May 09

Book Cover & Launch Group


Dishonor Book Cover

Book Cover & Launch Group



Before you go any further.

Click here > (OFFICIAL LAUNCH GROUP) < to join the official launch group for the book! Thank you!

It is so exciting to be able to release the cover of my first book, “Dishonor, One soldier’s journey from desertion to redemption.” There were four designs to choose from, but there was one clear winner.

The design that I originally thought would be the cover, was the least favorite. It is a picture of Ft. Leavenworth and everyone said it looks like a history book.


Dishonor Book Cover USDB

Go figure.

My wife came up with the concept of using an image of dog tags. Of course, this was a much better idea.


Dishonor Book Cover Tags 2


Dishonor Book Cover Tags 1

When I submitted our ideas to Deb Toth, she delivered a couple based on what we wanted to see. She also created an artistic version of my wife’s idea. This design ended up being the most popular choice.

Not only is it simple and creative, it has design elements that completely match my story.

The dog tag is the identity of a soldier. It has my name, prison number, my religious affiliation and blood type. These represent my human condition, and my past as well as the labels and identity that I chose for myself either through action or decision.

The red and white back ground is the same as the U.S. Cavalry flag which was my military occupation. But it also represents the blood of Christ which washes us clean, or white as snow. As well as my new identity.

I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect representation of what will be printed on the pages between the covers.

Even more exciting news!

We have created a Facebook group for the offical book launch which is scheduled for August 1st.

 David Mike’s Official Book Launch Group < Click here to join and keep up to date on the release.

This group was created to help reach as many people as possible with the message of grace and forgiveness. Using my own personal story of how God used my time in an Army prison to get my attention. Everyone needs to hear that you do not have to be defined by your past and that guilt and shame can be removed through the redeeming power of Christ.

My Goal: It would be awesome to sell 500 books on the official release date, August 1st. If we hit Amazon bestseller status, the potential to expand the reach of this message is much greater. I decided to have a physical book available because I would ultimately like to get it into prisons where digital formats aren’t available.

If you are a blogger or podcaster, I would love to talk to you about my story.

As we get closer to August 1st, I want to thank you in advance for sharing our posts along the journey, inviting your friends to this group, reading the book in PDF format to review it on Amazon later, supporting the Thunderclap campaign, attending the Facebook launch party, and most importantly, buying the book on August 30 (launch day).

For those of you who may not have it within your budget to purchase the book, please just consider telling your friends about Dishonor on launch day.

I am honored and eternally grateful for all your encouragement and your continued support as we build this community.

Once again, click on this link, to join the Official Dishonor Book Launch Group

Book Cover & Launch Group (Click to Tweet)



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    • Jill Barlow on May 10, 2016 at 6:29 am

    I like Tags picture 1. I wish I would have created a launch group. That was my big mistake with my book. I hope things go GREAT for you! So exciting!

      • David Mike on May 10, 2016 at 6:55 am

      Thank you Jill!

  1. So awesome.. great to see this all falling into place for you brother!

      • David Mike on May 10, 2016 at 8:58 pm

      Thanks for all your help, Charles.

  2. Great looking cover, David! I think you are doing everything right in terms of “building your platform”, to use the current phrase. I will be pleased own a hardcover. It will be good to read your story again in a whole piece instead of one chapter a week. Are you self-publishing?

      • David Mike on May 10, 2016 at 9:01 pm

      Thank you! Yes, currently we are self-publishing.

      1. If you want to ask me anything about it, I might know, having self-published a book last year.

          • David Mike on May 10, 2016 at 10:14 pm

          Will do! Thank you.

  3. Excited to be a part of the team! Can’t wait to re-read your story in book format!

      • David Mike on May 12, 2016 at 11:37 am

      Thank you so much for all your support!

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