“Where’s My Book, 2016 Edition” – We haz winnahs!

The votes are in, the poll is closed, and the winners are now known!

First place, earning 13 votes, is Jim Johnson:


Second place with 11 votes is Gloria Johnston Porter:


And in third place with 9 votes, Kimberly Winn Underwood (who also happens to be my cousin. 🙂 ):


Each will receive an autographed “advance reader copy” of my upcoming 24 novel Trial By Fire. This isn’t the actual book that will be turning up in stores on or about August 23rd, but instead a printed version of the final document I got to review for any last-minute changes before the manuscript went to the printer. I’m not allowed to sell these things and there aren’t a whole lot of them made, and some book hounds consider them collector’s items of one sort or another. Your mileage may vary.

So, JIM! GLORIA! KIM! Send me mailing info via e-Mail to daytonward@att.net, so I can get things rolling.

For those who may be curious, here are the final poll results:

Thanks very much to everyone who took the time to send in pics and/or vote in the poll. Maybe we’ll do it again next summer. 🙂


Saturday news roundup: 24! Vegas! Interview! Polls!

It seems I’ve been remiss with this blogging thing, so I figure a single post to address all the stuff I keep forgetting to write about is in order. Might want to refresh your drinks, folks. We could be here a while.

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Where’s My Book? 2016 Edition: The Poll!


Yep, I can hear some of you saying it. “What the hell’s he waiting for? Let’s get on with this!”

Okay. Okay. I get it.

The deadline’s closed and the pics are in! We had some interesting ones, dayton-24this time around, that’s for sure. In the interests of fairness, I opted to leave entries to the final poll at two per person, which made it hard to choose from those of you who sent in multiple pictures. Many, many thanks to those who opted to play my silly little game. 🙂

Now it’s your turn to decide! Vote for your favorites! Select as few or as many as you want, but let’s have some voting! The top three vote-getters will get an autographed Advance Reader Proof copy of Trial By Fire, my forthcoming 24 novel which isn’t due in stores until August 23rd.

The poll will run from Tuesday evening through Sunday, July 31st, with winners formally announced on August 1st.

So, what have we got in the way of pictures? Have a look,  then get on with the voting!

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It’s a #WheresDaytonsBook update!

dayton-24People are busy, yo.

A couple of weeks ago, I announced that it was open season for the 2016 Edition of “Wheres My Book?” The premise is simple: Since it’s vacation season, find cool places or people in your travels, and if you happen to have a copy of one of my books (print or electronic format), snap a pic with it along with the interesting person or thing. At the end of the “contest” period (July 24th), I plan to rig up a poll and let people decide their favorites. The top 3 vote-getters will each receive a copy of the Advance Uncorrected Proof of my forthcoming 24 novel, Trial By Fire, ahead of its official publication on August 23rd. Sure to be a collector’s item or at least perfect for balancing that wobbly table or desk, I only have a scant few copies of this so when they’re gone, they’re gone!

Oh, and about the pics? A few folks are already on it.

My cousin got the ball rolling quickly, as she and her family were in the midst of a vacation road trip. She found Devil’s Tower in Wyoming (aka, “That weird mountain from Close Encounters of the Third Kind”) and the grave of Wild Bill Hickock in Deadwood, South Dakota:

Elsewhere, Tom Sharp found both sports and space make for good photo ops:

Michael Poteet visited the City of Brotherly Love to provide us with a bit of historical flair:

(I see what you did there, dude.)

And Mike Tripp hit us from New York, where the restored Shuttlecraft Galileo is currently on display with the Space Shuttle Enterprise at the U.S.S. Intrepid Museum:


And even though it’s a magazine article we did rather than one of our books, I’m so totally counting this one from Neil S. Bulk because look what’s in the background!!!!


(Hint: “Yippie Kai Yay, Mother Fu……..”)

These are just some quick favorites from each of these folks. Don’t let them hog all the action! Check out the so-called “guidelines” and then have a little fun!

(And please try to avoid getting arrested or killed along the way, all right?)

Where’s My Book? 2016 Edition!

Okay, okay, okay. I’ve been talked into it. I was reluctant to do it after letting things slide last summer, but enough folks asked after it that I decided to go with it again, albeit with some changes to make sure we stay on task, this time.

