Comment Contest: Less Than 100 to Go

Yes, we have under 100 comments to go, to get to No. 6,000–and whoever posts comment No. 6,000 will win an autographed copy of one of my books. (Sorry: if you’ve won already, I will pass to someone who hasn’t won yet.)

Anyone can play. Just “leave a reply” at the bottom of any post.

I rule out comments abusive to me or to any other reader, comments that make use of the f-bomb, blasphemy, thinly-disguised commercials, or anything just too inane to bother with.  Other than that, anything goes.

Join the dozens of happy people who have already read one of my books. Enter now!

Some Small Achievements

For those of you who may be curious about what I do when I’m not writing, researching, blogging, or catering to my cats–

I’ve just finished reading my new book, The Temple, and I was amazed to find not a single typo in it. I’m a whiz when it comes to spotting errors after the book is published and it’s too late to do anything about them. Once the train leaves the station, I can really see it! But the proofreading staff at Storehouse Press is just about the best in all the world.

I’ve been riding my bike just about every day since I got it a few weeks ago, and this morning I was able to execute my first turn… no-handed. When I was a kid, it took me months and months to master the art of riding without using my hands. The mastery of that esoteric art has come back to me in just about no time.

Well, back to work.

I’ve Got My Books!

It’s always a big day for me when I get my author’s copies of my book. Today I got my copies of The Temple. That cover looks good! My wife is already hunkered down to read it.

You may have noticed that I’m blogging more, of late. That’s because I’m between books, and that always makes me antsy. But I know I’ll have to wait months before the Lord starts me on the next story that He wants me to tell. He knows I need that time to rest and renew my resources.

The Temple is Book No. 8 in my Bell Mountain series, and the themes remain the same throughout: God’s sovereignty over all Creation; His power to intervene in history–without abrogating our free will; how He draws individuals and nations to Himself; and how the characters learn to know and love God through obedience, through sacrifice, hard work, enduring hardship, taking risks, and loving one another.

In all of this, whether I’m writing or not writing, my one indispensable tool is God’s own word, the Bible. I want my stories to be steeped in the Bible: it’s the only way to make them valid.

If you’re new to this blog, welcome. And if all of this is new to you, a lot more information is available just by clicking “Books” at the top of this page.

‘The Temple’ Now Available in Kindle

Product Details

Wahoo! We did it! The Temple, No. 8 in my Bell Mountain Series, has gone on sale in time for Christmas.

So far it’s only in Kindle, but it won’t be long before the paperback is ready.

Meanwhile, this is brand-new, hot off the press–and it needs people to read it and review it. Who will be the first?

Come on–doncha want to find out what happens when King Ryons’ little army gets to the Thunder King’s huge and terrible fortress at Kara Karram? That is, if they get there at all. But you can read the full blurb when you click “Books.” And dig that cover by Kirk DuoPonce!

Dont Buy His Books!!!

That guy who dose this blog, I am so made at him, he better wach out or elsse i’ll beet him up. He is alyaws goin on abote how collidge is a waist of time and money and trying to mak me look like a iddiot. Yiu cant even sea my donky ears becose now im wearing a hoody.

Well i dont lik what he saide aboat them prefessers at Cornel who say the unerversity sholdnt ouhgjt to hire repubblickins. He dont know nothin abute whatt it menes to be a interllectural so he shuld just shut up. And my prefesser he sayse we got to get this guy oncet and for al so that no one reeds him animore. And I says okay, prefesser, i kno just howe to do that.

This guy has al theese stopid books out theire wich he wants youall to reed and he has a new one comin out soon, it is caled The Temple.

Well this here book it is the wurst boock anyboddy ever wrote, it is jist terrable, you best not reed it if yiu kno whats good for yuo. Dont reed none of his books theye are awfful and besydes he is a Hater who dont beleave in Globbal Warming and he dont want wimmin to have a bortion. I kno somone who red that book Bell Mountain and gesse what hapened to him? HE DYED!!!

Aslo im goin to aske my prefesser Can we give out free Collidge Degres to evryone who dont reade this guys bookes? When she is Presdent, Hillery she wil give free collidge to evryboddy but i dont think she wil get made iff we do it ferst.

My New Book–Finished!

(Here’s Jack climbing the wall of the Palace in Obann, in Book No. 6. Artwork by Kirk DouPonce)

The Throne (Book No. 9 in the Bell Mountain Series) is done. I’ve just typed up and polished the last few chapters and sent them on to my editor.

Now what’ll I do?

You work on a book practically every day for six months, hours at a sitting, and thinking about it when you’re not actually writing about it, and suddenly it’s over. Someday you’ll have to start the formal proof-reading, write the cover blurb, and see the artwork for a brand-new cover; but that’s not quite the same as writing it.

No, I can’t just sit down and start writing the next one. Months will go by before I can even begin to do that.

For those of you who don’t know what I’m talking about, go to the top of the page and click “Books.” See the covers, read the blurbs and sample chapters. And the blog archives are full of reviews, to say nothing of the Customer Reviews on

We will try to put The Temple (That’s Book No. 8) on the market in time for Christmas. But if we can’t make it–well, look, there are still seven of them out there, and they’ll make great presents.