Jake Devlin
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The Devlin Quatrology
The anti-political absurdist thriller series
The Devlin Deception - Book 1 of 4
September 2012
Devlin's Defiance - Book 2 of 4
December 2013
Devlin Sub Rosa - Book 3 of 4
November  2014
Work in Progress - Title to be Determined - Book 4 of 4
Fall 2017
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A quirky vampire romp
The Dracula Deception - adapted from a stage comedy
February  2015
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For serious policy wonks
257 Ways to Fix the USA - for serious policy wonks
December  2014

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The Dracula Deception - adapted from a stage comedyAdapted and updated from the hit 1974 stage comedy of the same title. 

The setting:  The Transylvania Institute for the Terminally Insane (TITI; pronounced "Tie-Tie"), where patients are allowed to live out their delusions in relative comfort.

The plot:  A down-on-his-luck actor's audition for a role to support one particularly peculiar patient plunges him into a nightmarish maelstrom of madness and mayhem.

The characters:  A manic mix of patients and staff catapults the roller-coaster plot to its shocking, heart-stopping yet rib-tickling finale.

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The Devlin Deception - Book 1 of 4
September 2012
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... What could possibly go wrong when an iconoclastic, reclusive billionaire buys and takes over  the US federal government and starts to fix everything that's wrong with it?  (Or what could go right?)

What could happen to the mellow, laid-back beach bum who's writing that story?  (Hint:  In part, a black helicopter and a few government agencies are involved.)  And who is the beautiful woman who slithers into his life?  What deep and painful secrets might be haunting her?

And what deep and possibly dark secrets might HE be hiding?  But most of all, what's so damned funny?  And how much sex is too much ... or too little?

Begin your journey through this absurdist blend of fiction and reality (and some obligatory gratuitous eroticism) and see for yourself.  (Nobody has yet guessed the surprising twist in the Epilogue.)
 

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Devlin's Defiance - Book 2 of 4
December 2013
This sequel begins about a week after "The Devlin Deception" ends, with many of the familiar characters  (and several new ones) from that novel in multiple new adventures.

More action, more erotica (LOTS more), less politics, and more fun than in "The Devlin Deception."

Like that novel, much of the story in this one is set in and around Bonita Springs, Florida, but also in many, many, MANY other exotic locales around the world.

The author continues to play with the boundaries between fiction, reality and more fiction (like that's a surprise).

We don't want to say more here, since this book IS a spoiler for that one, and we strongly suggest that you read it before you start in on this one.
 

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.Devlin Sub Rosa - Book 3 of 4
November  2014
A sequel AND prequel to the first two novels in the series, with most of the characters who remain after the carnage of "Devlin's Defiance."  (Oops.   Was that a spoiler?  Hmm.  Not really -- well, mostly not really.)

Like those novels, parts of the story in this one are set in and around Bonita Springs, and the author continues to play with the boundaries between fiction, reality and more fiction (again, not much of a surprise).  But in this one, not only does he "push the envelope," as the old saying goes, he gleefully leaps far beyond it.

And the reasons behind the author's use of a pseudonym may be revealed, in spite of his objections.  (Hint:  The CIA and/or NSA may be interested in this ... or perhaps not. After all, these novels ARE total fiction -- well, mostly fiction.)
 

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Work in Progress - Title to be Determined - Book 4 of 4
Coming Fall 2017
(Work in progress, no title yet.  Aiming for completion Fall of 2017.)

The explosive fourth and final novel in the Devlin quatrology.

All (or maybe just most) of the unresolved questions from the first three are answered.

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257 Ways to Fix the USA - for serious policy wonksFor policy wonks and political science students, this mini-book is an excerpt of some of the policies instituted by Gordon Donne in "The Donne Deal," after he bought (legally) the United States government, fired Congress, the President and the Supreme Court, and took over all legislative, executive and judicial responsibilities.  (Distilled wisdom from some of the top experts in the world in economics, governance and policy -- but NOT politics!)

"The Donne Deal" (retitled "The Devlin Deception") is a work of fiction, with elements of action, espionage, sex and humor, but Donne's serious policies are distilled into this mini-book (about 20 pages), with none of that "fluff," as some might call it, included. 

A dictator with total authority, like Donne, should also have the wisdom to exercise that authority sparingly.  Agree or disagree?  Do his policies follow that dictum? And what other questions or discussion topics might this mini-book raise in the readers' minds?

"Commonsense Policies That Just Might Work"
"Half an hour to read, months to study, analyze and debate"

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About the Author.

Jake Devlin at First Book Signing"Jake Devlin" is the pseudonym of a passively gregarious (and very wise) twenty-plus-year resident of the city of Bonita Springs, Florida, nestled between Naples and Ft. Myers on the beautiful blue-green Gulf of Mexico.

