Painfully Hopeful Press

Painfully Hopeful Press is the distribution outlet for Wesley T Allen, author and creator of His debut novel, In The Land Of The Penny Gnomes, first appeared as serial fiction on the Painfully Hopeful blog and was released on September 7, 2018.

About the Book

First appearing as a piece of serial fiction on, In The Land Of The Penny Gnomes is a work of satirical fantasy. Most of the familiar elements are there 1, but are bent at odd angles.

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Back Blurb

“HEY KID, wake up.”

In the Land of the Penny Gnomes: A Realmian Adventure

That’s how Will’s adventure began. The next thing he knew he’d fallen through a mysterious coin slot in his floor and landed in The Realm, where people like him were not supposed to be. Confused, angry, and a bit bewildered by the unhinged behavior of the Penny Gnomes – Will found himself in a land at war with a rampaging horde of camouflaged lawyers. To make matters worse Will was supposed to be the key to saving The Realm, disbarring the lawyers, and putting imagination back on the right track.

All he had in his corner was a voice in his head, a professor of Applied Imagination, and a grumpy Penny Gnome named Bug. Narrative had the horde right where it wanted them.

About the Author

Wesley T Allen grew up outside Philadelphia, PA. He enjoys reading, history, writing, photography, and just about anything geeky. He has two day jobs, serving both as the pastor of Central Baptist Church of Riverton-Palmyra and as the Communications Coordinator for the American Baptist Churches of New Jersey. He resides in New Jersey with his wife and children.

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  1. There are no magic swords, though. The author tried to get some famous ones to appear but all the negotiations broke down.