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‘An Open Letter to My Critics’ (2013)

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The last time I re-ran this post, it touched off a lively discussion among the readers. I’d like to see it do it again.

https://leeduigon.com/2013/08/23/an-open-letter-to-my-critics/

Why it should be at all controversial, in a work of fiction, to depict a religious dimension to the characters’ lives and culture, is not easy to explain. Some of those secular fanatics really hate it if you even admit “religion” exists.

It has been suggested that I could be more winsome in my dealings with them.

That much effort, I’ll save for more important things.


Bonus Critter Video

Having just plowed my way through another Newswithviews column, I felt an urge to celebrate.

The prehistoric mammals in this video–you may want to turn down the appalling background music; I don’t know what they were thinking–are the work of Tim Haines, most of them appearing in his wonderful Walking With Beasts.

And most of them have turned up in my Bell Mountain books, too! If you’ve read the books, have a little fun by seeing how many of these critters you can remember from the books.

And I’m off for a bike ride!


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

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

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.


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.


How Many of These Critters Have Appeared in My Books?


These are somebody’s idea of “the Top Ten Prehistorical Mammal Predators.” I didn’t actually count them, but I suspect they listed more than ten.

How many of these have appeared in Obann?

Andrewsarchus, Hyaenodon, Smilodon, Entelodont–plus a lot of critters not featured in this video. The books in which those four appear are Bell Mountain, The Cellar Beneath the Cellar, The Thunder King, and The Last Banquet. I do have fun, writing them up–and I hope it’s fun for the readers, too.

Note I have resisted the temptation to invent animals, like giant hamsters or talking clams. I deserve extra sales for that, don’t you think?


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