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Some thoughts on “Thrown Away”…

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It’s interesting reading some of the reviews for the first series of Thrown Away and some of the things I’ve taken away from it were expected, others not. Quite a few people commented on the rather soft ending and I do have a reason behind that. I got to near the end and I already had ideas for where the next series (and possibly the third) would go and I found myself having ideas and reasons to keep most of the characters alive.

Sure, I could have gone for a sacrificial lamb of one of the main characters but looking to the next series I found too many questions of “how am I going to do this if they are dead?”.

Then it occurred to me. Why is it necessary for there to always be a character death? No one wrote a rule on that. Yes, I could go all George R. R. Martin on you all and wipe out half the cast, but I don’t have as many characters as he does.

Can I promise the same in the future series? No, absolutely not. The world IS dangerous and as anyone who has read the first part (the only released part so far) of series 2 will know – they are heading into even more dangerous territory.

Another thing that people noted was the strange format. Episodes/Parts and then scenes instead of chapters. I wrote the original first part as a standalone novella with no intention of going any further. When I took up the pen to carry on after so many people wanted more it seemed that the right thing to do was to carry on the same format. So, you got more novellas.

But how big are the stories? The first series is just short of 120,000 words, so probably quite average in the Fantasy genre, but at least half again the length of most mystery, thriller or a lot of Scifi novels.

I’m going to keep going the same way because I really enjoy working on novella length chunks rather than huge novels, it kinda feels like TV episodes (which I’m hoping someone will someday want to do!) and that’s a format I find enjoyable. It does make it a bit odd when it comes to pricing, so I’ve had to go with the lowest price I can for each episode. I think I probably loose money in the long run doing that, but I so far you’ve all been buying the box sets and reading on kindle unlimited in large enough numbers that it still pays the bills and lets me carry on doing what I love, so I’ll stick with that.

Lastly the series seems to end abruptly for some people. I guess I was trying to mimic the way TV series work with that too! There will be another series, though, and yes I like cliff-hangers so I’m not planning on stopping using them.

I’ll have a look at some more reviews another time and see if I can answer a few more questions.

Love to you all in trying times.

Glynn James

What’s coming next?

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I really should post more often!

It’s been a while since I released something new (February! The Dustfall conclusion and a series re-launch), so I figured some folks may be curious as to what I’m up to.

Well, I started a new horror series, which is coming along nicely but will be a while before it’s ready to be released, and I also made a start on a new zombie series (not co-authored this time), – though this is in very early stages of rough draft and will also be a while, and yes, before anyone asks, the next Diary of the Displaced book is part written and not forgotten, but as usual that series is incredibly hard to write, so more waiting there! (Sorry!)

But, what I’m excited about is how popular the Thrown Away series was when i wrote it, and the sudden surge in interest now that there’s a compiled full series version. This got me thinking. I wrote the original first part as a standalone short story, then expanded it to a series of novellas when people started asking for more, and I found it to be the most enjoyable tale I’ve ever written.

I left the series at a conclusion that was complete for that story arc, but left a few openings for coming back to it at some point.

I didn’t expect to come back to it quite this quickly!

At the moment the first three novellas in series 2 are draft written, but need a lot of work, and I’ve got notes for the whole series. I’ve put everything else aside for now and I’m concentrating on just this, so hopefully I can get this done in a couple of months and launch the series while the interest is still there!

I look forward to hearing what you book fiends have to say about series two!

Dustfall 5 is out!

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I’m very happy to announce that Dustfall 5 – What Lies Beneath – is now available!

“With every light comes a shadow.” – Dustfall

Book five of the Dustfall series. The saga concludes…

As the war escalates, Jonah faces the greatest challenge of his life. With the unification of the clans and their survival on the brink of collapsing, and with enemies closing in from all directions, he must face the darkest threat in this thrilling conclusion of an epic adventure.

Book 1 Available for free until the 19th!

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To Celebrate the release of book 5, I’ve made book 1 available for free until the 19th of Feb.

Grab it while it’s available!

Readers are calling the DIARY OF THE DISPLACED series:

“A wild ride through a stunning imagination.” …

“An epic journey through places best left in darkness.” …

“I was hooked in the first few pages.” …

“Mysterious, compelling, and brilliantly imagined.” …

“Unpredictable with great character development.” …

“Great books…enjoyed from first word to last.” …

“Unexpectedly excellent!” … “Very bizarre and imaginative.”

Dustfall 4 is Out!!

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I’m very happy to announce that Dustfall 4 – Sons of the Lost – is now available!

