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Aug 27, 2013 - General, Giveaways, Updates    2 Comments

Featured on Smashwords!

Mark Coker, founder of Smashwords, wrote a post on his blog extolling the virtues of Apple and their love off Indie authors.  In his post Mr. Coker talks about how Apple has relaunched their Breakout Books promo which again features Indie authors from several different genres.

I made the cut!  I was mentioned by name under the Science Fiction & Fantasy section!  I can’t tell you how exciting that was to see!  Wanting to see for myself, I opened up Apple’s iBookstore and immediately saw the Breakout Books section.  If you click on that and then scroll down until you see the Sci-Fi & Fantasy section, and then scroll to the right to check out the titles in that section, you’ll see my book!  The Prophecy (Bakkian Chronicles #1) has its cover in there!  Woohoo!!!

On an unrelated note, I’ve received my first set of feedback from my beta readers on Lost City…   Let me just say this is why I have beta readers!!  You guys rock!  With any amount of luck I’ll be able to release my fourth book very soon!

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 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!




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

Lost City (Tales of Lentari #1)


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!

Jul 10, 2013 - Contest, General, Giveaways, News, Updates    11 Comments

I Love Wednesdays!

Ye olde notebook is open, displaying thoughts on all aspects of Lentari…  Beads of condensation are seen dripping down a frosty can of Pepsi Max…  A glass jar containing on a few colorful gumballs is sitting on apreviously printed chapter…

The cell phone is off and the corgi is asleep in her chair.  I do believe we’re ready!!   It’s off to Lentari for a solid day of writing!  As I did last year in preparation of Amulet of Aria’s release, every Wednesday I’ll give away 5 ebooks of one of my titles.

Up for grabs this week are five (5) copies of Insurrection (Bakkian Chronicles #2).  Since Prophecy (Bakkian Chronicles #1) is always free of charge, that’s two books you’d be able to read for free!  So hop over to the blog and leave a comment to let me know you were there and if you provide me an email addy, I’ll email you the coupon (and the link) for a complimentary copy of Insurrection!

Good luck & happy reading!


Jun 19, 2013 - Contest, General, Giveaways, News, Updates    12 Comments

Print edition giveaway!

All fans (new & old!) of the Bakkian Chronicles and the magical kingdom of Lentari are invited to enter for a chance to win an autographed copy of Insurrection (Bakkian Chronicles #2) in paperback!

To enter this contest all you have to do is leave a message on this post and tell me which character you think most resembles your personality!   Are you human?  Dragon?  Griffin?  Wizard?  Soldier?  Even if your personality matches that of Rinbok Intherer, dragon lord, let me know!

If you’re one of the three winners for the previous contest, don’t forget to send me your addy and I’ll get your prize shipped off to you!

Jun 5, 2013 - Contest, General, Giveaways, News, Suggestions, Updates    Comments Off on Contest Winners!

Contest Winners!

Sarah and Lia have spoken!  They have selected the three winners from last month’s photo contest!  Congrats to the winners!  If you won a prize, please drop me an email with your address and I’ll get your prize shipped off to you!  Use jmpoole (at) gmail dot com.

Thanks for playing, everyone!  Oh, and while I’m thinking about it, I’m hereby taking suggestions for the next contest!  Got an idea?  Let me know!

1st Place!

1st Place Winner, Nicki!

2nd place!

2nd Place Winner, Bob!

3rd Place!

3rd Place Winner, Toni!