Category: Short Stories

Free Healer Audiobook

November 18, 2013 Categories: Healer, Keepers of Kwellevonne, Short Stories

HEALER is the first volume in the ongoing short story series Keepers of Kwellevonne. The e-Book is currently available for FREE at these vendors: Amazon, B&N, Kobo, Smashwords The audiobook for HEALER was performed by Brad Wills and the sound editing was done by Joel Timothy of¬†Spellbound Audio, the same people who did such a fantastic job on the audiobook versions of ALTDORF and MORGARTEN (The Forest Knights series). I can’t say enough good things about my experience working with them–if you need an audiobook produced, be sure to check them out. HEALER is divided into 3 parts and you can listen to them for free below. Enjoy! HEALER – Part 1 HEALER – Part 2 HEALER – Part 3...

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It’s Bean Day! (and a MORGARTEN update)

June 25, 2012 Categories: Coffee Roasting, Morgarten, Playing With Fire, The Forest Knights

Three or four times a year comes a holiday that makes me twitch like a four year-old lying in bed listening for the bells of Santa’s reindeer, and today is that day. Hallelujah! My shipment of green coffee beans has arrived! Yeah, I’m a coffee nerd. To anyone who’s read my short story Playing with Fire it’s no secret. I roast my own stuff at home and distribute it to a select group of family and friends. Often in late-night meetings from the trunk of my car. I started drinking coffee when I was 13. Horrid, canned crystals that had more in common with ground-up asphalt than the roasted pit of a coffee cherry. But it’s amazing what 2 heaping teaspoons of Coffee Mate (also known as “powdered death” in some circles) will do to a rancid cup of asphalt water. I drank it. I survived. And now I make up stories about the stuff. Well, actually only one so far. Most people’s reactions to Playing with Fire go something like this: “Uh, wow, JK. This is really…different…than…you know…your regular historical stuff.” I then shrug and say, “I’m a complicated man. I have sides.” At this point they usually...

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My book cover artist’s process

April 8, 2012 Categories: Altdorf, Celt, Farrier, The Forest Knights

Chris Ryan did an amazing job on the cover for Book 1 of The Forest Knights (Altdorf). If you’re interested in seeing some initial sketches and how he transformed them into a beautiful cover, check it out here. I’ve asked him to do the cover for the second book (Morgarten) and I am psyched that he is going to take it on. If anyone out there needs some custom artwork done, Chris is your man. You can get in touch with him through his website. He also did the covers for my Keepers of Kwellevonne short story series. I’m going to post them here because I can’t stop looking at them! (click them to see a full size version) Healer by J.K. SwiftFarrier by J.K....

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Free coffee roasting short story

October 28, 2011 Categories: Playing With Fire, Short Stories

Get Playing with Fire while it’s hot…and FREE This story is currently free on Amazon & Barnes & Noble but it will be going up to $0.99 soon. Could be today–I’m not sure when it will happen. I’m a “home-roaster” (that’s what coffee geeks who roast their own coffee beans at home call themselves), so this story was especially fun for me to write. I think a story comes alive when a writer uses a variety of senses to describe a scene or a setting. I took a look at my own writing and thought I was weak in the “smell” department. To most people, being weak in this area might not be a bad thing, but not for a writer! So I decided to write a story emphasizing the sense of smell, as a way to practice. This is what came out. Does it stink? You tell...

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Kappa Kappa Kappa!

July 12, 2011 Categories: Short Stories, The Kappa Hunter

The Kappa Hunter has gone live! Click here to buy it for $0.99 at Amazon or here to learn more I hope you have as much fun reading this as I had writing it. I liked it so much I’ve decided to make it a series, so there will be another one coming...

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The Kappa Hunter

June 22, 2011 Categories: Short Stories, The Kappa Hunter

Sorry I have to interrupt my regularly scheduled posts on Switzerland because I just got my new cover for a short story that will be coming out soon! Some worthless information: If you’re a sushi fan, you probably already know “kappa-maki” are cucumber rolls. But did you know that a “kappa” is a mythological river monster in Japan?¬† Ah, but here’s where the information really gets useless. The rolls are called “kappa” rolls because apparently it is well known that these monsters love cucumbers. All right. Next post I promise I’ll go back to...

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