Monday, April 21, 2014

"I'm not that kind of doctor. I don't have the-" "What? The time?" "Temperament."

 Wherein Jack plots and schemes

 This is not about world domination - which I am still in the process of pulling off - nor is it about some random editing ramble. I took Monday off to finish a final paper for school, and am writing this before I get back into editing and all of the randomness returns.

 First thing, I am sorry to announce that A Test of Loyalty will not be out on June 14th. There is just too much going on for me to attempt it, and I got too behind on editing. I could push myself, but between the continued coming in requests for me to do beta reading and book reviews I think I'd have to give up those few hours of sleep I am getting. (This isn't a complaint. I'm one of those people who doesn't need much sleep, it is just one of my weird talents.) 
 After giving it a lot of thought, I have decided it would work better all the way around to move the book back a month. It will now be coming out July 14th. 

 To add to this, I have gotten VERY bad at doing proper release announcements. I've been sending my books off into the world without the kind of recolonization to let the world know they are there. I'm going to try and fix this.

 Following is what I am looking for.

 I have a copy of the first book, A Stretch of Loyalty. It was the edition I had printed before the final one so I could go over it and make sure the formatting and cover look nice. Since it was not the final copy, there are some things missing from it. (Such as a complete list of the title chapters. And there are still a couple of mistakes in it that were not fixed at the time.) It has been sitting on my shelf with me uncertain what to do with it. Until my kindred spirit, Jenelle, came up with an idea which I have stolen from her.
 I will be giving the book away in exchange for an honest book review. (Since I only have one copy it will have to go to the first person to email me. If I had more copies I would extend this offer to more than one person, but unfortunately that won't work.) If you are interested please email me at jacklewisbaillot@gmail.com and I will be sure and send it off this week - if I get an email this week. (For the review, I don't really have a preference of where you post it. The Amazon site, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads, your own personal blog...all of the above.)

 I am also looking for two Authors to read and write an early review for A Test of Loyalty before it is out. (I have a couple review requests with this one, but I will send them to whoever contacts me. But, just as a heads up.) If anyone is interested in that, if you could please email me as well. If not, I might just stalk down a couple of Authors and email them. *Evil Overlord grin*

 Lastly, I am wanting to do another book release party for A Test of Loyalty. For Abolished Impracticality I...my characters...held a short story contest. I know all of you are very talented, and not all of you are writers. So I've been trying to come up with another idea for this party. So far I have two options, and I'd like to take a vote on them. (I'll be doing both so even if the one you really want isn't picked, it will be coming up later.)
 First is to have a book trailer contest. This does not have to be for one of my books, but any of your favourite books. (Not sure what more I can say about this....except that there are no special rules on how the video would have to be made. There are all kinds of book trailers out there, and if you need ideas you can look up some on youtube, which is what I've done in the past. I've seen some which just use pictures from books, some which have real people acting, and some which just use pictures or music and words. They can be a lot of fun to make though. The more creative you get the more fun it is.)
 The second idea is an art contest of sorts. Where you could all send in a picture from a scene from your favourite book. 
 The choice is up to all of you, so let me know in the comments which you'd like best.

 The contest will likely start next week and go till the end of May, when I will be releasing my own book trailer for A Test of Loyalty. 

 What do all of you think? Sound exciting? I will also be starting up character reveals again - for the Loyalty book - and talking about some of the different creatures who appear in the series. And I will also do some posts about its history in Oleander.

 And thus concludes all of my new schemes.

 Quote is from the ending little clip of Iron Man Three.

 Allons-y! 

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Sunday, April 20, 2014

"I'll be doing whatever frozen things do in SUMMER!"

 I'm going to get so many spammers because of that title.

 I just reviewed the Ascendance Trilogy on my review blog, now I want to reread all three books.

 I have been nicknamed Jim. (I seem to earn more boy nicknames than girls. I was even nicknamed Matthew once...)
 But the Jim I was nicknamed after this time is a cool Jim
 I'm tempted to give that look to people at work sometimes. 

