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A trailblazing kids’ book series – Sean Yeager Adventures

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Sean Yeager Adventures are fast-paced, page-turning stories written for enquiring young minds. They link ancient history with modern technology, sci-fi, and everyday lives. In writing them, we have focused on age-appropriate themes (8 to 12) and avoided preachy topics. SYA books are written to encourage a love of reading and adventures. The stories contain no agendas beyond this. Readers are free to imagine the characters as they wish and to experience what they experience. By not having to please a ‘right-on’ publisher, SYA books are traditional in their approach while being modern in tone, pace, and plotting. To reflect the real-world in fiction, the series contains a broad range of character types complete with strengths, weaknesses, and eccentricities. In short, Sean Yeager stories are fun, thrill rides.

In book 1, Sean Yeager chases after burglars and is drawn into a rollercoaster ride to retrieve his stolen belongings. By book 2, he meets Emily Campbell at a country mansion. Together they strive to locate a mysterious treasure, and clues about their missing fathers, while staying one step ahead of their arch-enemy – Darius Deveraux. Books 3 and 4 lead them deeper into the world of the Foundation and its struggle against ruthless enemies. As they travel the world, Sean and Emily learn more and more about their abilities, the Foundation’s origins, and their choices. The series to date includes four episodes and spans the UK, Egypt, France, the US, and Greece. Each episode is a self-contained adventure and links with the next in the series. SYA’s themes range from: spy missions to treasure hunts; city skirmishes to capers in orbit; island training centres to ancient dig sites; a jungle quest to an auction house deception.

Feedback from readers aged 8 to 12 has been very positive. They enjoy the boys-own quality of the stories and often comment about their favourite characters. Over the years each book has been re-edited and enhanced based on their feedback. We also listen to readers’ thoughts about plot points, characters, and requests for future storyline emphasis. As a direct result, Agent Stafford features prominently in book four. Each SYA episode evolves over many months and draws together multiple perspectives – those of the good guys and the bad. This helps us to keep Sean Yeager books fresh and appealing.

Check out an e-book sample from Amazon and see what you think.

Sean Yeager Adventures are available worldwide in paperback and e-book formats.

Happy reading,

The SYA creative team

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Sean Yeager Adventures: Questions and Answers

 

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For a bit of fun, here are answers to questions about Sean Yeager Adventures raised by readers over the past year:

Q: Why do you write the Sean Yeager stories from multiple perspectives?

– To keep things interesting. To keep the stories fast moving and show more of the characters.  From the readers’ feedback we’ve received, most readers enjoy seeing the bad guys and the good guys in action. We also seek to write movies on the page, because it keeps things fresh and different. The monomyth / hero’s journey has been done so many times, we decided on a fresh approach.

Q: Is Brigadier Cuthbertson a reference to Dr Who and are you influenced by the Dr Who series?

– Not really, no. The Brigadier is an affectionate nod to Dr Who which we have watched over the years. It is also a well established military rank in the UK. However, the Brigadier is far from the focus of the stories as becomes clear from book one. Sean Yeager is an original story and we’ve yet to come across a similar series. Much as we enjoy Dr Who, SYA does not feature time travel or daleks.

Q: Why don’t we find out more about Sean Yeager in the first book?

– We’ve taken on board that some readers wanted to know more about Sean (and other characters) so we’ve added a little more about them in the enhanced, reissued books now on sale. Having said that, the idea of the SYA books is that you discover more about Sean and Emily as they discover more about themselves and their place in the world. We realise that some readers prefer character focused books, which are themselves a genre. However, SYAs are action books and progress at pace. As the series develops, more details about the main characters are revealed – just as in real life when you get to know someone over time.

Q: Why do the bad guys steal Sean Yeager’s DNA in book one?

– Without giving away too much – because of who Sean Yeager is. The series reveals answers to all the key puzzles and mysteries as the stories progress. Imagine someone wanted to clone you – why would they do that? And how would you feel about it? Remember, to begin with Sean just wants his stolen belongings back.

