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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

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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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

imagesCAEL5ALOThe weekend of the Hobbit release has come and gone. Let me just come out of the gate by saying – I loved this film. Once again, Peter Jackson adds his magic touch to a Tolkien classic.  Was there creative licence? Of course. But the real treat for the die-hard Tolkien fans was the insertion of factoids from Tolkien’s Silmarillion. Like Lord of the Rings, Peter Jackson cannot stay away from this book, and why should he? Silmarillion is the “everything you need to know about Middle-earth” compendium. I’m currently rereading this book, and I always discover something new about Tolkien’s world. That aside, An Unexpected Journey was a nice homecoming for some of the characters we adored in the Lord of the Rings saga. Bilbo, Gandalf, Elrond, Galadriel, & Gollum return as well as cameo appearances from other personalities. We are also  introduced to Thorin’s company of Dwarves and given an extensive background of Ereborn, with incredible imagery included. All in all,  Peter Jackson embraced the spirit of the book, and there is no reason to doubt he won’t dazzle us further. Seeing Tolkien’s world on the big screen again reminds me of the root of inspiration that put Shadows of Kings onto paper. Tolkien is the master, and there is no one  capable of  putting his genius on film other than Peter Jackson.

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November passed in a blur of caffeine and nicotine. Thirty days of relentless writing to meet the 50k goal was quite the endeavor. I would love to brag and say…”Ah, it was no sweat.” But that would not be the case, despite my longing to brag until I’m breathless. Be as that may, I did achieve my goal with flying colors, and now I have a project on the shelf that I will return to in good time. I am not going to disclose any info in regards to this project, but I will give you one hint…E L V E S. And no…not the kind that are molested by the fat man in the red suit. Sorry…that was so wrong. Oh, but I digress. The point of this article is simple. If I can do it, anyone can. I have written prior articles in regards to the use of discipline when it comes to writing. It’s a muscle that requires constant flexing. 50k words in one month is extreme. You can be just as productive at 1/3 of that level and still produce a piece of work in a timely manner. The key word being “produce.” Sit down and write that novel. Your muse is waiting.

Now…Back to my Dragon Rising Series.     

  

I guess I wasn’t so scary afterall. Jan’s Paperbacks has invited me back for another signing. This time I will be teaming up with Bryan Gregory as he promotes his new release, Lord of the City. And of course, yours truly will have plenty of copies of SHADOWS OF KINGS.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 8TH

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