Friday, October 13, 2017

New and Exciting Reads: The Adventurer's Guild, Mustaches for Maddie, and Anthology News!

Greetings, Cosmic Crew! And a Happy Friday the 13th (muhhaha!).

How often does an author get to share news about his own editor's book debut? Or share a book based on actual events surrounding a good friend and fellow author's daughter? Probably not often if at all, let alone in the same post! Here's what's new this month in the world of reading that I think will be worth your while to investigate further:

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The Adventurer's Guild by Zack Loran Clark and Nick Eliopulos 

In one of the last cities standing after the world fell to monsters, best friends Zed Kagari and Brock Dunderfel have high hopes for the future. Zed desperately wishes to join the ranks of the Mages Guild, where his status as Freestone's only half elf might finally be an asset. Brock, the roguishly handsome son of merchants, is confident he'll be welcomed into the ranks of the Merchants Guild.

But just as it seems the boys' dreams have come true, their lives take a startling turn . . . and they find themselves members of the perilous Adventurers Guild.

Led by the fearsome Alabasel Frond, the guild acts as the last line of defense against the Dangers-hungry ... beasts from otherworldly planes. And when the boys uncover a conspiracy that threatens all of Freestone, Zed, Brock, and their new allies-Liza, a fierce noble, and Jett, a brave dwarf-must prove their worth once and for all.

Amazon     B&N     IndieBound for Maddie by Chad Morris and Shelly Brown

Based on a true story.

Twelve-year-old Maddie has a quirky sense of humor and loves making her classmates laugh by slapping on fake mustaches every chance she gets. Being funny gets her noticed by class queen Cassie, and things are looking up when Maddie is cast as Juliet in the school play. Maybe Juliet could wear a mustache? When Maddie starts tripping when she walks and her hand starts curling up at her side, her mom takes her to the doctor, who confirms Maddie has a brain tumor. In an instant, her world is turned upside down. Maddie doesn’t want anyone else to know. Especially Cassie, whose jealousy has turned to bullying. What about Maddie’s chance to play Juliet opposite the cutest boy in the sixth grade? What if the doctors can’t get the ugly tumor monster out of her brain? As Maddie’s surgery approaches, she wonders if her illness is giving her super powers because her imagination is bigger than ever, her courage is stronger than ever, and her compassion is about to be felt by more people than she ever imagined.

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The anthology I mentioned before is coming soon, with the title of Full Dark: An Anthology. The Goodreads page is up and running. So if you enjoy dark and twisted tales of a Twilight Zone nature just in time for Halloween with all proceeds going to benefit our veterans and first responders, feel free to add Full Dark to your reading list.

Edit: on this day, 20 years ago, my writing journey began. Sweet!

Thanks for checking in. Until you next time, my fellow cosmonauts!

I'm David, and we STILL wear our mustaches for Maddie!

Friday, September 15, 2017

Warming up to Writing: Where I've Been For A Year!

Greetings, friends! It’s hard to imagine that I've being away from the blogosphere this long without an update. Rest assured, there were reasons. I'll out point what's been going on since the year started.

First, by some miracle I passed the substance abuse counseling program with high marks, including the licensing exam on the first try! If the fate’s allow, around this time next year, I will be a fully licensed counselor in the field of substance abuse. I never imagined my personal journey would go in this direction, but I have to say this experience has opened a new world with excellent developments. Now I'm a substance abuse counselor by day and a writer by night!

Second, we welcomed a new member into our family in April, who will be known on the blog as Girl 2. She's such an adorable addition!

Third, Woven is available in THREE languages (English, Portuguese, and German)! Ravensburger did an amazing job encapsulating the spirit of the story with its German cover; totally spellbinding. It’s been an honor watching our story weave its way to three continents. Speaking of weaving, here’s a bit of news for those patiently waiting for a Woven follow up. A working draft of Woven 2 (title pending) is finished with two rounds of edits done. It won’t be long before we pitch this addition to the world of Woven. And it's not a typical sequel like most of us are accustomed to. We hope to share more soon!

What does the future hold for this blog and my writing? I’m slowly integrating myself back to the front, starting with social media and a few small projects. I can’t promise when the next release will be or how long they will take. However, this is what I have on my radar:

Woven 2 - complete final draft and submit to our publishers.

My Zombie Summer - finish Part 2 and begin Part 3.

Anthology - releasing this fall with one of my short stories.

HistFic project - my grandfather’s MS has been transcribed.

Space Opera Saga - return to my first books, shape them up for today’s audiences, and see if we can't find a home for them.

Blogging - new content monthly, starting now. And of course, if you'd like me to showcase your books, feel free to contact me here.

That’s the nutshell’s take on the last year away from this corner of the blogosphere. There is another element to my absence; now is not the time to get into that, but I feel it is something important to share later. I know I’ve said it before, but I will say it again and again: thank you for your patience!!! A little more time is all I need to start this journey anew and become the writer I’ve always wanted to be.

I'm David, and this is what a trunk full of pizza looks like ...