Thursday, July 24, 2014

The Ambassadors, Volume One, Journey to a Strong Tower

An interview with Prince Eghan Lhin:

       

      What is your name?
  • My name is Prince Eghan Lhin, son of King Gherin Lhin, ruler of the Lhinian kingdom
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  • What one word best describes you? 
  • Prince. And one day King.
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  • How did you first become involved in the story? 
  • I was taken from my father’s castle against my will.
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  • What worries you? 
  • Is the man who is holding me really my uncle and is he telling me the truth or lying to me about that and other things?
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  • What's your favourite food? 
  • Apples and other fruit from the orchards of the Valley of Lhin. The bounty of our land has no equal.
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  • What do you think of the other characters in your story?
  • I am suspicious of the people I am now forced to live with, especially Nara, an Alingan Princess and the sworn enemy of my people. I miss my guardian, Khalwyd and sometimes even my father.
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  • What do you think should happen? 
  • I should be allowed to return home. Everything should go back to the way it was.
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  • Are you happy right now? 
  • No. But I am intrigued by what my supposed uncle is trying to teach me from The Book he says belonged to my mother. And Nara is also intriguing. And I must admit she is beautiful.
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  • What do you hope to do with your life? 
  • I am a prince of the House of Lhin. I will one day become king and rule in my father’s place.                                                                                                                               ****                                                                                                                                                                  Will Eghan become King? Or does the One True God have other plans for him? 
  • The Ambassadors is being released in volumes. Volume #4 of the Ambassadors will release tonight on the Helping Hands Press Facebook page. But begin with #1 - just download for only $1.00 on Amazon
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  • To read more about Marcia's writing/speaking ministry visit her website.


This post is part of a Summer Reading Blog Tour. Check out the rest of the blogs for some great reads and interesting interviews with characters.



Thursday, July 03, 2014

In Honour of Independence Day

To honour my American friends on their day of Independence - a guest post by Joseph M. Lewis:





Happy Fourth of July!

            Imagine how the signers of The Declaration of Independence feel while looking down from heaven and listening to their critics. The thought never occurred to me until my publisher asked me to write a fictional short story relating how John Hancock experienced the 4th of July. Before starting, I read Herbert S. Allan’s even-handed biography of Hancock. Yes, the Founders were all human - Hancock was vain and a clothes horse, for example. But when you study the founding of America from the perspective of a Founder, the greatness of these men staggers you.

            “But they didn’t free the slaves and women and blacks couldn’t vote!”

            Guess what?  No one could meaningfully vote and everyone, everywhere, was in some form of bondage. The English themselves were “subjects.” Except for royalty and a small number of men in a handful of tiny Greek city states, no one had ever controlled their destiny. 

            Writing in the first person forces you to see things through the eyes of the character or historic figure, to imagine what they felt, wanted and thought. The Founders were operating in uncharted waters, laying the foundation to free all mankind and making things up as they went. They were doing it while at war with the most powerful Empire on the face of the planet. On January 1, 1776, George Washington discovered he had only 8,000 enlistments instead of the 20,000 planned. Georgia and South Carolina announced they would not sign if slavery were denounced, let alone outlawed.

            As I imagine Hancock saying, “The hard truth is we will not free the Negro slaves . . . not because we don’t want to, but because we can’t. The southerners would revolt . . . freeing the black man will require a war and the forces of liberty are barely able to fight one war, let alone two.”

            On July 4, 1776, the Founders were almost to a man well educated, affluent and doing quite well as subjects of Britain. In the 18th century, traitors were hung from a gibbet with their hands tied behind their back. Rather than breaking their necks, the traitor took about ten minutes to strangle to death. Traitors’ property was forfeit, so their families were left impoverished. While the Founders were signing their own death warrant, Benedict Arnold was trying to keep his army from disintegrating as he retreated from the disastrous Canadian campaign. "I have often thought how much happier I would have been," said Washington, "if, instead of accepting a command under such circumstances, I had taken up musket on my shoulder and entered the ranks.”  

            They were great men, yet consider the petulance with which they are treated. While reviewing “The Price they Paid” email about the Founders, the left wing site “Snopes” called it part true, part false. Why? Here’s an example: “Francis Lewis had his home and properties destroyed. The enemy jailed his wife, and she died within a few months.” Snopes - “yeah, well . . . she was already sick.” Seriously. I paraphrase, so check it out for yourselves. Part of the disdain appears to be petty racism, sexism and anti-Christianity - the Founders were white male Christians - but there may be something deeper. Writing about an attack on the Framers, Professor Walter Williams wrote, “If I believed in conspiracies, I'd say (Time’s) article is part of a leftist agenda to undermine respect for the founding values of our nation.” 

            Hancock might have said, “No doubt, those who hate liberty and embrace hate amongst the races will use this against us not only now, but far into the future. We can only trust this and future generations will be wise enough to detect the charlatan, understand his aim and reject his deception. That battle is for another time, and will be fought by other men. We must fight the one in front of us now.”

This is a column of opinion and satire. The author knows of no undisclosed facts.  Contact Lewis, the author of John Hancock, in Remington Colt's Revolutionary War Series, visit him at josephmaxlewis.com and click on Rimersburg Rules.  © Joseph M.  Lewis


To link to listen in on the blogtalk radio show with Joseph Max Lewis discussing “The Declaration of Independence”: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/gelatisscoop/2014/07/03/joseph-max-lewis-discusses-the-declaration-of-independence

To stop by Mr. Lewis’ website and connect with him: www.josephmaxlewis.com