I'm the co-administrator of a Facebook page that focuses on memories of my hometown. Members post photos of times past and talk about events that were meaningful to them. Conversations often get contentious and spirited debates ensue. With close to 10,000 members everyone holds a different perspective of their city.

When Walter Donway asked to join, I knew someone worth noting had surfaced. His Timeline said "Author"...and I gently went in for the kill...(Meaning, maybe blog-worthy?)

NEW AND WORTH NOTING is a blog segment that highlights an unknown author, plugs a book and hopes you'll take notice...I guaranty you won't forget Walter Donway's eloquence whether you like his latest book, THE LAILLY WORM, or not!


WALTER DONWAY is a professional writer and editor whose four novels serialized on the Web site Literotica that have been read and praised by tens of thousands of readers. His other work includes widely admired poetry; articles on topics from brain science and health-care policy to psychology and the arts; online publications on topics from investment and finance to international politics.

He started the quarterly journal, Cerebrum: The Dana Forum on Brain Science, and edited it for eight years. His book of poetry, Touched By Its Rays, was hailed as reasserting the great tradition in poetry that is magical to the ear, accessible to read, and always emotionally rewarding. The Price of Hannah Blake, published by Romantic Revolution Books, was his first novel published as an Amazon Select book.

Mr. Donway makes his home in New York City and East Hampton, Long Island, with his wife, Robin. (

THE LAILLY WORM by Walter Donway

The Lailly Worm, named after the legendary Scottish popular ballad, is a romantic thriller about how evil, striking in an instant out of nowhere, can crush the beautiful, the successful, the “safe”--even in the privileged suclusion of an exclusive Long Island resort town. Sometimes, though, fate offers the victim a slender chance to fight back.

But when a beautiful woman who took her passion and allure for granted has been reduced to “the lowly worm,” will there be enough left of her courage to fight justice? Can the love of a tough ex-Marine who conceives a passion for Caroline save her—even from herself—as their affair blazes into life in the presence of deadly danger?

The pace of this novel keeps accelerating right up to the moment innocence and evil come face-to-face. Then, you discover that the real battle is not to salvage life itself, but to reignite the passion that makes life worth living.

Caroline Brecher is every woman—and human being—whose courage and will to live and love again are tested when the unimaginable—and unendurable—strikes out of nowhere. (


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1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for featuring “The Lailly Worm,” and my work as an author, on your Web site. As a relatively new author (but with a lot of books published!), I am realizing readers may find it difficult to discover a book they might like, but which is not already popular and publicized. In that regard, your blog is so necessary.

    I set “The Lailly Worm” East Hampton, where I live, because I know the Hamptons well, but, even more, because I want to emphasize that the shocking crimes that begin the book can happen anywhere, to anyone. Even in fashionable East Hampton with its celebrities, hedge-fund billionaires, great artists, and all.

    When I first published this novel, at the beginning of this year, people said that what happens to Caroline Brecher is gripping and suspenseful—but couldn't really happen. And then, the incredible story came out of the girls kidnapped and imprisoned for decades in their own town. And people said I should not have written a novel to “exploit” that tragedy.

    Well, my book came first, of course, but it goes to the point that what happens to Caroline Brecher could happen to anyone.

    Readers who enjoy well-written novels, with a sensuous style, might find my work rewarding. I am a lifelong poetry lover and have published two collections of poems. Of course, a thriller should not be written in poetry, but techniques of poetry that enable the reader experience the vivid reality of a scene, with every sense, can be powerful in any novel.

    Finally, a few readers have asked if the sex scenes in “The Lailly Worm” are over the top—and it is a fair question. Each reader will have different reactions, of course, and that is as it should be. But I want to mention that those scenes are a deliberate attempt to recreate the personality of a woman whose devastating experience has left her desperate to prove she is a woman and desirable. I spent some years as the editor of a journal on brain science, “Cerebrum,” and learned about post-traumatic stress disorder. That is what Caroline struggles against to regain her ability to live, love, and, ultimately, seek justice for what was done to her.

    Again, readers will view the sex scenes differently, but they do have a purpose.

    Thank you, again, so much, Joyce, for helping new readers to discover “The Lailly Worm.”