The Diary of a Nobody by Gaylon Kent Book Feature!

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The Diary of a Nobody

From earning a living to getting the dog to poop to running for the United States Senate, The Diary of a Nobody chronicles the life of Sparrow, a funny, average man passing an average life.

In addition to Sparrow, you’ll meet The Wife, the cat, the dog, his friend Bonser and his rug rat Matt and Brian, Sparrow’s co-worker at the Doily Delivery Company.

The Diary of a Nobody is a real-time novel, updated daily at It begins in October, 2013 and was inspired by a 19th century British novel of the same name.

Gaylon Kent, 49, is an American writer.

In addition to The Diary of a Nobody, Gaylon has written the novel The Regular Guys and Backstairs at the Monte Carlo: A Vegas Memoir. He also writes the columns The Daily Dose and The Bottom Ten.

All of Gaylon’s work is available exclusively at

In past lives Gaylon has been, among other things, a radio announcer and a newspaper reporter, as well as working security at the Monte Carlo and Venetian/Palazzo hotels in Las Vegas and working a Brinks armored truck.

Gaylon was the Colorado Libertarian Party’s nominee for United States Senate in 2014, finishing third in a six-person race with a bit more than 52,000 votes. He is a two-time graduate of the Harry Wendelstedt School for Umpires and is an accomplished high school sports official.

Gaylon served on an old diesel submarine, the USS Blueback, in the Navy and still like his grandfather, Gaylon C Kent, commands his American Legion post.

Gaylon and his wife Marian live in Hayden, Colorado. He is originally from Los Angeles. He enjoys a wine pairing from time to time and is known to not wash his coffee mug.
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Principium: The Stone Prophecy Series by Alexandra Lamarre Book Blast – Win a $25 Amazon GC!

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 Principium: The Stone Prophecy Series
Author: Alexandra Lamarre
Publisher: iUniverse
Genre: Fantasy
Format: Kindle

Ever since her mother’s death twelve years ago, fourteen-year-old Kiarra Johnson wonders if she is a good witch or if she is doomed to a lifetime of evil. Her life is anything but mundane as she lives in a rented room in her father’s home in the village of Kiamika, a magical society hidden from mortals who would persecute them for their gifts. For many years, Kiarra has lived across the lake from Kasy Sheridan, a girl who has led a life vastly different from her own. They both have been accepted to attend the magical Hollow Institute for Gifted Young Women. During this time, their lives become intertwined as they study magical theory and learn rituals that will change their view of magic and give them insight into the mystery of dying familiars. Kiarra wonders if she will be able to uphold her mother’s legacy of helping to save the world. She and her friends are faced with that challenge when they encounter the evil Feuer, a vampire-demon hybrid. What chance do these teens, with just one year of magical training, have against creatures who are more than three hundred years old?

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Alexandra Lamarre earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from Carleton University with a double minor in French and history. She began writing this book when she was thirteen years old, using inspiration from both her high school and college experiences. Lamarre lives in Ottawa, Ontario, with her three roommates.

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Bookwright: Book One of the Vanir Trilogy by George R. Dasher Book Blast – Win a $25 Amazon Gift Card!


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Author: George R. Dasher
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Genre: Science Fiction
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With his ship crippled and his crew dead, Jarl Hawkins fights for survival in space as his dying spaceship, the Cassiopeia, drifts out of control. But there is nothing he can do, and his own death is certain.

Oddly enough, rescue comes in the form of an old wizard named Kvasir, who offers Jarl his chance at a new life on Vanir, a planet unlike anything Jarl has ever encountered. There, the King fights his rivals for control of his kingdom, wild nomads roam the northern Ghost Plains, wizards and witches use magic, and an all-powerful church viciously suppresses independent thought through prison, torture, and fire.

