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Greetings, Bearers!

No, my silence has not been due to the travesty that was the Michigan-Ohio State game:

Kinda hard to win a game when you’re playing 11 on 14. (Do I still sound a bit angry?  Do I still care about the fact that apparently no Buckeye ever holds on calls?  Well.. maybe a little bit..).  The lack of updates here has been due to 1.) my writing (still going), 2.) my business in my other job that pays the bills, and 3.) the approach of December 25th, the annual time of year where we manage to make what should be leisure time as laborious as possible.

Which reminds me… I have a little gift for all of you.  But first, I want to speak to a question that I don’t think I’ve taken the time to answer in detail.

One of the things that has been proposed to me is that I try to write a Christmas piece.  After all, people say, it’s done by a great many other writers, J., so why don’t you do that as well?   And it is true that you’ll find special Christmas works done by authors much in the same way you’ll see musicians put out Christmas songs and albums.  It’s pretty customary for artists to do, both for artistic and commercial reasons.

All that to respond to those who ask me if I’ll be scripting a Christmas story with “No… not right now.”  Let me explain why.

First and foremost, Christmas is a sacred season for me.  As many know, I am a confessional Christian, and while I don’t push it down the throats of others, I don’t hide it either.  Meaning that my approach to Christmas is one of serious reverence and serious consideration.  I would not feel right simply putting out a piece that missed the point of the holiday (or worse yet, twisted it in a terrible way).  When and if I do decide to put something out there, I want it to be respectful and honoring to the One born in Bethlehem that night.  I’m not saying my work will necessarily be a sacred/religious one; I’m just saying that I don’t want to put out something that is blatantly in conflict with the Christian faith.

Which brings me to my second, related point: to be frank, I simply have not had much success with ideas for Christmas stories.  Actually, let me rephrase that: I have had ideas for Christmas stories, but they’ve all ended up being either decidedly not as Christmas-related as I’d like, or far too predictable and sappy (much like those Hallmark channel movies you see around this time of year… Does anybody actually watch those movies?).  And I don’t want to do that.  I like to take unusual angles with writing, and I feel that I would be cheating you, my thousands (:D) of dear readers.  I don’t want to put out a peace that people read and shrug their shoulders at.  I want something that is fresh, different in its approach.  And that can be a very difficult thing to do with Christmas, as so much of it is dealt with in many a book and movie.

With that being said, don’t rule out a Christmas tale from me.  This “guilt attack” seems to come upon me every November, and each time I do deliberately give thought to putting together a Christmas tale, but due to the reasons I’ve put forth above, nothing ever manifests itself.  Nevertheless, if I do get a good idea, even if it’s in the middle of May (and I do NOT like it when people obsess over Christmas outside of the Christmas season, btw), I’ll work on it.

Now, having said all of that, I do have a little gift for you.

Between now and January 5th, 2017, you can get my short story 2-pack  Surrealities part III for free.  Simply go to smashwords.com, enter the coupon JH83H, and read to your heart’s content! Even though it’s not really a Christmas item, consider it my Christmas present to you.  If you like it, pass it on to others, and let me know what you think!

Okay, four more shopping days ’til Christmas…or is it five? I’ve got wrapping and writing and bowl games and boxes to tend to.  Good grief… I might need a day off from Christmas!

Anyway, enjoy, and see you in the Vein!

J. Dean

 

Greetings and Merry Christmas to you, Bearers!

As a special treat for all of you (and especially for those of you who have not yet purchased my works), I’d like to offer up all of my Vein novels as well as Alternate Endings on Smashwords for half off between today and January 25th!  Simply log in the coupon codes listed below for the works you’d like to purchase from Smashwords, and enjoy!

Well, back to enjoying Christmas for me.  Tonight I’m going to be seeing the new Star Wars movie for the first time, so I’m pumped about that.  Friends of mine (who are old enough to remember like I am) said it was like going back in time to see A New Hope as a kid all over again.  Needless to say, I’m geeked.

