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Authors Give Back Sale at Smashwords

Most of my ebooks are now 30% off for the next month during the Authors Give Back Sale at Smashwords in response to the Corona Virus/Covid19 pandemic. https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/davidsloma

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Read an Ebook Week Sale

All of my titles are 25% off during the Read an Ebook Week Sale on from March 1 – March 7, 2020 at Smashwords.com: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/davidsloma

Fourth Anniversary of David Bowie’s Death

David Bowie left this Earth four years ago.

Earlier this month, January 10, 2020, marked the fourth anniversary of David Bowie death, his leaving this life behind; he passed away on January 10, 2016. Hard to believe it’s been that long already! Seems he’s always been with us, and always will be…

Bowie was making music before I was born. Like many of my generation, I grew up hearing the music of Bowie on the radio, a constant, dependable thing that would always be there for us, or so we thought. When music videos became popular, Bowie was there too, with his creative visions merging with his sounds. And there were his many memorable roles in films and TV shows, too (Labyrinth and Twin Peaks are two that stand out for me).

One of my earliest memories of encountering a Bowie recording was seeing the video of him singing “Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy” with Bing Crosby, done in 1977. It’s been described as a surreal happening, and indeed, I felt it was too; two icons from different eras, together. But despite the strangeness, and how out of place it seemed, the combination really did work well! The single was eventually one of Bowie’s biggest hits. Crosby passed away just weeks after they’d done the duet.

I saw Bowie perform, sadly only once, during his Sound+Vision Tour in 1990. I knew I had to make the effort to see and hear Bowie live! The concert had some startling moments that are still vivid in my mind thirty years later. The visuals were cutting edge at the time; images of Bowie on screens and projections on a huge, transparent scrim went swirling, growing/shrinking, backwards and forwards, and much more. It was mesmerizing! I’d never seen anything like it! The visual effects would go on to influence many concerts of others that I was to see in subsequent years. Also, the dancing of Louise Lecavalier/La La La Human Steps added a lot. The sound, being Bowie, was great, and very precise. However, there was a technical glitch in the show, and it had to be stopped for a few minutes to fix it. But that was fine, as it didn’t last long, and soon the show was back on again, plus we got the bonus of Bowie addressing the crowd because of it.

I read a science-fiction story in a graphic-novel type of magazine in the late 1980’s, it must have been (I believe it was by Ric Veitch in Epic Illustrated, but I’d have to dig out the issue to be sure), and there was a story set in the future. In the story someone was playing music that was stored on little cubes, which was a bit of a new idea back then. One of the cubes had a picture of Bowie on it, and a character in the story referred to it as he played it, saying how dead singers were still the best. That wasn’t true when I first read the story, but it’s true now – funny how things change and also how they stay the same.

But if you know about Bowie, then you’ll also know that he was a very spiritual person and didn’t think death was the end when we leave this world. I like to think that he’s still out there, somewhere. I wonder what he’s up to?

R.I.P. David Bowie (four years on now)

Neil Peart’s Passing

Just heard the sad news today that Neil Peart, drummer and lyricist for the band Rush, has passed away.

I heard the news about Neil on the radio (quite fitting), listening to Neil’s hometown station, no less; there was lots of commentary and playing of Rush songs, and people calling in with memories to share. So, that helped to take out the sting a little, knowing many of us were going through this together, even if physically distant.

I grew up in suburbs and it meant a lot to hear Rush at the time with their song “Subdivisions.” That there was someone out there who could put words and music to my teenage feelings was pure magic and friendship over the airwaves. “The Spirit of Radio,” indeed.

I had the good fortune to see Rush live several times, and it was always an incredible experience! I got to meet Geddy and Alex, and they signed some of my albums, but the Professor remained elusive, as was his way. I did read most of his books, and they gave further insight into what he went through as a public figure (beyond the lyrics of “Limelight”), so it was understandable.

Thanks, Neil, for all the great music and words, you and your work will not be forgotten.

RIP Ghost Rider/Professor

Now out! Purifier: D.U.M.B.s (Deep Underground Military Bases) – Book 7

Purifier: D.U.M.B.s (Deep Underground Military Bases) – Book 7
By David Sloma

A secret breakaway military wages a clandestine war against an alien invasion.

Book 7 – Purifier, the last part in this epic science fiction story is now out!

