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Movie Contest Picks Up Steam

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As soon as we get $200 million, we can start production of the Bell Mountain movie. In the meantime, the contest to cast the movie is providing a lot of fun around here–especially for some of our younger readers.

I would like to see more of us old folks pitch in. Why not? It’s a party! And everyone’s invited. Just suggest some actors to play some characters in the books, or a director–can’t make a movie without a director. The only way for this to work is if a lot of readers play the game. The more, the merrier.

So far, there have been a few suggestions that struck me as right on the money, why didn’t I think of that, just the ticket, etc. I may have to modify the contest to provide for more than one winner.

The winner (or winners) will receive an autographed copy of The Temptation, Book No. 11 in the series, as soon as it’s published. It shouldn’t be a long wait, everything’s just about done.

And if you haven’t read any of the books yet, now’s as good a time as any to get started. Just click “Books,” and in addition to blurbs, covers, and sample chapters, you’ll find a couple of ways to order a book right away. All of them are available in both paperback and kindle format.


The Bell Mountain Movie Contest, Take Two

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I’m not entirely sure this is a good idea–after all, it bombed the first time we tried it–but nothing ventured, nothing gained. So I hereby open The Official and Bona Fide Bell Mountain Movie Contest.

Suppose we were suddenly in possession of $200 million and wanted to make a movie based on yours truly’s Bell Mountain books. And suppose you could have anyone you wanted, living or dead, to play the various characters and to direct the movie. Whom would you hire? Whom would you cast?

So that’s the contest: cast the movie. Simply list four characters in the novels with the names of the actors you’d like to see playing those characters; or you can nominate a director. Example: Helki the Rod: Danny DeVito; Ellayne: Bette Davis; Lord Reesh: Stan Laurel; Directed by: Ross Perot. (I have purposely illustrated this example with choices that no one in his right mind would ever make.)

Enter as many times as you like. Entries will be judged–subjectively, I admit–by me, influenced by other readers’ reactions to the suggestions. The contest will run until The Temptation is published, and an autographed copy of it will go to the winner. I’ll extend the contest if more time is needed.

Problem: If you haven’t read any of these books, you’ll be hard-put to compete in this contest. Ridiculously Simple Solution: Read ’em. At least read one, and you’re in business. There are hundreds of characters in these books by now, and you’ve only got to come up with four. How easy can it get?

Last time, a lot of people seemed to enjoy reading about this contest… but we only got three actual entries. I got just as many for a “name that tent caterpillar” contest that wasn’t even real, I didn’t even have a tent caterpillar.

So I’ll give this a week or two and see how it goes. If it doesn’t go, we’ll have to think of something else.

And the Winner Is….!

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Just in–“SlimJim” wins the comment contest! Yes, he will receive an autographed copy of The Temptation as soon as it’s published (which means he’ll be motivated to obtain the earlier books, hint-hint).

It is too bad that such deft skill in timing his last comment cannot be rewarded by being turned into a rodent, as originally planned. Everybody was pretty hot for that, but it just wasn’t to be.

So, Jim, sometime in the very near future, email me your mailing address and I’ll do the rest.

Thanks, everyone, for playing! We’ll do it again sometime.

Unbearable Suspense!

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Unless I’m very much mistaken, today will see a winner in our current comment contest. Yes, some enterprising reader will be the one to post Comment No. 40,000.

At the moment there are only 30 more comments to go!

Unfortunately, it looks like there’s no way I can arrange for the winner to become a rodent, as promised at first. The legal issues appear insurmountable. So the winner will receive an autographed copy of my new book, The Temptation, as soon as it’s published, which should be soon.

And then, with the contest over, we shall sadly watch the volume of comments drop way, way down. I know, you don’t mean for it to be that way. And if I had a contest going all the time, it wouldn’t be as exciting as it ought to be. I’ll probably call the next one as we approach No. 45,000.

And wouldn’t it be great if I actually sold some books?

