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Another Review! Yay, Me!

Posted: June 19, 2015 in Uncategorized

I received another reader review today, and yes, I have to share it here. This one comes from Mikle Stanley, and it’s great!

“79 A.D. By David McAfee

Allow me to start this review with a disclaimer. I did receive and early copy from the author in agreement to write an honest review, and as such here goes.

I have read pretty much everything Mr. McAfee has written thus far. Some of his books are more enjoyable than others but that is how it goes with any artist in any medium. This book is a continuation of the Bachiyr series that was started with 33 A.D. If you are not familiar with what a Bachiyr is or 33 A.D. I would suggest you stop reading this review now and go buy that! 79 A.D. Is actually the 4th installment in the series and it keeps things moving along nicely! All the favorites are back from Theron and Taras to Ramah and Herris…errrr I meant Headcouncil Herris, along with some new interesting characters and some that you just wish would shut up and DIE already. I won’t tell you which is which because that takes the fun out of it.

As far as a new entry in the series, this book sets up some amazingly interesting new story lines that I can’t wait to explore. I honestly was surprised several times during this book (sadly this doesn’t happen enough when you read as much as I do) and have no clue where Mr. McAfee is going to take us next. The only thing I can say to it is I can’t wait to go. Over all I would give this book, on a scale of 1-5 a very, very solid 4.25. The biggest thing holding it back was it took a while to get this book, lol which shows the Mr. McAfee has a life but it is also a little short of a read for my taste. Normally I would accuse an Author of trying to milk the readers for more money but that is just not the case as he vastly under charges for his work. Anyway just when you are getting into it, bam it feels like it’s over. Perhaps this is just my experience as I could read about the adventures of the Bachiyr for days and days and days. In fact that is exactly what I did bc it took me about 2 weeks to read but I would just savor a few chapters each night before bed and sleep on it.

So What it boils down to is this, if you like interesting Vampire novels (not sparkling) and intriguing characters BUY THIS BOOK. Bachiyr are an exciting take and the way he mixes history/religion in with the series keeps it fresh. Hopefully you have already read the other books in the series and understand what I am talking about but if not do so as I do feel they are must read material to properly enjoy such a fine piece of work.”

As I told Mikle in my reply, I’ll take a 4.25 out of 5 all day long, every day! Make no mistake, I enjoy getting glowing reviews that tell me how much a reader loved my book, but I also enjoy getting reviews with a critical element. I feel that knowing what works or what doesn’t work helps me to become a better writer, and the only way I know these things is if readers tell me. Now, most of the review is filled with glowing praise for the book, and that, too, makes me smile. Big time.

So thank you for the fantastic and honest review, Mikle! It made my day. :)

On another note, I have just uploaded the Bachiyr Omnibus to Smashwords, so it will soon find its way into all the other non-Kindle outlets. This way, those of you who read on Nooks or iPads won’t be left out. Cool, huh? See, I got your back, e-readers of the world!

Lastly, the print cover had some issues. I (hopefully) fixed them, and should have the opportunity to load 79 A.D. up as a print book tomorrow. I hope. So print readers, I got your backs, too. ;)

Okay, I need to get back to work. All this formatting and uploading has taken a lot of time away from BAIT, and I really, really want to get that out to you folks ASAP.

–David

Ooooh, Shiny!

Posted: June 19, 2015 in Uncategorized

OmnibusFinalCover

I just uploaded this to Kindle. :) It will be available for pre-order soon. The release will be 7/6/2015. One week after 79 A.D.

David is happy. And sleepy.

In addition, I uploaded the digital file for 79 A.D. to Smashwords, who distributes my books to other outlets like Barnes and Noble, Apple, Kobo, etc. That pre-order should be live in a day or so. I also uploaded all the print files for 79 A.D., so I should have some print copies to give away soon.

And I will be having a giveaway. It’s long past time I did one. To prepare for it, I ordered several print copies of all my books (all the books that are available in print format, that is.) So make sure you check back here on Monday, when I announce my next contest. Who doesn’t love free books, right?

–David

Okay…now it’s done.

Posted: June 17, 2015 in Uncategorized

Here is the final version of the Onmibus cover:

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The Kindle version of the Bachiyr Omnibus will go up around the same time as 79 A.D. and will be listed for $6.99. It will include 33 A.D., AFTER, 61 A.D., and 79 A.D. I also plan to release a print version, but I have no idea when it will be ready or how much it will cost. I’m very, very picky when it comes to my print files because I want them to look as good or better than anything you could find in your local B&N. As such, there will be some serious work put into the Bachiyr Omnibus, and I think the people who buy it will be very pleased with it.

On another note, I just received the first bit of reader feedback for my short story, Satisfaction, which can be found in the dark fiction anthology, Lyrical Darkness. Short but sweet: “Excellent story David. The ending blew me away!”
:)
That made my day. I believe I’ve mentioned a time or two how pleased I am with how that story came out, right? Easily one of my favorite short stories to come from my questionable mind. The rest of the stories in the collection are also excellent.

Okay, I gotta get going…

Oh, one last thing. I was asked on Twitter today (Yes, I’ve started Tweeting again, too) if signed copies of 79 A.D. would be available. The answer is yes. I have to work out the logistics of making that happen, but yes. I plan to start offering signed copies of all my print books sometime this year. But prior to getting any of that set up, anyone who wants a hard copy can just email me at my Yahoo address (it’s listed in the books…I don’t want to post it here right now) and we can work out the details.

Okay, now I really do have to go. Talk to you guys later!

