“Into the Flames” reviewed

Roy M. Griffis’ By the Hands of Men

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I’ve complained a bit lately (“lately,” you say?) about the various horse-puckey mechanisms that encourage Americans to ignore all but the most formulaic and famous of our national fiction. But part of this is perhaps the fault of writer-reviewers; even if we produce novels ourselves, we both avoid and screw up fiction reviews, because they are hard (and also not conducive to clickbait, you barnyard Internet animals).

The more enthused a reviewer is about a piece of fiction, ya see, the less we want to spoil its surprises—be they plot twists, turns of phrase, or a sweet new massage of a time-honored theme. We know the writer worked hard to …

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Here’s your chance: nominate “right” novels for publication!

As some of you know, Andrew Breitbart famously pointed out that politics are downstream from culture.  I’ve heard folks clamor for more positive entertainment options, not only for our own pleasure, but because of pop culture’s potential power to sway public opinion away from somehow looking upon Progressive (Communist-Marxist-Maoist-Stalinist) Fascism favorably. America has very little time left if it is to be saved.

“How can I help?” you ask. If you are a Kindle enthusiast, you can visit Amazon’s Kindle Scout page and nominate novels by known writers of the Right. In my previous post, I mentioned illustrator and author Kia Heavey, who writes excellent fiction (with a dash of fantasy mixed in) that is pleasing to people with good, …

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Covering thoughts

The cover of Into the Flames, Book Two of my By the Hands of Men series is, like the first book, designed and executed by the ridiculously talented Kia Heavey.  No, I’m not exaggerating about her talents.  She plays the bagpipes, she’s a wicked graphics artist, and she’s a hell of a writer (I highly recommend her YA novel Underlake).

Kia was the one who recommended looking for an image to represent Robert Fitzgerald.  In her opinion, having a central image to tie the cover together would make it more effective.  I have to admit, I was hesitant…finding the photo of Nurse Florence Ethel Spalding, a strikingly beautiful woman (who actually worked in a field hospital at Gallopoli in …

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Meanwhile…

“The Fire This Time,” which is the second volume of the Lonesome George Series (LG2, for short) is with the publisher and editors.  They’re doing their job.

Meanwhile, my copy-editor sent her notes on “Into the Flames,” volume two of the By the Hands of Men series.  I’ve been working on incorporating her notes into my ms.

Target release date for “Into the Flames:”  November 15.

And there is this.  Gentle Hans with the wee Schnitzel dog.

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Been kind of busy lately.

BabyKat accepts no excuses.

BabyKat accepts no excuses.

 

How busy? Four novels to revise busy.  Didn’t plan it that way, but…here’s the scoop.

Lonesome George 2 (“The Fire This Time”) and Lonesome George 3 (“The Broken Return”) have been written.  LG2 has been revised and is with my editor and publisher now.

By the Hands of Men 2 (“Into the Flames,” hmmm, I might have something thematic going on here) and By the Hands of Men 3 (“The Wrath of a Righteous Man”) have been written.

I have the copy-edited version of BTHOM2 and I will begin reviewing that within days.  My goal is to have the novel ready for sale on Amazon by mid-November or December 1 at the latest (should some …

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Small blessings

I don’t know if I told you all, but last Monday morning, when I was driving home in the dark and the thin fog, just before I turned off the highway, I came upon a very beautiful deer in my lane. I was coming around a gentle curve, so I saw her in plenty of time to slow down. This deer was standing in the middle of the lane, head down like she was eating something off the pavement.

I slowed down and eased up on her…I wanted to get her off the road but not terrify her. She looked like a mule deer, with those big ears. She looked at my very slowly approaching car then turned and

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Dances With Irrationality

The guy who wrote “Dances With Wolves” died last week. To quote the Hollywood Reporter, “Michael Blake, who won an Academy Award for adapting the screenplay for Dances With Wolves from his own novel, has died. He was 69. Blake died peacefully after a lengthy illness on Saturday in Tuscon, Ariz.

Say what you will of the somewhat PC-softened portrayal of the Sioux, it was a damned enjoyable film (which became one of the more worthy Director’s Cuts I’ve ever seen), and I hope Mr. Blake was justly pleased with having been able to offer that to the world.

But the occasion of his passing reminds me of the time I realized, fully and personally, that Liberals are insane. …

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