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“Beautiful Tears” FREE Forever!

An emotional, powerful story about love, forgiveness, and mercy…
Two women, shattered, that are nearing death in their own ways…
A fight for survival in a world that hates them…

Beautiful Tears (the short story from last month) is finally FREE on Amazon.com!

Get Your FREEE Copy Here!

And don’t forget, check back here June 1st for the 1st lesson in my writing course! It’s absolutely free, lots of fun, and you’ll certainly learn (or remember) something, or get the chance to criticize my lack of teaching skills. It’s a win-win-win for you!

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No Triple Crown Winner this year ya’ll 🙁 Sad day. Go Nyquist. Go whoever-the-horse-that-won-Preakness-is.

My Abigail FREE Today!!

Get Your FREE Copy Here!

For a limited time only…

My Abigail is absolutely free. Get your copy now before time expires!

This offer will be gone soon!

This riveting, psychological thriller will twist your mind and leave you wondering what just happened. With a story unlike anything you’ve read before, My Abigail will astound you. You will fall in love with the characters, suffer through their losses, and become attached to the story like your own child.

For a short time, you will get all of this for FREE.

Just see what others had to say about the book below!

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12 Ratings
4.4 Average

7 Five-Stars
(on Goodreads)
—I loved it! This book was a great thriller from the beginning and it kept me reading until the end.
A very well written Psychological thriller book. Never a dull moment. Lots of exciting scenarios, with several twists/turns & a great set of unique characters to keep track of. This could also make another great Psychological thriller movie, or a mini TV series.Kummer had me going crazy wondering what Abigail’s secret was. I thought for sure I had it figured out, but I was not even close. 
Kummer did a great job at coming up with a plot that is so complex and unique. It is one that I have never read before. 

—It was interesting and engaging, and the mechanics of the writing were great. I’ve read bestselling authors who aren’t as technically proficient as Mr. Kummer.

—Great psychological thriller! Excellent writing skills for someone of this age, I am impressed. I can’t talk about the story as I don’t want to give anything away. 

—My Abigail was an amazing book that kept me turning the pages from cover to cover. There were some very thrilling moments throughout that really brought My Abigail to life. David used many detailed words that drew images in my mind. His writing brings all of the characters to life, especially Caleb, Abigail and Damian. David certainly knows how to take your breath away with his power of words.

Don’t Miss Out! Get Your Copy Here!

Learn How To Write A Book!

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I have a secret little project.

(Well, I actually have two. This is just one of them! It’s newer.)

Over this summer, I will be posting a series of over 12 articles on my blog. These posts will lead you through the depths of publishing, and hopefully inform you. They’re for everybody!

If you’ve never written a book, I can show you the how’s, when’s, and why’s. I’ll teach you where to find the info you need and how to keep your passion going. I’ll even give you some tips on characters, settings, and plot!

If you’re already an author, you can find a quick refresher on whatever area you need help with. You can get some tips, examples, and maybe learn something new! There’s always more to learn (especially for me, and I’d love to learn from you in return!)

Regardless of where you are, we’ll have LOTS of fun! That’s about all I can guarantee you, since I haven’t even written the articles yet. Best get to work on that.

These will take over the blog posts for two or three months (until I run out of articles), but I’ll keep working on my fiction books. I’m planning on gathering together all these articles and maybe publishing a non-fiction book on Amazon, so that you all will have easier access to the posts.

If you have any suggestions, let me know for sure 🙂 Bookmark this blog so you can find it easily. The first post will be going up in early June!

Before that post, we will have two more posts (probably on the last two Saturdays of May) and then the FREE course will begin!!!

Ivy Tech Wordmongers Signing

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I’d like to give you an update on how my latest event, Ivy Tech Book Signing, went. Here’s something from I already posted about it, in case you don’t remember.

(Watch me read an excerpt here. The video takes place at this event.)

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“As some of you know, I’m taking a college class at Ivy Tech. They publish a journal yearly called Wordmongers, and I submitted a piece to it because why not?

Well, I got accepted!
What does this mean?

Well, the final chapter of my novella My Abigail will be included in this magazine-type thing, which will also include work from other students.”

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Anyways, it was fantastic! We drove up to Lawrenceburg, Indiana on Monday. The Ivy Tech campus up there is amazing, and right by this perfect view of the Ohio River.

So we got into the room where the event was held, and I talked with some new people I met. Everybody up there was very nice and wonderful, and I enjoyed my time thoroughly.

I was second up on the list, and had to read an excerpt from my story. (My story is part of My Abigail, just one of the chapters.)

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After that, the other authors read their parts and then we all mingled afterwards. It was so much fun, and I really hope to go back again next year, even if I can’t get accepted again. (We will see.)

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You know what happened next? I got a COLD quesadilla from Taco Bell. C’mon, man.

The Art of Remakes

Wanna see me relate movie remakes, Coca-Cola, and making somebody smile, all while showing you how to be successful at life? Drop whatever you’re doing and read this article.

–That drawing isn’t by me or anyone I know, sadly. I think the kid who drew it must be very cute.–

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There’s a problem with movies

(and it’s not Adam Sandler).

There are no original ideas in Hollywood. At least, that’s what it seems at time. I’m sure you’ve heard that point of view voiced at least once this week. If not, go sit with some people and watch a recent movie. By the end, you’ll hear somebody say it.

“There are no more good movies” or “All these movies seem the same” or “Why can’t they make any new movies?”

Do you disagree? Well, think about the number of series lately, and the number of books split into two parts, and the number of Utopian/Dystopian fiction movies.

One series that captures all of these points is the Divergent Series.

