New Sequel To Sci-Fi Romance, Syphons is Coming In 2020

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Solstice Bellatrix and her friends are returning in 2020 with a brand new story in the sequel to Syphons (2019).

The story is currently in the Oh-My-God-There’s-So-Much-To-Revise stage and will be released sometime in mid-to-late 2020.

As I get closer to releasing book two, I will be sending updates through my email newsletter, and of course here on my blog, don’t forget to follow!

In the meantime, there’s currently a Giveaway under way. Don’t forget to enter for your chance to win either a Starbucks gift card or your copy of Syphons.

More amazing updates will be shared in the coming weeks. And, I can’t wait to present the cover designs in the future. (Maybe, I’ll turn that into an artist’s contest.)

Oh well, we’ll see.

Thanks for reading!

An Open Letter Of Condolence To Japan & Kyoto Animation <3

Image by Myriam Zilles from Pixabay

As a self-proclaimed Anime Enthusiast and a viewer of the anime K-On, I would be remiss as to not include my condolences in a genuine letter to the Kyoto Animation Studio where young animators between the ages of 20-34 lost their life in a violent arson attack. This letter is my way of sharing my feelings about the event and how important it is to live life creating and to the full! I hope I don’t offend anyone.

Dear Kyoto Animation,

I have no other words to say but I am sorry. I apologize for the lost of 34 brilliant individuals just starting out in their dream careers as animators, writers, and creators.

As a fellow creator, one of the reasons why I wanted to be a writer is to leave something behind for my family in case I lose my own life.

I am sending sincere love and warm hugs to each and every parent and the family member that belonged to those group of young creators.

They are loved.

They are looked up to.

And, they are appreciated for their hard work.

I’m an American and I do not know much about the Japanese culture. And I mean no disrespect if my letter comes off as disingenuous or rude. But, no one deserves to suffer by any means. And, all artists around the world extends extreme love to Japan and Kyoto Animation during this sad event in history.

I hope to see your company and surviving team members grow and thrive considering these sad times.

We Love You Japan & Kyoto Animation!

Kindly,

D. A. Smith Write

An Anime Enthusiast

D. A. Smith Writes Update: Starting A New Job is… Tiresome!

Yep.

I knew this was going to happen.

Last month, I started a new insurance desk job. My last insurance job dumped me two months before I released my first sci-fi novel. The extra time being laid-off gave me opportunities to write more and market. However, after three whole months with no leads on a new desk job (and one insurance agency giving me the runaround for 6 weeks), I had no choice but to drain my savings and funds I put aside for marketing my novel just to cover my rent and to buy medication for my disabled mom. UGH!

But…

I’m thankful my new job pays me way more money, and theoretically the workload should be less than my old job, since it is a smaller insurance agency. But, let me tell you worrying about rent while getting a hang of a new position… S. U. C. K. S!

All I can say is: Thank you God, and I hate Adulting!!

Anyway…

Things are starting to click for me at work. I feel a lot more comfortable with my colleagues, and while it’s not a dream job it’s a practical step that allows me to dream bigger and keep writing again.

So…

Since, I’m not rushing home to face-plant in bed, after a long day behind the dual monitors. I’m using my time away from work to follow-up with blogging, my next novel, and growing my audience.

In the past, I’ve made the goal of posting at least twice a week. And, I hope to make that a reality.

Thank you to all of my followers and readers who checked out my blog and kept my view counts so high while I was MIA. You all are amazing!

Thanks for reading!

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Fun in the Sun With D. A. Smith Writes – Goals Update

Hiya literary fans,

As I write this, I’m sitting at Sunset Park. Sunlight sparkles down on the dancing waves. Boats and wave runners are filling the relative silence with the growl of their motors. The sky is bright, blue, and clear. And, the breeze brushing against my skin is unexpectedly cool, but refreshing for mid-April in Florida.

Image by D. A. Smith

Why exactly am I at the beach?

More like why not?

First, it’s a beautiful day, it’s one of my goals on my writer’s life bucket list.

Sitting at the beach, working on a book, with a fruity drink (okay a lime-flavored ginger ale, but still fruity) has always been a dream of mine. And, with Syphons my debut sci-fi novel out in a few days, I have more goals in store for that novel.

