Aug 6, 2012 - General    6 Comments

Amulet of Aria almost finished!

Just got the high-res image that will be the cover for Amulet of Aria. Looks fantastic! Rachel did a fantastic job once again! Her husband has taken over and is now working on the title graphics. You guys are gonna love the finished cover!

My Beta Readers are standing by. My editor is standing by. Cover is practically done. Hmmm, what are we waiting on? *sigh* Oh, yeah. That’d be me. Well, in my defense, I’m almost done. :)

For those of you on Facebook, I have (reluctantly) been dragged into social networking, so if you’d like to add me as a friend, I’d appreciate it!

Jul 25, 2012 - General    Comments Off on Gift Shop has arrived!

Gift Shop has arrived!

Thanks to the folks at CafePress, one of those websites that will let you design a line of products using your own graphics, the Lentarian Gift Shoppe has been born!

You’ll find journals, mugs, water bottles, mouse pads, hats, keychains, iPhone cases, and even iPad sleeves. I’m working on a couple of t-shirts right now. I was thinking of having a shirt that said “Honorary Citizen of Lentari” on it. :)

The gift shop is hosted at CafePress, and can be found here. I’ve added a widget to the blog here on this website which will pull up the same products. Click on the Gift Shop link running along the top or else click here to take a look!

J

Jul 16, 2012 - General    Comments Off on New interview just posted!

New interview just posted!

I was recently interviewed by fellow author Mia Darien for her popular “Ten Questions…” series on her blog. She asked me five questions about myself and five about my writing and was then kind enough to post the answers. Click here to check it out!

Jul 2, 2012 - General    Comments Off on New guur illustration!

New guur illustration!

Many thanks goes to Raphyel Jordan for illustrating the guur for me! Turned out great, didn’t it? I love the texturing he did to it. Wouldn’t want to see one of these creepy suckers coming out of the shadows, would you? :)

You’ll find this image and quite a few others I’ve used in the Art page.

Jun 7, 2012 - General    2 Comments

The Anthology is out!

Hello everyone! The Lyndsey Roughton Anthology has been released, officially titled “Sweet Dreams“.

There are a total of 17 short stories, including one of my own, entitled Bakkian Chronicles – The Disneyland Debacle. It takes place right between books II and III, so if you’d like to experience Steve and Sarah’s first trip to Disneyland with everyone (Mikal, Annie, and Tristan), then be sure to pick up a copy. You’ll find some wonderful stories by some very gifted authors! I’ve picked up my copy and I encourage you to pick one up, too. All proceeds will go to benefit Lyndsey Roughton and hopefully send her on her dream vacation.

Once more, here’s the link to Sweet Dreams. Thanks for helping us out!

May 30, 2012 - General    Comments Off on Answering a plea to help a dying woman…

Answering a plea to help a dying woman…

I was contacted by JHSked,, a friend of mine who is the author of Wolfsong (Tales from the Crescent), about possibly donating a story to help out a woman by the name of Lyndsey Roughton.

Lyndsey, sadly, is dying of brain cancer. The doctors have not given her much longer to live, so what JH is doing is collecting short stories from authors willing to donate them for an anthology to be sold in the Amazon Kindle store, with all proceeds going towards helping Lyndsey go on the vacation of her dreams before it’s too late.

So, when approached, I thought to myself, I haven’t ever written a short story before, but I sure as hell will give it a try. Therefore, Bakkian Chronicles – The Disneyland Debacle was born. It’s checks in at just under 5,000 words and takes place right between book II and book III. Let’s just say that it’s the first time everyone visits Disneyland in southern California together.

Take one fire thrower, one introverted ex-Lentarian soldier and one rambunctious kid. Picture a high-speed roller coaster, one reluctant rider and two willing accomplices. Did you know Disneyland has its own fire department? :)

The collection of stories should be under the name “Sweet Dreams” and we’re hoping to have it in the Amazon store at the end of June.

Here are a list of authors who have so far contributed to the collection:

Chris Fraser
Edward Larel
Mia Darien
Joseph Garrety
Jason McKinney
Naomi Clark
Jana Hill
Nicholas Ordinans
Leanne Fitzpatrick
B. Throwsnaill
J.H.Sked
Renee Hall
Sky Corbelli
Jeffrey Poole
Joe Occhipinti

For more on Lyndsey and her story, click here. Stay tuned for further updates. As soon as the anthology is released I’ll post links to it in here. I hope you’ll be interested in picking up a copy.

J.

May 23, 2012 - General, Giveaways    2 Comments

Book I Reborn!!

It only took a few days to create, and a few more days to make a couple of minor changes to the text that I had noticed a while ago, but my first book has been officially rereleased from CreateSpace using the gorgeous new cover that Rachel created for it. For those of you that don’t know, she’s the very gifted artist who created the cover for Book II. Her husband, Richard, once again did the title graphics so that it’d be a wonderfully matching set. I put the two books side by side, and trust me, it blows that f-ugly gray thing that PublishAmerica created right out of the water.

