Introducing the Thomas Locke Brand: Epic Fantasy for Modern Readers

November 23rd, 2014

Emissary by Thomas LockeFriends,

Many of you are aware that January 2015 marks an exciting new direction in my writing career. My upcoming novel, Emissary, is an epic fantasy story for a mainstream audience, and will be published under my pen name, Thomas Locke.

In my next few posts, I’ll answer your questions about why I’m publishing Emissary and the other two books in the Legends of the Realm series, plus another three-book series, as Thomas Locke.

I will also continue to publish many new faith-based novels as Davis Bunn.

The Q&A series will take place here at DavisBunn.com and at my new Thomas Locke blog, http://tlocke.com/blog/.

Other than this introductory post, I’ll be blogging about entirely different topics at TLocke.com, so I hope you’ll subscribe to “News of the Realm” so you can receive my e-newsletter and my latest blog posts.

Click this link to sign up now: http://eepurl.com/5cnH5 (be sure to click “Receive Blog Posts” in the Subscription Options.

I’m also active (as Thomas Locke) on several social networks. Hope you’ll join me!

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Why did you choose to write epic fantasy and technological thrillers for the mainstream market, when many of your recent books have been contemporary suspense for the inspirational market?

For the past several years I have grown increasingly concerned over the all-pervading darkness that nowadays forms the core of both character development and story within the fantasy and science fiction genres.

Last autumn, Publishers Weekly held a global forum on where science fiction and fantasy were headed. A panel that included some of the largest New York publishers and editors in these fields brought several key elements to light. Here are the four points I found of crucial importance.

First, in this last publishing cycle—from January to June 2014—not one book has been released in either fantasy or science fiction that hearkens back to the classical heroic structure of by-gone days.

Second, both of these genres have become redefined by the electronic game industry, which is soon expected to top Hollywood films in terms of both profit and revenue.

Third, the key impact of e-games on both character and story theme was described as “grey-scaling.” This means there is no longer room for either heroes or villains. This is important in e-games because the player is offered the chance to take on every role. None are deemed wrong, or bad. All are equally valid.

Fourth, the classical story structure has been deemed passé. This structure formed the basis for J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, and for C.S. Lewis and the Narnia series, and has its roots in the ancient Greek heroic structure, many of which were told as fantasies.

Do all readers want dark, hopeless stories?

Long before this conference confirmed my growing suspicions, I felt the question these NY publishers overlooked was, “What has happened to the readers of classical fantasy and science fiction? Are readers satisfied with the direction that these publishers have chosen to take?”

I do not disagree with the new direction as a concept. But I fundamentally dispute this mind-set of exclusively focusing on the new, the dark, and the hopeless.

Twenty months ago, I began working on a new project so far removed from anything I had ever done before, I feared there would be no chance of finding a publisher. But the idea ignited me to the point where I needed to follow this creative passion.

Epic fantasy for modern readers

Emissary (book 1 in the Legends of the Realm series) follows the original Greek concept of ‘epic.’ Nowadays the term has been redefined to basically mean nothing more than, long. Originally, an epic tale was one where the principal character sought to achieve a quest. The hero’s journey, both externally and the hero’s need to conquer inner demons, formed vital life-lessons for the audience.

My aim with this fantasy was to fashion an epic that would suit modern tastes. I threw out what has become the standard format for fantasy novels, with their long-winded descriptions and elaborate settings. Instead, I used the sentence structure and pacing of a mystery. It is tight, with what I hope will be seen as a smooth and seamless action-flow that leads to a satisfying crescendo.

This project adheres to the original Greek structure of inherent value, what Hollywood refers to as ‘leave-behind.” In Emissary, the principal character rises from nothing to forge an alliance that has profound and far-reaching impact, simply by accepting the challenge of his own self-worth.

Free eBook Short

Free eBook The Captive

Get a taste of the Legends of the Realm series with The Captive, a free short story excerpted from Emissary. Visit http://tlocke.com/ for handy links your favorite online bookseller.

Winners List for ‘The Patmos Deception’

November 5th, 2014

We had a lot of fun the last couple of weeks giving away copies of my new novel, The Patmos Deception, on my Facebook page.

