This is not a John Rain short story

I just released another fiction short story, “Hong Kong Brawl”. It’s about an hour’s read and only in ebook. You can get it at the following places:




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Hong Kong Brawl - Wim Demeere

What’s it about?

Special Forces soldiers, CIA operatives, stuff like that. But really, it boils down to Tai Chi Chuan vs. Boxing and who will win…

Here is some background about it.

This story is the result of many different elements coming together over a period of several years. Let’s start with the first one: me ending up as a character in one of Barry Eisler’s novels.

I’ve known Barry for many years now, first as a client and later as a good friend. We still train together whenever our schedules permit and post-training usually involves great conversation, laughter, good times and the occasional alcoholic beverage.

When Barry first asked me to train him, I started reading his John Rain series and absolutely loved it. He created not only a plausible world but also engaging stories that included real world events, impressive action and of course, steamy sex scenes.

There I was one day, enjoying the hell out of “Redemption Games” when all of a sudden the bad guy, Hilger, gets a phone call from one of his men, “Demeere”. My friends can attest to the fact that I am rarely at a loss for words, but I sure was speechless then. I got in touch with Barry and thanked him; it’s pretty cool to see your name show up in a hugely successful book series.

Fast forward a bit and Barry asks me if he can use my full name to flesh out that character in an upcoming book. He needed some specifics about an operator’s potential military career in the Belgian armed forces and I did my best to provide him with that information. Fast forward again and “Demeere” shows up for a bigger part in “The Killer Ascendant” along with the rest of Hilger’s team. I will not spoil that book for you, go read it and you’ll know what happens, but of all the bad guys in John Rain’s world, I like this particular cast the best. Primarily because I know the people who were (in part) the inspiration for the characters “Garza” and “Guthrie”, they’re good friends of mine. But also because they all have specific skills that complement each other, which makes for some great twists and turns in the story.

Early on in “The Killer Ascendant”, Hilger mentions a sparring match in a hotel room between Garza and Demeere that almost got out of hand. I smiled as I read that because Frank and I did indeed have a sparring match at one time and I’ve been told it was interesting to watch. I thought it could be fun to fill in the back story of what Hilger mentioned there in passing and “Hong Kong Brawl” is the result.

Barry Eisler Wim Demeere

Barry and me, being all serious and stuff during our training sessions…

Wait, what? How?

Barry had joined Kindle Worlds, an Amazon company that licensed his work so others could write in that world as well. A form of “official” fan fiction if you will. I had contacted them before starting my story, to check if as a non-US citizen, I could enroll in their program. Their response was that it was no problem. All I needed was a US bank account, a Tax Identification Number and we were fine. So I went ahead and got those, at considerable personal expense, and wrote the story.

Turned out we weren’t fine.

When I wanted to publish it, all of a sudden I needed a US address for IRS purposes. I called the IRS: they said they didn’t need one and used foreign addresses all the time, which I explained to the folks at Kindle Worlds. After some emails, they admitted that their administration systems weren’t set up to accept foreign authors. But… They were working on it, it was a top priority!

My question of why they had previously confirmed there was no problem on that front when I specifically asked about that, remained ignored.

After a year and a half and some more attempts on my end to find a workaround (thank you Joe Konrath, much appreciated!), their top priority still wasn’t resolved so I mailed them again. Their response was that it would be fixed “soon” and they were “eager to roll it out”. I asked for a specific date and they repeated the “soon” line. My response was that I no longer believed them, so I took a different course: starting over.

I had prepared for this contingency a while ago and already created a new world with different characters, backgrounds and so on, changed the plot and re-wrote the story from scratch. That said, if you read the John Rain novels, you won’t have a hard time figuring out which characters they would originally have been…

All in all, I’m happy with how it turned out. I hope you enjoy it too.


What’s next?

I’m primarily working on two manuscripts right now: The Leg Kick and Boxing For Self Defense. The first is 75% done. The second is in the beginning stages, but these two will be released in that order. Afterwards, I’ll continue on the Self-Defense Tips for Men book, which has proven to be a lot more difficult to write. I’ve been extremely busy professionally and my writing time is much  more limited than before. That’s why it’s taking so long to release new material. But it’ll get there eventually and if you sign up here (it’s free) I’ll let you know via email when it goes live.

