Posts Tagged ‘Fiction’


I typically don’t post on this blog anymore so be sure to follow at http://www.jaowenby.com.

However, I have news to share. Echoes Beneath is now available for pre-order on Amazon. This is a special pre-order price of only .99. Just click here to order http://amzn.to/2lrUuJI 

The Ebook will also be available on iTunes and Barnes and Nobles within a few more days. The paperback won’t be available until mid-March but hang tight; we’re almost there!
If you’re interested in the early reviews just hop over to Goodreads and see what readers are saying: http://bit.ly/2kAJDLV

Want more good news? I’ve already written book three which will be going to my editor for the first round of edits March 1st. The anticipated launch date will be at the end of September or early October. I’m writing as fast as I can and loving every minute.

Thank you all for your support! I’m super excited about this release.

One more bit of great news. The Truth She Knew is also .99 and #21 on Amazon right now! If you know of anyone who might enjoy the book, please share this email. Download it on Amazon here  http://amzn.to/2cINkd2

J.A. Owenby

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save moneyI mentioned in my last post that I stomped around like a little kid when I thought about outlining my upcoming novel (click here to read “How I Saved Hundreds of Dollars On Editing“). In fact, I pretty much threw a fit for several weeks until I went back and visited Larry Brook’s website and printed off the beat sheet.

Now, anyone who follows Larry knows he’s a bit of a hard *ss. His delivery can be almost rude and can easily discourage new writers. But, he knows his stuff, and he’s excellent at what he does.

Here’s the link to the beat sheet so you can easily follow along. And, don’t forget, using this tool saved me hundreds of dollars in the developmental editing stage!  http://storyfix.com/blank-beat-sheet-form

After my temper tantrum, I looked over my freshly printed beat sheet and filled out what I already knew in the story. The ending came to me first, so I filled in what was the 3rd plot point, and then I backed up from there. I then wrote down my opening including my hook and wrote a brief sentence of the scene that happened next, then next, and then next until I reached plot point 1, midpoint, etc. Before I realized it, I had my book planned out. There were times I wasn’t sure what happened next, but reviewing the previous scenes helped me stay on track.

Now, what was amazingly easy was changing my one sentence when a scene changed. This happened several times as I wrote and the story developed, but since I had a strong foundation, I stayed on track with my story.

Do you know the most amazing thing that happened by using this tool? It’s not the money I saved, although that was fantastic. I had the first draft with NO MAJOR REWRITES! The development of the story was strong. By planning out the plot points and just a bit of information that connected my scenes together I had a solid rough draft.

Now, don’t forget that developmental editing is not copyediting. Developmental editing covers the plot, characterization, pacing, and story development. Every novel needs this type of editing as well as copyediting.

Stay tuned for the additional low cost and free resources I used to save hundreds of dollars on developmental edits.

Until Next Time…




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I wanted to share J.C. Conway’s post with everyone. If you haven’t grabbed one of his books, this is a fantastic time to do so! Read on!



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“Compelling insight into the cut throat world of academia and a certain savagery that exists in terms of competitive edge and power.”

“kept my attention from start to finish”

“strong willed, intelligent protagonists… You don’t have to know archaeology or even understand when they discuss strata… entertaining and modern… easy read and a great book.”

“I had to hide from family…”

“melds a serious story with a wry sense of humor that keeps it a light and happy romance”

“The hero is a lovable and sexy beta hero and the first kiss scene is the best I’ve ever read. The heroine is bold, self-confident and competent, and I want to be just like her.”

“entertaining and informative novel”

“a wonderful portrayal of sexy archaeologists doing a legitimate archaeological dig.”

“This book didn’t make it to my list… I finished it. [Conway] weaves great sense of humor and light romance into a serious and intriguing story with interesting facts and realistic view of an archaeological dig.”

“I found this story to be fascinating.”

“A very enjoyable and entertaining read.”

HEARTS IN RUIN is available in Print and all e-Book formats from the following and other major outlets:




An anthology of short stories, including:

Early Retirement
Separation Anxiety
The Bender Beamer
Letters to the Luminiferous Aether
Seed of Doubt
November Elf
and more…

Available as a Kindle e-Book for $2.99


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A science fiction short story in the foreseeable, star-faring future about human love, sacrifice and hope. First published by Mindflights.

“Gentle Push by J.C. Conway is such a creative science fiction short. There’s a great deal going on, yet the pace never feels rushed.

“Conway is an excellent writer. His style is engaging, his characters full realized, and his work is beautifully edited.”

Available as a Kindle e-Book for $1.29



A science fiction short story in the star-faring future about industry, loyalty, and the value of minding one’s own business. First published by Perihelion Science Fiction.

“EVEN THROUGH THE FULLERENE-GLASS filter, the stream of Nickel-78 plasma brightened the work station transition chamber. It was a big leak … bigger than any Gina had seen. It reminded her of the early stories, when solar miners earned their hazardous-duty pay.”

Available as a Kindle e-Book for 99¢



A modern-fantasy-based short story about teen angst and uncertainty. First published by Residential Aliens.

     “Well written, understated and poignant.”

Available in e-Book formats from the following and other major outlets:

iTunes Bookstore

Barnes & Noble


A romantic science-fiction short story. Amy is caught in a boson-vault experiment gone wrong. The world as she knows it depends on fixing the problem. But is there only one option? And does she have the right to decide?

