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Charging Blindly into the Story

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My weekend allergy attack has abated (that’s three weekends in a row), the sun is shining, I’ve got my eye on a good Sabbath rest–and tomorrow I’ve got to plunge back into my new book, Bell Mountain No. 13, The Wind from Heaven.

I just spent a week typing the four or five newest chapters and sending them in to my editor. I give her the book in pieces so she can stop me if anything goes haywire. So far, nothing has. The last bunch of chapters moved her to say, “This story is moving so fast, you’re gonna need a seat-belt to read it.”

I have absolutely no idea where it’s going. Events are piling up like storm clouds, the wind from Heaven’s blowing hard, and I’m just writing it down. I reckon I’m a little over halfway done. I’ve got to finish before the cold weather sets in. I defy anyone to write a decent fantasy novel indoors with the phone ringing every five minutes with a nuisance call. (Congress really ought to do something about that: it’s getting out of hand.) I mean, they’re still calling me to hit up Aunt Joan for money, and she’s been dead for a year and a half. But I digress.

How will this story climax? Where will the clouds finally burst?

When I find out, I’ll write it down.

[Note: If you’re new here, and want to find out more about my books, just go to the home page and click “Books.” It’s all there.]


Bell Mountain Trivia Question No. 15

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G’day! That’s me, Byron the Quokka, jumping across the shark-infested River of Doom to bring you Question No. 15 in our Bell Mountain trivia contest. Whew–got across unscathed! And here’s your question:

In what battle was Angel, King Ryons’ hawk, honored by the Hosa warriors?

Only five questions to go, and I’m afraid I’m gunner have to make ’em hard, from here on out. How fast can you read Bell Mountain books? Meanwhile, if you’re new here and you don’t know what I’m talking about, just go to the home page and click “Books.”

Well, I got across the River of Doom all right. Now comes the tricky part: getting back.


Byron: Another Friendly Reminder

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G’day, mates! Byron the Quokka here–and why do I look so blinkin’ happy?

Well, all right, we quokkas are happy most of the time. But today we just found out that we’re able to offer that fantastic prize we talked about, to whoever wins the big comment contest and posts Comment No. 50,000.

Ah, but what is it? Sorry, but I’m not allowed to tell you that until we have 49,000 comments. Last I looked, we have 48,541. So if you want to see what the prize is… well, get chatting. And then watch those last thousand comments go up like crazy!

Tomorrow I’ll put up Question No. 15 of the Bell Mountain trivia contest–that’s 15 out of 20. Whoever wins that one gets an autographed book. We do have someone in the lead, but I’d rather not tell you who it is. You can have fun trying to guess!

And now I’m late for my How To Write A Great Novel lesson with Ms. Violet Crepuscular, so I’ll see you tomorrow.


Byron Presents: Bell Mountain Trivia Question No. 14

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G’day, mates! Byron the Quokka here: and Lee had to take the cat to the vet for her checkup, so he left me in charge. It’s a big responsibility!

But first things first: the Bell Mountain trivia contest, Question No. 14. Remember, I warned you the questions’d get harder as we moved toward No. 20. But first, No. 14:

Where did Barseen and Uncle Shesh come from?

Oh! And that SUV parked behind me–I’m trying to get Lee to make that the prize for winning this contest.

But he won’t listen to me unless he comes home and finds I got this blog a ton of views while he was out. Oi! Tell your friends about it! Let’s make this a blog day to remember–it’ll look great on my resume.


Byron the Quokka Presents: Bell Mountain Trivia Question No. 13

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G’day, mates! Byron the Quokka here, with Bell Mountain trivia question No. 13–and here it is:

Who was said to be the toughest man in Obann City?

This character is so popular among us quokkas, my Aunt Sary named her firstborn son after him. That’s them in the picture.

Lee’s wife volunteered the answer, “Oh–that guy, you know who I mean!” Sorry, Pat, but that’s not good enough.

Remember, there are going to be 20 questions and whoever has the most right answers will win. We do have a leader at this point, but Lee won’t let me tell you who it is. Well, all right by me–we do want to keep the suspense pot boiling.

The winner gets an autographed copy of one of Lee’s books, plus the awe and respect of all the other readers of this blog.


Hey, Liberals! Dig My Silver Medal (2014)

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Nice medal, isn’t it?

I had just won a Global E-Book Award for my second Bell Mountain book, The Cellar Beneath the Cellar. A lefty loon on a major leftid website attacked me by name–and my sales went up.

https://leeduigon.com/2014/09/11/hey-liberals-dig-my-silver-medal/

Try as I might, I can’t remember who it was that attacked me. I think it might’ve been someone on the Huffington Post, but I could easily be wrong. I don’t read any of those sites.

I still haven’t figured out why they would even bother to smack me down. I guess it’s because even the microscopic, inconsequential opposition I provide is poison to them.

Just now my sales figures are about as low as they’ve ever been. Why does Far Left Crazy care what any of us says?

It’s as if one stray mote of freedom mars their entire landscape.


Oh, Boy! Bell Mountain Trivia Question No.12!

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G’day, mates! Byron the Quokka here–and where’s everybody else? That’s me in the picture, looking for the readers.

Well, if you are here this morning, you’re in luck–’cause that means you’re getting first crack at Bell Mountain Trivia Question No. 12. And here it is.

Who put the flowers on King Ryons’ throne?

If you ask me, that’s a jolly easy one. Although there was one quokka named Maurice who didn’t know the answer, and got such a hard time over it, he had to wear one of those fake-nose-with-glasses get-ups.

Remember–if you have no idea what all this is about, visit the blog’s home page and click “Books.” It’s all about Lee’s books. Which you should read! Even if you don’t want to be in the trivia contest.


Bell Mountain Trivia Contest: Halfway!

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G’day, mates! Byron the Quokka here, with a nice snack and a Bell Mountain trivia question. This’ll be Question No. 10 in the contest, which means we’re at the halfway marker.

The questions are bound to get harder from here to No. 20. Patty suggested this question today, and I thought it was just right to be No. 10. Ready? Here it is:

What is Helki the Rod’s other nickname? And if you don’t like the word “nickname,” which I don’t–What else is Helki called, besides Helki the Rod?

I want to say the winner of this contest at least wins one of the lifeboats from the Tar Princess, but Lee’s stuck on making an autographed book the prize. Humans! Guess it takes a quokka to really think big.

Oops, gotta go! The bloke with the hairy legs is eyeballing the rest of my bagel.


‘I’ve Won Another Award!’ (2014)

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There it is–the silver medal.

It’s nice to get some recognition, now and then. In 2014 The Cellar Beneath the Cellar, Book No. 2 of my Bell Mountain series, won a silver medal in the Global E-Book Awards.

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

The year before, Bell Mountain itself won a bronze.

See? Official and bona fide proof that my books are worth your time! I’m sure these awards aren’t like the Oscars, where they sometimes give Best Picture to the worst picture. If you haven’t read ’em yet… well, c’mon!


Byron the Quokka: Bell Mountain Trivia Question No.9

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G’day! Byron the Quokka here; and those up there in the picture are my cousins, Jimbo and Marybeth, trying to help this poor blighter get his cell phone working. He wants to be the first to take a crack at the Bell Mountain Trivia Question, No. 9. Don’t worry, they won’t give him the answer.

Right! Well, here it is:

Who was the first human being met by Gurun when she came to Obann?

We do have a certain person who’s answered all the questions right so far, but Lee won’t let me say who it is. Won’t let me give out a bicycle as a prize, either.

Now every quokka knows the answer to that question, so let’s see how you humans do.


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