Update on Ragnarok, The Bleeding Worlds Book Four

Hello Everyone.

I realize it’s been a long time since I sat down and typed out an update on Ragnarok’s progress.

Truth is, I guess I feel ashamed, because every time I update, it’s to say the book is further delayed.

I don’t have a good reason, I’ll just be honest. I’ve spent a good chunk of the past two years doing no writing. I could go on at length about why, but it boils down to being discouraged. I don’t know how many times I started Ragnarok, just to delete it all and start over. Even once I got off to a decent start, there were chapters that made me so frustrated, they were terminated and started again. Sometimes I’d write things, feel ok, then come back the next day, only to find my previous day’s work painted me into an inescapable corner. Delete, delete, delete. Listen, if you every want to write, plan things out in detail ahead of time. Being a partial planner, or pantser, can be very disheartening.

So is the book ever coming out? I’m sure some of you have wondered. There’s been days I kind of wondered the same.

But it is coming along now. My pace has been steadier over the past few months. Not huge word counts per day, but steady. The ending is in sight. And I think I’ve written some pretty decent stuff.

God, I hope all of you think so too when you read it. It makes me nervous, the thought of you being disappointed.

And you’re all reading this saying, “Yeah, yeah, when’s the book coming out?”

I wish I could give you a definite answer. What I will say is it will be out as soon as I can. Truthfully, I’m tired of prolonging this. I want to type those words, The End, and mean them. Not to mention I’ve been keeping a bunch of other ideas at bay so I can focus on this book.

I’m sorry it’s taken so long. I promise you will have that book in your hands soon.

Thank you for hanging in there.

JR Stone.

Smashwords Summer Sale! FREE BOOKS!!!!

Hello everyone!

Summer often conjures images of reading–whether by the beach, or in the cool air conditioning. So it’s a perfect time for a huge book sale.

Smashwords, the ebook retailer specializing in indie authors, is offering a wide selection of books with coupons from 25% to 100%.

This year, I’m participating by setting Harbinger at the 100% off coupon level.

Suture is 50% off.

Resonance is 25% off.

And naturally Revelation Game is free, like it always is 😉

You can link to all of the books from my Smashwords profile page.

But it’s not just about my books. Smashwords has a catalogue filled with deals. You can find the sales catalogue via this link.

So if you’re new here, or have been waiting for the perfect time to check out The Bleeding Worlds, now is a great time. And hey, maybe you’ll find some other new authors to become excited about!

Happy book buying.

Updates! Yes, Including Ragnarok

Hello Everyone!

I realize it’s been a while since I wrote an update about where I am in life. And especially on the progress of The Bleeding Worlds Book Four, Ragnarok.

So let’s get to the things, shall we?

Ragnarok

Progress has been painfully slow. I will confess, I’m not in the league of professional writers who can push through depression, personal BS, day-job crap, and all that other stuff to keep writing. There are days where I can’t write a word. But, there are many others where I produce some good work!

I’m on track for a late June release. That is my goal. I’m hoping to have preorders listed by April. I’ll reveal the cover at that time too.

The other day I actually sat and read a few of the chapters I’ve finished. I’m happy. It’s turning out well. At least I think so! I hope all of you will enjoy it too.

Light Novel Reviews

My YouTube channel continues to grow. I’m really enjoying reading light novels and talking about them.

In fact, I had an opportunity to participate in an article about light novels in the English market over on an anime/manga/light novel website called The OASG. The article was called The Great Light Novel Experience and involved a number of people who have used their blogs etc. to shine the spotlight on Light Novels. I really enjoyed the experience and was very pleased with the result and to be included with the others on the list whose websites and articles I’ve visited in the past.

Anime Fandom Radio

OK, this one is purely for my own enjoyment, but I invite any of you fans of Anime OPs & EDs to check it out.

I’ve been wanting to do something like start a little radio channel for a long time. So I decided to take advantage of Radionomy and post all the music from my collection. It’s fun to listen in and see others are doing the same.

