Wednesday, January 14, 2015

#GUEST POST: Why Start a Series by John O Riley


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Episode 1 of the Wizards of Seattle Serieseattle Series

Jason wonders if his luck has finally turned around when he discovers he will inherit a luxurious home infused with ancient magic and a sizable fortune from a relative he’d never known existed. Of course, there’s a catch. His younger brother and his cousin will inherit equal parts of the inheritance and it is stipulated in the will that they must live together first before they gain possession of the estate.
All three of them are potential White Knights with the rare ability to practice advanced white magic. They must learn to use their new power and defend themselves from a secret organization that is armed with potent, black magic. This novella is the first installment of the Wizards of Seattle series.
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Episode 2 of the Wizards of Seattle Series
Cover for CaretakerJason has recently discovered his new category six wizardry was a result of a genetic experiment performed by a secret organization called the Ebullio. Now that he has broken free of their mind control enchantment, suppressed memories float to the surface and he remembers the terrifying abductions and genomic therapy that he and his younger brother, Benjamin, endured. Meanwhile, the Valituras have set their sights on Jason, unleashing powerful curses designed to kill him and his family. As Jason learns more about the Ebullio and the Valituras, he realizes that danger lurks behind every corner and the enemy could be hiding in plain sight. This novella is the second installment of the Wizards of Seattle series.
Caretaker is available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Smashwords, and other book retailers.


People often ask me what was my inspiration to start a particular book or series. It is usually a combination of things. For the Wizards of Seattle, I thought back to the great recession where unemployment was very high and I had struggled to find a new career. Right after I managed to find a good job, one of my friends was laid off from a failing company where she ended up unemployed for over a year. I felt so bad for her and I was thinking about both her experience and mine. During that time period when I had been job hunting, I had sometimes fantasized about inheriting a house and a boatload of money from a distant, undiscovered relative. It was so much fun picturing all of the details of this wonderful dream house.
One of the things about me is that my mind goes off on wild tangents so when I was ruminating on this fantasy, the sardonic side of myself thought it would be an ironic twist if I had a couple of other relatives I didn’t know that well who were also inheriting the house and what if we all had to live there for years before we could gain possession of this fortune? This is how the idea for the series was born and since I had already written four books in another series about wizards, I decided I should make the Wizards of Seattle a spinoff series with completely different characters in another part of the world. It is a fun, action-packed fantasy adventure with dollops of humor.
In the Wizards of Seattle, Jason develops a new power when he inherits the home and gains the attention of very powerful enemies. With the help of his younger brother and a mysterious light being who lives in a guesthouse in the backyard, can Jason learn to master his new ability in time to thwart the nefarious plans of an ancient society of dark wizards?

John 6-12-11-2John O'Riley began writing at a very early age. In fact, he's been writing for as long as he can remember. He is an award winning writer of novels and screenplays in the category of urban fantasy, comedy, mystery, science fiction and young adult. His movie feature screenplay, Cursed, is an Honorable Mention Winner for the 2012 Screenplay Festival. His most recent accomplishments include the screenplays Cursed, Project Pandora, Pinky Swear, Incipio, and Bad Sister which have been listed as Quarter Finalists, Semi Finalists, and Top Finalists in the 2012 Screenplay Festival, 2012 Filmmakers International Screenplay Awards, 2012 StoryPros International Awards, 2012 Pulsar Sci Fi Screenplay Contest, and the 2012 Reel Authors International Breakout. He loves reading fantasy, science fiction, and humorous fiction. Some of his favorite authors include Kim Harrison, Jim Butcher, Kay Hooper (Bishop Files/ psychic detective thrillers), Kat Richardson, J.K. Rowling, Angie Sage, Jayne Krentz, and Janet Evanovich. He currently resides in Washington state and owns a very friendly parakeet named Amy who helps spark his imagination.  

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