Pinterest Presentation: The Art of Jeff Thomason

A new feature I’m starting today is the ‘Pinterest Presentation,’ where I’ll be showcasing work from great authors and artists. As always, if you want to be involved, contact me. I am always looking for someone new to promote either in this feature or in my ‘Checking in With Other Authors series.’

Today’s Pinterest Presentation focuses on the art of Jeff Thomason, who has done some great art for my space adventure series, Jak Phoenix. Have a look and follow me!

Check out the board here: http://pinterest.com/jakphoenix/the-art-of-jeff-thomason/

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Jak Phoenix 2 & The Journey of Life

With the release of my novel, Jak Phoenix 2: The Markazian Deception just around the corner, I found myself doing some reflecting on the events that have passed since I finished the first book. Since you’re reading this, you’ve probably realized I am now going to share them with you.

Life

It took me longer than I’d planned to get this far with Jak Phoenix 2, but I promise you it wasn’t purely to do with laziness. Writing this book was an exercise in determination.

I started writing the sequel in January 2010 and the process was punctuated with an assortment of life-related interruptions. Some bad, some good and some great! I also took a break soon after starting it to write the short story, Jak Phoenix: Paid in Full. (You can download that free at the Sony Reader Store, Kobo, Smashwords and iTunes/iBookstore.)

But, aside from trying to keep up with my hobbies of guitar playing and film-watching, I actually had some important stuff happen.

I married my lovely wife in October of 2010, so needless to say, a large chunk of the year was designated to the planning and stressing over our James Bond themed wedding. Yeah, that’s right. A James Bond themed wedding. She’s that cool.

I also spent most of 2011 doing a full, tear-the-walls-down renovation on our basement. I did this primarily alone, so that was a great way to absorb all of my free time.

Oh yeah, and after working at my full time job, I’m taking night courses. From time to time I try (not that hard) to maintain some sort of social relationships. I know many people are far more busy, but I just wanted to lay out my excuses up front.

In the end, I finally finished it. And it feels good.

About the Book

With Jak Phoenix 2, I had some different goals in mind than on the first novel. I wanted to keep the humor and action at a level as high as the first book, but I wanted to keep the story grounded in a smaller galactic region. In Jak Phoenix 1, they were flying all over the galaxy. I wanted to see how Jak might react with some restrictions on not only his movements, but his actions.

I also made it a goal to ensure the villain was not as clear. In the first novel, the villain was as big as a planet, but this time I wanted to create a story where things weren’t so easily figured out. Fewer villains wearing black hats, as they say. I wanted more twists and turns, and a stronger sense of mystery.

I also wanted to put the characters through more emotionally difficult situations and experiment with creating a rising level of dramatic intrigue. Don’t worry, Jak is still a lazy smart ass, but maybe he is a man who can be beaten … or hurt … or deceived. What happens when his selfishness starts to affect the people around him?

In the end, it’s still a simple pulp space opera story meant to supply you with big spills, thrills and chills, and a heavy helping of humour. But, by the end you’ll see something more sinister might be brewing in the Azore’s Crown galaxy.

Jak Phoenix 2: The Markazian Deception - Space Adventure eBook

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