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Novel excerpts from “Just ‘Cause Overtures.”

51tznBaGUHLJamie Shank’s “Just ‘Cause – Overtures,”

Introduction : All of the information in this story is not factually accurate with that of our world’s. The best example that comes to mind is in the military titles, positions, and rankings and in much of the text throughout the prologue. Major became the title to my liking for one of my main characters (not Captain, or Corporal, or Commander, but Major Briggs), so that’s what I went with. I tried to make the weaponry accurate to that of WWII, though the aircrafts weren’t so advanced back then, and I tried to keep my musical references close to the classic rock generation and music heard during the Vietnam era.

In this story, in this existence, this world that is known simply as the World (for it is simpler than ours, yet it still exists within the same stream of time and rests within the same fabric of space alongside our own), there are many, the fallen… a few, the lost… the ones with reason… and soon, the crossovers. That’s all so much later. Now, nothing truly makes sense. Life is a mystery, the meaning unclear. It all might as well be happening Just ‘Cause.

Here lies the start to the significance of the drama that begins to unfold in these pages, defining this story’s wild existence. The story of John Anderson Jr. is the first inkling to Nanuck that a prophecy may come true, may be beginning to unfold before his very eyes. Nanuck will not be properly introduced in these pages, for this ancient of the World is not meant to truly appear to us quite as of yet. For now, this Worldly prophet has left us with four, wonderful stories about the life of one of the World’s uninformed heroes, who will become a legacy for heroes to come. Let the tale of John Anderson Jr. begin to unfold itself, as it did for me, the writer, now for you, fellow reader…

 

Drafted, called upon by his country to serve in the Second New World War – a war thought to end all wars. Unlike the First New World War, this war was not a battle fought over taking a new world, but rather a clash between the two existing Worlds for the complete and total domination of the entire planet. Winner take all, New World or Old World, both great nations sought to establish their absolute authority and reign as the supreme ruler of the whole World by the time it was all said and done with.

 

First Section of the First Chapter.

Peggy Anderson had been checking the mailbox first thing every morning ever since hearing the news about the draft having been enforced. Peggy’s heart broke the day the letter came summoning her son, John Anderson, Jr., to serve their nation in the Second New World War.

Upon receiving the mail, Peggy had noticed the letterhead of the New World government on an envelope. She dropped all of the other letters that she was holding and tore open the envelope, hoping that it wouldn’t be what she suspected. She began to read and her greatest fears were confirmed. The letter clearly stated in the first paragraph that her son, John Anderson, Jr., was being drafted for the war.

Peggy let out a shrill cry of grief and torment that echoed throughout the Anderson’s property in the early morning dew. She ran weeping back to her husband, who stood on the front porch holding an underlying understanding of what was going on within his heart. John, Sr. did not say a word as his wife ran up to him and embraced him with all her might. No, he let her tell him what he had already assumed. One of our sons is going to have to leave to go to war.

“John, our baby’s been drafted,” Peggy told her husband. “John is going to war.”

John, Sr. began to digest the information while he held his wife tightly to him. He tried to comfort and console her, but it was just so much to take in. Their youngest son would be leaving them, perhaps just for a while but maybe forever. The war would change their son. John, Jr. was a good boy, a peaceful boy. As John, Sr. looks out towards the horizon, out over their green fields, he says, “I hate this as much as you do, Peggy, but we’re going to have to be strong… for John’s sake, we’re just going to have to be strong.”

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Kapooka and Trinity

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Though Kapooka; A Crossovers Pet was planned and formulated to draw attention to the other books in the Crossovers Anthology through the Seamus Adams character’s telling of the story, it is a story about my real baby kitty cat. Kapooka has settled down a bit now that he’s older, and we have his sister-in-law kitty, Trinity, my sister’s nineteen year old, pukey lil’ kitty living with us now. Kapooka wasn’t too happy about Trinity coming to live with us at first, but he’s adjusted admirably, and surprisingly there was never any real, harsh jealousy issues on his part. I guess he knows he’s daddy’s number one boy.

As of lately, I’ve been letting both cats out in the evenings when I get home from work and letting them run around and enjoy the great outdoors. There’s nothing the Kapooka critter loves more than the great outdoorse’s, and he’s quite the lil’ hunter. Lately he’s been roaming off in different directions in an attempt to branch off and expand his hunting grounds, and apparently other cats in the neighborhood don’t appreciate the intrusion and at the same time want to know what’s going on on his territory. We’ve had this big, mean, vicious feral black tomcat showing up lately, picking fights with both of mine and the neighbors cats.

