Thursday, December 20, 2012

HAPHAZARDLY IMPLAUSIBLE by Jack Lewis Baillot

Today I'd like to introduce you to a new author, Jack Lewis Baillot, and his novel HAPHAZARDLY IMPLAUSIBLE! Please give Jack a warm welcome. Merry Christmas, Jack!


Everything in Peter rebelled at Tony's words. He trusted the general with his life. When his parents had abandoned him, it was the general who took him in and raised him. The general loved him more then his own father had, and now Tony wanted him to believe this man wanted him dead. His head spinning, Peter slowly sank to the ground, unable to keep his legs under him.

 Three unlikely heroes. A world teetering on the edge of war. A mad man who will stop at nothing to gain complete power.

 Peter Jones, an Aeropilot in the Scottish Royal Air Force, has grown up believing his parents abandoned him. Isidore Thaddeus Reichmann, a famous Detective running from his past, is trying to save the last person he cares about. Singur, an Inventor who has been forced to hide his real name his whole life or risk being killed, holds an important secret.

 Little do they know their lives are about to entwine and that together they have the power to save the world from complete destruction, or destroy everything.

 Loyalties are questioned. Friendships are betrayed. Trust is shaken. Who do you turn to when the friends you've always relied upon become your worst enemies?

 Greetings!

 I would like to thank Joylene for helping in spreading word about my book! (I need all the help I can get and it is great when fellow bloggers and writers help out.*Grin*)

 My book, which is out now actually, is in fact my first attempt at Steampunk. When I began it, I had no idea what I was getting myself in to. (I just wanted to write something with airships.) When I wrote the first draft, in fact, I had no real villain. It wasn't until the second draft I sat down and plotted him out.

 I am wary of writing villains. I wanted mine to have a purpose, I also wanted him to be terrifying, but not the type of man one would look at and think, "He's a bad guy."


 It took a lot of work to get him just how I wanted. Mostly because I wanted his main goal to be world domination. And when a villain is out for that the first thing that comes to mind is James Bond villains or some wacko who rubs his hands together, cackles, mutters under his breath, and has henchmen who can't aim. All things I wanted to avoid.

 The first step was in making my villain believable. Could I work with the world domination plot and still make him fearful? If so, how? What was it about the other world domination villains which made them unbelievable?


 Once I had these worked out, I set about applying them to my villain. The main thing I learned? He had to be ruthless. When he actually gets the hero in his grasp nothing hinders him from shooting him on the spot. No monologue, no explaining his plans. Nothing. (If the hero wishes to live he can't wait until the villain ties him up and leaves before making his daring escape. It isn't that easy this time.)

 After all, the villain is just as important in a story as the hero and he has to be just as real and convincing. What would a man do in his place? Would he tell the hero about his next move, or would he just shoot him to get him out of the way? (And with these questions answered, there are a lot more options open.)

 Thank you, Joylene again for helping in spreading the word!

 My book can be found at Lulu publishing, as well as Amazon and Barnes and Nobles. It is in both paperback and ebook format. You can learn more about it here. http://missjacklewisbaillot.blogspot.com/


Jack Lewis Baillot

30 comments :

  1. Yeah for Jack!
    Real villains don't give a ten minute monologue on why they are doing what they're doing - they just do it.
    And they are difficult to write. I really didn't have a villain until my latest work. Then again, I think the main character was his own worst enemy most of the time.

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    1. You are so right, Alex. Good villains are tough to create, but so worth the effort. Thanks for stopping by. Merry Christmas!

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    2. I've always wanted to try to write a book where there was no villain, just the struggles the main character has to go through, as you did, Alex. I think it might be a challenge, and I love trying challenging things.

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  2. Ooo this book sounds really good and yes, the best villains are the ones we can relate to, because what if they ARE just a tiny bit like us?

    Joylene, I can't believe I am just now following you on Twitter. What is wrong with me? Merry Christmas :)

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    1. Julie, I'm so glad you stopped by. Merry Christmas, and hi from Twitterland!

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    2. My villains are a tiny bit like me...this is why I write, because being a criminal is rather frowned upon.

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  3. I really like Lulu. They have such great software to upload your book and make it as nice as you want. This is very exciting. I'll tweet this right away and congratulations!

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    1. Lulu is nice. The more I'm on there the more I like it.

      Thank you for tweeting!

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  4. I don't believe I have ever experienced reading a steam punk novel. This sounds like a good one to see what they're like. Best wishes for success with this new novel!!

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    1. Steampunk is fun. The ones I've read, at least.

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    2. Janet, I'm actually working with 6 other authors on a steampunk. What a learning experience! Merry Christmas, eh!

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  5. Hi Joylene and hi Jack,

    You will have to make even more allowances for me than usual. You must understand I'm now typing from another dimension and this darned keyboard issued to me is taking some getting used to....

    I have promoted this via all the social networks available in this dimension, notably one named 'Farcebook'. I'm liking the premise and villains are easy to write about when you have a scheming dog such as Penny the Jack Russell dog and modest internet star. Thought you might like to know that Aeropilots in the Scottish Royal Air Force, practice their flying skills by using a hat shown in the book cover. Okay, enough of this. Back to figuring out this keyboard....

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    1. Typing from another dimension sounds like a daring feat.
      I should look for a Jack Russell dog to help with my villains. Sounds promising.

      You are on to the Air Force. Now you know how they train their new recruits.

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    2. Penny the modest internet superstar schemes? I don't believe that! Glad you survived the end of the world, Gary! Merry Christmas.

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  6. Hi Jack. Good luck with your book. I still haven't tried steam punk, maybe this can be my first taste of the genre.

    Merry Christmas!

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    1. Steampunk is a lot of fun to read. I haven't found many but what I have I've enjoyed.

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    2. Merry Christmas, Cher! Hope you have a marvelous holiday!

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  7. I love the idea of a complex, well thought out villain! :) Congrats on your release, Jack!

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  8. Congratulations on your book, Jack. Thanks for sharing about your villain. Someone once told me that strong villains believe they are the heroes.
    I wonder if your story is told from the perspective of the villain. If so, it would make the villain's perception of the hero (who he might perceive as the villain) quite interesting.

    Joylene, thanks for hosting Jack at your blog.

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  9. Best wishes with your book, Jack.

    Merry Christmas, Joylene!

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  10. The fact that you've done so much work to make the villain a believable one shows he's probably a darned good one. Looking at what is wrong with the cliched movie villains and going from there was a good idea. Sounds intriguing!

    Shannon at The Warrior Muse

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  11. Hi Joylene .. and Jack - good book to promote the day before the end of the world - which thankfully didn't happen!

    Sounds a very interesting premise .. and I'm interested in the Steampunk aspect ... this really came to the fore during the Olympic-ParaOlympic ceremonies for me ...

    Cheers and good to luck with your books and have happy festive seasons, with successful 2013s ... Hilary

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    1. Merry Christmas, Hilary! Thanks for everything!

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