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The Mady Chronicles

Posted in Allure, Amazon, Chess With Agatha, Fantasy Novel, Film, I Died Once, Legends Productions, Mady's Storm, Web Series, White Jade, Writing on June 20, 2016 by darkjade68

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Believe it or nor, I am a Writer, though much of what you’ve seen posted lately on my

“The Written Word” Blog has been about my upcoming Web Series, “White Jade”

In 2011 I created this Blog as a ‘Creative Writing Stream Of Consciousness’, so to speak

And in 2012 I Self Published my First Book, which was a Short Book of Poetry, followed by my First Novella, which was “I Died Once”

“Winter, Lust And Wonder” (Poetry Book) @ Amazon

“I Died Once” @ Amazon

“I Died Once” was a story that just came to me chapter after chapter in the winter of 2011, and to my surprise, had some positive reviews.

Reviews

I’m Blown Away… Figuratively, by Something Literary

Kymlee’s Review

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When I say to my surprise, what I mean is, I thought there would be some that liked it, some that didn’t… But for the most part, even people who weren’t really into this genre of story seemed to get something out of it.

As a writer, I was enthralled.

Later that year I gave away thousands of Free Digital Copies of it, just to get people familiar with my writing a bit.

On Amazon I got 4 Good Reviews, and 1 not good one, which to me, was better than I expected Amazon Reviews

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One thing I knew right away about ‘Mady’, was there was more to tell than just the first Novella, in which she was just 15 years old.

And so come the winter of 2012, I was at it again, and wrote the first draft of the follow up Novella, “Mady’s Storm”.

“Mady’s Storm” takes place 8 years later, and I won’t say any more than that, as I don’t want to give anything away about the original Novella, nor the followup one.

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Also during that time, as well as the spring of 2013, I wrote my first Fantasy Novel, “Chess With Agatha”.

Before touching “Mady’s Storm” again, I hired an Editor for “Chess With Agatha”, but found myself still wanting more than what was the finished product.

That’s when I brought on a second Writer & Editor, and she began helping me realize “Chess With Agatha’s” true potential…

But it became quickly apparent, that it was going to take a very long time for us to finish this revised version of “Chess With Agatha”, and so we sat it down.

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In 2015 I finally found a moment to pick “Mady’s Storm” back up, and had my “Chess With Agatha” Co-Writer/Editor do a quick Edit of it.

In December 2015 I finally Self Published “Mady’s Storm”, after a long ‘Mady’ hiatus.

Mady’s Storm @ Amazon

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In addition to the ‘Mady Chronicles’ (The First Two Novellas, plus future novellas), the “Chess With Agatha” Trilogy (Part of the second book is written as well), I also wrote two Vampire Novellas from what is called the ‘Allure’ Series.

The truth is, I have a lot of work to do as a Writer should I hope to make these series of books a reality… And though I’m currently working on my “White Jade” Web Series (Which I wrote as well), there is a part of me that longs to get back to my Books.

Nuff said,

Thanks for listening/reading

DARKJADE

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I Am Looking For Readers For My New Novella “Mady’s Storm”

Posted in Amazon, I Died Once, Mady's Storm, Novella, Self Publishing, Writing with tags , on January 16, 2016 by darkjade68

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I am looking for Readers (PDF Copy) of my New Novella, “Mady’s Storm”

“Mady’s Storm” is the follow up Novella to my First Novella, “I Died Once”,

which I Self Published in 2012

If you haven’t read the first Novella, I can send you that (PDF) as well, so that you will have a full

scope of the story

If Interested, Drop Me A Line @ jadeblue68@yahoo.com

Thanks for your Time and Interest

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Both Books Are Also Available @ Amazon.Com

“I Died Once”

“Mady’s Storm”

“Mady’s Storm” Prologue

Posted in Amazon, I Died Once, Mady's Storm, Novella, Self Publishing, Story, Writing with tags on January 9, 2016 by darkjade68

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I Thought I’d Share The Prologue Of My New Novella, “Mady’s Storm”

“Mady’s Storm” Is The Follow Up Novella To “I Died Once”, My First Novella, Which I Self Published In September 2012

Both Novellas Are Available @Amazon.Com

“I Died Once”

“Mady’s Storm”

I Hope You Enjoy This

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Mady’s Storm

A Novella

by James Mahoney

Prologue

Outside her father’s plantation, the African sky was raining relentlessly.

