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Greetings, Bearers!

I have some good (almost great) news: The Summoning of Clade Josso cover reissue is now complete, and is available for ebook on Smashwords and Amazon! Check it out, and if you’ve been waiting to purchase it, now is the time!

And I GREATLY appreciate the feedback about the MUCH IMPROVED cover! People are loving it and drooling over it! That’s good!

“Wait, J.” you may be saying, “Why is that good but not great?”

Because I’m still waiting on the cover to be taken by Barnes and Noble :(. Not sure what’s going on with it, but I’m trying to get that squared away.

However, if you get it on Smashwords, you’ll still get a readable version with the new cover. So check it out and enjoy!

And on to the second piece: the Star Wars teaser. Yes, I realize that I’ve said to family and friends that I didn’t want ANY glimpse of anything from J.J. Abrams’ upcoming film. I said that I would stand firm and avert my eyes and ears from any clues and images that would give away spoilers and ruin my anticipation.

But I caved. Sue me. ūüėÄ

If you’ve not seen it, check it out. It’s pretty much available anywhere, like Youtube and what not, so sit back and enjoy a little taste of what I hope to be a Magnum Opus that occurs in a galaxy far, far away…

(Now, if there happens to be a polar bear or a smoke monster in the movie…)

So get out there and watch it.

See you in the Vein!

Greetings, Bearers!

As a little introduction to the New Year for you, I’d like to introduce you to the city of Mota, the setting for a portion of the first novel,¬†The Summoning of Clade Josso. ¬†Enjoy the details about the city, particularly if you’ve never read my first novel.

Alright, back to more work!

See you in the Vein!
J. Dean

MotaA city located in the northern region of the Meridian just beyond the circuit of the outermost Cloud Specter, and entered into by the Bearer Clade Josso.  Originally founded by the Cyrconi, Mota is enclosed inside a circular wall, accessible only by a main gate on the north.  No particular individual or group controls the gate, as the citizens of Mota are aware of their isolation and have little to fear from newcomers, so the gate may be opened or closed by anybody in need of using it.  However, the gate is monitored quite frequently by both Sect and Order members, and new arrivals are watched with suspicion and interest; an arrangement which can make it difficult for Bearers to maintain anonymity.

Mota’s layout is rather unusual.¬† The main street of the city is actually an outer road that runs along the outer wall, and various alleys and side streets branch off from that road into the city, set in irregular and asymmetrical patterns.¬† The buildings are fashioned from a cement-like material, and many have odd designs, such as buildings that appear to be staggered blocks stacked atop each other, or even structures that tilt and lean, as if sinking into the ground. The reasons for these architectural anomalies are unknown, nor is it clear whether or not such anomalies accompanied the building of Mota, or if the unusual architecture was the result of some cataclysmic event that occurred during the Sect-Blindmen War. ¬†

Mota’s technology level is primitive.¬† The inhabitants rely upon torches and oil lamps for illumination at night, and transportation comes by ha-bears (single rider or carriage drawn) or on foot.¬† Some work in agriculture, tending to a large field just outside of the city, while many others try to earn a living by taking on trades they used in their first lives.¬† Currency comes in the form of copper coins, a system found occasionally in the Meridian, but many inhabitants, realizing the futility of money in the Meridian, operate on a bartering system, trading service or product for food. ¬†

As with most other cities in the Meridian, the Order and Sect in Mota operate in a sort of “Cold War” system against each other.¬† While open conflict is rare, each side keeps surveillance on the other, and both are ready to act should a Bearer come to the city, although any combat rarely involves more than a handful of members from each side.¬† ¬†

Greetings, Bearers!

