Paperback versions of “I, Hero: The Beginning” and “As Life Goes: Elementary” are now available for direct ordering.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday September 10, 2015

Jason Zandri
Jason@Zandri.net

PRESS RELEASE – Paperback versions of “I, Hero: The Beginning” and “As Life Goes: Elementary” are now available for direct ordering.

Paperback book release / signing event planned for the weekend of Celebrate Wallingford – Saturday October 3rd and Sunday October 4th.

WALLINGFORD, CT – “I, Hero: The Beginning” and “As Life Goes: Elementary” have been available in KINDLE version format since early summer and are now available in print directly from the author.

“The books are available via Amazon.com in the KINDLE format for $2.99 or less per title. The pricing for the paperback editions are $15.00 each via direct sales.

I will be at Celebrate Wallingford Saturday October 3rd and Sunday October 4th to sign copies of the titles, as well as versions of “Another Sunset”, my first release from November 2014.

If anyone wants copies ahead of Celebrate, they can contact me directly and I would be more than happy to follow up with them.”

For additional information on each of the titles you can follow the links below:

AS LIFE GOES: ELEMENTARY – http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ZXVB7SK/

ANOTHER SUNSET – http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00QD2FQU8/

I, HERO: THE BEGINNING – http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00Y3LA41M/

I, HERO: NATHAN RETURNS – http://www.amazon.com/dp/B011AOPE64/ is due for KINDLE release on September 15, 2015. A paperback version is expected in the November time-frame.

Excerpts to the titles are available via THE GUNDERSTONE REVIEW at https://gunderstone.wordpress.com/category/excerpt/

You can keep up with Jason on Facebook via his author page via https://www.facebook.com/jzandri
You can FOLLOW Jason on Twitter via https://twitter.com/gunderstone
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You can read Jason’s current updates and writing activity on his writer’s blog – THE GUNDERSTONE REVIEW at https://gunderstone.wordpress.com/

You can reach Jason online via any of these social media sites or via email at Jason@Zandri.net

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The GUNDERSTONE REVIEW stop on the Rave Reviews Book Club BACK-TO-SCHOOL BOOK and BLOG BLOCK PARTY!

Hi and WELCOME to Rave Reviews Book Club’s BACK-TO-SCHOOL BOOK and BLOG BLOCK PARTY
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You have arrived at THE GUNDERSTONE REVIEW – Location:  Wallingford, Connecticut

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Here’s What I’m Giving Away Today:

Kindle version of Another Sunset
Kindle version of As Life Goes: Elementary
Kindle version of I, Hero: The Beginning
Kindle version of I, Hero: Nathan Returns (due September 15th)

Number of Winners for this stop – FOUR, and here are the FOUR winners:

1st place: Linda Mims – Kindle version of Another Sunset

2nd place: Kim Cox – Kindle version of As Life Goes: Elementary

3rd place: J. B. Hawker/Jonna Turek – Kindle version of I, Hero: The Beginning

4th place: Jack James – Kindle version of I, Hero: Nathan Returns (due September 15th)

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Hello everyone – thanks for stopping by.

I wanted to take the opportunity to introduce myself to all of you (those that might not know who I am, anyway) and to also showcase my completed works, ones that will be released in the middle of the block party, and my little road map to the future.

So with that…

ABOUT JASON ZANDRI

Jason has been working in the information technology field in one form or the other since 1996. He is currently employed full time at Bloomberg LP as a Systems Engineer in the R&D group. Jason lives in Wallingford Connecticut, with his wife Renata. He is the father to four children, three boys and 1 girl – 6 years (Alex), 7 years (Adam), 9 years (Angela), and 11 years old (Andrew).

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You can keep up with Jason on Facebook via his author page via https://www.facebook.com/jzandri

You can FOLLOW Jason on Twitter via https://twitter.com/gunderstone

You can ADD Jason to your circles on Google+ via https://plus.google.com/+JasonZandri/

Read Jason’s Blog – The GUNDERSTONE Review – https://gunderstone.wordpress.com/  

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My books

Before Another Sunset (The Sunset Series Book 1)

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SYNOPSIS – Westville, Texas. A small town with friendly people; families that have stayed and endured life’s ups and downs. Many have left as the town no longer can fully support its own. An old woman maintains one of the remaining small businesses at the center of town, helped by Maria, her second floor tenant. Maria’s daughter Caroline starts to question her father’s absence. She also dreams up an idea to help the local library. Friends uncover true feelings and a kind drifter’s travels bring him closer to the town. – PREQUEL NOVELLA TO “ANOTHER SUNSET” 

FAVORITED REVIEWLooking forward to more by this author

Before Another Sunset review

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Another Sunset (The Sunset Series Book 2) 

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SYNOPSIS – David Stephenson is a kind drifter who comes to settle in the small Texas town of Westville. His sense, empathy, and awareness are well received by the residents of the failing town as they welcome and befriend him. During his stay he helps a small local girl try to realize her dream and while doing so excites and energizes the whole town to help out. Lives change as fate takes a critical turn. The local would-be reporter, tasked by David’s longtime friend, takes off on a mission to unravel the mystery of his travels, where he came from, and discovers why he is on his journey.

FAVORITED REVIEWAbsolutely Terrific

Another Sunset review

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As Life Goes: Elementary

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SYNOPSIS – “Every new beginning starts from nothing. Understanding that you can have everything in the love of one person, isn’t that worth the risk of personal capital? Isn’t that kind of love worth it?” – Diane Wakeford

“Have I ever told you, you’re the nicest boy I’ve ever met?” – Melissa Bancroft

“I will have the friends I want. I don’t care what boy likes me or what boy I like. You’re an awesome friend. I am not giving you up because we’re going to different schools or for any one person either.” – Elizabeth Wellsworth

Mark Sanford returns to his hometown with his son Matthew in tow to rebuild their lives. Recently divorced, and with the mother totally abandoning her parental responsibilities, both father and son are beginning their fresh start together.

Matthew begins to make new friends in the neighborhood and at school while he tries to find his place among people that have been friends with one another for years at elementary school.

