You've probably heard about KickStarter, the website where folks who want to launch a new project (from creating new software games to new books) can seek funding from ordinary folks vs. "angels" and VC firms.
Well, what you may not know is that one of my projects is now live @ KickStarter — a children's book series about a young vegetable detective named Jacques Couteau, written under pen name Holland Dayze with my partner Sylvana Joseph. We're experimenting with KickStarter to see if we can raise money (without going through a traditional publisher) to help illustrate the first of the series called A is for Asparagus. It's already available on Amazon, but it doesn't currently feature illustrations, which we would love to have.
For more on this project, click on the video below. And, please, give generously! If you do, you could receive a bunch of great stuff like: autographed copies of books; original illustrations from forthcoming titles; we might name a character after you or someone you love; or, if you dig really deep, we'll even dedicate the book to you or your child! (And yeah, it sure does sound like Christopher Walken, doesn't it?)
For a longer and darker version of this video, click here.
Also, for those of you who didn't notice, I've launched a new section on this website/blog called, On My Desk, which features posts and links about my current projects: The Plague, sequel to The Wave — A John Decker Thriller; and an ultra-secret new cookbook I'm co-writing with . . . but that would be telling.
This way you can get an unprecedented, inside look into my writing process, and see what I'm reading/looking at online and elsewhere as I work on these titles.
This follows the paradigm I've noticed at sites such as Cornucopia-Press.com, where the editors there are constantly adding new stories about the self-publishing phenomenom in the "What's New!" BLOG.
So, check it out. See what I'm looking at, perusing, reading, studying et al . . . before it ends up, premasticated, in one of my novels.
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KISS ME, I'M DEAD.
BEFORE THERE WAS 9/11 . . . THERE WAS 6/15
On June 15, 1904, the General Slocum steamship burned and sank in the East River, killing over a thousand innocent New Yorkers. It was the greatest disaster and loss of life in New York City history . . . until 9/11. In KISS ME, I'M DEAD, this forgotten piece of history serves as the backdrop of an extraordinary story of loss, redemption, justice, and a love that not even death could extinguish.
Mallory Meer is like any teenage girl. She likes to have fun. She thinks her sister is ridiculous. Her parents drive her crazy. She has a crush on Dustin and follows him everywhere.
Mallory even has a summer job — figuring out the truth about the fire on the General Slocum steamship, the disaster that killed her sister. Mallory is determined to find out the truth, and to bring the guilty parties to justice.
Sometimes Mallory gets angry, very angry, and strange things happen when Mallory gets angry. Yes, Mallory is like any other teenage girl . . . except Mallory is dead.
Twilight meets Titanic
Ranked one of the Top Ten Children's Books of the year by the Washington Post, Kiss me, I'm Dead was named a Notable Book for Teens by the Association of Jewish Libraries Sydney Taylor Book Award Committee, a Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) Teen's Top Ten, and nominated for a Cybils literary award, a Best Books for Young Adults (BBYA) by the American Library Association (ALA), and recently added to Horn Book’s list of Recommended American Historical Fiction.
The Washington Post said, "(J.G. Sandom) writes with a precision and delicacy unusual for YA fiction," and called the book, "A subtle gem." School Library Journal said, "Kiss Me, I’m Dead tells a remarkable story in a remarkable way." Horn Book Magazine called the work, "A decidedly unconventional ghost story . . . (and) a tightly wound novel." Kirkus Reviews termed it, "A remarkable account." Romantic Times said, "Kiss Me, I’m Dead is a book you shouldn't pass up." Midwest Book Review termed it, "a wonderfully different kind of ghost story." And Bookslut.com said, "Kiss Me, I’m Dead scores on several levels, most notably as a drama that blows apart all preconceived notions of how history can be retold."
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CONFESSIONS OF A TEENAGE BODY SNATCHER.
Here's the thing about body snatching. You just can't think about what you're doing. You can't feel sorry for the person, or think they look like your mother, your brother or your sister. You can't feel bad. In fact, you can't feel anything. That's the key. Because the minute you start feeling something, it's over. You're dead — pennies on the eyes, dirt on the face dead. It's no way to live, but for some, it's the only way.
Until they come for you . . .
Previously named a Junior Library Guild selection, Publishers Weekly called Confessions of a Teenage Body Snatcher, “A haunting tour of London's underclass during the 1830s . . . Teens will likely be both captivated by Victor's harrowing story as well as his ability to prevail in the face of harsh injustices." VOYA said, "Teen readers will thoroughly enjoy the hair-raising suspense in this historical thriller." Kirkus Reviews called Confessions of a Teenage Body Snatcher perfect for, “audiences that relish historical fiction."KLIATT said, "Like M.T. Anderson's The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, this look at sinister events in history makes the era come alive and lingers in the memory." And School Library Journal said, “Part historical fiction and part adventure story, the novel brings excitement to Victorian England . . . Readers will be on the edge of their seats.”
