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January 25, 2011 / theoldsilly

An Owen Fiddler Review and Contest Winner Announcement!

Lately I have been mostly promoting my new novel, Beware the Devil’s Hug. You have to do this, as an up-and-coming aspiring author, of course, promote the dickens out of your newest work, and many of you participated in the Hugs Therapy Virtual Tour 2010, where Hugs went on a whirlwind tour visiting fourteen blogs with seventeen stops in just two weeks. It was fun, lots of interest generated, and quite a few books got bought too. (God bless you all who purchased!)

One of the tour hosts, goes by the name of “Arlee Bird,” posted a review of Hugs as the main feature in one of the two stops on his blog. And Arlee also won a prize in the tour contest – it was to be a copy of Beware the Devil’s hug, but since he already had read that book, I sent him a complimentary copy of my previous novel, Owen Fiddler. He wrote this review of the book, which I wanted to share with you here on Free Spirit-


On October 28, 2010, I reviewed Marvin D. Wilson’s Beware the Devil’s Hug and generally liked it, but with some reservations due to graphic language and sex.   If this part doesn’t bother you, then I recommend reading Hug.

After Marvin’s blog tour I won a copy of Hug, but since I had already read that one I was sent another earlier book by him.  This book is Owen Fiddler.  This modern allegory is a short easy read of about 200 pages.  It comes with the same caveat as Beware the Devil’s Hug–if you are easily offended by, or prefer not to read, some profanity or sex scenes you should be forewarned that this book contains both.  It is not excessively used, but it is there.

If you’re past that, then you’re ready to delve into this earthy earthly morality tale that’s got one eye heavenward bound and the other studying things here at home.   Owen Fiddler is a guy who feels misunderstood and may be misunderstood at times.   He feels that he has been dealt a bad hand in life so he doesn’t feel compelled to play life’s game by the rules.

Owen goes through life with one mistake leading to another.  Even when good things come his way he manages to screw things up.  When it looks like Owen’s life has really started going down the toilet, an amazing series of events occur as fate, or perhaps even the hand of God, step in to confront Owen with the man he has been, the man he is now, and the man he can be.  Will he make the right decisions?    Can he become a truly changed man?

The book brings up important issues in a sometimes controversial way.  The characters are much like people you know or live in your own neighborhood.  The incidents are like things that could really happen.  The story is nicely told with a fast pace that keeps things moving.  There were times when I wanted more details about certain things, but the author has wisely chosen to keep the story compact and focused on the message.

And there is a message.  However, this message is delivered carefully and with affection.  The story leaves you with a smile and a ray of hope for all of us.  There were a few theological cringes in the telling of this tale, but nothing that detracted from the ultimate lesson that is being taught.

In all, I liked the story.   It has stayed with me in a good way and it made me think.  I also liked the characters–even that scummy Owen Fiddler.   Marvin’s portrayal of his main character shows what a dirtbag Owen can be, but also takes us into Owen’s mind  far enough to feel empathy for what he is going through.  This book is a careful literary balancing act that left me satisfied with the reading experience.


Thank you, Arlee, for this candid, thorough, and overall very positive review and endorsement!

(You can visit his excellent blog at “Tossing it Out”)

Okay, now for the second and equally important part of this post. Last month I hosted Austrailian sexy romance historical novelist, Enid Wilson, on her virtual tour featuring her new release, Fire and Cross. She also had a contest going on during her tour, and she asked me to do the ‘pull the name out of the hat’ favors and select a winner from the finalists. I did so, and am pleased to announce that …

Tashabud – You Are the Winner!

Yessiree Bob, Enid has waiting for you an autographed copy of Fire and Cross, as well as a finely crafted change purse. So if you would kindly contact me with your email addy, at marvwilson2020atgmaildotcom, I will forward that info to Enid so she can contact you and get your mailing address. Congrats!

Well, that wraps it up for this Free Spirit post, glad y’all blogged in, thanks everybody, and stop in again soon – chow!

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  1. Cactus Annie / Jan 25 2011 1:22 pm

    Me, I liked the graphic, REALISM you wrote into Hugs and Owen, but I’m glad Arlee liked both books overall – R-ratings aren’t for everyone, lol. It was a very good review, real honest and thorough as you say.

    Hey Tahsabud – CONGRATS! 🙂

  2. Marcus Franks / Jan 25 2011 1:27 pm

    Kudos to Tahsabud! I read both Hugs and Owen, and although I don’t write much – kind of a bashful writer, lol – if I were to write reviews of them they would both be very complimentary. I still have the characters and plots in my head, long after the reads.

    • theoldsilly / Jan 27 2011 9:42 am

      Erm, Marcus – methinks you underestimate your ability to write, dude! Thanks for the well-written and lauditory comment. 😉

  3. Alex J. Cavanaugh / Jan 25 2011 5:47 pm

    Congratulations to Tashabud!
    Good review, Marvin.

    • theoldsilly / Jan 27 2011 9:43 am

      Thanks, Alex. Yes, I was pleased with the review. 🙂

  4. Connie Arnold / Jan 25 2011 7:07 pm

    Congratulations to Arlee and Tashabud! Nice review of Owen Fiddler.

  5. Hilary / Jan 27 2011 4:25 am

    Hi Marvin .. Arlee’s post was a good read .. and I like the way you summed up his thoughts .. all I can say is writing one book is great .. two even more so .. congratulations .. and I shall in due course purchase them and give them a read – they have much of interest in them. Good Luck .. cheers Hilary

    • theoldsilly / Jan 27 2011 9:44 am

      Thanks, Hillary, and I look forward to getting your feedback after you’ve been Hugged and had the Owen Fiddler Experience!

  6. tashabud / Jan 30 2011 6:54 am

    So sorry, Marvin, for being so late in accepting my winning. As usual, Life got in the way. But here I am and am happy to accept it. I can’t wait to read all those oh, so sexy romantic stories. I’m glad I didn’t have the chance to use my kindle yet, or I would have downlaoded the book already.

    Congratulations to the good review by Arlee. Yes indeed, if you get past the profanity and graphic sex, the books are very good reads. (I’ve read I Romanced the Stone, Owen Fiddler, and Beware the Devil’s Hug books. One of these days when I’m afforded time to write, I’ll be writing a review on Beware the Devil’s Hug.)

    I’m more accepting and tolerant nowadays in reading profane words and graphic sex in books. Marvin’s books destroyed my virgin mind. LOL. Now, I’m even trying my hands at writing such graphic sex myself. Tehehe. However, I’m still not accepting and tolerant hearing them in normal, daily conversations. Believe me, I’m not a prude. Just haven’t been comfortable in that kind of talk.

    By the way, how come you never mentioned me doing a book review of your Owen Fiddler, Prof. Old Silly? Waahhh!

  7. Yvonne Lewis / Feb 1 2011 4:46 pm

    Congratulations on the good reviews of your book.

    Take care/

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