Friday, April 28, 2017

Announcements!

Good evening, everyone!

I've been a busy bee over here. You'd never know it from how quiet I've been, but when I'm silent it's usually because I'm knee-deep in writing. And boy, have I been!

I'm taking part in a contemporary romance anthology through my new publisher. It's military themed and will contain a collection of short stories with the same theme. Also, I am currently about 70% through my first full-length contemporary romance novel. I've never written contemporary before so it's a big change from fantasy and paranormal. I'm also playing around with 1st person POV and learning new writing methods.


Here are some updates on current and future projects:

July 11, 2017 - Craving: Soldiers Anthology will be released!
 - My short story is about two Navy sailors getting a second chance at love. Aww...

August 15, 2017 - Masked will be released!
 - I'm still waiting on the cover and will start working with the editor mid-June.
 - As soon as ARCs are available, my ARC team will be the first to know!


Projects I'm working on now:

~ Masked Sequel (unnamed)
 - I'm over halfway through the second book of the Superheroes Undercover series. I've paused in writing but will pick it up after my editor and I finish working on the first book.

~ Contemp. Romance (unnamed)
 - At around 70%. This was actually supposed to be another anthology submission (holiday themed) but once I got started, I just couldn't stop at 10,000 words! It's a fake date romance set in the South.

~ Song of Shadows (Songs of Everealm - Book Four)
 - I'm on Chapter 17 at the moment. I am tweaking the plot a bit for the next book-and-a-half to add more variety to the storyline. Turns out, a short break from Everealm was exactly what I needed to get my creative juices flowing!


Don't forget to join my mailing list if you haven't already. It's on the right side of the page, at the top. When it gets closer to Masked's release date, I will start sending out newsletters more regularly.

That's all for now. I'm super excited about the stuff I'm working on this year. If you have any book recommendations, let me know! I'm always on the hunt for a new book to read. :)

~J.D.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Meet the Cyper City Supers!

Masked will feature a whole new group of superhero characters and here is a little info on a few of them:


**Actual concept art created by C. Secrest with templates**

Vada  (a.k.a. Majestic)

Name: Vada Renee Lawson
Age: 18
Occupation: High School Senior & Hero-to-be
Parents: Bill & Michelle (a.k.a. Siege & Comet)
Siblings: Josh & Garret

Bio: Vada is finally turning 18 and eligible to register her own super name, Majestic. A master of martial arts and tumbling, she is ready to kick some criminal ass and look good doing it!

Likes: Action movies, fantasy books, gummy bears, and motorcycles
Dislikes: Crime, waiting for graduation, and her annoying younger brother's attempts to sneak into her room

Aspirations: She wants to be the best superhero that Cyper City has ever known. And she's trained since birth to do just that. So don't get in her way!

Nick  (a.k.a. Orion)

Name: Nicholas Grayson
Age: 18
Occupation: High School Senior & Athlete
Parents: Phillip Grayson (District Attorney) & Deceased Mother
Siblings: No Known Siblings

Bio: Nick has been well-liked and popular since he was old enough to catch a football. His father is the city's D.A. and Nick's life has been a series of galas and parties, less since the death of his mother. But after a seemingly harmless party favor gives him a special ability, Nick's life is turned upside down in an instant.

Likes: Sports, comedies, kickboxing, and blondes
Dislikes: Being alone and pretty much every vegetable

Aspirations: Nick hadn't decided if college was in his future or not, but now he's seriously considering a career of the crime-fighting sort!

Henley  (a.k.a. Eden)

Name: Henley Jean Abernathy
Age: 18
Occupation: High School Senior
Parents: Julia & Howard Abernathy
Siblings: None

Bio: Henley's life has been a series of disappointments. Her parents are idiots and in the middle of a nasty divorce. But just when she thinks things are hopeless, a mysterious guy hands her the key to getting everything she wants...

