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Release day is finally here!

ShadesofVirtue_medSHADES OF VIRTUE is now available on Kindle. For those interested in paperback, you will have to wait a little longer. However, advance autographed copies are available at my website http://www.jackwhitsel.com.

Release day is a special day for writers. After months of writing, rewriting, editing…and waiting, the day comes when your work is ready to be witnessed by the world. As excited as I am, there is always that feeling of nervousness and trepidation.

I want to thank all the souls who have been with me on this journey. Your kind words, patience, and overall support do not go unnoticed. For those new to the Dragon Rising Series…WELCOME! There is always room for you at our table.

Thanks again.

Oceans of love,

Jack

ImageThe 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.

Release Dates

Kindle/Nook: March 15th

Paperback: April/May

 

Blog Tour Dates

March 14 - Fantasy Book Lane
March 17 - My World 
March 23 - Too-Clever
April 29 - All Things Romance
 
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.

http://www.jackwhitsel.com

It has been a long wait, and I thank everyone for their patience.

Oceans of Love,

Jack

 

Free E-book Downloads

koboHello!

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.

Jack Whitsel

Shadows of Kings

Erin Kellison, KC Klein & Jessa Slade

Hotter on the Edge

Jamie Brazil

The Commodore’s Daughter

Meljean Brook

Fire & Frost

Darcy Burke

His Wicked Heart

Darcy Burke

Her Wicked Ways

Maggie Faire

Chameleon: The Awakening

Caroline Fyffe

Montana Dawn

Bryan Gregory

Lord of the City

Bryan Gregory

City of the Lords

William Hertling

A.I. Apocalypse

Paty Jager

Secrets of a Mayan Moon

Paty Jager

Marshal in Petticoats

Maggie Jaimeson

Undertones

C Morgan Kennedy and Therese Patrick

Author Marketing 101

Delilah Marvelle

Lady of Pleasure

Delilah Marvelle

Romancing Lady Stone

Lucy Monroe

Annabelle’s Courtship

Elisabeth Naughton

Marked

Elisabeth Naughton

Wait For Me

Jean Sheldon

The Woman in the Wing

Jean Sheldon

An Uncluttered Palette

Jessa Slade

The Darkest Night

Christina F. York

Rodeo Royalty

J. Steven York

The Unwinding of Liberty Brass

J. Steven York

The Best Devil Money Can Buy

Instructions for the FREE KOBO DOWNLOAD:

  1. Go to: http://kobobooks.com (If new to KOBO – Sign in. It’s free)
  2. Search for the book you wish to download. For example, type in: Undertones by Maggie Jaimeson
  3. Click on the book. It will take you to the buy page.
  4. Click the Buy Now button. (Don’t worry you won’t pay anything because you have the download code)
  5. Sign in with your Kobo UserID and Password. If you don’t have one you will need to set up one.
  6. Once you are signed in and selected the book with the BUY NOW button, it will take you to the “Confirm  Your Purchase” page.
  7. Click on tone link for “Have a gift card or promo code?”  It is just below your address on the purchase screen.
  8. A field will pop up for you to enter the PROMO code: jansbooks
  9. Click the APPLY link.
  10. A box will pop up saying that you’ve covered your cost so they won’t have to bill your credit card.
  11. Now you will see at the BUY NOW button that $0.00 will be charged. Click the BUY NOW button.
  12. Then you get the DOWNLOAD EPUB button.  Click it to download to your computer.

Maleficent – 2014

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.

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The video link below is a portion of Angolina Jolie’s  interview at the Disney Expo.

http://teaser-trailer.com/maleficent-movie-logo/

maleficent title Release date: July 2, 2014 (USA)

 Director: Robert Stromberg

 Costume design: Anna Biedrzycka-Sheppard
 Production company: Walt Disney Pictures
 Screenplay: Paul Dini, Linda Woolverton
 See full cast at IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1587310/
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.

ShadesofVirtue_medWhen 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,

Jack

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,

Jack

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