BluBerrie: The Gallery is Available for Pre-Orders

CAN’T WAIT FOR BLACK FRIDAY!

I have a good reason for not posting: I’ve been finishing up on my latest novel: BluBerrie: The Gallery. The only thing left to do on it is to replace certain illustrations with better artwork and then, it will be done. Jacabo Studio, my publisher, is shooting for November 29th as a release date. However, anybody that wants to pre-order, it’s available now.

MY FINGERS ARE GLUED TO MY KEYBOARD

What do I mean by that? Well, with all the other crazy stuff going on (more on this another time), I’ve also started another manuscript. I have this wonderful idea to use some of my earlier ideas from a previous book (unfinished) and use them in a smaller novel (60K – 65K in length). I’d like to reveal my current title here, which I personally love, but my publisher said, “No,” for now. (If the suspense is too great [I only hope] email and on an individual basis I might be persuade to tell.)

GREAT RANKING?

I just found out that back in August of this year, my ranking on Amazon rose from a possible pool of approx. 1.5 million writers to 97K.  I’m not too sure if I should be boasting about that, but I feel it shows some merit, what little it may be. Sales of my books are dreadful! But I have hope, things will change soon.

What really helped boost sales was Amazon’s Giveaways or so I’m told. And of which, Amazon is now retiring. Either way, I’m not into it for the money (really?) and most of my reward comes from leaving some measure of who I am as a person behind with my stories. Simple enough, and probably not a very original thought — oh, well…

WHAT ELSE?

I have two copies of my original book, BluBerrie: The Party to giveaway (that means free) to the first two fans that email me. I will pay to ship within the United States. Also, I will have to put a limit as to how long. Let me think, let’s say to November 28th, 2019 is the deadline to get your request in. Please email me at joy123@jamesoyouncliff.com (please remove the 1,2, 3) and provide your address. (I will not sell or use it for any other purpose than to send your free copy of my book.)

OK, got to go…

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The Golden Steed is Published!

Now Available in PaperBack

I have not heard from Amazon Kindle Tech, so I had to release both the digital and paperback versions of my new children’s chapter book, The Magical, Mystical Golden Steed to capture the Labor Day Holiday benefits. Unfortunately, Hurricane Dorian got all eyes glued to the news and weather forecasts, and I lost alot of readers. I havn’t had time to check reports but I don’t think sales are moving on this book.

On a positive note: you still have time to win a chance to get a digital copy of three of my books: The Pickled Man and BluBerrie: The CandyStore. Don’t miss it.

I’m Illustrating another BluBerrie Book

BluBerrie: The Gallery is off to the editors — hurray! Also, I started illustrating the book here is a sneak preview of the cover. Don’t fail to follow me on Amazon.com.

Anything Else?

Oh, yes, stay safe, I understand Dorian is still hitting the eastern coastline. Take care.

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Getting Blown Away

It seems I can always find an excuse to avoid writing on my blog. And here comes another: We’ve been preparing for hurricane Dorian. It is just now that I found the time to mention a few things going on related to my writing career. One important item, Amazon Kindle Support has not figured out why I can’t publish my digital copy of The Magical, Mystical Golden Steed with edge-to-edge images (I have over 12 in this children’s chapter novel).

And so, I decided to go with what I have but had to upload the entire manuscript up to the Kindle website because of an error; a lengthy process. BTW, it was ready to go before, so I don’t know what happened to the file to cause an error. Now, I’m waiting on them to release the book, in hopes to gain some marking advantage for the Labor Day holiday.