So, I hear this awful howling sound coming from outside the other night and I run out there to see what it is. Awful howling… I figure it’s my Kapooka critter. I figure the black tomcat is back, terrorizing the neighborhood, but I get out there and I find my two cats, and they do have these perplexed looks on their faces, but I don’t see anything else out by the carport’s of mine and my neighbors trailers. Nor do I see anything out by the back patios, so I start walking back there. That’s where my cats were staring towards when I got out there, so I figure I better take a look around and check it out. The Kapooka critter follows me back there.

I’m on the back patio, I’m not looking at my cat, but I know he’s nearby, and I hear this violent, ferocious howl coming from somewhere very nearby. Well, I figured it was the Bear, my other name for the Kapooka critter. BooBear can make some ferocious noises when he’s pissed off, so I just assumed it was him. But while I was looking right at him I heard the noise again, and I look to my left to see a flash of an image of this pair of fangs and glowing eyes. Whatever it was took off around the back of my neighbor’s trailer. So what do I do, I pursue it.

The Bear takes off towards the back of our neighbor’s trailer, I start heading that way, we both round the corner and I hear t his howl ring out from just under me to my right. I look down and realize that this thing is obviously right under my neighbor’s gas grill. There’s a cover over the grill, so I can’t see the creature making this horrid sound, but that’s where the sound is coming from, is under that grill.

Now the Bear is curious and wants to investigate, but I’m getting scared and beginning to wonder if the thing under the grill is rabid or something, ’cause I’m used to seeing feral animals run away from people, not pick the closest hiding place and hole up. Something about this doesn’t feel right at all to me.

The Bear is trying to investigate, but I snatch him up and throw him in the house. Now I have to go and find Trinity and do the same thing with her, but I’ve left the door open and I catch a glimpse of the Bear heading back behind my neighbor’s place to investigate some more. I see Trinity, but the Kapooka critter is suddenly my immediate concern so I abandon trying to catch her to go and scoop up the Kapooka critter again.

As I approach the rear of my neighbor’s trailer I hear the vicious howling sound off, but I get to my orange lil’ fur-ball of a cat and scoop him up into my arms. Trinity is still where she was at before, so I head that way and scoop her up too. I’ve got them both in my arms now, Trinity plopped down on top of the Bear’s back, both kitties sticking their heads up over my right shoulder and looking out. This time I shut the door when I got them in and thought about what to do about the howling menace outside.

I went back out with a pair of sturdy work gloves on my hands and a broom stick. I figured I would have to give the angry kitty a little nudge in order to get it out from under my neighbor’s gas grill. If the angry kitty didn’t go away then my cats weren’t going to be allowed back outside, and I didn’t want to do that to them just yet. It was still early. This was supposed to be their play time.

So I get back out there, equipped with gloves and a stick, and it’s beginning to get dark, and I can’t quite see too well anyways, so I brought a flashlight with me, too. I start heading back there, and I’m beginning to feel as though I’m walking into a horror movie or something, thinking to myself as I near the back of my neighbor’s property and start carefully stepping towards his covered gas grill, Please, God, don’t let the mean, evil, pissed-off sounding kitty jump out at me and bite my ankles off! I don’t want to get my blood sucked out of my body and my ankles bitten off by the vampire kitty!

The angry and aggressive sounding howling starts as I approach the gas grill. I’m not liking this situation, but at the same time I feel I have to deal with this situation. So I get up to the grill, I get down on my hands and knees in front of the cover, and I slowly start to lift it, thinking to myself that this angry, pissed-off, cornered kitty is going to jump out at me at any moment. It didn’t. It just kept on howling and spitting and hissing at me.

I was able to shine the flashlight on the pissed-off kitty and get a look at it. It looked like an older tabby cat, and it looked like something was wrong with it, for its eyes looked kind of odd, but I couldn’t quite tell right then what it was that was really going on with it. I poked the stick at it and tried to get it to run away, but it held its ground. It wasn’t leaving from that spot.

I was the one who eventually retreated, heading back into my place to try to come up with a new plan. I couldn’t think of one, but when I came back out the pissed-off kitty was gone, and nowhere to be found. I kept my cats in that night, just to be safe.

The next day I go to let my cats out for a run around before I take off to work, and the first thing I see is that same pissed-off, angry kitty cat run underneath my place. I immediately think to myself, Great, here we go again.

