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Still No Facebook!

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By all indications I can discover, this blog is properly connected to Facebook. But now I’m on my third day with no referrals from Facebook–a loss of 10 to 20% of my traffic.

Even my webmaster couldn’t find anything wrong, and I was sure that if anyone would know how to straighten it out, she would.

We were on our way to a record month here, before this happened.

P.S.–Some good news, at least: the Kindle edition of The Throne (Book 9 of my Bell Mountain series) came out like gangbusters yesterday and is still in amazon.com’s Top 100 Science Fiction books this morning, even though it isn’t science fiction. Not bad for a crotchety elderly man who doesn’t know anything about fantasy.


Now Available in Kindle: ‘The Throne’

Well, here it is–The Throne in Kindle format. So much for shipping costs!

In fact, I think it’s free if you’ve got Kindle Unlimited. I don’t, so please don’t ask me how that works. I still can’t even get back my Facebook referrals.

Anyway, all the Bell Mountain characters, except for the few I’ve had to kill off in earlier books, are present and accounted for–Jack and Ellayne, King Ryons, Wytt, Helki the Rod, Ysbott the Snake, Lord Chutt, Martis, Fnaa and all the rest–along with some new ones whom I hope you’ll enjoy reading about. I enjoyed writing about them. Yergen, the toughest man in Obann City. Bassas, commanding Lord Chutt’s Wallekki bodyguard while trying to salvage his honor. You get the idea.

And…who’s going to be the first to submit an amazon.com Customer Review for this baby? I hope it’s a good one!


A Few More Writing Tips

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Spring is coming, and I want to be ready to start writing another book as soon as God gives me something to start with. To that end, I’ve just read The Throne and am now reading The Silver Trumpet, which I wrote last year–the tenth book of my Bell Mountain series. Whatever comes next, I left some matters in Trumpet which will need to be addressed.

By now I’ve had thirteen novels published, including my four horror novels from long ago, and I’ve picked up some tricks of the trade, learning them the old-fashioned way, by experience. I know some of you out there want to try your hands at writing novels, so here are a couple of tips.

*If whatever you happen to be writing seems tiresome to you, it will be tiresome to the reader, too. Trust me on that. If your fictional characters are getting all caught up in details, the reader will abandon them. Don’t devote a lot of space to things that aren’t interesting.

*Remember the rule of Chekhov’s Gun. The great playwright said that if there’s a gun hanging on the wall, sooner or later in the play, one of the characters will have to use it. Otherwise there’s no reason for it being there. (I learned about that, believe it or not, from studying chess: don’t line up your Rooks and Queen unless you mean to use them.)

*Don’t tell the reader a lot of things he doesn’t need to know. If a character walks into the story to say “Here are the gum boots that you ordered, madam,” then leaves and is seen and heard no more, you needn’t tell the reader anything about his kindergarten days. He’s done his job and you’re finished with him.

*I’ve said this before, but it bears repeating–don’t insult the reader by editorializing about the characters. If a character is a villain, you needn’t call him a villain. If he says and does villainous things, the reader won’t need you to tell him that this character’s a villain. I call this “the Lovable Sheepdog Rule,” after a wretched novel in which a certain sheepdog never appeared without the adjective “lovable.” This did not make the sheepdog lovable to me, the reader. It made me want to call the dog-catcher.

If you observe these rules in your own writing, you’ll run much less risk of creating something boring. Readers who are not part of a captive audience–say, a class of high school kids–have a very low boredom threshold. And a writer does well to remember that.


And We Have a New Year’s Contest Winner…

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Right down to the wire last night, folks–and just under the wire with the final comment of 2016, we have a winner–Savannah Z. Very nicely timed!

So, Savannah, you’ve won an autographed copy of The Throne, which I will send you as soon as I get my author’s copies sometime this month. In the meantime, I’ll need your mailing address. Email it to me at leeduigon@verizon.net. Or you can post it in a comment and hope I remember to delete that post before people start sending you encyclopedias that you don’t really want to buy.