Patmos Deception_WebHere is the complete list of people who won a book:

  1. Greg A.,Middleburg, FL
  2. Chris B., Riverside, CA
  3. Judy C., Chester Gap, VA
  4. Ross H., Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
  5. Kristine M., Littlefork, MN
  6. Heather N., Magalia, CA
  7. Beth P., Elkhart Lake WI
  8. Bonnie T., Fort Lauderdale, FL
  9. Ted W., Salinas, CA
  10. Virginia W., Davenport, Iowa

Thanks so much for playing, eveyone!

Free Sample Chapters

If you’d like to read the first three chapters of The Patmos Deception for free, click here http://www.davisbunn.com/book/the-patmos-deception-by-davis-bunn.htm and then click the icon that says “Read a sample chapter.”

‘The Patmos Deception’ Giveaway Contest: Enter Here

October 24th, 2014

To celebrate the release of The Patmos Deception on November 1, 2014, I’m giving away five copies.

Enter Now

To enter, type your name and email in the form below OR send a blank email to awlist3632427.

Contest is open to residents with a North America postal address. Entrants must be 18 years of age. Click here for the Official Rules.

How will you know if you’re a winner?

Watch for an email from Laura Christianson (my social media manager) on Sunday, November 2, 2014. Whitelist her address: laura@bloggingbistro.com.

Good luck!

Warmly,
Davis Bunn

‘The Patmos Deception’ Book Giveaway Contest Starts Monday

October 17th, 2014

PatmosPromoAd_1200x1200I’m anticipating the release of The Patmos Deception, the first book in a new contemporary suspense series, on November 1, 2014. I’m teaming up with my publisher, Bethany House Publishers, to give away copies of the book, starting this coming Monday, October 20.

Next week’s giveaway will take place on my Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/davisbunnauthor

Each, day, I’ll give you a different prompt, and you simply like the post or comment on it to enter.

On Monday (starting at 6 a.m. PDT), watch for the picture to the right on my Facebook page, and like it to enter Monday’s giveaway.

I’ll announce each day’s winner after 5 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time, so be sure to check my Facebook page every evening to see if you’re that day’s winner!

Click here for the Official Rules.

Here’s some behind-the-scenes information about The Patmos Deception that I thought you’d enjoy:

Why I write

I came to faith at age twenty-eight, and started writing two weeks later. Up to that point, I had never written anything longer than a business report. I studied international economics and finance at university, and had assumed my life would be focused on business.

But the day I started writing was a turning point on many levels. At that time, I had no idea what the spiritual meaning of ‘gift’ might be. Since then, I have experienced a myriad of lessons through the creative process, and through the sense of spiritual responsibility that has come with it.

I remain so very, very grateful for the chance to write. It was an invitation, on one level. There was no divine command. And yet by recognizing this as an open door, and then walking through it, I allowed the divine plan to unfold in my life.

I wrote for nine years and finished seven books before my first was accepted for publication. During that time, I doubted my abilities and my future on numerous occasions. But I remained utterly certain, then and now, that this was a true divine gift.

The character in The Patmos Deception with whom I identify most

With every book there is one character in particular with whom I identify.

In The Patmos Deception, Carey was by far the easiest to write. But Dimitri was the one who called to me most deeply. I think partly it was due to the life course I was on prior to coming to faith at age 28. I drove a sports car and traveled extensively, skiid in Switzerland and surfed in the Indian Ocean.

There were all sorts of opportunities and darker temptations, and the world would have certainly considered me a success. But deep down, just as with Dimitri, the lonely aching void gnawed at me. I knew there had to be something more.

Preview The Patmos Deception

Start reading the book right now. Click here for free access to chapters 1-3. Please let me know what you think!

Romantic Times Gives ‘The Sign Painter’ 4 Stars

October 6th, 2014

The Sign Painter by Davis BunnI’m thrilled by the review Romantic Times (RT Book Reviews) gave The Sign Painter:

Reviewer Sarah Eisenbraun writes:

“In The Sign Painter, Bunn brings readers into the heart of humanity — helping those who cannot help themselves. Amy and her daughter are believable characters. This novel moves quickly with twists and turns along the way that keep readers excited and engaged.”

