Statement for a New Year

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Just about everyone can agree that 2017 was something of a raging garbage fire. Aside from a new Star Wars film, the Astros World Series win and my wedding I don’t think I’ll be looking back on the year with much fondness. This new year, more than any year in recent memory, is a perfect opportunity to forge a new path onward.

What does that mean for me?

Well, first and foremost I’m starting the year off by releasing Too Close to Kill, a sequel to 2016’s One Fate for Failure. I spent most of 2017 working on this project. It went through a number of rewrites and modifications to end up as the finished final product that it is today.

One Fate for Failure, is one of my favorite pieces of writing. I didn’t want the sequel to be anything less than perfect in my eyes. This is the story I wanted to tell with these characters and I am immensely proud of what I’ve put out with this novel.

Every author wants their work to be seen and appreciated, and independent artists sometimes don’t get the exposure they would like. I know that getting people to read this book might be a bit of a hard sell if they haven’t read the first installment. As such, I’ve discounted copies of One Fate For Failure as low as I possibly can. If you have an Amazon Unlimited account, it’s free to borrow and read. If you want to buy it on Kindle, you can do so here for $2.99 or if you prefer a physical copy, it’s available through Lulu for $7.00.

If you’ve read it, or you just want to jump in blind, Too Close To Kill is a Kindle Exclusive for the first month of January. After that, a physical edition will be available. I’ll make sure to give updates when an official release date is set. You can get your copy of the e-book here.

What the rest of the year holds, I’m really not certain. My old podcast, Pop and Schlock, is gearing up for a reboot, although what platform it will be on is still unclear. There will be more writing, of course, but what will it be like? That I don’t know. You’ll know when I do.

Either way, I’m looking forward to whatever comes next.

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Pre-Order TOO CLOSE TO KILL on Kindle

Banner_PreorderThe second installment in the Madeline McCallister series will be released on January 2nd, 2018. The e-book version is an Amazon Kindle exclusive and is currently available for pre-order!

Click here to get your copy!

As an added bonus, the first book in the series is only $2.99 on Kindle through the end of January or paperback copies can be found through Lulu for only $6.99.

Get on board the Maddie hype train, people!

Too Close To Kill – Coming Soon

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Hey y’all,

I haven’t been the best at constantly updating this blog to keep everyone appraised of what’s going on but the truth is I’ve spent the better part of this year working on the sequel to One Fate for Failure and while I had hoped to get it prepped and ready for a Christmas release, it looks like I’ve fallen short of that goalpost.

But that’s okay.

Too Close To Kill is coming. It won’t be home for the holidays, but it will be around to help you ring in the new year. I really can’t wait for you to read it. When I set out to write the next chapter of the series, I was legitimately a little bit worried that I wouldn’t have the right story to tell. That turned out to be the opposite of my problem. I had the right story, the world just didn’t want me to write it. I found myself having to adapt my story and find new avenues to move the narrative forward because of our shifting cultural and political landscape.

But I am proud to announce that despite all the setback the e-book version of Too Close to Kill will be available Tuesday January 2nd, 2018 with a print edition to follow shortly after. If you haven’t read the original One Fate For Failure, now would be a good time, because book number two in the Madeline McCallister series is coming and you aren’t going to want to miss it.

Wondering what book two is all about? Here’s a quick synopsis;

“Madeline McCallister left the CIA to start a new life with the person she loves but D.E.A.T.H. has not forgotten about her and they do not care about her happy little life.

When terror follows her into her new world, Maddie is drawn back into a life she thought she had managed to leave behind.

In a globetrotting race against the clock, Madeline must untangle the mystery of D.E.A.T.H. before their vicious acts of terror plunge the world into total chaos.”

Keep checking back here and follow my Twitter feed for more updates.

Cheers,

-J.

 

The Author’s Edict – 5/1/2017

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Greetings to everyone who regularly or irregularly reads this blog. As we launch into the month of May, an exciting time for me, I wanted to take the time to discuss the projects I’m working on and provide a short update on what to expect in the coming weeks.

With regard to Counted Out, the ongoing saga of Michael Hill and Marshall Ellis’ redemption in the world of professional wrestling has been a welcome change of pace. Writing it weekly has been a challenge and the format has given me avenues to write in a way that is noticeably different from my typical process.

The story will be taking a hiatus this month as I finish work on a project that I am infinitely proud of, the sequel to 2015’s One Fate for Failure.

That novel, Too Close to Kill is in the final stages of development. That means proofing, editing, revising, formatting, and designing the final print editions. I want my focus to be entirely on ensuring the success of that project, which means my other work will have to take a slight downshift in pacing. I will still be working on Counted Out, I simply will not be publishing the chapters until June rolls around. This will allow for more careful deliberation in the development of the story, hopefully resulting in a more enjoyable end product.

Expect notes and updates about Too Close to Kill to populate the blog until its eventual release this summer. You can grab a copy of One Fate For Failure now to prepare for the follow-up. The next book is bigger, bolder, and better in every regard. I can’t wait to share it.

Starting 2017 (Two Months Late)

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2016 was a strange year in more ways than can easily be distilled into a simple blog post. For myself, it was a year of personal and professional challenges and introspection. The year began with the publication of Blood at Sunrise and somewhere along the way saw the eventual scuttling of my podcast, as my cohorts’ own personal journeys took them in directions that ran counter to recording a radio show about mediocre films. It also saw the loss of my beloved basset hound Toby and several transitions within my day-to-day life as a High School English instructor. Essentially, the year was a poorly constructed roller coaster that provided little enjoyment to anyone unfortunate enough to ride it.

