Which combat nanite should you implant?

I threw this together today because I thought it would be enjoyable for my readers (and potential readers) to dive into my book’s world in a different way!

I hope those of you that are following me enjoy this little quiz! A lot of it is just for fun and to immerse you a little bit into the book’s world; I can’t guarantee you’ll like the results you get! Haha!

Be sure to share it, comment about your results, and let everyone know about NANO Archive 01: The City of Fire!

Which Combat Nanite should YOU implant?

NANO Archive 01 – Paperback and Audiobook!

Exciting things are just around the corner! I am so lucky to have the friends and supporters that are in my life. With the help of just such a dear friend, I will soon be acquiring the ISBN necessary to release a physical paperback copy of my book as a print-on-demand version available on Amazon! That means that there will be plenty of book signing opportunities and chances for me to actually physically hold a copy of my book in my hands! I don’t even know how I’m going to react the first time I touch it. From what I understand from other published authors, the first time you physically hold a copy of your book in your hands is unlike anything you’ll ever experience in your career.

In addition to the exciting upcoming physical release of my book, I have just completed the necessary submission to begin querying Amazon’s audiobook store for a producer! That’s right, if all goes well and a producer takes interest in my project, there will be a NANO Archive 01: The City of Fire audiobook! For those of you that love to listen to audiobooks in the car, be sure to keep a listen out (you see what I did there?) for more information!

The people around me have made this experience something I’ll carry with me for the rest of my life. And I hope that they’re merely the foundations for more of such experiences in my days to come. I am so happy to provide you all with such a large piece of myself, and so far the feedback I’ve gotten is absolutely amazing. Don’t ever hesitate to send me a message or an email with a question or comment! I’d love to engage all of you about your thoughts and what my story means to you!

If you haven’t been sharing, make sure you do! A single share is worth a thousand purchases of my book! Spread the word, raise awareness, and if you’re reading the book or have read it, do whatever you can to help generate some buzz, and keep your eyes and ears peeled for these two renditions of NANO Archive 01: The City of Fire! Thank you all for your support!

What an amazing honor! GISHWHES and Misha Collins!

I was recently approached by one of my readers in regards to something that really touched me. Apparently, there’s this thing going on called GISHWHES .

It stands for “Greatest International Scavenger Hunt the World Has Ever Seen;” it was created by Misha Collins, most known for his role as angel Castiel in the show Supernatural.

Funny digression: I only recently learned of the existence of this show called Supernatural (yes, I probably live under a rock) when I was researching Misha Collins and his character Castiel. I also read about another angel character in the show: the angel Uriel.

Uriel is one of my favorite angels in demonology because of how ruthless he is (in regards to other angels,) and Wikipedia coins it best when it says that he is considered “as pitiless as any demon.” Running into him when researching Misha Collins tickled me considering the main location in which NANO Archive 02: The War for Uriel takes place is, in fact, called Uriel! Perhaps it is fate! Ok, end digression.

So a large portion of the proceeds from GISHWHES goes to a charitable organization called “Random Acts.” This organization aims to “conquer the world, one random act of kindness at a time.” Many of the scavenger hunting items are actually just such random acts of kindness.

Each item that you find/complete on the GISHWHES list is worth a certain amount of points. You can find a list of the items here, but in order to participate in GISHWHES make sure you go to the official site and register!

That’s where my reader comes in; she approached me and asked me to become one of her scavenger hunt items! In this particular scavenger hunt, I am item number 78! And I’m worth a whopping 59 Points!

I am touched because one of my readers thought of me for something like this, and I am touched to be apart of something as amazing as GISHWHES. It’s the first I’ve heard of it, but upon researching about it I instantly fell in love with the idea. What Misha Collins and the people of Random Acts are doing is absolutely phenomenal. The world needs more people like this, and it would be my esteemed honor to be a part of someone’s GISHWHES scavenger list!

Kickstarter and Giveaway!

This post is coming to you a bit later in the evening, but I wanted to remind everyone about NANO’s Kickstarter! Even though the first book is officially live, this kickstarter would be an immense help toward getting the other three books launched and into your hands as quickly as possible! Without the funds from this kickstarter, it will be a grueling and (more importantly) long task to publish the remaining books! So please, if you can, pledge a little something, and if you can’t spread the word and let everyone know! We’re down to the last two weeks to make it happen! It’s all-or-nothing!

I also wanted to remind everyone about the book giveaway. In exchange for a review on Amazon, Goodreads, and one other media of your choice, you can get a free ebook copy of NANO Archive 01. Most of these giveaways are gone, but there are still a few left up for grabs so be sure to email me at authorjasonlee@mail.com to get yours!

To those of you who have beta read, and to those of you who have purchased a copy and are reading, be sure to leave reviews on Amazon! Those reviews are worth their proverbial weight in gold!

