Monday, March 26, 2018

Varsavian Press Spring Ebook Sale!

Fantasy:

Hero of Twilight (Revised and Expanded) (Golden Griffin Book 1)




Young Bathmal was born nothing and was destined to be nothing, until, on a cold winter's day, his life suddenly changes forever.
The Hero of Twilight is the first step on a road that will see Bathmal become an immortal legend, or a forgotten speck on the dusty pages of history.


Science-Fiction:

Children of The Forgotten (New Empire Book 1)


The Vrilkist, an advanced alien race bent on galactic conquest and annihilation, has been eating away at the borders of The Imperial Confederation of Ertho—an empire already plagued by rebel and separatists factions—in an ongoing war.
The three front conflict has left the empire short on fighters and material while the Vrilkist, in contrast, appear to have unlimited resources and firepower. Desperate, the empire gathers everything it has to launch a last ditch assault on the enemy. Success will buy the empire time to regroup and restock; failure will mean the end of everything.
Cornelius Coleman, student, pugilist, loner, soon becomes a reluctant player within the larger scheme when he is conscripted to fight in the imperial forces. His journey will begin on Old Earth, but it will end very far away.


Army of The Nameless (New Empire Book 2)


The war continues…
It’s been three standard years since The Battle of Bloody Eye and the Vrilkist War has ground to a stalemate.
While The Imperial Confederation of Ertho readies for the long awaited counterstrike, The Black Lions are delegated to hunting down stray separatists in an effort to bring the agitators to justice, but these elite soldiers are eager to return to the “real” war against the Vrilkist.
This holds especially true for Captain Coleman, whose hatred for the Vrilkist is tempered by the guilt he feels over the loss of Sabrina and his fallen comrades. Even so, the war has already taken a heavy toll on him physically and mentally, and he finds himself questioning how much more he can take.
The future of the universe balances on the razor’s edge, and gale force winds are gathering in the distance.


Horror:

Crossroads (Faceless Doll Book 1)


Ex-con Leo Dudley is on the run for murder. With him are his best friend’s girlfriend and Sandy, her three year old daughter.

Under the guise of a young family looking for guidance, they settle in amongst the tight-knit religious community of Crossroads.

But not long after their arrival, strange and terrifying things begin to happen all across the small town, and as time goes on, Leo begins to wonder what kind of nightmare he’d walked into…or if the nightmare was something he’d brought with him? 


Thanks for reading, everyone! Happy Spring!

JJS



Monday, March 19, 2018

Monday Mlues

So much happening in the world of Sergi and so little time to talk about it. I wish I didn't have to sleep, that way I'd have a good 6-8 hours to do what I really want to be doing: writing.

Speaking of which, I'm pretty much in love with the current project (for a little more on this, click here). It's had me in it's grips since day one (when the idea took me by storm back in January), and I've literally spent every free second I can get working on it. Usually the first draft of any project fills me anxiety and tends to feel a little bit like work. Not so here. Unfortunately I still have to be vague on the details, since we're still in the very early stages, but my hope (tentative, always tentative) is that I can start revealing more details come summer. Maybe by then I'll even have a title?? (see: tentative).

That brings me to my other bit of news: Tales of Acreville. If you didn't click on the link above, here it is again: Click. The post briefly describes my intent to start work on that project around June. Well, seeing as it's now mid-March and I'm only a third done with the Current Project's first draft (in terms of story, not actual words written; yikes!) I need to put Tales on one of my many crowded back burners. Am I bummed out? A little, but things could be a lot worse and this isn't really something to complain about. Tales WILL be written and published, I just don't know when.

Lastly, this blog space will be undergoing a massive renovation in terms of content and appearance. I want it to be more of a fun place to visit rather than a Spartan field where I drone on about writing and shortness of time and all that crap. For instance, instead of posting the usual boring drivel once every few weeks, there will be a new post every day (including holidays). Each day will be dedicated to one particular subject. The schedule isn't set yet but I plan for Fridays to be dedicated to Movie Reviews, Sat to Book Reviews, Sunday to updates on my writing, Monday to all things science, Tues to TBD, Wed (to be called Wild Card Wednesday) will be a surprise subject, etc, etc. When will this happen?  Between May and June. (see the "T" word). I intend to hold contest giveaways, trivia days, and a few other interactive events. It's all in the works! Until then, I need to keep writing.