I walk up to the place where it ran under my trailer, and sure enough, there it is, staring at me, howling, spitting and hissing, but again it’s not running off like a normal feral cat would. It’s daytime, too, so I can see the pissed-off kitty a whole lot better than I could the night before. I take a good look at it, and sure enough, there’s something wrong with its eyes alright. It was quite apparent that the stray that had showed up at my place was nearly blind. I just couldn’t see it the night before ’cause it was dark and my own eyes aren’t very good.

That changed everything. This wasn’t some scary vampire kitty cat, this was a kitty who was in need of my help. This injured stray needed medical attention and I was going to be the one to get it for him. It turned out to be a he. Very apparent once I got a look. He came right out after I went in and got food. Once he smelled the food it was like he couldn’t come out from hiding quick enough. He was still howling bloody murder, but now I could tell that he was just scared, not aggressive. Scared cats can turn aggressive if handled wrong, so I made sure to take my time with the injured, stray tabby cat and let him get a good sense of my smell. Before long he was coddling to me for protection while howling, spitting, and hissing at everything else around, including my cats. I kicked them out and brought my injured new friend in while we waited for the SPCA to come and get him.

The SPCA in Pinellas County, Florida is a no-kill shelter, and I’ve saved a number of cats through them in the past. As long as the blind kitty can pass his medical tests then I’m sure he can pass his temperament test. He was purring and loving up against me before the SPCA’s driver arrived to pick him up, after I got him within the safety of my home. He even rested and about fell asleep before the driver showed up. He was likely a house cat at some point in time before, unfortunately everybody isn’t a good pet owner and animals do get abandoned and left to fend for themselves, especially in your lower class neighborhoods where people are struggling every day to survive as it is.

A few days later the black tomcat did show up at my house, trying to terrorize both of mine and my neighbors cats. I heard some commotion and went to investigate. It sounded like it was coming from inside my house, and sure enough it was. I walk out of my room to witness Trinity charging across the living room and launching herself into the air and on top of this intruder. She tries to latch on but goes rolling over the black tomcat’s back, but that doesn’t stop her. She pops back up, quickly composes herself, and then hops right back onto that bewildered tomcat’s back, latching on with both paws this time and not letting go.

At this point I see the black tomcat look up and acknowledge my presence, and the look on its face told me that a bad situation had just gone to worse for it. That thing looked one hundred percent surprised and totally out of its element. Meanwhile, Trinity is batting her paws and snapping her remaining teeth at this big, old black tomcat, and I just bust out laughing. I couldn’t believe my nineteen year old female was beating the living scadoodles out of the alpha male tomcat of the neighborhood, and meanwhile the Kapooka critter was nowhere to be found. In my experience I’ve noticed that some people act tough but really aren’t when pushed while others act docile but will rip a threatening, menacing adversary to shreds if pushed. I think BooBear’s the former to where Trinity’s more or less the latter. Whatever the case may be, and though the Kapooka critter is still my number one, for he is my furry lil’ baby kitty, Trinity has been my hero ever since she bested that big, old black thing, and I haven’t seen that mean, old black tomcat come back around my cats’ turf since.

The End.

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“The Land of the Ancients”

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Jamie Shank’s Crossovers Anthology

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The first five books in Jamie Shank’s Crossovers Anthology are available now as ebooks on Amazon.com for the low, low price of $2.99 each.

“Just ‘Cause – Overtures” is part of a two book, four chapter, 160,000 word war story about a young, drafted new recruit by the name of John Anderson, Jr. “Just ‘Cause – Overtures” is Book One in the greater Crossover’s Anthology and was first published as an ebook on Amazon.com on 01/07/2017.

Opening : Drafted, called upon by his country to serve in the Second New World War, a war thought to end all wars. Unlike the First New World War, this war was not a battle fought over taking a new world, but rather a clash between the two existing Worlds for the complete and total domination of the entire planet. Winner take all, New World or Old World, both great nations sought to establish their absolute authority and reign as the supreme ruler of the whole World by the time it was all said and done with.

In Chapter One “The Letters Are Out,” the worst thing imaginable has come true and war has broken out between the two nations. To make matters worse, the nation of New World has initiated a draft and our main character, John Anderson, Jr., has been drafted. See how John’s life is turned upside-down, and how this affects family members and friends, especially John’s relationship with his high school sweetheart, Mary Jane O’Riley, all leading up to the day of John’s departure.

