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Friday Aug 7th 2020

This trailer below looks amazing!!!! BTW for the next few days you grab the Ebook for EMBARK Book 1 for Free!

Now check this out!

Thurs Aug 6th 2020

If you like audiobooks and have not picked up EMBARK: Book 1 and Treasure in Darkness: Book 2, you might want to take a peep at yesterdays Blog below. In the meantime enjoy this video, as I did, showcasing Space Opera films that are not Star Wars.

Wed Aug 5th 2020

I rarely find new music anymore, mostly because I don’t listen to the radio, even if I am on it, just not music radio. So now I find most of my new music via YouTube. I recently discovered Gunship a few months back and they are now my new favorite band. I also found out there is a “new” genre they fall into called Synthwave, of which I am also now a huge a fan of. Much of the their music is 80/90’s movie themed which I personally think is totally rad. Enjoy!

Congrats! Since you read down this far I have more freebies to give you. Below are the last of my free Book 1 and 2 Audiobook promo codes. I hope you enjoy them enough to leave reviews and purchase a copy the book 3 audiobook!

Please enjoy a free audio review copy of Embark, now available on Audible. Redeem the one-time use code below at https://www.audible.com/acx-promo

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EMBARK Treasure In Darkness Book 2 Codes

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I hope you enjoy the story and will purchase the finale The Vanishing War (3) and leave a review when you’re done. Thanks!

Mon Aug 3rd 2020

I’ve been listening to a bunch of interviews with SciFi authors and something is becoming abundantly clear…I have little in-common with most of them apart from the love of genre. But even then, my views/opinions seem to run counter of what the vast majority thinks of certain IP’s. I want to believe this provides me an opportunity since these differences will certainly stand out in my own stories. However, that also might mean that these successful authors have found their own niches and audiences and it might be difficult, yet needed, for me to find my own specific audience to market to and continue to find success.

Since its a new week I just wanted to add that I hope wherever you are you are healthy, happy, and safe in these troubling times. Now, go pickup my books and get away from reality!

Sunday Aug 2nd 2020

It’s crazy how much our recognition of the lapse of time is so relative. I’ll never forget waiting in line for the opening day release of The Force Awakens. I was living in Tucson at the time and we didn’t have any theaters with assigned seating yet. I got off the air and immediately went to the Foothills Mall and sat outside of the theater for hours before being allowed to enter the theater one hour before the movie would start. Sitting in my seat, with forty five minutes until the movie started it was the longest forty five mins of my life. These days and especially the weekly show, time just flies by. I’m not complaining, the sooner time passes the sooner we get a vaccine (which appears to be the only way we as a society are going to be allowed to go back to our normal lives. Which I do not agree with, but I’ll keep my COVID thoughts to other outlets, this is supposed to be a fun blog.)

Speaking of fun, selling books is fun. No really it is. Trying to figure out the right combination that leads to increase sales, while it can be frustrating, is obviously rewarding if you get it right. With another new month I made some ads adjustments and so far they seem to be yielding positive results.

This week I am going to start my next podcast devoted to the Space Opera genre. This podcast was going to be a self publishing podcast, and while that will still be a part of it, I decided to shift the focus. The term “Space opera” has been around for a long time now, but its not widely used, and I’d like to change that. So be sure and look up My Nerd World: A Space Opera Podcast and give it a listen.

Friday July 31st 2020 (More free stuff!)

Arguably, the worst year ever right? At least from a societal stand point, during my lifetime. From a personal perspective it hasn’t been so bad, stressful, but I’ve personally had worse years. One of the biggest, and not discussed enough IMO negative effects of COVID and the election year is the lack of entertainment to take our attention away from the news of the day. I honestly hope that people have found my EMBARK stories a nice diversion from the harsh reality we live in right now. And while I didn’t know it at the time, the trilogy really did turn out to be very analogous to the current social zeitgeist and subtextually relevant to the struggles on not just a global scale, but certainly America specifically. I know for me, writing has been a welcome diversion. I’m about 20k into Book 5 and the start of the next trilogy of EMBARK stories that will take place 11 years after the conclusion of The Vanishing War and the Gahan Corbijn Book 4 coming out in late Sept. Be sure to join the mailing list for more details TheJonJustice@Gmail.com

I’m going to giveaway some free stuff in this post below so be sure to read to the end. I am also going to talk reviews and speaking of which, I just received this review of the audio book for The Vanishing War. E.L. writes

The ending of the book: it was hard to imagine and felt it will be better as a film for me

They gave the performance and overall score of 3 out of 5 stars and 4 out of 5 stars for story. You might be asking why a post a “meh” review. It’s because I appreciate the honestly and actually like the fact that the listener felt it would work better as a film. If I could be a movie a director, trust me I would. I love films! But mostly I love story telling and if a listener or reader can actually envision my story or even believes the story would be better as a film, I’ll take it. As long people are entertained and felt they got their moneys worth, I’m happy if they’re happy.