Q: Why is Deveraux so evil?

– Darius Deveraux’s character has been shaped by his ambitions and his master. As you read the series it will become clear why he behaves the way he does. Without giving away too much from later books, let’s just say – he’s not evil just for the sake of it.

Q: Why are Sean and Emily’s families living together at Kimbleton Hall?

– Because they have a lot in common, including their guardian. As the series progresses it becomes clear why Sean and Emily are looked after by the Foundation.

Q: What is the Foundation and what are they doing?

– The Foundation for International Technology is run by the Founder – Cassius Olandis – and others. As the series progresses their origins and mission are explained. They have been around for quite a long time.

Q: What do other readers think about the books?

–  It’s always a thrill to hear about readers enjoying the characters and stories in SYAs and we’re often asked when the next one is coming out.  Most encouragingly, SYA books have been favourably compared by readers with highly successful series such as Percy Jackson, Alex Rider, and Artemis Fowl. Of course, some readers prefer more grown up books, which is fine with us, especially when those readers are adults and older teens (LOL). Side note – SYA’s are written for ages 8 to 14. If you are an adult, please buy a SYA book for a young reader. If you want a Young Adult book, please buy one. SYA’s are substantial stories for younger readers.

Q: Did you work out the back story and answers to the SYA mysteries before you wrote the books? And does the reader find out answers about everything that’s going on?

– Yes, pretty much. We worked out a lot of back story before starting each book and in fact before even starting the series. Rather than ‘telling’ everything up front, we invite the reader to figure things out for themselves, to guess what is happening and discover answers as the series progresses. All the big questions are answered in the series, that is a promise! However, all is not as it seems, even in book one. As a writing team, we dislike exposition – which is having a character or narrator explain the whole plot – like in James Bond films. Also the plot line running through the series is pretty deep, for each character and the various factions. So instead, we drip feed the bigger story book by book. There is a large back story and ‘expanded universe’ yet to be written in bookform, which informs the series.

Q: Who is your favourite character to write?

We like different characters for different reasons. We like the bravery and inventiveness of Sean and Emily. We enjoy Dr Vex and his blunt approach to problem solving. The cat was an early favourite, because it has no filter and says what it likes. Deveraux is always fun, so utterly cruel and remorseless, but not someone you’d want to meet. The Brigadier bumbles through situations and doesn’t do a great job as a boss, but is still brave, which we enjoy writing. The Founder is fun in his sage-like and mysterious way. We have a lot of fun with Seventy-one and the limitations of artificial intelligence understanding humans. Major Clavity was also fun to write as an older character whose heart is in the right place, even though he makes mistakes. Mrs Yeager is amusing and drawn from several sources – the ultra-hyper mum who wants the best for her son. And Agent Stafford has become a recent favourite due to his interests and his unique take on being a real James Bond. Look out for KB and the Wanderer in the next book (Mortal Thread) who are a lot of fun to spend time with. Overall, KB and Dr Vex have been the most fun to create and write so far. You could say Dr Vex has a few issues to work out, given his extensive past lives. Meanwhile, KB has been busy making ‘minor modifications’ to all kinds of gizmos and devices.

Q: Why do Sean Yeager books have relatively few reviews compared to best sellers?

– We have genuine reviews and do our best to spread the word to encourage parents to buy a great book for their child. Keep in mind that best sellers have the backing of large publishers who effectively buy reviews with advance review copies and paid reviewers (yes, really), and when their books sell in stores in higher numbers they naturally generate more reviews – that’s simple mathematics. It’s the rule of the jungle – the bigger publishers have more reach and more power.

Please support us as an independent publisher by posting a review on Amazon or Goodreads if you or your child reads and enjoys a Sean Yeager book. All reviews are appreciated and they help to spread the word to other readers (and parents). And yes, we do read reviews to go back and improve earlier books – DNA Thief and Hunters Hunted have both been updated extensively based on feedback from readers. They are now improved versions – which you will not find with major published books.