I love you all!

JJS

Jason J Sergi is a spec-fic author by trade but he's also written mystery and mainstream fiction as well. According to his calculations, it will take him over 300 years to finish every project he plans to write; he is determined to accomplish this feat and hopes his readers will join him on the journey. 


To contact author Jason J Sergi for questions, publication rights, collaborations, or to just say “Hello”, check out the links below! (Agents, Editors, and Publisher welcome).

Email: jaysergi@gmail.com  (Preferred)

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Twitter: @JJSergi


Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Fin The Notes

Pardon my French. I'm happy to say that I finally finished the notes to "current nameless steampunk/fantasy/other" project. I think I'll be able to start the first draft tonight or tomorrow latest so, woot!

I haven't been this excited about a book since I began work on Vatters of Klon. I might actually be more excited this time. So much so that I want to blurt out every detail and secret--but I'm going with discipline on this one.

Even so, I hate being this vague. I've written a lot about this current project in my last few posts but I haven't really said anything. I promise that this will change as the writing progresses and things will start making more sense.

I'm supposed to start work on my Acreville Series in June--to have it ready for publication in December--but that was before this project had its current growth spurt.

Acreville. What the hell is Acreville?

Luckily, I have the answer: Acreville (working title) will be a two part miniseries (in book format), to be released exclusively through Varsavian Press. Each part will follow a common story arc and consist of twelve stories each. The first "episode' is tentatively set to be released before New Year's 2019, with each subsequent installment released on a weekly basis until the first part is complete. The second part was to begin being released Oct 1st.

These individual installments will be released as "Ebook Exclusives", with a hard copy omnibus containing all of the stories in one volume in the future. I'm using this format so new and veteran readers alike can ease into the overall story and quit at any time, if they so chose.
 
 Here's a snippet from the series' common preamble:


Acerville has never sat comfortably in reality. Since its founding, dark rumors have swirled around the city and its environs. Like cysts on a vine, these rumors grow and shrink in reaction to environmental factors; sometimes disappearing, always returning. Residents in neighboring towns tell their children and neighbors to avoid the area at all costs, but can never give a reason why.  
Acerville is said to be bad; but the cityfolk know that actions speak louder than words.

That's just a teaser for now. As far as genre goes, I describe it as "Tales From The Crypt meets Silent Hill and together they go on a bender with X-Files and The Twilight Zone, with a big dash of Sergi mixed in." Think 60% horror, 30% sci-fi, and 10% urban fantasy with a shitload of other sub-genres thrown in when needed.

There ya go.

I'll see where I'm at in June (I might be able to juggle both projects) but I'm pretty sure this "untitled project" won't be done until the end of the year at least; and that's if everything goes perfect. I'm prepared to delay Acreville for another year but there's a secret reason I wanted it published 2018-2019.

Okay, enough babbling from me. I'll check back in on Sunday or so and hopefully I'll have at least a working title to float around.

Peace to your Crease!

Friday, February 9, 2018

When The Sub-Plot Becomes The Star, and the Main Plot becomes...The Sub-plot?

I was expecting to begin writing the next book this past week but "The Notes" got me in their grip. I call them notes, but that's just my fancy way of saying Outline (which I believe is also the more appropriate term). For those that don't know, I'm working on a new speculative-fiction series that will essentially be made up of related standalones, with maybe some trilogies thrown in down the line. This first book is what I'd call Steampunk with huge fantasy elements. Purists might call it Steampunkish. Some might just call it a mutant. I'm cool with all that. 

This is for those, like myself, who like reading about The Process (aka Behind-The-Scenes peek).

My goal for this project is to make it more character-oriented/light on the heavy exposition. I want the characters' plot to be the main focus and not so much the parallel backstory. Huge things will be occurring in the background but I want the reader to hardly notice--on the first pass-through--because they're way too interested in what the characters are doing. That's my hope.

It's a slight deviation from my normal gig. With a work of this scope I often try to balance Character/History/Plot/Sub-Plot/ with everything spelled out in The Outline, leaving loose ends where they need to be left. Anyone who's been to my apartment knows two things right away: I have millions of notebooks full of outlines and I hang my socks in weird places. I could easily fill a 5-Subject notebook with a trilogy's worth of details, from full character bios to seasonal weather patterns.

Yeah.

For smaller works, like single novels and shorts, I take a far more organic approach, working off a paragraph or two of notes at most.