His 45-year background as an actor, playwright, director, television writer and producer, investor, trader, court reporter and in defense intelligence and security (he can't discuss that any further) gives him a unique perspective on the world (no more nor less unique than anybody else's, of course, but most assuredly different), and he brings that (along with his ongoing sense of amusement at it all) to his wrting and to his life.

He enjoys challenging readers' brains and tickling their funnybones, and he gleefully rides roughshod over literary cliches and conventions while gently seducing his readers into emotional roller-coaster rides, with mind-bending twists and turns, in all of his work (well, in most of it, to be accurate).

Happily retired and gloatingly distant from his earlier domiciles in northern climes, he sets his novels in and around the placid beaches of Bonita Springs, with hopes (on a MUCH smaller scale, of course; he doesn't take himself too seriously) to do for Bonita what Randy Wayne White has done for Sanibel with his Doc Ford books:  put it on the literary map.

As for influences, he points to White, Dorsey, Fitzhugh, Buffett, Clancy, Laffer, Pirandello, Rollins, Grisham, Eisler, Hicks, Cussler, Machiavelli, McElhatton, Brown, Baldacci, Borge and hundreds of
other economists, authors, philosophers, traders and comedians, most of whose names he's QH'd (Quarterheimered; forgotten).  Oh, Ludlum, too.  And whatsisname ... ah, right.  Shakespeare.   And Pinter and the other ... oh, Beckett.  Seinfeld, too.   And Friedman, Monty Python and the Smothers Brothers.

He ages mostly comfortably (other than that Quarterheimer's thing) in Bonita Springs (at least when he's on his meds; when he's not, he writes).

(By the way, that parenthetical about his meds is just a joke; he only takes a multivitamin and an aspirin each day.  But he does use self-defecating humor often; he just can't resist it.  And please don't inquire further into his work in the intelligence/security fields.  He knows seventeen ways to kill using just his earlobes.)

(Oops; that was a typo; it's actually only seven ways.)
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Events
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January/February 2018  Staged Reading of "The Dracula Deception" (planning)

November 2015  First radio ads for local Bonita Springs businesses aired.  Ads

November 11-12, 2015 Kindle promotion propelled "257 Ways to Fix the USA" to
#1 in its category in six hours

September 29-30, 2015  Kindle promotion propelled "Devlin Sub Rosa" to #6 in its
category in 18 hours

May 5-6, 2015  Kindle promotion propelled "The Dracula Deception" to #18 in its
category on Amazon in  26 hours

April 12, 2015  Book Signing at Sneaky Pete's, Bonita Springs..photo*

March 28, 2015  Book Signing at D&S Gallery, Bonita Springs

March 12, 2015  Book Signing at Pat's Cards & Gifts/Hallmark, Bonita Springs

February 25, 2015  Book Signing at Coco Locco, Bonita Springs

February 10, 2015..E.L. Wicker on "The Dracula Deception" Release*

December 15, 2014..E.L. Wicker on "257 Ways to Fix the USA" Release*

November 23, 2014  Book Signing at Sneaky Pete's, Bonita Springs..photo*

November 3, 2014.Author Interview by E.L. Wicker*

May 21, 2014 .The "My Writing Process" Blog Tour

January 14, 2014  Book Signing at Sneaky Pete's, Bonita Springs

September 30, 2013  Book Signing at Sneaky Pete's, Bonita Springs  video*

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My Writing Process: A Blog Tour
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Jake Devlin - head shotMy Australian buddy and author Aral Bereux recently invited me to participate in this blog tour about the writing process.
       Aral's bestselling trilogy, "The Julianna Rae Chronicles," is a dystopian urban fantasy series, dark, gritty and filled with Big Brother, militias and the New World Order.  She is also an ardent, outspoken supporter of independent artists, musicians and authors.   Visit her at aralbereux.com/-sneak-a-peek

So what exactly is The Writing Process Blog Tour?  Its pretty straightforward and simple, actually.  Each author who is invited to participate in the blog tour answers
four questions about the writing process.  The author then introduces another author.  The idea is to help readers discover other authors that they may not have known about otherwise.
 
What am I working on?

First, I need to tell you that "Jake Devlin" is both a pseudonym and a lead character in my novels.  (You can learn more about him [and me]
in the "About the Author" link above.  PS.  it's all true.)

As I write this, in late May 2014, I'm about two-thirds of the way thru my third novel, "Devlin Sub Rosa," which I'm aiming to finish and launch in September (maybe October or November) of 2014.

It's both a prequel and a sequel to my first two novels, and in this one, I've challenged myself to write it entirely in dialogue, no narrator, (other than in the Prologue, which was a one-page scene I wrote for "The Devlin Deception," but didn't fit in either that book or "Devlin's Defiance").

