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April 18, 2018

As a promotion to celebrate the preorder release of The Soul Forge, I am offering the first book in the series, Through the Last Door for FREE on Amazon from Saturday, April 21, 2018, 12:00 AM PDT through Sunday, April 22, 2018, 11:59 PM PDT. I'll post reminders about the promotion as this weekend draws closer!

Universal Amazon link: getBook.at/TTLD

Through the Last Door (Sacred Guardian book 1)
Genre(s): Fantasy, Adventure, M/M Romance
Summary: 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?




April 16, 2018

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 on the previous books in the series here: Sacred Guardian series page




April 8, 2018

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 9, 2018

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 entire 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 the link at the top of any of these webpages to see the new Novels page, or you can just click HERE. So many pretty covers! :)



March 5, 2018

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 4, 2018

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 2, 2018

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.



February 25, 2018

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*

Click HERE 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.



February 20, 2018

Eyes On Books has just reviewed the second book in my Sacred Guardian 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. ^_^



January 23, 2018

The third book in my Sacred Guardian series, The Soul Forge, is complete!!! Now it's just a matter of giving it a final polishing and arranging the publishing and promotional details. I'm hoping to have a finished cover to share very soon.

I had a great deal of fun traveling with Kaori and Hunter on this latest adventure. In this book, the two of them have to face up to their innermost fears as they work to support their country and each other. I was excited as I was writing to see how they developed and grew as characters, and I fell in love all over again with both them and their world. The side characters as well were a joy to work with -- Ben and Haku, Ishaya, Malo and Rin. I'm extremely happy with how it all turned out.

I've created a holder page for the book on my website here: The Soul Forge.

I'm planning to post a sample chapter there soon, as well as the cover images as soon as I get them. Keep checking back for more updates!

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THE SOUL FORGE (SACRED GUARDIAN SERIES #3)
by J.A. Jaken

Novel (145,000 words)
Genre: 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.



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Buy The Soul Forge!
Buy Eater of Dreams!
Buy Through the Last Door!
Buy The House of Silence Vol.3!
Buy His Whipping Boy!
Buy Entering the House of Silence!
Buy Nicholi's Vengeance!
Buy The Charming!
Buy Pathfinder!
Buy The House of Silence Vol.1!
Buy The House of Silence Vol.2!
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