Win a free e-book!

Hello friends and prospective readers, I have some exciting news. I have partnered with Goodreads.com to give away 100 digital copies of Restoration! The contest starts tonight at midnight and runs through Sunday, September 30th. If you’ve been on the fence, now’s your chance to read Restoration for free! Winners will be notified via email by Goodreads.

Of course, you can always purchase Restoration on Amazon.com if you want it today. And you can always read it for free if you have Amazon Prime or subscribe to Kindle Unlimited.

Good luck and thank you for your interest!

https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/283638

 

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My Next Book

I have some exciting news to share: As of today I have written 34,512 words for my second book, which equates to roughly 25% done. The working title is The Fourth World, and it takes place approximately forty years before Restoration. But, even though both books take place in the same fictional timeline, it is not a prequel.

I actually started this book way back in 1998 (or thereabouts), but life took me in a different direction and I had to set it aside. I worked on it some in 2012, but once again life pulled me away. That was definitely not a bad thing though, my wife and I got to live and work in St. Thomas, USVI for four years!

Restoration was also born in 2012, but it existed as only a rough outline and some character notes. In 2017, when I decided to finally pursue my dream of being a writer, I dug into my research and notes for both books and decided to finish Restoration first, unsure whether I would ever finish The Fourth World or not. But, after re-reading the 10,000+ words I had written way back in ’98, I decided that it deserved to be finished.

I will share more details in future posts, but the timeline I established for TFW provided the historical elements in Restoration—with climate change, WW III and the colonization of Mars being the most relevant to both books. That said, TFW isn’t really about any of those things. It’s about Marissa Spencer, an archeologist, and her twin brother Michael, an astronaut.

The year 2034 is an exciting time for the twins: They will celebrate their 33rd birthday, Marissa makes an incredible discovery while working on an excavation in China and Michael will pilot the first manned mission to Mars. Unfortunately for them, 2035 will be just as exciting but far more dangerous.

I plan to release The Fourth World in December and will provide regular updates between now and then. Revival, book two in the Restoration series, is slated for summer 2019.

Stay tuned, and thanks for reading!

Image credits: “The White Pyramid”, Shaanxi China, 1945. First published in the NY Times in 1947 and later attributed to James Gaussman.

I finished my first novel!

Well, friends, it took me just about a year to do it, but my first novel is done!

It’s called Restoration and it’s available in both e-book and paperback formats on Amazon.com. If you buy the paperback you will get the e-book for free!

The book is a fast-paced sci-fi adventure that explores a future where genetic engineering and cloning technologies have been perfected and exploited on a mass scale. It also explores the moral, physical and ethical consequences of using advanced technologies without fully understanding their effects and implications for our species.

Ultimately, Restoration challenges our definition of what it means to be alive, and it asks us to consider whether the entirety of who we are can be digitized and transferred from one body to another without losing any part of ourselves. 

I wrote Restoration as the first of a planned three-book series. I am just starting on the second book now so it will be some time before it’s available—my goal is to finish by the summer of 2019, and my stretch goal is next March. They say you’re more likely to achieve your goals if you write them down, and now I’ve done it!

If you would like to follow my progress, head on over to www.danmcwhorter.com and subscribe to get regular updates on book two. You can also follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Last but not least, I’d love to get your feedback if you read the book. I’m a firm believer that the more feedback I get the better my next books will be. So thank you in advance!