The People behind the “Shadow,” A Gift For You, and A Giveaway!

Hey, Fans!

Only a few more days until our official release of Immortal Light Book II, Into Shadow!!! Are you excited yet? I am. I know it’s been a long wait, and I apologize, but I wanted to get it just right.

I want to tell you a little bit  about the process this book has gone through and the wonderful people who have helped me through it, and I also want to give you all a gift.

My Gift To You

First, the gift. I wanted to get everyone excited about Into Shadow, so I created a 16×9 desktop wallpaper for you to download and put on all your screens. There are two ways too get it: You can click the picture below and save it to your computer or click the Dropbox download link below the picture.

Image CLICK HERE to Download

Down at the bottom of this post you will see a Facebook giveaway task related to the wallpaper, but you have to read about the four hardest workers on my team first.

The People Who Lighten the Shadow

As you can imagine, writing is a difficult task, but editing, well, that’s where the real work takes place. I have a powerful team of editors who have helped me out along the way. I honestly couldn’t have done any of this without them. They check my books for continuity, mechanics, formatting, and overall quality. They fix all of the problems I build into my stories, and for that, I will forever be indebted to all of them.

First is Sarah, my wonderful wife. Sarah has a Masters Degree in education and a doctorate in putting up with me. She reads my books more than I do before they’re published, and she is a master at locating incongruencies in the plot, formatting, dependent clauses, and making sure the story doesn’t just plain suck. Sarah is my first line of defense against my next editor.

After the book passes Sarah’s initial approval, I send it to Patti, my mother. This is another woman with a Masters Degree in education and an advanced degree in tolerating horrific writing (she teaches high school). Patti takes the book and does a few unique things with it. First, she reads it like a reader, not like an editor. She lets me know up front if it’s a good read and what I need to change to make it better. Then she takes her red pen to it. Some pages look like a homicide of literature, so much red, but it takes the book up that next level. Without Patti, my books wouldn’t get past the rough draft.

Then there’s Wendy. Wendy is new to the team with IL: Into Shadow. Wendy takes my polished draft and spit shines it. She has a unique eye for detail. All those things that my brain adjusts while reading–things like backward apostrophes and hanging sentence fragments–she finds them. Wendy is my secret weapon, my Search and Destroy team, my clean up hitter, my … okay, you get the idea. She’s awesome and takes a huge load off of the rest of us.

Then there’s Patrick. This Dude is my sidekick. Like me, he’s an author who wants to get better at the craft. He reads my work and I value his input. In fact, you can all blame him for the delayed release. He suggested some rewriting that I just couldn’t ignore. Patrick is the guy who keeps me grounded yet keeps me going when I want to give up.

As you can see, I have a lot of people for whom to be grateful. In the end, If there are errors in the book, they are not because of these fine people who have done so much for me and humble me with their love, loyalty, and friendship. Team Immortal Light Rules!

Giveaway Contest.

Here’s my second giveaway for IL:Into Shadow. Are you ready?

All you have to do is load my wallpaper (the one way up at the top of this post) onto your computer, tablet, eReader, smartphone, or whatever; take a picture or screen shot of it (preferably with you in it); and then post it to my Facebook Page. That’s it. You do that, and You’re entered into a drawing for a signed paperback edition of the novel.Pretty sweet, eh?

So there you have it. Only a few days to go. Let’s get ready to read, everybody!

You guys are awesome! Stay gold and share your Light!

-John

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