Archive for the ‘Davis Bunn’s Novels’ Category

Observant Readers Spot Errors in ‘Great Divide,’ ‘Imposter’ & ‘Night Angel’

Wednesday, June 10th, 2015

Thank you, readers, for keeping me on my toes by graciously pointing out flaws in my research. You teach me to much! Here are a few bloopers observant readers picked up on.

John writes:

I read Strait of Hormuz and liked it. That led me to The Great Divide, where again I got swept up in the narrative. However, I found the legal mistakes to be fatal (though I did hang in to the end).

Under American law you cannot add a defendant to an ongoing trial. It would deny that party due process, time to prepare defense, knowledge of previous testimony, etc., etc., ad infinitum. Maybe in China, possibly in Italy where the process is bizarro, but certainly not in the US or UK either.

No federal judge would consider or take up an offer to be a special prosecutor. You don’t give up a lifetime sinecure for a temporary position with less pay. The prestige flows the opposite direction.

Only members of the US Supreme Court are called Justice. Those of lesser federal courts are Judge.

Counsel in trial are not allowed to interrupt closing or opening arguments by objection. That’s the practice and procedure, if not actually the law. You have them continually doing so and the presiding judge overruling. No, she’d be finding that lawyer in contempt of court, after one warning.

You say you consulted with attorneys in NC about legal points. Don’t consult the same ones next time.

Dear John,

Well, sir, this was certainly an eye-opener of an email. And I am indeed grateful for your thorough examination of the text. It’s amazing to me on two counts: First, that you still seemed to enjoy the story despite its evident flaws; and second, that you hung in there to the end.

It is hard to express just how much pleasure I receive from emails like this, where there are avid and emotional bonds forged between my work and intelligent readers like yourself.

One suggestion. I think you might enjoy giving Lion of Babylon a read.

Eric writes:

I just finished reading Imposter and enjoyed the book very much. However, some of the segments about the Air Force had distracting errors. Granted, I would notice more than most because I’m a major in the USAF, but I feel this undermines the authenticity of the story and is easily corrected. I hope this comes off as friendly help rather than criticism.

If it helps, here are some examples of errors in the book (from the Kindle edition):

Loc 4721: The Air Force does not have corporals.

Loc 4784: The description of the VOQ is like nothing I’ve ever stayed in, except when deployed. Usually, they are at least Motel 6 quality.

Loc 4921: The “no-fly rule” you describe is called “quiet hours,” the purpose being to avoid disturbing the surrounding community.

Loc 4987: Again, the Air Force does not have corporals.

Loc 5103: Annie gives Matt a salute, suggesting the uniform she gave him was that of an officer. On Loc 5076, Annie dresses Matt as a loadmaster. But a loadmaster is an enlisted crew member, and they wear flight suits, not fatigues. Similarly, she calls him a flight officer on Loc 5089.

Loc 5141: Matt bought a paper at the PX at Andrews AFB. The Air Force calls them a BX (Base Exchange). The Army calls them a PX (Post Exchange). Both fall under AAFES (Army and Air Force Exchange Service).

I’m not sure how useful this is or whether you can (or want to) update the book. If you ever need someone to review references to the Air Force in the future, I would be willing to help.

Dear Eric,

First of all, please accept my heartfelt thanks for the thorough analysis that you have offered here. Imposter has been out of print now for three years, so the actual changes will need to wait for a re-release. But the corrections are nonetheless much appreciated.

My contacts for Imposter were all within the police and federal law enforcement agencies. I “winged it” (terrible pun) on the USAF side, which basically happened because I didn’t have somebody to run the manuscript by. These issues often arise in such cases, and I apologize for the glitches that interrupted the story’s flow.

The Night AngelPatricia writes:

My husband and I have recently come across your books and have read several and are searching for more. I am presently reading The Night Angel and wanted to make you aware of an error on page 198. The first paragraph on that page is talking about a butter box and how the butter is made by pouring the skimmed cream into the box and pressing out the whey.

Unfortunately, butter is not that simply made. Whey is the liquid pressed out when making cottage cheese. To make butter, you must shake it (or churn it) until the butter particles form and then collect together, pour off the buttermilk, and then, with a large paddle-like spoon, press the butter against the side of the bowl until all the rest of the buttermilk is squeezed out. Then you can form the butter.

I hope this information is of use, although I know it is probable that you have already heard the same information from others of your readers. Again, my husband and I really enjoy your wonderful books, both the adventures (both of us) and the Acadia books (myself).

Dear Patricia,

Thank you and your husband for the very thoughtful email. Yes, this has been noted, and while the correction came in too late to be included in the reprints, it will most certainly be done in any future versions. I actually researched this point, but what I obtained was clearly a shortened version of the full act.

I do hope you and your husband enjoy the remaining stories. Please let me add that the story mentioned at the end of Night Angel was combined with the one that followed, and turned into one final book. Janette felt well enough to come out of retirement, and we wrote the trilogy based upon the first chapters of Acts. I did not have the time to do both, and was uncertain how long she and I had to work together on a project we had been discussing for many years.

A Complete List of Books by Davis Bunn

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015

I love it when my readers help out!

Several years ago I stopped keeping track of the books I’ve had published. One of my readers, Gary Gilmore, prepared a list of my books.

Gary writes:  “I know some of the books are out of print, but they are still in local libraries – where I found all of mine.”

Click below to open a PDF of all my published books… as well as a sneak preview of titles that will be coming soon:

Davis Bunn – Complete List of Books PDF – Updated June 3, 2015

Please visit the Books page on my website for detailed information about my books in print.

Winners List for ‘The Patmos Deception’

Wednesday, 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 and then click the icon that says “Read a sample chapter.”

‘The Patmos Deception’ Giveaway Contest: Enter Here

Friday, 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:

Good luck!

Davis Bunn

‘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:

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

Monday, 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!

Tuesday, 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.


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.

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

Sunday, August 24th, 2014

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

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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.