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150 Likes! Time for a Raffle!

I’ve been promising it.  I’ve told you guys what needs to happen in order for me to start the raffle and you guys came through!

Thank you!!!

Without further ado, I hereby create my biggest raffle to date:  signed copies of Prophecy (Bakkian Chronicles #1), Insurrection (Bakkian Chronicles #2), and Amulet of Aria (Bakkian Chronicles #3).  They will be awarded to one winner and one winner only!

Want to enter the raffle?  Leave a comment below asking to be entered and tell me which of the books is your favorite.  That’s all!

As many of you know, my fourth book has recently been released.  Lost City (Tales of Lentari #1) isn’t included in the raffle, I’m sorry to say.  Unless…  The magic number is 200.  200 Likes on Facebook and I’ll make this raffle include all four books!

The time frame for this raffle will be through November.  The raffle is over on December 1st.  If we hit 200 Likes by that time then we’ll consider the stretch goal has been achieved and Lost City will also go along to the winner.

So spread the word!  Enter now for your chance to win some fantasy books!  Good luck to all who enter!

J.

Sep 29, 2013 - General, News, Reviews, Updates    6 Comments

Lost City Reviews

Hi everyone!  I hope you’re all having a great weekend!  The weather here in Lake Havasu City, AZ, has turned absolutely fantastic, so I guarantee you I had a wonderful weekend, too!

I’m starting to get some reviews for Lost City, which have been fantastic!  I appreciate it so much when you guys are able to leave a review wherever you bought the book and tell others what you liked (or didn’t like) about the book.   Check these out from Barnes & Noble’s store:

Great read!  Jeffrey Poole is fast becoming one of my favorite authors.  Lost City had me laughing one min and holding my breath the next!”

“Better with each book he writes!  I don’t care how many people Poole has helping him… all of you just keep up the great work!  And for the graphic art, very nice; with the work you guys do I could see a short graphic novel based in Lentari coming soon.  I would like to see some prequels covering the portal being built and related adventures.  Again, thanks for the very enjoyable reads.”

Reviews like that make my day!  If whoever left those two reviews are reading this then you have my eternal thanks!  Nothing makes my day more when I read reviews like those!

The next rafffle is in the works.  Actually, we’re only 6 away from 150 Likes on Facebook!  If we can get to 150 then the raffle for the three signed copies of the Bakkian Chronicles books will be started!  Help spread the word!

Sep 16, 2013 - Contest, General, Giveaways, News, Updates    8 Comments

Lost City Paperback Raffle!

Are you entered yet for a chance to win one of two signed paperback copies of Lost City?  Check the list of names below and make sure yours is there!

Fans have left comments on various threads, and I’m going to do my damnedest to make sure I get everyone, but if I miss your name, fear not.  Just let me know here or on Facebook and I’ll make sure you’re added!

Raffle entrants:

Andrew Dyer, Christina Car, Claire Jones, Christine Gentry, Cathy Carr, Anthony, Heather Green-Smith, Laura Mathews, Patricia Huilman, Alex Hatcher, Clare Jaggar, Charlotte Dixon, April Enos, Nicki Jones, Christy Proctor, Bob Terry, Tracey Bruyette, Aimee Young, Kendall Davis, Scott Smith, Danie, Lisa LeChatton, Yvonne, Mark, Aylsa, Elizabeth Davis, Daina, Sally Watkins, Jason Harvill, Heike, Carl Liddle, Jill Busby, Trent Miller, Karen, Kelly Brigante, Nicole Jacobson, Vance Schollmeyer, Rose Putnam, Kantami Blossom, Tracy Jenkins, Sally Van Sickle Watkins, Caroline Craven

**UPDATE**

The 2nd proof has arrived and it is absolutely perfect!  That means the polls are closed, so to so peak, and the two winners will NBC announced this weekend!  Stay tuned!!

**UPDATE #2 – WINNERS SELECTED**

Peanut has spoken!  The winners are Vance Schollmeyer and April Enos!  Congrats, you two!  Email me your mailing addys and I’ll get your copy of Lost City out to you!  Thank you to everyone for playing!

Aug 23, 2013 - General, News, Suggestions, Updates    5 Comments

How to Name a Dragon

It’s easy.  You have a fantastic legion of fans who love dragons just as much as I do and therefore ask for a little help.

What do I mean?   In case you don’t have facebook I’ll repost the message I put there.  This is what I said:

Is there anyone else out there that loves dragons as much as I do? I have to tell you guys, I’m really enjoying working on a story with dragons as the protagonists!

While waiting to get Lost City into the hands of my Beta Readers, I officially started on the next story in my new Tales of Lentari series. Plot is mapped out and broken into chapters. Writing is underway. Guess what I need again… Yep! More names!

