Honest reviews

Damonza_Lucifers_Odyssey_1BI love honest reviews. The good and the bad. Reading both are guilty pleasures of mine, but I’m going to call out a recent one because I think it does a great job of highlighting one of my absolute biggest disappointments about Lucifer’s Odyssey. Here’s the last paragraph:

Honest Opinion: After reading “Lucifer’s Odyssey”, I probably would not have bought “The Goblin Rebellion”. The writing style is simple and direct, and leaves the story feeling like a skeleton. That would have been a mistake. “The Goblin Rebellion” is worth reading, but one cannot begin to comprehend the storyline without the events in “Lucifer’s Odyssey”.

Lucifer’s Odyssey was my first novel, and I paid for an extensive edit of the novel from someone who had worked with David Dalglish and other authors I trusted. Since it was my first novel, I didn’t trust myself or my impression of the book, and I wanted to learn more about editing and really listen to this editor. I knew the story was controversial, and I really wanted to do it justice. The editor ended up recommending that I focus on show not tell and completely rewrite the book and try to make the characters not ramble on about what was going on in their heads or “preaching” about the meaning of what was going on. I was worried, but I was also completely invested. I agreed to rewrite, and for the most part, he really did help the book be more fun. I think the action of the book especially went to another level.

However, Lucifer’s Odyssey was always a meta fiction. There were plot lines and underlying themes that really shouldn’t have been left to “show not tell”, and it was, I think, unfair to readers. There was a complex multiverse underneath and a lot of characters. This was not the kind of book that should have been almost purely show and not tell.

I’ve gone back and made small changes to try to help fix what was done during editing–to let people know that if they can stick with the first book and see their way into The Goblin Rebellion and Shadows of Our Fathers, then I think they’ll really enjoy where the story ends up and the style of writing is more my own and not my original editor’s. As the 2nd and 3rd book were being written and I was processing feedback from readers and friends, I grew more of a backbone and stuck to my guns on the internal dialogue of characters and reiterating major trains of thought. I think it’s for the best. Shadows of My Fathers is my favorite book that I’ve written. I feel like it is more of the style that I hope to write in, with more thoughts from characters and a more natural story flow. The problem is that it is the THIRD book in a series, and the first book is more stressful to read than I think it should be because of our editing decisions.

Oh well, work still continues on the new series. High Fantasy. Elves, orcs, humans, kings and queens, intrigue, plots, necromancers and paladins. I’m not going to promise the series will be “normal”. When you see the eventual book blurb, you’ll see my penchant for enjoying bad guy characters who do good things.


Other things that are going on: giveaways

So, another day, another free giveaway on instafreebie. I know, I know. You may have to send yourself an epub from that site to your kindle account, and that’s inconvenient, but for many, that may be an acceptable amount of work. I sure hope so, because these authors have undoubtedly put a lot of work into writing their novels. Like I mentioned in the last post, I’ll be on the lookout for other sites to be a part of. What’s nice about instafreebie is that it’s inexpensive and helps authors build newsletters and ways to promote their books.

Anyway, last day of this giveaway. There’s a lot of books that seem to lean more into the romance category, but there are also some interesting military sci-fi, space sci-fi, and other genres that I like. Let me know if you find something fun and interesting in here!

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Anyway, to those of you who review books honestly, good and bad, thank you. You do a great service for readers, and we authors really do appreciate it!

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Sci-Fi/Fantasy Giveaways

Congratulations to the five people who won full sets of paperbacks of The Primal Patterns series on Goodreads. I ended up personalizing the copies with autographs and messages, and I hope you enjoy the inscriptions :D!

There are a couple of other giveaways going on, and these involve a bunch of great independent Sci-fi/Fantasy authors. The giveaways are going on over the middle of this month, and you should definitely mosey on over and peruse the selection. Let me know if you find anything good, so I can grab something good for my to-be-read (TBR) pile too!

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In the above giveaway, there is also a giveaway for 52 free sci-fi/fantasy paperbacks, including books by George R. R. Martin, Neil Gaiman, Stephen King, Hugh Howey and lots of authors. That contest is going on for 2 more months, I believe, and is valued at between 800-1,000 dollar value for the lucky winner.

