How’s The New Book Coming?

Dan AlatorreHmm. It’s getting there.

I’ve written 12 chapters and 26,444 words since I started this project on June 23, but most of that was in the last 10 days.

And the biggest challenge isn’t the writing.

It’s not been with ideas.

It’s not finding time to write.


It’s been figuring out how to start book 2 when book 1 was a “one and done.”

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By that I mean, I wrote the first book, Double Blind, not intending for there to be a sequel. When I got near the end of writing book 1, I occasionally had some ideas for what book 2, Primary Target, might need to contain. I ended up outlining – in verrrry broad strokes – what books 2-5 might need to be.

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And I’m happy with that. (The cover above is a mock up representation. Primary Target will look like that but with the fonts from Double Blind.)

(and these covers will have different images and background colors)

What I didn’t expect was spending time to re-know those interesting, fun characters from Double Blind all over again so that Primary Target started with a bang.




And all your favorite characters are back in full force.


It took the better part of 30 days to iron out the problem areas, but they are ironed out now. I expect to write a chapter a day, maybe two, for the next month until this one’s complete. Look for it to come in between 60k and 80k, maybe more, around July 31.


I think you’ll like it.

I know I do.


And you are gonna DIE when you see how I wrap up book 2 and start book 3!


You can’t order Primary Target yet, but I’ll set up a preorder listing soon, don’t worry.


Stay tuned!

Coming Attractions: Writing 2 Books In 100 Days

Dan Alatorre


I have a goal.

Wanna know what it is?

Before December 31, 2020, I want to write Primary Target (the sequel to my popular murder mystery Double Blind) and The Keepers (the 4th book in popular The Gamma Sequence series).

I need to have The Keepers out by mid-December. Primary Target doesn’t have a release date, but… it needs to be this year.



Last year I essentially wrote 3 full length novels. I mean, I wrote 2 and wrote a bunch of short stories, and published a horror anthology… and edited a how-to series…

as well as editing a friend’s book, editing and publishing 45 or so Young Authors Club books – I do all that myself, there’s no staff.

THIS year I’ve…

I’ve written…

I… uh…


Well, in 2020 I will publish 4 short story horror anthologies AND 4 short “how to write” books. I mean, that’s something. The coronavirus kinda knocked out a lot of the Young Authors Club books, but not all of them. And of course, I’ve been overseeing the “distance learning” of my 4th grade daughter since mid-March.

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Florida schools went out on Spring Break on March 16 and never returned to school. After Spring Break got extended a week while the powers that be tried to figure out what to do, we started distance learning from home – a ten-year-old in front of a computer doing her classwork. So I stepped up and created Mr. Dan’s School For Wayward Children, and from 8am-3pm every day we did math, science, social studies, language arts, PE, nature, art, gardening – the whole deal.

We had a snack at 9:30 and lunch at noon, recess at 11:00, and a lot of Zoom calls with teachers.

We painted, played games on her iPad, swam, jumped on the trampoline, played with the bunnies she got for her birthday

…(which was celebrated mostly via text and Facetime). Oh, and prior to that, there was an Easter egg hunt where she was the only kid looking for eggs – a fun idea at first that quickly got a bit sad because without sharing all that with family, it was almost like just another day.

So from about April 1 until Mr. Dan’s school closes on May 29, my daughter and I enjoyed working hard at school.

I’m glad I was there to help her figure out how to subtract and multiply fractions, as well as learn all about Sally Ride for the virtual wax museum presentation we have coming up on Wednesday. She did well. By my estimations, it will be mostly A’s and maybe 1-2 B’s. Considering this distance learning stuff could have really tanked her school year, I’m pretty satisfied with that.

But I did a lot of that each day and not a lot of writing.

I’m not complaining. I hope I showed my daughter how to respond to a challenge. And I don’t forget that others who came before me had to live through the Great Depression or storm the beaches at Normandy. I had to sit home with my kid and explain fractions. Yeah, a lot of income went away that wasn’t replaced, but ten years from now that’s not what I’ll remember.

One of the teachers asked the kids what they’ll remember from this school year, and said not to say coronavirus. The kids did as asked. My daughter got bunnies, after all.

But they’ll remember this.

