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Love to Hate

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The results of my "Name that Jerk" poll are in, and I had a really tough time picking from all the fantastically awful names you submitted. My favorite jerk-name, suggested by Aniko Laczko, will be unveiled this week in Mnevermind 2: Forget Me Not.

Sometimes I wonder if creating displeasing characters is a specialized skill. When I think of certain series or films, it's often the antagonist who springs to mind for me as someone I love to hate. There's a squirmy feeling of "Ugh! How will they mess things up for the good guys this time?" that really propels a story forward for me.

When I think about Back to the Future, for instance, the first character that springs to mind is Biff and his bullying swagger. In Deadwood, I'm much more intrigued with badass pimp saloon owner Al Swearengen than I am with the good guys.

There needs to be something more to the antagonists than sheer horridness, though. A bit of wiggle room. Maybe they're nice once in a great while. Or charismatic. Or simply unavoidable. After all, the only series I've written where a problem could be solved by shooting someone in the throat is Channeling Morpheus...and even that only happens when there's no way around it!

I've also got a fondness for characters who could swing either way in terms of helping or hindering the heroes. In the old Dragonlance series (did any of you read that?) the wizard Raistlin Majere might save the day or stab you in the back. And he'd have no qualms about it either way. I like to think Dr. Jim in Channeling Morpheus and Con Dreyfuss in PsyCop bring at least a little bit of this delicious ambiguity to the table.

While the premise of the Mnevermind trilogy might seem far-out, my thrust for the series is to keep the plot feeling very intimate and real. The focus is not so much on technology as it is the relationship of the main character to his family and his attempts at keeping his small business afloat. I think for this reason, the intimacy of the plot, the bad guys felt pretty damn deplorable. My early readers did a lot of squirming and ranting.

Hopefully you'll enjoy meeting some despicable Mnevermind characters you love to hate!

Love (and only love),
Jordan

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Forget Me Not

Forget Me Not

MNEVERMIND 2

No two people are exactly alike, but Elijah Crowe is very, very different. Elijah is on the autism spectrum, so the tasks of day-to-day life most people breeze through are a challenge for him.

Although he loves nothing better than mnemography, he never clicked with any other experts in the field until he met Daniel Schroeder. Now Elijah suspects he’s gay, but the few prominent people in his life are less than supportive.

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Persistence of Memory

Persistence of Memory

MNEVERMIND 1

Making Memories, One Client at a Time

Every 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.

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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
Spook Squad PsyCop Book 7
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 Ebooks:
Hue, Tint, and Shade
Moolah and Moonshine
Spanish Fly Guy
Pretty Ugly
One Less Stiff at the Funeral by Sean Kennedy
Wishink Well
Happily Never After
London Eye by Clare London
Spirits and Second Chances by Sean Kennedy
Loose Change by Sean Kennedy
Media Naranja by Clare London and Jordan Castillo Price
Immortal Coil

Mnevermind Trilogy

Persistence of Memory Book 1 (paperback at Amazon and Book Depository)
Forget Me Not Book 2 coming February 19

Non-Fiction:

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

Erotica for Women by Majenta

(Majenta is a JCP pen name for writing female-positive m/f erotica)
Higher Learning
Nature Lover
Sense of Security

 

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Channeling Morpheus Series

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

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