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Today’s the last day to download “Town Crier”, the short-story tie in to HEX BREAKER, available here.

And get ready — if you visit the Author Roast and Toast on Friday, July 13 — yup, that’s Friday the 13th, my friends! — you’ll be able to get the next Jain Lazarus short story, “The Occasional Ghost” both free and early. It won’t be generally available until the following week.

The best part of “The Occasional Ghost”? It’s all about me! 😉 Yup, it deals with one of my first indie film gigs, while I was still in college, and something that should have indicted that maybe I was destined for the kind of adventures I wind up in during HEX BREAKER, and then further into Book 3, CRAVE THE HUNT.

What’s that? You haven’t bought HEX BREAKER yet? Why not! You can find the buy links here on Amazon Kindle and here on Solstice Publishing.

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I’m thrilled — the book is out! We’re back in circulation!

Devon let me post this excerpt — it’s different than the ones in the press kit or on the Jain Lazarus website.

And, of course, if features ME!

Enjoy!

Excerpt from HEX BREAKER (copyright protected):

Jain pushed the first button and the car was silent. The anterior car’s headlights filled the space.

“Clean up crew. I don’t like the sound of that,” muttered Billy.

“Nick, I need you to open the glove compartment.” Jain nodded in its direction.

“Okay.” He reached forward and popped it open.

“Run your hand along the top, inside. You’ll find a button. Press it.” She glanced at him. “You’ve played enough characters that use guns. You know how?”

“I’ve trained during research.”

“Good.”

Nick found the button, pushed it, and a compartment dropped down, revealing a gun. “This looks different.”

“Modified,” Jain responded. There wasn’t time for a weapons lecture. She just needed a little more time, get them set up to even the odds.

“To do what?” asked Billy.

“To work against things that aren’t human.”

“Um, I hate to break more bad news, but there’s more than one car behind us.”

“It’s only surprising it took them this long.”

“Shouldn’t you call that detective guy?”

“I’d like to leave him out of it, if possible.”

Nick glanced at Jain. “He’ll be pissed.”

“But he won’t be dead.”

“Yeah, but will we be dead?” Billy asked.

“Not if I have anything to say about it.”

“I hope you have a lot to say. Can this little car go fast enough?”

“Modifications.”

“You know you get kinda monosyllabic and terse when our lives are in danger?”

“Heard that rumor.” Jain glanced ahead, behind, and ahead again.

“‘Modifications’ has five syllables,” Nick pointed out.

Headlights flashed, coming toward them. Jain accelerated into the beam.

“Um, I think you’re on a collision course.”

“Didn’t you ever play chicken?”

“Not in cars,” Billy retorted.

“I was the number one chicken player in my state growing up, just as soon as I got my license.” The car’s engine roared as Jain pressed harder on the accelerator. The oncoming car began honking and the car behind dropped back slightly.

“They want to make sure one of them can run us off the road,” said Nick.

“Yep. And maybe by now they’ve figured I’m crazy and they also don’t want to end up hitting each other.”

“When do I use the gun?”

“Not in the car, if you can help it, and not with the windows rolled up. If we need it, wait until we’re in the open and you get a clear shot.”

“What am I shooting at?”

“Anything out of those cars that seems like a threat. Not anything coming in from somewhere else.”

“Don’t I get a weapon?” Billy asked.

“I’ve got an extra knife if you want,” Jain replied, “but you have to be pretty close for it to be effective.”

“We’re going to hit him!” Billy yelped, as the oncoming headlights filled the windshield. He ducked down in the backseat.

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Jain Lazarus website here.

Amazon Kindle link here.

Solstice Publishing downloading link here.

Yup, it’s April first, but this isn’t an April Fool’s Joke. I’m Billy Root, a supporting character in the Jain Lazarus Adventures. Since fans keep asking for more about me, I get the chance to blog, and be both a character in a series, an actor in my life, and now. . .a blogger. School wasn’t my favorite thing in the world, so this will be, um, different. I hope you’ll stick with me as I navigate my multiple realities. I’m supposed to blog on most Mondays, but since April 1st is a Sunday, and Devon wanted to launch on April Fool’s Day, here I am.

I was like, “What, is this a comment on my intelligence? You think I’m a fool?”

She told me to look at it as The Fool in the tarot, which is someone getting ready to step off a cliff into a new beginning, with companions on the journey. I guess that’s pretty apt — I mean, in HEX BREAKER, I find out all sorts of cool and weird things about myself I didn’t know going in (and I’m not even a main character).

Maybe one day I’ll graduate to being the Fool in Lear — now there’s something to aspire to! Smartest one in that whole bunch.

Cool cover, isn’t it? This is for the re-release of HEX BREAKER from Solstice Publishing and the re-launch of the Jain Lazarus Adventures. It was designed by the amazing artist and writer PJ Friel.

Um, that isn’t me on the cover.

Kinda wish it was — I should look so good.

The cover features Jain and Wyatt, the two leads, along with the chaos dragon (who happens to be MY favorite character in the book). It’ll make sense when you read it.

I don’t have an exact release date yet, but you’ll know it as soon as I do! I’ll keep you up-to-date with what’s going on with HEX BREAKER, and the books in the series that follow. The third book, CRAVE THE HUNT, alternates between my point of view and Jain’s — but you’re going to have to wait awhile for that. I mean, Devon’s about haft way through writing it, but the second book in the series still has to come out. The second book, OLD-FASHIONED DETECTIVE WORK, is from Wyatt’s point of view.

When HEX BREAKER re-releases, a new story called “Town Crier” will be available for a free download (for a limited time). I’m not in that one, either. It takes place before the events of HEX BREAKER.

Devon said maybe, just maybe, I’d get my own short story set in New Orleans. I make a reference to a trip to New Orleans I barely remember in HEX BREAKER, and she thinks it would be fun to play with that. If she does, maybe I’ll remember whether or not I had a good time there. I mean, how could you not have a good time in New Orleans, but I’d kinda like to remember how much of a good time I had there.

There are two other short stories that will also be re-released, in cycles, over the next few months. I’m in one of them — it takes place just a few months after the events of HEX BREAKER, but before what happens in OLD-FASHIONED DETECTIVE WORK.

I’m getting ahead of myself.

If you want to read an excerpt of HEX BREAKER and find out more about the series, you can visit the Jain Lazarus Adventures website.

Hope you’ll take the journey with us.

–Billy