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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Army of The Nameless, Weekly Update (3/19)

Okay so this week we're up to about 20 Second Draft Chapters from 16 First Draft Chapters worth of material. Cruising along, my friends.

Over the course of this draft, some scenes had to be cut. As part of Book 2's promotion, I will be releasing these deleted scenes , here on the blog, as short stories. As of now I have several deleted scenes that can make up one story, and another scene that I might use as an "alternate scene" within the framework of a short story. Maybe.

That's it for this week. Spring is on the way.

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Sunday, March 12, 2017

Army of The Nameless, Weekly Update (3/12)

Ello! Another week, another several chapters in the book. This week we're up to 20 second draft chapters from 15 first draft chapters worth of material. If all goes well I should be done with the second draft this week. Then it's on to the third and so on.

Remember, Army of The Nameless will be out in May! But you really can't read Army of The Nameless without first reading its predecessor: Children of The Forgotten. Links and blurb below:

Children of  Forgotten(Kindle)

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.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

New Cover for Nameless; Book Bargains Coming Soon! (Real Soon)

New cover for Army of The Nameless up there. Still a prototype. It kind of gives me a headache if I stare at it too long but it accurately represents the contents within. The finished product will be ready by the time Nameless goes up for pre-sale next month. This is just to whet the appetite and give you guys and gals an idea of what to expect.

In other news, I got three books going on sale tonight. These are Countdown deals so strike fast and early to reap the full discount. The sale starts tonight at Midnight Pacific Time and ends Midnight March 16th. Links and blurbs below:

Fantasy:
 
Hero of Twilight (Revised and Expanded)

Hero of Twilight (Revised and Expanded) (UK)

The Hero of Twilight is a tale of hope amidst tragedy, of uncertain destinies, love and loss, and the metamorphosis of innocence into painful experience.

On a frigid winter's day, young Bathmal Arined, a youth with nothing in life but the clothes on his back and the cold love of his mother, encounters an old knight from a dying Order.The knight speaks of the glory days of old, when the world was Wild and heroes were commonplace against the resulting evils.

The encounter will send Bathmal down a road that will begin and end with death.

The world grows Wild once more.

Horror:

Crossroads

Crossroads(UK)

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?

Science-Fiction:

Children of The Forgotten

Children of The Forgotten (UK)

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.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

New Empire Trilogy Book 2, Weekly Update (3/5)

Do you see the cover?? Do you see it?? Not finalized yet but this is the one I'll be using for Army of The Nameless which, yes, is now the official title. No more generic Book Two.

Now, onto progress. The second draft now consists of 18 Chapters drawn from 12 First Draft Chapters. If I was writing the first draft, I'd be 50% complete. I really can't accurately say how much of the second draft is complete. Storywise, still about 30-40%. And May draws ever closer.

I hate to dole out a commercial right now but seeing how Army of The Nameless is drawing ever closer to those  store shelves, some of you may want to check out the first book in the trilogy, Children of The Forgotten. I could best describe this first installment as a roller-coaster ride of action and emotion. I've tried to bring the reader the reality of war in several different environments. It's gritty, gory, heartbreaking, funny (I hope), scary, and intelligent. I've tried to project the meaning of war from all sides: the soldier, the politician, the activist, the average person, the opportunist. There's sex, there's naughty words, compassion, betrayal, and the search for the answer to the ultimate question: what is the meaning of existence? Army of The Nameless expands on this and digs ever deeper into all these points.

Was I successful in my mission? Only you, the reader, can say. And it all starts with the Children. Links and blurb below.

Children of The Forgotten (Kindle)

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.




Sunday, February 26, 2017

New Empire Book Two, Weekly Update (2/26)

Progress check on Book 2 (second draft): 13 chapters and one Prologue done from 8 First Draft chapters of material. One of those chapters (Chapter 12) is a brand new work-in-progress chapter of new material. That's where we stand this week.

In related news, I think I have a name for Book 2; however I will continue to refer to Book 2 as Book 2 until I am positive the name will stick: Army of The Nameless. I kinda love it and I kinda hate it. Book naming is a fun pain in the ass task that I wish I could source out to someone else. But then they'd want my money. Altruism! Ha!

I also have a cover in the works. I was hoping to reveal it today but it looks less like a New Empire Novel and more like a text book. Hopefully next week.

With only three months until Book 2 is scheduled for publication, we are moving along fine...I hope. Mantra time: (I will not puke from anxiety/I will not puke from anxiety/I will not puke from anxiety) Okay that's better.

Until next week; keep reading!

JJS



Sunday, February 19, 2017

The New Empire Trilogy Book Two, Weekly Update (2/19)

10 2nd draft Chapters done from 7 1st draft Chapters of material. That's how progress is looking this week. If I was going strictly off the 1st draft then I'd be 50% done with the 2nd. In reality, I'm between 15-30% done with the 2nd draft.

I played with the idea of releasing Book 2 as a serial, like I did with Children of The Forgotten. THAT had been an experiment of sorts, and a successful one. But for Book 2 it seems somehow inappropriate. On the one hand, those waiting for Book 2 might get to read it sooner...on the other hand, the reader might just want the entire book at once. Let me know what you guys think in the comments but I'm leaning towards the entire book at once.

In a last bit of news; I have a better working title for Book 2. As you know I was thinking of naming it Children of Gaia or The Black Lions. Those have been tossed in the proverbial wastebasket. The title front-runner is now  Echoes of The Nameless. Still not set in stone, but getting closer.

The writing continues.

JJS

Sunday, February 12, 2017

New Empire Trilogy Book 2, Weekly Update (2/12)

Sorry for missing last week, folks..it slipped my mind and then when I remembered it was toooo late. On the plus side I've been hard at work on Book 2, second draft (and a few other projects ahem).

Now for the update. It's gonna be tricky to gauge progress for this draft. The first draft ended at 44k words with 24 Chapters, a prologue and an epilogue. As of now I have 7 Second Draft Chapters completed, but that was from material from the first 5 First Draft Chapters. Confused yet?

That's how my process is. People who follow this blog or read any of my related interviews (they're online, just google Jason J Sergi interviews) know that the first draft for me is more of a "suggestion". The second and third drafts is where the real magic happens, with scenes getting tossed around, juggled, deleted, fleshed out, strengthened. As a result, the original Chapter lineup is tossed out the window. So bear with me.

If I had to release a progress bar now I would say that I'm between 10-30% done with the Second Draft. Things have been going fast and slow, the latter mainly due to continuity constraints. That's the problem with sequels: you don't have complete freedom to move forward in just any direction due to the anchors planted in the previous book or books. But it's all good.

That's where we stand for now. I would say I am still on schedule for a May release date. Fingers, toes crossed.

Until next week: Keep reading!

JJS