The Road So Far

All Covers 2017

Five years.

The Last Key came out  five years after my first book and short story in print.

The full score is 6 Novels, 1 Novella, 3 Anthologies I edited, 1 RPG manual with 2 short stories in it), short stories in 18 Anthologies edited by other people (including 3 reprints), and comics in 2 episodes of 1 magazine.

I have 2 Novels ready to go whenever I decide to buckle down and send them in, and 4 short stories going into Anthologies coming out in the future (including 1 reprint). I’m currently working on a new novel, which I paused to experiment with a serial story.

I hope this doesn’t come off as bragging. I’m just taking stock of where I’ve been, as a way of deciding where I want to go next. It’s been a rough year, and I think I need a little direction and motivation before I start to build up momentum again. Seeing this block of covers really makes me happy.

A writer’s only real success is the readers, of course. I’m immensely grateful to my readers, fans, friends, and family. So much that I want to give you a thank-you gift. So how about a bunch of free collections by some famous authors to fill up your kindle?

Just follow the links!

Franz Kafka

H. P. Lovecraft

O. Henry

Saki

Rudyard Kipling

James Joyce

Oscar Wilde

Herman Melville

Lewis Carroll

Plato

Joseph Conrad

Okay, technically I didn’t make those gifts. But there are plenty of free ones on my Short Stories Page. Plus, I’ll leave you with some eye candy from the first test version of The Last Key by cover artist Eugene Teplitsky.

Here’s to the next five years!

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Call for Submissions: Press Forward, Saints

CotS CoverD. J. Butler is the leading, if not only, author in “Mormon Steampunk.” His four book series, City of the Saints, is now an omnibus that reaches a very wide and eclectic audience. Since its publication, a large number of readers have asked for more and a good group of authors have expressed interest in writing something similar. In 2018 he decided to collect short stories in the same genre and put together an anthology. I’m thrilled to be working with him as co-editor on this project.

PRESS FORWARD, SAINTS Call for Submissions

Immortal Works (editors James Wymore and D.J. Butler) hereby call for submissions for an anthology of MORMON STEAMPUNK to be called PRESS FORWARD, SAINTS.

Here is the deal:

1. The writer’s religious affiliation is completely irrelevant. We don’t care; we don’t even want to know.

2. The story does not have to be set in any particular world. The story must be in some sense “Mormon” and in some sense “Steampunk.” We’ll try to interpret those categories both broadly.

3. If your story is faith-promoting (Mormonism is “true” in the story), we’ll stop reading it. If it is mean-spirited (Mormons are all idiots), we’ll also stop reading it.

4. Stories should be at least 2,000 words long and generally no more than 8,000 words.

5. The deadline for submissions is April 1, 2018.

6. Authors will not receive up-front payments. Authors will share in the revenues from sales of the book over time and will receive one (1) complimentary author copy.

7. Send submissions to david.john.butler (at) hotmail.com. Include the words “PRESS FORWARD SAINTS SUBMISSION” in the subject line.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask me at jameswymore (at) gmail.com as well. If you aren’t sure what Steampunk is, check some of these references…

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Now Available: Valcoria Awakenings

Valcoria Awakenings

Now Avaliable: VALCORIA AWAKENINGS!

The battle for Amigus is over, and orphan-turned-hero, Yuiv, is settling into his life as junior lord of the house of Trauel. The loving family and peaceful life he’s so long yearned for seems to be within his grasp; that is until Yuiv starts having vivid nightmares. His glowing Kalyra eyes mark these dreams as supernatural, proof that he has the gift of Farsight—a power held only by the Al’Kalyra or Arch Sage.

As frightening as the idea of being Valcoria’s prophesied savior is, the terror of what Yuiv witnesses in his sleep is much worse. Pain, grief, blood and death descend upon him as he sees through the eyes of men, women, and even children who have been touched by the light of YaJiann.

The Children of the Crystal Star are awakening, rising above turmoil and strife to embrace their destinies as defenders of Valcoria. But all light casts a shadow, and with the heroes come the horrors born of blood and shadow. A dark threat looms; monsters that are far closer than anyone realizes—anyone except for Yuiv. And the revelation is nearly too hard for him to bear as it can mean only one thing.

