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Book Trailer + Win a Kindle Fire.


I’ve been working with Xchyler Publishing lately, and MAN can they make some amazing book trailers! Not to mention the amazing novels from breakout authors such as Ben Ireland. Check out my interview with him on my other blog, and find out how to win a KINDLE FIRE!


2013 ‘Life more Abundant’


2013 has been an amazing year. I can’t help but summarize all the amazing ups and downs, if only for my own reflection. Take a stroll with me won’t you?

The year started off good my AHA funding which paid for most of my salary for the previous two years had just ended, and I had secured a post-doc position to begin as soon as August 1st, pending the completion of my degree.

Started Blogging on Not-Dot – Everyone needs an outlet. I’d always wanted to blog, and I needed a new place to share my creative writing.

$5,000 in car repairs! – Yeah that set the budget back. Catalytic converter, tires, radiator etc etc.

Started blogging as a writer on ‘The J. Aurel Guay Archive’ – Blogging was fun, why not two blogs? The Archive was set up to segregate the fun steampunk and art interests from my writing so as to give a more professional appearance. Who knows maybe I’ll get published at some point? It was on this blog that I reviewed ‘Mechanized Masterpieces’ and made the pivotal connections that would later enable my fiction writing.

Jacob learned to ride without training wheels! – We went on so many great bike rides this summer, I’m so grateful for my fun-loving and active bride that gets us all out and adventuring!

Midsummer I submitted and won a place in Xchyler Publishing’s Anthology contest! I would be a published writer by fall!!

F32 application  – In August I submitted my first F32 application, with Dr. Levin. His research is fascinating and breaking new ground in developmental biology and regeneration! Sadly, it was about this time I also realized I would not be able to graduate in time to accept the position he had for me (unless the F32 was awarded).

1st place presentation – I’d been vying for first place in the annual grad school presentation competition. I finally made it this year! Woot!

Alopecia – So maybe there was a little stress over getting my first author paper together, graduating, re-securing a postdoc positioin etc. Who needs facial hair? I couldn’t grow a proper beard to begin with so, whatever. . .

First author paper submitted in early October! – With much angst and only one moderate panic attack my first author paper was finally submitted! What a relief that was! Unfortunately, it was not accepted at JCI, or at Nature Communications, or at JASN. . .

Short story published – Halloween saw my first publication as a fiction author for my story ‘The Death of Dr. Marcus Wells’ in ‘Shades and Shadows: A Paranormal Anthology

Remember that F32 application for my future postdoc? Yeah, that didn’t get funded. . . But Dr. Levin wants to talk about resubmitting, so that’s good right?

Snowboarding again after 12 years! – My beloved bride convinced me to go snowboarding once again at at Squaw Mountain where we first learned and had many, many slope side dates. I couldn’t believe that it all came back to me! I was linking turns in seconds and never caught an edge!

1538950_10101219671216458_349298538_nThesis submitted – Just before the year end my final thesis was submitted. 31,000  words, 177 citations, 162 pages, 38 Figures, 8 Tables, and 7 Chapters of anguish. Now if only Kidney International will accept my paper I might have a shot at graduating before my funding runs out . . .

All in all it was an amazing year, my most turbulent, stressful, exciting, and accomplished yet. In 2012 I really committed to trusting Christ to lead me and realize the plans he had for me, ‘…plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’ (Jer 29:11), and He certainly has. 2013 is very uncertain from a human perspective, but God has move so amazingly in our family I can’t help but believe he will continue to do so and bridge what look from here to be gaps between where we stand and where we need to go. After all C.S. Lewis said it best when he said He was the ‘master bridge builder’, who bridged the gap from my sinful condemned position to grace, forgiveness and peace with Him.

Here’s to another year of ‘Life more abundant’ John 10:10

Sareph


Have I mentioned my book?


Shades and Shadows: A Paranormal Anthology

Neve Talbot, Scott E. Tarbet, J. Aurel Guay, Eric White, Ginger Mann, E. Branden Hart, Scott William Taylor, Marian Rosarum, R. M. Ridley, edited by Terri Wagner and Jessica Shen

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In the dead of night, you sense something . . . other . . . beyond your sight, out there in the darkness. You feel a breath upon your neck, cold and clammy, fecund with mold and decay. Your hair stands on end from no random chill. The air is still. No one is there.

Travel with nine talented writers into their paranormal world, but don’t disregard that inkling that niggles somewhere in the pit of your stomach to leave the light on, to shun that dark room, and to pull the covers over your head.

