#RT to WIN!

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It’s easy to #RT and WIN with this brand new contest! If you follow me on Twitter(@johndavisbooks), simply retweet anything I send out with a #RT attached. That’s it! Each month I will randomly select one RT and banner YOUR blog directly to the front page of MY blog. The above screenshot is an actual snippet taken this morning(for March 2015), and is just a glimpse into what type of exposure could be awaiting your blog, too, just as a thank you!

Why am I willing to send people away from my blog? What’s the catch? There isn’t a catch, really. This isn’t an evil plot to take over the internet, and, to be honest, I’m simply trying to promote(and hopefully) sell books. Every RT sent out has the possibility of sending a new reader my way. I’d like them to have a look around this website of mine, and I’d love to direct them to the blog of one lucky winner each month. That’s it! The more you RT, the better your chances of being featured directly on my front page. If you don’t have a blog, don’t worry. I’m willing to feature pretty much any website you choose, assuming you let me know via Twitter.

Good luck! Please understand that I will NOT feature any website that promotes racism, hate or violence of any fashion. Your RT’s make me happy, but it’s a peaceful kind of happy!

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1/8/2106 – I’ve teamed with author Jason Halstead to create a brand new science fiction series!¬†Terminus is currently in the works and my first book in the series will be titled¬†Ghost Planet. I’ve also bit the bullet and agreed to a local book signing/comicon in 2016. Who’s ready to grab a signed copy of¬†One Last Hero?

12/18/2015 – One Last Hero is closing in on its official release and should be available sometime in January. Set to launch at $2.99 in eBook format and $9.99 in paperback, I’ve also decided (you’ve been asking for a while) to sign and sell paperback copies from my website. They’ll be priced at $19.99 and will be #’d to 100. That price¬†should include standard shipping to the Continental U.S.¬†only.

7/9/2015 – The Gunship Portal has launched, and boy is it sexy. Now that the Gunship: Omnibus Edition is finished and available for readers, my focus has become¬†Space Rebels. Let’s see what Dalton’s son has in store for us now that he’s got his own story to tell.

6/12/2015 – The Great War is in its final edit and should be available soon. What is on the horizon following The Great War? I’m seriously considering writing a western novel – we’ll see.

5/15/2015 – Gunship: The Great War is approximately 1/3 of the way finished. Expect a lot of action in this one, as well as a very stunning ending. Perhaps the biggest shocker so far in the series.

5/14/2015 – Gunship: Vampire Hunters¬†has released! It’s a welcome addition to the Gunship family and thus far, reception has been great.

5/9/2015 – Guardian Angel will get a fourth book and possibly more. That’s great news for fans of the series. No release date has been set, but we do know that the upcoming Guardian Angel book(or series) will focus on the beginning stages of the war against alien invaders.

5/7/2015 – R.E.D.D.¬†will be a collaboration between John M. Davis and producer Patrick A. Prejusa. Based on the motion picture (reddmovie.com), R.E.D.D.¬†will also become a series of books that follows Patrick’s universe in prequel fashion.

3/16/2015 – The Fleet officially landed into the #1 overall spot in science fiction(Amazon Kindle) and held the #1 spot for two entire days. It may not sound impressive, but with 149,121 books published in the genre (we checked) and absolutely no marketing beyond tweets and Facebook buzz from readers of the series, The Fleet is a Cinderella story. A special thank you to everyone who helped get it into the top spot (albeit shortly).

What it takes to be a writer.

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So, I have a book available that explains what it takes. But, it’s still one of the questions I get regularly and I like to try and answer it as best I can. What does it take to be a writer?

Now, we’re talking about writing as a profession. Lots of folks write by candlelight after a hard day of working somewhere else. And that is tough to do. But for the sake of this blog, I’m going to cover, very casually, what it takes to be a full-time writer. Ironically, I chose a photo of a knight preparing to go to war. Why? Because that’s what it feels like each and every day.

