A Quick Update, and All the Praise Hands Emojis for Sunshine!

Today is a busy one. We seized the nice weather to get outside and make a dent in the leaves that are piled everywhere, and I’ve got some paid writing lined up for this week, so I’ll have to keep this short. But first, can I just take a moment to lift up praise hands for 50+ degree weather in the first week of January? Today is beautiful, and just two days ago we had snow (which was a different kind of beautiful, but not so great for my seasonal affective disorder). It felt great to get outside and get some sunshine and work up a sweat.

I just got an alert that we’re under a winter storm watch, so maybe we’ll get more snow tonight. Sure glad I was able to soak up some sun today.

So how about a quick progress report? I’ve been squeezing in sprints where I can and it’s already adding up. I’m already several pages into what I think is going to be my last big chapter/scene of Revelation Part Two. Scanning the outline yesterday, it looks like once I’m past this, the rest is just a series of shorter scenes leading up to the end. I’m not putting a timeline on finishing, and I don’t want to mention being optimistic about tying up this draft by a certain date in case the powers that be decide to go out of their way to quash my optimism, but… it’s getting there. It’s close enough to the end that all my other (non-blogging, non-freelance) projects are on hold until it’s done.

Speaking of freelance writing, I’d best get to it. How’s the weather in your neck of the woods? Do you love snow, or is sunshine your lifeline during these dark, cold months?

Multi-Author, Multi-Genre Book Giveaway Happening Now!

Who doesn’t love a free book? Well, from now through November 12th, you can load up on multiple free books at the Midweek Madness with a Kick giveaway at StoryOrigin! This is a great chance to try out some new and new-to-you authors. And while you’re there, you can grab yourself a preview of my new romance by my new penname, Gone to the Dogs. Click here to start stocking your e-library!

And speaking of free books, today is the start of a five-day free run of Evolution: Book Two of the Dominion trilogy. Click here to get it FREE for the Kindle now through Sunday!

Happy reading!

Revolution: Dominion of the Damned by Jean Marie Bauhaus

Revolution Part one is Now Available, and Other Writing & Publishing Updates – October 16, 2020

It’s been a busy week, y’all.

First up, Revolution Part One: Survival of the Fittest is finally available on Amazon! And to celebrate, Book One in the series, Desolation, is FREE from now until Tuesday. And in case I forget to mention it when it happens, Book Two, Evolution, will be free for five days starting next Wednesday.

With that out of the way, it’s time to spill the beans. I’m actually pretty trustworthy about keeping other people secrets. But when it’s my own, especially when it’s something I’m excited about, I’m terrible at it. I’ve been blabbing all over Instagram about my new pen name, and I just told all my mailing list subscribers, so I might as well open up about it here, too, because that chicken has flown the coop.

And I happen to have experience chasing chickens and getting them back in the coop. It’s not an experience I wish to repeat.

So that thing I’ve been being all secretive and cagey about the last couple of weeks here on the blog? I’ve started writing a clean Christian romance novel, and I’ve launched a new pen name for it. That new pen name is Jeanie Nicholson.

As I’ve alluded to, the reason I (badly) attempted secrecy is because I need to keep these brands separate so Amazon’s algorithms don’t get confused if my horror fans start buying my sweet Christian romance novels, or vice versa. That sort of thing can really mess up their recommendation ‘bot. Which is why, if Christian romance isn’t your usual thing, I’m asking you NOT to sign up for any of my lists or pages or buy this new book, just to be supportive. This will also help me more accurately track and identify my target demographic.

At any rate, if Christian romance IS your thing, you can learn more about it at these links:

And with THAT out of the way, now I can also tell you that Jeanie Nicholson is participating in a multi-author, multi-genre giveaway at StoryOrigin. Head here to load up on e-book freebies from now through November 12th!

This week has mostly been focused on building and launching a platform for my new pen name so I can start building hype for this new novel. That, and launching my new Dominion book. So I haven’t done any writing or editing this week. But now that that’s all pretty much done and things are set on autopilot, after a break this weekend (which will surely involve more pre-Halloween movie watching and candy snacking), I’ll get back to business as usual.

But for now, I’m kind of wiped and ready for the weekend. I hope you have a good one.

 

Revolution: Dominion of the Damned by Jean Marie Bauhaus

October Surprise

I have to admit, I had some doubts we’d get this far into the year, but we made it to October, y’all. And there was much rejoicing.

And much pumpkin-flavored confection consuming. This morning, to celebrate, I had Dunkin’ Donuts Pumpkin Spice coffee in my Boo mug, and my husband broke into the Halloween candy and we both enjoyed a Reese’s pumpkin.

The “surprise” is that I’m bringing back the blog. I said in the final issue of my weekly newsletter that I probably would eventually, so it’s not really that much of a surprise. But here we are. We’re going to keep it casual, not sticking to a schedule, posting when I’m inspired and/or have time. History has borne out that this won’t work any other way. So be sure to subscribe if you actually enjoy my occasional ramblings.