Once on Vanir, Jarl befriends the Kettlewand Rangers and is drawn into a war that he doesn’t truly understand. Separated from Kvasir, he patrols with the Rangers, witnesses the murder of a Ghost Raider, and travels to Tyr, the capital city, to locate Kvasir or another wizard. But he instead finds himself on the wrong side of the Church, and his modern weapons are taken from him and he is imprisoned for being a sorcerer. Once inside the prison, however, he finds a friend and protector, a samurai-like warrior. After a pardon from the king himself, Jarl and his new friend returns to Tyr and makes a startling—and dangerous—discovery: a translated Vanir bible.

Determined to break the church’s hold on the citizens, Jarl begins to print the bible, infuriating the church leaders. His time on Vanir becomes even more dangerous, and it is only with the King’s protection that he and his printing company can survive. But Kvasir is still missing, and without the help of the old wizard, Jarl is powerless to make his way back into space.

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George R. Dasher has worked as an EMT, paramedic, and a coal and oil-and-gas geologist. Now an environmental geologist, he oversees the remediation of contaminated groundwater sites in West Virginia. His hobbies include diving, skiing, hiking, mountain biking, camping, and caving. He is the editor of a state-wide caving newsletter and the author of eight books on caving. He lives in West Virginia

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Things to Know About Becoming a Self-Published Author by James Mace, author of Soldier of Rome: Rebellion in Judea

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Soldier of Rome Rebellion in JudeaTitle: Soldier of Rome: Rebellion in Judea

Author: James Mace

Publisher: CreateSpace

Pages: 430

Genre: Historical

Format: Kindle/Paperback

In the year 66 A.D. the Roman province of Judea exploded in rebellion. Far from being a revolution of unified peoples, the various Jewish factions of Sadducees, Zealots, Sicarii, and Edomites are in a state of civil war; as anxious to spill the blood of each other as they are to fight the Romans. The Judeans find hope when the Romans commit a serious tactical blunder and allow their forces to be ambushed and nearly destroyed in the mountain pass of Beth Horon. Following the disaster, Emperor Nero recalls to active service Flavius Vespasian, the legendary general who had been instrumental in the conquest of Britannia twenty-three years before. In the northern region of Galilee, a young Judean commander named Josephus ben Matthias readies his forces to face the coming onslaught. A social and political moderate, he fears the extremely violent Zealot fanatics, who threaten to overthrow the newly-established government in Jerusalem, as much as he does the Romans. Soon Vespasian, a tactical and strategic genius who had never been defeated in battle, unleashes his huge army upon Galilee. His orders are to crush the rebellion and exact the harshest of punishments upon those who would violate the Peace of Rome. Lacking the manpower and resources to face the legions in open battle, Josephus knows he will need plenty of cunning, ingenuity, and, perhaps, even the intervention of God Himself, lest the once proud Kingdoms of Judah and Israel should become a kingdom of the damned.

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Things to Know About Becoming a Self-Published Author

So you’ve written the next literary classic, that you know will garner millions of adoring fans across the globe, and you’re just one step away from telling your boss off and living the dream of becoming a professional writer. So what happens now? How do you go about sharing your masterpiece with the legions of potentially adoring fans? The following are a few things one should know about becoming a published author. Most of these are lessons I had to learn the hard way.

  1. Finish what you bloody start!

There’s no sense reading any further, if you’re simply going to give up on completing your first literary work. I never realized how many people were aspiring writers, until well after I became a full-time author. It seriously feels like everyone has a story to tell, which in many ways is true. The harsh reality, though, is that very few, perhaps 5%, will ever see their ideas through to fruition. So just like one cannot make it to the NFL without playing a game or two, one cannot become an author if they don’t finish what they start.

  1. Get an editor

Easily the most common mistake in the self-publishing world, and one that gives it a nasty black eye, is the lack of editing in so many works. I’ll just raise my hand now and say, “Guilty!” I confess that this was by far the harshest lesson I had to learn. Nothing can ruin a good story for a reader quicker than seeing ‘whine’ instead of ‘wine’, ‘throws’ instead of ‘throes’, or the notorious ‘too’, ‘to’, or ‘two’ cockups that we see every day in text, email, or Facebook posts. And these are just some of the errors that have plagued my own books over the years!

