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FREE ZOMBIES!

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My Teacher is a Zombie is free all week! Yes. From RIGHT NOW until Friday, you can pick up the first in the Supernatural Learning series totally free!

Hop over here to grab your copy! http://www.amazon.com/Teacher-Zombie-Supernatural-Learning-Book-ebook/dp/B007MHI75O

You don’t need to have a kindle to get a copy. If you need help learning how to read ebooks, contact me and I’ll help you as much as I can.

If you don’t do kindle (or Amazon) let me know and I can hook you up with an epub version that should work on nearly any other reading device.

What are you waiting for? Go get yourself some Zombie Teachers! And thank you for your support!

Stay Awesome!

WOO WOO!

P.S. Last week I gave away 56 copies of V&A Shipping. If you didn’t get a copy, let me know and I’ll email you one!

Climbing the Charts!

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V&A SHIPPING! STILL FREE! http://www.amazon.com/V-Shipping-J-R-Murdock-ebook/dp/B00B1MVTYM

I woke up this morning to see that V&A Shipping had reached #42 in free Space Opera! That’s quite exciting! My Goal and hope is to get it into the top 10 of Space Opera! Now that would be something.

But I cannot do this alone. I do need your help. If you have an Amazon account and you haven’t picked up a copy yet, please consider doing so. It will help move the book up the charts and help it gain some much needed visibility. And hey, you get a free ebook out of it. :)

I’ve sold a few copies of V&A Shipping II as well as a couple copies of Giant Robot Planetary Competition. This was the goal all along to help get some other titles a little bump while getting this one moving along.

If you’ve gotten a copy, THANK YOU! You’re awesome! If you’ve shared my post in your social media feeds, THANK YOU! You’re even awesomer! If you’d like to help a little more, please consider leaving a review on Amazon.com or goodreads.com. Both help tremendously.

Again, thank you for all your help and support.

Stay Awesome!

WOO WOO!

V&A Shipping I is free all week!

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Wait, has Jay lost his mind? Again? V&A Shipping is free?

That’s right. You’ve waited this long to jump onto the series, Now you can jump in for free! Just follow this link (http://www.amazon.com/V-A-Shipping-ebook/dp/B00B1MVTYM/) and BAM! Free ebook just for you!

If you’re subscribed to Kindle Unlimited you can also read it there. Actually, you can read all my books on Kindle Unlimited now. Well, all my self-published works that is.

So don’t delay! You’ve only got until the end of the week to pick up V&A Shipping for free, then it goes back to its regular price.

For those that are wondering, yes, the events in Giant Robot Planetary Competition take place in the V&A Shipping universe and they take place after book 2. No, you do NOT need to read V&A Shipping to understand what’s happening in GRPC. The gang does make a cameo and that’s all I have to say about that.

If you’ve read (or listened to V&A Shipping) please consider leaving a review on Amazon. You don’t know how helpful these are to selling books. If you don’t have a device to read a kindle ebook, you can still get a free copy as this also helps move the book up the charts. If you have any ‘smart’ device you can download a kindle app to read the book. Need help? Contact me and I’ll walk you through the steps.

Thank you all for your support and your help with making V&A Shipping the success that it is!

Stay Awesome!

WOO WOO!

GIANT ROBOTS! Coming to smash a world near you!

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What? Giant Robots? Yes, you heard right. I wrote a book about giant robots. Why? Because GIANT ROBOTS!

It was available for preorder, and now it’ officially up for sale! You can grab a copy right now for my $2.99!

I will apologize now if you don’t do Amazon. If you prefer an ePub version, drop me a note at jay@ofgnomesanddwarves.com and I will get you a copy straightaway!

For the rest of you that do Amazon. Hop on over to http://www.amazon.com/Giant-Robot-Planetary-Competition-Entry-ebook/dp/B010F2ON6Y/ and pick up a copy today!

If you help spread the word by posting on your social media (anywhere will do), drop me a line at the above email address letting me know where you posted with a link to your post and I will send you any other book in my catalog FREE! Yes, ANY of the books you see, I will send to you. Don’t have Jack Kane yet? Pick up a copy of GRPC, post about it on Social Media, BAM! Free ebook in your hands. (Oh, and I will be gifting the books to you through Amazon, so it helps if you kindle :) )

If you’ve read the book and love it as much as I loved writing it, drop me a line, leave me a review, post about it on Social Media. Help me spread the word far and wide!

And thank you for being awesome!

Just a few words about My Favorite Daughter

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There’s been a lot of focus on me the past two days (Father’s Day and my Birthday falling one day after the other. I want to take the focus off of me and spend some time on someone else.

Thirteen years is a long time for anything. For my favorite daughter, that’s how long she spent getting through school. From Kindergarten through her Senior year, it’s been an adventure. A journey. She’s gone from being my little girl, to my favorite daughter to being her own person (though she’ll always be little girl and my favorite daughter.) The past two weeks have been a whirlwind of activity. She made sure to keep my wife and me on our toes. Just a small list of things that have happened.