So what’s up? For starters, yesterday I put the finishing touches on Revolution Part One: Survival of the Fittest and uploaded it to KDP, so it’s all set to release on October 11 as promised. There’s still time to pre-order it for 99 cents — and if you already pre-ordered it at a higher price, don’t worry. You’ll be charged the lower price when the book ships to your Kindle.

The onset of fall has brought with it two developments that are highly conducive to getting writing done: one, the end of my better half and I having to mow and weed-eat this property like it’s our part-time job (which, it kind of is), and two, the return of my creative energy. So now I’m back in WRITE ALL THE THINGS! mode and the challenge is to not take on too many projects at once and spread myself too thin.

I’ve started another blog to promote my freelance pet writing (and also to hopefully serve as a source of passive affiliate income), but I have no plans of treating that like a job. It’s primary goal is to GET me jobs, not BE my job.

I’ve also started another secret side project that I’m having a lot of fun with and that is restoring the joy of writing. My main priority now that Rev. Part 1 is off my plate is to finish and publish Rev. Part 2 as soon as possible, but here’s the thing: I’ve realized that, in our current national and global predicament, the last thing I want to do is spend my time mucking about in a post-apocalyptic landscape. This side project is turning out to be just the antidote for that. It’s lighthearted and wholesome and fun, and my plan is to reward myself by spending time on that after I’ve put in my word quota on Rev 2 for the day.

I’m sorry, I know I’m kind of a jerk for being cagey about this other project, but I have good reasons. All I’ll say is that if sweet romance is your jam, leave a comment or drop me a line and I’ll add you to a list of people I’ll reveal this project to once it’s further along in development. But ONLY if you actually read sweet romance. The reason I’m being secretive is because I plan to keep a HARD line of separation between these brands so as not to confuse the Amazon algorithms.

Relatedly, watch this space for a future post about how rushing in to support the authors in your life by buying their books even if you don’t normally read those genres can actually do more harm than good (and don’t feel bad if this is you — this is something I’ve only recently discovered myself). And I’m not even sure if this is true about all booksellers, but it definitely applies to Amazon.

In other news, our Chihuahua, Pete, is hanging in there. We started him on a new drug that’s keeping him stable, for the most part. He’s definitely slowing down, but he’s still got some pep and plenty of zest for life. Hopefully he’ll stay that way for a good long while yet.

Now that you’ve been sufficiently updated on my writing life, I’m going to sign off and get to work on those novel projects. Hopefully it’s as beautiful outside today wherever you are as it is here, and hopefully, both you and I will get some time to get out and enjoy it.

Happy October!!!

It’s Splitsville for Revolution

Okay, guys, it’s time to face reality. There is simply no way I’m going to finish drafting Revolution early enough to have time to do editing justice before the October 11 release date, which I can’t reschedule again. After a lot of agonizing over what I’m going to do, a solution finally occurred to me, one I wish I’d thought of two months ago:

I’m going to pull a George R.R. Martin on this thing. In other words, I’m splitting it in two.

Granted, this novel is nowhere near the epic length of an ASOIAF volume. But I’ve got fifteen chapters edited and ready to go, minus a bit of tweaking on the last bit so it feels more like the end of a book and not just the end of a chapter. And of course since you’ll be getting what amounts to half a novel in October instead of the whole thing, I’ll also be dropping the price to 99 cents. If you pre-ordered, don’t worry — you’ll get the new low price when you get charged on launch day.

 

Hey, and this way Celine gets a cover, too!

I’m still hoping to have the second half ready to go in November, so you won’t have to wait long for the final conclusion. And full disclosure — not long after it’s done I’ll merge it into one volume and probably take down the two separate parts. But at 99 cents each, grabbing them separately will ultimately save you a dollar or two over what I’ll end up pricing the complete volume.

I’m really sorry if anybody’s disappointed by this. I’ve been doing my best, but between the effort it takes each day to manage the cognitive dissonance that is Life in 2020 and managing my dog’s illness, not to mention other responsibilities I can’t put off until the book is done, I’m going as fast as I can, and it’s simply not fast enough. Hopefully, this will give you guys who’ve been waiting patiently something to tide you over while allowing me to finish this baby at a pace I can actually handle.

Once again, thanks for hanging in there with me.

Revolution: Dominion of the Damned by Jean Marie Bauhaus

Revolution Release Pushed Back to October 11

I’m sorry to announce yet another delay to the release of Revolution, the third and final book in the Dominion of the Damned trilogy.

What can I say, folks? I don’t have a good excuse, other than the same excuse everyone else has — this dadgum never-ending poop-storm of a year is just making it difficult to focus and get things done. I can’t stop goggling at all of the sheer madness going on and wondering if I should don a tinfoil hat to protect myself from 5G or chem trails or ‘shrooms in the water or whatever the Qanon-crowd are blaming for people’s total abandonment of reason and sanity long enough to sit down and write in anything other than the occasional short burst.

Also, I’m dealing with a very sick dog and losing a lot of sleep and tears over it.

Again, I’m sorry. Thanks for hanging in there with me.

