Friday, April 28, 2017

Bear's Novel Released

Finally, the Bear's novel, Judging Angels, is available for purchase! It's a BIG, Bearish tale that begins with a series of crimes that put the criminal justice system on TILT. Does our hero George Able find a Christmas Miracle? Or does his second chance require a pact signed in blood? Whatever the case, the deal comes with one beautiful young redhead who is in love and lethal and clueless about her origins. A fractured family must put aside its problems to mount a rescue.

Red Morgan, as the woman calls herself, seems essential to their efforts. Yet troubling clues convince George's estranged wife Alice that there is only one obstacle to Red's fantasy of her and George's white wedding in Vegas: Alice herself.

The Bear has tried to pack a lot of interesting things into the story, but they are really there to keep the reader's interest during an exploration of common issues faced by everyone, but especially Catholics - and most especially lapsed Catholics - today.

  • How does the Church's apparent waffling on divorce affect a man tempted by a bad marriage and a beautiful new love?
  • What is the right way to deal with near occasions of sin - and the very, very, wrong way?
  • Why is the sin of pride so insidious?
  • What effect do the sins of parents have on their children?
  • Why are some smart people tempted to drift away from the Catholic Church?
  • How can two similar men choose different responses to changes in the Church?
  • How can seemingly weak priests occasionally surprise you?
  • And most of all, how far will each of the characters go to rescue Sandy, the youngest of the family who has been kidnapped by evil incarnate?

This a book where characters have grown-up discussions with one another. And sometimes kill people. Chapter by chapter, the temptations are ratcheted up, and the choices  become narrower.

And in this C.S. Lewis meets Raymond Chandler oddball there are - to paraphrase a line from A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum - plenty of dames, guns and schemes, for those of you who have absolutely no interest in pirates - erm, theology.

The Bear hopes you enjoy. Just set aside all expectations... all of them except the fact that this novel was written by Your Bear, with his Bearish sense of humor.

By the way, it bears little resemblance to the early version sent out to readers. Thanks to some constructive criticism and a major revision, the Bear is proud to release this novel, the first in the Rubricatae Chronicles. Yes, if you enjoy it, God willing, there will be plenty more of some of the most original writing out there.

There are a few instances of bad language, and a some Bearish scenes involving bloodshed, although, for the most part, the Bear toned that down.


24 comments:

  1. As a great fan of your earlier writings on St Corbinian's Bear, I was happy to purchase a copy of your novel, and look forward to reading it.
    Congratulations.

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    1. Thank you. The Bear sincerely hopes you enjoy it. If you like this ephemeris, the Bear can't think of a reason you would not enjoy the novel. It has the same mordant humor, the same edginess, yet also, the same constant concern with exploring the truth in a difficult time.

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  2. Your novel is, at this moment, residing on my iPad Kindle reader. Congratulations. Can't wait to start reading it.

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    1. Are you number one, then? The ur-reader?

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    2. I think "Ever mindful" beat me to it by 10 minutes. Starting to read-very interesting.

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  3. Oh, CONGRATULATIONS! I am just delighted for you. It was such a lot of work, and I hope you are happy with the final product. I do not read fiction, but will make an exception in this case. You have a way with words, that's for sure. God bless, Bear!

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    1. Thank you! The Bear has never done this before, so he really doesn't know what to say about it except that he had a blast writing it. And when Bears enjoy themselves, so does everyone else, right?

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  4. Oh, is it not available in a hard copy?

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  5. Kathleen, yes, it is available as a hard copy. Autographed even. It is published in trade paperback format, weighing in at a Bearish 500 pages of ursine goodness. For that big of a book my publisher needs to put a price tag of just under $30. But whoever wants to buy one, I'll be happy to autograph one and mail it to you. My 450 gm ursine brain is quite overwhelmed today, but I'll have more details soon.

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    1. Yes please.

      What about trade paperback?

      I cannot wait to read it. Congrats.

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    2. Yes, please do post when that is available. So exciting. :)

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  6. Trade paperback is $29.99 - it is an unusually big book! Should be able to take orders very on. Free autographs if you order here.

