Monday, July 11, 2016

Ripped From the Panels


Adopted at age 4, Rose Gardens doesn’t know much about her life before her parents brought her to America. She has vague memories of her time in the small orphanage in the Hunan Province of China. But none of these memories offer any explanation as to how she can fly and bend steel pipes with her bare hands. 

Naturally, that didn’t stop Rose from becoming a superhero. 

Life is as close to perfect as Rose could imagine. She has the greatest parents, the perfect boyfriend, and her career as Star Girl has been fairly impressive. 

With true love in her grasp, marriage may even be on the horizon for Rose and her boyfriend. But when a new villain tears into Century City, Rose finds her heart unexpectedly torn between the good man she knows she loves and the bad boy she finds herself irresistibly attracted to.

Star Girl was born out of two things: one of those high concept ideas that my wife and I occasionally stumble across during our evening walks (what if a superhero and supervillain were dating each other in their civilian identities and didn’t know it?) and my love of superheroes.

love comic books. I started reading comics when I was about 13 years old with a DC Comics crossover event called Zero Hour. Sam’s Club had this bundle discount of the entire crossover and I devoured it over the weekend. I had no idea what was going on: Why did Superman have long hair? Wait, did Lois know that Clark was Superman? Who was Green Lantern? Was the Flash already dead? I just discovered him! It didn’t matter, I was hooked regardless.

My mom wasn’t thrilled with my interest of comic books and she did her best to stop it before it got too bad. Quick backstory: I was homeschooled all the way through high school. My parents were, obviously, extremely hands-on with my education. Homeschooling is a lifestyle that’s always kind of outside the box. Our school years would be often be constructed as unit studies, focusing on one general topic (for example, Ancient Egypt) and then funneling the essentials through that lens: English, math, history, science would all have connections to the topic of Ancient Egypt. Naturally, I hated it. I was thirteen years old. There wasn’t anything about school that I liked. This probably isn’t that much of a surprise to any of you.

So, my mother had this brilliant idea of using comic books as general topic for one year, hoping that she could burn it out of my system if I could end up associating comic books with schoolwork. To be fair, it wasn’t a bad idea. However, it was a horriblefailure. Digging into history and the behind-the-scenes workings of comic books only strengthened my passion and interest in them and I’ve been hooked ever since. 

I grew up reading Green Lantern, the Flash and Superman. They were and still are my favorite superheroes. I cannot express to you the levels of excitement I felt when I heard they were going to make a new Flash TV show two years ago or the sadness I felt when DC Comics decided they were going to break up Clark Kent and Lois Lane’s marriage back in 2011.

Comic books have strongly influenced my sense of storytelling. With Star Girl I wanted to capture that same feeling I got when I read that DC Comics crossover. I wanted to thrust readers into a fully realized world of superheroes. And beyond the soap opera, YA romance, that's what Star Girl is really about. It's about superheroes and twisting those conventions and expectations on their side. I don't want to deconstruct superheroes, I want to share with you guys the same exhilaration and excitement I felt when I cracked open those first few issues of DC Comics.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Cupid's Daughter - New Series

Ross Richards and Sally Fields are each other’s True Love, they just don’t know it!

Emma Valentine is just your average ordinary twenty-four year old Manhattanite, living in an apartment that makes a shoebox look spacious, barely making a living working as the cutest barista at the Grind House and, oh yeah, she’s also Cupid’s Daughter.

That’s right. Cupid. As in the guy responsible for helping everyone find their True Love.

Which means Ross and Sally are a match made in Emma’s hands, if she could only actually get them in the same room together.


Cupid’s Daughter is a short story style series. Each issue is approximately 10,000 words or 30 pages. The first 3 issues are available right now through Kindle Unlimited!

Get them now!

Amazon US

Amazon UK

I know what you’re thinking, “Didn’t Jason already do a Cupid’s Daughter thing three years ago?” The answer is yes, of course, I did. For whatever reason, it didn’t catch on. But the idea has continued to stick with me and, like I’ve done before, I decided to take another stab at it, from a slightly different angle.
In addition to expanding my catalogue this year, I really wanted to experiment with Kindle Unlimited. A lot of other authors have found tremendous success in the program this past year and I’m hoping to come at least a little close to what they achieved. Even though this series is specifically written for the KU in mind, you can still purchase each installment for $0.99 regardless of whether or not you’re KU subscriber.

Despite the fact that Cupid’s Daughter was something I had done before, this particular incarnation was a really tough nut to crack. My wife and I started outlining this new series back in February. In my first attempt I tried to just continue from the previous book, albeit in a soft reboot fashion. I was basically going to dump all the setup from the original Cupid’s Daughter (Emma being a divorce lawyer, any potential love interests for Emma and Emma’s overall reluctance to join the family business) and just skip ahead to Emma being involved full time with the Cupid business, with a new potential love interest and her brother playing a larger supporting role. I did almost an entire issue with this setup before I ran into a brick wall. For whatever reason, it wasn’t clicking with me and if it wasn’t working for me, than it wasn’t going to work for you.
So I started over from scratch. More or less. I kept a lot of the names. Emma’s a little younger than she was the first time around and she’s not a lawyer anymore. Fiona is still her best friend. There is no more Luke and we have a couple of new characters to round out the supporting cast. I think this is a much better version of the story.
If you’ve never read the original Cupid’s Daughter, don’t worry about it. It’s not required reading. It’s like a first draft compared to this final, polished draft I’m releasing now.

