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I’m Editing ‘His Mercy Endureth Forever’

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Bell Mountain No. 12, His Mercy Endureth Forever, is just about ready to be published. I’d rather it came out sooner than later, in hopes that it might pep up sales of the earlier books in the series. Meanwhile, there are final edits to be made, including mine–at Chalcedon we always try to weed out all the errors. It’s impossible, of course; but no one comes closer to achieving it than we do.

Editing one’s own book is hard, because you always know what you meant to say and the errors don’t jump out at you until after the book is printed and it’s too late to fix them. “How in the world did I miss that?” is a Frequently Asked Question. Fortunately, we have other editors working on it at the same time.

I still love that cover by Kirk DouPonce. Will Ellayne and Dulayl escape the jaws of the Ice Age hyena? Will First Prester Orth make it back to the city without being murdered by the bad guys? And so on–I’ve really packed this book. And waiting in the wings is Book 13, The Wind from Heaven.

Is anybody out there who has read the whole series so far? Your comments are just about the only advertising we have, along with this blog.

Bell Mountain is also available in Portuguese. No kidding.


Time Hurtles On

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Yesterday we got a Christmas card from the Rushdoony family, featuring a group photo  of the whole family. And there in the back row was the little boy whose father used to read Bell Mountain to him. Yup, there he was with a beard and mustache, now a man.

Good grief! Has that much time gone by? And where did it go, who has it now? Can I get it back?

I wonder if the boy, now a man, still likes my books. It’s been my experience that the books you liked best as a child, you’ll still like as an adult. Maybe that’s just because I, at ten years old, had impeccable taste in literature.  Or is it that I liked those books because they were just plain good?

I wonder if the boy, now a man, will someday read Bell Mountain to his children.


‘I’ve Won Another Award’ (2014)

The Cellar Beneath the Cellar (Bell Mountain, 2) (Bell Mountain Series) by [Duigon, Lee]

That was a nice surprise, five years ago, to get a Silver Medal in the Global E-Book Awards for The Cellar Beneath the Cellar, which is Book No. 2 of my Bell Mountain series.

https://leeduigon.com/2014/08/18/ive-won-another-award/

Sorry, didn’t know what I ought to re-run today. For 15 minutes this morning, maybe a little more, our neighborhood was immersed in a noise such as would be made by the galaxy’s most powerful car horn with a dead body leaning on it. Couldn’t hear yourself think! It has only just stopped.

I love Kirk DouPonce’s cover for Cellar. You can’t tell me Ellayne isn’t real! How else could Kirk have painted her exact likeness?

Oh! Merry Christmas, everybody!


The Carol Contest Isn’t Over Yet!

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G’day, everybody–g’day before Christmas, in fact. Byron the Quokka here, to tell you that no, our Second Annual Christmas Carol Contest isn’t over, so keep requesting carols. Oh–that picture up there, those are my cousins, Felix and Agatha, who are trying to predict which carol will be the winner. Well, so far it looks like the one that got 44 views on Dec. 12. But we shall see!

The winner of the contest will get an autographed copy of Bell Mountain No. 12, His Mercy Endureth Forever, when it comes out, which’ll probably be sometime early next year. I know some quokkas who are afraid to read it because they saw the cover and they don’t want Ellayne and Dulayl to get eaten by the giant hyena. I confess to a wee bit of trepidation, myself!

Keep those carols coming, mates!

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(See? Exciting, isn’t it? Especially for Ellayne!)


‘After Lewis and Tolkien’ (Comes Me?)

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Jon Dykstra of Reformed Perspective Magazine did a fine job of welding several of my blog posts, and my answers to his questions, into an article about Christian fantasy.

After Lewis and Tolkien

I was especially gratified when he told me how his children loved Bell Mountain as he read it to them. They called it simply “Jack and Ellayne.” I think they were five or six years old at the time–way under the age of the target audience. But I’ve heard this a lot, over the years–mostly from adults.

Anyway, it’s an interesting article and I was very pleasantly surprised to find it available online.


‘Jandra’s Nasty Toothed Bird’ (2016)

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If you’ve read much of my Bell Mountain series, you’ll know that Jandra is the toddler prophetess through whom God spoke to make Ryons a king. And you’ll know that, wherever she goes, she has a hissing toothed bird that follows her around.

Many readers wished to see that bird. The enclosed video was about the closest thing I could find to it. (And look at this! Mr. Genius has just erased the video accidentally, as he was trying to post it. Well, let me see if I can get it back… Got it!)

https://leeduigon.com/2016/03/12/jandras-nasty-toothed-bird/

Feel free to completely ignore the evolution fairy tale that comes with the video.


‘My Books Are Doing Better than These’ (2013)

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Well, at least my book sales aren’t any worse than they were in 2013. I’m sure being my own advertiser is seriously holding them back.

https://leeduigon.com/2013/01/20/my-books-are-doing-better-than-these/

It’s not that I’m afraid to go up against The Last Bachelorette Book of Days or I Am Too a Genious! by Barack “57 states” Obama. It’s just embarrassing, that’s all.

 


Byron’s Contest Update

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G’day! Byron the Quokka here–and our Second Annual Christmas Carol Contest seems to be slowing down. So here’s my idea to pep it up!

The prize will be an autographed copy of Bell Mountain No. 12, His Mercy Endureth Forever. And if you want to find out if Ellayne and Dulayl get eaten by the giant hyena, you’re gonna need this book! It hasn’t been published yet, but it’s all ready to go and it should be coming out early next year.

The winner will be whoever requests the Christmas carol that gets the most views on the day it’s posted. So far the leader has 22 views. Do I hear 25? Thirty? And one thing we don’t have to worry about is running out of Christmas carols!

Here on Rottnest Island, we have no hyenas of any kind, not even little ones. All the quokkas agree that’s a good thing. And this is Byron, signing off…

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‘The Death Dog fron “The Thunder King”‘ (2016)

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You need a place to hide, if you’re gonna see this.

This is the creature King Ryons and Cavall encountered on the plains in The Thunder King (No. 3 in the Bell Mountain series). No one had ever seen one before, and lived to tell about it. Ryons called it the Death Dog.

https://leeduigon.com/2016/02/21/the-death-dog-from-the-thunder-king/

The video is from Tim Haines’ TV special, Walking With Prehistoric Beasts. He re-created the extinct Hyaenodon as a super-predator, and inspired this scene in my book.

For more information on all the books in the series, just go to the home page and click “Books.”


No More Nooze Today

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Sorry, but I’ve had it up to here with the nooze and I’d just as soon take a break from it this weekend. Give me an axolotl instead.

I mean, really! I’ve just spent time on a couple of different nooze sites and it’s all the same: impeachment, let’s abort all babies with Down’s Syndrome, let’s abort all “binary pronouns,” and let’s have a national food fight over “reparations”–punishing people for something that other people did 200 years ago.  And on and on. What a dreary landscape!

I can’t get any axolotls, so this afternoon we’re going to pet our cats and watch what’s supposed to be a good BBC remake of Alfred Hitchcock’s black-and-white classic, The Lady Vanishes. Maybe Elizabeth Warren will vanish.

And I’m re-reading Bell Mountain.   Image result for images of bell mountain by lee duigon If you haven’t read it yet–well, what are you waiting for? I’ve also got a book of mermaid stories, which I think I’ll tackle next. Mermaids beat the nooze any day. Almost as good as axolotls!


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