For the current project (which literally doesn't have even a working title yet, despite all the time I've spent on it) I felt I needed to take a more hybrid approach: a splash of detail there, a pinch of background there, then really get deep into the heads of the characters. I was set to ignore the majority of the smaller details until the time came to deal with them but, alas, the muse took over and The Outline grew and continues to grow.  As it stands I still have to flesh out about a third of the main plot before I feel comfortable with begining a first draft. Certainly not a bad thing but goes to show that when the muse wants some sugar, your only choice is to feed it.

And that's where I'm at. All-in-all, I'm happy with the way this project's going and I see good things in the future.

Have a good weekend everyone!


Sunday, February 4, 2018

Ello Again, World

Hello, everyone!

Hope the holidays were good to you all and 2018 is treating you even better. It's been a little over a month since my last post. Back then I was hard at work on a sci-fi tale called "Cyber Incarnate". Then January came with a fury and my old writing PC decided to blow up, putting a halt to all my main projects and topping off a horrible year.

All-In-All, 2017 was the year of setbacks, professionally and personally, for a variety of reasons. But since this blog focuses on writing, that's what I'm gonna focus on here.

For starters, I couldn't find my writing groove at the beginning of 2017. I went from project to project, never fulling committing to anyone of them.

Then I began (and finished) work on Army of The Nameless, the second book in my New Empire Trilogy. The first book, Children of The Forgotten, was a smash hit, so I had no reason to think Nameless wouldn't be either. Well...where Children of The Forgotten was a hit, Army of The Nameless was a complete flop. A grand total of one person bought it--and returned it!

I'm no stranger to rejection and failure and it never bothered me (much) in the past. This time around it hurt more than it ever has; I started questioning, really for the first time, my writing career. I'll always write, but I pondered if I should still write for "money". The years go flying by and I'm in the same position I was eleven years ago,,,maybe even worse. Time that I could've spent working on another, less subjectively-based career. I haven't lost the passion to write and to be a writer but, though I spend most of my time in fictional worlds, I am a realist and my kids are at the age now where they're wondering if daddy's ever gonna make it or if he's a bum.

I've had flops early on, but those were expected. Army of The Nameless should've taken off. When it didn't, I asked myself a million questions: did I work hard enough? Did I promote enough? Is the story unique enough? Are the characters believable? The truth is I'll never know. Reviews, good and bad, can usually give some insight to what the readers like and dislike, but the reviews here are lacking.

I could go into the whole, "You need to know someone" bit but my career, such as it is, is on life support. But, as a fun little exercise, look up all your favorite books and movies and pay close attention to the production/writing/development sections. I bet not one was created by a person off the street, and if that person was off the street, he had a friend or two in the business. There's nothing wrong with helping your friends out but, in these cases, it weakens the industry and cheats the fans.

In any case, I dug myself out of the abyss and moved onto the next project. The aforementioned Cyber Incarnate...and then, also aforementioned, my PC died. Not a huge problem since I'm fairly diligent at backing up my files, but I had no spare writing machine. When I finally got one a few weeks later, I couldn't get back into the story. At all. I fell victim to the momentum killer.

Back in the abyss I went.

And then, I fell upon my current project. It's only in outline form at the moment but full writing should commence this week and I'm very excited about it. I can't give too many details save to say it's a steampunk/sci-fi tale with a lot of depth. I will share more as the project evolves.

And so, I continue on for another year. Will this be the last? Stay tuned and remember, no matter what happens, I love all you good people of the world...and even some of the bad ones.

Sunday, December 24, 2017

X-Mas 2017

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all!!! It's that time of year again when all the lovely people of the world receive gift cards and envelopes full of money. In my personal, self-righteous opinion, there's no better gift than a book. And while there are millions of books to chose from out there, may I offer you a select selection of mine.

There's something for everyone: Horror, Sci-Fi, and Fantasy. Check out the links below.


Fantasy

Hero of Twilight (Revised and Expanded)(Ebook)

Hero of Twilight (Revised and Expanded)(Print)

Young Bathmal was born nothing and was destined to be nothing, until, on a cold winter's day, his life suddenly changes forever.

The Hero of Twilight is the first step on a road that will see Bathmal become an immortal legend, or a forgotten speck on the dusty pages of history.

