Welcome to the official website of author Jayson James!

Finding Our Way Series Collection

Read the books that have made up this popular series!

Pieces of Us

Jesse is an average teenage boy making his way through living in 1988 with the help of his best friend, a girl named Dylan.

Read My Story…

As I share my experiences in "Tormented Discovery" with my best friend Ryan who continues the story in "Drifting."

T.E.D.

TIM is being bullied. ERIC is frustrated with life. DELSIN is gay and ready to come out.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Guest Post: Jenna Galicki



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The Stage by Jenna Galicki
Even rock stars get star-struck. Meeting heavy metal icon Brandon Bullet was a dream come true for Tommy Blade. When Immortal Angel decides to add Tommy’s rock star idol as a guest singer to their set at the Get Rocked! festival, sparks fly and egos collide.
Angel Garcia, Immortal Angel’s flashy frontman, isn’t used to sharing the spotlight or Tommy’s attention. That all changes once Angel has a mind-blowing rehearsal with the charismatic lead singer of Bulletproof.
At first, Tommy was ecstatic, but the sexual chemistry on stage between Angel and Brandon was something he never counted on. Now he’s forced to watch his husband and his idol strut on stage together and share a connection that, up until now, only he and Angel shared.
Commissioned to design custom-made rock and roll attire, even Tommy’s wife Jessi gets one-on-one time with Brandon Bullet. 

Taking a back seat wasn’t on the agenda. Add Angel and Brandon’s secret rehearsals together, and Tommy is left in the shadows wondering exactly what’s going on between the two. 
Like everything else in Tommy’s life, it all unfolds on stage. 
Epilogue by Brandon Bullet of Bulletproof
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Want more of the Bulletproof series?
The Undercover Rock Star (Bulletproof Book 1)
A spur-of-the-moment vacation was supposed to jolt Cameron Douglas out of his funk, but it appears he only traded locations.  It was a chance meeting with a handsome stranger that changed everything.  Brandon stirs Cameron's interest and his heart, but will the mysterious man reveal his true identity before their vacation in paradise is over?

Sometimes life in the spotlight was a heavy weight to bear for Brandon Bullet.  He never knew if men were interested in him as a person or just enamored with his rock star status – until he meets Cameron Douglas.  It wasn't often that Brandon shared a connection with someone who wasn't aware of his notoriety.  He's determined to keep his identity a secret while the two of them get to know each other and before someone blows his cover.

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Branded, Bulletproof Book 2
Two dominant men – one a worldly rock star, the other a hotshot corporate executive – steam up the pages as they battle their difference in personalities in this opposites attract, testosterone-charged rock star romance.  
It was a chance meeting in paradise that caused them to cross paths.  Destiny brought them together.  
These two alpha males met with the force of a head-on collision.  Sirens went off and lit up their hearts faster than a flash fire.  But now that they’re living in the real world, everything isn’t as easy as anticipated.  Other than their strong-willed and dominant personalities, they couldn’t be more opposite.
As the front man for a world-famous heavy metal band, Brandon Bullet lives in the spotlight.  He thrives on the attention of his fans and the wild parties that all rock stars are accustomed to.
The free-spirited attitude and uninhibited lifestyle that is so natural to Brandon totally contradicts with Cameron Douglas’ anal-retentive and structured mindset.  Spurred on by a thirst for adventure, Cameron is ready to leave behind his sedate, low-key life, but he’s unprepared for the rock star’s world of free sex, drugs, and non-stop parties.
Concessions aren’t always easy when thrust into a new relationship, especially with two headstrong men who constantly challenge one another.  Add time apart from Bulletproof’s promotional tour, and it’s another layer of adjustment to contend with that just may push this newly-united couple too far.

