Posts Tagged ‘Shadow of Kings’

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.


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Greetings Everyone!

I will be signing copies of SHADOWS OF KINGS, Saturday, October 20th at Jan’s Paperbacks. Joining me will be Minnette Meador, Romance author of the Gladiator Prince.

In a period of four hours, you will have our undivided attention. There will be some snacks and perhaps some prizes for some of the Lucky Fantasy Lovers out there.

Jan’s Paperbacks

18095 SW Tualatin Valley Hwy

Beaverton, Oregon 97006

October 20th, 2012

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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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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,


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Hello, everyone! As this is my first post of the new year, I thought I would spice things up a bit. For starters, this week’s  topic deals with the more violent nature of contemporary fantasy.  And secondly, I have a surprise guest who will offer her insights on the matter.

There is no use mincing words. When it comes to fantasy, some of us like it rough. Recently, we have seen an emergence in the more gritty types of fantasy. The most prominent in the mainstream, and the focus for the sake of this article, is George R. R. Martin’s Game of Thrones. As one of HBO’s new golden boys of cable, what we have enjoyed viewing on television has for the most part been accurately pulled from Martin’s A song of Ice and Fire saga. Beginning with Game of Thrones, we plunge into Martin’s Westeros, where we are introduced to numerous characters. The token black and white aspects of the hero and villain are replaced by characters whose actions are continuously shaded in hues of grey. Nobles use profanity, murder, conspire, and partake of wenching.  Hmmm…not  unlike the historical figures we have idolized throughout the centuries. And there, my beloved readers, is part of the appeal for this genre. It’s more than just fantasy…it’s an edge that at times reflects our darkest natures and mirrors our colorful past. And yes, we enjoy seeing victims run through. In a world inundated with video games, where you can destroy civilizations and shoot cops, I’m afraid the violent streak in fantasy is here to stay…for better or for worse.

In my opinion, what makes a saga such as A song of Ice and Fire work is balance. It has his violent moments, but they are skillfully sewn within the proper context of the story. Once again…BALANCE being the key attribute – a discipline I have tried to implement within my upcoming novel, Shadows of Kings. But my personal appeal for the darker side of fantasy does not in any way discount the work of writers who refrain from using vulgarity or excessive violence. After all, the Father of contemporary fantasy, J.R.R Tolkien, kept it at arm’s length when he wrote the Lord of the Rings. And speaking of Middle-Earth, that brings me to the introduction of my guest. And who better to speak in Tolkien’s absence, then one of his living relatives who also writes fantasy? Fellow viewers and subscribers, I’m pleased to introduce J.R.R. Tolkien’s great-great niece, Robin Lovejoy Tolkien – Author of Banshee in the Well.

Hello and thanks for welcoming me to JWhitsel.wordpress.com. I’m very much looking forward to the release of Shadows of Kings. I’m a middle grade fantasy author myself (that is, writing for the 8-13 age range) so obviously I have to be careful with the fight scenes – and adult scenes are of course a complete no-no. But this kind of brings things around in a circle, given that The Hobbit movie is to be released at the end of this year. The Hobbit novel itself, first published in 1937, was undoubtedly aimed at middle readers and indeed it was accepted for publication after the manuscript was read by Rayner Unwin, a ten-year-old relative of the owners of Allen & Unwin. Young Rayner concluded that The Hobbit ‘should appeal to children between the ages of 5 and 9.’  I doubt he would have said exactly that about The Fellowship of the Ring, first published in 1954. The Lord of the Rings is of course by far a more complex piece, and without doubt it contains what might be termed violent scenes, Helms’ Deep being but one example. But the most notable difference between Lord of the Rings and the works of modern fantasy writers such as George R R Martin is the presence of what we Brits euphemistically term ‘adult scenes.’ Would Lord of the Rings have been a better book had adult scenes been included? Of course not! But the world has moved on since 1954 and it’s only right that modern fantasy reflects the changing times. George R R Martin is without doubt a brilliant writer. The only thing I would say about some (lesser) modern fantasy writers is that there can be a tendency to overdo the adult scenes. In my view, high fantasy benefits from a bit of political allegory. Some writers seem to disagree and take the attitude: ‘forget the political intrigue, let’s have another sexual encounter.’ I can well understand why an author can get carried away with such scenes but as Jack says it’s a question of BALANCE – and I agree with him 100% on that. So best of luck, Jack, I’ll certainly be buying a copy of Shadow of Kings when it comes out!”

And that’s a wrap for my first article of the year. A big Yankee hug and thanks to Robin Lovejoy Tolkien, for taking the time to contribute her insight. And please grab her new release, Banshee in the Well. http://www.amazon.com/Banshee-in-the-Well-ebook/dp/B006S4ZP2K/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1325503712&sr=8-1



Please visit Robin’s blog at http://sathra-bansheeinthewell.blogspot.com/

Until next time,


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I wanted to wait until my book release…I really, really did. But after receiving a number of products for my review and approval, I couldn’t resist. As wonderful as the quality of the products are, I must reserve the bulk of my kudos to the creative genius behind the image. Like the cover of Shadow of Kings, Ural Akyuz went to work again to provide me with an image that was simple, but yet possessed a punch. After I decided on the type of headshot I wanted for Lady Lucia, it was Ural who brought my Dragon Maiden to life. So here I was, surrounded by some cool stuff in the middle of the Holiday Season. What generally accompanies the Holidays is indulgence. With that aspect of my nature in full throttle, I have decided to open The Secret Throne store now, instead of waiting until Shadows of Kings is released in June, 2012. My plan is to close it at the first of the year and reopen it as my release date nears. Of course, if loud voices say otherwise, I’ll leave it open.

For now, there is only one image on multiple clothing products and miscellaneous items. Be advised– more images and products will be added. But for the time being, I’m keeping it simple, as I prefer to test things out slowly before exposing them to the outside world.

To my beloved fans of geekdom and all things fantasy, I present The Secret Throne. http://www.printfection.com/Secretthrone

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