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NEW RELEASE! The full INVASION, 10 events of madness! An alien organism has entered our world, bent on destroying everything. Time manipulation, wormholes, and an epidemic like no other. It's a dark, action-packed tale with a plot so deranged and twisted, you'll scream for more. INVASION is a post-apocalyptic, Scifi Horror themed novel based on a highly advanced, alien organism that infects everyone, turning them into soldiers with a darker will. For a detailed product description, click here: INVASION.
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INVASION: A Diabolical Onslaught
INVASION now $3.95 for the Book Tour! Filled with 10 intense, action-packed, events as an alien organism unleashes havoc upon the survivors. No chapters, no wandering narrative, just pure and unbound chaos as an alien organism relentlessly infects all wildlife. Invasion is the first volume in the Darkness & Daemons trilogy, let the INVASION begin.
THE NECRO DEVICE: A Novel
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12/06/2013 Christmas Sales, INVASION
On December FRIDAY the 13th! Invasion will be .99 cents and again on December 23rd. Don't miss out. Experience the first encounter of INVASION this holiday season and prepare for volume II, ONSLAUGHT coming in 2014. The end is near... but it's not what you expected.
9/28/2013 Orangeberry Book Tour
Beginning October 1st, the Invasion Book Tour will begin. The link below shows all the scheduled tour dates and what blogs will be hosting it. This is my first blog tour so let's hope it all works out good and it generates a lot of interest in the series. Invasion: A Diabolical Onslaught is the first volume in the Darkness & Daemons trilogy. Right now I'm focusing the attention to the individual novel and as I get closer to releasing Volume II, Onslaught, I will have the overall trilogy worked on with a new cinematic, artwork, and promotions built around the Darkness & Daemons theme. I'm currently looking for an artist and animator who will be able represent the trilogy through their work and bring the alien element and the survivors to life. Please contact DarkGate if you or somebody you know would be interested. I will post future updates as the tour moves along.
9/17/2013 INVASION ebook Sale
Starting today through Sep 18th, INVASION will be on sale for only .99. Sale price for ebook only and will be available at Amazon, Smashwords and B&N. Great time to pick up the story for less. Next month the Invasion book tour begins and additional sales may run throughout the month, but there are no future plans for .99. Thank you everyone who picked up a copy. Please leave a review and share it with friends. As always, check back regularly for future sale prices and upcoming publications. Starting in October I'll begin announcing the blog tour so stay tuned!
9/08/2013 Let the Promotions Begin
Starting today and over the next month I will be running promotions and author interviews.
The first of these series begins today at Indie Author Network (link below) with an author interview. On the 11th they will post a sample event section of INVASION. The sample chosen was MEET KAWE. Kawe is one of the key characters in the novel, and he almost became the cover of the book. I still might do a special edition series once the trilogy is complete with new covers. On the 12th, The NECRO DEVICE will be FREE on KINDLE for 1 day and on the 16th - 18th I will be running another promotion of which many blogs, including this one, will announce. That's just the first wave, then starting October 1st, I will be conduction a blog tour for 2 weeks. More info on that to come.
8/08/2013 The Power of a Quote
The only freedom you truly have is in your mind, so use it - M.T. Dismuke
I happened to stumble across my quote online while doing some searches. It turns out, it is being used on several websites for inspiration and just famous quotes all around. Let's be frank here, I'm not famous, but my quote is! I'm so flattered that people are using it, and I'm a bit awestruck that people are using it as inspiration. Take a look at these crazy yet cool as hell projects inspired by the quote:
Thanks Kieke M. It's a very inspirational and creative board indeed!
8/06/2013 INVASION's FIRST TO REVIEW AWARD GOES TO.... PINKY!!!
The INVASION novel received its first review from Pinky's Favorite Reads. 4.5 DRAGONFLIES* for a book with ZERO chapters!!! That's pretty good, meaning, it didn't confuse her! Yay! You can read her review here:
I still got a few other blogs doing a book review on it, but I don't expect to see those reviews for another month minimum on one up to six months. Most of them are very backed up so I was very pleased to see that Pinky was able to work it into her busy schedule as fast as she did. Thanks Pinky! Make sure to check out the review at the link above.
