Monthly Archives: January 2014

Presenting the “it’s really darn cold out” sale

It’s freezing, but there’s one force in the known universe that will warm your mind.

Imagination! Imaginary warmth is hot stuff. Where do you find imagination? Why, in a book, of course!

So, to help take your mind off the cold, I’m putting the Earths in Space e-book on sale for 99 cents (down from $1.99).

And remember, the RIP: Touch e-book is permanently free at Smashwords.

Both Earths in Space: Where Are the Little Green Men? and RIP: Choices After Death are enrolled in the Kindle Matchbook program, by the way. This means if you purchase the paperback edition through Amazon, you can get the Kindle version at no extra charge.

Now get in from the cold and spark the fire of your…imagination!

(It’s fun being cheesy, isn’t it? I don’t know what that cheetah thought was so hard.)

“The Play About Homecoming”

In the spirit of Throwback Thursday, I present the first play I ever wrote. I was 17, and it’s an exaggeration of actual events.

Please do not use without permission. Any school interested in this ridiculous show should contact me.

“The Play About Homecoming”

By Daniel Sherrier

Characters:

Natalie, Corrie, Virginia, Dick, Billy, Sid

(Natalie, Corrie, and Virginia are standing downstage, looking out to the audience as they pantomime getting made-up.  They put make-up on, do their hair, etc.)

Corrie:                   This is going to be interesting…

Natalie:                  So, Corrie, your date’s really 22?

Corrie:                   Huh-uh.

Natalie:                  And he asked you to Homecoming?

Corrie:                   Yep.  I guess when Virginia mentioned I didn’t have a date he felt bad and decided to be nice.  It would be better if I actually knew the guy though…

Natalie:                  Is that even legal?

Virginia:                Don’t worry.  Billy seems all right.  At work, he’s always really nice to me.

Natalie :                 And what about your date?  He’s from your work, too, right?  How old is he?

Virginia:                Oh, Sid’s our age, but, uh, he is an…unusual person.

Corrie:                   Unusual?

Virginia:                You’ll see when you meet him.  To be honest I didn’t really want to go with him.  I mean, I’ve only known him a couple of days, but it was him or no one.  Besides, I couldn’t turn him down.

Corrie:                   Last resort dates are so much fun!  At least Natalie knows Dick.

Natalie:                  Yeah, that’s one guy we all know.

Virginia:                Oh, it’ll all be fine.  This has to be better than going by ourselves.

(Lights dim.  When the lights return, the couples are seated at a table.  Everyone is dressed-up nicely, except for Sid, who wears extremely bright, tacky, multi-colored clothing.  Stage right of the table is the women’s restroom, and stage left is the men’s restroom.  Restrooms are represented by simple signs; no sets for restrooms are necessary.  At the table, there is awkward silence for a few moments.)

Corrie:                   So…

Sid:                        So…

Virginia:                So…?

Billy:                     So…This is everyone’s senior Homecoming, heh?  I remember mine.  I was the star football player, and I almost single-handedly won the big game. Continue reading

Author explores life and afterlife in new book

The official press release for RIP: Choices After Death

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Jan. 21, 2014 – A ghost experiences physical contact for the first time since death. The idea came to author Daniel Sherrier one night and compelled him to write “RIP: Choices After Death,” a new paranormal fantasy book.

Rip Cooper learns he can perceive ghosts with his five senses as if they were flesh and blood, and he’s just as solid to them. This young loner must overcome his fears and kill dead people to prevent them from corrupting the living. He works alongside a deceased young woman and his ex-best friend’s ex-girlfriend as they teach him how love can lead to strength.

Sherrier originally conceived the story as a television series. The pilot script was a semi-finalist in the 2011 PAGE International Screenwriting Contest in the TV Drama category and a finalist in the 2010 TVWriter.com People’s Pilot Competition.

Ultimately, he decided the story would work best in prose, but he decided to retain certain elements of its television origins.

“I’ve always been a fan of the season-long arc structure used on shows like ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ and ‘Veronica Mars,’” Sherrier said. “And it’s the perfect structure to show Rip’s maturation as he adjusts to dealing with ghosts and adulthood.”

