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Hello, Kindle Readers!

I just wanted to spread the word that my science fiction series The Truesight Trilogy is now available in Amazon's Kindle store. I recently reacquired electronic rights from my publisher HarperCollins for these novels and am very excited to break into the world of digital publishing. With over 75,0000 print copies sold, Truesight has established itself as a staple in the dystopian genre. Now you can enjoy the whole trilogy for a low price with all new cover art by phatpuppyart.com out of LA! Though dystopian themes of genetic engineering and transhuman evolution drive the trilogy, Jacob's journey is ultimately a coming-of-age story with a very human heart.

TRUESIGHT



Everyone in Jacob's colony is born blind. It has always been this way. They embrace the philosophy of Truesight: Blindness brings unity, purity, and freedom. It is an exceptional community. Everyone is happy.

As Jacob nears his thirteenth birthday, he anxiously anticipates his new role as an adult and all the changes that will bring. But as the day approaches, a far greater change threatens Jacob's future. It all starts with a searing pain in his eyes. . . .

Critical Praise for Truesight

"Stahler's powerful debut novel is two parts science-fiction thriller and one part cautionary fable about the dangers of fundamentalism. . . . Supple writing and unusual twists should keep readers firmly hooked." -Publishers Weekly

"Stahler's sightless community is both compelling and believable. . . . The original premise and provocative theme will intrigue fans of dystopic fiction." -The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"Stahler debuts with a thought-provoking tale strongly reminiscent of Lois Lowry's The Giver. . . . Fans of issue-driven fiction will find this novel absorbing." -School Library Journal

"This SF coming-of-age novel will intrigue younger YAs…A strong debut novel."-KLIATT

Awards and Other Accolades for Truesight

American Library Association: 2004 Teens' Top Ten nomination
New York Public Library Books for the Teen Age 2006 selection
Texas Library Association: Lone Star Reading List 2005-2006 selection
Florida Department of Education: Sunshine State Young Readers Award Program 2006-2007 selection
Georgia Children's Book Award 2006-2007 selection
New Hampshire: Isinglass Teen Read Award 2006-2007 selection
North Carolina School Library Media Association: Battle of the Books 2007-2008 selection
Pennsylvania School Librarians Association: Young Reader's Choice Award Program 2008-2009 selection

The Seer and Otherspace

Due to a three year delay in publication (Harper decided to publish my novels Doppelganger and A Gathering of Shades in between), the last two books in the series never received the attention they deserved. My hope is that releasing the trilogy together in eBook form will change all that! Truesight can certainly stand on its own, but to experience Jacob's story to its fullest, readers will want to check out The Seer and Otherspace.


Critical Praise for The Seer

"Contemplative flashbacks intermingle with suspenseful sequences and an overall quick pacing to create a story successful in drawing in new readers and keeping returning fans intrigued. The nonstop action leaves eager readers waiting for the final installment." -The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"Themes of trust, fitting in, dependency, and making choices will appeal to young readers." -School Library Journal


Critical Praise for Otherspace

"The climax of Jacob's adventures will more than satisfy the readers who've reached this point in the trilogy."-Kirkus

"Stahler writes a thought provoking coming-of age story about a sequestered world that does not welcome those who are different, which is certainly a feeling to which Earth-bound teens can relate. …Stahler creates characters about whom readers care, holding them captive in the story weave until the end, when Jacob has done what the fates demand."-VOYA

"An explosive climax neatly wraps up all the plot threads and brings about a satisfying conclusion. This fast paced and exciting conclusion to the "True Sight Trilogy" works well as a stand alone title, but be prepared for an increased interest in the previous books."-Children's Literature

Click on the covers in my signature line and pick up the trilogy today for only $3.99 each! To learn more about me and my books, check out my website The Accidental Novelist at davidstahlerjr.com!
 

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Thanks, ladies. I'm grateful for the opportunity to let people know about my work! It's been an exciting journey converting these novels to eBooks and I'm looking forward to introducing them to a whole new audience of readers.

Thread readers, don't hesitate to ask questions about the trilogy or my writing. I'm always happy to answer reader's questions!

Like I said, TRUESIGHT was pretty successful, but I always felt the two sequels got neglected, in large part due to the publishing schedule. OTHERSPACE, in particular, has some of my favorite scenes in the whole trilogy. Part three ("Maker's Drift") was inspired by my love of Celtic music and culture. I play the Scottish smallpipes (a kind of quiet bagpipe--believe it or not, there actually are such things!) and had a wonderful time incorporating my love of the pipes into the supernatural elements of the story.
 

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Fun fact: I wrote the original draft of TRUESIGHT for my master's thesis at Dartmouth. I had done an independent study in dystopian literature and studied creative writing with the novelist Craig Nova. When it came time to do my thesis, I decided to combine the two and write my own dystopian novel based on a short story I wrote for Craig's class. The original version included three parts, the last of which got cut after the series was signed by HarperCollins at my editor's suggestion and ended up becoming the core plot for book two--THE SEER.
 

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Thanks to all readers who picked up TRUESIGHT during my spotlight promotion two weeks ago! I received some nice comments from readers. And thanks to those of you who went on the read the rest of the trilogy!
 

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On the agenda for 2013: A teacher's guide for TRUESIGHT. The book has been used by many classes in different parts of the country. In my alma mater, Lyndon Institute, where I teach English, several classes read it. When I go in to do book talks, the students are very excited. For many, it's their first introduction to dystopian fiction. A fellow teacher once told me that it's very "teachable"--the episodes break down into very definable parts with accessible themes.

I'm hoping to put together a teacher's guide this year, complete with lesson plans, discussion questions, quizzes, etc.. Now that schools are relying more and more on tablets, have the kindle version makes this a doable proposition.
 
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