A Time to Reap, YouTube

A Time to Read…

The pun in the title is on purpose. I’m not slacking at proofreading just yet. I was able to sit down with L.R.W. Lee and participate in her YouTube channel, Book Nerd Paradise. She has new and experienced authors alike give a brief synopsis of our book, tell one of our favorite quotes and pose a trivia question.

Did I also mention I read a portion of my book, A Time to Reap?

Did I also mention I’m giving away two free copies of said book? Just for commenting on the video, you can have a chance at winning!

I spent the past few months combing back through and perfecting the first and second books in the series. It wasn’t because I didn’t love the original, I just wasn’t satisfied with a lot of the open ended portions and inconsistencies I had in my own brain. So, it’s back and better than before! If you have a Kindle copy and haven’t tried it out yet, please go update and I hope to hear from you!

The Next 1000 Miles, Upcoming

Back From Hibernation

So, it’s been months since I posted. I’d like to say I was backpacking or researching or been hammering out novels one after another. No, I’ve just been living life and getting caught up with it at every turn. And who wakes up and stretches their arms out all refreshed?! I’m more like this kid:

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For those of you not familiar with me, I write the Legend of Carter Gabel series. It’s a time-travel YA Sci-Fi novel about a kid who can spontaneously travel back in time but soon finds out that those aren’t his only gifts. I have the first two books out right now <shameless plugs at the bottom>. AND I’m still working on the third. BUT I totally plan on having it cranked out by the fall.

What’s Been Going On?

I have spent the last few months combing back through my books, taking out the unnecessary and shaping up the structure a bit. Overall, I love this story even more now and those I taxed with re-reading it agree it flows so much better.

I have been cranking up the world generator for my next series and even a couple more singular ideas in the wings. I fully plan on starting the writing process as soon as I get Carter out and in the hands of my editor.

On top of that, I’ve helped out a few writer friends with their own work.

What’s Going On Now?

Currently, I help coach a U14 softball team and the season is just wrapping up (Go Adrenaline!). Those twelve young ladies have a lot of my free time and they’re totally worth it. Check out my Instagram at the bottom.

I am looking forward to a YouTube video that will be coming out on Tuesday. I guest appear on the 69th episode of Book Nerd Paradise where I got to read a little bit of my work and there will even be a giveaway for a free copy or two just by commenting! Go check her out and watch for me this next week.

What’s Coming Up?

Soon, I will be diving further into the realm of Carter Gabel and with the end of the series, I will be taxing a few people to help me decide on the ending. #betareaders

I’m on WattPad!! I plan on posting little snipits and stories for the Carter Gabel series and the new one coming out soon. Come join me so I can follow you and your own journey!

Can you say Cross Country Nerds…? Stay tuned!

Oh! And Add My Books!! 

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October Rewind

It’s that time to look back and see just how well I’ve done in the month of October. This month, I found that audiobooks are a new obsession in case the stats don’t tell you first. Click on any of the pics to check them out on Amazon! Must say, Illuminae was great and The Cogsmith’s Daughter was a refreshing treat. Can’t wait for both the sequels there. Additionally, A Time to Reap has a GIVEAWAY <– Click it! That being that, I’m participating in NaNoWriMo this month. Something needs to jumpstart my brain and what better than an event? I’ll be working on 1 of 3 titles, just depending what speaks to me most. Feel free to befriend me out there, I’ll be under Jonas Lee.

