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The Third Lost Chapter is now Available

The Platinum Hall Debacle – Time’s Tempest Lost Chapter 3 is now available for free download!

[The Gauntlet: Lost Chapter 1]     [A Probationary Effect: Lost Chapter 2]

The Platinum Hall Debacle - ebook cover - 850A contractor with the CTF demands a certain level of professionalism and respect. Taya’s newest employer doesn’t see a Contractor standing before him – he sees what he wants to: a little girl who isn’t worth his time. With a tight deadline for erecting the outdoor concert stage,  Taya challenges a growing prejudice as she risks her life and her livelihood.

Prejudice or Preconceived Notions

I’m sure you’ve faced this as some point on your personal life journey; being told:

“You’re too thin.”

“You’re too fat.”

“You’re too dark.”

“You’re too light.”

“You’re too weak.”

“You’re too meticulous.”

“You’re the wrong race.”

“You never finished high school.”

“You never went to graduate school.”

“You’re [fill int the blank] .”

We hit these walls in school, trying to get employment, entering new communities, and for various other reasons. My second summer working to find employment to help me save money for my second year at university brought this home for me on a personal level. I had signed up with various short term employment banks around the city when finally a job came available for which I qualified: A local older man needed help for a few days hauling paving stones around his yard in order to build a patio – general labour. I was fit and strong and ready to work. When I called to respond to the request for help, the guy basically said “no” outright. Not only was I a girl but he didn’t think I’d be strong enough to lift the pavers. Okay. I didn’t have the strength to lift heavy pavers over my head and dance a jig for him in his back yard, but I clearly thought I was strong enough to help otherwise I wouldn’t I have called.

Now, I doubt this guy considered his response as prejudiced. However, he clearly wanted a man with big muscles to come work for him. He wasn’t being sexist per-say, he probably thought he was simply being realistic. He didn’t think I was strong enough and didn’t want me to waste his time. When you’re desperate for work so that your money can be put toward something important in your life, that kind of off-hand slap in the face just ticks me off to no end.

What about you?

 

 

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The Second Lost Chapter is Now Available

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A Probationary Effect – Time’s Tempest Lost Chapter 2 is now available for free download!

[The Gauntlet: Lost Chapter 1]

A Probationary Effect - ebook cover - 850

Taya is finally released from her probationary status as a Contractor and can’t wait to dig into a more challenging assignment. However, the covert nature of this particular work has her second-guessing her new boss’s ethics and the validity of the contract. Will Taya be complicit in a crime and risk losing everything she’s trained for?

Working in the ‘Big Leagues’

Many of us have experienced odds-and-ends jobs when we were going through school: maybe you had your own lawn mowing service, driveway shoveling, paper route, fast food position, etc. and that was great. It put a little extra money in our pocket and gave us a bit of freedom from having to rely on our parents for, well, everything.

But what about the first day of the job you always wanted? Are you a tattoo artist? A teacher? A pilot? An insurance agent? How about a mechanic? or Graphic Designer? Hair stylist? Registered massage therapist?

How did you feel knowing you were apart of something bigger – a career instead of a job?

How did you feel when you made your first mistake? Were you humbled? Scared s**tless? Could you laugh it off or did you learn something about yourself and what you do that would stay with you always?

These are the moments that make up the larger journey of who we are. The choices we’ve made and the paths we’ve walked all add up to you and me today. Ultimately, that is what the Lost Chapters are… skipping stones that lead to one particular moment in life.

Come, spend some time with Taya, Zaith, and Dezmind as their decisions entangle them in a future known as Time’s Tempest.

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The First Lost Chapter is Now Available for Free

It’s official everyone,

The Gauntlet – Time’s Tempest Lost Chapter 1 is now available for free download!

Final VersionThe Gauntlet is the first of four prequel “lost chapters” to the science fiction adventure Time’s Tempest, book one in the Chronicles of Xannia series.

These lost chapters are significant moments that are touched on briefly in the main story to allow for a sense of the characters’ history and prior experience. Acting as mini-episodes, the scenes in the lost chapters provide a glimpse into the foundation of the people and problems facing the planet of Xannia.

Knowing the content of these lost chapters is not essential to understanding and enjoying the novel Time’s Tempest; they are meant to enrich your experience and provide a deeper foundation for, and thus a greater appreciation of, the trials faced in the main story.

