Author explores life and afterlife in new book

The official press release for RIP: Choices After Death


Jan. 21, 2014 – A ghost experiences physical contact for the first time since death. The idea came to author Daniel Sherrier one night and compelled him to write “RIP: Choices After Death,” a new paranormal fantasy book.

Rip Cooper learns he can perceive ghosts with his five senses as if they were flesh and blood, and he’s just as solid to them. This young loner must overcome his fears and kill dead people to prevent them from corrupting the living. He works alongside a deceased young woman and his ex-best friend’s ex-girlfriend as they teach him how love can lead to strength.

Sherrier originally conceived the story as a television series. The pilot script was a semi-finalist in the 2011 PAGE International Screenwriting Contest in the TV Drama category and a finalist in the 2010 People’s Pilot Competition.

Ultimately, he decided the story would work best in prose, but he decided to retain certain elements of its television origins.

“I’ve always been a fan of the season-long arc structure used on shows like ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ and ‘Veronica Mars,’” Sherrier said. “And it’s the perfect structure to show Rip’s maturation as he adjusts to dealing with ghosts and adulthood.”

“Choices After Death” consists of four novelettes: “Touch,” “Alone,” “The Crazy Line,” and “Point B.” These “episodes” each tell a complete story while building on each other and setting up future installments.

“The Rip in ‘Point B’ isn’t exactly the same guy in ‘Touch,’” Sherrier said. “And this is just the beginning for him and his friends.”

“RIP: Choices After Death” is published through Amazon CreateSpace and is available in both paperback and e-book formats.

Amazon reviewers have hailed the book as “a witty and humorous page-turner,” “refreshing,” “too funny,” and “fantastic.”

Daniel Sherrier was born in New Jersey and grew up in Mechanicsville, Va. He graduated from the College of William & Mary in 2005 with a degree in English and Theatre. “RIP” is his second release, following “Earths in Space: Where Are the Little Green Men?” He currently resides in Glen Allen, Va., and has written for community newspapers in the Hanover, Henrico, and James City areas.

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New chance for RIP: Touch — for FREE

RIP-1-Touch.jpgSilly me, I just realized Smashwords lets you price e-books as permanently free.

So, I thought that would be a good opportunity for RIP: Touch. I took it down from Amazon to avoid confusion with the larger work, RIP: Choices After Death, which begins with “Touch.” No sense charging people a buck for part of a book.

Then I figured, hey, why not let anyone and everyone read “Touch” for free whenever they like? This way, you’ll have a good idea whether or not Choices After Death is for you.

I’m betting it is. So go on over to Smashwords, please, and give RIP‘s first episode a try — and pay nothing.

Everything is more wonderful when it’s free, isn’t it?

Last chance for RIP: Touch

RIP-V1-final.jpgRIP: Choices After Death is now available in paperback and ebook. The book combines four novelettes and a short story into a full novel.

Where does that leave the original RIP pilot ebook, “Touch”? It leaves it as a redundancy.

I’m not planning on releasing the other novelettes as separate ebooks. The format with Choices After Death going forward will be four novelettes and a short story that have a collective beginning, middle, and end. With each book, readers will get more to read, a nice ending, and some unresolved matters that set up the following installment.RIP Touch

To avoid confusion, I’ll unpublish RIP: Touch this Friday. The standalone ebook is only available at Amazon right now, and starting this weekend, the story will only be available as the first fourth of Choices After Death.

So, last chance to sample the beginning of Choices After Death for a single dollar!

By the way, a Goodreads user just said this of RIP: Touch: “I loved this short story! I thought the storyline was good, and the pace fit it perfectly.”

And she gave it five stars. Just thought I’d point that out. 🙂

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Hypothetically casting RIP

Last week, I hypothetically cast Earths in Space. That was fun, so today I’m hypothetically casting RIP.

In this series, Rip Cooper must overcome his fears and kill dead people to prevent them from corrupting the living. This young loner learns he can perceive ghosts with his five senses as if they were flesh and blood, and he’s just as solid to them — pretty much the only solid thing, in fact. He works alongside an impure “angel” and his ex-best friend’s ex-girlfriend as they teach him how love can lead to strength.

So let’s start with Rip. He’s not physically imposing, but he also needs to sell being a competent (if not extraordinary) fighter. Steven Yeun (The Walking Dead) would make a likeable reluctant hero. I can see him playing the straight guy to Serissa’s nuttiness.

Serissa is a lively dead woman who’s trying to be a better person, but she has no idea if her efforts will yield any rewards, and that’s slowly driving her bonkers. Alison Brie would be extraordinarily fun in the role. Between Community and Mad Men, we know she can play the silly and serious moments equally well.

Then there’s Rip’s old friend and romantic interest, Kalli. Kalli’s an energetic young teacher with a spiritual side, and she enjoys the thrills of ghost-fighting perhaps a bit too much. If Jenna Coleman (Doctor Who) can pull off an American accent, she’d be great.

And we’ll finish up with the big bad, Zeno. Zeno is a ghost who died hundreds of years ago, and he’s stayed one step ahead of Hell ever since. However, since he didn’t go straight down there, he must have been a halfway decent person in life. In any case, he’s pretty horrible now. Obviously, we need Bryan Cranston. Did you see Breaking Bad?

Like last time, these are off the top of my head, and I might have different thoughts tomorrow.

