INCONJUNCTION 2015 THIS WEEKEND!

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Hey everyone! This upcoming weekend, July 3rd through July 5th, marks my third appearance, as a local author, at InConJunction, a general SF/F con with a long and distinguished history in Indianapolis!

For details on the convention, click here!

InConJunction 2015 will be my second year as member of the author co-op group, Speculative Fiction Guild. My books will be alongside many of my local author friends and associates, including closest author pals, R.J. Sullivan and Chris Garrison, plus Matthew Barron,Katina French, David Jobe, and Nathan Terhune.

My InConJunction Itinerary 

Friday
4:00 PM-Grand Ballroom 7-8-More than Swords: The Military and Fantasy
John F Allen; Christopher Kennedy
8:00 PM-Indianapolis Ballroom C-Spy Fi: What It Means and How To Write It
John F Allen
9:00 PM-Indianapolis Ballroom C-Writing Dialogue
Matthew Barron; R.J. Sullivan; John F Allen; John Kennedy; Mark Wandrey; Terri-Lynne Smiles; Penny Cockrell

Saturday
12:00 PM-Indianapolis Ballroom A-B-How to be a great geek parent
John F Allen; Violet Patterson; Mark Wandrey; Andrew Jones; Penny Cockrell

Sunday
11:00 AM-Indianapolis Ballroom C- Cutting the Cord of Cable TV
John F Allen; Mark Wandrey
12:00 PM-Indianapolis Ballroom C-Comic Book Inspired Prose
John F Allen
2:00 PM-Indianapolis Ballroom A-B-Best and Worst Marvel Movies
Kate Chaplin; John F Allen

InConJunction has always proven to be a blast each year and I’m eager to see many of my old friends, as well as making many brand new ones.This con will also be the very first opportunity to purchase a signed copy of my brand-new release Codename: Knight Ranger!

All of my books will be priced to sell,and the more you buy, the more you save.

Books by John F. Allen

The God Killers $15
Codename: Knight Ranger $5
Both titles (purchased together) $17

Akira Lacquer Nail Polish

$8 (per bottle)
2 for $14, 3 for $20 & 4 for $28

BJ Designs Bracelets

Both women and girls are made of memory wire to fit all wrist sizes using Swarovski crystals and pearls

Women – $25.00 – ladies have an extension for larger wrist if needed
Girls – $20.00 – different style and design from ladies

Men – $25.00 – several charms (hope, love, believe) with ribbon (cancer symbol) charm in middle
Boys – $20.00 – same style as men but smaller in size

Looking forward to seeing many of you there!

LATEST CODENAME: KNIGHT RANGER REVIEW!

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Here’s the latest review for Codename: Knight Ranger!
“There are enemies that exist beyond general human awareness and comprehension; enemies thought to be products of lore and nightmares. The premise of Codename: Knight Ranger, an exciting science fiction thriller written by John F. Allen, is that monsters are real. Werewolves, vampires and a variety of creatures thought to be frightful products of human imaginings are indeed substantive…and lethal. A select group of humans are at war with these monsters.
Ranger Captain Alexandre Du Bois becomes an unwilling participant in this invisible war when his unit in Afghanistan is ambushed. The captain suffers catastrophic injuries. In fact ‘catastrophic’ drastically understates his condition. Du Bois dies but is brought back to life by means that becomes key to his subsequent alteration. Thanks to an enigmatic organization led by a mysterious mastermind named Bishop, Du Bois is outfitted with a new body complete with enhanced capabilities, a kind of six million man on mega doses of steroids. To top it off, he’s provided with a super durable armored suit, packed with enough fire power to shred an army. But the transition from ordinary man to ultra-soldier becomes a jarring shock to Du Bois’ senses. Not to mention the costs that his commitment as an ultra soldier entails, a cost that deeply embitters him. Having never consented to this transformation, Du Bois bears enmity toward the person responsible for his condition: Bishop. Nevertheless, Du Bois is a soldier, and he will do his duty, because if he doesn’t, the monsters win.
Knight Ranger is a short but delightfully satisfying read. The build-up leading to Du Bois’ demonstration of his abilities gives the reader a rich insight into his state of mind. There is a lot of flashy hi tech in this book which I enthusiastically imbibed like literary crack. When Du Bois finally goes into the field, the action is hyper fast, hard hitting and explosive. I’ll expect no less of the sequel.”
~ Ronald Jones

Codename: Knight Ranger is Available Now!

HELLO EVERYONE!!!

JFA Press Kit Pic 2I’m extremely excited to announce that starting today my novella, Codename: Knight Ranger​ is available through Amazon (ebook immediately & print starting next week), Barnes & Noble (ebook only) and createspace.com (print immediately). Follow the links below to pick up your copy and remember TBIYTC (The Best Is Yet To Come)!!!