My fans have a special treat (and anyone else for that matter): I’ve got several Amazon Give Aways going starting today. And for two different chances to win digital copies of The Pickled Man, and BluBerrie: The Candy-Store. Here are the links respectively: https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/063daf7b8e93dc93 and  https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/7c802bc5cffdc98b

These giveaways prove helpful, although I only sell a few copies right after the giveaway is over, however many decide to follow me on my page: https://amazon.com/author/jamesoyoungclif and that’s a good thing…

Let me think… Oh, yeah, I just sent the fourth chapter manuscript for BluBerrie: The Gallery to the editor. That little tiny, tiny, tiniest of them all turtle, BluBerrie is up to her usual mischievous adventures, so be on the lookout for it. I think it is scheduled for publication sometime in November of this year. It looks like Jacabo Studio will be publishing it. (They better — LOL — I own the company.) I’m glad to say that the editor I used on my past two novels, decided at the last minute to edit The Gallery. I trust her to make my garbled up prose sound intelligent. (Youse can tell the mess I make here on my blog.)

One More Thing

I started to draw the digital illustrations for The Gallery, but I’m having a hard time with them. I got so used to the coloring pencils that the BluBerrie kids are not turning out at all as I want. I may have to retrain myself using SketchBook and my Picasso drawing table. (© by their respective owners).

Well… that’s it for now. Make sure when you visit me here, to leave me a comment or question you may have regarding my work.

— j.o.y.

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I’m back!

Cover of book shows the title: The Magical, Mystical Golden Steed. And photo montage of a golden steed, a witch and  eerie forest scene.
The Magical, Mystical Golden Steed
is scheduled to publish Sept. 2, 2019
There’s so much to tell…

Sorry, for not posting sooner. I’ve been putting to “bed” my latest novel for children, The Magical, Mystical Golden Steed. It took me away from my posting because I illustrated the book. By the time I was finished, I had over 14 drawings done for it.

They are 9 in. x 12 in. in full color (BTW, they are for sale if anyone is interested. Please contact me and I’ll give you details and prices). One big side note: It was my first crack at colored pencils, so naturelly they took longer to do. In fact, over three weeks, and over nine hours for each drawing.

I must confess, my beautiful daughter turned me on to coloring pencils. I normally draw in charcoal pencils and only with two colors. i.e. https://www.jacabostudio.com/charcoal-pencil-drawings.html 

Did I mention that besides authoring children’s books, I’m also a surrealist artist? My work as a painter gets heavy, and I noticed that it spilled over to my current illustrations for the new novel. One can see the influences in several of the drawings (see image below). I tend to like the simple use of media for my drawings. I like charcoal and in only two flavors, that is, till now. 

What else?

Oh, yes: If you missed a chance to win a free digital copy of my earlier book, The Pickled Man, go over to https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/2855d30a7bb4447d . The contest is well on its way, but you still have time to enter: August 18, 2019 11:59 PM.

What am I forgetting?

One more item to report: I’m working on something new and exciting in my next novel, Into the Bowels of the Sea. (Interesting title, isn’t it? Please let me know what you really think.) Why is it “new and exciting”? 

Glad you asked. Well, for starters, it takes place at sea and I don’t know the first thing about the sea — yes, I swim — but it’s exciting to be able to plunge in, “sink or swim” so to speak. But I digress. The story is about a teenager who must survive at sea by himself after his father dies… and that’s it. I don’t have much more, just that the idea of learning on how one survives at sea could be very fun

One thing I do know for sure, I don’t plan on writing it “straight.” You know, the typical TV or movie script boring fashion… Oh, Oh… I got to go… I just got an email from Amazon support that they are working on resolving my issue. And they need more info in order to help me out.

Til’ we meet again, “CYA!”

James Oliver Youngcliff

This illustration is an example from the up and coming children's book, The Magical, Mystical Golden Steed.
Strawflower, the golden steed, wonders what is this raven doing sitting on top of a puma?
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Quick Shorts on What’s Happening

Chance to Win a Free Children’s Book

The chance for a Giveaway is over for the children’s book, BluBerrie: The CandyStore with two winners. It took two weeks for the prizes to go but the exposure was great. I like to thank the many folks who signed up.  Anyone who missed out can have another chance to win a copy of BluBerrie: The Pond now on: click here.  This is the second book in the BluBerrie Serie.

