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I’ve Got It, I’ve Got It!

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I’m running late today, but you’ll soon see there’s an excellent reason for it.

I’ve been asking the Lord to give me the seed of the next Bell Mountain book. I don’t want to wind up trying to write it as the weather turns cold.

So after our grocery-shopping, I was sitting outside with my cigar, taking in the spring day, mentally compiling a list of characters in my books (it helps me remember who’s who); and I asked one more time for something, anything, that would get the next book started, ask and ye shall receive–

And I got it. Wham, bam–the opening scene of the book, and a symbol to tie the whole story together, however it shapes up. Completely out of the blue: nothing to do with any of the loose ends I left, purposely, dangling from the closing chapters of His Mercy Endureth Forever. Them I’ll get to, in good time.

Man, I’ll never get used to this, even though it’s happened so many times–like every time I wrote one of these books. God always surprises me.

I even got a working title: The Wind From Heaven.

Rejoice with me. I’ve got a big, big job ahead of me, it’ll stretch me pretty good; but it’s the work I love best, and I have no idea what I’ll encounter on this journey–surprises all the way. But with the Lord guiding me, wherever the story ought to go, I’ll tell it.

Oh–and you can bet I broke out my legal pad and wrote that scene. I’m on my way!


‘Tarzan and the Leopard Men’… What?

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Gorgeous, beautiful, sunny day outside yesterday–and it found me without a book to write. In my defense, it had been raining four days in a row.

One of the things I’ve learned to do as a writer is to do whatever dadburned thing my instincts tell me to do, even if I can see no reason for it. Sometimes that’s how a new book gets started.

Yesterday and today my unerring writer’s instinct has been nagging me to re-read Tarzan and the Leopard Men. Why? Search me. As Tarzan books go, there’s nothing special about it. There is so clearly no reason for reading this, that there must be one, somewhere.

Looks like it’s going to rain soon, so let me fire up a cigar and get out there to start Tarzan and the Leopard Men. It does sound kind of zany, doesn’t it?

I promise to let you know if anything comes of it.


My Book’s in ‘Middle English’?

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Whan that Aprille with his shoures soote/ The drought of March hath perced to the roote/

And bathed evry veyne in swich licour/ Of which vertu engendred is the flour…

–Geoffrey Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales

Checking the amazon.com page for my new book, The Temptation, to see if I’ve been selling any, I was rather shocked to read “Language: Middle English.”

Huh? Middle English is the language Geoffrey Chaucer spoke in the 14th century, scarcely intelligible to modern English speakers. Forsooth. I mean, it sounds really cool if you know how to read it, but forget about most people understanding you.

I couldn’t find any other definition of “Middle English” on Wikipedia. I like “Zephyrus with his swete breethe” as much as the next guy, but c’mon, now.

On the bright side, I couldn’t find any sample pages that looked like that page from The Canterbury Tales, pictured above.

I hope Geoffrey Chaucer has a big fan base, nowadays. I might be in trouble if he doesn’t.


‘The Temptation’ Update

Bell Mountain No. 11, The Temptation, is now available from amazon.com in paperback as well as Kindle. It looks like no one’s bought it yet, so one of you can make literary history by being the first to order it. The book is also waiting (if I may use a personification) for its first customer review.

Meanwhile, I have received the first little whisper of a Book No. 13–just the tiniest of hints, I don’t have a title. But it’s a good, solid hint–thank you, Lord.

But for the time being, The Temptation is where it’s at. If you want to catch up with Jack and Ellayne, Wytt and Martis, Lord Orth, Ysbott the Snake, and all the rest of the characters–and believe me, they’ve all been quite busy, hair-raising adventures and all that–the best way to do it is to read the book!


My Newswithviews Column, April 18 (‘My New Book is Out’)

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Giant Ice Age hyenas–yeah, we’ve got them, too.

I hope you don’t mind me using this opportunity to talk up my book. Until I get invited to do it as a guest on Rush Limbaugh’s radio show, this is about the most I can do in terms of publicity.

My New Book Is Out

If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you know there are times when writing up the nooze just grinds me down. I mean, really–the names of politicians’ lawyers? I believe in being well-informed, but that’s ridiculous.

If this is the first you’ve heard of any books of mine, or my Bell Mountain series of fantasy/adventure novels, and you want to know more–well, you’re already in the right place. Just click “Books” and find out everything you want to know.


Let’s Celebrate with a Comment Contest

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I received my author’s copies of The Temptation today, and I thought the occasion ought to be made more festive.

So let’s have another comment contest!

