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December 11, 2012

Book 1 of the Armageddia Series, YIELD, was just named one of the top 100 books of 2012 by Conversations Live radio! Check out the full list at: http://authorstaketen.blogspot.com.ar...

There's still time to order your copy before Christmas! See why YIELD is one of the year's best... http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/1589826...

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Published on December 11, 2012 22:30 • 148 views

November 13, 2012





ISABEL GONZALEZ
Isabel is seven-months pregnant and in no mood for people's B.S. As a flight attendant, she's had her fill of traveler's attitudes and selfishness over the years. Now, it sets her off like a stick of dynamite. Isabel has never been one to back down. Corner her, and you'll find out why...


Yield by Bryan K. Johnson
YIELD: Book 1 of the Armageddia Series
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Published on November 13, 2012 21:53 • 86 views

October 1, 2012





DEVIN BANE
Devin is the fiery anti-hero of Yield. He's a complicated man—flawed with addiction, full of razor-sharp skepticism, and with an almost constant sense of conflicted purpose. His unrestrained and often harsh sense of humor can cut you down in an instant, but his British charm can also brighten the darkest of days. Devin is at a crossroads in his life and still trying to find himself. His biggest problem is what he finds lurking in the shadows...


Yield by Bryan K. Johnson
YIELD: Book 1 of the Armageddia Series
http://www.armageddia.com
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Published on October 01, 2012 20:31 • 107 views

September 15, 2012

I read a very enlightening quote the other day from Channing Pollock who said, "A critic is a legless man who teaches running." As a new author, it is impossible to know how your work will be received. There is no frame of reference―no fan base or trust that's been established with the public. Every person will experience your work in a new and unique way with absolutely no predispositions. For me, that is a concept that's both liberating and terrifying.

Books are a subjective medium, influenced in large part by the reader's own tastes, background, and specific perspective. Every reader's opinion is valid. And every criticism is true to that particular individual. I've come to understand through this process that not everyone is going to like what we do. We can never be everything to everyone. There will always be people that love and hate our books with equal passion. My debut novel, YIELD, has been well received so far, but I've read quite a few reviews for others that aren't as kind.

Hopefully, as people do share their criticisms, it is done respectfully, and with the knowledge that novels take so much time and effort to write. Even though readers may have a considerable amount of experience enjoying literature, I've found that it is a much different thing altogether to create. And until you do, until you have reconstructed reality from the ground up, and brought the beat of life and personality to your characters, syllable by exhausting syllable, you'll never truly know how much authors pour themselves into their books.

Even if you don't care for someone else's work, or can pick out a dozen other things you would have done differently, I urge you to stop and take a breath before shredding dreams with those critiques. Understand that books take a significant amount of dedication and love, and that the pages are stained with the blood and sweat of their creators.

Here's to positivity in a critical world!


Bryan K. Johnson

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Published on September 15, 2012 23:06 • 97 views

August 12, 2012

It seems like many writers these days are confronted with the same conundrum of continuance. Should I turn my story into a series? At face value, it's a simple enough question. The word "trilogy" can cause a million possibilities to fire inside the depths of our synaptic web, tracing down through dynamic characters and immersive worlds all painted in glorious verbal detail. There are certainly enough success stories of formerly unknown writers finding fame and fortune with a captivating book series: J.K. Rowling and Harry Potter, Stephenie Meyer's Twilight saga, Suzanne Collins and the Hunger Games. Audiences and critics alike enjoy multi-part story arcs, often bringing unparalleled success to their creators.

I have also set out down that same long and layered path, taken by many but finished by few. My debut novel, Yield , is book one of the chillingly intense, shockingly unforgettable, (enter your own superlative here) Armageddia trilogy. The only problem? It's not all written yet.

Marketing a series of ethereal ideas without the concrete parts already in hand is a very real challenge for new writers. How do we know if the first story is going to be well received? What if we haven't been lucky enough to find a publisher with the patience to see our series through? What if there is too long of a gap between releases and all of that hard fought momentum is lost?

The highly competitive book business can be an unforgiving place. Having even one novel pop on the charts as a new writer is hard enough, let alone trying to ride your own coattails years later when all of the intended companion pieces are finally done.

