The TL;DR – By Dawn Chapman’s books. She’s a great writer and her books are well worth the price and the time to read. 5 out of 5 stars.
Today I want to introduce you to an outstanding science fiction and fantasy writer: Dawn Chapman. Dawn claims to have been developing science fiction stories for over 30 years, but I swear she doesn’t look a day over 25. Considering I look four days older than dirt, I’m jealous.
Back in 2005, Dawn turned her talents to television and wrote the scrips for a 13-week science fiction series named The Secret King. Thankfully, for me, she went back into publishing full time in 2010.
Dawn’s latest creation is Desert Runner, an NPC story. To celebrate her birthday (which was yesterday) she has it free on Amazon for a few days. Most of us have Kindle Unlimited because we read a lot of books. All of Dawn Chapman’s books are available in KU. So, even though this book is free right now, it would be great if we support her by buying it through KU.
Check out Dawn’s blog for the latest info on her projects. I recommend buying Desert Storm, Desert Born, and Desert Storm (book 3 in the series). I give all of them 5 stars.
Genre(s): Science Fiction, Fantasy, Entertainment>Role Playing, Cyberpunk and TV/Movie/Video Game Adaptation.
Zachariah Dracoulis makes reading fun.
Anyone who follows #LitRPG and #GameLit on social media knows Zachariah Dracoulis. He’s well established as a best selling writer with his FRAGGED series and LEGENDS OF TARTHIRIOUS.
But, what you may not know is that Zach spends a lot of time giving back to the indie writing community by promoting other writers with his Facebook group LitRPG Rebels.
As serial readers, we need to support good independent publishers with our downloads and ebook buys. In part, that is why this website was built. And, by now you should know that I don’t recommend an author unless the books are good and I’ve actually read a good part of the writer’s catalog.
Zach is no exception; I’ve read most of his books. I bought Legends of Tarthirious back in February and I read the whole series. I read Fragged back in July and was also impressed.
Discoverers of these exceptional books have an advantage I didn’t have: they can buy the box set all at once without having to wait on pins and needles for the next installment.
So, give Dracoulis a read. You’ll be pleased with is writing and it will be time well spent. He makes reading fun. And, after all, isn’t that what it’s all about?
If you’re looking for a great place to interact with sci-fi, fantasy and yes, LitRPG authors, then check out LitRPGForum.com
It’s interactive in many ways. You can discover hidden rooms, build your treasure and buy things that will unlock other areas. Or, if you just want a message board – it can be that also. Either way, it’s fun. Check it out, but be warned, it’s addictive as Hell.
Some of the best #GameLit and #LitRPG writers in the business are over there.
I want to introduce you to indie author and publisher Jim Nesbitt. He writes crime drama and has two books out. Both are exceptional reads, underpriced and are on Kindle Unlimited.
I’m going to cut to the chase: go to Amazon and buy the damn books. If you’re like me and have a Kindle Unlimited account, by all means, read them through that app.
Jim’s a cross between Jim Marrs and Rooster Cogburn. His writing is rustic and raw—which makes him a pleasure to read. I think you’ll agree.
Nesbitt’s first book, “The Last Second Chance,” introduced me to hardboiled noir even though it’s been around since the 1920s. Gino Cox wrote a review that is 100% spot on:
The Last Second Chance is a thoroughly enjoyable tale of two men on a collision course, each blaming the other and seeking violent retribution and revenge. The author is a gifted storyteller with a flair for allusions and an eye for detail that combine to make relatively commonplace settings seem fascinating and unique. The characters are three-dimensional with intricate histories and believable motivations. Some characters are familiar, but with unique backgrounds. Others are unique characters one would not ordinarily encounter in a thousand lifetimes. But they all seem authentic. The story is character driven. Half a dozen characters are pursuing conflicting goals, each of which is fairly simple and straightforward in its own right. Taken together, the story is filled with unexpected twists and turns as the characters and plots intertwine and conflict.
It is not a difficult read; however, it is not a quick read. The prose is crafted with such skill that it needs to be savored. The allegories and allusions give the descriptions a unique texture.
