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April 18th, 2018

Now Available for Preorder!

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The Soul Forge is now available for preorder! This is the third book in my Sacred Guardian m/m fantasy series:

The Soul Forge (Sacred Guardian book 3)
Sequel to Through the Last Door and Eater of Dreams
Novel (145,000 words)
Genre(s): Fantasy, Adventure, M/M Romance
Summary: The country of Kazure bows under the shadow of war as the Shindori lords from the east continue to wage their holy crusade. Kaori Sansa, the High Lord of Kazure, is desperately searching for a way to defend his people while he struggles to determine which of the lords in his own country can be trusted to see the war through. Meanwhile, Hunter confronts his inner demons as the horrors of his past come back to haunt him, and he comes face to face with the criminal organization that enslaved him as a child. Both men must fight to uphold their oaths—both to Kazure and to each other—while the forces gathering around them are doing everything in their power to bring them down.

Universal Amazon link: getbook.at/tsf

Find info about the previous books in the series here: Sacred Guardian series page




April 8th, 2018

Updates

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Just a note that I will be pushing out updates to Through the Last Door and Eater of Dreams on Kindle soon, to prepare for the upcoming release of The Soul Forge. There have been minor editorial changes to each book to make the formatting more consistent across the series (for example, mage classifications were capitalized in one book and not in the next), and also the new title has been added to the series list at the beginning of each book. I also re-proofread them and corrected a couple of typos that I found.

So be sure to download the new updates if you don't have automatic updates turned on, to ensure that you'll have the fullest experience while reading these stories. You can expect to see the updates within the next couple of days.

The Soul Forge will be released on Monday, April 30th, although it will be available for preorder prior to that date. I'm also planning some promotions and giveaways throughout the month, so you'll have an opportunity to win some free books! I'll post more information here as it becomes available.

I'm really excited about this newest book in the series. I can't wait to share it! :)

March 9th, 2018

Page Updates

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My wonderful cover artist Jay Aheer has surprised me with a gift: promo graphics for my Sacred Guardian series! Check out these lovelies:





Aren't they beautiful? I've used them to create a new webpage for the Sacred Guardian series, which you can find HERE. Check it out when you get the chance, if only to swoon over the beautiful cover artwork all in one place. Jay Aheer has an amazing amount of talent!

I've also redesigned my Novels list, arranging the different series together so the books are more easy to navigate. I was looking at the webpage the other day when I was updating it with The Soul Forge's new cover and realized I have a surprising amount of books listed there, and that they should probably start getting organized in some way. Who would have thought a few years ago that I would have an entire page full of books that I've written? The mind boggles (or at least mine does ^_^).

You can click HERE to see the new Novels page. So many pretty covers! :)

March 5th, 2018

Random Thoughts

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I just ordered the proof for the paperback version of The Soul Forge! It should be here in about a week. I am so excited to actually hold it in my hands and see the words I wrote in print in front of me. There's just something about a printed novel that makes it all seem real somehow, like I'm actually a real writer and not just pretending to be one.

I've noticed that I have a lot of insecurity as a writer. Even after all of the dozens upon dozens of fanfiction stories I've written over the years, and now all of the original novels, I still have trouble believing in myself as a writer. I need a lot of reassurance. Maybe that will change someday, although a part of me sort of hopes that it doesn't. Because every note of feedback that I get, every time a reader lets me know they read one of my stories, is immeasurably precious to me, and I don't want that feeling to ever change. It lets me know that I'm not writing in a vacuum, that something I created actually managed to touch someone in some way, and that knowledge is all I really need to keep going.

I think that's why a lot of us become writers and artists: to touch other people, to share the visions we carry around inside of us with others in the hopes that they, too, will be moved by them and thrilled by that glimpse into another world, another life. I still remember writing stories as a child (that I was never brave enough share with anyone) and having the amazing feeling of walking on an alien world, of feeling the warm skin of a dragon underneath my hands as I rode it through the skies in the stories I was imagining. Even back then, I longed for the ability to share those dreams with others, to make them feel what I felt and to share in that wondrous feeling of adventure and exploration with me.

There are days I'm not convinced I've succeeded, but I'm going to keep trying. I'm going to keep writing my stories, and sharing them, and hoping that there are those who will share in even a fraction of the enjoyment I get out of writing them. Because that's what it's all about: sharing, and going on this journey together. You can't have a writer without a reader, and vice versa. We're all in this together.

Just some random thoughts on a Monday morning. :)

March 4th, 2018

Another step closer!