“With every light comes a shadow.” – Dustfall

Book four of the Dustfall series. The saga continues…

The saga continues…
The Valk swarm and the Cygoa assault the Elk in a violent attempt to wipe the T’Yun descendants from the land. Jonah must find his family and unite the clans as Seren returns with a technology that could decisively end the war.

Dustfall book 1 is reduced to 99 cents for a short time!

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Dustfall book 1 is reduced to 99 cents for a short time!
Grab it at Amazon!

With every light comes a shadow.” – Dustfall
In a ravaged tribe on the edge of humanity, the suspicious death of a chief thrusts a man into a dark realm for which he is unprepared. When Jonah inherits leadership of the Elk Clan from his father, many in the old man’s inner circle question his son’s ability to lead the tribe to their winter shelter at the ruins of Eliz. A dark stranger, a journey over hundreds of miles of dangerous highway and clashes with feral gangs will push Jonah to the edge.

Diary of the Displaced and a 99 cent offer for the holidays!

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I’ve reduced the prices of several of my books for a short time for anyone who may have missed some titles and was looking for something to read over the holidays.The reduced books are listed below in between the news items!

Diary of the Displaced book 5
Progress! The book is now about 75% done. Mostly in terribly messy draft that will confuse the hell out of me when I get to editing, but a good chunk of it is clean. I’m quite excited about where this went, even if it has taken me ages to figure it out!

Diary of the Displaced is reduced to 99 cents for a short time!
Grab it at Amazon!There is a place where nightmares are real. A dark and terrifying place that is hidden from the world we know, by borders that only the most unfortunate of souls will ever cross.
James Halldon woke up in the dark, alone.

Also reduced.
The Thrown Away Omnibus is now $2.99 and Chasing Spirits and Whispers are both now 99 cents. 
You can click the images to follow the links.

The state of things

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I’ve had a lot of folks ask if I’ve abandoned some stories that are currently unfinished, such as Diary of the Displaced, Thrown Away, Last to Fall, etc.

For the record. Arisen is the only series I no longer write – Michael Stephen Fuchs is finishing that.

I’ve been busy with Dustfall 3, and because it’s co-written I have an obligation to keep up with J.Thorn on that. So it’s taken priority and other projects are delayed (some of them by quite a bit of time! Sorry!).

NONE of the other series are abandoned. They will all be finished.
I also have ideas for a new projects – far too many ideas – but will hold off on starting them until I finish some of the current ones.

That’s my problem, see. Too many ideas demanding to be written.

Thrown Away episodes 6-8 are finished in draft but need editing – then it’s done. It’s possible I may write other tales in that setting, but I’m not going to promise on that.

Last To Fall 2 is half-written in draft. There will be 4 novellas in that series, so 3 more to come. You can read more about it on our blog.

Diary of the Displaced 5 is partly written, in draft. Each book in that series comes as it does, when it chooses to, and I have a feeling the story is not even close to being finished. You’ll get a new one soon, but there’s no point asking when that tale will come to an end because I’ve no clue! It could be book 6, or it could be book 25. Who knows? I won’t until the end presents itself.

Other stuff to read

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Here is a quick list of other books that may interest you. Some are zombie apocalypse, some are survival apocalypse, others are just different. A few of these are very popular and I’d be surprised if you haven’t read them anyway! If you are interested in some of the books, you can order them online and receive them fast thanks to the best shipping labels ProOffice.

There is also a “best zombie books” list on goodreads –

(BTW the Arisen books are in that list if you feel inclined to vote on them.)

I Am Legend – Richard Matheson
Max Brooks – World War Z
Stephen King – The Stand
Robert R McCammon – Swan Song
Hugh Howie – Wool (Post Apocalypse Survival)
Hugh Howie – I, Zombie (told from the point of view of the zombies – be warned it’s pretty icky in places)
Carrie Ryan – Forest of Hands and Teeth (Zombie apocalypse but also YA romance, so be warned)
Justin Chronin – The Passage (Non-zombie apocalypse – but damn good)
Brian Keene – The Rising/City of the Dead/Dead Sea/Ghoul
David Moody – Autumn Series / Hater Series
Rats/Lair/Domain – James Herbert (No zombies, just lots and lots of rats. Lots of them)

I haven’t read these, but they are popular –

Joe Nobody – Holding their Own (Post Apocalypse Survival Series)
J W Vohs – Zombie Crusade Series
John O Brien – A New World Series
J L Bourne – Day by Day Armageddon
James Cook – Surviving the Dead series
David McAfee – Bachiyr (Vampire series)
Stephen Knight – The Rising Dead
Robert Kirkman – The Walking Dead – Rise of the Governor
D J Molles – The Remaining Series
Mira Grant – Newsflesh Series
Z A Recht – Morningstar Series