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Sins of the Patriots is now available!

I’m proud to say that my first novel-length work (just over 400 pages) is now available on Amazon.com!

Sins of the Patriots is a historical fantasy set during the American Civil War. Seeing as how I’m a huge fan of both history and high-fantasy, this was an extremely fun book to write!

This is not just the Union against the Confederacy with magic thrown in. In this world, you’ll find that the British Empire has (again) taken a strong interest in the New World, Marie Laveau is building a Voudon army in New Orleans and the main characters end up facing a Native American doomsday prophecy that threatens to end the world at large. And throughout all of this, we have a number of ambitious individuals who are bent on “rousing the Dragon” that dwells beneath the United States.

There are battles, of course, but the story is centered largely around the political maneuverings of the various entities within the States, including the secret societies and foreign agencies that are out to stake a claim on history.

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It’s every bit as awesome as you’re imagining it is.

I put quite a bit of research into this book with hopes to make the traveling, locations and historical characters as accurate as possible within the fiction. Take notice, however, that I’m not Harry Turtledove (nor do I aspire to be.) The focus of this story is on the fantasy, not the history, and reasonable creative license was taken when I felt it would make for more entertaining reading.

Sins of the Patriots is the first book in a planned trilogy. These three books will cover everything that happens through the end of the war and beyond. Once you read this first installment, you’ll learn that magic is going to become increasingly more important to the fate of the characters as the story progresses!

Be sure to check it out. (You can read it free with Kindle Unlimited!) Click here to see the Amazon listing and get your copy today!

Slainte! – J. Paul

3 Reasons writers use adverbs (and why they should stop.)

“I believe the road to hell is paved with adverbs, and I will shout it from the rooftops. To put it another way, they’re like dandelions. If you have one on your lawn, it looks pretty and unique. If you fail to root it out, however, you find five the next day… fifty the day after that… and then, my brothers and sisters, your lawn is totally, completely, and profligately covered with dandelions. By then you see them for the weeds they really are, but by then it’s—GASP!!—too late.” – Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

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He created goats, sin and words that end in “-ly.”

Adverbs. If  you discuss the art of writing, these little modifying words are sure to come up. Most writers, especially those who study (or have been educated in) the practical application of the art form, will tell you that adverbs are bad. At best, they will tell you to avoid using them frequently…but many will stand on the belief that they should be discarded all together. But why? Ahem…

Adverbs. If you frequently discuss the art of writing, these little modifying words are sure to eventually come up. Most writers, especially those who diligently study (or have been thoroughly educated in) the practical application of the art form, will fervently tell you that adverbs are bad. At best, they will tell you reservedly to avoid using them frequently…but many will firmly stand on the belief that they should be unquestioningly discarded all together.

Both of the above passages carried the same message, but the second version was cumbersome and wordy. Because of adverbs. Yes, it’s an extreme example of adverb use, but I wrote it to make a point.

99% of the time, adverbs are unnecessary and redundant.

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