Reality is, we simply cannot proof-read our own works. Our brain knows what it is supposed to say, but that may not be what is actually on paper. I mean, I knew that I meant to say ‘wine’, as in the grape vintage, yet that bloody ‘h’ somehow snuck its way in there. And now I had a legionary pouring himself a cup of ‘whine’. Bottom line, hire someone to proof-read your book, and I don’t mean asking your younger sibling that’s still in high school, or your best friend. Hire a complete stranger, preferably someone with a literary background and education. Professional editors do not come cheap, as it is extremely tedious work. Hence why one should not ask their best friend, even if they have a master’s degree in literature, unless you’re willing to compensate them for it.

Also, friends and family are far less likely to offer honest criticism, and will instead tell you what they think you want to hear, rather than what you need to hear. A professional, especially one who’s a complete stranger, won’t care about your personal feelings. It is far better that they tell you if something is bollocks, rather than finding out the hard way via reviews on Amazon, after publishing (and those reviews don’t go away).

  1. Don’t skimp on the cover art

We all know the expression, ‘Don’t judge a book by its cover’. Reality check, that is exactly what readers do when shopping for a book. Every last one of us is guilty, let’s not pretend otherwise. And with online book sales engulfing such a massive share of the market, having a cover that is eye-catching, even in thumbnail size, is crucial. And as with editing, there will likely be some upfront costs involved. I know, it sucks having to front costs, but that is the reality of going self-published. One good way of finding images is through stock art sites, such as You will also likely need someone who is an expert with Photoshop, that can build your cover for you. Just remember to find something that is eye-catching, relevant to your topic, and don’t be afraid of paying a little extra if it means getting a better quality book cover.

  1. Publishing is easier than ever

This is definitely a double-edged sword. It used to be, the only way to see one’s books in print was to find an agent, and have them sell your works to all the big publishing houses. Nowadays, anyone with a computer can literally publish anything (and yes, this is an appropriate use of the word ‘literally’). And let’s not kid ourselves, since anyone can upload any word document and sell it on Amazon as a book, the quality control filter in the literary industry has been tossed into the dumpster. If we’re being brutally honest, a lot of what gets self-published these days is crap…okay, to be fair, there is a lot of mainstream literature that is a cesspit of verbal diarrhoea; however, those works are usually berated because of the content of their stories, not because it was unedited and poorly formatted. In turn, the glut of self-published works means that readers have a lot more to sift through. And of course, this makes it a lot more difficult to get noticed, especially if your particular genre is already inundated with a plethora of content.

That being said, the positive side of the ease of publishing is that the playing field has been levelled in many ways. Mind you, the big publishing houses will always have an advantage, since they are already established and have the budgets for expensive marketing and advertising campaigns. However, no longer can they tell you that your book is no good, or that there is simply no market for that. I remember back when I tried pitching my first book about the Roman legions to literary agents. No one said they didn’t like the story, but several said there was no market for it. Odd, because this was just a couple of years after that little Russell Crowe film, Gladiator, came out.

If you’ve tried the ‘traditional’ route of finding an agent and selling your work to the big houses, only to get the proverbial door in the face, you now have options. eBooks are now bigger than ever, with Amazon Kindle still holding the lion’s share of the market. By logging into (nice thing is, you can just use your regular Amazon ID and Password), you can upload your manuscript and cover art, and they will convert it and publish it onto Kindle. The same can be done with other eBook readers, Barnes and Noble Nook at, and Kobo eReaders at Both Amazon CreateSpace and Barnes and Noble Press offer options for getting your books into paperback.

  1. Have realistic expectations

Alright, so you’ve had your book thoroughly edited, it has an epic cover art, and you’ve published it into print, while uploading it onto every type of eReader on the planet…and now the wait begins. You wait, and wait, and wait some more. Why isn’t your book flying off the shelves and flooding everyone’s Kindle apps? Now comes the harshest reality of all within the publishing world.

