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The second leg of the Shadows of Kings Blog Tour will be underway on September 15th. I’m very excited about the sites that will be hosting this leg of the tour. The blogs listed below were organized by BTS, but more sites may be added during the dates between September 15th – October 15th.

Sept 15
Sept 18
Sept 21
Sept 24
Sept 30
Oct 1
Oct 10
Oct 11
Oct. 12
More sites may be added.
Please swing by and visit these sites during the tour. I hope to see you out there!
Oceans of Love,

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Two weeks have passed since the initial release of Shadows of Kings. Before I pay homage to some of the bloggers who have contributed to my Blog Tour, here are some quotes contributing to the buzz.

“Shadows of Kings has grit Martin would be proud of and magic equal to Sanderson.” Customer review.

“It has the creative elements of a Tolkien world with the more human, gritty and medieval elements of a George R.R. Martin book.” – Customer review

“Do you enjoy knights with flashing swords and fair maidens with a touch of sorcery? Are stories containing battle scenes aided by magic your favorite reads? If you answered yes to the above, you’ll want to read Jack Whitsel’s debut novel, SHADOWS OF KINGS, where he gives you both and much more” – The Story of a Writer

“What a great start for a series! Shadows of Kings is an excellently written, impressive first novel that will be savored by fans of fantasy.” – The Seattle PI

Now…enough about me. Here are some more wonderful bloggers who have contributed to the Shadows of Kings Blog Tour.

Day 7 – An Interview and Review at the The Dark Phantom 

Mayra Calvani was a wonderful host. Please visit her blog and see the books she has written.

Link of Spotlight: http://thedarkphantom.wordpress.com/2012/06/14/interview-with-jack-whitsel-author-of-shadows-of-kings-7/#comment-6463

Link of Interview: http://thedarkphantom.wordpress.com/2012/06/15/book-review-shadows-of-kings-by-jack-whitsel-2/

Day 7 – Guest Post on the murderby4 Blog

I was personally invited by Best selling author, Aaron Lazar, to contribute a guest post on my release date.

A fabulous host and author, Aaron has been a good friend during my writing journey.

Please check out his Legarde mysteries series.

Link of guest post: http://murderby4.blogspot.com/2012/06/for-love-of-writing.html

Day 10 – Excerpt & Spotlight at Seeing the Night Reviews

A stunning site! I had the pleasure of having a spotlight and excerpt featured .

Link: http://seeingnight.blogspot.com/2012/06/book-spotlight-excerpt-shadows-of-king.html


Day 10 – Interview at The Cover, By Brittany C.

Another wonderful host…but no pic available.

Link: http://thecoverbybrittany.blogspot.com/2012/06/shadows-of-kings-by-jack-whitsel-blog.html

I will be spotlighting more bloggers who have participated in the tour. But for now…it’s time to prepare for the Shadows of Kings Release Party.

Until we meet again,

Oceans of Love,


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The long wait is over!  Shadows of Kings is available in both paperback and eBook formats. What an incredible journey this has been. Thanks to all the friends, family and fans who have been so patient and supportive during this process. I couldn’t imagine walking this path without you. And to think…this is just the beginning. With that being said, I now want to give some recognition to some of the wonderful bloggers who have been  hosts during the Shadows of Kings Blog tour.

Hosts during days 3-6.

On Sunday, Cambria Herbert provided a wonderful layout  for Shadows of Kings that included interview and spotlight.

Cambria is also the author of the Hevan and Hell series. I highly recommend checking this out!

On Tuesday, she and Amy were my hosts during the my Blog Talk interview  on Journal Jabber.

Interview and Spotlight: http://cambriahebert.com/2012/06/shadows-of-kings-blog-tour/

Live Journal Jabber Interview: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/journaljabber/2012/06/13/jack-whitsel–a-debut-novelist-waiting-to-wow-you

*** On day 4 I had a wonderful spotlight done by Terri Forehand. Below is the link. She also has other blogs covering a variety of writing genres and topics.