Image by D. A. Smith

Besides the giveaway (if you’d like to get in on it click here), I’ve got fun writing activities lined up for myself these next few months:

First, I plan on attending the Keep St. Pete Lit – SunLit Festival. For almost the entire month of April, there are fun literary happenings going on around town. From author readings to poetry slams, it’s going to be lit (pun-intended).

I entered to win their annual story contest. It’s one of the first writing contest I’ve entered, and though I’m not sure about the competition, I’m just glad to say I participated. After judging takes place and the dust settles, I’ll post my short story here. Hopefully, it wins ;D.

Next, there’s the Florida Antiquarian Book Fair coming up. I’ll be attending that to learn how other authors sell books and also to pick up a few good reads of my own. I haven’t been to a book fair since the Scholastic Ones back in grade school. So, I’m pumped for it!

Also, I’ve been working on a cool new book trailer for Syphons. And, I will be sharing that with you lovely readers soon! I just have to do some final edits.

Finally, I just discovered that one of my local libraries is having a book fair in the middle of summer and all local authors are invited. If I sign up for the book fair, this would be my first opportunity to sell my debut novel to the masses and get personal with a few local authors.

So, that’s my plan after publishing Syphons. I should add as a side note, I have about three regular job interviews lined up, one seems really promising. I hope to find something that allows me to keep up with my literary goals and dreams!

I hope you’re having a fantastic day and soaking in the sun rays whenever you can. If not you can enjoy my pics above.

Thanks for reading!

Don’t forget Syphons A Novel is available for pre-order for the temporary low price of 99-cents. Yes, the entire novel is only 99-cents and it will not stay that way.

Check out the blurb here.

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Hey! It’s Time for An Update & A New Giveaway (Coming Soon)

Where did March go? I can’t believe it’s already April and less than 31 days from the release of my novel, Syphons.

Check out the blurb below:

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Blurb:

CURVY, FIERCE AND A TOTAL RIOT!

SOLSTICE BELLATRIX HAS ALREADY DIED ONCE, AND SHE IS NOT ABOUT TO LET HISTORY REPEAT ITSELF.

WHEN SOLSTICE AWAKENS IN A LUXURIOUS PENTHOUSE, AFTER A NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCE AT THE SKYLINE LOUNGE, SHE MEETS THE HANDSOME OWNER, ALEXANDER “AJ” WARD, HE’S A TELEPATHIC ENTITY WITH MANY SECRETS, AND ONE ABOUT HER FRIEND, CARMEN.

SOLSTICE’S BEST FRIEND IS BEING HELD HOSTAGE BY DANGERS PARASITIC MONSTERS KNOW AS MINDSTALKERS.

THANKFULLY, SOLSTICE HAS AJ AND HIS FRIENDS; A TEAM OF PROFESSIONAL EXTERMINATORS AND FELLOW ENTITIES. TOGETHER THEY WILL TAKE ON A CORRUPT QUEEN AND HER COLONY OF PARASITIC DRONES.

WILL SOLSTICE FIND HER FRIEND IN TIME? OR WILL SHE LOSE EVERYTHING, INCLUDING HER MIND AND THE GUY SHE’S FALLEN FOR?

What do you think?

Right now, I’m happy and equally overwhelmed. I plan to give as many updates on the progress of Syphons as I get closer to Launch Day.

I’m also starting a brand new giveaway!!! (Yay!)

Rules and prizes for this new giveaway will be mentioned in a separate post on April 3rd, 2019.

I’m having a great start to April. How are you doing? What’s going on in your creative journey? I’m looking for new bloggers to follow, please leave me a comment below and I’ll check out your blog!

Thanks for reading!

***Win a $20 Starbucks Gift Card & Get the First Chapter of My New Novel, Syphons

Many will enter. ONLY ONE will win!

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Hiya Literary Fans,

Hope you’re ready for 2019 because I predict tons of adventure, new books, and (if you’re here for free stuff) plenty of goodies!

So…

This Friday, I’m having my first official gift card giveaway (and one of many to come in the near future). Yay!

If you’re anything like AJ Ward, (my main character’s love interest in my new novel, Syphons) you probably love coffee.