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I just submitted the files for the paperback version of The Soul Forge, and they are currently being reviewed. After the review comes back (hopefully positive without any issues!), I'll send away for a proof copy of the book before giving it my final approval. I am so excited to hold this book in my hands!!! There's just something about paperbound books that thrills me, even more so than the ebook version. I always feel like a real writer when I'm holding a physical copy of a book I wrote in my hands. :)




March 2nd, 2018

It's getting closer....

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Just finished putting the finishing touches on the advance reviewer's copy of The Soul Forge, the third book in my Sacred Guardian series. The ebook is beautiful and the way the story turned out makes me so happy. Can't wait to publish!!!

Find more info on the book here:

http://jajaken.com/novels/thesoulforge.htm

February 25th, 2018

The Soul Forge (chapter one sneak peak)

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I now have the final cover for The Soul Forge, the third book in my Sacred Guardian series (fantasy/adventure, m/m romance). I'm really excited about it as it means we are that much closer to actually publishing the book! *bounces happily*

Scroll down and click the cut link to read a sneak preview of Chapter One in the story.


          

The Soul Forge (Sacred Guardian book 3)

Sequel to Through the Last Door and Eater of Dreams
Novel (145,000 words)
Genre(s): Fantasy, Adventure, M/M Romance

The country of Kazure bows under the shadow of war as the Shindori lords from the east continue to wage their holy crusade. Kaori Sansa, the High Lord of Kazure, is desperately searching for a way to defend his people while he struggles to determine which of the lords in his own country can be trusted to see the war through. Meanwhile, Hunter confronts his inner demons as the horrors of his past come back to haunt him, and he comes face to face with the criminal organization that enslaved him as a child. Both men must fight to uphold their oaths—both to Kazure and to each other—while the forces gathering around them are doing everything in their power to bring them down.

Chapter One sneak preview )

EXPECTED RELEASE: APRIL 2018

February 20th, 2018

Eater of Dreams review

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Eyes On Books has just reviewed the second book in my Sacred Guardian m/m fantasy series, Eater of Dreams:

https://eyesonbooks.com/2018/02/20/book-review-eater-dreams-j-a-jaken/

"I loved it! I won’t spoil more than the blurb already does, but I’ll say that following Kaori’s journey through Kazure, watching him grow both as a ruler and as a partner to Hunter was great fun. [...] Eater of Dreams was a great sequel to Through the Last Door. [...] If you’re a fan of gay fantasy, then you should definitely try this series!"

The third book in the series, The Soul Forge, will be coming out in about a month. I'm expecting to receive the final cover from my cover artist within the next day or so and am very excited to share it.

This coming weekend I'm planning to post the first chapter of the story here, once I've had time to add the cover graphics to the story webpage and polish it up just a bit. I have the manuscript for the print version of the book finished and am working to get the initial proof back from the publisher now.

Things are all moving very fast at this point. I am super excited about sharing the new book! Of the three in the series I think it's my favorite so far. ^_^

November 28th, 2017

Sacred Guardian series update

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I have been hard at work writing the third book in the Sacred Guardian series, which is tentatively titled The Soul Forge. In it, the war with Shindor comes to a head while both Kaori and Hunter have to dig deep and face their personal demons in order to save the kingdom from enemies both within and without. Facing up to our fears is a major theme of this book -- Hunter is forced to come face to face with his traumatic past while Kaori wrestles with his fear of being the leader he needs to be in order to rule Kazure, while both of them struggle with the challenges of moving ahead with their relationship together. There are new characters as well as old in an adventure that spans entire nations, but finds its deepest moments in the hearts and souls of the characters I've grown to love.

I'm a good three quarters done with the book now and am heading into the final chapters. So far I am exceptionally happy with it, and I am so excited to share it with all of you. I'll post further updates as the story grows closer to being completed. Maybe I'll post a sneak peak here to celebrate closing the final chapter. ^_^

If you haven't read the previous two books yet, you can find them on Amazon here:

Through the Last Door (Sacred Guardian book 1)
getBook.at/TTLD

Eater of Dreams (Sacred Guardian book 2)
getBook.at/eater_of_dreams


          

June 3rd, 2017

Sacred Guardian Ebook Giveaway!

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My Sacred Guardian series is on spotlight this week at Rainbow Gold Reviews! Leave a comment on the following page by June 11th to have your name entered in a giveaway contest for a free ebook copy of either book (winner's choice):

https://rainbowgoldreviews.wordpress.com/2017/06/02/spotlight-sacred-guardian-series-by-j-a-jaken-lgbt-rgrgiveaway-excerpts-mm-fantasy/

Universal Amazon Links:

Through the Last Door: getBook.at/TTLD

Eater of Dreams: getBook.at/eater_of_dreams




May 26th, 2017

New Serialization Begins Today!