Spotlight: http://terri-forehand.blogspot.com/2012/06/spotlight-new-release-shadow-of-kings.html?showComment=1339426201325#c5208550748965041002

Also on day 4 was a visit to Beverley’s Story of a Writer site.

She was a wonderful host with incredible followers.

Spotlight and Interview: http://beverlystowemcclure.blogspot.com/2012/06/shadows-of-kings-blog-tour.html

 On day 6, I had the pleasure of being interviewed by John Byk.

Please swing by and visit his site to hear his interviews.

He is also an author of literary fiction that’s worthy of a close look.

Interview:   http://2012writersalive.blogspot.com/2012/06/jack-whitsel-and-shadows-of-kings.html

Also on day 6 was a spotlight with A.F. Stewart

Please visit his site and peruse his work

Spotlight: http://afstewartpromotion.blogspot.com/2012/06/book-spotlight-shadows-of-kings.html?showComment=1339602065513#c8466704144182663031

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The Shadows of Kings Blog tour is underway, beginning with two wonderful sites.

We start the tour with Heidi’s site, where I took part in Heidi’s 6 picks.

Heidi is also an author. Please give your support and visit her Author Page.


The 6 picks Interview:


Heidi’s Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Heidi-Ruby-Miller/e/B002BM1M48

Blog: http://heidirubymiller.blogspot.com/

Next Stop on the tour was Melanie’s blog.

As a prologue to the visit, she posted my bio and cover art.

Please visit her wonderful site where she posts many reviews from a variety of genres.

Shadows of Kings Spotlight:


And on June 8th, she posted her review:

Shadows of Kings Review:


Blog: http://haveyouheardbookreview.blogspot.com/

Many thanks to Heidi and Melanie for being such wonderful hosts on the first day of my blog tour.

More tor updates to follow. We’ll talk soon.

Oceans of Love,


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The list of Sites, dates and events  for the SHADOWS OF KINGS blog Tour:

June 8th – http://heidirubymiller.blogspot.com/

June 8th – http://haveyouheardbookreview.blogspot.com/

June 10th – http://cambriahebert.com/

June 11th – http://terri-forehand.blogspot.com

June 11th – http://beverlystowemcclure.blogspot.com

June 12th – Live on Blog Talk Radio – http://www.blogtalkradio.com/journaljabber/

June 13th – http://2012writersalive.blogspot.com/

June 13th – http://afstewartpromotion.blogspot.com

June 14 – http://thedarkphantom.wordpress.com

June 15th – http://murderby4.blogspot.com/

June 15th – http://seeingnight.blogspot.com

June 20th – http://yazsbooksnstuff.blogspot.com/

June 20th – http://thecoverbybrittany.blogspot.com

June 21st – http://fantasybookchick.blogspot.com

June 21st – Live chat with Connie C. on http://www.Gather.com

June 22nd – http://news.yahoo.com

June 22nd – http://www.booksbooksthemagicalfruit.blogspot.com

June 22nd – http://www.thebookhoard.com

June 22nd – http://read2review.com

June 22nd – http://dream-reader-dreamer2229.blogspot.com/

June 22nd – Http://mamaknowsbooks.blogspot.com

June 22nd – www.fang-tasticbooks.blogspot.com

June 22nd – www.creativelygreen.blogspot.com

June 22nd  – www.lisasworldofbooks.net

June 22nd – http://www.wolfmajick.blogspot.com/

June 22nd  – http://marysbooksblogger.blogspot.com/

June 22nd – http://thebooknympho.blogspot.com

June 25th – http://thebookconnectionccm.blogspot.com

June 26th – http://morgenbailey.wordpress.com

June 27 – http://australianbookshelf.wordpress.com

June 27 – http://www.bloggymoms.com


June 30th

**** Release Party ***

The Peppermill Restaurant and Lounge

17455 SW Farmington Road, Aloha, Ore. 97007

7pm  – 10m


July 5th –http://jeanzbookreadnreview.blogspot.com/

July 6th – http://vampirekiss1967.blogspot.com/

July 6th – http://blogcritics.org

http://allthingsaboutbooks.com/ – TBA

www.joanmaze.com TBA

*All dates are subject to change

***Special mentions***

These are sites that provided interviews and/or features prior to the tour





A big Shadows of Kings thank you to all those who committed to the blog tour. I appreciate and respect all of you.