How could they not? If my school got out at spring break and I never went back for the rest of the school year, I’d never forget it. They’ll see their friends soon enough and forget the loneliness. They don’t mind not being in a classroom. But they won’t forget what happened. I don’t think most of them were scared – I know a lot of kids were bored – but my daughter and I had fun.

We worked hard, we learned, and we had fun.

Some will say we’ll all have a better appreciation of teachers. Yes and no. I didn’t want to be a teacher. I didn’t apply for that job because I wanted to do a different job, but I got drafted into doing it – with no pay – for many, many hours a week. In a few days, the school year will be over and I get to go back to not being a teacher again, but now I know that if I had to, I could home school my kid.

So I’ll pretty much say distance learning knocked my writing off schedule.

Those firsts week were madness

as none of the websites worked, or they crashed, or we couldn’t get into them in the first place, but that gradually was replaced by us adapting and things not crashing. We went from doing schoolwork until 5pm every day to being finished early most days. From being exhausted to being satisfied. From being overwhelmed and desperate to being confidant and assured. That’s a big deal.

I went from having no time at all, to now seeing, hey, it’s a 3-day weekend and I could probably get a lot of writing done.  

Which brings me back to my goal:

Can I write 2 books between now and the end of the year?

Which really means: can I write 2 books before mid-September, because once Young Authors Club starts up again, my available writing time goes down drastically. Besides, to release a book in mid-December, it has to be ready a month or two beforehand. Beta readers need a look, as do critique partners and others in the process.

Oh, and there will be a dawn of a new series.

The Gamma Sequence and Double Blind will keep going, but there’ll be a 3rd cop or detective series, a murder mystery with a new hero. But maybe that will start next year.

Right now: attempting to write 2 books in… well, from about June 1, until more or less the middle of September. Let’s see, that’s… there are 30 days in June, 31 in July, 31 in August, and about 15 (30 days tops) in September. So, that’s over a hundred days. *Grabs calculator * actually 122 days.

So… 122 days? To write two full-length novels – that each have to be the best book in their respective series.

Is that enough time???

Uh… Yep.

By the way, a few chapters of Primary Target have already been written, and I have about 75% of the outline for The Keepers done. So I’m not starting from scratch.

I wrote most of my best books in 6 weeks once I had a solid idea for the story. (I needed a lot of rest afterward, but I did it.)

The Gamma Sequence was started the morning of February 26, 2019, and I finished writing the book on April 3; that’s 36 days. Rogue Elements (The Gamma Sequence, book 2) was started on approximately August 18, 2019 and finished about 46 days later. Terminal Sequence, the 3rd book in the series, was started November 22, 2019 and finished January 18, 2020, about 57 days.

My recollection is, The Navigators took about 42 days, as did Double Blind.

So mathematically, it’s possible.

And, well, heck – after spending the last few weeks learning math with my daughter, I guess… rising to a challenge and all that…

Yeah, I’m going for it.

I’ll see you in September.

Except for when I come in here to update you on how the writing is going.

Wish me luck!


Have You Checked Out Dan’s Italian Assistant? “I laughed so hard, I cried.”

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Open Book Blog Hop – Should we have more bank holidays?


IMG_4058May 4 2020 is the unofficial Star Wars Day.  What other days should be recognised as holidays but aren’t?

South Africa has twelve public holidays which seems to be more than many other countries. The holidays fall on specified dates which means that they can occur on any day of the week including weekend days. South Africa also has a traditional holiday shut down period of about three weeks over the Christmas period. Many business close between 16 December (a public holiday) and the end of the first week in January.

It is nice to have holidays but they can result in a loss of productivity especially when more than one holiday occur in the same week or when the public holiday occurs mid-week. When this happens, many people take a whole week’s leave and that does create strain when a lot of people are all away at the same…

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My Books

The list keeps getting bigger – and better!



“readers of Michael Crichton & Robin Cook will def enjoy!”

– Ginger S. Baldwin, Amazon review

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Some secrets refuse to remain hidden.

