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.