Likes: Being the center of attention, collecting pretty things, the color green, and dancing
Dislikes: Homework and being told 'no'

Aspirations: Henley wants her independence and to live in luxury for the rest of her life

Victor (a.k.a. Velocious)

Name: Victor Cursey
Age: 19
Occupation: High School Senior (when he goes)
Parents: He'd rather not say
Siblings: No Known Siblings

Bio: Victor isn't your typical teenage boy. Raised by his father (a villain in hiding) and the local drug dealer, he tries to stay under the radar so as not to get caught. That is, until a certain sexy vixen enters his life. Then, all bets are off!

Likes: Reading, motorcycles, swords, and the color black
Dislikes: Authority and doing his father's dirty work

Aspirations: Considering his main job for the past eight years has been distributing illegal drugs, he doesn't have high aspirations for himself. He just wants to keep his girl safe and escape from under his father's shadow.

James (Codename: Whiskey)

Name: Jameson (James) Bennett
Age: 18
Occupation: High School Senior & Supertech
Parents: Charles & Tracy Bennett
Siblings: Sasha & Charlie

Bio: James is a supertech and Vada's best friend. He was arrested at the age of 10 for hacking into government databases but has since pinky-promised not to do it, again. Yeah, right.

Likes: Video games, collecting t-shirts, and pizza
Dislikes: Broccoli and losing to diamondintheruff14 (his gaming nemesis)

Aspirations: As Majestic's agent, he hopes to make her the very best hero this city's ever seen. Oh, and beat his own record of eating a large pizza in under 5 minutes.

Vortex

Name: Unknown
Age: 19
Occupation: Aerokinesis Super
Parents: Unknown
Siblings: Unknown

Bio: Vortex finds enjoyment in most anything he does, even the late nights spent training to be a superhero. With his air superpower, he's the kind of ally you want on your side in a fight.

Likes: Food, sports, and red heads
Dislikes: He's pretty much open to anything, especially if food is involved

Aspirations: To get his photo on a hero super card one day.

Gypsy

Name: Unknown
Age: 18
Occupation: Psychic
Parents: Unknown
Siblings: Unknown

Bio: Gypsy sees things. Sometimes they're things that she doesn't want to see. That's her gift and curse. Her visions began in middle school and have been reoccurring since.

Likes: Dancing, reading, and the color purple
Dislikes: Depressing visions and exercise

Aspirations: As the first in her family to choose to work in the field, rather than behind the scenes, she wants to put her power to good use and save lives!



Masked (Book One) -- Coming Soon!

Good afternoon!

I just wanted to give an update on the new project. The book is finished and with the proofreader. I will be submitting it to a publishing company to see if there is any interest in getting this new series published in the more traditional way. In the meantime, here is the description for book one of the series: Masked!

~J.D.

Synopsis


Vada’s To-Do List:
- Turn 18 (check!)
- Register super name
- Order supersuit
- Attend superhero indoctrination
- Graduate high school
- Start kicking criminal tail!

Vada Lawson isn’t your average teenager. She’s a superhero. Well, almost. Her famous super parents made her promise to graduate high school first but after that… It’s on! She’s been training for this her entire life and she can’t wait to put on the mask and start defending Cyper City against all criminals, humans and supervillains alike. There’s just one small problem…

Someone has been doing the impossible—giving normals a drug that causes them to gain superpowers. As if that weren’t crazy enough, there is also a mad doctor on the loose, kidnapping supers and experimenting on them before dumping their bodies around the city. When Vada’s parents learn about this, they’re more than a little uneasy about letting their teenage daughter roam the streets, searching for bad guys. Especially, since it seems that supers are the new targets.

No matter who this devilish villain may be, Vada isn’t about to let them interfere with her future career as a superhero. Teaming up with her supertech agent, a couple of friendly supers (and one that she’d much rather leave behind!), Vada is determined to stop the murders and save her fellow supers from the clutches of the mysterious mad doctor. Along the way, she makes some allies, a couple enemies, a few mistakes, but most importantly—a difference.

No one ever said that being a superhero was easy…

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Now Presenting...

My new site!

After eight novels set in the fantasy world of Everealm, I have decided to branch out into other genres and story settings. Since my previous blog was primarily focused on everything Everealm, I have created a new site to showcase my other works. Don't worry, the Everealm Series site isn't going anywhere and will still be used to update that world of books. This one, however, will highlight my other ventures.

So welcome aboard!

~J.D.