Happy New Year Everyone!  I hope that 2019 is off to exactly the start you were hoping for.

I recently discovered a review that was posted back in December. That was quite the nice new year discovery!

I wanted to let you all know that paperbacks of More Fun and Games are now available! You can get them the following ways:

Your own friendly local bookstore can order them through Ingram. It’s ISBN 9780578214610 
You can order them through Amazon 
If you would like a signed/inscribed copy, you can order them through my own friendly local bookstore, The Briar Patch.  If you had previously ordered the ebook on release day, you can use the code EBOOKFUN to save 99 cents on the purchase. You can put in inscription requests in the comment section at checkout.

I’m also determined to write more this year, which at least so far has exhibited itself in the form of working on my webpage, authordavebarrett.com. In particular, I’m going to be writing mini-blurbs/reviews of books as I read them this year. I’ve got two posted already, though I’m certainly not going to maintain a two-book-a-week pace. I’m also going to try to keep up with my blog.

As always, you can follow me on twitter or check out my facebook page.

And not but least, if you’ve already read More Fun and Games and haven’t left a review at your favorite etailers and Goodreads, please do so! A review is like giving an author a hug!

Thank you all for your continued support.


Portrait 21 dave Dave Barrett · Author · added over 1 year ago
Hi Michael!  Egad!  I don’t think I ever sent out the update on Inkshares about it!  Yes, you can order it at this link.  When you get to the checkout process you can enter any inscription request in the comment.


Thank you for asking! :D
Userphoto1 original Michael Simison · Reader · added over 1 year ago
Hey Dave!  It looks like the physical version is available on Amazon.  You had mentioned the possibility of purchasing a signed version from your local bookstore.  Is that available yet?  Do you have a link or information to contact them?

(IF you already saw this, I apologize for sending it to you twice)



Tomorrow More Fun and Games goes live on Amazon and other places for e-books! For one day only it will be on sale for 99 cents before going up to its regular price of $4.99. If you’re planning on getting the digital copy, tomorrow is the day to do so! 

Note that if you click over now you’ll be seeing the 4.99 price - the 99 cents will show up tomorrow!

"But Dave, what if I like the feel of paper between my fingers?"

Paperback is coming soon! I have to admit that the writing was far easier than the preparing files for the printer, and it took me FOREVER to get the cover files squared away. In fact, I’m not entirely convinced that I did, and I’m waiting for Amazon to send me a proof copy so I can make sure that what you order isn’t garbage. It’s scheduled to arrive tomorrow, and if it all looks good then it will be ready to order almost immediately. Stay tuned for more info. Unfortunately, I had to raise the cover price to $10.99. On demand printing is more than three times as expensive as my first print run of 8k copies.

Alternatively, if you have a local bookstore that you like to support, you can do that too!  See below!

"But Dave, what if I like the feel of autographed paper between my fingers?"

Well, if you live nearby, I’m always happy to sign. Procure it at your favorite outlet and hand it to me.  Easy Peasy. If you don’t live nearby, I’ve got a solution! My local independent bookstore will have it available for ordering as soon as I give/get the OK to/from Ingram for wholesale distribution. Again, I want to make sure that the actual product is good before I release it to the wild, so I’m not rushing. At that point the books can be ordered as part of their regular wholesale order. I’ll stop by the shop, sign em, and they’ll get shipped out to you!  If you order the ebook through Amazon on release day, you’ll be able to get a 99 cent discount on the book, making the ebook free!

Note, for those of you who want to support your local bookstore, let them know they can order them direct from Ingram (ISBN 978-0-578-21461-0).  Again, that’s pending acceptance of the final files, so stay tuned.

Now one last thing....

If you’re planning on getting the paperback, please consider the extra 99 cents for the ebook on release day. Please also share the release with anyone you know who might be interested. 

Early sales volume is important to the Amazon algorithms, and there are little badges you get for best seller and best selling new releases. I’d love to be able to snag one or both. This is why day one is discounted - to get as many people as possible to all order at once.

Just in case you missed the link....HERE IT IS

Thank you so much for all your support over the years. I think you’re going to like this one :)

Happy December everyone!  Long time no chat!

Well during that long time, I sure have been busy! So busy that More Fun and Games, the sequel to the novel you preordered back in 2016 is just about ready!  How just about? Like within 2 weeks just about!  

And here’s the cover!

 More Fun and Games is clocking in at about 62,000 words, or about 20% longer than It’s All Fun and Games, and is chock full of adventure, intrigue and humor! Allison and the gang, having come to terms with their new world, continue eastward toward the Arcanum and their quest to defeat Magnus, the Arcanum’s wizard king.

But like any good adventure, things don’t exactly work out the way they expect. They make some new friends, make some new enemies, and discover that the longer they spend within the game the more they become their game characters. Early readers have gushed over it, so I know that you’ll like it too!

 I’m so excited!

Current plans are for the ebook will retail for 4.99, and the paperback 9.99 (I hope…stay tuned...).

