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Galen Watson

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I read the 300 Spartans by John Burke when I was in grade school and decided that I loved historical fiction. When I was a teenager, I read The Egyptian by Mika Waltari, and was fascinated with how he adeptly wove historical events into a fiction, filled with mystery, adventure, political intrigue and philosophical reflections.

History fascinates me, particularly historical events that shape who we are. It has a major impact on my blog posts and stories, and it’s a fundamental theme in The Psalter. When I read a novel, I want to be entertained, of course, but I also want to learn something historically, philosophically, or be provoked. Umberto Eco’s character opined in The Name of the Rose, “Books are not made to be believed, but to be subje

descriptionThe Nevada Museum of Art in Reno hosted a steampunk-themed party Saturday, November 1, to celebrate the State’s sesquicentennial anniversary. Nevada became the 36th state on October 31, 1864, just days before Abraham Lincoln’s November 8 presidential re-election. The four story museum was transformed into party central, with bars and sweet and savory hors d’oeuvres on three of its four levels.... Read more of this blog post »
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description: Please join me in the re-launch of my first novel The Dragon Within. I have given the series a new name, "The Creation Chronicles" and it has an awesome new cover. It is still the same great story but I did a lot of work fixing the problems I had the first time around. So I hope you will give this fantasy tale a chance and enjoy a story told from a dragons point of view.

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“What is history but a fable agreed upon?”
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“Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing ever happened.”
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message 10: by Galen

Galen Watson It's certainly my pleasure, Cheryl. It's what every writer aspires to: to have their words enjoyed by readers -- even writers who are slow starters. So, thank you, sincerely.

Cheryl Thanks for accepting my GR's friend request. I like your reading choices and your writing. Guess I'm a FAN.

Whispers from the Pirate's Ghost Whisper No worries mate. Me and an enterprising group member got them posted on the "free reads" thread for US and UK.

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Galen Watson I, Curmudgeon wrote: "Hey, Galen...Are you going to post your promo in the Book Review Exchange?"

Mea culpa maxima, Hugh; I forgot to post my 2-day promotion on Book Review Exchange. An adult moment. I could do a one-day free promo so those who missed it could get the book. Perhaps we could coordinate so the maximum people would know about it. Perhaps I could do an Event to notify the most people. I’m not familiar with the best way to do it, so perhaps you could advise.

Whispers from the Pirate's Ghost Whisper Hey, Galen...Are you going to post your promo in the Book Review Exchange?

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Galen Watson Rachel wrote: "Will there be a follow up to the Psalter? I found it to be an intriguing book and would like to see what happens to Romano."

Hi Rachel,
I’m working on the sequel to The Psalter now. Father Romano has to meet his destiny, and Isabelle and Pascal will be there to help him. I think it will be a trilogy, but there are even other adventures the three could have.

Rachel Will there be a follow up to the Psalter? I found it to be an intriguing book and would like to see what happens to Romano.

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Galen Watson s.penkevich wrote: "Thanks for the friend request! Looks like you have good tastes, and I am jealous of the Gibson. Looking forward to discussing books and music"Thanks for accepting. I love my Gibson. I had to invest in a left-handed neck anyway, so I thought I'd buy a Gibson; although I already had a very good Sullivan. I got a very good deal when they first came out with their newest tone ring after they re-discovered their original formula in a file cabinet when they bought Dobro. So I laid down good money for it. Glad I did.

s.penkevich Thanks for the friend request! Looks like you have good tastes, and I am jealous of the Gibson. Looking forward to discussing books and music

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Kris Galen, thank you so much for your very kind friend request! We do have a lot in common, and I'm looking forward to great discussions with you. :)

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