Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Another Kindle Countdown For You!

Let Nature Decide is now in the midst of a Kindle Countdown Deal so if you're in the mood for a murder mystery with a sci-fi bent, now is the time to pick it up for cheap. As you all know, when it comes to KCDs it's better to strike early. Right now Let Nature Decide is only $.99. By Friday it will be $1.99 and so on. Countdown ends  9/30. Links and back cover blurb below.

Let Nature Decide

The prophecy laid out by Voltan’s Doomsday Algorithm has come to pass. A worldwide conflict has civilization plunging in a downward spiral.
As part of the organization known as The Network, the survivalist group, Voltan’s Survivors, head to an underground compound beneath the mountain known to them as Prometheus Mons. The plan is simple: shelter in safety, defend, reproduce, then resurface when all is safe again.
But just days into their survival plan, one of the Survivors is murdered. Suspicion is cast on all parties, and paranoia over a killer (or killers) loose in their midst immediately begins to gnaw away at the group. Then another of their own dies, and another. As their numbers dwindle, so does the pool of suspects.
It will be up to the innocent of the group to find and stop the killer (or killers), but everyone has a past, and sometimes those pasts lead to the end of others’ futures.
It’s nature’s way, and nature will decide the outcome in the end.


Thanks everyone! Happy Hump Day!

JJS

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Drafting Away

Finished the 2nd draft of Hunters last night. I think I might actually have a title for the book but I'm not gonna reveal it just yet because I'm not in love with it...yet. Right now we're only dating. I'm gonna let the MS rest today and work instead on trilogy notes. Tomorrow, I dive into the 3rd draft so things might get quiet here again while I write my face off.

For any of you who haven't read the original story, here's a link to the magazine it first appeared in: Hungur Issue 12 Just scroll down to Issue 12 and bingo. A warning: the short story is far different than what the trilogy will be but it can give you a good preview of what it will be about.

That's all for now folks; this man has work to do.

JJS

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Vatters Print and other Links

Just droppin in to let you book readers know that The Vatters of Klon is now available in print form on Amazon. Links below,

The Vatters of Klon(Print/Amazon)

The Vatters of Klon(Print/Lulu)

The Vatters of Klon(Kindle)

The Vatters of Klon(NOOK)

The Vatters of Klon(KOBO)

From the back cover:

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.

Thanks everyone for checking it out! Love you guys!

JJS

Thursday, September 10, 2015

The Iron Angel Trilogy (a review)

I mentioned a while back that I'd be posting reviews of certain books on a highly irregular basis and here below is the first one. It concerns the Iron Angel Trilogy +1 by John Morressy.






 The Iron Angel Trilogy +1 is maybe one of the most underrated, less-known fantasy epics. Most hardcore fantasy fans will have heard of it, maybe most would've read it. If you haven't read any of John Morressy's books, these are the ones to start with. Only Tolkien's Lord of The Rings has influenced my fantasy writing more than these books.

But what's are they about? It's a perfect mixture of swords and sorcery and High Fantasy. It's a story told in reverse. Ironbrand is Book One in the Trilogy, Graymantle Book Two, Kingsbane Book Three, and Time of The Annihilator rounding out the +1. But the story really begins with Time of The Annihilator when the evil that was birthed and evolved first appears to terrorize the world and where the Vannen Family first rises up to combat it, and where the trilogy's namesake, The Iron Angel, (a talismen of great power) is first created.

From there the forces of good and evil battle it out over the centuries, with kingdoms rising and falling until the arc culminates (begins) with three brothers, The Sons of Vannen, who've been unknowingly hidden from the ancient evil by their father on the northern Headlands--until one fateful night when they are attacked by agents of the ancient evil, and from their father's death bed, the Sons of Vannen learn that they are the heirs to a kingdom which is theirs to claim, they have but to take it back from the hands of the ancient enemy.

Unable and unwilling to hide any longer, the brothers head out, with the Iron Angel in hand, to take back their family's legacy.

The Iron Angel Trilogy, to me, is the epitome of   80's fantasy. There's no dragons, elves, and dwarves, but there are plenty of wizards and magic users and all manner of twisted monsters and epic battles. I don't know why the books never gained a wider audience but their still around, still relevant. So if any of you out there need something to read, and want some good old fashioned fantasy home-cooking, do yourself a favor and check these books out...you can literally find them on the web for under a dollar so the risk is minimal even with shipping.

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John Morressy

1930-2006 

(PS: John Morressy's Kedrigern Series is actually what he's more known for and where he's had the most success. I've only read a couple of books from the series but definitely worth checking out.)








Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Another Hunters Update

So I'm now officially 2/3rds done with The Hunters 2nd draft, story wise. I'm on chapter 26 of roughly 33 though that doesn't mean anything since I'm still at the point where I usually delete or add chapters, but usually add. The story is coming out awesome and I'm enjoying the re-exploring  of a world I'd first discovered almost a decade ago.

My biggest problem though is finding a title for both the book and the trilogy. The Hunters was a good title when it was just a short story, but now it's something else altogether. I was thinking of calling it The Hunters Trilogy or The Silver and Blood Trilogy, but neither of those gives me a boner. And as far as the book goes, I have absolutely no ideas. There's still time though.

I know a lot of authors come up with their titles in different ways, whether knowing them from the outline, notes, or it being the springboard to the story, to having it come to them during the writing process. I'm all of the above. I knew and know the titles of each book of The End of The Nonari series; i,e; the next book's called The Grand Rose, the last book will be The End of The Nonari; keep an eye out for them. For The Road to The Golden Griffin series, the first and third titles came to me during the writing process while the second came before the story even existed. Chew on that.

Same goes for Let Nature Decide, which had been called Compound for much of its early life and Children of The Forgotten, which had been called Coleman's War, and The Vatters of Klon, which had been called The Sunjack Book One and then The Renegades of Klon.

Well, it will come to me eventually.

I gotta get back to writing.

JJS

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