So the waning days of summer are upon us. ¬†Hard to believe fall is just around the corner. ¬†On the one hand I’m happy, because it means that football is starting up: college (Go Blue!), pro (Go Pack Go!) and my son’s Upward flag football league (Go… Titans!?). ¬†But on the other hand, it also means that I’m school-bound again. ¬†Back to the classroom grind ūüė¶

But on another good note that won’t require me to think about teaching right now,¬†Alternate Endings¬†is on its way to being done! ¬†That’s right: soon my collection of short stories will be finished, and I hope to get it out to you in the next month or two. ¬†I’m shooting for the beginning of October at the very latest, but am working my tail off to get it done before then. ¬†One of the funny things about writing that I’ve ¬†learned is that the deadline you set isn’t always the deadline you make. ¬†I don’t know if that’s something unique to me, or if other authors have this trouble, but it’s not fun. ¬†That being said, it’s good to get the work done, and get the stories to you.

As a little treat, I’m also including a short story which serves as a backdrop for the upcoming third novel in the Vein series¬†The Summoning of Kran. ¬†Think of it as a bonus in addition to the other stories included in the collection!

Also, I’m announcing a price change. ¬†As of October 1st, I will be upping the price of my books to $2.99. ¬†Looking at the marketplace, I’m seeing other books go for that much, some of them containing far shorter novels and stories than what I am writing (That’s not a negative criticism by the way; just an observation). ¬†However, as I like to be given fair warning before experiencing drastic changes, I would like to give all of you (and in particular you who have downloaded free samples of the books) some time to get the books before the price raise comes, so if you go to My book links on Smashwords or Amazon between now and September 31st, you’ll still have a chance to buy the first two novels in the Vein for 99 cents!

So take advantage while you still can of the low price, because starting October the deal will be gone! ūüėÄ

Okay, back to writing and editing.  Next week I intend to put out another entry in the Vein Omnibus, so watch for it!  And get ready for some football, folks!

See you in the Vein!

J. Dean

Greetings, Bearers!

In keeping with my New Year’s resolution to get more done, I’m prodding myself a bit through putting up some sections of the omnibus I’m putting together for the Vein series. ¬†So, in keeping with this, I plan on putting up something at least once a month from the omnibus for you to enjoy. ¬†Keep in mind that this isn’t quite a finished product; I’ll be doing some polishing and honing here and there, but what you’ll be getting is essentially correct. ¬†So here is January’s entry for the omnibus: the dreaded creature known as the Cloud Specter, which many of you my readers have come to love! ¬†As always, let me know what you think!

See you in the Vein!

J. Dean

Cloud Specter-A Cloud Specter is a massive being enshrouded within a black cloud that occupies the skies of the Meridian.¬† When it desires to do so, the Cloud Specter can emerge from its billowing vehicle, dropping from the cloud in an inverted manner, so that anybody seeing it will see the creature standing upside down, with its feet planted in the black cloud that carries it.¬† The Cloud Specter has a body that is made from what has been described as “chiseled, swirling cloud,” as its body, though angular and defined, is alive with currents of cloud traveling across its surface, as if one were looking at cloud entrapped in a living statue of glass.¬† The creature’s face alone measures larger in length than the body of a full-grown Talusibat, devoid of a mouth, possessing a hint of something that should be a nose, and alive with a pair of blazing yellow rings that are set in the place of eyes.

It is unknown as to how many Cloud Specters occupy the Meridian, but the general consensus is that at least more than one exists, and some have speculated that as many as five may be roaming the Meridian heavens.  This uncertainty is due in part to the lack of information about the Specters given in any ancient texts, and even the Scrolls of the Sects say nothing about these heavenly giants prior to the War between the Sovereign and Balys-Crahly, which leads most to believe that the creatures either did not exist in their current form at the pre-war time, or that they acted in a way that was more recluse, thus the lack of attention paid to them.

