My Sweet Precious Literary Baby of Wonder, Oh How You Shine like a Supernova!

BPFull CoverI began writing what would become Broken Parts almost seven years ago. It started as a depressed rant, which I then attributed to a fictional character, and an entire story began to unfold. I had no idea what I was even writing at first, but I ran with it. The characters felt right, the story became deeply cathartic, and before I knew it, I had a completed novel.

Then when I finished, the characters were still so vivid in my mind and full of more plot, that I ended up writing a second novel. Then came short stories, a third novel, a novella, and outlines for many more associated projects all in the works.

I’ve been fortunate to receive a considerable amount of encouragement along the way from a great number of writer and editor friends, as well as beta readers. Across the board, people seem to be in love with these characters. If I had a nickel for every time I heard “Why isn’t this published yet?” I wouldn’t even need to sell any copies to make money on the whole thing. (Seriously, people, where are those nickels?)

This story is my literary baby. My precious bundle of wonderment and glowing love. I want to hold it to my chest and never, ever let it go.

Finally this August Broken Parts will be released to the masses, and I couldn’t be more vomitously ill with excitement!

READ IT IF YOU DARE.

You can preorder the novel in ebook or print format from most major online retailers, or through the Blue Skirt Productions website for just $15.99 (free US shipping). And if you haven’t read it already, you can nab the prequel novella Blood Gravity that was released last September at a discount from the Blue Skirt site when you preorder Broken Parts, getting both books for $19.99. (Note that the novel was written so that it can stand alone. The novella is simply a short side story giving a glimpse into the history of the characters.)

I’ve also got a website I’m working on for this story world. Not much there yet, but I’m hoping to add more over time. Check it out at jakeandben.com if you feel so inclined. And stay tuned—there will be an illustrated journal coming out in November, the second full novel in February, and hopefully another new item from this series every three months for the next two years. (There’s a lot of content in this here reservoir.)

If and when you encounter or acquire this book and engage in the activity of reading it, I’d love to hear what you think. Send me a message. Leave a review on Goodreads. Tell your friends. Spread the love. Hug a stranger. Etc.

Oh, and COME TO THE TABOO TEN MINUTE PLAY FESTIVAL in Portland and see my play “Brothers” which was based on the novel, alongside nine other brilliant productions at the Clinton Street Theater at 7:00pm on August 7th, 8th, and 9th. I will probably be hauling copies of this book with me wherever I go, so if you find me there or anywhere else, just ask. Maybe I’ll give you a free ARC. Maybe I’ll give you my firstborn child.

Blood Gravity Novella Soon to Be Released!

I am proud to announce the release of my novella Blood Gravity due out through Blue Skirt Productions on September 15th. Check out the book trailer:

 

 

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With a mother buried in denial and a manipulative father who sexually abused him from age ten, college sophomore Jake Smith struggles in secret with anxiety and a self-injury addiction. When emotional fallout after a disastrous family camping trip leaves Jake unable to cope, fear that his five-year-old brother may one day suffer the same abuse is the only thing that can bring him back from the edge.

 

Blood Gravity is available for preorder in both ebook and print format at all major online retailers, including Amazonamazon-buy-button_2, and Barnes and Noble barnes-and-noble-buy-button.

Click to purchase an autographed copy of Blood Gravity for $8.99 including shipping.

You can also purchase an autographed copy of Blood Gravity by clicking the link to the right (Note: I cannot ship orders outside of the US at this time. If you do not supply a US address upon purchasing, your order may be cancelled.)

 

Like Blood Gravity on Facebook! Visit the Blood Gravity page! Add to your to-read pile on Goodreads! Come hear me read an excerpt at Glyph Café in Portland, OR on September 20th at 7:30pm!