And I’m still trying to invent the lightsaber, too. 😀

So look below, use the coupons, enjoy the stories, and pass them on to anybody who you think would be interested!

Hopefully, next year I’ll have some more new works ready for you to enjoy.  And for those out in the Seattle area, looking forward to meeting y0u at RadCon!

See you in the Vein!

J. Dean

Books and coupons

The Summoning of Clade Josso: TE44F

The Summoning of Old Velt: JM69S

The Summoning of Kran: JG34A

Alternate Endings: AF27N

 

Greetings, Bearers!

Looking forward to another relaxing break from the everyday, as I hope that you are as well. I and the family will be putting in some well-deserved down time from the daily grind and enjoy our Christmas and New Year’s (save for the fact that Michigan is not in a bowl game this year 😦 . Hopefully that will change as soon as Jimmah gets home… because he will…. I think…)

Anyway, to celebrate, I’m running a special half-off coupon between now and Jan 1st for you to enjoy. All of my full-length novels and my short story collection Alternate Endings are fifty percent off for the next twelve days. So take advantage of it while you can.

Here’s the coupon list. Remember, though, that these coupons only work for the Smashwords link, so you’ll have to get them from there rather than Amazon or Barnes and Noble (fortunately the Smashwords ebooks are compatible with all e-readers).

50% off coupons on smashwords.com
The Summoning of Clade Josso: FG57B
The Summoning of Old Velt: KH64E
The Summoning of Kran: FX48P
Alternate Endings: VE39A

So use, enjoy, and spread the word!

Have a great Christmas and a great New Year, and you’ll be hearing from me come January!

And no peeking at your presents! (Okay, that’s more directed at myself than anybody else…)

See you in the Vein!

J. Dean

Greetings, Bearers!

No, contrary to possible rumors,I wasn’t hung over from Thanksgiving all that time (I’m really not a drinker anyway).  Instead, I’ve been busting tail writing The Summoning of Bherta as well as a couple of other short stories that I might be releasing as a little 99 cent side piece for your enjoyment.  😀

I’ve also got some reading time put aside, and intend to get back into a good book.  Recently I’ve been re-reading J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Silmarillion (The only book of Tolkien’s that I’ve ever read all the way through, incidentally), and also picked up a new copy of a novel recommended to me by a friend entitled The Rat King by B.W. Hankinson. This latter book intrigued me, as the friend who recommended it compared it to A Game of Thrones, and while I have mixed thoughts about what I’ve seen so far from the George R.R. Martin epic (I’ll be putting those thoughts up sometime soon), I do have to admit that the medieval mythos has become a bit more alluring to me in recent days (Blame it on my friendship with people who read a lot of Tolkien, and my recent discovery of the television series Camelot; again a show that has elements both attractive and dissuasive to me).   Perhaps it’s the weaponry. I’m rather fond of firearms, but there is something beautiful and elegant about a sword and other hand-to-hand weapons that a gun just doesn’t always convey.  In either case, I’m looking forward to a second trip into the history of Middle Earth, as well as this new and fascinating fantasy that Hankinson puts forth.

And, in addition, I’ve been getting ready for the Advent season and Christmas, one of my favorite times of year.  Granted, I’d probably like it a whole lot more if that dreaded white stuff didn’t slick up the roads and turn me into a paranoid freak who dreads getting behind the wheel every time a flake or two falls to the ground, but all of that aside I do like Christmas  (Ever had a Christmas in Hawaii?  It can be done without snow!)

So writing is going along well.  Editing for The Summoning of Kran has been a bit slower as a result, though, but in light of the fact that people seem to be enjoying Alternate Endings, that’s okay.  Looks like the third novel in the Vein series might not be released until next January.  Sorry about the later release, but I’m taking my time editing it, and I’d rather it be late and done right than rushed out to you and look slipshod and reckless in its presentation and content.  So if you’re anxious, bear with me; it WILL get done!

