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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.

The project rundown

I've got some new (and old) projects in the works for the end of the year. Here's everything I'm working on. First, I'm finishing up my role in The 39 Steps with The Little Theatre of Winston-Salem. This weekend is the last one. It's been a terrific experience, and I'm really glad I auditioned (and even happier that I got the part that I did). Here's me as a salesman (at right, along with Beth Cox center) harassing a beleaguered Richard Hannay (Elliot Lerner, left) on a train. Five shows left, and I'm loving every one. (Photo credit: Michael Hastings).

Second, I'm getting my third installment in my puzzle card game ready to go. It's called Return of Doctor Esker's Notebook, and I'm going to try doing a Kickstarter for it, not so much to fund it, which I don't need given the success of the previous ones, but to try to make people aware of the games and build a mailing list, which I've so far not done so well. I'll be offering discounts on both the new game and the two previous ones. I'll let you know when the Kickstarter is ready.

Third, I've submitted my dark mermaid story, Tide's End, to the anthology. I did so only a week into the six-week submission period, and I was surprised to see that there were already 111 submissions. It looks like it will be a lot more competitive than I imagined. Still, I think it's a really good story, and I will find a home for it even if it doesn't make it into this collection.



Finally, after a summer taken up with medical emergencies, unexpected travel, this new experience with the play, and a host of other activity, I'm diving back into my space marine book. I know I said I wanted to have it done by the end of August, but my thespian pursuits delayed that. I'm hoping to finish the first draft by the end of September now, and I think that's possible. I'll share more next time.


My thriller, Got Trouble, is still sitting with an agent who's asked for the full manuscript. I wrote a couple weeks back (after 90+ days of deferential waiting) and got a friendly but noncommittal reply. Still waiting for that answer, and then depending on what she says, I'll either let her market it, or I'll polish it up and publish it myself.

I'm also planning on a new project for NaNoWriMo in November, but that's a way off, and I haven't committed to a genre or idea yet. More as it develops.

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 Thread of Lies by Mikhail Gladkikh. In this free story (30 pages), a professor is a suspect in a ski resort murder, and a grizzled detective has to investigate. Great stuff, and free to try.

Second, I have Wrath of Persephone by A.P. Mobley. This is a tale of Greek gods and myths, with familiar characters in a new retelling. This is a full novella of 80 pages, completely free to try. If it sounds like your cup of tea (or olives, I guess), please give it a try!

 

Finally, I have Fire and Inferno, the first book in the Plight of the Dracomancer series by Luna Fox and F. Lowberry. This novella is only $0.99, and it tells the story of a woman with a dragon companion who is part of the Dracomancers. They are surprised by a mysterious attack by ambitious academics (a plot after my own heart) and must join battle against an arrogant and powerful foe. Neat stuff - please have a look.

Thanks

Thanks so much for being part of my little literary community. I've got some neat things on the near horizon here that I'm really excited to share with you. I hope you'll stick around. If you haven't completed the Inquisitors' Guild series (up to four books now, with one on audio) or given Daros a try (also on audio), please have a look. Even more is on the way!

May the Bloodmother watch over you - 
Dave

 

 
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