7/30/2013 About Darkness & Daemons EVENTS & COLLECTIONS, Read This
The INVASION collections and single events have now been permanently removed from all retailers. To compensate those who 'purchased' (key word) the collection or single events, the INVASION novel was reduced in price so that everyone can save. If you did happen to purchase an event or collection, I thank you, however, there was not many who had. Most of the downloads for the series were received free of charge and that's what I truly wanted to happen. However, they were listed at .99c when not free and some did purchase them, once again, not many, but some did. I went ahead and uploaded the collection 6-10 for those who wanted to just purchase the remainder of the story, but it was confusing new readers by having them listed so i took it back down. IF you purchased 1-5 or 6-10 which I know there is only ONE person who bought both, email me and I'll send you the full Invasion novel, FREE. IF you purchased collection 1-5 but didn't get 6-10, email me and I will get you the Invasion novel, FREE. See how simple that is?:) As for everyone else, nothing in life is free. Okay maybe there is, but my novel isn't one of them.:P
After some further study and research, I think most of my full novels will begin listing at 4.99 and remain that price from now on. I really don't like fluctuating my prices up and down unless I run a promotion. Most of the time my novels will cost their list price which until this point have varied throughout the year. I want to keep with a system that works, and after several days of browsing SP novels and looking over the top 100 lists, I feel my new price point is not only fair but competitive in the current market. I will, however, run promotions throughout the year with discounts, but be warned, I rarely advertise my promotions other than on my website. I will be running one this fall. You can watch for that if you want to save a buck or two. Amazon doesn't allow for free days unless enrolled into the KDP Select program which I'm not a huge fan of, but I have used it a few times. I try not to enroll unless I have a marketing strategy for it. Anyhow, if you have questions feel free to email me at any time. I'll get back to you asap!
7/28/2013 What's in store for Fall
The INVASION launch went smooth. I got a few sales which is more than I had hoped for. Self Published authors usually don't do huge book launches, they don't need to since we don't have the huge overhead and short time frame to make the money back. So a few sales is great! Just waiting on some reviews to start kicking in which will come with time.
New changes happening now. Darkness & Daemons will NO LONGER have individual events. They have all been removed and only Collections are available on Smashwords. I saw this coming months ago, but I wanted to slowly work it in to give the few who had the first collection to have a shot at getting the second collection at a discount. Well, that shot is over, almost. The collections will still be available on Smashwords. They may completely be removed in time, I would count on that. It was a fun and exciting way for me to introduce the novel, but it didn't quite go as planned. I'll stick with publishing full novels from here on out.
So what am I doing now? I will be marketing INVASION and writing CULT OF TATTOO. I hope to have the new novel finished by December, but its hard to say right now since I'm still working on the beginning chapters. It could push through into 2014. ONSLAUGHT most likely will be my next project after that. I want to give the first volume some time to gain traction before spending months writing a novel that will collect dust. I just can't waste that kind of time. I have mouths to feed and bills to pay. I have to approach writing sequels with caution. If Invasion is doing well and moving, then great, no problem. If not, we have a problem.
I'll keep posting updates, and in a few short weeks, I'll be posting more details on CULT OF TATTOO so watch for them.
7/19/2013 INVASION - A DIABOLICAL ONSLAUGHT
The INVASION starts, NOW! The full INVASION volume released in ebook and soon in paperback. The MOST INTENSE alien invasion novel you'll ever read. It all begins TODAY! It was a long road getting this novel out, but combined with a ton of patience, help, and will power, I was finally able to push through to the end. Thank you for everyone who downloaded samples, read some or all of the story and to those who provided feedback. Every bit helped! What you can expect in this novel is unique story telling features, tons of plot twists, an original alien invasion concept, robust and strong character development to include a very diverse group of survivors, and most of all, back to back action filled with intense, heart-pounding moments. It's like riding a rocket train, not that anyone has ever ridden one, but you can only imagine!
The novel will be available on Amazon - kindle, B&N - nook, Smashwords, and many other booksellers such as Apple, Diesel, and Sony. Probably more, but I can't keep track of them all.
Check out the final cover art and read more about the novel here: INVASION
7/11/2013 Darkness & Deamons: INVASION
That's right folks, I said it, INVASION. The entire novel coming soon!!! Event 9 already complete. Event 10 will be out next week, and with 10 out, that means, the entire INVASION volume will be available!!!. To insure a great launch, we've revised and edited the entire series from Event 1 all the way through 10, so if you already have Events downloaded, be sure to update them. The final tweaks and tunes are currently happening, and sometime late next week or the begging of the following week, you guessed it, the INVASION will take place. THE most INTENSE novel you will read this year, period! Don't miss out.
