Let’s Celebrate!

Hello friends. It’s been awhile since my last blog entry but I’ve experienced a lot of “life happens” since February. The good news is that our health challenges are being overcome and my wife and I are looking forward to a healthy and active fall. Yes, that means a summer spent healing and recuperating, but it’s a small price to pay. Without boring you with details, it’s suffice to say that getting older isn’t always fun, and our joints and bones have ways of paying us back for our youthful exuberance and indiscretions. In my case, a badly broken heal and ankle some 25 years ago has morphed into arthritic ankle joints and bone spurs. Oh if only I had not climbed up on the roof that day!

I’ve also been hard at work on “Aneni: A Gaia Origin Novella” that, if all goes according to plan, will be out by summer’s end. It takes place twenty years before Restoration and it begins on the day that Aneni is “born”, which for an AI means being given access to all the computer hardware she needs to grow, learn, and evolve.

Without giving too much away: Dylan and Lily have travelled to Hades One (a space station orbiting Mars) to greet Telogene’s newest AI creation. What’s supposed to be a routine trip soon goes sideways when an unfortunate event occurs on the station (No, I’m not telling you. It’s a surprise!). What was supposed to be a time of measured testing, learning, and development for Aneni quickly turns into a trial by fire.

Aneni struggles at first, our world is, after all, completely new to her, but it doesn’t take long for her to discover the full extent of her abilities. The question, as always seems to be the case with Aneni, is: Will she do as her creators ask, or will she do things her way? The answer may surprise you!

If you’ve already read Revival, then Aneni should give you some good insight into how and why she treats the colonists the way she does. If you haven’t read Restoration or Revival, then Aneni will be a good introduction to the “The Gaia Origin Series”. Not only will you get to learn a lot about Aneni, but you’ll also have a chance to meet some of the other main characters in the series long before their lives become inextricably linked in Restoration.

To celebrate this time of healing and rejuvenation (and the fact that May is my birth-month), I’m putting my ebooks on sale for just 99 cents for the next ten days. If you haven’t read them already, now is a great time to download a copy for those warm summer days you’ll (hopefully) spend relaxing by the lake, beach, or pool.

Until next time, thanks for reading!

PS. Aneni wasn’t always called by that name. You’ll have to read the novella though if you want to find out how and why she came to be called “Aneni”! (Hint: It’s a Shona word that means “God is with me”.)

The reviews are in!

Hello friends,

It’s been awhile since my last post but, fear not, I have been hard at work on “Aneni: A Gaia Origin Novella” and am looking forward to sharing it with you this spring. “Aneni” takes place twenty years before “Restoration” and tells the story of how Aneni came to be. It also gives you a peak into the backstory of several key characters, including Dylan, Adee, and Yin. Trust me, if you have enjoyed the series thus far you will not want to miss this!

In the mean time, I recently received some editorial reviews from Kirkus and Chanticlear and thought I’d share them with you. The reviewer at Chanticlear especially loved “Revival” and gave it 5-stars! Both books continue to do well on Amazon with “Resoration” at 21 reviews and 4.4 stars and “Revival” at 7 reviews and 4.4 stars. If you have read either of these books and not left your review yet, please do! Reviews are the lifeblood of new authors and everyone counts!!

Here are the quoteables from the editorial reviews:

“A thematically rich and riveting futuristic tale.”Kirkus Reviews

“A fresh look at the scary and exhilarating role AI may play in our future. Speculative Sci-fi at its best. Highly recommended.” – Chanticleer Reviews

That’s all for now.

As always, thank you for reading and may all your tomorrows be bright!


Happy New Year!

Let’s face it, 2020 has been a difficult year. As a nation, we find ourselves divided by our politics, our beliefs, and even science. We find ourselves facing a pandemic of epic proportions, and many of us have not seen family or friends for months. Worse yet, some of us have lived in near solitary confinement because of health reasons, local restrictions, or both. Sadly, the oldest and most vulnerable among us have suffered the greatest, with many dying alone. And yet, as the new year dawns, most of us still find reasons to hope.

We hope that 2021 will restore some sense of normalcy, although we do not know what our new “normal” will look like. At a minimum, we hope that we will be able to spend time with friends and loved ones without fear. At best, we hope to travel freely once again, and to go to movies, plays, sport events, or concerts with our friends and thousands of our fellow fans. The reality is that it will probably be several years before all those things are true, but that is no reason to give up hope. Even when confronted with so much difficulty and despair, we must hold on to the time-tested adage that “this too shall pass” and the optimistic belief that our “our best days lie ahead”.

Happy New Year to you and yours, and may 2021 bring you all the health and happiness you deserve and more.

Big Holiday Book Sale!

Hi friends. Just a quick post to let you know that both books in The Gaia Origin Series are on sale now through Christmas. Pop on over to http://www.danmcwhorter.com and grab your copies today! And while you’re at, pick up a few extra copies for all the sci-fi fans in your family.

Thank you for your support and happy holidays to you and yours!



Interview with Aneni is Live!

The wonderful folks over at https://theprotagonistspeaks.com recently interviewed Aneni, the most advance AI ever created!

The interview spans a whole range of topics starting with her earliest days as a self-aware entity all the way to the present day, including her relationship with Christian, her plans for the humans in her care, and beyond.

Read the entire interview here: https://theprotagonistspeaks.com/2020/10/23/aneni-of-revival-by-daniel-c-mcwhorter/


Revival Available Everywhere Monday 10/26!

Great news friends. Revival: The Gaia Origin, Book Two will be available from all your favorite booksellers this coming Monday, October 26th.

Here’s the Amazon link, I will post the links to other booksellers just as soon as I have them: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08GJ6Y8XK

It’s been quite a journey so far and I hope to continue for many years to come. In addition to a third book in the Gaia Origin series, I have ideas for another three books beyond that! With your support, we will be able to follow Aneni, Evan, Christian, Lily and the rest of our merry band for years to come.

I hope you enjoy and, as always, all feedback is welcome and appreciated!

Stay healthy my friends,


The allauthor.com Book Cover Contest is Live!

Good news friends,”Revival: The Gaia Origin, Book Two” was selected to be one of 450 covers competing for the September 2020 book cover contest!

The contest will now have 4 rounds, one round per week in September:
• First, all the selected entries will contest for the next round. (Duration 1st – 7th)
• Second, 100 top-voted covers will compete to enter the third round. (Duration 8th – 14th)
• Third, top 50 book covers from the previous round. (Duration 15th – 21st)
• Fourth, top 24 book covers will play the last round in the chase. (Duration 22nd – Month end)
The 3 winners will be announced on the last day of the month.

You can vote once per round, so that’s four total voting opportunities if my cover makes it into the final round.

Thank you in advance for your support!

Revival Available For Pre-order!

Great news friends: Revival, The Gaia Origin Book Two is now available for pre-order on Amazon. It will be released to all distribution channels on October 26th. The price at release will be $4.99 (ebook) but it is just $2.99 during the pre-order window. Reserve your copy today!

Just a Quick Update

I know it has been awhile but rest assured I have been hard at work getting “Revival” ready to release. The first round of edits was completed last week and it is back with the editor for round two. On Monday I sent out advance reader copies to those of you that volunteered to beta read for me (thank you volunteers!).

If you want to read for me there is still time! Just send me a message via email (dan@danmcwhorter.com) I’ll send you the PDF. Please note that all feedback must be received by 5pm Friday September 11th in order to be included in the final release copy. Feedback received after that date will be accepted and incorporated at some future date.

I’m really exited to get “Revival: Gaia Origin Series Book Two” on the shelves! Assuming the editing goes as planned, I am targeting an early to mid October release.

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