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Jason Baldwin-Stephens

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Jason Baldwin-Stephens is a lifelong New Englander who, like most New Englanders, dreams of moving to Florida or California someday. For now however, he and his wife enjoy living in Connecticut with their two spoiled cats.

After spending his late twenties focusing on a day job, Jason re-enrolled in college in his thirties where he discovered that his desire to write hadn't died as he had thought, but instead had gone into hibernation.

Jason self-published his Debut novel, Days Like These in January 2012 and it can be purchased in eBook format through Amazon Kindle.

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So, first of all I want to apologize for how absent I’ve been here on Goodreads for the last, oh three years or so now. I really enjoy the community on here and the friends I made and wish I had time to participate like I did when I first joined but the truth is, I’ve been really busy juggling being a Dad, a career outside of writing and finding time to write at night once my daughter is in bed... Read more of this blog post »
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message 44: by Jason

Jason Baldwin-Stephens Tiffani wrote: "Hey Jason! Just wondering, what state does Days Like These take place? I'm trying to see if I can fit it into my "Around the World in 52 Books" challenge ;)"

Hi Tiffani! It's set at a fictional university in Connecticut. I hope that helps you out with your challenge.


message 43: by Tima

Tima Hey Jason! Just wondering, what state does Days Like These take place? I'm trying to see if I can fit it into my "Around the World in 52 Books" challenge ;)


message 42: by Jason

Jason Baldwin-Stephens Tiffani wrote: "Got it in .pdf just a few minutes ago! :)"

Awesome!

I hope after all that you don't end up hating it. : )


message 41: by Tima

Tima Got it in .pdf just a few minutes ago! :)


message 40: by Jason

Jason Baldwin-Stephens Tiffani wrote: "Thanks Jason for being so helpful! I download all books onto my computer in .pdf form and don't usually have trouble on Smashwords. Hopefully, the glitch was just momentary. I'll try again when I g..."

No problem. Let me know how it works. Hopefully it was just a glitch.


message 39: by Tima

Tima Thanks Jason for being so helpful! I download all books onto my computer in .pdf form and don't usually have trouble on Smashwords. Hopefully, the glitch was just momentary. I'll try again when I get home tonight [I'm on my phone right now] and I'll check it out again =)


message 38: by Jason (last edited Jul 10, 2012 02:20PM)

Jason Baldwin-Stephens Tiffani wrote: "I was downloading it through Smashwords, but it just doesn't seem to want to work for me. I don't own a Kindle/Nook though, does Amazon have a desktop compatible program that you can read books on?..."

Just to follow up. I emailed Smashwords and will let you know once I hear from them.

One thing to keep in mind with Smashwords is that you want to make sure to select the right file type for the device that you are going to use to read the novel.

If you are going to read via a PC or laptop then the Online Reading (which I've tested and opens the book in a new tab) or the PDF option are probably the best way to go. If you are on a MAC then I believe you would need to go with the Epub option.


message 37: by Jason

Jason Baldwin-Stephens Tiffani wrote: "I was downloading it through Smashwords, but it just doesn't seem to want to work for me. I don't own a Kindle/Nook though, does Amazon have a desktop compatible program that you can read books on?..."

Both Nook and Kindle have Apps that work on desktops.

I'm going to send Smashwords and email though and let them know that you are having trouble with it. Maybe there is something wrong with the file.


message 36: by Tima

Tima I was downloading it through Smashwords, but it just doesn't seem to want to work for me. I don't own a Kindle/Nook though, does Amazon have a desktop compatible program that you can read books on? If so, I can just head over there and try again =)


message 35: by Jason

Jason Baldwin-Stephens Tiffani wrote: "Hey Jason, I tried to get your book to download a few times but for some reason it wasn't working for me. i look forward to working out the glitch in my computer so I can read your book finally! I..."

Hi Tiffani,

First and foremost, thank you for the compliment. I hope you enjoy it.

Where did you download the book from? I know people have gotten it through Kindle and Nook without problems. Did you use Smashwords?

-Jason


message 34: by Tima

Tima Hey Jason, I tried to get your book to download a few times but for some reason it wasn't working for me. i look forward to working out the glitch in my computer so I can read your book finally! It has always been a pleasure chatting with you about various books, so I looked forward to a peer into your mind!


message 33: by Dustin

Dustin Jason wrote: "Dustin wrote: "Hi, Jason!

How have you been? I hope all's well with you and yours..

Thank you very much for the congratulations. I really do appreciate it! Anyway, I looked on your page, but I co..."



Oh, okay.:) Thank you, again, Jason!


message 32: by Jason

Jason Baldwin-Stephens Dustin wrote: "Hi, Jason!

How have you been? I hope all's well with you and yours..

Thank you very much for the congratulations. I really do appreciate it! Anyway, I looked on your page, but I couldn't find the..."


