Pimping my friends – ReDeus: Beyond Borders!

Last year, friends Bob Greenberger, Paul Kupperberg, and Aaron Rosenberg invited me along with several other writers to join them in their new venture, ReDeus, a shared-world setting they had created with a simple conceit: “The gods have returned to Earth. All of them.”

Working together and with Bob, Paul, and Aaron shepherding the whole thing, the first anthology in this new universe, ReDeus: Divine Tales was released last summer. So far as I’ve been able to tell, the book’s been pretty well received, and since then the trusty trio has been planning further books in the series.

2013 will see (at least) two new anthologies, the first of which now is available!

ReDeus: Beyond Borders

Here’s some cover copy action for ya:


The gods have returned, taking up residence where they once trod the Earth, reclaiming lands that were theirs. And they demand that descendants of their original worshippers return home and continue their devotion.

This isn’t easy for the gods or the humans.

Some countries grow dark, disconnected from the world. Some nations collapse, merged back into an earlier empire. Some people are uncertain where they should go and become caught in a devotional tug of war. Others still hold to personal beliefs and dare to defy their ancestral deities.

Some gods are readily recognizable, others lost to human memory. Some are content to reclaim their old homes, while others scheme to usurp lands and potential followers, threatening a world war the likes of which cannot be imagined.

One thing is certain, however. When gods roam the world, the world can never be the same.


In addition to Bob, Paul, and Aaron, authors making a return engagement after Divine Tales include Phil Giunta, William Leisner, Scott Pearson, Lawrence M. Schoen, and Steven H. Wilson. New additions to the ReDeus cabal for this collection of 13 stories include such voices as Lorraine Anderson, Kelly Meding, Steve Lyons, David McDonald, and Janna Silverstein.

A second anthology, ReDeus: Native Lands, is due out later this year, and will include a brand-new story by my writing partner and hetero life-mate, Kevin Dilmore. Though I wasn’t able to get in on the fun for these two books, I’m hoping to return to the ReDeus sandbox at some point, as I definitely want to revisit the character I created for my Divine Tales story.

For now, though? Congrats to Crazy 8 Press and everyone who worked to create Beyond Borders. The book is available in both print and e-Book formats:

Order from Amazon.com!
Amazon Kindle e-Book
Barnes & Noble Nook e-Book

So…you know…go and check it out, whydontcha?

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So, I’m babbling again….

I know what you’re thinking: “Hey, it’s been forEVER since I read an interview with Dayton.”

Well, lucky junkie, let me be your dealer.

A few weeks back, I was interviewed by fellow word-pusher Phil Giunta as part of a series he’s doing on the editors and authors of the ReDeus: Divine Tales anthology, in which he and I both have stories. Though the interview was prompted by my contribution to the anthology, we also manage to touch on a few other subjects, such as a my secret origin story.

Check it out: Alone Among the Words: Author Interview – Dayton Ward

Be sure to read the other interviews in the series, too, to get some juicy tidbits on the ReDeus, individual stories in the book, and the wordsmiths who helped bring the whole thing together.

Thanks to Phil conducting and hosting the interviews, and giving ReDeus some lovin’!

ReDeus: Divine Tales…now it’s an e-Book, too!

That’s right! The gods have finally embraced the 21st century, deigning to offer up themselves and their Divine Tales in finest kind digital form. Boo-yah.

Cover for ReDeus: Divine Tales

In addition to the swank trade paperback edition, you also can choose from Amazon’s Kindle edition as well as a version for Barnes & Noble’s Nook reader.

(NOTE: As of this posting, Amazon’s page for the book is up, but its pricing info and ordering buttons aren’t yet active. Expect all that to be live by tomorrow.)

So, choose your flavor, yo, and check out all-new stories by the likes of Dave Galanter, Allyn Gibson, Phil Giunta, Robert Greenberger, Paul Kupperberg, William Leisner, Scott Pearson, Aaron Rosenberg, Lawrence M. Schoen, and Steven H. Wilson. Oh, and me.

What are you standin’ a-roundabout for? Get on those stories!

The Divine Tales are now available!

I was notified by friend, fellow word-pusher and–in this case, anyway–my editor, Aaron Rosenberg, that ReDeus: Divine Tales, the brand-spankin’ new anthology which poses the question, “What happens when the gods return? You know…ALL OF THEM,” is now available for mere mortals to buy, read and hopefully enjoy.

The book now as a live page at Amazon.com: CLICK ME

Right now, the book’s only available in trade paperback format, but e-Book formats are a’comin’!

ReDeus: Divine Tales is the latest offering from Crazy 8 Press, and might well be the start of a shared-world series of novels, depending on how well this first book does. So, you know…buy lots of copies for friends and relatives. They make wonderful birthday, anniversary and holiday gifts. Hey, Labor Day’s coming. So, there you go.

Thanks again to Aaron, Bob Greenberger and Paul Kupperberg for inviting me into their nifty little sandbox. It was definitely an interesting challenge, given the crazy 8 deadline involved. Let’s try not to make that a habit, okay?

ReDeus: Divine Tales

Cover for ReDeus: Divine TalesThe gods have returned.

All of them!

The change promised by the ending of the Mayan Calendar in 2012 manifested itself in an unexpected manner. Every pantheon of gods and goddess, from every belief the world over, have returned … changing the world forever.

As the pantheons settle into their ancestral lands, they vie for worshippers, gaining or losing power along the way. They find the world of man a bewildering, crazy quilt, and each wishes to remake their lands in their own image.