After that, in Chapter Two “No Turning Back Now,” you’ll meet Major Briggs and his mischievous battalion of new recruits, of which John is a part of. Join in the nightly smoke sessions, watch how the controversy plays out between two of the recruits, start putting the pieces together and tune in to the next installation to see how the war plays out!

“Just ‘Cause – Further Explorations” is the second and final installation in a two book, four chapter, 160,000 word war story about a young, drafted soldier named John Anderson, Jr. “Just ‘Cause – Further Explorations” is Book Two in the greater Crossover’s Anthology and was first published as an ebook on Amazon.com on 01/07/2017.

In Chapter Three; “Ye-ha, The War,” Major Briggs’ newly formed battalion is heading into battle. John Anderson, Jr. and his fellow recruits are in for the fight of their lives, as they’re doomed to find out the hard way what war truly is. When Major Briggs’ past catches up to him due to a tragic incident during their third battle on Old World soil, the battalion’s fearless leader starts to lose it and before long opens Pandora’s box, inviting the inevitable to come to him and his men in an epic and suspenseful Old World ambush which is sure to provide a reader plenty of thrills and excitement. Prepare yourself for the outcome of this battalion’s struggle against the odds, and then brace yourself for one man’s insight into Major Briggs’ mistakes and possibly even war crimes.

And just when you thought it was all over, that’s when it all really begins in Chapter Four; “A Stranger in a Strange Land,” a six part chapter detailing John’s struggles when the helicopter carrying him and his few fellow survivors mysteriously fails in midair and plummets out of the sky. In the final installation of this novel, join John as he treks across this mysterious landscape in a bid for survival. Partake in his adventures, join in his survival plan and the obstacles that are thrown in his path along the way, meet the strange being and the creatures that he comes across, and enjoy the journey! …in a land where myths and legends become real and come to life, and perhaps even heroes are formed.

In the tradition of “Just ‘Cause,” this is another base story-line which will take a reader to the extremes and then transcend one’s perception of reality in the final quarter. “Yahe” is Damien’s story, a troubled youth who grows up to become an assassin for a New World crime syndicate which is being run out of the town of Ashford, Damien’s hometown.

Like “Just ‘Cause,” “Yahe” is a four-part story with another visit to the Land of the Ancients due up in the final quarter. Unlike “Just ‘Cause,” “Yahe” has all been squeezed into one novel, a “Conclusion” and an “Afterwards” following the final chapter.

From the death of his best friend at his own hands to his climb up the ladder of a criminal organization and his time as a hit-man to him wanting out and encountering his highest paying job as of yet, a parody of one of the U.S.’s most controversial assassinations to date, to the trip to the Land of the Ancients and his transformation into the first Crossover of his generation, come and join Damien on his adventure. This is “Yahe,” a story of villains, a story which, much like a star, literally explodes into life. Enjoy.

“Yahe” was first published as an ebook on Amazon.com on 11/22/2017, contains 117,500 words, and is Book 3 in the greater Crossovers Anthology.

Jamie Shank’s “Conner” is an 88,888 word fiction/fantasy prison story about two unfortunate fathers, a mysterious visitor who arrives on the cell block, an unruly cast of death row inmates, and of course the warden and the prison staff. Though still a serious story, Jamie Shank’s “Conner” is also a bit of a comedy with Conner’s line of “witty one-liners” and “Ran into an Old Friend” jokes and the Visitor’s cleverly placed short stories and a few jokes of his own. Jamie Shank’s “Conner” is a fast-paced, character oriented thrill ride which is sure to drop a reader’s jaw with the flip of each page and leave a lasting impression by the time the link between the Visitor, Conner, and Daryl is finally revealed in full in the end.

Jamie Shank’s “Conner” was first published as an ebook on Amazon.com on 02/14/2017 and as a paperback on 04/20/2017. Jamie Shank’s “Conner” is Book 4 in the greater Crossovers Anthology. Though this is an anthology, all taking place on a timeline within a fictional world, each story holds its own unless the title indicates otherwise, and so far Jamie Shank’s “Just ‘Cause,” at 160,000 words, is the only project which was too big to fit into one book.

The mystery of the Visitor and how it all plays out for Conner and the other… Why are these two fathers, who are honest, hard working men, Conner a single father with a grown adult son and the other a family man with a teenage son… why are they on death row in the first place? Conner is holding back, hesitant to tell his story, but the Visitor knows something and Conner fears the worst. Though the truth is heartbreaking, the outcome is worth sticking around for.

