Into Shadow For Sale!!!

ILIS CoverebookIt’s finally here!!!

The second installment of the Immortal Light Series is finally for sale in eBook formats from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Google Play Store. (Google Play and Apple iBook coming soon).

Unfortunately, the print paperback version will not be for sale until Tuesday, Dec. 11, 201 (Wednesday at the latest).

To purchase, click on the links below:

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The paperback version will also be available from these merchants by Tuesday!

As for the giveaways, I’ll be extending the wallpaper giveaway through December 31st so download the wallpaper and post a picture or screenshot of it! Let’s get a free book! Here’s the wallpaper again for your convenience:

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Thanks so much for you continued support and

GOOD NEWS/BAD NEWS

Hey, Everybody!!!

I have emerged from the Den of Editing to bring you the latest and the greatest for book 2 of the Immortal Light series, and I have some good news and … some bad news. It’s hard for me to say this, so I’m just going to break it to you straight out:

I’m sorry, but I have to move the release date of book 2 to December 9th, 2013.

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Whew! There, I said it. Now let me explain.

The editing process of Into Shadow has been tedious, to say the least. Because of the sheer volume of pages, it has taken me and my editors twice as long as book 1 to get through the whole thing to my satisfaction. As it stands, we’re still ALMOST done, so please bear with me.

As a consolation and for the good news of this entry … no, the GREAT NEWS!!!! I finally have a book cover.

This has been a stressful process. I’ve had beautiful and wonderful models sit for me in the photo studio. I’ve had the talented Scott Rainey working to flesh out his ideas in graphic design, and in the end, Scott suggested I simply use my talents as a photographer to create a cover.

So, here it is, the cover of Immortal Light: Into Shadow.  I have to credit the beautiful Kayla L. for offering her perfect rendering of Kat. Absolutely Perfect!I hope this piques all of your interests.

Please forgive my silence over the past few months. You guys are awesome!

Hang in there; the book is coming!

-John

Graphic Designs on the Horizon

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I have some EXCITING news! As I wind up the writing process on Book II, I’ve decided to look into re-releasing Book I (a second edition already!?) along with Book II. There are a few reasons for this, but the main reason is that I’m working on a partnership with graphic

designer Scott Raney (www.scottraney.com). He’s a talented designer and I’ve asked him to design a theme for the entire trilogy so that there can be some continuity with the look and feel of the books. I’ve left it almost entirely up to him to come up with a design. He’s going to read IL: Wide Awake and then, if he’s up for it, we should have some pretty awesome design work for the trilogy. Please, go check out his work and if you have an interesting project you need designed, shoot him an email.

Again, I’m SUPER EXCITED for this development in the book creation process. Stay up to date by subscribing to the blog or you can always follow me on Facebook by clicking over there to the right.

Update…WHOA!!! Has it really been that long!?

Well, it has really been a long time since I’ve updated this thing. I should hire an assistant to do this for me, but that would cost money and as we all know, teacher/writer/musician/photographer really just means I’m a renaissance man of the lowest paying jobs in the world. So, yeah, quarterly updates it is.

As I finish up the school year and the book, I’ve been looking for inspiration and motivation and a way to de-stress. What that boils down to is that I’ve been watching so much Star Trek that Sarah actually requested no Sci-Fi for our movie night last week. Star Trek–as odd as it sounds–is sort of my go-to catharsis. In the the past three weeks I’ve watched Star Trek II (I actually watched this one twice in two days), III, TOS (3 episodes), 2009, and even Into Darkness (which was AWESOME!!!!), and that’s not counting the Enterprise episodes we watched a month ago. I don’t know if anyone else has a preferred method of unwinding, but if you do, let me hear it in the comments, I’m curious.

I’ve done it, yet, I haven’t finished. While I’ve reached my goal of more than 115,000 words (currently sitting at 118,000+) I still have yet to finish book two, but WAIT! Put down the pitchforks and torches, I’m almost there, really, I am. I imagine about three more chapters to finish it up. Two weeks, maybe three… I think that’s feasible. I guess we’ll find out. Once school is out, I’ll have a lot more time to figure out the time line for editing and getting it out to the betas.

As for the content of the book,  I’ve gone through a few versions of a few different  characters and scenarios (which drives Sarah nuts because I’ll tell her one thing will happen and then the characters decide that’s not what they want to do and I change it as I write). This book is going to be a lot more complex than the other in that it follows more characters in more time periods. There’s a lot to it, so I hope it goes over well with the Betas.

I’m excited to finish the book. I think it’s going to be great. I can’t wait for you all to read it. Stay tuned for a beta-reader opportunity. If you think you’d like to be a beta-reader, hold that thought because I’ll need a few more after Sarah and my mom read it; I’m thinking late summer or early fall.

Thank you all for your support and I’ll try to update more frequently.

-John

Win the Day and Finish Book 2!

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As many of you know, I am a proud alumnus of the University of Oregon. I earned both of my degrees from that school and I am still involved with Oregon Athletics as a photographer for DuckTerritory.com.

I know this seems very tangential, but I’ll bring it all together in a second.

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The Oregon football team lives by a mantra devised by their coach Chip Kelly. That Mantra is “Win The Day.” It means play your game for today; today is the championship. Every day is a one-time opportunity to own it. The concept is super simple, but, in my personal life, I have found it to be one of the most powerful motivators I have.

