My Guest: Rebecca Ryals Russell

Let me introduce you to Rebecca Ryals Russell, another guest hopping along the Muse Blog-a-Thon Trail. After you read about her writing, you will be treated to an interesting and surprising aspect of her life.

Rebecca is well known as the Yellow Hat Writer. Hey, Rebecca, where’s the yellow hat? Never mind, the one you’re wearing is lovely.

Rebecca writes MG and YA Dark Fantasy and Horror while living with her family in a Victorian house on five acres of North Florida countryside. She also runs a Vacation Rental Log House on the property: Florida Black Bear Cabin. ( )

She is a fourth generation Floridian. She was born in Gainesville, grew up in Sunrise, lived in Orlando and Jacksonville before moving outside Lake City to care for ailing parents.

The daughter of an Elementary-school principal and secretary, for fourteen years she taught Middle Grades, preferring English and Creative Writing. She had several students’ works published in anthologies as well as her own poetry, photography and stories. Her main interests are her four children ages 22, 19, 17, 11 and Irish hubby of 35 years. She enjoys spending her time writing, drawing, going to movies, reading, discussing philosophy with her 17-year-old son.

Over the course of the next few years she has several books being published.

Be sure to check out the special interactive Middle Grade Reader website for tons of information about Stardust Warriors as well as the other projects Rebecca has in the works.

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Rebecca is adept at creating complete worlds (steam punk) for her fantasy series, The Seraphym Wars. Here are glimpses into some of Rebecca’s books.


14-year old Zarena spends time with a Holy Order of Clerics on their hidden world of Revrum Natura, while she receives training in Martial Arts, Herbology, Astronomy, Weaponry and Mind Control. Destined to become the leader of the Vigorios, child warriors, who will assist the Seraphym in the war against the demon-dragons of Dracwald, Zarena grows up in a hurry. Lonely and homesick, she meets a Mermaid who encourages her to talk about her training. Is this new friend too good to be true? Zarena learns a valuable lesson about trust and betrayal—a lesson that will serve her well as leader of the Vigorios.

I regret to say I could not get the cover of Prophesy to download.


For centuries the residents of Solsyl lived in peace and harmony with the planet. Then the dragon-demons arrived, causing the Great Shuddering. Majikals from everywhere scurried to find shelter from the evil while humans hid. Laud regretted his rash decision of exiling the demons on Solsyl and asked one of his advisors, a member of The Conscientia, to protect his people. Jeremiah Holyfield agreed to leave the peaceful world of Revrum Natura for a life of constant strife and fear on the newly renamed planet of Dracwald. But Narciss, ruler of Tartarus and King of the demons, desperately wants what Jeremiah has sworn to protect—a Prophecy of Narciss’s future doom. And Narciss refuses to take no for an answer. But Jeremiah discovers allies along his path and even true love, which he never dreamed possible.

But forever is a long time to protect something without ever letting down one’s guard.


17-year-old Myrna is drawn into the middle of an epic battle between Seraphym and Demons. An average High School student from Florida, struggling with inner demons resulting from an attack when she was 15, she wakes one morning on the Steampunk planet of Dracwald, home of the demon-dragons responsible for her brother’s recent murder as well as many other atrocities in the news. She meets sweet and sensitive Michael, who explains that according to prophecy, Myrna must gather the remaining six Vigorios (teen warriors with special talents) then train with the Majikals on an enchanted island. He accompanies her on the quest, but harbors a secret past that ironically would destroy all the faith she has placed in him. A handsomely roguish Scientist with suspect motives haunts her dreams and makes sudden appearances in unlikely places, while a sensual dragon warrior defends her against her will.

Will love and lust, jealousy, greed, deceit and distrust break the delicate tie that binds these teen warriors called The Vigorios? Can a troupe of teens help the Seraphym finally defeat the massive empire of evil dominated for eons by the demon-dragons of Dracwald?




April 2011-Odessa, Seraphym Wars YA Series-available at Amazon

July 2011-Zarena, Stardust Warriors MG Series

September 2011-Prophecy, Seraphym Wars

October 2011-Don’t Make Marty Mad (adult Horror story)

November 2011-Jeremiah, Stardust Warriors

January 2012-Harpies, Seraphym Wars

February 2012-Laman, Stardust Warriors

April 2012-Mercy, Stardust Warriors

June 2012-Magaelbash, Stardust Warriors


You are going to enjoy reading about the memorabilia Rebecca would put in a garage sale.

I just can’t believe she could really part with this stuff. It’s worth more than money; although, some of it is probably worth a lot of moola. 

