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Holiday season!

Holiday season!

I tend to get behind this time of year with all the holidays coming one right after another. I’m trying not to let that happen this year. I’m still working on editing the new book but the cover is just about set with only a couple minor tweaks needed.

I’ve also been put on a self publishing panel at the Arisia sci fi convention coming up in January which is super cool and I’ve been putting together material for that as well. All in all its been fun and somewhat productive so back to work with me, Enjoy your weekend all! Oh yeah and here’s a look at the new cover!


AtS ghosts cover 1 alternate copy



Almost as good as winning!

Almost as good as winning!

I entered a contest a while back. I didn’t win but I got the judges review of book 1 of Strand today and I have to say I’m ok with losing if this is what they thought of the Antilles…


22nd Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards

 Entry Title Strand Book 1 “The Antilles”

Author: Don Chase

Judge Number: 22

Entry Category: Genre Fiction

 Books are evaluated on a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 meaning “needs improvement” and 5 meaning “outstanding”. This scale is strictly to provide a point of reference, it is not a cumulative score and does not reflect ranking.


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Structure, Organization, and Pacing: 3

 Spelling, Punctuation, and Grammar: 3

 Production Quality and Cover Design: 4

 Plot and Story Appeal: 3

 Character Appeal and Development: 4

 Voice and Writing Style: 3

Judge’s Commentary*:


STRAND BOOK 1 “The Antilles,” by Don Chase, is a fast paced space thriller filled with adventures, interesting characters, space technology, and an unexpected ending. Both the plotting and characterization are excellent. There are a few things missing that interfere with the enjoyment of the book, but for the most part it is a great read. The book needs some tweaks in formatting. It is traditional to put in an extra space when changing scenes, locations, etc., so I had to give special attention to the story as the scene often switched without my being immediately aware. However, that is a small glitch in a book this entertaining. It is a true space thriller, and the crew of the Antilles constantly experiences problems. Some are true action, some are political with kings and queens being murdered, some are personal problems with so many people living in a small space, etc. Somehow the crew is able to pull things together and escape from the many close calls that confront them. These men and women are true heroes, working for their country, their galaxy, etc. The author has done an excellent job pulling all of these factors together to give us a successful book.

Hopefully my next book can get such great reviews too!