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Merry Christmas!

The last several months have been trying, to say the least. Moving from the desert southwest up to the Pacific Northwest was quite a jump for us. Coupled with packing and unpacking, dealing with a house that was delayed (due to Covid) and then with my own father unexpectedly passing away in mid November, I’m sorry to say that I wasn’t in any mood to write.

But, I’m doing a lot better and have resumed work on the two stories that I’m writing concurrently: Case of the Stuttering Parrot (CCF15) and Strike the Spark (DoA2). Plus, as soon as one of ’em is done, which will probably be CCF15, I’m going to be returning to Lentari and working on Blast from the Past (ToL10). It’s a busy schedule and, provided I don’t get any more shocking news, I should be able to maintain it. Fingers crossed for me!

I hope everyone is staying safe out there and you all have an enjoyable Holiday Season. Remember … calories don’t count during this time of year. 🙂 🙂 🙂

J.

In The Works …

As I write this, it makes me laugh to admit that, for the first time ever, I’m homeless. No, it’s nothing bad. Or permanent. We were renting a house in Phoenix, and the opportunity presented itself to finally leave the scorching summers behind. Where are we off to? The Pomme Valley area, of course! Our new house – due to be finished by the end of the month – is in the Southwestern Oregon area, and we couldn’t be happier! Our house was supposed to be done by the first, but this teensy little thing called COVID happened. Turns out, not many construction workers or laborers chose to get vaxxed, so to say there have been a few delays is an understatement. But, everyone is back to work and we’re thhhiiiiiiiiis close from getting into our house. Fingers crossed there are no more delays! Until it’s done, we’re staying with family in Northern California.

For those curious about which books I’m currently working on, well, believe it or not, there are three. Top of the list is the second volume in the Dragons of Andela series. Strike the Spark is coming along nicely, and I anticipate it being done (finished writing!) by the end of the year. Next month is November, and that means another round of NaNoWriMo, where an author tries to write a 50,000 word story in a single month. I’ve participated for a number of years now, and can proudly say I’ve won quite a few. This year, I’m going to be writing Case of the Stuttering Parrot (CCF15). Ruby the parrot overhears something she shouldn’t have, and as a result, all kinds of interesting things start happening around town. And finally, I can say that the next Tales of Lentari book, volume 10, has been plotted and is close to being able to be written. As for a title, it’ll be called Blast From the Past, and it features a former villain escaping his prison and wreaking some serious havoc. It’ll be Steve and Sarah’s most perilous adventure yet!

Finally, the last bit of news I have is that the latest audiobook from the Corgi Case Files series has cleared Audible’s quality-control, and is now available for purchase. Case of the Great Cranberry Caper (CCF11) is out, just in time for the holiday season!

I think that’s all the news I have. Bases covered? Well, let’s see. Latest DoA title? Check. Latest CCF – aka NaNoWriMo 2021? Check. Breaking news about the next Tales of Lentari series? Check. Mentioned the latest audiobook? Check check. That’s all for now. If you’d like to be alerted to any new titles, sign up for my newsletter. Stay safe out there, people! Happy reading!

J.

New Mystery Title Available!

Case of the Abandoned Bones (Corgi Case Files #10) has been officially released! If you have already pre-ordered the title, you have my thanks, and by the time you open your electronic device, the book should already be waiting for you. For those of you who’d like to check it out, I’ve included some easy links in order to make things easier.

Amazon Amazon UK Apple Barnes & Noble Google Play Kobo Smashwords

For the rest of you, especially the fans of my fantasy stories, I can tell you that progress is coming along nicely for Harness the Fire (Dragons of Andela #1). I hope to have it finished by the end of September, with a release date at the end of October. Keep your fingers crossed!

Keep an eye on the blog here. I think it’s time to do a couple of giveaways. Up for grabs will be some print copies of your favorite stories, be it mystery or fantasy! I just gotta think of something to make you guys do. 🙂

Stay safe out there! Happy reading!

J.

Aug 17, 2020 - General, Indie Authors, Latest, News    Comments Off on Rebranding Pirates of Perz

Rebranding Pirates of Perz

There are some among you, the eagle-eyed fans, who have noticed that I had quietly absorbed my “Pirates of Perz” trilogy into my “Tales of Lentari” series. Why? Well, the easiest explanation is that not that many fans/readers knew it was part of the Lentari series. No matter how many descriptions and “Author Notes” I put in the blurb, this series never caught on that well. So, I decided to rebrand the series, redo the cover, and add the yellow scroll known for being on the Tales of Lentari series. Plus, I added a small black flag just below the scroll, which displays the “Pirates of Perz #”. Fingers crossed that it will help readers find more stories with their favorite characters!

