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Greetings, Bearers!

It is my pleasure to introduce to you one of my new short stories, entitled “Cat, Burglar.” Check it out on smashwords and let me know what you think!

Cat burglar

(Told you I wasn’t sleeping all day)

So enjoy my latest release while I dive back down and do more writing!

See you in the Vein!

J. Dean

Greetings, Bearers!

Finally, after years of wandering in the wilderness (read: being nitpicky about how my stories look to the point of being neurotic), I am pleased to say that Surrealities, Part I, is now available on Smashwords  for only 99 cents! 

(Pause for the audience to say “It’s about time!” 😀 )

So come on over and check out my first installment of a series of short stories that range from science fiction to outright horror.  Each part of Surrealities will have a bit of a different theme, although all of them will include something unusual and off-kilter (just like me!).  And my intention is that the next installment won’t take nearly as long for publication, so you should be seeing Part II coming out much sooner… so long as I am not abducted by aliens.  Again.

Okay, back to insanity for me.  Enjoy the stories, and let me know what you think of them!  And as always, if you like them, tell other people about them!

See you in the Vein!

J. Dean

Greetings, Bearers!

Before I jump into the meat of the post, I want to throw out a hearty welcome to those of you who have been looking at Clade Josso and some of the other works from Smashwords.  To you I say Thank you and hope you continue to enjoy reading the works as much as I enjoyed writing them.

All is going well.  Editing of Kran is moving along, as well as getting close to the end of Bherta, and I’ve contacted a potential cover artist for my short story duet, which will be on its way as soon as I can get a cover and tie up some other loose ends with the stories! 😀   Hopefully, you’ll have some “back to school” reading available for you, compliments of Yours Truly, when all is said and done.  Again, those of you who are patiently waiting, I thank you VERY much for your understanding.  And thank you again for the feedback that some of you have sent regarding my works that you’ve read!  If you are one of the many who have picked up my work but  haven’t dropped me a line, please feel free to do so.

And now, my potential announcement about branching out: I’m considering fooling around with mystery/detective writing.

Now, those of you who have expressed love for the sci-fi/fantasy/horror works, don’t panic.  I’ll still be working on more stories in those “Veins” (yes, pun intended 🙂 ) as that will always be a passion for me to pursue.  But I’ve been fiddling with a character that’s taken shape in my imagination, and think that he could be put to use in a genre other than the fantastic.  He’s meant to be a bit of an unconventional take on the private investigator persona, with a few differences thrown in here and there, and he has at least one semi-short story reserved for him, perhaps more if it proves to be successful.

And, much to the delight of my Bear-loving son, he’ll be set in Chicago.

So that’s what I’m looking into adding to my plate, along with keeping the imagination working in the otherworldly sense as well.  Back to writing, work, and football for me now.  Keep the feedback coming, folks!

See you in the Vein!

J. Dean

Greetings, Bearers!

For the first full week of March, Smashwords.com is putting on the “Read an Ebook Week” which involves good deals on a great many Ebooks.  As a good sport (and an ambitious person who wants people to read my stuff 😀 ), I’m getting in on the deal.

So for next week only, you can get my first novel in the Vein series, The Summoning of Clade Josso for free on Smashwords, and can also get my second Vein novel The Summoning of Old Velt and my short story collection Alternate Endings for half off the normal price each ($1.50).  Smashwords adapts to pretty much any ebook reader or tablet out there, so it’s a great opportunity for you to check out a number of up-and-coming indie authors (including yours truly 😀 ) and see their stories.

So check it out and enjoy!

See you in the Vein!

J. Dean

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 😦

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! 😀

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 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!

So it’s done.  I’ve removed “Fraidy-Cat” and “10:15” from the Smashwords site. Those of you who were able to get and enjoy them, more power to you!  Don’t despair if you didn’t get to read them, though.  I’m going to take them and clean them up for the upcoming Alternate Endings collection.  And, of course, Nick is still available, along with my novels and a couple of poems, so there’s still some other free stuff. I’m not a total Scrooge.  😉 

Some of the stories in Alternate Endings will be previous releases, but a good deal more of them are new releases never before seen by the public at large.  When I’m finished editing (ugh… not fun..) and Kim from hotdamndesigns.com sends me my cover for evaluation, the book will soon be available for your enjoyment.  (By the way, if you go to Kim’s website, you’ll note that most of the covers are romance-based.  Don’t sweat it though: I don’t do romance covers, and asked for something far different for my own book 😀  I’m confident that she’ll have something good for me to see.).

