Today we host this guest post by author Ben Jackson. Much like Ben, I jumped into writing The Lost King without a plan.
Without a Plan, The Story Behind The Before by Ben Jackson.
People often ask me why and how I got started writing. It isn’t an easy question to answer, but I think that I should have been writing well before I started. I have always enjoyed reading from a very young age and can easily devour big books in a short amount of time.
The Before is my first book, but one of the last ones that I have published. I also have only just started promoting it. I started writing it one day without any plan or outline and just kept writing and writing. Ultimately, I lost my only copy of the book when my hard drive died (always back up!), but managed to get an earlier manuscript back out of an email account. This sort of put a bit of a downer on the book, so I put it aside ninety percent finished. Eventually, I came back and finished it, but it has been a long process.
The Before is set in a post-apocalyptic world. A virus has swept through the planet and left a small percentage of people living, just. There aren’t any zombies! This is just a plain old man vs. man, with groups of people having to band together to survive. The characters need to use everything they have at their disposal to survive, with technology taking a big leap backward.
The group is focused on a small family unit living together with a larger group. I always said that I couldn’t write romance, but I managed to slip in a little bit of romance and drama amongst the action!
If this sounds like something you’d like to read, then check it out on Amazon! If you want to get in touch, you can connect with me on Facebook or Goodreads.
I recently learned something new. Apparently it’s standard procedure to publish a new book on a Tuesday.
Perhaps that’s because there’s not much else competing for readers’ attention on Tuesdays. It’s not the start of the week, it’s not the end of the week. It’s not Hump Day. It’ usually not Pay Day and holidays rarely fall on Tuesday. However, no one seems to know definitively why books are published on Tuesdays.
My previous books got launched to coincide with the book signings typically held during the Port Aransas Art Center’s First Friday events. But who am I to thumb my nose at tradition? Therefore, the ebook release of The Zen Detective is slated for Jan. 10, 2017, a Tuesday. You’ll be able to get a copy of this five-star mystery in formats suitable for Nook, Kobo, Kindle, and other e-readers, as well as in PDF and text formats.
It’s available as a print book too, should that be your preference.
You’re probably well into 2017 by now and while I wasn’t quite done with 2016, I’m finally accepting the Turn of the Clock.
But I can’t complain. This year is off to a great start. Both Detour and The Zen Detective have gotten five-star reviews.
I was featured on Paul Anthony’s blog.
And, I was the guest of the First Wednesday Book Club to talk about The Lost King and all things writing. What a fabulous turn-out. My wonderful hosts let me chew their ears for three hours. It’s a good thing that several club members brought cookies to keep our strength up.
Tomorrow, I get to sign copies of The Zen Detective during the Port Aransas Art Center’s First Friday reception. Later this month, I’ll be the Mystery Books Club guest as they discuss Detour, and I’ve been invited to read as part of the Port Aransas JELM Center’s annual Author Night.
I really enjoy these “public” appearances. It gives me a chance to chat with readers. As I explained to the First Wednesday Book Club members, we writers tend to work in isolation. We don’t get much feedback unless someone takes the time to post a review on amazon or Goodreads (hint hint). I learned a lot from the book club discussion.
If your book club would like to discuss one of my books, let me know and I’ll try to arrange a discount for your book club members.
What are you looking forward to this year?
“Suspense and mystery around every corner.”
That’s how a reviewer described my latest release, The Zen Detective.
A police procedural with a twist, The Zen Detective is a mystery/mysticism mash-up.
On the road to Zen enlightenment, homicide detective Will Mansion takes a seductive detour down the path to perdition.
When a bust goes terribly wrong, Paradise City detective Will Mansion nearly dies while saving his partner. On leave, Will seeks relief from post-traumatic stress disorder through Zen meditation and abstinence. He responds to the plea of the cryptic Sister Clyde to find a man missing from her soup kitchen, a man who may provide a lead to the vicious drug dealer who nearly killed Will. The search seduces Will away from the healing he seeks and he finds himself on the smarmy Miracle Mile. Alcohol, sex, and the potent drug “Nearvana” numb Will’s pain better than his infant Zen practice. He slips further and further into an underworld of the lost and hopeless only to find himself facing death—again.
It took 20 years to bring this story to you. Its publication comes hard on the heels of my recent thriller, Detour, which I also started writing decades ago. Both books feature a protagonist who strays from his intended path, with surprising and dire consequences. Since I worked on The Zen Detective and Detour at about the same time, I have to wonder what was going on in my life.
Join Brain to Books and #GoIndieNow for the three day book bash and Holiday Giveaway.