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  7. "plenty of dames, guns and schemes..." who could ask for more? Well maybe a Ginger reference. Congrats! Looking forward to reading it.

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    1. There might be a couple of Gingrrr references, just to prove that the Bear really wrote it. That, and to spread the cult of Gingrrr.

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    2. Excellent, Bear. Although I would've believed you wrote it anyway. Can we also expect subliminal messages, sly ursine innuendo, secret handshakes or maybe even clues to the hidden Forrest Fenn treasure?

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    3. The Bear stoutly denies ANY innuendo. If you think you have found some, default to the INNOCENT interpretation. There are plenty of Easter eggs for the sharp eyed. Elements repeat in ways that are not apparent until the very end. The Bear took great joy tormenting readers by shocking them, dashing expectations and deflating beloved tropes. (It's a Horrible Life could fairly be an alternate title.) in general, he hopes you will have more than one "He did NOT just do that!" Moment. Have you ever read Charles Williams? Now imagine you could truthfully say you understood it.

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    4. I haven't read Charles Williams, so I don't understand your last sentence. But the rest of it sounds really intriguing!

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  8. How clever of the Bear to write not only a good novel but one that gives you a healthy work out if you carry it around for summer reading.

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    1. Buy two and the Bear will send you his Bookaerobics VHS tape.

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  9. Whoops! The Bear sneezed and there were 45,000 words done. That is HALF of a human novel, already, on the sequel. Now that I crossed Niagra Falls on a high wire once, I am embracing the sheer loopy fun of the first. ( Bear hopes he DID make it to the other side!) But it is always about the story on the inside.

    Charles Williams was one of the Inklings. His books deal with Christian themes, but Bear's 450 gm brain cannot understand them and there are no redheads that he remembers.

    Bear will link to his moribund writing page so anyone who wants to discuss Judging Angels can do so without disturbing the majority who come only for the Bear, tragically missing the very best of the Bear in long form.

    Look forward to sad giant singing crows (giant means GIANT); spunky Nightingales; mad Romanian scientists; gangsters; the Office of the Surgeon General; big pharma; deadly combats; overcomplicated schemes gone predictably wrong; the baton being passed to the next generation (of teens whose minds have been blasted by the horrors unleashed by their parents); and, of course, dangerous redheads.

    In other words, business as usual. We're talking about Book II of the Rubricatae Chronicles which is being written and hopefully does get punished.

    The action still features the same characters (survivors, anyway) but pulls back to reveal infernal plots behind the first novel.

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  10. Well, I finished it on Sunday afternoon, having bought it on Saturday morning. It does keep you on your toes, doesn't it ! And I enjoyed it very much. Fun while you're reading, thought-provoking afterwards.

    I really am not sorry I once landed on your site, Bear. And it was no coincidence: we once gave our daughter (now 18) a very nice brown Steiff teddy we called « Corbinien », for obvious reasons. Other bears in the family include Edward, Winston, Diogène, Archibald, Oscar and Nestor Prosper de Bear. They are more interested in honey and whisky than in salmon, unfortunately…

    Thanks again for a very good read. And please be assured of my prayers for your brother ; I lost my own brother (14 years older than I) to cancer last autumn. So in a way, I know…

    Looking forward to the sequel.

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    1. What a charming note! Bear is SO happy you enjoyed his novel, and especially happy you found it worth thinking about afterwards. The trick of it all is that these are all conventionally decent people, as the world judges, and remain likeable to the end, in their own ways. In other words, they're just like us. But they get their priorities skewed, nearly all of them lack the Church's help, and they believe they can keep evil around when it's useful, then really, really will delete that photo... one of these days. And never look at it. No, really. Bear hopes he did not give too many shocks to your system!

      If you enjoyed it, and could leave a 4 or 5 star review at Amazon, that is UNBELIEVABLY helpful to an author! People don't really understand just how important that is.

      If you read JA and like it, please do leave a review as a favor to your Bear. And if you didn't, consider instead dropping him a note and helping him do better next time.

      Bear's first fan mail! How exciting ;-) And what a tireless reader you are! That is a big book to read in less than 24 hours!!!

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