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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 http://tlocke.com/blog/.

Reviews of Emissary

Here are links to early reader reviews of Emissary:

The Captive: Free ebook Short

Get a free peek of Emissary; visit http://tlocke.com/ 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 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’

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 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

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: laura@bloggingbistro.com.

Good luck!

Warmly,
Davis Bunn

You Could Win an iPad Air or Prize Package from Moody Publishers

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

To celebrate today’s release of The Turning, I’ve teamed up with my publisher, River North Fiction, to offer some great prizes.

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Grand Prize:

Apple iPad Air

First Prize:

Ryrie Study Bible, Moody Bible Commentary, and $100 Gift Card for ShopMoodyPublishers.com

Enter Daily

Entering is easy, and you can enter on my Facebook page once per email address per day through April 15! You can also get bonus entries by sharing the contest with your Facebook friends and Twitter followers (follow the prompts on your screen after entering).

Enter Now!

Click this link http://woobox.com/m7ur8y to go directly to the app. Like my Facebook page (if you haven’t already) and input your name and email address.

Or go to my Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/davisbunnauthor and you’ll see signs and arrows that point to the app.

If you aren’t a Facebook user, go to the Official Rules and fill out the entry form that’s about halfway down the page. You’ll immediately receive an email asking you to confirm your entry. Click the link in that email and you’re all set.

Preview The Turning

While you’re at my Facebook page, read the first three chapters of The Turning instantly (‘like’ the page to open the chapters).

Free 40-Day Devotionals for The Turning

To prepare you to listen to God’s voice, I’ve put together a series of print, email, and audio devotions. Visit this blog post to get the links.

Three-Day Giveaway of ‘The Turning’ Starts Today

Monday, March 31st, 2014

My contemporary novel, The Turning, releases April 1, 2014. But the party starts today!

For the next three days, I’ll be giving away a copy of The Turning on my Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/davisbunnauthor.

Visit my page anytime between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time each day (March 31, April 1 and April 2) and leave a comment on that day’s contest post for your chance to win. How easy is that?

Click the image below to zip straight to today’s post on Facebook and enter right now.

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Sweepstakes Starts Tomorrow

Be sure to stop by my Facebook page tomorrow, April 1, when I kick off the sweepstakes for The Turning. The wonderful folks at Moody Publishers are giving away some amazing prizes, which I’ll reveal in tomorrow’s blog post.  You can enter daily from April 1-15.

Free 40-Day Devotionals for The Turning

To prepare you to listen to God’s voice, I’ve put together a series of print, email, and audio devotions. Visit this blog post to get the links.

Take ‘The Turning': Get a Free 40-Day Devotional

Friday, March 28th, 2014

The Turning 300My novel, The Turning, releases Tuesday, April 1, 2014.

To enhance your experience of The Turning and to help you prepare to hear from God, my publisher and I have created a series of devotionals for you to download.

You can receive a daily devotional thought in your email inbox, download the complete 40-day devotional, or download 40 audio devotions. Try one or get them all; they’re free.

Sign up to receive 40 daily devotional thoughts via email: http://theturningbook.com/index.php/devotional/

Download a PDF of the complete 40-day devotional: http://theturningbook.com/index.php/download_file/view/90/194/

Download 40 audio devotions (MP3 files) http://theturningbook.com/files/TheTurning-Devotional_Audio_files.zip

Listen to the audio devotions individually: http://theturningbook.com/index.php/devotional/

I’d love to hear what you think of these devotionals.

Announcing the Winners of the Strait of Hormuz Sweepstakes

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

Congratulations to the winners of my Strait of Hormuz sweepstakes!

Grand Prize (wins His & Hers Luxury Watches):

Shakeena Bradley from Brewton, Alabama

When Shakeena found out she won, she responded, “This is one of the best Christmas gifts I have ever received. I am such a huge fan of your work, you have inspired me to become a writer. I also love that the Holy Spirit features very prominently in your work.”

First Prize (wins $150 Amazon Gift Card):

Candace Martineau from Boise, Idaho

Prize Package (wins all three books in the Marc Royce Adventure series):

Connie F. from Burien, Washington

What a fun time we’ve had this last month, friends. I’m so grateful to the many, many people who entered the sweepstakes — the contest received well over 100,000 entries! Be sure to subscribe to my blog so you’ll be notified about contests for my upcoming books. Click here to subscribe via your feed reader or by email.

Free ebook: ‘The Meeting Place’

Thursday, November 7th, 2013

The Meeting Place by Janette Oke and Davis BunnThe ebook version of The Meeting Place, which I co-wrote with Janette Oke, is free through December 31, 2013.

Here are the links so you can download it:

If you’re interested in reading the entire Song of Acadia series, here are the links to the Kindle Edition:

Book 1: The Meeting Place

Book 2: The Sacred Shore

Book 3: The Birthright

Book 4: The Distant Beacon

Book 5: The Beloved Land

There’s a related series called Heirs of Acadia. Here are links to all the books in that series:

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

‘Strait of Hormuz’ Sweepstakes Starts Today. Great Prizes!

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

Strait of Hormuz SweepstakesStrait of Hormuz, the series finale in my Marc Royce Adventures, released TODAY!

Sweepstakes!

To celebrate the launch, I’m hosting a big giveaway contest on my Facebook page.

  • Grand Prize is his and hers luxury watches ($845 MSRP)
  • First Prize is a $150 Amazon gift card (just in time for your holiday shopping).

Entering is easy. Either click this link http://woobox.com/ipi8wk to go directly to the app and input your name and email address. Or go to my Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/davisbunnauthor and you’ll see signs and arrows that point to the app.

Increase your chances of winning by entering once per e-mail address per day through November 29 at 6 p.m. Pacific Time. Get bonus entries by sharing the contest with your Facebook friends and Twitter followers (just follow the prompts on your screen after entering).

Preview Strait of Hormuz

While you’re at my Facebook page, read the first three chapters of Strait of Hormuz instantly (‘like’ the page to open the chapters): http://statictab.com/j4s7yd8

If you want to get caught up by reading the first two books in the series, my publisher is offering special deals on ebooks.

Free Download

Lion of Babylon, book 1, is free through the end of November. (Lion of Babylon was named a “Best Book of 2011″ by Library Journal)

Rare Earth, book 2, is on sale for $6.99 during November.  (Rare Earth won the 2013 Christy Award for Best Suspense Fiction)