Rise of the Walker King – Chapter Four

Book II: Chapter Four – “Some Chapters Are Just Hard To Write”

{Missed the first three chapters? Start here – Chapter One]

In the first book of this series, I had a little difficulty writing some of the scenes. I am not the fan of violence that I may seem if you’ve read it, but I recognize that it is a feature in a lot of stories worth being told. When it comes, it can be helpful to have a description that brings a telling image to mind; violence should shock us all, even when it is something we feel is called for.

When I write, I’m mostly quiet. Sometimes tears stream down my face, and some of those times I am wearing a triumphant smile rather than a troubled frown. I’m still quiet in those moments, though. It’s only every once in a while that I’ll laugh or proclaim “Yeah! Hell yeah!” aloud, and I seldom think about what the neighbors might think when I do (I usually write outside, notebook on my knees on the porch). The chapters that make me a noisy writer are the ones like the one to follow. Every character in this series has a special place in my heart, and when they feel pain it strikes a chord within me that often finds me voicing it aloud. Continue reading “Rise of the Walker King – Chapter Four”

Enter to win a signed copy of “Rise of the Walker King”

I’m so excited to release the next book in the “Walking Between Worlds” series that I’ve decided to run a Goodreads Giveaway! You have until midnight, August 9th, to enter for a chance to win a signed copy of “Book II: Rise of the Walker King”. Haven’t read “Book I: Demons & Angels” yet? Well aren’t you lucky, the ebook version is on sale for just 99 cents at all of your favorite ebook retailers (but hurry, this sale ends SOON!).

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Walking Between Worlds; Book II by Jay Norry

Walking Between Worlds; Book II

by Jay Norry

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Rise of the Walker King – Chapter Three

Book II: Chapter Three – “Time Can Be Quite A Character”

[Missed the first two chapters? Start here – Chapter One]

My excitement continues to grow as the release date gets closer. The time it takes to create a book start to finish is considerable, and laced with challenges as much as it is punctuated by minor victories. As this countdown ticks away, it brings to mind another countdown that makes time itself a featured character in this book.

It is noted in passing that time moves at a different pace above and below than on Earth in the first book. It’s explanation enough for us to realize that Paul is able to experience a long string of seemingly time-consuming events at the end of the book that happen in the space of a couple minutes for Mason and Sarah. Continue reading “Rise of the Walker King – Chapter Three”

Rise of the Walker King – Chapter Two

Book II: Chapter Two – “The Way Things Change”

[Want to start at the beginning? Read Chapter One.]

Now that we’ve shared the first chapter, part of the tone for book two has been established. The perspective will be more of the Guide’s than the Walker’s as we move on, and a big part of what is going on with Kris is his continuing adjustment to his new life in death. He’s also riding a wave of love that has been a long time coming, and having a chance to swim in its depths rather than watch its beauty from afar. The first chapter brought us back to the sacred intimacy Kris and Jessica had discovered together at the end of the first book.

At first I wrote that introductory chapter with Kris waking up, like most folks do, and feeling the weight of Jessica’s head on his chest. The Guide and the story got my attention in the re-write, reminding me that sleeping and waking were different for him now. I thought it was funny; the only teaser we had released had been the opening sentence, and it disappeared right away when I edited. So it goes; it’s done now, and better than before. Continue reading “Rise of the Walker King – Chapter Two”

Rise of the Walker King – Chapter One

Book II: Chapter One – “You’ve Got to have a System”

Well, we liked the way we did this with the first book in this series so much we decided to make a pattern of it. When Sudden Insight Publishing released “Walking Between Worlds; Book I: Demons & Angels”, we posted a chapter every other week in the months leading up to the release date. That way, everyone was given opportunity to read the first four chapters, as well as a little behind-the-scenes commentary from yours truly.

It’s worth noting that the moment I finished writing the long-hand first draft of the first book, I put away the notebook I had been writing in and grabbed a fresh one to begin writing the sequel. Actually, that’s not entirely accurate. The moment I finished, I lifted my eyes to the heavens to give thanks. A gigantic white feather drifted slowly down from the sky, and I caught it easily in the air. Then I put away the full notebook, grabbed an empty one, and kept writing. Continue reading “Rise of the Walker King – Chapter One”

The Outline; Friend or Foe?

This is the first of a series of blog posts about writing and self-publishing that Jay has written for the Sudden Insight Publishing blog. Enjoy!