There will be 3 more issues of Cupid’s Daughter in late May, early June. After that, I don’t know what’s going to happen. It’ll really depend on the level of success the series has. So if you like it, make sure you tell all of your friends!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

To Love is to Die - The Last Reapers in Heels Book

I think a lot about endings. The tv shows we watch, the movies we see, the books we read. With each one I always find myself wondering how it's going to end, or, even more appropriately these days, if it's going to end.

Comic books go on ad nauseam. For decades Superman has been fighting Lex Luther, over the same issues, too. Sure, it's a "never ending battle" but really? Some times there are tweaks, minor differences: for the longest time Clark and Lois were married. Now it's Superman and Wonder Woman who are romantically linked.

TV shows aren't much better. Sometimes you get a Lost or a Battlestar Galactica. And there's a little trickery there, trying to make you believe they had a plan along, that the show always had a ending. But more often than not, you get the X-Files, or The Big Bang Theory, where the premise is just run into the ground. And you're sitting there, watching the actors grow old and age right past the ages they're supposed to be playing. And you wonder why isn't this show canceled? Why aren't we trying something new? Why aren't we looking for the next big thing, rather than grinding the current big thing down until there's nothing left?

And movies? We just reboot. How many more times are we going to see Superman’s origin? How many different versions of James Bond are there going to be?
In today's market, I wonder if it isn't so much stories we're being sold, as it is commodities.

And books aren't exempt from this. Clive Cussler’s Dirk Pitt series? It got so bad that I knew exactly what to expect before I even cracked open the book.

I think a lot about endings.

Of course, then there's the question of what we want vs. what we need. There are some characters who are so well defined and developed that we want to spend as much time with them as we can. We don't care if their story never ends, because they've become our friends and who wants their friends to leave? But unless our friends leave, how will we ever have the opportunity to make new friends? Most of us are creatures of habit. Many of us need to be given a kick, a push, to try something new. But if we've got something that's already scratching a particular itch, why try anything new? I have Superman, what do I need another messianic-style superhero for? I have Star Trek, what do I need Star Wars, or Battlestar Galactica or Farscape for? I have Steven King, what do I need Joe Hill for?
I think it’s important for us to embrace endings in our stories. Nothing should go on forever. And can you really appreciate something until it’s over? In endings we have the opportunity to make a clean break and try something new.

Right now it’s definitely time to call it a day for Reapers in Heels. This is the first series I’ve brought to a close. It was born out of an experiment to do something a little more mainstream. I don’t think it quite worked as well as I hoped it would have. But in the end, I think it worked out perfectly for me.

I think that in order for me to be able to try new things, experiment some more, I had to bring Reapers to a proper ending. After Death, Debutantes, and Diamonds, I had no intention of writing anymore Reapers in Heels. But that book wasn’t really an ending. Sure, it ended, but it didn’t really close out the story of Avery and Brooke.

So here we have it, The End of Reapers in Heels. Is it any good? I sure hope so. I mean, I think it is. Right now, at least. I’m writing this blog post only a few hours after finishing the book. In the next day or so I’ll start editing it and I’ll think it’s the biggest pile of crap ever. But then I’ll get to the end and I’ll realize that it wasn’t so bad after all. Happens every time. With every single book. Just ask my wife, she’ll tell you.

But the real question is whether you, dear readers, like it? I really hope you do. I put a lot of work into these stories and I hope you guys enjoy reading them as much as I enjoy writing them.

Now that I’ve closed the book on Avery and Brooke, I’m going to try a few new things in the coming months. I’ve got a couple of ideas, stuff that’ll hopefully appeal to you guys and new readers. At least one series, a proper full length book, and maybe series of books that aren’t really connected. And, hey, if nothing else, I’ve got Alex Cheradon Volume 4 coming.

Thanks for reading, guys. Without any further ado, I give you the final Reapers in Heels book:

This is the end. 

Stanley Morris is a loan shark. A low life. A thief. A con man. A man of questionable ethics and morality. He is also a lover. He is a fighter. He is from London, England and he is an only child. 

Up until six months ago he was Brooke Graves’ boyfriend. Most of the time. 

However, for the last six months, Stanley Morris has been in a coma and Brooke has been wracked with confusion and guilt. She didn’t know what to do with her life. She didn’t know how she felt. All she knew was that Stanley Morris was in a coma and it was her fault. 

But eventually Brooke came to terms with her decisions, with her life. 