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The third novel in my House of Silence series is available for free reading on the Forbidden Fiction website! The first chapter was posted today, and subsequent chapters will be serialized on Friday of each week.

Read the story here:

http://forbiddenfiction.com/story/jaj-1-000198/




The House of Silence Volume 3: Consort
by J.A. Jaken

Novel (137,000 words)
Genre(s): Gothic, Suspense, BDSM, M/M

On the surface, the business of the infamous House of Silence is obvious enough, but its carefully cultivated veneer of political neutrality is threatened when a lover from Master Charon’s youth arrives with an urgent message from the queen, prompting jealousy from Reiji and putting the whole house on edge.

The House’s unique resources are called upon to investigate one of the local cabals which is overstepping its bounds, snatching up disproportionate amounts of territory and capital beyond its domain. When Tam goes missing, Charon and the boys are caught up in a web of intrigue, peril, and sensuality that may end up costing them their lives. (M/M)
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April 23rd, 2017

Release Day for Eater of Dreams!

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I am very excited to say that Eater of Dreams is now available!!! This is the second book in my Sacred Guardian series, following Through the Last Door. The books tell the story of Kaori, the young and reluctant ruler of Kazure, and his bodyguard Hunter as they struggle to protect their country (and each other) through the trials of political uncertainty, internal corruption, and ensuing war. I've always loved epic sword and sorcery fantasy novels but have been continually disappointed over the years that my favorites don't have more of a m/m flavor to them. This series is my response to that: fantasy, adventure, magic, intrigue, as well as a healthy dose of m/m romance. I fell in love with each of the characters as I wrote this story, and I hope you will, too. :)

Universal Amazon link: getBook.at/eater_of_dreams

CreateSpace link: https://www.createspace.com/6812408


EATER OF DREAMS
by J.A. Jaken

Novel (122,000 words)
Genre: Fantasy/Adventure, M/M Romance

Kaori Sansa has uncovered the truth about Shinja, the Sacred Guardian of Kazure, but the country he is sworn to protect is far from secure. War presses hard from the east, and unrest from within Kazure's borders threatens to undermine what little control he has managed to gain over his subjects. Furthermore, there are those who question his choice in pursuing a relationship with Hunter--quite possibly even those who are closest to him, and whom he has most come to depend upon. Will he find a way to sort through the miasma of lies, violence, and political entanglements that surround him in order to save the country he loves, yet somehow remain true to his own heart?

Excerpt )





April 17th, 2017

Eater of Dreams available for preorder!

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In the mood for a MM fantasy/adventure you can sink your teeth into? Eater of Dreams is now available for preorder!!!

Universal Amazon link: getBook.at/eater_of_dreams


EATER OF DREAMS
by J.A. Jaken

Novel (122,000 words)
Genre: Fantasy/Adventure, M/M Romance

Kaori Sansa has uncovered the truth about Shinja, the Sacred Guardian of Kazure, but the country he is sworn to protect is far from secure. War presses hard from the east, and unrest from within Kazure's borders threatens to undermine what little control he has managed to gain over his subjects. Furthermore, there are those who question his choice in pursuing a relationship with Hunter--quite possibly even those who are closest to him, and whom he has most come to depend upon. Will he find a way to sort through the miasma of lies, violence, and political entanglements that surround him in order to save the country he loves, yet somehow remain true to his own heart?

Excerpt )




April 8th, 2017

Last day!

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Today is the last day to grab the first book in my Sacred Guardian series, Through the Last Door, while it's on Kindle Countdown sale on Amazon!

Amazon link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00R3TETGC


THROUGH THE LAST DOOR
by J.A. Jaken

Novel (135,000 words)
Genre: Fantasy/Adventure, M/M Romance

When Kaori Sansa’s father dies, he is forced to return home to claim the throne as the rightful heir of the country of Kazure. In the aftermath of his father’s death, he learns that the country he loves is riddled with corruption, and is hovering on the brink of war. Will he be able to hold the kingdom together despite the odds that are stacked against it, and somehow unlock the buried powers of Shinja, the Sacred Beast of Kazure?


Excerpt )


The second book in the series, Eater of Dreams, will be released later this month in both ebook and paperback.




April 6th, 2017

Three days left!

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Only three days left to grab the first book in my Sacred Guardian series, Through the Last Door, while it's on Kindle Countdown sale on Amazon! The sale will last through Saturday, April 8th.