Being new to the industry, I've realized I really don't have a bulletproof answer to the sequel question—not one that applies to everyone. The answer, just like the stories themselves, depends largely on the motivations and commitment of their authors.

My advice, from that place somewhere between hope and disappointment in my gut, is this:

If you are certain beyond a shadow of a doubt that you will complete your series—even if book one is an abysmal failure, even if the critics hate it, even if everything else in your life crumbles away—if you are that passionate about your story and have a clear vision for what it can be, then I say do it. Commit to it, and don't give up on your idea even if Dante's inferno opens wide and threatens to swallow you whole. It might just take that kind of commitment and sacrifice to make it.

On the other hand, if you are just testing the waters and trying to get a foothold in the writing world any way you can, you might be better off having several weapons in your literary arsenal. A good writer is a good writer, regardless of the specific story. Having a few finished manuscripts in your hip pocket to show your versatility and style to a prospective agent or publisher may just get you that shot. There can be strength in playing the numbers. Not everyone will like a particular series concept. And if you put all of your eggs in that one basket, your writing career may get poached before you've even had a chance to hatch...

Yield by Bryan K. Johnson




For a special sneak peek at my own sequel, go to: www.armageddia.com. I've posted an exclusive excerpt on my blog there from book two of the Armageddia Series. Book one, Yield , will be available August 14th in paperback and e-book formats.

Happy writing! (...and writing....... and writing..........................)


Bryan K. Johnson
www.armageddia.com
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Published on August 12, 2012 11:34 • 198 views

July 31, 2012

The cool salt spray tickles my nose as it lands. Each wave hits the bow with greater force, cascading over the metal deck and spilling down the grated walkway. The roar presses in, then retreats . . . teasing me with its conversation.

A sharp cry from the seagulls echoes out from above. The white birds twist and writhe through the sky, billowing with each blast of wind. I realize at that moment how much I love coming here—the familiar freedom stretching far beyond my own memory's flow.

Rippled blue peaks reach out into the horizon. I wait, hearing the other people on deck gasp before I see it. A massive body arches up beside us. Curves trace down the beast's long back, speckled with black and gray. The whale blasts water high up into the air, its objection to our stares masking the clouds. It glides beneath the water again, dipping and curling with purpose. The ship rises quickly, its passengers swaying from the giant body teasing them just below.

As the blue whale swims back out to sea, my breath catches. The sun is setting now, kissing the waves with brilliant oranges and reds . . .

I think back many times to my summers along the Oregon coast, finding adventure on our family outings or just sitting on the sand at night—listening to the ocean's power in the black. New inspiration always seemed to ebb and flow with those waves. Even now, years later, with children of my own splashing in that same water, the ocean always feels like home to me. It is a friend and muse neglected for far too long.

I always bring a notebook or iPad with me now, trying to capture those inspirational moments before the tide pulls them back. They can be fleeting, just like the smell of the ocean as it dances by on a breeze.

I sketched out several chapters of my debut novel Yield there . . . the hopeful ones, full of possibility and new beginnings. Even in the darkest of times, there will always be that hope. It can only leave us if we let it.

Find yours. And never let the waves take it away.


Bryan K. Johnson
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Published on July 31, 2012 15:27 • 127 views

June 19, 2012

Less than two months now until the official release of Yield on August 14th. This has been a project six years in the making, starting while on a flight from Tucson to Bend so long ago.

We had a layover in San Francisco, and the fog was so thick over the bay that it blotted out the sky. As my plane took off again above the cloud bank, everything just disappeared beneath me. Mankind and all our worries seemed to fade into the grey. I wondered what would happen if the world changed at that very moment. What if the life I knew didn't exist when I landed? What if my world died somewhere under those clouds?

I wasn't sure where that thought would take me, but after almost six years, it has finally led to the release of my debut novel and book one of the Armageddia Series. I truly hope that you all enjoy it.

Be sure to check out www.armageddia.com for more updates and info about the upcoming series.

Sincerely,
Bryan K. Johnson
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Published on June 19, 2012 18:20 • 131 views