There was a brief online discussion the other day during which I was asked if I use an outline when I write. I couldn’t be my wordy self at the time, and gave a brief response. Then I got to thinking about it, and I realized it might have helped me to have a little insight into the outline phenomenon before I started writing books. Although I’m not some hugely accomplished writer, self-publishing two books and the better part of a third has seen some real changes in my process. Among them: meeting the outline.

My first book, “Stumbling Backasswards Into the Light”, was never intended to be a complicated story with lots of character development and plot twists. I saw the scenes play out and I wrote them down. It was like watching a movie that I could pause and rewind but not fast forward. I labored over that book way more than I needed to, but an outline would not really have helped much. The book ended up being just what I wanted it to be, a guide for those beginning to ask questions about the nature of life and an engaging reminisce for those who have been asking such questions for a long time. Continue reading “The Outline; Friend or Foe?”

2015 Author Cyber Convention news!

Mark your calendars, fans and friends! Jay will be one of 30+ authors participating in the 2015 Author Cyber Convention at Goodreads. This online convention takes place April 10th-12th at Goodreads.

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“What’s going on during this online convention?”, you ask?

  • Scavenger Hunt
  • Book Lottery (by genre)
  • Interviews and Q & A sessions from your favorite indie authors
  • Games (and prizes, of course)
  • Trivia
  • Blog Tours
  • and much, much more!

So make sure to join us during this fun weekend event! Win some great books, meet some new authors, and have a great time, all from the comfort of your phone/tablet/laptop! We look forward to seeing you at the cyber fairgrounds!

Time for change

Hi there, Jay fans & friends! It’s Dawn, poking my head into Jay’s blog yet again to tell you all about some changes to the blog. Don’t worry, it’s nothing bad…

Some of you are aware that Jay works a day job. This job is part of the reason we moved at the beginning of the year, and it’s definitely taking up more of Jay’s time now then it did in the past. He loves the work, so this is not a bad thing.

Many of you are aware that we bought our first home in December. If you’re a homeowner yourself, then you know that means we have loads of home projects to do now. If you know Jay at all, then you also know he’s coming up with all kinds of MacGyver-style projects that he has to start RIGHT NOW!!! No, not later, NOW!!

Most of you (all of you, I hope?) are also aware that Jay is working on Book II of “Walking Between Worlds”. If you’ve read Book I, then you’re eagerly awaiting this next installment to find out what happens after that evil cliffhanger Jay left you with (I know I am!). We want to get this book out into the world before next Christmas…possibly in the fall…and that is going to take some time. And then there is the huge (and I do mean *huge*) list of books that Jay has waiting in the pipeline he calls his brain, some of which I’m also hoping to get into your hot little hands this year.

All of these things contribute to less time to write a weekly blog, especially if you’re a #WordyMoFo like Jay. So, for the time being, we’ve made a decision to cut the blog back to a monthly post instead of a weekly one. And while this means less of his lengthy essays on spiritually charged words/subjects, it will mean more books in the future, and we all want that, right? Right.

So enjoy your weekend, and we’ll see you back here on February 20th for the next blog post!

P.S. If you’re still dying to read something from Jay this week, why not scroll through the archives? He’s written some really great stuff – my personal favorite is “The Optimist, The Pessimist, and The Realist”. Or, if you haven’t read “Walking Between Worlds; Book I: Demons & Angels” yet (what are you waiting for, read it already!!), we have a four chapter sample for you to check out here.

 

Manipulation, The Bible, and You

[This journal entry was originally written on October 27th, 1997. As always, Jay’s current thoughts on this entry are in the post script. Happy reading! ~ Dawn]

Most of us learn manipulation. Most of us are subject to it. Most of us are shown manipulation as a form of love. All too often manipulation is demonstrated in lieu of love. So to bring love into ourselves, into our lives, into our relationships, we must first discover love. Everyone has their individual definitions. We can only bring True Love into our lives if we stop forsaking its true meaning for what we have been shown. Continue reading “Manipulation, The Bible, and You”

The Sudden Insight ebook Library

Alright, it’s not really a library if there are only two books in it. We’re getting there, though… and considering that Sudden Insight Publishing only has one author to represent at this point, and that the company didn’t even exist a year ago… we’re getting there.

My first book, “Stumbling Backasswards Into The Light”, has been available in print version for a few years now. That’s been a definite step up from an electronic file that I print off and give to people I meet that might enjoy reading it. It has been taken to the next level in the last year due to the diligent work of my Awesome Girl, Dawn. Her efforts made Sudden Insight Publishing a reality, got my first book formatted and made available in ebook at all fine electronic retailers. [Awwww! ~ Dawn] Continue reading “The Sudden Insight ebook Library”