Behold, the stats:

WRITING

  • Blog Posts – 4
  • Fiction Writing – 825 words (wah-wah)

BOOKS

  • Finished: 9
    •  by KT Webb
    •  by Andy Weir (Audiobook)
    •  by Joe Hill & Gabriel Rodriguez (Audiobook)
    •  by Ransom Riggs (Audiobook)
    •  by Sun Tzu (Audiobook)
    • by BJ Sheldon
    • by Kate M. Colby
    •  by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff (Audiobook)
    • by Richard Matheson (Audiobook)

     

  • Reading: 3
    •  by Kelly Van Tull
    •  by Charlie N. Holmberg
    •  by Joe Hill (audiobook)

 

YOUTUBE

YouTube is in a timeout. Mainly, my Cross Country Nerd firend has had some complications with her computer and I’ve been investing that space into reading and such. I’m not certain the YouTube thing for CCN will return. Mainly, we are starting to contemplate a Podcast instead. Since programs run an hour, it’s a lot to think people will invest that much sit-down time. So, if/when that does happen, we’ll be kicking it off in 2016. We’ll still have our FB page and tweeting about Star Wars and anything else you can think up.

I’m still giving thought to doing an author YouTube. Interviews are in the same time constraints for viewing, so I’ll be working on a script to get something helpful out there.

GOODREADS STATS

A Time to Reap

Ratings – 75

Reviews – 57

Average – 4.11

A Time to Live

Ratings – 19

Reviews – 16

Average – 4.79 (-)

AMAZON STATS

A Time to Reap

Reviews – 37

Average – 4.50

A Time to Live

Reviews – 14

Average – 5.0

FANS / FOLLOWERS

WordPress – 257 (+)

Facebook – 254 (-)

Twitter – 175 (+)

Instagram – 107 (+)

YouTube – 29 (+)

THINGS TO LOOK FORWARD TO:

… Well, got nothing for you at the moment that can be be discussed yet. Until next month, Happy NaNoWriMo everyone!!

 


On a side note, I’ve officially changed my domain. It is now http://www.JLFiction.com so please bookmark it and shoot me a message somewhere on social media. Everything is linked on this post. Come help my numbers grow this October!! I want to thank everyone and anyone who follows or interacts with me. It means a ton to have people out there enjoying what I do.



 

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New Author ALERT!

Before I get to it, today marks my second WordPress anniversary! Woohoo!! Where’s the confetti and cake?? And… as far as presents, I have one for you instead. I sat down with author of the newly released Steampunk Dystopian novel, The Cogsmith’s Daughter, Kate M. Colby. We had a little talk about her processes, ideas and where it all came from. I hope you have a chance to listen and/or watch.

And if you already trust me in saying this is an awesome book, click on one of the links below! Buy an eBook and register to win a signed paperback version on Goodreads!

Amazon:

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Goodreads Giveaway <— Click HERE

 

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September Rewind

It’s that time to look back and see just how well I’ve done in the month of September. I did take part in the South Dakota Book Festival this last week, but I will have a separate post to go over what it was like my first time! Beyond that, I’ve been working on getting my third and final installment in the Carter Gabel series. I think my motivation for completing it has dwindled only because when it’s done, it’s doomed to sit for awhile. But, I’m also working on a secret project I’m sure people will be interested in seeing come to fruition.

Behold, the stats:

WRITING

  • Blog Posts – 3
  • Fiction Writing – 2,025 words

BOOKS

    • Finished: 1
      • 26667469 by Nina Soden
    • Reading: 2
      • by BJ Sheldon
      •  by Kate M. Colby

YOUTUBE

Sadly nothing writing / author related…

#CrossCountryNerds:

Episode 4: Get Your Game On
Episode 5: Fall Line-up
Episode 6: Heroes
Episode 7: Everything Harry

GOODREADS STATS

A Time to Reap

      • Ratings – 74
      • Reviews – 56
      • Average – 4.11 (+)

A Time to Live

      • Ratings – 15
      • Reviews – 11
      • Average – 4.80

AMAZON STATS

A Time to Reap

      • Reviews – 37
      • Average – 4.50

A Time to Live

      • Reviews – 12
      • Average – 5.0

FANS / FOLLOWERS

THINGS TO LOOK FORWARD TO:

October 7th – Cross Country Nerds “Arrow / Flash Talk”

October 14th – Cross Country Nerds “Zombies”

October 21st – Cross Country Nerds “Lord of the Rings”

October 28th – Cross Country Nerds “Halloween Episode”

 


On a side note, I’ve officially changed my domain. It is now http://www.JLFiction.com so please bookmark it and shoot me a message somewhere on social media. Everything is linked on this post. Come help my numbers grow this October!! I want to thank everyone and anyone who follows or interacts with me. It means a ton to have people out there enjoying what I do.