Want more of the Radical Rock Star series?
The Prince of Punk Rock (Book 1 – A Bisexual Book Awards Finalist) This is a m/m/f menage like you’ve never read before!
I love her, but I also love him. She’s everything to me. He sets my world on fire. It's our dirty little secret, and it’s about to blow our record deal sky high. I’m Tommy Blade, the Prince of Punk Rock, and this is our story. http://amzn.to/MG7R3u

Between A Rock and A Hard Place (Book 2)
She’s a rock goddess. He’s a sex pistol. I need them both, in my life and in my bed, and I’m not living without either one of them. I’ll do whatever it takes, even if it costs me everything I’ve ever wanted. I’m Tommy Blade, The Prince of Punk Rock, and this is the continuation of our story. http://bit.ly/amazonBRHP

Punk Rock Resurrection (Book 3) This is a true stand-alone. It’s a dark story filled with healing and self-worth.
My world was dark and filled with pain. Loneliness gnawed at my soul. I found solace in a bottle. Music was my only refuge . . . until I met her. She was a dark Gothic goddess in thigh-high leather boots. She brought light into my life and showed me what it was like to be loved.
But could she handle the demons that haunted me . . . and the vices that kept them at bay?

Rock Star Redemption (Book 4): Can be read as a stand-alone. Bad-boy rocker meets good girl. Like strong, tough female leads? This is it!
I live life in the fast lane. My days and nights are a never-ending party of women, fast cars and alcohol. I'm the one your daddy warned you about. I have everything I ever wanted—except Audra Abelman. She was always the good girl. She was off limits. I held out for almost a decade. It's time to set her inner bad girl free. I'm Jimmy Wilder, and I'm going to claim the most sought after girl in the record industry.

Punk Rock-A-Bye Baby (Book 5) – Revisit our original trio. You will love the progression of Angel, Tommy & Jessi’s relationship. It’s exactly what everyone was waiting for!
She rocks my world. He sets my soul on fire. We’ve traveled down a bumpy road, but we’ve finally found the balance. It’s time to bring a new little rock star into our lives. I’m Tommy Blade, the Prince of Punk Rock, and this is the next chapter in our story. http://bit.ly/punkrockabyebaby


Bonus: Only available in box set
Radical Rendezvous – An erotic short previously published in the Internatioanl Best Seller PINK: Hot n’ Sexy For A Cure

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Faking It




The above banner I made nearly 3 years ago, for what purpose I can no longer remember.  Although the banner has remained on my desktop for years, mostly unnoticed, over the last few days, each time I get onto my computer, my eyes are drawn towards it.  In my efforts to clean up my desktop, I was left with the decision to file it away or share it.  My choice I suppose is obvious.  It seems to serve well for this posting as well.

Faking It focused on Karma Ashcroft and Amy Raudenfeld, who have tried everything to stand out at Hester High being different is popular. Under the impression that they are closeted lesbians, Shane Harvey invites them to his high school party. Excited to have a chance to join the "in" crowd, they accept. When they are mistakenly outed as lesbians and involuntarily nominated to becoming homecoming Queens, they continue the charade when their popularity soars. While Karma is happy to keep up the lesbian charade and keep her affair with Liam a secret, she has not told Liam that she is faking it with Amy and as time goes on, Amy starts to realize she may truly have feelings for Karma.  Liam was my reason to check out the show, becoming familiar with actor Greg Sulkin when I saw and adored him in the movie White Frog.   Upon watching the pilot episode, I immediately grew to like the show.  The premise is a spin on something that I suppose has been done before, however with Faking It the show goes about this formula differently. 

Everyone fakes something in his or her day-to-day lives, whether intentional or unintentional. Before you argue this with me, think about your response most times to the question, “How are you?”  A majority of the time people respond with the same two words, “I’m fine,” or simply “fine.”  How many times have you said “fine” knowing better that you are feeling either worse or better?  Sometimes it is simply easier to give an automated response. 

Roughly five years ago, I reached a point where life seemed no longer worth living.  I simply had given up.  Nothing was going right and anything that hinged on how it could possibly be made better was not working out as I’d hope it would.  I went through months of pretending I was okay, when really I had given up on life.  I began to get my affairs in order, in the back of my mind thinking that if it wasn’t meant to be that something would happen in my life to give me a reason to live.  What was strange, and something I had not noticed at the time, was this motivated me or at least gave me some purpose. 

As I went through the motions I found myself living and thriving.  I decided that I never wanted to get to that point again in my life and made up my mind to do what I could to live life and try harder to not sweat what I had not control over.  I wrote my first book and with the support and encouragement of my friends, I published it with the hopes some people would want to read it.  The response was more positive than I hoped for and I was inspired to continue writing.  I've had my ups and downs, thankfully more ups than downs.

