The Big Day

Twenty years of tinkering and now the day has finally arrived! The book is released for purchase on Smashwords and at Amazon!  Soon is should be at Barnes&Noble, Apple iBooks, Kobo and other sites.

I like the Smashwords release–it’s the proverbial 15 minutes of fame as the book gets top listing on the site–at least for a minute or two until the next book pushes it down.

 

DF SmashWords release

 

The Smashwords release is cool, but so is the Amazon one as it’s one of my favorite stores.

Amazon Release

I hope that this is the first in a long line of books that people will enjoy reading as much as I enjoy writing!

Book Cover and Map

I’m very excAlmatian Mapited to show off the book cover and map designed by Arthur Numanov.  I wanted someone to turn my chicken-scratch map into something beautiful.  I searched a few different places and decided to post my request to a site that connects people with freelance artists.  Several people applied for the map design.  What drew me to Arthur was a beautiful map he had drawn of the area near where he lives. His map was exactly what I wanted. A few days later, I had an amazing map and was beginning to make a new friend—on the other side of the globe (isn’t the internet amazing!).

 

 Cover by Arthur Numanov

I liked his work on the map so much (and several other drawings in his portfolio), that I asked him to consider doing a book cover.  I sent a huge wish list. He again came through with a fantastic illustration and design.  Artistry and design are a side-job for him as he pursues his life goals.  I wish him the best and hope that we’ll work together again on many other projects.

 

Please note that all the great aspects of the map and book cover are a credit to Arthur’s efforts. Deviations from the descriptions in the book are mine.