“Choices After Death” consists of four novelettes: “Touch,” “Alone,” “The Crazy Line,” and “Point B.” These “episodes” each tell a complete story while building on each other and setting up future installments.

“The Rip in ‘Point B’ isn’t exactly the same guy in ‘Touch,’” Sherrier said. “And this is just the beginning for him and his friends.”

“RIP: Choices After Death” is published through Amazon CreateSpace and is available in both paperback and e-book formats.

Amazon reviewers have hailed the book as “a witty and humorous page-turner,” “refreshing,” “too funny,” and “fantastic.”

Daniel Sherrier was born in New Jersey and grew up in Mechanicsville, Va. He graduated from the College of William & Mary in 2005 with a degree in English and Theatre. “RIP” is his second release, following “Earths in Space: Where Are the Little Green Men?” He currently resides in Glen Allen, Va., and has written for community newspapers in the Hanover, Henrico, and James City areas.

For more information, visit sherrierbooks.com or facebook.com/drsherrier.

 

Media contact:

Daniel Sherrier

daniel@sherrierbooks.com

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“That Darn Castle!”

Here’s another old writing exercise, a short script I wrote in a playwriting class at William & Mary about ten years ago. And I’m just now realizing I’ve written plays more than a decade ago. Oh my.

Anyway, this is just a silly romp that was never intended to be performed. But it is silly and might just fulfill your recommended daily value of silliness.

Song lyrics are not mine, which should be quite obvious.

“That Darn Castle!”

By Daniel Sherrier

Characters:

King Gallagherwithers

knights1, 2, 3, & 4

a castle

 

(King Gallagherwithers stands in the middle of a mostly barren stage.  Knight1 enters with a sense of urgency.)

King:                Ho, good knight, how goes the construction?

knight1:           By George, sir, the castle has stolen the instruction manual!  And it won’t return it until after we’ve repainted it!

King:                How the bloody hell is the castle making demands?

knight1:           By telling them to us, sir!

King:                How the bloody hell is the castle telling them to us?

knight1:          With its mouth, sir!

King:               How the bloody hell does the castle have a mouth?

knight1:          We built one into it, sir!

King:               And why the bloody hell did we build a mouth into a castle?

knight1:          The instruction manual said so, sir!

King:                Let me see that instruction manual!

knight1:          The castle has it, sir!

King:               Oh, yes, that’s right. Bloody hell! Continue reading

New chance for RIP: Touch — for FREE

RIP-1-Touch.jpgSilly me, I just realized Smashwords lets you price e-books as permanently free.

So, I thought that would be a good opportunity for RIP: Touch. I took it down from Amazon to avoid confusion with the larger work, RIP: Choices After Death, which begins with “Touch.” No sense charging people a buck for part of a book.

Then I figured, hey, why not let anyone and everyone read “Touch” for free whenever they like? This way, you’ll have a good idea whether or not Choices After Death is for you.

I’m betting it is. So go on over to Smashwords, please, and give RIP‘s first episode a try — and pay nothing.

Everything is more wonderful when it’s free, isn’t it?

Last chance for RIP: Touch

RIP-V1-final.jpgRIP: Choices After Death is now available in paperback and ebook. The book combines four novelettes and a short story into a full novel.

Where does that leave the original RIP pilot ebook, “Touch”? It leaves it as a redundancy.

I’m not planning on releasing the other novelettes as separate ebooks. The format with Choices After Death going forward will be four novelettes and a short story that have a collective beginning, middle, and end. With each book, readers will get more to read, a nice ending, and some unresolved matters that set up the following installment.RIP Touch

To avoid confusion, I’ll unpublish RIP: Touch this Friday. The standalone ebook is only available at Amazon right now, and starting this weekend, the story will only be available as the first fourth of Choices After Death.

So, last chance to sample the beginning of Choices After Death for a single dollar!

By the way, a Goodreads user just said this of RIP: Touch: “I loved this short story! I thought the storyline was good, and the pace fit it perfectly.”

And she gave it five stars. Just thought I’d point that out. 🙂