A few years ago, I finally had enough of what was really dragging me down. I knew that I needed to get out of the toxic environment job I worked, even if it meant giving up security.  I've had my shares of ups and downs, but overall I have been much happier.  Just as I had with other decisions that later worked out for the better for me, I made a change.

Sure there are days that I fake it, as well as days that I feel as if I can't go on.  I have to take the time to refocus myself on what I have rather than on what I do not.  When it comes down to it, life really is what we make of it.  It's not easy, yet I hope to make the best of mine.





Monday, April 10, 2017

Thank You for Standing By


This may not be my best piece of writing, but trying to not be a perfectionist and simply get it done.  I'm going to write.  You are welcome to read or maybe you'll check out the cool rainbow color bar graphic and leave.  Either way, thank you for taking the time to come and check this out.  For better or worse, here it goes.  My time away came about expectantly, which is rather ironic how I am returning.  I wanted to take a moment to thank the many people who've stuck by me and believed in me during my absence.  There was quite a while that I thought I might never write another book, or at least one I'd publish ever again.  This was for many reasons, none of which I want to get into at this time.  Thank you to those who sent me emails, most of them were positive and even the ones that weren't so much I appreciated.  It's been great to see people are still reading my books.  I wish that more would be purchased than pirated, but right now I'd settle for more reviews.  So many have been hoping and wishing I'd return and I always had plans to do so.  Though at times I thought it would be long enough to write that one last book with those beloved characters...  Justin and Derrick... Tim, Eric and Delsin...  I can already imagine the debate.  Before anyone asks, there will be another book in the series someday and for the others, remember I originally wasn't going to publish my best selling book.  To be honest, I am going to take it one day at a time.  When I started to look at how long it had been I was worried I'd disappointed so many people.  Then all I kept coming back to is how many people had stuck by me.  Last night I decided to contact a few of my author friends to see if they'd be willing to lend their talent to get my blog going again.  Much to my delight, every single one of them has responded with enthusiasm.  This has totally blown me away!  Each of them has my utmost appreciation and gratitude.  Now I've spent the last 24-hours thinking I need to do a post of my own.  So here it is.  Thank you for your time!

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Friday, April 7, 2017

Flashback Interview: Today In the Comfy Chair

This was the last author interview I did with the wonderful Elin Gregory nearly two years ago.  I was delighted with how it went and think it was seen by so few.

comfy chairMy guest today is multi-talented educator, author and artist, Jayson James.
Welcome Jayson and thank you for agreeing to be interviewed today. Can you tell me a little about yourself? For instance, do you have to have a day job as well as being a writer?
Yes, I am a teacher. I work with other teachers, teaching workshops and trainings as well as doing teacher observations.

When you aren’t writing, is there any other creative activity you enjoy? Have you ever written about it?

I like to draw. More recently I’ve taken up painting too, with wet watercolors and water color pencils. A friend of mine showed me how to take my drawings and water color them, so I’ve been having fun with doing that. As a matter of fact, the cover of my next book releasing will be a cover I drew with pencil and then used water colors to finish. Yes, I have written about it. One of my favorite characters to write, Justin Parker from my Finding Our Way series of books is an artist and I have written about him doing various artwork.

What are you reading? Can you recommend something that you wished you’d written yourself?

I have about fifteen books on my Kindle right now, waiting for me to take a break and get to reading them. After this book tour, I plan on taking some time off from writing, promoting and other assorted author duties to do some relaxing, which will include reading.
The only books that come to mind that I wish I would have written myself were The Hunger Games or the Twilight series. I think that it would be so cool to have a series with their popularity and have them turned into several movies. My friends are always telling me that I need to put out a book in other genres, convinced that I could have that kind of success. I have a few more books that I want to get out of my head that are in my genre first.

In that crucial inspiration stage of a new story which comes first? Plot, situation or character?
Plot typically, closely followed by character. The situations come in and out of my head, often times not in the order they end up in my books. Without having the plot in mind, I am unable to start on a new book.

Do your characters arrive fully fledged and ready to fly or do they develop as you work with them? Do you have a crisp mental picture of them or are they more a thought and a feeling than an image?
When I sit down to write, I have a pretty good idea of what I want my characters to be. As I sit down and write them, they evolve further. If I find myself getting away from the person I had them planned to be in my head, I will either go back and make changes to keep the continuity of the character.

