I’ve written and self-published several technical guides and novels. Some of the stuff I’ve written has been fairly successful while some of it has been an utter failure. I also co-wrote an interesting fantasy series with my wife, Melanie Jackson, named “Book of Dreams”. This I consider to be the very best of my stuff. In any case, here they are for your consideration: my books (at least the ones I’m willing to fess up to having written)!
And the best part is that all my books are on sale for only $2.99. Enjoy!
Here are the two technical guides that I published on self-publishing.
Do It Yourself: Book Covers
In Do It Yourself: Book Covers I show you how to install and use the free GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP) to create professional quality book covers for your self-published content. The GIMP is not a simple program to learn, but with my guidance you’ll soon become a pro learning how to use the program to create not only book covers but graphics for your website as well.
Note: I’ve also published a Udemy online video course on creating book covers named GIMP for Beginners: Free Graphics for Book Covers. Check it out!
Do It Yourself: Publish on Amazon
In Do It Yourself: Publish on Amazon I show you how to format a book using Microsoft Word for publication as an ebook on Amazon using the Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) web based interface. This book also includes instructions for publishing your book in paperback via CreateSpace and how to distribute an audio recording via Audible. Although the publication process is fairly straight forward you might want to have someone hold your hand the first time you self-publishing a book. This book shows you everything you need to do to become an Amazon published author.
Note: I’ve also published two Udemy online video courses on publishing ebooks via KDP and paperbacks via Createspace. The first is named Self-publishing Ebooks on Amazon and the other Self-publishing on Createspace. Check these out as well!
These are the novels that I’ve written and one short story collection. I hope there will be more to follow.
Book of Dreams
I wrote the Book of Dreams trilogy with my wife, Melanie Jackson. We both think that it represents some of the best material that either of us has written. The books in the trilogy all take place in the world of dreams, known as the Narcoscape, where dream extraction specialist, Nicodemus Smith, plies her trade. Nic is the sole owner and proprietor of Hypnos, Inc., the company through which she, as did her ancestors before her, sells her services. You see, some people become stuck in a coma like state in which their dream selves actually get lost in the Narcoscape where they may be preyed upon by various narcodemons. Hey, who you gonna call?
The First Book of Dreams: Metropolis
Troubled by night terrors? Need someone to bodyguard your dreams? Have a loved one who has slipped into a coma and the doctors can’t explain why they sleep, or offer any hope of bringing them back? Then call Hypnos Inc. and ask for Nicodemus Smith, the dream retrieval expert.
Though Nic avoids publicity when she can, this time her client is a very high profile political consultant. Approached by this professional rival who fears for his life, she reluctantly takes on the case of guarding his dreams. But a murderous attack on the Wakeside lands her client in the hospital and turns police attention her way. It is soon apparent that someone has designs on the entire city government, but who will believe her? Few creatures in the Narcoscape are powerful enough to organize such a widespread overthrow in the waking world and she will need to call in a lot of favors if she is to save her client and foil the plot to take over the city’s most powerful officials.
This will mean working dangerously long hours in the Narcoscape, the place of dreams where infants are beguiled by visions and do not wake in the morning. It is the shadowy realm of the coma patient and the last stop for the drug users who come looking for the arms of Morpheus. It is the kingdom of the insane, the place where dark things prey on the mind and where Nic has some deadly enemies.
Whoever said dreams can’t hurt didn’t know what they were talking about, but if Nic doesn’t take the risk no one else will.
The Second Book of Dreams: Meridian
A serial killer is on the loose and Nicodemus Smith realizes that he is killing along a lay line that divides San Francisco in two. Nic wants to help the police when they come to her for guidance but she has her own difficulties. Someone abducted an entire yoga class during their meditation and left a dozen bodies in a coma. Whatever took them Dreamside was powerful enough to subdue thirteen disciplined minds and actually kill the class instructor. The victims’ physical conditions are deteriorating rapidly in spite of their being on life support putting her on a short clock, but Nic’s chance Dreamside encounter with the Meridian Killer changes her plans.
Welcome back to the Narcoscape, the shadowy realm of dreams where dark things prey on the mind. They all go there; the saints, the sinners, and the serial killers too. Can Nicodemus Smith, a Dreamside detective, find a Wakeside killer before he hunts her down?