Mark takes over the reins of the former family corner store with the help of a young woman looking for work. The ability to love and trust that woman entering his life is difficult for him because of all he has lost. For Matthew, that “first love” is difficult to understand without a motherly influence and with a father that has been deeply hurt.

FAVORITED REVIEWI have enjoyed his work

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I, Hero: The Beginning

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SYNOPSIS – An everyday man, living less than ordinary life in New York City, simply makes his way about his work life and one at home. A kind heart and an empathetic soul, who tended to think of others before he thought of himself.

With his childhood totally left behind and gone with the final resting of his father, Nathan has come to terms with his past as he forges his life in the present, unaware of what lies ahead.

An unlikely friendship, a random act of violence, a budding romance, all part of a life changed.

“When it’s your time, there’s nothing you can do to change that outcome. The only thing you can do is meet it head on. You have to hope that the life you had with others, while you were here, has made a positive impact.” – Brian Devron

“Where there is darkness, you are light. Where others know fear, you will be brave. When there are setbacks, you will persevere. Where others find weakness, you bring strength. Where there is despair, you are hope. Where cowardice falls, you rise courageously. Where others do not have the ability to believe, you have faith. You will suffer, so that others will endure. You will triumph where others would fall.” – Cici Johnson

“This is it; it all changes tonight. Anything I do tonight, at a minimum, is going to at least expose all of this to the world.” – Nathan Devron.

FAVORITED REVIEWInteresting hero story 

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I, Hero: Nathan Returns

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SYNOPSIS – Nathan is back in New York City; the place where it all started, nearly one year later. While he has been away, he has been establishing a base of operations and trying to follow the direction his life has taken – making a difference and answering the call for help where and when he is needed.

He has returned to this birthplace of his powers with more questions of why he is on the path he is on and what is expected of him.

During a dangerous rescue, his powers dissipate, and leave him critically vulnerable.

He connects back with old friends who help him rediscover the man he used to be to in order to help him be the man he has become and the man who he must be.

Magical forces come into play, pulling on nature itself, which introduces an unexpected challenge to Nathan while he is at this perilous juncture.

The pendulum swings even farther out of alignment; it is up to Nathan to respond before forces are set into motion that cannot be countered.

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BOOK EXCERPTS

I, Hero: The Beginning
“I, Hero – The Beginning” – Excerpt I
“I, Hero – The Beginning” – Excerpt II
“I, Hero – The Beginning” – Excerpt III
“I, Hero – The Beginning” – Excerpt IV

I, Hero: Nathan Returns
“I, Hero: Nathan Returns” – Excerpt I
“I, Hero: Nathan Returns” – Excerpt II

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BOOK RELEASE ROADMAP

This is the roadmap I am using for both of my series – “As Life Goes” and “I, Hero”. Obviously these dates are all fluid and subject to change but if I an stay on track, this is my release intent:

As Life Goes: The End of the Innocence – (expected November 2015)
As Life Goes: The Reunion – (expected April 2016)
As Life Goes: The Wedding (expected July 2016)
As Life Goes: The Funeral (expected October 2016)

I Hero: Untitled Book 3 (Expected first half 2016)
I Hero: Untitled Book 4 (Expected second half 2016)
I Hero: Untitled Book 5 (Expected first half 2017)

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I find it sort of funny personally that I haven’t yet named the next three books in the “I, Hero” series (the titles just seem to escape me for the moment). I mean, it’s not like I play dress up for the “As Life Goes” series.

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But I digress…

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Well, I guess that’s a wrap!

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September 2, 2015

“As Life Goes – Elementary”, a novel by Jason Zandri, is now available to order from Amazon.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – July, 31 2015

Jason Zandri
(860) 614-6069
Jason@Zandri.net
https://www.facebook.com/jzandri

“As Life Goes – Elementary”, a novel by Jason Zandri, is now available to order from Amazon.

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WALLINGFORD, CT – “As Life Goes – Elementary”, a novel by Jason Zandri, ended its advanced ordering and can be ordered for immediate delivery for the Amazon Kindle via http://www.amazon.com/Life-Goes-Elementary-Jason-Zandri-ebook/dp/B00ZXVB7SK/ for $2.99

Product Details
AUTHOR: JASON ZANDRI
File Size: 3134 KB
Print Length: 178 pages
Publication Date: July 31, 2015
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Language: English
ASIN: B00ZXVB7SK
Text-to-Speech:  Enabled
X-Ray: Not Enabled
Word Wise: Enabled
Lending: Enabled
Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

Synopsis: “Every new beginning starts from nothing. Understanding that you can have everything in the love of one person, isn’t that worth the risk of personal capital? Isn’t that kind of love worth it?” – Diane Wakeford

“Have I ever told you, you’re the nicest boy I’ve ever met?” – Melissa Bancroft

“I will have the friends I want. I don’t care what boy likes me or what boy I like. You’re an awesome friend. I am not giving you up because we’re going to different schools or for any one person either.” – Elizabeth Wellsworth

Mark Sanford returns to his hometown with his son Matthew in tow to rebuild their lives. Recently divorced, and with the mother totally abandoning her parental responsibilities, both father and son are beginning their fresh start together.

Matthew begins to make new friends in the neighborhood and at school while he tries to find his place among people that have been friends with one another for years at elementary school.

Mark takes over the reins of the former family corner store with the help of a young woman looking for work. The ability to love and trust that woman entering his life is difficult for him because of all he has lost. For Matthew, that “first love” is difficult to understand without a motherly influence and with a father that has been deeply hurt.

ABOUT JASON ZANDRI

Jason has been working in the information technology field in one form or the other since 1996. He is currently employed full time at Bloomberg LP as a Systems Engineer in the R&D group. Jason lives in Wallingford Connecticut, with his wife Renata. He is the father to four children, three boys and 1 girl – 10 years (Andrew), 8 years (Angela), 6 years (Adam) and 5 years old (Alex).

