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Happy Thanksgiving!

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First off, thank you everyone for your support this past year! It’s been an adventure getting my first book published, and I’m extremely grateful to everyone who helped in anyway–whether by proofreading, spreading the word, or purchasing it yourself. As an author, I’m nothing without my readers. This time of year reminds me to be especially thankful for all of you.

As I’m sure you’ve noticed, I have published fewer short stories recently.  That’s because I’ve turned my attention to a bigger writing project. I’m finishing a novel.

I’ve been working on this novel for several years. I won’t give away details here, but I might slip in some sneak peeks over the coming months. Stay tuned! With any luck, I’ll complete it by this time next year. Call it a pre-New Year’s resolution.

In the mean time, what about the blog?

That depends on you. You’re the reader, after all. What do you want to see most? Writing tips? Flash fiction? Novel sneak peeks? Book/movie reviews/analysis? Let me know, and I’ll try to focus there.

Thanks again! I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season! (And remember, no Christmas music until AFTER you carve the turkey. Or ostrich. Ostriches are tasty, too.)

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Esther Davis writes family-friendly science fiction and fantasy. For more updates, make sure to subscribe above (or below for you mobile users) and follow her on Twitter / Facebook / Instagram if you haven’t already.

You can find more short stories in A Dog, 3 Cats, and a Dragon or offer Esther your support on ko-fi.com. (Hot cocoa all around!)

Thanks for reading!

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Reign of Judges: Title of Liberty

Captain Moroni—“a strong and a mighty man…whose soul did joy in liberty and the freedom of his people.” When enemies from both home and abroad threatened to destroy that freedom, he rallied a war-torn nation to stand fast and defend their homeland. 

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The tale of Captain Moroni (pronounced mo-ro-nigh) comes from The Book of Mormon, a book with 120 million copies worldwide, 5th best-selling book of all time, and the “4th Most Influential Book in America.” And now, Darin Southam—an experienced writer, actor, and director—wants to take it to the big screen.  

Southam’s Reign of Judges: Title of Liberty Kickstarter campaign has already raised over $120,000 for a short concept film. He intends to make Captain Moroni’s story a full-blow war epic. But first, to raise the needed multi-million dollar budget, Southam is funding a short concept film via Kickstarter with a minimum goal of $150,000. If he can raise above the minimum goal, the money will go towards making the concept film just that more epic.  Continue reading

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When “Just Write It” Doesn’t Work

“Just write it,” they said. “It’ll get easier once its on paper,” they said. Fine. You’ll just write it. But their advice isn’t working. Everything you write sounds like junk.

Time to dump your failed manuscript off the nearest bridge.

Or maybe you can hang onto that “failed manuscript” a moment longer, because I have a secret: Everyone’s first draft sounds like junk. Quit thinking that you’re some special failed-case. You can still be a great writer!

Writing is a process. “Just write it” is the first step, not the last. Once you understand the process, you can turn your “failed manuscript” into a story to be proud of.

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It’s Here!

 A Dog, 3 Cats, and a Dragon is now available! Read 20+ science fiction, fantasy, and horror tales in Esther Davis’s new short story collection.

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B-4 Free on Amazon Kindle

Can you believe that in 8 days A Dog, 3 Cats, and a Dragon comes out?! I might be a bit excited. (What? No, that wasn’t me that you saw shooting off fireworks and dancing on the rooftop last night…)

Anyway, as a finally countdown to A Dog, 3 Cats, and a Dragon‘s release date, 1 of the 20 short stories–B-4–is free on Amazon Kindle this week. Make sure to download your own copy and tell your friends.

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B-4 on Amazon Kindle (free July 24th-28th)

Also, make sure to check back in tomorrow for another my July short story. You can subscribe above (below for you mobile users) or follow me on Twitter / Facebook / Instagram.

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Two-Week Countdown

A Dog, 3 Cats, and a Dragon releases in less than 2 weeks! I always hoped to publish a book, but never expected it to happen so soon. Thank you to my readers for all the support! I couldn’t have come this far without you.

In celebration, I’m sharing a sneak-peek at 4 of the 20 short stories in A Dog, 3 Cats, and a Dragon. Make sure to download the two Kindle ebooks while they’re free (“Summoners” this week and “B-4” next week). If you enjoy a story, please share it with a friend and/or leave a review.

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“Summoners” (free on Kindle July 17th-21st)

 

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“B-4” (free on Kindle July 24th-28th)

 

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“Scars” (available on T. Gene Davis’s Speculative Blog)

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Why Writers Should Never Quit: 3 Lessons from Aesop’s Fables

Face it, writing is hard. Some days are frustrating. Others, out right impossible. But those are the days when you need to hit the keyboard (hopefully to type, not smash it to bits) and keep trying anyway because someone out there is waiting for your story.

Every piece you write is like planting a tree. At first your orchard looks like just a few twigs in the ground. But one day, you’ll have a fruit-laden forest.

On those days (or weeks, or months) when writing looks impossible, remember these 3 age-worn Aesop’s Fables to help you keep writing. Continue reading

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Thank you!

Four weeks from now, “A Dog, 3 Cats, and a Dragon” releases. But if your feeling impatient, you can get a sneak peek !  “Summoners”–1 of the 20 short stories–is now on Kindle.

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Read “Summoners” on Amazon Kindle.

I need to send a huge “Thank you!” to you, my readers. “Summoners” is my first eBook, and I couldn’t be more excited. Your support made it possible.

It would mean the world if you could post a review on Summoners. Anything helps. And if you like the story, share it with friends!

Thank you again and have a fantastic week!

Esther Davis writes family friendly science fiction and fantasy. Follow her on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram, or subscribe to this blog. Keep an eye out for A Dog, 3 Cats, and a Dragon, publishing August 1st.

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Summer Reading 2017: Fantasy Edition

Upon realizing that summer was already halfway over (*gasp!*), I decided it was time for a summer reading list. But I didn’t want to waste my time on just any book–I wanted books that were unforgettable.

Thankfully, the internet is full of knowledgeable people. I asked the fantasy-lovers of reddit for their favorite book. They answered with dozens of their favorite stories. Using some of the highlights, I concocted a “Grand Summer 2017 Reading List” …that I’ll hopefully finish before summer 2018. It includes both nostalgic childhood-favorites and beloved tales discovered in more recent years.

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Leaving Out the Parts that People Skip: 3 Ways to Write More Exciting Fiction

Nothing better than a good book. Nothing worse than a boring one.

How do you write those exciting books that readers love? There’s a whole lot more to it than fits in a blog post, but three important tips will help you follow Elmore Leonard’s advise and “leave out the parts that people skip.”

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