In the mean time, you can enjoy some of my other fiction stuff here, a bunch of urban fantasy/supernatural short stories. I only write fiction if I need a break from non-fiction, which is in-between projects. So it’s not like I release a ton of fiction material. But I’ve found that it helps me clear my head from the previous non-fiction work before starting another one.

That said, I have 10 martial arts and self-defense books at the information and idea gathering stage right now. 15 if I count the ones I’m not sure I’ll eventually write, but am gathering thoughts for to find out just that. Every now and then, I have new ideas for books and add them to the list.

So there’s lots more to come.

Thanks for all of you who buy my stuff and support my writing. I very much appreciate it.


Paladin Press 45% off discount

A quick update:

One of my publishers, Paladin Press, is doing a big promotion for its 45 year anniversary:

From now until August 25, you get a 45% discount on all products.

That means tons of great instructional videos and books you can get at a extremely low prices. If you’re interested in my books and videos, now would be a good time to get them.  Follow this link to see an overview of them all.

Don’t forget to use the code “PALADIN45” during checkout.

Have fun shopping!


45% discount on all articles. Time-limited offer, don't delay.

45% discount on all articles. Time-limited offer, don’t delay.

Combat Bundle: 72 resources for martial arts, self-defense and conditioning

A while ago, I was contacted to see if I would be interested in participating in the Combat Bundle. I asked for some details because I was skeptical at first. There is a lot of nonsense out there in the world of internet marketing and I’ve been online long enough to have seen some really awful products. But when I saw another trainer/author I like a lot had joined, I decided to give it a chance.

Here is some more information about it all:

Combat-Strength-&-Conditioning-Bundle S

What’s the deal?

For one week only, you can buy a huge amount of ebooks and video programs for martial arts, self-defense, conditioning and diet at a fraction of the regular price. After the week is over, this bundle will no longer be available as each contributor only gives the organizers temporary access to their work.

I contributed my latest book, Martial Arts, Self-Defense and a Whole Lot More, in the category of Self-Defense resources. If you were waiting for the right time to buy it, now’s your chance because you get so much more along with it. There are 72 books and video programs in total and the regular price for this package would be $1,774.90.

For this week only, you can get all this for only $39.

If that’s not a deal worth getting,  I don’t know what is…


How does it work?

Go to this page, take a look at all the goodies and then follow the instructions to place your order. You’ll receive all the information then on how to get everything. To be clear, these are downloads you get to keep once you have them. They’ll be yours, just as if you ordered them from another online shop.

That’s about it from me. I think you’ll find this bundle an interesting one and I’m sure there will be plenty of products in there that you’ll like. To give you a better idea, this is the whole bundle:


Not bad…

Also, please share this with anybody who would also be interested. I’d appreciate it, thanks.


Kindle Countdown Deal on my book

I’m doing a Kindle Countdown Deal today Thursday, August 21 starting at 8AM PST. This is a discounting tool Amazon offers its publishers for their ebooks and it works like this:

  • For a limited time, I discount the Kindle version of my latest book all the way to 0.99$. Click here below to go to the Amazon page:

Martial Arts, Self-Defense and a Whole Lot More: The Best of Wim’s Blog, Volume 1

  • Every 8 hours, the price jumps up by a dollar.
  • After a 24h period, the book will be back to the normal price and the Deal ends.

So basically, the faster you buy, the cheaper the book is. So follow the link here above as soon as the Deal starts tomorrow morning and you’ll get it at the lowest possible price. I hope you enjoy it!

If you already bought the book, first of all thanks for your support. Second, if you want to help me out, please take a moment to share this post with others who might also enjoy reading it. That would be awesome and make a big difference. Thanks!


Kindle Countdown Deal. Click this picture to go get the Deal.

One caveat though: because of limitations Amazon puts on this tool, I can only offer the discount on and not in other countries. Sorry about that, but it’s out of my control.

As always, thank you for your support and help.


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