What’s New….

I have started three new blogs for nonliterary (poetry, stories, lyrics, etc) endeavors. The Radio-Pirate Presents… is dedicates solely to music–whether it is a review for a CD, an interview with a musician, or articles about music and writing lyrics. Or simply a review for an internet station we (myself and my fiancee) have come across that has grabbed our attention. https://theradiopiratepresents.wordpress.com

Although the blog is going to be related to our own internet radio project, it will also serve as a promotion for many others who have become our friends and informal family. Eventually, this blog will become an online magazine. But that is still a ways off, so sit back, follow, and enjoy the independent souls we bring into the spotlight.

The second blog is Dark Portal Portal Reviews. this blog is dedicated solely to book reviews, articles on writing, and interviews with authors. Like RPP, this is going to eventually be made into an e-zine. https://darkprotalreviews.wordpress.com

The last new blog is Dark Fantasy Independent Movie Reviews, a blog solely dedicated to movies, and predominately independent movies. Anything movie related-screenwriting, effects, etc. will be covered. Like its sisters, it will also be made into an ezine at some point in the near future. https://darkfantasyindependentmoviereviews.wordpress.com

Jesus Saves, Chapter Forty-Five

Christmas was upon them again. Michael had invited his whole team to his home for a feast to end all feasts. They had begun their ritual poker nights, but had also added game nights for the inclusion of all. The children enjoyed being able to have each other sleep over, which gave one parent or the other time to themselves.

Justin had begun circulating again, often bringing a date with him. Some were coworkers. Surely they would understand the travails of police work and not demand him to be more careful. And, for a time, he seemed happy.

But, now, he was beginning to get a case of melancholy. Or perhaps he had been successfully hiding it with his usual bravado. Who could truly tell? Michael had known that something was eating at his friend but had no idea exactly what. Was it his job? His current marital status? Or was he still missing Evangeline?

It could be almost anything. Or nothing at all. It was, however, causing a problem. There were days that the Cajun was irascible. Almost unsociable.

Justin entered the front door and sat down upon the couch. Michael went into the living room and sat down in the easy chair. After a few moments, he looked over at his friend. “Want to talk?”

Justin looked up, surprised. “Never t’ought you to be one o’ dem people who talked much of feelin’s.”

Michael smiled sadly. “I do when they affect my friends.”

Justin put his head in his hands. “God, I miss ‘er, Mike. More dis time o’ year dan any other. This was our favorite time o’ year. We did special t’ings around Christmas. Now…it ain’t de same.”

Michael looked down. His friend had a point. “No, Justin, it isn’t the same. It hasn’t been for a long time.It probably never will. I agree. But we all have to move on somehow. Not let it get us down. Sure, it’ll hurt for a long time, but that shouldn’t stop us from living.”

“I know, Mike,” the Cajun replied quietly, “but I–I don’ know how t’ git past it all. I try, but it’s still dere. I wan’ t’ find happiness again, Mike, really I do. I wan’ t’ give the kiddos a new mama, but I can’t git past this.”

Michael rose and went to his friend, placing his hand on his shoulder. “We all understand, Justin. We know you struggle with this. Let us all help. We may not totally understand what you are going through, but we are here for you.”

“Merci, Mon Ami,” came the acknowledgement, “I am sho’ grateful for your being there fo’ me. I know we all fam’ly, dat ain’t de problem. It’s dat I still love ‘er.”

“You will always love her, man,” Michael stated, “that won’t change. She was a big part of your life. Hell. She was a big part of all our lives. We loved her just as much as you did.”

“I know, Bro,” the Cajun replied solemnly, “I jus’ wish it’d git easier. Not hurt as much.”

***

The hotel room at the resort was nice and cozy. Misty was enjoying herself. It had been the best holiday she could remember. Great food, great drinks, hot nights, and learning how to ski was a blast. She had caught on rather quickly. Each day, she got batter until she was finally able to master the expert slopes.

She was a natural! But then, she believed that most athletic things came naturally to her. At least, she liked sports and loved to exercise. Perhaps she had done some sort of sport when she was younger. Gymnastics, maybe?

It really didn’t matter. All she knew was that this had been the most wonderful gift ever. She loved skiing. And she was spending quality time with her beloved Morgan. It made it all worthwhile.

Morgan watched Misty as she flew down the slopes. He was happy to see her enjoying herself. That had been his intent. To let her enjoy herself.

She was finally letting her guard down and having fun. And he was having fun watching her. But, then, he had fun just being with her. There was never a dull moment.

He had found ways to get her to relax enough to allow her sense of humor to emerge. She could be quite the little riot. Quirky, her wry humor tended to be unpredictable. She would come up with something hilarious seemingly out of the blue. And it endeared her to him.

***

Arlene sat the Ham on the table before the guests. She had spent all morning preparing this feast. She hoped it all turned out as it was supposed to. It should.

Michael rose and said grace, then began cutting the ham. “Who wants to be served first? Danforth? Reilly? Justin?”