Getting ready for Prom.

Getting ready for her t-shirt site launch (http://shopheartbreakers.com)

Getting ready for her t-shirt launch party

Photoshoot for her website

Launch party for her t-shirt company

Launching her website (did I mention http://shopheartbreakers.com)

Going to Prom

Getting ready for graduation.

Registering for college.

Going to her Baccalaureate

Going to her graduation.

Having an after graduation celebration

Audition for Fashion Week San Diego

Grad Night at Disneyland

Photoshoot for a local designer.

Then it was Father’s Day and My Birthday.

Suffice to say, I’m exhausted. My wife is exhausted. My Favorite Daughter is exhausted, but still eager to do more.

It’s times like this when I haven’t had a chance to really let everything sink in. We’ve been so busy with everything that somehow I missed the fact that my little girl has gone and grown up. She’s out of high school. She started her own business. She’s off to college. She’s doing her own thing and making her parents so proud of all she’s done.

Life isn’t without its ups and downs and this year started out tough. Through it all she’s made it to the end of school. She graduated with honors, technical recognition (for working in the Mac Lab and being the Career Technical Education (CTE) Ambassador for Valhalla High School). She kept everything she wanted to do on track and followed through even when things got tough. She saw her goal, focused, and hit her targets. Nothing deterred her.

I still see that little girl going to school for the first time. The awkward smile as we dropped her off. The way she twisted her hair around her finger letting us know just how nervous she was while putting on a strong face. How her teachers asked us why she was so quiet and us assuring them she was just shy.

Then seeing her at graduation. Running up to her friends, taking pictures, cheering loudly at how happy she was for them. Trying to find other friends and knowing she can reach out to them later, or texting them that she’ll see them at grad night. The confidence she showed knowing that she had everything under control and at the same time not wanting to admit it was truly all over and many of her friends were off to their own adventures.

Sitting here it’s hard to not post a thousand pictures of everything she went through at school from plays, to volleyball games, to parties, to… well, you get the point.

It’s been a long thirteen years and they’ve gone by in a blink. Now she’s on to bigger and better things. We couldn’t be prouder.

My Favorite Daughter. She’s kinda awesome. Congratulations kiddo. We love you!

GIANT ROBOTS ARE COMING TO SMASH YOU!

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YES! That’s right. Big giant robots that like to smash things are coming your way.

July 1st I start a new series. Giant Robot Planetary Competition: Entry Level is the first book in the GRPC series. These will take place in the same universe as the V&A Shipping books. I’m super excited to get this one out there. I’ve had the idea for some time, and now it’ll be in your hands! (or at least on your ereaders).

Beta Readers loved the book with great things to say like:

“What did I just read?”

“You did a bait and switch on me. This isn’t funny at all.”

“I loved the part <deleted> and then things <deleted>.”

“Are you sure you want to release a book like this to the world?”

So yes. You can see there is much excitement about this book already. Is it funny? No, not really. This is a departure from V&A Shipping in that it’s not humorous. Are there funny parts? Yes, but not as many as you’d expect from someone that wrote a short story with Vampire Cows! Is it entertaining? Well, it is giant robots trying to destroy each other. I thought it was rather brilliant.

The book does follow the life of Ravikanth Helio, an orphan, as he’s abducted from an orphanage, put into slave labor as an asteroid miner, and finally used as a pawn in the galaxy’s greatest competition. A competition where one thousand giant robots fight for the mineral rights to an entire planet!

I’ll make sure to shout loudly on July 1st when it’s available! Until then, check out my other books I have available. I’m sure I’ve got something to tide you over until then.

Stay Awesome!

WOO WOO!

JACK KANE NOW AVAILABLE!

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Two and a half years ago (or more depending on who you ask) Michell Plested and I began work on a book. We wanted it to be funny, filled with action, and readable by people of all ages. He pitched it to a publisher, and Ta Dah! Jack Kane and the Statue of Liberty found a home.

It’s been a long time and a lot of work to get here and it’s incredibly exciting. We’re so happy to share this book with everyone and hope that it finds its way into the hands of millions (not just because we’re greedy, but because we love to have people read our work and feed our egos as well as our bank accounts). If you’ve found a copy, I hope you enjoy the adventure as much as we did creating it for you to read.

So if you’re one of the millions who will read Jack Kane, thank you. If you haven’t picked up a copy, here’s where you can find it. Bear in mind, that it’s currently ebook only. Once we sell a hundred copies, this WILL become a print book as well. So if you’re holding out for a print edition, convince your friends to buy the ebook. The sooner we hit 100, the sooner it’ll be in print. It’s only $2.99 and oh so worth it!

