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Hello Everyone!

A little over a month has passed since the release of Shadows of Kings, and I have regrettably fallen behind giving my thanks to the bloggers who have attributed to the Blog tour.

So here are some more fantastic sites:

 A big thanks to Jamie for having me on The Fantasy Book Chick! Article Link: http://fantasybookchick.blogspot.com/2012/06/shadows-of-kings-blog-tour-author.html

On June 21st, I had the pleasure of participating on a LIVE CHAT on GATHER.COM – Hosted by Connie C.

Transcript: http://www.gather.com/viewArticle.action?articleId=281474981418948

And below are all the wonderful sites that contributed to the Betwitching Book Tour Blitz that took place on June 22nd. These sites either interviewed me or offered me a spotlight. Some even did both. These are fantastic sites that deserve a peek.

http://www.booksbooksthemagicalfruit.blogspot.com

http://www.thebookhoard.com

http://read2review.com

http://dream-reader-dreamer2229.blogspot.com/

Http://mamaknowsbooks.blogspot.com

http://www.fang-tasticbooks.blogspot.com

http://www.creativelygreen.blogspot.com

http://www.lisasworldofbooks.net

http://www.wolfmajick.blogspot.com/

http://marysbooksblogger.blogspot.com/

http://thebooknympho.blogspot.com
Can’t say enough about these awesome sites. Please visit them.

Thanks to all those who have contributed to the Shadows of Kings blog tour.

Oceans of Love,

Jack

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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 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

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June 30th

**** Release Party ***

The Peppermill Restaurant and Lounge

17455 SW Farmington Road, Aloha, Ore. 97007

7pm  – 10m

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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

http://www.howtotellagreatstory.com

http://www.frellathon.com/

http://www.booknutter.com

http://sathra-bansheeinthewell.blogspot.com/

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,

Jack

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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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Click to see Trailer

Attention everyone! Lights, cameras, action!

Ok, ok…it’s not a live action movie trailer, but those are few in the book business. However, what you see is a fun and creative teaser for the soon to be released Shadows of Kings. (There are whispers that Shades of Virtue may have a live action cast…but that is only rumor and a ways from now.)

I would love for all of you to check out the trailer. Once you do, please indicate a “like” on YouTube. (Pretty, pretty please with a cherry on top).

And for those who want to get a head start with Shadows of Kings, you can pre-order the novel at a discount at Barnes and Noble.

AMAZON.COM AVAILABILITY COMING SOON.

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Everything moves so fast. One of my colleagues recently complimented me on being proactive. In response, I informed him that I always feel three weeks behind. And I was warned that as the release date approached, things would move at a frantic pace. What an understatement! Once again, I am humbled by the process. And I’m humbled by the warm support so many have given. Your patience has been tested, and the day has finally come for us all.

The Shadows of Kings Paperback is now available for Pre-Order at Barnes & Noble: Purchase link is: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/shadows-of-kings-jack-whitsel/1110607454?ean=9781606192238

You can also click the Shadows of Kings image at the far right of the blog.

Those who embrace Kindle formats, Amazon will have Shadows of Kings on their site very soon.

Thanks again for everything. I’m so excited to share this saga with you.

Oceans of Love,

Jack

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Hello everyone! I’m sorry for not posting anything for a spell. I’ve been so busy coordinating my blog tour with the various websites along with other promotional endeavors. However, I decided to take a pause in order to give my subscribers the 411.

The print run for the book is underway and the teaser book trailer is complete. The trailer will be distributed on multiple sites in mid May. Shadows of Kings should also be listed on Amazon.com pretty soon as well. Release date is still set for June 15th. Whew!

Oh…almost forgot. The book cover’s font was adjusted slightly as well. Pretty snazzy.

Oceans of love,

Jack

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The Last Protector by Daniel Starr is a wonderful stew consisting of high-tech and medieval mayhem. Two individuals hurl themselves from the future to correct the mistakes of entwining time lines. When reading this, I could not help but be reminded of Westworld. No…there are not malfunctioning, gun slinging robots, but there was a feel to the backdrop of this book that conjured mental images of that film. The story moves along nicely between the frantic battle scenes and the surreal universe they interact with. And the glue that holds everything together is the relationship between Jape and Saughblade. Their banter carries us through the slow portions of the story until the action resumes. An enjoyable novel – especially for those who like their genres blended together.

