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“I Died Once” (4th Edition) Proofs Ordered

Posted in Fiction, I Died Once, James Mahoney, Novella, Self Publishing, Writing on January 9, 2018 by darkjade68

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I made the few changes to the Interior Docs of “I Died Once” 4th Edition, and I went with this Cover for now (Above)…

Still considering the one below

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For now I ordered a couple copies of the First Cover, once I see it I’ll decide if I want to order a couple with the Second Cover

If you’ve never read “I Died Once”, here’s the Prolog;

Prologue

Mady was a Dark Child…

She often sat alone in her bedroom, on the floor, sorting through this or that. Generally some sort of pharmaceuticals.

It’s good that she was never allowed to own a cat… or a fish… or any other sort of domestic animal, as they would have likely ended up at the end of some sort of experimentation… with drastic results.

It’s not that she’s “mean” per-se… No.

It’s more that she’s disjointed, an outcast really, from her own home…

From her mother’s heart.

Yes, Mady is a dark one, but what else was she to be in a world devoid of light.

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“I Died Once” – 4th Edition

Posted in Fiction, I Died Once, Self Publishing, Writing on January 7, 2018 by darkjade68

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I’ve decided to Self-Publish a 4th Edition of my First Novella, “I Died Once”

I just need to choose one of these two Covers (Above)

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This was the Original Version (2012)

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And this was the 3rd Edition (2015)

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Any Opinion out of the Top Two Pictures is Appreciated!

DarkJade/James Mahoney

Received My First Copies Of My Second Novella “Mady’s Storm”

Posted in I Died Once, Mady's Storm, Novella, Self Publishing, The Written Word, Writer, Writing on January 11, 2017 by darkjade68

IMG_1073.JPGI’ve been so wrapped up in my Film Making for the last year and a half, I’ve only just today received my First Printed Copies of my Second Novella in my Mady Series, “Mady’s Storm”

Available on Amazon HERE for $5.95

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And if you haven’t read the First Novella in the Series, “I Died Once”

It’s also available on Amazon HERE also for $5.95

Really Excited

Thank you all for your continued support and interest in my Writing Endeavors/Blog Postings/Film Making Updates

DarkJade/James

 

Mady’s Surrender – Chapter II (Caged)

Posted in I Died Once, Mady's Storm, Novella, Story, Writer, Writing on November 27, 2016 by darkjade68

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Mady’s Surrender

by DarkJade (James Mahoney)

Prologue/Chapter I

CHAPTER II – Caged

Sitting at the poker table before Mady were six men, but the table held eight.

Samuel Coinyard, oil tycoon. Long white hair, large mustache, tall tan cowboy hat, dark brown long coat.

Dustin Dodge, dark hair, brown forgiving eyes, non trustworthy smile, maybe in his mid thirties.

Rim McKenick. A man from Ireland, squinty eyes, non trusting demeanor.

Long Jones. A colored man in a grey tuxedo. Full of smiles, he ordered drinks for everyone at the table, and tipped too much.

Milford Collins, a young businessman from New Jersey.

And Cliff Engels, a shady looking, large grey hat wearing mystery.

Mady approached the table, leaving Spilwell behind, “May I sit?” she spoke.

“Well of course little lady,” jovially replied Long Jones, as he pulled out a chair for her.

Some of the men looked at one another, some paid it no mind.

“Texas Holdem… I’d Seen My Father Play With The Help From Time To Time… But Never Played Myself,” thought Mady.

“So tell me fine lady, what is a beautiful young woman like yourself doing in such a place as this?” spoke Dustin Dodge, laying on the charm., which of course with Mady, did not work.

“I think I may have killed a man in New York City,” she replied in almost a daze.

This grabbed Milford Collins attention, as he was from New Jersey.

“Did he owe you money?” he asked.

Samuel Coinyard laughed a bit, while Milford Collins began to sweat.

“World be mad, deal me in!” suddenly came boisterously from behind Mady.

When she looked to see who it was, she couldn’t believe her eyes.

A tall, light color haired man, with a mustache and cowboy hat sat down directly across from Mady, “Well, well, well…” the man spoke, “If it ain’t little Mady Monroe.”

“Rex Tayor… I Can’t Believe It… The Man Whose Father Bought My Family Estate After My Mother, and Step Father’s Passing.”

“Rex Talor… How do you do…” spoke Mady non too friendly.

Rex pulled out a cigar, bit off the end, spit it out, and lit it, “Better by the moment I recon… Better by the moment,” he said with a twinkle in his eye.

“You two in? Or are you not done with this little ‘reunion’,” spoke Cliff Engels, none to friendly.

“Deal er up!” replied Rex.

Cliff looked at Mady who looked back blankly, “Uh…”

Suddenly the server brought Mady an envelope, which she calmly opened.

Dear Mady Monroe

Welcome To Louisiana

You Have Received A Credit Of $100,000 Aboard This Ship

Enjoy The Ride

Sincerely, Troy

“Troy?” Mady thought to herself.

“Mam?” suddenly interjected Rim McKenick, the Irishman.

