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Preview: ‘The Wind from Heaven’

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I don’t know when The Wind from Heaven will be published, but I’d like to share with you, in advance, a paragraph.

Obst is the speaker. For those who haven’t read any of the books, Obst is the former hermit who has become the teacher to King Ryons’ army–men who were born Heathen, but have come to God.

Here, in a moment of crisis, is his thought.

“The wind from Heaven,” he thought, “is blowing hard today!” Scattering all sorts of people in all directions, it looked like chaos and confusion. “But it is all the work of God, who is the only one who sees the pattern in it.” For the Scriptures had taught him that God never loses His grip on the reins of history, and guides it where He will. ****

Something for us to bear in mind, as we confront the crises of our own time.


‘Where Do My Characters Come From?’ (2016)

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Abgayle graces the cover of The Throne

Let’s face it. Half the fun of writing fiction is coming up with characters. But where do those characters come from?

https://leeduigon.com/2016/02/16/where-do-my-characters-come-from/

Some of them, I dream of. I dreamed of Gurun and put her in The Last Banquet. Other characters come in because there’s a job in the plot that must be filled.

But however you come by them, write your characters as if they were real persons–not just stage props to make your protagonist look good. Using “minor” characters as props for the hero is as good a way as I know to write a book that sucks.

Look at it this way: are you a minor character?


Comment Contest Climax!

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While Lee sweats his Newswithviews column for the week–it’s not as easy as it looks!–I, Byron the Quokka, am here to tell you we have only 137 comments to go, to wrap up our current comment contest at 56,000.

The winner gets an autographed copy of His Mercy Endureth Forever, Book No. 12 in the Bell Mountain series. I just can’t get the guy to spring for a bicycle. Heck, they’re parked all over the place. No one will notice if it’s just one. But no, the only prize he’s offering is a book.

Only humans are eligible to win the contest, otherwise it’d be all quokkas. I have to admit, we’re crazy about your comments!


Battling Beasties

Just in case you were wondering what Entelodonts were like when they got riled up, this video will give you a pretty good idea of it.

The special effects are by Tim Haines, whose work has inspired more than a few scenes in my own Bell Mountain books.

As an added bonus, we’ve thrown in a Baluchitherium.

 


By Request, ‘Bell Mountain’: How Jack Met Ellayne

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Joshua requested this excerpt from Bell Mountain. This is how my two protagonists, Jack and Ellayne, first met. We join Jack as he’s contemplating an expedition to Bell Mountain. The two of them are about ten years old. Here goes!

“When are you going?”

Jack jumped, startled by the voice behind him… He came down with his hair standing on end at the back of his neck, fists balled–and was even madder when he saw who it was.

“What are you doing here?” he snapped. “Who do you think you are, sneaking up on me like that?”

It was the girl from the chamber house, the stuck-up one, the councilor’s daughter. She had her golden hair in braids. She wore a dress that was cleaner than anything Jack had ever owned and shiny new shoes.

“What are you doing here!” he said.

“I followed you from the chamber house yesterday. I was in the hallway, right outside the classroom, and you charged right past and never saw me.”

“Is that so?”

“You needn’t be so snotty,” she said. “I came for my lesson, and I heard you and Ashrof talking, and you said you were going to climb Bell Mountain. Are you?”

“What business is it of yours? I don’t even know your name.” He did know, but he was too angry to remember it.

“It’s Ellayne. My father is Roshay Bault, the chief councilor. I know your name. It’s Jack Bucket. Silly name!”

For two spits he would have knocked her down, but he knew boys didn’t hit girls–especially girls whose fathers were councilors. Van [his stepfather] would sell him to the Heathen for a human sacrifice if he hit this girl. ***

And there you have it. Jack wound up stuck with Ellayne as his companion, and together they planned their journey to Bell Mountain. If you want to know how it turned out–well, read the book! Just click “Books” on my home page, to find out more about it (and the others in the series) and to order it, if you like, from the publisher or through amazon.com. You can do it without leaving this blog.

P.S.–If you’d like an excerpt from any of my books, just leave a comment to tell me.


Byron’s Contest Report

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G’day! Byron the Quokka here, and the comment contest is heading for its exciting denouement. I’m not sure what that is, but at least I spelled it right. Aunt Feezy says my mother’s onion soup is “a real denouement!”

Right! We’re shooting for 56,000 comments, and we’ve got 55,645… which means… ah, here’s my abacus… just 355 to go! And whoever posts Comment No. 56,000 will win an autographed copy of Lee’s new Bell Mountain book–which somebody says is the best one yet!–His Mercy Endureth Forever. It’s not out yet, but it should be pretty soon: people keep calling the publisher, asking for it.

They still won’t let me give away a bicycle.

Now, all comments are eligible, with just a few exceptions, namely: comments abusive to anyone else on this site, ads disguised as comments, cuss words, or comments just too dopey to use. Other than that, anything goes.

Join in the fun! Anyone can play.


Oh! That Comment Contest!

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G’day, everybody! Byron the Quokka here–and I got so bollixed up this weekend, trying to untangle that Oy, Rodney mess, that I totally forgot I was supposed to be running a comment contest.

Well, the contest is still on, the goal is still 56,000, and we’ve got 55,247 in hand–which leaves… um… 753 comments to go. How’s that for math! And the winner will get an autographed copy of Lee’s Bell Mountain No. 12, His Mercy Endureth Forever–which hasn’t been published yet, but it will be, soon. Or you can request an earlier book in the series.

All comments are eligible except comments that are abusive to anybody else on this site, advertising disguised as comments, or remarks that are just too inane to bother with: other than that, anything goes.

I hope I don’t have to do anything more with Oy, Rodney. Sure, those recipes for toothpaste sandwich cookies are great, but I just can’t follow that story.

 


‘Christian Reconstruction… and Fantasy?’ (God’s Providence at Work)

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In this 2014 Chalcedon magazine article, I traced some of the many steps of God’s providence by which I came to write my Bell Mountain novels. It started with a young R.J. Rushdoony reading Cornelius Van Til, and starting a correspondence with him–while I was still, literally, in knee-pants.

https://chalcedon.edu/magazine/christian-reconstruction-and-fantasy

You have to view these things in retrospect, because you can’t detect them while they’re happening. God’s work is subtle: best to view it from a distance. Get up too close, and you can’t see anything.

Anyway, here’s how my books came to be written, and why they’re written the way they are.

 


Boy am I Tired!

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It’s cold, it’s rainy, it’s windy, dreary, and grey–and I’m so tired, I could just about plotz.

Some of you have been asking me when Bell Mountain No. 12, His Mercy Endureth Forever, will become available. I don’t know, but it’s just about all ready, so it ought to be out there pretty soon. Surely before Easter.

We’re doing one last round of editing, and I’ve just finished my part of that. I’ve got to tell you, and I’m not bragging, that there are scenes in this book that do make me feel I haven’t lived my life in vain. I give God the glory for that, who has guided me all the way through the writing of this book and all the others.

And now I think I’ll go plotz. Direct further inquiries to Byron the Quokka.


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.


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