Oceans of love,


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I received the Versatile Blogger Award (VBA) from author and blogger, Lada Ray!

versatileblogger11Here is the link to Lada’s post: http://ladaray.wordpress.com/2012/05/22/i-received-the-versatile-blogger-award-vba/

According to Lada, here is what VBA is all about:

Versatile Blogger Award (VBA)

What is it?

As far as I can tell — details are rather sketchy and only the creator knows for sure — this lofty-sounding award is basically a mutual admiration society where bloggers recognize their peers for writing quality blogs that touched them in some way. The VBAs honor the blogger rather than specific posts. It’s a chance for bloggers to pat themselves on the back like the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences does with the Oscars. Until someone starts giving out Blogscars, the VBAs will have to suffice.

What are the criteria?

If you are nominated, you’ve been awarded the Versatile Blogger Award. My selection was not only based on website content, but also the support given on Twitter. So, if you’re nominated…you’re not only an excellent author, but an awesome Tweeter.

I nominated 15 outstanding bloggers below. Congratulations!

What do you do?

1) Thank the person who gave you this award. That’s common courtesy.

So…Thank you, Lada! This is a very cool honor

2)  As a courtesy, include a link to their blog.

Lada’s blog: http://ladaray.wordpress.com

3) Next, select 15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly. (I would add, pick blogs or bloggers that are excellent!) — you might include a link to this site.

Here are my nominees for the Versatile Blogger Award

The envelope please…

1. Aneeta Sundararaj  – http://www.howtotellagreatstory.com

2. Jessica Frellathon/Jess Resides Here – http://frellathon.com/

3. Robin Lovejoy Tolkien – http://sathra-bansheeinthewell.blogspot.com/

4. Patti Roberts – http://theangelsarehere.wordpress.com/

5. Lenore Wolf  – http://authorlenorewolfe.blogspot.com/

6. Jo VonBargen – http://twobitbard.weebly.com/

7. Elise Stokes – http://www.cassidyjonesadventures.com/

8. Wodke Hawkinson – http://wodke-hawkinson.com/

9. Christopher Petersen – http://christopherdavidpetersen.wordpress.com/

10. Philip Catshill – http://www.philipcatshill.co.uk/

11. Martha Bourke – http://www.marthabourke.blogspot.com/

12. Virginia Lee – https://dagonsblood.wordpress.com/

13. Robert Hatting – http://blair-pacificpublishing.blogspot.com/

14. Jayde Scott – http://jayde-scott.blogspot.com/

15. Wyatt Davenport – http://www.lunaraseries.com/

Congratulations, winners!

(4) Finally, 7 things about yourself.

1. I was born in Fremont, California, but have lived in Oregon since the 1980’s.

2. I have 5 sisters and 2 brothers.

3. My favorite author of all-time is J R. R.Tolkien, but our writing styles are completely different.

4. The smell and mere sight of sauerkraut makes me gag.

5. Once I was published, the hardest element of writing was balancing the time between writing, promotion, and social networking. I still consider myself a novice at all three.

6. I’m a creature from the 1980’s. My favorite bands: 1) Kiss 2) Motley Crue, 3) Bon Jovi 4) Ratt

7. Angolina Jolie would make a terrific Rizela.

Congrats to the new VBA winners, and thanks again to my friend, Lada Ray!

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