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A Dinner Party with @GaryLHelm, author of Sometimes in Dreams #FourthWallFriday

I’m really excited! Check out the #FourthWallFriday from @Sirens_Call Publications author @GaryLHelm! Julianne Snow, a long time Twitter friend and one of the peeps over at the pub house, saw I had opened up the last six months of 2014 for Fourth-Wall Friday and decided hmmmmm…. and she JUMPED in and signed a bunch of her authors up! I was oh so happy, especially since I had cornered her and she is going to be doing the Halloween special this year! Today I have G. L. Helm and this is great because I am kind of hungry! Now that the cold is winding down, I want to eat more then soup!


I had dinner with a couple of my favorite characters the other night, Amanda and Daniel Pentland. They still live in the area around Edwards Air Force Base and we went to a local restaurant, local legend really, called Domingo’s. It’s a Mexican Restaurant in a converted gas station and it has hosted every Space Shuttle crew that has ever gone up.

Amanda still looked much as I wrote her. Tall, dark hair with a little gray in it now, lovely face, deep intoxicating brandy brown eyes. She had put on a little weight since she retired from the Air Force but not too much.

Daniel was much changed. He had some gray hair before, but now his hair was almost white. There were smile wrinkles around his hazel eyes, but there was still a haunted look about him that rather worried me.

Are you still hearing Kit call you Danny?” I asked

No. Not at all. I still think of her and she still comes into my dreams but not as bad as before.”

He still dreams,” Amanda said, “But it has been quite a while since he awoke fighting.” She smiled a secret smile that I knew meant she was no longer having to dodge punches from a still sleeping Danny.

I still wonder what happened to you, Danny. I mean, you were married to Amanda and Lord knows she is still beautiful and loving, why did you fall so hard and so fast for Kit?

Amanda answered for him, “I think it was at least partly my fault. I was just too focused on my career and didn’t notice I was losing him.

Yes, but after all the years of marriage…

That may have had something to do with it too,” Daniel said. “I started out to be a sort of an adventurer, but that was kinda stifled until Amanda went in the Air Force. Then I took over the adventure of raising our two sons all over the world and trying to write which kept me pretty busy, but when we got to Italy the adventure seemed to be sorta over. The boys were grown and off on their own adventures. Plus I was having trouble writing and not having a lot of success selling what I wrote so my psyche just went looking for a diversion and there she was.

And there she was,” Amanda agreed. “I knew there was chemistry between Kit and Danny that first day in the church. I had been living with Danny for twenty-five years so I could read him pretty well and I heard his eyeballs click like billiard balls when they landed on Kit.

Well,” I said “Please forgive me if I say, you apparently didn’t read him all that well. The affair went on for almost a year before you found out.”

She looked down at her dinner for a moment then said, “Yes that’s true, but you gotta remember that I was off chasing around the world a lot of that time. Hard to notice anything when there’s three or four thousand miles between noticer and noticee.”

And when you’re worrying about getting shot at,” Daniel added with a chuckle.

Yeah, there was that,” Amanda agreed with a half-smile.

OK, I’ll buy that, but the question that keeps coming up is ‘Why the Hell did you stay with him after all that?‘ And I admit it is a thought that has plagued me a good deal. I mean I created you, but that is something I have puzzled over.”

Amanda looked first at me and then at her husband. “Danny… OK, let me tell you a story.

When Danny and I met there were instant fireworks between us, but there were also fireworks of the bad kind between him and my family. They despised him from the get go and yet, because he loved me, he stood for it. I mean, he swam through rivers of shit just to be with me and I loved him for it.  And when I got pregnant, my folks demanded I get an abortion but I wouldn’t, and Danny stood up for me then too. I saw him almost come to blows with my father a couple of times. Finally they cut me off completely. Wouldn’t even talk to me on the telephone and that broke my heart, but Danny just surrounded me with his love and made me feel that everything was going to be all right.  I stayed with him because I loved him so deeply I couldn’t picture my life without him.”

Daniel looked at Amanda during most of her recitation, but at last turned his face away. I could see that her words had twisted his heart terribly.  When she finished he said, “There was nothing to any of that. I did it because I loved her and that was that. I still don’t know why she stayed with me. In spite of all that if it was me, I don’t know if I would have stayed.”

