A Valentine’s Day drawing

Are you a subscriber to my newsletter? Then you’re eligible to enter this drawing for three $15 Amazon Gift Cards. If you’re a winner, I’ll contact you by Friday, February 24. Let me hear from you within 72 hours. Otherwise a new winner will be chosen.

 

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Winter Wonderland Contest

Night Owl Reviews is hosting the Book Lovers Winter Wonderland Contest from November 23 until December 15. Dozens of authors, including me, are coming together to sponsor this exciting event. The timing is perfect for Darkroom, since Kelly’s search for her friend Day takes place during the same time span in November and December. The contest offers some suspense of its own. Eighty-one Amazon gift cards will awarded, including the grand prize—a $100 gift card! For the chance to win a prize and discover a whole bunch of new books to read, head over to Night Owl Reviews and check out the contest when it starts on Wednesday, November 23.

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Dance to The Doors in a Parrot Hat

On Christmas Eve my parakeet Westie spread his wings and flew away to Parakeet Valhalla. I miss the little guy. He was the inspiration for Lu’s parakeet Foster, who survived being bird-napped by the daemon Black Claw. To honor Westie’s memory, I’m hosting a drawing for the Foster Prize Pack.

One big winner will claim all the prizes shown below.

Gain additional chances by sharing the drawing on Twitter, following me on Twitter, or visiting my Facebook page. The drawing is open to all newsletter subscribers and anyone who wants to subscribe. The deadline for entering is February 29.

  • Festive parrot hat for those times when you feel like a party.
  • Cute pair of Japanese parakeet socks.
  • CD of The Doors greatest hits, including Foster’s favorite song, “Light My Fire.”
  • Autographed paperback of Daemon Seer.

 

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Win the Professor of Death prize pack

Outwardly Conrad (Rad) Sanders is an ordinary guy, an English professor at a Midwestern university. His students and colleagues have no clue who he really is — the Professor of Death, a sadistic killer who stalks and tortures women and girls. Rad is good at what he does, but when he targets fifteen-year-old Lu Jakes, he encounters an adversary beyond anything he could imagine. You can read all about Rad and Lu in TALION.

The Kindle edition of TALION is on sale for just 99 cents until October 27.

To honor Rad and celebrate Halloween, I’m hosting a drawing for a unique Professor of Death prize pack. It’s free to enter. The winners will receive the following goodies:

FIRST PRIZE: The Professor of Death prize pack, including

  • a brand-new DVD of the documentary Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer
  • a hardback edition of Ann Rule’s true-crime classic The Stranger Beside Me (used)
  • a brand new deck of casino quality serial killer playing cards
  • autographed paperback copies of both TALION and DAEMON SEER.

SECOND PRIZE: An autographed paperback copy of either TALION or DAEMON SEER. Winner’s choice.

Directed by Nick Broomfield, Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer covers the trial, appeal, and execution of Aileen Wuornos, a prostitute who murdered her customers. She was one scary woman. The copy on the DVD case includes a quote from Peter Travers,  reviewer for Rolling Stone: “her eyes, radiating madness, will haunt your dreams.”

Ann Rule worked with Ted Bundy at a crisis clinic. The Stranger Beside Me follows her journey as she tracks a brutal killer and discovers the truth about the man she thought she knew. In the Preface she writes, “Ted Bundy was my friend, through all the good times and the bad times. I stuck by him for many years, hoping none of the innuendo was true.” Although used, the hardback is in excellent condition with only minor wear on the dust cover. Great reading!

The serial killer playing cards are beautifully made by Bicycle — perfect for solitaire or your next poker night. Creep out your opponents! See who calls your bluff while Ted is smiling up at them from the table.

By entering the contest, you agree to receive occasional newsletters from me. If you don’t enjoy them, you may unsubscribe at any time.

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Spotlight – The Children of Darkness

It’s finally here! Children of Darkness – Book One in The Seekers Series is available NOW. Check it out on Amazon.com. FREE for Kindle Unlimited subscribers. GET YOUR COPY

“A must-read page turner.” Kirkus Review

About the Book:

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The Children of Darkness is about a society devoid of technology, the result of an overreaction to a distant past where progress had overtaken humanity and led to social collapse. The solution—an enforced return to a simpler time. But Children is also a coming of age story, a tale of three friends and their loyalty to each other as they struggle to confront a world gone awry. Each searches for the courage to fight the limits imposed by their leaders, along the way discovering their unique talents and purpose in life.

“If the whole world falls into a Dark Age, which it could plausibly do, who could bring us out of it? According to David Litwack in The Children of Darkness, the only answer is us, now, somehow reaching into the future.” – Kaben Nanlohy for On Starships And Dragonwings

Publication Date: June 22, 2015 from Evolved Publishing
Purchase Link: http://smarturl.it/Seekers1
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Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23485495-the-children-of-darkness

Book Description

The Children of Darkness, book one of the dystopian trilogy, The Seekers

“But what are we without dreams?”