This weekend I’m doing some price testing on my ebooks and you can buy Book 1 for just .99cts and Books 2/3 for 3.99. I really need reviews for all 3 books on Amazon so if you purchase any version of the books and enjoyed them please leave a review ASAP. Also if you haven’t picked up the audio books yet, below are more free review codes for Book 1/2.

Please enjoy one free audio review copy of Embark, now available on Audible. Redeem the one-time use code below at https://www.audible.com/acx-promo

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Book 2 Treasure is Darkness codes:

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Wed July 29th 2020

I’ve been a slacker, not writing here as much as I had planned. In my defense, I did change the blog title, dropping the “daily” from the title. Things have been busy lately, all self induced. I decided to give the AMAZON descriptions a total overhaul after listening to some experts on copy editing. We’ll have to see if it makes a difference in more conversions of sales, which is currently my struggle in selling books. Using AMS ads, I can get a lot of clicks to my pages on AMAZON, just need to convert those clicks to buys. It’s an on going process and second job really. I find writing so rewarding that I don’t mind the extra work.

BTW I believe there are still free review audiobook codes available, so be sure to test out some of the codes below if you haven’t downloaded books 1/2. (also give this weeks Star Wars podcast a listen, you may find a few more that way)

Saturday July 25 2020

If you haven’t taken advantage of the free review copies of the EMBARK audiobooks be sure to scour the posts below. Some, but not all of those codes have been redeemed, so get them while they are still available. Currently I am in the middle of writing Book 5 in the EMBARK timeline while Book 4 is being edited. I love writing and it’s especially rewarding when you know the story being crafted is both fresh and familiar. I am glad I made the choice to continue the EMBARK adventures. In the near future I’ll absolutely write my new fantasy series. But for now, the EMBARK Space Opera saga still has much to be explored. Be sure to check out this weeks A Star Wars podcast out later in the day Saturday and the all new A Space Opera Podcast. I put up a short preview pod of what to expect, just look for My Nerd World where you choose to listen to podcasts.

Thursday July 23rd 2020

So I guess I like giving away free stuff!
As you are (hopefully) aware the Audiobook for EMBARK The Vanishing War (3) is now available.

After a stunning defeat by the evil Supreme Commander Sint Argum, the brave resistance must prepare for the inevitable attack on their homeworld.

Below are a few more free review codes for the EMBARK Book 1 and Treasure in Darkness (2) audio books. First come first served!

I hope if you take advantage of the freebies you’ll purchase a copy of the Book 3 audiobook.

And as always you can get the ebooks and paperbacks for the entire trilogy by simply going here! https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B07K9HB7F7

Thanks!

Please enjoy a free audio review copy of Embark, now available on Audible.

When Earth suddenly faces a planet-wide catastrophe, a ruthless and power-hungry enemy emerges. Unwittingly, Taft, Kaytha, and their friends are thrust into the middle of humanity’s fight for survival and future among the stars.

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EMBARK Treasure in Darkness (2)

During a search and salvage mission at the space graveyard near Saturn, an unknown threat attacks! Is this the return of the ruthless Sint Argum and DeCorp or a new enemy emerging?
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Tuesday July 21st 2020
I’ve decided to giveaway more Audiobooks for EMBARK Book 1. (Details below) While I hope you enjoy the book, in return, if you enjoyed the story, leave a review. Also, tell your friends  and family about the series and perhaps pickup an ebook or paperback version. If not, that’s totally okay and hopefully at a minimum you’ll buy the audiobooks for Treasure in Darkness and The Vanishing War. 
Becoming a successful author requires a good amount of promotion and word of mouth. Help spread the word about the EMBARK Series!  Thanks as always for the support and I enjoy the adventure!

Please enjoy one free audio review copy of Embark Book 1, now available on Audible. Redeem the one-time use code below at 

https://www.audible.com/acx-promo
If a code is taken try another. 
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Monday July 20th 2020

MORE FREEBIES!