 I was given the nickname because someone gave my friend the nickname Ben and I insist on calling her Ben all the time now. So naturally, I had to be the Jim to her Ben

Yes, this is a fitting picture for the two of us. And yes, my hair does look that bad a lot of the time





 I don't remember this part in the movie. Someone please tell me this scene wasn't in the movie. Because if it was than it means I slept through it, every single time I saw it. 


 I wantssss one of these now.

 I really say wantsss like Gollum in real life.


 Because there was NO way I was going to post Treasure Planet pictures and NOT do this one. If you don't get this we can't be friends.

 If we are comparing me to Disney characters - Jim might not be Disney. If he isn't don't throw things at me, I have the flu and a fever and I can't think clearly. (Which is why I am rambling about nicknames and Treasure Planet.) Anyways, we'd have to compare me to Olaf. Because I am more alike him than should be normal. 

 It warmed up here...finally. It wasn't really warm, but it wasn't freezing. And I went outside, and I didn't shiver. And I didn't know what to do with the warmth. So....I've been singing Olaf's song all day. 

 This is my new theme song

 But if I get theme songs, and I get to be Jim, then I want this one too. Because I like it for some reason, and I'd love to creep up behind someone and go, "I'm still here," in a creepy, Evil Overlord voice.

 Back to the Olaf comparison.


 Actually, this hug would make me happier.

 Hear that, Ben? Come visit.


 Olaf again. This one is me right now, actually. But it is also me a lot of the time. While trying to edit, and while characters are demanding I write their book

 Things like this happen so often it gets really awkward. Life needs to be less confusing.

 I was looking for another one, but I found this one and couldn't resist. If you are reading this, you know who, then you know why I almost laughed my head off. Because you know it fits

 In all fairness, this fits us both

 I should have just reviewed the movie....or watched it. It would have saved all of you from a lot of randomness

 THIS is the one I was looking for
 I don't know if this one fits us, but I am going to try it out someday. (You've been warned, you know who you are.)

 I got in the Disney mood with this post. I am now listening to Disney songs.

 I'm going to stop talking now and go read till I fall asleep. And then I am going to sleep and sleep because I don't have to work tomorrow. I'm going to try and not sleep all day though, because there is this thing called finals coming up, and one of them wants a paper....and I don't know why I rambled about it, because it isn't very interesting news. 

 Moral of this? I shouldn't post while I have the flu. But I think we all knew that already.

 Allons-y!

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Friday, April 18, 2014

"Double, double, toil and trouble. Fire, burn, and cauldron bubble."

 Wherein Jack has been editing, a lot.

 My glasses finally came - because I know you were all dying to know that. They aren't cool Pond glasses or even Ten glasses. They are wanna be Ten glasses, but I'm so happy to be headache - less I don't really care.

 I printed all of The Broken Blade off so I can better edit it. It is 328 pages long and I like to take it places and thump it down on tables. (Because it makes such a nice thumping noise.)

 I need to stop scaring all my friends off. It is getting harder and harder to find people willing to help with book covers.

 My phone, which I use as a music player, is under the belief that I have too much music and not enough extra room for important phone stuff. Little does it know all those friends I scared off don't call me, so I really have no need for important phone stuff. (It also doesn't know that the main reason I bought it WAS to use it for a music player because mine died a cruel, early death when I left it in direct sunlight one summer.)

 I haven't edited today. I should have, but when I found out I didn't have to go in into one of my jobs I came home and kind of fall into my Star Trek chair and haven't felt like moving since. I've been tired all day - which is hopefully not a sign that I am getting sick. I'm all for sick days, but the only things I've been exposed to lately are colds, and colds don't count as sick days. You still have to work with a cold.

 I decided I need my own soundtrack. Imagine how exciting work would be if I had Josh Groban songs suddenly playing as I went dashing about? Unfortunately, I don't have the money for a surround sound system to follow me around. I am considering making one of my minions follow me with my music phone and cue Josh Groban songs while I'm working.

