ideas take life in Words
A blog following the works (and shenanigans) of J.E. Klimov
Dear Patron (fellow book-lover),
You have bought one (or more) of my book(s) for yourself or for a loved one who has a passion for reading. I humbly thank you. This is only my second year attending events, and each time I set up, my heart pounds in my rib-cage because I'm nervous of what to expect. However, by the end of the day, I pack up my things with a smile on my face.
Not because of the sales.
It's because of my interactions with my customers (or those kind enough to chat for a minute!)
I still remember my first real customer, a twelve year old girl named Ruth. She hung by my booth discussing her love for books. Ruth also asked about each of my works with genuine interest in her eyes. In fact, most people who stop by my books are also aspiring writers at various levels. While I'm not a NY Time Best Seller (yet!), I felt capable of spreading inspiration that they shouldn't give up on their dreams.
My debut novel, The Aeonians, is a young adult fantasy that was first written in my notebook in the SEVENTH GRADE. I was told multiple times throughout the years to throw my dreams in the trash. However, in 2017, I dusted that notebook off and promised myself that I would achieve my dream. And I did.
Like Princess Isabel, the main character in The Aeonians, I started with little to no confidence. Life change after life change, I struggled with my sense of self... there have been tears. Many tears. I suffered loss of close family...had my heart broken... and then some.
Throughout my struggles, I was able to keep that little, hidden flame alive. I worked hard. I found a superb group of writers to support me. Now, my dream is a reality- or shall I say, the beginning of a fantasy!
I really hope you enjoy my work- please reach out to me with any thoughts, feedback, or if you have questions: email@example.com.
"The Shadow Warrior"
Short Stories (JL Anthologies):
"The Guardian's Secret" in From the Stories of Old
"The Fate of Patient Zero" in Between Heroes and Villains
"The Charcoal Cat" in Of Legend and Lore
Coming soon: "Soul of Mercy" in Secrets in Our Cities - 10/31/2018
When you go through a loss or soul-crushing heart break, it can most definitely impact your writing. Whether it’s your WIP or a cathartic piece based off your grief, authors have their own manifestations of the 7 stages of grief.
INSTEAD OF "Shock or Disbelief":
1. Complete writer’s block, involving hours of staring at your screen/notebook in paralysis.
INSTEAD OF Denial:
2. Rummaging through the fridge for food even if you aren’t hungry. Possibly turning on Netflix, looking up puppy videos or funny memes, or balancing a pen on your nose. Essentially, seeking any activity to avoid acknowledging your WIP's existence.
INSTEAD OF Anger:
3. Computer smashing or head-to-desk banging. You’ve finally tried to forge ahead, but all you get is a migraine.
INSTEAD OF Bargaining:
4. You tell yourself: if you write just another 500 words, you’ll feel better about your piece of sh** WIP.
INSTEAD OF Guilt:
5. You feel bad about calling your WIP a piece of sh**.
INSTEAD OF Depression:
6. You cradle your laptop/notebook and ugly cry. The critical voices in your head tell you “you’ll never finish”, “you’ll never get published”, “you’ll never be good enough”.
INSTEAD OF Acceptance and Hope:
7. Someone reminds you that Fifty Shades of Grey was a NY Times Best Seller, and you sit down with a latte and hash out the rest of your manuscript with a slight smile on your face.
Best of luck in your quest!
Speaking of memes.... Enjoy a few of my favorites lately. (Thanks, Pinterest!)
It's been a stressful summer. After another self-destructive shopping spree at Barnes and Noble, I yet again expanded my reading horizon and plucked "milk and honey" by Rupi Kaur from the shelf. Yes, this book has been out for a few years and I'm behind the "trend". But that's me.
Also about me: I never used to read poetry. I resented it in college (learning all these rules and techniques such as structure in stanzas... which is ironic because I think poetry can be whatever the author paints it out to be...). I don't write poetry. Well, I tried once. However, after reading "The Princess Saves Herself in this One" by Amanda Lovelace, I was hooked. (I recommend Lovelace's works by the way!)
So, I wanted to write a "review" for those that typically don't read poetry. I'm not going to dissect the technicalities. I'm going to look at it from an author's perspective. A human's perspective.
Fun Fact: Kaur self-published this in 2014
This collection of poetry is divided into four parts: the hurting, the loving, the breaking, and the healing. The order of such makes it relatable for traditional readers- you see a steady flow of words creating a story that develops beautifully!
Why I consumed this in one sitting:
While this collection is different than Lovelace's works ("The Princess Saves Herself in This One" and "The Witch Doesn't Burn in This One"), there are similarities to them: the short, blunt, free style format, and the intense content- a majority touching upon empowering women despite various troubles and traumas. There were some instances that felt repetitive; however, it depends on the reader if this is a good or bad thing. I think it worked in Kaur's case.
It turns out I don't dislike poetry after all. I just didn't find the right style until now.
