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

This month, Sleep on It looks at the connection between sleep, problem solving, and the subconsious mind.

Last month, Need a Trim? explored the tendency to avoid undoing our creative work even if it's clearly not headed in the right direction.

Rec: I've been loving the mindmapping software Scapple for brainstorming my writing sessions. I can fit a lot more info on a Scapple page than I can on a little whiteboard, and then I can actually read it later, which is always a plus. The software is stil in beta but it works great. I can't wait to buy it when it officially comes out! Find out more at Literature and Latte (Mac only)

In the Dark

In the Dark is PsyCop 6.1 - is a companion piece to Stroke of Midnight, the New Year's short. It contains series spoilers through GhosTV.

Available now in PDF, Mobi and ePub at JCP Books.
At B&N for the Nook
At Amazon for the Kindle

Also check out the flash fiction Jock Straps On Sale.

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Character Thoughts

Dear reader,
I was at my vet's and she was excited to tell me she was working on her first children's book. How cool! I think that anyone who has the urge to write should absolutely start writing. It's one of those disciplines where you might as well wade in and get your feet wet, because how else are you gonna learn?

Connecting flightAnd then she told me how fun it was to fill out the character sheets and decide their zodiac signs and all their likes and dislikes, and I kind of kept nodding since I didn't want to burst her bubble. Turns out, filling out detailed character sheets is absolutely opposite my typical approach. And it turns out I'd just talked about this in a Turbulence interview with my fellow writer, Dev Bentham. Have a look:

DEV: Dallas and Paul are both really sweet guys and I love how well suited they seem. There are so many nice balances between them like that while Paul has the higher income job, Dallas has much more experience on this particular spooky flight. How do your characters come to you – are they fully formed when they arrive in your head or do you build them more consciously?

Autopilot EngagedJORDAN: Your question is interesting because there are things that could be seen as differences, but you see them as balances. Maybe difference and balance are two sides of a coin. I think neither of them would be much attracted to someone like themselves. They need contrast, difference and balance.

When I create a new character, they aren’t exactly fully-formed, but I start them off with some key personality traits that I’m dogged about remaining faithful to. Dallas, at heart, is a competent caretaker, and Paul is a tightly-wound skeptic with something to prove. Being super clear on a character’s core can often make it seem as if I’ve spent ages fleshing them out. I find that pre-fleshing a character, as some writing workbooks might have you do by subjecting them to a lengthy and arbitrary character interview, is actually counterproductive. It takes the life and discovery out of putting the character through their paces.

Turbulence CollectionDev asked fantastic questions--it was clear she'd really immersed herself in the series. For the rest of the interview, come visit her website.

Until next time, stay in character,

Jordan

Find Turbulence Collection ebook at JCP Books, Amazon and B&N, and paperback at Amazon, or with free worldwide shipping at The Book Depository.


Groovy Gear

Vic on a Mug"I'm a cop. Coffee runs through my veins." (Criss Cross)

You can now find Vic's mug with a mug on a mug with the Victor Bayne Coffeeholic design, inspired by the quote from Criss Cross. This design is also on tees, jerseys Victor Bayne Coffeeholicand PJ's!

Other PsyCop designs are available on journals, T's, pajamas and more.

Michael in JanuaryAnd for those of you who meant to grab a Channeling Morpheus 2013 calendar but now see the year slipping away, there's an option to begin the calendar at the current month, making it a perpetual Wild Bill and Michael-fest!

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First Officer Marlin

Reviews Needed

As a self-published author, I really count on you, my readers, to help spread the word about my books.

Currently the Turbulence Collection has only a few reviews on Amazon, and the earier episodes are getting a bashing from readers who don't like the fact that it was serialized, regardless of whether or not the story itself was well written.

If you enjoyed Turbulence, I'd deeply appreciate if you took a few minutes and added a review to Amazon or Goodreads.

Your reviews and recommendations directly affect my success as a writer, and I appreciate the time you take to leave them.

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Wild Bill

March Freebie

I've been seeing a resurgence of interest in the Channeling Morpheus series this past month.

One reader warmed the cockles of my heart by emailing me: "I'd say that Wild Bill is THE hottest character of all time." Whew! I love it! We've also been talking about Bill on my Facebook Wall.

And it that's not exciting enough, Saucy Wenches Book Club is regularly featuring quotes from the series as their quote of the day!

I was so gratified and inspired by your continuted enthusiasm for this series, I've written a 425-word Channeling Morpheus flash fic called Flex.

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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
Striking Sparks PsyCop Novelette 2.1
Many Happy Returns PsyCop Short 2.2
Mind Reader PsyCop Short 2.3
Stroke of Midnight PsyCop Short 3.1
Inside Out PsyCop Short 0.1
In the Dark PsyCop Short 6.1

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)

Non-Fiction:

50 Excruciating Mazes
50 Odious Over-and-Under Mazes
Thorny #1 Print-and-Play Mazes
JCP Books Cover art Gallery

Kindle

Find Jordan's Kindle Books

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 (2nd ed)
Elixir (2nd ed)
Jackpot: a Channeling Morpheus Short

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, Amazon.ca
With free worldwide shipping: The Book Depository

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
Red-Eye Dawn
Connecting Flight
Black Box
Flying Blind

Radio Silence
Final Boarding
Turbulence Collection

Standalone Shorts & Novelettes

Locks of Love - fairy tale novelette
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

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)

Erotica for Women by Majenta

Higher Learning
Nature Lover
Sense of Security

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