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

This month, Bigger is Better ponders why writing large might make a big difference in creative thinking.

Last month, Sleep on It looked at the connection between sleep, problem solving, and the subconscious mind.

This final column makes for twelve months of Notion Potion ideas! Find the whole year's worth of columns at Reviews by Jessewave.

Blog: Keywords in Scrivener - of interest to writers and those curious about the writing process

Blog: Many Computers, One Writer - my computer herd seems to be culling itself lately. And why you need to do backups

Blog: Glamor Shot - you can never see too many cat pics online.

In the Dark

Jackpot is Channeling Morpheus 10.1, a slice-of-life short that takes place after the conclusion of the series.

There's also a new Channeling Morpheus flash fic for you to enjoy: Flex.

Check out the newly spruced up Channeling Morpheus website - and tell your friends! Especially the friends who like vampires in theory, but are weary of the same old vampire plots.

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

Winners

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

vietkuties619

twenty2ndcentury

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

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What's in "Store"?

Dear reader,
Are you a coupon clipper? A discount junkie? A sale shark?

I’m told “couponing” is primarily a US term…it’s a way of tracking and utilizing sales/offers and coupons to get extreme savings at the store. Whatever you call it in your neck of the woods, I really wish I was good at it. There’s something so satisfying about getting a deal, I wonder if it speaks to something deep within our race’s collective unconscious. It’s like bartering at an open air market with live chickens and woven mats. (Ha! I got that chicken for only three mats? Sucka!)

A few years ago, though, I had a particularly lousy shopping experience where, for every lovingly saved coupon I’d gathered up, one of the following was the case:

-my store didn’t carry that brand

-my store didn’t carry that size/variety

-the item was there but a non-sale item I preferred was about the same price

-the store brand was dramatically cheaper anyway and probably as good

-it took twice as long, and drained all the fun out of shopping

I made a determination that it wasn’t worth it for me to clip coupons anymore. For me, it wasn’t worth the time, effort, dedication and frustration to spend an extra hour combing the store and come out only three bucks ahead.

Even so, I’ve always been fascinated by people who can figure out how to work the system. I found an outlet in the TV show Extreme Couponing, which features bargains sharks getting insane deals. Since I don’t have an interest in maintaining a stockpile of strange sale items in my home or scouring the newspapers myself, watching other people do it is good enough for me to get a vicarious kick. On the show, it’s usually undereducated women with limited opportunities who were backed into a corner by their husband’s job loss who discover that they can provide for their families in this way. I get all warm and fuzzy watching them use their persistence and savvy to build their own security. Magic Mansion ManFans of Magic Mansion will appreciate this: there’s always a moment of manufactured Reality TV drama at the end where they get to the register and the register locks up, and they start pacing and freaking out and thinking, “OMG this might not work.” A thirty-second glitch is magnified and replayed to look like the end of the world. But then the manager steps in and figures out how to get around the register limitations, and all is well. You’d think I’d be tired of that same contrived conflict, but I’ve actually become quite fond of the register meltdown plot trope.

I’ve fallen out of the habit of creating sales and coupons for JCP Books, but given how many people enjoyed my two-day April Fool’s coupon, I’m planning new specials. I’ll run them on weeks that I don’t have either a newsletter or a new release coming out so as not to bombard your inbox. I’ll also give away a free ebook to one person who opens the coupon emails, just like I do with this newsletter. The coupon email list is opt-in, so if you receive this newsletter but you didn’t get the coupon email two weeks ago, it’s possible you opted out of coupons. You can opt in/out here, or just email me at jcp.heat@gmail.com, and let me know if you want your preference changed.

I promise not to manufacture contrived melodrama at the checkout point!

-Jordan


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!

Check out JCP Books Gift Shop

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First Officer Marlin

Tell Your Friends

Remember the last time you found a book you really loved? There's nothing like that heart-pounding moment of realizing you've discovered an author who can really live in your head and spin out their fascinating stories.

A PsyCop reader recommended Holly Black's Curse Workers series to me. I devoured Holly's backlist through the public library, then bought my favorites in hardcover to analyze at my leisure.

If you have friends who might get that heart-pounding "Oh YES" when they fire up their first JCP story, I'd love it if you encouraged them to check out one of my books! The first half of Among the Living can be read for free at the PsyCop site.

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Sticks and Stones

April Freebie

I appreciate that so many readers are eager for the next installment of PsyCop. While I don't have a release date yet, I can say it's the next project I'll put out.

I was talking with readers about the Crash's role in the PsyCop series, and why I've never seen him as a threat to Vic and Jacob's relationship.

Crash is not in the stories as competition for Jacob, but as a catalyst for Vic's self-reflection and growth. He represents a mirror to Vic, and he reflects an image of the road not taken. He's what Vic might have been, had Vic never gotten tangled up in Camp Hell.

Speaking of Crash, here's a new Sticks and Stones flash fic called Half Off.

You can get a Sticks and Stones T-shirt of your own at JCP Books Gift Shop

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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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