Blade Of the Broken… Up for pre-order! (And ARC info.)

BladeOfTheBroken-ebook-webAfter months of work and toil, I am pleased to announce that my debut novel, Blade Of the Broken Book I of The Runeblade Trilogy, is up for pre-order on the Amazon Kindle Store and Smashwords! (For $4.99) The eBook will hit the internet on November 13th, 2014, and the paperback version will follow soon after. (You can currently read the first %40 of the novel on Smashwords.)

Here is the synopsis:

Thirteen years ago, the lands of Kronea were embroiled in war.

The Sorcerer King, Warrick Volung, killed thousands of innocent men and elves with his sorcery, and the powerful Runeblade, forged by the God of Light Tuireann himself… When it was created, the blade was a weapon of good. But it was warped by Warrick’s evil soul, and his worship of his God: the Arch-Demon Morak.

The people of the lands, the last of the Elves, the Mages & Paladins of Seran Drakis, and the Rangers Guild united to stop the King. They defeated his army, and took the Runeblade, and broke it in two.  Warrick was forced to retreat to his homeland, and has hid there ever since.

Now Kronea is relatively peaceful. Even with peace, there are still monsters in the shadows: human and humanoid alike. To keep order, the Rangers Guild seek them out, and deal with them accordingly.

Stefan Rickardson is one of the best Rangers. He always gets the mission done, no matter the cost. When he’s sent on a quest to stop yet another person, he thinks it’s the same as every other mission… But the further he goes on the hunt, the more Stefan starts to question his orders. Especially when the person he’s after isn’t evil.

Meanwhile, a greater evil is stirring up again, and will push Stefan to his emotional and psychological limits… And it will break him, and everyone around him.

Wills will be tested… And blood will be spilled.

 

I’m also giving away free review copies! Here’s what that’s all about:

Interested in reading and giving a review of Blade Of the Broken before anyone else does? Here’s how you can apply:

Send an email to me at jakeschollwriter@hotmail.com with the words “BOTB Review Request” in the subject line. Give a short intro of who you are, and where I should send the reviewer’s packet to. (The folder will include a .mobi file for Kindle and/or various Kindle Apps, a .pdf file, and an .html for reading in any web browser. And some cover files.)

Before you send an email, here are the rules.

1)   Only apply if you can start and finish the novel. If you can’t finish, your request to review an ARC in the future for other books will be ignored.

2)   Must be unbiased. As a writing professional, I need to know the good, the bad, and the ugly. That is the only way I can become a better writer. Don’t worry about my feelings.

3)   Finish in a timely manner. I think you should definitely take your time. But, it would be preferable if you think you can finish reading in 2 weeks, and take at least a week after to write a review. If you need more time, please let me know.

4)   Must write a review. Every review helps, even if you didn’t like the book. Opinion will help me improve my writing. And it will help readers decide whether or not to purchase by every review. Post on Amazon, your blog, Goodreads, your website, EVERYWHERE. (At the very least Amazon.)

5)   No sharing.  The ARC is only for you, and you alone. No distributing to anyone else.

6)   If you happen across a typo or misspelling tell me what chapter and paragraph it’s in. Even the most experienced editor an author can hire misses things.

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Interview at Grimdark Fiction

To help promote my upcoming novel Blade Of the Broken, I was interviewed by Rob Matheny at his blog Grimdark Fiction Readers & Writers.It was fun to be the interviewee rather than the interviewer. :) 

(Also, feel free to check out his website. Its pretty cool.)

Here’s the link: http://grimdarkfiction.blogspot.com/2014/08/grim-interview-jake-scholl.html

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Blade Of the Broken… Cover revealed!

Quite a few of you have been asking to see the cover for “Blade Of the Broken”. Well, you’ll get to see it now! :D And also, you can read the first chapter here at Wattpad. Here’s the cover and blurb below. — Jake

BladeOfTheBroken-ebook-web

Thirteen years ago, the lands of Kronea were embroiled in war.

The Sorcerer King, Warrick Volung, killed thousands of innocent men and elves with his sorcery, and the powerful Runeblade, forged by the God of Light Tuireann himself… When it was created, the blade was a weapon of good. But it was warped by Warrick’s evil soul, and his worship of his God: the Arch-Demon Morak.

The people of the lands, the last of the Elves, the Mages & Paladins of Seran Drakis, and the Rangers Guild united to stop the King. They defeated his army, and took the Runeblade, and broke it in two.  Warrick was forced to retreat to his homeland, and has hid there ever since.

Now Kronea is relatively peaceful. Even with peace, there are still monsters in the shadows: human and humanoid alike. To keep order, the Rangers Guild seek them out, and deal with them accordingly.

Stefan Rickardson is one of the best Rangers. He always gets the mission done, no matter the cost. When he’s sent on a quest to stop yet another person, he thinks it’s the same as every other mission… But the further he goes on the hunt, the more Stefan starts to question his orders. Especially when the person he’s after isn’t evil.

Meanwhile, a greater evil is stirring up again, and will push Stefan to his emotional and psychological limits… And it will break him, and everyone around him.