You can keep up with Jason on Facebook via his author page via https://www.facebook.com/jzandri

You can FOLLOW Jason on Twitter via https://twitter.com/gunderstone

You can ADD Jason to your circles on Google+ via https://plus.google.com/+JasonZandri/

Read Jason’s Blog – The GUNDERSTONE Review – https://gunderstone.wordpress.com/  

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“As Life Goes – Elementary” – Excerpt III – Author Jason Zandri

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Pre-order “As Life Goes: Elementary” – General release – July 31, 2015

Matthew walked along the side wall of the school at recess, kicking the slushy snow on the ground dragging his feet a little. With the small spike of the late January temperatures into the forties, the teachers decided to take the fourth and fifth graders out for their short break. He looked across a group of boys swapping baseball cards a few feet ahead of him to see Melissa Bancroft and a couple of other girls talking to one another.

Since speaking with her older sister Diane in his father’s store a couple of weeks prior, he hadn’t had a good enough reason to engage her in a conversation. He had tried a couple of times, once in the lunch line and then once on the bus going home, but she always seemed aloof and indifferent to his efforts.

She’s pretty and all, Matthew thought to himself, but I don’t even know what else I could say to her to try to talk to her and to be honest, the whole, “chase me” thing is getting under my skin.

Matthew integrated himself with the boys looking at the trading cards but he casually looked past them at Melissa.

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Melissa smiled a little as her friend Carrie Hoag tugged on her arm a little. “See! He did it again Melissa.” Carrie said as she let Melissa’s arm go and took off her hat and tucked the brown strands back up. “He stands there and tries to look busy doing something else but it’s always in a direct line to see you. I told you he likes you.”

Melissa smiled slightly, moving a falling piece of her black hair away from her dark brown eyes. “He’s friendly. We’ve talked a little. He lives in the neighborhood. Well, over on the far south side of it anyway. My half-sister works for his father.”

“Oh my God have you seen his father?” Alecia Parker squealed. “He’s almost as cute at Matthew.”

“I know,” Melissa responded almost embarrassed and giggling softly. “I think Diane has a crush on him.”

“On her boss? That’s totally…” Carrie began before she was cut off by Alecia.

“RAD!” Alecia said excitedly. “Come on! He’s gorgeous!”

“Matthew or his Dad?” Melissa asked giggling.

“Well they both are. Obviously Matthew is too young for Diane,” Alecia replied turning her head to look a little more carefully at Matthew. .

Partly being funny and partly to make a point, Melissa responded. “Well technically speaking he’s not. I mean my sister is twenty four and when I asked Matthew when he would be twelve he said “May” so that’s basically twelve years’ difference.” Melissa strolled forward slightly and her friends followed. “My sister said Mr. Sanford…”

“Mark. She calls him Mark all the time,” Alecia said with a big smile.

“Right…” Melissa continued. “Diane said that Mr. Sanford’s birthday was coming up in February. She had overheard Matthew talking about it to him at the store. So it’s a twelve year difference there too. My step father is ten years older than my mother. It’s almost the same.”

“That would mean that when Marrrky was in fifth or sixth grade your sister was just born,” Carrie said in a playful and teasing tone as she too turned her more of her attention towards Matthew.

“I don’t mind a little playful talk,” Melissa said in a quieter tone, “but I think Mr. Sanford deserves a little respect. I mean we can crush in him all day,” she said as her smiled widened, “but he only gave Diane permission to call him “Mark”.

Carrie let out a little squeal and pushed lightly into the other two girls as if she was swooning.

Melissa looked over at Matthew too. She lifted her hand slightly to wave to him and he just waived lightly back at her. He waved back to me without looking around. At least he has some confidence, she thought to herself. She opened her mouth slightly as he stepped away from the group he was with and began walking over towards the three of them.

“He’s coming this way,” Carrie said directly to Alecia, grabbing her playfully at the shoulders.

“Oh my God, Missy, what are you going to say?” Alecia asked.

“How can I know? He hasn’t said a word to me yet today. I didn’t sit near him on the bus,” Melissa said as she tried to steady herself, feeling her heart rate climb a little, something she never experienced with a boy before and it bothered her a little. Easy, she thought to herself. Since when are you nervous talking to people? She liked the idea that she was strong and in her own mind, as self-supporting and confident as she could be for her age. She didn’t want to fall into the same trap her mother did and the recent relationship that failed with her older sister. Seeing all of that around the house made her tough, but meeting Matthew had softened her thoughts in ways that surprised her and the way she was suddenly feeling caught her off guard.

“Hi Melissa, Carrie, Alecia,” Matthew said as he walked up. “Melissa, I was wondering if you were busy after school.”

The girls giggled as Melissa turned away from them. “Well I have a lot of homework.”

“Me too. I was thinking we might work on the Social Studies review together if that would interest you.” Matthew said plainly.

Melissa smiled at the thought of being asked and he had done it very directly. He didn’t seem nervous like the other boys that talked to her. At the same time, she suddenly realized she was far less nervous about talking to him than she was the past few days getting to know him better. “Well, I like the idea, but I’m not allowed out with boys. Even for school work,” Melissa said as she frowned. “That’s my dad’s rule.”

Without a pause, Matthew continued. “Is he home after school? Maybe if I came over and asked him? That way he knows it was an honest interest in homework.” Matthew smiled a little. “And maybe to listen to a little music.”

Melissa was grinning ear to ear. No one ever asked her to sit and listen to music together. The smile quickly washed away. “My step dad works until eleven so he’s not even home to ask.”

“Could I ask your mom? Is she home? I don’t mind staying there at your house.” Matthew said as he continued his efforts to get Melissa to agree to the time.

“She works until seven. I am sure she’d have a conniption if I had a boy over. I am supposed to call her when I get in now that Diane is working for your dad and I am home by myself until then,” Melissa said waving her friends off as they giggled at the two of them. She stepped away and tugged Matthew lightly by the arm to follow her. Melissa smiled, continuing to hold on to his arm for a moment after the tug to move him along.

“How about you ask her if you can come to the store to study with me?” Matthew said earnestly looking down at Melissa’s hands still on his arm. “It’s better than you sitting there at home alone. Your sister is there. My Dad is there. She can pick the two of you up at seven.”

Melissa quickly let her hands go. “I thought your Dad closed the store at six?” Melissa asked turning away from Matthew as the cold wind picked up and blew her loose strands of hair around.

“He does, that’s right.” Matthew said visibly embarrassed. “I was thinking of the time your mother comes home and not when my Dad closes the store.