 I really should go and get my book, it is getting exciting.

 If any of my minions lived closer I'd make them go and get it for me.

 I've found myself a general and I believe I've found a mercenary. (Because every Evil Overlord needs a mercenary. I don't even know what a mercenary is...but this guy I know looks like one and when I take over the world, I am hiring him to be my mercenary. He's got the personality for it, though he keeps it hidden.)

 I am listening to Forbidden Friendship on my music phone right now.

 If you don't know what song that is I am throwing you in the dungeon.

 I fail at being an Author when it comes to writing an informative writer's blog. Just think, you might have followed me in the hopes of getting writing types and insight on how to complete a book.
 I can give you insight into world domination if that makes you feel any better.

 My mum and I are on the Ponds last series. She hasn't wanted to watch for awhile, I don't think she wants them to leave.

 I used to think it was funny, River shooting the Doctor's cowboy hat off. Until I realized Craig had given it to him. It is one of the few or only things I'm mad at her about.

 I need to start catching up on my book reviews. I am still way behind on them.

 I'm going to shut up down and attempt to get some work done. (Attempt. Here that? Attempt. I make no promises. It is Friday, and I've been editing all week. I want ice cream and my book.)

 I took the quote from Shakespeare, because you needed some sophistication after all that.

 Allons-y!

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

"How are you so good with children?" "I read Dr. Spock's book....it's not about Star Trek."

 Wherein Jack wants to go on an Adventure

 This happens every year when the weather turns warm. I get restless and bored and start dressing in khaki and pretending I am Indiana Jones going on an adventure. Or I dig out my Middle Ages clothing - the ones my family hates - throw on my cloak, and pretend I am taking the Ring to Mordor.

 I was supposed to out grow this when I hit adult age. I know this. I think everyone who knew me as a kid was waiting eagerly for my adultness to set in so I'd stop climbing every tree I come across (and jumping out of them and hurting my ankle.) They were waiting for me to start wearing shoes all the time and not ditching them the moment the ground was no longer ice. And they were all excited for the day I'd give up my Ranger cloak and stop sneaking it up on hiking trips.

 I'm not sure, but I think by this time, they've given up on the whole growing up thing.

 And if they haven't, they should.

 I never wanted to be one of those annoying people who acted like they were five just to pester all of their friends. I don't still climb trees just to prove I am just as childish now as I was when I was ten (I've actually gotten worse.)

 I can act like an adult when it is required. I know there is a time to be responsible and not make faces at costumers at work or shoot rubber bands at them when they are being annoying. (This is hard sometimes, but I've made it a year at my job and have not shot anyone so far. Be proud.)

 I believe there is a difference between being an adult and being responsible. Some people are meant to grow up. (You know the ones. Lawyers. Bankers.) They get those jobs we don't want or understand how come they keep going to them. They work from nine to five, go home, eat dinner, and watch TV with their slippers on. (I'm picking on grown ups. I shall try and behave myself.)
 But really, some people enjoy this life. I had a friend who couldn't wait to grow up, and I think she is having a lot of fun being an adult. I'm happy for her. 

 Growing up that way never fit me.

 I think part of it is because I am an Author. Maybe fellow Authors will understand. (Or creative people in general. Maybe it is that one side of the brain thing.)Everything looks different when you can use it for a new world or story. Spring isn't just the time to ditch your coats, it is time for adventures! And not just pulling your bike out and taking it to work. More like the climbing trees adventures, swimming in lakes that are too cold to swim in. Climbing mountains and risk falling off them. (And let's not mention rain storms and afterward puddle jumping.) (Jumping IN the puddles, for those who think puddle jumping means jumping over them.)

 I also think I just lost the point to this post. It was turning sappy there for a moment, and then my headache came back and everything ran away. (I stepped on my brilliant Pond glasses the other day and bent them. I've been getting headaches ever since, so I'm hoping my new pair will mend this problem. Even though it means I won't have Pond glasses anymore.)
 The best I can make out, the point of all of this was to say go put flowers in your hair and frolic in a field. Or maybe go on a treasure hunt and get chased by a treasure hunting bad guy - Rastapopoulos if you like. 
 I think the real point behind it though is not to become a banker. "I'm used to dealing with thugs and hit men, but you bankers...you're scary."