Do you find there to be a lot of structural differences between a relationship driven story and one where the romance is a sub plot?

For me, I write about relationships people have. When I wrote Finding Our Way, I had not intended on it being a romance. It bothered me immensely when people would refer to the book as such. Then when I put out the second book, Tormented Discovery, people were even more thrilled by the romance continuing with Derrick Wilson and Justin Parker, the main characters. By the time I wrote Drifting, the third book I was all right with it. It was clear to me by all the response of readers, they were in love with this couple and wanted to see them do well together. It just happens that I wrote about two best friends falling in love and their relationship ended up romantic. I feel with T.E.D. people related to the characters and their relationships. Everyone who has talked to me about T.E.D. always has something to say about how they connect with at least one of the characters and feel for them as if they were someone they knew and wanted to help. So in so many words, I do not think there are much in the way in structural differences as far as writing, just in the way the reader perceives it.

Villains are incredibly important in fiction since they challenge the main protagonists and give them something to contend with beyond the tension of a developing relationship. The cruel sea. The serial killer. The society itself. Your hero’s inner demons. What sort of villains do you prize?
As far as the villain I would like to write, I think it would be fun to write a book from the perspective of a serial killer. In my books, my true villain is Kristian Kirkpatrick. He has been in three out of four of my books. He is a manipulative, evil little sociopath. I created him and even I loathe him. Even though I am sure it will not be well received, I would like to give him his own book someday. I have the plot in my head already.

What are you working on at the moment? Can you discuss it or do you prefer to keep it a secret until it’s finished.
My current work in progress is a book that features the twins, Tyler and Tyson Hensley from the Finding Our Way series. This book takes place when the twins are in middle school living in Ashville, Oregon and the story follows them until they move to Chandler, Washington. There will be some familiar characters from a few of my previous books in it briefly. I started this book a few years ago and it has been long awaited to have me finish it. Right now, I am trying to decide if I want to keep the content geared towards young adults or do my own thing.


Have you got anything else you would like to share with us?
Yes, I have a question about 1988! What is your favorite happy song from 1988?
I’d like to hear from you! Please post your response in the comments below!
Be sure to check out other stops on the tour for more questions.


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PIECES OF US

“Into the lake?”
“Into the lake.”

For Jesse Stetson, a boy who knows he is different and Dylan Sterling, Jesse’s best friend, Sander’s Lake has served as a sort of scrapbook for them with sentimental items being dropped into the lake from their dock after significant events in their lives.
Life in 1988 was different from today. A boy and a girl being best friends were uncommon. Not that Jesse or Dylan cared, they had each other and that’s all that mattered. Or so Jesse wished. While Dylan has been meeting and dating guys, Jesse has yet to find the same connection with a girl. The closest he’s come is Dylan, but she’s a girl and a friend not a girlfriend. Jesse is struggling with his feelings and trying his hardest to be normal.
Dylan and Jesse are growing up and possibly growing apart. Dylan has a new boyfriend and is now splitting her time between him and Jesse. To further complicate things, Jesse meets Orion, a new boy in town. Jesse knows that his feelings towards Orion must be wrong, yet it feels so right. Even if Orion feels about Jesse the same way that Jesse feels about him, should they act on their attraction?
This story is a journey of friendship and discovery, finding out who you are as a person, and then being okay with who you are.

ARTWORK
Over 100 drawings were created, modified, merged, cropped and manipulated to create the cover for Pieces of Us. This by and far was the most labor-intensive cover on any of my books to date. I feel with how it turned out, it made all the work worthwhile.
[Insert PoU Artwork here]

WHERE TO PURCHASE
Amazon: http://amzn.com/B00MR1DCAA
Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/c/jayson-james
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/470080

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
My name is Jayson James. I am an Indy author of several novels and novellas. I was born and have lived most of my life in Washington State. My interests beyond writing include drawing, reading a variety of books, watching movies and hanging out with his friends, family and dog. Besides an author, I am an artist. The cover art on every one of my published works are one of my own drawings. I take the drawing I do for each cover and then design the rest of the cover around it.


