Westerly Armory

I know it’s been awhile since my last post. COVID canceled most of my plans. I’m still hoping things will open up soon. Presently I am in the process of completing the latest books in my Darkness and Light series. Hopefully editing will be completed in time for the books to be available for sale before Christmas.

Now the reason for the above title. I will be participating in the Armory Craft show on Sunday November 7th. As I did last year, buy any two adult novels and you’ll receive my Children’s picture book “Peacedale” It’s perfect for young children learning life lessons about getting along with those who don’t look like us. I hope to see you there.

RI Authors Showcase

Martha Reynolds, award winning Rhode Island author, hosts an authors blog through-out November, introducing us to many of Rhode Islands talented authors. I will be highlighted on November 26th. Tune in and learn about my second book (written second) A Darkness Descending. It is a prequel to Dark Night of the Soul and though either one can be read first, it makes a good introduction to my character Marcus. Leave a comment on Martha’s blog to give you a chance to win a $200.00 Amazon gift card. I will be sending out a free signed copy to the comment of the day.

If you’d like a signed copy of any of books, email me at drzannelliauthor@gmail.com. All my books are available for $15.00 plus shipping and handling. Payment accepted via PayPal. I hope to hear from you.

Below are two book reviews from A Darkness Descending. I hope will entice you to pick up the book.

  I was so happy to get the back story of this enigmatic character. Marcus was the intriguing main character in Debra’s first novel, “Dark Night of the Soul”, a well written first novel in the horror genre. I really loved Marcus, so when I heard about this origin story I had to read it, and it was worth it. It really brings Marcus to life. While the first novel is great as a standalone, I recommend that you read this one first. What a ride.

Diana Rotelli

I loved it!  Marcus is a sympathetic hero with a code of ethics forged by his early years with a loving family.  I love the play between him and Gregor and his ability to torture the torturer.  I love the human kindness he meets along the way.

Below are the latest reviews of my first novel, Dark Night of the Soul

Awesome book by an awesome author with a very bright future.

5 our of 5 stars

What a phenomenal book.  I didn’t want to put it down.  Now to read the second book.  I can’t wait.

4 out of 5 stars

A unique vampire story.  This book was gripping, had quirky characters, and a unique ending.

5 out of 5 stars

I loved this book even though I’d never before been interested in vampires.  The basic storyline is compelling and each character has been fully fleshed out by the author.  Wonderful, descriptive language!!

5 out of 5

Dark Night of the Soul was intriguing and kept me wondering what was going to happen until the very end!  It was a great outing for this new author and I can’t wait for more.

5 out of 5

The best “vampire” story I’ve read.  This is a great story.  Marcus is an enigmatic and conflicted man; a man of strong moral character in an impossibly strange situation.  Filled with well-rounded and (mostly) likable characters that you will really care about.  I read it in one sitting.  Though this is a fine standalone book, I recommend that you also read the prequel, “A Darkness Descending.

Westerly Armory

It’s coming. I hope to see you there. It’s been a long time since I’ve had a chance to meet with my readers and friends. Let’s enjoy the day, buy something for gifts, maybe a gift for ourselves – a good book perhaps – and get what sounds to be some tasty food. I’m all for the chocolate.

There’s going to be 26 vendors including Rhode Island authors with their books, silver jewelry, metal sculptures (large and small), water-color greetings cards, framed rock art, carved wooden bowls & other carvings, woven goods, hand-made tote bags, clamdles (candles in shells), pearl jewelry, photographs, RI games, Seacoast Sweets (upscale chocolate patties with assorted fillings), and a large display of antiques. Ninigret Quilters will have a quilt raffle, as well with one of their famous and fabulous quilts. The Armory will have its own booth with items to sell – from Samurai swords, WWII overcoats, and a few antiques — to the Armory’s brand new black fleece fests with embroidered Armory – and tan canvas zip-top carry-bags with embroidered Armory. The snack bar will have wonderful sandwiches – one kind has hand-made bread with various fillings, a very special soupy (soprasata — sp??) sandwich will be available (called “Westerly’s gold”), fresh cut-up fruit in cups, home-made cookies, plus water and soda. Coffee is on us this year to vendors so we’ll have that for you when you come in, I hope.


In the Darkness and Light series

Book1: A Darkness Descending and Book3: Where There was Darkness are available in all formats

Dark Night of the Soul is only available as a paperback or Kindle at Amazon. Though you do not have to read Dark Night after A Darkness Descending, I highly recommend reading Where There was Darkness Last.

To those who have read any of the above, please write a review(Good I Hope) and let me know if you think I should write a fourth. It’s all mapped out and ready for the writing.