Amazon link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00R3TETGC


THROUGH THE LAST DOOR
by J.A. Jaken

Novel (135,000 words)
Genre: Fantasy/Adventure, M/M Romance

When Kaori Sansa’s father dies, he is forced to return home to claim the throne as the rightful heir of the country of Kazure. In the aftermath of his father’s death, he learns that the country he loves is riddled with corruption, and is hovering on the brink of war. Will he be able to hold the kingdom together despite the odds that are stacked against it, and somehow unlock the buried powers of Shinja, the Sacred Beast of Kazure?


Excerpt )


The second book in the series, Eater of Dreams, will be released later this month in both ebook and paperback.




April 4th, 2017

Five days left!

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Only five days left to grab the first book in my Sacred Guardian series, Through the Last Door, while it's on Kindle Countdown sale on Amazon! The sale will last through Saturday, April 8th.

Amazon link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00R3TETGC


THROUGH THE LAST DOOR
by J.A. Jaken

Novel (135,000 words)
Genre: Fantasy/Adventure, M/M Romance

When Kaori Sansa’s father dies, he is forced to return home to claim the throne as the rightful heir of the country of Kazure. In the aftermath of his father’s death, he learns that the country he loves is riddled with corruption, and is hovering on the brink of war. Will he be able to hold the kingdom together despite the odds that are stacked against it, and somehow unlock the buried powers of Shinja, the Sacred Beast of Kazure?


Excerpt )


The second book in the series, Eater of Dreams, will be released later this month in both ebook and paperback.




April 2nd, 2017

Kindle Countdown Sale

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The first book in my Sacred Guardian series, Through the Last Door, is now on Kindle Countdown sale on Amazon. The sale will last from today through through Saturday, April 8th. Grab the book today for only 99¢! The price will increase incrementally throughout the week until it returns to the original list price of $4.99 at the end of the week.

Amazon link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00R3TETGC


THROUGH THE LAST DOOR
by J.A. Jaken

Novel (135,000 words)
Genre: Fantasy/Adventure, M/M Romance

When Kaori Sansa’s father dies, he is forced to return home to claim the throne as the rightful heir of the country of Kazure. In the aftermath of his father’s death, he learns that the country he loves is riddled with corruption, and is hovering on the brink of war. Will he be able to hold the kingdom together despite the odds that are stacked against it, and somehow unlock the buried powers of Shinja, the Sacred Beast of Kazure?


Excerpt )


The second book in the series, Eater of Dreams, will be released later this month in both ebook and paperback.




April 1st, 2017

Through the Last Door on sale!!!

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The first novel in my Sacred Guardian series, Through the Last Door, will be on Kindle Countdown sale from Sunday April 2nd through Saturday April 8th. Beginning tomorrow you can grab the Kindle version of the book for 99¢. The price will increase incrementally throughout the week until it returns to the original list price of $4.99 at the end of the week.

If you haven't had a chance to read the book yet and would like to get introduced to the characters of Kaori and Hunter and the fantasy world they live in before Eater of Dreams is released later this month, this is the time to get your hands on it at a discounted price.

You can learn more about the book on my website here: http://jajaken.com/novels/throughthelastdoor.htm

Here is an excerpt from the story:

Excerpt )

As always, thank you to everyone who has supported my writing over the years. I'm really excited about this series and I can't wait to share the newest book with all of you!




March 28th, 2017

The proof for EoD is here!!!

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The proof copy for Eater of Dreams arrived today!!! I always get so ridiculously excited when I hold a book I've written in my hands. It doesn't ever seem real, not even when I flip through the pages and read random passages, and think to myself, "Hey, I really wrote this."

Can't wait for the book's official release. I'm already about twenty chapters into the third book in the series, which is thrilling me and breaking my heart all at the same time. The next book is going to be a very emotional journey for Kaori and Hunter. Their story makes both my fantasy/adventure-loving heart and my m/m-loving heart very happy. ♥




March 25th, 2017

"House of Silence" Short Stories

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The short stories I've written as prologues to the House of Silence series are now being serialized on the Forbidden Fiction website. These are a series of snapshots detailing the boys' initial meeting with Charon, and some of their earliest experiences inside the House.

Tam's story is up now for reading:
http://forbiddenfiction.com/story/jaj-1.000059/

An excerpt from Vincent's story is up now as well:
http://forbiddenfiction.com/chapter/jaj-1-000057-00/

If you'd like information on the entire anthology of prequel stories, you can find that on my website here:
http://jajaken.com/shortstories/enteringthehos.htm

I believe the plan is to start serializing The House of Silence 3: Consort in May.

I really enjoyed writing in this universe and fell in love with each one of the characters there. It's been a lot of fun taking a look at these stories again. ^_^

Happy reading! :)

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