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The Release date for Shades of Virtue is almost here. According to Twilight Times Books, the digital version will be released on March 15, 2014. The print copies will be available April 15th, 2014.

For those who prefer paperback, I am offering limited autographed copies that I will send directly to you. These copies should also be available prior to the actual print release. Shipping will be free, but unfortunately, all orders are limited to the United States.

Autographed copies are available on my website below.

http://www.jackwhitsel.com

It has been a long wait, and I thank everyone for their patience.

Oceans of Love,

Jack

 

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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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I want to express my “thanks” to all the wonderful souls who spoke with me during the Pagan Faire. It was wonderful to be one of the many vendors participating at this year’s event. I couldn’t have asked for a better turnout of current and future fans of the Dragon Rising Series. SHADOWS OF KINGS had a good showing, which is encouraging as the SHADES OF VIRTURE release draws near.

Artwork for SHADES OF VIRTUE is being worked on as we speak…and I must say, the sketches for the book cover look amazing. The weeks and months prior to release are very stressful, so please keep me in your thoughts as that date approaches. I promise to keep you posted with updates as they unfold.

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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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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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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Faire in the Grove

Knights gird their loins for battle for the sake of entertaining the masses. The valiant knight…or more appropriately…the evil Duke Amalric (a chorus of boos and hisses ensue) squares off against a defender of the realm. 
This is but a sample of what a renaissance fair has to offer. Not only do merchants dress-up, but most will take the time to answer questions whether it relates to weapons, clothing, or food. Amalric…or Brian, was one of those individuals. As a fantasy writer, it’s nice to occasionally step away from books and Google, and talk to people who actually make time-piece clothing and weapons of warfare. Though fantasy allows one to suspend disbelief, it’s still important to at least flirt with authenticity…especially in my case since I like to keep my universe gritty. Brian was very helpful in that regard, and has opened his door for me should I have further inquiries. My lesson today for all authors is to be mindful of the hobbies and interests of those around you. You may find someone to be an invaluable resource toward your creative process.

As a…homage for the fun I had last weekend, I’m including a link for one of the merchants. They specialize in wooden toys and rocking furniture, and their site is wonderful.

https://www.jollyoldwoodshop.com

Cheers…

Jack

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