3 days left to support Parkinson’s Research...and a great little humor book. 

I just sent out this email to as many people as I could, and I hope to get a little help from you, my dear followers and investors. Please read the message below:

This is the last message I will send you regarding “An Adventure with Dada.” 

This is my “Hail Mary Pass.” 

The campaign ends in 3 days, and there are 143 copies left to sell in order for the book to get published. 

It can happen if we all band together.
 
I realize that you would like something in return for your gallant efforts, should we make it, should the book fund…that’s fair. 

IF YOU BUY (JUST $10!!!), and THE BOOK FUNDS:

  1. You get a PDF copy of the first draft, the complete story. You will get it right away, emailed to you, as soon as I can.
  2. You get put into a raffle for a 1960’s-era, fully functional Smith Corona typewriter. I realize it’s bulky, so if you win this drawing and don’t want the typewriter, I will send you a bound paper copy of the complete first draft of Dada, signed and shipped to your home instead.
  3. I will raffle off ten copies of my first draft, printed, bound, and signed with a caring message inside directly to you from me. 
  4. I will put a personal message and handmade bookmark into each paperback copy that is sold ($20) 
  5. I will donate $1 for every copy that is sold (including the 107 copies sold thus far) to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, a foundation close to my heart, as this disease is prevalent in my family, and a cure in my lifetime is entirely achievable. 
  6. I will host a local “thank you for funding my book party.” This might not be possible for all of you to attend, but hey, if you want to fly in from out of state to come (or from another country), that would be amazing. Plus, you can meet the stars of the book, my wife and daughter. 

It’s a great gamble to take, because if you pre-order An Adventure with Dada this weekend, then you have a chance to get any and all of the above if it funds by some amazing miracle. If you buy a copy and it doesn’t fund, then you get 100% of your money back, plus you get to keep the PDF copy of the first draft. 

SO PLEEEEEEASE?!?!! Please give it a try. You can even start reading the entire book online now. Go ahead, I put the whole thing up on Inkshares to read. Just click the link I provided below, read the first draft, and if you like it, or if you just want to see me succeed as well as put a little money toward Parkinson’s research, then press the “Pre-Order Now” button at any level, and know that you might have just helped a guy achieve a dream, made a dent in the fight against Parkinson’s disease, and perhaps won a piece of writing history (I’m talking about the typewriter). 

So what’s the risk? You’ll get your money back from Inkshares next week if the book doesn’t fund…so consider it more like I’m borrowing some cash for the weekend. I’m good for it. 
From what I’ve heard thus far, the book is pretty good, too! Check out the reviews I’ve gotten so far:

CLAUDIA E. SORBIN  If you like dogs, toddlers, and family men (and who doesn’t?!) then you’ll love this humorous adventure! This guy literally goes to Hell and back for his family. Written in first person, reading this book is like listening to a friend tell a great story. Michael Haase writes with a level of sensory description that totally engages the reader and makes you feel like you’re in the story with him. This book will have you laughing out loud, sighing with it’s sweetness, and shedding just a few tears. Well worth the read! 

LANDON TRINE Although not within my favorite genre, I find the premise of this book very interesting. As a parent of two small children, I find the first chapter true-to-life, expressing the emotions and fears we feel as parents (with a generous helping of humor). It reminds me of the famous quote, "There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed." I can’t wait to see how Mr. Haase fills out this story. 

NICOLÁS LASAÏGUES  I read six chapters in a row, and I only stopped because my lunch break was over.  This story is AWESOME: very well written, good pacing and incredible sense of humor.   I would love to have this book in my personal library.

ABIGAIL UNDERWOOD This is brilliantly funny and the characterization is stunning 

STEPHEN CARIGNAN It is exactly this type of thing which convinces me to not jog for any reason. The casual tone of the present narrator blends the author’s voice with that of the protagonist so the story is filtered through the events as they are happening. The extra technique of having the narrator know more of the story, though exactly how much is unclear, keeps the pages turning while the reader feels the events in the present moment. I look forward to reading more! 

JASON POMERANCE From what I’ve read so far I can’t wait to read more. This promises to be wicked fun.  Everybody please pre-order Mr. Haase’s new book so we can see the rest!  


What are you waiting for??? These are the last days to support this book! Click the link below and know that I love you no matter what!

https://www.inkshares.com/books/an-adventure-with-dada

Thank you for your love, support, and everything!

-Michael Haase

Wonderful updates! 

