2016 – The Year That Was What It Was

by Don ~ December 30th, 2016

So the common consensus seems to be that 2016 was full of some pretty crappy things. As I realize that once more I have left my webpage un-updated for yet another full year (at some point the webpage will simply rise from the grave and start updating itself like some kind of undead) and look back at 2016, though, there were definitely highlights for me personally. A couple of good trips, a nice summer… oh, and a NEW COLLECTION OF SHORT STORIES!

Cocktails at Seven, Apocalypse at Eight

“If H. P. Lovecraft, P. G. Wodehouse, and J. K. Rowling somehow collaborated on a book together, it still wouldn’t be as weird, witty, and wonderful as Don Bassingthwaite’s collection of stylishly silly stories. Defending the world from the forces of darkness with bravery, brains, and bitchiness, Derby Cavendish is the hero we’ve always needed and deserved!”
—Scott Dagostino, manager of Glad Day Bookshop and book columnist at DailyXtra.ca

This collection has been several years in the making. I’ve been doing a reading annually at the Chiseries Reading Series Very Special Holiday Special in Toronto featuring my character, Derby Cavendish, and people seemed to enjoy them a lot (there was alcohol involved, but the laughter seemed genuine!). Now the good people at ChiZine Publications have brought together those stories plus a novella written just for the collection, and published them as COCKTAILS AT SEVEN, APOCALYPSE AT EIGHT: THE DERBY CAVENDISH STORIES (available now!). Short, hilarious, very campy, and just a little (maybe a lot) inappropriate, these are guaranteed to make you laugh. Check it out now – available online, as an ebook, or at your local bookstore (and if they don’t have it in stock, they will order it for you!). You can also visit the CZP website for a complete list of buy links and to explore their many other excellent books!

What’s been happening?

by Don ~ January 13th, 2016

So you may have noticed that not a lot has changed on the site recently. That’s mostly because there hasn’t been much to update it with. All of my social traffic has been going through Twitter (@dbassingthwaite) or Facebook.

There will be some new stuff happening soon: I have a collection coming out later in 2016! More on that soon!

My books for Wizards of the Coast are now all out of print but they are for the most part available as ebooks and audiobooks. For ebooks, hit your favourite vendor – for the audiobooks, go to Audible.com or the iTunes store. In response to one of the most common questions I tend to get, I’m afraid there are unlikely to be any more novels following the adventures of Geth and company as Wizards of the Coast isn’t developing any more Eberron novels (at least to the best of my knowledge!). At least my Books page is now complete with all my published novels and short stories.

Please feel free to stop by whenever you want, to contact me (button above), or to follow me on Twitter or Facebook if you want to stay up to date on anything new. Thanks for stopping by.

Twitter rules my brain

by Don ~ November 16th, 2011

Considering I’ve had two books published since I last updated the blog, it’s probably time for a quick update or at least a holding update (oh, look – here it is!). Twitter’s just so much easier. Okay, real update or possibly site overhaul sometime soon. In the meantime, follow me on twitter @dbassingthwaite.

Oh, and those books – Legacy of Dhakaan, Book 3: The Tyranny of Ghosts and The Abyssal Plague, Book 1: The Temple of the Yellow Skulls. Watch for The Abyssal Plague, Book 3: The Eye of the Chained God next spring.

Ebooks-a-poppin’ redux

by Don ~ April 23rd, 2010

The day has come (and passed – sorry, I’ve been busy) and more of my books have been released as e-books. What does it mean? If you missed the chance to read The Dragon Below trilogy or my standalone Forgotten Realms novel, The Yellow Silk, in print format, you can now get them as ebooks! Until I get my sidebar updated, here are all the major links.

Also, don’t forget that The Tyranny of Ghosts, the conclusion of the Legacy of Dhakaan releases at the beginning of June — you can preorder it from Amazon (.com, .ca, or .co.uk) now. It will be available as an ebook as well.

Word of Traitors
Legacy of Dhakaan, Book 2

Amazon.com (for Kindle)
Sony Reader Store (for Sony Reader)
Kobo (for all epub readers and smartphones)
Barnes & Noble (for Nook)

The Doom of Kings
Legacy of Dhakaan, Book 1

Sony Reader Store
Barnes & Noble


The Killing Song
The Dragon Below, Book 3

Not currently available on Amazon.com (but it should be)
Sony Reader Store
Barnes & Noble


The Grieving Tree
The Dragon Below, Book 2

Sony Reader Store
Barnes & Noble


The Binding Stone
The Dragon Below, Book 1

Sony Reader Store
Barnes & Noble


The Yellow Silk
The Rogues, Book 4 (but really a standalone novel)

Not currently available on Amazon.com (but it should be)
Sony Reader Store
Barnes & Noble

I’m not sure if anything is available on the iBookstore for iPad yet, but I’ll have to check!

My Mexican Doppelganger!

by Don ~ March 19th, 2010

We got a call from friends last night that we had to watch CBC’s The National for a story about K’Naan and his song “Waving Flag.” Not because of the artist (who is inspiring) or the song (which is great) or the story (which is good), but because of a Mexican radio DJ interviewed in the segment.

Who looks exactly like me! I mean, really like me. Slightly darker complexion, longer hair, but otherwise exactly like me right down to about the right age. It was eerie — we ended up going back and watching the bit over and over for 15 minutes. It’s freakish.

The DJ wasn’t identified in the video, but after some googling, I’m pretty certain that it’s Mauro Hernandez, a host on EXA-FM in Mexico City. The picture on the radio station’s website is old but I managed to confirm it by digging up a Twitter feed. Hey Mauro, put up a more recent picture–I think you’re aging well!

Here’s the CBC story–Mauro’s on at about the 10 minutes mark. I’ll have to scrounge up a photo of myself to post for comparison.


by Don ~ January 27th, 2010

As we countdown to the announcement of Apple’s tablet and the much-hyped possibility that it will revolutionize/dominate the growing ebook market, I thought I’d share some of my own ebook news. Wizards of the Coast is moving into making more of their novels available for ebook readers and two of mine are available now! Buy The Doom of Kings and Word of Traitors now — no word yet on The Tyranny of Ghosts for June, but here’s hoping it’s coming!

Kindle – on Amazon.com only. Canadian (and British) users, we’re still being shafted by Amazon as there’s no sign of any WotC Kindle products yet on Amazon.ca or .co.uk. Amazon.com users can, however, search “wizards of the coast kindle editions” to bring up the full list of WotC titles available.

Sony Reader, other ePub readers, and smartphones – you can find only Word of Traitors on Sony’s Reader Store currently, but both The Doom of Kings and Word of Traitors are available at Kobo now! If you read on a smartphone, including iPhone, Blackberry, Palm Pre, or Android,  Kobo has free aps available for you. (BTW, Kobo is also worth joining because they almost always have a short term $1-$1.50 off code available, which is a nice little incentive)

Personally I’m keeping my fingers crossed that the Apple tablet sticks with the ePub format because it means my Sony Reader won’t be instantly obsolete, but we’ll have to see!


by Don ~ November 13th, 2009

The fine folks at The Dungeon’s Master, the same blog that reviewed The Word of Traitors, did an interview with me a while ago. They’ve got the text transcript up now — go over and have a read (part 1 | part 2 | part 3 coming soon)!

(It is a pretty accurate transcription, but it might be the first time I’ve seen text of what comes out of my mouth. Wow, and everybody says they find the sound of their own voice weird!)

Just in case you haven’t heard it, BTW, The Word of Traitors is #3 on the Locus Game-Related Bestseller list for November. Hurray! More when I can get my hands on an actual copy.