Autographed Books Now on Amazon

Now that I have become an authorized Amazon affiliate seller, you can buy autographed copies of my books on Amazon. Here is how you find the autographed versions of my books:

  1. Go to the Amazon webpage of the book:
  2. Click on the new book link under the paperback’s button.
  3. Scroll down the list of sellers of new copies until you see the seller “Donald Firesmith – Author”.
  4. Finally click on the associated “Add to Cart” button.

Sorry it takes that many steps. The Amazon aStore does not yet support products from affiliate sellers. If it did, you could just go to my store webpage on my author website and buy an autographed copy as easily as a regular paperback or kindle ebook.

Hell Holes: What Lurks Below Blog Tour – 5-19 December

Ultimate Fantasy Books Blog Tour
Please join my upcoming book tour of Hell Holes: What Lurks Below, organized by the Ultimate Fantasy Books this December 5-19. If you have a book blog or similar website, please consider hosting a book spotlight, book review, author interview, blog post, book excerpt, book giveaway, etc. Sign up at

Celebration – 400th Sale

Today, I’m celebrating the 400th sale so far this year of Hell Holes: What Lurks Below. I had a big jump in October and early November due to an ad placed with ManyBooks. I am also going to have a 2-week book tour with Ultimate Fantasy Books in early December, and with any luck, I’ll break 500 by the end of the year. This is definitely the most popular book I’ve ever written, and interest has definitely made me feel good about writing fiction again after so many decades.

Enter to Win $50 from ReadFreely

Please nominate my book, Hell Holes: Demons on the Dalton, as one of Read Freely’s 50 best indie books of 2016. Click on the following link:
All you have to do is fill in the following fields:
Book Title: Hell Holes: Demons on the Dalton
Author: Donald Firesmith
Genre: Paranormal
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Review of Red Dot: Contact by Eugene Linn

Red Dot: Contact. Will the Gravest Threat Come from Closer to Home than We Expect? by Eugene Linn
First Contact: Hope or Fear?

The front cover of Red Dot: ContactThis well-written novel documents how people and societies might react to the knowledge that we are not alone in the universe. More specifically, it tells the story of how humanity reacts to the discovery of a fast-approaching alien spaceship and the unexplained appearance of thousands of mysterious red dots that appear overnight. (Note that for this reason, I would have named the book Red Dots, not Red Dot.) Much of the book seems to mirror current news, especially in light of presidential politics. The writing, characterization, and dialog seemed fine.

On the other hand, I found apparent problems with the alien’s spaceship and communications technology difficult to believe. While somewhat plausible, I found the ending of the book frustrating, and I suspect that other lovers of science fiction might feel the same way. Without revealing any spoilers, I wouldn’t be surprised if many readers would also prefer a different outcome.
November 3, 2016