As I get ready to head to work this morning, always an adventure, I am feeling generous. If you are interested here are a few free review codes for EMBARK: The Vanishing War Audiobook 3. Which means that if you take advantage of the freebies here and in the previous post, you can download the entire EMBARK Audiobook trilogy for FREE! All I ask is that if you enjoyed them, that you leave a review. (it’s not required for the giveaway.) Happy Monday!

Please enjoy one (each) free audio review copies of EMBARK The Vanishing War: (Book 3), now available on Audible. Redeem the one-time use code below at https://www.audible.com/acx-promo (ALL THE CODES HAVE BEEN USED)

Saturday July 18th 2020

FINALLY!

EMBARK: The Vanishing War Audiobook 3 is now available here!

In honor of its release I am giving away Audiobooks 1 & 2 free review copies!

EMBARK Book 1

Please enjoy one free audio review copy of Embark Book 1, now available on Audible. Redeem the one-time use code below at

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These are one-time use codes, if doesn’t work, try another.

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EMBARK TREASURE IN DARKNESS (Audio book 2)

Please enjoy one free audio review copy of Embark Book 2, now available on Audible. Redeem the one-time use code below at

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Wed July 15th 2020

When I wrote EMBARK book 1 I had a really good idea of in mind of where the story would go, beginning, middle, and end. For Treasure in Darkness I had beginning and end, but everything in-between was pure inspiration. At the moment Treasure in Darkness is probably my favorite book of the three, if only because I really had so much fun writing the Taft and Kaytha adventure portion of the story and how everything came together. For the Vanishing War I had a loose idea, kinda of like book 1, but the resolution came in the writing process. I’m mentioning all this because I’ve changed my mind on what the next set of stories will be.

If you read the posts below I had been teasing this new series idea. I have already put down a ton of ideas, planet details, character names etc. I even did something I never do and that is actually laid out a loose plot. I have a title and three subtitles for a trilogy and I was set to start writing the story today. But…After wrapping up Gahan Corbijn’s story I realized I am not ready set aside the world of EMBARK. I always intended, even with this new story idea, to go back and write another trilogy, for a total of seven EMBARK stories. I was, however, having a hard time coming up with a thread and arc for a new set of stories set in the Proxima Centauri system. But then this morning inspiration struck. On the drive into work I recorded into my notes audio app on my iPhone the basic plot elements for Book 5 (book 1 of the new trilogy) and bullet points for books 6 and 7. So, my other series will wait and if you liked EMBARK (and hopefully you’ll love Gahan Corbijn and the Asteroid of Misfortune) more stories are on the way and I hope to have Book 5 The Old World (working title subject to change) out by the end of the year and books 6/7 early 2021.

Monday July 13th 2020

Another week has arrived and just like every week these days I can’t help but wonder what it will bring? This week I’ll be passing off Book 4 in the EMBARK series for editing. The book is a ton of fun and I can’t wait to get it out there. This means that I can start on my new series and I’m thrilled/excited to be EMBARKING (get it LOL) on this new storyline.

Saturday July 11th 2020

I made some updates this morning to the creative content on the EMBARK Book 1 Amazon book description. It’s tough trying to find the right formula that leads to increased sales. My Amazon add teases seem to get people clicking to the sale page, but getting that click to covert to sale is tricky. I change it every month or so to see if one version of the description works better than another.

As soon I am done writing this post I’ll go back to work reading and editing book 4 in the series. As I mentioned below, after my edit and I hand off for an editorial edit, I can start work on my new series. I’m not ready to provide details yet on what I’ll be working on, but, below are some images I pulled as inspiration.

Thursday July 9th 2020

I am really close to landing a number one spot on Amazon and that all important Best Seller tag. With help of my readers, family and friends on my birthday, selling Book 1 at .99cts I came so close! Thank you! I’m pray that the overnight averages will result in my taking that number one spot still. If you can, pick up an ebook for less than a buck for you or/and a friend, enjoy the adventure and maybe push me over the top!

Wed JULY 8TH 2020

Hey look, it’s July 8th 🙂

I need to make it practice to not come up with new book ideas while still working on finishing another book. I’ve landed on story line that I cannot wait to begin writing. In the meantime its taking away from my much needed final read and line by line edit on EMBARK book 4. I think I am almost at a place where I can stick a pin, for now, in putting details down for the next series and wrap up Book 4 so I can pass it off to Melinda for the editorial edit. Needless to say I cannot wait to write these next stories!

