Today is International Literacy Day


Definitely something to think about. Always read, and encourage everyone to read. — Jake

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Boise Library Comic Con — My first Con as a guest !

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Over the years I’ve gone to a few local conventions, always as a regular nerd and never a super nerdy guest. Well, looks like I finally made it to the Super Nerd Guest Club (Just hope there isn’t a secret handshake.) at the Boise Public Library Comic Con 2015 in the heart of Downtown Boise.

The event is on August 29th, starts at 10 AM- 5 PM. You will be able to find me at the Idaho Comics Group table in the Artist’s Alley. (In the Friends of the Library warehouse at 726 River St.) And I’ll be there at 11, chilling with my Tarzan & the Comics of Idaho #2 cohorts.

I’ll be selling and signing paperback copies of Blade of the Broken for the list price of $10.99. (CASH ONLY.) I’ll Blank white book w/pathonly be bringing 15 copies, so you may want to buy a copy to bring from Amazon or B&N online. Along with the artist for the script I wrote for Tarzan , Steve Willhite (FUBAR, Jesus Hates Zombies) we’ll both be there signing copies of the comic. (This particular story The Cave takes place in The Runeblade Trilogy setting.)

It’d be an honor to see you there and talk nerdy with you. :)

You can find out more about the Comic Con at this link:

Also, here’s a list of the other amazing guests:

And click HERE to learn about my book.

Hope to see you there! :)

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Best 6 months of my life…

Six months ago, I did something extremely scary: I published my first book.

I remember filling out the information area on Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing website, typing in the synopsis, title, price, and all the pertinent info, obsessing over every detail, beads of sweat dripping down my face.

One thing they don’t tell you about self-publishing is how much money it takes to publish a quality book. There are many variables, like how much editing do I need?  Who should edit it, and who is most qualified? Should I design the inside myself, or spend extra on an interior designer? Should I just use Amazon, or should I use Smashwords too? The list goes on.

I ended up spending about five hundred for it all, using money I’d been saving over the years. The money I thought I’d put towards taking more creative writing courses… But instead decided I didn’t need those classes, and could just start writing novels.

In essence, I was gambling, putting my hard earned savings into somthing I most probably wouldn’t make the money back on.

(Case in point, I still haven’t made my one hundred dollars back on the short story Demon Stone. I learned the hard way that no matter how low you price something, it doesn’t mean you’ll sell anything. Thus, you won’t be seeing a sequel to that, unless its a sequel in novel or comic form.)

Then, I remembered something I’d been told ever since I was a kid: Put yourself out there. Unless you try, you never will live up to your potential. And that money isn’t everything.

So, I swallowed back my bile, and clicked publish… Now I was a published novelist like my heroes before me.

Six months later, I’m already hard at work on the next book. (A sequel, and Book II in The Runeblade Trilogy.) I’m 5,000 words in, and I’m currently calling it Wrath of the Shadow King. (A title that most likely will change more than once.)

It’ll answer many questions some of you have been asking, like “Where is Stefan?” and “Who took him?”. Also, there will be a new enemy emerging, and some unexpected turmoil at Seran Drakis among the Mage and Paladin factions… It’ll be fun. I won’t spoil anything: you’ll have to wait. :)

I’ll be sure to post on this blog as much as possible, but it won’t be too often. Novel writing will be the priority. (Plus, I really want to get my rough draft done ASAP.)

Lastly, as a thank you to the kind readers and writers of Fantasy, Blade of the Broken is on SALE for $2.99! Its marked down on all the popular eBook websites, including Amazon, Nook, Kobo and Smashwords! (Promo ends June 3rd,2015.) Be sure to spread the word! And thank you for being supportive.

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