Am I right?

As you are aware by the title of this post:

I have a $20 Starbucks Gift Card for ONE winner.

And, I mean ONE very fortunate coffee-loving winner.

Now, you’re probably wondering how to get your syphons…, I mean hands around this little gift card?

Here’s the details you’ve been waiting for:

When you complete both items, that’s it, you’ll get a confirmation email!

See how easy that was?

Now, when will I announce the winner?

On Friday, January 11th 2019.

One RANDOM winner, through a drawing, will be chosen on the date mentioned above. I will announce their names/tags on all my socials and via email, directly.

Many will enter, but only ONE will win.

Now, you’re probably wondering if getting a free chapter of Syphons to (possibly) win a $20 Starbucks Gift Card is worth it.

I think so.

And, even if you don’t win the Gift Card, enjoy the free chapter!

The full-length science-fiction new adult novel will be released Spring 2019.

And, yes, there will be romance, tons of drama, action, aliens, and did I mention coffee?

The Entities and I are rooting for you!!

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Giveaway Starts 1/4/2019.

Check my blog for more details on #Friday Morning!!

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**Exclusive** Get the First Chapter of the New Adult/Sci-Fi Novel — Syphons

Hiya Literary Fans, 

I’ve been working hard on getting my novel ready for distribution by Spring 2019. 

I’m busy and about to get busier!

Here’s what I’ve been up-to so far: 

  • Revising my 100th (at least it feels like 100th) draft for editorial review.
  • Seeking out beta readers and book reviewers, if you’re interested in being either a reader or reviewer just send me an email to dasmith@dasmithwrite.com
  • Getting used to the idea that one day my work in progress is going to be published. 

Now, that you know what’s been going on, here’s what I would like to do for you. 

My new adult/science fiction novel called Syphons will be released next spring. However, I am giving you a chance to read the first chapter, now, when you sign up for my e-newsletter

Still on the fence about getting a copy of the first chapter? Check out the synopsis below: 

Synopsis: Solstice Bellatrix, an ordinary, curvaceous, twenty-something was already killed once.

She’s not cool with almost being killed again. 

A chance encounter at a nightclub with a violent being covered in multiple appendages leads her into the home of a handsome stranger. 

When she awakens, she’s greeted by Alexander “AJ” Ward. Witty, charming, and, dangerous with a set of golden eyes that makes her melt. She fears her past is about to return at full speed with this man in her life.

Alexander Ward sees or rather “tastes” through Solstice’s false sense of humanity, and easily calls her out on it. AJ knows more about the enemy who wants her dead than he admits, but he’s willing to help her, at a cost. 

The attraction between Solstice and AJ is otherworldly and their new bond comes with a special set of super abilities.

Solstice is going to need more than a couple of self-defense classes and a good pair of running shoes to make it through the week. She must trust AJ to help protect her and her friends from a deranged Queen and her hoard of brainless Drones. 

Thankfully, AJ has a team of non-humans, a couple of top secret agents, and of course his own gifts to protect his Entangled One. 

Maybe, Solstice doesn’t have to die again!?

When you sign up for the e-newsletter, you will get a copy of Syphons, A Novel – Chapter 1  and future updates on the progress of my first indie novel, and more!

Don’t forget to share and/or like this blog post. Please support a fellow writer who loves sci-fi and adores reading!

Thanks for reading, (as always)!!

Writers Are You Protecting Yourself From This Scary Trend?


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I checked my email the day after publishing my latest e-book on Amazon and sharing it through Twitter. I see five new messages through my official business email, I assumed they were readers of my blog. 

At first, I yay’d!

Then, upon closer inspection, I noticed phrases like: 

“read your synopsis and… I want to promote your work…”

“hey, I have like 100k followers and your book…”

“looks like you wrote a book and need to get it reviewed…”

So, my heart started to sink and I realized I might be the biggest loser on Earth. Because, I was totally getting spam, and I took it to heart. Talk about a total bummer. 

Apparently, bloggers, influencers, and/or imposters are pretending to be an avid reader of your particular fiction and they want to help you get reviews…, for a cost. 