Also, once I get all the PR stuff settled in and I’ve felt that I’ve done all that I can with it, I plan to move right along into the chopping and beta-reading phase for NANO Archive 02: The War for Uriel. If you enjoyed beta reading the first book, or you’re enjoying reading the finished product, be sure to be thinking about whether or not beta reading Archive 02 is something you’d be interested in!

Thanks so much for your continued support, everyone!

-Jason

First official NANO Archive 01: The City of Fire book giveaway!

Are you interested in NANO Archive 01: The City of Fire, science fiction, or fantasy, but you don’t exactly have enough money to make the purchase or Kindle Unlimited to download it for free?

Or, do you have the money but you’re not quite sure it’s worth investing in the book?

Don’t worry. I understand that times are tough and you want to hang onto your hard earned cash. And even if that’s not the case, some of you may be thinking, “Hey, who is this guy anyway? Why should I buy his product if it’s no good?”

I got you covered. I will give NANO Archive 01: The City of Fire to the next twenty people that email me requesting a copy. I’d say it’s free, but that’s not ENTIRELY true.

So what do you have to do to get one of these copies? Well, it’s simple. The only thing you have to do is promise to read it and give me a fair and honest review on Amazon.com, Goodreads.com, and one other outlet of your choice! You could even get by with making a simple post on Facebook about how good (or bad) it was!

So hurry and email me at authorjasonlee@mail.com while you can!

Web Site is Live!

All right! My web site is officially going live! I hope to see a lot of you visit here to check out various blogs, keep an eye out on upcoming information about my books, and to find out more about me and the NANO series!

If you haven’t already, make sure you check out NANO Archive 01: The City of Fire on Amazon for your copy! It’s only $2.99 (or free if you’re part of Kindle Unlimited!) I would love to see a review from you about the book! So please purchase it, tag it, read it, review it, and spread the word!

If you’re interested in becoming part of the project and helping to speed up the launches of future books, please visit my Kickstarter and make a pledge! Even if you can’t pledge, spreading the word helps me immensely! I would love to get these books into your hands faster!

And let’s not forget following my Facebook Page and Twitter in order to get all the latest social media updates!

And just in case you’ve already been following me, stay tuned for details about a limited-time book giveaway!

Interview with emerging author about himself!

In addition to presenting me with various questions about my book, Hannah Shouppe decided it would be a good idea for readers to get a feel for me as the author! I’m not exactly shy about it or anything, but if you keep reading the only thing I can really say is, “you asked for it!”

 


 

1) How did you first get into writing?

I’ve been writing ever since I was in middle school. I went through a bit of a rough childhood, so I think I had been subconsciously searching for an outlet or escape all my life. A friend of mine named Greg Hale was the first person to show me I could use prose to do just that, and he showed me in a very interesting and surprising way. To this day, he probably doesn’t realize the impact he had on my life when he sat me down in front of that computer and pulled up America Online.

For those of you not born in the eighties or nineties, America Online was a chat-based program where you could seek out chat rooms with like minded people and just talk. But Greg opened up an entirely new world to me when he introduced me to text-based roleplaying using that program.

Most of my descriptive writing style and storytelling was born through countless hours roleplaying stories created by hundreds of people all across the country with nothing more than text and my imagination. I roleplayed characters in genres from completely made up fictional stories about medieval warmongerers, to fan-based adaptations of the Legend of Zelda video game series. It was a blast, and it really helped to increase my vocabulary, polish my style, and sharpen my imagination.

Fun fact: The AoL roleplaying community had its own little subculture, and it based a lot of how “cool” you were by how “cool” your screenname was. I eventually ended up with crazy “hip” names like “Chained Divinity,” “Artillery Addict,” and “Silver Calamity,” but I’ll never forget the days I started with Greg. Him as Zer0Lit and me as Finder8p. Oh, man…

 


2) Writing an entire novel can be cumbersome and take a lot of time, how did you get it done?

I like to think that I’ll never forget the start and end dates for my first series. I started writing NANO November 5th, 2012, and wrote the last line of my epilogue on April 1st, 2014 (And man, after six months of telling people “I’m almost done,” it was really hard to convince most of my friends and supporters that my announcement wasn’t a lame April Fool’s joke!). A little over a year and a half went into writing the 530,000 word first draft of the story. And several more months of cutting those 530,000 words into 4 digestable books followed. I just finished editing my first book, and am formatting it for Amazon. Even as I write my responses to this interview, the last formatting touches for book 1 of 4 are being worked on by my tech-savvy friend, Jonathan Pace.