6/27/2013 The Currents are teeming with excitement
Darkness & Daemon: Currents, the 9th installment in the Invasion volume is just about done. Expect this breathtaking event to be out by July 12th. That means you have less than two weeks before the climaxing ending of the Invasion volume will be available for all to read. Garmin's true story will be revealed. The fate of Troy will be known, and the final confrontation at the dam between all parties will come to an explosive conclusion. If that's not exciting enough, Charlene will enter the story for the first time. All this and more in the coming event, Currents.
If that's not exciting enough, there is still one more event left, DENIZEN! How could there be more you ask? What is left to tell? Well, these answers and more will all be known in the coming weeks. The countdown has already begun, so don't miss out and be the first to read the full story in this intense, non-stop action thriller! ARE YOU READY?
6/24/2013 Beware of the Currents
Darkness & Daemons, Currents is set for release in a couple of weeks so watch for updates soon to come! Disturbance was just released on Smashwords and the countdown till Invasion is only weeks away. I'm excited because this story has lingered on for over a year, and it's almost finished. I realized after publishing this novel that single events are tough, especially on a unknown, unpromoted series. It really takes a lot of encouragement to push through each event knowing that not many will be reading it until the final volume is released. For onslaught, I plan on tackling it a lot different on my end, but not much will change for the reader other than each event will come out MUCH MUCH faster. Every couple of weeks actually:P I may stick with the singles on Smashwords as it is now, but I may change that. I do like the singles because it allows me to list them FREE randomly to allow people to collect them over time w/o costing them any money. Some would say why not just do the entire volume in which case, why not publish anything until ALL 30 Darkness & Daemons events are done... OUCH. That be a few years. It be like stating why didn't they publish all 3 hunger games at once... The series is too big so it has to be broken up over time, but assured, each volume has its own story which also ties into a much larger story that will obviously come to a head in Anomaly.
Anyhow, it is almost done and now I have to get back to finishing Currents.
6/15/2013 Count Down to Disturbance!
Darkness & Daemons, Disturbance is almost complete. Watch for it soon on Smashwords. All individual events will no longer be available on Amazon or B&E or anywhere else for that matter, so if you can't wait for the full Invasion release this summer, you can pick up the individual events as they come out over the next month.
Disturbance is the first event which begins unraveling the Shadow Pines plot that is so bizarre, one could hardly put their finger on it. It wraps up the story between Kawe and Professor Hunt and begins a new. Bruce and Rick also work together for the first time with tension growing as the Darkness grows out of control, forcing everyone within Shadow Pines to the dam for the final confrontation between the survivors and the deadly force as it works to penetrate the shield in event 9, Currents. A new meet survivor is introduced, and a new Flashback story is told, Kawe and Professor Hunt's confrontation at the river.
ARE U READY? Because once event 9 is released, that means only one more event is left, DENIZEN. The final event in the Invasion series WILL BLOW YOU AWAY. I can't tell you whats in it, but I will say this, it will answer many questions lurking in the back of your mind and then just like that, EVERYTHING will begin to make sense. Have you figured it out? If not you have 2 more events till Denizen! If that isn't enough action for you, guess what, It's not over! The series will continue in 2014 with an new plot, more action, and will take the team across several states. Darkness & Daemons, Onslaught! It only gets bigger.
6/10/2013 Invasion hits this Summer!
Once again I took more time off, not that I want to drag out Invasion but rather thinking what I want to do with the series and letting some problems settle down so that my new novel won't be the target of a few groups on goodreads. Though I doubt it will go under the radar. To be honest, back in October when this group on goodreads began trashing my work, I sort of lost the erge to continue writing knowing that a group of people will 1* everything I release, which I might add they have done since then. Anyhow, moving forward. I will continue writing and Darkness will be released soon. There has been a few changes though, the individual events haven't done as well as planned, so I will ONLY be releasing them on Smashwords from here on out. The full novels will be released on every platform. For those who have purchased the events thus far, I THANK YOU so much! Those events will still be available to you on Smashwords because I'd hate to think you would have to pay for the full novel after paying for individual events. I wouldn't do that. I just hope you see this post and know where to go and get them.