In my mind, I thought, “hey, it’s a free e-book, what’s the big deal, why not sign up for a copy of my book and call it a day?”

Therefore, I performed an experiment…

I chose one of the email addresses from the list of spammers and plugged it into my MailChimp subscribe form. I sent them a free e-book instead of replying to their message via my business inbox. I’m not a professional hacker or IT wiz. I don’t know how to enter the mainframe. 

Anyway…

The scam-booker took my e-book, and unsubscribed. 

Otayyyyy! Weird. 

That’s like going to a grocery store, running to the counter with the free samples of hot food, gobbling it in front of the store clerk, placing the empty cup back on the counter, and sprinting like heck to make sure they didn’t see you eat a FREE Sample!

Apparently, I’m not the only one who was ‘scammed’ this happens to new indie authors enough times for there to be forums about it, i.e. Goodreads.

Many of the seasoned ones know better than to click these, and usually, your email system can tell you’re just receiving spam. 

Here’s a recap of the warning signs:

  • Random accolades from a total random.
  • They didn’t subscribe to your newsletter/blog but want your e-book (and they won’t take no for an answer).
  • They don’t use the title of your book or tell you what it is about.
  • They may use an autoreply system that tells you to send the book to the inbox (and nobody gets hurt).
  • They may unsubscribe once you subscribe them to your mailing list.
  • Sounds too good to be true like most scams.

Usually, these scam-bookers are looking to do one of 3 things: 

  • Gain followers (without following you back in return).
  • Pirate your free e-book (it’s free, what the heck!).
  • Or they want you to purchase reviews for Amazon, but that doesn’t mean they will be quality or allowed on Amazon. 

What can you do to protect yourself?

  • Realize that no matter how awesome your book is no one is going to promote it for free unless they genuinely love your work, words, or you.
  • Set-up a litmus test, make them send you some info about writers they’ve worked with in the past.
  • Don’t be overly excited when you get fan mail. It might be a fan, but it’s probably just spam.

You’re a writer. Your work matters. Even if a couple of scammers make you feel icky inside. You took the risk to share your work and sometimes snails come out of the grove and starts munching on your lettuce. Just get some salt and keep it moving. 

If you know a writer share this warning with them. I think it’s a helpful blog post that should be shared among the writing community. 

Thanks for reading!

***New Adult/Science-Fiction – Working Title: Syphons****

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Genre: New Adult/Sci-Fi

Release Date: TBD

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Synopsis: Solstice Bellatrix, an ordinary, curvaceous, twenty-something was already killed once.

She’s not cool with almost being killed again. 

A chance encounter at a nightclub with a violent being covered in multiple appendages leads her into the home of a handsome stranger. 

When she awakens, she’s greeted by Alexander “AJ” Ward. Witty, charming, and, dangerous with a set of golden eyes that makes her melt. She fears her past is about to return at full speed with this man in her life.

Alexander Ward sees or rather “tastes” through Solstice’s false sense of humanity, and easily calls her out on it. AJ knows more about the enemy who wants her dead than he admits, but he’s willing to help her, at a cost. 

The attraction between Solstice and AJ is otherworldly and their new bond comes with a special set of super abilities.

Solstice is going to need more than a couple of self-defense classes and a good pair of running shoes to make it through the week. She must trust AJ to help protect her and her friends from a deranged Queen and her hoard of brainless Drones. 

Thankfully, AJ has a team of non-humans, a couple of top secret agents, and of course his own gifts to protect his Entangled One. 

Maybe, Solstice doesn’t have to die again!?

Interested in getting updates on the latest and greatest first full-length novel by D. A. Smith, click here? 

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How Kickboxing Kicked My Work In Progress Into Shape!(***Exciting Update on New Adult/Sci-Fi WIP***)

Read excerpt below!!

Photo by Kayla Harris on Unsplash

Jab.

Cross.

Hit. 

Uppercut.

Repeat!

Matt, my trainer taught a class of 20 of us. He was muscular and filled with high energy. The heat inside of the warehouse style dojo surpassed the heat of a humid Florida summer. We sweat. Punched. And, held our lunches down.

The advanced students pummeled heavy swinging sandbags, while us novices tried to follow our instructor’s lead without missing punches. 

