Don Sloan


I am a former journalist for a large metropolitan daily newspaper and also an avid book reviewer, with more than 75 reviews posted on Amazon, GoodReads and SmashWords.

In addition to writing -- and actively practicing Ten Steps to Lowering Your Stress -- I am an avid blogger and even found the time a few years ago to found a Habitat for Humanity chapter here in my county in North Carolina.

I have also recently launched a new website that features primarily FREE, hand-picked selections in many genres. It's called Just Free and Bargain Books. Please visit today and Follow me!

I currently live in the mountains of Western North Carolina with my wife of 38 years. She teaches at-risk youth at the county high school here.

Thanks for your interest in my books. I hope they make a difference in your life.


200+ Ways to Promote Your Book and Get the Reviews You Need
Price: Free! Words: 5,860. Language: English. Published: July 6, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Publishing » Self-publishing, Nonfiction » General reference » Bibliographies & indices
(4.00 from 2 reviews)
This short but essential book is required reading for authors who want to successfully promote their books. It's loaded with links and will be an essential reference you'll want open on your desktop as you go about promoting your book on FaceBook, Twitter, and elsewhere! And it's totally FREE, every day.
Ten Steps to Lowering Your Stress: An Eclectic Guide to Happiness
Price: Free! Words: 11,150. Language: English. Published: June 10, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Stress Management, Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Anger management
(4.00 from 1 review)
This book is a non-traditional look at various ways of coping with the stress that afflicts so many people in their day-to-day lives. It offers ten techniques or steps to lowering the amount of stress in your life, and is written in an easy-to-read format that draws from the author's own triumphs over stress and worry.

Smashwords book reviews by Don Sloan

  • Fools' Apocalypse on Sep. 08, 2015

    When a vicious and manipulative mass murderer engineers the release of a fatal toxin into the water supply of New York City, the stage is set for the most epic apocalyptic story since Night of the Living Dead. Ben Leman is unaware he has released a deadly poison into the reservoir -- Zilla, the evil mastermind of the plot, has told him the substance would only make people sick -- a practical joke on a citywide scale. However, Zilla has provided Ben with the antidote to the toxin, but there seem to truly be worse things than dying. He must somehow make it out of the Big Apple alive, dodging horrific zombies every step of the way, and he just prays that the rest of the country's okay. We follow other characters trying to escape the city as well. A female police officer named Hana and a fifteen-year-old boy named Tanis are also trying to escape. They don't know it yet but they must also eventually battle several thousand hideous "walkers" who have somehow come back to life. They reach a boat house on the shores of the Hudson River, but are confronted by more living people. The first ones they faced were decidedly unfriendly. Things get tense until the threesome -- Markus, Ben and Ian, along with a woman they rescued and her son -- agree to join forces with Hana and Tanis to find a way across the river. Two others arrive -- Isabella and Josh -- with an army of zombies at their heels. It's time to go. In a subplot that runs parallel to the main narrative, Markus -- a preacher -- had been searching for a mysterious stone sacred to Islam years earlier. It's called the Stone of Allah, and it has been housed in an undisclosed location for hundreds of years. The Stone, and its relevance to the rest of the story is unclear -- until a startling revelation brings everything into chilling focus. The Sixth Horseman is an ambitious novel, poised for a long and satisfying run as a series. The vivid scenes in which the survivors battle the Undead are truly epic and, I'm sure, will linger a long time in the nightmares of readers. Its wider ambition, however, is to tie the book's events to such relevant themes as international terrorism, corporate greed and the natural resource-sucking efforts of an ambivalent and uncaring world. These themes carry throughout the novel and should resonate with many readers. Could this be the future we're all facing if global forces for destruction continue to go unchecked? I give Sixth Horseman five stars as the most promising dystopian read I've come across in awhile. By all means, read it -- and its sequels -- for more skin-crawling, eye-popping adventure.