Haha sorry, I was wrong in saying my page. I should have said in Recent Updates section when I first come onto Goodreads. It was a comment you made in another discussion thread and was showing up as a recent update.


message 31: by Dustin

Dustin Hi, Jason!

How have you been? I hope all's well with you and yours..

Thank you very much for the congratulations. I really do appreciate it! Anyway, I looked on your page, but I couldn't find the comment you were referring to...


Have a wonderful day and week!


message 30: by Jason

Jason Baldwin-Stephens Tiffani wrote: "Hi Jason!

Where can I find a copy of your book? I tried a few of the online book links on the books review page, but couldn't find a working one.

Thanks :)"


Hi Tiffani,

Thank you for the heads up on the links not working. I will get that fixed right away.

Days Like These is currently only available in ebook format. Here are some links:

Smashwords:https:https://www.smashwords.com/books/view...

Amazon/Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/Days-Like-These...

Barnes & Noble/Nook: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/days-...

Thank you again,

Jason


message 29: by Tima

Tima Hi Jason!

Where can I find a copy of your book? I tried a few of the online book links on the books review page, but couldn't find a working one.

Thanks :)


message 28: by Dustin

Dustin Hi, Jason!

You are very welcome, man.:) The pleasure's mine.

I really appreciate your support and friendship, as well.


Have a great day and weekend!!


message 27: by Dustin

Dustin Yeah, I think I'll like and appreciate it much more the second time around.:)


message 26: by Jason

Jason Baldwin-Stephens Dustin wrote: "Hi, Jason!

I've been well, thank you for asking. I hope you are, too.:)

Like you, I also felt disappointed with the ending of The Dark Tower. In fact, it was a BIG let-down for me, but as the y..."


You're right, I really don't see how else it could have ended.

For me, I read The Gunslinger and Drawing of the Three right around 1990 so by the time book 7 came out I had been, basically, waiting fourteen years to read the ending. Even if things had gone exactely as I had hoped I probablly would have been unhappy with something.

I may still have issues with it when I finish it this time but my gut tells me that on my 2nd read through I'm going to be okay with the choices he made.


message 25: by Dustin

Dustin Hi, Jason!

I've been well, thank you for asking. I hope you are, too.:)

Like you, I also felt disappointed with the ending of The Dark Tower. In fact, it was a BIG let-down for me, but as the years have gone by, I've had a lot a time to think about it. Not only have I come to accept it for what it is (and isn't,) I've also come to respect SK's decision. I don't think it's cop-out in any way, shape, or form, and perhaps most importantly, I agree that the series couldn't have ended any other way, because of how King writes. You know...?

I'm really dreading the conclusion of the series, as well. I just don't want it to end!!

I read Ender's Game several years ago, and for the most part, enjoyed it immensely.


Happy reading!


message 24: by Jason

Jason Baldwin-Stephens Hey Dustin,

How've you been?

The reread of The Dark Tower is flying along though I'm nervous about finishing it again. First time I read it I fell on the side of fence that was disapointed with the ending.

In truth I think I was just disapointed that it wasn't the ending I wanted.

Haven't read Ender's Game yet. I've been meaning to get to it for a decade or two though, hopefully now that it's on my To-Read list I will get to it before the next decade passes : )


message 23: by Dustin

Dustin Hi, Happy Thursday, Jason!

How have you been? How goes your re-read of The Dark Tower, man?

I hope all's well with you and yours..:)

I saw that you added Ender's Game to your "to-read" list. Have you read it before?


Have a great day!


message 22: by Dustin

Dustin Hi, Happy Thursday, Jason!

How have you been? How goes your re-read of The Dark Tower, man?

I hope all's well with you and yours..:)

I saw that you added Ender's Game to your "to-read" list. Have you read it before?


Have a great day!


message 21: by Dustin

Dustin Jason wrote: "Dustin wrote: "Hi, Jason!

How are you today? I hope all's well with you and yours..:)

I also agree that undertaking Dr. Sleep has got to be one the gutsiest moves he's made....and that's saying ..."


I have no doubt that it'll pure King. Brilliant!


message 20: by Jason

Jason Baldwin-Stephens Dustin wrote: "Hi, Jason!

How are you today? I hope all's well with you and yours..:)

I also agree that undertaking Dr. Sleep has got to be one the gutsiest moves he's made....and that's saying a lot, IMO.
Wh..."


The little I've read about the plot it does sound a little out there but in a way that I'm curious to see how he will make it work.

Have a great weekend!


message 19: by Dustin

Dustin Hi, Jason!

How are you today? I hope all's well with you and yours..:)

I also agree that undertaking Dr. Sleep has got to be one the gutsiest moves he's made....and that's saying a lot, IMO.
What are your thoughts on its plot, anyway? I've heard some talk about it being too weird, too "out there," even for Sai King. Personally, I LOVE the synopsis.

Have a wonderful day, enjoy your weekend!!


message 18: by Jason

Jason Baldwin-Stephens Dustin wrote: "Hi, Jason!