First, the initial manuscript for The Madness of Mr. Butler, albeit not finished, is going quite well. I’ve even enrolled in Camp NaNoWriMo in order to hold myself accountable. The story has blossomed into something far beyond what I originally thought. It is becoming a story that surprises me as I bring it all together. I know that once I am done I will be handing in my best work. So, on with your much deserved apology, my dear readers. 

I am sorry that the story is taking a while to submit, but I’m also not sorry...and he’s why: 

Beyond it just being a busy place around here with infants and toddlers and new jobs and obligations, I am intentionally not rushing the story. This in no way means I’m being lazy. In the stats for Camp NaNoWriMo, I’m averaging 2300 words per day that I have occasionally sacrificed sleep in order to write, as there is no other time. I am putting in a ton of work on this book, and it’s all good work. The way I see it, when you all supported me and helped me win the contest, what I won was a publishing deal. A MAJOR publishing deal. And that means I work until I think the manuscript is the best it can be. I’m not going to hurry and get it done just to get you a book. That is not the habit of a professional author, and by being honored with a contest win, I intend to behave like a professional author. The great folks at Girl Friday are going to do their best with my book once I submit it, they can’t make it good when it’s not. 

This is a positive thing. I’m not down on myself or being perfectionistic. In fact, I’ve become quite flexible when it comes to the story. A lot of it has admittedly changed for the better, because once I got these characters interacting, the story became something much more than just about some crazy guy. At this rate, my little 241 page satire might push 300 pages. I’m not sure. Right now I’m just growing everything in the garden until I have to go back, transplant, weed, and mulch. 

So I’m not making promises about release dates yet. I’m making promises about quality. You will receive a great book when it’s all said and done. But I do apologize about the wait. It honestly takes a long time to produce any book. You just happened to be there for the moment the agent approved to sell the idea, which is waaaay ahead of publication for any book. 

In the meantime, I still have stuff for you to read. 

I want to give you a free book if you’d like. It’s only a first draft, but if you email me at madmrbutler@gmail.com, I’ll send you a PDF of An Adventure with Dada, a book I finished during last NaNoWriMo. I’m not bugging you to buy it this time. I’ve been told that I was crazy to try and fund another book, and perhaps those who said that were right. The funding campaign ends in 9 days, and I have 143 copies left to sell in order to make Quill. I could ask for an extension, like so many others have, but I’m going to respectfully bow out and let this one expire and revert to draft. This means those of you who invested (THANK YOU!!!!) will get your money back (unless it completes a Hail Mary in the next week), and the book reverts to draft format. Those of you who chose to follow the book will still be followers, if you wish to be. My plan for that book is to maybe try again after I submit the Butler manuscript. I just need to give Mr. Butler my full attention right now, so it’s time for that campaign to be done. Thank you for your time, support, and attention. If you want a free copy, like I said, just let me know. (I’ve been told it’s quite a fun book with a great story, actually.)

On a side note, I started a draft for an idea I’ve kicked around for a little while. It’s called "The Widower’s Wife," and it’s going to be a bizarre comedy. It’s about a grumpy curmudgeon whose nagging wife dies suddenly, and just as he thinks he is about to get to spend his last years in peace, her ghost starts haunting him relentlessly. It’s just an idea, but if you want to follow that or check it out, I’d appreciate it. 

If you’re curious about some of the changes I’ve made to The Madness of Mr. Butler, head on over to the page, because several days ago I quite sneakily updated the teaser, synopsis, and I took down the old chapters and put up a new draft of the prologue. 

I hope you enjoy!

Have a great summer everyone!

-Michael

For those who still haven’t invested in Dada, the whole book is up on the Inkshares site! ENJOY! READ! TELL ME WHAT YOU THINK!

But, most importantly, PREORDER IF YOU LIKE IT!!! PLEASE!

Happy reading,

-Michael/Dada

https://www.inkshares.com/books/an-adventure-with-dada

Regarding my other book that’s funding, "An Adventure With Dada..."

WE DID IT!!! 101 Orders!!!And I’m a man of my word, so I’m in the middle of posting the entire book. It takes a while, but 10/28 chapters are posted thus far, and I might have to finish this tomorrow. BUT IT WILL ALL BE POSTED SOON ENOUGH!!!

I hope all of you wonderful people who took the risk of actually purchasing a copy have found the PDF of the entire first draft alive and well in your inboxes. Please let me know if you have not received your copy yet. I’ll get it to you.

