Shhh – We Be Hunting Words Here…

There is a reason I am so quiet right now, but it’s a really good reason.

I’m neck deep in “The String Weavers” series. The project of writing all the first drafts continue. The series is so complicated that I couldn’t release any other books in the series until ALL of the first drafts are written.

In January, book 3 was written. In February and March came book 4.

At the start of July, I made book 5 the focus of July Novel Writing Month, and managed to finish it in 14 days (winning at 50,000 words on day 7 as the first winner for the event). I’m really happy how the first draft came out, too.

Now I’m halfway through book 6, and so far this one is looking to be longer than the rest. I’ve said that about the last two, and those came out between 85-95k, so we’ll see how this one goes.

And the rest of the series? Well, it’s a 7 book series, so that leaves one more to go after this one. If all goes well it will be finished by the end of August. That’s the goal, anyway.

So, there you have it. It might sound like I’m quiet, but that’s only because you can’t hear the constant pecking at the keyboard!

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J.A. Marlow

Shhh - We Be Hunting Words Here...

The String Weavers (The String Weavers – Book 1)

Kelsey Hale thinks she’s just a typical mixed-up teenager. Everyone feels that way, her teachers assure her. Yet, strange things happen to her, like food disappearing before she can eat it and hearing music no one else hears.

Then a giant flaming bird drops an alien at her feet. Well, good grief, how can you ignore something like that?

Abducted from Earth, the only planet she’s ever known, Kelsey finds herself thrust into the middle of a deadly conflict among alien worlds and parallel universe. She must not only survive herself, but also find a way to rescue her father from a dangerous group with unknown motives.

In the process, she’s confronted by a hidden secret about herself which will shake the very foundation of who and what she thought she was.

And connecting it all are the mysterious Weavers.

A 97,100 word, 389 page (approximate), science fiction novel.

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New Release: Breaking Point

Science Fiction novelette
Science Fiction novelette
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Everyone has their breaking point and Alfonso just found his…

A series of layoffs forces starship pilot Alfonso Wickham to make a shuttle deliver with no help other than the accompanying ‘efficiency expert’ who is watching his every move. He can’t do anything right, and the delivery quickly goes from bad to worse when local salvagers view his cargo as a quick easy score.

They don’t know they are messing with a man who has nothing left to lose.

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Yes, a new novelette. It was intended to be a companion piece to “The Art of Negotiation” but ended up a little long, so it has been released on its own. It is, however, set in the same universe, but does not share any characters. Another of the Forward Motion May “Story-A-Day” short stories, and I think it came out fun. Most working people can sympathize with reaching a breaking point.

I guess I’ll have to try to write a shorter work to pair with “The Art of Negotiation.” Oh darn, more writing. How horribly wonderful. 😛

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New Release: Breaking Point

J.A. Marlow

The Art of Negotiation

After overseeing the downsizing of the construction facility at Arcturus, Zada Harper finds herself the next target of the ISC Corporation, but she isn’t about to go quietly.

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The Rebranding of a Series

Tales from the Gateway Roadhouse Chronicles
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I have this poor little series that came out of nowhere.

Why is it “poor?”

Because it doesn’t fit in anywhere. It doesn’t fit in with the “Coalition of Worlds” Universe which includes the Alaska science fiction series “Salmon Run.” This universe includes a new series set in the distant future. No details to release yet, as the idea is still percolating.

Tales from the Gateway Roadhouse Chronicles
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It doesn’t fit in with “StarBlink” Universe with its few truly comfortable habitable worlds of that universe, which spans across time both before, during, and after the StarBlink event. The world of “Into the Forest Shadows” being one of those few naturally human-compatible planet, but oops, it’s already inhabited.

Nor does if fit in with the “Galactic Commonwealth” universe which includes the Redpoint One romance series, The Children of Jad, and a host of other stories.

See, this series involves a time-traveling galactic-traveling roadhouse with a mind of its own, a cantankerous multi-limbed cook, a giant cockroach poet, and a refugee from 1800’s London. Among other (strange) things.

Tales from the Gateway Roadhouse Chronicles
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The Gateway Roadhouse building can literally appear anywhere at anytime for any reason. Only it knows for sure why it will appear. Other than the travel aspect of the building, the series is not pure science fiction, either. The stories run the gamut from suspense, steampunk/steampulp, a little bit of a thriller, historical, adventure, and even romance.

The “Gateway Roadhouse” series needed to find its own home. It now has one.

The Rebranding of a Series
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One of the points of pennames as a brand is so a reader knows what to expect when they see a name. It’s the reason Nora Roberts is employing the penname of J.D. Robb for her science fiction oriented novels. She is not the only author to do this. Dean Wesley Smith has a great article on this subject on his blog which includes other reasons for using pennames in traditional publishing and why one might want to use them on the Indie side.

Because of this, the Gateway roadhouse has now been rebranded under the new penname of “Alex Vaugn” as of the publishing of a new “Gateway Roadhouse” novelette called “Oxygen Kisses.”

Ahh, it feels so good to find a home. 😀