Released: December 18, 2020

Amazon (Kindle edition and paperback): https://amzn.to/3r4MsUq

Apple: https://books.apple.com/us/book/purifier-d-u-m-b-s-deep-underground-military-bases-book-7/id1546169473?ls=1

Barnes and Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/purifier-david-sloma/1138505494

Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/David_Sloma_Purifier_D_U_M_B_s_Deep_Underground_Mi?id=_REQEAAAQBAJ

Gumroad: https://gumroad.com/l/hAMvbC

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/ca/en/ebook/purifier-d-u-m-b-s-deep-underground-military-bases-book-7

Scribd: https://www.scribd.com/book/488838739

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/1060297

Also available in some public libraries, so ask your Librarian if you don’t see it listed.


Update: November 8, 2020: The final editing pass on the book is happening now, after delays out of my control, and it will be published in the coming weeks, before the Christmas season with any luck! Thanks for your patience, and check back soon for the publication details. -Dave.

Update: March 1, 2020: Past the half-way point in the editing and picking up speed on it. Working hard to get the book out. I’ll make an announcement as soon as it’s available for sale so check back here for that, or also see my Twitter, and email newsletter.

Update: January 11, 2020:  Still in the editing phase, and it’s going well. But it usually takes longer than anticipated. It will be finished soon, but I’m not going to rush it. I want to ensure that you get a quality book like you’ve been waiting for. Thanks for your patience and continued support! You can check back soon for news, and sign up for my mailing list/newsletter if you want to be notified about new books.  – Dave.

David Sloma writer and filmmaker official site – home page: https://davidsloma.com


Smashwords Summer Winter Sale 2019

Another summer has rolled around (in this part of the world, at least), since I started to place my books for sale on Smashwords back in 2012 (just one day before the much-hyped Dec. 21, 2012!), and that means it’s time for another one of their annual sales, the Smashwords Summer Winter Sale!

There are big discounts on ebooks until July 31, and mine are included in the sale. So, head on over to my page on Smashwords and get yourself some deals on summer, or winter, reading: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/davidsloma

“You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.” – Ray Bradbury


My Ebooks in Public Libraries

You can now read my ebooks from a growing number of public libraries the world over!

Just check the online catalog of your local library for my titles.

If you don’t see my ebooks in the catalog, ask the librarian to order them  – my ebooks are supplied to libraries by Bibliotheca, OverDrive, and Baker & Taylor.

(Some libraries may even be able to order paperback copies of my books from Amazon or Barnes & Noble.)

Happy reading!



New Novel: “The Key to the Lock”

Dnierf Lem, a young bookstore clerk, finds a book that’s not supposed to exist. In it are clues that pull him into a mysterious scavenger hunt with big prizes and big trouble, the end of which is unknown.

But is it just someone rich playing an elaborate game? It seems so, but Dnierf isn’t so sure. Curiosity, and the lure of money and adventure, drives him forward from his mundane life, even after his life is put at risk.

He’ll find there’s much more to this than a game, with travel to exotic lands and mystical, even occult, spiritual experiences – if he can keep ahead of those trying to kill him and his new companions along the way.

Get it from: https://davidsloma.com/book-stores

Writing: Staying Focused in the Summer

A blog of a writer I read frequently is that of Dean Wesley Smith. He’s been a professional writer for a long while now, about forty years I believe, and has some good insights to share about being a writer.

One of those is his observation that during the summer months, which he calls the “Time of Great Forgetting,” many writers abandon their writing to do summer things, only to come back to writing in the fall months shocked at what they didn’t accomplish.

I can say that his observation has been accurate in my writing life, but only in the past. I’m no longer plagued with the “Time of Great Forgetting,” as I’ve made my writing so much a part of my life that I’d miss it if I didn’t do it daily. And I do miss it, on those rare occasions that I don’t get to do it on a given day.

Here are some of the ways in which I’ve made writing part of my daily life and tools I’ve used to accomplish that. Some of these I’ve learned from Dean, I’m sure; others came from personal experience and from other writers:

  • Try to write at the same time every day.
  • Write daily, no matter if you can only squeeze in a little time or a few words – something is always better than nothing. It keeps the writing “muscle” in shape and keeps the stories flowing.
  • Set goals for your writing in the form of words per day, per month, and per year. It’s amazing when you look back at your progress, or lack of!
  • Keep a log of your written words. This way it’s easy to see where you’ve slipped or where you’ve advanced.
  • Always keep learning in regards to writing, on the craft side and on the buisness side, through following writing blogs, reading books on writing, watching instructional videos, listening to podcasts, and taking courses. This will keep your mind focused on writing, especially during those times you might not have a lot to devote to the actual writing.

Dean’s got a great blog for writers, and he offers workshops and video lectures, too: http://www.deanwesleysmith.com

My D.U.M.B.s (Deep Underground Military Bases) series on Amazon (but if you click this link first before you buy anything on Amazon, I will get a small payment for each sale): https://amzn.to/2ngYD2a

Thank you!


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