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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

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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

 

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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.

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.

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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

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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,

Jack

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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?
Epic Fantasy
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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Hello everyone!

Sharp Writ Book AwardsNow that we have survived the Mayan calendar and the Fiscal Cliff, the new year holds wonderous possibilities. 2013 has started with a bang for the Dragon Rising series. Shadows of Kings won the best sci-fi/fantasy novel for 2012 at the Sharp Writ Book Awards. As proud as I am of the first installment to my saga, it was wonderful to win this award in such a broad category with other amazing authors. I was satisfied by just making it to the final round, but when notified of taking first place, needless to say, I was elated and still find myself walking with a little more swagger.

On another note:  there are whispers of a Shadows of Kings movie script being put together. The screenplay will be a collaboration between myself and a group of writers in Northern California. But until there is more on the development side, I’m afraid there is not much more I can tell you.

The final edits are underway for the second book of the Dragon Rising series. Shades of Virtue is still projected to be released by Twilight Times Books in Summer 2013. I’m also hoping the book cover will be completed soon, but like everything else…I just have to wait. For those who were expecting Shades of Virtue to be released in Spring of 2013 instead of Summer, I apologize. Twilight Times Books had some delays with releases prior to mine, so the pipeline became a little backlogged. Though scheduling is out of my hands, I  am still  sorry if you were hoping to read it by Spring. But I promise, the delay will be worth the wait.

PRICE BUZZ:  For those who prefer paperback rather than e-book, Amazon.com currently has the best price for Shadows of Kings at $13.46. Kindle and Nook formats are still $3.99. Just want to make sure potential readers are saving a buck! Oh…and if you’re in the Portland, Or. area, my favorite bookstore to snag my novel is still Jan’s Paperbacks.

Shadows of Kings also has a spotlight/review within the January issue of BTS eMag.

I think that covers it. Many thanks to all those who have sent warm sentiments in regards to my award. And a special thanks to those who continue to express an interest with the Dragon Rising series.

Oceans of Love,

Jack

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