I mentioned yesterday the Booksy promotion for the EMBARK series I was running and its going great! In fact I am really close to landing the number one best seller rank in a Space Opera category. If you want to help, pick up an ebook copy of EMBARK Book 1. A few more sales should put me over the top. Right now you can get the entire trilogy in ebook for less than $7 bucks.

Tuesday July 7th 2020

I am faced with a good problem. I have this, what I believe is an amazing idea for story, the one I mentioned yesterday. I haven’t sat down and hashed everything out completely, instead I have been continuously taking moments of the day and putting ideas down. I have a complete three story arc, which includes the finale’s of three stories. The good problem is that I still have to wrap up Book 4 in EMBARK before I can dive into this new tale. This means, the EMBARK series takes a bit of a break, which I am kind of okay with. If EMBARK were currently a runaway hit I would continue with the stories, of which I have plots ready. Since I am newer author and still need to grow an audience, I feel comfortable starting a second series. Tomorrow I’ll write a bit about the only struggle I have with the new trilogy, choosing the right genre. Do I stick with one, or do I attempt a combination of genres that might be less mass appeal?

BTW I am running a promotion with Booksy today, trying out their service. Because of that you can pick up EMBARK book 1 in ebook for .99 and Books 2 and 3 for 2.99!

Monday July 6th 2020

Sitting in the studio, just wrapped up all the prep I am going to get to before the show starts. I say “going to get to” because it’s not all the prep, it never is. I’ll always over prep for the show…always. It’s a long tradition, turned habit, ever since I started doing talk radio back in 2005. Better to have more material and not use it, then run out of material when you need it.

The 4th of July celebration was fun. My boys did their best to unnecessarily burn the house down. They failed, which is good. I intended to do a lot of reading and line by line editing of EMBARK book 4. And, while I did get some of that done, I actually started a new project. I had been detailing a few plot elements for Book 5 in the EMBARK series. Still, I had to force the creativity and story elements, which I never want to do. After watching a few movies with the family, I was struck with a story idea, something totally fresh and far from the first 4 novels. I spent time over the weekend, working out details, characters, and, more importantly, plot. I now have a loose outline for an all-new trilogy. After I release Book 4 in EMBARK, I am going to get working on this new set of stories, and I am as excited I was when I started EMBARK. Currently, the plan is to write all three books at one time and then release them over three months next year. That may change, but for now, that’s the idea.
I’m really thankful for having the inspiration for this new tale. Every day, I pray for the success of the EMBARK series and continue to learn how to best market the books. Ultimately I’ll leave in the Lord’s hands to decide how strong the winds will blow into the sales I have raised in becoming an author. In the meantime, my mind is racing about story elements, characters, and settings in this all-new world I’ll be creating.

JJ

Saturday July 4th 2020

Happy 4th of July! I finally wrapped up the Grammarly edit on book 4 so now it’s time for me to start my re-read and make any additional changes before I hand it off for editing. I’ve also started “outlining” the next trilogy. I am more of a pantser (I don’t plot so much when I write, I more write by the seat of my pants) but for the next trilogy I’m going to challenge myself a bit and try to craft an arc of stories a little less derivative than the first three. I’ve written a few thousand words for book 5 already, but I’m thinking I’ll be shifting some of that around too.

I pray you have a great and safe holiday weekend! BTW all three ebooks are discounted this weekend if you haven’t picked up your copy yet of the trilogy.

JJ

Friday July 3rd 2020

So much for this being a daily blog. I ended up going out on a “friend of the show” boat yesterday with Drew and Sam (friends and people I work with) and with Friday being a day off I pretty much checked out the rest of Thursday. Honestly, the reason I decided to write a daily blog was simply to get into the habit. This website is really important for promoting my novels and who knows, one day if I were to become the JK Rowling or Alan Dean Foster of newer sci-fi/space opera then maybe people will be interested in my daily musings.

As soon as I wrap up this entry I’m going to get back to work editing Book 4 in the EMBARK series. I’m in the process of running the entire book through Grammarly. After that I’ll be re-reading the book and making changes. I listened to an author give some fantastic advice and provide examples of “showing” not “telling” in a story during a recent podcast. I do an okay job of that, (showing vs telling) but armed with more education I’m looking forward to using the info to better this and future stories.

