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Hostiles – Galactic Mage Book 3 Audiobook Exclusive Sample

Hostiles - audio cvr 1 - webWell, David Bodtcher has done it again! Another incredible performance awaits audio book lovers as Hostiles is just about to hit the shelves. Bodtcher’s range of voices in this one is mind blowing. The story required vocalizations not only of humans and living Hostile planets, but orc shamans and even a demon God. Man, Bodtcher just nailed it all.

This audio sample  is an exclusive for readers on my website (and my Galactic Mage Facebook page), because it’s a little too sexually suggestive for a free sample on a public site like Audible. Continue reading

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Ilbei Spadebreaker and the Harpy’s Wild Now on Sale

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I am happy to announce that the Ilbei Spadebreaker and the Harpy’s Wild is out. It’s currently available on Amazon for Kindle and in paperback, and it’s up at Barnes and Noble for the Nook. I will have versions available for Kobo and Google Books and possibly iTunes in the near future, but for now, that’s where it is, so grab a copy. I hope you laugh and have fun with this one. I tried to make it both funny and a cool adventure story.

I sent out an email today to announce it, so if you are on my email list and haven’t checked the email yet, still go look at it. There’s a surprise in there for people on my list that nobody else will get to see for at least another month. So even if you have already popped over to Amazon and got your copy, still open the email and check it out.

On a related note, well, if you check that email you’ll see why it’s related, I posted the image you see at the top of this post onto Facebook today to announce the launch. I had to laugh, because the first comment I got on it said, “Wow! She’s got a nice pair of wings.” I was still chuckling about that ten minutes later. I suppose that probably makes me immature or something, but I can live with that.

So that’s my big news. I’m super excited. Hopefully everyone who has been following the series will grab a copy and enjoy it. Thank you for supporting my series and my work. And if you are the reviewing sort, thank you for your reviews on Amazon or B&N. Those help a ton as well.

If you want to see the book description, you can check it out in the bookstore tab up top, or go straight to it from HERE.

Ilbei Spadebreaker and the Harpy's Wild - Spadebreaker Series #1 (Cover art by Cris Ortega) Copyright © 2014 John Daulton

Buy it on Kindle HERE

Buy it on NOOK HERE

Buy it as Paperback HERE

Ilbei Spadebreaker and the Harpy’s Wild – Cover Revealed

It’s time to reveal the full cover on the upcoming Galactic Mage Series prequel Ilbei Spadebreaker and the Harpy’s Wild. I figured since my editor is done, and I’m getting it delivered to proofreaders now, I’m close enough to release to bust out with the whole cover.

As usual, Cris Ortega rocks it with this new fantasy novel book cover, and she’s really captured the feel and flavor of the story. The story takes us back before Altin Meade is even born, and it follows Ilbei on his adventures as a sergeant in Her Majesty’s army. I’d say more, but I don’t want to spoil anything, even by accident, so with that, I’ll just show it:

Ilbei Spadebreaker Harpys Wild full cover

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Galactic Mage Series Book 4 – February 2014 Progress Update

Alien Arrivals is the title of the new Galactic Mage Series book four, which is expected to be released in late spring or summer of 2014. I had planned on putting it out sooner, but I am working on the whole second trilogy of the series at once, so I really want to get through the end of books five and six before I go back and polish out book four. However, Alien Arrivals is written, and as soon as I get the prequel novel I’ve just about got ready to release out (Ilbei Spadebreaker and the Harpy’s Wild), then I’ll be off like a shot for the rest of the year trying to get the fourth, fifth and sixth books out. I’ll be posting short, periodic updates on the Alien Arrivals page in the bookstore section of my site: here. And, of course, more blog posts to come.

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How to Get a Zero Masculinity Score

Orca Fails at Fixing F-ing Sink

Question: What lasts for 3 minutes and 24 seconds, is full of lies, and damn sure won’t please my wife?

Close, but that’s not it.

Answer: The stupid goddamn “how to” videos I watched that said changing a freaking garbage disposal is easy.

I’m serious. I watched two of them. One of them was only 3 minutes and 24 seconds. The other one was like 5 minutes and 10 seconds. One was from Lowe’s, the other from Home Depot. Continue reading

Stop HATING on Thanksgiving … and America, and Me

Well, here it is, two goddamn days before Thanksgiving and people are falling all over themselves to shit on American history. I’ve just seen my third Facebook version of the old: “Oh, those poor Native Americans were so nice when they showed those evil Pilgrim assholes how to hunt and plant corn, and yet, wow, look how that backfired!”


Do people think all four hundred years of history happened in the same damn week?

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On Veterans Day – Thank You for the Freedom to Chase My Dreams

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John Frederick Andersen – my grandfather – Navy pilot (image from Life magazine, Nov. 1940)

As I sit here in my study this Veterans Day, writing sci-fi and fantasy like I usually do, it struck me how fortunate I am to be, well, sitting here in my study writing sci-fi and fantasy like I usually do. Something was bugging me as I worked—making stuff up, dreamy, silly stuff in the greater scheme of things—and I felt like I ought to write something else today. Continue reading

Let It Burn

Let It Burn America

Once upon a time, two Americans fought in a burning house. Flames raged all around them, crackling and roaring, pine studs in the walls popping explosively, furniture engulfed and hissing fumes of heated chemistry. The human voices of the belligerents harmonized with the noise of the fire, their shouts of hate and rage. They blasted each other with their fists and their feet and their profanity, fury risen in them to degrees like unrelenting piety. Continue reading

America and Me. Sigh.

I first noticed her by the dull rumble of her smoker’s voice, low enough that the words disappeared in the same way that whatever a river is saying is lost upon us as we stand upon the bank. But the sound was there, and so I glanced up, saw her, her iPhone wrapped in Malibu pink, rumbling away in a Winston cigarette whisper to whoever was on the other end. And that is fine; this is not to cast aspersions on either cell phones or those who smoke—lord knows in California we’ve got laws to asperse those folks in volumes as it is, the poor bastards standing fifty feet from buildings in the sleet and pouring rain (damn them for their vices, for they surely needed a better lobby for their habits like, thank God, all mine have). No, it was not to judge her that I watched, but simply awareness of the distinct and common rarity of such a throaty temblor of a voice, its incessant nature like an earthquake underway, and it attracted my attention as such things will do. Continue reading