Monday, November 12, 2012

Air Keep Art Work

Short of seeing your book made into a movie, one of the coolest things an author can experience is seeing an amazing artist's rendition of images you've only seen in your head. I hope those of you who have been waiting with me will be as excited as I am to see the illustrations and cover for Farworld Book 3: Air Keep.

These were all created by the amazing Brandon Dorman.


This place is as creepy as it looks! 


We now have images of three of the four keeps.


I love seeing pictures of Marcus and Kyja. 


Didn't he do an awesome job with the golems?


I seriously think this is my favorite Farworld cover yet!

Monday, November 5, 2012

Book Cover for Dark Memories

In January 2013, my first adult horror novel, Dark Memories, will be released under the name of  Jeffrey S Savage. I don't have the official book blurb, but basically, it's a story above six kids who were lost in an abandoned gold mine. Eventually, five of the six children were rescued. But one boy was never found, and the mine was dynamited closed.
 
Now, it's thirty years later and someone is killing the survivors of the mine. Cal Hunt, the small town police chief, is trying to solve the murders before everyone is killed. Unfortunately, the victims are all hiding the secret of what really happened in the mine, and all clues seem to point to the murders being committed by the ghost of the missing boy.

This is the book I landed my first agent with. Her exact quote about the book was, "I was up until two in the morning with your book. I finished it at 11:00, but I couldn't fall asleep until 2:00." Bwa ha ha.

It will be available in January in print and e-book. Here's the cover.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Updates, We've Got Updates!


Thanks so much for all of your comments on my mother's passing. I don't think you ever get over losing a loved one. Even now, just writing this, I am starting to tear up. But I really do believe that our friends and family who leave us here, watch us from the other side. I miss my mom like crazy, but I know she is keeping an eye on me and the rest of our family. I really appreciate all your thoughts. You guys are the best!

Whew.Okay, blow my nose and back to work. After several months of crazy head-down writing, I have come up for a quick breath of air, before diving back in. Here are a few updates.
  • Zombie Kid: Everything is full steam ahead for Zombie Kid, my first book in the Case File 13 series from Harper Collins. So far we've received a starred review from Kirkus, several really great reviews over at Goodreads, and been picked as a Junior Library Guild selection. So, yay! If want to pre-order a copy and haven't yet, here are some places where you can order it online.
  • Speaking of Zombie Kid, here's an author interview I did for Harper.
  • Air Keep: Book 3 in the Farworld series is edited and turned in. I hope to have a cover to show you in the next few days, and it's going to be even more awesome than the first two. A lot of people have asked me what the Air Elementals will look like. This will definitely answer your question. You may also recognize an old friend from book two on the cover.

    We are also preparing to film a trailer for the whole series and I will be visiting schools across the country from February to May. Keep an eye here for dates and locations.

    The release date is Feb 26th, but I am posting a chapter a month here on my blog. Here are the links if you've missed them.

    Interlude 1
    Chapter 1
    Chapter 2
    Chapter 3
    Chapter 4
    Chapter 5
    Chapter 6
    Chapter 7
  • Fire Keep: I am currently writing Fire Keep, the fourth, and second to last book in the Farworld series. I can't give you a firm release date yet, but I am hearing rumors it might be sooner than you would think.
  • Dark Memories: Some of you may be aware that I also write some books for the LDS (Mormon) market, as Jeffrey S Savage. I don't do nearly as many as I used to, but I have one coming out in January that I am especially excited about. It's called Dark Memories, and it's an adult horror novel.

    Don't think Texas Chain Saw/Walking Dead/Blood & Guts. It's not super gory. But it is definitely scary. If it doesn't keep you up at least a little, thinking about things that go clank in the dark, I didn't do my job right. Anyway, more on that as I get the cover, links, etc.
  • Making the Team: This is the second book in the Case File 13 series. It comes out fall of 2013. I have the cover (it's sooooo cool), but I can't show it to you until after Zombie Kid comes out.
  • Signings and such: Still working on dates for signings, school visits, etc. It looks like the first event to kick of the new year will probably be a launch party for Zombie Kid at The Kings English in Salt Lake. We'll have posters, bookmarks, giveaways, and brains on a stick. I'll get you the date as soon as I know it, and I'd love to see you there!
That's it for now. Thanks for being my readers and my friends. 2013 is going to be an amazing year and I'm so glad to have you being a part of it with me!

Air Keep Chapter 7 The Was

This is chapter 7 in the Farworld series, book 3, Air Keep. Previous chapters can be read here:

Interlude 1
Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Cold air bit at Marcus’s exposed skin. His fingers were numb, and his face felt frost-bitten, as if he he’d been in the pit the whole time instead of back in the monastery. He no longer knew what was real and what wasn’t. The only clue that something had changed was the fact that now he held only three coins.
“What do you want?” he shouted at the four old men, all of them once again frozen in their icy tombs. He got no answer. No sign that anyone had heard him at all, even though he had a clear sense he was being watched by the four sets of eyes.
He turned over the next coin in his hand. The letters W-A-S were engraved on the front. Was, he thought, careful not to say the word out loud. He wanted to fling the coins to the ground—tell whoever was playing this game that he refused to take part.
But what if he did that, and the coins disappeared? How would he get out? The walls were far too steep to climb, even if he’d had two good legs and arms.

Air Keep Chapter 6 The Is


This is chapter 6 in the Farworld series, book 3, Air Keep. Previous chapters can be read here:

Interlude 1
Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5


When Marcus was three or four, he’d dreamed of going to the ocean one day. Cold wind blowing in his face, waves crashing on the shore. He’d never made it to the ocean, but he thought he must be there now.
A rhythmic roaring filled his ears like waves pounding against a rocky beach, and a bitterly cold gray fog swirled around him. He shivered so hard the back of his head repeatedly knocked the icy ground.
“K-Kyja?” he groaned, opening his eyes. “Where are you?”
Where are you?
Where? Where?
Are? Are?
You?
His words echoed back from all directions at once. Only they didn’t sound like his voice, more like someone repeating what he’d said. He tried pushing himself to a sitting position, but the smooth stone beneath him was so bitterly cold, it numbed his fingers as soon as he touched it.

Air Keep Chapter 5 Window to the Soul


This is chapter 5 in the Farworld series, book 3, Air Keep. Previous chapters can be read here:

Interlude 1
Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4


Master Therapass released Kyja so quickly, she barely had time to get her feet under her before hitting the ground.
“I . . . I can explain,” she said, straightening and smoothing her robe.
“It was my fault,” Riph Raph blurted. “I told her to do it.”
Master Therapass flicked his right hand, and suddenly Riph Raph was lying on his back in the center of the room, his legs bound with silver string and an apple stuffed in his beak like a pig ready to be cooked. “I have no time for stories,” the wizard said sharply. He glared at Kyja. “And no patience for thieves.”
He held out his hand, and Kyja meekly returned the glowing circle. She opened her mouth  to explain, but realized there was no explanation. Riph Raph had been right; she should have shown the wizard the note as soon as she found it and asked for his help. She wondered if she’d lost his trust for good. Looking at the ground, she reached into her pocket, took out the note, and handed it to him.