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Last Weekend was the KOBO event and After-Party at Jans Paperbacks. I have to say…it was a wonderful assembly of authors. Shadows of Kings was the only title representing medieval fantasy, but there were 18 authors from a broad spectrum of genres.

In addition, there were repesentatives from KOBO – including the manager of US operations for Writing Life.

Below is a list of all the authors and the titles  that were represented at the KOBO event.

Jack Whitsel

Shadows of Kings

Erin Kellison, KC Klein & Jessa Slade

Hotter on the Edge

Jamie Brazil

The Commodore’s Daughter

Meljean Brook

Fire & Frost

Darcy Burke

His Wicked Heart

Darcy Burke

Her Wicked Ways

Maggie Faire

Chameleon: The Awakening

Caroline Fyffe

Montana Dawn

Bryan Gregory

Lord of the City

Bryan Gregory

City of the Lords

William Hertling

A.I. Apocalypse

Paty Jager

Secrets of a Mayan Moon

Paty Jager

Marshal in Petticoats

Maggie Jaimeson

Undertones

C Morgan Kennedy and Therese Patrick

Author Marketing 101

Delilah Marvelle

Lady of Pleasure

Delilah Marvelle

Romancing Lady Stone

Lucy Monroe

Annabelle’s Courtship

Elisabeth Naughton

Marked

Elisabeth Naughton

Wait For Me

Jean Sheldon

The Woman in the Wing

Jean Sheldon

An Uncluttered Palette

Jessa Slade

The Darkest Night

Christina F. York

Rodeo Royalty

J. Steven York

The Unwinding of Liberty Brass

J. Steven York

The Best Devil Money Can Buy

Instructions for the FREE KOBO DOWNLOAD:

  1. Go to: http://kobobooks.com (If new to KOBO – Sign in. It’s free)
  2. Search for the book you wish to download. For example, type in: Undertones by Maggie Jaimeson
  3. Click on the book. It will take you to the buy page.
  4. Click the Buy Now button. (Don’t worry you won’t pay anything because you have the download code)
  5. Sign in with your Kobo UserID and Password. If you don’t have one you will need to set up one.
  6. Once you are signed in and selected the book with the BUY NOW button, it will take you to the “Confirm  Your Purchase” page.
  7. Click on tone link for “Have a gift card or promo code?”  It is just below your address on the purchase screen.
  8. A field will pop up for you to enter the PROMO code: jansbooks
  9. Click the APPLY link.
  10. A box will pop up saying that you’ve covered your cost so they won’t have to bill your credit card.
  11. Now you will see at the BUY NOW button that $0.00 will be charged. Click the BUY NOW button.
  12. Then you get the DOWNLOAD EPUB button.  Click it to download to your computer.

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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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Today is reserved for the wonderful Author and my good friend, Aaron Lazar. He is one of the prized jewels at Twilight Times Books, and I have the pleasure of offering him the bright spotlight for his newest masterpiece – For Keeps.

Bio: Aaron PaulLazar writes to soothe his soul. An award-winning, bestselling Kindleauthor of three addictive mystery series, Aaron enjoys the Genesee Valleycountryside in upstate New York, where his characters embrace life, play withtheir dogs and grandkids, grow sumptuous gardens, and chase bad guys. Visit his website at http://www.lazarbooks.com and watch for his upcoming Twilight TimesBooks releases.

List of books:

LEGARDE MYSTERIES

DOUBLE FORTÉ (2012, author’s preferred edition)   UPSTAGED (coming 2012 author’s preferred edition, eBook and print)

TREMOLO: CRY OF THELOON (2007, AUDIO BOOK 2011) MAZURKA (2009, AUDIO BOOK 2012)

FIRESONG (2011, AUDIO BOOK 2012) DON’T LET THE WINDCATCH YOU (coming 2012)

MOORE MYSTERIES

HEALEY’S CAVE (2010, AUDIO BOOK 2011) TERROR COMES KNOCKING (2012, AUDIO BOOK 2012)

FOR KEEPS (JULY 2012, AUDIO BOOK 2012)

TALL PINESMYSTERIES

FOR THE BIRDS (2011, AUDIO BOOK, 2012) ESSENTIALLY YOURS (2012)

SANCTUARY (coming,2013)

FOR KEEPS –  Synopsis

When retired family doctor Sam Moore’s old girlfriend is murdered in a local hotel,the police suspect his involvement. The coroner, a former med school colleaguewhose husband is about to desert her, reveals that she had a crush on Sam inmed school. When she is strangled the next day in her own morgue, Sam is onceagain in the hot seat.

Sam’sworld falls apart when he returns home to find a family member killed in thelaundry room, stabbed with his own garden shears. Rocketed into a world ofdenial and temporary insanity, Sam faces his worst fear, and is locked up inthe very same psych ward he was in when his brother Bill died fifty years ago.Sam is determined to ask his long dead brother to help him. Billy, whocommunicates through a little green marble, has the ability to propel Samthrough time and has helped Sam unwrap baffling mysteries in the past.

**** Free Kindle Download between September 14 – 16th ****

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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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How I sold 5 Million ebooks in 5 months is a vital resource for authors wishing to promote themselves.  After initially reading the book, the content seemed to take broad strokes at promotional solutions, but that was deceiving. When going back through his examples and explanations, I definitely found gems of wisdom – they can be subtle…but they are there.

As a “How to” book, the content moves more quickly than other books of its kind, and like Locke’s fiction, gets straight to the point. I will not bullet point all of Locke’s secrets in this review, as that is for the reader to discover after his purchase. But there are two specific items I wish to share about the book.

1) Read his examples. And when finished…read them again.

2) The underlying theme about social networking is the importance of reciprocity. John Locke stresses this on many occasions. And unlike many “How to” books, his message is done with a sincerity that most authors lack. Locke explains in detail the how helping one another is the foundation of success.

This book should be required reading for every author –  whether self-published, small press, or mainstream.

Cheers,

Jack

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