Parallels

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Rated 4.86/5 based on 7 reviews
Having unusual abilities can be a great thing - unless you have no one to share in them. This is how Marshall Montgomery experiences life until he discovers how to cross the dimensional divide to a different Earth where others like him exist - and he finds the girl he's always dreamed of as well as the family he lacks on his own world. More

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About Jacob M. Drake

Jacob Drake is the author of various Fantasy, Horror, Science Fiction and Erotica books, all available on Smashwords. His only problem in writing is not having enough time to write to completion all the stories he gets in his head. "If I wrote constantly until the day I died I still would never be able to exhaust the imagination that is the source of these stories.

"I've always loved reading, so somewhere along the line it only seemed natural that I would sit down and start writing the type of stories I like to read. And that's only because I can't always find a book I want to read that encompasses the type of story I want. Sure, there are lots of great authors out there, but they don't always have their next new novel in my hands at the time I want to read it. Certainly there won't ever be another new book by Robert Heinlein or Isaac Asimov, though I wish with all that's in me there were.

"I wrote my first story in high school for an English class. Had no idea what I was going to write until Sunday night (This was due the next day) when I sat down at my typewriter (Yes, this was back in the Stone Age before PCs came available) and started pounding on the keys. I turned in the finished story the next day and received an "A".

"But I didn't write anything else (except songs, of which I have more than 100 finished) for many years, mostly due to the fact of raising a family and trying to be responsible (I hate that word). That came about because I had a story in me banging at the inside of my head, demanding to be let out. This time I sat down at the keyboard at my PC and began writing. I don't recall how long it took to complete that story, but it's now published as "Parallels: Book One - Heroes Enjoined Series".

"I was quite satisfied with how that turned out, so a bit later I wrote the sequel to that book and called it "XKALIBUR". I then wrote a smattering of horror stories as well as a few more books and then a bunch of stories based on female superheroes who get into - ahem - trouble each and every time they go out on patrol.

"But none of these stories ever saw publication and that was okay with me (to a point), because I realized that deep down inside of me I was a writer and I had stories that kept screaming at me to write them. So I did, even though I had nowhere to publish them. My wife well knows how many times I said, "I just want my stories out somewhere so other people can read them! What good does it do if they sit on my computer and no one else can enjoy them?"

"I tried getting book publishers interested in my works, but they wouldn't even deign to read my intro letter. Many other authors know that feeling, too. I attempted to get an agent, with pretty much the same results. Most agents are too busy trying to place the stories for the author's they already represent.

"I then read something on the internet one day while searching for online publishers. Someone had published his story at a place called Smashwords.com and it hadn't cost him a cent. I don't recall who that was, but I wish I could thank him for having the sense to write that blurb where I could read it.

"I entered the name into my browser bar and hit "enter". Sure, I had to register, but that was free, so I did. Figuring out how to get my stories formatted properly in order to get them uploaded onto Smashwords was a bit of a chore, but Mark Coker's Style Guide was pretty much clear on the subject and eventually I had it all done for my first book.

"Once "Parallels" was published online I was like a little kid on Christmas morning with a tree filled with presents underneath.

"Within the next month I had all of my completed stories formatted and uploaded, which meant I had to take all my horror stories and put them together with a book title. Then I had to do the same for my B.A.B.E.S. stories, but that worked easy enough, once I figured out what program to use (Picasa3) to make covers with.

"Now I work on getting my latest novels written so they can join the rest of my 'family' of eBooks that are now available on all the eBook retailers' sites.

"Not all of my books are for everyone, especially my erotica classifications, like the "Complete Book of B.A.B.E.S." and my "Rebirth of the Gods" book. Some day I'll get around to writing the promised second book to that series, honest. For the time being, I've been channeling my energy into writing the books for my vampire series, the first of which is "Forever Undead" and the second one is "Darkness in the Light". Now I have the third in this series, "Forever the Dark Grave", and then I'll write "Darkness in the Draca Legacy". After that I'll link these all together with "Forever Darkness". Recently I got the idea of writing a bunch of short stories based on the vampire bar (Vampir Sange) that appears in "Darkness in the Light" and publishing it under the title "Vampir Sange - Dark Tales From the Blood Bar". That one will be written.