No. I take that all back. 
 The real, deep, hidden meaning behind this long ramble is...Don't. Step. On. Your. Pond. Glasses!
 Bad things happen when you step on your Pond glasses.

 That is all I am going to leave you with.

 Quote is from Daddy Day Care, from the Star Trek geek

 Allons-y!

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Monday, April 14, 2014

"I will cut your heart out with a spoon!" "Why a spoon, cousin? Why not a knife?" "Because you twit, it is dull, it will hurt more."

 I really have nothing spectacular to say today.

 I'm supposed to be reading history, but my mind keeps wandering. Mostly to editing. I've had a hard time picking up editing since getting back...it doesn't help that there is a Diana Wynne Jones' book sitting right in front of me.


 I shall therefore forgo all creative thought and share a song before I see if I can start some editing.

 This is one of the songs I listen to most while working on the Haphazard books. It kind of fits all of the characters, but reminds me of two in particular. (Those who have read the books, I will let you guess which two.)

 As I said, I am lacking in creativeness at the moment - editing and school work and work and everything. And today was just weird, which is why this post is late. So the extent of my creativeness is to ask, what are some of the songs you fellow writers listen to while you work. (Or everyone, even if you aren't writers, which songs do you find the most inspiring?)

 Quote is from the Robin Hood movie. (The olderish one, but not the very old one, and not the Men in Tights one. The one with the Snape actor who is so wonderful.)

 ALLONS-Y!

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Friday, April 11, 2014

"You just decapitated your grandfather."

 Wherein Jack has exciting news.

 I have very exciting news for today....in case you didn't catch that in the above statement. I mentioned in the post I wrote right after I got back from my holiday that I am reading and reviewing some books which are coming out next month. (I believe all of them are for next month. Don't quote me on that.) One of them I was VERY excited to get asked to read. It is Resistance written by Jaye L. Knight. 

 For those of you who don't know, Jaye has published before under Molly Evangeline. I've talked about her books before. She wrote a wonderful fantasy series - Truth, Courage, and Trust. She also wrote a series on pirates which I plan to read this summer. 
 I loved her fantasy series and when I finished it I was sad there weren't more. So I was thrilled when I found she was writing a new fantasy series, only this time under a different name. I wanted the book the moment I heard about it and was too delighted for words when she asked me to read a before published draft and review it.

 I've already started it and it is just as amazing as I hoped it would be, for those wondering. (As soon as it comes out buy it!) (I feel like Bowler Hat Guy from Meet the Robinsons. "Love it! Buy it!")

 Okay, now that I've said all of that....I can move on.

 Today I am taking part in the cover reveal for Resistance. 

About the Book
Don’t you know? Animals like you have no soul.”
Could God ever love a half-blood all of society looks upon with such fear and disdain? Jace once believed so, but when a tragic loss shatters the only peace he’s ever known, his faith crumbles as the nagging doubts he’s tried to put behind him descend on his grieving heart. With them come the haunting memories of the bloodstained past he longs to forget, but can never escape.

Taken from home at a young age and raised to serve the emperor, Kyrin Altair and her twin brother live every day under a dangerous pretense of loyalty. After her unique observation skills and perfect memory place her into direct service to the emperor, Kyrin finds herself in further jeopardy as it becomes increasingly difficult to hide her belief in Elôm, the one true God.

Following the emperor’s declaration to enforce the worship of false gods under the penalty of death, many lives are endangered. But there are those willing to risk everything to take a stand and offer aid to the persecuted. With their lives traveling paths they never could have imagined, Jace and Kyrin must fight to overcome their own fears and conflicts with society as they become part of the resistance.
Kindle release date: May 20, 2014


About the Author
JAYE L. KNIGHT is a 25-year-old independent author with a passion for writing Christian fantasy and clean NA (New Adult) fiction. Armed with an active imagination and love for adventure, Jaye weaves stories of truth, faith, and courage with the message that even in the deepest darkness, God's love shines as a light to offer hope.

