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Thursday, October 15, 2020

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

What would you title this story?

 I've gotten some interesting feedback on what I should title my new novel. Right now nothing is set in stone. I've gone from: The Escape to Ignited: The Beginning and now after some input, I'm rethinking that one. 

Premise: Teenage boys run away from a abusive home environment and find that they have been chosen to stop the ushering in of the unholy one who comes in the name of his father. They are endowed with angelic gifts, or spiritual gifts, to stop this fateful event. Will they be able to succeed? I don't know yet -- I'm writing chapter 19 now. You will find out when it's finished around Christmas time.    

What do you think would be a good title for this story? I'm looking forward to seeing your comments. 

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Sneak Peek from My Upcoming Novel: Ignited

An update on my up coming novel, Ignited:

Arland has the gift. He dreams dreams that come true and sees things, omens of events yet to come. In this early section he's telling his friend about a dream he had about his parents who are hundreds of miles away...because he has ran away. He thinks he's going on a simple road trip, but supernatural forces sidetrack his plans. He will eventually realize, all of humanity is depending on one fifteen-year-old boy--him. It's time Arland became a hero.  


This is a sneak preview from my new novel, currently titled Ignited.

“Well, my parents were sitting in our family dining room. Mom had a Yankee style pot roast on the table. For a while, they just sat there, staring at their empty plates. Then they accused one another for the emptiness of the extra chair at the table—my chair. 

“Norman, my Dad, yelled, ‘You should have known something was wrong.’

“‘How?’ Mom yelled back. ‘I’m not my Aunt Hattie. She’s the one with the gift.’

“Dad got quieter and said, ‘I don’t know why you call it a gift. It never brought her anything but heartache. Drove her to kill herself, that gift of hers. We should have told him about it before now.’

 “‘He doesn’t know that.’ Mom was still yelling. ‘He thinks he’s some kind of outsider, like he doesn’t belong—a freak.’

“‘What did you expect?’ Dad started shouting again.

“Then Mom started talking crazy like, ‘There’s never been a boy born with the gift. Not in all my family. When the doctor announced that it was a boy, I felt relieved. Then I saw his eyes.’

“While she started forking pot roast onto Dad’s plate, he said, ‘That doesn’t mean he has it.’ Dad calmly began cutting up the meat. ‘After all, it’s like you say, boys don’t inherit the gift. He hasn’t ever acted anything like Aunt Hattie did.’

“That’s when I knew for sure they were talking about me because mom said, ‘If he has the amber eyes then he has the gift. I know he has—he must.’


Upcoming Offer from Author Liam Shea


 

Monday, October 5, 2020

An update on the upcoming novel by Dan-Dwayne.

An update on the progress of my new upcoming novel. This one, soon to be released, is a supernatural drama with lots of suspense and even a few frights. 

Have you ever met someone who was gifted? I mean truly gifted with a supernatural ability. Perhaps they could see into the future, or they always seemed to know things, secret things that no one on the planet could possibly  know. Perhaps you have met someone who has amber eyes? If you can say yes to any of these questions, then the idea of supernatural gifts will come as no surprise to you. You might also know that these individuals are haunted by opposing forces straight from the depths of hell itself because a gifted person is sent to us when we are in the direst of needs. For the characters in this new novel, the need is great and urgency presses upon them. Look for this new novel on the shelves by Christmas. That means I have to knuckle down and decide on a title.   
 

Saturday, October 3, 2020

What do these people have in common with the characters from Liam Shea's novel?


This couple got married on July 6th of 1979 and headed to Carlsbad Caverns for their honeymoon. Little did they know that terrorists were about to take the caverns on July 10th.
What do they have in common with the couple in Liam Shea's novel "Midday's Starless Midnight?"
Everything!



This is a fictionalized story about the actual horrific 1979 event and the days leading to it.
Donald was the unluckiest man alive and it seemed the universe had turned on him to keep he and his bride from their honeymoon. The hyperlink to the sample reading of this story is below. Here how unlucky Donald really is as we catch up with him a few days before his wedding.  



"Midday's Starless Midnight" by Liam Shea is available at Amazon.com
Click on the book cover to go to the correct Amazon page. 

Songbird - is it some kind of code or an Earth Spirit?

In my novella "Pawns in the Power of Kings" the spies use a code word - "Songbird." Years before I drew this as part of my Earth Spirits series. It is titled "Songbird" and is done in what I call polychrome pencils. To everyone else that translates into 'soft colored pencils.' I uses a variety of brands some of which are no longer available on the market. Thank goodness I like to buy pencils when I see them on sale, but I confess, the different kinds have dwindled in number over the years.  Now I use more Prismacolor Pencils than anything. 