If I hadn’t you would have been dead in a month,” Amanda said.

Yeah, probably. And that might have been better for you and for me.”

Don’t say that Danny. I would have died if you had.”  I could tell she meant it too.

We sat and sipped our margaritas for a while before I asked, “OK, All that being true, I still have to ask, why you fell in love with Kit?”

Daniel took a breath to answer me but Amanda jumped in, “My God, how could he not? Hell I loved her just from the little I was around her. She was just lovable.

“And of course,” Daniel said putting a gimlet eye on me.  “There is what I was thinking all the time I was slipping into the affair, the gods—which as it turns out was you—wanted this to happen for their own amusement.

Now it was my turn to hang my head. “Yes, you’re  right, and I am truly sorry for all the pain I put you two through, and Kit too. But “ is sorta the lot of creators to hurt their creations..” @GaryLHelm & characters , or to allow their creations to be hurt in furtherance of the story.  I feel bad about it, but you seem to have come through it and are on the happily ever after track now.

They both smiled at me, but I sensed that there was a certain cynical skepticism in it.

“Let’s hope so,” Amanda said.

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*Looking up from my Caesar salad* Ohhh yes, eavesdropping here at the Cabin on Friday is always a ball! Pass me the pepper mill before you leave, would you! Oh and let the author know how you liked it by sharing or leaving a comment! If you are interested in learning more about Danny, Kit and Amanda check out G. L. Helm’s latest book info below!


About G. L. Helm

A Dinner Party with @GaryLHelm, author of Sometimes in Dreams #FourthWallFriday

Lloyd Helm is a 'ne'er-do-well scribbler'—novelist, short story writer and poet—who has tramped around the world for the last forty years thanks to his long suffering military wife. He has lived in Germany, Spain, and Italy. His epitaph will read, “He married well.”


A Dinner Party with @GaryLHelm, author of Sometimes in Dreams #FourthWallFridaySometimes in Dreams
by G. L. Helm
Pages: 184
Published by Sirens Call Publications
on 2013-08-02
Genres: Fiction, Love & Romance, Military
Amazon • Barnes & Noble • Smashwords • Kobo • iTunes • • Goodreads •

Daniel Pentland is a broken man; torn between the two women in his life. He is tormented by guilt over his love affair with a beautiful English girl he met while living in Italy, and the loyal devotion of his wife, Amanda.

Two years after the tragic death of his lover Kit, he is continually haunted by her memory. Across the sands of the Mojave Desert, her voice calls out to him, pulling at his heart and his memories.

Each night as Daniel wakes screaming and fighting against the phantom of Kit’s killer, his wife does her best to soothe his pain and help him overcome his grief.

Sometimes in Dreams is a story of redemption through a love that simply refuses to die.

Also available on other Amazon sites around the world:

UK | Canada | Australia | Germany | France | Spain | Italy | Japan | Brazil | Mexico | India

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What is Fourth-Wall Friday you ask?

Ever wonder what happens if you were to break into your world build and sit down and have a beer with your main characters? I think I would love to have tea with Jane Eyre, or discuss the best way to take care of vampires with Jane Yellowstone…maybe having Susie Shotgun take me out for some Angels Tears…

Authors, Interested in being part of Cabin Goddesses Fourth-Wall Friday? Sign-up’s for 2014 are currently full, but they will open again for 2015 in November.  Contact me at [email protected] for more info or if you are interested an any other types of posts.  I hope everyone (authors and readers alike) takes time peruse the archives and find out just what other authors have done and enjoy a lot of amazing world builds! Or check out the PINTEREST board with every Fourth-Wall Friday pinned!

FWF-300-BUTTAllow yourself as an author to open up a new avenue of sharing your AUTHOR PERSONA & WORLD BUILD in a unique and creative fashion.. Just take a chance, write fluidly and from within that “place” you hangout at with your muse. Or perhaps walk in the door, tuck into a corner & watch your characters get into trouble before you take a chance and talk to them…


  1. Thanks for putting this up Kriss. Glad to be your friend.

  2. Great post Gary! Thanks for posting Kriss 🙂

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