MORE BY JAYSON JAMES
How It Was Supposed To Be

Reese Kennicott and his family were living the carefree life of an upper middle class life. That was until one day when his father arrives home from work and shares the company he has worked for since he was Reese’s age has gone out of business. Adding to the stress of being out of work for the first time in the worst economic downturn the United States has ever faced. Hope comes in the form of a new job for Reese’s father. The downside is this job is across the country, forcing Reese to leave behind his friends and the life he’s always known.
Releasing Fall 2014.

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T.E.D.
Tim-Eric-Delsin


Tim is being bullied. No one in high school wants to be known as a tattle-tale and to do so would only make things rougher for him. The repercussions would most likely make him an outcast, and without any friends.
Eric is frustrated with life. His parents are overbearing and if they ever knew the person he really was, they would throw him out of their house. His friends are not much better, they only like him when he is who they expect him to be.
Delsin is gay and ready to come out. Unfortunately, life at home is on the brink of falling apart with his parents constant fighting. Admitting the truth could bring his whole world crashing down around him.
Each of these three needs to decide whether the risks of being honest about who they are outweighs the importance of being true to themselves. This could mean ruining life as each of them knows it. Maybe it is better to remain miserable in order to play it safe. On the other hand, doing nothing doesn’t seem to working either.

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Finding Our Way

Justin Parker and Derrick Wilson have been best friends since meeting back in middle school. Currently they are in their junior year at Chandler High School, and living the good life as teenagers. They have great girlfriends, plenty of close friends, their own cars, and parents who are well off. As nice as things might look to an outsider, something is missing from each of their lives.
Justin has become the invisible son in the midst of his parents failing marriage. In an effort to get his parent’s attention, Justin keeps getting into trouble. So far he has been able to get away with anything without facing any repercussions, while Derrick is feeling distant and tired of what he feels is a too “perfect family”. He just wants to have a normal social life and spend time with his friends without the pressures from his family to spend time with them. With blurring the lines of friendship in the process to realizing what was missing and discovering who they really are.
Justin and Derrick take turns narrating the story of their junior year in high school and all of the events that take place in their lives. Being a teenager can be tough. Being gay can be tougher. For Derrick and Justin they are both, and life cannot get any more complicated.
What happens when two best friends cross the boundaries of friendship? Will they be able to be happy together? Will they keep their secret?
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Tormented Discovery

Justin and Derrick have a secret that they revealed only to their closest friends. They are gay and are now a couple. The story of Justin and Derrick continues as they learn more about being a gay couple in their senior year of high school and the complications that arise from it. Some friends will have their backs while others simply stand on the sidelines. Other friends will be accepting and others will ridicule them.
Sometimes love is almost not enough to save a relationship and both Derrick and Justin begin to have their doubts as they watch relationships around them rise and fall. Justin and Derrick both want to have new experiences, new choices and make new friends, which leads to them questioning their own relationship. They soon discover that some of the people they consider friends have their own secrets, some darker than others. The couple begins to see how people react towards homosexuality and just how people want to deal with it and them.
Will Justin and Derrick be able to hold onto each other while their lives and secrets spiral around them?
Or will they decide to step back and give up on themselves and each other?
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Drifting

What happens when the person you love is having doubts?
These two boyfriends have been through a lot. Best friends since childhood, fell in love in high school and thought they would be together forever. They stuck together even when their friends and family found out about their relationship. Struggling with challenge after challenge, they have finally made it to college and are living on their own. Living together is a whole new world and being open with their relationship is even more so.
Spending every day together as a couple they begin to learn about their differences. Things that never bothered them are now annoying traits driving a wedge between them. Can their relationship survive their differences? Can it handle new friends and new romances? Will they find their way together or will they drift apart?

WHERE TO PURCHASE
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Jayson-James/e/B009FQAR44
Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/c/jayson-james
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/jaysonjamesbooks

SOCIAL MEDIA
Website: http://www.jaysonjamesbooks.blogspot.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/jaysonjamesbooks
Google+ & email: jaysonjamesbooks@gmail.com
Twitter: @jaysonjamesbook

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Guest Post

Check out this deal from my friend james crawford...

You can now get the complete Leech series by James Crawford for only $0.99! 



A collection of Books 1,2,and 3 of the Leech series. 

Grab your copy now from Amazon!

