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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 visit to the Rockies

I'll share some news on my writing below, but first, I wanted to share a picture from Rocky Mountain National Park. I got to see my oldest kid for a first time in a long while (thanks for nothing, COVID) and also got out to the mountains, although my usual preference for hiking was curtailed by my broken foot. Great to see both the park and the kid. Being in big wild spaces full of mountains that care nothing about humanity's little concerns and squabbles is so refreshing.



SPFBO update
After a long silence, the team of bloggers and reviewers who are judging my book in the Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off competition posted their first update. They cut fourteen books of their 30 book allotment from the competition, and The Woeling Lass survived this first round. They said they have eight semi-finalists picked out of the remaining sixteen, but they gave no hint of which those are, so it will be a while yet before I know how far the Lass will go. Only one of their 30 books will advance to the finals along with the top choices of the other ten teams, so it's a harrowing process.

Writing
I'm working hard on my space marine book again, and it's coming together well. Because of the broken foot and visitors and the trip to Colorado, I didn't make my goal of finishing it by the end of September, but I am cooking along now. In each of my last few books, I've reached a point where I've got so many irons in the fire (or plates spinning, or balls in the air, or whatever metaphor works for you) that it starts to be stressful figuring out how it all will come together, and sometimes you wonder if you can pull it off, or whether the book will be worth anything after all of that.  In each of those prior books, I got through to the other side and ended up with books I'm really happy with and proud of, so I'm guessing this mid-book gut check is just part of my writing process now.
 


For this book, that scary part was last week. With some more work and writing, I got through it, and I'm really jazzed about how it's going now. I figured out the ending (and the denoument even) and I've almost gotten through a major plot point that was always going to be tricky to write. So, even though there are some sticky bits yet to go, I'm hoping it will soon reach another phase I've identified in my writing process, the point where it all starts to feel like going downhill and you start to race toward the end. I'm really looking forward to sharing this one with you, but even if I finish it soon, there will be edits and updates and revisions, so realistically it's probably not getting here until December at the earliest.
 

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 Girl in the Snow by Nicole Adrianne. This looks like a neat idea for a series - it's a post-apocalyptic adaptation of traditional fairy tales, so there are princesses and kings and courtly intrigue and all that great stuff. This is free on Kindle Unlimited, or a bargain at $0.99 otherwise for a full-length fantasy novel. Beautiful cover, too.


Second, I have The Portal Keeper by S.T. Sanchez. This is a middle-grade/YA story about a prince tasked with defending a mysterious and ancient portal in his kingdom. It's no surprise that somebody ends up going through and needing rescuing. This is a free sample of the longer well-reviewed book.
 


Third, I have The War Drums of Kanth, a new serial story provided by a fellow author through the Kindle Vella program. Vella provides short, episodic fiction, kind of like the old pulp magazines did, or how Dickens published much of his work, where you get an installment every so often from the author. The first few parts of each story are free, so you can explore the story and then decide whether you want to spend credits on later parts. You get some credits free just for trying it out. This is high fantasy, with swords and dwarves and orcs and such. Good stuff!


Finally, I have a list of indie audiobooks to explore. These are all by indie authors. If you like to listen to your books, there are a whole bunch here you might enjoy - eighty in all, of many different fantasy subgenres. Give them a look!
 


 


 

Thanks!

Thanks so much for signing up for my newsletter. I hope you're having fun with my books, and I'm really grateful to you for giving them a try. I'm making good progress on my next sci fi book, and I am getting ready to polish up my thriller, Got Trouble, for your enjoyment. I hope you and your friends and family are keeping safe and healthy.

May the Bloodmother watch over you - 
Dave

 

 
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