  • Based on three books by Veronica Roth, the three books somehow morphed into four movies, with the third novel (Allegiant) being split into two movies.*
  • In the Dystopian genre, this series borrows many plot points and themes from the recent, burgeoning Dystopian genre. Don’t know what that is? Think Hunger Games.**
  • It’s a series, lastly and obviously. Unless it’s a Comedy movie, the most successful and lucrative movies as of late have been part of series, and often based on a book.

However, series are not the topic of discussion today. There is another category of movies that has been very profitable, and fits into neither the series, made-from-books, or comedy generalizations.

Remakes.

Remakes are unique. After all, if you’ve already seen a movie, how often will you pay to see that exact same movie again? It would reason that remakes wouldn’t be too successful, then.

For an example, let’s use the recent remake of Annie. If you’d already seen it when it first came out in 1982 and wanted to watch again, you could just go back and see the old version for much less money, just renting it no doubt.

Instead, the new version of Annie (2014) was a smashing success, grossing 133 $ dollars and, despite it’s negative reviews from critics, being one of the most-liked remakes (and movies) by the audiences.

 

There are some distinct similarities between remakes and other movies.

  • Both ask the “What if?” question

What if Little Orphan (foster kid!) Annie was a black girl in foster care who grows up in modern-day New York City?

What if Stephen King’s It happened two decades later?

What if Jeff Bridges was Rooster in True Grit instead of John Wayne?

What if The Jungle Book was a completely CGI’d movie, instead of a cartoon? (Have you seen that commercial? Tell me it’s not CGI. Try to tell me. I won’t believe you. Who knows the people aren’t being voiced by robots??)

  • Both can be received very well or very poorly

It’s pretty clear that Hollywood movies are generally either loved or hated. To different degrees, sure, but they’re normally one or the other. It’s the same with remakes, which are received with glowing praise or snickering, shaking-of-heads hatred.

  • Both attract different age groups

Remakes attract the first generation that saw the movie, because they’re at least interested in watching a newer version. Sometimes, this age group hates the movie. Other times, they feel it does great justice. Regardless, this is the target group, because you know who buys the movie tickets for their kids -if it’s a children’s movie- ? Parents.

You know who convinces young adults to go see a movie? Each other.

So you know who remakes target? Parents and young adults, which sometimes are the same thing. This can be done through a multitude of methods, but the truth remains the same.

Why does this matter?

Here’s the question I want to pose. With all that’s been said, we’ve been focusing on movies. Without a doubt, certain genres are dominating certain readerships at the moment (think Dystopian with the YA community and Romance with the adults). I would like to ask you something.

Are remakes possible with books?

Let’s say, for a moment, that you throw out all the copyright mumble jumble and the costs and everything. Just in its purest form, are remakes possible with books?

I would argue that no, they are not.

There are a few reasons you remake a movie.

To have different characters in it, to have different actors, to set it in a new time period, or (most often) to add some new touches with the most up-to-date technology and milk that money-making cow for all it’s worth. (This is the reason Stephen King’s Carrie has three different movies in only twenty years).

 

In the end, you can’t remake a book. And remakes should probably be left alone to the smart movie-making people. That doesn’t mean we can’t learn some things, though.

  1. If people like a book, they will devour everything you give them as long as you keep giving it.
  2. There’s something special about coming back to the same character with a new story. This is why sequels are wonderful, and the conclusions are the best (and why the last Harry Potter movie makes you cry every single time).
  3. Similar to the first point: If people like something and you give them too much, they’ll stop liking it. But if they like it and you give them just enough, they’ll love it forever.

At the end of the day, movies and books are meant to capture your emotions. That’s the purpose of every art. And if art doesn’t do its job, does it really feel like art?

Now, with our culture now being focused significantly on emotions, the world is a very emotional place, and feelings seem to be in control of everything. Have you ever seen the parts of The Giver where Jonas gets the memories? Or those Coca-Cola commercials with the random acts of kindness? (Watch here first and then watch here.)

NOPE. I know you skipped those links. Go watch those videos now. Drop what you’re doing.

The memories and the moments are full of feelings, of power, of emotion. They are reminders that the world isn’t falling apart completely, that there are everyday good people doing good things every day. And that reminder is what I call art.

You don’t have to be an author or a movie-maker or a song-writer to make art. You just have to be alive. Are you alive? If not, please call 9-1-1. If you are, then good. Make some art.

Remind somebody that someone loves them. That the world hasn’t fallen apart. That they haven’t fallen apart.

Make some art.

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*This trend stared with the seventh Harry Potter book and the third Twilight book, but has since been applied to almost every successful book-into-movie franchise.

**This trend also started recently, and now the Young Adult genre is almost synonymous with the Dystopian genre. However, a very famous book by Lois Lowry called The Giver is also a Dystopian novel.

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February Giveaway Stats

So I have gotten all the data for you from my latest takeover of the Free Book Charts. Haha. This free promotion lasted Feb. 28 through 29 for both She and As Trees Turned Away. Both those books are also available for free on March 28 and 29. If you haven’t gotten a copy yet, pick it up then!

Here goes:

My promotion started out mildly, gaining about 30 downloads by noon of the first day. It continued at that rate until about 6 o’clock, when it erupted until 9. At the end of the day, I’d given away 210 books! I won’t give you the specifics because that’d bore you, but the majority given out were As Trees Turned Away and most went to the U.S.

The next day went about the same, but with a lesser boom around 6 o’clock. As Trees Turned Away, at it’s peak, got in the top 1,000 of free books (the majority of those books are permanently free, not running 2-day promotions, so this was impressive).

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She didn’t quite reach as far up the charts, but still went much higher than any book before it. Most notably, it garnered a #4 spot in the Urban Thriller category.

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At the end of the free promotion, I thought my chart was growing a tumor in the shape of a mountain.

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2 individual books, 2 days, 6 countries = 331 copies given away.

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I think you should eat Chinese food. That Lo Mein. MMM.