Thanks for playing, everybody!


Don’t Forget the New Year’s Comment Contest!

thethroneYes, you could win an autographed copy of this gorgeous book, when it’s published next month. Isn’t that cover just the berries?

All you’ve gotta do is post the last comment of 2016 on this blog. Everyone is eligible, even if you’ve already won a comment contest earlier.

What is not eligible, of course, is any comment that is abusive, blasphemous, profane, a commercial message, or just too asinine for words. Other than that, anything goes.

And don’t forget–I’m on Eastern Standard Time, so if you live in a different time zone, take that into account.


New Year’s Contest: Win ‘The Throne’

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I’m trying to go out with a bang, and my new Bell Mountain book, The Throne, will be coming out sometime very soon–so what do you say to another comment contest?

Whosoever posts the final comment on this blog for 2016, and it doesn’t matter what you comment on, will win an autographed copy of The Throne.

For this contest it doesn’t matter if you’ve won before. Anyone can enter, and any comment is eligible… with the following exceptions. Comments that are abusive to me or to another reader; comments featuring profanity (I don’t care if scientists say dropping the f-bomb proves you’re smart; scientists say a lot of things); commercial pitches un-cleverly disguised as comments; blasphemy; and comments that are simply too inane to bother with–other than any of those, anything goes.

Now, I don’t know and you don’t know when that last comment of 2016 will be posted. I’d rather everybody didn’t wait until 11:59:59 p.m. tomorrow night–but hey, it’s up to you.

Happy New Year, folks!

P.S.–Please remember I’m on Eastern Standard Time; so if you’re in another time zone, take that into account. If you’re in California and it’s 9:01 p.m., I’ll be already one minute into 2017.


‘The Throne’ is Coming!

Why is this iguana so happy and excited? Because he’s just been told that The Throne will be published right after New Year’s!

Re-unite with all the characters from the first eight Bell Mountain books–except, of course, the ones I’ve killed off. Can King Ryons make it back home to Lintum Forest, and will he still have a kingdom when he gets there? And what’s all this about the Thunder King winding up in Obann City?

I am told readers will be able, very soon, to pre-order this book through The Chalcedon Foundation Store (http://www.chalcedon.edu/store). No provision has been made for iguanas, cats, or dogs.


Blog Milestone–and New Comment Contest

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Less than 200 comments to go for No. 10,000. Hey, that’s a major milestone! Who ever thought this blog would last that long?

Whoever posts Comment No. 10,000 will win an autographed copy of one of my books. If you really want Bell Mountain No. 9, The Throne, as your prize, you can reserve it, it’ll be published soon.

The contest rules are simple. Anything goes, except the following: comments abusive to me or to another reader; anything smacking of blasphemy; comments featuring the f-bomb or other profanity; commercials thinly disguised as comments; or remarks simply too inane to bother with.

Come on, now, folks–this’ll be for 10,000 comments, we really ought to whoop it up.


Coming Soon: ‘The Throne’

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We’re now doing the final edit for The Throne–the text that will actually appear in print. It’s Book No. 9 in the Bell Mountain series, and I hope the gorgeous cover by Kirk DouPonce makes you want to read it.

I had hopes of getting this book in print in time for Christmas, but I’m sorry to say it doesn’t look like that can be done. Oh, well. It’ll make a nice post-Christmas gift.

Meanwhile, it looks like one more chapter, just one, will do it for Book No. 10, The Silver Trumpet. And then I’ll feel like I’ve raised a child and sent him out to seek his fortune in the world: sort of an empty-nest feeling. But the good news is that the story demands another book after this one. When you’re writing history, even the history of an imaginary world, that has a tendency to happen–because history just never stops.

As long as the Lord keeps giving me these stories, I’ll keep writing them.


Sneak Peek at “The Throne” cover

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