Sunday, 6 December 2009

Missouri Civil War novel A Fine Likeness gets a fan page

As I mentioned in my last post, my Civil War horror novel, A Fine Likeness, is a finalist in Dorchester Publishing's Fresh Blood contest. This novel covers the Civil War in Missouri and includes historical figures such as Bloody Bill Anderson and Jesse James alongside the fictional protagonists.

Since I can only win through public support, I've started beating the drum early and have created a Facebook fan page called (go figure) A Fine Likeness deserves to be published! More than just a way to blab about my literary greatness, I'll be talking about the history behind the novel, something I've written about in several nonfiction venues.

Voting doesn't start until Mach 2010 but I have a lot of promo to do. I'm very happy that in the first nine hours I got 24 fans. Most are personal friends, of course, but I've noticed a few friends of friends in the bunch, and that's encouraging. My first fan was David Lee Summers, a fellow writer who I haven't seen in way too long. He just won himself a copy of the book if it ever sees the light of day.

So check out the fan page. I'll love you for it.

1 comment:

Michael Dahlin said...


You wonder by the "Borgholsbössan"

A get the rights from the author
and archaeologist Jim Rudolfsson, Borgholm casle Sweden.

Autumn of 1972 I participated in an excavation outside of a medieval castle toss, with one one half meter thick draft stock, thus I found a completely intact rod gun, probably from the 1300s. Pottery Fragments, crossbow arrows and nine medieval coins were found. Gun is completely preserved, in bronze with TOUCHHOLE and ferrule for wooden pole, length about 16 cm.
Pole Rifle "in the State Historical Museum, we have a copy here at the castle.
I have mentioned the gun in a couple of essays: Borgholm Castle text Jim Rudolfsson and photo Anders Johansson 2003rd

The little gun was no sight but is apparently being shot by touch. Stocks
dating back to the second half of the 1300s. We had runs around the palace in 1361 when Valdemar IV of Denmark took the castle
and next, very long battle was in 1367 when Albert of Sweden laid siege to the castle for 10 weeks.
1362 and some years were Öland Borgholm on the estate to the Hanseatic League which carried out large-scale building on bail. Hans Hildebrand says in Swedish Medieval on a fyreskytt in Borgholm.
So it seems that the gun belongs to 1300's second half. My interpretation is that bösseskytten himself hit by eg a armborstbil and dropped his gun out of country side where the castle was full of waste from the castle this is probably as today grown plenty of nettles, chervil and elder, kitchen waste, latrines fell the precipice. The medieval castle throw that gun was found outside were probably founded by hanseaterna, we have dug out three rooms in the barracks, but it should have been an equal number of, the house was 52 m long, the ground floor was used as economics floor, the castle lord upstairs and attic loft was farmed as inventories and related shooting holes into the slope to the west. The house was demolished by King John III, which in turn occupy about 30 feet of the building as the basis for the new Renaissance palace.

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