News and Other Nuggets of Knowledge

“We have to continually be jumping off cliffs and developing our wings on the way down.” ― Kurt Vonnegut

My first short story, The Woman in the Zebra Hat, is now available to download on This was my first experience publishing through Smashwords and I have to say that I’m thoroughly satisfied. Their process is quick and easy if you follow their Style Guide. It took the guess work out of the publishing process and I got multiple formats for free. If you would like to check it out, just click on the book cover below to be directed to the Smashwords website. The story is free to download and it includes a preview of The Last Navigator at the end. It’s the perfect lunchtime read!

The Woman in the Zebra Hat: A Short Story

In other news, I’ve submitted the final version of The Last Navigator to Amazon’s CreateSpace for a proof to be printed. The proof has shipped and I’m waiting (im)patiently to get it in the mail. I can’t wait to hold the physical copy of my first book in my hands. What a thrill! Overall, my experience with CreateSpace has been satisfactory. The process is easy and, best of all, it’s free! The only thing you have to pay for is the proof and personal copies.

Sales of The Last Navigator for August have been pretty abysmal. I know that $2.99 is a stretch for someone to pay to get an ebook by an unknown author. In an attempt to make it a bit easier on the wallet, I’ve decreased the price of The Last Navigator to $0.99 in hopes that my sales will increase and more readers can experience a great story. If you want to download The Last Navigator at this discounted price, click HERE.

On Labor Day (September 2, 2013) I will be releasing The Last Navigator on Smashwords in multiple ebook formats. It’s a Labor Day special and you can pre-order your copy today!

Do you prefer to read your ebooks via your iPad or iPhone on the iBooks app? Or would you rather download a PDF version and read it on your computer? Do you have a Sony Reader or a Palm reading device?

The Last Navigator is available for pre-order in the following formats:

  • EPUB (for reading in Apple iPad/iBooks, Nook, Sony Reader, Kobo, and most e-reading apps including Stanza, Aldiko, Adobe Digital Editions, others)
  • Kindle (.MOBI file for Kindle devices and Kindle apps)
  • PDF (for reading on a PC and other e-reading devices or printing)
  • LRF (for older model Sony Readers that don’t support .epub)
  • Palm Doc (PDB) (for Palm reading devices)

Want to pre-order your copy? Click HERE.

One more topic I would like to address is the topic of reviews. I received a great review from Sherrey Meyer (Found Between the Covers) recently but haven’t seen any increase in reviews on Amazon. I hope that those of you who have read The Last Navigator and have liked it will think about writing a review on Amazon. It only takes a couple of seconds to write a quick review and I would truly appreciate it!

I hope to write up a post on my publishing experiences with CreateSpace and Smashwords soon so be on the lookout for that. School is back in full swing and I’m excited about things to come this fall!

Until next time…

J. G. McNease


The Back to School Freebie Event Begins Today!

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The Back to School Freebie Event has begun and will last ALL WEEKEND LONG! Get your free copy of The Last Navigator today or Saturday or Sunday! You have THREE WHOLE DAYS to download The Last Navigator for free from

Don’t miss this opportunity because it is the last freebie event of the summer!

To download your free copy, simply click on the book cover below to go directly to my bookstore. From there, all you have to do is click “Buy from” and complete your FREE DOWNLOAD!

The Last Navigator Cover Art

If you have any problems downloading your free copy of The Last Navigator, please don’t hesitate to contact me using the form on the Contact page. The Fourth of July Freebie Event got 47 downloads. Let’s beat that number during The Back to School Freebie Event!

Get the word out!

Share with your friends and families!

Thanks for all of the love and support!

Until next time…

J. G. McNease

Coming Soon: Back to School Freebie Event

Starting this Friday, August 2nd, The Last Navigator will be ABSOLUTELY FREE to download for THREE WHOLE DAYS!

That’s right!

Don’t miss out on this Back to School Freebie Event, August 2nd, 3rd, and 4th! Download The Last Navigator for yourself and tell your friends and family. This is the last of the free events this summer so get your free copy while you can!

I’m so excited to be able to offer The Last Navigator for free this weekend! To download your free copy, simply click on the cover image below which will take you directly to my bookstore.

The Last Navigator [Kindle Edition]

Mark your calendars so you won’t forget about this amazing opportunity!

Until next time…

J. G. McNease

Fourth of July Freebie!

The Last Navigator

The Last Navigator
Copyright 2013 by J. G. McNease
Available on Amazon Kindle

The summer is in full swing and here in the South, it’s quite hot indeed. I’m pleased to announce that The Last Navigator will be free for TWO DAYS! That’s TWO WHOLE DAYS that you can download The Last Navigator for free from Amazon Kindle! As a Fourth of July treat, I am offering The Last Navigator for free on July 3rd and July 4th, just in time for those summer holiday vacations. Dip your toes in the cool resort pool while you read about Lani’s adventures in the beautiful Pacific Ocean. Let The Last Navigator take your imagination on a journey to the deep blue waters around the islands of Hawai’i as you lay on the beach and soak up the sun. Even if you aren’t taking a vacation, escape from the ordinary with Lani as she discovers the world of the Navigators.

I’m so excited to get the chance to offer this amazing story to you for free that I am making it a TWO DAY EVENT! If you haven’t gotten your copy of The Last Navigator yet, now is the time to do it. Want your friends to have a copy? Great! Let them know about this freebie and tell them to contact me using the form at the bottom of this post and let me know that you referred them. If someone you referred downloads The Last Navigator during these TWO DAYS only, I will send you an EXCLUSIVE FIRST LOOK of the companion novel to The Last Navigator: Through Ryan’s Eyes. This companion novel will not be released for months but you could take a sneak peek if you refer a friend!

Don’t miss out! Click on the book cover at the top of this post to download The Last Navigator for free on July 3rd and July 4th and I assure you, you won’t regret it!

Until next time…

J. G. McNease

Referred by a friend? Use this form to let me know!