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August Rewind

It’s that time to look back and see just how well I’ve done in the month of August. Sadly, a summer crescendo gave way to few thoughts or reviews in August. I did have a book birthday though!!

Behold, the stats:

WRITING

  • Blog Posts – 7
  • Fiction Writing – 13,225 words

BOOKS

    • Finished: 1
      • by Cassandra Clare (audiobook)
    • Still Reading (shut up…): 1
      • by John Ajvide Lindqvist

YOUTUBE

Interview with Millie Ho

Interview with C.L. Coffey

Interview with K.T. Munson

#CrossCountryNerds:

Intro

Episode 1: Intros & Star Wars

Episode 2: DCU vs. MCU

Episode 3: Whedon-verse

 

GOODREADS STATS

A Time to Reap

      • Ratings – 73
      • Reviews – 55
      • Average – 4.10

A Time to Live

      • Ratings – 15
      • Reviews – 11
      • Average – 4.80

AMAZON STATS

A Time to Reap

      • Reviews – 36
      • Average – 4.50

A Time to Live

      • Reviews – 12
      • Average – 5.0

FANS / FOLLOWERS

THINGS TO LOOK FORWARD TO:

September 2nd – Cross Country Nerds “Get Your Game On”

September 9th? – Cross Country Nerds “Time Travel”

September 16th – Cross Country Nerds “Fall Line-up”

September 23rd – Cross Country Nerds “Heroes Reborn”

September 25 & 26th – SD Festival of Books

September 30th – Cross Country Nerds “Harry Potter”

Awkward Author Debut (yes,..still…again)


On a side note, I’ve officially changed my domain. It is now http://www.JLFiction.com so please bookmark it and shoot me a message somewhere on social media. Everything is linked on this post. Come help my numbers grow in September!! I want to thank everyone and anyone who follows or interacts with me. It means a ton to have people out there enjoying what I do.



The Next 1000 Miles, YouTube

Cross Country Nerds

In the spirit of getting out there to more people and my deep love of nerdly things, come check out the new series I’m embarking on with my nerdly sister from another Mr. (and Mrs. too, we’re not related) Liz Tailor. We’ll be live and talking shop weekly on all kinds of topics from Star Wars to superheroes and every bit in-between. Go on Twitter or Google+ and use the #CrossCountryNerds to ask a question, pose a topic or say hi!

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SUBSCRIBE: Jonas & Liz



 

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July Rewind

It’s that time to look back and see just how well I’ve done in the month of July.

Without further ado, the stats:

WRITING

  • Blog Posts – 4
  • Fiction Writing – 5270 words

BOOKS

  • Finished: 0 – (I am a horrid reader, sue me)
  • Still Reading:
    • by John Ajvide Lindqvist
    • by Cassandra Clare (audiobook)

YOUTUBE

Interview with Lizzy Baldwin

Interview with Nina Soden

Interview with Melissa Barker-Simpson

GOODREADS STATS

A Time to Reap

  • Ratings – 72
  • Reviews – 55
  • Average – 4.10

A Time to Live

  • Ratings – 15
  • Reviews – 11
  • Average – 4.80

AMAZON STATS

A Time to Reap

  • Reviews – 36
  • Average – 4.50

A Time to Live

  • Reviews – 12
  • Average – 5.0

FANS / FOLLOWERS

WHAT PEOPLE HAVE SAID:

“The ending wasn’t at all predictable. It hits you all at once and you are left to say, whoa…” – April Wood from A Well Read Woman

“If you asked me to describe it, I would say that it is a cross between Time Traveler’s Wife and Matrix, but so much more.” – Karen M.

