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Guest Post – Rhani D. Chae

Shadow of the Drill by Rhani D. ChaeShadow of the Drill came after a friend gave me a (bad) idea for a character’s name that developed into an awesome idea for a book about an unapologetic enforcer by the name of Decker, whose precise and unyielding methods of conducting ‘business’  have earned him the nickname of “the Drill.” I used to joke that the book wrote itself, but the idea had burst into my head and flowed out onto my keyboard so easily that it did seem like the only thing I’d contributed was typing services. I wrote the book fairly quickly and self published it in paperback immediately because I couldn’t wait to grace the world with my brilliance. And I do mean SELF published. I found a friend who was willing to pose for the cover, bought Pagemaker to format the book, got a laserjet printer, and started to print.


Once the pages were printed, my roommate and my son helped me assemble the books on my living room floor and then we sent them up to Seattle to be perfectly bound. We printed 1,000 copies of Shadow in that first run, and by the time we were done the last thing I wanted to see was a computer. I sold the books online for a short period of time and then…I read one. And I was forced to admit that my earth-shaking work of literary genius was crap. It was crap with potential but…it was still crap. I immediately stopped selling Shadow and gave it an extensive rewrite that resulted in a second edition that I am incredibly proud of. Copies of the original version still pop up occasionally on eBay or Amazon, and they are quite often outrageously priced for a poorly written novel by an unknown author, which always gives me a good chuckle.

The characters in the updated Shadow are significantly more three dimensional than in the original version. I’m quite pleased with the added depth, which I think gives a reader greater insight into what makes them tick, as well as making them much easier to like/dislike. I also added a parking lot brawl to showcase the character of Rudy and take him out of Decker’s shadow for a minute or two.

Shadow of the Drill centers around a man whose life was destroyed by violence, who then embraced violence as a means to a very brutal end. It follows Decker and Rudy as they come face to face with their oldest enemies and attempt to close that chapter of their lives. The book contains graphic violence as well as sexual situations, and is not intended for young or easily offended readers. Shadow of the Drill is the first in the Drill series and the second book, Winter of the Drill, will hopefully be completed in the next month or two.


Thank you all so much for allowing me to share a bit of my journey with you today.  To follow the rest of my tour, please visit 4WillsPublishing.  Teri, you were a great host and thank you so much for having me!



RHANI D’CHAE spent her teen years bouncing between WA, OR, and OK, but has lived her adult life in Tacoma, WA. She likes to read, though she doesn’t read as much as she used to due to diabetic vision loss, and is a fan of Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, Brian Lumley, and James Clavell. She loves The Walking Dead, and any zombie film with a high body count. Ms. D’Chae enjoys connecting with people on social networking sites, and loves getting feedback from those who have read her work, so please don’t leave without sharing your comments. 





“SHADOW OF THE DRILL” by Rhani D. Chae  www.amazon.com/dp/B00GBHQZZU



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Review of Shadow of the Drill at NONNIE’S “RAVE” REVIEWS

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