Originally Released: 2008

Publisher: Twilight Times Books

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It’s the document that torments the minds of all aspiring authors. The blank piece of paper tasks you, daring you to minimize a ninety thousand word document into one hundred words. For countless hours you have labored over your manuscript, and now its future is reduced to a single page with an introduction and synopsis.

What is a Query Letter? For those who are completing their first manuscript and have not reached this point in the publishing process – it’s a quick snapshot of your work and a brief introduction of yourself. The Query Letter is the first document a publishing editor or agent will see before he/she is committed to seeing the rest of your work. I must note: Some publishers and agents see manuscripts upfront, but in general, it’s the Query Letter that’s seen first.

Good News: It’s only one bloody page.

Bad News: It’s only one bloody page.

How do I explain my story in one page that took me hundreds to write? First of all…you’re asking the wrong question. You shouldn’t be explaining anything. You’re now a salesman, so give them the pitch.

Disclosure: The methods I’m going to share do transcend genres, but I must confess, there is a fiction emphasis. Duh…I’m a fantasy author. And though I spent considerable time researching the process and suffering from trial and error, I also obtained the help from a friend and author, Michael Totten – author of The Road to Fatima Gate. His insights were a strong contribution toward my method – so for that reason it would be poor form to not give him credit.

The Query Letter

Introduction:

This is just as it sounds. Here you write a brief introduction, providing the name and word count of your novel. You should also give a quick comparison to a notable author, such as  – Those who like (names of other titles) will also enjoy (the name of your book).

Brief Marketing pitch:

This is a good spot for a brief, one or two sentence selling point that relates your work with something popular. For instance – say you have a book about a superhero. You would write something quick like: Superhero stories will be popular this summer with the upcoming movie release of Avengers.  (Name of your work) embodies the superhero genre – capturing the elements of the Hero and Villain dynamic – or something of the like.

The Synopsis:

This is the most important part. The synopsis is what separates a publisher’s genuine interest and the wastepaper basket. So, to really emphasize this point, we are going to do a little role-playing. Forget about selling to an agent or publisher. Instead, imagine that I’m a pretentious Movie producer – I mean really pretentious. Now try to sell me.

 The DON’TS

  • Don’t tell me the damn plot – I really don’t care.
  • Don’t try to entwine me with some intricate, multilayered theme . I have a hooker in the next room waiting for me to snort a line of coke off her ass. STOP WASTING MY TIME.
  • Don’t bore me with extraneous detail. My feet are falling asleep.
  • Don’t tell me how everyone that has read your book loved it. They’re nobody like you, so bugger off.

 The Movie Voice

Write your synopsis like a movie trailer. Imagine the deep voice you hear when watching a movie preview. In a world…blah, blah, blah.

Create your synopsis in that fashion – even test it out by reading it in a mock-movie voice. In that one hundred-fifty word pitch, try to capture the visual and emotional energy of your work. Remember, you’re pretending to sell an obnoxious producer who has the attention span of a gerbil. Make it quick with an impact. Some genres, especially non-fiction, will require you to appeal to the mind rather than emotion, but the way you pitch it should be the same.

Okay…time to stop role-playing. So now you know the secret to writing a brief synopsis. And I don’t mean to cast publishers and agents in a negative light, but I must emphasize the importance of the pitch. They are not as cruel as my role-playing, but they are inundated daily with hundreds of manuscripts flying across their desk. You need to capture their attention quickly before they toss your work in the pile with the others – an act that has become instinctive to them by now.

The Ending:

If you are writing a series, this a good spot to mention the other titles. If you have already started other books, by all means, mention them here. Also disclose any published works, but only if they were paid gigs.

Special note:

Remember to be mindful of what a publisher/agent is looking for and closely follow their submission guidelines. Don’t be afraid of the Query letter. Be excited, and allow it to be an extension of both your soul and your work.

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The whimsical ways of magic propels young Sathra into twenty-first century. In the present  she befriends young Niall – a twelve-year-old boy who helps rescue her from his family’s well.  The interaction between the teens is well written for the age category the story was designed for. Though it took me awhile to like Niall, his boyish ways slowly grew on me. I was immediately drawn to Sathra and enjoyed her attempts at adapting to her new environment. Friend or foe? Dryad or Banshee? We watch Sathra and Niall interact and wonder if Niall’s endearing nature will be enough to derail Sathra’s personal agenda. Banshee in the Well had a smooth flow with an enjoyable ending. I recommend reading this story to all the little ones in our lives.

Robin Lovejoy Tolkien (Blog)

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