Science-Fiction

Children of The Forgotten (Ebook)


Children of The Forgotten (Print)

The Vrilkist, an advanced alien race bent on galactic conquest and annihilation, has been eating away at the borders of The Imperial Confederation of Ertho—an empire already plagued by rebel and separatists factions—in an ongoing war. The three-front conflict has left the empire short on fighters and material while the Vrilkist, in contrast, appear to have unlimited resources and firepower. 

Desperate, the empire gathers everything it has to launch a last ditch assault on the enemy. Success will buy the empire time to regroup and restock; failure will mean the end of everything. 

Cornelius Coleman, student, pugilist, loner, soon becomes a reluctant player within the larger scheme when he is conscripted to fight in the imperial forces. His journey will begin on Old Earth, but it will end very far away.

Army of The Nameless (Ebook)

Army of The Nameless (Print)

The war continues… It’s been three standard years since The Battle of Bloody Eye and the Vrilkist War has ground to a stalemate. While The Imperial Confederation of Ertho readies for the long awaited counter-strike, The Black Lions are delegated to hunting down stray separatists in an effort to bring the agitators to justice.

But these elite soldiers are eager to return to the “real” war against the Vrilkist. This holds especially true for Captain Coleman, whose hatred for the Vrilkist is tempered by the guilt he feels over the loss of Sabrina and his fallen comrades. Even so, the war has already taken a heavy toll on him physically and mentally, and he finds himself questioning how much more he can take. The future of the universe balances on the razor’s edge, and gale force winds are gathering in the distance.

Vatters of Klon (Ebook)

Vatters of Klon (Print)

0060706288378—a vatter living within the compound of Klon—has been asking himself a variety of questions of late, such as: what is the true purpose for which vatters exist and, most importantly, why do those whom the guilders and Protectors of Klon call The Renegades wish to invade Klon in order to kill the vatters. But ask all he might, no one seemed to have the answers he wanted. 

When Klon is attacked by The Renegades, 0060706288378 is abducted and brought Outside, where he discovers the answers to his most pressing questions, and finds that he and the other vatters must confront and overthrow The Solord and his forces, else The Sunjack, and all within, will perish. 

Meanwhile Gorindaad—Emperor in service to the current Solord—and his imperials seek to prevent the vatters from achieving their goal. But The Solord—stricken insane from long centuries of rule—sees enemies in every shadow. Dare he trust his underlings when The Sunjack was drowning in turmoil as it was? The fate of The Sunjack hangs in the balance; in the resulting three-way struggle between the vatters, The Empire of Espian, and The Solord, only one faction will win. Victory will mean continued existence. Defeat…total annihilation.

Horror

Crossroads (Ebook)

Crossroads (Print)

Ex-con Leo Dudley is on the run for murder. With him are his best friend’s girlfriend and Sandy, her three year old daughter. Under the guise of a young family looking for guidance, they settle in amongst the tight-knit religious community of Crossroads. But not long after their arrival, strange and terrifying things begin to happen all across the small town, and as time goes on, Leo begins to wonder what kind of nightmare he’d walked into…or if the nightmare was something he’d brought with him?

I hope one (or three) strikes your fancy. I need to get back to writing. More news to come in the New Year.

I love you all.

JJS

Friday, October 13, 2017

Halloween at Crossroads,,,,,,

BOOOO!!!!! It's Halloween season, a time to scare and be scared. If you want to be the latter, I wholeheartedly suggest you pick up my horror novel Crossroads. Blurb and links below! If you liked Children of The Corn, The Exorcist,  Poltergeist, Amityville Horror, and wanted to see them all mashed into one and corrupted by my imagination,,,then I think Crossroads will fulfill your darkest wishes.

Crossroads (Ebook)

Crossroads (Print)

Ex-con Leo Dudley is on the run for murder. With him are his best friend’s girlfriend and Sandy, her three year old daughter. Under the guise of a young family looking for guidance, they settle in amongst the tight-knit religious community of Crossroads. But not long after their arrival, strange and terrifying things begin to happen all across the small town, and as time goes on, Leo begins to wonder what kind of nightmare he’d walked into…or if the nightmare was something he’d brought with him?

Happy Halloween!

JJS

Varsavian Press Spring Ebook Sale!

Fantasy : Hero of Twilight (Revised and Expanded) (Golden Griffin Book 1) Young Bathmal was born nothing and was destined to be no...