Page Nav




Classic Header


Header Ad

Breaking News


Q&A ft. G. Lloyd Helm | SERPENTS AND DOVES #LiteraryFiction #Giveaway | @GoddessFish

Goddess Fish Promotions has organized a virtual book tour for Serpents and Doves by G. Lloyd Helm, a literary fiction available from Rogue ...

Goddess Fish Promotions has organized a virtual book tour for Serpents and Doves by G. Lloyd Helm, a literary fiction available from Rogue Phoenix Press.

Serpents and Doves
by G. Lloyd Helm


GENRE:  Literary Fiction



Stephen Mitchell did not know what he was getting into at a small church college in Tennessee. Sex, protest, friendship, and Civil rights. The title “Serpents and Doves” comes from the warning Jesus gave to his disciples as he sent them out to preach the gospel, knowing the dangers they were going into. He said “I send you out as sheep among wolves, therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves.” Stephen Mitchell learns first-hand what that warning means when he goes to a Tennessee church college in the midst of the turbulent 60’s. He learns about friendship, war, protest, the sexual revolution, and civil rights.



Ethan’s suicide rocked the school, but not nearly as much as Stephen expected. The New Jersey and New York folks mostly didn’t know anything about Ethan or the BSU so they noted the suicide as a bit of news, but it didn’t effect them much.  There was some anti-homosexual noise and the inevitable nasty jokes, but Ethan Patrick’s passing caused no more than a ripple for the most part.

There was some noise and protest from the Mason First Baptist Church when Billie Jo asked them to hold the funeral service, but finally they said they would bury him, but not in the church cemetery. They ignored the fact of his suicide and the reasons for it and held a small service. Stephen debated with himself whether he should go.   He had about decided not to when Cathy Powell cornered him and asked if he would go with her.  “I really don’t have the strength Steve,” she said. “I’m just a wreck. Can’t you please come with me?”  

Stephen seriously thought about saying, Why don’t you go ask David Hall? But didn’t say it.  “All right. I’ll meet you at the church.”

She smiled sadly, but Stephen thought he saw just the smallest glimmer of triumph in it.

The coffin was set across the aisle in front of the altar. Closed. It was silvery gray and looked more like a large tin can than a coffin. The congregation was small, mostly people from the BSU but a few from Beacon’s faculty including Dr. Conners and Dr. Marchant. Having the Pope there was no surprise. Probably here to make sure the sumbitch is really dead, Stephen thought, and then felt bad about thinking it.



How did you come up with the title of your book or series?

The title Serpents and Doves is taken from the New Testament. Jesus was sending his disciples out to preach the gospel for the first time and he warned them, "I send you out as sheep among wolves, therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves." The reason I applied it to this story is that there are so many examples of naiveté becoming wise through hard knocks that it seemed appropriate. The fact that it is a small church related school in the midst of upheaval had something to do with it too. And I liked the sound of it. It is arresting.

Tell us a little bit about your cover art. Who designed it? Why did you go with that particular image/artwork?

I love the cover of Serpents and Doves. It is a painting by the Austrian artist Gustav Klimpt. It became the cover because, when the cover artist and I were thinking about what to use she asked me what I wanted and I said, "well, since it is called Serpents and Doves it probably ought to have those on it, and since books with people on the covers sell better than those without I'd like a person or persons on it." So she started sending me pix of serpents. Hundreds of them. As I scrolled through them the Klimpt painting came up. I love Klimpt's work. The title of it is "The water serpents" and it has a nude woman, not showing anything but her back, looking right out at the viewer, I said "that one". The designer didn't know how that one got in the mix to begin with, and didn't know if we could use it but I begged her to please try to get permission and she did. I don't know what she had to do to get permission but I'm very glad she did.

Who is your favorite character from your book and why?

Hard question, so I am gonna hedge a little. I actually have two. First is Bill Thinning. He is a wise ass, and remarkably sophisticated considering he is actually only eighteen years old. He tries hard to steer Stephen, the protagonist, in a direction toward tolerant intolerance. You'll have to read the book to understand what I mean. The second one is Jimmy Brodski. He is a veteran of the Vietnam war and hates the war. He is in love with a woman who loves another man. That man is in the process of hurting Brodski's unrequited love. Jimmy is older, and wiser about many things. He is protective of the naive Stephen.