“I guess you really wanted to spend time with me if you forgot when your dad closes the store.” Melissa said quietly trying to make it sincere sounding.

“Would you like to check with your mom and ask?” Matthew responded somewhat withdrawn and slightly defensive. “I could get off at your bus stop and walk with you to the house and wait for you to call her at work. If she says yes we could walk together to the store.”

“I’d like that,” Melissa said smiling.

“Okay, that’s great Melissa,” Matthew said a little louder and with some confidence. “I’ll see you on the bus.”

“Matthew?” Melissa called out as she turned to walk back to her friends.

“Yes?” he answered before he fully turned around to walk away.

“Do you have a nick name or does everyone call you “Matthew” all the time?”

“It’s just Matthew,” he said slightly withdrawn. “I favor it that way because… well I just do.”

“It’s a nice name. My friends call me Missy,” she said as her smile returned.

“Diane called you that as well. I wasn’t sure if it was something you liked or if it is something done slightly to tease. Like when my friends are goofing and call me “Matty” or “Sandman.” I was trying to figure that out. Your nickname, it’s pretty. Like you.”

Carrie and Alecia completely lost themselves on the “pretty” comment and screamed and laughed. Melissa looked over at Matthew who was visibly shaken for having said what he said and watching the reactions of the girls. Melissa looked over at the two of them with scorn and walked over to him.

“You’re the nicest boy I’ve ever met,” she said whispering in his ear and kissing him on the cheek. She didn’t want to see his reaction so she turned and ran from him and her friends. “I’ll see you on the bus.”

“Yeah,” Matthew said aloud as they disappeared up and over the small, snowy hill on the playground. “See you on the bus,” he said as Carrie and Alecia tried to catch up with her.

Matthew took a couple of steps to the side watching Melissa and then turned to walk and smacked right into another girl that was coming his way. She slipped in the snow and fell. Matthew quickly reached down to help her up. “I’m so sorry, that was clumsy of me. I wasn’t paying attention.”

The fair skinned girl with the red hair smiled as she extended her hand to be helped up. “It’s okay. Accidents and all,” she said as she stood and brushed the snow off.

“The snow got you wet; I’m sorry about that,” Matthew said rather embarrassed. He wanted to brush the snow off her but hesitated on touching her. The girl looked at him wondering if he’d follow through and smiled when he finally did.

“Recess is almost over. I’ll be okay. Well I suppose now that we’ve bumped into one another we could say “hi”. My name is Elizabeth. My friends call me Liz.”

“Matthew,” he said smiling at her. “It’s nice to meet you.”

“Well I suppose knocking me over had a benefit,” she said as she laughed and brushed more snow off her pants.

“Oh?” Matthew said as he turned to walk with her. “Such as?”

“Well for one thing I finally got to meet you. You’re new here and I can’t get your attention from the back of the classroom. That and when you make a mistake you have only positive improvement from there, for the most part,” she said smiling at him.

“Well, when you put it like that, I suppose you’re right,” Matthew said as he smiled and looked at her as they both walked back toward the school building with recess ending.

“As Life Goes – Elementary” – Excerpt II – Author Jason Zandri

Mark had just finished moving the last of the items around the main part of the convenience store and he stepped through the adjoining door to the three garage bays with the design layout in his hands. He laid it down on the work station table when someone approached the glass walk in door to the garages. He made his way over to unlock the door.

“Hi,” Mark said swinging the door open in the late afternoon winter darkness. “Sorry about the lack of lighting outside” he said as he looked up at all the overhead lights that were turned off, “but we’re not open for a couple more days and I was trying to not attract people to the building early. I am figuring on a formal opening on Monday. Can I help you with anything?”

The young woman stepped inside and stomped off her boots to kick the freshly fallen snow off. “Hi,” she responded rather meekly taking her woolen hood off her head and removing her hat, “I saw your ad in the paper, for part time help, and I was hoping to catch you while you were in here to apply.”

Mark raised an eyebrow to the young woman, “Well you’ve already scored a couple of points with me for taking the initiative in walking here in the snow to put in the application,” he said as he looked out the door at the oncoming snow storm. “And fairly quickly too; I don’t think the ad ran more than one day.” Mark motioned for her to step back into the main store and he reached behind her to re-lock the walk in door to the garage area. Matthew peaked out of the office area where he had been finishing his homework to see who his father was talking to.

“So I see you had design plans,” the young woman said as she unzipped her coat part of the way and pointed to Mark’s hand with the paperwork, doing her best to make small talk and seem at ease. “Are you planning to expand the store side or re-open the garages for car repair?”

Mark could tell she was nervously trying to make small talk but she was fairly effective in her process despite being nervous. She came across as genuinely interested about it rather than simply making the comments for the only purposes of small talk. “Well, Miss…”

“Diane. Diane Wakeford.” She responded nervously and extended her hand to shake Mark’s.

“Miss Wakeford. Did you grow up around here?” Mark asked as he lightly and politely shook it.

“Oh no, I’ve lived here my whole life. Twenty four years.” Diane said as she took her hand quickly back.

“I see. Interesting.” Mark said as he walked behind the main counter and took out application paperwork for her and grabbed a pen and clip board. “Did you go to college for business or marketing?”

“Oh no sir,” she responded quickly and lowered her head slightly, removing her striking blue eyes from view by looking down at the paperwork she took from Mark. “I went to work right after high school. It was just what I had planned and it worked out for me, you know, going straight to work and all.”

“And are you working now?” Mark asked leaning back against the counter.

Diane looked up straight at Mark and quietly responded. “No.” She paused for a second and cleared her throat but never took her eyes off of him. “I was a couple of years ago, as a retail associate and in store product marketing associate. I’ll put that information down here on the application. It was at Barker’s, then King’s, but they are closed now of course. I’m sorry that you won’t be able to confirm the employment.” She set the paperwork down to take her jacket off. The room wasn’t overly warm for a winter temperature setting but she was clearly beginning to heat up. “I actually worked there part time while in high school as the retail associate and then closer to full time hours over the summers. Once I graduated I got the store product marketing associate position.”

Mark studied her for a moment and then said, “So you worked there until they closed, as a store product marketing associate?”

