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Thursday, February 17, 2022

The Dark Beast: Raven, Romda, Ravai Vol. I by Dave Maruszewski - Book Tour - Book Sale - Guest Post - Giveaway - Enter Daily!

Hi, lovelies!!  It gives me great pleasure today to host Dave Maruszewski and his new book, “The Dark Beast: Raven, Romda, Ravai Vol. I,” here on FAB!!  For other stops on his Goddess Fish Promotions Book Tour, please click on the banner above or any of the images in this post.

Be sure to make it to the end of this post to enter to win a $20 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card!!  Also, come back daily to interact with Dave and to increase your chances of winning!!

This eBook is on SALE for ONLY $0.99 during the book tour!!  See below for more details.

Thanks for stopping by!!  Wishing you all lots of good luck in this fabulous giveaway!!

The Dark Beast:

Raven, Romda, Ravai

Vol. I

by Dave Maruszewski


GENRE:   Children's / Chapter Books / Middle Grade



Recently knighted squires Raven, Romda, and Ravai are tasked to help a nearby priest. However, this simple errand turns into much more.  They cross paths with the Dark Beast.  After that brief encounter, they soon realize the Beast’s plans to destroy an entire town.  They journey to this town, meeting residents who tell large tales about the Beast.  How much of stories are true?  The three will find out.  The Dark Beast is coming.



“Wow, that was crazy,” Ravai practically shouts.

“Crazy, but true,” says the driver. “But you all look like you could fall asleep.”

“Why do you say that?” says Ravai.

“Well, for one, your friend keeps falling asleep,” he says, and the driver’s friends snicker. “And your female friend hasn’t said a word since we teamed up. Maybe you should rest. We can stop here.”

Ravai doesn’t feel that tired, but he sees the look in Romda’s eyes that it might be a good idea. He acknowledges the stranger’s words, and they stop. It is in the middle of nowhere, trees and small fields all around.

Raven crawls to the nearest log and tries to lie on it. Romda isn’t so easily satisfied. She instead starts to pitch tent and gets out her small bedroll. Her movements are so slow it looks like she won’t be done for an hour.

Ravai continues to talk to the driver. “Turning people into beavers? That’s not possible. You are pulling my leg. How can that be true?”

“It is, I swear,” the driver says.

“How would you know?” Ravai challenges the driver.

“Because my grandfather gave him the rune and spell to do so…and now I serve the master,” the man says coldly.



Writing This Book Has Taught Me…

1.)  How to Be Creative and How to Get Organized

I’ve always been somewhere between right and left brained.  I wish it would just choose a side.  When I started writing this book, I had to hone both.

I was sloppy in both areas.  My creative side wanted to write and just get whisked away during the experience.  I ended up going in circles, devolving, twiddling thumbs, and just getting bored.

That caused me to get more organized and procedural.  That worked for a while doing small outlines, writing at certain times and things like that.  It worked great until I became stiff, rote, and boring (again.)

I had to work out a compromise of sorts.  I found times to be creative as a way to break from routine and even had created fun creative exercises.  I also started becoming more observant in when I needed structure.  It ended up being better for me as I got to work out both sides of my brain.  I think that it is happy now.

2.)  How to Reach My Son

This story and some of the ones to come were created as bed time stories for my son.  It was a nice way to get to know him better and have Father/Son bonding time.

It also taught me what youth find interesting.  Often, I would come up what I thought was a deep profound statement in the midst of our story only to see my son total unmoved.  Then, later, I’d throw in a fart joke to lighten things up heavier parts, finding my child in endless giggles.  You have to know your audience.

3.)  That It’s Fun to Be Creative, But It’s Scary to Get Judged on Your Creativity

When I started this project, it was almost endlessly satisfying.  There were some hard days but it was also gratifying and hopeful.  Then, I realized that someone would be reading my work.  They could and either like it or completely not.

I’m a person who likes to please everyone if I can.  There is no way to do this when you write.  At the very least, you won’t be someone’s cup of tea.  Rationally, I understand this.  Emotionally, I worry about the rejection.

4.)  There Are Many Books Out There

I knew many books are published in the world/US, but then I heard the actual number and was shocked.  I have to compete with all of these?  Frightening at first, but it is also a good thing.  Many people like me want and get to chase their dream of publishing or just sharing a story.

5.)  Writing a Book is About ¼ of the Work Required to Make a Book

When I finished my book, I knew that there would be an extensive editing process.  I wanted that.  I’m not a careful writer.  By that, I mean that I’ve always thought that it is better to get all of the words out and onto a page, changing it later.  This is more preferable to me than to meticulously craft each sentence.  I was prepared for the refining process.

However, even all of that editing is still just an early step.  What I found out was astonishing: book tours, KDP, Facebook ads, book rankings, press releases, who to market, metadata, street teams, writing societies, NetGalley, bookcrossing.com, etc.  I’m a person that likes to learn and understand processes.  This was almost overwhelming at first.

If you don’t recognize one of the aforementioned listed marketing items, have some fun and look them up.  They aren’t all needed for sure, but each can help even in a little way.  Where do you stop?  I’m guessing where you are required to do so.  The more you do, the more successful your book will become.  Nonetheless, launch day comes for everyone, and that is a good thing.



Dave Maruszewski is blessed with a great family.  He was originally inspired to write stories by his wife and son, when they encouraged him to put his bedtime stories on paper.

His stories are created from an accumulation of experiences from careers/backgrounds as a physicist, engineer, teacher, artist, video game designer and software developer.  He strives to develop stories with sound moral values that will be enlightening as well as entertaining to youths and adults.

In between writing stories and running his own company, Digital Tumult (DigitalTumult.com), Dave enjoys video games, watching internet videos and hanging out with his family.











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  1. Dave ~ Good morning!! Welcome to FAB!! It is so great to have you here!! Congrats on your new book and good luck on the book tour!! :)

  2. Thank you Ally! It is great to be here. What a wild website!
    I am enjoying poking my nose into all of these different topics.

  3. There's a lot of work put into making a book, thanks for sharing

    1. There certainly is :-) You're welcome, and thank you!

  4. Sounds like an interesting book.

  5. The book sounds spooky. The cover is great!

    1. Thank you! Certainly part spooky, a good part is action as well.