NEW INTRODUCTION for White Shores!

NEW INTRODUCTION for White Shores!

Tweet So the original introduction for White Shores was an attempt at providing context – something I was told I needed and something I added without seeking as much advice as I should have. The result was what is known as an info dump. Basically me throwing information at you, not the most pleasant of experiences. The intro was more a hindrance to people than a help (something you may have experienced). I have since craved a rewrite, thought about it and longed for it and done nothing about it. Until finally I woke up one day and said “Dag nab it, me! I… you… we need to get this done!” And done we did. So the following is the new introduction to White Shores, updating on Kindle as we speak and soon to be found in the paperback...

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White Shores Release Party Video

White Shores Release Party Video

Tweet My buddy, Beau Chevassus, made this video of the release party we had for White Shores in Freetown, Sierra Leone a year and a half ago. It’s hard to believe it wasn’t even farther back than that, to be honest. It was by far one of the coolest experiences of my life, and may never be topped where my books are concerned. You can take that as a challenge. So if you were one of the unlucky few who were stuck on the ship or in traffic that night, or who simply couldn’t afford the jump to Africa, here’s a recap for you. Enjoy! If you were there, what was your favorite part of the evening? If you weren’t there, how sad are you that you missed...

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So Begins the End

So Begins the End

Tweet We’ve started the editing process on Steps of Krakador this week, the third and final installment in the Vitalis Chronicles Trilogy. It’s pretty exciting to be rounding the corner to the finish on this trilogy, so I thought I’d take a moment to talk a little bit about what’s coming next. This is something demanded of me in emails, requested in reviews, even threatened in person: “Don’t stop with book three!” A number of people jumped to my defense at this revelation, but what’s most important to me is those who simply reiterated that they stay up late at night reading my books because they can’t put them down. I write these for the people that love them, plain and simple. So, for you late-night readers,...

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Cartography is Fun!

Cartography is Fun!

Tweet It’s been my intention for a long time to post the maps from the books on here, I just never got around to it. Thankfully my buddy Erik asked for them, and so now you all get to share in the glory. You can find them in the menu on the site, or by clicking on this MAPS ARE AWESOME link. Here’s the map from White Shores to get you salivating. Of course, if you don’t own the books yet, you should probably get on that toute suite. White Shores is out in Paperback, Nook, and Kindle formats, as well as on Smashwords. Tomb of the Relequim is only available on Nook and Kindle, but the paperback is coming from the printers this...

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Tomb of the Relequim: cover art

Tomb of the Relequim: cover art

Tweet The long wait is over. The second book in the Vitalis Chronicles trilogy is headed to eBook distributors and soon the printers. The official launch date is set as August 14th, 2012, so get your Kindles and Nooks warmed up and ready! The cover art illustration was just finished today by Sam Spratt. The back of the book: Ardin Vitalis’ last waking memory is of killing the Mage who betrayed him. The woman he loved was murdered just beyond his ability to save her, the Shadow King who killed her escaping into the storm around them. He awakes to find himself incarcerated in a rundown mental institution, asked to escape by a mysterious winged warrior, and charged with the rescue of a people an ocean away. Little does he know that his own people are being...

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An Official Delay

Tweet The Vitalis Chronicles: Tomb of the Relequim is officially delayed at this point. The cover art is the last link, the missing piece, and as of last night there is no illustrator working on it. I’ll be working diligently to try and replace Marjolein and get the book to you, but we’re already almost 3 months past the original release date [goal]. For this, I am truly sorry. The best part of having fans want your next book is that hey, people actually want your next book. The hard part is in disappointing them when things don’t go well. In the meantime, enjoy the Olympics and the joys of summer! I’ll keep you posted, and you can read more detail on my personal blog if you’re...

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Jay Swanson [dot] me

Jay Swanson [dot] me

Tweet I finally have the site up, jayswanson.me – it’s ready to roll and even has two blog posts on it, the latest detailing with why Tomb of the Relequim isn’t done yet. It doesn’t go into gory details, but you get an idea. Part of it involves me on a motorcycle, which I’m sure you picked up from the thumbnail of this post. As for Tomb of the Relequim, I’m hoping to release it in early June, only 2 months late. That’s not too bad since I didn’t really tell anyone anything but “Spring 2012” in the first place. I guess it’s a good thing not to put dates on releases until you’ve got the thing ready to go. The second book in the Vitalis Chronicles is coming soon, so stay tuned! In the meantime,...

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