Diane quickly became attentive and answered, “No.” She still appeared to be nervous about the questioning but managed to plow through it regardless. “I left about a year before the company went out of business. It was a family decision.” Diane paused for a moment. “Well not my family as in my mother and father. Well stepfather. My father and mother are divorced. He remarried and moved out of town.” She suddenly became aware she was nervously rambling and offering up more information than she was being asked for. She quickly settled herself and continued. “I was living there prior. It was after that I moved out to live with my fiancé. So it was our decision.”

Mark held up his hand slightly. “That’s fine; it’s a personal reason you’ve given. You don’t need to divulge the details.” Diane smiled at the statement and it appeared to Mark as if a weight had lifted off of her. “So Diane, why don’t you start filling out the application and tell me what you’re looking for as far as weekly hours and shifts.”

Diane took the forms and the pen and stepped over to the counter nearest the cash register to begin filling them out. “Well I was looking for something full time but I don’t have a car right now so really anything nearby will do. This is only a mile from my house so walking to work is easy for me regardless of the weather. I guess the nice thing is that minimum wage just went up twenty five cents to $3.35 an hour so that’s basically eight percent more than I would have been making.”

Mark watched her fill out the form quickly and neatly. He noticed she didn’t have to pull anything from her wallet to reference for the forms like her driver’s license for that number nor her Social Security card. “I need to find someone that can cover four to six shifts in a part time capacity to start Diane,” Mark said walking over to the coolers and turning the florescent lighting out. “Depending on how things go with that person, how they work out, being dependable and working hard and all, I may add the hours and increase the pay.”

Mark noticed a slight shift in her behavior at the comments. He presumed it was a job she needed by her reaction. “So tell me Diane,” Mark said, mentally preparing to take note of her responses, “you noticed the design plans in my hand when you came in. I am planning to do something with the old bays there. I haven’t decided exactly what I might do. I could hire someone to do auto work or I could sublease out all the space for someone that has more capacity to do it than I do. Or I could expand the store into some or all of the three bays. What do you think I should do?”

Diane stopped, set the pen down, and looked up at him intently with her piercing blue eyes again. Mark took the time to look into them this time and felt uneasy, as if he was suddenly the one on the interview. “You want to know my thoughts?” she asked quietly.

“Why not?” Mark said quickly reclaiming his composure. “You’ve been in this town all this time. You probably know a lot of what young adults your age are looking for in and around the area. Yes; if it was your store what would you do?”

Diane took a moment to collect her thoughts and stepped over to the glass door between the store and the bays. Matthew who was still listening from the doorway of the back office backed up half a step to not be seen.

“I would keep the far bay with the heavy lift and highest ceiling and partition it off.” She seemed to say what she was thinking with confidence but Mark could still sense that “girlish” uneasiness, or something else, coming from the young woman. “That way if you have the capacity to do the work or find someone that does, you can use that area.” She tucked her head slightly and then pointed to the glass into the middle of the remaining area. “The other two bays; I would convert them for store space but I would lease the area like a kiosk in the Mall.” She turned her head to look at him to make sure he understood her. “You know. Like up at the Meriden Square. Where they sublet the spaces for other small businesses.”

Mark was genuinely intrigue by her idea. “What would you put in there?”

“Well you’re subletting the space so it could be almost anything. What I think you really want to have is something that compliments everything else that you already do here. Maybe someone who is interested in a sandwich shop? You could have the coolers and the counter areas all ready for them to go and they would lease the space and make the food. They sell from their counter and when people want soda or juice for the sandwich they come to you. That or you’re cross drawing. Someone that has to grab lunch, get their lottery tickets, cigarettes, and fuel on their break is going to come where they can do it all in one stop.”

Mark said nothing and just mulled her idea over. He walked over at her partly filled out application and glanced at it. RATE OF PAY – any. SHIFTS DESIRED (if applicable) – any. DATE AVAILABLE TO START – any.

“You didn’t like the ideas?” Diane asked with a detectable level of concern in her voice.

“Oh no,” Mark said quickly looking up from the paperwork. “They are quite progressive. I certainly hadn’t thought about subleasing chunks of space inside the store to a large degree. That’s a creative way to look at it because I don’t need to do the work myself, using your example, handling the food and the prep. That and I don’t have to hire another hand that may be interested in “just” working. With them leasing the space it IS a business of theirs to make or break. The more I think on your ideas, the more I like them.”

Diane smiled widely. “No one’s ever really expressed an interest in one of my ideas,” she said in an elevated tone backed by a rush of excitement that was evident on her face. She reached over and hugged him but immediately tensed up. Mark also tensed up as he was surprised by the sudden forwardness. She immediately let go and jerked herself back embarrassed. “Oh I’m so sorry for that.” Diane lowered her head and stepped back.

Mark stepped forward, feeling somewhat awkward and reached his hands forward clumsily and said, “Look, no harm done. You got a little caught up in the moment and excited.” Mark backed away just slightly. “When can you start?”

“I’ve got the job?” Diane said wildly.

“I don’t see why not. I have to hire someone and while I am sure I can find another worker, I guarantee they won’t be this excited and enthusiastic.” Mark said as he looked up in the security mirror and saw Matthew peering around the corner to see what was going on.

“Oh!” Diane called out putting her hands over her mouth. “I can start right away Mr. Sanford.”

“Let’s see,” he said looking over her partly filled out application. “You were born in 1957 so that makes you twenty four. Yeah, “Mr. Sanford”, my father, he’s down in Florida. “Mark” will be fine.”

Diane didn’t respond. She continued to have a huge smile on her face.

“I am not completely sure what hours I am going to need you, especially at first, Miss Wakeford but I am going to try to keep you at a total of thirty per week. More if the business can sustain and justify it.”

“Could you call me Diane?” she asked as tears welled up. “I would be uncomfortable calling you “Mark” if you’re going to call me Miss Wakeford.”

“Sure I suppose that’s fair. Look I am going to collect my son and lock up. Can I give you a ride home?”

Diane turned and looked out the window. The snow had picked up slightly. “If it’s not going to put you out of the way. Otherwise I would appreciate that.”

Matthew came around the corner the remainder of the way with his books and his father’s jacket. “I locked up the rear door. Here,” he said handing the winter coat to his father.

