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Welcome, new folks!

Hi, there. I've had a number of people join the mailing list recently. I want to make sure everybody gets their free Frosthelm book, Traitors Unseen. If you haven't gotten it, you can get it free here (the site will ask you to sign up for this newsletter, which you're already getting) or here from Smashwords. It's also on Apple BooksKobo, and Barnes & Noble. Please, enjoy with my compliments.

A new browser game to try

There's a group called Indie Fantasy Addicts on Facebook, and they run a summer reading challenge where they all read lots of fantasy books published by indie authors. The authors in the group sometimes run games for bonus points in the challenge, and I took a turn this summer with a browser game. In the game, you are a reader shooting eyeballs at books that come from above, trying to "read" as many as you can. If you get hit by a bookmark, that will stop your reading for a bit, so avoid those, and look for the bonus powerups that fall from above to get more eyeballs. The book covers are all books from authors in the group, so that part was kind of fun. It's reminiscent of Galaga from back in the arcade days. If you'd like to give it a try, you can play here:
 

Dave's IFA Browser Game


A chance at a free book!
I ran a giveaway for  my mother-in-law's copy of The Woeling Lass a month or two back, and I have another book to give away this time. Once again, it's a not-quite-perfect copy, this time of Daros. In this case, I had a giveaway through a book tour promotion, and I was supposed to send an autographed copy to a Josefine. Unfortunately, with the first copy I autographed, I made it out to Josephine, which was my grandmother's name (and spelling). Luckily, I realized I screwed up before sending the book, and I got the winner a properly autographed copy, but I have this one left over. My error is your bounty! I'm giving away this mis-autographed copy to anybody who replies to this email and has a US or Canada mailing address. I'll choose randomly from everybody who replies by midnight Eastern August 5th and send the book out the next day. If you'd like "Josephine" crossed out and replaced with your name or somebody else's, that's fine with me. If your name actually is Josephine, you're all set. :-)

More progress
I've gotten back to work on my next sci fi novel after a writing break break to help out some family members, a break that ended up extending into my return home, when I got cast in a play. I'll be playing one of the "clowns" in a production of The 39 Steps in Winston Salem in September. The play is a comedic version of the Hitchcock movie, and the clowns play multiple roles, sometimes in the same scene, so it's a lot of fun. I dove into that process, starting to learn my lines and blocking, but now I'm back writing and trying to get my sci fi book finished up. I'm hoping to have the first draft done by the end of August.
 

Some stories to try

I'm part of several author collectives, and we share each other's work to try to help all of us reach more readers. In many cases, the books we share are are free or discounted. Sometimes, they ask that you sign up for a newsletter like this one.

First, I have A Mother's Warning by Kim Vermaak. In this free novella prequel, there's a kingdom suffering from a plague, a princess slated to marry a foreign and maybe evil king. Intrigue, malevolent courtly drama, magic - there's a lot here.

Second, I have Conspiracy by Edita Petrick. This is a free full-length sci fi novel, the first in a series. It tells the story of a jaded political scion and a sex-worker-turned-freedom-fighter on a world dominated by the Galactic Confederation. 


Third, I have a sci-fi mystery/thriller short story, Next of Kin Notification by Cathy Smith. A showdown between cousins goes awry when one of them ends up murdered, leaving the other a suspect and honor-bound to avenge the death. This is free for Kindle Unlimited subscribers, or $0.99 for others.


Finally, I have a big set of fantasy books to try, all of them free for Kindle Unlimited subscribers. There are 49 books or series represented here from all different subgenres of fantasy, all free to try if you're in KU. Have a look; I'm sure you'll find something interesting.

Thank you!

Thanks for reading my newsletter! I really appreciate all of you who are part of my little writing world. Enjoy the game, and please reply with your address for a chance to win my special autographed copy of Daros! Happy reading!

May the Bloodmother watch over you - 
Dave

 

 
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