The End For Now

Raze began as an experiment to write an ongoing, long-form story with minimal editing. It was an exercise in expressing a few thoughts and feelings I’ve carried with me for a long time, thinking about some of the things, the good and horror, that persist in the world and about which we read every day in the news, as we scroll past with our thumbs, as we struggle to take in all that’s happening and think of something, anything, to do. Often we do nothing. Often we scroll onward and forget at the next headline. Without getting too self-important, I’ve explored and expressed some of those things. I’ve done it for more than a year. I’ve shown myself that I can. But, for now, it’s time to say goodbye to Raze.

A Story Without an Conclusion

I know where Raze is going, and someday I wish to finish the journey. For now he’ll pause, his own pen above the page, but still he’ll grow and change and his story will take greater form. But, for now, its become clear to me that I can’t pursue my other aims while putting the time and effort into this one. That’s in part because there are very few weekly readers – so for those of you following along, know that I do plan to return to this story and finish it. I’m just not sure when.

Other Stories Await

I have far from the most difficult life, and this isn’t meant to sound like complaining. Things are good, but time, as it is for everyone, is finite. Other responsibilities keep my away from the page and keyboard far more than I’d like. If I want to reach the point where I can put the time into this endeavor that I’d like, I need to focus, and prioritize, and choose. For now, that means pursuing the novels I’ve written and getting the next one done. It means putting my mind toward the many tasks that follow after having written. And so, for that reason, I’m leaving RAZE for now. For anyone reading this, thanks. You’re not forgotten, and Raze will be back.

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Ours Is the Storm on Sale for 99¢!

This week, Ours Is the Storm is only 99c on Amazon!

But you already read it, you say. You’ve got a copy. You don’t need another. Of course you don’t so what can you do?

 

All the usual stuff:

Review Ours Is the Storm on Amazon by clicking here.

Tell your friends to buy the book

Buy a copy for your favorite fantasy reader – a $1 gift! How easy is that? And they’ll think you’re awesome!

Spread the word on social media – Facebook, Twitter, Reddit /r/books or /r/Fantasy, Tumblr, wherever!

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Moving Forward

Ours Is the Storm – 2nd Edition

Hey all. I’ve parted ways with my distributor, which means Ours Is the Storm is off the sales sites for a short time. That means, however, that I have the chance to make some alterations that I’ve been thinking about. This might include some cool new stuff, like an updated over, a pronunciation guide for the Huumphar names, and a map! We’ll see how it all comes together, but in the meantime I’m busy getting the files ready for Ours Is the Storm; 2nd edition.

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Last Day: Support Doctors Without Borders

Only One Day Left to Raise Money for Doctors Without Borders

Pretty simple: Your donation supports Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (UK). The more you donate, the more lottery tickets you get. Winning gets you a bundle of signed, numbered, dedicated fantasy novels, some less known, some from big-name, big deal-authors. If you’re lucky, you’ll get a signed Ours Is the Storm!

Support Doctors Without Borders Win Free Books!

Donating is quick and easy

I’ve done it. Never fear! Go to this JustGiving page and  donate. Your American (or whatever) moneys are automatically converted. Every £1 (about $1.25) gets you another ticket to win, and all of it goes to Doctors Without Borders.

Can’t Donate? You can still help!

Go to Booknest.eu and share this link on your faceyspaces, your tweetagrams, your instabooks, your livejournal, from your car window, whatever. Help us out, get the word to friends and family, and get it out to the fantasy fans. Doctors Without Borders is a great cause and worth even just $1 if that’s all you’ve got.

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BookNest.eu’s Fabulous Fantasy Fundraiser

Fantasy Fundraiser, Acution, and Book Lottery

Fantasy Fundraiser for charity! Hosted by Booknest.eu and featuring 100 fantasy authors working together to benefit Doctors Without BordersBooknest.eu's Fabulous Fantasy Fundraiser; donate to Doctors Without Borders; get a chance to win cool signed books including Ours Is the StormSO yeah – It’s all there in the graphic. OK, most of it. BookNest.eu is hosting a lottery and auction, and they’ve recruited the 100 authors you see above to donate signed, dedicated copies of their books. That’s me and a whole bunch of other cool people, and you can win just by donating as little as £1 (about $1.25). Go here and do it now!

Charity – its the Season of Giving, right?

Here’s the thing. All proceeds go to Doctors Without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières). You’ve seen some of the horrible stuff that’s happening in parts of the world, and here’s a great chance to help and maybe win some cool stuff in the process. MSF does amazing work and everything they collect goes to making a difference. Read about what they’re doing in Aleppo and elsewhere. Every £1/$1.25 you donate gets you a lotto ticket, so what’re you waiting for? Or, enter the auction and put down the big bucks to win even more books!

