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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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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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Nearly three weeks ago, I had the pleasure of being the Keynote Speaker at the Beaverton Rotary. Now, despite the pictures you see, I was completely sober. Really…not a single drink. I’ve always said, I have a mug made for radio, but these photos made me appear as if I was making my debut appearance at Alcoholics Anonymous. But all jokes aside, my visit at the Rotary was fantastic.

After a fulfilling lunch and a splendid introduction, I approached  the podium to talk about writing. I kept my bio brief, as well as my writing process in order to answer as many questions as the audience was willing to ask. Though I did find opportunities to plug Shadows of Kings, my speech was designed to be as informative as possible, while also incorporating a little wit. When it came time for the Q&A portion, I was pleasantly surprised to receive many questions – quite different from the fears I was harboring. (I thought no one would ask anything, forcing me to resort to my Andrew Dice Clay jokes.) “Poems…I got Poems”

My audience asked questions ranging from creative inspiration to industry insights. I could have stood at the podium all day and allowed them to rifle questions at me, but all good things come to an end. In short, my afternoon at the Rotary was wonderful. I feel it’s important for writers to connect with the public beyond the usual workshops and book signings. Sometimes individuals just want to pick your mind without having to dance around formalities or be forced to elbow through the masses to get an autograph.

I was informed a few days later that the Rotary enjoyed my appearance. But I can honestly tell you that the pleasure was all mine.

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This post is dedicated to the aspiring author who frets with the discipline of writing their first novel. This is not about the creative aspect, plot, theme, etc. This is solely aimed at the discipline of putting thought to paper. First thing is first: Take a deep breath…exhale. Still with me? Excellent!

There is one notion I express to all aspiring authors I talk to: There is a story within all of us. Granted, having it come to life can be a little tricky, but the emphasis in this post is focused on DOING!

What is DOING? Sitting down and committing yourself to putting thoughts on paper. Debate continues in regards to how many words you need to write per day. So-called experts proclaim a minimum of 1000, others more, and some express less. By the Gods…don’t concern yourself with a number. The important issue is just sitting down and creating a pace that’s comfortable for you. Obviously, the amount you write on any given day will differ, and that’s perfectly okay. The victory is building a routine that keeps you consistently in front of your notebook, laptop, typewriter, or 3-ring binder on  a daily basis. If you’re just beginning, start small…and don’t punish yourself if you fall short of a preestablished goal. Just pick it up the following day and move forward.

In my case, the daily writing regiment is all over the board. Some days I exclusively write. On other days I only edit or do a combination of editing and writing. Hell, sometimes I say screw it, and turn on the X-box.

One recommendation I have, which may buck many voiced opinions is this: From time to time, hop from one project to another. This has a tendency to keep things fresh when you revisit each piece of work. While writing my novel, Shadows of Kings, I was hopping between future novels in the series. This kept my creative juices flowing and ensured I didn’t make any continuity errors with the saga. I call myself a four-booker: I’m generally working on four pieces of work at a time with one being the primary project.

Just keep at it…you’re doing great!

With that said, I leave you with this quote from Calvin Coolidge:

“Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan Press On! has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.”

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