J.W. Bouchard

(The Writer)

A Fantasy Underdog Story – $0.99 for a Limited Time

May
04

samfinchcoverFrom May 6th to May 13th you can snag a copy of Sam Finch and the Zombie Hybrid for only $0.99.  This is the first book in a trilogy that I’m writing with George R.R. Martin-style quickness, and it’s shaping up to be the not-quite-as-popular-as-the-Harry-Potter-series set of books you’ve been waiting for.  How can you pass up a deal like that?  The second book is also available (get it here), and I’m hoping to have the final book out prior to my death (okay, so it’s on the drawing board to be completed later this year or early next year) or at least before something as unimaginable as a sequel to The Z Club comes out (is that really so out of the question?…[the short answer is hell no]).

She Wore A Pretty Mask

Mar
22

SheWoreAPrettyMaskShe Wore A Pretty Mask is now available on Amazon.

No novel (at least in my experience) is easy to write.  Mind you, there are the glorious days when things flow smoothly, when chapters seem to magically write themselves, but there are others (and the odds are in their favor) when it can be a real slog…when no matter how much homework you’ve done, no matter how clearly you can see the images in your head, the images stubbornly resist translation.

Usually the ideas are the easy part.  It’s the turning them into a story and putting the words on the page that’s the struggle.  The daily goal I set for myself is 1500 words.  It isn’t often that I’m able to surpass that quota.  But it happens.  Sometimes.  Rarely.  On busy days, I’ll settle for 1000.  Not ideal, but I can live with that.  Anything less than that…I get cranky.  It ruins the rest of the day.  I’ve worked on several novels where every sentence is like giving birth to a baby elephant…stop, start, stop, start, repeat, and maybe after half an hour I’ve managed 100 words, and those last 900 to go before I can reach happiness seem to be a million miles away.

That’s the extreme.  I usually fall somewhere in the middle.  The good days and the bad ones.  But I usually make my 1000 to 1500 word quota.  It’s really the only way to work.  If you start cutting yourself slack, things only tend to get worse.

She Wore A Pretty Mask fell into the mostly good day category.  There were struggles, but I managed to find the words.  What turned out to be difficult on this one occurred before my fingers ever touched the keys.  The idea itself was the roadblock.  More specifically, developing the idea was the painstaking part of the process.  I let it stew for a while.  I knew the idea could work, but that I had to be careful with the execution.  One false move and things could go in the crapper.

So, stuck as I was, I did what I often do at times like that – I reached out to my friend Mikko Piekkala.  Mig has been a good friend of mine for the last 20 years.  There have been times that we’ve fallen out of touch for years at a time, but when we pick up a conversation again, it seems like it’s only been a couple of hours.  I told him about my idea, and we batted it around for a while, attacked it from different angles, Mig serving as my sounding board, making suggestions, and usually by the time we’re finished, I’ve decided on the path I want to take.

(Mig – Thanks for that, old friend).

Anyway, I made it.  It’s out there.  I hope you enjoy it. – JWB

Here’s the blurb:

When evil invades the sleepy little town of Crater Lake, Iowa, a rookie sheriff goes on the hunt for a serial killer who is murdering young girls by staking them through the heart and decapitating them. But that’s not all – before killing them, he first drains their blood.

After enlisting the help of a female FBI profiler, Sheriff Nathan Murphy begins a descent into darkness as the investigation leads them down a trail of the supernatural. They soon discover they may not be dealing with something human at all, for their suspect may be far older and far more dangerous.

The first victim may be the key to unraveling the mystery. A girl whose death doesn’t fit the killer’s M.O. A girl who is pulled out of the lake with a strange mask covering her face.

What is the killer’s connection with the Unknown Girl of the Seine? Are they chasing a serial killer or a vampire? Whichever it is, Nathan knows one thing for certain…they are hunting a monster.

 

 

Optimal Outcome – $0.99 in this universe

Sep
28

optimal-outcome-650x1000In this universe, you can pick up a digital copy of Optimal Outcome for only $0.99 for the next 6 days (in alternate worlds, it’s still selling for $2.99).  Get it on Amazon.

1999…Hugh Talbot was on top of the world. A child prodigy, he graduated high school at fifteen, dropped out of UC Berkeley at seventeen, and started an online company poised to make millions…until the dotcom bubble burst.

Fifteen years later, Hugh has sold the company for peanuts, squandered all the money, and struggles to co-parent his estranged fourteen year old daughter. He works as a janitor, but that hasn’t stopped him from holding onto the past, perpetually searching for the Next Big Thing.

Salvation comes in the form of a mysterious phone call. The caller offers Hugh an opportunity he can’t refuse: a top secret project that requires extensive travel, and if he completes the job, he will walk away a millionaire.

Hugh is given a window into the past. He soon realizes that the past comes in many versions, that every decision carries life-altering consequences, and that true love never dies.

But now that he can look into the past, the question is, can he change it?

Once Haunted: A Supernatural Thriller

Sep
13

jwbouchard_oncehaunted_ebookfinalMy new horror novel, Once Haunted, is available today on Amazon.

Aging rock star Stevie Wilde knows about demons. He has been battling them for most of his career. Drugs, alcoholism, sex addiction – you name it, he’s tried it. But his days of selling out stadiums ended a long time ago.

In an effort to thrust himself back into the limelight, Stevie joins a team of paranormal investigators in an attempt to do something that has never been done before: they want to haunt a house that isn’t haunted, and Stevie is the best guy to foot the bill.

A psychic with a secret; a ghost hunter with a cancelled reality show; a skeptical ex-history professor; a wanna-be actor with anger issues; a fame-seeking director…all of them haunted by something from the past.

If the experiment succeeds, it could relaunch Stevie’s flailing career and he might just leave a legacy yet. But first he must exorcise his own demons, because sometimes the devil you know is better than the one you don’t.

What haunts you?

Hacked – All By Myself

Sep
10
In the span of 5 minutes I managed to wipe out over 4 years of blog posts.  Not bad. I’m like uber efficient…

I consider myself relatively tech savvy, and was recently toying around with the idea of switching WordPress themes seeing as how mine was starting to feel a bit outdated.  Somehow, during the experimentation process, I destroyed it all in one fail swoop.

Don’t ask me how.  I did it.  It’s done.

So I did a fresh install and started over from scratch. Despite technical difficulties, the new site is coming along pretty fast, but I’m still slightly depressed about losing half a decade’s worth of content.

Oh well, I’ve never been particularly prolific when it comes to keeping the website updated.

As you can probably tell, I’ve chosen a decidedly simple theme to replace the old one.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m as much a fan of flashy as the next guy, but something about the simplicity of it caught my attention.  I figured I’d give it a shot.  Who needs all the bells and whistles, right?

I’m trying to view this as a rebirth.  Maybe up my game a little. See if I can manage at least a blog post a month (no need to set the bar too high).

Anyway, it’s late…well past midnight…and my brain’s ready for sleep mode.

On a positive note, I’ll be releasing a new horror novel called Once Haunted next week.

Stay tuned for more details…