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June ebook Discounts on Davis Bunn Books

Wednesday, June 1st, 2016

During June, my publisher is offering special pricing on several of my ebooks. Click on the title or cover of each book, which will take you to the information and purchasing links for that book.

(Note that not all online booksellers offer special pricing, so please click the link to your favorite online bookseller to double-check their prices.)

Lion of Babylon

Lion of Babylon (Book 1 in the Marc Royce series) 99 cents

Library Journal ‘Best Books 2011’

Rare Earth by Davis Bunn

Rare Earth (Book 2 in the Marc Royce series) $3.99

2013 Christy Award winner for Suspense Fiction

Strait of Hormuz by Davis Bunn

Strait of Hormuz (Book 3 in the Marc Royce series) $3.99

The Solitary Envoy

The Solitary Envoyfree

The Solitary Envoy (co-authored with my wife, Isabella) is Book 1 in the Heirs of Acadia series.

If you’d like to read the Heirs of Acadia series, the books are available from online booksellers and from your local library. Here is a list of all five books in the series, in order:

Book 1: The Solitary Envoy

Book 2: The Innocent Libertine

Book 3: The Noble Fugitive

Book 4: The Night Angel

Book 5: Falconer’s Quest

More blog articles about the Heirs of Acadia series

  1. Readers ask about Heirs of Acadia series
  2. Reader calls Heirs of Acadia series ‘Wonderfully Crafted”
  3. Clarification on Falconer’s Quest and Florian’s Gate
  4. Reader question about Falconer’s Quest

Free Download: Complete List of Books by Davis Bunn

Wednesday, March 16th, 2016

Readers frequently ask if I have a complete list of all the books I’ve written. Ask and you shall receive! This list is updated for 2016, and it even includes a few titles that will be coming in 2017 and beyond.

To get your downloadable PDF, click the button below and fill out the form. You’ll receive an email from me that’ll include a link to open the file. Be sure to save it to your hard drive and print it so you can refer to it throughout the year.

I’d love to hear in the Comments how many you’ve read… or what’s next on your list. And if you enjoy the list, I hope you’ll click the “Tweet It” link below to share with your friends.

Thanks for being a faithful reader, and best wishes for a bookish 2016!

I’d love a free PDF of Davis Bunn’s books!

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Super sale on Acts of Faith trilogy co-authored with Janette Oke

Thursday, January 28th, 2016

Here’s a great deal on the ebook version of a series I co-authored with Janette Oke.

The Acts of Faith historical series is steeply discounted at many online booksellers, from February 1 through March 31, 2016. I’ve done some price shopping, and these are the prices, as of the day I published this blog post:

The Centurion’s WifeFREE at all three outlets!

Amazon Kindle

Barnes & Noble NOOK Book ebook

The Hidden Flame – $6.99 or less

Amazon Kindle – $4.99

Barnes & Noble – $6.99 – $5.59

The Damascus Way – $6.99 or less

Amazon – $4.99

Barnes & Noble – $6.99 – $5.59

You Could Win Both Books in the Legends of the Realm Fantasy Series!

Tuesday, January 5th, 2016

Merchant of Alyss Like to WinMerchant of Alyss, book 2 in my Legends of the Realm epic fantasy series, is releasing today, January 5. What an exciting way to kick off 2016!

This series is published under my pen name, Thomas Locke. (Here’s an explanation of why I’m using a pseudonym).

I’m giving away copies of BOTH BOOKS in the series throughout January. My first giveaway is today and tomorrow on my @TLockeBooks Facebook page. Here’s the direct link to the contest:

How to enter:

Go to (it’ll be the first post on my page) and like the picture. Get a bonus entry by leaving a comment. That’s it!

I’ll announce 5 winners – who will each get a 2-pack of books – on my @TLockeBooks Facebook page  Wednesday, January 6 after 6PM PST. Be sure to stop by the page that evening to see if you won.

Here is a link to the Official Rules:

Would you help me promote the giveaway?

Here’s a tweet-length update I’d love for you to share Tuesday and Wednesday (Jan 5 and 6):

You could win EMISSARY and MERCHANT OF ALYSS. Enter at by 1/6 at 6PM PST.

Reviewers are Saying…

Early reviews of Merchant of Alyss are pouring in. Here are excerpts from several reader-reviewers (click their name to read their full review):

Redd Becker:
“What fun to share in an honorable quest with characters I’d like to know; as real and vibrant as friends. Dragons, witches, elves, ancient spells and lore entwine in an adventure that spun me into their space and time. A test of endurance, the purity of love and loyalty meshed in an Ursula Le Guin-type adventure.” 5 Stars

Sue Stevens:
“What does it mean to love, to be loyal, to be a true friend, to seek one’s purpose in life? Through a complex but spellbinding plot, Locke explores these truly real and human concepts in the realm of fantasy. So while there is plenty of action and fantastical scenes that unfold almost cinematographically in your mind, there is depth here too.”

Judith Barnes:
“Locke’s writing captivates the reader. The landscape descriptions are vivid, and the action scenes move the story along with clarity. I particularly enjoyed the storyline involving the dragons.” 5 Stars

Natalie Walters:
“… My genre of choice is not fantasy but as of late I’ve found myself drawn into the world created by authors who captivate my imagination like no other. Thomas Locke is one of those authors. I was pulled in by Hyam’s struggle to overcome his new handicap (no spoilers here!) and the challenge to save not only his wife but his home from the threat of potential war. Mr. Locke pours enough detail into Hyam’s companions that they are no mere secondary sidekicks but rather characters who leap from the page begging me to ask, “What’s their story?” Thankfully, Mr. Locke provides.”