Q: Are the books too old for age 7, or too young for 14 year olds?

– It depends on the reader and their tastes. Some readers advance to adult books by 14, or earlier, and prefer them, while others enjoy lighter reads. In a young book market dominated by light, comical reads, we suggest you will find more depth in SYA books.  All SYA books are age appropriate from age 8 upwards. We’ve had adults tell us they have enjoyed SYA books because they are light, tongue-in-cheek and easy to read. We realise everyone has their preferences, which is fine by us. We do try to make sure that the books are easy reads from age 8 upwards. And each book is aimed at a slightly older reader (as with the Harry Potter series). Having said that, we know  there are younger and older readers who also enjoy SYAs.

Q: Who is your favourite writer and why?

– We have thoroughly enjoyed reading the Jonathan Stroud’s series – the Bartimaeus quadrilogy and Lockwood and Co. We find that Stroud’s plots, characters, worlds, humour and use of language are a cut above the average book. While we have also enjoyed Harry Potter, Stroud is quite simply a better writer in our opinion. Most importantly, both series by Stroud are great fun to read and you can become absorbed in them. We do also enjoy Harry Potter, which is fun in a different way. (And we’ve visited the parks and movie sets).

Q: What do you enjoy most about writing Sean Yeager books?

– The best part for us is hearing about readers’ favourite characters and incidents, that really brings everything to life. We enjoy plotting and writing, but hearing about what works in the books is the biggest reward. The writing team also enjoy discussing what-ifs for the characters and the backstory (and the expanded Aenaid universe, as yet unwritten in book form), which sits behind the books.

Q: Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?

– Yes, we do. Our advice is to believe in yourself and to learn your craft. Find writers you admire and study how their work flows. Work out your own story ideas, make sure you are inspired by them, and create your own writing style. It is a tough job, so believing in the value of what you do is very important. Also, accept that you will need to improve the work on the page many times over before it is ‘done’. You will face a lot of rejection unless you are very lucky. Learn to be resilient and to go around the rejecters. Most of them know no more than you do. Your readers are the most important judges of your work. Be open to fresh approaches and accept that practice will improve your writing, though not all ideas are good ideas. You will need to learn to separate the good from the poor writing. When it is good, you will know and sometimes it will feel as if you are reading another author’s work after all the hard work is done.

Q: What are you currently working on? And how do you go about writing?

– At the time of updating this blog entry, Sean Yeager Mortal Thread is written and published. We are now plotting book five. As always, it’s a case of working out fresh ideas and a plot to rival the best, which can take a while. The writing team is very keen on plotting and outlining.  We find it works best to know what is going to happen, so we can focus on character interactions and action within a chapter. When writing, we still deviate and discover new ideas as the books progress, but most of the story is already plotted out. We do this to ensure the plot is worth writing before even starting.  We also review the books from many angles to tighten everything up. Editing follows for quite a while after the first draft and even after publishing the first edition. DNA Thief in particular has evolved considerably from the early drafts.

Q: When is the next Sean Yeager book coming out?

–  Once we’ve pulled together the strands Blade of the Quel will emerge over time. Meanwhile, there are four Sean Yeager books available which should keep most readers busy for a while. Blade of the Quel could take some time, so check back here once in a while.

Happy reading,

Stay safe and well,

D.M. Jarrett & the Architect

 

Written to encourage young readers – Sean Yeager Adventures for ages 8 to 14

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Several years ago, we struggled to find suitable modern books for our preteen son. Sure, there were picture books and cartoonish books but there was little of interest for a boy at an appropriately stretching reading level. And to this day, the challenge continues with agenda-driven and dumbed-down books. After experimenting with short stories, I wrote the first two episodes in the Sean Yeager Adventures series. My aim being to write exciting, action-packed stories that built a solid foundation of vocabulary while speaking up to the reader. In other words, more complicated stories told in an easy to understand movie style that refer to real science and history along the way. In effect, to draw in the reader without them noticing. Several years later, I added a third and fourth episode and made improvements to the series guided by a group of excited young readers.

