The Dark Thorn & A New Anthology

As many of you know, I was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma last year. It was a rough time but I prevailed and now I’m healthier than ever.

The problem is this: I didn’t have health insurance. I quickly gained a massive financial debt from the surgeries and treatment. But rather than declare medical bankruptcy as so many have to do in my situation, Terry offered to write me a short story to help. He told me to contact my other writer friends and create a short story anthology, the proceeds from which would go to ending that debt.

He also suggested I publish my novel, The Dark Thorn, as a hardcover. Here is the blurb he offered for the book:

“The Dark Thorn is one exciting book. From start to finish, there are strong characters, dangers lurking around every corner and cliffhangers that will leave you breathless. A fine tale by a talented writer.” — Terry Brooks

The Dark Thorn is now up for hardcover pre-order on my new website, Grim Oak Press. It can also be ordered on the Kindle as well as the Nook! But it is also time to announce the anthology. It is titled Unfettered and the list of authors is below in the official press release from my new publishing house, Grim Oak Press:

Click to embiggin’ the press release!

As you can see, there are some great writers there. I am super fortunate to have such generous friends. Proceeds from Unfettered will go to alleviating my medical debt. The Dark Thorn will also have two different hardcover editions to help. Some of you have been waiting for The Dark Thorn to be published as a physical copy. Now you have your chance. You can read an excerpt from my novel on the Grim Oak Press website and purchase now if you like.

Unfettered will go on pre-order sale in a month or two.

Note: If you want to order a signed & numbered edition of The Dark Thorn to ensure you can order a copy of the signed & numbered edition of Unfettered, follow the HOW TO ORDER directions on Grim Oak Press. The books won’t last long when this goes viral in a day or two.

Thanks for reading and hopefully buying! It means a lot to me!

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Written by Shawn Speakman
I am the long-time friend and webmaster for Terry Brooks as well as the author of The Dark Thorn, an urban/epic fantasy hybrid novel Terry calls "a fine tale by a talented writer." Join me on Facebook and Twitter (@shawnspeakman)!