Wills will be tested… And blood will be spilled.

 

Coming soon to Paperback, Kindle and ePub devices.

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The Case Against Author Solutions, Part 1: The Numbers

jakeescholl:

When looking for book publishers on Google, an Author Solutions company is always one of the first results. If you see that result DO NOT CLICK. Don’t fall for the wonderful promises. These guys are scammers, and will take all your money… There are cheaper and better ways to self-publish.

Originally posted on David Gaughran:

authorsolutionsPRHThe more you study an operation like Author Solutions, the more it resembles a two-bit internet scam, except on a colossal scale.

Internet scammers work on percentages. They know that only a tiny fraction of people will get hoodwinked so they flood the world’s inboxes with spammy junk.

While reputable self-publishing services can rely on author referrals and word-of-mouth, Author Solutions is forced to take a different approach. According to figures released by Author Solutions itself when it was looking for a buyer in 2012, it spent a whopping $11.9m on customer acquisition in 2011 alone.

This money is spent on:

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Blade Of the Broken — Chapter 1 excerpt released!

Lately, I’ve been thinking of the best way to post an excerpt of my upcoming novel, and figured out how to reveal it with Wattpad. So, without further ado, here is the link: http://www.wattpad.com/44386050-blade-of-the-broken-book-i-of-the-runeblade

To read it, you’ll need to sign into Wattpad with Facebook or make a Wattpad account. There are many benefits to making an account, such as being able to read tons of books, short stories, and poetry. Also, you can post your own works!

Hope you enjoy the sneak peek at Blade Of the Broken!

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Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Treatments Petition: A Call to Arms

There are so many diseases out there that are still untreatable. People really only hear about diseases the news happens to talk about, or how their favorite stars are promoting select charities for Cancer or AIDs???????. Yes, those are important things to treat. But what about all the other diseases out there?

Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (Or DMD)is one of these diseases that has gone forgotten for far too long. The disease affects all the muscles in your body. And they deteriorate over time, until the heart stops or you don’t have strength to clear mucus from your lungs.

Everyone  will die one day: that’s a fact. But give them and me a fighting chance to live as long as everyone else. To fall in love. To raise a family… I know I want that choice. And as will future generations diagnosed with this dragon of a disease.

Over the last few years, there have been trial treatments for DMD, which have helped all of the trial subjects tremendously. These treatments aren’t a full blown cure, but they rather slow down the deterioration. And instead of releasing these treatments to the people like me who would benefit, the FDA has been taking to long to make the treatments available public.

So, a group of fellow people like me, and people like you, created a petition on Whitehouse.Gov to tell President Obama, Congress, and the FDA that we the people want the FDA to accelerate approval for safe and effective therapies for those affected by Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.

But we can’t do this alone.

So, I’m calling on you to raise your sword and join us in this battle. We need 12, 742 more signatures to make the cacophony of our battle cries heard. Only together can we make this happen… For the future.

Here’s the link: https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/urge-fda-say-yes-accelerated-approval-safe-effective-therapies-children-duchenne/qtRww0rN And please share it with everyone you know, everywhere. We need 100,000 signatures by the 29th of March.

Let’s slay some dragons.

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An Open Letter to Stephen Amell

Dear Mr. Amell,

I’ve been a Green Arrow fan for most of my life. I’ve been reading the comics since I was a child, and admired Ollie’s fighting spirit, even when all the tables are turned against him. And on Arrow, you have portrayed him perfectly, and exposed many more people to the character’s undying heroism.

Funny thing is, people seem to think superheroes don’t exist. But I beg to differ. I’ve been around heroes all my life. Being a man with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, I’ve had 3641577-2320251910-ARROWmany friends with this life threatening, muscle wasting disease.

If you met my friends, you wouldn’t have known they had something that serious. They were some of the happiest people I knew. And like heroes in comics and other mediums, they died fighting till their hearts literally stopped. And they inspire me to keep fighting everyday.

Now, I’m not writing this letter to make you feel pity. I’m writing this letter to you, and my fellow fans of Arrow, to get your help in the battle against Muscular Dystrophy… In other words, I need to borrow your arrows, for this foe would even put Deathstroke down. (No offense to Manu. He plays an awesome Slade Wilson.)

At this time, there are no treatments approved by the FDA. But there are treatments that have been in the testing stage for years now that have helped many people. Unfortunately it’s not a cure, but at least the treatments help stop the progress, and would give people like me more time to live life.

Currently, there’s a petition on Whitehouse.gov to get the FDA to accelerate safe and effective therapies for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. This petition isn’t just for me; its for the many affected by the disease, and future children who will be born with the disease. Here’s the link: https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/urge-fda-say-yes-accelerated-approval-safe-effective-therapies-children-duchenne/qtRww0rN

This is where those arrows I requested would come in handy. We need 65,000 arrows (Signatures.) to get the Whitehouse to see and respond to our request.

Thanks for your time, and may your arrows always fly true.

Sincerely,

A Lifetime Green Arrow fan,

Jake Scholl

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