HERE’S AN EXCERPT FROM
MY BROTHER’S KEEPER
Electronic publishing is rather ephemeral. At least it seems so to me. I’m working real hard to figure out how to market an eBook. And it ain’t easy.
For instance, how can you do a book signing with nothing to write your name on? I’m told there’s software that allows you to personalize a Kindle file, but I don’t see how it might work.
Well, the one thing I can do is read from the text. Whether rendered in ink on paper or pixels on a screen, words come alive when you hear them interpreted aloud.
So here’s li’l’-ol’-me reading the first of four excerpts from my novel, MY BROTHER’S KEEPER.
This should give you a taste of the book, and (one hopes) make you want to read the whole thing.
From the first chapter — Joachim, father of Mary, visits the home of Joseph with the temple priest Zacharias. They recount Mary’s experience as a servant in the temple, and prepare to ask a favor…
Now, you can surely guess what Joachim and Zacharias have in mind. Their proposal to Joseph is, in fact, what sets the book’s plot in motion.
Incidentally, I didn’t pull the idea that Mary served in the temple out of the air. It comes from ancient non-canonical writings, and is maintained as a Church tradition (though admittedly, not one that’s widely known).
My novel is filled with such little morsels of Christian lore. Many suggest answers to questions the Gospels leave unclear — like how Joseph and Mary happened to marry, as in this excerpt.
I’ve got three more snippets from MY BROTHER’S KEEPER, which I’ll post in coming days. Give them a listen. And please, use the Comments section below to let me know what you think.
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Al Ferber says
Bill, is that your natural reading voice these days?
If not, it could sound a tad less labored. Otherwise. Good show, old boy!
Bill Kassel says
Alas, the old pipes have accumulated some rust over the years.
Alex Szollo. says
I don’t think I’ve ever been this excited for a Biblical novel. Cannot wait for the book to arrive.
And yes, I agree with the fact that words come alive when interpreted aloud, which is why I read all the dialogue from novels aloud.
I love how you wrote this book. It’s as if we’re able to delve inside the minds of Biblical characters, seen here as flesh-and-blood people, with the respect owed to their godliness intact. Thank you for having the heart, mind, love and patience necessary to write this awesome-sounding book, which will share my shelf with Ben-Hur.
You’re an awesome soul! God bless you!
Alex Szollo, God-hungry historical novel buff.