Click here for a synopsis of the story, reviews, and online purchasing links.

$1.99 eBook Special on ‘All Through The Night': 2 Days Only!

September 16th, 2014

All Through The Night by Davis BunnFor two days, from  Tuesday, Sept. 16-Thursday, September 18, 2014, the ebook version of All Through the Night will be on sale for $1.99 at online booksellers. That’s 72% off the retail price.

Synopsis

Broken relationships and unfulfilled promises scatter themselves across Wayne’s past like burned-out craters. His background in military special-ops is something he’s trying to forget. But when he gets himself sweet-talked into helping a quirky group of seniors who’ve been scammed, he discovers it will take a lot more than muscle and nerve.

Breach a con man’s high-security estate to recover stolen money? No problem.

Become part of community? Love again? Not on your life.

A lawyer with her own painful past is intrigued by Wayne and asks him to take on another unusual case–Tatanya’s wealthy employer believes he’s been visited by an angel?

Did a messenger from God in a pinstripe suit truly bring a divine warning, or is this merely another cruel hoax? Tatanya is willing to trust Wayne with her boss’s life, but she’s not sure she’s ready to trust him with her own wounded heart.

With a financial analyst’s skills and a warrior’s tenacity, Wayne races to unmask dangerous forces hiding behind a corporate veil. But he will need all his resources–and then some–against an unseen enemy bent on destroying his fragile bid for a second chance at life–and love.

Buy Now

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One-Week $2.99 Sale on ‘The Turning’ ebook

August 24th, 2014


The Turning ebook saleNow through August 30, 2014, you can get The Turning ebook for only $2.99.

Here are links to online booksellers:

What It’s Really Like to Write for Your Bread (Podcast)

August 18th, 2014

I was recently a guest on WORLD Magazine’s LISTENING IN podcast segment called “Writers on Writing,” with host Warren Cole Smith.

The show also features interviews with author Philip Yancey and songwriter and novelist, Andrew Peterson.

My clip is from 5:00-14:40.You can listen to it right here on my blog, or here:

There’s a full text transcript, too, at https://www.worldmag.com/mobile/article.php?id=31216

Reader Mailbag: Praise for ‘Hidden in Dreams’

July 24th, 2014

Sarah writes:

I’m a person of faith and appreciate so much that important aspect of Hidden in Dreams—people with, without, and struggling with faith. I love that Elena knew where to go for comfort, strength, and wisdom. Even in her drug induced state she was able to cling to her Source and faith. The fact that Elena, Reed, Jacob, Bob, and even Rachel were blessed with the support and comfort of like minded friends was a beautiful touch in the book. Please keep writing—what a blessing you give us all.

Dear Sarah,

I am deeply grateful for your insights, which really did bring to mind all the hopes and aspirations I had regarding the faith element when I began this project. Your enthusiasm means a very great deal.

 

Reader Mailbag: Praise for ‘Winner Take All’ (and an error)

July 17th, 2014

Frank writes:

I had read The Great Divide and took a shine to Marcus so I read Winner Take All and liked it also, especially the descriptions of the coastal environment. However, there is a minor booboo in the latter. Somewhere a Cadillac SUV is referred to as an “Esplanade.” I think you meant “Escalade.” Thanks.

Dear Frank,

Wow, what a total error. And in ten years, you are the first to see it. Thank you so much! I really appreciate this alert.

FYI, a number of people who have ‘shined’ on Marcus have come back to say they took to a newer character, Marc Royce. He is the lead in a series that begins with Lion of Babylon. If you read it, I hope you enjoy the ride.

Shine on.

Dawn writes:

Winner Take All was fantastic!! I have read several of your books, but this one was the best and I don’t usually like suspense and that much drama. It was hard to close the book at the end of each chapter.

Dear Dawn,

Thank you so much for the lovely note. I’m delighted you gave Winner a chance, even though it is suspense. If I could make one suggestion, a number of other readers who are not drawn to suspense have written to say how much they enjoyed Lion of Babylon. If you’re looking for another of my titles, perhaps you’d like to give that one a try.