I love writing blog posts. Last year, I wrote a bunch of blog posts designed to help the writer who was just getting started or was still struggling with those first few books. It was called Why I Love to Write, and the posts are still all available to read by following the link denoted by the blue text up there. This year, I am writing about the things that make me wonder why people as a whole do the things we do. The series is called Thoughts That Hurt to Think, and I hope you have been keeping up with those posts. If not…once again, follow that blue link for more.
Right now, however, I want to talk about what you want. Continue reading “Because what you want matters to me…”
For me, thoughts that hurt to think are still fun to write about. That’s the theme for my blog this year, and I sort of hope the reason you’re stopping by is because you have been enjoying them so much. A lot of the knowledge that we all live with can be a little mind-bending, but that doesn’t mean critical thinking should be tossed out just to keep it straight.
I don’t just blog, though; I write books, too. My favorite question of all time, since I first learned what a question was, has always been ‘what if…?’ Those two words can start off infinite endings, with even more questions arising from each answer. Sometimes these thought experiments can teach us things in a way that talking about the real world can’t, and sometimes it takes a while to spell them out properly. Books have always meant a great deal to me; now that I write them, they mean even more. I’ve been known to go on and on about where my ideas come from and how I view my characters, but that’s not what we’re here for.
Today I want to talk about the book I have just completed. Continue reading “When the last thing you want to be is you…”
You might come here every week to have fun thinking thoughts that hurt to think with me. If you do, I appreciate it. Blogging has been more enjoyable for me than I thought possible, and this series has taken that to a new level. Last year I wrote a series of blogs called Why I Love to Write, and if you read those posts you already know what I’m about to tell you.
I don’t just write blogs; I also write books. The books called to me first, and I honestly only started writing a blog to gain more visibility for my books. After awhile I realized that I can do different things with each outlet, and that blogging had become almost as rewarding to me as writing books.
Almost. Continue reading “Limited Edition Release!”
I thought this would be a fun idea, but I didn’t want to ruin it for anyone by explaining too much too soon. When I started writing this story, folks from the world we live in started showing up. They were all heroes of mine, people that have deep thoughts and admirable work ethics. It only made sense that these folks that were working so hard in our world would be working just as hard in another world that was so much like it. I messaged a lot of people in our world to ask if I could mention them in my story about a reality much like our own.
I told these people, the ones I could get ahold of, that I wanted them in my book. Most of the mentions are first names, that might not be paired up with their last names until the next book. I wanted to get permission before I put the books in motion, though; I’m going to list them in order of appearance in the book, if you want to watch for them. Most are in the italicized first paragraph of a chapter, as are some character names, but not all of them. There will be more of nearly all of them in the next book. Continue reading “Zombie Zero – Meet The Characters”
It’s time for another indie book review!. Read on and find out what Jay thought of The Wizard Killer, the latest book from Adam Dreece.
The Wizard Killer grabs you right away, and drags you from one scene to the next with wonderful ferocity. Adam Dreece had stepped smoothly from one style to another with this book, while continuing to build the layers of his ravaged steampunk world. This first-person moment-to-moment tale puts the reader right in the driver’s seat immediately; there is no time to pause, or go back, or set it down. The story is busy rushing forward, and one can’t help but rush forward right along with it.
Continue reading “Indie Book Review – The Wizard Killer by Adam Dreece”
Things got pretty busy around here in March. The funny thing is, much of us being busy was all about getting ready for an even busier month in April. Oh, and look at that…here it is already! Happy April! I don’t think I could be much more excited about what is coming up.
Today I released the second of eighteen short stories to my newsletter subscribers, supporting content for my upcoming novel Zombie Zero: The First Zombie. Hop on over and subscribe if you want, if you’re not already: the only way to get all eighteen short stories is to sign up. I would tell you all about the benefits of being a member of The Secret Society of Deeper Meaning but…well, it’s kind of a secret. If you are already getting my weekly messages, hopefully you aren’t having any trouble decoding them; and thank you for stopping by here as well.
Continue reading “#TodayIAmAWriter – A Busy Month”
I have written books and product reviews in my head as far back as I can remember. Now that the books are finally getting out there, it only stands to reason that the reviews should follow. It has only been in the last couple years that I have realized how important reviews are, and how much they can mean to an artist or creator. I always thought that any comments I left would disappear into a black hole where no one would read them, and the creator would never know of them. I had no idea that a customer review can make an artist’s day, or encourage others to follow their work; and honestly, I thought customer reviews and testimonials were always fake. Continue reading “Reblog: The Story Behind the Stories #003 – Reviews”
Ever wonder what Jay reads when he’s not writing? Well, now you can find out. Read the first of many book reviews to come, today on the Sudden Insight Publishing blog.
Indie Book Reviews – Kind of Like Life by Christina McMullen
I am proud to announce that Sudden Insight Publishing is releasing the final book in my latest trilogy today. All three books are available in both print and ebook format, and the companion tale is available for free to anyone who signs up for my newsletter. The first few chapters to all of my books are available for free as well, another way to get a sample of my style and the story.
Thanks to everyone reading, the books and the blog and anything else I might churn out. It means a lot to have you with me on this journey, in whatever form you choose to come along. Look forward to more content next year, as Sudden Insight expands its reach into audiobooks and author interviews and…possibly a podcast? We’ll see, as the next year looms pregnant with possibilities.
Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org to let me know what you think of the books or the blog, or with nominations for which characters you think should appear in upcoming Walking Between Worlds companion tales. Happy holidays, and thanks for reading!
You still have time to get in on the Walking Between Worlds sale! Get Demons & Angels for 99 cents, or Rise of the Walker King for $1.99! Hurry, sale ends December 3rd.
…could you? Would you? These questions are tossed from one uncertain set of hands to the next like searing hot potatoes in the Walking Between Worlds trilogy. As the world is introduced to a noble army of immortals that use their powers to battle the demons of humanity, the newest among them must rise to power and raise the questions no one has ever asked: Where do all the demons go? What is their purpose? What is ours?
Yesterday Paul Stone was a human, an ordinary man defined by his circle of friends and his one true love. Today he has lost it all, and must rebuild his life on a foundation of shifting sands. Tomorrow he may have to lose everything once more to save us all. With the ability to heal any wound but his broken heart, Paul must muster all his resources to prevent reality from collapsing in on itself before he does.
Kris Reed was an accomplished best friend in life; in death, it has become his job. The long cold afterlife is a comfortable sanctuary for his sensitive soul, and everything he ever wanted is finally within reach. Can he befriend a three hundred year veteran of the Walker army, or the surly new Walker who must do everything differently? Can he survive the trials of love as gracefully as he bore the trials of death? After all of the evil that everyone has seen, the questions become even more poignant: If it were up to you to save the world, could you? Would you?
Fall of the Walker King (Walking Between Worlds, Book III) comes out tomorrow! Haven’t started the series yet? Don’t forget, Books I & II are on sale until December 3rd – get your copies now!
Demons & Angels for 99 cents
Rise of the Walker King for $1.99