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‘The Silver Trumpet’ Available in Kindle

The Silver Trumpet (Bell Mountain Book 10) by [Duigon, Lee]

Ladies and gentlemen, esteemed colleagues, lovers of fantasy fiction: it gives me great pleasure to announce that The Silver Trumpet is available today as a Kindle book on amazon.com. In fact, if you’ve got Amazon Prime, it’s free. (Don’t ask me how I make any money out of that. I’m sure I don’t know.) And coming out of the starting gate, it’s in the Top Hundred for Fantasy and Science Fiction this morning.

It doesn’t appear that any paperbacks have been sold yet, although they’re now available, too.

Plus there’s a “Be the First to Review This Book” notice up, so I’ll be on tenterhooks to see what kind of customer reviews I get. It suddenly occurs to me that I don’t, in fact, know what “tenterhooks” are.

So there it is, boys and girls. (I promise not to stop with the microaggressions.)

What–you mean you haven’t ordered it already? Well, don’t just stand there–!


A New Contest for Readers: Cast the Movie!

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To celebrate the publication of Bell Mountain No. 10, The Silver Trumpet. and the long-awaited (by me) expansion of my market to Barnes & Noble Nook and Google Play, I has thunk up–stop! Too much Joe Collidge. I have devised a new contest for you, dear and faithful readers, new and old alike.

For years I’ve been pipe-dreaming about a Bell Mountain movie, and even trying my hand at assembling a cast for it. Last night I thought it might be much more fun to let all of you join in.

**So here’s the contest. Whoever can propose the best cast, at least half a dozen characters, for a Bell Mountain movie, wins an autographed copy of The Silver Trumpet. It’s okay if the actors you propose are dead. That will only slightly decrease the movie’s  chance of ever being made.

@@Sample entry> Lord Reesh: Lou Costello; Helki the Rod: Sandy Becker; Jack: Mike Mazurki; Ellayne: Lee Remick; Obst: Hector Elizondo; the Baroness: Dame Judith Anderson. (Note: I purposely selected actors no one else would select. Do try to do better than this!)

Anyone can play, all are eligible–and I’ll keep the contest open for a while, so some of you can catch up on your reading. Entries will be judged by me and my wife, and if we can’t decide among two or three or four entries, they’ll all win.

Come on, now, join in–this should be a lot of fun. Enter as often as you like. Feel free to comment on other readers’ entries. The whole thing’ll fall flat, of course, if everybody just sits around waiting for someone else to play.

How to enter? Simple. Just “leave a comment” or “leave a reply” on any post, anytime.

I can hardly wait to see what you guys come up with.

P.S.–Everybody seems to enjoy reading about this, but so far, very few have actually participated. C’mon now, folks! I can’t run a contest with only half a dozen entrants–and I don’t have half a dozen yet.


My Market Has Expanded (Hooray!)

The Throne (Bell Mountain, 9)

No one works harder than the support staff at Chalcedon HQ. And they get it done, too.

I just heard from Jill that all my books are now on sale via Barnes & Noble Nook and Google Play. That would be ebook versions of the books: Chalcedon and amazon.com also sell the paperbacks. The latest, The Silver Trumpet (No. 10 in the Bell Mountain series), is still about a week away from being available as an ebook. That’s also Jill’s job.

Anyway, now ebooks of my books are available in two more markets, and they just got there so I haven’t sold any yet. But it can’t help but help–right?


New Critters in Obann

I’ve always been intrigued by this prehistoric animal from South America, Macrauchenia. In addition to having a sort of elephant’s trunk, it got around not on hooves, but on these odd, stubby little toes. Scientists have been trying to classify this animal ever since it was first discovered in the 19th century. They still can’t do it.

Herds of these have begun to move up through the plains of South Obann, followed by savage tribes and even more savage predators. This is one of those things that used to overthrow civilizations: a barbarian invasion, a whole nation on the move.

Gee, now why does that sound so familiar?

Where will the horde stop–if it stops at all? Suddenly it seems like a really good idea to hole up in Lintum Forest.

The tale will be told (I hope) in His Mercy Endureth Forever. Meanwhile I get to hang around with Macrauchenia. Think of them as funny-looking llamas who don’t spit at you.


Racing Against the Rain

It’s been really hard, trying to write the first chapter set of my new Bell Mountain book, His Mercy Endureth Forever. What with holidays, doctor visits, deaths in the family, and lots and lots of rain, I’m far behind where I expected to be by now. And it looks like it’s going to rain some more, so I’d better get back outside, back to work, toot-sweet.

