WitW – ToL5 update: approaching 20,000+ words!

Has everyone figured out what WitW stands for yet?  If not, hint:  you can find it as preorder at Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Apple’s iBookstore, and a few others.  I’m working on making it a preorder for Kindle.  KDP Select (Kindle) requires a cover of some sort before I can do that, so I have to come up with some type of generic cover first.  As soon as I do I’ll release it as a preorder and then let everyone know.

How’s everyone doing?  Are you having a great week so far?  The temps are heating up here in AZ, but it isn’t too bad.  Yet.  In less than a month I’m expecting to have the AC on 24/7.  *sigh*   That’s what you get when you live in the desert.

I have a new Goodreads giveaway going.  It’s for a signed print copy of A Portal for Your Thoughts (Tales of Lentari #3).  This particular giveaway is open to residents of the US only, I’m afraid.  I’m trying to cut down on shipping expenses since the simple act of shipping one book overseas usually results in a bill that’s four times the worth of the book.  Crazy, I know.  And sorry to exclude some of you readers.  Please don’t hold it against me.  :)

Here’s the giveaway details…

Goodreads Book Giveaway

A Portal for Your Thoughts by Jeffrey M. Poole

A Portal for Your Thoughts

by Jeffrey M. Poole

Giveaway ends June 30, 2015.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to Win

I’m still looking into the idea of getting personalized bookplates.  I’ve had quite a few readers want to know if they could purchase autographed copies of the books from me for their own collections.  As I was mentioning earlier, shipping in the US (Media Mail) is quite reasonable.  Get it outside the US and it becomes downright deplorable, so I’ve been looking into other options.  Another author friend of mine was saying the same thing and he went that route.  It’s working quite well so I’m seeing how feasible it is.

Remember, if you haven’t already, sign up for the newsletter in order to get the link to the free Tales of Lentari short story.  Hunt for Red Oskorlisk falls between the events of Lost City and Something Wyverian This Way Comes.   Wow.  Had to think about that.  Is that right?   I had to look it up on my iPad.  Yep, that’s right.   Also, if you haven’t already, please consider leaving me a review wherever you purchased the book.  Nothing will help an indie author out more than seeing positive reviews on Amazon, or Barnes & Noble, or Kobo, etc.  If you liked it, or hated it, I can take it.  :)

I still think it’s incredible that I’ve published 7 books and am actively working on my 8th.  Plans for the 9th are also underway and I am actively working on that story, too.  Yep.  Two stories at the same time.  I will warn you, though, ToL6 is going to be a little slower as this will be my first collaboration!  That’s right.  Another person is helping me write this one.  Who?  Well…  you’re gonna have to wait and see!!!

That’s all for now.  Feel free to friend me on Facebook or Instagram, or just leave me a message here.  Ask a question.  I will answer.  I promise!

J.

Apr 30, 2015 - General, Indie Authors, News, Updates    5 Comments

Tales of Lentari #4 is here!!

TfaPGreetings all you honorary citizens of Lentari!  The wait is finally over, although I think I need to point out the wait wasn’t too bad, was it?  I hereby broke all records and released a 2nd book in the same month.  Just don’t get used to it.  :)

Thoughts for a Portal (Tales of Lentari #4) picks right up where the last book left off and answers quite a few questions, such as explaining what happens to Steve and Cecil.  You see, they had to…  Hmmm, that’d lead to a mother of a spoiler.  Can’t let that slip.   Mwahahaha…

What’s next for Lentari?  The next book has already been started.  WitW.  What’s it stand for?  Well, if you look hard enough, you’ll see that the title is out there for all to see.  You just have to find it!

I’ve also decided to add an incentive for those who sign up for my newsletter.  Hunt for Red Oskorlisk is currently unpublished.  As soon as I release another short story then I’ll consider bundling it together and releasing it, like I did with Disneyland Debacle and Winter Wonderland.  But as of right now, it’s just sitting on my desk, accumulating dust.  So I’ve turned it into a pdf and made it available for online reading.  New subscribers will be emailed a link to the story so they can read it.  Now, before anyone cries foul, I will say that if you’re already on the Daily Scroll subscriber list, and haven’t read the Hunt for Red Oskorlisk, send me a message and I’ll email you the link.

