Story: The Island

Book cover reveal tomorrow!

The moment that two or three of you (if I’m lucky) have been waiting for is almost here. The cover for my new book will be revealed on Tuesday, April 3rd.

There’s just one catch, however. The cover for The Island will only be revealed to those on my mailing list (everyone else will have to wait).

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The cover reveal email will go out at 8AM Pacific, 11AM Eastern (USA).

You won’t want to miss it.

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Story: The Island

Seeking your opinion.

Below are two versions of the back cover synopsis of my upcoming book, The Island. I’d be tremendously grateful to all of you who take two minutes to read both blurbs and tell me which one would make you want to read the book more.

Thanks in advance.

– J.L. Pattison

SYNOPSIS 1:

It was supposed to be a simple mission.

When three DEA agents infiltrate a South Pacific island to gather intel about its involvement in the international drug trade, the mission goes horribly wrong.

Sherard Parker is the only survivor of the trio and, after his capture, is made part of the island’s labor force where he learns who’s really behind the drug operation. But nothing prepared Parker for why a commercial airliner—that was allegedly shot down weeks earlier by terrorists—is being hidden in a hangar on the island.

Parker’s new mission is to escape the island and return to his family, but can he lead an eclectic band of prisoners in a daring life-or-death escape from their tropical prison, or will those in charge of protecting the island prevail, keeping its dark secrets forever?

SYNOPSIS 2

Agent Sherard Parker never expected to get caught.

His first reconnoissance operation with the DEA was supposed to be simple: infiltrate a small South Pacific island and gather intelligence about its involvement in the international drug trade.

But when Parker stumbles upon a hidden airliner reportedly shot down weeks earlier—an act of terrorism that sparked a war—he realizes the island is more than just home to a major drug operation, it’s part of a conspiracy so evil it could lead to World War III.

After being captured, Parker is forced to abandon his original mission for a far more important one: escape from the island and return to his family.

Can Parker lead an eclectic band of prisoners in a daring life-or-death escape from their tropical prison, or will those in charge of protecting the island prevail, keeping the island’s dark secrets forever?

Story: The Island, Writing Advice

Charting word count by chapters.

Tip of the day: Using Apple’s Pages you can create a graph showing your word count per chapter.

The following example is from my soon-to-be-released novella, The Island.

As you can see from my graph, my chapters begin short but gradually increase in word count toward the middle. Then they began to shorten again as the book progresses toward its conclusion.

This is a helpful way for authors to visualize how any given chapter in their book measures up with other chapters.

Story: The Island

Two words. 

After a long two years and three weeks, I am finally able to announce that today I added those two bittersweet words to my latest book that every author looks forward to, but equally dreads: the end.

Now begins the long and tedious process of editing . . . thanks for your continued patience.