I do plan on doing another Goodreads giveaway of paperbacks for my own Primal Patterns set, so stay tuned on that if you didn’t win the first full set giveaway!

There are also some really great $.99 deals going on, which includes The Goblin Rebellion out of the Primal Patterns set for a limited time (the duration of this promotion). So, if you want to recommend a friend to the series, take advantage of the free ebook edition of Lucifer’s Odyssey and the $.99 edition of The Goblin Rebellion. Also, check out the list on this site and let me and others know what else you see there that is worth putting on the TBR shelf.

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There’s another promotion I’m involved in on June 19th, but it’s not live yet. I’ll let you know more about that when it goes active.

Enjoy the free and discounted books and have a great rest of the week!!!

Giveaways of Paperbacks and eBooks

Shadows-of-our-fathers_4ASo, in celebration of the release of Shadows of Our Fathers, I am giving away five full sets of paperback copies on Goodreads, and 100 eBook copies of The Goblin Rebellion. If you’re wanting to pick up some of these gorgeous paperbacks or get your hands on a free eBook copy of The Goblin Rebellion, be sure to sign up through Goodreads and LibraryThing, respectively.


Goodreads giveaway: 5 full sets of paperbacks Primal Patterns series. Includes Lucifer’s Odyssey, The Goblin Rebellion, and Shadows of Our Fathers. Giveaway starts on June 1, 2017. Sorry, they wouldn’t let me start it right away :D!


The-goblin-rebellion_4_BLibraryThing giveaway (Search for “Goblin Rebellion” or “Rex Jameson”): 100 eBook copies will be gifted via Smashwords coupons. With Smashwords coupons, you can download any eBook format you want, including mobi (Kindle), epub (Nook), PDF, etc.

If you are wanting to introduce your friends or family to the Primal Patterns series, there’s never been a better time than when they can get 2 of the eBooks for free (Lucifer’s Odyssey and The Goblin Rebellion)!

Shadows of Our Fathers now available

I’m happy to announce that Shadows of Our Fathers is online and available at Amazon and Smashwords. As soon as the Barnes and Noble and Apple bookstores get updated with the distributions from Smashwords, I’ll update the novels page.

As for what I’m writing next? I’m probably going to shelve the Winter Phenomenon and the Cahokia series I had been planning and maybe try a High Fantasy series. That’s my current plan.

Shadows-of-our-fathers_4ATitle: Shadows of our Fathers
Purchase (ebook): Amazon | Smashwords
Series: Primal Patterns (3)
Genre: Speculative Fiction
Word count: 115,000
Abstract:

Angels and demons fall as the Great War between Order and Chaos comes to a close. For those who thought Jehovah’s days of smiting stopped in the Old Testament, it’s time to give the devil his due.

In the face of democratic and social reforms, the Chaos Universe struggles with its past while pursuing the future that King Lucifer promises. While the demons thrive, the creator of the Elven universe looks to his own past for the salvation of his favorite immortals. Jehovah’s wife Gaea and son Isaac seek asylum in Chaos as Lucifer and Jehovah have their final, apocalyptic battle.

“Shadows of Our Fathers” is the last book of the Lucifer’s Fall trilogy, and book three in the Primal Patterns series.

Progress on Final Readthrough

Shadows-of-our-fathers_4ASo, I’m going through my final readthrough of Shadows of Our Fathers, and there are certain chapters that I simply cannot wait for more people to read. There is a significant lull in this book where description of the calm before the storm is taking place. Rebuilding of Arnessa. Reforms in Alurabum. The peculiarities of Lucifer’s son. And then Chapter 11 happens. And then a new villain finally enters–a villain who has really been pulling strings the whole time. And then Chapter 13, which is just my favorite fight scene that I think I’ve ever written. So much fun.

I’m just hoping people don’t get too bored with the lull before Chapter 11. The lull here was intentional to show how peace has affected the demons and made them forget how menacing Jehovah still is. I’m just not sure how this is going to play out with others. I read so much of this, and I remember foreshadowing I put into Lucifer’s Odyssey and The Goblin Rebellion and to me that’s exciting. But to others? I’ve only had one beta reader return me an opinion and it was glowing, but it was also short: “I just finished it this morning and I loved it. I haven’t had such a good read in months. After getting into it I just couldn’t get enough.” I’m feeling the same way in my readthrough, but I’m not really feeling this unstoppable pull toward the end until Chapter 11. I’m hoping that readers can get through the lull and into the good stuff. It’s there. You just have to keep pushing past the peace! Ha!