You Could Win a Copy of ‘The Pilgrim’

Friday, July 17th, 2015

Are you ready to travel with Empress Helena, mother of the emperor Constantine the Great, on a perilous journey through ancient Judea to Jerusalem?

I hope so, as my new historical novel, The Pilgrim, released today!

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To celebrate, I’ll be giving away copies of the book on my Facebook page during the next few weeks.

Our first giveaway is today. To enter, simply LIKE this picture on my Facebook page @davisbunnauthor.


I’ll announce the winners this evening after 8 p.m. EDT on my Facebook page, so be sure to visit to see if you won.

Get notifications of my future giveaways in your Facebook News Feed

  1. Click here to go to my Facebook author page:
  2. Like the page (if you haven’t already). If you’re already a fan, click the downward-pointing arrow in the “Liked” tab (located in the bottom righthand area of the large cover image).
  3. Check “Get Notifications” and “See First.”

Facebook See First** See First is a new Facebook feature that you can use to see new posts from your favorite pages and friends at the top of your News Feed.

Acts of Faith Series ebooks: Free or Discounted

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

Through May 31, 2015, you can download the ebook version of the three books in the Acts of Faith series for free or at a huge discount.

Janette Oke and I co-authored this historical fiction series that takes place in first century Judea.

The Centurion’s Wife (book 1): FREE!

The Centurion's Wife

When her family’s wealth and power are lost forever, Leah is sent to Pontius Pilate in hopes that he might arrange a strategic marriage. But despite her betrothed’s striking countenance and postion, Leah deems life as a centurioun’s wife a fate worse than death.

Head of the garrison near Galilee, Alban has ambitions that could one day see him at the seat of power-in Rome itself. Eager to prove himself, he takes on the assignment of a lifetime, one that will put his career, his beliefs, and his very life at risk.

But when the death-and missing body-of an obscure rabbi find Leah and Alban searching for the same answers, what they discover changes everything.

The Hidden Flame (book 2): $6.99

The Hidden Flame

In first-century Judea, the followers of the Way have burgeoned into a vibrant, growing community that cannot be ignored.

Jerusalem is in turmoil as itws religious leaders on one side, and their Roman rulers on the other, conspire to stamp out the fledgling Church. And Abigail, who throught she had finally found home and safety, is caught between the opposing forces.

Two suitors desire the lovely Abigail’s hand in marriage. Ezra, a successful Hebrew merchant and widower with important connections among the Sanhedrin, is looking for a mother for his children. The Roman soldier Linux is fascinated by her winsome charm and possibly could offer the sanctuary–maybe even the love–for which she yearns.

But her heart has been captured by neither of these. Will her faith and courage survive a heartbreak beyond comprehension as the followers face a gathering storm of persecution they never could have foreseen? A glimmer of hope beckons Abigail forward…

The Damascus Way (book 3): $6.99

The Damascus Way

One of the Top 10 Inspirational Novels of 2011 —Booklist

Young Julia has everything money can buy—except for acceptance by either Gentiles or Judeans in Tiberias. When she discovers the secret her beloved Greek father has kept all these years, she is devastated. Julia and her Hebrew mother are indeed less than second-class citizens. Her future is dark with clouds of uncertainty.

Jacob, Abigail’s brother, is now a young man attempting to find his own place among the community of believers. Does it mean trading away the exhilaration and adventure of his current profession as a caravan guard?

Hired by Julia’s father to protect a wealthy merchant’s caravans on the secretive “Frankincense Trail,” Jacob also reluctantly takes on the perilous responsibility of passing letters and messages between communities of believers now dispersed across the land. He is alarmed to discover that Julia, hardly more than a girl, is also a courier. Can their initial mistrust be put aside to accomplish their mission?

Enter the ‘Emissary’ Sweepstakes

Saturday, January 10th, 2015

Emissary, the first book in the Legends of the Realm epic fantasy series, released January 6, 2015. This series is published under my pen name, Thomas Locke. (Here’s an explanation of why I’m using a pseudonym).

I invite you to enter my month-long giveaway of limited-edition artwork prizes featuring the Emissary cover art.

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I’ll be giving away multiple prizes each week to U.S. residents who enter the sweepstakes at, or right here on my blog:

You can enter once per email address per day. You get bonus entries when your Facebook and Twitter friends enter, and you get additional bonus entries when you like the Facebook page of one of our partners. It’s all explained on the entry page at

If you don’t use Facebook, you can enter the Sweepstakes by leaving a comment on the Official Rules page. Be sure to include your email address with your comment so I’ll know how to contact you if you win.


Throughout January, I’ll be doing several “Flash” giveaways on the Thomas Locke Facebook page, You could win a copy of Emissary or other fun prizes by liking a photo update during each one-day giveaway.

Be sure to visit Thomas Locke’s Facebook page daily (from 6 a.m.-6 p.m. Pacific Time) during January to see if there’s a Flash giveaway that day.

Video Book Trailer of ‘Emissary’ by Thomas Locke

Monday, December 15th, 2014

In January, I’m entering a new realm with my stories: an epic fantasy series targeted to the mainstream market, written under my pen name, Thomas Locke.

Hot off the press, here’s the video trailer for Emissary, book 1 in the Legends of the Realm series:

News of the Realm blog

If you’d like to learn more about Emissary, subscribe to my new blog at

Reviews of Emissary

Here are links to early reader reviews of Emissary:

The Captive: Free ebook Short

Get a free peek of Emissary; visit and download “The Captive,” a free ebook short, to your digital device.

Introducing the Thomas Locke Brand: Epic Fantasy for Modern Readers

Sunday, 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 and at my new Thomas Locke blog,

Other than this introductory post, I’ll be blogging about entirely different topics at, 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: (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!


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 for handy links your favorite online bookseller.

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.”