Beta Readers needed for Zack Jackson 3

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The time is rapidly approaching when I will need Beta Readers for my upcoming YA sci-fi novel, Zack Jackson & The Hives of Valtra.

This is the third book in the Zack Jackson series and clocks in at just under 80,000 words (so far). If you, or your children aged 12+ are interested in helping out, please send me a message. I plan to have the manuscript ready within the next week and can provide it in PDF, .mobi, or .epub (or if you insist, I will mail you copy).

I would like to have feedback returned to me by April 13th. You will not be expected to do any editing or proofreading (though if you notice something really bad, feel free to mention it); I’m mostly looking for feedback on the characters and plot. There are several fairly heavy topics that come up and I want to make sure that I’ve handled them with the respect they deserve. These topics include: dealing with the death of a parent, dealing with the aftermath of an assault (including suicidal thoughts from the shaming), and one character is a practicing Muslim (I don’t feel this is controversial, per se, but I do want to make sure I’m not being overtly ignorant or offensive with her portrayal).

I will also provide a series of questions I would like you to think about as you read the manuscript. You don’t have to provide your feedback as answers to the questions; they are intended just to give you an idea of the type of feedback for which I am looking.

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Book Signing November 16th!

That’s right, I will be doing my first public book signing on November 16th at Half-Price Books Outlet, 3120. W. Susan Drive in Bloomington, Indiana. I’ll have copies of all four of my books for sale. I’ll be in the store from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM.

If you want me to sign a body part, you’ll need to bring your own permanent marker. :p

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Where I will be – Gen Con edition

If you’re going to Gen Con (August 15-18, 2013),  you can find me most of the time in the Dealer Hall at my table on Author’s Avenue. It’s table AA, near the back of the hall across the aisle from Stan! and the Media Guest of Honor Autograph area.

I will have paperback copies of all of my books there, as well as a hardcover Gen Con-exclusive limited edition omnibus of my fantasy series, The Foundation of Drak-Anor. This edition is limited to 50 copies, so you should get it as soon as possible. I will also have CDs with electronic versions of all of my books in three formats (epub, mobi, and PDF).

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Zack Jackson & The Cytherean Academy Update

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The doldrums of December caught up with me and I hit a brick wall with Zack Jackson & The Cytherean Academy. It was a very busy and stressful month and I just couldn’t get my brain in gear to actually write anything. I might have written 1,000 words all month. Probably not. By the time January rolled around, I was pretty much lost.

So, I did my old trick of outlining the plot to see where the holes were. Now I have a roadmap of where I need to go to complete this first draft. I’ve already written over 6,000 words, so I think I’m back on track. I might have the manuscript finished by the end of next week. Then it’s off to editing (and I can get back to writing fantasy)!

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The Universe of Zack Jackson

The Zack Jackson universe was inspired by many sources, the least of which are actually Star Wars and Star Trek. When I started watching Through the Wormhole (I love shows like that, though I usually fall asleep because they come at the end of long work days near bed time), I thought about how cool a lot of the concepts were that they discussed and decided I wanted to make my sci-fi universe conform to reality as closely as possible. I made a few concessions to allow for FTL travel, but I’m doing my research to make sure all the environments and technology is as close to reality as possible. For instance, any place there is artificial gravity, it is achieved through means we know are possible today (even if we don’t quite have the technology to achieve it). There are no magical gravity generators. Fabrication units are based on the development of 3D printers, but people still have to cook their food. There’s some telepathy in the second book, but no magic space elves controlling people’s minds; it’s just a form of communication that requires touch and only one species uses it, and they generally don’t use it except amongst themselves because they’re amorphous blobs and it requires them to envelop a human’s head in order to use their telepathy on them.

Plus, it was funny to have them talk through monotone voice translators. I get to use HK-47 AND Elcor references in one character!

I do not plan on having this character recite Hamlet.

Zack Jackson & The Cult of Athos is current available at Amazon.com for Kindle and in print. Look for Zack Jackson & The Cytherean Academy next year!

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Iron Fist of the Oroqs Cover

The cover art for Iron Fist of the Oroqs is complete! The manuscript is still in editing, but I can share this awesome piece of artwork by Jason Rainville with you.

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Welcome, Readers

Welcome to my blog, wherein I will discuss aspects of my writing, offer sneak previews, and let you know where you can buy the stuff I publish!

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