Taya was the youngest person ever to enter the Contractor Training Facility nearly 2 years ago. As she struggles to prove her abilities and capabilities both mentally and physically in this prestigious government-run school, she needs to find a way to balance her goals with her instructors’ expectations and deal with other students who are years older than she is. Learn about what happens behind the closed doors of the CTF and whether Taya will master her compulsions or be mastered by her insecurities.

One free Lost Chapter will be released each month leading up to the launch of The Chronicles of Xannia: Time’s Tempest on October 1st, 2014. I look forward to sharing with you my journey into new territory.

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The Journey of a Lifetime

Readers enjoy a good sequel and books seem to have the market covered on that front. Hollywood has managed a few (some of the Terminator sequels were just as good or better than the original, same with Transformers, Star Wars, Indiana Jones and the Marvel Franchise) but their best work tends to arise from books that are turned into movies.

Girl-Reading-BookLord of the Rings

The Hobbit

Harry Potter

The Hunger Games

Percy Jackson & the Olympians

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People have a passion to reconnect with strong characters time and again. One of the ways that authors are taping into this journey of a lifetime is by pushing the limits of the prequel story. J.K. Rowling flexed her keyboard a little with The Monster Book of Monsters and Quidditch Through the Ages. C.S. Lewis wrote The Magician’s Nephew as the 6th book but anyone who’s read the series knows that you read that book first if you’re interested in the chronological order and not just the order in which they were written. I recently read Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas and learned that prior to the release of book one in the Throne Series she wrote a mini-series of back stories about the main character Celaena Sardothien consisting of novellas of the assassin’s early exploits. Even Maria V. Snyder put out short episodes that took place before and during her Poison Study series.

There’s so much of the world of an author’s characters that never gets to see the light of day and for true fans the hunger for more is often overpowering. These writers have inspired me to share similar pieces of my characters stories before and during the series I am writing – The Chronicles of Xannia. In the first book, Time’s Tempest, 19 year old Taya has experienced far more than the average Xannian after having lived only 1/8th of her life. Certain moments in her past that are only touched on in Time’s Tempest have become the source of a series of prequels I have named The Lost Chapters.

While it is not necessary to have read these Lost Chapters to understand book one in The Chronicles of Xannia, I wanted to be able to share a bit more of this wily and quirky character with you.

The Gauntlet – Lost Chapter #1 will be released for free on eBook(s) this June in anticipation of the launch of Time’s Tempest this fall/winter.

Happy Reading,

M.J.

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What Am I Working On?

I just had an interesting conversation with my husband about what I’m working on these days.  He knows I recently signed on with GWL Publishing to work on the first book of my science fiction/fantasy series but he has trouble keeping track of what I’m doing.

So here’s the list I gave him:

ChecklistEditing the Chronicles of Xannia: Time’s Tempest

Writing the 3rd Lost Chapter to be released this summer

Writing the article: 10 Common Misconceptions New Authors Face (for Author’s Publish Magazine)

Writing the eBook: Publishing Options 101 (for Author’s Publish Magazine)

Outlining a new Urban/Supernatural/Fantasy called: The Hollow Kiss (in preparation for NaNoWriMo this November)

Writing the blurb for and helping a Contemporary Fiction author tweak her print book for self-publication

Reviewing the book: Desecrated

Finding and writing daily content for my new & emerging authors resource website Infinite Pathways

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I will be editing a novella for an Historical Fiction/Mystery writer next month

I will be helping publicize a Thriller writer by tweaking his fb page and website next month

I will be releasing the first Lost Chapter in June

I will be reviewing the book: Arising – Prophesy of Hope Book 1

My husband looked at me and said, “When do you find the time to tutor and look after our son?”  I had to laugh.  I often wonder the same thing.  Between multitasking and keeping a strict daily planer I haven’t missed a deadline yet.  Oh, and did I mention that I just held the 2nd Annual JUZDIZRTS Author Event (the non-profit division of my website) yesterday afternoon for 8 local indie authors?  Needless to say, I’m glad that’s over so I can free up time for everything else on my list!

For those of you who have or are trying to start your own business, this will resonate as the norm.  Until you start to turn a profit, you’re stretched to your limit and beyond just trying to scrape by.

But I’m doing it.  And nobody ever said that following your dream was easy 😉

M.J.

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