Both of my parents died recently, as in the last seven years; so I’ve had to deal with getting rid of a lifetime’s accumulation of their stuff. And both were ‘collectors’, so there was A LOT of stuff. I still have some I haven’t been able to sell, but will soon because I’m tired of dealing with it. So one day I thought. “What about having a Teenaged Garage Sale? How fun to recall the things that were so important to me at the time.” And so, here’s my list. Now remember, I grew up in the 1960’s, graduated from high school in 1974. So some of this stuff will sound completely alien to you and some of it, I realized while making the list, is popular again. How funny is that?

Mounted 1000 piece puzzle of Middle Earth from Lord of the Rings

12-string acoustic guitar

Several notebooks filled with poetry and short stories

A few old 35mm cameras

Several photo albums of black & white photos, artistically shot

Brown leather wedge chunky high-heeled shoes, quite worn

Dark purple hip-hugger double-flared bell bottom jeans with a wide brown leather belt

Nylon multicolored halter top that ties behind the neck and at the waist, worn with white hotpants and no bra

Black fishnet stockings and shiny black knee-high boots

Wild and colorfully flowered button-up tunic with a split from bottom to bellybutton and matching hotpants (short shorts)

Pucca shell necklace just like Drew’s (who sat in front of me in English Lit and I had a major crush on; he was a surfer and wore sandals to school!)

Flower-Power sheer bedroom curtains and matching bedspread; neon pink, lemon yellow, lime green flowers the size of my hand

Iggy Dolls (trolls) with neon hair and brush

Clip-on roller skates and key (These clipped to the bottom of your shoes, then slid to fit and tightened with a key. But after going about three feet would have to be tightened again; over and over.)

The Monkeys, The Beatles,  vinyl albums and portable record player

Homemade, quilted, full-length skirt with elastic waist. (Made by my mother for Christmas when I was about 12, I lived in this skirt all winter—it was like a blanket. I think I still have it someplace in the closet.)

Buick Special painted turquoise blue with a black roof, no AC (rubber-bladed fan on dashboard),  family owned (bought from Grandpa for $800 earned on my first part-time job working Saturday mornings as a claims taker for Allstate Insurance Co.),  3 foot-long ‘Go Turtle’ decals on both rear fenders (ordered from Turtle Wax car wax company), Ooga horn installed by Daddy.


Rebecca, thanks for visiting us at Stories a la Mode today. This blog is certainly in a different mode.

7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Dale Thompson
    Sep 21, 2011 @ 11:25:40

    Hi, Rebecca! It’s always exciting to learn new things about our fellow authors, and this is no exception. My (classical) guitarist son-in-law would love to get his hands on a twelve string, I’m sure. He’s one of the enigmas in my life. a gifted guitarist, he would just as soon pick up his electric and make disgusting sounds along with his drummer brother. Go figure…
    Odessa intrigues me and is now on my tbr list. Happy writing!
    Pat Dale


  2. Shellie Neumeier
    Sep 21, 2011 @ 12:34:16

    Rebecca, you have a wonderful collection of books. I can’t wait to begin reading them. And your hats are fantastic:)


  3. C.K. Volnek
    Sep 21, 2011 @ 13:12:04

    Hi Rebecca,
    Love the purple hat…Miss Yellow Hat writer. 😉 And I have to say I want the Trolls from your garage sale! I loved them when I was a kid!!!! Love your stories. So great to see you on line.
    C.K. Volnek


  4. Marva Dasef
    Sep 21, 2011 @ 19:43:42

    You’re one busy lady, Rebecca. Your sixties style clothing in the garage sale is a blast from the past. Hip huggers! OMG!

    About halfway through Zarena. Wish I had more time to read.


  5. Barbara Ehrentreu
    Sep 21, 2011 @ 20:23:10

    Rebecca, very cool stuff in your garage sale! Love your writing and will definitely be reading as much as I can.:)

    Barbara, great post as usual.


  6. barbarabockman
    Sep 21, 2011 @ 21:11:39

    Hi Dale, Shellie, Charlie, Marva, and Barbara. Thank you very much for dropping by to see Rebecca’s unusual blog. What terrific yard sale items she has. I’ll bet this has all of us thinking about what we would sell and what we would keep forever.

    Rebecca, you have entertained all of us royally.


  7. Rebecca RyalsRussell (@Vigorio)
    Oct 10, 2011 @ 14:14:06

    Thank you everyone for stopping by and for the kind words and encouragement.


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