“Matthew,” Mark said as he took the jacket and pulled his keys out. “This is Diane Wakeford; she’s going to start working here next week.”

Matthew looked up into her eyes and just stared at her while slow extending his hand out. He meekly squeezed out a “hello” to her. While she was basically twelve years older than him, she was barely five feet tall. Matthew was not much shorter than her at fifty four inches.

Diane blushed a little at Matthew’s apparent attraction and reaction. She smiled and responded “hi” a little forcefully.

“I’m sorry for staring,” Matthew said somewhat embarrassed while his father turned the remaining lights off. “I could swear I’ve seen you before.”

“My sister is your age and in fifth grade over at Pond Hill; Melissa Bancroft. Same mother different fathers.”

“Ah,” Matthew said looking over at his father.

Mark fumbled around some papers behind the counter so he could listen in a little and get a better understanding of his new employee’s demeanor as well as to give his son the chance to talk to her a little.

“Are you friends with her?” Diane asked. Matthew just continued to stare at her. “Missy. My sister. I know school just restarted with the New Year and all. I’m not exactly sure how long you’ve been over at Pond Hill, but we just live down Ward Street right near the north end of East Street so I was wondering.”

“I’ve seen her,” Matthew said with his voice breaking an octave higher than it normally would. “I tried to introduce myself to her but she’s a little aggressive for a girl.”

Diane laughed aloud. “That’s Missy. She is everything I am not. Brave. Fearless. Indifferent to whether everyone or no one likes her. She’ll never admit it but she likes a challenge. If you engage her, you’ll get her attention. Don’t walk up and introduce yourself. I know you haven’t formally met her but if you walk up and just talk to her like you’ve known her a while, she’ll respond.” Matthew nodded his head slightly and Diane leaned in to whisper in his ear. “She’s starting to get interested in boys and you’re handsome… You’ll catch her interest before she even knows what hit her.”

Matthew’s smile grew wide as Diane drew back and looked at the expression on his face. “I see my sister already had your interest.”

Matthew slunk backwards slightly as he could feel the blood rush to his face.

Mark came around the counter with his things and the keys to the car. “Are we all set to get going?”

“I am Mr… Mark. Thank you again for the opportunity.”

“I’m looking forward to have you on board,” Mark responded moving past the two of them for the door. Both of them followed him out and he locked up the store for the evening.

And the story continues…

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WALLINGFORD, CT – “As Life Goes – Elementary”, a novel by Jason Zandri, begins its advanced ordering online. It can be pre-ordered for the Amazon Kindle via http://www.amazon.com/Life-Goes-Elementary-Jason-Zandri-ebook/dp/B00ZXVB7SK/ for $2.99

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AUTHOR: JASON ZANDRI
File Size: 2786 KB
Print Length: 199 pages
Publication Date: July 31, 2015
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Language: English
ASIN: B00ZXVB7SK
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Word Wise: Enabled
Lending: Enabled
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Synopsis: “Every new beginning starts from nothing. Understanding that you can have everything in the love of one person, isn’t that worth the risk of personal capital? Isn’t that kind of love worth it?” – Diane Wakeford

“Have I ever told you, you’re the nicest boy I’ve ever met?” – Melissa Bancroft

“I will have the friends I want. I don’t care what boy likes me or what boy I like. You’re an awesome friend. I am not giving you up because we’re going to different schools or for any one person either.” – Elizabeth Wellsworth

Mark Sanford returns to his hometown with his son Matthew in tow to rebuild their lives. Recently divorced, and with the mother totally abandoning her parental responsibilities, both father and son are beginning their fresh start together.

Matthew begins to make new friends in the neighborhood and at school while he tries to find his place among people that have been friends with one another for years at elementary school.

Mark takes over the reins of the former family corner store with the help of a young woman looking for work. The ability to love and trust that woman entering his life is difficult for him because of all he has lost. For Matthew, that “first love” is difficult to understand without a motherly influence and with a father that has been deeply hurt.

ABOUT JASON ZANDRI

Jason has been working in the information technology field in one form or the other since 1996. He is currently employed full time at Bloomberg LP as a Systems Engineer in the R&D group. Jason lives in Wallingford Connecticut, with his wife Renata. He is the father to four children, three boys and 1 girl – 10 years (Andrew), 8 years (Angela), 6 years (Adam) and 5 years old (Alex).

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“As Life Goes – Elementary” – Excerpt I – Author Jason Zandri

Mark Sanford stood among the boxes in the living room of his father’s former home, a small three bedroom cape, with his cup of coffee in his right hand. The weak morning sunlight broke through the early winter cloud cover and came in the windows around the hanging drapes. It had been nearly sixteen years since he lived on South Cherry Street with his parents. He remembered the day he moved out of the house to his own apartment at eighteen years of age, shortly after his mother had passed away. He now smiled at the irony of wanting to come back to a place he was so ready to leave in order to start his adult life so many years ago, in an effort now to simply start over.

The oil furnace kicked on and the forced air system pushed heated air while he made his way quietly up the stairs to where his old bedroom was when he was a child. His own son Matthew now lay in his old bed. The door creaked slightly as he went to peer in and that was enough to wake him.

“Dad?” Matthew called out.

“Hi son, I’m right here,” Mark responded as he opened the door all the way and walked in. “Did you sleep okay?”

“Not really,” Matthew answered as he sat up. “I guess I’m not used to sleeping here. “I suppose I have to get used to it.”

“Look sport,” Mark said sitting down next to his son and ruffling his short brown hair, “I know this change is a big adjustment for you. It is for all of us; you, me, Grandpa too. I expect it’s hardest on you. Talk to me about it then. You were pretty quiet in the car on ride here and when the movers were dropping everything off yesterday.”

Matthew looked over at where the movers had placed his desk and then he looked about his dimly lit room. It was the room they focused on yesterday and it was the only one fully set up.

“What are we going to do with all the stuff that was in here?” Matthew asked pulling the covers up slightly towards his chin.

“Well,” Mark said taking another sip of coffee and scratching the four day old gray and brown stubble on his face, “we moved most of it down in Aunt Teresa’s old room at the other end of the hallway and we can just leave it all in there like storage. We are in no hurry to get rid of it honestly and Grandpa and I are still discussing things.”

