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THE BIG ANNOUNCEMENT!

Proposed novel cover. Sometimes you CAN judge a book by its...



Bear's friend, author, Tim Capps
The Bear is pleased to announce that his very best human friend, Tim Capps, has inked a book contract with Hope and Life Press. Tim's novel Judging Angels is set for publishing this fall/winter.

The Bear was permitted to see a final draft of the manuscript of course. He can truthfully say that a lot of stuff happens. And there quite a few characters. And it's pretty long. It's funny. And scary. Romantic, too. Horror, yep. Police procedural? Check. Passages of lyrical beauty? Of course. Good versus Evil? The Bear never figured that out, exactly, but maybe you might.

In fact, it's almost like what the Bear would write if he ever had to time write a novel. Unfortunately, this ephemeris takes almost his every waking minute, so the world will never see a novel written by the Bear.

But this isn't too bad. Off the top of his head, the Bear recollects it has:

  • beautiful, dangerous redheads
  • a handsome but dangerous man
  • murders and some righteous smiting
  • did the Bear mention redheads?
  • an evil tarotista and a wise blind woman
  • steely-eyed police detectives
  • forensic science and clones
  • crime sprees with lots and lots of felonies- and that's just the good guys
  • guns and knives and - never mind...
  • duct tape - a surprising number of scenes with duct tape, if the Bear remebers correctly
  • big time marriage troubles, some snuggling, a few good kisses, plus artistic- never mind
  • one family's multi-generational curse: "The Torso in the Attic" or something like that
  • theology good and bad, including a special guest appearance by "Father Rainbow"
  • evil villains, morally compromised heroes, and a decent, rosary-praying Marine
  • Hermann Goering 's watch
  • poetry, movie references, and plenty of jokes
  • temptations and dangers no human was ever meant to face
  • blood - the Bear's favorite part (besides the redheads)
  • just maybe a genuine insight or two into life, love and dangerous redheads

Oh, the Bear wondered which of the redheads might have been modeled on his driver, bodyguard,  and factotum, a.k.a. "Red Death," a.k.a. "The Shepherdess," his mate. "All of them, he said."

Comments

  1. Congratulations, my friend! I can't wait to get it.

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    1. I'm sure Tim can't wait for you to buy it! Poor Tim, retired, living off a meager pension, typing out a novel with his one remaining finger. He can use the royalties. (A client chewed his other fingers off during an attorney-client visit.)

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    1. He might even dedicate it to you, if you're nice.

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  3. CONGRATULATIONS! Great news indeed!....I assume you'll be posting a link so we can purchase once the big roll-out happens?

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    1. Of course. I intend to turn this blog into a boring instrument devoted solely to pimping my dubious novel. I will be constantly haranguing everybody to buymybookbymybookbymybook. Probably with about 15 pop-up windows and videos that play automatically.

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  4. Congratulations! Love the cover. Looking forward to seeing what that's all about. May this work quickly find a place somewhere high up on the Amazon best-seller lists. Not sure about this Tim Capps guy, though. He looks kind of shady. As long as The Bear vouches for his character, I'm sure we can trust him. I suggest you get him to autograph a few and sell them for a few extra fish.

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    1. Thanks for everything, Brian. You enjoy a particularly privileged status of having actually gotten a peek...

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  5. BTW, what's it rated? I asked Tim. He said, "Whatever I can get by the publisher." Whatever that means. Actually, having read it, it's quite tasteful, but not a youth novel. Probably one notch down from, say, The Americans. Definitely not near Game of Thrones.

    Is it Catholic? I asked him? He said, yes, in world-view, in a general way, with specifics inserted to make one sound point or another. Is a Charles Williams novel Catholic? Some liberties were taken, he said, but fundamental truths are illustrated even in that context. I wondered how the Church was portrayed. Exactly as you would find in your average American parish. That bad, I observed. He nodded his head. "But kind of funny," he added.

    "It's really a funny book to have such a high body count," he said.

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  6. Congrats on your friend's success. I am looking forward to reading it. Really happy for him.

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    1. I'll pass your thanks along! I'm sure he will appreciate it.

