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Small Press & Self-Published / Stoc, Volume Three of the New Druids series.
« on: September 01, 2017, 09:54:21 AM »

The Draoi school has formed and Will and Nadine Arbor have begun to expose their powers to the realm of Belkin.

Lord Protector John Healy has made a deal with a foreign force to secure his base of power. Turgany will initiate a civil war that will drive Will to have to decide how his draoi can protect the harmony in the Realm.

Gaea, Erebus and the Church will come together in direct conflict, the result of which will determine the future for all. All life in Belkin teeters in the balance. Only Will and the draoi can hope to save the world.

Return to Turgany County and the realm of Belkin. A quiet land now in open rebellion against a tyrant and powers beyond understanding.

This is a story of how one young man and his students will change the world.

This is the third volume in the award winning New Druids series. Duilleog is the first volume, and Craobh is the second volume. Both novels gold and bronze medal winners in the Global eBook Awards for 2016 and 2017, respectively.


I am pleased to announce that Craobh: A New Druids Series, Volume 2 is now available for eBook and trade paperback purchase on Amazon, and eBook on Smashwords.

Craobh on
Craobh on Smashwords

The trade paperback version is now available from Amazon CreateSpace for $14.99 USD.

Will Arbor returns to realm of Belkin and the powers of the draoi.

Will Arbor, the last of the Druids, returns to his journey to locate and discover answers in the Draoi Manuscript. Will is thrown into the machinations of the Sect of the Church of the New Order, and must fight to survive against the powers that surpass his own.

The Lord Protector puts into motion events that will pit those who would protect the realm against those that would seize control over the minds and bodies of its citizens. Will Arbor will find unexpected allies as he struggles to understand the balance of magic and where he fits into Gaea's plans.
Return to Turgany County and the realm of Belkin. A quiet land quickly descending into chaos and turmoil.

NOTE: The first novel in the series, Duilleog, is available for free on Smashwords and on! No reason not to!

Here's what people are saying about Craobh:

"Craobh, the second volume in the New Druid Series, continues the great writing found in Duilleog. You start reading and the next thing you know it's 2 AM, but you need to find out what will be happening..." Martin C. Jordan, 5-Stars.

"In this second volume of the series, we are serviced with more background history, allowing the reader to understand, place, time, and characterizations. This is turning into a very successful series!" Grady Harp, 5-Stars.

"I personally love this story, is engaging and have a few twists that leaves you with a ‘wow’ expression." Julius Z, 5-Stars.

I am pleased to announce the release of the second volume in the New Druids Series: Craobh. Releasing on May 31st on Amazon, Kobo, and Smashwords.

Duilleog, the first volume is now free on Smashwords!



Small Press & Self-Published / Canadian ISBNs
« on: July 04, 2015, 09:13:28 PM »
I wrote about this on my blog and thought I would share this here. If this is a repeat of a posting elsewhere on this website I apologise for the spam.  This is information I wish I had early on and sadly this does NOT apply to non-Canadian authors.

ISBN Canada, over at Library and Archives Canada (government), provides a free ISBN service to Canadian artists. Did anyone know that?  I didn’t. I was slogging through Smashwords and reading some details on self-publishing with them and then wondered if they provided free ISBNs like Amazon does. Well they linked me to ISBN Canada. And now I am sitting here stunned.
For those of you who do not know (or thought you knew): An ISBN (International Standard Book Number) is a 13-digit number that uniquely identifies each specific edition of a book or book-like product. You need a unique code for your eBook, for your hardcover or softcover, etc. etc.  In the United States, as an artist, you need to go to a company like Bowkers and purchase a number of ISBNs for your use. How much? It costs $125 USD for one ISBN or $275 USD for ten ISBNs. I thought that was normal. Note: you don’t actually need an ISBN, but it helps on many levels should your book do well. It doesn’t protect your book from being stolen, for example, but you can prove that the book is registered to you under the ISBN registration. Like a fingerprint. All book databases use the ISBN to track books. ISBNs are how readers and buyers find your books. They are essential for sales to bookstores, for online sales, and for listing in databases and directories such as Books in Print.
See why am I so stunned right now? ISBN Canada just asks me how many I want and then they assign them to me. For free. That is amazing.
You’ll notice I mentioned that Amazon will provide an ISBN for free. You’ll be wondering, so what’s the problem? Well, that ISBN  can only be used on the Amazon version of the book and only on CreateSpace – not for Kindle Direct Publishing. It also identifies Amazon as the publisher even though I am self-publishing. It’s just a bit oily if you know what I mean.



Writers' Corner / -ly and Needless Word: Word Macros. Experience?
« on: July 02, 2015, 04:07:45 PM »
Quick question folks. I have used word macros to locate and highlight needless words and -ly words (you know: those nasty adverbs that destroy sentences).  Examples here:

So here is the question: Do you have alternative macro sources or programs that do this better, worse, same? If so, can you share your sources, please?



Edit: I know about the Hemingway app and there is already a forum post specific to that so please avoid talking about that app please. Really this is about macros for Word and similar solutions. 

Introductions / Canadian Author
« on: July 01, 2015, 03:55:22 AM »
Hi folks,

My name is Donald D. Allan.

I've recently turned 50 and I have spent half a lifetime reading fantasy and science fiction. Everything else pales in comparison. I've been a writer at heart my whole life. I once had Brian Doyle, a Canadian children's author as my Creative Writing teacher at Glebe Collegiate Institute (i.e. high school) many, many moons ago.

I'm a total geek and mild nerd. I am a communication specialist officer in the Royal Canadian Navy and I am now writing and self-publishing. My first novel is out on the street and I have the next two in the series all scoped out and ready to role. The second is halfway done.

What an amazing year this has been writing the novel, researching what to do to publish it, and now I am suffering marketing. I knew it was coming but holy smokes!

My influences are the typical authors we all love (Tolkein, Leiber, Martin, etc. etc.) but I also love Elizabeth Moon - the Paksennarion trilogy is the BEST fantasy I have ever read. I read it all the time (and the additional world novels but they aren't as good as Sheepfarmers' Daughter and the others). I have stumbled upon Urban Fantasy and I have to say that I ADORE it. Iron Druid, Dresden, female protagonists, all marvelous stuff. I eat it all up as much as a can. I am a voracious reader. I read a novel in 4 hours. Can't get enough into me. Now I'm trying to give back.

This is a wonderful site you all have here. I think I will enjoy it here!


Falls Church, Virginia (moving back to Canada in August 2015)


My first novel has just been self-published and I would love for everyone to have a read (and review it)! Here is the blurb:

Visit a land where druids have all but been eradicated and Gaea stands on the brink of wiping out mankind. Join Will Arbor as he awakens his legacy of druidic powers and begins a journey of self-discovery.

Enter a world where the Church of the New Order seeks to destroy this last druid, remove the Lord Protector, and regain their control over the lives of the people of the Realm. Witness the horrors that only men with greed and lust for power can unleash.

This is a book that explores the strength of reason, the beauty of nature, and the lies of religion. A young man, ripped from his family, has raised himself in the wild and discovered a talent and love of nature and harmony. Duilleog captures the joy of his journey to discover truths and his own strength in the face of adversity.

Read as one young man tries to change the world.

Duilleog is the first volume in The New Druids Series novels. The next volume, Craobh, is due out Winter 2015, and will continue that voyage of self-discovery before culminating in the third volume, Stoc, due out Winter 2016.

Kindle and Trade Paperback Version (US):
Kobo Version:
Smashwords Version:
iTunes for iBook:

I can be reached at or at

Cheers and thanks!


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