Caleo Leech Book 1 

Every High School has their social outcasts. The band nerds, the math geeks, the chess club, the girl that chews her hair, but at Butler High, even the creepy nose picker in the chess club is more popular than Caleo Anima. No matter what he did, his pale skin, snow white hair, and piercing blue eyes always made him an easy target. He used to think that the only way things could get worse would be if someone found out that he was gay, but that isn't even the tip of the iceberg of problems after a mysterious stranger shows up and changes Caleo’s life forever. Hidden amongst our society, a secret and magical race of people known as ‘Leeches’, have been engaging in civil war for decades. Both sides are desperately searching for a weapon with unlimited power that will give them the advantage they need to rule their world. This wouldn’t mean anything to Caleo, except for one problem...He is that weapon! Forget making it through High School. Caleo has bigger problems! As the search for him goes on, the world is quickly crumbling around him. He's now fighting for his life and the life of what little family he has left. With the help of new friends, he has little time to try and master his newly found powers as he tries to figure out who he can trust, who is trying to use him, and who just wants him dead. One wrong step and being the awkward pale outcast will be the LEAST of his worries. 

Jack Leech Book 2 

Every high school has it's social elite; the football players and cheerleaders ... you know, the popular crowd. At Butler High, Jack Barely was as close to the top as they came. Captain of the swim team, great hair, and abs that most would die for. However, that was all before the Leeches attacked, taking away everything: his popularity, his house, his grandmother, and even his best friend, Caleo, whom he secretly loved. 

Now, living in a destroyed world, popularity means nothing as Jack struggles just to keep him and his twin sister, Jillian, alive. With attacks happening more frequently, Jack starts to wonder why they are even bothering to try and hold onto the past when it just reminds him of all they have lost. Just when he has given up hope, Jack hears a rumor that Caleo is still alive and sets out on a mission to find him. But will Jack make it to finally tell Caleo how he really feels? 

Nolan Leech 3 

Every High school has its rock star. Maybe it's the quarterback, head cheerleader, or the valedictorian--the one student who outshines the rest. The one everyone knows will be successful in the years to come. For Nolan that was a lifetime ago, before he lost his sight, before he even knew what a Leech was. 

Now, all Nolan wants is to see Caleo survive to fulfill his destiny. A task that is becoming increasingly difficult as the government wades into the war, new enemies appear and the number of people trying to kill them skyrockets.

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Thursday, March 31, 2016

People Do Judge A Book By It's Cover... Or At Least Mine

WELCOME!

Spread Some Indy Love Blog Tour

I'm delighted to be taking part in this blog tour and thank you for taking the time to stop by and check out my website.  Please check out the links that provide information about my books, as well as my bio and other great tidbits about me.  Below is a post I'd written reflecting on my cover changes.



People Do Judge A Book By It's Cover... Or At Least Mine

Finding Our Way Series Cover Art Rainbow Banner
Ever since I published my very first book, Finding Our Way, I always had a problem with the cover.  This seemed to only bother me.  After two years and three books into what became the Finding Our Way Series the covers were still bothering me.  In the mean time I kept on getting requests from readers asking if I was ever going to put out a series collection, which I later did.  The cover I designed for this collection bothered me even more than the original covers had.

Although I was alone in this feeling, I set out to design some new, exciting covers.  The idea was to create a theme that would later be extended to cross over books.  These books would take the characters from the series and put them into different contexts, such as Derrick and Justin having super powers and being seen in a context I've never presented them as before.  As well as giving deeper insight to characters, putting them as the main ones in a book.  It might take me a few years but Tyler and Tyson Hensley will have their own book, it seems to be coming along in stages.  With this, it was my intent to design covers that would work for the current books in the series and I could modify slightly for upcoming books.

The consensus amongst my friends was an overwhelming "the covers are fine as they currently are."  However, this did not detour me from setting forth to a redesign.  Even though the books in my series were selling well, I was sure a cover change would only improve the sales.  I was convinced this change would give the books the extra push they needed to rise on the best sellers lists.  I eventually came up with a cover that looked sharp and I set forth not only change the covers, but also to promote the change in covers for the books. 

Based upon what I've seen in book sales over the last few months, I think it is safe to say that the new covers were not received well by potential readers.  To all those who told me that I should leave the covers alone, I know now that I should have listened.  The covers have been restored back to their original design.