Sister World1 and 2 are available everywhere. Both have received excellent reviews. There aren’t many reviews sent in but although I’d like to complain, I hardly ever did reviews myself so I understand why there are so few. My biggest and best review, came from my brother-in-law, so it can’t be posted. Amazon doesn’t know that he is very quick to tell me what I do wrong. He loved both books but likes second one more. As he put it: “he really liked the battle scenes and the way I resolved the problems, especially how certain people got what they deserved. I cannot say more. I hope I said enough to interest you.

My mother did not live long enough to read Sister World 2. She loved the first one. She told me it was a p perfect blend of science and characters you’d remember long after you finished the book, with just enough whimsey to make her smile.

I hope you enjoy them.

My heart will always be with Marcus, the main character in the Darkness and Light series. In him you find a strength I wish we all had. I can only hope I could face the challenges sent his way, making the choices he makes. You see his growth, from the boy in a Darkness Descending to what Gregor tried to make him. Under all circumstances, Marcus’ remains true to his nature, using the values taught to him as a child (book one), to become the man you meet in book two.

You can now purchase signed copies either at the Westerly Armory November first or through my business e-mail, payment through my PayPal account.


Good Reading.

Book Selling

To anyone interested in purchasing my books directly from me, you can reach me at drzannelliauthor@gmail.com. Your payment will be processed via pay pal, referencing the email above. Once I receive notice of payment I will sign and ship the books. At present, to make things easier for all of us, I charge $15.00 per book plus a shipping fee of 3.00 per book and sales tax of $1.00 for a total of $19.00. The shipping is the same whether it’s being shipped to someone in RI or another state. Of course if you’re in Rhode Island you can come to book selling/signing events, which I’m hoping will return. I will post any that I will be participating in. At this time the only upcoming one is at the Westerly Amrory on 11/1 from 10am to 3pm. The cost for shipping overseas is pricey and beyond my control. The taxes remain the same but the shipping cost is $24.00/per book. Sorry but I have to say in that case Amazon is the better deal.

Correction to Going Wide

I am sorry to say that Dark Night of The Soul and A Darkness Descending will not be available on all formats until the middle of October. I recommend purchasing them through Amazon, paperback or Kindle prior to reading Where There Was Darkness. We don’t want to give any story plots away. You can always contact me at drzannelliauthor@gmail.com

Westerly Armory 2nd annual Exhibit and Sale

Hello friends. On November first I will be selling and signing books at the Westerly Armory. The event will include many talented crafters and in these extraordinary times, it will be one great way to leave our problems behind if only from 10am to 3pm. The Westerly Armory is at 41 Railroad Avenue Westerly, RI 02891 Stop by and say Hi. I hope to see you there.

Going Wide

For those of you following me and reading my books, I want you to know that I have now begun publishing all my novels on Draft to Digital. That means they will all be available in multiple formats. I’m going to list the books below, but first.

Dark Night of Soul, my first novel is set in the horror genre but it is so much more than that. What I’m writing about is how our lives, the lessons we learn as children, shape the decisions we make, how they give us the strength to make the decisions we know we should no matter the personal consequences. In Dark Night we meet Marcus . Having escaped the brutal existence forced upon him by Gregor (a monster very different than many you’ve seen), Marcus has chosen to be the last of Gregor’s prisoners. Both Marcus and Gregor faced abuse, Gregor’s by his parents. Without the love of family, with only painful memories, he chooses to let the darkness in his life consume him. Marcus, facing the same type of abuse, uses the memories of his childhood, the lessons they taught him, not only to survive and but to keep fighting against the darkness Gregor gave him and step into the light.

A Darkness Descending, my second novel, uses what I learned as a child to shape Marcus into the man he later becomes. His memories and experiences lead him to a possible freedom, one he leaves behind in his decision to stop Gregor. You learn as he does, what the difference a hug, loving parents, their understanding and encouragement can mean to a child.

My Books

In the Darkness and Light Series:

A Darkness Descending

Dark Night of the Soul

Where There Was Darkness

In the Sister World Trilogy:

Sister World I, The Arrival

Sister World 2, The Fight for Earth

My children’s book for preschool to second graders is Peacedale

Sister World 2, The Fight For Earth

The day has finally come. Sister World 2 is available at Amazon paperback and Kindle format. It is also available at Apple books, and Kobo. It will soon be available at 24 Symbols, OverDrive, Bibliotheca, Baker & Taylor, Hoopla, Barnes and Noble, Scribd and Tolino. It felt great to finally finish the edits and submit the book. Operation Switchback, the plan Kahill of Terah developed to rescue our leaders, putting them back in power is audacious and filled with danger. The physics is as real as possible in theoretical physics. Though the places and people are an invention of my over active imagination, a great deal of research went into making them people you might meet and grow to love or in some cases hate. Please make sure to get your copy and post a review on Amazon.