Spotlight: ‘Spectrum’

This week I would like to throw the spotlight on a book of mine that actually isn’t available yet. “Spectrum” (which is due out on Nov. 5th. Available for preorder now on Amazon.com. http://www.amazon.com/Spectrum-A-Novel-Jason-Melby/dp/1938191072/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1375209815&sr=8-1&keywords=jason+melby+spectrum

Back when I created the character waaaay back in 1993, I had a dream about my legacy. I noticed that all the comic books that featured Batman had the ‘created by’ credit for Bob Kane and I realized that he would forever be remembered for that. He would be held responsible for the grand dynasty of stories that his characters had inspired. I wanted that. I wanted that kind of recognition and so I set upon creating my own comic book character. I had intended him to be presented in a comic book in the beginning. I had put together a package of sketches and character profiles and sent them to some small press companies. I managed to get one company to get on board with it too, but the contract I had been promised never materialized.

I set Spectrum aside for a couple years until I was living up in McKinleyville and that’s where I wrote my first novel. I handwrote each page in an old notebook in my little cracker box of a room in that small Northern California town. As the years went on, I created more characters and came up with more concepts. Over 300 by last tally and I’m rather excited that I managed to stuff a few of them into the upcoming book.

I’ve always been a comic book geek at heart and Spectrum allows me to delve into that world with wild abandon. I’ve got stories about cosmic adventures and psychotic robots. I’ve even planned out a storyline involving Spectrum’s ‘death’ with, of course, his amazing return. I guess since the very beginning this is what I’ve always wanted. That’s why I’m so jealous of comic book writers. They have the perfect job in my eyes. I’d love to spend my day dreaming up those crazy stories and creating an entire mythology all my own. What I’ve done now is a good start, but there’s more in me and I really hope I’ll get the chance to show the world.

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Spotlight : ‘Demon Hunters: Second Coming’

ImageThis week I throw the spotlight upon ‘Demon Hunters: Second Coming’. ASIN:B00960TL6Y for the digitalĀ or for the paper back: ISBN-1478386126. Available on Amazon.com.

In anticipation of another free offering of the first book, I would like to share some insights on the sequel. I will try not to give too much away because the first book ends with, in my humble opinion, a pretty good cliffhanger and it is resolved instantly in the second book.

First, I wasn’t sure if there was going to be a sequel but once I finished the first book I began to see the potential for deep, compelling stories within the Demon Hunters mythology. Once I began writing the second book, I was seeing how rich the material really was and I began to see further. I’ve always enjoyed writing stories that kept building the characters as it went on and I kept seeing new paths to follow with every character I introduced. I started to see their pasts mingle together and a continuity that felt as real as my own life began to take shape.

I found that as I reached the middle of the book, I had created a world where anything could happen and I was free to take the characters anywhere I wanted. I could bring them to the very brink and return them if I so chose. Demon Hunters has given me the chance to really take some big chances and the second book, I feel, exemplifies that better than the first; And that’s saying something.

At the risk of digressing too far, I’d like to mention that as I make notes for the fourth book of the series, I feel the world of Jake Corba is going to become even bigger and the other characters are going to figure in more prominently. I’m rather excited actually. There are so many more twists and turns ahead, and the seeds of those twists were being planted in the second book as well as the third, but I’m sure I’ll be talking about that one later.

That’s it for this week’s spotlight. I do however want to take a moment to tell you all that someone pointed something out to me over the weekend. I talk about my books, but embarrassingly enough, I’ve failed to tell people where they can be found. I left the ASIN and ISBN numbers for this book at the beginning of this post. As for previous books I’ve mentioned:

Demon Hunters ISBN: 1461130433

Jason Of The Valley: ISBN 147822830X or ASIN B001JEO44E for the digital version also available on Amazon.com. In fact, go to Amazon.com and put Jason K. Melby in the search engine and all of my books will come up for you.

I’d also invite anyone who buys my books to share your thoughts either here or on Amazon.com. LIke I’ve said in a previous post, I would prefer positive feedback (but who wouldn’t?) but if you must be critical, I only ask you to be constructive. We’re all friends here, after all.

Spotlight “Demon Hunters”

I had the bright idea of choosing one of my books every week and to spotlight it and share a bit more about it. I might as well take the chance to spout off about it while I can.

This week I have chosen ‘Demon Hunters’ for my first spotlight. I chose it because I have employed someĀ  promoters to push the book for the next 7 days, so I might as well do my part as well.

“Demon Hunters” is the first in a series. Currently there are two other books. A direct sequel and a kind of prequel book, but I am making notes for #4 and may start that in a month or so. “Demon Hunters” turned out to be, by my estimation, one of my most commercial friendly properties. Considering how popular supernatural fiction is these days. This series is kind of like True Blood married to Supernatural with a tongue and cheek humor infused within it. It’s also unique because to be honest, I hate zombies and vampires and all of that mess. At least the way they are today. They have been done over and over until they have become so washed out and boring, I can’t stand it. ‘DH’ is my chance to throw my spin on them all and inject some freshness and fun into them. I honor the mythology that has been set forth, but I don’t worship it. I mix in my own flavor and add to what has been established.

I love writing DH because it gives me the chance to let loose and take some HUGE chances with the story and characters, and I have taken some huge chances. The first book is split into four parts and essentially is four separate tales, but I was inspired by one of my favorite comic book writers, Mr. Grant Morrison, and each story weaves into the others and builds to a huge climax in the fourth and concluding story. It also has, what I believe, a brilliant twist at the end that brings the reader into the second book instantly.

I’m very excited about the fourth book because based on what I have already come up with, it could end up being bigger than the first and it will deepen the relationships of the characters even further. I have lots of new concepts and there are lots of seeds I’ve planted in the third book which I hope will bear fruit in the fourth.

If you haven’t already, check out Demon Hunters, as well as the other books in the series.

Thanks.