Sunday, August 22, 2010

Music Video - A Song from Masters & Slayers

In my book Masters & Slayers, a character sings a song I have called Cassabrie's Song. Here is my friend Jessica Coleman performing her arrangement. The music was composed by "Gwendolyn," a young lady who sometimes posts comments on this blog.

Click here to see it at the Youtube site.

Passion, the Fire that Cannot be Quenched

I recently gave a speech at the Montrose Christian Writers' Conference entitled "Passion, the Fire that Cannot be Quenched." If you would like to hear it, click here. I hope it is inspirational for all you writers out there.

If you are inclined to comment about it, feel free to do so.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Master & Slayers and Starlighter Combo Pack

If you would like to buy autographed copies of Masters & Slayers and Starlighter together, my price for that combination is $17 instead of $23 if you buy them separately. Since I will ship them together, you will get a shipping charge savings as well. Click here to purchase.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Dragons in our Midst and Oracles of Fire Apparel

In case you didn't know, you can buy Dragons in our Midst and Oracles of Fire apparel, including t-shirts, polo shirts, hoodies, and caps. It's still t-shirt and polo season, but autumn is right around the corner, so you'll soon want a new hoodie. Check it out - Click Here

Endorsement for Masters & Slayers - #3

Bryan Davis once again writes a novel that captures the imagination and the heart. Masters and Slayers is packed with colorful characters and the story moves at a good pace keeping the mind on high alert. This first novel in the adult series, promises to be another masterpiece for Davis. Well crafted and beautifully written.
    Aaron Patterson (Author of the WJA series)

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Masters & Slayers - Two Series?

Confused about how Masters & Slayers relates to Starlighter?

Masters & Slayers, published by AMG/Living Ink, is the first book in Tales of Starlight, a series for adults that acts as a companion series to Dragons of Starlight, a series for young adults (which includes Starlighter) published by Zondervan.

How to Read the two Series:

You can fully enjoy the Tales of Starlight series without reading the companion series, Dragons of Starlight, and you can fully enjoy Dragons of Starlight without reading Tales of Starlight. If you read both series, however, you will enjoy a fuller understanding of the story world.

If you intend to read both series, here is my suggested reading order:

1. Starlighter (Dragons of Starlight book #1)
2. Masters & Slayers (Tales of Starlight book #1)
3. Warrior (Dragons of Starlight book #2)
4. The Third Starlighter (Tales of Starlight book #2)
5. Diviner (Dragons of Starlight book #3)
6. Dragons of Starlight book #4 (Untitled at this time)

You may switch the reading order for entries 1 and 2 on the above list without any problem, and you may also switch the order for entries 4 and 5.

Parents’ Guide:

Although Masters & Slayers is designed for adults, it can be read by teenagers, especially those who have enjoyed Starlighter, the first book in the Dragons of Starlight series. The adult designation is due to the fact that the story follows the adventures of adult characters instead of teenagers.

The good-versus-evil violence in this book is similar to that of the young adult series, except for a few more graphic events, such as the fiery execution of a boy and the severing of a murder victim’s fingers. There are no sexual scenes, but the breeding of humans by order of the slave-master dragons is mentioned. This practice takes place “off-screen” and is not described, though one character explains his dilemma when faced with an order to participate. There is no profanity or sexually provocative language.

Monday, August 09, 2010

Endorsement for Masters & Slayers - #2

All I can say is that I'm now a huge fan. Davis's pacing is masterful, and his story craft is on par with the greats, making him a legend in his own day. But what grips me the most are his characters. Never have I been so sad to see a story come to a close.

Davis's leap to adult fiction was no leap at all. At least he made it seem that way. Writing for an older audience comes as natural to him as Adrian parrying a sword attack.

It's one thing to use fantastical creatures of the status quo, but it's quite another to form new ones from the ground up, giving readers beings they've yet to imagine! Hats off to Davis for reinventing the norm in fantasy once again.

Adventure. Courage. Valor. Sacrifice. An absolute must read.

Christopher Hopper (Author of The White Lion Chronicles and co-author of The Berinfell Prophecies)

Saturday, August 07, 2010

Endorsement for Masters & Slayers - #1

Believable world building undergirds good fantasy. In Masters and Slayers Bryan Davis takes as much care establishing the physical backdrop as he does in character development. The result is another tale that draws in fantasy lovers and satisfies the reader on a spiritual level as well as on the entertainment through adventure plane. Mr. Davis has given us the beginning of another series to put on the Keeper shelf.

    Donita K. Paul (Author of Dragon Keeper Chronicles and Chiril Chronicles)

Monday, August 02, 2010

Vote for the Clive Staples Award - The Bones of Makaidos

The Bones of Makaidos has been nominated for the Clive Staples Award for speculative fiction. If you have read at least two of the nominated books, you are eligible to vote, and voting is now open for one month.

Here is a link for voting. Please follow the rules carefully - Clive Staples Award Voting

I would be grateful if you would consider voting for The Bones of Makaidos, but, of course, you should vote for the book you think most worthy.

If you haven't read two books in the nomination list, there is still time to do so and vote before the end of the month.

Reviewers Needed for Masters & Slayers

If you are a reviewer for a blog or for a print or on-line publication, a librarian, or a serious, experienced reviewer, I would like to invite you to participate in an opportunity to review Masters & Slayers, the first book in the adult companion series to Dragons of Starlight.

The publisher has the digital file for Masters & Slayers available for reviewers who are willing to give no-spoiler reviews. This system allows reviewers to download the file free of charge, and the file will expire after 15 days.

I am hoping to limit this offer to experienced reviewers who are well-versed at writing no-spoiler reviews, so I might ask you for a link to a sample review you have done.

If you are interested, please let me know by email - bryan (at) daviscrossing (dot) com. I will need your email address so that I can send it to the publisher who will then communicate with you.