Well, here and now I’m setting up a Win The Day goal. I need to finish book 2 of the Immortal Light series, and with family, work, exercise, and shooting Oregon sports, I find that writing takes a back seat all too often. So I’m making a goal and documenting it right here for all of you to see.

I will finish book 2 on or before April 18th, 2013 (my 34th birthday)

Book 2 is currently at 39,618 words. My word count goal is 115,000 words. That gives me 99 days to write 75,000 words. If we do the math–39…115…carry the one…divide by pi—I have to write approximately 750 words per day to reach that goal.

Now, let’s put this all together: If I want to Win the proverbial Day, I will not sleep until I’ve written at least 750 words each night. That’s about 3o minutes if I’m on a roll and 45 minutes if I need a prescription from Dr. Pepper.

So, that’s the plan. All you have to do is check on me every once in a while. I’ll be updating my word count ticker in the side bar and I might even add a WTD calendar to the website.

That’s it, that’s my goal. Book two will be finished and ready for editing by April 18th, 2013!

WIN THE DAY, Everybody!!!

IL: Wide Awake is FREE today only!!!

scr2555-proj697-a-kindle-logo-rgb-lgImmortal Light: Wide Awake just went free on Amazon for the next 24 hours. Download it now to your Kindle or Kindle App on Android and iPhone at no cost to you. Follow the link HERE to download your copy.

Here’s my ONLY request if you choose to download it: PLEEEEEEASE post an honest review to Amazon!!! I need people to know exactly what to expect before they read the book. I’ve already received some excellent feedback, but I NEED MORE!!!

Thank you all so much for your support in this process. Hang with me and maybe we can get the whole world to read Immortal Light: Wide Awake.

-John
Share Your Light

Put Your Writing Skills to Work… Write Me a Review

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Hello to all of my wonderful friends, fans, viewers, etc…

In the life of a newly inked book, I feel that, together, we’ve reached a mile marker: people are starting to finish reading Immortal Light: Wide Awake. Now that we’ve entered this new realm, I need your input in the public forum of your choice; I want your reviews.I can’t express to you all just how grateful and overjoyed I am that you are reading and that many of you have enjoyed the book. As I’ve said before, i hope that we are in this together. I always feel better on a trip when I have companions and this grand ride is no different. I need you all once again.

Please visit one (or all) of the links below and let the world know what you thought of the book. Feel free to copy and paste the same review in every place you can. These reviews are the catalyst for many people that will get them to actually take a chance on me.

So, without any ado, here are the links:

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Amazon (paperback)

Barnes and Noble/Nook

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UPDATES, REVEIWS, KDP-S and More

UPDATES

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It’s update time! It’s been a crazy week for me and I just want to thank ALL of you that have supported me either by reading this blog, reading, my book, or just giving me a boost when I needed it.

I want to apprise everyone of how the book has been doing world wide, talk a little about my plans for the eBook where is re lates to the NOOK reading platform, and remind you all of my giveaways.

IMMORTAL LIGHT: WIDE AWAKE

The book has been doing well. Social networking and word-of-mouth has been successful and that is mostly thanks to all of you. You’ve been sharing the book with people on Facebook and Twitter, telling your friends about it, and buying it for yourself. I can’t tell you how grateful I am for all of that support. It really makes a guy feel good. THANK YOU!

We’re closing in on 50 copies sold so far.

REVIEWS

I need reader reviews for my books. It helps the visibility of the book through a ton of different methods. I would love for anyone that has read the book to PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE WRITE A REVIEW!!!

Here are a few links:

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NOOK and KDP SELECT

IF you have a NOOK and want my book, GET IT NOW! As of January 1, 2013, IL: WIDE AWAKE will be unavailable on NOOK for three months. I’ve observed lately that while Barnes and Noble’s NOOK reader is a great device and a good way to get my book out there, it does not offer the opportunities offered by Amazon’s KINDLE DIRECT PUBLISHING SELECT. With KDP-S I will be able to get my book into the hands of SOOOOO many more people through the KINDLE OWNER’S LENDING LIBRARY. People can share my book and that means more people are likely to read it.

SO, if you have a Nook and want IL: Wide AWAKE, you have 3 weeks left to get it. There will be more on KDP-S and the Lending Library as we get closer to Jan. 1st.

GIVEAWAYS!

Don’t forget, I currently have two giveaways happening RIGHT NOW! The first is on GoodReads, Click HERE for more information.

The second is my FACEBOOK ONLY GIVEAWAY. You can click HERE for more info, but all you have to do is click the Facebook “like” button on the right side of this screen.

Well, that’s it for today! Thank you all so much for your support and keep reading. When you’ve finished reading, SHARE the book with as many people as you can. Let’s get people reading!!

-John

Chapter 1 Now Available for Preview

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CHAPTER 1 Link

Hey there, folks,

If you’ve been dying for a sample of Immortal Light: Wide Awake, you can now read the Preface and Chapter one right here!!! If you like what you read, feel free to go to my store page and follow a link to Amazon or Barnes and Noble to buy a copy.

To get to the Chapter, click HERE or go to the Immortal Light Saga link at the top of the page, then scroll to the bottom of that page. There is a link there.

Thanks again for all of your support!!! You’re the best friends and fans in the world!!!