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‘The Patmos Deception’ Book Giveaway Contest Starts Monday

Friday, 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!

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

Monday, 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’

Thursday, 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)

Thursday, 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.

Reader Question: Where Can I Find the Rendezvous with Destiny Books?

Thursday, July 10th, 2014


Keith writes:

I am enjoying many of your books, many I’ve found in our church library, and some in the county library.

I found the titles of your Rendezvous with Destiny series books, with books on Rhineland, Gibraltar, Sahara, Berlin, and Istanbul, but I have been unable to locate these books. Are these long gone?

I have traveled the world all my working life—I’m 83 now—and love books on foreign places, many of which I have visited.

I’d appreciate news on how I might be able to find these to enjoy.

Thanks for your Christian writing—so good to have books with none of the bad words and sex found in so many of the “world’s” books. God bless you.

Dear Keith,

Alas, the Rheinland series has been out of print now for over a dozen years. There are some rather dog-eared copies available via Amazon’s used book sales groups. In case you haven’t already come across them, more recent books of mine with an international scope include the following: Gold of Kings, The Black Madonna, Lion of Babylon, and Rare Earth. I hope you enjoy them as well.

Reader Question: Is it T. Davis Bunn or Davis Bunn?

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

Barb writes:

Do you write under both T. Davis Bunn, as well as Davis Bunn? At the library, I am responsible to make lists on Excel for all of our series and this question has come up.

Dear Barb,

I was initially known as T. Davis Bunn, until 2002. The publisher, Thomas Nelson, said they felt my work had gone through a major transition, and they wanted to announce this rising-up to a new level – their words, not mine – by dropping the T. Since I go by Davis, I didn’t mind.

So officially, my books should be categorized under “Davis Bunn,” even though some online booksellers still include the “T.”

Reader Question: Where Can I Learn More About the Three Hebrew Terms Used for Sin in ‘Book of Dreams’?

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

Mrs. Jacobsen writes:

On page 68 of Book of Dreams, you mention the three Hebrew terms used for sin. I have been trying to verify those. Please can you tell me which resources you used to glean that information?

Dear Mrs. Jacobsen,

My research for that particular segment was done with the assistance of two rabbis in the United Kingdom, where I wrote that story.

If you are interested in moving forward with a Hebrew perspective on the Scriptures, might I suggest you take a look at Rev. Tom Bradford’s Torah Class Ministries. He can be found online at www.torahclass.com. Rev. Bradford offers quite a remarkable and insightful overview of the Old Testament, and how it specifically applies to the Savior.

Reader Question: What Are Your Inspirations?

Thursday, June 19th, 2014

Molly writes:

I am doing a project at my high school that requires me to write about my inspirations and their inspirations.

You are definitely one of my inspirations: You have let me experience thrilling adventures through your books, especially your mystery series. Though I may not be interested in being part of the CIA, I am currently pursuing an interest in being part of the military. Such adventure is what I am hoping to see in my future, but for now, your books have been the closest I’ve ever been to adventure.

I was wondering if you wouldn’t mind sharing two of your inspirations that have influenced you. (Apparently, Google doesn’t have the answer.) It would be greatly appreciated and I would love to learn about your inspirations.

Davis Bunn 8Dear Molly,

For me, adventure sparks adventure. Doing one thing, no matter how different from what I have undertaken before, stimulates and challenges me to be ready for the next big opportunity, whatever that might be.

Currently my big adventure sports are cycling and surfing. I surf in the US but not in England, because the water is not so clean on the big-wave beaches. But the roads there are fabulous for cycling. I push to around 40 miles per day as my standard goal, three or four rides per week. All weathers. When I return to the US, the overall fitness and endurance has me so much more ready for surfing than normal gym work.

On the creative side, I have begun working on film projects four years ago. Most of these are for independent producers, who must have a script before they can raise money. Which means I am writing ‘on spec’ – I am paid only if the project moves forward. And so I am still writing my normal number of books to pay the bills! Despite the pressure and the effort, I LOVE this challenge, and feel that it is an unexpected gift at a new potential area of growth and creative endeavor.

Stretch your boundaries, most especially in the areas of your life that you cherish. Stay positive. Treat Success as a daily discipline, not something you win at the end of the race. By then it is too late. Losing is an event. Success is a state of mind.

A Reader’s Critique of ‘Lion of Babylon’

Thursday, June 12th, 2014

Dottie writes:Lion of Babylon

I just finished Lion of Babylon, and while I appreciated the Christian theme throughout, I was a bit dismayed by some errors, which should have been caught by your editorial staff. Page 12: “…had tried repeatedly to effect a truce between…” The correct word is affect (verb tense), not effect, which is a noun.

And not to be picky, but 30 degrees C is 86 degrees F….and yes, you did say the temperature was approaching 90 degrees F….no points lost on that one, I suppose.

The plot was complex, but I was never able to get into a comfortable rhythm of reading. It seemed stilted and a bit disjointed, perhaps due to your use (over use, IMO) of word fragments rather than sentences. That, along with some odd punctuation here and there, seemed more to confound than to engage this reader.

I am starting Rare Earth tonight, and I hope to be won over to the legions of readers who enjoy your novels.

Dear Dottie,

Thank you so much for your thoughtful response. Though I must say I wish the first book of mine might have elicited a more wholehearted enthusiasm. Your points, however, are well taken. In case you’re interested, Library Journal did name Lion one of their Top Ten Titles—fiction and nonfiction combined—for 2011.

I do hope Rare Earth is more to your taste. It won the 2013 Christy Award for excellence in suspense fiction.

Reader Question: Can You Explain the Ending of The Presence? (spoiler alert!)

Thursday, June 5th, 2014


Barbara writes:

I shared The Presence with three of my friends, and we all question the explosion at the end. Did we miss something? Was something implied? We felt the couple’s death was expected, but how did it occur?

Dear Barbara,

The Presence came out twenty years ago, and then was re-released ten years back, and I have not had an opportunity to talk about it for six or seven years now, though it still remains a personal favorite. So thank you for the chance to revisit this story.

To answer your question, my intention was to create a situation similar to what Paul received in his warning about his future direction. I knew from the very beginning that TJ was going to pay the ultimate sacrifice for his work, and that this was in a sense necessary for his quest. It was, I agree, totally risky. That the book went on to become a national bestseller within the Christian community was such a blessing, both to me and the publishers who gave me this chance.