You have to war for it. You have to be willing to raise your ass out of the bed after only a few hours of sleep and get to it. Just like any other job. I love writing. I truly do. But it’s not what I want to be doing at 7 in the morning. Something clicks inside of my head and reminds me that thousands of brand new authors want a piece of the pie. They’re hungry to succeed, which means I have to work harder. It means late nights of writing, too, when all of my friends are out drinking somewhere or playing games online. It means giving Facebook the middle-finger while others flock to it with open arms, wasting precious time and life in the process. Writing full-time means reading in the car, when others are dabbling away on their smart phones.

There’s nothing glitzy or glamorous about the profession of writing. Nothing. If you’ve ever seen Stephen King speak to a group of college kids, you understand that he’s showing up in blue jeans and a bargain rack shirt. He’s also talking about staying in a cheap hotel the night before and how much he hated it. Even the most brilliant man in our profession realizes that we are not rock stars. Authors are people who work their asses off, live very modestly and humbly pour their souls into a keyboard at night when everyone else is sleeping tight. Does this sound like you?

I’ve often told people that writing for a living is like getting into the best shape of your life. You can’t halfway do it, and there’s absolutely no silver bullet pill or plan. Getting into pristine shape means completely changing your way of life. You reprogram the way you think, eat and live. It’s why most people desire to be in shape, but few actually get there. People are too lazy to do the work. And that’s also why so many authors are still aspiring, rather than finding success. You have to be willing to go to war. That means thinking like an author who’s depending on a paycheck in order to survive. Not going into it half-assed or half-committed. Mentally, you have to become something more. A beast. A monster that fights against the desire to become complacent. When the voice inside of you is telling you that you’ve done enough – you scream out a good curse word or two, and then you do more. Hard work gets you there. Period.

So yea, if you’re willing to trade in your social life for the art of writing – do it. Prepare to make very little money in your quest to make your genre a better place. That comes with the territory. Ready yourself for the negative reviews, because they will certainly come. But it boils down to one simple question.

Are you willing to do the work?

Most aren’t. The longer you’re around the profession, the more quitting you’ll see. Most will find reasons or excuses as to why they didn’t accomplish their goals. But that’s a quitter’s way of trying to save face. It always comes back to a willingness to do the hard work with no recognition. That’s writing. If you’re out there reading this right now, you already know which side of things you’re on. You already know if you’re willing to sacrifice everything for the sake of writing full-time. That’s the key, folks. You can stop buying how-to books on writing, now. I’ll leave you with a great quote from someone who knows a little bit about success.

“You just can’t beat the guy who won’t quit.” – Donald Trump

Here Comes Hammer

Hammer (The Final War) is in the pipes and coming within the next 48 hours! With our world’s resources running out, a lottery system is put into effect. Those lucky enough to be chosen, will pack up and board an exodus fleet in search of a new planet to call home. For everyone else, a war is looming. Two of the world’s superpowers have banded together to form the Fourth Reich, and their mission is simple. Global domination.

Hammer follows a cast of characters who’ve drawn different fates and reads much like¬†The Colony, which is sure to please a lot my readers. Be sure to look for it!

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Number One

I’ve chased it since I began writing in 2011. A few times I’ve flirted with the #1 spot, only to reach #2 and begin falling back. This past Monday, thanks to the help of faithful readers who continue to spread the word of Gunship/The Fleet, one of my books finally hit the #1 spot!

Since then, it has fallen to #3, but I’m OK with that. You see, a lot of authors pay hundreds of dollars each month to advertise on websites that give their book away for free, in turn raising their ranking on Amazon. I’ve never paid to advertise. I’ve thought about it, but decided to just keep writing as hard as I could and let the readers decide if the stories are worthy. And my readers have spoken. I can’t describe how it felt to come home, log in, and see my book(The Fleet) had jumped from #17 to #1.

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I’m sure to most folks, this isn’t that big of a deal. But for me, the guy who’s been told(a lot) that I’d never make a mark in the publishing world – it’s a big deal. I have a short list of goals and hitting #1 was on that list. Now, because of the incredible passion of Gunship readers, I’ve achieved that goal.