Once again, we’re into the summer vacation season, and I want to make sure that I’m not completely forgotten as you head off to destinations near and far. What better way to do that than to dangle a prize or three while finding a not-so subtle way to worm my way into your lives and consciousness. It’s a way to combat the rather solitary existence that’s a large part of every writer’s existence. The fact that it’s also something of a cheesy promotional ploy is entirely coincidental. Honest.

I’ve been getting pictures from people who’ve found my books on store shelves for years, now. A few years ago, I decided to up that game a bit after seeing something the always awesome Wil Wheaton had put into motion earlier that same year, and thought, “Hey! I can annoy my readers in a whole new way!

The result: “Where’s My Book?”

Here’s the deal: If you’re reading this and planning to take one of my/mine and Kevin’s books with you to read (paperback or e-Book edition) to some vacation destination, or even if you happen to be going somewhere cool or unusual that’s local to you, then let’s see some pictures!

Have a costumed performer pose with the book at Disneyland or Universal Studios. Lean it up against that sandcastle your kid’s building on the beach. Find a cosplayer at a convention who’s willing to play along. Make one of my fellow writers pose with it at some other convention (profane hand gestures optional). Hand it to a stripper or Hooters girl (or Tallywackers dude. We’re not so suburban, here.). If you live near something unique or unusual, let’s see a shot with that. Go nuts. Extra points awarded for originality as well as sheer lunacy.

Some of my favorite examples from previous iterations of this exercise, as provided by readers near and far:

Area 51, yo!

TomSharp01There they are!


Brings back a few memories…

A dame to write for!

And so on. You get the idea. 🙂

So, the idea’s simple: Send in you pics, either directly to me via e-Mail or just post them in the comments section here, or in the corresponding update on Facebook. Or, hit me up on Twitter with the hashtag #‎WheresDaytonsBook.

(NOTE: Pics from previous editions of this game are not eligible. Except maybe for that one with Carla Gugino, because I can’t…seem…to…find…that…one….)

To avoid having this thing get lost in the shuffle like last time, we’ll put a limit on it for this go-around. We’ll accept pics between starting from the moment this post goes live, until 11:59PM on Sunday, July 24th (see how I made sure San Diego Comic Con was in there?). Once that’s done, I’ll set up a poll so people can vote for their favorites, and the top 3 vote-getters will each be eligible for a copy of what is sure to be a collector’s item:


Yep, an advance, uncorrected proof of my forthcoming 24 novel, Trial By Fire. Be among the first to read this bad boy, weeks ahead of the book’s official release date!

All righty, then. Who’s up for some fun?


An overdue “Where’s My Book 2015” update!

We’re entering the home stretch for summer. Vacations are winding down and kids will be heading back to school in the coming weeks. Soon, life for many parents will return to some semblance of normalcy.

(Yep. Totally typed that last bit with a straight face.)

Some of you will recall that back in June, I issued a good-natured challenge of sorts: “Where’s My Book?” The idea was simple: If you were somewhere unique or interesting and happened to have one of my books with you (either in print or electronic form), I offered up the suggestion that you might snap a pic of that book in that location, or held by some interesting person or character you happened across.

As it turns out, I received some pretty nifty pics in response. I’ve been saving them for a bit, and I figured it was time to collect them into a single post to see what we’ve amassed to this point. Wanna see?

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Where’s My Book? 2015 Edition!

Because you were probably thinking, “Hey. It’s been a few days since Dayton said or did something so ridiculously self-serving and shameless.”

I’ve got you covered, folks.

With summer vacation season once again upon us, it’s occurred to me that I’m just not bugging you people enough, or insinuating myself into the fabric of your everyday lives to the level that properly amuses me. Hey, I’m a writer and as such lead a largely solitary existence. I need cheap thrills and entertainment just like everyone else. Porn only gets you so far, and ice cream always runs out.

So, why are we here? Several years ago, I was inspired by a an e-Mail I received from a reader who had happened across a copy of In the Name of Honor, my first Star Trek novel from way back in 2002. She found it sitting on a seat on the bus she rode home from work that day. This, coupled with something the wonderful Wil Wheaton had put into motion earlier that same year gave me the idea to bug my readers in an odd way.

Here’s the deal:

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A couple of “Where’s My Book?” updates.


Okay, you regular readers doubtless remember this little missive from earlier in the summer, where I revived my “Where’s By Book?” so-called challenge from a few years ago. Long story short? Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is — assuming you’re taking one of my books along with you on vacation or to some other interesting destination — to have that said book photographed somewhere evocative of that location. A statue or costumed performer at Disney World; one of those Roman guard dudes at Caesar’s Palace; a cosplayer at a convention. A server at an offbeat restaurant; whatever. Sky’s the limit, right?