So to celebrate, I put a copy of the first book (third edition!) up on a Goodreads giveaway, open to residents of the USA, Canada, Great Britain, Ireland, and Australia. If you’d like a chance to win a signed copy, stop by the Goodreads giveaway and enter! If you’re not a member of Goodreads, that’s ok. Membership is free!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Bakkian Chronicles, Book I - The Prophecy by Jeffrey Poole

Bakkian Chronicles, Book I – The Prophecy

by Jeffrey Poole

Giveaway ends June 30, 2012.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Bakkian Chronicles, Book II - Insurrection by Jeffrey Poole

Bakkian Chronicles, Book II – Insurrection

by Jeffrey Poole

Giveaway ends June 30, 2012.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

Good luck to all who enter!

May 11, 2012 - General    Comments Off on PublishAmerica = demon spawn from… :)

PublishAmerica = demon spawn from… :)

When everyone out there, and I do mean everyone advises against doing something, then perhaps the wisest move would be to pay heed to their advice.

Yep, I signed with PublishAmerica. That was in late 2010. Why? ‘Cause they said they take care of everything. I read the bad press. I saw the myriad of pages all damning the foolish for trusting PA with their books. In order to justify my agreeing to sign with them, I kept telling myself they will be able to market my book to more people than I ever could.

My logic was sound, only PA wanted $$$ for everything. “We have a book expo in Portugal. Pay us $$$ and your book will be included. Next week we will be at another expo where our booth is right next to Disney. Pay us $99 and we’ll bring your book to their attention!”

Bring to their attention? They word their services in such a way that it keeps them safe in case nothing happens. Royalties are horrible. 8% of a super-overpriced paperback book (mine was set to $29.95). Same royalties for their ebooks, which they wanted $69 to “convert” your book to ebook so that they could set a minimum price of $9.95, guaranteeing no sales. Thankfully I didn’t fall for that.

So how does PA manage to stay in business? How do they avoid getting their keesters thrown in jail? Simple. They know how far they can push the system. They have good lawyers. They simply know what they can get away with.

I had more than 5 years to go on my contract (which would auto-renew unless you told them otherwise – I informed them I wouldn’t renew within one month of them receiving my signed contract). I couldn’t handle another day of them let alone 5 years. And, much to my (mock) horror, sales of book I and book II took off! I was afraid PA would see the increased sales of the books and then hold my book even further in ransom. So now I had to get out of my contract and do so immediately.

I contacted them. Told them I wanted to terminate my contract. They responded (with a snarky message) that the only way they’d even consider this if I could prove that I had grounds for termination. Hoo boy, where do I start? I gave em:

1. Book price too high; no sales.
2. Constant barrage of daily emails trying to get me to buy my own book.
3. Lousy royalties
4. No marketing unless I pay for it.
5. Horrible customer service.
6. Lousy book cover.

Trust me, I could go on, and that’s what I told them. They responded with, “We’d prefer to keep your book under contract because we feel it is marketable.” Long story short, I was finally able to get them to terminate the contract. From what I read on the Internet, I’m one of the lucky few. It was finaiized yesterday when I received the final termination paperwork informing me my book was no longer available to online retailers and I had “lost my published author status”. LOL. Nice try, paco, but I’ve already published and released book II. Still a published author. So there! (gives rasperry sound)

No more f-ugly grey cover. The gorgeous picture of an open portal has become the new cover. I’ve already created the book with CreateSpace and have ordered a proof. Should get it today. Might have to make a few more minor tweaks, but I’m all ready to go! As soon as it is officially available I’ll list one or two copies on a Goodreads giveaway!!!

Woo-hoo! Suck it, PublishAmerica!!!!

May 2, 2012 - General    6 Comments

Cover suggestions for Book III

Hello fans of Lentari! As work progresses on the third and final installment of the Bakkian Chronicles, I started wondering about what should be depicted on the book cover. So I have a question for fans of fantasy:

What do you think are elements of a good fantasy cover? Something eye-catching, or colorful, or whimsical?

With regards to the other covers, the first book conveyed what I thought was a gorgeous scene of a forest through the open portal in the mansion. The second was a whimsical scene where Pryllan and Peanut meet face to face for the first time. Granted, without disclosing details on what will happen with Amulet of Aria, all I will say that the final confrontation with Celestia, the sister, will take place. And let’s just say that she really, really, and I do mean really wants Mikal. There will be battles, dragon riding on multiple dragons (gasp!), and accidental teleportations, just to name a few. Oh, did I mention that the battle finds its way to our world?? :)

Suggestions? Let me know what you guys feel makes a good cover for a fantasy story!

Mar 16, 2012 - General    4 Comments

New Art Page added!

I was sorting through my graphics files the other day and saw the multitude of covers I’ve used for book I. Thought I’d post all the various covers in case you’d like to see what has been used.

I’ll also be posting some pics my bro-in-law is making of the guurs (Bugs of Nightmarish Proportions). Just as soon as I get ’em. :)