This isn’t a blog about me beating my own chest, though. This is about anyone reading this who feels like they’re up against it. I’ve been told that I need to quit writing, I’ve had upset readers stalk me online and review each book negatively in an effort to stop me. I’ve lost friends because of writing and I’ve certainly felt like quitting more than once. Don’t quit. No matter what your situation looks like, writing or otherwise. Don’t ever quit.

My wife says that I’m no longer a starving author. Just a very hungry one. She’s right. I’m very hungry. And the folks who’ve had their stranglehold on the top of science fiction are about to find out just how hungry I am.

Vampire Hunters

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As a lot of you already know, the next Gunship has been dubbed¬†Vampire Hunters. For those readers who’ve followed the crew since day one, it’s pretty obvious that the Hunters are the Vampires in question. I’ve been hard at it, and it’s approximately 1/3 of the way complete. Dalton James returns, which should make a lot of folks happy.¬†VH takes place roughly five years after the finish of¬†Gunship: Afterworlds, and takes us back to our favorite planet in the Skyla System. The one with the pretty green sun. A lot has changed, however, and it should provide the perfect medium between things of the past and a bright new future for the series. (Expected release: April 2015)

If you’re new to Gunship, now is the perfect time to check it out!

The Gunship Database

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The Gunship universe is a living, breathing world. This is my attempt to catalog everything fans of the series want to know, but it’s a labor of love. In other words, it will take a while to get current. ¬† ūüôā

Please check back soon as I’ll be working closely with my editor and a handful of longtime fans to get this page up and running as it should be. Love live freedom!

BOOKS:

GUNSHIP

GUNSHIP: GLIMMERIA

GUNSHIP: REFLECTIONS

GUNSHIP: GEARS AND SPEARS

GUNSHIP: LEGENDARY

THE FLEET

THE FLEET: BLOOD WAR

THE FLEET: CHAOTIC WORLDS

GUNSHIP: AFTERWORLDS

GUNSHIP: THE BALLAD

GUNSHIP: THE GREAT WAR

GUARDIAN ANGEL

GUARDIAN ANGEL 2: THE BERLIN WAR

GUARDIAN ANGEL 3: DAYS OF RUIN

Guardian Angel

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The Guardian Angel Trilogy is now available!

There is a 4th book planned and potentially others. although it’s hard for me to give you a timetable and expected launch date at this time. Still, it’s huge news for fans of the series, as they’ve been asking for more Guardian Angel for quite some time. The next entry will center around the opening days of the alien invasion and cover many of the battles that were briefly mentioned in the original trilogy. We know that the United States and Germany were the last two governments standing. Soon enough, we’ll get to find out why, while meeting a host of brand new heroes.

 

 

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Welcome to the official website of the Gunship series. Since 2011, readers have devoured the story of Adam and his crew, and now, the Skyla System just got a whole lot bigger. For those of you who are new to Gunship, it’s a series that has spawned three #2 rankings on the Amazon Kindle(science fiction) and continues to thrive. Gunship is not your grandfather’s science fiction, but rather a gritty tale about a fictitious solar system with a heap of problems. At the backbone of things is a very nasty civil war between the two most-powerful factions humanity has to offer. In the background, there are plenty of nasty clans having at it. Vampires who prefer sleek weaponry against a mafia-style family that lives for the tradition of battling with cold steel. There’s also a large race of menacing green beasts who have a distaste for both of the previously mentioned. Oh, and there’s a Zombie outbreak.

Sound like an overload of goodness? Don’t worry, it’s all spread out across several books(seven and counting) in this ongoing series. Dusty saloons and revolvers meet high-tech weaponry and the endless confines of space. The Skyla System is a sandbox where anything is possible. The only certainty is – you’ll be left wanting more.

If you’re not brand new to the series – welcome back! You already know about Adam’s speed with a pistol and Dalton’s knack for emptying a whiskey bottle. In fact, you’re a big part part of the reason that the Gunship series is now challenging some of the most elite science fiction stories out there. Thank you for that.

Either way, I’m glad you found the Gunship Portal. There are huge things coming in 2015 and beyond!

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