New Release!!!

stonemaidenxlgThe Stone Maiden and Other Tales: from sorcerers to space captains, from common criminals to common housewives, this collection contains the stories of a variety of characters from a diversity of genres. Fans of adventure, suspense, humor, horror, fantasy, and science fiction will find tales to treasure. Every story invites the reader into a world where things are not always what they seem, where events do not always turn out as one expects.

*The Stone Maiden
“a creature protected beyond use.”
“I remember the days when I did things.”
*Gilbames the Unwise
“Came the Dark One, the Great Troll from the Northern Waste,”
“Why did you not take his foot like you took her arm?”
*The Hand of Darden
“Apprentice, heed my direction, walk carefully away from the light.”
*I Would Have My Bones in the Earth Facing North
“slain him, butchered him, and preserved him for later meals.”
*Nothing to Lose is Nearly Enough
“It takes ten days in the chamber to turn a physically fit man who is willing to give up the possibility of procreation into a steel-skinned warrior.”
*The Three Epiphanies of Seqeranc
“That is what the stones tell me. Be on your way.”
*A Fifty-Five Gallon Drum
“By the brilliant point of light coming from the tip of the welder, she saw a tiny, rotund form working away at some concave contraption.”
*Tell Me Your Dreams
“You murder me so gently.”
*The Fortunate Few
“You can’t escape the Dead King,” She clucked comfortingly to him as she dragged him into a dank, dark, stinking room.



calmityxlgOrphaned by a brutal raid on a colony ship, young Kylee is alone in the universe. But she finds a new family in the form of a professional bounty hunter, a psychopathic alien, a professional duelist, and a big game hunter, his wife and their twin sons. They’re an odd mix…but family is what you make it. And when one man’s greed threatens the entire Frontier, Kylee and her new family stand in his way. Helped by a smuggler-turned-gambling magnate and the surviving members of the Fifth Acadian Militia, they’re about to teach a few lessons about whit it means to be free, and maybe get a little payback along the way. Doc Smith style space opera with a sizable helping of H. Rider Haggard, Calamity’s Child delivers larger-than-life characters, exotic settings from deep space to the veldt of a new Africa, and enough action to satisfy a two-ton homicidal alien.

Doc Smith style space opera with a sizable helping of H. Rider Haggard, Calamity’s Child delivers larger-than-life characters, exotic settings from deep space to the veldt of a new Africa, and enough action to satisfy a two-ton homicidal alien.

The real currency of the Frontier isn’t guns or money.

It’s loyalty.

Author Interview: Natalie Silk

Dark Oak Press has just released science-fiction author Natalie Silk’s newest novel in the Stars’ Fire series: Part one of a Power Gathering. She was kind enough to give us an author interview about her own writing process and her books.

What genres do you enjoy writing? My favorite genre to write is, of course, science fiction. My focus right now is science fiction for girls; but I’m developing a short story that’s alternative history

Tell us about your latest book. My next book is the next in the Stars’ Fire series. Dahliea now must live like any other thirteen year old girl on Earth. She learns to enjoy shopping at the mall and a few secrets.

What inspired the story? Where did you get that first bit of “ah ha” inspiration? When I was twelve, I had a dream of five monks wearing a triangle-shaped pendant with a red stone in the center. One of the monks told me that, “You’re not ready,” and I woke. I had subsequent dreams of a girl with a pendant and I wrote them all down. Thirty seven years later, Dark Oak published Stars’ Fire.

What does your writing process look like? Are you a plotter or a pantser? I do a combination of things. Since I’m very ‘old-school,’ I write out a draft with paper and pen and then use my trusty lap top (I’m not that ‘old-school’). The first draft is all action punctuated with some dialogue and looks like ‘word hurl’. The second draft looks a little less as if I threw words onto paper to see what sticks.

Do you have any strange writing habits (like standing on your head or writing in the shower)? I think having to write on paper is a little strange compared to all the electronics available.

What are you working on at the minute? I just completed my second draft of my fourth book. I’m letting it cool a little bit so I can write an alternative history short story.

Natalie SilkHow important are names to you in your books? Do you choose the names based on liking the way it sounds or the meaning? Do you have any name choosing resources you recommend? I just love Asian and Latin names, such as: Sophia, Xavier, and Li.

Is there a certain type of scene that’s harder for you to write than others? Love? Action? Racy? I stay away from love and racy scenes since I write YA. I’m in no mood to be greeted by an angry PTA mob on my front porch.

When did you decide to become a writer? I wanted to be a writer since I was ten.

Why do you write? Writing is such a great hobby; and hopefully it’ll turn into a really great part-time career.

Which famous person, living or dead would you like to meet and why? I was wanted to meet Ernest Hemingway (preferably when he was on an upswing).



What advice would you give to aspiring writers? Don’t ever, ever (and I mean ever) give up.

How can readers discover more about you and you work? I invite readers to come and talk to me at conventions and on my Facebook page: Natalie Silk, Author.

Be sure to check out Natalie Silk’s first novel in the series, Star’s Fire!

Video: Dark Oak Authors Present “Retro Radio” at Alabama Phoenix Festival

Join with Dark Oak authors, the Expedition Unknown team, and a few other crazy people as they perform a hilarious cold read of an early radio drama at one of the Alabama Phoenix Festival‘s evening panels. Each person was given a script they had never seen before and assigned a part. The script was from a 1950’s radio show called Zero Hour, and it was modeled after some of Ray Bradbury’s short stories. Just a warning: it’s at a convention after dark, and words don’t have the same meanings now as they did in the 50’s. (This would probably be rated PG or PG-13 for some adult content.)

Unfortunately for those involved, someone had a video camera…

Retro Radio: 2014

Recorded in front of a live audience at the Alabama Phoenix Festival 2014

Performed by:
Allan Gilbreath
Stephen Guenther
Allen Hammack
Tommy Hancock
Stephanie Osborn
Kimberly Richardson
Charis Taylor
Sean Taylor
Tanya Vandesteg
M. B. Weston