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Blog: Notion Potion - A Stiff Shot of Inspiration, promoting joyful creativity in all of our endeavors.

There's an insidious bully keeping many of us from enjoying the creative things we'd love to do. Find out how to spot that bully (and better yet, how to defeat it) in this month's column, Don't Make Yourself Hurl.

You can still leave comments for me on that post, and I'll get an email letting me know to come respond to the thread. This column runs the first Wednesday of the month.

Blog: The Starving Years Lettering in Photoshop. The title lettering on The Starving Years cover utilizes a Photoshop feature that's not terribly obvious: the clipping group. Here's an under-the-hood look at how I achieved the gore-filled type on my LiveJournal.

cover detail

Cover Contest

If you enjoyed the cover art for Mnevermind 1: The Persistence of Memory please vote for it in the current round of the Rainbow Awards Cover Art contest. You'll find the checkbox at #1716. Voting for this round continues through July 3.

The Persistence of Memory

The Mnevermind artwork is my personal favorite of the covers I've created this year.

Thank you to everyone who made The Starving Years the top-voted cover last month!
The Starving Years

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Winners

The following readers won a JCP ebook of their choice just for opening their newsletters! YAY!

(I have contacted them directly and let them know.)

tdibanshee for the May newsletter

jbtandd for the Channeling Morpheus 8 Fluid quick link

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Summer Vacation

Dear reader,

It's summer...time for vacations! Earlier this month I met my dad and stepmom in Washington DC for five glorious days of looking at stuff, walking between stuff, and eating stuff.

There's so much to do in DC it's overwhelming, but I can narrow attractions down to my top three pretty easily.

Monuments at Night

Of course you're gonna take in some monuments if it's your first tourist visit to DC. (I was there as a child, which really doesn't count.) The Washington Monument was currently closed due to earthquake damage. I was pretty jazzed about seeing the monuments at dusk, though, and watching the light change as the sun set was magical.

Martin Luther King memorial
We took an open-top twilight bus tour which worked well. It saved us from needing to drive or figure out a cab. Here's my dad with Martin Luther King's engraved words lighting up as night fell.

Smithsonian Native American Museum

Sadly, I only saw two levels of this museum. The architecture was stunning, and everything seemed so well-considered. Again, light played an important role in my experience here. That makes sense, since vision is the perception of light.Native American Museum

This is actually the back of a display and a red glass column. I've never been so impressed with the feel of the interior of a museum as I was with this one.

Madame Tussuad's Wax Museum

In a city where all the museums are free, does it make sense to go to one you have to pay for? HELL YES, this museum was super fun. What I hadn't anticipated was that all the figures were at the same level as the visitors, and the visitors could walk among them and interact with them. You'll find a picture of me in the sidebar with Jimmy Carter. I had an idea I could try to imitate the expressions of all the presidents as I took a snapshot of myself with them...and that one was the only shot that was even vaguely successful, ha ha!

New careerThat's me seeing if I can blend in with wax secret service men outside the Oval Office. I thought my CIA hat would be a little more effective camouflage.

We logged 18,000 steps one day, and ate at a Brazilian restaurant where waiters swarmed us with barbecue. And even though it tuckered me out, I feel like there's so much more I didn't get to see. I suppose that's better than coming away thinking, "Is that all there is??"

Autopilot EngagedOn my flight there, I had a female Captain and a male First Officer, so I was absolutely giddy watching him to the pre-flight check. (Unlike Paul Cronin in Turbulence 1, he didn't find an alarming dot on the ground. Which was good.) Unfortunately, I didn't have a flight attendant quite as fabulous as Dallas, though they were pretty cheerful. On my flight back it was wicked early and I wasn't quite awake yet ;-)

May your summer ventures be fascinating and fun, and your flights never malfunction!

-Jordan


Now in Paperback

The Persistence of MemoryEvery day, Daniel Schroeder breaks his father’s heart.

While forgetting your problems won’t solve them, it does seem like it would make life a heck of a lot easier. Daniel thought so once. Now he knows better. He and Big Dan have always been close, which makes it all the more difficult to break the daily news: the last five years were nothing like his father remembers.

Mnevermind 1: The Persistence of Memory is available in PDF, ePub and Mobi at JCP Books

At B&N for the Nook

At Amazon for the Kindle

Paperback edition is available on Amazon, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.de, Amazon.fr, and the Book Depository


Fluid Second Edition

Handsome handsome BillIt's been a couple of decades since Wild Bill has been able to savor the bite of an ice-cold, freshly tapped keg. Twenty-odd years since the shivery pucker of a cheap, boxed wine has assaulted his palate. But that doesn't mean Bill's forgotten how to party.

Fluid (Channeling Morpheus 8) was originally published as Sweet Oblivion: Fluid in 2009.