But I won’t be able to reschedule this launch again — if I don’t meet this new deadline, Amazon will cancel publication, all of the pre-orders will be canceled, and I’ll have to set it up as an entirely new book. As it is, I’m now banned from offering any more pre-orders for a year. So, I have a lot of incentive to finally buckle down and finish this thing. And I’m getting close.

So. October 11. I’m pushing hard to get it out there. Watch this space for updates.

Get Desolation FREE and Evolution for 99 CENTS!

 

This week, get great deals on the first two books of the soon-to-be-completed Dominion of the Damned trilogy!

From now through this Friday, May 1, book one, Desolation, is FREE on Amazon!

And starting today and lasting through next Tuesday, May 5, book two, Evolution, is only 99 cents in the U.S. and 99 p. on Amazon UK!

No Kindle? No problem! Simply head here to download the free Kindle reading app for your smart phone, tablet or personal computer.

Revolution (Dominion of the Damned: Book Three)

The Dominion Trilogy got a new look — and you can pre-order Book Three!

Don’t you love a cover reveal? If so, you’re in luck — today I bring you THREE new covers!

For a long time, I’ve struggled with how to classify and market Dominion of the Damned, my post-apocalyptic thriller detailing a power struggle between humans and vampires in the wake of a zombie apocalypse. I’ve made several attempts over the years, but I think I missed the mark every time.

But I finally landed on a set of covers that I think communicates the right genre to the right audience. I’ll show them to you in a sec’, but first you should know that this rebranding also involved a title change. Dominion of the Damned is now the series title, and book one is now titled Desolation. Similarly, the second book, formerly titled Deliverance of the Damned, is now titled, simply, Evolution.

Here are the new covers for both those books:

 

And that brings us to Book Three. The title is Revolution, and it’s scheduled for release on Amazon and Kindle Unlimited on August 14th. And it’s available to pre-order.

Here’s the cover:

Revolution (Dominion of the Damned: Book Three)

Hopefully, this fourth cover rendition (number four for Book One, at any rate) is the charm.

Click here to pre-order Revolution!

Click here for all the books in the series!

Deliverance of the Damned

It’s Book Release Day for Deliverance of the Damned!

Deliverance of the DamnedIt’s finally here!

As you’re reading this, if you pre-ordered Deliverance of the Damned, it should already be waiting for you in your Kindle library.

If you’re new around here, or just haven’t been paying attention, Deliverance of the Damned is the oft-requested and long-awaited sequel to Dominion of the Damned and the second book in a planned trilogy (the third of which is already underway). And it’s out in the world today!

You can head here to buy a copy, or borrow it and read for free if you’re signed up to Kindle Unlimited or Amazon Prime.

I’ll post the book description below, but be warned that it contains spoilers for Dominion, which couldn’t be helped. If you haven’t yet read the first book and want to get in on this series from the beginning, head here to get Dominion of the Damned for the Kindle for only 99 cents (it’s also available in paperback and audio).

Don’t have a Kindle? No worries! You can head here to download a free Kindle app for your phone or computer and read Kindle books to your heart’s content (I actually prefer the Kindle app on my phone to my Kindle device). Not an e-book person? Hang tight — the paperback version of Deliverance is coming soon.

All right, enough housekeeping! On to the description!

Here’s the spoiler-free, tl;dr summary:

This second installment in the Trilogy of the Damned series continues the fast-paced thrill-ride through a post-apocalyptic zombie wasteland begun in Dominion of the Damned, in which the remaining humans find themselves imprisoned and ruled by a powerful race of vampires intent on the survival of their only food supply.

Here’s the full back cover copy:

“So what happens now?”

“Now? Now we go change the world.”

Alek Konstantin sounded so certain. But Hannah Jordan, changed forever by the events of Dominion of the Damned, doesn’t share his certainty.

No longer fully human, not quite fully vampire, Hannah hovers somewhere in between, something new, the next level of evolution that could save humanity and vampire-kind alike — or lead to their destruction, more assuredly than the zombie plague that started it all.

Within her veins lies both an antiserum against the plague and a cure for vampirism — and there are those who would fight and kill both to attain the cure and to destroy it. As they gather allies and assess their enemies, it’s impossible for Hannah and Alek to be sure which side anyone is on.

Hannah only knows one thing for certain — that her love for Alek, also altered by her blood, and for her infant brother Noah, means she’ll do whatever it takes to protect them, and to make the world habitable again, a safe place where she and Alek can raise Noah in peace — if they manage to survive.

There are causes worth dying for, and there are causes worth living for. Hannah finds herself caught between the two.

Order your copy of Deliverance of the Damned today.

And happy reading!

Dominion of the Damned Audio Book

Dominion of the Damned is Now an Audio Book!

Dominion of the Damned Audio BookIt’s been a while since I posted book news here on the blog (to make sure you don’t miss any of that, it’s best to sign up for my newsletter, which you can do below), but I have things to tell you!

To start with, over the summer I collaborated with the very talented voice narrator Raquel Beattie to produce an audio version of Dominion of the Damned. I couldn’t be more excited or pleased over how well Raquel brought Hannah, Alek and company to life. Listen to a sample on Amazon, and get it free on Audible when you sign up for a free trial!

Watch this space for more news coming soon!