Jaye is a homeschool graduate and has been penning stories since the age of eight. She was previously published as Molly Evangeline. You can learn about her latest writing projects at www.jayelknight.com.


Blog Tour Announcement
Excited for this book’s release? Join us for the blog tour May 20-27, which will include reviews, interviews, a giveaway, and more! Mark your calendars, and check the blog tour page in May for more information. Hope to see you there!

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Excerpt from Resistance (©2014 Jaye L. Knight)
Just when he lowered his guard enough to relax, a grating voice sent tension knotting across his shoulders.
“Look what the excitement dragged into town.”
Jace ground his teeth together and turned. He should never have stopped watching his back. Wrong move on his part.
Flanked by two of his smug-faced friends, a red-haired young man smirked at him, his eyes harboring all sorts of ill will. Jace barely bit back a sharp retort, but the other man’s smirk only grew at his silence. He peered around Jace.
“Rebekah, what are you doing with this . . .” He glanced back to Jace and turned up his wide nose. “. . . half-blood?”
Jace balled his fists. Warmth seeped down his arms and into his muscles, pulsing with the preparation for a fight, but he fought to still it.
Rebekah came to his side, her face set in a frown that looked entirely out of place. “Stop it, Morden.”
He gave her a condescending little grin. “Why don’t you run along? We’ve got business here.” The grin stretched wider. “I’ll gladly come find you later.”
Rebekah put her hands on her hips, glaring at him, and opened her mouth to speak, but Jace beat her to it.
“A gentleman would treat a lady with more consideration.”
Morden snorted. “And what would you know about that?”
A blaze erupted inside that Jace struggled to contain. He breathed in hard, cursing the impulses he had to battle so often. He couldn’t let it take control of him. Not again.
“Come on, Jace, we still have to find something for Kalli.” Rebekah’s soft voice quieted his growing agitation, and she tugged lightly on his stiff arm.
His blood still burned hot in his veins, calling him to action, and was almost too strong to resist. He thought of Rayad who told him time and again to go to Elôm when he struggled like this. He forced himself to turn away from Morden and whispered silently, “Elôm, I need help.”
But Morden, who must have caught the movement of his lips just before he turned completely, let out an incredulous laugh. “Are you praying?”
Jace froze. His heart thundered.
“Who could you be praying to? Don’t you know? Animals like you have no soul.”
An evil pang of doubt knifed through Jace’s heart, colder and more painful than the steel of any dagger, and robbed the breath from his lungs. His eyes settled on Rebekah’s face, but it was her pitying expression that caused the weak grip on his emotions to fail. Heat flared in his muscles. He spun around and smashed his fist into the side of Morden’s jaw, sending the man reeling. Regret followed, but it was too late. Morden’s friends caught him by the arms and steadied him as he shook his head to clear his vision.
Jace dragged deep breaths into his tightened lungs and waited for Morden’s next move. Just walk away. The silent plea went out in desperation. If only it would just end here. But satisfaction lit Morden’s eyes, and his lip curled in a malicious sneer.


  Hopefully I did all of this right, I still have trouble figuring all of the codes out. If something needs corrected, or doesn't work for all of you, let me know and I shall fix it.

 And now, for the cover!

 TADA! Nice, isn't it? I love all of Jaye's covers, she does a really good job on them, but I think this is my favourite so far. Though....I do have a thing for swords, so that might be a big part of it.

 Quote is from Thor 2. Which I've FINALLY seen. 

 ALLONS-Y!

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Wednesday, April 09, 2014

"Age of the geek, baby."

 In which Jack reviews

 Have you ever had one of those days where you can get your jacket on because the sleeves won't go over both arms? Or where you are eating and somehow the fork keeps missing your mouth? I think it should be law that on days like those we should be allowed to stay in bed and read a book.

