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The Bell Mountain Series - Reformed Reviews

As a writer, it distresses me to know so many people who never read. Oh, they’ll read a technical article or a manual, whatever, if it’s absolutely required of them for work–but a novel? Not on your life.

I think the way the public schools teach reading has a lot to do with it. As a little child, I couldn’t wait to learn to read. My mother, my aunts, my grandparents, were always reading. They read things to me. So I was just itching to be able to read for myself.

But in school they turn it into tedious work, dull, dry, please-make-it-stop…

If you’re a poor reader, then reading won’t be pleasant for you and you won’t have any desire for it. If I were your tutor, I could fix that for you: it’s not that hard, and I have the training for it. There are techniques that you can learn, that anyone can learn, which will enable you to read faster and with better comprehension; and by and by, reading won’t be painful for you anymore.

I doubt I can teach this in a series of blog posts. I suppose I could try, if enough of you wished it.

I do wish my own books could get a wider readership. They’re all available here, you know: just click “Books” on the home page. It’d be nice if we had them in the form of audiobooks; then all you’d need is an attention span.

But you must do some reading, or you wouldn’t be here at all. Do me a favor: go to the home page and click “Books,” browse a bit, and see what you think. What have you got to lose?

‘Well, Then, Should I Just Change My Value System?’ (2014)

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Remember this? A guy who said he’d Never buy my books because he doesn’t want his kids exposed to my horrible value system.

He never told me what his value system was, but I can guess.

Well, Then, Should I Just Change My Value System?

I always have trouble wrapping my mind around the fact that in historically Christian countries–like the U.S. Canada, and Britain–there are people, born and raised in this country, who hate Christianity and embrace, with open eyes, alien moral standards dreamed up by crackpots and villains.

They can also look at Venezuela and still say, with a straight face, “Socialism works!”

Reviews, Anybody?

His Mercy Endureth Forever

So I finally got an amazon customer review for Bell Mountain No. 12, His Mercy Endureth Forever–and the guy panned it. Two stars.

It’s a waste of time trying to tell anybody why he should have liked something or other, but gee whiz. This book is unsuitable for young readers because some of the characters who are supposed to be the good guys… tell lies. Gallgoid, the chief spy, tells porkies to the bad guys. You mean he shouldn’t do that? This is supposed to be “un-Christian.” But in the Bible, Rahab is praised for hiding the Israelite spies and lying to deceive the men who are hunting for them; and Jehosheba is praised for hiding the baby prince when the wicked queen, Athalia, tried to kill off the royal family. Like, Rahab should’ve said, “I cannot tell a lie. The Israelites are hiding on my roof.” Really? Like, instead of hiding the Jews, you should’ve told the Nazis where they were?

The reader also expressed a feeling that Bell Mountain has just gone on too long, on and on without getting anywhere. Do any of you think so? I’ve heard from people who don’t want the series ever to end. Well, there’s no pleasing everybody.

Even so, I’d love to know what some of you think of this book, His Mercy. And then there’s The Wind from Heaven next, and I’m working on Behold! So we can’t stop the series just yet.

Anyway, writers live on feedback, it’s food and drink to us. Just sayin’….

‘How “The Last Banquet” Was Born’

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I’m never happier than when I’m sitting outside on a sunny day, with my cigar and legal pad, with no awareness of time passing, writing one of my books. But before I can get there, first the book has got to be born.

How ‘The Last Banquet’ Was Born

That’s just so cool, when a dream grows into a book. I don’t map these out ahead, like I used to do, long ago, with my horror novels. I just go with whatever God gives me.

And I do enjoy the ride!

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.

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.

‘Author Interview with Lee Duigon'(2015)

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(Is anybody reading this?)

“Dragon Queen” did a very thorough job of this interview, a few years ago. No one’s interviewed me lately. Rush Limbaugh wants to, but he doesn’t know it.

Author Interview with Lee Duigon

Actually, I’ve done a lot of interviews–but hardly any with anyone who’s read my books. Oh, well…

‘Are My Books Biased?’ (2013) (Re-run)

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There was a prominent book reviewer in 2013 who wouldn’t review my books because, he said, they were too full of Calvinism.

‘Are My Books Biased?’ (2013)

This reviewer makes a big thing of being a former Calvinist, till he saw the error of his ways and converted to Catholicism. I never heard that he reviewed books only written by Catholics. All I know is, he won’t review books written by me.

So here we go again, having to point out the bleeding obvious: the Temple in Obann is not the Roman Catholic Church; it’s the Temple in Obann and nobody in it ever even heard of Catholics or Protestants.

I’m just sorry my Aunt Betty, a scholar and a nun, died before my books were published. I would have loved to hear her insights!

‘Here’s the Webinar! “Thoughts on Being a Writer”‘ (2016)

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I did this webinar with Andrea Schwartz for Chalcedon, so if you can stand the sound of my voice for 50 minutes, well, here you are!

Here’s the Webinar! ‘Thoughts on Being a Writer’

I’ve done a lot of interviews about my books, but this was the first time I’d ever talked with anyone who’d actually read them. That made it more fun.

Anyway, here I am. Enjoy the conversation.

‘I Almost Review “The Last Banquet”‘ (2013)

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You know a writer’s getting desperate when he reviews his own book. Such was my situation a few years ago. No one else would do it at the time, so I had to.

I Almost Review ‘The Last Banquet’

Oddly enough, The Last Banquet seems to be the book most tapped by readers as their favorite in the Bell Mountain series. Well, I was rather clever with the ending, wasn’t I? Sorry, there I go again.

Absolutely Your Last Chance to Buy My Books!

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Yes–this is indeed your last chance to buy my books in the year 2018! If you wait till tomorrow, it’ll be 2019.

So get onto amazon.com and order a couple of ’em, or click “Books” and then the little shopping cart icon and order direct from the publisher. It’s easy! Even I could do it, and I stink at computers.

The saga begins with Bell Mountain and now consists of ten books, with No. 11, The Temptation, just about ready to come off the press. Thrill to wars, miracles, treachery, conversions, really strange and menacing beasts, weird barbaric customs, love, friendship, faithfulness, barbarian invasions, an avalanche–everything that makes life worth living! It’s all in here.

Buy ’em for your kids, and by the time they reach No. 10, The Silver Trumpet, they’ll be old enough to read ’em all over again.

And I have heard, but cannot confirm, that every time anybody buys one of my books, somewhere in the world, a leftid cries “Ouch!”