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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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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,


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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,

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Two months have passed since the release of Shadows of Kings, and I am overwhelmed by the support and feedback of those who have read my debut novel. Though these two months have been a crazy time, I’m very thankful for all those both in the United States and abroad who have taken an interest with the Dragon Rising saga.

Below is a list of articles and LIVE interviews I had the pleasure of participating in. Not all were included, but they represent the highlights of my journey thus far.


  • Journal Jabber


  • A Book and a Chat


  • Conversations LIVE


  • 2012 Authors Alive



  • Seattle PI


  • Have You Heard My Book Review


  • Story of a Writer


  • Eva’s Sanctuary



  • The Dark Phantom Review


  • Murder by 4


  • The Book Connection


  • Cambria Hebert


Well…there you have it – the Highlights of the Shadows of Kings Blog Tour. Once again, a BIG thanks to everyone.

Oceans of Love,


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Two weeks have passed since the initial release of Shadows of Kings. Before I pay homage to some of the bloggers who have contributed to my Blog Tour, here are some quotes contributing to the buzz.

“Shadows of Kings has grit Martin would be proud of and magic equal to Sanderson.” Customer review.

“It has the creative elements of a Tolkien world with the more human, gritty and medieval elements of a George R.R. Martin book.” – Customer review

“Do you enjoy knights with flashing swords and fair maidens with a touch of sorcery? Are stories containing battle scenes aided by magic your favorite reads? If you answered yes to the above, you’ll want to read Jack Whitsel’s debut novel, SHADOWS OF KINGS, where he gives you both and much more” – The Story of a Writer

“What a great start for a series! Shadows of Kings is an excellently written, impressive first novel that will be savored by fans of fantasy.” – The Seattle PI

Now…enough about me. Here are some more wonderful bloggers who have contributed to the Shadows of Kings Blog Tour.

Day 7 – An Interview and Review at the The Dark Phantom 

Mayra Calvani was a wonderful host. Please visit her blog and see the books she has written.

Link of Spotlight: http://thedarkphantom.wordpress.com/2012/06/14/interview-with-jack-whitsel-author-of-shadows-of-kings-7/#comment-6463

Link of Interview: http://thedarkphantom.wordpress.com/2012/06/15/book-review-shadows-of-kings-by-jack-whitsel-2/

Day 7 – Guest Post on the murderby4 Blog

I was personally invited by Best selling author, Aaron Lazar, to contribute a guest post on my release date.

A fabulous host and author, Aaron has been a good friend during my writing journey.

Please check out his Legarde mysteries series.

Link of guest post: http://murderby4.blogspot.com/2012/06/for-love-of-writing.html

Day 10 – Excerpt & Spotlight at Seeing the Night Reviews

A stunning site! I had the pleasure of having a spotlight and excerpt featured .

Link: http://seeingnight.blogspot.com/2012/06/book-spotlight-excerpt-shadows-of-king.html


Day 10 – Interview at The Cover, By Brittany C.

Another wonderful host…but no pic available.

Link: http://thecoverbybrittany.blogspot.com/2012/06/shadows-of-kings-by-jack-whitsel-blog.html

I will be spotlighting more bloggers who have participated in the tour. But for now…it’s time to prepare for the Shadows of Kings Release Party.

Until we meet again,

Oceans of Love,


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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 Shadows of Kings Blog tour is underway, beginning with two wonderful sites.

We start the tour with Heidi’s site, where I took part in Heidi’s 6 picks.

Heidi is also an author. Please give your support and visit her Author Page.


The 6 picks Interview:


Heidi’s Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Heidi-Ruby-Miller/e/B002BM1M48

Blog: http://heidirubymiller.blogspot.com/

Next Stop on the tour was Melanie’s blog.

As a prologue to the visit, she posted my bio and cover art.

Please visit her wonderful site where she posts many reviews from a variety of genres.

Shadows of Kings Spotlight:


And on June 8th, she posted her review:

Shadows of Kings Review:


Blog: http://haveyouheardbookreview.blogspot.com/

Many thanks to Heidi and Melanie for being such wonderful hosts on the first day of my blog tour.

More tor updates to follow. We’ll talk soon.

Oceans of Love,


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