The following is an excerpt from Jamie Shank’s “Conner”:
The breaking point… What one would sacrifice? What one would give, or give up? What one would forfeit? And what if, in the end, that sacrifice was for nothing? Hopes and dreams converted, concerted, distorted, displaced, and soon to be about-faced. What consequences will the truth bring? And there’s no way to stop it from happening, it has already been done! After everything… and now nothing can be done to change a thing! A life for a better life! That had been the plan! A life for a better life! And now all that’s left is, “What to do now?!”

Jamie Shank’s “Kapooka; A Crossover’s Pet” is a full-length novel about the World’s most rambunctious little kitty cat. This book contains 98,000 words and was first published as an ebook on Amazon.com on 03/21/2017. “Kapooka; A Crossover’s Pet” is a story about a real life kitty cat told through the eyes of one of the fictional Crossovers Anthology’s main characters. Need I really say more?

Most of, but not all of, what takes place in this story is based on true events. All of the kitty cats in this story are real-life kitty cats, right down to their names. However, the names, identities, and character traits of all humans in this story are artistic fabrications, though often built off of, structured around, and inspired by real people to some slight degree.

Jamie Shank’s “Kapooka; A Crossover’s Pet” is Book 5 in the greater Crossovers Anthology. Though this is an anthology, all taking place on a timeline within a fictional world, each story holds its own unless the title indicates otherwise, and so far Jamie Shank’s “Just ‘Cause,” at 160,000 words, is the only project which was too big to fit into one book.

Enjoy the tale of one of the most hyperactive little kitties in the World, one who is sure to put a smile on your face and really get ya laughing, the bronze lil’ bolt of lightning that he is… Simba Bella… the Bear… the Kapooka critter!

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Jamie Shank’s latest ebook, “Yahe,” is in the process of being published on Amazon.com, 11/22/2017, $2.99 per copy.

YAHEb1e585f7-90db-4efd-990e-8f5d57d39462Jamie Shank’s sequel to Just ‘Cause, “Yahe,” will be published to Amazon.com on 11//22/2017 and made available to you for the low, low price of $2.99 per copy.

In the tradition of “Just ‘Cause,” this is another base story-line which will take a reader to the extremes and then transcend one’s perception of reality in the final quarter. “Yahe” is Damien’s story, a troubled youth who grows up to become an assassin for a New World crime syndicate which is being run out of the town of Ashford, Damien’s hometown.

Like “Just ‘Cause,” “Yahe” is a four-part story with another visit to the Land of the Ancients due up in the final quarter. Unlike “Just ‘Cause,” “Yahe” has all been squeezed into one novel, a “Conclusion” and an “Afterwards” following the final chapter.

From the death of his best friend at his own hands to his climb up the ladder of a criminal organization and his time as a hit-man to him wanting out and encountering his highest paying job as of yet, a parody of one of the U.S.’s most controversial assassinations to date, to the trip to the Land of the Ancients and his transformation into the first Crossover of his generation, come and join Damien on his adventure. This is “Yahe,” a story of villains, a story which, much like a star, literally explodes into life. Enjoy.

“Yahe” was first published as an ebook on Amazon.com on 11/22/2017, contains 175,000 words, and is Book 3 in the greater Crossovers Anthology.

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Jamie Shank’s “Yahe,” available as an ebook on Amazon.com, 11/22/2017

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Jamie Shank’s sequel to Just ‘Cause, “Yahe,” will be published to Amazon.com on 11//22/2017 and made available to you for the low, low price of $2.99 per copy.

In the tradition of “Just ‘Cause,” this is another base story-line which will take a reader to the extremes and then transcend one’s perception of reality in the final quarter. “Yahe” is Damien’s story, a troubled youth who grows up to become an assassin for a New World crime syndicate which is being run out of the town of Ashford, Damien’s hometown.

Like “Just ‘Cause,” “Yahe” is a four-part story with another visit to the Land of the Ancients due up in the final quarter. Unlike “Just ‘Cause,” “Yahe” has all been squeezed into one novel, a “Conclusion” and an “Afterwards” following the final chapter.

