Brian Jackson

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Born in Los Angeles in the middle of the last century, I have always wanted to be a writer. After twenty-five some odd years spent working in the computer industry in the heart of the Silicon Valley, first for Lockheed as a Systems Programmer and later for Cisco Systems as a test tool developer, I managed to retire early and begin my next career as a self-published author.

Along with writing and publishing my own novels I also publish the works of my wife, Melanie Jackson. During the past four years I've published well over 100 books in paperback and ebook formats. Oddly enough this includes ebooks on how to self-publish books and how to create professional looking book covers using the GIMP. I've also recorded and distributed a pair of audiobooks available for purchase on Amazon and Audible. Finally, I spend a portion of my time maintaining both my website and my wife’s website, which was developed modularly using Bootstrap 3 and SSI technologies.

My latest endeavor, begun in July of 2014, is to record training courses for distribution via Udemy. My goal is to provide low cost high quality screen cast based educational material focusing on my area of expertise; namely, self-publishing and book cover design using the GIMP. As time permits, I plan to expand my catalog to cover Web page development and Udemy course preparation.

I currently live in the beautiful California wine country with my beautiful wife, published author Melanie Jackson, and Butterscotch the cat.

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The Secret Staircase (A Wendover House Mystery Book 1)
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 38,090. Language: English. Published: September 29, 2011 by Brian Jackson. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
A strange inheritance leads Tess MacKay to an island in Maine. In her unknown relative's ancient house, she discovers that the sins of the past are very much alive and able to be visited on the children. Smugglers and pirates and an old curse are not just things of the past, but dangers and mysteries to be reckoned with today.
Lucky Thirteen (A Chloe Boston Mystery Book 13)
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 33,380. Language: English. Published: January 27, 2012 by Brian Jackson. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
Chloe Boston is on vacation with her husband Alex in Florida. While Alex does security work for a local hotel, Chloe pursues her new favorite pastime at the horse racing tracks. Meeting a wealthy horse owner, Chloe is drawn deeper into the world of world class racehorse breading and training. But soon a doping incident followed by a murder ruin her fun and put Chloe back on the case.
On Deadly Tides (A Wendover House Mystery Book 3)
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 21,630. Language: English. Published: March 20, 2012 by Brian Jackson. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
A body has washed up on the beach and the past which was buried once is now a present danger to Tess MacKay and others in the islands. Questions about the corpse's identity lead to an exhumation of an empty grave and further queries about a supposed accidental death that might be a ritual murder.
The Second Book of Dreams: Meridian
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 60,560. Language: English. Published: October 3, 2010 by Brian Jackson. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
Welcome back to the Narcoscape, the shadowy realm of dreams where dark things prey on the mind. We all go there; the saints, the sinners, and the serial killers too. Can Nicodemus Smith, a dreamside detective, find a wakeside killer before he hunts her down?
Death of a Dumb Bunny (A Chloe Boston Mystery Book 7)
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 24,450. Language: English. Published: February 24, 2011 by Brian Jackson. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
Someone has murdered the Hope Falls Easter Bunny. Can Chloe Boston stop the mad archer before he strikes again?
Big Bones (A Butterscotch Jones Mystery Book 2)
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 22,580. Language: English. Published: May 16, 2011 by Brian Jackson. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
When the mafia plane exploded, that should have been the end of troubles for McIntyre's Gulch, but the government became more interested in The Gulch and RCMP detective, Chuck Goodhead. Butterscotch Jones has other woes. A giant skeleton has been discovered outside of town and Sasquatch Watch is on the way with reporters and an anthropologist. Can she get rid of them before someone dies.
Due North (A Butterscotch Jones Mystery Book 1)
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 41,380. Language: English. Published: March 17, 2011 by Brian Jackson. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
Butterscotch Jones thought that living in the far north provided enough peril to contend with until a private plane crashed outside her hometown of McIntyre's Gulch, Manitoba, Canada. The treasure inside the plane soon attracted both the RCMP and the Russian Mafia. For a town built upon isolation and secrecy, the doors were about to be blown off their hinges.