Geneticist Lanaya Kim must do what authorities haven’t—tie together the “accidental” deaths of several prominent scientists around the country to show they were actually murdered. Over the past two years, geneticists have died in what appear to be accidents, but Lanaya knows otherwise. If she tells her secrets to the authorities, she risks becoming a suspect or revealing herself to the killer and becoming an open target. Hiring private investigator Hamilton DeShear may help her expose the truth, but time is running out. The murders are happening faster, and Lanaya’s name may be next on the killer’s list. But when Lanaya and DeShear start probing, what they discover is far more horrifying than anyone could ever have imagined.

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“This is a great novel!” I loved the characters and the waterfall scene was very exciting! What’s truly fantastic/captivating about the whole story is that it really could happen… – Anne Marie Andrus, author of Monsters & Angels

“A solid 5 stars. Great read. Amazing.” “I really did enjoy it and love a good ending – I assume there will be another book to give us more… Look forward to your next.” – R G Review

The Gamma Sequence, book 2:

Rogue Elements



After completing the biggest case of his career, private detective Hank DeShear returns home to start treatment for a disabling genetic condition that could end his life, but he learns his partner on the prior case has just been murdered. Was he wrong to conclude the secretive killer known as The Greyhound had declared a truce? Or have disciples of The Greyhound surfaced to carry on with the murders?

DeShear is able to attach himself to an overseas goodwill mission headed by the U. S. Vice President, enabling him to pursue leads in foreign hospitals he thinks could be offshoots of Angelus Genetics’ illegal organ harvesting programs and human trafficking operations. Determined to pursue the truth wherever it leads, DeShear must also keep a low profile so he doesn’t become the next murder victim—but the onset of his debilitating condition may kill DeShear before the murderer gets a chance.


“A masterful thriller” A riveting thriller by Dan Alatorre, the fast-paced plot is loaded with suspense, intrigue and chilling implications for the future of genetic research. I cannot wait for the next book in this spine-tingling series! – JY, Amazon review

“5 STARS”Book Review Gal

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The Gamma Sequence, book 3:

Terminal Sequence



While preparing for his final round of life-saving treatments, Detective Hank DeShear agrees to work with Jaden Trinn and The Greyhound to shut down the remaining legs of Angelus Genetics’ illegal multi-national operations. Their ally, Dr. Carerra, is unable to help, forced away to appear in Washington D. C. to comply with what she thinks is a Congressional subpoena, in the hopes of getting leniency for actions her husband took while exposing Angelus’ gruesome activities. But the company Dr. Hauser founded plans to continue operating, buying political protection and stopping any would-be attackers in the harshest, most permanent ways possible. But when the next generation of Hauser-created child prodigies learns of the founder’s true plans, a horrifying reality is revealed that no one could have envisioned.

Fans of Robin Cook and Michael Crichton will love this series, especially the finale!

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“I loved the characters and the story is incredible” – Amazon review

The Gamma Sequence, book 4

The Keepers

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After destroying the last remnants of Angelus Genetics and the evil Dr. Hauser’s operations, Detective Hamilton DeShear escapes with Agent Jaden Trinn and their 5-year-old ward Constantine to The Bahamas for a vacation – only to be framed for murder as Constantine is kidnapped and Trinn is nearly shot to death. Recovering in Paris, “Helena” attempts to help, but she is saddled with the hospital’s frustrated Doctor of Psychology who must open up to the possibility that things with this mysterious elderly patient are not as they seem.

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Two detectives hunt a serial killer.
The killer’s hunting them.

A lone trucker is ambushed, shot, and brutally stabbed. A tourist meets the same fate while out for a jog. Facing two crime scenes that could have come from a horror movie, Detectives Carly Sanderson and Sergio Martin search for the crazed serial killer. Five more attacks happen in a week, launching the entire city into a panic, causing the mayor to throw all of the city’s resources into stopping the rampage. But while the detectives work around the clock, they don’t know the killer has upped the game—by making them his next targets.