¬†The Cloud Specters have prescribed circuits that they take through the Meridian, the most prominent and well-known of them being the one which traverses along the Meridian’s outermost area, not far from the Edge.¬† Lookouts in the perimeter cities of the Meridian have reported seeing the “boiling blackness” traveling along its regular route, independent of any contrary wind that might be pushing in a different direction. ¬†

¬†A Cloud Specter is an extremely dangerous creature to encounter.¬† The visible presence of any Being on the ground is enough to cause the Specter to emerge from its cloud and pursue whatever or whoever may be on the earth below in an attempt to kill it by slamming it into the earth in the matter that a person might swat at an insect.¬† A Specter, once aroused by a Being’s presence, will chase down that being and attempt to kill him, but it should be noted that a Specter will not wander too far from its circuit and will break off any attack if the intended target escape’s the Specter’s “comfort zone.” This is not as easy as it may¬† sound, for it takes a Specter only one giant stride to cross a distance of more than fifty paces, and the Specter’s ability to move with such haste makes it almost impossible to outrun on foot.¬† Even on ha-bear or sand slither, escape is not guaranteed, and the intended target’s only chances for survival are to press on as fast as possible and hope that he is near enough to the edge of the Specter’s circuit that the creature will be dissuaded from giving chase, or to find a place to hide and hope that the Specter does not discover their location (as Clade was able to do).¬† In the city of Sarphyx, the aircraft pilots are discouraged from leaving the city limits, as their airships lack the ability to outrun any oncoming Specters, and also because the Specters seem to be drawn to any airborne object that is not a cloud.

¬†There is no known weapon capable of killing a Cloud Specter, although a surge delivered from a Sect scythe will cause a Specter visible discomfort and grant a momentary delay for anything in its path to try to escape.¬† All other weapons produce no effect; the Cloud Specter’s body simply absorbs the projectile or other attack and continues its own assault. ¬†For this reason, travelers in the open Meridian are warned to not linger in one place for too long, especially if they are not familiar with the creature’s circuits.

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! ¬†ūüôā

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

*GASP* Greetings, Bearers! *COUGH, COUGH*

Finally!¬† Access to a computer and an update to share!¬† For those of you who have been hanging on, wondering whether or not I was sucked into a trans-dimensional wormhole opened by a gang of evil beet-eating cows dressed in clown shoes, I’m happy to report that the rumor was false.

They ate mushrooms, not beets.

Anyway, on a more serious note, a shout out goes to the ever-increasing fanbase of my novels and short stories, especially¬†The Summoning of Clade Josso.¬† Those of you who have made recent purchases of the book, I’m looking forward to hearing from you, getting your thoughts and comments about the book.¬† Please feel free to drop me a line and let me know what’s up!

I’ve come up with a working title of my upcoming short story collection.¬† Right now, it’s called Alternate Endings, and while the majority of the works will be scifi and horror, I’ve got a few other curveballs that might work their way into the book (How about a little romance storu?¬† I know… I cringed too when I thought about it.¬† But the nucleus of the story was one told to me by a waitress, and it was too good to pass up.¬† Don’t worry: I promise not to make it a habit, and will be sure to include cannibalism or aliens or man-eating stuffed teddy bears in¬†any¬†future love story ideas).

In addition to writing the stories for Alternate Endings, I’m also pushing forward on The Summoning of Kran: The Third Descent into the Vein.¬†¬†This one’s going to end up being a bit¬†longer than Clade Josso or Old Velt.¬† On the one hand, it means more work for me editing (¬†ūüė¶¬† ), but this is offset by the joy I know you readers will get when you see the shaping of this¬†the third novel in the Vein¬†epic ( ūüėÄ ).¬† To be honest, I think it’s shaping up to be one of the best ones I’ve written so far.¬† That’s the cool thing about writing: if you’re doing it¬†right, your work gets better as you go along.

That is, unless you lose your fingers somehow.  Kinda makes it hard to type.

Reading has been good as well.¬† I’ve recently finished Peter Straub’s A Dark Matter and F. Paul Wilson’s The Tomb, both good reads.¬† Straub’s book is a little more of a pure horror story, while Wilson colors his horror with a little more action.¬† A good comparison for the two novels in the realm of movie would be Alien and Aliens: The first movie is the haunted house; the second movie is the roller coaster.¬† Both get big recommendations from me.

