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February 14th, 2020

STORMDRAKE updates

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I've been working hard all morning on preparing the final version of Stormdrake and getting it ready for final upload to the various distrubution sites. It is turning out to be one amazing looking book! I am so excited and so very, very proud of it. I can hardly believe it's actually being published after all this time. This stage of the publishing process always seems to move so crazy fast, with the preorder deadline zooming forward faster and faster every time. But I feel confident that I'm making good progress, and that I'm on schedule for what needs to be done. Maybe, after all this time, I'm finally getting used to this?

In case you haven't heard the news, Stormdrake is currently available for preorder. Here are the links where you can find it:

     Buy Link (Kindle ebook): getBook.at/DMC1_Kindle

     Buy Link (Smashwords ebook): www.smashwords.com/books/view/1004237

It is the first book in my Dragon Mage Chronicles m/m fantasy series, picking up a year after the events of The Magician's Apprentice left off. I'm also working on a paperback version of the novel, which is always an exciting prospect. I really can't wait to hold this entire series in my hands as actual physical books, and see their spines displayed on the bookshelf in my office. ♥

Just a reminder that I've created a newsletter mailing list. Hooray hooray! If you would like to support me by signing up for it, I would appreaciate it so very much. I'm planning to send out my very first newsletter on Monday. You can sign up through the landing page here:

     bit.ly/News-jajaken

Feel free to pass the word! :)

February 10th, 2020

STORMDRAKE is available for preorder!

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Stormdrake, Book I in The Dragon Mage Chronicles, is now available for preorder! The official release date is February 28, 2020. Currently it is available in ebook format through both Kindle and Smashwords. A paperback version of the novel is in the works as well and should be available very soon. Finally, finally this book is available! I am super excited to share it with all of you at last. :)

     Buy Link (Kindle ebook): getBook.at/DMC1_Kindle

     Buy Link (Smashwords ebook): www.smashwords.com/books/view/1004237

I do recommend reading the prequel to The Dragon Mage Chronicles, The Magician's Apprentice, before beginning the Chronicles series (although it is not strictly necessary). The Magician's Apprentice is a m/m fantasy novel that begins the story of Jander Teregnan, a young man gifted in manipulating the strange energy his people know as magic. On the road far from home, he arrives in the capital city of Vallerin with the hope of finding a master who will be able to help him understand the arcane forces he can sense and interact with, but not reliably control. Once there, with the help of his loyal companion Gabrielle, he embarks on a journey that leads him into adventure, intrigue, danger, and romance as he becomes caught up in an adventure that will determine not only his fate, but the fate of his entire kingdom.

The Dragon Mage Chronicles picks up a year after the prequel leaves off. It continues the adventures of Jander, Andrei, Boaen, Alluin, and Gabrielle, delving deeper into the mysteries surrounding the dragons, the magic, and the darkness which is consuming Andrei's former apprentice. Both Jander and Andrei discover that balancing their relationship as lovers with their respective roles as master and apprentice is not as easy as it might have initially seemed. This first book in the Chronicles offers new enemies and questionable allies, epic battles and harrowing escapes, as well as a deepening mystery that will continue throughout the rest of the books in the series:


Stormdrake (Dragon Mage Chronicles Book I)
by J.A. Jaken

Novel (60,000 words)
Genre(s): Fantasy/Adventure, M/M Romance


Jander Teregnan has succeeded in his ambition to become a mage-apprentice, but the troubles that face him are far from over. He and Andrei set out on their first mission together as mage and apprentice to investigate a mysterious series of dragon attacks near a provincial city at the edge of the kingdom, where Jander's unique talents may particularly come into play. What they find there turns out to be far more devastating than a mere homicidal dragon, as they are caught up in a conspiracy that will threaten not only their own lives, but the lives of everyone in the kingdom they have sworn an oath to protect.</p>




January 24th, 2020

DRAGON MAGE CHRONICLES update

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I've been hard at work on the final edits for Stormdrake and am very happy to announce that the last of the editing is done!!! Now all that's left is the publishing as the novel is made presentable into a suitable book. This is always a nervewracking part of the process for me, because there isn't much left for a writer to do. I keep looking at the cover and trying to picture what the finished ebook will look like. The thought of it makes me feel really excited, because I'm sure it's going to turn out to be absolutely beautiful.