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“Plenty of action and suspense, well written…  a pleasure to read. You will certainly enjoy this book. This is my first dip into the Dan Alatorre literary pool, and I’ll certainly be back for more.” Amazon review

“Fast-paced, excellent read. I’m looking forward to my next book by Dan Alatorre.” – Amazon review


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A freak landslide at a remote mine site uncovers a strange machine to a group of paleontology grad students. Wary of corrupt school officials, team leader Barry takes the machine home to study it in secret, reaching only one realistic – and unbelievable – conclusion: It was designed to bridge the time-space continuum. It’s a time machine. Testing delivers disastrous results, sending one team member to the hospital and nearly killing another. When word leaks about the discovery, the ultimate power struggle ensues: the university wants it for funding, the power company wants its energy regenerating abilities kept under wraps, and a rival group wants to steal it for themselves. No one cares if Barry’s team comes out alive. Fleeing for their lives, the students must fight the school, the police, and each other if they want to learn the truth about what they’ve discovered – a truth with more severe consequences than any of them can predict.

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AMONG THE BEST OF THE YEAR –  Happy Meerkat Reviews. “5.0 out of 5 stars. Gripping action adventure science fiction. This book is amazing, I can’t believe how engrossed I was in reading it!”
“This book grabs you from the beginning and doesn’t let go until the. very. last. line. Dan Alattore is an exceptional writer, the details, feelings and wit in this story draw you in, and you feel like you are right there with each character.” Amazon review


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Possibly my best book, ever.

A series of unexplainable tragedies surround a family and their young daughter as they seek to determine whether they are possessed, paranoid or collectively going insane. Meanwhile, forgotten clues from the father’s past may indicate forces are at work in ways more ominous than any of them could have imagined.

“Alatorre’s best yet!”
I wanted to keep reading. Good job.
– Molli Nickell,The Publishing Wizard and former Time-Life acquisitions editor

A brilliant work. Haunting, fast paced, multi-layered.
Alatorre has outdone himself with this chilling tale of paranormal suspense. If you loved The Shining or A Change Of Seasons’ The Body (also known as the movie Stand By Me), you’ll love this book. – Lucy Brazier,author of the PorterGirl: The Vanishing Lord and PorterGirl: First Lady of the Keys

Comparing it with the likes of King and Koontz. I don’t think I’ve come across a book quite like this one. It has a powerful potential to be a great supernatural thriller that everyone will talk about for years to come. That’s comparing it with the likes of King and Koontz. – Russell J. Fellows Reviews

Dan Alatorre can summon the chills and thrills of a supernatural horror story.

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The Italian Assistant

When a married man’s overseas business deal goes wrong, the one person who can help him has ideas of her own. A madcap comedy where true love finally prevails and everyone lives happily ever after—but only after a lot of screwups.

Family man Mike Torino lands an important business project in Italy, home of naked art, Valentino, and taxi-crashing yoga pants, so he brings along his wife, hoping to rekindle their marriage while securing a promotion. But romance gets derailed by head colds, constant bickering, and assaults from ankle-breaking cobblestone streets. Their daughter develops a gelato addiction. Mike’s Italian partner has a coronary. And as for amore . . . Mattie tells Mike to handle things himself—and storms back to America.

Mike is trapped. Leaving Italy will blow a promotion; staying might cost him his wife and family.

While reeling from Mattie’s frantic departure, a replacement liaison is assigned—a top-notch, beautiful young Italian woman who is instantly smitten with Mike and determined to reveal the passions of her homeland—whether he wants to see them or not! Normally immune, Mike is tempted—but is headstrong, voluptuous Julietta worth the risk?

“Funniest book I have ever read!” I laughed a lot and cried in equal measure but cannot remember when I have enjoyed a book so much. – Anita Dawes Book Review

“Made me laugh out loud.”Amazon review

“WOW! Worth every second spent reading!”Amazon review

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Get your scare on

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Dark Passages


USA Today bestselling author and master storyteller Dan Alatorre brings you a collection of dark stories.

The Jemwaju: Come sit by the campfire and listen as an old friend tells a man’s group of Scouts about a Mayan tomb he explored as a college student, and the possibly haunted remains of the vengeful warrior priest he discovered inside.
Best Monday Ever: A dark humor tale about a hard working businessman who wins the award of a lifetime, but the announcement causes his wife to become a kidnap target of a strange group called the witch coven cult.
Dark Questions: A young man finds himself strapped to a chair without any explanation, then the torture begins… but he can’t provide answers to questions he isn’t being asked.
Enjoy these eerie, dark short stories from master storyteller and USA Today bestselling author Dan Alatorre – and be sure to leave the lights on!