I’m still making progress on The Summoning of Kran, and am bringing the journey of our third Bearer to the end.  If all goes well, I’ll have an excerpt for you to check out come Christmas time.  I was hoping to have the book ready for you just in time for stocking stuffers, but unfortunately things aren’t working out as well on that front as I thought they would, so I hope that a little sample will work for you.

If not, you can teepee my house. Just leave two large pepperoni pizzas on the front porch 🙂

So back to writing I go.  Enjoy what’s out there, and I’ll let you know as soon as my cover comes through!

See you in the Vein!

J. Dean

 

 

 

Greetings, Bearers!

No, fortunately the title does not refer to any of my previous works.  But it does refer to my review of Peter Straub’s A Dark Matter.  I’m not too happy about that; the review wasn’t half bad, all things considering. Don’t know why it didn’t accept what I put down.  Unless, of course, I’m getting senile and forgetting to send the review in after typing it up… a completely feasible situation, knowing myself….

Sooooooo… I’ll put it up again, hoping that this time it sticks.  Might be a day or two before I finish it, but it’ll be there.  Promise. 

In the meantime, back to writing on The Summoning of Kran. I’ve finally set aside a consistent block of time to work with, meaning the pages are churning out!  Meaning I’ll have this baby ready to be edited sooner than I thought! 

Ahh… beautiful thing when things go your way..

Before I sign off, I want to remind all of you to check out “Fraidy-Cat” and “10:15” on smashwords.com before they come down November 1st and join my upcoming short story collection.  Enjoy them while they last!

See you in the Vein!

J. Dean

Greetings, Bearers!

My short story collection is almost finished.  I’m waiting on the cover to show up, and have to say that I’m getting more and more excited by the day.  When the cover shows up, you who frequent this site will be the first to see it.  I hope to hear from you about your thoughts regarding the cover when it’s up!

Alas, I must report some sad news: as part of the story collection, I will be including my free short stories, and as a result I intend to take down two of the three stories, Fraidy-Cat and 10:15 , from Smashwords.com (I will leave Nick up there for perusal, as well as my poems and, of course, the novels).  So if you’d like to check out my free stuff while it lasts, check out the links above to read the stories, before they go.

I have to admit, I’m pleased with the readership of the short stories.  They’ve gotten many downloads, and it’s pleasing to see so many people get enjoyment from the material put out there.  If you liked what’s already been offered, then I’m sure you’ll like Alternate Endings when it’s finished up.  The stories are fresh and new, and will be sure to entertain!

Okay, no more yakking.  Back to work for me! 

See you in the Vein!

J. Dean

Greetings, Bearers!

Great news: my short story collection, Alternate Endings, is almost done.  I’m finishing up a few touches to a couple of the stories, after which I’ll get them edited, slap a cover on them (more on that in a moment), and have them ready for ebook readers to peruse and enjoy! 

I’ve just finished up communication with the cover designer (Yes, a professional one who can do a whole lot better than me), and she got back to me saying she’ll be getting to work on it after a convention.  I’m hyped about this, and will have something for you to see as soon as it comes my way.

As for the Vein series, that’s coming along as well.  I’ve written a LOT on The Summoning of Kran and will be setting up the Vein Omnibus in the next couple of months, which is a glossary of the people, places, and things found in the world of the Vein.  One of the things I admired about writers like J.R.R. Tolkien was the care he took to keep continuity and depth in his stories and worlds, and I want to bring that same sort of “life” to all of you in my works.  It makes the stories more enjoyable, and it makes my work worthwhile.  So the Omnibus is on its way as well.

And of course I want to give a shout to those of you who have stepped into the world of the Vein for the first time in purchasing my books.  Thank you for doing so, and I hope you enjoy what you read.  Be sure to check out my free short stories on Smashwords.com and spread the word about them!

Okay, back to work.  Everybody look busy!

See you in the Vein

J. Dean