The battle with the darkness is not over. It has only just begun.

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This anthology is part of the Valcoria series. So you may want to start with Book 1: Children of the Crystal Star— but it’s not necessary. However, as a promotion, it’s only 99 cents. So why not grab it as well?Crown of Darkness

Jason King is my favorite high fantasy author. I discovered his work with the Age of the Infinite trilogy, which is probably my favorite fantasy story to date.  Valcoria is a much more dynamic setting with trains and guns… which makes it feel fresh in an overwritten genre. In fact, it has one of my all time favorite short stories to launch the series. You should definitely read the Prelude: Crown of Darkness. Also only 99 cents!

Whether or not you get into the entire series, my short story in this collection, Ice Witch, has some personal significance. I wrote it not long after my Grandmother passed away. She was very proud of her Icelandic heritage, some of which rubbed off on me. So for this story I named the main character after her, but I gave a lot of her traits to the mentor. I must have done something right because that story was put first in the anthology (and Jason has suggested he wants to incorporate the character from this story into the series later on).

If you love a good fantasy, get Valcoria Awakenings now!

Divergent FatesFor those of you who aren’t into fantasy, how about some Cyberpunk? Divergent Fates, the anthology set in the dystopia dreamed up by Matthew Cox, is on sale for just 99 cents this week.

Cox is my favorite Cyberpunk author, weaving three huge series together in this mind expanding world. (All on sale for 99 cents this week!) I set this story, Special Project, in Korea. I spent two years there on a mission for my church and I had a lot of fun revisiting that culture as I imagined their place in this broken future.

So both of these anthologies are me bridging significant people and events from my life and using them to write in other authors’ sand boxes. Also, many of the authors featured in these collections are good friends and associates. Cox even wrote one of the stories in Valcoria Awakenings. If you love a good short story, or need to get back to some fresh short story reading, pick up one or both of these awesome anthologies. (And between all these links, you should have PLENTY of cheap books to get you through the long, cold winter!)

Holiday Sale!

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Just in time for the holidays, Curiosity Quills Press is having a HUGE SALE. Almost all their titles are 99 cents, which means all my books (except Actuator 4: The Last Key) and the anthologies are on sale this week. You can find links to all my books on my Amazon Page. And if you have all mine, you can find links to hundreds more at Curiosityquills.com.

The sale lasts until Christmas Eve (December 24), so you should consider these titles not only for yourself, but for everybody on your list. Books make great gifts and it’s easy now to gift books through Amazon to the readers in your life.

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and thanks for a great year!

 

Ultimate Actuator Promotion

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The fiery finale of the world-breaking series arrived today! In order to celebrate, Curiosity Quills Press is having the biggest giveaway and sale EVER. You can get Book 1, the Anthology, and the RPG Manual for FREE. Also, Books 2 & 3 are just 99 cents each. You can literally get the entire series for under $8! Here are all the links–

FREE! The Actuator: Fractured Earth

FREE! The Actuator: Borderlands Anthology

FREE! The Actuator Role-playing Game

99 cents! The Actuator 2: Return of the Saboteur

99 cents! The Actuator 3: Chaos Chronicles

NEW! The Actuator 4: The Last Key

If the cover art and the price aren’t enough to convince you already, you can read all the summaries and get more information on my Actuator page. Or just watch the series trailer on YouTube.

Thank you all for your support. I hope you love the climax of this long journey!

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The Actuator Series Trailer

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Now on YouTube, on the James Wymore Channel, see the new and amazing–

ACTUATOR SERIES TRAILER!

36 seconds long, featuring the voice of yours truly. Just in time for tomorrow’s BIG SALE! Get your wallet ready. This whole series will be less than $10.

Actuator Fan Fiction

Only 4 days to the release of the final book in the Actuator Series: The Last Key!actuator-3-e-book-cover

To celebrate, I’m posting a short story written by an anonymous author (by permission) here on my website so you can read it for FREE! It’s set the same time as the Chaos Chronicles, and I absolutely love it. Honestly, if I’d gotten it sooner, I’d have put it in the anthology.

So, while you’re waiting for the fiery finale, please enjoy this fantastic Cyberpunk-Romance cross over:

HEARTS AND HORSEMEN