Meet the Characters: FOLTEZ

Foltez is a character in the fantasy novel FIRE BORN. He meets the main characters under dire circumstances. His twin brother, Arunas, has been imprisoned in the mages' tower for several moons. Foltez cannot match the mages, other than his skill with the knife and the sword, but he has vowed to free his brother. 

Foltz wears a mask over his face. Even after he begins to trust Gakulisan and the unfortunate family traveling with him, he does not remove it.

There is something about a shaded / cloaked figure that is intriguing. 

Interested in reading more about Foltez and his fight to save his brother?
Discover him and more in 
Book One of the Flight Moon Series
by D. M. Raver

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FOLTEZ, the above character sketch is commissioned artwork.
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Three princes steal from their castle and begin a quest to explore the kingdom they will one day govern. Long from home, a shady rider approaches them. More mystery and danger lurks in the forests of Arnith that will test the bond of their brotherhood.

Book One of Brother Betrayed, best selling fantasy by D. M. Raver.

Book Two: The Wars of Arnith

Prequel to the Flight Moon Series:
Fire Born (now available)
Fate of Fire (2017)
Converging Flames
and Wild Fire

Fire Born ~ Book Release Party!

FIRE BORN is the first book of the Flight Moon Series, twenty years in the making. 


Join us online or in person at:
June 21st, 2015 
Village Coffee 
Troy, Alabama

Three books in print: 
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Tips for Indie Authors: How to Prepare for a Book Signing

Self published authors have a daunting task trying to "get their book out there". I am no expert, but I have had some success with local book signings.

Here are some tips I have if you are wanting to have your own local book signing. Most of these come from trial and error!

1. Free food is awesome! 
Here's a picture of "Tragedy Tarts" I made based on the plot of my book. The response was great! I handed out recipes at the book signing, and even had a chef in New York make their own spin on them. 

Free food, especially food related to your book in some way, always works wonders getting people to your table!

2. Signs are important
Many people will "browse" and may not want to approach your table and engage with you. Have some signs that explain who you are, what your book is about, and maybe even the price, so the shy customer can read about you at a distance.

3. Advertise, but don't spend too much money on it
Free is better! You can pay to have advertisements places on newspapers and local stations, but if you can get interviews prior to your signing with local TV and radio stations, that is even better. You can get the word out about your book, and let people learn more about you as an author.

4. Bookmarks are cool, but goodie bags are better.

Paper products don't move that fast off your table, even bookmarks (and bookmarks are cool!). But if you put them into goodie bags with candy or chocolate, they will be sure to find a new home. Goodie bags work better than a basket of candy. I suppose people don't want to get caught with their hand in the candy jar! 

5. Have a screen set up with a trailer of your book

I have never gotten the technicalities worked out to have this going, but I have seen other authors do it and it is perfect! Having audio or soft music with the trailer really entices people to your table.

Summer Project: Creating a Poem Book!

This summer one of my projects has been to combine all my old poetry into a book and publish it. I've added photographs by Sunsinger (who happens to be my wonderful mother : ).



The collection includes poems about nature, life and death, comedy, humanism, and existential questions.

Back From Hiatus

I've taken about a year off from my fantasy writing. After publishing Brother Betrayed, I found that I needed some time to sort out the next book in my head before I continued revising it.

Something has changed in the past couple years with my writing. Though I can't define it exactly, I do have an idea what it is. It's happened to me before that after a hiatus from my book, I will return with new ideas, and almost a new style of writing. Part of me has grown older, more experienced, and when I re-read what I had previously written I see it is lacking some "spark" that I can now apply to it.

Some authors are able to write an entire novel in a couple months. For me this is impossible. I mull over scenes for years, figuring out the best way to put on paper what I see and hear in my head.

For those of you waiting my next novel, Fire Born, you'll be happy to know that most of that "mulling" has been completed. Now comes the task of getting it on paper.

I appreciate your patience. My books are pieces of my soul, and they don't come out easily.

Here's the new cover to Fire Born. The main character of this book is a dragon, set in the same world as Brother Betrayed, just at a later time.