Event 8 is almost complete and has been for a while. I will be finishing and polishing it up this week for release. Event 9 is in work and I plan to have the full Invasion out within a month. Cult of Tattoo is really consuming my dreams and life, I must begin work on it. I hope to have that out this year as well and then begin working on Onslaught. Please contact me if you have any questions.
3/5/2013 Darkness & Daemons, Invasion Cover
I've uploaded the first beta cover for Invasion. The Invasion volume is the complete collection of all 10 events and will be available in paperback and ebook once the 10th Event is released. I've already begun removing the individual events 1-5 from amazon, and lowered the Collection 1-5 to .99 cents till 3/10/2012 to help readers catch up on the series. Events 6-10 will remain .99 cents each. Once the collection 6-10 is out, the individual events will be removed shortly after. Invasion will be released in the coming weeks. Take a look and let me know what you think about the Beta cover... It's work in progress... so be kind! :)
3/3/2013 Darkness & Daemons, Volumes going forward
Beholder will be released sometime this week. It's in the final stages of editing. Once complete, it will be available for ebook download on various websites. Sorry about the delay, the stories are very time consuming and require a ton of thought on my part to insure the story is told the way it should be. Event 8, Disturbance should be out within a couple of weeks. Expect it soon. Likewise for 9 and 10 and the full Invasion volume.
Going forward. I'm on the fence as to whether or not to publish future Darkness & Daemons stories in individual events. I may remove all the singles and collections and just do the full volume going forward. The singles generated some interest, I'm sure, but the level of interest in the series has been very low to say the least so the original concept of it 'having readers following along with the story' never gained any real traction. For those who did follow along with each event, I thank you tremendously.
The original concept of single events was to have people follow along, comment, and perhaps change the fate and story, but none of that took place. With that said, I don't see the value in singles atm for the series going forward. In addition, it really slowed me down by doing it that way because so much extra work went into each event to insure the future events would come out as planned. It required a ton of forethought and predictive story telling and a ton of 'fact checking' to insure the story went as planned.
With that said, Onslaught most likely will be released in a single volume. If you'd like to weigh in, please leave a comment on the Darkness & Daemons book page. I'm very excited that the first volume is almost complete, and I hope it does well once out. My gut feeling tells me that once the volume is out, it will get a lot more attention. I felt readers would love reading along with short events as they came out, perhaps they do, perhaps it's just that I'm not very well known to really gain that kind of readership. Future stories, most likely, will be fully completed work.
If I do go with the full novel releases, the single events will 'magically disappear' over time.
2/18/2013 Darkness & Daemons, Event 7: Beholder
Beholder is just about ready to be released. I had hoped to have them all out faster, but they are very time consuming and moving slow. I wish I could devote 100% of my time to writing, but currently I can't. I do plan on having all 10 events out around April. It may push out a bit longer, but either way, the entire Invasion volume will be released within a few months at which point I will offer the full volume in ebook and paperback. I hope the sales increase at that point. It's hard to write every night without the 'money' motivator to help push me along. Honestly, I can't wait to finish this series and move on to other projects. It's been a very exciting writing experience, but without good sales it makes it tough to continue writing it. I really look forward to setting it aside for a while to build a reader base while I work on Cult of Tattoo the remainder of the year.
1/20/2013 DarkGate in 2013
It's been a while since my last post, but now that 2013 is here, it's time to get back to work! Since my last post, Beasts has been published and Beholder is next! Watch for it soon. As for the lengthy break, I took some time off, as usual, to break away from the ups and downs of the publishing world to enjoy the holiday season with family and to take some personal time to myself. Christmas was fun and spent with my grown children. New years was spent with my gf and family, and I spent a lot of time with friends.
Now for the 2013 lineup. This year DarkGate plans to take on a few new authors. We're looking for a handful of talented authors so that each author can be focused and cross-promoted. We don't want a ton of authors and become a book factory. We want just a few of the best to help promote, edit, format, and beta one another so that each has that extra edge on becoming successful. If interested, contact DarkGate through the sidebar links.
My personal goals set for this year is to finish up Darkness & Daemons within a couple of months. That means the remaining 4 Invasion stories will be coming out relatively quick compared to last years. After that is out, the rest of the year will be spent finishing Cult of Tattoo which hopefully will be published this year. Anyhow, that's the writing lineup. As for Darkness & Daemons, Onslaught will begin sometime this year. Exact dates are not certain at this moment due to the fact Cult of Tattoo is the priority. A lot depends on how well Invasion does this summer. That in itself will determine how fast Onslaught comes out. Slow or no sales obviously will not put a huge priority on it. Likewise, lots of sales with some great feedback and reviews will surely put a rush on it.