If you are looking for a fast-paced, easy read that asks questions of the reader, sample a free Sean Yeager Adventures e-book on Amazon. Each episode is self-contained and builds on earlier stories. Set in England, USA, and elsewhere, Sean and Emily encounter spies and agents in their quest to save their homes and loved ones from a ruthless enemy. Of course, nothing quite goes according to plan, and the adults involved don’t always help matters. Suffice to say, Sean and Emily often need to step up and save the day.

Welcome to world of Sean Yeager Adventures, a labour of love ten years in the making.

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Introducing the latest episode – Sean Yeager Mortal Thread for young teens:

The heroes of Sean Yeager Adventures – an exciting, hidden gem book series for ages 8 to 14

Hi there, now we’ve explored the bad guys in the Sean Yeager Adventures children’s book series, let’s introduce some of the heroes who are striving to thwart Krankhausen and Vrass’ ruthless plans.

  • Sean Yeager
  • Emily Campbell
  • The Founder – Cassius Olandis
  • Major Clavity
  • Agent Stafford
  • Maximilian Argentus
  • The Wanderer – Livia Tarvus
  • ‘KB’ – Victor Kyboamski

Sean Yeager – A brave, impulsive young teen who is unwittingly pulled into an escalating conflict he knows nothing about. Sean has to find his feet in an ever-changing landscape when his home is broken into and eventually demolished. While discovering abilities and a past he knew nothing about, Sean gathers clues about his missing father. Sean always does his best to protect others and evade Deveraux’s evil clutches, often at great personal cost. Fortunately, he is protected by Agents from the Foundation, although he often wonders if they are a help or a hindrance.

Emily Campbell – A feisty, slightly older teen who befriends Sean at Kimbleton Hall. Emily uses her keen detective skills to make sense of the chaos around them. She loves animals with the notable exception of ‘the cat’. When Sean’s impulsive nature leads him into trouble, Emily is first to pick him up, calm him down, and help to figure out an escape plan. She forms a close bond with Sean, and when she meets the Wanderer she explores her own unexpected abilities.

The Founder – Cassius Olandis – A tall, enigmatic man of indeterminate age who heads up the Foundation and previously commanded the Eternal Promise. Skilled in telepathy and neural suggestion, Cassius leads by using his Aether craft skills and instructs through direct communication. Few are aware of his past and even fewer would dare to ask him. However, Cassius is becoming frail and desperately needs Sean and Emily’s help.

Major Clavity – Sometimes unfairly viewed as clumsy and prone to mishaps, Clavity is a brave and loyal Foundation Agent from a military background. Assigned important missions by the Founder, Clavity risks his life to save others. While he’s not averse to regular snack breaks, which may have contributed to his physique, he often surprises people with his skill and determination.

Agent Stafford – Initially a flashy agent with a lofty view of himself, Stafford is brought down to earth by a series of challenging missions. He enjoys the finer things in life and is said he have been extremely lucky in lotteries. During the events of Mortal Thread, we find out whether Stafford can complete the mission he has dreaded for years. And whether he’ll make it on time for one of his coverted fine dinners.

Maximilian Argentus – Built like an ox, he is known to Sean and Emily as ‘Uncle Max’. Of unknown origin, Max is the right-hand-man to the Founder. Paternal and moral, he has guided Sean and Emily for many years. In Claws of Time, Max takes an interest in Sean and Emily’s training and leads an important mission to locate Major Clavity in Central America. Max has a calm, commanding influence and is the person you would want by your side when surrounded by ruthless androbots.

The Wanderer – Livia Tarvus – In Mortal Thread, we meet Livia after Sean and Emily embark on a lengthy journey. Sworn to protect life, Livia is a Hexator of the Gaia craft. She nurtures exotic creatures at the Ranch and refuses to engage in military action against Krankhausen or Vrass. Left to her own devices, Livia runs the Ranch with a cohort of Patersons and her treasured guard bird. No one is quite sure what Livia is capable of when provoked by aggressors, least of all Sean and Emily.