The end of the month is rapidly approaching. I have the 10th novel in my Corgi Case Files series set to be released then. Case of the Abandoned Bones. Zack is gonna find more human remains on his property, and once more, he’ll find himself on the other side of the table during a police investigation. Will Sherlock and Watson be able to point everyone in the right direction?

It’s up for pre-orders, so if you haven’t already, reserve yourself a copy today!

At the moment, I’m hard at work on the new Dragons of Andela series. I’m hoping to have it finished by next month. Then, of course, it’ll be back to Pomme Valley for a spell.

Busy, busy, busy. But, as you guys may have noticed, most people are stuck at home, without much else to do. Why not be productive at the same time? Speaking of being productive, I’m also pleased to announce my audiobook narrator is hard at work on CCF7. Case of the Highland House Haunting was an absolute blast to write. Can’t wait to hear it in audiobook form!

That’s it for now. Stay safe out there, people, and don’t forget to mask up!!

J.

Jun 9, 2020 - General, Indie Authors, Latest, News, Updates    Comments Off on CCF9 Published!

CCF9 Published!

Now available! Case of the Dysfunctional Daredevils is now available at the following retailers:

Amazon Amazon UK Apple BN Google Kobo Scribd Smashwords

Also available for a pre-order, on Amazon, is Case of the Abandoned Bones (Corgi Case Files #10)! Stop by to reserve your copy today!

I also revamped the “Books” page. You’ll see it listed under “Published Titles”. Was experimenting with some widgets. Let me know what you think!

Jun 1, 2020 - General, Indie Authors, Latest, News, Updates    Comments Off on CCF9 Finished!

CCF9 Finished!

Hi, guys! As you can probably see from the previous post here, CCF9 has been given to my Posse, and (probably) be torn apart by now. 🙂 That means it should be (hopefully) released by early next week!

As for me, I’m already off and planning CCF10.  A prominent citizen of PV will, unfortunately, meet their untimely demise, and a certain someone is gonna be accused of murder.  Again.  🙂

Hope you’re all staying healthy and safe!  Don’t forget to mask up if you go outside!

Dec 4, 2019 - General, Indie Authors, Latest, News, Updates    Comments Off on Preorder Next Mystery!

Preorder Next Mystery!

Hi, guys!

The next mystery story, Case of the Ostentatious Otters (Corgi Case Files #8), has been completed and is ready for preorder! This was last month’s NaNoWriMo challenge, and I’m pleased to say that I beat it in less than three weeks. 🙂

So, if you haven’t already, stop by Amazon using the link below and preorder your copy today!

Case of the Ostentatious Otters

Up next will be the brand new fantasy series I’ve had in the works for a while. No, this isn’t the dark fantasy (which is STILL in the works), but instead, a brand new magical world, with new characters, new magic, and a new story. The Dragons of Andela features dragons and their riders, living in a remote kingdom where the rules of magic have isolated the different climes: ice, fire, wind, and so on. All dragons strive to find a human rider, and all humans strive to be chosen by a dragon. The problem is, only a very select few of the dragons can bond with a human, and only a very low number of humans can bond with a dragon. Further complicating matters is the Rule: no dragon can bond with a human who doesn’t reside within their clime. For example, a fire dragon cannot bond with a human who lives in the Lower Plains, home of the ice dragons.

It’s been the way of the world for many thousands of years. However, none of that matters now, as a new threat has been discovered.

A new power has manifested, and it is threatening to destroy all life on Andela. The Lava Fields are cooling; the Ice Plains are thawing. It could only mean the magic is leaving Andela. Desperate to save their world, the human king and the High Dragon task the Kai, an archaic name for dragons and their riders, to eliminate the threat, only the Kai have been dwindling in numbers.

Now, more than ever, the dragons are vying with each other to try and find a human to bond with. Why? Because they know that together, as Kai, they are more formidable; powerful. Dragons and humans both know that a bonded Kai could draw upon a mix of both powers. Mix a boulder-conjuring human with a fire-breathing dragon and you’d get the ability to conjure flaming boulders. The more unique the ability, the more powerful the union becomes. And yet… a human has been discovered who can bond with any dragon, regardless of region.

Imagining magical combinations never before conceived, the rush is on to locate and identify this magical being! But… will it be enough to defeat the force that threatens Andela?

Expected release… Spring, 2020!

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