Instead, he began taking the plates of the women and children first. Then, he served Justin, Reilly and Danforth. His plate was last. he sat down as the potatoes, green beans, yams and gravy began their trips around the table.

He smiled. Everyone had begun to enjoy the feast. He only hoped that they could continue to do these sort of gatherings. After all, they were all like family. And family did things together.

Even Justin was beginning to lighten up and enjoy himself. Maybe their little talk had done some good. Michael hoped so. He cared too much to see Justin that depressed.

“Remember to save room for dessert,” Arlene reminded, “Sasha and I spent all morning on some very special desserts.”

“And I won’t be too happy going home with any of my famous sweet potato pie,” Sasha interjected, “I don’t think Marv will be too keen on eating pie every day until it’s gone.”

Danforth smirked. “Oh, I don’t know, Love. I might.”

“Sandra might take some off your hands,” Reilly remarked, “she knows how much I love sweet potato pie.”

“Steve,” his wife began, “You would eat it every day if you could. The poor sweet potato farmers would have a tough time keeping enough sweet potatoes in the stores to satisfy your demand.”

Laughter erupted from Justin. For the first time in three years, the small group heard him laugh. He looked over at Reilly. “Mon Ami, dere’s other t’ings dan sweet potato pie.”

Before I Forget….

For those who are wanting a free e-version of my books, “The Faust Syndrome” has been free all day today and will be free again tomorrow on Amazon. (it should have the new cover now.)

http://www.amazon.com/Faust-Syndrome-Jaysen-True-Blood-ebook/dp/B00O2R1YPM/

“Mexican Radio And Other Short Stories, Volumes I and II” are both free on Smashwords.

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/445818

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/443364

Get them while they are free for the next two weeks.

Recap Of The Year: My Books…”The Faust Syndrome”

Ah, here is the most beautiful of all my books. The most terrifying, the most amazing, the first of my newest traditions: the Halloween horror story. Yes, Folks, I intend to write only one of these a year, each around Halloween. And this is the first. May I be able to add to the terror I began with this one…

link:

http://www.amazon.com/Faust-Syndrome-Jaysen-True-Blood-ebook/dp/B00O2R1YPM/

http://www.amazon.com/Faust-Syndrome-Jaysen-True-Blood/dp/1502566079/

Recap For The Year: My Books–Mexican Radio, Vol. II

The second half of Mexican Radio And Other Short Stories, which includes a sci-fi gem that was critiqued by Piers Anthony. This collection also includes Two related stories which have a happy ending…sort of.

Links: (e-book)

http://www.amazon.com/Mexican-Radio-Other-Short-Stories-ebook/dp/B00KOG2QES/

(paperback)

http://www.amazon.com/Mexican-Radio-Other-Stories-Volume/dp/150250023X/

Recap For The Year: My Books–Mexican Radio And Other Short Storiesw, Vol. I

My first published work of this year which, with Vol. II, originally started out as a single book. This one has my first ever vampire story (passed up by a vampire mag because my character was a monk as well as a vampire) which also seems to be my most popular. It also spans from 1993 to 2012 in content.

links: ( e-book)

http://www.amazon.com/Mexican-Radio-Other-Short-Stories-ebook/dp/B00FLL00GM/

(Paperback)

http://www.amazon.com/Mexican-Radio-Other-Short-Stories/dp/1502468182/

Recap For the Year: My Books….”Seven”

“Seven By Jay: Seven Short Stories”, published in 2007, Was my first published book. I had finished collecting all the stories (seven, as the title claims) that spanned from 1992 to 2004. Two were rewrites, and the first entry was the first of two shorts that had been submitted to an “agent” who did absolutely nothing with them and cost me $400+ to start work with.

link:

http://www.amazon.com/Seven-Jay-Short-Stories/dp/1604740027/

A Recap for the Year: My Books

From now until just before Christmas, I am going to repost the links to my books. I know that my first three books are a tad expensive, so forgive the pricing. My first novella, which started as a novel with over 300 pages, was “The Price Of Lust: Book One Of Faces In The Crowd“. It is the first book written, not the actual beginning of the story. But even at that, the original concept was to write a series that you could read in any order. They were to be connected, but independent. Each character was to be connected, in some way, to Maggie…who is the main character, and tragically so, of “Price”. But, then, I had intended most of the characters to be tragic. This was never meant to be a beautiful or happy story. But, the reader can always look at this book however they desire.

Yes, you will find that I nod to Edgar Allan Poe in the last name of my main character. I even allude to his own fictional family. I guess it was too tempting. After all, he was always one of my greatest influences. But I also tried to add touches of Hawthorne, Hemingway, Steinbeck, and every other author I picked up that wrote stark and dark stories. Or had a tale to tell.

http://www.amazon.com/Price-Lust-Faces-Crowd-Book/dp/1608134350/

Three More To Go…

I have three more chapters to go on Waiting For The Sun and I will be free to work on Bounty Hunter. for your enjoyment, I am going to post the synopsis of the complete series (Series I of Saints & Sinners).

