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ImageThe blog tour will be underway soon. At the bottom of the post is the list of sites that will be hosting the SHADES OF VIRTUE blog tour. Other sites will be added as the month progresses.

Release Dates

Kindle/Nook: March 15th

Paperback: April/May

 

Blog Tour Dates

March 14 – Fantasy Book Lane
March 17 – My World 
March 19 – A Little Bit of R&R
March 23 – Too-Clever
April 2 – Chasing Steampunk 
April 29 – All Things Romance
 
The sequel to the award winning, Shadow of Kings continues with Shades of Virtue. While the Hugue recovers from the devastation, the Order of the Secret Throne resumes their agenda. Lord Yannic and his armies march the breadth of the Vol Thaldane to rally the divided Human fiefdoms into the new realm of Shyrlandia, while engaging the Braug tribes and Harhn Hordes still plaguing the region. And like so many wearing the heraldry of the Dragon, he must confront the Order’s agenda, and question the sacrifices to be made for the greater good.

In the Hugue, a jousting tournament is about to commence that will determine who wins Lady Basina’s hand in marriage. With the tournament Champion also foreseen to have an impact on Shyrlandia’s future, the Council of Whispers dispatch Lady Lucia and her two apprentices, Dragana and Tallya to oversee the event. But the Order is not the only party interested in the tournament. From her tower in Kethalon, Rizela, the Darkfey sorceress, conspires and schemes to manipulate the tournament for her own ends. Amidst the spectacle of pageantry and martial prowess, Lucia must uncover the dark powers wishing to thwart the Order’s agenda, while supervising her headstrong apprentices. There is more at stake than winning a lady’s hand, for whoever wins the tournament will set events in motion that will forever impact the future realm of Shyrlandia, the Vol Thaldane, and the Hugue.

 

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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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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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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.     

  

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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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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,
Jack

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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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