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So people ask me from time to time if I’m writing a sequel to <insert book here> or when I’m going to do something about <insert topic>. I respond, of course, and I’m happy to do so. But maybe here’s a way to be proactive. At least for a little while.

Voidhawk – yes, I’m working on a third book. It’s taken a back seat though, and it’s starting the series in a new direction that I’m really enjoying. I’m planning multiple books focused on individual characters, either on or off the Voidhawk (including past, present, or future times in their lives). And yes, they will spin back in to the main Voidhawk crew and time frame, not to worry. First up is Rosh – if there’s a more tortured soul with a story to be told I’ve not yet met them!

Wanted – I catch the most flack here, often from my own family. Yes, there is a sequel in the works and no, it’s not anywhere near finished. The working title for it is “Ice Princess”. And, to let out a hint of a spoiler, Tanya wants revenge against her father but she and Jessie are having a rough time figuring out how to do it. Whether he deserves it or not is irrelevent to the girls. Add in a few special surprises along the way and a new nemesis for them and you’ve got enough twists and confusions to keep the girls, and the writer, guessing!

Dark Earth – Dark Earth is a somewhat innocent novel about a young girl coming into a power great enough to join, and potentially destroy, two worlds. A fun story, and the more I thought about it, the more I realized it opened up so much potential for spin offs. I now had a setting in which a modern Earth was linked to another world and magic and technology were combined. I’ve written one follow up book, which is in editing right now, and I’m working on a second one. Both books (“The Lost Girls,” and “Traitor”) are directly tied to one another, but neither is linked to Dark Earth aside from taking place in the same universe (some 40 years later or so).

Human Nature – What’s this? This is a book that’s been accepted by Excessica for publishing. It’s science fiction and takes place in a near future Earth after it’s been raped by resource hungry aliens. The resources they wanted were humans, not water, minerals, or anything else. They captured over 90% of the Earth’s population and moved on, leaving some of their other slave races behind. Now the mission for the survivors is to not only put humanity back on the map, but to also fight off the other escaped alien slaves that show no interest in teaming up with humanity. Everybody has a story of pain and loss, including the heartbroken main character who now serves as a combat medic for her group of vagabonds. Amidst the carnage and bedlam of a devastated Chicago she has the audacity to fall in love again. It’s a story not about survival, but about hope and the triumph of the human spirit. Human Nature is also written under a pen name of Phineas Magnus. I keep thinking about changing this back to my name for branding purposes, but so far I haven’t had any luck in doing so.

Thanks for reading and I hope you saw something that whets your appetite!

-Jason Halstead

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Who’s the fool?

It’s hard to remember to make posts to this thing. I gave up thinking I had some interesting opinions to share years ago. Everybody has opinions, after all, and everybody is convinced theirs is the best one. Why would they want to hear somebody else’s?

Finally got off my lazy ass and decided to order more copies of my books so I can present them to local book stores for stocking. I need to look into some book signing events also. Rather awkward feeling about that, since I’ve never done one, but who knows.

I’ve been busy lately with work and family and school too, so I’m not writing as much as I should be. That’s a cop out as well, for the record, since there are times and activities I could rearrange to get more in. My current MBA class is nearly over though, thankfully, so I can move on to having a little more time to fill with more productive activities. If you read that as a slight against the class I’m taking…well, good deduction on your part.

The problem, as I randomly select topics in my brain, is that I don’t want to use this as a soapbox from which I bitch, complain, or whine about something that is not sitting right with me. If properly laced with humor it could make for humorous reading, but aside from that nobody wants to read about somebody else’s selfish woes. So that eliminates me complaining about my temperamental ERP server at work and perhaps a host of other items that I dare not even mention the subject of.

Well, with all that talked about, but nothing really said, I’ll push on to close this out. I have an idea for a blog post. A teaser, if you will, of some other things I am writing. Perhaps a foolish notion to post it, but I’m still very much in the foolish stage to presume anything I write has a chance of being published and, even more so, generating interest in the average book buyer.

So then, here’s to fools and their hopes and dreams!

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