And this means PEOPLE ARE ACTUALLY READING MY BOOK!

Please let me know what you think, good or bad. I’m just happy people are reading my work!!! That’s what this is all about!

Now, down to more business...

Since people seemed to think that this was still a children’s book, I changed the cover to something more, well, OBVIOUSLY NOT A CHILDREN’S BOOK. But I’ve gotten some comments that people miss the old "refrigerator art" cover. The only way to resolve this is by a vote. So, send me a reply/DM/email with "Fridge Art" or "Horror Film" as your vote, and you will be put into the character naming raffles and typewriter raffles just for participating. 

Here are the entries:

"Fridge Art:"
 



"Horror Film:"


Voting closes at 110 orders. I’ll let you know then.

Until that time, I’m going to send an update soon with the names of the winner(s) of the first "Name a character" raffle, and please keep an eye out for the entire book to be posted. 

This is an amazing time. Thank you all.

-Michael/Dada

CONTEST!!!

An Adventure With Dada needs your help!!! 35 days left, 164 orders until Quill, BUT WE CAN DO THIS!!!

Two things: 

First, if DADA reaches Quill, then someone will win this 1960’s Smith Corona suitcase typewriter!!! 



It is fully functional, electricity-free, and ready to go! I will be cleaning it up and having it refurbished, but if DADA reaches Quill, then everyone will get their name put into a drawing for each recommendation, preorder, and review made, so there are plenty of opportunities for multiple entries...I will cover shipping to anywhere!

Also, NO MATTER WHAT, if you preorder An Adventure With Dada, I will send you a .pdf file of the entire first draft! 

I love this book, and I’d love to see it published, but honestly, I just want it to be read. So! Even if the book does not get funded, I will send the entire first draft to every reader who preordered! This means that if you preorder and DADA does not fund, your money will be refunded BUT YOU STILL GET THE BOOK.

But if DADA funds, then you get the book, and a chance to win a piece of writing history. 

Not a bad deal, eh? 

And fellow authors, I’m up for looking at your book and discussing a trade, if you’re into that sorta thing...

LET’S GET DADA FUNDED!!!!

Love and love and love and love, 

-Michael/Dada

P.S.- After every multiple of 25 is reached (starting at 100 orders), I will raffle off the opportunity to name a character in the book. There are a ton of little devils and other various atrocities of hell involved, so there are plenty of names to go around...

The Beta readers have been contacted for Mr. Butler! 

For those of you not down with the lingo, beta readers read an initial draft of the book and give feedback for edits for the final manuscript submission. I have a great crew aboard, four strong thus far. But if you have any interest in being a beta reader for Mr. Butler, then speak up now and send me a direct message on Inkshares!

I’m very proud of how this story has blossomed. I rewrote a lot of it, and it’s all for the better. I haven’t changed the bare bones of the story, so don’t panic. It’s still the same basic idea that you funded. But it’s better now. 

Thank you for your patience and support. I’m looking to submit the final manuscript to Inkshares in late August/early September. I plan on the wait being well worth it. Thank you for everything. 

My other book, An Adventure With Dada: Escape From Hell, is in trouble. 37 days, and 164 orders to go. 

Dada needs your help!

As I have said, once 100 orders are achieved, I will release the ENTIRE FIRST DRAFT TO READ. Yup! That’s gonna happen. You can read the book after investing just a little bit of money, and then everyone can decide, based upon the entire book, whether or not the rest is worth funding. I’m that happy with this little dark comedy inspired by parenthood. 

Also...

I’m announcing my FIRST EVER CONTEST!

Once, not if, everyone pulls their weight around An Adventure With Dada, and the book passes 250 preorders and Quill status, I will put everyone’s name who helped get the book where it is into a drawing to win this nice, fully functional 1960’s Smith Corona Typewriter. I’m in the process of polishing, cleaning, and oiling it:


It’s one of those amazing portable typewriters that comes in its own suitcase. It works 100% and I’ve replaced the ribbon and will get it professionally restored. These things go for $150 easily when they’re in good condition like this. Plus, you can take it anywhere to write, as it is purely mechanical, no electricity needed. 