Do It Yourself: Publish on Amazon
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,520. Language: American English. Published: February 13, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Publishing » Self-publishing
This manual explains how to format your book using Microsoft Word on either a PC or a Mac for publication at Amazon using the Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) web-based interface. Formatting books for publication on Amazon isn’t a sexy subject, but it is about to become fundamental to your life as a self-published author.
Sanderson House
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 39,440. Language: English. Published: June 28, 2011 by Brian Jackson. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
Cheryl Sanderson is looking to make a new start in life beginning with her new home in San Francisco. But her old life in Las Vegas won't leave her be. Soon she's hip deep in boarders, larcenists, and dead bodies. And to clear her good name she must find the murderer of her most recent house guest. Sanderson House is an enjoyable cozy mystery about a young mother trying to catch a break in life.
In Walked Trouble
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,450. Language: English. Published: January 7, 2011. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
"I knew ahead of time that trouble was at my door by the sound of the footsteps in the hallway. You see, they were the footsteps of a dame; and in my book, and at this time of night, a dame almost always spells trouble." Harland Case is on the job again, only this time the job involves vampires and other unsavories. A Los Angeles, noir piece that tells the story of one hard up dick.
The Kiss
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,760. Language: English. Published: January 7, 2011. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance
"My name is Steve Merriman and I'm eleven years old... Today, March 11th, 1969, after school, I have to kiss a girl." Thus begins the charming story of the longest day in a young boy's life. Here, for the first time as a standalone story is a remembrance from days gone by when: drop drills were performed to prepare for the bomb, girls had koodies, and a first kiss was both scary and enthralling.
Blood Lust
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 59,580. Language: English. Published: December 13, 2010. Category: Fiction » Erotica » Gay Erotica
An amped up, shiver driven, love fest. - Dark Realm Review. Blood Lust is a contemporary retelling of Dracula as a M/M Romance. Blood Lust tells the story of Don Emilio Diego Vargas Tepes and his thwarted attempt to subjugate Los Angeles under an iron rule. Join Arthur, Seward, Van Helsing, and even the crazed lunatic Crenshaw, as they confront evil on a grand scale.
Dead of Night
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 58,830. Language: English. Published: August 5, 2010. Category: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
From the end of the world to romance on an elementary school playground, from vampires and ghosts to killer accordions, these are the short stories of Brian Jackson. Published individually in various hard copy venues, these stories are now available for the first time in a single volume. Come let the author share with you his love for the short story form.
Travel Logged
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 81,870. Language: English. Published: August 4, 2010. Category: Fiction » Romance » General
The night he lost his wife, Owen Beyer became a lost man. Coming to, Owen finds himself on cut rate tour of Europe. But eventually he turns the cards on his company by hijacking the low budget tour group to take them on a deluxe tour of Europe with all expenses paid by his employer. Along the way, he's chased and falls in love with the beautiful member of the tour group.
Remote Control
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 78,090. Language: English. Published: August 4, 2010. Category: Fiction » Romance » General
British intelligence can no longer afford to risk its finest minds in the field. Now female control agents who are trained and retained at headquarters remotely communicate with male field agents who are long on brawn and short on brain. Remote control is romantic comedy of a possible present in which women run the world hidden behind proxy male mouthpieces.
Blood Reich
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 81,030. Language: English. Published: August 4, 2010. Category: Fiction » Horror » General
In the year 1945 the Third Reich is losing the war. In a desperate attempt to save the Motherland, the Nazi High Command makes a deal with an ancient Yugoslavian count to give them the blood of the vampire. Vampirism soon spreads through the German forces turning men into blood crazed fighting machines and the Wehrmacht into an unstoppable juggernaut. Blood Reich is fast paced action, horror.

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Smashwords book reviews by Brian Jackson

  • Legacy: Arthurian Saga on May 15, 2011

    I bought this set simply because I had to have a copy of The Crystal Cave on my Kindle. One of my favorite books of all time. Now, where are the rest of the Mary Stewart books?
  • The First Ten Steps on June 12, 2011

    Good, simple advice from someone who's been there, done that. I recommend this book for those ready to take the next step in promoting their work.
  • Operation Disaster on Feb. 18, 2012

    It was the year of my birth that things started to go wrong. By 1980 the world was a bombed out husk patroled by marauding mutants. A tiny group of scientists depend upon a questionable technology to travel back in time in order to stop the chaos before it began. So begins this facinating look at the consequences of war and the lengths to which the human spirit will soar to save humanity. I really enjoyed this story from the catastrophic beginning through the explanation of the technology to the throught provoking conclusion. The story is a fast paced classic that is sure to please. I highly recommend it. For lovers of Arthur C. Clarke and Issac Asimov comes a fun short story from the classic sci-fi writer Elizabeth Chater.