Wednesday, July 22, 2015

My Birthday Gift to You

My birthday is coming up on July 24th, and I'd like to celebrate by giving back. I can't thank you all enough for the incredible outpouring of support. But what I can do is give you a gift!

Starting on July 21st and ending sometime late on July 25th, you can download free copies of my dark fantasy novel, Into the Brambles to your Kindle device or app.

Into the Brambles on Amazon

It would mean a lot to me if you read my book. Honestly, every time someone tells me that they just finished reading Into the Brambles, it really makes my day.

Also, if you read it, please write a review! It's a huge thrill whenever I see new reviews, even ones with honest, constructive criticism.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

My Latest Non-Fiction Book is Out

This is the non-fiction side of me that I usually don't write about here. I just wanted to let you all know that a new version of my technical book, Two Scoops of Django: Best Practices for Django 1.8 is out.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

How to Read Kindle Books Without a Kindle Device

Like any author, as soon as I released my first fiction book on Amazon through Kindle Select, I excitedly informed everyone I knew.

Unfortunately, many friends and family informed me that they didn't have Kindles. They asked if there was any way they could read it without a Kindle.

Here's the deal. You don't need a Kindle to read it. All you need is the Kindle app for your smartphone or tablet, or Kindle software for your computer.

Just click on the link below for your particular device to download the appropriate free Kindle app:
Or, if you have Chrome, Firefox or Safari installed, use Kindle Cloud Reader to read Kindle books without having to install any new software.

Once you have a Kindle app installed, you get access to the Kindle store. Then just search for my name, and the book will come up.


In the future I hope to release it on other platforms besides Kindle, but for now I'm locked in due to the terms of the Kindle Select Program.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

The Day I Clicked the Button

I've found that in Southern California there is this temperature ritual that happens on non-summer days in every coffee shop.

In the early morning, they are a wonderful refuge from the waning chill of the previous night. You get your cup of coffee, grab a seat near a power outlet, take off your sweater or jacket, and start doing things with your preferred electronic device.

Here I am making the final edits with my jacket off.

Then, just as outside begins to get comfortably warm, the baristas begin to blast the air conditioning. A chill draft wafts through the coffee shop. Customers start putting on their sweaters or jackets. Some leave for warmer places. A few cold-resistant specimens might stay, but otherwise it is the first major turnover of customers for the day.

My wife and I are not cold-resistant, so that means we'll usually leave for warmer climes. Yesterday morning was a day when we lingered through the temperature change. All because we were releasing my first fiction book, Into the Brambles.

Shivering from cold and excitement, we sat in our local coffee shop looking at a form on Kindle Direct Publishing. The book and its cover had been uploaded. All the settings were as we wanted them to be. All that remained was to click the Save and Publish button.

A year of writing followed by four months of intense revision had brought us to this point in time. We paused to savor the moment. Or maybe savoring it was an excuse. The truth is that I was scared.

Just then, someone behind the counter gave the thermostat a cruel twist. Another blast of arctic air washed over us. That decided it, it was time to click the button and watch the book be published. We would inform all our friends and family, then go someplace warm.

Audrey watched as I hovered the cursor over the button and boldly clicked without further hesitation.

It was 10:30 AM on Saturday, March 28th, 2015.

We rushed home, finding solace in the warmth of our backyard. From there we began to notify friends and family through email and social media that we had released my book.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Into the Brambles is Published!

After a year of writing and four months of thorough revision, I'm excited to announce that my first fiction book is now out!

As of today, it's available in Kindle format on Amazon. The name of the book is Into the Brambles. It's the first book of what will be a longer The Brambles fantasy epic.

The cover of Into the Brambles!

The world was ancient, scarred from a thousand wars between gods, immortals, and heroes. Old grudges have faded but are not forgotten.

At the end of a so-called ‘age of peace’, two great nations of immortals march against each other, with humanity caught in the middle. In this world of conflict, three very different individuals are thrust into the face of danger.

Here a young man is marched off to war, a noble woman takes charge of her own destiny, and in the depths of the Haunted Lands a dark king is born. Their fates will shake the foundations of the universe.


In the book, I explore three primary characters. Like us, they are victims of circumstance. What they make of those circumstances affects not just themselves but the world around them. In other words, they make decisions and act on them. Unfortunately, good intentions and casual cruelty are both recipes for making bad decisions.

Even though I began putting pen to parchment (or keyboard to file) a year and a half ago, elements of the story have been brewing in my head for much longer. Writing the book involved a New Year's Resolution, the encouragement and editing of my wife, family, and friends, plus a lot of coffee.

If you would like to buy my book, you can do so on Amazon for the introductory price of $2.99, the same price as a cup of coffee. The book is also in the Kindle Unlimited program, at least for now.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Going off the grid

I spend a lot of time online. My professional career as a software engineer demands it. Like everyone else, it’s how I stay in contact with friends and family. I also use it for recreation, watching movies and reading articles and books via the internet. Finally, most of my writing hobby involves the use of tools that connect to the cloud.

This internet is wonderful, but I want to give it a break. I need to recharge. I want to step away from the connected universe and enjoy planet Earth for a while. Maybe I’ll check my personal email once or twice, or post snippets of writing here on my author blog, but that’s it. I want the chance to kickback, unwind, and write my fiction unhindered by the temptation to know what’s going on in the world.

Yes, in the old days they called this a vacation.

Where am I going off the grid? I’m off to the Philippines with my wife Audrey from December 21st to January 2nd. I can’t wait for the wonderful, hot weather, a welcome break from Southern California’s chilly winter weather. Some might say that where I live doesn’t get cold, but I’m the kind of person who can go for most of a hot summer without air conditioning. Dropping below 70°F is too cold for my blood. When I come back, I’ll be recharged and ready to dive back into things. I’m so excited about releasing my first fiction book, “Into the Brambles.”

Until next year,
Daniel Roy Greenfeld

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Rainy Sunday in Buenos Aires

Last night’s heavy rain had evolved into a constant, slow fall. The wind remained, pushing itself into faces, tossing trash recklessly across the boulevards.

The rain deepened the colors of the forest. Trees had greener leaves, browner trunks. The leaves hung heavier on their branches, as if about to give birth to new life on the next sunny day. The wind stirred the branches, wiping the moisture off the leaves. Thus removing the ability of the trees to provide cover from the rain. At the furthest tips of the highest branches, purple flower buds were just blossoming. Proof that this cold, rainy day was the beginning of spring.

Pavement tiles had little streams in the crevices. To an insect these were as raging torrents, sweeping victims to oblivion.

Overhangs gave protection, but only after walkers braved curtains of run-off.

If the sky was canvas, then God was spreading clouds across it like the first layer of paint. Lighter patches stood in contrast to the darker shades. In a minute the canvas had changed, the clouds rushing across the visible sky, the space between buildings.

Inside the cafe was warm, dry. Smelled of heated air and coffee. The glass window next to the table a welcome barrier, turning an unpleasant day into a warm, rich experience.

On the corner of Santa Fe and Carlos Pellegrini, Buenos Aires, Argentina, November 2, 2014