The lightning cracked loudly, whipping Mady awake, her sweat cold from the chill of the storm.

Her pure, black hair fanned as her eyes of deep blue hurriedly locked onto the old, wooden clock heavily sitting on her mantle.

In the strain of the blackness, only relieved by flashes of lightning, she was somehow able to see the late hour.

Breathing deeply, Mady fluidly moved off the bed, her slim, 23 year old body fit loosely in her white nightgown went all the way down to her ankles.

Walking toward the living room her mind wandered to thoughts of her father.

Her father…

“He just hasn’t been himself lately, no, he seems tired, and… weak.”

Mady did her best to not think of it.

She and her father had spent the last eight years together, and became quite close, remarkably close, surprisingly.

She was able to light an oil lamp, as she made her way to the living room.

Her father sat in his chair before a great fire, as he often did at night.

“She’s a beaut,” spoke her father sensing Mady’s approach from behind.

“The storm? She sure is,” Mady replied, as she grabbed the homemade, red and blue checkered blanket from a chair next to his.

She sat and threw it over her legs.

Sam’s face turned toward her, his tired eyes slowly meeting her deep blue ones which were welled up with tears.

“There’s something I need to tell you Mady…” he spoke. “I’ve been putting it off… But I can’t put it off any longer,” he continued as he reached over and took one of her hands into his own.

“Don’t.” She pulled her hand away.

“Mady…”

“Don’t tell me.” She said firmly

He stared at his daughter, at what a strong woman she had become. How the years seemed to pass so quickly…

He then looked at the fire once more.

“Alright…” he spoke softly.

But before he knew it, she had tossed the blanket on the floor, and kneeling before him, rested her head heavily on his lap as she cried.

Sam could do nothing but stroke her thick dark hair, reliving the memories of the previous eight years in his mind.

“There’s never enough time Mady… Never.”

“Mady’s Storm” Hits Amazon!

Posted in Amazon, I Died Once, Mady's Storm, Novella, Writing on December 30, 2015 by darkjade68

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“Mady’s Storm” Hit Amazon!

Here’s The Link “Mady’s Storm” @ Amazon.Com

Purchase “I Died Once” And I Will Send A FREE PDF Copy To 5 People Of Your Choice…. Plus Second Book Will Be Edited And Available Soon

Posted in Amazon, I Died Once, Mady's Storm, Novella with tags on March 31, 2015 by darkjade68

idoPurchase “I Died Once” And I Will Send A FREE PDF Copy To 5 People Of Your Choice…. Plus Second Book Will Be Edited And Available Soon

“I Died Once” @ Amazon

Mady's Storm2COMING SOON!

Book Two “Mady’s Storm”

Write A Review On Amazon

Posted in Amazon, Fiction, I Died Once, Novella, Poetry with tags on February 19, 2014 by darkjade68

I Died Once CoverWrite A Review On Amazon

If you did happen to get a chance to download a FREE Copy of my Novella “I Died Once”, or my Poetry Book DarkJade - Cover (BlackandPurple) - Winter Lust and Wonder“Winter, Lust, And Wonder” during this most recent, or an earlier giveaway, do me a Favor and Write a Review on Amazon.Com

It doesn’t have to be long or anything, but I’d really appreciate it

Also, I’d love to hear what you think

“I Died Once” on Amazon

“Winter, Lust, And Wonder” on Amazon

Thanks

DarkJade-

My Apologizes, Amazon Error On Free “I Died Once”

Posted in Amazon, Ebook, Novella on February 14, 2014 by darkjade68

I Died Once CoverMy Apologizes, Amazon Error On Free “I Died Once”

I want to apologize… Both my Poetry Book, an Novella “I Died Once” were scheduled to be Free to Download on both Feb 13th, and Feb 14th…

For some reason “I Died Once” was Free on the 13th, but now appears to be not free.

I have no ideas what happened.

All I know is 22 copies were downloaded for Free, and now it’s not Free.

So I shall try again, on Feb 15th and Feb 16th it will be Free again.

My apologizes to those who went there and saw it for a $1.99 price.

I shall Post again once the price is Zero again, which should be tomorrow.