‘KB’ – Victor Kyboamski – A keen surfer, KB’s laid-back nature hides a sharp mind and remarkable engineering skills. When not ‘modifying’ equipment, he enjoys experimental cookery, fast cars, faster flying craft, and ultra-secret missions. His heroes include Agents Stafford and Geist after the events of Claws of Time. If you have a problem, KB can probably help, provided of course that the Ancients approve. Incept? Who are they?

To find out more about the exciting Sean Yeager series, explore free sample e-books on Amazon, or visit the Sean Yeager Adventures website.

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The artwork of Sean Yeager Adventures

Hi there,

Over the years, the Sean Yeager Adventures crew has had the pleasure of working with two talented artists who have played a major part in bringing the Sean Yeager children’s book series to visual life.

Joel Carpenter https://joelcarpenter.carbonmade.com/

Joel contributed some amazing covers and story artwork in the early days. His tireless concept work was a major boost for the visual identity and feel of the series.

In order, DNA Thief – with its amazing flying car and Sean Yeager’s DNA trace. Hunters Hunted – Sean and Emily discover the mysterious ruined cottage. Also from DNA Thief – Clavity and Sean narrowly avoiding the burglars’ van. Agent Rusham and Major Clavity race to Sean Yeager’s house. Brigadier Cuthbertson on hearing bad news at Foundation Control.

Andy Dodd – http://www.andydoddcartoons.com

More recently, Andy created some incredible covers for the next two Sean Yeager episodes which helped to signal the slightly older target readership as the series developed. Andy also brought some amazing light effects to the cover designs.

Claws of Time – Sean Yeager seizing the life-cog inside an ancient templ. Mortal Thread – someone activating a device using an orange crystal.

Looking ahead to the next episode – Sean Yeager Blade of the Quel – once the plot is well progressed, concepts and work on the next SYA artwork are sure to follow.

Sean Yeager Adventures is an exciting children’s action, adventure, sci-fi series. It follows the journeys of Sean and Emily as they seek the truth about their fathers while trying to save the Earth and themselves from a ruthless enemy.

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Sean Yeager titles are available worldwide from Amazon and Ingrams affiliated retailers in UK and US English versions.

Please share this article and the website link to help spread the word. Sean Yeager Adventures is an independent labour of love which began in 2012. We take great care to provide high quality reading for young readers (8 to 14) guided by young readers. Free sample e-books are regularly available for Kindle on Amazon, or use the Look Inside book feature.

The bad guy characters in Sean Yeager Adventures

Hi there, here’s a quick tour of the bad guys in the exciting Sean Yeager children’s action, adventure book series for ages 8 to 14. Acquiring and leading their many helpers and ‘volunteers’ are:

  • Egbert Von Krankhausen
  • Darius Deveraux
  • Vrass
  • Seventy-one

Egbert Von Krankhausen – A wealthy international businessman with a sideline in criminal dealings. Early in the series, he is responsible for the burglary on Sean Yeager’s house. After his failure to give Deveraux what he wanted, Krankhausen is taken virtual prisonner and ‘encouraged’ to work on Deveraux’s evil plans. As a result, Krankhausen is seldom seen in public and has pleaded repeatedly for daylight and a vacation.

Darius Deveraux – Fair of skin and hair with blood-red eyes, Deveraux has a mysterious past. He runs Vrass’ expanding commercial and human empire in a ruthless manner. However, he is far from free and frequently feels the wrath of Vrass’ impatience. Wanted by the Foundation for years, Deveraux has an uncanny ability to fake his presence and slip away from danger. For a considerable time, he lived on a stealth submarine in international waters. Lacking any concern for human suffering, Deveraux is a very dangerous customer.