I think that will do it for now.  I hope everyone is having a great week so far!  Happy reading to all!

J.

Busy Release Month!

It is late, so I’ll keep this announcement short & sweet.  A Portal for Your Thoughts (Tales of Lentari #3) has been officially released!  I want to thank everyone for their patience as I worked through some last minute issues to get the book released.  I hope you enjoy it!

If you do some investigating you might see that the sequel to APfYT is now available as a preorder, too.  Yes, if you look, you’ll be able to see the cover!  Wasn’t planning on mentioning too much about ToL4 ’cause it’s a direct sequel to ToL3.  So if you’d like, you can preorder your copy today!  It’ll be available to download on April 30th.  Yep.  Same month.  Crazy, huh?

I’ve also been lucky enough to be included in a multi-book bundle featuring some very talented authors.  There are 8 fantasy novels, ranging from steampunk, to dark, to light-hearted (yours truly), and so on.  It’s presently free of charge!  We’re all looking to expand our reader base, so if you have a moment head over to your favorite retailer and pick up your copy.  You never know!  You may find your next favorite author!  Here’s the link to the Amazon US store:   Quest – Eight Novels of Fantasy & Magic.

Have a great night!

J.

Character interview nominations!

I’m getting ready to do my first ever character interview.  I thought it something fun to do, so if you’ve ever wished you could ask Steve, or Sarah, or maybe Rhenyon a question then Now’s the time to nominate your favorite character!  Whichever character gets the most votes will be the one who gets to sit in the Chair and be interviewed by the queen, who as many of you will know, cannot be lied to.

Who is it gonna be?  Let me know who your vote is for!  Any character in the books is fair game, no matter how minor a character they may be.

I hope everyone is having a fantastic weekend so far!

Mar 18, 2015 - General, Indie Authors, News, Updates    2 Comments

SFWA Member!

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I can’t believe I get to announce this, but guess what?  I’m now an active member of SFWA!   What’s that?  Don’t know what SFWA is?  It’s the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writer’s of America!  It used to be only traditional authors could join as the association’s strict prereqs for acceptance had to be a publishing contract worth a certain amount of money.

With so many indie authors releasing books the association modified its acceptance guidelines to include self-pubbed authors.  We just have to show them that our income is at least at the same minimum requirements for a traditional author.

Well, I was able to do it!  Woohoo!  I get to participate in their forums, vote on Nebula nominated works, and so on.  There’s a legal team in your corner in case you ever need to consult a lawyer.  You’re amongst peers, so if you ever have a question, or want to run an idea by someone, that’s the place to do it.  It’s quite an honor, let me tell you!

 

Beta Reader signup for TfaP!

Yep, you read that right.  I’m looking for Beta Readers!

I realize I haven’t even released A Portal for Your Thoughts (Tales of Lentari #3) and here I am, asking for volunteers to read through TfaP (ToL4).  Don’t worry.  I won’t be asking anyone to read through this until ToL3 has been officially released, especially since it’s the direct followup.  So no worries there.

What exactly are you signing up for?  Well, if chosen, I’ll need you to read through an advance copy of my next book, in pdf form.  I will also provide a blank Excel worksheet which you’d use to note mistakes.  What kind of mistakes?  They are as follows:

  • Typos
  • Grammatical issues
  • Continuity errors
  • Gaps in the story
  • WTF moments…

Trust me, as previous beta readers will attest, I am prone to all manner of mistakes.  I know the list goes on but in essence that’s what I’d need you to do.  Also, I need to make certain you don’t have any qualms about giving critique.  I can handle good and bad critique so you wouldn’t have to worry about hurting my feelings.

Still interested?  Still want to give me a hand?  Well, I’d appreciate it!  Leave a comment below to let me know you want to sign up!  Thanks for the interest!

Don’t want to miss when A Portal for Your Thoughts is released?  Sign up for my newsletter!  The Daily Scroll will keep you apprised of all things Lentarian, including (but not limited to) book releases, contests, giveaways, news, insight into future titles, and so on.

J.

Read an Ebook Week!