200 Comments to Go!

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Wouldn’t you know it! With only 200 comments to go to the legendary (come on, be patient–how often do I get to use that word?) 40,000-comment milestone… we’ve got a problem with the prize.

The company that would normally manage the winner’s metamorphosis into a rodent has been sued by another party for allegedly turning someone into a potted cactus instead of a gerbil, as requested. Pending the outcome of the lawsuit, they have suspended all current business. “You can’t have much of a conversation with a cactus,” complains the plaintiff. So with a gerbil you can?

Anyway, the lucky reader who posts Comment No. 40,000, instead of being transformed into a rodent, will instead receive an autographed copy of my new book, The Temptation, when it’s published, which should be pretty soon.

The management apologizes for whatever unbearable disappointment has been caused by this change in plan.

Ooh-Ooh! Less Than 400 Comments to Go!

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Just letting you know–we are nearing the climax of our current Comment Contest, with only 326 more needed to reach the magic 40,000-comment mark.

Magic? What’s magical about it? Well, heck, don’t you remember? You get turned into a rodent if you win! That’s if I can swing it. Otherwise, the winner will have to settle for an autographed copy of my new book, The Temptation, when it comes out, which should be very soon.

Again, everyone can play and all comments are eligible, with just the following exceptions: comments abusive to anybody else on this site, those containing profanity or blasphemy, ads disguised as comments, and comments that are just too mutton-headed to bother with.

Comment Contest… Counting Down

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Would you believe it? In our quest to post 40,000 comments, we have a mere 600 to go! The readers here should be able to do that standing on their heads. Although it would be easier to do, sitting down.

Ah! And what’s the prize for posting Comment No. 40,000? Well, it was going to be an autographed copy of my new book, The Temptation, which should be published pretty soon. But now, if I can swing it…

From the picturesque fjords of Norway! a genuine, live baby Tyrannosaurus rex! Pictured above, and pictures don’t lie. Just ask any TV noozie. The little girl in the picture is actually someone famous, disguised as a little girl. I am not at liberty to reveal her identity, but you know famous people never lie.

All comments are eligible, except: those of abuse of anyone else on this site; any comments containing blasphemy or profanity; commercials disguised as comments; remarks too inane to bother with.


February: Let Slip the Dogs of… the Comment Contest!

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February is the shortest month, but it just may be long enough to find a winner in our latest comment contest.

Shooting for the milestone of Comment No. 40,000, we currently have 39,186, which means only 814 left to go. The tension, the drama, the excitement! And the winner gets to be a rodent!

Oops, didn’t mean to say that. The reader who posts No. 40,000 will win an autographed copy of Bell Mountain No. 11, The Temptation, which is just about ready to be released for publication. Everyone is eligible!

All comments are eligible, too, except for the following: comments abusive of anyone else on this site; comments containing profanity or blasphemy (I know that lets out a lot of liberals, but I can’t help it: let them clean up their act, if they can); commercials thinly disguised as comments; comments simply too inane to be published. Anything else goes.

Comment Contest Update

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The picture of the frog is only here because it’s interesting. What do you suppose he’s thinking?

Just in case you missed the announcement a couple of weeks ago, we are in the throes of an epochal comment contest, racing along toward the landmark of 40,000 comments. We currently have 38,827, which means we have 1,173 to go. The reader who posts Comment No. 40,000 will win an autographed copy of my new book, The Temptation, No. 11 in my Bell Mountain series. It hasn’t been released for publication yet, but that could happen very soon.

All readers are eligible, even those who’ve already one a comment contest or two, and all comments are eligible, with the following exceptions: Comments that insult or abuse any other commenter; commercials thinly disguised as comments–like, you really think you’re gonna fool us with that?–any use of the f-bomb or any other profanity or blasphemy, and comments simply too inane to bother with. You may wonder just what would be too inane for me to publish as a comment. Well, trust me–they’re out there.

We’ve been clipping along at a pace of about 50 comments a day since Christmas, but today… well, not so hot.

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!”

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