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Writer, reader, husband, father, son, brother, friend, publisher, bookmaker, tech-head, newbie DM, writer. I know I already said that. http://michaeljasper.net

Lost & Finders: an excerpt from chapter 1!

Holy cow. There’s just a little over a month until the 2nd Finder Team novel comes out!

Lost & Finders is set to release on June 14, and I can’t wait to share it with you. The ebook version is now available for pre-order from Amazon.

Here’s a quick summary of the book (from the back cover):

Mid-summer in the mountains. The breeze carries the smell of pines and campfires, and expensive cars with Florida plates clog the roads. The students at nearby Appalachian State are gone for the summer, and Bim Mayer and Hank Johnson get to enjoy a lazy start to August after a rough winter and busy spring.

But they soon realize that summer’s gotten just a bit too lazy. Something is going down in the remote Blue Ridge Mountain town of Boone, North Carolina. People stop by the Finders, Inc. office to tell stories about whispering strangers just outside of Boone, and they aren’t white-haired tourists asking for directions to the antique stores.

Then, during one week in early August, half a dozen people from all walks of life are reported as missing. At the same time, Hank’s shifty brother William shows up again with wild stories about strangers in the darkness. The Finder team suddenly has its hands full with work, with Bim (and his special mental skills) carrying the bulk of the finding on his rounded shoulders.

As summer heats up into a scorching fall and bizarre clues continue to pile up, Bim and Hank might just lose more than a couple pounds and a few nights of sleep. They could lose everything.

And here’s a taste of the book itself, from the start of chapter 1. Enjoy!


Lost & Finders, chapter 1

At a quarter past one on the first day of August, wearing only a striped purple-and-white swimsuit and a bright green T-shirt, Bim Mayer decided that it was time.

Continue reading Lost & Finders: an excerpt from chapter 1!

New trade paperback!

And just like that, it’s over halfway through March! This year is threatening to charge right by me.

Fortunately, I’ve been able to make some progress on a couple projects.

First off–and I thought this one was going to drive me batty–I was able to create a hi-res PDF that I could use to create a (drum roll, please!) trade paperback version of the digital comic I created with artist Niki Smith, In Maps & Legends!

Here’s a photo of it next to another one of my books for perspective:

IM&L Cover

Personally, I would’ve loved for it to be a bit bigger, just to showcase the art, but the company I’m using for the print version doesn’t have bigger sizes that are landscape versus portrait.

It’s a lovely book, and the full-color art really POPS. Here’s a shot of two of my favorite pages:

IM&L Interior

And after almost a decade now, we have a print version, which you can get at Amazon.com. I hope you enjoy it!

So far, 2018 is looking like a great year! As always, thanks for reading.

So Long 2017, Hello 2018!

And just like that, it’s December 31st! It’s been a very light year for posting blog updates for me. For a while, I cheated and cross-posted my Instagram photos here as pseudo-blog entries, but I think I’m ready to start some (light) blogging again.

2017_ClockBut I’m getting ahead of myself, thinking about all my goals for the new year.

I want to do something in the first half of this blog that I rarely do lately — take a look back. I’m usually busy keeping up with my daily To-Do List and mapping out my goals for the futures. So… what the heck happened in 2017?

Continue reading So Long 2017, Hello 2018!

This would make a great movie!

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I’m so happy to report that the story that started out as a novel way back when, then morphed into a web-comic, then a digital comic, and a complete 9-issue storyline has now been optioned to be a movie!

For all the details, see the press release.

I’m excited to see what the next 30 months hold for this story (12 months for the initial option, 18 for the extension, if needed).

I’d love it if the movie was actually made, but I’m skeptical, of course, just because making a movie is a gigantic undertaking with hundreds of moving parts. And I thought scripting all 192 pages of this comic was a challenge…!

It’s awesome that something I started working on nearly a decade ago has found a new life, and I’m just glad all the heavy lifting — for me — is already done.

Although now I’m already plotting out the next book in the In Maps & Legends series…

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Art by Niki Smith

It took all hands on deck to get our crooked nine-footer in its stand and decorated, but it’s done! #xmastree

It took all hands on deck to get our crooked nine-footer in its stand and decorated, but it’s done! #xmastree

My weekday morning hiking buddy. All 125 pounds of him! #mountaindog

My weekday morning hiking buddy. All 125 pounds of him! #mountaindog

Happy 10th birthday to Mitch! You have made all our lives 100 times better. #nofilter #lightshow

Happy 10th birthday to Mitch! You have made all our lives 100 times better. #nofilter #lightshow

My boys and me. I’m standing as tall as I can to remain taller than Drew (our 12-year-old!). #dadlife #feelthelove

My boys and me. I’m standing as tall as I can to remain taller than Drew (our 12-year-old!). #dadlife #feelthelove

Hello from the Halloween crew!!

Hello from the Halloween crew!!

First fire of the season (cat-approved)! #winterishere #alsosnowing

First fire of the season (cat-approved)! #winterishere #alsosnowing