Approximately half of all self-published books never even sell a single copy, outside of immediate family and friends. It is a hard thing to acknowledge, because like any artist who is passionate about their work, authors take a lot of pride in what we have written. But if one is to keep their sanity, any newly published author must acknowledge that their chances of making this into a career are remote. If we look at it by the numbers, ninety-eight percent of all published authors also have to work a day job. For those of us who are part of that very fortunate two percent, there is also the misnomer that we’re all millionaires, and nothing could be further from the truth. While I am popular within my particular genre, and have written five ancient history best-sellers on Amazon and Amazon U.K., that does not mean I’m driving my Tesla Roadster to the pier to throw a party on my yacht.

And while I am among those extremely lucky few, who are able to make a living as an author, it did not happen overnight. So do not distress if your book does not catch on right away. I wrote because I enjoyed telling stories, and it was more for myself, rather than because I thought I could make money at it. My first book came out in 2006, and it was not until five years and four more books later that I started making any real money. Even then, I did not leave my day job until I knew I would be able to live on my book royalties (the idea of becoming the proverbial ‘starving artist’ did not sit well with me).

So keep that in mind, and remember why you write in the first place.

  1. No thin skins

Alright, so now you’ve done all the right things, you’ve published your first book, and hey, readers are actually showing interest! You’re seeing sales on both eBook and print, and a few reviews are starting to pop up. But what’s this? Right below a glowing five-star review, is someone who gave it only one-start, and then subsequently complained, because there isn’t a ‘zero-star’ option!

Like any artist who puts their work on public display, authors are going to have their fans, as well as their detractors. I mean let’s face it, even Harry Potter has its share of one-star reviews. And as strange as this may sound, as one gets more reviews, it is important to have those one and two-stars occasionally, as it actually adds validity to one’s work. Think about it, you find a random book on Amazon (or wherever it is you shop online), it has fifteen reviews, and every last one of them is five-stars. Because people are by nature suspicious, the initial is not, ‘Hey, this must be a great book!’, but rather, ‘Hmm, this person is clearly padding their reviews with friends and family.’

And no matter how good one’s story may be, not every book will please every reader. And if you have a small handful of poor reviews, that tells other potential readers that at least people are picking up your books and reading them. As long as most of your reviews are positive, the random browser will see the poor ones and dismiss it as, ‘Well, it’s not for everyone’. I know, it sucks seeing those one-stars messing up your ratings average. I still have to remind myself not to be thin-skinned about it, to realize that my works are not for everyone, and hey, some reviewers are just assholes!

  1. Deadlines exist even for the self-published

You’ve written your first work, and it’s been relatively successful. In fact, you’re starting to gather a following of readers, who are now asking when your next book is coming out. Wait…what? I’m supposed to do this again??

Even if you’re not yet to the point where you can make a living as an author, but especially if you are, one then has to continue to feed the proverbial beast. No book remains on the New York Times list forever, and all sales eventually slow down to a trickle. And once your audience has found you, you do not want to lose them. Of course, books take time to write, edit, and publish. However, if it’s four or five years since your last work came out, then you are most likely going to have to rebuild your fan base from scratch. Even George R.R. Martin’s most avid fans are frustrated with how long it takes him to put each book out, and one has wonder just how well he would be doing, had HBO not decided to make his books into the hugely popular series, Game of Thrones. And let’s face it, you and I are not George R.R. Martin, with an HBO series, and so we have even less leeway with our fans, when it comes to keeping them satisfied.

Personally, I constantly worry that if I do not put out at least two books per year, I may lose my fan-base and have to start over again. I became popular within the ancient history genre at a time when there were so few of us covering it. In recent years, the numbers of historical novelists, focusing on Ancient Rome, has at least tripled. And though I may have established a name within the genre, and can reasonably expect that any new works will do well, the longer I delay, the more likely that I will get buried within the overabundance of newer authors.