 Now to the review.

 The DeLallo's decided that when I came out they were going to show me the TV series called Leverage. They determined to get me through all five seasons of it. (Impossible, you say? You don't know us.) I'd only heard about the show from them, it didn't sound like one I would pick to watch on my own, but they all highly recommended it, and we shared a lot of the same likes in shows and movies so I trusted them. 
 I am glad I did.



 Leverage is about a team of highly skilled thieves. Their mastermind is Nate Ford, a man who used to be an insurance investigator later...well, turned thief. He's like a modern day Robin Hood - robs from the wealthy and gives to the poor.
 "The rich and famous take what they want, we steal it back for you." (Impressed? I quoted that from memory, in Nate's voice. That's what you get, watching five seasons in two weeks.)

 Nate gets help from a hitter - Eliot -, a hacker - Hardison-, a thief - Parker -, and a gifter - Sophie. (They did one of the Get Smart jokes with Sophie, where through the whole show you never find out her real name.) Together they help people who have been taken advantage of by the rich. It is a fun show, and clean. (Though we skipped one episode where, I was told, there was a lot of off colour stuff in.)



 Now, the what I liked about this show.
 First off, it was fun. It wasn't sad, or painful, or edge of your seat. It was exciting, and funny, and had happy endings. (It's the kind of show you need after you've had a really bad day and just want to be left alone for an hour or two.)
 Second, the characters. Nate and Sophie were okay, but not my favourites. They become kind of like the parents as the show goes on, which is a lot of fun. But they just weren't my top favourites. Mine were an equal tie between Hardison and Parker with Eliot close behind.
 Hardison is a geek. He quotes Star Trek and Doctor Who. He's cool. He's also a gentleman and very sweet.

 And everything past this point has a risk of being filled with spoilers. I don't intend for there to be bad ones, but it sounds like everyone else in the world has seen this show and I am the last. So I am going to put some in.

 I especially liked how Hardison was with Parker. He accepted that she was odd and socially awkward, and even though it was obvious he loved her, he didn't do anything to make her feel uncomfortable. He became her friend first and didn't try and change her. (And it was sweet, how he cheered her on every time she talked to someone - or made a friend - and didn't end up stabbing them with a fork.)
 And I especially liked it when Hardison had to work with Eliot. They were funny together, complete opposites, and acted like brothers. (I think Hardison would have been the younger brother, doing everything he could to purposely annoy his older brother.) My favourites though were the moments Hardison got Eliot to have fun, like when they were chasing down bad guys and singing, and then Eliot would realize what he was doing and throw Hardison a look which seemed to say, "How dare you make me enjoy myself!"



 And speaking of Eliot, I LOVED how he was with Hardison but especially Parker. He looked after her, and sometimes let her annoy him just because. (Such as when was wounded and she sat beside him and kept poking him.) There was another time as well, I can't remember what had happened, but Parker was upset over something. (From what I remember, some guy had done something to her, but for some reason I don't remember what was going on.) Anyways, she wanted to kill the guy and Eliot said he could do that for her. Because we all need big brothers who strangle people who aren't nice to us.



 And now to Parker. Parker is one of those rare girl characters with unusual personality. She is very smart, but also a bit clueless. She doesn't understand how to act around other people. She is sweet and funny, brave, but as she gets used to working with Nate and the others she learns to let them help her with things. (She also believes Hardison can make anything happen. In a Christmas one there was no snow so she told Hardison to make it snow for her.)

 She is a really fun character and I liked her a lot.
 I liked the whole show a lot. It wasn't traumatic, though it did have some edge of your seat moments. *Gives Treskie a "You know which moment" look.* Now I am just hoping for a spin off, like the DeLallos, with Hardison, Parker, and Eliot. (It isn't nice that there are only five seasons of the show. Good shows are rare enough anyways, so they should have more seasons.)


 And I am really bad at ending these reviews so....

 The quote is from the show, Hardison's most used line. (I don't know what it means really, but by season three it made me smile every time he said it.)

 Allons-y!

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