First published in The Lorelei Signal. Available in e-Book formats from the following and other major outlets:



A science-fiction short story first published in The Colored Lens.

It’s Murphy’s job to make sure his centuries-long interstellar colony mission arrives in one piece, and he has at his disposal the resources of the entire vessel and its advanced caretaker programs to ensure he meets that goal. With nothing in their path and a vast store of redundant systems, what could go wrong?

Available as a Kindle e-Book for 99¢

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A western short story first published in In Vino Veritas.

A cattle drive, a stray bullet, a sip of bourbon and a prayer. With the closest town doctor a day away, Luke has little more to rely on than the strange brew his trail boss has saved for just such an occasion… 

Available in e-Book formats from the following and other major outlets:



Lawyers in space.

A terraform defect attorney at an off-world deposition with a failing anti-psychotic field.

First published in Perihelion Science Fiction. Available in e-Book formats from the following and other major outlets:

iTunes Bookstore

Barnes & Noble



A modern teen fantasy short story. First published in The Lorelei Signal.

Carolyn is on a fairy hunt. She has the book, she has the time, and she knows where to look. But is fairy magic, and its source, something Carolyn is ready to face? 

Available as a Kindle e-Book for 99¢



A science fiction short story. First published inNewMyths.com.

When the laws of the land meet the laws of quantum physics they forge a new meaning for the state of legal separation–and for Judge Bell, the results are appearing rather skewed.

Available as a Kindle e-Book for 99¢



This post was originally posted at http://jcconway.com/ where you can read additional posts from J.C.

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“Want to keep your brain in shape? Well according to this Discovery News segment, diving into works of fiction rather than data and textbooks might be the best way to stay sharp.

(We bookworms have known this for years, of course. But it’s nice to see mainstream media finally hopping on board.)

Check out just how big an impact reading fiction can have on your cognitive ability in this video at  http://tinyurl.com/oxs7xle 


Until Next Time…

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Wheels on the Bus

Wheels on the Bus

These first three lines are how my brain works when I sit down to write:

My mind is swirling with thoughts as I stare at this blank space, and in a few moments it won’t be so blank..ah snap, I just used passive voice…ugg, it doesn’t sound right.

Hmm, okay. I shared in my last post that I’d just lost my mother, and things have been, well, difficult. Some days better than others, and a million thoughts have gone through my mind concerning a new post. Nope, don’t like that beginning either…next…

I need chocolate to help this thought process…mmm, much better…where was I?

I read a bootie load of posts from blogs, and have shared some of those blogs that are super successful with you. If you missed a few click here. I love sharing information that will help you become a better writer and  achieve your goals. It amazes me how successful some of these blogs are, like crazy money and hits and visitors and….and…And, sometimes they share about who they are, where they came from, but most of the time it’s all business. That’s great! I love it. But, a little confession, I rarely read the entire post. I skim over it, yes, and it’s valuable, but it’s dry. Please don’t tell anyone I just said that. They really are fantastic blogs.

Onward…I’ve read posts about developing your niche, your business website, if you brush your hair to the left more people will hire you (not really), ways to market and advertise etc. I’ve left myself in such a crazy scramble of things I need to do, that I’ve paralyzed myself from moving forward. I’m afraid I can’t succeed because I don’t own a website, and I don’t have my shorts on Amazon (short stories, not basketball shorts) or for sale on my site. (I will, after I grieve and heal from mom passing and the house renovations are complete. I have that novel stirring in me, and it will also come out.) Honestly, I don’t even know my niche. I love writing. I write stories about real life crap that no one wants to talk about like physical abuse and mentally ill parents.

After mom passed, I realized that I need to be still inside myself, write what I feel from my heart and encourage others. So, some of my posts will offer great tips and sites, and sometimes I am going to let you into my world. So, if you’re interested stick around.

Until Next Time…

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imagesWow, I can’t thank everyone enough for visiting and sharing last week concerning my short story and the questions I faced. I gained some fantastic insight, and I appreciate each one of  you.


I just changed the title of this post, because my title stunk. If you don’t think a good title is important, the next time you go through your inbox selecting what blogs to read, I’m guessing that a good title will have you clicking on the “read more”.  Onward we go…

As mentioned in my last post, if you missed it click here, I had just completed a crappy first draft. When I write the first draft, I write from the heart. I don’t worry about anything except what my characters are doing and saying. Now, to back up for a moment, I outline my short stories, so I already have a pretty good idea where I’m going with it. Yes, things change, additions and subtractions happen, but at least I know I’m not trying to steer my boat on dry land. When I’m finished, I put it down for a few days and let things simmer.  I think about it, and sometimes I even dream about the story. So when I go back to the table to read it, I have a better understanding and fresh eyes. After I read through it several times making plot, story and character fixes I then get down to the dirty stuff. Passive voice. AGGG! I cringe at that term. I LOVE writing in passive voice and it’s a pain in the rump to fix, but I do. I have to. I allow myself to run rampant, and then it’s surgery time.

I keep it simple, and start with my favorite passive verb “was”. I type it into the “Find” field in Word, search and highlight every stinking time I used it. After I’ve completed that part, I do the same for a list of passive verbs. It takes me a while to get them fixed, but before I pay an editor, I know I’ve done everything I’m aware of to fix my story. Besides, it would irritate me to spend my hard-earned money on things I already knew to take care of.

So, what steps do you take to with your first drafts and passive verbs?

Until Next Time…

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