Check out my novella and see what 'songbird' has to do with this story. 
Hear me read the first chapter by clicking on the following icon and click on the cover image to go to Amazon.com.
    



 

Monday, September 28, 2020

Free E-book Give-away this Week

 Remember this coming Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday; Sept. 30th, Oct.1st, and Oct 2nd The Land of Neither Here Nor There will be on a special E-book give away at Amazon.com. Take advantage of this great offer. Follow this hyperlink to Amazon and see for yourself. 


Saturday, September 26, 2020

Wisdom from K V


 

Rewrite? Yep. Update? Yep.


 

The best designed cake ever.


 The only thing that would make this cake better would be if my name was written on each of those tiny books. LOL

Recent Author's Birthdays





 

A new twist to stay on track.










 Just finished approving the new covers for my novels The Secret King, a Christmas Season in Hell, and Premeditated Pandemonium. These covers are on a completely different aesthetic than the old ones. With every turn in the road we need a new twist to stay on track, and 2020 has thrown us some hairpin curves.  Feel free to post what you like about the new covers. 

Friday, September 25, 2020

The new untitled novel has over 49,000 words so far...


 Just finished chapter 15 of my new, yet to be titled, novel. My story plot has grown from my first plan. After I finished my plotting. I realized that there was a sequel in the story. It may end up being three books. I will take 250 to 300 pages and make that the first book, and keep writing. I have 49,000 words so far and from what I'm seeing in my head I have only scratched the surface of the complete story arch.

People are always asking me if I'm a plotter or a pantser. My answer is complicated because my way of writing is a bit of both. I start writing. At this point, I have no idea what my story is going to be about. I'm pantsing. After I write for a while. I stop and profile the characters I have created. As I write my plot comes into my head, and it will because I think globally. I write down the plot points as they come to me until the story arch has formed. I'm on Chapter 15 and my story arch has completely formed in my head. It's time I jotted down those action points. So as you see. I actually do both, and a true pantsers will say I'm neither. Perhaps they're right, because I have my own way of doing it. I'm neither right nor left brained, I'm a whole brained person. My mind works best when it sees the whole picture at once. And yes. I have been tested... like a guinea pig in a cosmetic factory. LOL.

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

New novel started and looking good


 Hello all, I'm back to writing again. I've just finished chapter 7 of my new novel, 17,250 words and counting. Granted they are short chapters and I'll go back and fill in the good stuff later. Great things are on the horizon. This one is really different. I plunged into the world of the supernatural and having a great time doing it. In the vein of "Stranger Thing," it's set in 1969 and three teenagers recklessly take off on a road trip to see the bands play at a place called Woodstock, New York. Little do they know the dangers that lay ahead and the weird events which will follow. 

More new later.  

Monday, June 15, 2020

Some words about how to get started writing your own novel

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hSC8tQRjM2k&t=98s
Click above pic to see podcast. 

Click on the pic above to go to Dan-Dwayne's Amazon Author Central.

Friday, June 12, 2020

Friday, May 22, 2020

Here is something of interest to writers.

Here is something of interest of writers. 
L.A.S.R. is a website that reviews books and I believe they have an end of year contest among their  entries. 

If anyone is interested in getting L.A.S.R. to review your novel, here are the instructions. 



Information taken directly off of the L.A.S.R. website:

How to Request a Review

Please Note:

We accept requests from both traditionally published authors, self-published authors and publishers.

IMPORTANT: Traditionally published authors, please check with your publisher FIRST to see if they already submit to us — if they do, please do NOT submit your story to us, as duplicate entries will cause significant problems.  FYI: We are auto-approved via NetGalley and Edelweiss for most Sourcebooks, Harlequin, Harper Collins and Avon books that are available through that distribution channel.

If you are self-published, or your publisher does not already submit to us, please follow the submission guidelines below.

Note:
* We do not guarantee all books received will be reviewed.  Please do not email us after submitting your story for review to find out if it’s been selected for review.  If it’s reviewed, you’ll be notified.
* We review Romance, Erotic Romance, Young Adult and Middle Grade and other Children’s Fiction, Women’s Fiction, Non-Romance Mysteries and Cozies, Thrillers, Horror, Fantasy, Science Fiction and other genre fiction as well as Non-Fiction.
* We reserve the right to decline to review books at our discretion.
* Please do not submit stories that include depraved or illegal acts, bestiality, degradation of men or women (rape) that is portrayed in a positive way (and never by the hero), incest, or pedophilia (no sex involving underage characters with an adult regardless of consent).