As the year drew to a close I found myself lining up projects to focus on in 2017. One of those is a mammoth historical novel that has been germinating for some time. It likely will not see completion this year, but honestly that is not a goal; I am hoping only to make headway with it, as it is a passion project of mine and I don’t want to do a disservice to the material. However, I do have projects that are far enough along that I have them slated for release in 2017.

First up, a sequel to 2015’s One Fate for Failure is slated for a late spring/early summer release. It will be preceded by a collection of short stories set within that universe featuring characters introduced in the first novel. Those stories first will appear here on my official site. I do not yet know if those stories will see an official print-run or if they will be included as back-matter in the upcoming second novel. I will make that decision as the release date comes nearer.

That is the central focus of the first part of the year; publishing and promoting what, I hope, will be a truly entertaining bit of genre fiction. I hope more people can be exposed to Maddie’s world and find themselves drawn into the universe she inhabits. It is my hope that fans of One Fate will be more than satisfied with the continuation of the story. I certainly like the way things have turned out, narratively speaking, and hope readers will feel the same way.

In the meantime, it is my hope that I can provide worthwhile contributions to this blog throughout the year. So much is going on in the world at the moment that it is unlikely I won’t have a topic of interest worth discussing. We live in a truly confounding time and sometimes the best therapy is to put our thoughts into words.

I have many words to spare.

-J.

Blood At Sunrise – Official Release Announcment

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I am very happy to announce that my latest project has gone to print and it is now available to read on a multitude of formats.

If you haven’t been following my ramblings lately, in November I began work on a western novel that would follow a former Confederate soldier on his way home following a particularly harrowing experience besieged at the battle of Vicksburg. My intention was to try my hand at an unfamiliar genre and try to have some fun with my own writing style at the same time. That story eventually evolved into Blood At Sunrise, and now you can read it for yourself this summer in your preferred format.

There are MULTIPLE ways you can pick it up, so I’ll try to delineate them as best as I can:

E-Book:

Buy @ Amazon

Paperback:

Buy @ Lulu* (May take longer to ship, but the best way to support the writer because the distributor percentage is minimal)

Buy @ Barnes and Noble

Buy @ Amazon

Hardcover:

Buy @ Lulu

Buy @ Barnes and Noble

Buy @ Amazon

 

Everything Old Is New Again : eBook Re-Releases

When I first started publishing back in 2009, I didn’t care much for eBooks. The Kindle, the Nook, and the iPad were novelties and there wasn’t much call for eBooks because nobody was shelling out the money for tablets the way that they are now seven years later. Everybody has a tablet of some kind, and the sort of brand-specific licensing that kept me away from publishing digitally has fallen by the wayside. You don’t have to own a Kindle to buy through Amazon anymore because they have an app that you can install on just about any tablet. So no matter what your platform, you can get the book you would like.

Well today I went back and re-mastered my early catalog for release on Kindle. That means for the first time ever, my early books can be read electronically. And because I’m a reader too, I know that eBooks should be reasonably priced and as such, all of my projects are available for under six dollars.

The following books are available today!


DarkCoverA Dark Tomorrow – 2009 ~$2.99

Synopsis: The key to life is learned in death. Ashley Hammond was a simple college girl until the day a gun-toting madman made an attempt on her life. Saved by the good timing of a mysterious guardian named Gabriel, Ashley learns the truth about life after death and how the forces of good and evil are mustering for an apocalyptic war that could shatter the fabric of existence. Even more of a shock is that Ashley could very well be the one to turn the tide and ensure the survival of humanity’s very soul!

Category: Fiction, Adventure, Urban Fantasy

 

 

 


51ZuiG2wn7L._SX329_BO1,204,203,200_The Song Before Nightfall – 2011 ~$5.99

Synopsis: The Kingdom of Adacia has stood as the most powerful nation in the five known kingdoms for hundreds of years. King Jordan, last of the Redwood line is fighting an insurgency within his own borders as machinations are made toward war in the neighboring Kaldorian Realms under the despotic Lord Wren. Lord Marcus Lanham, steward of the Southern region of Saxet and chief of war finds himself leading the Adacian army against a foe who wields the power of the lost magicks against him. In the darkest days of a new sort of war, can Marcus adapt to keep the Kingdom secure

Category: Fiction, Fantasy, Sword & Sorcery

 

 


GD-FrontGrave Danger – 2012 ~$3.99

Synopsis: Ian McGrath is a private detective who knows more about the supernatural underworld than anybody else in the city. When someone close to Ian turns up dead in the heart of Houston’s undead district he vows to track down the killer, but this time he may be in over his head.

For fans of detective fiction and horror stories alike, GRAVE DANGER is a blood-filled, vampire noir sure to please.

Category: Fiction, Horror, Mystery, Detective Stories, Vampires

 

 


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Synopsis: Madeline McCallister is a SAD/SOG operative for the Central Intelligence Agency. Following a controversial mission south of the border, Madeline finds herself embroiled in a massive conspiracy and must use her wits and every ounce of her training to unravel the tangled web she finds herself captured in. From the dirty streets of Juarez to London, From Boston to Paris, Madeline races to keep one step ahead of the nefarious forces close at her heels.

Category: Action, Thriller, Espionage

 

 

 


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Blood at Sunrise – 2016 ~3.99

Synopsis: Jefferson Crowe is returning from the hell he endured while serving in the confederate army. He wants to put a past of violence behind him, but conflict finds him nonetheless. Thrust into the role of sheriff, Jefferson struggles with protecting the town that has put their trust in him and his desire to live a peaceful life and return home.

Category: Western, Action/Adventure