I'm happy to have plenty of people buying and reading my books, not judging a book by the cover.   Even though I've never gotten used to sharing my drawing talents, I do appreciate all the kind words people share with me regarding using my artwork for the covers.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Cough, Cough, Cough

Let me start off by acknowledging and thanking the many people who've not only come to check out my blog and buy my books, but also share them with others.  Over the last few weeks I've been contact by a few individuals sharing different venues they've been spreading the word about my books.  This has been encouraging to me, being a few months ago I thought perhaps my days of being a best selling author might had past.

To be honest, over the past year I've toyed with the idea of my next book being my final book in this genre.  The idea of writing something in a total different genre, with perhaps a larger and more receptive audience has been something I've thought about since putting out my first book.  Yet each time I write something and publish it's been part of the same series and eventually still part of the same genre.

Have no fear, I have at least one book I will be completing and publishing over the next year as well as hopes of at least one more book in my popular series.  My friends have been "bugging" me about putting out a collection of short stories, which may or may not mark my move into writing in other genres. Time will only tell.  


I've been drawing a lot lately, using my new Spectrum Noir Markers and improving my cartooning skills. I love my markers and cannot believe how much I've spent on them already.  Definitely my favorite drawing medium ever!   I keep practicing with them, trying to better myself.  Along with this, I've been developing some new characters and cover ideas.  This includes, but is not limited to writing and creating pictures for a children's picture book.  I've written a  few stories and drew a few characters.  So far nothing I've felt encouraged to go any further with.

I have this terrible cough I cannot wait to be rid of.  Back to bed with me to rest up.  I cannot wait until I can get back to being productive! 

Please be sure to keep coming by and check out my web page.  Over the next couple of months, I will be updating content and making several changes.  


Thursday, July 9, 2015

Back into Writing Again

It has been a year since I'd written anything of real content, otherwise known as a book or short story.  At first, I wasn't writing because I simply did not have the time.  Then as I got a handle on the rest of my life, I was either uninspired, tired or both.  When it came to not writing, I was fine with not writing anything for the first eight or so months.

I had a few ideas, but nothing that I was pleased with the idea of seeing through.  Some ideas I would jot down.  Other ideas I would think about, work out in my mind and either attempt to start or forget about all together.

Still I was not worried.  With summer approaching, I knew that I had a few months to rest, relax and get my act together.  Everything was going to work out well, I was convinced of this.  June brought with it bad news, shock, disappointment and despair.  It was hard enough for me to get out of bed, let alone think about writing (or drawing).  I was consumed with worry.  However, I was over a month into a rigorous walking routine and I had a 40-pound personal trainer that was not about to let me give up the routine.  I came to the conclusion that if I wasn't going to do or accomplish anything else, I was going to continue to keep working on getting into better shape.

As I approached the one year mark, I started to grow concerned, eventually voicing my concern to my support network of friends and family.  All of them were supportive and felt confident that I was going to come around and put out another book.  There was a mixture of "don't worry about it" and "sit down and get to writing."  Both were sound pieces of advice.

I'd started a book,which I was convinced was going to be a best seller.  As I kept forcing myself to work on it, I came to the realization that my heart was not into the story I was trying to tell.  Reading through what I'd written, I felt the story was boring and the characters were flat.

This was all right with me, because I had another idea that I'd been working through on my walks.  The subject matter would be controversial by some, something others could relate to, characters of varied age difference and type falling in love unlike anything else I'd ever seen before.  I had some great ideas and still feel confident it will make a great book someday.  Who knows?  It might be the one I complete next.  Again, I found myself forcing myself to work on this book.  I had more plot holes and gaps than I did for a story line.  Before I forced it into crap, I decided that I was going to abandon it.  This was only providing I could figure out something else to do.

There were two ideas on my board, one of which I wanted to do, however all these wonderful ideas I'd had for the book I never took the time to write down.  I'd talked them out and shared them right out of my head.   The other was a book I am determined to complete within this next year.  Neither were going to happen.

I decided that I wanted or even needed to take something I started and finish it.  Immediately I knew what book I wanted to finish.  It was one that I'd always wanted to finish.  I started reading through and making several edits.  Before I knew it, I was writing and doubling the size, also making it to my (superstitious) magic number of words for a successful book completion.

Here's to hoping for the completion.