So yes, while I many not have a publishing house demanding I produce a new work by a given date, the fans and readers (i.e. the very people who pay my mortgage) have their own deadlines, where if their favourite authors don’t produce, they will simply move on.

Summary: Don’t Panic!

Okay, so I’ve thrown a lot out there, and some of it may seem very gloomy or negative. Nothing could be further from the truth. My intent with this blog posting was to give potential authors a bit of a reality check, which is far better than giving them unrealistic expectations, only to see their dreams dashed. That is not very nice. Every artist, whether their medium is sketching, sculpture, painting, music, or writing, all have their own reasons for being passionate about what they do. And that passion is something that must never be lost. So regardless of whether you write one book that sells only a few copies, or if you become the next J.K. Rowling, always hold onto those very things that make you passionate about your art. For me, it is a love of history and of storytelling.

So if you are one of those who becomes a writer, whether as a hobby or a full-time profession, and you find yourself under pressure to get your next work out, while at the same time being filled with endless self-doubts, I only have one thing left to say:

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James Mace

James Mace is the author of twelve books and the CEO and Founder of Legionary Books, which he started in 2006. He developed his passion for history at a young age and has made Ancient Rome a life’s study. He penned the initial draft of his first novel, Soldier of Rome: The Legionary, as a cathartic means of escapism while serving with the U.S. Army in Iraq. He spent a career as a Soldier, and in 2011 left his full-time position with the Army National Guard to devote himself to writing.

His well received series, Soldier of Rome – The Artorian Chronicles, is a perennial best-seller in ancient history on Amazon. With his other favourite period in history being the British Empire, his writing has branched into the Napoleonic Wars. He is currently working on a new trilogy about the Roman-Jewish War of 66 to 73 A.D., along with a side project about the Anglo-Zulu War of 1879.

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Writing (and Life) Lessons Learned from Brandon Chane by Seth Mullins, author of The Edge of the Known Trilogy

Writing (and Life) Lessons Learned from Brandon Chane

While I was writing The Edge of the Known trilogy I drew upon some of my own experiences as a songwriter and performer. Brandon Chane – poet, singer, guitarist and narrator of the story cycle – taught me that some of the things that our hearts urge us to seek are worth risking everything for.

Whether a reader sees my protagonist as reckless or courageous will depend a lot upon whether he or she shares the longings that Brandon would throw his fate to the wind to follow.

Musicians face the relentless message that their chances of “making it” are a million to one. But similar things are often said of the writer’s vocation as well. Both paths require uncounted hours of devotion to developing a craft that may never pay off.

And yet you often hear it said, from the ones who have persevered and succeeded, that they couldn’t really have done anything else. When you come into this world with something to say then you must say it or else never really know peace inside yourself.

For my imagined band, Edge of the Known, though, any breakthrough only really counts if they achieve it on their own terms. Attaining fame or monetary reward while betraying their Muse would be no better than holding their day jobs. They have to be true to their vision at all costs, and trust that it will see them through.

My own definition of success changed profoundly as I wrote Brandon’s story.

It’s sometimes worthwhile to turn away from a path that offers possible material rewards in order to pursue a course that fulfills one’s soul. But that also doesn’t mean that I, much like Brandon, don’t still long to grab ahold of the one so long as it doesn’t come at the expense of the other.

Title: What Casts the Shadow

Author: Seth Mullins

Pages: 240

Genre: Metaphysical

Format: Paperback/Kindle

A troubled young rock musician, a mystic mentor, and a generation of lost souls longing for a new voice to emerge from the wilderness…

When an altercation outside of a performance venue nearly proves fatal, Brandon Chane begins to realize how far his life is spinning out of control. His efforts to channel his pain, frustration and thwarted loves into his music may not suffice to save him. Then he meets Saul, a crisis counselor with the soul of an ancient medicine man, and a far-reaching journey of healing – one that may teach him how to steer away from the very edge of the abyss – begins.