Sales of BluBerrie: The CandyStore are on the upturn again. I guess it is due to the promotions currently going on for the July 4th celebrations. BTW, don’t forget to check out the sale price on our latest horror novel for young adults, The Pickled Man.

Be the First to get a FREE* Signed Proof Copy

One free proof copy of The Pickled Man goes to the first person who comments below and requests it. (Sorry, I only have one to giveaway, must be eighteen or older to participate.) I will provide an email to send in your info once I receive notice of your request. (*Free book and shipping available only within the continental US only. Offer expires July 15, 2019)

 My site is NOT fully functional, but I’m trying

I’m having trouble with forms and video, so, please be patient. I’ll eventually get it right. There’s a lot more “stuff” I have to get around to getting done first. Writing is easy. Promoting is NOT. But I’m getting a good handle on it. Anyways… that’s it for now. Hope to hear from a lucky participant.  — j.o.y.

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Time’s Left to Enter my Free Chance at a Giveaway

We had such good participation in our first giveaway with BluBerrie’s The CandyStore that I decided to add another. Yup! I’m now offering a chance to win copies of BluBerrie: The Pond through July 1st. Click here. (If you get a “Not allowed to enter error message,” save the link and try it again in a different session.)

OK. Two more days before the final release of my horror novel for young adults, The Pickled Man, be sure to check it out. I’ve had a lot of folks remark how much they like my cover for the book. So, I’m encouraged that at least, we’re starting on the right foot.

Not much more news to report, other than I’m on Instagram for the first time. A bit confusing. I’m not used to the “#” tags way of getting folks to communicate. (Better to leave me a comment here.) BTW, don’t look for me on Facebook. After they allowed the Russain trolls to influence the 2016 Elections, I decided to part company.

On the writing front, let me tell you it’s going slow. I had my son and his family over this weekend, and I’ve not had the energy or enthusiasm to sit and write. Anyway, the end of the month is super crazy for me: with promoting my new novel and budget constraints, it’s been stressful all around.

Hey, I nearly forgot to say: When my grandson was here (he is eight years old now), I mentioned I needed help with this other manuscript I was writing, and believe me, he saved me. He offered me a solution to my main character’s impossible situation. Leave me a comment if anyone’s interested in the details.

Well… that’s it. CYA!

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Over 80 Entrants in My Free Giveaway

A lot of folks are entering their chance to win copies of my BluBerrie: The CandyStore children’s book. Midway through the free contest and I’m encouraged by the participation. Truth to the matter, I needed some encouragement and this investment in Amazon’s Giveaway promotion for authors has helped. Let’s hope I can get some more sales from it.

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Tweaking the James O. Youngcliff Blog

WordPress, I’m told is very simple to use; however, for a writer and painter, it has proven challenging. I did some research and discovered this neat code to have the menu travel as the viewer scrolls up and down, which I hope you’ll find it helpful.

BTW, just a reminder that my FREE BOOK GIVEAWAY is still going on so trying checking it out. If anyone is having trouble with the link, please let me know.

Well, back to work: I’m in the middle of making changes to my last manuscript for The Magical, Mystical Golden Steed that the editor returned. I freely admit they are many! Heck, I guess that makes my work better, and I get a big check on reality. LOL.

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The Pickled Man is Here!

Finally, The Pickle Man is in Print!

Front Cover to James O. Youngcliff's new horror novel for young adults
“Often, life sours by the hate it consumes.”

I’m new to Blogging, so forgive me if my blog website is rather simple. Later, when I learn some of the plug-ins, I’ll dress things up a bit. But today I have fantastic news: I wanted to let my fans know that my newest novel for young adults, “The Pickled Man” is available for pre-order at Amazon: click here.

Please check it out! It’s my first horror story and one that deals with terror, the environment and some hard choices family have to make in the future to stay alive. I enjoyed writing it and I look forward to any comments you may have to say. *— j.o.y. *

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