100 Books

Authors donating include Ours Is the Storm by yours truly as well as bigger names like Mark Lawrence, Django Wexler, Courtney Schafer, Michael J. Sullivan, and a whole lot more. Six lotto winners will get ten signed, dedicated books, and two auction winners will get twenty each. That’s eight different ways you can win, and like I said, the more you donate, the more lottery chances you get.

Chances to Win; Nothing to Lose

Like I said, it benefits Doctors Without Borders. You can’t lose, people. Go donate now by clicking hereTell your friends and family. Get them to donate too and share in the spoils if they win. Share on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, wherever you can.

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Indie Books Feature for Ours Is the Storm

Indie Books on the Interwebs

A while ago, I applied for an feature on indie books on Literary Lightbox. LL’s Indie Spotlight features twelve authors per year, one each month. The list is specially curated out of a pool of many millions (possibly jillions) of applicants (Probably, I don’t know).

Yesterday, I got this:indie books epic fantasy novel award finalist Ours Is the Storm Literary lightbox

2016 Indie Spotlight

Loretta Milan over at Literary Lightbox has named Ours Is the Storm as a 2016 Indie Spotlight Finalist. Literary Lightbox is a book blog and writing community attracting over a million yearly readers. The site’s full of book reviews, articles on writing topics, and all kinds of great stuff for both writers and readers.

Spotlight Winners

Ours Is the Storm joins five other selected authors and their books: Carrie Morgan, with The Road Back From Broken; Michelle Louise Cox, with A Girl Like You; Ellie Holmes, with The Flower Seller; Gary Corbin, with Lying in Judgment; and Terri Lee, with Paper Castles. These writers will be featured along with me in the upcoming months. Big congratulations to all of them!

I’ll be appearing on the site sometime in the next few months. Doing what? Who knows! Probably answering questions and waxing lyrical about judo or cartoons or the importance of beer, so keep your eyes open.

Tell Your Friends or the Squirrel that Lives in Your Attic or Whoever

As always, please help me spread the word about Ours Is the Storm and about my web serial, RAZE. If you know someone who’s into reading fantasy, let them know – or, remember that the holidays are on the way, and who doesn’t love books to curl up with like a nesting gazelle (that is a thing, right?) during the winter? I’ll tell you who. Replicants. Beware.

For those of you indie authors out there who might be reading, consider submitting your book for the Indie Spotlight here.

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Your emails – I don’t want to crush them

Hey all. In an effort to continue streamlining/refining/subliming, I’ve made a couple of near-invisible changes around the site. One of those involves your emails and the updates I send. If you’re getting a few too many or having trouble keeping up, I’ve changed things up to include a monthly email digest option. All you have to do is go to the bottom of your most recent email from D.ThoursonPalmer.com and click “Edit your subscription.” That will take you to a page where you can change your setting to the monthly email.

 

As always thanks for being a subscriber and watching my work. Don’t forget to Vote and tell your friends about RAZE!

 

Best,
Dave

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RAZE - a weekly fantasy web serial

My serial needs your vote!

Every vote counts

If you’ve been following RAZE (or if you haven’t), I could use your vote and your rating on topwebfiction.com. This’ll help increase the visibility of my web series and get more readers. Just click here to cast your vote. Top Web Fiction and its sister site, Web Fiction Guide, are the premier place for readers of online serial fiction to find the best stories, all posted for free. Ranking will get me views, readers, and more votes.

I could also use your review. RAZE is listed at Wattpad and at webfictionguide.com. Those links will take you to the appropriate place to drop a star rating and a couple of words. It would make a huge difference so I hope you can spare a couple of minutes.

Lastly, tell your friends! RAZE is a series of short entries, readable on any of your online devices through my site and through Wattpad. If you know someone who likes mature, adult takes on fantasy literature, RAZE might be there thing. That said…

About RAZE and “mature” material

RAZE is an ongoing, weekly epic fantasy web serial, a serious, character driven portrait of the greatest warrior the world has ever known, told from his holding cell before his execution at the hands of the woman he loves; a cell he chose; a cell in which he waits. To find out why, you have to get to know RAZE.

RAZE is also fairly dark thus far, and explores some mature themes that may prove upsetting to some. I’m of the opinion that fiction is the correct place to explore and understand things that frighten us, disturb us, or even things that have traumatized us. I think it’s the right place, both for myself and for many readers. It’s not everyone’s thing and readers looking for lighter entertainment may not be interested in this story. Of course I want RAZE to be entertaining, but it’s also an outlet for my own thoughts, concerns, fears, and wounds. All that said, and with my intentions being what they are, I also know that there’s room for improvement and better understanding in my own work. I hope anyone who reads and has thoughts about the work will let me hear those thoughts.

Thanks everyone.

 

 

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