Anyway, I think we’re still on for May 26th. So far, so good. I’ve tightened up some scenes. Tweaked some dialogue. Certain chapters are going to seem like mysteries until the end–until you see what the oracles have been seeing all along, but hopefully, you guys are going to find this as fun and entertaining as I do.

I’m not sure if you guys have noticed, but I’ve dropped The Goblin Rebellion ebook to 0.99. I’m going to keep it there until at least the end of June. And I’m probably going to release Shadows of Our Fathers at 0.99 to let you all get your hands on this really cheaply. Be sure to share it with friends, and don’t forget to leave reviews (good or bad) to let others know how you felt reading the book. It’s important! Reviews are how we all figure out what we’re going to read next, and I and other readers appreciate you taking the time to share your reactions!

Anyway, back to the book!

Shadows of Our Fathers Update

Shadows-of-our-fathers_4AWe’re in the home stretch on Shadows of Our Fathers. I have received a cover from Damonza that I absolutely love. Damonza has been an absolute delight to work with. Anytime I have asked for changes, they have delivered, and I am not the easiest person to please. I really do appreciate the three covers they have done.

I plan to do another readthrough of Shadows of Our Fathers this weekend, after the Nebulas, and see if there is anything I can see that needs to be tightened up before release. As with The Goblin Rebellion, there is a lull in the action at the beginning where the plot is being setup for the book. After the devastation of The Goblin Rebellion, I think readers need this kind of lull and rebuild. But I could be wrong. If you’d like to be involved in the final beta reading before launch, let me know. To see how the covers will look together, I’m including small versions below.

What do you think of the third cover? Like it? Love it? Dislike it? Let me know!

Primal Patterns Series Re-launch

In preparation for the release of Shadows of Our Fathers, I have added new content to Lucifer’s Odyssey and The Goblin Rebellion, and I am redoing covers and blurbs. Because the books will be different, including a new author’s note for Lucifer’s Odyssey to help explain how the series differs from biblical canon, I have taken the series down for now.

To give you a glimpse into these new changes, I wanted to show you the new covers and blurbs for the first two books.


Damonza_Lucifers_Odyssey_1BWhat if Earth was not the only planet Jehovah cared about? What if humanity was not the only intelligent race that Jehovah had created? What if the war between angels and demons had a much more ancient history that spanned three universes and many billions of light years of space?

The Lucifer’s Fall trilogy of the Primal Patterns series is the story of the most celebrated demon warrior and king in history, and the birth of a moral and intellectual renaissance in the Chaos Universe. The first book, “Lucifer’s Odyssey”, traces the demon prince Lucifer from his imprisonment by Jehovah on Earth to the betrayal of his parents in Chaos and a shaky alliance with the Elven people. Filled with irreverent humor and fast paced action, Lucifer’s Odyssey beckons you to take a journey through space and time into a story where elven technology meets the ruthlessness of the demon race and the potential of Jehovah’s great creations.

“Lucifer’s Odyssey” is the first book of the Lucifer’s Fall trilogy, and book one in the Primal Patterns series.


The-goblin-rebellion_4_BLucifer has become King of Chaos, and the elves and demons have repaired their relationship. To those on the outside, Jehovah’s plans for the multiverse may appear to be in peril. But the Lord works in mysterious ways…

Jehovah imprisons Lucifer’s son and enlists the support of elven dissidents who have lost loved ones to Lucifer’s past deeds. Lucifer’s reforms in Chaos spark controversy at home and abroad, and the bond between the elven king Elandril and the demon king Lucifer grows stronger despite the protests of political elites in the elven capital of Arnessa. To get at the demons, Jehovah must isolate them. An enemy alliance is only as strong as its weakest link.

“The Goblin Rebellion” is the second book of the Lucifer’s Fall trilogy, and book two in the Primal Patterns series.


The cover for Shadows of our Fathers is still being worked on by Damonza. Once I have that ready, I’ll post that too. Do you like where things are going? What do you think of the changes?

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