There have been a few pics posted to the original thread, and of course we also had the recent “Dayton Made Me Do This” bit from San Diego Comic-Con (which may or may not make a return appearance for this weekend’s Trek con in Vegas). However, I’ve also gotten a couple of photos sent to me directly. For example:

First we have Eric Cone (@cone_is on Twitter), who may or may not have a namesake in my upcoming Star Trek: The Fall book Peaceable Kingdoms:

Next up is @starfleetmom, star of last month’s “Dayton Made Me Do This” event, and who may or may not have a namesake in my 2012 Star Trek novel That Which Divides:

Anybody else? Keep ’em coming! Thanks to everyone who’s played along to this point. Y’all are a blast!

“Dayton Made Me Do This” @SDCC…UPDATE!

So, the three or four regular readers of this space saw this entry the other day, in which I made the semi-sorta-kinda challenge to those attending this year’s San Diego Comic-Con. Short version: Seek out my bud Kevin Dilmore — and/or any other colorful character willing to get in on the action — and post with him and a pic that reads, basically, “Dayton made me do this.”

Fun for the whole family, right?

So far, a few brave souls have accepted the challenge either of posing themselves or enlisting the aid of fellow good sports. Here’s what we have so far:

From @MarkStreed, with a confused yet tolerant Kevin.

From @starfleetmom, showing us how it’s done, and giving us the two-fer, as she also met the requirements of the “Where’s My Book?” challenge!

@starfleetmom also found this lovely lady willing to play along. At least…she doesn’t appear to be under duress. And again…the two-fer!

And there’s this one, also captured by @starfleetmom’s camera. GeekPoints to those who can spot what’s wrong with this picture.

UPDATE FROM FRIDAY: Here’s another one from @starfleetmom. Kevin finally looks to be getting into the spirit of things. What do you think?

UPDATE FROM SATURDAY: Lots more new pics, thank to the awesome efforts of @starfleetmom (I so love that lady):

This is the con he’s looking for.


@starfleetmom with Kevin, and check out her rocking the Galaxy Quest uniform!


“Judge me by my taste in friends, do you?”

Gary Graham, aka Matt Sikes from the Alien Nation TV series and Ambassador Soval from Star Trek: Enterprise:

PetCo Pets!

Wonder Woman!

Highlight of their day? I think so.

@Grimagination from Twitter!

More ladies in awesome costumes being good sports.

John Champion, he of DVD Geeks and Roddenberry.com‘s Mission Log Podcast!

Hulk sad.

Best landing party ever!

@starfleetmom again, this time in front of the Falling Skies backdrop.

Two poor souls who got cornered. I think.

Thanks to these fine folks for rolling with my goofy notion. With three full days of #SDCC action still ahead, there’s plenty of time for fearless adventurers to get in on this. Full details —-> HERE.

And remember to pace yourselves. It’s a long weekend.

Where’s My Book? The 2013 Edition!

It’s been a few years since I tried this, but with summer vacation season now upon us, I figured, “What the hell.”

Back in 2009, I was inspired by an e-Mail I received from a reader who had come across a copy of In the Name of Honor, my first Star Trek novel from way back in 2002, after finding it on a vacant seat on the bus she rode home from work that day. This, plus a fun exercise Wil Wheaton had done earlier that year gave me the idea to bug my readers in an odd way.

So, here’s the deal: If you’re reading this and plan to take one of my/our books with you to read (paperback or e-Book edition), let’s see some pictures! Have Minnie Mouse pose for a photo op with it. Stick it in the shark’s mouth at Universal Studios. Lean it up against that sandcastle you’re building on the beach. Maybe the guard outside Buckingham Palace will let you prop it up against his boot for a shot. Hand it to stripper. Make one of my fellow writers pose with it at Shore Leave (profane hand gestures optional). If you live near something unique or unusual, let’s see a shot with that. Go nuts. Extra points awarded for originality as well as sheer lunacy.

Examples from the previous attempt (Click to Biggie Size):

For the moment, you either can post pics here (or to FB or Twitter, if you’re reading this through those venues), or e-Mail me directly. If we can get some fun responses, I’ll set up a dedicated blog post to track the entries. We’ll hold a poll to pick the best/favorite pic, and the owner(s) will get some kind of prize.

Questions? Hit me in the comments.

So, anybody game?