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Thanks for making your selection for the next Jack Story novel A Long Hard Time.

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Jack Story is a private detective in a city full of heroes but sometimes the bad guys need help.

Seven years ago The Maw, a minor player on the black cape side of the game, went to prison. The cops found a body in the trunk of his car. Since the arrest happened when the Maw wasn’t on the job, he went to jail.

But now The Maw is out.

He doesn’t want revenge. He doesn’t want payback. He just wants to find his old flame. She had been writing him letters every month for 6 years. Now the Maw wants to find the love of his life, get married, and have a normal life.

The Maw hires Jack to find that old flame.

Except that old flame disappeared that same night seven years ago when the Maw was found with an extra body. No one seems to have noticed or cared that she went missing that night.

The body in the trunk might have been one of the most powerful superheroes the world has ever seen. A hero that is still active today.
Who was the dead body in the trunk? If they were that hero, how is that hero still active today? Why did the old flame disappear? Where did she go? Who was writing all those letters? Why didn’t the cops investigate an apparent murder and disappearance?

And why does everyone want to make this case disappear?

Can Jack uncover the truth or will he end up the way everyone else in case has: disappeared?

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As a gift for you- here are 4 artists that I listen to when I write a Jack Story novel. So…enjoy!

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Texas State University campus at night

Up Hill. Both Ways!

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Okay, so this goes back to my first year in college at Texas State University in San Marcos. I’d started with a degree plan of Business Administration with a vague idea of “going into business or something.”

Yeah, it was not the brightest idea I’ve ever had.

All right, funny story; the campus at Texas State is built on/between the crest of two hills. So, no matter which what you’re walking on campus it’s uphill. Yeah, when I went to school I literally had to walk uphill. BOTH WAYS.

Back to the regular story: part of the business degree plan involved accounting. Yeah, I know. Accounting! Thrills! Excitement! Lots of spreadsheets! So, thrilling that I missed a fair share of class.

Well, to paraphrase Office Space I wasn’t exactly missing it.

About halfway through the semester on one of the days I made it to class, the professor tells me he wants to speak with me after class. And I’m like, well that’s never good.

Once class let out he said, “How long do you think I’ve been teaching accounting?”

“I dunno,” I said. “A few years?”

“Eleven,” he said. “I’ve seen just about every type of student there is. I can tell you’re not doing the outside work. But you’re smart enough you’re teaching it to yourself every day you come in here. You’ll get a solid C.”

To be honest; he was right. I wasn’t doing much of the outside reading if any. Occasionally, I did the out-of-class work to reinforce what was happening in class. Really, I was doing just enough to fake my way.

“But that’s not enough,” he said. “You’re paying for this. What you’re doing here should inspire you to wake up early every morning and say, ‘I can’t wait to get to class today!’ Now, for the project that’s due on Monday. I’ve already marked you down for an A so don’t bother trying to do it. Instead, I want you to think about what will inspire you to stay up late studying every night and get up early to talk about it the next day. Whatever that is, pursue it aggressively. Oh and have a good weekend.”

He was the best teacher I’ve ever had.

Walking out of his class, I knew what I had to do. There wasn’t a choice about it. I walked straight across campus to Flowers Hall, the home of the English department. I changed my major to English with a focus in Fiction Writing. I had always dreamed of being a writer, and damn it, I was going to take his advice!

Which really worked out for me. Texas State has this amazing writing program at the undergraduate and graduate level. I got exposure to some amazing writers and input on how to improve my writing.

I got up early every morning to get to class. I stayed late every night because it was so much fun.

Next time I’ll tell you about how I switched from writing literary fiction to genre fiction. It involves me shouting “That’s Bullshit!”