“The Glory of a King” – my third book is out!

31 May 2014


Getting the word out – my latest book is now available! “The Glory of A King” is a romantic novella set in a post-apocalyptic, post-technological future. Andrew I, monarch of the Kingdom Between the Rivers, is doing his best to rule wisely, with justice and mercy. He guides the army as they defend the borders, adjudicates disputes, manages economic affairs, whatever it takes to provide some stability for his people. But he does it alone – there is no queen by his side …

And then one morning, a mysterious – yet oddly familiar – woman, dressed in rags, shows up in his throne room, sees him … and passes out cold.

The simple, unexpected event, and everything that flows from it, turns Andrew’s life upside down. Who is this woman? What does she want? What will happen as a result of her arrival in the palace? And could this poor, homeless woman really be true love for a lonely king?

Well, to find out, you’ll have to read it. “The Glory of a King” is available for 99 cents (WHAT A DEAL!) at for the Amazon Kindle and Barnes & Noble Nook e-readers. Amazon also has a free downloadable app that will allow you to read it on your PC or smartphone, so if you don’t have a Kindle or Nook, you’re covered.

“The Glory of a King” was actually the first work of it’s size I ever wrote – I created the first version of it in 2000 as a present for my wife Nina (to whom this version is dedicated). It’s one of the longest stories I’ve ever written, at over 20,000 words. And it ended up serving as a dry-run test for some of the concepts in my first novel, “The Slave Auction,” which I hope to have out this autumn – they both take place in the same “story universe,” with the same post-apocalyptic background.

Anyway, check it out, buy it, read it, review it and tell your friends about it. I think you’ll enjoy it a lot. I know my wife did.


Don’t call it a comeback! (… but okay, it’s a comeback)

22 May 2014


Yes, indeed – after two years plus, I have returned to the blogosphere! (Loud, clamorous applause.) It’s been a long, difficult time – full of personal growth, adjustments to circumstances, and a few hospital visits – but I’ve come through (most of) it and am, I think, the better for it.

However, right at the start I must admit that I’m returning with an ulterior motive. Namely, promotion. You see, in the 25 months since I put this blog into mothballs, I’ve become a published author.

No, really, I have! In December 2013, I released my first e-book, a short-story collection entitled “Labors of Love: Three Short Tales of Hard-Won Romance.” I followed that up in April 2014 with another collection, “Survivors’ Tales: Stories of Lives, Loves and Dreams that Go Against the Odds.” (Both of these links are for the Kindle edition; Amazon also has an free app you can download to read them on your PC, tablet or smartphone.  If you have a Barnes & Noble Nook e-reader, you can go here and here.) They’re only short books, but I’ve been told not to “despise the day of small beginnings” – and let’s face it, one has to start somewhere. Besides, I think they’re really good (granted, I’m biased, but still).

And this is only the start. My hope is to have six books in circulation by the end of the year:

  • The Glory of a King – a romantic novella; aiming for a May 30 release.
  • One World, Infinite Possibilities – a collection of Earth- and near-Earth-based short science fiction stories; late June/early July.
  • The Slave Auction – my first novel, a post-apocalyptic/quasi-medieval romance; September.
  • An Unwanted Arrangement – another novel, this one set among the nobility of a similar-to-Earth world; November.

The two novels, if things work out, will become the first books in their respective series. And by “if things work out,” I absolutely mean “if they sell enough copies.” Because, while I write because I can’t not write (to quote Judy Blume), I publish to support my family. I sell books, I have money to support them better. I don’t sell books, I don’t have that money. That’s, alas, the way the world works.

So at least part of the time, this blog will be devoted to promoting my books in the hope that people will like what they see and buy them. I’ll also be talking about the state of Christianity in America, my wife’s and son’s disabilities, politics, movies, sports, pop culture and whatever else chances to tumble out of my flea market of a brain – just like I did from 2009 to 2012. But the books, and the process of making them, will make up a goodly percentage. And if you’re inclined to help, the best way you can do so is to click the links above, buy my writings (don’t worry, they won’t break the bank), read them, love them, leave positive reviews for them and tell your family/friends/neighbors/co-workers/missionaries that come to your door to do the same. It’d sure help. And I think you’ll like them, so it shouldn’t be a hardship.