Also, as a result of my fervor for getting stories put out first and foremost, the Vein Omnibus has been put on hold for a little while.  Don’t worry, though: those of you who have been asking will get more information put up from the Omnibus soon.  The problem with the holiday season is that, in the process of buying and wrapping gifts (Yes, I wrap gifts… I heard that laughter over there in Chicago!), saying “hi” and “bye” to every single person at every single party, and fighting a losing battle with LED lights that have a shorter lifespan than a red shirt crewman from Star Trek, I’m forced to choose between writing, editing, and omnibus development.  And given the choice, the writing is the one I’m always going to put over the other two.  Again: I will get back to the other stuff soon.  But for now, I need to write before I can revise, and that’s a whole lot more important to me (and to you) for now.

In the meantime, if you’re new to this world, please don’t forget to check out my short story collection mentioned above, as well as Clade Josso and Old Veltmy first two novels in the Vein Epic.  And as always, let me know what you think!

Well, on to writing.  I’ll be posting again in the next week, so keep checking back here for more updates!

And remember: Never wear the red Starfleet uniform tunic.  EVER

See you in the Vein!

J. Dean

EDIT: Almost forgot.  I mentioned Bowl Games in the title and didn’t even discuss this one!  I’m pleased that my Michigan Wolverines are facing off against South Carolina, even though this is going to be a very tough game to win.  How are you guys liking you teams’ bowl games?  Feel free to share!

Post-Christmas greetings, Bearers!

I hope and trust that your Christmas time went as well as mine.  The family and I spent a little time outside of home, attending the Little Caesar’s Pizza Bowl in Detroit, where we were split down the middle as to which team to side with (I and my father-in-law chose Western Michigan; the wife and son picked Purdue.  I’m still wiping the egg off my face…).  That time capped off probably one of the best Christmases I’ve had in quite some time.  Not that past Christmases have been terrible or anything, mind you.  But this particular one will stick out as a pleasant memory that, like a fine wine, will be good to visit in the cellar of my mind and sip from memory, as it will be as sweet in my old age as it is now in my not-so-youthful youth.

And speaking of fleeting youth… hard to believe that New Year’s will be upon us next Sunday!  As I will be via slaving around the house and attempting to find time to write (I got a whole forty minutes yesterday!), I want to take the time to wish all of you a VERY happy new year, with the best of what’s in store for 2012.  For me, it’ll be getting The Summoning of Kran finished up and ready for you to enjoy, as well as (hopefully soon) wrapping up the loose ends on Alternate Endings so that you’ll have my first real short story collection in your hands.

Remember something else too: every year brings good things, even if we don’t see those things right away, so if your year isn’t looking to be so bright right away, give it time.  More often than not, we get so overwhelmed and preoccupied with things that don’t go our way, and miss out on a multitude of things that do go our way.  Take the time to look for the good things, even when they might not be so obvious at first.

And no, the world is not going to end in 2012.  At least, the world I know won’t end 😀

There is still time for those of you who are new to the Ebook world to take advantage of my BOGO offer.  Don’t forget to drop me a line in order to get the coupon!  And for those who have recently joined the world of the Vein, I bring you welcome, and sincerely thank you for venturing out with the rest of us!  I promise you a wild ride that you won’t soon forget!

And, finally, if you’re a Dr. Who fan, enjoy THIS little clip.

Okay, time to work, write, and sneak more chocolate.

See you in the Vein!
J.Dean

Woo-Hoo, Bearers!!!

I’m writing to you at home from my brand new, very own IMac, courtesy of Mrs. J. Dean!  She comes to me the other day and says, “Hey, honey, would you like to open your Christmas present early?”

I said “YEEESSSSSSS!!!

(For those of you who don’t know, I’m the kind of fellow who snoops around the house for my presents.  Doesn’t spoil my Christmas at all!)

So, she gives me the present, and now I have the immense pleasure of writing to you from this massive screen that looks more like an HDTV than a computer!  This thing is awesome, and I’ve barely scratched the surface on all of the bells and whistles it has.  I was quite happy.  Still am.  This must be what Ralphie felt like when he opened up that last present hidden behind the bureau and got his Red Rider BB gun.  Of course, I can’t shoot anything with the iMac; I’ve got other tools for that 😉

So anyway, I’m writing to you from home now.  No more waiting around when I want to blog and give you guys news.  And right now, the news is good: I’m making progress on The Summoning of Kran and hope to get it finished over this Christmas and New Year’s break.  Also, I hope to hear from my book cover person and see a draft of the cover soon, meaning you’ll get to see it as well.