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Title: Trust in the Unseen

Author: Seth Mullins

Pages: 234

Genre: Metaphysical

Format: Paperback/Kindle

“We’d all thrown our fates to the wind, trusting in the unknown – in the Unseen, as our EP so proudly proclaimed – and that leap had thus far landed us in a place where we couldn’t even grope our way forward in the dark anymore.”

Brandon Chane was beginning to realize that discovering his voice was only the first step of the journey. Now he must somehow learn to trust the depths from which it comes, and the unknown horizons that it may sweep him away to, even as every part of his personal world seems to be falling apart.

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Humanity's Way ForwardTitle: Humanity’s Way Forward

Author: Seth Mullins

Pages: 246

Genre: Metaphysical

Format: Paperback/Kindle

“The echoes of those scars can clearly be heard in Edge of the Known’s music. But one can also discern, quite distinctly, that other inexplicable thing that is within us all, the undying flame that transcends our wounds and sufferings…” Brandon Chane had always seen life through the eyes of an outcast, a misfit, a young man at odds with the world and with himself. Now they’re calling him a wounded healer; a shamanic Pied Piper for the throngs of alienated youth; a thief of fire. He wonders if he and his band can escape the claims that the world has suddenly laid upon them. But what about the cherished dream that he’s struggled so desperately to fulfill, the dream that finally seems to be coming to fruition?”

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Seth Mullins first conceived of his dream to write novels in his early teens, and this one desire has stayed with him throughout all the other myriad twists and turns of life. His inspirations include methods of inner exploration such as dream-work and shamanism and his experiences as a songwriter and performing musician. He studied creative writing at Santa Fe Community College in New Mexico and Lane Community College in Oregon.

Seth has lived in Connecticut, New Mexico, Oregon and (currently) Vermont.

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Berceuse: The Song by Trynia Merin Book Blast – Win a $25 Amazon Gift Card!


BerceuseTitle: Berceuse: The Song

Author: Trynia Merin

Publisher: iUniverse

Pages: 350

Genre: Science Fiction

Format: Paperback

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Now that Trisha Maypierce is safely back on Earth, she has forgotten much of her last adventure, or has she? Everyday life on earth suddenly becomes far more surreal when she invents a new polymer, and her life is possibly in danger. Her protection, Temporal Anthropologist Professor Esmentaur, who must study the link between his charge and the being Berceuse they encountered on Avious. More questions are generated then answered, as the spark between Trisha and the Professor grows, on Earth and in the dreams of Avious.


Trynia Merin has already published Elizabeth 1: the Observation, her writing skills honed in fanfiction published on the internet. She has a master’s Degree in Chemistry from Villanova, and works as a chemist in Pennsylvania.

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The Actor by Douglas Gardham Book Feature!

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 The Actor
Author: Douglas Gardham
Publisher: iUniverse
Pages: 352
Genre: Fiction
Format: Ebook

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It is 1991 when Ethan Jones finally wins the role of his dreams in an upcoming, big screen movie. With the envelope holding the script clutched in his hand, he arrives at his California apartment where he can hardly wait to tell his girlfriend the exciting news. But when he finds the door unexpectedly ajar, he has no idea that in just a few seconds, the life he has fought so hard to obtain will be shattered.

Eight years earlier, Ethan is attending university in Ottawa, Canada. One evening after seriously contemplating suicide, he finds his way into a club where he meets Mila Monahan, a beautiful acting student who saves him from himself. After he watches Mila rehearse a university play, Ethan catches the acting bug and decides to pursue his own creative passions, causing a collision with his more secure ideals. But when Mila suddenly disappears, Ethan vows he will never stop chasing the dream she inspired in him, believing in a world entirely different from the one he is living in.

The Actor is a gripping tale of a young man’s unforgettable journey of self-discovery in overcoming the trauma of a personal tragedy. It is a story of love, hardship, persistence and overwhelming joy where The Actor learns he can portray anything he can imagine.


Douglas Gardham is a writer who loves music, movies, and books. He lives near Toronto, Canada, with his wife and dog. This is his first published novel.