An Update (Or, What The Heck Is This Guy Up To?)

Hi all:

Just wanted to bring my readers up to speed on what’s been happening with my writing in the last month or so. Yeah, I know; it’s about time.

The third book in my Titan’s Legacy series is coming along well. I hope to have it out by late April or early May, depending on cover design, etc. Justin McLeod is facing some major problems now, along with Aaron and their friends and I’m excited to share this chapter with all of you.

I’m also working on the second book in the Angelic Wars series. As those of you who have read the first book know, this series is darker than the world my Titans live in. And it’s going to get darker still. Chris Wright is changing into something…else and the world is going to get a lot more dangerous as his journey goes on.

I’m also working on two more novels at this time. One is set in quite a different, post-apocalyptic world that actually gives me a bit of a shiver. The other is a sweeping saga peopled with legendary characters mixed in with classic monsters. I love this one as well.

That’s about it for now. I just wanted to let you know where I’ve been and what’s happening. Those of you who have signed up for  my email list will get a letter when new books become available. If you want to join, just click the link at the end of any of my books. I only send out an email when I do a new release.

Thanks again to all of you. Take care.

J.J.

 

Here I Go Again

Hey all:

I wonder if it would be beneficial for a writer to be a bit schizophrenic? Not that some of us aren’t, of course. But when I find myself working on three different books at once, it almost seems that there should be at least two of me. Ah well, perhaps not.

The Angelic Wars are really unfolding for me at the moment. Confronting the Fallen is being well received, happily, and my MC Christopher Wright is pushing me to tell the world about his next chapter in the fight against evil.

The third book in The Titan’s Legacy is humming along as well. Justin McLeod is just as impatient as Chris to tell his story. And I’m exploring a third book of adult fantasy that spans time from the very beginning until the present day that I’m very excited about as well.

Phew, that’s crazy stuff. But I’m loving it, honestly. And it’s thanks to you, the reader, that I’m hip-deep in my writing and I couldn’t be happier. Thanks to all of you. Talk soon.

J.J.

 

My new novel is now live!

Hey all:

Well, it’s been a while coming, but my newest novel, Confronting the Fallen, is now available at Amazon. It’s the first book in a new series called The Angelic Wars. I’ve actually been working on this one on and off for about three years.

The synopsis is basically as follows…a boy named Christopher Wright loses his parents when he’s barely eleven years old. He has no other family and so he takes off, deciding he’d rather live on the streets than with strangers. Now, at almost fourteen, Chris is an experienced street kid.

About a year ago, he stumbled upon an old homeless man who’s puppy had been killed in traffic. The man was devastated and Chris, trying to comfort him, patted the little dog. And, miraculously, the puppy was healed!

Word got out on the street and a gang of thugs called Talon decided that they wanted Chris to use his power for them. Chris had other ideas and, over the next few months, Talon became more and more insistent until finally they threatened Chris’ life and he had to run.

He met a stranger named Judge Ethan Hawkes, who offered Chris another option. He could continue to run, knowing that one day Talon would find him, or he could choose to join the judge, like other kids have who share Chris’ gift. To convince Chris to follow him, the judge told him two things: 1) that his parents were murdered and 2) that Chris may have within him the soul of an angel.

Chris was naturally skeptical and became even more so when Judge Hawkes told him that if he did choose to follow him, Chris would be taking part in a war between the angels on Earth and the Fallen, angels banished from Heaven who have become twisted and demonic.

Now he has a choice. Chris can walk away and, maybe he should, because if they lose the war to come and the Fallen win, then the world will face the end times: Armageddon.

I hope you check out the book. Here’s the link: Confronting the Fallen

Thanks for reading and have a great day!

J.J.

 

Update

Hey all;

Well, here we are…two days after Christmas, a day after Boxing Day. The madness is over for another year. Don’t misunderstand me; I love Christmas. But it’s the getting together with family and friends, the great food, the memories that I love. I am frankly sick of the rampant consumerism that has taken over what is one of my favorite days of the year. But it is what it is, I suppose.