From the death of his best friend at his own hands to his climb up the ladder of a criminal organization and his time as a hit-man to him wanting out and encountering his highest paying job as of yet, a parody of one of the U.S.’s most controversial assassinations to date, to the trip to the Land of the Ancients and his transformation into the first Crossover of his generation, come and join Damien on his adventure. This is “Yahe,” a story of villains, a story which, much like a star, literally explodes into life. Enjoy.

“Yahe” was first published as an ebook on Amazon.com on 11/22/2017, contains 175,000 words, and is Book 3 in the greater Crossovers Anthology.

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Jamie Shank’s Yahe will be available on Amazon.com 11/22/17.

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Jamie Shank’s “Yahe” 11/22/17

The long awaited sequel to “Just ‘Cause,” Yahe will be available through Amazon.com for a very reasonable price come 11/22 of this year. This is Damien’s story, and a story about organized crime leading up to a parody of one of the greatest tragedies in U.S. history and a return to the Land of the Ancients. “Yahe” is like nothing you’ve ever experienced and is guaranteed to blow ya away.Kennedy-badgeman-color1

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Jamie Shank’s “Conner,” Now Available as a Paperback and an ebook on Amazon.com

41e9KuNzOJL    Jamie Shank’s “Conner” is an 88,888 word fiction/fantasy prison story about two unfortunate fathers, a mysterious visitor who arrives on the cell block, an unruly cast of death row inmates, and of course the warden and the prison staff. Though still a serious story, Jamie Shank’s “Conner” is also a bit of a comedy with Conner’s line of “witty one-liners” and “Ran into an Old Friend” jokes and the Visitor’s cleverly placed short stories and a few jokes of his own. Jamie Shank’s “Conner” is a fast-paced, character oriented thrill ride which is sure to drop a reader’s jaw with the flip of each page and leave a lasting impression by the time the link between the Visitor, Conner, and Daryl is finally revealed in full in the end. Jamie Shank’s “Conner” was first published as an ebook on Amazon.com on 02/14/2017 and as a paperback on 04/20/2017.

Jamie Shank’s “Conner” is Book 4 in the greater Crossovers Anthology. Though this is an anthology, all taking place on a timeline within a fictional world, each story holds its own unless the title indicates otherwise, and so far Jamie Shank’s “Just ‘Cause,” at 160,000 words, is the only project which was too big to fit into one book.

The mystery of the Visitor and how it all plays out for Conner and the other… Why are these two fathers, who are honest, hard working men, Conner a single father with a grown adult son and the other a family man with a teenage son… why are they on death row in the first place? Conner is holding back, hesitant to tell his story, but the Visitor knows something and Conner fears the worst. Though the truth is heartbreaking, the outcome is worth sticking around for.

The following is an excerpt from Jamie Shank’s “Conner“:
The breaking point… What one would sacrifice? What one would give, or give up? What one would forfeit? And what if, in the end, that sacrifice was for nothing? Hopes and dreams converted, concerted, distorted, displaced, and soon to be about-faced. What consequences will the truth bring? And there’s no way to stop it from happening, it has already been done! After everything… and now nothing can be done to change a thing! A life for a better life! That had been the plan! A life for a better life! And now all that’s left is, “What to do now?!”

And now for another excerpt… a few of Conner’s “witty one-liners”:                              “I’ve heard a few good, new ones,” Conner said to Brandon.

“Oh yeah?” Brandon replied. “Do tell.”

“Have you heard the one about the escaped convict?” Conner began.

“No,” Brandon replied.

“That’s probably ‘cause he got caught.” Conner moved right along to the next one, “Have you heard the one about the drunk driver?”

“No,” Brandon replied, but he could almost guess what his father was going to say.

“He died in a car crash.” Conner moved right along to the next one, “Have you heard the one about the whore’s marriage?”

“No,” Brandon replied, already laughing in response to the setup.

“It didn’t last,” Conner said, and paused.

Brandon said with a smile on his face, “I suppose not.”

“Yeah, but she walked away with a lot of cash,” Conner slyly added.

“Where do you come up with this shit?” Brandon couldn’t help but ask. “In here, a man listens a lot,” Conner said, then added, “and people get creative when they don’t have a whole lot of outside entertainment to keep them occupied and do the thinking for them.

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Just ‘Cause; 1st Section, 1st Chapter

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Jamie Shank’s Just ‘Cause, First Section of the First Chapter.

Peggy Anderson had been checking the mailbox first thing every morning ever since hearing the news about the draft having been enforced. Peggy’s heart broke the day the letter came summoning her son, John Anderson, Jr., to serve their nation in the Second New World War.