Champagne Books: http://champagnebooks.com/store/index.php?id_product=527&controller=product
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Jack-Statue-Liberty-Michell-Plested-ebook/dp/B00Y4BIY8Q
Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/jack-kane-and-the-statue-of-liberty
Nook: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/jack-kane-and-the-statue-of-liberty-j-r-murdock/1121998264?ean=2940152165241

Stay awesome!

JR

Dimensional Abscesses NOW AVAILABLE!

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There are some places you don’t want to go. Some places you dread. Some of these places haunt your nightmares. You think about them during the waking hours.

Then there are places you didn’t even know existed.

I have a story in an anthology that came out this week in Dimensional Abscesses. Portals to places you never knew existed and places you certainly don’t want to go. Need a little scare? Want something to make you jump. Maybe even laugh a little? Well, come on over and check out what Jeff Hite and Michelle Plested have brought together.

Available at:

Amazon
Smashwords
Kobo

Recovering and a Cyber Monday Sale!

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Hey! What’s that? a new cover for V&A Shipping? Why yes, yes it is. (recovering, see what i did there?).

Now don’t get me wrong. I LOVE the cover that Starla did for me. I love all the covers she did for me. But i ran into an issue and it had to do with cost. I have a lot of books and need a lot of covers. So rather than wait until i have enough money for new book covers, i decided that the best thing to do was take a the time needed to learn enough about PhotoShop and build my own. I also took the time to rebrand all the covers so there is a common theme not only for the books in a series, but across all titles. So I’ll be posting all the covers here over the next few days while i get ready to post new titles in the coming year. I have three books done, written, complete, ready to rock and roll. So while I spend some time posting those covers here, I’ll be getting those ready to post for sale.

It’s an exciting time. I can’t wait to get these news books out there. I hope you’re excited as well.

Now, for the sale!

For Cyber Monday week (sure, why not. All week long) if you buy any one of my books and email me your receipt, I’ll send you any two of my titles FREE! Just let me know what you’d like and what format, and I’ll send it on over. So what are you waiting for? Get on over there and buy a book!

Until Next Time!

WOO WOO!

Hello.

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Hey, it’s been a while, hasn’t it? Sorry about that. It’s time to get back on track, I think. Life has been hectic, and hopefully has settled down to the point I can get back into a routine. We’ll see how it goes.

I won’t elaborate here as to just all that has gone on, but here it is in a nutshell.

Lost three online friends to cancer. Helped my mom clean and list her bar for sale. Stressed out about work (a lot more than I needed to). Got angry about my favorite daughter getting cut from volleyball. Allowed everything to get into my head and put all my writing and blogging on hold.

Today that all stops and as I said, it’s time to get back into a routine.

Before I fell off the writing wagon, I was way up on my word count for the year. I was on target. I was feeling great. I got a great start on Asteroid Bunnies. I had gotten back into Almost-Super Heroes. I’d redone and resubmitted my short story Dans le Ciel and retitled it Contrat d’Oliviver. I was in the middle of getting edits done.

Yes, all that and then I fell off the map.

I started making my comeback when I looked at my book covers as a whole and decided they weren’t getting the job done. They were okay, but as a collection, too disparate. I needed something more cohesive. Over the next few weeks, I’ll be releasing those covers and gearing up for the release of Jack Kane (hopefully later this year). I’ve redone most of my covers and am in the process of getting my blurbs also redone. I’ve found terrible grammar, typos, just a big old mess that I can’t believe I missed. So I’ll be fixing all of those when I drop the covers.

Then I’ll be re-reading all my books and getting them cleaner. This will be a big task, but needs to be done.

Speaking of Jack Kane; The editing process on that one, for me, was brutal. I began to question my ability and everything I’d done up to that point. Was I as good of a writer as I thought? Was I making far too many mistakes in my writing? Did all that red me I just plain sucked?

Well, no. What it was, for me, was a learning experience. I learned that I’m terrible with two things. 1) Commas. 2) Word Echo. 3) dialogue tags. (okay, okay, three things).

But you know what, that book was picked up by a publisher. Mike and I pounded though those edits, cleaned it up, did some needed rewriting, and, in the end, came out with a much better manuscript.

Publishing with a publisher is a partnership. Something in a manuscript that doesn’t bother me (like word echo) might be like needles in the eyes to an editor. It was an education that I needed and feel much better for it. I can’t wait for Mike and I to start working on Jack Kane 2!

So now that I’m back, I will be writing once again. I need to look at the unfinished manuscripts I have. I need to look at what I want to work on next. I really need to take stock in what I’m doing, why I’m doing it, and get my nose back to the grind stone.

So I apologize for dropping off the map. Look for future posts about what I plan on doing with my books. As a hybrid author, I have the ability to do what I like with my self-published books, and in doing so, I hope to have an impact on my publisher produced books.

For now, I should be writing.

Until Next Time!

WOO WOO!