 So, how do you go about getting the next installment? As you may remember, the Inkshares crowdfunding program didn’t work out, so I’m self-publishing it. It will be available on all ebook platforms, at your favorite online retailer, but also available at your friendly local bookstore - ask them to include it on their next order from Ingram! Support those independent bookstores if you can! 

Even better, through a partnership with my own friendly neighborhood bookstore, The Briar Patch, if you live somewhere far away and would like to get an autographed copy, we’ll ship em to you! And of course, if you’re local, I’ll hopefully have a release party scheduled soonish. Check out my Facebook page if you want to stay in the know.

 Now, I’ve got a secret to share with you

 Oh yes I do

On release day (TBD, 2nd week of December at some point), the ebook will be available on amazon for only 99 cents. That’s right!  Only 99 cents! Early purchases and early reviews make a huge impact, so if you were planning on buying the ebook, there’s a 4 dollar savings for you by getting it on release day. 

If you were planning on buying the physical book, please consider spending the extra 99 cents on release day. If you do, I’ll knock a dollar off your physical book purchase at the Briar Patch (either online orders or local shoppers). There’s a little tag you get for #1 new releases and #1 best sellers in your book categories, and I’d love to get one or both! 

To all of you who have poked and prodded and pestered me to release book two, thank you so much for your encouragement, faith, and patience. I just wrapped up Endgame during National Novel Writing Month, and I think you’re going to like that one too. Hopefully it won’t be another 2 years!


  PS - you may get this message more than once, since I’ll be sending it out to a couple mailing lists, and there’s some overlap. I apologize for the spam.  

Well, it’s October 22...

And thus ends the crowdfunding time for More Fun and Games.  We did alright- ended with 84 preorders, though this was clearly not enough to reach either hurdle - 250 for the light publishing option, or the 750 needed to give it the same treatment that It’s All Fun and Games received.  On the one hand, I clearly wasn’t knocking on doors the way I did with IAF&G.  On the other hand, there’s only so much pushing and cajoling I was willing to do with the $20 price tag.

Thanks to those of you who did preorder - your credit cards will not be charged.  Thanks also to those random and not-so-random people who have continued to ask me "so when’s the sequel coming out?"  I haven’t forgotten you, and while November and NaNoWriMo (and therefore a new writing project) approaches, my goal is still to get you More Fun and Games at some point during 2018.

Maybe it will be through Amazon’s self publishing.  Maybe I’ll get lucky and land an agent/traditional publisher.  Maybe I’ll just email you the .doc file.  However it works out, I hope that it’s worthy of your time and patience.  

I wish you all the very best this fall and winter.  And if anyone out there wants to be my NaNo buddy, hit me up at the website.  My username is llabak.


Hi folks.

First, and most importantly, the little button I click to send a thank you to supporters doesn’t appear to have been working this whole time, which means other than a receipt you haven’t gotten anything from me.  I’m embarrassed by this.  

To all of you who have supported More Fun and Games so far, THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU.  It really does mean the world to me that you put your money where your faith is.  


Portrait 21 dave Dave Barrett · Author · added about 3 years ago
Thanks Kirk, you’re the best :)
Picture Kirk Wilson · Reader · added about 3 years ago
Very much looking forward to ’More Fun And Games’.   Just submitted the nomination for the Dragon Awards for ’It’s All Fun and Games’ -- good luck Dave!

Happy Midsummer everyone!

It’s the middle of July and warm weather has finally come to Maine.  Birds are chirping, the black flies are (mostly) dead, and most fun of all is seeing the pictures showing up in my Facebook feed of people showing off their copies of It’s All Fun and Games.  It’s hard to believe it’s already been a year since it was released, but time has the tendency to keep moving forward, doesn’t it?

I keep running into people who want to know when the sequel will be coming out, so I wanted to give you an update on how More Fun and Games is progressing.  My summer teaching has been taking a bit more time than I’d hoped, which means editing has slowed down a bit.  I’m still chipping away at it, however - I’m maybe a third of the way through so far.  I’ve added Chapters 1 and 2 to the preview read on the project page, so you can read about the start of this new adventure.

Now my part is only half of the work.  YOUR part is the other half.  Inkshares only publishes books that a) cover much of the up-front cost; and b) show an established interest.  The 2400 or so copies of It’s All Fun and Games that have already been sold shows the interest.  Now we just need to cover those editing and design costs.  Please, if you’ve got the interest and means to do so, head on over and preorder your copy now.  

I also have one additional (less costly) favor to ask of you.  DragonCon, one of the largest fan conventions in the country, gives out the Dragon Awards annually.  I would deeply appreciate it if you could swing on by the nomination page and nominate It’s All Fun and Games in the "Best Young Adult/Middle Grade Novel" category.  Sure, it’s a long shot, but so was publishing in the first place, so why not give it a try?

As always, you can find me on twitter @llabak and on Facebook 

Thank you all for your continued support, and enjoy the rest of the summer!