A thousand years ago the Darkness came–a time of violence and social collapse when technology ran rampant. But the vicars of the Temple of Light brought peace, ushering in an era of blessed simplicity. For ten centuries they have kept the madness at bay with “temple magic,” eliminating forever the rush of progress that nearly caused the destruction of everything.

Childhood friends, Orah and Nathaniel, have always lived in the tiny village of Little Pond, longing for more from life but unwilling to challenge the rigid status quo. When their friend Thomas returns from the Temple after his “teaching”—the secret coming-of-age ritual that binds the young to the Light—they barely recognize the broken and brooding man the boy has become. Then when Orah is summoned as well, Nathaniel follows in a foolhardy attempt to save her.

In the prisons of Temple City, they discover a terrible secret that launches the three on a journey to find the forbidden keep, placing their lives in jeopardy. For hidden in the keep awaits a truth from the past that threatens the foundation of the Temple. If they reveal that truth, they might release the long-suppressed potential of their people, but they would also incur the Temple’s wrath as it is written:

“If there comes among you a dreamer of dreams saying ‘Let us return to the darkness,’ you shall stone him, because he has sought to thrust you away from the light.”

“A fresh perspective on our own society…[an] enjoyable read that will make you wonder just how society will judge us in the future.” Lexie

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About the Author:

David Front PageThe urge to write first struck when working on a newsletter at a youth encampment in the woods of northern Maine. It may have been the night when lightning flashed at sunset followed by northern lights rippling after dark. Or maybe it was the newsletter’s editor, a girl with eyes the color of the ocean. But he was inspired to write about the blurry line between reality and the fantastic.

Using two fingers and lots of white-out, he religiously typed five pages a day throughout college and well into his twenties. Then life intervened. He paused to raise two sons and pursue a career, in the process becoming a well-known entrepreneur in the software industry, founding several successful companies. When he found time again to daydream, the urge to write returned.

After publishing two award winning novels, Along the Watchtower and The Daughter of the Sea and the Sky, he’s hard at work on the dystopian trilogy, The Seekers.

David and his wife split their time between Cape Cod, Florida and anywhere else that catches their fancy. He no longer limits himself to five pages a day and is thankful every keystroke for the invention of the word processor.

Website: www.davidlitwack.com
Facebook: David Litwack – Author
Twitter: @DavidLitwack

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More Reviews!

“Litwack’s storytelling painted a world of both light and darkness–and the truth that would mix the two.” Fiction Fervor

The Children of Darkness is a dystopian novel that will stay with you long after you finish reading it.” C.P. Bialois

“This is a satisfying exploration of three teens’ journey into the unknown, and the struggles faced by all who seek true emancipation – both for themselves, and for the people they love.” Suzy Wilson

“Litwack’s writing is fresh, and Nathaniel, Orah and Thomas come to life in your imagination as you frantically flip (or click) the pages of this book.” Anna Tan

“…many profound themes, lovely characterizations and relationships” R. Campbell

“I was enthralled and intrigued by the authors creation of this society… David Litwack has an enjoyable and captivating writing style.” Jill Marie

“…a perfect story for young adult readers, but its underlying theme and character development will keep any adult engaged.” Kathleen Sullivan

Awesome Indies new site launch

The Awesome Indies is getting a brand new website. Tahlia Newland (coordinator), Ruthanne Reid (designer), and a team of volunteers have been working hard this past month to get ready for the opening on the 1st of November.

The new look site will be set up as a shop with purchase buttons linking to all the major ebook sales outlets as well as the Book Depository (free shipping worldwide) for those who like paperbacks. The Amazon and iTunes links will be global links that will automatically send customers to their local store — no more ending up in the wrong store. And those with reading devices that take epub files will find plenty of books for their devices on the new site.

Books to suit your taste will be easy to find by searching categories and tags. And books can be listed in more than one category, making it easy to see exactly what mix of genres you’ll find inside. This is particularly important for Awesome Indies’s  books because some many of them cross genres.

Books will have their own product page with a great deal more information about them than on the present site, so you won’t have to leave the site to find the information you need to make your decision.

Reduced books will appear on a sale page and in a featured spot on the front page, making the bargains easy to find, and a streamlined menu will make negotiating the site a lot easier.

These are the books from the independent publishing industry that readers should be buying. These are the books that will not disappoint with poor editing and underdeveloped story lines. And if you’re looking for something different, the Awesome Indies is the place to find it.

To mark the opening of the new site, over 50 books will be on sale for November 1st and 2nd — many of them rarely discounted and all priced under $3. And one lucky reader will receive a Kindle Paperwhite ereader. The giveaway closes at the end of the weekend.

Visit Awesome Indies Books next weekend to see the new site, show your support, and pick up a bargain.

We have a winner!

Billy Land wins the $25 Amazon gift card. Everyone on my mailing list was automatically entered in the drawing, which was done at Random Picker. I’ll be having more of these, so if you’re interested in receiving occasional news about me, why not sign up? You’ll find the subscription form for my mailing list on the upper right of your screen.

In other news, the release date for The Memory Pool: Reflections of Past~Forward grows nearer. The advance reviews are in. Read them here at the Cantraip Press website.