Poor Queen Gurun. Is she being offered a chance to go back to Fogo Island, to her family? There’s a man who is pretty sure he can build a ship that could take her there.

Meanwhile, up from the south comes trouble. Big trouble. For everybody.

So I can’t stay here and try to gin up readership. Here’s hoping the readers will rev it up themselves.


This Time It Really Is for Real

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Okay, all right, no more fatzing around–The Silver Trumpet really is on sale, at the Chalcedon Store,

https://chalcedon.edu/store/492333-silver-trumpet-bell-mountain-10-the

What, “fatzing”? It’s an Obannese expression, I picked it up from Jack and Ellayne.

This is Book No. 10 in my Bell Mountain series. It’s not on amazon.com yet, so give it another week or two for that. Or you can order it right now from Chalcedon.


I Asked, and It Was Given

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Ice Age hyenas with their kill, a wild boar: the mammoth and horses in the background are lucky the boar came along when it did.

With two deaths in the family coming virtually back-to-back, I haven’t been quite at my best lately. Not good: because I have a book to write, and the weather has held me back considerably. I’ve written a couple of chapters of His Mercy Endureth Forever, but as of this morning, I still didn’t know where it was going. Note I said “didn’t,” not “don’t.” Because now I think I know.

So I sat outside with my cigar and asked the Lord to give me the story He wants me to tell: and He has. Like, right away. All I had to do was ask.

Now I know why He gave me that title, and why He gave me Ice Age extra-large and ferocious cave hyenas, without an Ice Age to go with them. Now I can proceed.

Thank you, Father. It’s a weird way to write, but so far it’s carried me through ten Bell Mountain books, plus two awards.


A Peaceful Day

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Well, that’s not the most compelling headline I ever wrote, is it?

I had to walk to the mailbox just now, and was passed on the sidewalk by a band of Catholic schoolboys in blue shorts and clean white shirts, running, yelling, whooping, laughing. Where can I go to get that kind of energy?

Uncharacteristically low, low, low readership day. *Sigh*

But it was too nice a May day to pass up a bike ride, and I wrote a decent chunk of my new book. Writing books in a series can be tricky. For the benefit of the reader, you have to backtrack a bit: it’s been months since anyone read the preceding book. You might even have some readers who haven’t read any of the earlier books, and you don’t want to lose them in a forest of unfamiliar names and places. But if you backtrack too much, you risk boring your audience. It can be tricky, deciding how much past history to provide.

And there’s still a high stack of paperwork, relating to Aunt Joan’s death, to plod through.

Still waiting to announce the imminent publication of The Silver Trumpet. Jill at Chalcedon HQ tells me it’ll be any day now. She’s also my tech support, and had to work a lot of magic yesterday for me to post that article about the seminary president gone bad: when I finally found it on the Chalcedon website, the first half of it was missing! But I was amazed by how quickly Jill was able to fish it out of cyber-limbo and repair it.

Aloha for now. See you in a little bit, for Cat Video time.


Here It Comes! The Silver Trumpet

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Well, at least I know now that the book exists: Bell Mountain No. 10, The Silver Trumpet.

I received a copy in the mail today, to be autographed and sent on to one of Chalcedon’s faithful supporters, and I’m told my own copies are on their way to me–and that the book will go on sale later this week. It’s not there yet, so don’t give up if you look for it and don’t find it. It’s coming: this time it’s really coming.

Meanwhile, May thinks it’s April and it rained every day last week, and more rain is forecast for this week, and I haven’t had much time to work on His Mercy Endureth Forever. We were freezing here yesterday, and today it’s hot. So I’d better finish this iced tea, and one more post, and then get back to work on the book.


I’m Going with the Hyenas

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It’s been raining every day this week, which has really slowed the writing of my new book. But at least I was able to make one artistic decision about it.

I’m going with the oversized prehistoric cave hyenas. I can’t provide them with an Ice Age, but to make up for that, I’ve provided them with dangerous savages who worship them as holy.

Today’s spotted hyenas of Africa are pretty nasty, but these put them to shame. Hey, they ate mammoths and rhinoceroses.

Now if only this rain would stop, I could get down to business.

P.S.–I’m calling it His Mercy Endureth Forever. My wife and my editor like that title, so there it is.


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