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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Back Draft

No, this has nothing to do with Backdraft the movie. This is the first draft for what will go on the back cover:



Only two weeks have passed since Jimmy and Annie, still only nine-years-old each, had thwarted Etyouth’s takeover of Washington D.C. Now, Jimmy and Annie are confronted by two mysterious boys, both with unique powers, who attack Annie while on the way to a school field trip. After leaving a trail of destruction, the two boys vanish into a green triangular spacecraft. Meanwhile, Jimmy is on a quest to seek out his parents. With completely new identities, his parents are unable to recognize Jimmy. Distraught, Jimmy yearns for a family of his own. Stricken with a lethal, incurable illness, Jimmy is taken to an island a thousand light years from Earth by a band of super powerful kids, simply called the Brothers and Sisters.



Treated for the disease, he meets Mama who declares Jimmy as the leader of the Children, dubbing him their “Wohali.” Mama considers the Children a race of Evolved humans destined to replace the Earth’s billions of other inhabitants. Jimmy’s identity splits into two. His newer, more sinister side takes control over him and becomes a willing participant in Mama’s plans, which involves the eventual deaths of all the Unevolved people of the Earth—and his best friend, Annie Marshall. Can Jimmy overcome the evil spirit inside him and spare his friend and the Earth from a disastrous fate?

 

Another Cover Prototype

Here goes...it's the same theme for the cover, but no shadow figure. The green object is suppose to be large, but far away. I hope it doesn't look like our hero is attempting to make a football-type reception. He's just flying after it.



Sunday, November 16, 2014

Latest on Book 2

Book 2 is nearing publication. It's been a lengthy process. I've tweaked the title. It is now call Jimmy Miller the Super Powerful: Project Evolution. So, I'm changing the announcement a bit. I know, I hoped it would be ready in the summer, but it won't be until after Christmas.

Be good to yourselves!


Tuesday, June 3, 2014

New look, same blog

I've changed the look of the blog. Why? Why not? Last week I did not post anything new because I had to focus on keeping up the house. Super powerful writers struggle with accomplishing basic chores. As much as I'd like to stay insulated within my world of fiction, I must deal with the reality once in a while. However, I'm just so excited over Book 2 of Jimmy Miller the Super Powerful being ready for the revision and editing process. I'm really hoping for an end of summer release. 

Last Saturday I was at the same flea market in Paw Paw, Michigan. Being placed in Lot 13 and isolated from other sellers, I didn't get much foot traffic. I did sell two JM the Super Powerful to a couple of kids. One was a kid from a nearby seller. He said he enjoyed the story so far. He managed to get past Chapter 2.

This Saturday I'm back in Kalamazoo at the County Expo Center. This is indoors so I won't have to get a canopy staked into the ground.

The kids get out of school June 10th for the summer. Due to a high number of snow days, they have to make up a couple of days. So, I'll be going off on vacations and won't be posting some weeks. If you miss me, why not read through old posts or order one of my books. You know, the links to the print edition are to the Amazon listing and there are usually deals they'll give you. Of course, they have that shipping and handling charge. However, I think they have deals on shipping and handling, too.

Well, happy June! Hey, the more books I sell, the more I can add to this blog site. Maybe, I could build an actual fan web site. Be good to yourselves!

Friday, May 23, 2014

Sign of the Times

Tomorrow...I'm selling and signing books at a flea market outside of Paw Paw. Reits Flea Market is the place. The weather will be sensational. It's just off of Red Arrow Highway. I rigged a homemade canopy using a tarp and metal poles. It's quite an ugly sight.
Have a great weekend and holiday (just remember what Memorial Day is all about)!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

And Now, a Revised Prologue

The prologue...written in first person according to Annie Marshall. Everything else is Jimmy first person. Annie was reluctant to write it because she is not a fan of the writing process. Her best friend is the wordsmith. However, she agreed because Jimmy didn't want her feeling neglected or unappreciated. He gets top billing as the protagonist, but she is crucial to the story. 

Anyway, most of it is the same except for the first two paragraphs. I thought I had a posting of the original prologue, but I can't find it. Here's the prologue as it is now in the third revision:



PROLOGUE


If you’re ever on live T.V., you better watch what you say! Trust me…your life will get all ludicrous if you don’t. My friend Jimmy Miller found this out the hard way. You might remember him. Everyone started calling him Jimmy the Super Powerful. He and I made big news when we thwarted the evil schemes of one out-of-control government-funded corporation from taking over the country and possibly the whole world. We were showered with all kinds of praise. But now…it’s like everything has changed. Just because of one lousy word.
Who am I? Well, I happen to be his best friend. And yes, I’m a girl. You see…neither one of us have had normal childhoods. Back when my mother was arrested and my brother and I had to go live with our grandma, my nana, I was one angry young lady. Okay, I still am. I mean, I’m ashamed of my mom for doing drugs, being sent to prison, and neglecting her children. So, I would run away from my nana, at first. That’s when I met a kid who would change my life forever. We actually already had an encounter at school, and I spilled chocolate milk all over him in the lunchroom. Sneaking into his house, I discovered that this kid was no ordinary boy. He could do things…amazing things that no one else could do.
I was so fascinated by him and his incredible powers. Mainly, though, he was the only kid willing to be my friend. I needed a friend. He didn’t even care if I used to get head lice and he even stood up for me at school one day.
Anyway, you probably are curious about how Jimmy became super powerful. He wasn’t always that way. You know the government? I’m talking about like the President and the Congress over in Washington, D.C. Well, you see, these geniuses gave a ton of money to a corporation called Etyouth, meaning “Eternal Youth.” The money went to fund several research projects to “improve” human life, and the greatest effort went into the engineering of genetically altered food.