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Book 2 in the series:

Dark Voodoo

The Rendering:
A young woman’s visit to a voodoo shop goes horribly wrong.
Countenance: A difficult situation gets worse for a bank robber when things are not as they seem.
Epilogue: The third story in this theme gives a satisfying surprise ending.


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Book 3 in the series

Dark Intent

Dark Passages (3)


The Power Outage: An eerie story about a lone homeowner who meets the new neighbors on a stormy night when the power on their street goes out, but the neighbors are not what he expects.
Tonight We Hunt The Beast, Lads: Against his better thinking, a medieval monk rides along with a frenzied mob to hunt a dangerous mythical beast.

A Settled Matter: A dark humor take of a would-be normal man who decides to hire a hit man to murder his wife.


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Book 4 in the series

Dark Thoughts

Dark Passages (4)


The Monster And The Maintenance Man: The maintenance worker on a prison’s electric chair sets up his own system of justice.
A Number One Bestselling Author: A dark humor tale of a jealous author attends a party and assesses the life of the host, his successful former mentor.

The Seer: A boy takes a scary trip through his grandmother’s dark basement and encounters another boy from long ago.


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All 4 volumes – even the ones that aren’t released yet! A steal, and it includes all of the books so far:

  • Dark Passages
  • Dark Voodoo
  • Dark Intent
  • Dark Thoughts

Enjoy these short horror stories from the comfort of your own home – and leave the lights on.

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Kids books! Check these out!


Stinky Toe

“Bo” does not like to take baths – he wants to play! But his mother has other ideas. Enjoy this funny rhyming story with YOUR children. Fun to read to youngsters; fun for older kids to read to YOU!

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The Zombunny

A young rabbit who stays up late and doesn’t eat right becomes a tired, grumpy… ZOMBUNNY! Great for young readers and students learning English as a foreign language.


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Bestselling author and humorist Dan Alatorre brings us into his living room for funny and delightful stories about the real meaning of fatherhood and parenting. “Savvy” is the nickname of his daughter, and “Savvy Stories” is a fun filled romp through the early years of having a baby. These stories will have you chuckling at the universal message of bringing up baby – and watching her take over the house! Equal parts funny and touching, Savvy Stories shows you why all kids are special. After all, “the beauty of children is in the magic they see everywhere; the beauty of parenthood is seeing it with them.” Not a bumbling TV sitcom stooge, the Dad in this book is a smart, kind, loving man who is constantly amazed at his daughter, something every dad should be (but, sadly, many are not).

You will laugh and cry, sometimes on the same page, and you will see yourself 100 times over in this book. Savvy Stories has been acclaimed as required reading for parents, for its hilarious and heartwarming insights. Its lessons are deep and apply to every family, everywhere, because what makes Savvy special is what makes all children special. We just have to look.


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“The honesty of a 2 year old is amazing. Are they all like this? I hope so. What a shame that probably has to change.

“I’ve caught my daughter doing stuff where I would expect an older kid to lie, and she persists in telling me exactly what she did, ratting herself out completely. That just can’t keep up, can it?

“Whenever it’s just the two of us home alone and I need a shower, like after I’ve worked out but my wife isn’t home to watch our daughter, I’ll put Savvy on the bed in the master bedroom and leave the bathroom door open. That way, she can watch cartoons while sitting on the bed, and I can shower.

“With the door ajar, she can’t see me, but she can certainly come in if some crisis were to happen – like the DVR switched her cartoon off and put on the news – and I can hear her if were to cry for some reason – like when she was trying to use the headboard as a balance beam and got wedged between the mattress.

“She’s two. That stuff happens…”

You will buy this book for the comedy but you will keep it for the memories – and fall in love all over again with your own kids!


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You have never read a book like this before.

The Long Cutie hooks you with alternating chapters about a charmingly precocious 3 year old girl and stories of other real life people who have Long QT Syndrome, a potentially life threatening heart condition.

But this is no sob-story cry fest!

This is a life-affirming, often hilarious, occasionally thrilling, rollercoaster ride!