Whatever you do, don’t look under the bed.

~~~

The Death of Dr

Foreword by SyFy Channel’s Ben Hansen

The Music Man, by Eric White: An ill-begotten ghost story and a child’s disappearance has haunted Peter Holt his entire life. His one wish: face his personal bogeyman and right a terrible wrong . . . and perhaps find the key to laying his childhood demon to rest.

China Doll, by Ginger Mann: Nothing stays broken in Kris’ small town, but someone always pays the price. Kris must decide if she is willing to do so when her beloved doll is shattered, and discovers deep secrets about her family in the process.

Split Ends, by Scott William Taylor: The love between Frank and Bets has never been physical, as the entire town knows. But when Bets faces heartbreak and turns to Frank for comfort, their choices open up a whole new realm of possibility.

Child of the Underworld, by Marian Rosarum: Starving for love and affection, Lara escapes her mother’s bleak realm to feast on the light, color, and sound of the world “upstairs.” But only one thing sates her rapacious appetite—and threatens to banish her to the darkness forever.

The Cost of Custody, by R. M. Ridley: When a child goes missing, Jonathan Alvey, PI, knows none but he has the skills to rescue her. But, her estranged parents must come together to create the powerful magic to find her before it’s too late.

Tombstone, by Scott Tarbet: Death couldn’t stop one old farmer from protecting his land from oilmen, timber-cutters, and his own family. But can he hold out against 21st century technology and a researcher who sees more than dollars and cents in his homestead?

Ghost Townies, by E. Brandon Heart: Dean and Jimbo need two things to survive the ghost apocalypse: a bolt hole where no one has died, and batteries for their flashlights. Running skills and dumb

Crossroads, by Neve Talbot: An unexpected road trip gives Rob Daniels a chance to escape the shackles that bind him. Can Nate, his down-and-out brother, save Rob from repeating Nate’s mistakes? Or will a stranded traveler tempt Rob down forbidden paths?luck have kept them alive thus far, but not all the evil is amongst the dead.

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The Death of Dr. Marcus Wells, by J. Aurel Guay: The young resident doubts his own sanity when he sees his dead fiancé in the night, but a mysterious stranger offers him clues not only to her disappearance but the gruesome murders which plague London, and the means to solve both mysteries.
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‘Shades and Shadows’ Book Trailer


I didn’t know ‘Book Trailers’ were a thing until a few weeks ago, but here I am featured in one! Enjoy this spooky video giving you a feel for ‘Shades and Shadows’ featuring my story ‘The Death of Marcus Wells’.

Then go read the book!


J. Aurel Guay on Xchyler Pub’s Featured Friday


The J. Aurel Guay Archive

I’m very pleased to have a blog post featured on Xchyler Publishing’s Blog today!

Plots, Voices, and Short Stories, Oh My!

The American Dream

Like 80% of Americans I’ve dreamed of publishing a novel, and like most of that 80%, I don’t have a background in literature or English. But, if we are honest with ourselves, degrees (or lack of them) aren’t really what stop most of us. Why is it that so many of us wannabe authors never get our ‘novel’ ideas published?

To quote Bill Murray, “Baby Steps… Baby Steps… Baby Steps…”

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Short Story Accepted!


After admitting defeat yesterday, I read through the story I submitted to Xchyler Publishing’s anthology contest and saw how much work it needed, especially in the beginning. I was still glad that I submitted, but even more resolute to improve it and re-submit.

That all changed (well not the improve part) this morning when I was greeted by an email from Xchyler Publishing listing me among the eight WINNERS OF THE CONTEST!!!

I really needed this boost today, and it also happens to be my wife’s and my anniversary.

Thank you Lord for taking caring for my feeble heart. This will be a new adventure!

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Call for Beta-Readers!


So I haven’t been posting on here much.  I’ve been busy with the real world and networking among other aspiring authors.

Part of that networking has led to the impulsive decision to submit to Xchyler Publishing’s call for anthology pieces for which the deadline is the end of this month.  That’s just a couple weeks!

I’d love to get some help from any of my followers in the  form of beta-reading.  My story is approaching 4K words now. The first draft should be ready for criticism by this weekend.

I need some volunteers to read my submission and tear it to shreds.  I want this to be good so I need outside eyes to see the flaws.  In return I will gladly do the same for you anytime you ask!  Ask anyone I’ve read for and they’ll tell you I’m a brutal and make it worth it.

Anyone interested in a dark werewolf-type tale of mystery and horror drop a comment below right away!


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