"I'm enjoying my vampire realms too much to do anything else right now, but I am open to hearing from those who read my books."

Care to write and make suggestions? You can reach me at: eternal.naturist2@gmail.com

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Reviews

Review by: Kenneth Wayne on Aug. 17, 2011 :
This one is very hard to categorize. It’s a thrilling, sci-fi, young adult romance verging on the erotic that carries the reader along a roller-coaster of twists and turns. If I weren’t so busy, I wouldn’t have put it down until I was through. Unfortunately, I had to pick it up in fits and starts. That, however, turned out to be a good way to read this intriguing novel since there were about as many twists and changes in the plot as there were the numbers of times I had stop reading and do something else. By the time I got back to reading, the plot would transform again.

Without giving too much away about the story, there are elements of a conspiracy concerning the propagation of special beings, important elements about traveling through different dimensions and parallel universes (from which the novel gets its name), a subplot or two about living in rural communities in modern-day southwestern Washington, the coming to terms with what it means if you have special abilities, a love triangle or two, and lots of action that appears to be a wild hybrid, parallel mix reminiscent of a Japanese animation like Dragon Ball and an American comic like the Fantastic Four, Superman, or other classic super hero stories.

To be blunt, Parallels is loaded. Buy it today, you won’t be disappointed.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Griff McAvey on May 05, 2010 :
Now that this book has been expanded in so many ways I have to give it five stars. This revision was the way to go. I enjoyed the change in the beginning and how the concept of who The Solarian is and where he really came from and the fact that the questions aren't all answered just yet. Makes me want to come back and read the next book and the one after that until all the questions have been answered.

Great job of rewriting Mr. Drake.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Holly Liteman on April 19, 2010 :
It's been a few days since I read this book and I had to come back to say how much I enjoyed it. Great characterization and the over all tone of dialogue between each one was excellent. It made it so much easier to picture each person with how easily they interacted with one another. Loved the more romantic parts, even though there weren't that many. This author must have a great love life in order to write these types of scenes so realistically. More romance next time, but that's just me.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Seamus O'Shay on April 19, 2010 :
Interesting concept. Good way of telling a story. I felt like I was right there most of the time. It seemed a little familiar at times, like I was watching Smallville made into a movie, only a hell of a lot better. If that was your intent, you made it real for the first time ever. Smallville is just too flat. I liked the storytelling when Victoria was possessed by the Dark thing. Good progression and handling of the occult. Since this is a series I hope there will be a lot more of these books.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Nicholas Christian on April 18, 2010 :
Excellent twist of familiar material while adding plenty of new material and even more twists to keep me reading and wondering how this will all end. I will certainly buy each and every succeeding book in this series if they are all this good. The moving from one scene to the next was so fluid I felt like I was watching a movie and wished it had already been made into one so I could watch it. Keep it up.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Griff McAvey on March 22, 2010 :
Hmmm...I see a lot of Smallville (the TV series) as well as the standard Superman mythos in this book. However, I really think the author managed to pull off the retelling of an old tale in a new fashion beautifully. If someone came along who knew nothing of Superman and Smallville that person would enjoy the hell out of this book, as I did as well, even with my wealth of comic book knowledge.
I have to give this four stars just because I don't like to give anyone five too quickly. The Many Worlds of the Solarian is an easy book to read and moves the reader along with his (or her) imagination intact and running on full throttle.
Great book. I'll have to read all the others by this author.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Elaine Morgan on March 21, 2010 :
I love your romance scenes. You should write romance novels. This is a fine piece of sci-fi, fantasy, super-power type fiction. The interaction between all the characters is so real it's like actually being there and watching these people go through their dialogue. That's your best selling point I think. Very chilling the way Tori entered that house and all that happened when her friends came to rescue her. Excellent scene at the end.
(review of free book)

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