Wednesday, April 1, 2020

BOOK RELEASE!!! The Dragon's Heart Available Now on Amazon, Full Dark Anthology Makeover, and IWSG!

Welcome back, my friends! Who would have thought, after our last IWSG posts, the state of the world would have changed so much? If only this was one giant April Fools joke, right? I'll have more to say on that later if you're here for the IWSG post. Until then, it's time to celebrate. My new novel, The Dragon's Heart, has finally taken flight, and you can find it today on Amazon and FREE on Kindle Unlimited!
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"King has gifted us an immersive world, filled with memorable characters. What an adventure! All fantasy novels should have this kind of momentum." - Carrie Butler, author of the award-winning Mark of Nexus series

After many years, I'm so excited to release this story to the wild. You see, I first wrote this story 12 years ago as a challenge from my wife, and I wrote it with her interests specifically in mind (if you want the details, go read the origin story on Alex Cavanaugh's blog).

I shopped it around for a while until another writing adventure stole me away that eventually led to Woven. And so my dragon story sat on the virtual shelve for many years until a serious depression caught hold of me. My amazing wife suggested that I pick up this book again. It was the right move. I was far too anxious to write Zombie Summer Part II (gonna start that up now). In that time, I needed to work on something happy. Light. Jovial. Updating and revising The Dragon's Heart has helped me through a very dark time in my life. And now, with what's going on in the world, some say now is a rough time to release a book, but ... I don't want another excuse to hold it back.
If you or someone in your life is looking for a fun, clean, fairy tale adventure about a princess and a dragon teaming up to lift their curses, for readers 8 to 88 and above, head to Amazon for either ebook or paperback, and/or share with your friends. And for those of you who have been waiting patiently for this book, I thank you!

I also wish to thank Novak Illustration for the beautiful cover, Al Diaz (Father Dragon) for the lovely dedicatory illustration in the paperback, and the countless readers for their feedback over the years. And my wife, who tossed me an idea and taught me to fly with it. I love you.

***tosses ample handfuls of confetti***

*     *     * this week is the revised cover for Full Dark: A Benefit Anthology! If anything during this uncertain time, we are seeing many heroes rising up to the challenges that we're facing. If you feel so inclined to purchase this awesome collection of twisted short stories that were collected by Melissa Maygrove, all of the proceeds will be donated to our first responders, who need all the support they can get these days. Please visit Amazon for this amazing collection, and please share this book with your friends. Thank you all! Every little bit helps.

Cover art by Carrie Bulter

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Maybe reading about COVID-19 is the last thing you want to do. It's the last thing I want to write about, too. But this is our reality now. I have family who are on the front lines of this thing, in Chicago, and this disease has come close to me as a licensed counselor in a mental health hospital. Not to mention the earthquake on the other side of the hill. It's been a really wild month. I'm happy and thankful to report that my family and I are healthy and safe, adjusting well to school at home and the title of "essential employee", but I also know others are having a rough time. Maybe you're one of them. Let's take this as an opportunity to do right by each other. Adjust and adapt. Lend resources if you can. Count ourselves lucky that a world event hasn't happened like this since before many of us were born. May we be calm and cautious while answers and solutions are found. We'll get through this.

And maybe lay off the TP if you can? We're starting to run low.

How are you holding up? What books are you reading? Shows you're streaming? Are you introverted or extroverted? Pranked anyone?
I'm David, and ...

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Cover Reveal! The Dragon's Heart, About Us Book Release, and Tossing Traditions Into Your Writing!

Welcome back, fellow cosmonauts! As promised, it's cover reveal time, and this reveal has been a long time coming. What started as a challenge from my wife to write my first fantasy novel over a decade ago has culminated to this, and I'm crazy excited for its release next month. Learn more about it down below (click image to enlarge)!

The Dragon's Heart: A LeVóndian Fairytale by David Powers King

A princess. A Dragon. Their quest.

Terrible things happen whenever Princess Celesia falls in love—she blacks out and attacks her suitors, which makes an alliance with a more powerful nation impossible. Believing that she’s cursed, Celesia is given two choices: marry without love, or be responsible for her kingdom’s demise. Instead, she sneaks off in search of a remedy.

She doesn’t make it far when she encounters a dragon who bears a curse of his own—he is a prince, desperate to reclaim his humanity before the dragon takes over. He's heard of a stone that can lift both of their curses, but neither of them can find it alone, and they’re not the only ones after it. An evil alchemist is intent on using it to steal the land’s magic and dominate the realm. Only together, with the help of an even greater magic, can Celesia and the dragon stop this evil, or be bound forever by their curses.   (Cover art by Steven Novak)

Available April 1st, in paperback and ebook, on Amazon

Some have already reached out, offering to help spread the word on release day. Thank you so much! And if anyone else would like to help out, you can find my email here. I'll send you the information soon.

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In the meantime, a good friend of mine has released a new ebook. It's really cool, and you should check it out. Free downloads available!

About Us: A Second Chance Novel by Elizabeth Seckman!

Hayden Matthews isn’t looking for love—she’s trying to get as far from it as possible. She's already wasted eight years in a failed marriage and is ready for a good life. A peaceful life. One where she can raise her daughter to be strong, independent, and happy. But to make that happen, she must fix her own life first.

Cam Vorelli has loved Hayden since he was in grade school. Always in the friend-zone, he stood on the sidelines, his heart breaking, as she said I do to the wrong man. A man he knew didn’t deserve her, who could never love her as he did. But what could he say? She was marrying into his family. Cam would never break a holy vow much less be disloyal to his kin.

Until he sees the bruises on Hayden. Abuse is a game changer.

Leaving a husband like Tag, who has a hot temper, a badge, and a gun is tricky. When Hayden calls Cam for help, she isn’t trying to lure him into any romantic webs. She needs someone she can trust and knowing her soon-to-be ex fears his former NFL cousin is a bonus.

When Cam comes to her rescue, he isn’t doing it to win her love. He does it because it’s the right thing to do. But if she starts to feel the same for him…couldn’t it be fate?

Kobo     Smashwords     Amazon

March 4 question - Other than the obvious holiday traditions, have you ever included any personal or family traditions/customs in your stories?

I'm sure I have, but ever so slightly veiled. However, one deeply personal tradition did make its way into a short story I wrote in a Christmas anthology, where a family has a candle vigil for a deceased family member just before Christmas. Based on an actual tradtion in memory of my older brother.

That's all for now, in this larger than usual post! Thanks for stopping by. I'll have links up for my new book next month. See you then!

What do you think of the cover reveal? Doesn't About Us sound like a good read? What traditions made their way into your writing?

I'm David, and I don't know about you, but I'm ready for spring...