Once Dada funds, I will put everyone’s name into a drawing to win this wonderful piece of history. I will ship it anywhere. In order to get your name into the drawing, you must do one or more of the following:

1. Preorder An Adventure With Dada
2. Write a review for An Adventure With Dada
3. Recommend An Adventure With Dada
4. Critique An Adventure With Dada

Each time you do any of the above, your name will be entered into the drawing. If you do all four items above, your name will go in four times, unless you also order multiple copies of An Adventure With Dada, in which case you will receive an additional entry for each copy you order. The drawing will not occur if the book does not make it to Quill. If that is the case, everyone’s money gets refunded anyway, so what’s the risk? 

If you have already ordered or recommended the book, then you are already entered. Please let me know if you have any questions by sending me a direct message on here. 

Thank you for all of your support! Let’s get An Adventure With Dada FUNDED!!!

-Michael/Dada

I realized how much I’ve been neglecting my precious little book, "An Adventure With Dada," lately. 

I started talking to people about it, and I realized there is some confusion regarding the title. It is NOT a children’s book. This is a foul-mouthed dark comedy. So, to help with the confusion, I extended the title. The book is now called...

(drumroll, please...)

AN ADVENTURE WITH DADA: ESCAPE FROM HELL!

It’s a bit more dramatic, but far less children’s book-sounding, yes? Well, I haven’t stuck with the title yet, so if there are any suggestions out there, feel free. 

Also, I updated the page!

NEW DESCRIPTION!!!

CHAPTERS 2 AND 3 ARE UP!!!

I PUT UP THE "DRAMATIC CHIPMUNK" VIDEO UP UNTIL I HAVE A VIDEO OF MY OWN UP!!! (Working on that...)

Also, a reminder: I will put up the ENTIRE BOOK, to read FOR FREE, once it gets to 100 orders (only 17 to go!!!), and I will leave the book up for an entire week (unless my brain fueled by sleep depravation from having a newborn in the house forgets and leaves it up for longer), and then I will take it down...

...unless it reaches 125 orders! Then it will go up for another week...then back down...

...unless it reaches 150 orders! Then it will go up for another week...then back down...

...and so on...and so on...and so on...

You get it. 

Please please please HELP ME GET THIS LITTLE COMEDY BOOK OUT OF HELL AND TO QUILL!!!

41 days left to fund!

I know we can do it!!

MORE EXCLAMATION POINTS!!!!!!

Thank you forever for any help you give. 

And fellow authors: let me know if I can reciprocate any help you give to this little book in any way. I’m happy to lend a hand. 

Love and extra dessert to all,

Michael/Dada

It has been quite some time since a little update on here...but, there’s children (plural) at my home now, and they both expect me to take care of them. Good thing they’re absolutely adorable...


I love being a dad. Life is good. All is well.

Here are the updates: 

The Madness of Mr. Butler: I told the Inkshares team that I will be turning in the manuscript in late August/early September. Then, we can get started with all of the editing/design, etc. Sadly, this means your books will not get to you until early next year. BUT! It’s going to be a great read. I’ve changed a ton for the better, and once my new chapters get out to my beta readers and they stab them repeatedly and I suture them back up anew, I will start posting new chapters. I will update more often. 

It was not an easy decision to rewrite so much, but I’m interested in getting you all my best work, not my quickest. Thank you for your patience. 

An Adventure With Dada: It’s reached 81 preorders! I couldn’t be happier! And I’m very proud of this novel. It still needs edited and polished, but the story is all written and complete. 

...And I plan on doing what no other book has done on here (that I’ve noticed). Once I reach 100 preorders I WILL PUT THE ENTIRE FIRST DRAFT UP. If you like comedic novels, I think you’ll like this one. It’s weird, it’s dark, but it’s also oddly heartwarming (?) in places. I’m confident enough to put the entire thing up to read. But only after 100 is reached. And then I will take it down a week later, unless 125 preorders are reached, then back up for a week...and so on. 

Plus, I made a friend in Argentina who is collaborating with me on a video for the book to put up on the page. I’ll let you know when that happens.

That’s all for now, as it’s too much! 

I wish everyone the best, and I look forward to seeing what happens in this new contest!

All my love, 

-Michael/Dada
Dbyegqaz Michael Haase · Author · added over 6 years ago
@Brian Fitzpatrick Thank you! This boy is my second and last. I have a two year-old daughter as well, and the two of them are my world. Thank you. 
Picture Brian Fitzpatrick · Reader · added over 6 years ago
Wow! Big congrats on your new addition!  You are in for the best ride of your life.  Mine is 22 now, and being a father has been the best thing in my life. 

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