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While Nobody’s Looking…

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Hi, Lord Chutt here–thought I’d sneak in while no one’s looking.

For those who don’t know, I’m one of the villains in Lee’s Bell Mountain books. It rather ticked me off the other day, when Lord Reesh got a say and I didn’t. He thinks he’s the primo villain in the series. Ha! Even that creep Ysbott is better than Reesh.

I may not be as flashy as some of the others, but I have a very special gift. People who are involved with me, for any length of time, go bad. Real bad. Left to their own devices, they’d be harmless. But I turn ’em into villains.

I admit I don’t know how I do it. It just happens. I understand you have some public figures in your world who contaminate everything they touch. It’s probably the same thing.

While I don’t appreciate speaking to a mostly empty house that I had to sneak into, it’s better than not speaking at all. As long as I’m here, let me urge you to get hold of these Bell Mountain books: there’s a new one, The Silver Trumpet, coming out next month, I hear. Read ’em and decide for yourselves who’s the baddest villain!

[The management now promises there will be no more commercials this year.]


Stuck for a Christmas Gift Idea?

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Yeah, I know it’s blowing my own horn, but I’ve got to do it.

Of course, you don’t have to wait for Christmas to give someone one of my Bell Mountain books. Any day of the year will do. There are nine of them in print so far, starting with Bell Mountain, and a tenth one on the way, The Silver Trumpet. You can order them via amazon.com, or just stay on this blog, click “Books,” and order them directly from the publisher at the Chalcedon Store (http://www.chalcedon.edu/store/). I do hope that link works; I tend to bollix up such things. But if it doesn’t, you can still find it on the “Books” page, complete with shopping cart icon.

Click “Books” and enjoy Kirk DouPonce’s wonderful cover artwork–and you can read sample chapters, too. That’d be better than me just saying that I write good books. Did you ever hear an author say “I turn out junk”? So take a look and decide for yourself. The target audience for these is “Young Adult,” ages 12 and up, but they do seem to appeal to all ages. I’m always surprised when people tell me their 8-year-olds really enjoy them, too.

And now this commercial has run long enough.

 


‘The Silver Trumpet’: Almost Ready

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If you’re wondering where I’ve been all afternoon, I’ve been right here at this computer, doing my part of the final edit of The Silver Trumpet. Our boss, Mark Rushdoony, hopes to publish it in January.

No one has ever published an error-free book, but at Chalcedon we come about as close to it as humanly possible. This will be my third time proofreading the book, and I’m only one of several proofreaders. Actually, it’s quite shocking when I discover–after the book is published!–a typo on a page.

Susan, my editor, had a rather complicated reaction to The Temptation. She’s worried about some of the characters’ welfare. Some of them are very definitely sailing into harm’s way. I pray that in the spring I’ll be ready to start writing the next installment of the story.

But first we’ve gotta get The Silver Trumpet into print!

At least the editing job takes my mind off WordPress.


Writing the Cover Blurb

Now that I’ve got a cover for The Silver Trumpet, I have to write the blurb for it, which I did this afternoon.

Somehow I always find it a difficult task–sum up the whole novel in 150 words, and do it in such a way as to make someone want to open it up and read it. This always leaves me wondering if I should’ve kept it to 150 words in the first place.

Which brings me back some 30 years to my days as a horror novelist for a major New York City publishing house. They wouldn’t have dreamed of letting the book’s author write the cover blurb.

See that one up there? The cover copy on the back was written by someone who hadn’t read the book, or at best only skimmed a part of it. What you read on the back cover only slightly resembles the content of the book. I would have liked to complain, but that would’ve only made them laugh.

So Storehouse Press has me writing the cover copy for my own books, and the cover artist actually reads the book before he creates the cover, and everybody’s happy.

Next time you feel a book as given you a bum steer, please try to remember it’s probably not the author’s fault.


The Silver Trumpet (Vol. 10) Cover

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Flash! A Cover for ‘The Silver Trumpet’

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Kirk DouPonce has just emailed me his cover for Bell Mountain No. 10, The Silver Trumpet, and it’s a doozy. He painted the scene just as I imagined it when I was writing it. I don’t know how he does it.

I’ll have it displayed here, hopefully, sometime tomorrow.

 

 


I’m Back (and News about ‘The Silver Trumpet’)

Thank you, Lord, they’ve glued my crown back on and now I can get back to work. Of course, of course, they found another few things they’d like to work on. But not just yet.

Artist Kirk DouPonce, who’s done all my covers so far, says he’s soon be ready with a cover for The Silver Trumpet (No. 10 in the Bell Mountain series). I can’t wait to see it. And if I’m able to find out how to transfer it from email to this blog, I’ll post it for you.


Still Writing ‘The Temptation’

Just so you know I’m still working on it, today I finished writing another half a dozen chapters of The Temptation (Bell Mountain No. 11). I’ve got to type them up and send them to my editor, then plunge into the next chapter set. The Lord has not yet shown me the climax of the story, but I think it’s safe to tell you there’s a whole lot of temptation going on and many of the characters now have the opportunity to do something that they shouldn’t. And there’s a new threat to Ryons’ kingdom looming up from the far south.

We’re still waiting to see a cover for No. 10, The Silver Trumpet. I had hoped to see it published in time for Christmas, but don’t know whether that will be possible. And I’m a bit concerned for No. 6, The Palace. Is anybody reading it? It has only three Customer Reviews on amazon.com. If you haven’t read it yet, please give it a whirl. And find out what happens when King Ryons and his hound, Cavall, hunt the mysterious White Doe.

Meanwhile, I’ll be trying very hard to finish The Temptation before cold weather sets in. The outcome of the story is in God’s hands–and that’s where I want it to be.


Welcome, Newbies! Please Check Out My Books

My stats page tells me I have a lot of new viewers on this blog; and I would be surprised if many of them were aware that I have novels out there, too.

Look at that beautiful cover, up there, by Kirk DouPonce! The Throne is Book No. 9 in my Bell Mountain series, all of which are available through amazon.com or directly from the publisher at http://www.chalcedon.edu/store.com/ .

Mostly of you never heard of these, but you can find out about all nine novels in the series simply by clicking “Books” at the top of the page. Artwork, cover blurbs, and sample chapters–it’s all there.

Book No. 10, The Silver Trumpet, is currently in production. Meanwhile I’m writing No. 11, The Temptation. But for the time being, there are nine of them out there to get you started.

Take the plunge! Buy one! It’s cheaper than a movie!


Another Crass Commercial Message (from Me)

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By now, I think, most of the regular visitors to my blog have already bought my books. But I live in hope that every day brings visitors who’ve never been here before and haven’t heard of my books.

Well, it’s easy to find out all about them. Just click “Books” at the top of the page, and you’ll see covers, descriptions, and sample chapters of all nine in the series–with No. 10, The Silver Trumpet, currently being made ready for publication.

Sorry for the commercial, but I do have to do this now and then.


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