If you are still skeptical, look it up on Pinterest or Instagram. Many people took pics of their favorite passages (2 of my fav are below). That's what prompted me to buy this in the first place. SO, for you traditional novel lovers, I do recommend "milk and honey" if you want a nice therapy session for your soul. It's a change in pace, a breath of fresh air.
...And as an author...I'm tempted to write poems again! Thank you, Kaur for inspiring me!
Check it out. It's not hard to miss on the NY Best seller shelves!
(YES I KNOW, I need to get on reading my indie novels....)
Until then.............Peace! -J.E.
While flipping through my old journals, I found a treasure chest of poetry- something I usually don't dabble in anymore. For this post, I'm here to share one. Please enjoy.
There once was a boy I felt I knew,
but I’ve only met the man,
the product of twenty-seven years.
Behind the confident smirk, you’d have no clue
there was a boy in search of
Freedom, so –
I close my eyes and raise my glass,
beyond the crescendo of noise the faceless crowds cast.
I let the fragrance of the new summer remind me
of the boy who chased
Freedom. No –
there’s not much I know about this old soul.
He’d ride his bike all day, away from where’s he’s been.
Some mock my imagination when I call him my
And yet I recall clearly his voice and his songs of rock ‘n roll.
It wasn’t easy, life was rough.
He had little to lose, so
what the hell, he tells me,
whiskey in hand, splashing about.
He kept pursuing what wasn’t enough
…stopping only at a lone flower, and his face fell.
I never saw him again, but I know
he is out there running wild and free.
Oh, how I wish everyone could see what he saw.
He refused to fall low, and this he told me so:
Be Who You Want To Be.
The second installment of The Aeonian series is here! (Well, sort of). "The Shadow Warrior" is now exclusively available on Kindle while print copies will not be released until September. However, I do have 50 precious paperback pre-order copies available in my secret stash!
As an author, you grow and develop relationships with the characters you create, and this is why "The Shadow Warrior" brings me the most pride. This novel primarily follows Bence Brechenhad, the main antagonist of "The Aeonians". I can't say much else for fear of major spoilers, but it was an incredible journey to follow someone who was supposed to be irredeemable. Someone who has done unforgivable things. A human with significant flaws.
There's such beauty in the flawed individual. And Bence has become my most beloved character.
What better way to celebrate than with a promotion?
While it's possible to read The Shadow Warrior without reading The Aeonians first, but you'll miss out on some major history and character background. [Besides, The Aeonians won 2nd in the 2018 Purple Dragonfly Awards in fantasy, so it's legit!]
I am giving away (E-copy/paperback pending):
(1) BOTH The Aeonians and The Shadow Warrior as a set!
(2) 1 copy of The Aeonians (alone)
(3) 1 copy of The Shadow Warrior (alone)
How to enter:
Comment on this blog post, answering this question: Who is your favorite villain/antagonist/anti-hero of all time? THAT'S IT!
Contest will run until the end of the month. I will select three winners at random- and the choice of prize will be first come first serve.
*Caveat* I need at least 5 entries. Makes sense to have sufficient entries, right?
Finally, consider signing up for my newsletter (See top of page).
I send it out monthly- so your inbox won't be flooded. The upcoming newsletter (end of July) will have **SAMPLE CHAPTERS** from The Shadow Warrior! **Wink wink**
I'm happy to announce that my DEBUT novel, "The Aeonians" has been placed 2nd in the Sci-Fic/Fantasy category in the 2018 Purple Dragonfly Book Awards!
This is a monumental moment in my life. I never expected in my dreams I would win such a prestigious award, let alone publish the darn thing!
Thank you to the judges, those that have read "The Aeonians", and those will provided much needed moral support.
Award seals will be added to my personal copies in a few weeks! More to follow!
Back with roaring ferocity... Here is the cover to C. Fear's "Land of Strength and Sorrow" !
"Land of Strength and Sorrow" by Cassandra Fear is now available for pre-order. This is the second edition, republished after some editing and a brand-new cover! Secure your copy today for only $2.99
I've read this book (1st edition) and it's amazing! HIGHLY RECOMMEND! You can check out my review under the Reader's tab (or click the button below!)
My debut novel, "The Aeonians", has been out for about 8 months with modest, but positive reviews - both published and via private feedback. *knock on wood*
FUN FACT: "The Aeonians" was meant to be a stand alone book; however, one character had stolen my heart. His character growth was such that he deserved his own story. "The Shadow Warrior" continues immediately after the events of "The Aeonians", split between two POVs.
"The Shadow Warrior" will be released September 10th, 2018. Contact me if your interested in a pre-order (signed!) by shooting me a note under the "ABOUT" page. :)
And without further ado:
Hi everyone. Some quick easy updates.
2. Need more reviews? I have opened up a page on my blog where you can submit your book for a review. This is not a "free copy for a review" thing. Check out the details.
