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The New and Improved Version of B-W Prep School for Boys

It's up! The latest and greatest version of Brig-Wallis Preparatory School for Boys is now the official version in the Amazon world. I apologize for the embarrassing and awkward glitches in the first version. I know they're minor flaws, but every glitch causes the reader's concentration and engagement with the story to be interrupted. I know!
    I'm also pleased to report that the book remains visible in the "Visionary & Metaphysical Fiction" list--tucked right there between Dan Millman, James Redfield, Paul Coelho, Hermann Hesse, and Richard Bach. Nice company, I'd say!
    Book Two Update:  On track for its November 6 release! It's a beauty, just like the first!


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DF:  Drew is fine.

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DF:  I've been writing since I was 16 years old. I had a long distance relationship. I fell in love with a girl literally the week before my family and I moved 250 miles away from her. So, I wrote letters.

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OverviewThis is an engaging and intriguing novel. The rich detail about the school and its curriculum provides a nice sense of depth, but I am most fascinated by the moral ambiguity of the school and the headmaster. While you explicitly establish that the “Order” is not the Illuminati of popular myth, there is certainly a sinister quality to it, most clearly articulated in the last chapter. But at the same time, the headmaster himself is so thoroughly likable and fatherly that the hints of something sinister are all the more unexpected and unsettling when they begin to appear, and I find myself eager to …

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