I am looking forward so much to sharing this series with all of you, and to get this first book in The Dragon Mage Chronicles out there at last. If you enjoyed The Magician's Apprentice, I'm sure you'll enjoy this newest book as well. The characters of Jander and Andrei and Gabrielle are very dear to my heart, and the journey they're undertaking is beyond anything I could have anticipated when I first sat down to write about them all of those years ago.

If you're unfamiliar with the series and would like to learn more about it, you can find more info here: jajaken.com/novels/dragonmagechronicles.htm

I'm also in the initial stages of creating a mailing list for those of you who might be interested, to keep you informed via email about future book releases. Stay tuned and I'll share that information with you just as soon as I know more about it.

I hope you're all having a lovely new year!




August 24th, 2019

The Magician's Apprentice in paperback! @_@

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I've received the proof for the paperback version of The Magician's Apprentice, and it is so beautiful!!! This story was 20 years in the making, and it feels absolutely unreal to hold this newest incarnation of it in my hands right now. It's changed a bit since the original version that I posted to the egroup all those years ago, with added scenes and depth to flesh out the characters and the world they live in. But it's still the same story I fell in love with way back then.

Just a reminder that if you are interested in being a reviewer for the book, I can offer you a free ARC copy of the ebook before its official release. Just send me an email at rushlight75@gmail.com (or post the email address you want me to send it to in the comments below) to let me know you're interested and I'll send it over to you right away. Be sure to let me know which version of the ebook you'd like (mobi, epub, or pdf). I'm really hoping to get as many reviews posted as I can so the book will reach the largest possible audience. If you're willing to help out with this I would really, really appreciate it. :)

If you would like to see more information about the book, you can find it on my website here:

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

And I've recently revamped the webpage for the Dragon Mage Chronicles series, which follows after:

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

Feel free to check them out. I'm especially excited over the book covers for the Chronicles series. :)




April 6th, 2019

The Magician's Apprentice

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It's finally happening!!! At long last, "The Magician's Apprentice" is being published as an original novel. I also have plans to publish the four stories that follow it (the Dragon Mage Chronicles): Stormdrake, Seadrake, Firedrake, and Wardrake. I've already had covers made for those four books and am absolutely beside myself over how beautiful they are. But I'm going to wait to share them to hopefully draw out the suspense a little bit. ^_^

If you'd like to support the series, feel free to visit the Magician's Apprentice page on Goodreads and add it to your watch list:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/44798996-the-magician-s-apprentice

You can also check out the book's page on my website and ooh and ahh over the gorgeous cover:

http://www.jajaken.com/novels/magiciansapprentice.htm

Feel free to share the word with anyone you think might be interested! I'll post more updates as the publication date draws closer. :D




The Magician's Apprentice (prequel to the Dragon Mage Chronicles)
by J.A. Jaken
Novel (108,000 words)
Genre(s): Fantasy/Adventure, M/M Romance

Jander Teregnan has never wanted anything more than to become a mage--to serve his king and defend his country as he explores his natural talent at commanding the strange power known as magic. Of course every apprentice needs a master, which comes with its own set of challenges...especially when the master he's chosen for himself is none other than Andrei Teresh, personal advisor to the king and master mage of the city of Vallerin.

Andrei, however, has more pressing problems on his mind than dealing with the unsolicited advances of one untrained mage-apprentice. A fierce and merciless army of unknown intent is sweeping across the land, threatening the kingdom he has sworn to protect. Even worse, dragons--long thought to have withdrawn from the world of mankind--are emerging once again and spreading chaos in their wake. Somehow, Jander must find a way to help; not only to prove that he can be of use in the defense of his kingdom and become a mage, but also to secure his place at the side of the man he hopes to claim as master both of his magic and his heart.

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