Fallen Angel story

December 3rd, 2009

I wrote a short halloween story that was included in my book Shadows and Sensations. Last month I decided to make “Fallen Angel” available for anyone to read and it was free download from my website. Yareah Magazine has also picked it up and it is available in their December’s edition- http://www.yareah.com/magazine/index.php/literature-literatura/609-fiction-fallen-angel

Yareah is a Spanish/English online magazine and has a lot of interesting literature and art. Take a look when you have some time.

Besides Fallen Angel I also have a couple of other free stories, “The Garden” and “Calendar Girl”. I hope you enjoy the stories.

Cheers

Jack

Castle Return to Domum release

November 27th, 2009

It’s been too long since my last blog. I hate making excuses but there have been too many priorities. Home renovations have used a fair bit of my time. The room in question was started two years ago and we were unable to complete it until now (long story). My company, Kiwi Imports, has been busy as well. We specialize in New Zealand wine and it has been popular lately. On the writing side of things I did have the release of the second novel of the Castle series. Castle- Return to Domum was released a couple of weeks ago.

Castle-The Fall to Domum, was given a good review by Coffee Time Romance. The link is http://www.coffeetimeromance.com/BookReviews/castlethefalltodomum.html  I hope to get a few reviews for Castle 2 as well.

Back to Castle-Return to Domum. I really enjoyed writing this story as I was able to improvise as I wrote about a new world. I had a chance to mold it a little different that the original Domum world.

I am working on the third book of the series and I hope I can bring in all the extra characters we met in the first book and let everyone know how they made out. 

For the American readers, happy Thanksgiving.

Free Halloween story

October 26th, 2009

As the title says, I’m giving out a free Halloween story, but only for the next week. I don’t think there is much of a point having a Halloween story after October 31st, but here it is for the next week. Just go to my website and click a couple of buttons and presto! you’ll have Fallen Angel. Just a warning- it is an adult story. 

This past week Castle2, The Return to Domum was released. I love the front cover, something I had absolutely to influence on but will try to take some credit for anyway. A big thanks to Bratt for her work.

I neglected my writing this weekend. There are renovations to do in the basement and it is a bit of a struggle. The spiders now have to find a new home as new walls are put up and the whole area gets transformed.  I also got stuck in my office, doing mounds of paperwork related to my wine business. Maybe tomorrow, or Tuesday, or Wednesday I’ll get back to writing.

Have a good week and try to avoid renovations- they take up too much time.

release

October 21st, 2009

Castle, The return to Domum has been released! I’m pretty excited about it as I believe it’s a great story. I think the cover is fantastic as well. Of course, since I wrote the story, my opions may be slightly biased.

The story is hard to describe in a few words, but takes place on two worlds. On Domum we have a few characters, namely Gilbert and Marisa. Marisa is a new character and she is a sex slave to Lord Troy. They have been empowered to travel to Earth to seek help to reverse a magic spell placed on their world. On Earth we have the warlock Madoc exciled from Domum and his new companion Angela. Madoc, with his knowledge of magic, is making a living as a magician. He is bored and wants to return to Domum, and isn’t expecting to a woman to suddenly turn his world world up-side-down.

We have a few other characters of course and you will know most of them from the first novel. But the relationships have progressed and life is just a little more complicated for some of them.     

Anyway I hope you have a chance to read the book and the series. I think you enjoy meeting the people hiding iside the covers.

San Fransisco

October 7th, 2009

I just returned from a small trip to California. Great place to visit and nice weather. My wife and I spent most of the time in San Fransisco and Napa Valley. I didn’t get much of a chance to use my laptop, whether it was checking emails or writing. I just didn’t want to waste valuable tourist time hiding in the hotel room writing when there were so many bars to visit. Historical bars, that is. Very valuable research for a possible future novel.

I did get to do a lot of walking around San Fransisco, and as a writer it gives me chance to see things in a new perspective. Buildings and streets are much different than home. The layout of the city is interesting with the hills and bay forcing the roads to curve. I absorbed as much as I could and someday some of what I saw could be incorporated into a story.

San Fransisco is a great city to visit, and Napa Valley is fantastic with all the wineries. However, it is now back to reality and work. I do have some writing to catch up on.

Cheers

Blurb

September 13th, 2009

There are two things I dread after writing a story and then preparing it for submission. One is the synopsis, where you have tell your whole novel down to one page. You’re not suppose to leave out any important details and not hide how the story ends. It’s kind of like the book reports you had to do in school, only you have to make the synopsis interesting, at least if you want to sell the book. It’s tough reducing your hard work, maybe 100,000 words down to a single page. It also makes you wonder what the other 98, 178 words were for.

The synopsis pales in comparison to the blurb. The novel now shrinks to 50 words and has to entice the reader to want to read the whole book. I’d rather write a book report than do a blurb, but there is no escape from it. Here is the blurb I did for Castle- The Return to Domum:

When Lord Troy Sussex buys a recovered gem with unique powers, he believes it will free him from the spell that confines him to his castle. But the strange power the gem possesses has an unexpected result, and the fate of Domum rests with a thief, a sex slave and a warlock in exile. 