That being said, I wish I could say that I got it done because every day of writing was filled with fun and inspiration, but that would not be the case. Some days I was completely drained of all creative energy and didn’t want to touch my story, some days I was writing a part in the book that I knew was necessary but hated writing it which made me want to rip my computer out of the wall, and other days I was so full of inspiration and creative juice that there were not enough hours to get it all out!

But I wrote every day. I wrote on the days that I felt drained, even if only a little. I wrote on the days that I hated the material. And, of course, I wrote on the days that I was full of all the right mojo. Some days I wrote 500 words; other days I wrote 3,000, but I wrote every single day. And while it probably sounds like an oversimplification, that’s really how I got it done. There was nothing more and nothing less to it than that. And I want to stress the “nothing less” part, because it’s a feat that’s so much easier to say than to do.

 


 

3) Who is your favorite author?

Believe it or not, my favorite book in the entire world is a book called The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Emma Orczy. It is a work of historical fiction that has nothing to do with the science fiction genre I write in, but the story and characters were so impacting and the tale was so romantic! I’m a sucker for a good romance.

Aside from that book, J.R.R. Tolkien has a special place in my heart. The Hobbit was one of the first “thick” books I ever read as a middle schooler, and the subsequent Lord of the Rings trilogy kept me engaged for quite a long time after. Considering so many stories I read were written in real-time behind a computer screen, I’d be remiss not to mention that some of my favorite “authors” are ones on the aforementioned AOL community that will never have their names on a best seller list. I don’t even know their actual names, myself!

For the cutting edge stuff, I’m not as well read as I should be. When I started writing back in November of 2012, I stopped reading since I felt that I might subconsciously alter my style after reading another author’s. I have a lot of catching up to do. I hear that Mr. Martin fellow is all the rage these days.

 


4) What are your future plans for your writing?

The NANO series takes place in a universe I’m calling An Era of Dusks and Dawns. There are several more series set to take place in that universe. Some may be chronological, others not so much. My current plan involves finishing the editing and formatting for NANO Archive 01: The City of Fire; after that I intend to go back and finish cutting up, editing, and formatting the other 3 books in the series. You can look forward to NANO Archive 02: The War for Uriel probably within six months of Archive 01’s release.

Once the four book installment is available for purchase (Over the course of the next year to year and a half) I intend to write the universe’s second series. The current working title for that series is The Dawn Maiden, and you can expect it to be a trilogy or more in itself, likely following the same naming scheme as NANO. Other than continuing my An Era of Dawns and Dusks universe, I have thought about dabbling in a few other genres. Namely the science fiction/paranormal romance genres. It’s a niche genre that has always interested me, and I may one day try my hand at contributing to it.

 


5) Where do you write? Do you ever use traditional pen and paper, or is it all done on your computer?

I primarily use my computer. I would say 90% of the 530,000 words for NANO were written on my computer in a program called FocusWriter. If you’re a writer looking for a good, free program to help you focus on your writing, I highly recommend it.

The other 10% of NANO was written on my cell phone. This became more of a thing toward the end of the project, when my day-job hours kicked up and I was working shifts from 5 am to 9 pm. My job involves sitting in the back of an armored truck for a large part of the day, so in between service locations I would pull out my phone and jot down my ideas or conversations between characters to make sure I kept the continuity right. I didn’t want to sit and think about all the plot points coming together and then forget about them later, so I did some of my writing on the phone. I tell you, though, I type on a computer so much faster than I text that it was oftentimes a frustrating experience for me!

I never did use traditional pen and paper. This is largely due to the tail end of my response in the previous paragraph, haha. I type pretty quickly, and I can usually keep a steady stream of ideas, dialogue, and action running through my imagination at a pace that works well with my typing. I can’t imagine how frustrated I would be if I had to scribble everything down with a pen. I tip my hat to the authors of old.

 


6) Tell us something personal about you, that readers may be surprised to know:

Aside from being socially awkward, a complete anime addict, a video game nerd, and a roleplayer? I suppose if that doesn’t surprise my readers, they might be surprised to know that one of my favorite outlets for creative energy was/is participating in tabletop roleplaying games as a Dungeon Master.

I love anything that serves as a storytelling outlet, and DMing for tabletop let me do that. I started off playing a character, but it didn’t take very long for my friends to adamantly request that I be the DM for all our sessions. I ran several “stories” called campaigns, and no single campaign lasted less than a year. I’m not talking about a year-long campaign where we gathered together once a month to play for a few hours, I’m talking level 1-20 Dungeons and Dragons edition 3.5 playing once a week, all day long, for over a year (sometimes two!)

Out of all the tabletop gaming I’ve done, my favorite is Dungeons and Dragons. But I would say that Dark Heresy is a very close second; I love the combat system in that particular game. Plus, everyone dies in Dark Heresy. And it’s usually in the most gruesome way you can imagine. It’s like the Game of Thrones of tabletop gaming.