Monday, October 30, 2017

A Week of Charity: The Writing For Charity Conference and FULL DARK: An Anthology for Our Veterans!

It's going to be a busy week! A charitable week. And a week of ... maybe too much sugar. Maybe you'll be interested in a little reading to offset the Halloween treats? Just in time, a new anthology has released today with 11 twisted tales to read while waiting on visitors who will knock for your candy. You'll also find a story of mine inside!

Here's a little teaser to get you started ...
Full Dark is a collection of eleven short works with impressive depth and range. Twisted tales of ghosts, villains, and the paranormal await you—mystery, heinous fantasy, and pure suspense. Acclaimed and award-winning authors as well as a few talented newcomers have joined forces to be your guide. Venture into the dark if you dare.

Just A Matter Of Time by Loni Townsend
Forerunner by David Powers King
Taking Care Of You by Carrie Butler
The Apartment by Lisa Buie-Collard
The Caricature by Nick Wilford
Shifting Sands by Elizabeth Seckman
Shadows Falling On Rainbows by Celeste Holloway
Meringue, Murder or Marzipan by Tonja Drecker
Haunted Lake by Michelle Athy
Soul Coin by Laura Rich
Retribution by Melissa Maygrove

FULL DARK is a benefit anthology. 100% of proceeds will be donated to the Gary Sinise Foundation, an organization that does many wonderful things for our country's active military, its veterans, and countless first responders who sacrifice so much to keep us safe.

Then, this Saturday, I will once again join an awesome group of writers for the 11th annual Writing for Charity conference. Hope to meet lots of budding authors and share my work and knowledge for a good cause. The anthology is full of great stories, a great addition for those who are seeking new dark tales for All Hallows Eve. I wish you the best, and a safe Halloween. Be careful out there, my friends!

I'm David, and break me off a piece of that Kit Kat bar ...

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:

*     *     *
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.

Amazon     B&N     IndieBound

*     *     *

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!