I attended this HIIT cardio class nearly every weekday, with little air flow, for 45 minutes. As I jabbed, crossed, and cut the bag, I thought about what the main characters in my novel was doing.

This isn’t a blog post about crossfit or bootcamp classes. But, it is a mini-intro to my Work In Progress. YAY!

I believe working out helps with creativity. But, I didn’t find out until after a difficult day at the gym, I noticed I wrote better fight scenes.

My characters felt more alive. When someone was body slammed in my first draft, I imagined their muscles being slammed onto hard concrete and then crushed by the weight of their opponent’s bulk.

Thankfully, my kickboxing class wasn’t hand-to-hand combat. But, it was intense. The HIIT not only melted fat, but forced my creative muscles to tone up. 

As I flexed my writing muscles, I stopped trying to be a full-on pantser.

I researched the locations for various scenes.

I studied my character’s choice of enertainment, (anime!).

And, I learned all I could about parasites and their favorite foods (us!).

My motivation for the characters improved. Without a good reason to confront an enemy or commit that crime, the character falls flat or just looks like a maniac. 

So, does kickboxing show up in my latest Work In Progress?

You’ll just have to read the un-edited, raw, excerpt below (more info about new release after excerpt):

*********** Excerpt ********* 

I wondered how much damage this ‘Entity’ did to me. And, what did AJ mean that it attempted to devour me? I wasn’t sure if everything AJ told me was the truth, but I needed to make sure that I didn’t faint during his story either.

I turned on the tap, washing the bluish blood from my hands. I stared up at my reflection and my attacker stared back at me. His head turned in the wrong direction, his tentacles twisted like gnarled roots. I didn’t scream. I dropped everything, bolting out of the bathroom into AJ’s arms. He gripped me as if he knew what I just saw.

“It’s okay.” He said.

My face twisted and I shook. “I-It’s…,”

“He’s not here any longer. You’re safe now.”

Those words sounded so familiar. When I closed my eyes, I could imagine him saying them to me before.

“I know what happened traumatized you. But, you will get through this.”

My eyes shot open and I looked at him, brows furrowed at the center.

“I didn’t say anything,” I said, in a soft whisper.

“You didn’t have to.” He tapped his forehead twice with his index finger. “You shared your thoughts with me.”

I shook the guy off.

“I didn’t…. You’re not making sense.”

“Solstice, I highly doubt this is your first time running into an Entity.”

I bristled.

“I never told you my name.”

“I know.” He said. “You didn’t need to. I learned everything I needed to know about you, by tasting your thoughts.”

Sickness washed over me. I put space between AJ and me. And, as soon as my bottom bumped into the wall, my mild headache transformed into a full-blown migraine. I doubled over, grasping my skull, and I felt AJ’s hand rest on my shoulder. He stood close, and I looked up at him, his eyes flickered with the deep blue flame within them.

“You need to sit down.” He said.

“I’m fine, I used to get migraines all the time in my teens. I just need some aspirin.” And, my own bed.

“I know you want to go home.”

“H-How are you doing this?”

“I tasted your thoughts.”

“I don’t know if I’m following you,” I said.

“Sit here. I’ll grab you a cup of coffee, and we’ll talk more.”

He set a cup of coffee, brewed fresh in front of me. He set up a spread of cubed sugar, both liquid and powdered creamers (both hazelnut flavored) and a couple of spoons. I cradled my mug of black water. I didn’t care for coffee and preferred heavy cream, heavy sugar, and a lot less coffee.

“When I told you I can taste thoughts, I meant it. The best and only way I can describe it is that each thought that enters my mind from an individual has a particular flavor. Thoughts that are wrapped around emotions such as anger, sadness, and the like have flavors that one would imagine such as spicy represents anger, and acidity is bitterness. Then, there are the complex flavors. Ones that are formed due to particular thought patterns…,”

“Hold on. You can read minds?”

“I’m still explaining.” He said while lifting up the liquid creamer and pouring it into my mug. I held my hand over the cup.

“How did you know I wanted creamer?”

He blinked twice, setting it down.

“You don’t like coffee, but you don’t mind having coffee as long as it’s incredibly sweet and creamy.”