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18 Months In… I’m No Jedi Yet

Posted in Allure, Amazon, Chess With Agatha, Fantasy Novel, Fiction, I Died Once, Self Publishing, Writing on August 1, 2013 by darkjade68

emo_boy_by_chihiro3918 Months In… I’m No Jedi Yet

Ok, so I’ve actually been pursuing Writing as a Career for 23 Months… But I’ve basically been in Low Gear during the last 4 Months, and 18 just sounds better than 19, Lol

The Writer

Posted in Writers, Writing with tags , , , , , , on August 18, 2011 by darkjade68

Inside of all of us is The Writer… I’ve been writing since I was young, but I have never truly given my Writer a home… It is my intention to finally and truly embrace my Writer, I intend to do this by Writing, Writing, Writing…

But to do this, I must first create the space for it… Where will I write… What music will I listen to… Who will I share my writing with while I develop it… Time will tell

Yup, that was My Very First Post…

789 Posts Later, I’ve been Very, Very Busy

Even with my recent semi-hiatus

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After doing Several Posts that kinda sorta supplied the Readers with some Random/Kinda get to know me Posts, September hit, and I Posted My First Poem, “Intrepid“.

Which Lead to me Self Publishing My First Ever Poetry Book, “Winter, Lust, And Wonder“, in January, 2012. Followed by 12 Additional Poetry Books Worth of Poems, which I have yet to Self Publish.

Self Publishing;

In a Nutshell, anyone can do it.

I had no interest in pursuing Publishers, though I will perhaps at some point Submit some of My Self Published Work to some…

But for the time being, I want my Books out there, and I like the Control I have in regards to Self Publishing

Printing;

After some research, I ended up going with a Company Called CreateSpace

Great Product, Easy Setup, and Phenomenal Customer Service

Once you figure out how to Format Your Cover, and Inside Pages, you’ve pretty much got it made… Print away

The reason I say they have Phenomenal Customer Service is, on occasion a book will show up bent etc., and they will send out replacements immediately

Not only that, but getting someone on the phone is a breeze… You literally go to the Customer Service Section, and Request that they call you immediately, enter your Phone Number, and they call you that moment… You may start out on Hold at first, but I’ve never been on longer than a couple minutes before someone comes on.

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I do believe CreateSpace is a subsidiary of Amazon.Com, which would explain why your book gets Put on their Site when you Publish it… In addition to a Website which is created specifically for each title.

You get more Profits when someone buys off your Custom Site, but you still make some profits when they buy it off Amazon.Com as well

Bookstore;

I approached a Local Bookstore who likes to work with Local Writers, and asked if they’d carry my Poetry Book, “Winter, Lust, And Wonder”, and she said yes (It’s a Consignment Kind of Thing, where I supply the Stock, and if they sell, we each get Profits)

Hooded Fighter 2Blog Series;

Something else that I did was Write what I called, Blog Series

I had a lot of fun with that, and am actually turning one of them into a Series of Novellas… That one’s is called “Allure

In addition to “Allure”, here are a list of some others;

Dark Rider – Sword & Sorcery Fantasy Series

Captain Fire 197 – Young Mercenaries/Sci-Fi Series

The Mind – Post Apocalyptic Tale

Additional Blog Series

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In August/September 2012, I Self Published my First Novella “I Died Once“, which I had written at the end of 2011, right within this Blog

This Book is also being carried at my Local Bookstore

 

 

 

 

 

A Font with SerifsChess With Agatha (Fantasy Novel);

From January-June, 2012 I Wrote My Fantasy Novel “Chess With Agatha“, which I then put on hold until February, 2012, where I had it Edited

I’m now doing some Additional Editing, as well as working with another Writer who is doing some Wordsmithing for me, which is a New Experience… But a good one

 

 

cwa bookmarkCWA Marketing Effort;

As a way to stir up interest in my Up Coming Fantasy Novel, as well as interest in my Writing in General… I thought I might offer to give away some Samples of My Novella, “I Died Once”, at the Local Bookstore

The Manager there wasn’t only receptive, but also suggested that I Create Custom Bookmarks which would Market My Up Coming Fantasy Novel, and Include them with the Samples…

Brilliant

I then contacted the person who helps me with my Book Cover Designs, and asked her if she could Create these Book Marks… That’s them up to the Left

Soon she’ll be shipping them out to me, and I will give the Bookstore 15 Free Copies of “I Died Once”, along with 15 Bookmarks which will accompany them