Have a fantastic July 4th celebration!

Wed July 1st 2020

Birthday month! July 8th to be more specific, but I am about at the point were I might stop paying attention to the day I entered the world, turning 48 and all. Plus, 2020 is certainly going to be a year worth forgetting and yet almost impossible to do so. On the book side of things, I can’t express what a blessing becoming an author has been. The story telling has become my go to outlet to get away from the daily doom and gloom. I look forward to go back long from now and re-reading the first 3 books in the EMBARK series, they will undoubtedly be telling about where my mind set was during these past few years in my life. It wasn’t until I finished the Vanishing War that I realized what I had created was part allegory to the events we have been living through from 2015-the present. EMBARK was crafted during the hype of The Force Awakens, Ready Player One and the Last Jedi. With Treasure in Darkness and Book 3 the subtext was affected more by the politics and narratives of the daily news, even if the stories are not all that political. Hopefully you have picked up your copies! 🙂

Tues June 30th 2020

I hate having to do things after work. I know things have to be done, like rotating tires, renewing drivers licenses and getting the oil changed, but when I have other things that I’d rather be doing, like editing my next book, I would rather be doing the book stuff. Anyhow, here I sit inside Tires Plus. I could be editing book 4 through Grammarly, but unfortunately my laptop can’t keep up with the programs constant updating so I have to wait until I can get on my main computer at home. All that being said, I am really excited about this next story. I am always excited about all my books, but this next one is, a little shorter, a lot funnier, and just different from the first three books. Hopefully it will be available by mid-September, at least thats the plan. Before I go, be sure to check out the home page here. I upgraded the EMBARK Book 1 cover and I love it. Head to the home page and meet the team! Lastly, have you reviewed the first three books!? If you haven’t, why not!? 🙂 It would really help me out if you have purchased Books 1/2/3 if you could drop a review for me. Thanks!

Mon June 29th 2020

Alarm was reset this morning from 2:30 to 2:45a, I’m such a rebel.

Immediately after sitting down at my desk this morning, sipping my really bad first cup of coffee (Its my own fault, I have no idea how much or little grounds I am supposed to use, my goal is to wake up, I always power thru the taste) I cautiously start looking at the most recent headlines. Ugh…I can’t wait for a time like it was pre-covid and a non-election year. I love my full-time job, but this year it’s been kinda depressing.

I’m running ahead of schedule so I’m going to try and get some editing done on BOOK 4 after I finish my notes before the show starts.

JJ

Sun June 28th 2020

I wrapped up the first draft for Book 4 yesterday like I intended. I’ll start the first read thru today, probably during the triple header NASCAR races at Pocono. This book, being essentially a spin off story, I had planned on it being around 60k words. The EMBARK trilogy was 120k 90k 10k. I really wanted this story to be more of a fun adventure. I ended up at around 53K, so I might try and punch up a few sections of the story. Alright, I need coffee and pop tarts. Have a blessed and fantastic day!

JJ

Sat June 27th 2020

Hey there,

Thanks for dropping by My Nerd World. I decided to start adding a small daily blog chronicling my journey as an author. Some days maybe short (like today) other days longer (not like today).

I just wrapped up a bunch of small updates to the site, probably nothing all that noticeable. I recently added “Join the team…Save the Future!” to the promotional tag line of the trilogy. I’m always trying to find new ways spark potential readers imaginations, you just never know what will work.

As soon as I wrap this post I’ll be finishing the first draft on book 4 in the EMBARK Timeline. If you want more details ( and don’t mind slight spoilers if you have not read Book 3) take a look at the art page on this site for a preview of the cover). This next book will be quite a departure from the first 3 books. I decided to write 4 in first person (the EMBARK trilogy is written in 3rd person omniscient) and its light hearted and funnier than the previous 3. I wanted something more along the lines of Space Opera Indiana Jones and specifically the fun of The Last Crusade. After I wrap up the first draft of book 4 I’ll be recording this weeks Star Wars Podcast.

I hope you are safe, happy and healthy in these strange times. Be sure to grab your preferred versions of the EMBARK Trilogy. They are perfect for binge reading and escaping from the realities of present day.

JJL

AVAILABLE NOW-EMBARK: The Vanishing War marks the epic conclusion to the opening trilogy in the EMBARK series, by Jon “Justice” LoGiudice

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