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1. Please fill out the appropriate form for your genre (linked bel0w):


* All Other Genres (including non-erotic romance, YA/Middle Grade fiction, non-romance mystery, fantasy and science fiction)

2. After completing the form, please email the PDF for your story to lasrpdfs (@) gmail (.) com with a subject: TITLE – PUBLISHER PDF (i.e. Really Great Book – Awesome Publishing PDF). NOTE: the above email is for PDF submission ONLY. Please do not send ANY other correspondence. If you need to contact us for anything else, you may use lasreviews AT gmail DOT com

3. You will not receive confirmation of receipt. If your story is chosen for review, you will be notified by email when the review is published.

4. All review requests will be kept in our database for approximately three months. At that time, if no reviewer has been found for the story, the request will be removed from our database and the PDF deleted without issuance.

5. We are determined to be a site that only issues honest, but positive reviews. Therefore, if our reviewers cannot find positive remarks to say about a story, it will be declined. Please understand, this is not necessarily a reflection upon you, the author, or your story — opinions vary greatly. It just means that the reviewers who volunteer their time here at LASR didn’t care for it. We will notify you via email if this particular circumstance occurs. We appreciate your understanding!


Thursday, May 21, 2020

A Character Quotes from 'Premeditated Pandemonium.'

Premeditated Pandemonium has an underlying theme about - who do you put your faith in? 
       Here are some quotes from the novel about that sxpansive topic:

“Faith is what makes the difference in a lover and a loved one.”

                         —   Janie Fulbright


         “A man makes his own destiny 
           and his faith should be in himself.”
                                   —    General Matthew L. Goldstein, Navel Military Intelligence





          “The lawyer has faith in the justice system 
            and the judge has faith in the law, 
            but the law is not faith. However, 
            the man who lives by the law lives 
            in confidence of its fairness - He lives by faith.”
                               —   Zane Dunkirk

                 And a word from a famous Author:

        “All the world is made up of faith, and trust, and pixie dust.”

                        ― J.M. Barrie




A Passage from 'Premeditated Pandemonium.'

A passage from 'Premeditated Pandemonium' by Dan-Dwayne:



          Evan held the flight stick of the chopper steady as Zane leaped from the helicopter into the inky blackness that lay before him. Its tranquility surrounded him and enveloped him. It made him one with the night sky. On his cheeks, he felt splatters of moisture as he fell through a thin cloud and his mind drifted for a moment. *** This night he had to force his thoughts aside and concentrate on the mission at hand. At nine hundred and fifty feet, literally suspended between heaven and earth, it wasn’t the time for Zane to think of such things. On top of everything else, there was the bitter cold.

          It was the cold that brought his focus back to his mission, his purpose. He had a job to do, and although his cheeks felt frozen as he hurtled through the black air of night between the helicopter and the top of the newly completed AWIF Corporation skyscraper, the jewel of the Boston skyline, he would persevere.

          Holding tight to the ripcord of his parachute, he counted off the seconds before he opened it. It was only seconds but it felt like a perpetual eternity before he reached the precisely calculated distance when his parachute would not be noticed by the dual tower security team.

          He whispered the number ‘0’ and pulled hard on the ripcord. The nylon cloth shot out of the tight packing and popped loudly as it suddenly filled with air. Zane flailed briefly like a rag doll as his momentum temporarily reversed and he began his gentle descent to the top of the tallest tower.

          Landing with a roll, he stripped off the pack and tucked as much of the blowing fabric back into it as he could. Dressed in black fatigues, he pulled a ski mask over his face. Loose threads outlined where his rank and his Goldstein’s Guerrillas patch had once been attached to his shoulder.

           With little time to spare he pressed the release button on the miniaturized collapsible grappling hook. The titanium tines of the hook sprang out into a claw shape. He secured the rope to the hook and anchored it to the massive air-conditioning unit that cooled the tower.

To find out how this fits into the plot read "Premeditated Pandemonium" on Amazon.com

 
https://www.amazon.com/Premeditated-Pandemonium-Evan-Chavez-Adventure/dp/1728745942/

Friday, May 8, 2020

A first time ever free book offer from Novelist Liam Shea.

My friend Liam Shea is having a promotional. 
Check it out. This is a great read.
This is the first promotion Liam has done for any of his books. 
Take advantage of this unusual offer. 


This promotional is only for two days. 

Sunday, April 5, 2020

Dan and Diva at Rock City online

Online church... Yay.
Here Dan-Dwayne (me) and Diva are guests (during the children's part) of Rock City Lubbock's service. 
I made Diva. She is a hand made puppet right down to her gown and stole. Okay, so I bought her shoes. Forgive me for that. She wears a children's size 9. Thanks to Rock City Lubbock for allowing us to be on your online broadcast.