Day #1 – 16 December 2016
Slush Brain Holiday
Embrace the Debauchery on 16 December 2016
Two years ago, the zaniest, weirdest group of eccentrics collided in a drunken stupor. Brought together by the love of zombies, fleas, and drinking, these authors found sanctuary within their insanity. Today, we celebrate this imbroglio! We’re giving away stuff all in the name of…we really don’t know why we’re doing it. If you love Science Fiction, Fantasy, all things nerdy, and well…booze, join us for this one day on board the HMS Slush Brain!
Day #2 – 17 December 2016
Brain to Books Cyber Sampler
Every year Brain to Books hosts a Holiday Book Giveaway. This year, our giveaway is a CyCon Sampler. Get a sneak preview of the Brain to Books Cyber Convention. While you’re here, we have a $100.00 Amazon gift card to hand out to someone along with a list of books we’re giving away!
I’ll be taking over Facebook starting at 10:30 Central Time but it won’t be any fun without you. Join Here
Day #3 – 18 December 2016
Ani Manjikian Stars of Heros Release
Ani Manjikian is preparing to release the 2nd book in her series “Stars of Heros” (Heros as in Thracian Heros from Greek mythology) is a Science Fiction novel. Join us for Science Fiction fun and Mythological related books! Prizes, games, giveaways, and so much more!
- What: $100.00 Amazon Gift Card Newsletter Sign-Up Giveaway awarded to one random winner
- When: Now until 8:00 PM EST 18 December 2016
- Enter: Enter for a chance to win
- What: 40+ book giveaway…40 books will be divided among three winners.
- When: Now until 8:00 PM EST 18 December 2016
- Enter: Enter for a chance to win here
Authors can donate their books to the giveaway here
You, my friends, got Detour nominated for The 50 Best Indie Books of 2016. It’s now one of 10 in the Mystery/Thriller genre, ready for you to vote it #1. Last year, you named The Redoubt as #35 out of 50. I have a lot of affection for Detour and would love to see it honored with a win. Plus, you become eligible for a $50 amazon gift card just for voting. You could spend that $50 at the Holiday Book Sale or the BOGO sale and make it go really far. Click here and vote for Detour by Devorah Fox in the Mystery/Thriller genre. And thank you!
I have almost too much good news to squeeze into one blog post.
First, since I’m participating in several holiday book promotions, you get to save and save big.
- Check out the Holiday Book Sale. You’ll find oodles of great reads at bargain prices, including #FREE! You’ll find The Redoubt at half price.
- You can also score big at the book BOGO sale. Buy one book, get one #free. It’s an ideal opportunity for you to complete your King Bewilliam collection or introduce a friend to books that you enjoy. Buy one ebook, get one free! Message me proof of purchase, your email address and which ebook title you want. I will email you a coupon to get that book for free in your choice of ebook formats including MOBI for Kindle.
If you’ve read all the King Bewilliam books, you’re invited to try one of my other titles.
There’s a bevy of BOGO authors who are offering the same deal so scoop up scads of great reads for yourself or as gifts.
Next, I wrote enough words on my next novel to reach the National Novel Writing Month 2016 goal of 50,000 words in the month of November. The Blood Avenger is a police procedural murder mystery with a metaphysical twist. It’s slated for a late 2017 release.
And last, but not least, you, my friends, got Detour nominated for The 50 Best Indie Books of 2016. It’s now one of 10 in the Mystery/Thriller genre, ready for you to vote it #1. Last year, you named The Redoubt as #35 out of 50. I have a lot of affection for Detour and would love to see it honored with a win. Plus, you become eligible for a $50 amazon gift card just for voting. You could spend that $50 at the Holiday Book Sale or the BOGO sale and make it go really far. Click here and vote for Detour. And thank you!
Oh sure, in the next few weeks EVERYONE will have an idea about what you should buy for holiday gifts. But check out this FANTASTIC Fantasy and Science Fiction e-book sale. All kinds of fine books at a range of prices, from free to discounted, to prelaunch specials.
Many of my favorites are included. Take advantage of the sale; I’m sure they’ll become your favorites too.
Even “The Redoubt” is on sale and I don’t do that very often. You can get a Kindle edition or other e-book edition for half price.
(These book bargains are so good, you can afford to treat yourself as well as those on your gift list.)
Since Detour’s Nov. 4, 2016 launch, readers and reviewers are weighing in with their opinion of this historical thriller. They like it! A lot!
Check out Susan‘s review on her blog and Rose’s review on Goodreads. Both women are bibliophiles so it means a lot to me that they awarded the book five stars.
- Susan Loves Books:
- Rose Collins’s Reviews: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1806614394
Have you read Detour yet? No? Well, get reading because I have new books slated for 2017 releases.
And be sure to nominate Detour for 50 Best Indie Books 2016. Nominations close Friday, Nov. 18.