These will be given out to specific Store Patrons… Most likely ones that make a Purchase of $25 or so

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That Is All…

On With The Battle

Thanks For Your Interest & Support

DarkJade-

 

 

 

 

Free Digital Copy Of My Novella “I Died Once”

Posted in Amazon, Ebook, Entertainment, Fiction, I Died Once, Novella, Story on May 24, 2013 by darkjade68

I Died Once CoverFree Digital Copy Of My Novella “I Died Once”

In Honor of Self Publishing My First Ever Fantasy Novel, “Chess With Agatha” very soon, I thought I’d go ahead and Make a Free Digital Copy of My Novella “I Died Once” Available once again, for those of you that haven’t had a chance to pick it up.

At the moment it’s available on Amazon both in Print, and in Digital Format.

Here is the Link for the Digital Version, which will be marked at $0.00 once the book is available for Free. (If it says $1.99, than it hasn’t clicked in yet, but it will on May, 24th at some point)

If You Don’t Have A Kindle Don’t Threat There’s Free PC And Other Reading Apps Here Free Kindle

I hope you Enjoy the Book, it’s a Quick Read (Only 56 Pages), but I’ve had a lot of Positive Feedback on it.

Also if you do pick up a copy, and get a chance to read it, I’d really appreciate if you might Write a Review/Comment on the Amazon Site.

Thank you so much, and Enjoy The Read

DarkJade-

 

To Sequel, Or Not To Sequel

Posted in Allure, Amazon, Chess With Agatha, Cover Artist, Ebook, I Died Once, Kickstarter, Novella, Self Publishing, Writing with tags , on November 30, 2012 by darkjade68

I Died Once CoverTo Sequel, Or Not To Sequel

In September of 2011-November of 2011 was the period that I Wrote, and Blog Posted Chapters of My Very First Novella, “I Died Once“.

Earlier this year, I got Permission from the Artist to use this Drawing that she had done, and that I had found online, as the Cover for the Novella.

And My Photographer friend Kirsty and I Designed the actual layout of the book.

Then my Good Friend Beth Reviewed, and Line Edited the First Draft, simply because she likes my work, and partakes in groups of Writers where they Line Edit and Review one another’s work.

In June I ran a Kickstarter Editor Funding Project, so I would have the cash to Pay an Editor to Edit the book.

It was a success, so I went forward with Editing it in July and August, where I actually sat down with my Hired Editor, and Edited the book in preparation of Self Publishing it, which I ended up doing at the End of August/Early September.

Book In StoreIn September I Marketed the Novella via Social Networks such as Twitter, Facebook, and on This, and My Author’s Blog, as well as got it into a Local Bookstore where I also have My First, and Only Self Published Poetry Book, “Winter, Lust, And Wonder“.

I also made “I Died Once” Available as an Ebook, and asked several People that I either knew, or that were Followers of one, or more of my blogs, to Review the Book for me.

In the end, I had some pretty Amazing Reviews, and a couple not so Great… But I was so happy about the Good one’s, that I seemed to recover from the not so good one’s pretty quickly.

“I Died Once” wasn’t a Book that I thought everyone would like… Though I was really pleased to find out that the greater majority of those that had read it, did indeed get something from it.

As a final way to get it into more people’s hands, I hadn’t planned on it, but decided that during the Thanksgiving Weekend, I would Give away FREE Ebooks of “I Died Once”, as a way to get it Read by more People… In hopes to get even more feedback on the book, but also as a way to just get it read… Because as a Writer, at least for me, sure it would, and will be great to make a living at some point via My Writing, but from now, and Forever, having people Read My Work is definitely My Most Important, and Enjoyable thing.

At the end of the Three Day Giveaway, 102 Copies of My Novella had been Downloaded, so I was very pleased… And hope to hear from some of the people that take the time to Read it. Whether they Leave a Review on My Book’s Amazon Page, Leave a Comment here, or Simply Drop me an E-Mail @ JadeDark68@Yahoo.Com.

But none of this is why I am doing this Post right now… A very odd thing has come up for me during the last hand full of days… As many of you may know that are following my Writing Pursuits, I’ve kind of Eased up a bit on Writing New Material, while I focus on getting some of what I have already Written This Year, Self Published.