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Check out this short story, After the Great Muskie Hunt, dedicated to my father, Zane, who always found time to take me fishing, and whose memory it honors. Please take a moment to download and read it and — if you like it — tell your friends. It's only around 4,000 words, or 15 manuscript pages. We live the lives of locusts, gone in a summer's day. Zane, I miss you!
"After the Great Muskie Hunt"
When his father loses his job, a young painter from New York offers to take him fishing for muskie — a barracuda-like freshwater fish — at Big Eagle Lake, in Ontario, Canada.
"Haunting and beautiful."
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Meantime, THE WAVE, my indie title from Cornucopia Press, continues to outsell all of my Big Six books. Go figure!
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Kirkus said, "Sandom’s strength lies in the verve of his story, with writing that has both muscle . . . (and) brains . . . Races from improbable to crazywild, all in good fun, with Sandom always one step ahead . . . A story with enough manic energy to be worthy of a nuclear explosion."
When Cryptanalyst John Decker of the FBI is assigned to the Joint Terrorist Task Force in New York, he has no idea he is about to be thrust into a deadly plot of eco-terrorism masterminded by El Aqrab, a diabolical killer recently arrested in Tel Aviv whose calling card is to wrap his victims up with incendiary devices designed to produce flames in the shape of Koranic verses. Some call it aesthetic destruction.
Following the theft of 8 kilos of Highly Enriched Uranium, an ultimatum is issued to the West: Release El Aqrab or a nuclear bomb will be detonated. But, at the last moment, El Aqrab escapes . . . and the authorities never get the bomb.
While Homeland Security is convinced it's headed for New York, only Agent Decker — assisted by brilliant and beautiful oceanographer Emily Swenson — believes the bomb’s true destination is La Palma, in the remote Canary Island chain.
Now, Decker and Swenson have less than six hours to prove their theory, defuse the bomb, and prevent a mega-tsunami from annihilating the Eastern Seaboard.
For an excerpt from The Wave, click here.
To purchase your copy of The Wave, click here.
I'd like to take this moment to thank all my fans for your fabulous support of The Wave these last few months. As you know, I've been setting aside 10% of all profits from the sale of this book to Japanese tsunami relief efforts. Your generosity has helped thousands of victims, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart.
While The Wave may be a work of fiction, I know from my extensie research how devastating tsunamis and — as seen in my book — mega-tsunamis can be. The recent events of March and December in Japan remind us just how fragile and fickle our environment is, and how we must do whatever we can to protect it.
Meanwhile, The God Machine, from Random House (Bantam) continues to reach new theo-thriller fanatics. . . especially as an eBook.
Caroline Thompson (author of Edward Scissorhands) said, "Move over, Dan Brown . . . All hail J.G. Sandom . . . (The God Machine) is a thrilling and breathless, rapturously-written and mind-blowing read. It’ll keep you up all night, turning pages as fast as your little fingers can manage." BookPage said, "Sandom has a knack for combining legendary gospels, ancient secrets, star-crossed lovers and Masonic puzzles to create a simmering stew of conspiracy, intrigue and danger that keeps the plot pot boiling until the very end." And the Historical Novels Review said, "History galore, violence, and intrigue fill the pages of this tightly plotted, twisting and turning adventure story . . . Those who love numbers, physics, and a truly unpredictable, suspenseful mystery will relish the facts and ponderings replete in this well-written, mysterious spin-off of The Da Vinci Code. The God Machine is a very impressive historical thriller!"
The Church insisted it didn't exist.
They said it was just a Masonic legend.
A two thousand year old secret.
The coded journal of Benjamin Franklin. A hidden map. A legendary gospel. These are the first pieces to an ancient puzzle so powerful it could destroy the very foundation of Christianity.Once before, Joseph Koster unearthed one of the Church's most deeply buried secrets . . . and it almost cost him his life. But some treasures are too hard to resist. And as Koster puts the pieces of Franklin's puzzle together, he discovers something even more startling . . . and infinitely more deadly.Now, along with beautiful Indian high-tech mogul Savita Sajan, Koster must race to decode Franklin's journal before it falls into the hands of those who would do anything, kill anyone to suppress it. But in a world of secret societies, ancient conspiracies and Masonic puzzles, locating the prize is one thing . . . staying alive, another.For as Koster and Sajan are about the learn, the same key that unlocks the doorway to Heaven . . . could open the portals of Hell.
For an excerpt from The God Machine, click here.
To purchase your copy of The God Machine, click here.
The novel will also soon appear in a variety of foreign languages (and markets), from Spanish (for distribution in Spain and all of Latin America) to Turkish. So — Gracias, and Çok Sagolun!