Come and meet some of the inhabitants of this strangely familiar world in eleven new tales that explore what it means to worship in this new reality. A Knight Templar hunting mysteries. A rookie pitcher with a unique belief system. A wounded solider returned to battle by a goddess. A reporter who isn’t sure what to believe. A homicide detective on the Manhattan beat. A man out to kill the gods. A single father trying to survive in a world without Santa Claus. And many more!

Chronicling this new tomorrow are Dave Galanter, Allyn Gibson, Phil Giunta, Robert Greenberger, Paul Kupperberg, William Leisner, Scott Pearson, Aaron Rosenberg, Lawrence M. Schoen, Dayton Ward, and Steven H. Wilson. Join them and discover a world where everything old is new again—even the gods themselves.


Order from Amazon.com!
Amazon Kindle e-Book
Barnes & Noble Nook e-Book

ReDeus: Hey, it’s a real book!

Check out what the book fairy brung me!

My first copies of ReDeus: Divine Tales arrived in yesterday’s mail, and you know what? They’re pretty gosh-dang gorgeous. The pics of the cover art shared to this point are wonderful, but pictures never seem to compare to having the real thing in your hands, and this is no exception.

Those of you who’ve been keeping up with my updates about this project know that Divine Tales came together in just a little over a month’s time, starting from the point Bob Greenberger, Aaron Rosenberg and Paul Kupperberg decided to invite other writers to submit stories for the anthology celebrating the “universe” they had created, and ending with the notification that printed copies of the book had come back from the printers. That’s something akin to light speed in the vast publishing world, but the guys pulled it off in stellar fashion.

ReDeus: Divine Tales from Crazy 8 Press makes its official debut this coming weekend at the Shore Leave convention. If you’re going to the con, be sure to look for the book and get it signed by most of the contributing authors Friday evening at the traditional “Meet the Pros” party. For the rest of us, the book will shortly be available in trade paperback and various e-Book formats. Stay tuned for updates!

Finally, thanks again to Bob, Aaron, and Paul for inviting me to play in their crazy games.

ReDeus from Crazy 8 Press: What the Crazy8ers are sayin’ about it!

So, the good folks over at Crazy 8 Press have blogged about their forthcoming anthology ReDeus: Divine Tales. You read my blabbing about it the other day, but now you can hear all about the genesis of this rather spiffy project from the fine folks responsible for bringing it all about:

Crazy 8 Press: Introducing ReDeus, a Brand New World, a Bold New Anthology

The book will make its debut at the upcoming Shore Leave convention next month, and will be available in print and electronic editions shortly thereafter. If you’re among the lucky folks attending the convention, it’s my understanding that all of the contributors except me will be there, so be sure to get your copy signed by the whole gang!

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The gods must be crazy!

Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve hinted at being involved with a writing project which had–for me, anyway–a pretty intense deadline. I was invited to contribute a short story to a new “shared universe” anthology, cooked up by friends and fellow word-slingers Bob Greenberger and Aaron Rosenberg and which they were putting together for premiere at next month’s Shore Leave convention. Apparently, their original plan to have a book with just three (or four?) novellas/short stories was coming up short, so they decided to invite other authors who would be attending the con to contribute to this new universe they’d created. Then, they extended the invitation to friends/colleagues who normally attend the con but would not be there this year for various reasons.

This latter group included me. 🙂

So, I read Bob’s invitation e-Mail along with the “bible” they had created for their concept, and came away with an idea or two I thought I could get to key-banging in rather short order. After clearing the notion with Bob and Aaron, I set to work, hoping I could develop and execute a story for a premise I was still learning, and do it in about ten days. For full-time writers, this is a piece of cake. For halfway-ers like me, who write in and around a different full-time job, kids, and so on, it presented a bit of a challenge. That said, I’d been hoping to work with these dudes for a while now, so I wasn’t going to pass up this engraved invitation.

So, with “July 10th” staring me in the face as a deadline, I along with the other invitees set to work. Meanwhile, Bob and Aaron were busy getting cover art, interior illustrations, and other matters in order while they waited for the writers to get their stories in. July 10th arrived, by which time everybody had hit their marks, and Bob and Aaron were pleased with the results. With the package now more or less assembled, it can be revealed what all the fuss is about. Behold, yo:

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From the back cover:

The gods have returned.

All of them!

The change promised by the ending of the Mayan Calendar in 2012 manifested itself in an unexpected manner. Every pantheon of gods and goddess, from every belief the world over, have returned … changing the world forever.

As the pantheons settle into their ancestral lands, they vie for worshippers, gaining or losing power along the way. They find the world of man a bewildering, crazy quilt, and each wishes to remake their lands in their own image.

Come and meet some of the inhabitants of this strangely familiar world in eleven new tales that explore what it means to worship in this new reality. A Knight Templar hunting mysteries. A rookie pitcher with a unique belief system. A wounded solider returned to battle by a goddess. A reporter who isn’t sure what to believe. A homicide detective on the Manhattan beat. A man out to kill the gods. A single father trying to survive in a world without Santa Claus. And many more!

Chronicling this new tomorrow are Dave Galanter, Allyn Gibson, Phil Giunta, Robert Greenberger, Paul Kupperberg, William Leisner, Scott Pearson, Aaron Rosenberg, Lawrence M. Schoen, Dayton Ward, and Steven H. Wilson. Join them and discover a world where everything old is new again—even the gods themselves.


ReDeus: Divine Tales, published by Crazy 8 Press, will premiere at the Shore Leave convention in Baltimore the weekend of August 3-5, and will be available in both trade paperback and electronic format on or around that time, as well.

More info will be posted as I get it, but for now, many thanks to Bob and Aaron for inviting me into their sandbox.