Vrass – Telepathic and alien in origin, Vrass is a Vuloz creature with a serious grudge against humanity. All most people see of Vrass are three black, penetrating eyes of malice in their mind’s eye. Vrass’ whereabouts are unknown and it is believed to be capable of spawning new Vuloz spores, swimmers, and warriors. Aquatic by preference, Vrass and the Vuloz are capable of rapid evolution and bio-engineering with dangerous results.

Seventy-one – An androbot of biological origins, Seventy-one is Deveraux’s chief aide. As if with most of Deveraux’s personal staff, its body was grown to order and fitted with technology. Seventy-one communicates directly with other androbots (controllers, warriors, scouts, sowers, and infected people known as sleepers) and relays Deveraux’s orders across his growing empire. Incapable of emotion, Seventy-one’s bio-electrical brain is ‘trained’ to interpret language literally with many misunderstandings.

Next time, we’ll explore the heroes and helpers in the SYA universe.

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What makes a story plot work? Pointers for plotting.

Hi there, now I am in plotting mode for Sean Yeager Blade of the Quel, here are some thoughts on what to consider when devising and reviewing the plot of your next story. Gathered from various sources and personal experience, I hope you find these pointers helpful in your story plotting.

  • Characters drive plot
  • Plots as sequences of actions and consequences
  • Unexpected challenges or barriers enrich a plot
  • Red herrings matter
  • Line up an unexpected twist or three
  • Know your resolution outline early
  • Flow charts, notepads, and whiteboards are your friend
  • Keep it plausible

Characters drive plot – What the characters want, how they go about getting what they want, and what their capabilities, drive the backbone of any story. If you map out the sequence for each major character it will help drive the substance of a story plot. Obviously, stories focus on what the characters do and how they interact, and this is shaped by their drives, their motives, their capabilities/weaknesses, and agendas. In addition, characters should evolve in their outlooks and behaviours after major experiences and during a series. It keeps things interesting for everyone if we care about the characters and ‘how’ they progress towards their goals. In fact, I would say ‘how’ is possibly the most important aspect of all. As in a character overcoming weaknesses and challenges that are unique to them, so that we care.

Plots as sequences of actions and consequences – It can be useful to use flowcharts to map out sequences of major events. This can consist of chains of events and what characters do as a result. Whether as parts of an overall plot, an arc for each character, or as the spine of the whole story. This can also evolve and act as a rough guide as the writing progresses and new thoughts arise (driven by characters and fresh ideas). Nothing has to be 100% set in stone until the final draft, but 60 to 80% firm helps. Write in pencil or wipeable marker – easily amended.

Unexpected challenges or barriers enrich a plot – As a plot technique, devising the barriers (challenge/solution cycles), particularly in mid-story, can be tough. Beginnings and endings tend to be easier in my experience. One approach I find useful is to think about the worst, best, and most unexpected things that could happen to characters as a result of their previous actions or plot events. Putting your characters through the ‘wringer’ can lead to great interactions and fun writing. Where do they need to go? Why? What compels them to take deviations along the way? And what stops them in their tracks – forcing a change of some kind?

Red herrings matter – As the writer, being aware of possible continuations and signalling that the characters are human and consider them can be very useful. Introducing dead-end clues or explorations within the plot is a great way of introducing humanity to the characters and the next layer of plot surprises. Few people in life go directly from start to outcome without distractions and setbacks along the way.

Line up an unexpected twist or three – To keep a reader turning pages there are many ingredients – quality, pace, wit, subject matter, caring about the characters etc. To encourage readers to finish a book and read more in a series requires the ‘not knowing what’s going to happen next’ aspect in a work. If a story is too predictable, it will usually be weaker as a result. So, throw in some planned surprises at intervals in the story. These can also help overcome the ‘flabby middle’ issue many books suffer from.

