Today's the day. My first novel, The Darkwood Mask (TDM), is out in bookstores everywhere (or at least orderable in most places) and it's a pretty freaky (and giddy) feeling. Anyway, here's a few things I wanted to mention here to mark the occasion:
- I am holding a TDM contest. Read about it here. The winner of this contest will get a package of known and unknown goodies as a prize.
- I've curated the Darkwood 'Cast, a podcast hosted by Sidedown. It's 50+ minutes of music that inspired, shares themes with, or otherwise goes well with my book. It's dark and moody stuff, and it even includes a very haunting piece written by my brother specifically inspired by one of my protagonists: Tallis of Rekkenmark. The piece is entitled "Rebel, Patriot, Malefactor (excerpt)" and it's the last track in the mix. Check it out! You can subscribe to Sidedown's Downcast (an assortment of music) or download this particular episode right here. Enjoy!
- DragonReader over at the Worlds of DnD boards has set up TDM threads in the Book Club section for the month of March. If you're going to read TDM, stop in sometime! Just beware of spoilers! (It's a murder mystery, of sorts, after all.) Only open those threads for chapters you've already read.
- You can also download a sample chapter (Chapter 1) here.
Edit: On a sour note, it's just been announced that Gary Gygax, one of the founders of the D&D game, died today. How different would I be, or almost everyone I know, were it not for this man? More than a game, he helped set us off down a path where fantasy was more than just something you could read about in a book. No less influential than J.R.R. Tolkien himself, I'd say. Tolkien showed us an amazing world, and Gygax (along with Dave Arneson) helped us to envision worlds of our own and gave us some rudimentary tools to fashion them with.
Rest in peace, indeed....though most likely he's got a hold of some kick-ass epic dice now! Game on!