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March 6, 2020

Stormdrake just received a lovely 4.5 star review on the Love Bytes book review blog: http://lovebytesreviews.com/2020/03/06/recent-release-review-stormdrake-by-j-a-jaken/

"ThIs book is a wonderful adventure in the style of light fantasy. The world building is great but doesn’t get in the way of understanding the storyline. Jaken is skilled in creating villains that are truly evil."



March 2, 2020

I'm a day late with the announcement, but Stormdrake is now available in paperback!!! Here are the links where you can find it:

     Buy Link (paperback): getBook.at/DMC1_pb

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

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



February 28, 2020

The release day for Stormdrake (Dragon Mage Chronicles Book I) is finally here!!!

Buy Links:

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

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

I am very excited to announce that Stormdrake is now available for purchase. This book continues the adventures of Jander and Andrei that began in The Magician's Apprentice. The two men are sent to the provincial city of Tempest on their first mission together as master and apprentice, where they are tasked with solving a mystery surrounding a terrifying and hostile dragon. Along the way they'll find new friends and old, romance and mystery, betrayals and sacrifice, strange new magic, and the whisperings of what may be a plot against the kingdom of Corascia itself.

This is the first book in my m/m fantasy series titled The Dragon Mage Chronicles. Ebook versions are available now on Kindle and Smashwords, with a paperback version on the way. I'm hoping it will be available on Amazon's website by the end of the weekend.

If you're interested in finding out more about this series, you can find the info on my website here: http://jajaken.com/novels/dragonmagechronicles.htm

And don't forget I have a new email newsletter that you can sign up for and receive announcements about my future preorder and book releases: bit.ly/News-jajaken

Happy reading! :)


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

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.


Buy Links:

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

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



February 23, 2020

Are you ready to immerse yourself in a tale of dragons and magic? Romance and mystery? The release countdown for Stormdrake (Dragon Mage Chronicles Book I) has begun - only 5 days until launch!!!

I can hardly believe it's nearing the end of February already. It feels like the new year has just started! My newest m/m fantasy novel Stormdrake, Book I in the Dragon Mage Chronicles, is on schedule to be released this coming Friday, February 28th. Today is the deadline for submitting my final version of the ebook for the preorders, which thankfully I completed this past week. All is set for the book's upcoming debut!

As a reminder, Stormdrake is available for preorder now! Here are the links where you can find it:

Buy Links:

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

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

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

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.

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In case you haven't had the opportunity to read the prequel to the Dragon Mage Chronicles, you can find more information about it here: The Magician's Apprentice

Find more info about the Dragon Mage Chronicles series here: http://jajaken.com/novels/dragonmagechronicles.htm

Also, don't forget to sign up for my newsletter email list to make sure you don't miss future updates on preorders and new releases! bit.ly/News-jajaken




February 17, 2020

I've just sent out my very first newsletter to my new mailing group! Here is the permalink for it if you'd like to check it out:

     Newsletter - Stormdrake Preorder

Feel free to let me know what you think of it. This is my very first attempt at creating one, and it was definitely a learn-as-you-go process. Mailchimp makes an obvious effort to makes things as simple as possible for new content creators, but there was still a learning curve involved. I'm sure I'll get better as I go.

If you have any suggestions for what you'd like to see in future newletters, please let me know: Email Me

I'd like to make these as informative and useful as possible!



February 14, 2020

I've been working hard all morning on preparing the final version of Stormdrake and getting it ready for final upload to the various distribution 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 appreciate it so very much. I'm planning to send out my very first newsletter on Monday. There should be a subscribe link in the links bar at the righthand side of all my website pages, or you can sign up through the landing page here:

bit.ly/News-jajaken

Feel free to pass the word! :)



February 12, 2020

I now have a mailing list that you can sign up for if you are interested in getting notifications about my new book releases! This has been a very long time in coming (and I was probably making it a lot more complicated than it needed to be). But as of today the J.A. Jaken mailing group is up and running:


J.A. Jaken: Adventures in Writing Newsletter sign-up form:


Here is a direct link to the landing page if you would like to bookmark it or pass it on to someone else who might be interested:

https://mailchi.mp/ed1522573268/jajakenfiction

Feel free to check it out and let me know what you think of the design. I've never done this before so any advice or feedback will be very much appreciated. :)

I promise that the mailing list will be extremely light traffic and will be used solely to push out notifications about my preorders, sales, and new releases. Who knows, I might even offer a sale or two exclusively for mailing group members. ^_^

So please, feel free to sign up and share the word with your friends. I would love for this latest effort of mine to be a success!



February 10, 2020

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.




January 24, 2020

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!



January 1, 2020

Happy New Year! *throws confetti* I can hardly believe we're entering into a new decade already. It seems like just yesterday we were all in a whirl of excitement over the start of a new century, and here we are twenty years in now. It feels a bit surreal.

2019 was a year of changes for me. I moved into a new, much bigger house with a nice big yard, in a beautiful neighborhood that I'm still adjusting to realizing is my new home. I love it here. This past week I hosted our annual family overnight get-together on Christmas Eve, which I've never been able to do before. There were pull-out couches and daybeds and air mattresses everywhere, and there was still room to spare for everyone. It was chaotic and stressful and absolutely wonderful, and I'm so happy to have had the opportunity to experience it. It takes a long while for a new house to start feeling like a home, but building these kinds of memories is definitely taking steps in the right direction.

This was also a year of changes for me in the writing world. I switched publishers and went through a lengthy transition period where I re-rereleased all of my old books with new covers and edits. It felt like a monumental task, but I actually got it done. Whew! I only released one new novel, The Magician's Apprentice. I had plans to release the books in the Dragon Mage Chronicles as well, but time got away from me what with work and some annoyingly persistent health problems getting in the way.

But that brings me to my next topic, which is looking ahead to my plans for 2020. I intend to release the Dragon Mage Chronicles very early this year, as well as the fourth and final book in the Sacred Guardian Series. I also have new writing in progress, including a new novel titled The Demon Thief that I am extremely excited about. Now that I'm settling into my new home and my life seems to be calming down into a semi-predictable pattern once again, I'm thinking I should be able to focus more on my writing and getting all of these vivid ideas and worlds that live in my head out there to share with all of you. It's so hard to focus on creativity when life is in a period of upheaval, whether it's good or bad.

So once again, I hope you have a happy, happy New Year. I wish all of you the very best of everything this year: the best books to read, the best friends to share your time with, the best memories to build and keep with you forever. Over this past year and a half of chaos in my life, I've learned that it's important to focus on the small things that bring you joy even if the larger picture begins to feel a bit overwhelming. Just taking a moment to enjoy the sight of a sunset, or the smell of rain, a kind word from a stranger at the grocery store, or the way my cat purrs when she sits curled up next to me on the couch in the evening. Little moments of happiness can add up to a whole lot of joy, if you don't allow them to pass by unappreciated.

Wishing all of you a safe and amazing 2020!!! :)



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