“Things like what, Dad?” Matthew asked rubbing the sleep out of his brown eyes.

“Well some of the adult things that parents and grandparents have to discuss,” Mark said trying to remain somewhat vague on his details to his only son. Matthew looked at his father waiting on him to continue. “Did you want to know more?”

“We talked about this Dad,” Matthew said as he sat forward. “I’m going to turn twelve in May and in the fall and I’m going to sixth grade. I don’t want to have to pull everything out of you. I want us to talk about things. It’s like you said, some things I won’t understand but they are things I need to start learning. So teach me.”

Mark smiled at his son. “Fair enough, but I am not just going to volunteer everything. It’s true we did discuss how the move was going to change things and that I would treat you like you were a little older, but there are still some things that I am not going to discuss with you and most things are not going to be up for debate or negotiation. You’re still the child and I am still the parent.”

“Yes sir,” Matthew replied meekly.

“Having said that, I don’t want to discourage you. What did you want to know?” Mark asked taking another sip from his coffee.

“Well,” Matthew started as he sat up a little more, “I know at first you and Grandpa talked about staying here “in the meantime” but then the conversations became a little more permanent sounding. I guess I’d like to know which way it’s likely going to be. I have to start up in a new school for the remainder of fifth grade and then for middle school. I am on this side of the tracks; I am going to have to go across town to Moran while basically everyone at Pond Hill goes to Dag. Are we going to stay a short while or a long one? Are we going to stay here in Wallingford or are we going elsewhere?”

Mark smiled at the comment as the conditions of the school changes reminded him of his own childhood going from school to school. “Let me start with that. It does look like we will be staying longer term and I’ll get back to that, but I don’t want you to worry about the changes in schools. I missed having similar things happen to me when I was eleven and in fifth grade because of the way the schools were set up at the time. At one point here in town, a little after I went through, there were three middle schools even; Robert Early Junior High School was downtown and kids were divided between the three schools. When the change from elementary to Junior High happened to me, it was somewhat difficult and I guess a little stressful having to make some new friends and concerned about losing some of the old ones but it will be different for you. What can end up happening is that you will meet a whole new set of kids that will become new friends. Then, once you get to high school, there will likely be some interaction from things like cross town sports events. It may give you the chance to see people casually again. You’ll have an overall advantage of knowing people from both sides of town.” Mark leaned back a little and looked at his son. “You’re a lot like me. You’ll make friends fast here in the neighborhood and at Pond Hill. I am sure that when the time comes, you’ll make new friends over at Moran too I suspect.”

“So what happened? After high school and all?” Matthew asked as he moved around a little under the covers to get more comfortable.

“Well like with all things, time and tide cause things to drift. You have new interests and interactions with other people, at work and socially. Sometimes high school friends make the transition and you carry together. Most of the times you don’t and you go your own ways. Sometimes, decades later, things can renew but it’s very rare. I don’t expect now that I’ve come back to Wallingford to find many old friends that I am going to suddenly begin to hang around with. The connections with some will still be there I am sure at some base level.”

“What about the house and Grandpa’s store?” Matthew asked as he sat back up.

Mark got up off the bed and paced over to the desk. He took another sip of his coffee and set the cup down. “The house,” he said with a bit of a sigh and a pregnant pause. “Grandpa is going to give us the house. You and I. He wants both our names on it. Mine for now and you for the future. He’s going to stay in Florida year around now and when the time comes he’ll leave that to Aunt Teresa. He’ll come up for short visits to see us and to gather some of his things as some of these changes were unexpected and he has things here still he’d like to take with him and keep. But instead of spending six or so months here in Connecticut and then the rest down in Florida he’s just going to stay there.” Mark walked over to the window that overlooked the back yard and he pulled back the blind slightly to see the light snow that had started falling. “As far as the store goes, Mr. Hemsworth didn’t want to renew the lease with Grandpa so as of January first next week it’ll be empty again. I thought it made sense to make the lease payments and work the store myself. I can work the hours in the store and then decide what I want to do with the garage bays.”

“What do you mean dad?” Matthew asked with an increased level of interest.

“Well,” Mark said as he turned away from the window and walked back over to his coffee, “I’m not a mechanic. Certainly not on the level Grandpa was and I cannot work a garage for much more than fluid changes, tires, belts, hoses and a few other minor things. I was thinking of maybe expanding the convenience store through all the space and just sell fuel. That’s down the road right now. I have to get us settled here and things up and running there first before I start making wholesale changes like that.”

Matthew looked at his father and leaned forward slightly as if to say something and then leaned back.

“You were thinking something,” Mark said quietly looking over. “Go ahead. We can’t have a conversation and discuss things if it’s going to be one sided.”

“Well, I remember you told me that when you were a kid you used to work in the store with Grandpa once in a while. And you had a paper route. I was thinking maybe I could do that.”

Mark smiled slightly and stepped over to the desk chair and sat in it. “A newspaper route is a big responsibility.”

“I know, we talked in the car ride here,” Matthew said enthusiastically.

“Yes,” Mark replied. “Well, this is the time of year that routes open up. It’s the worst part of the winter and the Christmas tips are all over. Carriers that were thinking about giving routes up do it around this time of the year.”

“Is that how you got your routes?” Matthew asked as he turned down his sheets and swung his feet off the bed.

“Well the one in the morning I got because my friend Larry was giving it up. It was an easy sell to the paper company because I already knew the route. Then when Jacob up the street on the adjacent route broke his leg I did his for a while and then he didn’t want his anymore. I think I was the only kid with eighty customers. They were large routes to start with. Also what made it easier is The Record doesn’t have a Sunday paper,” Mark said as he enjoyed the little stroll down memory lane from his childhood with his own son. “I have to call the papers about getting product to the store. I can chat with the circulation manager about any open routes and if they still allow twelve year olds take them.”

“And the store?” Matthew asked as he hopped down and put his slippers on. “Can I help in there after school for a few dollars? I keep my grades up and I won’t let them slip. When you give me chores around here I’ll get them done too.”

“Baby steps,” Mark said taking the last sip of coffee. “Let’s see what turns out how and we’ll go from there. I might not have much free cash flow from the store to afford you. I will need afternoon coverage and I need to pay someone as it is.”