Upon receiving the mail, Peggy had noticed the letterhead of the New World government on an envelope. She dropped all of the other letters that she was holding and tore open the envelope, hoping that it wouldn’t be what she suspected. She began to read and her greatest fears were confirmed. The letter clearly stated in the first paragraph that her son, John Anderson, Jr., was being drafted for the war.

Peggy let out a shrill cry of grief and torment that echoed throughout the Anderson’s property in the early morning dew. She ran weeping back to her husband, who stood on the front porch holding an underlying understanding of what was going on within his heart. John, Sr. did not say a word as his wife ran up to him and embraced him with all her might. No, he let her tell him what he had already assumed. One of our sons is going to have to leave to go to war.

“John, our baby’s been drafted,” Peggy told her husband. “John is going to war.”

John, Sr. began to digest the information while he held his wife tightly to him. He tried to comfort and console her, but it was just so much to take in. Their youngest son would be leaving them, perhaps just for a while but maybe forever. The war would change their son. John, Jr. was a good boy, a peaceful boy. As John, Sr. looks out towards the horizon, out over their green fields, he says, “I hate this as much as you do, Peggy, but we’re going to have to be strong… for John’s sake, we’re just going to have to be strong.”

This has been the first section from the first chapter in Jamie Shank’s 160,000 full-length ebook, Just ‘CauseJust ‘Cause is a war story detailing the life of John Anderson, Jr. as he experiences a draft, basic training, a war, and something overwhelmingly magnificent before it’s all over and he arrives back home. John and his family are not by any means the only characters whose lives are detailed in this two book series. Meet Major Briggs, Brad Thompon, Duece Covert, Tim Spellings, Mary Jane O’Riley and her family, Kellen Collins, Hector Birch, Alan Fohler, Victor Hughes, Roy Phillips, Duff Avery, Justin Bailey, Otis Smith and Sean Berg, Sha, Cid, & Hammer, Sven Williams and family, Nanuck and the creature comforts from Ch. 04, and a variety of others making up the supporting cast. See how their stories play out and make up your own mind on the legacy of the good soldiers’ Major Briggs as Deuce reveals all in the chapters end.

51tznBaGUHLIn Chapter One “The Letters Are Out,” the worst thing imaginable has come true and war has broken out between the two nations. To make matters worse, the nation of New World has initiated a draft and our main character, John Anderson, Jr., has been drafted. See how John’s life is turned upside-down, and how this affects family members and friends, especially John’s relationship with his high school sweetheart, Mary Jane O’Riley, all leading up to the day of John’s departure.

After that, in Chapter Two “No Turning Back Now,” you’ll meet Major Briggs and his mischievous battalion of new recruits, of which John is a part of. Join in the nightly smoke sessions, watch how the controversy plays out between two of the recruits, start putting the pieces together and tune in to the next installation to see how the war plays out!

JCFE51nWL0xOAzLIn Chapter Three; “Ye-ha, The War,” Major Briggs’ newly formed battalion is heading into battle. John Anderson, Jr. and his fellow recruits are in for the fight of their lives, as they’re doomed to find out the hard way what war truly is. When Major Briggs’ past catches up to him due to a tragic incident during their third battle on Old World soil, the battalion’s fearless leader starts to lose it and before long opens Pandora’s box, inviting the inevitable to come to him and his men in an epic and suspenseful Old World ambush which is sure to provide a reader plenty of thrills and excitement. Prepare yourself for the outcome of this battalion’s struggle against the odds, and then brace yourself for one man’s insight into Major Briggs’ mistakes and possibly even war crimes.

And just when you thought it was all over, that’s when it all really begins in Chapter Four; “A Stranger in a Strange Land,” a six part chapter detailing John’s struggles when the helicopter carrying him and his few fellow survivors mysteriously fails in midair and plummets out of the sky. In the final installation of this novel, join John as he treks across this mysterious landscape in a bid for survival. Partake in his adventures, join in his survival plan and the obstacles that are thrown in his path along the way, meet the strange being and the creatures that he comes across, and enjoy the journey! …in a land where myths and legends become real and come to life, and perhaps even heroes are formed.

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Also available from Jamie Shank,

A lot of good material and a lot to look forward to in Jamie Shank’s Crossovers Anthology…

Yahe, a crime story, will be available in late November.

The superhero saga is under construction.

The MS:B will is still in the planning phase.