How does my work differ from others of its genre?

One of my readers told me that my first book reads like David
Baldacci crossed with Monty Python.  What genre is that?

I don't write in a particular genre (horror, YA, sci-fi, fantasy, police
procedural, etc.).  I try to create believable, moderately dynamic
characters that readers can relate to (sorry for the final preposition) and empathize with (same).

My novels are, I think, realistic, contemporary, humorous and
aimed at mature, intelligent readers with a good sense of humor
and who are not overly prudish.  They should also be moderately
adept at reading between the lines, since I don't tend to lead them
around by the noses.

In fact, I like my readers to occasionally exclaim, "Wait, wait.  What
the -- that doesn't make -- oh, okay," even if the "Oh, okay" comes
a few chapters later ... or earlier, come to think of it. (Sneaky me.)

I also have a hard time staying serious (or read that as "somber")
for more than a few minutes at a time.

I described my first novel as an "anti-political absurdist thriller,"
but I'll leave it to my readers to define the genre for themselves.

Why do I write what I do?

For decades, I, as well as many Americans, have been outraged, disgusted and frightened by the USA's polarized and downright
corrupt "democracy."  (Nothing striking or unique about that.)

For those same decades, I've tried to dig deep behind the lies, propaganda and filtered news We the People have been and
continue to be fed, often by talking with "insiders" and picking
their brains. (Okay, that's a bit different; but I've always been 
exceptionally curious about how and why people behave in
the ways that they do.)

When the idea of a (possibly benign, possibly not) dictator to
run the country arose, the first part of my novel fell into place
and virtually demanded that it be written.  So I began.

Then I remembered two plays I'd seen back in college in the
1960s, Luigi Pirandello's "Six Characters in Search of an Author"
and "Enrico IV," from the early 1900s, in which he played with
the boundaries between fiction and reality in some clever ways.

I also remembered a play I'd written, produced and directed in 1974,
using similar themes, which was well-received and gave me some insights into and experience with plot, pacing and character creation.
(Note:  In early 2015, I adapted and updated that script into a sort of novel with the same title as that play:  "The Dracula Deception."  I debated retitling it "The Dracula Delusion," which might have been slightly more accurate.  But it sounded like a nonfiction sociology text title.)

Those memories gave me the second part, using a story-within-
a-story format, and thus Jake Devlin was born, as both author (pseudonym) and character.  (I use a pseudonym so that when the CIA, FBI,
MI6 or Interpol come prowling, I want them looking for "Jake Devlin," not my real name.
PS. I'm only half joking.)

Then I kept asking the "What If?" question and made Jake's life
both threatened and complicated because of what he (not me,
NSA, okay?) was writing.

And when a beautiful woman with perhaps a dark secret in her
past slithered into his life, that gave me the chance to include
some obligatory gratuitous erotica.  (Too little for some people,
too much for some others.  Ah, well; ya can't please everybody.)

And thus "The Devlin Deception" and its sequel (and spoiler),
"Devlin's Defiance," came into existence.

Oh, I also seem to have a fairly offbeat sense of humor, so there's
lots of that in my work.  Just for a quick example, back in the '90s,
sitting on Bonita Beach, looking out at the placid waters of the
Gulf, with dolphins and manatees swimming by, I wondered how
the elderly* beachgoers would react if Godzilla suddenly appeared.
I found a way to write something similar, but logically motivated,
appropriately foreshadowed, realistic and believable, in spite of its total absurdity, into my first novel (twice, in fact).

(*Here in Bonita Springs, the average age and the average high
temperature seem to be about the same:  mid-eighties.)

So why do I write what I write, really?  Because I'm now fascinated with the idea of blending fiction with reality and with the characters who've now developed lives, conflicts and interrelationships of their own, especially as I changed the pace for the second book, again for
the third, and again for the fourth, which is now just percolating in
the back of my brain.  After that, who knows?  The ideas keep
popping up and the characters keep surprising me.  (It's an ongoing
adventure for this old retired guy ... and it's fun.)

How does my writing process work?

First, I must tell you that I have no diagnosed or undiagnosed
mental illnesses ... at least as far as I can tell.

But my writing process often works by my intentionally inducing
something that parallels MPD, Multiple Personality Disorder, in
which I develop characters, give them a plot point to bring out
in a chapter or scene and then let them loose in my mind, see
how (and if) they do it, noting down what they do and say.

I also like painting them into a corner to see if they can come up
with a way to escape or solve the problem; sometimes they do,
sometimes not.  If not, then I cuss at 'em and intervene.

I follow Ernest Hemingway's advice, "Write drunk, edit sober,"
even though I don't drink.  Instead, I try to take all the filters off
when I do first drafts, and put at least a few of 'em back on when
I edit ... and edit again ... and again ... and ... oh, you get the idea.