“Did you get this from reading my mind?”

He sighed through his teeth.

“I’m not a mind reader. I don’t see the words popping into your head. I don’t see them falling out of your mouth either. That’s not how this works. I was explaining it before you interrupted me.”

“And, I don’t see how you can sense or taste or whatever with my thoughts when that’s not exactly an ability normal human beings have!” I said in a clipped tone.

He tapped his finger once on the table and drew his hand into a clenched fist. I glanced up from his hand into his eyes.

“I know what you’re going to ask.”

My lips clenched.

“Then give me an answer,” I said after a moment.

He closed his eyes and sighed through his nostrils.

“I’m an Entity.”

I stood up from the table.

“You need to sit, the blood loss isn’t helping your migraines and memory.” He instructed.

“I need to go. I-I don’t want to be here anymore. Just tell me where my stuff is and I’ll be out of your hair.”

“I’m not a threat.”

“I don’t know you. This crap about Entities and tasting my thoughts. I just don’t…,” My migraine stirred, and I gripped the table, causing the mug to tremble and the contents to splash out. He grasped my side, and heat washed over me as his fingers touched my hips. Part of me wanted to shove him away, keep him from touching me. Another part of me liked it.

He returned me to my seat.

“Last night, you were attacked by an Entity who attempted to feed on you. His goal to rip your head open, and slurp your brain out with just his syphons. The second he pierced your skull, you attacked him, ripped his syphon out of your head, and you fought ferociously. By the time I reached your side, you managed to snap his neck, severing his spinal cord, and end his vessel’s life.”

“You’re lying.” I cupped my ears, careful not to squeeze the wounded one too tight.

“I wouldn’t have any reason to lie to you. You seemed to be in shock until I touched you, and you were ready to defend yourself to the death. I got the upper hand before you could do more damage to yourself or anyone else. However, something happened during our interaction. I don’t know how it would’ve happened if I didn’t believe you were like… me.”

I let my hands drop, my eyes landed on him, and I frowned. “Like you?”

He nodded and drew his chair closer to me so that we ended up on the same side of the table.

“You’re not human, are you?”

I snorted. “Sure, dude, whatever you say.” I grabbed the spoon and started scooping cubes of sugar into the brackish drink.

“When I put you to sleep. I saw an old memory. The first time you awakened your abilities.”

The spoon clanked in the mug and I stared at my fingers. They trembled.

“I don’t know what happened to you that night. But, you became one of us. And, I believe last night may have triggered your suppressed nature…”

“Shut. Up.” I said. “You just go on and on. Maybe you should practice silence.”

“I struck a nerve.”

“Yeah, my eardrums. Look, AJ. I don’t know you. You don’t know me. I have a life, a home, and people who care about me. I think you need to stop trying to feed me crap I don’t care about. What happened last night, happened. I can’t control it, and…”

He shot a fist towards my throat. I grabbed his wrist and flipped him onto his back.

I stared at my trembling fingers. My nostrils flaring. He laid on the ground, looking up at me, then he pushed to his feet.

“Do you know where you learned that move?”

I shook my head.

He threw another punch square at my head. Had he gone insane? I caught his fist, my wrist trembled, and I thought he was going to shatter my bones.

“A piece of me flowed into you. And vice versa. Last night, we swapped energy. Your memory loss isn’t because of the Entity that attacked you. It’s because I siphoned it out of you. And, you siphoned some of my muscle memory.” He said. “You’re not denying that Entities exist, which means you know something about us.”

“You’re still talking way too much.”

I released him, staring at the palm of my hand. It tingles with pent-up energy.

“Are you going to admit that you know what I’m talking about or continue to play dumb?”

My jaw clenched. I closed my palm into a tight ball…

If you’ve enjoyed my sci-fi work-in-progress excerpt, please let me know in the comments.

More updates will be given in later blog posts.

****If you’d like to find out about the future release date, or gather more info about giveaways and pre-orders of the e-book do the following:****

  • Send me an email to dasmith@dasmithwrite.com.
  • In the subject line write: “I’m ready to be a host!”
  • Don’t be afraid to share this info with your friends, how else will the Colony be able to grow.