Each year Smashwords has their “Read an Ebook” promotion where they invite authors to include their books in with the promo.  Each year I usually participate and this year is no different.  Of the books that I’ve published, and that aren’t permafree, I’ve included them in the 50% off category.  So if there’s a title you haven’t read yet then now would be the perfect time to catch up on any missing stories!

A Portal for Your Thoughts (Tales of Lentari) will be released soon, followed shortly thereafter by TfaP (Tales of Lentari #4), so now’s the time to make sure you’re current on all your Lentarian adventures!

Here’s the link on Smashwords.  Essentially, what you’re going to want to do is before you purchase the books from Smashwords you’ll want to use the coupon code RAE50, which reduces the price by 50%.

Here in the next day or two I will be officially revealing the cover and description for A Portal for Your Thoughts.  Subscribers to the Daily Scroll were given an exclusive sneak peek several weeks ago so if you haven’t already signed up for the newsletter, please do so!  That way you won’t ever miss any book releases, contest notifications, giveaways, name submission requests, etc.

On a sad side note I’m sure everyone saw that Leonard Nimoy passed away.  It’s funny.  I didn’t feel this bad when James Doohan passed away.  *sigh*  I know he’s done more work besides what he’s done for the Star Trek universe but to me he’ll always be Spock.

In more movie news, have you guys heard that they’re making another Aliens movie?  This time, chronologically speaking, it’s gonna fall between Aliens and Alien3.  I had heard rumors that the director is going to flat-out ignore the fact that Alien3 and Alien:Resurrection were even made, but I guess he’s gonna find a way to do the movie without discrediting the two sequels that followed.  It would also appear that Sigourney Weaver is very interested in doing it, as is a certain friend of mine, Mr. Michael Biehn.   He’s told me before that he was extremely disappointed that he wasn’t in Alien3 and that Hicks deserved a much more fitting demise than what they gave to him in Alien3.

So rejoice all you Aliens fans!  The sequel to Aliens that we were all hoping Alien3 would be is finally gonna happen!  I haven’t benn this excited for a horror movie in, well, forever!

The next issue of Daily Scroll is going out very soon!  I’m pretty sure you guys (& gals!) will want to see what I have in mind for the next Tales of Lentari cover!

Hope you have a great week and be sure to get in plenty of reading!

J.

Movie Trivia!

Strap on thy thinking caps, fellow movie buffs.  Ye are about to show the entire world just how much useless movie knowledge ye have crammed away in thy brain!  What be the prize for answering my fiendishly clever trivia questions?  I will tell thee!   Up for grabs is another signed print copy of A Portal for Your Thoughts (Tales of Lentari #3) as soon as it is officially released.  How soon is that?  We be gettin’ closer, matey!

Wow.  Don’t know where that came from.  Sorry.  Anyway, depending how many people play, if there’s only one person who can answer all three questions correctly then congrats!  You’ll be the winner!  If more that one person plays AND gets all the answers right (no Googling!!!) then I’ll compile a list of the winners and have everyone’s favorite corgi select who will be the proud owner of my latest novel.  Sound fair?  Are you ready to play?  Here we go!

Movie trivia time – comedy edition:

#1:  According to Up Periscope, what tattoo does Cmdr. Dodge have on a certain portion of his anatomy?

#2:  What is the name of the property Fletch inherits from his dead aunt in Fletch Lives?

#3:  What is the name of Striker’s friend who was killed in the war that he feels personally responsible for in the slapstick comedy Airplane!?

Remember, try to avoid looking at other answers (here’s hoping a lot of people play!) and no Googling!  Good luck and have fun!  Don’t forget to sign up for the newsletter!  Another issue is going out today and I’m previewing the title graphics for APfYT!

J.

New contest!

I’ve started a new Goodreads contest, which should be active in the next day or so.  I just have to wait until they approve it.  Which book?  This time it’s going to be Insurrection (Bakkian Chronicles #2).  It’s the book with Peanut & Pryllan on the cover, sniffing noses.   Quite frankly, it’s one of my favorite covers.

Anyway, the giveaway will be open to the following countries:  USA, Canada, UK, Ireland, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Australia, and a new country, Sweden!  Good to luck to all who enter!

Here’s the link:

 

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Insurrection by Jeffrey M. Poole

Insurrection

by Jeffrey M. Poole

Giveaway ends April 01, 2015.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

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