The Third Book of Dreams: Destiny
Once the criminal elements began controlling their gangs from the Dreamside where there could be no wiretaps or spying by the usual law enforcement organizations, it was only a matter of time before the world’s governmental agencies started trying to build beachheads in the Narcoscape. The Dream Police are doing what they can to keep official intervention away from the Dreamside, but it is an uphill battle especially when governments start experimenting with mind-control and end up engineering someone unspeakably powerful who gets away from them. Depending who one asks, this man is either a saint or doomsday for the world.
If this was not troubling enough, someone has been kidnapping homeless kids off the streets of San Francisco. Nic soon discovers that these kids all had something in common besides a history of mental illness. They all possessed a physical marker that was the result of being treated in utero with mind-control drugs. Fearing that someone is cleaning up their illegal experiments, Nic must move fast to save them. Wakeside she has little power, but Dreamside Nic has a chance of bringing these kids home safe and will make the effort though it puts her life in danger.
Cheryl Sanderson is looking to make a new start in life beginning with her new home in San Francisco. But her old life in Las Vegas won’t leave her be. Soon she’s hip deep in boarders, larcenists, and dead bodies. And to clear her good name she must find the murderer of her most recent house guest.
Sanderson House is an enjoyable cozy mystery about a young mother trying to catch a break in life.
Owen was ordered to join a tour group for a tour agency that his company had just purchased and report back on any problems. Reluctant to do go, he was fortunate to have Juan, manservant and lowly caterer, along with him to drag him onto the tour.
Coming to, Owen finds himself on tour of Europe. But eventually he turns the cards on his company by hijacking the low budget tour group to take them on a deluxe tour of Europe with all expenses paid by his employer. Along the way, he falls in love with the beautiful member of the tour group, an art enthusiast, Kathy Sullivan.
The tour group spends the rest of their time in Europe one step ahead of the law as the company and Interpol try to catch up with Owen Beyer.
Travel Logged is a romantic comedy with strong characters and plenty of heart. Along the way, people’s real identities are revealed as you cheer for Owen and Kathy to first get together, and then stay together.
Read Travel Logged for the time of your life.
British intelligence can no longer afford to risk its finest minds in the field. Now female control agents who are trained and retained at headquarters remotely communicate with male field agents who are long on brawn and short on brain.
Angie was the best in her field when she ran up against an arch villian who neutralized her field agent. This looked bad on the record, but even worse she did the unspeakable: she fell in love with her replacement field agent, Alistair McInnis.
Alistair lied his way through the admission process and is far smarter than any one thinks. But when he finds himself on a suicide mission, Angie has to break all the rules to save him. Does she succeed?
Remote control is story of a possible present in which women run the world hidden behind proxy male mouthpieces. It is both a romantic comedy and an action adventure story.
Read Remote Control and meet the James Bond of the future.
The year is 1945 and the Third Reich is losing the war. In a desperate attempt to save the Motherland from destruction, the Nazi High Command makes a deal with an ancient Yugoslavian count to give them the blood of the vampire. Vampirism soon spreads through the German forces turning men into blood crazed fighting machines and the Wehrmacht into an unstoppable juggernaut.
Johann Schmitt is an aging Gestapo officer who after capturing Pierce, an American spy, discovers that his country is being overcome by vampirism. Together, Schmitt and Pierce try to stay alive while attempting to respond to the unearthly menace that threatens to destroy their countries and take over the world.
Blood Reich is a fast paced action, horror novel that pits an unlikely duo against the forces of evil to save humanity.
Blood Lust is a contemporary retelling of Dracula as a M/M Romance. It tells the story of Don Emilio Diego Vargas Tepes and his thwarted attempt to subjugate Los Angeles under an iron rule. Join Arthur, Seward, Van Helsing, and even the crazed lunatic Crenshaw, as they confront evil on a grand scale.
Dead of Night
From the end of the world to romance on an elementary school playground, from vampires and ghosts to killer accordions, these are the short stories of Brian Jackson. Published individually in various hard copy venues, these stories are now available for the first time in a single volume. Come let the author share with you his love for the short story form.