Another reviewer said this about The Last Second Chance:
I checked the author’s bio twice while reading the novel finding it hard to believe he hasn’t published a dozen other award winners. The character development was rich and deep. The pace of the story kept me interested. And the plot made the book impossible to set aside.
I bought the paperback of The Last Second Chance. It’s definitely a 5-star read.
For more than 30 years, Jim Nesbitt roved the American Outback as a correspondent for newspapers and wire services in Alabama, Florida, Texas, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Washington, D.C. He chased hurricanes, earthquakes, plane wrecks, presidential candidates, wildfires, rodeo cowboys, ranchers, miners, loggers, farmers, migrant field hands, doctors, neo-Nazis and nuns with an eye for the telling detail and an ear for the voice of the people who give life to a story. He is a lapsed horseman, pilot, hunter and saloon sport with a keen appreciation for old guns, vintage trucks and tractors, good cigars, aged whiskey and a well-told story. He now lives in Athens, Alabama.
He’s also a registered nurse, a nationally recognized medical educator, and host of The Nursing Show.
How Jamie Became a Fiction Writer
Jamie got started as a novelist on a dare. He’s been a nurse and a medical educator for quite some time and has several nonfiction books available. In 2014, a friend of his dared him to write a novel for NaNoWriMo. He finished his novel during November and then it sat on the file for eight months.
Writing that first fiction novel stoked a creative fire in Jamie. He’s always considered himself a very creative person, and writing fiction gave him a different creative outlet than his nonfiction books or his podcast business.
He decided to release what would become the first book in his Extreme Medical Services series. It was very well received by listeners in Jamie’s podcast community, as well as fans of the urban fantasy genre.
The Extreme Medical Services series started as an idea for an educational web series that Jamie turned into a novel. Jamie is involved with seven podcasts and he writes for several blogs. He’s always writing. And ever since NaNoWriMo 2014, Jamie has always had a fiction project in process.
It never occurred to Jamie to go the traditional publishing route. He’s always been an entrepreneur. He was aware of self-publishing and the opportunities available to him to market to the audience of his choosing, rather than relying on an editor or publisher to decide where his book fit in the marketplace.
If it’s Wednesday – it’s the top 50 in #GameLit. Books are ranked on sales and are tagged as #GameLit either by the author, publisher or Amazon’s algorithm.
Kindle Book Title
Halcyon Rising: Breaking Ground
Rapture (Apocalypse Gates Author’s Cut Book 1)
Dungeon Calamity (The Divine Dungeon Book 3)
Dungeon Lord (The Wraith’s Haunt – A litRPG series Book 1)
Viridian Gate Online: Cataclysm: A litRPG Adventure (The Viridian Gate Archives Book 1)
Black Hat (Afterlife Online Book 2)
The Pantheon Moves (Emerilia Book 10)
The Greystone Chronicles Book Two: The Dire Lands
Dungeon Player: A LitRPG Dungeon Core Adventure (Glendaria Awakens Trilogy Book 1)
Delvers LLC: Adventure Capital
Reboot (Afterlife Online Book 1)
War Aeternus: The Beginning
Quest for Camlan: A LitRPG Adventure (Camlan Realm Book 1)
Shadow Corps: A Space Opera Fantasy
The Greystone Chronicles: Book One: Io Online
Delvers LLC: Welcome to Ludus
Delvers LLC: Obligations Incurred
Lewd Shadowmancer: The Concubine Contract: A Dark Fantasy Digital Adventure
Steele Alchemist: A LitRPG Series
Accidental Warrior: Book 2 in the LitRPG Accidental Traveler Adventure
Alpha Test Subject #3435: A Roguelike LitRPG Adventure (Chronicles of Alamor Book 1)
Accidental Thief: Book One in the LitRPG Accidental Traveler Adventure
A Trap for the Potentate (The Dark Herbalist Book #3) LitRPG series
Wounded Legion: a mech LitRPG novel (Armored Souls Book 2)
Xavier P. Hunter
Unbound Deathlord: Challenge
