Donan Berg landed three times in the winner's circle of the 8th Annual Dixie Kane Memorial Writing Contest (2013) sponsored by the Southern Louisiana Chapter of the Romance Writers of America. Full details are now available at www.abodytobones.blogspot.com .
The Bones Dance Foxtrot, Second Skeleton Series Mystery, by author Donan Berg in 2012 earned multiple 5-star ratings from Writer's Digest. Find the 5-star categories and the judge's comments at www.dotdonbooks.com/id72.html . Author Berg's latest, Baby Bones, Third Skeleton Series Mystery, June, 2012, now available in trade paperback on www.amazon.com and at www.dotdonbooks.com .
His one act play, Rainy Night, premiered September 19 in a senior theater production with highly favorable audience reaction.
A national library organization in 2013 lists nineteen libraries have shelved his novel A Body To Bones. Library patrons should, for starters, check out Bangor, ME, Green Bay, WI, and Gary, IN. They've joined Southwest Georgia Regional Library System (Decatur County-Gilbert H. Gragg Library, Bainbridge; James W. Merritt, Jr. Memorial Library, Colquitt; and Seminole County Public Library, Donalsonville), Cleveland Public Library and Sheboygan, Wisconsin, Mead Public Library to shelve Donan Berg's debut murder mystery A Body To Bones, First Skeleton Series Mystery, since January, 2012. They join five libraries in four states that shelved the novel in December, 2011. Third Skeleton Series Mystery novel entitled Baby Bones released in E-book format and MP3 audiobook. Abbey Burning Love, a full-length novel murder mystery thriller E-book with strong romantic subplot, now 99 cents, save 85% off former suggested retail. Both Baby Bones and Abbey Burning Love E-books available at DOTDON Books, www.dotdonbooks.com , and the author's website, www.abodytobones.com for PC and Mac plus Kindle, Nook, Sony Ereader, Kobo, Microsoft Lit, eDiesel, and other e-book retailers. Special combo savings on Baby Bones E-book and MP3 audiobook available through DOTDON Books link.
In 2011, Author Donan Berg was selected to be both a national and a regional writing contest judge for unpublished novel manuscripts in genres of romance and young adult fiction. His new blog, launched September 2011, offers whimsy, writing tips, and more at www.abodytobones.blogspot.com .
Of his debut murder mystery, A Body To Bones, a 2010 Writers's Digest judge wrote the novel's writing presented clear, readable prose with a winning character in Sarah Hamilton enticing the judge to continue reading to learn Sarah's destiny. Additional reviewers have rated the novel as outstanding and a novel to be purchased for gifting.
His two novel-length manuscript entries, "Rosemary's Awakening" and "Alexa" landed in the winner's circle of the Fifth Annual Dixie Kane Memorial Contest sponsored by the Louisiana Chapter of the Romance Writers of America.
From Author Berg's perspective, if one's road to adventure is littered with dirty martini glasses, old-fashioned chick-lit, and music without a dance beat, then you've passed him somewhere in history, or if truth be told, he's not left the car dealership. There's no mystery on superhighways with blurred scenery. For him, life's mystery breathes along the back roads, the ones with gravel ruts, the forgotten building, the sedan that missed the tow truck, shadows in the tree copse or cemetery on a moonlit night, a yelp of the distant animal getting closer, a human skeleton, numerous smashed dreams that leave no visible clue, implausible dreams fueling kindred spirits, wishful dreams never acted on, forgotten dreams.
If one's train car to adventure is without purpose except self-gratification, then he's still standing on the station's wooden platform with the guy in the funny suit and hat holding a watch on a chain. Past the friend and family bestowed kindness and favors too often taken for granted by most, exist goals with meaning, a smile to a child taking a first step, a hand to help up the youthful heart who remembers childhood seventy years ago, a heart filled with charity, a spirit dedicated to all.
If one's rocket to adventure blasts off from this earth, then he's still in Houston or Huntsville not willing to join the sci-fi crowd. He would've added sci-fi to the first list, but since that would have put it next to chick-lit he didn't in any way wish to imply chick-lit readers, mostly gorgeous, independent, and successful women, were spacey. He'd rather breathe without carrying an oxygen tank on his back, eat food not miniaturized in foil packets, keep orientated with head above feet, touch skin in a handshake, not be fearful of creatures with scarred faces, not try to divine the origins of characters who exhibit partial animal genes, not strap on a personal bathroom.
If the above doesn't fulfill or satisfy all you want to know, here's the promised biographical stuff. He's changed the point of view to let the behind the scenes narrator tell you what he/she believes important.
Born in Ireland, Donan Berg combined formal United States elementary, high school, and university education with a cultural heritage of Irish homelife. It flourished side-by-side with a relished multi-cultural neighborhood.
His employment journey mirrored and broadened the multi-cultural upbringing with stints as a journalist, corporate executive, and lawyer. With a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Minnesota, a call from Uncle Sam [actually a letter, remember those!], he returned to the University of Minnesota to earn a Juris Doctor degree.
He's never forgotten his nineteen months in the Republic of Korea, highlighted by eight months as the official United Nations Command reporter for the peace talks at Panmunjom. Prior to Korea he'd been awarded the Army Commendation Medal at the U.S. Army Recruiting Comand Headquarters, Hampton, VA, for his revitalization of its recruiting magzine.
His goal remains to visit the four states he's not physically set foot on. These being Alaska and the three uppermost northeastern states. (Note: He'll accept any reader group invite that would justify his visit to a bed and breakfast in New Hampshire, Vermont, and Maine or any igloo in Alaska.)
The magnet on his refrigerator quotes Jeremiah 29:11-12, paraphrased: God's plan is to have you prosper and not be harmed. Donan Berg's often quoted as saying may you be so blessed.
He had considered himself destined to labor in math and engineering until the instructors started mixing in the alphabet along with the mathematical numbers.
The novel, A Body To Bones, has been followed by The Bones Dance Foxtrot that has a five-star professional review posted at major online retailers with availability at independent and major brick and mortar bookstores. Available also at at www.dotdonbooks.com is a collection of short stories entitled: Bubbling Conflict and Other Short Stories. All three now followed by Abbey Burning Love. See, www.abodytobones.com . Now arrived, "Baby Bones. Third Skeleton Series Mystery," destined to be bestseller and a Five Star addition to first two skeleton series mysteries.