Chapter One: Sorry, William…

Well, here we are in those exciting final weeks before a new book release. That means it’s time for a sneak peek. As each book in the Walking Between Worlds trilogy has been released, we have shared the first four chapters in the weeks preceding. I’ve also written a brief introduction to each chapter, sharing details about writing or publishing or other relevant goings-on. I like that practice, and plan to stick with it. However, it’s probably best to warn you: if you haven’t read books one and two, this is not the best place to start. The first four chapters of Book I: Demons & Angels are available to read for free here. You’ve got time to download the ebooks or order the print version if you like it, and you can be ready for Book III: Fall of the Walker King when it releases on December 1st. Subscribe to my newsletter for the companion short story to Book I – subscribers receive this for free!

If you have read books one and two, thank you! I hope you find yourself as spellbound reading the final installment as I did writing it. We begin this book from William’s perspective, the old Walker introduced in the second book. There was more than one painfully challenging situation for him in Book II: Rise of the Walker King, and it’s nice to think that maybe things will get a little easier for him as time goes on. I even had that thought for a while when I was writing the second book; I liked William a lot, and had it been up to me things would have surely smoothed out for the solemn immortal. Unfortunately it’s not up to me, and William begins this book wedged firmly between a rock and a hard place.

This was a tough story to write, through all three books. I knew that some of my beloved characters were going to experience horrors that I would have to describe, and that more than a few lives would be lost. Yet the story needed to be told, and it had decided I was the one to tell it, so I got off my ass and got to work (metaphorically, of course. This all happened without me actually having to go to the trouble of standing up).

So I’ll leave you now with William, with his dilemma and his worried thoughts. If it helps, remember that I really do feel for the guy . . . sorry, William.

Check back next week for “Chapter Two: Cal and Sarah pay Roche a visit”. If that’s not enough, every Wednesday is #1lineWed. Some very clever romance authors came up with the concept, and it soon caught fire in the writing world. Each week they choose a theme, most of them as clever as the concept itself, and authors from every genre submit a relevant line from their work in progress.

Like I said, I think it’s a great idea. I try to find something every week, and these are the last few submissions that will come from this book. There won’t be any spoilers or anything, just brief peeks into what I think are my better turns of phrase. You can find these on Twitter or Facebook every Wednesday, faithfully posted by my “Awesome Girl”. And don’t forget: if you haven’t already, sign up for my newsletter and you’ll receive the companion short story to Book I: Demons & Angels for free! It is called The Way of the Walker, and will also be included in the upcoming Sudden Insight Publishing charity anthology.

Thanks for reading!
Continue reading “Chapter One: Sorry, William…”

Walking Between Worlds – Book III Update

If you’ve been waiting for the last “Walking Between Worlds” book to come out before starting the series, then consider this your official warning. You have two months left to read “Demons & Angels” and “Rise of the Walker King” before “Fall of the Walker King” is released on December 1st.

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Don’t forget, Kindle Unlimited and Amazon Prime subscribers can read “Demons & Angels” and “Rise of the Walker King” for FREE!

“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”

Rise of the Walker King – Cover Reveal

Today marks two weeks until “Walking Between Worlds; Book II: Rise of the Walker King” is released! To whet your appetite, I thought I’d give you a look at the cover. This was designed by Dawn/Dear23, and takes us back up to Twin Peaks, to see Sutro Tower and the city below in flames.

Rise of the Walker King cover

I’ll be continuing the chapter reveals this Friday with Chapter Three of “Rise of the Walker King” (you can read the first two chapters here). While you can certainly read this book on it’s own, it’s going to be a much better experience if you read “Walking Between Worlds; Book I: Demons & Angels” first. Don’t have a copy of “Book I: Demons & Angels” yet? You can purchase the ebook during the Sudden Insight Summer Sale for just 99 cents, but time is running out! Available at all of your favorite ebook retailers – get your copy now!

 

 

 

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”