3. As a member of the Just-Us-League, just a friendly reminder, yet another installment of fairy tale retellings is now available. This is the 5th JLA book, with a sixth one in the works.
As a friendly reminder, you can follow the Just-Us-League:
We're always interested in readers prior to each release. Contact me if interested.
4. Lastly, for your entertainment: I attended my first live event early May. Despite the rain, it was a lovely turnout. Although most people were looking for free SWAG, I met a handful of WONDERFUL people. Some writers, some editors, some who just like to read. In the last hour, I hear shouting. I turn my head, and a car is rolling down the hill, of which, my tent was situated at the bottom.
There's an EAR PIERCING SCREECH as the the first tent gets mowed over. I'm next. I stare at my table; my precious books are about to be destroyed ...OR I could get injured protecting it. Yes, that thought crossed my mind Thankfully, a half dozen people rush to hold the car off. I, too, dive in. More screeching. In the corner of my eye, I see my tent shudder backward, and the table presses against me.
The owner of the car rushes by in a panic... Looks like he forgot to put his car in park. At the top of a hill. Thankfully, no one was hurt.
I asses the damage: my tent has been completely "relocated" and my table twisted 180 degrees. Luckily, the worst was that some books were wet from rain. I take it as a sign to pack up.
As I do so, a woman walks up to my table. She grabs my generic pen (my ONLY pen) and pockets it. I'm blatantly staring at her, mouth agape, but she seems indifferent. She inspects my HALF USED hand sanitizer and asks...
"You giving this away?"
The joy of selling books.
And that, my friends, can make for a good story in itself. If you haven't attended OR participated in any festivals (particularly craft or author events), you should! Just... don't stand at the bottom of any incline for an extended period of time.
When I finished reading "Dream Girl", I didn't hesitate to purchase "Dream Frequency"...although I've been procrastinating on my TBR list.
Thankfully, this "sequel" did not disappoint. I also like to point out that there aren't many series that are set up as a duology, but the way to plot unfolds feels appropriate. In the first book, we learn about two key characters, Christine and Gabriel. It focused on learning about the dreamworld and how their two lives intertwine. It had a satisfactory ending, but left a trail for "Dream Frequency", which is more about the U.S. agency behind manipulating these "frequencies".
Christine must choose: lead her normal life as she transitions to college OR follow Leo as a recruit ... in hopes of re-uniting with Gabriel (especially after a cryptic message of a mother asking Christine to save her son). The focus of this plot really twists into one of its own. We learn about this agency, what it's supposed to be...and what it shouldn't.
Why is there a secret agency that utilize's people's dreams? What for? This novel peels back another shocking layer that almost takes on a sci-fi feel. (almost)
Throughout the novel, Christine tries to reach Gabriel as she discovers secrets, like what happened to Gabriel's mother. and his father's legacy. Meanwhile, Gabriel completes training with a smart-as-a-whip leader, Zemma. He feels eyes on him at the agency, treated and judged as the son of one of the most powerful agents in history. However, when "special ops" tries to claim Gabriel, things turn sour, fast.
Characters: Aside from a few additional key players, most characters have been well established from book one. Gabriel experienced the most growth in my opinion: he came off as a little emo/intense in book one, but grows into a strong, capable young man by the end of "Dream Frequency". Christine's relationship with both Gabriel and Leo develop simultaneously, which triggers one of my favorite themes: love. BUT not a romantic love alone. (See next paragraph)
This novel establishes that love can take any form for any person- removing your cliche romance tropes. I've really appreciated this aspect of Lomas' writing. The other aspect I appreciate about this novel is the twist that lead to unexpected ends. This novel did not have a predictable ending. (In my opinion.)
Other things to note, "Dream Frequency" is significantly lengthier than it's previous counterpart. This is not a criticism, although this is worth noting. This duology is a marathon, not a mental-chewing gum sprint. You must be committed to these characters and their dreams (literally and figuratively), and if you are, you'll be well awarded. The set up is similar to "Dream Girl": Chapters interchanging between Christine and Gabriel, and are short.
To conclude, I am impressed by the author. What I've read so far is an indicator of genuine talent and is someone I will be following for future publications.
I recommend this book, well, if you read "Dream Girl" (obviously), but I recommend the duology in general for its clever plot twists and promise of deep character development. While the concepts of dream manipulation is not new, Lomas' descriptions are unique in their own right and worth a read.
Christine would never have considered herself new recruit material for a secret U.S. agency. Until recently, she's just been an ordinary girl graduating from high school and wondering if a friendship with Gabriel, a mysterious coworker, would grow into something romantic. When Christine's fascination with Gabriel leads to her discovery of dreamworlds, she learns that she's anything but ordinary. In this thrilling conclusion to Dream Girl, Christine and Gabriel must choose their allegiances and face corruption, conspiracy, and the complexities of love in order to save themselves and everyone who matters to them - or die trying