“Angel Of Death”
“Dreams I’ll Never see”: Cris Juarez witnesses the end of the world as we know it as political differences finally cause civil war globally. She watches as the people she knows are killed without need by both sides, and by those who move in as the war moves on. She also watches as vampires move in and begin bleeding her town dry. Bitten and infected, she has to do what no four-year-old should ever have to do. she carries out a promise made to her father and ends their undead lives. Her life is spared by a werewolf who takes her to the mysterious McCall and his master weapons maker Truva.

“Waiting For The Sun”
picks up twenty years later, after Cris has been training to become a hunter. During her training, she learns that Her teachers are no mere hunters, but are what are known as The Grigori-the immortals charged with keeping balance in nature and the universe. During one of the hunts, they accidentally declare war on one of the most powerful Houses within the Vampire Nation. McCall vanishes, and Cris heads out and away from the bayou to begin hunting on her own.

“Bounty Hunter”
Cris’ legend as the “Angel Of Death” begins as she takes the war to the Vampire warlords. No one can match her blades or her cunning as she hunts for the missing McCall and the nearly mythical Sabbath Stones.

“Crystal Ship”
The legend continues to grow, as does the vampires’ fear of her. She is still hunting for the missing McCall, but has now heard of the mythical Crystal Ship, a ship that travels the rivers picking up human refugees. She goes to investigate it and finds it isn’t all that it was supposed to be. As she fights slavers and undead, she races to save those already trapped upon the evil ship.

“The Night They Drove Ol’ Dixie Down”
While Cris is away, Savanna and Mobile fall to the Vampire Nation under mysterious circumstances. She crosses paths, for the first time with the hunter known as War Hammer, who is searching for another hunter called Battle Axe and takes on the hordes of ghouls and zombies that inhabit the wilds. She also discovers the awful truth about the mutates.

“Refugee”
The Grigori are being hunted down by the Vampire Nation. This includes Cris, their newest member. Yet, every vampire Jason Kalkolides sends to capture her either ends up dead or is too cowardly to stand and fight. As an outlaw, she is now unwanted and a danger to any who might help her. But she has never needed help. So she continues to fight the ever mounting numbers and impossible odds alone.

“Mississippi Queen”
Cris teams up with the legendary hunter known as the Mississippi Queen, who promptly tries to kill her. Throughout their short alliance, Queen tries to assassinate Cris for the bounty the vampires have put upon her head. But Cris has a secret. One that proves deadly to Mississippi Queen.

“Steeler’s Wheel”
Cris stumbles onto a community that holds regular inquests to flush out ‘unwanteds’ they see as a threat to their new fanatical religion, spreading something similar to the Dark Ages but in a small local area. Her arrival heralds the end of the theocracy that has held the region in fear.

“Goin’ Down”
Cris decides to take on another hunting partner, but with disastrous results. This time, there isn’t any attempts made on her life, but the hunter proves to be all talk and no abilities as they are caught in a ghoul feeding frenzy and have to fight their way out.

“Cross Roads”
Cris hears the first rumors of life returning to the wastes, what had once been the Midwestern US. Not willing to venture forth into the wastes yet, she decides to see if any more rumors circulate. Sending a messenger out to scout it out, he returns and tells Cris the same thing the rumors are saying. Life has returned to the wastes.

“Bad Company”
Cris finally decides to find out if the rumors were true. 200 years after she left the Midwest, she returns to the wastes to find that she has been lured there by the greatest evil she has ever had to face, and a hunter gone rogue. Battling ghouls, zombies, and mutates, she struggles to lead a group of survivors through treacherous lands to safety.

“Run With The Pack”
The werewolf returns and Cris joins him on the hunt for McCall and Truva. The Vampire Nation tries to stop them at every turn, but they come close to succeeding in their mission.

“The Unknown Soldier”
Grady is still with Cris as the hunt for McCall continues. twenty years after they started, they are no closer to solving the disappearance of their friend until they meet the unknown soldier…who uncannily resembles their missing friend. And sounds like him too.

“Five To One”
Truva and Cris are trapped in the dark maze that is Jason Kalkolides’ fortress. There are five vampire soldiers to each of them and their companions. Not very good odds. But Cris wouldn’t have it any other way. By the time they fight themselves free of the masses, they find that Jason and the Stones have both vanished.

“When The Music’s Over”
As the end draws near, and the war begins to die, Cris and her companions are joined by Doravenour the vampire And Zoesus Kolbedides, a mysterious Greek Grigori. They inform her that Jason has been joined by Marquis De Morte, Doravenour’s enemy. Together, they begin searching for Jason, the Marquis, and the Stones.

“The End”
After 20 years of searching, Cris and her companions have finally found Kalkolides. “The Fallen” have collected together into a small army to fight the Grigori. Without the Vampire Nation to help them, and one member short, The Fallen are desperate. They will stop at nothing to protect the Stones, despite the fact that they are tearing the universe apart. But Cris is determined not to let anything stop her from destroying the Stones and restoring nature and the universe to its previous harmony.