Glad to be back. Let’s do this.


It’s beginning to look/smell/taste a lot like Christmas …

13 December 2010

Slowly but surely, things around here are becoming more and more Christmas-y.

We aren’t, by and large, the type to make a huge honking deal out of holidays (see my last post, and all the non-hoopla surrounding my recent birthday).  We like them, make no mistake — but our ardor stays fairly low-key.  In my family, Christmas was never that big an operation — especially after my parents’ divorce, since I was living with Mom and we’d always spent the day with Dad’s family.  (Still did for several years after, until she and I and my brother basically got fed up with them and decided to do something else that day.)  Among Nina’s relatives, it’s usually a quiet family time … with the notable exception of one aunt who I think goes into five figures annually on Yuletide decorations, entertainment, food and a lighting display that I don’t think is actually visible from orbit, but I make no guarantees.  Said aunt has fun doing it, though, and we wouldn’t have her any other way.  But she is the exception.

Still, we do have some things we like to do around this time of year.  And so, if you’re interested, come on in and join us for a few of the Christmas traditions around Chez Anselmo.  Here, have some hot cocoa.  I’d take your coat, but we still don’t have central heating, so you might want to keep it on …

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Equal time with Charlotte

22 June 2010

Most of the time, when people talk about a serious illness, they don’t talk about the collateral damage.  I don’t mean the other physical problems that being sick can create, aside from the immediate symptoms.  I mean the way being sick affects everybody around the sick person.  The stress, the worries, the changed dynamic of relationships — you get the picture.

Well, if you read this space, you know about collateral damage — for a while, it seemed like it was the only thing I was writing about.  Sean first came down with Leigh’s disease almost eleven months ago, and to say it’s changed our lives would be an understatement.  Even as he makes his slow recovery, we’re having to make a constant series of adjustments to assist it, to keep our family together and healthy, and to not lose our minds.  Nina (aka the Supermodel) and I are adults, though — we can sack up and deal with it.

Our daughter Charlotte, however, is not an adult.  In fact, she turns 9 in a couple of weeks.  And it’s hardly been all Skittles and root beer for her.  which is why today was so important.

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Periodic Pingback: iMonk is dead, long live iMonk!

9 May 2010

(Blogger’s note: Periodic Pingback is an occasional feature of mine, providing links to other stuff on the World Wide Internet Superhighwayweb that I’ve found too valuable to not pass on.  Do enjoy!)

Regular readers of this space (believe it or not, there are a few) will know of my admiration for the work and teachings of Michael Spencer, aka “the Internet Monk.”  (You can check out his website here.)  I didn’t always agree with him, but I usually did, and I found him to be a modern prophet of God, a Biblically-committed teacher willing to speak the truth regardless of how uncomfortable it was to the American church (or even to himself).  Such people are both rarer and more valuable than gold, IMNVHO (in my not-very-humble opinion).

Unfortunately — for us, not him — Michael went to Heaven on April 5 after a long bout with cancer, one exacerbated by his Christian employers cutting off his health insurance in the midst of his battle.  (Restraining myself from a rant here …)  Nevertheless, the ministry he began to help reform the body of Christ lives on.  His website is still active, with several of his friends and co-conspirators helping to run it and contributing new content.  Two new articles in particular have caught my attention: one on “Our Dangerous God” by Jeff Dunn, and a companion piece titled “Becoming a Dangerous Christian” by Lisa Dye.  Both are definitely worth your time if you’re a Christian and want to grow into maturity in Christ. ( If you’re a Christian and don’t want to grow into maturity in Christ … what is wrong with you?!?)

Also, Michael’s first book, Mere Churchianity, will be released by Random House next month.  (His first, but not necessarily his last — plans are underway for a compilation of some of his essays.  I’ll keep you posted.)  You can check out the details and/or pre-order a copy at Amazon.com I know I’ll be getting one.

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