A Font with SerifsMy Number 1 Focus as of late, as once again many of you know, is My First Completed Fantasy Novel, “Chess With Agatha“…

Yes, so far it’s been Reviewed and Line Edited by My Friend Beth, Cleaned Up a bit by me, and Kirsty My Photographer Friend and I have recently Designed, and Completed the Cover…

I’ve also Started a Kickstarter Project for it a few weeks ago, but unlike my “I Died Once” Kickstarter Project in June, this one has not fared quite as well.

Whether it’s because of the Holidays, or the Economy, or maybe I just got a Strong Response on My First one, because it was My First One Ever… Whatever the case may be, I’m not too worried about it. I was apprehensive to do a 2nd one this year, but when November hit, suddenly it felt like the right time…

5 Months had passed since My other Project, so I felt enough time had gone by.
The fact that it may not pan out, will hopefully only cause the Book’s Self Publishing Date to be in January, 2013, instead of December, 2012. Which isn’t a big deal.

And Nextvj-g-31 2 up after “Chess With Agatha”, will be My First in a Series of Vampire Novellas, called “Allure”. The First Draft which I Wrote, and Posted on this Blog in May-August, 2011.

So, like I say, I’ve really backed off on Writing New Content, until I get these two books either Self Published, or Well On Their way to being Self Published.

And then come January, 2013, I will Begin/Continue Writing My Second in the “Chess With Agatha” Trilogy, called “Iliad”.

And I will more than likely Begin/Continue Writing My 2nd Novella in the “Allure” Series…

So yeah, I have my hands full.

But if you’re a Writer, than you probably know, The Writer’s ‘Soul’, if you will, Knows No Schedule… And so suddenly in the last few days, another Novella started to come to me, and I just started to Write it, and see where it took me.

Normally I would Post anything that I Write, but because I’m not sure whether I actually want to go forward with this Particular Novella, I decided to ‘Not’ Post it for now.

And the Reason is this… It is a ‘Sequel’ to My ‘I Died Once” Novella… Let me start by saying, I never planned on Writing any additional Books Connected to the Original… And the truth is, I just don’t know that I want to… Mainly because I really feel that it is a Stand Alone Novella, and some part of me Really Just doesn’t want to Mess with that.

That said, for me when a Character Comes to Life… It Takes on Its Own Life, and so for me, the Main Character is Alive and Well, and Definitely not Fully Explored. Part of this is because she is just a 15 Year Old Girl in “I Died Once”, and thus, the Potential for Story/Life Beyond this Point, is Vast.

But… I just don’t know if I want to Mess With it… I’m Very Proud of “I Died Once”, and I Feel the Story is an Important One… And I’d hate to think that anything I Wrote Here after would by any means Affect the Meaning, and/or Potency of the Original Book.

But, as an Exercise if nothing else, I’ve let myself Write This Next part of Her Story, and just see what comes.

It doesn’t mean that it will ever See The Light of Day… But, at least I can Release These Visions in My Head, that Have been Rapidly Coming at me during the Last Few Days.

I Love the Character of Mady, and though many are annoyed initially by her personality at the Beginning of “I Died Once”, by the end of the Book, most that have read it have told me that they are very fond of her. This makes me very Happy.

Granted, she is a Very Troubled Girl at the beginning of the book, which definitely played a role in why her personality was the way it was… But still, as a Reader, it is important that you Like the Character that the Book is Written about… At least on some level… At least I think that it is Important.

And so… This is why I Wrote this Post… To share with you My Fellow Comrades in Ink, and/or Followers, or Readers… Or Fellow Artists, the Serious Passionate Turmoil that I am experiencing in the Writing of this Second Novella. Or Novel… Or whatever it ends up being, Lol

None the less, I am Glad to be Writing, as I’ve had Quite a Hard time not Writing during this Greater Focus on Getting My Existing Work Self Published.

The “Allure” Series in particular has Really Been Calling to me, and I look forward to Continue with it come January, or February of 2013. But until then, who knows what kind of Writing will come out of me… I really do seem to like November I’ve noticed in regards to Writing… And the fact that we’re looking at a 3 to 4 days in a row worth of Rain here where I am, is definitely Prodding me on, and Prodding me Inward, if you know what I mean.

Nuff Said

Thanks for Listening/Reading

DarkJade-