Now that I've stated the 2013 lineup, here are some exact dates I'd like to have them out by. If all goes as planned, Invasion should be complete by April 1st. Cult of Tattoo by November 1st. Onslaught begins in October, but this time around, I plan on releasing 1 per month rather than 1 per 2 month as was Invasion. Once again, that all depends on sales. I also have another story I'd like to finish, Fist Full of Chevy. I attempted to write it this past November, but my mind wasn't there with all the outside noise I was receiving. This year, I hope to finish it and have it released, but no dates are set for this nor do I have it in my lineup. That story is as time permits.
As for Burr Dismuke, she plans on writing more non-fiction. It's not DarkGate themed literature, but she's my mother so I'll let her slide. She's very talented and loves to paint, craft, and work with children. I suspect future work from her will deal with similar themes. As for now, she plans on reworking her current story.
11/25/2012 Countdown to Darkness & Daemons, BEASTS Starts NOW!
I've teased about it long enough, and for those who are looking forward to reading it, I actual have a pretty solid release date on it. It was a long, long story, and like other Events, I always predict they'll be easy, and they never are. There was a ton of stuff that needed to be tied into the story thus making it the biggest event released to date! You heard me, it's even longer than event 4. In addition, FLASHBACK stories are in it. You'll get a much better idea of what they are after you read the first one, but the name says it all, Flashback. Anyhow, I've revised and edited the story many times now, and now its off for editing. When I get it back, I make the changes and do final edits. After that, I typically send it out for test reads and that's it! It'll be published. I should have it up by next weekend. I've had one occasion where editing took a month, but I don't think that will happen, not this time around. So stay tuned.
11/10/2012 Super Sweet November Treats. Community Gateway!
NEW: Community Gateway left sidebar. First entry, Goldminers Nuts & Candy. The owners of this candy store have been long time friends of mine. They run a candy store in Manitou Springs and specialize in fudge and cinnamon roasted almonds. Yum! Check out their website and place an order. I have a few more websites that will be listed under the Community Gateway in the future to include a very talented Artist friend of mine. Check back regularly and help support small and local business by clicking the Community links. Share on facebook and twitter and with friends and family. Thanks.
11/03/2012 Caught In A Writing Cyclone
Currently I am working on (4) novels. Yes you heard that right.
Number 1. Darkness & Daemons Event #6. It's almost finished. Though, I would not expect to see it published for up to 2 more weeks. It still needs revisions and edits. One week min would be the soonest provided the edits go fast, but I wouldn't count on that.
Number 2. Fist Full Of Chevy. This is my NaNoWriMo novel. I will, by all means necessary, finish this novel before December 1st. That means I will be spending a TON of time on it once Darkness is finished up. Right now I'm switching between the two depending on which I'm in the mood to write. I'm already in the 3rd chapter of the story, and it's going pretty smooth due-to a ton of notes and a good outline.
Number 3. The Necro Device will be coming back to me with all the final edits which I will promptly update as soon as I get it. This will slow both the previous two novels down if I get it back soon. Luckily, this will be the LAST time I ever go back to that novel other than minor typo's if any are spotted. This will remove a lot of stress. I can't wait to finish this one up.
Number 4. Cult Of Tattoo. Yes, i'm working on it, but the time invested into it atm is very minimal. I only write more for this when I'm overly excited about it and have to get words onto paper before I forget them. Mainly, I'm still focusing on just updating the outline for it. Beginning chapters have been written, and it looks really, really good. I can't wait to come back to it, but this is on the back burner probably till sometime after 2013. My main focus is to get the previous 3 done so I can give this all the attention it deserves. I also would like to complete the full Invasion volume of Darkness & Daemons before I work on this as well. This novel was going to be written this year, but too much was happening in my life for me to give it the attention it required. In 2013, I plan on this title to be my big release sometime by the end of the summer or November, right when Darkness & Daemons Onslaught will start coming out.
Basically, there's a lot of fun, great reads coming your way. Keep an eye out for new releases by M.T. Dismuke and DarkGate over the next few months.