THINGS TO LOOK FORWARD TO:

August 1st – Interview with Millie Ho

August 12th – Cross Country Nerds (1st in a weekly series about all wonderful nerdy things)

August 15th – Interview with C.L. Coffey

August 22nd – Interview with KT Munson

Awkward Author Debut (yes,..still)

Backward Author Debut (don’t judge me)


On a side note, I’ve officially changed my domain. It is now http://www.JLFiction.com so please bookmark it and shoot me a message somewhere on social media. Everything is linked on this post. Come help my numbers grow in August!! I want to thank everyone and anyone who follows or interacts with me. It means a ton to have people out there enjoying what I do.



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June Rewind

It’s that time to look back and see just how well I’ve done in the month of June. This was possibly my busiest month of the year to date just because of softball, vacation and non-writer work I’ve been consumed with. I am looking forward to July as far as my creative productivity goes but will miss my girls from softball after State Tournament is over next week. That aside, I issued an option for readers to take part in the last book of the Carter Gabel series. I’m looking for (9) beta readers to help in the fall to decide the outcome of the book and so far I have (5) of the spots filled. Please let me know if you want in on it!

Without further ado, the stats:

WRITING

  • Blog Posts – 10
  • Fiction Writing – 3150 words

BOOKS

  • Finished:
    • by C.L. Coffey [only $.99]
    • by S.R. Carillo
    • by Nick Jones [free on Amazon]
  • Still Reading:
    • by John Ajvide Lindqvist
    • by James Schannep

YOUTUBE

Interview with Mariana Llanos

GOODREADS STATS

A Time to Reap

  • Ratings – 69
  • Reviews – 51
  • Average – 4.10

A Time to Live

  • Ratings – 15
  • Reviews – 11
  • Average – 4.80

AMAZON STATS

A Time to Reap

  • Reviews – 35
  • Average – 4.50

A Time to Live

  • Reviews – 12
  • Average – 5.0

FANS / FOLLOWERS

WHAT PEOPLE HAVE SAID:

This Story Had Me Laughing Out Loud!” – Margaret Dowdy

It is really an impressive book, and it leaves you wanting and waiting for more.” – E.G. Gomez

…it was thrilling and you simply can’t put it down.” – Doms

What I really loved about the book was the authors understanding of characterisation” – Lizzy Baldwin

Writing was strong, pace was good, and the plot was complex and didn’t unravel quickly at all.” Cianna Reider from Nerd Girl Reviews

THINGS TO LOOK FORWARD TO:

July 5th – Interview with Lizzy Baldwin

July 15th – Interview with Nina Soden

Awkward Author Debut

Backward Author Debut


On a side note, I’ve officially changed my domain. It is now http://www.JLFiction.com so please bookmark it and shoot me a message somewhere on social media. Everything is linked on this post. Come help my numbers grow in July!! I want to thank everyone and anyone who follows or interacts with me. It means a ton to have people out there enjoying what I do.



The Next 1000 Miles

Putting it Out There

Good morning!

Now, for those of you that aren’t aware, I’m straying out into the YouTube world one toe at a time. I’ve only done author interviews up to this point, but I plan on putting out some additional content on a (hopeful) weekly basis. Go to the YouTube link below to learn more!

On a similar note, I have the wonderful Jacqueline E. Smith as my next interviewee. Now, for those of you tagging along with me on good ol’ Google+, I had to change her interview time to tonight. That’s TONIGHT and not Saturday. Why? Well, life happens and this is what works for us both. I hope if you have a spare couple of minutes you’ll come by and ask her a question or two. Join through the link HERE.

Now, feel free to watch or just listen. I promise I won’t make many funny faces that you’ll miss out on…