Matthew started to walk out the door and Mark got up to follow him. “Are you going to work the store the hours that Grandpa did or the way they were run with the last person renting the store?”

“Well when Grandpa ran the store there were blue laws where you couldn’t be open on Sundays, so you were granted a day off in that manner. Grandpa used to be open by six in the morning and closed about the same time. On Saturdays he’d open about seven and close a little after one. Mr. Hemsworth was open by five in the morning and between him and his wife and his older son they kept the place open to ten at night, seven days a week.” Mark answered as they both went down the stairs and made their way into the kitchen. It was an older style kitchen that hadn’t been updated in quite some time. Mark went over to the coffee pot, a new automatic drip coffee maker, which he brought with him with the move, and refilled his cup. Matthew picked through the boxes looking for something to eat and settled on Boo Berry cereal. “I think we’ll have to see what works for us. We need some money to pay for bills and utilities here at the house and to cover the expenses at the store. The store will need to be open enough and offer service and items to customers to meet their needs to support that but I don’t need to go crazy. I am not looking to get rich or anything like that and that would never happen in a corner store anyway. I am thinking maybe we can mimic to a large degree Grandpa’s old schedule in the store. I’ll certainly need someone to work there part time with me to cover hours at the end of the day and for afternoons when I need to be out of the store for things.”

“Would you try to keep the same weekend hours too?” Matthew asked as he dug out a bowl for his cereal.

“Well I’ll probably need to make Saturday a full day like any weekday. Maybe I can close a little earlier. It depends on how those last couple of hours do on late Saturdays. That’s where more of that need and demand is for having someone in there part time. If there’s enough sales to merit the part timer, I’ll leave the store open. Otherwise I can close it earlier.” Mark set the coffee cup down and took the coffee pot over to the sink to rinse it out. “As far as Sunday goes I’ll likely have to open at least until noon for people to come in and get fuel, coffee, their newspapers and whatever else. Again, we’ll have to see how it goes.” Matthew took his cereal over to the table and listened to his father continue. “You have to remember too,” Mark continued as he put the rinsed pot away and cleared out a couple of items from the dish drying rack, “depending on the status of having someone there part time, or not, you might need to come over to the store after school and stay with me in there to do homework and what not until I close on a given day.”

“Oh,” Matthew sighed, “couldn’t I just let myself in and sit and do homework here? Eleven is old enough to watch myself.”

Mark raised his hand slightly and then went over to one of the boxes and began to unpack a few small items and put them away. “I know you are and the town is plenty safe. That’s not the issue. For a little while it might simply be more practical to have dinner at the store right around closing time. A little “kill two birds with one store” thing. You could get off the bus at the corner of John Street and then just walk the six blocks to the store. If the weather is really bad you can ride it up to Ward Street and get out and come up the one block. I’ll make sure to talk to the bus company about the other stop option. This way you can be at the store at four thirty and do your homework to about five thirty and I can make us a little something to eat as I close up the store. Then we can head home together.” Matthew didn’t respond but Mark could see a little disappointment. “Look,” he continued. “Everything is fluid. This is how I see things starting out but we can discuss some changes depending on how things work and how responsible you keep yourself. One of the issues is going to be in the mornings. I can get you out of bed but you’re going to have to get yourself on the bus. It’s either that or you’ll have to come to the store and get picked up from there.”

“I think I can do that on my own here; especially if it works out and I can get that paper route. I’ll just come home from the route, get cleaned up, eat and hop on the bus.”

Mark smiled at his son as he moved into the next box of items. “I know we’ll figure all of this out together. It’s a restart for both of us. We’ll make the best of it.”

Matthew finished his breakfast quietly while his father continued to put everything in the kitchen away.

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“As Life Goes: Elementary” is off to the editors as of the end of the day TODAY

As I had announced in a prior post, “As Life Goes: Elementary” has been available for PRE-ORDER for about three weeks now.

I am happy to announce that I am finished with it. I am just doing some last minute clean up now and the editor is going to have it in her hands tomorrow to mark it all up for me to review.

I fully expect it to be fully available to be auto-delivered to your Kindle on July 31, 2015 as listed.

I am going to post up two of three excerpts over the next couple of weeks to introduce the story to you and as I make the final revisions as suggested by my editor.

As soon as I wrap all that up, I will begin my second story of the “I, Hero” series, “I,Hero – Nathan Returns”

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I mentioned prior that there might be a mid release book “As Life Goes – Summer” but I was able to tie up the story better without what I was expecting as a loose end so I won’t be putting that out. The next story to be had of Matthew, Melissa, Tim, Michael and the gang from Colony Convenience will be “As Life Goes – The End of the Innocence.” (expected November 2015)

As Life Goes: Elementary – now available for PRE-ORDER

As you might have read a few months back (Two projects on tap – the “As Life Goes” five book series and “I, Hero”), I started a couple of new book series – I Hero and As Life Goes.

I was supposed to start with As Life Goes – Elementary and that was to be ready for the end of September. I also wrote at the time “While I was outlining this another story cropped up on me (“I, Hero”) so I MAY (big MAY) try to execute this now ahead of the summer writing session.”

If you’re following my releases, “I, Hero – The Beginning” has been finished and is already released.

With that, I have been cranking along with As Life Goes – Elementary and I am expecting it to be completed by the end of June now which gives me all of July to get it edited and finished. As such, I now have it available for pre-order.

I am figuring to release “I, Hero – Nathan Returns” by the end of August now, the second book of that series and then I plan to follow up with “As Life Goes: The End of the Innocence” – (expected November 2015). I MIGHT have enough secondary material from “As Life Goes: Elementary” “left over” that I might want to tie up so I may offer a novella titled “As Life Goes: Summer.” If that ends up being the case I’ll drop that for the end of September.

“As Life Goes: The End of the Innocence” is supposed to take place with Matthew, Melissa, Michael, Tim and the others in their senior year of high school. That is a jump from fifth grade in “As Life Goes: Elementary” so if I have that remainder material to wrap up I will do it in “As Life Goes: Summer”

That’s your catch up on what I have going on.

Thanks for following the blog and reading my work.

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