New Novel: L Extreme

It’s been awhile but we’re back with style…

Announcing the new novel by JL Civi: L Extreme!

L Extreme Book CoverReaders of this blog know I’ve been a huge fan of Benji Hughes for years. Somewhere along the line I decided to write a novel based on his album A Love Extreme. For a reason I can’t fully recall or explain I decided to make a fictionalized version of Benji the protagonist. And somewhere much later down the line he gave me permission to release it, did the cover art, and wrote an afterword!

I call the book a cross between Yellow Submarine and Being John Malkovich with a sprinkling of 33 1/3 style fun facts scattered throughout. It’s a zany, cross-genre story grounded in the song by song world of the album but ultimately its own separate thing. If you dig it, the credit goes to Benji as the muse. If you hate it, blame me and I apologize for tainting the album. Personally I think they go well together regardless of whether you view it as a novelization of a record or a soundtrack to a book. But of course I’m biased :).

I’ll kick off a similar chapter by chapter commentary series of blog posts like I did for Timely Persuasion in the near future. For now, check out the ebook at your favorite store.

More soon…

Enumerating the Top Time Travel Stories

Timely Persuasion was recently named third favorite time travel story on the Enumeration Podcast!

Enumeration - Time Travel Stories

It was an honor to be named here amongst several other great time travel tales. The three hosts came up with quite a set of stories altogether. Their complete lists are covered below – but check out the full episode for some cool discussion about each set of three:

Paul (novels):

1. Replay
2. Branch Point
3. Timely Persuasion

Honorable Mentions:

Time And Again, Time On My Hands, A Christmas Carol, The Man Who Folded Himself, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe, To Say Nothing of the Dog, Island in the Sea of Time, The Trinity Paradox


1. Back to the Future Trilogy
2. Groundhog Day
3. The Langoliers

Honorable Mentions:

“A Sound of Thunder”, The Time Machine, Slaughterhouse-Five, Time Bandits, Star Trek (4, 7, 8, & 11), 12 Monkeys, Donnie Darko, The Terminator, Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, Primer, Star Trek The Next Generation: “All Good Things”, TMNT – Turtles in Time, Time Changer


1. Back to the Future
2. The End of Eternity
3. Chrono Trigger

Honorable Mentions:

The Lords of the Sands of Time, X-Men: Days of Future Past

Lots of excellent picks!

The only surprising omission in my mind would be Quantum Leap, though to be fair they did give have a passing “put right what once went wrong” reference during the podcast.

For me, the holy trinity of time travel will always be Replay, Back to the Future, and Quantum Leap in a three way tie for first. Breaking it out by category, my personal favorites would be:


1. Replay
2. Expiration Date
3. Up the Line


1. Back to the Future
2. Timecrimes (Los Cronocrímenes)
3. Primer


1. Quantum Leap
2. “The Constant” (Episode of Lost)
3. Journeyman

Honorable Mentions: (excluding works already referenced)

Books: 11/22/63, The Time Traveler’s Wife, Too Many Time MachinesMan in the Empty Suit

Movies: Deja Vu, Happy Accidents, Shuffle, Always Will, Source Code, Safety Not Guaranteed, About Time

TelevisionTru CallingVoyagers!Misfits (Season 1 Episode 4), “Back There” (Twilight Zone Episode)

Video Games: Back to the Future: The Game, Chronotron, The Silent Age, Day of the Tentacle, Mushroom Age, Braid

Fester & TP in the iBookstore

Do you like your rock and roll with a heaping helping of time travel on the side, or just a la carte?

Just in time for the big iPhone 5 launch, both “Fester” and Timely Persuasion are back on iTunes.

Fester” is there for the first time and keeps the free price; TP is back after a brief exclusivity period at Amazon for the bargain price of 99 cents.

Fire up iBooks and take either or both for a spin.  Hope you dig…


“Fester” – New Short Story

Fester by Jacob LaCivita

“Fester” available now as a free eBook from Smashwords

My new short story “Fester” is now available as a free eBook on Smashwords.


Been working on and off (mostly off) on a novel called Duty Calls for the last few years.  Inspired by a 6 week stint on jury duty, it’s mainly a tale set during the long idle times at the courthouse.  Hours and days spent hanging out with other jurors, exploring the building, telling stories, etc.  The book alternates between these “hanging out” scenes and “flashback” scenes of the jurors in their normal, non-jury duty lives.

“Fester” is one of these flashback chapters, and one that works pretty well as a standalone.

Along with being a preview of things to come, it’s also an ode to summer music festivals, and possibly my retirement from “2 dudes in a car” storytelling (though you can never say never…)


August and Everything After

Noticed yesterday that my Amazon KDP exclusivity period ends August 30th.  Since I got caught sleeping, you win!

The Kindle edition of Timely Persuasion is once again free on Amazon from 8/27-8/30.  Last chance (maybe…) to get the greatest rock and roll time travel novel of all time for the low low price of $0.

Timely Persuasion -Kindle eBook – FREE until August 30th 2012! 

That covers “August” in the title of this post, but what about the “everything after” part?

No, it’s not just a clever Counting Crows reference.

Yes, I hope to have something new in the relatively near future.  Nothing fully baked, but a preview of things to come.

Stay tuned…

First Anniversary, Four Years Later

Time flies.

Timely Persuasion was released the last time February 29th rolled around, so I suppose today’s the day to celebrate on the authentic intercalary date.

Sincere words of thanks and praise go out to everyone who bought/read/reviewed/referenced TP over the last 4 years.  Books are written to be read (sorry, Jeff Tweedy), and each of you helped make the whole process worthwhile.

Been a bit of a slacker on the blog while the world got in the way, but (hopefully) have some fun stuff planned for the near future.  Stay tuned…

Read an eBook Week 2011 – Free TP at Smashwords

It’s that time of year again.  Read an eBook Week (or as I like to call it, Bob Zonis appreciation week).

Same deal as last year.  Timely Persuasion is available for free via if you use coupon code RE100 at checkout.  Works in a variety of formats including Kindle, iPad/iPhone, Sony Reader, etc.

Timely Persuasion @ Smashwords

(Offer good through 3/12/11.  Exact timing is based on the rules set by Smashwords, not me.)


Nick Hornby, Audrey Niffenegger & Me

I’d call it an early Xmas present, but this review from Goodreads was actually posted in June and I managed to miss it.

The Nick Hornby / Audrey Niffenegger comparison is quite flattering 🙂

If Nick Hornby wrote The Time Traveler's Wife, it would look a lot like this book.

I’ve always referred to Timely Persuasion as a rock and roll time travel novel, and this nails both sides of that coin. I wonder why I Write Like didn’t pick up on this…

Turns out the reviewer is a fellow author as well.  Check out her writing at

Thanks Darusha!  Glad you enjoyed.

Free TP eBooks for Read an eBook Week

Read an eBook Week 2010

eBook Evolution

In honor of the annual Read an eBook Week celebration I’m offering free copies of Timely Persuasion via through 3/13/10.

Enter coupon code “RFREE” at checkout on the Smashwords site to pick up your copy in a variety of formats including Kindle, Sony Reader, Palm, etc.

Timely Persuasion @

If you do check it out, I’d love to hear your comments (good or bad) via a review, by email, or in the comments of this post.

(And since I’m letting Smashwords handle the promo this time, hopefully we’ll avoid the incident that occurred in my first foray into eBook week back in 2008.  Bob Zonis, this one’s for you…)