Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Read the new novel "conversations with myself".

Available at Amazon.com.  Click image to purchase.


Saturday, October 10, 2015

Just in time for Halloween!

Starting tonight at midnight and continuing through Thursday the 15th, Download my latest novel "Dark Waters" for free on Amazon!

Treat yourself to a devilish nightmare and click the link below.



Thursday, October 8, 2015

Working on New Material

It's been some time.  However, I wanted to assure everyone that I am hard at work on new material, which I am very excited to share with all of you.  In the coming months I am going to have some announcements to make.


Thanks for all the support,
-gj

Friday, December 5, 2014

Get a copy of Dark Waters for you or someone special to you this Christmas

My new novel Dark Waters is available now from Amazon. A purchase of the print version comes with a free digital copy for Kindle readers and apps via the Amazon MatchBook program.


Be sure to leave a review on Amazon to let me know what you think of it.


You can sample an excerpt from the novel and find product links at gjowensbooks.com.


Thanks,
-gj

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Order the Paperback of Dark Waters Now

You can now order the paperback version of my new novel Dark Waters from CreateSpace, Amazon, or your favorite local book store. Purchasing the print version from Amazon also gives you a free digital copy for Kindle readers and apps via the Amazon MatchBook program.  You can also pre-order the Kindle version for download Tuesday.

Be sure to leave a review on Amazon to let me know what you think of it.

In the meantime, you can sample an excerpt from the novel here.

Thanks,
-gj


Sunday, October 19, 2014

Dark Waters Release Date & Kindle Pre-Order

The release is finally set for my new novel Dark Waters.  You can pre-order the Kindle version right now for delivery on 11/25, just in time to give yourself a thrilling read for the US Thanksgiving holiday.  The print version will be available on the 25th as well, and remember that a purchase of the print version comes with a free copy for Kindle readers and apps via the Amazon MatchBook program.

You can see the cover art below.  Click on it to go to the Amazon Kindle product page.

getbook.at/DarkWaters


Three years ago cancer took the wife of Pat Collins.  Feeling neglected and forgotten by her father leading up to and in the months after the death of her mother, his teenage daughter ran away from home.  He has not spoken to her since, left only a text message to announce her leaving.  Afterward, Pat’s life spiraled down into a dark hole from which he had barely been able to pull himself.

Now returned to his life as a police detective, and with few memories of the time following the destruction of his family remaining, Pat is afraid he might be going insane.  Dreams that haunt him at night are beginning to take hold during his waking hours, and he is starting to see things . . . things that have no logical explanations.  He discovers that, with a touch, he is somehow able to see the memories of others.  As he struggles with his newfound existence, he finds true madness stalks him in the form of a sadistic killer for whom Pat has become a fixation.

Sparked by a memory not his own, Pat begins a quest to stop the devil haunting the streets of his adopted home, but he must deal with his own personal demons in order to do it.  Only by resolving his past can he find a future free from the hell his life has become.



Thanks,
gj

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Dark Waters Preview

What if you could live another person's memories?

It has been three years since Pat Collins watched cancer cause a painful death for his wife.  If this loss was not enough, his teenage daughter, feeling neglected and forgotten by her father leading up to and in the months following, was driven away from home.  He has not spoken to her since, left only a text message to announce her leaving.

Now Pat is afraid he might be going insane.  Dreams that haunt him at night are beginning to take hold during his waking hours, and he is starting to see things...things that have no logical explanations.  But it is true madness that stalks him in the form of a sadistic killer who believes Pat is the secret to fulfilling his dark destiny.


It has been a while, but I have been hard at work on my forthcoming novel Dark Waters.  I am putting the final touches on it, as well as working on the cover design and art.

The writing of this latest novel was unusual for me in the sense that it became something almost entirely different than what it began as in my head, and I wanted to share this short preview with my readers.



Thank you for your time,
-gj

Click the image below to go to the preview.

http://www.gjowensbooks.com/p/dark-waters-excerpt.html

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Guest Post via Carrie Ann Golden

Carrie Ann Golden has been featuring people in the literary world and their takes on the ages-old debate: Plot vs. Characters.

So far, she has featured the thoughts of Rochelle Melander and John Avery.  This week, she has added my musings on the topic for you to ponder.

You can find my thoughts, as well as the other talented people at Carrie's blog.




Monday, November 18, 2013

The Necessity of Doubt.