Well, that’s it for now.¬†I ¬†hope to send another update your way in the next week or two.¬†¬†¬†God willing, I’ll have something to put up that’ll whet your appetite for more.¬† Until then, keep reading, and contact me!

See you in the Vein!

J. Dean

Greetings, Bearers!

For those who are so inclined to have a physical book in your hands rather than an eBook reader (and I admit, some days I prefer the feel of bound paper to that of an electronic device), I’ve got some good news.¬† The Summoning of Clade Josso¬†has been lowered in price a few bucks, and if you’re like me, you might need that extra few dollars to take care of that sweet tooth addiction!¬† So if you’re waiting for a reason to check out the first novel in the epic of the Vein, here’s your reason!

Okay, back to writing.  Must.. hurry.. before.. Internet.. distracts me!!!

See you in the Vein!

J. Dean

Greetings, Bearers!

What a great day it is!  The rain has stopped and the sun is shining.  Anything that smacks of warm temperature is enough to put a smile on my face!

I’ve recently learned that The Summoning of Clade Josso and The Summoning of Old Velt will be featured in an online book club courtesy of Ms. Ceri Clark¬†who resides across the pond in England (Thank you again, Ms. Clark!¬† And congrats on the wedding today, partly because this one didn’t interfere with my morning cartoons!¬† I’m still a bit traumatized by that other wedding¬†incident with Di and Charles taking the place of the Superfriends, but I’m getting over it… mostly…).¬† Anyway, check out THIS LINK and scroll down to September of 2012.¬† Any of you who are in that book club are welcome to drop me a line with any questions or thoughts!

So, despite my desire to do the jitterbug of joy for the rest of the afternoon, it is back to work, as well as back to prayers for those who lost so much down south due to the tornado outbreak.¬† If you’re down there and reading this, know that I am keeping you in prayer, and look to help in other possible ways as well.

The weekend comes.¬† I might be trying out arena football; that’s how desperate I am to see a flying pigskin.

See you in the Vein!

J. Dean

Greetings, Bearers!

I almost forgot: Clade Josso was interviewed a little while ago.

No, not me: Clade.¬† The little ungrateful snot went and found himself an interview when I wasn’t looking. You can find it HERE.¬† Scroll down a little bit, and you’ll see it.¬† I wish he’d act a little more thankful for how I wrote the book.¬† I mean, it’s not like I killed him off or something.

Not yet, at least.

See you in the Vein!

J. Dean

Greetings, Bearers!

Before getting to the business of stories and writing, I just had to give a shout out to my Michigan Wolverines. Last night, they shot down the Michigan State Spartans in a good game, and although basketball’s not my thing, you give credit where credit is due. Go Blue!!!

Now, on to writing and reading. I”m still plugging away at Joe Hill’s Heart Shaped box, and although I’m not ready to put up a full review, I can say for a fact that I’d definitely recommend this book for a great example of good horror writing. So, if you’re not willing to wait for the full review, go ahead and take a chance on the book. I give the guy two thumbs up for writing a novel scary enough for preventing me from reading it just before bedtime.

As for my own writing, I’m plugging away at my short story-which is starting to look more like a novella now, a bad habit of mine-and pushing through The Summoning of Kran. I’m also working on getting another cover for The Summoning of Clade Josso and The Summoning of Old Velt. When you don’t have the talent to design a good cover, you have to fess up to it, and I’m guilty as charged for being inept at designing good covers for novels. Short stories are one thing: you can get away with something a little less formal in design. But for the novel, you need an attractive cover, and as much as I maintain that novels should not be judged by their covers, it happens nevertheless. Sooooooo…. time for me to get with it.

Well, back to work. In the meantime, keep reading, and again I put out a hearty “thank you” for all who have purchased my books and short stories this month! Enjoy!

See you in the Vein!

J. Dean