So check it out! You can visit the website Anime Fandom Radio or listen directly from Radionomy.

There’s even mobile apps for iPhone, Android, and Blackberry!

The Website

It’s not a big thing, but I freshened up the website the other day. I wanted something a little different as I feel like I’m approaching some big events in the next few months!

So that’s where the new book is, and what I’ve been doing with myself.

Thanks so much for reading!

All the best,

JR

Huge 50% Off Sale at Kobo!

Hey Everyone…

Just wanted to let you know Kobo Ebook Store is running a huge sale on thousands of titles, and mine are included!

So, if you haven’t picked up all the books in The Bleeding Worlds, this is a great chance to get any you’re missing for 50% Off! The sale runs just a few days (Check the ending dates below) so hurry over to Kobo now!

The codes for the promo are different depending on your country, so check them out below before purchasing…

Canada
October 28th – October 31st
Promo Code: CA50SALE

United States/Australia/New Zealand
October 27th – October 30th
Promo Code: GET50SALE

United Kingdom
October 30th – November 2nd
Promo Code: UK50SALE

Book 4 Update

Hello all.

I know, I know, I was going to try and write here more often. Again, I’ve failed miserably.

Have any of you noticed a harder time getting motivated and/or happy? This year, it seems very difficult to do either. I wish I could give you some grand tale of conquering illness, or surpassing nigh impossible odds, but I’d be lying. In truth, I’ve just been horribly depressed.

And that is the round-a-bout way of saying book 4, Ragnarok, is taking longer than expected.

With the previous three books, I wrote, then deleted, then got off to a good start with the second try. It’s taken me six attempts to get this book right. The good news is, I’ve finally found that point. And yes, I’m well beyond just the start, but not nearly as close to finished as I’d hoped.

I won’t lie, this book scares me. One last chance to make this series special. One final moment to leave the reader (you) satisfied and feeling their time was worth giving. Some days it feels like an impossible task.

But I keep writing.

No firm release date today. I’m sorry. Right now, I think it would be realistic to say expect it around the same time as Resonance–early December.

I’ll work harder.

So that’s the pathetic exscuse of an update–I’m alive and working on the book. Which I suppose is better than many alternatives.

Thanks for hanging in there. I promise I’m doing what I can to make it worth your while.

Until next time, hope life is treating you better than well,

JR

Join the Mailing List, Get Discounts – Special Offer!

Hello Everyone!

Resonance has been out for under two weeks and I’ve been really pleased by the results.

Since it’s Christmas time, I thought I’d extend a special offer.

From now until January 31, 2015, join my mailing list and get the following discounts;

  • Harbinger, The Bleeding Worlds Book One – FREE!
  • Suture, The Bleeding Worlds Book Two – 50% Off
  • Resonance, The Bleeding Worlds Book Three – 50% Off

The coupons can be redeemed through the direct sales link on my website, or at Smashwords.

The coupons for Harbinger and Suture never expire, so you can use them for yourself and then share than with friends! The Resonance coupon is a limited time offer, expiring at the end of February, 2015.

You can join the mailing list at http://justusrstone.com/subscribe-mailing-list/

The list only gets mail when there are big events or discounts. It won’t spam your email account or give your information to any other companies.

All the best,

JR

Resonance is Live!

Book three of The Bleeding Worlds, Resonance, is finally here! I’m looking forward to hearing your thoughts on this one. Writing it was a tough battle. I can’t say why, but I struggled. At the same time, there’s plenty of things in this book I’m proud of.

Perhaps the hardest part was accepting it needed to live on its own, instead of being the final book. When I gave myself entirely to that realization, the book seemed to come together much faster.

Thank you for your patience. Hopefully, you won’t wait as long for the next one, as I’m already laying groundwork for Ragnarok. Some scenes are written, and I’m working with a new piece of software called Scapple to help plot the book before writing in earnest.

Until then, enjoy Resonance.

All the best,

JR

Looking for places to purchase The Bleeding Worlds, Book Three, Resonance? Go to the book page for links to a variety of retailers.