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  7. Bear! That Tim cuts a dapper and avuncular vision. He looks like an author of quality. Will look forward to curling up with the book and some nice mulled when the wind flies this Autumn.

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    1. I'm sure he hopes everyone enjoys it. If Neil Gaiman, John Grisham, Dean Koontz and G.K. Chesterton wrote a novel, it would look nothing like this. But if the Bear ever wrote one...

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  8. So how did you talk Red Death into modelling for the cover? Her head is down; was this taken too soon after the goat incident?

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    1. Red Death is a natural redhead. I'm not sure the same can be said of the model on the cover.

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  9. Heartfelt congratulations to the author (and to redheads everywhere :-)

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    1. Jane, you don't know what it means to me to receive a comment from you on this. I was hoping you would. Now, this very year, you will be able to learn what happens to George, and Alice, and Lucille Goodman, and the mysterious, beautiful, rather dim, and morally ambivalent Red. Who is one of the redheads. (Clever name, huh?)

      Men will fall in love with her. For women, it will be hate at first sight. At least that's the way it is with my mate. She becomes violent any time Red is mentioned. Not sure why. I didn't write the book. In the novel, there is no way any woman can compete with Red. Or is there?

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    2. Being the age I am, it is easy for me to love Red by thinking of her as a daughter :-).

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    3. Funny you should say that...

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  10. Bear, please congratulate your good friend Tim and ask him we can submit pre-orders right now.

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    1. I am not sure about pre-orders. Doubtless there will be a way to order right from this ephemeris, in both paperback and Kindle formats.

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    2. Apparently pre-orders are doable. I'll have more info later. And I expect everyone that enjoys this ephemeris will be wanting an autographed copy!

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    3. Bear--Please let us know ASAP about pre-orders. Books such as yours make wonderful gifts. Will they be cheaper by the dozen?

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  11. I rather enjoyed your earlier novelette, and the promise of an appearance by Fr. Rainbow and copious amounts of bloodshed (related?) are enough to get me coming back for more.

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    1. Thanks J! I am so rude, I don't think I ever thanked your for the book you gave me. I confess Tim has been bothering me so much for editorial assistance (I think I deserve co-author credit) that I have not had time to read much of anything. But I have enjoyed the book itself: the aged look of it, the smell, the feel of the pages. If there is a Platonic book, it is very much like the one you so kindly gave me.

      Tim did add some rather acid commentary on the Catholic Church's problems, but only a bit, when he couldn't resist, he told me. Whether Fr. Rainbow and copious amounts to bloodshed are related is actually an interesting question. I suppose it depends on how sensitive your irony meter is.

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    2. Books can be appreciated on many levels, not just as texts to be read. I am glad you are enjoying its presence.

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  12. CONGRATULATIONS to Bear's friend, Tim. This is quite an achievement!
    (One question-are there no lawyers in the novel-even a red headed one?)

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    1. Of course there are lawyers. One is talented, but disgraced and in a bad place in his life; a lapsed Catholic. The other is a stalwart and true friend who gives good advice which is usually ignored. Tim, being a lawyer, wrote about what he knows, or at least started there. He is a rosary saying faithful Catholic, but generationally close to his grandmother's Ifa religion from Western Africa.

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    2. I should clarify that the CHARACTER (Andy) is a faithful Catholic close to his grandmother's African Ifa religion. Not Tim. Tim is a fair-to-middling Catholic of northern European extraction.

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  13. Congrats!

    Would Mr. Capps be interested in a proofreader?
    Highly qualified, with two law textbooks, two books on Canon Law, and countless law rev articles under her belt?

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    1. I'm sure he would be gratified by the offer, and if Judging Angels were not already sold, he certainly would. Now that there's a publisher those sorts of things may not be up to him. I'll pass your kind offer along, however.

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  14. shoot - who needs the book? The comments here alone are a great read! Seriously, looking forward with much anticipation to this story. I hope it is available before whatever the heck happens in November.
    So who wins to guessing prize? Not me obviously.

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    1. Utubeo, who remembered some loose talk about a novel in the past, and gave the most complete answer.

      I do not know when it will be actually published, but unless Tim beats the deadline, Before October might be pushing it. But who knows? I am not really privy to that sort of information.

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