Read an excerpt, view a larger cover or purchase at JCP Books (mobi, PDF, or ePub)

B&N for the Nook

Amazon for the Kindle

Fluid is included in the 2011 paperback A Bitter Taste of Sweet Oblivion (Amazon - The Book Depository)

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How Random

I love random generators. I pick the free ebook winners from those of you who open these newsletters with the random number generator at random.org.

I also love word and name generators. In Turbulence, Dallas and Kaye both had random names provided by the name generator in Scrivener, the application I do my writing in.

My novel Zero Hour was written from a random prompt I generated at Seventh Sanctum.

Today I found a great random word generator where you can specify which part of speech you'd like and how common or uncommon you'd like it to be. It's an interesting way to come up with a writing prompt! (The word I generated as I was looking up the URL for you? Cruelty. Gives me shivers!)

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June's Freebie

Turbulence 2: Autopilot Engaged
Most passengers think of flight attendant Dallas Turner as a glorified waiter—and if they’re lucky, they’ll never have that assumption challenged.

Dallas is trained in CPR and self-defense. His primary duty is to care for the passengers.

Although he’s well-prepared, some emergencies you just can’t train for. Can Dallas ensure Paul Cronin survives the shock of his first round trip on Flight 511?

Free at JCP Books
$1.99 at Amazon

I had expected Amazon to price-match my free price sooner, but to all of you who purchased Turbulence so far, a special thank you. The revenue defrays my cost for the cover art and editing!

Jordan's Books

Psycop Series

PsyCop Ebooks:
Among the Living PsyCop Book 1
Criss Cross PsyCop Book 2
Body & Soul PsyCop Book 3
Secrets PsyCop Book 4
Camp Hell PsyCop Book 5
GhosTV PsyCop Book 6
Thaw PsyCop Short 1.1, FREE!
Striking Sparks PsyCop Novelette 2.1
Many Happy Returns PsyCop Short 2.2
Mind Reader PsyCop Short 2.3, FREE!
Stroke of Midnight PsyCop Short 3.1, FREE!
Inside Out PsyCop Short 0.1, FREE!

PsyCop Paperbacks:
PsyCop:Partners (contains Among the Living and Criss Cross) Amazon - Book Depository
PsyCop: Property (contains Body & Soul and Secrets) Amazon - Book Depository
Camp Hell Amazon - Book Depository
GhosTV Amazon - Book Depository

Petit Morts Series

Petit Morts Paperbacks:
Petit Morts 1: Sweets to the Sweet Amazon - Book Depository
Petit Morts 2: Food of the Gods Amazon - Book Depository

Petit Morts Ebooks:
Hue, Tint, and Shade
Slings and Arrows by Josh Lanyon
Moolah and Moonshine
Other People's Weddings by Josh Lanyon
Spanish Fly Guy
Pretty Ugly
Sort of Stranger than Fiction by Josh Lanyon
One Less Stiff at the Funeral by Sean Kennedy
Critic's Choice by Josh Lanyon
Wishink Well
Happily Never After
London Eye by Clare London
Spirits and Second Chances by Sean Kennedy
Just Desserts by Josh Lanyon
Loose Change by Sean Kennedy
Media Naranja by Clare London and Jordan Castillo Price
Immortal Coil

Mnevermind Trilogy

Persistence of Memory (paperback at Amazon and Book Depository)

Kindle

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Channeling Morpheus Series

Heaven Sent: a Channeling Morpheus Short
Payback (2nd ed)
Vertigo (2nd ed)
Manikin (2nd ed)
Tainted (2nd ed)
Rebirth (2nd ed)
Brazen (2nd ed)
Snare (2nd ed)
Fluid (2nd ed)
Swarm
Elixir

Channeling Morpheus Paperbacks:
Channeling Morpheus for Scary Mary (Paperback, contains Payback, Vertigo, Manikin, Tainted and Rebirth) - Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.de, Amazon.fr, Amazon.co.jp, Flipkart, Amazon.ca
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A Bitter Taste of Sweet Oblivion (Paperback, contains Brazen, Snare, Fluid, Elixir, Swarm) - Amazon.com, Amazon, co.uk, Amazon.de, Amazon.fr, Amazon.co.jp With free worldwide shipping: The Book Depository

Turbulence Series

Into the Bermuda Triangle
Autopilot Engaged

Standalone Shorts & Novelettes

Fire Thief - hot standalone short
Betweentimes funny standalone short
Sympathy contemporary - novelette
The Serpent in the Garden - m/f short
Starlight - vampire/werewolf short
Verdant - SF short
The Voice - moody short
Kindred Spirits - contemporary short

Standalone Novellas & Novels

Hemovore vampire thriller - novel
Body Art - thriller novella
Zero Hour: a Dystopian Adventure - SF Novel
Sleepwalker creepy museum thriller - novella
The Starving Years - SF thriller novel (paperback at Amazon and Book Depository)
Magic Mansion - fun & romantic novel (paperback at Amazon and Book Depository)

Non-Fiction:

50 Excruciating Mazes
50 Odious Over-and-Under Mazes
Thorny #1 Print-and-Play Mazes

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