However, I didn’t post to rant about Christmas. I just wanted to let you know that my first book in my new series is almost set to be released. I’m just putting the finishing touches on it. The cover has been chosen and is being produced. But I want it to be right so I’m running a bit late with my release date…again. I am sorry about that, but better late and good than rushed and bad, in my opinion. I hope that you are really entertained by this one, as I hope you are with each of my novels.

By the way, the third book in the Titan’s Legacy series is also nearing the finish line. I expect to have it out by the end of January, the writing gods willing.

I hope that you are having a terrific holiday and that your Christmas was everything you wanted it to be. Take care and we’ll talk soon.

J.J.

 

Just Catching Up

Hi all;

Sorry I haven’t blogged for a while. Life continues and I thought I’d drop in a note just to catch up.

First of all, I’m working hard to get my next book out by Christmas. It’s the first book in a new YA series and I’m quite excited by the premise. I’ve actually had the first few chapters sitting on my hard drive for a long time, but I got back into it and rekindled my passion for the story and the characters. So there’s that. Also, the third book in the Titan’s Legacy series will be out in January, mid-month (ish). It’s also going quite well and Justin McLeod and company are going to be quite busy in this one, I promise you.

I’ve also been laid up for three bloody days by a miserable cold that just won’t go away. There’s not much worse than being at the mercy of a dry-hacking, nose-blowing, body-aching cold, especially when you’re trying to make a deadline. Stupid viruses.

So that’s about it for now. I’m working on a cover design for the next book, and the one after that, and that’s a bit crazy too. But it’s a good crazy, so that’s okay. Thanks for reading and sticking with me. I’ll try to write again soon. Oh, and I’m still in the thinking stages of a video, but I’ll get to it when I can, if I find the nerve! Take care.

J.J.

 

Success Breeds Manic Behavior…Sort Of

Hey all;

Just wanted to do an update post of sorts, mainly because I’m torn several different ways in my writing at the moment. You see, my first two novels have done quite well and the feedback has been lovely, so naturally I want to keep up the pace so that my readers are happy. That’s important to me and should be important to any published author. Yes, I know…writers write for themselves first, because if you aren’t happy with what you are writing, then why are you writing in the first place?

But I want those who read my books to enjoy the experience. Whether people get frustrated by the events in a book or not, if they are enjoying the journey then they will carry on, trusting the author to lead them safely home. So naturally I want to get the third book of my series out and in the hands (or e readers) of my readers in a timely manner. And there’s the rub.

You see, along with the Titan’s Legacy series I have, over the past several years, been fleshing out the stories in two other series; one is YA fantasy and another is more in the horror/fantasy genre. Both are loads of fun to write, both will, I hope, please readers and both are now poking their noses into my current series by taking time away from writing that and putting more time into writing them. And this is because I want to please my readers by presenting them with some stories that I think they will quite enjoy. And it’s frustrating.

Let me clarify that it isn’t the readers who are causing my frustration. Rather, it’s my ridiculous need to please people, which I personally don’t think is a bad thing, which makes me want to finish all three books ASAP. Well, good luck with that! There are only so many hours in the day and I (believe it or not) actually have a life as well. So I’m torn really. I’m determined to get the third book in the Titan’s Legacy series out either just before or just after Christmas. But I’m equally firm on my plan to get the first of one of my other series out in that same time frame as well. Oh man. So that’s why the title of this post is what it is. I want my readers to be happy and it makes me happy to make them happy (does that even make sense?) and so I’m going fast and furious trying to get things sorted out and done.

I will admit that I love a challenge and this whole situation has been challenging to say the least. So there’s that. And as the Canadian winter sets in, I tend to hibernate and write even more because I don’t do any winter sports. (I watch hockey but that hardly counts.)

Anyway, this has rambled a bit but I wanted to keep you all in the loop and also vent a bit so there it is. Hope everyone is well and I’ll post again soon.

J.J.