Why I Love To Write #014 – Publishing Goals

Goals are important for just about anyone who wants to get something difficult done. It’s important to have a timeline, preferably one that both challenges you and gives you a little wiggle room if you stay on track. I learned this the way I have learned many of my lessons. Alas, the hard way is often my way. It doesn’t have to be for you, though; let me tell you what I wish I had known about eighteen months ago. Continue reading “Why I Love To Write #014 – Publishing Goals”

Walking In A Winter Wonderland Giveaway

The Walking In A Winter Wonderland Giveaway starts today! One lucky newsletter subscriber will win a Kindle Fire 7″ and my entire ebook catalog! Second prize is a signed paperback set of the complete Walking Between Worlds trilogy. And everyone gets a copy of “The Walker’s Way” for free, just for signing up!

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The nitty gritty: Giveaway runs until December 26th. Winners will be chosen from the subscriber list using Random.org. All winners will be notified via email on December 27th.

If it were up to you to save the world…

…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?

WBWSale

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

Walking Between Worlds Sale!

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To celebrate the release of the final Walking Between Worlds book (yes, Fall of the Walker King arrives this Tuesday!), Sudden Insight Publishing has put the first two books on sale! Get the ebook version of Demons & Angels for just 99 cents, or Rise of the Walker King for $1.99!

Hurry, this sale ends December 3rd!

“Demons & Angels” gets the 5 star treatment from UBR

I’m incredibly pleased to share the news – Underground Book Reviews published a glowing review of “Demons & Angels” today, and they’ve given it 5 stars! Reviewer Anita Lock says, “Unique in its design and overall storyline, Norry’s book is a refreshing read that I highly recommend for those who are looking for an attention-grabbing twist about the paranormal and all things religiously spiritual.”

I couldn’t be more pleased.

Read the full review here – Underground Book Reviews

P.S. Attention, Kindle Unlimited and Amazon Prime members! You can now read “Demons & Angels” for free as part of your subscription! Enjoy the first book of this exciting philosophical fantasy series now, and get ready for the exciting conclusion – Book III: Fall of the Walker King (coming December 1st, 2015).

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Drumroll please . . .

I’m writing this to announce the release of my new book, “Walking Between Worlds; Book II: Rise of the Walker King”. It is available in print and ebook format as of today, August 4th. Hooray!

That’s not all I want to write about today, however; any more than you should read this book without reading the first one. This book is part of a trilogy, and an important aspect of writing a trilogy to me is completing it in a timely fashion. At first that meant a book a year, giving us time to live a balanced life in our first few years running a publishing company.

Then we looked at our schedule and decided to just put everything off except this trilogy. So now, the second book is available four months earlier than we had originally planned. Hooray! I’m somewhere between a third and halfway done writing “Walking Between Worlds; Book III: Fall of the Walker King”, and we plan to release it December 1st of this year. Hooray! Dawn and I have both found our grooves with writing and editing and publishing, and it’s exciting to watch the machine work so smoothly. Hooray! Again!

On the other hand, my shop still looks pretty much exactly the same as it did when we moved in eight months ago. The garden only got partially built, and only survived thanks to Dawn and drip tubing. Unfortunately, the weeds are as healthy as the tomatoes and squash and onions. I did throw up a little bamboo tiki hut, but it looks like the castaways got rescued before night fell and abandoned it.

None of that matters, though, and here’s why: this trilogy will be done by the end of the year. Hooray! The whole story will be available in ebook and print, and neither you nor I will have to wait for anything. Well . . . there will be more books, and we do have to wait for them, but . . . well, you know what I mean.

While you are waiting, between now and the end of the year, there will be another opportunity for us to “Walk Between Worlds” briefly together. Sudden Insight Publishing is putting together an anthology set to release in the next couple of months. The theme is short stories that relate to a book or series currently in print; it’s a way to expose readers to more authors, and to give an extra peek into the written worlds we know and love.

The profits from this anthology will go to the SPCA, as thanks for bringing us an angel and to help them continue dispensing love and life and compassion.

My contribution to the anthology will be a prequel, a look at the events that led to everything that happens in this story. There are no spoilers in it, although it is meant to be read in time with it’s release between Book I and Book II. If you’re not sure about diving into this trilogy, this is a good way to get a sample of what it will be like while meeting some other great authors.

Anyone reading this (or anyone, really) is in one of two categories here: either you have read the first book or you haven’t. For those of you who haven’t, you may skip the next paragraph. For those of you who have, read on:

In Book I, Paul is given a key that opens the door to a whole new world and a strange new life. The fellow that gives him the key is more mystery than man, and as we learn more about him the mystery deepens. Why are his clothes damaged and burnt when he changes Paul? Why does he apologize for the way Paul was turned? Why does he refuse to continue as a Walker, when the Walker world needs someone like him more than ever? These questions and more get answered in the short story I am contributing to the anthology.

Welcome back, those of you who have not read Book I. If you have been waiting for the perfect opportunity, and you like ebooks, the first installment of this trilogy is on sale in ebook format for only ninety-nine cents for a limited time. If you have read Book I, you have my sincere gratitude. It has been a special honor to see this story touch people’s lives, and to feel uplifted by comments and reviews and appreciation as I was touched back. Writing has always been a big part of who I am; sharing has opened me up and filled me up in ways I never could have foreseen. Whatever parts of this journey you have shared with me, I thank you for . . . it is a sacred privilege to write for you.

Is the drum roll still going? Let’s end it with a resounding cymbal crash. Thanks for reading, and please buy my new release. As always, orders made through www.JayNorry.com can request a custom dedication and/or a signed copy at no extra charge. If you want to help even more, please post a review on Amazon or Goodreads. The journey continues, and I’m glad you’re here with me.

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

Giveaway ends August 09, 2015.

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The Devil, The Dog and The Anthology, Part 2 of 2; Moving at the Speed of Love

[If you’d like to start with Part 1, click here – Part 1: I am not a Dog Person]

I may have mentioned it before, but I’m not a dog person. One of the beings I care for the most in this world was the topic of part one of this post, and the fact that he is of canine persuasion has not escaped my attention. That does not make me a dog person; I just love my buddy very much, and that’s what he happens to be.

So there I was, on the website for the local SPCA looking for a buddy for my buddy. I knew what I had in mind, and that the final decision was not mine, and I fully expected the search to be a long one. I am rarely won over easily. I had not yet considered that the Universe had coaxed my thought in this direction, or that it might have a particular rescue already in mind. Continue reading “The Devil, The Dog and The Anthology, Part 2 of 2; Moving at the Speed of Love”

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”