The blurb works in as far as it tells what the story is about, but I felt it left too much out. For example Lord Troy Sussex is confined to his castle because he evoked a youth spell on himself that only worked as long as he stayed within the property of his castle (he should have read the instruction manual better). The thief is Gilbert, the scoundrel who sold him the gem in the first place. The sex slave is, well, a sex slave but the warlock is Council Madoc. Madoc lives on Earth, doing magic shows to pass the time away until he allowed to return to Domum. Think of him as a David Copperfield who performs real magic.

So my blurb falls short on the details I really wanted to say, but on the other hand, I managed to do the whole plot in about fifty words. When, and if, you read the book, let me know if you can think of better way of describing the story in fifty words.

Cheers

Jack 
 

Magic words

September 1st, 2009

I have had my share of writing paranormal stories and ones that include the use of magic. I often run into the problem of trying to make the magic scientifically feasible, or at least sound that it could happen. Not all writers worry about such details of course. They write about events I have trouble believing could happen.

For example, the old werewolf movies where there is a full moon in the sky- four nights in a row. or the vampire that changes into a bat. What happens to the conservation of energy and mass? Where does 170 pounds of mass diappear to? I don’t lay wake late at night worrying about such things, but those details bothers me.

Thus when I wrote a story of a woman who changes into a cat, I made it a panther because it has the same weight as an adult woman. In my Castle series when magic is used, there are some consequences. One of the minor ones that characters in the story notice is a small change in air temperature. When a spell is used, it requires energy, and that energy used is extracted from the surrounding air resulting in cooling of the air. 

I have some other quirky rules I follow when using magic, but that’s my problem and I won’t bore the readers with too much details. But thanks to quantum mechanics and the uncertainty principle I can make magic work, at least in my own mind.

My book Castle-The Fall to Domum was released last week and the sequel, Castle-The return to Domum, will be released next week. There is a contest on my website. Just read the excerpt and tell me the name of Jon’s first name (Jon is his second name that he uses instead). 

I hope there is magic in your life. Cheers

Jack Wear

Slugging out the words

August 23rd, 2009

I’m really enjoying summer. Like a lot of people I’m trying to jam as much fun as I can into the few short months of good weather. The problem is that I also have to get some writing done. I’ve noticed that at this time of year there are a lot of interruptions, so my writing is a stop and go process. I have to keep going over what i wrote just a few hours ago to get the feel of the story and then the phone rings, or a neighbour drops by for a beer. I don’t complain being interrupted for a beer.

I’m working the third novel of the Castle series and as the story gets more complex,I have to make sure the characters stay consistent with how they think and act. I also have to change them a bit as their experiences in the first two books affect them. I also have the situation of characters living in a different world than the one they were born in. That will make a character change even more. They will not be able to use accepted behaviour on their home world in their new location and will have to adjust accordingly.

I hope you are enjoying summer so far. I know I am even if I do fall behind on my work. 

Magic words

August 19th, 2009

Well I managed to update my website to include the new novel Castle. It wasn’t easy trying to remember all the details to change a page on the website and repairing the links that didn’t work according to plan. I suppose the answer to making that job easier is to do it often enough that I don’t have relearn the process each time.

That is something the characters in Castle have to contend with. I don’t mean updating websites, but rather remembering the correct wording for magic. Many humans on Domum have a rudimentary knowledge of magic, not enough to enrich their lives, but more like an awareness of that it exists. Like myself when trying to get the website to work, disasters can happen. For example, one character in Castle is a prisoner in his own property because he used a youth spell wrong. Like changing a website, one wrong line spell disaster. Of course like the computer experts we have, there are experts in magic as well. And like computer programmers trying to improve software, they are constantly working on improving spells. It can that quest for more magic and power can lead to disaster, including the innocent bystanders.

I have a contest that anyone can enter. You do have to read the excerpt for Castle to get the answer, but if you send in your answer via email, you have a chance to win a PDF of Castle, The fall to Domum.

Book release

July 15th, 2009

Well it took a while, but my novel “Castle” is ready to go.  There are the last minute edits and cover design details to check, but the book should be ready to this weekend. Castle is actually a three book series, and the next one should be ready in another month or two. Currently I’m writing the third book and I hope to have done before the snow flies. The third book is a bit harder to write, I have to go back occasionally to the first two books to make sure small details are correct.

The Castle series can be considered more fantasy than science fiction in some ways, but I wanted to make everything as scientifically feasible as possible. In my last blog I talked about dragons and how I had to find a way make the dragon’s fire.  I had other situations as well, such as how magic works. I used quantum mechanics as a method to allow spells to work. I also made use of crystals as a way to make magic happen but needed them to be more than just a crystal, otherwise ordinary salt crystals would have magical properties. All in all I felt I managed to keep to science retively intact in writing the Castle series.

 I will talk more about Castle on my next blog and some of the other problems I encountered.

Until then, happy reading

JH Wear