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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BOTB Update and an Announcement 3/15/14

Well, the proofreading for Blade Of the Broken is going good. I’m pretty close to finishing this round (The next round will be when I order a print proof.). Got like four chapters left, but I’m taking my time. The backspace button has almost disappeared.

Also, in other news, I have a cover artist for the book! :) Her name is Rene Folsom, and you can see some AMAZING covers of other books she’s done here. I’m on the schedule in a few weeks, so it’ll be awhile before I have anything to show you guys!… Pretty stoked! :)

Have a safe, and blessed St. Patrick’s Day!

And lastly, I wanted to announce that Demon Stone: A Dagr Brightsword is FREE on St. Patrick’s Day, and Tuesday-Wednesday, on Amazon.com. And the short ebook works on the Kindle Apps for Phones, Tablets, Computers, and on Kindles. And I think after this month or next, I’ll be able to put it back on Smashwords, B&N, iTunes, etc.

 

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Writing from the Heart

jakeescholl:

This post has some great points…

Originally posted on Self-Published Authors Helping Other Authors:

People say I should write about my autistic children, and I have to some extent in my best of year book, Seasons of the Soul . However, there are stories I keep in my heart about them, especially my youngest high-functioning, verbal son.

I could write a book about the days and nights my husband and I sat on pins and needles not knowing what his behavior would be like. Praise God! He is better and now lives in a group home. We see him twice a week. All is well but I cannot tell you how difficult it is for a mother with a special-needs child to let them go. To tell you the truth, just writing about it here is heartbreaking.

So, when others tell you to write about certain topics, don’t do it if it is not in your heart. I knew if I shared our story…

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Results from Kindle Select President’s Day promo.

Recently, I enrolled my short eBook Demon Stone into Amazon’s Kindle Select program. What does that mean? Well, it means people with Amazon Prime can borrow the book for free, and the author gets paid a certain amount for every borrow. Also, the author has 5 free days for special promos.

Free ranks on the first day of the promo.

Free ranks on the first day of the promo.

That all sounds like a good deal for readers and authors. But there’s a catch: your book can only be on Amazon. (And your stuck for 3 months as an Amazon exclusive.) So I thought why not? I’ll try it for three months, and get free exposure.

As my first promo, I made Demon Stone free on President’s Day, and the day after. Day 1, Demon Stone shot up the free charts, and was #32 on the Dark Fantasy charts, and #55 on the Sword & Sorcery charts. Not too bad for the first

Day 2 results of promo.

Day 2 results of promo.

day.

Day 2, the book went down to #46 on the free Dark Fantasy charts, and #78 on the Sword & Sorcery charts. Both days were pretty solid, and I got some good exposure. But not as much as I thought. (For both days combined, I only had 65 downloads. Which is better than none.)

During the two days of the promo, I didn’t know what my author rank was. That info would’ve been rather important, and I was rather surprised Amazon.com didn’t have that on the book’s page like it usually does when the book isn’t free.

Day 1 author rank.

Day 1 author rank.

So I logged into Author Central to see the author rankings. And the ranks were good. Day 1 of the promo, I was ranked as author #2, 821 which may sound low, but better than #2,000,000 like I am usually, (There are TONS of eBooks on Amazon.) but was a personal best.

But the next day, my success with free didn’t affect my paid rank at all. As I stare at the Amazon page, I’m ranked at #1,066,031 on the paid bestsellers rank.

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Day 2 rank.

I’m not Stephen King folks. And I’m not trying to be. Being ranked #1,066,031 might be something that would make someone give up, I won’t. It just means I need to keep writing. (And I’ll put the eBook back on Smashwords and other sites when Amazon’s exclusivity is over.)

High or low on the rankings. Downloads or no downloads.

 

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Blade Of the Broken — Blurb reveal!

Whew! Sorry guys, it’s been awhile since I’ve posted on this blog. I’ve been rather busy.

My Editor finished my novel Blade Of the Broken, and I’ve gone through the book and I made the appropriate changes. I then went through it many more times, and made A LOT more changes, striving for nothing but the best.

That’s the nature of writing; you are never done rewriting. And, I’ve purchased a copyright for my novel, I’ve also been making files for making eBook and the interior file for  a paperback version. Also I still need a cover artist before I publish.

What am I missing? … Oh I know! I need a blurb! :D ‘Cause how can people get excited without knowing what your novel is about?! (Also, in other news, my short story, Demon Stone: A Dagr Brightsword Tale is free on Presidents Day and Tuesday the 18th. Only on Amazon.)

Without further ado, here is the official blurb for BLADE OF THE BROKEN: BOOK I OF THE RUNEBLADE TRILOGY:

For fans of Terry Brooks, and David Gemmell, comes:

BLADE OF THE BROKEN:

BOOK I OF THE RUNEBLADE TRILOGY

By

Jake Scholl

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

The Sorcerer King of Nordgrind, Warrick Volung, killed thousands of innocent men and and most of the elves in a plan to gain power over all the races of man, and every living thing, with his sorcery, and the powerful Runeblade forged by the God of Light Tuireann himself… It was once a power of good, passed from Nordian King, to Nordian King, to protect the people. But it’s been warped by Warrick’s evil soul, and his worship of his God: the Arch-Demon Morak.

The people of the lands of Myvara, Koth, the last of the Elves, and the Rangers Guild, led by the Mages & Paladins of Seran Drakis, put their differences aside, and banded together to stop him. They defeated his army at Raven’s Field, and took the Runeblade, and broke it in two… Then, Warrick fled back to his homeland, and has been hiding in his castle ever since, stewing in misery.

Thirteen years later, Kronea has been relatively peaceful. Even with peace, there are still monsters to be stopped: human and humanoid alike. To keep order, the Rangers Guild seek them out, and deal with them accordingly, to counter Chaos with Law.

Stefan Rickardson is one of the best Rangers. He always gets the missions done, no matter the cost. And he always follows orders. When he’s sent on a mission to stop yet another person, he thinks it’s the same old mission he’s used to… But the further he goes, the more Stefan starts to question his orders. Especially when the person he’s after isn’t evil and has done nothing he’s accused of.

Meanwhile, a greater evil is stirring up again, and will push Stefan to his emotional and physical limits… And it threatens to break him, and everyone around him. Including the one he loves the most.

Wills will be tested… And blood will be spilled.

COMING SOON TO KINDLE AND PRINT.

Copyright © 2014 Jake Scholl

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