–David

Omnibus Cover

Posted: June 17, 2015 in Uncategorized

Not quiiiiite done yet. Still needs a little tweaking. But you get the general idea.
OmniCover-1 copy
The digital file is ready to upload. The Kindle version, anyway. Not the Smashwords version. That’s something I’ll tackle tomorrow.

I think so. This is what I’ve come up with for the print cover. What do you guys think? Like it? Love it? hate it? Want extra copies because your birds poop a lot?

Print Cover

I think it’s done. Yep. Gonna run with this for the print version. The print file is done, too. Yay. Now it’s just a matter of uploading everything. Soon, folks. Very soon, you will be able to order this book and sneeze on the pages.

On another note, guess what went live today? Yep. Lyrical Darkness! Woohoo! Have you grabbed your copy yet? If not, you really, really should! Did I mention that I have a story in there? I’m pretty sure I did. Did I also mention that it’s excellent? I think I did that, too. And by “it” I mean the whole shebang, not just my story. (Although, my story is pretty darn cool, just sayin’)

So I’ve almost got everything I need to get done with 79 A.D., and soon I can get back to work on BAIT. But before I do that, I’ve decided to make an omnibus edition of the Bachiyr books. I will probably start on the digital file tonight. Basically, I’ll be combining 33 A.D., 61 A.D., and 79 A.D. into one big book. Kindle readers can then buy the first three books for $5.99. A deal, right? Heck, yes!

At first, I toyed with the idea of including some exclusive content. Perhaps a short story about Ramah or one of the Councilors, but then I realized that wouldn’t be fair to the folks who have already bought all 3 books. So the Omnibus will just be those novels. I will probably include AFTER because it bridges a gap between 33 A.D. and 61 A.D. But since that’s already for sale I don’t feel bad about that one. :)

All right, that’s about it for now. I hope you guys like the cover. And go grab a copy of Lyrical Darkness. Seriously. You’ll be glad you did!

–David

I received another advance reader review this morning from Phil Lindsey. I just had to share it with you guys. Here it is, reprinted with Phil’s permission:

“David McAfee. Some of you may know the name and most of you may not. You should. Mr. McAfee is an independent author that I managed to stumble upon whilst browsing the horror section on Amazon’s kindle store. I came across the book titled 33 A.D. and I was immediately intrigued.
Set in Jerusalem during the time of Christ, David gives us our first glimpse of the Bachiyr. An ancient and secretive order of vampires that have existed alongside the human race for thousands of years. Choosing this setting was a risk in itself. An area in time that nearly everyone in the world is familiar with, how could a book based on supernatural beings brazenly exist in an era where Jesus Christ walked? It did, and it was brilliant. David has a way of setting the background of his books in familiar historical settings, and it works. One of the things I enjoyed most about this first in the Bachiyr series, is that I don’t recall David using the term vampire very often. His story revolves around the Bachiyr, which for all intents and purposes are indeed vampires, and by using the term he manages to distance himself from a term that Hollywood has managed to glamorize. The lore of the vampire has lost it’s way. We now have vampires that sparkle and a ton of Hollywood movies that have done anything but make the monster scary. If left up to David we may soon have our redemption.
If you haven’t read 33 A.D., by all means, do yourself a favor and start here. If you have, and have also followed with 61 A.D., then prepare yourself, for I was granted the opportunity to preview the next installment in the bachiyr series, and let me tell you it was so worth the wait.

79 A.D.

Set during the impending doom of Pompeii, Mr. McAfee picks right up with our familiar friends we’ve come to know so well… or so we thought. He manages to grasp your attention with the first page and then force feeds you a tour de force that’s guaranteed to leave you begging for seconds… and thirds. We get to see a little deeper into the souls of his characters as he fleshes out their adventure with deeper intent, but it doesn’t stop there. As we near the peril that Mt. Vesuvius is about to rain down on Pompeii, David gives us a story that keeps the oncoming cataclysm in the background and focuses on the events within the realm of the Bachiyr and with each page the pressure intensifies. We have Theron, practicing his new found powers on an unlikely subject,making strides in such a manner that he has aroused the interest of Baella the ancient renegade vampire. Baella, wanting nothing more than the destruction of the council, enlists the help of Theron’s progeny Taras and sets things in motion that lead them to a crossroads that no one will suspect… oh and into the path of Ramah, the blood letter. He doesn’t just give us a book about the Bachiyr that we love, but he also introduces some characters from the realm of mortals that actually stand on their own even when inhabiting the same pages of his more pronounced Bachiyr. To say that I enjoyed 79 A.D. immensely is an understatement, I would go as far as to say that 79 A.D. is fuel for a fire destined to become a raging inferno.

79 A.D. does for the Bachiyr series exactly what it should. Instead of fizzling into the ashes of terrible sequels it rises like a kick ass phoenix and singes your eyebrows in the process.”

How’s that? Cool, yes? David likes. Thanks a million, Phil!

I also got a blurb from none other than international bestselling author Jeremy Robinson, who also writes under the names Jeremey Bishop and Jeremiah Knight. Check it out:

“David McAfee combines historical fiction with vampires like no one else, boldly merging frightening lore with real events to create stories that are impossible to put down.” — Jeremy Robinson, international bestselling author of Project Nemesis and Island 731

That’s gonna look great on the cover, isn’t it?

Speaking of the cover, I should get back to it. I have a deadline, after all… ;)

–David

Working On The Print Cover

Posted: June 12, 2015 in Uncategorized

This is NOT done, and the resolution of this is only so-so (It’s just a screen grab from PhotoShop), but I figured I’d share it anyway to give you an idea of how this is going to look when it’s done. What do you think?

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