Yeah, I know the Bell Mountain Movie Contest kind of went belly-up, with only seven readers entering–although those seven did play with a lot of enthusiasm. But experience has shown that the comment contests always work.

Currently we have 42,000-plus comments; so let’s shoot for 44,000.

Anyone can play, all you have to do is leave a comment anywhere on the blog, and whoever posts Comment No. 44,000 will win an autographed copy of The Temptation. We’ve had many comment contests over the years, and a lot of you have been winners. Don’t feel guilty about winning again! It’s a new book, after all; and if you already have it, you can keep the one I send you and make a present of your other copy. Or whatever.

The contest is open to all, and all comments are eligible except for the following: comments abusive to anyone else on the site; comments containing profanity or blasphemy (we don’t do that here!), ads thinly disguised as comments, like we’re too dumb to see through that, and comments simply too inane to bother with.

Let’s see how long it takes to rack up a little less than 2,000 more comments. It sounds like a lot, but you’ll be surprised how fast it goes.


A Strange Experience for a Writer

The Temptation (Bell Mountain, 11) by [Duigon, Lee]

All right! The Temptation is out there now, and at least its Kindle sales are off to a good start (it’ll be another week before the paperback is available).

But I can’t get too wrapped up in that now, because the warm weather is coming and I want to be ready to start writing the next book, as soon as the Lord gives me the go-ahead. A title, a new character, a new place–whatever He gives me to be the seed of the story, that’s what I’ll worth with.

Before I can do that, though, I have to re-read Bell Mountain No. 12, His Mercy Endureth Forever: because, when you’re writing a series, it’s incredibly easy to forget which details belong in which book or simply to forget things altogether. So out comes the manuscript.

Now, how do I say this without sounding like a fat-head? Never mind, I’ll try.

I wrote the book. No doubt of it. But when I sit there and read it, it feels like I’m reading something that someone else has written. “How did I ever think of that?” I wind up wondering. Worse–I begin to feel like I’m reading about real people and things that really happened. It’s… well, weird.

I’ve said before, the books are smarter than I am. Give God the glory for that!


Here It Is!

At last! Kirk DouPonce’s wonderful cover for Bell Mountain No. 11, The Temptation–which goes on sale today (see yesterday’s post, https://leeduigon.com/2019/04/11/wahoo-the-temptation-goes-on-sale-tomorrow/).

If you’re up to speed with the story, you’ve probably wondered about what’s going to happen with all that gold they brought down from the mountain, all the political intrigue going on in Obann City, and what Jack and Ellayne and Wytt are getting up to now. Actually, it’s been so long since I wrote this book, and I’ve written No. 12 in the interim, that I can’t remember what’s in it! I’ll have to read it, too.

I hope, this time, I run out of fingers to count on before I run out of sales to count.

Anyhow, it ought to be up there on amazon.com before the day is done, allowing for time differences and all that. So keep your eyes peeled for it!


Wahoo! ‘The Temptation’ Goes on Sale Tomorrow

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I’m delighted to report that Book No. 11 of my Bell Mountain series, The Temptation, goes on sale tomorrow! I just found out minutes ago.

Paperback and ebook will both be available on Nook Books, Google Play/Books, Amazon Kindle, and the Chalcedon Store (www.chalcedon.edu/store). Note: the Chalcedon offices will be closed next week, so physical copies of the book from Chalcedon will not go live on Amazon until April 19, next Friday. Please don’t try to order them from the store before April 19.

But everywhere else–it’s tomorrow, everybody!

 


Oh, Boy! Knuckle-Bear Video!

For no reason at all, everything here is working again. Thank you, Lord!

Okay–yesterday there was nothing green on any of the trees; and today there is, some leaves have budded. Spring is definitely here. And how do they do that without anyone noticing until afterward?

In a matter of weeks it’ll be time to start writing again, back to Obann to try to clean up the mess I left at the end of His Mercy Endureth Forever. I haven’t got the seed of the story yet: I have to wait on the Lord to give it to me. A nerve-wracking procedure sometimes, but it’s gotten me through twelve books.

Meanwhile, dear readers, finally I have some video of chalicotheres, the “knuckle-bears” that live on the edge of Lintum Forest. It comes from the BBC and Tim Haines’ “Walking with Beasts,” a source of inspiration to me despite its bent for Darwinian fairy tales. What can I say? The beasts are cool!

The video includes a shocking cameo appearance by a hyaenodon, aka the “death dog” that would’ve gulped down both Ryons and Cavall if he hadn’t been interrupted by–but I don’t want to spoil the story.


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