     Doubt.  For an author, or any creative person, doubt can be a crippling paralytic.  It can make one second guess, worry to the point of the demise of creativity, eat away at them like worms burrowing through the nebulous part of the brain responsible for inspiration.  Nevertheless, it must exist.
      An absence of doubt simply means you aren’t looking hard enough.  No one has ever sat down and pounded out the perfect novel...okay, you’ve never sat down and pounded out the perfect novel.  Trust me.  Yeah, you.
      Taking the leap into self-publishing was not an easy decision for me, and it has come after reading many works by those who have gone before me.  Some of them have been great, while others should never have been published, at least not in their current states.  Mistakes happen, typos happen even in the most polished big-publisher books, but I’m talking about something deeper.  That thing that makes a reader ask, “Why am I reading this?”
     Far too often, I come across ill-conceived, unimaginative, and downright lazy writing.  Hey, anyone can write a book.  It’s actually not that difficult as long as you have dedication, but remember, just because you can do something doesn’t mean you should.
      I had an interesting conversation with a self-published author recently, which made me want to give my thoughts on the subject.  This writer told me how much he loved being able to write and publish his own work because it allowed him not to worry too much over it.  He was of the opinion that having created a social network that assured he would sell a certain number of copies of anything he wrote was all that mattered.  I was astounded by his viewpoint. 
      Selling books is great.  Doing so on your own terms is also great.  But should there not be some love for what you do and respect for the audience reading it?  This, in my mind, comes down to doubt.  He has none, yet needs a good deal of it.
      I like to think of doubt as the metaphorical devil on the shoulder.  It allows a writer to put himself in place of his audience and see what works and what does not.  Sometimes it whispers and sometimes it screams, but it invariably is there to remind you that something could be better.
      After all, we use doubt every day in ways we don’t think about, and it makes life better, so why not writing?  Whether it’s choosing which version of a product to buy or the weighing of another’s reaction to what we say in a conversation, doubt informs our lives.  There is no reason not to have it be a part of the writing process.  An appropriate level of doubt is necessary in order to create the best work one can, and I think the audience is owed it.
    Here’s a suggestion for creating healthy doubt.  When you’ve completed an entire “thought” in your writing, ask yourself these five questions.  You'll find the answers will inform each other.

Why did this happen?
Did it forward the story?
Is it interesting as well as informative?
Does it fit well in the greater narrative?
How can it be better?

     That last one is the key because it can always be better.  That is not to say you will always be able to do it, but asking the question allows for the possibility.  And that is doubt, doubt of whether what you’ve written is good enough.
    What is the correct amount of said doubt?  I don’t know.  Some writers will work best questioning every word they write; some will be most comfortable only worrying about the “grand scheme”.  Like most things in life, people must find what level works for him or her and spurs them to be better, without compromising their ability to create.
     I, for instance, am the worry-over-every-word type, but only after completing the worry-about-almost-nothing phase of writing my first draft.  Getting it all out and then fixing my issues is what I find works best for me; I get bogged down in the minutiae too easily.
    For someone else, they may not be able to place their full concentration and best effort into the continuing work because they can’t move past the issues that exist earlier in the text.  The only absolute I can state is that some level of self-doubt is critical.  If you find yourself too easily pleased by your writing, there are probably many things that are not all that pleasing.
     So, invite doubt in, have a good conversation and enjoy your time with it.  Just remember that it doesn’t live with you and has to leave at the end of the night and you’ll be fine.


Thanks,
-gj

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

"The White Door" & "A Festival of Dolls" Now Available as Part of Amazon's MatchBook Service


True to my word, and in conjunction with the thoughts of my previous post about Amazon's MatchBook service, my debut Suspense/Horror novel The White Door, as well as my short A Festival of Dolls, are now available as part of Amazon MatchBook.  When you purchase the print edition of either one, you will receive the Kindle edition free.  Also, anyone having previously ordered a print copy through Amazon will be able to take part in this service.  The Amazon links for the print versions of my books can be found in my eStore, in the sidebar, or by clicking on the book title in this post.  The White Door is currently just $13.22 and A Festival of Dolls is $4.03 at the moment.



I would also like to add a thought to my original words about the MatchBook service in general, or at least its publishing partners.  The publisher's will need to step up to the plate instead of using the service for another way to soak customers of their money.  When I looked through my personal list of MatchBook titles, I noticed that almost 100% of them were being offered at the highest price of $2.99.  This will not cut it.  You should take the time to let these publisher's know that while you appreciate their participation in the program, they must make the service a value to you as a consumer.  Hopefully, these initial offers are simply the publishers' way of "testing the waters" and price adjustments will be forthcoming.  If not, I fear the service will do little to benefit the customer.



Thank you,
-gj