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With no knowledge of his true heritage, a young rancher, Leon Waldman, must forge a bold path for survival when he is tossed into a legendary world of powerful skin-changers and deadly creatures of myth! 


Leon grew up working hard on his grandfather's ranch, dutifully sticking it out for the old man. But deep down he has dreams of his own and life just seems…off?


Then there are all the odd changes that keep occurring, both to him personally and to the ranch in general.


When Leon is eventually confronted with a shift in his reality, brought on by a testy bunch of mercenaries, all of those changes converge. For him and a few others with him, a door is forced open to a world of danger, steeped in mystery, a world beyond anything he could have ever imagined.


Leon knows the mercenaries have plans that may or may not include him and the others, and the locals prove to be just as dangerous as they look.


Come what may, he is determined to stick to a promise made to his grandfather, a promise to find a way home for him and those forced through the portal with him. To do so, he's going to have to push himself in ways he never thought possible, and a simple bone handled Blade may be the key to either making or breaking that effort.


But before he can make good on any promises, he must learn to navigate this new mythical land with a rancher's grit, a unique set of powers, and some new friends along the way.


In the end, the stakes will be higher than anyone suspects!



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DN Woodward, or Danny as his friends know him, is a native Texan who still resides in the central Texas area. He has undergraduate and graduate degrees in Ecology and Aquatic Resources, though he can’t remember the last time he was able to apply all that biological knowledge to anything deeper than his tomato garden.

Instead, he’s had a career primarily focused on helping oil companies clean up environmental messes with heavy equipment. When he isn’t selling cleanup services, he enjoys raising cattle. Yep, he has a hobby business on the weekends where he hopes to someday raise a show steer so fat and meaty that one of his three kids will waltz away with a giant blue ribbon at the Houston Livestock Show (his wife still laughs at him for this, but a man can dream). Writing was initially another hobby in a long string of hobbies which he started a few years back, but during the pandemic it somehow morphed into a habit he can’t seem to kick.


In addition, he recently did an interview on his debut novel, A Choice of Blades. This interview can be found within the link below: 



This is a GOOD BOOK! Good story, well told.  Engaging characters, good pace, good suspense, as I said overall, good book. They’ll be calling for book 2 as soon as they finish it.

James Haddock,
Author of Amazon Top Seller Wizard's Alley and Western Sci-Fi sensation Cast Down World

You will find everything you want your fantasy book to be in ‘a Choice of Blades’ by D.N. Woodward. It is an absolutely amazing adventure through a world full of dangers and wonders. Through pain and love. If you are looking for a book you can’t put down until you’ve read every single page, you’ve just found it...This is not just another shapeshifter novel. This is a need to read fantasy adventure - shapeshifters are simply a bonus!

A must read for fans of shapeshifter lore born in a complex and dynamic world!

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