I still have a few dragon names left over from Lost City, but I have a feeling I’ll go through those pretty quick. Got an idea? Want to name a fictional dragon? Tell me your suggestions! Got a description for your dragon? I’ll welcome those, too!

Aug 20, 2013 - General, News, Updates    5 Comments

Lost City’s Cover Revealed!

Hello citizens of Lentari!

As promised, I’m posting the updated, full color cover for Lost City (Tales of Lentari #1)!  The same artist that has done all my covers, Rachel aka FalyneVarger, from DeviantArt.com is responsible for this cover as well.  Just like I’ve had Rachel draw all the covers, her husband Richard has been responsible for all title graphics for the books, including Lost City as well.  I don’t know how they do it, but I’m damn glad they do!  They did an awesome job, didn’t they?

Now it’s on to the really hard part.  Book description.  I have to summarize Lost City in just a couple of paragraphs.  Trying to write a synopsis for your own work ranks right up there (for me) as one of the top 5 Least Favorite Activities I have to do.  Emptying the dishwasher and frosting a cake are some of the others, in case you’re interested.  *sigh*   Better get to it!

Beta Readers, check the BR protected thread.  I’ve updated some info in there for you!

Lost City

Lost City book cover!

 

Aug 12, 2013 - Contest, General, Giveaways, News, Updates    38 Comments

Be Among the First to own Lost City!

Greetings fans of Lentari!  The wait is almost over!

Be among the first to own an autographed, paperback copy of Lost City (Tales of Lentari #1)!  In anticipation of my fourth book’s upcoming release, I’m creating a raffle for one of the first copies to be printed.  Hot off the presses.  🙂

All you have to do to enter is make sure you have Liked the Bakkian Chronicles on Facebook (you can hit the FB button on the top right corner of this page) and then leave a comment to tell me that you were here.   That’s it!  The raffle is open to everyone, regardless of locale, so if you’re in Australia, and would like to try and win a print copy, feel free to enter!

To keep this interesting, if I get at least fifteen people entering, I’ll add a second copy, thereby having two winners of a print copy.  If I get to twenty, I’ll release a sneak peek of the cover!  Help spread the word!

If you haven’t already, check out the book that started it all!  The Prophecy (Bakkian Chronicles #1) on ebook in practically all formats.  Always free!  Links can be found along the right of the blog for various retailers.  This message will also be posted on FB.   Thanks for stopping by!  Happy reading!

J.

 

**UPDATE**

As promised, here’s a sketch of Lost City’s cover!  I hope everyone likes it!

Lost City (Tales of Lentari #1)

LostCity_sketch

Aug 5, 2013 - General, News, Updates    2 Comments

And the Beta Readers will be…

Kept private.  Sorry!  The Beta Readers for Lost City (Tales of Lentari #1) have officially been chosen and have been notified (via private message on FB).  I’ve chosen four, along with those that are already on my list.  That brings it to a total of 8 BRs (the most I’ve ever had!).  Want to know the crazy thing?  I had close to twenty five people volunteer.  I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again.  That blows me away.

So, if I didn’t choose you, please don’t take it personally.  I would let everyone be a BR if I could, but trying to manage that many people and keep things on track would be practically impossible.

For those of you that are now BRs and have confirmed with me that you will be able to be a BR for me, the next thing to do is keep an eye on the blog.  Beta Reader #1 (my wife) has got to go through the book first, from beginning to end.  Once she’s done I’ll convert it to PDF and send everyone a copy.  I’ll also create a password protected thread on my blog where I will give some basic guidelines on what I’m looking for and what to do if you find something (and I know you will!).

Thanks again for everyone’s interest!  It means the world!  Without you guys this story would have remained an unexplored “what if” scenario and would never have made it to print.

Jul 14, 2013 - General, News, Updates    5 Comments

Beta Reader Sign-up

I’ve received quite a few requests for people inquiring about being a Beta Reader for my soon-to-be-released novel, Lost City (Tales of Lentari #1).  I will tell you guys that it means the world to me to have so many people asking!  I truly appreciate it!

I usually have three to four Beta Readers, which includes a friend of mine from Ohio who’s been a BR for Insurrection and Amulet of Aria.  So the first spot is taken there.  I also use a good friend of mine, who we’ll call Lia (yes, THAT Lia – based her character off of her).  Now, ordinarily a few other family members also want to be included, which I’ll accomodate, but I don’t include that with the overall count.

But since I’ve had so many people ask, I’ll tell you all that I’ll be picking three others from my list of potentials. The more eyes the merrier, right?   So if you’re interested, and you haven’t already indicated your interest in being a BR for me, do so now.  I’ll be making my selections here very soon.  I’m getting really close to finishing!  As before, with Amulet of Aria, I’ll put up the progress indicator that let’s everyone know where I stand with the book being released.

Thanks for all of your interest, everyone!  I so appreciate it!

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