The Long Cutie will make you smile, nod, laugh and cry – sometimes all in the same page. Interspersed throughout the book are fascinating vignettes from a Norwegian man who tells stories about his family’s tragic history of LQTS. All the stories in the book are true. Some families consider themselves “special needs.” Others don’t. Some found out that they had Long QT by passing out and wrecking their cars! Some were misdiagnosed with epilepsy for years. Some of their stories are like reading TV medical drama. Some are like reading a comedy. All of them are amazingly true and a rollercoaster of emotions to read, but you will not end up depressed or feeling bad as you read because these are some of the strongest people you will ever read about and they do not inspire and will not accept – pity.
Think of it like Pulp Fiction without all the shooting and blood. And without the gangsters. And without the cussing. And… Okay, don’t think of it like Pulp Fiction. Wait, DO think of Pulp Fiction, but only in the way the stories are separate stories that are told in pieces that may or may not overlap.

You know, you’ll just have to read it.
But I think you’re really going to like it!

And I know you are going to be touched by it. Deeply.




“Colonoscopy? You turn 50 and all of a sudden they want to stick a TV camera up your butt? Terrific.”

Dan deals with it ALL, laying out each step of the process in his typical, hilarious way, but with a goal of educating us in the process (in the end, it’s not so bad. Get it? In the end?) about a necessary and life saving procedure.

Night Of The Colonoscopy is a funny story about a guy starting to get a little older and trying to be realistic about it; wanting to have fun in life while still setting a good example for his 3-year old daughter – while keeping a humorous outlook at life.

The hospital gown that won’t close in the back? The nurse who didn’t tell him everything he might need to know about laxatives? And just how big is that camera, anyway???

Follow along and laugh as we head down another road of family interaction and life lessons as we learn about the Night Of The Colonoscopy!

Buy this book and learn about this important and life saving procedure while chuckling to yourself the whole time.


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Bestselling author and humorist Dan Alatorre takes us on a trip that will have any parent laughing out loud! Dan shows us the hilarious side of the challenges of parenting, as the father of a young girl is suddenly tasked with getting her a leotard before her first gymnastics class.

What happens next is an endearing journey of comedy that we’ve all been through: the challenge of shopping quickly combined with the fun and magic of childhood.

Moms and dads alike will laugh along with the characters in this epic journey because There’s no Such Thing As A Quick Trip To BuyMart!



A fun loving comedy by bestselling author and humorist Dan Alatorre. A loving father somehow gets ensnared in his 3 ½ year old daughter’s request for a birthday party for her favorite stuffed animal; and instead of saying no, he goes along with it. What happens next is a hilariously funny and charming explanation of the true meaning of fatherhood, the differences between moms and dads, and how sometimes the really silly things we do on life’s journey are often the best:

“My daughter was nearly insane with excitement. No sugar high could match the rush of endorphins that were the thought of all her favorite things in the whole world all colliding in her brain at one time: ice cream, Hope The Baby Dolphin, birthday cake, and playing with the phone.”- from “A Day For Hope”


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A routine trip to the store creates a golden opportunity for a loving father to bestow a terrific Christmas memory on his three year old daughter. Filled with humor and love, this story will have you laughing and turning the pages to see if the stranger with the red shirt and white beard is… Santa Maybe?

This one is an annual favorite. I read this instead of “The Night Before Christmas”



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Yep, we have those, too

Children love this delightful picture book! With its many cute images, Laguna The Lonely Mermaid tells the story of a lonely young mermaid who must think of a creative way to rescue stranded pirates. By helping others, she makes new friends.

Great for parents to read to preschoolers or for slightly older kids to read to their parents! Includes suggestions for parents about making reading fun for kids, links to Facebook Fan page for downloadable coloring pages, and more.

BTW, I wrote this down but have a look at who the author is. There’s a story behind that. My daughter made up this whole story. THAT story is included in the book, too. Kids’ll impress ya.



An adorable, amusing picture book with many cute images for children, “The Princess And The Dolphin” tells the story of a beautiful little princess who has a very special stuffed animal – that she loses somewhere in the castle! With help of her parents (the king and queen) and the family dog, they are off on a search.

Kids enjoy a terrific, fun story while discovering that persistence is important, as well as being resourceful, and working together.

A little princess in your house might just learn a thing or two about putting her toys away, and maybe a little something about responsibility, too!

