As a substitute of a profile I find hard to make in a reasonable amounts of words, I'd like to offer my philosophy of writing.
In as few words as possible that is what my books are about.
I wrote them for myself, I personally enjoy re-reading them, I enjoy creating new chapters in on going themes, and I decided to publish them on the chance some few might enjoy them. I did not write them with the intent of publication, I did not publish them with dreams of avarice, and I only, truly hope that there are readers out there who enjoy them as much as I do.
I cannot and I will not promise my readers will like my hobby, agree with my views, or find any entertainment in what I have written. My books were not written for everyone, hence not everyone will like them.
I will do my best to offer the best 'product' to my readers as I am able. I can not yet promise a mistake free experience, but I am one who is never satisfied. Each time I re-read my own words I find changes I wish to make. And I will do my best to leave notice when new editions are available.
Because just as each work I offer to the public might never quite seem finished, the ideas behind them were a process of creation and re-creation. Each thing I bring into the world has been written and re-written time and time again, and they never seem perfect to me no matter how many times they are re-imagined.
Just because you have liked something I have written be it free or not, is not a reason why you will like what else is written. My writing is an organic process, many stories have nothing save a beginning or a future image in my head I wish to make a world in order to play out.
However from that moment after I begin all bets are off, the story can and will evolve from there and become whatever it and the characters may make of it. Just as I can not argue that I am like most any writer, nor can I see any reason in trying to be. I see no need to be 'like' anything, why should my books be 'like' any other book, and I see no reason for 'my books' to be 'like' my other books. Why should the next book be what worked for the one before? Why should I worry if my readers will have the same choices as me as to what 'would have been interesting'?
Do not buy my books without trying them, but also do not buy them if you are going to be disappointed if you don't get what you are expect.. Be it a thrilling plot-twisted action film in print, or a heartfelt romance, my books will not be exactly one thing. I make no promises in my writing but it can also be said I do not fear to follow the chanced inspiration, even if it might re-write the entire unborn ending of a story.
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Change of Seasons
Talia and her siblings are born to a world of contrasts. Their ancestors crossed the void of space to start over, to live simple lives free from technology, but the unseen world they would come to call their own is not a world untouched by the concerns of history. Another advanced race, an alien race, touched that world long before them and the technology they left behind would change everything.
The Sixth Movement
Series Six has earned their freedom, but they fear to ask if they could keep it. Even as the first of them wake to a world very much changed from all that they remember, threats loom, truths will be told, and everything will change in a heartbeat. As the Family first reaches out to touch the stars, why are so many eyes suddenly looking towards the unseen spaces beneath their feet?
The Tangled Path of Destiny
Monorth has reached the threshold of modern history, but his journey through time is only beginning. Now faced with the darkest chapter in the modern age, the Mage war, he is confronted with a terrible choice and a hard path to follow. To reach the place he still calls home, he must cross to the far side of the war, and to do that he must become one of those who will earn the title of Monster.
The Shifting Tides of History
Their perspectives on the universe have been transformed in many ways, their world has grown, and they've grown stronger. But for all that they've unlocked many a mystery, there is one question above that still hasn't been answered. Is it possible to retrieve Monorth from the past, or have they lost him forever? Maybe they will find the answer when they step back through time and into history..
The Gossamer Threads of Fate
Trapped in time, it was the kind of thing that sounded like a bad joke. But for Monorth the truth of that cruel jest is all too real as he is now far from home, lost in spans forgotten history, and his only ally is the fuzzy nightmare who got him trapped there. Worse still the shadow of a Monster looms over that time-line that has consequences for Monorth in both the future and in his own past.
Wandering Steps Across a Starry Sky
The Pyrius is not your typical merchant ship crossing the vast interstellar distances between the far flung colonies of the worlds humanity has come to call their own. But a single uncommon event changes the lives of her crew, and they are soon free to follow their dreams and wander through the stars, never knowing they are destined to change the way humans see those stars for all time.
The Twisted Strands of Time
The destiny he wished to avoid at all costs has found Monorth, casting him back into an unknowable swath of history. Snatched from their lives suddenly and leaving his far-fetched goals in doubt, it falls to the family he left behind to seek the clues to his possible fate. But even as they try to pick up the pieces left by his absence, the future brings changes they could not have predicted.
At the Gates of the Worlds' Rim
Time has passed and the world has changed, bringing shadows across the once quiet realm of Monorth's thoughts. For seven years he has lingered in obscurity, but with the passage of time an old urge has begun to stir. Home and Hearth were enough to take him from the path of a Wanderer, but the time has come to again step beyond the Rim and seek the path towards the destiny he still wishes to avoid.
Of Forgotten Days and Lost Worlds
Shadows stir and trouble lurks as Monorth reaches a time when his career can perhaps go no further. Forced to betray the organization he once dedicated himself too, forced to turn his hard won skill against those he once called comrades, and forced to end the life he knew, he finds himself at a crossroads at which all paths lead into the unknown. Are these the paths of discovery or destiny?
Once Upon Another World
Once upon a time in a very ordinary place, there was an ordinary man with an ordinary life. At least that is what Mr. Sinclair wanted to believe to be true, until a little bit of the extraordinary touches his life and it will shatter his view of reality. When the destiny he knew nothing about catches up with him, nothing will ever be the same again. The question is, will he be able to survive it.
The Sixth Line of Defense
So you've created the perfect weapon, you've trained it be the ultimate killing machine, and sharpened it until it is peerless in motion and flawless in action. However it's not yet yours to command, so you plot and you scheme to make it yours alone. On the eve of success when your long laid plans are about to be realized, your weapon does the unthinkable, it falls in love. What do you do now?
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- Cripple-Mode: Hot Electric
on Nov. 22, 2014
If you are looking for a casual read that is over and done with in a day, this is most certainly not the book for you. This book is in every way that matters huge, even speed readers can expect a sizable journey to reach the end. While the length insures you get a good bang for your buck, it can be a source of frustration as it was for this reader. This is because while your mind is filled with an overwhelming number of questions, anything like answers trickle in slowly by dribs and drabs through a means that can be frustrating. Nearly all there is to learn about the characters and the world spun into being inside the pages of this book is transmitted through dialogue as a opposed to narration. That means there is a ALOT of talking, and because of that quantity it can at times feel tedious and frustrating to read so many pages of back and forth exchanges.
That aside J.L. Dobias has created a world which is convoluted, complicated, and filled nearly to overflowing with complexity with adds greatly to the realism, because lets face it life isn't ever simple. Be warned, however, that for all that this book is massive, answers it seem are still some distance away as this book can feel incomplete as it cuts off in essence, mid-story. Beyond that the author does a good job establishing the characters towards some future end and creating a very complex world filled with what from my perspective is unique science. He does a good job of spinning up a tale filled with tension and mystery and leaving a reader near screaming with a growing need for answers.
While ultimately this reader ended up feeling some greater and lesser forms of dissatisfaction and periods of frustration, that should by no means dissuade fans of science fiction from giving this book a good, long walk through the woods of this other world. This is certainly not another of those watered down, casual reads that have no real substance and blank slates in the place of characters. This book is filled with strange characters, secrets, mysteries and a search for answers which carries a reader along with the main character as she herself seeks to understand the world she is awoken too. I for one will be moving on ahead to see what might be discovered as this series is continued.