The Thousand Years War – A LitFPS/GameLit Sci-Fi Novel: Life’s a Beach Expansion Pack/Story
Rapture (PG-16) (Apocalypse Gates)
Pangea Online Book One: Death and Axes
The Conduit: Book One: Epic Online
You’re Not Allowed to Die (The Twenty-Sided Eye Series Book 1)
Luck Stat Strategy (Secret of the Old Ones Book 1)
The Luckless: A MMORPG and LitRPG Online Adventure (Second Age of Retha Book 1)
A. M. Sohma
Continue Online Part 2: Made
The Feedback Loop (Books 1-3): (Scifi LitRPG Series) (The Feedback Loop Box Set)
The Curse of Rion Castle (The Neuro Book #2) LitRPG Series
Fantasy Online Polynya: A LitRPG Saga
The Desperate Quest: A MMORPG and LitRPG Online Adventure (Second Age of Retha Book 2)
A. M. Sohma
Dead Mech Walking: a mech LitRPG novel (Armored Souls Book 1)
Xavier P. Hunter
Continue Online Part 1: Memories
The Thousand Years War: A LitFPS Sci-Fi Novel
The Harem Girl: A LitRPG Fantasy: New Complete Edition
ALT-Reich: A LitFPS Novel
Gamer Girl in the Orc King’s Harem
Continue Online Part 3: Realities
Depths of Camlan: A LitRPG Adventure (Camlan Realm Book 2)
Office Wars: Bathroom Politics
Drake’s LitRPG Megabundle (7 Books)
Continue Online Part 4: Crash
The Feedback Loop (Books 4-6): Sci-fi LitRPG Series (The Feedback Loop Box Set Book 2)
The Reapers (The Neuro Book #3) LitRPG Series
People have asked why we only publish #GameLit bi-monthly having noticed we publish the bestselling #LitRPG weekly. As it stands now, there are just not enough publishers using the keyword or hashtag. A weekly list would vary widely and skew the results of the organic sales data. As it stands now, this list is not an aggregate. We compile data over a two week period. Otherwise, the results would be all over the place because the sale of just a few books can bump an author from #75 to #30 overnight. We believe that in order to produce a truer tabulation, bi-monthly is the right choice for now.
Kane: Unhappily married. Yeah, that sums up my life. I messed up with that shit decision. I still have my sister though. When I attend her wedding, I run into an old friend. Ivy. When she admits that she had feelings for me, I take her home like any good man would do. I didn’t expect all the complications that came with it though. She was used before me and I want to show her that I’m not the same as him. The problem is, I am.
Ivy: I fought cancer and won. I fought a useless husband and won. When I see Kane again, I lose. Badly. I always had a crush on him when we were kids. I never thought the feelings would still be there years later. One night with him and my world is thrown off balance. His club is his life and I know that. When my cancer comes back in full force, I do the one thing I can. I run. He will chase me. He told me he would. When the tables turn, will I do the same?
You’re thinking what does that have to do with SciFi, RPG, or GameLit? Nothing actually. But, I know I have quite a few serial readers who follow along, from week to week, and I want to open you up to other genres and some great indie writers you probably haven’t considered. Erin Trejo fits the bill (she’s a great writer and she’s indie). Since I like talking about outstanding and talented indie authors—I want you to check her out and read a few of her books.
Trejo knows how to tell a story.
We’ve all read stories that just didn’t seem to flow from chapter to chapter. Or, stories where the protagonist’s actions were so typical you could see what was coming a mile away. Erin Trejo doesn’t write like that—and that’s one of the reasons I find her such a joy to read. Trejo knows how to tell a story. Often, her characters will twist and turn in unexpected ways leaving you thinking damn I didn’t see that coming. Contrary to popular belief, it takes talent to be able to do that.
While it might be true that some people don’t like reading explicit sex—I’m not one of them. I enjoy writers who take it to the edge. Erin doesn’t disappoint either. She knows a thing or two (maybe three) on how to write about sexy time. Writing a sex scene is not something every author can do successfully. It takes skill.