercoaster of a ride into worlds that conceal unexpected twists and turns.

‘Glimpses’ allows the reader a peek into the lives of everyday people who are about to have life lead them on an unpredicted path. From a mysterious deadly iPad app, to a hole in the fence that is not all it seems, to a strange lipstick that appears to have a life of its own, you will encounter terror, laughter, sadness, shock and many other emotions on journeys which promise a thrilling and gripping climax.

If you are a lover of shows such as ‘The Twilight Zone’ and ‘Tales Of The Unexpected,’ then you’re in for a real treat with this first collection of short stories from Hugh.

Dare you take a glimpse into the lives of these unsuspecting characters?


I was excited to begin reading Glimpses because recently, I have found a new love for short stories – especially written by a British author. I lived in England for a few years back in the early 1980’s, and I think my love of the country and people is rekindled by these stories. I could quickly read a few stories each night which fit my schedule perfectly. The author writes in numerous genres which I also found to be a pleasant surprise.

Glimpses literally gives the reader a brief look into the lives of everyday individuals who experience anything but the ordinary. Each story leads you into a different situation with different characters. Although, there is a four-part murder mystery included that I found to be an extraordinary read. I almost fell out of bed with the final reveal in the serial!

One of my favorite stories was The Last Train to Aldwych, where Grace Simmons meets the same ghost every year on the same date on the London Underground. I shivered in delight anticipating how the story would be told. Instead, I found a surprise ending that left me excited to read more. In fact, each tale had a twist or surprise which made for a satisfying read.

A couple of the stories evoked scary memories of Rod Serling and the Twilight Zone, a show I had watched as a teenager. Don’t be surprised if you don’t hear the haunting melody of the introduction music playing in your mind as you read. I know, I did!

I enjoyed this collection of short stories and if you love your fiction filled with a hint of suspense along with some “shock and awe,” Glimpses is the book for you.


Character Believability: 5
Flow and Pace: 5
Reader Engagement: 5
Reader Enrichment: 5
Reader Enjoyment: 5
Overall Rate: 5 out of 5 stars

Author, Hugh W. Roberts, and Toby

About the Author

Hugh W. Roberts was born in Wales and returned to his homeland in 2016. Having lived in various parts of the UK, he spent twenty-seven years living and working in London, a city he loves very much. He’s also lived in Chepstow, in south east Wales, Hartlepool, in the north east of England, and Brighton and Hove, on the south coast of the UK.

Despite the fact that he has dyslexia, Hugh was thrilled when he passed both his English Language and English Literature exams at school. He had always enjoyed writing, especially short stories, and was only persuaded to start publishing his work when he was introduced to blogging in February 2014. This was the catalyst that propelled him to fulfill one of his lifetime ambitions of writing and publishing a book.

Still a very keen blogger, Hugh has built up a large following on his blog made up of family, friends, authors, and people from all over the world. He writes about everyday life, publishes some of his photography, and has even dabbled in writing poetry (one of the writing elements he finds difficult to do).

Now living between the town of Abergavenny and the city of Swansea, Hugh shares his life with his civil partner, John, and their Cardigan Welsh Corgi, Toby. He spends his days writing, reading, walking, cycling and likes to relax in front of the television with a glass of red wine. He’s always been a morning person and does most of his writing during the day.

Hugh has already begun writing short stories for his next book, which he hopes to publish towards the end of 2017. In the meantime, he would really appreciate it if you would consider leaving a review on Amazon for this, his first short story collection.

Here’s where you can find Hugh:

Blog: https://hughsviewsandnews.com

Google+: Hugh W. Roberts https://plus.google.com/108647661887874692677

Twitter: @HughRoberts05

Thanks for stopping by to hear about Hugh’s book, Glimpses. ❤

Author Interview: Hugh W. Roberts

A great interview with Hugh Roberts about his new book. Check it out! ❤

Write Through the Night

Hugh W. Roberts is a new author, and has just recently published his first book, Glimpses, a collection of short stories.  Besides this, he is a blogger, and has a really inspirational story.  It was my pleasure to have the opportunity to ask Hugh a few questions and learn more about both his book and his life!

You have dyslexia, and make no secret of it. What was it like growing up with this, and do you think it caused people to see you differently?

While growing up, dyslexia was not an acknowledged condition. Teachers told my parents I was either slow and/or not very intelligent for my age. You can imagine how that made me feel, while sat alongside my parents, knowing that sometimes the words I wrote or read just seemed to get jumbled up. I was often taunted by other children about all the mistakes I’d make…

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