For those of you who’ve read RIP, who would you cast?

And for those of you who haven’t, I’ll just direct you to this link.

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“Wings” — a RIP Christmas story

Merry Christmas and happy holidays! I realized, in all my years of writing fiction, I had never written a Christmas story. I’ve rectified that situation. So, here’s a Christmas story that also serves as a prequel to RIP: Choices After Death.

Text is copyright 2013 Daniel R. Sherrier. If you like it, however, please feel free to share the link.

Hope you enjoy…


A RIP short story

By Daniel Sherrier

Serissa pulled herself out of the ground again.

This time, she emerged in a shopping center plaza after dark. Yet it wasn’t dark, not with that looming Christmas tree.

Was it that time of year already? Did it have to be? She had never been dead during the holidays. At least she missed Thanksgiving…

The plaza was busy. Pedestrians stopped to stare at the decorations, despite the oversized shopping bags they juggled. Couples sat on the benches and cuddled while basking in the lights. Kids ran around like little crazy people. Either the tree was a recent arrival, or these people had never seen one before. Continue reading

Say no to Black Friday, yes to supporting indie authors

I do not like Black Friday. I hate that it’s crept into Thanksgiving Day. I’ve worked retail, and my father still does. You will not find me in any store this whole weekend.

Instead, I’ll encourage you to purchase ebooks. Let the computers do all the hard work. I’ll even sweeten the deal for RIP: Choices After Death — and some other authors’ books.

As I’ve mentioned before, I originally wrote RIP as a television series. The four novelettes in Choices After Death all first existed as teleplays, and I stil have them on my flash drive.

They’re rougher than what you’ll see in the book. I wrote the scripts around 2010 and 2011, so the ideas have had some time to percolate and my own skills have continued to develop. The pilot is fairly well polished and fared pretty well in a couple of contests, but things start looking messier after that, especially by the fourth episode. Some plot points are different, and not a good different.

Still, I’ll embarrass myself for your entertainment. Download RIP: Choices After Death by the end of Saturday, Nov. 30, and I’ll send you PDFs of all four RIP television scripts, warts included. Just email me at daniel (at) or Facebook message me the confirmation code, and I’ll reply ASAP with your PDFs. (I will not collect your email addresses.)

That’s one option. Here’s another, which also expires at the end of Saturday.

Check out these authors I’ve interviewed. If you order any of their books, ebook or print, even just one, send me the confirmation code and I’ll send you the first RIP novelette, “Touch,” as a PDF, MOBI, or ePub (just let me know your preference, please). (This promotion is all on me. They’re not even aware of it, so please send all complaints and criticisms my way, not their way.)

As for my other series, Earths in Space, there’s really no need to run any new promotion, because one is already in progress. For a limited time, you can get it free at Story Cartel. Leaving a review somewhere will earn you a shot at winning one of three $10 Amazon giftcards.

So how does all this sound? Let’s stay away from Black Friday and instead just support some nice indie authors.

What’s going on with these covers?

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What’s going on here? We’ve got RIP with a back cover and Earths in Space with a new cover that combines Vonnegut-esque font with 1980s video game aliens?

Whatever does it mean?

It means I’m going into print.

Stay tuned. In the meantime, enjoy the wonderful covers designed by M.W. Messina.

RIP’s Journey Across the Internet

RIP: Choices After Death has been enjoying a pleasant jaunt across the Internet.RIP-V1-final

First, fellow Virginia author Drew Avera was nice enough to interview me. Do I think Superman or the Incredible Hulk would win in a fight? Find out here!

Reviews, freebies, and more gave RIP a 5/5 rating, stating, “This book was fantastic. It pulled me in from the very first line. This isn’t your typical ‘ghost story’ it’s an action packed adventure.” Certainly made my day.

Another gracious author, Kristen Duvall, interviewed me the next day. Learn about a short story I wrote at age eight. It’s every bit as epic as you might expect.

Sophie’s Thoughts and Fumbles hosted me for a guest post, in which I discussed the development of Serissa and how integral she is to the story. After all, a guy beating up ghosts is fun, but it’s not enough of an idea for a book or a series.

Yesterday, Bookish Randomness hosted for another guest post, and this one was all about music. I listed ten songs I kept listening to while writing RIP. YouTube links are included.

And, of course, there’s a Rafflecopter. Enter for a chance to win a RIP e-book. Or, if you’d like to let someone else win, you can always just go ahead and download it. I will not object.

This last link is separate from the blog tour, but my editor, Todd Barselow, was recently interviewed here about his work.

Thanks to all who have hosted me!

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What time is it? Rafflecopter time!

Let’s have an event in which we give something away. A giveaway, if you will.

For a chance at winning one digital copy of RIP vol. 1: Choices After Death, please enter the Rafflecopter below:

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Ghosts are people, too, but not all ghosts choose to be good people.

Rip Cooper must overcome his fears and kill dead people to prevent them from corrupting the living. This young loner learns he can perceive ghosts with his five senses as if they were flesh and blood, and he’s just as solid to them — pretty much the only solid thing, in fact. He works alongside an impure “angel” and his ex-best friend’s ex-girlfriend as they teach him how love can lead to strength.

RIP vol. 1: Choices After Death features the first four novelettes in this coming-of-age and redemption story: “Touch,” “Alone,” “The Crazy Line,” and “Point B,” plus the short story “Strength.”