And, most importantly, the Christmas shopping is done!  Can I hear a “Hoo-Hah!”?

So for those of you not finished with your shopping, shop on!  Keep my books in mind as a present, too, especially as a download for anybody getting an Ereader or tablet as a gift.  It would make a nice surprise for the recipient, don’t you think? 😀

And before I go, remember the Reason for Christmas.  Here’s a LINK for some music to remind us all!

Merry Christmas!  I’ll be contacting y’all again next week!

See you in the Vein!

J. Dean

Greetings, Bearers and soon-to-be Bearers!

Ah, Christmas… one of my favorite times of the year.  Well, except for the snow, that is.  I have to tell you, if you’ve never spent a Christmas in Hawaii, you need to do so.  Best thing in the world, going to the beach on Christmas day, walking around in eighty degree weather, and seeing Santa on a sleigh pulled by eight dolphins!  Nothing like it. 

And this brings me to my second favorite part of Christmas (the first being Christ): giving gifts!  🙂

With this Christmas, I’d like to make a special offer for those of you who have not yet purchased The Summoning of Clade Josso on Smashwords.  Purchase Clade Josso anytime on Smashwords between now and December 31st, and then send me a personal message through this site or Via Email including a copy of your Smashwords receipt, and I will send you a coupon to download The Summoning of Old Velt Ebook for free!  This BOGO is a great way for you to take your first steps into the world of the Vein if you have not done so, and if you already have, feel free to pass on this special offer to others!

Well, back to the grind and spreading myself thin.  I’m past three hundred pages on The Summoning of Kran and am still going strong, and I’m also prepping the Vein omnibus (which is a lot of work, but also a blast to do).  In addition, the cover for Alternate Endings   will soon be on its way.  Maybe it’ll show up as a Christmas present for both me and you guys!  

And once again, a hearty shout-out to you newcomers in the Vein!  I don’t take my readers for granted; you’re a special group of people for taking a chance on me.  Thank you SO much!

See you in the Vein, and 16 days to Christmas!

J. Dean

Greetings, Bearers!

Alas, Christmas and New Years are almost upon us.  Hard to believe, especially in light of the fact that… *sniff*… football season is almost over!  But then again, all good things this side of eternity have to come to an end.  On the plus side, perhaps Michigan will do well in its bowl game.  It’ll be interesting to see what fate awaits Coach Rodriguez if my maize and blue gridiron warriors come up short.  Regardless of the outcome, the Wolverines will rise again.  It’s just a matter of time.

So the writing continues, and I’ve started another piece that will have to wait until I get back from Christmas break to finish, unfortunately.  On the plus side, I’ll have plenty of time to keep rolling with The Summoning of Kran and make good headway on it.  But before I head out and go incognito for the next week and a half, let me leave you with the first line of my newest short story:

My name is Perry Prescott, and I’m going to live forever.

Happy Christmas and a Prosperous New Year!  And if you’ve not yet done it, check out my Christmas Special that continues until January 1st!

See you in the Vein!

J. Dean

Greetings, Bearers!

This month only, I’ve got a special Christmas present for you.  Purchase The Summoning of Clade Josso at Smashwords between now and December 31st, and receive a coupon found at the end of the novel good for buying The Summoning of Old Velt for FREE!  That’s right, folks: it’s a buy one, get one free offer, one that I hope you’ll take advantage of and enjoy!  It’s only on Smashwords, and only for this month, so if you want the offer, head on over and check it out!  If you’ve been curious about this epic series, but have not yet taken the opportunity to start the journey, now is a great time to start!

Well, back to work for me, but please take advantage of this special offer, for this month only!

See you in the Vein!

J. Dean