Donan Berg landed four times in the winner's circle of the 9th Annual (2014) Dixie Kane Memorial Writing Contest sponsored by the Southern Louisiana Chapter of the Romance Writers of America. His latest mystery/thriller "Adolph's Gold" is now available in trade paperback at major online retailers including www.createspace.com . Read an excerpt at most online retailers and at Donan Berg's blog 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. Featheredquill.com also gave it a 5-star review. A new revised edition was published December 19, 2014. It is available with Author Berg's Baby Bones, Third Skeleton Series Mystery, on Kindle and other e-book formats and in trade paperback on www.amazon.com . Also there is Adolph's Gold.
His one act play, Rainy Night, premiered September 19, 2013 in a senior theater production with highly favorable audience reaction.
A national library organization in 2014 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 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.
In 2011, Author Donan Berg was selected to be both a national and a regional writing contest judge for unpublished novel manuscripts in genres of romance and young adult fiction.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.
For Author Berg there's no mystery in blurred scenery whizzing by while driving on superhighways. 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.
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 one state he's not physically set foot on, i.e., Alaska. (Note: Plans are in the works.)
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 available online at www.abodytobones.com/ Available also 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 . Latest Skeleton Series Mystery: "Baby Bones, Third Skeleton Series Mystery," destined to be bestseller and a Five Star addition to his first two skeleton series mysteries.
Released March 13, 2014, Adolph's Gold, www.smashwords.com a twisting tale of mayhem, murder, and mystery where Detective Second Class Adolph Anderson strives to earn a coveted gold shield after a skeleton is discovered in the garden of his Police Chief's cousin.