Here's a Christmas shopping guide to the books I've been involved in. For each one, I've included a suggestion for who to buy it for, what it's about, and a random point of interest.
They are available through your local bookstore, through Amazon, or by contacting me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Enjoy! And have a wonderful Christmas holiday!
Give it to: Yourself! You deserve a gift too! Or anyone who enjoys fantasy and/or mystery.
It's about: Brannon is a war hero trying to live a new life as a physician but when a member of the royal family is ritually murdered, he and a strange team of experts must figure out what schemes are afoot before the war restarts and a magical hell breaks loose on their world.
Points of interest: This is the first adventure for Brannon and his team. There will be more.
Currents of Change
Give it to: Your mum, your sister, or anyone who likes a romantic story with a bit of mystery and paranormal suspense.
It's about: When Sara takes refuge from an abusive relationship in her grandmother's childhood home, the last thing she expects is to find love with the single dad tradie next door or a ghost in the run-down house. But there's more to her family history than she could have believed and this small town has secrets.
Points of interest: This book was given the Koru Award by the NZ Romance Writers Association
The Psychology Workbook for Writers
Give it to: The writer in your circle of family and friends. The one that dabbles in storytelling but never lets anyone read it. The one that always says they have a book in them.
It's about: Using psychology theories to help writers develop fully rounded and realistic characters in their fiction as well as add conflict to storylines. Each chapter covers a theory in easy to understand terms, cites examples from popular books and movies, and then contains worksheets to help use these theories your writing.
Points of interest: Understanding how people tick is a great way to create interesting and realistic characters in fiction.
Give it to: The parents of that weird kid who you never really liked anyway. Anyone who enjoys a seriously creepy story that will make the hairs on their neck stand up.
It's about: Inspired by the (hopefully!) unintentionally creepy things children say, this is a collection of short stories that take the creepy child idea and run with it. The things that go bump in the night aren't always under the bed!
Points of interest: All proceeds from sales of this book donated to literacy charity, Duffy Books in Homes.
Give it to: The friend who likes to look at facebook posts in the bathroom and you think should try something a little less Trump-focused. Or anyone who likes a good story but doesn't have time for a full length novel.
It's about: Sixteen short stories that span the human experience of dealing with change - from a couple facing disability to drag queens fighting zombies, there's something for everyone in this collection.
Points of interest: Many of the stories in this collection have won prizes or been nominated for awards in their own right before being brought together for this book.
The Best of Twisty Christmas Tales
Give it to: A child aged 8 to 12. Or anyone who loves the joy of Christmas.
It's about: Tales about Christmas with a wacky and/or New Zealand twist. In the Southern Hemisphere, Christmas generally isn't white. And when it's a little bit twisty, it can be a whole lot of fun!
Points of interest: A portion of profits from this book are donated to the Muscular Dystrophy Association to help with their work with those who have neuromuscular disease.
Beyond DNA: Stories of Challenge and Triumph
Give it to: Anyone who likes inspiring true life stories.
It's about: The real experiences of New Zealanders living with neuromuscular conditions such as muscular dystrophy, charcot marie tooth disease, and others. What are the most challenging things about living in a body that is differently abled? How are those challenges overcome to create lives that are both wonderful and ordinary?
Points of interest: All proceeds from this book go to the Muscular Dystrophy Association of NZ.
For more information on these books, check out my Amazon Page or www.darian-smith.com