“Yes… Well… I’m not sure I remember how to play… But I’ll give it a shot,” she replied.

And so the card game continued. And within a few hands, and several hundred dollars lost, Mady began to get the general gist of the game.

PICTURE CREDIT – Riverboat

Mady’s Surrender

Posted in I Died Once, Mady's Storm, Novella, Story, Writing on November 26, 2016 by darkjade68

At The End Of 2011 (November/December), I Posted An Unedited First Draft Of What Ended Up Being The First In A Series Of Novellas, On To This Blog… It’s Called “I Died Once”.

One Year Later (November/December, 2012), I Wrote The Second Novella In ‘The Mady Chronicles’… Which Is Called “Mady’s Storm”, And Takes Place 8 Years Later.

Both Of These Novellas I Self Published, And Can Be Found On Amazon Here “I Died Once“, And Here “Mady’s Storm“.

What Will Follow Now (November Once More) Is My First Installment Of What I May Be Calling “Mady’s Surrender”… The Thing About This Blog, Is It’s More Of A Writing Stream Of Consciouness, So These Chapters Will Either Be Written In A Notebook, Then Posted Here… Or Written Right Here.

Either Way, They Are Not Edited… Nor Will They Be ‘Eglish-ly’ Correct, lol

English Isn’t My Thing… Though ‘Creative Writing’, And Math Always Have Been.

Enjoy The First Chapter Of Mady’s Surrender.

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Mady’s Surrender

by DarkJade (James Mahoney)

“From Death… To Life… To Death… To Life… To Death Again… I Am Still Alive”

PROLOGUE

“I Can’t Say For Sure What Happened That Night… I Know I Had A Nightmare… Followed By… A Nightmare.”

“First It Was My Father… Then Mack… Now I Am Alone Again.”

“And What Became Of Billy?”

“Am I Awake?”

“I Don’t Think I’m Awake Yet…”

CHAPTER ONE – Friction

A young girl, just 24 years of age, finds herself in a large black bag… Once she is awake enough to figure it out, she unzips it, and steps out onto what appears to be a River Boat, heading down a Louisiana river.

A gamblers riverboat.

The girl is 5’9″ tall, with long black wavy hair, a lean figure, and vibrant blue eyes.

She’s wearing a dark blue dress, that doesn’t appear to have been wrinkled from her confinement.

“Somehow I ended up on a gamblers riverboat in Louisiana.” she thought to herself, noting the name of the boat, “Little Miss Louisiana”, which is painted on the side wall.

She also noted the gambling tables through the windows near by.

“Sounds about right, right?” She thought.

Her name, Miss Mady Monroe.

A millionaire’s daughter, originally from Virginia.

Relocated to Africa at 15 years old, where she united with her absentee father…

…Sam Monroe.

The Murder of her Mother? Well, that’s another story.

And her relocation which lead her to New York City? That’s another story too.

Mady straightened her dress, and stumbled a bit as she made her way into the bar and casino in the middle of the boat.

She pulled up a bar stool next to a thin man, with a thin, pointy beard in his early thirties, wearing a tall black top hat.

“Evening,” he spoke.

Mady smiled, and that’s when it hit her…

FLASHBACK

I come around the corner to see Mack tied up to a chair, facing toward me, his face bloodied…

Two black suited mobsters stand near him, one rubbing his fist, as he has obviously used it repeatedly…

My eyes go black…

I step toward Mack, and reach out to him, touch his face, “Mack… I’m so sorry.”

The mobsters look at one another…

The other four mobsters have now entered the room as well, and line its entrance

Mack looks at me through the eye that isn’t sealed up, “Mady… You shouldn’t have come.”

“I’m getting you out of here,” I say, as I step toward one of the tables, and remove a knife from a rolled napkin…

With this, one of the mobsters steps toward me, “I’m afraid I can’t let you do that—” he starts to say when…

I turn towards him, my black purse dropping to the floor, and I aim my silver revolver right at his forehead…

And pull the trigger

BAM!

THE PRESENT

Mady suddenly jumps with a jolt, knocking over the man’s whisky.

“Oh, I am so sorry… Mr.–” she spoke apologetically.

“Spilwell,” he replied as he waved for the bartender to come clean the whisky from the counter.

“Edward Spilwell.”

Here you are sir. spoke the bartender as he handed Spinwell another cup of whisky, and wiped away the other.

Suddenly Mady’s eyes go dark from the memory, “What have I done…”

“It’s no big deal little lady…” replied the man, thinking she’s referring to knocking his drink over.

“What would you like to drink? It’s on me,” he spoke kindly.

PICTURE CREDIT – Dark Haired Girl

 

Mady Chronicles

Posted in I Died Once, Mady's Storm, Novella, The Written Word, Writing on October 22, 2016 by darkjade68

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At Some Point I’m Going To Need To Make Some Time To Write The 3rd Installment Of My “Mady’s Chronicles” Novellas

“I Died Once” @ Amazon

“Mady’s Storm” @ Amazon

And I’d Really Love To Get Back To Rewriting My First Fantasy Novel

Not Enough Time In The Day lol

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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