Know your resolution outline early – Some people like to be ‘pantsers’. I confess to being very much the opposite. Either way, its important to know what the story is building up to and at least the options you have in mind for how the story’s central conflict will be resolved. I say options, because foreshadowing and plausibility are important in the plotting and writing. There can still be different possible outcomes given realistic factors explored in the story, but it is important to know where you are heading – or you’ll never get there.

Flow charts and whiteboards are your friend – Whatever works in taking ideas down and exploring where they can lead. Again, nothing is set in stone until the final draft. I find mapping out complex plot lines helps. Also, getting away from the screen for plotting, and having a folder with various sections that I build up during plotting and preparing to write. It includes various headings – Characters, Plot Outline, Backstory, Includes, Questions to self, Brainstorm pages, Detailed scene by scene workings, Twist ideas, Writing prompts etc.

Keep it plausible – Bottom line, avoid deus ex machina and variations. No reader likes a character doing something completely out of character ‘just because’. Or a happenstance coincidence that is unlikely. Far better to have chains of cause and effect that make sense within the story’s logic. It is still possible to explore interesting areas, depending on the genre and to have an unexpected outcome. However, ‘the butler’s unknown son’s aggrieved lover did it’ is plain annoying. It’s right down there with ‘it was all a dream’. And Harry Potter fans skip a paragraph – ‘love conquers all, just because’ is copping out and a form of deux ex machina. A protective magical object/spell would have worked better and would have been easier to explain. e.g. Harry’s parents used an ancient ‘love pact’ spell which only works if one of them dies protecting Harry and by all wearing an object – thus Harry was a) saved b) splintered Voldemort’s soul without him knowing due to the spell and object he was wearing. I could go on, but please consider the main point – story logic needs to make sense. It can still be elaborate. Just because, is not a satisfying or plausible explanation for a major plot point after thousands of pages. And core plot implausibilities / inconsistencies are just plain annoying. Avoid them by explaining ‘how’ in plausible terms consistent with the story’s build up.

Above all, have fun plotting. I know some people find it tough to plot a story – and it is as with anything really worthwhile, but a good story will develop given time and repeated effort. Some people don’t plot at all – not sure how they manage that – and all speed to their writing! Personally, I think of it as designing the film I want the book to be. And until I am convinced a plot would make a good film, I don’t start writing the book. I figure that if the spine of the plot is good enough, the rest of the book can be refined and polished over the many editing passes that follow the first draft.

Best of luck and have fun writing.

D.M. Jarrett

For more information about the Sean Yeager Adventures children’s book series visit:

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Free Sean Yeager Adventures e-books

In the run up to the festive season, we are pleased to offer Sean Yeager e-books free on Amazon to help your buying decisions. Over the coming weeks, check out the sites for free sampler e-books of all four Sean Yeager children’s books and find out why young readers love the Sean Yeager Adventures series. Use the search term ‘Sean Yeager Adventures’ to find all the titles on offer or click on the links below. These e-books are also free every day with Kindle Unlimited, and the first two titles are available in full in e-book format.

UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/s?k=sean+yeager+adventures&ref=nb_sb_noss

US: https://www.amazon.com/s?k=sean+yeager+adventures&ref=nb_sb_noss_1

Website: http://www.SeanYeager.com

Try before you buy into an exciting series of action, adventure stories that chart Sean and Emily’s quest. Written for readers from ages 8 to 14, the Sean Yeager book series has four episodes in print. Each story is self-contained and builds on the earlier episodes to take the reader on a rollercoaster ride unlike any other. Age appropriate and with themes of spies, adventure, quests, and mysteries, Sean Yeager books are designed by young readers for young readers. The print versions are larger than standard paperback sizes and have attractive matt covers. Each year, we review reader feedback and update the series, which means the current editions are the best they have ever been.

Please tell your friends and family to help spread the word about Sean Yeager Adventures. SYA is a real life labour of love, and in 2022 we celebrate our tenth anniversary.