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Amazon: http://amzn.to/1LNHRvQ
Barnes & Noble: http://bit.ly/1Qf5qOZ
Createspace.com: https://www.createspace.com/5402826

EXPLORING FICTION FORMS

EXPLORING WHEN, HOW AND WHY I USE CERTAIN FICTION FORMS     

Most people are familiar with the fiction forms of novels and short stories. However, there are three other forms which exist and are on the rise amongst many writers these days; the novella, the novelette and flash fiction.
While none of these three fiction forms are new, they are different from their more contemporary counterparts. In this blog post, I will distinguish those differences and explain why and when I choose to use them in my own writing.

***Please note***
The average word count for novels will vary based upon genre and who you ask. The word count which constitutes these other fiction forms will also vary, however there is a general range that’s accepted and I am illustrating the range which I use.

FICTION FORMS

  • Novels: Works of fiction which are 50K+ words in length.
  • Novellas: Works of fiction which fall between 20K and 50K words in length.
  • Novelettes: Works of fiction which fall between 7K and 20K words in length.
  • Short Stories: Works of fiction which fall between 1K and 7K words in length.
  • Flash Fiction: Works of fiction which are fewer than 1K words in length.

Why I Use Certain Fiction Forms

Let me first say that I encourage writers to explore ALL of the various forms of fiction at least once. DO NOT limit yourself based upon the preferences of another writer or their suggestions. That said, I mostly untilze the following fiction forms in my work: Novels, Novellas and Novelettes.
This is a personal preference, as I tend to do quite a bit of world building and write character driven content. These three forms are what work best for me and the stories I tell. Every writer is different, some use less number of forms and others use all five.
If you’re not familiar with my work, I write speculative fiction which covers a variety of genres and sub-genres. My work is also heavily influenced by comic books and action cinema. Because of this, one of my biggest influences on how I use these fiction forms is the comic book format and the Marvel Cinematic Universe, in particular.

When I Choose to Use a Particular Fiction Form

Novels
I use novels for works which feature prominent characters within my literary universe, dubbed the Ivoryverse. These stories tend to have far reaching significance and consequences within my world and therefore I need more time to properly develop the characters involved.
The events depicted within my novels/novel series, resonate throughout the Ivoryverse and have an impact on every other character in every other work, at least in some significant manner. This is similar to the Marvel Cinematic Universe catchphrase, “It’s all connected.”
For example, the Ivory Blaque novel series is the hub for my other works of fiction within the Ivoryverse, hence the name. As the first novel in the Ivory Blaque series, The God Killers, is a first glimpse into the Ivoryverse, all other stories which follow are in some way connected to the events which occur within that novel series. Although, it should be noted that the stories told in the novels are self contained and can be read individually and independent of other works. However, reading all of my works maximizes how in depth your understanding/following of the Ivoryverse will be.
Also, I DO NOT leave cliffhangers! I use what I term, “Epilogue Bridges.” What the Epilogue Bridges do is give the reader a glimpse into how the novel they’re reading is connected to the next novel in the series and/or other works such as novellas and novelettes. In this regard, the title character(s) have resolved (at least for the most part) the conflicts which they faced within the novel and there is a clear beginning, middle and end to the story. Epilogue Bridges are like the end credit scenes in a Marvel Cinematic Universe movie that sets up the anticipation for next film.

Novellas
As I write stories which delve deeper into the Ivoryverse, yet don’t feature the character Ivory Blaque and are centered around another important character, I choose to write those stories as novellas.
My novellas are almost like annual, digest sized, single issue comic books with self-contained stories about a specific character or group of characters. These works tend to focus on one character, three at most and they usually have one general setting. Now just as I lay down these general “loose” rules, I am just as apt to break them.
Depending upon whether I intend to publish the novellas as a “One & Done” work, which I don’t plan to visit again or expand upon in the future, I will generally follow the one character, one setting focus rule. I use this for stories which fill in gaps between novels or novellas with the maximum word count which serve as part of a series. An example would be where a minor character, or group of characters in a novel resonates with my readers and they inquire about the further exploits of this character(s). I use the novella form to further develop the character(s) and provide stories for my readers using characters who will not recieve their own full length novel series. As all of my stories/books are written by me and I DO NOT utilize ghost writers, I have to limit the characters who receive full length novel series and gauge reader response as the whether I explore a novella series for the characters who don’t quite make the cut.

Novelettes
The third fiction form which I use in my writing is the novelette. This form is like a monthly comic book or weekly TV show if you will. The stories are short glimpses into the lives of certain characters who may have appeared and/or been featured in a novel or novella. Noveletes serve as a vehicle to either fill in gaps between novels and/or novellas, but can also be used as serialized installments which will be collected into a larger body of work and marketed as a volume collection of inter-related stories. Think, seasons of a TV show or collected editions of single issue comics. While these stories may not be chock full of character development, they do offer the reader a visit with a character(s) they would otherwise have to wait a year or longer to get.

This year I plan to set some things into motion which will maximize my writing output, further flesh out my literary universe and exponentially increase my body of work. This not only allows for me to get more stories written and shared with my audience, but it also allows for me to position my properties for the possibility of being developed in other media forms into the future.

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