UNDER Ebook Sweepstakes Update

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Feeling incredibly blessed that 443 entrants entered the UNDER eBook sweepstakes!

UNDER is a combination of science fiction and mystery written at a fourth-grade reading level. In it, thirteen-year-old Boyd Under and his older sister Maggie enter their grandfather’s secret underwater city, Sans Terra. Life here is full of surprises and fun (remember underwater city!). You won’t want to miss out on this adventure so enter today. If you know someone else who’d enjoy a literary trip under the ocean, share this link with them.

See this #AmazonGiveaway for a chance to win: Under (Kindle Edition). https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/a78dc30472332ec3 NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Ends the earlier of Jul 23, 2018 11:59 PM PDT, or when all prizes are claimed. See Official Rules http://amzn.to/GArules.

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UNDER Sweepstakes Begins Today!

Sans Terra Map Final

Follow thirteen-year-old Boyd Under and his older sister Maggie as they enter their grandfather’s secret underwater city. Located at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean, Sans Terra is a technological marvel. Within its many domes, citizens enjoy a surprisingly normal city life of parks, shops, restaurants, schools, and apartments. However, life goes from typical to tense when several people inexplicably fall ill. It is up to Boyd, Maggie, and friends to uncover the source of the illness. Will solving this mystery unite friends or turn friends into enemies? Dive in to find out.

See this #AmazonGiveaway for a chance to win: Under (Kindle Edition). https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/a78dc30472332ec3 NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Ends the earlier of Jul 23, 2018 11:59 PM PDT, or when all prizes are claimed. See Official Rules http://amzn.to/GArules.

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Researching

I find joy in researching. Usually, I research an item I’m daydreaming about purchasing like a motorcycle, bike, canoe, bass guitar, or a boat. Or I research players to trade for or pick up on the waiver wire during fantasy football season.

I absorb every fact or opinion I can get my hands on within nonfiction books, blogs, videos, websites, and reviews.

My most favorite story I researched is UNDER. Hands down. I spent weeks combing through nonfiction books about ocean life at different depths around the world, reading Popular Science to learn about amazing new developments in technology, and searching the internet for information on materials that could keep water out of Sans Terra.

My wife bought me the book pictured above so I could finalize the numerous details about the sea life around Sans Terra. I used my combined research as a foundation to build a believable futuristic city 3,960 miles beneath the surface of the Pacific Ocean.

Do you enjoy researching? If so, what? Please share your answer in the comments below.

Anyone Else Feel This Way?

No matter how many times I send them to Dustin, Dawn, Taylor, or Robin. No matter if it’s a first or final draft. I always think my latest draft is perfect. This draft is a best seller. I justify my overactive pride with the fact I’ve been writing for a hobby since 2006. My skills have improved immensely. I’ve finally figured out this writing thing. Then a friend returns the draft with more red text than black.

I crash back to earth a few days later. I read their comments first. Try to take in everything without getting upset. Some feedback is in areas I knew needed to be fixed. Most are changes I never noticed. Ones that totally enhance the story. Or edits which keep me from writing like one of my third graders.

What I’m trying to say is thank you to my friends who edit my drafts. Without you, VERVE STONES, NINTH NIGHT, UNDER, and BACK OF BEYOND would never exist!

UNDER Review

on August 5, 2017
Format: Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The gradual development of character and plot left me unable to put the book down. The way that James wove in themes around the complexity of forgiveness kept me thinking about Under beyond finishing the book. As an educator, I could see James’s consideration of young readers. Their is so much for young readers to explore within and beyond the pages in this book.
Thank you for the review!

Sparked

My love for the undersea world began at my grandfather’s house. Grandpa Jo is an avid reader. My favorite book in his den was an undersea book fill with pictures of dolphins, sharks, and other sea creatures. I’d flip through its pages when we’d visit my grandparents. That book sparked my interest in all things under the sea.

Thanks,

Grandpa Jo!