Best wishes

The SYA team

Freshen up for Sean Yeager Adventures books one and two

We’re pleased to announce the next editions of Sean Yeager Adventures books one and two are now available. Building on the original stories, these editions are enhancements and tidy-ups of the previous editions, with Easter eggs relating to the latest episodes and slight tweaks to their plots. Drawing on reader feedback, these are the best versions yet of these action-packed stories.

Sean Yeager and the DNA Thief is the James Bond meets Star Wars in England episode. A lot happens, so fasten your seatbelt and take a deep breath. It’s been described as a rollercoaster – if the ride doesn’t stop for 4 hours.

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Sean Yeager Hunters Hunte, has elements of Harry Potter meets Die Hard in a forest about it. Packed with incident, it’s brimming with action and mayhem. Estimated bill for damage sustained to property £100m.

And for completeness –

Sean Yeager Claws of Time takes us towards Indiana Jones territory, though (obviously) it’s far more involved than simply finding a lost relic. And the bad guys are really bad. Warning – lifeforms were impacted by the fictional happenings in this story.

Sean Yeager Mortal Thread transports the reader to orbit, the US, Greece, and of course, England. While there are a few aspects of The Expanse about it, everything is set in the alternate Earth time of SYA. If you can figure out whose side everyone is on, let us know.

Check out Sean Yeager Adventures children’s books online. Ideal for ages 8 to 14 and fans of action adventures.

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Sean Yeager Adventures – the story so far

Hi there, here’s a quick run down on what to expect from the stories in the Sean Yeager Adventures series. As well as spies, gadgets, robots, aliens and action, there’s a plot that runs through the series from episode to episode. Written for ages 8 to 14, the series is age appropriate and designed to be easy to read. It also has deeper themes that develop throughout the series.

In the DNA Thief, Sean Yeager’s life is interupted by a burglary which leads to a hair-raising attempt to recover his lost belongings. Sean is introduced to the Foundation and a world he knew nothing about. For some reason, Sean’s DNA is the prize.

In Hunters Hunted, Sean meets Emily Campbell at a country safe house. Together, they investigate the mansion and find clues to a mysterious treasure and Sean’s father. Meanwhile, enemy forces close in around their new home and pursue them.

In Claws of Time, the wheels fall off the Foundation’s operation. Sean and Emily embark on a mission to save Major Clavity and encounter far more than they bargained for. Across the world, satellites are crashing and the clues lead to Darius Deveraux.

In Mortal Thread, Sean and Emily must find a way to save the Founder. However, the Foundation is divided and Deveraux’s forces have seized the initiative. Agent Stafford is assigned the mission he has long dreaded, while Sean and Emily search for the Wanderer and help from the US.

Thanks for making it this far. If this series looks appealing, please help to spread the word. Thanks in advance for your help. This series is designed to be intelligent, entertaining, and to prompt readers to research real world history and science while encouraging boys in particular to read more.

Sean Yeager Mortal Thread is live!

Sean Yeager Mortal Thread cover

After months of pandemic writing, editing and tweaking, it’s finally here! Sean and Emily must find the Wanderer in order to save Cassius Olandis and all life on Earth as we know it. But who can they trust?
A page-turning, fast-paced, action, adventure, sci-fi story for children aged 7 to 12. Age appropriate for grade 4+ readers.

Sean and Emily seem to have everything under control until their ship decides to crash land. When they are instructed to find the Wanderer, they begin an exciting voyage of discovery spanning Europe and the USA. While Vex Lauricus and Agent Stafford attend to the demands of their superiors, can anyone stop Darius Deveraux expanding his vice-like grip on the western world? Sean and Emily encounter more than they bargained for in an adventure that will have you on the edge of your seat from beginning to end.

Sean Yeager Adventures is an action-packed, fun-filled series that will entertain children, middle school students, and young teens alike.

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Books in the Sean Yeager Adventures series:

– Sean Yeager and the DNA Thief
– Sean Yeager Hunters Hunted
– Sean Yeager Claws of Time
– Sean Yeager Mortal Thread

For more information visit: www.SeanYeager.com