Great for parents to read to preschoolers or for slightly older kids to read to their parents!

I love this story. It’s 100% true (okay, we aren’t kings and queens, but you get the idea), and if you read my stuff you know it is. If i could only leave ONE book for my daughter to read, it would be this one. Because she’s five now and she can’t read the bigger books. but also because this really happened, so we made a story about it.



Children are going crazy for this story! A young girl’s family visits the beach, where she befriends a small crab and his friends. All is well until a little stranger washes up on shore after a storm, and she decides to work with her new friends to help him get back home – to France!

Enjoy this fun, full color, illustrated children’s book that has a great story and also teaches the importance of persistence, creativity, and teamwork!

Perfect to read to little ones, or have slightly older kids read to you!

This started out as a game we played when Savvy was a tiny little thing, and grew into this story. can you guess who the little girl in the story is?



Announcing the WordCrafter 2020 Stay in Place Virtual Writing Conference

Writing to be Read

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We’re all tired of staying at home during this recent crisis. It seems like everyone has been affected in different ways, but no one has gone unscathed. Our world has changed in recent times. We, as authors and lovers of the written word had many of our in-person writing events – conferences, conventions, and book fairs – cancelled due to the appearance of COVID 19. To to emulate all those events we look forward to each year and are missing out on now, and to chase away some of the boredom of social distancing and isolation, WordCrafter presents the 2020 Stay in Place Virtual Writing Conference on Tuesday, April 28 from 8 am to 8 pm.

This is a unique event, the first of its kind, and one you won’t want to miss. Free presentations and author takeovers will be occurring on the Facebook event page, and interactive workshops…

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A Great Quote

Dan AlatorreMany times in interviews, I have mentioned that I basically type with two fingers.

My wife hates to watch me type, and I’m a little self conscious about it – an author who types with two fingers? So I bring it up in interviews to come off as humble and self-effacing, but I was always a bit insecure about it…

Until I read this:

“I never really learned to type. I’m totally left-handed, and I just started typing with my pointer finger, nothing else, just one finger, not even two. And I’ve now written 300 books on this finger.” – R. L. Stine



What are YOU doing during the great “Shelter In Place”?

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I know a lot of people are doing some spring cleaning right now because they’re all kind of trapped in their houses and need something to do.

Yard tasks are being addressed in record numbers, from what I hear.

I redid my office.

I’ve been tasked with overseeing the “distance learning” of my daughter, so we put a small table in my office across from my desk, with a couple of chairs. She does online learning and a lot of FaceTime calls with friends in there while I oversee the process of getting her through the rest of 4th grade until April 30. Then, hopefully, school resumes.

We’ll see.


In the meantime, I’m also doing a lot more Zoom calls so I need to have a better backdrop behind me. I’ve been watching MasterClass episodes, and Neil Gaiman, James Patterson, Dan Brown, and RL Stine all have bookcases full of books as their backdrop, so I thought I’d redo mine to keep up with the Jonses.


When I used to do the YouTube show, I sat over next to the chest of drawers and the legal cabinet with a little green lamp in the English hunting dog picture behind me, and put on a blue blazer. My head and body would have blocked that pink backpack, and it was a nice backdrop. It wasn’t too much work to move my old laptop computer over to view that area, but it was enough. My new desktop computer pretty much needs to stay put, but it gives a sharper picture (which means the crows feet around my eyes show up a lot better) and you might actually be able to read the titles of some of the books behind me. Maybe we’ll have a competition to see who can name the most books.


Anyway, that’s life as we know it this month. Maybe next month things will resume to a more normal routine.


What are YOU doing to make the most of our “shelter in place” time?

I hear video cooking classes are on the rise…


You could check out a great book, too.


The Gamma Sequence is doing really well, and there are three books in that series.


Savvy Stories has seven titles in that series.

But the newest launch is for horror fans, Dark Passages. Book 1 got snapped up by over 700 people since it came out March 31st. Book 2 in the series, Dark Voodoo, possibly the best book in the series, comes out April 30, less than 3 weeks from today.


If you’re a horror fan, drop me a message and I’ll send you a free copy of Dark Passages OR Dark Voodoo. Limited time offer, restrictions apply.

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