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1) What is the working title of your book?

My latest release sheduled for this summer is Shades of Virtue – the sequel to Shadows of Kings

 2) Where did the idea come from for the book?
My sons and I have always enjoyed having jousts with our plastic knights, so much of the inspiration came from them.
3) What genre does your book fall under?
Epic Fantasy
4) Which actors would you chose to play characters in a movie rendition?
Lucia – Amanda Seyfried
Rizela – Angolina Jolie
Dragana, Marcel, Lambert, and Aimon…hmmm…that would take more thought.
5) What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
The fate of Humanity on the tip of a lance.
6) Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
Published by Twilight Times Books and I don’t like sharing money with agents. (Unless they can get me a movie deal)
7) How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
It’s hard for me to pin down how long a project takes. I am generally working on three at a time.
8) What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
My world definitely has a Game of Thrones feel to it.
9) Who or what inspired you to write this book?
My children and my love for all things fantasy.
10) What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
There are good knights…and not so good knights. Combine that with magic, and you have quite the backdrop.
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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,


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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:


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








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.

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The Last Protector by Daniel Starr is a wonderful stew consisting of high-tech and medieval mayhem. Two individuals hurl themselves from the future to correct the mistakes of entwining time lines. When reading this, I could not help but be reminded of Westworld. No…there are not malfunctioning, gun slinging robots, but there was a feel to the backdrop of this book that conjured mental images of that film. The story moves along nicely between the frantic battle scenes and the surreal universe they interact with. And the glue that holds everything together is the relationship between Jape and Saughblade. Their banter carries us through the slow portions of the story until the action resumes. An enjoyable novel – especially for those who like their genres blended together.

Originally Released: 2008

Publisher: Twilight Times Books

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(Jack) Introduction: I’m very proud to introduce a very talented artist, Ural Akyuz. For those visiting my blog for the first time, Ural is the artistic genius behind my Shadows of Kings book cover. After experiencing his work firsthand and visiting his website, I felt compelled to probe a little inside the man behind the paintbrush. But before I jump into the thick of things, I must confess that while singing your praises, I’m certain I’ve butchered your name on occasion. How do you pronounce it?

(Ural) Akyuz is a combined word from Ak (ack) and yuz (yous).  The meaning of “Ak” is white and clean, the meaning of “yuz” is face or visage. My first name should be very easy because it’s the name of the mountain range located in Russia between Europe and Asia. My grandpa had some visions on the night that I was born. He told my parents about  some unnatural creature –  genie, or goblin that came from the Ural mountains. My dad said my poor grandpa was very scared. When I was born, they were inspired from my grandpa’s story while naming me.

(Jack) Thanks, Ural. Ok…first question. When did you first realize you had an artistic gift?

(Ural) I had a friend in the same class when I started  middle school, who was the brother of an artist. First we created some comic books and produced many copies from them with transfer copy papers. Then we started to send our work to kid magazines. One of my paintings about a pop star was published at one of the top music magazines as a full-page poster when I was only fifteen years old.

(Jack)  While initially developing your craft, were you able to surround yourself with supportive people?

(Ural) My family was very supportive of my talent, and they have tried to help me a lot. I also continue to work with my middle school friend. I have found many supportive people all around the world.

(Jack) Do you remember your first client?

(Ural) My friend and I saw some TV commercials advertising a new local newspaper. They needed some talented artists for some comic strips. After showing them our work,  they ordered forty pages of comics to publish. We both have a wonderful imagination, so we finished in a month. We sold it without any changes, and we were only sixteen years old.

(Jack) Your expertise stretches across a broad spectrum. Your work includes portraits, book covers, and web design – just to name a few. Is there a specific type of work you prefer?

(Ural) I always prefer to work on many branches, but always in the same tree – keeping busy and productive. This helps me feel more secure and informed of my industry. I do prefer oil paintings and enjoy working with book publishers. I’m also envious of writers. I wish I had the time to write something too. But that’s another tree in the same garden.

(Jack) Is there a particular piece of work you favor above all the others? And don’t feel you’re obligated to say mine. <snicker>

(Ural) Shadows of Kings really has a very special place in my life. I had a very strong feeling that I would get an order for this kind of project. After two days with these feelings, I got a call from a publisher about  Shadows of Kings. I thought this couldn’t be a coincidence.  My second feeling, was this would be my best painting – not by choice, but by fate or destiny. And  your help with the cover’s concept was most appreciated. This has absolutely been my favorite project to date.

(Jack) Since most of my readers are either authors or book enthusiasts, can you provide a quick dossier of publishers you have worked with?

(Ural) I have worked  with Twilight Times Books, Baen, Heavy Metal Magazine and authors such as: Travis S. Taylor, Darrell Bain and Gerald Mills, Dave Freer, Nancy Fulda, Elizabeth Bear, Mike Resnick, and Kristine Kathryn Rusch – to name a few.  I have also worked for many big publishers in  Istanbul. My portfolio also includes many covers and articles for Italian comic books and Swedish magazines.

(Jack) Are there any current projects you wish to share?

(Ural) I have completed a 120 page illustrated children’s book project. But I have to keep the details a secret right now. I am also working on ten more books. I also want to open a new art store with my wife. She is a very talented artist and we have illustrated many books together in the past. 

(Jack) Thanks, Ural for taking the time to share your insights today. You are truly gifted.

(Ural) Thank you very much for your questions and for your time. If I have a gift, I’m really happy to share it with you. You have a perfect gift as a writer. You are sharing your unique imagination with us, so we know each other well.

(Jack) To those visiting this blog, please take the time to view Ural’s work. If you are fortunate enough to work with Ural…you will not be left wanting.


Until we meet again,


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Jack Whitsel has placed the epic fantasy Shades of Virtue with Twilight Times Books. Shades of Virtue is the second book in the Dragon Rising series.

In Shades of Virtue, nearly two years have passed since the Harhn incursion. 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.
In the Hugue, a jousting tournament is about to commence that could shape the future of the Hugue Principalities. But from her tower in Kethalon, Rizela, the Darkfey sorceress conspires and schemes to manipulate the tournament for her own ends.


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