How about your least favorite character? What makes them less appealing to you?

Got several despicable characters, all screaming racists, so they are hard to choose among, but there is a Memphis Cop who stops a car load of students just because there are several black students and one white student. The kids in the car were just driving along minding their business not breaking any laws but Buford pulls them over, puts them all through the pat down and search of the car, but with Stephen, who has been warned to keep his mouth shut but doesn't, he makes a special effort to demonstrate how this white boy shouldn't be riding with all these n----rs.

If you could change ONE thing about your novel, what would it be? Why?

I used lyrics from several songs popular during the mid-sixties and my publisher informed me that to be able to use them was going to be impossible without permission from the artists, and said permission was almost impossible to get, so the lyrics had to go. I hate that. Those lyrics were important at the time and they were important in the book. They set a tone and a mood which I am afraid is going to be lost with their omission.

How can we contact you or find out more about your books?

I'm always open to e mail. Write me at and I'll answer questions or sell ya autographed books. Of course you can contact Rogue Phoenix Press to get e books but they are hard to sign. But seriously, feel free to e mail me. I will do my deadly best to respond.

What can we expect from you in the future?

More books of various kinds. Also, maybe a movie. I have a script up on the black list which I have some hopes for. It is of my novel Sometimes in Dreams which is a sort of a bent romance. I am currently working on a script from my first novel Other Doors which is a fantasy about a man who can stop war by simply saying stop. I also have some other books that I may give the script treatment too but I also have a couple more books that are in various stages of completion. Those books and my others can be found at Rogue Phoenix or Siren's Call press, for Sometimes in Dreams.

What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful?

Sure. Write a review for Amazon or anywhere else you have contacts, and, of course, talk about it with other people.


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

G. Lloyd Helm has been writing for 40 years, having published poetry in a wide variety of magazines and newspapers including “The New York Poetry Anthology,” “Stars and Stripes News,” “The Los Angeles Times,” “The Antelope Valley Press,” and “The Antelope Valley Anthologies,” among others.  

… Has published short stories and memoirs both in the US and in England in such journals as “Pligrimage” which published the memoir “Football” in spring 2005, and a second memoir “4 April, 1968” in the winter of 2008.  He has published short stories in “Citadel” the literary magazine of Los Angeles City College,” “Delivered Magazine,” which is based in London, “Short Story Library,” The University of S. Illinois’ “Eureka Literary Magazine,” “Tales as like as not,” and London’s “Black Gate Magazine.”  Recently published “Even Up” a Civil War Ghost story at, an English on line magazine, and the short story “A Lovely Elephant” in “Delivered Magazine” an English fiction journal. “The Other Fellows Shoes,” Pulp Empire III, Metahuman Press, Cedar Rapids, IA Nov. 2010. Is being published in an on line experiment from Alfie Dog Publishing in England. May 2012.

…Has published three novels in the F&SF field, 1) OTHER DOORS, From MousePrints Publishing, and 2) DESIGN from American Star. 3) WORLD WITHOUT END from Rogue Phoenix Press,  OTHER DOORS, originally published in 1997, was published electronically by Rogue Phoenix Press in July 2010. Also Published a literary Romance novel called SOMETIMES IN DREAMS, from Siren’s call. Most recently a volume of short stories called TRAIN WHEELS, FLYING SAUCERS, AND THE GHOST OF TIBURCIO VASQUEZ. Many of these stories appear on the Alfie Dog site.

…Is in process of publishing an adult literary novel called SERPENTS AND DOVES with Rogue Phoenix Press, which will be out in May 2016.




PreOrder :


G. Lloyd Helm will be awarding 10 paperback copies of the book to10 randomly drawn winners via rafflecopter during the tour. (international giveaway)

a Rafflecopter giveaway


  1. Greetings Blog travelers--I'll be back from time to time to read comments and answer questions if any. Most all my books are available from Rogue Phoenix Press, or from me directly. E mail me at


Get carried away with love!