Beyond The Blue, The Blue Series Volume 2, Part 1

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The War begins in two worlds. David must learn to survive in the Underworld; a dark domain created by God to destroy and absorb damned human souls. Chased by the Ruler of Nine, trapped in a Hell he once only dreamt about, David will either adapt and evolve, or become another harvested soul for the collection. Dillon questions the Divine and his place in the Living World without his brother. More

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Published: March 31, 2012
Words: 187,250
Language: English
ISBN: 9781476436678
About Josephine Dillon

4/4/14 I just finished Volume 7, yay! I will be editing it for the next few weeks and plan on a May 1st release date. It will be free to download here on Smashwords for two weeks after release, so hope you all like it!! My gift to all of you Blue Series readers out there, just continue with those amazing reviews :) Love them!!!

3/20/14 I'm about halfway through Volume 7. It's gotten big, as each book in The Blue Series has over the past several years. I truly am trying to finish the series, but it seems to snowball and go on, which I've been told is a good thing, so that's good. I may need to write another book after this one, so there may even be a Volume 8. If you are interested in reading teasers from Volume 7, go to my facebook page and like my series! I post frequently and enjoy the feedback. I'm expecting this book, already titled "Blue Heaven" to be published before June, because I'm already at almost 70,000 word count, 250pgs done, which is why I'm beginning to wonder if I can finish the series at this point with what I have left to write. The curse of a series writer, knowing when to stop or not is a tricky one, isn't it?

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1/29/14 I wrote Chapter 1 of Volume 7, the last book in the Blue Series today. After receiving numerous emails and facebook posts from readers saying the same thing: the ending in Volume 6, True Blue, left many of them asking, "What happened to the main characters?" I left the ending like this for two reasons: first, I wanted to end the story with an open interpretation, hoping the reader could take the story to wherever he/she wanted it to go. Second, I wanted to eventually get back to the story in time, if I ever had the inkling to continue some of the storyline in the distant future. Now that I've received many readers' critiques and inquiries about the story's ending, I feel as though I need to answer the questions and give those interested a sense of completion to my series (and I'm very flattered by the way, to know that I've reached out and touched some of you with my story). So, I should have Volume 7 published by Summer, 2014 and then it's onto another fun writing project :)

"We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.” —Ernest Hemingway

My Email: jdillon2003@msn.com Please write me a message if you want, I'd love to hear from you.

Bio: As a novice writer, I wrote the first three books from The Blue Series during the years 2006 through 2009. I wrote Into The Blue over a six month period in 2012 and have recently finished Back To Blue, Volume 5 a few months ago. I am currently writing the seventh book in the series if you count Beyond The Blue as two books.

I grew up in Oceanside, California, attended and survived Vista High School, and did attempt twice in one lonely summer, to drown at Oceanside Beach. I desperately wanted to be a boy as a child and teenager and envied my two brothers for their gender. I was considered a loner, didn't have any friends, so I created the story as a means of escape. It worked most of the time and I have to admit, it kept me out of trouble.

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Reviews

Review by: José Amores on March 02, 2013 : star star star star star
(Review for the complete "The Blue" series until book four)

I'm not really into the 'teen angst drama' type of stories, and it took me a while to download and read this series. It become quite a pleasant surprise the excellent quality of the writing and the superb ingenuity of the plot.
This is no "Twilight". The story actually evolves and its characters grow, make mistakes and become lovable, despicable, surprising, etc. Sometimes even all the prior at the same time.
"The Blue" it's not a teen story, despite the age of the main characters. It is at most a young adult series, not because of the so called "adult situations" portrayed along the series, but mainly because of the depth of some situations that those characters face.
The biggest challenge of this series is not the sex between the characters (the few instances of it) but the way as religion and mythology are interwoven and displayed.
"The Blue" is one of those series that you should not miss, and the biggest reason for read it is that from book to book the story get better, bigger and, best of all, more relevant.
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Review by: José Amores on March 02, 2013 : star star star star star
(Review for the complete "The Blue" series until book four)

I'm not really into the 'teen angst drama' type of stories, and it took me a while to download and read this series. It become quite a pleasant surprise the excellent quality of the writing and the superb ingenuity of the plot.
This is no "Twilight". The story actually evolves and its characters grow, make mistakes and become lovable, despicable, surprising, etc. Sometimes even all the prior at the same time.
"The Blue" it's not a teen story, despite the age of the main characters. It is at most a young adult series, not because of the so called "adult situations" portrayed along the series, but mainly because of the depth of some situations that those characters face.
The biggest challenge of this series is not the sex between the characters (the few instances of it) but the way as religion and mythology are interwoven and displayed.
"The Blue" is one of those series that you should not miss, and the biggest reason for read it is that from book to book the story get better, bigger and, best of all, more relevant.
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Review by: Rick Petrey on Oct. 11, 2012 : star star star star star
still good still reading
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Review by: Brea Nicole Bond on Aug. 09, 2012 : star star star star star
At the end of the first volume of The Blue Series, Josephine Dillon promised readers a closer look at Hell; the author's take on the Underworld, however, defies all preconceived notions of fire and brimstone. In the first half of "Beyond the Blue," the second lengthy installment of the series, Hell is occupied by all manner of fantasy creatures (many of them strongly reminiscent of Tolkein or Jordan), witches, vampires, flesh-eating zombies...even a Kung Fu master!

And who better to face them all than witty punk hero David Smith? With his usual charisma and dark charm, David scraps his way through the levels of Hell, always with the Dark Lord at his heels. Meanwhile, angelic Dillon Smith remains on earth, still grappling with the sudden death of his beloved older brother. To make matters worse, his soul is now also desired by the Dark Lord. Somehow, Dillon's experiences navigating the halls of high school and the host of demonic forces that plague him there are every bit as harrowing as his brother's parallel journey through Hell.

The imagination behind this novel is astounding; Josephine Dillon transitions from one nightmare to the next at a dizzying pace, often with graphic, skin-crawling detail and ALWAYS with a strong sense of humor and a quick wit. One word of warning to readers, though: do not attempt to read this book without first tackling Volume 1 "Under the Blue," as the author offers little in the way of back story. Instead, "Beyond the Blue" begins as a direct continuation of the story, albeit with an increased pace and a new tilt toward epic-style fantasy. That caution aside, prepare to become absorbed in the visual feast of The Blue Series!
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Review by: jon bayliss on June 09, 2012 : star star star star star
Book 2 it is getting better all the time, I did not think Josephine Dillon could improve but she has. The story line is tighter and the flow is faster. It is very difficult to put this book down.
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