Then three weeks ago Stanley Morris woke up from his coma. When he woke, though, he wasn’t Stanley Morris anymore. The man he is now is a monster. 

Stanley Morris was many things. But he wasn’t a monster. 

The monster is in control now and he’s on a collision course with everyone. Including the Graves’ sisters. 

This is the end.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Black Friday (Now Cyber Monday) - Everything Else!

Rupert & Me

Rupert & Me is a webcomic that I used to write and draw. The first two books are collections of that comic. The third book, Seeking a Few Good Minions, is an original work geared towards an all-ages audience.

Reading these books while consuming beverages may result in said beverage going up and coming out your nose. 

Also, if you don't spit up your beverage and you may laugh so hard you'll wet your pants. 

"Where did you get that idea?" Ever asked an author that? Now, for the first time, one author is brave enough to step forward and reveal the source of creative inspiration! He has a little green man that lives under his desk and gives him all his ideas. TRUE STORY! Get ready for a hilarious ride through the mind of a little green man and some guy that sits at a desk!

11am - 11pm EST
Each book $0.99

11pm - 11am EST
Each book $1.99

And last, but certainly not least, two standalone books that I've written.

(Suggested for Mature Readers)

Kate Sharpe, US Marshal, is a woman on a mission with no time for love or romance. Her prisoner, the handcuffed hottie, Kyle Archer, just turned State’s evidence on notorious mobster Jonathon Bragan. Kate’s responsible for getting him from the courthouse to the jailhouse, but can she do it without losing her heart?

11am - 11pm EST
Only $0.99

11pm - 11am EST
Only $2.99

Family can be rough sometimes. It can be even worse when you work together.

Brothers Matt and Nathan Roman are the crack creative team behind the comic book sensation: Explorers of the Unknown. Matthew writes the words. Nathan draws the pictures. It was the perfect combination, until Matt came back from his honeymoon to find Nathan transformed into a comic book creator diva and sleeping with half the town's female population.

Filled with crackling dialogue, memorable characters and heartfelt moments, this is a story that will leave you laughing, smiling and wishing that it didn’t end.

11am - 11pm EST
Only $0.99

11pm - 11am EST
Only $2.99

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Black Friday (Now Sunday) - The Castle Sisters

The Castle Sisters
(This is an All-Ages series)

Faith and Summer Castle are the ultimate crime fighting duo. 
And they're not even old enough to drive. 
Faith has the super smarts and Summer brings the super brawn. 

The forces of darkness are gathering and the battle between good and evil has reached a pivotal turning point. 

When their Uncle gets kidnapped by the evil Agent Dark and the mysterious organization known only as the Tancredi Group, the Castle Sisters find themselves in the middle of that very battle. 

It’s an adventure that will take the sisters from the concrete jungles of New York, to the frozen wastelands of the arctic, and to dimensions beyond our own. 

The fate of the world may hang in the balance, but it’s just another day for the Castle Sisters.

11am - 11pm EST
Each book $0.99

11pm - 11am EST
Each book $1.99

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Black Friday(But Now Saturday) - Alex Cheradon

Alex Cheradon

Alex Cheradon is a private investigator. He has a partner, Devon Christian who's a little crazy. 

Since his first day on the job, Alex has found himself at the center of some very unusual cases: 

-Missing daughters. 
-Time travel. 
-Crazy ex-partners who find themselves plagued with voices inside his head telling him to kill people. 
-Cults bent on bringing demons to Earth. 
-Cults bent on controlling the planet through advance scientific means. 
-Husbands who are cheating on their wives with alternate reality versions of their wives. 
-Lots of explosions. 
-We’re really not kidding about the explosions. It’s kind of ridiculous how many there are. 
-Honestly, the gunfight situation is just as bad as the explosion situation.

Yes. Is is that kind of series.

What Readers Are Saying:

"Quirky and fun!"

"Kept me laughing from beginning to end!"

"Alex is one of my favorites!"

"Krumbine puts more fun, action, and mayhem in a short novel than you’re likely to find in longer works, and he leaves you panting for more. "

Volume 1
11am - 11pm EST
Each book $0.99

11pm - 11am EST
Each book $2.99

Volumes 2 &3
11am - 11pm EST
Each book $0.99

11pm - 11am EST
Each book $1.99

Friday, November 28, 2014

Black Friday - Reapers in Heels

Reapers in Heels
(This series is recommended for Mature Readers)

When a dead soul goes renegade you call a grim reaper. And when you’re in Century City, you call the Graves sisters.

Avery and Brooke Graves are two of the best reapers in town. For them, hunting down a renegade dead soul is easy, hunting for a good man, however, is a whole ‘nother challenge.

What Readers Are Saying:

"...wise cracking, butt kicking, fun mystery that is a great read!"

"...great chemistry between the two (sisters) and I found myself laughing and smiling at their conversations throughout the entire book."

"True characters with relatable personalities. I'm hooked on the whole series."

11am - 11pm EST
Each book $0.99

11pm - 11am EST
Each book $1.99