The blog tour will be underway soon. At the bottom of the post is the list of sites that will be hosting the SHADES OF VIRTUE blog tour. Other sites will be added as the month progresses.
Kindle/Nook: March 15th
Blog Tour Dates
The sequel to the award winning, Shadow of Kings continues with Shades of Virtue. While the Hugue recovers from the devastation, the Order of the Secret Throne resumes their agenda. Lord Yannic and his armies march the breadth of the Vol Thaldane to rally the divided Human fiefdoms into the new realm of Shyrlandia, while engaging the Braug tribes and Harhn Hordes still plaguing the region. And like so many wearing the heraldry of the Dragon, he must confront the Order’s agenda, and question the sacrifices to be made for the greater good.
In the Hugue, a jousting tournament is about to commence that will determine who wins Lady Basina’s hand in marriage. With the tournament Champion also foreseen to have an impact on Shyrlandia’s future, the Council of Whispers dispatch Lady Lucia and her two apprentices, Dragana and Tallya to oversee the event. But the Order is not the only party interested in the tournament. From her tower in Kethalon, Rizela, the Darkfey sorceress, conspires and schemes to manipulate the tournament for her own ends. Amidst the spectacle of pageantry and martial prowess, Lucia must uncover the dark powers wishing to thwart the Order’s agenda, while supervising her headstrong apprentices. There is more at stake than winning a lady’s hand, for whoever wins the tournament will set events in motion that will forever impact the future realm of Shyrlandia, the Vol Thaldane, and the Hugue.
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The Release date for Shades of Virtue is almost here. According to Twilight Times Books, the digital version will be released on March 15, 2014. The print copies will be available April 15th, 2014.
For those who prefer paperback, I am offering limited autographed copies that I will send directly to you. These copies should also be available prior to the actual print release. Shipping will be free, but unfortunately, all orders are limited to the United States.
Autographed copies are available on my website below.
It has been a long wait, and I thank everyone for their patience.
Oceans of Love,
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Last Weekend was the KOBO event and After-Party at Jans Paperbacks. I have to say…it was a wonderful assembly of authors. Shadows of Kings was the only title representing medieval fantasy, but there were 18 authors from a broad spectrum of genres.
In addition, there were repesentatives from KOBO – including the manager of US operations for Writing Life.
Below is a list of all the authors and the titles that were represented at the KOBO event.
Shadows of Kings
Erin Kellison, KC Klein & Jessa Slade
Hotter on the Edge
The Commodore’s Daughter
Fire & Frost
His Wicked Heart
Her Wicked Ways
Chameleon: The Awakening
Lord of the City
City of the Lords
Secrets of a Mayan Moon
Marshal in Petticoats
C Morgan Kennedy and Therese Patrick
Author Marketing 101
Lady of Pleasure
Romancing Lady Stone
Wait For Me
The Woman in the Wing
An Uncluttered Palette
The Darkest Night
Christina F. York
J. Steven York
The Unwinding of Liberty Brass
J. Steven York
The Best Devil Money Can Buy
Instructions for the FREE KOBO DOWNLOAD:
- Go to: http://kobobooks.com (If new to KOBO – Sign in. It’s free)
- Search for the book you wish to download. For example, type in: Undertones by Maggie Jaimeson
- Click on the book. It will take you to the buy page.
- Click the Buy Now button. (Don’t worry you won’t pay anything because you have the download code)
- Sign in with your Kobo UserID and Password. If you don’t have one you will need to set up one.
- Once you are signed in and selected the book with the BUY NOW button, it will take you to the “Confirm Your Purchase” page.
- Click on tone link for “Have a gift card or promo code?” It is just below your address on the purchase screen.
- A field will pop up for you to enter the PROMO code: jansbooks
- Click the APPLY link.
- A box will pop up saying that you’ve covered your cost so they won’t have to bill your credit card.
- Now you will see at the BUY NOW button that $0.00 will be charged. Click the BUY NOW button.
- Then you get the DOWNLOAD EPUB button. Click it to download to your computer.
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Haven’t spoken too much about this lately, but it apears Disney’s Maleficent is surging ahead. It’s still slated for a May 2014 release with some buzzing about a July opening.
The video link below is a portion of Angolina Jolie’s interview at the Disney Expo.
Release date: July 2, 2014 (USA)
Director: Robert Stromberg
Costume design: Anna Biedrzycka-Sheppard
Production company: Walt Disney Pictures
Screenplay: Paul Dini, Linda Woolverton
I’m still excited for this release, and I have to admit, I would love see Anjolina Jolie play Rizela in SHADOWS OF KINGS
and the rest of the Dragon Rising saga. Who knows…hope springs eternal.
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When I proposed the concept to the publisher, the senior editor had her doubts that he could pull it off. I never doubted, and sure as the sun rises in the east and sets in the west, Ural Akyuz has hit another home run. I cannot say enough about his artistic abilities.
Now that the cover art is complete, Ural’s next endeavor will be some new art for my swag. If you love Dragons, then you will not be left wanting.
As far as the release of Shades of Virtue is concerned, the actual date has not been nailed down yet by Twilight Times Books, but I’m still hopeful for an end of summer or early fall release. Trust me, I am just as frustrated as you are, but sometimes that is how things roll in this industry. If you enjoyed Shadows of Kings, I promise the wait will be worth it.
The third book, Shards of Malice is almost complete. I am just putting on the finishing touches. In the months to come, there will be an announcement about a new series related to my Avalla universe.
That wraps things up for now. I hope you like the cover of the second installment of the Dragon Rising series.
Oceans of Love,
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I want to express my ”thanks” to all the wonderful souls who spoke with me during the Pagan Faire. It was wonderful to be one of the many vendors participating at this year’s event. I couldn’t have asked for a better turnout of current and future fans of the Dragon Rising Series. SHADOWS OF KINGS had a good showing, which is encouraging as the SHADES OF VIRTURE release draws near.
Artwork for SHADES OF VIRTUE is being worked on as we speak…and I must say, the sketches for the book cover look amazing. The weeks and months prior to release are very stressful, so please keep me in your thoughts as that date approaches. I promise to keep you posted with updates as they unfold.
Oceans of Love,
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1) What is the working title of your book?
My latest release sheduled for this summer is Shades of Virtue – the sequel to Shadows of Kings
2) Where did the idea come from for the book?
My sons and I have always enjoyed having jousts with our plastic knights, so much of the inspiration came from them.
3) What genre does your book fall under?
4) Which actors would you chose to play characters in a movie rendition?
Lucia – Amanda Seyfried
Rizela – Angolina Jolie
Dragana, Marcel, Lambert, and Aimon…hmmm…that would take more thought.
5) What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
The fate of Humanity on the tip of a lance.
6) Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
Published by Twilight Times Books and I don’t like sharing money with agents. (Unless they can get me a movie deal)
7) How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
It’s hard for me to pin down how long a project takes. I am generally working on three at a time.
8) What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
My world definitely has a Game of Thrones feel to it.
9) Who or what inspired you to write this book?
My children and my love for all things fantasy.
10) What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
There are good knights…and not so good knights. Combine that with magic, and you have quite the backdrop.
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