I don't start with a detailed outline, just a general idea of the
macro plot arc (or arcs) I've devised for each book (and the
super-macro arcs for the entire series).  The outline gradually
falls into place during the process ... most of the time.

On a daily basis, I wake up early (no alarm clock; just naturally),
pack my cooler and drive to Bonita Beach, where I sit in my car
and read other authors' books for perhaps half an hour while the
sun comes up, and then roll my lounge and other stuff onto the
beach and set up for the day.  Then I usually take a nap.  (As
Apple says, "There's a nap for that.")

Often, when I awake, I've got some ideas for dialogue, plot or
theme on the particular issue I'd planted in my subconscious the
previous night.  I write down enough notes that when I get home
and to the keyboard, I can add them to my manuscript file(s).

If I'm working with dialogue, as I am for "Sub Rosa," I do a lot
of talking to myself, which most of the beach regulars have
come to understand, luckily.  It helps me to speak the dialogue
aloud, especially if I'm working with dialects, as I did with the
Amish alternate epilogue in "Deception" (all the "thou shalt
milketh the cowth" and "I shall burneth thethe paperth" were
great fun to rehearse ... and throw in some lithping, ath well).

After any -- and I do mean "any" -- sentence or bit of dialogue,
there are many options for the next sentence or response, and
at least one of those is what I call "the absurdist option," and I
often ask myself "Do I dare?" to take that option and send the
chapter careening off in a new direction, and I sometimes
answer myself with a resounding "Yes!"  (Luckily, the beach
regulars mostly understand that when I'm chuckling to myself,
I'm not going over the edge.  Tourists and snowbirds, maybe
not so much, especially when I actually laugh out loud.)

In my first book, imagine, if you will, building a masonry wall
in your garden.  You get a load of bricks and then set them in
place with mortar one row at a time.  In my case, I wrote a lot
of scenes (the bricks) first and then set them in place when I
got to the point where they fit.

In my second book, I challenged myself to see if I could write,
A, a combat scene (not armies, just two vs. 17 or 18), and B,
a graphic, explicit sex scene, both of which my readers tell me
I can.  (The sex scene got SO explicit I was scared to put it in
the book, so I wrote some dialogue suggesting that the author
put it online and put a link in the book itself.  Which I did, as I
had with a final alternate epilogue in the first book.  Female
readers have told me it led to several cold showers ... and in
a few cases, the use of certain battery-operated devices.)

I also took a hint from an old joke ("I just finished Chapter 93
in James Patterson's new book, and i'm only on Page 20")
and wrote shorter chapters.  It's more episodic than the first
as a result, but it all comes together in the end ... sort of.

I'm doing the same thing in my third one, but in this one I've
written the main plot arc first, in the odd-numbered chapters,
and I'm now filling in the three subplots in the even-numbered
ones.  And again, it's all in dialogue (after the Prologue).
 

If you'd like to see the results of all that, feel free to click the
button below to get to the top of my home page.  You can also reach me by email; I do respond to all.

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Now to pass the torch on to another writer

Here's E.L. Wicker, who writes young adult vampire stories with her own special (and VERY clever) twists.  But I think I'll let her introduce herself here in her own words.  And the link to her blog post is..HERE

E.L. WickerI read and I write, then I read and I write some more and when I am done doing that, I read then I write. Sometimes, I pen the occasional tweet okay, thats a fib, I tweet too much, its a problem but there is no Twitter rehab so Im getting through it one day at a time.

I was born in Ireland and moved to England when I was nine years old. I live in Hampshire with my husband and my two children. We have four cats and a dog and I am trying to convince my husband that we need an elephant in the garden. He doesnt seem too receptive to this, I cannot fathom why.

I write fiction for young adults. I have completed one book it just needs an edit and my second book is well underway. I write about the supernatural with a huge focus on vampires. My passion is writing, from the moment I wake until the moment I sleep all I want to do is write. I have been a bookworm since a very early age. At school I started writing because I wanted to be able to make up my own stories. I won competitions and always did really well whenever it came to creative writing.  I wrote a poem in German at school for a competition, my teachers would not submit the poem they said it was too good. I was immensely proud at the time. Now, I like to pretend that sure, it was too good yeah right.

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Excerpts from a few reviews of "The Devlin Deception"

"Razor-sharp and intelligent" -- MLH

"A joy to read. I laughed out loud ... a unique way of fixing these United States" -- TSR

"Great political fiction ... a must read ... plenty of action, adventure and romance" -- JMG

One of the most intelligent books of fiction I read in the last decade. Cleverly written, witty, funny - written for the smart side of all of us readers ... -- MB

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Questions/Suggestions/Comments?

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