I am well, thank you for asking.:)
How about yourself?

It's good to know I'm not the only one to feel that way about the book, because I'd heard so many positive things about it, an..."


I'm looking forward to Dr Sleep as well. Curious as to how people will react to that as anticipation/expectation is going to be pretty high.

Have to say I think writing a novel that is something of a sequel to one of his most loved novels is one of the gutsiest things I think he's done in his career.


message 17: by Dustin

Dustin Hi, Jason!

I am well, thank you for asking.:)
How about yourself?

It's good to know I'm not the only one to feel that way about the book, because I'd heard so many positive things about it, and then to be left wanting more... you know?

I cannot wait for Dr, Sleep!


Have a wonderful day!


message 16: by Jason

Jason Baldwin-Stephens Dustin wrote: "Hi, Jason!

How are you today? I hope all's well.:)


Here's my final thoughts on TWTTK:
http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/..."


Hi Dustin,

How are you?

Just read your review and I feel the same as you about it I think . While I very much enjoyed the novel it left me hoping for more stories set in Roland's past (and covering more ground than was covered in the graphic novels as well.)


message 15: by Dustin

Dustin Hi, Jason!

How are you today? I hope all's well.:)


Here's my final thoughts on TWTTK:
http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...


message 14: by Jason

Jason Baldwin-Stephens Hey Everyone,

I'm running another freebie for another one for my short stories, The Masterpiece, today and tomorrow for Kindle/Kindle App users. http://www.amazon.com/The-Masterpiece...

The story is a piece of speculative fiction looking at what happens to an artist whose identitiy is legally stolen from him just before he is about to finish his masterpiece. As to what it means to me? I spent a number of years thinking that the desire to write was gone, for me, when that need came back this was the first work I produced and because of that this story will always have a special place in my heart.

I hope you like it.

- Jason


message 13: by Jason

Jason Baldwin-Stephens NYKen wrote: "Hi Jason. Thanks for the friend request. I just added you. Take care and have a good evening. I'm looking forward to some very good book discussions in the future.

I just also wanted to add, thank..."


Thank you, Ken! Looking forward to some great discussions as well.


message 12: by Jason

Jason Baldwin-Stephens Hey there everyone and anyone,

If you're interested my short story, Empty Shells, is available for free via Kindle and Kindle Apps from today, 5/4/2012, through Sunday, 5/7/2012.

http://www.amazon.com/Empty-Shells-Sh...

I hope you like it.

-Jason


message 11: by Jason (last edited Apr 23, 2012 07:57AM)

Jason Baldwin-Stephens For anyone that's interested a snippet of my novel, Days Like These,has just been posted on the website Indie Snippets, http://indiesnippets.blogspot.com/.

And even if you don't want to read a snippet from my book check the site out as there are tons of excerpts from other indie authors and you never know what you may come across.

-Jason


message 10: by Dustin

Dustin Yeah, that does make sense, actually. Thank you.


message 9: by Jason

Jason Baldwin-Stephens Dustin wrote: "You are very welcome, Jason!


Your opinion of it isn't all that high, at the moment, I take it..?"


It's not that I thought it was a bad book, I just don't know that it was the right book at the right time for me.

If that makes any sense?


Dustin You are very welcome, Jason!


Your opinion of it isn't all that high, at the moment, I take it..?


message 7: by Jason

Jason Baldwin-Stephens Dustin wrote: "Hi, Jason!

We had a wonderful Easter, as well. Thank you for asking.


I saw that you're now done with 1Q84. Congratulations!!"


Thank you.

I liked 1Q84 but I think it may be one of those novels that after some time passes and I've had a chance to absorb it a bit more my opinion of it will improve.


Dustin Hi, Jason!

We had a wonderful Easter, as well. Thank you for asking.


I saw that you're now done with 1Q84. Congratulations!!


message 5: by Jason

Jason Baldwin-Stephens Dustin wrote: "Hi again, Jason!

Did you have an enjoyable Easter? I hope all's well.:)

How's it going with 1Q84?"


Hi Dustin!

Had a wonderful Easter. How was yours?

Still enjoying 1Q84 but with family in town for the holiday,and my wife and I taking a few days off from our day jobs to get some house projects done, I haven't had as much time as I would like to read it.


Dustin Hi again, Jason!

Did you have an enjoyable Easter? I hope all's well.:)

How's it going with 1Q84?


message 3: by Jason

Jason Baldwin-Stephens Kathryn wrote: "One of these days, I want to read 1Q84. It sounds like a very interesting premise!"

I've loved every page I've read so far.


Kathryn One of these days, I want to read 1Q84. It sounds like a very interesting premise!


Dustin Hi, Jason!

You're very welcome. I enjoy pieces of writing about the writing process, publishing houses, self-publishing, etc..:)

And thank YOU for the friend request, it is appreciated.


Have a wonderful day and week!!


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